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Residents Reminded to Sweep Chimney Stacks after Fairfield Fire

On Sunday 12th January at 18:06  fire crews from Bromsgrove extinguished a fire in chimney stack in house in Fairfield, with a further reinspection being carried out using a thermal image camera.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is urging homeowners to get their chimneys swept by a registered sweep to prevent chimney damage, and, in worse cases, household fires.

Having your chimney swept regularly can prevent chimney fires, and all it takes is one phone call (to a registered sweep), one modest payment and one hour of your time.

To keep you and your family safe from fire:

  • always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
  • make sure embers are properly put outbefore you go to bed
  • keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained
  • never burn rubbish
  • never use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to light your fire.

Station Commander Amy Bailey from HWFRS’s Community Risk department said: “To keep you and your family safe from fire make sure you have your chimney swept regularly, depending on what fuel you burn.”

Station Commander Bailey continued: “A stove or open fire can be an ideal and pleasant way to keep warm, but without proper maintenance a chimney can become dangerous.” She urged people to make an appointment now with a registered chimney sweep if their chimney is due a clean. Further chimney safety advice and full details of chimney sweeps operating locally are listed on the Service’s website at under the Safety and Advice heading.

Is Fairfield a Winning Village?

Snap away on your camera or phone and you can help get Fairfield to top spot.

Help judge the photos and we could be a winner

Theme: ‘Village Life – a photo which characterises the value of community in your village’.

If you would like to be notified automatically when the competition begins, please ‘FOLLOW’ the Allied Westminster Facebook page so that the announcement will appear in your Facebook News Feed.

For Competition Rules visit


Photo Entries


2. Make sure you have a village or community hall to nominate and have asked permission to do so. – Yes You Have

3. Go to the Allied Westminster Facebook Tab marked ‘Photo Competition’. If you are using a phone and the tab is not visible, go to

4. Select the ‘ENTER’ tab and fill in the form as completely as possible with the details requested. Your nominated hall must have a legitimate UK address.

5. Choose your photo for uploading.

6. Press ‘ENTER’ and await confirmation of successful upload.


1. Go to the Allied Westminster Facebook Tab marked ‘Photo Competition’. If you are using a phone and the tab is not visible, go to

2. Select the ‘VOTE’ tab.

3. The gallery of photos is shown in a random order.

4. Scroll through and vote for those photos which you believe best illustrate the competition’s theme (‘Village Life – a photo which characterises the value of community in your village’.)

5. You may make only one vote per photo. This is to keep voting fair to all halls. Please do not try to circumvent this.

Four Cracking Films to Start 2020

This January, Fairfield Flicks will be screening four top films at Fairfield Village Hall.

Fairfield Flicks is Bromsgrove’s volunteer run Community Cinema, where films are projected onto the Hall’s 5metre wide screen using a HD projector.

Launched in September 2019, reviews on Trip Advisor have been very positive and audiences are enjoying the friendly experience.

“The quality of the huge screen is extremely impressive in such an intimate setting, the chairs are very comfortable and the atmosphere is inviting. Refreshments can also be purchased inexpensively. It really is a great way to see films that are otherwise unavailable to you. Highly recommend!” Julia

“Warm and friendly location ….providing a good standard of audio-visual experience with well-priced refreshments. The seats are comfortable, the room is an ideal temperature, the welcome is warm, and there is a real sense that this is run by dedicated volunteers for the benefit of many in the community.” Louise

Fairfield Flicks is attracting a mixed age audience and people enjoying the Fairfield Flicks experience come from across Bromsgrove District.

Fairfield Flicks is making a difference, reducing loneliness and social isolation amongst older people in the community.  Several older people are volunteering for Fairfield Flicks and many audience members enjoy a catch up before the start of each film.

For the hard of hearing, the Hall has a hearing loop, a facility that allows people with hearing aids to experience the audio quality of the film.  People with hearing aids should ensure that the hearing aid can be used with a Hearing Loop; if uncertain how to switch the aid to loop, people should see their audiologist.

There is FREE parking at the Village Hall and affordable refreshments, popcorn and ice cream.

Tickets can be purchased in advanced, maximum number of people per screening is 40.  For further information visit

The Boss Baby (U)

Friday 3rd January 11.00am          All tickets £3.00 each

(Free glass of squash for two children with every Adult hot drink purchased)

Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby, is an extraordinary, fun and lighthearted animated film based on an award-winning picture book by Marla Frazee. 7-year-old Tim (Miles Christopher Bakshi) had the perfect life and the full attention of his parents until one day, a new arrival took it all away and became the Boss of his family.

NOTE: Children must be accompanied by an adult

Cast: Miles Christopher Bakshi (voice), Alec Baldwin (voice), Eric Bell Jr. (voice), Steve Buscemi (voice), Jimmy Kimmel (voice), Lisa Kudrow (voice)

Book Club (12)

Wednesday 15th January 7.30pm             All tickets £5.00 each

Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.

Cast: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson

Mr Holmes (PG)

Wednesday 22nd January 2.15pm            All tickets £3.00 each

Academy Award nominee Ian McKellen takes on the iconic role of Detective Sherlock Holmes, one of the British literature’s most reveered characters in the film MR HOLMES. In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company. Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case. As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement. Starring Academy Award nominee Laura Linney (The Savages), Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter) and newcomer Milo Parker, MR HOLMES is adapted from Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind and is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters).

Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Milo Parker, Hattie Morahan, Colin Starkey

Fences (12)

Wednesday 29th January 2.15pm             All tickets £3.00 each

Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.

This US drama set in Pittsburgh in the 1950s tells the story of a working class black man’s struggle to make ends meet, and his relationship with his wife and sons.

Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney, Jovan Adepo

Flu Campaign

The aim of the national flu immunisation programme is to offer protection against the effects of flu to as many eligible people as possible. All those in eligible groups should take up the offer of flu vaccination to ensure that they are protected before seasonal flu circulates.

In 2019/20 the free flu vaccination will be offered to:

  • Those aged 65 years and over
  • Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • Pregnant women
  • Those living in a residential or nursing home
  • The main carer of an older or disabled person
  • Children aged 2-3 (on 31 August 2019) and all primary school aged children
  • People with long term conditions
    • a heart problem
    • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including COPD, bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
    • kidney disease
    • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
    • liver disease
    • stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
    • diabetes
    • a neurological condition e.g. multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability
    • a problem with spleen e.g. sickle cell disease, or you have had spleen removed
    • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • Frontline social care workers

Anyone can protect themselves by getting a ‘flu jab’, we have a list of pharmacies who provide them in Worcestershire, prices vary so it is worth shopping around.  Worcestershire pharmacies can be viewed here or if you live outside Worcestershire you can find your local pharmacy here

A short film has been produced that tackles the myths that surround flu which can be viewed here

Works Project at St Marks

A recent survey by Jane Chamberlain RIBA AABC at St. Mark’s (our village church) has identified works that need to be carried out over the next 12 months, to main the safety and soundness of the building and grounds. It is estimated that works will cost approximately £8000.

Further works estimated at £10K will need to be carried out within the next 5 years.

We need someone to help facilitate the project that will see these works being done, which will sustain and maintain a building that has been at the heart of the village for over 160 years.

The person will advise and help steer our church volunteers in the right direction, The person will not be expected to do the work. The church volunteers will do the fundraising.

If you or someone you know can assist, email our vicar Canon Sue Oliver email:

Please share this message with your friends.

Fly Tipping

Over the past few weeks there has been a significant increase in fly tipping across our Parish Ward and in the surrounding area; Madeley Road, Chadwich Lane, Mearse Lane, New Road, Claypit Lane, Shut Mill Lane and, in the past 24 hours, Swan Lane.

Rubbish dumped has included a bucket of dog excrement, rabbit hutch waste, furniture, tins of paint, asbestos and general household waste. Rubbish can be harmful to the environment and can kill wildlife & livestock.

Fly tipping left on the side of the road is cleared by Bromsgrove District Council, at a cost to the Council Taxpayer, whereas the cost to clear rubbish left on private land (dumped over the fence or gate) is borne by the farmer/landowner.

The recent incidents of fly tipping are not the odd bag of waste.  Some may have been transported by a small van, most has been transported by a much larger vehicle.

If you witness or have information relating to fly tipping:

  • To report large-scale illegal dumping (such as lorries dumping rubbish) and hazardous waste, you CAN contact CrimeStoppers anonymously, tel. 0800 555 111, the Rural Crime Hotline tel. 0800 783 0137 or online at (select ‘Large-scale, industrial fly-tipping’ from the drop-down box.

Halloween is coming!

Be safe this Halloween

It is nearly that time of year again, when you hear the “Tap, tap, tap” from ghost and ghouls in search of a “Trick or Treat”.

Whilst we want you to have a good time, we also want you to remain safe. Halloween can often be a worrying and intimidating time for the elderly, vulnerable or those who live alone.

Adults should always accompany children when trick or treating. Young people should
never go trick or treating alone.

Do not knock on the doors of strangers – only go to people you know. Never go into a stranger’s house.

Always keep to well-lit areas. Wear bright clothing and always carry a torch.

Remember road safety.

Unless pre-arranged, do not visit elderly members of the community. Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people.

Keep your tricks within the law – anything that results in damage is an offence and will be dealt with as such.

Please do not knock on doors where there is a ‘No trick or treat sign’

Bromsgrove District Plan Review Update & Call for Sites Consultation

The District Council is in the process of reviewing the Bromsgrove District Plan. The purpose of this consultation is to provide an update on the key Strategic Issues which will help guide the Bromsgrove District Plan (BDP) Review and outline the next steps towards developing a preferred spatial strategy and accompanying policies.

The District Council are seeking views on a number of considerations which will guide the direction of travel for strategic issues which could appear in the Preferred Option version of the BDP Review, providing the next ‘step’ in the plan making process.

Alongside the Bromsgrove Plan Review Update, the Council is launching a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise, where they are inviting landowners, their agents and the public to submit sites to us which they feel have development potential. To guide this process, the Council have produced a Call for Sites form and table of Identified Considerations. These Considerations provide guidance to developers and landowners on some of the factors and constraints we will be using when assessing the submitted sites.

Bromsgrove District Council has completed a Green Belt Purposes Part One Assessment, which is a strategic assessment of the Bromsgrove Green Belt against the Green Belt Purposes. This document is the first stage in a wider process of Green Belt and site allocation work. This document does not, and is not intended to justify the release of land from the Green Belt and it does not consider the development potential of land. It is purely intended to establish a baseline of how the Green Belt currently performs against the purposes of the Green Belt and is a starting point for more detailed site assessment and Green Belt assessment work to follow.

Information on the Bromsgrove Plan Review Update and the Call for Sites Consultation can be found by visiting the District Council’s website; The consultation will run for 6 weeks from 30th September until 11th November 2019.

If you have any queries about the consultation then please contact the Strategic Planning Team via e-mail at; or via telephone on 01527 88 1325.

A Big Brew for YANA and Macmillan

Bromsgrove’s Rural Community have organised a Slice of Tea and Cup of Cake in aid of YANA and Macmillan

Fairfield Village Community Association, Fairfield Village Hall and Halesowen & Hagley Farmers’ Club have teamed up to organise a jumbo Coffee Morning raising money for two worthy causes, Macmillan Cancer Support and YANA – You Are Not Alone.

The event is being held on Saturday 5th October at Fairfield Village Hall (Stourbridge Road, Fairfield, B61 9LZ), 10am – 12noon.

Organisers are inviting people to come along, share in the fun and raise vital funds at the same time for the growing number of people living with cancer across the UK and to help provide support for those people involved in the agricultural sector who may be affected by stress and depression.

Macmillan is almost entirely funded by donations and simply cannot support the growing number of people with cancer who need them without the public’s help. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. There are over 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and this is set to grow to almost 4 million by 2030.

YANA is wholly funded by donations and operates in the Worcestershire, Norfolk and Suffolk.  Farming is usually a good way of life but it is a demanding and stressful occupation, so it’s not surprising that many people involved with agriculture can feel isolated, depressed or unable to cope as well as normal.  1 in 5 people in the UK will experience a problem with depression and in farming more than one farmer a week in the UK dies by suicide so it is important that people do not feel alone and are supported.  Those people who work in agriculture are often reluctant to seek support for depression, stress or anxiety. However, talking about problems and seeking appropriate help can make it easier to cope and improve a person’s quality of life.  YANA can fund up to 6 sessions with a professionally qualified counsellor.  The only requirement is that applicants must be involved in farming in its broadest sense (e.g. farmer, farming family members, all farm staff, contractors, agricultural merchant, members of Young Farmers, etc.). Event spokesperson, Conrad Palmer, says “We are hosting our coffee morning because Cancer, Stress, Anxiety and Depression can affect anyone, and it impacts on every part of a person’s life and their family. Macmillan & YANA provides support and we want to raise money so that everybody gets the help they need”.

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,

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 ock