The Midsummer Madness Dinner & Dance and a new Flood Alleviation Scheme for village roads are just two of the topics covered in this issue.

In this issue:
  1. St James’ Church Services – June
  2. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 5th June
  3. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 6th June
  4. Midsummer Madness Dinner & Dance, Saturday 23rd June
  5. Flood Alleviation Scheme – Road Closures
  6. Parish Council Report
  7. Royal Celebration and Fun Day – Thanks
  8. Road Verge Management and Pollinators
  9. Open Water Safety
  10. Planning Applications
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1. St James’ Church Services – June

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

  • Sunday 3rd: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Joanna Williams)
  • Sunday 10th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Revd Claire Lording)
  • Sunday 17th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Joanna Williams)
  • Sunday 24th: Holy Communion, 9.00am (with Revd Janet Robbins)
Please note the 9.00am start for Holy Communion on the 24th.

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2. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 5th June

The next meeting of Birlingham Photography Club is on Tuesday 5th June, 7.00pm – 8.30pm at Birlingham Village Hall.

Slo-Mo Photo. Have you ever tried to work out how to create those lovely images of dreamy wheat fields or misty, wispy water – or, at the other end of the scale, pin-sharp Formula One or slushy muddy trail bike images? It’s all in the shutter speed, but you need to marry that up with the other settings on your camera if you’re going to make it work.

Gareth Watson, Manager of London Camera Exchange, Worcester Branch, is an absolute whizz at using different shutter speeds to capture exactly the mood of the moment. Join fellow photographers at Birlingham Village Hall on Tuesday 5th June to find out how it’s done.

Everyone is welcome, it doesn’t matter how good you are, or what kit you have – it’s just £3pp, which includes refreshments, under 18s to be accompanied.

More information about Birlingham Photography Club is available at www.birlinghamphotography.co.uk or email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com.

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3. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 6th June

The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 6th June, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – an opportunity to meet friends and exchange highlights from the Celebration Day.

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. Midsummer Madness Dinner & Dance, Saturday 23rd June

Kelving Hartshorne writes:
Get your glad rags on to join friends and neighbours for Birlingham’s Midsummer Madness, an evening of delicious food, delightful company and diva dancing! This year’s event, organised by Birlingham’s Village Hall Committee, is a must do ‘bit-of-a-do’!

Arrival from 6.30pm for cocktails and canapes; dinner is served at 7.30pm. And what a dinner it’s going to be! Beautifully prepared by our very own Marion New, it includes: smoked fish pate and chicken breast Balmoral, followed by strawberry and peach cheesecake or cheese and biscuits. Naturally vegetarian options are available, just make a note on your order form.

After dinner you can dance the night away to tunes ranging from present day back to the sixties, all brought to you by Kat Blay. Truly something for everyone! Carriages 11.30pm.

Full price tickets £20. Early Birds get 25% discount – making your big night out just £15pp – only available until 5th June so don’t delay, book today! All tickets are available from June Barke, The Clock House – 01386 750949.

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5. Flood Alleviation Scheme – Road Closures

The Parish Clerk writes:
At the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 16th May I reported that a flood alleviation scheme has been programmed for this year by Worcestershire County Council Highways. This has taken several years of liaison between the parties and getting such work done in a small parish is nearly impossible. It will mean inconvenience and disruption to the village for a while but the outcome will be one of overall improvement to the highway and prevention of flooding to roads and properties.

The works will be starting in Rectory Lane on Monday 23rd July for two to three weeks, followed by Church Street (at its junction with Short Hill) for approximately one week, where both areas will have accommodating road closures. The verge/off road works will start once these sections have been completed and this will also include works in Upper End. Further works at Upper End will start week commencing 19th November for two to three weeks and will include a road closure.

Highways will carry out as much works as possible off road (without road closures) and would ask that you think about the safety of the gangs, in order to reduce the need for further closure to the carriageways.

If there is further information nearer the periods of the works, then I will keep you informed.

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6. Parish Council Report

Ian Yates writes:
The Chairman’s Report was presented to the Annual Parish Meeting, along with reports from various other organisations. The Chairman’s Report can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/apm_chairman_report_2018.pdf.

Various appointments were considered and made at the Parish Council Meeting for the new council year:

  • Ian Yates was elected Chairman of the Parish Council.
  • There was more than one expression of interest in the role of Vice Chairman and after a vote Paula Aston was elected.
  • Following the untimely death of Councillor John Hill, an application for co-option was issued. An application from Terry Griffin was received and the meeting was happy to accept his application and he was co-opted.
The Parish Council also considered its scheme of delegation and appointed members as follows:

  • Footpath warden under the authority of WCC – Bruce Hayward
  • Lengthsman – Carl Brassington
  • Tree Warden – Karl Grimston (although due to other commitments, additional support has been requested)
  • Planning Group – Ken Fitch with transition to Steven Byrne
  • Financial Support Officer – Terry Griffin
  • GDPR Officer – Stuart Allen
Full minutes of the Parish Council meeting will be available in due course.

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7. Royal Celebration and Fun Day – Thanks

Paula Aston and June Hiden write:
On behalf of St James’ PCC and the Jubilee Committee, thank you to all those who worked so hard to make Birlingham’s Royal Celebration and Fun Day such a success. With over seventy people watching the Royal Wedding and many more turning up for the Fun Day afterwards, it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves in that glorious weather and in such beautiful surroundings.

Particular thanks go to: the Cricket Club, who worked so hard to get the pavilion ready and made us so welcome; the small army who turned up on the Friday to transport and erect the marquee and put up bunting; those who served cream teas and drinks for the Royal Wedding; the many people who ran stalls and attractions for the Fun Day; Basil Barke for making all the announcements throughout the day; and finally those who turned up on the Sunday to pack it all away. To all those, your assistance was very much appreciated.

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8. Road Verge Management and Pollinators

Worcestershire County Council has produced an interesting and informative leaflet about their policies relating to the management of road verges and their approach to protecting and enhancing wildlife on verges.

The leaflet is available at www.birlingham.org/docs/road_verge_management.pdf.

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9. Open Water Safety

West Mercia Police have sent us information about the dangers of open water and how to stay safe. This information can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/open_water_safety.pdf.

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10. Planning Applications

The following planning application has been received by the Parish Council:

  • Maryworth Barn, Upper End: Single storey extension to front and rear dwelling (Case No. 18/00901). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 5th June.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at https://plan.wychavon.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=93895.
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