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The BRIDGE May 2013


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Bewdley Tennis Club: another Bewdley success story

In an era when Andy Murray is flying the flag for British tennis, Bewdley Tennis Club is serving up its own fair share of winners by helping put the sport on the map in Worcestershire.

Eight of its 15 teams gained promotion in local leagues last season - a reflection not just on the talent across a range of ages and abilities at the club but also on its facilities, which are rated among the best in the county. More important than team success, however, is the opportunity the club provides to townsfolk of all ages and abilities to play this wonderful sport, offering fun and exercise in an enjoyable and friendly environment.

Voted Hereford and Worcester Club of the Year in 2012, Bewdley Tennis Club will chalk up its 90th anniversary next year with a thriving membership exceeding 300. Perhaps most encouragingly, its junior section is one of its crowning achievements with children as young as five getting their first taste of the sport.

Head Coach Geoff Barrie has been instrumental in driving forward coaching at the club and heads up instruction with an emphasis on accessibility and inclusion, hence sessions ranging from 'term time tennis for women' aimed at newcomers to the game plus new initiatives such as 'dads and lads' sessions and 'tots tennis' for four to eight year olds.

“The most important thing about any club or sport is making people welcome, regardless of age or ability, and Bewdley prides itself on that”, said Barrie. “It has a good mix of members and abilities, so it is easy to fit in and also a great way to meet new friends and also stay healthy.”

A new member who enjoyed a women’s coaching session recently: “The club made me feel very welcome with existing members making time to play with us newcomers, which was great because a few were a bit nervous at first. That gave everyone confidence to join in.” The club holds a number of Open Days in the year and extends an invitation to anyone to come down and have a go and see what it's like. To find out more call Geoff Barrie on 07838 236691 or log on to

www.bewdleytennisclub.org.uk


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Welcome to an action-packed edition of the Bridge in an action-packed month for Bewdley. Our What’s On page is bursting with opportunities to shake off the winter gloom and get out and about, perhaps even to try something new. All the clubs and societies regularly featured in the Bridge offer a warm welcome to newcomers. The Discover Bewdley Spring Fair, a firm fixture on the town’s calendar, promises a weekend of delights, whether visiting an exhibition, choosing goods from a market stall, testing out the beers on offer at the Mug House, clambering up St Anne’s tower to admire the view or joining in a walk. Use our centrefold as your guide for the Bewdley Churches History Trail, a fascinating tour around some well-known landmarks and hidden gems. This month we have been out and about meeting some of Bewdley’s residents. Postwoman Natasha Carson–Brown gives us an insight into her job, sharing her enthusiasm for this key role in the community. Do, please, let us know of anyone else in the town you think we would like to meet. We have also been talking to Peter Styles, who set up a business when still in his teens and would love to hear from more of Bewdley’s young entrepreneurs. Contact us through the email address below to arrange an interview. Bewdley’s tree wardens are asking readers to become tree spotters. See their article for information about how to take part in the Natural History Museum Urban Tree Survey, aimed at discovering which tree species are growing in the UK. Let’s get Bewdley on the Urban Tree map. I hope you enjoy a merry May. Gill

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Bewdley and District Horticultural Society 7.45pm Wribbenhall Community Centre ‘Words and Pictures’ Art exhibition Old Foundry Studio and Gallery Bewdley Museum Rock Pathfinders walk 7pm starting from Dog Lane carpark 01299 400304 Beer Festival The Mug House Severnside North. Live music every evening Bewdley Local Produce Market Load Street Art Workshop Bewdley Museum 10 - 4 £35 Booking essential 01544 260149 Millennium Green Community Garden working party 10.30 – 11.30 01299 402031 Bewdley Footpaths & Bridleways Association walk 1.45 meet by bridge 4 – 5 miles, Discover Bewdley Spring Fair – see magazine for events Craft and Food Market Severnside South Bewdley Brewery Open Days Lax Lane Bewdley Churches History Trail Sunday 2-4pm & Monday 10am-4pm Desert Island discs with Heather Flack All Saints Church 7pm £3.50 01299 402670 Choral Evensong St. Leonards Church 4.30pm Book of Common Prayer service Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am starting from the Running Horse Long Bank Bewdley Museum History walk 1.45pm Booking essential 0845 603 5699 Kidderminster Beekeepers Association out-apiary meeting 2pm Stone. 01299 825578 for more information West Mercia Police Band Concert St. Anne’s Church 8pm £10 Holy Family Appeal Bewdley Open Studios Art Exhibition until 14 July. Bewdley Museum Tower open St Anne’s Church 11 – 12.30 & 2 – 3.30 Table top sale and refreshments. Proceeds to Cancer Research UK Bewdley/ Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club 01299 400363

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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

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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

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Services in May 5th Easter 6 8.00am Holy Communion (said) 9.30am Family Service 12th Easter 7 9.30am Holy Communion 19th Pentecost 9.30am Morning Worship 26th Trinity 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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NATASHA CARSON-BROWN, POSTWOMAN I’ve lived in Bewdley for three years now, ever since Darren, my husband, spotted the “For Sale” notice on his rounds one day. (Yes, he’s a postman too!) We managed to buy the house and haven’t looked back since. We both love it here and love our jobs too.

Mine starts at 9.00 in the sorting office in Kidderminster. Inside that great big building next to Sainsburys is an area divided into bays. Each bay corresponds to a postie’s Walk, sometimes called a Duty. The bay is divided up again into streets then again into each house. Yes, your house has a little slot all to itself. As we all get into work, we do the sorting; if there’s been people on early shifts it might already be done. Then we load up our bags or trolleys and set off. The bays are arranged into a logical route for us so that our post is more or less already in order; the walk is in the form of a loop so that we end up back at the starting point, which is probably our car. I’m lucky; I do the Bark Hill area and end up quite close to home. And by the time I do get back I will have walked seven and a half miles. So no, I don’t need to watch my figure!

What do I like about the job? Time on my own; it gives me time to think. If I set off with a problem it’s usually sorted by the end of my walk. Then there’s being outside in the fresh air. That’s lovely. So are the people; I really enjoy chatting to people I meet and they’re all very friendly. What don’t I like? Top of the list is dogs. You never know what they’re going to do and I’ve had several close encounters. It’s a good job I have a thick jacket and stout boots. I need them! Then there’s horrible letterboxes with loose bits of wire or strong springs that snap on my fingers. And letterboxes at the bottom of the door so that I have to take off my sack and grovel around by my ankles. Weather doesn’t bother me – those sensible clothes again – but I really hate slippery snow or ice. And I do sometimes feel pretty tired by the end of the week. But I wouldn’t change my job for anything.


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4.30pm St Leonard’s Church, Ribbesford Traditional worship from the Book of Common Prayer with visiting choir

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HOLY FAMILY EXTENSION APPEAL Concert by West Mercia Police Band Saturday 18th May at 8pm At St. Anne’s Church

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Baritone David Coulson will not be able to perform due to prior engagement. Tickets available from Margaret Hill 01299 401008, Shirley Carlile 01299 402477

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2nd June 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!


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How would you like to help put Bewdley on the Map? It's there already, you say? Not on the Urban Tree Survey Map it isn't – not at the time of writing. The Natural History Museum is running an Urban Tree Survey which aims at discovering which tree species are growing in the UK. As most urban trees are in private gardens the best way to find out this information is by asking the residents – you and me. Please help. Only if we know what is growing in our towns can we take effective action to protect our urban trees and our urban environment. How do you do the survey? Well, it isn't difficult if you have a computer or access to one. Go to the Natural History Museum website and put 'Urban Tree Survey' in the search box. Or do what I did and ask Google to find the right page by entering 'Urban Tree Survey' in its search box. Once you are there, you can get all the information on how to complete the survey with help where needed for tree identification. Give it a try and let us see if we can get Bewdley on the Tree Map. School pupils can also take part with learning resources aimed at Key Stage 2 (ages 7 – 11). Tell your teacher! This is a good time to do the survey as trees are coming into leaf and identification is easier. If you need any help in identifying trees ask Chris Wilmot or Gren Jones your Tree Wardens via the Town Clerk. His email address is townclerk@bewdley.org.uk

Discover Bewdley Spring Fair Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May

An overview of this exciting weekend - look for more details elsewhere in the magazine. The annual Spring Fair provides another busy weekend for our lovely town. Bewdley Museum has a full schedule with music, workshops, an art exhibition, Georgian games, food demonstrations as well as craft and children’s activities. The Local Produce Market can again be found in Load Street on Sunday and a craft & food market takes place on Severnside South on both days. Monday will see the third annual Bewdley Spring Salad Challenge on Severnside South and SARA’s river rescue displays from Severnside North. Bewdley Brewery have open days demonstrating the brewing process and The Mug invite you to their annual beer festival, with live music every evening, from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May. The last resting place of the Arley Ferry in Dog Lane is open for visits. Finally, a selection of fascinating walks around the town, churches and the local area on Sunday and Monday will be led by the Civic Society, Bewdley Footpaths and Bridleways Association, Worcestershire Countryside Service and Friends of Bewdley Museum. Free parking is available on both days at the Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre on Stourport Road. For more information contact Bewdley Tourist Information Centre or www.bewdley.org.uk


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Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club In March, Heather Flack spoke on “History on our doorstep”, from which we learnt many new interesting facts about our local area. The date of our AGM has been postponed from 23rd April to 1st May. The next meeting will take place on 29th May, when Melvyn Thompson will speak on “Mills and Tall Chimneys”. All ladies are welcome. For more information on our meetings at the Mercure Hotel, please ring 400363.

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Kidderminster Beekeepers Association There will be an out-apiary meeting on Saturday May 18th, 2pm at Stone Nr Kidderminster. Anyone interested in beekeeping will be very welcome and would have an opportunity for hands on experience. For more information please ring 01299 825578 or email m.dcooper@tiscali.co.uk

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Bewdley Footpaths & Bridleways Association

Holds a walk on the first Sunday of each month, meeting at 1.45pm.for a prompt start at 2.00pm. The meeting and start point for these walks is the garden on the east side of the river just below the Bewdley bridge. Sunday 5th May: A walk of 4-5 miles, including some stiles, in the area of Wharton Park. Leader: Anne Faloon/Sue Marston Sunday 2nd June: A walk of approximately 5 ½ miles to Coopers Mill Bridge. Leader: Keith Simcox News from Bewdley Library Just a few lines to tell you how our Arts and Crafts community is thriving. The result of our successful courses last year, our resident group, Crafty Ladies, is going strong. These ladies meet fortnightly in the library to work on and support each other in their chosen craft activities. Our course provision has diversified into jewellery recently and two groups have just finished a wirework course, which they thoroughly enjoyed. At time of writing, we are hoping to run a dressmaking/sewing course shortly, so keep an eye out to see what’s going on next time you pop in. Of course we also have numerous books relating to various crafts on our shelves and these have always been very popular in Bewdley; no sooner does a new knitting or sewing book come in stock that it’s taken out by some eager crafter. So don’t just sit there watching it on the telly – get a book out and give it a go! Kay Sanderson


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Meeting Bewdley’s young entrepreneurs:

Peter Styles, 21, set up his apple juicing business when he was 19. He can often be seen at Bewdley’s produce market.

Why set up a juicing business? I didn’t get the grades I needed for university first time round, so found myself with an unplanned gap year. I wanted the time to be useful and I’d always liked the idea of making something to sell.

A cider maker friend got me wondering how easy small scale production would be - just as a hobby during the autumn. He, along with my Dad, and the Wyre Community Land Trust helped me get the project going.

What are the best bits? Tasting a new juice straight from the press is great! Also the look on people’s faces when they try it. ''Hey, it tastes just like an apple'' is definitely the most common response. It's true, it's apple without the crunch.

I've also really enjoyed having a greater involvement with the local community, like the produce market and, of course, it was good when our juice was taken by the Secretary of State at DEFRA to be served at a Cabinet Meeting in Downing Street. Managing a project and people has made me choose a different course at university.

Challenges? Keeping up with the pace of the initial development was tough. It started as an idea, and developed within days to a business venture with a few helping hands. I had to teach myself everything before explaining to anyone helping how it's done, so we could move on as quickly as possible. Surprises along the way? You can get pink apple juice! Who knew that?

What advice would you give to other budding entrepreneurs? Anyone young with an idea should talk to as many people as they can and make use of all that invaluable help, advice and contacts. Check around for any local grants available, and look at national funding like The Prince’s Trust or National Lottery funding.

I'd also say there's a lot of pressure on young people to go to university, but academia isn't for everyone. If you've got an idea or you need experience before you try something yourself, then go for it. If it's not successful, you've had time and experience to decide what your next path is.

What next? I now share responsibilities for the juicing business with my family’s farm, as I decided I would go to university. I may pick things back up after my degree, but I've got a placement year with a food company, Mornflake, and then my final year of study before that. I'm still very interested in fruit drinks though, so other juices or maybe cordial could be the next thing for Son & Styles.


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The Passion Play

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Bewdley’s first Passion Play – the story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion – took place on Good Friday, 29th March. It was set in the town centre from Severnside South to the top of Load Street outside St Anne’s Church. Director Steve Conway said: “It’s been unbelievable. I’ve had emails and texts from all over the country from people who visited Bewdley to say how good they thought it was and that they were moved by the performance”.

Here are some of the huge crowd’s reactions.

“Wow – look at the crowds in Load Street!” “We loved the music”.

“At that last bit, I found myself filling up with tears – it was so moving” “Pity about the sound. I thought it was fantastic, though”. “I couldn’t always see what was going on. I suppose that’s because so many people turned up”

“It all went quiet at that bit where they put Jesus on the cross then lifted him up. Then the hymn started and I couldn’t help crying”.

“I hope they’re going to do it again next year”. (pictures by Gary Mayner)


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The Duck Race

Hundreds of people turned out for the rescheduled Bewdley duck race. A total of 900 ducks were entered into the annual event on 1st April, rearranged from its traditional New Year’s Day slot after the heavy rain at the turn of the year. The race was won by three year-old Harry Carr, with second place going to Bredon Taylor, 6. (Picture right - Race Winners Harry Carr, Martyn Carr,Terry White, Bredon Taylor and Dawn Taylor. Picture by Colin Hill)

(Picture below - Mayor of Bewdley John Latham, Best Dressed Duck winners Robert, Max and Lea Taylor with Lions President Terry White. picture by Colin Hill)


Bewdley Carnival Saturday 8th June

Planning is well underway for the 2013 carnival on Saturday 8th June. The main attraction at this year’s event will be K9 Freestyle Dog Dancing Display with their top trainer Richard Curtis. Richard has successfully competed in canine freestyle and dog dancing and obedience, three times winning the freestyle final at Crufts.

Other attractions on the day include the West Midlands Tae Kwon Do (Bewdley Club), the Bewdley Concert Band, magicians Wil Moris and Son, juggler Megan Ince and a demonstration of Irish Dance, as well as all the usual variety of stalls. Anybody interested in running a stall or wanting information regarding the carnival is asked to phone Sue on 01299 401841

Millennium Green Community Garden

Shaw Hedge Road, Wribbenhall Your help is needed! A small group of local residents look after and develop this small park. None of us are gardening experts and we learn as we go along. All are welcome. We meet on the first Sunday of the month just for an hour to litter pick, tidy paths, cut back bushes and still find time for a natter! Next meetings are Sunday 5th May and 2nd June at 10.30am We also need donations of plants for the raised beds and gardening tools – spades, forks, trowels, watering cans, gardening gloves – we can collect. If you are interested in looking after a raised bed for a season or can help with donations then please come along on the 5th May or contact Sarah Lange on 01299 402031/ 07958 704409 or sarahlange2050@gmail.com for more information.

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Bewdley Townswomen This month we are celebrating our TG’s birthday with a meal out instead of our usual monthly meeting, but you are invited to the next meeting on June 25th when we will be very pleased to have Elizabeth Struckett and the hand bell ringers to entertain us. This will be at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, 7.30pm. For more information please phone 01299 401352.

Altered-Books Workshop

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Discover Bewdley Spring Fair 2013:

Visit an exhibition celebrating the Arley Ferry

The grand old lady of the Severn can be seen in her past glory on Sunday May 5th between 10am and 4pm at 5 Dog Lane, Bewdley, her last resting place. Residents Penny and David Griffiths first sited the prow in their front garden in 2008 and, such was the level of interest, Penny has created an information board to give passing visitors an insight into the importance the ferry played in the lives of villagers of Arley and Bewdley. An exhibition now includes written memories left by local people of the Arley Ferry whether as school children, young soldiers heading off to the war or holiday makers. Gifts to the exhibition include the ferry’s original anchor and the Pound Green sign which pointed to her operational site plus rare photographs of the ferry given by the daughters of Bert Evans, one of the last ferrymen. Penny says “It is really satisfying to think that we saved this little bit of history with the prow and now she still “sails on” bringing smiles and happy memories to so many people”. For more information call David on 01299 404912 or email pennygriffiths@tiscali.co.uk

“The ferry’s last journey as she arrives in Bewdley in the 1980s with Bert Evans, one of the last ferrymen.”

Rock Pathfinders

Free guided walks along our footpaths and bridleways, off the roads and into the countryside. Learn the right way to walk with good company and great local scenery. Everyone is welcome but no dogs on these walks please. All walkers walk at their own risk. 2nd May 7pm Evening walk starting from Dog Lane car park DY12 2EG OS REF 785755

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St George’s Hall Appeal Launched

An appeal for top up funding of £150,000 was launched on St George’s Day 23rd April by SGH Venue Management, the new company set up to run St George’s Hall when it opens in the summer. The £800,000 raised so far has been used on improving the fabric of the building, making it sound, fully accessible, secure, warm and well lit. Our vision is for St George's Hall to be the best community and arts centre in the area. It’s right in the heart of Bewdley for everyone to use. Money is now needed to fit out the building with top-quality equipment including: • flexible theatre-style seating • lighting and sound systems to support live performance • projection and sound facilities for films • digital support for streaming of live theatre and sporting events • chairs, tables, projectors and other equipment for meeting rooms • chairs, tables, and other items for the new café • exhibition display panels with professional lighting Why all this stuff?

A properly equipped St George's Hall will be able to accommodate activities such as festivals; fairs; regular drama, dance and literary performances; a community cinema; and streamed-in live culture and sport. It will be a hub for the people of Bewdley and the many community groups to use for meetings and events, as well as supporting the local economy by attracting new visitors. What can you do?

If you would like to support this new, exciting venture please make a donation NOW. Visit our website to find out more http://stgeorgeshall.org.uk, e-mail info@sghvm.org.uk or call Peter Miller on 01299 405516. SGH Venue Management- A Charitable Partnership of Bewdley Development Trust, Bewdley Festival and St George’s Hall Trustees


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Behind The Scenes At Bewdley Festival Your invitation to become involved.

Having just celebrated its twenty-fifth year, the ever growing success story that is Bewdley Festival is now well known in the town. Over the years, its original objective of bringing “the best out of the town and the best to the town” has showcased many international and national artists, as well as featuring much regional and local talent.

In addition to music, comedy, drama, poetry and art, last year saw the introduction of a one-day Youth Festival and a full Book Week. And, as ever, there was OctoberFest, a whole month of live music, talks, crafts, food events, quizzes and exhibitions in and around the town.

What is not so well known is that Festival, is reliant on a group of dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors and has only one part-time paid member of staff. A registered charity, Festival does not aim to make a profit, but must nonetheless ensure that all its costs are covered and a suitable contingency fund retained to ensure its future.

Organising and staging the annual event costs around £100,000 – artists’ fees and expenses, venue hire, sound and lighting, publicity and advertising are all obvious costs, but there are also other, not so obvious, costs such as performing rights royalties on music performances.

As well as ticket sales, a valuable source of additional revenue is the “Eat Bewdley Raffle”, a unique fundraiser that last year featured sixty-six food-related prizes generously donated by a range of local businesses. If you are interested in the Arts and would like to get involved, Bewdley Festival welcomes new sponsors and volunteers to help behind the scenes and front of house with a wide range of tasks. Why not get involved? admin@bewdleyfestival.org.uk 01299 404808 www.bewdleyfestival.org.uk

Live Wyres for social singles

Live Wyres is a Wyre Forest based social club for single people. We meet in pubs around the area and hold dances and other events in a range of venues from hotels to village halls. 1st May: Our monthly roving pub lunch at the Three Crowns and Sugar Loaf in Kidderminster, meeting at 12.30. 7th May: Pub night at The Queen’s Head in Wolverley, when the Committee has their monthly meeting. 11th May: Our monthly dance at Wolverley Memorial Hall with DJ Phil Sheppard. 14th May: Pub night at the Island Pool Wolverhampton Road when committee members will be available to welcome any new people. 18th May: Our annual coach trip is to Bodnant Gardens, Betws-Y- Coed and the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct in North Wales. We always welcome new members. For further information www.livewyres.org.uk.


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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

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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 prossersfort@talktalk.net. Applicants who wish to visit the office should also state this in their email.

Closing date for applications is Friday 17 May 2013


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C W Commercial Finance Limited for all your financial needs

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

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C W Commercial Finance Limited P. O. Box 6901, Kidderminster DY11 9ES www.cwcommercialfinance.co.uk Email: scox2@sky.com enquiries@cwcommercialfinance.co.uk

Professionalism in Print

• 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

t : 01299 406046 • m : 07710 523853 visit : www.printworxbewdley.com e : sales@printworx.org


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Tickenhill and Ribbesford History Walk

Thursday 16th May 2013 Join volunteers and staff from Bewdley Museum on a walk, which takes you to the site of Bewdley’s Snuffmill, via Tickenhill, then onto Ribbesford House, Ribbesford Church and back past Kateshill to Bewdley Museum. (Houses will only be viewed from the grounds. Much of the walk is on private land not normally available for public access). Distance: approx. 3 miles Time: meet 1.45pm in front foyer of Museum, for prompt 2pm start. Approx 2 ½ hours depending on length of stops. Terrain: Some uneven ground, mostly off road along footpaths and tracks. Some slopes and inclines. What to wear: Walking boots are essential. Bring wet weather gear (just in case!), snack and drinks. Booking: Booking is essential via Bewdley Museum 0845 603 5699. Places are limited to 15. Cost: £4 per person incl tea or coffee and cake. Contact no. on day of walk: Bewdley Tourist information Centre (0845 607 7819) if you cannot attend. Sorry no dogs.

“Words and Pictures – Book Arts and Fine Art Prints” An international touring exhibition from the Sidney Nolan Trust At the Old Foundry Studio & Gallery at Bewdley Museum (NB access via stairs to 1st floor, no lift)

Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 2AE http://bewdley.museum.com

Exhibition open 19 April – 6 May, Thursdays – Sundays 11.00 – 4.00pm & by arrangement (call 07796 092262) “Words and Pictures” is an exhibition from the Sidney Nolan Trust: The Encyclopædia Britannica Challenge. The Trust was given a set of 1950s Encyclopædia Britannica destined to become pulp. Each participant in the "Challenge" transformed a volume into a new work of art. The “Pictures” are fine art prints that complement beautifully the artists’ books. These high quality works of art were created by six Sidney Nolan Trust printmakers.


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Spa Therapy Room Tel: 07910 281973

We’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.

QualitySolicitors Lumsdons provide a full range of confidential legal services including Family Law, Personal Injury, Conveyancing, Wills & Probate and Civil Disputes. Call our highly professional, friendly team to arrange your free initial consultation or home visit. Stourport Salford House 29 Bridge Street DY13 8UR T: 01299 827766

Worcester 9-10 The Tything WR1 1HD T: 01905 730670

E: info@lumsdonsllp.com W: lumsdonsllp.com

We are now open Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm Saturday 9am - 12 noon


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MARK WILLIAMS MIPW PROFESSIONAL WILLWRITER

“A lifetime’s attention to the most complex of legal investigations as a retired Detective Superintendent means you can definitely trust Mark to write your will”

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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marion evans solicitors 67 High Street, BEWDLEY DY12 2DJ

family law since 1992

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tel: 01299 402741

www.marion-evans-solicitors.co.uk email: marion@marion-evans-solicitors.co.uk

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).

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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 (anita.stewart@dhjh.co.uk)

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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Email – grovedogwalking@yahoo.co.uk

Private Tuition Physics GCSE /AS/ A2 Maths KS2/ GCSE/ AS/ A2

Tele 01299 409460

Piano Lessons, Preparation For Exams or Just For Fun, Any Age Welcome. Competitive Rates. Contact Wayne Elson on 01299 266150 or email wayneelson@tiscali.co.uk.


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TOWN COUNCIL NEWS

TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 8TH APRIL 2013

Bewdley Museum It was reported that visitor numbers at the Museum (operated by the District Council) remained good and indeed were higher than in the equivalent period last year. Exhibitions are set up and ready for the Spring Opening and for which there is still a need for more volunteers.

Cycling Safety Councillors heard of problems involving young people cycling on the pavements in the town centre which, as well as being dangerous, is illegal. The risk of injury especially to those pedestrians who cannot react quickly to get out of the way was highlighted. The matter had been raised with the Police, who had agreed to work in conjunction with local schools to run a campaign specifically to target cyclists in relation to safety and responsibility.

Lengthsman Scheme The Town Council has agreed once again to enter into an agreement with the County Council to take part in their Lengthsman Scheme. This provides funding for the Town’s Lengthsman to carry out small tasks to improve highway safety and visibility. This includes notifying house owners to cut back vegetation, which may overhang the pavement or footway, removing vegetation, which may cover road signs, and more recently the regular moving of the Vehicle Activated (Speed) Sign to designated sites around the town, where speeding may be a problem. Bewdley Development Trust Councillors received a summary report from the Development Trust as to their activities of late including progress with St George’s Hall. There was a call for the Trust and the Council to work in cooperation with one another and a meeting will be set up shortly to review current arrangements between the two bodies.

Town Centre Flowers The Council agreed that following the completion of the paving and lighting works in Load Street, it should work with the District Council to look at opportunities for improved planting and landscaping. It was hoped this could be timed for the coming summer season.

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: 7th May (Tuesday), 3rd June, 1st July and 5th August. 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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17 Severnside South, Bewdley DY12 2DX

01299 402960

www.riversidevetsbewdley.co.uk

Where your pets are our priority

Providing veterinary care and treatment for all types of pet animal, including chickens. All your pets’ preventative healthcare needs covered from just £9.99 per month with our Healthy Pet Club loyalty scheme.

For more information call or pop in today.

Shatterford, Bewdley, DY12 1TR

01299 861237

É Family run CATS ONLY cattery É Large spacious heated pens. É Quiet countryside location

É Individual needs catered for. É Fully licensed and insured. É Inspections welcome.

www.upperbirchcattery.co.uk info@upperbirchcattery.co.uk

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Unit 2 Dog Lane Mews A Small Family Run Business Offering Free Local delivery Free Loyalty Card With 20% off! Stocking James Well Beloved, Royal Cannin, Burns, Beta and lots more Call Jason on 01299 400 832

Posh Pads Professional Groomers Welcome All Breeds For A Variety Of Treatments Located In The Heart Of Bewdley: Unit 4 Dog Lane Mews Call Now For an Appointment 07743720214 or 01299 488352


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DESERT ISLAND DISCS

Castaway Heather Flack

Come along to St Anne’s Church, Bewdley MONDAY 27th MAY 10:30 – 4:00 For hot drinks, homemade cakes and biscuits Also a Table-Top Sale selling homemade items, toiletries & pocket money toys

Come and hear the bells with the St Anne’s Bellringers & see the views from the top of the tower TOWER OPEN: 11:00 – 12:30 & 2:00 – 3:30 All proceeds to Cancer Research UK

Local historian and author (writing as Fenella Flack)

Saturday 11th MAY 7p.m.

All Saints’ Church, Wribbenhall

Tickets: £3 50, (including refreshments)

Available on the door and also from:

Diane on 01299 402670, Olwen 400608

Bewdley Blooms (Cat’s flower shop)

St. Anne’s, All Saints and St Leonard’s churches

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 Golborne on 488526 for the Wribbenhall side.


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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.

Bayton Fuel Co Clows Top

Coal and Smokeless Fuel Merchants For all your coal needs Pre packed fuel available Please ring for details 01299 832 308 01299 400 479

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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.


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Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Young Photographer Competition The Rotary Club of Bewdley recently sponsored the Rotary Young Photographer competition, with the theme ‘Peace’, at The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre. Photographs and commentary from thirteen year old Thomas Dalton, winner of the intermediate group prize.

The sun coming over the mountain shows the start to a new day, just as the sea moves, slow and steady.

After a warm day of nothing but the movement of skis, people stop to take in the beautiful views.

No daily noise on the moon, just noise.

The Rotary Club of Bewdley is grateful to The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre for their help organizing and hosting the competition. To find out more about Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland, visit www.ribi.org


May in the forest

Those of you who know the forest well will know where to look for drifts of bluebells and lilies of the valley this month, as the year heads towards the time of peak growth. Damp stream banks are covered in the lush, garlicky-smelling leaves and white flowers of ramsons, and woodland edges or hedgerows shelter the garlic mustard or Jack-by-the-hedge, where orange tip butterflies love to lay their single eggs. There are insects everywhere, and your attention may be attracted to groups of the beautiful longhorn moth with its bronze wings and delicately swept back antennae dancing among the oak leaves in sunny glades. Most of the summer migrant birds should have arrived last month and by now

they will be nesting. Spotted flycatchers arrive rather later, and like the redstart, will be frequenting the edges of the Wyre’s oak woods where there is access to grazing land rich in flying insects. For both species breeding success can be greatly increased by providing nest boxes attached to trees. Our attempts to do just that at Uncllys Farm have certainly given a boost to bluetit and great tit populations, so we have learnt that you need to block the nest hole until May to give the migrants a chance. I hope that this year the efforts of volunteers to make, clean and check the bird boxes will be rewarded with some little families of the rarer woodland birds.

May’s vigorous new grass growth allows us to turn out our cattle on to fresh pastures, which will be a very welcome change after a very long winter necessitating reliance on hay and haylage. Look out for frolicking Dexter mums and new calves in meadows along the Dowles Brook and the Wyre orchards! Special events this month

Health Walks continue every Tuesday and Sunday, meeting at Callow Hill (the Forest Café) at 10.30 for an 11am start.

Saturday 18th May - Everything you need to know about fruit trees. This one day intensive course will cover all aspects of growing your own apples, pears, cherries and plums from planting to grafting, rootstock selection, pollination, choice of varieties, pruning and harvesting. The day will include practical work in local orchards. Tutor: Wade Muggleton. Uncllys Farm, Bewdley, DY12 2LR. 10am to 4pm. Course fee £40. Information and bookings: 01299 488083, info@wyreclt.org.uk

Discovery Centre Open Day Every weekday from 27th to 31st May, 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 and follow the Sensory Trail. The unique ‘Wild Side of Wyre’ deer museum will also be open. There is something to interest everyone and it’s FREE!

Thursday 29th May Dinosaur Trail Turn up at the Forest Café any time between 10.30am and 2.30pm to follow the trail through the forest and learn about the “terrible lizards”! £3 per child.

Linda Iles


The Bridge - May 2013