The Village Family Day is taking shape – details of how to get involved below.
 
In this issue:
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1. Annual Church Meeting, Monday 24th April
 
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held at St James’ Church at 7.00pm on Monday 24th April. All those on the Church Electoral Roll or resident in the parish can attend. The meeting will elect churchwardens, representatives of the laity on the Parochial Church Council and representatives on the Deanery Synod.
 
The Church Electoral Roll is being revised up until 24th April. Forms of application for enrolment can be obtained from Basil Barke, The Clock House, Broadway Road (01386 750949).
 
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Paula Aston writes:
I am very pleased to say that preparations for the Family Day are well under way. We currently have 28 activities in place for the day but can always do with more volunteers.
 
If you would like to take part please contact me on 01386 751425 or email paston1976@gmail.com.
 
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Paula Aston writes:
It has been fantastic to see so many of the speed stickers delivered last week being displayed on wheelie bins around the village already. These stickers will hopefully raise awareness to both visitors and residents that speed limits apply throughout our village. Many thanks to June Hiden for the legwork in delivering the stickers to households.
 
Another action to take place shortly is to have a villager-manned speed gun available. I have already had several volunteers to operate this gun. If you should want to assist in this please contact me, details below.
 
This is just one of the ideas that the Parish Council have put into action and we have several others that we are currently investigating. A copy of my report can be found on the village website.
 
If you have any other ideas, require further stickers or would like a paper copy of the report please contact me on  01386 751425 or email paston1976@gmail.com,
 
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John Hill writes:
There was a very successful litter pick last Sunday afternoon when several villagers turn out to clean up the verges ready for the Summer months. My thanks to June Hiden for arranging thinks in her usual efficient manner and many thanks to all those who helped:
 
Margaret and Alan Barke, Jacqueline and Terry Griffin, Ann Maxwell, Daphne Hill, Ian Yates, Gemma Hiden, John Moore, Steve Diston
Carl Brassington for picking and collection of the bags
 
In true village style some helpers visited the Swan afterwards for a well-earned drink and to relax. Well done everyone.
 
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As no election has been requested for the current vacancy on the Parish Council, the Council will co-opt a new member at their next meeting on Wednesday 17th May.
 
If you would like more information on the Parish Council and its role, and how you can apply to become a councillor, please email the Clerk, June Hiden, at birlingham_clerk@yahoo.co.uk.
 
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West Mercia Police have informed us via Neighbourhood Watch of an email fraud that is currently being circulated. Full details are available at www.birlingham.org/docs/fraud_letter_2017.pdf.
 
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7. Planning Applications
 
The following planning application has been received by the Parish Council:
  • Peacock Barn, Lower End: Application for a Lawful Development Certificate (Existing) - the use of the garden and grounds (as outlined in red on the attached plan) ancillary to the holiday let accommodation at The Pig Sty (formerly known as Peacock Cottage) in breach of condition no. 3 attached to planning permission 81/00241 (Case No. 17/00320). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at https://plan.wychavon.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=90702.
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
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