Western Power Distribution – Severe Weather Update

Severe weather – We are prepared just in case.  Monday 16th October 2017 – 10am

You may have read in the news that parts of the UK are expected to be impacted by high winds throughout today, relating to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia. We are already taking steps to prepare and will ensure that any customers who experience a power cut as a result will be restored as quickly and safely as possible.

The forecasters have predicted that wind speeds will increase throughout the day and into this evening. These winds are expected to begin to impact South Western areas from about 10.30am and then travel towards the North East.

In terms of WPD’s regions the main impact is expected to be in South West and Wales area, with West Wales on Red alert with maximum gusts up to 75mph.

Both East and West Midlands are on Amber alert with winds expected to reach up to 55mph.

It is predicted that the strong winds should clear through the South West by 6pm and all areas by midnight.

Preparations Western Power Distribution is taking:

Our resilient systems and dedicated staff are prepared so that, whatever the weather, we can work to restore power supplies as quickly and safely as possible if they are disrupted.  In particular we have the following in place over the next few days and into the weekend if necessary:

  • Additional operational and engineering staff ready and on stand-by to respond to any network issues
  • Additional Control and Contact Centre operatives available to manage the electricity network and to help customers with their enquiries
  • Offices will be open 24/7 if needed
  • Helicopters will be available to fly and identify badly affected areas to hasten repairs
  • We have rescheduled all non-essential work to maximise staff available for storm repairs
  • Flooding teams and emergency response vehicles are on stand-by

We are continually monitoring this forecast and will provide regular progress updates if our customers and network are significantly impacted.

Additional information

We will issue further bulletins if anything develops.

If you experience a power cut or spot anything dangerous which may affect the electricity network, please contact us anytime by:

Phone:105 or 0800 6783 105
Twitter: @wpduk
All of our contact details can be found here.

For our most vulnerable customers, we also provide additional support during a power cut. Click here for more information about our Priority Service Register.

Gemini Choir Concert 6th October

BROMSGROVE INTERNATIONAL LINK (BDTA) invite you to a Fundraising Concert for Clinic in Malawi on Friday October 6th 7.30, at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green, B45 8NR

The GEMINI CHOIR will be in Concert with songs partly on an autumn theme and there will be a short talk on the Malawi clinic supported by St Andrew’s 

Interval – Wine and soft drinks

Tickets: £8.00,  Students £3.00. All proceeds to the clinic.

Tickets on the door and from ros.cooke@logicalroot.co.uk  01527 832467.  







Consultation on Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan

Barnt Green residents are invited to view the plans for the Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan.

The Plan covers the designated area of Alvechurch Parish for the period to 2030.  Residents’ feedback has shaped the policies and community projects in the Plan.


The final 6-week public consultation runs from October 5th to November 17th 2017 and starts with a 3-day drop-in event at Alvechurch Baptist Church….

Thursday 5th October 2-8pm

Friday 6th  October 3-8pm

Saturday 7th October 10am-4pm

Copies of all Plan documents will be on display and Councillors will be available to answer questions.

The Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed at the Alvechurch Parish Council office, Alvechurch Library and The Lounge café. It can also be viewed online at http://www.alvechurch.gov.uk/NeighbourhoodPlan and at https://alvechurchparishplan.org/.  Hard copies can be obtained at a nominal charge.


The Parish Council is inviting comments on the proposals in this Pre-submission version of the Plan before it is submitted to Bromsgrove District Council for formal consideration, then independent examination, and finally a public referendum.  Comments are being sought from local residents, businesses, landowners and prospective developers and need to include your name and postcode (as a resident), or your name and organisation / consultee body (if appropriate).  Comments on the draft Plan must be made in writing, using the Plan comments form, to Alvechurch Parish Council, 1A George Road, B48 7PB.  Alternatively, submit comment by email to clerk@alvechurch.gov.uk (again using the comments form) but ALL COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2017

All comments received will be publicly available on the Parish Council or Neighbourhood Plan websites after the consultation period. Comments will be identifiable by name, organisation, consultee type (resident, business, other body etc). All other personal information provided will be protected according to Data Protection legislation.


Opportunity to sign for cheaper energy tariff

Bromsgrove District Council are partners in a Worcestershire County Council initiative to encourage residents to sign up to access a potentially cheaper energy tariff.

Worcestershire Collective Energy Switch is open to all those in Worcestershire, with registration closing at midnight on October 9th 2017. Energy companies are then asked to bid against each other to offer the best deal and the cheapest price is offered to all those who registered. This may not be the best deal for everyone, depending on their specific circumstances…but the council’s energy advice partners Act on Energy are on hand on 0800 988 2881 to help people decide. There is no obligation to take the deal offered and the service is free.  For those who do decide to accept the deal, independent experts in group buying schemes iChoosr take care of the whole switching process, meaning the whole thing is as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

Find out more and register here: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/energyswitch or by calling Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881

There is an information and registration event in Bromsgrove Library next Wednesday 27th September 10am – 4pm

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Midland Sinfonia 2017/18 season

We are now looking forward to our 2017-18 season starting on Friday 6 October. Yes FRIDAY apart from one concert next year we will be having our musical delights playing out on Fridays in St Lawrence church, Alvechurch.  We hope this will please all of our regular attendees as well as introduce new visitors to the splendid evenings which we are so lucky to have in our village.  A lot of folk enjoy taking a stroll up the hill, without need of a vehicle, so they can enjoy a drink either before, or at the interval or indeed BOTH.  If you drive there is a free onsite car park.

If you have not got the new programme then do pick one up in the village, available at various outlets, including the library, or have a look at the details on our website, www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk, or indeed download a copy.

For those eager to get a ticket for the first concert, Virtuoso Violin, it will feature George Ewart on violin and Robert Markham on piano.

Friday October 6 get it in your diary now!

Also don’t forget our very popular December concert by candlelight on Friday 1st.

Tickets: on the door £14.50, in advance £13 from The Village Green Grocer and Florist, Alvechurch (the old bakery) or online at www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk

FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult free.

For more information: midlandsinfonia@gmail.com or 0121 447 7040

Superfast Broadband

The County Council has notified us of up-to-date information regarding broadband deployment in the Barnt Green area.  93% of Worcestershire now has access to superfast speeds (speeds over 24Mbps).

Superfast Broadband update 2017-09

To find out if you will benefit from future deployment, please enter your details in the postcode checker here. Broadband deployment is underway until December 2018.

Where superfast fibre cannot be made available we’re aiming to develop solutions to bring faster broadband using alternative technologies. Residents are encouraged to register for updates here.

If you would like to support our programme as a Community Broadband Champion,  and raise awareness of the benefits of fibre broadband to people and businesses in your community by displaying posters in community spaces, or sharing updates on social media, please get in touch.

Superfast Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council,
County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP

Email: superfast@worcestershire.gov.uk

Web: www.superfastworcestershire.com

Facebook: /broadbandworcs

Twitter: @SuperfastWorcs

Community Walk Saturday 23rd September

Join us on the 5th Annual Barnt Green Community Walk, everyone welcome.

Free to take part, all walks start and end at Millennium Park, Hewell Road B45 8NW.

This year the choice of three walks will be a walk of 8.5 miles towards Tardebigge via Shortwood Tunnel and back, meet at 1pm for a 1.30pm start;

Or meet at 2pm for a 2.30pm start to walk to Apes Dale via Linthurst and back;

Or meet at 3pm for a 3.30pm start for a circular walk through the Old Orchard and part of Pinfield Wood.

At the end we shall have a pig roast, drinks and music from Mane Sound.

Vacancy for a councillor

The vacant seat which occurred after one of the eight council members resigned, can be filled by co-option.  This means that instead of an election, the remaining seven council members will vote on the most suitable candidate to fill the post.

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor please read through the Co-optionApplication and SupportingInformation  and then submit your completed documents to the parish council office or contact the Executive Officer at the parish council office for more details.

Busking Festival

Join us in Barnt Green for the Busking Festival on Saturday 12th August, 12pm – 7pm.  Glorious music, glorious setting on the Glorious 12th!

Road works?

To find out if there are plans to carry out work on the roads in and around Barnt Green, the county council has a useful website where you can search for current road works including road closures and diversion routes.  This is the link: https://worcestershire.roadworks.org/