The bi-monthly Parish Council meeting takes place next Wednesday – your chance to have your say on village issues.
 
In this issue:
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1. Parish Council Meeting, Wednesday 20th September
 
The next meeting of Birlingham Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 20th September at 7.00pm in Birlingham Village Hall. Among other items on the agenda, there will be a discussion about the Plane Tree and the village green, and an update on Pershore Steering Group. During the meeting there is an opportunity to express your views on local issues, so please come along.
 
The agenda for the meeting is available at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_agenda_2017-09-20.pdf and the minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting on 19th July will shortly be available at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_minutes_2017-07-19.pdf.
 
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Adrianne Woodward writes:
A big thank you to all of the flower ladies who made the Church look so beautiful for the Harvest Service. Thanks also to the ladies who kindly donated cakes, they were delicious and were very much appreciated by those that came to the Village Hall for the after-service tea.
 
Gratitude also goes to those who worked behind the scenes putting up and dismantling tables, laying out teas and cakes, serving tea and cakes and of course washing up and tidying away. It was an example of Birlingham teamwork at it's best!
 
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Kelvin Hartshorne writes:
This past August Bank Holiday weekend was the very first time that the Village Hall had ever taken part in the Open Studios initiative, an event that takes place once a year in a multitude of venues across Worcestershire with the aim of encouraging more people to view a wide variety of artistic styles. There were eight artists, one photographer plus the Birlingham Photographic Club. The Hall was one of only a handful of locations in the County that was a group venue and what a great success it was.
 
It started on the Friday evening with an invitation-only preview; a little over 120 attended plus the artists and there was a wonderful party atmosphere. The following two days we were open from 11.00am till 6.00pm and from 11.00am till 4.00pm on the Monday. In total we had well over 600 visitors with some travelling considerable distances to meet the artists and see such a wide variety of artistic styles. The feedback produced some fantastic comments about the artists and their work and also what a exciting venue the Village Hall was.
 
My very grateful thanks to everyone who visited, to the teamwork that made the Bank Holiday so successful but mostly to the artists and photographers who made it such a worthwhile event.
 
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Superfast broadband is now available in the whole of Birlingham, including the part of the village served by Eckington ‘Cabinet 601’: Eckington Road, Defford Road and Upper End. The service can be ordered through your service provider. Information for BT customers is available at www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/upgrade-your-broadband/ec-upg-bb-sc-fttc-copper.html.
 
Speeds of up to 76 Mbps are possible with superfast broadband (compared to the 7 Mbps we currently receive), depending on the upgrade package you choose. However, the speeds are likely to be less than half of that on our local wiring. If you do decide to upgrade, we would be interested to hear what speeds are achieved on your line.
 
Full details of the programme are available at www.superfastworcestershire.com.
 
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John Hill writes:
On behalf of Birlingham Parish Council, Councillor Steven Byrne is attending the Pershore Steering Group, who are working to produce the Pershore Town Plan. This is to consider the future of the town and how that will affect both its residents and those who use the town. It would be helpful to receive Birlingham residents’ views of what they like about Pershore and any things which they feel need improvement. These can be sent to June Hiden, our Parish Clerk, at birlingham_clerk@yahoo.co.uk or any member of the Parish Council. We would appreciate comments by 30th September.
 
More information about the Steering Group is available on their website at www.pershoretownplan.co.uk.
 
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The following planning application has been withdrawn:
  • Stable Cottage, Upper End: First floor extension to provide additional bedroom and conversion of attached redundant rooms into habitable spaces (Case No. 17/00947). Withdrawn. Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at https://plan.wychavon.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=91327.
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