Open Meeting 2017

The Astwood Bank Carnival open evening on November 21st saw not only an announcement that an amazing £7,000 had been handed out to groups both in Astwood Bank and the wider Redditch community, but Astwood Bank Carnival committee has been able to commit funding to two village community projects. Both projects come under the umbrella of the Carnival Committee, one is the highly successful Astwood Bank in Bloom, now in its third year. Additionally significant funding has been made available for a brand new initiative, the installation of communal Christmas lights along Evesham Road.

Carnival Chairman Ashley Hewitt noted: “Thanks to the amazing support by local residents, not just for the Carnival day back in July but also for all of the other events such as the recent Murder Mystery evening, and the Barn Dance in July, we’ve been able to support both local groups and others further afield that help us.”

The following groups have all been allocated grants for the coming year and the Carnival Committee looks forward to hearing how they have spent the money.

Redditch Division Guides – £350

1st Matchborough Scout Group – £350

1st Redditch Boys’ Brigade – £400

Army Cadet Force (Hussars) – £550

Astwood Bank Girlguiding – Rainbows, Brownies and Guides – £250

Astwood Bank Operatic Society – £500

Astwood Bank Parent and Toddler Group – £300

Astwood Bank Primary School – £850

Astwood Bank Scouts – £450

It’s a sign – £250

Redditch Night Stop – £450

Redditch Assn for the Blind – £300

Ridgeway Academy – £950

St. Matthias and St. George, Astwood Bank Parish Church – £300

The Ditch Youth Project – £150

West Mercia Police Youth Band – £300

Where next association – £300


Sunflower Competition Winners

Astwood Bank in Bloom Sunflower Winners

With some 100 residents receiving free packets of sunflower seeds through Botany Bay and the Astwood Bank in Bloom team there have been hundreds of cheery yellow sunflowers brightening up the village throughout the summer. The first weekend of September saw the Astwood Bank in Bloom judges going out to measure a multitude of sunflowers that residents had entered into the informal competition.

Prizes of gift vouchers were kindly donated by Botany Bay for the tallest sunflower and the flower with the largest seed head.

This year’s winners were Tessa Hawkes, who managed to grow a sunflower to the magnificent height of 3.56 meters, and Jenny Lightfoot who nurtured her plants to produce a seed head of 28cm in diameter.

A truly great effort by not only them but all of the entrants.

Pictured below are Jamie Ratcliffe of Botany Bay handing out prizes to our two winners.


Plans are already in place for another sunflower competition for next year. So if you still have seed left over from this year don’t throw it away, but we will have some new stock next year as well. If you want to register for next year’s competition just email