Information on your Parish Council candidates is now available on the Birlingham website – details below.
 
In this issue:
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We have received very late notice of an open evening being organised by BT tonight (27th April) from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Eckington Village Hall. There will be a presentation followed by a question and answer session. Full details can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/superfast_broadband_open_evening.pdf.
 
While much of Birlingham now has access to superfast broadband, there are some areas that are not currently connected. It is hoped that at the end of this meeting we will have a clearer idea of which these areas are and when they can expect to be upgraded.
 
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Services at St James’s Church during May will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 3rd: Family Service, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 10th: Holy Communion, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 17th: Morning Praise, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 24th: Holy Communion, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 31st: Evensong, 5.30pm.
The service at 5.30pm on 31st May will be taken by our new vicar, Rev. Claire Lording. 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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The ever-popular Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 6th March, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – an ideal opportunity to debate the following day’s elections!
 
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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Elections for Birlingham Parish Council, Wychavon District Council and the UK Government take place on Thursday 7th May 2015. The Polling Station at Birlingham Village Hall will be open from 7.00am until 10.00pm and the results will be announced the following day.
 
There are ten candidates for Birlingham Parish Council and you can vote for up to seven of these. Each of the candidates has provided a brief introduction, telling us what previous council experience they have, what other village organisations they are involved in, and what particular expertise they can bring to the Council. You can read about them at www.birlingham.org/council/elections_2015.htm.
 
There are two candidates for the Eckington Ward of Wychavon District Council: Cilla Cameron (Labour) and Ron Davis (Conservative). There are links to both candidates’ literature on the website.
 
And there are five parliamentary candidates for the West Worcestershire constituency: Harriett Baldwin (Conservative), Richard Chamings (UKIP), Julian Roskams (Green Party), Daniel Walton (Labour) and Dennis Wharton (Liberal Democrat).
 
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Adrianne Woodward writes:
The flower arrangements for Easter Sunday looked and smelled wonderful. Many thanks to Walter Clode for his donation towards the lilies on the altar. The talented ladies who made the arrangements were June Barke, Enid Caldicott, Theresa Comins, Gus Copson, Ali Hastings, June Hiden, Joan Hollier, Jayne Mackenzie, Ann Maxwell, Rosanna Reynard, Mary Sadler and Judy Stanton.
 
Photos of the flowers, taken by Angela Fitch, can be seen on the website at www.birlingham.org/village/gallery/gallery_cf_15.htm.
 
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Adrianne Woodward writes:
A big thank-you to all those people who came to help with cleaning the church prior to Easter Sunday. Attacking the cobwebs were Ann Maxwell and Enid Caldicott; polishing the pews and anything else that didn’t move were Richard Devenish and Ken and Angela Fitch; sweeping and mopping were Sylvia Morgan and Felicity Collier; Chris Woodward was in charge of vacuuming; Sue Hermon worked non-stop like a demon (not sure if that term should be used in the context of church cleaning!); and last but by no means least Chris Hermon who turned up with a very welcome flask of coffee.
 
Theresa Comins, who was unable to be with us on the day, had already transformed the vestry and attacked the flower-arranging cupboard. Likewise Wimpy Derbyshire also cleaned the organ.
 
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West Mercia Police have recently launched a new-look website, which is accessed via www.westmercia.police.uk. The site is very user-friendly and informative with news stories and events, general advice and links to their Partner agencies. This is a new approach from West Mercia Police and replaces the Neighbourhood Watch emails.
 
You can also see on the website all future events where your local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be present and you can contact and view details of all the team members, as well as taking part in their online poll.
 
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The following planning application has been received by the Parish Council:
  • Rough Hill House, Upper End: External and internal alterations to create larger living room, bed 1 to include en suite, pitched dormers to front elevations plus ground floor entrance porch (Case No. 15/00850). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 5th May.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=15/00850.
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
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