This is the final round-up of village events and news before Christmas.
In this issue:
Here are some reminders of this month’s events:
  • Saturday 12th: Christmas Fayre in Birlingham Village Hall, 11.00am – 3.00pm. It’s not too late to make a contribution of raffle or tombola prizes, books, CDs and DVDs, Christmas decorations and any other seasonal paraphernalia; or if you can offer help on the day, please contact Angela Fitch on 01386 751682. Full details at
  • Sunday 13th: Holy Communion in St James’s Church, 10.30am (conducted by Rev. Claire Lording, not Ven. Chris Liley as previously stated).
  • Sunday 20th: Village Carol Service in St James’s Church, 6.00pm, followed by mulled wine and mince pies in Birlingham Village Hall. If you would like to take part in the choir, instrumental group or handbell ringing please contact Wimpy Derbyshire (07860 557761), Jon Komor (07788 480197) or Chris Woodward (01386 750936) respectively.
  • Thursday 24th: Christingle and Blessing of the Crib, 4.00pm.
  • Friday 25th: Christmas Day Service – Holy Communion, 10.30am.
Opening times at the Swan Inn over the Christmas period are as follows:
  • Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th: 11.30am – 3.00pm, 6.00 – 11.00pm
  • Friday 25th: 12.00 – 2.00pm
  • Saturday 26th – Wednesday 30th: Closed
  • Thursday 31st: 11.30am – 3.00pm, 6.00 – 1.00am
  • Friday 1st January: 12.00 – 7.00pm
  • Saturday 2nd: 11.30am – 3.00pm, 6.00 – 11.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd: 12.00 – 7.00pm
Details of when food will be served are given at
If you would like to make a donation of tinned, tetra pak or dry food, to the Pershore Food Bank, please drop it in to Angela Fitch at 3 King William IV Close – just leave it in the porch if Angela is out. All donations will be delivered to the Food Bank at St Andrew’s on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, fresh, chilled and frozen foods can’t be taken, as the Food Bank lacks storage facilities for these, but all other contributions are very gratefully received.
More details of the food bank, and the Trussel Trust which manages it, can be found at
Dates for bin collections in Birlingham over the Christmas period are as follows:
  • Thursday 31st December: green bins (plus up to two extra clear recycling sacks) & brown bins
  • Thursday 7th January: black bins (plus up to two extra refuse sacks)
Clear recycling sacks are available from the Birlingham phone box or from Pershore Civic Centre.
Full details of Christmas collections are available at The bin collection calendar for next year can be viewed at
The following planning application has been received by the Parish Council:
  • 4 Church Street: Two storey extension to side of property (Case No. 15/02882). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 1st January.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
The following planning applications have been determined by Wychavon District Council:
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