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Around Alcester, Bidford & the V Villages

magazine Jun ‘17 No. 118

LUCK OF THE IRISH McCarthy-Felton Dancers Win Gold!


Community Pages Visit Alcester Local Events



Create a relaxing outdoor space

View from the boundary You deserve it


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Useful phone numbers Doctors / Health

Alcester Health Centre Arrow Lodge Surgery Bidford Health Centre NHS Direct Samaritans


Redditch Hospital Stratford Hospital Warwick Hospital


Emergency Services Alcester Police BT Fault Electric Power Loss Gas Emergency


Alcester Library Bidford Library Citizens’ Advice Bureau Electrician Funeral Services Locksmith Plumber/Heating Plumber/Heating Plumber/Heating Volunteer Drivers


Alcester Academy Alcester Grammar St Benedict’s High Bidford-on-Avon Primary Coughton Primary Dunnington Primary Great Alne Primary Haselor Primary Our Lady’s Primary Salford Priors Primary St Nicholas Primary Temple Grafton Primary


Alcester Town Council Bidford Parish Council Stratford Dist Council


... to the June Connection.

At the time of writing, the skies outside are grey, the ground is soaked after a mid-May downpour and you would think it’d be a struggle to conjour up the necessary spirit to write a summery, June-oriented message. Not so, however, as all around the Alcester and Bidford areas, the communities are buzzing with anticipation for fetes and fundraisers. Some of our local pubs are supporting charities with their mini-festivals (p. 5 & 6), and the very hardy villagers will no doubt turn out rain or shine, coated 01527 503030 in macs or factor 30 (or even factor 50 in this fair-skinned 205831 redhead’s case!). Bidford Gliding & Flying Club will also 01926 495321 be putting on a good show on 29th May with their ‘Wings & Wheels’ event in aid of Home Farm Trust (p. 36). Or, if dancing is more your thing, book yourself tickets to the Barton Barn Dance (p. 12). 999 or 112 444816 Our front cover celebrates cricket season, a fantastic time to get out to support your local cricket teams. 08008 00151 There’s plenty dotted around our area in very picturesque 08004 04090 locations, which often make for excellent picnicing 08001 11999 venues. Read more about how they’re getting on in the Cotswold Hills Leagues on page 38. And if you’re on the rota to make a cricket tea (or you’d just like a nice 0300 555 8171 afternoon treat!), you might want to try this month’s recipe 773239 (p. 10). 0844 855 2322 Congratulations are in order, firstly to David Lees who 07771 616189 are celebrating 25 years in business with a special offer 766750 for our readers (p. 39) and also to the fantastic medal762450 winning Irish dancers from the McCarthy-Felton School 766200 (p. 28). Finally, to the winner of last month’s competition 270744 for a £50 Golden Cross voucher – well done to S. Nash! 01386 871777 Not ones to disappoint, we have all of our usual articles 763117 – Sudoku (p. 6), Kids’ puzzles (p. 30), Gardening (p. 20), Motoring (p. 34), Travel (p. 44) as well as more community listings and events than you can shake a stick at (p. 56 & 58). 762285 So, get stuck in and enjoy all that your local community 762494 has to offer you (and that you have to offer it)... 762888 773201 762444 772200 488247 Connnection circulation 7,650 488211 Editor: Amy James Phone 01789 491005 762555 Email: 772497 762578 Printed by Warwick Printing Ltd 01926 883355 772384 763060 763293 773372 111 08457 909090


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Cake and Bake Apricot Jam Swiss Roll Great for a teatime treat, this light sponge cake is best eaten on the day it’s made. For a chocolate version replace 25g of the flour with 25g sifted cocoa powder.

Ingredients: • 100g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling • 3 large eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 200C, Fan 180C, Gas 6. Lightly 2.

• 100g self-raising flour fiLLing


• 100g unsalted butter, softened • 225g icing sugar • Few drops vanilla extract • 6 tbsp apricot conserve



Serves 8-10 Ready in 40 minutes, plus cooling time



Use any fruit conserve you like or try lemon or lime curd for a really tangy filling.



grease a 33x23cm Swiss roll tin and line the base and sides with baking paper. Lightly grease the baking paper. Place the eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk with a hand-held electric whisk until the mixture is very thick and pale and the whisk leaves a trail when lifted out – this will take 8 to 10 minutes. Sift the flour over the whisked mixture, and gently fold it in with a metal spoon until just incorporated. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin, tilting it gently to make sure the mixture spreads evenly into the corners. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the sponge is pale golden and springs back when lightly pressed with your fingertips. Whilst the cake is baking, place a sheet of baking paper on a clean damp tea towel and sprinkle with 2tbsp caster sugar. Quickly invert the hot sponge onto the paper and peel off the lining paper. Trim the edges of the sponge and roll up firmly from one short end with the paper inside. Leave to cool completely. To make the buttercream filling, beat together the butter and vanilla extract then gradually beat in the icing sugar until smooth and creamy. Carefully unroll the cooled cake and remove the paper. Spread the buttercream over the sponge then spread the apricot conserve on top. Gently re-roll and serve sliced.




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Outdoor Relaxation by Pippa Greenwood

When you get back from a hard day’s work, or when you simply find the time to escape into the garden after a stressful day, then it is essential that you are met by a soothing environment. So, concentrate on a truly relaxing feel that will help you to unwind as you enjoy soft shades and textures of foliage, delicate flower colours and fabulous perfumes. Plants have an amazing ability to calm and soothe even the most wound up, stressed out mood, but what should you grow if you really want to create that perfect place to relax? Start by considering a fairly gentle perfume, like that produced by many roses. One of my favourites is ‘Felicia’. For something slightly richer try ‘Tuscany Superb’. If you have an arch, arbour, pergola or even a spare bit of fence then train a honeysuckle over it. Its delicately coloured flowers and fabulous perfume will cheer you up and you can even enjoy it in the early evening. A sowing of night-scented stock will produce plants that are perfect for early evening relaxation, as this is when the flowers open and produce wafts of really sweet scent.


If you have space for a goodsized container plant, then grow your own Datura or Brugmansia. Commonly known as the angel’s trumpet, these plants produce large elegant trumpet-shaped flowers with a wonderful perfume. Think too of plants with a relaxing feel to them, such as the grass Chasmanthium latifolium which grows to a height of about 45 cm and carries its flattened seed heads above the leaves. They move about delicately in the breeze and are almost impossible not to stroke. Artemisia abrotanum has soft grey-green leaves that will make you want to touch it, which releases a lovely aroma. The perfume of lavender is often used in aromatherapy because of its calming, soothing properties, so grow this in a sunny spot with freedraining soil, perhaps to edge a border. It not only has lovely, slightly furry or felt-like foliage but also produces that heavenly smell. Grasses and bamboos work well too; the rustling sound of bamboo foliage as the stems sway gently is one of the most relaxing sounds I know, and for smaller spaces many of the grasses form wonderfully


rounded and quite irresistible clumps of foliage. When it comes to choosing flowers, if you want to relax then concentrate on cream, white and, of course, the pastel shades. Green is known to be a relaxing colour too, so include plenty of plants with good foliage, and, in shady areas, a miniature grotto-like patch planted up with ferns is wonderful. And finally, before you rush off to the garden centre to buy some of these truly magical ingredients, just a reminder that water in a garden always helps to relax you. Whether it’s a small pond or perhaps a bubble fountain, position it where you can hear that sound of moving water or enjoy watching the wildlife as it comes to feed and drink - and before you know it, you will find that you want to move the whole of your life into your garden. Visit Pippa’s website www. for a really useful selection of favourite gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls and copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.


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Gates by Phil

hil Gilman has been creating beautiful quality bespoke ironwork for over 25 years in the local area. His passion for his craft is reflected in the outstanding work that he produces. From the outset of each job, Phil spends time discussing the exact specifications of what you need and is more than happy to work with any requests, as well as making traditional style gates and railings. All the gates and railings that we make can be sprayed in a range of colours to suit your needs. Railings can be made to order from £150 per metre and gates from £350, to include all posts and fittings. Anything that we make can be fitted at a budget price, by request.

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Photo Crred dit: Sttevee Feltton

Bringing Back Gold


Photo Credit: Matt English

rish Dancers from the McCarthy-Felton School, based in Salford Priors and Bidford on Avon, are celebrating their successes at the WIDA International & World Irish Dancing Championships in Killarney last week. The group of 34, with ages ranging from 8 years to 40+, brought back 3 World Titles as well as 6 runner-up awards and 174 medals for both solo and team dancing.

Photo Credit: Steve Felton

It’s been a very busy few months for the dancers. In December they had a standing ovation at London’s 02 Arena. March saw the dancers entertain as part of a tribute to Irish-Shakespeare historic connections at Shakespeare’s Birthplace and they staged a full show to help raise funds for the Bidford Dementia Café. But Co-Principal, Mary Felton, said “the icing on the cake was seeing local girls being recognised on a world class stage against huge city classes from countries all over the world.” Pictured, clockwise from top: 1. The Senior Figure Dance 2017 Champion Team, with mother and daughter teachers Mary Felton and Meabh Linnane. 2.

Chloe English from Honeybourne, the 2017 under 19 Solo Champion


Madeleine Dale from Salford Priors, the 2017 under 10 Solo Champion

If you would like to learn how to Irish dance, why not come along to one of our beginner’s classes? • Mondays in Bidford at St Laurence’s Church Hall at 4pm • Tuesdays & Thursdays at Salford Priors Memorial Hall at 5pm For more information, please call 07946 475980.




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By James Baggott

Kia Picanto

Kia wants to ditch their blue rinse image and target a younger age group with their spiced up city car. The refreshed model teams sporty looks with a more focused driving style to woo young professionals to part with their cash. But are the tweaks enough? Looks and image Kia has worked hard to liven things up, with an extended ‘tiger nose’ grille, smart LED driving lights and a large front air intake. Double wheel arches add flair, there’s a ‘shark’ antenna and the GT-Line specification includes sporty red trim and a twin-tipped exhaust. space and practicaLity The Picanto is Kia’s second best-selling model in the UK after the Sportage and is predominantly bought as a second car by more mature buyers. Kia thinks the new technology – like wireless charging for your mobile, parking camera and Apple CarPlay – will tempt younger, first time car buyers. Kia has created a little more cabin space over its predecessor by increasing the


wheelbase and reducing the front overhang, but rear legroom is still limited. Up front you’ll sit shoulder to shoulder with your passenger, but there’s ample leg room and the driving position is comfortable. Autonomous emergency braking – which warns, then stops you, if it senses a crash – as well as a smart torque vectoring system that improves handling by braking individual wheels are also available. What’s under the bonnet? Three engine options are offered: a 1.0-litre, 67bhp, 89g/ km, three-cylinder; a 1.2-litre, 84bhp, 104g/km four-cylinder; and a 1.0-litre turbo charged, 100bhp version of the three cylinder. We couldn’t try the latter but both the 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre are punchy and more than adequately powered. Our pick is the 1.2-litre, which hits 60mph in 12 seconds, tops out at 107mph and returns 61.4mpg. Manual and automatic options are available across the range. behind the WheeL The Picanto will divide opinion. Older buyers looking for a comfortable ride will notice the improved suspension. However, the sprightly engines, quicker turn in and faster steering may make them feel too hurried behind the wheel - exactly what Kia is hoping younger buyers


will appreciate. Overall there’s a noticeable improvement in both ride and handling, largely thanks to reduced weight and a stiffer body, but whether that’s suitable for you will depend on your driving style. VaLue for money At the time of the test there were few details as to what options will feature on UK models. Kia UK will follow the conventional Kia strategy of one, two, and three levels of specification and the GT-Line, driven here, will slot between two and three. In the GT-Line model we tried at the Spanish launch, a seveninch media screen, wireless charging for mobiles, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay all featured, along with a heated steering wheel and seats, climate control and electric windows and mirrors. Verdict Kia has sharpened up the looks and driving dynamics of the third generation Picanto. In titanium silver or shiny red it looks striking, and will likely attract younger buyers who demand cool technology. However, these tweaks may put off the stalwart Picanto buyer. Kia is confident though, and is promising ‘modest price rises’ over the current range. The entry level model will be no more than £9,000 and the top of the range no more than £14,000. That said, they’ve meddled with a well-known formula and that brings risk – only time will tell if the gamble will pay off.




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It’s raining, cold and constantly overcast at the moment. It must mean that the cricket season has started again. It was mid-April when a hardy band of local sportsmen (and women) entered their lofts, garages or the cupboard under the stairs to retrieve their kit, untouched since last September. I’ll wager that the majority had to wash their whites too as they ‘forgot’ at the end of last season! So - what is happening on the local cricket scene? The Cotswold Hills League had a bit of a reshuffle over the winter and both Exhall & Wixford and Alcester & Ragley are representing the region in the Premier Division for this season. Temple Grafton remain in Division 2 with Exhall’s second string in Division 3. Bidford are in Division 4 whilst Great Alne, Alcester 2nds and Welford are competing in Division 5. Exhall are also competing in the National Village Knockout competition and are hoping to emulate their performance in 2004 when they reached the final and played at the home of cricket, Lords. Their first match was a nail-biting win over Feckenham and they meet Bewdley in the next round on May 28th. There has also been a big push nationally to increase participation in cricket, specifically from youngsters. The England Cricket Board have launched a brand new ‘All Stars’ scheme, encouraging parents to sign their children up for coaching and kit though a network of local clubs. I for one hope that this pays dividends in the coming years, numbers are dwindling and the game is becoming lost to many kids. I can only encourage you to get along and support your local team this summer and I’ll keep you updated as to happenings next month!


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David said: “We’re proud to be celebrating 25 years in business, and invite customers and members of the public to visit us on 3rd June to see our new workshop, complete with comfy reception Established in 1992, area. We’ll have some the family-run VW, RIGHT: David Lees, Managing Director of David Lees interesting VAG group Audi, Skoda, Seat and Motor Engineers, with his son, Tim. Bentley specialist, based on the Arden Forest cars on display and will be demonstrating our Industrial Estate, moved to a bigger workshop 3-D wheel alignment system. We’ll also be at 1 Tything Park at the beginning of March showing off our SMART repair service and giving advice on summer car care.” and re-branded. Proprietor David Lees said: “An increase in workload and additional staff meant that we were struggling for space at our old unit. An opportunity came up to move around the corner and we went for it!”

More space means David has been able to invest in new technology and now offers a state-of-the-art four-wheel alignment service, a far more accurate method of checking and adjusting a vehicle’s wheel alignment than conventional tracking. He continues: “Misaligned wheels, due to pot hole and kerb damage, increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption and also tyre wear, which ultimately affects your safety on the road. Customers can get their vehicle wheel alignment checked with us for £30.” David Lees Motor Engineers also now offers a SMART body repair service - a technique for repairing small areas of car bodywork damage. SMART repair uses specialist tools, materials and paints to blend the repair with the surrounding panel. It’s much quicker

To mark the occasion David is giving a 20% discount to all Connection Magazine readers who quote ‘Connection’ when they call to book their vehicle for four-wheel alignment checking during June 2017. David Lees Motor Engineers was established in 1992 to provide a genuine substitute to franchise dealers and offers a friendly, professional, no-frills service without compromising on quality. Their fully-trained technicians use the latest in diagnostic technology and equipment to deliver the quality of work you would expect from a main dealer at a fraction of the cost. With over forty five years of combined VW, Audi group & Bentley experience, booking a service with David Lees Motor Engineers couldn’t be easier. Call 01789 764851 or visit for more information. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook for special offers and latest news.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ALCESTER Tourists targeted by fake Police Officers. Action Fraud have reported

several incidents where a lone fraudster has approached victims whom they believe to be unfamiliar with the local area. They make an excuse to talk to the victims, such as enquiring about directions or offering a recommendation for a good hotel. After this interaction, several other fraudsters will intervene purporting to be police officers in plain clothes and will sometimes present false identification as proof. The fake officers will then give a reason to examine the victim’s wallet, purse or personal items. They may also examine the first fraudster’s items or try to tell victims that the first fraudster is suspicious in order to gain victim trust and appear more realistic in their guise. After all the fake police ‘checks’ are finished, victims have then reported being handed back their personal items only to later realise that a quantity of money or valuables were missing. How to protect yourself: If an individual claims to be a police officer ask for their name and rank, force, and examine any identification presented. This is always good practice but especially important if they are not wearing a uniform. The Police will never ask for your passwords or PIN details. Do not give this information to anyone. Car Park Scam. Police have warned motorists not to respond to notes left on their windscreens that claim their car has been involved in an accident. The note goes on to give a name and a phone number for the driver to call. Those who do call are then pumped for personal information that police believe may be used for criminal purposes. In a variant of this scam, the telephone number is a premium rate number set up by the fraudsters. Calling it will run up a huge phone bill as the criminals will do everything they can to keep you on the line for as long as possible. Alternatively, you may have been targeted by a different breed of con-artist - someone who has damaged their own car and is trying to pin the blame on you. If the note you receive accuses you of causing damage to another car in the car park, don’t be tempted to check your own car for scratch marks - they may have waited for you to start inspecting your car to snap pictures, which could be used as ‘evidence’ that you were aware you’d hit another vehicle. To avoid becoming a target if you find a note on the windscreen, get in your car and immediately drive away from the area. Once safely at home, you should report the matter to the police, retaining the note for them to use as

evidence. Never call the telephone number that you have been given.The law around motoring accidents is very clear and you will be well within it if you report an alleged accident to the police; there is no legal obligation on you to call a telephone number left on your car at the scene. The next meeting of NHW Alcester will be held on Tuesday 7 June 2017 at 7.30pm at St Nicholas Church House. Contact details: or telephone Dorrie Manders on 01789 762999.

Communicating with the Police

Emergencies dial 999. Report a crime or serious incident 01926 415000. Stratford Police Station 01789 414111. 101 is the national police non-emergency number in England and Wales which diverts to your local Police. Calls cost 15p per call (landlines and mobiles) no matter how long a member of the public is on the phone. General enquiries: Alcester library has a ‘Police Contact Point’ during library opening times. Call Crimestoppers anonymously with information about crime on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is a charity that will pass on information to police without revealing any details of the caller. Alcester South Safer Neighbourhood Team dial 101 or 01789 444816 or mobile 07979 704373. Please feel free to contact the team direct: Email: alcestersouth.snt@warwickshire.pnn.police. uk. To leave a Voice Mail (VM) message tel 01789 444816. PS 542 Bob Shaw (Team Sergeant) 01789 444815. PC Richard Lambert (Beat Manager) Contact Warwickshire Trading Standards 01926 414040 to report a suspect rogue trader. For general advice on scams and rogue traders contact 0345 4040 506. For access to latest information on scams go to www.warwickshire. or www.warwickshire. You can also report a fraud to Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040 or visit: www. Use Warwickshire Trading Standards “No Rogue Traders Here”, the approved trader scheme.

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In this natural environment the pandas are not as pristine and white as their cuddly toy counterparts, but despite their somewhat muddy bottoms you can’t help falling in love with those big dark eyes that seem to look straight into your soul. Wander along the trails and you gaze in wonder as you see pandas eat, sleep or play in large enclosures and, if you’re lucky, you may get within feet of a bear. But most of the time they’re far too busy to take any notice, for there’s bamboo to munch, trees to climb and mates and cubs to socialise with.

Not surprisingly, the centre is a popular attraction for foreign and domestic tourists, including Chinese schoolchildren on their annual outing, but those in the know visit early in the morning to avoid tour groups and watch the pandas waking up, all set for their bamboo breakfast. It’s also a pleasant time to wander through the grounds, before the heat sets in, and enjoy over 100 hectares of greenery landscaped to resemble the bears’ natural habitat, with hills and lake, 400 species of trees and some 10,000 clumps of bamboo and bushes.

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Town Council Meetings All Town Council meetings are held in Globe House. Full Council meetings take place in the Library meeting room 4 and Committee meetings are held in the Council Board Room. Both rooms are accessed via the Seggs Lane entrance. Full Council Meetings: Tuesday 6th June Community Care: Tuesday 13th June, Community Facilities: Tuesday 20th June, Planning: Monday 12th and 26th June. Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the Council meetings. The agendas are published on the Town Council Web site at: and copies can be viewed on the Council Notice Boards. In addition, all minutes can be found online once signed. Alcester Town Council Contacts Town Clerk: Planning & Communication: Facilities: Community Care: Health & Wellbeing: Tel: 01789 766084 Web: Alcester Town Council offices: Globe House via the Seggs Lane entrance first floor (lift available) Monday - Friday 9am–1pm (or call to make an appointment). More information found on our social media pages: Alcester Health and Wellbeing Elderberries Community Group was launched in April and is being well attended. It runs every Wednesday from 11.00am-3.30pm at Jubilee Court community room, for over 55’s in Alcester. Cost is £3.00, including lunch. Please register your interest with Suzette


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BIDFORD RURAL CINEMA See page 42 for details of Rural Cinema. NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN (NDP) Great news! At its meeting of 8th May 2017, Stratford-on-Avon’s (SDC) Cabinet approved the Referendum version of the Bidfordon-Avon NDP, clearing the way to its Referendum which is to take place on Thursday 29th June – a day for all residents of Bidford-on-Avon parish to put in their diaries. Whilst the Parish Council and the Steering Group appreciate you may be suffering from election fatigue, this poll is a very local one and affects all residents directly. Subject to the local community voting “yes” the NDP will be ‘made’ at the SDC Council meeting scheduled from 17th July, becoming a statutory planning document. With thanks to the many who have assisted in making this document, from the local community letting us have their views to members of the Steering Group, Neil Pearce (planning consultant), Matthew Neal and Liz Taylor (SDC Officers) as well as our Ward Members Cllrs Cargill and Pemberton. Copies available in Bidford Community Library and online at http://www. ndp-1703.pdf. WARWICKSHIRE LOCAL WELFARE SUMMER SCHEMEThe Scheme helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis by providing basic and essential help for food and energy. This is provided either in emergency food parcels or with credit for energy. It is not a cash benefit. The Scheme also provides help to those whose needs are more long term, who are vulnerable through an ongoing set of circumstances rather than an immediate crisis. This includes people that are care leavers, victims of domestic violence, former armed forces personnel, or those resettling in a community after a custodial term. Help might take the form of help in furnishing accommodation with basic furniture and appliances. The Local Welfare Scheme will also signpost customers in the direction of other agencies and organisations who can offer help and support. We also recognise that some families who are struggling financially and are eligible for free school meals have difficulty covering the 6 or 7 week period when their children are off school in the summer. This Scheme is therefore an opportunity to reach

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To publicise any community events, email by 12th of the month Broom WI Thursday 1 June, "SMJ Nature Reserve at Cranhill", a talk by Jean Cholerton. Our meetings are held at Broom Village Hall, commencing at 7.30pm. Visitors are very welcome. Refreshments are served at all our meetings. Alcester Flower Club

Monday 5th June, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church, Priory Road, Alcester. A flower arranging demonstration by Sylvia Palmer entitled "Simplicity". Competition: Flower of the Month. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Please note, no meeting in July but garden tour followed by cream tea on Monday 10th July at Hillers Farm Shop, Dunnington. Contact: Chairman, Mrs, M. Escott, 01789 763606.

Alcester WI

Our June meeting is at Jubilee Court Community Centre, 7.30pm on Thursday 8th. David Fowler will give a tasty talk on the history of local cheeses. We shall also be running a stall at the Street Market on June 11th and look forward to seeing you all there. This should be a really interesting meeting for all members and visitors.

Bidford on Avon WI

Do you want an interesting evening on Thursday 8th June? No election talk! Then come and listen to "Wicked Women - Sinners or Sinned against?", a talk being given at Bidford Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm. Do come and join us for a very interesting evening. If you would like more information, contact Shirley 01789 773366 or Pauline 01789 773390.

Bidford & District History Society Friday 9th June (note 2nd Friday), 7.30pm at St Lawrence's Church Hall, Bidford on Avon, B50 4DA. 'Passchendaele 1917 Revisited", a talk by

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Salford Priors Ladies Group

Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall, School Road, Salford Priors. Wednesday 14th June, 'Demonstration of summer flower arrangements', with speakers Pam Seville and Shirley Burgess. New members and visitors always welcome and first visit is free. Contact Pam Sharpe on 01789 773746 or Pam Seville on 01789 772540.

Alcester Garden Walkabout

Sunday 18 June, in aid of Cancer Research UK. Around 20 'hidden gems' in the centre of Alcester. Tickets £5 in Church Street from noon till 5pm; under 12s go free. Plants, teas, ice creams, music, etc. Sorry, no dogs allowed in the gardens. Contact 01789 764756.

Alcester Ladies Probus

We are a friendly ladies club who meet on the second Wednesday of every month at Kings Court Hotel, Kings Coughton at 12.15 for 12.45 for lunch, usually followed by a speaker. Next meeting is Wednesday 14th June, our AGM. There is no speaker in June but a chance to learn what we have done and what is planned for the future. We welcome visitors so why not come along, meet our past and new Presidents and the rest of our members and get to know us. You may like to join us and we enjoy welcoming new members. For more details call Mrs Cynthia Hill on 01789 763446.

Alcester & District Men's Probus

Meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Kings Court Hotel Alcester 12:15 for 12:30 luncheon followed by a guest speaker. Email for full details Club secretary :

Harvey's Stay and Play at Harvey Bears

From 8.45am to 11am Friday mornings (term time) at Harvington Village Hall. £2 per family, including a snack. Age 0-5 years. A range of toys and activities specific to your child's age, including regular organised crafts and mini soft play. Call 07775 129234 for details.

Bidford Senior Citizens

The committee of Bidford Senior Citizens Annual Party are hosting Aftenoon Tea on Saturday 8th July at Bidford Crawford Hall from 2pm to 4pm. There will be scrumptious home made cakes, a variety of delicious sandwiches plus scones,jam & cream,all washed down with a lovely cuppa'. Also, there will be a Cake Stall, Tombola, Quiz and Raffle. Entry : £1.50 for Adults & 50p for children. Funds raised will be used for the Annual Senior Citizens Party which is enjoyed by many every year. All are welcome. For further information.please contact Libby Batacanin. 01789 773874.

Bidford Darby & Joan

We meet at Westholme Court, Westholme Road, Bidford, every Thursday from 2pm - 4pm. We have outings every month. Come and join us.

Bidford Community Group - Jolly Teapot

Bidford on Avon Community Group hold a get together each Thursday 9.30 to 11.30 am. Why not come and join us at St Lawrence Church Hall? A warm welcome awaits!

Open Doors Mums & Toddlers Group

We meet at Alcester Methodist Church, Priory Road, every term time Thursday morning at 9.45 till 11.30am. We have toys, soft play, crafts out for the little ones and do toast for them and cups of tea and coffee for the mums. First session is free and it's £2 per family thereafter.

Rotary hosted a fun evening at the Jubilee Centre, Alcester on Friday 12 May, in aid of our project to build a toilet block at a school in India, to encourage girls to go into further education. Our very special guest was Simon Beaufoy, screenwriter of, among many, The Full Monty & Slumdog Millionaire, where his screenplay was awarded the Golden Globe, the BAFTA & the Academy Award. SSimon provided very entertaining answers to many m questions about India, the making of Slumdog, working with Danny Boyle, and his little friend, ‘Oscar’! The evening began with a curry supper, and some in the audience dressed to reflect our Indian theme.

Please come & find out about Rotary at one of our friendly meetings. Venue: Kings Court Hotel, Kings Coughton, Alcester. Weekly on Thursday mornings, 7.15am to 8.45am including breakfast. OPEN EVENING & cheque presentation, Thurs 22 June, from 7.30pm.

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To publicise any community events, email by 12th of the month Events at The Alcester War Memorial Town Hall in June Every Tues Every Thurs Every Thurs Sat 17 & Sun 18

10 am -11 am 6.45 pm - 9 pm 8.15 pm - 9.45 pm 12am - 10pm

Flexible Friends - Ms. D Gray, 01527 401674 Arrow Action Group (Special Needs) - Mrs J. Appleby, 01527 893684. Tai Chi Classes - Jane Bowen, 01789 763866. Alcester Folk Festival - Mrs M Stanley, 01527 68390.

Alcester Café

Supports people with memory problems/dementia and their families. Held at the Jubilee Centre, off St Faith’s Road, every Tuesday and Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Drop in and see us or ring Carole or Roger on 01789 488088 for more information.

Bidford Dementia Café

Supporting people with memory problems/dementia and their families, carers and voluteers. Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) between 10:30am and 12:30pm on a ‘drop in’ basis at Westholme Court, Westholme Road, Bidford. For more information, call Wendy on 07713 648716, email secretarybdc@

Goslings Toddler and Baby Group

Open 10 till 11.30am every Thursday at Crawford Hall, Bidford, apart from two weeks over Christmas. £1.75 for first child, 25p for siblings. Children are PARENTS/CARERS responsibility. Free play till 11am then we put toys away and have a snack (supplied by Warners Budgens). Children also have a biscuit and a drink. We then sit in a circle with our children and sing songs before the goodbye song at 11.30. Tea and coffee available for adults for a small donation.

Walking for Health - Health Walks

This National Scheme is run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. The local group meets at 10.30am every Monday (except Bank Holidays) on the High Street, at the bridge in Bidford. Walks are led by trained walk leaders and last for 1 - 2 hours, varying in length between 2.5 and 4 miles, with the reward of a drink either en route or at the end of the walk. New walkers are always welcome. Please note that all participants are required to complete a simple outdoor health questionnaire. For more information, go to

Silver Surfers

New to computing and over 50? Come along to our friendly Silversurfers session at our new venue, Alcester Library and Museum. We specialise in giving help with all tablets and Windows 10. Every Thursday between 10.00am and 12 midday. Senior Citizens Action Network (SCAN) meets every other month at Alcester Town Hall and the Jolly Teapot, Church rooms, Church Street, Bidford. For more information contact Marie Darwen 01789 260 108.

Visually Impaired?

If you live in Alcester, Bidford or Studley, you might like to meet others in your situation. Alcester Vision Support Club is a social group which meets on alternate Thursdays at Jubilee Court, Alcester. It is an opportunity to chat, be entertained and enjoy tea together. For more information, call Ruth Dutton 01789 763827 or Karyl Rees 01789 400561. Cupcake Café at Salford Priors

Saturday 3 June, from 10.00-12.00 at TOPs (behind Salford Priors Primary School). A space for everyone of all ages from the community to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with some yummy cake.

Knit and Natter Group

Bidford Comunity Library has a Knit & Natter Group which meet every Wednesday afternoon from 1.30 to 3.30. Team, coffee & biscuits are included in the cost of £2. Beginneres to experts welcome.

Bidford on Avon Bowling Club

We are looking to welcome new members. No bowling experience is necessary as coaching is available. Please come along and have a go. All you need are flat shoes. The club is situated next to the Crawford Memorial Hall. The season starts from the end of April to the end of September. For more information, please contact Prim Finnemore at or on 01789 488264.

Children’s answers: Henry - 8 + 8 + 21 = 37. Little John - 6 + 8 + 21 = 35. Maid Marian - 6 + 6 + 21 = 33. Friar Tuck - 8 + 8 + 15 = 31. Will Scarlett - 6 + 8 + 15 = 29. The Sheriff - 6 + 6 + 15 = 27. The two Henry silhouettes that are the same are ‘C’ & ‘E’.

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