TEME VALLEY TIMES
Knighton-on-Teme Fete Hurrah for sun and no rain when another great Knighton-on-Teme fete took place on July 2nd at Mathon, just off the main Tenbury to Newnham Bridge road. Bargains could be had on the bric-a-brac stall and home-made ice creams and sorbets were available courtesy of the local pub, The Talbot. Lindridge School Choir performed several songs and there were various games as well, so the afternoon flew by. People enjoyed the tea and cake, or if there wasn’t time to linger, they could buy cake to take home. A huge Teddy Bear made the rounds and people could guess its name, but it overwhelmed its small minders more than once! The huge silent auction attracted plenty of interest and the winners took home items ranging from vouchers to spend at local businesses, to museum tickets, bottles of wine or even a tree, fruit bushes or hanging baskets! There was a display about the recent replacement of the Church turret’s cedar shingles with thicker riven oak ones. Hopefully with the associated repairs to the structure it will now last a long time! Music was provided by the Bromyard Wind Band who finished the day with an excellent rendition of Ravel’s Bolero. Organisers said that funds raised at the fete will benefit the local church, cricket club, parish rooms, Lindridge school and the Midlands Air Ambulance.
Whitton Wild Flowers St Mary’s Church in Whitton held an open day celebrating wild flowers on June 19th. The churchyard has been maintained for some 20 years under the ‘God’s Little Acre’ scheme and following a survey in June it was noted that over 60 species of wild flowers and grasses were present. The open day was a great chance to refresh your knowledge of wild flowers and maybe swot up on some of the less-well-known names, such as alkanet. It was lovely to wander around the churchyard, itself a sea of ox-eye daisies, trying to identify flowers, wildlife and leaves whilst completing the quiz sheets that were available. Inside the church there was a host of wild flower arrangements containing, for example, foxgloves, buttercups, ox-eye daisies, grasses, pink campion, ragged robin, forget-me-not, lady’s mantle, bugle, birdsfoot trefoil, clover and iris. Add in the art by Rosemary Charles, who was there demonstrating, and the wonderful refreshments, books and local produce for sale, and you had a recipe for a lovely afternoon outing.
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