The Parish Council meeting takes place next Wednesday and will discuss a range of local issues.
In this issue:
A reminder that Birlingham Photography Club’s next meeting is on Tuesday 14th March. Guest speaker and local pro photographer and lecturer, Chris Warren, will talk about how to make a photograph tell its own story – something not to be missed.
BPC meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of the month, 7.00pm – 8.30pm, in Birlingham Village Hall, £3 per person (to include light refreshments). For more information please contact Angela Fitch on 01386 751682.
The next meeting of Birlingham Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 15th March at 7.00pm in Birlingham Village Hall. Among other items on the agenda, there will be a discussion about traffic speeds, repairs to the Millennium bench, maintenance of the phone box and an interesting new format for the Annual Parish Meeting. During the meeting there is an opportunity to express your views on local issues, so please come along.
The agenda for the meeting is available at and the draft minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting on 18th January can be viewed at
The copy date for the Spring Edition of The Birlingham Bystander is rapidly approaching. A number of articles have been received already but if you would like to write something for this edition, no matter how brief, the new Editor, Henry Morgan, would be pleased to hear from you. Photographs of the village or recent events would also be welcome.
Articles and photographs can be emailed to
4. Village Litter Pick, Sunday 9th April
The annual litter pick, postponed last Sunday because of bad weather, will now take place on Sunday 9th April. In order to avoid clashing with the service in St James’ Church, the litter pick will begin at the later-than-usual time of 2.00pm, meeting on the village green.
Please join us and help to create a tidy village. Litter-picking equipment is provided.
5. Cricket Club Scorebox
Mark Yeomans writes:
On the evening of Thursday 23rd February, Storm Doris hit the village and the cricket ground looks to have taken the brunt of it. The next day the scorebox was found to have been blown off its concrete foundation and flipped backwards. It landed ten feet further back and upside down at a precarious angle on top of the bench and seats, which were stored behind it.
The scorebox was rebuilt in 2007 with a new roof and new number indicator boxes were installed after a successful fundraising event by the Cricket Club. Fortunately, the number boxes sustained no serious damage and have now been removed for safe keeping. The debris has been cleared up and the scorebox placed on its roof so that no further damage to the frame is incurred.
The Club are currently assessing how the scorebox can be repaired. However, the club’s insurance excess is likely to preclude that route. It is hoped that repairs or replacement will be completed in time for the April start on the ground.
If anyone would like to support the club with donations of materials or financial donations, please contact Mark Yeomans on 01386 750251.
Birlingham Parish Council is looking for proposals for how the coming year’s New Homes Bonus should be spent. 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. Although the amount available has now been reduced by the Government, £2,672 will be still available for village projects from 1st April. The Parish Council will look at any ideas for using this money and, working with Wychavon District Council, consider those that fall within the council’s guidance.
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
7. Consultation on Worcestershire’s Next Local Transport Plan
The Worcestershire Local Transport Plan focuses on attracting and supporting economic investment and growth, by delivering transport infrastructure and services to tackle congestion and improve quality of life. The current Local Transport Plan 3 was adopted in February 2011. The fourth Local Transport Plan (LTP4) has now been developed.
Worcestershire  County Council are inviting you to send your comments and feedback on the plan, whether you are a local resident, a business or a visitor, as these will help to shape the documents. Details of the plan and a link to the survey can be found at
The closing date for the consultation is Friday 17th March.
The following planning application has been received by the Parish Council:
  • Peacock Barn, Lower End: Two storey extension to Peacock Cottage as approved under planning permission ref no. W/15/00223/PN – but without compliance with Condition 4 (preventing the occupation as an independent dwelling) (Case No. 15/00270). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 23rd March.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
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