With the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War coming up in November, we are looking for information to commemorate the event. Full details below.

In this issue:
  1. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 2nd October
  2. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 3rd October
  3. St James’ Church Services – October
  4. Sixties Evening, Saturday, 13th October
  5. Parish Council Report
  6. First World War Commemoration
  7. Planning Applications
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1. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 2nd October

Angela Fitch writes:
The next meeting of Birlingham Photography Club is on Tuesday 2nd October at 7.00pm in Birlingham Village Hall. The subject will be low light photography, with Kevin Williams.

Getting the exposure triangle right when the light is low can be a challenge, but when you get it right, the results can be stunning. BPC Member, Kevin Williams, reveals the art of catching the light. The session is perfectly timed to coincide with Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and all the other great opportunities that the shorter daylight hours present. This will be an interactive session – bring cameras and tripods or beanbags.

Anyone is welcome to come to BPC meetings, it doesn’t matter what stage your photography has reached, or what type of camera kit you use. £4pp, to include light refreshments, under 18s to be accompanied.

Visit www.birlinghamphotography.co.uk for more information about the club.

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2. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 3rd October

The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 3rd October, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – an opportunity to meet friends, catch up with the latest activities in the village and debate the news from the political party conference season.

All are welcome, especially families new to the village. Cost is £2 per head and it is always held on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.

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3. St James’ Church Services – October

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

  • Sunday 7th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Canon Richard Etheridge)
  • Sunday 14th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Revd Philip Hughes)
  • Sunday 21st: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with David Bray)
  • Sunday 28th: Holy Communion, 9.00am (with Revd Claire Lording)
Please note that there will be a Communion Service for the whole Benefice at St Nicholas, Pinvin at 10.30am this Sunday (30th September). There will be no service in Birlingham on that day.

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4. Sixties Evening, Saturday, 13th October

There has been a great response to the Sixties Evening and only a few tickets are left. Top Midlands band, The Reflections, will be playing on Saturday 13th October in Birlingham Village Hall. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles; a bar will be available in the hall.

Tickets £10 each from Chris Hermon on 01386 750096 – but numbers are limited and there are only a small number left. Cash or cheques payable to Chris Hermon.

Proceeds of the evening to Birlingham Village Hall.

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5. Parish Council Report

Ian Yates writes:
At the Parish Council meeting on 19th September various matters were discussed:

  • A resident in Upper End was concerned about the recent work that is being carried out in the village to upgrade the drainage systems and reduce flooding. It appeared that the outflow from a septic tank had been incorrectly connected to the replacement pipework, which could result in flood water being contaminated with sewage. An Environmental Health Officer had been called out and the Parish Council Clerk, June Hiden, agreed to investigate this further.
  • The Parish Council has been required to consider a number of planning applications recently. One resident, whose application has now been granted, raised concerns about the comments the PC had made regarding the application. Councillor Byrne clarified the process the Parish Council are required to follow and explained that planning decisions are made by Wychavon District Council, not by the Parish Council.
  • Wychavon District Councillor, Ron Davis, attended the meeting and the recent planning application at Woodfield Farm was discussed. The Parish Council has already commented on this application but stressed that the conditions proposed that would limit movement of HGVs at unsociable hours should be taken into account when the application is considered by Wychavon planning officers.
  • Councillor Allen provided an update on the work being done to ensure that the Parish Council is compliant with the recent General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
  • Councillor Fitch explained that the requested bus stop sign would not be going ahead, now that we had been informed of a reduced bus service in future. He is also looking at options for the Millennium Bench, which is unfortunately damaging the plane tree on the village green by cutting into the trunk.
  • Worcester County Councillor, Adrian Hardman, attended the meeting and provided an update on the CC budgetary process, which is under considerable pressure due to the need to provide some 60 care-in-the-community beds to support patients when discharged from Worcester Hospital.
Full minutes of the Parish Council meeting will be available in due course.

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6. First World War Commemoration

As part of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Jubilee Committee are putting together a booklet remembering all those from Birlingham who saw active service. Christina Horrocks and Chris Reynard have already done an amazing job researching Birlingham’s soldiers but we are now looking for any further information about that time.

Do you have any family recollections about the First World War that you could share, particularly if they are related to Birlingham? Did your parents, grandparents or great grandparents talk to you about their experiences, or pass down stories they had been told? Do you have any photographs of the people involved or photographs or papers relating to Birlingham village in the 1910s?

If you can contribute to the research in any way please email the Jubilee Committee at info@birlingham.org or phone 07801 368953.

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7. Planning Applications

The following planning applications have been received by the Parish Council:

  • Lower End Farm, Berwick Lane: Take down timber summerhouse and erection of replacement summerhouse (Case No. 18/01607). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 5th October.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at https://plan.wychavon.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=97710.
  • 3 Church Street: Rebuilding of rear single storey extension. Replacing front elevation velux window with pitched roof dormer. Replacing rear elevation velux with flat roof dormer with juliet balcony. Reconfiguring internal layout (Case No. 18/01838). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 18th October.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at https://plan.wychavon.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=97941.
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