The Parochial Church Council and Jubilee Committee are organising a day of celebrations next month – initial details below.

In this issue:
  1. Road Closure, Lower End
  2. Black Country Evening, Saturday 14th April
  3. A Right Royal Family Day! – Saturday 19th May
  4. Rubble Required
  5. Wychavon Parish Games
  6. Wanted for Bulb Teas
  7. Accounts Assistance for Parochial Church Council
  8. Eckington Break-ins
  9. Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme Announced
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1. Road Closure, Lower End

The road in Lower End from the junction with Grange Road to the junction by the Clock House will be closed for works to the water main. The work is due to begin today (Wednesday 11th April) and is expected to be completed by Friday.

The official notice can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/road_closure_2018_1.pdf.

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2. Black Country Evening, Saturday 14th April

There are still a few tickets left for this Saturday’s Black Country Evening starring comedy duo ‘Dandy’ at the Village Hall. The evening starts at 7.30pm and will be held in memory of John Hill, with all proceeds going to St James’ Church.

Tickets are £15 per head to include a fabulous Black Country Meal. Feel free to bring your own beverages. Contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936 to reserve your place.

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3. A Right Royal Family Day! – Saturday 19th May

The PCC and Jubilee Committee are joining forces on Saturday 19th May to provide a day of celebrations for the village. The PCC are organising their annual Family Day at the Cricket Ground on that day, which is also the day of the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup Final.

From late morning, the Jubilee Committee will be broadcasting the Royal Wedding in the pavilion and offering refreshments, and this will be followed by coverage of the FA Cup Final in the afternoon. Meanwhile the usual Family Day fun takes place outside in the afternoon.

Whether you are a fan of the royal family, a keen football supporter or an enthusiast for the egg-tossing competition, there should be something for everyone! Please save the date and come along to join us for some or all of these activities.

More details will be available shortly but as usual we can’t do this without all the wonderful support of the volunteers in the village. If you are able to volunteer to run a stall, donate a cake or two or help set up, could you please contact Paula Aston on 01386 751425 or email paston1976@gmail.com. As ever, your assistance would be more than gratefully received.

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4. Rubble Required

Adrian Pawsey writes:
The Cricket Club needs about six barrowloads of hardcore/rubble. If anyone has some to move, we will collect.

If you have any spare rubble, please contact Adrian on 01386 552428 or email adrianbirlingham@hotmail.co.uk.

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5. Wychavon Parish Games

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Wychavon Parish Games. Birlingham won the Crib competition in 1984 and 1997, and we have taken part in several events over the last few years. The events cater for a wide range of interests and participants enjoy visiting clubs, pubs and village halls in other parts of the District.

One-day events include Angling, Bell Boating, Bowls, Cross County, Five-a-side, Petanque, Rounders and Junior and Senior Table Tennis. The other events are league events, which are played throughout the summer. These include Crib, Darts, Dominoes, Pool and Skittles. More information about the games is given at www.birlingham.org/docs/pg_2018.pdf.

Once again, Denise McGowan has volunteered to co-ordinate Birlingham’s entry. If you would like to join one of the teams, or can organise a specific team, please contact Denise on 01386 750443.

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6. Wanted for Bulb Teas

The following items are needed for Bulb Teas so if you are clearing out your cupboards, having a spring clean or see them in the charity shop or car boot sale then we would be grateful for any donations.

  • Good quality tea pots – for one, two or four people
  • Milk jugs
  • Trays – capable of holding tea for 4 people
Please contact Caryl Mills on 01386 751748 if you are able to help.

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7. Accounts Assistance for Parochial Church Council

Claire Lording writes:
Like many other organisations in the village, the PCC have suffered a huge loss with the passing of our wonderful Treasurer, John Hill. We are now looking for someone to assist us in the accounts work that John undertook. Ideally we’d like a Treasurer who would be willing to keep our accounts up to date on a regular basis but any help would be appreciated. Although you don’t need to be a regular church goer, it is essential that you support the vision and aims of the PCC.

We would be grateful for any assistance and would ask anyone that can help to contact Paula Aston by email at paston1976@gmail.com.

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8. Eckington Break-ins

Darren the Postman writes:
A couple of break-ins have occurred over the last week in Eckington. (I had to attend one in Drakes Bridge Road to make the rear of house secure.)

Please keep a lookout for suspicious behaviour in the area and phone 101 if in doubt.

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9. Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme Announced

Following on from the Chancellor’s announcement on 15th March about the Government’s investment in Local Full Fibre Networks, you may be aware of the launch of a national Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which now covers Worcestershire.

The primary objective of this scheme is to expand the full-fibre, gigabit-capable network to small and medium-sized enterprises. SMEs in our area will be able to access a voucher worth £3,000 to upgrade their business broadband connection to fast and reliable gigabit speed (without the need for a match). At the same time groups of residents will be able to apply for a voucher of £500 for each domestic connection – as long as there are business users in the scheme who are the main beneficiaries.

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is a significant opportunity to expand the full-fibre network and to stimulate commercial investment in priority business zones. Full details about the scheme are available at https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk.

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