The BRIDGE July 2010
One Hundred Girlguiding Feet! Bewdley Centenary Jamboree-On-The-Trail
Wellies and warm, waterproof clothing were the order of the day in mid-May, as no less than a hundred leaders and girls of Girlguiding Bewdley, together with families and guests, took to the woods on our Centenary Jamboree-on-the-Trail. It was a murky twilight when we all met at the Wyre Forest Visitor Centre, with mist in the air and mud underfoot, but we formed a huge circle and lit tea-lights to sing “My Little Guiding Light”, undeterred! We then set out on our trek through the forest, and the rain began to come down. Already boggy underfoot, the path became a squelchy bed of mud, which the children enjoyed hugely. Much stamping and splashing in puddles resulted in happy faces and muddy jeans, and one young lady lost her wellie and had to be rescued from the mire. Meanwhile, as darkness crept up, the Bewdley Brownies were busy telling their Brown Owl their most lurid ghost stories and giving her the heebie-jeebies. We had a great time, but at the end of the evening, we were all glad to get back to civilisation and the hot chocolate that awaited us at home! Ruth Wilcoxon (Raven – First Bewdley Brownies)
'buzzing' at the museum
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I am writing this on the day after the last contractor’s lorry rolled out of Bewdley. Walking through the town this morning the shining new surface on Load Street almost made me take off my shoes to cross the road, it looked so pristine. The gleaming white lines were as sparkling as our carnival princess’s frock, the yellow markings were buttercup-bright, and the river sparkled and gurgled imperturbably on. So while there’s been nothing but praise for the helpfulness of the contractors over the long-drawn-out work, “nothing in their time here became them like their leaving of us”, as Shakespeare almost said. Now the Summer holidays loom and the town is at its busiest. We can expect plenty of tourists coming to see us; this year I plan to try and steer some of them to the bits they really ought to go and look at but rarely do. Wyre Hill is such a pretty road; there are wonderful little footpaths up from High Street with the utterly charming St Leonard’s Church to see at the end of the walk, and almost everywhere up from the river has a view to appreciate if you look. Wribbenhall has some delightful lanes to explore with, of course, the reservoir to walk round. Do you have a favourite hidden corner? Let me know and I’ll see if I can persuade Gary to photograph it for August’s Bridge. Talking of bits of Bewdley no-one sees, my editorial a couple of months ago in which I wondered why we have no lasting memorial to our famous son, Stanley Baldwin, has sparked some interest. In this edition we have a letter from Earl Baldwin, grandson of Stanley, replying to Robert Barbour’s letter last month. It would be good to hear what our readers think, so if you have an opinion on some lasting memorial to Stanley Baldwin, do write in and tell us. Letters, emails or photos, keep them coming! The address to send them is below. Margaret Ashmore
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SEVERNSIDE SCHOOL OF DANCING ballet :: tap :: modern Greek :: Acrobatic dance
Age range : 3yrs - teenagers Classes held at St George Hall, Bewdley New pupils welcome First lesson is free
then payment is weekly for first half-term and after that by the half-term
Enquiries to Principal Mrs Joyce Campbell (BTDA) Bewdley 400633
Regd teacher with the Council for Dance Education and Training
has a few spaces for lessons in violin, viola (or piano to Grade 5). She has adjudicated at many festivals and several of her students have gained success at a national level. All ages welcome.
Tel : 01299 402513
Professional Music Tuition PIANO, ELECTRIC KEYBOARD AND GUITAR FOR ALL AGES
Contact : John Griffiths 01562 753808
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“If we don’t stock the drink you “thirst” for, we will endeavour to obtain it for you”
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It doesn’t seem five minutes since the last Summer Reading Challenge, yet here we are counting down the weeks to the school summer holidays with excitement or dread, depending on our circumstances. Children are about to take a well earned rest from their busy school year, but the Reading Challenge enables them to practise their reading skills over the summer and at the same time puts them in control of their reading choices. As usual, anyone signing up is challenged to read six books over the summer (with a little time left over when school starts to allow for holidays). When they have achieved this, they receive a certificate of congratulation and a medal. The books do not have to be particularly thick or wordy; the children just have to choose ones they think they can confidently finish. Up to two books returned at a time can be counted towards their total, and there are also stickers and freebies throughout to keep them motivated. The Challenge this year is space-themed; bring the kids along to the library to sign up when school finishes. Kay Sanderson
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New Day & Venue Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road Bewdley, DY12 1EU 2nd Wednesday of the month 2.30-4.00pm 14th July - Janis Hough Thought Field Therapist NO GROUPS IN AUGUST
what’so n JULY
1940’s Weekend SVR
Rags to Riches Workshop Bewdley Bapist Church
1940’s Weekend SVR
Annual 6-a-side cricket www.bewdley.play-cricket.com Horticultural Society Summer Social
Bewdley Festival Launch
11 Rock walk Alan on 01299 832840
Trimpley Church Fete
15 Swap Shop Bewdley Bapist Church 17 Apiary meeting 01299 825578
21 A walk in Eymore Woods 7.30pm Eymore woods carpark
23 Coffee Morning 18 Damson Way 01299 400608
24 Bewdley Regatta
25 Bewdley Regatta www.bewdleyrc.co.uk
26 Bewdley Angling Festival
27 Townswomens guild meeting 28 Bewdley Angling Festival
Ladies luncheon club meeting 01299 400363
29 AGM Wribbenhall parish room committee 30 Bewdley Angling Festival
Please see the articles in the Bridge for other events.
The Old Town Hall
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A warm welcome from Bewdley
Our main focus of worship is on Sundays at 10am, where there is a relaxed style with lively music, all ages come together and we hear God's word for today through the Bible. There are also special groups for children and young people. Sunday evening at 6.30pm we have a shorter, more reflective service.
Weekly Events Our church runs a number of regular events during the week: Noah’s Ark - for parents and toddlers. Womens’ Own - an afternoon meeting for ladies. Art Group - a quiet place to paint and draw.
St Anne’s Bewdley Sunday worship at 9.30am
Worship lasts for about an hour. Music is usually a mix of contemporary and traditional. Children and young people will often meet in their own groups and join with adults later on. Wednesdays at 10.15am Morning worship
Booking a wedding at Ribbesford or St Anne’s – drop in at St Anne’s on a Tuesday evening, 7-8pm Thinking about baptism come to our 9.30am Sunday service and we’ll talk together over coffee Our website is: www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
Let The Dads Out - second Saturday of the month for dads and toddlers Youth Activities We also run a monthly Senior Citizens' Lunch and Men’s Group. Like to know more? Contact the ministers, John Rhodes or Simon Harry, at the church office (403267) or visit our new look website. www.bewdley.baptist.org.uk (Now includes video tours)
St. Leonard’s Ribbesford
Sunday worship: 11.15am On the first Sunday each month we have a service of Holy Communion. On the other Sundays we have Matins – from the Book of Common Prayer.
Church is usually open in daylight hours for prayer, peace & quiet. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk 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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Sunday worship: 11.15am on the second and fourth Sundays each month
St Andrew's is found in Button Oak, Shropshire, 3 miles north of Bewdley on the B4194 to Kinlet. www.bewdleyparish.org.uk
building life building hope Dog Lane Bewdley A Church for all the family Every Sunday @ 9:15am & 11:15am Children & Youth meet in St George Hall at 11:15 only Come and join us Talented Live Band & Relevant Powerful Messages from the bible. church office: 01299 405535 www.riversideelim.com
Holy Family Catholic Church
High Street. Sunday Mass at 8am Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am (preceded by morning prayer) Holidays of Obligation 12 noon.
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Bewdley Quaker Meeting House, Lower Park. Meeting for worship every Sunday 10.30-11.30am. Everyone is welcome. (For further information, phone the Clerk on 01562 755844)
Met hodist Church 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.
The Knit & Natter Group is still growing and is very popular. If there is anyone who supports a charity we could help with our knitting please get in touch with Pat on 403941 and we will see if we can help. The Craft Group continues to meet. Our latest project is to make some new banners as well as making cards for sale to raise funds for the church. At long last the initial building work has started on our new access and lift. We are all very excited and hope, before too long, that the work will be completed. WATCH THIS SPACE.
All Saints Wribbenhall SERVICES IN JULY
4th July 8.00am Holy Communion BCP 9.30am Family Eucharist with Holy Baptism 6.30pm Evensong 11th July 9.30am Parish Eucharist
18th July 9.30am Parish Eucharist
25th July 9.30am Parish Eucharist
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Glamorous Life of an Opera Singer Part 4
This month I’ll tell you the true story of the tenor in the shower. Tenors usually sing their whole role through about forty times on the day of a performance, and then wonder why they don't give of their best when it counts. This tenor wasn't that stupid, but he did like to sing in the shower. We were doing Mozart's Magic Flute on a tour of the eastern states of the USA, and today we were at a hotel somewhere in Florida. I was Sarastro, and the tenor was, of course, Tamino, and the opera was being performed in English, though with surtitles, surprisingly - perhaps to put us off making up our own words, of which more next month! Anyway, our Tamino was in the shower, and singing over and over again his opening lines which were, "O help me, O help me! Will nobody hear me? O help me, O help me! Will nobody hear me?" and so on, after which, in the opera, the three ladies arrive having, indeed, heard him, and squabble with each other over which one will have him, for he, after all, is the tenor, and only tenors get the girls in the world of opera, apart from Papageno, of course, and he is a baritone, but I think you know what I mean.
On and on he went, enjoying his shower, with, "O help me etc etc.," when there was suddenly a loud knock on his bedroom door and quite a kerfuffle as a loud female voice cried in a Southern drawl, "Don't you worry in there, honey. I'll go and get the key and I'll have you out of there in no time." Alan Fairs
Community Transport Helpline – in St Anne’s Church tower Demand for our essential service is increasing so rapidly that we are having difficulty helping everyone. We need your help to cope with it or people will have to be refused. We need more volunteers to join our team: • Volunteer drivers – we refund 40p/mile running costs of your car; • Drivers for wheelchair car passengers; • Shopping escorts; • Office co-ordinators – and a paid post will become available later this year; • Administration assistants for regular computer based tasks; • Fund application advisor to keep an eye on possible funding. You need to be able to give one day per week – flexible days, the cricket and holidays are allowed! If you would like to help, please do talk to one of us about our work. Vince Taylor (Chief Officer) Dave Maggs (Chair of Trustees) Pat Prosser (Vice-chair) 405832 403768 403984
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The Garden Pond
Surprisingly, this is almost the perfect time of year to start making a pond. As far as green gardening goes, you will introduce a habitat that is perfect for raising frogs and toads that will enjoy the opportunity of decimating your slug and snail populations. Building size is important; the bigger the better as space and budget allow. First of all, decide on the liner; either a preformed shape, a waterproof material or concrete. As a rough rule of thumb, any liner should be at least twice the depth plus the width on each axis of the proposed hole. Before laying the liner, smooth the inner surface, remove any pebbles and sharps, cover with old carpet, cardboard or paper to lessen the risk of perforating the actual waterproof membrane. The location should be a sunny one, away from trees and the ground around levelled, so that the pond edge is even above water level when filled; use planks and spirit levels to be sure of a good result. It is useful to have a shelf towards the edge of the pond for marginal plants where newts and toads may lay their eggs. A shallower end is good for basking fish and for small creatures and amphibians to leave the pond. Edging of the pond requires aesthetic consideration, so that the liner is hidden, camouflaged by creeping plants but the edges are secure from tipping. By starting now, water will be warm enough to support and establish plant growth through to winter. Introducing plants requires the same vision, patience and perseverance as does the main garden; lilies are an option, rushes, oxygenators, marsh marigolds and, just like the main garden, the final result will evolve over time. But, beware of expensive imported plants that may not survive in our climate and even more, those that do too well and ultimately choke the pond. Adding a few fish may make the pond look more interesting, but may also defeat the ideal of green gardening by eating anything that moves. Stuart Williams
Bewdley Methodist Church
Our Church Anniversary celebrations went off well. Everyone was treated to a musical service led by Rev. Crawford Logan involving members of the congregation. The Bring and Share lunch after the service was held in the garden, as it was such a lovely day. This made our celebrations extra special. Our final House Fellowship for this year will conclude with a meal hosted by Mike and Sue Dernie. The new House Fellowship programme will begin in September. If anyone would like to know more about this or other regular activities please get in touch with our Minister, Rev. Crawford Logan.
Coffee Morning Friday 23rd July, 2010
Come and enjoy the cheapest coffee and cakes in Bewdley at Olwen and Rudyâ€™s House, 18 Damson Way, Wribbenhall, Bewdley (Turn in the Queensway, then into Springhill Rise, take first left into Damson Way) 01299 400608 or 402670 Homemade cakes, cards, preserves etc. In the front garden we shall have plants for sale. In aid of All Saints Church, heating and lighting fund.
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Bewdley In May, members of the guild celebrated its birthday with a delicious meal at the Sun and Slipper in Mamble. The craft group finished the knitted blankets, which are to be sent to the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa. They were collected to go to Africa at the annual conference held in Birmingham in June. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 27th July at 7.30pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, when the speaker will be Mr David Berry who will talk about 'A day in court'. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For more information phone 01299 401235
PARISH FETE Saturday 7th August 12.00 - 4.00pm Button Oak
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Nobody likes going from house to house asking for money for charities, such as Christian Aid, but it is good to know that we have 40 people in Bewdley, who give up their time to do this brave work: I am most grateful to each of them. This year we have raised ÂŁ1,825.37p for Christian Aid, which is slightly up on 2009. Thank you to all our collectors & all who gave. Susan Price
Bewdley Tennis Club
Sun July 11th, 11-4 Tempted to Try Tennis? Ages since you played? Come along and have a go! Rackets provided Summer Junior Coaching Courses July 21 & 28, Aug 4 & 11 Ages 9 and under and 10 plus Tel Tracey 07970 549974
The deadline for all items for the August Issue of The Bridge is 10th July
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I welcome the slight muddling of my hearing for its entertainment value. Indeed, I give it a thermal welcome, as I heard on the radio some bigwig received on coming to Britain. Perhaps she/he was cosily received in the Retreat for Celery you can understand celery needing a place to retreat from all that noise in the chewing, can’t you? On another occasion, I heard of a Teacher Cleared on 2 Sex Changes - poor lamb, couldn’t make up his/her mind, I suppose. Bring back single sex education, I say. Anyway, the Highlights Committee discussed at length the merits of giving him/her a season ticket to the local hairdressing salon. The idea was sternly resisted by People Involved in the Silver Service. They liked grey/white/silver hair, and felt this use of public money would lead to a spate of High Speed Spending. It was decided that a Pressure Tent for negotiations should be made, but unfortunately all that emerged was a Screaming Programme for Victims of Post-Traumatic Disorder. I should love to know what the Graveyard Research Group made of it all after their Survey of Fairy Safety. Jane Moreton (For those who haven’t untangled Jane’s mishearings Retreat for Celery: Reheat Facility; Pressure Tent: fresh attempt; Highlights Committee: Finance Committee. Thermal welcome: Formal welcome Sex Changes: Sex Charges; Silver Service: Civil Service High Speed: High Street Pressure Tent: Precedent Screaming: Screening)
ROCK WALKS The next walk will be on Friday 11th July starting at 2pm
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For our full program visit www.rockvillagehall.co.uk
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KIDDERMINSTER BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
An out apiary meeting will be held on Saturday 17th July, 2.30pm at Norchard, Crossway Green, near Stourport. Anyone interested in beekeeping will be very welcome. For more information ring 01299 825578 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Discover Bewdley 30 & 31 May
The sun shone, the town was bustling, the cafes and pubs were busy and the town unofficially celebrated the end of the road works. It must have been Discover Bewdley 2010. The car parks were full and the Park and Stride facility kindly provided by The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre was busy too. Many visitors took part in the inaugural Snakes and Ladders â€œgameâ€? around the town. All the prizes were taken including the jelly snakes. Pete Waldron who came up with the idea, landed on the surprise snakes several times even though he knew where they were! Many competitors remarked that they had been to parts of the town they had not seen before. The Arts & Crafts Market along Severnside North was a success and the Suffolk Punch Shire horses on Severnside South drew a crowd. The Museum focus on bees and honey was very popular and the Angel had a large crowd for its family fun day. Thank you all that took part and joined in and we hope you had some fun on the way. Chris Griffin
This pic by Colin Hill. All others by Gary Mayner
Pub’n Club 2010
Yet again the sun shone on the annual Pub’n Club regatta, as crowds gathered at the Rowing Club from about 9am to watch crews from the town race down the river. 75 crews had entered in total, making this the biggest P’n C so far. Costumes ranged from turtles to tutus, angels to devils, and supporters lined the banks on either side. The holiday mood was infectious, and the drinks were cheap!! Diddy Man’s Devils won the ladies event, The Freestylers were the mixed crew winners and the most junior crew of the day, The Rowpeds, won the men’s event. Congratulations to all the winning teams! Many teams had names reflecting the sport; the printable ones included: The 4 Oarsmen of the Apocalypse, One for the Rowed and Watch in Oar. The winning teams are rewarded with a year’s free membership of the rowing club, and we look forward to welcoming our new members! Melanie Gunn
Pictures by Gary Mayner
Bewdley Carnival 2010
Pictures by Gary Mayner
Bewdley and District Horticultural Society Annual Flower, Vegetable and Floral Art Show
SATURDAY, 14TH August, 2010 St. Georges Hall, As well as the flower and vegetable sections, in the show we have classes in domestic produce, crafts, floral art, photography, painting, calligraphy and childrenâ€™s sections for the under 11 years and 11-16 years. In all, we have 100 different classes you can enter. If you would like a free schedule to enter the Annual One Day Horticultural Show or more details ring Ann Bull, on 01562 67061. Pictures from last yearâ€™s show by Stuart Williams
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At our May meeting we had a good speaker, Bernard Mills. He spoke on "Kays - Shopping over 200 years". He has the rights to the history of the company and brought it all to life in a very interesting way. All ladies are very welcome to attend the meeting on 28th July, when Paul McGuire will talk on his experiences as a Butlins Redcoat. For the further information or to book a place please call 400363. Meetings are held monthly at the Ramada Hotel.
WRIBBENHALL PARISH ROOM COMMITTEE
Following a public meeting held on 8th May, it was agreed that the committee of the above needed to be increased. The Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 29th July 2010 At 7pm in the Parish Room Wribbenhall At this meeting nominations for the committee and Officers will be taken and an election held. PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT US The good news is that an application for charitable status is near completion, as is the lease with All Saintsâ€™ church.
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BEWDLEY CHAMBER MAIDS Art & Craft Weekend Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th September
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Stanley Baldwin I was sad when I saw some of the comments about Stanley Baldwin in the latest issues of The Bridge. Bewdley had stood by him during the early years of denigration that began in 1940, having known and loved him as their local MP and admired his ideals of service and all that he stood for in public life. As a Worcestershire neighbour once remarked, “There was never anyone like Stan. He was always so different from all other politicians!” The historical reassessment, which former Mayor Robert Barbour says may be due, in fact took place a generation ago. Few leading historians now subscribe to the story of Baldwin’s “failure to rearm”. Even Churchill who unfairly castigated him in print praised him in 1935 for “the most formidable and tremendous advance in British defence“, and agreed in a debate in late 1936 that he had “fought and largely won” the previous year’s election on a rearma¬ment pro¬gramme. The seal on Baldwin’s reputation was set by the latest revision of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography in 2004, which distils the best historical opinion. This confirmed that Baldwin in the mid-1930s laid the solid foundations on which Churchill was able to build when war came. The general public can be forgiven for believing the opposite, because of the never-ending diet of docu-dramas on prime-time TV about the “shameful” 1930s, and the radio programmes and press articles that likewise play into the old myth and promote the more satisfying heroes-and-villains approach over historical truth. There are a number of reliable biographies of my grandfather, which make these points. Professor Williamson, the foremost Baldwin authority, has written of the remarkable gulf between “historical assessments and the popular myth”. He began his critically acclaimed Stanley Baldwin in 1999 with the words “Few British political leaders have been so successful and significant as Stanley Baldwin”, and goes on to add: “More nonsense has been written about him than about any other modern prime minister”. I think Bewdley can be proud to lay claim to the wise and principled statesman who steered the country through the hazardous period between the wars. Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
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TOWN COUNCIL NEWS
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 7th June 2010
Annual Council Meeting (Mayor Making) Councillor Paul Gittins was elected as Mayor and Councillor Liz Davies was elected as Deputy Mayor for the coming year by the newly elected Council. Five new Councillors were welcomed - Councillors Linda Candlin, Anne Cox, Jenny Greener (also on the District Council), Carol Gittins (who has been a Town Councillor and Mayor previously) and John Latham. Mayor’s Sunday – 6th June The Mayor thanked everyone who had attended the Civic Service including representatives of organisations in Bewdley and the scouts and guides (with their band) who had taken part in the Parade.
CTV in Town Centre Councillors had previously expressed concern about the effectiveness of the cameras in the town centre particularly after some anti-social behaviour causing damage to premises at an earlier Bank Holiday week-end. It was agreed to take up an offer to visit the CCTV Monitoring Room (now at Redditch) to see for themselves how the system worked and to liaise further with the Police to ensure a quick response to any incidents. Wyre Hill Play Area Discussion took place as to the continued provision of this play area which the Council wished to support in principle by using grant monies from the District Council to fund its maintenance. There were expressions of hope that a refurbishment of the equipment could take place in the near future.
Empty Shops in Town Centre Councillors heard that there are presently seven empty shops in the town centre which give a poor impression of the town to everyone – residents and visitors alike. In Pershore, empty shop windows are filled with art displays provided by local schools and groups. With the agreement of the District Council those premises can then have “relief” from business rates which otherwise can act as a disincentive to such occupation. It was agreed to look at setting up a similar scheme in Bewdley. Future Town Council meetings held at The Guildhall are: 5th July, 2nd August, 6th September, 11th October, 1st November and 6th December all on Mondays at 7.30pm
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Many garden and wild plants have flowered prodigiously this year. Our nurseryman friend says that the very cold winter has “ripened” the wood of shrubs and trees enabling them to flower and fruit better. I shall be revisiting the areas of bilberry bushes in the forest to see whether their pretty little pink bell flowers have matured into dark blue berries – if there are plenty, I’ll allow myself to gather some for a pie, leaving the rest for small mammals, foxes, deer and birds. Why are bilberries commoner in some parts of the forest than others? Maybe the answer lies in the soil (bilberries love acid soil) or maybe they have been pushed out of many areas by bracken or brambles.
This is a good time to do some ant watching too. The big wood ants will be very busy on warm days finding food for the young and building or repairing the ant hills. On a hot day the nest may swarm, new queens and workers moving off to start new colonies nearby.
The New Community Discovery Centre is now in business! It’s a wonderful, “state of the art” low carbon building with plenty of room for schoolchildren, amateur naturalists, community groups and special events for the public. The landscape still looks a little devastated but over the next year will be sown with a meadow seed mix and planted with woodland shrubs and a tiny orchard. The waste water from the building is purified in a reed bed and wildlife pond before flowing into a larger pond that will be used for teaching, and a sensory garden is soon to be planted with plants offering a variety of
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At the end of the month, the schools will break up and the Discovery Centre will be offering activities on Tuesdays and Fridays during the holidays:
Tuesday 27th Fun with Charcoal Make charcoal on the fire and use it to draw a souvenir picture of the forest. Bring a syrup tin if you can.
Friday 30th Tracking for Treasure Make tracking signs and follow a trail to discover the forest’s treasures. 10.30am to 12.00noon for both events. £3.50 per child, ages 5 – 11, booking essential.
Wild in Wyre is a week of fun and adventure for 8 – 11 year olds from 26th to 30th July, with shelter-building, camp cookery, and making bows and arrows. It costs £60 per child – ring 01299 266929 for more information.
Living Wild runs from 2nd to 5th August and offers the same kind of experience for 11 – 16 year olds. It includes a night sleeping in the shelters that participants have built themselves and an opportunity to work towards the John Muir Award. It costs £100 each.
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Bewdleyʼs new Mayor
From Rags to Riches textiles workshop Saturday 3rd July 10 am to 3 pm Bewdley Baptist Church
"From Rags to Riches" is a textiles workshop using bonded fabric techniques to make cards, boxes, journal covers etc. A variety of fabric scraps will be used to create inspirational textured surfaces which can then be embellished with beads and embroidery if desired. The cost is only £10 to cover all materials and a light lunch. There will also be opportunity for people to give donations, if they wish, towards the trip being undertaken by members of the church to the Dominican Republic in October, where they will be helping to build new homes for Haitian refugees. To find out more or book your place contact Mary Farmer on 01299 400266 or email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul and Carol Gittins at the Mayor Making ceremony in June. Paul's charities for his year are Bewdley Scouts and Guides, Citizen's Advice Bureau and the Royal British Legion.
A ladies quality Swap Shop
Bewdley Baptist Church
Thursday 15th July from 7:30pm.
All ladies are welcome to join in the fun. Bring along your quality clothing, jewellery, footwear etc and swap with others. Free entry and no cost to swap
For more details Janet on 402770 or the Chuch office on 403267
Who’s that man!
Can you spot who is the rower in the cap?? He was spotted in the Pub & Club....
July & August
3/4th July 1940â€™s Weekend www.svr.co.uk
Dates not to miss
12th August Free Party in the park PC Jon Harris 0300 333 3000
4 July Annual 6-a-side cricket
24/25th July Bewdley Regatta www.bewdleyrc.co.uk
26/28/30 July Bewdley Angling Festival
Jason Ford 01299 404188
14th August Horticultural Show Ann Bull 01562 67061
Sundays in August Music in the Gardens www.bewdley.org.uk
26-29th August Beer Festival www.bewdleybeerfestival.co.uk
For more Bewdley events visit www.bewdley.org.uk/whats-on