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The BRIDGE

January 2010


Community News

Where are they now? Yes it’s back! Our regular feature when we ask you to identify someone who you will regularly see in and around Bewdley. Email us if you've guessed to:-

editorial@bewdleybridge.org.uk

REFRESH MENTS IN ST AN NE’S 5th De ce mber

A BIG THANK YOU

to everyone who supported the Refreshments in St. Anne’s Church on Saturday 5th December. £158.05 was raised for Bewdley Girl Guiding and we hope to put the money towards one of our Centenary events.

Keep reading the Bridge throughout 2010 to find out what we get up to as we continue celebrating 100 years of Guiding.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year Bewdley Girl Guiding

Editor : Margaret Ashmore

Advertising : Steve Gillespie

Design and Artwork : David Glenn & Martin Flegg

Cover photograph David Glenn

Photo Editor : Gary Mayner


Editorial

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

There seems to be something of a fowl thing going on in this month’s magazine. Hens are cropping up all over the place. I’ve been told about three unlikely hen flocks around the town; unlikely in that somehow one can’t dissociate flocks of hens from open fields and rolling pastures, not unlikely as in “rare”. (The news on Florence, by the way, is that she’s been getting at the other five hens in her hen run. Nigel is thinking of anger management classes for her.)

Apart from hens, Bewdley is quietly getting on with life after the busy Christmas period. The last vestiges of wrapping paper and pine needles have been tidied away, the last – biodegradeable – duck will have reached Bristol after its trip downriver on New Year’s Day, Christmas Specials will have disappeared from the supermarkets and TV schedules, and we will have dug out thermals and antifreeze for the long haul up to Spring. Even Gary, our energetic photographer, grumbles that there’s nothing for him to capture for next month’s Bridge cover. Looking out of my window at nothing but thick white fog, I’m inclined to agree. Actually, don’t tell him, but it’s the thing I most look forward to when we have our monthly editorial meetings. What will he have for next month’s cover? I think you’ll agree that he always comes up with something good. Perhaps, though, you don’t know that if you would like your photos to be in the magazine, send them to Gary (the address is below) for him to see.

Enough of winter gloom! All our clubs are in full swing, the young peoples’ activities – guides,Youth Café, choirs – are hives of activity, and, as always, The Bridge contains details of lots of things to do, if we can just tear ourselves away from the central heating, climb out of our chairs and get out there. So even without a covering of feathers, I’ll copy our clucking hens and explore the town in Winter. And why not join in? Then write and tell us what you’ve been up to. Especially if you keep hens!

Sharing your news with us

Margaret Ashmore

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Sat 27 Feb Evesham Country Park & Winchombe Sat 6 Mar Welsh Spring Lambs - Elan Valley Wed 5 May STRICTLY COME DANCING with the Professionals at B’Ham Hipp Wed 4 Aug SOUND OF MUSIC at B’Ham Hipp

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Load Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AE Tel/Fax: 01299 404740 bewdleytic@wyreforestdc.gov.uk Events in the Wyre Forest

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17 1st – 3rd Festive Season Service. Severn Valley Railway. Kidderminster to Bridgnorth: £7 - £14. 20 Tel: 01299 403816. www.svr.co.uk

Saturdays & Sundays only Winter Opening West Midlands Safari Park. Tel: 01299 402114. www.wmsp.co.uk

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Wribbenhall Community Centre Shaw Hedge Road, Wribbenhall, DY12 1EU

Saturday 16th January 2010 10 to 12

In aid of All Saints Church, Wribbenhall Clothes, Bric a Brac, Books, Cakes refreshments etc.

Tea/Coffee 50p. Entrance 20p.

More details Olwen on 400608 or Diane on 402670

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Live music with Matt, Bill and Steve 7.30pm Pound Green and Button Oak Community Hall

Bewdley Civic Society meeting 7.30pm St George’s Hall Milestones: their history and preservation by Terry Keegan

Covenant Service 10.30 a.m Bewdley Methodist Church

Introductory Course in Practical Beekeeping 7.30pm Baptist Church Hall, Kidderminster "The Beekeeping Year" by Mr David Mills

Bewdley Civic Society meeting 7.30pm St George’s Hall Wribbenhall Floods by Gill Holland and Jo Bloom

Bewdley Civic Society meeting 7.30pm St George’s Hall Early Bewdley - yes, Bewdley! by Heather Flack

Bewdley Townwomen’s Guild meeting 7.30pm Wribbenhall Community Centre Wribbenhall/Bewdley Ladies Luncheon Club Ramada Hotel

Introductory Course in Practical Beekeeping 7.30pm Baptist Church Hall, Kidderminster "Life in the Hive" by Dr David Salt

Please see the articles in the Bridge for other events.

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Age range : 3yrs - teenagers Classes held at St George Hall, Bewdley New pupils welcome First lesson is free

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Enquiries to Principal Mrs Joyce Campbell (BTDA) Bewdley 400633

Regd teacher with the Council for Dance Education and Training

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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 January

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: www.bewdleyparish.org.uk

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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. www.bewdley.baptist.org.uk (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. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk 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. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk

Keith James is the minister of the Church. Contact him on 01299 402275 (office)

All Saints Wribbenhall January 3rd

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RIVERSIDE CHURCH

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 www.riversideelim.com

Services January

Me th od ist Ch ur ch High Street

Services at 10.30 every Sunday

Further details of forthcoming services and regular activities can be obtained from 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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My Next Door Hens

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There are four hens in my neighbour’s garden, and although I was dubious (having been ankle-pecked as a child) about them being there when Jane next door asked if we minded, they are quite charming. Even if one has had Houdini added to her name for obvious reasons, and Shy Baby is no longer Shy. The day I returned Houdini from our side to hers, and could only count two others, was dreadful. We were almost in mourning when Jane returned and revealed that one was making a nest in a bush we can’t see from our side... And they love a delicately crushed snail. Very good for the garden. The best thing is the soothing noise they make in the morning. And if you happen to get up very early, at the noise of the back door, they ask “Cluck-wherrk-carrnu-let-us-out-poourrk-kkk?” Jane Moreton

Happy New Year from the Friends of Bewdley Museum.

It only seems a few weeks since we were planning 2009, the reopening of the new-look museum, our projects for the year and the extremely successful “Every Other House” pub exhibition. As we roll into 2010, I wonder what the year will hold for us. Here in Bewdley we are tremendously lucky to have the new-look, improved – but not spoilt - museum. This achievement is down in no small part to the people of Bewdley. What do you want from your museum this year? I know it matters to a lot of you, because so many of you use and enjoy it. It is time now for our Annual Subscriptions to be paid. At only £5 a year what better way to feel part of our town. Perhaps it could be your New Year Resolution to get more involved in your local area, and what better way to start than joining the Friends. My last article in the Bridge brought forward a “handyman” volunteer – thank you so much. Perhaps you always wanted to volunteer but never got round to it. There is no time like the present; next year will be here before you know it. Call Carol Mathieson now on 01299 400386 and she will be delighted to hear from you. People do really respond to these articles in the Bridge, and I would like to thank the Bridge team for all their hard work and dedication to providing a wonderful service to the town and surrounding area. If you want people to know about it – put it in the Bridge. So I have put it in the Bridge. If you want to get involved then make the phone call now and we will look forward to meeting you. Penny Griffiths Chair The Friends of Bewdley Museum.


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From the Registers

Funerals Nov.17th Norah Chamberlain age 91yrs. Tudor Road. Funeral followed by Cremation at Stourbridge Nov.20th Arthur Talbot age 80 yrs. Riverside North. Service at All Saints followed by cremation at Stourbridge. Last Month’s issue printed Mr Michael Harrison name incorrectly. Please accept our sincere apologies.

Wribbenhall Bewdley Ladies' Luncheon Club

At the November meeting we were treated to a lovely floral art demonstration by member Helen Healey. On 27th January we have a talk by Brian Lawrence on "Guide Dogs - Past and Present". All ladies are welcome to attend. Meetings are held monthly at the Ramada Hotel. To make enquiries or book your place, please ring 400363.

The deadline for the February issue of The Bridge is the

10th January.

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Bewdley

In November Derek Kelly from the Driving Standards Agency gave an informative and entertaining talk about the history of the driving test and driving safely. A team of four members took part in the inter guild quiz held in Stourbridge, improving on last year’s score. The reading group all enjoyed "The Thief Taker" by Janet Gleeson. A wreath was laid on behalf of the guild on Remembrance Sunday by Pam Roberts. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 26th January at 7.30pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre when Mr C.P. Hadwell will give a talk entitled “Imperial Faberge Eggs”. New members and visitors are always welcome For more information phone 01299 401235

Bewdley The Coffee Morning held on the 20th November at the home of Pat and Harry Lewis raised £212.50 for the Access Fund. Our Covenant Service will be held on the 17th January at 10.30 a.m. The service will be lead by our minister the Rev. Crawford Logan. This service is when we make our annual commitment to our faith and belief. Anyone is welcome to come and join us on this occasion. We have some very special birthdays during December and January and are holding a party for our ‘90’ year olds on the 16th January. These members are all very active in our church life and we are very pleased to be able to recognise their achievements.


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Scottish Country Dancing A new hobby - have fun and get fit with Scottish Country Dancing We are a small and very friendly club with dancers of all ages and all levels of ability. We meet on Tuesdays from the beginning of September to the end of May, at Wribbenhall Parish Rooms, Kidderminster Road, Bewdley, DY12 1DQ from 8 till 10 p.m. (£1.50 per night, but your first night is free!) At the club the emphasis is on enjoying ourselves while we're learning and practising dances. Affiliated to the RSCDS. Come with a friend, or on your own - you’ll be made very welcome. If you have any queries please feel free to e-mail our secretary, Aileen Hodgkins, on aileenfhodgkins@hotmail.com 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,

Bewdley Civic Society

15th January Milestones: their history and preservation by Terry Keegan The Milestone Society 21st January Wribbenhall Floods by Gill Holland and Jo Bloom Riddings Brook Flood Group. 25th February Early Bewdley - yes, Bewdley! by Heather Flack Bewdley Civic Society.

All talks 7.30pm, St.George's Hall. Admission £1, non-members welcome.

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: samzalin@samzalin.freeserve.co.uk


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J a nu a r y i n t h e Fo re s t

Happy New Year, dear readers! It is customary at this time to look back over the past year and take stock before launching into the new one. Since my remit in this article is the forest and the Grow With Wyre landscape scheme, which includes 4,600 hectares of farmland around the forest too, I will attempt to cover it all.

The landscape of the forest itself has become much more open in many areas. Drastic thinning in discrete enclosures and vegetation management along rides will have a wonderfully beneficial effect on the biodiversity of the forest. In the summer, several butterfly identification training events were held for local volunteers and early results from their surveys and the work of Butterfly Conservation suggest an increase in breeding success and range of species – an excellent result for this project management.

160 trees have been planted in seven orchards, old and new, and seven more orchards are due to be restored this season. This initiative has added to knowledge about the rare Noble Chafer beetle and the other invertebrate life of orchards. Research is going on all the time thanks to the work of the Wyre Forest Study group and others, and next year records can begin to be gathered centrally using the databank of the New Discovery Centre (a magnificent new facility for the community). Soon we will all be able to log on and rejoice at local sightings of Hobbies, Lemon Slugs, Cave Spiders and Snow Fleas and perhaps be inspired to go looking for them!

You will be very welcome on the first Walk in the Woods of the year on 16th January from 10.30am to 1pm, meeting at the Visitor Centre. There will be a short drive into the forest followed by a walk of up to 4 miles taking in some of the best sights of winter. Please book on 01299 266929/266944. The cost is ÂŁ5.00 per person (adults only) and there will be three more walks during the year. Linda Iles Forestry Commission


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Women’s Section Royal British Legion Bewdley Branch

After a request for parcels for our brave troops in Afghanistan, Bewdley Branch launched an appeal for items to send. With the support of the Wyre Forest Friendship Centre and Habberly Women’s Institute we have to date been able to send 75 parcels, which have been gratefully received. As one of the letters of thanks asked for cakes we are now collecting these to be sent before Christmas. At the Worcestershire County Conference Saturday 21st November, we were delighted to receive four cups and a certificate of merit. This continues a proud record of service and achievement as a small branch, gaining awards for the past 12 years. It has been decided that, building on this tradition, we need to increase our membership, as the need for funds to support the families of our wonderful service personnel continues to grow with the current conflict in Afghanistan. If you would like further information about our branch please contact Monica 01562 753162 or Jackie 01299400363

Bewdley Museum

Bewdley Museum's Xmas Fayre was a huge success – 1,693 visitors to the museum in just four hours. Kids loved the Santa's Grotto & craft activities. What a fantastic end to a brilliant year! Over 100,000 people have enjoyed the museum in 2009.

Thank you to everyone who has helped and shared in our success. Another exiciting and varied programme is planned for 2009; the museum re-opens on 2nd April 2010.

Ruth Finney Development Officer


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Welcome to the New Year and a series of short articles on practical projects to enhance the garden. So, to start, despite it being January, it’s time to assemble a few tools and then subdue rampant wisteria into a flowering beauty. This vigorous climber when mature has great weight and so we need to consider both supporting mechanisms and pruning. Support may be from a trellis or more likely wire, vine eyes and strainer bolts, all of which should be sufficiently robust to load carry over a long time. Pruning is required twice a year and it doesn’t really matter if you start the process in January or August. At this time of the year it’s easy to see the plant structure without the hindrance of its foliage. First decide where you want the plant to go and tie in long new shoots to achieve the effect or where old branches need replacing. Secondly remove all tendrils that are not needed right back to a flowering spur. All that is required on the flowering spur are the fat buds that will flower in May. Tidy up, don’t fall off the ladder and wait for the racemes to develop. After your August holiday there will be a profusion of new shoots growing at a prodigious rate. Cut them back to about a foot long or about 6 leaf joints from its start. These will spurt again so there is a need for a little more trimming until the end of autumn. Then you can ignore it until the first of January and wait for the display to be, hopefully, the envy of your neighbours. Stuart Williams

Save the Children Lunches

Many thanks to all who supported my recent lunches - we raised an amazing £1,200 for Save the Children over the two events. Raffle prizes were won by Mary Gregory, Mary Ware, Eric Rowland, Mary Wood and Stephanie Barnes, Gwyneth Lloyd, Wynne Brine, Ann Matthews, Wanda James, Janet Eglesfield. In addition, my thanks to all for your amazing support for my home baked cakes in the St Anne’s church centre coffee shop, which have made a further £1,000 over the year. Looking forward to your continued support in 2010, hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year. Cate Gillespie

Welsh Gate

Thank you to Sheila Ward for writing to us with her ideas for improving both the air quality and traffic congestion in Welsh Gate. Her idea, which she suggested a number of years ago, is for all traffic coming down Welsh Gate to turn left and then go towards Dog Lane where a new roundabout would be built. In effect, it would be similar to the traffic scheme adopted at Catchems End. We have forwarded her letter to the Town Council.


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KIDDERMINSTER BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

For anyone wishing to take up beekeeping, a free evening course, "Introductory Course in Practical Beekeeping” will be held at the Baptist Church Hall, Franche Road, Kidderminster. All talks commence at 7.30pm, members £1, non members £2. Wednesday January 20th "The Beekeeping Year" by Mr David Mills Wednesday January 27th "Life in the Hive" by Dr David Salt

Wednesday February 3rd "Bee Parasites, Diseases and Treatments" by Mr David Sutton, Regional Bee Inspector

NOT JUST FOR BEGINNERS! Experienced beekeepers will be there, willing to act as mentors, offering advice and support.

These will be followed by two outdoor practical sessions with bees/bee hives in April and June. For further information email m.dcooper@tiscali.co.uk or ring 01299 825578

Pound Green and Button Oak Community Hall

January 7 at 7.30 pm Live music with Matt, Bill and Steve plus a quiz and a full bar Tickets £3.50. Phone Gail/John 01299 404172 to reserve your ticket. February 12 at 7.30 pm Valentine dance. £3.50 a ticket Phone Sue/Alan on 01299 402721. March 6 at 7.30 pm Barn Dance. £3 a ticket from Gail/John 01299 404172. All the best for the New Year from the committee of the hall

Bewdley & District Horticultural Society

3rd February 2010 Wednesday – 7.40p.m. for 8 p.m. Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Wribbenhall Annual General Meeting with guest speaker John Robinson on Birds of Prey of Wyre Forest Just turn up or for more details ring Diane on 01299 402670.

No admission charge. Free refreshments


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At Abbeyfield House we offer a friendly style of living with single en-suite rooms, a cooked mid-day lunch and lighter evening meal.

Abbeyfield House is ideal for older people who can no longer quite cope with living alone at home, but who are still active and value their independence. For more information and to visit Abbeyfield, 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 www.communitycornerpreschool.co.uk 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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Have you been diagnosed with dementia or caring for someone with dementia?

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Relaxed and happy pre-school environment Own secure outdoor garden. 6 staff fully qualified in Early Years Care and Education with First Aid Training + Our own free car park with spaces for 16 cars OFSTED OUTSTANDING 2009. Children are accepted from the age of 2 - 5 years (no need to be potty trained). 3 and 4 year olds receive educational funding 15hrs per week (free) Holiday club also available for 2 – 10 years Staff are also trained in Special Educational needs, Risk assessment and Health and Safety.

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Prospect Physio – a unique specialised service available in a purpose built rehabilitation unit, for patients with neurological conditions including … Stroke Multiple Sclerosis Head Injuries Spinal Injury Parkinson’s Disease Motor Neurone Disease Rehabilitation post surgery & trauma General Rehabilitation And many more……….. Fully equipped treatment unit with full disabled access Please contact us to discuss your condition in the strictest confidence Appointments can be made at any time to suit you Leander Walton BSC (Hons), MCSP, HPC Chartered Physiotherapist TEL: 01299 826328 MOB: 07930 305540 leander@prospectphysio.co.uk www.prospectphysio.co.uk St Johns Road, Stourport, Worcestershire. DY13 9DS Jackie Donkin Bsc, mBANT Nutritional Therapist

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“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” Oscar Wilde “All me life flashed before me eyes” (disappointed) “It was really borin’.” Babs, ‘Chicken Run’ I have diaries for appointments and reminders, although my attitude towards them changes as the year passes. I begin with a plan to have some kind of record of my life, and inevitably end up boring myself to tears by mid-March. Fortunately some people persevere with keeping diaries and some of these become books to be enjoyed by the rest of us. A library is an ever-changing record of human experience, containing the products of academic and artistic endeavour and increasingly touching other aspects of our lives by offering courses, technology and leisure pursuits. Public interests and needs influence the provision libraries make; when people tell us what they want, they get the opportunity to leave a mark, however small, in the record of our collective experience. Not borin’ at all. Happy New Year! Kay Sanderson, Bewdley Library

Mentor Link appoints Fundraiser

Local Children’s charity Mentor Link has appointed a fundraiser to organise regular events and raise the profile of the service provided. Based in The Bewdley School, the charity recruits volunteer mentors to local schools to support pupils facing difficulties such as family breakdown or low confidence.

Jo has a full program of events including a Barn dance, Black Country Evening and Annual Ball. If anyone would like further information, please contact Jo Beacham on 01299 400616 or email jo_mentorlink@talktalk.net. Registered charity 1106171

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a valentine’s dinner ... a great opportunity to invest in the future of your relationship You are invited to a romantic Valentine’s dinner with the tables for 2 on the 13th February at Bewdley Baptist marriage course 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. 61 High Street Bewdley More details are also on our website (Whats New). 01299 403267 Make a date together or surprise your partner. www. bewdleybaptist.org.uk


Overheard at the Bus Stop - Part One

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A. Did you notice that cormorant the other month.? Quite happy he was; sitting by the river in the middle of all the swans and seagulls. B. You mean that black bird that looks like a small penguin on a diet? A. That’s the one. He hung around, by the bridge, for some time. Completely out of place, but seemingly quite at home. B. Funny, that. You’d think he’d miss the company of the other cormorants. A. Reminds me of when I first came to Bewdley, some thirty-five years ago. A complete fish out of the water, I was. The Midlands was a new experience for me, with their “We’ma goin’ to Kiddy”. B. I know what you mean. When we moved here, thought it a right dump, and we would stick it for a couple of years, then move on back to Cheltenham. A. Yet here we are four decades later. Why? B. Well, the wife and I liked the community spirit here. We got involved with the churches, the carnival, youth work and school activities. We’d miss all that if we moved away. A. I’m just amazed at just how much is going on in the town these days. B. Which reminds me. I must rush off now, I’m helping out at the museum.

A day in the life...

Many of you will already know me as Wendy, the manager of the Sue Ryder Charity shop in the town. Having lived and worked in Bewdley for most of my adult life, it was quite an honour to be asked to contribute to the Bridge by Margaret. For those who tuned into the T.V. programme “Mary Queen of Charity Shops” you might have been fooled into thinking that it was not a true picture of what really goes on. And you’d be right......that was just a watered down version! Even after twelve memorable years at the shop, experience and knowledge mean next to nothing when faced with a daily dose of mayhem and mishaps of epic proportions. O.K. perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but not much. It’s not difficult to bring to mind certain incidents that with all the best will in the world refuse to go away. But one that takes me back is an occasion when recruiting a new volunteer in the fold. With the promise of plenty of tea and hobnobs, we got down to the serious business of training. Having spent the obligatory ten minutes on health & safety, fire evacuation and manual handling we moved on swiftly to the importance of customer care. Now I have always prided myself for being open and honest when helping a customer choose an outfit. “It’s not all about getting a sale” I stressed to the newby, “our customers expect an honest opinion”. “Trust me”, I said with a smug smile. The ideal opportunity to put this theory to the test arose when a regular customer appeared from the changing room wearing a dress that was quite obviously two sizes too small for her curvy figure. With a knowing look at the bemused volunteer and an air of superiority that comes with years of experience, I cast a critical eye over the offending garment. “A lovely dress madam”, I said, with a fixed grin still in place, “but such a pity it’s too tight.” There was a stony silence and a pregnant pause and then through gritted teeth she hissed. “This is my dress, the one I tried on is hanging up in the changing room.” Guess who’s going to charm school! Till next time.Wendy


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BEWDLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FESTIVAL

A very big 'thank you' to all those who took part, helped or attended; it was another wonderful day with thousands of people in the town, some coming from many miles away who intend to visit again. Once more Bewdley can be proud of its support for charities and local organisations. This year we had even more music & entertainment, dancing, singing, bands, fairground organs; in fact everything you would expect to give that festive atmosphere - even the chestnuts roasting on an open fire! Sunshine Radio with their double decker bus was a welcome new addition to the day’s festivities and we have asked them to return again next year. Also new for this year was the exhibition of Advent Wreaths in St. Anne's Church; these were all produced by local churches, organisations etc., and all reflected their particular group. We were delighted with the number of participants; they looked wonderful. We are sure you will not mind us mentioning Santa who once again found time to visit us. A special mention for the Carnival Princesses in the wonderfully lit tuk-tuk, the children in fancy dress and particularly those children who formed the nativity pageant. As we are sure everyone is aware the day’s events were organised and funded by the Bewdley Christmas Lights Festival Committee and we now have a website www.bewdleychristmaslightsfestival.org which we hope from early in 2010 will be available to businesses for advertising - please contact us if you require further details. Finally we would like to wish everyone a very happy & peaceful New Year and look forward next year's event, which we expect to be on Saturday 27th November. The Bewdley Christmas Lights Festival Committee (Ray, Ann, Maggie, Lynne, Alan, Roy & Ken)

Winter Training

The river has been so high in the last few weeks that very little rowing has been happening! We joke about ‘How long to Stourport’ or ‘Worcester in 10 mins’ but with the water so fast and swirly, it would be unsafe to be out! So it’s Winter Training…running, circuit training and ergos (indoor rowing machines). ‘Circuits’ is either great fun or a form of torture, depending on your point of view! A group of increasingly hot people moves around a hall doing different exercises for a timed interval. Week on week, it is possible to feel a gradual improvement, as well as a few aches!! The ergo machines offer constant information as to speed (not fast enough!!) and distance (not far enough!!), but again improvement can be measured so that when the water allows we are ready to row! Melanie Gunn


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TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 30th NOVEMBER 2009

Severn Trent and National Grid Utility Works in Bewdley Town Centre

The Council and local traders met with representatives of Severn Trent, National Grid and Enterprise who are the contractors for the renewal of water and gas mains in Load Street and the High Street. The work is now planned to start on 11th January and will proceed over five phases until 7th May. This will involve a series of diversions and road closures and inevitable disruption. However, the work has to be done given the pipes are up to 100 years or more old and water leaks are becoming common. We were pleased to learn that there should be plenty of publicity to remind everyone that despite the works going on, Bewdley shops and businesses will remain fully open for business throughout. Allotments

The Council considered a request from a group of residents for the provision of some allotments in Bewdley. There are none at the present time, which is perhaps surprising given the size of our local population, which at the last census in 2001 was 10,869. The proposal was based not just on allotments being a source of locally grown quality food, but as well, they could encourage good neighbourliness and also help the environment. The Council agreed to research the issue noting the need to identify a suitable piece of land and also the cost of purchase and management. Waste Management in Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council is inviting comments upon a new strategy for dealing with household and commercial waste up until 2027. With the need to divert more waste from landfill and to recycle a greater proportion of what we throw away, there will have to be new facilities across the County including household waste recycling sites. The Council agreed to look at how this might impact on Bewdley in more detail in the New Year.

War Memorial

Back in 1997 there had been a suggestion of illuminating the War Memorial by St Anne’s Church, but problems over installation of an electricity supply and the cost had prevented anything from going ahead. The Council agreed that now was the time to take another look at how any problems could be solved, as an improved means of commemorating those who had given their lives for their country in times of conflict. Future Town Council meetings held at The Guildhall are: 4 January, 1 February, 1 March, 6th April and 4th May 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 www.bewdley.org.uk.and on the My Parish page of www.worcestershire.gov.uk TOWN COUNCIL NEWS IS PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED BY BEWDLEY TOWN COUNCIL


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Situated at the top of the town the Welch Gate Guest House and cafe bar incorporating the WG's Pizzeria & Char Grill, (formerly the ‘Pack Horse Inn & Old Posting House' from the 1600’s) is a traditional, family run cafe. If you require a mouth-watering beef stew with a slice of bread and butter with a mug of tea, baked beans on toast, or a baked potato, then just pop up the town and a warm welcome awaits you. Sit down and the owner Linda will take you order, her husband Steve will cook it. Relax with a paper, chat to your friends or the next table, then without delay, your piping hot food will soon be with you. No frills - just good old-fashioned home cooking.

So you may be sharing your table with a local builder, or watching the world go by through the window overlooking the church, or just nestling into a corner table with a good book, having a mug of coffee with a slice of toast.

The WG's Pizzeria offers a chicken platter, gammon steak or burgers with chips, jacket potato or a salad bowl. You could also ring your order in and collect it later; so after a long day at work, just collect and enjoy at home.

The menu is vast: from mega breakfasts, omelettes, quiche, garlic bread, pizza, and rump steaks to sandwiches. They also serve a Sunday lunch from £6.00. This restaurant is fully licensed and on those warm days has a super garden seating area. So if you expect good quality, you won't be disappointed.

Overheard at the Bus Stop - Part 2

A. You know that cormorant I told you about the other day.? A few months ago, there he was sitting by the river in the middle of all the swans and seagulls. B. Yes, I remember - looked like he settled in for the duration. A. Funny, I never thought he’d stay that long. B. You’d think he’d miss the company of the other cormorants. A. There’s no competition for food from other cormorants here. B. Bit lonely though. Reminds me of me when I first retired. Missed my work mates something awful. Sitting at home; no-one to chat to. A. Funnily enough, that’s why I go out on the bus. It gets me out of the house. B. How many more people are like that? A. I often see the same faces on the bus. Don’t speak to no-one. B. And it’s going to get worse – what with the growing ageing population. Do you know – there’s more over sixty-fives than there are young people. A. Doesn’t bear thinking about. The thing I hate, is coming home at night to an empty house; and it’s cold, dark and uninviting; and the tele ain’t much company. B. You’ll have me in tears in a minute. Come on let’s have a cuppa in the …………


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On Sunday 22nd November 2009, David Bissett, Myles Henderson, Henry Cook and James Turner of the Bewdley School & Sixth Form Centre represented Worcestershire County at Rugby. The U14 Worcestershire team defeated Greater Birmingham 7 – 0.

Across all the age groups, more than 25 Bewdley School boys and girls play rugby for Kidderminster Carolians(KCRFC). Such is the level of interest, a school link agreement has now been agreed and KCRFC will be sponsoring a set of rugby shirts for the school team with the KCRFC and community link logo. Any boys or girls interested in playing mini and junior rugby for KCRFC can contact the Chairman - Pete Cook on 07785 221831.

More about ringing ....

As a former trainspotter and a bellringer, I am aware of the similarities between the two breeds. The former have their books (Ian Allan), with their lists of numbers, and they underline each one as they see it. The latter have their books (Dove's "Guide to the Church Bells of Britain”) and they travel round the country underlining each tower as they ring at it. When I retired, I organised a mid-week group of ringers to travel round Worcestershire ringing at the towers I had not previously visited. Two towers in the morning, a pub lunch, another tower after lunch – it was going to take about two years to complete. Recently, we went further afield, for a university friend of mine living in Staffordshire has installed a light ring of bells in his garage (yes, ringers even go that far – their equivalent of the model railway perhaps....) and we planned a visit. And as one of our ringers is Mark Moreton, we even managed a diversion to ring at Stafford, where Mark had been Rector over twenty years ago. It was a new tower for him, as he was not a ringer in those days). So a trip back into the past for at least two of us. Mike Robinson


BEWDLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEMBERS EAST WARD

Dr Janette Adams (Conservative) Tel: (H) 401026 janette.adams@talktalk.net

Mr Paul Gittins (Labour) Tel: (H) 404113 paul@gittins2427.freeserve.co.uk

Mrs Julie Keen (Health Concern) Tel: (M) 07546 197619

Mr Gordon Yarranton (Conservative) Tel: (H) 403835 gordon.yarranton@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

WEST WARD

Mr Stephen Clee (Conservative) Tel: (H) 402338 Fax: 403838 (M) 07973392959 sjclee@tinyonline.co.uk

Mrs Louise Edginton (Independent) Tel: (H) 403858 louise@yourcouncillor.co.uk

Mr Derek Killingworth (Health Concern) Tel: (H) 405614 (M) 07875 544651 dexter45@hotmail.co.uk

Mr Julian Phillips (Conservative) Tel: (H) 401418 julian.phillips@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

WRIBBENHALL WARD

Mr Geoffrey Bulmer (Conservative) Tel: (H) 01562 743548 office@wyreforestconservatives.com

Mrs Liz Davies (Health Concern) Tel: (H) 403053

Mr John Foulkes (Conservative) Tel: (H) 402697 john.foulkes@talktalk.net

Miss Anne Mace (Health Concern) Tel: (H) 402204 annemace@tiscali.co.uk

Mrs Barbara Stallwood (Health Concern) Tel: (H) 401771 stallwood@tiscali.co.uk

Read us on the web www.bewdleybridge.org.uk


The Bridge - January 2010  

The Bridge magazine - January 2010

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