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The Bridge September 2017

September in the Forest

This summer I have had many hours of enjoyment sitting by my garden pond, watching and noting the varied wild plants and animals that live there or make visits. The pond was made with plenty of hard work: hours of digging, placing the liner, planting aquatic and marginal plants and finally softening the edges with rocks and pebbles. I am heartily grateful to all those who’ve helped with this 9-year project!

There have been successes and failures. On the positive side, we had creatures such as newts, backswimmers and pond skaters almost from day one. There had been a sheep dip at the farm which had filled up with water and turned into quite a nice little pond in its own right, so when the big new pond was filled we scooped out its residents and relocated them. Dragonflies and damselflies visited, as did frogs and toads. Birds came to drink and bathe in the shallows; pied wagtails being the most frequent bathers.

The establishment of pond plants was more troublesome. Submerged plants such as hornwort and even the usually rampant Canadian pond weed just refused to get going for years. This didn’t help the water quality, which often resembled pea soup. Now things are rather better, but my attempts to transplant the three kinds of pond snails have still come to nothing, so keeping the water clean is a struggle. This year I’ve had a new visitor which features in the photo. Can you spot it? It’s a caterpillar of a china-mark moth: a pretty brown and white-mottled moth named presumably for the resemblance to china makers’ marks. The larva makes itself a little raft with oval pieces chewed out of leaves, lying snugly between the 2 and drifting about on the pond surface. The unfortunate thing is that I have so many and the plants have taken quite a hit! Late September is the best time to carry out any pond work such as thinning out over-exuberant vegetation. I shall try to scoop out some of the slime lying on the bottom without disturbing too many beasties, which won’t be hibernating yet.

Of course the ‘natural’ ponds in the forest don’t get cleared out and seldom get any attention at all unless they are damaged, for instance in the case of the 2007 floods when at least two of the larger water bodies overtopped their dams. They do have a natural progression; a life cycle of colonisation and growth that takes them towards damp scrub and woodland. Left to their own devices they would cease to be water bodies at all. This would not concern us if enough new ponds were being formed by natural or artificial means to take their place, but this habitat is scarce and the populations of creatures which rely on it are in a precarious state. So long live the garden pond! Linda Iles

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This month always has a feeling of returning to the norm; of picking up where we left off when the sun came out and we realised it was holiday time. I’ve written before about routine and its benefits, but the other side of that “getting back to normal” is rummaging around to find out what normal looks like post-holiday. For instance, how did we manage to start the day off with such slickness? Where are all the things associated with work as opposed to play? And why aren’t there any clean dishes for morning cereal?

All this looking back was sparked off by a visit to my garage to search for a paintbrush. In the corner, just behind the terribly useful crate of electrical things that have proliferated since the millenium (when I moved house but haven’t touched since) is a big box of back numbers of the Bridge. You see, I keep one copy every month just in case. Not sure in case of what, but they make mildly interesting reading. Seeing them there, I dusted a few off and began reading. Then I thought I’d try sharing some bits and pieces with you each month till we all get bored. You’ll find this month’s on p29 but what chiefly struck me was how little has changed. September 1995 had a front page headline, “Why Not Join The W.I?”. The Community Centre in Shaw Hedge Road was humming with activity and Bewdley Festival was drumming up support for the following month. On the other hand, the magazine still had the unmistakeable flavour of a church magazine, was in black and white with no photos, and was only 28 pages long. So actually I think the magazine itself has changed quite a lot. Colour photos, many more articles from our readers, news of clubs that would have made the 1995 readers widen their eyes and exclaim “Zumba? What’s that?” And Flood barriers - if only!” So there have been changes; and not all change is for the worse. Margaret

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September 2 Amnesty book sale Load St 10.30am - see page 27 2 Launch of “Edward in Exile” by Fen Flack Clementines 10.30am - see page 19 2 Repair Café St George’s Hall 10 - 2pm - see page 11 3-9 Bewdley Book Week - see page 23 3 Bewdley Footpaths walk 2pm - see page 19 4 Bewdley Floral Art Club Wharton Park Golf Club 7.30 pm - see page 25 4 Bewdley WI St George's Hall 7.30pm - see page 43 4  Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10-12 6 Scrabble Group Back Hall, Bewdley Baptist Church 10 - 12 noon - see page 37 7 Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am - see page 29 9&10 Forest, River and Royals Severnside North 8pm – 9.30pm - see back page 9&10 Heritage Market Severnside North 10 - 5pm - see back page 10 Guided Tours of the Town Centre and Wribbenhall Guildhall, 2.00 p.m. 4.00 p.m. 11 Book Sale and Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10-12 13 Bewdley Civic Society talk St George’s Hall 7.30pm - see page 37 14 Crafting Group 10.00am-12.00 Back Hall, Bewdley Baptist Church - see page 37 14 Mother’s Union talk St Anne’s Church 7.30pm - see page 43 14 Knit & Natter Methodist Church High Street 2-4pm 17 Friends of Riverside Park Quiz Hop Pole pub 7.30pm - see page 17 17 Messy Church Bewdley Baptist Church 4-6pm - see page 39 18 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10-12 18 Horticultural Society talk Riverside Church, Dog Lane 7.30pm - see page 17 19 Methodist Church walking group 10.30am 20-23 ‘Nell Gwynn’ at the Rose theatre - see page 35 21 Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am - see page 29 21 Soroptimists Meeting La Brasserie - see page 43 25 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10-12 26 Bewdley Townswomen Harvest Supper Wribbenhall Community Centre 7.30pm - p31 27 Bewdley Civic Society Visit to Soho House - see page 37 27 Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club Mercure Hotel - see page 31

October 1 Bewdley Footpaths walk 2pm - see page 19 3 Read Easy Public meeting Kidderminster Library 5.15pm - see page 17 7 Old fashioned jumble sale All Saints’ Church 10am - see page 39 7 Repair Café St George’s Hall 10 - 2pm - see page 11 8 Soroptimists Casino Night Bewdley Pines Golf Club 7.00pm - see page 43 11 Coffee Morning Bewdley Tennis Club 10am - 12 noon - see page 43 5





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The Rose Theatre, Broadwaters, Kidderminster invite you to their OPEN DAY on Saturday 9th September from 10am – 2pm . Come and have a back-stage tour, explore our props and wardrobe stores and visit our tech box. Talk to our members over a coffee – maybe you’d like to join us? Why not come to our opening play of the season Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward? This runs from Monday 11th September – Saturday 16th. We follow this in October with Look Back in Anger – a British theatre classic. For ticket prices and more details call 01562 743745 or visit our web site

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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.

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Bewdley Baptist Church Welcomes Denise Dobie. Our new Minister in Training. After an overwhelming vote of approval Denise joins our vibrant church on Sunday 3rd September. After more than 20 years in the NHS she is excited to follow God’s calling ministering here at Bewdley. She is married with three children, loves walking, singing, the theatre and visiting coffee shops. She will be working half time at Bewdley Baptist Church whilst studying at Bristol Baptist Training College. Denise is looking forward to meeting new people so do say hello when you see her in Bewdley.

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After our 9.30am service on Sundays we offer coffee and chat. Book Sale on Monday 11th September 10am - 12noon Jumble Sale on Saturday 7th October 10am - 12noon. Any contributions for this sale will be gratefully received and can be left in Church from the end of September. Our very popular Annual 'Quiz n Chips' evening is on Saturday 14th October tickets will be available from Bewdley Blooms in Load Street. For further information ring Gail on 01299 401685

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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:

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If you’re reading this sentence without any difficulty, then you’re probably someone who, like most of us, gives little thought to what life would be like if you couldn’t read.

It may be one thing not to have read your favourite book or a newspaper, but can you imagine the effect it would have had on your everyday life, if you had not been able to read anything at all? Not road signs, labels on supermarket goods, application forms, letters from your electricity supplier or child’s school, instructions on medicines, a bed-time story for your child or grandchild

A ‘Skills for Life’ survey of 16-65 years olds in 2011 found that 5% of adults in England and Wales could only recognise a few common words, with a further 2.1% barely able to read simple health and safety notices at work; that’s hundreds of thousands of people. But help is at hand. A pioneering, registered charity called Read Easy UK, which was set up in 2011 to tackle this ‘invisible’ problem, has already helped hundreds of people learn to read. It is now on a mission to set up a branch in the Wyre Forest and Cleobury Mortimer area – but needs volunteers to make it a reality.

To get things off the ground, Read Easy is looking for people who are interested in supporting the group by helping to set up a managing committee, fund-raise or assist with possible venues. There may also be organisations, agencies or individuals who can support by referring people who struggle with their reading. And, of course, there will also be a need for volunteer reading coaches.

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The launch of an exciting new project took place at Bewdley Museum on 24th July. Based at St. George's Farm in Ruskin Land, the area of the Wyre Forest cared for by Ruskin’s Guild of St George and managed by the Wyre Community Land Trust, the project aims to explore the story of what happened at Ruskin Land, how Ruskin’s ideas have been incorporated into the modern forest, and what can be done to reinterpret his vision today in meaningful, creative and productive ways.

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September 3rd – 9th

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.

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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 26

Burltons, Cookes & Sayers Almshouses

Bewdley operates many charities but one which might not be so well known is the Almshouse Charity. It came together in 1998 following the amalgamation of six Charitable Trusts that had been founded many years ago by generous benefactors.

There are three separate houses in Park Lane, High Street and Lower Park providing a total of 14 dwellings some of which can accommodate couples. They provide affordable accommodation for older people who have lived and served within the community and who have limited ďŹ nancial means. All the properties are about 400 years old and are Grade II Listed which brings with it a host of different challenges! The Cookes site was a former bakehouse which is unique and picturesque with its tall chimneys.

The charity is chaired by Richard Perrin and ďŹ ve local volunteer trustees. I am the clerk and manage the sites day to day with the support of a warden. Residents pay a weekly maintenance contribution which is similar to rent. There is currently a small waiting list but applications are always welcomed if you ďŹ t the criteria; details of which can be obtained from the clerk by calling 07738 554932 or e-mailing

Donations and bequests are also gratefully received in an attempt to secure the future of these wonderful buildings and community homes. Sharon Harvey (Clerk to Trustees)

Black Swan

Bewdley seems to have been taken over by swans this month; here are some readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; photos of the black swan who turned up to grace the river recently, the new delightful woodcarving that Riverside Park has acquired, and - sorry, everyone, but I grew this Swan Courgette by accident last month. Margaret

The three close-ups on this page are by Hedviga Poole.

Black Swan

by Joanne Atkinson.

by Alan Moore.





As part of the Bewdley Heritage Festival, Bewdley Civic Society is pleased to be offering Guided Tours of the Town Centre and of old Wribbenhall on Sunday 10th September. Bewdley tours will leave the Guildhall at 2.00 p.m. and at 4.00 p.m., whilst the Wribbenhall tour will leave at 2.00 p.m. The Town Centre tour offers a chance to examine in some detail the claim of Bewdley to be a Georgian Town and to see that, in fact, its build%/&0&1-2'+$3%4&560&789%:&-+'23&% ings are generally a good deal older. We shall also "2')-627%;':%"&<'&*1&-%2$6% have a look at the four churches in ")$627%=>':%"&<'&*1&-! High Street and learn about their histories - one "#$$!%#&#!'!(#)$!%#&#! of them is Bewdley’s best kept secret! "&?&-$9+6&%@#-':A%4&560&7B%C6*+99+#$%D-&&B% We shall also see evidence that Bewdley was once *+,-./!0!10&%-./!120-,3! one of the country’s main inland ports. %")<<#-'&6%17E% F&0&$%G2/:2&0%H2/I2$&99%%%%%%%%% J:2-+'210&%K-)9'% !!! ! ! ! !!!! ! ! Often overlooked, Wribbenhall is actually older ! than Bewdley, having a mention in the Doomsday ! ! !!! !!!!!!!!! !!! ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Book, whereas the name ‘Bewdley’ first appeared in 1275. This tour will take in the older properties and explain Wribbenhall’s particular history. There is no charge to participate in these tours.





Please find attached a lovely photo I took last winter in my garden.

I was prompted to send this when I saw the amazing cover photo taken by Paul Warnett on the front cover of this month's magazine. Kind regards Pauline Geddie

Community News As School holidays finish and a new academic year begins, school bookings are really busy during September World War 2 events especially. Luckily for me, we have expanded our staff, so a big welcome to Ruth Stevenson, David Bonnick and Barbara Paradise. This will enable the Museum to offer a diverse and extended curriculum to schools and Groups. Basic Crochet classes start on Thursday 7th September. Classes will be based in the education room. They will be for an hour and a half per session and the cost will be £10.00 per session. The first course will last for four weeks and will enable you to produce blanket squares. There will be some wool available for these early learning sessions and that is included in the price. If you would like to be involved then could you please contact Chance to Dance Classes aimed at the over 55’s are on Mondays 11-12 noon. Pay as you go £5 per session. Spaces are limited

Strala Yoga Tuesdays 5.30 -6.30pm in the Guild Hall £ 5 per class. Spaces are limited

Don’t forget that on Sunday 10th September 10-4pm in Jubilee Gardens the Medieval Festival takes place.

Bewdley Museum and Tourist Information Centre Service Science Survey at Bewdley Museum

During May, June and July Bewdley Museum took part in a survey conducted by a national company called Service Science. As part of the West Midlands Development Programme the company anonymously visited, called and contacted the museum in a number of ways. Service Science carry out several hundred visits a year on nationally. Within our survey there were 14 categories and within each of these areas there were up to 25 detailed questions.

Our results are absolutely fantastic; overall we scored 95.4% out of 100%

Axel Klenert from Service Science MD visited all of the West Midland Museums last year and said that Bewdley is certainly one of the top five. He said, “I was very impressed when I visited. I would confidently recommend Bewdley Museum as Best in its Class and would have no problem suggesting to West Midlands Development Team that they use it as a leading example of a modern run heritage site without having lost its main objective”. For enquires and information, please refer to the website or phone 0845 607 7819 Amanda Peplow Bewdley Museum

Bewdley Floral Art Club

Our September demonstration is on Monday 4th September, 7.30 pm, at the Wharton Park Golf Club with Margaret Rumens demonstrating 'Last of the Summer Wine'. Visitors are always welcome. Further information from 01299 402961. 31




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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.

signifies something, but what?

Do It Yet

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One of my themes has been how a single dad struggles to perform tasks often associated with mum such as the mystery of platting a little girl's hair or baking a cake. From my point of view such things are a foreign language - I know it

It is thus something of a disappointment that jobs traditionally the male reserve are to me only slightly less obtuse. Tiles frustrate. I put a few tiles up in my kitchen without a spirit level. At the time they didn't seem wonky but on later reflection they remind me of counterfeit cigarettes.

The grouting in my bathroom has steadily been blackening from mould. I have tried bleach and some recommended potion from B 'n' Q without any real success. I found £1 grout in a pound shop in Kidderminster. Smearing the new grout over the old superficially solved one problem but left my tiles knobbly with grout that missed its mark.

My hot tap upstairs has a life of its own. It is liable to randomly make a 'chunk, chunk, chunk' sound when it tires of service.

It seems as I tackle and bodge-solve one house problem another pops up. What good am I if I fail in both roles?

With no wife to give me words of encouragement I turned to my daughter for a moral fillip. She studied the bathroom tiling and grout and noted, "You missed a bit."

Pater Unum

I will Do It Yet.

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Amnesty International Sale Second Hand Books

Troubled by the suffering of Refugees.

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Donations to the collection point at the Undercroft, St George’s Hall

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This month we are looking back to 1995, the year eBay was launched, Sarajevo was under siege and John Major became P.M.

Here in Bewdley, bingo, Friendship Circle and playgroups could be found over at Shaw Hedge Road; you could take a Phillips coach to the Lake District for 3 days for ÂŁ120, the Medical Centre wanted to set up a voluntary patient transport group. Bewdley Butchery sent in a rather awful poem and Forever Christmas had a Tea Room. There was a four-page insert from Bewdley Primary Health Care team with a long section on Sun Protection and travel advice; Dr Inglis was about to become one of the first people in the world to obtain a post-grad qualification in Travel Medicine. The carnival, Pubs and Clubs, the Regatta, Christmas Fayre all took place with their usual success and popularity; and articles bemoaned Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lib, undue love of money and urged us to support our markets. So not everything has changed in the last 22 years!

Rock Pathfinders

Free guided walks along our footpaths and bridleways taking 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside. The September walks will be on Thursdays at 10.30am 7th from Black Pool Forestry Commission car park, Mortimer Forest, SY8 4DZ (off the B4361, Richards Castle Rd, 2 miles south of Ludlow) Bring a packed lunch SO reference 497716 21st from The Crown Inn, Hopton Wafers Shropshire DY14 0NB SO ref 637762 Everyone welcome. or ring Alan on 01299 400304 or Jan on 01299 832571 35






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If you are aged 65 or over or suffer from chronic disease such as heart, lung, liver, kidney or neurological disease, have diabetes, a weak immune system or if you are pregnant, then you may be at risk from flu. This year’s flu campaign will start in September with WALK - IN clinics on the following Saturdays: Saturday 23 September 8.00 – 11.00 am Saturday 7 October 8.00 – 11.00 am

Saturday 14 October 8.00 – 11.00 am

If you unable to make the above Walk-In Clinics, we do offer a range of additional bookable appointments during September and October, so please call us on 01299 402157 to book your FREE Flu vaccinations TODAY! Be a

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Bewdley and Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club

Bewdley Townswomen Guild

Our Autumn programme commences with a Harvest Supper of fish or chicken and chips. This is followed by an auction of fruit, vegetables, cakes and preserves etc, the proceeds of which go to Guild funds

John Butterworth attended our July meeting and told us the interesting tale of “The Nurse who changed Guinea-Bissau”.

We welcome newcomers at this truly informal event: 7.30pm September 26th at Wribbenhall Community Centre Shaw Hedge Road

On 27th September Derek Clarke will speak to us on Witley Court - “Andromeda & Poseidon Fountains”.

For more information please contact:

All ladies will receive a warm welcome at our meetings at the Mercure.

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KODS to perform Olivier Award winning Comedy ‘Nell Gwynn’

Kidderminster Operatic & Dramatic Society (KODS) are looking forward to being one of the first amateurs to perform the new award winning comedy ‘Nell Gwynn’ at the Rose theatre, 20-23rd September. The play by Jessica Swale gives a whistlestop tour of Nell's life from orange seller to star in Thomas Killigrew's King's Company, as one of the first English actresses, and as Charles II's mistress. Historical accuracy is not Swale's intent, but it's a fair approximation to real events. The leading role Nell Gwynn it to be played by Jill Parmenter with Ian Jones as Charles II and whe whole cast are enjoying rehearsals in preparation for what will be an enjoyable evening of wit, passion, pathos, with some medieval music and frivolity thrown in. Professionally ‘Nell Gwynn’ previously won the 2016 Laurence Olivier best Comedy award and has had many critically acclaimed reviews from the press and punters alike.

The show’s director, Tom Paine, says; ‘This show has been an enjoyable challenge and a nice change to the usual plays we perform. The mix of comedy and music with a good story and characters make this a fantastic play. The cast have been working hard ready to give a great evening of ntertainment’. ‘Nell Gwynn’ will run from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd September. Tickets can be booked either at the Rose box office, tel: 01562 743745 or on-line at

Stourport based charity Mentor Link is looking for volunteers to help in the charity shop on High Street.

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Artisan Group Come and visit the resident Artisans in Bewdley Museum for Bespoke Hand Made Gifts Demonstrations Workshops Pewter jewellery / Pottery / Pyrography / Wood Turning and Polishing / Fresh Herbs and Plants / Loose Leaf Teas, Herbal Remedies and ‘Mrs Darley’ Books / Unique artwork from our three artists Open daily until the beginning of November Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday during November and December Visit our Facebook Page: Contact us via Email:

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Bewdley Festival 2017 celebrating 30 years of success and the WI

The WI features this year, with Maggie Andrews’ presentation on the afternoon of Tuesday 10th October entitled ‘100 Years of the Womens Institute – The Acceptable Face of Feminism’. Elsewhere in the daytime programme, local naturalist and broadcaster Brett Westwood is close to selling out again and fans of The Archers are looking forward to a visit from Timothy Watson aka ‘Rob Titchener’.

But it is the women who are proving popular. Jenni Murray and Sara Pascoe are very nearly sold out, impressionist Jan Ravens is selling very well and, only 10 days after tickets went on sale, Lesley Smith is sold out.

For music lovers there is a rare treat with 10cc’s Graham Gouldman’s ‘Heart Full of Songs’ touring for the first time since 2013, plus The Tom Robinson Band visiting Bewdley as part of a short exclusive tour, T’pau appearing in full concert mode and a Classical concert of celebratory music in St Anne’s Church.

And don’t forget Roger McGough and Little Machine on opening night – poetry and music in a great mix – finishing with a rousing chorus of Lily the Pink!

Choose your tickets now and have something to look forward to in October when summer is over and the nights are drawing in. For full details of this year’s programme and to buy tickets online please visit Hope to see you all in October. Dave Collins, Festival Director

Crafting Group

2nd Thursday in the month.

Bewdley Civic Society 1017 and All That

Next Meeting: 14th September. 10.00am-12.00 Back Hall, Bewdley Baptist Church

The amazing story of what happened to Edmund Ironside’s children by Heather Flack

Scrabble Group

First Wednesday of each month

7.30 pm September 13th at St.George’s Hall

Next Meeting: 6th September 10.00am-12.00

Afternoon Visit to Soho House Birmingham

Cost: A donation towards refreshments is appreciated.

Guided tour and tea September 27th

Contact Sue Perrin 01299 405823


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This year Cards for Good Causes will again open its shop in St. George’s Hall Undercroft (basement). We look forward to seeing all our regular customers and friends. We shall be open for business on Monday 24th October until Saturday 16th December, 10am to 4pm.

Cards for Good Causes (CFGC) sells Christmas cards and other small gifts on behalf of 30 charities both local and national. CFGC gives back at least 70p in the £ to the original charity. We have an excellent team of over 30 local people from Bewdley and the surrounding areas who work in the shop for short periods of time. We would be pleased to welcome any new volunteers to our team. Call me on the number below if you are interested. Please do come and see us when the shop is open, if only to browse.

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Messy Church returns on 17th September!

Life can be really messy, and Messy Church is all about having fun in that messiness! It’s a chance to come together, to enjoy craft activities, stories, singing and food!

It’s not just another children’s club though, this is for the whole family, young and old alike! Messy Church is a safe, comfortable and enjoyable place for all ages to come and explore the Christian faith through a variety of creative fun ways. So come along 4-6pm.

This is church, but not like you’ve known. It’s creative. It’s messy. It’s FUN!

Old Fashioned Jumble Sale 7th October - 10a.m. at All Saints’ Church, Bewdley

In October we will be holding our annual Old Fashioned Jumble Sale. So if you are having a clear-out, think of donating your spare clothes and bric-a-brac, etc to All Saints’ Jumble Sale. Items can be left at the back of the church. Anything we had left from last year`s jumble sale went to Kemp, Wyre Forest Dogs Trust and Happy Staffie. For more details ring Carol on 01562 746882 39





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This year’s summer treat was the Afternoon Tea Party which raised the magnificent sum of £355 in aid of the ‘Meru Women’s Garden Project’.

Our next fundraising event is a Fun Casino Night in aid of Worcestershire Young Carers being held at Bewdley Pines Golf Club on Sunday 8th October – gaming begins at 7pm - £10 p.p. including a light supper. We will be playing with ‘funny money’ AND there will a prize at the end of the evening but no monetary reward for winnings. For more information/tickets contact or via contacts set out below.

All our regular meetings will resume with the Business Meeting on first Thursday 7th Sept, followed by our Supper/Speaker Meeting on 21st Sept at La Brasserie when our next speaker will be Jane Allen, a renowned national and international leadership developer and coach, who is local to Tenbury and also involved in local community projects. For more details about our meetings, the club and its activities, please contact us: Tel. 01299 266101 or Email: Website: Facebook: Soroptimists Kidderminster

The Great Pink Bake Off Coffee Morning.

At - Bewdley Tennis Club On - Wednesday 11th October Time - 10 am - 12 noon Coffee, tea, home made cakes, pink tombola, raffle, craft stall. All welcome. This will be the fifth year of the Great Pink Bake Off at Bewdley Tennis Club. Proceeds to Breast Cancer Now.

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Thursday 14th September 7.30 pm Speaker - Heather Flack

‘Walking through Bewdley’s History’ All welcome


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Bewdley Town Council News September

Car Parking Charge Increases The Town Council have lodged an objection to Wyre Forest District Council’s plans to raise car parking charges in Bewdley from October. The objections are as follows: 1. The Council objects to any increases in charges which there has been no justification given. The charges are already high in relation to other similar towns in Worcestershire. 2. The Council does not agree that car parking policy should be standardised across the district as Bewdley attracts very different types of visitors to, say, Kidderminster, focussing more on tourism which means that there MUST be provision for coaches, mini buses and camper type vehicles to park in the town. Height barriers and new restrictions on any vehicle over 2m parking on any surface car park does not work for Bewdley. 3. The Council objects to the OAP season ticket qualifying age being raised to 67, considering that the Government is not planning to increase the State Pension age to 67 until 2026. What justification is there for this? These comments were lodged with the Solicitor of the Council at Wyre Forest House on the 8th August. Heritage Festival and Harvest Fair As we enter the Autumn season we have two very exciting weekends coming up in Bewdley. The first is the Heritage Festival on the 9th - 10th September which will include a heritage market and a display of all the town’s historic regalia in the Guildhall. On October the 7th and 8th the town will host the Harvest Fair which will include the Riverside Market, soup trail, apple pie competition and a whole lot more to be revealed shortly! Victorian Christmas in Bewdley The Town Council are organising the second Victorian Christmas in Bewdley and Lights Switch On which this year is on Saturday 2nd December. The huge market will open at 11am with main stage entertainment from 2pm-7pm. More details to follow but put the date in your diaries! Local Development Plan The Council submitted its response to Wyre Forest DC’s Preferred Options consultation. The response was in line with the emerging Neighbourhood Plan objectives and policies. The response can be found on our website on the “consultations” page. 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: 4th September and 2nd October 2017. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are posted on town notice boards and are available on the Town Council’s website







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The Bridge - September 2017  

The Bridge magazine - September 2017

The Bridge - September 2017  

The Bridge magazine - September 2017