It’s time to get your entries in for this Sunday’s Pram Race – full details below.
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The final arrangements are now being made for the Pram Race but there’s still time to get your pram and costumes ready. The race takes place on Sunday 30th October at 11.00am from the Village Green. Entry £2 per team. There will be prizes for best Halloween costumes.
Burgers and hotdogs will be served and there will be a bar, along with apple bobbing and a children’s treasure hunt.
If you are interested in participating in the Pram Race or would be happy to help please let Maxine Cook know via email at or phone 01386 751421.
A reminder that the roads around the church will be closed for the Pram Race on Sunday 30th October. The official notice can be viewed at
The Eckington approach on New Barn Road will closed from 10.50am until the race finishes (approximately 12.00 noon). The alternative route into the village will be via Upper End along Short Hill (Broadway Road) into Lower End. This will also be the route for accessing Church Street. The roads around the church and village green will also be closed during this period.
The road in front of St James’s Church lychgate and in front of the Village Hall will remain closed throughout the event, reopening at approximately 2.00pm. The alternative route is via Church Lane (between the church and the cricket ground).
Angela Fitch writes:
Birlingham Photography Club will be meeting on Tuesday 1st November from 7.00pm until 8.30pm in Birlingham Village Hall.
This, the third BPC meeting, will include the presentation ‘What a frame needs from a photo’. With Christmas in mind, BPC brings expert advice to local photographers on what to think about when taking a photograph that will be mounted and/or framed. 
BPC meetings are open to anyone, £3pp per meeting including light refreshments. For more information email or phone Angela Fitch, 07585 904636.
The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 2nd November, 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.
All are welcome and transport can be provided if required. For more information, please contact Sue Hermon on 01386 750096.
Birlingham Cake Club, Thursday 3rd November, 7.00pm start, Birlingham Village Hall.
Gemma Epton writes:
We are a friendly group that meet once a month to discuss new recipes and techniques, or even just for friendly chat, whilst enjoying home-baked goods and making new friendships! All ages and levels of experience are most welcome – from novice bakers to experienced (I'm a novice!)
So feel free to come along, don't be shy! There is no competition or any judging. Just lots of fun, cake eating and tea/coffee drinking. We look forward to meeting you!
You can also find us on Facebook – just search for ‘Birlingham Cake Club’.
Services at St James’s Church during November will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 6th: Family Service, 10.30am (with Angela Gerrard)
  • Sunday 13th (Remembrance Sunday): Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Janet Robbins)
  • Sunday 20th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Joanna Williams)
  • Sunday 27th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Claire Lording and Rev. Orion Edgar)
The Remembrance Sunday service will include two minutes’ silence at 11.00am.
7. Remembrance Services, Friday 11th & Sunday 13th November
There will be a short Service of Remembrance on Friday 11th November at Birlingham War Memorial, during which a wreath will be laid. The service starts at 10.45am and will be followed by refreshments in the Church.
On Remembrance Sunday, 13th November,  there will be a Remembrance Service with Communion, beginning at 10.30am, with two minutes’ silence at 11.00am. The service will be conducted by Rev. Janet Robbins.
There is also a ceremony at Eckington on the Sunday, beginning at Eckington Cross at 10.45am . A wreath will be laid by John Hill on behalf of Birlingham Parish Council and the ceremony will be followed by a service in Eckington Church.
Ian Yates writes:
On Saturday 15th October, an Open Day was held in the Village Hall to allow residents to view the information that is being gathered for our Village Design Statement and to comment and provide feedback to the working groups. The organisers were very pleased with the turnout as 93 residents attended on the day. If you were one of them then I hope you found it interesting. We certainly found all the comments useful. If you missed it then here is a brief summary.
A Village Design Statement describes the distinctive character of the village by reference to its landscape setting, the settlement shape and the nature of the buildings themselves. It is more than just about housing design as it also describes the things that are important such as open spaces, features and views as well as architecture. It draws up design principles based on these characteristics and it is used to work with planners and developers to ensure that the agreed principles are observed wherever possible. It does not describe where development should or shouldn’t go but it will be used to guide planning decisions and when finalised will be adopted by Wychavon and sit under the design policies of the South Worcester Development Plan (SWDP) as a supplementary residential housing policy.
The next step in the process is for the working groups to write up the various sections of the VDS, taking into account the comments and feedback obtained at the Open Day. From this the section on ‘Designing for the Future’ (Guidelines for Development) will be drafted and the whole document will be made available on the village website for any comments by residents before being finalised.
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