We are sometimes asked to include information from outside the village: for example, when Birlingham residents are helping to organise an event in a neighbouring village. To keep the email to a reasonable size, we do not normally include such items unless there is a strong village interest but they will usually be published on the Birlingham website Home page, www.birlingham.org, which currently contains one such example.
 
In this issue:
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A reminder that there will be a presentation of the results of the Village Survey at a public meeting at Birlingham Village Hall tomorrow (Thursday 29th October), starting at 7.30pm.
 
This is your opportunity to hear about the results of the survey and to discuss the creation of either a Neighbourhood Plan or Village Design Statement for Birlingham.
 
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Services at St James’s Church during November will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 1st: Family Service, 10.30am (with Rev. Janet Robbins)
  • Sunday 8th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (Rev. Henry Morgan)
  • Sunday 15th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (David Bray)
  • Sunday 22nd: Holy Communion, 10.30am (Rev. Leonard Burn)
  • Sunday 29th: Evensong, 5.30pm (Rev. Claire Lording)
Please note that there will also be a short service at the War Memorial on Wednesday 11th November (see below). This year’s Village Carol Service will be held on Sunday 20th December at 6.00pm.
 
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The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 4th November, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – an opportunity to meet friends and catch up with the latest news. 
 
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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There will be a Bonfire Season Supper in Birlingham Village Hall on Saturday 7th November at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. The supper will consist of a three-course meal, including bangers and mash, all prepared by Marion New. Tickets are £12.50, with free places for children under 12. Wine and beer will be on sale by the bottle.
 
Tickets are available from Felicity Collier, Whitehall House, Whitehall Lane (Tel: 01386 751194). All proceeds in aid of St James's Church.
 
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The annual Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 8th November, held jointly with Eckington, Defford and Besford, will begin with a ceremony at Eckington Cross at 10.45am. This will be followed by a service in Eckington Church.
 
A short Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday 11th November at the Birlingham War Memorial. The service starts at 10.45am and will be followed by coffee and biscuits in the Church. Everyone is invited to attend this service.
 
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The former Birlingham darts team has now moved to the Talbot Inn, Pershore. The team, which now has members from Birlingham, Eckington, Pershore, Evesham and Upton, is again taking part in the Winter Season of the Severn Stoke Invitation Darts League.
 
The team meets on Monday evenings in the Talbot Inn from 8.15pm (for home matches). If you would like to join the team, please contact the team’s captain, David Kew, or email news@birlingham.org. This season’s fixture list is available at www.birlingham.org/organisations/darts.htm; the list is updated weekly with the latest results, so you can follow the team’s progress through the season.
 
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We have received another letter from our correspondent in New Zealand, Walter Fielding-Cotterell. He has also sent us a copy of a lithograph of Eckington Bridge,which he believes to be a mid-eighteenth century print.
 
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We have been asked to remind people to take extra care now that the clocks have changed and the evenings are darker. It can be hard for drivers to see pedestrians on our unlit roads, so if you are walking, running or taking the dog out after dark, please remember to wear reflective or light-coloured clothing or carry a torch.
 
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The Parish Council has been asked to comment on the following application:
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
Note that Wychavon District Council have changed the way planning applications are accessed. We are currently updating the links on the Planning Applications page of the village website (www.birlingham.org/pc_applications.htm) and these should be working again shortly. However, any links to planning applications in previous issues of Birlingham News will no longer work.
 
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