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The Bridge December 2017

Bewdley Festival 2017

The combination of a great programme, the introduction of online ticket sales and the support of new sponsors and partners (drp, mfg Solicitors and Wright Solicitors) has resulted in Bewdley Festival’s 30th anniversary year being a great success. Many shows sold out and it was noticeable that there were many new faces along with the regulars. Roger McGough opened proceedings with a great show, returning following his appearance at the first Festival in 1988. Other highlights included Jan Ravens and Sara Pascoe who had the audience roaring in the aisles, Lesley Smith who frightened everyone as Boudica and Max Keen who explored Prince Rupert of the Rhine in full costume with another tongue in cheek performance. The Tom Robinson Band celebrated 40 years of 2 4 6 8 Motorway with a storming set, T’Pau, featuring the voice of Carol Decker, celebrated their 30th anniversary too, and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman ‘Heart Full of Songs’ was met with a standing ovation from the sell-out crowd. The Classical Concert at St Anne’s Church was described by many as the best yet. Pete Waterman strode around the stage at the Heath Hotel with tales and anecdotes from his fascinating career, Jenni Murray celebrated 30 years at Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ and art historian Dan Cruickshank bewailed the loss of major architectural wonders to the war with Isis. Cryptic crossword compiler John Henderson increased sales of the Guardian in the town with a Bewdley themed crossword and explained the complexities of composing clues. A powerful performance by actor/playwright Michael Mears of This Evil Thing chronicled the fate of Conscientious Objectors in the First World War – Festival’s annual contribution to Bewdley Remembers. Timothy Watson aka Archers’ ‘Rob Titchener,’ explained the background of the important storyline that rocked the nation. Conservation Architect Anthony Peers told the fascinating story of Birmingham Town Hall, Britain’s first truly civic building. The Keith Turley art exhibition in the Museum art gallery was well attended and Keith appeared several times to talk to viewers about his work. The church service on the theme of Light featuring local school children and Festival Voices marked the end of Festival 2017. If you enjoyed any of the show tell your friends and we look forward to Bewdley Festival events in 2018. Photos of Jan Ravens,Tom Robinson and T’Pau, featuring Carol Decker. Colin Hill

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Welcome to December’s edition of The Bridge, full of events to celebrate Christmas: Concerts and Carols, pantomime and Father Christmas, coffee mornings and markets. On a practical note, the holiday season brings an earlier copy deadline than usual and we ask that material for January’s magazine reaches us by Friday 8th December.

Christmas has come early for one Bewdley charity. Community Transport has been serving our town for many years, working out of an office at the top of St. Anne’s Church tower and providing transport for those unable to use public services. The charity is celebrating the arrival of a new vehicle that is adapted for wheelchair users. Turn to page 25 to find how you can help this organisation that really does transform the lives of members of our community.

Bewdley continues to be blessed with independent shops, cafés and restaurants offering a wide range of goods and services. A group of independent retailers - many of whom advertise in the pages of The Bridge - is working to boost the town’s profile with a Facebook page and a programme of special events. Find out more on page 17.

Thank you to This is Bewdley Facebook page photographers who have once again shared pictures with Bridge readers. Turn to the centre colour pages to see Jubilee Gardens’ dancing statues and some glorious autumn sun captured in the forest.

Page 29 brings us the latest news from Wribbenhall’s Grey Green Farm. Find out about the perils of Mangle Wurzels and how Christmas shopping was organised nearly 100 years ago. And, as ever, during Advent and Christmas, Bewdley’s churches offer special services, from carols in candlelight to the excitement of a busy nativity service. Look out for details throughout the magazine. Margaret, Martin, Peter and Gill wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

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December 1 Jim Friar Memorial Quiz St George’s Hall 7.30pm - see page 41 2 Christmas Lights event: main stage entertainment 2.00-7.00. Lights switched on at 5.30pm 2 Free family film Despicable Me 3 in St. George’s Hall 2.00pm - see inside back cover 3 Bewdley Footpaths walk 2pm - see page 19 3 Children’s Christmas Crafts Wribbenhall Parish room 2.00pm - see page 11 3 Christingle Service, All Saints’ Church 4.00pm - see page 11 3 Jack and The Beanstalk Bewdley Museum 6pm to 7pm - see page 19 and 25 3 Lecture at St Anne’s Church 6.30pm - see page 19 4 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10am to 12 noon 4 Floral Art Club Town Hall, Kidderminster 7.30pm - see page 25 4 Bewdley WI A Taste of Italy St George’s Hall 7.30pm - see page 27 5 Friends of Riverside Park Charity event Kateshill House 10am to 3pm - see page 43 6 Scrabble Group Bewdley Baptist Church 10am to 12 noon - see page 45 7 Craft Group Bewdley Baptist Church 10am to 12 noon - see page 45 7 Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am - see page 23 7 Cinema in the Hall: Loving Vincent - see inside back cover 7 Mothers’ Union meeting St Anne’s Church - see page 19 9 Bewdley Choral Society Carol Concert St Anne’s Church 6.30pm - see page 11 9-10 Children’s Christmas Crafts at Bewdley Museum - see page 19 10 Beer and Carols at The Great Western 8.00 pm - see page 17 10 Lecture at Holy Family Church 6.30pm - see page 19 11 Book Sale and Knit and Natter at All Saints’ Church 10am to 12noon 12 Bewdley Townwomen Guild - see page 25 13 Bewdley and Wribbenhall Ladies Luncheon club - see page 43 14 Knit & Natter at the Methodist Church High Street 2pm to 4pm 14 Cinema in the Hall: The Beguiled - see inside back cover 15 Music in the Hall: Sunjay sings Buddy - see inside back cover 16 Christmas Forest Craft Day at St. George’s Farm - see page 37 16 Repair Café St. George’s Hall 10am to 2pm - see page 35 16-17 Christmas Craft Fair and Father Christmas at Bewdley Museum - see page 19 16-18 Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints’ Church - see page 11 17 Lessons and Carols at St. Andrew’s Button Oak 4.00pm- see page 11 17 Carols by Candlelight at Bewdley Methodist Church - see page 9 17 Bewdley Concert Band concert - see page 27 18 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10-12 19 Methodist Church Walking Group, 10.30pm (01299 403941) 21 Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am - see page 23 21 Cinema in the Hall: Dunkirk - see inside back cover 24 Nativity Service at St. Anne’s Church 6.30pm - see page 7 24 Carols by Candlelight at Bewdley Baptist Church 5.30pm - see page 7 24 Midnight Mass at All Saints’ Church 11.30pm 5





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

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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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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Nativity Service Christmas Eve 6.30pm St. Anne’s Church

Shepherds, Angels and Wise Men... their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, guardians, supporters..... All are welcome to this child-friendly service where, on this special night, we retell the story of the birth of Jesus. Children are welcome to come dressed as a character from the Nativity story Service lasts 30 minutes (give or take…)

Christmas Services 2017 at Bewdley Baptist Church

Each weekday Friday 1st until 23rd December at 12.00pm: Five minutes to pause in the lead up to Christmas with a bible reading and reflection

Sunday 10th December 10.00am Noah’s Ark & Messy Church Nativity Sunday 24th December 10.00am An all-age service for all the family

Sunday 24th December 5.30pm Carols by Candlelight service

Monday 25th December 10.00am Christmas Day celebration service

Bewdley Baptist Church Office, 61 High Street, Bewdley, DY12 2DJ Telephone: 01299 403267 (am Monday-Friday) Email:

Join us for Christmas at Riverside Elim

This year we are making Christmas His-story and we would love for you to be with us for some or all of our celebrations. Here’s a list of what’s going on in December:

Sunday 3rd: Christmas what’s it all about?10:30am St George’s Hall Sunday 10th: The season for the reason featuring Holy Trinity Choir 10:30am St George’s Hall Sunday 17th: Christmas for all the family10:30am St George’s Hall Sunday 24th: Christmas Eve Carol Service 4:00pm St George’s Hall Christmas Day Service Riverside Church Centre 10:30am For more info contact, call the office on 01299 405535 or visit 9









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After our 9.30am service on Sundays we offer coffee and chat. Knit and Natter group meets every Monday 10.00 - 12 Ring Gail on 01299 401685 Christingle Festival - Sunday 3rd December Service is at 4pm Children's Crafts from 2pm in Wribbenhall Parish Room. Collection for The Children's Society Book Sale on Monday 11th December 10am - 12noon Christmas Lessons & Carols - 24th December at 6.30pm

Midnight Mass - 24th December service starts at 11.30pm

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

As well as our weekly Sunday meeting, we run a number of regular events throughout the week. Friends Fellowship of Healing second Wednesday 2.15 - 3.00 Midweek Meeting for Worship last Wednesday 12.00 - 12.30 (followed by a simple lunch for those who wish) Evening Meeting for Worship 7.00pm on the last Thursday in Kidderminster Thursday Craft Group meets fortnightly 2.00 - 4.00pm Further information from: Clerk of Meeting 01562 741501or

Happy Christmas from Bewdley Methodists

Services every Sunday at 10.30am Carols by Candlelight - 4.00pm on Sunday 17 December Lots of traditional carols and readings - followed by mince pies and tea/coffee. Christmas Eve Holy Communion 10.30am, with our minister, Revd Phil Hoar. No service here on Christmas Day. Services at Callow Hill Methodist Church at 9.30am & Stourport Wesley Methodist Church at 10.45am. 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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Lessons and Carols at St Andrew’s Button Oak at 4.00pm 9.30am Christmas Music and Words at St. Anne’s 11.15am Holy Communion at St. Leonard’s

6.30pm Nativity Service in St. Anne’s Children are invited to come dressed as a character from the Nativity story.

6.30pm Lessons and Carols at All Saints’ Wribbenhall 25th:

11.30pm Midnight Mass at All Saints’ Wribbenhall

9.30am Family Holy Communion for Christmas Day at St. Anne’s Bewdley Choral Society

Annual Christmas Tree Festival

Carols for Christmas

All Saints’ Church Kidderminster Road Bewdley

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St. Anne’s Church

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Monday 18th December 10 - 12

A traditional seasonal celebration with audience carols, mulled wine and mince pies.

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Tickets £5.00 on the door Children free

All Saints Wribbenhall warmly welcomes you to our family friendly

Christingle Service and Christmas Crafts

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Christmas Late Night Shopping in Bewdley

Late night shopping returns to Bewdley every Wednesday throughout December this year with many of the town’s independent retailers taking part opening till 8pm.

This new initiative from Shop, Eat, Sleep Bewdley, a group created by the town’s independent businesses, will be the first activity being run to help boost the town’s profile as a shopping destination with many more events planned for 2018.

Jon May, spokesperson for Shop, Eat, Sleep Bewdley, said, ‘There are so many new and established independent retailers in our town who really depend on local people, even more so at Christmas time. With free parking from 4pm and shops crammed full with unusual Christmas gifts, what better reason is there to shop local this year.’ Remember to ‘LIKE’ Shop, Eat, Sleep Bewdley on Facebook to find out more about the shops taking part and other activity taking place during December.

Beer And Carols

Cards for Good Causes Christmas Shop

Sunday 10th December 8pm

in St. George’s Hall Undercroft, is open until

The Great Western

16th December 10am to 4pm

Kidderminster Road Wribbenhall

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.

What better way to start Christmas than singing traditional carols with a pint of beer.

We would be pleased to welcome any new volunteers.

Please call Sheila Limbrick 01299 400704

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During this month, the Museum will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4.30pm until 17th December. The Gift Shop and Tourist Information Centre is open from 10am-4.30pm every day up to Friday 22nd December.

Wrap up warm and enjoy this year’s Panto. Tiger Touring Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk on Sunday 3rd Dec 6-7pm.Tickets are £6 per person and £22 for a family. of 4.

We will be offering a weekend of Christmas Crafts for children on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 11am-3:30pm. There will be a variety of crafts including painting ceramic baubles and other tree decorations as well as ceramic gingerbread men money banks. Cost is £4 per child; no booking required but entry will be on a first come first served basis. Look out on Facebook and our website for more details.

Come and meet Father Christmas in his magical Christmas Grotto and receive a gift! Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December between 12noon and 4pm. Last admission is at 3.30pm. £5 a child. During this weekend between 10am-4pm you will also be able to visit our Christmas Craft Fair, craft studios, gift shop and museum for some beautiful Christmas Gifts. The Shambles café will be open serving hot food and drink. If you For a craft stall at the event please email For more details contact Bewdley Museum on 0845 607 7819. The Museum and Shop are closed during January. The Gift shop and TIC reopen on Monday 5th February and the Museum reopens on Saturday 3rd March. Amanda Peplow Bewdley Museum

Bewdley Footpaths

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St Anne’s Bewdley Thursday December 7th 7.30 pm ADVENT SERVICE ‘Keeping hope alive’ All Welcome

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Theology Lectures for Advent

All are welcome to these lectures sponsored by Holy Family Church and St Anne’s Church. On Sunday 3rd December in St Anne’s Church, Dr David Allen from the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham will speak on the title ‘Advent Hope’. On Sunday 10th December in Holy Family Church Fr Andrew Robinson from St Mary’s College, Oscott in Birmingham will speak on the title ‘Was St. Paul a Misogynist?’. Both events start at 6:30pm and conclude at 7:30pm with refreshments. All are most welcome, whether or not members of either of the churches. 21






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Bewdley Scout hut becomes available for other use

Bewdley Scouts have recently consolidated their activities on their Wribbenhall site in Spencer Avenue. This means that the scout hut and surrounding green space in Park Alley, off High Street, has become surplus to requirements. The hut may be suitable for other community use. It is currently on a long lease from Wyre Forest District Council.

Expressions of interest are invited from local organisations or businesses who may be interested in occupying the premises.

More information can be obtained from Robert Smith on 01299 409137.


Rock Pathfinders

The D-Day Darlings

Free guided walks of 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside.

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The December walks will be on Thursdays at 10.30am

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Saturday 13th January 7.00pm at the Mercure Bewdley Heath Hotel featuring The D-Day Darlings and David Lawrence Tickets £10 available from The Mercure Hotel, St. Anne’s Church Welch Gate Café Bar Bewdley Carol Gittins 01299 404113 Angie Pitt 01299 402723

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Knit & Natter at Bewdley Methodist Church

This group is celebrating ten years of clicking needles and clinking tea cups. Starting with just half a dozen people in 2007, it has more than doubled in size.  Over the years they have knitted more than 3,000 clothes for premature babies, jumpers and cardigans for children in Rwanda, hats and scarves for refugees and woollen toys for HomeStart Wyre Forest. The group meets at the church on High Street at 2pm on the second Thursday each month and offers a warm welcome and friendly fellowship whether you want to knit or just natter.

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Bewdley Festival Church Service

The children relax after their song. Photo Colin Hill At October’s Bewdley Festival Church Service we enjoyed the children of St Anne’s and Bewdley Primary Schools singing a lovely song called Shine Your Light and clearly enjoying every minute of the congregational hymn Shine Jesus Shine. It was a pleasure to work with the teachers and pupils from both schools – teaching a new song to a hall full of children and hearing them sing it back at you with energy and enthusiasm is a life affirming experience. Both schools should be congratulated for working so hard to ensure that music and singing is encouraged and performed with so much enjoyment by the children. If you didn’t make it to the Service this year – put Sunday 21st October 2018 in your diary now and come and join us for the Festival’s only free event. Alastair Elliott

Remembrance Sunday

Bewdley Scout and Guide Band lead the parade Photo Peter Osman

Community News

Community Transport

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new wheelchair adapted vehicle.

Funded by the Department of Transport, the vehicle can accommodate six people and a wheelchair. We now have a fleet of five vehicles that can be used alongside those belonging to our invaluable volunteers. Current levels of journeys are now in excess of 100 per day with some special requests for one off journeys.

As always funding is a priority, along with having sufficient volunteers. Up and coming events are a stall at the Christmas Lights event on 2nd December, a Quiz Night at Bewdley Pines on 19th January and a concert with David Lawrence on 2nd February at The Mercure.

If you can help with in any way please contact Beverley Coldrick - Chief Officer on 01299 405832 or just call in to our office in St. Anne’s church for an informal chat Facebook Community Transport Wyre Forest

Photo: Beverley Coldrick with service user June Evans-Tovey and volunteer driver Jon Crellin.

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Our branch of TWG ends the year with a Christmas Party. What a great way of meeting us all and getting a taste for all the Guild has to offer. Do join us. The fun takes place on 12th December 7.30pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road DY12 1EU. Contact Sue Price 01299 402771 or Lois Hopkins 01299 409465

A Jolly Holly Christmas with Andrew Lloyd The Town Hall Kidderminster

Monday 4th December 2017 7.30pm (Doors open 6.30pm) Tickets £9.00

From Bewdley Floral Art Club members, or 01299 402961, 01384 443380

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It’s Panto season and Tiger Touring Theatre Company are bringing Jack and The Beanstalk, suitable from age 4-11 years, to Bewdley Museum on Sunday 3rd December from 6pm-7pm.

Come dressed in your warm clothes and huddle together in the Sawyard. Tickets, £6 per person or £22 for a family of 4, from Bewdley Museum Tourist Information Centre between 10-4.30pm every day or book online at or call 0845 607 7819. Find us on facebook Bewdley museum. 31

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As we hurtle towards the end of another year, most of us will sit down and take stock of what we have done (and not done) in the past twelve months. Get fitter; lose weight; give up alcohol; learn a language/instrument; catch up on all those great series everyone keeps raving about on Netflix; sign up for Netflix….the list goes on.

Maybe you wanted to read a little more? The Library service provides a range of books available to read physically (in your hand) and digitally (on your reading device). All you need is a library card and it's free to join. Over the last year we have had many people join the library for the first time and start enjoying the service. Don't miss out – sign up soon!

If you fancy getting to grips with technology or improving your skills, our Digital Champion Christine may be able to help. Since joining us as a volunteer she has helped many people access their devices with more confidence. She can give you support with your tablet/laptop and give you some pointers with using email, navigating web pages, and so on. This service is totally free; all you need to do is sign up for an appointment (Christine is available on Thursday mornings between 10 am and 12 noon). Drop into the library and see a member of staff. Whatever sort of year you have had, remember to celebrate the small things as well as the usual Christmas blowout; after all, if you're reading this you're still with us! Have a good Christmas/Winter break. Kay Sanderson Bewdley Library

Bewdley Concert Band At Christmas

Sunday 17th December 7.30pm St. Anne’s Church Bewdley

Tickets £5 (under 16s free) including mulled wine

Donation from ticket sales to local charitable group Take Heart Tickets available from band members, Bewdley Tourist Information or on the door


Monday 4th December at 7.30pm ‘A Taste of Italy’ Ticket only Italian themed evening featuring soprano Elizabeth MacDonald. St George’s Hall Bewdley Tickets £10 to include a light supper Licensed Bar. Ladies and Gentlemen welcome. Dress: Smart Attire Tickets from The Community Café St George’s Hall or Bewdley WI

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If you look across towards the Crundalls Hill from the car park in Bewdley you will see some cows in the fields. These are our 'dry cows', those not being milked at present, and they will stay out until they calve. Each morning we take them silage, and check their welfare.

Since November the milking cows and heiffers have come into the yards and buildings where they will remain until Spring. The herd of milking cows are fed a ration of 5 tons of silage a day, and the photo shows the various layers of food that we have grown and harvested over the Summer: grass, chopped Spring barley (before the grain has ripened), maize; and soya. Recently we have started to add organic cider vinegar, recommended to promote health. The machine behind the tractor is a mixer wagon which weighs, combines and delivers the silage to ring feeders in the yards. When I started farming 50 years ago the cows were fed hay in the Winter, and we grew mangle wurzels for energy. The mangles had to be pulled by hand, each weighing about 6-8 lbs, and the leaves twisted off rather than cut or, like beetroot, they would bleed. Chopping the mangles was a daily task, and then they would be put into locally hand-made baskets which we called whisketts. I don't know if this is the correct name for them. (Does anyone else remember using, or making them?) Each cow would have a whiskett - about the size of a laundry basket - full of chopped mangles, delivered by hand to her stall. The biggest mangles were sort after as lanterns and carved out to hold candles for bonfire night : a bit like thepumpkin lanterns used for Halloween now.

I once used mangle wurzels to make wine - truly awful stuff! However when our eldest daughter was born, I thought that this 10 year vintage Grey Green Wurzel wine (has a certain ring to it!), was just the drink to wet the baby's head. Thank goodness my wife and baby stayed in the Croft long enough for me to recover!

As you prepare for Christmas, I thought you'd like to see this 1920s equivalent of online food shopping.This post card was found by Sue Healey when she lived at Hoarstone Farm. Mary Kent lived at Grey Green Farm so was buying very locally as Mrs. Page was her neighbour just across the fields. She writes: Dear Mrs. Page. Should be glad if you would kindly send me the Goose sometime Monday next Dec 21st. in feathers.Thanking. Yours Sincerely Mary Kent

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It’s December, so naturally, I’m going to write about Christmas music, however, before I do, having just returned home from Bewdley’s Act of Remembrance, I want to pay tribute to Bewdley’s Marching Band whose playing is so central to the event. This year in particular, they also played on bravely as the rain and freezing wind whipped up around them. I also wanted to mention the young lady that plays the Last Post during the ceremony. If you’ve never played a brass instrument, you may not know that all those different notes you hear are just down to something called “embouchure” – the art of lip control. It’s very difficult to have the required control to cleanly change notes but consider adding in a cold wind and the nerves of being the only sound ringing out as hundreds of your fellow townspeople listen in silence. As ever, it was beautifully played and very moving.

As the years roll by, I do struggle to find something different to say about Christmas music. I am not ashamed to admit that I love the traditional sounds of carols and so I think I will merely say that in Bewdley as ever there will be plenty of Christmas music events during December and I hope you will get along to one of them. If you fancy a very traditional evening of well-known carols with the chance to sing along accompanied by a large choir and organ, then look no further than Bewdley Choral Society’s Christmas concert on Saturday 9th December at 6.30pm in St. Anne’s Church. The programme will be packed full of traditional favourites and there will be plenty of opportunities to join in. Naturally, mulled wine and mince pies will add to the atmosphere so it should be the epitome of a traditional Christmas evening. Bewdley Concert Band hold their annual Christmas Concert in St. Anne’s Church on Sunday 17th December at 7.30pm, again with seasonal music, mulled wine and a family atmosphere.

As ever, therefore, let me wish you all a very Happy, Peaceful and music-filled Christmas. Alastair Elliott

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Christmas shoppers will be able to park for free at all Wyre Forest District Council car parks after 4pm in the run up to the festive period. The ‘Free Christmas parking after 4pm’ offer will run from Saturday 18 November until Sunday 31 December 2017.

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At the December Repair Café, customers can get their festive lights checked. If they are not working, our repairers may be able to identify and fix faults and even tell you where you can get replacement bulbs of various kinds.

Before the predicted severe winter weather arrives remember that fan heaters, electric fires, greenhouse heaters and the like can be checked for electrical safety. If any forward-thinking people have Tilley lamps as a precaution against power cuts, one of our Repairers who is a collector of Tilley lamps through the ages can service those for you too.

Our Repairers will be on hand to carry out a range of other repairs including small items of furniture, garments, kitchen appliances and electrical goods. With Christmas coming up our hard-working tool sharpener is expecting to sharpen not only the usual range of gardening tools but also carving knives ready for your turkey dinners!

We have a policy of supporting local businesses that make a living from carrying out repairs and alterations. This means for example that we can recommend reliable local services for most garment and curtain alterations etc. However when a cherished garment needs some repairs or alterations to extend its life and the cost of a professional repair far outweighs the value of the item our repairers are happy to help out. They will even teach people how to carry out their own simple alterations and repairs and to get the best out of their own sewing machines. The next Repair Café is on Saturday 16th December starting at 10.00 a.m. (please do not come before that as we are still setting up) and will finish promptly at 2.00 p.m.

For enquiries or to volunteer to help, contact: John Rhymer on 01299 403424 or email

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 December:Tue. 5th – Pub Night at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Fri. 8th – Live Wyres Christmas Meal at The Island Pool, W’ton Road, Cookley. DY10 3R Sat. 9th – Queen Tribute Band at the Rose Theatre, Kidderminster. Ticket only. Sun. 10th – Christmas Meal at Wharton Park Golf Club. Tue. 12th – Pub Night at The Old House at Home, B’ham Rd, Blakedown. DY10 3JE Tue. 19th – Pub Night at the Island Pool, W’ton Road, Cookley. DY10 3RX Sat. 23rd – Live Wyres Christmas Party with Siddy Sounds at Wolverley Memorial Hall Sun. 31st – Live Wyres New Year’s Eve Party with Dancing Dave at Blakedown Village Hall 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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£2,500 raised for Alzheimer Society in Birmingham Velo 100 mile Cycle Ride

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Retired Firefighter Alan Humphries wanted to do this event since a dear friend was recently diagnosed in his early 60’s. Alan was 67 last August, has two artificial knees and has had a shoulder reconstruction, so the cycle ride was a huge personal challenge. It took him 10 hours to complete but he did it!

A local Stride & Stroll walker leader turned cyclist, Alan started training for the event in March. He sorted out the best bike and his wife Sue says that the once garden shed is now a cycle workshop! He studied the correct diet and nutritional supplements and worked out the best regime for Alan in Bewdley on velo day his body requirements. He trained three times a week - two short rides at speed and then one long ride - and now averages 13.5 miles an hour. With phenomenal support from family and friends, the cash collected from sponsorship, a raffle and online donations means that the Grand Total raised so far is £2500!

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Make your own reindeer £10 Booking essential Christmas Craft activities making natural decorations. Buy your winter wood fuel Delicious Dexter Beef and Homegrown Apple Juice To book email phone 01299 488083

Riverside Dementia Café

This takes place twice a month on the 1st & 3rd Thursday at Riverside Church Centre in Dog Lane. The Dementia Café is run by volunteers with nursing and care qualifications Clients are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities and have a two course cooked lunch. Activities include music, drumming, singing, crafting, board games, darts, skittles and dancing.

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Looking Back 1997

The Countdown to the Millennium was forecasting fearful consequences on all things electronic, Dolly the sheep was introduced to the world, Channel 5 was launched and Diana, Princess of Wales died. Here in Bewdley, the Bridge advertised a course on how to use Windows 95 (you don’t need to have your own computer), 250 trees were planted to form a coppice in Wribbenhall, Julie Felix sang at the Festival, and a fervent letter pleaded for a swimming pool for the town. (Does anyone have a photo of those trees ten years on?Do send it to so that we can print it in our next edition) Margaret Here are the names of some of the people in last month’s photo on p29: Bill Wear, Robert and Kathleen Gibbs and their children, Lucy and Matt Williams, Stephanie Seville, Ross Workman, Sue Mayoss,Vince and Kathy Taylor.

Sue Brown will be signing copies of her latest book at the Community Café, St. George’s Hall, Load Street Car Park on Tuesday, 5th December from 10am-12.00.

“Over Agaynst the Chappell” tells the fascinating story of a Bewdley building bearing the date 1632, speculates on the initials carved beneath the attic window and the mask in the eaves, and imagines the busy 17th century market-place setting.

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For our distant ancestors, this time of year was one of preparation and although December brings the shortest day and a gradual return of the light, the harshest months, in terms of weather, are yet to come. In today’s modern age, we don’t have to worry about whether there is enough food or fuel to see us through the winter months, for we have the luxury of supermarkets and electricity companies. Nevertheless, preparation still remains key. This is the time to ensure that our homes are weatherproofed, that the elderly of the community are safe and warm and that we are physically strong enough to fight off the seasonal ailments of coughs, colds and flu. With regards to the latter, many people will choose to have the flu jab, or take vitamin supplements, whilst for others, a gentler approach is preferred, through choosing to drink a herbal infusion. Ginger root makes a delicious warming drink on a cold winter’s day and can act as a powerful immune system tonic. Dandelion leaf, that plant we love to mow down when it appears in a manicured lawn, has a myriad of health benefits, not least of which is its ability to strengthen the immune system. Hibiscus flower meanwhile, is high in Vitamin C and again, has a positive effect on our immunity. Many herbs however, have contraindications associated with their use and anyone taking prescribed medication, or under medical supervision, should contact their G.P. or a medical herbalist before taking herbal infusions. Carole Carlton Bewdley Museum

Christmas Charity Event in aid of Friends of Riverside North Park Tuesday 5th December

Kateshill House, Redhill, Bewdley, DY12 2DR Cakes Stall, Craft Stalls, Hamper Raffle, Christmas Stall, Chocolate Tombola, all amid stunning Christmas furnishings with carols and seasonal music 10 am-12.30 - Coffee and Mince Pie 12.30-3 pm - Tea and Cake Tickets - £5 per session 01299 401563 Gemma: / 0790933841

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In October Max Keen gave us a very entertaining and informative talk on The English Civil War, wearing appropriate costume. On 29th November Dianna Brothwell was invited to talk and demonstrate Christmas Characters in Sugarcraft. Our Christmas meeting will take place on 13th December, when a seasonal meal will be served, followed by a 1950s Christmas Quiz by David Berry.  All ladies will receive a warm welcome to our meetings at the Mercure, and for further information please ring 01299 877908. 49



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Whatever your crafting interest, this group for ladies is an opportunity to bring along your craft project, and friends, to enjoy the company of others, share ideas and inspire each other in a friendly group., There will be tables to work on and refreshments will be available Next Meeting: Thursday 7th December 10.00am-12.00pm Back Hall, Bewdley Baptist Church Want to know more: Ring Monday-Friday 01299 403267 email

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First Wednesday of each month in Bewdley Baptist Church. Our next meeting: Wednesday 6th December 10.00am-12.00 Back Hall, Bewdley Baptist Church. Cost: A donation towards refreshments is appreciated. Want to know more: Ring Beverley 01299 823505 or the Church Office 01299 403267 Everyone regardless of ability or experience is invited to come along If possible could you please bring a scrabble game with you. We look forward to seeing you.



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Bewdley Town Council News December 2017 Town Events and Festivals 2018

The Town Council are pleased to announce another packed programme of events, markets and festivals for 2018. The season of twice monthly markets in partnership with LSD Promotions starts on the 18th March and run on the first and third Sunday of the month, with the second of our Community Showcase events also being held in March at St George’s Hall (date TBC). We also hope to have another BBC Hereford and Worcester Gardener’s Questions Time roadshow due to popular demand!

April – Easter Bank Holiday Monday will host a special riverside market, the Annual Town Meeting at St George’s Hall will be on the 9th April with the St George’s Parade on the 22nd. May – Bank Holiday special markets will be held on the 7th May and 28th May, with the annual “Mayor Making” event on Friday 11th May.

June will see the usual fabulous markets on the first and third Sundays along with the annual Mayor’s Civic Service on the 24th June.

September’s Heritage Weekend (15th and 16th) is set to be another popular event with the Heritage Market, Soup Trail and the display of civic regalia in the Guildhall. The Plantagenets will also be making a return to Bewdley Museum!

December – The Victorian Christmas in Bewdley event will be back with the Christmas Lights Switch On. Put the 1st of December in your diaries!

As well as all this, there will be the usual Bewdley annual events organised by our partners and other organisations like the ever popular annual Carnival, Hopfest Family Music Festival, October’s Bewdley Festival and the Regatta. Check out the events listings on our website for these and more at Also get in touch if you would like your community event listed for FREE!

Finally, as the festive season approaches, the Town Council would like to wish everyone a fun, happy and peaceful Christmas. 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 December 2017 and 2nd January 2018. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are posted on town notice boards and are available on the Town Council’s website







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December in the Forest Browsing through my copy of the National Farmers’ Union’ Countryside magazine (always a good read) I spotted that an Avian Influenza Roadshow – a free event to give poultry keepers the latest advice to avoid an outbreak of the disease and what would happen if that occurred - was coming to Ledbury that very week. My diary told me I could make it and I duly found myself in The Feathers Hotel, a lone backyard poultry keeper in a room full of others with tens of thousands of birds. Through the presentations of the next few hours I learnt many things including: •

Out of 13 infections last winter 6 were in backyard poultry flocks.

The global picture: how the different strains of Avian Influenza (AI) are spreading worldwide with the associated risk of mutations producing new forms highly pathogenic to humans as well as birds. I hadn’t appreciated that my response as a very small scale chicken farmer had a serious part to play in the battle to prevent or delay dangerous epidemic. An outbreak or even an infection investigation would severely restrict movements of not only poultry and their products but vehicles too within a 3km radius. (Imagine having to apply for a licence to take the kids to school!) I wouldn’t want to be the cause of such trouble and economic difficulty if I could help it.

So, how do I stop my birds catching AI? We kept our birds indoors for the first 30 days’ control order a year ago then made a covered run for them so that they could be outside. Our difficulty was in stopping wild birds, especially those cheeky robins, from getting into the run and hen house through the tiniest holes. Now I have picked up some good, practical ideas and have a ‘to do’ list which includes making a better run, blocking access holes in the hen house and dealing effectively with rats. I also picked up a bunch of AI posters to pass on to fellow keepers.

All in all a day well spent.

With the chickens tucked up safe and well I can spend the shortest days of the year enjoying whatever sunshine we get and collecting natural materials for some Christmas decorations. A handful of long (5’ to 7’) prunings of wisteria, willow or vine can easily be wound into a ring that can have cones and seedheads attached by wire or glue gun. Some gold spray, glitter and ribbon will add colour and sparkle and your front door will gain a seasonal creation all of your own! Linda Iles

The Bridge - December 2017  

The Bridge magazine - December 2017

The Bridge - December 2017  

The Bridge magazine - December 2017