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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  www.worcestershire.gov.uk/flu or if you live outside Worcestershire you can find your local pharmacy here  https://beta.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy/

A short film has been produced that tackles the myths that surround flu which can be viewed here https://youtu.be/DGeEiiPiMik

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: canonsueoliver@btinternet.com

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 https://forms.theiline.co.uk/ruralcrimehotline (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; www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/districtplan. 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; strategicplanning@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk 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, 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