Next month sees the 70th anniversary of VJ Day and to mark the occasion there will be a street party at the Village Hall.
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Adrianne Woodward writes:
The next date for cleaning the church is Saturday 25th July at 10.00am.
Anyone who can dust, polish or use a steam mop would be most welcome. Soft brooms, dustpans and feather dusters would be very useful as well. Any offer of help from minutes to hours would be gratefully received – just turn up!
The Friends of St James's are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the John Bennett Wetlands on Sunday 9th August. Meet at Peacock Barn at 11.30am for a pleasant walk or drive to the fishermen's car park for a guided tour.
Afterwards, at approximately 1.00pm, there will be drinks and nibbles at Peacock Barn and then those who would like to can continue to The Swan for lunch where they will be very welcome. For lunch at The Swan, please book with Marian Kirkland on 01386 750570 in advance.
If you would like to become a member of Friends of St James's, please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, there will be a street party outside Birlingham Village Hall on Saturday 15th August from 3.00pm until 6.00pm. The party will consist of afternoon tea, music, games and fun for all.
If you are planning to go along, please complete the slip at the bottom of the VJ Day flyer or put your name, address, telephone number and number of people attending on a piece of paper and deliver to the Village Hall postbox.
Wychavon District Council has announced that the New Homes Bonus scheme is to continue this year. This fund, which is allocated according to the number of new homes occupied in the parish each year, is intended to be used for the benefit of the local community. In the current year, £1366 is available. The Parish Council will look at any ideas for using this money and, working with Wychavon District Council, consider those that fall within the guidance issued. In previous years, some of this money has been used by Birlingham Village Hall for roof repairs and a new microwave and by Birlingham Cricket Club for a new roof for their machine shed and improved security.
Currently there is an application from Birlingham Jubilee Committee to purchase 25 trestle tables for use, free of charge, by organisations within the parish. The tables may also be borrowed by individuals for special events or may be hired out to organisations and individuals from other parishes. The tables measure 6’0” by 2’6”, are light but robust, and fold in half, making it possible to transport them easily in the boot of a car. The Cricket Club have agreed to store the tables between events.
The cost of the tables is £1002 and the Jubilee Committee has asked for a contribution of £500 from the New Homes Bonus. The remaining £502 will come from Jubilee Committee funds. The Parish Council is required to consult the community on all applications, so they would be pleased to hear your views before submitting the application; please email any comments to
Angela Fitch writes:
The PCC and Friends of St. James’s would like to thank everyone who supported the Garden Party, held at The Clock House on Saturday 11th July. The event raised a whopping £1241.25, which was far more than the organisers had ever imagined.
Thank you to: the cake and scone makers, the tea mashers, the coffee brewers, the stall holders, the raffle ticket sellers, the golf pro, the best hat competitors, the setters up and the breakers down and to our delightful hosts Basil and June Barke for providing a fabulous setting for the event.
And a huge thank you to everyone who came along on the day. Without your support we would have made nothing at all!  So, whether you were a raffle prize winner, a lucky dipper, a book worm, a tombola triumph, a tea taker or a cake connoisseur, we thank you for your tremendous support.
And finally . . . We’re going to do something with a Christmas theme on Saturday December 12th at the Village Hall, so pop the date into your diary for the Birlingham Christmas Fayre!
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