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The Bridge August 2018


August in the Forest As I write, the forest has just said goodbye to about 60 practising architects and students on a three day residential summer school. ‘Studio in the Woods’ is held annually but this time was hosted by the Guild of St George and Wyre Community Land Trust in the Guild-owned area of woodland known as Ruskin Land. The teams collaborated in the design and construction of six unique and individual structures using timber from the Wyre Forest which would otherwise have had little or no commercial value: everything from small laths and branches to planks of slab wood still with bark attached. The photo shows possibly my personal favourite which, as I took the picture, twinkled with light as the canopy above moved in the breeze. These structures were temporary but have still been an important part of the ‘Ruskin in Wyre’ project which celebrates the cultural legacy of John Ruskin and his followers in our neck of the woods (see ruskinland.org.uk ). By the time you read this I’m hoping that the summer’s drought will have been broken. The hot weather brought fruits and nuts on to ripen early, but the extreme water shortage last month halted flowering and sequential fruiting in many food plants. Bell Brook managed a mere trickle of water between pools although the old well that supplied Uncllys Farm maintained its supply. I could imagine the anxiety that people would have experienced in old days as they saw vital water supplies dry up and crops wilt. Some creatures seem to have done well this year. Pearl-bordered and Silver-washed Fritillary butterflies have been flying in the newly-created rides, warmed by the sun. Under the safety of our corrugated iron refuges we have seen many juvenile Grass Snakes and families of Slow Worms. When disturbed, the latter take a moment or two to take stock of the situation then can move off at speed, belying their name. They have the ability to shed the tip of the tail to escape predators and I have seen a few individuals with evidence of a regrown tail. As Norman Hickin says in ‘The Natural History of an English Forest’, ‘the scaling at the joint does not always appear to fit very well’. I’m fond of these bronze-coloured snake-like lizards, and would be pleased to have more of them tucking into the local slug population. The young, I learn from Norman Hickin, hatch from the eggs on being laid, or very shortly afterwards, and are silvery with a black line down the centre of the back. Lastly I’m pleased to report that Swallows came at last to Uncllys Farm and two nests were built in the eaves of the Studio. We hope to see House Martins joining them next year. Linda Iles


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Welcome to August’s edition of The Bridge. This month’s magazine is full of activities designed to make the most of what we hope continues to be a glorious summer. The organisers of the new Bewdley Music Festival are hoping for good weather at the end of the month for their musical extravaganza. See page 15 to find out what will be happening in Maggs Meadow and Riverside North Park. Bewdley Museum has a full programme over the summer holiday with children’s activities each weekday as well as three concerts in Jubilee Gardens. See page 13 to find out more and turn to page 11 for details of an art exhibition in the Museum’s Foundry. Tim Carr of Bewdley Brewery and his wife are organising a Fun Day at the Brewery to raise money for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. Turn to page 39 for more details for how you can support this very worthwhile cause. Fancy getting some exercise and helping improve our local environment at the same time? Bewdley Civic Society are holding their annual Balsam Bash at the end of July and beginning of August. Turn to page 19 to find out why this plant is so damaging and what you can do to help. Also see page 19 for details of the next working party for the wildflower project at St. Leonard’s churchyard. Chris Grainger tells us what this year’s unusual weather has meant for his Wribbenhall dairy farm on page 31. He has been reading his father’s farm diaries and shares with us what haymaking was like 70 years ago. Some of you may recall the torrential downpour that added a special atmosphere on the banks of the Severn to last year’s production of Forest, River and Royals - the show that tells Bewdley’s story. This year, a singalong version of the show is taking place in the shelter of St. George’s Hall. More details of that and other events in Bewdley’s Heritage Festival on page 11 and the back page poster. I hope you enjoy August, whatever the weather. Gill

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August No Repair Café or Cinema in the Hall this month Children’s summer activities at Bewdley Museum throughout the month - see page 13 1-3 (and 28-31 July) Balsam Bash Severnside South 10am - 1pm - see page 19. 2 Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am - see page 39 3 Music in The Hall: Summer Rock n’Roll Party with Sunjay - see inside back cover 4-5 Community Workshop and Café Open Weekend - see page 33 4 Foundry Artists Exhibition opens. Bewdley Museum - see page 11 5 Band in the Park Jubilee Park 2-4pm - see pages 13 and15 5 Bewdley Footpaths walk 2pm - see page 33 6 Knit and Natter at All Saints’ Church Wribbenhall 10-12 noon 9 Knit & Natter at the Methodist Church, High Street 2-4pm - see page 9 9 Charity Golf Day Bewdley Pines Golf Course 2pm - see page 47 9 Children’s workshop at Bewdley Library 2pm - see page 37 11-12 Far Forest Show - see pages 6 and 35 11 Songs from the Musicals Jubilee Gardens 5.30pm - see page 13 12 Charity Fun Day at Bewdley Brewery - see page 38 12 Band in the Park Jubilee Park 2-4pm - see page 13 12 Chess Tournament Wribbenhall Parish Room - see page 15 13 Book Sale and Knit and Natter at All Saints’ Church Wribbenhall 10-12 noon 16 Rock Pathfinders walk 10.30am - see page 39 18 St. Leonard’s Churchyard working party - see page 19 20 Knit and Natter at All Saints’ Church Wribbenhall 10-12 noon 21 Wribbenhall WI Wribbenhall Parish Room 1.30pm - see page 23 23 - 26 Bewdley Beer Festival St. George’s Hall - see page 10 26 Bewdley Music Festival Riverside North - see page 15 27 Knit and Natter at All Saints’ Church Wribbenhall 10-12 noon 29 Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club Mercure Hotel - see page 39 September 2 Bewdley Footpaths walk 2pm - see page 33 3 Bewdley Floral Art Club Wharton Park Golf and Country Club 7.30pm - see page 23 13 Opera in the Hall: La Bohéme from Sidney Harbour - see inside back cover 15 Forest, River and Royals sing-along show in St. George’s Hall - see page 11 and back page 15-16 Bewdley Heritage Festival - see page 11 and back page 5


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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

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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

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

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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

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Church News l 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 play and craft group for Dads, Granddads, Male Carers and their pre-school children, with hot drinks and bacon-butties. WHEN DOES IT TAKE PLACE – The 2nd Saturday of the month 9.30-11.30am WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE – Bewdley Baptist Church 61, High Street, Bewdley DY12 2DJ HOW MUCH DOES IT COST – Only a small donation towards the cost of the butties. WANT TO KNOW MORE – Ring the office 01299 403267 weekday am only. Email: 0ffice@bewdleybaptist.org.uk

You are invited to join us at Riverside Elim 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 admin@riversideelim.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. Sunday 5th August 9.30am Benefice service Sunday 2nd September 8.00am Communion Monday 3rd September 7.00pm Compline No 8.00am or Compline service in August Monday Group meets as usual throughout August 10 - 12. Book Sale on 13th August.

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 As well as our Sunday worship at 10.30am we offer: 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 826641 www.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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20 YEARS of the Bewdley Beer Festival To celebrate our 20th year we would like to treat you to a free ½ pint. 23rd-26th AUGUST St. George’s Hall,Bewdley Georges Hall, Bewdley Off Load Street car park www.bewdleybeerfestival.co.uk 10


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Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September Following its successful introduction last year, Bewdley’s second annual Heritage Festival will take place over the weekend of Saturday 15th September & Sunday 16th September, coinciding with the national programme of “Heritage Open Days”. Bewdley Town Council, Bewdley Museum, Bewdley Civic Society and Bewdley Choral Society will again present a series of events celebrating the town’s culture and heritage. Saturday will feature a Community Market, Soup Trail, Heritage Tour, Civic Displays, Children’s Activities, and will culminate with an opportunity to re-live the story of “Forest, River & Royals” by joining in a Sing-Along version in St. George’s Hall. On Sunday, in addition to these events, a taste of medieval times will be recreated by the Plantagenet Medieval Society, and local coracle enthusiasts are invited to enter their craft into a Coracle Challenge (call Richard Perrin on 07753 961477 if you have a spare coracle in your garden shed!) Admission is free to all events except where noted - a full programme is listed on the back cover of this magazine and further details of each event will be announced nearer the time. For further information, please contact Jim Ineson on 01299 405645 or jim.ineson@gmail.com.

Foundry Artists Exhibition 4th - 31st August Open daily 10.30am - 4pm The Old Foundry Studio, Bewdley Museum, Load St, Bewdley Foundry Artists are a group of local artists who attend weekly workshops with Hilary Baker in her studio at Bewdley Museum. Exploring a wide variety of materials and techniques, they have produced paintings, sculptures, printmaking, drawings, life studies, and much more. The exhibition is in Hilary’s historic studio above the Brass Foundry in Bewdley Museum. Entry to the Museum and the Exhibition is free and is open from 10.30am until 4pm daily. Artists will be there to talk about their work which will be on sale. For further information please contact Hilary Baker on 07796092262.

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Community News As we continue through this glorious summer we are looking forward to seeing all of our hot coloured plants flowering in our walled garden. We have Ginger lilies and Cannas, Sphoerocephalon with purple heads that attract bees, Elecampane, a wonderful herb with yellow flowers, and heliopsis with dark variegated leaves and yellow flowers. Our small vegetable bed is flourishing and we are looking forward to harvesting our produce in late summer. We have planted a sedum bed near the air raid shelter and have a number of varieties including; Frosted Fire, Stardust, Autumn Joy, Cape Blanco and Angelina. During August we have music in the garden so bring a picnic to Jubilee Gardens and enjoy the atmosphere. Berkeley Square, a quartet performing 30’s and 40’s music are in the gardens from 2-4pm on Sunday 5th August. Folk band Kim Lowings and Greenwood perform from 2-4pm on Sunday 12th August. On Saturday 11th August a family outdoor concert, Songs from the Musicals is performed by Talking Props Theatre Studio, again in Jubilee Gardens. Performance starts at 5.30pm for this ticketed event. Please go to www.wyreforest.gov.uk/bookings or call into the museum to book. Summer Activities for children run from Monday the 23rd July with a weekly theme: Week 1 begins 23rd July – Sports/Games Week 2 begins 30th July – The Seaside Week 3 begins 6th August – Nature Week Week 4 begins 13th August – Mythical and Magical Week 5 begins 20th August – Classic Crafts Week 6 begins 27th August – Back to School Leaflets are available on site and in the shop at the front. Activities run Monday to Friday from 11.00am until 3.30pm and cost 4.00 per child. Just drop in and then take your creation home. All children must be supervised by an adult. See Bewdley museum facebook or www.bewdleymuseum.gov.uk. In the Wyre Forest gallery, visitors will be able to see some of the museum’s collection of paintings and even take a selfie dressed up as characters from the past. As part of the ongoing  2018 WWI centenary a small collection of trench art will on display in the Brass foundry.  Trench Art was made by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians from the waste of the First World War. An exhibition on the involvement of the people of Worcestershire in World War 1 takes place in the Saw Yard until 2nd September. We have some really lovely home and garden items in our shop and a range of gifts made in the museum by our resident craft people. For details of our wedding open days please go to wyreforestheritageweddings.co.uk. Look on Facebook@bewdleymuseum or on our website www.bewdleymuseum.gov.uk. Call us on 0845 607 7819. We look forward to seeing you. Ali Bakr Museum Manager

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Bewdley Music Festival Hopefully by now many of you will have seen the posters around the town signalling the arrival of Bewdley’s own Music Festival. On Sunday August 26th the Town Council and Friends of Riverside North Park host what is sure to be an extravaganza of great music from our best local bands and out of town headline act Beyond All Reason. In what it is hoped will become an annual event, the Festival will satisfy a wide range of musical tastes featuring, among others, the “earthy and infectious” Arcadia Roots, Americana specialists One Tree Canyon, singer songwriter Teddy Matthews and unashamed rockers Beyond All Reason. To cover the cost of staging the event, there is a small charge to access the Music Arena, located in Maggs Meadow just beyond the Rowing Club. Drinks, including real ale from Bewdley Brewery, and a variety of food, including vegetarian, will be available. This Bank Holiday Sunday fun day out is in support of Riverside North Park and there will be a wide range of activities to suit all the family further on into the Park. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a lively, enjoyable, community event. For further information and ticket availability visit www.bewdleymusic.co.uk.

Bands in the Park Free afternoons of live music in Jubilee Gardens Sundays 2 - 4pm 5th August Berkeley Square A vocal quartet singing songs from the 30’s and 40’s. 12th August The Kim Lowings Band A great mix of popular and traditional folk music.

2018 Bewdley Charity Chess Tournament Sunday 12th August 10:45am - 4:30pm Wribbenhall Parish Room, Kidderminster Road Each player will have 6 games. Chess players of all levels and ages welcome. £5 to enter (£3 juniors). Many prizes, kindly donated by local businesses, to be won. Proceeds will go to the Rory the Robot Prostate Cancer Appeal, Worcestershire and St Anne's Church, Bewdley.  Visitors are welcome to call in to take a look. Refreshments available.   For more details contact: John Wrench: 07913 227 402 j.wrench11@gmail.com; Keith Thompson: 07976 039 377 keiththompson68@talktalk.net; John Whitehead: 07887 732 104 john.whitehead18@btopenworld.com 17


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The ‘Living Churchyard’ at St Leonard’s Plans are now in hand to mow and clear the wildflower area, so that seeds are released and we can hope to see even greater diversity next year. Meanwhile, we are noting the importance of some areas which have already shown themselves to be particularly rich. We have also taken on board the concerns of those whose wishes for paths and cleared areas around the recent or more historic graves of their loved ones has been made known to us. The next volunteer working party will be on Saturday 18 August, starting at 10 o’clock. Please wear strong shoes or boots and gloves and bring cutting tools if you can. Refreshments will be provided. Any time you can give would be gratefully welcomed, and there is sure to be more to do if you get hooked and want to come back on Sunday! If you would like to investigate the environmental and ecological thinking behind the PCC’s decision about the wildflower area, you might like to look at the excellent website of Caring for God’s Acre, www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk. Caroline Hall carom.hall@gmail.com

Balsam Bash 2018 continues.. Himalayan Balsam is a very successful invasive plant spreading particularly along river courses throughout the country. It outcompetes most native plants, reducing biodiversity and, because it's an annual, leaves the river bank bare in winter and prone to subsidence. It is a significant problem. A biological deterrent is being introduced but it's still very early days. Volunteer group efforts to pull up or cut down plants to keep it in check are really the only practical local answer at the moment. Bewdley Civic Society has been organising a campaign for several years now and it's become a successful annual event. This year’s Bash takes place between 10 am and 1.00 pm on Saturday 28th July, Monday 30th July, Tuesday 31st July, Wednesday 1st August, Thursday 2nd August and Friday 3rd August.  Meet at the benches on Severnside South down from Bewdley Bridge. Himalayan Balsam is an innocuous plant. It is non-toxic, with no thorns or stinging parts and, because it is shallow rooted, even large plants come up easily. No special equipment required beyond sturdy footwear and gloves although some find wielding a stick to be  therapeutic. So if you do want to lend a hand do come along on any of the above dates even if you can only spare an hour or so. It can be quite a social event. For further information contact Steve Bent stevenclivebent1@aol.com. 21


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The Final Curtain By now most of you who are interested will know that I have left the Library Services as of July 2nd. Not retiring, as some cruel souls have suggested (as if I could look that old!) but moving house and skipping town. To Milton Keynes, no less. My husband has been working down there Monday to Friday for two years, and I can no longer put off going and living with him again. Now I realise that most of you out there would have to be dragged kicking and screaming from this beautiful old town, but as a city girl I am really rather looking forward to it. And yes, I have seen the concrete cows, they said to say hello. It remains only to say that I am very sorry to be leaving the Library; I shall miss our regular customers and especially my little friends from our Bounce and Rhyme sessions, which gave me the opportunity to fuss over babies and children and hand them back after half an hour! Thanks to their parents/carers who have given me such sterling support. I would like to thank our superhuman manager, Jackie Passey, who manages three libraries without the four pairs of hands and three heads the job requires; my dear friend and colleague Anna, with whom I have had a lot of fun working and shared some spectacular laughs, the best of which cannot be repeated; and finally my colleague Jon, who has volunteered to take over the baton of writing for the Bridge (a little too keenly, for my liking - I got the distinct impression he had been praying for the moment for a very long time). With his constant bickering, criticism, ridicule and lack of acknowledgement whenever I’ve been talking to him, he has ensured that despite my husband’s absence during the week I never once forgot what it feels like to be married. Thanks mate. So this is me, signing off.... Kay Sanderson Former Library Customer Advisor Bewdley Library

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Pastures New After a challenging and fulfilling 11 year working partnership, mother and son team Judy Knight and Adam Wrighton who together have designed and created around 100 gardens – transforming the outdoor spaces and often the lives of many of their clients – have finally decided it’s time to move on to pastures new. Judy, who trained in Garden Design at Pershore College, will continue to offer a design only service alongside a brand new career as an RHS Tutor at Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire – who will be launching RHS certification courses on 25th September of this year. Adam, who has been building gardens for over 15 years with his dedicated team of landscapers, has decided it’s time to move on and pursue his passion for permaculture and woodland management. “It’s been a real privilege to work alongside my talented son, who is highly regarded by our clients, and although this year is tinged with a little sadness, I think we’re both ready for a fresh challenge. I’ll still be designing gardens, but I’m also thrilled to have the opportunity to pass on my passion and knowledge via Hartlebury Castle’s new RHS certification courses, commencing with Level 2 Theory – Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance. This course is ideal for both young and mature students who wish to enter horticultural employment or simply increase their knowledge and passion for gardening. Hartlebury Castle is a fascinating Grade II listed building set in 43 acres of historic parkland, so I’ll be surrounded by inspiration and enthusiastic students, to keep me busy.” [Judy has been a long term supporter of The Bridge’s advertising pages.We wish her and Adam well in their new ventures. Ed.]

Severn Scribes Calligraphy and Associated Crafts Would you like to consider learning Calligraphy? Roundhand, uncial, italic. Meetings are friendly and informal with Severn Scribes. Members learn from each other at self-help sessions and at workshops by qualified tutors. They use a variety of crafts, styles and equipment to create personalised gifts and cards. Meetings are held at The Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road,Wribbenhall, Bewdley DY12 1EU 2nd Thursday 1.30 - 4pm; Last Saturday 10 - 4pm September - May except December. For more information contact: Sue Weston severnscribes@yahoo.co.uk Sylvia Auden sylviaauden@icloud.co.uk 27


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Bewdley and District Horticultural Society On Saturday 18th August Bewdley Horticultural Society will open the doors to St. George’s Hall for its annual Summer Show. Members will have spent a great deal of time to display their skills in a variety of classes, bringing flowers, fruit and vegetable to the very peak of their condition. Warming, feeding, cooling, watering are part and parcel of the grower’s repertoire of tricks, timing, and horticultural prowess in delivering the perfect item on the day. Judges examine, criticise, marvel and objectively review entrants against the strict criteria of the Royal Horticultural Society for fruit and vegetables. There are categories for domestic arts, covering the production of cakes, jams, bread and homemade lemonade. For those individuals that are creative and wish to demonstrate their talents, there is a handicraft section where work of high quality is often to be found. Children are encouraged to enter over a range of age related activities, free of charge. Continuing with themes of art and Bewdley there are photographic and art sections and finally we re-introduce a floral art section. Visitors will be able to buy plants and have a go on the tombola. The show is open from 10:30 until 3.00 when the Mayor kindly presents the prizes to winners. At 3.15, the annual auction of produce finishes the day. Stuart Williams


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Bewdley bats Bewdley is batty. I’m not talking about its human population, rather the nocturnal mammals who share our town with us. We are truly fortunate to live in an area where bats thrive. Why do bats like it here? The main reason is that food is abundant as the river provides plenty of small flying insects for them to eat and there are places for them to roost - they love old trees. Sadly, we’ve been cutting down old trees for decades and, over time, more and more bats have had to move in with us, using the gaps in roofs and walls to rest and hibernate. Unfortunately we tend to fill in those gaps, making it harder for them to find a home – please consider putting up a bat box or two in your garden! While males live alone (many of you will have solitary bats in your house without knowing it), females congregate in larger maternity roosts in the spring and give birth together. A couple of years ago we counted 343 soprano pipistrelle bats emerging from a maternity roost on the grounds of Bewdley School. If you’re lucky enough to have bats roosting in your house, chances are that you are the new arrivals not them, because bats will use the same roosts for generations. Roosts are incredibly important and vulnerable, which is why they are protected by law. Because bats only give birth to one pup a year, a disturbed roost can wipe out a whole bat community or take years to recover. For several years now Worcestershire Bat Group has run a bat walk for the public along the Severn in Bewdley over the August Bank Holiday weekend – it coincides with International Bat Weekend (and, entirely by chance, the Bewdley Beer Festival). This year it will take place on Saturday 25th August at 8pm, but with a difference. We will base ourselves in Riverside North Park near the pond, rather than going for an actual walk, so those with limited mobility can join in. If you’d like to come along to see and hear bats – we’ll provide bat detectors – and learn more about these fascinating creatures, then please email me for details: chair@worcestershirebats.org.uk. Matthew Terry Chair of Worcestershire Bat Group Pipistrelle (above) Brown Long-Eared Bat (left)


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Bewdley residents look back to their childhood and tell us....

What I did in My Holidays This month we move from the austerity of the war years to the exciting freedom of the 1960s As a child I always had the freedom I needed to roam. I think we did in those days, so it was a natural progression to my first holiday with girlfriends as a teenager to St. Ives, Cornwall and a special milestone in my life. It was the perfect place to explore all the fascinating coves, magnificent surf beaches barefoot, birds, butterflies and wild flowers in the villages, the wonderful art and pottery being worked and for sale in shops or workshops discovered down remote lanes and sunshine everyday. Our landlady was a delightful, buxom woman with a strong Cornish accent, a broad, jolly smile and a desire to provide us with lovely meals and comfortable rooms. She summoned us to breakfast and evening meals by ringing a brass bell in the shape of a crinoline lady accompanied by a joyful call to come and eat. We had to be in by 11pm and always just made it trying not to giggle too much. In the evenings it was music, music, music wearing our trendiest bell bottoms, flowered tops, straw hats and sunglasses listening to guitarists on the beach, dancing to bands in the village halls or singing along at folk clubs where one night the entertainers had to dash out in response to the lifeboat siren. Did I mention the occasional beverage? Happy times. Ruth Hawkesford An abiding memory I have of childhood holidays in the sixties is packing my treasured plastic heart-shaped photo of Cliff Richard (free with the tops of three Kellog Cornflake packets) in a rather battered second-hand brown suitcase and carting it off either to a small static caravan park in South West Galloway or to a guest house belonging to Countrywide Holidays Association (CHA) somewhere in England on what was basically a walking holiday. I was lucky because we did manage to have two separate weeks away a year. It was only recently that I discovered that the holiday with CHA was free for my parents as my dad helped lead the walks and led the morning worship and, with my mum, ran the evening’s social activities for the other guests. Galloway was chosen not just because of its unspoilt coast and countryside but because we had farming relatives in the area and so time was spent playing tennis or French cricket on the beach, blackberrying and mushrooming, riding round the farm on a horse and cart, playing indoor curling and eating the most enormous farmhouse suppers. Simple, low-cost, outdoor holidays which I find myself replicating in my choice of how I want to spend my time away now! Lynne Fox 33


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Bewdley Bike Week 2018

Families came in their droves to the fourth Bewdley Bike Week to experience a range of cycling events from the Bewdley Bike Jam to the Wyre Forest Cycle Adventurers’ Evening. Attendees tested their skills on varying terrain and tried a variety of different bikes, from electric bikes to those that steer backwards! The 20 and 60 mile rides saw riders overjoyed to complete the longest bike ride they’d ever accomplished. Several children learned how to ride for the very first time, whilst other learned how to safely handle the roads. Jaws hit the floor in awe of our wonderful local guests: Super Cycling Man and world explorers David and Bernie Locke who regaled us with stories of their adventures from Bewdley to the world! Throughout the week cyclists set off with local family led rides, jaunts for experienced riders, and newcomer and women specific rides. Even the Severn Valley Railway got involved, with riders of all ages exploring our traditional train line and our local cycling network. The programme provided fun cycling activities for hundreds of local people. The majority of events completely sold out with children and adults alike grinning with joy, pushing themselves through new challenges, and simply learning or remembering just how much fun bikes are. Comments from local residents who joined the events included “the peaceful bike ride with no traffic was heavenly” and “great idea, please repeat next year”. A first timer to the week’s events said: “my daughter has progressed so much, I cannot thank the Bewdley Bike Week team enough. Last week she couldn’t ride a bike and now she’s riding off road, down hills, and one handed. I can’t believe it!”. Bewdley Bike Week is provided by Overspoke Bikes, Bewdley Outdoors, Open Trail, Wyre Forest District Council Sports Development and local volunteers: Malcolm Garner, Richard Robertshaw and Ellie Hooper. They’d like to give a huge thank you to their sponsors and supporters: Rybrook BMW, Bewdley Town Council, Wyre Forest District Council, Big Bike Revival, Severn Valley Railway, Go Ape and Lions International. To find out more about local cycling opportunities and to get involved in Bewdley Bike Week 2019 visit: www.bewdleybikeweek.info, www.facebook.com/bewdleybikeweek or contact hannah@opentrail.co. 35


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News from Grey Green Farm Wribbenhall So far 2018 has been a roller coaster year! A long cold winter, and late spring when the grass didn't grow, meant our cows were two weeks late being turned out into the fields.On 'Turn out day' once a year, and for about 5 minutes only, cows look almost excited and perform a bovine rendition of Riverdance; an impressive sight as half ton animals leap and gallop. This year by the time they went out we had used all our store of fodder for them. But then followed wonderful growing weather, and our grass silage crop came in at 6 tons to the acre - a bumper crop, coming with the expectation that - with a second and hopefully third harvest - we'd be set up for the winter. Now, as I write, the fields are parched and dusty. We are again feeding the cows, and our fodder for the coming winter is fast disappearing. We have some fields of barley to harvest, but that won't provide all the food we'll need. Watch this space... On a more general note, the beautiful weather has brought out greater variety and number of butterflies than we have seen for several years. Swallows are around in high numbers, so too are starlings, and sparrows are noisily busy. Sadly for the second year running we haven't seen the cuckoo. I wonder if any Bridge readers have been luckier. My father kept a diary, mostly a daily comment on the weather. In the summer months of 1948 he records long working hours, during haymaking from 9 a.m. till 11 p.m. on one day. This year in my own diary I noted that our silage contractors worked from 8 a.m. till 1 a.m. the following morning to harvest 100 acres of chopped grass. In just 2 days they brought in 1200 tons of grass to the silage pit. In 1948 my father's haymaking took over a week and was beset by 'cloud', 'damp', and 'blacksmith shoeing Captain' his working shire horse. Eventually the hay was made, some of it on the fields we now call the Front Meadows and now skirted by houses. As the summer passed he records first 'hand-hoeing beet', and mangles, and then 'horsehoeing beet'. I can only imagine the dust, heat and hard work this must have been. On August 10th 1948 he makes no mention of the weather but simply enters : 'End of Dog Days'. He would tell me that when the weather is hot, dogs should be left alone. But I wondered why he had put 'end of', when further entries mentioned hot days. So I turned to the internet, and found a different explanation. Dog Days were known to the Greeks and Romans as the hottest days of the year, and a time of 'lethargy and indolence'. These days were linked to the Sirius or Dog star. I think my dad knew more about dogs than astrology, so I take his advice about dogs. My own dog Izzie has taken to lying about in the shade...wish I could! Chris Grainger 37


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Community Workshop and Café “The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” John Ruskin In his writings, John Ruskin emphasises the connection between nature, art and society. He champions the aims of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement and its revival of traditional handicrafts as a reaction against the industrialisation of Victorian Britain. This is just as relevant in today's society as it was then. The therapeutic nature of working with your hands and the effort of will required to master new skills gives huge pride and is a boost to self esteem. The opportunity to produce something well made and of beauty should be available to all. We are a small group of art and craft teachers with experience of teaching children and adults. Our not-for-profit Community Workshop and Café offers space, facilities and tuition for those interested in art and crafts. We consider ourselves very lucky to have found the Scout Hut (on the site of the old British Legion Old Pals Shelter) in Park Alley, High Street, Bewdley, recently vacated by the Bewdley 1st Scouts, and have been busy making it fit for our purpose. Its beautiful setting under Tickenhill, with the Worcestershire Way footpath leading to the Golden Valley and St. Leonard’s Church in Ribbesford is ideal for quiet contemplation over a cup of tea and a cake, a rest from dog walking, or the more active creative work going on in the workshop. ( What a place to go to work!) Please visit our website www.thecwcafe.com for details of the various courses that we and our craft worker friends could offer. We have financial support from National Lottery Funding and interest from NHS Occupational Therapists, the Community Stroke Team, Dementia Care, the Men’s Sheds Association, Home Schooling and local school classes. The new Café is open to all and we hope it will become a place for local groups to meet, daytime or evenings, or at weekends. Walking groups and dogs are welcome. Our Grand Open Weekend takes place on 4th and 5th of August with demonstrations of arts and crafts. Details on the website. Please feel free to drop in and chat any time and keep in touch through our website and Facebook page. Trevor Bowen

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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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Far Forest Countryside Show The Far Forest Countryside Show is now well established as a two-day event over the second weekend in August. Since becoming a full weekend show three years ago, it draws around 10,000 visitors, attracted by the mix of traditional countryside pursuits, fantastic arena events and high quality stalls selling a wide variety of products, including food, wine, gifts and even livestock in the form of chickens. This year’s show on the 11th and 12th August promises to be better than ever with Saturday evening entertainment and a programme of talks and displays in the horticulture marquee. The theme of this year’s show is Roald Dahl. The Stannage International Display Team headline the entertainment in the main arena with their daring motor bike stunts and pyrotechnics. Other acts in the main arena include The Falconry Centre, whose spectacular interactive show is always popular, and displays by Zennor’s Dance and Musical Theatre Academy.The lower arena hosts two days of canine capers, including IQ competitions, a fun dog show to enter and Dog Agility and Obedience displays from visiting teams. There are a considerable number of animal exhibits where visitors can interact with farm birds, sheep, pigs, and horses among others, as well as take a walk with an alpaca.Continuing the countryside theme are displays of farm machinery including classic tractors and stationary engines. Displays of vintage cars and caravans contribute to the nostalgic atmosphere always created by the countryside show. Entertainment around the showground includes live music and rides and activities for the young (and sometimes the not so young). Look out for pony rides, tractor rides and much more. There will be a treasure hunt for children of all ages to find the Roald Dahl characters. All are welcome to attend in fancy dress. Food is, of course, of paramount importance and the show offers a wide range of sandwiches and homemade cakes provided by the Far Forest WI through cream teas to gourmet burgers. The food marquee is always a great attraction with locally produced products on sale to take away. A licensed bar and teas and coffees are available in the ground. Gates open at 9.30am on both days. On Saturday evening entertainment will go on until 10 pm with the bar open until 11pm, so that visitors can stay and be entertained in a relaxing atmosphere in the beautiful setting of the Callow Hill Showground. For those who wish to spend a full weekend at the show, overnight camping is available. Card and cashback transactions will be available on site. Further information and advance ticket purchases can be made by visiting www.farforestshow.co.uk . 41


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SI Kidderminster & District We recently marked the club’s 70th anniversary with a a celebratory luncheon at Spring Grove House. The club was chartered in 1948 with the first President, Miss V.G Stuart, a matron at the General Hospital. Since then our membership has reflected a diversity of local occupations in health, education, business and public life. In 1967 we began a very active Friendship Link with SI Heidelberg in Germany. Members of both clubs have enjoyed the friendship and fellowship of many visits and we were delighted to have four of their members plus partners sharing our celebration. Among our many guests we welcomed SIGBI president Susan Biggs and SI regional president Jan Bowden, as well as the mayors of Kidderminster, Stourport and Bewdley with their respective consorts, our local MP Mark Garnier and his wife and Councillor Marcus Hart and partner. Speaker Gillian Cain was one of the first women to be allowed to train at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and then the first woman to serve with The Royal Green Jackets. Our President Sue Merrill’s motto for her year of office: “The Next Generation” seems very appropriate and we hope that our club’s continued efforts will ensure that SI Kidderminster will be celebrating many more happy anniversaries. For more details regarding the club and its activities, please contact: 01299 266101 or kidderminstersorop@gmail.com. website link: http://sigbi.org/kidderminster-and-district/ Facebook: Soroptimists Kidderminster.

Women inspiring action, transforming lives The Royal British Legion Women’s Section Bewdley Branch At an evening at fellow member Janet Ince’s home on Wednesday 4th July, members and friends were treated to a bountiful supper with a tipple or two. This was a fund raising event with a quiz, a raffle and plenty of friendly chat.Many thanks to all who donated raffle prizes, with a special thank you to Anthony of Bewdley Farm Shop. Betty Nicholas

Children’s workshop at Bewdley Library Worcestershire writer Helen Wendy Cooper is visiting Bewdley Library on Thursday 9th of August at 2pm with The Terrible Tortoise Workshop, rhyming stories and fun activities for children. Helen is the author and illustrator of The Vegetarian Vampire series, Rudy the Reindeer and Shape Land. She was a writing judge for CITV share a story with Michael Rosen in 2017 and one of this year’s judges for BBC radio 2’s 500 words. In October Helen is celebrating her next book release, The Kissing Tree, which has been written for (and sponsored by) The Mistletoe Association in Tenbury Wells, the UK capital of Mistletoe. The Kissing Tree is a children’s picture book for the under fives. The Terrible Tortoise workshop is a free event followed by a book signing, all books being £4.99. 43


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Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies Luncheon Club In June we had a most interesting talk about the formation and work of the Ifakara Bakery Project by the original founders. This has proved to be life-changing for many recipients of their service and hard work.  On 29th August we welcome Alan Hill, when he will talk on "Panama Canal". 

BEWDLEY BREWERY FUN DAY in aid of The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust 12th August 2018 12 - 4pm Bouncy Castle Face Painting Raffle

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Rock Pathfinders: Free guided walks of 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside. The August walks will be on Thursdays starting at 10.30 am. 2nd from Mill St/Crabtree Rd Car Park Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3UE SO reference 295565 Bring A Packed Lunch! 16th from The Colliers Arms, Tenbury Road, Bewdley DY14 9HA SO reference 725722 All welcome. For our full programme see www.rockpathfinders.16mb.com or ring Alan on 01299 400304 or Jan on 01299 832571

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 August: Tue. 7th Pub Night at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Sat. 11th Live Wyres Dance with DJ Chris Martin at Carolians Rugby Club, DY11 5HP Tue. 14th Pub Night at The Old House at Home, B’ham Rd, Blakedown. DY10 3JE Sat. 25th BBQ at The Queen’s Head, Wolverley. DY11 5XB Tue. 28th 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 39


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A magical SVR summer awaits! Sorcerers, wizards and witches are all invited to the Severn Valley Railway this summer, for a magical journey of adventure, discovery and family fun. The Railway kick-starts one of its most action-packed summers ever with two weekends of family-friendly, Train Tips workshops at The Engine House Visitor Centre throughout the day on July 21st-22nd and July 28th–29th. Families can board their heritage steam train for an exciting ride out to The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley, where they can join the Train Trail to discover the clues to complete the quiz, design their own steam locomotive on the brand new colouring wall, get arty on the craft tables, have a boogie in the kids’ disco, get to grips with gargantuan outdoor games and outdoor play area, find the imps and fairies in the enchanting woodland walk – and more. Magic zooms in from July 30th-September 2nd when Witches and Wizards are invited to grab their wands and head to The Engine House for a full day of magical fun and play. Eagle-eyed visitors can join in the on-train quest to spot the owls hidden at each station along the line and find the letters to solve the magic riddle. Once at The Engine House, children can use their sorcery skills to track down the magical potion ingredients in Merlin’s Magnificent Treasure Hunt and make sparks fly in the Wizarding Disco. Family favourites will be showing at the cinema and kids can get creative on the colouring wall. If that’s not enough, get to grips with the outdoor games and play area and discover the fairies and imps hidden along the woodland walk. Families can marvel at the magic of nature with falconry displays from 11am – 4pm on August 25th – 27th featuring an amazing array of birds of prey and their handlers carrying out demonstrations throughout the day, followed by the opportunity to get handson in the Falconry Classroom. For an extra-magical experience, wizards and witches can get dressed to impress as they board the VIP Wizard Express on August 1st and 15th. Families can collect their waxsealed invitation and leave the humdrum world behind as their train departs from Platform 9 and whisks them to mystical lessons of wizardry at The Engine House, enjoying tasty treats and spell-binding magic tricks along the way. Once at their destination, masterclasses of trickery, including Broomstick Training, Wand-Making and Greenhouse Herbology await! Booking is essential. For more information and bookings see www.svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900. For more news and events, see the Severn Valley Railway Official Site or Families pages on Facebook.

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Bewdley Town Council News August 2018 Trees and Hedges Now the summer is upon us, trees and hedges are growing fast. Householders are reminded that if they have a tree or hedge that overhangs, obstructs or otherwise causes issues on a public highway (including roads, pavements and public footpaths) it is their responsibility to cut this back. If an issue is reported or identified by a Council officer, a letter will be sent asking that the problem is rectified within 28 days to avoid any further action being required to make the area(s) safe. Town Maintenance You may have noticed one or two small jobs that have been completed recently to spruce up the town centre. The flower pots around the back of the church have been painted by our Town Lengthsmen Richard and Pete, the frontage of the old HSBC building has been painted at the request of the Town Council and Civic Society, more bench refurbishment is underway on the riverside and the summer beds and baskets (funded by the Town Council) are looking great. There is also some new planting of perennials and cherry trees in Welch Gate which are being looked after by local residents which was a project led by former Bewdley Mayor, Cllr Anna Coleman. If you spot any jobs that need doing, please e-mail office@bewdleytowncouncil.org. We only have a very small team, but sometimes it’s those little jobs that once done can make all the difference! Town Council Office Since our offices moved from the Guidhall earlier this year, our address is now 25(A) Load Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AE. The phone number remains 01299 400157. The offices can be found at the end of the passageway next to Perrigo Opticians towards the top of Load Street with a sign from the street. We no longer use the old mail box at the Guildhall and letters posted there may not always be dealt with quickly.

Town Council Meetings Town Council meetings are held at The Guildhall at 7.00pm on the first Monday of each month unless stated otherwise. The next meetings are: 6th August and 3rd September. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are posted on town notice boards and are available on the Town Council’s website www.bewdleytowncouncil.org. The website also contains information about the wider work of the council, including policies and applications for grants and memorial benches and plaques.

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WOODEN SWORDS & SHIELDS

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5.00 p.m.  6.30 p.m. FOREST, RIVER & ROY YA ALS     and 7.30 p.m.  9.00 p.m. -   telling the historryy off Bewdleeyy throu th ug gh song, music & narration. Audience participation encoura ag ged!

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11.00 a.m.  4.00 p.m.      (Guildh hall) View        1.30 p.m. & 4.00 p.m. BEWDLEY HERITAGE TRAIL (Museum Courtyard) Join a guided tourr off hiisstorical landmarrkks in Bewdleeyy & W Wrribbenhall. 3.00 p.m.  3.45 p.m. CORACLE CHALLENGE (Riverside @ Dog Lane Car Park) Coracles were made in Bewdleeyy for manyy yearrss. Loca l entth husiasttss take to the water!

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