In and Around the Parish (Security News here)

Christmas Events: Lickey Christmas event at the church on Sunday 2nd December at 4pm.  Blackwell tree lighting and prize giving will be at St Catherine’s Church at 5.30pm on Friday 7th December.  Bromsgrove Christmas lights switch on see here

Bromsgrove District Plan Issues and Options Consultation – many thanks to those residents who attended the meeting on 1st October.  It is important that as many residents as possible get involved in the consultation as decisions made now will shape future development of our Parish and the whole of the district.  Further information can be found at – please investigate and have your say!  Consultation closes on 19th November.  See the article in the  November issue of the Village Magazine for more information.

Road Closure – Linthurst Newtown, Blackwell – For a period of 5 days from 19th November 2018 Worcestershire County Council will close Linthurst Newtown from the junction with Station Road as far as Tanglewood Close for kerb replacement works.  Scarfield Hill in Alvechurch will also be closed at this time.

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