We had a successful Neighbourhood Plan meeting last week and we are pleased to announce the appointment of a new vicar for the parish.
 
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The Birlingham Bulb Sunday Service will be held on Sunday 22nd February at 3.00pm. The Upton Upon Severn Parish Church Choir will be singing a number of pieces during the service. They are directed by John Holloway, who will also be playing the organ. Tea will be served in the Village Hall after the service.
 
Meanwhile teas for visitors to the churchyard bulbs continue to be served in Birlingham Village Hall on Saturdays and Sundays between 11.00am and 4.00pm until Sunday 1st March.
 
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The annual litter pick has been confirmed for Saturday 21st March. Please join us for this effort and help us to create a tidy village.
 
Litter-picking equipment is provided. Meet on the village green at 10.00am.
 
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Thank you to all those who attended the meeting to discuss the feasibility of creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Birlingham. The meeting was extremely well attended and was addressed by Andrew Ford from Wychavon District Council. After hearing about the complex processes involved in setting up a neighbourhood plan, Andrew answered questions from those present.
 
The options available were then debated and the general consensus of the meeting was that a village-wide survey should be conducted to discover what needs to be done in Birlingham. A decision can then be made as to whether these needs can best be met through a neighbourhood plan or in some other way. The survey, which will be wide-ranging and will cover issues other than housing, will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 18th March.
 
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Number 8's charitable purpose is all about facilitating access to the arts for the people of Pershore and the surrounding villages.  At the same time they are increasingly aware of the risk of social isolation for the elderly, the infirm or the less physically able.
 
They would like to see if there is demand in the villages for a bus (probably a minibus from Pershore Volunteer Centre) to call at selected villages each week (probably Thursday afternoons) to pick up those unable to make their way into Pershore under their own steam. The afternoon would include tea or coffee, a chat and a film – and then the bus back.
 
The initial idea is to call at a central point in each village, although in due course they would look at the logistics of calling at each person's doorstep if that made a big difference to the success of the scheme. Customers would pay the usual costs at Number 8 but they would hope to fund the bus themselves. They expect to run a three month-pilot.
 
If you would be interested in this service, please contact the Parish Clerk at Lamorna, Broadway Road or email birlingham_clerk@yahoo.co.uk by the end of February.
 
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The Bishop of Worcester is pleased to announce that he has offered the post of Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Pershore with Pinvin, Wick and Birlingham to the Rev. Claire Lording, and that the offer has been accepted.
 
Claire is currently Team Rector of the Tenbury Team Ministry and Rural Dean of the Ludlow Deanery in the Diocese of Hereford. She has been in the Hereford Diocese since being ordained and is passionate about parish ministry and overseas links. Claire and her greyhound, Paddy, are very much looking forward to joining the Pershore Benefice.
 
Claire's Licensing by the Bishop of Worcester is to take place at Pershore Abbey on Friday 29th May at 7.00pm.
 
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6. Flower & Produce Show Website
 
The Birlingham Flower and Produce Show has a new website, www.birlinghamshow.co.uk. Featuring this year’s schedule and growing information, there is also an interesting article on the churchyard bulbs.
 
The schedule and entry form for this year’s show on Saturday 5th September can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/organisations/docs/fp_show_schedule_2015.pdf.
 
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