This year’s Cherry Fair at Bewdley Museum is taking place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July and has a 1940s theme. This free family event celebrates the town’s historic links with the cherry trade. Later in the summer Quantum Theatre will be performing a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations at Bewdley Museum’s outdoor theatre. The show is on Saturday 29 July from 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 for adults, £8 for children and £38 for a family. Book online at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/bookings or call Bewdley TIC on 0845 607 7819. Sounds for the summer – live music outdoors Sunday afternoons will soon be a chance to relax and enjoy a selection of FREE live music concerts. Sunday 6th August sees the return of Naomi’s Hotsy Totsy Band and Bethan and the Morgans will perform on Sunday 13th August, both from 2pm-4pm. All you need to do is turn up and take along a chair or blanket! We also have a special evening concert with international singing group Tenuto in Jubilee Gardens, Bewdley, on Saturday 19th August 7.30pm start. Gardens open from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £12 Adults, £8 for children or £38 family Ticket, (2 adults 2 children) We have two new temporary exhibitions opening this month. Stunning Landscapes from Space 22nd July – 24th September Featuring images of the Wyre Forest and surrounding area taken from orbiting satellites. This exhibition shows the local landscape of hills, rivers and rocks as never seen before. Ruskin in the Wyre 1st July – 3rd September An exhibition to launch a community based project to tell the story of Ruskin Land in the Wyre Forest, given to John Ruskin's Guild of St George almost 150 years ago. We have a variety of guided tours taking place this month, an ideal opportunity to discover more about the history, trades and pubs of Bewdley. £8.50 including a cream tea. Dates 2nd, 12th, 15th, 23rd July.
Getting to Know You - Amy Smith
I have lived in Bewdley since 2003. My education background was as a former lecturer and Advanced practitioner at Sandwell College supporting lecturers, teaching 14-19yr old school exclusions students and Special Needs adults. I’ve forged strong links with Bewdley museum over the years; my mother, Cynthia Pearson, had a workshop in the museum creating textiles and wall hangings. When I was at a loose end during the long summer holidays I became a volunteer clay pipe maker but then decided I needed a change and gave my volunteering time to the Severn Valley Railway. I did sign writing; I worked in retail and helped out on the summer activities. I left my post working for Sandwell College in 2015 to work as the Education Officer for the Severn Valley Railway, which again meant working in partnership with Bewdley Museum and with Sue Duffield and the Education groups. And now I have another job because I am back at Bewdley Museum once again as the museum’s new Education Development Officer. As well as expanding our existing links with schools I hope to open up the museum to different ages, levels and community groups using local artists and craftspeople offering a variety of workshops. 17
The Bridge magazine - July 2017