With Harvest Festival, Parish Council and Canapes & Fizz, there’s a busy week ahead.

In this issue:
  1. Harvest Festival at St James’, Sunday 16th September
  2. Revised Bus Timetables, Monday 17th September
  3. Parish Council Meeting, Wednesday 19th September
  4. Canapes and Fizz, Friday 21st September
  5. Drainage Works
  6. Planning Applications
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1. Harvest Festival at St James’, Sunday 16th September

A reminder that the Harvest Festival Service will be held at 11.00am on Sunday 16th September, and will include readings by representatives of local organisations. There will be a hot two-course lunch afterwards in the Village Hall. The main dish will be roast sirloin of beef, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available, all cooked by Marion New. The puddings will be made from local fruit. Please bring your own drinks.

The lunch will cost £12 per person. Please order your place by contacting either Ali Hastings (01386 750231) or Felicity Collier (01386 751194) as soon as possible. Please come and make it a jolly occasion.

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2. Revised Bus Timetables, Monday 17th September

The greatly reduced 53 and 54 services run by First Bus come into effect on Monday 17th September. Although many of the services have been cut, the remaining buses will still come through Birlingham village centre. The bus stops are next to and opposite the Village Hall.

A summary of the new bus times is available at www.birlingham.org/docs/ bus_timetable_2018_sep.pdf.

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3. Parish Council Meeting, Wednesday 19th September

The next meeting of Birlingham Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 19th September at 7.00pm in Birlingham Village Hall. During the meeting there is an opportunity to express your views on local issues, so please come along.

The agenda for the meeting will shortly be available at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_agenda_2018-09-19.pdf and the draft minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting on 18th July can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/pc_minutes_2018-07-18.pdf.

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4. Canapes and Fizz, Friday 21st September

Champagne and canapes will be available between 7.00pm and 8.30pm on Friday 21st September in St James’ Church. There is no charge for this event, which is being hosted by the Friends of St James’ as a thank you to all those who have supported the maintenance of the church building in the past.

This an opportunity for you to come and enjoy the church at the end of the summer when it is beautifully lit and decorated for Harvest and you can see what your support means. Even if you can only spare 10 minutes you would be really welcome to come along.

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5. Drainage Works

The Parish Clerk writes:
The drainage works are continuing, although they are not as visible as the highways gang are currently working on private land in Upper End.

As you are aware there are still completion works needed to connect the new system on Rectory Lane into the existing system just below the war memorial in the Avenue. Despite the original intention to use traffic lights, health and safety policy at Highways means this is now not feasible, as the minimum working safety widths for the contractors are not achievable. Therefore the works in this area will have to be done under a road closure. The intention is to have the closure for a couple of days but hopefully the road will only be completely closed for one day. This will cause inconvenience to Whitehall Lane particularly, so you may have to consider parking your vehicle outside the road closure area.

I will try to keep you informed. As soon as I have any more information I will let you know.

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6. Planning Applications

The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:

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