Hello, and welcome to my first Hagley Village News as the new editor.

I would like to massively thank Nichola Trigg, who has done a tremendous job on the magazine as temporary editor. Although I have only been living in Hagley for the past ten months, I spent my childhood in this village whilst studying at Haybridge High School.

After three years at University it's lovely to come back to the village where I spent my school days and to take on a role as editor of the Village News. I'm looking forward to starting this venture and getting to know and to become more involved in village life.

I can't believe that we're already in March. Make sure you read when the Lent services are on in our local churches. As well don't forget to purchase your tickets for the Hagley Music festival, full details are on the back cover. Also Judy Berrow has a great tip for old tea bags here.

Esther Gittoes


There has been a separate group raising funds for Christian Aid in this area for over 35 years during which time more than £180,000 has been raised to assist the World's poorest people. Each year, during Christian Aid Week, a house to house collection takes place and, with the increasing number of homes in the village new collectors are needed. We believe that there are Christians living in Hagley who worship elsewhere and we imagine that there will be many other residents who are sympathetic to the cause. This year the week runs from Sunday 14 to Saturday 20 May and if you could spare a couple of hours during that week to help with the collection please contact Mollie McPherson, who chairs the committee on 886503, or Martin Heathcock, the treasurer on 884677 for further details.