In and Around the Parish (Security News here)

Clent and Lickey Hills Landscape Study: CPRE Worcestershire has commissioned a Landscape Value Areas Study for the Clent and Lickey Hills from landscape architects.  This recommends that certain areas should be designated as Landscape Value areas and some adjacent areas should also be protected as buffers for these.   We hope to use this as further evidence towards our Neighbourhood Plan.

All the documents concerning the above study are available using the link to a Dropbox folder at:

It will be noted that high resolution versions of the maps are available as separate files.  A low resolution (e-mail friendly) version can be downloaded from

High House Wood : The Parish Council is aware that High House Wood is for sale and will be discussing a response to this at our September meeting.  We are aware that the sale is of concern to many residents, particularly those who live nearby.  Anyone who should like to contribute to this discussion is welcome either to attend this meeting or e-mail our Executive Officer. There will be a public meeting of ‘The Friends of High House Wood’ at the Trinity Centre at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th September to look at ways to secure the woods for the future. Keith Woolford, who is part of the High House Wood Management Team, is posting any new developments on his website which may be found at 

Blackwell Summer Festival – this really shows off our wonderful parish and community.  The video of last year’s Viking Party in the Park is here

Greenhill in Blackwell will be closed from 23rd July until 5th August to lay new ducting.

New support for victims launches
A new victim service dedicated to supporting those affected by crime throughout their journey has launched in West Mercia.

•The free and confidential phone line (0800 952 3000) is open 8am until 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am until 5pm on Saturdays
•A new website ( is now live
•An online chat function, available on the website, gives those not wanting to use the phone an opportunity to talk to someone online
•If someone doesn’t have time to chat on the phone or online, there is also an option to email or use the contact form on the website

Lickey and Blackwell litter pick events on Saturday 30th March were a great success – many thanks to all who took part and special thanks to Blackwell Stores for their support.


Marlbrook Tip has been of concern to residents recently. Please see here for minutes of the recent meeting at Parkside with the concerned parties.  The Lickey Hills Society had an excellent article in their newsletter summarising the situation and more which can be viewed here.

Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council currently have vacancies: we currently are looking for willing volunteers to become co-opted Parish Councillors.  We have vacancies for Shepley and Lickey Grange Wards.  We also have volunteer vacancies for a tree warden.  Please contact EO if you are interested/ for more information see here

Need help getting online? Details of free/low cost classes locally below:

Bromsgrove Library computer classes

Rubery Library computer classes

Training on Computers by other organisations in Bromsgrove and Redditch

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

Worcestershire Libraries -more cuts are planned.  Consultation event details are available here and documents available here,  here   and here.

Latest news on the Oldbury Viaduct works and impact on the motorway can be

found here
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

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.


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.


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.