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.
11:24am Thursday 11th September 2014
10:21am Thursday 11th September 2014
10:07am Thursday 11th September 2014
9:48am Thursday 11th September 2014
11:37am Monday 8th September 2014
3:24pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014
1:37pm Wednesday 27th August 2014
12:57pm Wednesday 27th August 2014
1:37pm Friday 15th August 2014
11:59am Tuesday 12th August 2014
11:44am Tuesday 12th August 2014
11:01am Monday 11th August 2014
11:10am Monday 4th August 2014
1:37pm Tuesday 29th July 2014
12:22pm Monday 28th July 2014
2:51pm Thursday 24th July 2014
10:22am Thursday 24th July 2014
PERSHORE Rotary Club President Alan Fulton ended his year in style at Dumbleton Hall with a rocking send off from FOG - Four Old Geezers, three of whom are in Rotary including new President Malcolm Haden.
1:17pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014
11:36am Thursday 17th July 2014
THE July 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.
11:41am Wednesday 16th July 2014
THE War Memorial situated in Bishampton is fairly unique in that it commemorates not only those village men who served and gave their lives in World War I, but also those that served and returned home – plus the only casualty from the village in World War II. There also appear to be several additional names that could or should have been included.
10:24am Wednesday 16th July 2014
10:54am Thursday 10th July 2014
9:45am Thursday 10th July 2014
9:37am Thursday 10th July 2014
1:31pm Monday 7th July 2014
9:37am Friday 4th July 2014
3:22pm Thursday 3rd July 2014
COME along to the next monthly WI Lite Stratford (WILS) meeting on Tuesday, July 8 at The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford where we will be joined by a guest speakers Margaret and Eugene Schellenberg to talk to members about the Ifakara Bakery Project in Tanzania.
2:55pm Thursday 3rd July 2014
1:21pm Thursday 3rd July 2014
GLORIOUS. That one word summed up Bishampton’s sumptuous Open Gardens event on Sunday , June22. The weather was glorious, the gardens and cream teas were glorious and the stunning floral displays in St James’ Church were especially glorious.
12:09pm Thursday 3rd July 2014
11:01am Thursday 3rd July 2014
3:01pm Thursday 26th June 2014
10:03am Thursday 26th June 2014
12:49pm Wednesday 25th June 2014
4:04pm Saturday 21st June 2014
The Summer Ball held on Saturday June 7 at the Villages Hall chalked up yet another success for the Friends of St James charity, with a welcome boost to funds which exceeded all expectations in reaching in excess of £1,300. Over eighty people enjoyed the sell-out event with a hot and cold buffet and dancing to local band ‘Hot Fingers’.
12:57pm Saturday 21st June 2014
This being our Open Meeting President Val Davies welcomed all members who had travelled to be with us this evening from the Worcestershire area of W.I's. Business was kept to a minimum and the introduction of our speaker for the evening was Mrs Stella Mitchell along with her husband who between them run a large Museum containing both large and small articles dating back many years. Stella had brought along many small items which no doubt reminded many of us ladies of our youth and the sort of clothes that we once had to wear as small children. Amongst many of the articles which Stella was showing us reminded many of us of the clothes we had to endure but of course we knew of nothing better. There was much laughter at some of the articles as Stella informed us of the many amusing items and their usage. Stella could not refuse anything and scoured many car boots and various venues looking and searching for interesting pieces. There was much laughter when she produced a knitted swimming costume which of course once the wearer was in the water it filled up with sea water and would probably come down to the wearers knees. She does not throw anything away and still has a complete tin of Rivita Biscuits unopened for many years and completely intact. Her love of childrens old toys are something that Stella enjoys finding and adding to her collection as well as a complete range of household goods which date back many years. What a splendid evening it had been and enjoyed by all.
8:54am Saturday 21st June 2014
The June 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.
3:50pm Friday 20th June 2014
Vale of Evesham Childbirth Trust are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to run their local breastfeeding Mothers Group, the group is aimed at Mums with bumps and prewalking babies. The Group has recently started at the Children’s Centre in Broadway from 10.30am to 12.30pm and runs on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, contact Sally Earley for more details.
10:46am Friday 20th June 2014
What a fantastic day we had for the Bretforton Open Gardens which took place on Sunday June 1. The gardens looked stunning, the weather was lovely and around 400 visitors enjoyed a great day out. We were very grateful to the 11 Garden Owners for all their hard work in making the event happen and to all of those who helped out on the day, it was well worth while. A share of the proceeds will be going to Midlands Air Ambulance and the Bretforton First School Eco Garden.
9:31am Friday 20th June 2014
In June, in a packed WI hall, our members were treated to a demonstration from our local butcher, Rob Walker, whose expertise with a lamb carcass and a couple of chickens had to be seen to be believed. A rapid manouevre with his steel and his knives were sharp enough to produce lots of juicy cuts. Rob boned, rolled and sliced until his trays were full of joints of meat, some we knew, such as, legs, breast, shoulder and chops from the lamb and some new to us. Butterflied leg of lamb, which was quick to cook, a floppy boned chicken, just waiting to be stuffed and where to find a chicken's goujons, were just a few. He was full of tips and seasonal advice for the BBQ answering all of our queries. Then Rob finished on a high with a Crown Roast of Lamb, leaving us, literally, hungry for more.
8:01am Friday 20th June 2014
For this months talk we did not have "to go down to the woods" the Teddy Bears came to us with Janis Waldron who gave us an informative talk on the history of the Teddy Bear which in 2012 was a 110 years old. The first manufacturer was Steiff founded in the 1800's who first made elephants clothing and stuffed toys, Janis told us how the style of bear developed and how at a 1902 trade fair no bears were sold, but later an American company ordered 3,000 for sale in the USA. The well known connection of Teddy Roosevelt out hunting drawn in a cartoon with a "Teddy Bear" in the corner started at the same time. We were told how Jeremy Clarkson's mother designed Paddington Bear and others did such as Pudsey Bear Winnie the Pooh etc. The price of special bears is amazing rising over the years to £130,000 in year 2000 for a Happy Bear by Steiff. Janis was thanked by Edward Hird for bringing all her "friends" and giving us a memory prompting talk
2:56pm Thursday 19th June 2014
MAY was a busy month at imaGine. We were honoured to be asked to host the Mayor Making After Party on May 12 for the new Mayor of Evesham Charlie Homer. The evening proved a great success with the guests enjoying a delicious buffet provided by local Charity Working World whilst being entertained by musician Grif Collins.