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August 2009

Community News

My Mayoral Year

One of the questions I keep asking myself is, do any young people have the dream of becoming mayor of their town? I certainly didn’t and would have said ‘who, me? Not possible!’ But how wrong can you be? When we originally moved to Bewdley I felt overwhelmed with the locals friendliness and helpfulness. Never before had I had the experience of just popping to the local shops for maybe a loaf of bread, then finding that it was taking up to an hour before I returned home, because everyone wanted to stop and chat. It was because I felt that Bewdley was giving me so much I wanted to

give something back. I joined the Bewdley Chamber of Trade and after a while Chamber Maids was formed. Following that, I was asked to stand for Bewdley Town council (“Only one meeting a month”, I was told, not so….) and thanks to the people of Bewdley I was elected, and as they say, the rest is history. Many people have asked me what were the high lights of my year; a hard question, as everything we have attended has been enlightening and enjoyable, from judging iguanas for the carnival to meeting Prince Charles and Camilla, but the most poignant has to be the many talents of the young people in the Wyre Forest area. The Wyre Forest Young Voices, the Youth Makes Music, going to Malvern to see all the very talented young people from the ages of 5 to 17, tug at your heart strings. Then there are the Civic Awards, a chance to pay tribute to our unsung heroes of this town. In-between times, when I’ve had the chance, I have raised funds for my mayor’s charity, monies which will go to the Bewdley Scout and Guide groups. We’ve had a very full and varied year, a year we will look back on with many happy memories and with feelings of having being honoured to have the chance to represent this town. I’d like finish with many thanks to all the organisations who invited us to their various activities and fund raising. They made us feel so welcome. They too work hard all year round to put on events for this town and that’s what makes Bewdley such a very special place. Barbara Stallwood

Cheque presentation by PTA

Bewdley First School’s PTA has raised £10,000 for a multi-use games area for use by the school and after school clubs. It will help promote healthy lifestyles and enhance their sports facilities. It will include two courts/areas that will be fenced off and marked out for football, netball, basketball and cricket and other sport uses. “Our fund raising activities during the year included a Christmas fayre, car boots, re-cycling discos, film nights, a big quiz, a sponsored quest and a summer. fayre” said Susie Burrows of the PTA. Paul Roper, headteacher is seen receiving the cheque from some of the members of the PTA.


The Bridge is the community voice of Bewdley. It is delivered free monthly to more than 4,600 homes Have you ever won any prizes?

The subject came up the other day when a group of us were chatting over a cup of tea and one of our number told us she’d just won four packets of washing powder. “Wow!” we exclaimed. “Hitting the big time!” Going round the circle we all confessed to having gone through life untouched by the capricious hand of fortune. I did try to impress with the time I won a chromium-plated naked lady lampshade holder in a tombola, but it seemed that none of us had won the lottery or inherited a mansion in Sussex from a previously unknown aunt. I decided to look further and combed the streets of Bewdley to see if anyone could improve on our failure. The results you will see inside, but do write and tell me if you’ve fared better than my original group. Elsewhere in the magazine you will see other local news that has nothing to do with luck but everything to do with hard work. The Regatta will have taken place and all the wellmuscled young people will have departed back to their own clubs; we have news of a win by the rowing club’s Veterans, and of some intrepid sailors from Bewdley. There have been some less watery successes; at the Forestry Centre the new Community Discovery Centre is taking shape; we have a new nursery facility in the Riverside Chidren’s Centre and, a really cheering sight, several new shops opened in the town. Well, I’m off to fill in some coupons and complete the slogan in my own words. You never know; I might win a dream house in the Bahamas. Margaret Ashmore

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Low Carbon Communities

Bewdley Development Trust has so far run five workshops in and around Bewdley involving 30 people working out their current carbon footprint and exploring ways of both reducing this and exploring the use of renewable energy in the future.

The next phase of the project will make this opportunity more widely available and link into the emerging Bewdley Transition Group which is forming to explore ways in which Bewdley can respond positively to the challenges of peak oil and climate change.

This project is one of 18 projects stemming from the Grow with Wyre Landscape Partnership project. The Development Trust is also exploring the use of woodfuel, sourced locally, to power boilers in homes, businesses and community buildings. If you are interested in coming to the Bewdley Transition Group or would like any further information about the project please contact Peter Miller at BDT on 01299 405516 or email

If you would like to know more about Grow With Wyre please contact Georgina Coen who is the community representative covering Bewdley on 01299 822987.

Hidden Treasures at Bewdley Museum

As Collections & Interpretation Officer at Bewdley Museum it is part of my responsibility to look after the 20,000 items housed in the museum’s collection. The collection reflects this and has artefacts relating to pewter making, leather manufacture and the Wyre Forest industries of besom broom making, basket making and charcoal burning. The museum is also home to the Kidderminster Museum & Art Gallery

Where are they now?

Here is the first of our series of well-known Bewdley faces. We thought you might like to guess who dug out an old photo of themselves and here's an easy one to start with. Most of you see her in town at least once a week. E-mail us if you've guessed who it is.

collection which ranges from geology and archaeology to costume and paintings. Because of the size of the museum only a fraction of these items can be on display at any one time. We address this by holding temporary exhibitions which feature different parts of the collection. This month, the museum’s herbaria (plant specimen) collection can be viewed in ‘Flora, Fauna and Fossils’ which runs until 9th August. Elizabeth Cowley, Museum Collections Officer




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Services August

Bewdley Baptist Church.

A warm welcome from Bewdley Baptist Church.

Sunday Morning

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 for youth, parents and toddlers, dads and toddlers, afternoon meeting for ladies, a quiet place to paint and draw, a monthly Senior Citizens' Lunch and a Men’s Group. During the summer holidays, a number of the regular weekly events may be restricted. Please contact the office for more details. Like to know more? Contact the ministers, John Rhodes or Simon Harry, at the church office (403267) or visit our new look website.

St Anne’s Bewdley – August 2009

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 takes a break in August and begins on Wed 2nd September 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 a Sunday service and we’ll talk together over coffee Our website is:

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. 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. You are very welcome. However you come. Why ever you come. We hope you will come again.

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The Chapel in the Woods August 9th 11.15 am Holy Communion Rev Mark Moreton August 23rd 11.15am Holy Communion Rev Keith James Preacher Vince Taylor Sept13th 11.15am Morning Prayer Vince Taylor FETE

The fete at Button Oak Inn on August 1st opens at 2 pm—Stalls include Tombola, Bric-a-Brac, Bran Tub for Children, Books, etc. Items for these stalls will be welcome. 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)

All Saints Wribbenhall

Services for August 2nd August 8am Holy Communion 9.30am Family Eucharist with Holy Baptism 6.30pm Evensong 9th August 9.30am Family Eucharist 16th August 9.30am Family Eucharist 23rd August 9.30am Family Eucharist 30th August 9.30am Family Eucharist Everyone Welcome

The deadline for the September issue of The Bridge is the 10th August.

Services August

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

Riverside Church

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Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Bewdley Quaker Meeting House, Lower Park. Meeting for worship every Sunday 10.30-11.30am. Everyone is welcome. (For further information, phone the Clerk on 01562 755844)

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Kidderminster Magistrates Courts throw open their doors!

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Youth Court as it would have operated in 1909,

 View an actual case from that year which is recreated in front of you.

 Sit in on a mock youth court for 2009 [usually closed to the public]

 Watch how the Youth Court sentences young offenders nowadays.

 Vote as to which punishment the offender receives.

 Ask the question you have always wanted to of local youth justice practitioners.

 See actual prosecutors and defences lawyers in action, aided by workers from the Youth Offending Service; all under the control of course of Kidderminster Bench of Youth Magistrates.

 Tour the cells of the court and see what it is like inside a prison van,

 and even experience being ‘tagged’ many displays by local organisations which work with young people in difficulties,

Put the date in your diary now!

Kidderminster Magistrates are looking forward to welcoming you.

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Flower, Vegetable & Floral Art Show

Saturday, 8th August, 2009 – St. Georges Hall 10.30am to 3pm also Floral extravagance by Bewdley Floral Art entitled `Lets Celebrate` - a floral tribute to their Club which has been running now for 45 years Classes in crafts, painting, photography, calligraphy, domestic as well as vegetable. Flowers and floral art classes. Also, many Children’s classes, Tombola, cake, plant stalls and refreshments £1 entrance for adults children are free After 2.30pm entrance to the show is free Auction of Produce – 3pm This is where we auction the produce from our show and you can pick up a bargain or two More details about the show ring Diane on 01299 402670 or Rob on 01299 824731 otherwise see you there





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Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley, DY12 IEU More details Amy on 01299 400949 Free play, craft, painting, water play, toast, squash tea & coffee and music time. All included in price - £1 50p. Thurs. 8th Aug - Centre is closed for redecoration 12/13/15th Aug - Riverside Church is holding a holiday club for 4-11yrs. Theme Shipwreck (see ad) Thurs 20th Aug - See Saw Holiday Club – 9 –11am. – Charges as above Thurs 27th Aug - See Saw Holiday Club – 9 - 11am. – Charges as above Thurs. 10th Sept - See Saw Parent & Toddler Group back to normal (Craft Theme Spring Bulbs) anytime between 8.45-11am. £1 50p

At the June meeting members were pleased with the new meeting venue at Riverside Church. Mrs. Pat Jones reported on members who were on the sick list and the President outlined plans for the Autumn Group Meeting The Children’s Society boxes are due to be on October 28th. collected in and the contents counted, The speaker was Mr. D. Barrie who gave an during August. If your box has not been interesting talk on all we should know about collected by the end of the month would Vitamins and minerals. He explained that due you please ‘phone 01299 402199 and I will to modern farming methods our food is come for it? Thank you. Susan Price depleted in many essential vitamins and minerals.

He brought samples of his products which would help combat these deficiencies. Mrs. Pat Jones, our archivist explained that we had already had had a talk on this subject and she hoped that members were not bored by the repetition. The last talk was in 1932!

On Monday 15th June Mr and Mrs Andrew Jones are kindly opening their garden for afternoon tea and a “Bring and Buy” for Institute funds. All are welcome.

Visitors to Wribbenhall

A while ago, we had two visitors to Wribbenhall - Brian and Carol Cooper. Brian remembered being evacuated here in the War and living somewhere on the Kidderminster Road and even going to school here very briefly. Brian had an elder brother with him at that time. The family were all back down south (Chichester, I think) by the time of VE day, so it was a short stay. Does anyone remember the family? If you do, please contact : Heather Flack (01299 400691)





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Bewdley Methodist Church

It is with sadness that we have had to say goodbye to our Minister, the Rev. Pam Garrud, who has been with us for the past three years. She has had to return to the U.S.A. for personal reasons. We all wish her well. We are, however, fortunate to have a new Minister arriving in September, and we are all looking forward to welcoming him. His name is Rev. Crawford Logan and he is moving to us from Rugby. The Coffee Morning held at the home of Patricia Jones raised over £100 for our Access Fund. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event.

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Summer at Bewdley Library

Here at the Library we're busy getting ready for our young borrowers’ Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s has a fantasy theme - 'Quest Seekers'. If they take up the challenge, readers aged 4 – 11 read six books of their choice over the summer, receive goodies as they progress and are presented with a medal and certificate upon completion. This summer we're also very excited to be working with the new Riverside Children's Centre. In August, visitors from Riverside will be doing three story and craft activity sessions at the library (aimed at the under-fives), based around popular children's books. Your Library can be a useful link between your community and agencies which provide community services. By working together we can improve local provision for the people of Bewdley. So come on in and see what’s on offer! Kay Sanderson

Bewdley Youth Cafe

The café is open from Monday 20th July until 14th August each day from 11 a.m. until 3 .p.m. What’s On  Three DJ Workshops - where you can learn how to mix/mc and put together an original CD  Two workshops where you can learn to use Photoshop and design your own 'T' shirt and then print it off.  A visit from the Academy of Beauty where an exhibition of Indian Head Massage and reflexology will be given - also an exhibition of Aromotherapy and Nail Art.  As part of our joint venture with the Bewdley School & Six Form Centre we also are arranging a Graffiti Art Workshop  A 'Smoothy' making day  Or you can just call in and CHILL Between the 19th - 23rd August (results week) we hope to have an Advisor from Connections with us to give advice to those who will have received their results on Further education or finding a job. If you have any suggestions about what you would like to do, just let us know.


As I am retiring from the shop on August 15th, I would just like to say a very big Thank You to the people of Bewdley who have supported me at the shop for 14 years.

I shall miss our chats and all aspects of Bewdley Town Life.

It’s been great to serve such nice people.





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Most of us like to sit down with the local paper. We turn to our favourites first – what’s on, “hatched, matched and dispatched”, readers’ letters, sport, the Harriers, and of course local news. But there are some among us who, because of poor eyesight, miss out on this little pleasure unless it is read to them – if and when someone else has the time. Wyre Forest Talking Newspaper has been filling this gap for nearly 30 years. Its volunteers produce a weekly 90 minute

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audio tape recording in time for free delivery by post each Saturday. For this service we are very grateful to Kidderminster Royal Mail who make a special collection to ensure that listeners receive really current news. The audio tape is available to anyone who has difficulty reading a newspaper.Do you know anyone who may like to receive the Wyre Forest Talking Newspaper? Or you may have struggled to read this yourself. Let us make it easier – there are so many friendly voices at WFTN. Just contact Mary on 01299 823811 and she will send a tape to you – it is completely free. To learn more about us visit


By popular request we are holding a second show on October 30 of A Black Country Night Out. Entrance is by ticket only. To reserve your ticket phone Sue and Alan Brown from 9 am on September 1st on 01299 402721. There are only 80 tickets. Community Draw Results 2009 June £50 - A Crawford; £20 - Mr. Tetstall; £10 - M Brewer, Y Childe, D Morgan July £50 - R White; £20 - V Pearson: £10 - G Jones, G Barker-Bell, N Longdon. Clubs at the Hall Art every Tuesday for all levels 2-4ish pm with tea etc. Coffee Morning every Wednesday 10am onwards Line Dancing every Wednesday 6.30pm Bowls (Mat) every Thursday 2pm onwards Yoga every Friday morning Table Tennis once a month on the third Monday in the month from 7pm The hall is modern with excellent facilities. To hire the hall or come to see the hall e-mail Lynda on Everyone is welcome to come- just turn up.

A digital radio for winning the Sudoku in The Guardian. Elaine Barbour A day with Anthony Horowitz at the BBC for writing into Go For It on Radio 4 Toby James A week’s shopping after ringing in to Radio Hereford and Worcester Cate Gillespie £50 of Sainsbury vouchers for filling in a coupon Lyn Fox Tickets to the Australian Grand Prix in a local radio prize draw David Kirk A trip to the safari park for drawing a picture. Dulcie Walker Like to share what you have won - the more unusual the better! Then email us at





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‘Twitchers’ are required for the spotting of a particular and not very rare (sorry to say) type of thieving magpie, whose habitat is anywhere and everywhere, usually in the vicinity of property that doesn’t belong to them. They may be driving around or walking; they could be pretending to be lost or looking for a dog. Their imagination is boundless; make no mistake that they are serious in their intent of relieving you of your property and money. They use vans and pick ups, large or small; in fact any car will do. They need to travel to get to us, and that is their FIRST weakness. We need to be aware of strangers and when we see them think “I wonder what they are up to?” Neighbourhood Watch relies on the good people of any town, village or farm to let their Local Policing Team know about suspicious incidents. They need our help. However, we are not just helping them; we are helping ourselves to prevent crime in our area and home. Many people live in fear of crime, but they shouldn’t because we can all do something about it and lots of people do. All it needs is a phone call to 0300 333 3000 to let the Police know any information, however small. Have you seen a vehicle that has been lurking? If so try and get the registration number and the make and colour. If people come to your door, do not let them in, even if they say your chimney is falling off. All genuine callers will have an Identity Card and should produce it. If you are in any doubt tell them to call back and report it to the police straight away. Your Local Policing Team is there to help you to avoid becoming a victim of crime and to feel secure in your home. Help them to help you. Why not join Neighbourhood Watch, have the signs and let people know “WE ARE NOT STANDING FOR IT ANY MORE”. Rod Wilson, Chair of Wyre Forest Neighbourhood Watch

Bewdley Horticultural Society

It’s holiday time!

We’re now, allegedly, into the holiday season for gardeners so if the lawn is cut, the irrigation or alternative system is working, somebody is calling round to pick the flowers, and harvest the ripened crops, then you can pack your bags and go. However for the serious minded now is also the time to plan ahead and continue general maintenance. Dead head flowers, spray against pests especially aphids, disbud where large flower heads are required for entry to the autumn flower shows in the area. The last of the bulbs should be dug up and believe it or not daffodils and other bulbs for next spring should be going into the ground or pots.

Perennials grown from seed should be planted into sheltered areas for growing on; the greenhouse will need its pre-winter overhaul. Sowing of seeds will see you putting in spring cabbage and although winter is still a long way off the sprouts need to be planted; but it’s also not too late to get some lettuce going for a winter crop. Now is a good time to be taking cuttings from herbs such as bay, lavender, mint and rosemary etc; put into sandy soil to grow. Indeed this time of the year is just right for taking cuttings, simple propagation in sandy soil will suit hydrangeas, most shrubs, geraniums and fuchsias. Finally if there is time, before the BBQ and ice creams, just have a look at the lawn to see if areas need to be rejuvenated or repaired. Stuart Williams




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Chiltern Railways and the Severn Valley Railway will be running a direct train from Bridgnorth and Bewdley to London Marylebone from Severn Valley Railway stations on Saturday 15th August. This will be the first such service ever from the Severn Valley. Chiltern’s air-conditioned ‘Clubman’ train will leave Bewdley at 0835, arriving in the Capital at 1159. Passengers will have five hours in London, before leaving on the 1720 from Marylebone to Kidderminster, with a transfer over on the return journey to a Severn Valley train at Kidderminster Town, arriving at Bewdley at 2051. The train will also call at Arley Station at 0820, returning at 2107. Full fares are £50 for adults and £25 for children, but discounts for holders of Senior, Family and Young Persons Railcards will apply, and Chiltern’s ‘Groupsave’ will also allow 4 people to travel for the price of 2. Tickets can be purchased from Chiltern’s Business Travel Team on 01494 420117 (Monday to Friday 0930-1630), but hurry as space will be limited. Chiltern hopes that if this train is successful future ‘days out’ trains can be run during summer, holiday and Christmas times. Chiltern Railways -

POLICE CONTACT DETAILS Your Local Policing Team is Bewdley & Rural based at :Bewdley Police Station, 15 Kidderminster Rd, Bewdley DY12 1AQ. It covers Bewdley & Wribbenhall and the parishes of Rock, Arley, & Kidderminster Foreign (Trimpley). Tel 0300 333 3000 ext 3060 or 3901 (non-emergency only) Voicemail 01562 828288 Fax 01299 402607 Email Web (go to local policing page) The team is:Police Sergeant 1492 Chris Aimes Local Policing & Wildlife Officer PC 2336 Pauline Montague Community Support Officer 6225 Jeni Bray

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Dear Editor, I’ve been following your correspondence about litter with interest. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is mostly kids who throw down their litter, because when I walk down Wyre Hill I see lots of sweet papers and those horrible long thin lolly wrappers. I would like to know why the manufacturers put everything in plastic. Couldn’t they use paper, then at least they would eventually rot. By the way, I do pick them up – a good handful a day. But it would be even better if they weren’t thrown down in the first place. S Bailey





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Support our soldiers in Afghanistan

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At the last Town Council meeting we were addressed by Mrs. Susan Leake, the mother of a young soldier serving in Afghanistan. She told us of a scheme to send to men and women serving in places such as Afghanistan, parcels containing basic items we take for granted, such as tooth paste, which they are not able to obtain over there. The entire Council agreed that we should do all we can to support those who are risking their lives daily. If anyone is willing to donate any items such as toothpaste, soap, and any such creature comforts which we take for granted, they should contact the Mayor's Secretary Karen Raine on 01299 400157 or email on and make arrangements to deliver their gift to the Guildhall. We are waiting to be contacted by the organisation that has been set up to have the parcels delivered to these soldiers, many of whom do not have families to send them such items. I do sincerely hope the Town will respond generously to this appeal. Councillor Derek Killingworth, Mayor of Bewdley

Bewdley Townswomen's Guild

At the June meeting Margaret Cooper spoke to the guild about going to school in the 19th century and the beginning of the national board schools. The theatre group enjoyed 'Arsenic and Old Lace' at the Rose Theatre. The craft group are knitting squares to make blankets to send to a charity in Africa for young abandoned mothers. Sue Price, delegate and five observers attended the Townswomen's National Conference at the ICC in Birmingham on the 26th June. There is no meeting of the guild in August but a skittles evening is to be arranged for members and guests. For more information phone 01299 401 235

OctoberFest 2009

As we enjoy the summer weather (am I tempting fate here?) it is that time of year again to remind you that all the festival fringe events throughout the month of October will be summarised as OctoberFest. Last year 8000 flyers were distributed throughout the Wyre Forest and beyond and many said that they were surprised how much is going on in the town. There is always great music in the pubs around the town and last year’s blues event at the Packhorse was a welcome addition. However, the one area missing is comedy. This year we are ahead of ourselves as a number of people have already told us about their plans including a Performance Poet, a Cricket Dinner at the Royal Foresters, a Petanque competition, an Art Exhibition at the Quay Gallery, Creative Writing at the Museum, Apple pressing & Cider festival, and a French Market & Pumpkin festival at the end of the month. So get your thinking caps on and let us know what you are planning so that your event can be included in this year’s flyer. Chris Griffin, Festival Office, Old Snuff Mill, Park Lane, Bewdley DY12 2EL T: 01299 404 808 E:




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Received this very week: “Just a note to say how pleased I am to have spotted your name in the Your Community section of The Shuttle and to have leaned about the "drop in" sessions you offer at All Saints' Church Wribbenhall on Mondays. After many very uncomfortable years with increasingly distressing immobility I have been diagnosed - officially - as having Osteoarthritis. I noticed that representatives from Arthritis Care would be at the church. It was a pleasure-and a great psychological boost-to talk with "fellow sufferers". They where able to furnish me with informative literature and, importantly, personal experiences of this awful condition. My experience of your "Monday initiative" has been a very good one; not only an excellent use of the facilities at the Church but also a very welcoming atmosphere, promoted by the lovely Monday Girls, plus their very good tea and (chocolate) biscuits. I do hope that others leaving your sessions feel as uplifted and generally supported as I did." (Thanks to Pauline -- a Bewdley resident). This letter was received just a few days following a lovely phone call from a gentleman who had "popped in" to our Aid

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How to survive Redundancy

Local author, Tony Bailey has released a timely book on ‘How To Survive Redundancy’. Essentially a modern take on the self-help book providing practical advice and a degree of reassurance; the book has been three years in the writing. Tony spent his early career in journalism and advertising before entering the world of Executive Search and Selection and Outplacement, 40 years ago. This book is an essential guide to anyone who has, or is, in the process of losing their job or livelihood, taking you step by step through the process of a ‘Job Lost’ to a new ‘Life Gained’. It is full of effective practical tips and inspirational anecdotes and is supported by an extensive source of reference material and access to more web based information and downloads. Available from: Amazon, Trafford Publishing, Bewdley Books

Baptisms 7th June Lucy Brown Mollie Linda Thomas Weddings 22nd May Paul Mumford and Clare Golborne 13th June Christopher Andrew Pouney and Sarah Jane Reeve 20th June Craig William Hopkins and Lisa Jane Eaton Funerals Hilda May Bishop died 30th May Service at All Saints’ followed by cremation at Stourbridge. Marjorie Joyce Smellie died 2nd June. Service at All Saints’ followed by cremation at Stourbridge. Samuel Thomas Evans died 23rd June Service followed by burial at All Saints.

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Wribbenhall Ladies' Luncheon Club

The June speaker was unable to attend, but Mr. Ray Sturdy gave a very enjoyable slide show about The Swinging Sixties, and encouraged audience participation to test everyone's memory. In July Dorothy Norman will speak on the History of English Embroidery. On 26th August the subject will be "Do They Really Bury Their Heads" by Mr. Paul Cook of Bristol. If any ladies wish to have more information, or would like to attend, please ring 400363 and you may book a place if wished. Meetings are held at the Ramada Hotel. We apologise for the omission of the following article from the July Bridge magazine.

Bewdley Methodist Church

We celebrated the 214th Anniversary of the Church on the 17th May. The service was led by Mike Dernie and was followed by a ‘bring and share’ lunch. After lunch a quiz provided fund for everyone. At the end of July we will be saying farewell to our minister Rev Pam Garrud who is returning to the United States for family reasons. We have all enjoyed having Pam with us and are very sorry to see her go.

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Bewdley sailors visit Lake Bala

Recently two intrepid dinghy sailors from Bewdley compete in the annual Lake Bala long distance race. Derek Richards and Terry Gumbley entered the race which covers the length of the 3.5 mile lake taking three hours to complete. Sailors from England and Wales took part in the race with an impressive 64 boats entered making for a busy start line. Derek Richards and crew Sabine Townend finished in 34th position and Terry Gumbley with crew Pete Townend finished in 43rd place. The day was an excellent social day out for the sailors who regularly sail at Chelmarsh Sailing Club near Highley. For further information please check out . 11th August 11:30am – 1:00 pm Wribbenhall Community Centre

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Bewdley Horse Show

The first Bewdley Horse Show was held in the 4th July. It was purely “showing” with qualifying classes for some major championships and over £900 was given away in prize money. Memorial trophies were given to remember Bewdley’s ex Mayor, Bill Mason, which went (aptly) to the ex-racehorse class and the Graham Tilt Memorial Trophy to the veteran horse class . (see inside back cover for photographs)





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Bewdley Open Studios 2009

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The third annual Bewdley Open Studios art event took place over the weekend of 13-14th June. This time the throngs of art-loving visitors walking round were blessed with fine weather. Over 50 artists participated at some 14 sites in Bewdley, mostly concentrated at the Museum and the centre. Large numbers of Bewdley residents and people from outside came into town. 2,500 visits to the Museum were recorded over the two days. With the improvements effected during the winter, the Museum was able to host many more artists, in addition to the resident artists and craft persons. Painters, sculptors, photographers and specialists in ceramic art, textiles, etching, stained glass and wood were on hand to discuss their work, some of them actually working on a piece over the weekend. Four workshops, arranged for the weekends before and after the event, were well attended. Two of our artists, Cynthia Pearson and Judith Price, donated superb pieces as raffle prizes and all the tickets were sold. Cynthia has now retired from the organising committee and will be sorely missed. With raffle profits and 10% commission on sales, we expect that we shall again be able to contribute well over £1,000 to Friends’ funds. However, even without this “profit” the event is worthwhile for the enjoyment experienced by visitors and artists alike.

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The Friends are delighted to offer drop-in Brass Rubbing sessions in the museum education room every Wednesday afternoon (1pm to 4pm) and Sundays (10.30am-4pm) throughout the summer. This is a chance to use some of the museum's collection of larger brasses and make a really professional rubbing on black paper with gold, silver or copper coloured crayons – a small charge will apply, guidance will be given by trained volunteers. There may be additional days in the school holidays, please look out for the information boards outside the museum or ring the museum for further information. (403573). We are always on the lookout for more volunteers for e.g. the brass rubbing, gallery stewards, air raid shelter guides etc. Please ring the museum if you have any spare time and would like to help.

Every other house

The Friends of Bewdley Museum hope you will come to their new exhibition featuring Bewdley’s pubs past and present. Find out how beer is made, play some pub games and discover the secrets of some of our familiar and not so familiar pubs. The exhibition opens on 15th August until 27th September in the Wyre Forest Gallery. On the Bank holiday weekend we will be hosting guided walks around the town centre, focusing particularly on pubs of the past. These will take place at 2pm on Sat. 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August, starting from the front of the museum.





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“Support Our Soldiers” Having heard a member of the public make representations about the “Support our Soldiers” scheme, Councillors agreed that they would wish to be associated with it and on a personal level would volunteer to promote it within Bewdley. Support our Soldiers operates in various towns across Britain and provides support to serving Army personnel eg those presently in Afghanistan. It involves members of the public collecting together small items such as toiletries or magazines which can be put into shoeboxes or small parcels and sent off. This is a real morale booster and is especially appreciated by those soldiers who may not have families back home. More information about the scheme is to be obtained from Bromsgrove who already have a similar scheme up and running. Pedestrianisation of Severnside North The Mayor received a Petition from certain residents in Severnside North asking for it to be pedestrianised. This is not the first time that this issue has arisen. The road is very popular with visitors at all times of the year. With tables and chairs now in place along parts of the pavement and by the railings, pedestrians find it easiest to walk in the road. However, as not all residents and businesses along there had back entrances, they would still need to gain access for loading and unloading and for emergency service vehicles. Though desirable from an amenity point of view it was unlikely that the Highway Authority or the Emergency Services would support a total ban on vehicles. Consequently the Council agreed to investigate pedestrianisation allowing access at limited times and for certain purposes only. Town Centre painting of Buildings Councillors had received many complaints from members of the public about the colour of the exterior painting of a shop in Load Street who thought it was out of keeping with the remainder of the buildings there. On the positive side, an empty shop had been filled and was trading but on the other, the colour was not to everyone’s taste. However, having checked the legal position there was apparently nothing in law which could be done quickly by the Council to require the owner to change the colour. Flood Relief Funding Councillors had been interested in a report that gone to Wyre Forest District Council setting out how, following the floods in 2007, monies from the Government and other agencies amounting to £401,688.69 had been spent and how much was left for future projects. They agreed the Town Clerk should write to the District Council to get a full break down of the figures and to ensure that local volunteer Flood Action Groups were being fully supported. Future Town Council meetings: 3 August, 1 September, 5 October, 2 November, 30 November, 4 January 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 the Town Clerk’s Office and on the Town Council’s page of on the My Parish page of TOWN COUNCIL NEWS IS PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED BY BEWDLEY TOWN COUNCIL





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August in the forest

First news from Grow With Wyre, which aims to restore and envigorate the landscape, history and communities in and around the Wyre Forest. The new Community Discovery Centre is visibly taking shape and is set to become the hub of community events as from next year. We’re not just waiting for completion of the building, but would love volunteers to join us in organising events such as the Seed Gathering Festival on 3rd/4th October. We’ll need help with publicity, children’s activities, demonstrations of fruit juicing and woodland skills. At the beginning of this month the scheme ran a free Orchard Renovation Training Course to enable orchard owners and contractors to care for old fruit trees. These support many rare and wonderful species such as the Chicken-inthe-woods fungus, the Lesser spotted Woodpecker and the Noble Chafer; this one caught on camera by Rosemary Winnall last month enjoying its brief adult life following years of eating dead wood in the dark!

There is plenty to see in the forest in the summer months. Walk in the Woods will resume on August 5th (and the first Wednesday of each month) and is a great opportunity to venture down less familiar tracks. Meet at the Visitor Centre on at 10.30am for a 2 hour walk of not more than 4 miles, costing £4. Holiday events continue on Tuesdays and Fridays as follows: August 4th Creepy Crawlies Come on safari armed with a bug box to find the

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smallest creatures in the forest! 10.30am to 12noon. £3.50 per child, booking required. August 7th Family Dusk Walk (all children must be accompanied by an adult). Wear warm clothes and bring a torch. 7pm to 9pm. £5 per person or £15 for 2 adults and 2 children, booking required. August 11th Dragonflies Take a look in the Discovery Centre pond to find out about the life cycle of these amazing creatures then make your own dragonfly to take home. A family event from 10.30am to 12noon costing £3.50 per child, booking required. August 14th Forest Playtime for Under 5s Join us for woodland games suitable for the very young. 10.30am to 12noon. £3 per child, booking required. August 18th Forest Playtime for Under 5s see above August 21st Skulls, pellets and poos! A chance to look at some gruesome forest finds and discover what an owl had for supper! 10.30am to 12noon. Cost £3.50 per child, booking required. August 25th Woodland Warriors Involving camouflage, bows and arrows. Squirrels beware! 10.30am to 12noon costing £3.50 per child, booking required. Living Wild is an activity week designed for 11 to 16 year olds which runs from 24th to 27th August, including an overnight experience sleeping in the shelters that participants build themselves. The event will also include fire-lighting, camp fire cooking, learning about the woodland and learning other bushcraft skills and costs £100 per child. On August 28th the Survival Day for children 11 years and over offers similar experiences. Lunch will be provided, cooked over an open fire. £12 per person. 10.30am – 3.30pm. Booking required for both. For bookings or further information call 01299 266929. Linda Iles,Wyre Forest Discovery Centre, Forestry Commission

Out and About with Gary Severn Valley Railway 40’s weekends

Bewdley Horse Show

Out and About with Gary

Far Forest School Classic Car and Bike Show Hoarstone Horse Show

Bewdley First School Summer Fayre

Calling Bewdley residents to support

89 year old raising funds for the Millbrook Suite

A 89 year old Bewdley resident, Alan Birch, is to take a sponsored walk up Snowdon on the 26th August to raise funds towards much needed new Hair Loss Prevention System for the Millbrook Suite at Kidderminster Hospital. The Kidderminster Hospital League of Friends, together with the Kidderminster Shuttle, is running the appeal to raise £150,000 for this cancer resource centre. After 10 years service, the suite is in need of modernization. In total the works will cost £250,000 of which the League has already committed £100,000. Alan is an ex-member of the 3rd Bewdley Scouts and this is his third sponsored event in the past six years. “I am being joined by my friends and former scouts, David Thomas, Pete Johnson, Andrew Franklin and Rob Williams” said Alan. “Although we are all getting on in years, we are all going up Snowdon, which we climbed when we were quite young.” Any donation or sponsorship, no matter how small will be greatly appreciated and go to the cancer centre. Last year over 5,000 patients visited the centre and its associated clinics. Donations can be made directly to Barclays Bank in Bewdley. Cheques made payable to Mr Alan Birch, Snowdon Sponsored Walk.

Thank you Severn Valley Railway

The management and staff of the SVR showed great kindness to the residents of our Stephenson Place community on July 1st. We live in this retirement complex of 37 properties and most days we watch the Severn Valley trains puff over the railway viaduct. Imagine our delight when General Manager Nick Ralls and his staff gave us an afternoon out and helped us ride from Bewdley to Bridgnorth and gave us complimentary light refreshments. We all had such fun, and we could not possibly have done it without the TLC of the SVR. Thank you, Severn Valley Railway. That was a very kind thing that you gave us. John Williams

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The Bridge - August 2009  

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