Author: FVCA

Attempted Burglary in Mill Lane

Attempted burglary between 1140 and 1210 yesterday, Thursday 18th July, on Mill Lane, Wildmoor. Thankfully they did not gain entry.

Please be extra vigilant and report and suspicious activity to the police calling 101.

PC Kelso. SNO. Bromsgrove North and Rural.

Improvement Works at the Village Hall starts Monday

Over the next two weeks decorators will be at the Hall repainting & re-varnishing internally.

Whilst work is taking place there will be no activities. Weekly evening activities will resume Monday 5th August.

Then during the rest of August work will take place to install external CCTV, improve lighting over the car park and along the entrance plus installation of a projector, sound system and media player.

The CCTV installation & operation will be fully compliant with relevant legislation & ICO guidelines, the Village Hall policy will be available on the village website on the Village Hall web page.

This Autumn we will see the start film nights and afternoons. Full details in the next FVCA newsletter.

Over the car park low energy, LED, lights will now come on automatically when it goes dark, remaining on until it becomes light. This will improve Hall User safety.

Prayers and Readings

PARISH INTERCESSION

Sunday 21st July Trinity 5

Almighty God, send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit, and kindle in all who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

  • Diocese of Skara (Sweden), Leeds, L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda  and all their Archbishops, Bishops and clergy.
  • Justin our Archbishop, John our Bishop, Graham the Bishop of Dudley, for Nikki our Archdeacon, Andrew our Rural Dean, our Parish Priest Canon Sue, Revd Richard Newton, for the Clergy, Readers and Layminsters 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:  Yew Tree Avenue, Belbroughton; Hill Lane, Clent; Harbour Hill, Wildmoor
  • Those newly ordained
  • Members of our visiting groups
  • The Broome Women’s Fellowship who held their final meeting this month after 57 years

We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit; may they know your presence alongside them in their time of need, including: Robert Davies, Geoff Shilvock, Sheila Gordon, Marian Truckle, John Partington, Syd Hawkeswood, Trevor Grove, Nina Moyes, John and Hazel Smith, Dan Taylor, Jan Woolley

We pray, for those mourning the death of loved ones especially for the family and friends of John E Tipper, Pat Woodward, Ronald Hodgetts, Derek Wood, Carole Hodgson, Philip Leise-Pettit, Charles Bayliss, Margaret Hartle, Joyce Griffiths, Jennifer Holroyd, Kathleen Raybould

COLLECT FOR THE WEEK

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church  is governed and sanctified: hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen

READINGS

First Reading: Genesis 18.1-10a     

The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, ‘My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on – since you have come to your servant.’ So they said, ‘Do as you have said.’ And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, ‘Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.’ 7braham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate. They said to Abraham, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’ Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.

Second Reading:  Colossians 1.15-28

Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him – provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel. I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 

The Gospel Reading:  Luke 10.38-42

Now as Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

Nextdoor Neighbour Website

We have been contacted today by a couple of residents that have received letters from Nextdoor Neighbour, asking them to join their networking site. 

Earlier this year we were contacted by two other residents who also received similar letters.

There is a social media site called Nextdoor Neighbour that allows residents to share local information within a closed group; incidents, events, good news stories, etc.

We understand that if you register with the site you will join an online community that is wider than Fairfield, it includes Bournheath, Clent, Hagley & Belbroughton. 

We also understand that if you sign-up you will agree to the collection of your data for marketing purposes that will be shared with third party organisations. 

Searching the internet, there are complaints about “SPAM” letters from Nextdoor Neighbour, and people are claiming that letters are being sent to their neighbours from them but they were not aware that they had given their consent – this was the case earlier this year, the person that received the letter passed it on to FVCA and when we spoke to the person whose name appeared on the bottom of the letter, that person said that they had joined the site but was unaware that letters were being sent out in their name.   Nextdoor Neighbour have challenged these comments by saying:

“The invitation you have received is from a neighbour that has verified at their address and chosen to send invitations to other residences in their neighbourhood to grow their Nextdoor network.”

“To be clear, we will never send out neighbour invitations on behalf of the member without the explicit permission of the member. Members are presented with the option to invite their neighbours when they join and through emails from time to time, however, members may choose to either ‘skip’ this step or choose not to click on the ‘send postcards” button in the email. There is additionally an option to cancel postcards from the email if the member has accidentally sent invitations they no longer wish to send. “

“We are deeply committed to the privacy and security of our members, if this member doesn’t believe they have sent invitations from their account, we would like to review their account with them directly and are available on help@nextdoor.co.uk.”

FVCA encourages people to think carefully before joining sites and to do their research before subscribing and sharing personal information.

Traffic Enforcement Update

We have received the following message from our County Councillor, Shirley Webb:

“I have been advised by Safer Roads Partnership that the current motorcyclist who is off sick is just waiting for clearance to go back to riding from his specialist. The new recruit is yet to be fully trained, we are looking at mid August at the earliest to start.

In the meantime i have asked our Safer Neighbourhood team when time allows, to spend time monitoring around my division.”

Fairfield First School Expansion

Fairfield First School has been chosen by the Local Authority (LA) to expand to a 1 Form Entry (1FE) School, to help ease the pressure on school places, across the town of Bromsgrove.

To do this the LA allocated funds to build one additional classroom. During the Feasibility Study it quickly became obvious that it would be cost effective to also replace the ageing mobile classrooms, currently in their 35th year on site!

As such, plans have been created to build 3 additional classrooms, on land belonging to the LA, to the rear of our school.

The Headteracher, Scott Smith, said “This, as I am sure you can imagine, is a very exciting prospect for everyone associated to Fairfield First.”

A ‘drop in’ session has been arranged where you will be able to view the current plans and speak with the design team. These plans will also go on display within school, when they return in September.

PRE-PLANNING CONSULTATION EXERCISE IN RESPECT OF EXTENSIONS AND ALTERATIONS AT FAIRFIELD FIRST SCHOOL

Place Partnership Ltd have been working with Worcestershire County Council to develop proposals to extend and alter the existing buildings at Fairfield First School.  A pre-planning consultation will take place at the school on 6th August 2019 from 2:30pm to 6:30pm where the proposed plans will be available to view and make comment on.

The session will be a ‘drop-in’ arrangement so you can call in at any time between 2:30pm and 6:30pm.  Plans will be available in the school after this date, should you wish to view them at the school, then arrangements are made direct with the school.

Storm Drain Update

We have received the following message from Worcestershire County Council:

“Just to keep you informed regarding the emptying of the gullies along Stourbridge Rd, there is a project in place to dig back the verges along Sandy Ln and jet the whole system, we will look to cleanse all the gullies along the Stourbridge Rd from the main island that joins Sandy Ln up to the motorway bridge (by the nursery) at the same time.”

“As you can appreciate it wouldn’t be cost or time effective to do these at separate times.”

If no action is seen by the end of September, FVCA will be chasing.

Stourbridge Road Storm Drains

Many of the storm drain grids along Stourbridge Road are still blocked, even though Residents and FVCA have reported to the County Council.

We will continue asking that our drain are unblocked. 

Can residents please do the same via the County Council Report It CLICK HERE

Smokers, make the pledge to Bin the Butt

Smokers please #BinTheButt. Don’t #FlickIt.


Our community litter pickers have noticed an increase in cigarette ends on the Recreation Ground and along the Village Roads.


As well as plastic, cigarette filters are comprised of thousands of chemical ingredients, including arsenic, lead and nicotine, all of which can leak into marine environments. According to studies, just one cigarette butt per litre of water is highly toxic to fish.


Toxins from the filter seep into the ground killing microscopic & small insects that are valuable to the food chain. Plastics also harm our local biodiversity.


Our #BinTheButt campaign aims to raise awareness amongst smokers and highlight the link between the cigarette butt they drop on the street, on the Rec. or down the drain and the impact it has on the our environment.

Another Scam Call

An elderly resident this morning has received an automated telephone call claiming to be Mastercard saying that the resident owed money. The resident, who does not have a Mastercard, put the phone down.
 

We appeal to you to speak to your elderly neighbours to tell them about Scams and not to become a victim of fraud.