It’s nearly time for the Flower & Produce Show and when you have finished setting out your entries the Show Committee would appreciate a little bit of your time to help out. A few days later, a new Photography Club is being launched.
 
In this issue:
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1. Flower & Produce Show, Saturday 3rd September
 
This year’s Flower & Produce Show will be held on Saturday 3rd September. The Show will again be held at Birlingham Cricket Club from 1.30pm.
 
Completed entry forms must be delivered to 4 Church Street by 8.00pm on Thursday 1st September.
 
Do you have half an hour to spare on the afternoon of Saturday 3rd September? Birlingham Flower and Produce Show Committee would love to hear from you if you could help take money on the gate, serve cream teas or sell raffle tickets. Please contact Caryl on 01386 751748 or Dave and Clare on 01386 553575.
 
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Birlingham Photography Club is new and aimed at anyone who is interested in taking photos. It doesn’t matter what sort of kit you use or whether you’re point and click or something much more sophisticated than that, everyone is welcome (under 18s to be accompanied).
 
Join fellow enthusiasts on Tuesday 6th September at 7.00pm in Birlingham Village Hall for a great evening out with your photography friends!
 
Full details of the club and its first meeting can be found at www.birlingham.org/docs/bpc_first_meeting.pdf. If you need further information, email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com or phone 07585 904636.
 
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The Car Rally was a great success, with Macmillan benefitting by just under £3400 and the Cricket Club had a bumper evening on the bar and barbecue raising slightly less from their considerable efforts. Mark and Sadie Yeomans would like to thank everyone who helped on the night and those who supported the tombola and raffle with very generous donations.
 
There are issues to be considered for the future as continued growth in attendance is simply not sustainable. Because of the overwhelming attendance the established format of the event will have to change for the future, possibly changing to invitation only.
 
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Ann Maxwell writes:
A congregation of about 120 people filled the church on Sunday 31st July for a communion service to celebrate the feast of St James. Our resident organist, Jon Komor, played the organ, accompanied by bongo drums, cymbals and tambourine (Joanna Williams) and an electric guitar (Tim Stanton). Some members of the Abbey choir were also there to boost the singing, so the music was splendid. It was a very joyful service, and most people lingered afterwards for fruit punch, nibbles and chat. It was lovely to see the church used for worship in this way.
 
Advance Notice: There is to be a Race Night in Birlingham Village Hall on Saturday 24th October in aid of church funds. Please make a note of the date.  More details will be available soon.
 
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Wychavon District Council has imposed a blanket tree preservation order (TPO) on all land between Upper End and New Barn Lane, from Church Lane to Eckington Road. The justification for this extensive TPO is as follows:
  • The Conservation Area for Birlingham has not been reviewed in recent years – if it were to be reconsidered it may well include the area which is now the subject of the TPO and would offer the trees a measure of protection. In the meantime the TPO will protect the trees from either felling or inappropriate pruning. The TPO does not prevent any works to trees but simply means that the District Council will have some say in what works are carried out.
  • Paragraph 4 of the TPO refers to where applications are approved to remove protected trees and conditions to replace the trees are imposed. If this is the case then Schedule 1 in the TPO document would need to be updated to reflect the agreed replacement planting and it would need to be made clear that this was as a result of a condition.
The TPO (including a map of the area covered) can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/tpo_2016_1.pdf.
 
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Over the past few weeks we have received the following public information, which may be of interest to residents:
  • On 6th September a new free national phone number, 105, will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Full details of the new service are at www.birlingham.org/docs/power_cuts_105.pdf.
  • Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has unveiled his Safer West Mercia Plan for consultation with communities and partners across West Mercia. The plan sets out the Commissioner's specific aims for the next four years and how he will create a safer West Mercia, working in partnership with the police, communities and other agencies. The draft plan can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/safer_west_mercia_2016.pdf. The consultation is open until Friday 16th September 2016.
  • The Woodland Trust are offering free Community Tree Packs to community groups who wish to plant trees on publicly accessible land. These are similar to the pack that was obtained when the Jubilee Wood was planted in 2012. Details of the scheme are available at www.birlingham.org/docs/community_tree_packs.pdf.
Links to all these documents, and earlier public service documents, will shortly be available on www.birlingham.org.
 
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The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • Burnside, Whitehall Lane: Removal of existing utility building to the rear and the conservatory. Extension of existing house to provide rear facing lounge, dining room and kitchen areas. Removal of existing redundant chimney stacks (Case No. 16/01487). Approved. Full details and conditions can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=16/01487.
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