In and Around the Parish (Security News here)

Latest news: 

The next meeting of Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council will be on Monday 19th September at 7.30pm at The Wheel, Blackwell. The agenda will be found here or on our notice boards. All welcome.

We have a page in the August 2022 issue of the Village magazine.  You can see it here: Village LBPC July-Aug 22

Our Lengthsman has been installing bollards along Old Birmingham Road, these are being installed after public demand to help prevent verge parking.

BUS SERVICES in the County are under review.  We need YOUR help to protect our buses locally.  To find out more about what is happening read this page on the WCC website


We were delighted to support Blackwell  Festival again this year which will take place on 9th July with a medieval theme.  Friend of the Council and community, Keith Woolford has produced some lovely videos to capture the day. Thanks to him and everyone involved in this wonderful community event.  Here are the links:

BMF Part One – Here.

BMF Part Two – Here.

Upcoming Road Closures in the Parish: 

Linthurst Newtown 26/10/22 3 DAYS electricity cable replacement
Alcester Road – Burcot 28/11/22-2/12/22 4 days daytime only footpath works
Pumphouse Lane 28/11/22-9/12/22 11 days daytime only repairs
Alvechurch Highway 24/10/22-29/10/22 5 days daytime only repairs


Act on Energy new provider for Bromsgrove District Council energy advice service


As the cost of living and climate crises continue to make headline news, Redditch & Bromsgrove have a new Energy Advice Service provider to help residents to access free and impartial advice about energy efficiency in the home, locally based charity, Act on Energy.

Available support includes:

  • Direct financial help with energy bills and energy debt for vulnerable low-income households of all tenures
  • Grant funding for low-income homeowners for heating, repairs, servicing and replacement, insulation and renewable energy generation.
  • Advice for anyone wanting to move away from fossil fuels in their home.
  • A Freephone advice line 0800 988 2881 9-5pm Mon-Friday
  • Email
  • Online
  • Via social media
  • There will also be a programme of events where residents can access advice in person.
  • Home visits are available for the most vulnerable if needed.


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 has been sold and we discussed 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 to e-mail our Executive Officer.

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 

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.

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

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.