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The BRIDGE December 2009

Community News

Bewdley’s day of Climate Action On the 21st October, over 100 people in Bewdley placed their handsprints on a giant banner of handprints which was hung from the town bridge as part of a worldwide campaign on global Congratulations are due to the editor and producers of The Bridge, the small magazine that is the community voice of Bewdley. I think it is an exemplary publication and it is delivered free, monthly to 4,600 homes. The amount of work that goes into this free magazine monthly must be enormous but so worthwhile. Dr. Richard Taylor MP

warming. The event in Bewdley was one of more than 2,000 rallies in more than 140 nations which took place on the same day. It was coordinated by to urge world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming. People in the town came along to outside Bewdley Museum to make a mark in history by placing their hand print on the giant banner on the Saturday morning. Beforehand the banner was taken to St Anne's Primary School and the Bewdley School and Sixth

Supporting our advertisers For over 40 years The Bridge has been recognised as the community magazine for Bewdley. Everyone who is involved, from those who put it together to those who put it through your letterbox, is a volunteer. With no staff to pay or other overheads, we provide exceptional value-for-money to our advertisers. Starting in this issue, we are running colour pages to support our advertisers. Initially we have written to those who have been advertising with us for the longest time and here are the responses so far. Over the forthcoming months, we will be contacting all our regular advertisers and give them the opportunity to be featured in this entirely free section. All that we ask is for our readers to support the local organisations that recognise the value of advertising with us. Thank you

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The Bridge is the community voice of Bewdley. It is delivered free monthly to more than 4,600 homes First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for their kind enquiries about Florence. I have to tell you that since becoming notorious, she has tried again for the limelight, and only the quick thinking of little Archie, Nigel’s son, saved us from another chase round the brassicas. I can tell you, she’s off my Christmas present list. There, I’ve said it. That word. The day we all love to hate. When this arrives through your letterbox – (and incidentally, thank you for noticing it’s always there for the first of the month; the contributors all hate me for demanding their copy so early, but it has made sure we’re well in time each month) – the December page will be showing on the calendar, Advent calendars will have been started, and women’s magazines will be flaunting their Countdown to Christmas supplements. Does anyone actually follow their meticulous timetables? I’ve never met anyone who does. As for me, I’m out and proud on the subject of Christmas preparations; everyone gets a book as a present, I spend The Day with some dear friends and a turkey, and my house stays unashamedly streamerless. Of course I shall enjoy the various festivities round town; our Christmas Lights get better every year, and I love to see Load Street empty of traffic and buzzing with people. I shall sing carols and go to the special services, and won’t say “Bah, Humbug” more than ten times. In the hope that our readers have a very happy Christmas in whatever way they choose – Season’s Greetings, Everyone – from all at The Bridge! Martin, Gary, Margaret, David & Steve

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What’s On - December

Lions Duck Race 1 January 2010 The Lions Annual Duck Race is a New Year’s Day tradition in Bewdley. The sight of hundreds of ducks bobbing down the Severn cheers the usually chilly January day, instilling excitement in children and adults alike. The Lions have always encouraged homemade ducks, but have become increasingly concerned about the environmental effects of ducks made from polystyrene and plastic Hence, this year home-made ducks are all eligible for the ‘Best Dressed Duck’ Competition but will not be registered for the Race unless they are completely biodegradable. The Lions know our environmentally conscious youngsters will understand. Hiring a duck costs £2 and registration is a further £1. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Please register early to avoid large queues and to ensure a prompt midday throw-in. The Lions want as many entries as possible as the more money raised the more funds are available to support good causes.

Big Lottery Grant Pound Green and Button Oak Community Hall has been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery for £40,000 to create a parking area with disabled parking, a picnic area and raised plant bed. The building work, which started on October 19, will take a maximum of 10 weeks. The committee apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to visitors to the hall. The pedestrian access will be open at all times and therefore clubs etc will all carry on as usual


Bewdley Museum Craft Open Evening 6pm 3 Mothers' Union annual candlelit service, St Anne’s Church 7:30pm 5 Christmas Lights Festival and Market Bewdley Market on Severnside South Bewdley Museum Christmas Market Santa's Grotto and Christmas Fayre Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra, Kidderminster Town Hall The Big Blues Tribe.St Georges Hall 6 Walk with Bewdley Footpaths and Bridleways 2pm 7 All Saints Wribbenhall Bingo 7pm Wribbenhall Community Centre, Bewdley Floral Art Club 7:30pm St George’s Hall 402961 Bewdley Library Readers Group 7:30pm 403303 10 Deadline for Bridge articles Storytime for preschool children 2pm Bewdley Library 12 Bewdley Market on Severnside South 9am Who let the Dads Out 9:30am Bewdley Baptist Church 403267 Valentines Choir, Pound Green & Button Oak Hall Carols for Christmas, Bewdley Choral Society, St Anne's church 17 Storytime for preschool children 2pm Bewdley Library 19 Bewdley Market on Severnside South 9am 21 Royal British Legion, Black Boy Hotel, Wribbenhall Cartoon Workshop with Kev Sutherland 10am St Anne’s Church All Saints Wribbenhall Bingo 7pm Wribbenhall Community Centre, Bewdley Choral Society Concert ‘The Armed Man’. St Anne’s Church, Tel: 01299 40357 Please see the articles in the Bridge for other events, including Christmas Services.




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Enquiries to Principal Mrs Joyce Campbell (BTDA) Bewdley 400633

Regd teacher with the Council for Dance Education and Training Rachel Greenwood has a few spaces for lessons in violin, viola (or piano to Grade 5). She has adjudicated at many festivals and several of her students have gained success at a national level. All ages welcome.

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Services December

A warm welcome from Bewdley Baptist Church

Christmas Services 20th - 10am - An All Age Service where everyone is welcome, especially the parents of children who come to our weekly groups. 20th - 4:30pm - Carols By Candle Light. Our traditional and popular carol service. 24th - 11:15pm Midnight Service - a traditional Christmas Eve Service

St Anne’s Bewdley Sunday worship at 9.30am Worship lasts for about an hour. Music is usually a mix of contemporary and traditional. Children and young people will often meet in their own groups and join with adults later on. Here are details of what’s happening this month: Monday Lunchtimes: Nov 30th, Dec 7th, 14th, 21st: Soup Lunch & Food for Thought 12.30-2pm – Donation £3 – Sign up on list at St Anne’s to book a seat. Christingle service: Sunday 6th December 4pm The Mayor’s Carol Service: Saturday 12th December, 6.30pm with the Bewdley Choral Society and the Bewdley School Choir Taize Prayer for Advent: Sunday 13th December 6.30pm The Journey – Travelling Nativity in Jubilee Gardens: Sunday 20th December. Meet at St Anne’s at 3.45pm for 4pm start Cartoon Workshop with Kev Sutherland: Monday 21st December, 10am-12NoonKev Sutherland is a comic artist whose comic strips are currently appearing in The Beano. In this workshop we’ll get you cartooning – together

25th - 10am One hour all age family service 27th - One hour all age service with childrens activities Like to know more? Contact the ministers, John Rhodes or Simon Harry, at the church office (403267) or visit our new look website. (Now includes video tours) we’ll produce a Christmas themed comic for you to take away. Suitable for young people in KS2 and beyond. 25 places available Advance booking essential – Keith James 402275 Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Tony Vino:Tuesday 22nd Dec, 9.30am-12.30pm . This half day workshop is run by professional comedian Tony Vino and will cover the key ingredients of stand up comedy, from writing to performance to confidence. As well as having a laugh we hope that you go away having with greater communication skills, higher levels of confidence, increased creativity & lateral thinking. Suitable for young people 11-18 years. 13 places available. Advance booking essential – Keith James 402275 Ssssh ! An evening of Quiet and Prayer: Tuesday 22nd December 7-8pm Christmas Eve: Nativity 6.30pm Christmas Day: Family Communion 9.30am (bring a present) Wednesdays at 10.15am – Morning worship Booking a wedding at Ribbesford or St Anne’s – drop in at St Anne’s on a Tuesday evening, 7-8pm Thinking about baptism – come to a Sunday service and we’ll talk together over coffee





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The Chapel in the Woods Dec 13th 11.15am Holy Communion Rev Keith James Dec 27th 11.15am Morning Prayer Vince Taylor Jan 10th 11.15am Morning Service Carol Service The service of readings and carols at St Andrews will be on Sunday December 20th at 4pm. It will be followed by drinks and mince pies.


All Saints Wribbenhall

6th December 8.00am Holy Communion BCP 9.30am Family Eucharist with Holy Baptism 4.30pm Evensong 13th December 9.30am Family Eucharist 20th December 9.30am Family Eucharist 4.30pm Christingle Service Christmas Eve 6.30pm Service of 9 Lessons and Carols 11.30pmMidnight Mass Christmas Day 9.30am Family Eucharist 27th December 9.30am Family Eucharist


building life building hope Dog Lane Bewdley A Church for all the family Every Sunday @ 9:15am & 11:15am Children & Youth meet in St George Hall at 11:15 only Come and join us Talented Live Band & Relevant Powerful Messages from the bible. church office: 01299 405535

Services December

Me th od ist Ch ur ch High Street

The first of our Christmas celebrations this year will be the Christmas Lunch on Saturday 12th December. The ever-popular Candlelit Carol Service will take place on Sunday 20th December at 4.00 p.m. This is always an enjoyable family occasion followed by coffee and mince pies. Christmas morning worship at 9.30 a.m. will be led by Rev. Crawford Logan. This is just a short service – do come and share this with us. A united service of lessons and carols will be held on 27th December at 10.30 a.m. led by Rev. Mary Austin and Mike Dernie. For more details of any of these celebrations or to know more about regular activities please contact Rev. Crawford Logan on 01562 742722

Holy Family Catholic Church

High Street. Sunday Mass at 8am Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am (preceded by morning prayer) Holidays of Obligation 12 noon.

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Bewdley Quaker Meeting House, Lower Park. Meeting for worship every Sunday 10.30-11.30am. Everyone is welcome. (For further information, phone the Clerk on 01562 755844)





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Saturday December 5th, 7-30pm Kidderminster Town Hall Admission: Balcony £10 – Downstairs £8 (student/seniors £6) Children under 14 FREE if accompanied by an adult Admission on the door or in advance from: Town Hall,Vicar Street, Kidderminster Phone enquiries: 01562 732158 Forever Christmas, 35 Load Street, Bewdley E-mail:

Get that "Feel Good" factor! Buy some charity Christmas cards, knowing that at least 75% of your money goes back to the charity of your choice.

We still have cards, small gifts, ribbon and paper etc at the Cards For Good Causes shop in : Bewdley Library. Open 10-4.30 daily, closed Tues. Saturdays 9.30- 12.30.

Community News

Friends of Bewdley Museum

The Friends of Bewdley Musuem would like to thank everyone for visiting the musuem. It is gratifying to see so many local people now using the museum on a regular basis. It really has become a significant part of our lovely town. This is on target to be yet another record breaking visitor total and we would like to thank everyone who has donated on their way in or out. We know a lot of regular visitors and local people consistently donate; all the money collected is used to enhance museum, to add projects and the little extra touches that make it such a wonderful place. If only donations could rise alongside the visitors numbers, if I had a Christmas Wish it would be to raise £1 for every visitor. We are purchasing new donation receptacles – note I did not say “boxes” so do look out for them. We also need some wood work doing to finish them off so if anyone would like to fill their winter months with a few simple handy-“man” or “woman” jobs then please ring Carol Mathieson on 01299 400386. We can use as much time as you can offer. If you are going to miss the Musuem during the closed season why not join the Friends – it’s a great way of staying in touch and coming inside to work alongside the other volunteers. Happy Christmas everyone and see you next year. Penny Griffiths The Friends of Bewdley Museum. Congratulations to Angela Bailey Haycock of Newton Close who was the first one to spot that the “Where Are They Now” photo was Tony Thompson of Bewdley Farm Shop.


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From the Registers

Funerals September Edith May Blackford aged 88 years service at St Leonards Robert John Bellamy aged 63 years service at Stourbridge Marjorie Watts aged 89 years - at St Anne's and Stourbridge Rita Hughes - at All Saints' and Stourbridge Gordon Ray Hodgkiss - at All Saints' October Andrew Morton aged 53 years service at St Leonards Elsie May Pratley aged 89 years service at All Saints Margaret Coldrick aged 84 years service at St Leonards Marjorie Grace Bruton - All Saints' and Stourbridge Ethel Joan Wall - at All Saints' November Thomas Harrison at All Saints' and Stourbridge Baptisms: September Oliver Robert Green at St Leonards Joshua Marco Jordan & Hattie Grace Ellis at St Leonards. Lucia Grace Elizabeth Smith at St Anne's October: Naomi Alicia Tromans Rhys Thomas Harris-Knight at St Anne's Frazer John Guy at All Saints

The deadline for the January issue of The Bridge is the 10th December.

Community News

Thank you! A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Traidcraft Sale in St Anne’s Church in November. We had a wonderful day, with sales of £4000 of Traidcraft goodies. This makes a real difference to the lives of our producer partners in the developing world. One simple story shows the impact of our purchases. The raisins Traidcraft uses in its snacks, cakes, bars and confectionery are supplied by members of the Eksteenskuil Agricultural Co-operative, who farm on islands in the Orange River in South Africa. This year the co-op decided to use some of the Fairtrade premium to buy brightly coloured rucksacks for all the children in the local schools. The children were carrying their books in plastic carrier bags and in the rainy season they got damaged. One grateful headteacher described the day the rucksacks arrived as a blessing and the gifts as manna from heaven.Check out St Anne’s if you missed the Christmas Fair as we have an extended stall full of Christmas goodies and gifts, or contact me direct to place an order. But hurry, the beautiful craft items are selling out fast. Thanks again, your support for Fairtrade really does change lives Elaine Barbour 400617

C hrist mas is a t ime for fa m i l i e s .

Like many families our Church has loved ones serving in the forces. At All Saints we would like to put a list of their names by our Peace Candle so we can pray for each of them regularly, whether they are in a war zone or just carrying out their regular duties. If you would like your loved one included on this list please contact; Pam or Norman Wilson on 01299 404060 Alternatively please speak to a church warden at All Saints.




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After a long hard week at work, there is nothing better than a lie in on a Sunday morning, knowing that you have nothing to prepare for Sunday lunch. Arriving at the front door you are met by the resident St Bernard, giving you the feeling that you are dining in your friends’ home. The decor is mainly cocoa brown and cream, with stripped pine mix 'n match tables and chairs with the hint of the chic country house feel. Sunday lunch menu consists of home made pate - this must be the best in the county, prawn cocktail, melon or soup of the day; good wholesome portions are served well, but still with that feeling of being at a friends home. Traditional roast beef, lamb or pork, all served with a large portions of vegetables, roast and boiled potatoes - the giant yorkshire puddings were plate size and tasty, not a meal for anyone on a diet but then it was a Sunday lunch, so one day a week won't harm anyone. An excellent wine cellar is held and a delicious choice of nine home-made sweets, with cheese and biscuits, and a selection of teas and coffees complemented this super Sunday treat. One other point: the up to date and very tastefully decorated washrooms. Most of the time they are overlooked, but well-kept washrooms always score well with me. But where was I? At The Sun and Slipper at Mamble, well worth the drive out, not only on a Sunday but any day of the week, from Tuesday to Sunday.

Arty (Guide Dogs for the Blind) Puppy I am writing on behalf of Arty, the black labrador puppy, to be found in the town and shops of Bewdley every day! Without exception, you have all welcomed him into the community and it seems an appropriate time to both thank and update you on his progress. Arty was born on 20th October 2008. He came to Bewdley on 3rd December, my first time as a puppy walker for the Guide Dog Assoc. As a puppy walker, my role is to expose the dog to as many different

environments as possible and teach it basic commands. Thanks to you, the community, Arty is very 'well socialised'. Like any youngster, obeying and behaving can leave room for improvement: but Arty is ready to move on to his basic training at Leamington in January. Many thanks to you all for your support of both Arty and me. I will keep you informed of his progress. I shall be introducing you to 'puppy number two' in the New Year. Both Arty and I hope 2010 will bring you all Peace, Health and Happiness. Gabi Wootton. PS Interested in puppy walking or boarding? Tel: 0845 3717771 email :




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Christmas at Bewdley Baptist Church

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10am Come and join the party - an all age service 4:30pm Carols by Candlelight - the perfect way to start Christmas celebrations 11:15 Midnight Service - a one hour service for everyone. 10-11am Celebrating the birth of Jesus - a short all age service 10-11am Celebrating the meaning of Christmas - a short all age service Bewdley Baptist Church

High Street, Bewdley Tel : 01299 403267

All Saints'

20th December 9.30am Family Eucharist 4.30pm Christingle Service Christmas Eve 6.30pm Service of 9 Lessons and Carols 11.30pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 9.30am Family Eucharist

Christingle Service

Sunday 6th December, 4pm, St Anne’s, Church with St Anne’s Primary School Choir All ages are welcome to this family- friendly service where we give out Christingles and support the work of the Children’s Society. Informal & atmospheric it’s the perfect preparation for the coming of Christmas !

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Christmas 2009 Thurs 24th December - Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Mass by Candlelight Fri 25th December - Christmas Day 11.15am Holy Communion Sunday 27th December 11.15am Matins

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Christmas 2009 Sun 20th December meet 3.45pm at St Anne’s Church. The Journey - a travelling Nativity to be staged in Jubilee Gardens, Thurs 24th December - Christmas Eve 6.30pm Nativity Service Fri 25th December - Christmas Day 9.30am Family Communion Sun 27th December 9.30am Holy Communion

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Christmas 2009 Sun 20th December 4pm Service of readings and carols, followed by drinks and mince pies.

Bewdley Methodist Church

Sun 20th Dec 4pm Candlelit Carol Service Fri 25th Dec 9:30 Christmas morning worship at 9.30 a.m.

Sun 27th 10:30 A united service of lessons and carols

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Bewdley Primary School

As part of their project on the Great Fire of London, children from Bewdley Primary School visited our Fire Station. They had a wonderful time and learnt so much from our team of local volunteers. Then it was onto the Baptist Church for activities and an audio visual presentation on the fire.

Melissa’s winning bonfire night safety poster In early November, police and community agencies were involved in ‘Not in my Neighbourhood week’. This Home Office initiative was to inform people of action taking place in their area to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and to make their communities safer. Its aims were to increase awareness of what the police and local agencies do. In Bewdley, in partnership with Community Wardens Kevin Roy and Rob Kautzner, we used the week to engage with the up and coming citizens in three of our local primary schools to increase their awareness of unacceptable behaviour in their neighbourhood and do something about it. Children in years 1 to 4 were asked to design a poster highlighting the dangers of irresponsible use of fireworks. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and fund raising by our ‘good egg’ PACT Chair Rod Wilson we were able to give a 3rd, 2nd and 1st prize to each school. The overall winner was Melissa Lunnon from Far Forest Primary School. The prizes were presented by a ‘friendly lion’ from West Midlands Safari

Park. Our apologies go to the teaching staff at the schools who were left to deal with a bunch of ‘hyper’ pupils for the rest of the day! A book has been purchased for each school library for all the children who took part in the competition. Our thanks go to West Midlands Safari Park, Wyre Forest Community Housing, Allcock’s Outdoor Store, Friends of Bishops Wood, Teddy Grays, Bewdley Co-op, Bewdley Museum, Forever Christmas,Vantage Chemist, Bewdley Books and Mayfair Holdings. We offer our very best wishes from Bewdley & Rural Local Policing Team to you all for the festive season. CSO Jeni Bray & CSO Nicky Fice,





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Free insulation for over 60s Over 60s in the Wyre Forest district are being offered the chance to have free loft and cavity wall insulation, thanks to Wyre Forest District Council’s ‘Wyre 60’ scheme. For a limited period, anyone who is 60 or over and lives in a privately owned or privately rented home can apply for the scheme. The grants are being offered on a first come, first served basis. Cavity wall and loft insulation are the two most effective energy efficiency measures available. For a poorly insulated property £1 out of every £3 spent on heating could be wasted. By insulating your home you can not only save money but also help protect the environment from global warming and increase the value and saleability of your home. To apply contact the energy experts at Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881. They will confirm whether you are eligible for the scheme and arrange for the work to be carried out. They also have details of all of the energy efficiency schemes on offer.

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FREE EVENTS in December Tree Care 4th December & 22nd January 10am till 3pm Learn more about our amazing native trees, how to care for and plant them. Hedge laying 11th & 12th December and 5th February 10am till 3pm For any of the events below booking is essential. To book your place call 01299 269 048 or email

My Top Ten Christmas Memories (so far…) 1) Watching ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ from behind the sofa when I was about five (Terence Stamp’s swordsmanship has never left me) 2) Getting a Girls World hair and make-up set 3) Christmas shopping to ‘The Tide is High’ by Blondie 4) Eating turkey even though I don’t actually like it 5) Worrying I was about to be dumped (I was, in the New Year) 6) Travelling in a blizzard from Rochdale to Sheffield in a Morris Ital Estate with my boyfriend (not the one from 5), fearing for our lives 7) Having to wear work clothes on Christmas Day because everything else was covered in baby sick 8) Baking my first ever Christmas cake 9) Baking my second ever Christmas cake in a dodgy oven (fool), scraping the burnt bits off and ending up with a short, squat cylinder with the circumference of a coffee jar lid. 10) Singing along to ‘Fairytale of New York’ by the Pogues – the best Christmas song ever What’s this got to do with libraries? If all life’s experiences were great, think how boring books would be! Merry Christmas! Kay Sanderson, Bewdley Library Lenny Woolhouse Sue Edwards would like to pass on the gratitude of Prestwood Nursing Home to all the friends of Lenny Woolhouse who kindly made donations in her memory.





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Community News KEMP Hospice POLICE CONTACT DETAILS Your local policing team is Bewdley and Rural, based at Bewdley police station, 15 Kidderminster Road, Bewdley, DY12 1AQ. We cover Bewdley and Wribbenhall and the parishes of Rock, Arley and Kidderminster Foreign (Trimpley). 0300 333 3000 ext. 3060 or 3901 (non emergency only) Voicemail 01562 828288 FAX 01299 402607 Email: We are; Police Sergeant 1492 Chris Aimes Local Policing & Wildlife Officer PC 2336 Pauline Montague Community Support Officer 6225 Jeni Bray Community Support Officer 40009 Nicky Fice We hold PACT meetings quarterly in Bewdley and PACT surgeries at every monthly Parish Council meeting. If you live or work in Bewdley, Arley, Rock or Trimpley you are welcome to attend to raise concerns or issues. Details are on our website (go to local policing page). Alternatively you can write to us on PACT postcards available at Bewdley Medical Centre, HSBC Bank, Bewdley Library, St Anne’s Church, The Hub, Bewdley School & 6th Form Centre, Arley Post Office and Far Forest Stores.

Who Let The Dads Out 9:30 -11:30 12th Dec For dads, grandpas, step-dads, carers, uncles etc the chance to bring along their pre-school children for a morning of fun and activity. The chance to play games, make things for mum, enjoy a drink and a bacon butty ... just to start. Like to know more : Ring 01299 403267 or visit Bewdley Baptist Church 61 High St, Bewdley

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies We are inviting our friends and supporters to join in our new Christmas campaign and celebrate this season by holding a Mulled Wine and Mince Pies event to help raise funds for KEMP Hospice.Your usual Christmas gathering with friends, family, or at work, could be a fun, festive and very social way of supporting the much loved local charity. If you would like to hold an event, no matter how simple, we can send you a supporter’s pack with delicious recipes, posters and invitations to help your Christmas party along. For help or further information please get in touch with the Fundraising Department on 01562 861217.

CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS A Christmas celebration of carols old and new with plenty of opportunity to sing some of your festive favourites Bewdley Choral Society St Anne's Church Saturday 12th December 7.00 pm Free entry





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Volunteers wanted for charity shop Mentor Link Services CIC will shortly be opening a charity shop in the area and are looking for volunteers and stock. They need volunteers to sort, arrange, clean, price and sell stock. Hours are to suit and training will be provided. As well as looking for normal charity shop stock – clothes, books and bric a brac, they also want small electrical items in working order. For further details contact Del on 01299 400616 email

Walking the Footpaths by Mike Ward Rural walks and the scenic splendour around us are part of the joys of living in this wonderful county of Worcestershire. Living in the countryside means respecting those who earn their corn from the land. For without the farmers, there would be no rural pleasures for the eye to behold. Most farmers are happy to indulge our rambling instincts as long as we observe the basic code of countryside conduct; sticking to the footpaths when they cross farmland; closing gates behind us, keeping dogs on leads and cleaning up after them. Ramblers only ask that footpaths are not blocked or turned into a gauntlet of bulls. And we hope farmers appreciate that these paths are at times difficult to discern even on a modern map, and easy to stray off. If we respect the farmers and their

Bewdley Townswomen's Guild In October Dr Mike Redman gave an interesting talk about holidays available on a variety of cruise ships with Saga Travel. The craft group continued to knit squares to make into blankets for the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Four members enjoyed a harvest lunch with Lickhill Guild. The next meeting will be the Christmas party to be held at Wribbenhall Community Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th December. For more information phone 01299 401235 property, if we treat our rural surroundings with due reverence, we can all share our rural delights as friendly neighbours. There will always be a minority of angry farmers who resent anyone crossing their land. Ramblers have been verbally abused and even threatened with violence. Deliberate obstruction of paths is one ploy, and some farmers will go out of their way to scare walkers away. Why? They may well have had bad experiences of ramblers abusing their rights. While most rural dwellers know how to behave, a minority of outsiders can make farmers’ lives a misery and give honest walkers a bad name. And while the police will arrest an angry farmer who threatens walkers with a 12bore shotgun, the countryside vandals often escape with impunity. Just as the law comes down hard on illegal use of weapons, so farmers should be properly protected against those who blight their land or their livestock.




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Dull December

December is not the best month of the year for gardening. We are often beset by cold wet and windy weather, short days and very little sunshine. But, for the hardy gardener there is always something that can be done, digging, cleaning, plot preparation and thinking. Despite everything the lawn still is a challenge; prepare areas for spring seeding, and mowers and scarifiers will need cleaning, oiling and dry storage but remember to stay off the lawn in frost and snow. Keep the greenhouse plants fairly dry and not too warm when growth is at a low ebb; ventilate on warmer days; keep slugs at bay and the area tidy. If storing hydrangeas or fuchsias keep them in a cold greenhouse or shed but don’t allow them to dry out. Check that stored tubers and dormant bulbous plants are protected from frosts as damage can spread from one to another. Continue to collect and compost leaves and other organic materials for next year’s top dressing. Make sure outside taps and pipes are lagged against frost, shake heavy snowfall from branches and shrubs to avoid breakages. Finally sit by the fire and plan what you might want to order and plant for next season. Merry Christmas and good gardening for 2010. Stuart Williams

Shop in the Bright Lights Christmas shopping train to Birmingham, Bicester Village and London Marylebone from Severn Valley Railway stations. Chiltern Railways and the Severn Valley Railway are again joining forces to offer residents along the Severn Valley line a direct train service to London Marylebone following the successful trip in August.

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Events in Bewdley December Until 20th Views of Kidderminster by Knox Ferguson. Bewdley Museum. Free. Tel: 01299 403573 5th Bewdley Christmas Market & Christmas Lights “switch on”. Tel: 01299 400157 5th Christmas Fun and Grotto. Bewdley Museum Visit to Santa’s Grotto. 12 noon – 3.30pm. £3. Tel: 01299 403573 5th The Big Blues Tribe.St Georges Hall 8.30pm. £6. Tel: 01886 8128887 7th Bewdley Floral Art.’Countdown to Christmas’ Kidderminster Town Hall 7.30pm. £8. Tel: 01299 402961 21st Bewdley Choral Society Concert ‘The Armed Man’.St Anne’s Church, £10/£9. Tel: 01299 400402

On Saturday 28th November the service will leave Bridgnorth at 0745, calling at Hampton Loade, Highley, Arley and Bewdley, and then go on to Kidderminster, Birmingham Moor Street (for the Bullring), Bicester North (for the connecting bus direct to Bicester Village Designer Outlet Centre) and London Marylebone. Marylebone is only 3 stops on the Bakerloo Line to Oxford Street and a short walk to Madam Tussauds, the Planetarium and Baker Street.




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December in the Forest

For me, December is about crisp mornings, the stark shapes of bare trees silhouetted against pale skies, the busy activity of grey squirrels searching out their winter stores of nuts and acorns. As the month progresses it is also about noting the hollies with the best berries (plenty of choice this year) and the trees with mistletoe. This strange plant is partially parasitic but won’t harm the host tree if it is only present in small amounts. It has long been associated with magic and fertility but has taken its place among Christmas traditions as a “kissing bough” hung above the door. The borders remain a stronghold for the plant, which requires mild, damp weather and a good population of suitable trees such as apple, lime and poplar. It can provide some useful extra income for orchard owners so some introduce it on purpose by squashing the berries on to fruit trees, mimicking the action of a mistle thrush cleaning its beak. Tenbury Wells is the centre of the trade in mistletoe and has auctions on 1st and 8th December, plus a Mistletoe Festival on 5th Calling all local artists

Make sure that you are part of Bewdley Open Studios 2010 Bewdley Open Studios gives local artists the opportunity to display their works as part of this major art event. The 4th annual Bewdley Open Studios event will take place on the weekend of June 26-27th, 2010. The organisers keen to enrol as many local artists as local artists as participants and registration has already started. Last year over 50 artists were involved in the event. Painters, sculptors,

December with all manner of 21st Century Druidic goings-on. I was recently at the inaugural meeting of the Far Forest Orchard Group. 20 local people got together to plan how to protect their traditional orchards. Grow With Wyre has tools for pruning and ladders for harvesting that can be lent out. If you are interested please contact Mark Cleaver of the Wyre Community Land Trust on (01299) 488083. The Forestry Commission’s Wyre Forest Discovery Centre will be showing families with children from 5 to 11 years old how to make Christmas Decorations using natural materials from the forest on Saturday 19th December from 10.30am to 12noon. The cost is £3.50 per child and places need to be booked on 01299 266929. The Discovery Centre has also made a Christmas wreath for the display at St. Anne’s Church as part of Bewdley’s Christmas Lights Festival on 5th December – we really are so lucky in this area to have such a rich community life. However you want to spend it, I wish you a very happy Christmas season. Linda Iles, Forestry Commission

photographers and specialists in ceramic art, textiles, etching, stained glass and wood displayed their skills and work. The event is under the aegis of The Friends of Bewdley Museum and the museum itself acts as a hub with an exhibition of artists’ works in the Wyre Forest Gallery running from June 19th to July 4th. Artists show their work in their homes, gardens, studios or at arranged venues (some of these in the museum ). Work is for sale and 10% commission goes to Friends of Bewdley Museum. If you would like to take part or would like to know more about the event then contact Tony Zalin on 01299 400335 email:





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TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 2nd NOVEMBER 2009 The Bewdley School & Sixth Form Centre The Planning Committee were pleased to welcome Mr Dermot Galvin an Architect with the County Council to talk about the substantial redevelopment proposals for this School. The Committee were shown what were outline plans (as opposed to detailed plans) and agreed at this stage to support the proposals in principle. They expressed concerns that some works needed off-site, such as improvements to footpaths and pavements, would not come out of the budget allocated by the government’s Building Schools for the Future but instead would have to come out of the County’s own highways budget which was already under strain. Whether the scheme can go ahead will be known in the New Year. Residents’ Parking Scheme The Council meeting was noteworthy for the fact that in excess of 60 members of the public attended and filled the Council Chamber and ante-room to express their anger at the decision taken by the District Council to enforce regulations that meant car parking was only available for 23 hours per day and not continuous. Cllr John Campion, Leader of the District Council recognised the popular feeling and the impracticality of the changes and informed the meeting that there would be a full review of the parking regulations. The Town Council encourages all residents to make their views known to the District Council once the review gets underway in the near future. High Street – Traffic County Councillor John Campion informed the meeting that having met with the Mayor and witnessed for himself the ongoing traffic problems in the High Street, he would seek to get up-todate information on the volume and speed of traffic; put up a mobile flashing speed activated sign and look seriously at giving clearer priority at the difficult junction with Load Street. Town Council Budget The Town Council is putting together next year’s budget. It will be mindful of the need to keep any Council Tax increase down to a minimum. The Town Council’s functions and responsibilities are very limited and the overall amount it receives by way of a “precept” from local residents is just over £80,000 ie £21.52 per average Band D household. However, Councillors did consider that local residents should be given an opportunity of putting forward any suggestions for small scale spending which could lead to an improvement in the appearance of the town and its facilities. If anyone would like to take up the offer then please do get in contact, preferably in writing, with your Town Councillor or with the Town Clerk at the Guildhall. Future Town Council meetings held at The Guildhall are: 4 January, 1 February, 1 March and 6th April 2010. Minutes of Town Council and Planning Committee Meetings are on the Notice Boards outside the Mayor’s Parlour, in the Guildhall and Load Street Car Park, in the Library and at the Town Clerk’s Office and on the Town Council’s page of on the My Parish page of TOWN COUNCIL NEWS IS PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED BY BEWDLEY TOWN COUNCIL





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All Saints' and Wribbenhall Together

Our community project, based in All Saints’ Church Wribbenhall every Monday (except Bank Holidays), continues to provide key information & advice from specialists in many fields whilst offering a warm welcome and light refreshments to all. We are now drawing to the end of 2009 & also to the end of our 3rd year of opening and what a year 2009 has been!

We have had specialist sessions with up to eight different agencies in our Church at the same time; times when the laughter of the younger members of our community has echoed around our rafters; people writing letters of thanks or taking the time to phone me to express their thanks for the help received, problems sorted; experts, famous in their fields, making themselves available providing information & support for those so much in need and the unstinting week by week welcome from our gallant team of Monday Girls.You may have missed coming along but our Monday Girls haven’t, they have been there ready & able to be a

listening ear, font of knowledge or just a good friend. So if you have come along it was great to meet you, but there are many others who have missed their opportunity. So do look out for our colourful posters around Wribbenhall & Bewdley advertising our next week’s “specialists” or read our report each week on the Community Page of “The Shuttle” and make the decision to come & join us. We are very confident you will not go away disappointed. And as for 2009? There is nothing more than to wish you all a very happy & peaceful Christmas and a prayer that 2010 will be an especially good year bringing God’s blessing into your life and minimal sadness; from every one at All Saints’ Church Wribbenhall, especially the Monday Girls. We look forward to meeting you on the next Monday you are able to join us. Questions? Comments? Ring Pete 01562 635603 (week day/day time) 07890 738 089.

ALL SAINTS' WRIBBENHALL BINGO The excitement continues on the first and third Monday's of the month in Wribbenhall Community Centre on Shaw Hedge Road. The night starts at 7.00pm and ends at 9.00pm. It's a great night out, fun for all AND you can go away with lovely prizes. We look forward to seeing you there on: Monday 7th & 21st December 4th & 18th January 2010. 21st DECEMBER is our Christmas Party Night with special prizes, sherry & mince pies and LOTS of fun. A night not to be missed, see you there!!

Wribbenhall/Bewdley Ladies' Luncheon Club In October we were given a very interesting illustrated talk on "RNLI - The Family", by Kath Underwood. All ladies are invited to the meeting on 16th December, when there will be Musical Ukulele Entertainment by Ray Shakeshaft and Friends, who are making a welcome return. Meetings are held on a monthly basis at the Ramada Hotel. To enquire or to book your place please ring 400363.





Specialist Services

Community News

Centenary Launch Party On Saturday 17th October Bewdley Girl guiding came together for a party to celebrate the launch of their Centenary year. The fun was held in St George’s Hall and the girls decorated their own table cloths in centenary colours – pink, yellow and blue, shared party food and were entertained with a magic show by Mr Genie. Brenda Goode, District Commissioner also presented Sophie Booth of 2nd Bewdley Brownies with a Certificate of Competence for calling

the ambulance service when her father choked and needed emergency treatment. Sophie remained calm giving the control room all the necessary information. Sophie had recently completed her First Aid Badge with Bewdley Red Cross and was able to put some of her skills in to practice. Well done from everyone in the Bewdley guiding family.

Bewdley Museum Special Winter Opening - every Friday, Saturday & Sunday until 20th December Bring friends and family to your local museum before Christmas. There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained and free entry is a bonus at this expensive time of year. Bewdley Museum is one of only two places in the country that you can see ropes made by the traditional method. A demonstration will take place daily at 2 pm. The ever popular clay pipe making will take place throughout the afternoon, the air raid shelter will be open between 1pm and 3pm and the café will serve home cooked refreshments between 12 noon and 3.30pm. During your visit enjoy two new temporary exhibitions:In the Wyre Forest Gallery – ‘Views of Knox Ferguson’ an exhibition featuring sketches of Kidderminster made by the Scottish artist John Knox Ferguson in the 1890s. The sketches illustrate many buildings which have since been demolished such as Swan Street which was replaced by the Swan Centre in 1968. In the Severn Gallery – Christmas Crafts Exhibition, a chance to purchase unique handcrafted gifts made by our resident crafts workers. Affordable prices from stocking fillers to specialist items.

Saturday 5th December from 2 pm. Light switch-on at 5.30.

 Trade and charity stalls, music at the marquee, Kings Norton British Legion Youth Marching Band, Salvation Army, stilt walker, puppets, hand bells and LOTS MORE

 Childrens Fancy Dress Competition. Organisations are welcome to join in the parade which meets at 5.00 at Bridge House

 Come and look at the shop windows and see who has won first prize  Pig roast and other refreshments and The Sunshine Radio Bus.

Refreshments in St. Anne's Church Saturday 5th December 11:00 – 4:00 Proceeds to Bewdley Girl Guiding

Come along and enjoy a cup of tea and have a look at some past and present Guiding photographs

Bewdley Fringe

Beer And Carols

Su n 13 De ce mber 8 pm

Woodcolliers Arms, Welch Gate, Bewdley. Free entry Sing your favourite Carols in one of Bewdley's most atmospheric pubs

For more details ring Lynne 07768 461363 Bewdley Rowing Club

Christmas Pudding races On Saturday December 12th the Rowing Club will hold its annual Christmas Pudding races. Anyone wanting to take part puts their name into a hat and scratch teams are randomly drawn to row against each other. It is done just for fun, and the victorious team wins a Christmas Pudding! This is a Regatta-style race;- being a sprint over a short distance as opposed to the Head races which comprise most winter racing. So if you are in town that day visit the river around lunchtime and cheer them on! The Row-to-Bristol in aid of Children in Need was postponed due to high water levels, but will take place as soon as possible. Melanie Gunn

Read us on the web

The Bridge - December 2009  

The Bridge magazine - December 2009

The Bridge - December 2009  

The Bridge magazine - December 2009