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The Bridge April 2017

April in the Forest The cacophony of birdsong on the forest edges announces that spring is here. Tomorrow morning I’ll be joining in the annual deer census so I’m hoping that the dawn will be fine and melodious to compensate me for that lost hour in a nice, warm bed.

April sees the arrival of summer migrants such as swallows, redstarts, chiffchaffs and blackcaps, and we eagerly await the evocative call of the cuckoo. This seasonal explosion of song is a way of establishing the territories in which breeding pairs will nest and find the food needed to rear their young. The nature of the territory depends on the habitat which that bird needs: some preferring heather and young birch, for instance, while others find food and nesting holes in mature oak trees. The size of the territory depends on the abundance of resources and the pressure of competition from the neighbours. To attract a good number and variety of birds there needs to be a patchwork of different habitats with the range of tree species and ages of growth present in a well-managed woodland. As Wyre has broadleaved and coniferous trees with areas of wetland, heathland, pasture, orchards and gardens all intermingled it offers a relatively attractive home for resident birds and summer visitors. As I have mentioned in these articles before, the national picture for woodland birds is far from encouraging, with an overall reduction in numbers of over 75% since 1970. The wood warblers are becoming very scarce in Wyre: they, like the chiffchaff, nest in low shrubs near the ground and are very susceptible to disturbance. Though the major factor in their decline may be the loss of their winter habitat in Africa, it still behoves us to do what we can here to conserve this delightful summer visitor.

I remember in the early days of the Discovery Centre that a pied flycatcher nested in a bird box at the back of our original forest classroom: it was a good choice as there used to be a small pond there for pond dipping and many insects would have been attracted to the water. I haven’t seen a pied flycatcher since, and again, changes in winter habitats in Africa plus climate change seem to be implicated. More bird boxes, in a variety of different situations, can only be a good thing.

And by the way, dear reader, I’ve started to finish my garden pond with pebbly, rocky and vegetated edges and hope the amphibian residents will be happy with the result as well as the human ones! Linda Iles

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Welcome to April’s edition of The Bridge.

The popular Changing Face of Load Street exhibition continues throughout April at Bewdley Museum, providing a fascinating insight into the changing commercial life of Bewdley. Turn to the centre colour pages to see some of the photographs featured in the exhibition, including one of a building that has now disappeared. The Friends of Bewdley Museum would be pleased to hear from anyone with photographs or memories to share. See page 11 for more information and do try to visit the exhibition if you haven’t done so already.

Two local organisations that have a big impact on the people they serve are looking for trustees. Turn to pages 21 and 39 to find out more about Citizens’ Advice and Community Transport Helpline and read about the difference that trustees can make to their valuable work. Another local organisation, Wyre Community Land Trust is launching a new project that will lead up to the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth in 2019. On page 33 read about Ruskin’s ideals and his vision for how Ruskin Land in the Wyre Forest should be used. Find out how you can become involved.

Do you ever wonder how manufacturers come up with the names for their products? Mary Lovell explains how a minor British institution - a once well known toilet paper and disinfectant - was named when she tells us about her first job on page 27. Do get in touch if you would like to share your memories of your early working life.

We continue our new series on page 23 from a father facing new challenges. This month we hear what he thinks about driving and what happened when he got behind the wheel.

And of course, this month brings us Easter. Look out for details of the Bewdley Passion and Easter Craft activities at the museum.

Happy Easter! Gill

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April Changing Face of Load Street Exhibition in Bewdley Museum throughout April 1 Clothing for Refugees Sorting Day 2 - 4pm St Anne's Church - see page 25 1 Bewdley Festival event with Max Keen - see page 41 2 Messy Church - see page 17 2 Bewdley Footpaths walk 2pm - see page 25 3 Bewdley Floral Art Club - see page 25 3 All Saints’ Knit and Natter - ring Gail on 401685 for information about venue 3 W.I. meeting 7.30pm St George's Hall - see page 35 4 Bewdley Film Club: Wadjda - see flyer inside back cover 5 Coffee Morning at Bewdley Medical Centre - see page 19 5 Bewdley Evergreen - see page 19 5 Scrabble players group at Bewdley Baptist Church - see page 35 6 Cinema in the Hall: Sully: Miracle on the Hudson - see flyer inside back cover 8 Volunteer Fair in St. George’s Hall 11.00am - 3.00pm - see page 43 8 Sale for WaterAid - see page 17 8 Royal British Region Bingo evening - see page 41 10 All Saints’ Knit and Natter - ring Gail on 401685 for information about venue 10 Children’s Easter Craft activities begin in Bewdley Museum - see page 19 12 Friends of Bewdley Museum talk 2.30pm St George’s Hall 12 Friends of Riverside North Park meeting 7pm Guildhall - see page 25 13 Cinema in the Hall: Allied - see flyer inside back cover 13 Craft group at Bewdley Baptist Church - see page 33 13 Knit & Natter at the Methodist Church, High Street, 2-4pm 14 Bewdley Passion - see page 11 15 Repair Café 10 - 2pm St George’s Hall 16 Easter Egg Hunt - see page 19 18 Methodist Church Walking Group, 10.30am Tel 403941 19 Royal British Region Breakfast Club - see page 41 19 Bewdley Evergreen - see page 19 19 Bewdley Civic Society AGM - see page 25 20 Cinema in the Hall: Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them - see flyer inside back cover 21 Bewdley Festival Jazz evening in St. George’s Hall - see page 23 25 Bewdley Townswomen Guild meeting - see page 37 26 Save the Children fundraising lunch - see page 23 26 Charity Bridge Drive - see page37 26 Baptist Art Group Demonstration - see page 7 27 Cinema in the Hall: Arrival - see flyer inside back cover 28 Music in the Hall: Lynne Hanson and The Good Intentions - see flyer inside back cover 29 Save the Children fundraising jumble sale - see page 23 30 - 1 May Spring Fair - see page 19 5





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All Saints’ Church Kidderminster Road Wribbenhall After our 9.30am service on Sundays we offer coffee and chat.

Knit and Natter group meets from 10am to 12 noon on each Monday except for bank holidays.

A Book Sale is held from 10am - 12 noon on the second Monday of each month.

A Craft Session takes place on the fourth Wednesday from 10 - 12 noon with different demonstrations each month.

For further information tel. Gail on 01299 401685

All Saints’ Church has been closed since the beginning of March because of problems with the ceiling. Please see notices to find out when the church will be reopened. Until then, Knit and Natter is meeting in Wribbenhall Social Club, next to Wribbenhall Parish Room.

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Friends Fellowship of Healing followed by a simple lunch on the second Wednesday of the month. Midweek Meeting for Worship 12 noon on the last Wednesday of the month. Meeting for Worship 7.30 - 8.15pm on the second Wednesday of the month Evening Meeting for Worship 7.00pm on the last Thursday of the month in Kidderminster Thursday Craft Group meets fortnightly 2.00 - 4.00pm

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The Bewdley Passion 2017

Since its inception in 2013, the Bewdley Passion has become a regular event in the town’s calendar. The programme has evolved to offer different ways of reflecting on the final days in the life of Jesus, and this year is no exception.

Our 2017 Passion involves three different activities, all on Good Friday 14th April.

At 1pm. Bewdley Churches hold a united service in Jubilee Gardens to recollect the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, each congregation telling a part of the story.

At 3pm There is an opportunity to either join a guided walk to the foot of the cross at Bewdley’s own Golgotha (approx. 2 miles round trip) or enjoy a time of quiet reflection and meditation at Riverside Elim church.

At 7.30pm Bach’s St. John Passion is performed in St. Anne’s Church led by Musical Director Alastair Elliott, with the Festival Chorus, Bewdley Baroque Orchestra and professional soloists.

The Bewdley Passion programme is an offering to the community; there is no admission charge to any of the events. All are welcome to join in celebrating this most holy of days.

Friends of Bewdley Museum

The Changing Face of Load Street exhibition continues until the 7th May. We welcome any photos or memories you are inspired to share. Contributions will add to the museum archive which volunteers have been cataloguing. The town shops feature posters of the shop as it used to be. We thank the town council for its support. Have you tried the town photo trail? There are extraordinary details to find in the ordinary. To accompany the exhibition, we are delighted that Richard Perrin, Chair of the Bewdley Civic Society, will be presenting Bewdley in the Swinging Sixties on12th April 2.30pm in St George’s Hall. All welcome. There are volunteer opportunities across the Museum site to deliver hands on activities, behind the scenes and at special events. Please come and talk to us at The Friends of Bewdley Museum stand at the volunteer fair in St George’s Hall on Saturday 8th April. If you would like to know more please contact 13





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Palm Sunday 9th April 6.30pm in St. Anne’s: Join us for half an hour of quiet prayer and song in the Taize tradition. Maundy Thursday 13th April 7.00pm in St. Anne’s: We remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples with Holy Communion. This is followed from 9.00pm to midnight with quiet reflection known as the Watch of the Passion. Good Friday 14th April 10.00am -12noon in St. Anne’s: Children’s Easter crafts. For more details contact Kim on 07850 038307. 1.00pm: We join the other Bewdley churches ‘Together in the Garden’ for a service in Jubilee Gardens 3.00pm: ‘There is a green hill’ - a guided walk from Riverside Elim. 7.30pm in St. Anne’s: St John Passion by JS Bach. Easter Sunday 16th April 5.30am in St. Leonard’s Ribbesford: Dawn service with Holy Communion 9.30am in St. Anne’s: Easter Communion 11.15am in St. Leonard’s, Ribbesford: Easter Communion 11.15am in St. Andrew’s, Button Oak: Easter Communion Family fun for all ages!

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Bewdley Museum reopened its doors for the 2017 season on Saturday 4th March with entertainment from Naomi's Hotsy Totsy band who will be back on 3rd August to perform in Jubilee Gardens. The Changing Face of Load Street, presented by the Friends of Bewdley Museum, Bewdley Civic Society and Bewdley Historical Society is proving to be extremely popular with visitors. This exhibition, including photographs of the shop fronts over the past 150 years, is open until 7th May. The herb garden and the roof in the foundry remain closed due to ongoing works. They will be fully open for the Easter weekend on Saturday 15th and 16th April. Come and celebrate Easter in traditional style with an Easter Egg Hunt for children on Easter Sunday from 12.00 to 3.00pm, just ÂŁ3.00 a go around the beautiful Jubilee Gardens. An egg is guaranteed for each go! Easter Craft Activities will be on offer from Monday 10th until Friday 14th and from Monday 17th until Friday 21st April. See our website and facebook page for details. Activities are ÂŁ4 per child and take place in the Sawyard 11.00am to 3.30pm. Children must be supervised. The museum is busy planning for the Spring Fair on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May with Live Music on Sunday from The Appalachian dancers featuring Soft Option and Folk Band in the Sawyard area and The Sarah Martyn duo on Monday. The Made in the Museum Artisan Group will be in their studios showing off their crafts and there will be other stalls selling local crafts, activities for children and the shambles cafe open for food and drinks. For the Museum's opening times and other info, please see or call 0845 607 7819. Alternatively, visit facebook Bewdley Museum. The Tourist Information Centre and gift shop is performing extremely well and has a diverse range of gifts on offer. For more info visit or call the number above.Visitors can call in for maps, walks and local information. Discounted tickets are available for West Midlands Safari Park and Severn Valley Railway. Amy Smith Leisure Development Officer

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New logo for Bewdley Festival 30 This year will be the thirtieth season of Bewdley Festival and it was decided that after twenty nine years a new logo should replace the one that has served Festival so well. The original logo was designed by local artist Margaret Layton in 1988.

Several local designers were invited to submit ideas for the new logo and Becky Newbold, Director of Communication and Community at The Bewdley School, hosted the selection panel. Four submissions were given numbers so that no one knew whose designs they were. They were of a very high quality but, after scrutinising and evaluating, one design stood out and was chosen as the new logo for Bewdley Festival.

It was designed by Kat Carlyle who is based at Snuff Mill in Bewdley, producing designs for websites and more recently Digital Marketing. Kat attended Bewdley High School and was taught by Becky Newbold who, as her art teacher, was a huge influence and inspirational in helping her choose a career in graphic design. Kat went on to gain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Digital Media from the University of Worcester. She has been a member of Bewdley Rowing Club for nine years and was Club Captain from 2014 to 2016.

Kat said,“When the opportunity for designing the new logo for Bewdley Festival came along, I wanted to be involved. I love Bewdley and to be part of anything to do with the town is a great pleasure. After extensive research, I put together eleven different designs all varying in one shape or another.”

We hope this new logo designed by someone who is Bewdley through and through will last for another twenty nine seasons of Bewdley Festival!

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The Changing Face of Load Street

Photographs from the Bewdley Museum Collection currently on display in The Changing Face of Load Street exhibition Wyre Forest Gallery, Bewdley Museum until 7th May

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A Dad’s Life:

Daddies drive, apparently. That is the common consensus which I chose to ignore for 45 years. When we had mummy fit and well she did the driving. That was fine by me. Cars pollute and contribute to global warming. They represent

How a 6 year-old and her Dad triumph and fail, ......and how we get there in the end.

two tonnes of danger and a wincing bill. The option of opting out of vehicular duties was removed when mummy got very poorly. I stepped up to the plate, got my provisional licence and signed up for lessons. I could make no head way in a manual car. After two lessons my instructor texted me to indefinitely suspend my tuition. My driving seemed to be having a detrimental impact on her health. We had an automatic car, and despite the greater cost for lessons to learn in an automatic, I thought it wise and indeed prudent to switch. I persevered for my family. I liked my new instructor; we chatted about football and politics as I tootled around Kidderminster. My wife adjudged me to be nearly enjoying myself and pushed for me to have more lessons and try harder. She wasn't to see me pass either my theory or my practical tests. That breaks my heart. I became a qualified driver on the 31st January 2017. I can now visit my parents; I can now take my daughter to birthday parties; and, I can now shop at Lidl. Not to my thinking essential stuff. But I did keep my promise and that's what daddies should do. Pater Unum

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Clothing for Refugees.

A big thank you again to all who have donated clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, phones and money for refugees via St .Anne's Church. Everything you give helps refugees in transit camps in north Europe, Greece, Syria and beyond. Nothing is wasted. We send to local charity People in Motion (PIM) who in turn send the aid by container or van to the areas of need. We still need donations of clean warm clothes - evenings are still cold - and summer clothes for men, women and children, shoes, sleeping bags, complete tents, blankets of all kinds or whatever aid you can muster.  Some camps are running short of food so tea bags, tinned fish, tinned tomatoes, kidney beans, chick peas, oil, vegetable stock cubes, spices, biscuits are most welcome, but no tinned meat.  Please check for updates of donations required on PIM's Facebook page - RefugeeSolidarity-Herefordshire/Worcestershire. There will be collections at The Undercroft, St. George's Hall, from 1st April, and at The Boar's Head, Worcester St, Kidderminster (opposite Dunelm). All are welcome to come along and help us sort donations.  There's always cake and plenty of happy, friendly people.  Next sorting day is 1st April, 2-4pm, at St Anne's Church.  You can find future sorting dates and venues on the Wyre Forest Refugee Support Group Facebook page or call 405470. PIM also welcome people to sort donations at their collection hub - Out to Grass, Woodend Farm, Bromyard Road, WR13 5JW Saturdays and Sundays 10am-1pm and Wednesdays 5-8pm. Check website and Facebook page beforehand. Sheila Lowe

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In 1955 when I left school at 15, I joined a large mainly engineering company in South Yorkshire called Newton Chambers. Every year the company took on a double complement of girls so that we all had half a day at their Business Training College and half working in their various offices.

The company had been in the forefront of the Industrial Revolution starting with an ironworks in 1793 making any thing from cannon balls to larger things such as boilers and bridge ironwork. Even though covered by industry, the valley was still a pleasant place. On one of the buildings standing proud on the roof were huge metal letters cast in the company's foundry saying HELPFUL  TRUTHFUL  EFFICIENT. This was the mantra for all to follow.

In Victorian times the byproducts of the coal were used to make disinfectant. This went by the name of IZAL which was named after the director's daughter with a little alteration as her name was Lisa! During WW11 the Churchill tanks were produced there and luckily never found by German bombers. By the time I worked there this division was producing excavators.

One of our visits in the first month was to a large building which housed a computer - it filled the whole building and we were told it was only the sixth computer to be installed in Britain. It calculated the wages and that was all. At the time we were amazed by it.

My working half days were in the HQ dispatch office and I spent a lot of time running up and down a marble staircase collecting mail. One unusual job I had was weighing our rival's toilet rolls which the reps sent in. As I progressed I was moved to the Secretary of the company's dept. One of my jobs was putting cheques through a machine to emboss the amount.  I well remember doing the cheques for the reps’ Jaguar cars which I think used to cost £999.

Once there was a cheque for over a million which my little machine couldn’t cope with. I used to type the menu for the directors’ dining room which was very posh. We ate in humbler surroundings but all trainees were issued with passes for the canteens which meant we ate well for a few pence.

Our half day at college included visits to the gym and the extensive playing fields where we played mostly netball. In the summer a large marquee was the venue for us all to receive our certificates from the Managing Director followed by tea and then a cricket match between the girls and boys  I played once but the girls never won.

Circumstances meant I left and moved south but I have fond memories of my very happy introduction to the world of work. I joined the Westminster Bank in Tunbridge Wells and eventually married one of our customers !

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April Thoughts

There's a lot of talk about how we should step away from all our gadgetry and be more in tune with nature and the world around us. With this in mind I researched the month of April (on the internet, ironically) and came up with the following*:Apparently the word 'April' is derived from the Greek word for 'opening' and in the Celtic tradition is connected with the rebirth of the soul; clear correspondences for us in the awakening of the earth and the growth of flowers and wildlife. An English folklore saying goes "April weather/Rain and Sunshine both together." It's difficult to argue with that one. I set about relating this information to libraries and reading. I suppose you could liken a library to a greenhouse for the mind: you choose your seeds (books); plant them in your mind by reading; cultivate and nourish the ideas and emotions that you like/need; and then bear a variety of fruit. It could be an expanded mind, increased vocabulary, a new way of thinking or behavingâ&#x20AC;Śor simply the enjoyment of a good read. Few books contain unrelenting misery (rain), or all joy and light (sunshine) so reading gives us 'rain and sunshine both together'. So as the season means we spend more time outside for longer, carry on reading and planting your own seeds, and your mind will keep on growing. *Found in a pdf entitled 'Spring Folkore and Information' at Kay Sanderson Bewdley Library

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Ruskin Land in the Wyre Forest

An exciting new project is about to begin: explore Ruskin Land, the area of the Wyre Forest owned by Ruskin’s Guild of St George, and managed by the Wyre Community Land Trust. The two year programme begins this summer and runs until the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth in 2019. Ruskin Land was given to the Victorian polymath John Ruskin in 1877. He had the vision ‘to take some small piece of English ground, beautiful, peaceful and fruitful’ and so provide opportunities for working people to cultivate land and reconnect with nature. Our project is all about exploring the story of what happened here, how his ideas have become incorporated into the modern forest, and what we can do to reinterpret his vision today in meaningful, creative and productive ways. The project aims to link the local community to the forest through a range of events and activities. A large component will be about making. There will be opportunities for local people to engage through shared memories, led walks and working with an artisan in residence who will be appointed to turn our oak into beautiful things. The £80,000 project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ruskin’s Guild of St George, which owns the 150 acres of farm and woodland, in partnership with the Wyre Community Land Trust at St George’s Farm. The project will employ a part-time Coordinator to work flexibly over the next two years for an average of 3 days per month. If you would like to register interest in the Coordinator post, or in the project generally, please contact Tim Selman at or ring us at 01299 488083.

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I’d like to start by reflecting back on the great evening we had for the “Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year” competition. An enthusiastic audience was treated to some great performances and the Judging panel had a very difficult choice to pick a winner.  Eventually we settled on the Duo “Mayfli” as our overall winners with Phoebe Jones as the best singer, Danny Bold gaining the Instrumental Prize and Izzy O’Dowd’s heartfelt song taking the composition prize. What impressed me most about all these young musicians was their professionalism and their desire to work hard and take on board all the advice they get.  Whilst the judging team went into a huddle to make the tough decisions, the audience were entertained by the outgoing winner, Elisha Green who handles herself like a professional with 20 years’ experience.  Some of our winners were able to further their performance experience a couple of weeks later, performing with the local jazz group “Matahari” as the warm up for another great Music in the Hall night featuring the phenomenal Gypsy Jazz guitar of “The Remi Harris Project” – if you haven’t seen these guys yet, make sure you look out for their next gig – they are quite extraordinary.  These monthly Friday “Music in the Hall” nights are getting bigger and better – regularly now selling out, so if you want to go next time, move fast to get your tickets! Changing genre slightly – my main focus between now and Easter will be preparation for a performance of J.S Bach’s St. John Passion as part of the Bewdley Passion programme on Good Friday.  It is a beautiful work recounting events leading up to and including the crucifixion of Christ.  I can imagine that many people could be put off by the thought of 100 minutes of serious classical music, but we will be doing everything we can to make this wonderful work accessible including singing in English (rather than the original German) to ensure the listener can follow the story.  There is actually quite a theatrical feel to much of the work which gives it an almost operatic style at times.   This will not be a “highbrow” elitist performance – our intention is to use Bach’s brilliant music as he himself intended, to tell the Easter story.  I do hope to see many of you there. Alastair Elliott

Holy Family Catholic Church Lent 2017

In addition to Sunday and weekday Masses, there will be Stations of the Cross every Monday evening at 7pm and a Lent reflection/prayer meeting on Fridays (except Good Friday), starting at 12 noon and followed by a light lunch.On Good Friday – Stations of the Cross at 12.30 pm prior to the Ecumenical service in Jubilee Gardens. All are Welcome

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The next meeting of the Foundation trustees will be held at the beginning of May and students under 25 years old residing in Bewdley or the immediate surrounding area are invited to make application for financial assistance to further their studies. Details and application forms may be obtained from the Clerk of the Foundation at The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre or by email at

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Bewdley Townswomen Guild 25th April 7.30pm Wribbenhall Community Centre Shaw Hedge Road Guest speaker is local business woman, Stephanie Thackery

Calling all Bridge Players

Annual Charity Bridge Drive

in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society Wednesday 26th April Blakedown Parish Rooms, Belbroughton Road, Blakedown DY10 3JG 10am for 10.30am until 4pm Coffee & biscuits served from 10am Cost £12 per player including lunch For further information and to book your place contact: Sue Merrill 01562 700078 or 07831487648 or

Her talk From Field to Fabric is about the woollen products made at her sheep farm near Ludlow and now on sale at her newly opened shop Prickly Pear Interiors No. 5 Welch Gate.

Do come and meet Stephanie and support this new enterprise. There will be time to chat over a cuppa and enjoy the company of friendly Bewdley women. Maureen Golborne 01299 488526 Lois Hopkins 01299 409465

Live Wyres is a 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. The following are a few of our events for April:Tue. 4th - Pub Night at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB – Committee Meeting Sat. 8th - Live Wyres Spring Ball at Holt Fleet with “Starving Rascals”- live band. Tue. 11th - Pub Night at The Old House at Home, B’ham Rd, Blakedown. DY10 3JE Tue. 18th - Pub Night at Eagle and Spur, Cookley Fri. 21st - Italian Meal at LoveFood Italia, Kidderminster Tue. 25th - Pub Night at the Island Pool, W’ton Road, Cookley. DY10 3RX We always welcome new members. Any one interested can find out further information at our website or contact Sandra on 01299 400979 37





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Citizens Advice seeks new trustees

Citizens Advice Wyre Forest is a charity created to serve the local community. Established in 1963 in Kidderminster, it provides advice and information on a wide range of subjects including debt, benefits, housing and employment. It deals with over 5,000 clients a year and has a staff of 40 employees and volunteers. We now need to recruit new skilled trustees to join our board and are looking for people with strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to give time and commitment to the role. We are particularly looking for people with marketing and funding skills. The post of trustee is unpaid but will provide you a great deal of experience and satisfaction. All reasonable expenses are reimbursed. We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse board of trustees and welcome applications from all sections of the community. For more information or an informal discussion on the role of trustee, please contact: Kate Bennett Bureau Manager 01562 60194 21-23 New Road Kidderminster DY10 1AF

Bewdley and Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club

In February George Hook gave us an informative talk on Mother of Pearl. The talk was delivered with humour, and he also displayed many examples of his exquisite work. The April meeting has been postponed to 3rd May. This meeting will be the AGM, followed by a large bring and buy sale, which is always popular. Ladies are warmly welcomed at our meetings at the Mercure.  For further information please ring 01299 877908.

News from Rotary Club of Bewdley

The Rotary Club of Bewdley presented the Rotary Young Photographer Awards at The Bewdley School & Sixth Form Centre in February. More than eighty learners submitted three photographs on this year’s theme of "Reflection". The section winners’ photographs now go to the District final. Colin Hill’s photograph shows Cameron Reaves and Kitty Proctor, Senior winner and runner up, and Intermediate winner Sam Annis with their certificates. Button Oak Fete 2017 Unfortunately, for a number of reasons including the unavailability of some key organisers, we are not able to hold the August fete this year. The good news is that we are going to continue to do as much fund raising as possible throughout the year including our usual raffle, greatly supported in the past by local businesses, and a Charity Golf Day at the Bewdley Pines Golf Club. Despite lower attendances at the 2016 Fete, the money raised on the day combined with the proceeds from the 2016 raffle enabled us to present cheques to fourteen well deserving causes in October. The Rotary Club of Bewdley remains committed to supporting the local community. Derek Killingworth President 45






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Thirty for 30 - Thirty Years of Bewdley Festival

Bewdley Festival 2017 Friday 6th October to Sunday 15th October

Celebrating 30 years of Bewdley Festival has already begun with our “Thirty for 30” initiative which sees ten additional events organised across the year to supplement the usual twenty events of Festival proper in October.

Max Keen will be at St. George’s Hall with two more of his popular history lectures: Saturday 1st April brings us the History of Dudley Castle and Saturday 15th July the story of Sir Francis Drake – both performed as only Max can. St. George’s Hall’s cinema features another in the popular series of Exhibition on Screen arts films, taking us on a trip on Tuesday 9th May to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia to explore the works of Renoir. An evening presentation entitled “The History of Jazz” is planned for Friday 21st April with Geoff Goodwin’s Chosen Few. The Festival’s opening night on Friday 6th October sees a great act returning after 30 years. Having appeared with fellow Liverpool poet Brian Patten at the first ever Bewdley Festival in1988, Roger McGough is back with a great show performing alongside LiTTLe MACHiNe and featuring a fine selection of vintage, classic and surprising poems set to music.

2017 is a milestone year for Roger McGough and sees the 50th anniversary of the iconic Penguin Modern Poets No.10 - The Mersey Sound; the republishing of the 1967 epic poem of love and lust, broken promises and unfettered dreams, Summer With Monika and the publication of his New and Selected Poems to mark his 80th birthday. We shall be delighted to welcome him to Bewdley once again.

Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe photo Nick Wright

Royal British Legion Bewdley Branch Easter Bingo Evening at Shaw Hedge Road Community Centre Wribbenhall Saturday 8th April. Eyes down at 7.30pm

Breakfast Club for RBL members and Armed Forces Veterans at Welch Gate Café Bar Initially monthly on the third Wednesday. Begins on 19th April at 10am. The breakfast club will enable members of the RBL and veterans to meet to discuss mutual interests. For more information contact Paul Gittins on 01299 404113. 47





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Bewdley Bridge Club provides a friendly environment to play duplicate bridge. We are committed to helping people enjoy club bridge at every level and meet on Wednesday evenings from 7.00 until 10.00 at the Elizabeth Mills Centre in Stourport-on-Severn.

From April 19th 2017, we shall be running an “intermediate section” for those who have played the game before, even if some time ago. This section will play at a relaxed pace with experienced members acting as mentors. We would also be able to offer a coaching session if needed in order to highlight the difference between playing “duplicate” bridge and social “rubber” bridge. As a further aid to learning this fascinating game, you will find weekly commentaries on the hands written by experienced players on the club website

Affiliated to the English Bridge Union (EBU), the club is the largest in Wyre Forest. We use pre-dealt hands and a modern electronic scoring system enabling results to be available immediately after play. Our accredited EBU teacher has been running classes for beginners for the last 5 years. The next beginner class starts in September 2017.

For those interested in joining our intermediate section, please contact our Chairman, David Halford, on 07939 520068 or Sophia Foreman, Secretary, on 01299 409055. For those who would like to join the beginners’ class in September, please contact Richard Greenwood on 01299 402513. 48

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Bewdley Town Council News April

Community Showcase Event Saturday 8th April 2017 will see St George’s Hall host a Community Showcase organised by the Town Council. Over 20 local organisations will be showcasing their activities, encouraging new members and recruiting volunteers. The event is free, so come along between 11am and 3pm to find out about the fantastic opportunities available in Bewdley to get involved with community groups, and find out about a range of local clubs and activities. Whether its sport, history, crafts or support groups, there will be something for everyone! More information at 01299 400157 or e-mail

Community Flood Volunteers In order to keep the temporary Beale’s Corner barriers, the Environment Agency (EA) is asking for our help. Could you provide information to the public on the ground during arrier set up/take down, or keep an eye on the barriers whilst they are up? You could even be one of our volunteer co-ordinators making sure the rotas are full and managing information from the EA. High visibility vest provided! If you think you might be able to help, please contact

Grant Payments to Community Groups The Town Council have agreed to grant funds to the following organisations this year in support of their activities - Bewdley Town Football Club, Friends of Riverside North Park, St George’s Hall, Bewdley Carnival Association, Bewdley Horticultural Society, Bewdley Festival, Wyre Forest CAB, Community Transport, Bewdley Cricket Club, Bewdley Rotary Club, RBL Poppy Wreaths, Bewdley Bike Week, Bewdley Choral Society, The Stanley Baldwin Statue Appeal, Wyre Community Land Trust and Bewdley 1st Rainbows. The Council is proud to represent a town with such a thriving sense of community and will continue to assist with funding, advertising and promoting the work of our local organisations.

Twice Monthly Markets The Bewdley Riverside Market will be back in April with TWO markets per month starting on the 2nd April 2017. The market will then run on the first AND third Sunday in the month! So save your pennies and come and see the NEW LOOK market starting on the 2nd April. More information - 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: 3rd April and 2nd May 2017.

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A non-denominational service offered by the combined Bewdley churches, followed by coffee and hot cross buns @ Bewdley Baptist Church. __________________________________

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Musical Director Âą Alastair Elliott The Festival Voices Bewdley Baroque Orchestra Soloists: Wilhelm Theunissen (Evangelist) Alan Fairs (Jesus) Judith Standing (Soprano) Jonathan Woodhouse (Counter Tenor) Luke Whatmore (Tenor)

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