Here is some information about the effects of the current bad weather, along with details of Christmas activities and an old, seasonal photo.

In this issue:
  1. This Week’s Bin Collection
  2. Road Closure, Lower End
  3. Christmas Services
  4. Swan Inn Opening Times
  5. Christmas Bin Collections
  6. Bell Ringing Group in 1955
  7. Phishing Email Using Police Branding
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1. This Week’s Bin Collection

Due to the snow, bin collections have been delayed this week, as staff are clearing footpaths instead. Therefore the collection of the recycling bins that should have taken place today will now be done this Friday (15th December). You are asked to leave your bins out until the collection has taken place.

Details of the revised collection times over the Christmas period are given below.

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2. Road Closure, Lower End

The road between The Row and Clock House is currently closed for works to repair the water main. The work has already begun but had to be stopped due to the bad weather. When work restarts it is expected to last two days.

The official notice can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/road_closure_2017_4.pdf.

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3. Christmas Services

The Carol Service takes place on Sunday 17th December at 5.00pm in St James’ Church (led by Peter Stansbie). Jon Komor will be playing the organ for us. The service will be followed by mulled wine and refreshments in the Village Hall. Do come along and join in singing traditional carols.

The Christingle and Blessing of the Crib will be held in the church on Sunday 24th December at 4.00pm (with Revd Alma Organ officiating).

Christmas Communion (with Canon Richard Etheridge) takes place at 10.30am on Christmas Day.

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4. Swan Inn Opening Times

Zoe Haines writes:
Join us at the The Swan Inn for some festive fun and cheer over the Christmas period. Amongst our normal menu we shall feature Christmasy dishes and winter warmers at the bar.

Our opening times are:

  • Sunday 24th: 12.30 noon – 4.30pm (food served 12.00 noon – 3.00pm) & 6.30pm – 11.00pm
  • Christmas Day: 12.00 noon – 2.00pm (drinks only)
  • Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th: Closed
  • Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th: 6.30pm – 11.00pm (drinks only)
  • New Year’s Eve:6.30pm – 1.00am (Only one table left!)
  • New Year’s Day: 12.00 noon – 4.30pm (Light Lunch Menu served 12.00 noon – 3.00pm)
  • Tuesday 2nd January: Open as usual
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your custom over the year and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With Best Wishes,
Will, Zoe & Jacob, David & Sarah and all the staff at The Swan Inn

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5. Christmas Bin Collections

Dates for bin collections in Birlingham over the Christmas period are as follows:

  • Friday 29th December: green bins (plus up to two extra clear recycling sacks) & brown bins
  • Friday 5th January: black bins (plus up to two extra refuse sacks)
  • Thursday 11th January: green bins (no extra recycling sacks) & brown bins
Clear recycling sacks will be available from the Birlingham phone box or from Pershore Civic Centre.

Full details of Christmas collections are available at www.birlingham.org/docs/wychavon_christmas_2017.jpg. The bin collection calendar for next year can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/bin_collections_2018.pdf.

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6. Bell Ringing Group in 1955

Walter Fielding-Cotterell writes from New Zealand:
Seasonal Greetings all,

Here’s a Christmas memory test for the village elders. www.birlingham.org/pics/bells1955.pdf is a photo taken of a bell ringing group (campanologists for the purists) taken outside the Swan pub. They are a handbell ringing group but they may have rung the church bells also. From the dress code I think it was taken about 1955. Can anyone name the five gentlemen pictured?

I can help you with the name of the man on the extreme right. It is Ken Lawrence who lived with his wife Emma at 3 Gravelly Hill Cottages on Eckington Road (on top of the hill leading down to Eckington Bridge) until at least the mid-1970s. I can recognise a couple of other faces but can’t put a name to them.

Have a great Christmas everyone. I will be thinking of Birlingham on Christmas day, while sweating over the barbeque in temperatures that could go over 90 degrees.

Kindest regards,
Walter Fielding-Cotterell

If you can identify any of the people in the team, please let us know at news@birlingham.org.

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7. Phishing Email Using Police Branding

We have been made aware of a phishing email that is using police branding to provoke responses. The email says that the recipient is being summoned to court as a witness and asks them to follow a link, which could then lead to a virus or malware being placed on their computer.

It uses a police.uk heading and suggests it is from the CPS online portal, but is clearly not official and represents a risk to security. If any members of the public receive such an email they are advised not to click on any links and delete it from their accounts as soon as possible.

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