It’s beginning to feel more like Spring, so time to start thinking about your Flower & Produce Show entries.
In this issue:
A raffle has been organised in aid of SARA, the Severn Area Rescue Association. Over the next few days, Radka Hlinikova and Kris Mills will be selling raffle tickets around the village at £1 each. The prize for the raffle is a Sonya skin care collection (pictured at, which you can win just in time for Mothering Sunday! The winning ticket will be picked by Henry Morgan on Friday 13th March. For more information on the raffle, please contact Radka at
All profits from the raffle go to SARA, which is the inshore boat rescue and land search organisation covering the Severn Estuary and the surrounding area, including the River Avon. More information on SARA can be found at
The next meeting of Birlingham Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 18th March at 7.45pm in Birlingham Village Hall. Among other items on the agenda, there will be a discussion about the village survey, which was proposed at the recent Neighbourhood Plan meeting. This is your opportunity to express your views on all local issues, so please come along.
The Agenda for the meeting will shortly be available at and the minutes of the last meeting on 21st January can be viewed at
The annual litter pick takes place on Saturday 21st March. Please join us and help to create a tidy village.
Litter-picking equipment is provided. Meet on the village green at 10.00am.
Birlingham PCC are organising a day of cleaning at St James’s Church on Saturday 28th March, beginning at 10.00am. If you can spare an hour to help clean our beautiful church, please come along. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
The Church is also looking for help with this year’s Easter lilies. If you would like to give a donation in memory of a loved one, please contact Adrianne Woodward for more details.
The Birlingham Flower & Produce Show seed exchange is now open at the Village Show HQ in the phonebox, which also contains many hints, tips and information on growing. There are already many seeds to exchange, so please bring some of your own to swap.
This year the Show has two new trophies. Following the auction last October, the Jams and Preserves Trophy will be named by Joan Hollier while the Arts and Crafts Trophy will be given in memory of the late Bill Trow-Poole. More information on these and other aspects of the Flower & Produce Show can be found on the Show website,
The road from the war memorial towards Lower End will be closed for up to 12 days from Monday 13th April to Friday 24th April. The closure will be in front of the Old Coach House, near the junction with Whitehall Lane, and the reason is to make a sewer connection.
The following planning applications have been received by the Parish Council:
  • Peacock Barn, Lower End: Two storey extension to Peacock Cottage (Case No. 15/00223). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 3rd April.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
  • The Paddocks, Broadway Road: Prior approval application – change of use of agricultural building to dwellinghouse use and associated operational development (Case No. 15/00432). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 18th March.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • Land surrounding and including 1 and 2, Avon Bank, Upton Road, Defford: Outline application for the creation of a residential development comprising of 63 units (Case No. 14/01881). Refused. Full details and reasons for refusal can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at (Not in Birlingham but the Parish Council have been consulted because the application site comes down to our boundary.)
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