In and Around the Parish (Security News here)

Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council currently have vacancies: we nees a Councillor (for Lickey Grange Ward), a footpath warden and a tree warden.  Please contact EO if you are interested/ for more information here

We have had a couple of incidents of fly tipping in the Parish – to report to Bromsgrove district Council click here

Worcestershire Libraries consultation events here

Road Closure – Station Road, Blackwell – For a period of 3 days from 5th February – from the junction of Cornmill Gardens as far as the golf course entrance.  This is to enable Severn Trent to carry out works.

Road Closure – Brookhouse Road – For a period of 3 days from 11th December from the junction of C2159 Littleheath Lane to the junction of U21402 Pumphouse Lane to repair a water main.

Latest news on the Oldbury Viaduct works and impact on the motorway can be
found here
Tips for surviving Christmas especially for those suffering from mental health issues here –Thriving at Christmas
Grants available for those installing central heating for the first time:Warm Homes Fund
Free energy check and assistance for the elderly to stay warm this winter see here
Activities for people living with dementia and their carers – Suitcase Stories – an interactive reminiscence and music project for people living with dementia and their carers – for more information see here and a new monthly music workshop as part of the same project see here

Consultation on the Neighbourhood plan – This is now over.  Look at our Neighbourhood Plan page for more information on the NDP and for details of future events..

Annual Audit – is now complete.  Anyone interested in the Parish finances can call in to the Parish Council office for more information or look at our Finance page.

Our first ever page in The Village magazine – May 2018
In case you missed it you can catch up here. Look out for our next page in the November edition.  The latest Parish Council Newsletter is available here.

Lickey Festival 2018 – latest news
The 2018 Lickey Festival will be a joint event with Lickey Hills Primary School.
Join us on 16 June 1-4 at the school site for the ‘Lickey Hills School & Community Festival’. Make your own slime, pet the animals and buy goods from the childrens’ enterprise stalls and lots more. Free Entry.

Blackwell Party in the Park 2018 – Vikings!
Bring a picnic to the playing field from 12pm on 16th June and join in the Viking Party fun.
Viking Camp & Fighting, Birds of Prey,
Play Sand, Bouncy Castle,
Tardebigge Cider, WI Tea & Cake Tent and loads more…
Free Event
from the Blackwell Festival Charity

Vandalism at Blackwell Forest School – article written by school Forest School leader, Sian Cain
Pupils at the school were saddened and confused by the vandalism that took place recently, to read the article, click here

Onside Charity – volunteering update
Local registered charity Onside, which supports vulnerable adults across Worcestershire, has now had their first successful training session.

Their January 2018 press release is HERE.
If you can assist with their endeavours and wish to learn more, click HERE.

M5 Motorway
Ongoing works for the Oldbury Viaduct scheme continues to impact on our local roads with repairs likely to continue until Autumn 2018, further ‘minor’ work may not conclude until Spring 2019.

Here is the latest information on major closures beginning on the weekend of 12 May.

Onside Charity – volunteering opportunity
This is a local registered charity supporting vulnerable adults across Worcestershire.

Established around for 20 years, volunteers play a vital role in currently supporting 2000 vulnerable adults. They are now looking to recruit volunteers across Worcestershire, especially in the rural areas.

If you can assist this worthy charity or wish to learn more, please see their flyer HERE.

Linehouse Lane & Brookhouse Road, Lickey End
It is proposed to introduce a 40 mph speed limit following concerns raised by frontage residents regarding traffic speeds.

These roads have been assessed against Department for Transport Circular 01/2013 guidance. Levels of frontage development are light, apart from a cluster of residential dwellings on the eastern side, with agricultural land to both sides for much of the length and there are no footways or road lighting. The northernmost length – which has most properties fronting it – is straight, wide and open in aspect. Eighty-fifth percentile speeds here are 44 and 43 mph.

Whilst no personal injury collisions have been recorded on these road during the last three years, we would be grateful to receive your views on the proposal by 27 October 2017 –your earliest response would greatly assist the process.

Map of proposed 40 mph speed limit HERE.

Comments to: Gary Williams, Senior Management Engineer, Worcestershire County Council Tel: 01905 843 460 or Email:


‘Go On Worcestershire’ – Digital Inclusion Survey 2017
As more services are offered online, the Go ON Worcestershire Partnership are keen to understand how easily you can use them. Please help by taking a few minutes to complete this survey. You must be aged 16 years or older to complete this survey.

By completing this voluntary survey you agree to your responses being collated, processed and analysed by Worcestershire County Council and the Go ON Worcestershire Partnership. Survey closes on 27 October.

You can take the online survey HERE.

2017  Blackwell Music Festival
Saturday 9 Sept 2017, 1-9pm

Now in its second year. Fabulous music with friends, family, a pint of Horlicks and tons of fun – what’s not to like.

Pete Hobbs and the team serve up the final festival offering for the year.

Full programme of the acts can be viewed and downloaded Here.

This year’s photos HERE.
Last years pictures are here in our PC Gallery page and the boot-leg film here.

31 August 2017
Superfast Worcestershire

Those in Lickey will have noticed the road works along Old Birmingham Road for the installation of fibre optic cabling. With 93% of Worcestershire now having access to superfast speeds (speeds over 24Mbps), there is also provision for solutions to bring faster broadband using alternative technologies. Broadband deployment is underway until December 2018.

• Residents can find more information and also to register for updates HERE.
• For Lickey specific live cabinets by post code – click HERE.
• Find out if you will benefit from future deployment, enter your postcode HERE.
• Superfast Worcester Summer 2017 newsletter HERE.