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NOVEMBER 2021


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St Leonards Church

The Mothers’ Union is a worldwide organisation of over 4 million members in more than 80 countries, working towards improving family life through prayer, financial giving and volunteering. It was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner who realised the enormous responsibility motherhood brings as she watched her daughter and grandchildren. From these small beginnings has sprung our present global organisation. Mothers’ Union exists to: Uphold Christ’s teachings on the nature of marriage and promote its wider understanding. Encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the Church Maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service Promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and to the protection of children. Help those whose family life has met with adversity. We have a local branch here in the Benefice, run by Sandra Sparrow and her team, for further information you can contact Sandra on 01386 833368. The group meet each month on the second Tuesday at 2.30pm at St James Badsey.

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

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Services Date

Sunday 7th November 2021 3rd Sunday before Advent

Sunday 14th November Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 21st November Christ the King

Sunday 28th November 1st Sunday of Advent

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Service

Church

Lead

9.30am

Holy Communion

S Littleton

Philip Morton

9.30am

Morning Prayer

Offenham

Susan Renshaw

From 10.30am

Café Church

M Littleton Village Joyce Bache Hall

11.00am

Holy Communion

Badsey

Philip Morton

6.30pm

Evensong

Cleeve Prior

Margaret Pye

10.50am

Remembrance Service

Bretforton

Margaret Pye

10.50am

Remembrance Service

Badsey

Alan Bache

10.50am

Remembrance Service

S Littleton

Rob Johnson

10.50am

Remembrance Service

Cleeve Prior

Rod Carless

10.50am

Remembrance Service

N&M Littleton

Teresa Styles

10.50am

Remembrance Service

Offenham

Philip Morton

11.00am

Benefice Communion

Cleeve Prior

Roy Lodge

9.30am

Holy Communion (BCP)

N&M Littleton

Philip Morton

9.30am

Morning Praise

Offenham

Joyce Bache

9.30am

Matins

Cleeve Prior

Rod Carless

11.00am

Holy communion

Bretforton

Philip Morton

6.30pm

Evensong

Badsey

Alan Bache

Readings

Jonah 3: 1-5, 10 Hebrews 9: 24end Mark1: 14-20

Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14 Revelation 1: 4b8 John 18: 33-37

Jeremiah 33: 1416 1 Thessalonians 3: 9-end Luke 21: 25-36


From the Parish Registers September 2021 Weddings; 18/09/2021

N&M Littleton

Baptisms; 19/09/2021 19/09/2021 26/09/2021 03/10/2021

Offenahm Badsey Badsey S Littleton

Funerals; 21/09/2021 23/09/2021 30/09/2021

Badsey Cleeve Prior Offenham

Declan Paul Hopkins & Lynette Julie Gailey Willow Deborah Susan Etheridge Maggie Rose Smith Arabella June Stanley Jack Rhodri Hibble

James Fredrick Ives (87) Michael Peter Sylvester (79) Louis James Finch (83)

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: eastvaleavon2018@gmail.com Tel: 01386 832599 All enquiries for Baptisms & Weddings please contact the Parish Administrator

Altar Flowers November 14th -Poppies for Remembrance Day November 28th Advent. No flowers. Please contact Liz Kerr on 01386 832899 or email liz.thedialhouse@gmail.com

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

Bretforton Preschool Playgroup As the half term approaches, we have had a busy and enjoyable term. The children have enjoyed lots of activities and themes. We have been up to the church to drop our harvest donations, enjoyed collecting conkers and hugging trees out in the Autumn Air. Looking forward to the Autumn term 2 and lots of Christmas Activities. Macmillan Coffee Morning A huge thank you to all who came to, donated to and support the Macmillan Coffee morning held at the Sports Club. Many thanks to the sports club for providing the venue. We together as a community raised £1230 on the day, these funds have been donated to the Evesham unit. Regards Jane and Team

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Bretforton Village School Dear Villagers, The new academic year at Bretforton Village School is underway and I am delighted to say that we have been able to get back to some of the events that make our school year so varied and exciting. At the start of the academic year, the school was represented by our hard-working Friends of Bretforton Village School at the village show. . I am delighted to announce that there were six prizes won by children from our school (One child won two!). They are clearly very talented and we were delighted to award them with their medals during our first Celebration Assembly of the year on September 23rd. It is always nice when the work that our staff have done with the children during their time with us at Bretforton Village School is appreciated and I was delighted at the end of the last academic year when the school was presented with a certificate by Imani (who was in Year 5) and her mum. This was to tell us that they had adopted an elephant on behalf of the school as a thank you for our work over her time in school. I shared this news with the children in our first assembly of the year and they were absolutely thrilled to hear about it, once they had got over their disappointment that Naboishu couldn’t live in the school grounds! May I say a huge thank you to Imani and her mum for this perfect gift to the school. Autumn Sports Day is one of our Bretforton Village School traditions now and it is always great to see the older children helping the little ones take part in the races and events. They really do show their caring side when they work together in their house teams. At the end of a busy afternoon of activities and some very close results, Griffin were victorious, scoring 26 house points. Unicorns were second with 24 and Dragons were third with 22. We held our Harvest service in St Leonard’s Church on Monday 18th October and it was great to see so many parents, relatives and villagers attending. I hope that everyone enjoyed the songs, poems and readings that the children performed. Thank you to everyone at St Leonard’s for enabling us to celebrate this special time in the church. We are looking forward to our Christmas performances in the church in December and will be working on those when we return to school after the autumn holidays. I look forward to sharing more news from the school over the coming months.

Warmest wishes Mr Riley Head of School 10


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3M’s Our meeting this month was held inside as the weather is now changing and it was a damp day. The main topics discussed were booster jabs and who had had them and when to wear a mask or not. Life is getting back to normal but still some confusion as to what is normal? Our next meeting will be on Monday 15th November at 2 pm at 10 Ivy Lane. If you are interested in this friendly club, please get in touch with Margaret Pye 833537

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 10th and 24th of November 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

Bretforton Ladies Circle Next meeting Thursday November 25th at 7.30pm. We will be entertained by Gemma from PureGem who will be demonstrating and talking all matters wellbeing and beauty. Followed by a raffle and Bingo. New members always welcome. Ladies please bring your own cup. Mary McKallin

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Bretforton PC webpage- Our page is now up and running. 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 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.

Work has been slightly delayed due to contractor’ staff shortages but is due to commence on the play area in Octobers. The path from the car park to the play area has now been completed to make a smoother surface. Bretforton Memorial Hall New blinds are shortly to be fitted and the floor sanded and repolished. Please, please use the hall for all your meetings, gatherings and parties. Bookings can be made through Pat Cleveland on 01386 831200 14


Bulb planting Thank you to councillors and residents for planting daffodil bulbs around the village on a terribly wet Saturday in October. It will be lovely to see them in the Spring. The new planters have been installed on Station Road and both ends of B4035 at Bretforton Road and Weston Road. The clerk has planted them for the timebeing until a proper plan can be sorted out.

And finally…………The new bench has been fitted near to the Memorial Trees:

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 15


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Bretforton Garden Club News A well attended meeting at Honeybourne village hall welcomed Robin Pearce who came to talk to us about Prairie Style gardens. Robin works at R.H.S. Wisley and showed us slides of the Missouri Meadow there. It was designed by Prof. James Hitchmough and uses North American prairie plants. Prairie gardens are low maintenance, wild life love them and no watering and little weeding is required. Todays gardening trends are becoming more green and natural and prairie gardens are a step forward to achieve this. Robin said we would be surprised at some of the plants classed as prairie plants, these include Echinaceas, Rudbeckias , Geums , Asters and even some Verbenas. Planted in drifts and curves for a more natural look. A question and answer session followed Robins talk, gave members a chance to ask their own queries on what they had seen and heard. The evening concluded with the usual raffle, refreshments and chat. If you are interested in joining Garden Club please visit our website at www.breforton-gardenclub.co.uk

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Bretforton Silver Band We have been busy rehearsing at the Lifford Hall putting together a special performance for armistice. We are going to record some music and this will be released on our YouTube channel on Saturday 13th November. The recording will also include some war poems being read out. We hope you enjoy our recording, there will be a link you can follow to make donations to the Poppy appeal. The end of November and December will be incredibly busy. We need to raise some much needed funds having only being able to perform again recently since the pandemic began. Here is a list of where we are performing over the Festive Season. NOVEMBER Thursday 25th, 6.20pm

Evesham Rotary Club– Tree of light switch on – Workman Gardens

Saturday 27th, 5pm

Festive tunes outside the Queen Elizabeth Pub at Elmley Castle for their Xmas lights switch on.

Sunday 28th

Bidford Xmas lights switch on, time to be confirmed. DECEMBER

Saturday 4th, 12.00

Richmond Villages Christmas Fayre.

Saturday 11th, 11am

Carols & Collecting at Morrisons

Sunday 12th, 7.30

Annual Christmas Concert at The Henrician (formerly Evesham Arts Centre)

Friday 17th, 7.30pm

Mickleton Carol Service

Sunday 19th

Church Carol concert – Details to be confirmed.

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DECEMBER Wednesday 22nd, Evening

Carols around the village

Thursday 23rd, Evening

Carols around the village

Xmas Eve, 5pm

Carols at The Fleece Inn, to be confirmed

Xmas Day Morning

Carols in the Cross – Details to be confirmed.

Tickets for our Christmas concert, Sunday 12th December at The Henrician are now available to book via their website www.henrician.org. You may wish to book early to avoid disappointment. Best wishes Secretary

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Bretforton Sports Club

Welcome one and all to the Bretforton Sports Club report. The Summer is now over and although the weather has been kind our outdoor winter sports are well underway. The team of the season so far is Bret Ladies Hockey 2nd X1 who remain unbeaten. In the latest matches, they have beaten Blockley 2s at home 51, scorers Ness Dufty 2,Dani Cook 2,and Gilly Wright. Beat East Glos HC2s 4 - 1,scorers Ellie Wright 2,G.Wright and Dufty. Beat Glos HC 1` - 0 scorer Lucy Cole Beat Hereford HC 2s away 7 - 1 ,scorers E Wright 3,G Wright, Andrea Cole, Becky Love and Deb Slatter. They are now top of the league. A tremendous effort as they head into the half-term break. The 1st X1 have had mixed fortunes. They beat Blockley1st 4 - 2,scorers Lisa Workman 2,Sophie Hamilton and Dani Cranton. Lost to Redland 1st, Bristol away 3 - 2, scorers Tess Lewington and Hamilton. They bounced back to beat Leominster1st 3 - 0, Scorers Julie Hall, Alice Cook and Rhian Richmond. However lost at home to Jaspers 1st, Bristol 3 - 2 ,scorers Hamilton and Cranton. On a positive note 2 of the 1st X1 players are undergoing trials for England over 50s. Good luck to Lisa Workman and Julie Hall. The Club are also hoping to run a 3rd X1 as they have a surfeit of young players, 4 or 5 fixtures have been organised this season on a Sunday with a view to forming a league team next season. Lets all get behind this club as they endeavour to progress. 25


The Saturday football team have played 4, Won 2, Lost 2 and have also been defeated in a cup. They have not had a fixture for the last 2 weeks due to being in a very small league, hardly an ideal situation. The Sunday side exited the County Cup against Stourport Swifts but have won 2 league games. They beat Fladbury 6 - 1 with scorers being Jamie Clarke 3, Daryl Mitchell 2 and Darren Reeves. They also beat Broadway 5 - 1 with scorers being Clarke 4 and George Kirby. The team has also progressed in the KO Cup by beating Stour Reserves 7 - 1 with scorers Phil Davis 3, Manprit Singh, JD Cole, Mike Jennings and Mitchell. On the indoor front the Tuesday night Darts and Wednesday night Pool Leagues are just starting. More information on this next month. The Monday night Crib team lost the first 2 games 5 - 4 but then won the next 3 by the same scoreline. The Thursday night Dart team have played 4, Won 4 in the Asum League plus winning the 1st round of the Cup. The most recent game was a 7 - 3 win against current Champions The Ferrymen. Future Events :

Saturday 30th October Halloween Fancy Dress Party 7.30 till Late. Saturday 6th November Firework Night 6.30pm start. Let's hope that the good weather continues for a few more weeks. More news next month. Yours Sincerely Keith Mitchell

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Interview with a Villager Angela Gray How long have you lived in the village? 25 years Why did you pick Bretforton?

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Treacle Toffee Recipe Ingredients • • • •

5 tbs/half a small can of evaporated milk 450g granulated sugar 2 tablespoons black treacle 50g butter

Method • STEP 1

Make carnation up to 600ml/1pint with water. • STEP 2

Put into a thick bottomed saucepan with the sugar, treacle and butter. • STEP 3

Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. • STEP 4

Bring to boil and boil steadily stirring occasionally with wooden spoon to prevent burning until a temperature of 260 degrees F is reached. Bring to boil and boil steadily stirring occasionally with wooden spoon to prevent burning until a temperature of 260 degrees F is reached • STEP 5

Pour into an oiled tin approximately 18cm square. • STEP 6

When it has cooled, but before it has set cut into squares of desired size. When cold turn out and bash with hammer or rolling pin to break up into pieces! • STEP 6

When it has cooled, but before it has set cut into squares of desired size. When cold turn out and bash with hammer or rolling pin to break up into pieces! Keep in an airtight tin or plastic bag. Great for bonfire night but watch your teeth! Helen Davis 29


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Editor Information Contributions, enquiries, images and advertising for the next magazine should be sent to: Leeann Bibby Tel: 07398231138

Email: Brefortonvillage@gmail.com

Entries for DECEMBER-21 to be in by 12 Midnight on November-20th For information regarding advertising please contact the editor for details.

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