The Bulb Sunday Service takes place a week on Sunday and therefore it is time to start thinking about your gardens; the Flower and Produce Show Committee will be aiming to help you by delivering some useful information over the coming weeks about sowing and growing.
 
In this issue:
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1. Bulb Sunday Service, 19th February
 
The Bulb Sunday Service will be held in St James’ Church on Sunday 19th February at 3.00pm. The service will be conducted by Rev. Claire Lording and the Upton Upon Severn Choir will be taking part. Tea and cake will be available in Birlingham Village Hall afterwards.
 
Meanwhile, visitors to the churchyard bulbs can enjoy tea, coffee and homemade cakes in the Village Hall between 11.00am and 4.00pm.each Saturday and Sunday until 26th February.
 
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We have been notified of two road closures in the village:
  • The lane in Lower End between the junction with Grange Road and the junction next to the Clock House will be closed for three days between Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th February in order for Severn Trent Water to renew pipework under the carriageway. The official notice can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/road_closure_2017_1.pdf.
  • Church Street will be closed for one day (planned for Monday 6th March) to carry out carriageway patching work in preparation for resurfacing later in the year. Access to properties should be maintained. Pedestrian access shouldn’t be affected and general vehicle access should be available from either end of the street to the point where the works are being carried out. More detailed information about the works will be posted nearer the date. The official notice can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/road_closure_2017_2.pdf.
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We are pleased to announce that Henry Morgan has agreed to become the new Editor for the Birlingham Bystander. Henry has previous experience of editing publications in London and we are sure his enthusiasm will result in a bright future for the Bystander.
 
The Editorial Committee is now looking for articles for the next edition. If you would like to write something for that edition – a report of an event, a personal story or anything else of interest to residents – please let us know as soon as possible at bystander@birlingham.org.
 
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Clare Kew writes:
As every gardener will know, preparation is the key to success, but with so many variables in gardening, we are also at the mercy of the seasons. There is no such thing as the perfect growing year, so we simply have to work with what is thrown at us. With this in mind, we can still plan, sow and hope for the forthcoming season.
 
Birlingham Flower and Produce Show can help you with Spring sowing. Over the coming weeks we will deliver to every door in Birlingham a ‘sow & grow’ leaflet with guidance in this respect; we hope that it helps.
 
Look out for our forthcoming editorial in the Spring edition of the Birlingham Bystander … contact us, or join us on social media, we are waiting to hear from you: info@birlinghanshow.com, www.facebook.com/BirlinghamShow, http://www.twitter,com/ (@Birlinghamshow).
 
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5. Planning Applications
 
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • The Manor House, Lower End: Change of use of land to equestrian to include construction of stabling block and access – as approved permission W/11/00443/CU but without compliance with condition no. 4 to allow the paddock and stable, or part thereof, to be used on non commercial terms, and condition 12 to allow the parking or storage of vehicles by the owners of the site. (Case No. 16/02864). Refused. Full details and reasons for refusal can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at https://plan.wychavon.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=53926. The Parish Council comments are available at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_comments_16_02864.pdf.
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