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Rubery builder paints murals on his girlfriend's walls

Redditch Advertiser:

1:34pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A BUILDER from Rubery has turned to art after realising his hidden potiental. James Bowkett, aged 31, from New Road has been drawing portraits for 15 years.

Two people taken to hospital following road traffic collision

Redditch Advertiser:

11:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO people have been taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch following a road traffic collision in Bromsgrove.

Concerns raised following housing development proposal

Redditch Advertiser:

9:50am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

CONCERNS have been raised following an exhibition on proposed plans to build around 1,200 new homes in Perryfields.

Open day to be held at Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station

4:40pm Monday 22nd September 2014

AN open day is being held at Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station in Slideslow Drive.

Couples' golden wedding sparks marriage celebration

Redditch Advertiser: Reverend John Cook and his wife Daphne who celebrated their golden wedding recently.

3:24pm Saturday 20th September 2014

AN Alcester couple who recently celebrated their golden wedding will now hold a special harvest festival to commemorate the gift of marriage.

Bromsgrove Street Pastors celebrate their 2nd birthday

9:41am Saturday 20th September 2014

BROMSGROVE Street Pastors celebrated their second birthday by holding a service at the Ye Olde Black Cross.

Nude calender for full monty production

Redditch Advertiser: Andrew Sutton, Jamie Glenn, Frank Forbes, pub landlord David Carvell, Hugh Duck, David Hatton and Jeff Gill.

8:50am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

SIX brave Alcester Theatre Company members posed for a nude calendar in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Coffee morning to be held at Fairfield Football Club

Redditch Advertiser:

1:46pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A COFFEE morning will be held at Fairfield Football club on Stourbridge Road in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Four year partnership for Alcester Male Voice Choir and Johnsons Coaches

Redditch Advertiser: Alcester Male Voice Choir team up with Johnson’s Coaches for a fourth year.

12:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

ALCESTER Male Voice Choir is to be sponsored for a fourth year by Henley in Arden bus and coach company Johnsons Coaches.

Lost family heirlooms found in ginger pot

Redditch Advertiser: POT OF GOLD: Steve accidentally gave antiques dealer Phil his missing family heirlooms.  To buy picture, BMM381407a, visit

11:06am Thursday 18th September 2014

AN honest antiques dealer had a surprise when he opened up a £20 ginger pot to find more than £3,000 worth of antiques, including five pocket watches and other trinkets.

Alcester Grammar School pupil awarded engineering scholarship

Redditch Advertiser: Principal Clive Sentance, Tom Baxter and physics teacher Adam Knights.

4:43pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN Alcester Grammar School pupil has been awarded a sought-after scholarship in engineering and technical design.

Alcester scouting sibilings raise £450 towards Jamboree

Redditch Advertiser: James and Ellie with other scouts also fundraising to attend the Jamboree. Photo courtesy of Peter Fordam.

4:36pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

SCOUTING siblings from Alcester raised £450 for their Jamboree by holding a ‘guess the number of balloons in a Honda’ event at the Maybird Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Bromsgrove mum ‘furious’ over double yellow lines

Redditch Advertiser: Mrs Baldwin said she had been told by both the head of the highways agency and Councillor Luke Mallett that the whole-T-junction of Grayshott Close and Greenacres Lane would have double yellow lines put in place. To buy, BMM381401, visit www.bromsgroveadv

10:04am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A BROMSGROVE mum who campaigned for years to get safety measures imposed at her son’s school was left ‘furious’ when she discovered workmen had finally painted double yellow lines near the school but not where she had expected.

£1,000 worth of prizes up for grabs at Macmillan coffee morning

Redditch Advertiser:

4:44pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A BROMSGROVE café and holistic therapy centre is to host a Macmillan coffee morning.

Animal sanctuary to host open day

Redditch Advertiser:

12:07pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

AN open day is being held at Hillfields Animal Sanctuary, Green Hill, Blackwell near Bromsgrove.

Bromsgrove baptist church to welcome back residents

Redditch Advertiser: Rev Keith Judson will be returning to Bromsgrove.

10:19am Tuesday 16th September 2014

BROMSGROVE Baptist Church is inviting residents to take part in a series of easy-access services during autumn.

Royal Mail aims to give Stroke Association cash boost

11:16am Sunday 14th September 2014

A BROMSGROVE based charity has announced a new partnership with postal service company Royal Mail.

SPAR staff raise hundreds for ChildLine

Redditch Advertiser: CHARITY: Asda staff add pedal power

1:44pm Friday 12th September 2014

KIND-HEARTED staff at a SPAR store in Bromsgrove raised more than £450 for ChildLine by holding a sponsored in-store cycle.

Alcester siblings selected to attend World Scout Jamboree

Redditch Advertiser: James and Ellie Fordham have been selected to attend he 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

3:27pm Thursday 11th September 2014

TWO scouting siblings from Alcester have been given the opportunity of a lifetime after they were selected to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree held in Japan next year.

Sprinter to take on pole climbing champion at APF 2014

Redditch Advertiser:

5:20pm Friday 12th September 2014

ENGLISH sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey will run 100m in the Ragley estate during a unique race against Grant Gallier, the World 25m pole climbing champion.

Coughton to host annual festival

Redditch Advertiser: A range of entertainment including morris dancing will take place at Coughton Court's Cheese and Pickle festival. Photo courtesy of Claire Blackburn.

12:40pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A CHEESE and pickle festival will take place at Coughton Court over the weekend.

Alcester insurance firm win nation award

Redditch Advertiser: Director Mark Horgan, sales executiveTrevor Palmer, sales and marketing manager Jodie Horgan, property manager Jason Oldham and operations manager Elaine Ryan.

9:18am Thursday 11th September 2014

AN Alcester firm of insurance brokers have won a national award.

66th annual Ploughing and Hedging Competition to be attended by princess

Redditch Advertiser: Forest of Arden Agricultural Society’s Ploughing and Hedging Competition to take place in Alcester.

3:21pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

PRINCESS Anne is set to attend the Forest of Arden Agricultural Society’s 65th annual Ploughing and Hedging Competition in Alcester.

Rubery restaurant to pay £3489 for selling beef curries as lamb

Redditch Advertiser:

2:27pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

RUBERY restaurant was ordered to pay thousands after it illegally sold beef curries as lamb.

Bromsgrove Scouts are appealing for more volunteers

Redditch Advertiser: Barnt Green Scouts backwoods cooking.

11:37am Wednesday 10th September 2014

BROMSGROVE Scouts are appealing for new adult volunteers to support their groups.

Community-spirited volunteers teamed up to tidy Alcester

Redditch Advertiser: Members of Litter Free Alcester took part in a clear up event.

11:13am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A GROUP of community-spirited volunteers in Alcester teamed up for their autumn ‘Big Tidy Up’ on Sunday, September 7.

Charity golf day raises thousands for charity

Redditch Advertiser: David Gilburn, Bromsgrove's MP Sajid Javid MP and club president Dave Foster

2:47pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

BROMSGROVE’S MP Sajid Javid attended a charity golf day organised by the Rotary Club of North Worcestershire.

Two further businesses take up residency at the Longbridge Technology Park

12:37pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

ST Modwen's Longbridge regeneration scheme has secured two further businesses to take up residency on the site.

Lych gate repaired

Redditch Advertiser:

9:20am Wednesday 10th September 2014

WORK to repair the Bromsgrove Lych gate has now been completed.

Sunflower growing girls win competition

Redditch Advertiser: Penny Booton with her prize-winning sunflower.

10:32am Tuesday 9th September 2014

TWO girls from Lickey End came joint first place in a sunflower growing competition held at Little Heath Garden Centre.

Nurses team up and raise around £7,000 for premature baby charity

Redditch Advertiser:

9:48am Tuesday 9th September 2014

TWO nurses from Droitwich and Bromsgrove will walk the Great Wall of China in aid of the charity Bliss which cares for premature and sick babies.

Nurses team up and raise around £7,000 for premature baby charity

Redditch Advertiser:

9:48am Tuesday 9th September 2014

TWO nurses from Droitwich and Bromsgrove will walk the Great Wall of China in aid of the charity Bliss which cares for premature and sick babies.

New priest-in-charge appointed at St Chad's

Redditch Advertiser: Left to right: The new priest in charge at St Chad’s in Rubery, Rev Claire Turner and Rt Rev David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham.

3:21pm Monday 8th September 2014

RUBERY churchgoers can now welcome a new face to the town after Claire Turner is appointed as the new priest-in-charge at St Chad’s.

Alcester Flower and Vegetable Show and Court Leet Family Fun Day held

Redditch Advertiser: Flowers exhibitor Sandra Covey. Buy picture,RLB371405_01, at

11:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A VAST array of home-grown produce was proudly displayed at this year’s Alcester Flower and Vegetable Show.

Talent contest to be held in Alcester

Redditch Advertiser:

4:30pm Monday 8th September 2014

TALENTED people around Alcester in the surrounding area are invited to take part in a competition held at jubilee centre and park.

Children present a performance following summer drama sessions

Redditch Advertiser: Children in Alcester performed ‘A Day at the Fair’ following summer drama sessions.

10:49am Friday 5th September 2014

YOUNGSTERS in Alcester marked the end of their summer theatre workshop by presenting a performance to friends, family, local councillors and the wider community.

Line dancing sessions are set to get Bromsgrove residents’ toes tapping.

4:19pm Thursday 4th September 2014

BROMSGROVE residents are invited to attend weekly line dancing session being held at a town leisure centre.

Community-spirited volunteers in Alcester organise 'Big Tidy Up'

Redditch Advertiser:

1:10pm Saturday 6th September 2014

A GROUP of community-spirited volunteers in Alcester are organising an autumn ‘Big Tidy Up’ on Sunday, September 7.

Cash boost gives Bromsgrove more sporting opportunities

11:38am Thursday 4th September 2014

MORE sports and active opportunities in Bromsgrove will now be available following the success of a funding project which has now been extended for two years.

Blind woman stranded in Redditch following bus review

Redditch Advertiser:

9:40am Thursday 4th September 2014

A BLIND woman was left stranded in Redditch for an hour following a major review of subsidised bus services covered by Worcestershire County Council.

Tea dance to take place in Bromsgrove

4:07pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

BROMSGROVE residents are being invited to show off their dancing skills at a tea dance.

Choir set to perform at Lickey Church

Redditch Advertiser: The Chanterelles Ladies' Choir are set to perform at Lickey Church.

1:05pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THE Chanterelles Ladies' Choir is set to perform at Lickey Parish Church on Saturday, September 13.

Ceremony to mark nailer’s cottage completion to take place

Redditch Advertiser:

11:49am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A CEREMONY will take place at Avoncroft Museum in Bromsgrove to mark the end of a project to restore a 19th century nailer’s cottage.

First ever Alcester arts festival ' a success'

Redditch Advertiser: Artist Jon Gidlow shows off his skills at Alcester Arts Festival. To buy picture, RCR361402_01, visit

1:10pm Friday 5th September 2014

ALCESTER held its first ever arts festival at the weekend.

Historical Bromsgrove lych gate roof damaged by vandals

Redditch Advertiser: The roof of Bromsgrove's historical lych gate was damaged at the weekend.

2:20pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A HISTORICIAL Bromsgrove gate, which dates back to the 1650s, has been hit once again by vandals.

European Chainsaw Carving Championships come to Ragley

Redditch Advertiser: Will Lees’ 2012 winning sculpture 'Three Bears In a Boat.'

2:50pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE European Chainsaw Carving Championships will take place in the Ragley Estate as part of APF 2014, the UK’s largest forestry, woodland, trees and timber show.

Musical Theatre Company celebrates 50th Anniversary by performing The Full Monty

Redditch Advertiser: Alcester Theatre Group will perform The Full Monty. To buy image, RCR361401, visit

8:40am Thursday 4th September 2014

ALCESTER Musical Theatre Company will celebrate its 50th Anniversary by performing The Full Monty at Redditch's Palace Theatre.

Flower and Vegetable Show and Court Leet fete to take place in Alcester

Redditch Advertiser: Alcester Court Leet arranged for Mickey and Minnie Mouse to meet and greet children around the town. Pictured:  Alex Grodzki, six, and Jacob Pawlouski also six. To buy photo, RCR361403, visit

3:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

ALCESTER Flower and Vegetable Show and Court Leet fete is taking place next weekend.

Pole climbers from across the world to take part in competition at Ragley

Redditch Advertiser: Top pole climbers from across the globe are to take part a competition on the Ragley estate.

12:20pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

MANY of the world’s top pole climbers are set to participate in a competition taking place on the Ragley Estate in Alcester.

Civic head to host Fundraiser onboard a canal boat

Redditch Advertiser:

3:50pm Thursday 4th September 2014

THE civic head of Bromsgrove council is to host a fundraising event on board a canal boat.


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