Welcome to the final email of the year. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you a prosperous New Year.
 
In this issue:
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Services at St James’s Church during January will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 3rd: Family Service, 10.30am (with Peter Stansbie)
  • Sunday 10th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (Rev. Leonard Burn)
  • Sunday 17th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (Joanna Williams)
  • Sunday 24th: Eucharist, 10.30am (Rev. Claire Lording)
  • Sunday 31st: Evensong, 5.30pm (Rev. Claire Lording)
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The first Cuppa & Chat of the year takes place on Wednesday 6th January, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. The organisers wish you a Happy New Year and invite you to come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall.
 
They are also pleased to say that the Christmas Raffle raised £60 plus a £30 donation, and a cheque for £100 was sent to Crisis at Christmas for their work in the West Midlands.
 
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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Angela Fitch writes:
New Year’s Eve Party, Birlingham Village Hall, 31st December, 8.00pm until late.
 
Seven-piece band playing all your favourites, dancing until the small hours. Bring your own drinks and food or nibbles and join friends to see in the New Year in style. Dress code?? It’s a party! Dress up, dress down, but just make sure you dress!!
 
£10 per person, tickets available from Angela Fitch 01386 751682. All profits will be donated to Birlingham Village Hall. Happy New Year everyone.
 
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There has been a burglary in the centre of the village, in which someone broke into a garden shed and removed a quantity of garden machinery, leaving it hidden in the garden to be collected later. Fortunately the owner discovered the items before they were taken away.
 
The incident has been reported to the police. The exact time of the break-in is not known but the machinery was discovered at 4.00pm yesterday (Tuesday 29th). If you saw anything suspicious during the last couple of days, please pass the information on to the police as soon as possible.
 
Meanwhile, please make sure that all outside sheds are locked and check the quality of the security.
 
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Colleen Butler from Connecticut, USA writes:
“Greetings. My name is Colleen Butler. My 9th great grandfather was named William Butler from your village, born Nov 2nd 1578 and married an Agnes Hayes in Walsall. They had a son, John Butler, who was the first to settle in Connecticut, USA. His father was supposedly a John Butler also. Would you know anything further about this family? I sure would appreciate any information.”
 
If you have any details of the Butler family in the 16th century, or can suggest where information may be available, Colleen would love to hear from you.
 
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We have received some general advice on preparing for winter. The information includes some useful web addresses and links.
 
 
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Angela Fitch writes:
Just a note to thank everyone for helping out at the Christmas Fayre or popping in for a glass of mulled wine and a little local Christmas shopping, on Saturday 12th December. The event made about £700 in profit, all of which will go to the Friends of St. James and will eventually be used to upgrade the current facilities in the church. Thank you to everyone who did their bit to make the event a big success, it couldn’t be done without you!
 
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The following planning applications have been received by the Parish Council:
  • The Old Rectory, New Barn Lane: Demolition of garden structures and erection of garage block (Case No. 15/03010). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 22nd January.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=15/03010.
  • 1 Brook Cottage, Eckington Road: Proposed two-storey rear/side extension and porch to front elevation (Case No. 15/03049). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 14th January.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=15/03049.
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