It’s the start of a busy time of year, and this issue contains information on a wide variety of topics.
 
In this issue:
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This month’s ‘Cuppa & Chat’ is a special Christmas edition and will take place on Wednesday 3rd December, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm in Birlingham Village Hall. Start your Christmas by relaxing with friends and a cup of tea and cake, and of course some Christmas music.
 
All are welcome and transport can be provided if required. For more information, please contact Brenda Fletcher on 01386 750173 or Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
 
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The funeral service for Bill Trow-Poole, who died on 14th November, will take place at Worcester Crematorium on Friday 5th December at 2.30pm.
 
Bill lived in the village for many years, most recently in The Row, and was a much-loved village character.
 
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A New Year’s Eve Party is being organised in Birlingham Village Hall on Wednesday 31st December, starting at 8.30pm. There will be music to suit all tastes and a lucky raffle ticket will be drawn out of the hat each hour for a bottle of bubbly. Dance the night away, bring your own drinks and party food, and enjoy a glass of fizz to welcome in the New Year. And, of course, wear something red!
 
Numbers are strictly limited but there are still a few tickets left, at £5 each, and these are available from Chris Hermon, Damson Cottage, Church Street.
 
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The Almshouses at The Row, Lower End are run by a committee of trustees, all of whom live in the village.
 
Applications are invited for number 5, a two-bedroom property which has become vacant. It is anticipated that the property will be ready for occupancy from early April 2015. The current monthly maintenance charge is £377.00 per calendar month, subject to review in April 2015.
 
Preference will be given to applicants, of retirement age, who have a connection with Birlingham, either that they have resided or worked in the parish of Birlingham or the surrounding parishes at some time during their lives or that they have members of their family currently residing in those areas. All applicants will need to demonstrate a need for an almshouse.
 
If you are interested or know of someone who would like this almshouse, please contact Rosanna Reynard on 01386 751122, email rosanna_reynard@hotmail.com or write to South Mede House, Lower End, Birlingham WR10 3AD for further information or an application form. The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 5th January 2015 and interviews will be held the following week.
 
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At its meeting on 19th November, Birlingham Parish Council discussed a number of issues, including the following:
  • After lobbying by the Parish Council over a number of years, the County Council has erected a new sign opposite the war memorial to discourage HGVs from using the lane to Lower End.
  • The Council Tax precept for 2014/15 has been provisionally set as £5200.00 (a rise of 4% over last year to cover increased costs).
  • The Council supported the application by Birlingham Cricket Club for a contribution from the New Homes Bonus to upgrade its facilities at the cricket ground.
  • The Council has agreed to set up a meeting with a member of Wychavon District Council Planning Department to discuss the feasibility of creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Birlingham. The meeting will take place early next year and all residents will be invited.
Full minutes of the meeting will be available in due course.
 
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West Mercia Police have launched a campaign to raise awareness of internet-related crime and to give people the knowledge they need to protect themselves.
 
Their twelve tips for safe online shopping this Christmas are available at www.birlingham.org/docs/be_cyber_smart_campaign.pdf.
 
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