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Produced by : Mick & Kim Workman, Mike Parker, Chris & Mel Wilson, Marilyn Butt, with watercolour above by Julian Crawford

Not all challenges are insurmountable Cartoon © Kipper Williams. As seen in Country Life

Find out what energy saving options are available. Home Energy Survey Event. See page 15 Bring your ―Sedgeberrow Energy Scene‖ & maybe win a prize. Village Hall. Saturday 12th April 2014. 2pm to 5pm

April & May 2014 A SeSaME Production. No 15


Not to be Missed

Editorial

4. Sedge Warbler

Editors

5. Village Hall AGM Date

Mike Parker 01386 881863

Mel Wilson energy@sesame.me.uk

Advertising – see page 10 Copy Deadlines 2014 June/July Aug/Sept Oct/Nov Dec/Jan

11th May 13th July 14th Sept 16th Nov

5. Oil Buying Group 6. Wordsearch 6. Race Night 8. Have Your Own Group‘s Web-

page on www.sedgeberrow.com 9. Church News 10. Swedish Visit 10. Advertise in the Sedgeberrow Post

13. Park & Walk 15. Home Energy Event Do Support Our Advertisers 16. Sedgeberrow School News You will see that a good mix of people 17. Tiddesley Wood Open Day have responded to our offer of advertising 17. Drama Group space in the 2014 Sedgeberrow Post, showing us the services that they offer. 18. WI Events Without them we could not afford to pro- 20. Cllr Mrs Liz Eyre‘s Report duce this newsletter, with its splash of 23. Footpath Warden‘s Report colour and information for the village. Thanks to them all. 24. Ollie‘s Puppy News So please do your bit. 26. Last 200 Club Consider what they are offering very seriously and when you respond make 27. British Legion 29. Sesame Seeds Allotments sure that you let them know that you heard about them here, between the pages 30. Parish Council Report of our village newsletter. All paper used in the Sedgeberrow Post has been sponsored by Kim & Mike Workman, courtesy of Dunn & Dusted. This publication is printed on recycled paper

31. ABC Poem

32. Beef Provençal Recipe 34. Flood Group Latest News 35. Police News 36. Village Hall Bookings

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Do You Lack Rhythm? If so, that’s maybe why you might miss getting an article into the Sedgeberrow Post on time. We have to admit that the increased gap, caused by being bi-monthly, makes timing a little complicated for article and minute writers. It does though significantly reduce the pressure on the time commitment of the busy twenty two villagers who generously arrange the rhythm of their lives around dropping the Post onto your doormat.

You can get rhythm though! Please look at these 2014 copy deadlines:

11th May, 13th July, 14 September, 16th November Take the floor, swirl into action, plot and plan your meetings so that you are left with time to catch the Sedgeberrow Post. Pen your articles with an eye on those magic dates. th

Submitting Material For Publication Your Village Needs You Have you any experiences you wish to share, a skill that could please our villagers? Do please us all by submitting articles, recording your events and most importantly, hitting our bi-monthly deadlines. If you are a local villager you will have a choice of a double A5 page spread, a single A5 page, a half page and a quarter page. We can help you estimate how many words you will need for each size. Talk to Mike, who will help you sort out how much space you will need. (01386 881863)

Sedgeberrow Post is available online. Go to www.sesame.me.uk & click on the Kingfisher. If you want a reminder on every publication date see below: Just contact the editor via energy@sesame.me.uk.We won‘t deliver but send you a link to its place on our SeSaME website. A reader wrote: ―What an excellent, beautifully produced, easy to navigate, online magazine.‖ Note from SeSaME: We process personal data in accordance with the rights of data subjects under the Data Protection Act. Please inform us if there is any data that you do not wish us to store on our computers.

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From: The Sedge Warbler. Sedge Warbler pic. copyright of P&H Harris. www.kenyabirds.org.uk.

PLEASE REMEMBER — DON’T FORGET — NEVER LEAVE THE BATHROOM WET , — NOR LEAVE THE SOAP STILL IN THE WATER THAT’S A THING WE NEVER OUGHTER. NOR LEAVE THE TOWELS ABOUT THE FLOOR, NOR KEEP THE BATH AN HOUR MORE WHEN OTHER FOLKS ARE WANTING ONE — PLEASE DON’T FORGET IT ISN’T DONE ! Mabel Lucie Attwell

This wall picture was always prominently displayed in our bathroom when I was growing up. I never gave it a thought except to think ―well I don‘t do any of those things anyhow‖, except I probably did fight my corner when it came to how long I needed in the bathroom. Thinking back it was probably my mum‘s gentle way of keeping in rein the six most common offenders — my dad, my two brothers and sisters and of course myself. Her copy has long gone. I have a copy now because when I saw one for sale in a second hand shop, and I read the first line, I realised I knew the whole thing off by heart. The memories were suddenly so sharp I couldn‘t leave it there. It‘s now in my bathroom. Sedge Warbler

―What gets us into trouble Is not what we don‘t know It‘s what we know for sure That just ain‘t so‖

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Sedgeberrow Village Hall A.G.M On Monday 28th April In The Betteridge Room At 8pm

This meeting is open to all villagers Please come along and express your views on The Village Hall, The Betteridge Room and Glebe Meadow

In association with Evesons of Worcestershire. For a monthly email reminder - contact Mike Parker Don’t miss out! Next Delivery Dates are: Thurs 10thApril, Thurs 8th May.

Make sure that you buy regularly as a member of Sedgeberrow Oil Buying Group, as come the crunch at any time, because of supply and weather conditions, loyal members will be prioritised.

Reminder: Minimum delivery is 500 litres, so check that your tank will easily take that amount. It’s important because our Oil Buying Group pays 1000 litre rates for 500 litre orders, which are normally at least a 1p a litre more. 1. Check the dates - see below. 2. Phone on 01905 775920 or by email to droitwich@evesons.co.uk. 3. Remember: If you order after midday of the day before delivery, you will NOT be eligible for the reduced price. Check your tank levels regularly. 4. You must say you are part of the Sedgeberrow Oil Buying Group. 5. Give full delivery name and address. 6. Payment can be made either at time of ordering but certainly within TEN days of delivery, either by cheque or by phoning in with debit card details. 7. Sign up with SeSaME for an ―email - order date reminder‖ if you lead a busy life. 8.The price is not fixed until two days before delivery, as market prices change every day. 2014 Delivery Dates. Thurs 10thApril, Thurs 8th May, Thurs 12th June.

Sedgeberrow Sustainable and Manageable Energy SeSaME. Website: www.sesame.co.uk – Email: energy@sesame.me.uk Contact: Mike Parker (Chairman) Tel: 01386 881863

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RACE NIGHT FRIDAY 11TH JULY 8PM VILLAGE HALL LICENSED BAR

COME ALONG HAVE FUN & RAISE FUNDS FOR SEDGEBERROW PLAYGROUP

Sedgeberrow Wordsearch Find all the words on the right in this topically themed Wordsearch

The idea for this Wordsearch comes to you courtesy of Lindsey, a Villager and Post Advertiser (see page 13). If you have any ideas to share about what would be good to see in the Post, please let us know. (Editor)

How well do you know your village? Where was this picture taken then? (Pictures & idea courtesy of Peter Loomes) See page 32 for the answer.

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Watercolour by Pam Cuthbert. 2003

The Sedgeberrow Village Website: www.sedgeberrow.com If you are a village group who would like to keep people up to date with activities on your own page on this website, then contact Mike Parker at energy@sesame.me.uk or on 01386 881863. Courtesy of our own Chris Wilson, we are offering to enter villagers information to their own page for a modest sum, enabling them to have updated written material. We are asking a nominal charge of ÂŁ5 a year to cover administration costs. We hope that people will come forward to cover many facets of village life.

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Sedgeberrow Parish Church News Benefice of Hampton, Sedgeberrow & Hinton on the Green. Priest in Charge: Revd. Mark Binney as at Hampton Vicarage on 01386 424235. Churchwardens: Ann Banks 881623 and Doreen Hayes 881965 Drawing by John Livingstone

April and May 2014 April April 6 9am Holy Communion April 13th 11am All Age Worship (Palm Sunday) April 18th 2pm Good Friday April 20th 9am Easter Sunday

May May 4 9am Holy Communion May 11th 11am All Age Worship May 18th 9am Holy Communion May 25th 11am All Age Worship

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April 27th 10am Service at BENGEWORTH

Church News BINGO. Our Bingos have now finished until September. We look forward to seeing you then. Thank you to all those who have donated prizes. COFFEE MORNINGS. These continue to be well supported. Thanks to Roger and Judith Horton who ran the February one at their home. Summer dates in Church will be: April 24th May 22nd June 26th and July 24th All on Thursday in Church 10am to 12noon. On Saturday June 28th we are running a Bottle Tombola at Evesham College for Help for Heroes. Donations of Bottles will be very welcome. The loss of revenue from the 200 Club means we are always looking for donations in lieu for this. If anyone would like to make a donation please contact the Treasurer on 01386 881623. If you are a Tax payer we can claim this back for the Church. We are hoping to sell some of the Pews we have taken out of the Church. Please contact either Ann Banks 881623 or Roger Horton 881307 if you are interested.

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Swedish Group to visit Sedgeberrow on March 30th Last November the Gloucestershire Community Energy Co-op was approached by a group in Sweden. It came from a Swedish project leader working with different projects to develop the Swedish countryside. She was working for the organisation "Leader" which is a part of the European Union's "rural development programme". She explained: ―We have four small villages in the countryside working in different ways to become more sustainable and less dependent on fossil fuels. In March we are planning for a study trip to England, to visit some other projects connected to the transition- movement! And so I found your project with the Gloucestershire Community Energy Coop! It sounds very interesting to me what you are doing in Gloucestershire and it would be great to visit you and listen to your story and what kind of ideas and experiences you have had so far. We have a village in our project working with solar power, they are a group of people trying to find a way to make other people in the community interested in solar energy and plan for putting up solar panels on buildings in the town.‖ The Gloucestershire Community Energy Co-op decided to accept the request and arrange a three day programme for their visitors. Because the Co-op was aware of what SeSaME has been striving to achieve and because Sedgeberrow would be of interest to their visitors as a relatively small village community, we agreed in February to host the Swedish visitors for the third day of their visit. We are currently finalising our programme plans and are looking forward to sharing experiences, with both the Swedish group and Gloucestershire contacts. There will be a full report of the visit in the next Sedgeberrow Post. Mike Parker. (SeSaME Chair)

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All adverts that are booked for issues starting from February/March 2014, will also appear at no extra charge on the village website, under “Local Traders” on the menu list. View www.sedgeberrow.com Please email advert material to: energy@sesame.me.uk We can afford to include some colour in your advert for a logo or small section. If however you wish to have full colour throughout we will need to negotiate with you on the price.

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Contact details of your key elected members. Maureen Pratt – Chairman of Sedgeberrow Parish Council Tel: 01386 881637. Email maureenpratt@btinternet.com Clerk: Jacqueline Shields. Sedgeberrowpc@hotmail.co.uk Parish Councillors: John de Paris, Darren Farmer, Richard Hunt, Alan Stow.

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Roma Kirke – District Councillor Woodpeckers, 9 Hands Orchard, Great Comberton. Liz Eyre – County Councillor 150 High Street, Broadway, WR12 7AJ Tel: 01386 854807. Mobile: 07801816755

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―Park & Walk‖ comes to Sedgeberrow A break in the wet weather at the end of January saw an opportunity for Worcestershire County Council yellow line painters to leave their mark at the village kerbs. So it‘s now No Parking there on the

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Your follow-on from the Home Energy Survey

Home Energy Event In the Village Hall. Saturday 12th April. 2014 2pm to 5pm Come along and find out how you can reduce your energy consumption and thereby your annual heating bills. We will be exploring ways in which joint action can reduce installation costs even further. Come early and pick up a FREE EON-EnergySaver-Powerdown-Surge-Protection Plug worth £4 and a FREE energy monitor. Bring along your recently delivered copy of the Sedgeberrow Energy Scene and be entered then into our competition to win a FREE thermal energy survey of your home. All on Offer on the Day        

Fuel switching advice, (bring your last annual bill). Samples of energy saving measures- loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, external wall insulation. Examples of energy saving lighting. Information on energy efficiency grants & subsidies. Information about renewable energy sources. Oil & Gas buying group information. Home fire safety and advice from the Fire Service. Love food, hate waste.

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News from Sedgeberrow CE First School 01386 881391 On 29th and 30th January 2014 we received a visit from Ofsted and were absolutely delighted to receive a judgement of Outstanding in every area – the highest accolade that can be awarded. Here are some of the headlines from the report:

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Pupils make excellent progress and leave the school with high standards across all subjects. Much of the teaching is outstanding and teachers take every opportunity to challenge and support pupils to do their best. In lessons pupils listen hard, work very hard and participate with great enthusiasm. The topics that pupils study absorb their interest and stimulate their curiosity whilst helping them develop their academic, creative and social skills to a very high level. Pupils‘ behaviour in lessons and around the school is excellent and there are very high levels of respect between pupils and amongst pupils and staff. Pupils feel very safe at school and are exceptionally clear on how to keep themselves safe. The headteacher, staff and governors share an ambitious vision for the school and put pupils at the heart of everything they do. School staff, governors, parents and pupils work together very effectively to continually improve and enhance the education the school provides.

I am so proud of everyone – children, staff, governors and parents. We are a great team and have worked hard for this recognition. I feel very privileged to be head teacher of Sedgeberrow CE First School. The full report can be read on our school website. Mrs M M Humphreys Headteacher

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Sedgeberrow Drama Fings ain't what they used to be production On behalf of the Drama group I would like to thank the few people who braved the wind & rain to attend our performances on Friday & Saturday recently. The feedback was as usual very positive and to have an appreciative audience means everything to us aspiring Thespians. It‘s sad that given the number of residents in Sedgeberrow so few people could be bothered to turn out and support a local group. But for those that did we thank you. Brian Palmer T‘was a good laugh (Editor) A Great Day Out for all the Family. Sunday 4th May

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. S.E. Worcestershire Tiddesley Wood Open Day. Sunday 4th May 2014.10am to 5pm The Open Day takes place in one of Worcestershire‘s most ancient woodlands just outside Pershore and regularly attracts more than 1000 visitors. As well as guided walks and activities for children there will also be a wide range of local craftspeople and artists. Website. www.tiddesley.org.uk ―With around 60 craft stalls, live music, lunches and cakes there‘s something to keep everyone amused during the day‖. Entrance fee: Adults £3, Children £1, free parking. Contact: Harry Green. (Chairman) 01386 710377 Also Meetings at Wulstan Hall, Priest Lane, Pershore at 7.30 PM. Admission £2. These take place from October to March. Details at www.tiddesley.org.uk

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Sedgeberrow Women’s Institute

Where is the time going to? By the time this report arrives on your doorstep you will be thinking about Easter eggs and hot cross buns. Now what have we been doing since I last wrote? We had a very interesting talk and slide show about a journey along the Silk road to Samarkand. Our coffee morning at Helen's and the book club meeting went ahead. Other Events: Jenny has started on a W.I. ' Learn to play golf ' course in Broadway. We have entered a team in the Group Skittles Competition. Several of our members will be attending the Annual Council Meeting at Cheltenham Town Hall. April: A group of us will be going to the 'Arts Centre' to see 'Showstoppers'. Our book club will meet at Diane's and our speaker for the month will be Carolyn Evans who will tell us all about Quilling. That should be very interesting. April 17th. Members of the W.I. Racing Club will be attending Race Day at Cheltenham Race Course. April 30th. The date for our W.I. Group Meeting, which will be held in Winchcombe. The speaker will be Chris Evans, a gardener. May: Our coffee morning and book club meeting will take place as usual May 15th. Three of our members are hoping to go Clay Pigeon shooting. May 20th. Our speaker will be Helen Grey from the Volunteer Services in Evesham. Visits to the Regal Cinema are also being arranged. Bye for now! Not too many Easter eggs please. Ella Hardman 01386 881088

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News from your local County Council representative. Sedgeberrow Report: March 2014-Liz Eyre This briefing is designed to provide an update on the progress and achievements of the County's Broadband programme 'Superfast Worcestershire' in your division since Worcestershire County Council signed a deal with BT, to provide Superfast Broadband to over 90% of residential and 90% of business premises as well as a minimum speed of 2mbps for 100% of the county. Please do not hesitate to contact our cabinet members who are leading on this programme for more information: Cllr Simon Geraghty and Cllr John Campion. The County's Broadband programme team is also available by emailing: superfast@worcestershire.gov.uk or calling 01905 765389. Worcestershire County Council has contributed up to £8.5 million, with an additional £3.35 million coming from the Government‘s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds. BT is also contributing £8.9 million towards the overall cost of the Superfast Worcestershire deployment. The £20 million deal that was signed on August 5, 2013 with BT will bring superfast broadband to nearly 55,000 rural homes and businesses. Superfast Worcestershire builds on BT‘s commercial fibre rollout which will reach more than 176,000 premises across the county by the end of Spring 2014 and other communication providers. In short, our Division can expect large swathes to be covered by additional superfast fibre infrastructure during Phase One of the Eight Phase Programme, running up to 2016 as shown in the interactive map. It appears that only Aston Somerville may not benefit from fibre at this stage.13 additional cabinets will be enabled with fibre in Broadway and Cropthorne during phase 1 of the programme (which will be available for local residents and businesses to connect during July – September 2014.) Customers can order the fibre from 3 months before this is deployed. Some premises will also get coverage in the following areas during Phase 1: Sedgeberrow; Charlton; Fladbury; Hinton on the Green and Wickhamford. The web-site link below will take residents to the interactive maps and post code checker(s). http://www.superfastworcestershire.com/when-and-where For Cllr Mrs Liz Eyre’s Contact Details: See page 12 Great News for Sedgeberrow and thanks also to all those residents who recently pounded our streets, inspired by resident Chris Brooks, to deliver registration leaflets and those who responded by sending off details about their broadband needs. It‘s been a long haul since local resident Chris Wilson, prompted by Advantage West Midland‘s actions, started the ball rolling with residents of Ashton under Hill, Beckford and Overbury in 2004, which helped Sedgeberrow‘s current broadband inclusion, again after their door to door efforts.

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FOOTPATH WARDEN’S REPORT A notable aspect of footpath improvement over the years has been the productive and positive partnerships formed with various groups of people, both locally and from the wider area: The co-operation of local landowners and farmers has been essential in maintaining our rights of way. Of especial note is the work of Emma and Rob Harrison of Sandfield Farm who, in developing a Natural England Stewardship project on their land, have also enhanced the quality of the footpath network in this part of the village. Of great value has been the support of villagers who have used our paths individually, or have taken part in our annual programmes of walks. Using our paths regularly in this way has helped keep them clear, and access problems have been reported promptly. Pedestrian gates and permanent way marker posts have been installed, and these have made our paths easier to use. A number of these have been put in by a local volunteer working party led by Joe Aspey, the footpath warden for Ashton-under- Hill. Joe and and his trusty ‗gang‘ have completed these important tasks with skill and enthusiasm, and of course their efforts are much appreciated. Another group who have helped recently in clearing the riverside woodland path, have been some young offenders, who undertook the task as part of the Probationary Service‘s Community Pay Back Scheme, and did an excellent job. Should the need arise, this scheme can be used in other ways around the parish. Also notable has been the support of Worcestershire County Council’s Countryside Service, and in particular our regional officer, Fiona Argyle. Despite drastic year on year cutbacks, and an ever increasing workload, Fiona and her colleagues have given consistent support in actively aiding the maintenance of our footpaths. The existence of the Sedgeberrow Post and the Flood Group, and links with both of these local organisations has also helped in sustaining communication within the community. This is most marked in relation to highlighting the significant role our rights of way network has had, and will have, in the life of the historical village of Sedgeberrow, the River Isbourne catchment and the beautiful Vale of Evesham. Please note, the spring seasonal walk will be on Sunday 6th April, starting at 11.00am. from outside the village hall. It will be about 4 miles/ 2 hours long, and suitable footwear and clothing for rural walking must be worn, and a snack and a drink should also be brought along.

Please contact Dave if you need further information: either on 01386 882113 or e-mail: davesmay@tiscali.co.uk

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Hi everyone Ollie here! My name‘s Ollie and I‘m new to the village. I‘m only 20 weeks old, but this is my fourth home since I left my mummy, because everyone I went to stay with thought I was too lively and my teeth were too sharp. I kept trying to tell them – I’M A PUPPY! THIS IS WHAT PUPPIES DO! You can see that sometimes I had to shout a bit but they still didn‘t seem to understand. Now I have a new home and some new humans to look after, so I‘ll see if I have more luck with them. My lady-human takes me to human-training classes on Wednesday nights at the Village Hall. She seems to be a quick learner and so far she‘s doing very well, because I only have to sit, lie down, and sometimes stay in one place for a minute or so, and she gives me a doggy treat every time. I‘m happy that she seems to have got the hang of it. This is where I met Muppet and he asked me to do some writing on this page, so I‘m pleased to woof hello to you all! My new humans had already got two dogs, so I don‘t only have humans to train, I‘ve got other dogs to train too – I have so much work to do! One is called Sam – he‘s big, old and wise, and he makes the best puppy-bed in the world to cuddle up to when I‘m tired. The other one is called Harvey – he‘s small and thinks he‘s the boss, so I have my work cut out with him. I have so much energy that sometimes I just have to race around and try to make Sam and Harvey join in too. I did hear my lady-human say to my man-human, that I‘ll probably be better when I ―have my bits off.‖ I don‘t know what she means by that, but I did notice my manhuman seemed to wince a bit when she said it. It seems that there is so much I have to learn – for instance, do any of you know what this long wiggly thing is, that seems to keep following me? When I turn round quick I can nearly catch it, but it‘s very lively and keeps waving around, just out of my reach. It makes me dizzy sometimes, trying to chase it, but I‘m sure I‘ll do it one day. Going back to my lady-human, I was very disappointed in her the other day, when she made an amazing, unbelievable statement that dogs weren‘t allowed on the furniture. Can you believe that?! Well, as you can see in my picture, I soon put her right on that one. As I said, she‘s a quick learner! More from me next time I hope! Woofs and licks from Ollie.

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200 Club Winners For the last time Thank you for your continued support over the past. C F Banks Week Week Week Week Week

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Music on Saturdays, after 8.30 pm. . Sat 4th April - music with Chris. Good Friday Karaoke. 18th April. More music still to be booked for May so keep an eye out.

Fortnightly Quiz on a Sunday at 8pm. Sundays 13th & 27th of April Sundays 11th & 25th of March The Queen‘s Head, 1 Main St Sedgeberrow,WR11 7UE Telephone 01386 881135

Sedgeberrow British Legion Womens Section Our next meeting will be on Wednesday April 2nd at 7.30PM, in the Betteridge Room. The speaker will be: Nicholas Clarke who will talk on ―Rail around India‖ Hostesses: D. Poyner, V.Pullee Monthly Prize: P. Barr. The May Meeting will be Wednesday 7th May at 7.30PM in the Betteridge Room. The Speaker will be Muriel Mitchell who will talk on ―Save the Children‖ Hostesses: J.Taylor. H. Woodhouse. Monthly Prize: C. Bradley. May I just say that we are very pleased to hear Pat is now back home and on the mend. We wish her a speedy recovery, and that she will soon be back with us, from all members. Sylvia

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The Battle of the Brambles and the needy Trip to the Tip, with discarded metal bits, shredded plastic paraphernalia and discarded debris finally came to a truce on that rare, very sunny weekend of the 15th and 16th of March 2014. Seven adults and six children made up for lost time over the ravages of our wettest year ever, playing catch-up on all the jobs needed before this year‘s planting. As young children often come to the allotments with their parents for a weeding or watering session we jumped at the opportunity to recycle a play hut, rescued from the school grounds, as a shelter for them when adult gardening tasks arise. There was much discussion between parents and children about which colour will go where and here the children are putting ideas into action. Last year we could only clear two plots but can now start measuring up and adding areas that can be dug over to create raised beds. The soil is good, though it‘s hard work clearing the bramble roots when they appear and weeding out the grass which until now has had the freedom of the range. We are leaving the edges of the allotment overgrown for wildlife and spaces for fruit trees.

Now is a great time to step forward and take on your own growing plot by joining Sesame Seeds. It’s healthy work , you will be in good company and your food intake will benefit enormously. If you are game: ring: 01386 802079 to find out more. Pictures by Richard Hunt

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SEDGEBERROW PARISH COUNCIL Waiting Restrictions The Waiting Restrictions on Main Street have now come into force and are being enforced by the Wychavon Traffic Wardens. The penalty for parking on the yellow lines Mon-Sat, 7am to 7pm, is a fine of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days. It is permitted to drop off, or pick up passengers, but the driver must remain in the vehicle. Blue Badge holders are permitted to park for up to 3 hours. Intended Works Overnight to A46 Ashton to Evesham The Highways Agency has informed the Parish Council that it will be resurfacing the carriageway of the A46 in both directions between Ashton and Evesham, and also replacing markings and road studs, resetting blocked or sunken gullies and removing rabbit burrows where necessary. The works will commence on Friday 4th April and should be completed by Sunday 13th April. The work will be carried out overnight Monday to Saturday 8pm to 7am and Sunday 8pm to 9am. In order to maintain safety while the work is carried out it will be necessary to close the A46 from south of Hinton Cross to the roundabout at the start of the Evesham Bypass in both lanes, and diversion routes will be in place. The carriageway will remain open outside of the working hours. The Parish Council has been concerned that the intended diversion route might be through Sedgeberrow, which would be quite unacceptable. Unfortunately at the time of writing, it has not been possible get any further information from the Highways Agency. Village Litter Pick The Parish Council has agreed to offer a bursary of £200 to any village group that carries out a village litter pick later in the year. Clean up kits can be borrowed from Wychavon District Council. If any of the village organisations would like to volunteer to take this on, please let me know. Additional Notice Board An additional Notice Board has been provided for residents at the lower end of the village and has been erected in front of the Glebe Meadow Play Area, Winchcombe Road. The Parish Council is grateful to Ian Lloyd-Oswell and John De Paris for the work that they have carried out to the new Notice Board. Please make sure that the doors on this board, and also the one outside the School/Village Hall, are closed securely after use. Wychavon Parish Games At the Annual General Meeting of Wychavon Sport it was reported that the entries were slightly down last year, and the overall picture was not good. Although there is not sufficient money in the Bank to continue for next year, it was agreed the 2014 Games should go ahead, and sponsors be sought for the various events. Maureen Pratt – Chairman. Tel: 881637 Email: maureenpratt@btinternet.com

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A Spike Milligan Poem —- ―The ABC‖ "He's right" said E; said F, "Whoopee!" Said G, "'Ip, 'Ip, 'ooray!" "You're dropping me," roared H to G. "Don't do it please I pray."

'Twas midnight in the schoolroom And every desk was shut When suddenly from the alphabet Was heard a loud "Tut-Tut!" Said A to B, "I don't like C; His manners are a lack. For all I ever see of C Is a semi-circular back!"

"Out of my way," LL said to K. "I'll make poor I look ILL" To stop this stunt J stood in front, And presto! ILL was JILL.

"I disagree," said D to B, "I've never found C so. From where I stand he seems to be An uncompleted O."

"U know," said V, "that W Is twice the age of me. For as a Roman V is five I'm half as young as he"

C was vexed, "I'm much perplexed, You criticise my shape. I'm made like that, to help spell Cat And Cow and Cool and Cape"

X and Y yawned sleepily, "Look at the time!" they said "Let's all get off to beddy byes" They did, then "Z-z-z."

A dramatic Sky-line in early March. It got better but just cleared in a flash before I could take another picture. Pity about the phone mast but then they are everywhere, serving our communication needs. (Editor)

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Sedgeberrow Beef Provençal

(To feed 4)

500g stewing beef, cubed 400g can tomatoes 20g flour 100g mushrooms, chopped Salt and black pepper 1 red oxo cube, crumbled and dissolved 25g Margarine in 275ml hot water 2 large onions, sliced 1 teaspoon sugar 1 large clove garlic, crushed Half teaspoon oregano 16 black olives (optional)

Coat the meat in seasoned flour. Melt the margarine and sauté the meat for 10 minutes until browned. Place in a casserole. Sauté the onions and garlic for 4 minutes, then add the tomatoes and juice, mushrooms, beef stock, sugar, oregano and salt and pepper. Pour over the meat and cover. Bake in a very moderate oven 160' for 1.5 to 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in the stoned black olives. Serve on a bed of cooked noodles. Carolyn Savery All ingredients available locally in Sedgeberrow Village Stores

Sedgeberrow Village Hall Treasurer Wanted The village hall committee require a volunteer treasurer. If anyone in the village is interested in this role please contact: Colette Malin on 01386 881014 or further details.

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SEDGEBERROW Mobile Library Timetable Churchill Road: 9.20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9.40am. School: 9.45 - 10.05am. Phone Box: 10.10 -10.25am. Note: The Mobile Library will now NOT be stopping at the Church The Mobile Library will be visiting the above stops on the 2014 dates listed below:-

7thApril, 28thApril, 19thMay, 9thJune, 30thJune, 21stJuly, 11thAugust, 1stSeptember, 22ndSeptember, 13th October. 3rdNovember, 24thNovember, 15thDecember Enquiries about this service should be made to: EVESHAM LIBRARY, OAT STREET, EVESHAM, WR11 4PJ Tel 01905 822722, mobilelibraries@worcestershire.gov.uk

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SEDGEBERROW FLOOD GROUP www.sedgeberrow.com Flood Warden - Richard Hunt 01386 882079 Secretary – Annette.dawson@btinternet.com

The Flood Group have held a number of meetings lately, the outcome of which is a new look to our planning for the short, medium and longer term. We are concentrating on the whole of the Isbourne Catchment and will be dealing with all the agencies, land owners and groups responsible for and affected by the river. A number of ideas have been suggested but these will need feasibility studies before they can be progressed so watch this space…. For the latest information on the Water Bill and Flood Re Scheme, please see below. Richard Hunt. Flood Warden

Flood Insurance The Flood Group has had recent correspondence through our MP with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) as we try to clarify how things are likely to develop regarding Flood insurance over the next few years. In a nutshell there are 3 key points to note if you own a property that has flooded or you plan to build on land that has the risk of flooding: 1. Provided the "Water Bill‖ is approved/ratified it is likely that Insurance will become more affordable for most properties with a history of flooding. In order to fund this the ABI intends to spread the cost of providing such policies onto all households by levying a charge of approximately £10.50 on all household policies. This will establish a Flood Re fund. As we have reported before the intention to link policy costs to a property's Council Tax band. The aim is to have this scheme in place by summer 2015. 2. Other potentially good news is that the horrendous flood excess charges (often running to many thousands of pounds on policies for many households in the village) will be capped in future at £250. 3. Notable exceptions to the Flood Re scheme are properties in Council Band H and those that have been built after 2009. The latter is part of a plan to incentivise rigorous and responsible planning decisions. Since 2009 property developers have been aware that new developments are not covered by agreements relating to flood insurance and this should caution them not to build inappropriately in flood risk areas. But I can guess many of you will not be particularly reassured by that!! Sue Morris

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Courier Fraud Hello All. Please be aware of this current fraud that is taking place. We have already had a number of people ring in regarding this. Thankfully none have fallen for it. The courier FRAUD is when fraudsters call and trick you into handing your cards and PIN numbers to a courier on your doorstep. There are many variations of the scam.  A fraudster will cold call you on a landline, claiming to be from your bank or the police. They state their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.  In order to reassure you that they are genuine, they suggest that you hang up and ring the bank/police back straight away. However, they don‘t disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you are actually still speaking to the fraudster.  They then ask you to read out your PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They may ask for details of other accounts you hold with the bank or financial service provider.  Finally, they send a courier to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have then obtained your name, address, full bank details, card and PIN. REMEMBER: Never divulge your PIN.  Banks and police will not ask for this over the phone and will not come to the house to collect them.  If you get one of these calls end it and call the police on 999 from another phone, or 101 if this has happened in the past.  If you have given any details cancel cards immediately.  If you phone the bank use the number on your banking details – not one given to you by the caller.  If someone comes to your door pretending to be a police officer remember that they always carry a warrant card. If you have any doubts make them wait outside while you phone the police force. Genuine callers will understand.  Do not be embarrassed to report a fraud if you have been affected. This is a national scam and you are not alone: many people have been taken in by it. For more details do visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/fraud-az-courier-scam. Regards, Julie Pardoe Email: pershorerural.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk.

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Village Hall Events (MH) = Main Hall (BR) = Betteridge Room

What’s on in April 2014 1st

2nd 8th 9th 12th 15th 22nd 28th 22nd

Pilates Dog training RWBLS Pilates Dog training Home Energy Saving Event Pilates WI Pilates Village Hall AGM Pilates

What’s on in May 2014

7.30pm (MH) 6.30pm (MH) 7.30pm (BR) 7.30pm (MH) 6.30pm (MH) 2.00pm until 5.00pm (MH) 7.30pm (MH) 7.30pm (MH) 7.30pm (MH) 8.00pm (BR) 7.30pm (MH)

6th Pilates 7th Dog training RWBLS 13th Pilates 14th Dog training 20th Pilates WI 21st Dog training 22nd Polling Station 27th Pilates 28th Dog training

7.30pm (MH) 6.30pm (MH) 7.30pm (MH) 7.30pm(BR) 6.30pm (MH) 7.30pm (MH) 7.30pm (MH) 6.30pm (MH) 7-10pm (BR) 7.30pm (MH) 6.30pm (MH)

The Betteridge Room and The Village Hall are available to hire for private parties, functions, fundraising events, meetings. For further details and bookings please contact Colette Malin 01386 881014.

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