Next month sees the County Council elections, new-format Annual Parish Meeting and Village Family Day. Details of all these events are given below.
In this issue:
1. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 2nd May
Angela Fitch writes:
Birlingham Photography Club (BPC) will welcome photography specialists, London Camera Exchange (LCE), to their monthly meeting on Tuesday, 2nd May. LCE experts, based at the shop in Pump Street, Worcester, will help local photographers to use filters to bring new dimensions to the images they create.
Also – pop 6th June in your diary when Permajet print and paper specialist, Chris Hulley, will tell us all about monitor calibration, printers settings and using the right type of paper to get the best out of your photographs.
Meetings are open to anyone (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult); we start at 7.00pm and finish at 8.30pm. £3pp to include light refreshments. More information at or phone Angela on 07585 904636.
2. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 3rd May
The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 3rd May, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – an opportunity to meet friends and discuss next week’s County Council elections and the forthcoming General Election.
All are welcome and transport can be provided if required. For more information, please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
3. County Council Elections, Thursday 4th May
Elections for Worcestershire County Council will be held on Thursday 4th May. There are four candidates for the Bredon Ward, which includes Birlingham. The candidates are:
  • Adrian Hardman (The Conservative Party Candidate)
  • Katri Hastings (Green Party)
  • David Niblett (Labour Party)
  • Elizabeth Turier (Liberal Democrats)
The list of candidates for all wards in the Wychavon area can be viewed at
4. St James’ Church Services – May
Services at St James’ Church during May will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 7th: Family Service, 10.30am (with Angela Gerrard)
  • Sunday 14th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Claire Lording and Rev. Orion Edgar)
  • Sunday 21st: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Joanna Williams)
  • Sunday 28th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Canon Richard Etheridge)
The Village Family Day, in aid of the church, will be held on Sunday 21st May – details below,
5. Annual Parish Meeting, Wednesday 10th May
John Hill writes:
You are reminded that this year the Annual Parish Meeting is an opportunity for you to give a presentation of the aims and objects of your village organisation and the hobby, sport or pastime it supports. Several organisations have already agreed to take part so if you wish to be included please contact John Hill on 01386 750147 or June Hiden at
Paula Aston writes:
The preparations for the Village Family Day on Sunday 21st May are moving at a rapid pace now with only a few weeks to go.
If you haven't been able to help on the day perhaps you could help with donations? We need cakes, books, white elephant, adult and children's tombola prizes, a teddy bear and any other donations you would like to make. If you let me know I can pass you to the stallholder to collect anything.
It's shaping up to be a fantastic afternoon so why not invite family and friends from far and wide? Don't forget it's FREE entry.
7. Wychavon Parish Games
Once again, Denise McGowan has volunteered to co-ordinate Birlingham’s entry in this year’s Wychavon Parish Games. One-day events include Angling, Bell Boating, Bowls, Cross County, Five-a-side, Petanque, Rounders and Junior and Senior Table Tennis. Dates for the one-day events are given at
The other events are league events, which are played throughout the summer. These include Crib, Darts, Dominoes, Pool and Skittles.
If you would like to join one of the teams, or can organise a specific team, please contact Denise on 01386 750443.
8. Dog Fouling
We are still receiving complaints about dog fouling in the village. Not only does this create an unhealthy and unclean environment, it is also an offence and dog owners can be fined if they do not clean up after their dogs. Full details are available at
We would like to keep our roads and footpaths clean and pleasant to walk on, so if you see anyone’s dog making a mess, please remind their owners to clean it up. There are waste bins in the village that can be used and these are emptied regularly.
Dog services (including the dog warden), pest control, pollution control, trading standards and other services in the county are now operated by a single body, Worcestershire Regulatory Services, set up by the seven local authorities in Worcestershire. For more information, go to
The following planning application has been received by the Parish Council:
  • The Manor House, Lower End: Change of use of stable block for mixed use purposes (Case No. 17/00685). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 18th May.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
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