The traditional Pram Race is back – so start thinking about your wheels!
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Services at St James’s Church during October will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 2nd: Harvest Festival, 10.30am (with Peter Stansbie)
  • Sunday 9th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Ven. Chris Liley)
  • Sunday 16th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with David Bray)
  • Sunday 23rd: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Claire Lording)
  • Sunday 30th: No service in Birlingham. Instead there will be a Eucharist for the whole Benefice at St Nicholas, Pinvin at 10.30am
Gifts of tinned and dry goods as well as fresh produce would be very welcome at the Harvest Festival service, or they can be left in the church on Saturday. All donations will be given to Maggs Day Centre for the Homeless in Worcester. There will be drinks and light refreshments in the church after the service. Please come.
Angela Fitch writes:
The second Birlingham Photography Club meeting will be held at Birlingham Village Hall on Tuesday 4th October, 7pm – 8.30pm. Entrance £3pp (includes tea/coffee and biscuits). London Camera Exchange will join us on Tuesday to make a presentation and answer questions about how to get the best out of your camera.
More information via or 07585 904636. 
The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 5th October, 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 forthcoming Village Design Statement Open Day or your entry for the Pram Race. 
All are welcome and transport can be provided if required.
The Swan Inn will be closed for an annual holiday from Saturday 8th October until Wednesday 19th October.
The pub will re-open as normal on Thursday 20th October.
Maxine Cook writes:
Calling all children and adults! The Pram Race is back!! You can use prams, wheelbarrows or any wheeled device. (NB: There must be someone in the pram!)
When? Sunday Sunday 30th October at 11.00am.
Where? Starting point – the Village Hall. Adults push the pram three times around the church and children push the pram once. Entry £2 per 'pram team'.
If we get enough people we will aim for the Pram Relay involving adults and children too.
The theme is Halloween and there will be prizes for best-dressed contestants. Burgers and hotdogs will be served and there will be a bar in the Village Hall, along with apple bobbing and a children’s treasure hunt.
The Pram Race is being organised by the Jubilee Committee as a replacement for the games planned for the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations, which had to be cancelled due to bad weather. If you are interested in participating in the Pram Race or would be happy to help please can you let Maxine Cook know via email at or phone 01386 751421.
At its meeting on 21st September, Birlingham Parish Council discussed a number of issues, including the following:
  • A number of residents came to the meeting to discuss their concerns over speeding in the village. It was decided to investigate the possible options for speed reduction and to make a decision on the action to be taken at the next meeting in November. If you have any views on speeding in Birlingham, the Parish Council would be pleased to hear from you. Contact the Parish Clerk at
  • The Millennium Bench around the plane tree on the village green is in need of repair. The Parish Council will be obtaining quotes for getting the work done but if you would like to help in any way please contact the Parish Clerk at
  • The Council are investigating options for a new parish noticeboard, including the possibility of making better use of the phone box.
Full minutes of the Parish Council meeting will be available shortly.
Paula Aston writes:
A Race Night was held at the Village Hall last Saturday in aid of St James’s Church. Well over £500 was raised on the night and an enjoyable evening was had by all and many went home richer than when they came.
A huge thank you goes out to everyone who attended and supported the fantastic evening.
Birlingham Parish Council is again looking for ideas on how to use this year’s New Homes Bonus. This fund, which is allocated according to the number of new homes occupied in the parish each year, is intended to be used for the benefit of the local community. In the current year, £1999 is available. The Parish Council will look at any ideas for using this money and, working with Wychavon District Council, consider those that fall within the guidance issued.
In previous years, some of this money has been used by Birlingham Village Hall for roof repairs and a new microwave, by Birlingham Cricket Club for a new roof for their machine shed and improved security, and by the Jubilee Committee for the purchase of village trestle tables. If you have any ideas for using this money please email the Parish Clerk at
Dan Stratford writes:
Thank you to everyone who entered the photography competition. We had a great response from the community and I am confident your views will be well represented in the relevant section of the VDS.
The winner of the competition was Mike Rodwell and in second place was Steve Diston.
Thanks again to all who participated.
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