We have a report from Sunday’s well-attended Remembrance Day Service at St James’s Church. Meanwhile, we would like to remind you that there will be a short Service of Remembrance at 10.45am today (Wednesday 11th November) at Birlingham War Memorial, followed by coffee and biscuits in the Church.
In this issue:
The next meeting of Birlingham Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 18th November at 7.30pm in Birlingham Village Hall. Among other items on the agenda, there will be a discussion about the results of the recent village survey and the proposal for a Village Design Statement (which was supported by 76% of those who responded to the survey). The Council will also be discussing its draft budget for next year. During the meeting there is an opportunity to express your views on local issues, so please come along.
The agenda for the meeting is available at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_agenda_2015-11-18.pdf and the draft minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting on 16th September can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_minutes_2015-09-16.pdf.
There will be a Christmas Fayre at St James’s Church on Saturday 12th December between 11.00am and 3.00pm. The fayre will include mulled wine, mince pies and Santa Claus. There will also be children’s games, tombola, Christmas gifts and much, much more – something for everyone to enjoy.
Bring your friends and family, this is an event for everyone! Entrance £1 – all profits will go to the upkeep and capital projects for St James’s Church. Full details at www.birlingham.org/pics/christmas_fayre_2015.jpg.
If anyone has holly, ivy or mistletoe that they would like to donate – which will be sold on the day at a modest cost – please contact Ken Fitch on 01386 751682.
A New Year’s Eve Party is being organised in Birlingham Village Hall on Thursday 31st December. Music will be provided by a seven-piece band – bring your own food and drink. Limited tickets are available at £10 per person. Profits go to the upkeep and capital projects of Birlingham Village Hall.
For more information or to reserve your tickets, contact Angela Fitch on 01386 751682.
Angela Fitch writes:

Friends and neighbours enjoyed a feast of bangers (posh) and mash (varied) at the November 7th bonfire supper. The occasion, organised by Felicity Collier, with profits going to St. James’s Church, included a bonfire-themed quiz and, naturally, a raffle.


Many thanks to everyone who helped set up the Village Hall and clear up afterwards. Particular thanks must go to Marion and Steve New, who spent their Saturday preparing and serving a delicious seasonal supper, which everyone enjoyed. Thanks also to everyone who came on the night and to Rev. Claire Lording who was an absolute boon on her quiz team!

Angela Fitch writes:
Rev. Henry Morgan led a deeply meaningful and poignant Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 8th November in St James’s Church. His address introduced us to Frederick Quarrell, a young man who fought in the First World War but sadly lasted only a few days before he was killed in Belgium. The background to Frederick’s short life, which started in Birlingham, told the congregation so much in just a few words. He had lost his parents in childhood and was keen to sign up to fight for his country, but the fates were, again, against him and he fell.
Chris Reynard is currently organising the addition of Frederick’s name to the war memorial, which stands at the heart of Birlingham village.
Caryl Mills writes:
Birlingham Village Show, after a very successful Show on the cricket ground, have identified that they need additional support in the form of new committee members. We meet approximately once a month between March and September and then a couple of times between October and February. The committee organise the ‘Grow for the Show’ information, prepare and deliver schedules, organise fundraising and publicity, and prepare the venue before and after the day, as well as being available for the running of the Show on the first Saturday of September.
If you are unable to commit to being a committee member but still wish to support the show we need helpers to:
  • Erect and dismantle the marque
  • Erect and dismantle the tables
  • Source raffle prizes
  • Deliver information and schedules around the village
  • Serve teas and clear up
  • Take money on the gate and direct car parking
  • Sell raffle tickets and act as auction runner
  • Anything else that the Committee require assistance with!
Please contact Dave and Clare Kew on 01386 750423 or Caryl or Kris Mills on 01386 751748.
7. Pershore Broad Street Trees
Worcestershire County Council are proposing to replace the London Plane trees in Broad Street, Pershore and are asking local residents for their views. The trees were planted in 2002 as a replacement for earlier plane trees, which had become too large. Several options are available for the type of replacement tree; there is also an option to remove the trees altogether. As this is an important feature of our local town, we are sure you will want to express your views on the proposals. The closing date for responses is Monday 30th November.
The letter explaining the reasons for replacing the trees can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/broad_street_letter.pdf. The leaflet outlining the replacement options and including a questionnaire is available at www.birlingham.org/docs/broad_street_leaflet.pdf. You can also complete an online questionnaire at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/pershoretrees.
The Environment Agency have sent us information about checking your heating oil tank for leaks, as these can lead to pollution of water supplies. The information is available at www.birlingham.org/pics/oil_tanks_2015.jpg.
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
After we informed Wychavon District Council that the abbreviated links to planning applications were no longer active, they very quickly corrected the error. This means that links to planning applications in previous issues of Birlingham News and on the website are now working again.
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