Bretforton Parish Magazine - January 2022

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St Leonard’s Church Contacts Vicar: Revd. Philip Morton - 832599 Churchwardens: Mr S Mitchell - 831871 Mr J Wood - 834672 Bells: Mr J Cleveland – 831200 if unavailable contact - Mr S Mitchell Flowers: Mrs Liz Kerr 832899 Parish Administrator: vacancy Email: Tel: 01386 832599 All enquiries for Baptisms & Weddings please contact the Parish Administrator



A rolling diary of events can be found on the Benefice Website:

Altar Flowers Please contact Liz Kerr on 01386 832899 or email


3M’s Betty Sullivan was a recent member of our 3 Ms group so it with sadness that I write to say she died in November. Our condolences to her family. I look forward to meeting with everyone in the New Year on 17th January at 2 pm. If you are interested in this friendly club, please get in touch with Margaret Pye 833537

Bretforton Ladies Circle No meeting in January but we are holding our usual late Christmas evening out at the Round of Gras Badsey on January 27th at 7pm. Menu etc will be distributed in the New Year. Members please ensure we have your current address. Tel 01386 833387 with this information or email Thank you all and wishing you A Very Happy New Year from the Committee.


Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful festive season. We look forward to seeing you for more fun filled events throughout 2022.

New Year’s Day – Open as normal 5 January – Come meet new friends and have a chat. Tea, coffee and cake 10am (every 2 weeks) TH 8 January – Come and show your skills! 8pm 9th January – Bingo. Eyes down 8pm 12th January – Craft club 10am (every 2 weeks) th

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for more event information If you would like to hire the club for parties or functions, please contact us: Email : Phone : 01386 244800 6


Mother & Toddlers We would love to see you and if you need more information please contact Angela Gray on 01386 830329

Bretforton Preschool Playgroup Happy New Year! Jane and Team

Thursday 27th, Friday 28th & Saturday 29th Jan 2022 A BAD (Bretforton Amateur Dramatics) Production 7.30pm at the Theatrebarn, Bretforton Based on the hugely successful British television series that ran for seven seasons, this uproarious comedy relates the adventures of hapless cafe owner, René, in occupied France. You can see all your favourite characters, including René's tone-deaf wife Edith, Michelle from the Resistance and Gestapo officer Herr Flick. Performances will be held in the stunning setting of the Theatrebarn, Bretforton. (Please note accessibility is limited, contact us for details.) Thursday’s performance will be socially distanced. Tickets available: from Bretforton Community Shop, by calling 07738 461066/01386 832270, by email or online at



Bretforton Village School Dear Villagers, Thank you to everyone who came along to the Friends of Bretforton Village School Christmas Coffee Morning and Fayre on Saturday 4th December. It was great to see so many parents, grandparents and villagers coming out to support the school. I am delighted to say that the grand total raised was an amazing £620 – a fantastic result for two hours! Thank you to everyone who came along to support this event. On a related note, thank you again to the Friends of Bretforton Village School for funding our visit to the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. We all had a wonderful time and it is lovely that the children have the opportunity to enjoy a live theatre performance. There was plenty of cheering, booing and joining in the songs and I am very grateful to the Friends for covering the cost so that all children could attend. On Tuesday 14th December, the children went over to The Fleece barn for their Christmas lunch. This is always a highlight of the year and the barn was decorated beautifully. Thank you to the staff of The Fleece for the firstrate food and to the Friends of Bretforton School for funding everyone’s meals. Just before the new Plan B arrangements came into force, we were able to perform our Christmas Production and Nativity in St Leonard’s Church. Although we were obliged to reduce the amount of adults that were allowed to watch each performance, by holding an extra one, hopefully everyone was able to see it at some point. Thank you to everyone at St Leonard’s Church and especially Spencer and Margaret for their support with this event- I am delighted that the school and church have such close links that enable us to work together for the Bretforton community. Finally, may I wish you all an enjoyable but restful Christmas, and I hope that 2022 brings us all a more peaceful and settled year than 2021 has turned out to be.

Warmest wishes Mr Riley 10

Head of School



Bretforton Garden Club Our final meeting of the year took place on December 1st at Honeybourne village hall where 35 members attended. Our chairman Mike opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and saying a few words on the new COVID restrictions which had come out that day. He also reminded us that the next meeting would be back at the Memorial Hall in Bretforton on January 6th at 7.30pm. Mike then introduced Reg Mole our speaker for the evening, most people recognise Reg from his programme on the radio. Compost was the subject matter and the radical changes happening to change from peat based composts.Coir from Ceylon is one of the alternatives and manufacture's are busy buying up as much as they can.Making your own is also an option with leaf mould the best although it takes at least two years to produce. Reg also suggested we use Plant Invigorates, these are seaweed based and stimulate plants own systems and can also kill aphids. A Q and A session provided some interesting queries such as using banana skins, coffee grounds and egg shells to promote growth. A comfrey or nettle feed was also recommended, but Reg suggested it was kept behind the shed as it smells so bad.!!. A very interesting and amusing talk. Our evening ended with seasonal mulled wine and mince pies. If you are interested in joining Garden Club please visit our website at

Craft & Chat We are a friendly relaxed group of mixed ages and skills. We’d love you to join us with your latest project or even just for a chat between 10am - 12pm on Wednesday 12th and 26th of January at Bretforton Community Social Club. £3 entry including a drink and cake. We also now meet fortnightly on a Monday evening at the same location 7pm to 9pm. See you all soon, Leeann 07398231138 13





Bretforton Sports Club Here is the Latest from the Bug Hut. This is the last article of 2021,so a Merry Christmas to one and all and a safe and Happy New Year. All our indoor and outdoor sports teams are either in or leading towards the festive break. The only side with a game left to play is the Saturday football team. If they win it they will be threatening top position in the Stratford League Division 1.Their results this month have been fantastic.They have won 2 league games against Alcester 4 - 0 and Shipston 4 - 3.They beat Shottery in a penalty shoot out after the final score was 2 - 2 in the R M Smith Cup and then proceeded to win the semi-final 1 - 0 against FISSC. They are also in another cup quarter final and another semi-final.These games are to be played in the New Year. The Sunday side have had a poor month,losing to Offenham in the Evesham KO Cup 6 - 1 and two league games to Fladbury 2 - 1 and Offenhaam 2 1.The game against Stour was postponed due to a frozen pitch.Let us hope for better fortunes when the league restarts on Sunday January 9th. It is the end of the National Cup run for the Bretforton Ladies HC over 45s.Having beaten Telford and Wrekin HC 4 - 2 on penalty flicks,after a full time score of 2 -2, with the successful takers being Sophie Hamilton,Tess Lewington,Martine Verweij andJulie Hall,the Ladies lost away at Bristol UWE to Wereys HC by 6 goals to 2.The scorers were Hamilton and Andrea Cole. The 1st X1 lost 0 - 2 toCirencester but bounced back to beat Gloucester 3rds 5 - 1 with Lisa Workman,Julie Stowe,Ellie Wright 2 and Lewington scoring the goals. The 2nd X1 have lost their unbeaten tag by going down 5 - 1 to Bourton and Sherbourne HC with Emma Hartwell scoring their only goal.However they have beaten Colwall and Malvern 3 - 0 with Ness Dufty,Lucy Cole and Becky Love scoring and Stroud 1 - 0 with Andrea Cole scoring the solitary goal.All hockey leagues resume in the New Year. I have not heard from the pool team so there is no report. The Monday night crib team have lost their last 4 games so have slipped down the table. 18

The Thursday night darts side have won their last 4 games to cement 2nd place in the league.Allan Boulton,Dom Evans and Lance Gregson lost in the final of the Asum League 3-a-side competition.Darts will restart in the New Year but Bretforton are holding an open darts competition on Thursday 30th December 7pm start.The organizer is Paul Jones and entry is on the night with cash prizes for the winners. Club opening times over the Festive period are displayed on the notice board in the clubhouse. That's all folks. Yours Sincerely Keith Mitchell

Bretforton Silver Band Happy New Year to you all! Thank you for your support over Christmas, it was lovely to be able to play carols once again. 100 club money for this year is now due. We do have some spare numbers; subscription is £12 a year with monthly prizes of £10, £15 and £25 and £100, £50 and £25 in December. If you would like a number please contact Laura Hunt, 01386 640791 or email With best wishes for a safe and healthy 2022. Secretary

Editor Information Contributions, enquiries, images and advertising for the next magazine should be sent to: Leeann Bibby

Tel: 07398231138


Entries for FEBRUARY-22 to be in by 12 Midnight on January-20th For information regarding advertising please contact the editor for details.





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