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The Bridge June 2017

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Welcome to June’s edition of The Bridge. Recently members of a Bewdley Facebook group have been sharing what they particularly value about living or working in our town. High on my list is Bewdley Museum and all it has to offer throughout the season. This month’s magazine is full of news of events and activities taking place there in the coming weeks. There’s barely enough space to fit it all in, but page 11 gives a flavour of what’s going on in June. Find out about talks and tours, children’s activities and theatre, exhibitions and special projects. The exhibition about the fight against polio hosted by the Rotary Club of Bewdley continues in the museum’s Wyre Forest Gallery. Learn how this devastating disease is soon to be completely eradicated. More details on page 29. At a time when individually crafted objects are appreciated in a world of mass production, the group of resident craftspeople working in the Shambles invites you to an Open Evening. Find out more about the ‘Made in the Museum Bewdley’ event on page 27. Of course, June brings us Bewdley Carnival. The Princesses are preparing for their special day leading the parade through town. Turn to the centre colour pages to meet the lucky girls chosen for this honour. More details of the carnival are on page 23. Elsewhere in the magazine we meet Owen Raybould who is keen to share his insights into healthy living in the 21st century by learning from the past. Read how he became a forager on page 17 and find out how you can discover more about the food you eat. On page 31 read about Bewdley’s very own music festival, now in its seventh year and bigger and better than ever. Hopfest gives local young talent a chance to share a platform with more established acts. Who knows what glittering careers may be beginning. And turn to page 37 to find out how Heather Flack’s day was brightened when she walked past the Old Grammar School in High Street. Let us know what little bouquets brighten your day, whether of the flowery sort or otherwise. Gill

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June 1 Cinema in the Hall: Lion - see inside back cover 3-4 Open weekend in the Brass Foundry at Bewdley Museum - see page 11 4 Healthy Living course - see page 17 4 Messy Church at St. Anne’s Primary School 4 - 6pm - see page 7 4 Bewdley Footpath walk - see page 19 5 Bewdley Floral Art meeting - see page 23 5 Bewdley WI, St. George's Hall 7.30pm 5 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10 -12 noon 5 Bewdley WI meeting - see page 39 7 Scrabble Group, Bewdley Baptist Church 10am-12noon - see page 23 8 Volunteers event at Bewdley Museum - see page 25 8 Mothers’ Union meeting, St. Anne’s Church 7.30pm - see page 39 8   Knit and Natter at the Methodist Church, High Street 2-4pm 8 Craft Group, Bewdley Baptist Church 10am-12 noon - see page 23 9 Made in the Museum Open Evening at Bewdley Museum - see page 27 9 Music in the Hall: Chastity Brown - see inside back cover 10 Bewdley Carnival - see centre pages and page 23 11 Outdoor performance of Billionaire Boy - see page 11 11 Open Farm Sunday at St. George’s Farm - see page 35 12 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10 -12 noon. 12 Book Sale All Saints’ Church 10 till 12 noon 14 Talk on Textile, Decoration, Fashion and Style in Guidhall - see 11 15 Cinema in the Hall: Jackie - see inside back cover 16-17 Hopfest Musical Festival - see page 31 17 'Music in the Chapel' concert at the Bewdley Methodist Church - see page 19 18 Healthy Living course - see page 17 18 Messy Church at Bewdley Baptist Church - see page 7 19 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10 -12 noon 19 Bewdley Horticultural Society, Riverside Church, Dog Lane 7.30pm - see page 23 20   Methodist Church walking group 10.30am (tel. 403941) 22 Cinema in the Hall: Hacksaw Ridge - see inside back cover 24 Summer Reading Challenge for 4-12 year olds begins at Bewdley Library - see page19 25 Kidderminster Horticultural Society Open Gardens event- see page 29 26 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10 -12 noon 27 Townswomen’s Guild meeting - see page 39 29 Cinema in the Hall: Loving - see inside back cover July 1 Strawberry Tea at All Saints’ Church Wribbenhall - see page 25 2 Bewdley Footpath walk - see page 19 3 Bewdley Floral Art meeting - see page 23 7 Music in the Hall: Low Lily - inside back cover 5





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Sundays at 9.30am Lasts for about an hour. Music is usually a mix of contemporary and traditional. Separate activities for children and young people during the service. Wednesday Worship at 10.15am Morning prayer. Holy Communion on 1st Wednesday.

St George’s Hall, Load St. Sundays at 10.30 Friendly and fun for all regardless of age or background, our family service lasts for about an hour and a half and has both modern and traditional worship followed by a short time of easy to follow bible teaching.

Sunday at 9.30am A warm welcome to a traditional service that lasts about an hour. First Sunday 8.00am Said Holy Communion Join us on the first Monday of the month at 7.00pm for a short service of Compline.

Sundays at 11.15am Holy Communion on first Sunday of each month. Matins from the Book of Common Prayer on the other Sundays. A friendly welcome to a traditional service in a peaceful setting.

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High Street Sundays at 10.30am A warm welcome to all for traditional worship in a friendly atmosphere. Monthly Sunday Club for children. Revd Phil Hoar 01299 826641

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Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Meeting House Lower Park Sunday 10.30-11.30am A quiet, contemplative form of worship, with occasional ‘spoken ministry’. Children’s Meeting have their own activity before joining in the Meeting.

High Street Sunday Mass at 8am Tuesday and Thursday Mass 10am Holy Days of Obligation Mass 12 noon Local contact Deacon John O’Brien Parish Office 01299 822633

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St Anne’s Children and Family Friendly Activities Regular and upcoming activities. * Sunday Gang - Kids’ session during 9.30am service. * Kidz Club - Mondays after school - 4:30pm - St. Anne’s Primary School hall - fun,, craft & challenges for children in years 1 - 6. * Rugrats Stay & Play - Tuesdays 9.30 - 11.30am - St. Anne’s Church - For under 5s, parents and carers. * Messy Church - Fun, food and fellowship for the family on first Sunday of the month 4-6pm - at St. Anne’s Primary School For more info contact Kim Leach 07850 038307 or or like our facebook page: @BewdleyChildrenFamilyActivities to receive updates. 61 High Street, Bewdley 01299 403267 Our Next Messy Church is on 18th June!

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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.

Book Sale on Monday 12th June 10am - 12 noon

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

Our Annual Strawberry Tea takes place on Saturday 1st July Stalls open from 11am and teas from 2pm to 4pm For further information tel. Gail on 01299 401685

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

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

For further information please contact: Clerk of Meeting 01562 741501 Bewdley Meeting website:

You’re always welcome at Bewdley Methodist Church As well as our services on Sunday at 10.30am we offer:

Knit & Natter – friendship and company while doing something worthwhile. Meet at church from 2pm - 4pm on the second Thursday of each month.

Walking Group – gentle exercise and fellowship in our local countryside. 10.30am third Tuesday each month.

Music in the Chapel - our next concert features Severn Baroque playing music by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach etc. Saturday 17 June at 2.30pm. Tickets £8

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The museum has a busy schedule of events coming up in June. The exhibition hosted by the Bewdley Rotary Club runs until 16th July and explains how the debilitating disease Poliomyelitis will shortly be destroyed forever through a Rotary led campaign.Visitors can see an iron lung on display along with audio visual interactives.

New for the season is a programme of guided tours of the town and museum running from May through to October . These include a look at former Bewdley trades, Telford's Bridge, Bewdley Museum and Foundry, Bewdley Hostelries and Bewdley Brewery. Tickets start from £4.50 per person. For more information pick up a flyer from the Museum or look online at

Children’s Whitsun week holiday programme takes place Monday 29th May-Friday 2nd June. Children’s craft activities will be on offer between 11am-3.30pm and cost £4 per person. All children must be supervised and you can just turn up without booking. On the 3rd and 4th June the Museum will hold an open weekend concentrating on the Brass Foundry and reflecting on the very successful 2016 'One Grain ' project lead by the artist Joshua Sofaer.The 'One Grain' free publication will be handed out and there will be mini guided tours. A variety of people involved in the project will be on hand to discuss the findings and the way forward. We hope Joshua Sofaer may be able to come.

A volunteers’ recruitment morning takes place on Thursday 8th June 10.30-12.30. Everyone is welcome to come and see what volunteering at the museum involves. Find out how you can learn new skills from making rope to clay pipes; volunteer in the air raid shelter or help with special events throughout the year. Just come along and meet us in The Saw Yard for a chat over tea, coffee and cake.

Friday 9th June 6pm- 9.30pm sees the return of an Open Evening for Made in the Museum, with live music throughout the evening and a licensed bar and hot food at the Shambles cafe. A group of artisans with businesses who work under the label "Made in the Museum - Bewdley” will be available. Come and see our unique handcrafted and bespoke gifts and find out about the workshops, talks and courses offered by the resident craftspeople on site.

Sunday 11th June brings an outdoor performance of Billionaire Boy, based on the famous David Walliams book, in Jubilee Gardens from 4pm. Tickets are available online at or from Bewdley Museum.

Our first Talks evening on Wednesday 14th June 7pm-9pm in the Guildhall is Textile Decoration, Fashion and Style by Georgia Jacobs This looks at how textile designs reflect changes in the fashion industry, along with textile samples showing pattern designs, printing techniques and methods of textile decoration. For more information on our Talks programme visit All talks are £5 which includes refreshments.

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Pleased to meet you: Owen Raybould

Before I developed my interest in all things Nature I used to be a Housing Officer - a job about as far away from working among growing things in the countryside as you can imagine. My interest in learning how and what we can eat straight from the field and hedgerow started by impressing my friends as a teenager by picking and eating wild garlic leaves. The more I learned about foraging the more I wanted to know, so I attended various courses including one I found particularly important at Bristol. Soon I was finding that I knew rather more than other like-minded people and just slipped into a teaching role. This developed over time until five years ago I decided to leave my housing job and devote myself to education on the important subject of health and diet.

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Healthy Living in the 21st Century: Owen is running a course at the Ruskin Studio, Uncllys Farm on both Sunday 4th and Sunday 18th June from 2.00pm until 6.00pm. For details and to book, contact him on or 07525 261683

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Chidren’s books at Bewdley Library

Those of you with young children may be familiar with the Bookstart Packs containing books and library services information which were supplied to babies and pre-school children at birth.

As from 1st April this year all parents, on registering their child at any Registry Office in the County, will receive a Golden Ticket and an information pack about the Bookstart resources available. The Golden Ticket can be taken into the family's local library and swapped for the first Bookstart Baby bag which contains board books, a rhyme wall chart and a booklet explaining the importance of books for babies; the family can also join the library to take advantage of all library services on offer.

Sharing books and rhymes with children is an important foundation for language development, which is in turn an essential foundation for future reading. If they enjoy the initial stages, the chances are children will be more confident and competent readers later on. Talking of which, don't forget that our annual Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 4-12 years will be starting from 24th June. This enables children to keep up with their reading during the summer holiday in an unpressured and non-prescriptive way, with incentives throughout. Keep an eye out for details, or pop in and see us! Summer's on the way….

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Music in the Chapel at Bewdley Methodist Church Saturday 17th June at 2.30pm

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Bewdley Carnival 10th June

Bewdley Carnival has many fantastic acts and sideshows booked to ensure that a great day will be had by all the family. This year’s packed afternoon’s programme of entertainment on Bewdley Leisure Centre field includes Dangerous Steve. It’s a thrill a minute with Dangerous Steve’s fire and chain saw juggling,ladder balancing and blindfold motorcycle riding. Also on the field will be Bliss Gate Dog Training Display Team, HCW Wrestling, Glamba a Samba Percussion Group, Severnside School of Dancing, Simon Airey animal man, a wood carver, West Midlands Tae Kwon Do, a fun fair, bouncy castles, stalls and Bucking Bronco. If you wish to have a stall or enter a float or walking group in the parade, please ring Sue on 01299 401841 [See this month’s centre colour pages for news of the Carnival Princesses.]

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Bewdley Floral Art

Wharton Park Golf and Country Club Monday 5th June 7.30pm Demonstrator Sharon Harvey Monday 3rd July 7.30pm National Demonstrator Katherine Kear with her demonstration 'Rosabundance' Everyone welcome to join us

A Garden from Scratch by Adrian James Monday 19th June 7.30pm St. George’s Hall Non members welcome Please note change of venue

Bewdley Baptist Church Craft Group

Whatever your crafting interest, you are very welcome to bring a craft project to this friendly group which meets on the second Thursday in the month. Tables to work on and refreshments are available. Enjoy the company of others, share ideas and inspire each other. Next meeting is on Thursday 8th June 10.00-noon in the Baptist Church Back Hall. For further details, please contact 01299 403267 or

Bewdley Baptist Church Scrabble Group

If you enjoy Scrabble and are looking for someone to play the game with, come on the first Wednesday of each month to the Back Hall of Bewdley Baptist Church. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 7th June 10am-noon. A donation towards refreshments is appreciated. For more details, please contact Beverley 01299 823505 or the Church Office 01299 403267 Everyone - regardless of ability or experience - is invited to come along, if possible with a Scrabble set. We look forward to seeing you. 25





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This year’s Princesses are seven year old Elsie Claydon and Dallas Loveridge from Bewdley Primary School and six year old Mya Smith and Xjaela Mai Braithwaite from St Anne’s Primary School.

The girls have a lovely day and enjoy their ride on the float as it makes its way from Hales Park along the Cleobury Road through the town over the bridge and along the Stourport Road to finish at the Leisure Centre field for the afternoon’s entertainment. Carnival day is Saturday 10th June More details on page 23

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May Day FunD Day success

The Friends of Riverside North Park hosted a family FunD Day in May to raise funds to help maintain and improve facilities at this popular park.

Despite a wet start to the day the group were thrilled by the number of people who turned out to support the event which had something for all the family. The day raised a fantastic ÂŁ1,089.60.

Prior to the FunD Day pupils at Bewdley and St Anne's Primary Schools were invited to take part in a competition to name the gnome which has now taken up permanent residence at the park. All entries were on display on the day and winners Fiona Maddams and Nancy Babb named the new edition to the park "Mr Gnorman Parker".

Please follow Friends of Riverside North Park on Facebook or visit our website for details of future events

Telford’s bridge and the river Severn

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Bewdley Museum Volunteers

The museum is now in full swing, with lots of events planned for the coming months. All of the areas affected by the refurbishment have re-opened, and our volunteer teams are back in action ensuring visitors have an enjoyable experience.

If you are disappointed during your visit to find the air raid shelter closed, or no-one available in the clay pipes and brass rubbings area to demonstrate, why not consider joining the team, so that we can showcase these activities more often? There really is no fixed time commitment, and extra pairs of hands are especially welcome during busy times, on weekends, school holidays and bank holidays.

National Volunteers Week takes place from the 1st to 7th June this year, and we will be actively spreading the word in the museum during the week, culminating in a get together for existing and potential volunteers. You are invited to join us in The Saw Yard on Thursday 8th June from 10.30am to 12.30 to find out more about the wonderful work undertaken by our volunteers, to learn about new volunteering roles, for an update of museum activities, and to enjoy some light refreshment.

I am especially keen to hear from school leavers looking for something to do in the holidays once you have recovered from the stress of exams and the excitement of finishing school.

If you would like to get in touch with me directly or are intending to join us on the 8th, I can be reached on

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Good shopping requires patience. I have patience, but not for shopping. Food shopping is tolerable. Clothes shopping is awful. Shoes shopping is frustrating. And having to get something big like a washing machine or a fridge

is fraught with peril. I am now both breadwinner and shopper for our family of two. Getting the bread consumes my energy and concentration and I'm left with little vigour for discerning purchasing. My daughter and I dashed down to Sainsbury's in Kiddy during the Half Term. I was keen to quickly get blouses, cardigans and boots for my little princess and to get out of there. We soon sourced blouses and cardigans, and then found the boots section. My daughter tried on a couple of boots on her left foot before we found a good fit and acceptable style. All done, or so I thought. At the self-service till the total was £20.70 rather than the expected £40 plus. Worried we were getting away with something, I grabbed our purchases (of course we forgot to bring our own bag) and made a bee line for the exit. Only later did my mum inform me that I had bought boots that were two different sizes. One 12 and one 13. I foolishly hadn't taken the receipt. I was left with egg on my face. Another shopping fail. My mum is made of sterner stuff: she took the boots back to the shop and returned with two sized 12 boots. Lesson duly noted. Pater Unum

‘Made in the Museum – Bewdley' Invite you to their Open Evening

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Kidderminster and District Soroptimist International

Our 3rd Annual Bridge Tournament was another great success and we are delighted to present a cheque for £650 to the Alzheimers’ Society. We shall have a ‘Splat the Rat’ stall at Bewdley Carnival on 10th June. A guided walk in the Wyre Forest followed by brunch has been organised for Friday 23rd June. Our next regular Business meeting will be 8th June – 7.15 for 7.30 pm at Baxter Church Rooms, Kidderminster. Supper Meeting is at La Brasserie, Kidderminster, on Thursday 22nd June for a prompt start at 7.00 pm.Visitors are welcome. For more details about our meetings, the club and its activities, please do contact us: tel. 01299 266101 or email: website: Facebook: Soroptimists 33






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The archives in Bewdley museum occasionally reveal undiscovered treasures. Drawn in colour on tracing paper, a plan to redesign parts of Bewdley has come to light. They were drawn in 1944 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, well known for his Italianate village in North Wales. There are so many questions which spring to mind: why in wartime was a small town in Worcestershire the focus of such a famous architect? If you have any information about this or would like to research these documents please get in touch with the Friends of Bewdley Museum,

The Fight to End Polio

What is the connection between this Iron Lung and Bewdley? Find out by visiting Bewdley Museum

12th May - 16th July Discover the story of the fight to end Polio and how the disease, which has killed and maimed millions of people, is nearing eradication from the world. Children’s Quiz - Adult Competition Entry to the exhibition is free

Kidderminster Horticultural Society Garden Open Day Sunday 25th June 10.00am until 5.30pm

Tickets are £5.00 per person to view any or all of the eight gardens open this year. Louise and Digby Aston are opening their garden at The Cheryls, just past the Button Oak Pub, which has over 70 Acers.

The other gardens offer a selection of different planting schemes, from cottage gardens through to a lawn free terraced garden, and are also of a very high standard. The gardeners will be at hand to answer any questions relating to their garden.

Tickets can be obtained on the gate of the Open Garden on the day (addresses will be online 22nd June). For more information about tickets telephone 01562 631001, 01562 740430, or 01299 403539, or visit our website at Proceeds are in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Summer Horticultural Show at Holy Innocents Community Centre, Foley Park on 2nd July is open to the public from 11am until 2pm. Refreshments available. A selection of produce, plus floral displays will be on show. There will also be a plant sale on the day. 35






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Hopfest Family Music Festival Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June

Bewdley’s own music festival is celebrating its seventh consecutive year this June at Hopleys Camping site on Cleobury Road.

Hopfest has grown year on year and now has four stages on Saturday featuring live music, spoken word performances, workshops and children’s activities from midday to midnight and live music in the main marquee from 6:00 pm until midnight on Friday evening. The festival has a fancy dress theme every year and this year it’s “The Sixties – The Summer of Love Revisited” to mark the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love, the release of Sgt. Pepper and other notable musical landmarks. From the first event in 2011, Hopfest has showcased the remarkable wealth of talent that exists in the local area and continues to provide opportunities for young musicians to perform on the same stages as more established acts.

Last year through Bewdley Youth Festival more than eighty young people from Wyre Forest and across Worcestershire performed at the festival.

This year will be no exception and the line-up includes tremendous acts such as Sunjay, Arcadia Roots, the return of the Mothership and a special Beatles feature; The Magical History Tour, as well as a collaboration between the local jazz group Matahari and Bewdley School featuring some very talented young musicians and singers. The food area features great local cooking from Sticky Figs, The Hop Pole and Loco Lobo Tex Mex.

Activities for children include Helter Skelter with circus workshops, creative sessions with Clik Clik Collective and art and readings in the Chill Out tent organised by Betti Moretti.

Tickets are cheaper in advance and can be bought on line from or from the Camp Site reception. The Friday night is free to ticket holders or £5 per person if you only are attending that event. So Kaftans, Beads, Bells and Flares at the ready!


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TLC CARE AT HOME are now recruiting Care Support staff

TLC CARE AT HOME is one of the largest care providers operating in this area. We provide not only an excellent standard of care but also a safe, secure harbour to the people we support. TLC CARE AT HOME takes care to another level! Recently inspected by CQC and received Outstanding for our Care Category and an overall Good. This is unique and very few care organisations manage to achieve this. Would you like to become a part of this exceptional team that work to support our local community and support each other? If you have the following qualities: ! Compassion ! Kindness ! Caring nature ! Honesty ! Work on your own initiative ! Pro-active We want to meet you! In return you could be earning in excess £17,638.00 depending on experience and qualifications. ! We offer permanent contracts ! Very generous petrol allowance ! Travel time ! 28 days holiday per annum pro rata ! On-going training programme ! Opportunities for promotion due to expansion ! Minimum travelling – local close knit rounds ! 24 hour support network If you are ready to take that next step that may change your life and help make someone else’s life better then pick up the telephone and contact the people that really care – contact TLC CARE AT HOME on 01299 272897 /405605 or visit Email 40

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Wyre Woodworks at Wyre Community Land Trust

Our Wyre woodworks volunteer team at Wyre Community Land Trust (WCLT) has been working hard to build and construct a community workshop at our base in the beautiful surroundings of the Wyre forest. Our volunteers have used their skills to renovate what was once a rundown barn and build a workshop within it. The workshop is being built with the help of a generous and well received grant from Bewdley Town Council.

Once the workshop is up and running our volunteer team will be working to turn sustainably harvested oak from the Wyre forest into useful and practical products. Our volunteers have made a beautiful, wheelchair accessible, oak picnic bench which they installed at Shropshire Hills Discovery centre. Volunteers will use the workshop to make a range of other products including notice boards, gates and bird boxes.

We are looking for new members to join our Wednesday Wyre woodworks volunteer team. This would involve one day per week of your time and will provide an opportunity to work in a supervised environment, learning new skills or utilising those you already have, making new friends and enjoying good company. If you have recently retired or have time available and enjoy practical work both inside and outside we would like to talk to you.

If you are interested in becoming part of our Wyre woodworks volunteer team then please get in touch by emailing or call 01299 488083. We also have other volunteer opportunities available including work experience placements for those looking to start a career in conservation.

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Transition Bewdley Repair Café linked with BBC 2 TV series

A recent BBC 2 Television series the “Repair Shop” is expected to increase interest in bringing items for repair to the Bewdley Repair Café. The series, designed to be an antidote to the throwaway culture featured a number of professional and specialist repairers and restorers bringing back to life a range of cherished items ranging from accordions to cuckoo clocks and furniture.

We were contacted in advance by the production company that made the “Repair Shop” series to pass on a request to our volunteers and customers for items of sentimental value that were in need of restoration. We don’t know if any Bewdley folk contacted the programme but it was a fascinating series and undoubtedly will stimulate interest in retrieving forgotten items from attics and the rear of cupboards and bringing them along to Repair Cafes to see if they can be repaired.

Our repairers are all volunteers and happy to tackle general repairs ranging from kitchen appliances to garden tools and clocks and small pieces of furniture. We have already had our share of items that are of sentimental value to the owners including clocks and antique dolls. It is very satisfying to save an item from being thrown away and sent to land-fill but all the more rewarding if the item is of sentimental value to the customer.

The next Bewdley Repair Café is on Saturday 22nd July from 10.0 – 2.00 at St. George’s Hall in Bewdley. They are held on the third Saturday of each month. (No Repair Café in June as St. George’s Hall is unavailable or in August as many of our volunteers will be away.)

Bewdley Repairers have also helped start the Transition Kidderminster Repair Café which is held on the first Saturday of each month at Kidderminster Youth House. For further information contact: John Rhymer 01299 403424

Little Bouquets to Brighten your Days

I have been for a walk this morning and as I came back into Bewdley, I saw some flowers on the railings outside the Old Grammar School. On closer inspection, I saw they were a response to "National Flower Arranging Day".  They were put there to brighten up people's lives and they certainly brightened up mine!  

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5th June 7.30pm The Pity of War 1914 - 1918’ Mr. Paddy Hannigan

Thursday 8th June 7.30 pm Speaker - Rosemary Moss ‘Gardening for Remembrance’

3rd July 2017 7.30pm Beetle drive and “NO TAT’ auction (A social evening!)

All welcome

St. George's Hall Visitors welcome Entrance Fee £3.50 (Refreshments included)

Diocesan Festival Wednesday 21st June2.30 pm St. James’ Church Wollaston

Bewdley Townswomen Guild Tuesday 27th June 7.30 pm

Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road DY12 1EU.

This month our guest speaker is Louvain Beer whose wittily titled talk: 'Honey I've Poisoned your Lunch' humorously draws on Food Safety & Hygiene. The Guild extends a warm welcome to women of all ages.  There is always time to chat over a cuppa and chocolate biscuit. For more details do contact: 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 June:Tue. 6th - Live Wyres AGM at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Fri. 9th - Sandra’s Birthday Party at Gilt Edge, Kidderminster Tue. 13th - Pub Night at The Old House at Home, B’ham Rd, Blakedown. DY10 3JE Fri. 16th - Mon. 19th - Long weekend at Eastleigh in Devon Tue. 20th - Pub Night at the French Hen, Bromsgrove Rd, Clent. DY9 9PY Sat. 24th - Dogs Night at Monmore Green Stadium, Wolverhampton. WV2 2JJ Tue. 27th - 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 39





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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 7pm until 10pm at the Elizabeth Mills Centre in Stourport-on-Severn.

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. 47





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Wyre Forest Dial-A-Ride

On 1st December 1986 Wyre Forest’s first community transport charity started providing transport to the residents of the Wyre Forest area five and a half days a week. Growing steadily over the last thirty years, Dial-A-Ride is a ‘not for profit’ Charitable Company. It now operates five minibuses on Dial-A-Ride duties five days a week, with another vehicle operating two bus routes and a Council social contract using a vehicle it leases from Worcestershire County Council.

Because of Government regulations, people who wish to use the company register as a member for a small annual fee. Not for profit groups can also register as corporate members for days out and other occasions. The charity operates throughout the Wyre Forest area and its neighbourhood.

Nigel Caldicott, the charity’s Manager, explains who is eligible to use the service. “We are a disability organisation and state on our buses that we provide door to door transport for the disabled of all ages who have difficulty using public transport. However, the term disability is wide ranging. It can be a very visible disability which requires the use of a wheelchair or walking frame, but disabilities can also be hidden. People who have had a bad experience travelling on public transport, making them nervous to do so again are also disabled. Infirmity caused by old age, making it difficult to get about, is also a disability. We always look at each new application on its merits and sympathetically.”

Dial-A-Ride also serves the wider community, very successfully providing the park and ride transport to and from the Bewdley Christmas lights festival for the last two years and the many outings for Nursing homes and our social group members throughout the year.

If you would like to find out more about how Wyre Forest Dial a ride could help you, phone 01562 755084, email com or the Wyre Forest Dial A Ride Web page on where you can watch our video provided for us by one of our sponsorsThe DRP Group.

Rock Pathfinders

Free guided walks along our footpaths and bridleways taking 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside. The June walks will be on Thursdays 1st June Evening Walk 7.00pm start from Palmers Meadow Car Park, Tenbury Wells WR15 8HY alongside the B4204 SO reference 598682

15th June Evening Walk 7.00pm start from from The Running Horse Longbank, Bewdley DY12 2QP SO ref 765745 Everyone welcome. For our full programme see or ring Alan on 01299 400304 or Jan on 01299 832571 49



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Bewdley Festival launch on-line ticket sales for Pearl Anniversary

New for 2017, Bewdley Festival's 30th Anniversary Year, tickets are going on sale when acts are secured and are available on-line for the first time. Tickets are currently on sale for two of this year’s great events.

Opening night Friday October 6th sees Roger McGough returning 30 years after his appearance at the first ever Bewdley Festival for Mersey Sound’s 50th Anniversary. He will appear alongside LiTTLe MACHiNe in a great show featuring a selection of vintage, classic and surprising poems set to music. “It’s poetry - but not like you’ve heard or seen before. Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul.” And for a finale, be prepared to join in with a rousing version of Lily The Pink! Please note that this show is for Adults and 14+.

Friday October 13th sees a visit to Bewdley by Tom Robinson as part of a short and exclusive 2-4-6-8 Motorway 40th Anniversary Tour featuring the classic four piece band lineup of Tom Robinson bass and lead vocals with Andy Treacey drums, Adam Phillips electric guitar, vocals, and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons.

Tickets for each show are £20 and available from In addition some tickets are available in person from Bewdley’s Tourist Information Centre.

Safe Place Scheme

The Safe Place Scheme gives vulnerable people a short term “Safe Place” to go if they have a problem, feel threatened or worried when out and about in Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley town centres.

All shops, businesses and public buildings which are a safe place will have a “Safe Place” sticker displayed and trained staff members who are able to give reassurance and help people contact the appropriate support.

There is a free Safe Place Scheme App available for your mobile phone. Download “My Town Worcestershire” from the App Store which will show you your nearest “Safe Place” and guide you to it through Google Maps. If you want to find out more visit our website 51


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Twice Monthly Markets The Bewdley Riverside Market returned with a fanfare in April with TWO markets per month on the riverside and in Load Street. The market runs on the first AND third Sunday in the month! So save your pennies and come and see the NEW LOOK market if you haven’t been yet! More information - Bewdley Events As the summer holidays approach, the town’s events calendar is packed with exciting events for all the family. The Town Council are involved in a number of these events including the annual carnival firework display, Hopfest and other new events and markets. The Christmas Lights Switch On will soon be upon us too, and the Town Council are asking people for their ideas about the event and how it could be improved. Please e-mail any constructive thoughts to Community Showcase The 8th April saw the launch of our annual Community Showcase event which was attended by over 30 community organisations. Many thanks go to St George’s Hall for hosting the event. The feedback from organisations and visitors was very positive and the Council have decided to make the event an annual one to allow local groups to showcase what they offer and recruit new volunteers. New Town Leaflet and Map The Town Council have produced a new town visitor leaflet and map which is available from the Tourist Information Centre and will be distributed across the County. This new full colour map has been designed to be a little bit quirky and unique, moving away from a traditional street map.You can also download a copy at on the Visiting Bewdley pages.

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: 5th June and 3rd July 2017.

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June in the Forest

Swallows seem to have arrived early this year, the first being spotted on March 31st. I hope to see swifts too: a bigger bird with long, swept back wings suitable for a bird that spends nearly all its life on the wing. Their screaming calls will always evoke summer for me, and earn them the local name ‘Jacky squealers’. They like to nest in old buildings, if they can find any these days that aren’t renovated and wildlife-proof. I’ve heard that a group of people in Cleobury Mortimer are making efforts to protect and encourage swifts in and around the town. Members of the national Swifts Local Network, they share information on sightings and swift conservation, for instance by offering design advice for architects and builders or instructions for building wooden swift boxes to attach to houses. They also give advice to anyone finding birds grounded.

Thank goodness for people like these who really care about the natural world. Official policies and designations can only do so much, and the efforts of those who notice and do what’s needed to save the wild and beautiful things around us from destruction are so important.

One such is Hannah from Bewdley, who feeds up underweight hedgehogs so that they survive through the winter. This spring she has been finding homes for her protegees around the Lakes estate. Their needs are fairly simple: some untidy bits of garden in which to forage for invertebrates, ways through the garden boundaries so that they can find enough food and meet a mate, and a bit of consideration so that they don’t end their lives on the end of a garden fork, in a bonfire or at the end of a strimmer. Have a look at for lots of information on what you can do in ‘your patch’ to help them and also mar/01/hedgehog-apocalypse-extinction-britain-favourite-mammal for a discussion about the complex reasons for their decline.

We belong to an increasingly urban society and need opportunities to get out of our built environment and into the countryside. Open Farm Sunday is on 11th June: an occasion when we will welcome people to participate in guided walks around Uncllys Farm (signed from The Hop Pole) and its surrounding woodland at 10am and 2pm. There will be activities for children along the way and a chance to buy some tea and cake (and maybe some home-reared beef and apple juice) afterwards. The walk will last about two hours and you will need to be ready for uneven and possibly muddy terrain. I’m afraid you won’t be able to bring your dog.

Linda Iles

The Bridge - June 2017  
The Bridge - June 2017  

The Bridge magazine - June 2017