The Faithful City Morris Men will be appearing at the Swan Inn a week on Saturday, so go along and help them celebrate.
In this issue:
Services at St James’ Church during July will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 2nd: Family Service, 10.30am (with Graham Pharo)
  • Sunday 9th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Claire Lording)
  • Sunday 16th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Angela Gerrard)
  • Sunday 23rd: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Dr Orion Edgar)
  • Sunday 30th: Benefice Eucharist, 10.30am (with Rev. Claire Lording)
The service on 30th July is for the whole Benefice (i.e. Pershore Abbey, St Mary’s, Wick, and St Nicholas, Pinvin) and it is being held at this time in our church to celebrate the Feast of St James.
Angela Fitch writes:
The July meeting is a practical workshop of close-up photography. If you want to learn how to get right up close to capture those amazing macro photos, the July meeting is for you.
Everyone is welcome, bring your camera (or phone/tablet, if that’s your kit of choice!) 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.
Stop press . . . Check out Birlingham Photography Club’s first public exhibition ‘A Picture Paints 1000 Words’ – part of Evesham Festival of Words, running until Saturday 8th July at The Word of Mouth Café, Vine Street, Evesham.
The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 5th July, 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 Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
4. Morris Men at the Swan Inn, Saturday 8th July
A reminder that the Faithful City Morris Men will be appearing at the Swan Inn on Saturday 8th July at approximately 11.00am as part of their 50th Anniversary tour.
Come along and help them celebrate their anniversary. The bar at the Swan will be open from 10.30am, with food served from 12.00 noon.
From Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August, Birlingham Village Hall plays host to a three-day exhibition of art by local people, featuring original works, prints, cards and more.
Further information will be available soon.
Ann Maxwell writes:
St James’ Church held a special service last Sunday to thank all those people who help the church in so many different ways. A good number of people came and thoroughly enjoyed the service and the tea party afterwards.
The Parish Clerk writes:
As the dust settles on the recent election, Rural England are keen to find out what the key issues are that matter to people in rural areas.  Supported by the Rural Services Network, they have commissioned a short survey. It is important to hear your opinions and experience of life in rural England so that they can start to shape a new agenda for the countryside.
The survey can be completed at
The following planning applications have been received by the Parish Council:
  • The Old Stables, Upper End: Conversion of building to one dwelling – Amendment to approved scheme W/14/02266/CU (Case No. 17/00945). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 18th July.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
  • Peacock Cottage, Lower End: Granny cottage as replacement building to existing outbuildings and pig styes, as approved under planning permission 81/241 without compliance with condition 3 (to allow for the creation of a separate curtilage) (Case No. 17/01046). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 27th July.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
  • Old School House, The Avenue: Demolition of existing rear single storey extension and replacement with two storey new rear extension. Refurbishment of the building envelope including roof finishes and stone windows. Internal refurbishment and alteration works (Case No. 17/01047). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 27th July.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
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