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/ 


Community Walk planned for 23rd September

Everyone is invited to take part in the Community Walk to be held on the afternoon of Saturday 23rd September 2017.  More details coming soon.

Motor Festival success!

Barnt Green’s first Motor Festival, held on Sunday afternoon 2 July 2017, was a great success.  It attracted a display of over 60 cars and 12 bikes outside the shops in Barnt Green village.  Many residents and people from the neighbouring communities came to the village to see the cars.

The vehicles on display were all owned by local residents.   They ranged from steam powered to electric cars, as well as the more conventional variety of Lambretta scooters, MG sports cars, pre-war Austins and modern-day Ferraris.

The winner of the public vote for Best Car on Show was the Land Rover, the owner of which won a magnum of prosecco.

With perfect weather, a convivial community spirit was evident.  Trade was good for the ice cream van and the shops selling food and drink.

Click here to view a full gallery of images taken on the day.

Barnt Green Motor Festival

Summer’s evening walk – 6th June 2017

Join our footpath officer Simon Richards on a walk to Apes Dale and back on Tuesday 6th June starting at 7pm.  The 5 mile walk will start at Millennium Arch in Hewell Road, opposite Meadow Farm Butchers

View the map – https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/15091271

Take a look at Apes Dale before the M42 – M42 Development – YouTube

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Barnt-Green-Community-Walk-110967279254978/

Summer Walk 2017-06-06