Here is the round-up of next month’s events – it looks like a busy few weeks.
In this issue:
Ian Yates writes:
Birlingham's Village Design Statement (VDS) is now available for your review and comment. This 27-page document is the culmination of nearly two years of work by members of the Parish Council and a large group of volunteers in the village. We believe that after the extensive consultation process, the VDS not only fairly represents the views of residents but is also consistent with current planning policy, which is essential for adoption. It will not only be a useful planning tool but also provides an interesting snapshot of life in the parish in 2017 for future generations.
We would now like to give all residents one final opportunity to comment on the document before it is submitted for adoption. Individual comments will be considered for inclusion by referencing the general opinions received during the consultation process. The VDS and its extensive appendices are available at To limit costs, printed copies will only be made available to those unable to access the document on-line. A small number of printed copies will also be made available in the church, at the Flower & Produce Show, at Cuppa & Chat and in the telephone box. If you need a printed copy, please post your request (marked ‘VDS’) in the letter box by the front door of the Village Hall.
Comments can be made in the following ways:
  • By email to 
  • By posting them in the letter box by front door of village hall; please mark the envelope ‘VDS’
Please include your name and address in your comments. The final date for receiving comments is Saturday 30th September 2017.
Clare Kew writes:
Birlingham Flower & Produce Show look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Show on the Cricket Pitch, from 2.00pm on Saturday. We have ordered good weather and look forward to seeing how talented everyone has been! Here are just a few reminders regarding entries:
  1. Entry forms are now being accepted at 4 Church Street. Closing date for the receipt of entry forms is Thursday 31st August at 8.00pm. The Schedule and Entry Form can be downloaded from
  2. Entry cards will be issued from Friday 1st September between 6.00pm and 8.00pm, or can be collected from the marquee on Saturday 2nd September from 8.30am. Payment must be made on collection of entry cards.
  3. All exhibits must be staged between 8.30am and 11.00am on Saturday 2nd September. Additional entries will be accepted, space permitting, also at this time. Entrants are responsible for displaying their own entries and assigning entry cards; please make sure entry cards are attached to exhibits where possible. Paper plates will be provided for displaying.
Public viewing commences at 2.00pm. Contribution of surplus produce and unwanted exhibits will be most welcome for the produce sale.
A reminder that anyone who has a trophy, please make sure it is returned to 4 Church Street at the earliest convenience.
Any additional raffle prizes would be gratefully received, as well as anyone who is willing to assist on the day in whatever capacity. Please make yourself known to me or Caryl Mills prior to the weekend – all help is gratefully received (contact
The cricket club bar will be open from 1.30pm and cream teas are also being served.
Ann Maxwell writes:
The Harvest Festival Service will be held on Sunday 3rd September at 3.00pm. Gifts of produce and tinned goods would be much appreciated. Either put them in the church during the week or bring them with you to the service. All donations will be given to Maggs Day Centre for the Homeless in Worcester.
The Friends of St James are providing tea and cake in the Village Hall after the service. Please come!
Services at St James’ Church during September will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 3rd: Harvest Festival, 3.00pm (with Rev. Claire Lording)
  • Sunday 10th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Orion Edgar)
  • Sunday 17th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Peter Stansbie)
  • Sunday 24th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Orion Edgar)
Please note that the Harvest Festival begins at 3.00pm.
Angela Fitch writes:
The next meeting of Birlingham Photography Club is on Tuesday 5th September. As the complexities of protecting our own creations, whether written, painted, sketched or photographed, becomes increasingly confusing it's time to take a step back and consider how to protect our images from being used without our permission. Join us next Tuesday, when the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will bring their professional and legal knowledge to BPC members when they sift myth from truth around the whole issue of copyright regulations.
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 6th September, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – an opportunity to meet friends and discuss the results of the Flower & Produce Show and last weekend’s successful Open Studios event.
All are welcome and transport can be provided if required. For more information, please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
The Tour of Britain cycle race will be passing through Birlingham (on the A4104 from Pershore towards Defford) on Sunday 10th September. The lead car is expected to arrive at 11.10am, with the riders passing between 11.20am and 11.30am. During that time the road will be closed.
The schedule for the day can be viewed at, the map of the route is at and details of the road closures are at More information about the event can be found at
Paula Aston writes:
Following last year’s huge success, Race Night returns on Saturday 16th September to the Village Hall. Tickets are £2.50 per person and are going fast. Feel free to invite friends and family and bring your own nibbles and refreshments.
To reserve your place please contact Ann Maxwell on 01386 751662 or Paula Aston on All funds raised will go to St James' Church.
Kelvin Hartshorne writes:
Thank you to all those who participated in Worcestershire Open Studios last week and the many people who supported it. The event was a great success and there will be a full report in the next issue of Birlingham News.
Ann Maxwell writes:
Wednesday 23rd August 2017 was the 100th anniversary of Alfred’s death at Poperinge, Belgium, during the Third Battle of Ypres. He was born in Birlingham, the son of Thomas and Sarah Taylor. His father was then landlord of the Swan Inn and later farmed from Box Farm.
One of Alfred’s relatives got in touch to see if we could mark the anniversary, so we lit a candle for him on the prayer table on the 23rd. We now have photographs and other information about Alfred and his family, and have made a small display in the church.
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
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