Lindridge Baby and 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.

Recent activities include the soft blocks, which were very much enjoyed as can be seen in the pictures below. We have also enjoyed planting sunflowers to be taken and shown at the Eastham Fete.

Our current term finishes on Thursday 19th July; we then have a break and resume in September.

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.

Come and enjoy time together – no need to book, just come along!

Vickie & team


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June’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

June’s Draw (The third draw in this series)

June’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Sally Jones rolled the dice on 3rd June to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result, the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winner is Jan Moseley of Eastham (Draw no 303)
The £30 winner is Neenie Tangye of Stanford (Draw no 492)
The £20 winners are Mr and Mrs Chris Wall of Stanford (Draw no 537)

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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Knighton Fete – 14th July

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A letter from the Bishop of Dudley for June: Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery

The roadside sign to have your car washed for £3 is so tempting. With busy lives, and when time is precious, this amount is small change. You can have your car cleaned in a few minutes by a team of people, generally from overseas, while you catch up on emails or read a magazine. For many of us it’s a no-brainer.

Then you begin to hear that some car washes (although certainly not all) are places where the victims of modern slavery are forced to work. Along with nail bars, brothels, domestic service and horticulture, these are the places where people are found caught up in this vile trade in human beings. The trade includes children as well, often violently coerced into illegal activity, and there is a horrifying international trade in the poorest people having their organs trafficked for the benefit of people who are ill and wealthy enough.

If you thought slavery ended with William Wilberforce then think again.

Each and every human being is made in the image of God – the Imago Dei – so anything less than human flourishing is an affront to God. Any behaviour that values some human beings less than others, or exploits or abuses them, is contrary to God’s will. This is why, as Christians, we must take a stand against modern slavery in all its forms. In such a way, we follow in the steps of Jesus in proclaiming release to the captives and letting the oppressed go free.

Working to combat modern slavery is the responsibility of us all. The Church of England’s Clewer Initiative is working to bring these crimes to the attention of the wider public. It is also helping us to spot the signs that are there, often in plain sight before us, if only we had the eyes to see.

For further information about their work and what you can do to help, please see www.theclewerinitiative.org, and for indicators of trafficking, domestic servitude and labour exploitation, see their “spot the signs” page.

Together we can make a difference and banish the scourge of slavery in our midst.

Rt Revd Graham Usher
The Bishop of Dudley

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May’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

May’s Draw (The second draw in this series)

May’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Sally Jones rolled the dice on 4th May to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result, the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winner is Roger Guy of Stoke Bliss (Draw no 785)
The £30 winners are Mr and Mrs Hilda Philips of Eastham (Draw no 273)
The £20 winner is Mrs M Buckingham-Bawden of Knighton (Draw no 697)

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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Pensax Thrift Shop

For a long time now, Pensax Thrift Shop has each year chosen a charity to support. Amongst the charities for which we have in the past raised funds are Midlands Air Ambulance, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Help for Heroes, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Worcester Breastcare Unit and Tenbury Hospital.

Following this tradition of supporting really worthy causes, our chosen charity for 2018 is Acorns Children’s Hospice in Worcester. Any donations – goods to be sold in aid of Acorns, prizes for our Acorns Raffle in July, or money – will all be very gratefully received. Thank you.

We are proud to announce that earlier this year a cheque for £500 was handed over to the Motor Neurone Disease Association as a result of our charity fundraising in 2017. This charity was chosen following the death from MND of our friend Gill, a long-standing supporter of Thrift Shop.

The Thrift Shop is open every Wednesday morning until early December, 9-11am in Pensax Village Hall on the B4202. We would be really pleased to see you, whether you have goods to sell, or you just want to browse around our stalls and meet friends old and new. A warm welcome awaits you!

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Letter from the Archdeacon of Worcester for May

A worldly faith?

Sometimes we imagine that our faith is about becoming more religious. However the French priest and palaeontologist Teilhard de Chardin said, ‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.’ A palaeontologist is someone who studies fossils, and like any scientist is an observer of things in a search to discover more about them. I think what he meant was since we are created in the image and likeness of God, as we grow as humans we grow more and more into God.

He also said, ‘by virtue of Creation, and still more the Incarnation, nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see.’ Our humanity in all its shapes and sizes is God’s way of fleshing out and manifesting His beauty. ‘Nothing is profane for those who know how to see’: Heaven isn’t very far away, and faith isn’t about religious stuff. Indeed common humanity is the home of God: this is what Christmas is all about, when God in Jesus made his home amongst us.

So we should tread the earth lightly: We are already walking on holy ground. Perhaps that is why Jesus gives us such an earthly prayer as the Lord’s Prayer: we pray that God’s kingdom will come here on earth as in heaven; we ask God to give us our daily bread, just enough for today. In the Gospels Jesus shows us God by the way he looks, listens, speaks and touches. Galilee sees signs of heaven in everyday life.

This is why the heart and high point of Christian worship is the Eucharist, when we take the raw material of the world, bread and wine, and it is transfigured by God’s Holy Spirit and shows us God. The Orthodox Church speaks of the ‘sacrament of the world’. The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins writes that ‘the world is charged with the grandeur of God.’ And this month we celebrate the feast of Pentecost: we celebrate when the Church is born, very much here on earth, to live the life of Jesus, very much here on earth.

Pentecost is the moment when the penny drops for the apostles and they begin to see clearly what Christmas, Good Friday and Easter Day mean. Pentecost completes the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus as the birthday of incarnate Christianity. Far from taking us out of this world, the Spirit, which brooded over creation from the very beginning, empowers us to see everything in a new light: the whole world is charged with the grandeur of God.

So let’s not become too religious: our faith is world-facing and life-affirming. St Paul even makes the great claim that our bodies are ‘temples of the Holy Spirit’: this is who we really are, spiritual beings having a human experience. The Church is being truly faithful when we live out Jesus’ message to love God, neighbour and self, seeking to encounter him not just in worship but in the faces and concerns of the people we meet day by day. No wonder the liturgy ends with the words ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.’ Go where He may be found!

The Venerable Robert Jones
Archdeacon of Worcester

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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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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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