There’s a busy week ahead, with something happening nearly every day from Saturday onwards.
In this issue:
Services at St James’s Church during September will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 4th: Family Service, 10.30am (with David Bray)
  • Sunday 11th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Alma Organ)
  • Sunday 18th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Peter Stansbie)
  • Sunday 25th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Janet Robbins)
The Harvest Festival Service will be held on Sunday 2nd October – full details in the next issue.
The Birlingham Flower & Produce Show will be held on Saturday 3rd September and once again the Show will be held at Birlingham Cricket Club. The ground will be open from 2.00pm and there will be a barbecue, attractions and stalls.
Completed entry forms must be delivered to 4 Church Street by 8.00pm on Thursday 1st September. The Schedule and Entry Form can be downloaded from
Entry cards will be issued on Friday 2nd September from 6.00pm to 8:00pm at 4 Church Street and on Saturday 3rd September from 8:30am to 10:30am at Birlingham Cricket Club. Payment for entries must be made at the same time as collection of Entry Cards.
Entries must be staged at the Cricket Club between 8.30am and 11.00am on Saturday 3rd September. Additional entries may be accepted at this time at double the normal entry fee.
The Show will be open for public viewing from 2.00pm on Saturday and the presentation of trophies and auction of produce will take place at about 4.00pm.
A reminder that the first meeting of Birlingham Photography Club takes place on Tuesday 6th September at 7.00pm in Birlingham Village Hall.
Full details of the club and its first meeting can be found at If you need further information, email or phone 07585 904636.
The next Cuppa & Chat will be on Wednesday 7th September, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – an opportunity to meet friends and chat about the results of the Flower & Produce Show, the previous night’s Photography Club and the forthcoming Race Night.
All are welcome and transport can be provided if required. For more information, please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
There will be a church cleaning morning on Friday 9th September starting at 10.00am in St James’s Church.
All welcome but please bring broom and dusters to sweep away the last of the summer’s dust.
The PCC will be running a Race Night in aid of St James's Church on Saturday 24th September in Birlingham Village Hall, starting at 7.00pm. It will be an evening full of horse racing and fun for all. You will all have the opportunity to place a bet and own a winning horse.
Further details to follow shortly but in the meantime if you are interested in coming along, please contact Paula Aston on 07932 637746 to reserve a ticket.
Earlier this year, in May, the County Council carried out a traffic survey at two points in the village: New Barn Lane and Upper End. For a week in each location the size and speed of all vehicles was recorded.
The Parish Council’s analysis of the data provided by the County Council can be viewed at Although data is also available from two previous surveys, in 2006 and 2010, it should be noted that these surveys were carried out during the winter months, making comparisons difficult.
The issues of heavy vehicles and speeding will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 21st September. If you have any comments or concerns to put to the Parish Council, please email and we will pass them on.
8. Village Design Statement – Landscape Views
Dan Stratford writes:
Thank you to everyone who has sent in photos of favourite village landscape views for the VDS photo competition. Although we’ve had a really good response, and the competition is now closed, we still want to hear from as many people as possible about aspects of the parish that are important to them. This will form an essential part of the Village Design Statement. The winners of the competition will be announced in the next Birlingham News.
Please send all photos to and reference the VDS in the email subject field.
Marion New writes:
I would just like to thank all my friends and neighbours in the village for all the generous gifts and kind offers of help since my car crash at the beginning of August. I am now starting to feel much better and enjoying the sun.
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • Emli, Whitehall Lane: Erection of single storey side extension, conversion of garage and insert bay window to form third bedroom and insertion of 2 no. sun pipes to eastern roof slope of bungalow. (Case No. 16/01600). Approved. Full details and conditions can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
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