The Bridge May 2018
May in the Forest
At this time of year everything is growing quickly but some plants take this to extremes. You’ll probably be familiar with Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera), an enormous relative of the ‘busy lizzie’ (a colourful occupant of bedding schemes and hanging baskets) from the Western Himalayas. It has a pretty pink ﬂower which is why it charmed its way into British gardens in 1839, but this is followed by seed pods which explode when touched, scattering seeds 5 metres from the plant. It favours damp areas and is steadily spreading up British rivers including the Severn and its tributaries. You won’t have to go far to see masses of it, e.g. on the river bank beside the Bewdley School.
Although it can be said to provide nectar for insects (and can be used by bees to produce a very respectable honey) its ability to spread quickly and form dense stands is very harmful to our native ﬂora. A broken-off plant can root from the nodes of the stem and the root can regrow to branch and produce even more ﬂowers than before. For this reason, uprooted plants or pieces of stem have to be crushed and disposed of carefully. If there are only a few plants they can be hung over branches to stop them taking root again.
The Forestry Commission’s Wildlife Ranger, Phil Rudlin, has been doing battle with it at Shrawley Wood for about 16 years and seems to be winning, using an ATV-drawn roller to crush the stems and then ﬁnishing off by hand weeding with the help of volunteers. In various locations alongside the river and brooks in the main forest there have been concerted efforts to remove the plant by hand pulling wherever it has appeared, but in every case it has proved to be a mistake to assume that it can be completely eradicated: balsam is a tireless invader and its reappearance needs to be dealt with quickly.
The Environment Agency are trialling biological control using a variety of rust fungus which is speciﬁc to Himalayan Balsam. After four years of research it was approved to be released into the wild in 2014 and although its use is at a very early stage, it appears to damage the leaves and weaken growth of the plant. Locally the River Stour is going to be used for a trial this year.
You can do your bit for our native ﬂora and fauna while having a lot of fun (legitimate destruction is always to be relished) by joining one of the work parties being organised by Steve Bent in late July and early August – contact him at email@example.com. And when you’re out walking keep an eye open for those big, succulent stems so that you can pull it up and hang it up!
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We have now arrived at my favourite month. Winter has been firmly banished (and what a long, long winter it was this year), the weather is usually warm enough for a tentative and adventurous baring of a sliver of flesh, and nature rampages with thoroughly wanton and noisy behaviour. Tourists return to sit with fish and chips by the river; with boots and rucksacks on the footpaths and with all their wedding finery in our churches and venues.
It is also the month when those who haven't already done so leaf through brochures and sit at their computers to look at the misleadingly enticing photos and book a holiday. And great fun that can be. It led me to reflect on another aspect of vacationing. When you return with a sheaf of pictures ready to download and show to relations, friends, workmates - in fact, anyone who sits still for long enough; and to regale them with the attendant stories of what you got up to, it becomes evident that the only really interesting stories are those of what went wrong. Swimming in the sea - yawn, yawn. Having a leg severed by a shark while swimming in the sea - wow, tell me more. Fantastic fresh imaginative meals in tiny local trattoria - BORING. Group dysentery after the meal in the trattoria - ooh, how awful, you poor thing. Watching the setting sun over the sea - yeah, yeah. Hotel set on fire by lightning strike after the sunset - pass the photos! Coach trip to a French chateau? So? Drunken coach driver forgetting the route and ending up in Denmark - that's more like it.
I haven't arranged anything wildly adventurous this year, but if I can just share with you this really lovely hotel I stayed at last year; no, hang on, I have quite a lot of photos too. You should have seen the spa facilities; they were absolutely.....You have to go? So soon? No, wait! Margaret
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May 1 Bewdley Film Club St George’s Hall - see inside back cover 3 Soroptimist Business Meeting Baxter Church Rooms 7.30pm - see page 29 4 Music in the Hall St George’s Hall 7.30pm - see inside back cover 5 Bewley Choral Society Concert St Anne’s Church 7.30pm - see page 29 6 Bewdley Footpaths walk - see page 17 7 Riverside North Park’s FUN’d day - see page 41 7 Meditation Class Friends Meeting House, Lower Park - see page 21 10 Mothers Union meeting St Anne's Church 7.30pm - see page 25 10 Knit & Natter Methodist Church High Street 2 - 4pm 10 Cinema in the Hall - Suburbicon St George’s Hall - see inside back cover 10 Riverside Twins Riverside Centre, Dog Lane 10 - 11.30am - see page 27 12/13 Shelsley Walsh Water Mill open day - see page 25 14 Book sale and Knit and Natter All Saints' Church Wribbenhall 10am - 12 noon 14 Bewdley Floral Art Club Wharton Park 7.30pm - see page 29 14 Meditation Class Friends Meeting House, Lower Park - see page 21 14 Bewdley WI meeting St George’s Hall 7.30pm - see page 21 17 Soroptimist La Brasserie, Kidderminster 7pm - see page 29 17 Cinema in the Hall - The Greatest Showman St George’s Hall - see inside back cover 19 Transition Bewdley Repair Café St George’s Hall 10 – 2pm 20 Methodist Church 223rd Anniversary Service, 10.30am 21 All Stars Bewdley Cricket Club, Lower Park 6pm - 6.45pm - see page 43 21 Knit and Natter All Saints' Church Wribbenhall 10am - 12 noon 21 Bewdley Horticultural Society Riverside Church, Dog Lane 7.30pm - see page 33 21 Meditation Class Friends Meeting House, Lower Park - see page 21 24 Riverside Twins Riverside Centre, Dog Lane 10 - 11.30am - see page 27 24 Cinema in the Hall - All the Money in the World St George’s Hall - see inside back cover 25, 26 Real Ale Festival 27 Taizé Service St Anne’s Church 6.30pm - see page 31 29 Start of Bewdley Bike Week - see page 35 30 Adult and Child Woodcraft, 11am – 3pm - see page 33 30 Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club Mercure Bewdley -s ee page 23 31 Cinema in the Hall - 3 Billboards outside Ebbing St George’s Hall - see inside back cover 31 Soroptimist Coffee morning St George's Hall 10am - see page 29 June 1 Make your own coat hook Woodcraft 11 - 4pm - see page 33 2 Pub and Club Regatta - see back page 3 Open Day Bewdley Tennis Club 12 - 4pm - see page 43 3 Bewdley Footpaths walk - see page 17 9 Bewdley Carnival - see page 31 9 Afternoon Tea Parish Rooms Wribbenhall 2 - 4pm - see page 17 10 ‘Cookies and Company’ tea Ribbesford churchyard 3pm - 5.30pm - 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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WHAT HAPPENS IN ST ANNE’S EACH WEEK?
Sunday 9.30am Worship with separate children’s activities Tuesday 9.30am – 11.30am Rugrats (Stay & Play) Wednesday 10.15am Short prayer meeting (first Wednesday in the month is a service of Holy Communion). 12 noon – 2pm Chess players meet Saturday 8.15am Praying for the community and church Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 2pm Coffee bar, Traidcraft shop, space to chat, think, meet friends For more details / information see our website: www.bewdleyparish.org.uk and click on ‘calendar’ and ‘notices’
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
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RiverTwins – Thursdays 2nd and 4th of every month 10 – 11.30am. Stay and play. This group was set up to help families with twins to get to know each other and offer peer support. Parents can have a drink while it is still hot as plenty of volunteers are on hand to help! Limitless Youth – Wednesday 7.30 – 9pm for 11 to16’s. 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. Limitless Young Adults – Sundays 7.30 - 9pm for 18-30’s. Meeting every Sunday for coffee, music and thought provoking conversation. Stay as long or as short 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.
Monday 14th May Monthly book sale 10am - 12 noon All books 5 for £1. Also jig-saw puzzles, CD's & DVD's
Saturday 9th June Afternoon Tea in the Parish Rooms Admission by Ticket £7 contact Gail tel 01299 401685
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 Church Anniversary Service (223 years!) Sunday May 20 at 10.30am
Knit & Natter Meet at church 2-4pm on the second Thursday each month. Non-knitters welcome!
Evening Fellowship - sharing our faith and learning together. 7.30pm on the second Tuesday each month.
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.
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A way of avoiding this is to take advantage of the library BorrowBox service. If you have a tablet or e-reading device and library membership, you can install the BorrowBox app (available from Google Play or the Apple Store). Sign in and begin browsing for eBooks and eAudiobooks. Download the item of your choice and you're off. New titles are being added to the collection all the time so it's worth visiting regularly.
You'll still have the agony of choosing what to take on holiday, but your packing will be a whole lot easier!
Congratulations to Karen Campbell, whose local business, Mooch Gifts and Home, Bewdley has reached the shortlist for the Small Awards category of the High Street Hero award sponsored by TSB.
The High Street Hero award honours businesses with their heart in the High Street, who are active members of the community and have a proven track record of contributing towards the success of their street. The aim of the Small Awards is to give a platform for small businesses and celebrate achievements and accomplishments within this arena The successful finalists this year are: Afflecks, Manchester, Mooch Gifts and Home, Bewdley,Â The Vintage Cupcake Kitchen, Oldham, Foundations, Nantwich and Wags and Whiskers Pet Boutique, Stockton-on-Tees.
The winners will be announced on 17thÂ May in London. The aim of the Small Awards is to give a platform for small businesses and celebrate achievements and accomplishments within this arena.
Good luck, Karen!
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Bewdley museum and Tourist Information
Work on the Foundry Roof has now finished and at last the Scaffolding has gone. The bespoke skylights especially made, painted and fitted look beautiful and don’t leak. I’ve really enjoyed teaching in the Guildhall but shall be happy to get back to the Education Room. The schools programme is starting to fill up with Local History, Rivers and Blitz Evacuation events. We shall soon be restarting our four week Crochet With Love courses for beginners and improvers. They are £10 per session and take place on Wednesdays in the Guildhall 6.308.00. For any other information about these classes please contact: Amanda Peplow @wyreforestdc.gov.uk or contact Bewdley Museum 0845 603 5699.
Kidderminster Arts Society will be displaying works of art in the Wyre Forest Gallery from the 12th May to 10th June.
There will be another opportunity to see ‘Uncovering the Wyre Forest’, a display of LiDAR images revealing archaeological features of the Wyre Forest. The display takes place from 5th May to 1st July in the Sawyard.
On Sunday 10th June at 5pm, Heartbreak Productions return to Bewdley Museum for the third year with a performance of the David Walliams book, The Midnight Gang, for families with children age 7 years plus. The performance will take place in Jubilee Gardens so bring your low back chairs or picnic rugs and enjoy a summer afternoon of fun and laughter. Strala Yoga with instructor Sam Matthews continues to be popular with 2 evening classes held at the Guildhall every Tuesday from 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in taking part and would like to join the waiting list.
Whitsun children's holiday activities will continue in the Saw yard from Monday 28th May until Friday 1st June. Just drop in no need to book between 11am-3.30pm. All children must be supervised at all times by a parent or carer. Look on facebook @Bewdleymuseum, or our website for more details: www.bewdleymuseum.gov.uk or phone 0845 607 7819
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Now that the growing season and all the blessings of Easter and the spring are being enjoyed, it is possible to begin to see how the wildflower project is developing. Thanks to regular attention and the efforts of volunteers and the March working party, mowing is keeping things neat and areas of bramble, dead wood and rampant ivy have been cleared. The lovely west wall of the old churchyard provides a backdrop, and the areas where the grass and flowers are being allowed to grow can be seen, with paths through them. It will take a year or two before the full glory of the meadow is seen, but meanwhile pollinating insects will be enjoying their new foraging grounds. We have been privileged to receive a donation of 12 native common spotted orchid plants (D. Fuchsii) from Bewdley Orchids – look out for their appearance, and check out the fascinating website of our local orchid specialist. The tree warden team have also made available some inspiring leaflets about churchyard environments – these can be looked at inside the church.
Our next churchyard event will be a little less arduous than a working party. We plan a “Cookies and Company” tea on Sunday 10 June, from 3 - 5.30. Just bring a cookie to share (and a folding chair, if you can, though there will be some there), and we’ll provide tea or cool drinks. It will be an opportunity to chat about the place that means so much to so many people, and to swap memories of the loved ones we honour in this special churchyard. No need for advance notice – just come if you can. Any enquiries to: Caroline Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets in the garden on the east side of the river just below Bewdley bridge at 1.45pm for a prompt start at 2pm.
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The team at Riverside Vets has recently had to say a very sad goodbye to our beloved Practice cat Gavin. Gavin originally came to the practice back in 2006 after his homeless owner was taken into hospital. He arrived as a tiny, soaking wet bundle of ginger fur, and spent the afternoon wrapped in a blanket cuddled up against Veterinary Nurse Lisa to get his temperature back up to normal.
Gavin had a condition when he came to us causing him some walking and visual problems. Despite this he has had a long and happy life at the practice. He particularly liked carrying out his morning patrol of the building, greeting clients both human and furry. He has seen many people pass through the doors and always spent his Easter and Christmas holidays at home with receptionist Jayne.
But one day last month he became distressed, and our vets suspected he had a brain tumour. He was transferred to Severn Edge Bridgnorth hospital, and we would like to thank vet Becky and veterinary nurse Stevie for taking such good care of him there. Our Jayne was there to say goodbye to him. He will leave a big hole at the practice and be very missed. Nicola Burney
Jangchub Ling Kadampa Buddhist Centre
The centre, based in Cradley Heath, now runs a weekly meditation class on Mondays in Bewdley at the Friends Meeting House, Lower Park. More details to be found on meditateinbewdley.org website.
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Mentor link is a local charity providing weekly one to one mentoring support to distressed or vulnerable children and young people in schools across the Wyre Forest.
We urgently need volunteers for our charity shop at 24-25 High Street, Stourport on Severn. Anyone that would like to volunteer for 2-3 hours per week (days to suit) to help our Shop manager with day to day duties, please contact 01299 823537, email email@example.com or alternatively call in to discuss the role with Shop Manager Bridget. For further information on the service that Mentor Link provides to children and young people see our website www.mentorlink.org.uk.
Please help us to help local children and young people in the Wyre Forest.
Christian Aid Week May 13-19th 2018
For over forty years, Bewdley has taken part in this world-wide fund-raising week and thousands of pounds have been raised to support the charity’s work helping people in the poorest communities. A new organiser is now needed, with resources and support available. Please ring 01299 402199 if you are interested to learn more.
Bewdley Old Grammar School Foundation
The next meeting of the Foundation trustees will be held in the middle of May and students under 25 years old residing in Bewdley or the immediate surrounding area are invited to make application for financial assistance to further their studies.
Details and application forms may be obtained from the Clerk of the Foundation at The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre or by Email: Slk20@bewdley.worcs.sch.uk
Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies Luncheon Club
In March we were treated to a most enjoyable Garden Galaxy, which were pictures of wonderful gardens throughout the British Isles. On 30th May George Metcalf will talk to us on the intriguing title of Murder, Mayhem and Dastardly Deeds.
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A Royal Occasion
When I received a letter postmarked Buckingham Palace in November 2017 I imagined that it was to ask me if I would like to organise a party to visit the palace as I had done a few years ago. I nearly put it into the recycling bin but I'm so glad I didn't! I told no one else for quite a while that I had been nominated to receive Maundy Money at St George's Chapel, Windsor. I invited my elder son to be my companion and received my two tickets. A second envelope arrived at the end of January with details of timings and maps and in mid March a third envelope arrived with the arrangements for the big day.
I set off early on Maundy Thursday with my son and after an awful journey in dense trafﬁc arrived with minutes to spare. Everybody was very kind when we went in to the castle; I found we were seated in by far the best place. Before the service started the Lord High Almoner (our own Bishop of Worcester) told us about the service, then the Yeomen of the Guard, pikestaffs and all, entered as the Sun streamed through the windows. Then the Queen arrived and was presented with the traditional nosegay of ﬂowers.
At the point in the service when the purses - one white, one red - were being presented, six Yeoman carried them on solid gold dishes. They were obviously very heavy. I can also conﬁrm the queen does indeed have a wonderful complexion and a warm and genuine smile. Bishop John told the Queen my husband had sung at her father's coronation and she spoke to me which was a great honour. Afterwards we had a reception in St George's Hall, then a very wet drive back home.
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Behind the Wheel: The Travels of a Coach Driver The Menin Gate,Ypres
When I drive around Britain and Europe, almost every mile has a history to it; too often it is one of bloodshed. These places are often now dedicated to preserving the memory of those lost in conﬂict.
In February I was honoured to have taken the ﬁrst ever coach party to the newly opened International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. The central feature is an obelisk, the height of which is the same as the wingspan of the Lancaster Bomber.
During March I took a group to Flanders, touring Tyne Cot, Langemark, Essex Farm cemeteries as well as the towns of Zonnebeke and Ypres where the Last Post is played under the Menin Gate at 8pm every day of the year. The Menin Gate has names of over 56,000 soldiers who have no known grave.
During April I visited the National Memorial Arboretum on two occasions. This atmospheric place has over 300 memorials, not all of which are military organisations. Some are dedicated to fallen members of voluntary organisations such as Round Table and the RNLI.
This month I also drove to the Weeping Window display of ceramic poppies at Hereford Cathedral. I have seen this display in ﬁve locations and am due to see it twice more before the end of the centenary of the Great War.
National Memorial Arboretum. I ﬁnd such places emotional to visit and with regular bloodshed This gap in the wall is positioned reported in the Middle East as well as international conspiracies like the one we saw in Salisbury during March, it appears humanity to allow the sun to shin directly through it at 11am on is not learning from the past. 11th November. Julian Phillips
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Shelsley Walsh Water Mill is Open For National Mills Weekend on Saturday 12th / Sunday 13th May 2018
Shelsley Walsh Water Mill will be open to visitors from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018 as part of National Mills Weekend - the annual festival of the UK’s milling heritage, and the chance for everyone to explore their local windmills and watermills.
The weekend is coordinated by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Entry is free of charge and there is plenty of free parking in the world famous speed hill climb paddock next to the mill. Donations towards the upkeep of the mill will be welcome.
The water mill at Shelsley Walsh was part of a farming community in the beautiful Teme Valley in Worcestershire until the early 1900s, and, although there has been a watermill on this site since 1308 the current mill shows three stages of construction spanning over 300 years. Until its recent restoration it was last used to grind animal feed around 1923.
The Water Mill Society is run by volunteers, with widely varied backgrounds and expertise including several retired engineers, builders, educationalists, IT experts, accountants and an auctioneer. Collectively known as the ‘Dibnahs’, they have lovingly restored the mill over a ten year period to its current working condition for use as a visitor attraction and educational resource. The mill will be producing flour at the event which can be obtained in exchange for a donation to the Water Mill Society. The Shelsley Walsh Water Mill is the only working water powered corn mill in Worcestershire.
The mill is located near the foot of the world famous Shelsley Walsh speed hill-climb course run by the Midland Automobile Club since 1901 and is adjacent to the beautiful 12th Century Church of St Andrew’s, which is well worth a visit too.
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RiverTwins is a group for twin/multiples families. It is on every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 10am - 11:30am. at the Riverside Centre, Dog Lane, Bewdley DY12 2EF. It is Stay and Play group with a wide selection of toys for little ones and hot drinks for parents/carers, so that they can chat and relax a little.
This group was set up to help twin/multiple families get to know each other in the area and to offer peer support. I found that when I became a mum of twin boys in June last year I had no idea how to do things such as feed them both at the same time! It wasn’t until I met another twin mum that I began to learn different ways of doing things. Even if they didn’t work for me I felt having different ideas to try gave me hope! I found her support invaluable and now want others to have the same experience.
We have volunteers who are all DBS checked; they can offer an extra pair of hands if anyone wants, and they also make sure parents can have a drink while it’s still hot!
We have a Facebook page “Twins in the Wyre Forest, Bewdley Kidderminster and Stourport”, where we post information of upcoming groups and events. Over the summer we plan on doing more activities, such as picnics and soft play. For more information visit the Facebook page or leave a message for Brigette at Riverside Church on 01299 405535. Hope to see you at the Riverside Centre, Dog Lane, Bewdley DY12 2EF. Bridgette
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At our AGM in April we welcomed Sue Merrill as our new President. Her first month proved to be quite a busy one: On the first Saturday the club had a stand at the Bewdley Community Showcase event, followed barely a week later with an “Afternoon Tea with Henry Sandon” in aid of Worcestershire Young Carers. The motto for Sue’s year of office is ‘The Next Generation’ and the speaker at our first Supper meeting was Ann Becke who gave a most interesting and informative talk about the ’Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline’.
Our annual Bridge Tournament at its usual venue, Blakedown Parish Rooms, was once again a great success with all profits going to Alzheimer’s UK. This was followed by our regular monthly informal Coffee Morning as usual on the last Thursday. We ended the month on a high with our attendance at Midland Arden Region’s Celebration event on the last Sunday at Stone Manor nr. Kidderminster, to witness the lovely ceremony of the Change of Insignias of all clubs present.
Our May dates are: Business Meeting - Thursday 3rd May, 7.30pm at Baxter Church Rooms; Supper/Speaker Meeting: Thursday 17th May, 7pm at La Brasserie, Kidderminster; our regular informal Coffee Morning will hopefully (provided the building alterations have finished) return to the George in Bewdley on Thursday 31st May from 10am onwards. Do come and meet some of us. Elke Jury For more details regarding the club and its activities, please do contact us: tel. 01299 266101 or email: email@example.com website link: http://sigbi.org/kidderminster-and-district/ Facebook: Soroptimists Kidderminster
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We welcome Jackie Cooper on Monday 14th May with her demonstration ‘Serendipity’, at the Wharton Park Golf and Country Club at 7.30pm.
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Bewdley Cricket Club is located on High Street, sandwiched between the idyllic River Severn and Red Hill at its Lower Park Headquarters. Set amid some of Worcestershire's finest rural scenery, the ground is considered one of the prettiest in the county. The ground is the perfect backdrop to any celebration, be it a birthday, christening, or wedding, and the wonderful out door space is complimented by a large furnished patio area. The clubhouse, having been entirely refurbished in 2012, boasts a fully licensed bar with a range of draught beer and has the capacity for parties up to 100 people. With a fully equipped kitchen, the club is able to host self catered events and has seating capacity for up to 50 people. With Wi-Fi capability and big screen projection, the club lends itself as a perfect venue for small scale conferences, meetings and team building events for businesses.
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Bewdley Carnival Committee are all getting excited about this year’s carnival on Saturday 9th June. We have a fantastic new act for the Carnival, Paws for Thought Canine Display Team. The Team have appeared regularly at Crufts, Discovery Dogs and other National and Country events plus numerous appearances on TV.
Also in the itinerary for the Carnival are HCW Wrestling, Severnside School of Dancing, West Midlands Tae Kwon Do, Simon Airey, Animal man, Glamba, Temevale Alpacas.
We have had quite a few enquires about floats and walking groups but we still have room for more. If anybody would like a stall on the Carnival field please get in touch with Sue on 01299 401841.
Taizé Service Sunday May 27 6.30pm St Anne’s Church
This service has a focus on silent reflection and prayer by candlelight, with a reading from scripture and the singing of Taizé songs. It is based on the style of worship of the Taizé community in central France and lasts about 30 minutes.
The theme of the service on this occasion will be the presence of the Holy Spirit. All are welcome for peaceful and reflective worship in a beautiful setting!
Bewdley Townswomen Guild We extend a warm welcome to all women to our Guild.
After a delayed start to our programme, due to inclement weather, we are delighted to announce that David Mills will be with us on June 26th with a topical talk on Honey Bees. The evening starts at 7. 30 pm and incorporates a raffle, bring and buy and of course a cuppa and biscuits. 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 or Lois Hopkins 01299 409465 37
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Ruskin in Wyre
We invite you to be part of the Ruskin in Wyre events programme delivered by the Wyre Community Land Trust for the Guild of St George.
On Monday 7th May we will be joining in with Riverside North Park’s FUN’d day to celebrate the opening of their new bridge. This was designed as part of the Ruskin in Wyre project by our artisan in residence, Alice Midmore, and built with the help of volunteers. We are also running a series of wood craft courses this month. Our exciting Adult and Child Woodcraft course is designed for an adult and child pair who love to learn new crafts and work together. During this one-day course Alice will explain the safe use of all the tools and guide you both step by step through a wide variety of carving techniques. You will work together and use these techniques to create your very own handmade key hooks, coat hooks and spatula to take home, all out of wood from the Wyre Forest.
Alice is also running a ‘Make your own coat hook’ course, where you will learn a variety of skills and techniques using traditional hand tools to make your own beautiful and functional coat hook for your home. FUN’d Day, Riverside North Park, Monday 7th May
Adult and Child Woodcraft, Wednesday 30th May, 11am – 3pm, £20 (per adult and child pair), children must be aged 8 and over Make your own coat hook, Friday 1st June, 11am – 4pm, £20
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TLC CARE AT HOME are now recruiting Care Support staff
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 Bike Week
Bewdley Bike Week brings us a whole week of activities designed to encourage all to discover, enjoy and benefit from cycling in the local area.
Main events include:
- Bewdley Bike Jam: A day packed with activities on Sunday 29th May at Stourport Leisure Centre Cycling track. Including demo bikes, coaching, free check and tune service, BBQ and cycling challenges. - Bank Holiday Monday pedalling adventures through our most scenic 15 mile and 60 mile routes.
- Bikeability coaching (aka cycling proficiency) and Open Trail’s Learn To Ride sessions for all ages looking to ditch their stabilisers.
- Wyre Forest Cycling Adventurers Evening - hear fantastic stories from local international cycling explorers, head out on your own mountain bike adventure around the Wyre Forest, borrow a demo bike, free check and tune service, BBQ and so much more! - Rail and ride - take your bike on the historic Severn Valley Railway and explore our beautiful local National Cycling Network.
There are lots more activities including evening road and mountain bike rides from Overspoke Bikes, coaching from Open Trail, demo bikes from Bewdley Outdoors, and family rides from Severn Valley Velo. Further details are available on our website www.bewdleybikeweek.info or our Facebook page
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 May:Tue. 1st – Pub Night at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Sat. 5th – Live Wyres Dance and Buffet with DJ Kim Matthews at The Wharf, Stourport. Tue. 8th – Pub Night at The Old House at Home, B’ham Rd, Blakedown. DY10 3JE Sat. 12th – Live Wyres Annual Day Trip to Southport. Tue. 29th – 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
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All Stars Cricket
Bewdley is getting ready to reach for the stars with the launch of All Stars Cricket at Bewdley Cricket Club. From May onwards, children aged 5-8 will have a great first experience of the sport via the eight-week programme delivered at Bewdley Cricket Club.
All Stars Cricket is all about introducing children to the game in a fun, safe and inclusive environment and parents are encouraged to take part too. More than 37,000 children took part last year across England and Wales, and this year will be even bigger and better with Bewdley Cricket Club throwing open its doors for the first time. Parents can visit www.allstarscricket.co.uk/bewdley to find out more information and sign their kids up. After signing up, boys and girls get a cricket â€˜back-packâ€™ delivered to their door with a bat, ball and everything they need to try the game for the first time.
The date and time for the first week of All Stars at Bewdley Cricket Club, Lower Park, Bewdley DY12 2DP is:
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Bewdley Town Council News May 2018
Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
In preparing this Neighbourhood Plan for Bewdley, the Steering Group is mindful that the Local Plan is not due to be adopted until 2019/2020, which has led to the preclusion of housing sites, previously allocated based on consultations held. However, while the Local Plan sets out the broad strategy for development in the whole of Wyre Forest District, it cannot tell us exactly what changes will happen in each neighbourhood.
Bewdley’s Neighbourhood Plan is aimed at bringing our community together, to be stronger and more united for having gone through the process together. It should be seen as a positive force for change and is aimed at giving us, the residents of Bewdley, more control over what happens in our neighbourhood.
Our green and open spaces and areas of separation need to be preserved and protected in order to retain our identity and distinguish our township from others nearby. The biodiversity, landscape and historic environment specific to Bewdley, including its river and watercourses, are vital in terms of sustaining and retaining the natural environment and these are inextricably linked to economic health and welfare. The desires and long-term aims of the people of Bewdley are paramount. There are several sites where development is deemed suitable for housing of a type and size relevant to the town’s needs, but these will be allocated, in conjunction with the Planning Authority’s Local Plan, on its completion.
This is the final survey which sets out the draft policies and objectives of the Plan as shaped by the community over the last two years. The survey also asks whether you would be likely to vote YES to the Plan at referendum – a key step which will see Bewdley’s Plan become part of the district wide Local Plan and will be used to determine planning applications in the future.
This is a vital part of the process, so please take part! This is an important survey that will have an impact on your family’s future. The best way to respond is to visit
where you can download the Plan, view larger versions of the maps and complete the survey online. 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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