Book review: The Whispers by Heidi Perks

Graces best friend Anna is missing, She would never leave her husband and son by choice and Grace is beside herself with worry.

Why won’t Anna’s husband call the Police?
What secrets are the other mothers at the school gate hiding?
With each day that passes, Anna’s life is under increasing threat?

This was a tale of manipulation, jealousy and control. It was a gripping thriller, very difficult to put down and kept you on your toes right up into the night. An addictive and thrilling read with an addictive plot.

On the negative side it had a slowness in the middle and inclined to be repetitive but a good plot with a surprising twist and interesting ending!  (Similarities to “Riptide” on the TV at the same time of reading!)

Ros Plested

November Update

We have had a very busy autumn season in the hall with regular hirers and village hall events; the quizzes in sept and oct were both well attended and led by our infamous quiz master , Ian Grafton.

The variety night was one of its best with an audience of 84 and artists from all over! There were 8 performers, in band form, individual, singing, instrumental, story telling, all just providing variety as was when this started at least 10 years ago! Such talent from far and near, a most entertaining evening.

The skittle alley successfully held its first performance at st Michaels, we do hope it will be wanted many times by villagers for hire! It will probably travel to outlying villages whenever needed. The shed men two made this in their spare time and it is indeed a great asset to community events ,provided a great night!

The AGM this year was held on 18th nov, a good meeting, bringing attention to all that happens in this quiet little village and brings our realisation of the importance of small communities, well done to all and our thanks go sincerely to the many who put themselves forward for others! Thankyou again to a very good team of people who do so much for us all.

This years report will tell you much and we look forward to 2023.
Our festive season is upon us, 3rd Dec brings the Light festival which we started during covid times. Hopefully you will walk the lane and enjoy the lights in the village  ending up at the village hall with  mulled wine, mince pies and hand bells!

On the 10th Dec we look forward to the Birmingham university singers returning to sing in church at 6.30pm and again the following day. After the lessons and carols we look forward to welcoming you to the village  xmas dinner in the hall . Please let committee members or me know if you wish for tickets,£20,£10 for children.

There is a lovely crib service on sat 24th Dec at 3.30pm, come and join us and boys and girls come dressed as a shepherd, angel, king, what ever ?

New Years Day we look forward to going for a walk! Meeting at little Hereford Church car park, we shall meet up at our v hall for a bring and share lunch at 2.30pm then we can all go home and put our feet up by the wood burner!

Many thanks for those who kindly came to my bit of a do!,it has helped to make a special 50 years of memories as best anyone can,stuart would be so grateful for your kindness and fantastic support.

Christmas blessings to you all.

Chairperson’s Report to AGM

In the past year almost exactly to date we can honestly report “a back to near  normal” run of the village hall with weekly/monthly hirers and village hall events. We have been  officially open well over a year from July 2021 and as well as local events we have opened the doors to a varied audience of people wishing to hire the hall for dinners, children and adults parties, venus for AGM’s and special celebratory occasions, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s anniversaries, funerals, christenings and dinner dances. Functions are generally supported by the additional hire of the bar facilities.

It was good to be able to resume our festive celebrations  following the previous year. We welcomed the Birmingham University students back and held our Christmas village dinner as well as an outdoor light festival. The year has then progressed with an opening to many events, in January we all enjoyed a murder mystery which included Tina and Peter Coles most amazing sound effects,a skittles night, an Easter bingo night and a visit from Live and Local presenting George Egg-the amazing chef who cooks a splendid meal using garage tools!

In June we as a village celebrated the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebration, the longest reigning monarch as we have ever known. We held a 50’s night which was fun and so in keeping, the following day after a service of thanksgiving in church we had an extraordinary number of families turn up for a shared indoor street party with a wonderful cake competition, singing and a most able Morris dancing troop. A weekend to remember.

In September we held a most successful Quiz night with the infamous Ian Grafton as Quiz master-we were thrilled that this bought in 74 visitors. Another variety night followed, with excellent acts and artists-varied in every way.some 84 very happy audience left that night. The community have now an excellent skittle alley made by the Shedmen. It was christened on 4th November – it looks as though it will be a popular piece of kit to hire for all sorts, we look forward to many skittle evenings.

We have continued to run some enjoyable and busy coffee mornings, one being for Macmillan charity but unfortunately we have given the pub evenings a good try before calling it a day! We have held a walk/ramble in each season of the year and enjoyed some new places on our doorstep, Tenbury ramblers and other walkers have used the car park as a start and finish for their rambles, kindly paying a small amount for parking.

The hall has continued to focus on the garden project-by moving the shed, clearing the play area and fitting decorative panels, resurfacing the stone and providing some log stools.There is a pleasant area for children to play and for us to sit in the evening sun. Ten bird boxes went up in spring around the village, thank you to the R S P B.

A second project waiting in the wings is to aid performance. A large screen, projector and speakers are ready to be installed and we look forward to starting a film evening very soon. We are looking at electric car charging points with captor energy, we were fortunate to receive a grant from the government and a small amount from Malvern Hills. We have received help in the form of 45 percent towards organising and planning of the pond by the silver tree., This comes from Natural Networks.The plan would be to clear out the pond and afterwards to maintain it each year.

Thus there is a business plan in the making; this village hall is being used on a good regular basis and we need to be looking at the building, maintaining repairs, considering new kitchen equipment, decoration and looking after the property——it is a big house——it has a lot of bills for heating, insurance, fire and safety checks and equipment.

We have held approx 10 committee meetings this year, sub committees for maintenance, affairs which deals with the pond management and telephone box and ongoing projects. We have had help and share ideas from neighbouring village halls as well as continue to use the services of community first for information on village halls, grants, health and safety issues and latest opportunities available for community.

Our resident hirers, weekly or monthly include an art class, St. Michaels Singers, a fitness class, zumba, Scottish dancing, garden club, mums and tots, Womens Institute and Floral Arts.

We are highly honoured and appreciative of the extra help we have received from you all and wouldn’t exist supporting the hall without the endless help of others — Vernon Albert has helped us a lot with the garden projects, a volunteer dad from mums and tots too. Peter Crownshaw and John Rielly have helped with the stage, Peter made us a couple of super planters. Margaret Rogers kindly helps us with extra car parking spaces in her field. Paul Kemp has kept the photo gallery going with updated events. Brian Addis comes a good distance to help with sound systems. Ann Wallace helps provide up and coming poster ideas. Julie Cook and Mark Brooks help keep the weekly blog, sword and advertising generally flowing. Ann Lewis does a great job with the weekly cleaning. Yourselves for endless stacking chairs and tables plus supporting the activities of the hall.

“I never fail to be amazed by people”, a pet  statement of mine! The village hall committee are amazing! Their curriculum vitae — ability to give input and ideas, to carry out duties, work as a team, a doer and take turns to make the tea!

I am proud and delighted to have worked with Cherry, Robin, Pat, Geoff, Jane, Mark, Di, Gary, Simon and Ros. If I explained their roles and services they have performed this year we would be here till next week. They all put in an enormous amount of time into this hall and because of involvement and commitment and working together hasn’t appeared to be a burden. We are sorry to be loosing Ros Baylis this year, but she has kindly offered to still take care of the coffee morning rota.

With your permission I am happy to proceed with a further year as chair and do my best to serve as best I can with such a great team. Thank you to you all and others in the village for your interest and attendance in a number of events thus using the hall and its facilities. We are always ready to hear of new ideas, classes or events, please come forward with them.

Thank you for listening and being here, we all need one another in this climate, stay close, we need you very much!

Ros Plested

September Update

Macmillan biggest cup of coffee morning

A big thank you to all who attended and supported the Macmillan Coffee Morning which we held on our monthly coffee morning,16th September, a cheerful morning with lovely cakes to buy and eat, bric-a-brac and produce! A competition to guess how many sprinklers there were on Colin the caterpillar cake and a hub of lovely friends popping in!
This resulted in being able to send a cheque for £280 to Macmillan cancer research. THANK YOU TO YOU All !!

Quiz Night

The Quiz night on 16th September was full of interesting questions, very gripping and cleverly presented by Ian Grafton, the curator of the National trust! Also a lead in the folk group, The Rotundas.
74 folk came along and 15 tables enjoyed good food, a good quiz and an excellent bar.

Condolences for Our Queen

Thank you to all who popped in and called by to fill the book of condolences in for our wonderful Queen Elizabeth II.

This is being forwarded on and we are so pleased and proud to have been able to commemorate the Platinum jubilee earlier in the year at our very small corner of St. Michaels. Hope you had an amazing day watching the funeral on 19th September, a historical day we will never forget, can still hear those boys marching  and see the pageantry and colour for miles.
Also a reminder that who ever we are we come into the world with nothing and leave with nothing!

Autumn

Shall we switch it on or switch it off? Today we put the heating on and realised that in the heat of summer we had the air con on so lots of cool air blowing! Don’t worry we changed it over and the heat came zooming through, hurray!

Variety night

An amazing variety of acts and entertainment awaits in the annual Variety night on sat 22nd October, tickets are £10 to include a ploughman’s supper. Please get tickets from committee members when you can, its a popular evening.

Events in November

Friday 4th November, a skittles evening, great fun. Tickets £10 to include bangers and mash.
A.G.M. on Friday 18th November followed by a curry night. Maybe you would like to join the committee this year, excellent group of people who I can only say work so well together. Let me know if you would like to join us?

Christmas events to follow as well as news about films showing in the hall.

Ros Plested

Village Hall Update

Following our busy Platinum celebrations, we have continued to have a reasonably quiet time as far as village events go! However Summer always seems to take care of itself and we all need time in our gardens, homes and catching up with visits at home and abroad.

Our summer has been a relatively good one extreme heat and outside living. Our recent village hall meeting brought forward many ideas for events and projects within the village most in the planning scheme.

Our weekly events:

  • Monday — Art group a.m.
  • Tuesday — Fitness a.m., St. Michaels singers p.m.
  • Wednesday — Mums and Tots a.m., Scottish dancing p.m.
  • Thursday — Zumba a.m., Social dancing p.m.

Our monthly events:

  • Monday — Tenbury Floral Art group p.m.
  • Wednesday — Tenbury Gardening club p.m.
  • Thursday — St. Michaels Women’s Institute p.m.
  • Friday — Coffee morning a.m.

Please let us know if you would like more information on any of these activities and we will put you in touch with the organiser or visit the ‘What’s On page on our website.

The village hall has a planned programme well into 2023 starting with a Quiz Night on 16th September. Tables of 4/5, please book your table, £5 a head to include light refreshments.

  • 23rd September — An Autumn walk
  • 22nd October — Variety Night, some excellent performers for your entertainment! Tickets-£10 a head to include a ploughman’s
  • 4th November — Skittles night, £10 a head to include Sausage and mash
  • 18th November — Annual General meeting, to include a curry
  • 3rd December — Light festival
  • 10th December — Carol service and village Xmas meal
  • 15th and 16th December — Christmas Crackers by St Michaels Singers
  • 31st December — New Years eve party
  • 1st January — New Years day walk and shared lunch
  • 31st March — Live and local
  • 3rd and 4th June — OPEN gardens weekend
  • 1st July — Midsummer Madness Dinner/Dance

With autumn and winter approaching and the threat of high prices of fuel and food, let us know if you have any ideas where we can share warm spaces together and any ideas you have with sharing space and time and saving a few pennies, in doing so avoiding isolation and loneliness! Thankyou!!

Village Hall committee

Pint Glasses

We have some Pint glasses which are surplus to our needs, and are “free to a good home”! If anyone would like some, please give Geoff Mutton a call on 01584 819875 to check availability and collection. Please make contact before Sept 7th, otherwise remaining glasses will go to recycling.

Village Hall Update

Following our busy Platinum celebrations, we have continued to have a reasonably quiet time as far as village events go! However Summer always seems to take care of itself and we all need time in our gardens, homes and catching up with visits at home and abroad.

Our summer has been a relatively good one extreme heat and outside living. Our recent village hall meeting brought forward many ideas for events and projects within the village most in the planning scheme.

Our weekly events:

  • Monday — Art group a.m.
  • Tuesday — Fitness a.m., St. Michaels singers p.m.
  • Wednesday — Mums and Tots a.m., Scottish dancing p.m.
  • Thursday — Zumba a.m., Social dancing p.m.

Our monthly events:

  • Monday — Tenbury Floral Art group p.m.
  • Wednesday — Tenbury Gardening club p.m.
  • Thursday — St. Michaels Women’s Institute p.m.
  • Friday — Coffee morning a.m.

Please let us know if you would like more information on any of these activities and we will put you in touch with the organiser or visit the ‘What’s On’ page on our website.

The village hall has a planned programme well into 2023 starting with a Quiz Night on 16th September. Tables of 4/5, please book your table, £5 a head to include light refreshments.

  • 23rd September — An Autumn walk
  • 22nd October — Variety Night, some excellent performers for your entertainment! Tickets-£10 a head to include a ploughman’s
  • 4th November — Skittles night, £10 a head to include Sausage and mash
  • 18th November — Annual General meeting, to include a curry
  • 3rd December — Light festival
  • 10th December — Carol service and village Xmas meal
  • 15th and 16th December — Christmas Crackers by St Michaels Singers
  • 31st December — New Years eve party
  • 1st January — New Years day walk and shared lunch
  • 31st March — Live and local
  • 3rd and 4th June — OPEN gardens weekend
  • 1st July — Midsomer Madness Dinner/Dance

With autumn and winter approaching and the threat of high prices of fuel and food, let us know if you have any ideas where we can share warm spaces together and any ideas you have with sharing space and time and saving a few pennies, in doing so avoiding isolation and loneliness! Thankyou!!

Village Hall committee

Cadmore Planning Appeal

To those interested in the planning permission appeal for 25 lodges at Cadmore: If you wish to make further written comments concerning the appeal, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you MUST DO SO by 5th July 2022.You can comment by going onto the planning inspectorate portal or by emailing west2@planninginspectorate.gov.uk

Or you can send three copies to:

The Planning Inspectorate,
3C,Temple Quay House,
2 The SquareTemple Quay,
Bristol BS1 6PN

In all emails or correspondence, please quote the Planning Inspectorate reference number: APP/J1860/W/21/327333 and the Local Authority reference: 20/01034/OUT

The appeal hearing is on Tuesday July 25th at 10am. You can go in person or join a zoom type link. We are sending 2 representatives to read a statement, one from Berrington Green residents (Richard Connolly) and one from the general area (Simon Wallace). If you have any comments that should be brought up in these statements please email them to me asap.

But don’t miss the deadline of next Tuesday 5th July to send in your comments.

Book Review – “Persuasion by Jane Austen”

“Persuasion” is the story of Anne, daughter of Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall who, at the age of 19, was persuaded by her godmother to renounce her fiancée, commander Frederick Wentworth, because he had no fortune and no prospects.  He returns to the area several years later having become a wealthy captain and, seeking a bride.

Jane Austen’s characters are wittily described, from Sir Walter’s ridiculous vanity and his elder daughter’s snobbery to the youngest, married daughter’s dissatisfaction with her life and consequent hypochondria.

Most of the readers said they found the writing very old fashioned and tedious to read although once they were involved they liked the story, but much preferred the television play to the book.

Jane

Book Review – Tightrope by Simon Mawer

Simon Mawer’s latest spy thriller is set in post-war England. The main character, Marian Sutro, a tough, resourceful heroine, arrives back from France having been betrayed and imprisoned in a German Concentration Camp. Emaciated and traumatised, she tries to return to some semblance of her old life. But the past is never far behind and soon, associates and lovers from the past creep back and the allure of intrigue is too strong to resist.

Tightrope is a complex story of a strong woman who has to make some difficult choices, questioning where her loyalty lies. Who knows what and who is telling the truth? Is it OK to do bad things for a good cause?

Our group felt that this was a real page turner filled with tension and questions. All the characters, although flawed, leapt from the page, wanting to be heard. We are all fans of this excellent author.

Pat