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The BRIDGE April 2010

Civic Awards Congratulations to Margaret Ashmore, Pete Johnson and Jo Bloom, pictured (right) who were hounoured by the Town Council for their contributions to our community

Left - The Bridge Team Gary, Martin, Margaret, Steve and David

Welcoming our heroes


The Bridge is the community voice of Bewdley. It is delivered free monthly to more than 4,600 homes

It’s here! It’s really here! Yes, Spring has arrived, and I know because I’ve seen the first teenage pair of bare legs and sandals. The next sign is a pair of middle-aged bare legs, but that’s a way off yet.

As you can see from our photos, here at The Bridge we are grinning all over our collective faces at having received a Civic Award. I was very pleased to receive it on behalf of the team on The Bridge, and also on behalf of Mentorlink, with whom I also work, at the ceremony in March. It was serendipitous that Pete Johnson, who was responsible for starting The Bridge back in the 1960’s was also receiving an award for his work in Scouting. The third recipient was Jo Bloom who did so much for the flooded people of Wribbenhall. A great occasion for us all.

Also in this edition are photos of other civic occasions: the West Mercians came to the town on March 11th and paraded their mascot to a large crowd. Gary has given us some bird’s eye views of this from a vantage point on top of St Anne’s tower (I can vouch for the cold wind and long, long climb to get the photos) plus a couple that Jim Collins kindly emailed to us. Also in this edition is a new four page insert encouraging us to support the traders on our doorstep. Some of you may be involved with the new Bewdley Business Partnership (details inside) which is also looking to keep our town alive and busy. This is an important initiative for all of us who have the good of Bewdley at heart, and reminds us that what we value is worth working for.

So let’s make the most of the spring sunshine and get out there and enjoy our Beautiful Place! Margaret Ashmore

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1 Jigsaw Swap - Bewdley Library 01299 403303 2 Bewdley Museum Opens Easter Trail - Wyre Forest Discovery Centre - 10:30 Ages 3-11. £3 per child. No need to book 3 Rock Art & Craft Exhibition and Sale - 12:00 Open on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12 Noon till 4.30pm Admission free 4 Wyre Forest Health Walks - 10:30 Wyre Forest Visitor Centre, Callow Hill, free Easter Egg Hunt - Bewdley Museum - 11:00 Bewdley Footpaths Association 14:00 Outside the Guildhall, Bewdley 5 Weaving with Nature Bewdley Museum- 12:00 6 Children's Coaching at Bewdley Tennis Club Tracey 07970 549974. (also on 7th,8th,9th) 10 Who Let The Dads Out - 09:30 Bewdley Baptist Church, High Street. Sustainable Woodland Management - 09:00 Free. 14 Hard of Hearing Chat and Share support Group - 14:30 Wribbenhall Community Ctr,01905 746301 16 Wyre Forest Outdoor Field Meeting Bewdley Tennis Club Opening Evening 17:00-19:00 07970 549974 18 St George's Day Parade - Bewdley 20 Bewdley Business Partnership Meeting - 18:00 Guildhall 01299 405516 24 St George's Day Market - Bewdley 30 The Mug House Beer Festival Please see the articles in the Bridge for other events.




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Our main focus of worship is on Sundays at 10am, where there is a relaxed style with lively music, all ages come together and we hear God's word for today through the Bible. There are also special groups for children and young people. Sunday evening at 6.30pm we have a shorter, more reflective service.

Easter Services 1st April Maundy Thursday

Joint Service of Wyre Forest Baptist Churches 6.45pm Milton Hall Baptist Church

Friday 2nd April: Good Friday March of Witness

1.00pm All Saints Church, 1.30pm Holy Family Church, 2.10pm Methodist Church, 2.30pm Jubilee Gardens for short walk around Bewdley with meditations at various points. 3.00pm St Anne’s Church

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Morning 10.00am Easter All-age celebration Evening 6.30pm Evening Celebration Like to know more? Contact the ministers, John Rhodes or Simon Harry, at the church office (403267) or visit our new look website. 61 High Street, Bewdley,

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Sunday worship: 11.15am On the first Sunday each month we have a service of Holy Communion. On the other Sundays we have Matins – from the Book of Common Prayer. Church is usually open in daylight hours for prayer, peace & quiet. Evensong on Sunday evenings in September at 6.30pm

Easter Day - 4th April 5.30am Dawn Service – celebrate the rising of the Son of God with the rising of the Sun 11.15am Holy Communion 6.30pm Evensong Keith James is the minister of the Church. Contact him on 01299 402275 (office) or Diane Taylor, the Churchwarden, on 01299 403983. You are very welcome. However you come. Why ever you come. We hope you will come again.

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In 1621 1s 3d was paid for "a casement" by the pulpit including hinges and mending the glass and in 1629 John Hill, joiner, received 1s 8d for two casements. There are also several payments for mending the glass of the chapel. This was frequently done with strips of lead, lead being then much cheaper than glass. But in 1649 we read that William Cleark was paid 1s 8d for 5ft of glass and 2s 10d for the school and chapel. The roof also needed attention. This was made of shingles (wooden tiles) which cost 8d for 28lbs in 1622. In 1627 Mr.Milton received 1s 3d for half a hundred weight (56 lbs) just a penny less than the double the price for double the amount (2s 6d per hundredweight). But in 1657 they were able to purchase 4 hundredweight at 1s 91/2d per hundredweight to use on the houses next to the chapel, the chapel itself and the courthouse. After this no more shingles seem to have been needed until 1661 when 8 hundredweight were bought again at 3s 4d per hundredweight. The gutters needed attention from time to time. Some of these were of wood. In 1639 11yds 2ft of rail to make a new gutter cost 2s, nails 2d and pitch, to pitch it 2d, although in 1632 they paid Joe Clark £1 5s for lead for a gutter and 3s 10d for soldering leads on the steeple. In 1604 the chapel was painted and cleaned at a cost of 2s 6d and white limed at 8s. (From 'Bewdley's Ancient Church Accounts'. Researched by Mrs.Ann Marshall)

Easter Comeback Sunday 4th April

Whether it’s been years or days since you were last in a Church, celebrate Easter at one of these services and be a part of the great Easter comeback

St Leonard’s Ribbesford, 5.30am – Dawn Service Celebrate the rising of the Son of God with the rising of the Sun St Anne’s Bewdley, 9.30am Family Communion

St Andrew’s Button Oak, 11.15am Holy Communion St Leonard’s Ribbesford, 11.15am Holy Communion St Leonard’s Ribbesford, 6.30pm – Evensong

M ethodist Chu rch High Street

We will be joining with other churches in the town for the Walk of Witness on Good Friday. Our Easter Sunday service at 10.30a.m. will be led by Mr. Mike Dernie.

From April we will be starting a monthly Family Service in which the children will take part. The first service will be on 25th April at 10.30 a.m.

On the 24th April Trinity Methodist Church in Kidderminster is being reopened and re-dedicated following the fire last year. We will be joining with all the other Methodist Churches in the circuit to help them celebrate.

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Car parking - make sure that you have you say

Last October Wyre Forest District Council Civil Enforcement Officers started enforcing a maximum stay of 23-hours in the Dog Lane and Gardner’s Meadow car parks (and presumably elsewhere across the District). The regulation is tucked away in the Schedule of car parking charges attached to the 40-page WFDC (Off-Street Parking Places) (Consolidation) Order, but hadn’t been enforced before. Those residents who received Penalty Charge Notices were for the most part season ticket holders, who had no reason to read the newly-installed car park notice boards. At the Bewdley Town Council Meeting in Do you value the Bewdley November more than 60 residents turned up Residents’ Season Ticket? to protest, and John Campion, Leader of Are you affected by the WFDC, agreed that the charges and implications of the 23-hour rule? enforcement would be waived while a review Do you find it frustrating that it’s of car parking policy and regulations took now impossible to buy a ticket place. from the machines at night to cover parking charges from In January the District Council set up a 8.00am the next day? Parking Scrutiny to examine the function of At the moment it is still not too late for the 23-hour maximum stay, together with the function of Residents’ Season Tickets (bearing you to make your own voice heard, but it soon will be. in mind that it’s only in Bewdley that such a Submit your own evidence concession exists). This concession has been directly by email to available for at least the past fifteen years in Ben Craddock, Assistant Scrutiny/ recognition of the lack of on-street parking in Committees Officer, Legal & Democratic the historic centre of the town. Services, at: At the time of writing five representatives from Bewdley, selected by the Town Council’s or by letter to: working group, are due to give evidence to The Parking Review Panel, Democratic the Parking Scrutiny Panel on 31st March. Services, Civic Centre, New Street, The Scrutiny Panel will report to the full Stourport-on-Severn, Worcs. DY13 8UJ. District Council meeting in July, and any changes to the parking regulations will be introduced next October.

Early Bewdley

On 25th February, St. George's Hall was packed, with standing room only. People had flocked in to hear a talk about Bewdley's early history, hosted by the Bewdley Civic Society. I have just completed a degree at the University of Leicester and one of my projects was on a small medieval town. I chose Bewdley,

but what I found surprised me. I have pushed its origins further back than anyone else has ever suggested. My findings are set out in "Bewdley, The early years", which is on sale from Bewdley Books or from me (23 Stourport Road, tel:400691) for £6.50. I have also put a copy in the Library. Heather Flack





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A Bewdley Mystery

Alice McCay, now 89, was born in Dog Lane, the daughter of Tom and Alice Bennett. She writes about a family tragedy, which occurred 80 years ago. Tom & Alice Bennett

It was on Sunday, the 2nd of November 1930, a cold windy day and there were hundreds of fishermen, in a competition, on both sides of the river. It was very windy and the current was strong.

I went to church with Elsie and left our young brother playing. He was dressed in navy short trousers, a pullover and a knitted hat. At dinner time we were called in but Ron didn’t come. When Dad came home he wanted to know where he was. The time was about 2.25. The lads had gone chestnutting over the railway bridge and I went to chapel with Elsie. When we came out he was still missing and people turned out to look for him.

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He was just 6, not old enough to go anywhere on his own. He didn’t like chapel so we thought he might be hiding, or he might have followed the lads, but when they got back at 4 Ron aged 6 o’clock they said he hadn’t been with them and no one had seen him.

The river was very high but not in flood so the nets were put down at Bristol, but nothing was found. They searched everywhere – along the river, the brook and ponds. There were over a hundred searching for him, scouts and guides, and not just people from Bewdley, but there was no sign of him.

The fishermen were questioned but swore they had not seen him. There were lots of gypsies in Bewdley for some kind of celebration. They were questioned and also made their own enquiries but nothing was discovered.

It was a complete disappearance and he was never seen again from that day to this. What happened to him? Did he somehow fall in the river? I don’t think so. If he followed the lads, did he get lost in Aymer Woods? Who knows what happened to him but I would like to know.

Jumble sale - thank you

A big thank you to everyone that donated, helped and came to our Jumble sale on 13th February, at Wribbenhall Community Centre. It raised £334.75. All the clothes that were left over went to the Kemp Hospice Distribution Centre who were also very pleased. Diane & Olwen Chater





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April in the Forest

At last the new Gateway to Wyre Centre is open for business! The Discovery Centre team have been busy putting up displays of natural objects, craft items and information to animate the two forest classrooms. Environmentally-friendly aspects of the building, such as rainwater harvesting and the wood chip boiler, are featured on lively banners and form the subject of a trail around the site. Over the next few months the surrounding landscape will be restored to include a sensory trail, a woodland edge of native shrubs and small trees, fruit trees, wildflower meadow, and ponds. The winter may have been exceptionally cold but there has been a lot of activity to restore landscapes. About 7km of mixed wildlife-friendly hedges have been restored or planted and fruit trees have been planted in old orchards along the Dowles Brook. Areas of scrub have been cut and raked off at the Roxel site (Kinlet) to create good habitat for the Grizzled Skipper butterfly and the invading rhododendron has been pushed back in several areas of the forest.Volunteers have been involved in all these projects; people who get a buzz out of being out of doors and making the countryside better for humans and wildlife. If you think you may be of the same ilk please get in touch! Working in the natural world has proved to be beneficial in all kinds of situations. The Grow With Wyre partners have been involved with groups of people who are unemployed, trying to be free of addictions, or in trouble with the law. Adults with special

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needs will be helping to plant up the sensory garden. This month an initiative using the Forest School approach to tackle domestic violence will begin in partnership with Lacon Childe School, Cleobury Mortimer. There won’t be a lot of peace (though plenty of fun) on our children’s activities this month: Friday 2nd April Easter Trail – Take part in our forest scavenger hunt to win your chocolate treat. Ages 3-11, £3 per child. No need to book: any time 10.30am-12noon. Tuesday 6th April Mud Monsters and Boggarts – Create a monster to live in Mud Monster Valley and make a boggart to take home. Ages 5– 11. £3.50 per child, 10.30am to 12noon. Book on 01299 266929 Friday 9th April Get lost! Try our new courses for a challenging orienteering session. For families with children aged 8+. £3.50 per child, 10am to 12noon. Book on 01299 266929 - this is based at Hawkbatch (grid reference SO763776) where there are no toilets or refreshments. Tuesday 13th April Make One, Take One – Another chance to contribute to the new building with mosaics, leaves and creatures all made from local clay. Ages 5 – 11. £3.50 per child, 10.30am to 12noon. Please book on 01299 266929 Friday 16th April Teddy Bear Trail Bring your own Teddy, make him a forest crown, take him on a bear hunt and end up with a parachute jump! Any age, £3 per child. Any time from 10.30am to 12noon. Linda Iles, Forestry Commission

Bewdley/Wribbenhall Ladies' Luncheon Club

In February we had a most inspiring talk by Dianne Mannering on "A 1960s Woman in a Man's World". She had proved herself to be a most successful businesswoman, whilst bringing up a family. Ladies are welcome to attend the meeting on 28th April, when we shall have our AGM, bring and buy and cake stall. Meetings are held monthly at the Ramada Hotel. For information or to book a place please ring 400363.





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Glamorous Life of an Opera Singer Part 2

Last time I said I would tell you the story of a friend of mine back in his student days. He was on tour in Europe with his (world famous) choir. He had solos to sing, and for one reason or another, possibly involving excess units of alcohol, his singing had not been as good as usual. On the train to the next city, the choir-master took him aside and generally told him to pull his socks up. He took the hint and walked the length of the train to find a quiet area with a loo where he could practise a few scales, arpeggii and other pointless vocal 'exercises'. He had been la-la-lah-ing away for quite a while, when in the course of taking a deep breath, he noticed that all had gone quiet and the train was stuck. Eventually he stopped what he was doing and looked out of the loo only to find that the view from the windows was entirely obscured by other carriages and trucks. His carriage had been left in a siding and the rest of the choir had gone on in their portion of the train without him. I'd known this story for many years till I eventually asked if the tale were true. He confirmed it, but added that it wasn't the most embarrassing thing that had ever happened to him. But I’ll tell you about that next time. Alan Fairs

Letters to The Editor

Imagine my joy when Jan Cox, resident of Bewdley, sent me a copy of the January"Bridge" as a keepsake of a memorable weekend. Gordon, Jan's husband and I were at school together nearly 60 years ago and have remained friends ever since, despite many years of non-contact. At The Regatta, Gordon and Jan sponsored a race in my Ma's memory, as a fitting tribute to Joan Frances Jones, nee Mynard, a child of the town and a lovely lady. Many of a certain generation will remember her fondly for her Church activities and as a shoemanageress par-excellance. There was our party, stage-right of the photograph, and the sun shone brilliantly on all the day's events. Thank you Margaret, Gary and especially Jan and Gordon. Carole F. Hughes (nee Amis) (Bromyard)

St George's Day Market

Saturday 24th April from 10am

Stall holders welcome - charity and trade. Please decorate with lots of red & white flags and bunting. We hope local businesses will dress their premises accordingly and a prize will be given to the best one. For more details : Maggie 01299 404065, Ann 01299 404226, Lynne 01299 400563

Rooms in Bewdley Friends ( Quaker) Meeting House to rent at reasonable rates, part day & evenings £25, all day £47-50, Large room sits about 30. Use of fully equipped kitchen, small car park and walled garden when weather permits. Full disabled access & facilities. Sorry, no children's parties or alcohol on premises. Tony Sargent 01299-405943

Rock Pathfinders Free guided walks along our footpaths and bridleways taking 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside. The next walk will be on Sunday 11 April starting at 2pm from Victory Hall Clows Top OS reference 715718. Everyone Welcome For our full program visit or ring Alan on 01299 832840





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If you are looking for something - then just look on your doorstep. Requested by traders at a recent Bewdley Business Partnership meeting - here is your own local directory for Bewdley - to pull out and keep. Accommodation

Bank House Beale’s Corner Butt Town Holiday Park Fern Cottage Kateshill House B&B Number Thirty

Old Town Hall Pewterers House B&B

402652 01905 621552 403692 07899 797535 401563 402404

Ramada Hotel Riverside Caravan Park Severn Valley Guest House Tudor Barn B&B Welch Gate Guest House Whiteman-Haywood (Caravan Park)

Camping and Caravan

409465 401956

406400 400787 402192 400129 402655 403118

Bank Farm 401277 Bannut Tree Farm 401251 The Grove 402555 Haye Farm 403371 Hopley’s C&C 402173 See also Eating & Drinking

Accountants & Bookeeping

ADS Accountancy Services Ltd. Aims Accountants

Charlton Accountants Ltd DHJH ltd - Accountants Hilltop Bookeeping Services KB Bookkeeping Services

404635 406051

405005 403503 401905 402776

Lyman Hughes Associates


Westwood Accountancy Services


Nortonwood Accountancy Services

Penn & Co. Accountants


Brian Jeffries Associates David JarettArchitects


404516 404440 404412


Jointly produced by

DY12 Architectural Services Robert Swan Architects

Art & Design

Bewdley Gallery Bewdley Open Studios DASH Graphics G T Graphics Melting Pot PrintWorx Quay Gallery Severnside Studio


Mobile Auto Repairs

Motor Technics

Severn Valley Accident STCB Motors


08709 905250 400918 400335 405000 401402 404170 406046 404488 400290 403827

01562 751927

402596 400455

Tim Barnett’s Recovery Assistance 400002 Carpets & Floors Just in2 Carpets & Rugs 404014 Mike Gammond (Carpets)


Mike Green Flooring


Bewdley and District Horticultural Bewdley Bowling Club Bewdley Choral Society Bewdley Civic Society Bewdley Cricket Club Bewdley Festival Bewdley Floral Art Club Bewdley Horticultural Society Bewdley Institute Bewdley Rotary Club Bewdley Roundtable Bewdley Rowing Club

402670 403781 822748 402700 403658 404808 402961 400580 403192 401563 404561 402899

Phillip Smith (Carpets)


Roger Carter Carpet Fitter 405319 Community Groups

BRIDGE Supporters highlighted in Blue

On your doorstep

Bewdley Townswomen’s Guild 401235 Bewdley Twinning Association 400580 Bewdley Youth Café 0779 007 8102 Friends of Bewdley Museum 404912 Scouts - 1st Bewdley 403083 Scouts - 3rd Bewdley 01562 741295 St Anne’s Bell Ringers 01384 374114. Wribbenhall Community Centre 402670 Wribbenhall Ladies’ Luncheon Club 400363 Wribbenhall Social Club 403636


Avocet Ltd


CJ Electrical 403050 CW Electrical 01562 837887 Davron Electrics 401288 Bewdley Electrical Services 403759 ICB Electrical Ltd 07973 726677 Key Service Solutions Ltd M & D Services

PJH Electrical

Tissiman Mechanical Services Ltd.

Eating and Drinking

406031 402626



Arches 0777 3396282 Bewdley Brewery 405148 Bewdley Catering Services 404425 Bites of Bewdley 403779 Blackboy Hotel (Accommodation) 402119 Blackboy Pub 403523 Catchems End Fish Bar 403615 Cock & Magpie 405842 Golden Country 402198 Greens Restaurant 405222 Hop Pole Inn 409244 Horn and Trumpet 403774 HR’s 404150 Little Pack Horse 404504 Merchants Fish & Chip 402787 Merchant’s Tea Rooms 402436 Mug House 402543 Mulberry Restaurant 404040 Piccolo’s 404444. Rajah of Bewdley 400368 Rajput 409409 Riverside Café 404504 Royal Sangam Balti House 404076 Sampan 404584 Scoops 400984 The Bailiff ’s House (Accommodation) 401331

The George Hotel (Accommodation) The Horn & Trumpet (Accommodation) The Mug House (Accommodation) The Mulberry The Peacock Rooms The Red Lion The Rising Sun The Running Horse The Talbot The White Swan The Woodcolliers Arms (Accommodation) Vhujon Restaurant Waggon and Horses Welch Gate Café Bar

402117 403774 402543 404040 405151 403379 404177 402161 402273 402230 400589 400081 403170 402655

ABA Hyponotherapy Abacus Hair Studio Alexander Mark Aqua Detox Bewdley Beauty and Electrolysis Bewdley Cutting Room Bewdley Dental Laboratory Bewdley Dental Practice

403309 402401 401301 401130 400936 401911 400943 403000

Health and Beauty

Cleobury Dental Practice Dr Vivien Newrick - Homeopath

271747 401617

Jill Sharp Physiotherapist


Eden Salon Elizabeth Hall Emily’s Day Spa Gazelles Hair Design Heather Green - Chiropodist Hometan K T’s Hairdressing Mint

400430 400545 403714 400327 07748 912453 401471 404711 400040

McTimoney Chiropractic 01562 69823 Mobile Hairdresser 07805 129249 New Image Health and Beauty 400533 Nutritional Therapist 07879 740569 Personal Councelling Services 402545 Phil Oliver Fitness 403113 Podiatrist/Chiropodist 266186 Richard Hughes Osteopath Sculptures Hair and Beauty

Soul Essence

Springhill Clinic The Garden Salon Victors Barber Vivien Bennet

07961 352056 400533


409090 404489 400060 403936

Home, Garden & Maintenance

ADC Plumbing Aegis Advanced Materials AG Landscapers Air Trading Co. Ltd.

All Domestic Plumbing AKS Security Bewdley Paving

404455 404153 400647 400525

07885 292881 01562 827286 402955

Bewdley Roofing 403905 Bewdley Tile Wall & Floor 07979 241892 BDA Appliance Repairs 07970 622850 Central Garage Doors 01384 484444 Chores Domestic Services 07828 491628 Complete Plastics 401449 Crossguard International Ltd 406022 DCG Property Maintenance 400246 Domestic Plumbing - Mike

07885 292881

Done And Dusted Cleaning 825900 Done and Dusted Property 833996 Double Glazing (R Whatmore) 405064 DPT Carpentry Specialists 07971 390923 Eden Garden & Home 07971 595850 Everest Double GLazing 824403 Expert Tiling 405794 Flatpack Assembly Service Forward Contractors Ltd

G.E.T Plumbing

Gammond Conifers & Shrubs

Garden Supplies Direct Gas Heating & Plumbing General Cleaning Services

269471 404181


Haywood Homes

Neil Kearns Plastering Hintons

Home and Garden Svs

Hudson Roofing Contractors

JB Digital J&J Home Heating Jem Groves - Decorator John Taylor - Decorator

Judy Knight Garden Design

Karol Kleen-Carpets & Upholstery Landtech UK Ltd.

M&J Kitchen & Bathroom

Mac Decor 01562 741323 Mark Woodward - Furniture 404775

Midland Fax Repair Services 08000188295 MM General 401095 MRE Services 402381 Nature Tile and Bathroom Studio 405544 Neil Kearns - Plastering 07989 058513 Northwood Plastering & Painting 401519 Pete Wall Refuse Removal 405477 Plasco 08000 832153 Pondstart Ltd. 400535

Proff Tradesman - Neil


Render Plas RWS Double Glazing Severn Structures

400340 405064 403231

Pure Klean window cleaning

Ray Evans Painter & Decorator

The Pine Workshop Unique Building Co. Ltd

Unique Landscapes We Do Blinds

Wilks Richard Woodland Cottage Nursery


Barton Tony

400465 409148



0845 0996797

07762 469089 400244

07809 684945 0794 9986647

01562 637609 400748

07971 595850

404275 405353




Simon Powell Garden Services 402399 Steve Wheeler Tree Surgery 01584 881526 Streatfield Landscapes 403909 The Finishing Touch 403297 The Odd Job Co 400859


01562 741820 07760 451584

Green Leaf Greenwards Garden Services

On your doorstep

405044 404777

01584 831733 01562 60988

402992 404403

Your Local Plumber 01562 831345 Legal and Financial Marion Evans Solicitors Nashelm Mortgage Solutions Simon Swaffeild Solicitors Three Counties Law


402741 461318 403274 409205

Tinsdale Investment Management 405631 Specialist Businesses Abbeyfield (Sheltered Housing) 01562 68640 ACB Associates Aero 51


Alpha Dog Behaviour

Audio Typing - Amy Heath Bewdley Skip Hire Bewdley Boarding Kennels

B. Ince - Funeral Director

BRIDGE Supporters highlighted in Blue

406100 07973 625853

254420 404356

07725 751644 405766



On your doorstep

Childcare - S Clinton

07826 842828



Community Corner

0796 409 6764

Crocks Away Cuttz 4 Muttz Deerhurst Day Nursery

01562 863222 269478 01562 823569

Community World Ltd Country Cats Hotel

Dawn Chorus

402136 841270


Edwin Harris Funeral Director


Hayden Estates Heathfield Kennels and Cattery

405072 403804

Eden Group


First Class Nursery

01562 755733


0783 729 5698

Incotec Translation Services

Park Lane Childcare Prokare

Redside Vets

Bewdley Antiques Bewdley Blooms Bewdley Books Bewdley Cobbler


Bewdley Farm Shop

Bewdley Quality Butchers Bites Sandwich Shop Bridal Train Class Catering Services Ltd. Cooks Florist Co-op Cheap and Cheerful Clent Books of Bewdley Deli @ bewdley Dillons Newsagents Editions Enysi Jewellery Granny Browns Chocolate Box Granny Browns Grocery Grannystap Hopley Farm Shop Lewis S R Midcounties Co-operative Murrays Chemist





405636 078542 37846 400402 405183


400151 403779 405891 405139 403095 403149 401841 401090 401901 403280 403233 404114 07850 640 886 405471 07811 319972 402256 403358 403149 402132



Perrigo Opticians




Star And Lite Timmis Totally Patched Treasure Trove Papillon Teddy Grays Sweet Shop

402635 403268 409390 409182 400431 402300

The Lock-up Vanilla Vantage Chemist

405654 409122 409034

Sports and Leisure Alton Piece Equestian 07799 761932

Bewdley Leisure Centre Bewdley Tennis Club Bewdley Town Football Club (Youth) Sebastian Coe Health Club

Severnside School Of Dancing

Severn Valley Karate Wharton Park Golf Club

402595 409208. 409473 406421


07535 334500 405222

Technology & Photography Affordable Web Design 07811 509232 AJM AerialsTechnology 07815853303

Brett Clarke Photography Computer Engineer Paul Naylor John Barker Photography netXSPOSURE

P.A.W.S Computers

405838 403686 403121 400797


Severnside Photography 07773 368767 Severn Photographic Studio 488082 Zoo Computer Systems & Software 409070

Travel and Transport

Bewdley Private Hire Home Safe Travel

Phillips International Travel

Ryan Transport Ltd Status Travel Ltd Travel Talk IIT

400000 400002


470633 409420 400754

Tuition Rachel Greenwood (Music) 402513 R Fitter (Physics & Maths) 409460 John Griffiths (Music) 01562 753808

BRIDGE Supporters highlighted in Blue

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Roll on May…….

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Imagine my joy when yet another correspondence from Severn Trent Water landed on my door mat, outlining the next phase of work in Bewdley; I am a working Mum who lives one side of the river, whose 7-year old Son goes to school the other side of the river and who works in Kidderminster. Do I risk going through town? Will the lights be in my favour? Do I go via the by-pass? Is everyone else going that way? I leave the house at 8.15am and hope for the best A teenage boy saunters passed consuming a party-size tube of sour cream & chive Pringles,and I ponder whether this is in addition to his breakfast, or indeed instead of. Five minutes pass and I’m hoping we’ll make it across the temporary traffic lights before they change. We don’t, of course and I’m second in the queue for next time. This affords me even more time to observe a teenage girl opening a bag of Cadbury’s giant buttons just purchased from Martin’s – breakfast? early morning snack? Eventually the lights turn to green and I’m off at last. I have lived in my current house in Bewdley for 7 ½ years and dearly love living there. The view of The Severn Valley Railway, sound of the church bells and feeling of belonging to a real community far outweigh what seems to be the never-ending road works. I have vented my frustration now and feel better for it! Don’t get me wrong, this article is written to amuse rather than moan. But all the same – Roll on May! Claire Quinn

Bewdley & District Horticultural Society

7th April - Wednesday British Flowers and mini spring show By Anne Daley 7.40p.m. for 7.50 p.m. start Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Wribbenhall

5th May – Wednesday Here comes Summer – A Floral demonstration By Janet Ince

We are always on the lookout for new members so if you would like to give us a try Just turn up or for more details ring Diane on 01299 402670 £1 50p. entrance - Free refreshments

In February, Mr Paul McGuire gave an amusing talk about his experiences as a TV 'warm-up' man in the 1950 and 60's, for shows such as The Black and White Minstrels and The Billy Cotton Band Show. The theatre group enjoyed the Rose Theatre's production of 'Teechers' by John Godber.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday April 27th at Wribbenhall Community Centre at 7.30pm when local author Ms C.V. Seymour will talk to the guild about her new book 'Land of Ghost'.

New members and visitors are always welcome.

For more information phone 01299 401235

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A Fishy Tale Part 2

by Richard Perrin

Last time I told you about the great pike that was supposed to live by Blackstone Rock. My father once went salmon fishing by the rock. I was his boatman and ghillie. Soon good sight of a fresh run silver salmon of 15 pounds or so; an average size in those days, about a yard long. As the fish began to tire, Dad was able to draw him nearer to the boat. “You can net this one into the boat” said Dad. “Take your time, and I will bring him alongside”. Just then the salmon turned on his side revealing his gleaming silver flank. I was just about to reach out with the net when the boat was rocked by a surge of water, like a sea swell. A great greeny-brown head grabbed our salmon crosswise in its jaws. A massive pike! He had an eye as big as a wristwatch and an evil leer on its lip. Both fish submerged in a huge swirl of water. The last we saw of them were the silver head and tail end of our salmon sticking out either side of the behemoth’s jaw. Now we had a new fight on our hands. The hook was still in the salmon’s mouth and the line was intact. The built-cane rod bent right over as Dad piled on the pressure, but the pike was unstoppable. It powered away and dived under the cliff. The terylene line hummed and twanged under the strain. Then we heard and felt the line grating on the underwater rocks. Eventually the line parted, leaving us shaken, robbed and not a little frightened. I never swam in that place again.


At a special Brownie meeting on the 25th February where we celebrated Thinking Day and the history of Guiding over the last 100 years four of our newest Brownies made their promises in front of their parents. They were welcomed into 2nd Bewdley Brownies and the worldwide Guiding family. So how many of you remember standing in front of Brown Owl and saying your promise??? The four new Brownies weren’t the only ones saying their promise. Teresa Shaw joined 2nd Bewdley Teresa Shaw with Libby Bale, Becky Giles, Brownies in September 2008, having not been put off Imogen Roff, and Phoebe Oliver. by camp she offered to help at weekly meetings. After spending a year working towards her Adult Leadership Qualification she was ready to say her Promise….with a bit of help from the Brownies. Whilst working towards her qualification, Teresa helped to organise district and unit events as well as helping to organise activities and games at weekly meetings. Well done Teresa from everyone in Bewdley Girl Guiding. If anyone has any old photographs, uniforms, or badges which can be borrowed for a history of Guiding display during the Discover Bewdley weekend then please contact Brenda Goode on 01299 402676. Gill Robinson, 2nd Bewdley Brownies





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Our Waiting List is Open Again No, Abbeyfield is not a nursing home; it is a small, friendly home where we take care of older folk, who are capable and wish to live independent lives. We are part of a very big, old established charity set up to help seniors, who are still active but cannot quite cope with living by themselves. And because we are a charity, living with us is not expensive.

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I was very pleased to hear so many positive comments from you regarding last month’s article on our young people. It is good to know that so many of you agreed with our focus and views on the youth of the town and that there is a wide spread appreciation that they really are good kids. You may recall in last months article I promised to tell you more about the Tag Rugby project which is delivered by Local Policing Teams to primary schools.You may be wondering what the Tag Rugby project aims to do. Is it just police being funded to have fun? Well I can answer those questions for you. The aims of the project are to reduce the chances of a child becoming either a victim of crime or an offender. It creates opportunities for us to meet with children in a constructive informal setting to try and build positive relationships as well as enabling us to deliver personal safety messages. Tag Rugby was chosen as it is a non contact and inclusive team sport i.e. no-one is left out; boys or girls. Whilst having fun the pupils develop skills in communication, teamwork, co-operation and personal responsibility. We have three teams in the competition


representing Bewdley & Rural areas, who are competing against schools from across the Wyre Forest District. The first heat will be held at Kidderminster Carolians and the final will be played at Twickenham. I am sure you all will join me in wishing our kids every success in the tournament. If any parents want to assist in delivering Tag Rugby then contact your child’s school for more information. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you all about our new colleague, PC Su Goddard, who is joining us in mid March. Su is a local girl who attended Bewdley High School before joining the RAF. She worked in Local Policing in Cambridgeshire before returning home to Bewdley. I’m sure you will give her the same warm welcome that I was given when I came to Bewdley almost twelve months ago. Time has flown by for me as it has been really busy, challenging yet enjoyable. The next PACT meeting will be on 2nd June at 6:30pm once again at Bewdley Baptist Church. However, if your issues are more pressing just call in and see us. Best Wishes CSO Nicky Fice Bewdley and Rural Local Policing Team 0300 333 3000 Ex. 3901 or 3060

The president Mrs. Beryl Bubb was pleased to welcome members and many visitors, also members who had been ill and had now recovered. She wished Patricia Jones a speedy recovery from her forthcoming operation Several members attended the funeral of Mrs. Janice Stokes. Members are looking forward to the visit to Malvern for the Half Yearly Council and Craft Show; also a visit to Larford Gardens in April. After a delicious tea Wendy Francis introduced the speaker Mrs. Jean Percival who gave a talk with photographs on working on Hotel Canal Boats. She was interesting, informative and humourous. She was thanked by the President. The next meeting will be on April 12th at Riverside Church, Dog Lane Bewdley from 2 until 4 pm when Mr. Mike Jones will talk about Beekeeping.




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BEWDLEY RING CRAFT CLUB Wednesday evenings 8:00pm to 9:30pm Training for the show ring. At Wribbenhall Parish Rooms (next to the church) For more information call: Nicky 01299 878962 Jackie 01562 748264 All breeds welcome

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Bewdley Library

Much more than books

We’re lucky to have an exhibition room at Bewdley; it’s easily accessible from the main body of the library (no stairs!) and hosts a variety of displays of art work including oil and watercolour painting and traditional and modern photography.

We also host the Bewdley Festival Exhibition and the Cards for Good Causes collection in the lead up to Christmas.

Many of the individual artists and groups displaying their work are local, and Bewdley certainly offers much scope for the creative with its historical buildings, river and easy access to areas of natural beauty.

Now that the days are lengthening most of us feel the urge to go outside and make the most of spring while we can. Whether you feel artistically inspired by any of our exhibitions, are considering a new project in the garden or feeling adventurous in the kitchen, we have books to help you on your way with sections on painting, photography, gardening and cookery.

If you’re feeling very energetic and are determined to keep fit, we also have books that can advise you on exercise and sport activities such as running, football, fishing and swimming. It hasn’t been easy getting in and around Bewdley lately, but it is worth making the effort to come and see us. Apart from anything else, it’ll stop us feeling lonely! Kay Sanderson

From the Registers

Funerals: December 2009 Eileen Dorothy Williams died 28 December - aged 85 years - service at Worcester Crematorium January 2010 Evelyn Blanche Worton died 4 January aged 100 years - service at Stourbridge Crematorium Christine Price died 8 Jan aged 60 service at Worcester Crematorium Kenneth Williams died 13 Jan aged 82 years - service at Worcester Crematorium Wilfred Rodger Payne died 13 Jan aged 67 years - service at St Anne’s, Bewdley Mabel Armstrong died 17 Jan aged 80 years - service at Stourbridge Crematorium Geoffrey Allen died 19 Jan aged 85 years - service at St Leonards Church and Stourbridge Crematorium Janice Margaret Stokes died 26 Jan aged 69 years - service at St Leonards, Ribbesford. February Doris Mary Stone died 3 Feb aged 89 years - service at Stourbridge Crematorium David William Brown died 4 Feb aged 80 years - service at St Leonards, Ribbesford John Christopher Brighton Service at All Saints' after cremation at Stourbridge Marriages 27 February - marriage of Denise Brandon and Ian Goodwin at St Leonard's Church. Ribbesford 27th February - marriage of John Cutler and Elaine Grogan at All Saints

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On the River

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As I write it is a cold, bright morning and the thermometer said -2.5oC when I left for the Rowing Club. The puddles were iced over and our boat was still frosted as we lifted it onto the water. The handles of the blades (oars) sucked the warmth from our hands, but after a few hundred metres of firm rowing the feeling returns and the tranquillity of the river in the early morning is more than compensation for chilly fingers! Rowing upstream away from the club the bridge is silhouetted by the low sun, with the water glinting below. The bustle and traffic of the town are distanced by the complaints of the geese; the only other sounds being the clunk of the oars and the gurgle of the water against the bow of the boat. Having reached the ‘top’ (the regatta start, about 750 m from the club) we turned the boat around and were about to row back when an otter swam across the river in front of us. Mesmerised, we watched it until it dived in that characteristic way with its tail curving up and over, just before the far bank. A few days ago three swans took off just in front of us, with their feet paddling the surface of the water as they fought for flight, and only just cleared the tops of our heads; a surprisingly noisy event! So it has been a privileged few days of wildlife spotting on the river…and Spring is nearly here! Melanie Gunn

Old Felt Hats and Food Parcels -Wribbenhall WI Archives I am a member of Wribbenhall Womens’ Institute, and have been researching our archives (before they are placed in safe storage). Our first meeting was held in March 1928 at Spring Grove House, the home of Mrs Harcourt Webb. The meetings were then held at the Parish Rooms and some of the topics of our guest speakers in the 1930’s were ‘The Washing of Eiderdowns’,‘Hat Trimming’ and ‘Items that could be made from Old Felt Hats’. In May 1938 we had a visitor, a Mrs Scott a member of Roxburgh WI, Otago, New Zealand. This visit forged a link with our WI and we received many food parcels during World War Two. A telegram in June 1943 stated, “Link temporarily broken probably owing to loss of a letter by enemy action”. In 1945 a letter from New Zealand and a surprise present of a cake arrived, to be eaten at our Christmas Party in 1945. In June 1950 a letter was read out asking for suggestions for further parcels! The committee of the time felt that Roxburgh WI had given enough as we could buy goods ourselves at the time. A parcel was sent to them with a present for each of their members, expenditure £3-14-6d. Mrs Scott visited us again in 1955 but I don’t know when the link was broken. In March 2009 I emailed the WI in New Zealand to ask if Roxburgh WI was still active. I was delighted the next morning to receive an answer. Since that time we have exchanged letters and photographs which are read out and displayed at our meetings. I wonder if relations or friends of Mrs Scott still live in our area? Patricia Jones Wribbenhall WI meets at the Riverside Church, Dog Lane, Bewdley on the second Monday of the month 2-00 till 4-00pm.Visitors always welcome.





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At Mr Underhill's in Ludlow the courtyard is packed with plants chosen for colour and perfume and culinary use. The large windows of the restaurant make the courtyard seem larger, and you feel you are dining in the garden itself. As you arrive at this Michelin starred restaurant, you are greeted by your name, and as with any good establishment all their customers are VIP's from beginning to end. The day before, your booked reservation is confirmed by Mrs Bradley the owner (with her husband the chef), just to check that the Brill or Mortimer Forest Venison, is to your liking, and if not a change in menus would be catered for. It’s the finer details that gives this restaurant the wow factor. Mr Underhill's has become well known throughout the county, if not the country for its seven course menu. All diners have the same menu, as no-one would ever want to miss a course. From smoked salmon blini, to almond veloute with orange zest oil, the details of quality and service are impeccable. If it’s a table for two or for six all are served simultaneously and the ingredients of every course are detailed in person by your waiter. The duck liver custard is followed by the award wining Fillet of Mortimer Forest Venison served with capers and raisin sauce with sprout chestnuts and pancetta, with Duke of York potato and shallot mash. The wine list is very rich and full just like the wine that comes from the extensive cellars. Before your dessert menu you are offered a cheese sesame oatcake with winter jam and apple cream with caramel jelly; then comes an extensive list of home made desserts that are made personally for you by Mr Bradley and his team. It’s the knowledge of food and the painstaking attitude to detail that make this establishment stand out above the rest.

More News of Arty the Guide Dog

Arty began his basic training programme at Leamington on 17th February. He had spent some time with his trainer, Jenny, in 'assessment', prior to this. As a puppy walker, my job was done, but it was great to hear of his acceptance on the programme and, more recently, that he is now 'in harness'. Dogs in training wear a brown harness; those who have qualified, and are working dogs, a white one. I am now 'walking' Frazzle. She is a golden retriever, born on 17th December, 2009. Frazzle is the ninth puppy of nine - four male, five female. Her breeder described her as 'good looking. strong and independent-minded'. Those of you who

have met her I am sure will agree. Those of you who know her, might agree with me, that she is mischievous, domineering and determined! To have such very different pups has presented new challenges; I will keep you informed! Gabi Wootton. P.S. I would love to hear from you if you have / are considering sponsoring a pup (this is a new scheme: £5/month for 20 months); walking or boarding. For more details, please ring me on: 01299 405023.





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Lifebuoys – Severnside North

During February two lifebuoys went missing from along Severnside North. It is believed they were taken as part of an anti-social prank. Their loss has been reported to the Police. Needless to say for safety reasons, they should always be in place and the Council carries out periodic checks. However, aside from the stupidity of misusing them, each replacement costs in excess of £80 – a cost that falls upon the Council Taxpayer. Anyone who sees or learns of wrongful use of lifebuoys please contact the local Police or the Town Council. Bewdley Car Parking Review

The Town Council had a good numbers of responses from local residents to put forward to the District Council’s Scrutiny Review Panel which was due to meet on 31st March to consider evidence of the hardship brought about by the change and/or enforcement of parking regulations for permit and season ticket holders using the Dog Lane and Gardners’ Meadow car parks. We await the outcome with interest. Wyre Hill Play Area

The Council agreed that a letter should be sent to the District Council to voice concerns as to the safety of the play equipment on this important play area.

Carnival Fireworks

The Council agreed again to engage Kimbolton Fireworks to provide a firework display by the riverside on the evening of Friday 11th June as part of the Bewdley Carnival celebrations. Bewdley Regatta

The Mayor reported on his work with the Rowing Club to make this year’s Regatta in July an even more impressive event to attract visitors and business to the Town Future Town Council meetings held at The Guildhall are: 6th April and 4th May both at 7.30pm. Annual Town Meeting is 26th April at 7.30pm Annual Council Meeting (Mayor-Making) 14th May at 7.30pm. Minutes of Town Council and Planning Committee Meetings are on the Notice Boards outside the Mayor’s Parlour, in the Guildhall Entrance and Load Street Car Park. They are also available at the Library and at the Town Clerk’s Office and on the Town Council’s page of TOWN COUNCIL NEWS IS PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED BY BEWDLEY TOWN COUNCIL





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ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - MONDAY 26 APRIL 2010 7.00 P.M. IN THE GUILDHALL All electors in Bewdley (including Wribbenhall) are invited to attend the above meeting at which the Mayor, Town Clerk, Town Councillors and local District and County Councillors provide an update on their work and activities over the past 12 months. Any other organisations, both voluntary and statutory, in the town are also invited to report on their activities. Please contact the Town Clerk for more information. Residents may also raise any issues at this meeting which is conducted on an informal basis and can be wide-ranging in the subjects covered. Stephen Inman, Town Clerk, The Guildhall, Bewdley Tel: 01299 400157 Email: Chris Leck: or tel. 07788 995170.

Junior Tennis

Although tennis is played all year, April is the start of the busy Summer season for juniors. There are coaching courses in the Easter holidays, and head coach Tracey's regular weekly squads for mini tennis upwards. Friday evening junior nights (5-7.30pm) have a new with another coach, Cliff, present to give tips and advice to those who come along. He will also organize both fun and competitive games and sessions with our ever popular ball machine. As usual the bar will be open. The charge is £2 charge. Later in the season it is hoped to arrange matches against other clubs, and the interclub age group competitions will take place. New and returning members can either turn up and join on a Friday evening or phone Tracey for further details on 07970549974.

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Bewdley Horticultural Society

Chitting and Potting

By now, although it may still feel too early to plant due to the protracted cold weather your chitted potatoes should be ready as the soil warms. The process of chitting produces on the rounded, blunt end of the potato healthy green shoots that are about an inch to an inch and a half long; this is done in a cool naturally lit area protected from frost. What to do now, is the question, whether to ground- plant in well nourished soil in shallow trenches or to go for the more recent idea of pot planting. There are of course advantages to both. With a container it should be at least a foot deep and about a foot across as a minimum but bigger is better. There needs to be plenty of drainage at the bottom, a good base of broken crock or polystyrene, and then a 1-3 inch layer of good quality soil mixed with garden or potting compost, well rotted manure or an organically based fertiliser. Choose your potato variety, early or main crop and sit them on top of the medium and cover with another 1-3 inches of growing material. Tuber numbers will depend on the size of container and likely crop, as a rule for a dustbin size pot add 5 tubers. As foliage grows keep adding more of the growing mixture until just short of the top of the container pot: the “earthing-up” process. As the season progresses feed, if necessary, water well but don’t let the container dry out or become water logged and then enjoy your produce.





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This photograph was given to Bewdley Historical Research Group with the information that it was of Mr Bore, Cherry Picking, Wyre Forest, 1915. It was taken by Charles T. Holland, headmaster of the Birmingham Oratory School. The group would like to trace who Mr Bore was, where he lived and any other information that can be found. There is another photograph with Mr Bore, two other men, a boy and a girl of the same date. If you can help please contact Charles Purcell on 01299 403582. The Research Group began in 1980 and since then have amassed a large amount of material including baptisms, marriages and burials, mostly for Bewdley, Wribbenhall, Ribbesford and Dowles. This can be consulted by appointment in the Local History Room at Bewdley Museum on Wednesday mornings between 9.30 and 12.00 by ringing 01299 403582. The Group also have a stand at special events in the Museum.

Crafts Alive

Come to Bewdley Museum on Monday 3rd May to enjoy a day of craft demonstrations and hands-on taster sessions with some of Worcestershire’s most talented craft groups and the museum’s resident craft professionals. Special guests include, Rural response straw craft, The Worcestershire Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, The Wyre Forest Lace Makers, The Teme Valley Embroiderer's Guild and Sandra Shakespeare, Rag Rug Making. There will be a chance to have a go at many of the crafts including an opportunity to try and throw a clay pot on the potters wheel with help from ceramicists Chris Connor and Nicola Price. Admission is free, visit : for more information.

Head teacher gets custard pied

Children at Bewdley Primary School had the chance to show their math skills, with the finalists being able to choose who they could custard pie. There were two competitions, both involving doubling numbers, so that everyone could get involved. The custard pie challenge involved children doubling numbers (2,4,8,16..) as far as they could. The key stage winners were Charlie Bailey-Hinks (5), Bronwyn Teasdale (7), Isobel Smith (8), Harry Field (10), Jordon Poolton (10) and Kimberley Moore (11). Paul Roper, head teacher said “It was really impressive to see the skills of so many children. We certainly appear to have some budding mathematicians in our school.” As well as the head teacher being chosen to be custard pied, the winners also chose the teachers Simon Cottrill, Amy Crowther and Valerie Blount.

April & May

Dates not to miss

2 April Museum reopens

30 Apr - 3 May Mug House Beer Festival

3-5 April Rock Art & Craft Exhibition

9 May Raft Race

18 April St George’s Parade

30/31 May Discover Bewdley

24 April St George’s Market

22/23 May Severn Valley 40th Anniversary Party

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