Party in the Park – 23rd June

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Dementia Friends Evening – 20th June

Come and find out a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into action. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend: it’s all about the small things you can do, the simple ways you can help make a difference, from telling others about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know who is living with dementia. Every action counts.

You are warmly invited to come to a friendly and interactive evening lasting about one hour and beginning at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 June at Lindridge St Lawrence Primary School, WR15 8JQ. Light refreshments will be served from 7pm. Please contact Pauline Briggs (01584 881 216 or pauline@4rivers.church) to book your place.

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Bishop Graham to become the Bishop of Norwich

Dated 3rd May 2019

Bishop Graham will be leaving our diocese at the end of the Summer to move to Norwich.

10 Downing Street has today announced that the Bishop of Dudley, Graham Usher is to become the next Bishop of Norwich. Bishop Graham was ordained as the fifth Bishop of Dudley in March 2014 and has served as the Suffragan Bishop across the whole of the Diocese of Worcester. He will leave our diocese at the end of July and will be formally enthroned as the Bishop of Norwich in Norwich Cathedral in the late Autumn.

On his appointment, Bishop Graham said:

“It is a delight, but also somewhat daunting, to have been nominated to be the next Bishop of Norwich and I’m looking forward to the adventure with God in Jesus that lies ahead. What I’m truly grateful for is how the people of the Diocese of Worcester have shaped me as a bishop. You have taught me much, as has Bishop John and other colleagues; thank you with all my heart. Having lived in Dudley for the last five years, I will miss the warmth of those who begin almost every conversation with the word ‘awlroight’. The people of Dudley’s care and encouragement, together with those in the rest of the diocese, have meant much to Rachel and me. I look forward to hearing about how the diocese flourishes in the years ahead and you will remain much in my prayers.”

Bishop John said:

“I shall miss Bishop Graham greatly, as will many others. He has been a wonderful gift to the Diocese of Worcester and has given an enormous amount to individuals, churches and wider society. The leadership role he has played in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley has been invaluable there. I am personally very grateful to him for his friendship and support and am sad that we are losing him. It was only a matter of time, I suppose, and the people of the Diocese of Norwich are very fortunate to be receiving him. He and Rachel and the family go with our heartfelt gratitude, our love and our prayers.”

Before becoming a Bishop, Graham was Rector of Hexham Abbey. He has also lived and worked in inner Middlesborough and Ghana, Africa. As Bishop of Dudley, Graham currently chairs the Churches’ Housing Association of Dudley and District (CHADD) which provides the women’s refuge, housing for homeless teenagers, and residential support for elderly people who live with long-term mental ill health. He also serves as Dudley Council’s Independent Person for standards and leads on the community strand of the ‘Forging Ahead’ vision for Dudley. Graham maintains an interest in ecology as a member of the Church of England’s Environmental Working Group and in medical ethics as a board member of the Human Tissue Authority. He is a member of the International Commission for Anglican Orthodox Theological Dialogue.

Following his announcement, Bishop Graham will today be touring the Diocese of Norwich, visiting a local housing trust, a primary school garden and outdoor reflective space, a church after-school club run by volunteers. Later this afternoon he will be welcomed to the diocese at a special Evensong at Norwich Cathedral where he will give the blessing.

See also the announcement on the Diocese of Norwich website

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Open Farm Sunday – 9th June

On 9th June, farms all over the country will open their gates for LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2019. In the village of Stanford with Orleton, two local farms have joined forces to give visitors a unique experience of the variety of Teme valley farming; from lambs and calves, hops and apples to a brewery and ‘pop-up’ bar.

In the morning at Noverton Farm visitors will be able to meet the calves and lambs and see sheep dog and sheep shearing demonstrations. There will be plenty of fun photo opportunities with the animals and vintage tractors. David and Michelle Evington open their gates at 10am and the demonstrations will begin at 10.30 am and 11.30 am. The majority of the farmyard is accessible to wheelchairs but please drive right up to the farmyard rather than parking in the field. Teas and cakes available until 12.30 pm when the event closes.

The day continues just a mile away at Orleton Court, a traditional hop and cider apple farm. Here Tom and Amber Spilsbury have diversified into brewing their single estate craft lager ‘Tom Jones’ and run the ‘White Pheasant’ pop-up cellar bar which will be open throughout the afternoon. Farm tours will take in the brewery, the hopyards where hops are grown for Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, the hop picking and drying machinery and the orchards where apples are grown for Robinson’s cider. Hot food will be available when gates open at 12.30 pm. Tours begin 1pm and 3pm.

For more information call Michelle Evington on 07894 747 807, Amber Spilsbury on 07966 294 032 or visit the LEAF Open Farm Sunday website farmsunday.org/visit-a-farm.

Admission is free of charge.

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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 Julia Curtis rolled the dice on 2nd 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 Jennifer Northwood of Stoke Bliss (Draw no 766)
The £30 winner is Mike Winwood of Lindridge (Draw no 154)
The £20 winner is Pearl Davies of Knighton (Draw no 607)

If you have not entered and still wish to join – please contact Robin Dean on 01886 853 295 or at robin.c.dean@gmail.com or your local coordinator.

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Easter Craft Workshop

Easter Craft Workshop at St Lawrence Lindridge C E Primary School

The community came together once again for a very enjoyable morning of Easter crafts, which was held on Saturday 13th April, in the school hall.

Children of all ages had fun making individual Easter gardens, symbolising the importance of the Easter story. Plenty of other seasonal themed crafts were on offer for all to enjoy, including painting eggs with patterns and faces, Holy Week stained glass window hanging decorations, Easter baskets, spring tissue paper flowers, cards, fun Easter masks, and the very popular chocolate egg nest cakes were available to make and eat! Delicious refreshments were served throughout the morning. This event was well supported, and thanks go to all those involved in helping in so many ways during the morning.

Liz Whitehead
Children’s Worker

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Finding Joy in Our Lives – A reflection from Bishop Graham

‘Bwana asifiwe’ were the Swahili words I kept hearing during a recent visit to Tanzania. It’s used as a greeting and means ‘Praise the Lord’.

As a group from the Diocese of Worcester visiting our sisters and brothers in Christ in the Diocese of Morogoro, we were caught up in many times of praise. Together we sang and prayed, talked and danced. People, young and old, seemed to almost burst with joy; the women clicking their tongues from side to side in their mouths to make the unique ululating sound.

Their joyfulness will long remain with me. As we travelled around the diocese, we kept meeting people, especially in remote villages, who, more often than not, had little economic means and little ‘stuff’, yet had lives that were overflowing with generosity, delight, hope and joy.

This shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me. Many years ago, C.S. Lewis’ book Surprised by Joy opened my eyes to an understanding that joy can be found in the depths of our being. It is the pearl of great price.

Words of Mother Julian of Norwich that “the fullness of joy is to see God in all things” came back to me as I looked at the joyous faces of people eating a simple meal of rice and plantain.

I realised in Morogoro that the Western Church has too often lost its pearl and desperately needs to re-find it. We’ve stopped expecting to see God in all things and need to re-open our eyes.

I wonder where joy features in your life and in the life of your church?

The Gospel turns despair into hope, scarcity into abundance, sadness into joy. Do our lives reflect that? Or do we tend to wear our funeral faces too frequently?

Pope Francis recently said, “Christians should share their joy, point to a horizon of beauty and invite others to a delicious banquet”. He went on to say that “an evangelising community is filled with joy; it knows how to rejoice always”.

As God’s Kingdom People in the Diocese of Worcester, when might you be joyful today and how might you share that with someone else?

Rt Revd Graham Usher
The Bishop of Dudley

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Palm Sunday at Knighton

On Palm Sunday morning the Right Reverend Graham Usher, The Bishop of Dudley led the worship at Knighton Parish Room and Knighton Church.

At the Parish Room, children from Lindridge St Lawrence Primary School, and elsewhere, sang songs learnt through recent assemblies with Rev Ted and they sang them beautifully.

The Bishop talked about the story of Holy Week and the children enacted this story and walked through the congregation at the Parish Room shouting “Hosanna”, “Blessed is He”, and ululating in celebration.

The congregation then processed to the Church with balloons and palm crosses, where Lindridge Choir greeted them and where we joined together for Holy Communion. To finish our Palm Sunday celebration the Choir sang “The Ukrainian Orthodox Hallelujahs” and “Thuma Mina” (Send me, Lord), which was extremely moving.

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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 Julia Curtis rolled the dice on 17th April to select the set of random numbers and the starting point. As a result, the prize winners are as follows:

The £50 winner is Mr B Jones of Knighton (Draw no 630)
The £30 winner is Olivia Evans of Stoke Bliss (Draw no 756)
The £20 winner is Carol Oakey of Knighton (Draw no 723)

If you have not entered and still wish to join – please contact Robin Dean on 01886 853 295 or at robin.c.dean@gmail.com or your local coordinator.

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A letter from the Archdeacon of Worcester for April

It seems to me that certain key truths in our lives are beyond words. Not for nothing has the Church brought poets, hymn writers, painters, artists and musicians into its life to express what words are not adequate to say. The same happens with those we love. We use signs and symbols to say what we mean – sometimes we say it with flowers. Our presents are not judged by their monetary value, indeed the smallest gift can be the most affecting: it is the love they express which counts.

I think Jesus knew this instinctively. It is worth noting that he wasn’t given to delivering great lectures, but did tell an amazing amount of parables. He asked many, many questions, and actually didn’t give a lot of answers. He had a way of inviting his listeners into the response required and showed his power by acts of love. He was a sure hand in what we might call ‘walking the walk’, rather than ‘talking the talk’. This marked him out from among the other religious teachers: it gave him an authority ‘not of the scribes and Pharisees.’

The mystery of Good Friday and Easter is one such key truth. We tell the story from the gospel accounts and can point to the after-effects in the lives of the apostles. We journey with Jesus as he walks the walk to the Cross through the services of Holy Week, and with flowers and Alleluias our churches burst into the new life He gives on Easter Day. In doing so we glimpse the glory of the God for whom death does not have the last word, not ever. Jesus does not just tell us this: he lives it, you could say he dies it, and is raised from the dead by the God for whom the first and last word is always Love.

We are called to live the risen life of Jesus too. Christ is risen, we are risen – that is from one of our Easter hymns. George Herbert, poet, pastor and priest, expresses it so beautifully, where else but in a poem:

Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise
Without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With him mayst rise.
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more just.

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Pancakes at the Rectory

On “Shrove” Monday (yes Monday!), the Rectory was filled with activity and good appetites. A wonderful way to meet and chat together and enjoy pancakes – there was a great production line going, from mixing batter to cooking, serving and, of course, eating.

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way and also to those who came and enjoyed the end results and all who generously contributed to the informal collection – we were able to donate £80 to the Children’s Society.

Thanks also to Rev Ted and Caroline for opening their home to everyone.

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A thank you from Reader Vikki

THANK YOU!!!!

I wanted to say a huge thank you to all who have supported me through my Reader training – I have been overwhelmed by the kind words of encouragement and people’s prayers and appreciated seeing so many of you at my licensing; representing the different churches across the deanery. It really has been a joy being with you the last five years and getting to know you and I look forward to the years ahead as Stourport Deanery’s Mission Developer and Reader. I also want to say thank you for my lovely gifts (pictures attached): the Parker Pen set was a gift from the deanery, it is ages since I have written with anything other than cheap pens so I’m really looking forward to using them. The 4Rivers (Shrawley, Witleys, Abberley & TVN) gave me a Home Communion Kit which I will also cherish and hopefully put into use sometime soon. I also received a very nice leather Bible from the Diocese.

Yours in Christ,

Vikki
xx

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Vikki Day’s Reader Licensing

On 15th September, in Worcester Cathedral, Vikki Day was licensed as a Reader to Stourport Deanery.

There was a celebration afterwards at Church House in Areley Kings where Rev Ted presented her with a Home Communion Kit in a bright pink box. Rev Mark Turner, Rural Dean, also made a presentation on behalf of the Deanery.

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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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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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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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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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