It’s time to celebrate the Queen’s birthday again, with a party on the cricket ground. Tickets will be available this weekend – full details below.
In this issue:
There will be a Church cleaning party on Saturday 28th May, starting at 10.00am and lasting for about two hours. All are welcome to come and help for as long as you are able. Soft brooms and dusters would be useful. Refreshments will be provided.
The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 1st June, 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, or discuss next month’s EU referendum.
All are welcome and transport can be provided if required. For more information, please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
Services at St James’s Church during June will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 5th: Family Service, 10.30am (David Bray)
  • Sunday 12th: Eucharist, 10.30am (Rev. Janet Robbins)
  • Sunday 19th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (Peter Stansbie)
  • Sunday 26th: Eucharist, 10.30am (Rev. Claire Lording)
Please note that there will be no service in Birlingham this Sunday (29th May). Instead there will be a Benefice Service in St Mary's, Wick, at 10.30am.
Birlingham Cricket Club are holding a charity quiz night for the Mental Health charity MIND on Friday 10th June. The event will start at 7.00pm in the clubhouse and they are looking for teams of 4-6 (entry £10 per team). There will be food and drinks available and also they will be holding a raffle.
All are invited to come along and help support this worthwhile event. So that the Club know how many to cater for, please send your team name and members in advance to Katie Clasen at
To celebrate the Queen’s Official Birthday, there will be a Birthday Brunch on Sunday 12th June at Birlingham Cricket Ground. The brunch will be served between 12.00 and 2.00pm and will consist of either full English breakfast (with vegetarian option) or smoked salmon and asparagus. The meal will also include toast, orange juice and tea or coffee. A glass of fizz or a non-alcoholic drink will also be available.
Following brunch there will be children’s (and adult’s) games and races between 2.00pm and 4.00pm, and the Cricket Club bar will be open for the afternoon. There will also be a short quiz on the life of the Queen.
Tea and coffee will be served at 4.00pm and you are invited to bring along your own picnic. All are welcome to stay on at the cricket ground during the evening.
The event is being organised by the Jubilee Committee and any surplus will be used for the benefit of the village. Tickets will be available this weekend from John Hill (Sycamore House, Church Street) or June Hiden (Lamorna, Broadway Road), or by leaving a message on 01386 751717.
Dan Stratford writes:
Work has begun on creating a Village Design Statement (VDS) to help guide future planning activities within the village. The aim of the VDS is to capture and record the character of the parish and state which aspects of that character are most important to the community, so that we might protect it for you in the future. Since the VDS is a community-centred document it is crucial that as much data as possible is gathered from you, otherwise the document may not accurately represent your views.
One aspect of the VDS in particular focuses on the landscapes, views, natural heritage and protected areas of the village (essentially all the green stuff!) The team that will be focusing on this will be led by Dan Stratford at Field Cottage. Another aspect is buildings, landmarks, monuments and physical features (essentially all the non-green stuff!), which will be led by Steven Byrne. We'd like to record any of these within the parish boundaries that are important to you.
Therefore, if you have any photographs of views, landscapes, landmarks, buildings, monuments or physical features that have been taken from within the parish that are important to you (e.g. Swan's Neck, the view of Bredon Hill, the church, the phone box etc.), please send them to We will then give your photos to the relevant teams for them to work on. If you'd like to include comments on why the photograph is important to you that would be very helpful, but is not compulsory.
If you don't have any pictures, feel free to take some on your phone or camera while out walking the dog or strolling around the parish. Don't worry about the quality or the number of the photos, the key is to get as much information as possible from the community.
In order to guarantee your feedback is included in the VDS, please send your photos by 30th June. Thank you in advance.
7. Birlingham Book Shop at St. James's Church
The Birlingham Book Shop at St. James’s Church is open every day. New selection of pre-loved books – all priced at 50p each or three for £1.
Drop in and buy, and if you have any books that you would like to donate, simply leave them with the others.  If you would prefer to have them collected please phone Angela Fitch on 01386 751682 or email All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the church.
Adrianne Woodward writes:
The Churchyard is looking rather untidy, as some of you have pointed out!  We do have to wait until the snowdrops have completely died away before mowing can commence. This is to make sure we have a good display of snowdrops the following year for, as you all know, Bulb Sunday and Teas is one of the main Church fundraising events of the year. Unfortunately the grasses and cow parsley take over and it does take several attempts of mowing and strimming to restore some order.
Please have patience and meanwhile try to enjoy the wild beauty of our typical English Country Churchyard!
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