1:30pm Saturday 25th October 2014
WE had a very entertaining and useful talk in September by Mike Dunnett on the art of safe and easy gardening. Many tips were given to members enabling them to obtain useful and labour free methods of gardening as they become older. Interesting gardening tools were introduced in place of established heavy tools. The next meeting will take us to Tibet when Mr Duncan Coombs will take us on the first trip in search of alpines.
8:28am Saturday 25th October 2014
THE speaker at our last meeting was Ross Barbour, welcomed for a return visit to Mickleton by Chairman, Pat Cook, Ross gave an illustrated talk on, “Roses need friends too”, with a sub title of “Diversity in the Garden and how to achieve it”.
10:25am Friday 24th October 2014
FOLLOWING club news, President Jim Cox warmly welcomed back our guest speaker, Rosemary Prosser. Rosemary has addressed us on four previous occasions and this time she entitled her talk “Hot wheels and cold meals”
8:21am Friday 24th October 2014
IN Sixteenth century Warwickshire the accident rate was possibly no higher than today, but the causes of accidents was very different. Top accidents for women and young boys were drowning, generally when falling into wells. One died when picking flowers and another collecting cabbage leaves. Men drowned too when they accidentally fell into water at fords or from shaky bridges and their heavy underclothes pulled them down.
2:10pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
imaGine in Market Square Evesham continues to grow! The ‘Healthy Planet Books for Free’ shop has a dedicated Volunteer team who between them keep the shelves stacked with books ranging from fiction to cookery and everything in between! Every week donations of unwanted books are received and recycled. Please pop in and make your selection we’ll be pleased to see you.
1:20pm Thursday 23rd October 2014
On Friday , October 10, I attended a Thanksgiving service at All Saints Church which marked the first anniversary of the start of Evesham Street Pastors. Who would have known the success they have enjoyed and how much they would be appreciated by the local night-time economy, the police and others. Here’s to the next ten years! On Sunday the 12th, Maren and I were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Evesham Bell Tower. It was fascinating to learn more about our Bell Tower from the very passionate and knowledgeable, Chris Povey.
11:27am Thursday 23rd October 2014
11:21am Thursday 23rd October 2014
11:19am Thursday 23rd October 2014
10:08am Thursday 23rd October 2014
PRESIDENT Val Davies welcomed all members and following the singing of Jerusalem business matters were dealt with then we settled down to listen to our speaker of the evening whose subject was entitled Elegant Georgian Worcester.
9:57am Thursday 23rd October 2014
THE President was delighted to welcomed 58 members and guests and also two teenagers to the September meeting. She reported that the last meeting had been a great success, despite the fact that we had to hold it in the village hall instead of Jane and David Williams-Thomas lovely garden.
8:13am Thursday 23rd October 2014
AN evening of 'Spooky Stories' had members on the edge of their seats. Paul Harding took us down dark passages and into haunted churches around Worcester telling us gruesome tales about familiar landmarks. Sadly there were no carved pumpkins present for the competition, Kathy was declared the winner with her alternative entry a splendid Halloween waistcoat! The meeting ended with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday to Betty who had appropriately won the raffle.
11:54am Sunday 19th October 2014
12:55pm Friday 17th October 2014
PERSHORE Abbey and Royal District Naval Association welcomed guests from the local "Remember The Fallen" Association on Saturday 11th October on their inaugural group outing. Dr Judy Dale, Church Warden of the Abbey was on hand to provide information and the group were delighted to be shown memorabilia about the War Memorial including the history of Pershore's War Memorials carried out by the late Marshall Wilson which can be purchased from the Abbey.
10:30am Friday 17th October 2014
TWO historical items, still of much relevance in Evesham to-day, John Martin’s Charity and The Bell Tower, were the subjects of the Vale of Evesham’s Historical Society opening talk of the 2014-15 programme.
3:03pm Thursday 16th October 2014
THIS months meeting again at The Pershore Football Club venue was a talk back in time i.e. The Romans but close to home i.e. Alcester. Alan Godfrey told us how Alcester came to be where it is,on the banks of two rivers the River Arrow and the River Alne also at the junction of The Saltway and Ryknild Street also how it is the best understood Roman Town in the country due to most of the town being built on top of the Roman site.
12:55pm Thursday 16th October 2014
THE October Meeting of Bidford on Avon WI was held at The Bidford on Avon Methodist Church. Jerusalem was sung and the President, Joan Churchley welcomed everyone. Members were given written information about future events and classes being arranged by the Warwickshire Federation of WIs. They were asked to support the Group Meeting on October 23 and also the special Bingo being held at the Bidford Bowling Club on October 25. Members were encouraged to bring family and friends to the Bingo evening which is being held to raise money for the Leamington Rehabilitation Unit .Brain Injury appeal
11:01am Thursday 16th October 2014
10:45am Thursday 16th October 2014
10:33am Thursday 16th October 2014
THE September meeting of the Club was again well attended and our Speaker, Julie Ritchie from Hoo House Nursery, Tewkesbury , entertained us with a talk on Hardy Geraniums, with colourful slides of the many varieties available in garden centres.
10:28am Thursday 16th October 2014
10:21am Thursday 16th October 2014
12:30pm Tuesday 14th October 2014
11:12am Thursday 9th October 2014
Brian Melville, Vice President, opened our meeting on Thursday, October 2 with a warm welcome to visitor and potential new member, Stan Adams. A former engineer, Stan had been introduced to the club by an existing member.
10:37am Thursday 9th October 2014
Last week's events: On Thursday, I had the pleasure of welcoming more than 20 French students and their teachers to the Town Hall. I showed them around the council chamber (and town hall) and they were given the opportunity to try on the council robes, which they all jumped at. The students were on an exchange programme with Prince Henry’s and it was a pleasure to host them for an hour. On Saturday, I attended the much anticipated ‘Show Time’ concert at the Arts centre in aid of the Bell Tower Appeal. It was a fabulous night of entertainment. Most acts came from the town and the Vale Dancers stood out as a class act along with many others - a great night and helping us ever closer to the £500,000 needed to restore the historic tower. Lastly on Sunday, I had the privilege of attending a service of celebration of NHS Worcestershire Staff at Worcester Cathedral - a grand event for a very important group of people. We often hear of the negative sides of the NHS so I welcomed the opportunity to celebrate the dedication of NHS staff to their jobs often in very difficult circumstances.
9:57am Thursday 9th October 2014
The Christian faith is built upon a foundation of questions: ‘Why are we here?’ ‘Who is God?’ ‘How should I live?’ ‘How can we live in peace and justice?’ And it is through the honest grappling with deep, profound and sometimes disturbing questions that we come to understand our purpose and place within the universe. For hundreds of years through the examination of the Bible, through the experience of living, through the critique of beliefs, and systems, and attitudes understandings have formed that help us to live well, to live lovingly, and to live together as those who are becoming more fully formed human beings. I recently came across Richard Dawkins’ autobiography. Dawkins is, as we all know, as passionate atheist. But, I’ve always been disappointed with his seeming inability to engage with the subtleties and nuances of those with whom he disagrees. A recent review described him, accurately I think, as ‘a monument to unthinking certitude.’ I recognise that we, whichever creed or belief we may adhere to need to continue to think and critique and question our beliefs in order that we may discover how better to live together in peace, justice, and love. There should be no place in the Christian faith for unthinking certitude, and it may be that to our questioning there is no end.
12:32pm Tuesday 7th October 2014
2:25pm Friday 3rd October 2014
2:54pm Thursday 2nd October 2014
The Harvington Jubilee Orchard was officially opened on Friday, September 12 by BBC reporter Bob Hucknell, who then led those assembled on a walk on the mown path over the 4 acre site. Phil Bawn, chairman of the Harvington Trust, expressed his hope that the orchard would not only help to alleviate the flooding caused by run-off, but that the fruit trees would replace some of the lost local heritage as so many fruit trees have been pulled up. Also present were Lynne Duffy, chairman of Wychavon District Council, who expressed pleasure that the project had been a team effort, and Mark Steventon, chairman of Harvington Parish Council, who hoped that everyone living in the village will be able to enjoy the natural open space for years to come.
2:27pm Thursday 2nd October 2014
12:47pm Thursday 2nd October 2014
10:07am Thursday 2nd October 2014
MEMBERS of Pershore WI had a very busy day on Thursday 11th September because their monthly meeting was in the evening following an afternoon celebration with fellow members from the Pershore, Evesham and LRS groups of WIs at St Andrews Hall. A commemorative baton marking the Centenary of the WI has been making its way around the country from Anglesey by various forms of transport and on this day it was brought to Pershore in a convoy of two Morgan cars from Upton on Severn. We celebrated with afternoon tea and competitions inside St Andrews and brass band music in the gardens.
12:16pm Tuesday 30th September 2014
10:02am Tuesday 30th September 2014
3:58pm Monday 29th September 2014
You could have heard a pin drop on Monday September 15, night when more than 120 visitors packed St. James’ church, Bishampton to listen to two eminent military experts talk about the strategic manoeuvres which took place in the Battle of Britain, and the vital part which Bomber Command offensive took in ensuring victory over the Germans.
3:52pm Monday 29th September 2014
On September 11 it was our Harvest Supper and as always we enjoyed a varied buffet, including tempting desserts made by members. An envelope was passed round to collect 'Coins for Friendship' and final arrangements were made for our visit to Harvington Hall the following week.
2:00pm Monday 29th September 2014
12:54pm Monday 29th September 2014
On Monday September 16, members of the Vale of Evesham Civic Society paid a visit to Berkley Castle in Gloucestershire, the home of descendants of the original Berkeley family, who also own Spetchley Park - 6000 acres at Berkeley and a mere 4000 at Spetchley !
12:47pm Monday 29th September 2014
On September 18, 40 members and guests met at the Crawford Hall. At the successful Annual Show in August there had been 119 entries. Cup prize-winners were announced including Annette Haines who won the Andy Cox Rose Bowl for the most points. On September 4 approximately 30 members visited Pump Cottage, a lovely garden in Alvechurch, after which they enjoyed a pub meal.
9:39am Monday 29th September 2014
After the summer break, we were all keen to start the autumn programme, notices were given out and our demonstrator for the evening was Margaret Heal from Bridgwater in Somerset, her title was Garden Delights, she very cleverly used her skills in plant manipulation, bending flowers and leaves and then adding them to her splendid arrangements. Margaret had plenty of tales to tell about her years as a flower arranger and also about her son Nick, who is also a demonstrator, competitions that they had entered against each other, and who got the plant material first as she has a large farm and enormous borders full of Gardeners Delights.
10:50am Friday 26th September 2014
The September Meeting of Bidford on Avon WI was held at The Bidford on Avon Methodist Church. Jerusalem was sung and President, Joan Churchley welcomed everyone. Members were given written information about future events and classes being arranged by the Warwickshire Federation of WIs.
1:09pm Wednesday 24th September 2014
12:46pm Wednesday 24th September 2014
12:43pm Wednesday 24th September 2014
My week started with the ‘Battle of Britain’ service at the Common Wealth War Graves in Waterside Cemetery where I joined a collection of representatives from the RAFA and RBL. It was a poignant service and during the time of reflection, I read the grave stones and to see that most of those buried were between 22 and 25 years of age, really sums up the sacrifice these men made.
10:25am Thursday 18th September 2014
11:43am Monday 15th September 2014
2:05pm Thursday 11th September 2014
1:01pm Thursday 11th September 2014
WE were entertained by Paul from ‘Discover History’. He and Helen started these talks and demonstrations in 2003 having previously worked in the museum service. Their aim is to present History in a relaxed more easily understood way. A humorous commentary and artefacts and anecdotes illustrate their talks. The whole range from Stonehenge to the 1950’s can be catered for talking to schools, clubs and social groups, in fact ours was the third one given that day.
12:35pm Thursday 11th September 2014
12:27pm Thursday 11th September 2014
THE Village Hall was packed beyond standing room only for the Extraordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 2 September, with many villagers watching and listening from outside the hall, as representatives of Gladman gave a presentation of the planned development of the land between Village Street and Ellenden Farm. The developer is proposing to build up to 200 houses on this site. The representatives aimed to allay the fears of the many concerned residents by giving assurances about the research and consultation that had been and would be taking place between them and various statuary bodies. After questioning by members of the Parish Council, questions from the floor were taken and concerns were raised regarding flooding, light pollution, the extra traffic caused by the development, the loss of profitable arable land and the disruption to the adjacent farm and its popular shop and the strain imposed on existing facilities including the school. The developers were unable to give any concrete reassurances to these concerns as they said that these would be worked out during the planning application process, with more consultations taking place in the future. The concerns raised all stemmed from the proposed size of the development, as people acknowledged the need for new homes, but queried the need for 200 (plus the 85 from the other proposed development along Crest Hill.) The fear expressed was that increasing the housing stock of the village by a third in a short space of time would irretrievably change the nature and style of the village community. The Parish Council planned to discuss the proposed development at the next council meeting on 10 September.