The Bridge August 2017
August in the Forest
What can we expect in August?
An average of 20 C maximum and 10 C minimum temperatures and 2.3 inches of rain, I have discovered. After so much warm weather and low rainfall this year we could be looking at record holiday temperatures or it could all go horribly wrong as in so many disappointing years. No-one complains if there’s some rain at night with sunshine in the day, but that wouldn’t do for us if we’re still trying to make hay this month. Even a heavy dew takes a while to dry, and necessitates a turn round the ﬁeld with the hay bob to ﬂick over the damp grass. Three days of dry weather will be enough to make hay but it’s a chancy business and makes ‘haylage’ a better option. This is a damper version where the grass still has 30 - 40 % moisture and is baled and wrapped to make a partially fermented feed, similar to silage. The fermentation which takes place soon after wrapping uses up the oxygen around the grass and prevents further deterioration.
Nowadays much of the grass in the small ﬁelds managed by the Wyre Community Land Trust is wrapped by contractors but volunteers and staff still have some hard work ahead making and collecting in small hay bales in the awkward orchards and ﬁelds too small for a large tractor and baler to manoeuvre in. All this will keep the Dexter cattle fed during next winter.
When the work is done it will be a good time to relax, and some of the local shows - Burwarton and Far Forest – will be the place to ﬁnd the rural community doing just that. In the 1930s, 40s and 50s Far Forest Show attracted people in their thousands, even coach loads from Birmingham, and was famous for its poultry show: feathered contenders would arrive for the show in baskets at Bewdley Station and return to their owners (with or without their prizes) thanks to the luggage labels on the baskets and the efﬁciency of the railway system.
This is a time of growth, ripening and seedsetting. Michael’s hives in our cherry orchard will be full of honey, the cherry trees will have given up their fruit to the birds (and a few mouthfuls to us) and the green apples will be swelling. There’s food around still for the wildlife and though breeding will be over for many, some, like the blue tits pictured, will be on to their second or even third broods. To rear 12 nestlings successfully to this stage shows that there were plenty of caterpillars in our orchard this year and that both parents survived to help feed them. This ‘fast breeder’ strategy works well for a bird that loses so many of its young to predators but must be costly to the parents, which look decidedly tatty by this stage of the year. Linda Iles
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Welcome to August’s edition of The Bridge.
We’re pleased, once again, to bring you Bewdley Festival’s programme in our centre pages and look forward to another action packed week for both residents and visitors later in the year.
Bewdley Museum has a full programme over the summer holiday with children’s activities each weekday as well as seasonal concerts in Jubilee Gardens. Two new exhibitions are also open this month, one of which shows images of the area taken from an unususal perpective. Turn to page 17 to find out more.
Several organisations in the town are combining to launch Bewdley’s first Heritage Festival early in September. The back page poster gives you more details of some of the events on offer. And turn to page 19 for information about what promises to be a spectacular event taking place on the banks of the Severn.
An event with a long tradition is Bewdley Horticultural Society’s Annual Show in St. George’s Hall where we are able to enjoy beautiful displays of produce and crafts. Find out more on page 23. Also on 23, read about Bewdley Book Week, the annual celebration of writing now in its seventh year that brings bestselling writers to town as well as showcasing local talent.
Transition Bewdley Repair Café continues to go from strength to strength and is proof of the value of a good idea combined with the effort of enthusiastic volunteers, prepared to share their skills. Read how the services on offer at the repair café continue to develop on page 37.
And what happened to Teagan’s hair? Find out on page 31. Enjoy August, wherever it takes you.
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St Anne’s Church Load Street
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. www.riversideelim.com
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. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
All Saints’ Church Wribbenhall 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. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
St Leonard’s Church Ribbesford 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. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
High Street Sundays at 10am A relaxed style of worship with lively music for all ages. Sundays at 6.30pm: varied types of services. Church Ofﬁce 01299 403267 www.bewdley.baptist.org.uk
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 www.bewdleymethodists.org.uk
Bewdley Baptist Church
Bewdley Methodist Church
Holy Family Catholic Church
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. www.bewdleyquaker.org.uk
High Street Sunday Mass at 8am For weekday masses, please see our noticeboard Local contact Deacon John O’Brien Parish Ofﬁce 01299 822633 www.stwulstanstourport.org.uk
St Andrew’s Button Oak Details of services at www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
Wish to book a wedding at All Saints’, St. Leonard’s or St. Anne’s? Please call Roz Mace on 01299 401605 or email@example.com to arrange an appointment. Thinking about a Church of England baptism? For St. Anne’s and St. Leonard’s, come to the 9.30am Sunday service at St. Anne’s. For All Saints’, come to the 9.30am Sunday service at All Saints’ Wribbenhall. We’ll chat over coffee. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk 7
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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, ......games, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or like our facebook page: @BewdleyChildrenFamilyActivities to receive updates.
A warm welcome from Bewdley Baptist Church Our church runs a number of regular events during the week:
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✦ Who Let The Dads Out - second Saturday of the month for dads and toddlers ✦ Messy Church - family fun on the third Sunday of the month 4-6pm. ✦ Art Group - a quiet place to paint and draw. ✦ Circle of Friends - an afternoon meeting for ladies. ✦ Eat-Chat-Enjoy - second Tuesday of the month. Open to all. ✦ Bible Study and Prayer Groups ✦ Discipleship Groups ✦ House Groups ✦ Youth Activities ✦ Men’s Group Like to know more? Contact the minister Simon Harry, at the church ofﬁce 403267 or visit www.bewdley.baptist.org.uk
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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 every Monday except for bank holidays. Free refreshments. Just turn up or ring Gail. Book Sale on Monday 14th August 10-12noon with free refreshments. For further information ring Gail on 01299 401685
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Friends Fellowship of Healing followed by a simple lunch and Meeting for Worship 7.30 - 8.15pm, both on the second Wednesday of the month. Midweek Meeting for Worship 12 noon on the last Wednesday. Evening Meeting for Worship 7.00pm on the last Thursday in Kidderminster Thursday Craft Group meets fortnightly 2.00 - 4.00pm For further information please contact: Clerk of Meeting 01562 741501 Bewdley Meeting website: www.bewdleyquaker.org.uk
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 2 - 4pm on the second Thursday each month. Walking Group - exercise and fellowship in our local countryside. 10.30am third Tuesday. House Fellowship - lively discussion of topical subjects based on Bible study and our faith and experience. 7.30pm on the second Tuesday. To enquire about baptism, marriage or funerals please contact: Revd Phil Hoar 01299 826641www.bewdleymethodists.org.uk
Holy Family Catholic Church Bewdley
Within the parish of St. Wulstan and St. Thomas of Canterbury Stourport on Severn
Situated on the High Street, this delightful Palladian Grade II* listed church was built circa 1778 and adopted by the Catholic Church in 1951. The church is open daily for quiet prayer and reflection.
Also based here is the Bewdley conference of the St.Vincent de Paul Society, a charity that works with those in need in the area.
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Bewdley saw a happy excited crowd waiting for this year’s parade to enter the town on a fine dry day. The parade was led by the Bewdley firefighters with the Bewdley Band playing the procession into the town. Also in the front was the Bewdley Youth Café carrying the banner. Then came this year’s four princesses on their own float: seven year olds Elsie Claydon and Dallas Dior Loveridge from Bewdley Primary School and six year olds Mya Smith and Zjaela-Mai Braithwaite from St..Anne’s Primary School. The girls’ beautiful dresses were very kindly funded by Bewdley’s The Mug House. The procession carried on through the town and onto the Carnival field at the Leisure Centre for the afternoon’s entertainment. The crowds enjoyed Dangerous Steve with his thrill-a-minute show including chainsaw juggling, and Giant Unicycle riding. Also enjoyed by the crowd were the Bliss Gate Dog Training Display Team. HCW Wrestling, Severnside School of Dancing, Glamba-Samba Percussion Group, Simon Airey the Animal Man, Tae Kwon Do (West Midlands), Wood Carver, the fun fair and many interesting stalls. The event was attended by Bewdley Mayor Cllr Mrs Anna Coleman and her Consort, Cllr Roger Coleman, the Mayors of Kidderminster and Stourport and Mark Garnier MP. The floats were won this year by Youth Group Severnside School of Dance with Mary Poppins; Private Group was Far Forest Show with Alice in Wonderland; Walking Group was won by Noah’s Ark mother and toddler group . Earlier in the week, Bewdley shopkeepers had decorated their windows in style. This year’s winner was Clementines with Adam and Eves in second place and St Richard’s Hospice in third place. A Special Award went to Teddy Grays. We also held a Prize Bingo evening in the week when we managed to raise £385 towards next year’s Carnival with prizes kindly donated by Bewdley traders and residents. At the time of writing, we have yet to have any final figures but we had a large crowd on the field which means the takings will be good and tins were full and very heavy with change. Sue Matthews 13
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Summer Activities Programme: Children won’t be bored this summer with our special holiday activity programme. This can be viewed on our website www.bewdleymusuem.co.uk/whatson and features craft activities every day from 11am3.30pm. Be early to avoid disappointment. Come to 5 sessions to get the 6th free! Pick up a flyer at Bewdley Tourist Information Centre for a timetable of events. 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. Gardens open from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £12 Adults, £8 for children or £38 family Ticket, (2 adults 2 children). Two temporary exhibitions continue this month: Stunning Landscapes from Space is open until 24th September and features 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, open until 3rd September, launches a community based project to tell the story of Ruskin Land in the Wyre Forest and given to John Ruskin's Guild of St. George almost 150 years ago. A variety of guided tours take place this month, an ideal opportunity to discover more about the history, trades and pubs of Bewdley. £8.50 including a cream tea. Dates are 3rd, 13th 18th 20th August and 8th, 14th, 20th, 24th September. See the museum website for more details. A date for your diaries: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, Bewdley holds its first Heritage Festival to coincide with Heritage Open Days. As part of the Heritage Festival, Bewdley Museum will take you back to the 14th Century with “The Plantagenets”, who will recreate the pageantry, excitement and action of medieval combat. Witness fully armoured knights as they display chivalry and courage. Lots of opportunity for you to join in with dancing and squire training and brass rubbing. Medieval musicians will demonstrate the hurdy gurdy and schawmn. Please note a small extra charge applies for have-a-go archery and squire training. Amy Smith
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On Saturday 5th August a street collection has been organised by the Bewdley branch of The Children’s Society from 10am to 4pm. If you would like to help by holding a bucket for 1 or 2 hours, please contact:
In July’s edition of The Bridge we were introduced to Amanda Peplow, Bewdley Museum’s Education Officer but called her Amy Smith in error. Our apologies to both Amanda and Amy.
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Developed specially for the Bewdley Heritage Festival by local composer Jim Ineson, and produced in collaboration with Bewdley Choral Society, a “Son et Lumière” production of “Forest, River and Royals” will celebrate Bewdley’s heritage through three major influences that shaped the history of the town.
The Wyre FOREST provided the raw materials and craft products which fuelled businesses during Bewdley's early years
The RIVER Severn was the highway down which Bewdley's finished products were transported to Bristol and thence overseas.
ROYAL connections were based on Tickenhill Palace, while royal charters and patronage enabled Bewdley to develop and flourish.
Told by a narrator, fifty-strong chorus under the direction of Alastair Elliott, and local soloists Alan Fairs, Claire Worboys, Jonathan Darby, Nicci Lane and Harry Lewis, the story will unfold on a giant LED screen located on the banks of the River Severn at Bewdley Rowing Club to an audience gathered on the opposite side of the river on Severnside North. Each thread of the story is also supported by lighting effects reflecting in the river: green for the Wyre Forest, blue for the River Severn, and red for the Royal connections. Two performances will be staged as part of the Bewdley Heritage Festival and national Heritage Open Days on Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September. The performances start at 8.00 p.m. on both nights. There is no entrance fee
Launch of the Sequel
Meets in the garden on the east side of the river just below Bewdley bridge at 1.45pm for a prompt start at 2.00pm
On Saturday 2nd September, Fen Flack will be in Clementines in High Street at 10.30am to launch her sequel to "Ironside". "Edward the Exile" charts the amazing story of what happened to the children of Edmund Ironside.
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BEWDLEY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
ST. GEORGE’S HALL Saturday 19th August 10.30am
Featuring wonderful displays Fruit, vegetables and flowers Domestic produce Art, crafts and photography
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September 3rd – 9th 2017
Tickets are now on sale for Bewdley’s seventh annual celebration of writing. John le Carré appears on the Thursday evening in a live-streamed event from the Royal Festival Hall. Four Sunday Times bestsellers appear in person: Sarah Turner, known to millions as ‘The Unmumsy Mum’; writers of women’s fiction, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley; and romantic novelist Dinah Jefferies who is making her second appearance in Book Week.
The event culminates on the Saturday night when Brian Patten joins us to read new and favourite poems and reflect on his career with Neville Farmer.
Three actors Ray Brooks, Brian Freeland and John Challis, cover acting, travel and garden renovation and Barney Hoskyns is this year’s chronicler of the music scene. Local writers, Anne and Lizzie Hill on local history, Tim Gibbons on football, Fenella Flack on the follow up to Ironside, and Rosemary Winnall MBE on the Nature of Wyre, complete the eclectic and exciting Bewdley Book Week line up.
The always popular Literary Quiz hosted by The Hop Pole Inn starts the week on Sunday 3rd September.
Full details and on-line ticket sales at http://www.bewdleybookweek.org.uk.
Tickets for all the above events except the John le Carré evening are also available from the Tourist Information Centre in Load Street. The John le Carré tickets, which is screened by Cinema in the Hall, are available from the café in St George’s Hall. 25
BEWDLEY BEER FESTIVAL 24th - 27th AUGUST St. Georgeâ€™s Hall, Bewdley Off Load Street car park
For your enjoyment, we present a large selection of Real Ales & Ciders from around the country. Come and join us! Live music on Friday & Saturday night www.bewdleybeerfestival.co.uk
WEDNESDAY 11th OCTOBER
SATURDAY 14th OCTOBER
The Max Keen Lecture
This Evil Thing Bewdley Baptist Church – Tickets £10
Prince Rupert of the Rhine: King Charles I’s Pirate Prince
Bewdley Baptist Church – Tickets £10
Dan Cruickshank A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings
Jan Ravens Difficult Woman Mercure Hotel – Tickets £20
Mercure Hotel – Tickets £18
THURSDAY 12th OCTOBER 10.30am -
Brett Westwood Changes in Wonderland St George’s Hall – Tickets £10
SUNDAY 15th OCTOBER 11.30pm -
Festival Church Service St Anne’s Church Free entry with retiring collection
Anthony Peers The Story of Birmingham Town Hall Bewdley Baptist Church – Tickets £10
T’pau in Concert plus support John Adams
FESTIVAL EXTRAS ART EXHIBITION Sat. 30th Sept. – Mon. 30th Oct. A Fair Day’s Work Keith Turley Wyre Forest Gallery, Bewdley Museum Free Admission
Mercure Hotel – Tickets £20
FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER 2.30pm -
John Henderson This Cryptic World Bewdley Baptist Church – Tickets £10
Tom Robinson Band ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’ Tour 40th Anniversary Mercure Hotel – Tickets £20
COMMUNITY ART PROJECT Sat. 30th Sept. - Sun. 1st Oct.
A DAY IN THE LIFE … SNAP SHOTS OF 24 HOURS IN THE LIFE OF BEWDLEY
SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY FAMILY EVENT Thanks to the generosity of SVR, limited supply of Freedom of the Line Family Tickets at special Festival price of £25.
Volunteer activities at the Bewdley Museum
After a very successful volunteer get together as part of National Volunteers week, the museum is delighted to welcome six new volunteers to the team.
Visitors will soon see these volunteers in action in the air raid shelter, demonstrating in the rope walk, making clay pipes or stewarding at the exciting events planned for the summer. This is really good news because it means that these attractions are open more often, which makes for a better visitor experience. If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities at the museum (and there are lots of different ways to be involved); please contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org. No experience is necessary, as training is given.
Thank you to all those who have contributed to the book sales in St. George’s Hall café. In the first six months of the year, sales have raised £347.67 for 'Smile Train', the charity that repairs cleft palates, mostly in children and in over eighty countries around the world. Lyn Grogan Severn Scribes Calligraphy and Associated Crafts
Why don't you consider discovering "Calligraphy"? Writing skills have changed from old ways to new (everything from stone inscription to computer print).Beginners will need no experience as they will learn through coming to the meetings. Meetings may be workshops, self-help or occasional professional tutors. Our members meet at Shaw Hedge Road Community Centre, Wribbenhall, Bewdley, DY12 1EU twice a month on Thursday afternoons 1.30pm until 4.00pm and on the third Saturday in the month (September '17 only, fourth Saturday) from 10.00am until 4.00pm between September and May. On attending you will soon build up your experiences and discover new crafting and lettering skills. For more information contact:
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A handmade gift can often bring great pleasure to the recipient and these days there is a move towards personalised presents.
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A Dad’s Life:
How a 6 year-old and her Dad triumph and fail, ......and how we get there in the end.
School Runnings The school run is one of the sacred pillars of parenthood along with dinner, bath time and bed time stories. My daughter opens her eyes around 6am immediately awake and ready for entertainment. I, on the other hand, feel nothing but extreme tiredness.
I have refined our morning routine which now begins the night before. I prepare a snack and drink and put her tablet on the table downstairs. I also leave her a note detailing a short learning activity she has to complete before watching YouTube.
This is a masterstroke as it buys me another 40 minutes in bed. This extra 40 minutes is often the highlight of my day.
Once shorn of my bed the challenges start immediately: bananas, milk and porridge have to be sourced. Princess hair has to be secured to stop it getting porridge tipped. Princess has to be shooed upstairs after breakfast to get changed. Wardrobe malfunctions have to be dealt with. I implore her to hurry up, brush her teeth and get back downstairs.
Where are her school bags and water bottle? God, is it forest school? Brush and tie back hair. Check shoes are not mud caked. Find keys. Come on. Let's go. Just my boots and jacket to go. And, yes - we are out the front door. An epic every morning.
In contrast the 10-minute-walk to school is a breeze. When we arrive to an empty school yard, I berate myself for not taking 50 minutes extra sleep.
Film of the Book Night Read the book, see the film, join the discussion.
On Thursday 31st August, Bewdley’s community cinema, Cinema in the Hall and Bewdley Book Week join forces to bring you another ‘Film of the Book Night’. The idea is that you read the book before the event and join a ' ' book-group style discussion afterwards. It’s a formula that has grown in popularity and we expect this to be % % the best yet given the profile of the film, Their Finest # # starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.
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Bewdley Charity Chess Tournament
Sunday 6th August 11am to 5pm Wribbenhall Parish Room Kidderminster Road Bewdley DY12 1DQ Only £4 to enter! (£2 Juniors) Many prizes to be won kindly donated by local businesses. All proceeds to St Anne's Church Bewdley 6 Rounds (40 mins per game max) Refreshments available Chess players of all levels and ages welcome For more details contact: John Wrench: 07913 227 402 email@example.com
Help to make Bewdley a 'Chess Friendly' Town Current champion Joseph Friar receives the winner’s trophy in 2016 from Mayor Cllr. John Beeston Bewdley High School rush hour recital at All Saints’ Church in July The church was cool, music varied and entertaining. What a lovely way to spend an hour listening to our local young musicians and it was free with tea and biscuits thrown in. Watch this space for the next date. Diane Chater
“MADE IN THE MUSEUM” Artisan Group The Art of French Polishing
Little has changed since the introduction of French Polishing in approximately 1830. The material is shellac, a resin dissolved in methylated spirits, the application equipment is virtually the same - a polisher’s mop and, at the later stages, by what is known as a polisher’s rubber which is a pad of polisher’s wadding with a covering of fine linen.
We are going to make certain decisions during the process: Are we going to colour, stain or leave the natural beauty to shine through? Are we going to fill the grain or the open pores of the timber or veneer? Not all woods are treated the same, some timbers require a decorative thin protective coat whilst others require the polisher’s skill to achieve a full grained flat finish.
The most important stage is the colouring operation which is to blend, if necessary, all the different colours to a pleasing overall match appearance. This is done using spirit dyes and pigments. I call this the forty year bit and it’s like all skills - practice, practice and more practice.
The later stages are applying the polish once again. The object is to fill in the pores of the timber using a polishing mixture and polishing rubber.
The problem with French Polish is that it is thermoplastic and will mark if hot objects are placed on the surface, so great care must be taken of your polished surfaces. Eric Lyons - Lyons Wood Emporium, Bewdley Museum 35
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Bewdley Cricket Club is located on High Street, sandwiched between the idyllic River Severn and Red Hill at its Lower Park Headquarters. Set amid some of Worcestershire's finest rural scenery, the ground is considered one of the prettiest in the county. The ground is the perfect backdrop to any celebration, be it a birthday, christening, or wedding, and the wonderful out door space is complimented by a large furnished patio area. The clubhouse, having been entirely refurbished in 2012, boasts a fully licensed bar with a range of draught beer and has the capacity for parties up to 100 people. With a fully equipped kitchen, the club is able to host self catered events and has seating capacity for up to 50 people. With Wi-Fi capability and big screen projection, the club lends itself as a perfect venue for small scale conferences, meetings and team building events for businesses.
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I have not cut my hair in ten years... I have often taken it for granted, complained about it and not looked after it the way I should. Hearing about girls my age who have lost their hair through cancer and alopecia made me realise how lucky I am to have it. I decided to do a sponsored haircut and donate 25cm of my hair to The Little Princess Trust (www.littleprincesses.org.uk) who make real hair wigs for those who really need them. A big thank you to Sian at Abacus Hair for doing the cut and thank you to everyone who sponsored me. Teagan Leach
Bewdley and Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club
Bewdley Baptist Art Group
Saturday 26th August 10am to 4pm Sunday 27th August 12 noon to 4pm Monday 28th August 10am to 4pm Baptist Church cottage High Street, Bewdley. Free entrance Please do come along and view our paintings, all by local artists. Tea, coffee and cakes available in the courtyard.
In June Rosemary Prosser brought us some Farmyard Tales, which were both amusing and interesting. On 30th August David Rushforth will speak to us on "Engineer on the Royal Yacht Britannia". All ladies are very welcome to attend our meetings at the Mercure. For further information please ring 01299 877908.
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Visitors are welcome to any of our meetings. Soroptimist International is open to all women as from the age of 18.
Afternoon Tea Party in aid of the ‘Meru Day of Action’ takes place on Saturday 5th August and is open to ALL. For further details/tickets contact: email@example.com or telephone Pat Martin on 01384-636884
For more details about our meetings, the club and its activities, please do contact us: 01299 266101 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: http://sigbi.org/kidderminsterand-district/ Facebook: Soroptimists Kidderminster. Women inspiring action, transforming lives 37
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The Difficulties We Face When Getting Older There is nothing more frustrating when we cannot do the things we used to be able to do such as doing our own hair, climbing upstairs, making a simple phone call or trimming our own nails. As we get older our bones become softer and it becomes more difficult to reach our feet. We struggle to use implements and hack at our toenails until they bleed leaving them sore until the next time they need doing. Too embarrassed to ask our family to do them until it becomes impossible to cut the damn things! There is nothing more uncomfortable than painful feet and thick nails that hurt. Who do you turn to? With funding very limited within the NHS and then it is only high risk patients that qualify having to wait 3 months for their next appointment, having to then write in for an appointment and wait to hear back with a date. This leaves patients frustrated and overdue for their treatment! We at ifoothealthcare are proud to offer all residents of the Wyre Forest a unique and weekly flexible service. By calling our local number and leaving your name and details we will call you back and book you an appointment for your first visit. If you are not confident in calling then why not drop in to our walk in clinic on Wednesday 9.30 - 3 pm. You can come to us on a Wednesday without appointment and we will see you in turn, we will clean your feet and trim your nails, we have special instruments to reduce thickened nails, we will chat to you and put you at ease whilst ensuring your feet feel comfortable when you leave. We can show you how to be more comfortable when walking and offer you an orthotic support that slips into your shoes which will realign your feet and take pressure off your corns and toes etc...We sell shoes, creams, socks and a device that helps you put your socks on without bending down!!! We deal with Diabetics, foot pain , knee, back and hip problems, including our New Foot scanning helping many patients revert back to a more comfortable and active life. Our advice is free on a Wednesday or we can give you an appointment for another day, so what are you waiting call 01299406042 Now!
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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 www.tlccareathome.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 40
Behind the Baton
It’s been a busy period. We had Mozart in May, Hopfest in June and my last concert as Musical Director of Stourport Choral in July. Hopfest was yet another roaring success, with record numbers of festival goers, some proper festival sunshine and, of course, a great line up of music. It also has a great family atmosphere – an amazing event right on our doorstep. We trialled a choral workshop this year which I hope to expand on next year. Credit must go to the Festival band Matahari who played a number of sets in the searing heat. But the highlight of the day for me was a rip-roaring set from Bewdley based Arcadia Roots who are really establishing themselves as a great live band with a national following.
Talking of Festivals, it’s that time again when we launch the programme for the Bewdley Festival in October. As you can see from the insert in this edition of The Bridge, there is another great musical line up. As he did at the first Festival 30 years ago, Roger McGough and the Little Machine open proceedings on the Friday night setting poetry to music in quite a unique and entertaining way.
Classical Sunday takes a slightly different format this year with a home grown concert by the Festival Voices and Bewdley Baroque Soloists giving us a selection of music written for “Classical Occasions”. On the Sunday evening, 10CC’s Graham Gouldman brings his popular acoustic show “Heart Full of Songs” to the Festival. (By complete chance, I sat next to Graham in a bar in Bruges earlier this year when 10CC were playing a big gig there on tour!) This should be a great evening, hearing stripped back songs penned by Gouldman over the years and really just played for pleasure.
Thursday night brings some 80’s Classics to the Festival in the form of Carol Decker and T’Pau. Who can’t remember those iconic opening bars of “China in your hand” - a massive number one hit in October 1987 – just one year before Bewdley Festival started! Finally on Friday 13th, we have some classic 70’s rock with the Tom Robinson Band and their 2,4,6,8, Motorway tour visiting the Festival. Tom himself is still very central to the new music scene in the UK as a regular broadcaster on BBC 6 Music (what a great radio station that is) and very prevalent in supporting new music in the UK.
So – another great year of seriously good music to grace the Festival Programme this year. See you there…. Alastair Elliott Love Bewdley Summer 2017
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Transition Bewdley Repair Café welcomes new volunteers.
Our team of volunteer repairers continues to grow. We have recently welcomed new volunteers with a host of useful skills. Amongst the newcomers are electronics and electrical experts, a jewellery maker and an engineer with skills in sharpening tools.
After a break in August, The Bewdley Repair Café returns on Saturday 16th September where our intrepid repairers will tackle repairs ranging from clocks to scalextric sets and kitchen blenders to teddy bears. At least, those are the sorts of items that have been brought along to our recent events. An extra tool sharpening specialist means that at some Repair Cafes we will have a team of at least two people sharpening scissors, shears, kitchen knives and other household and garden implements in time for the autumn tidying of gardens in Bewdley.
We regularly have necklaces, bracelets and other items of jewellery brought in for repair and our dexterous volunteers are usually able to help. These items are often of great sentimental value while not being financially valuable enough to warrant a professional repair. With a jewellery specialist joining our team, more customers with broken items of jewellery are expected to come along, not just to get their treasured items repaired but perhaps also to learn how to carry out such repairs for themselves.
In June we held a training session for volunteers, thus adding to the expertise and range of skills of our team. These skills included the use of various electrical test meters and an improved system for diagnosing electrical faults while ensuring the safety of our volunteers and customers.
Transition Bewdley Repair Cafés will continue on the third Saturday of each month. Meanwhile, our sister Repair Café, run by Transition Kidderminster, runs on the first Saturday of each month. Having supported them in getting started, with several of our Bewdley volunteers attending the first four of their sessions, the Kidderminster Repair Café now has its own small team of repairers and coordinators. For further information and to volunteer to help at The Bewdley Repair Café please contact: John Rhymer on 01299 403424 37
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Wribbenhall Parish Room Quiz
On Saturday, 8th July, twenty teams took part in a quiz night in Wribbenhall Parish Room with Pat Young as quizmaster. It was an extremely enjoyable evening.
Proceeds of the raffle were given to All Saints’ Church Roof Fund. With the support of local businesses, the raffle raised £122.00 which was rounded up to £150.00 and presented to Churchwarden Maureen Golbourne, by Bewdley’s Mayor Cllr Anna Coleman on behalf of WPR committee. Come and Join the ‘TOGETHER GROUP’ A Warm Welcome Awaits YOU at Wribbenhall Parish Room
Hello, Are you an older person interested in getting out of the house and making new friends, enjoying a freshly-cooked lunch over a natter, and being entertained by a variety of interesting events? If so, why not come along to the beautifully refurbished Wribbenhall Parish Room, Kidderminster Road, Bewdley’
Lunch Club on the second Thursday of each month 12.30 to 3.00 p.m.. Cost is £4 for dinner, puddibg and tea or coffee.Lunch club Thursday dates: 14th September, 12th October, 9th November, and a Christmas party on 14th December. Social Event on the fourth Thursday of each month 2.00-4.00 p.m. Cost is £2.00 and includes tea & cake. Planned social events on Thursday are:
24th August Talk by Guest Speaker, Rosemary Winnall, on Wyre Forest Wildlife and Fauna 28th September Talk by Guest Speaker, David Skitt, on the Severn Valley Railway 26th October Bus ride around the West Midlands Safari Park To become a volunteer or book a Lunch Club meal please ring: 01299 403053 or 400157 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 August:Tue. 1st –Pub Night at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Sat. 5th –Live Wyres Barn Dance with the Banjacs at Stourport Workmen’s DY138SB. Tue. 8th – Pub Night at The Old House at Home, B’ham Rd, Blakedown. DY10 3JE Tue. 15th– Pub Night at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Sat. 19th– Barbecue at the The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Tue. 22nd. – Pub Night at the Swan Inn, High Street, Chaddesley Corbett. .Tue. 29th – Pub Night at the Island Pool, W’ton Road, Cookley. DY10 3RX
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Riverside Church reopens
On Sunday 2nd July more than 100 people enjoyed strawberries and cream for the Grand Opening of the newly refurbished Riverside Church Centre on Dog Lane, Bewdley. The Mayor of Bewdley Anna Coleman and her husband were in attendance. Pastor Nigel Tween said "The new centre kitchen, beautiful floor, attractive decoration and newly upholstered furniture combine to make a fabulous multipurpose facility." Gerry Mills, Mary Prior and Phil Reid led a team of volunteers who gave scores of hours to complete the task. The congregation of Riverside Church gave £12,000 towards the costs. We are especially grateful to Midcounties Cooperative for a generous donation of £2,000. towards the flooring. The centre is used everyday for local community events including RiverTots, RiverKids, Wednesday Coffee Mornings,Youth Club and Dementia Café. The Centre will be the venue for the Bewdley Book Week in early September. Centre Manager Mrs Mary Prior hopes local people will call in and have a look around when they are passing. Three years ago Riverside Church began meeting in St George’s Hall on Sundays as they had outgrown the centre.
Royal British Legion Breakfast Club
Welch Gate Coffee Bar on Wednesday 16th August at 10am. The breakfast club is held on the third Wednesday of each month. The aim is for Serving Veterans to meet and talk about their past experiences and any current issues while enjoying a delicious breakfast. if you don't want a breakfast, just have a cup of tea. Supporters of the RBL and our armed forces are also welcome to join us. For more information call Paul Gittins MBE on 01299 404113
Himalayan Balsam Bash!
The Civic Society’s 3rd annual Balsam Bash is being extended this year and we should be delighted to see interested people come along and help. This rather handsome but invasive plant is an extensive problem nationwide. An escapee from Victorian gardens, it has spread rapidly along river courses to the detriment of our native species. The good news is that, as it is an annual, it can be successfully controlled if removed before it seeds. Hence a concerted annual attack will eventually control it, although this is a longterm project, given its abundance. Please come along and help whether you have an hour or a morning to spare. Gloves and stout footwear and clothing covering arms and legs is recommended because of nettles. Meet by the bridge at Severn Side South on the following dates… 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th August at 10am Contact Steve Bent for further information firstname.lastname@example.org 49
Rock Pound-the-Bounds May 2017
The weather was perfect for walking this year and the team was ready at 7am. After the preparations of several months it is always exciting to know whether it has all been worth it again.
Michelle McCracken of Midland Air Ambulance Charity and her team, guided by Sue Humphries had done all they could to publicise the event. Then some 50 or so of us dealt with the logistics of way-marking, signage, registration, marshalling and checking all walkers back in. We acquired an extra 200 of the famous red on white way-marks as some routes had been changed and the total mileage to be marked had moved up to nearly 40.
From cross-country runners testing themselves running the long distances, 13, 18 or 26 miles, to more relaxed 6 mile efforts taking in the scenery with long stops at The Colliers, The Bell at Pensax, Heightington Village Hall and The Cake Lady at Palmers Farm, the atmosphere was positive and pleasant.
The Rock Footpath Officer, John Nightingale, has been very active again helping us to get our distances right and he designed printed maps for each route. He also repaired a number of collapsing stiles and had the County Council replace a little bridge near Porchbrook. The local councils have invested much in maintaining our footpaths, putting in bridges and metal gates. Naturally they like to see these facilities being regularly used. Our annual walk greatly assists better utilisation by showing walkers the way through our beautiful area to which many return later.
We are grateful to all 50 volunteers working so hard in the village hall, taking care of the registration part and at the 5 marshalling points, to the land-owners for their co-operation, to the WI for running the cafe, to the commercial sponsors for their donations for ads on the certificate, to Midlands Air Ambulance for their increasing share in the organisation and, of course, to all walkers, some from far afield, for taking part.
Many walkers were showing their generosity by rounding up their fees and the net income was very sweet again. There were 468 walkers, doing a total of 4688 miles, which is nearly overland to Kabul. When adding up their registration fees, raffle income, individual sponsoring, WI contribution, advertisers and other income, the total income will be in excess of ÂŁ5250.
Next yearâ€™s event is on Sunday May 6th 2018.
Free guided walks along our footpaths and bridleways taking 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside. The August walks will be on Thursdays at 10.30am 3rd from Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Craven Arms (along side the A49) SY7 9RS. Bring a packed lunch. SO reference 435825 17th from The Great Western Inn, Bewdley DY12 1BYSO ref 791755 Everyone welcome. For our full programme see www.rockpathfinders.16mb.com or ring Alan on 01299 400304 or Jan on 01299 832571 51
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Bewdley Town Council News August
Tom Cox – Bewdley Baptist Church It was with sadness and joy that we welcomed Tom Cox to the July Council meeting where the Mayor presented him with a “Thank You” Award to recognise the service he has given to the town as the Minister in Training at Bewdley Baptist Church. Tom has acted as the Mayor’s Chaplain at recent Mayor Making events and led a rousing Churches Together service for Mayor’s Sunday on the 25th June. He leaves Bewdley in July to take on his first Church as Minister which is in a parish in Leicestershire. The Mayor and Town Council thanked Tom and wished him well for the future and presented him with a certificate and Bewdley mug, whilst Ellie, Tom’s wife, received a bouquet of flowers.
Road Safety Matters The Community Development Committee’s Road Safety Working Group will be meeting in August to consider a number of issues relating to road safety including a 20mph speed limit for the town centre, community speed watch initiatives and potential one way systems. Recommendations will be put forward to the Community Development Committee following which relevant stakeholders will be contacted to pursue the issues raised.
Car Parking As we put these notes together, we are still without the new Load Street car park and the overflow car park in Dog Lane is currently closed to vehicles for safety reasons. The height barriers at Dog Lane also mean that Bewdley is effectively closed to those people who arrive into the town in anything taller than a standard car. Of course this needs to be balanced against the need to protect land from incursion and the Town Council fully supports the barriers at Gardners Meadow. As the summer season gets into full flow, the Council have been working with Wyre Forest District Councillors and officers to try and maximise car parking in the town and come up with sensible, deliverable solutions.
Community Litter Pick – Wribbenhall The Town Council are organising a community litter pick in Wribbenhall on Sunday 3rd September at 10am. The areas we will be covering will be Kidderminster Road and Queensway and we will be meeting at Gardners Meadow car park. All equipment supplied! For more information please contact Councillor John Byng on 01299 210459 or the Town Council office on 01299 400157. Future Town Council Meetings Town Council meetings are held at The Guildhall at 7.00pm on the first Monday of each month unless stated otherwise (Please note change of time). The next meetings are: 7th August and 4th September. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are posted on town notice boards and are available on the Town Council’s website www.bewdleytowncouncil.org.
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