The Remembrance Day Service this year commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War. This will be an important occasion, so please come along. Details below.

In this issue:
  1. Interruption to Power Supply, Thursday 1st November
  2. St James’ Church Services – November
  3. Flex-ability Class, Monday 5th November
  4. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 6th November
  5. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 7th November
  6. Remembrance Day Service, Sunday 11th November
  7. Proposed Drainage Works at Upper End
  8. Burglary on Eckington Road
  9. Planning Applications
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1. Interruption to Power Supply, Thursday 1st November

The overhead power lines continue to cause problems and work will be carried out on them tomorrow (Thursday 1st November).

Access will be needed in front of the Village Hall during the afternoon to connect a generator. There should be no effect on the power supply at this point.

However, there will be an interruption when re-connecting to the mains between 8.00pm and 8.30pm. Properties in Church Street have been notified of the power cut but other properties may be affected.

Cones will be put out during the day outside the Village Hall to dissuade any parking,so please do not park in front of the Village Hall on Thursday as this may delay the work.

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2. St James’ Church Services – November

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

  • Sunday 4th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Joanna Williams)
  • Sunday 11th: Remembrance Day Service, 10.15am (with Angela Gerrard)
  • Sunday 18th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with David Bray)
  • Sunday 25th: Holy Communion, 9.00am (with Revd Claire Lording)
Please note that the Remembrance Day Service begins at the earlier time of 10.15am. The service includes the two-minute silence at the war memorial. Refreshments will be available afterwards in the Village Hall.

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3. Flex-ability Class, Monday 5th November

The evening ‘Flex-ability’ class at the Village Hall begins on Monday 5th November at 6.30pm. If you are interested in joining the class, please contact Karen via her website www.k-fit.biz or 07954 544595 (call or text).

For those not aware, ‘Flex-ability’ is Posture Alignment Therapy; the health benefits for all are many, and further details can be found on her website.

Please check the Village Hall noticeboard or the online noticeboard at www.birlingham.org/noticeboard/ for details of future classes.

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4. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 6th November

Angela Fitch writes:
The next meeting of Birlingham Photography Club is on Tuesday 6th October, 7.00pm – 8.30pm at Birlingham Village Hall. £4pp (under 18s to be accompanied).

Making pictures by Richard Barley: Do you take a picture or make a picture? What do you keep in the frame and what do you avoid? Where is your light source? Landscape, portrait or panorama? The list goes on.

Digital photography makes it oh so easy to point and click but have you captured the best photograph possible or is it just another snap that will stay in your ‘digital drawer’ and never be looked at again? Richard Barley, one of Worcestershire’s top photographers, makes his second visit to BPC on 6th November, when he will talk about what turns a snap into photograph.

BPC is open to anyone who is interested in photography, even if you only have your phone to work with. No joining fee, just £4 pay and play. Why not give it a try? With Christmas just around the corner it’s your chance to make the photos that you and your loved ones will treasure for ever.

More information at www.birlinghamphotography.co.uk or email birlinghamphoto@btinterent.com.

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5. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 7th November

The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 7th November, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – an opportunity to meet friends and catch up with the latest news.

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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6. Remembrance Day Service, Sunday 11th November

This year the Remembrance Day Service takes place on Armistice Day, Sunday 11th November, and commemorates exactly one hundred years since the end of the First World War. The service will begin earlier than usual at 10.15am in order to allow sufficient time for the congregation to process out to the War Memorial by 11.00am. It is hoped that there will be a big turnout for this important occasion.

Following the service, the Parochial Church Council and Jubilee Committee will be joining together to provide light refreshments in the Village Hall.

The church bells will be rung half-muffled for half an hour before the service. At 7.05pm, to coincide with the lighting of beacons across the United Kingdom, the bell ringers will be ‘Ringing for Peace’, with the bells ‘open’.

To commemorate the anniversary of the Armistice, the Jubilee Committee have co-ordinated the production of a booklet that remembers all those from Birlingham who took part in the First World War. This booklet will be available at the Remembrance Day Service and afterwards in the Village Hall.

In the meantime, we are still looking for someone who plays the trumpet (or similar) and would be willing to play the Last Post and the Reveille at the service. If you can help, please contact Chris Reynard on 01386 751122.

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7. Proposed Drainage Works at Upper End

The Parish Clerk writes:
The second phase of the drainage upgrading takes place at the end of November. A Public Notice will be published shortly in the newspaper giving advanced warning of the Upper End road closure.

For the majority of the time, during daylight hours, the only access into the village will be via New Barn Road. Advance road signs will be in place on the A4104 Pershore Road.

Worcestershire County Council Highways and Redstar Growers have met to agree how HGVs will access the farm during this period. HGVs will only be allowed to access the village by the usual route through the Upper End, where they will be required to wait at barriers for controlled entrance. HGVs will be advised not to use New Barn Road in order to alleviate any congestion along the diversion route.

The official notice can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/road_closure_2018_5.pdf.

Further information will be given when I have any more details. Your patience during this period will be appreciated.

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8. Burglary on Eckington Road

Between 4.00pm on Monday 29th and 8.20am on Tuesday 30th October, a shed was broken into on Eckington Road and a quantity of tools were stolen.

If you have any information on this incident, please contact the police on 101 quoting the number 0094S301018.

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9. Planning Applications

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

  • The Paddocks, Broadway Road: Single storey side extension and removal of existing garage (Case No. 18/02158). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 15th November.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at https://plan.wychavon.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=98260.
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:

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