The results from the elections are in and you now have a new Parish Council.
 
In this issue:
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The results of Thursday’s elections (7th May) were announced on Friday and the main headlines are as follows:
  • In the West Worcestershire parliamentary election, Harriett Baldwin was returned as our MP with 55.9% of the vote. The constituency turnout was 74%.
  • Existing Wychavon councillor, Ron Davis, retained his seat as our representative for the Eckington Ward with 69.4% of the vote, The turnout for the ward was 76%.
  • In a very close contest, the seven members elected to Birlingham Parish Council were: Stuart Allen, John Comins, Ken Fitch, John Hill, Steve Morris, Marion New and Ian Yates. The turnout in Birlingham was 83%, which is exceptionally high.
Full results for all these elections can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/council/elections_2015_results.htm.
 
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To mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day, bells will be rung around the country today, Saturday 9th May. The Birlingham bell ringers plan to ring a quarter peal on the bells of St James’s Church at 11.00am. The ringing will last for approximately 45 minutes.
 
The bells of St James’s Church were rung on VE Day (8th May 1945) and again on VJ Day (August 1945). The ringing is commemorated on an inscription in the church (www.birlingham.org/pics/veday.jpg).
 
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Adrianne Woodward writes:
We are having a session on Saturday 16th May, starting at 10.00am, to tidy the churchyard before Carl mows the grass. Volunteers will be welcome to come for any length of time and will need rakes and/or secateurs. If anyone can offer the use of a trailer that would be most useful as well. Please ring me on 01386 750936 with any offers of help.
 
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The following planning application has been received by the Parish Council:
  • Lower End Farm, Berwick Lane: Demolish existing garage and erect a three bedroom holiday home (Case No. 15/00839). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 29th May.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=15/00839.
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • The Paddocks, Broadway Road: Prior approval application – change of use of agricultural building to dwellinghouse use and associated operational development (Case No. 15/00432). Approved. Full details and conditions can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=15/00432.
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