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The Bridge January 2018

Going like the Clappers!

Some of our more observant townspeople may have noticed that the last Sunday in November was strangely silent. There were no bells to summon the faithful to morning service at St. Anne’s! The reason lay in the bells themselves.

After being in place since 1984 the clappers inside the bells have suffered from general wear and tear and when the bells were inspected some months ago by a representative from the bell founders John Taylor & Co of Loughborough his report showed that the clappers needed attention.

This next bit is technical! Because of this the money has been found to resurface the strike point - where the clappers make contact with the bells themselves - replace the working parts and finally, after all the mechanical work completed, to prime the metal and coat it with two coats of industrial grade gloss paint. New leather washers were fitted and each clapper was provided with new castle nuts (they look like little castles) and split pins. Then all was reassembled and St Anne’s bells can ring out again with renewed vigour. The ringers themselves removed and later re-installed the clappers.

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Nostalgia: not what it used to be.

Over Christmas I expect that like most people you had the happy experience of watching a repeat of a television programme from ten or more years ago. You may well have spotted the hero take out a black plastic housebrick and speak carefully into it. We viewers sit back and smile, saying “How quaint! how amusing! Just look at the size of his phone!”. However, I have a suspicion that these cries have been going on for many years .

Imagine if you will a cave. In it sits Stone Age man talking to his wife. “Uugh errr umm aaar arr eeuw oeoch agh mmmagh. Ha ha.”*

Piers Plowman's son sits on the Malvern Hills and stares into space as he remembers how his dad used his pointy stick on their fields. “Ich wot nat plughen wit en plugh, on myn lif. Ha ha”**, he tells his son as he manoeuvres the plough round the corner of the field.

Herbert Austen’s daughter adjusts her driving mirror and tells her passenger, “Do you remember Pa’s old car? More than twenty miles an hour and he’d panic. Ha ha”.

During a coffee break with the washing machine whizzing away in the background, my young neighbour mused, “My gran used all the ends of soap tablets and put them in a little wire thing to wash her smalls in. Can you believe it? Soap to do her laundry! Ha ha.” Yes, it's always been going on. We tend to think it's only us who are always up to date, and the previous generation that was so out of touch. But come on, confess. Have you ever been tempted to plaintively say, “But what’s the point of Facebook?”

Final thought. Find someone, preferably female, about 73 years old and say just two words to them, then sit back and let nostalgia have its way. The two words? Liberty bodice.

* Do you remember when dad used to eat his mammoth raw? Because no-one realised that burning it gave it a much better mouth-feel and taste.

** The old fool never even knew what a plough was.


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January 2 Live Wyres meeting - see page 35 4 Rock Pathfinders walk - see page 21 4 Soroptimists meeting Baxter Church Rooms Kidderminster 7.30pm - see page 27 4 Cinema King Lear St George's Hall 7.30pm - see inside back page 7 Bewdley Footpaths walk 2pm - see page 17 8 Bewdley Floral Art Wharton Park Golf & Country Club 7.30pm - see page 23 8 Book Sale and Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10am-12noon - see page 9 8 Bewdley W.I. St George's Hall 7.30pm - see page 21 9 Live Wyres meeting - see page 35 11 Cinema The Florida Project St George's Hall 7.30pm - see inside back page 11 Ladies craft group. 10.00am-12.00pm Back Hall, Bewdley Baptist Church 11 Knit & Natter Methodist Church 2-4pm 13 Soroptimists - members reflection day - see page 27 13 Concert The D-Day Darlings 7pm Mercure Bewdley Heath Hotel - see page 21 13 Live Wyres meeting - see page 35 15 Knit and Natter All Saints’ 10am-12noon - see page 9 16 Afternoon W.I. Wribbenhall Parish Rooms 1-3pm - see page 39 16 Methodist church walking group 10.30am 16 Live Wyres meeting - see page 35 17 Bewdley Civic Society St. George’s Hall 7.30pm - see page 23 18 Rock Pathfinders walk - see page 21 18 Cinema Hampstead St George's Hall 7.30pm - see inside back page 18 Soroptimists speaker/supper - see page 27 20 Repair Café St. George’s Hall 10am–2pm - see page 13 21 Messy Church Bewdley Baptist Church - see page 27 22 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10 till 12noon - see page 9 25 Soroptimists - coffee morning from 10am - see page 27 25 Cinema Limehouse St George's Hall 7.30pm - see inside back page 26 Music in the Hall St George's Hall 7.30pm - see inside back page 26 Live Wyres meeting - see page 35 29 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10 till 12noon - see page 9 30 Live Wyres meeting - see page 35 31 Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club Mercure Bewdley Hotel - see page 41 February 1 Cinema Victoria and Abdul St George's Hall 7.30pm - see inside back page 5 Bewdley W.I. St George’s Hall 7.30 pm 17 Ruskin Land trail 5.30pm – 7pm - see page 23





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Riverside Church

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.

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

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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.

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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.





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St. Anne’s continues to be open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 2pm. During this time we welcome our many friends from the town and visitors to the town, with light refreshment available. The church is also open at these times for private prayer. You are always welcome to pray in church, and there is also a side chapel (towards the front on the left-hand side) that you can use if you wish. Here you can also light a candle. There is a prayer board immediately as you come into church on which you are welcome to pin prayer requests. Each week these requests are offered by the regular Saturday morning prayer group. St. Leonard’s Church is usually open in daylight hours for prayer, peace and quiet.

Do you need to hire a meeting room?

Then Bewdley Baptist Church may have just what you need. We have several light, warm, well furnished rooms in the Church building (all on the ground floor), which we can rent out for one off or regular bookings. The Church’s Main Hall with balcony and stage can seat about 200 people and the floor area can be cleared to give a large, carpeted space. There is audio-visual equipment available and disabled access to the carpeted Back Hall, which can seat approximately 40 people and can also be cleared of chairs for maximum versatility. There is an adjoining well equipped kitchen. The Cottage fronts the High Street and is at the entrance to the Church. It has been recently renovated to a high standard with disabled access, toilet and kitchen. There are two small adjoining rooms seating up to about 20 people in total and is ideal for small meetings or children’s parties. It opens directly on to the Church’s enclosed courtyard garden. Terms for hiring these premises are very competitive and we offer 50% discount for charitable or non-charging events. If you would like to view the facilities or need any further information about availability, terms and conditions please contact: Tom Cox (Minister in Training) or Mary Farmer on: Telephone: 01299 403267 Email:

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All Saints’ Church Kidderminster Road Wribbenhall

After our 9.30am service on Sundays we offer coffee and chat. Knit and Natter group meets every Monday 10 - 12 Ring Gail on 01299 401685 Book Sale on Monday 8th January 10am-12noon Sunday 7th January Said Holy Communion service at 8am There will be no 9.30am service: instead there is a United service at St. Leonards Church Ribbesford at 11.15

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

You’re always welcome at Bewdley Methodist Church

As well as our services on Sunday at 10.30am we offer: Knit & Natter - friendship and company while doing something worthwhile. Meet at church 2 - 4pm on the second Thursday each month. Walking Group - exercise and fellowship in our local countryside. 10.30am third Tuesday. House Fellowship -  lively discussion of topical subjects based on Bible study and our faith experience. 7.30pm on the second Tuesday. 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.

Local contact: Deacon John O’Brien Parish Office: 01299 822633



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“Neither look forward where there is doubt nor backward where there is regret. Look inward and ask not if there is anything outside you want, but whether there is anything inside that you have not yet unpacked.” - Quentin Crisp November.

The blessed relief of January hits me like a cold shower after a heatwave; I've just got one family birthday to go and then I can relax again until next

'New Year, New You' time is now upon us, although trawling through the internet for inspiration I sense rebellion in the air. Whereas we have the same frenzied encouragement to take up a new exercise regime/start our own business/meditate for 20 minutes every morning, we now have those who admonish us for not having started earlier. "Why wait until January? Start now!" Whatever you decide to do, you're doing it wrong in somebody's book.

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A Happy New Year to readers of The Bridge and to all our Repair Café Customers.

The Repair Café is back again on the third Saturday of each month to mend those broken Christmas presents and any other items!

Our volunteer Repairers tell us that not only do they enjoy the challenge of diagnosing the faults in items that are brought in for repair and then attempting to put them right but as important to them is the opportunity to talk and get to know the other repairers and to meet customers. Many of our customers tell us that they too appreciate the social opportunities that the Repair café offers. Whist waiting, they enjoy not just a cup of tea and piece of cake but also the opportunity to chat to other customers. They then appreciate being able to talk to the Repairer and learn more about their item, what the problem is, how it can be repaired and how such problems can be avoided in the future. The aims of Transition Bewdley include reducing our carbon footprint and helping re-build our community. The Repair Café helps us to achieve both these aims. Bewdley Repair Café – repairing our community one hoover at a time!

The next Repair Café will be on Saturday 20th. January 2018 at St. George’s Hall from 10am – 2pm

Looking Back

A final look at how the Bridge reached its present form with the edition from May 1994.

This saw the launch of its break away from its old purpose as a church publication. The rector of St Anne’s at that time, Rev Geoff Anderson, was a computer expert at a time when this was unusual. He took the parish magazine for St Anne’s and announced that from this edition “it truly becomes a “bridge”, joining all parts of the community”.

His exhortation still rings true: “YOU are the community; the Bridge is a community voice. Use it to get across!”

And so say all of the present team!





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New Year at Ribbesford Restoration of a ‘Living Churchyard’ around St Leonard’s

With the arrival of 2018, we should like to consult the many visitors to St Leonard’s churchyard about an exciting idea to change the management of the churchyard. This lovely corner of Worcestershire hillside is home to very many wild flower species, and could become a precious and much needed haven for a great variety of wildlife, especially bees, butterflies and pollinating insects of all kinds.

The proposal is to make gradual changes, starting with marking out spaces on the hillside which will be left unmowed until later in the summer, like a hay meadow. All the advice agrees that this is the sure and natural way to re-establish wildflower diversity. Quickly, we should begin to see the wildflowers flourish in their seasons, and as they will be left to seed, they will spread delightfully.

We shall make sure that there are contact lines for anyone who finds that their path to a grave is becoming impassable, and a way through will be mowed.

If you would like to discuss these ideas or help a small monitoring group which will keep records and manage the changes, please use the e-mail below. Caroline Hall

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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.

singing songs that won the war

The January walks will be on Thursdays at 10.30am

4th from Earnwood Copse Car Park, Wyre Forest, DY12 3HS off the B4194 SO reference 743784 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

18th from The Tap House Station Road, Hartlebury DY11 7YJ SO ref 844710 Everyone Welcome

For our full programme visit

Or ring Alan on 01299 400304 or Jan on 01299 832571

BEWDLEY WI 'YOGA' Kick start the New Year With Sandra Barnes

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A year in the life of: Julian Phillips, Coach Driver When you're a coach driver, no two days are the same; so as you can imagine, every year is different from the previous. 2017 has been no different for me. I have taken coach parties as far north as Oban and as far south as the edge of the Dolomites. I have ascended to over 8,000 ft above sea level at Grossglockner in Austria and 250 ft below sea level through the channel tunnel.

Literally every point on the compass has been covered by our coach this year. Cornwall, Devon, East Anglia, Scotland, Kent, Wales, Northumberland and many more places throughout the UK as well as the Isle of Man, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria.

We have a strong core of regular customers and it is always nice to see a mix of different familiar faces as well as new people. As well as the mix of destinations, this is what makes every day different.

Julian Phillips


Working in a family business is also one of those things that makes each day different. On occasion my wife and four children join me on tour. The children often help me to clean the coach too. August bank holiday Saturday saw my wedding day. It wouldn't have been a Phillips wedding without the coach playing its role: taking the the bride and her bridesmaids to the wedding ceremony!

December Snow

A particularly heavy snowfall in December brought out the snow scrapers and shovels. It also brought out the photographers. Here are some reminders of how beautiful our town can be, and what fun - and troubles - the snow can bring.


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Racing Pigeons

I’ve been keeping pigeons for forty five years now. It all began when I started work as a groundsman and got talking to my workmates. Some of them were keen racing pigeon enthusiasts and got me started with a few birds. It took four years and a lot of learning, advice and patience to win my first prize but I can safely say that over the years I have improved both my skills and my stock until this year I won eleven races.

The first step in winning a race is of course in producing prize birds. Choosing a good pair then waiting for the eggs to hatch is always exciting. Once the young pigeon is fledged and used to its pen it is released into the garden where it will fly very close to the pen before beginning ranging that’s flying round, learning first the garden, then the surrounding area. Only when it has learned its immediate surroundings will I put the youngster into its crate and take it a couple of miles away before releasing it and hurrying home to see it safely back into its shed.

One of the great mysteries of the natural world is how a pigeon can do this - find its way home, sometimes many hundreds of miles. It used to be thought that the pigeon’s brain had a receptor that could respond to the earth’s magnetism. Scientists have disrupted any “receptors” by attaching magnets to the pigeon’s head; it still finds its way to the loft. Others have wondered if it navigates by star patterns, but most journeys are in daylight. The best that scientists have so far come up with is that it is a combination of many things.

And now we have the pigeon airborne, I’ll leave my story for this month.

Bernie Pollard

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Ruskin in Wyre

We invite you to be part of the Ruskin in Wyre events programme, delivered for the Guild of St George by the Wyre Community Land Trust. Join us at Ruskin Land for a family friendly lantern lit trail on Saturday 17th February 5.30pm – 7pm, wrap up warm and come and hear tall tales of the forest bringing its dark corners to life. This is a free event, please get in touch to book your place.

Craft is at the centre of our work, on Wednesday 21st February in half term we are offering a day course for adults and children to come to the forest and be creative together. You will have the opportunity to use traditional tools to turn local Wyre oak into useful items for your home. Spaces are £20 for one child with one adult, numbers are limited please get in touch to book. Alice, our resident craftsperson, is running a Spoon Carving day on Saturday 24th February. Learn safe and effective use of the axe and knife to carve your own Wyre Oak soon. Book to secure a place. Midwinter Tales Lantern Walk, Saturday 17th February, 5:30pm – 7pm

Adult and Child Green Wood working, Wednesday 21st February, 11am – 3pm, £20 Spoon Carving, Saturday 24th February, 10:30am – 4pm, £20

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Bewdley Floral Art

We are delighted start our New Year programme on Monday 8th January at 7.30 pm, at The Wharton Park Golf & Country Club, Bewdley, with a demonstration entitled ‘Munches and Bunches’ by Lynne McCoy.

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In February we have Marie Monday to demonstrate ‘Let’s Go to the Movies’ - Take Two.

St. George’s Hall

Visitors and friends always welcome.

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Thank you to everyone who bought from the Traidcraft stall in St Anne’s Church during 2017. At the time of writing it looks like around £25,000 of fairly traded goods have been sold from St Anne’s this past year.  This includes all the sale/return events we supply stock for in and around Wyre Forest and further afield.  Sadly this is nearly £2000 down on the previous year, but still a wonderful total.  Buying from Traidcraft and other 100 per cent fair trade companies is the best way to do fair trade.  It’s all about partnerships with people.  Traidcraft was set up to “do” fair trade.  It’s all we do and what we do. Unlike supermarkets we have no other imperatives. So, why not make a New Year’s resolution to commit to buying some of your groceries, gifts, every day essentials and treats from Traidcraft? That way you can be assured of the best of fair trade and know that your purchases really do make a huge difference to our producer partners, their families and wider communities.

A few examples:

You'll never find any emulsifiers, cheap oils, or artificial colours or preservatives in Traidcraft’s 37% cocoa Organic Milk Chocolate. This chocolate is the most wholesome chocolate you'll find. It's even produced in balance with the environment, as the paper and plant based packaging is 100% recyclable and eco friendly. But this chocolate isn't only good for your taste buds, it's also good for people in the developing world, too. The organic cocoa has been harvested by Fairtrade co-operatives in Peru, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, and the income they earn supports their families and local communities.

EMA in India produced a beautiful leather handbag for our winter collection. They support and develop a wide range of traditional craftspeople and staff are supported with travel costs and a healthy meal during their working day. 

That’s just two examples of fair trade in action. It’s so simple but so effective.  Do join us and think Traidcraft for some of your shopping.  St Anne’s is open from 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Saturday, or contact me on 01299 400617 or Many thanks and Happy New Year Elaine (Barbour)


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Do you need transport........we’re here to help!

Community Transport Wyre Forest provides door to door transport for local people who don’t have access to their own car or who find it difficult to use public transport. We’ll take you from your home to local destinations as well as further afield throughout the country. So don’t stay at home......have a journey with us! We even have vehicles suitable for wheelchairs. Our booking line is

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Kidderminster & District Soroptimists

All the Christmas and New Year celebrations are behind us and we are looking forward to another busy and exciting year. Our first Business meeting will be on 4th January as usual at the Baxter Church Rooms, Bullring, Kidderminster, beginning promptly at 7.30pm. Just over a week later- on Saturday 13th January we will be holding our annual Members Reflection Day, again at the home of Christine Saxby.

Our next Speaker/Supper meeting at La Brasserie, Kidderminster, is on Thursday 18th January, 6.30 for 7pm start. The topic of the evening, again under our current motto of ‘Stewardship’, will be relating to the environment and food.

The first of our regular informal Coffee Mornings at the George Hotel, Bewdley, in the new year will be on 25th January as from 10am onwards. Do come and meet some of us. Visitors are always welcome! For more details about the club and its activities and meetings, contact us: Tel. 01299 266101 or email:

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St George’s Hall Bookstall

If you have been in St George’s Hall recently you may have noticed the second hand book stall. The proceeds from book sales go to charity and over the last six months the books have raised £391.60 which will go to 'Smile Train’, the charity that repairs cleft palates.

I am now passing the book sales on to another fundraiser and as from 1/12/17 the proceeds will go to 'Refugees', another worthwhile cause. Lyn Grogan 61 High Street, Bewdley Monday-Friday 01299 403267

Messy Church 2018! Sunday 21st January

Life can be really messy, and Messy Church is all about having fun in that messiness!

It’s a chance to come together, to enjoy craft activities, stories, singing and food! AND there is no charge.

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Each year our Christmas Lights Switch-On gives us a day of food, fun and sparkle in a town free of traps and its attendant noise and fumes. Most of us donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the hard work that goes into the setting-up process. So early on the morning of the day I ignored the cold and the rain and took my camera run the town to record the hard work of all the people who were there to make sure everything was in place. Margaret



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TLC CARE AT HOME is one of the largest care providers operating in this area. We provide not only an excellent standard of care but also a safe, secure harbour to the people we support. TLC CARE AT HOME takes care to another level! Recently inspected by CQC and received Outstanding for our Care Category and an overall Good. This is unique and very few care organisations manage to achieve this. Would you like to become a part of this exceptional team that work to support our local community and support each other? If you have the following qualities: ! Compassion ! Kindness ! Caring nature ! Honesty ! Work on your own initiative ! Pro-active We want to meet you! In return you could be earning in excess £17,638.00 depending on experience and qualifications. ! We offer permanent contracts ! Very generous petrol allowance ! Travel time ! 28 days holiday per annum pro rata ! On-going training programme ! Opportunities for promotion due to expansion ! Minimum travelling – local close knit rounds ! 24 hour support network If you are ready to take that next step that may change your life and help make someone else’s life better then pick up the telephone and contact the people that really care – contact TLC CARE AT HOME on 01299 272897 /405605 or visit Email


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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 January:-

Tue. 2nd – No pub night.

Tue. 9th – Pub Night at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB

Sat. 13th – Live Wyres Dance with the music of DJ Phil Sheppard at Holy Innocents, Kiddy. Tue. 16th – Pub Night at The Old House at Home, B’ham Rd, Blakedown. DY10 3JE

Fri. 26th – Pantomime “Aladdin” at Stourport Civic Centre.

Tue. 30th – 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

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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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Saturday 18 November 2017 saw the Wribbenhall Parish Room hosting a Children in Need fundraiser. The Line Dancing event was warmly welcomed by enthusiastic dancers, both beginners and the more experienced movers. A supper of Chill Con Carne with jacket potatoes helped fuel the event. Local businesses donated raffle prizes, resulting in the Parish Room Committee being delighted to write a cheque to the charity for £410.00. Highlight of the evening was 10-year old Mia Branford from Kidderminster agreeing to foster a baby Pudsey. She was handed Pudsey Junior by members of Team Pudsey, Anne Mace and Anthony Trick. Photo (left to right) Mia Branford with Anthony Trick(Hon Secretary) and Anne Mace (Vice-Chair)

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Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies Luncheon Club

In November Dianna Brothwell showed her expertise in Sugarcraft creations. under the title “Christmas Characters in Sugarcraft”.  On 31st January we welcome Ned Williams, as he talks about “The Story of Prefabs”. All ladies are very welcome to attend this interesting talk and other events, by telephoning 01299 877908 for full details.




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Bewdley Town Council News January 2018

Town Council Grants Do you represent a local community group or charity in Bewdley? The Town Council have two grant funding schemes to help local groups fund general running costs, specific projects and/or promotional activity. Grants up to a maximum of £1500 can be given, but each application is considered on its merits. Details can be found on our website, or you can contact the Town Clerk directly at Deadline for applications is 31st January 2018. Calling all Community Groups! Following last year’s successful event, the Town Council in conjunction with St George’s Hall are planning another community showcase at the Hall in the spring of 2018 which will be an opportunity to tell residents and visitors what your group or organisation does, sign up new members and also recruit new volunteers. The event will be completely free for stallholders and attendees. If you might be interested in taking a table at the event and would like to know more, please contact Kyle Daisley at or call 01299 400157. Community Flood Volunteers In order to keep the temporary Beale’s Corner barriers, the Environment Agency (EA) is asking for our help. Could you provide information to the public on the ground during barrier set up/take down, or keep an eye on the barriers whilst they are up? You could even be one of our volunteer co-ordinators making sure the rotas are full and managing information from the EA. High visibility vest provided! If you think you might be able to help, please contact Neighbourhood Plan The Council have decided to press ahead with the draft version of the Neighbourhood Plan despite delays imposed by the review of the district Local Plan. A full consultation will take place to ensure that the Plan reflects the wishes of the community and will be based on all of the consultation results and feedback gained over the last two years. Keep an eye on our dedicated Neighbourhood Plan website at What does the Town Council do? Sometimes it is difficult to work out who does what and how your council tax is spent. The Town Council have the smallest share of the council tax which we are duty bound to spend wisely. For example the Town Council keep the church clock running, provide all the floral displays, keep the toilets clean, provide the Christmas lights, pay for the Christmas tree, maintain Wyre Hill play area, give grants to local organisations, run lunch clubs and social activities, carry out highway maintenance, provide the life rings along the riverside and lots more. Our website has lots of information about what we do Future Town Council Meetings The next meetings are: 8th January 2018 and 5th February 2018 at 7pm in The Guildhall. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are posted on town notice boards and are available on the Town Council’s website



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January in the Forest

I’m writing this article on The Snowy Day. It remains to be seen whether there are lots more snowy days before publication.

Some thinning has been going on in the forest belonging to the Guild of St. George at Ruskin Land. Stacks of oak are accumulating in the loading area down the hill from Uncllys Farm and being taken away periodically by timber lorries, sadly mainly for use as firewood because of its poor quality. The objective of management is to establish a regular thinning regime so that the timber grows more strongly and the woodland becomes lighter and richer in species. Between the farm and the cattle grid on Tanners Hill the thinned woodland will be fenced so that it can be grazed by cattle, producing a ‘wood pasture’- a habitat which will form a natural link between the orchards of Bowcastle and Uncllys and in which we hope that the rare Lesser Spotted Woodpecker will thrive. It may be, though, that the success of this lovely bird may be beyond our local help: ‘The Nature of Wyre’ quotes a study which suggests that climate change may be responsible for a lack of invertebrates in the tree canopy at the right time to coincide with the hatching of young. If you listen very carefully on your forest walks this month (and are very lucky) you may hear woodpeckers drumming on resounding branches as they begin to attract mates and demarcate their territories. The Lesser Spotted is said to drum more rapidly and produce a sound rather like a ruler being twanged on a table (do schoolchildren still do that?).

On a much smaller scale, the length of hedge which we planted at the farm soon after we moved there was needing some attention and was deemed ideal to be used for a hedgelaying course. Under the skilful hand of Wade Muggleton and the quick-learning Wyre Community Land Trust volunteers it took only a day for the hedge to be trimmed, cut, staked and laid in traditional style. It looks very fine and so do they! If you would like to join them for countryside work parties and learn new skills contact the Trust on The hedge should now thicken up to form a stock-proof barrier. With its variety of nut- and berry-bearing trees and shrubs (hawthorn, hazel, elder, dogwood, rose and field maple) it will be a food source for many kinds of wildlife and the blossom will provide nectar in the spring.

Linda Iles

The Bridge - January 2018  
The Bridge - January 2018  

The Bridge magazine - January 2018