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Around Alcester, Bidford & the Villages


June ‘18 No. 129


5 years of serving our communities


Coconut Seafood Curry

ARE YOU LISTENING? How your attention can make all the difference


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Welcome ... to the June Connection

And the beginning of summer (she writes, hopefully). I’ve been spending a little more time in the garden this past month and, whilst I’d like to say how relaxing it’s been due to pottering about with trowels and plants, what I’ve really enjoyed has been getting my children outside, because – let’s be honest – there’s less chance for them to make mess in the house if they’re having fun in the sun! Having read this month’s Gardening article, though, I’m certainly looking forward to cultivating a nice decking area with pretty pots. Turn to page 20 to find out how you can also get creative with your containers. A warm welcome to our new customers this month. We have been bowled over by how many enquiries we’ve had over the past few weeks! And we’re obviously delighted to have so many of our regular customers with us too. As noted on our cover, this month’s competition is for a pair of tickets to Hanbury Countryside Show. Details on how to enter are on page 57. Closer to home, Barton Riverside Revelry promises an afternoon of fun at their fundraiser for local charities on Saturday 16th June (p.12). We’ve been inundated with listings for our community and what’s on pages. As soon as the weather warms up, the flags are out in Alcester and there’s all sorts of festivities to enjoy around the villages. We particularly like the sound of Haselor Church Fete, also on 16th June - it’s worth flicking to page 56 to read more. Our regular features include a curry recipe (p.10), ‘Get The Heads Up’ (p.14), Children’s Puzzles (p.30), Motoring (p.34), Back of the Net (p.36), View from the Boundary (p.38), a trip to Milan Cathedral (p.44), a crossword and quiz (p.46) as well as an even-busier-than-usual community section (p.56-58). We’d like to wish a happy birthday to Arden Foodbank, who have been providing invaluable support in the community for 5 years now. Read more about their work on page 48. Finally, don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June! Hillers’ Farm Shop and Budgens are great shops for cheeses and real ales if that’s the kind of thing to tickle your dad’s taste buds. Until next month,


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hose that have traversed the bridge at Welford-on-Avon in the last few months will have noticed that The Four Alls has been undergoing some major works. When it re-opens on 1st June, the historic pub will have been tastefully and imaginatively restored and extended. Outside, the car park has been moved away from the river and the reclaimed Avon riverbank is now a pretty landscaped garden area with fresh planting and a newly paved al fresco terrace with relaxed pub seating and views over the river. Inside, an inglenook fireplace has been added in the bar to recreate the cosy feel of a traditional pub, while the original barn has been lovingly restored to provide the perfect, dedicated space for larger groups and parties. Diners will enjoy the glazed extension, facing the river, providing a light-filled restaurant for up to 80 guests. Ample, comfortable seating inside and out allows families and friends to relax over an extensive choice of hot and cold drinks - from Artisan coffee


and Teapig Teas to cocktails, craft beers, fine wines and spirits. With a passion for freshly-prepared, seasonal food, their all day Mediterranean menu is served from breakfast until late. The theatre-style open kitchen means diners can see the chefs preparing their orders over the charcoal grill or handcrafting, authentic Italian pizzas in the wood-fired oven. The menu also includes a delicious range of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes, a children’s menu as well as daily specials. Claudia Reiter is the new General Manager. She worked with Raymond Blanc for 16 years managing various front of house operations across his group and has moved locally with her fiancé, Damian, who is the pub’s Deputy Assistant Manager.

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Coconut Seafood Curry Serves 4

Ready in 50 minutes

Full of flavour, this speedy curry is great for a summer supper. Replace the asparagus tips with green beans or sugar snap peas, if liked. Serve with boiled noodles or steamed Thai jasmine rice.

• 1tbsp vegetable oil • 8 shallots, peeled and halved • 2-3 tbsp Thai green curry paste (see Tip) • 225g new potatoes, scrubbed and halved • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced • 400ml can reduced fat coconut milk • 150ml vegetable stock • 2tbsp light soy sauce • 450g cod fillet, skinned and cut into chunks • 175g fine asparagus tips • Juice from 1 lime • 200g cooked tiger prawns, thawed if frozen • 2tbsp freshly chopped coriander • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Chopped red chilli and fresh coriander leaves, to garnish


Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan over a medium heat and fry the shallots for 5 minutes until golden. Stir in the Thai green curry paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the potatoes, carrot, coconut milk, stock and soy sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are almost tender. Add the chunks of cod and asparagus tips to the pan. Cover and simmer gently for a further 6-8 minutes until the fish is just cooked and beginning to flake. Gently stir in the lime juice, tiger prawns and chopped coriander. Simmer for 5 minutes until the prawns are piping hot, then season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve in warmed bowls garnished with chopped chilli and coriander leaves. TIP Brands of Thai green curry paste can vary in spiciness so check on the jar before adding. If you want a really fiery flavour, fry 1 chopped small red chilli pepper with the shallots.




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ow many words do you think you hear each day? Recent research by the International Listening Association suggests it’s between 20,000 to 30,000. Feel sorry for the person who had to do the counting. How many of those words are actually interesting? *shrugs shoulders* Most people utter between 125 and 175 words a minute, although our capacity to listen is up to around 450 words per minute. Hey, if you talk that fast, PLEASE WARN ME. But the average person only retains about 17% of what they hear. That is not very encouraging for those of us that jabber on. Five out of every six words just flop themselves onto the floor, wriggle around for a moment before being swiftly forgotten. When it comes to talking, less is more. Why does this matter? Because listening and being listened to - affects our mental health. Ask yourself: What impact does it have on you (your thinking, feeling, doing) when someone interrupts you frequently, patronises you, or mutters “aha, yeah… yeah” without eye contact? Many people would say it feels frustrating and stressful. For children not being listened to it conveys a harmful assumption to them that they are worth-less. This can take years to resolve later in life. “Weren’t you listening?” they ask, and something in the living dynamic between the two people withers. Some unique bit of thinking may never see the light of day again. The act of truly listening to another human is one of the single biggest ways we convey that this other person is indeed equal, whole and worthy. Imagine a world where we listened and understood one another more? What could change? Less conflict and depression perhaps? We all know that part of being a good communicator means knowing not just what to listen to, but how to listen. Dr. Ralph Nicols, known as the “father of studying how to listen” said back in 1980 that “the most basic of human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way

to understand people is to listen to them.” Being an effective listener means engaging our ears, eyes, and brain (the anterior cingulate cortex, to be precise). This means we get tuned in to what’s being said, the facts and the feelings, what’s being said by the body as well as the mouth. This all takes time to learn how to do. A lifetime it seems. Here are 2 things to know and try out if you want to listen up a little more, and light up the people around you: 1. Listening looks passive. You could kinda just sit there, right? But listening is hugely active. The single biggest difference we can make in listening is to quieten the thoughts in our own heads whilst someone else talks. For example, instead of analysing, judging and interpreting the other person’s 175 words a minute - try slowing your own breathing down and just thinking to yourself, “I wonder what else this person thinks, feels and wants to say?” Be interested. Attention is itself an incisive question. In our coaching work with young people and teachers, creating this “generative attention” has a liberating effect on the human brain. One student recently said to us: “It’s odd, but somehow in these (coaching) sessions I remember all the things that are important to me.” That’s the power of attentive listening. It improves memory and problem solving. 2. One thing it’s not good to listen to too much of is complaining or nagging. Listening to this for 30 minutes or more can cause damage to the part of your brain that handles problem-solving skills. So if the talker is spilling negativity, you might want to contain chats to shorter spans of time, or get strategic about when you ask them how they are! Listening involves asking interested questions, such as “what’s going well?” or “what would you like to do about that (problem)?” This can help shift negativity. Don’t just listen to the problem, point towards a solution with a question. What are your thoughts? Why not drop us a message… we’ll listen. Promise.

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layer of holes and continue upwards, finishing off with plenty of colour on the top. Acrylic paints are ideal to colour a boring or discoloured container. Use a single colour to match existing garden features, or the colour of your front door or window frames, or design a pattern of wild, fantastic colours for a plantedup art gallery.

Colourful containers are a welcome sight in any garden, and pots, planters and troughs can transform a dull back yard or a gloomy terrace or patio. Plus, wacky and more unusual planters can easily be created with a little imagination and ingenuity. Plastic flower pots can be transformed by wrapping them in hessian. Available in a range of colours from classic pale brown to reds, greens and blues, it’s weather-tolerant and tough but looks great. Plastic pots are more exciting with a bit of planting around the sides, so cut holes just over an inch in diameter at regular intervals around the sides to create a planter perfect for small bedding plants. Fill with compost to the base of the lowermost holes, add plants through the holes, add more compost to the next


Mosaic tiles from your local craft or hobby store can be used to cover a container, or if time is short to just make a mosaic rim. Use rich colours to make a Moroccan style pot. Protect it when winter comes by placing it in a frost-free spot, unless you use the grouting adhesive used for swimming pools to make it more weather resistant. Old tyres filled with compost make ideal planters, and can be stacked to make deeper versions. Trailing flowers – such as trailing geraniums – cascading over the edges give a really striking effect. An aged wheelbarrow is great for a larger display or permanent planting. If there are no holes in the pan of the barrow, place a layer of gravel or stones in the base so that the compost does not become waterlogged.

grit for drainage, add compost and plant up the top. Acrylic paints can jazz up a boring pair of wellies, but make sure the paint is dry before you start planting. Old gardening, walking or work boots have planting potential too, and because they have heavier soles and are lower to the ground they are useful in a less-sheltered place. Plant up with bright bedding, or for a long-term display use a few house-leeks or sempervivums – their fleshy rosettes of leaves in shades of green and purple look great! An old kitchen or bathroom sink can be put to good use; either remove the plug to provide drainage or fix it firmly in place with sealant to make a miniature water garden. I’ve even seen a loo cistern packed full of trailing plants including blue and white lobelia and trailing silvery foliage plants. The mass of blue, white and silver made a great waterfall of colour from an otherwise boring water closet.

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10 Electric Vehicle Myths Busted by James Baggot

Confusion surrounds the running and operation of an electric car. Here, we try to clear that up. 1. You can’t boil the kettle while charging an electric car A National Grid report warned that home networks might struggle to cope with highcapacity car charging. However, EV owners with a low-capacity home network wouldn’t have a high-capacity charger, so there’s little chance of the network being overloaded. 2. EVs are more expensive than petrol and diesel cars Generally, the base price of an EV will be slightly more expensive, but manufacturers compensate by offering a generous specification so that with the government’s £4,500 zero-emission vehicle grant taken into account, they’re a pretty good deal, plus have low running costs. What’s more, as EV technology becomes more prevalent, costs will reduce – the new Nissan Leaf starts at £1,500 less than the old one. 3. They’re more likely to catch fire in a crash Concerns about crash safety are largely driven by a couple of high-profile Tesla Model S fires in 2013.


The EV maker upgraded its underbody battery pack protection in 2014 but also noted that the odds of fires in its cars were “five times lower than those of an average gasoline car”. 4. You can’t drive them in car washes or when it’s raining Water and electricity don’t mix, so manufacturers carefully seal all of the electrified components to make sure there aren’t any problems using car washes, or driving or charging in the rain. 5. You can’t go very far Most electric vehicles now have a range in excess of 150 miles, with 200 miles becoming the norm – and the average journey is less than nine miles. 6. There’s nowhere to charge them Long trips require a bit more planning, but charge point locator Zap Map indicates there are almost 15,000 connectors at more than 5,000 locations in the UK, with more added all the time. Plus, rapid chargers can provide 80 per cent of charge in about 30 minutes. 7. The batteries don’t last very long Batteries do have a finite life but most manufacturers offer battery leasing for a monthly fee and will replace it for free


when needed. Others offer replacement warranties, with five- to eight-year cover the norm. 8. EVs are less environmentally friendly across their life cycle The energy required to build an electric car can make it less environmentally friendly to produce than a traditionally fuelled car. However, a Norwegian study quoted by the BBC estimates an EV is about 10 per cent better over its life cycle, and that will continue to improve. 9. Battery disposal poses a huge environmental issue It does, but the EV boom has encouraged lateral thinking to improve recycling rates, with companies taking used EV batteries for use elsewhere, such as home energy storage. 10. They’re boring to drive Modern electric cars can be genuinely fun to drive, particularly thanks to the hightorque motors, which make acceleration brisk. Tesla takes this to extremes with its Model S, which reaches 60mph in less than three seconds – comparable to the new McLaren Senna supercar, with its petrol-powered twinturbo V8.


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Well done Alcester Town and Burnley. Come on England!

First off, congratulations to Alcester Town FC senior team for their fourth place finish in the Midland Football League, Division 3! The club have a great setup for all age groups at their Stratford Road ground. By the time we drop through your letter box, football’s ups and downs will be known and thoughts will be moving on to the World Cup. Albion fans will have had time to get over the disappointment of relegation while Villa fans will either be getting over promotion party celebrations or coming to terms with a third season in the Championship. Coventry’s promotion hopes are also in the balance at the time I write this, giving us hope for two more Midlands promotions, following Wolves excellent season. My manager of the season would be Sean Dyche for getting Burnley to seventh place and a


return to European football for the first time in 51 years. All this without the resources that most of the teams in the Premiership have in abundance. We still have the FA Cup Final to be played, which, to be honest, I can’t get too excited about. Perhaps there’s just too much hype surrounding the Premiership and the top teams. Perhaps it’s just been a long season. Perhaps it’s because the World Cup is imminent. Perhaps I’m just a little too long in the tooth. And so to the World Cup. The squad is being announced in the next couple of hours and, for once, I am quite excited about our national team’s prospects. Excitement instilled by Gareth Southgate who seems to be doing things differently than most of his recent predecessors. Selecting a squad on form rather than experience, choosing to go with a few lesser known names, hopefully picking those players to play in their club positions. Based on previous competitions I shouldn’t expect too much from our national team but I have hope that we will do ourselves proud. And, to quote Jimmy Greaves, “it’s a funny old game”. I wish you all a great summer. Till next season...

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t has been good to see cricket back in the national news again of late; even if the reasons are mixed. The main talking point has been the ECB proposed “The Hundred”, another new ‘short form competition’ designed to increase interest in the professional game from a new audience. Whilst this may help with games being offered to free to air channels, it’s fair to say the horse has bolted on this one. 2005 was a golden year for cricket, coming off the back of a hotly contested Ashes series, shown live on C4 all summer, the sport was at it’s peak in the UK. The subsequent decision by the ECB to take the Sky money and remove the sport from the viewing options of the majority has caused a problem down the line. A problem that local cricket is reeling from now; the lost generation. There is a dearth of

twenty-somethings simply not engaged with cricket as a sport. Personally, I’m not sure another format change is going to do much to rectify that. In the local leagues, we are two weeks into the season and it’s pleasing to report that Alcester & Ragley are sitting proudly unbeaten in the Cotswold Hills Premier Division after their recent stuggles to stay in the top league. Exhall & Wixford haven’t got off to the best start in the same division, yet to pick up a victory. Down the divisions, Alcester and Exhall’s second strings are both unbeaten in their respective leagues, whilst Temple Grafton, Bidford on Avon and Great Alne have all won one game each. Plenty of cricket to play and importantly, the weather seems to be improving!

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MORTGAGE REVIEW Are you planning on purchasing a property in 2018? Are you about to come to the end of a fixed rate deal? Are you on the lender’s standard variable rate? Has your mortgage payment recently increased? Do you need to reduce your monthly outgoings? If you can answer yes to any of the above, then please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to review your situation to see if I can obtain a better deal for you. I am an experienced, independent whole-of-market mortgage advisor who does not charge fees. Let me provide you with a no obligation assessment of your mortgage position. For a professional, confidential service, call or text me, Amanda Copperthwaite CeMAP to make an appointment on 07785 270217 or email me and I will be delighted to hear from you. Select Mortgages UK Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority FCA 571378 Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ALCESTER Protection Advice from Action Fraud - if telephoned by an unknown person (a cold caller), don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic. Remember criminals can imitate any email address. Stay in control. Always use a trusted payment method online, such as Paypal, and have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for payment like bank transfers. 1. Listen to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine. 2. Stay in control: always question cold callers. Always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number. 3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information. If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040. Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud. and Cyber Aware (cyberaware. for more information about how to protect yourself online. Lock Snapping. Recently, a number of burglaries have taken place locally where the offenders have snapped the door locks to gain entry. This involves breaking the cylinder in two, allowing the lock to be manipulated and opened. This will release all the multi locking points around the door. Anti-Snap locks can be fitted to combat this type of crime. We advise you to check to see if your locks are anti-snap. There are numerous websites and YouTube videos on this issue. Here is one example of a website that will help explain the situation further - public/cylinder-snapping/ False claims of Telephone Preference Service: Fraudsters cold-call victims, falsely claiming they will provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres. Victims are asked to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. Protect yourself: There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

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Milan Cathedral By Solange Hando Listed among the largest churches in the world, the Duomo rises on a magnificent square at the heart of Lombardy’s capital. It is dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, an iconic landmark which took almost 600 years to complete. The last gate was inaugurated in 1965. Work began in the late 14th century by the church of St Maria Maggiore. Foundations were laid for three naves, soon increased to five as both the local bishop and duke aimed to raise the city to new heights. A canal network was designed to transport material. Gothic architecture would rival the great cathedrals in northern Europe but flexibility and innovations were welcome. Marble was used, foreign architects, artists and craftsmen joined the Italian team, and on this ancient pagan site building progressed unusually, from back to front. It started with the apse while the façade of St Maria Maggiore remained in use until 1682. The new one was only completed in the 1800s by order of Napoleon. Elegant buildings line the vast panoramic square but all lead the eye to the Duomo, stretching 92 x 158 metres.


Inside are 98 gargoyles, 135 spires and over 3,400 statues which found their niche around the cathedral. The pink-hued marble of Candoglia cleverly hides the brickwork, playing all day long with light and shade to take your breath away. The main bronze door greets visitors with stunning bas-reliefs, while the 18th century sundial is still used to set the clocks around town. Large enough for 40,000 people, the interior is striking, with five broad naves supported by 40 columns. At 45 metres, the central aisle is the highest in a finished Gothic church and is decorated with impressive stained glass windows. Up above the apse, a small red light marks the holy place where a nail from the cross is kept. On the Feast of the Holy Cross in mid-September, the archbishop of Milan is slowly hoisted up in an angel-decorated basket to bring the relic down for display on the altar. Statues, frescoes, sarcophagi, pulpits and the largest organ in Italy – there is much to see inside the cathedral, but most famous is the 16th century statue of St Bartholomew Flayed, a sad disturbing figure by Marco d’Agrate. More


enticing are the three superb altars by Pelligrino Tibaldi, who was appointed by archbishop Borromeo to lighten up the old Gothic style with the flourishing Italian Renaissance. The treasury is housed in the Duomo Museum, a separate building next to the Palazzo Reale, where displays include some 200 items, tapestries, paintings, terracotta models, statues and more. Visitors could easily spend an hour or more in the cathedral but most exciting of all is the rooftop walk. Beyond the first terrace accessed by a lift are narrow passageways and slippery steps up to the wide open space of a safe but steeply-slanted roof. Up there, above pinnacles, flying buttresses and statues, the golden Madonna rises on the very top to bless the city at her feet. Views are superb and in clear weather the Alps are visible. It’s the perfect place to reflect on this unique building and the work of so many architects and artists over the centuries. Mark Twain described it as ‘so grand, so solemn, so vast’ and across the square, on the equestrian statue flanked by lions, Victor Emmanuel II, first king of the newly united Italy, certainly seems to approve.


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ince opening in 2013, the foodbank, part of The Trussell Trust network, has provided 543 (1154 fed) three day emergency food supplies to local people in crisis. 382 of these supplies went to feed children. Over the last year, 36 local people have volunteered at the foodbank to help stop people going hungry. 31 volunteers sit in foodbank sessions and welcome people non-judgmentally to talk over a cup of tea or coffee so they can signpost to other help available locally. There are also over 5 volunteers working behind the scenes. Additional tasks include stock-taking, fundraising, picking up food donations, inputting data onto the foodbank’s data system, collecting in supermarkets, handling the foodbank’s website and social media to name but a few. The work of the foodbank’s volunteer force is crucial to stopping local people going hungry. Over 215 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Arden Foodbank during 2017, compared to 78 in 2016. This fed 238 people, of which 88 were children. The top three reasons for foodbank referral were: low income 58%; benefit change 28 %; benefit delay 25%. Everyone who comes to the foodbank is referred by a frontline professional, such as a Citizens Advice worker, addiction supporter or health visitor, and receives a nutritionally balanced three day emergency food supply, containing items such as tinned fish, UHT milk and tinned vegetables. Arden Foodbank Manager says, “No one should go hungry in Alcester and Studley – the generosity and dedication of local people in volunteering and donating food and funds, over the last 5 years, have meant the foodbank has been able to provide vital emergency food that gives people the breathing space needed after being hit by something unavoidable like redundancy, illness, or a delayed benefit payment which can mean there’s no money for food. We hope that one day soon the foodbank’s work won’t be needed


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Alcester Town Council JUNE 2018

Alcester Annual Meeting & Mayor Making At the Annual Meeting of Alcester Town Council held on the 1 May 2018, Cllr Andrew Foster was elected Mayor of Alcester and Cllr Gill Forman elected as Deputy Mayor. Andrew and his wife Kathrin have lived in Alcester with their young family since 2007. Originally from Redditch, Andrew worked in London for 20 years before moving back to the Midlands where he works as a freelance IT Project Manager. Andrew was elected onto the Town Council in 2015 where the main focus of his work has been the town’s response to flood and emergency planning as well as road safety. Andrew has been a member of Presidium, Community Facilities, Planning and Community Care committees. Andrew commented, “I am very proud to have been elected mayor of this wonderful town and I am looking forward to representing the council and doing my bit to support the many important events planned this year. The commemorative events planned to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War and the 400th anniversary of Alcester Town Hall to name just two.” “I’m under no illusion that this will be a very busy year, but I am relishing the challenges ahead. I am delighted to be supporting Warwickshire Young Carers as my chosen charity. It is an organisation that I have been involved with for some time now and I hope I can to raise the profile and important funds for the great things they do locally”. Andrew added “I am also looking forward to working with Cllr Gill Forman as Deputy Mayor.


Gill is Alcester through and through having lived in the town for most of her life. She exemplifies what it means to be an Alcester Town Councillor through her active engagement with residents and her proactive can-do attitude.”

Town Council Meetings

All Town Council meetings are held at Globe House at 7pm (accessed via the Seggs Lane entrance - lift available to meeting rooms on First Floor). Full Council Meeting -

Tuesday 5 June Planning - Monday & 25 June Community Care - Tuesday 12 June Community Facilities - Tuesday 19 June Presidium - Tuesday 26 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.

Alcester Town Council Contact Details:

Alcester Town Council offices: Globe House, Priory Road, Alcester B49 5DZ Access is via the Seggs Lane entrance, first floor (lift available) Monday - Friday 9am–1pm (or call to make an appointment). Tel: 01789 766084 Town Clerk - Vanessa Lowe: Planning & Communication: Facilities & Community Care: Health & Wellbeing: or More information found on our social media pages:



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BIDFORD RURAL CINEMA Please check the Parish Council website for confirmation. Also see page 42. Friday 1st June @ 7.00 pm, BLACK PANTHER (12A). Early release action film from MARVEL and the highest-grossing film in 2018.

Monday 25th June @ 7.30pm, Parish Council Meeting (The Annual Accounts will be approved at this meeting). All meetings, which are open to the public, are held at the Parish Council Meeting Room, Bramley Way, B50 4QG.

BIDFORD EMAIL INFORMATION As fewer residents have the time to read Noticeboards, the Parish Council is looking at ways to keep the local community informed of what it (the Parish Council) is doing, but also of other village events. If you want to keep abreast of local information, you can sign up by simply You can see a trailer online of the film being emailing the Clerk at info@bidfordonavon-pc. screened – just click and watch! All films are screened at the Crawford Memorial Hall, Salford and your name will be added to the list. Road. Ticket Office opens at 6.30 pm and prices GDPR information: your email address is not remain at only £2.50 Refreshments are available disclosed and you can request to be removed at any time. Your email address will only be used courtesy of your local Warners Budgens. for the purpose of sending you information of BIG MEADOW events and notices relevant to Bidford-on-Avon As precept payers, Bidford-on-Avon parish parish and for no other. residents (Barton, Bidford, Broom and Marlcliff) SOCIAL MEDIA - you can also keep informed are eligible for a FREE CAR PASS. Application by following us on Facebook (Bidford on Avon) forms can be obtained from the Parish Council and Twitter @Bidford_PC. Office or online at http://www.bidfordonavon-

Friday 29th June @ 7.00 pm FUNNY COW (15) Early release British film, starring Maxine Peake as a comedian who uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England’s working men’s clubs.

Regular visitors from outside the parish, are able to obtain a “Fifth Visit” free card from the Parish council Office, Bramley Way, B50 4QG – cost is £10.00. BIDFORD COMMUNITY LIBRARY Don’t forget to visit the newly refurbished library which is looking, well, WOW! Well worth a visit. The new layout allows for more and better use of the library as a Community Hub and for other activities. BROOM VILLAGE HALL ... currently has a vacancy for a Caretaker/ Booking Clerk. Full details are available on the website at uk/notices.htm#n464. If interested, please contact Cheryl Hendy on 07775903042 MEETINGS Monday 11th June @ 7.30pm, Planning Consultative Committee Meeting.


PARISH COUNCIL CONTACTS Clerk to the Parish Council – Mrs. Elisabeth Uggerløse. Parish Council Office is located in Bramley Way, in the same building as the library. The Office is open to the public 10.00 am – 3.00 pm daily except Thursdays, when opening hours are 1.30 – 4.30 pm. If you are unable to attend during these hours, please contact the Clerk to arrange a mutually convenient time. Tel No. 01789 778653 / 07718 628 925 email website address: Parish Councillors – a list of Parish Councillors contact details is posted on the notice boards, and can also be found online www. Elisabeth Uggerlose - Clerk to the Parish Council email 01789 778653 or 07718 628925




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To publicise any community events, email by 12th of the month Alcester Flower Club

We meet on the first Monday of the month at the Methodist Church, Priory Road, Alcester at 7.30pm. The next meeting is on Monday 4th June, when Beverley Short will give a flower arranging demonstration entitled 'My Bargain Hunt'. New members and visitors are very welcome Contact Chairlady, Mrs Brenda Kirkman 01789 778669.

Cleeve Prior Garden Club Our next meeting will be held at Field Barn, Evesham Road, at 7.30pm on June 6th when Adrian James will be giving a presentation on 'A Garden from Scratch'. All meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Visitors are always welcome. For more information please phone 01789 772550. Alcester Gardening Club

Thursday June 7th, 7.30pm at the Centre, Jubilee Court (off Lea Close). Michael Brown – the Historic Gardener – on 'Death in the Garden'. About poisonous plants and poisoners.

Broom WI Thursday 7th June, 'An evening with puppets'. Our meetings are held at Broom Village Hall commencing at 7.30 pm. Visitors are very welcome to attend. Tea, coffee and refreshments are served at all our meetings. Salford Priors Ladies Group

Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall, School Road, Salford Priors. Wednesday 13th June 'Canal & River Trust', Ivor Caplan will be the speaker. Visitor's fee including refreshments is £2. Contact Pam Sharpe on 01789 773746 or Pam Seville on 01789 772540.

Alcester Ladies Probus

We are a friendly club for ladies, who meet for lunch every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Kings Court Hotel, Kings Coughton at 12.15 for 12.45. Our next meeting on Wednesday 13th June, is our AGM which is a review of last year's activities and information on the year to come. We welcome visitors and the AGM is an opportunity to meet members, enjoy a good lunch and learn about the Club and perhaps, after meeting us, join as a member. For more details contact Hon. Sec. Cynthia Hill on 01789 763446.

Alcester WI

We meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in The Community Centre, Jubilee Court, St Faith's Road. Thursday 14th June - Love history? Come and join us to hear about the 16th century's second most powerful woman after Elizabeth 1st - Bess of Hardwicke. Dr Gillian White is always a treat to listen to, so this promises to be an entertaining, as well as informative, evening. Everyone is most welcome.. As usual we will be running a stall at the Street Market so do come and visit us there too.


Bidford on Avon WI Our next meeting is at at 7.30pm on 14th June at

Bidford Methodist Church. Bob Marshall, a Bidford Historian, will be speaking on 'The History of Bidford on Avon'. If you would like more information please contact Ann 01789 772409 or Pauline 01789 773390.

Bidford & District History Society

Friday 15th June, 7.30pm, Crawford Hall, Salford Road, Bidford, B50 4EZ. 'Gertrude Bell - Unsung Heroine of Iraq', a talk by Jan Long.

Haselor Church Fete

Saturday 16th June, 12 noon to 3pm at Walcote Farm, B49 6LY. A classic village event with all the traditional refreshments and entertainment. The star attraction this year will be a clock made mostly out of Meccano by Michael Finnemore when he was aged 16 in 1955 and featured on live television. It was a sensation! He was offered jobs from large organisations. It was reported in national and local newspapers. Some of the headlines: “His ‘Wonder’ Timepiece”, and “JUNKHEAP GENIUS”. The clock has a 24-hour dial, which gives the time in all parts of the world. There are 10 other dials, giving all sorts of information. The clock will be on show and Michael will demonstrate how it was made. Other attractions will include BBQ, bar, cream teas, raffle, tombola, cakes, golf, Pluck the Duck, Railway game, skittles, coconut shy, darts, ladder game... great entertainment for all the family. Come and join the fun!

Bidford on Avon Afternoon Tea ... in aid of Bidford Senior Citizens Annual Party

Saturday 16th June 2pm - 4.30pm at Crawford Hall, to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Entrance £2.50 adults, 50p children. Scrummy sandwiches, scones, homemade cakes, tea & coffee. Side Stalls and Quiz. Everybody welcome! Enquiries - Libby 01789 773874.

Alcester Garden Walkabout

Sunday, June 17th in aid of Cancer Research UK. Enjoy a beautiful & peaceful afternoon discovering over 20 'hidden' gardens in the centre of Alcester. Plants, teas , ice-creams. Tickets £5 on sale in Church St. from 12 noon until 5 pm. (Sorry no dogs allowed in the gardens). For more info, call 01789 764756.

Bidford Christmas Lights 'Pop Up' Charity Shop

Back by popular demand - Monday 18th June for TWO WEEKS. Venue 11 High Street (old Peter Dickenson Office, opp Lloyds Bank) Open 10am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday, 10am - 1pm Saturdays. Come and bag a bargain. Enquiries - Libby - 01789 773874.

Cookhill Garden Club

On 20th June at 2 pm the club will be visiting Rowberry's Nursery, Lower Chaddesley for coffee/tea and cakes and a talk from Reg Moule on 'Ttrends in gardening'. Further details on 01527 894317.



community events & what’s on... Bidford & District Gardening Society

Visitors are very welcome to join us on Thursday 21st June for a talk by David Morgan entitled ‘I’m Not Much Good At Gardening!’. There will also be a raffle. All meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7.45 pm in the Crawford Hall, Bidford. Visitors £3, including refreshments. For further details please ring 01789 268974 or go to

Shakespeare Hospice Casino Night

Saturday 23rd June at Stratford School, CV37 9DH. Fun money to play with and dancing. Refreshments included. Tickets £25 from or Diane 07896 468250.

Bidford Playreading Group

Monday 25th June 7pm at Bidford Community Library, Bramley Way, Bidford. £2 includes tea and biscuits.

Alcester & District Men’s Probus

Alcester Mens Probus is a group of retired business men meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month in a semi-informal and light hearted atmosphere for lunch followed by a guest speaker. Meetings are at Kings Court Hotel, Alcester 12:15 for 12:30 and June’s meeting is on the 27th. New members always receive a warm welcome. Full details of membership are

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Whether you want to get fit or lose weight, walking with poles can help you achieve your health goals. Join one of our free Nordic Walking sessions in Alcester, Evesham or Stratford. Contact Kathrin 07875 609324. www.

Oversley Green Garden Walkabout

Sunday July 8th 12 noon - 5pm. Enjoy a lovely afternoon discovering 10 gardens in the hamlet of Oversley Green. Plants teas icecream tickets on sale on the green £5. Call 01789764781 for more info.

Walking for Health - Health Walks

Are you in need of some exercise and fresh air on Monday mornings? This national scheme is run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. The local group meets at 10.30am every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at the bridge on Bidford High Street. Walks are led by trained walk leaders and last for 1 - 2 hours and vary in length from 2.5 to 4 miles, with the reward of a drink either on route or at the end of the walk. New walkers are welcome. Please note that all participants are required to complete a simple outdoor health questionnaire. For more information go to www.


We have a pair of day tickets to give away for Hanbury Countryside Show on Saturday 7th July!

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question:

What is the price of an adult ticket for the show if bought on the gate? Email your answer to with subject JUNE COMP, or phone it to 01789 491005, and leave your name, address and phone number by

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Terms & Conditions: One entry per household. Entries received after 10:00am on Tuesday 12th June will not be included in the prize draw. The prize is one pair of adult tickets on Hanbury Countryside Show on Saturday 7th July 2018. The winner will be drawn at random and contacted to notify them of their prize. If we do not receive a response from the winner within 48 hours of prize notification, we will draw a new winner. Tickets will be either hand delivered or sent by Royal Mail Recorded Delivery.

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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 Mon Every Mon Every Thurs Every Thurs Wed 6th Sun 10th

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Weight Watchers - Ms F. Swift, 07540 584984. Martial Arts Club - Mr T. Moore 07491 673608. Arrow Action Group (Special Needs) - Mrs J. Appleby, 01527 893684. Tai Chi Classes - Jane Bowen, 01789 763866. Alcester Comedy Club - Harvey Hawkins 07941 628247. Court Leet Street Market - Mr S. Brown 01789 766484.

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@

Bidford Royal British Legion

We do not have a club now but we still have a strong branch, meeting on the first Wednesday of the month and we stil have a well supported and well planned Remembrance Sunday service. For more information email or call 01789 778957. Bidford on Avon Bowling Club is welcoming new members. The club is situated next to Crawford Memorial Hall. We have a very good bowling green, excellent club house with well appointed kitchen and bar. Good size changing rooms and all the facilities you may require. We have many social events and the clubhouse is available for private hire by arrangement. Contacts: for Coaching, Bernard Kendry, 01789 772592. Prim Finnemore,, 01789 488264. Roger Powell,, 01789 778809.

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.

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Cupcake Café at Salford Priors

Saturday 2nd 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.

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. 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 10am and 12 midday.

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. Beginners to experts welcome.

Local Art Club, Alcester

Open to anyone who is insterested, any ability. We meet every Thursday, 7pm - 9.00pm at Church House, Alcester High Street. A small attendance fee. We are small group of people who like painting, without a teacher, other than each other. We occasionally have a demonstrator, which is paid for out of our subs. We are a friendly group who have a love of painting. All are

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