Good Friday Crafts 2018

Many children, parents, carers and volunteer helpers came together at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School for this, our annual children’s Easter craft session.

In addition to Easter Gardens, many seasonal crafts were on offer for all to enjoy, and delicious refreshments were served throughout the morning.

Thank you to everyone involved for your help during the session, and for making this event so enjoyable.

Christingle Collection Candles

We would like to thank all families at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School for their generous support in fundraising for the Children’s Society during November in preparation for our Christingle celebrations.

We managed to raise a fantastic £87 which helps further the charities work with underprivileged children.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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April’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

April’s Draw (The first draw in this series)

April’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Sally Jones rolled the dice on 6th April to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result, the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winners are Mr and Mrs J Redfern of Knighton (Draw no 635)
The £30 winner is Mrs C Turner of Knighton (Draw no 659)
The £20 winner is Suellen Johnson of Eastham (Draw no 296)

You are still able to join this series – please contact your local co-ordinator or Robin Dean on 01886 853 295 or at robin.c.dean@gmail.com if you wish to join.

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Easter Message from Bishop Graham

On Sunday, millions of Christians around the world will be celebrating Easter. At the heart of this festival are the astonishing words, “He is Risen!”

These words changed the course of history, beginning with a small group of women and men who had lived alongside Jesus, and spreading out to the corners of the world.

The Resurrection of Jesus comes after our forty day observance of Lent, with its fasting and self-reflection, and our journey through the events and horrors of Holy Week.

We’ve journeyed with Jesus through the abuses of religious and political power and witnessed again the travesty of the injustices he faced and the fear that brought.

Much of this time has been overshadowed by the crisis that has developed since the use of a Russian nerve agent on the streets of our country. In this despicable act of injustice, it seems likely that today’s political power has been abused with all of the fear that engenders.

Fear also stalks people in our communities who, far from just about managing, are facing a daily Good Friday world with its slow death of potential, health, esteem and hope.

Easter doesn’t hide from these daily realities, but witnesses to God in Jesus bringing life out of death, transforming darkness into light, turning fear into tomorrow’s joy, and longing for hopelessness to become hopefulness. Easter is about discovering this life in abundance.

When we allow the Easter light to shine through the cracks in our lives, and the Easter song to be sung in our communities, we begin to experience God’s healing, restoration and reconciliation. Finding life in all of its abundance.

Many centuries ago, St Augustine of Hippo, proclaimed “We are an Easter People and Hallelujah is our Song!” Now, that’s a song worth discovering and singing – Happy Easter!

Rt Revd Graham Usher
The Bishop of Dudley

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Letter from Bishop John for April

… doubling as an Easter Message.

The fact that the date of Easter varies from year from year is an irritation to many in today’s secular world. It means nothing to them that it is set by the date of Passover, the commemoration of the People of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, which itself is celebrated at the first full moon after the Spring Equinox on 21 March.

To me, it seems fortunate that, though the date of Easter falls on a different date every year, we live in a part of the world where it is always in spring, the season when we are reminded of the pattern of death and resurrection by the natural world. Everything bursts into new life at just the time that we are celebrating the new and eternal life of Jesus risen from the tomb. The vivid and bright greens of the hedgerows together with the radiant yellow of the daffodils combine with the chorus of songbirds to proclaim that the reign of winter is ended and life is bursting forth anew.

This should surely be an indication to us that death and resurrection are built into the nature of things. We see the pattern all around us just as we see it in all its fullness on the stage of human history in the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord. We should also expect to find it reflected in our own experience.

New life has burst into my life in the most wonderful way during the last few months as a result of my relationship with and marriage to H-J. It came after a long period of what I have described as a wilderness, a period of distress and sadness following bereavement.

My hope and prayer for all of us this Easter is that, even if we feel trapped in what feels like an enduring experience of pain and dereliction, we shall have faith that love will triumph; that resurrection life is waiting round the corner for all of us. May we know deep within our hearts that resurrections will follow crucifixion as sure as spring follows winter, as sure as day follows night. May we know that death will not have the last word but that life and love will prevail.

Rt Revd Dr John Inge
The Bishop of Worcester

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March’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

March’s Draw (The twelfth and final draw in this series)

March’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Sally Jones rolled the dice on 6th March to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result, the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winner is June Axford of Pensax (Draw no 370)
The £30 winner is Tony Williams of Lindridge (Draw no 145)
The £20 winner is David and Jean Harrison of Eastham (Draw no 262)

A new series starts in April. Full details are given here. If you have not yet been contacted by your local co-ordinator, please contact them, or Robin Dean on 01886 853 295 or at robin.c.dean@gmail.com.

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Letter from the Bishop of Dudley for March

God’s work

Have you noticed that when you turn the pages of scripture people are often described by the job they do? Abraham was a herdsman, Noah was a farmer, David was a shepherd, the first disciples of Jesus where commercial fishermen, Matthew was a tax collector and Lydia was a merchant. Amongst other occupations, we meet doctors, tent-makers, perfumers, cooks, domestic servants, millers, sailors, prostitutes, shopkeepers and builders. Jesus, who grew up in and around the family carpentry business, kept speaking of the world of work in his parables – farmers sowing seeds, women making bread or cleaning the house, and labourers in the vineyard. Work is all around.

In January I attended an event celebrating the 350th anniversary of Old Swinford Hospital School in Stourbridge. The guest speaker was the Bank of England’s Chief Economist, Andrew Haldane, and he explored the rise of the robots and what this would mean for the future of work. Apparently further advances in computers may well mean that we don’t need 95% of today’s accountants, but teachers are harder to replace; we’ll perhaps only lose 1% of them! I failed to ask for his prediction about clergy!

Andrew Haldane was clear that we can trace major changes and trends in the job market back to the industrial revolution. Innovation and ideas have kept changing the need for different jobs and this will continue. He suggested that our challenge for the future of work is to be one step ahead of the machines by preparing people to work in areas that machines will find it hard to replicate. This means that creativity and the ability to think outside the box, as well as emotional intelligence and social skills, will all have a key place in the world of work.

It strikes me that the journey of Christian discipleship equips people very well in many of these future areas. In following God we are drawn into being co-workers for his Kingdom. God is always opening us up to the possibility of seeing things in his way, not following the crowd, but being open to new ideas and seeking to mend the world. Prayer draws us into the slip-stream of God’s wonder and transformation, seeing the needs of our neighbours and those the world wishes to leave behind. And our churches are social places where generations mix and learn together.

Jesus compared the work of building his Kingdom to the manual labour of those working in the fields, to the fishermen out all night and to the ownership of a vineyard. The workers bring in their offering of grain and fish and grapes to create a feast. As we prepare for Holy Communion we offer the work of human hands, taking kneaded and baked bread, and squeezed and fermented grape juice, together with our whole selves, our work, our joys, our sadness and struggles. We offer back to God in thanksgiving for what we receive. This is what St Benedict called Opus Dei, the work of God, to which we are all called to contribute.

Bishop Graham

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Teme Valley Tote: The new series starts in April

Why is it important to the Churches?

It is a fairly painless way to raise money for the Churches. The series ending in March 2018 will have raised £3,120 (£3,235 in 2016/17) for the Churches and will have paid out £1,200 to 36 lucky subscribers.

How does it work?

Anyone is able to subscribe. We encourage new subscribers and old subscribers wishing to increase their stake. You pay £10 per ticket and for this you are entered in a draw each month (that’s 83p per draw) for 12 months (April to March). The monthly prizes are £50, £30 and £20. A number of people have multiple tickets (in several cases, 10 each!). What usually happens is that someone buys a ticket or several for each of their family members.

How is the money collected?

In each of the areas involved, there are Local Co-ordinators who collect and consolidate the subscriptions. If you wish to take part and you have not been approached by your Co-ordinator by the end of March, you should contact them or Robin Dean, the Tote Organiser (01886 853 295 or robin.c.dean@gmail.com). If you would like to assist in the collections, please contact your local Co-ordinator, they will welcome your assistance.

The local Co-ordinators are as follows:

Eastham Celia Adams
Knighton Sheila Hardiman and Duane Hubbard
Lindridge Mary Walker
Pensax Val Grainger
Stanford Alexandra Winnington
Stockton Sandra Jabbett
Stoke Bliss and Kyre Margaret Yarnold

Standing Orders

A number of people in the past have set up standing orders (either on paper or via the internet) – you are encouraged to do this. Those who have existing standing orders need do nothing further – Robin will contact you should there be any problem with the payment. Standing order forms are available from here. Alternatively, Robin can supply you with paper copies or e-mail you the form. You can also use the account details on the form to set up a payment electronically.

Queries?

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact Robin Dean on 01886 853 295 or at robin.c.dean@gmail.com.

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Clows Top and District Gardening Club 2018

If you’re not a member then come along and join us at one of our monthly meetings. It’s a great opportunity for you to share your thoughts, ideas and advice with other members.

We have a great programme of speakers as well as evening visits to local gardens.

Our Garden Club has a very friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcome. Don’t be afraid to come along, we are a garden club not a horticulture society, the membership is only £10 pa. However, non-members are welcome to any monthly meeting.

Clows Top and District Gardening Club meet on the 4th Wednesday in the calendar month at Clows Top Victory Hall; Doors open 7.30pm, for the speaker at 8 o’clock.

Admission Fee: Members £2 or Non-Members £4.

Free Refreshments. Magazine swop. Flower of the Month Competition.

For further details telephone Marion Wilson on 01299 270 475 or e-mail clowstopdistrictgardeningclub@hotmail.co.uk.

2018 Programme
 
24th January, Bees, David Mills
28th February, Shelsley Herbs & Flowers, Kate Hurst
28th March, Spring Show, Inter-Club Quiz
25th April, Gardening for Wildlife, Chris Edwards
12th May (Sat), Plant Sale, 10am – 12 noon
23rd May, Creating a Year Round Garden, Malcolm Mollart
27th June, Rose & Sweet Pea Show, Cottage Gardens, Ian Nex
25th July, Teabags, Bras & Tights, Darren Rudge (BBC Local Radio)
18th August (Sat), Clows Top Show
22nd August, Top Tips for Your Garden, Tamsin Westhorpe
26th September, Autumn Show, Wyre Forest
24th October, Flowers of the Teme Valley, Stephanie Mocroft
28th November, AGM & Members Evening
 
23rd January 2019, Garden Designing, Judy Knight

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Pensax Thrift Shop 2018

Spring is just around the corner! Pensax Thrift Shop opens its doors again at 9am on Wednesday 7 March, so if you’re aiming to simplify your life by de-cluttering or want to find a new home for your no-longer-needed items, then bring them in to sell at Thrift Shop.

Just to remind you, our stalls sell new or ‘new to you’ clothes, household linens, bric-a-brac, toys and books. We welcome clean items in good condition, and we keep just 10% of the selling price for hall funds. We also sell plants, produce, baked goods and preserves.

A friendly welcome awaits you so, even if you have nothing to sell, why don’t you call in to see what’s on offer and, hopefully, pick up some bargains. Remember, everything at Thrift Shop is very reasonably priced. Or simply come for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.

From March to December we are open every Wednesday morning 9-11.15am at Pensax Village Hall on the B4202 and we look forward to seeing you.

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Annual Christmas Crafts and Christingle 2017

On Saturday 9th December, children, parents, carers and volunteer helpers gathered at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School for this annual celebration. A great social event with the community coming together (in spite of the weather!), as we prepared for the festive season ahead.

As well as preparing and talking about the symbolic meaning of the Christingle, many other crafts were on offer for all to enjoy, including wreath decorating, Nativity lanterns, stencil painting, snowflakes, crackers, Christmas cards, scratch art, and much more. Delicious refreshments were served throughout the afternoon.

We gathered for our Christingle Praise led by Reverend Ted Whittaker, with song, dance, prayer, reflection and poem. Lights were dimmed and candles lit, as we passed the light of Christ on to our families, neighbours and friends.

Thank you for all your generosity and kind donations received in the collection candles distributed to all school families during November. All monies are handed on to the Children’s Society to further their work with underprivileged children. Total sum collected will be reported shortly.

Thank you also to all those involved helping in so many different ways during the afternoon, making this event so successful.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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Eardiston Footbridge

Do you remember this Bridge?

It spanned the A443 in Eardiston up until the 1960s and connected Eardiston House to the Pleasure Gardens on the opposite side of the road. The locals of the day claimed that Princess Victoria once walked across the bridge to play a game of tennis. Since that day the bridge had fallen into disrepair and was also in the way of new road widening schemes.

After much deliberation, it was purchased by a Dr D.H. Edmundson and transported to Huddington Court just outside Droitwich. It was re-erected as a feature spanning the moat around Huddington Court where it still stands today.

Very recently Mr Edmundson, grandson of the former, also of Huddington Court, contacted TVN about the history of the bridge and as a result, Janet Marks and I were invited to visit the bridge in its new home.

It was a perfect autumn day when we went to Huddington Court, a beautiful 15th Century Manor House surrounded by lovely gardens and a moat, and there, in a new coat of gleaming white paint was Eardiston Bridge.

We couldn’t resist the invitation to walk over the bridge and stand for a while thinking of its history and Janet shared some of her memories of its time in Eardiston.

Below are some of the photos we took.

Do you have any stories of Eardiston bridge or any old photos? We would love to share them, please contact the webmaster who will put you in touch with either Janet or myself.

Dianne Smith

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You can find an article on the history of the footbridge written by Derek Marks here.

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Toddler Group Update

The Lindridge Baby and Toddler Group is a church-run baby and toddler group that meets at Lindridge Parish Hall each Thursday morning during term time from 9.30 am to 11 am. If you have children between 0 and 5 years, please do come and join us for fun activities and to make some new friends.

Thanks to Nicky, the children recently enjoyed making bird feeders by covering paper tubes with lard (you can also use peanut butter) and rolling them in birdseed. The tray of birdseed had entertainment value of its own as the children used it to fill containers, and decorate the floor!

There will be the usual Christmas crafts in December and our special visitor; please do come and join us. There is a charge of £1.50 for each family for each session attended. If you have any questions, please contact Vickie at lindridgetoddlers@gmail.com or 01584 881 086.

The last session in December will be Thursday 14th and we return in the new year on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Come and enjoy some fun and fellowship – no need to book, just come along!

Vickie & team

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Pensax Thrift Shop

Pensax Thrift Shop will close its doors for the winter break at 11am on Wednesday 6 December. We would be very grateful if customers could collect any of their remaining items by this date as we are unable to store anything over the winter.

Thank you to our volunteers for their hard work over the year and to all our customers for their continued support. Even after over forty years of trading, Pensax Thrift Shop continues to offer a local outlet for you to sell those no-longer-needed items – and you never know what useful and unexpected bargains you may find in any of its departments!

May we wish everyone a Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you when we re-open for our 2018 season on Wednesday 7 March at 9am.

Pauline Briggs

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Liz Whitehead, Pastoral Worker ALM

On Sunday 10th September, Liz Whitehead was awarded her ALM Certificate as a Pastoral Worker by Bishop John at the Celebration of Authorised Lay Ministry in the Cathedral.

She is pictured here with Bishop Graham.

Liz will be Authorised at a local service soon.

Well done Liz!


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St Lawrence Clubs at Lindridge CE Primary School

In addition to the long running popular weekly lunchtime club, in January we were delighted to be able to offer a second club to run as an after school activity, which has been well supported. We’ve had a busy term, with stories, games, song, dance, creative prayer, praise and fun activities for the children to enjoy.

We explored many stores about Bible heroes based on Old Testament heroes. Such as David and Goliath, reflecting on David’s courage, not forgetting David the Psalm writer, looking at many of the Psalms he had written. Ruth, thinking about how we can be part of God’s family too, as Ruth chose to be. And Elijah, a faithful servant of God who was fed by the Ravens during a period of drought.

During the summer term we celebrated Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit. We talked about the gift of the Holy Spirit and the different gifts that have been given to each and every one of us. We had fun trying to speak in different languages as the disciples did at Pentecost. We talked about the Trinity and enjoyed many craft activities, including making a Banner showing the Fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Finally, as time came close to saying farewell to year six, the children prepared prayers, special Prayer Boxes, and made beautiful Cross Mosaics to pass on as keepsakes.

Special thanks go to all volunteers for their help and support at both lunchtime and after school clubs.

We look forward to meeting once again in the autumn term.

Liz Whitehead, Children’s Worker
Sallie Butcher, Assistant Curate

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Emma raises money for Breast Cancer Haven

Emma Pickersgill, from Eardiston, has now raised more than £250 by cutting 12 inches off her long hair for the Worcester branch of the Breast Cancer Haven charity, which is based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

You can read all about it on the Worcester News website here.

If you’d like to support Emma with a donation, you can do so via her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emmascutoff

Click here to find out more about the work of Breast Cancer Haven, Worcester.

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News from St Lawrence Church, Lindridge

Christian Aid

On May 20th Lindridge hosted a Sung Choral Evensong to support Christian Aid. Eleven people joined the choir and the worship and singing was wonderful – thank you to both Martin and Jason for leading the choir. Our thanks also to Sarah Lupton who organised the event and raised £100 for Christian Aid.

Pentecost

June 4th was Pentecost and Lindridge Church held a Pentecost Holy Communion Service to celebrate the Church’s Birthday. Rev Ted introduced us to Mrs Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer who married the Berlin Wall in 1979 (look her up!); this was to highlight the difference between an I-it relationship (impersonal) and an I-you relationship (personal). Rev Ted explained that our relationship with the Holy Spirit is an I-you relationship and is personal – similar to that of a friend. He asked us to think about how our behaviour, and the way that we live, affects our friend the Holy Spirit and also what the Spirit is saying to us.

Plant Sale

Following the Pentecost Service, there was a Plant Sale held at the Priory. There were also jams and preserves on sale and children’s games. The weather was a bit changeable, but everyone who attended had fun.

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Easter Crafts at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School

The community came together once again for this annual event on Saturday 8th April. We all enjoyed a wide range of craft activities on offer, including Easter Gardens, Palm leaf weaving, Egg painting/mosaics, Easter baskets, Bunny Masks, and stained glass effect window decorations. The children also enjoyed making chocolate Easter Egg nest cakes, and delicious refreshments were served throughout the morning.

This occasion was well supported and special thanks go to all volunteer helpers who make these events possible, and so enjoyable.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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Annual Christmas Crafts and Christingle 2016

On Saturday 10th December many children, parents, carers and volunteer helpers gathered at St Lawrence Lindridge Primary School for this joyous occasion. A great social event with community coming together which set us up for the forthcoming festivities.

As well as preparing our Christingles and talking about the symbolic meaning, many other crafts were on offer to enjoy, including wreath decorating, Nativity lanterns, stencil painting, snowflakes, crackers, Christmas cards, and scratch art. The children enjoyed seasonal face painting, and there were plenty of mince pies and refreshments at the ready for all to enjoy.

After a busy afternoon of crafts we gathered for our Christingle Service led by Reverend Ted Whittaker, with song, dance, prayer, reflection and a poem. Lights were dimmed and candles lit, as we passed the light of Christ on to our families, neighbours and friends.

Thank you for all the kind donations received from this celebration, all monies are handed on to the Children’s Society to further their work with underprivileged children.

Thank you also to all those involved helping in so many ways during the afternoon, making this event so successful.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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The Archbishop’s Visit – Preaching at Brickworks Church

Preaching at Brickworks in the Stambermill area near Stourbridge on Sunday 9 October.

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