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The BRIDGE March 2010

Community News

Did you know?

The “Casoar Cap” at Bewdley Museum has been selected out of a total of ten items chosen to tell the history of Worcestershire and Herefordshire and their place in the world. It is included in the wider ‘A History of the World’ project, formed out of a partnership between the BBC, the British Museum and 350 museums and institutions across the country. This cap was presented to Bewdley Museum by L’Amicale des Cadets de la France Libre in 1999, in a ceremony recognising the role the town played in assisting the French Resistance. In 1940, after the armistice of France with Germany, General de Gaulle created a military training academy, which was housed at Ribbesford House. The ‘Casoar Cap’ represents an important part in Bewdley’s history. It was presented to the museum to recognise the friendships that formed between the French cadets and the community. It is a bond, which still lasts to this day. The museum opens for the 2010 season on 2nd April, the Cap can be seen in the ‘History of Bewdley Gallery’. In the meantime to find out more, take a look at ‘The Collections’ page

Where are they now?

We didn’t have any correct guesses for last month’s photo. I’m not sure whether to be relieved or offended!

Do you have an old photo of yourself which which we could use in Where are they now - then just let us know Editor : Margaret Ashmore

Advertising : Steve Gillespie

Design and Artwork : David Glenn & Martin Flegg

Cover photograph Gary Mayner

Photo Editor : Gary Mayner


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

This month you will see that we have devoted space and pictures to the works that have taken over the town since January. Its had a big impact on Bewdley and affected us all in one way or another, and mostly not in a good way! I’ve been impressed, though, by the grin-and-bear-it attitude of most of the people I’ve talked to, who usually say something like, “Well, if we want our water to come out of our taps and not out of cracks in the road, we’ve got to let them get on with it”. But yes, its had a big effect on trade, and on those people who have to pass through the town to work, and I’m sure we’ll all breathe a sigh of relief when it’s finished. In the meantime I think we should all back the Bewdley traders and continue to use our local shops.

Meanwhile, the first tentative signs of spring poke out their nervous noses round the town. The shop windows come over all yellow, and people shed their thickest coats and undo the odd button. The sun has a bit of warmth in it, and the tourists start coming to see us. Oh, and the news from Florencegate, aka next door’s hen house, is that she’s co-opted a partner in crime, and, in spite of having a few flight feathers clipped, she and her bestest new friend Dorothy are making furtive bids for freedom. I fully expect to see two hens hurtling over my fence on a motorbike any day now.

Margaret Ashmore

Whoops! Our apologies to the two people whose names we got wrong in February’s issue: Sherry Stephens & Dave Andrews It must have been the weather!

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what’so n INTERESTED IN THE FUTURE OF YOUR TOWN? Bewdley Development Trust has two vacancies on its Board of Directors. The Trust is a Community Interest Company. It works with community groups and residents, local businesses, and the Town and District Councils to promote and develop Bewdley. It has a proven record of achievement and is involved in exciting projects and events for the future. If you would like to become more involved, either as a member or a Director, please contact Peter Miller Managing Director on 01299 405516 or for an application pack or download it from our website

Christian Aid Week May 9 – 15th Earthquakes, floods, droughts, tornados and man-made disasters are all too frequently on the TV and in the papers. Do we stop to think how all these terrible happenings affect ordinary people like us?

Would you be able to help some of the people so afflicted, by giving up an evening to collect house-to-house for Christian Aid relief during the week of May 9 – 15th?

If so, please contact Susan Price on 402199 who is waiting to hear from you!


3 Veg growing for the table 7.40pm Wribbenhall Community Centre 6 From Drawing to Painting Bewdley Museum Barn Dance 7.30pm PG&BO Community Hall Shindig Concert 8pm Trimpley Village Hall 9 JH Newman Explored 7.15pm St Wulstan & St Thomas, Stourport 13 Beekeeping talk 9.30am Baptist Church Hall, Kidderminster Grow Our Own meeting 2pm Bewdley Baptist Church A musical event 7.30pm St Anne’s 14 Rock Walk 2pm Rock Village Hall 16 JH Newman Explored 7.15pm St Wulstan & St Thomas, Stourport 17 Mobile Library 10.15am PG&BO Community Hall 18 Compassionate Communities Conference 10am Stourport Civic Hall 20 Bingo 7.45pm PG&BO Community Hall Ladies Day 9.45am Bewdley Baptist Church 23 Bewdley Townwomen’s Guild meeting 7.30pm Wribbenhall Community Centre The Easter Bunny 7.30pm Stourport Civic Centre 26 Exhibition until the 26th Bewdley Museum Pub Quiz 7.30pm Bewdley School, Stourport Rd 27 Barn Dance Heightington Village Hall 28 Special Music for Passiontide 6.30pm All Saints 31 Ladies Lunchen Club Ramada Hotel Bewdley Civic Society AGM 7.30pm St George's Hall Please see the articles in the Bridge for other events.




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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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Services March

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 Andrew’s Button Oak The Chapel in the Woods

Sunday worship: 11.15am on the second and fourth Sundays each month Easter Day – April 4th 11.15am Holy Communion

St Andrew's is found in Button Oak, Shropshire, 3 miles north of Bewdley on the B4194 to Kinlet.

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

M ethodist C hur 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.


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)

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.


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St Anne’s Bewdley

Sunday worship at 9.30am Worship lasts for about an hour. Music is usually a mix of contemporary and traditional. Wednesdays at 10.15am Morning worship

Special events this month Sunday 14th March - Mothering Sunday 9.30 Family Family Communion Palm Sunday – 28th March 6.30pm Taize Prayer All welcome to experience the prayer, silence and songs from the Taize Community in France Maundy Thursday - 1st April 7.30pm Agape A simple meal and communion service (sign up at St Anne’s to book a place!) 9pm-12Midnight: Watch of the Passion A silent prayer vigil in which we keep watch with Jesus through the hours of his betrayal and arrest Good Friday 2nd April 10am-12Noon Easter workshops for children including making Hot Cross Buns, Yoga for Kids & Drama 8pm Tenebrae Candles – shadows – quiet - a reflective service to end Good Friday Easter Day Sunday 4th April 9.30am Family Communion at St Anne’s Celebrating Easter Day with all ages together Our website is:

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)

Services March

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.

Easter Day - 4th April

5.30am Dawn Service – celebrate the rising of the Son of God with the rising of the Sun 11.15am Holy Communion 6.30pm Evensong

Keith James is the minister of the Church. Contact him on 01299 402275 (office) or Diane Taylor, the Churchwarden, on 01299 403983.

All Saints Wribbenhall 7th March 8.00am Holy Communion BCP 9.30am Family Communion 4.30pm Evensong

14th March 9.30am Parish Eucharist for Mothering Sunday 21st March 9.30am Parish Eucharist

28th March 9.15am meet in Parish Room for blessing of the Palms 9.30am Parish Eucharist for Palm Sunday 4th April 8.00am Holy Communion BCP 9.30am Parish Eucharist for Easter Day





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Community News

A Fishy Tale

by Richard Perrin The best swimming hole in the river Severn at Bewdley in the 1950s was near Blackstone rock about a mile downstream from Bewdley Bridge. There was a nice sandy beach on the Ribbesford bank, which shelved down gradually into deeper water (alas it is no longer there). In the summer the flow was smooth and gentle. On the opposite bank is the Rock; a sheer cliff of red sandstone sixty feet high, which plunges straight down into deep water, very deep. 32 feet. I have plumbed it.

The place had a reputation for drownings and while this had become exaggerated I do remember one or two fatalities being reported there over the years. One day there was a letter to the editor in the Kidderminster Times putting forward a theory for the tragedies. The writer explained that a giant pike lived in an underwater cave under the cliff at Blackstone. When a swimmer ventured too far into the middle of the river, the pike swam out and pulled the unfortunate person under the water and carried him into his lair. The letter writer was adamant. He had seen the pike lurking in the water. Not only that, he had seen the fish jumping and splashing, sending great waves across the river. He went on to explain that the drowned bodies, when pulled from the water, showed no teeth marks, because the great pike pulled the swimmers under by his swimming trunks (woollen in those days). To be Continued...

Age Concern

Age Concern Wyre Forest is based at the Tulip Tree Centre in Castle Road, Kidderminster. The Tulip Tree is a lively and active centre offering many services and activities for anyone aged 50 and over. Lunch Clubs run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 11.30am -1.45pm. Booking essential; transport available via the centre mini bus. Lunch and transport very reasonably priced. Our range of other services include: Information and benefits advice including form filling Wellcheck – a free friendly and confidential home visit that identifies services and information to suit individual needs. Gardening Club - our team can tackle most gardening jobs from hedge and lawn cutting to weeding and patio cleaning. Handyperson – our handyperson can help with many of those small, tricky jobs around the home: Changing light bulbs, putting up rails, shelves, fitting key safes etc. (Electrical/Gas jobs not undertaken.) Footcare service – provides basic footcare on a Wednesday 1.30pm -3pm (toenail cutting). Cost £5 per session. We also run a weekly Stroke Club on a Monday 10am – 1.30pm and a Wednesday morning Keep Fit & Movement to music Group 10.30am – 12.30pm





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Bewdley In January, a delicious post-Christmas meal was enjoyed by members at the Brasserie Restaurant in Kidderminister. At the monthly meeting the speaker, Mr C. P. Hadwell, gave an informative and humorous talk, with slides, about Faberge Eggs. Zoe Heller's book 'Notes on a Scandal' had mixed reviews by the reading circle held at Bewdley Library. The guild will next meet for the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday the 23rd March at Wribbenhall Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more information phone 01299 401235.

Wribbenhall Bewdley Ladies' Luncheon Club

In January we had a most interesting illustrated talk on Guide Dogs Past and Present, by Brian and Mary Lawrence. We were shown the history of the inception of the scheme. Brian and Mary are puppy walkers and they had brought a dog with them called Crumble, whom they are training to become a guide dog. They showed us lovely slides of his life so far. All ladies are welcome to attend the meeting on 31st March, when Peter Riley will speak on National Trust Properties. Meetings are held monthly at the Ramada Hotel. For information or to book a place please ring 400363.

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Pound Green & Button Oak Community Hall

Enquiries: Gail & John Tweedale, Dreamskerry, Pound Green -01299 404172

Hire Secretary: Lynda Boden 0794 6465441

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Saturday March 20th 7.45pm Saturday April 10th 7.45pm Saturday May 15th 7.45pm Saturday June 12th 7.45pm

Skittles Nights Friday March 26th Friday April 23rd


March 6 7.30 to 11 Barn Dance with the Banjacks £3.50 per person

March 17 10.15 until 10.55 Mobile library at the Hall

March 24 12.00 – 2.00 We are inviting hall users and anyone interested in the local community to come to the hall to see the proposed plans for the landscaping of the newly resurfaced car park. Comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Tea /coffee and biscuits will be served. Winners for the draw for January £50 Rita Rudd £20 Mrs Symonds £10 James Smith £10 Andrew Gerry £10 Mrs Fielding


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P/T 16 HOUR. £6 PER HOUR + OCCASIONAL TRAVEL COSTS Bewdley Youth Cafe requires a dedicated and highly motivated youth support worker to engage with young people aged between 8-18. The post requires a flexible approach to shift work. The closing date for applications is 31st March 2010 – by 5pm. First Interviews To Be Held On W/C 11th April 2010 Successful applicant will undergo an enhanced CRB disclosure. This is essential, as this role will involve directly working with young people on a day-to-day basis. If you're interested in this position, please send you CV and covering letter to: Derek Killingworth 54 Load Street Bewdley Worcestershire DY12 2AP

We are very pleased with the way the Youth Cafe has been received by the young people, and we now have over 350 members. Sadly our Treasurer David Moore has decided to stand down He will be greatly missed and hard to replace. The sincere thanks of all involved with the charity are extended to him. We are going to try to encourage some of the young people to write a piece to the Bridge each month about the Cafe and why and how they hope it will develop – so watch this space. We are at the moment working with Mrs. Newbold of the Bewdley School to have an art exhibition of work by young people in the Bewdley School, the Museum, the Library and the Cafe. We are sure the whole of the Town (and visitors) will enjoy this. To conclude as ever I am indebted to my fellow trustees for all their work and assistance. Derek Killingworth Chair of Trustees

26 March at the School Hall, The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre, Stourport Road, Bewdley. Doors open 7 pm for prompt 7.30 pm start. Teams of four, entry fee £10 per team on the door or £8 in advance – contact the School Office on 01299 403277 to enter in advance There will be a very reasonably priced bar. Teams are welcome to bring their own picnics.

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

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March: reducing the load, maybe!

Now that winter’s hopefully on its way out, it’s time to make a start and there are a thousand and one things to get going.

So, as we’re looking at projects at present, let’s have a go at pruning. As there has been quite a lot of snow that has lain around, there will be a need to lightly prune shrubs to remove both snow and frost damage. Prune back to healthy, clean shrub growth and do this before other pruning is undertaken. Pruning has three main functions, which, as previously mentioned, are the removal of dead, damaged or diseased material, the control of growth and finally one of improved growth for flower or fruit.

All cuts have to be clean and not cause damage to the outer layer of cells that will heal wounds. Prune just above a node making the cut start opposite the bud and slanting so that it ends above the bud. Buds should be pointing away from the body of the plant to encourage growth away from the centre. Hard pruning, often almost back to ground level will stimulate the root system into producing new and vigorous growth. A light pruning, that is reducing last year’s lateral growth and headers before active growth in this season, will encourage better fruit or flower. Don’t forget that active growth makes demands on the plant, so don’t forget to feed and mulch where needed.

Citizens Advice Bureau

officially opened the doors on the new bureau in Bewdley. John Gordon the Chair of the Wyre Forest CAB said they had been searching for years to find the right town centre location with disabled access and St Georges Hall on the Load Street car park was a real gem of a find. The bureau has two interview rooms both accessible for wheelchairs and a reception waiting area. Open every Thursday morning for general advice without prior appointment 10.00 am–1pm. Specialist appointments can also be made to see Debt or Welfare Caseworkers. John Gordon added that we simply could not operate without our fabulous team of volunteers and urged if anyone is interested in joining us – whether as an advisor, receptionist, admin assistant or board member – to contact the bureau.

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Bewdley & District Horticultural Society

3rd March Vegetable Growing for the table and Exhibition by Keith Newman

7th April British Flowers and mini spring show by Anne Daley Wednesday – 7.40p.m. for 8 p.m. Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Wribbenhall

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


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On Mothering Sunday we show our appreciation of everything that mothers do for us. With memories of big bonuses and expenses rows fresh in the mind, it’s a puzzle that so many people accept a job working twenty four hours a day, seven days a week with no pay, no holiday, no cash bonuses and no prospect of retirement. If you’re lucky you’ll get the occasional ‘Thank you’. Our ‘Parents and Carers’ section contains books on parenting from before birth to school age; about feeding, behaviour, how to talk to your child, even what to call him/her (if you need any help with that). If you don’t have a parenting problem, or, like me, your problem isn’t in any of the books, why not grab something for yourself? We’ve got everything from quick reads to classics, as well as books on aromatherapy, yoga and other pleasant ways to get some much needed relaxation. And don’t forget the magazine swap box! When I was a stay-at-home parent, for me the library was a bit like Tiffany’s; nothing bad ever happened to me in there!

Traidcraft sales figures for 2009 here in Bewdley were just over £27,500, which although excellent, were nearly £2,300 down on last year and the lowest for some time. So come on good Bewdley folk, let’s see if we can boost them back up again.

Where better to start than purchasing from the wonderful array of goodies featured in the Traidcraft Spring/Summer Catalogue, now available from me or the stall in St Anne’s Church. Already people are commenting on how bright and cheerful the range is, so order soon or pop into St Anne’s Church before lines sell out. There’s everything from jewellery and accessories, children’s games, gardening gifts, T-shirts, household items and gifts for men to the usual foodstuffs and essentials like fairly traded tea and coffee, as well as beautiful handmade cards

Traidcraft works with farmers and craft workers across Africa, Asia and South America. This year sees the introduction of a new producer group, African Heritage from Kenya. Josphat Omundi is a jewellery maker for African Heritage. He said: “I like working here because I get some money for myself and my family. I assist my parents because they are not able to pay school fees for my brothers and sisters.” Let’s help Josphat and so many more with our purchases. Hope to see you shopping in St Anne’s soon! Thank you.

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Mystery Diner

The Mulberry restaurant is tucked away just off Load Street in Bewdley by the entrance to the George Hotel, with an entrance also from the car park via The Farm shop. The building was a silk warehouse built in the 16th century with original brick/stone fireplace, and crammed with brass jugs, and other hollowware hanging from every beam, and crook and cranny that could be found. The tables have highly patterned table cloths, and mix match cutlery and china. Being a small owner/chef restaurant, there is a massive menu, but what quality and care to attention is received to every dish! You may have thought you were dining at some Michelin starred establishment. The customary soup of the day was on the menu, with freshly baked bread followed by Baked Mushroom with garlic & shallot in a stilton sauce, Fish pie, or Griddled pineapple with fruit in a mascarpone sauce - all worth their wait, served piping hot, well presented. The main courses were Lamb shank in honey, roasted parsnips with garlic and rosemary gravy, or Duck, with sweet potato and caramelised pear in port sauce, but for me the Chicken, with cranberry and thyme stuffing in puff pastry with a red wine sauce, was the meal of the night. The chicken was cooked to perfection, as you would have expected. Also available was Paupiettes of sole in a white wine and chive sauce and Salmon with red pepper and tomato chutney wrapped in filo pastry. The cheese course and sweets were served from the trolley, and consisted of fresh strawberries, cheesecakes, trifles, etc, etc, all very tasty. The restaurant is unlicensed so take your own drinks, or soft drinks are available there. A beautiful place to eat, but book a table.

Junior Rowing

Ten or eleven years old is about the lower age limit for rowing, and there are several flourishing junior groups at the club. It is equally popular with boys and girls, and there is a good social life too! Youngsters all start by sculling (rowing with an oar in each hand). This is to make sure that the work is evenly distributed on the right and left side of the body. (Sweep-oar rowing where you are in charge of one larger oar and the movement is more onesided does not begin until around 16 years old.) New scullers all begin in ‘Yellow boats’- bright, stable plastic craft, which are good for learning the basics. The progression is then into a training single scull (one person) and ultimately onto a fine single scull, or double or quad. The juniors race in their own age group in Regattas, which are both competitive and sociable events! After what has felt like a long winter I know of more than one junior rower who is looking forward to light evenings and more time on the water! Melanie Gunn

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March in the Forest I’ve just been hearing on the radio that spring is starting on average 11 days earlier than it did 30 years ago. This means that natural events such as the spawning of frogs and toads are happening earlier in the year. This is not a good thing if, as the report suggested, parts of the food chain are responding faster than others, in which case foods that are depended on may not be around at the time they are most needed. Local naturalists have been involved in monitoring such things for many years. For instance the Wyre Forest Study Group’s frogspawn survey checks ponds large and small throughout the forest to find out how many clumps of spawn appear each year and roughly when. You can become involved with similar exercises by registering with Nature’s Calendar, a campaign run by the Woodland Trust. (See You can record your own observations of bud burst and flowering in plants and the first appearances or breeding behaviour of animals.

So keep an eye and an ear open for signs of spring as you wander in the forest this month. If I’ve got it right, you should be able to hear Goldcrests and Siskins singing, while others such as Blackbirds, Mistle Thrushes and Song Thrushes start to build their nests. On warm days some of the cold-blooded inhabitants of the woods – Wood Ants, Adders, Grass Snakes and Slow Worms – should emerge from hibernation. Primroses, Celandines and Speedwells will be flowering and “pussy willow” buds appear on Sallow trees.

On a completely different subject, I’m afraid that our Deer Watch event that was to be on 13th March has had to be cancelled. The reason is bovine TB, which is widespread in this area not only in cattle but also in wild animals such as badgers and deer. The greatest risk of spreading the disease from one species to another occurs if they share feeding areas, and for this reason the Wildlife Ranger, Phil Rudlin, cannot follow the usual practice of putting out sugar beet to attract deer to the hide. (You didn’t realise we cheated, did you?) The Teme Valley is one of the areas where the government (DEFRA) will be carrying out a pilot scheme to inoculate badgers against TB – a welcome move away from talk of a cull. Setts are currently being mapped in readiness for the inoculation programme to start this summer.

We hope to see you on the Discovery Centre’s next event for children:

Friday 2nd April Easter Trail – Take part in our forest scavenger hunt to win your chocolate treat. Ages 3 - 11, £3 per child. No need to book: come any time from 10.30am to 12noon.

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with The Valentines and The Solihull Male Voice Choir 13th March at 7.30pm St Annes Church, Bewdley Tickets are £6.00 each and are available from Alzheimer's Society, 83 New Road, Kidderminster tel 01562 823800 or The Bewdley Bookshop or Judy Morris tel 01562 751753 This charity concert is being organised by The Valentines on behalf of Alzheimer's Society.

Kidderminster Beekeeping Association

The Spring Workshop will be held in the Baptist Church Hall, Franche Road, Kidderminster on Saturday 13th March, 9.30am. Topical bee issues will be discussed and a talk "Beeswax, Preparing it for Showing" by Norman Short. Members £1, non members £2. Anyone interested in bees/ beekeeping will be very welcome. For more information ring 01562 636666.

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Load Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2AE Tel/Fax: 01299 404740 Events in the Wyre Forest

Until 26th March Exhibition: Jubilee Gardens Orchard Project. Wyre Forest Gallery, Bewdley Museum. Load Street, Bewdley DY12 2AE. Tel: 01299 403573.

6th Workshop: From Drawing to Painting. Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury, Nr Kidderminster DY11 7XZ. Tickets: £55. Booking Essential. Tel: 01299 250416 6th Shindig Concert: Tom McConville Trio. Trimpley Village Hall DY12 1NZ. 8pm. Tel: 01299 861446.

Mr Andrew Lloyd with Bewdley Floral Art Club presents

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Tuesday March 23rd at Stourport Civic Hall 7.30pm Tickets £8 Tickets from Club evenings or 01299 402961 or 01384 443380





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BAPTISMS December 2009 Beau Robert Knight Rhodes Elizabeth Bayliss-Lowe FUNERALS December 2009 Charles Frederick Kettle service at All

Time for yourself Time for God Time for relaxing

Saints' followed by cremation at Stourbridge John Brian Carter service at All Saints' followed by burial in the churchyard

Arrive for coffee and croissants followed by a time of worship, prayer and a talk by Dr Rosalie Bidgood. After lunch there will be creative workshops to choose from. These will include :G deaf signing in worship G bonded textile cards G expressing worship through dance G jewellery making ... or simply a time to relax. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

by burial in the churchyard Brenda Morris service at All Saints' followed by cremation at Stourbridge Violet Lawley service at All Saints' followed by burial in the churchyard Trevor Durbin service at All Saints' followed by cremation at Stourbridge Jessie Beryl Jackson service at All Saints' followed by burial in the churchyard

The day is free but if you would like to make a contribution on the day to the cost of the lunch that would be great. There will be also a small charge if you choose to do the jewellery workshop.

Saturday March 20th Bewdley Baptist Church High Street 9:45am to 4:30pm For more information Kate on 01299 405627

January 2010 Frank Ellison service at All Saints' followed

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The 90th birthday party for Doreen, Kathleen and Allen was attended by members of their families as well as over thirty church members. At the end of the meal, the cake was cut and everyone went home having spent a very memorable afternoon together. During February the house fellowship watched the film ‘Creation’, which is about the life of Charles Darwin. We all found it interesting and very thought provoking. The Craft Group still meet regularly, making home-made cards, gifts, jam and pickle for sale to the general public. If anyone is passing when the church is open, do pop in and see what we have to offer.





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Dear Readers,

You may have heard of the ‘Policing Pledge’, which is a Government inspired initiative to increase public confidence in the police. One aspect of the pledge is that Local Policing Teams spend 80% of their time visibly working on their area. Some people have misinterpreted this to mean that we will spend 80% of our time wandering around the streets. Although high visibility foot patrol is an important aspect of the role of a CSO, it is only a small part of what we do to engage with our community for what is actually in excess of 90% of our work time. Bewdley and surrounding parishes have a large number of young people who are a vitally important part of the community; in fact they are its future. We believe it is essential to engage positively with our young people to ensure that they grow into responsible adults with respect for others, and that they keep themselves safe. We asked students at our schools through PACT what issues concern them, and one of those was that they saw the police as unapproachable.

To address this we introduced ‘Cop Stop’ at the local high school. This is a drop in session whereby the students can speak to the local policing team about any personal issues that maybe affecting them, their family and friends or just to gain advice on social networking safety, cyber bullying etc.

In addition to this, we also patrol regularly through the school grounds, giving the students further opportunity to engage with us in an informal setting to break down barriers between police and youths. With the younger children we deliver the Tag Rugby project. More about this next time. 99% of the younger generation in Bewdley are good and that small minority who do go into bad ways are swiftly identified and monitored. We actively engage in multi-agency interventions to prevent and deter further negative behaviour.

We haven’t got a gang culture in Bewdley and certainly don’t have uncontrollable kids. No one in Bewdley is on an ASBO because no one deserves to be. I ask that you don’t give the kids a bad reputation, as they certainly don’t deserve it. CSO Nicholla Fice Bewdley & Rural Local Policing Team 0300 333 3000 ext 3060 or 3901

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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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News from local Charity Mentor Link What young people and parents say about the services of Mentor Link

As regular readers of the Bridge will know, Mentor Link is a local charity dedicated to recruiting volunteer mentors to support young people facing difficulties such as family breakdown, friendship issues, illness etc. The nature of our work means that mentoring is confidential but we have asked some young people and parents for some feedback on the service that we provide. Here are two quotes: One parent writes…

We are extremely grateful to Mentor Link for supporting our daughter through a very difficult and unhappy time at school. Mentor Link's independence has been its main strength: not only is our daughter able to discuss the problems she has with school in complete confidence, but she can discuss issues she would rather not share with us either. The Mentor herself has been approachable, friendly and reliable and the advice is structured, practical and encouraging. Mentor Link has helped our daughter to regain confidence and a positive attitude to school life. Thank you again. One young person writes…

Mentor Link has helped me a lot and many other children in Bewdley. I have a mentor who I go and see every week in school, I go over, have a cup of tea and a good chat! My mentor has helped me a lot. My life at home wasn’t very stable and I wasn’t behaving well at school. I was smoking heavily and drinking a lot; not coping very well with everything going on around me. My mentor helped me change that all around. Having someone to talk to every week really helps me. In fact I can’t think where I would be without it. I don’t drink much anymore and am currently giving up smoking, but none of that would have happened without my mentor. If you would like further details on the work of the charity please contact 01299 400616 or email

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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

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Day Conference Thursday 18th March

We are very pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to attend an important day conference, which is FREE to all who are attending. Compassionate Communities is a new project, looking at how communities can support one another through the experience of death, dying and bereavement and looking for ways to build up networks of compassion and care within the community. The conference is open to anyone with an interest in this area and aims to bring together a broad cross-section of groups, organisations and individuals who are involved in both delivering and receiving end of life care, including representatives from clubs and societies, social groups, community groups, faith groups and schools. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Allan Kellehear from the University of Bath. Professor Kellehear is a world authority in the field of end of life care and we are delighted that he is able to be with us for the whole event. We will also have presentations by documentary film company Rosetta Life and poet Sue Hulse. The conference will take place at Stourport Civic Hall on Thursday 18th March from 10.00am – 3.30 pm and will include refreshments and a buffet lunch. We very much hope that you will be able to join us. Places are limited, so to book a place, please contact Alistair Fuller at KEMP Hospice on 01562 861217 or email

Friends of Bewdley Museum

The Friends of the Museum are looking forward to the new season; the regular help and support of volunteers at the museum will be as valuable as ever. There will be special events to look forward to, which will be enhanced by having extra people on site, helping with craft activities or stewarding exhibitions. Volunteers will be on hand before the museum reopens on Friday 2nd April for the annual pre season clean up.

Museum stewards have a variety of roles, including the ever successful brass rubbing, exhibition stewarding and some new children’s activities for 2010.

The Air Raid shelter can only open when there is a volunteer to open it. We have a superb team who enjoy sharing their knowledge of this shelter and of life in WWII, often learning even more from the visitors along the way.

This season the Friends have been asked to help in the planning and maintenance of the allotment garden next to the air raid shelter, and a “bee garden” with plants that will attract bees as part of the new permanent Bee Exhibition. If this or any of the other activities inspire you to get involved, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Jenny Robbins or Carol Mathieson on 01299 400386.





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Snow & Ice Clearing on Town Centre Footpaths Councillors voiced their concern and misgivings about the state of the town centre pavements following the snowfalls last month. Whilst Load Street became reasonably clear for traffic, the adjoining pavements remained quite treacherous with the compacted snow turning to ice. Some salt and grit was eventually spread, but it was insufficient to make it safe for pedestrians until the snow had virtually melted naturally. The Town Council agreed to look into the possibility of purchasing its own small automatic spreader and employing one of its staff to do the job instead in future winters.

Bewdley Car Parking Review Wyre Forest District Council have now set up a Parking Review Panel to consider some of the issues arising from the enforcement of the “23 hour” rule preventing holders of Residents’ Season Tickets from parking in the same space for a longer period. This had produced a host of complaints last autumn. The Town Council has been asked to cooperate in setting up its own Panel (of up to five persons) who would act as a conduit to represent the concerns of Bewdley residents as a whole and who would then have a chance of going before the District Council’s Review Panel later in the Spring

The Town Council is keen to cooperate and invites anyone who would like to act in that way to get in contact immediately with the Town Clerk at the Guildhall.

Town Centre Roadworks The road works are now well under way and one positive spin-off from the works has been the agreement of the contractors, Enterprise, to dig a trench whilst the road was closed and insert an electricity cable leading to the War Memorial so that at some future date it can be properly illuminated. Our thanks go to Enterprise for that goodwill gesture. Future Town Council meetings held at The Guildhall are: 1 March, 6th April and 4th May all at 7.30pm. Annual Town Meeting is 26th April at 7.30pm Annual Council Meeting (Major-Making) 14th May at 7.30pm Minutes of Town Council and Planning Committee Meetings are on the Notice Boards outside the Mayor’s Parlour, in the Guildhall 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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Growing Our Own

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A Meeting of Bewdley Transition Land Group 13th March 2 – 4 pm Bewdley Baptist Church

Would you like to grow your own food but have nowhere to do it? Are you interested in local food? Does the distance traveled by your food concern you?

In 1649 the chaos of the English Civil War inspired a group that declared our land to be a common treasury and began to plant fruit and vegetables on common land in southern and central England. It was a response to a shortage of food and what the Diggers saw as the misuse of productive land by the large landowners ( Today groups around the country are working to make use of derelict and unloved plots of land. A good example of this is in the Yorkshire town of Todmorden, where the Incredible Edible Todmorden project is reaping many benefits in the town. To get us in the mood, we will be showing the film “Grow Your Own”. The film is a comedy suitable for all the family and will be shown free of charge.

Come along to enjoy the film and have a chat about local food, growing our own fruit and vegetables and discuss how we can make the most of underused land in our town by working together as a community. Both gardeners and non-gardeners welcome. Tea/coffee and cakes will be available after the film.

For further details contact Chris Leck: or tel. 07788 995170.

John Henry Newman Explored

One hundred years later, the figure of John Henry Newman is still very prominent amongst English Christians. This year, in particular, the expected visit of Pope Benedict to England and the hope that this will coincide with Newman’s Beatification has especially brought him to our attention. Here in the Wyre Forest we are anticipating these significant events with two presentations, which we hope will be enlightening to Christians of all denominations. They are given by eminent Newman scholars and will be hosted by St Wulstan’s and St Thomas of Canterbury, Stourport. The Spiritual Themes of Cardinal Newman 7:15pm Tuesday March 9th Newman founded the first English Oratory. The Provost of the Birmingham Oratory, Fr Richard Duffield, will share with us his insights into the spiritual themes that were the basis of Newman’s preaching and teaching and life as a pastor. Newman and the Church Today 7:15pm Tuesday March 16th Fr Ian Ker is Senior Research Fellow in Theology at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford and the author of “John Henry Newman: A Biography”, (reissued last year by Oxford University Press). He will talk about the continued appropriateness of much of Newman’s thoughts to Christians today. Deacon John O’Brien





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Famous people that I have met

I asked some Bewdley people a question: Have you ever met anyone famous? Here are some more of their answers. Marty Pellow from Wet Wet Wet. My son and I went backstage at a concert in Birmingham. Norma Carter I saw Rosemary Conley, the Keep Fit lady, when she was doing a presentation. Caroline Evans I was at a charity presentation as part of Stourport Carnival and was introduced to Henry Sandon from the Antiques Road Show. He was a real gentleman. Dave Carr My sister had a job in a bar in Lanzarote called the No –No Club. Omar Sharif was filming nearby and used to come in. He told my sister she had “beautiful hands”. Carmen Legat Wilfred Brambell was staying in the Albany Hotel in Birmingham. I had to go to a conference there, and we got talking at the bar. He was very entertaining and told me about working on Steptoe and Son. Peter Hesketh While I was staying with my second cousin, she took me to see Beryl Reid who lived nearby. She lived in a house called Honeypot Cottage. Lorraine Woodward It was March 2000. We were flying to New York for my son’s birthday. Martin has never been star-struck and despite the President being surrounded by bodyguards, quite calmly went up to Bill Clinton, introduced himself and shook his hand. Claire Quinn Why not email us if you ever met anyone famous.

I’m afraid you got my “Famous People” memory wrong. I shook hands with Sir John Barbirolli, not nursed him. It happened when some staff nurses were selected to sell programmes at a memorial service for Kathleen Ferrier. (She had been treated at University College Hospital from the start of her illness.) There we were in full uniform – striped dresses, starched frilly collar, cuffs, and aprons in the Royal Festival Hall. Afterwards we were taken backstage to meet Sir John and he shook hands with us all. Janet Kirk

Community Transport Helpline

I brought community transport into Bewdley 12 years ago when it operated under a well-known international charity aimed idealistically at helping disadvantaged people in their communities. It worked well, and grew rapidly. In 2006 I was asked to take charge of a new project in Birmingham, but to close our “unprofitable” operation here – I refused and lost my job, the Bewdley branch was closed, and our funds and vehicle taken away. But we understood the real need in this area and grasped the opportunity, and within two weeks we were back in operation with our own charitable business and a new name, thanks to the loyalty of our volunteers and the support of all at St Anne’s. That first year was hard but most rewarding. We received a lot of funding in that first year, but then it becomes harder to find for each year ahead – yet we manage. We now help people in our communities with advice and transport to essential appointments, lunch clubs, social visits and holidays. Our volunteer drivers and office staff are the keys to our success; they care about those who genuinely need us and go out of their way to help. They do it because they enjoy it - our passengers are a delight to talk to; they each have a whole lifetime of experiences and they love having someone interested to listen. And now our new wheelchair car has arrived! £25,000 of hardware, manufactured in Italy and converted in Newcastle upon Tyne to provide a spacious and comfortable mode of transport for people who have to travel in their wheelchairs or find it impossible to access public transport. It’s also very well equipped and comfortable for the driver. We now have a fleet of two such vehicles, either available for “self-drive” – friends, relatives or carers can use them on day trips or holidays away for their wheelchair passengers, or our volunteers may be able to help. Our fleet insurance accepts people aged between 21 – 70 with a full UK driving licence and a reasonable driving record. To justify two cars I have to find more passengers and more volunteer drivers. We need your help. If you enjoy driving and helping other people, please do ask me for a test drive; if you would like to help in other ways do contact me. Vince Taylor 01299 405832

The Bridge - March 2010  

The Bridge Magazine - March 2010

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