In and Around the Parish (Security News here)


Latest news: 

We have published our unaudited accounts for 2019/20.  please see our Finance page for details and when the accounts are available for inspection.

The PC will be working with the community so support those in need in this difficult time.  If you are willing to support in some way or if you know a vulnerable person in need of support, please contact the community support group via email. Alternatively you can call our EO if you  have not got access to email call our EO on 07930 837 770

Worcestershire County Council are coordinating support see their website  or useful poster for more information on Government advice to request help or volunteer.

Closure of Old Birmingham Road 45 days starting 18th July

(B4096 Old Birmingham Road, Lickey and Blackwell)(Temporary Closure) Order 2020
Proposed Order: to close that part of B4096 Old Birmingham Road from its junction with U21423 Alvechurch Highway to its junction with U21426 Marlbrook Lane.
Reason: New / Replacement Water Main by STW

Alvechurch Highway remains closed and alternative routes in Lickey are proving difficult.  Please contact us or your district Councillor if you have any comments.

Upcoming Road Closures in the Parish: 

Billy Lane 20/08/2020 1 day new customer connection
Dale Lane – from Little Heath Lane to Dale Hill 12/08/2020 1 day new customer connection
Greenhill 21/10/2020 1 day new customer connection
Old Birmingham Road 24/06/2020 45 days replace water main
PUMPHOUSE LANE – from Billy Lane Junction 07/10/2020 1 day overhead works
TWATLING ROAD – Plymouth Road to Pinfield Drive 06/10/2020 6 days lay new ducting

Blackwell Stores has reopened with new owners! Welcome to Bal and Aman.  We will miss John and Dena and wish them well in their new home.

Barnt Green Post Office has changed it’s opening hours. They will no longer close for lunch and be open until 3pm on most days of the week in line with the independent shops see here for more full details.

The Parish Council have a casual vacancy for Lickey Grange Ward.  Please contact the Executive Officer if you fancy putting yourself forward as a Councillor or would like to know more.

Whats on for the over 60s?  See the attached newsletter from Bromsgrove District Council

Nov 2019 Partnership Newsletter  for details of local support/grants/advice and events provided by outside agencies

Sign up for Smartwater  – it is an invisible, traceable to you, forensic system for marking your property.  It can deter criminals as police and dealers check for Smartwater.  Contact the PC if you are interested in signing up for free.

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

Lickey and Blackwell litter pick events on Saturday 28th March HAVE BEEN CANCELLED .  If you would like to litter pick whilst out taking your daily exercise, that would be a great help to our community.

High House Wood : The Parish Council is aware that High House Wood is for sale 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.