Village News & Notices

(29th November 2007)

Saturday 8th March 2008
Blakedown Parish Rooms

70's rock/pop/glam band

Licensed bar, supper inclued
Fancy dress optional, should be fun!!

Tickets available Diane 01562 700623

(29th November 2007)

Mary has made some magnetic bookmarks, price £1.50 each, to raise money for the Church.  They are ideal as stocking fillers or for sending with Christmas cards and very useful to anyone who likes reading, you will never lose your page in a book again as they will not drop out.

If you would like some, please call Mary on telephone number 01562 700776.  Phone calls after 6.30 p.m. please. 

(29th November 2007)

Thanks to the generous support we have recently received from local charities, Kids Club has been able to purchase two basketball systems. Playing basketball and netball has been one of the most popular activities during the Autumn. A number of the children helped to plan and took a large part in the Harvest Family Service at the beginning of October. They have also covered and brought items to fill up five shoe-boxes to support the annual ‘Operation Christmas Child’ appeal.

Due to the dark evenings there have been fewer children at the club, so it has been decided to have a break in the Spring Term, which is very short, and recommence after Easter, when it will be possible to use the Millennium Green for outdoor games.

So the start-up date to put into your new diaries and calendars is TUESDAY, 8TH APRIL, 2008.

Mary Macdiarmid, Janice Johns, Deirdre White, Hazel Smith and Sue Amer.

Please remember THE CHRISTMAS PARTY is on
in the VILLAGE HALL AT 5.00 p.m.



Blakedown & Hagley Branch


The service this year will be held in Churchill Church, St James the Great in Halfshire, starting with a short service at CHURCHILL WAR MEMORIAL.

Please assemble at the memorial at 10.15 a.m. for a short service and the laying of wreaths and crosses at 10.30 a.m., followed by parading the short distance to the church in time for the 2 minutes’ silence at 11.00 a.m.

The Branch would appreciate all able members to be in attendance and take an active role in the parade; this also applies to Poppy Collectors and members of the public, who are all welcome.

Parking is available near the church and memorial. Please note the lane from the memorial to the Church is to be closed to through traffic from 10.25 a.m. until 10.55 a.m.

Geoffrey Hayward, Chairman

(7th November 2007, from Ronnie B Goode)

The Swan at Blakedown played host to guitar legend Trevor Burton and his band on Friday 19th October in what was hopefully the first of a series of regular gigs to be presented at the venue. Trevor is best known as a founder member of “The Move” but his career has developed and extended from his chart success days and he has since played with some of the biggest names in rock including Steve Winwood and Robert Plant. To an appreciative and knowledgeable crowd, the band played a varied set of blues and rock including their interpretations of many classics as well as some of Trevor’s own compositions.

The new management of The Swan deserve applause themselves for presenting the show and further live music is scheduled for this Saturday 27th October with “Memphis In The Meantime” who are rapidly becoming more well known through their musicianship and performances on both local and national stages as well as successful appearances at major festivals.

Support the show if you can.

For more information on Trevor’s Band visit: -

and for “MITM”

(22nd October 2007)

The PARISH PLAN is under way.

We have had two meetings.  The whole idea was initiated by the Parish Council, but it’s not ‘their baby’ EVERY ONE is entitled to a say and as many people as possible will be consulted.  The first meeting was just to kick off, second meeting was with the Local Authority Officer in charge to advise and steer us.

There are benefits:

There is as ever lots more to do and just for once you are not being asked to DO anything (so heave a sigh of relief!) I just wanted to make sure you knew for the web site and for your many roles in the community.  You may however at some point be pressed for some opinions. 

Of course if you want to be more involved then of course you are more than welcome as is any one in the parish – OR  who uses the parish (like myself) or for example out of parish families who use the school, parish rooms, sports field etc etc

(e-mail via the Webster)

Blakedown Primary School
Christmas Gift Fayre!

Sat 24th November
1.00 - 4.00 pm
In the School Hall

Christmas Gift Ideas

Chutneys & Preserves ~ Homemade Cakes

Craft Activities and games for children

Candles ~ Jewellry ~ Toys

Confectionery ~ Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Cards, Wrapping Paper and Decorations Refreshments
~ Tombola

Everyone welcome
Admission 50p Adults (includes prize draw)
Children free

Blakedown Primary School's Lego Club urgently needs more supplies.
Do you have any unwanted Lego bricks or pieces you can donate to the school?
The Lego Club is a popular lunchtime activity, enjoyed by many of our pupils.
Duplo bricks would also be welcome for our younger members.
Please take donations into the school office

(27th September 2007)


On Friday, 5th October in Blakedown Parish Room
following the Harvest Service in Churchill Church at 7.00 p.m.
Bring your own bottle and glasses
Tickets available from:
Pauline Hayward (700476) Mary Macdiarmid (700776)
Diana Ingham (68908)
£7 or family ticket £17

SATURDAY, 13TH OCTOBER 11:00 - 1:00

You can also see the architect's plans for the church alterations

13th October

How much do you value your churches? Whatever the answer, we are sure that you would miss them if they disappeared.
No long explanations for the need of a GIFT DAY. Giving by regular worshippers is increasing, but so is the cost of keeping the churches open for the use of the whole community. There are no plans to close any church but, who knows, this could change if there is no demand for Sunday worship or there are not enough funds to pay the bills.
GIFT DAY gives the whole community an opportunity of helping to ensure that the churches are in the villages for future generations.
Some may wish to contribute regularly through the Weekly Freewill Envelope scheme, take out a covenant or leave something for the work of the church in their will. If so, have a word with the Wardens or Church Treasurers for advice.
Gift envelopes will be delivered throughout the parish but will not be collected.
Instead, Churchill Church will be open on the Saturday morning between 10:30 - 1:00 to receive your donation.
Blakedown Church will also be open as there will be a coffee morning and bring and buy sale with various stalls from 11:00 - 1:00, so you can hand in your donation then.
Alternatively, donations can be handed in at the Sunday services or can be handed to one of the church officers.
Thank you for your support and for the help we anticipate from you in the future.

Blakedown Churchyard Maintenance

Although the projects to provide the inside and outside facilities we need so badly to make our Church more appealing and attactive to both the young and old in the Parish are on temporary hold until we provide mor information to the various authorities concerned, there is one aspect which we can all help with in the meantime.
The visual appearance of our Churchyards needs constant attention. We have the grass cut regularly but everything else must be done by Church members. Could you give an hour or more occaisionally to do a little tidying up? It needn't be heavy work, just brushing the path, removal of twigs, leaves and dropped items on both sides of the fence, weeding the flower bed and any other little jobs that need doing.
If you are able and willing to give a little help, the please contact Keith Own on 700957 who will ensure the tools you may need are available.

If this work is carried out regularly we may be able to enter the Best Kept Churchyard competition ourselves next year, as Broome are doing this year!

Churchill, Blakedown and Broome Weekly Village Prayer

Every Wednesday in Blakedown Church 7.30 - 8.00 pm.
Please join us to pray for the spiritual life of our villages.
All denominations Welcome.

(4th September 2007)

at Blakedown Parish Room

on Friday, 28th September at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets £7.50 per head, Including fish & chip supper, in aid of Blakedown Church

Contact Mary on 700776 (Bring your own bottles and glasses)

(4th September 2007)

The Blakedown 8 are 4 couples from Blakedown who after realising we didn't
get out as much as we used to because of young children, and having long
experience of organising similar events through work organisations, Round
Table, etc thought we would organise one for ourselves.

(8th August 2007)
Blakedown Primary School PTA

Blakedown C of E Primary School PTA would like to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets for their recent Summer draw held on the 10th July at the school's annual Sports Day. The raffle raised £529.10 and was a great success with 29 fantastic prizes being won.

Our Christmas Grand Raffle will be held later in the year with even more great prizes, so please continue to support your local school as all monies raised are used for the direct benefit of all pupils.

A date has been set for the ever-popular Blakedown School Christmas Craft Fair. It takes place on Saturday 24th November. It's the ideal opportunity for a spot of early Christmas shopping, and there'll be gifts, decorations, wrapping paper etc as well as lots to keep the children amused. Look out for further news in the coming months.

(26th June 2007)

Fashion Show

Friday 14th September. Parish Rooms 7.30 p.m.

A fashion show by a well known Canadian company.
Price £3.50 to include glass of wine.

(26th June 2007)

Barn Dance.
Friday 19th October. 7.30 - 11.30 
A Barn Dance. Bring your own glasses and drink.
Price £8 (£4 for those between 10 and 16years)
To include a ploughman's supper.

(23rd June 2007)
E-Mail Problems.
It has been brought to my attention that the e-mail address has stopped working. I have raised the problem with our service provider. In the mean time I have updated links to webster with an alternate address. I appologise for any inconvenience caused and hope this issue will be resolved soon.


(21st May 2007)

It's full steam ahead for Blakedown's playground transformation

The Friends of Blakedown Playground are delighted to announce that the fundraising campaign to pay for a complete refurbishment of the children's playground has been successful! We have secured a very substantial amount, including a grant from the Norman Dawson Trust. Subject to planning permission, we hope that the work will take place in August.

We would like to invite you to join us and view the plans on Saturday 9th June between 10.30 and 11.30 at the Scout Hut on the Millennium Green. There will be an opportunity to put any questions to SMP playgrounds, the company that will supply and install the new equipment.

We do hope you can join us. But if you can't, and you have any questions please contact any of the committee or e-mail

(12th May 2007)

Wednesday 23rd May 2007 at 7pm
Blakedown Primary School
You're invited to to a funky catwalk show featuring beautiful ladies and children's fashions, from Polka Dot of Blakedown, and Dolli Mixtures.
All outfits are available to purchase and take away with you on the same evening
Entry £3.50 per adult, which includes a glass of wine (accompanied children are FREE)
Tickets available from Reception, Blakedown Primary School
Or phone Lesley 01562 700994

(4th May 2007)
Christian Aid Week 13 - 19 May, 2007

Please give generously to house-to-house collectors during the week, and if you yourself are able to be a new collector, Mary Macdiarmid (700776) or Diana Ingham (68908) would be pleased to hear from you. Also, if existing collectors are unable to help this year, please let us know as soon as possible.

The service that launches Christian Aid Week will be held at Blakedown Church at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, 13th May. Members of all the churches in Hagley and district will be taking part. Also, Saturday, 12th May their will be a sponsored walk starting from the Free Church in Hagley then on to St Saviour's, St John's and St Leonard's in Clent then back to the Free Church for refreshments. Please consider taking part yourself or sponsoring a walker from our churches.

For further details please phone Mary or Diana.


The magazine is only as good as the village news it conveys. It is so important that we receive regular reports from all village organisations. It would be interesting to know how all our sports teams fare in their matches, organisations' activities, etc . . . Perhaps it may be prudent for all organisations to appoint a publicity officer. This would make my task much simpler and ease the work of having to contact people begging for news. In many cases it is difficult to know who the contacts are for the organisations. At one time a Parish Directory was produced by the Parish Council and was so useful, particularly to give to new people when they were welcomed into the village. It should be easy to produce in this computer age and also post it on the village website.
All we need is a volunteer to do this, so I hope there is someone who will come forward and produce this Directory for the village. It could be a group of people collating the information, possibly in conjunction with the Parish Council.

Marilyn Hiscock

Reply from webster: Thankyou Marilyn - I have taken your comments to heart and posted what I able onto the Village Directory pages. If you are part of a local organisation that would like to be in our Directory e-mail me here and I'll add you to the web site and pass on the information for the Village Magazine,

(24th April 2007)

The tennis courts were reopened for play on Easter Monday following the recent resurfacing. And by the time you are reading this....

(24th April 2007)


If running 10km is definitely not for you, there's another way to get involved in Churchill & Blakedown's forthcoming sporting event.  We're looking for volunteers to help marshal the course.....

(28 March 2007)
The Rectors Retirement

After nearly 40 years in the ministry, the last twenty in the Benefice of Churchill with Blakedown and Broome.
His final service....

(28 March 2007)

Broome 7.30 p.m. Tuesday, 24th April, Broome Village Hall
Churchill with Blakedown, 7.45 p.m. Thursday, 26th April, Churchill Village Hall
With the exception of worship, the Annual Parochial Church Meetings should be considered the most important meeting in the life of the

(21st March 2007)
Annual General Meeting
on Tuesday 24th April, 7.45 for 8 pm
At the pavilion on the Sports Field behind the School.

Logo Competition
Design a logo for letterhead, website, etc
All ages and abilities welcome to enter

(7th March 2007)

A Channel 4 documentary series would love to hear from you

A Job Well Done
After many years of having a front fence which in parts was being held up with string, we now have a new oak fence and gates...

(17th Feb 2007)

Major Fundraising Campaign
As Churchill and Blakedown Sports and Recreation Centre prepares for a major fundraising campaign to rebuild its worn out pavilion and facilities...

(1st Feb 2007)

QUIZ Night
at Blakedown Parish Room on Friday, 30th March at 7.30 p.m.
Tickets £7.50 per head, Including fish & chip supper, in aid of Blakedown Church
Contact Mary on 700776 (Bring your own bottles and glasses)

Chiltern Trains Leave Our Children in the Cold

Chiltern trains, without any advertisement, consultation, or concern for the welfare of Young Students saw fit to withdraw the 16:05 service that stopped at Hagley Station...

(25th January)

Revocation of the Kidderminster, Blakedown, Hagley Bypass

A Big THANKYOU for the Race Night

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