Village News & Notices 2008

Parish Council Agenda for meeting 10th Decenber 2008

New Churchill Forge Mill Web Site

17th November 2008

My email today concerns the small patch of grass with old apple trees and shrubs beside the entry to the Blakedown Village car parkThis green is NOT in imminent danger so don’t panic,  BUT>>>>>>>>>>>>
If the Highways Agency, or powers larger than the local council decide to take over the Village Green and re-use its space, they would be able to do so, UNLESS the local people have already protected it.
Thankfully, there are simple ways to protect it.  If you've lived in Blakedown or Churchill for 20 years or longer, then simply write to or email the Parish Council stating how long you've been resident, and that you've known and used the green area beside the car park.  If you do this the Parish Council are duty bound to protect this small patch of green in our village. 
It may not have much actual use but it is the only bit of public open space on show in the village and is a bit of welcome relief from the ever-present Birmingham Road.  The Millennium Green is rather more of a  distance from the road, and though very much valued, is not in the focal position that this little garden occupies in the heart of the village.
I really want to make this known to as many people in Churchill and Blakedown as possible.  Perhaps if you haven't lived here yourself for long enough, you would consider passing on the information, perhaps by printing this email and giving it to someone else you know.

To email the Parish Council : Roger Gurney
To write
Mr R Gurney, 56 Malvern Road, Powick, Worcester, WR2 4RT
Thank you very much

25th October 2008

14th October 2008

(14th October2008)


Please join us on Saturday 20th December for a festive ramble (2.5 miles approx)
Get into the Christmas spirit by wearing a Santa hat or full costume if you can!
Everyone of all ages welcome
Starts 10am at the Sports Field
The route will be marked, and maps issued on the day
The finish is at the Old House at Home.  Complimentary drinks and mince pies all round, and some Christmas Carol singing too!
Entry £2.50 per person - proceeds to the Sports Pavilion fund
Entry forms available at the Post Office and Old House at Home
Further information from Lesley 700994

Download entry form here

14th October 2008

Sat 22nd November
Doors open 1pm
Gifts, Confectionery, Decorations,
Candles, Cakes, Crafts,
Jewellery, Handbags, Toiletries,
Stained Glass Art, Stocking Fillers,
Children's Games Room, Refreshments
Various sidestalls, Tombola
and other entertainment
Entry 50p includes prize draw
Children free

(19th August 2008)

Annual General Meeting

Churchill & Blakedown Sports Committee


Tuesday 2nd September 2008 8pm

To be held in the pavilion




Nominations or applications for the position of:


To be submitted in writing by

Friday 29th August

Addressed to:

Freda Griffiths Secretary C&B S & R C

Mearse Lodge Harvington

DY10 4 NB

(22nd July 2008)
It was meant to be a harmless end-of-event celebration, but plans by the organisers of the Blakedown Bolt to mark the success of the annual 10km run went out of orbit!  On Friday 20th June, as darkness fell, seven giant Chinese lanterns were lit and launched from the sports field at Blakedown, to cheers of delight from runners and supporters who were enjoying a post-race beer and burger.
Sometime later, as the paper constructions glided gently in the breeze, they were spotted by a dog walker near Bromsgrove.  Twenty nine year old Bonnie Lewis, thinking that aliens were about to land, did what any right-thinking person would, and rather than running for cover, took out her mobile phone, filmed the event, and contacted the Sun newspaper.  The Sun did what any right-thinking newspaper would do, and promptly printed the whole story and posted Bonnie's video on its website! 
Try googling 'bromsgrove' and 'ufo' and you'll see the internet kerfuffle that's resulted. 
Out of this world?  We think so!  Check out Bonnie's video at
The hot rumour is that more UFO's will definitely be in the skies following next year's Bolt on 19th June 2009!
Lesley Carr, Blakedown Bolt Committee


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Always keen to promote new local Clubs and Organisations, C&B introduce to you the Worcester Bowmen Archery Club.
Worcester Bowmen is the newest archery club in Worcestershire (United Kingdom) and was created by a group of experienced archery enthusiasts, the majority of them coaches. Click on their banner above to be taken to their website.

(28th February 2008)

News from the Blakedown Bolt Organisers

The date for Blakedown’s next 10km run has been set, and it’s Friday evening on the 20th June. The race will start at 7.15pm, and hundreds of runners will be speeding along the paths and fields around the village. This event, which was staged for the first time last year, is a great opportunity for our village communities of Churchill and Blakedown to come together, and if 2007 was anything to go by, it will raise a further substantial amount of money for the Sports Pavilion restoration project.

The Bolt Committee is busy sorting out the various details of permits, clearances, publicity and so on, and is currently seeking sponsorship from local businesses or individuals. We are delighted that once again DSM, the demolition company, has agreed to be our main event sponsor, and we have also secured further help from Aqua Direct, the mineral water company, who will provide bottled water for all our runners and marshals. We would love to hear from others who might be able to offer some sponsorship, however large or small, for this important local event. We are happy to acknowledge all sponsors via our webpage on and to offer facilities as required on the evening of the race. If you might be able to help, please contact Judy Stokes, our sponsorship co-ordinator, on 01562 700205.

The importance of our village website cannot be underestimated in making the Blakedown Bolt the success it has already proved to be. Last year, it offered an easily accessible information point for would-be competitors, and we’re told the Bolt pages scored a record number of ‘hits’! The village webmaster tells us that since we went public for the 2008 event, traffic to the website has more than doubled.

Of course, an event like this doesn’t happen without a great deal of help. We’re going to need a host of people to act as marshals for the race (no experience necessary!) and would love to hear from you if you think you might be able to help. Please contact our marshal co-ordinator Vicky Swindells on 01562 701265.

If you’re feeling athletic, and would like to enter the Blakedown Bolt, you can get full details and download an application form from or pick up a leaflet from Blakedown Post Office.

We’ll be having a party on the evening of the race, at the Sports Field, with bar and BBQ. We very much hope to see you there!

Vicky Swindells, Freda Griffith, Lesley Brown, Judy Stokes and Ros Elcock

Blakedown Bolt Committee

Blakedown Primary School Parent Teachers Association

Bag2School Day Tuesday 18 March.  Please have a clear-out of your wardrobe.  We need clothing, shoes, handbags, bedlinen, towels and soft toys.  Special blue bags are available from the Post Office, but any large plastic bag will do just as well.  We earn £2 for each 20 kilos, and the scheme has proved very successful for Blakedown Primary School.  Please bring your bags to the school before 3.30pm on Tuesday 18 March.  If you would like us to collect please call Judy on 700205. 

Ladies ‘Me Time’ Thursday 8th May.  An evening of indulgence with beauty treatments, demonstrations and gorgeous things to buy.  Watch out for more details.

"Swinging Start to 2008"

Friends of Blakedown Playground are happy and excited to announce that the long awaited playground refurbishment will commence in the week starting 14 January 2008.  We will unfortunately lose the use of the playground for up to 4 weeks.  There will also be a 'bedding in' period when the playground might seem a little bleak as the grass grows back and the safety surfaces establish themselves.  BUT we will have a fantastic new facility which should hopefully last for another 30 years.  Full details can be viewed in the attached document. 

If you have any questions or concerns either ahead or during the work please contact the Friends of Blakedown Playground on 700994

(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.

5th November 2008

Litter Fly-tipping Abandoned Cars Graffiti Syringes Hazardous Waste
Churchill & Blakedown Parish Council and Wyre Forest District Council endeavour to keep our community of Churchill & Blakedown tidy.
Residents help is also needed, to report problems, remain vigilant and help keep our beautiful villages clean and tidy.
If you discover Fly-tipping, report to Wyre Forest DC 01562 732928
If you see someone Fly-tipping, contact the Police 08457 444888
Abandoned Cars, report to Wyre Forest DC 01562 732928
Offensive Graffiti, report to Wyre Forest DC 01562 732928
Drums, cans or canisters of chemicals, poisons, insecticides,
hazardous waste report to the Environment Agency 0800 807060
Syringes, broken glass, report to Wyre Forest DC 01562 732928
Build up of Litter on A Roads, report to Wyre Forest DC 01562 732928
Other Graffiti, is the responsibility of the owner
Churchill & Blakedown Parish Council supports

'the big tidy up'

(22nd July 2008)

Churchill Village Hall

Churchill Village Hall is available for a variety of  events, from wedding receptions to arts classes, and currently has numerous interest groups who meet for activities from flower arranging to yoga.  The rates are very reasonable and the kitchen is soon to be completely refurbished.

If you require any further information please contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Stephe Boddice
(Chairman of the Management Committee)

(18th June 2008)

News from the Friends of Blakedown Playground

Sadly the new climbing wall/ slide at the play area at the Sports Centre has been vandalised. A safety rail has deliberately been sheared off. This has been reported to the police and will be treated seriously. Churchill & Blakedown Sports Centre committee are offering a considerable financial reward to anyone with information that will lead to conviction of these criminals.

Friends of Blakedown Playground raised a considerable amount of money to refurbish the playground for villagers and the wider community to use and enjoy. It is sad that within that community there a few mindless vandals who could possibly ruin the area for others! We appeal to all, old and young, to pass on any information to the police about this particular act or any other anti – social behaviour.

(7th May 2008)

Pilates can help you to:

improve your posture & overall well being

create suppleness, natural grace & skill

develop greater muscle strength & endurance

Why not try it for yourself?

Beginners classes start on

Wednesday evenings at Churchill Village Hall from 4th June, at 7pm & 8.15pm


To find out more or to secure your place on a course now call

Jenny on 07843 023306 or email

News from the Friends of Blakedown Playground

The new playground is open for business. So far it has proven to be a big hit. As we predicted however there will be a settling in period as the grass takes hold. We are also aware from consultation and feedback that there is a lack of provision for smaller children. We recognise this and hope it is something that can be addressed going forward. Unfortunately we only had so much money. We hope you enjoy the playground facilities.

We will be holding our usual tidy up day in early spring (exact date still to be fixed).

If you are interested in helping to keep the playground in good condition, or you have ideas for future development please contact the Friends of Blakedown Playground on 700994.