Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! If you need something to do after working your way through the Christmas leftovers, take a look at our Christmas quiz; even if you can’t name the subjects of the photographs, enjoy this glimpse of Birlingham from 60 years ago.

In this issue:
  1. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 2nd January
  2. New Year Bin Collections
  3. St James’ Church Services – January
  4. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 8th January
  5. Christmas Photo Quiz, Part 2
  6. Drainage Update
  7. High Visibility Clothing
  8. Natural Networks Programme
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1. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 2nd January

The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 2nd January, 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 Christmas and New Year news. If you have never tried it, make it your New Year’s resolution to come along.

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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2. New Year Bin Collections

The next collection of household waste is on Saturday 5th January (replacing Tuesday 1st January), when black bins will be emptied. You can also put out two extra refuse sacks.

Normal collections resume on Tuesday 8th January. On that day, you can also leave two extra clear recycling sacks with your green bin. Clear recycling sacks are available from the Birlingham phone box or from Pershore Civic Centre.

Full details of Christmas and New Year collections are available at www.birlingham.org/docs/wychavon_christmas_2018.pdf. The bin collection calendar for next year can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/bin_collections_2018_oct.jpg.

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3. St James’ Church Services – January

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

  • Sunday 6th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Ven. Chris Liley)
  • Sunday 13th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Revd Philip Hughes)
  • Sunday 20th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Peter Stansbie)
  • Sunday 27th: Holy Communion, 9.00am (with Revd Claire Lording)
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4. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 8th January

Angela Fitch writes:
The next meeting of Birlingham Photography Club is on Tuesday 8th January (the second Tuesday this month).

Who got a lovely new camera for Christmas? If that’s you, then it’s time to get it out of the box, switch to manual settings and start finding out what all of those little buttons do!

But it doesn’t stop there! To kick 2019 off, BPC’s January meeting includes demonstrations of three of the leading photo manipulation computer software packages: Adobe’s Lightroom, DxO’s Nik and the Topaz suite. So, if you need to decide on which software package to invest in, or if you have something already but can’t quite fathom out what it actually does, join us to find out more.

BPC welcomes anyone who is interested in photography. It doesn’t matter what kit you use, just turn up, it’s a ‘pay and play’ club – nothing ventured, nothing gained! £4pp to include refreshments, under 18s must be accompanied.

More information about the 2019 programme is available at www.birlinghamphotography.co.uk.

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5. Christmas Photo Quiz, Part 2

The second part of our Christmas Photo Quiz has been provided by Marcus Sparrow (first cousin once removed of Walter Fielding-Cotterell). He has sent us a wonderful collection of old village photographs, taken by his late father, Alan Sparrow. The photographs can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/pics/christmas_quiz_2018.pdf.

How many of these villagers can you name? Can you supply us with details of dates or locations? Please let us know at news@birlingham.org. There will be prizes!

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6. Drainage Update

The Parish Clerk writes:
Good news . . . the drainage upgrade has been completed!

There are a couple of things that will need addressing at a later stage:

  • The garden at Barncroft still needs to be reinstated when there is a break in the weather. We thank the Freeths again for their patience in this matter.
  • Severn Trent Water have gone through one of the gully connections opposite Barncroft. STW were informed by Highways but never attended site, despite promising to rectify. The gang have had to backfill and make safe the excavation. The surfacing is only a temporary reinstatement, so if STW don’t address the issue and the surfacing starts to break up this will have to be dealt with.
  • There is still some ponding to the entrance of Old Dairy but this is due to where the driveway treatment encroaches on the highway limits.
So, it just leaves me to say ‘thank you’ for your help with traffic diversions and accommodating this scheme over the last few weeks.

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7. High Visibility Clothing

We have been asked to highlight the dangers of walking around the village roads during the current dark nights.

In the winter months, would people who are walking their dogs, or just walking, please wear some sort of high-visibility clothing so that motorists can pick them up earlier and take the necessary action. This applies to cyclists as well. If not, it is an accident waiting to happen.

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8. Natural Networks Programme

Worcestershire County Council are holding a launch event for the Natural Networks Programme on Thursday 31st January. This programme supports biodiversity projects. The programme offers professional advice on how to create, improve or restore wildlife-rich habitats and offers grants up to 45% of the total project’s cost. Grants are available from £2,000 up to £200,000.

The venue is the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Lower Smite Farm, Hindlip, WR3 8SZ. Time:6.00pm-8.00pm.

Participants will hear from a range of speakers, including those already involved and developing their own projects and partner organisations providing support, advice and funding.

To book a free place, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcome-to-natural-networks-registration-52602586753.

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