Over the next few days, the Parish Council will be delivering a Village Survey to every adult in the village. This is your opportunity to have a say in the future of Birlingham.
 
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Services at St James’s Church during August will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 2nd: Family Service, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 9th: Holy Communion, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 16th: Morning Praise, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 23rd: Morning Praise, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 30th: Evensong, 5.30pm.
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The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 5th August, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – and take the opportunity to discuss the Village Survey! 
 
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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Artists across Worcestershire will be opening their doors to visitors this August bank holiday weekend as part of the inaugural Worcestershire Open Studios. Birlingham resident, Karen Brighton, is one of the artists taking part. Karen uses soft and pencil pastels to create equine and animal portraits.
 
Karen is inviting people to drop into Avonside Cottage, Lower End to see a selection of her work between 10.00am and 5.00pm over the bank holiday weekend (Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August).  You can also see some of her portraits at www.facebook.com/karenbrightonportraits.
 
Full details of the event and examples of her work can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/karen_brighton_2015.pdf.
 
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Over the next few days, Birlingham Parish Council will be delivering a Village Survey to everyone in the village aged 18 or over. The idea for the survey came from a public meeting held in February to discuss the possibility of creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Birlingham. However, although part of its purpose is to decide whether or not we should go ahead with creating either a Neighbourhood Plan or a Village Design Statement for the village, the survey is about more than just housing development. The Parish Council also want to know your views on many other topics, such as local services, village amenities and public transport. All replies will be treated in confidence.
 
Surveys should be returned to the postbox at Birlingham Village Hall by Monday 31st August. A public meeting will be held later in the autumn to present the results. More details of the survey are given at www.birlingham.org/survey2015.
 
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The Millennium Map, which has been on display outside Birlingham Village Hall since 2000, is in need of some repairs. Therefore over the next few days it is being moved to the church, where the work will be carried out. The Parish Council will be discussing the future of the map at their next meeting on Wednesday 16th September.
 
If you have any views on the future of the map, or would be willing to make a contribution towards its upkeep, the Parish Council would be pleased to hear from you. Please send your comments to the Clerk at birlingham_clerk@yahoo.co.uk.
 
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We have received an email from Cherry Larcombe, whose great uncle, Arthur Ager, lived in Birlingham between 1911 and 1914 and worked as a footman for a local family. The email includes photographs of Arthur, the family he worked for and the 1913 Birlingham cricket team, of which he was a member. (A copy of the cricket team photograph hung in the Swan Inn until recently.)
 
If you know anything of the Ager family, Cherry would be very pleased to hear from you. Her email and photographs can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/cl_2015.pdf.
 
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