Bretforton Parish Magazine - June 2022

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Bretforton Parish Magazine June 2022

Message from Reverand Philip Morton This month sees us celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen’s coronation. In recent years, the Queen has talked about how her Christian faith has sustained and helped her through some dark times in her life, and in the life of the nation. It is at these points, she says, that her faith is ‘the anchor in my life’. There are few other people in the world who have been a Head of State for as long as the Queen has, and this month she will be the only British monarch in history to reign into a seventh decade. It was back in 1947 that the Queen dedicated her life to public service during a radio broadcast, ending her speech with the words, ‘God help me to make good my vow’. The celebration of the Diamond Jubilee is a vindication of these words, and I believe the Queen would say that over those past decades, God has indeed helped her to serve her country as Monarch. In our services on the 5th June we will be saying prayers for the Queen. We also happen to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost that same day, which commemorates the gift of the Holy Spirit and the beginnings of the Church. It is perhaps fitting that the Diamond Jubilee falls on this same Sunday, a reminder of the anointing with Holy Oil that represents the blessing of the Holy Spirit on a new Monarch. The main Jubilee service will take place in the evening at Bretforton at 7pm, so please do join us for this very special occasion.


Services Date





Sunday 5th June Pentecost/ Diamond Jubilee

9.30am 9.30am 10.30am 11.00am 6.30pm 7.00pm

Holy Communion Morning Praise Café Church Holy Communion Evensong Diamond Jubilee Service

S Littleton Offenham Littleton Village Hall Badsey Cleeve Prior Bretforton

Philip Morton Margaret Pye Joyce Bache Philip Morton Philip Morton Margaret Pye

Sunday 12th June Trinity Sunday


Benefice Eucharist


Susan Renshaw

Sunday 19th June 1st Sunday after Trinity

9.30am 9.30am 11.00am 11.00am

Holy Communion Morning Praise Holy Communion Morning Praise

Badsey S Littleton Cleeve Prior Offenham

Philip Morton Rob Johnson Philip Morton Teresa Styles

Sunday 26th June 2nd Sunday after Trinity

9.30am 9.30am 11.00am 11.00am 6.30pm

Holy Communion Morning Praise Matins Holy Communion Evensong

N&M Littleton Offenham Cleeve Prior Bretforton Badsey

Philip Morton Joyce Bache Rod Carless Philip Morton Philip Morton



Mother & Toddler At the church on Mondays from 3pm till 4pm and new members are welcome, toddler and primary school age. We do not charge but do like parents to stay and be involved. For more information ring Angela 01386 830329.

3M’s At our meeting this month our discussions turned to the topic of outside loos that were very common in Bretforton houses in the early 20s and 30s and how families managed! Quite difficult when one facility was used by a family of nine children and the practicalities of who’s turn it was to empty the facility. So glad times have changed. There was chat about our gardens and how the climate change has affected certain plants in a short time. Our next meeting will be at Sue Willoughby’s house on Drinkwater Lane, Monday 20th June at 2 pm Margaret Pye 833537

Ladies Circle Next meeting will be on Tuesday 28th June at 7.30pm in the Sports Club. Lynne will be doing a demonstration of an edible cake decoration. New members will be made most welcome. Why not come along and join us. For further information please telephone: Mary Mckallin 01386 833387 or Maureen Burdett on 01386 832412.

Craft & Chat Please feel free to join us with your latest project or to meet the group. We are a lively group and enjoy sharing our projects as well as trying new things together. Join us to find out what we are about. Details on BCSC page.







60, Main Street, Bretforton, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 7JH Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 17:00 till 21:00 Friday 17:00 till Close, Saturday 12:00 till close Sunday 12:00 till 21:00 Don’t forget! Contact us to book private events and meetings through Facebook, our website or on the phone - 01386 244 800

JUNE Wednesdays 8th & 22nd 10am-12pm

Craft & Chat


All Welcome

Mondays 6th & 20th 7pm-9pm

Craft Club


Sometimes we do craft!?!?

Sundays 12th & 26th 8pm


Wednesday 15th 7pm

Film Night


The Duke

Wednesdays 15th & 29th 10am-12pm

Coffee Morning

Drink £1.50 Cake £1

Friendly locals meeting



A fun evening of hits

Saturday 11th 8.30pm


Cash Prizes


Dear Villagers As we approach the Platinum Jubilee weekend, we have had a very busy time at school over the past few weeks. One highlight for the children, which had not happened over the Covid period, was our residential visit for the Year 4 and 5 children to PGL. This year, for the first time, we travelled over to the Tregoyd PGL Centre in the Brecon Beacons where the children spent three days enjoying a range of outdoor activities. The children took part in climbing, abseiling, trapeze and zip wire which really pushed them to conquer any fear of heights. They also tried orienteering to develop their map reading skills, fencing and archery. In the evenings, they were able to play a hide and seek game called Ambush, and also sang songs and ate marshmallows around the campfire. The marshmallows were especially popular! I am delighted to say that the children behaved excellently throughout the whole visit and coped very well with, for some children, their first time away from home. Hopefully you are all aware that on Thursday 2nd June, there is a fun Barn Dance at the Fleece Inn with the Cotteswolde Country Dance Band starting at 7.30pm. I hope that you will support this event and come along as funds raised will go toward Bretforton Village School's music provision - this will enable us to continue our music tuition in brass and string instruments. It is a key part of our curriculum offer and we are eager to ensure that it continues free of charge to parents for as long as possible. I hope you all have a lovely time celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and look forward to sharing more news with you next month. Warmest wishes Kevin Riley Head of School



Bretforton Silver Band At the time of writing, we are approaching a very busy period for the band. We have a fundraiser at Evesham Football club on Saturday 21st May at 2:00pm, half of the proceeds will go to the band and half to Pancreatic Cancer Action. We would like to express our appreciation to Sandra Francis for organising this event and also to everybody who has volunteered to run a stall, make a cake, made donations and given sponsorship, your support is very gratefully received. The band are very much looking forward to a return of our Asparagus Auction and Draw in person at the Fleece Inn in its traditional format for the first time in 2 years due to the pandemic. This takes place on Sunday 29th May, starting with a concert by the band at 7:00pm. This event has been one of the bands main fund raising occasions since it was first organised in the 1970’s to help raise money to purchase new instruments. Our continued thanks to Colin Jelfs, Nigel Smith and to everyone who donated gras and supported this unique occasion. To mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee, we are participating in a series of events. Some band members will be playing a fanfare at the Church at midday on Thursday 2nd June, followed by a concert at Richmond Villages Wood Norton that afternoon. On Saturday 4th June we are back at Scuttlebrook Wake, Chipping Campden, once again leading the parade at 2:30pm. This will be a busy day for us as we are delighted to be performing at the 'Bretforton Village Platinum Jubilee Proms’ on the Saturday evening. This will take place on the recreation ground where there is more space for people to spread out. Entertainment starts from 3pm. This will be an opportunity for the whole village to get together, with a picnic and join in with the national celebrations. we would like to thank the organisers for asking us to play at this event and hope it is a day to remember! Finally on Sunday 5th June we will be playing at a special Songs of Praise service prior to the Church Asparagus Auction. The band is looking forward to joining in with all of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Best Wishes Secretary. 14


Bretforton Garden Club News May Meeting Our speaker this month was Andy Pedrick, a local gardening expert, who has had a long career as a nurseryman since studying Horticulture at Pershore College. His topical talk was entitled: Hanging Baskets Andy brought a huge range of bedding plants with him for the talk, which is always welcomed by the group, and explained how we can make sure we’re buying healthy plants when we visit garden centres and some of the techniques used by suppliers to keep plants looking at their best whilst they’re on display. We learned about the importance of using the correct type of compost for our hanging baskets and how to prepare them so that our plants have the best growing conditions in them. Andy also introduced us to the many different types of plant food available and stressed the need to feed our plants (much more often than most of us realised) when they’re in the hanging basket to help extend their flowering season. Members were able to buy Andy’s plants at the end of the meeting. June Meeting Next month our meeting will be held on Thursday 9th June 2022 when Caroline Sheldrick will be giving us a talk on Medicinal Herbs in the Garden. DON’T FORGET Bretforton Open Gardens - Sunday 12th June 2022 11.00am – 5.00pm For full details visit:



MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING TUESDAY 5TH JULY, 7PM THE FLEECE INN, BRETFORTON Following their sell out 2021 tours of Twelfth Night, Treasure Island and A Christmas Carol, Half Cut Theatre are delighted to be visiting Bretforton for the first time with their brand new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. This popular summer comedy is a bittersweet tale of feuding lovers, crossed wires and a well-meaning but rather foolish police constable. At Half Cut we believe theatre should be available for everyone so we do not set ticket prices in advance. It works like this: reserve your place for free at, come along to the performance at 7pm (don’t forget your seat!) and then Pay What You Decide by cash or contactless card after the show. The performance will last for 75 minutes. Our shows are full of music, songs, plenty of heart and, most importantly, laughs! And of course there will be food and drink available from our friends at The Fleece - what’s not to like?! See you there!




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