Quiz Night – 15th October, 7pm – supporting Lindridge Church

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September’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

September’s Draw (The sixth draw in this series)

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

The £50 winner is David Evington of Stanford (Draw no 458)
The £30 winner is Deborah Ellis of Stoke Bliss (Draw no 760)
The £20 winner is Rosemary Tyser of Lindridge (Draw no 177)

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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A letter from the Archdeacon of Worcester for September

On the news the other day they reported a study which showed that most people check their mobile phone every twelve minutes, with many looking at messages within five minutes of waking up. I remember seeing a cartoon of a family sitting at their meal, all reading their phones or tablets, and the caption read: ‘At breakfast the family was best left to their own devices.’ Given how much we now depend on them to talk to people, I do wonder why we never used to see long queues outside telephone boxes. (You might have to explain to your children what a telephone box is!)

Undoubtedly, the internet has opened up new possibilities of communication, but like any new invention, we need to develop a way of using it ethically and well.

It is ever so easy to press the button to see who wants to get in touch, and it is rather nice to know. It’s important to develop good practice so that we learn how to get the best out of the technology without it taking us over.

Some words from Pope Francis’ encyclical; ‘Rejoice and be glad’ grabbed my attention: ‘The presence of constantly new gadgets, the excitement of travel and an endless array of consumer goods at times leave no room for God’s voice to be heard. We are overwhelmed by words, by superficial pleasures and by an increasing din, filled not by joy, but rather by the discontent of those whose lives have lost meaning. How can we fail to realise the need to stop this rat race and to recover the personal space needed to carry on a heartfelt dialogue with God?’

Recovering personal space seems a pretty good idea to me, allowing space for God and for our flourishing. That’s a lesson I often still need to learn myself!

There is a strand in the Bible which suggests that wisdom waits. Yet technology creates an expectation of immediacy. Do you remember the email which you sent spontaneously, and afterwards wished you hadn’t? Personal space leads to reflective space, and I can’t help thinking we need more reflecting and less reacting.

When I’ve finished writing this, I will email it as an attachment and magazine editors will receive it on a website. That’s the wonderful thing about technology. Then I’ll go and make myself a cup of coffee and instead of picking up my phone I might just go out into the garden for a few minutes, bathed as it is in beautiful sunshine. Or there again, has someone just messaged me? Shall I take a quick look?

Robert Jones
Archdeacon of Worcester

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“…unique!” – Saturday 13th October

You are invited to a deanery event which is an exciting joint adventure between Stourport Deanery and the Diocesan Board of Education – we are bringing you what we hope to be a really interesting, engaging and inspiring day, where we can explore creative Christian Spirituality together and then be open to where it takes us with future events and time together.

‘Unique’ … awakening an awareness of the Spirit within and a God who believes in us

Saturday 13 October, Areley Kings Village Hall, 9.30am coffee for 10am start, finishing at 4pm

This day seeks to enable us to take time and consider who we are and explore Christian spirituality through various creative opportunities. We have two great speakers who will lead us through a journey of discovery of God and of ourselves – the day will be a mixed offering of input from the speakers as well as chance to respond to what we hear through various activities.

Shahne Vickery will guide us through the morning session to explore and discover what ‘spirituality’ might mean for us; our spiritual capacity. Val Turner will guide us in the afternoon session to connect with and capture the deepest cry of our hearts and instruct us in making our own prayer bowls and portable ‘tents’ to take home.

This day is open to all:

  • for those wanting to deepen their creativity or for those who wouldn’t consider themselves ‘creative’ but fancy having a go and seeing what happens
  • for those who don’t know much about Christian spirituality and want to find out more or for those wanting to deepen their current spiritual experience.
  • for those who might say they are ‘spiritual but not religious’ and for those who might not consider themselves ‘spiritual’ but yearn for a deeper connection and relationship with a living and present God.

Mother Teresa said: The spiritual poverty of the West is greater than ours… You, in the West, have millions of people who suffer such terrible loneliness and emptiness…They feel unloved and unwanted. These people are not hungry in the physical sense, but they are in another way. They know they need something more than money, yet they don’t know what it is. What they are missing, really, is a living relationship with God.

Refreshments are provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Booking is essential!

To book you can either contact Peter Cook on 01299 823 066 or at events@stourport-deanery.org.uk, or via this Eventbrite link.

Shahne Vickery has over twenty years experience in primary education in both England and Wales. In recent years she has worked as a Primary Adviser in the Diocese of Gloucester and as a lecturer in Initial Teacher Training at the University of Gloucestershire. She joined the Education Team in the Worcester Diocese in September 2017. Shahne has written a wide range of popular titles to support values education, collective worship and spiritual and moral development in schools. Her publications include Roots and Fruits, Experience Easter, Jack in the Box, Home School Values and Spiritual Gardens in Schools. When time allows, Shahne leads training and speaks at conferences throughout the UK on various aspects of Church school education.

Val Turner and her husband have a small retreat house in Hereford. Val was ordained in 2000, working as vicar of two rural parishes she also worked half-time as chaplain to a college of further education. Prior to ordained ministry she trained in ceramics and taught art. She is experienced in leading church weekends away, training and helping individuals find direction in life and develop their personal relationship with God. She has a particular interest in supporting those in education and leadership.

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A message from the Martley and Tenbury Safer Neighbourhood Team

Police and National Farmers’ Union Initiative

STOP THAT THIEF

Working in partnership with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) through your Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), Stop that Thief can add another layer of security to your home, farm, or other business where vulnerabilities are identified during a series of specific site assessments.

These start with a visit from your local SNT, and, if appropriate, move to a Stop that Thief specialist survey where it is agreed by all parties that bespoke technology can help protect your property.

Where suitable, equipment is installed by a trained technician identified by the NFU, for a trial period of up to three weeks. This compliments the advice provided during your SNT visit on crime reduction measures including security marking and property listing.

We also offer details about the information sharing schemes operating in your area intended to improve communication between all parties to help protect you, your immediate neighbours and your community.

All visits and advice is offered free and without obligation.
Costs for the fitting of any equipment, if agreed, will be made clear during the specialist survey.

Please contact: 01905 725 780 and leave your contact details, name and number.
Or contact mt.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

PC 3847 Mark Broughton
PCSO 6336 Vanessa Snape
PCSO 6399 Teresa Howells-Brown

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August’s Teme Valley Tote Winners

August’s Draw (The fifth draw in this series)

August’s prize draw of the Tote was decided when Rev’d Robert Barlow (making a guest appearance) rolled the dice on 2nd August to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result, the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winner is Sally Garrett of Lindridge (Draw no 125)
The £30 winner is Alec Kincaid of Pensax (Draw no 317)
The £20 winner is William Redman of Lindridge (Draw no 157)

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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A letter for August from Bishop John

As I write this we are in the midst of the longest and most intensive heat wave I can remember since the mid-1970s. It’s a great joy for most – though tempers do tend to get a bit frayed now and then when people feel they are about to melt.

During the heat wave, the General Synod gathered at York University to consider a number of things, among them a motion encouraging the Church of England to take an ever greater interest in the absolute necessity to address climate change. The motion urged us to recognise the ‘escalating threat to God’s creation from global warming and climate change, and the suffering caused, particularly to the poor.’

Global warming has now been shown by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to be ‘unequivocal’. We see the effects of it in this country – for example, in the pattern of flash flooding increasing in frequency and severity in Cornwall, culminating in the ‘apocalyptic’ downpour and flash flooding in Coverack last year. The worst effects, however, are felt by the poorest countries and people who lack resources and resilience. In some areas – notably the Pacific Islands – it is devastating.

The work of creation care is an obligation on all Christians, firmly set within our understanding of mission. The fifth mark of mission of the Anglican Communion commits us to ‘strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.’ This includes helping to tackle climate change. Our primary duty is to God, then to our fellow human beings in this and future generations.

I hope and pray that, as we prepare to celebrate harvest and give thanks for all the blessings that God showers upon us, we shall all renew our commitment to doing our bit to tackle climate change. That would be a suitable thanks offering.

Rt Revd Dr John Inge
The Bishop of Worcester

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St Lawrence Clubs, Lindridge CE Primary School

Our weekly lunchtime and after school clubs run each Thursday during term time, and are open to all ages & classes, from Reception through to Year 6.

We’ve had a busy year, celebrating many different occasions, enjoying stories, games, song, dance, praise, creative prayer and craft activities. This term we have been learning British Sign Language through song and prayer, which has been thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We explored many topics, including “All of God’s People in the Community.” Not only those in our church congregations but outside the church walls to people in our local community and beyond. As well as celebrating today’s Saints; those who care for us and shape our lives; i.e. families, teachers, doctors, nurses, and the emergency services, we talked about some unusual occupations such as “Pet Food Tasters” and “Water-slide Testers!” There are some great jobs out there we didn’t know existed! We considered those in our local communities whose work often goes unrecognised, such as those at home caring for loved ones.

The children were introduced to the meaning of the Eucharist and Communion Services in church, when we remember the events of the Passover Supper. The children had fun taking part in a ‘special communion’ with Reverend Sallie, where we acted out the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples, and learnt about the chalice and paten and what they are used for.

Special thanks go to all of our volunteers for their help and support at both lunch time and after school clubs.

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

Liz Whitehead, ALM Children’s Worker & Reverend Sallie Butcher

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A new vicar for Teme Valley South: An Announcement from the Bishop

The Bishop of Worcester is pleased to announce the appointment of The Revd Julia Curtis as Priest in Charge and Rural Mission Enabler in the Benefice of Teme Valley South.

Julia is currently Assistant Curate of The Benefice of Creech St Michael and Ruishton with Thornfalcon in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Prior to ordination, she worked as a Chartered Accountant for a number of years with her most recent role being as Finance Manager at Norwich Cathedral. She is married to John and they have two adult sons.

Bishop John will license Julia as Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Teme Valley South at 6.30 pm on Sunday 14 October 2018.

Please remember Julia and John in your prayers as they prepare to move.

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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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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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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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