Message from our Safer Neighbourhood Team

Crime Prevention

Marking your property is a positive way to fight crime, it can act as a deterrent, it allows you to prove ownership and helps you to identify your property easily if it is offered for sale. Marking your property also provides a means for the police to identify stolen goods and return them to their owners.

There are a number of ways to mark your property including utilising visible markers such as permanent marker pens, waterproof paint, stencils, engraving and specialised overt marking kits which are available on the market.

You can also use invisible markers such as UV pens or specialised forensic kits such as Smartwater.

Smartwater have recently reduced their standard price for a home marking kit from £68 to £25 which is available to anyone.

Smartwater is currently working in partnership with West Mercia Police and is providing an offer for residents to purchase a standard home marking kit for a discounted price of £19.95.

Any residents wishing to purchase Smartwater at this reduced price can do so by calling Smartwater on 0333 370 7797 and quoting “WDBC”.

The Midland Sinfonia Flute and Harp Classics

The Midland Sinfonia 

Friday 18 May 7.30pm 

St Lawrence Church, Alvechurch 

Flute and Harp Classics played by Charlotte Thomas (flute), Bethan Griffiths (harp) known as Hefin Flute and Harp Duo

Charlotte and Bethan met as members of the North Wales Youth Orchestra in 2010 and started playing together the following year. They have gone on to perform at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and Chester Music Society. They are both very talented musicians, Bethan having been playing the harp since the age of ten; this should be a really enjoyable evening.

It will be a mixed programme featuring the work of JS Bach, Debussy, Rossini and others.

Tickets: on the door £14.50, in advance £13 from ‘Gin & Pickles’, The Square, Alvechurch or online at

FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult free.

For more information: or 0121 447 7040

Your Meeting – Annual Parish Meeting 26th April, 7pm

All Barnt Green residents are welcome to attend the annual opportunity to talk about parish affairs that will take place on Thursday 26th April at 7pm at the Friends Meeting House, Sandhills Road, B45 8NR.  This is your opportunity to raise issues and discuss shared concerns with fellow residents and neighbours.

Refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.

Message from West Mercia Police

Parking enforcement in your area

West Mercia Police have seen an increase in complaints of inconsiderate and illegal parking in residential areas.

Although parking enforcement is largely carried out by the local authority, Bromsgrove Safer Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out targeted patrols over the coming weeks to educate motorists and take enforcement action where necessary.

Inspector Gareth Keyte said; ” I am appealing to motorists living and visiting Bromsgrove, Rubery, Hagley and Alvechurch to drive and park considerately. A little thought and consideration will avoid enforcement action which often has a financial or insurance consequence”.

Fun Run CANCELLED 18/03/2018

Due to the snowy weather conditions the decision has been taken to cancel today’s Barnt Green Fun Run.

Please direct enquiries to or to 07410 906282.

The Midland Sinfonia, Friday 20 April 7.30pm

Friday 20 April 7.30pm, St Lawrence Church, Alvechurch

Strings Attached

CPE Bach – Symphony in A, WQ 182/4

Saint Saens – Prelude to le Deluge
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Tchaikovsky – Legend from Children’s Songs for Voice and Piano
Arensky – Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky
Nielsen – Little Suite for Strings

Tickets: on the door £14.50, in advance £13 from ‘Gin & Pickles’, The Square, Alvechurch or online at

FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult free.

For more information: or 0121 447 7040


Fun Run with Barnt Green Chuggers and Sports Relief

Sign up to join in the annual Barnt Green Fun Run on Sunday 18th March.  Start from Millennium Park at 12.30pm to walk, jog or run 3 laps of the village centre totalling 5km.  Medals, music, hot food and refreshments in the park at the finish.

Registration forms available from Barnt Green Post Office and St Andrews First School; entry fees are £5 per adult, £2.50 u-16’s, £10 per family (1 adult with 3 children or 2 adults with 2 children).

Fun Run 2018

This ties in with the Sport Relief ‘Billion Steps Challenge’ – download the app for more information.


Up and Running Opportunity



This very light introduction to running, is best suited for the beginner jogger / runner and uses a tried & tested and balanced mix of walking, trotting, jogging and running.  So if looking to improve your health & fitness, de-stress, lose weight or just wanting to get more active in the company of others……then this is just for you !!

WHAT – 7 WEEK PROGRAMME OF ONE HOUR SESSIONS – delivered by a team of motivators from Barnt Green Chuggers; some who have completed the Up & Running Programme and understand the challenge of getting running

WHERE – Barnt Green Sports Club, Margesson Drive Barnt Green

WHEN – 10am Sunday Mornings – START DATE – SUNDAY 25th MARCH

HOW – COST £12 and for more information and registration – contact Emma Fordham  –

WHO – A group of no more than 20 women – all new to running 🙂

“When I started ‘up and running’ I couldn’t run to the end of my road, I’m now training for a 10k run! It’s a brilliant programme, really good fun. Everyone is so supportive.  I’ve made lovely new friends and won a club award. Give it a try”            Nicola Denning – BGC Rookie of the Year!!

BGC 2018 U and R Poster Final_

Be Aware of Fraud

It was Fraud Awareness week recently and although we may feel we can tell good from bad emails, why not take this test to see. Even if we pass with flying colours, do you think there are members of your family that wouldn’t or close friends?
Awareness is not just about ourselves, we need to look after each other.
Why not take this quick test of 8 questions for fun.

Temporary station closure 3rd/4th March 2018

Starting Saturday 3rd March at 22:30, Network Rail and ABC Electrification will be installing and energising the overhead line equipment (OLE) wiring through Platforms 1 and 2 at Barnt Green Station.  The platforms are due to be handed back to West Midlands Railway and back in operational service on 4th March at 20:20.

There will be no trains running during this period. All platforms will have their entry/exit routes to all platforms will be closed, complete with warning signage to prevent unauthorised passenger access to the construction site.  The footbridge will remain open to the public to allow foot access between Station Approach and Fiery Hill Road.

The pedestrian access from Hewell Lane road bridge onto Platform 2 will be temporarily closed to prevent unauthorised access to the south end of the station.

The  work involves installing overhead power cables from just south of Hewell Lane bridge through the station and tying in to the existing overhead cables north of the junction.  Towards the end of the blockade, the wiring will be electrically tested, once the power is restored from Birmingham New Street.  It is intended that work takes place during two 10hr shifts, between 22:30hrs on 03/03/18 and 20:20hrs on 04/03/18.  ABC will be using rail mounted mobile elevated working platforms (MEWPs) to lift and fix the four wires that will run from the locations stated above.  Noise will be kept to a minimum as much as possible – albeit this is a construction worksite.

ABC has set up a temporary welfare facilities for its workforce within Network Rail boundary.