Last Thursday the Astwood Bank Community Group, thanks to your support, were able to hand out over £6,000 in grants to local groups and organisations.

Pictured below are the lucky recipients at the Awards evening that took place at Ridgeway Academy.

Festive Lighting in Astwood Bank

If you haven’t seen them yet the Christmas lights along Evesham Road have now been switched on and are making the area look very festive. They will be on every night right throughout the seasonal festivities. Why not take a stroll around the Bank and enjoy them?

Thanks in particular to the Christmas lights team who are part of the Astwood Bank Community Group for making this happen, but none of this is possible without the community’s support. If you want to get involved in organising next year’s Christmas lights display (hopefully bigger and better again) just email


Thanks to both the hard work of the Astwood Bank Community Group, but mainly because of the great support from both residents and local businesses over £6,000 was awarded to local groups and voluntary organisations at the 2019 Open Awards Evening recently held at Ridgeway Academy. A full list of who was awarded what is below:

1st Crabbs Cross Guides £375
1st Redditch Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade £250
ABSafety £175
Air ambulance £275
Astwood Bank Cricket Club £100
Astwood Bank Operatic Society £500
Astwood Bank Primary School £600
Astwood Bank Scouts £375
Astwood Bank Welfare Association £300
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight £250
Girlguiding Astwood Bank £500
Redditch District Explorers £500
Redditch Nightstop £250
Rotary Club £400
Ridgeway Academy £700
Studley First Responders £400
Swans Netball Team £100
Where Next Association £175

Making Astwood Bank Brighter for Everyone

Astwood Bank in Bloom have got some exciting plans for 2020 with a number of key projects being developed for the whole community to get involved with. Working in partnership with the Council we are examining opportunities in both Astwood bank Park and Overdale park. More information will be made available at the Open Awards evening on 28th November at Ridgeway Academy, starting at 20:00. This will be a great opportunity to feed into those plans and perhaps even identify how you might want to get involved.


ARE YOU ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES? – Astwood Bank Community Group are proud to announce that it is in a position to award over £6,000 to local groups and voluntary organisations that are active in our community. To find out who has been awarded how much, and more importantly how they plan to spend it, come along to the Open Awards evening at Ridgeway Academy for 20:00 on 28th November.

Astwood Bank Community Group Open Awards Evening

Here are last years award winners

Come Join Us at Ridgeway Academy on the 28th November at 20:00hrs (8pm)

Come and help the Astwood Bank Community Group celebrate another fantastic year of fundraising and fun.

The annual awards open meeting is exactly that, an evening open to all residents, visitors, community groups, supporters and potential supporters. It is a night where we can see that all the events put on over the year were not just for fun and community spirit, and were well worth the hard work, as we give out money to local groups and charities.

Groups and charities were invited to submit funding requests to the committee in advance, those applications have been reviewed and funding is awarded at the Awards Evening.

At the event we hear a little from those groups and charities about how the money will be spent and what it will actually mean to the members and users of those groups.

It is a lovely, heart-warming evening that affirms why we all work so hard to put on events throughout the year.

This year especially, we would like to encourage people to come along, especially if you have never attended before, to find out more about how the funds raised help and support the community. You can speak to the committee members informally and perhaps find out how you may be able to support an event in the future. The evening is a wonderful celebration of community spirit that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face!

Be part of a World Record Mass Bulb Planting attempt

Be part of a world record attempt! Register a team and be part of a mass bulb planting!! Register NOW!!!

Details and registration link below!

Venue: Arrow Valley Park, Battens Drive, Redditch B98 0LJ (entrance near the Visitor Centre)

Date/time: 13th October 2019, 10 am for Planting Team briefing; GWR Starts at 11am for a maximum time period of 1 hour

Registration: All Planting Team participants need to register – this is a two stage process to ensure I can communicate with everyone.

To register interest: registered, I will issue event details and a link to the Planting Team Registration Site.

Equipment: Dibbers will be supplied (Guinness had to approve the equipment and it took a few attempts to get them to agree!) but participants may want to bring a kneeling pad as the planting is at ground level

Team Size: We require a team of 100 people (maximum) and are looking for 125 to ensure capacity if there are drop-outs on the day; there will be plenty for all 125 to do if we happen to have. Ideally, I’d like to know who’s interested by mid-September as final participation registrations need to be completed by 29th September.