Welcome to the one hundredth edition of Birlingham News. Over the last four years we have covered nearly 500 events, issues, planning applications and other items of interest. We would like to thank all those who have contributed articles and helped to provide such varied content for the emails.
 
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The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 3rd February, 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 Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
 
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Services at St James’s Church during February will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 7th: Family Service, 10.30am (with Joanna Williams)
  • Sunday 14th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (Rev. Henry Morgan)
  • Sunday 21st: Bulb Sunday Service, 3.00pm (Rev. Claire Lording)
  • Sunday 28th: Evensong, 5.30pm (Rev. Leonard Burn)
Following the Bulb Sunday Service on 21st February, tea and cake will be served in Birlingham Village Hall.
 
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Judy Bishton is going to the migrant camp in Calais as a volunteer from 7th February for six days. She has been asked to take men's, women's and children's hats, gloves, scarves, socks and warm underwear. She would very much appreciate it if people would help her provide those items. Clothing can be dropped at her new house, the Cart House (next to the Old Coach House, which is opposite the war memorial). Alternatively, you can make a financial donation.
 
Judy can be contacted on 07989 856786. She will be leaving Birlingham on Tuesday 2nd February, so clothes and donations will need to be delivered by next Monday evening.
 
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For those visiting the snowdrops in the churchyard this year, refreshments will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 30th January until 6th March, between 11.00am and 4.00pm. Bulbs and gifts will also be available to purchase. All proceeds go to Friends of St James’s Church. The Bulb Sunday Service takes place on Sunday 21st February at 3.00pm.
 
Further details, including information about bookings for groups, can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/pics/snowdrops_2016.jpg.
 
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There will be a St Patrick’s Party at Birlingham Village Hall on Saturday 19th March (two days after St Patrick’s Day). Food by Marian New and Irish music and song by ‘Just Good Friends’. Come along for an enjoyable evening and raise funds for St James’s Church.
 
Tickets at £15.00 per head can be obtained from Felicity Collier (01386 751194). Further details will be available nearer the time.
 
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At its meeting on 13th January, Birlingham Parish Council discussed a number of issues, including the following:
  • The increase in the budget for next year has been kept down to 1.99%. This represents an additional 60p for the whole year on Band D properties.
  • A meeting is being organised between members of the Parish Council and Wychavon planning officers to discuss the next steps in the creation of a Village Design Statement.
  • The annual Litter Pick will take place on Saturday 5th March. This has been timed to coincide with the national ‘Clean for the Queen’ initiative, which is part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations.
Full minutes of the Parish Council meeting will be available shortly at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_minutes_2016-01-13.pdf.
 
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Following the theft of parts from a Land Rover in Church Street ten days ago, West Mercia Police have asked us to issue a warning to all owners of Land Rovers in the area.
 
Full details are available at www.birlingham.org/docs/land_rover_thefts.pdf. Please pass this information on to anyone you know in the district who owns a Land Rover.
 
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There is often confusion about what can and cannot be included in our green recycling bins and Wychavon District Council have now produced a comprehensive list on their website. The web page offers advice such as removing plastic wrappers from junk mail and removing bottle tops from glass and plastic bottles. Black plastic cannot be recycled. However, in addition to the usual items, you can now recycle corrugated cardboard, milk and juice cartons, and most types of plastic containers.
 
The full list of recyclable items and further Information on recycling can be found on Wychavon’s website at www.wychavon.gov.uk/what-can-i-recycle.
 
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The following planning applications have been determined by Wychavon District Council or withdrawn:
  • Woollas Farm, Woollas Hill, Eckington: Conversion and extension of former MOD Radar Station to provide overnight accommodation to Deer Park Hall Weddings and Business Centre, and for use as a classroom/meeting room for wildlife and photography workshops (Change of use). (Case No. 15/01723). Withdrawn. Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=15/01723. The Parish Council comments are available at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_comments_15_01723.pdf. (Not in Birlingham but the Parish Council was asked to comment.)
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