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Give Criminals the Cold Shoulder (and it’s not going to cost you a penny)

If you have not yet received your FREE Property Marking Kit, contact your Community Association email admin@fvca.org.uk or tel. 01527 833583 to arrange a home delivery.

Please tell your neighbours, many do not receive the FVCA circulars, let’s get our community SmartWater covered.

Smart Water Protecting Our Community From Crime

Free Rollout of SmartWater® Kits – PLEASE ACTION

Fairfield Village Community Association & Wildmoor Residents’ Association have teamed up with Belbroughton & Fairfield Parish Council and West Mercia Police to make Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge a “We Don’t Buy Crime” community by supplying all households with a SmartWater® kit to protect their homes.

To be eligible for your FREE SmartWater® your house MUST be in the Fairfield Ward of Belbroughton & Fairfield Parish. If not, e.g. your house is in Wildmoor, Bournheath, please contact your Parish Council.

SmartWater® is an easy-to-apply liquid that enables the Police to trace valuables back to the owner. Full details of what’s Smart Water is visit  What is SmartWater.

If you already have SmartWater® please do collect a second kit.

The Parish Council have obtained a grant from the Police Commissioner as well as part-funding the cost of the packs to provide them free of charge to all residents.

Our aim is to ensure that every household in Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge is equipped with a SmartWater® pack.

Subject to 80% of dwellings sign and return the SmartWater® registration form, there will also be signage installed in the village to send a clear message to criminals that our community is united and determined to protect our valuables against acquisitive crime. It is, therefore, vital that all residential properties support this initiative to help make our community safer.

In addition to SmartWater® and the signage, we need vigilance to deter criminals from visiting our community, if you are suspicious that a crime is being committed in Fairfield, Wildmoor or Stoneybridge, please help your community and contact West Mercia Police to report it. In an emergency use 999. However, for less urgent matters for example; if your car has been stolen, if your property has been damaged, if you suspect drug use or dealing; or to give the police information about crime in your area please ring 101.

To share your suspicions with others and raise an awareness so that others do not fall victim of being a crime, Fairfield Village Community Association is the verified Neighbourhood Watch Group for Fairfield & Stoneybridge.

Floral Fairfield

July is Floral Fairfield, the annual competition that encourages households & businesses in Fairfield & Stoneybridge to create ribbons of colour throughout the community.

Certificates are awarded to the best floral displays and gardens that can be seen and enjoyed by people passing by.

The categories are: Front garden & Tub(s)/Basket

Rules:

1) Competition is open to residents that live in Fairfield & Stoneybridge;

2) Judging will take place along the following roads

  • Bournheath Road
  • Brook Road
  • Dordale Road (Between Parish Hill and Brook Road)
  • Fairfield Court
  • Mount Road (properties in the Parish of Belbroughton & Fairfield)
  • Orchard Villas
  • Parish Hill (properties in the Parish of Belbroughton & Fairfield)
  • Pepperwood Close
  • School Drive
  • Stoneybridge Island
  • Stourbridge Road
  • Swan Lane
  • Wood Lane
  • Yew Tree Lane

3) To enter the competition, make sure your floral displays can be seen and enjoyed by the 1st July;

4) Judging will take place during July;

5) Displays must be sited on resident’s property and not on public paths and highway;

6) Floral displays must be seen and can be enjoyed by people passing by;

7) Gold & Silver Star Certificates will be award to deserving properties for each category;

8) Judges’ decision is final;

9) The rules can change without notice;

10) Even though this is a competition, it is a bit of fun.

Home Fire Safety Check

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) is committed to reducing the number of fires in the home, and to support this, offers free Home Fire Safety Checks to residents across the two counties.

What is a Home Fire Safety Check?

In brief, it’s a visit to your home by a member of H&WFRS’s Community Safety Team, who will offer a range of fire safety advice to keep you and your family safe. Members of the team will also install smoke alarms where needed, and will encourage you to work out an escape plan specific to your home and circumstances. This can be as simple as heading down the stairs, knowing where your keys are, unlocking the door and leaving the property, but can make a huge difference if a fire breaks out in your home, particularly at night.

Who can have a home Fire Safety Check?

Home Fire Safety Checks are offered free of charge and are targeted at the more vulnerable groups in the community. This would include the elderly, people living alone and those with reduced mobility or other issues.

Many referrals for Home Fire Safety Checks are made through other agencies, but Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service would urge anyone who thinks an elderly family member, friend or neighbour might benefit from a visit to get in touch and request one on their behalf.

How can I arrange a Home Fire Safety Check?

Contact our Community Safety Team the 0800 032 1155 for advice.

Fairfield Church Hall

In 1979 the old wooden Church Hall was knocked down and replaced by the Village Hall that stands today.

Back in August/September 1926 there was no Church Hall, with Village activities taking place at Fairfield School. A Church Hall “Building” committee, consisting of Trustees and local residents had been formed, and they held their meetings at the School; coordinating fund raising activities, studying building plans & commissioning a contractor to erect the building. By the end of 1926 the Church Hall had been built and formally opened.

Opening Ceremony of St. Mark’s Church Hall

The hall was formally opened on Saturday December 11th 1926 by Lady Georgina Vernon, who was supported on the platform by the Rector (the Rev. Douglas Alner Townsend), Mrs. Townsend, Messrs. W. H. Matty (Hon. Treasurer and Trustee), J. T. G. Davis (Trustee), H. S. Stevens & F. Handley (Churchwardens), J. B. Nickols (Hon. Secretary), W. S. Webb, Mrs. W. Shakespeare Webb & Mrs. W. H. Matty.

Having briefly introduced Lady Georgina Vernon, the Rector asked her to formally Open the Hall, and she proceeded to the door on the west side (veranda door), and with a silver key presented to her by the Contractor (Mr. Grosvenor Workman of Birmingham) unlocked the door, and declared the Hall open.

Speeches from the Rector and several other persons followed, and a full report of the opening ceremony appeared the “County Express” &“Bromsgrove Messenger”.

Upwards of 300 persons were present for the opening ceremony, the hall was filled to the utmost capacity. Many people had to stand as there was insufficient seating.

By hospitality of Mr. Matty the audience were served with tea, and a collection was taken for the Hall funds, which amounted to £10 10s 6d.

A concert followed the opening ceremony at 7pm, when the hall was again filled to capacity. Dancing was kept up to 11pm, and the day proceedings then terminated. Everyone being pleased with their achievements and confident of the Hall’s future success.

War Memorial

On August 24th, 1914, at the very beginning of the Great War, a Branch of the Prince of Wales’ Fund was started in the Parish, which was intended to support those people affected by the war.

There quickly followed a branch of the Red Cross Fund and also a Belgian Refugee Fund, which was formed to support a family of Belgian refugees that had settled in Belbroughton.

The war ended in 1918. The Committee then in charge of the Refugees were asked to organise something in the form of a War Memorial. The Parish Council was approached and along with Belgian committee formed “The Committee of Belbroughton and Fairfield Peace Fund”, the proposition that Memorial Crosses should be erected at both ends of the Parish (Belbroughton & Fairfield), to meet the strong feeling that some permanent Memorial should be provided. It was also suggested that a Recreation Ground be established in the village of Belbroughton.

With the generous support of local subscribers, donations from the employees of Messrs. Isaac Nash Ltd, a scythe making factory in Bebroughton, the committee achieved its goal.

Belbroughton recreation Ground was opened for use in September, 1920.

Belbroughton War Memorial Cross was unveiled by General Sir H. Walker, and dedicated by the Rev. S. M. Cooke, Rector, Saturday, November 12th, 1921.

Fairfield War Memorial Cross, was unveiled by General Sir Percy Radcliffe, and dedicated by Rev. Canon Cronshaw, Sunday, May 4th, 1924.

Fairfield Emblem

In October 2014, as part of the 35th anniversary celebration to give thanks for the Village Hall, the children of the village and pupils that attended Fairfield First School were asked to design an emblem for Fairfield that could be adopted by village institutions.

The winning entry was drawn by William, aged 6 yrs.

The judges, Mary Fairbain, Carol Brogan & Conrad Palmer, reported that “all the children that entered the competition were very creative and the judges were pleased with all of the entries. It was very difficult to chose the winning design.”