September 29th, 2016

Blackwell named as best place to raise children and other news in briefs

Blackwell named as best place to raise children and other news in briefs Blackwell named as best place to raise children and other news in briefs
  • A ROAD in Blackwell has been crowned as the best place in the B postcode area to raise a family.

    Linthurst Newtown was judged to be the best in a report from property data portal Property Detective.

    It took into account nearby outstanding schools, great childcare and a very low crime rate.

    Two other places in Bromsgrove district also occupied places in the top ten – Station Road in Wythall was seventh and Alvechurch’s Gravel Pit Lane came eighth.

    Visit to enter your postcode and see how your street fared.


  • ‘THE FORGOTTEN Man’ – The story of William Smith, the ‘Father of English Geology’ will the title of a presentation being given by presentation by Bryan Maybee.

    The event, at 8pm at The Trinity Centre (formerly Lickey Parish Hall, Rose Hill), will feature as part of a joint meeting of the Lickey Hills Local History Society, the Lickey Hills Society and the Lickey Hills Geo-Champions.

    William Smith and his pioneering geological work were featured in the recent BBC 4 Series ‘Canals: The Making of a Nation’.

    In 1815, William Smith published the first nationwide geological map of England and Wales.

    Everyone is welcome, admission is free to society members or £3 to non-members and there will be light refreshments available.


  • A DEMONSTRATION of Painting a Portrait in Acrylics using a live model will be given by Birmingham-born artist Keith Turley on Wednesday (October 21).

    The event, the latest in the programme of Bromsgrove Art Society, will be at 7.30pm at the St John Ambulance Centre, Barnsley Hall Drive.

    It will detail how he moved from an ‘illustrative’ approach to a more ‘painterly’ style.

    His favourite subjects are portraiture and figure and, as the society does not often have live model portrait demonstrations, this should be an interesting meeting.

    Admission is £1 for members (£15 annual subscriptions now due) and £4 for Visitors.

    The fee includes tea/coffee and biscuits during the interval.


  • PARENTS are being urged to join a Bromsgrove forum which will help shape the future of family services. The next VIP (Very Involved Parent) forum will be between 9.30am and 11.30am on Thursday (October 22) at the Starlight Cafe in Charford. A creche will be available for the duration of the meeting. The VIP forum is designed to provide feedback from local families with the aim of shaping current Early Help services to suit the needs of those who use it. Any ideas or suggestions brought up by the VIP Forum will be taken forward to managers within Early Help and Bromsgrove District Council to discuss the best way to progress them. Those wanting to attend the forum should call Rubina on 01527 61360.


  • MEMBERS of Bromsgrove’s Crown Bridge Club, who meet at Bromsgrove’s Life After Stroke Centre every Friday recently held their harvest supper.

    Members enjoyed a convivial event which included homemade soup with bread, home baked fruit pies together with wine, served at the table. The high quality evening was enjoyed by all the members.

    Anyone interested in playing bridge should call Val Mee pm 01527 875041 or, for the Amphlett Club that meet on Mondays, Alistair Thompson on 07814 393416.


  • RESIDENTS in Catshill South who want to have their say on local issues can go along to a ward surgery with Coun Shirley Webb.

    The event takes place between midday and 2pm at Catshill Methodist Church’s coffee area, Golden Cross Lane.

    Anyone is welcome to discuss any concerns they have or for a chat and a coffee.