Funding Fair for community groups

If you’re a voluntary of community organisation working in Bromsgrove or Redditch and need help with funding, this is the event for you.

Special funder workshops available to book but places are limited.

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 10am – 3pm at Redditch Town Hall

Book online at

Or contact BARN on 01527 60282 or for more info.

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Pedestrian Access now open!

The walkway between Kendal End Road and Fiery Hill Road is now open for pedestrians to use.

Barnt Green is open for business

Despite the road closure, the shops in Barnt Green are open and ready for business as usual.

The road under the railway bridge near to Bittell Road, Fiery Hill Road and Kendal End Road is closed at that junction to all traffic, including to pedestrians.

The developers of the new housing site are working to install a footway between Kendal End Road and Fiery Hill Road so that pedestrians can use the bridge at the railway station to get into/out of Barnt Green village.  Vehicle drivers will need to follow the diversion signs – the official diversion from Rednal is either via Groveley Lane, A441, Bittell Road or via Rose Hill, Twatling Road, Fiery Hill Road, Hewell Lane.

All drivers are asked to add extra time to their journeys and to observe the speed limits – which vary between 20mph along Hewell Road in Barnt Green village centre, 30mph along all other roads except for Bittell Road between Barnt Green and Alvechurch (40mph), Rose Hill (40mph) and the A441 (40mph through Hopwood, 50mph in places either side of Hopwood).

Information is available from Worcestershire County Council for live roadworks updates –

and from Worcestershire County Council for bus timetables and changes –

The works being carried out require a temporary road closure to allow for the pavement on the north side of Bittell Road, the road under the railway bridge, to be moved to the south side of the road; this was a requirement of the planning consent for the Cala Homes development.  At the same time, major infrastructure improvements are being carried out for water, gas and telephone services which the parish council is hoping will mean this part of the road should not have to be closed again for the foreseeable future.

The road closure is expect to last until March 2017.



Power Cut? Call 105

There is only one number to remember if you have a power cut: 105.

See attached pdf for 7 Top Tips to ensure you are prepared in case the power goes off.


Parish Council office hours

The Parish Council office at 80 Hewell Road will be open as usual during the week commencing Monday 19th December and will then be closed until Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Usual open hours are 10am – 1pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 2pm – 4pm Thursday.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Mulled Wine Walk Tuesday 27th December

The Mulled Wine Walk will take in hilltops and canal-side routes (see below for link to details and photographs).  This fun walk is open to everyone to enjoy the fresh air and company; starting from Millennium Park, Hewell Road at 1pm and aiming to return by 4pm for refreshments at Cafe Morso. 

We hope you will join us!

Christmas Lights switch-on 4.30pm Friday December 2nd.

The school choir will lead the carol singing in Millennium Park on Friday 2nd December before the Christmas Lights are switched on.  Join us to see the new lights, five of which have been designed by pupils at St Andrews First School. Then check out the shop window Christmas displays as you follow the lights along Hewell Road to the school Christmas Fair that starts at 5.30pm.  Take part in the competition to find Santa and his Christmas tree decorations on your way!  Entry forms can be picked up from Barnt Green Post Office, the Tea Shop, and Oasis Balloons and Flowers.

Free Christmas Village Competition

Find Santa and his tree decorations in Barnt Green Village.  Collect an entry form from Barnt Green Post Office, the Tea Shop or Oasis Flowers & Balloons then check out where the characters or decorations are hiding in the village shop windows.  Drop your completed form back to any of the three pick-up points by Friday 9th December to win a special prize.

Independent guide to care and support for the elderly

The new, free Worcestershire Care Services Directory, published by Care Choices is now available. It is an independent publication published in association with West Midlands Care Association to help those looking for care and support in Worcestershire.

The new edition of the independent publication and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and support in Worcestershire. It includes how to stay independent for as long as possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for when choosing a care provider. It also offers guidance on important issues such as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Worcestershire, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services.

The directory will be available throughout the region from outlets including carers’ centres, hospitals, GP surgeries, Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. It can be downloaded from and is also available in spoken word. Copies of the directory, further help and information can also be accessed via the directory’s free telephone helpline on 0800 389 2077.

Mulled Wine Walk 27th December

Join us on Tuesday December 27th,  the day after Boxing Day, for a 5-mile walk on a route to Withybed Green where we join the canal towpath before turning back to Barnt Green via Cobley Hill.  We are calling this event the ‘Mulled Wine Walk’ because we intend to end up at Café Morso for refreshments at about 4.30pm.


There will be lots to enjoy including the views of Arrow Valley, the fresh air, the company and just taking time out to unwind after the hectic Christmas activities.

The walk is being led by Simon Richards, the parish footpaths warden.  There is no charge to take part in the walk which will set out from Millennium Park (Hewell Road) at 1pm.  All ages are welcome, but young children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

You will need some money if staying for the refreshments at the end, stout walking shoes and wet-weather gear, just in case!  But even if it rains, please do come and take this opportunity to walk off the Christmas pudding – just turn up, you will be warmly welcomed!