As well as the usual round-up of events, Information about next month’s Open Studios event is given below.
In this issue:
Angela Fitch writes:
At the next meeting of Birlingham Photography Club on Tuesday 1st August, wildlife experts, Paul and Claire Lloyd, will give their presentation about wildlife and in particular 'backyard wildlife'. You don't need to visit the tropics to take photos of wildlife, it's there right in our gardens, hedgerows and green spaces. You may not find a cheetah or ostrich locally, but close up images of insects, birds and animals bring a new dimension to anyone's collection.
Everyone is welcome, no matter what level you’ve reached, what you like taking photos of or which kit you use – BPC has something for everyone and we welcome new members and visitors. We start at 7.00pm and finish at 8.30pm. £3pp to include light refreshments. More information at, phone Angela Fitch on 07585 904636 or email
The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 2nd August, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall.
All are welcome and transport can be provided if required. For more information, please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
Services at St James’ Church during August will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 6th: Family Service, 10.30am (with David Bray)
  • Sunday 13th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Orion Edgar)
  • Sunday 20th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Peter Stansbie)
  • Sunday 27th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Janet Robbins)
Please note that the Harvest Festival Service will be held on Sunday 3rd September at 3.00pm.
Also, a reminder that the service this Sunday (30th July) is for the whole Benefice and is being held to celebrate the Feast of St James.
Angela Fitch writes:
Worcestershire Open Studios takes place in Birlingham Village Hall on Saturday 26th – Monday 28th August (August Bank Holiday Weekend).
Opening hours: Saturday/Sunday 11.00am–6.00pm, Monday 11.00am–4.00pm. Free entry.
Birlingham Village Hall is a group venue for 13 local artists and photographers over the three-day Open Studios event. Original works will be available for sale, together with prints, greetings cards and postcards.
Bring your friends and family to the first WOS & BVH event, enjoy the art, meet the artists, learn the techniques and enjoy a cuppa and some homemade cake!
More information available from Angela Fitch on 07585 904636 or Kelvin Hartshorne on 07785 616873.
John Hill writes:
At its meeting on Wednesday 19th July, Birlingham Parish Council discussed a number of issues, including the following:
  • Agreed support for New Homes Bonus payment in respect of marquee for Flower and Produce Show.
  • Discussed and agreed Parish Council’s response to planning application at Woodfield Farm.
  • Agreed timescale for consultation with villagers upon the final version of the Village Design Statement.
Full minutes of the Parish Council meeting will be available shortly.
According to the British Heart Foundation, a staggering 30,000 people a year are said to suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) outside hospital, and only one in 10 of those survive. SCA can happen to anyone, at any age, irrespective of health; when it strikes, time is critical. The shock from a defibrillator, delivered within two minutes of an attack, gives the victim an 80 per cent chance of surviving.
The Village Hall Committee are planning to buy a defibrillator and site it on the external wall of the Village Hall and they are hoping that residents will be willing to contribute to the purchase. Details of the machine and its costs can be found at
West Mercia Police have supplied the following information about safeguarding outbuildings:
Garages and sheds are vulnerable to burglary, as they are generally quite flimsy structures, but they should not be forgotten. They are often the first places that a burglar will target, because they provide a ready source of tools and implements for breaking into the main house. Garages and sheds also have lawnmowers, bikes and other valuables that are easy to steal and costly to replace.
By fitting additional security to garages and sheds, burglars will find it more difficult to break in and they will have to make more noise doing so. A few simple security measures can increase the visual deterrent and reduce the likelihood of garages and sheds being targeted.
Crime prevention advice for Home & Garden (Crime & Safety section) can be found on the West Mercia Police website,
The following planning application has have been received by the Parish Council:
  • Stable Cottage, Upper End: First floor extension to provide additional bedroom and conversion of attached redundant rooms into habitable spaces (Case No. 17/00947). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 16th August.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
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