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Be s-careful this Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching in the next couple of weeks, we are issuing some crime prevention advice to keep everybody safe this Halloween!

  • Adults should always accompany young children when trick or treating
  • Please, where possible, only knock on the houses of people you know
  • Keep to well lit areas, carry a torch, wear hi-vis clothing and always remember road safety
  • Eggs and flour can cause damage and considerable distress and can also lead to criminal convictions. Any premises selling these items will be more vigilant and will inform the police.
  • If anyone is displaying the “No trick or treating poster” do not visit the address

Stay safe and be sensible

Festive Fairfield’s Advent Calendar

Last year, through online promotion, we organised a Village Advent Calendar. The activity was very successful, and we’d like to repeat the activity. 

What is a Village Advent Calendar?

On a given date, something festive is placed in the window (or garden) of a property in Fairfield, that can be viewed by people passing by.  The display staying in place until the end of Christmas day.  Examples of displays are:

  • Christmas wreaths
  • The whole Nativity Scene
  • Candles
  • Santa & Rudolf in the snow
  • Winter tree wonderland

How can I take part?

Below are listed the 24 days preceding Christmas Day and the addresses of the properties that are taking place.  Email admin@fvca.org.uk with your address details, your preferred “unveil” date and an outline of your display (to reduce likelihood of duplication – it would be fantastic if we had at least 24 different displays).  We will then confirm your your calendar “unveil” date and update the webpage.

For the Advent Calendar to works, displays must not be unveiled until the stated “unveil” date.

Then, during December, wander around the village, enjoying the festive displays.  We will publish a map of properties taking part in late November, this can be downloaded from this website.

Looking for inspiration, checkout some of last year’s Advent Calendar Windows. CLICK HERE

DateProperty AddressOutline Display
1st December186 Stourbridge Road Stained Glass Window
2nd December2 Yew Tree Lane Star of Bethlehem
3rd December32 Stourbridge Road Illuminated Santa
4th DecemberBarn Owl Cottage, Stourbridge Rd 
5th December 
6th December 
7th December  
8th December  
9th December  
10th DecemberCross Court Swan Lane ‘Stickman’
11th December153 Stourbridge Road Christmas Baubles
12th December  
13th December 
14th December 
15th December 
16th December  
17th December  
18th December  
19th December 
20th December 
21st December
22nd December
23rd December 
24th December

BELBROUGHTON UNITED CHARITIES TRUST

Registered Charity Number 234374
Belbroughton United Charities is a group of historic charities which provides grants to support poor or elderly residents of Belbroughton and Fairfield. It owns and runs allotments and the orchard at Belbroughton.

The charity is in urgent need of Trustees, a secretary and a treasurer as the present officers are retiring or moving from the area. They are not huge jobs but essential if the charity is going to continue to support the villages.

If you feel able to be involved please contact Rev Wyn Benyon c/o the church office, Belbroughton. Bfcoffice@btconnect.com

Post Office News

Fairfield Post Office closes at the end of this week, Friday 22nd October.

Fairfield Cafe remains OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Pepper Wood Appeal Update

Paul Jarczewski, Woodland Trust Site Manager (West Midlands), says “we are getting quite close to our fundraising target, and my fundraising colleagues seem confident that we will reach this fairly shortly”.“We’re not quite there yet, but overall the appeal has gone extremely well.”
If you would like to donate £10.00 to help double Pepper Wood or would like further information about this project visit http://fvca.org.uk/directory/pepper-wood/

Monthly Social Gatherings – Glad to be back

Relaxed, social gathering on Saturday 2nd October, residents were joined by PC Stone from Bromsgrove Police – our local police officer.

Whilst enjoying cake and coffee/tea, residents highlighted parking issues, were updated on community works, and agreed activities to mark Halloween and Christmas. Thanks to all who attended.

Give Your Community A Voice

With only two people representing Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge on the Parish Council, volunteers are needed to help speak up for our community.

Belbroughton & Fairfield Parish consists of two wards, Belbroughton and Fairfield, each with their own representatives that meet at least once a month to discuss issues affecting each area and managing devolved matters.

Currently there are some big issues that affect Fairfield and we need your voice to give extra weights to our community’s needs.

Interested? Visit the Parish Council’s website and email the Parish Clerk http://www.belbroughtonandfairfield-pc.info/

Community Coffee Morning at Bournheath

You are invited to a coffee morning at Bournheath Village Community Centre (Claypit Lane) between 10.30 and 12 on Wednesday 15th September. Catch up on news with the neighbours, enjoy coffee/tea and home-made cakes, or borrow a book from the Book Bank. Just drop in or stay for the whole time.

This is our first coffee morning since March 2020 so it would be great to see people developing a sense of a real community again. If you haven’t been before, please come along to say hello.

Also, between 7.30 and 8.30 on Wednesday 15th September, social table tennis will take place at the Community Centre. It’s free and all are welcome, regardless of standard. (We’re playing singles at the moment to help with social distancing).

Barney on the Move

After many years working as a Safer Neighbourhood Officer for the Bromsgrove North & Rural area, which includes Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge, PC Barney Kelso has moved to new challenges within West Mercia Police force area. The Community Association has thanked Barney for his work and have wished him well for the future.

Gully Update: Swan Lane & Wood Lane

Recently two more gully grids along Swan Lane have been unblocked, leaving one grid and one gully to go. A reminder has been sent to Worcestershire County Council.

After chasing, an update has been provided regarding the gully grid on Wood lane that has been blocked for far too many years, “have made a site visit and raised a 4 week work order to clear it.”

A Courtesy Request

Are You Busy?  Do you get distracted?  If answered yes to one or both questions, then you are like many other people.  We live a rush, rush life.

Despite being in a hurry trying to get some where on time and juggling many things at the same time, can you take a few minutes to be:

  • Considerate when parking your vehicle.  Please do not block driveways, park on a junction or double park.  
    • For school traffic, PLEASE utilise the Swan Inn carpark, it is only a few minutes’ walk away. 
    • For non-school event traffic, PLEASE consider parking remotely and walking into the village or use public transport. 
    • Our village is on main road, used by local people, commuters, agricultural vehicles, lorries etc.  Inconsiderate parking leads to increased congestion & pollution levels, restricts legitimate vehicle movements and irritates others.  Considerate parking helps alleviate these issues and provides a stretch of the legs, which is good for physical & mental health well-being, plus the likelihood of damage to your vehicle (e.g. wing mirror gets knocked off) is reduced. 
  • Don’t drop litter.  We live in a village that many people like visiting because it is clean & tidy.  Often litter is dropped by accident or by a child that for a few moments was not thing of their consequences.  PLEASE think about the potential litter that you or your child could be creating.  If you give your child a bag of crisps, ask them to bring the empty bag to you.  If you see a bin that is full, take your rubbish home or to an empty bin.  Easy solutions that keep’s Fairfield a great place for you and others to visit.

Fairfield Dining Group to Resume

Enough interest has been received, so Fairfield Dining Group (OPEN TO EVERYONE) will resume next month, 18th October, with a lunchtime meal at the Swan, 12 noon. A different pub for November (TBC) and a full schedule for 2022 will be included in the Association’s Winter newsletter and online.


If you would like to join us on the 18th October please contact Pat on 01527 832360, or email patricia@steward7.plus.com

Fairfield Cafe for Sale

Sad news – The Fairfield Cafe is up for sale.

Since Kelly & Lydia arrived in our village they have worked hard to deliver a Cafe experience that many have enjoyed, and when they finally do move on will be missed.
A message from Kelly:”As some of you have probably heard I have decided that the time has now come to sell my cafe As you can imagine the last 2 years I’ve been in business have been one hell of a ride, but we came through the other side.We simply haven’t given up, amongst other things my lovely mom is soon to retire and the adventure of the cafe was for both of us and to be honest I can’t see me continuing with anyone else.We have been welcomed into the village since day one, we have the best customers and we want to thank those of you who have continued to support us through the good & difficult times.We have enjoyed our time in Fairfield and that’s down to you, our customers.Please continue to support us until our time in Fairfield comes to an end. I’m sure whoever takes on the business will be as welcomed as were. “

New Interim Priest Licenced

On Wednesday (1st September) our new Interim Priest (Belbroughton with Fairfield) the Revd Canon Wyn Beynon was licenced at a service that was held at Holy Trinity, Belbroughton, led by Rt Revd Bishop Martin Gorick, Bishop of Dudley.

Pictured, Revd Canon Wyn Jones with the Bishop of Dudley and the Archdeacon of Dudley, Venerable Nikki Groarke.

Fairfield Dining Group Update

Several people have enquired when our lunchtime gatherings are to recommence.For those people who do not know, prior to the pandemic, on the third Monday of each month residents visited a different pub each month for a hearty meal and good conversation, it was great opportunity to catch up with and make new friends. People attending were from Fairfield, Bournheath, Dodford and the surrounding area.
Our Fairfield Dining Group coordinator would like to know if there are other people wishing to restart our monthly lunchtime pub visits, starting with a visit to the Swan on Monday 18th October, 12 noon.
If you are interested in joining a lunchtime meal on the 18th October – or at any other time – please contact Pat on 01527 832360, or email patricia@steward7.plus.com

Autumn 2021 Newsletter

The Autumn 2021 Edition of the Community Newsletter has arrived from the printers, volunteers will be delivering copies to properties across Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge over the coming weeks. Copies will also be available from The Fairfield Cafe, Fairfield Village Hall and other establishments. If you can’t wait for your hard copy magazine you can download from http://fvca.org.uk/documents/fvca-newsletters/

Have your say…Western Quarry Proposal

A planning application has been submitted to County Hall to extract sand from the Western Quarry and to import inert waste material.

The Western Quarry is at the junction of Madeley Road and Sandy Lane, where Veolia wanted to site their Bottom Ash Recycling Facility.

To view documents visit CLICK HERE and enter reference number 21/000029/CM

Swan Lane Gully Update

The broken Swan Lane gully grid has (finally) been replaced. Fingers crossed work to unblock the other grids plus the ditch at the bottom of the lane will follow.

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Job Vacancy: Fairfield Post Office

Part-Time Job Opportunity – Fairfield Post Office is looking for someone to join the team.

For further information pop into the Post Office and speak to Sunny or Kam.

New Website & Email Addresses for Village Hall

The new Village Hall website is live, to view visit www.fvh.org.uk

Contact Email addresses are:

Chair                                    chair@fvh.org.uk

Secretary                            secretary@fvh.org.uk

Treasurer                            treasurer@fvh.org.uk

Booking Secretary            bookings@fvh.org.uk

Safeguarding                     safeguarding@fvh.org.uk

Fairfield Flicks is Back

After months of darkness, it’s Lights, Camera, Action as Fairfield Flicks, Bromsgrove’s Community Cinema, resumes screening movies, and a brilliant September schedule has been planned.

Starting Wednesday 15th September 7.30 pm, the feel-good movie of 2020, Military Wives, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, a comedy drama about a group of women who form a choir whilst their partners are away serving in Afghanistan, they quickly find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement.

Next up is a Golden Oldie, Citizen Kane, on Wednesday 22nd September at 2.15pm, the 1941 film debut of a 25-year-old Orson Welles who created this enduring masterpiece, considered by many critics and filmmakers to be the greatest film ever made.  The drama centres on the rise and fall of a publishing magnate, Charles Foster Kane.

To end the month, Wednesday 29th September 7.30pm, a film released in June this year, Supernova, starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci.  Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci) travel across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places from their past, following Tusker being diagnosed with young-onset dementia.

Fairfield Flicks movies are screened at Fairfield Village Hall (B61 9LZ), tickets £5.00 evening screenings and £4.00 afternoon screenings.  For further information and advance tickets sales visit www.fairfieldflicks.org.uk

About Fairfield Flicks

Fairfield Flicks is a voluntary run Bromsgrove cinema experience showing top films for people to enjoy.  Our goal is to bring people together, to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

Fairfield Flicks is a member of Cinema For All, Film Hub Midlands and registered with the Independent Cinema Office.

Fairfield Flicks is delivered by Fairfield Village Community Association (www.fvca.org.uk) with the support of Fairfield Village Hall.

40mph Buffer Zone Approved

Worcestershire County Council have issued a public notice approving the reduction in the speed limit between Stoneybridge Island and the current start of the 30 mph at the north planter. The Order will come into operation on 12 August 2021.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) Worcestershire County Council The County of Hereford and Worcester (Restricted Roads) (No.4) Order 1981 (Variation), Worcestershire County Council Various Roads, Bournheath, Restricted Roads Order 2002 (Revocation) and Various Roads Fairfield, Belbroughton and Bournheath, 30 and 40mph Speed Limit Order 2021

On 22 July 2021 Worcestershire County Council made an Order the effect of which will be to IMPOSE a 40 MPH on the following length of road in Fairfield:-

B4091 Stourbridge Road from a point 81.5 metres south of its roundabout junction with A491 Sandy Lane to a point 298 metres north of its junction with Swan Lane.

The Order will come into operation on 12 August 2021.

Documents in relation to this Order can be downloaded at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/bromsgrovepn; or copies supplied by emailing roadtrafficregs@worcestershire.gov.uk; or writing to me at County Hall.

Thomas Pollock, Head of Commercial Law, Legal and Governance, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP

4 August 2021

Brilliant Fairfield Surgery

Brilliant turnout for Meet the Neighbourhood Team that was held on Monday 2nd August, at the Village Hall.

There were residents, some staying for the hour, others for a few minutes, chatting to PC Stone, catching up with friends and enjoying a cuppa & biscuits.

Thanks to all those who came along. Once again, PC Stone was impressed with the numbers attending and our village hospitality.

And thanks to all those who signed up to Neighbourhood Matters, http://neighbourhoodmatters.co.uk

Meet Your Neighbourhood Team

Bromsgrove North Safer Neighbourhood officers will be conducting a surgery at Fairfield Village Hall on Monday 2nd August at midday for one hour.  Also present will be a representative of your Community Association & Neighbourhood Watch Group.

Coffee/Tea & Biscuits will be available,

Please pop by and say hello and share any concerns. It would be very nice to see you, even if it is for 5 minutes.

What 3 Words

Three words for a faster emergency response.

To find you more easily in an emergency, West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and many other UK Emergency Services are encouraging you to share your 3 word address.

What is what3words?

what3words has divided the globe into 3m squares and given each one a unique 3 word address. It means everywhere can be located with just three words. For example ///kite.chats.dine will take you to a precise spot in a field next to the River Ouse in York. what3words is available as a free app for iOS and Android and online map at map.what3words.com. You can find out more about what3words here.

How do I use what3words in an emergency?

  1. Find the 3 word address for your current location on the free what3words app for iOS and Android. It works offline – ideal for areas with unreliable data connection.
  2. Share your 3 word address over the phone to the call handler.
  3. The emergency service can then coordinate a response directly to the exact location where help is needed.

Delays to Council Bin Collections

Due to ongoing service and operational issues, bin crews are about a day behind with their collections but are doing their best to catch up. If they have not collected your bin when you were expecting them to, please leave it kerbside in a safe place and they’ll get to it as soon as possible. Bromsgrove District Council thanks you for your understanding. Further updates are available on the Council’s website at www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/bins

PLEASE share this information with your neighbours, especially the elderly who do not use the internet.

Pepper Wood Extension Update

Paul Jarczewski, Woodland Trust Site Manger (Central England) has provided the Community Association with the following update:

The online consultation was very successful.  We had 79 responses, which indicated very obvious support for our plans to establish the new wood.  I’m sure this interest was in no small part due to the Community Association championing the project locally, so many thanks for that.

We are just about to submit our final design plans to The Forestry Commission for their approval.  The consultation response is an important appendix to this, as it provides evidence to the Commission that the new wood is something that local people will value.

One of the things we wish to do is set up some monitoring as the new land develops (hoping of course that our fundraising is successful and we acquire the land).  The monitoring will look at how well trees establish on different areas of the site, but also look at how the biodiversity changes/improves with time.  It is very interesting to know we already have some potentially rare species.

We are still fundraising to buy the land, so any opportunity you have to let people know would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to know more about the proposed Pepper Wood Expansion visit http://fvca.org.uk/directory/pepper-wood/

Electoral Canvass email trial

As Bromsgrove District’s annual electoral canvass begins for 2021 residents are being asked to look out for an email version of this year’s canvass letter.

As part of the annual review of the electoral register Bromsgrove Council will be encouraging residents to check that their information is up to date using the online process in the first instance.

From next week emails with the corporate Bromsgrove District Council Electoral Shared Services branding will be sent out to residents for whom the electoral shared service holds an email address, with instructions as to how to check, confirm and/or change their details online.

For anyone who doesn’t receive the initial email, correspondence will go out to residents in the traditional way via the post over the next few weeks.

Darren Whitney, Electoral Services Manager for Bromsgrove District Council, said: “We want to make sure that residents are aware that this is not a scam email and that this is the quickest and easiest way for people to update their details and means that we do not have to post out a form to them.

“Every year we’re required to conduct a canvass that helps keep the electoral register correct. Many people might not realise that, when asked, simply replying in a timely manner saves the Council money.

“When people don’t reply, the council are required to send out reminder letters, and even employ people to knock on doors, which means the cost goes up.

“This year it’s even easier to respond than ever, so check your inboxes, check your details and help us save taxpayers money.”

Residents are reminded to stay alert when it comes to phishing, scam, or spam emails. The council will never ask for your bank details via email. If in doubt, contact our Electoral Services Team on 01527 881421.

Updating your household information is not a registration form to vote. To register to vote, go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Unregistered people are not eligible to vote in any election or referendum.

To find out more about the Electoral Register visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/elections

Released Balloons Can Kill

Another balloon found next to pasture land, near Pepper Wood. This balloon, in the shape of a bottle with the word ‘Cheers’ on it, was made out of plastic. In addition to being unsightly, spoiling our beautiful countryside, balloons can kill livestock – cattle have been known to eat balloons that end up stuck in their throat, choking them to death.

WHAT IS FAIRFIELD 200 CLUB?

Members of the 200 club buy one or more numbers which go into a monthly draw. There are 200 numbers in total. The subscription is only £1 per month for each number. Over the course of the year £1500 is given out as prizes and the remainder (up to £900) goes into Fairfield Village Hall funds. Twice per year the top monthly prize is £200.

You may have been resident in the Fairfield area for a number of years and never got around to joining or you may be new to the village.

Either way, please consider giving your support by joining the 200 Club. Most members pay £12 annually for each number.

Further details and application forms can be found on the website http://fvca.org.uk/200-club/.  Alternatively, please contact the Administrator (details below).

If you wish to join the 200 Club, please take the completed form(s) and subscriptions to the Administrator or contact her and she will collect them.

The 200 Club Administrator is

Linda Garvin

83 Brook Road

Fairfield

01527 834935

Village Hall Repairs

As previously reported, subsidence was identified at the Village Hall in September 2018 and since then there has a been a period of monitoring by contactors appointed by the Village hall insurers.

Movement since 2018 has been very minor and repairs to the cracks in the Hall walls (the area where the tables and chairs are stored) is about to commence.

The Village Hall Committee have been notified that Messenger Construction have now been booked to repair the cracked walls, work commencing on 26th July 2021 and expected to be completed by 30th July 2021.

Work should not impact those hirers who will be using the Hall that week. Contractors have been informed, and will be reminded, that main hall, kitchen, toilets must be left clean, tidy and safe.

Church Services at St. Mark’s

Church services will resume at St Mark’s Church this weekend on Sunday, 13th June at 11.15am when there will be a Worship of All service.
It is good that the congregation will again be able to be physically present at services. Remember that everyone attending the service must respect the current Covid-19 guidance. In particular, everyone attending the service must wear a face covering (unless they are exempt) and they should continue to comply with the social distancing requirements. The “two metre rule” applies for communal worship.
It is hoped that future services will be held on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.

Revised Speed Limit Order Creating 40 mph Buffer Zone

Worcestershire County Council are to consider making an Order the effect of which will be to IMPOSE a 40 MPH on the following length of road in Fairfield: –B4091 Stourbridge Road from a point 81.5m south of its roundabout junction with A491 Sandy Lane to a point 298m north of its junction with Swan Lane, i.e. the north village planter, where the current 30 mph zone starts. For details visit CLICK HERE.

Any objection/representations you may have must be sent in writing to County Hall, or email roadtrafficregs@worcestershire.gov.uk; to be received by 23 June 2021.

Fairfield Village Community Association welcomes this revised proposal. The Association will continue to lobby for additional much needed traffic calming engineering works.

Pepper Wood Design Plans Revealed

The Woodland Trust have released the design plans for the proposed Pepper Wood extension and they would like to hear your views. The proposed design plan is below.

To have your say, please complete a 5-minute survey, to access CLICK HERE

Flood Alleviation Recreation Ground

At last we have contractors due to carry out works to improve the drainage at the footpath end of the Recreation Ground.

The work by Kelbec Civils Ltd is due to commence Monday 17th May with initial marking out of the areas. The works will take circa 5 to 7 days.

The access will be via the carpark and with no traffic using the lane to the school. 2 bays will be out of commission on the car park for the duration.

All works will be suitably ‘Harass fenced’ off.

Equality Small Grants Scheme 2021-22

Bromsgrove District Council Equality Small Grants Scheme 2021-22 is OPEN!

Bromsgrove District Council, in partnership with the Bromsgrove Engagement and Equalities Forum, have launched their Equality Small Grants Scheme today!

The aim of the Bromsgrove District Council Equality Small Grants Scheme is to enable smaller voluntary, charitable or community organisation/group that operate in Bromsgrove District to deliver an achievable project that would benefit the community and challenges inequality, advances equality and/or celebrates diversity. It is a small grants scheme and is specifically for smaller voluntary, charitable or community organisations/groups who would find it hard to meet the criteria of bigger grants.

It is open for one round only and will support projects or activities being delivered between 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022. The max limit for year is £750 per funding request, although please do only apply for the amount needed. The £750 limit applies if you are submitting a joint bid with another organisation unless you are bidding for different projects under a shared theme.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 9th June 2021 at Midday.

Applications received after this date and time will not be accepted.

For Grant Application Form and Guidance visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/grants

Key dates/information

Opens: Thursday 13 May 2021

Closes: Wednesday 9 June 2021 at Midday

Max limit per application: £750

Delivery timescale: Projects/activities must be delivered between 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022

Please do read the guidance as there have been some small changes. We are more than happy to talk over any ideas, read applications prior to submission and provide any additional guidance if required. Please spread the word about this opportunity and if you have any queries or questions, please do contact me.

In addition to this small grant scheme, there is another opportunity for 2021-22 to apply for a larger grant. If you are a larger voluntary, charitable or community organisation/group or your project requires more than £750 to be delivered, please consider applying for the Community Grants Scheme 2021/22 instead. The Community Grants Scheme replaces the New Home Bonus Community Grants Scheme but will follow the principles of that original scheme and applications will be limited to a maximum of £5,000 per project. There is £80,000 available and more information can be found here.

All the best and we look forward to receiving your application.

Emily Payne

Engagement & Equalities Advisor

My working pattern is Tue to Fri 9.30-2.30

Tel: 01527 64252 ext. 2409 or Direct Dial 01527 548284

Email: equalities@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

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Another Collision on Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane was closed Wednesday 12th May following a collision at the junction of Money Lane.

A spokesperson from West Mercia Police said: “The road is currently closed and will be for sometime.

“Officers are currently dealing with a collision on Money Lane.”

A spokesperson from West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 3:11pm to reports of a two car RTC at the junction of Sandy Lane and the B4551.

“We currently have one ambulance at the scene assessing two patients. “