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The Bridge October 2017

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Welcome to October’s edition of The Bridge.

Autumn is definitely in the air and in the pages of this month’s magazine. Turn to page 25 to find out what is happening at the Harvest Fair at Bewdley Museum and Jubilee Gardens and to page 17 to read something of the history of Harvest celebrations. Page 25 will also tell you about what is happening at the museum throughout October including the full programme of half-term activities for children. The revival of Riverside North Park has been one of the town’s recent success stories. Turn to page 11 to find out how the Friends of the park are bringing a little light into the dark nights.

Of course, the beginning of autumn means that thoughts are soon turning to Christmas. The popular Cards for Good Causes shop opens in St. George’s Hall towards the end of the month - details on page 11 - while on page 31 Elaine Barbour looks forward to Bewdley’s Annual Traidcraft Fair

October brings us the thirtieth Bewdley Festival and eight days of great entertainment. On page 41, Alastair Elliott anticipates some of the music on offer while on page 45 Dave Collins reminds us what daytime events are happening during the week. Bewdley celebrated its history in September at the town’s first Heritage Festival. Turn to the centre pages to see pictures of some of the events that took place.

Elsewhere in the magazine, Mary Sheriff-Mussett tells us on page 34 what makes fishing in Bewdley so popular and Margaret continues our Looking Back series opening the pages of Bridge magazines from twenty years ago.

Thank you to those who responded to an invitation on the This is Bewdley facebook page to send in your pictures. Each month we will share as many as we can.Keep sending them in!


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October 1 Bewdley Footpaths walk 2pm - see page 19 2  Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10-12 2 Bewdley WI St George's Hall 7.30pm - see page 43 2 Bewdley Floral Art Club Wharton Park Golf Club 7.30 pm - see page 17 4 Get Online Week event at Bewdley Library - see page 27 4 Scrabble Group Back Hall, Bewdley Baptist Church 10 - 12 noon - see page 34 5 Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am - see page 29 6 - 15 Bewdley Festival - see pages 41 and 45 7 First Steps with Ruskin workshop - see page 23 7 - 8 Harvest Fair at Bewdley Museum and Jubilee Gardens - see page 25 7 Old fashioned jumble sale All Saints’ Church 10am - see page 11 8 Soroptimists Casino Night Bewdley Pines Golf Club 7.00pm 01299 266101 9 Book Sale and Knit and Natter 10-12 11 Great Pink Bake Off Coffee Morning Bewdley Tennis Club 10am - 12 noon - see page 31 12 Knit & Natter Methodist Church High Street 2-4pm 12 Create Craft Group 10.00am-12.00 Back Hall, Bewdley Baptist Church - see page 34 12 Mother’s Union talk St Anne’s Church 7.30pm - see page 37 14 All Saints’ Quiz and Chips in Wribbenhall Parish Room - see page 29 16 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10-12 16 Horticultural Society talk Riverside Church, Dog Lane 7.30pm - see page 17 17 Methodist Church walking group 10.30am (tel. 403941) 17 Bewdley Civic Society talk St George’s Hall 7.30pm - see page 31 19 Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am - see page 29 21 Riverside North Park Lantern Parade 3.30 - 6.30pm - see page 11 21 Repair Café 10 - 2.00 St George’s Hall - see page 43 23 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10-12 24 Bewdley Townswomen Wribbenhall Community Centre 7.30pm - see page 27 24 Cards for Good Causes shop opens - see page 11 25 Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club Mercure Hotel - see page 19 27 Rotary Club Quiz - see page 19 28 Music in the Chapel concert, Methodist Church, 2.30pm - see page 45 28 Family Fright Night at Bewdley Museum - see page 25 29 The Big Draw event - see page 35 30 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10-12 November 4 Traidcraft Fair - see page 31 5 Bewdley Footpaths walk 2pm - see page 19 5





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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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.

High Street Sunday Mass at 8am For weekday masses, please see our noticeboard Local contact Deacon John O’Brien Parish Office 01299 822633

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Wish to book a wedding at All Saints’, St. Leonard’s or St. Anne’s? Please call Roz Mace on 01299 401605 or 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. 7





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Taizé Services in St Anne’s Church During October and November two Taizé style services take place in St Anne’s on Sundays October 29 and November 26 at 6.30pm. A focus on silent reflection and prayer by candlelight; the reading of scripture with the singing of Taizé songs. Based on the style of worship of the Taizé community in central France, the services last about 30 minutes. All are welcome for peaceful and reflective worship in a beautiful setting.

Messy Church Fun, food and fellowship for the family at St Anne’s Primary School Sundays October 1 and October 29. 4.00 - 6.00pm All are welcome.

A warm welcome from Bewdley Baptist Church Our church runs a number of regular events during the week:

✦ Noah’s Ark - for parents and toddlers. ✦ 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

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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 meet every Monday 10.00 - 12noon For further information ring Gail on 01299 401685 Book Sale on Monday 9th October 10am - 12noon Jumble Sale on Saturday 7th October 10am - 12noon Any contributions gratefully received.Please leave in Church. For further information ring Olwen on 01299 400608 Our very popular Annual 'Quiz n Chips' evening is on Saturday 14th October Tickets available from Bewdley Blooms in Load Street.

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:

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. Music in the Chapel - 'The Story of the Piano' with Andrew Crabtree, 2.30pm Saturday 28 October. Tickets £8. To enquire about baptism, marriage or funerals please contact: Revd Phil Hoar 01299

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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Riverside North Park Lantern Parade Saturday October 21st 3.30 - 6.30pm

We are holding our first ever Lantern Parade... Please come and join us as we bring a little light to the dark nights. This is a free event although some outside providers may charge a small fee for their activities and of course donations are always welcome, but there will be plenty to do! We have storytelling, children's entertainment, arts and crafts, lantern making and trail, face painting and dancing, not forgetting the lantern parade itself! Food and soft drinks will be available to purchase.

You may want to design and bring your own lantern to join in the parade (battery operated candles only please), or you can make a simple lantern with us on the day. We are very much looking forward to seeing you there!

Cards for Good Causes Christmas 2017

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Monday 24th October - Saturday 16th December 10am to 4pm

Old Fashioned Jumble Sale

Cards for Good Causes sells Christmas cards and small gifts on behalf of thirty charities both local and national. At least 70p in the £ goes back to the charity.

In aid of church roof repair

Saturday 7th October 10am -12noon

Nearly new, Books, Toys, Bric a brac, Refreshments, Cakes. Admission 30p Donations of items can be left at All Saints’ Church on Sunday morning 10.30-11.30, Mondays 10-12, Friday 6th Oct. 10-12 or day of jumble sale Carol 01562 746882 or Olwen 01299 400608

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“MADE IN THE MUSEUM” Artisan Group Harvest - A Season of Appreciation

The harvest is once again upon us and will be celebrated not only by many churches and farming communities across the land, but also by our own local museum here in Bewdley on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of October. But what are the origins of this popular festival?

The Celts once held a corn harvest celebration at the beginning of August, called Lughnasadh, in honour of their god, Lugh. When the Anglo Saxons arrived in Britain several centuries later, they too marked the corn harvest with a festival known as Hlafmas, meaning ‘loaf mass’, a word which gradually metamorphosed into the more familiar Lammas and, although it was initially adopted by the Roman church, it soon fell from favour as it had little to do with the life of Christ.

In 1843 however, everything changed, thanks to the Reverend Robert Hawker, vicar of Morwenstowe church in Cornwall. Eccentric he may have been, but when the harvests of the late 1830s failed, Hawker ensured his parishioners were fed. In 1842, however, the harvest was good and the authorities declared that special prayers should be recited in church. Hawker liked this idea and, the following year, decided to combine elements of Lughnasadh and Lammas into his Christian celebration, by bringing harvest produce into the church and giving thanks to God.

As we celebrate our harvest this year, perhaps we should spare a thought for both the Reverend Hawker and our more distant ancestors, each of whom have shaped the festival we have come to know and love. Carole Carlton – Mrs Darley’s Herbal, Bewdley Museum

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Monday 2nd October Bridget Manton demonstrating 'Make Do and Mend'.

Monday 16th October 7.30pm Riverside Church, Dog Lane THE COTTAGE GARDEN by Ian Nex Non members welcome Non members welcome

Wharton Park Golf & Country Club Visitors always welcome. Further information from 01299 402961

BEWDLEY WI ‘A Taste of Italy’

Join us for “A Night at the Opera” and Italian themed evening. featuring Soprano Elizabeth MacDonald Monday 4th December at 7.30 pm St George’s Hall Bewdley Tickets £10 (To include light supper of anti-pasti, Italian breads and cheeses. Sumptuous home-made desserts to be served during the interval). Licensed Bar. Ladies and Gentlemen welcome. Dress: Smart Attire Tickets from The Community Café St George’s Hall or Bewdley WI 17





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Guide dog update

It was a joyous moment when I had confirmation a few weeks ago that my guide dog pup, Delphi, had qualified. At the end of the intensive training period where she learnt all the basic skills needed she was very carefully matched with a visually impaired partner. They then had a brief period of training together before fully qualifying as a partnership. Although I had been kept up to date on her progress it was still a very special moment!

Bewdley's other puppies, Millie and Luna, are on the brink of leaving Gabi and Roni to head off for the start of their new guide dog careers. Meanwhile we are all keeping our fingers crossed for the possibility of a Bewdley guide dog litter from the beautiful brood bitch Peggy who now permanently lives with Roni.  

These amazing dogs allow blind and visually impaired people the freedom that most of us take for granted. They give their owners the confidence to leave their homes, keep them safe and are a constant loving companion. The cost to support a guide dog from birth to retirement is £56,800. Public donations are vital to keep this service running so, if you're able, please donate and support your local puppy walking group at their fund raising events.. We are hoping to hold an open afternoon in December at Wribbenhall Parish Rooms where you will be able to meet the pups and find out more about our work.   Thank you to all who support us. Frances Glen

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Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies Luncheon Club

In August we had a very interesting illustrated talk by David Rushforth, who was an engineer on the Royal Yacht Britannia. On 25th October local speaker Max Keen's subject will be the English Civil War around local areas. Max's talks are always a huge success. All ladies will receive a warm welcome to our meetings at the Mercure, and for further information please ring 01299 877908

Friday 27th October 8.00pm

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Bewdley Footpaths

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First Steps with Ruskin

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Ever wondered who John Ruskin was? Why he was a celebrity in the Victorian period? Why there is a Ruskin Land in Bewdley? Why someone who was born 200 years ago is still seen as a significant cultural influence? Why Ruskin featured in Forest, River and Royals? You are invited to learn the answers to these questions and more on Saturday 7th October. ‘First Steps with Ruskin’ is a one-day workshop presented by the Guild of St George, the charity founded by Ruskin.  Clive Wilmer (Master of the Guild and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge) will introduce Ruskin and place him in a wider context; Dominika Wielgopolan (a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University writing about Ruskin Land) will offer a history of Ruskin in Bewdley; Rachel Dickinson (Director for Education of the Guild and Principal Lecturer at Man Met Uni) will discuss Ruskin’s relevance today.  The middle of the day will feature lunch and then an enjoyable guided walk with John and Linda Iles(a Guild Director and tenants of Uncllys Farm) to explore Ruskin Land. The day will draw to a close with Jenny Robbins (a Director of both the Guild  and the Wyre Community Land Trust) sharing different ways you can become involved with Ruskin’s ideas. Where: the Ruskin Studio, Uncllys Farm, DY12 2LR in the heart of the Wyre Forest When:10 am – 4 pm on Saturday 7th October Cost: A limited number of places are available at £12, including lunch Contact: Jenny Robbins on jennymrobbins or call 07899 797535 John Ruskin at Brantwood, photo by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, 1873. Museums Sheffield.

Severn Scribes Calligraphy and Associated Crafts

Interested in learning something new?Why not consider Calligraphy? Beginners need no experience and will learn through coming to our meetings at Shaw Hedge Road Community Centre, Wribbenhall, Bewdley, DY12 1EU. We meet twice a month on Thursday afternoons 1.30pm until 4.00pm and on the third Saturday in the month from 10.00am until 4.00pm between September and May. You will soon build up your experiences and discover new crafting and lettering skills. At Severn Scribes meetings members use a great variety of skills, equipment and styles to produce beautiful handmade items. For more information contact: Sue Weston 01299 266535 Sylvia Auden 01562 754473 25





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TLC CARE AT HOME are now recruiting Care Support staff

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On a mercifully dry evening last month, a big crowd assembled on Severnside North to watch d listen to a thrilling depiction of the history of our town. The “stage” was across the river at he rowing club so that the coloured lights and images were wonderfully reflected in the water. usic and words specially composed by Bewdley’s own Jim Ineson were sung and played mainly by home-grown singers and instrumentalists, to accompany a narrative of how the town grew om a forest clearing to the bustling place it now is. The “lumiére” part of the Son et Lumiére was provided by images and photos on a giant screen. was a great evening’s entertainment, but also a chance to reflect on how the past has shaped he present; how the town’s fortunes have waxed and waned, and how all of us are shaped and changed by the Forest, River and Royals. Margaret Ashmore

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Bewdley’s annual Harvest Fair takes place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October. The Museum will be open from 10.00 until 4.00 and will host a variety of activities with Music in the Sawyard on both days. Saturday features our local artist Bryn Teeling and Sunday sees the Worcester Ukulele Band. There are craft stalls and an apple Hunt on both days and an Apple Pie Competition on Sunday.

Another annual event which returns this year is a Family Fright Night at the museum which takes place on Saturday 28th October. Doors open at 5.00pm and the evening finishes at 8.00pm. Funtime Theatre presents Snow White and the Curse of Frankenstein starting at 5.30. A disco follows until 7.30pm. Other attractions include apple bobbing, a lucky dip, scary skittles, a spooky trail around the museum. and prizes for the best children’s and adults’ fancy dress. Bring your own pumpkin for judging at 7.00pm. Tickets are £5.00 per person or £17.50 for a family. Tickets are limited and booking is essential on

The museum has a full programme of Hallowe’en Half Term Activities each day from 11.00am until 3.30pm. Monday is Spooky Tee Shirts or Vampire Capes; Tuesday, Halloween Wreaths; Wednesday, Day of the Dead or Bat Tealight Holders; Thursday, Wooden Bat Boxes and Friday, LED Halloween Lanterns. Cost is £ 4.00 per child. Loyalty cards – take part in 5 activities and get the 6th free - can be redeemed from the summer. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Other events in October include a talk by Professor Ian Fairchild which asks ‘Are we in a new geological epoch?’. The talk is in the education room on 7th October at 11.00am. Tickets are £5. This year’s Bewdley Festival Exhibition features the work of Keith Turley and opens daily from 30th September to 5th November.

Are you looking to book your wedding? Then come along and join us for a glass of prosecco and canapés at one of our open days. Bewdley Museum is the perfect venue for your special day. To book your place at one of the our forthcoming open days please go to The Medieval Weekend saw the launch of Bewdley Museum’s bespoke range of souvenirs. Items include notepads, pens, pencils, fridge magnets and key rings. The team have worked hard to develop the brand based on the iconic buildings of Bewdley. Every item purchased helps support Bewdley Museum. The retail team are always sourcing new products to keep up with trends and styles. Pop along and shop our wide range of gifts, textiles, books, maps, confectionary and wine. For enquires and information please refer to the website or phone 0845 607 7819. Amanda Peplow

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This event on Sunday 3rd December will feature entertainment and a market organised by the Bewdley chamber maids. For information on the market or to book a stall contact Ann Lyman 01299 404 226 or Mark Driver 31

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We are proud to announce that Bewdley Library has become part of the Dementia Awareness Alliance and staff members are now registered as Dementia Friends. As the community library, and in partnership with the Medical Centre, this will enable us to provide the best possible service to those who are living with dementia in our area, and we are looking forward to learning more about how we can help. On Wednesday October 4th as part of Get Online Week, we are hosting a session entitled 'Try one new thing online' where you can visit between 11am and 1pm if you are interested in expanding your online horizons. Look out for more details on our Facebook page. Saturday 7th is when we get to celebrate the achievement of all the children who took part in our Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge; our medal ceremony for finishers is at 11 am. It's a proud moment for children, parents and library staff alike. A big thank you to everyone who took part! Kay Sanderson He based the looks of George Smiley on an office colleague,his father went to prison and he taught Prince Michael of Kent. Just some of the numerous facts we found out about the crime writer John Le Carré in a live stream from the Royal Festival Hall on the Thursday of Bewdley Book Week. In a fascinating two hours Le Carré allowed us into his secret world of spying, mixing biographical details of his time with MI5 and MI6 with details of how as an author he created his fictional character "George Smiley". Sitting in the Hall it was amazing to think how lucky we were to be watching a sold out live event which was being streamed to major cinemas throughout the U.K.and at a fraction of the cost!It was a great evening and was £10 very well spent. David Ward


Our next meeting is at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road DY12 1EU on Tuesday 24th October at 7.30pm. Do join us for an evening of laughter and intellectual stimulation. In a talk entitled 'The Great Escape', Sandy Cale will be following in the footsteps of King Charles 11 in Worcester.This is followed with a cuppa and opportunity to meet others and chat. Dates are set for local walks and coach trips, books chosen for the Reading Group and the craft group tell us about their latest projects. We extend a warm welcome to newcomers at this truly informal event. For more information please ring Sue Price 01299 402771 or Lois Hopkins 01299 409465

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Looking Back - 1996

This was the year of Dolly the sheep, Take That split up and disbanded, Greenwich was selected as the site for the Millennium Dome, and the BBC showed a new programme called Changing Rooms. Here in Bewdley the Town Council put up three new Bewdley signs at town boundaries, you could go to a talk on Summer Scarf Tying in Wribbenhall, and the magazine had a half-price voucher for Bewdley Museum (“A Surprise Round Every Corner!”). The March edition asked, “Do you know what goes on in Bewdley on a Friday Night?”. The answer was that until1996, young people met in the carpark. Now they had a room in St George’s Hall and a club called The Basement. And later in the year the Town Council put cycle racks by the library and lifebelts along Severnside. We Bewdley townspeople do like a bit of excitement in our town!

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Sshh! Say it quietly, but Christmas is fast approaching. It’s a great time of year, but can be busy, busy. So why not get ahead and begin your preparations early at the Traidcraft Christmas Fair, held as usual in St Anne’s Church on Saturday 4th November from 10am to 4pm.

We’ll have a great range of Christmassy products for you to browse and buy. Beautifully crafted gifts from our producer partners in the developing world are made in small workshops or at home, keeping vanishing traditional skills alive and often from natural and recycled materials. There’s a wide range of Christmas cards, including handmade paper and embroidered cards for that special person in your life.

There’ll be lots of everyday goodies too – nuts, dried fruit, biscuits, mueslis, tea, coffee, chocolate- as well as special Christmas food.

We’ll be serving fairly traded tea and coffee all day, with homemade cakes, and offering light lunches too.

Why not pick up a catalogue from St Anne’s (we’re open from 10am-2pm Tuesday to Saturday) to see the range of Traidcraft products.

So whether you’re looking for bamboo socks, a beautiful duvet cover, a new handbag or a jar of jam, the Traidcraft Fair is the place to be on November 4th. Elaine Barbour

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Christmas Cards and Goodies, Toys, Gifts, Household goods, Groceries Saturday 4th November 10am-4pm St Anne’s Church, Bewdley Lunches & Refreshments available Contact: Elaine Barbour 01299 400617

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Fishing in Bewdley

What could be nicer than sitting by the river on a misty autumn morning chasing the elusive double figure barbel? Readers may not realise that this part of the River Severn is famous for barbel fishing and we have anglers who descend upon us year after year from all over the country, some regular visitors and others here to experience their first barbel catch ever. We hear accents from as far afield as Scotland, Newcastle, Liverpool and Cornwall.

The anglers bring a lot of trade to the town using the hotels, shops, cafés, camp sites and car parks and, of course, the pubs. It’s part of the magic to meet up with other fishermen to brag about the day’s catch.In July the Kidderminster and District Anglers held a three day festival here with over 80 anglers fishing for big prize money, the overall match won by a local angler.

Once the river season closes in March, anglers - both men and the growing numbers of women enjoying the sport - move on to the many commercial pools in the area, once again helping the local economy. Warmer winters are certainly helping the sport.

Bewdley Tackle has now been open for 6 years. We are a family run business, open 7 days a week, and always ready to offer advice and encouragement to beginners. We particularly look forward to hearing about catches, even the fishermen’s tales and exaggerated results.

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Charity Concert Success

Singing on stage at Birmingham's prestigious Symphony Hall is something many people can only dream of, but for members of Bewdley's Got 2 Sing contemporary choir it was a reality. They formed part of the 500 strong 'Got 2 Sing' group of choirs which packed the stage on Sunday 3rd September at that  internationally renowned concert venue for their 'One Voice' concert, raising over £8,300 for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven charity. The 2000 plus audience was treated to a full programme of contemporary songs, opening with 'You're the Voice' through to a spectacular performance of 'One Voice' before ending with a traditional flag-waving 'Proms' finale which included 'Land of Hope and Glory.’

Beth Dunn, founder and director of Got 2 Sing, was delighted with the success of the evening. "It was a superb concert on every level. We've been inundated with messages praising the choir for their professional, polished performance and we were delighted with the amount raised for the charity. As a non-auditioned choir it was simply incredible to hear everyone singing their hearts out on stage and what a fantastic sound they made. It was truly amazing!" 40

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The Big Draw - ‘Ruskin in Wyre’ Project

The Big Draw is the World’s largest drawing festival and is celebrated throughout October. Supported by the Guild of St. George, this international celebration of drawing has grown from one day in October 2000 to an annual month-long festival of drawing across the UK and the world. Being based in the beautiful surroundings of the Wyre Forest has many benefits, including endless supplies of inspiration. With such a perfect setting the Wyre Community Land Trust decided to take part in The Big Draw for the first-time last year.Visitors brought along their creative side and got the opportunity to draw whatever inspired them including a variety of natural objects, from animal skulls to acorns and leaves to feathers. We are celebrating this wonderful festival again this year as part of the ‘Ruskin in Wyre’ Project.

'Long Lines' - drawing on the forest floor For families, and fun loving grown ups, come and work with artists from B arts. We will make charcoal, (and for people who can stay longer wood cut prints) to create large scale drawings on the floor of the forest. We will be working with charcoal, using pigments and mark making materials from the forest; twigs, clay, moss, bark. Get prepared to be messy!

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St George’s Farm, Tanners Hill, Bewdley, DY12 2LS 10am - 4pm on Sunday 29th October 2017 Free Kate Quinton or Debbie Blades 01299 488083

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 October:Tue. 3rd - Pub Night at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Fri. 6th - “Black Country Night Out” at the Rose Theatre, Kidderminster. Ticket only. Tue. 10th - Pub Night at The Old House at Home, B’ham Rd, Blakedown. DY10 3JE Tue. 17th - Pub Night at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Tue. 24th - Pub Night at The Lock, Wolverley. DY10 3RN Fri. 20th - Skittles and food – Fountain Inn, Clent , DY9 9PU. Sat. 28th - Live Wyres Halloween Dance at Kidderminster Carolians RFC with DJ Guy Roles Tue. 31st - 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 41


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Thanks for the Bewdley Balsam Bash 2017

Himalayan Balsam, a Victorian garden escapee is rife particularly along the river. It stifles native plants and, being an annual, leaves the banks exposed to the elements in winter and prone to erosion. It is the grey squirrel of the ghetto horticultural world! This year between late July and early August, groups of volunteers cleared most of the growth from the readily accessible parts of the river bank up and down from Bewdley Bridge on both sides of the river. Thank you to those who were able to spare some time to help.It's an ongoing project so will become an annual event. Hope to see you again, with friends, next year. Steve Bent

An Evening in Vienna with Bewdley Choral Society Saturday 18th November 7.30pm St. Anne’s Church Load Street Bewdley

A first half of music from the great classical composers of the late 18th and 19th centuries, including Mozart, Haydn, Brahms and Bruckner. The second half brings music from the popular era of Strauss and Lehár including many famous waltzes. Tickets £10 including a glass of wine from St. Anne’s Church and Bewdley Blooms in Load Street.

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St. Anne’s Bewdley Thursday 12th October 7.30 pm Speaker – Revd. David Southall ‘Work of the Hospital Caplain’ All welcome

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Oh my golly gosh, what a Bewdley Book Week that was! Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy events that had been organised throughout the week and there was certainly something for everyone.

Local authors Fen Flack, Rosemary Winnall and Anne and Lizzie Hill brought us history, naturally, and natural history. The Hop Pole Inn was packed with literary quizzers who had their taste buds tickled with lashings of lasagne.

And just hang on a minute, there’s so much more to John Challis than playing Boycie in Only Fools and Horses. After having upped sticks and moved out of London, he bought Wigmore Abbey and proceeded to renovate both the dilapidated property and the neglected gardens. With his one-off talk, just for us, he was witty, informative and charming.

Good gracious me, I’d never have guessed that one man could have an encyclopaedic knowledge of music in the way that Barney Hoskins has. This top journalist spoke about Woodstock and the events around the famous festival, inspiring many of us to go and reacquaint ourselves with the bands we used to enjoy in the Sixties.

Would you believe it, we were lucky enough to have Dinah Jefferies back in town, talking about her latest novel. Just days after her previous visit, her novel shot to the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list, so we’re hoping that the Bewdley magic can work again. Blow me, we virtually had John le Carré with us, too.

Bewdley Rotary Club joined us for the presentation of the Schools Short Story Competition prizes and gave us the chance to congratulate our talented youngsters.

Crumbs alive, the evening with the Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner, was a lively event! The hall was packed with mums (and the odd dad) out to have a good time and Sarah’s honest stories about the ridiculous moments of motherhood didn’t disappoint. She was interviewed by Rachel New and the two egged on each other, to the delight of the crowd.

Rachel was with us, the following afternoon, to host the ever-popular Tea and Cakes event. She was in conversation with the successful authors Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley who so obviously both enjoyed each other’s company and interacting with the audience. All with tea and cakes! Could it get any better?

Well, the last event of the week certainly was a highlight. An evening with Brian Patten was everything that we hoped it would be. Returning to Bewdley for the first time since our first festival, thirty years ago, he read a mixture of new and favourite poems.

Authors throughout the week were full of praise and expressed their pleasure in the lovely audiences we’d attracted. Now, I can’t believe it. It’s all over for another year. Fergus Allinson 39





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October brings the excitement of the Bewdley Festival to town including some awesome musical events. As a child of the 80’s, I’m particularly excited about seeing T’Pau in a rare full band performance on Thursday 12th. In symmetry with the Festival’s 30th Anniversary, it was October 1987 that saw “China in your Hand” shoot to No1 in the UK for 5 weeks. T’Pau are still a great live act, still performing at large Festivals and wowing audiences with that strong rock sound coupled with Carol Decker’s rasping vocal. If you like that 80’s rock vibe with a quality twist, then this will be a great night and for rock fans, the Festival keeps on giving as Tom Robinson arrives the following day in original 4 piece format as part of a brief tour to perform the legendary “Power in the Darkness” album. Once again, I can guarantee a great night of rock which I suspect will have the whole Mercure jumping. These are two unmissable gigs for Rock fans – what a chance to see these bands so close up and tickets are still available via the new Festival online booking system or at the TIC.

In a slightly different genre, I am particularly looking forward to this year’s Classical Concert to be held in St Anne’s on the afternoon of Sunday 8th October. In a nod to the Festival’s 30th anniversary where a concert was performed by local groups, Bewdley’s own “Festival Voices” along with the “Bewdley Baroque Soloists” will perform a concert of music written for special occasions. Much of this will of course be work commissioned or used at Royal Occasions and will include Handel’s famous Coronation Anthem: “Zadok the Priest” and his “Music for the Royal Fireworks”. The concert will also feature famous works by Parry including another Coronation Anthem: “I was Glad”. I’m also delighted that we will also be performing a “Festal Te Deum” written for the first ever Bewdley Festival by Graham Price. It’s great to be bringing this work back to life and re-living the events of that very first Festival. Whilst the performers are drawn from the local area, I can assure you this will be a high quality concert featuring some of the very talented professional musicians who live and work in the area and the programme will feature music that should appeal to all – even if you are not a regular classical music listener.

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Transition Bewdley Repair Café

Saturday October 21st 10.00 - 2.00 St. George’s Hall Bewdley After a brief summer break our volunteer repairers were ready and raring to get started again in September and dealt with the backlog of items in need of repair. We look forward to what October’s café might bring. We have been contacted recently by “Ricochet”, the award-winning independent television production company who were commissioned by BBC 2 to make the “Repair Shop” TV series aired earlier this year. They have now been commissioned to produce another series in time for Christmas. The series follows a team of passionate and skilled craftspeople who fix, repair and breathe new life into objects brought in by members of the public. They are looking for family heirlooms and objects that have community value that have fallen into disrepair. For example: memorial plaques, eroded statues, snapped weather vanes, broken sun dials, cracked gargoyles, fading carvings, or antique village and pub signs. For their Christmas Special they would particularly like objects of special significance at Christmas time. A ragged teddy bear given to a grandparent decades ago, a favourite train set a parent would like to pass on to their child on Christmas morning, anything of personal sentimental value or importance to a community can be repaired and preserved for generations to come. The team is especially eager to restore a sleigh that could decorate a town at Christmas time. Their team work side by side in a beautiful barn in the West Sussex countryside fixing, repairing and breathing new life into objects brought in by members of the public. They are a group of experts drawn from different disciplines such as furniture repairers, metal workers, mechanics, ceramicists, clock makers, picture conservationists, up-cyclers, restorers and fabricators of every ilk. To find out more go to If you have an object you’d like their help with, please get in touch with them at or call them on 01273 224829. Meanwhile in Bewdley, our volunteers offer many of the same skills in the more urban setting of St. George’s Hall. We are not concerned as to whether the objects are photogenic or unusual. We do get our fair share of items that are of sentimental value but as well as our regular customers who prefer to get help with repairing items rather than throwing them away in order to help the environment, we would like, for social and economic reasons, to attract more people who perhaps cannot afford to replace broken household devices. For more information about Bewdley Repair Café or to volunteer to help, please contact John Rhymer 01299 403424 49



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Lesley Smith, Brett Westwood and Max Keen are leading the pack, but the daytime programme at this month’s Bewdley Festival has lots more to offer. - an interview with Timothy Watson aka ‘Rob Titchener’ - a powerful play on the subject of pacifism, written and performed by Michael Mears - an insight into the art of compiling cryptic crosswords and quiz questions from John Henderson - a talk on the history and refurbishment of Birmingham Town Hall by Anthony Peers - a newly digitised film from the British Film Institute archives for fans of nostalgia and railways - a celebration of the WI by Professor Maggie Andrews - a concert of celebratory music, featuring a piece originally written for the first ever Bewdley Festival - Festival’s traditional closing Church Service on the theme of ‘Light’ Throughout October there is an exhibition of Keith Turley’s bold paintings showing people in interesting and work environments entitled ‘A Fair Day’s Work’. No Duck Houses this year, but please contribute your snaps to the creation of an album of images illustrating A Day in the Life of Bewdley - taken over 24 hours, from midday on 30th September to midday on 1st October. Dave Collins

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Piano Recital with a Difference!

Bewdley Methodist Church in High Street continues its series of “Music in the Chapel” concerts with a piano recital on Saturday 28th October at 2.30 pm. Distinguished musician Andrew Crabtree will be taking his audience on a musical journey through time, which starts before the piano was even invented. For over 300 years the Harpsichord was the favourite keyboard instrument in palaces and grand houses throughout Europe. However, in the 17th century it was soon to be replaced by a newcomer. Why was the piano invented? Why was it called the “piano?” With these intriguing questions the journey will begin, discovering surprising changes along the way. From Handel to Scott Joplin we will hear, through its music, “The Story of the Piano.” Tickets for the concert cost £8, including light refreshments from Mike Dernie 01299 400284 or Neil Sollom 07780 650491 51


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Bewdley Town Council News October 2017

Neighbourhood Plan The Town Council have looked again at the timetable for delivering the Neighbourhood Plan. This is because Wyre Forest District Council’s Local Plan timetable has been revised and this will not be adopted until 2019. The Neighbourhood Plan must be broadly in line with the Local Plan and so to ensure that both Plans are as up to date as they can possibly be, WFDC have asked the Town Council to delay publishing the “official” draft Plan until after the Local Plan has been adopted. This makes sense to ensure that our Neighbourhood Plan gets the maximum amount of weight in the planning system by being the most “up to date”. This will also allow for any changes or developments that come from the Local Plan review process which is currently ongoing to be addressed in the Neighbourhood Plan. The Town Council will still share a draft of the Plan as it stands based on all the public consultations and the work carried out by Council officers. This does mean that our communities will have ample time to respond to the draft Plan and for the Council to make any amendments before the “formal” process of adopting the Plan begins.

Police and Crime Commissioner – Fire and Rescue Service Consultation At its meeting on the 4th September, Town Councillors considered the proposals from the Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, to take on responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service. Having heard from Mr Campion at an informal meeting in August, the Council agreed to support the proposals. However, the vote was not unanimous and some Councillors had reservations about the suitability of a Police Commissioner taking on fire services. The support shown for the proposals was mostly around the potential cost savings in back office functions, and the benefits that closer collaboration between the police and fire services could bring.

Christmas 2017 The organisation of this year’s Victorian Christmas in Bewdley event is now in full flow. As last year, the event will feature a main stage with local community groups and music acts performing, a street market, Father Christmas, horse and carriage rides and lots more new activities. To book a stall at the market, please contact LSD Promotions on 01384 877336. Local businesses and community groups can receive special rates on stalls (subject to availability). 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: 2nd October and 6th November 2017. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are posted on town notice boards and are available on the Town Council’s website







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October in the Forest

Landowners (including gardeners) in and near the forest tend to find out that they are supplying the local wildlife with food. This may be by choice: at Uncllys Farm we get through sacks of sunflower seed and peanuts for the bird feeders at an amazing rate. These attract tits, Nuthatches, Goldfinches and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. We have a record number of juvenile Blue Tits around the house which, not content with the peanuts, have been pecking at the paintwork of the window frames, damaging the new putty/paintwork and competing with the cockerel to wake us early in the morning. (In October the sun will rise just after 7am so we hope for a longer sleep).

We have a traditional cherry orchard and a few old damson trees, and newer plantings of apples, cherries and plums. Cropping varies from year to year, but the trees always supply food for wildlife in the form of nectar from the blossom, ripe fruit and living and dead plant material for herbivores of all sizes. This month the last of the apples will be harvested. A few such as Bardsey and Captain Tom (a cooker) were ready in early August, and I had to be on the alert to get them before they rotted on the trees or were eaten by wasps or Hornets. Since then the Herefordshire Russet, Worcester Pearmain, Bramleys and sundry others which lost their labels have gradually ripened. We planted many trees of Scotch Bridget because it was used successfully in the Teme Valley in the past and it has proved to be a heavy cropper and resistant to disease. It isn’t a particularly juicy apple but forms the main constituent of our juice which is pressed, pasteurised and bottled for us by Richard Styles at Lower Blackstone Farm.

Our fields are fenced to keep sheep and cattle in but are not high enough to keep Fallow Deer out. When we moved to Uncllys we were surprised to discover that all the grazing animals we have had on the farm (and I include the pigs) seem to prefer to browse the branches of trees and shrubs rather than eat grass. Chickens, on the other hand, surprised me by the amount of grass they eat, given the chance. All our young trees have to be protected with tree guards but still sustain damage at times, especially when the weight of fruit bends the branches down to reachable height.

The photo shows a sheep looking particularly guilty (‘sheepish’?) when I caught him munching both apples and branches. We have found over the years that deer are cheeky and persistent but I hope that at least our defences around the garden will continue to be successful. I’m slightly worried about the encroachment of Muntjac Deer which are smaller and can squeeze under stock fencing quite easily and also recent sightings of rabbits on my lawn. Maybe the days of my beloved flowers and vegetables are numbered. Linda Iles

The Bridge - October 2017  
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The Bridge magazine - October 2017