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The BRIDGE February 2010

Community News

Where are they now? Well done to Angela Maycock who was the first to spot Cheryl Stephens as a young girl. Thanks to all our eagle eyed readers who spotted that we failed to identify Tony Thompson from Bewdley Farm Shop in our November issue. Sorry space was very tight in the last issue, so we were unable to include the answer. Now who is this delightful young lady? Email us if you've guessed

Bewdley - open for business support your local shops and traders January was the planned start by Severn Trent Water and National Grid to carry out important renewal work to improve services for its customers in Bewdley. Work to replace ageing water mains and renew old metal gas mains will take place simultaneously, starting in January 2010 until May 2010. But remember - Bewdley is open for business - so come on - support all our local traders in our town. Whether you are looking for high quality meat, vegetables, cheeses or fancy a good meal and a pint or two, Bewdley has a lot to offer. Severn Trent Water will be replacing a water main pipe that is over 100 years old with a new plastic mains pipe. The current old water main has started to leak frequently, with six separate bursts being experienced between September and November 2009. National Grid will replace the old metal gas mains running along Load Street, which have now reached the end of their working life, with hard wearing plastic pipe. The work will be broken down into five phases to cause the minimum disruption to traffic, local residents and businesses. The first phase began on Load Street on Monday 11th January until Friday 12th February. Editor : Margaret Ashmore

Advertising : Steve Gillespie

Design and Artwork : David Glenn & Martin Flegg

Cover photograph David Glenn & Kev Sutherland

Photo Editor : Gary Mayner


The Bridge is the community voice of Bewdley. It is delivered free monthly to more than 4,600 homes You have to say, life isn’t easy for anyone wanting to get from one side of Bewdley to the other on four wheels at the moment. Last month we had the Great Snowfall when the town showed us that hills can be a hindrance as well as beautiful. Now it’s holes in the road. So I’m beginning by saying that I hope you got your magazine last month, and that this edition isn’t too badly delayed. If so it was because our volunteers are an amazing bunch who hoof it round the streets every month without complaint or reward whatever the weather. They have my gratitude. This month shows a departure from our normally sober cover. Over the Christmas period, Bewdley children were entertained by Kev Sutherland, of Beano fame. I cornered him to ask for something for The Bridge, and before rushing back to London he produced this. I like to think it wasn’t a reflection of my normally immaculate appearance, but more of a generic sort of representation of all of our Bridge people. Our contributors this month have given us some great articles, and have been incredibly prompt. (Could it be that, like me, the weather kept them at home by a warm fire and their computer?) There’s news of the river, the forest, our museum and Bewdley through the eyes of an exBewdley resident, (Bewdleyite? Bewdlarian? Bewdlier? Any suggestions to the usual address), some stunning photos from Bewdley people as well as Gary, and lots more. So forget the roadworks and the awful weather, pull up a chair, and enjoy this month’s magazine Oh, and by the way, I haven’t forgotten Florence the hen. You’ll have to wait till next month for that story. Margaret Ashmore

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As you read this the Water Mains 3 Introductory Course in Practical Replacement work by Severn Trent in Load Beekeeping 19:30 Street is well under way. It will continue until 01299 825578. 7 May when the work in High Street is due Bewdley & District Horticultural to be completed. Society 20:00 AGM Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, 01299 Having endured four months of disruption, 402670. we will need to announce to the world that 5 Hedge Laying Course 01299 269048 Bewdley is open for business and that visitors can once again enjoy the wonderful 7 Bewdley Footpath Association 14:00 town that we live in, without temporary outside the Guildhall, Bewdley 01299 402015 or just turn up. traffic lights and diversions.

Springhilll Over 60's Club. 14:00 01299 400400 or just turn at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, 10 Hard of Hearing Support Group - Chat and share 14:30 01905 746301 11 Fruit Tree Selection and Planting We wish to show off the assets of the town 13 Who Let The Dads Out 09:30 with its fine Georgian Buildings, Museum, Bewdley Baptist Church, High Street. Jubilee Gardens, river frontage on the Severn, Steam Railway, Safari Park, pubs, restaurants, 13 Valentine’s Dinner Bewdley Baptist Church, unique shops, brewery and friendly people. High St. 403267 Discover Bewdley 2010 will welcome the 14 Rock Pathfinders walk 10:00 01299 832840 return of the Worcestershire Arts & Crafts 18 Winter tree ID Market which will be in place on Severnside North over both days and the Museum has 19 Formative pruning of fruit trees booked the Guild of St Edmunds to demonstrate what living conditions were like 20 Classic Transport Day on the Severn Valley Railway 01299 403816 in Medieval Bewdley. We have just started so 23 Springhilll Over 60's Club. 14:00 01299 expect more news as it comes along. 400400 or just turn at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, If you have an event taking place at the same 24 Hedge Laying Course 01299 269048 time, have any ideas or suggestions or wish to get involved then let me know. 25 Bewdley Civic Society Talk by Heather Oh and don’t forget to put the dates in Flack - 19:30 St George's Hall. Admission £1, your diary. non-members welcome. Please see the articles in the Bridge for Chris Griffin other events.

So Discover Bewdley 2010 will take place on Sunday 30th & Bank Holiday Monday 31st May, a few weeks after the completion date, as the town returns to normal, if there is such a thing

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Services February A warm welcome from Bewdley Baptist Church. 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. Weekly Events Our church runs a number of regular events during the week:  Noah’s Ark - for parents and toddlers.  Womens’ Own - an afternoon meeting for ladies.  Art Group - a quiet place to paint and draw.

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. 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 our 9.30am Sunday service and we’ll talk together over coffee Our website is: Ash Wednesday 17th February: Informal Communion service – 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church.


Let The Dads Out - second Saturday of the month for dads and toddlers  Youth Activities We also run a monthly Senior Citizens' Lunch and Men’s Group. 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)

St. Leonard’s Ribbesford 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. 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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St Andrew’s Button Oak The Chapel in the Woods

Sunday worship: 11.15am on the second and fourth Sundays each month St Andrew's is found in Button Oak, Shropshire, 3 miles north of Bewdley on the B4194 to Kinlet.

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Further details of forthcoming services and regular activities can be obtained from Rev. Crawford Logan on 01562 742722.


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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

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.

All Saints Wribbenhall

Please refer to the Notice Board outside the Church Thank You

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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Valentine’s Dinner .. . a g rea t op p ortun ity to in vest in th e f utu re o f y our rel ati onsh ip You are invited to a romantic Valentine’s Dinner with tables for two on the 13th February at Bewdley Baptist Church. There will be a two course dinner, music and a short talk on “What makes a marriage grow?” There is no cost, but you can make a donation if you want. To book a table or to find out more just ring us.

Bewdley Baptist Church, 61 High Street, Bewdley 01299 403267 Make a date or surprise your partner.

Wribbenhall Bewdley Ladies' Luncheon Club

In December we enjoyed a lovely Christmas meal and were then entertained in a lively way by the local ukulele group, who were making a return visit. Ladies are very welcome to attend our meeting on 24th February, when Dianne Mannering will talk on "A 1960s Woman in a Man's World". Meetings are held at the Ramada Hotel monthly. To make enquiries or to book a place please ring 400363.

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 14 March starting at 2pm. From Rock Village Hall OS reference 735712 Everyone Welcome For full program visit or ring Alan on 01299 832840

Informal Lunchtime Concert

Saturday 20 February

St Anne's Church,12-12.50 Viola: Rachel Greenwood Piano: Ann Marshall Music to include Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Bach Collection for Church Funds

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Forthcoming Events Sat 24 April St Georges Day Market If anyone would like to take part in any of these events contact Maggie 404065 or Ann 404226 email :

LUDLOW FESTIVAL 2010 This year’s play is to be Othello and I shall be buying tickets for Thursday July 1st at 8.00 pm. If you would like tickets (I hope no more than £23 each) please sign the list in St Anne’s narthex or phone me, by March 1st. Susan Price (402199)


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Bewdley & District Horticultural Society 3rd March Wednesday – 7.40p.m. for 8 p.m. Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Wribbenhall

Vegetable Growing for the table and Exhibition by Keith Newman Just turn up or for more details ring Diane on 01299 402670

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News from local Charity Mentor Link In January Mentor Link opened a charity shop which includes small electrical items for sale as well as clothes/household items and books etc. If you have any items that you would like to donate contact them on 01299 400616 and please note that all electrical items must be in working order.

Barn Dance Mentor Link is hosting a Barn Dance on the 27th March at Heightington Village Hall. A ploughman’s supper is included in the ticket price and there will also be a licensed bar. Tickets are just £12 and are available now! Contact Jo on 01299 400616 or

Bewdley Horticultural Society Composting and Mulching

Composting is a natural process that converts plant materials to an organic soil supplement or mulch. Gardeners use compost to increase the organic matter in soil, improve its physical properties and to replace depleted nutrients to enable further plant growth. Mulching refers to the practice of applying a layer of materials such as compost, leaves or grass cuttings to the soil surface to change and control soil temperature, moisture levels and to control weed growth. Preparation of compost can be done very cheaply. A clean and securely lidded barrel can be perforated with several rows of holes for drainage and air circulation, filled with composting materials and rolled every few days to mix the contents. Local authorities will often have sales of plastic composters for a reasonable sum but you can build your own for a few pounds and a bit of effort. A three-chambered system is very efficient for fast composting. It holds large amounts of compost as an assembly line, having three batches of compost in varying stages. The compost material is started in the first cell and allowed to react for 3 to 6 weeks. Next, it is turned into the middle cell for another 4 to 8 weeks, while a new batch of material is started in the first bin. Finally, the material in the middle bin is moved to the last bin as nearly finished compost and then left until finished composting, usually another 5 to 16 weeks. Each cell is five feet by three feet and about four to five feet high. This volume is ideal for maintaining heat and at the same time is manageable for turning. Build with open sides to aid air circulation and slats at the front to give easy access to the contents for turning. Stuart Williams




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Internal Auditor The Town Council is looking to appoint an Internal Auditor following the retirement of the current post holder with a view to commencing work in April. Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified persons preferably having some knowledge of local authority accounts and procedures. Please contact the Town Clerk, Stephen Inman for further details of the role no later than Monday 15th February 2010 Address: The Guildhall, Load Street, Bewdley DY12 2AH Phone: 01299 400157 (Answerphone when office not open) Email:

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Community News Women’s Section Royal British Legion Bewdley Branch

Parcels For Our Troops Thank You Everyone Following the appeal for gifts and cakes to be sent to Afghanistan they had an overwhelming response and were able to send a total of 123 shoeboxes, which have been gratefully received. This is due to the generous support of The Wyre Forest Friendship Centre, the Habberley Women’s Institute and a large number of individuals As mentioned in last month’s Bridge this Branch is now increasing its membership. They meet at the Black Boy Hotel, Kidderminster Road, Bewdley on the first Wednesday of each month starting 7.30pm November to March and 8.0pm April to October The Bewdley Branch is a group of friendly committed Women who enjoy what they do. Last year they raised £2,234.41, so far this year they have managed £1849.67 a wonderful start; and had great fun doing it! You would be most welcome at their meetings, just come along or for more information ring Monica 01562 753162 or Jackie 01299 400363. The only qualification is that you are committed and sympathetic to the Aims of The Royal British Legion

Bewdley Methodist Church On Shrove Tuesday the 16th February we will be holding our Pancake Lunch. This has been held for the past few years and always proves to be very popular. We will be joining with all other Methodist Churches in the Circuit for a united service at Trinity Church in Kidderminster on the 7th February at 6.30p.m. This service will be lead by the Chairman of the Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District Rev. John Howard. For details of any of our regular activities please contact a member of church or Rev. Crawford Logan on 01526 742722

Bewdley Library I hope the big freeze has gone by now and that I’m not still hobbling down to work, taking ten minutes at the end of my journey to take off my gloves, take off my coat, take off my hat, take off my glasses, pull my neck warmer over my head, put my glasses back on, take off my boots and woolly socks, put on my working shoes and sort out my hair. I’m exhausted before I start. February is upon us and it's still refreshing to try new things; since late January we have offered a flower arranging course at the library which runs throughout this month until March 4th. We are hoping to run other courses in future; there could be a charge for these but those in receipt of benefits may be eligible for exemption. Keep in touch to keep informed! Forget Valentine’s cards, this month we’re saying 'We love Local History'! Come and take part in our library quiz; see how many places you can identify from our selection of photographs and find out how well you really do know and love your town! Kay Sanderson




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Who Pays the Ferryman? ... we need your memories. The 2010 Friends of Bewdley Museum Annual Exhibition will feature the ferries which used to operate in and around Bewdley. The exhibition is largely inspired by the interest which developed after David Griffiths gave the well loved Arley Ferry its last resting place in Dog Lane, Bewdley. Tourists from far and wide, from the UK and as far as Australia have visited to share memories. The exhibition will run from Friday 20th August until 26th September in the Wyre Forest Gallery, Bewdley Museum. To bring the story of our local ferries to life we want your memories, your photographs and any movie footage that you may have. In particular we would like to record your memories for sound archives, some will be played at the exhibition. Here are some examples of the personal memories we have already received which really bring history to life . . . 83 year old Kathleen Mary Vine brought along photographs of herself and her Grandfather Stanley Bow - ferryman. She was amazed to see we had been given a photograph of her Aunt Emily. Carl Price emailed the most wonderful image of his Mum and Dad, John and Kay Price who got married at St Peter’s Church, Arley and used the ferry to travel to their reception at the Harbour Inn. Tom Whatmore, one of the last Whatmores of Upper Arley emailed to say the last boatmen to work the ferry were Fred Whatmore and Bert Evans. In 2008 George Nightingale gave us the anchor of the last Arley Ferry and this will be on display during the exhibition. Maxie Lavan gave us the last two tickets ever issued on the ferry’s last trip on 22nd January 1972. There will be other items including a wonderful model of the last ferry on show during the exhibition. We would love to add to these memories with your own. For more information please contact Liz Cowley at Bewdley Musuem 01299 403573 or Penny and David Griffiths on 01299 404912.

Bewdley in the snow

Left photographed by Mrs Clare Whale

Bewdley in the snow

All photographs by Gary Mayner, apart from one marked.

Christmas Day Thanks to Dave Edwards who took these photographs on Christmas Day on his way from Sandbourne to ring the church bells for the Christmas service. They certainly capture the bright sunny but misty morning weather.





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Bewdley Civic Society 25th February St George’s Hall Early Bewdley,yes,Bewdley! Heather Flack 7.30pm,entry £1,nonmembers welcome.

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Christian Aid This year the house-to-house collection in Bewdley will be May 9-15th 2010. As we are rather short of collectors I am appealing for some new helpers – would you be willing to be one of them & so help people suffering from flood, drought, war or other disasters? If so please ‘phone Susan Price on 01299 402199 Thank you.

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The house-to-house collection for The Children’s Society will take place in Bewdley April 10-24th 2010. If you could help by doing a “route” sometime in this fortnight, please ‘phone Bewdley 402199 and speak with Susan Price.

Kidderminster Beekeeping Association The following talks will be held in the Baptist Church Hall, Franche Road, Kidderminster at 7.30pm :Wednesday 3rd February "Bee Parasites, Diseases and Treatments" by David Sutton, Regional Bee Inspector, Thursday 18th February "Commercial and Hobby Beekeeping, a Comparison" by Michael Collier, commercial beekeeper. Members £1, non members £2. Anyone interested in bees/ beekeeping will be very welcome. For more information ring 01299 825578.

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I rescue my leather shoes from the effects of salt in the ice and snow by rubbing the white stains gently with a cloth or tissue soaked in diluted malt vinegar. This appears to remove the salt stains completely. A good brushing with ordinary shoe polish afterwards restores the leather to excellent condition. Alan Fairs Have a tip - then email it to





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Do you have a hearing loss, or Tinnitus? Would you like to meet people? Why not join us at our “Chat and Share” support groups in Worcestershire. * Informal group * Meet new people * Speakers on a range of interesting topics * Loop *Refreshments *Free Bewdley - NEW DAY & VENUE Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley, DY12 1EU 2nd Wednesday of the month 2.30-4.00pm 10th February – Information session/factsheets 10th March – Katarina Blair - Lipreading For more information call Elaine Spiteri: Tel: 01905 746301, Fax: 01905 746302, email

River Ice There was ice in the Severn on the 9th of January. It reminded me of something I read recently: "In winter fogs, with ice swirling down the racing brown river, Bewdley can be a bleak place". In 1641, John Taylor, famed for his poetry about rivers and therefore nicknamed the "Water Poet", came on a trip up the Severn. At Bewdley, he lodged at the 'Pyde Bull'. "I went from Bewdley, being an extreame rainy day". It was early August. So the weather can be miserable in our town in the winter and the summer, but does it matter? We know that the warmth of our place depends upon the people. This is far from being a 'bleak place' to live. Heather Flack Taylor did spell extreme as extreame; it is not my mis-spelling.

From the Registers Funerals: November 2009 Raymond Crutch (Ray) service at St Anne's & Stourbridge. George Reed aged 88 years - service at Stourbridge December 2009 Linda Mary Matthews (Lin) aged 54 years service at Ribbesford John Alexander Ott aged 71 years - service at Stourbridge. Marriages 26 September - Judith Briscoe and Roger Sams at St Leonards Church 21 November - Laura Ineson and Anthony Owen at St Leonards Church 19 December - Sian Davies and Matthew Norman at St. Leonards Church Steering children away from the harmful use of drugs

Are you concerned about the risks of drug abuse? Are you a carer for children or teenagers? You are invited to join us for a free taster session: 7pm on Wednesday 24th February at St Annes Primary School, Wyre Hill, Bewdley The course will then run for the following five weeks on a Wednesday evening at a total cost of £15 per person. For more information call Sue on 01299 401737 or 07969 669859





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Phone David Pagett on 01562 68640 The Abbeyfield Kidderminster Society Ltd Abbeyfield House 17 Birmingham Road Kidderminster DY10 2BX

St. Anne’s C of E Primary School, Wyre Hill, Bewdley DY12 2UQ Telephone: 07964096764 Open Monday to Friday, 9.00a.m. to 3.00p.m., during school term time. Children accepted from 2½ years to 5 years. Funded places offered for 3 & 4 year olds. Exceptionally highly qualified & experienced staff. Judged Ofsted “Outstanding” June 2008 & January 2009 For further enquiries or to arrange a visit to see our fantastic indoor & outdoor facilities please call the above number.




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Through the use of individually compiled dietary programmes, Nutritional Therapy aims to address and alleviate health concerns. It encompasses the belief that ‘our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food’. Nutritional Therapy can effectively relieve conditions including chronic fatigue, energy loss, insomnia, depression, backache, skin complaints, asthma, and headaches. It is also beneficial for those with no specific illness, but who want to maintain a state of optimum health, or lose weight. For more information on the benefits of Nutritional Therapy please view my website at, or phone me on 07879 640569. A NEW YEAR ….. A NEW YOU Working in conjunction with Eden Beauty Salon, Bewdley

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Dear Readers, Christmas and New Year in Bewdley were notable only in that for the first time in years we saw some snow over the festive period. That and the cold have stayed with us with a vengeance, but despite all the slithering and slipping and the apparent inability of the Country to cope, those of us on the wrong side of 40 will remember far worse conditions in winters of old. Perhaps we have become soft as a result of the globally-warmed winters of the past 20 years, or maybe it is too easy now to quote Health & Safety as a reason for not coping. We have received many complaints about gritting of rural and estate roads, all of which we pass on to Highways (despite the apparent belief of some callers, the police do not grit roads. The boot of a panda will not hold enough). There is only a certain amount of road salt available, and a limited number of vehicles and staff to spread it. The consequence is that apart from main roads and bus routes, most other roads will never be gritted. If that affects you, then you must take whatever measures are necessary to cope with it. At this time of year the weather is most likely to catch us out. If you have not prepared your home, your car and yourself, don’t blame anyone else if you

suffer. A little common sense will go a long way. The traffic delays in Bewdley town centre due to the water and gas mains renewals will continue until mid-May. These will be carried out in 5 phases, affecting at various times sections of Load St, High St and Dowles Rd. Although the contractors will try to maintain a flow of traffic, it will be very slow. Shops and businesses will remain open, but if your intention is merely to pass straight through the town, use the bypass. The fewer vehicles there are in the town, the better it will be for everyone. The first PACT meeting of 2010 will be held in the comfort of the Baptist Church in High St. at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday 3rd March. No doubt the road works will be a topic of conversation. If the panel cannot answer your questions, we will refer them to someone who can. We hope to see you there. Look out for our surgeries in the Youth CafĂŠ, or join Neighbourhood Watch for regular updates on criminal activity locally. It will cost you nothing except a little time and interest. Best wishes for a safe and secure 2010. Police Sergeant Chris Aimes Bewdley & Rural Local Policing Team. 0300 333 3000 ext 3060 or 3901

Police non emergency contact number In December 2008 West Mercia Police changed our non-emergency contact number to the low call-rate number 0300 333 3000. During 2009 it has still been possible to contact us on the former 08457 number. However as of 12th January 2010 that facility will end. Callers to the 08457 number will receive a recorded message advising them to redial using 0300 333 3000. In January 2011 the 08457 number will be removed completely. Please ensure that the non-emergency contact number you have for West Mercia Police is 0300 333 3000. IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 999








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A lifetime of memories Sitting in St Anne’s Church on Christmas Day brings a lifetime of memories flooding back. Christened (I don’t remember it!) and confirmed there, racing in the aisle with my little brother, dark winters’ evenings at choir practice and evensong. On Sunday mornings, I clutched one coin for the collection and another to buy sweets at Madeley’s after the service. We sat in the front row with my father (and his shopping basket full of hymnbooks) until we were old enough to join the choir one by one. I remember Mr Montague-Youens telling beautifully illustrated stories and Robert Gibbs making us laugh. I gained a lifelong love of church music through the choir and I value my memories of singing in Worcester, Llandaff and Coventry cathedrals. People haven’t changed – lots of faces I don’t know, but Bewdley is still as friendly as ever. There are still a few people I know and I love seeing them once a year when I come to visit. I miss the choir stalls. I know that the space is more useful now but they were old friends in which I had many a huddled giggle with choir pals. My siblings and I are scattered to the four winds – Jonathan in Cambridge, Tiffany in Picardy, Gerard in St Helens and me in Berlin, but we share fond and abiding memories of a happy childhood in Bewdley and St Anne’s. Susanna Beves


Hetty remembers being a tiny person in a tiny school in Wribbenhall during the Second World War. I think it must have been over at the side of the Black Boy, for she says the Air Raid Shelter was very near - at Styles’s Mill where they sold seeds, and where there are houses now. Someone would say it was time for an air raid practice - I don’t think anyone made a siren noise - and the children would grab their gas masks and pile into the shelter. It was a small one, just for the school, Hetty says, and she didn’t like it one bit. For one thing, it was so dark, and the masks themselves were frightening. No-one explained what the gas did - just that it was dangerous. They had to go in a crocodile - two by two. She can’t remember if she always walked with a special friend. Once they were shown the “gas mask” for babies, something like a holdall the whole baby was put into. After a while, a teacher would say “Let’s pretend it’s the All Clear!” and back they went to school. After one air raid a lot of shrapnel was found on the Rifle Range, she says. But she can’t think of any others locally. Hetty as told to Jane Moreton




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How I came to Bewdley Late in 2005, after a spate of various illnesses, I found myself unable to walk without the aid of a walking stick. Earlier that year, a consultant neurologist had given me an ultimatum, I could either end up in a wheelchair or lose my sight. For me there was no question of mobility overriding my sense of sight. Incidentally, I was already blind in one eye. At the time, we were living in Hampshire. After a lot of deliberation, it was decided that we should move nearer one of our daughters and we soon found a ground floor retirement flat in Bewdley within four miles of our youngest daughter. At this time in December 2005, I was still just able to walk with a walking stick. Unfortunately, one Sunday morning whilst attending a Palm Sunday Service, I suddenly lost the use of my right leg and, thanks to all the good folk who helped, managed to get back home. So, I ended up in the wheelchair which the neurologist had predicted. It was only then that we appreciated how ‘wheelchair unfriendly’ Bewdley is !! I guess you cannot have a beautiful historical town without having to sacrifice amenities for the disabled. Although most of the shops are now inaccessible, I can still get into St Anne’s where I appreciate and enjoy the services plus the friendliness of the congregation. Our daughter is very good to us and despite her workload as a GP, takes us out every week which is a great treat. My husband and I are members of DFAS and the National Trust and I am a member of The Mothers Union and Women’s Own. All in all, we both love the area and feel very blessed to be living in such a beautiful part of the country. Joan Dean

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The editor has been on at me for some time to write some pieces cataloguing 'the glamorous life of an opera singer.' This is not easy for me, because although I have been earning enough to pay income tax for too many years as an opera singer, it doesn't seem to me that I have been at the 'glamorous' end. By this I mean that although I might have to use an aeroplane to get to the venue, I have never flown first - or even business - class. It's true for some singers that audiences come to hear them

in 'it doesn't much matter what'. In my case, the audience comes to hear the opera; not to hear me! However, looking back over the years, there are one or two tales to tell. Sorry, but I dare not say the names of the singers, or even of the companies involved. So watch this space, and I’ll take you backstage at the opera, and tell you about the singer who ended up in a railway siding, how the leading lady was wrestled offstage by a singer, and even my experience of amorous encounters on stage. Alan Fairs





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TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 4TH JANUARY 2010 Town Council Budget for 2010/11 The Council agreed that there should be NO increase in the level of Council Tax levied on householders. That will mean for an average (Band D) householder the amount allocated to Town Council functions will remain at £21.67. However, having built up an adequate level of reserves in recent years and having spent cautiously this year, the Town Council will still be able to increase its actual expenditure next year by 2% for the benefit of all residents and businesses. Internal Auditor The Council is looking for a new Internal Auditor following the retirement of Mr Robert Whale after many years of service. The Council agreed to advertise for a successor, with a view to him/her taking up the role as from 1st April. Please see advert in this edition of The Bridge for further details Christmas Lights Members of the Council were pleased with the success of the Christmas Lights that had been in place in the town centre for five weeks over the Christmas/New Year period. They felt that the cost of having them installed and maintained, the cost of the electricity and the grant made available to the Lights Committee to help run the Festival on 5th December was well worth while. Next year thanks to a grant from the County Council’s Economy Action Group, we shall purchase some additional low energy lights and displays to add to the attraction. Ribbesford Though technically outside Bewdley’s boundary, the Town Council were glad of the opportunity to comment on the draft Conservation Appraisal produced by Wyre Forest District Council on the Ribbesford Hamlet. They were glad of the recognition that the historic character of Ribbesford should be maintained but the continued neglect of Ribbesford House itself was a matter of concern. Future Town Council meetings held at The Guildhall are: 1 February, 1 March, 6th April and 4th May 2010 all at 7.30pm. The Annual Town Meeting is 26th 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 TOWN COUNCIL NEWS IS PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED BY BEWDLEY TOWN COUNCIL





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Spectacular! That’s what the forest landscape is at time of writing, with a brilliant blue sky and blanket of sparkling snow that invites to come and play. The garden birds are busy on the feeders and bird table, maximising their chances to fill up and fight the cold, but in the forest there seems to be less activity. With little natural food on offer the best choice is to conserve energy.

However the snow reveals the tracks of rabbits, squirrels and smaller rodents foraging about and trying to locate their food stores. Plenty of deer were moving about last night too, their footprints crossed by the tyre marks of an early mountain biker. Is it dogs or badgers that push their way under the barbed wire to get into the orchard? The arrangement of toes in the footprints suggests badgers and a tuft of wiry hairs caught on a barb confirm it. Badgers are one of the species that have hollow hair to help insulate them against the cold (so do deer). I’m not sure if this improves its usefulness for paintbrushes and shaving brushes (and sporrans!) At this time of the year badgers give their setts a spring clean – if you are lucky enough to know the whereabouts of a badger family you may see them digging new chambers, pushing out old bedding and gathering fresh. This is in readiness for the arrival of the cubs, also in February. By the time you read this there will also be catkins and snowdrops to remind you of spring’s approach.

Be the first to notice by joining the regular Health Walks in the forest each Tuesday and Sunday at 11am. The Discovery Centre has two events for you to join this half-term holiday: Tuesday 16th February Make one, take one Children aged 5 to 11 are invited to help us make some displays ready for the New Community Discovery Centre (opening soon!). There will be finger-painting, clay work and many other craft projects to contribute to, with a chance to take some home too. 10.30am – 12.00noon, £3.50 per child – places must be booked. Friday 19th February Dusk Walk A chance for families with children aged 8 and above to observe nocturnal creatures at the deer hide after a short drive through the forest.

Meet at the Visitor Centre at 4pm, finishes at 6pm. Wear warm clothes and bring a torch. £5 per person or £15 for a family ticket covering 2 adults and 2 children. Places must be booked. There is also a Deer Watch on 16th March for adults only. This event costs £6 and lasts from 4pm to 7pm. All these events can be booked on 01299 266929 (answerphone available) or 01299 266944. Linda Iles Forestry Commission





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I asked some Bewdley people a question: Have you ever met anyone famous? Here are some of their answers. Whilst serving with the Royal Air Force I was introduced to Prince Charles. His comment was, “Are you on duty again?” Lyn Fox I used to see Johnny Morris out shopping in my home town of Newbury, but he left the animals back at the zoo. Tony Redstall I used to help out at a centre up north, where one of my jobs was to entertain in the evening. I used to sing Mike Harding songs until I looked across the room one day to see – Mike Harding. That shut me up. Keith James When I was nursing in London, I nursed Sir John Barbirolli. He didn’t do anything very musical while he was there. Janet Kirk During the 1966 General Election I was teaching in Devon and persuaded the three candidates to share a platform at the school. The next day the young Tory candidate, Michael Heseltine, saw me and asked anxiously how I thought it had gone. He went on his way and duly won a safe seat - for some obscure reason, he never sought my advice again. James Hickson I was in the same form as Roy Hattersley at school in Sheffield. He was clever but a bit too aware of it. Barbara Burgin When I was standing for the District Council in 1994 Paddy Ashdown came for a photocall in Bewdley to support us. Robert Barbour Why not email us if you ever met anyone famous. Margaret Ashmore

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Rowing-talk If you row, spoons and blades are nothing to do with cutlery, and in a boat there is always someone stroking, which is not as odd as it sounds! So here are a few rowing-speak terms in English… Boat - you guessed it, boat! Bow - the front of the boat. (Only confusing because the rowers are all facing away from it, so it looks like the back!) Stern - the back of the boat. (Only confusing because the rowers are facing towards it so it looks like the front). Blade - oar. Spoon - the flat-ish coloured part of the oar that goes in the water. Loom - the long bit of the oar between the handle and the spoon. Scull - oar if you are in a sculling boat, or the verb means to row with a blade in each hand. Sweep – rowing where each crew member has one blade and they sit in the boat with the oars on alternate sides. Bowside - where the rowers sit with blades out to their left. Strokeside - where rowers sit with blades out to the right. Stroke - the rower at the back (looks like the front) of the boat, who sets the pace for the rest of the crew. This is called Stroking the Boat. Feathering - where the spoons are turned to be level with the water between the end of one stroke and the beginning of the next. Square - the spoon is at right angles to the water (eg at the end of a stroke) Catch - the very beginning of the stroke where the spoon enters the water. Beer/Wine - essential. Melanie Gunn The Annual Duck Race on the 1st January proved as popular as ever with thousands lining the banks on a beautiful cold and crispy New Year’s Day

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