This week is your last chance to comment on the VDS, before it is submitted to Wychavon District Council, so if you haven’t yet made your views known, now is the time to do so.

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In this issue:
  1. St James’ Church Services – October
  2. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 3rd October
  3. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 4th October
  4. Parish Council Report
  5. Revised Bus Timetables
  6. Village Design Statement – Deadline, Saturday 30th September
  7. Race Night
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1. St James’ Church Services – October

Services at St James’ Church during October will be held at the following times:

  • Sunday 1st: Family Service, 10.30am (with David Bray)
  • Sunday 8th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Ven. Chris Liley)
  • Sunday 15th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Canon Richard Etheridge)
  • Sunday 22nd: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Rev. Claire Lording)
  • Sunday 29th: No service in Birlingham, as there will be a Communion Service for the entire Benefice, which will be held at St Nicholas, Pinvin
All the services, including the Benefice Service, start at 10.30am.

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2. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 3rd October

Angela Fitch writes:
The next meeting of Birlingham Photography Club is on Tuesday 3rd October.

Hit that moving target! London Camera Exchange Worcester Branch makes a return visit to BPC, where manager, Gareth, will reveal the techniques of taking photos of moving objects. Ever wondered how the subject is pin sharp, while the background is a supersonic blur of colour? Or, capture the creativity in a movement, giving your image a professional and artistic look that could win competitions or make it into exhibitions. Whether it’s motor sport, wildlife or people, if it moves you need to keep it crisp and that takes technique, guidance and practice.

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 www.birlinghamphotography.co.uk, phone Angela Fitch on 07585 904636 or email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com.

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3. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 4th October

The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 4th October, 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.

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4. Parish Council Report

John Hill writes:
At the Parish Council meeting on 20th September the following were discussed:

  • Increased bus service and school buses
  • Meeting with Worcestershire County Council to discuss cutting back hedgerows to clear footpath to Pershore
  • Obtaining an arborist’s opinion upon the plane tree and its future care
  • Letter from Wychavon District Council stating that future claims for New Homes Bonus should be of a legacy nature
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5. Revised Bus Timetables

John Hill writes:
At the Parish Council meeting last week the revised bus timetables, which come into effect from Monday 16th October, were welcomed as they offer a more comprehensive service.

This increased service when combined with the school buses means more traffic through the village. Buses use the narrow road which runs past the entrance gate to the church and there have been occasions when some vehicles have blocked the road, causing problems for the bus driver. The Parish Council ask that this area is respected as a bus route and that it be kept clear of parked vehicles. Signs requesting no parking will be installed shortly.

The timetables for new services 53 and 54, which replace the old 382 service, can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/bus_timetable_53_2017.pdf and www.birlingham.org/docs/bus_timetable_54_2017.pdf . The timetable for the new X50 and 51 services, which do not come into Birlingham but provide connections to Worcester and Evesham, are at www.birlingham.org/docs/bus_timetable_X50_51_2017.pdf .

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6. Village Design Statement – Deadline, Saturday 30th September

The final date for receiving comments on Birlingham’s Village Design Statement (VDS) is this Saturday, 30th September. The VDS and its extensive appendices are available at www.birlingham.org/parishcouncil/vds/index.htm.

To limit costs, printed copies are only available to those unable to access the document on-line. 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 birlingham_clerk@yahoo.co.uk
  • 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.

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7. Race Night

Paula Aston writes:
Saturday 16th September saw the return of the Birlingham Race Night. Yet another great turnout from the village, with over 40 people enjoying the evening. We managed to raise just over £300 for the church but more importantly everyone had a great time.

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