The Village Design Statement is well under way and there are two opportunities in the next few weeks for you to get involved, including a chance to win cava and chocolates.
In this issue:
Ann Maxwell writes:
The grouping of three village parishes, Pinvin, Wick and Birlingham, with Pershore Abbey (the ‘Benefice’) is trying to organise more group activities. As an experiment this year there is a Benefice Service on the fifth Sunday in every month that has one. Birlingham's service is this coming Sunday, 31st July, at 10.30am, as it is the nearest one to the Feast of St James (25th July), to whom our church is dedicated.

There will be a choir and other musicians, and we will be serving fruit punch and nibbles afterwards. We are expecting lots of people from the other churches.
Please come along and support St James's, your village church.
In the meantime. if anyone would like to come and help us to clear out spiders and cobwebs from the church on Saturday from about 10.00am, we'd be very grateful!
The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 3rd August, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – another chance to catch up with the latest village news.
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 August will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 7th: Family Service, 10.30am (with Peter Stansbie)
  • Sunday 14th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Alma Organ and Rev. Orion Edgar)
  • Sunday 21st: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Angela Gerrard)
  • Sunday 28th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Ven. Chris Liley)
All are welcome at these services.
Dan Stratford writes:
Thank you to all the residents who have sent in photos of the village for the VDS. We've had a great early response but we still need more. Because of this, I will be running a competition for residents of the village. Whoever sends me the most photos by 28th August of aspects of the parish that are important to them will win a grand prize.
The person under 18 who sends me the most photos of the parish will win £5 and a box of chocolates. Second place will be a box of chocolates.
For the participants that I can legally ply with alcohol, the winner will receive two bottles of cava. Second place will receive one bottle.
Please send all entries to and reference the VDS in the email subject field. Previous submissions of photos will be counted towards the competition. Thank you in advance for your participation!
Mary-Anne Dyer writes:
The Residents’ Views working group are setting out with a questionnaire about what you think is important in the village and what changes you would like to see. We would welcome anyone who was keen to answer contacting us. The questionnaire should take 15 to 20 minutes only and we will travel for feedback!
If you would like to complete the questionnaire, please email Mary-Anne at
At its meeting on 20th July, Birlingham Parish Council discussed a number of issues, including the following:
  • Paula Aston was co-opted onto the Council to fill the casual vacancy. Paula is a former parish councillor and lives in Upper End.
  • A summary of the results of the traffic surveys in New Barn Lane and Upper End will be available shortly and these will be discussed at the next meeting.
  • A Tree Preservation Order has been put in place in Upper End – full details will be included in the next Birlingham News.
The minutes of the Parish Council meeting will be available within the next two weeks.
The following planning applications have been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • Rifle Range, Salters Lane, Besford: New shot gun shelter on existing shooting range also air rifle range with hard standing (Amended to: Erection of rifle range building with hardstanding) (Case No. 15/03130). Approved. Full details and conditions can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at The Parish Council comments are available at (Not in Birlingham Parish but the Parish Council was asked to comment as it is adjacent to the boundary.)
  • Paddock Barn, Broadway Road: Non-material amendment to planning approval W/13/01226/CU for minor revision to layout and fenestration (Case No. 16/01524). Refused. Full details and reasons for refusal can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
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