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

Book review – “The Shadowy Horses”

“The Shadowy Horses” by Susanna Kearsley

The shadowy horses of the title are the ghost horses which shadow disaster and which the main character is the only one to be aware of.  The story is set on an archaeological dig in an area around Berwick-on-Tweed where they are searching for signs of occupation by the 9th Roman Legion.  There are interesting characters including a young boy with extra-sensory perception, the only one who can see the ghost, but not the only one to be aware of its presence.  The story is part ghost story and part romance, all set around the archaeological dig, with a surprising twist in the tail.  

The general consensus of the group was that this book was well written and enjoyable, a good, light read with interesting archaeological detail. 

Jane

AGM Chairmen’s Report

It doesn’t seem long since our last AGM which had been moved into Jan 2021,after a lockdown from March 2020.

That last 12 months seemed endless, isolating and empty. Our main advantage was that the refurbishment of the hall was completed and with added generosity of the National Lottery we were awarded a further £16,000 to complete new fire doors, ramps and handrails on the right hand side of the hall, new automatic roller shutter in the kitchen, cupboard doors, toilet furniture, installation of Wi-Fi and furnishings.

We have had a very helpful and constant rapport with the National Lottery and at last been able to welcome them to see the final refurbishment and offer our thanks and replica copy of of the stages of building in photograph form provided by Paul Kemp.

Although we weren’t officially open for use until July 2021 we were determined to do our best with reaching out to the community and friends outside! We held coffee mornings outdoors serving in a totally safe covid way, few rambles took place using the walks in the new walk book from St Michaels and Mums and Tots outdoors as well as many group meeting on zoom.

Amazing how soon we started up with as many regular hirers as could manage as we, as committee led events which were fantastic. We began these with a most successful and happy Open Garden weekend in early June. The weather was generous and so were the visitors who visited and supported this event. Most faces present said it all- we were so glad to be back together and enjoying a welcoming atmosphere. Thank you to you all for such enthusiasm.

Following this event with a change of date due to the covid bump was the Beatlefest in august. This was a first but again enjoyable and an eclectic mix of locals and semi professionals. There were some great tributes.

On 17th July 2021 on the hottest day of the year! We finally opened the refurbished village hall. Aptly ribbon cut and opened by our Mayor, Mr. Eric Hudson and the Teme valley band played away in the heat. It was joyful and happy afternoon with a delightful tea served to a room of young and old, happy once more in the hub of the village.

In September we held probably one of the best Quiz nights we have had— the room filled with tables, the Quiz master, Ian Grafton, locally known as the curator of local National trust houses. At a later event in October we attempted yet another variety night with 8 performers singing, dancing, playing instruments and telling jokes. A thoroughly good night. We did however miss the presence of the college students who used to attend and perform with us as do Tenbury town. There is definitely an absence of smiling laughing students around town and the college site now for a good year on!

We have held 9 committee meetings since last AGM latterly in person in the new hall which was such an improvement to zoom call meetings. There are village affairs meetings attached to the hall and of course we have held numerous site meetings during the building work.

We were indebted to information and help from community firsts Worcestershire source, to which we decided to pay a subscription as support is instant and saves us a lot of time researching ‘acres’ lengthy jargon. They have advised throughout with covid instruction and advice on health and safety matters, issues and environment. We have just received 10 first class RSPB bird boxes for the community.

Apart from monthly events, that the committee present, we now have a good mix of regular hirers, as well as those who hire the hall for a party, wake, council and elections, exhibition and presentations. The committee have worked hard on preparing health and safety matters and hiring agreements .We can now provide excellent fire safety doors and exits and updated disabled facilities in doors, exits and toilets.

Our hirers include Jiggy wrigglers, Mums and Tots, Healthy fitness, Zumba, Pilates, Personal Fitness, W.I., Floral Arts, Gardening club, St. Michaels Singers, social dancing, Scottish dancing and an art class starting in the new year.

We also hold a monthly coffee morning, strollers group and a pub night.
Of course not only are you welcome to join or try any of these activities but maybe wish to suggest something new or maybe take the lead on an activity. Flexibility and new ideas are always welcome.

It is especially important to be able to include others not necessarily on the committee, Paul Kemp for his continued photography of the building project and events. Paul has helped fill local newspapers with records of our events. Peter, Eddie, Vernon, Gary and Brian Addis have helped often with staging, chairs, tables and acoustics. Ann Wallis has kept us going with posters at the drop of a hat and Julie has been a great help with advertising in the sword and the weekly blog.

With great heart I wish to say a huge thank you to a great team of individuals who help to make the hall run! I am delighted that all the committee wish to remain for a further year— it is because each and everyone takes part and time at meetings and are prepared to roll their sleeves up at an event or working party and jolly well work as a team! Pat, Geoff, Cherry, Robin, Jane, Mark, Angela, Simon, Ros and Di, Thank you, your support and teamwork is quite unique!!

The village hall is there for us all, please use it when you can. There’s still room for improvement and there are plans a foot to utilise the outside space, improve on kitchen facilities and provide updated performance items.

Thank you for listening, stay close, we need you very much.

Tenbury Gardeners Group

We are now meeting at St Michaels Village Hall, everyone welcome. Our programme for the next two months:

Wednesday November 10th – A talk on ‘Roses’ by Wayne Williams, head gardener at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 7.30 for 8.00pm. Followed by AGM

Wednesday December 8th – Christmas Dinner catered by Phil Gibbs. 7.30 for 8.00pm

We have a full programme of events for 2022. Visitors £2 Annual membership £10. For further details please contact Pam & John 01584 819190 or Philippa 01584 812572

Opening of St Michaels Village Hall

And so — we are here again on a cherished occasion to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished and updated village hall of St. Michaels, Tenbury Wells.

Some of you may remember the dear green corrugated hall which stood on the common in 1942 and then the new site here in 1966. In the late 90’s Eva Grovenor opened the hall with updated editions following in 2012 with added storage to the side of the hall and further refurbishments. And here today in 2021 we have a very updated top notch hall with a new foyer area and toilets, updated disabled facilities, new fire doors and exits, automatic doors, Wi-Fi, an excellent functional space, I hope you will agree.

Involvement and commitment are the two words Stuart and I always stuck by in our many lifetime projects together so hopefully this meaningful project carries this thread with the goodwill of people and a feel good spirit behind.
It was 5 years ago in 2017 when first plans were drawn up and discussed leading into 2018 when various grants were applied for. We needed to match fund and with the hard work and leadership of Stuart and a wonderful committee £30,000 was raised.We needed £96,000!

2019 was frustrating as there were delays with planning being submitted and we were unsure of funding. However on a cold covid miserable day in March, 2020 I received a call from the Lottery offering us £68,200! What a thrill! In more secure times in 2020 we went on to seek builders, sub contractors and awaited tenders. The building was able to start in July 2020. Throughout this 5 years we have had the support of an excellent team of committee members, all as the title says committed and involved. We have had a subcommittee of 4, Mark Brooks, Pat Mutton, Eric Hudson and myself who have regularly met for site meetings with builders, sub contractors and lottery members, once or twice a week.

At the end of 2020 we were concerned that the project had had an unexpected extra cost to rectify the roof and adjoining cavity wall on poorly constructed earlier building and we hadn’t finished the fire doors, exits, ramps and rails plus little extras. We spoke again to our friends in the Lottery, applied and waited. On 1st February this year another happy call came through with an offer of £16,191 to complete the safety requirements we needed to put in place.

I would like to introduce you to Mr. Eric Hudson our Architect and Project manager who has done an excellent job with daily problems and being in daily contact with us and contractors. He will then change his hat half time and turn into Mr. Mayor of Tenbury and will do us the honour of officially opening the new hall.

We are delighted to have Tenbury town band with us today, yourselves and the sunshine, a good memory, Thankyou. R.P.