Author: FVCA

Prayers and Readings

COLLECT FOR THE WEEK

Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be drawn to you; through him who was lifted up on the cross, and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen

PARISH INTERCESSION

Sunday 15th September Trinity 13

Almighty God, you search us and know us: may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness, now and in all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

As a corporal act of mercy, please offer the following topics for prayer this week:

  • Diocese Bath and Wells, Tanga (Tanzania), Tuam, Killala and Achonry (Ireland) and all their Archbishops, Bishops and clergy.
  • Justin our Archbishop, John our Bishop, for Nikki our Archdeacon, Andrew our Rural Dean, our Parish Priest Canon Sue, Revd Richard Newton, for the Clergy, Readers and Lay-minsters of the Stourbridge Deanery, our ALM Team and visiting Clergy, the Church Wardens of our group of Churches; our Musical Directors, Organists and Choir, the Sidespersons, and our Administrators Christine & Chrissy.
  • The children, head, staff and governors of our schools.
  • The homes and families of:  Dordale Road, Belbroughton; St Leonard’s Square, Clent; Orchard Villas, Fairfield
  • All who work to support family life • For the Cathedral Undercroft project – see Prayer Diary

We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit; may they know your presence alongside them in their time of need, including: Pauline Jones, Susan Dennis, Robert Davies, Geoff Shilvock, Sheila Gordon, Trevor Grove, Nina Moyes, John and Hazel Smith, Jan Woolley

We pray, for those mourning the death of loved ones especially for the family and friends of Peggy Hawks, Jean Winifred Hughes, Ann Rostron, Sid Mogg, Rita Rutter, Janet Leeman, Betty Smith, Barbara Baker, John E Tipper, Pat Woodward, Ronald Hodgetts, Derek Wood, Carole Hodgson, Philip Leise-Pettit, Charles Bayliss, Margaret Hartle

READINGS

First Reading: Exodus 32.7-14

At the top of Mount Sinai, the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”’ The LORD said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.’ But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, ‘O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth”? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, “I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.”’ And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

Second Reading:  1 Timothy 1.12-17

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The Gospel Reading:  Luke 15.1-10

The tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering round to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them.”  Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninetynine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.  “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Visa Secure Telephone Scam

A resident has “had two automated phishing phone calls so far today from a bogus company called Visa Secure telling us that a £600 transaction has taken place on our account. The voice then asks you to press 1 to speak to an advisor. I waited and they hung up. I understand an elderly neighbour has had five such calls but was savvy enough to ignore.”

If you receive a similar telephone call, PUT THE PHONE DOWN, do not carry out any instructions that may be given.

PLEASE make sure your elderly neighbours are aware of this scam.

Suspicious Vehicle Activity

Last night (10th September) a car with 2 Asian men were acting very suspiciously around Fairfield. They parked in the Swan car park at the very top where it dark. One man came from Swan Lane and got in the car which then left. The car then appeared coming out of Swan Lane and returned to the car park at the top end again. This was happening between 11.15pm and 11.30pm.

At 11.45pm the car was parked in the driveway of Orchard Farm, with the engine running and just the driver. At midnight 2 men appeared from Swan Lane direction and got into the car which then drove off at speed.

This suspicious activity has been reported to the police, including the vehicle make (Dark Grey BMW) and a distinct registration number.

If you see similar or any suspicious activity:

Phone the Police, telephone 101 or if a crime is taking place 999

Share with the Community Association (admin@fvca.org.uk) so that other residents can be made aware.

Planning Application – 1 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
http://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 : 19/01102/FUL

APPLICATION TYPE: Full Application

DATE ACCEPTED: 12.08.2019

LOCATION: 1 Stourbridge Road, Fairfield Bromsgrove Worcestershire B61 9LR

PROPOSAL: Proposed single storey rear extension and replacement porch to front

APPLICANTS NAME: Miss Victoria Tuck

PARISH COUNCIL: Belbroughton Parish

WARD: Belbroughton And Romsley Ward

CASE OFFICER: Mrs Alison Young

TELEPHONE: 01527 881233

EMAIL alison.young@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

Why Join Neighbourhood Watch

By registering with Neighbourhood Watch and joining the Fairfield Neighbourhood Watch Group you will be joining other residents working hard to reduce crime and building a stronger community.

As a member of Neighbourhood Watch you will receive national alerts and the Our Watch newsletter, which is produce 6 times a year.  Local Neighbourhood Watch news will be shared via Fairfield Village Community Association’s e-Circular, by posts on the Association’s Facebook Page, at the monthly residents’ meetings and in the quarterly newsletters.  You can subscribe to the e-Circulars by filling in the Subscribe to Newsletter form on the Community Association’s website, http://fvca.org.uk

One of the benefits of being a member of Neighbourhood Watch is discounted home insurance.  Some (not all) home insurance providers offer a discount to members of Neighbourhood Watch.  Cooperative Insurance are currently offering a discount of 10% off their Home Insurance policy if you quote NHW10 and buy the policy over the telephone, tel: 0800 781 1390 (t&cs apply).  Some providers ask for you to declare that you are a Neighbourhood Watch member by answering a question contained in their online form and some insurers will ask for proof that you are part of an active Neighbourhood Watch group. Discounts offered will vary and will depend on lots of other factors to do with your home as well. 

Should you make an insurance claim, policy providers may seek evidence that you are an active member of your local Neighbourhood Watch, e.g. displaying Neighbourhood Watch/SmartWater stickers in windows, attending local Neighbourhood Watch (Fairfield Village Community Association) meetings and get involved with crime prevention initiatives, such as property marking – so don’t lie about being an active member of a group if you’re not.

The Fairfield Neighbourhood Watch Group (covers the Village of Fairfield and the hamlet of Stoneybridge) is part of Fairfield Village Community Association, membership is open to all residents.  Unlike many other local Watch Groups, we do not charge a membership fee, operating by fundraising and seeking grant aid.  Please support the Community Association’s fundraising activities.

To join Neighbourhood Watch visit https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/ ock

Remembrance Service 2019

This year’s Remembrance Service will be held on Sunday 10th November, commencing at 10.45am.

Fairfield will be hosting the Royal British Legion and members of our community are being asked to join the parade, which is being led by a Piper and Drummer, leaving Fairfield Recreation Ground at 10.30am.

Like previous years, the Community Association would like a young person to lay the Association’s wreath. Please submit nominations to admin@fvca.org.uk

Charity Coffee Morning & Posh Cake Competition

On Saturday 5th October, there will be a Charity Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support & YANA (You Are Not Alone Mental Health Charity), between 10am- 12pm at Fairfield Village Hall.

At the coffee morning we will be holding a ‘posh cake’ competition (the equivalent of the Great British Bake Off ‘showstopper’). After the judging, the entries will be sold for a small donation.  Entries for this competition will be taken in between 10am -10.30am.

During the morning we will also be holding a raffle. Any items that you are willing to donate will be greatly received.

This event has been organized by Fairfield Village Community Association and Halesowen & Hagley Farmers’ Club with the support of Fairfield Village Hall.

Please come and support this great event.

The Movies Come to Fairfield

A partnership of Fairfield Village Hall and Fairfield Village Community Association have launched Fairfield Flicks, a voluntary run cinema experience showing top films for the community to enjoy.

During August, at a cost of over £7000, a high-quality High Definition projector, media player and sound system has been installed at Fairfield Village Hall; funded by the village Hall and Belbroughton & Fairfield Village Parish Council.  Films will be shown on the Hall’s existing 5 metre wide screen.

To mark the Village Hall’s 40th Anniversary, Fairfield Flicks was launched on the 18th September with a special screening of Fisherman’s Friends. 

The schedule for October and November:

23rd October                    2.00pm                The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A)

30th October                    11.00am              Harvey and the Magic Museum (U)

30th October                    7.30pm                Five Feet Apart (12A)

20th November                7.30pm                The Hustle (12A)

27th November                2.00pm                Hidden Figures (PG)

Ticket prices are affordable, all daytime tickets are £3.00 each and for evening shows the price is £5.00 each.   Refreshments will be available, at for a nominal charge.  Doors open 30 minutes before each film showing.

Spokesperson for Fairfield Flicks, Conrad Palmer, said “This collaborative venture to bring the big screen to the village hall will enhance community cohesiveness and reduce social isolation amongst people living within our local and wider community.  We are all excited and we hope the people of Bromsgrove and the surrounding area enjoy our cinema experience.”

Fairfield Village Hall is located on Stourbridge Road, Fairfield, postcode B61 9LZ.  There is free parking behind the Village Hall and at the village Recreation Ground.  Further details can be found on the Community association’s website, www.fvca.org.uk/fairfield-flicks

District Plan Review – Meeting Future Housing Needs

This morning the Bromsgrove Advertiser and Bromsgrove Standard published online articles relating to the Bromsgrove’s future housing need and that there will be development within the Green Belt.

Bromsgrove Standard

Below, some background information – hopefully a balanced summary, please read this plus the supporting links/documents: 

As you will have read in the two newspaper articles, the District Council received over 3500 responses to a public consultation that took place last year. 

The District Council is developing a housing plan for the whole of Bromsgrove District, to meet the current and future needs. 

Officers from the District Council attended a Community Association Residents Meeting last October and encouraged residents to take part in the consultation. 

A notice of the consultation, District Plan Review and supporting documentation was placed on the Village Website  http://fvca.org.uk/notices/bromsgrove-local-plan-consultation/

In March of this year an update was placed on the website  http://fvca.org.uk/notices/bromsgrove-plan-review-update/

Bromsgrove is a dormitory district, with more people traveling out of the district to work than working in the district.  District wide there are transport infrastructure issues and a lack of affordable housing for young people.  Average house and property rental prices are the highest in Worcestershire.  There is an aging population and people are reporting that community/village centre are struggling, with hubs (e.g. village shops) closing.  Many people are reporting an increase in social isolation.

At the Residents Meeting, questions were asked, and views expressed.  All liked the rural character of Fairfield and all highlighted the traffic issues in the village.  Some people commented that they would like to see younger families move into the village – children feeding into the school and there being less of a reliance for families driving into the village –  and others the need to increase footfall to sustain village services, e.g. bus service and post office.

The Community Association understands that further consultations will now take place; e.g. if a community in the District that is sited within Green Belt has highlighted a need for 20 affordable houses, there will be a “call out” for sites that may be considered.  It is the intention of the District Council not to take whole areas out of the Green Belt but identified sites. 

The local Neighbourhood Plan, which started a couple of years ago, must conform with the District Plan.  The Neighbourhood Plan, which is being coordinated by the Parish Council with the support of the Community Association, highlights needs and details solutions.  Like the District Plan, there are several strands to a Neighbourhood Plan, one of these strands is housing.  E.g. If a community decides that there is a requirement for 20 affordable homes and a suitable site is found, the Neighbourhood Plan could decide what the dwellings should look like, i.e. in keeping with the surrounding area, and request that the developer undertakes local road improvements, such as traffic calming engineering works.

Fairfield Village Community Association encourages all residents to engage with consultations; details can be obtained on the District Council website and (hopefully) in local newspapers.  When FVCA are aware of further information, we will also share, with notices on the Village website, social media feed and (if possible) newsletter.

We hope the above summary is of help – in no way taking sides.  FVCA’s slogan is Your Home – Your Village – Your Community, so when the next District Council consultation is launched, have your say on shaping where you live, what you want from your community and the future requirements for you and your family. t 5;\lsdp

BURGLARY – Madeley Road, Bell Heath (Belbroughton Ward)

Between Saturday 17th August and Wednesday 21st August, intruders have entered two sheds and a caravan – all buildings searched and various items scattered around.

If you have any information on the above please report it to the Police on 101, quoting incident number 0651s 210819. Any information given will remain anonymous.

Please remain vigilant in your area, and report any suspicious circumstances, person or vehicles to the Police on 101, immediately.