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


ABC Open Meeting

Please join us, Tuesday 21st November, 8pm at Ridgeway Academy

Described by many of the Carnival team as the highlight of the year, this is when we announce which local groups and good causes are awarded the funds generated over the previous 12 months. It’s always an emotional and entertaining evening as people explain what they need the money for and what great experiences it will help them deliver to hundreds of people across our community.

It is also the main opportunity for anyone to raise any questions, thoughts, observations on what else the Carnival Committee could doing in the coming 12 months. If you can’t attend please do email

Astwood Bank Will Bloom in Spring!

5,500 Bulbs Planted!

Wow! With your support we managed to plant 5,500 bulbs in just under 1 ½ hours! That is a truly outstanding effort from everyone and we can now all look forward to a wonderful display in the Spring.

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Thank You

A very  special thank you to the Rotary Club for not only giving us 3,000 crocus bulbs but also providing three volunteers: Peter, Robert and John to help with the digging and planting.

Also a big thank you for the County Councillors Jane Potter, Brandon Clayton and Roger Bennett for spending some of their Sunday afternoon helping out Astwood Bank.

Finally, Thank You to all those who made this event happen!

Pub crawl…for charity

The Astwood Bank Carnival Association committee shall being touring the pubs of Astwood Bank, Feckenham and Sambourne to sell raffle tickets and official Carnival programmes in the warm up to Carnival weekend.
We’ll see you at the bar starting at 7pm and look forward to your support!
Route as follows:
Astwood Bank
– Cricket Club
– Green Dragon
– Cricket Club
– Rose and Crown
Astwood Bank
– The Bell
– The Oddfellows Arms

There’s STILL time to be part of this year’s Carnival!

As we approach the end of June, we have less than 2 weeks to go before the 30 year Anniversary of the Astwood Bank Carnival on 8th July.

We are planning for a fantastic celebration of Carnival and we want you to be part of it!There is an open invite for entering the Procession, you can enter a walking Group, Float, Unusual Vehicle or Decorated Trailer in the Carnival Procession. You have the opportunity this year to use ANY of the previous themes from the 30 years of Carnival so come and join us for a fantastic day out, along with most of our village and the surrounding areas in attendance.

Do you have an unusual vehicle which you want to Parade through the village, does your group want to enter a Float, Trailer or Walking Group, get in touch as we would love to see you in the parade, then join us!

The open Theme gives you limitless options to parade your group, business, association or local sports club and more important, to have fun and be part of the famous Astwood Bank Carnival.

Carnival Field also still has place for more stalls and groups so please don’t hesitate to apply for  a place on the field!

For procession, please fill in the application form here:

For Carnival Field stall applications you may fill in the form here:

With the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight giving us a Lancaster Bomber flypast, fantastic field events, a great line up of floats, bands and walking groups parading through the village our MP’s, Mayors and Royalty already confirmed and will be part of the Carnival.

See you there!