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The Wildmoor Oak to Reopen

The Wildmoor Oak to open bringing a beautiful gastropub to Bromsgrove

A beautiful new gastropub is coming to Wildmoor in Bromsgrove with the opening of The Wildmoor Oak next week.


On Monday 20th May the doors will re-open to a much-loved local pub that has been given a top to toe refurbishment putting the heart and soul back into the building, making it a really lovely place to eat, drink and socialise.


More than half a million pounds has been spent on taking the pub, known for sporting a vibrant shade of bright blue, back to its natural form and colour and creating a smart new interior and garden perfect for enjoying top quality seasonal food and drink with relaxed, friendly service from a highly experienced team.


That team is headed up by Bromsgrove locals Bex Wilkins, who grew up in the town, and wife Sarah Robinson, who have spent the last decade at Peach Pubs running award-winning gastropubs across the West Midlands, Warwickshire and further afield.


They will be joined in the kitchen by Head Chef Peter Jackson, who hails from Michelin starred Carters of Moseley in Birmingham and brings with him a love of cooking simple but delicious dishes made with best of British produce.


Together they have given The Wildmoor Oak not just fantastic new food and drink menus, but also a completely new look, staying true to the building’s age and style whilst creating a warm and welcoming interior with real character.


Original wooden floorboards have been stripped back and revarnished, aged antique panels used to decorate the walls along with eco-friendly House of Hackney wallpaper in nature-inspired prints, with a cluster of local artwork. Traditional brass lighting, antique mirrors and a new log burner give the space a cosy feel, and the new bar is painted in deep forest green.

A mix of old and new dining furniture, comfortable lounge chairs and upholstered banquette seating with elegant William Morris fabrics and velvets in earth tones and burnt orange with pops of colour give everything a stylish yet homely feel.


In keeping with a proper country village pub there is a lovely outside space, with wooden benches and high tables which are great for sitting and enjoying a well-earned pint after a bracing walk, plus a covered patio with tables that seat four comfortably for a bite to eat daytime or evening.


Whether you visit for a drink or two, a light supper or a long Sunday lunch and a good bottle of wine, The Wildmoor Oak is a great pub for any occasion.


Fresh from the kitchen is top notch seasonal food, with regularly changing menus and daily specials created by Peter Jackson using quality ingredients carefully sourced from suppliers he knows and trusts. Aubrey Allen 28 day dry-aged steaks and burgers, free-range chicken, native fish and seafood and British vegetables and fruit in season form the cornerstones of his menu.


Start with Worcester Black Bomber rarebit with sourdough; pig’s head terrine with celeriac slaw and a panzanella and burella salad. Or go classic with a Scotch egg with gherkin pickle or a tasty Minestrone soup and bread.

Move onto a main of hake, asparagus and butter sauce; Blythburgh gammon, fried egg, potato hash and mustard parsley sauce or a 28 day dry-aged flat iron steak with peppercorn sauce and fries. End on homemade puddings of berry Eton Mess and sticky toffee pudding, or for a savoury finish, a British cheese selection of Tumworth, Godminster and Beauvale with Peter’s Yard crackers and onion chutney.

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

Sunday roasts are plentiful, with top quality Aubrey Allen beef, Blythburgh pork and crackling, roast free-range chicken supreme and apricot nut roast, all served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, spring greens and glazed carrots, rounded off with traditional apple crumble and custard.


There are vegan options as well as a menu children can choose from.

The pub serves English wine with quality bottles of sparkling, white, rosé and red, classic lagers including Cruzcampo and Birra Moretti, cask ales from Purity and Timothy Landlord as well as Brixton IPA and Beavertown’s Neck Oil.   There are also traditional and house cocktails including a playful Twisted Vimto of fruity gin, mixed with blueberry, raspberry and grape or Breakfast Martini, a jam infused vodka sour that’s a modern classic with marmalade flavours.

“We’re really excited to be here in the village and on home territory opening The Wildmoor Oak,” says Co-owner Bex Wilkins. “We’ve long wanted to open our own place, having run great gastropubs for others over the years, and when the chance came, we jumped at it.  To us, a great experience is about much more then good food and drink – it’s all about the hospitality. And that’s what you’ll find here; great hospitality, restaurant quality food at pub prices, friendly faces and a relaxed, easy-going environment.

“Ours is a pub that you can come to whatever the occasion, whether you’ve just finished a long walk with the dog and want to sit near the fire with a pint of beer or get dressed up and come for a great steak and a nice bottle of wine.  The Wildmoor Oak is somewhere you can come any time and have a great time.  We can’t wait to welcome you,” she says.

The Wildmoor Oak opens on Monday 20th May and serves good food every day. Opening hours are Monday – Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-10pm. Find out more and book a table by going to https://thewildmooroak.co.uk/, where you can also sign up for news about the pub.

The Wildmoor Oak is at Top Road, Wildmoor, Bromsgrove, B61 0RB. Telephone: 0121 492 2253 hello@thewildmooroak.co.uk

Pauline Wilkes

It is with sadness that we share the news of the death of Pauline Wilkes, wife of Ron Wilkes and former resident of Fairfield.

Pauline was born locally and grew up around Clent, Holy Cross and Fairfield. As a young married couple Ron and Pauline lived in one of the cottages opposite the village hall in Fairfield where their two children Melanie and Jeremy were born. Many years later Pauline and Ron returned to Fairfield and spent many happy years of their retirement living once again here in Fairfield.

Pauline died on Sunday 12th May at the Great Western hospital in Swindon. Details of the funeral arrangements to follow.

Attempted Vehicle Theft

Attempted theft on our vehicle local to the church in the early hours of the morning. Luckily they didn’t get away with the vehicle due to security devices fitted, however all camera & wifi activity was blocked.”

Please review your vehicle security. If you have experienced a similar incident, please report to the police, and if you feel that you can do so, tell your local verified Neighbourhood Watch group.

Planning Application – Oak Cottage, Wildmoor Lane

The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
link to take you to the home page of Public Access
https://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/ which is the tool for
viewing applications and making comment electronically.

  • Click on the link above
  • Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
    Access.
  • When at the summary page
  • To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
    the .
  • To make a comment click on the tab,
  • Fill out your details and make your comment and press submit, this will go straight to the
    relevant planning officer and be immediately viewable in the comments tab.
  • If you have provided an email you can request a confirmation email.
APPLICATION REFERENCE :24/00099/FUL
APPLICATION TYPE:Full Application
DATE ACCEPTED:31.01.2024
LOCATION:Oak Cottage, Wildmoor Lane Catshill Worcestershire B61 0RE
PROPOSAL:Two storey extension at the rear of the dwelling
APPLICANTS NAME:
PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
CASE OFFICER:Nina Chana
TELEPHONE:01527 548241
EMAILnina.chana@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

Skills and Crafts for Heritage Open Day 2024

For this year’s Heritage Open Days we want to promote skills and crafts, whether that be spinning wool, flower arranging, crochet, or anything else that can be demonstrated and that can also can get people involved.

Initially, demonstrations/skill sharing will take place inside St. Mark’s church, Fairfield, on Saturday 14th September, 10am to 1pm, if there is the demand, we could be looking at the village hall, if it is available. If you have a skill or interest that you would like to share, please be part of this year’s national event.  Email chair@fvca.org.uk

AQUILIS Developments Invites Residents to Comment on Planning Application

Proposed redevelopment of the Fairfield Scrapyard at 2 Stourbridge Road Fairfield Worcestershire B61 9LS

AQUILIS Developments have submitted revised application and would welcome comments, from residents, through the District Council’s website.

AQUILIS Developments have asked that we share the following message:

‘Please be aware that we have now submitted our revised application for the proposed redevelopment of the Fairfield Scrapyard at 2 Stourbridge Road Fairfield Worcestershire B61 9LS. Following our original planning refusal, we have taken on board the reasons, and also feedback following our public consultation, which was held at Fairfield Villa FC from 16:00-20:00 on Tuesday 13th February. Those comments have been taken on board, and we have now submitted our amended planning application to redevelop the scrapyard into 6 houses. We would welcome anybody to submit their comments to Bromsgrove Council’

For details of the planning application, with link to the planning portal CLICK HERE

Planning Application – Lynford, 2 Stourbridge Road

The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
link to take you to the home page of Public Access
https://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/ which is the tool for
viewing applications and making comment electronically.

  • Click on the link above
  • Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
    Access.
  • When at the summary page
  • To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
    the .
  • To make a comment click on the tab,
  • Fill out your details and make your comment and press submit, this will go straight to the
    relevant planning officer and be immediately viewable in the comments tab.
  • If you have provided an email you can request a confirmation email.
APPLICATION REFERENCE :24/00336/FUL
APPLICATION TYPE:Full Application
DATE ACCEPTED:27.03.2024
LOCATION:Lynford , 2 Stourbridge Road Fairfield Worcestershire B61 9LS
PROPOSAL:Demolition of existing bungalow and redevelopment of land to provide six residential dwellings, access from Stourbridge Road and landscaping
APPLICANTS NAME:Aquilis Development Ltd
PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
CASE OFFICER:Steve Edden
TELEPHONE:01527 64252 Ext. 3206
EMAILsteve.edden@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

Further Information (Regulation 25) – Extraction of sand and gravel and subsequent infilling with inert waste at Pinches (4) Quarry, Wildmoor – Ref: 19/000056/CM

Neighbour Consultation on a Planning Application (County Matter)
Town & Country Planning Act 1990

The Town & Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017

Submission of Further Information in respect of the Environmental Statement relating to the following planning application

Application Ref:      19/000056/CM        Grid Ref:   (E) 396794, (N) 275686

Applicant:                Mr Timmins

Proposal:                 Extraction of sand and gravel and subsequent infilling with inert waste to achieve full restoration  

Location:                  Pinches (4) Quarry, Wildmoor Lane, Wildmoor, Bromsgrove, B61 0QN

On 7 January 2020, Mr Timmins applied to Worcestershire County Council for planning permission for the above proposal. The County Council previously sought comments on this planning application from 29 January 2020 until 4 March 2020, from 21 April 2021 until 2June 2021, from 4 May 2022 until 8 June 2022 and from18 October 2023 until 22 November 2023.

On 5 February 2024 and 21 February 2024, the applicant submitted further information regarding access and highways. The County Council are now seeking comments on this further information.

Members of the public may inspect electronic copies of the further information, together with the application, plans, the Environmental Statement, the Non-Technical Summary and other documents submitted with the application at County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP, during office hours, or online at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/eplanning using application reference: 19/000056/CM from 10 April 2024 until 13 May2024. When searching by application reference, please ensure that the full application reference number, including the suffix are entered into the search field.

Members of the public may obtain paper copies of the further information of the Environmental Statement Regulation 25 Addendum via post at a charge of £85 plus VAT, as long as stocks last, from Bright & Associates, Pear Tree House, Dovaston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8DP, Email: rick@bright-associates.co.uk.Paper copies of the original planning application documents can also be obtained from Bright & Associates, so long as stocks last, at a charge of £10 + VAT for paper copy of the Non-Technical Statement; £85 + VAT for Planning Statement, which comprises an overall Environmental Statement(ES), and £280 + VAT for technical appendices to the Planning Statement (and ES). A memory stick of the whole ES including planning statement, technical appendices and Non-Technical Summary would be £120 + VAT. Postage is charged separately to the above costs, typical delivery (depending upon location) being £15-£20 within the UK. Alternatively, paper copies may also be purchased in person by prior appointment from County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP, as long as stocks last. Anyone who wishes to purchase paper copies of the above documents from County Hall is advised to email: DevControlTeam@worcestershire.gov.ukor tel: 01905 845320 to arrange an appointment.

Should you wish to make any additional comments on the above planning application /further information you should write to the Council, either online using thelink above or you can send them to us by email (Email: DevControlTeam@worcestershire.gov.uk)or post using the postal address given in this letter. Please ensure we receive your comments before 13 May 2024 and state whether you would wish to address the Planning & Regulatory Committee if given the opportunity.

All previous comments submitted to the Council on this proposal will be taken into account in the determination of this application, and there is no need to write again, unless you wish to amend or withdraw your comments, or make further comments on the application and / or amended / further information.

Privacy Notice – how we use your information

Consideration of the development may take place in public and representations may be published. The proposal may be considered by Worcestershire County Council’s Planning &Regulation Committee (only comments relating to planning issues will be taken into account when reaching a decision).

The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) requires the determination of planning applications to be a public process. The Council will make information submitted in relation to planning applications available for public inspection and so it is not possible to take into account in the determination of the application any comments which are submitted confidentially. If you wish to submit any comments regarding this application, your comments as well as your name and postal address may be disclosed to third parties including those who have submitted the planning application.

The Council is a Controller for data protection legislation purposes(including the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR).  Find out more information about how the Council will handle your personal data in our full Privacy Notice: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/privacy.Hard copies of this can also be provided on request.

You may wish to consider registering on our Planning Consultation Database to receive information about the development, review or updates of Worcestershire County Council’s planning policies, guidance and strategies. If you would like to register on our Planning Consultation Database, please send your name and contact details to PlanningDatabase@worcestershire.gov.ukand let us know which of the following projects you would like to be consulted on:

  • Environmental Policy
  • Minerals Planning Policy
  • Planning Application Procedures
  • Planning Policy and Strategy (other than minerals and waste)
  • Waste Planning Policy

You can find more information about these projects at https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/get-involved-planning.

Registering on the Planning Consultation Database will not affect when you are contacted about planning applications.

Bromsgrove District Plan Update – Consultation Summer 2024

See below update that we have received:

The Bromsgrove District Plan is now ready to move onto the next stage. The plan has continued to be developed over recent years with the Strategic Planning teamworking to develop the evidence base and assess all 400+ sites previously submitted to us. The Council is now in a position to announce that we are expecting to publish a consultation document this summer which will set out the planning strategy for Bromsgrove District for the next 15-20 years. The full details including the summer consultation dates will be confirmed shortly.

The Council is still awaiting further information on how the plan making reforms included in the Levelling up and Regeneration Act are to be enacted. Following the summer consultation the Council expects to then progress its plan using the‘new30 month system.’ Once we have this information a full timetable will then be published showing all the stages up to adoption. Please check regularly on the Council’s website for more updates, we would ask kindly that you do not contact the Council requesting further updates – updates will only be provided via the website and emails sent to those registered on our database. This ensures all stakeholders receive the same information at the same time.

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