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The BRIDGE May 2011

Community News

Fairtrade Fun Day During Fairtrade Fortnight 45 Year 5 pupils from St Anne’s CE Primary School joined pupils from Franche Community School and Stourport Primary School for a day of Fairtrade fun and activities in Kidderminster Town Hall. This was arranged by the Midcounties Co-operative Community Programme and supported by Wyre Forest District Council and the Wyre Forest Fairtrade District Group. The children had a great time working with the theatre group Caboodle on a Fairtrade play (more of a pantomime really!), which they performed for parents and friends in the evening. The Co-op also laid on lots of fun activities and these are some of the children’s comments on the day. “I never knew that so many delicious fruits came from poor countries…The paper bag game was most fun but very stressful…The stage activity was strange; people in poor countries do this every day, I was shocked.” Jack and George “Mine and Ellie’s favourite activity was tasting chocolate.” Yang “The paper bag game was so hard. We tried chocolate, one was Fairtrade…We really enjoyed making a bag. We learned a lot about Fairtrade.” Megan and Thomas “We had a wonderful day…THANK YOU” Emily and Abby “We had a splendid day! Thank you!” Benjamin Elaine Barbour

Helping orphans in Belarus Hello! My name is Lucy Robinson and after my seven years at Bewdley High School I went on to Cardiff University. I have now completed three years of my medical degree and at present am taking a year out to complete an BSC in Cellular and Molecular Pathology. As part of my medical course and because I am an associate with Cardiff’s branch of the charity ‘SKIP’ (Students for Kids International Projects) I have been given the opportunity to spend two weeks at Novinki Orphanage in Belarus from 17th - 3rd July 2011. So that I can finance my trip and raise money for the children of Novinki Orphanage I am holding the following event: Refreshments, Raffle & Light Lunches In St Anne’s Church Saturday 4th June 10:30 – 4:00 I’m really hoping you can come along and give me your support Lucy Robinson


The Bridge is the community voice of Bewdley.

It is free and delivered by volunteers to more than 4,600 homes every month. Aah! May, my favourite month. The awful winter is a past memory, I’ve got all my veg seeds sown, the dawn chorus wakes me up at an unearthly hour and everywhere nature is shouting,“Come and look at me!”. Best of all, there’s still all of the summer ahead. Sorry for that sudden burst of cheerfulness; I promise to resume my usual boring self soon. It is astonishing what a difference the sun makes, though, don’t you think? I noticed that sunny day we had last month – oh, come on, you must remember it – everyone seemed a lot more smiley and ready to say hello. I loved the way we all said the same thing – “Isn’t it lovely? Makes you think winter’s over at last”. I think we feel that after the battering we had last winter we actually really deserve to have a superb summer. I’m putting in a request for warm, not too hot, days with rainy nights for my veg.). I have a feeling I’ll look back on that request next month and snarl. So what’s your ideal weather? Send us your thoughts and we’ll print a selection. Margaret

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Bewdley Carnival This year’s annual Bewdley Carnival is being held on the 11th June . Among the entertainment planned for this year will be John Evans - a Head Balancing act that has many world records, West Midlands Crystalettes Marching Band; Severn Side South School of Dance; Urban Moves( street dancers) Wilmoris and Son magician and juggler; the Fun fair and many stalls and side shows. The committee is looking for 6 youths to carry a banner at the front of the parade. They need to be between 11 and 16 and free on the 11th June to become part of the parade. Anybody that is interested can phone Andrew on 01562 822716. The committee is also looking for any organization or group that would be free to help on Carnival day with street marshalling and at the entrance to the parade field. Anybody interested can phone Sue on 01299 401841.

Transition Bewdley Food Group Meeting Thursday 19th May 2011 7.00pm – 9.30pm Bring along a home-cooked dish and enjoy a shared supper (until 8.00pm) before a talk by Christine Gledhill on ‘Making Jam from Foraged Ingredients’ (plus a chance to buy her produce) followed by an informal discussion. Help us to encourage and support local food production, growing your own, healthy eating, sharing of recipes. All welcome, free admission. Bewdley Baptist Church, High Street, Bewdley DY12 2DJ For further information, please contact Sara Hirst:Tel: 07771 538459 or Email:

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Bewdley Tennis Club Spring Tournament, 9:30 Bewdley Tennis Club Monday Project 10.00am -12.30pm. All Saints' Church, 07891 040202 Womens Section Royal British Legion 19:30 Black Boy Hotel 01299 403800 Bewdley Horticultural Society Wribbenhall Community Centre 01299 402670 Bewdley Library Jigsaw Swap, 01905 822722 Dawn Chorus Walk, 5.30 to 7.30am, 01299 266929 All Saints' Church Spring Fayre, 13:00 Concert by West Mercia Police Band, 19:30 St Annes Churc Nearly New Book Sale 10:00 All Saints Church The Monday Project 10.00am 12.30pm. All Saints' Church, 07891 040202 Bewdley Library Readers Group, 10:00 Bewdley Library Sabrina Stitchers, 19:30 George Hotel 07851 406836 Who Let the Dads Out, Dads and Toddlers play group 9.30 - 11.30am. Bewdley Baptist Church Super Saturday – Children’s Club (511) 9.30 - 11.30am. Bewdley Baptist Church Craft demonstrations at Bewdley Museum 10:00 Monday Project 10.00am -12.30pm. All Saints' Church, 07891 040202 Bewdley Townswomen's Guild 14:30 Bewdley Library Bewdley Branch Royal British Legion 19:30 Black Boy Hotel 01299 404113 Monday Project 10.00am -12.30pm. All Saints' Church, 07891 040202 Sabrina Stitchers, 19:30 George Hotel 07851 406836










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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. 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.  Who Let The Dads Out - second Saturday of the month for dads and toddlers

St Anne’s Church 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, 6 - 7.30pm Thinking about baptism – come to a Sunday service and we’ll talk together over coffee Our website is:


Saturday second Saturday of the month for primary school aged children.  Senior Citizens Lunch Second Tuesday of the month.  Youth Activities  Men’s Group. Like to know more? Contact the ministers, John Rhodes or Simon Harry, at the church office (403267) or visit Bewdley Baptist Church 61 High Street Bewdley

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

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.

RIVERSIDE CHURCH building life building hope Dog Lane Bewdley A Church for all the family Every Sunday @ 10.30am Children & Youth meet in St George Hall Come and join us Talented Live Band & Relevant Powerful Messages from the bible. church office: 01299 405535 An Elim Pentecostal Church

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Services at 10.30 every Sunday

On Sunday 15th May at 10.30 a.m. there will be a joint Holy Communion service with Callow Hill Methodist Church. The service will be led by Rev. Linda Catlow.

The following Sunday, 22nd May, at 10.30 a.m. we will be celebrating the 216th anniversary of the church. Our special preacher is Rev. Deanne Evans (Snelling) who, for many years, was our Minister. Lunch will be served after the service and if there is anyone who remembers Deanne and would like to join us do please come along. She will be delighted to meet up with you again. For further details of any of our weekly meetings please contact Rev. Linda Catlow on 01299 826641.

All Saints Wribbenhall Services for May

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8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Family Service and baptism 8th May 9.30am Parish Eucharist 15th May 9.30am Parish Eucharist 22nd May 9.30am Parish Eucharist 29th May 9.30am Morning Worship To book a wedding at All Saints' please go along to St. Anne's church between 6.00 and 7.30pm on a Tuesday. For a baptism come to a morning service and talk to the vicar or a churchwarden after the service over a cup of coffee.


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Why not use your experience and expertise for the good of Bewdley?

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You can use your experience and expertise to help Bewdley be a thriving market town by joining Bewdley Development Trust as a director. The trust is looking for people with entrepreneurial skills and commercial experience to help make a real difference.

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The allotment at the pub When Emma at the Hop Pole decided to try growing some of the food for the pub she made the ground around the Inn ‘an allotment’ and invited interested growers to work with her to develop the land. Under an agreed joint plan the grower would grow produce for themselves and also for the pub kitchen. Val Austin, an active member of The National Garden Scheme, stepped up to the challenge. Val and Emma’s rules were: grow organically, compost all green waste from the kitchen for use on the garden, have battery rescue hens to eat the weeds and keep down garden pests. Val has already started the first year’s work and so far the existing herb bed has been weeded and trimmed and the new season’s chives are already being used in the kitchen; a rough area on a steep slope has been roughly dug and sown with potatoes to ‘clean the area’; a border in front of the pub has been prepared for sweet peas and climbing French and Runner beans. Another bed has been planted with shallots, beetroot, carrots, chard, leeks and spinach; a further bed has been planted with broad beans and mangetout. We hope to tell you how we are doing with a report each month in The Bridge but you are welcome to stop and have a look as you go past!

Bewdley Museum – Crafts In Practice Days These are planned at the Museum in Bewdley for every third Sunday of the month between April and October The planned monthly Craft Days started on the 17th April. The initial theme is ‘wood craft’ and Resident craftsman Eric Lyons will be demonstrating tools and techniques used for a wide range of decorative furniture finishes, these will include

Application of bronzing powders; Water and oil gilding;  Fuming;  Sponging & splatter finishes;  Traditional decorative finishes; Eric will be joined by Lionel Gee, who will demonstrate sharpening & honing hand tools; guests from Worcestershire Woodland project will also demonstrate techniques in green wood working Come along and watch. From 12 noon & 3.30pm. 



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Come & Sing – Faure ‘Requiem’ & Vivaldi ‘Gloria’ Saturday 21st May – St. Mary’s Church – Kidderminster We would like to invite as many singers as possible to come and join us for this event which is being held to help raise money for Trinity Methodist Church Restoration Fund. As you may know the church was the victim of an arson attack and although now re-opened still has some way to go with its fund raising. Singers will meet at 2.00 p.m. for practice during the afternoon and then have a break for tea; the performance will begin at 7.00 p.m. If you can’t sing, don’t worry, we are also looking for a large audience! Anyone wishing to take part should contact us as soon as possible. We have hired music so if you don’t have your own copies you can still come and sing. Looking forward to meeting you. Contact: Ann 01299 404226 email – Jim 01562 632172 email – KEMP Hospice is delighted to announce the opening of its new shop at No 14, Load Street, Bewdley. Lynne Jones, Retail Manager says, “We have only moved next door, but the larger premises enables us to offer an extended fashion range plus a dedicated Book Room.” The shop was opened on Friday 8th April by the Mayor of Bewdley, Councillor Paul Gittins. Local artist John Instance was there with a collection of his original artwork. John has very generously supported KEMP in the past by donating scenes of Bewdley for our Christmas cards. For more information please contact Lynne Jones on 01562 515757 / 07731 789 654

Dear Editor, Many thanks for publishing the photographs from the Museum collection for us. The first family group were identified by Janet Ince as her grandparents. In the next photograph the man in uniform was from the Boer war. He was Lance Corporal Henry Darkes, known as Harry. He was killed in France in WWI in 1917.

Now we are hoping your readers can help us with this photograph from the Museum collection. It shows the Mayor and Mayoress of Bewdley, Bill and Freda Purcell at what appears to be a party. The Mayoress is being presented with a bouquet by a young girl. We would like to identify where it was taken and the occasion and the name of the girl. If you have any information please contact Charles Purcell on 01299 403582 or leave a message at the Museum Charles Purcell

Kidderminster Beekeepers Association On Saturday May 21st at 2.30pm an out-apiary meeting hosted by David Moule will be held at Wolverley, Nr Kidderminster, followed by a bee tea. Anyone interested in bees/beekeeping will be very welcome. Please ring 01299 825578 or email for more information.





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Open Forum on Bewdley 24th May 2011 Already Bewdley Development Trust has attracted over £1 million of investment into our town. Come along to Bewdley Baptist Church at 7pm on the 24th May and: Hear more about their work.  What’s in the pipeline  Plans for the future But most importantly of all, give your

Wribbenhall Parish Room Our first local fundraising event, a barn dance held on 2nd April, was a wonderful evening attended by ninety people. Everyone had a marvellous time, with music by the Banjacs and Alan Ferguson as caller. Thanks to people’s generosity we raised £650. We now start our major fundraising from the lottery and other sources to enable us to completely upgrade and refurbish this facility given to the community in 1915. It has served us well but is now looking very tired. Please help us in this venture by • joining as a member • supporting events • giving us your ideas for fundraising • helping us in any way For further information contact: Liz 01299 403053 Carol 07971 216 462 Anne 01299 402204 The next local event is a jumble sale Saturday 25th June Donations to Carol 07971 216 462

views and ideas on how we can make Bewdley a thriving market town. This is a great opportunity of hearing first hand the work that the Trust undertakes on behalf of the whole community. It is also a good way of seeing how you can play a role in the future development of our town. For further details please check out the town’s website or call their offices. Web : Tel : 01299 405516 Working to make Bewdley a great place to live, work and visit.

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New Children’s Saturday Morning Club

There is a new monthly Saturday morning club for primary school aged children on the

A treat for lovers of textiles Do you have an interest in textiles? If so, there’s a delightful treat in store for you during the month of May in Bewdley Library, when Forest Quilters will be exhibiting samples of their work throughout the month. The group has many talented members who produce both traditional patchwork and quilting and contemporary art work in textiles. We would be delighted if the people of Bewdley could spare a few minutes to see and, hopefully, to admire our members’ work. If this should tempt anyone to take up their needle and thread, or to dig out their sewing machine, we would be happy to welcome you to the group’s meetings, which are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at Trinity Methodist Church Centre Churchfields Kidderminster DY10 2JL. Beginners are welcome, along with more experienced stitchers. The first meeting in the month is usually a ‘Sit & Sew’ session, with a speaker at the second meeting. A copy of the group’s programme and details can be obtained from: Brenda Banner 01562 228535 Note: If you enjoy this small Exhibition, you may like to take a trip to Stourbridge on Saturday 7 May for Crystal Quilters’ Exhibition at St James’s Church Hall Wollaston Stourbridge DY8 3SE - 10.00am4.00pm (Admission £2.50, under-16s free).

second Saturday of every month at Bewdley Baptist Church. It is being run in the main hall at the same time as Who Let The Dads Out (for preschool aged children and their dads) takes place in the rear hall. Both events are free and more information is available from the church office or the church website. Tel : 01299 403267

Bewdley Library Out and About As well as enjoying the enthusiasm of the Rhyme Time run by Riverside Children's Centre in the library on Friday mornings, our links with the centre mean that I occasionally get over there and have a great time with the little ones. A recent development at Riverside is the monthly Book Club; I take a box of children's books over to the centre, and parents and children can choose books to take home and return the next month. I stay most of the morning so I am on hand to answer any library/reading related questions as best I can, as well as chatting and playing for a bit! At the first session parents expressed an interest in having a selection of books for themselves, so I now take a small selection of adult reading books (i.e. books that aren't for children!) as well. We're hoping that this will be an occasion when parents can enjoy some grown up time, simply chat and say that they really enjoyed reading a particular book! Book Club at Riverside Children's Centre is on the last Thursday in every month. Hope to see you there soon. Kay Sanderson





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Community News A date for your diary

Bewdley Open Studios 25-26th June Once again more than 50 local artists will be displaying their talents at Bewdley Open Studios fifth annual art festival. Virtually every art form from painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and jewellery to furniture making and garden design. This year sees a new departure with performance poet Heather Wastie and her colleagues declaiming at four of our venues including the Quay Gallery and Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre. The Wyre Forest Gallery of the Museum will display works by the artists from 11th-26th June. Included in this exhibition will be works by Michele White, past President of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, who is a renowned jeweller and who will be opening the exhibition itself. Raffle There are two magnificent raffle prizes: a painting of the icy Severn at Beales Corner by Lesley Connolly and a ceramic pitcher by Sheila Seepersaud-Jones. Tickets are on sale from the Friends’ stall at the Museum. Workshops The artists’ workshops have met with great success in previous years and again there is an exciting line-up. David Spurrier is back with a Mixed Media and Collage workshop on Saturday 11th June. There is a Jewellery Masterclass with Michele White on 12th June. On Saturday 18th Heather Wastie leads a Poetry workshop. On Sunday 19th James Howorth, prize-winning Kidderminster artist, will teach Acrylic Portrait Painting. Contact Bewdley Museum on 01299 403573 for details or to reserve a

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Royal Wedding Weekend - Discover Bewdley - Sp For Bewdley, the long Royal Wedding weekend will provide four days of exciting activities and attractions to welcome visitors and residents to our town. Come along and bring your friends to Bewdley for a fantastic weekend! There are lots more events going on and you can find details from the Tourist Information and Bewdley Maths Trail - Saturday 30th April will see the launch of the new Bewdley Maths Trail designed by pupils from the local primary schools. To celebrate, the Museum On The Move bus will be on Severnside South with its exhibition on numbers. The trails will be available from Tourist Information. Arts & Crafts Market - On Sunday and Monday the annual Spring Fair will have a local Arts & Crafts market on Severnside North on the Sunday and the following day we will be saying “ciao” to Italia Piazza, a mostly food market of all things Italian! Bewdley Salad Challenge - Local chefs will take part in the Bewdley Salad Challenge. They will have one minute to choose their ingredients and 10 minutes to assemble the salad. We are going to offer as many locally produced ingredients as possible. Come down to Severnside South for 3pm on Monday 2nd May. Ingredients for the winning salad will be available from the Farm Shop and the Deli. Museum - The Museum will have a busy schedule of activities with the Kaleidoscope Theatre group having a pirate theme and to tie in with the 650 Years of Magistracy exhibition, Tiggerty Boo will be holding court outside the Guild Hall and sending offenders to the dungeons! Guided Walks - The Civic Society will be providing guided walks of Bewdley and Wribbenhall and SARA will have river rescue displays from Severnside North. Twin town - Joining us for the weekend will be guests from twin town Vellmar in Germany and there will be a Bewdley v Vellmar football match on Friday 29th and on Sunday 1st a tennis tournament as part of the Bewdley Tennis Club Start of Season Tournament. Annual Beer Festival - The Mug House will hold their annual beer festival over the long weekend with several bands performing in the garden and the Bewdley Brewery will be open for tours. The Little Packhorse will have Strumpit playing on Sunday 1st May at 8pm. Teas and Cakes galore- Kateshill will be serving teas and cakes and there will be a Traidcraft event with teas and cakes at St Anne’s Church. The Youth Café will be open too. Come and take a look. Park and Stride - The Bewdley School and Sixth Form centre will be providing Park and Stride facilities for free parking.

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pring Fair - Friday 29th April to Monday 2nd May Mad Hatters Tea Party There will be a Mad Hatters Tea Party in Jubilee Gardens on Friday 29th April at 3pm organised by Bewdley Town Council. A bouncy castle with slide, music and Alice In Wonderland fancy dress competition. Bring a picnic, chairs and blankets to help celebrate the nuptials of the happy couple. Food Court Severnside South There will be a food court on Severnside South with stalls selling nuts, fruits, apple juice, meats, paella and more. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign will be bringing their road show to the town - with a chef demonstrating how to use leftovers and giving away samples. Did you know that we throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food every year, most of which could have been eaten? Check out Giant Snakes and Ladder Come along and play Snake and Ladders on possibly the world’s largest board!! Following its success last year the second annual Giant Snakes and Ladders “game” will take place on the bank holiday Monday using the streets of the town as the “board”. The start is from Severnside South from noon till 3pm on Monday 2nd May Just some of the events Friday Mug House Beer Festival (Also Sat, Sun & Mon) Bewdley Concert Band Art Exhibition (Also Sat, Sun & Mon) 650 years of Magistracy (Also Sat, Sun & Mon) A Mad Hatters Tea Party Football Match Saturday Bewdley Maths Trail Guided walk of Wribbenhall Sunday Suffolk Shire Horses Katenba World Drummers Tennis Match

Meet the Artists Spring Fair Health Sustainability & Recycling Love Food Hate Waste Arts and Craft market Bewdley Brewery Open Day Art4theTerrified exhibition Court Room drama Tiggerty Boo Street Drama Ribbesford Circular Trail Bewdley Town Walk St Anne's Church & Traidcraft Monday Kaleidoscope drama group Italia in Piazza Water rescue demos

Spring Fair Meet the Artists Art Exhibition Health Sustainability & Recycling 650 years of Magistracy Love Food Hate Waste Tiggerty Boo street drama Art4theTerrified exhibition Bewdley Brewery Open Day St Anne's Church & Traidcraft Bewdley Town Guided Walk Open Garden High St Giant Snakes and Ladders Court room drama Wribbenhall Guided Walk Open Mic Cock & Magpie

Gardening in May We are now at the point of almost maximum effort in the gardening year so rather than focus on just one task here is a short list of things to do. Continue with grass cutting, lowering the cut until at the right height; if you suffer from a lot of moss or weeds keep the grass longer in order reduce their viability. Trim the lawn edge frequently with a D shaped cutter for good definition. Bedding plants will probably be ready to plant out towards the end of the month. In the meantime keep them protected during their hardening off period. Perennials, annuals and bulbs can be planted this month. Again don’t be tempted to put out warmer weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, squashes and cucumbers until mid month. You need to be careful of that late frost! But most popular vegetable crops, carrots, lettuce, potatoes, beans and peas can be seeded and planted in to the ground any time now. Hedges and borders need to be trimmed and tidied. Apply a good mulch of compost, well rotted manure and bark to retain moisture , feed and suppress weeds. Before attacking the hedge check for nesting birds. Remember wherever they grow weeds are a nuisance and are best kept at bay now by regular hoeing. Avoid letting weeds go to seed. As everything grows apace remember to keep up with pruning, shaping, de-budding and trimming and support rapid growth with light applications of good fertilizers and staking where necessary. There will now be plenty of materials for composting: keep the heap moist, apply accelerators and keep turning. Stuart Williams

Cherry Fair Saturday 25th June, 2011 In front of Bewdley Town Hall Civic Society gazebo. 2pm until 4.30 pm Bring a few cherries of any varieties available to show what is growing locally. The early varieties should be ripe. Handle carefully to avoid bruising. To beat the birds pick early and fruits will ripen afterwards. It is hoped to display named varieties for comparison with new and unnamed discoveries to find old and local varieties. A Second Cherry Fair - for the later varieties Sunday17th July Bewdley Museum, 10.30 – 4.30 Coinciding with the Museum Craft Fair. As above bring any cherry varieties for identification (if possible). The above events are an attempt to revive the traditional Cherry Fair in Bewdley. A fair was set up with the Edward IV Charter of 1472. There is no mention of cherries in the charter, but the date, St. Anne’s Day, July 26th, is the nearest of the ancient fair days to the cherry season. So this date seems to have become a Cherry Fair, when or how we do not know, probably in the 19th century.




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It changed my life It being U3A (University of the Third Age). When I retired two years ago I had not heard of U3A until a friend told me about it. I investigated and found that you can join any (or all!) of the groups that range from Line Dancing, through badminton and hand bell ringing to history, Bridge and bowling, and lots more. What’s more, in these groups you can find friendliness and a care for each other acknowledging that we need to value

Wyre Forest & South Shropshire Stroke Support Group Have you or someone you care for had a stroke Brand new support group for you? We want to know your ideas and interests. Pound Green and Button Oak Community Hall Pound Green DY12 3LB Wednesdays 14.00-16.00 Everyone affected by stroke or who would like to volunteer is welcome. For more details or information about future meetings please contact us using the details below: Call Martin on 01746 861813 or Brian on 01299 401825 Stroke Helpline 0303 3033 100

Rock Pathfinders Free guided walks along our footpaths and bridleways taking 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside. The June walks will be on Thursdays :2nd June from Running Horse, Long Bank, Bewdley

each other in this third age that we suddenly find ourselves in. So far, I have tried computers, Line Dancing, walking, poetry and book club, though not simultaneously! There are about 300 members of the Wyre Forest Group which covers Bewdley, Stourport and Kidderminster. Meetings, with a speaker, are on the 3rd Monday of every month (2.00-4.00) in Kidderminster Town Hall. The title of this article is an opinion that I have often heard expressed. Don’t be nervous to try U3A; you will be welcomed. Janet Mann.

Bewdley Townswomen’s Guild

We had a good attendance for the AGM in March and now have a new Chairman,Yvonne Brown who has taken over from Liz Pomford. Pat Kemp will be missed at our committee meetings, she did a great job as social secretary. Quizzes and music were enjoyed for the rest of the evening. The meeting in May will be the guild's birthday when we go out for a celebratory meal. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more information please phone 01299 401352 OS reference 764427 Evening walk starting from 7pm 16th June from The Rock Cross Inn OS ref 735487 starting at 10.30am Everyone Welcome For our full program visit Or ring Alan on 01299 400304





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Community News The Green Corner

Cheaper Driving on an Egg We all know that walking or cycling are much greener (and healthier) than driving everywhere and for longer journeys, public transport normally has a much lower carbon footprint than cars. But what about those time when a car has to be used: how can we drive more economically? Many years ago I went to car maintenance classes. This is where the egg came in: “Drive as if you have eggs on the accelerator and brake” he would say. “Save petrol and the clutch!” Good advice that has stuck with me. For less eggcentric ideas, try these tips from the Energy Saving Trust 1. Drive Off From Cold. Modern cars are designed to move straight away. Warming up the engine just wastes fuel - and actually causes engine wear. 2. Check Your Revs. Change up before 2,500rpm (petrol) or 2,000rpm (diesel) 3. Drive Smoothly. Anticipate road conditions so that you drive smoothly and avoid sharp acceleration and heavy braking. This saves fuel and reduces accident rates. 4. Step Off The Accelerator. When slowing down or driving downhill, remain in gear but take your foot off the accelerator early. This reduces fuel flow to the engine to virtually zero.

5. Slow Down. Driving within the speed limit is safer as well as being the law, and reduces fuel consumption. 6. Stuck in traffic? Switch It Off. Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they are re-started without pressing the accelerator. Turn off the engine if you're going to be stationary for more than a minute or two. 7. Plan Ahead. Plan your journeys to avoid congestion and road works, and to make sure you don't waste fuel or time getting lost! 8. Keep It Long. Use other forms of transport for short journeys, if you can. A cold engine uses almost twice as much fuel and catalytic converters can take five miles to become effective. 9. Reduce Drag. Accessories such as roof racks, bike carriers and roof boxes significantly affect your car's aerodynamics and reduce fuel efficiency, so remove them when not in use. 10. Check Tyre Pressure. Under-inflated tyres are dangerous and increase fuel consumption. Air conditioning can significantly increase fuel consumption. Try switching it off, or use an 'eco' setting if you have one. However, if you are really hot and travelling at speed, air conditioning is better for fuel consumption than opening windows. How many miles per gallon do you get? What is your top tip? Brian Smith

WRIBBENHALL WI The May Meeting to be held at The Riverside Church Dog Lane Bewdley on the 9th at 2pm will take the form of discussing and voting on Resolutions to be presented at the A.G.M. followed by Social Time. An outing to Button Bridge Gardens has been arranged for 17th May and a Craft and Chat meeting on 11th May. For further information please contact Mrs. Beryl Bubb on 01562 745012. Visitors are always welcome.





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During March and April things have moved on apace in the garden at Bowcastle Farm. The longer days and sunshine have seen lots of growth and some of the plants that I thought were lost in The Great Frost have reared their heads after all. The lawn is green, the early blossomers have bloomed and things are looking on track for May 21 when the garden will be open for the National Garden Scheme. But the next few weeks will be hectic with weeding, splitting and mulching. There is enough sweeping to wear out all the old brushes that my hoarder of a husband has collected and inherited over 40 years, the hard surfaces will need weed spraying first and the paraphernalia of a farm sorted out and tidied up, signs need to be erected and more cakes to be made, and our friends will have to be sweet-talked into manning the tea and cake stall and directing the traffic. But the best bit will be buying new shrubs! I have to say that the winter’s damage means I will have to go round some nurseries and make some purchases! Oh, dear, what a trial! Can’t wait! When you read the next instalment, it will be over. I will be recounting the experiences of the day. In the meantime we pray for sun and blue skies! Bowcastle Farm, Tanners Hill, Bewdley DY12 2LN will be open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday May 21st. Do come along and support us! Thelma Quayle

Free orchard and wild flower meadow walks Uncllys Farm is providing a number of afternoon and evening walks around the Wyre Forest. On the Sunday 22nd May at 2:30 - 4:30, there is a blossom and orchard walk when you can learn more about the traditional orchards in the Wyre Forest On the Wednesday the 25th May at 2:30- 4:30, there is a walk where you can discover more about the wild flowers that grow in the meadows in the Wyre. Both walks are free, but places are limited so they have to be booked by emailing or leaving a message on 01299 488083. The walks are led by a local expert and tea and cakes are available. Uncllys Farm is the location of the Wyre Community Land Trust. From this working farm on the outskirts of Bewdley, the Trust supports land owners, small holders and farmers through training, practical help and the loan of tools and equipment. It also provides a on experience wealth of volunteering opportunities where people can gain hands on experience of woodland management, livestock, fruit pressing, cider making and harvesting. For more information : John Iles Tel : 01299 488083





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“An Amazing Camping Experience” Roaring campfires and the great outdoors combined with the cosiness of authentic native American Tipis. Each tipi is furnished to provide comfort camping with an assortment of futons and camping beds, chairs and tables, rugs and throws. Also supplied are gas cooking stove, pans, crockery, cutlery and cold box. Each tipi has its own picnic table and external fire pit with cooking frame for that all important campfire and the larger ones also have a log burner for those extra cosy evenings. Tipis are available to hire throughout most of the year. So if you fancy a romantic weekend under the stars, an outdoor adventure with the family or somewhere for friends or relatives to stay, please get in touch!

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Wyre Forest McTimoney Chiropractic and Integrated Health Clinic (est. 1997) Chiropractors: Jane McKenzie-Riley D.C. M.M.C.A Philip Elliot B.Sc. Hon (Chiro) M.M.C.A Mark Sammons D.C. M.M.C.A Delia Oliver B.Sc. Hon (Chiro) M.M.C.A Brian Ford B.S.c Hon (Chiro) M.M.C.A

Initial Appointment approx 90 mins - Consultation approx 1Hour Chiropractic Treatment approx 30mins. Free (30 min) Chiropractic Spine Checks are available, if you are unsure as to whether Chiropractic could help you. Also available:

Physiotherapy and Acupuncture, Alexandra Cooper Sports Injury/Remedial Massage,Stefan Sternkopf Kinesiology, Sandra Aitkin Bowen, Sandra Aitkin Energy Field Healing,Sandra Aitkin Homeopathy,Linette Tatton-Brown Reikin, Julie Houghton Zero Balancing, Julie Houghton There is limited Clinic Room space currently available, for qualified Practitioners/Therapists. PLEASE CALL 01562 60823 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND APPOINTMENTS

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Community News

Who is going Cuckoo? The Friends of Bewdley Museum and the Pound Green Commoners Association need your help to map the presence of Cuckoos in the Wyre Forest this year. If you hear the distinctive calls during the spring and the summer please let us know. Leaflets are available at Wyre Forest Visitors Centre, Bewdley Museum and 5 Dog Lane. All of the records will be entered onto a master map and displayed in Bewdley Museum as part of the Friend’s Annual Exhibition. The Cuckoo has suffered a recent decline in numbers and they are now on the red list of endangered birds so this survey will play a very important part in their conservation by high lighting which areas of the forest they are using. The exhibition which runs from August 13th to September 25th tells the story that Pound Green played in the discovery and in particular filming, of the habits of the fascinating Cuckoo.

We do hope that you will visit “Cuckoo Chance – The Secret Life of the Cuckoo”; it is not just about the bird but has some important social history documentation that is perhaps disturbing in today’s more ecological world. Plus there is a very interesting link between the cuckoo and the light houses around our coastline. The cuckoo exhibition follows last year’s very successful “Who Pays the Ferryman?” story. If you would like to see some of the images and hear the stories again then sections of the Arley Ferry exhibition will be on display as part of Discover Bewdley on Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd at the site of “The Last resting Place of the Arley Ferry” at 5, Dog Lane, Bewdley. Just a final reminder that the AGM of the Friends of Bewdley Museum will take place on Wednesday May 18th at Bewdley Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome so please come along and have a chat with us.You can email for more information to Penny Griffiths Chair The Friends of Bewdley Museum.

Weddings 2nd April Ross Haynes and Holly Price

Funerals 23rd March Benjamin Grice Service at All Saints' followed by burial in the Churchyard 25th March Dorothy Danks Service at All Saints' followed by burial in the churchyard 29th March Walter Heath Service at All Saints followed by cremation at Stourbridge 8th April Bernice Fairless Service at All Saints' followed by cremation at Stourbridge

Severn Valley Investors This investors group meets on the first Monday of each month, at the George Hotel at 2.30pm. We discuss shares to buy and sell, and learn from each other, so if you would like to join us to see if you would enjoy it, please phone me: Topsy Beves 402243.





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May in the forest At this time of year the forest rides and hedgerows are bursting with blossoms and blooms: each habitat with its own assemblage of flowers. The lush, damp stream sides are thick with ramsons with its pretty white star flowers and strong garlic smell. Elsewhere in the woods are carpets of bluebells, or you may be fortunate in finding a patch of sweetlyscented lily of the valley. The warm midday sun will bring hoards of insects to the hedgerow May blossom to feed on the nectar while the common brambles fulfil the same function in the woods. Butterflies Meanwhile the butterflies are beginning to seek out places to lay their eggs.Violets are particularly important as food plants for the fritillary butterflies, but the silver washed fritillary lays her eggs not on the violet leaves but hidden in the bark of an oak tree nearby. Orange tip butterflies lay eggs on garlic mustard (Jack by the hedge), and the caterpillars of brimstone butterflies will already be munching alder buckthorn leaves.

Senior Citizens Lunch Are you over 60 and looking for a good meal with good company? Maybe Bewdley Baptist Church Senior Citizen Lunch is for you! When and Where Meeting at 12.30pm usually on the second

Dawn Chorus Walks You can enjoy a real feast for the senses on the Dawn Chorus Walk with Rosemary Winnall on Saturday 7th May. Adults and children of 8 or older can join the walk which starts from the Visitor Centre at 5.30am (by which time the birds will be in full song) returning at 7.30am with an optional bird ringing demonstration afterwards. Bring a picnic breakfast to eat on the balcony of the new Community Discovery Centre. £8 per person, places must be booked on 01299 266929. Tuesday 31st May Pond Dip and Minibeast Hunt Dip a net in the Discovery Centre pond and find out what lives there then go on a hunt in the forest to see what lives on dry land. £3.50 per child, booking essential. Friday 3rd June Den building Make yourself a sturdy weatherproof shelter in the forest out of natural materials. £3.50 per child, booking essential. Also on 3rd June is a Community Discovery Centre Open Afternoon. With a chance to try out our Positive Solutions Sustainability Trail around the new building. 1pm to 3.30pm, no booking required Linda Isles, Forestry Commission Tuesday of each month (October - June) in the Church Hall. The lunch costs £3 and is a cooked two course meal. Booking Booking is essential so if you would like to book a place please contact the church office. Bewdley Baptist Church Office 61 High Street, Bewdley, Telephone 01299 403267





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TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 4TH APRIL 2011 Lord Baldwin The Mayor was able to announce that he is inviting the present Lord Baldwin (grandson of the former Prime Minister) to an informal ceremony at The Guildhall provisionally planned for Friday 24th June. The occasion will be the hand over of an original signed print/portrait of Stanley Baldwin from the 1930s presently owned by the Royal Ancient Order of Buffaloes (Bewdley Lodge) which they wish to donate to the Town Council for public display. Armed Forces Flag Flying Ceremony The Town Council were also pleased to learn that the District Council have chosen to have the Armed Forces Flag Flying ceremony at the Guildhall on Monday 20th June. Similar events will be taking place in each District throughout the country as a lead-in to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25th June the purpose being to show support for the men and women of our Armed Forces both past and present. Lengthsman’s Scheme The Town’s Lengthsman is engaged by the Town Council to carry out minor highway maintenance works such as clearance of footpaths and vegetation and make sure roadside grids and drains are kept unblocked. The service is paid for by the County Council. The Town Council agreed to continue with the scheme for another year. Bewdley Market Town Councillors discussed the decision by the Development Trust (which administers the market on behalf of the District Council) not to continue with the present market arrangements in Severnside South. They agreed that the market had not been as successful as it should be and supported the Trust’s aim of having the market relaunched and relocated to Load Street perhaps on a Sunday subject to getting agreement with the Highway Authority. 20 mph Speed Limits There has been much local concern about speeding traffic particularly along the High Street. The County Council are to conduct a review of speed limits and the Town Council agreed to lobby the two local County Councillors to support such provision in the town centre. Future Town Council meetings Future Town Council meetings held at The Guildhall on Mondays (except where indicated) at 7.30pm are: 3rd May (Tuesday), 6th June, 4th July and 1st August. The Annual Town Meeting (of the Townspeople) will take place on Monday 18th April at 7.00pm The Annual Council Meeting (Mayor Making) will take place on Friday 13th May at 7.30pm Minutes of Town Council and Planning Committee Meetings are posted on the Notice Boards outside the Mayor’s Parlour, in the Guildhall Entrance and Load Street Car Park. They are also available at the Library and at the Town Clerk’s Office and on the Town Council’s page of TOWN COUNCIL NEWS IS PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED BY BEWDLEY TOWN COUNCIL




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Cattle helping to restore the natural landscape of the Wyre To help monitor/look after around 40 cattle that graze 300 acres in and around the Wyre Forest, Alice Briggs has been appointed as a grazing apprentice. Funded by a grant of over £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to a partnership that includes the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, 12 apprentices are being appointed throughout the UK. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help to make a real difference to the Wyre landscape as many of the cattle are grazing on land which is being used to restore ancient meadows and traditional orchards“ said Alice. “I will be working with over 25 landowners and smallholders to use the cattle to restore the natural meadows which were common throughout the Wyre. The future of much of our cherished wildlife, landscape and cultural assets is dependent on these traditional livestock management skills. It has been my aim for a number of years to work full time in this type of land conservation and management.“ Alice is employed by Wyre Community Land Trust which is based at a working farm on the outskirts of Bewdley and supports land owners, small holders and farmers through training, practical help and the loan of tools and equipment. It provides a wide range of accredited courses available for both land owners and volunteers which are subsidised, many through the Heritage Lottery Funded Grow with Wyre project. These include sustainable orchard management, livestock welfare, fruit pressing and cider making. If you would like to know more please contact John Iles Tel : 01299 488083 Mobile : 07711 795118

Mother’s Day Cards 2nd Bewdley Brownies with their Mother's Day cards and flower arrangements

What has St Anne’s ever done for us? It’s a fair question. It sits in the middle of Bewdley – a large traffic island – occupying precious space that could be used for parking or something equally useful. It obviously does worship but what does it do for those parts of Bewdley that rarely or never come along on Sundays? Here are five answers that come to mind: 1. The Bridge. It began as a church publication but it is now the community magazine for Bewdley. The editorial team is independent but its finances are underwritten by St Anne’s Church and its building is used as a main point of distribution. 2. St Anne’s Primary School is a community school that offers education with a Christian ethos. St Anne’s Church offers support through volunteers listening to readers, providing governors, and people who contribute to worship and Religious Education – including me ! 3. Community Transport provides a voluntary run car service for anyone who has no transport available to them. St Anne’s provides office space in one its tower rooms. Many, but by no means all, of the volunteers are connected with St Anne’s Church. 4. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local and fair terms of trade for workers in the developing world. St Anne’s is a base for Traidcraft, a Fairtrade company at the forefront of this grassroots movement. You can call into St Anne’s and browse the Tradicraft stall and come to the Traidcraft Christmas fair on the first Saturday in November each year. 5. Bells. St Anne’s does have a rather nice set and some extremely friendly bellringers who get a glorious tune out of them. If you are in town when the ringers are in full swing, it’s hard not feel better and happier. (If you wish to know more about bellringing contact Bob Carlyle 01299405179.) I haven’t mentioned St Anne’s as a venue for concerts, exhibitions or as a place where people come to mark milestones on life’s journey. This isn’t the final word and you may have your own ideas as to what it could be doing that would be of practical benefit for the town and its people. If so, then we’d love to hear from you. Rev Keith James

The longest and fairest-ever piece of bunting Sunday Gang at St Anne's Church recently took part in the attempt to break the Guiness Book of Record for the longest and fairest-ever piece of bunting. The current record is 2,696 metres and the Fairtrade target is 4,350 metres (over two and a half miles!). Sunday Gang members helped to decorate the 22 Fairtrade Cotton flags with slogans and pictures supporting West African cotton farmers in their call for trade justice. The Guinness World Record attempt will be on World Fair Trade Day on Saturday 8 May 2011 so look out for a piece from Bewdley at this event!

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