The Bridge February 2018
February in the Forest
This is a good month for those winter jobs in garden, farm and forest. Last month I wrote about hedgelaying at Uncllys Farm, and we have also put in many hours pruning the apple and pear trees. The stone fruit (cherry, plum, damson, greengage and apricot) are pruned in the growing season when the sap is rising so that they are less vulnerable to diseases such as silver leaf. I feel myself very fortunate in being able to get rid of the prunings by having a jolly good bonﬁre, often of such good proportions that I can cook my dinner in the embers! This is, sadly, not an option for most town-dwellers. The snowdrops seem to have been up for a while, and the hazel catkins for even longer, spilling clouds of pollen on breezy days. This month look out for the leaves and green ﬂowers of Dog’s Mercury in the woods: it’s one of the earliest plants to ﬂower and probably the least exciting! However, my research (for which I thank the ‘Flora Britannica’ by Richard Mabey) has turned up some interesting facts on this common woodland ground cover. For one thing, it’s highly poisonous and there are records of foragers mistaking it for something palatable and being very ill with vomiting and other unpleasant symptoms. It belongs to the spurge family, of which I can’t imagine eating any member knowingly. The ‘mercury’ part of the name is shared with the old pot-herb Chenopodium bonus-henricus, more commonly known by the name Good King Henry. Hungry folk who had survived the winter on dried beans and salted meat would have welcomed the spring shoots of both this and the common stinging nettle, cooking the fresh greens and doing themselves some good with a dose of iron and vitamins. Now for something much more colourful. The Hawﬁnches in Jubilee Gardens have attracted quite a bit of attention from birdwatchers. They and other ﬂocks in Britain have arrived from mainland Europe, especially Germany and Romania, where seed crops have failed. They are particularly attracted to yew and hornbeam, feeding on the fruits and seeds. They used to be associated with the local cherry orchards and could crack open the cherry stones with their powerful beaks to get to the kernels inside. These would probably have been native birds (now quite scarce) living and breeding here, although their numbers would have been boosted by visitors each winter. Thank you to Philip Parsons for his lovely photo taken on 7th January (above). We are still seeing other winter migrants feeding on berries and seeds in gardens and the countryside. Thanks to Mick Farmer for the wonderful photo of a Redwing in his back garden (left). Peacock and brimstone butterﬂies should emerge from hibernation this month if the weather is warm enough, and perhaps there will be some birdsong and nest-making. Frogs may even start to spawn if we have a good, sunny spell. Linda Iles
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Welcome to February’s edition of The Bridge.
This is the month of festivals of fire and light marking the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. What better way to celebrate this time of year than a lantern walk in the dark depths of the forest. Details on page 23 of this and other activities of the Ruskin in Wyre programme. And turn to page 11 to find out why Kay Sanderson wants us to ‘light a fire’ within us and what we can learn from the Slaithwaite smugglers.
St. Leonard’s churchyard at Ribbesford is a place of tranquillity whatever the season.Visitors to the churchyard are being consulted about an idea to change how this special area is managed.Your views continue to be invited; information is on page 17.
Members of Bewdley Carnival Committee have been working throughout the year so that this major event in the town’s calendar can be staged again in 2018. A successful appeal last year raised much needed funds to meet some of the Carnival’s costs and now your help is needed on the day itself. Turn to page 23 to find out how a small contribution can make a big difference.
February brings an opportunity to enjoy the wide range of musical talent among young people in this area at a Gala Concert to celebrate the Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year competition. Turn to page 39 to find out more about the whole day, and to page 29 to discover why Alastair Elliott is so enthusiastic about the event.
As ever the magazine has news of clubs and societies, all offering a warm welcome. Find out about the Riverside Dementia Café on page 34 or All Saints’ Book sales on page 17. And look out for guided walks, theatre performances, concerts and films, all brought to you by Bewdley’s amazing army of volunteers and enthusiasts. Gill
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February 1 Rock Pathfinders walk - see page 21 1 Cinema in the Hall: Victoria and Abdul St George's Hall - see inside back page 4 Bewdley Footpaths walk 2pm - see page 11 5 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10 - 12 - see page 9 5 Bewdley Floral Art Wharton Park Golf & Country Club - see page 11 5 Bewdley W.I. St George’s Hall - see page 21 7 Scrabble Group meeting at Bewdley Baptist Church 10.00 -1.00 (01299 823505) 8 Ladies Craft Group. 10.00am-12.00pm Back Hall, Bewdley Baptist Church (01299 403267) 8 Knit & Natter at the Methodist Church, High Street, 2-4pm 8 Together Group Lunch Club Wribbenhall Parish Room 12.30 - 3.30 8 Cinema in the Hall: Blade Runner 2049 St George's Hall - see inside back page 9 Music in the Hall: Pete Williams St. George’s Hall - see inside back page 10 Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year competition and concert- see pages 29 & 39 12 Book Sale and Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10am-12noon - see pages 9 & 17 15 Cinema in the Hall: God’s Own Country St George's Hall - see inside back page 15 Rock Pathfinders walk - see page 21 17 Repair Café St. George’s Hall 10am–2pm - see central colour pages 17 Midwinter Tales Lantern Walk at Ruskin Land - see page 23 17 Severn Scribes Calligraphy group meeting - see page 33 18 Messy Church Bewdley Baptist Church - see page 27 19 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10 - 12 - see page 9 19 Bewdley Horticultual Society AGM and quiz - see page 25 20 Methodist Church walking group, 10.30 (tel. 403941) 20 Wribbenhall WI 1pm - 3pm Wribbenhall Parish Room (01905 641658) 21 Adult and Child Green Wood Working course at Ruskin Land - see page 23 22 Together Group Wribbenhall Parish Room 2 - 4. Bewdley’s History with Heather Flack 21 Bewdley Civic Society - see page 25 22 Cinema in the Hall: The Party St George's Hall - see inside back page 24 Jumble sale All Saints’ Church 10 - 1 - see page 17 23 Spoon Carving Day at Ruskin Land - see 23 26 Knit and Natter All Saints’ Church 10 - 12 - see page 9 27 Bewdley Townswomen Guild meeting - see page 25 28 Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club - see page 21 March 1 Cinema in the Hall: The Snowman St George's Hall - see inside back page 3 Bewdley Museum and Café reopen with Japanese themed event- see page 25 3 Bewdley Festival event: The Dancing Club St. George’s Hall- see page 21 5
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St Anne’s Church Load Street
St George’s Hall, Load St. Sundays at 10.30 Friendly and fun for all regardless of age or background, our family service lasts for about an hour and a half and has both modern and traditional worship followed by a short time of easy to follow bible teaching. www.riversideelim.com
Sundays at 9.30am Lasts for about an hour. Music is usually a mix of contemporary and traditional. Separate activities for children and young people during the service. Wednesday Worship at 10.15am Morning prayer. Holy Communion on 1st Wednesday. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
All Saints’ Church Wribbenhall Sunday at 9.30am A warm welcome to a traditional service that lasts about an hour. First Sunday 8.00am Said Holy Communion Join us on the first Monday of the month at 7.00pm for a short service of Compline. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
St Leonard’s Church Ribbesford Sundays at 11.15am Holy Communion on first Sunday of each month. Matins from the Book of Common Prayer on the other Sundays. A friendly welcome to a traditional service in a peaceful setting. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
High Street Sundays at 10am A relaxed style of worship with lively music for all ages. Sundays at 6.30pm: varied types of services. Church Ofﬁce 01299 403267 www.bewdley.baptist.org.uk
High Street Sundays at 10.30am A warm welcome to all for traditional worship in a friendly atmosphere. Monthly Sunday Club for children. Revd Phil Hoar 01299 826641 www.bewdleymethodists.org.uk
Bewdley Baptist Church
Bewdley Methodist Church
Holy Family Catholic Church
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Meeting House Lower Park Sunday 10.30-11.30am A quiet, contemplative form of worship, with occasional ‘spoken ministry’. Children’s Meeting have their own activity before joining in the Meeting. www.bewdleyquaker.org.uk
High Street Sunday Mass at 8am For weekday masses, please see our noticeboard Local contact Deacon John O’Brien Parish Ofﬁce 01299 822633 www.stwulstanstourport.org.uk
St Andrew’s Button Oak Details of services at www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
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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. Who Let The Dads Out? An opportunity for dads, granddads and male carers to spend time playing and doing craft activities with their pre-school children in a male-friendly atmosphere (but we do welcome mums as well). There are hot drinks and bacon-butties too! Who Let The Dads Out? Takes place on the second Saturday of the month at Bewdley Baptist Church from 9.30-11.30am. Our next time we get together is Saturday 10th February 2018. There is a charge of £1.00 per family which covers the cost of the bacon butties. Who Let The Dads Out? Run by Bewdley Baptist church as a way of supporting families with young children within the Wyre Forest Area. Bewdley Baptist Church, 61 High Street, Bewdley, DY12 2DJ Weekdays amTel: 01299 403267 www.bewdleybaptist.org.uk
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All Saints’ Church Kidderminster Road Wribbenhall
After our 9.30am service on Sundays we offer coffee and chat. Knit and Natter group meets every Monday 10 - 12 Ring Gail on 01299 401685 Sunday 4th February 8am Said Holy Communion service Rev Heather Flack 9.30am United Holy Communion Rev Mark Moreton
Tuesday 6th February 5pm The High School Rush Hour Recital Free entrance All welcome Monday 12th Feb 10am-12 noon Book Sale All books 5 for £1
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 www.bewdleyquaker.org.uk
You’re always welcome at Bewdley Methodist Church
As well as our services on Sunday at 10.30am we offer: Knit & Natter - friendship and company while doing something worthwhile. Meet at church 2 - 4pm on the second Thursday each month. Walking Group - exercise and fellowship in our local countryside. 10.30am third Tuesday. House Fellowship - lively discussion of topical subjects based on Bible study and our faith experience. 7.30pm on the second Tuesday. To enquire about baptism, marriage or funerals please contact: Revd Phil Hoar 01299 826641www.bewdleymethodists.org.uk
Holy Family Catholic Church Bewdley
Within the parish of St. Wulstan and St. Thomas of Canterbury Stourport on Severn
Situated on the High Street, this delightful Palladian Grade II* listed church was built circa 1778 and adopted by the Catholic Church in 1951. The church is open daily for quiet prayer and reflection.
Also based here is the Bewdley conference of the St.Vincent de Paul Society, a charity that works with those in need in the area.
Local contact: Deacon John O’Brien Parish Office: 01299 822633 11
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Light My Fire
February brings festivals of fire and light; the Celtic festival of Imbolc on February 1st, celebrating the return of light and the rebirth of Spring with fire and revelry, and the corresponding Christian festival on February 2nd, Candlemas, when Church candles for the coming year are blessed and Jesus is remembered as 'the Light of the World'.
I once worked in the Yorkshire town of Marsden which, along with its neighbour Slaithwaite*, was much loved of TV location scouts looking for settings in the North. Marsden had a yearly Imbolc festival; Slaithwaite had its own February Moonraking Festival, celebrating the village tale of two smugglers who, about to be discovered collecting barrels of hooch from the canal, managed to convince the constabulary they were trying to rake the Moon's reflection out of the water, were dismissed as harmless fools and left to get on with it. Reading helps us acquire new knowledge which can 'light a fire' within us; we are empowered to ask questions and make informed decisions about our experiences and how to broaden them. By reading we fuel our inner fire and illuminate our lives. The more you read the more you are informed; and the more you know the better you can pretend that you don't know; as the Slaithwaite smugglers discovered, sometimes it pays to be thought a fool.
Keep the fires burning. Kay Sanderson Bewdley Library *If you ever go, it's pronounced Sla'wit. Don't be caught out.
Meets in the garden on the east side of the river just below Bewdley bridge at 1.45pm for a prompt start at 2pm. Sunday 4th February: Ribbesford and Catchems End Approx 3 miles Sunday 4th March: Coopers Mill Approx 5 ½ miles
Music & Laughter Night
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Old Fashioned Jumble Sale Old Fashioned Prices
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Saturday 24th February 10 to 12
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Free refreshments and a warm welcome always assured
We probably have the biggest collection of second hand books in Bewdley, of all categories.
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Bewdley Festival present two pieces of theatre at St George’s Hall.
The Dancing Club on Saturday 3rd March is the story of Frank and Wynn Freeman who founded their Dance Club in nearby Kidderminster in 1947. It developed into an iconic community focus and attracted all the stars of music and dance over the following decades. The production tells their story and recreates the mood and atmosphere of Frank and Wynn’s Dance Club across the years, featuring many dance and music styles.
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Here I Belong on Tuesday 13th March sees the Hall set out cabaret style to celebrate Elsie's birthday. Elsie has lived here all her life. She's seen wars, weddings, elections, funerals, people coming and people going over six decades - from the coronation in 1953 to her birthday party today. The action happens all around the audience – and there will be cake!
Both shows start at 7.30pm and tickets costing £10 are available from www.bewdleyfestival.org.uk or in person from St George’s Hall café.
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January’s talk from Ned Williams was entitled “The Story of Prefabs”. On 28th February Mike Sampson will talk to us on the subject of "The Life of Marilyn Monroe". Any ladies who wish to join us for lunch and this talk are welcome to ring 01299 877908, or to obtain further information on future events.
Monday 5th February 7.30pm Island Wildlife Speaker: Rosemary Winnall- Naturalist Monday 5th March 7.30pm Craft Demonstration Wendy Elliot - Knowbury W I
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New Rector for Bewdley &Wribbenhall
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The Revd Megan Gibbins became the new Rector of Bewdley and Wribbenhall on 14th January at a service in St. Anne’s Church led by Bishop Graham Usher and Archdeacon Nikki Groake. St. Anne’s was full with members of Bewdley’s churches, representatives from the town and wider community, and Megan’s friends and family, all there to support her as she begins her work in Bewdley. After the service, the celebrations continued in St. George’s Hall.
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Bewdley Repair Café: Ralph Bellamy
My name is Ralph and I am 75 years old. I moved to Bewdley last year from France where I had lived for almost 20 years. Before moving to France I lived in West London and I had principally worked for theatre (the entertainment rather than the hospital variety) for many years. I worked on many technical aspects of lighting and sound, both design and installation to running my own lighting and sound hire company supplying equipment to many local groups and organisations. Corporate functions often used my services.
I ﬁrst came across Repair Café at a U3A (University of the Third Age) meeting some months ago and asked if I could help as a volunteer and am now a regular repairer. At the Bewdley Repair Café, although virtually anything can be brought in for repair, I tend to look after electrical items. However I can turn my hand to most things.
Now I can only thank my father for the varied skills that I apparently have. I know very little about him for he died of TB when only 24 and I was only 4 months old and this led to my being adopted. However I do know that he was a radio engineer and during the war was working on the Wellington bombers that were being manufactured at Brooklands in Surrey. So I think it is quite amazing that I have apparently inherited his skills.
Helping at the Repair Café gives one an immense sense of satisfaction for it is wonderful in a small way to be giving something back to society. Although there is the occasional item where for a number of reasons a repair is not feasible, most items are capable of being repaired which means that they are not needlessly thrown away. One meets some lovely people; once an elderly lady presented me with an equally elderly Roberts radio. This had a long wave band on which she loved listening to the BBC World Service. I carried out a repair and to see her lovely face light up with a beautiful smile when she heard her radio working again brought me a great deal of happiness. Such is the pleasure of volunteering at the Repair Café. Ralph is one of many volunteers that you will meet at the Transition Bewdley Repair Café in St. George’s Hall on the third Saturday of each month. We now have three regulars on our sharpening team so queues for this service are much shorter than in the past. Come and chat to our fantastic team on 17th February while having your items repaired or sharpened. If you are interested in joining our team as a repairer or to help on the admissions desk, please contact John Rhymer on 01299 403424.
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 Midwinter Tales Lantern Walk 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 the Adult and Child Green Wood Working course on Wednesday 21st February in half term from 11am to 3pm when adults and children can 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 spoon. Book to secure a place. To book or for further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or book online at ruskinland.org.uk.
Help needed for Bewdley Carnival
The Bewdley Carnival Committee are planning and booking acts for this year’s Carnival but we have a problem! We are in desperate need of people to help on Carnival Day on Saturday 9th June. Just an hour or two on the day would ensure that this year’s Carnival can be put on safely. We need help with the road closures around the parade route, collecting entrance money and general help on the field. Anybody interested in getting involved, please come along to the next Carnival meeting on the 7th February at 7.30 at Bewdley Bowling Club or ring Jess on 01299 401841.
Kidderminster Operatic & Dramatic Society
KODS are looking forward to performing Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Rose Theatre Kidderminster. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was the 2002 season's most awarded new show on Broadway and is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. The show runs from Thursday 8th to Saturday 17th March. Tickets can be booked either at the Rose Theatre box office, tel: 01562 743745 or on-line at www.rosetheatre.co.uk 29
From Christmas onwards, the museum has been closed to allow for the annual programme of maintenance works including the replacement of the Brass Foundry roof. The Tourist information Centre and Shop re-opens for business on Monday 5th February 10am to 4.30pm.The TIC will continue to extend their range of gifts over the coming months and would like to thank everyone for their valued custom over the past year. The Museum and Café will re-open on Saturday 3rd March. Our opening exhibition in the newly refurbished Wyre Forest Gallery features artefacts from the museum’s Japanese and Chinese collections. Items on display will include snuff bottles, scroll paintings and Netsukes. A Japanese themed event on 3rd March accompanies the opening day with Taico drummers and Martial arts and Samurai sword demonstrations. The café will feature oriental themed foods on their menu. A new geology display will feature more specimens from our Geology collection, including our very own ‘sea dragon’, an Ichthyosaur over 60 million years old. A six week Strala Yoga Course began in January on Tuesday evenings 6.30-7.30pm in the Guidhall with qualified Yoga Instructor Sam Matthews, £30 for the six week course or £7 per session. If you are interested in information about future courses, please email email@example.com. Limited spaces are available so first come first served. Four week crochet courses for beginners and improvers, Crochet with love are £10 per session, every Wednesday in the Guildhall 6.30-8.00. For any other information about these classes please contact Amanda Peplow @wyreforestdc.gov.uk or contact Bewdley Museum 0845 603 5699. For the Museum’s opening times and other information, please refer to our website www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk or phone 0845 607 7819. Amanda Peplow Bewdley Museum
Bewdley Horticultural Society AGM
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Tuesday 27th February 7.30pm Guest speaker: Elaine Barbour. Meet the author of the Traidcraft for Life article in January's Bridge. Please come along to learn more about how we can make a difference in sustaining global resources.You can be sure of a warm welcome. Wribbenhall Community Centre Shaw Hedge Road DY12 1EU For more information please contact: Sue Price 01299 402 771 Lois Hopkins 01299 409465 31
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Kidderminster & District Soroptimists
Fun and Games for the Family is our next open event on Friday 23rd February 7.0 pm at the Baxter Church Rooms, Bullring, Kidderminster: a Games night for ALL playing some of the old and new favourite board games. £2.50 per person or £10 per family admission including light refreshments. Advance Notice: another Afternoon Tea with Antiques Expert Henry Sandon with the opportunity of having a treasured item valued is planned for March. Details will be publicised. Our Annual Bridge Tournament will take place on Wednesday 25th April at its usual venue: Blakedown Parish Rooms. Further information and tickets for these events are available – see contact details below. Our regular Business Meeting at Baxter Church Rooms is on Thursday 1st February and the February Speaker/Supper meeting will be on Thursday 15th February at La Brasserie, Kidderminster 6.30 for 7.0 pm start. The topic of the evening, again under our current motto of ‘Stewardship’, will be relating to the local arts: the Rose Theatre and KODS. Our monthly informal Coffee Morning at the George Hotel, Bewdley, will be as usual on the last Thursday of the month, 22nd February from 10.0 am onwards. Do come and meet us. Visitors are always welcome. For more details about the club and its activities and meetings, contact us: Tel. 01299 266101 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://sigbi.org/kidderminster-and-district/ Facebook: Soroptimists Kidderminster Elke Jury
Messy Church at Bewdley Baptist Church
Sundays 18th February & 18th March 4-6pm 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. It’s not just another children’s club though, this is for the whole family, young and old alike! Messy Church is a safe, comfortable and enjoyable place for all ages to come and explore the Christian faith through a variety of creative fun ways. 61 High Street, Bewdley Monday-Friday 01299 403267 oﬃce@bewdleybaptist.org.uk www.bewdleybaptist.org.uk
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For a Choral Director, having put away the carol books for another year, the New Year brings about the excitement of new music to prepare for the next concert – usually in the Spring. For Bewdley Choral Society this year, that means taking on Elgar’s epic “The Music Makers” – a wonderfully expressive and thrilling cantata set to an Ode by Arthur O’Shaughnessy and featuring snippets of melodies from many other well known Elgar compositions. The remainder of the programme will also feature other well-known Elgar works and although “The Music Makers” is not one of Elgar’s more frequently performed works, I can promise a really enjoyable and accessible evening of music. The new term has also brought the arrival of more new members which is really encouraging and for me, to see the society continue to grow, means that we can consider more expansive works such as this Elgar. Therefore, please mark Saturday May 12th in your diaries for a thoroughly indulgent evening of Elgar – not forgetting of course that it was all written just a few short miles away in Malvern. Bewdley Choral Society now has an active Facebook page, so if you want to hear more, please check in there for information on this and future concert plans. This month sees the annual Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year competition, held in St George’s Hall on Saturday February 10th where we shall be looking forward to seeing the emerging young musical talent this area has to offer. I expect this year to be another keenly contested event with prizes on offer in a number of categories. This competition takes a different approach to the more traditional competitions for young musicians as it is held in a slightly more relaxed manner but also provides these promising young musicians with the opportunity to perform in a professional environment with a live audience and full sound and lighting. Nothing can compare to that experience of standing on a stage under lights and hopefully the competition helps build our entrants’ confidence and enjoyment of performing. We will have an experienced panel of judges with a wide range of musical capabilities providing a balanced view and comprehensive feedback (somewhat more grounded than X Factor judgements I like to think!). It also gives me the opportunity to pay tribute again to Peter Barnett who works so tirelessly with the Bewdley Youth Festival to provide young performers with this unrivalled platform to learn and develop. Full details can be found at http://bewdleyyouthfestival.org.uk . Alastair Elliott
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The Bewdley Passion 2018 At the Foot of the Cross
Since 2013, the Bewdley Churches have come together each year during Holy Week to offer different ways of reflecting on the final days in the life of Jesus through the Bewdley Passion.
The 2018 Bewdley Passion programme At the Foot of the Cross will begin on the evening of Wednesday 28th March in St. Anne’s Church with a Worcester Rep production of Jesus My Boy. This is a thought-provoking and humorous one-man play performed by Bewdley’s own Jonathan Darby, telling the story of Jesus through the eyes of Joseph, an ordinary and down-to-earth man who is just about the worst carpenter in Nazareth. The churches will each be holding their own services and events on Maundy Thursday, and then on Good Friday 30th March, we will come back together for three different activities: At 1.00 p.m. the Bewdley Churches will hold a united service in Jubilee Gardens to recount the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, each congregation telling a part of the story. At 3.00 p.m. there is a guided walk to the foot of the cross at Bewdley’s own Golgotha (approx. 2 miles round trip) with a short service and meditation at the foot of the cross. Our now-traditional choral climax to the day comes with a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion in St. Anne’s Church at 7.30 p.m. with Musical Director Alastair Elliott, the Festival Voices & Friends, and soloists Alan Fairs and Harry Lewis.
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Severn Scribes Calligraphy and Associated Crafts
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Classsical Piano Recital
Bewdley Methodist Church in High Street continues its series of “Music in the Chapel” concerts with a piano recital on Saturday 10th March at 2.30pm. Distinguished musician Tony Bridgewater – composer, conductor, soloist and accompanist – will be playing music by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. A former student at the Birmingham School of Music and St John’s College Cambridge, Tony has composed music for orchestra, concert band and choir, and sonatas for piano, violin, trumpet and cello. In 2014 he became a Trustee of the Birmingham Conservatoire Association and is a member of the Conservatoire Development Council supporting the development of the new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire at Millennium Point. Amongst his regular recitals he also finds time to act as principal accompanist of Kidderminster Male Choir. The concert will feature Bach’s French Suite IV Eb, Mozart’s Sonata K333 and Beethoven Sonata Op.14 No.1. A real treat for lovers of piano music is assured! Tickets for the concert cost £8, including light refreshments and can be booked with Mike Dernie Tel 01299 400284, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Neil Sollom Tel 07780 650491 email: email@example.com. All funds raised will go to help the church's ongoing commitment to its mission and outreach activities and are intended to increase the church's involvement with the local community. We are grateful for the sponsorship of Phillips International Travel in putting on this recital.
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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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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 February:Tue. 6th – Pub Night at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Tue. 13th – Pub Night at The Old House at Home, B’ham Rd, Blakedown. DY10 3JE Sat. 17th – Live Wyres Dance with the music of DJ Guy Roles at Wribbenhall Parish Room . Tue. 27th – 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 www.livewyres.moonfruit.com or contact Sandra on 01299 400979 35
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Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year 2018
Bewdley Youth Festival is holding the fourth annual Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year competition for young musicians who are in education and either live or attend a school or college within the Wyre Forest district
The competition is open to young people aged 13 to 18 as at 31 December 2017, and takes place during the afternoon of Saturday 10th February. The category winners are invited to perform at a Gala Concert that evening at which the Young Musician of the Year will be chosen and the winner of the prize for Best Original Composition will be announced.
Categories for the competition are: Classical Music Section (instrumentalists and singers); Solo Instrumentalist; Solo Singer (accompanied or unaccompanied) and Group (two or more members, acoustic or amplified). In addition there are prizes for: The Helen Mackaness Award for The Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year and The Bewdley Youth Festival Prize for best original composition.
See the Bewdley Youth Festival website or Facebook page for more information. Closing date for entries is Monday 5th February.
The competition takes place in St George’s Hall, Bewdley from 2:00 pm with the Gala Concert starting at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7.00pm. Tickets for the Gala Concert are £5 and £3 for those who are 18 or under or currently in education. Competitors are admitted free.
Tickets available from St George’s Hall Café or online at www.bewdleyyouthfestival.org.uk.
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All Saints’ Church Christmas Tree Festival
Many thanks to all the organisations and individuals who supported our Christmas Tree Festival in December, regardless of the weather! We were very pleased to receive more new exhibiters than ever. The voting positions were: Adult Section - Knit & Natter 12 days of Christmas; Junior section 1st - Button Oak (Mr Cleehill and Grandchildren), 2nd - Community Corner pre-school. Next Christmas will be our 5th Festival and we hope to see you all again then. Carol and Gail
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After a successful public meeting at Kidderminster Library in October 2017, the Wyre Forest Read Easy Group, which covers the Wyre Forest and Cleobury Mortimer area, is set to commence its work during 2018 to help adults who struggle with reading. A ‘Skills for Life’ survey of 16-65 years olds in 2011 found that 5% of adults in England and Wales could only recognise a few common words, with a further 2.1% barely able to read labels on food or simple health and safety notices at work; nationally, that’s hundreds of thousands of people. Adults who struggle to read are five times more likely to be unemployed and four times more likely to experience long-term unemployment. Although they develop coping strategies, they are unlikely to reach their potential. They struggle to help their children with learning and are less likely to vote, or take part in public and community life. Read Easy UK was set up in 2011 to tackle this ‘invisible’ problem and has already helped hundreds of people learn to read. Read Easy Wyre Forest will become one of a growing number of Read Easy groups that operate up and down the country. Read Easy offers free, friendly, flexible, one-to-one coaching for any adult who struggles with reading. New readers meet with their coaches for just half an hour at a time, twice a week, at one of a range of approved local venues, and work together through the reading materials provided. Working in private at their own pace, they build not only reading skills, but also confidence and self-esteem, often learning to read in as little as six months. The Read Easy Wyre Forest Management Team, who are all volunteers, is still looking for someone with fundraising experience to join the Committee. It is also working to gain local support and attract the attention of sponsors for the different aspects of this communitybased project, from helping with accommodation to funding reading materials. Anyone interested in helping or supporting Read Easy Wyre Forest or in joining the Management Committee can contact Local Chairman-elect Steve Peckham by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call for a chat on 0844 472 2979. There is also more information about Read Easy UK on its website at www.readeasy.org.uk.
Bewdley Youth Café
After undergoing a complete refurbishment, Bewdley Youth Café reopened on Monday 8th January. Our new hours are 7.15 to 8.20.a.m. and 3.15 to 5.30 p.m. on each school day. Weekend opening may be available in the future.
We hope to liaise with Bewdley Baptist and Riverside Elim Churches to provide even more opportunities for young people. Hopefully the 6th form pupils will start using the Cafe at times they choose. We have new Trustees and 'back up staff' to ensure we go forward in a positive manner.
We also would like to thank all those who contributed to the refurbishment, either financially or in other ways. Without such kindness the town would have lost a much needed facility. Derek Killingworth Trustee 47
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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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 www.beinbewdley.org 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 www.bewdleytowncouncil.org 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 www.bewdleytowncouncil.org.
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Published on Jan 31, 2018