The BRIDGE April 2013
ST GEORGE'S HALL UPDATE
Our contractor, Harper's of Leominster, continues to make good progress. They have concentrated on erection of the new hall extension and reroofing the old hall with new tiles to match the old structure and surrounding buildings. The new building will be based on this architect's drawing which was originally developed for planning approval.
Hall hire price structure announced
The new community hub will have a number of different sized spaces for hire for a wide variety of uses. The aim is to encourage community based activity whilst generating sufficient income to keep the Hall in good order and improve facilities. Therefore, the pricing structure will be flexible with a reduction for charitable or voluntary groups. The hire prices for spaces will be announced in the next few weeks with prices for community groups starting from ÂŁ8.00 per hour. Enquiries for hire should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01299 405516.
We know that there's lots of interest in the hall. We will be organising an open day for local residents to see the new facilities once construction work has been completed in the Summer. SGH VENUE MANAGEMENT - A CHARITABLE PARTNERSHIP OF BEWDLEY DEVELOPMENT TRUST, BEWDLEY FESTIVAL AND ST GEORGE'S HALL TRUSTEES
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It's Spring! I'm hoping the weather reflects this and by the time of reading, because it is written several weeks in advance, all the roadworks in Load street should be completed and major advances made to the work being done to St. George's Hall, so that our town can show itself off in all its pristine glory. The shops work hard to display their wares to best advantage and I wish them good luck for a very successful season after the tough years we have encountered.
We have a variety of interesting articles again in this month's magazine and we spread them throughout, interspersed by the advertisements, which pay for you all to have your free copy, so we would like to encourage you to read from beginning to end to avoid missing the little gems especially for your edification and, of course, you may find the special trade you were looking for. We would be delighted to have your feedback. Whether that is about the articles you read or about a tradesman you engaged as a result of seeing the advertisement in The Bridge.
So much happens in the Bewdley and Wribbenhall area and such a short distance to travel to enjoy them. This month is no exception and after so many events last month, we have many more we are happy to promote during April, so I hope you find the entertainment designed especially with you in mind. Ruth
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Duck Race - rescheduled for noon, ducks on sale from 10am
Live Wyres - Pub Night The Queen’s Head in Wolverley see www.livewyres.org.uk
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Bewdley and district Horticultural Society meeting call 01299 400580 or 402670 for more information
BFF long walk meet 10am at the Angel pub, Stourport call 07752261533 for more information Live Wyres - Barn Dance Wolverley Memorial Hall see www.livewyres.org.uk Bewdley Local produce market
Bewdley Footpaths & Bridleways Association walk 1.45pm east side of the river just below Bewdley bridge Live Wyres - Pub Night at the Island Pool see www.livewyres.org.uk
Live Wyres - Quiz Night Black Star in Stourport see www.livewyres.org.uk
All Saints’ Spring Fayre from 1pm All Saints’ Church, Kidderminster Rd Live Wyres - Skittle Night at the Kingsford pub see www.livewyres.org.uk
Bewdley Museum: Seasonal Mysteries of May Day and the Summer Solstice, Carole Carlton
Bewdley Baptist Art Group Open Evening Demonstration featuring Jeremy Ford 7pm Tickets £6 call 01299 403267 St Georges Market, Severnside
Live Wyres - Spring Ball will be held at the Hotel Mercure see www.livewyres.org.uk
Talk Gardening with Reg Moule at Wolverley Memorial Hall 7pm for 7.30pm £5 per person call 01299 822451 Bewdley Townswomen’s meeting 7.30pm call 01299 401352 for more information
Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies lunchen club meeting Call 01299 400363 for more information
Bewdley Museum: Orchards and History Trail
Bewdley Choral Society Schubert Concert 7.30pm St.Anne’s Church Bewdley £10 call 01299 403745
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A warm welcome from Bewdley Baptist Church.
Our main focus of worship is on Sundays at 10am, where there is a relaxed style with lively music, all ages come together and we hear God's word for today through the Bible. Sunday evening at 6.30pm we have a shorter, more reflective service. Weekly Events Our church runs a number of regular events during the week: Noah’s Ark - for parents and toddlers.
St Anne’s Church
Sunday worship at 9.30am Worship lasts for about an hour. Music is usually a mix of contemporary and traditional. Children and young people will often meet in their own groups and join with adults later on. Wednesdays at 10.15am Morning Worship
Booking a wedding at St Leonard’s Ribbesford, St Anne’s or All Saints, Wribbenhall – begin by dropping in at St Anne’s on a Tuesday evening, 6-7.30pm Thinking about baptism – come to our 9.30am Sunday service and we’ll talk together over coffee Our website is: www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
Own - an afternoon meeting for ladies. Art Group - a quiet place to paint and draw. Who Let The Dads Out - second Saturday of the month for dads and toddlers Super Saturday - second Saturday of the month for primary school aged children. Super 60’s Lunch Second Tuesday of the month. Youth Activities Men’s Group. Like to know more? Contact the ministers, John Rhodes or Simon Harry, at the church office (403267) or visit www.bewdley.baptist.org.uk Bewdley Baptist Church 61 High Street Bewdley
Sunday morning worship: 11.15am On the first Sunday each month we have a service of Holy Communion.
On the other Sundays we have Matins – from the Book of Common Prayer. Church is usually open in daylight hours for prayer, peace & quiet.
Thinking about baptism? Come to 9.30am Sunday service at St Anne’s Bewdley and we’ll talk together over coffee. Our website is: www.bewdleyparish.org.uk Thinking about a Wedding?
Call in at St Anne’s on a Tuesday evening, anytime between 6-7.30pm
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An Elim Pentecostal Church “A Family Church” We meet every Sunday @10:30am Feel free to come and join us for worship and a relevant message from the Bible. Children and Youth meet on Sunday morning and Youth Group on Weds 6:30pm to 8:00pm Church office: 01299 405535 www.riversideelim.com
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All Saints Wribbenhall
Services in April 7th Easter 2 8am Holy Communion (said) 9.30am Morning Worship with Baptism 14th Easter 3 9.30am Morning Worship
21st Easter 4 / St George’s Day 9.30am Holy Communion
28th Easter 5 9.30am Holy Communion To book a wedding at All Saints', please go along to St. Anne's on a Tuesday evening between 6.00 and 7.00pm to see Sue Taylor. To arrange a baptism (held on the first Sunday of each month), come along to a 9.30am service and have a chat with the Vicar or a churchwarden after the service over a cup of coffee.
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Bewdley Quaker Meeting House, Lower Park. Meeting for worship every Sunday 10.30-11.30am. Everyone is welcome.
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Firstly, I can report back that the Armonico Consort performance of the Bach B Minor Mass at Malvern was as brilliant as I expected it to be. Somewhat contrastingly, I was in the Cock and Magpie on Saturday night where they have an excellent selection of live music on their stage upstairs. On Saturday, we were entertained by the 17 year old Esther Turner. I was really impressed at her confidence to perform with just her guitar in front of a lively packed bar. She entertained us with a great mix of songs, both covers and some she had penned Her vocal range and ability to mix styles were amazing for one so young and I'm sure we'll be seeing more of her. For those whose tastes are a little more traditional, there are two Choral concerts to look forward to at the end of April. On 20th April, Stourport Choral (featuring many Bewdley residents) will be performing a concert of English themed Music at Kidderminster Town Hall. It's a varied programme ranging from the Victorian golden age of Vaughan-Williams, Elgar and Parry through traditional English folk melodies and the show tunes of Novello, Hood and Lloyd-Webber to a medley of Beatles songs and the Jubilee anthem from last year: Sing. It should be a real celebration of everything that's good about English Music.
On a more singular note, the following Saturday, 27th April, Bewdley Choral Society and the Bewdley Baroque Soloists will be performing a concert of Schubert's music at St Anne's. This concert will feature two of Schubert's early Masses: The well known G Major and slightly less well known C Major. Both are equally entertaining, being written when Schubert was still very young (he was 18 when he wrote the G Major). In his tragically short life, Schubert was extraordinarily prolific, composing over 1000 works. If you compare his earlier music (such as the two masses in this concert) with some of his later music (such as his Lieder or string quartets), you can hear the transition from the early romantic period and the influences of his predecessors such as Haydn and Mozart to the influence of his contempories such as Beethoven and even Mahler. You will get the opportunity to hear these contrasts in the concert as the programme will be contrasting the two masses with some of his later chamber music and Leider. Like Mozart, Schubert died very young (he was only 31) and one wonders just how much more amazing music the world has been deprived of by the early loss of these two great composors. At least we have the astonishing catalogue of music they did leave us with to enjoy. Alastair
Bewdley Choral Society and Bewdley Baroque Soloists Conductor Alastair Elliott presents
Saturday 27th April 7.30pm St.Anne’s Church Bewdley Tickets £10 from St. Anne’s Church or 01299 403745
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Most people in Bewdley are now aware of Kidderminster Library's refurbishment.
Since this started, we have had lots of extra visitors coming to Bewdley for our monthly Jigsaw Swap whilst the Kidderminster one is on hold, so I thought it would be worth repeating that our own Jigsaw Swap is held on the first Thursday of every month. You bring a jigsaw in (good condition please), leave that one with us and take another one home with you.
Jigsaws are very good at keeping the mind active, something all of us need to be working at, particularly as we age. As an added bonus, the first Thursday of the month is also when we have our visiting advisor from Age UK, Elaine Dale, in the library from 10 am to Midday. Elaine can help with enquiries about services and support available for the over 50's, and to date has provided invaluable advice to several of our customers. So not only can you come along and get something fun to keep your brain active, you can also get practical support to take care of the rest of you! Look after yourselves, Kay Sanderson Bewdley Library
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HOLY FAMILY EXTENSION APPEAL Concert by West Mercia Police Band with Baritone David Coulson
Saturday 18th May at 7.30pm at St. Anne’s Church Tickets £10 – interval bar
Tickets available from Margaret Hill 01299 401008, Shirley Carlile 01299 402477
The local produce market will be starting again for the 2013 season on Sunday 7th April.
All the stallholders come from within 25 miles of Bewdley with the majority within 10 miles, and the purpose of the market is to encourage people to buy locally sourced quality food and to support local producers. The market takes place in Load Street on the first Sunday of every month. See you there! Upcoming dates are: 5th May
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Spring is in the air and Bewdley Medical Centre is rolling out a new clinical system
During the week commencing the 16th April, we are moving to a new clinical system. This will allow us to integrate many of our functions making us more efficient as well as providing an even safer environment for us to deliver 21st century services to our patients. Furthermore, with other Wyre Forest doctors’ practices also moving to the new system, it provides an opportunity for better collaboration and ultimately delivering a better service across the whole area.
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The Bewdley Footpaths & Bridleways Association organises a walk on the first Sunday of each month. We meet at 1.45pm. at the new meeting place in the garden on the east side of the river just below Bewdley bridge. A prompt start is planned for 2.00pm.
Sunday, 7 April Leader: Phil Sealey. Walking approximately 4 miles towards Dowles and then through Hitterhill Coppice. There are no stiles on this walk but it may be muddy, in which case we may take an alternative route.
Sunday, 5 May Leader: Ann Faloon/Sue Marston. A walk with some stiles of about 4-5 miles in the Wharton Park area.
Did you spot Jesus - last month?
In last month’s Bridge Jesus, pictured left, popped up in an unlikely place in the magazine, as he is wont to do. Did you spot him? - If so drop a note into the Bridge box at St Anne’s. First one gets a prize!
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Over the winter season, the Museum has been undergoing its annual programme of maintenance and improvement. More artefacts and interpretation panels are being added to the Shambles area and the Clay pipes room has been refurbished. The Air Raid Shelter has also been receiving some well deserved care and attention to preserve it for many years to come.
‘East meets West’, the opening exhibition in the Wyre Forest gallery, showcases the Museum’s collection of Chinese and Japanese artefacts. Staff and volunteers have been working in partnership with the Riverside Children’s Centre, Adult Special Needs groups and half term visitors on a grant-funded arts project inspired by the exhibition. The resulting colourful, creative art work is on display in the Severn Gallery.
Following last year’s success, the ‘Orchards and History Trail’ will be repeated on Saturday 27th April. Hopefully, there will be plenty of blossom on the trees as we wind our way towards Uncllys Farm in the Wyre Forest. April also sees the very first of a new programme of crafts workshops, talks and demonstrations as Carole Carlton explores the seasonal mysteries of May day and the Summer Solstice. Booking is essential for walks and workshops. For details of the above and opening times please refer to our website www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/museum or phone 0845 603 5699.
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Bewdley Museum and cafe open for the new season, every day 10.00am – 4.30pm. Free entry
Bewdley Museum: Drop-in seasonal craft activities, 12pm – 3pm
Bewdley Museum: Seasonal Mysteries of May Day and the Summer Solstice, Carole Carlton
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If you love cats and would like to make a difference to the lives of the many felines we care for every year, then you could be just what we’re looking for!
Stourbridge, Dudley & Wyre Forest Cats Protection needs more volunteers so that we can help the growing number of unwanted and abandoned cats in this area.
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Bewdley and district Horticultural Society Wednesday 3rd April Demonstration of planting up containers and baskets by Paul Cook of Cook`s Nurseries
You can be sure of having an entertaining and informative night when Paul is our guest speaker. Plants will also be on sale on the night. On the night the Society is giving 2 free fuchsia plants to all its members to enter into our annual Flower,Vegetable and Floral Art Show to be held in August.
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Mellow fruitfulness will be coming to Home Farm, Ribbesford, when the new organic fruit orchard behind the church produces. Son & Styles Drinks will soon be able to provide organic local apple and pear juices from more than twenty varieties, both traditional and modern, as well as your old favourites.
Using training and financial support from the excellent ‘Grow with Wyre’ project an orchard of four acres has been established over the last three years. A mixture of culinary, dessert and cider apples, pears wild and ‘tame’, cherries, plums, damsons and even a few exotics now fill the space where an orchard stood over 130 years ago. An avenue of crab and wild pear is growing on the Worcestershire Way to provide a blossom walk and pollinators for the commercial crop. Damson trees are planted with a traditional hedge and also daffodils along the Ribbesford Circular Walk.
Local traditional varieties like Worcester Black Pear, Pitmaston Pineapple (1785), Colwall Quoining and King Coffee apples are standard trees for amenity. Modern varieties Christmas Pippin (2008) and Hereford Russet are grafted onto semi dwarf rootstock for ladderless picking. All are selected for interesting juice flavour, unusual blossom and a range of harvest dates.
Bare rooted and container trees from The Tree Shop at Berrington and Walcot Nursery, Spetchley have been planted by hand. Weeds are kept at bay with geotextile mats, covered with woodchip and mowing between the rows; rabbit guards and stakes provide support. Since 2012 deer guards protect the bark, blossom, buds and leaves. Roe deer come in twenty or more at night for a long tasty nibble. In May 2011 they damaged trees so badly that growth was set back two years. No sample of Ribbesford Black Cherry could be found; if you know of one please inform the editor. Walk, talk and taste evenings are planned for the future. Richard Styles
Wyre Forest in words and pictures by Gary Mayner Enjoy your Easter break in the forest, whether you are walking, cycling, horse riding or climbing about in the canopy on the go ape course.
Look out for the first butterflies warming themselves in the spring sunshine or the first bees on the early flowers. Take a look in the ponds because the toads and newts are moving back into them for their breeding season. Look out for deer: bucks are growing their new sets of antlers and the does will be heavily pregnant.
Go and enjoy the smell of the wild garlic on the banks of the brooks and the blossom in the many orchards.
Go on, get out there this Easter.
Wyre Forest in words and pictures by Gary Mayner
A Year Ago, and a bit....
February 2012 I wrote an article for The Bridge, about upcycling..... saved a copy, ‘cos I got published in a book!!! Spring cleaning (Spring occurs annually) I found the book.
I now make and sell peg looms of varying sizes and run courses in peg loom weaving, rag rugging and extreme knitting (big needles). I have sourced some beautiful woollen selvedge from the Scottish Islands. It’s a waste product, 100% wool, thrown away, but wow - doesn’t it make the softest rugs, just put your bare feet into that when you get out of bed!! It can be used in conjuntion with other fabrics, old jumpers add a bit of colour, your rug, bench cover is still beautifully soft. I love to think about what can be made from redundant clothes. Rag rugging and hooking offer boundless opportunities to be creative....Xmas wreaths, cushions, wall hangings. It seems such a shame to throw out the blouse that doesn’t quite fit, children’s stained T-shirts; use that material. If you are a customer of Clementine’s on the High Street, you may have seen the chair seat pads I made using Big Knit Needles and wool selvedge. Thanks to all the people who have helped, donated material, given ideas.
If you enjoy craft, we have meetings the last Wednesday of the month
If you want to know more, get in touch..... mobile 07414531891, email firstname.lastname@example.org, take a look at waste2want on facebook (more pictures).
Highlighting the work of a local Charity
Homestart Wyre Forest
Homestart Wyre Forest is a family support organisation offering practical and emotional support to parents with young children in their own homes, helping to alleviate stress and prevent family crisis.
This could be because the family is experiencing difficulties with isolation, multiple births, housing, mental health, drugs, alcohol or may have experienced past traumas such as domestic abuse.
Many parents are missing their own support network and a volunteer can become a trusted friend, helping parents to recognise their own and their child's achievements enabling them to rediscover the pleasures of parenting.
A volunteer will usually visit weekly for 2-3 hours to offer support with an agreed focus. Volunteers all complete a ten week training course and are supported by a paid co-ordinator. As part of safer recruitment practices, all prospective volunteers are visited at home, references are checked and an enhanced CRB disclosure is obtained. Training is ongoing. If you would like to be considered as a volunteer please contact us. Parents experiencing difficulties can contact us if they would like support and have at least one child under school age. Please contact us at Homestart 01562 825896
Bewdley Baptist Art Group Open Evening Demonstration featuring Jeremy Ford…
Our demonstration will be at the Baptist Church, High Street, on Thursday 18th April at 7.00pm. The cost will be £6.00 per ticket from the church office or call 01299 403267. Jeremy will be demonstrating “Flowers in Watercolour”
Jeremy lives in Ackworth near Pontefract in West Yorkshire. He studied Graphic Design at the Southport College of Art in the north of England and illustration at Harrow College of Art in London, and has been a professional artist and illustrator since then, illustrating a wide variety of books, magazines and greeting cards. Jeremy is a professional associate and past president of the S.A.A. (Society of All Artists) and regularly features on the painting and drawing channel on Sky.
Jeremy is a demonstrator for St. Cuthbert’s Paper Mill, the makers of Brockingford and Saunders watercolour papers and is senior Tutor and principal UK demonstrator for the Michael Wilcox School of Colour. He has a particular interest in colour and pigments and considerable knowledge of colour mixing.
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Garden Maintenance, Hedge Trimming Fencing, Garden Tidy-ups
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Planting Plans Pergolas Pruning Water features Patios Walls and fences Phone: 01299 400465 Mob :07866 964427
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Tails of a Veterinary Practice
life at Riverside Vets as seen by the practice cat.
During the years I have been resident at Riverside, I have come across many lovely people who for one reason or another have stayed at the flat with me and kept me company.
Recently however, one of the locum vets has been in residence and we became firm friends almost overnight. Cuddles, and chin and ear tickling were available in abundance, as were long naps on the sofa whilst watching a DVD. I have to confess to becoming quite a film buff! The kitchen has become one of my favourite places to be of late, with wonderful cooking smells emanating from within, and if I am lucky the odd prawn or bit of ham being passed down to me. I really must have a word with my humans about prawns being a regular staple in my diet â€“some hope! Yes life is good at the moment!
Ed : Gavin is taking a break from his regular reporting although we hope that we will be able to hear about his adventures over the summer later in the year.
Does your garden need a fresh approach? Judy Knight is a Pershore-trained garden designer who has created and built many local gardens, from initial consultation and design to landscaping and planting, with her own team of skilled landscapers. If you’d like to transform your outdoor space, call now to arrange your free initial consultaltion. “Friendly, professional service would recommend to anyone!”
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Visit www.judyknight.co.uk or call 07971 59 58 50 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Consultation
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The Bridge is delivered to over 4600 houses in Bewdley every month! For more information or to book your advertising space: email:
Professionally made curtains and roman blinds
Family History Research With 35 years’ experience let us Trace your family tree and bring Your personal history to life Professional friendly service For rates and further information Visit www.branchingoutgenealogy.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or telephone Julian on 07584484877
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Qualified Professional Mobile Hairdresser
Professional reliable service in the comfort of your own home. Discounts for senior citizens.
Please call Bev on 07805129249
A warm welcome for you at Bewdley Methodist Church
Join us for worship every Sunday morning at 10.30 in our lovely old church on High Street, next to the Jubilee Gardens entrance. Our services last about an hour and once a month children and grandchildren enjoy their own lively Sunday Club.
Weekday activities this April
Wednesday 3rd 10.00-12.00 NEW! Coffee Morning – just drop in!
Tuesday 9th 7.30: House Fellowship - Bible characters: Daniel
Thursday 11th 2.00 Knit & Natter Tuesday 16th Walking Group
To find out more about any of our activities or to enquire about baptism or marriage, please contact our minister Rev Linda Catlow Tel 826641
or visit our website:
Did you know? After Easter we celebrate the birth of the early church and how the risen Christ transformed the lives of so many people – just as he does today!
St. Anne’s C of E Primary School, Wyre Hill, Bewdley DY12 2UQ Telephone:Telephone: 01299 401871 Mobile: 07964096764 07964096764 www.communitycornerpreschool.co.uk Open Monday to Friday, 9.00a.m. to 3.00p.m., during school term time. Children accepted from 2½ years to 5 years. Our new room ‘TOTS’Funded provides a gentler start child’s pre-school experience places offered forto3your & 4 year olds. Funded places offered for 3 & 4 year olds Exceptionally highly qualified & experienced staff. Judged Ofsted “Outstanding” June 2008 & January 2009
For further enquiries or to arrange a visit to see our fantastic indoor & outdoor facilities please call the number. Bridge Ad above Mar 11:Quarter page.dat
Telephone: 01299 403105
Private Chapel of Rest
Bank House Severnside South Bewdley, Worcestershire
Mrs Darley’s Herbal Bewdley Museum
Loose Leaf Teas & Herbs - Tea Ware Facial, Hair & Body Care Bach Flower Remedies - Essential Oils Incense - Gifts & Cards ‘Mrs Darley’ Books - Talks - Workshops Reiki Courses Shop On-line: www.arcanus.co.uk/shop.php Telephone: 07977096257
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• Professional Beauty & Mobile Service • Organic Facials • Waxing – Pedicures – OPI Manicures • Eyebrow & Eyelash Treatments. • Massage – Reflexology – Hot Stone Therapy • One to One Stretch & Tone Sessions Lisa Johnson BTEC DIPLOMA. BABTAC. IIHHT.
Tel: 01299 409190 M:07813 776263
Hopley’s farm shop 01299 404 826 back under family management winter hours: open daily 8am - 6pm, sunday 8am - 4pm
Locally sourced, fresh and seasonal produce within a fully licensed farm shop Proud to be supplied by Mawley Milk, Swift Bakery, Drew’s Tomatoes, Netherend Farmhouse Butter Tom Sprague’s High Oak Farm Barn Eggs & Button Bridge Free Range Eggs, Wenlock Edge Sausages & Bacon Forest Pig Charcuterie, Muddy Boots Aberdeen Angus Burgers, Snowdonia Cheeses, Mannings Apple Juice Cakes by Scrumdiddlyumptious
Hopley’s Farm Shop, Cleobury Road, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2QL www. hopleysfarmshop.com
Phill & Gwen’s Preserves, John Lannin’s Honey & Marmalade Robinsons Cider, Astley Vineyards, Hobsons, Bewdley & Bathams breweries Worcestershire’s only Jamie Oliver ‘JME Food’ Stockist
Private Nursery for 2 â€“ 5 year olds
Wribbenhall Community Centre Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley
Large and secure natural garden Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8.15am â€“ 1.15pm
ÂŁ3.50 per hour 3 and 4 year olds receive Nursery Educational Funding 15hrs per week (free) Promotional offer:- Buy 15 hours and get an extra three hours free of charge, offer includes children in receipt of NEF funding For more information contact Sharon on 07837295698 Or visit our website at www.inbtweenies.co.uk
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We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7.30m at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road.
Our next meeting on 23rd April will be a talk by Peter Shelley entitled
Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club In February we had a change of programme.
‘A Handful of Straw’
Sandy Cole gave us a most interesting and historical talk on “Elegant Georgian Worcester”
Visitors and new members are always welcome. For more information please phone 01299 401352.
Any ladies who would like to attend please ring 400363 for details of this and other meetings at the Mercure Hotel.
The competition will be ‘anything patriotic’.
On 24th April our AGM will take place, including our popular sales table.
Deliverers Still Required
We regularly need to add to our list of volunteer deliverers.
As we only had one response to our last appeal, but that was in the depths of winter, we now need to appeal again and now it's Spring, why not jump at the chance to deliver less than 50 Bridges!
Cleobury Road still needs delivering to, but if you would like to go onto our volunteer waiting list please ring Janet and Paul Mann on 400794 for the Bewdley side of the river and Maureen Goldbourne on 488526 for the Wribbenhall side.
Bewdley Development Trust Open Forum Feedback
Nearly 100 people attended the Open Forum meeting in November. People went to find out more about the work of Bewdley Development Trust and to have their say on its future direction.
During the workshop sessions people came up with all sorts of ideas for the future direction of the Trust which have been considered further by the Board.
More details can be found on the Bewdley Development Trust website http://www.bewdley.org.uk/content/ bewdley-development-trust or by phoning Peter Miller on 01299 405516.
Paul Gittins MBE at Buckingham Palace after receiving his award from the Queen for services to the community and for his work as a Worcestershire First Responder.
Paul, who was accompanied by wife Carol, son John and granddaughter Bethany, said, ‘It was a fantastic experience for us all. As well as speaking to the Queen and shaking her hand, further highlights were meeting the other recipients of rewards, including Olympians Jessica Ennis and Nicola Adams. Cherie Blair also received an award and I was able to speak to her husband, Tony.’ Congratulations, Paul.
It's Spring and the river is calling!
Have you ever wondered what our lovely town looks like from the river? Well, here is your chance to find out. Just find three other like-minded friends or colleagues and enter Bewdley Rowing Club’s Pub'n Club Regatta a highlight of the town’s calendar.
The competition (very light hearted, and with much encouragement from the direction of the bar) takes place on Saturday 1st June; training begins at the end of April. Submit your completed entry form in groups of 4 (men, ladies or mixed,) asap to secure a place in this very popular event. Your entry fee will give you six sessions of unparallelled tuition from an experienced rower and then, of course, all the thrills of the race on the day. Friends and family are encouraged to come and support you and join in the fun. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, just the willingness to have a go. All information is on www.bewdleyrc.co.uk/pubclub. No other form of entertainment can quite match this day; see you there!
Are you a descendant of Thomas Powell?
Thomas Robert Powell was born in Bewdley on 5th October 1808 and his great-greatgreat-grandson, Doug Rudge in Canada, is hoping to trace other descendants. Thomas enlisted in the 43rd Regiment of Foot in 1829 and then, in 1835, went with his regiment to Canada where he eventually settled.
Please contact the Bridge if you know anything about Thomas or his family.
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Come and Volunteer at
Bewdley Museum. Would you like to learn a new skill? Interact with visitors? Bring our local history to life? Due to the museumÂśs continued success The Friends of Bewdley Museum require more volunteers for:
Air raid shelter
Clay pipe making
Other opportunities include brass rubbing, gallery stewarding, craft activities, special events and collection cataloguing. If you would like to help regularly or occasionally you would be very welcome. Full training will be given. Please contact: Museum Development Officer at the museum on 0845 603 5699 Secretary Friends Bewdley Museum on 01299 400386 More information at: www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/cms/leisure-and-culture/museums-and-galleries/volunteers-and-friends-group.
PODIATRIST/CHIROPODIST (EX-NHS) HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL REGISTERED Mark Foster BsC (Hons 1st Class – Podiatry) MChs Retention No: CH14729 Home visiting Chiropody Service – Discounts for couples/groups Surgical Treatment for Ingrowing Toenails Available Biomechnanical Examination and Treatment including : Plaster Casting Bespoke Orthotic Manufacture Joint mobilisation/manipulation also available H: 01299 266186 M: 07941 138957 markfosterpodiatry.co.uk
Call in and meet our dedicated small animal team. Branches across Shropshire including: Cleobury Mortimer: 01299 271967
Bridgnorth: 24 hour hospital 01746 763998
Farm animals, Commerical and small holders 01299 271537
Equine 01584 841080
For All Your Family and Diabetic Foot Care HALF PRICE IN APRIL FOR NEW PATIENTS
Surgery & Home visits
Call Joanne 0788072309
The deadline for the May issue is the 10th April
Clinic At Sebastian Coe Health Club Mercure Hotel 12 Years Expereince – Chiropodist For KHFC
Places available at Bewdley Primary School Nursery for Children aged 3+
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Bewdley Primary School Nursery is teacher led offering high quality, flexible and affordable pre-school and wrap-around care. The nursery is in Bewdley Primary School and has access to all the school facilities. 15 hours funded places plus additional sessions available. Combined wrap-around care and nursery sessions offers child care from 8.00am - 5.00pm daily in term time. Contact Bewdley Primary School on 01299 403796 Funding for up to an additional 15 hours of nursery or wrap-around care is available for those in receipt of certain benefits. Bewdley Primary School, Stourport Road, Bewdley DY12 1BL Helping everyone to achieve their best
COMMUNITY TRANSPORT HELPLINE CHIEF OFFICER – 5 DAYS/20 HOURS PER WEEK SALARY NEGOTIABLE
This well-established charity requires a Chief Officer to manage its Bewdley based office responsible for the provision, through volunteer drivers, of transport to those people unable to use public transport or their own. This is provided mainly through private cars but also with 2 special wheel chair cars. Applicants, in addition to having a clean driving licence, must be able to demonstrate skills in: • Management • Customer relations • Fund raising • Partnership working with external organisations such as charities and local authorities • I.T. including MS Word and Excel Interested applicants should email their CV in MS Word to our Chairman: Pat Prosser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants who wish to visit the office should also state this in their email.
Closing date for applications is Friday 26 April 2013
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We specialise in arranging many different forms of Business Finance including: • Re-Banking Proposals - saving you money on your existing facilities • Commercial/Business Mortgages • Secured Overdraft facilites • Confidential Invoice Finance and Factoring • Trade Finance • Development & Property Investment Finance • Asset and Stock Finance • Turnaround Business Finance • Bridging Finance • Start Up Business Finance • Payroll Finance • Grant Finance • Sale & Leaseback Finance
Contact us on 07940 797431 where we are waiting to help you
C W Commercial Finance Limited P. O. Box 6901, Kidderminster DY11 9ES www.cwcommercialfinance.co.uk Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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• Bespoke Business Stationery • Flyers • Leaflets • Posters • Newsletters • Catalogues • Postcards • Greeting Cards etc. From a business card to a full catalogue, our inhouse design facility has it covered and our high quality, short run digital print service is available on a variety of papers & boards
AND IF YOU NEED IT IN A HURRY WE OFTEN GIVE A 24 HOUR TURN AROUND
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Community News Bewdley Chamber Maids
St Georges Market Saturday 20th April on Severnside Lots of stalls expected selling food, crafts and lots more. In addition, there will be childrens rides available. We will also be joined by Wytchwood Morris.
We hope all the town shops will join in and dress their windows with red and white and we will give a prize to the best one. There will also be a prize for the best decorated stall. Do you like to dress up? If so we would love to see St George and the dragon on the riverside to help us enjoy the day If you would like to take part in any way, either by having a stall (trade and charity stalls welcome) or by providing entertainment, please get in touch as soon as possible. Let’s make this a real celebration of all things English. For more information please contact Ann 01299 404226 email firstname.lastname@example.org Maggie 01299 404065 email email@example.com Cally 01562 850155 email firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVE WYRES for Social Singles
Live Wyres is a Wyre Forest based social club for single people. Events in April are : 2nd Pub Night The Queen’s Head in Wolverley, when the Committee has their monthly meeting. 6th Barn Dance Wolverley Memorial Hall featuring “The Banjacs”. 9th Pub Night at the Island Pool. 12th Quiz Night Black Star in Stourport 13th Skittle Night at the Kingsford pub 20th Spring Ball will be held at the Hotel Mercure with a silver service meal and dancing to the live band “Chicago Bytes”. We always welcome new members. Any one interested can find out further information at our website www.livewyres.org.uk or contact Sandra on 01299 400979.
Spa Therapy Room Tel: 07910 281973
Weâ€™re here for you when you need us. www.sharonmatthews.co.uk
PERSONAL COUNSELLING SERVICES Christine Holloway 01299 402545 CORST Accredited UKCP Reg www.personalcounsellingservices.co.uk Finding the joy in life is much easier said than done, or just remembering what used to make you smile or raise a chuckle can be difficult. Especially as life seems to be getting tougher. Asking for help is not a failure, it can take courage. But counselling for only a short while can make all the difference. I can't solve all the problems but I can help you think about them in a different or more positive way. Then change happens PEOPLE MOVE ON. Make peace with the past or present, so that it won't spoil life now. Give me a chance to help, visit my web site to see what is achievable.
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We are now open Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm Saturday 9am - 12 noon
MARK WILLIAMS MIPW PROFESSIONAL WILLWRITER
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Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Care Home Fee Avoidance Probate Support & Funeral Plans (Wills from £65 per person)
Instructions taken in the comfort of your own home T: 01299 251442 M: 07966 053887 Office of Fair Trading Approved
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tel: 01299 402741
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for a free initial appointment contact:
marion evans or lynette atkinson family law including separation, divorce and issues involving children and finances.
georgina barton property including sales, purchases, mortgages.
marion evans wills, probate and inheritance claims (home visits can be arranged).
All Ages & Abilities Friday 5:30Â˛7pm
Haybridge Sports Centre DY8 2XS
Do you earn over £50,000? Have you got children? You will need to do a Personal Tax Return We can advise you on how to maximise your entitlement to Child Benefit and prepare your Personal Tax Return
Call 01299 403503 Springhill House, Bewdley, DY12 1DQ www.dhjh.co.uk For a free consultation contact Anita Stewart (email@example.com)
Grove Dog Walking
Happy dogs … Happy owners • Friendly and Professional Dog Walking Service • CRB Checked • Fully Insured • Group or single walks • Discounts Available for Senior Citizens
Call Bev on: 07964
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Private Tuition Physics GCSE /AS/ A2 Maths KS2/ GCSE/ AS/ A2
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Piano Lessons, Preparation For Exams or Just For Fun, Any Age Welcome. Competitive Rates. Contact Wayne Elson on 01299 266150 or email email@example.com.
TOWN COUNCIL NEWS
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 4TH FEBRUARY 2013 Closure of Bewdley Police Station Councillors viewed with some concern the proposals that were being made by the Police and Crime Commissioner of West Mercia Police to make reductions in their operating budget. There was an acceptance that the police station as a building was not currently well utilised; it was open for limited hours only and it lacked proper facilities within it. Overall it would make more sense to sell the building and use the money to put towards increased local policing ie “Bobbies-on-the-Beat”. The Council agreed to make representations to the Commissioner that if the police station were to be closed then it was vital that a “Community Policing Post” ie a small office should be established in the town centre to which the public could have access. Grants to Local Community Organisations Councillors agreed to make a number of grants to local organisations including Community Transport Helpline, Bewdley Carnival, Bewdley In Bloom, Bewdley Youth Café, Wribbenhall Parish Room and others, all of whom provide a welcome and much needed service for the community mainly using volunteer support. It was agreed to retain until the autumn a small balance to cover any further applications that might be made during the remainder of the year. Access to Wyre Forest The Council agreed to support a long term proposal involving the County Council and local amenity groups to re-route the cycle track (no. 45) along the west bank of the River Severn and into the Wyre Forest via the disused railway. There was a strong feeling that given the existing footpath had been badly churned up in the wet weather of the last year, the opportunity should be taken to make improvements to the surface and, if possible separate out walkers from cyclists. Future Town Council meetings
Town Council meetings are held at The Guildhall at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month unless stated otherwise. The next meetings are: 8th April, 7th May (Tuesday), and 3rd June.
The Annual Town Meeting (open to all residents registered on the electoral roll when local issues can be debated informally) will take place on Monday 15th April at 7.00pm. The Annual Meeting of the Town Council (when the new Mayor is elected) will take place on Friday 10th May at 7.00pm.
Agendas and Minutes of Town Council and Planning Committee Meetings are posted on the Notice Boards outside the Mayor’s Parlour, in the Guildhall Entrance and by the Library Entrance and on the Town Council’s page of www.bewdley.org.uk Minutes are also available at the Library and at the Town Clerk’s Office. TOWN COUNCIL NEWS IS PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED BY BEWDLEY TOWN COUNCIL
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Bewdley Civic Society Visit To Ragley Hall and Gardens
Thursday May 2nd depart Dog Lane Car Par 8.50am £19.50 per head or £29.50 including 2 course lunch NON MEMBERS WELCOME Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01299 405188
DESERT ISLAND DISCS
Castaway Heather Flack Local historian and author (writing as Fenella Flack) Saturday 11th MAY 7 p.m. All Saints’ Church, Wribbenhall Entrance with refreshments £3 50p. You can pay on the door
Discover Bewdley Spring Fair 2013
The Discover Bewdley Spring Fair will be held on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in conjunction with Bewdley Museum. Numerous activities will be taking place in the town, the Museum and Jubilee Gardens. These will celebrate the town, the land, local food and other attractions in the area. There will be craft stalls, music, walks, river rescue demonstrations, art exhibition, family gardening, Georgian games, Bewdley Brewery tours, Mug House Beer Festival and fun for all the family. Bewdley’s monthly Local Produce Market will take place on the Sunday.
Local Chefs will be taking part in the Annual Salad Challenge on Bank Holiday Monday celebrating the food offer in the town. Free parking available on both days at Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre. Come along and bring your friends to Bewdley for a fantastic weekend.
For further details please see the Bewdley website www.bewdley.org.uk or contact: T 01299 405516 E: email@example.com Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Saving Lives by Saving Time
Calling all walkers for ROCK Pound the Bounds on 5th May 2013
There is still time to register for this worthwhile event. Choose from walks of 6, 12, 18, or 25 miles or tackle the three mile treasure trail. All routes are waymarked and each walker is given a directions sheet. Fun for all the family.
SIGN UP TODAY! www.rockvillagehall.co.uk/events-details.php?ID=5
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KAW Pet Boarding and Sitting
Pets boarded in our own home or sat in your own home For local friendly service call Mike on 07590 519099 or Kate on 07806 301328 or 01562 850888. Fully Insured - Petsitters Alliance Members/CRB cleared.
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At Canine Design we undertake the following grooming services for you pampered pooch: Bathing, Nail Clipping, Grooming, Trimming, Ear Cleaning
Our grooming salon is a calm, quiet and very caring area. We also offer a collection and safe-return service for your prized pet.
Boxes of Goodies
Kate Dalloway, a member of Girl Guiding Bewdley, recently led a project to supply morale boosting packages to British troops overseas. Her original plan was to complete ten boxes of goodies to cheer up members of the forces but then enthusiasm for this simple way of making an impact on someone else’s life took over. Kate’s team eventually raised enough money to send 70 parcels.
Funds were raised through car boot sales, donations, school and Guide fundraisers and involved all ages of Bewdley District Girl Guiding: Guides, Brownies and Rainbows.
The boxes contained items such as toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste and tissues and treats of sweets, wrist bands, biscuits, hot chocolate powder, coffee and tea. Personal messages of support and encouragement were included in each box. Support Our Soldiers have said “We are overwhelmed and pleased by the number of boxes carefully prepared and packaged for the charity.”
The Guides were pleased to receive personal thanks from members of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals from Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan bringing home to the girls the impact of their work.
Many thanks to everyone involved with the project and well done to Kate and all who took part.
A pr i l i n t h e f or e s t
The most exciting news around here this month is that work is to begin to connect Uncllys Farm and other homes nearby in the forest to National Grid electricity. When we moved here 8 years ago, the notion of living “off-grid” and generating our own electricity from renewable sources had a huge appeal. Our plan was that a 3 kW array of photovoltaic cells would be our main source of electricity with a diesel generator acting as back-up. To help out when the sun didn’t shine we looked at a microhydroelectric scheme (too micro to be useful) and a wind turbine (too many trees!). Although the PVs made a very useful contribution and could be relied upon during sunny (dare I say “normal”?) weather, we found we were turning on the generator far too often. Our quote for connection was breathtakingly huge but it will be wonderful to have this particular “mod con”. The forest is a large-scale demonstration of the use of renewable energy. Each tree is a factory using solar energy captured by hundreds of square metres of leaves to drive a chemical reaction, which fortunately for us, has oxygen as a by-product. The way each tree (and other plant) grows maximises its ability to get a share of the sunshine and the raw materials (water, carbon dioxide) it needs to make sugars for its own needs, while minimising the chances of all of it ending up inside the local herbivores! I love to look at the new leaves
bursting from the winter buds at this time of the year, growing almost discernably as you watch: the vivid, translucent beech, the greedy light capturers of hazel and sycamore, the sprays of little green, pendant flowers among the new leaves of oak. As well as the usual Health Walks on Tuesday and Sunday mornings, and Forest Friends for pre-schoolers on term time Friday mornings, other special events this month are: Discovery Centre Open Day Every weekday from 2nd April to 12th April, 11am to 3pm. Come and look round the Community Discovery Centre. Spot our lovely new art works, explore our hands-on displays, watch the birds from our hide windows, follow the Sensory Trail, and discover the origins of the Earth with our Geological Time Trail. The unique ‘Wild Side of Wyre’ deer museum will also be open. There is something to interest everyone and it’s FREE! Art Exhibition Charcoal drawings by Emma Safe. Large scale “spirit drawings” capture the changing moods of the Wyre Forest. Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th April, 10:304.30 (Friday until 7.30pm) at the Discovery Centre. April 5th Uncllys Farm Family Walk Bring the family to see the animals and hear the latest about looking after the farm, forest and wildlife. We’ll be making bird feeders too. FREE thanks to an educational access grant from DEFRA, but please book on 01299 488083. 1pm to 3pm. Tea and cake for sale. Saturday 20th April Spinning and Wool Crafts at Uncllys Farm, 10am to 4pm. Course fee £40. Bookings/info: 01299 488083 or firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Iles
The Bridge magazine - April 2013