Village News & Notices
2006 Archive

(30th November 2006)


This ever-popular event will be held at Blakedown Parish Room
on Saturday, 3rd February from 7.30 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.

Tickets (including supper) available from Mary on 700776
Price: £8.00 for Adults, £5.00 for those 16 and under
Family ticket £22.00 - 2 Adults & 2 Children

Bring your own drinks and glasses

(19th November 2006)

Application Form

The casual vacancy on the Parish Council has not been filled and any applicants have until Wednesday 6th December to get their applications to the Clerk to the parish Council. The application form can be downloaded from here, by clicking the icon below.

(1st November 2006)


Each Wednesday morning, from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon,
for anyone to pop in for a few minutes or as long as they want.
The time can be used to pray, think, be quiet or just to look around 'your church'



Thanks to all those who helped with this year's Gift Weekend. It is an important contribution to the future of the churches. Thank you to all those who made donations. Further contributions for the ongoing expenses of the churches may be made to the Rector or Wardens, or simply handed in at one of the church services. The total will be announced next month.

For even more information on what's going on in our local churches visit their web page

(13th September 2006)



Full printed details of this notice are available for public viewing outside of Blakedown Post Office.

A vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.
If by the 21st of September, a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the
Returning Officer, Civic Centre, New Street, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 8UJ
by 10 (TEN) electors of the said Parish Ward, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option. This election will take place not later then the 23rd November 2006.

Formal Notice posted by: W Delin, Returning Officer, 1st September 2006

(18th July 2006)
Churchill & Blakedown Sports Centre

Notice is given of the Sports Centre Committee's AGM to be held on Thursday 10th August at 8.00pm at the pavilion. 

The Public are welcome to attend. 

Any questions to be submitted in writing by 1st August to the outgoing chairman

(11th July 2006)

(On the A456 in Blakedown)
There will be many stalls to browse amongst including:

Tombola, Raffle, Games, Books, Plants, White Elephant
Refreshments will also be served, so do try and come along.

Free entry.

Being a small village church we are in need of funds for the upkeep of our beautiful church and the surrounding grounds. This year we have quite a major expense, which is the complete replacement of our oak fencing at the front of the church. It is very costly and we do need to raise rather a lot of money. So many of our rural churches are struggling with the upkeep of their buildings and falling congregations, yet the churches are there for the needs of everyone not just those that attend regularly.

(11th July 2006)


Diana Ingham and Mary Macdiarmid would like to thank those who supported the Christian Aid Week house-to-house collection in Broome, Blakedown and Churchill. This year £329 was raised in Broome, £870 in Blakedown and £159 in Churchill.

(11th July 2006)

Churchill, Blakedown and Broome
Weekly Village Prayer

Every Wednesday in Blakedown Church
7.30 - 8.00 p.m.

Please join us to pray for the spiritual life of our villages.
All denominations welcome.

(11th July 2006)


A high quality, modern wheelchair is now available from Blakedown Church for hire at a cost of £2 per day or £10 per week. The chair is designed to fit easily in a family car, so is ideal for outings.
Please contact Mary on 700776 to book.

(24th May 2006)

Blakedown Cub Scouts - Football Champions!

By Louis, Assistant Cub Scout Leader (aka Webster)

On a wet, cold, Sunday May 21st at Habberley playing fields in Kidderminster, Blakedown Cub Scouts proved they were Champions by winning the Kidderminster District 5-A-Side Football Competition. They were up against 8 other teams, playing 4 heats, a semi-final and final without losing a game and only conceding 1 goal. Billy, George, Luke, William, Jack, Henry and Jonathan each won a medal and a voucher to see Kidderminster Harriers play as well as carrying the Winners Trophy home.

The Cub Scouts also put up a second team of Matthew P, Guy, Varunu, Joshua, Matthew D, Greg and James. They played hard and worked hard in their 4 matches, but didn’t quite make it to the semi-finals. I think they still did a fantastic job in representing Blakedown. Their behaviour was impeccable and everything I could have asked for.

Blakedown Bravo!’s to Mr Clift and Mr Trimmer for stepping up to the Challenge of Managing the Cub Scout Teams – I could not have done it without you. I also give special thanks to Mrs Bytheway for washing the football strip and Mr Bridge and Mr Saul for helping to keep an eye on and supporting the teams during on the day. Also, a thank you to Chil for driving the minibus and his support during day.

(9th May 2006)


Blakedown parents give top marks to school dinners

A surprise was in store for parents (on Thursday 4 May) at Blakedown CE Primary School, when they accepted an invitation to see for themselves what their children are served for their school dinners. Shire Services, which provides hot meals for the 108 pupils at the school, put on a selection of dishes for mums and dads to try at a special tasting session. Typical dishes on offer to pupils include turkey hot pot, vegetarian rissoto and meat pie with puff pastry. The meals are cooked in Shire Services’ central kitchens at Comberton, then delivered to Blakedown every lunchtime.

Debbie Bridge whose eight year old son Jonathan is a pupil was delighted with what she found. ‘It’s all miles better than the school dinners I remember. We got sloppy semolina and spam fritters. But this is all very appealing, and it really tastes home made.’

Mum of six year old Elliot, Donna Howles praised the efforts of Blakedown’s dinner lady Debbie Pratt. ‘Debbie has a great way with the kids, and she knows exactly who likes what and who doesn’t! She tries very hard to persuade them to try new things.’

Kitchen Assistant Debbie, who has worked at Blakedown School for three years, said she takes a softly softly approach with the children.
‘Sometimes it’s just a matter of overcoming their fear of the unknown. So I’ll say "Go on, just have a little bit of this for me" and often it works. I do think most children need a bit of guidance about making good food choices.’ Since the national campaign by TV chef Jamie Oliver to improve the nutritional value of school meals, many parents have been concerned about the quality of what their children are served.

Shire Services are soon to roll out a new and easy way for children to pick healthy meals. It’ll be called 1,2,3 Go! and encourages them to choose something from each of essential food groups. They’ll learn that protein, carbohydrate, and fruit and vegetables are all needed for a nutritionally balanced diet.

For further information contact Blakedown CE Primary School on 01562 700243

(24th April 2006)


In the grounds of Broome House Rest Home by kind permission of Mr. E. Lane

To be opened at 2.00 p.m. by Miss Philippa Thomson, TV Personality.

Charities: Broome Church & Hall, & Birmingham Children’s Hospital

In addition to the stalls there will be many attractions: barbecue, birds of prey, bouncy castle, dancers, face painting, fancy dress parade, organ recital (in church), quad bikes, rides, side shows, skittles, stationary engines, vintage vehicles.
Cream teas will be served in the Church Hall.

Raffle Tickets will be drawn on the day at 4.00 p.m.

Please e-mail or phone Diana Ingham, 01562 68908 if you would like some tickets.

There are some very attractive prizes:

£50 in cash, a voucher for flowers worth £50, a six-place Aynsley Dinner Service, Paintball for 2 at Bissell Wood, and meals for 2 at the following restaurants –  the Mount Hotel, Clent, Va Bene, Hagley, and the Thai Restaurant, Prince of Wales, Hagley

Tickets are in books of five and the cost is £1 per ticket, or £5 for a book of tickets.

(24th April 2006)

The Recycling Guide

In this new green age, a link has been e-mailed to us from Emma Smith:

"The site emphasises the importance of recycling and provides advice on how people can recycle at home, in schools and how to recycle different materials. The guide also has a useful tips section ( and is easy to follow due to the detailed illustrations. "

Click on the links in this article to go there. The links page will also hold a copy.

(29 Mar 06)

Click the picture to be taken to Guy's website.

Firstly thanks for registering your interest in my plight. The following is a brief description of why I've decided to undertake such a challenge.

Now I'll admit that running a marathon was not top of my list of 'things to do' before I'm 25 or even actually on the list come to think of it. However, as many of you know some things happen in life that change your perspective and an incident in the early hours of a Friday in March served to highlight that.

Sadly, on 4th March 2005 my flatmate and best friend, Paul Tanner was stabbed to death on St Pauls Square in Birmingham. He was 23yrs old and inevitably such a tragic loss left a huge void in the lives of all concerned. In times of adversity people turn to various methods in order to channel their grief - I chose running, and as it happens a Marathon serves as an extremely useful tool for focussing the mind.

After deciding to embark on such a challenge the next step was to gain a place in the 06 Flora London Marathon - not an easy task given that its over subscribed by 100% every year. To gain entry it seemed that the logical choice was to run for a charity.

I have been fortunate enough to be granted a gold bond place running for Marie Curie Cancer Care who: "Provide high quality nursing, totally free, to give terminally ill people the choice of dying at home supported by their families."

Together, I hope we can raise in excess of £2000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care which will go to providing some of the following;

£20 provides a Marie Curie nurse in a patient's home for one hour.
£400 pays for Marie Curie Cancer Care's contribution to the cost of caring for an inpatient in a hospice for a day.
£800 supports a team of scientists for a day at the research institute.

So please dig deep for what I hope you'll agree is a worthwhile cause and to paraphrase the late JFK:

"We do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard."

Please give generously.


(15 Mar 06)

(9 Mar 06)

Quiz Night
Blakedown Parish Room
Friday, 7th April at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets £7.50 per head
Contact Mary on 700776
(Includes fish & chip supper)
(Bring your own bottles and glasses)