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MAY 2021


St Leonards Church Thought For May 2021 May is my special month, because we celebrate our Wedding anniversary, my sister and I celebrate our birthdays, and added to these personal celebrations is the bonus of 2 Bank Holidays. Growing up in Derbyshire, Ascension Day was also special because we got a ½ day holiday after going to church in the morning, it was also the day the Well Dressing Festivals began. Tissington is the first of the Derbyshire villages to open this annual festival. The tradition started after another pandemic, the wells where clean fresh water is drawn were ‘dressed’ with bunches of spring flowers and blessed as a thank you to God for coming through the Black Death. Over centuries and revived in the 18 hundreds it has developed into the present form of highly skilled and beautiful decorated frames covered in clay, patterns and pictures are made up by pressing flower petals into the damp clay. As children, we helped and gradually over the years we learned all the ‘tools of this particular trade’ to be able to carry on the tradition. Sadly, last year we were not able to share any time together celebrating, events like the Well Dressings and everything else was cancelled. There has been too much heartache endured during this pandemic so as we go forward to happier times let us not forget to continue to be thankful for those that kept things going for us whilst we waited for better days to come. Enjoy your celebrations when they arrive, I know I will. Margaret Pye Licensed Lay Minster with the Benefice of East Vale & Avon Villages



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 Parish Administrator - Wendy Stafford Email: eastvaleavon2018@gmail.com Tel: 01386 424 728 All enquiries for Baptisms & Weddings please contact the Parish Administrator


From the Parish Registers April 2021 Weddings; 20/03/2021


Paul Simon Trinder & Kathryn Elizabeth Ker

Baptisms; None Funerals; 17/03/2021



Cleeve Prior




Cleeve Prior

Ian Keith Andrews (82) Dr Carole Lynn Duce (74) Maurice Walker (75) Betty Joyce Vickeridge (85)

A rolling diary of events can be found on the Benefice Website: www.eastvaleavon.org.uk

Altar Flowers May 2nd & 9th Mrs M Feeney 16th & 23rd Mrs J Goody 30th Liz Kerr Mrs Liz Kerr (832899) is responsible for Church Flowers

Messy Church This year because of Covid 19 it was impossible to hold a Good Friday workshop. Instead of the children coming to us we took the crafts and fun to them in the form of Messy Church Bags. 75 children throughout the benefice were issued with a bag in 4 different age groups 3, 5, 7, 9 . They were gratefully received by children and adults. As we again will be unable to met in person we are repeating the Messy Church bags for Pentecost. The bags will be delivered to you on 20 th May. See elsewhere in this publication for details as to how to order bags. Penny Christison. 5


Message from Parochial Church Council Members of the Parochial Church Council, PCC are pleased that the Parish Magazine is back in production following a break due to Covid restrictions. We hope you enjoy keeping up to date with village organisations and are able to support our local advertisers. Compiling such a magazine is not an easy task and was competently produced by Hazel Mitchell for over 40 years, taking over the role when Wilfred Bates was the vicar of Bretforton. Sadly Hazel died in October and will be very much missed by all the organisations she was involved with. The PCC are very grateful to Hazel for her many years of service. The PCC are very grateful that Leeann Bibby has kindly taken over the onerous role of editor of the magazine. She will be supported by other members of the PCC and a team of volunteers who fold and deliver the magazine each month. The magazine is delivered to every house in the village and you are invited to share local events and news. If you would like to have an advertisement please contact Leeann and editorial material needs to be submitted by 15th of the month. We hope you enjoy reading this months edition.

Knitted Bible THE WORLD’S GREATEST STORY Come and see the famous travelling Knitted Bible Exhibition at Badsey Church from Saturday 14th August to Sunday 23rd August 2021. There are 33 different bible stories including: a wedding, a funeral, one man and his 100 sheep, and a new baby (and who doesn’t love one of those?) All this and much more in the Knitted Bible exhibition, free entry with all donations given to charity. Put it in your diary and join us for a fun filled event. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and an opportunity to purchase light refreshments. More information to follow, including opening times.


This is your village magazine and we would love to hear from you with events, ideas, images and advertising.


Creative Village

Amazing May by Emily aged 7

I hope you are loving these images as much as me, send village or season related art from any age, anything creative – poem, drawing, painting Remember only black & white at the mo.

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SATURDAY 15th MAY BUY A ROSE FOR ROSE Christian Aid were surprised and humbled by last year’s aid week as against the backdrop of the global coronavirus pandemic, with restrictions on movement and activities, nearly £4 million pounds was raised to help people living in poverty. This year they are shifting attention back to the climate crisis and our global neighbours in Kenya who continue to battle the effects of extreme weather. Rose is a grandmother who is the sole carer for her 6 grandchildren. Without water crops fail. Daily she walks for 6 hours to fetch clean water for her family to drink, for cooking, washing and watering her crops. Now with Covid comes the necessity to wash frequently so clean water is even more essential. A gift of £335 could pay for a communal water point for Rose’s village. Just take a moment to think what this means. We would like to raise this amount so our village can give Rose and her neighbours what we take for granted – A SOURCE OF CLEAN WATER! By doing so we could not only make life easier, we could save lives. We ask you to support our BUY A ROSE FOR ROSE Event on Saturday 15th May and make our dream a reality. Watch for posters and check the village website in May for full information. Angela Gray, St Leonard’s Church



Bretforton Village School Hello from everyone at Bretforton Village School! I hope that everyone is well and enjoying the brighter (and briefly warmer) spring weather. In the run up to the Easter holidays, the children were very busy in school and took part in an Easter Egg hunt on the school site. The children were split into their house teams and had to find 40 eggs that had been hidden in the school grounds. Everyone had a fantastic time and received a prize from our very generous Friends of Bretforton Village School. The children also made Easter cards for the members of the Young at Heart Lunch Club which were then distributed with the afternoon tea that was delivered to members on Good Friday. The children had a great time making the cards and it is always good when the school can support the local community in ways such as this. Can I also say a huge thank you to Margaret Pye and the members of the St Leonard's Church community for inviting the school to make Easter eggs to decorate the churchyard during Holy Week. Thank you also for very kindly supplying the prizes for the winning eggs. Finally, I am delighted to share with you the news that the school has been awarded its sixth Green Flag award. Our Eco-Team, led by Miss Ellis had to put together a record of all the activities that have taken place in our school since the last Green Flag was awarded in 2019. It was clear that they were very impressed with all the work the children had done and the initiatives that had been introduced both inschool and during home learning. Our ongoing work planting the school gardens and developing the habitat for wild creatures has been very successful and within school, our annual challenges were praised as encouraging children to be aware of the natural environment, its resources and how we can preserve and recycle them. Well done to the Eco-Team for all their work on environmental issues within school, to all the children in school for their enthusiasm in joining in with our challenges, and also to Miss Ellis for being the driving force behind the Eco-Team. I am very proud of them all for what they have achieved. As we move forward into our summer term, I look forward to sharing more news of events happening at Bretforton Village School.

Warm regards Kevin Riley Head of School


Bretforton Preschool Playgroup staff and children are busy making plans for the summer term ahead. New planters ready for our vegetable and bedding plants, the children so enjoy watching them grow. We will also be travelling around the village on foot in our bubble exploring on our nature trails spotting the calves at the farm and keen to find frogs/tadpoles in the streams and brook. All good fun. If you see us out and about give us a wave! Kind regards Jane and Team

3M’s It is with great sadness I report the deaths of two founder members of the 3 Ms. Jill Armstrong died 24th March and Margaret Jelfs died 5th April. Both were stalwart members, Jill hosted many of our meetings in her own home, and Margaret never arrived empty handed, her gingerbread and pastry were legendary. Both were supportive when we had stalls at the shows. I personally will miss them not just as members but as very good friends. We can now meet in groups of 6 so I hope as the better weather is arriving we can organise a garden meeting. We can then plan to go forward with our regular meetings as the lockdown eases. See you all soon, Margaret Pye 833537


Mother & Toddlers We are continuing to meet on Zoom each week from 3.30pm till 4.00pm and would give a warm welcome to anyone with preschool children to join us. Contact Angela on 01386 830329 or email me on angelagray1936@outlook.com for more details. Currently we are able to have a short age appropriate story from the children’s Big Bible Story book, which they love. We enjoy singing action songs and those who have instruments at home are encouraged to use them. We also have a craft activity of some sort which obviously needs parental help as it does when we meet face to face. These activities are limited to what materials you are likely to have at home such as paper colouring pens or crayons, scissors and glue. When we get back to meeting properly we can do a wider range of activities using the equipment we have. COVID restrictions will have to be followed but I’m sure we will have fun. Angela




Scouts are do-ers and give-it-a-go-ers. Yes, we go camping, hiking, swimming, abseiling, cycling and canoeing. But we also get to hang out with our friends every week – having fun, playing games, working in a team and taking on new challenges. Every week we give almost half a million 6-25 year olds across the uk, the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life. Everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. Regardless of your child’s physical ability – there’s a Scout adventure out there waiting for them. And we’ll help them find it 1st Littleton Scout Group currently have spaces available in all our sections: Beaver Scouts – 6 years – 8 years – Wednesday nights Cub Scouts 8 years – 10 ½ years – Tuesday Nights Scouts 10 ½ years – 14 years – Friday nights and you don't need to be Bear Grylls to volunteer...  We’ve already got one Chief Scout,and he’s brilliant. What we need now are smilers and inspirers, activity planners and Zoomers - all round team players to support our young people. Scouts is needed now more than ever. The pandemic has hit our young people hard – with two thirds saying is impacted on their mental health. Having people positive role models to guide the way, and give that extra bit of encouragement is so important in times like these. We help young people step up, speak and find their place in the world. We help them gain skills for life. If you wish to enquire about a young person starting their scouting journey or seek an adult volunteer role please email: littletonscoutenquiries@yahoo.com to find out more.


Bretforton Sports Club It is a long time since I wrote a piece about the Sports Club activities . Unfortunately there are no indoor sports allowed at this time .However the Sports Club has opened for outside service with its newly erected shelter .Our opening times are limited to after sporting matches and club night on a Friday when we open at 6pm . On the first weekend our new shelter was used as shade from the hot sun. Football has restarted with both the Saturday and Sunday sides trying to complete their league seasons in the Stratford Alliance and Evesham Sunday League Division 1 respectively . The Saturday side have played 3 games , losing 1to Wickhamford 4-2 and drawing 0-0 with both Feckenham and Central Ajax Reserves .They are a young side developing under Manager Steve Edghill . The Sunday side under Manager Darren Reeves have also played 3 games winning them all , beating Alderton 4-1 , New Inn Pershore 6-1 and TDMS Harvington 7-1 .They are at present in 3rd position .The next match is away to Offenham on Sunday 25th April k.o. 10.30 The Ladies Hockey Club have had 2 inter club friendlies in preparation for the restart of their League season. The Cricket Club are having pre season friendlies ready for their League starting on Saturday 1st May . The 1st X1 captained by Paul Jones have had 2 friendly matches , a close 8 run victory over Coventry and North Warwick 2nds and a comprehensive victory over Mickleton . In the first match a fluent 79 from Ade Witts backed up by 33 from Theo Chinn Brown enabled them to post 164 for 8 . Good bowling from Alex Evans 4 for 14 and 3 for 50 from Ant Pratley saw Cov all out inthe 39th over. In the second game 50s from Chris Perry , Phil Davies on his return to the club ,Ash Icke , 40 not out from Chinn-Brown and lusty blows from the Captain , Jamie Clarke and James Icke enabled a score of 274 to be achieved.Consistent bowling by all the bowlers resulted in Mickleton being dismissed for 44 . The 2nd X1 played Earlswood 3rds and with 50s from Adam Westmacott and Steve Edghill and good all round contributions from the rest of the team a score of 201-8 was posted .The Earlswood batters did not get to grips with the Bretforton bowlers and were all out for 100 . One more friendly for each team and on to the Cotswold League .


An interesting statistic is that in the Bret 1st X1 squad there are 9 Bretforton born players , 2 from Badsey and 1 from Honeybourne . A truly local side .Next month I hope to report on inside opening and of course the progress of our sporting sides . A big Thank you to all our supporters. You really are amazing . Cheers Keith Mitchell ( Chairman Bretforton Sports Club )

Bretforton Garden Club News What a difference a bit of sunshine makes, I’m sure like me we have all been out enjoying our gardens after being cooped up inside during the lockdown winter. Lots of jobs to catch up on and the spring flowers have given us a wonderful boost. They seem especially vibrant this year. We are still working to get the Club up and running as soon as possible and we look forward to meeting all our members and new ones soon. For more information please contact our website www.bretforton-gardenclub.co.uk


Bretforton PC webpage. Bretforton Parish Council is proud to announce its new website including its new logo which will be on all correspondence and information. Check out our webpage at www.bretfortonpc.uk The webpage is still being worked on to add new information, pictures and features so please keep checking on our progress. You can find agendas, minutes, the latest planning as well as useful information and links for Bretforton life.

You can also find us now on Facebook too.

Bretforton Recreation Ground path. By now most of you will have seen our new path covering a large part of the edge of the sports field and is for use by all. The all-weather surface will mean that runners, walkers and dog walkers (dogs on leads) can benefit all year and the surface is suitable for disabled users too. It takes in the memorial trees and at a future point a plaque will be positioned detailing them. The path has also been positioned so that access to the play area will be easier. The Cross The PC has had the kerbing replaced in The Cross to ensure that the verge is not worn away by vehicles. The work is now complete and makes a lovely area look even better.


Back Lane. The verge along Back Lane has been prepared and wildflower seeds are due to be sown. This is the first year that this has been done so may need some adjusting to get the best results over future years. This is part of local government’s commitment to leave areas as natural as is possible. If you have any ideas of where other areas can be considered, please get in touch, contact details are at the bottom of the page. Face to Face meetings. From 7th May 2021, the government has decided that meetings must return to face to face meetings and be covid secure until 21st June 2021. At the moment, the May meeting is on Tuesday 4th May 2021 so that it can be held via zoom, further information will be provided about future meetings in due course. Please remember though, that you can email or telephone any time to ask a question, you do not need to wait until the PC meeting. Allotments. We have two plots available for immediate occupation, if you are interested in taking on a plot and being part of our allotment community, please contact the clerk, details below. Bretforton Book Exchange. We are pleased to announce that Bretforton’s book exchange will be ready for use from Tuesday 4th May 2021 in the newly painted and restored ‘red telephone box’ in the grounds of The Fleece pub. Please bring along any unwanted books in return for a book of your choice from the shelves. This facility has been provided by Bretforton Parish Council and maintained by Bretforton Book Club. Bretforton PC is hoping to set up a Community Speed Watch group but need at least 8 volunteers from the community. Full training will be given but this should, in conjunction with the Police and Worcs County Council, improve speeds around the village. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the parish clerk, details below. The Parish Clerk, Andrea Evans can be contacted on 01386 760332 or at bretfortonparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk or by using the contact page on www.bretfortonpc.co.uk 21


Bretforton Silver Band The band has not played for over a year but, all being well, we are looking forward to getting together again later in the summer. The first step will be to hold our AGM hopefully in early June and then we will plan to get rehearsals going. This may have to be outside to begin with so we are hoping for some warm summer evenings. It is sad that we will not be able to hold our usual events, the Gras Draw and Proms but hopefully things will be better by next year. During May we would normally be very busy with the start of our summer engagements and preparing for the Asparagus Draw & Auction, please do take a look on our Facebook Page to view a compilation of photographs, looking back at 47 years of the Auction. Although band members have not been able to meet up in person there has been a virtual band quiz on Thursday nights. This gives the opportunity for people to see each other and have a bit of fun as well as keeping Thursday evening as ‘band night’. We are still fundraising by running our 100 club, if you would like to join it costs £12 for the year, please email laurahunt24@hotmail.co.uk for more information – your support would be very much appreciated.

Did you know? Bretforton band is the only surviving village band in the Worcestershire. Our first mention in public records is on the 28th September 1895 where reference is made in the local ‘Evesham Journal’ newspaper to a public tea and concert in the village schoolroom to raise funds for the newly formed village band. Further research has revealed that the band was formed sometime between the 1894 and the summer of 1895 evolving out of the temperance movement which was popular at that time.

Stay safe! Secretary



Bretforton Show Saturday 11th September, 2021 ** Save the Date ** If you’d like to help with the Show’s organisation, or if you’d like to have a stall at the Show, please get in touch. Email us at info@bretfortonshow.co.uk We think we all need something to look forward to after the year we’ve had. So please support the Show, and put the date in your diary now! Details will be updated on the website.

BRETFORTON Your stories Your Village Your chance to tell them (and if you can think of a title for the project please let me know!)

As part of Live and Local’s LivingRoom project, Storyteller and Folkorist Suzanne Tumnus is making a “Story walk video for the village” but doesn’t just want the tales that are already told on the internet or in books, she wants to know Your stories of Bretforton Stories, poems, memories, photos, write a letter, draw a picture, share them with Suzanne via Nigel and Tash at The Fleece Inn

email suzannetumnus@btinternet.com for more info!



Rhubarb and Custard French Toast Recipe Ingredients • • • • • • • • •

200g rhubarb , chopped into 3cm slices 1 split vanilla pod 3 tbsp caster sugar 1/2 small orange , zested and juiced 1 large egg 300ml milk 4 thick slices of white bread 2 tbsp butter 100ml warm custard

Method • STEP 1

Simmer the rhubarb with the vanilla pod, caster sugar and the zest and juice of the orange for 8-10 mins, or until the rhubarb is soft but holds its shape. Set aside. • STEP 2

Beat the egg with the milk in a shallow dish, add the bread and leave to soak for 1 min, turning once. • STEP 3

Fry in the butter over a medium heat for 4 mins, then flip and cook for 4 mins more, until golden on both sides. Top with the rhubarb and warm custard. Recipe from BBC Good Food

Village Website www.bretforton.net Your one-stop online destination for finding live information about all that is going on! Please use the link on the Contacts page of the website to send in any questions or suggestions 27

ApplebyFarm If you walk up Back Lane in Bretforton you will find Appleby’s Farm. Our family have been farming here since 1967 and I am the third generation. My Parents, James & Sue along with my wife Nicola and myself run the business. The farm runs from the village either side of Back Lane up towards Willersey and Saintbury and has been Organic since 1999. It is home to 500 cross bred cows who are milked twice a day at 4.30 in the morning and 2.30 in the afternoon. You may see the cows going to and from the dairy if you are walking the footpaths. The cows produce about 6000 litres per year each (3 million litres in total) which is sold to Arla for McDonalds, so next time you get a coffee there you are probably having Appleby’s Farm milk in it! When I’m not on the farm you will probably find me in The Fleece or at Evesham Rugby Club where I coach the U16 team. I have been a member of the Parish council for the last two years. It’s great to be part of a fantastic village. Tom Appleby



Contributions, enquiries images and advertising for the next magazine should be sent to: Leeann Bibby Email: Brefortonvillage@gmail.com Entries for JUNE-21 to be in by 12 Midnight on May-20th For information regarding advertising please contact the editor for details. 28



Bretforton Book Club Review Just One Look by Harlen Coben Harlan Coben is a prolific and popular writer of crime fiction and is a number one international best seller. ‘Just One Look’ does not disappoint. The central character Grace Lawson is happily married to husband Jack and they have two young children. The typical suburban American life is suddenly turned upside down when she finds a stray photo in a packet she just collected from the developer’s. Is it not a new photo. It appears to be an old photo of some young people on of which appears to be her husband. Jack behaves oddly when he sees it and goes out without saying anything, not even goodbye. He does not return and there is no trace of him. Sinister things begin to happen as Grace tries to find him. She feels everything goes back to the photo and the past. We are introduced to many characters who may or may not be connected to Jack’s disappearance and there are a number of brutal evens leading to the deaths of people who might have had the answers. Each character is skilfully drawn often hiding secrets of their own. We are kept guessing and hypothesising till the very end of this page turner with a surprise twist in its tail. If you enjoy crime thrillers you will find this one impossible to put down. Have you recently read a book that you would like to share a review with the village. Please send to bretfortonvillage@gmail.com

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