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The Bridge November 2018


Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 On November 3rd there will be a showing of an Imperial War Museum film in St. George’s Hall. The proceeds will be split between The British Legion and Help for Heroes. Details on page 13. On November 11th (Armistice Day), there will be the normal parade outside the War Memorial, Playing of the Last Post, 2 minutes' Silence, followed by the service in St. Anne’s. At around sunset (4.30pm), after the last post has been blown and a few words said, images of the names of the Bewdley fallen will be projected on to the Guild Hall. This will be followed by film footage, music and other items from WW1. This will continue for most of the evening. Right: Jack Bishop, Bewdley’s youngest combatant killed in WW1 aged 16. Below: The Aftermath of Conflict. This watercolour sketch by Bewdley artist Claire Spencer is her response to a visit to the WW1 battlefields in Belgium.


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I lost my purse last month. Restrain your grief; it contained £5.43 and a loyalty coffee card for St George's Hall. It had also seen quite a lot of service down the bottom of various bags and was nearing the end of its life. I reckon it fell out on the train so it's probably been appropriated by someone in Darlington or Penzance by now. My weeks without my purse passed uneventfully, and as I paid for something with a quick dab of my debit card I pondered on the use of hard cash these days. However, I have had absolutely no trouble doing without it. Going back not that many years this most certainly wouldn't have been the case. From buying food to paying for petrol; from paying a tradesman to catching the bus it was all real-life coins and banknotes. My holiday job wage was paid to me via a little brown envelope. A purse was always the first thing you checked as you went out of the door. It was quite a weight, too; I expect men's trouser-pockets were made of sterner stuff in those days because the coinage was bigger and heavier in those far-off times. Probably that's why handbags were de rigeur for all females. Then - such excitement! I got a real job and bank account, was paid by cheque and had to go to the bank every so often to get cash. Move on a few years and plastic and holes-in-the-wall made their appearance. Heady times; you could even pay for things in shops with your Access card via a quite large machine, sign a little piece of paper and get a paper receipt. And so to the internet. To contactless payment. To bank transfers. To forecasts of the death of cash. My best guess is that the next step will either be an implant we will all have at birth that enables you to think about paying and a terminal will receive the message. Or it will all fall to pieces and we'll have to buy bus tickets with two fresh cabbages and a home-made blancmange. Happy shopping, everyone. Now, in case you thought I'd forgotten last time's promise, here is this month's scientific fact. In1650, the average height of a man was 5ft 5in. Now it is 5ft 9in. Within the last 100 years, the average heights of Englishmen have risen more than at any time in recorded history.’ Margaret

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November 1 Cinema in the Hall The Happy Prince 7.30 3 Making Meditation Simple Friends Meeting House, 10am to 1pm - see page 31 3 Traidcraft Christmas Fair St Anne's Church 10.00 - see page 23 3 Called to be Saints event with All Saints’ Church - see page 25 3 All Saints’ Quiz and Chips - see page 31 3 WW 1 Commemorative Film St George’s Hall 7.30pm - see page 13 4 Bewdley Footpaths walk - see page 25 5 Bewdley WI meeting - see page 13 5 All Saints’ Knit and Natter Wribbenhall Social Club10 till 12 - see page 9 7 Scrabble at Bewley Baptist Church - see page 23 8 Cinema in the Hall Spitfire 7.30 8 Luncheon Club Wribbenhall Parish Room 12.30pm - see page 31 8 Knit & Natter at the Methodist Church, High Street, 2-4pm 9 St Anne's School Fireworks 5.30 - see page 29  9 Music in the Hall Lynne Hanson & the Good Intentions 7.30 9 Charity Quizzes at Pines Golf Club and Rock Village Hall - see pages 29 and 35 10 Play The Thankful Village St George's Hall - see page 11 10 'Lest We Forget' - poppy displays and Music in the Chapel, Methodist Church 11 Bewdley Concert Band St Anne's Church 7.45pm - see page11 11 Remembrance Day Parade & Service St Anne's Church - see inside front cover 12 All Saints’ Knit and Natter Wribbenhall Social Club10 till 12 - see page 9 15 Cinema in the Hall The Bookshop 7.30 17 Transition Bewdley Repair Café St George’s Hall 10.00 - 2.00pm see page 27 18 Christmas foliage workshop Bewdley Museum 10.00-2.00 - see page21 19 All Saints’ Knit and Natter Wribbenhall Social Club10 till 12 - see page 9 20 Wribbenhall WI 1.30pm - see page 27 22 Cinema in the Hall Leave No Trace 7.30 24 All Saints’ Christmas Craft Fair Wribbenhall Parish Room - see page 23 24 Drop in workshop and sale 10.30 -2.30 Education Room, Bewdley Museum 26-30 Pause at Noon in Advent, St Anne's Church (Mon-Fri) - see page 13 26 All Saints’ Knit and Natter Wribbenhall Social Club10 till 12 - see page 9 27 Charity Quiz Night at the Cock and Magpie - see page 43 28 Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club Mercure Hotel - see page 37 29 Cinema in the Hall Edie 7.30 December 1 Christmas Lights switch-on 2 Bewdley Footpaths walk - see page 25 1,2,9 Christmas Crafts for Children 11am-3.30pm Museum - see page 21 3 Christmas charity event at Kateshill House - see page 21 3 -7 Pause at Noon in Advent, Methodist Church (Mon-Fri) - see page 13 7 Music in the hall Les Triaboliques 7.30 8 Handel Messiah concert - see page 33 5


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Church of England Parishes of Bewdley and Wribbenhall Rector: Rev Megan Gibbins On the first Sunday of every month at 10.30 am we hold a Holy Communion Service in one of our churches The service on 4th October is at St. Anne’s, Load St . On other Sundays, services are normally held at the following times: 9.30am 9.30am 11.15am 11.15am

All Saints’ Church, Wribbenhall (currently in Wribbenhall Parish Room) St Anne’s Church, Load Street St Leonard’s Church, Ribbesford St Andrew’s Church, Button Oak (second Sunday of the month only)

Services usually last for about an hour and range from traditional to more modern to family. All Saints’, St Anne’s and St Leonard’s each have a children’s area. Separate organised children’s activities are available during the service in St Anne’s. Other services and events are held in our churches during the week – for more information see the calendar on our website : www.bewdleyparish.org.uk Wish to book a wedding at one of our churches? Please contact Paul Gibbins gibbins.paul@talk21.com to arrange an appointment. Thinking about Baptism? For St Anne’s and St Leonard’s come to a 9.30 am Sunday service at St Anne’s, for All Saints’ come to a 9.30 am Sunday service at All Saints’ – and we’ll chat over coffee.

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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 Sue Levitt 01299 826641 www.bewdleymethodists.org.uk

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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

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

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Church News l WHAT HAPPENS IN ST ANNE’S EACH WEEK? Sunday

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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

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 – Friday 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 As we go to press our church building is out of use. Sunday 4th November 10.30am : United Benefice Service at St Anne’s Church Until further notice: Sunday Services are in Wribbenhall Parish Room. Monday Group is in Wribbenhall Social Club. For further information see page 25 or ring Gail on 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 Lest We Forget: Saturday 10 November 10.00am-4.30pm On the eve of Remembrance Sunday come and see displays of poppies (knitted and crafted!),memorabilia and, at 2.30pm, a special 'Music in the Chapel' featuring poems and songs of the First World War - lots of audience participation! Free entry - collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal To enquire about baptism, marriage or funerals please contact Revd Sue Levitt 01299 826641 www.bewdleymethodists.org.uk

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Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 In addition to the events advertised inside the front cover, this anniversary is also marked by the following:

Wribbenhall Poppy Display: throughout November Come to see nearly 3000 poppies, made by All Saints’ Church Knit and Natter group, displayed around the War Memorial in All Saints’ Churchyard, Kidderminster Road, Wribbenhall.

Lest We Forget: Saturday 10th November 10.00am-4.30pm On the eve of Remembrance Sunday come to Bewdley Methodist Church in High Street to see displays of knitted and crafted poppies and memorabilia. At 2.30pm, a special 'Music in the Chapel' takes place featuring poems and songs of the First World War with lots of audience participation. Free entry with a collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Bewdley Concert Band Concert: Sunday 11th November 7.45pm We hope as many people as possible will join us at a commemorative concert at St. Anne’s Church on the evening of Remembrance Sunday. The Band will be playing music and songs from the era along with traditional Proms music. We will be joined by Jonathan Darby and Claire Worboys and other local performers. The concert begins after the National lighting of Beacons including the Beacon at Crundells Hill which can be viewed from Dog Lane Car Park at 7.00 p.m. A roll call will be read, remembering the men and women of Bewdley who gave their lives for our country during the conflict. This is a free event with a collection for British Legion Poppy Appeal. Any groups and organisations who would like to participate in this event please contact Calne Edginton-White 01299 400726 or email: calne@btinternet.com.

The Thankful Village: Saturday 10th November 7.30pm Yorkshire-based Badapple Theatre Company bring their tour of Great War play The Thankful Village to St George's Hall. This poignant play follows the lives of three women from the same rural household- above and below stairs- through the long years of The Great War. They are left behind to cope as their men-folk march off to Flanders and each one faces up to the challenges in her own way. They cannot know that their village will end the war as one of a very few communities for which fate has reserved a special place in history. Tickets for the show cost £12 and £6 (for under 18s) and are available from www.bewdleyfestival.org.uk or St George’s Hall Café. 11


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Pause at Noon Advent 2018 Does this season leading up to Christmas make you feel stressed and busy? Why not join us for Pause at Noon? Every Weekday in December different churches will be open at 12 noon for people to join us to pause for 5 minutes or so and take a breath. There will be a Bible reading and very short reflection or prayer but more importantly a space in the day to pause from all the bustling and busyness that preparing for  Christmas can be. Everyone welcome! Come once. Come every time. Come and Pause for Advent. Monday 26th November - Friday 30th November Monday 3rd December - Friday 7th December Monday 10th December - Friday 14th December Monday 17th December - Friday 21st December

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A film commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1. St. George’s Hall, Bewdley Saturday 3rd November Proceeds to be shared between The British Legion and Help for Heroes. Tickets (£5.00) available in advance from St. George’s Hall Sponsored by St. George’s Hall

Original film re-mastered by the Imperial War Museum complete with newly written sound track.

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Community News September and October have been a busy time for the Education team, with schools coming for our Blitz Evacuation and Look Out It’s a Black Out activities. A very big thank you to the volunteers manning the Air Raid shelter and putting on Pipe and Rope demos for us in all weathers. The installation of the WW1 poppy in the walled Garden will take place on the 5th of November. Thank you to all of you for the contributions of crocheted and knitted poppies, especially the Knit & Natter group from All Saints’ Church Wribbenhall. A collection of trench art is on display in the Brass Foundry until the end of November. These items were made from brass debris left over from the First World War. Love Crochet starts again on the 14th November in the Guild hall 6.30 -8.00pm. There are only a few places left. The cost is £40.00 for 4 weeks. Love Crochet / Ellies little Gems have a drop in workshop and sale of Crochet Christmas presents on 24th and 25th November 10.30 -2.30 in the Education Room. There is a Christmas Foliage workshop on Sunday 18th November 10.00-2.00. Learn how to make a table or door decoration. Materials provided. Cost: £30. Per person. Contact details for all workshops: Amanda Peplow 0845 607 7819 Bewdley Museum Opening Hours: The Museum is closed Monday to Thursday from Monday 5th November. It will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from Friday 9th November until Sunday 16th December. The shop will remain fully open from 10am-4.30pm all through November and December and will close on Sunday 23rd December at 4.30pm reopening on Monday 4th February 2019. The museum reopens on Saturday 2nd March 2019. Christmas Crafts for Children! Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd and 9th Sunday December, 11am-3.30pm £4 per child. Children must be supervised by an adult. Christmas Pantomime: The performance of Cinderella on Saturday 8th December is SOLD OUT! Sorry for any disappointment. For more details regarding the museum visit www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk or our facebook page Bewdley Museum or call 0845 607 7819.

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30th Traidcraft Fair Saturday 3rd November 10.00am - 4.00pm Christmas Cards and Goodies, Toys, Gifts, Household goods, Groceries

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Scrabble at Bewdley Baptist Church Do you know anyone who would like to play but has no one to play a game with? On the first Wednesday of each month there is a Scrabble Group Meeting in Bewdley Baptist Church. Next Meeting: Wednesday 7th November 10am-12 noon Back Hall, Bewdley Baptist Church. A donation towards refreshments is appreciated. Want to know more: Ring Beverley 01299 823505 or the Church Office 01299 403267 Everyone regardless of ability or experience is invited to come along. If possible could you please bring a scrabble game with you. We look forward to seeing you.

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All Saints’ Church, Wribbenhall Following a recent visit from the Architect and advisers, it was felt there was a risk of potential small plaster falls in the Nave of All Saints' Church. The PCC therefore spoke with possible contractors and held an emergency meeting. The estimated cost of putting safety netting up (like that currently at the back of the Church) is approximately £20,000. This is money we simply do not have. Therefore the Nave area will remain closed until the end of the year whilst further investigations regarding funding are carried out. The church will be out of use for a short period while the necessary barriers are put in place. Look out for notices during November for the latest information. Sunday services have been relocated. The 10.30 United Benefice service on the first Sunday of the month takes place at St. Anne’s or St. Leonard’s. Services on other Sundays in the month take place at Wribbenhall Parish Room. Monday Group and Knit & Natter will continue in Wribbenhall Social Club . It is with deep regret that the Bewdley Concert Band performance, High School Rush Hour Concert, Christmas Tree Festival and school Carol Concert cannot be held in the building this year. November’s Book Sale is cancelled. Unfortunately, due to this closure, our 'Called to be Saints' Weekend has had to drastically curtailed and events will now take place on Saturday 3rd November in the Parish Room. 10.00am – 12 noon Children's Craft event 2.00pm – 4.00pm       Flower Demonstration 7.30pm – 10.00pm     Quiz and Chips For further information or to discuss the matter please call Maureen Golborne 01299 488526.

Bewdley Footpaths Meets in the garden on the east side of the river just below Bewdley bridge at 1.45pm for a prompt start at 2pm. Sunday 4th November Wharton Park area Approx 4 miles Sunday 2nd December Ribbesford area Approx 2/3 miles

Bewdley Youth Cafe Our Coffee morning to support Macmillan Cancer Support raised £150. Congratulations and thanks to all those who supported the event. Special thanks to Sheree and Janine for all their hard work. 25


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Love animals? Want to help those in need? Cattitude, the Cats Protection high end boutique in Load St Bewdley, is looking for volunteers. We’d love to know if you have any particular skills you’d like to share so that we can find a role that suits you. As little as two hours a week can make a huge difference, so why not sign up today and play your part right now in in helping us to help cats have better health, or, hopefully, find a loving home. Even just one hour helps; maybe so that staff can have a regular lunch break? Find quality in our donation bags and help raise vital funds to help with our on-going work neutering and homing cats. If you would like to help us and our feline friends, please contact shop manager: Yvonne Dawson on 01299 403830

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Transition Bewdley Repair Café We have many wonderful volunteers at the Transition Bewdley Repair Café and they have all had interesting careers and lead busy lives. David Webb is no exception. A long term Bewdley resident and business man David now lives in Great Witley but returns to Bewdley regularly to help repair items at the monthly Repair Café.   David flies radio controlled planes and builds and repairs them in a home workshop. He is Secretary of the Wyre Forest Flyers Club and attends a local art group. We are lucky that this busy man puts his skills to use to help customers at the Repair Café. You can meet David and his fellow volunteers on the third Saturday of each month from 10.0 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. in St. George’s Hall. Come along to chat to these fascinating folk and enjoy refreshments from The Hall Café downstairs. And of course bring items along for repair or sharpening.  We tackle repairs to a wide range of items including garments, electrical appliances, small items of furniture, clocks, jewellery, clocks etc. Repairers also love to give people confidence to carry out their own repairs. The November Repair Café is on 17th November. Time to get those Christmas lights down from the loft and bring them along to be checked. John Rhymer

Bewdley Floral Art Club On Monday 5th November we look forward to welcoming Anita Wright with her demonstration ‘At This Time of Year’. Visitors always welcome. Bookings are now being taken for Our Christmas Open Meeting ‘A Classical Christmas’, with Andrew Lloyd at Kidderminster Town Hall on Monday 3rd December. Details available from 01299 402961 / 01384 443380.

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St George's Hall defibrillator St. George’s Hall in Bewdley has acquired a lifesaving defibrillator due to the generosity of a local lady. When Christine Holloway heard that the Management of St. George’s Hall were aiming to raise funds to purchase the device she asked guests invited to her birthday party to give a donation instead of buying her a gift. Chris raised over £400 towards the cost. The shortfall was made up from income from St. George’s Hall together with a generous donation from Bewdley Festival Ltd. The Manager of SGH Jane Barnett, said, ‘St. George’s Hall is a real community hub with hundreds of people coming through the doors every week. If anyone does need a defibrillator, we can now react very quickly and we would like to thank Christine Holloway for helping to make this possible.’ Photo: Christine Holloway and Jane Barnett SGH Manager.

Rock Pathfinders: Free guided walks of 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside. The November walks will be on Thursdays starting at 10.30 am. 1st from the layby alongside the A443 near the turning for Grimley Village WR2 6PD SO reference 829604 15th from Riverside Post Office & Tearoom Arley DY12 1XA SO reference SO764802 All welcome. For our full programme see www.rockpathfinders.16mb.com or ring Alan on 01299 400304 or Jan on 01299 832571

The Third Annual Jim Friar Memorial Quiz The Pines Golf Club, Habberley Road Friday 9th November 7.30pm Tickets £10 including supper available from Teresa Friar 07751475625 or Mary Lynch 01299 400569. Bar available. All proceeds to the Mesothelioma Cancer Charity

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Meditate West Midlands We continue with our weekly classes and also have an upcoming half day course, ‘Making Meditation Simple’ on Saturday 3rd November 10am - 1pm. Facility fee: £12 (£7 unwaged). We meet at the Friends Meeting House, Lower Park Bewdley DY12 2DP November dates are Mondays, 5th, 19th and 26th. Further details on meditateinbewdley.org or 01384 569956

“CHRISTMAS IS COMING” A Christmas Tea Time Entertainment Presented by Alan Fairs With Tim Watson, James Hickson & St Anne's Choir Sunday 16th December 3.00pm St Anne’s Church Light hearted songs, readings and carols to put you in the Christmas spirit Tea & Cake in the interval Tickets £10 under 16s free available from 01299 402475 or St. Anne’s Church 01299 405385 In aid of St Anne’s Church

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Back again for the 8th Year! Saturday 3rd November 7.30pm at Wribbenhall Parish Room Kidderminster Road, Bewdley DY12 1DQ Tickets: £8.50 per person includes Fish & Chip Supper (Chicken or Vegetarian Option)

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Bewdley Community Pantomime Bewdley’s first community pantomime,

Cinderella is being staged at The Mercure Bewdley on the 3rd, 4th and 5th January 2019. Rehearsals are in full swing every Thursday night at the Guildhall. Go to our Facebook page “Bewdley Community Theatre Group” for weekly updates and news. Tickets will be on sale from Thursday 1st November via the website www.bewdleytheatregroup.co.uk. Kyle Daisley, producer, said “We are thrilled to bring the many talents of our local community together in this exciting production. We are extremely grateful for the support being provided by our sponsors without whom the show would not be possible”. For further information or to join us please message the Bewdley Community Theatre Group Committee via our Facebook page.

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Handel Messiah Saturday 8th December 7.30pm St. Anne’s Church Bewdley Tickets £10 in advance. £12 on the door Available from Bewdley Blooms, St. Anne’s Church or 403776

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A Pilgrimage I recently had the pleasure of walking from Melrose to Holy Island, (Lindisfarne) over six days with a group of twelve “pilgrims” following St Cuthbert’s Way. For aficionados of long distance paths, this is classed as an easy introduction – a mere 62 miles of reasonably gentle walking.  Those with fancy apps on their phones found we in fact walked 72 miles, due to detours – no; not getting lost – and exploring Holy Island on our arrival.  There were some hills, so tired limbs and blisters for some at the end of each day. So why join such a walk?  For me, the lure of the scenery of the Scottish Borders and Northumbria, and knowing that all accommodation and food needs were taken care of and bags would be transported was important.  I met up with old friends and made new ones – deep conversations were had as we walked along as well as moments of fun and laughter and the weather was fairly kind – some rain but not much; sunshine;  pleasant temperatures and gentle breezes.  Mind you, cowering behind a wall on Wideopen Hill trying to eat lunch in a sudden downpour wasn’t ideal. We held short worship services at the start and end of each day, sometimes in churches but often outside.  Maxton Kirk, a 1000 year old simple church on the site of a chapel where Cuthbert worshipped, with its clear windows and views onto  fields of ripe wheat, was special, as was standing in the ruins of Cessford Castle on a gloriously sunny morning with a farmer bringing in the harvest in the adjoining fields and stunning views of the Cheviots ahead.  Walking along Dere Street, the old Roman road, was one place where we were fairly sure Cuthbert would have walked exactly the same path back in the 7th century. The final walk onto Holy Island, in true pilgrim style, across the mile and a half of wet sand as the tide retreated, in bare feet with the seals “singing” was a wonderful way to end our pilgrimage. I came home very tired, but with a store of memories of special moments, thought provoking conversations, good food and fellowship, and a deeper appreciation of the beauties of our world.  What a treat. Elaine Barbour Rotary Club of Bewdley

Charity Quiz Night Friday 9th November 8.00pm at Rock Village Hall Bar and Raffle Tickets £10.00 to include Fish/Chicken & Chips For further information contact Bob Hill 01299 401722

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Cards for Good Causes Christmas 2018 St. George’s Hall Undercroft Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm until Saturday 15th December Cards for Good Causes sells Christmas cards and small gifts on behalf of thirty charities both local and national. At least 70p in the £ goes back to the charity. An excellent team of over thirty local people work in the shop for short periods of time. We would be pleased to welcome any new volunteers. Please call Sheila Limbrick 01299 400704

Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies Luncheon Club In September we enjoyed a talk on Malawi by Janet Poole. On 28th November we welcome Dr. Mark Baldwin, who will give us what is sure to be an interesting talk on “Women of the Special Operations Executive”. All ladies are very welcome to attend our luncheon meetings each month at the Mercure Hotel.  Please contact our secretary, who will be pleased to give you all the information, on 01299 877908.  We look forward to seeing you.

Macmillan Coffee Morning A big thank you to everyone who supported the coffee morning held at Wribbenhall Social Club on Friday 28th September. A special thanks to Pat and her team of helpers who made the event such a success. A total of £775 was raised - an increase on last year.

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Kidderminster and District Soroptimists October has been a fairly busy month: Our Business meeting welcomed three new members, we enjoyed an entertaining evening ‘Beside the Seaside’ presented by the Fold Theatre (with profits helping to support West Mercia Women’s Aid) and a number of members attended our Federation’s Annual Conference in Liverpool. Our next Business meeting will take place as usual 7.30 pm on the first Thursday of the month, 1st November, at Baxter Church Rooms, Bullring, Kidderminster. We shall be supporting the Heritage Group’s “Armistice Celebrations – Tea Party” held on Tuesday, 6th November, at Kidderminster Town Hall. Our Supper/Speaker meeting at La Brasserie, Kidderminster (always on the third Thursday of the month starting at 7.00 pm) will be on 15th November and we look forward to hearing Sandra Hill talk about ‘Forest School’. The month’s commitments will finish - as usual - on the last Thursday: 25th Nov with our regular informal coffee morning from 10.00 am onwards at the George Hotel in Bewdley. Do come along and meet some of us. 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.

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Bewdley Town Council News November 2018 Since being called in to help the Town Council in the short term, albeit part-time whilst Nick Farress the Town Clerk was on leave, I’ve barely had time to catch my breath as there are numerous matters to attend to. Apologies to anyone who has contacted the Town Council over the last few months and has received either no response or a delay. The office staff now have a rather long To-Do list to get through, which seems to grow longer every day, so please bear with us. The Town Council is currently having to concentrate on how to make effective progress over the next few months. Three major events that the Town Council is expected to support are looming, the dates for which are 11/11/2018 Remembrance Day, 01/12/2018 Christmas Lights and Market, and 03 to 05/01/2019 Community Pantomime. Plans are in hand for Remembrance Day, when there will be the usual road closure in the morning and because this is the centenary of Armistice Day the Town Council is arranging an outdoor projection onto the front of the Guildhall building later in the day. Details of the day will be available from the Town Council’s website in due course. For both Remembrance Day and the Christmas Market and Christmas lights switch-on, please contact the Town Council office if you usually take part even if you have already received confirmation. Please call 01299 400157 or office@bewdleytowncouncil.org. Your input will be very welcome, please don’t assume we know everything. Following the unveiling of the Stanley Baldwin statue on 27th September, the Mayor received the following in a letter from Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire: I am writing to thank you for all the time and effort that you put into hosting a most successful royal visit yesterday. I know that HRH The Duke of Gloucester enjoyed the morning enormously, particularly the gentle amble around the town itself in the morning sunshine, with the opportunity to meet so many people. It was not an easy visit to organise, but the programme flowed well and I hope that both the Civic Society and the Town Council were happy with the result. The crowds who gathered to watch the unveiling of the statue were most enthusiastic and I am sure it will be an occasion that the Town will remember for a long time. Stanley Baldwin seemed very much at ease looking out towards the River Severn. Please pass on my warmest thanks to those involved in making the visit such a happy and successful occasion. As an outsider I can confirm that the sun definitely shone on the town that day. Well done Bewdley! Gill Lungley Temporary Office Manager Town Council Meetings: All meetings are open to the public and agendas will be posted to the Guildhall noticeboard. Next Town Council meetings: Mondays 5th November, 3rd December. 47


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November in the Forest A few days ago I made a very exciting discovery in the forest. There I was, walking along the track, mind elsewhere, when I saw something interesting by my feet. It was the shape of a small leaf and looked like…..flint. The flat side was uppermost and it came out easily enough. Could it be an artefact? I’m used to this scenario: it looks like an arrowhead (substitute axehead, piece of pottery, fossil, rare insect etc.) but it always turns out to be something mundane and of interest to no-one else. I sent a photo to County Archaeologist, Adam Mindykowski, when I got home, and he soon replied to say that it was almost certainly an arrowhead. Here in my hand was something made by someone a few thousand years ago (Adam and his colleagues may be able to narrow it down) and used in the Wyre Forest.There is no flint anywhere near us, so it must have been traded. That wasn’t all that I found on the same walk. Not far along the same track there was a Slow-worm, stationary, right out in the middle. I expect it had felt the vibrations of my approaching footsteps and was playing dead. It was about 35 centimetres long and a particularly dark bronze. I decided to give it some help to reach the track edge and it set off again, tongue flickering. I also came across two dung beetles (also called Dor beetles) ambling along the path with their slow, clockwork-like movement. I’m talking about a warm day which will be nearly a month ago when you read this. This month the temperature will have dropped and I won’t be able to see either of these: the slow worm will have found somewhere to hibernate and the beetles will have died, leaving their eggs in an underground nest provisioned with dung or decaying leaves for the larvae which will hatch next spring. The dead adults are often seen along paths, frozen mid-stride, no longer able to object to an examination of their strikingly iridescent purple undersides. Now large numbers of ladybirds are trying to get into our house and many more creatures are going into hibernation now. The one which most readily springs to mind is the hedgehog, so familiar but so beleaguered now. Please do remember to check your bonfire piles on firework night for sleeping hogs or, better still, only build your fire just before you light it. Personally I always start a bonfire on clear ground and add material to it, so there’s no danger of cooking a spiny friend. Linda Iles

The Bridge - November 2018  

The Bridge magazine - November 2018

The Bridge - November 2018  

The Bridge magazine - November 2018

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