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Welcome to April’s edition of The Bridge.
April’s Bridge last year had some glorious camellias on the front cover, out in full bloom in the middle of March. How different 2018 has been! If spring has still not arrived when this magazine does, Margaret’s pictures on the centre pages will remind you of what is to come.
Bewdley Museum is now in full swing for the new season and, as well as exhibitions and other events, a full programme of Easter holiday children’s activities is on offer. Details are on pages 11 and 31.
I remember being at a public meeting several years ago when the St. George’s Hall refurbishment was being discussed. The meeting was asked how they would like the Hall to be used. “A Community Cinema” was one response. A group quickly formed to put the idea into action and now the weekly Cinema in the Hall has become a popular feature of town life, all run by volunteers. Check out what is on offer this month on the St. George’s Hall listings page inside the back cover. (A typo has crept into the page this month; Emily Barker and the Ags Connolly Duo are appearing on Friday 6th April, not in March.)
Riverside Church has been running a very successful Dementia Café for over eighteen months, supporting those affected by this disease. On page 43, Liz Walton explains how she came to set it up. And in this month’s centre pages we’re pleased to meet Peter Whittle from the sharpening team at Transition Bewdley Repair Café. We would love to hear the stories behind other organisations in the town. Contact us through the editorial email address below. Gill
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April 1 Bewdley Footpaths walk from Bewdley Bridge 2pm - see page 17 1 Easter Egg hunt in Bewdley Museum - see page 11 4 Scrabble Group Bewdley Baptist Church - see page 13 5 Cinema in the Hall: Murder on the Orient Express - see inside back cover 2-6 Easter children’s activities in Bewdley Museum - see pages 11 and 31 5 Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am - see page 21 6 Music in the Hall: Emily Barker - see inside back cover (this shows incorrect date) 7 Bewdley Community Showcase event in St. George’s Hall 10.00am - 3.00pm 9-13 Easter children’s activities in Bewdley Museum - see pages 11 and 31 9 All Saints’ Knit and Natter and Book Sale 10am - 12.00 9 Bewdley Floral Art Wharton Park Golf & Country Club 7.30pm - see page 17 9 Bewdley WI meeting St George’s Hall 7.30pm - see page 21 12 Knit & Natter at the Methodist Church, High Street 2-4pm 12 Cinema in the Hall: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool - see inside back cover 12 St. Anne’s Church Mothers’ Union - see page 23 12 Bewdley Baptist craft group - see page 25 16 Bewdley Horticultural Society meeting Riverside Church 7.30pm - see page 23 16 An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power film in St. George’s Hall - see page 13 19 Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am - see page 21 21 Repair café St George’s Hall 10am - 2pm 16 All Saints’ Knit and Natter 10am - 12.00 17 New Wribbenhall WI meeting - see page 17 17 Foraging talk in St. George’s Hall - see page 21 18 Bewdley Civic Society meeting - see page 21 18 Art Demonstration at Bewdley Baptist Church - see page35 19 Cinema in the Hall: Battle of the Sexes - see inside back cover 22 Gospel and Blues Praise at Bewdley Baptist Church - see page 31 23 All Saints’ Knit and Natter 10am - 12.00 25 Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies Luncheon Club - see page 23 25 Save the Children Hunger Lunch - see page 29 26 Cinema in the Hall: Stronger - see inside back cover 28 Bewdley Concert Band Quiz - see page 13 28 Guide Dogs event - see page 17 28 All Saints’ Church Spring Fayre - see page 31 30 All Saints’ Knit and Natter 10am - 12.00 May 5 Bewdley Choral Elgar Concert in St. Anne’s church - see page 29 6 Bewdley Footpaths walk from Bewdley Bridge 2pm - see page 17 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 Wish to book a wedding at All Saints’, St. Leonard’s or St. Anne’s? Please contact Paul Gibbins email@example.com 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. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk 7
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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.
A warm welcome from Bewdley Baptist Church Our church runs a number of regular events during the week:
✦ Noah’s Ark - for parents and toddlers.
✦ Who Let The Dads Out - second Saturday of the month for dads and toddlers ✦ Messy Church - family fun on the third Sunday of the month 4-6pm. ✦ Art Group - a quiet place to paint and draw. ✦ Circle of Friends - an afternoon meeting for ladies. ✦ Eat-Chat-Enjoy - second Tuesday of the month. Open to all. ✦ Bible Study and Prayer Groups ✦ Discipleship Groups ✦ House Groups ✦ Youth Activities ✦ Men’s Group Like to know more? Contact the minister Simon Harry, at the church ofﬁce 403267 or visit www.bewdley.baptist.org.uk
You are invited to join us at Riverside Elim
River Tots - Mondays & Fridays 9.15 - 11.30 am All are welcome; just turn up. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, grab a hot drink and meet other parents who are in the same boat as you. A safe and enjoyable place for your children to come and play. Youth @ Riverside - Wednesdays 7.00 - 8.30pm For school years 7 - 11. A night of fun games and laughter. Every Wednesday we meet to let off a bit of mid week steam with our high school students. The night is relaxed with a monthly theme. Young Adults Coffee Society Sunday 6.30 - 9.30pm For ages 17 - 30. Meeting twice a month for coffee, music and thought provoking conversation. Stay as long or as short a time as you would like. For further info contact email@example.com, call the office on 01299 405535 or visit www.riversideelim.com 9
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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
Monday 9th April Monthly book sale 10-12 noon all books 5 for £1. Also jig-saw puzzles, CDs & DVDs
Saturday 28th April Annual Spring Fayre 11am till 3pm
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 - 3pm Midweek Meeting for Worship last Wednesday 12 - 12.30pm (followed by a simple lunch for those who wish) Evening Meeting for Worship 7pm on the last Thursday in Kidderminster Thursday Craft Group meets fortnightly 2pm - 4pm Further information from: Clerk of Meeting 01562 741501or www.bewdleyquaker.org.uk
You’re always welcome at Bewdley Methodist Church Join us on Easter Sunday, April 1 to celebrate the Risen Christ!
A service of Holy Communion at 10.30am with our Minister, Revd Phil Hoar
Come and learn why it's the happiest day of the year!
To enquire about baptism, marriage or funerals please contact: Revd Phil Hoar 01299 826641www.bewdleymethodists.org.uk
Holy Family Catholic Church Bewdley
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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
Severnside School of Dancing
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There will be lots going on in the Museum over Easter weekend starting with The Bewdley Passion on Good Friday 30th March 1pm-2pm in Jubilee Gardens. Together in the Garden is a service offered by the combined Bewdley Churches. Children’s activities will commence for the Easter holidays on Good Friday starting with craft eggs and egg cups. Easter Sunday will see the return of our very popular eggciting egg hunt in Jubilee Gardens 12-3pm, £3 per person includes a Easter Egg to take home.
Easter Activities are on every day Monday to Friday of the Easter Holidays 11am-3.30pm in the Museum Saw Yard at a cost of £4 per child. All children must be supervised. Just turn up: no need to book. See more details on page 31.
Because of the snowy weather at the start of March our opening event the East Asian Experience has been rescheduled to take place on Sunday 1st April with CSO Taiko Drummers and a group demonstrating Classical Japanese weaponry and Jujutsu skills, plus a collection of original weaponry and armour. The East Asian exhibition will continue in the Gallery until 7th May. In the Saw Yard, an exhibition from the Worcestershire Society of Chartered Architects awards highlights the winners from 2017. The exhibition runs until 29th April.
Dates for your diary: Following the success of the Outdoor Theatre in Jubilee Gardens last year we have arranged a number of events again for 2018. The popular David Walliams production of The Midnight Gang performed by Heartbreak Productions returns on Sunday 10th June at 5pm and Quantum Theatre are returning with Midsummer Night’s Dream on Sunday 1st July at 5.30pm Tickets available for sale soon.
Strala Yoga continues to be very popular with both classes currently full. New classes will commence Tuesday 24th April at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. £30 for a 6 week course. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Crochet with Love beginners and improvers four week crochet courses will be starting again soon at £10 per session on Wednesdays 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.
The Museum Shop now has Bewdley Museum branded items, a new range of greetings cards, ceramic pots, garden ornaments and kitchen ware. 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
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An Inconvenient Sequel Truth to Power
Transition Bewdley in partnership with St. George's Hall is sponsoring a showing of An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power on Monday 16th April at 7.30pm at The Hall. Tickets at £2 are available from St. George’s Hall cafe and online. "Ten years after the Academy Award winning 'An Inconvenient Truth' brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture, former Vice-President Al Gore continues his tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions.This compelling follow-up shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach."
The film will be followed by a discussion with those interested in looking at what we can do at a local level to help counter climate change. Many of you will be familiar with the four Rs of sustainability: Reduce, Re-use, Repair, Recycle, but are there other actions that we can take to influence others to make the necessary changes to reduce global warming and the effects on our climate?
We look forward to seeing you there. Peter Miller for Transition Bewdley
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Bewdley Concert Band
Quiz Night with a live band
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the back hall at Bewdley Baptist Church 10am-12 Noon.
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Guide Dog Spring Fayre and 'Pat n Chat' Event
Saturday 28th April from 11a.m. to 3p.m. Wribbenhall Parish Room, Kidderminster Road, Bewdley We invite you to join us, as we continue to raise money to name a puppy. These events are always very popular and a great opportunity to meet local puppy walkers, their puppies and find out about the whole process of training a Guide Dog. The puppies will vary in age from 8 weeks through to 14 months. This is the first time we have held such an event on a Saturday, in order that more people can attend. We look forward to meeting you. Tea and coffee will be available. Running alongside, will be various stall holders who are supporting the charity by hiring a table for the day, for which we are very grateful. Gabi Wootton
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Tuesday 17th April 1.30 - 3.30pm
Pewter Works Demonstration Speaker: Bernice Le Cornu Cantrill of Bewdley Museum
Come along to see the casting and finishing process and meet new friends at the same time!
Meets in the garden on the east side of the river just below Bewdley bridge at 1.45pm for a prompt start at 2pm.
All are welcome at Wribbenhall Parish Room, Kidderminster Road, Bewdley DY12 1BY
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Sunday 6th May Snuffmill Dingle Approx 4/5 miles
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Foraging in the springtime
I have been leading foraging walks in the Wyre Forest area now for a few years, mainly on the Ribbesford Trail and more recently in Habberley Valley. I have found that many people are interested to know what might be edible in natural areas when they are out walking.
Foraging is a tremendously rewarding skill to acquire even if you only learn to recognise one or two plants. It makes walking in nature a lot more interesting.You can also get a real vitamin and mineral boost from eating wild foods, provided you know what you are looking for.You may also learn to your surprise that you already have edible plants in your garden you didn't know about. Foraging is part of human nature and children in particular seem to take to it well when on supervised walks.
If you'd like to learn more please contact Owen Raybould: (email email@example.com) for a timetable of guided walks, or alternatively come to his public talk Tuesday 17th April, 8pm-9pm at St. George's Hall. £5 in advance or £6 on the door. Please ring 07525 261683 to book.
Monday 9th April 7.30pm: 'Sing and Tonic' with Sarah Inglis Wribbenhall Parish Room Monday 14th May 7.30pm: A talk on Bee Keeping St. George’s Hall
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From last month, when you pop into the Library you may have noticed a new face; this belongs to Emily, our recently appointed Team Leader. Emily is a talented and enthusiastic colleague who comes to us from Bromsgrove and will be leading our teams at Bewdley, Stourport and Tenbury libraries. She has previous work experience with the Science Museum in London and the National Trust, and is looking forward to working in Bewdley and meeting you all. Don’t be shy, come and say hello if you see her next time you're in; let's give her a big Bewdley welcome!
Talking of new arrivals, Spring will hopefully be well under way by the time you read this; all the nasty winter viruses will have died off (hurrah!) and you might find yourself wondering what to do with the extra daylight hours. Those of you who enjoy gardening will be outside; why not get a book to help you plan your ideal space? Or if you're like me you could just get yourself a good read for when you're sitting out in the garden with a nice cup of tea.
April is the month of World Book Night, the adult version of World Book Day*, a campaign which encourages us to read for pleasure and for our well-being. Find yourself a good book, an outdoor space, and a brew. Mental stimulation, fresh air/nature and liquid refreshment; well-being guaranteed! *adult, as in 'not for children'. Kay Sanderson
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In February we heard the life story of legend Marilyn Monroe, by Mike Sampson.
On 25th April we will hold our Annual General Meeting, followed by a Bring and Buy Sale, which is always very popular.
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April in the Forest
One of the beneﬁts of foreign travel is that it can open our eyes to the good things we enjoy at home. I got back from a long (and very enjoyable) trip last month and despite the cold weather and pre-springtime appearance of our countryside was delighted to see the familiar patterns of our ﬁelds, woods and hedges again. Although we notice the decline in our songbirds, butterﬂies and other wildlife we can also reﬂect that we are still richly blessed and should celebrate and enjoy what we have. The obvious activity of the birds around my garden feeders is encouraging to see and tells me that it’s my time to get busy outside too. The Wyre Community Land Trust have ﬁnished the thinning of oaks around Uncllys and the forest is now quiet for the nesting season. A new owl box has appeared at the woodland edge and I’ll be keeping an eye on any activity. The bird boxes in the orchard and garden have been checked over and cleaned out, and we’re trying to keep some vacant for the redstarts and other migrants that arrive this month by blocking the holes to blue and great tits.
We should see bats (Common and Soprano Pipistrelles, Brown Long-eared, Whiskered, Brants and Daubenton’s) this month too as they come out of hibernation with a big appetite for ﬂies and moths. There are 40 bat boxes ﬁxed to oak trees on the farm but I don’t know how many are used for hibernation and breeding because I’m not qualiﬁed to check them - that’s something I intend to start putting right this year. The photo (from FactZoo) is of a Brown Long-eared Bat.
I have an eye on the shoots of Lily of the Valley, mainly because good sites for this lovely ﬂower in our vicinity were disturbed last year: one by digging to repair a water leak and another by tree thinning work. I’m sure they will recover but it may take a few years for their rhizomes to make replacement growth. In the long term the upheaval may have done them good by spreading them into new areas and the increase in light reaching the forest ﬂoor should encourage ﬂowering. The scent of the little ﬂowers, which appear in May, is surprisingly strong and beloved by bees.
Despite the very kind comments of editor Margaret in last month’s Bridge I can only claim to be ‘hugely knowledgeable’ in the realm of trivia, and rely largely on other sources of information for the content of my articles. ‘The Nature of Wyre’ by the Wyre Forest Study Group, ‘The Natural History of an English Forest’ by Norman Hickin, ‘The Wild Flower Key’ by Francis Rose, ‘Flora Britannica’ by Richard Mabey, ‘Fauna Britannica’ by Stefan Buczacki and other volumes pile up around me as I write, and the internet gives me the British Trust for Ornithology, RSPB and other specialist sites. I recommend them all.
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Transition Bewdley Repair Café: tool sharpening One of the services most in demand at the Bewdley Repair Café is sharpening of garden tools and kitchen implements.Visitors will have seen our volunteer working non-stop, sparks ﬂying as he gives new life to a long queue of tools.
He is Peter Whittle, age 72, who lives between Bewdley and Stourport. Peter provides a sharpening service at Bewdley Repair Café, occasionally helping out at Kidderminster.
Peter writes, ”My career has been largely in analytical chemistry, predominately the testing of environmental samples for trace pollutants. I still undertake some work, visiting testing laboratories in the UK and Middle East to assess competency and compliance to an ISO standard for accreditation.
In spite of achieving a Ph.D. in chemistry, I always said, and only partially ‘tongue in cheek’, that the most useful thing I did at school was ‘O’ Level woodwork. It provided basic skills, including the sharpening of tools, that have lasted me a lifetime, helping with DIY and woodworking projects such as building log stores and a shelter for our alpacas, and my retirement hobby of woodturning. As part of my hobby, I have studied the different systems that are available for sharpening and acquired the kit I considered useful, which I use at the Repair Café.
Without grinding wheel facilities, a limited amount can be done to maintain sharpness at home, as most items require the cutting edge re-proﬁling at some stage. The Repair Cafés provide a valuable service in re-proﬁling and sharpening of blunt tools, the sharpness of which can then be maintained at home for a while using a ‘steel’, whetstone or diamond plate. Sharpening services are not readily available commercially these days and can be expensive.
For a person like myself, the Repair Café provides some interesting technical challenges and the opportunity to make peoples’ lives a little easier. The bulk of the work involves kitchen knives, scissors and garden tools, but the Bangladeshi ﬁsh slicers (rather like a billhook mounted on a steel frame) were perhaps the most notable challenge. Most items except saws are attempted; saws take too long to sharpen in the time scale available.”
The sharpening team has recently grown with the addition of Tim, a young blacksmith, at 24 our youngest volunteer, and 89 year old Tony, a retired engineer (our oldest volunteer by a small margin). With three experts working together, the long queues are disappearing and we urge everyone to look out their secateurs, shears, edging spades and other tools ready for the new gardening season.
All are welcome to bring items for sharpening or repair to the next Bewdley Repair Café on 21st April 10.00 – 2.00 at St. George’s Hall, Load St. Any queries or offers to volunteer, please contact John Rhymer on 01299 403424.
Kidderminster Hospital League of Friends
Dedicated volunteers with a Kidderminster charity will take some beating when it comes to long service! Six members of the team at the coffee shop run by the League of Friends at Kidderminster Hospital are getting close to a double century of serving drinks and light meals to visitors and staff.
The Super Six have put in shifts for a total of 190 years between them and include 90-yearold Helen Whittington and Pauline Grainger who have both worked there for 37 years. Jean Rumsey, who is 92 this year, and Audrey Spells have notched up 32 years apiece while Pat White and Rosemary Lester have completed 27 and 25 years respectively. Mrs Rumsey said: “We are part of a big family of volunteers and have made some wonderful friendships along the way. We all feel it is important to support our local hospital and many of our customers feel the same way.”
League of Friends volunteers also operate a refreshment trolley serving hospital patients and staff at the Treatment Centre, and also offer a Wayfarers service to meet, greet and direct patients and visitors around the busy Bewdley Road site. The charity also raises funds through a volunteer-run shop in Kidderminster’s Swan Centre.
All profits from the retail outlets along with donations and memberships enable the Friends to support services at the town hospital and to provide extra amenities for patients and staff where they are not available through the NHS. The generosity of the Wyre Forest community has helped the Friends raise more than £4.5 million since it was formed in 1959.
The League of Friends is always on the lookout for new faces to join its large band of volunteers and anyone interested should contact administrator Natalie Mason on 01562 67653 or pick up an application form from the hospital coffee shop or Swan Centre charity shop.
From left, Audrey Spells, Pauline Grainger, Rosemary Lester, Pat White, Jean Rumsey and Helen Whittington who have clocked up 190 years’ service with the League of Friends.
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Wyre Forest Young Musician of the Year 2018
This competition, now in its fourth year, took place on the evening of Saturday 10th February in St. George’s Hall, Bewdley. A large audience was delighted by the standard of performances from sixteen young musicians aged between 12 and 17.
The genres of music on display during the evening was very wide – starting with a classical flute piece from Nina Southall and ending with a performance of their own composition by the acoustic duo Ivywoods. The standard of the competition was very high and the judges, pianist and accompanist Angie Allard, musicians Steve Harley and Oliver Carpenter, led by head judge, choral leader Alastair Elliott, had difficult decisions to make on the winners of the various categories. The winners of the categories were: Best Solo Instrumentalist: Danny Bold (Piano) from Bewdley Best Singer: Tom Southam from Stourport Best Classical Performance: Hector Coley (Organ) from Mamble Best Performer 14 and Under: Dylan Bold (Piano) from Bewdley Best Composition: Hannah Law of Stourport with her song “Love Seeps Through” Best Group Performance: Rachel Howles and Danny Bold Wyre Forest Young Musicians of the Year: Rachel Howles and Danny Bold
The evening was completed by a finely performed set from the 2017 winners, Mayfli (Anna Bale and Izzy O’Dowd). Our thanks to all the contestants, not just for their super performances but also the great support they showed to their fellow competitors.
Our thanks also to the supporters of the event: The Elmley Foundation, The Helen Mackaness Trust, Bewdley Town Council, The Mug House and Angry Chef Restaurant, The Rotary Club of Bewdley and The Kidderminster Lions Club.
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Behind the Baton
Following the post-Christmas lull, the Spring music season is in… um.. full Spring now! Around the time this publication drops through your letterbox, we will be performing our annual Bewdley Passion offering. This year, we will use John Stainer’s “The Crucifixion” as our musical vehicle for telling the Easter story. Once again, I have had the great privilege to assemble a wonderful chorus of singers from Bewdley and the surrounding area. I am very lucky to have so many excellent choral singers at my disposal and our now regular Good Friday offering is one of the highlights of my musical year. I hope that those of you who attend will enjoy the experience.
The Wyre Forest Young Musician of the year competition continues to go from strength to strength. Another great evening at St George’s Hall ended with Rachael Howells and Danny Bold winning the overall prize with their tremendous performance of Nina Simone’s iconic “My Baby Just Cares for Me”. It’s a difficult song to cover given the unique talents of Nina Simone, but it was brilliantly performed and really wowed the audience. At the other end of the musical spectrum, we were also entertained by a young lad from Mamble, Hector Coley, who performed Boellman’s thrilling Toccata on the organ at St Anne’s. Another eclectic evening, showing the range of young musical talent the Wyre Forest has to offer. (A list of all prizewinners is on page 27. )
To finish, something to look forward to is on the 5th May when Bewdley Choral Society (now with over 70 members) performs Elgar’s expressive “The Music Makers”. An expansive and colourful Cantata with significant choral and orchestral challenges. We have a wonderful Mezzo Soprano soloist joining us for the evening as well and it should be a real treat for Elgar fans with his Serenade for Strings also included in the programme. The work is full of drama, emotion, excitement and many well-known Elgar themes from Dream of Gerontius and the Enigma Variations. It’s a work with great momentum and I suspect it will be one of the fastest 45 minutes of music you ever experience. As always, and like every musical event in the area, Bewdley Choral Society is very grateful for the support of their audiences and I do hope to see many of you there. Wishing everyone a happy and music-filled Easter. Alastair Elliott
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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 www.tlccareathome.com. Email email@example.com 40
Bewdley Baptist Art Group presents a
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The beginning of our Soroptimist year this month is going to be a very busy one. Following our first Business meeting on Thursday 5th April when we shall welcome and induct our new president Sue Merrill, our club hopes to have a stand at the Bewdley Community Showcase event on Saturday 7th April. Do come to St. George’s Hall to find out more about our organisation. Another entertaining Afternoon Tea with Henry Sandon, the Antiques expert, has been organised for Thursday 12th April, 2.0 pm Baxter Church Rooms, Kidderminster: admission £7. There will the opportunity of having a treasured ceramic or porcelain item valued (£3 per item – one item per person only on a first come/first served basis).
Our Supper/Speaker meeting on 19th April the usual third Thursday, at La Brasserie promises a very interesting evening. Sue’s motto for her presidential year is ‘The Next Generation’ and we look forward to the first talk given by Ann Becke on the ‘Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline’.
Calling all Bridge Players: Our annual Bridge Tournament takes place on Wednesday 25th April: 10 am. – 4 pm. at its usual venue: Blakedown Parish Rooms - £12 per player (incl. morning coffee and lunch refreshments) – all profits in aid of Alzheimer’s UK. To book your place please contact Sue on 07831 487648 or 01562-700078.
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Bewdley Carnival Thank you evening
Bewdley Carnival committee recently held a thank you evening for people who helped on last year’s Carnival day. The day was a great success and was enjoyed by many people, both local and visitors to the area.
The princesses on their float always lead the Carnival Parade. 2017’s princesses were Elsie Claydon age 7 and Dallas Dior Loveridge age 7 from Bewdley Primary School and Mya Smith age 6 and Xjaela Mai Braithwaite age 6 from St. Anne's Primary School.
Bewdley’s Mayor, Cllr. Anna Coleman presented the girls with a framed photograph of themselves in their beautiful dresses that had been kindly sponsored by Mrs Clifford from the Mug House of Severn Side North, Bewdley.
The evening was also attended by Consort Roger Coleman, Deputy Mayor LInda Candlin and Cllr. Phillip Edmundson. Irish Dancing was performed by Megan Ince.
The committee are now in the throes of arranging this year’s Carnival, taking place on 9th June. For information about the day or to volunteer to help, please ring 01299 401842.
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For the last eighteen months, Riverside Elim Church have been running this support group twice a month 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.
Liz Walton, a member of the Church describes how the Dementia Café came to be set up:
“Two years ago I felt God had prompted me that there was a need in Bewdley regarding support for vulnerable people with Dementia. I prayed about this and discussed the idea with our Pastor Nigel Tween. We began by running a group on the first and third Thursday every month, held at Riverside Church in Dog Lane, Bewdley. The first six months was a trial period to see how this went. Now eighteen months later, we have a regular group of people with various needs, who are at different places on their dementia journey. All of our attendees and their carers have become our extended church family. We keep in touch in between meetings and offer any support at home if needed. Our philosophy is to provide person centred care, delivered in a safe stimulating environment. Over the last 18 months we have had museum trips, lunches out, riverside walks, craft sales, coffee and music mornings, pantomime trips and a visit to the seaside. This ministry is growing as is the need to provide this type of support within our community. We have a great group of volunteers who bring a wealth of life experience and skills.
We were recently awarded a grant of £1,000 from the Wyre Forest Localism fund. This will enable us to expand our craft materials, and also the outdoor activities during the summer, which is brilliant.
We are excited to see what the future has in store for us over the next year.” Liz Walton If you are interested in finding out more about the Dementia group held at Riverside Church Centre please contact Liz on 07760 496993 or email email@example.com
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Bewdley Town Council News April 2018
Together Group Are you an older person interested in getting out of the house and making new friends, enjoying a freshly-cooked lunch over a natter, and being entertained by a variety of interesting events? If so, why not come along to the beautifully refurbished Wribbenhall Parish Room, Kidderminster Road, Bewdley on the second Thursday of each month for our LUNCH CLUB (12.30 to 3.00 p.m.), and also the fourth Thursday of each month for our SOCIAL EVENT (2.00-4.00 p.m.). The Group is run by a friendly and welcoming team of volunteers who would love to see you! Call Liz on 01299 403053 or the Town Council on 01299 400157 or just come along to one of the social events (lunches need to be booked). £4.00 Lunch Club (dinner & pudding & tea/coffee), £2.00 Social Event Afternoon (with tea & cakes) plus a raffle and book table. We have Max Keen’s talk on the Civil War on the 26th April! Grants to Bewdley Community Organisations The Town Council are delighted to support the following Bewdley based community organisations with grant funding in April 2018: Wyre Forest Citizens Advice Bureau - £1500 Bewdley Youth Festival - £500 Friends of Riverside North Park - £1000 Community Transport - £900 Wribbenhall Parish Room - £500 Bewdley Rotary Club - £200 Bewdley Twinning Association - £250 Bewdley Bike Week - £500 Wyre Community Land Trust - £500 Bewdley Cricket Club - £250 Bewdley Horticultural Society - £250 Riverside Dementia Café - £500 Community Housing Tenants Group - £250 Bewdley Carnival Association - £200 Bewdley Choral Society (Forest, River and Royals) - £1500
The Town Council grants around £12,500 each year to eligible organisations and there is some funding left for which applications will be invited later in the year. Don’t forget we also have our Small Grants Fund which is paid all year round and is for community groups who need to produce publicity materials etc. Up to £100 can be available within a few weeks of applying. Details are on our website at www.bewdleytowncouncil.org.
Diamond Buses At its meeting on the 5th March, the Council agreed to formally write to the Traffic Commissioner about the poor performance of Diamond Buses. Any individual who is dissatisfied with the service is encouraged to write to the Traffic Commissioner, 38 George Street, Birmingham B15 1PL.
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. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are posted on town notice boards and are available on the Town Council’s website www.bewdleytowncouncil.org. TOWN COUNCIL NEWS IS PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED BY BEWDLEY TOWN COUNCIL
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