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Index Editor’s
Page Number and Article
P4: December Church Service I hope that all is going well with
Times your preparations for the forth-
P5: In Remembrance coming season or in the case of
P7: Letter from The Very Revd. anyone not reading this until
Peter Atkinson January, that you had a lovely
P9/11: Our New Bishop in Dudley holiday.
P12/13: Knighton-on-Teme News This is of course a time close
P15: Lindridge News to my heart and the hearts of
P17: Pensax Parish Council News all Christians and good selfless
P19/21: Stockton News neighbours, as we reach out in
P21: The Filling Station support of communities and
P23/25: Pensax News families who are not so fortunate
P25: Write for Rights as the rest of us. There are many
P27: January Church Service in our midst who will be grateful
Times of a meal or a gift or a gentle
P29: Stockton on Teme Parish and reassuring visit and a chat
P31: Pensax Village Hall and who ask no more than to be
& Thrift Shop update remembered. On their behalf,
P33: Coffee and Poems may I say a very big thank you for
P36/37: Lindridge B&T Group your thoughts and generosity of
and Film information spirit.
P39: Rock Pathfinders & Cruse In the magazine this month, are
P43/45: Maggs Information lots of articles from the church,
P47/49: Menith Wood, WI from Maggs, from Amnesty
P51/53: What is Health and TVT. International, from community
P55: TVHS programs and so much more. A
P57: Nativity - LPH bumper issue once again with
P59: Clows Top Gardening Club more events than you can shake a
P61: Stanford Christmas Tree reindeer’s antler at! (please don’t
News ever shake reindeer’s antlers)...
P63-65: TVWG And so from myself, Bill and all
P67: Lindridge Parish Hall Film who deliver this great magazine,
P69: Clubs and Societies I bid you a merry Christmas and
P70: Contacts List Happy New Year. Now, something
more than the usual beverage
might be warranted as you tuck
in to read and enjoy...



Services in December 2019

Sunday 1st December – 1st Sunday of Advent Holy Communion
8.15 a.m. Little Witley Advent Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Lindridge Family Carol Service
9.30 a.m. Great Witley Village Hall Family Communion
Family Service
11.00 a.m. Abberley St Mary Advent Service of Light
11.00 a.m. Shrawley Evening Prayer in Traditional Language
5.00 p.m. Great Witley Church
6.30 p.m. Abberley St Michael Advent Carols
Sunday 8th December – 2nd Sunday of Advent Holy Communion
Celtic Communion
9.30 a.m. Great Witley Church Carol Service
11.00 a.m. Little Witley
5.00 p.m. Stockton Holy Communion
6.30 p.m. Abberley St Michael
Thursday 12th December Advent Holy Communion
10.30 a.m. Old Chapel Hall, Menith Wood Carol Service
Sunday 15th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent Advent Holy Communion
Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Lindridge Candlelit Carol Service
10.30 a.m. Knighton Carol Service
11.00 a.m. Pensax Carol Service
11.00 a.m. Shrawley
5.00 p.m. Great Witley Church Choral Communion with Carols
6.00 p.m. Stockton Holy Communion
6.30 p.m. Abberley St Mary Family Service
Sunday 22nd December – 4th Sunday of Advent Christmas Nativity
Candlelit Concert
9.30 a.m. Great Witley Church
11.00 a.m. Knighton Jesus’ Christmas Party
11.00 a.m. Little Witley Crib Service
4.00 p.m. Shrawley Crib Service
6.00 p.m. Great Witley Carol Service
Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve Christmas Night Communion
3.00 p.m. Lindridge Parish Hall Christmas Night Communion
4.00 p.m. Abberley St Mary Christmas Night Communion
4.00 p.m. Great Witley Church
5.30 p.m. Pensax
8.00 p.m. Knighton
11.00 p.m. Shrawley
11.30 p.m. Abberley St Mary
Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day

9.00 a.m. Little Witley Christmas Day Holy Communion
10.30 a.m. Abberley St Mary Christmas Day Family Service
10.30.a.m. Great Witley Christmas Day Holy Communion
10.30 a.m. Lindridge Christmas Day Family Service
Sunday 29th December – 1st Sunday of Christmas
Family Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Lindridge Family Holy Communion
11.00 a.m. Abberley St Mary

Churches in: Knighton, Lindridge, Pensax, Stockton, Abberley, Great Witley, Little Witley, Shrawley

See Page 27 for January 2020 Services


In Remembrance.

I attended a school remembrance local blacksmith Darren Broome,
service, where the eldest child in and its a fitting tribute to
the school read out the names remember all those who sacrificed
of all the men their lives, so
who attended we may live in
Lindridge freedom today.
school and It’s been
lost their lives sited in a
in the 2 world spectacular
wars, position in the
As a mother heart of the
of 2 boys I community
was so moved where you can
and discussed sit, take in the
these feelings view down the
with family and friends, we felt Teme valley, contemplate and
these men, their families and the remember.
lost lives, must never be forgotten, Sunday, following the moving
and the idea for a bench was born church remembrance service
a place to remember all the men held at St Michaels church, the
and women who have lost their congregation moved outside for
lives in conflict Prayers and a
in the past dedication at
century. the bench.
And so despite The bench
the inclement was then
weather on weight tested
Saturday the by some of the
9th November, community
there was and passed
a great with flying
turnout at the colours !!!
unveiling of Thank you
the Knighton Dave &
on Teme remembrance bench. Margaret Bradley for providing
Tenbury Wells Royal British such a beautiful spot for the
Legion were guests, Major bench, and thank you to everyone
Richard Jones spoke and unveiled who has contributed to this cause,
the bench to the community. it has been a great team effect and
The Bench is a fabulous work of supported by so many.
art that has been hand-crafted by Emma Map









Dear God,
everyone misses you!

The Very Revd. Peter Atkinson

In many churches and cathe- everyone, “misses God”.
drals, people are invited to light But the words have another way
candles and to write down their of being read. “Everyone misses
prayers. Often children do this, you”: that is, everyone would love
and often they are thoughtful and you to be here, everyone longs for
thought-provoking. Here is one I you; there is in every human heart
read some time ago. It simply said, a deep yearning for God, a desire
“Dear God, everyone misses you”. for the meaning and purpose and
Now I don’t know what passed peace of mind that God alone can
through that child’s mind as he or give. “Everyone misses you”.
she wrote those words. Were they And the message of Christmas is
just the sort of words you write on that God acted decisively to meet
a holiday postcard to a much-loved this human need for him. God has
grandparent, or on a get-well card drawn near, God has made his
to a poorly aunt: an affectionate home with us: “the Word”, says St
phrase that seemed the right sort John, “was made flesh and dwelt
of message to send to God? Or among us”. The God whom all the
was there more to it than that? ages have longed for has come
Whatever that child had in mind, to us at last. And the message of
I think those words bear thinking Christmas, and of Christianity,
about. “Dear God, everyone misses is not of the rumour of some far
you”. distant God, but of God who has
The Christmas story is the made himself one with us: in the
story of the God who is missed. person of his blessed Son he has
For centuries, the prophets shared our birth, and our life, and
had foretold the coming of the our death; and in his resurrection
Saviour, but when he came how he points us to the life which lies
few noticed it! How many doors beyond this life and lifts us into the
were closed against him? Our gracious presence of the Father.
failure to recognise the Christ “Dear God, everyone misses you”.
when he comes is a theme that “Dear child”, says God, “but you
runs through the gospels, in the have come home to me and I have
stories of his infancy, his ministry, come home to you”.
his suffering and death, and his
resurrection. Everyone, or almost 7


Our next
Bishop of Dudley,
Martin Gorick

Downing Street has today and prior to moving to Oxford in
announced that the Venerable 2013, was Vicar of ‘Shakespeare’s
Martin Gorick will become the Church’ in Stratford-upon-Avon
next Bishop of Dudley, working where he was also Chaplain to
with Bishop John across the the Royal Shakespeare Company.
whole of Worcestershire and From 1994-2001, Martin was Vicar
Dudley. Martin is currently of Smethwick Old Church and
the Archdeacon of Oxford and Area Dean for the Black Country
Residentiary Canon at Christ Deanery of Warley. He has also
Church College and Cathedral. worked as Bishop’s Chaplain
In his current role, Martin has for Richard Harries in Oxford
particular responsibility for and started his ordained life as
the churches and clergy in the Curate of Birtley, an industrial
city of Oxford, as well as being and mining town near Gateshead
Diocesan Interfaith Adviser. He in the Diocese of Durham.
has held strategic responsibility On his appointment, Martin said:
for growing new congregations “I’m looking forward to joining
of all shapes and sizes across the God’s people in Dudley and the
three counties that make up the wider Diocese of Worcester
Diocese of Oxford, overseeing as they seek to live lives of
an ambitious £5 million bid to love, compassion, justice and
support church revitalisation freedom. We’re currently living
and planting, fresh expressions of in a challenging times with many
church and pioneering ministry divided communities. The Church
in major new housing areas. has a key role to play in offering
Martin has always enjoyed the a place of safety and sanctuary
Church of England’s connections where all people can come
with people and places outside together to share their common
the church, and oversees and
supports the work of over 100
chaplains in prisons, schools,
colleges, military bases and
Martin was ordained in 1987


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humanity under God. As Bishop in 1962, and grew up in
of Dudley, I would want to lead Nottingham. He read Theology
that work while supporting and and Religious Studies at Selwyn
encouraging all in our congre- College, Cambridge 1981-4. He
gations to live out their faith in enjoys sport, especially football,
Jesus at home, at work and at supporting Liverpool and Notts
school as well as in church.” County. He values walking,
The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John gardening, travelling and
Inge, said: “Martin is a hugely birdwatching. Martin is married
gifted priest with an enormous to Katharine, who is County Lead
amount of experience in ministry, for Visual Impairment in Oxford-
not least as a vicar in the Black shire and they have three adult
Country. I look forward greatly children.
to working with him for the Martin will be consecrated as a
growth of God’s Kingdom in this Bishop on 28 January and will be
diocese to which he is already officially welcomed into his new
committed. I pray that he and his role in the Diocese of Worcester
wife Katharine will find much joy with events in Worcester and
in their new life here.” Dudley in February.

The Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven WASHING
Croft, said: “Martin has served
with real distinction for six years MACHINE
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Residentiary Canon of Christ Good washing
Church. He has a passion for machine in
mission and for the Church
of England to be a church for working order
everyone. Martin has been a free to good
wise colleague in the Oxford
Area and across the Diocese in home! Will deliver
his work with chaplains and on locally.
engagement with other faiths
and has pioneered and led our Please contact
diocesan strategy for forming new Marjorie
congregations. As a Diocese and
Cathedral, we will miss Martin 01584 781094.
and Katherine very much, but
our prayers and love go with them 11
in the joys and the challenges of
Martin’s new role.”
Martin was born in Liverpool


As usual, at this time of year, Knighton Church are looking for any
items of foodstuffs that you can spare for those in our community

who are in difficulty this Christmas.
Why not pick up a couple of extra items each

time you go shopping.
We are not able to take items of fresh food like meat, fruit, fish

or vegetable, but we can take anything else that is in tins or
packages, including meats, soups, vegetables, biscuits, cakes and

perhaps mince pies or Christmas pudding.
Also please remember that some of these folks are families with
children, so perhaps include a few items, with a Christmas feel,
that will help to brighten the festive season for them. These will
all go to the Tenbury Food Bank who are able to distribute your

gifts to those in need.
To help these people, who are in such trouble at Christmas,
just place everything in the box that you will find in our church at

Knighton, it’s open all day, every day.



St Michael and All Angels

15th Dec Carol Service
22nd Dec Mrs J Spilsbury
Mr P Collins January Mrs C Marsh and
24th Dec Capt P Morgan Mrs S Hardiman
Mr K Bunn Cleaning: Mrs H Clarkson
12th Jan Mr A Bunn December Mrs S Beckett
Miss E Gittins January
26th Jan Capt P Morgan
Mrs J Spilsbury Knighton Friends
Sidesmen: Please contact Sheila Bragger on
15th Dec Miss E Gittins 781190 for details about the enter-
22nd Dec Capt P Morgan tainment planned for December
24th Dec Capt P Morgan which will be a Christmas meal
12th Jan Mr A Bunn
26th Jan Mr S Hardiman Parish Room Activities
Flowers: Until the web site is up and
December Mrs H Clarkson running, please contact Sheila
The church will be decorated Bragger, who organises the Parish
for Christmas on Saturday 14th Room diary, for information
December 10 am – 12 pm. Helpers about activities at the hall. Tel.
welcome. 01584 781190

Litter Pick - Thanks
I would like to thank everyone who Parish Council, and we would
participated in our Community welcome more volunteers for our
Litter pick in Knighton on Teme next one in March.
on Sunday 3rd November. The Thank you once again
weather was kind to us and we Kind Regards
successfully picked up litter from Kay Redfern
every road in our Parish. We Chairperson
have seen a reduction in litter in Knighton on Teme Parish Council
the Parish since the bins were
installed, but we still work hard
to keep our Parish litter free.
The event was organised by the



St Lawrence

All the services at Lindridge for Christmas Day 10.30am - Family
Christmas and the New Year Christmas Service
can be found in this edition of Sunday 29th December 9.30am -
Temespan, so please do look and Holy Communion
come and join us for Advent/ Menith Wood Old Chapel Hall:
Christmas Carols, Nativity at Thursday 12th December 10.30am
Lindridge Parish Hall and for a - Holy Communion
Family Service on Christmas Day. Lindridge Parish Hall:
The Lindridge Carol Service on Tuesday 24th December 3.00pm -
December 21st is something not Nativity - all welcome
to be missed! Come and sing of Services in January 2020
the joy of Jesus’ love for us all. Sunday 5th January, 9.30am -
Services in December 2019 Holy Communion
Sunday 1st December, 9.30am - Sunday 19th January, 9.30am -
Advent Holy Communion (with Praise Communion
Choir) Sunday 26th January, 5.00pm -
Sunday 15th December 9.30am - Evening Prayer
Advent Holy Communion
Saturday 21st December 6.00pm -
Carol Service, led by Choir
Sunday 22nd December 2.00pm-
Carol Singing around Eardiston

PCC Treasurer Vacancy
for Teme Valley North Parish

Teme Valley North Parochial please contact: Rev Ted Whittaker
Church Council (PCC) has a (07791 484 774/revted@4rivers.
vacancy for a Treasurer. If you church)
are interested in this opportunity,


Pensax Parish Council

Next PC meeting Monday 20th Speeding - Concerns about the
JANUARY 2020 at 7pm in OLD speed of traffic through Menith
CHAPEL MENITH WOOD Wood have been received. The
Your Parish Council – Chairman PC will continue keep residents
- Alistair Keron, David Abraham, updated on what can be done to
George Rudd, Heather Weston, resolve this issue.
Sharon Sanders and Tim Wood. Drains - WCC have put Menith
Vacancy on PC - If you are inter- Wood on the jetting list, drains
ested in becoming a Cllr please will be cleared when time allows.
contact the Clerk for details. Broadband – Faster Broadband
Malvern Hills District Cllr - Paul details on WCC website for latest
Cumming - paul.cumming@ update. Grants – Grants Policy/Appli-
Worcestershire County Cllr - Ken cation Form can be found on the
Pollock - kpollock2@worcester- website or contact Clerk. Email Communication with
PENSAX VILLAGE HALL – The residents – If you wish to be
Trustees have sent a financial included in Parish emails, have
report to the PC with a request views on items above or have
for funding. The Trustees have other concerns please contact
been asked to clarify some points Clerk.
for the November PC meeting. Pensax PC wish to thank all
Planning – Queries on already residents for their support over
approved applications are still the last 12 months, we wish you
being looked into by MHDC and all a very Merry Christmas and a
WCC. Happy New Year.
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St Andrew’s

Stockton Quiz Night Linda Randall for organising yet
The Bell, Pensax another excellent quiz night.
We all came away having learnt
A very big thank you to Jack and something new. The Bell’s kitchen
provided us all with a very tasty
plateful of sausages, chips, peas
and amazing onion gravy.
Thank you to everyone who
supported us. Over £350 was
raised for St. Andrew’s Church.

Stockton Children’s Nativity and in warning drivers of the existence
Carol Service with Live Music of the telegraph pole! I have seen
Please join us at St Andrew’s two very serious crashes in my time
Church on Sunday 15th December here when people crashed into that
at 6pm pole trying to avoid each other on
Everyone welcome! the bend.
(If you would like to take part please ….several months ago, I found two
let me know ASAP - Sally Webb ) or three of these little white posts
Errant bollards... uprooted and thrown into my
Several years ago, the council garden. Others were missing.
“reinstated” the verge in Pensax I assumed that someone had hit
Lane which meant erecting kerbs them with a car, but there was no
where none were needed. We all evidence of this on the verge at all.
protested at the time, because the I contacted the council, who duly
work effectively reduced the width came along recently and installed
of the lane, on a bend, to less than two new, larger black and white
that of two cars.. reflector posts, one of them right in
When I pointed out that installing front of the telegraph pole.
a kerb to “reinstate” a weed riven By Saturday morning they had
“edge of road” would inevitably disappeared. Clearly, someone
mean that the well-mown and removed them under cover of
tended verge alongside my house darkness - but to what end?
would then be used by cars as a These things aren’t cosmetic, I
passing place, and would in its turn never wanted them in the first
be destroyed - the council installed place - but I do see the need to warn
white posts along the verge. All well drivers, particularly in the winter,
and good - and it served a purpose of the existence of the telegraph
pole - and my long garden wall. In



an argument between the wall and The Filling
a car, I feel sure the wall would win! Station
It’s a mystery as to why someone
would deliberately wish to Please note that there will not be a
endanger drivers and cause an Filling Station event in December
accident, because there can be no and so our next meeting of the
other explanation. They cause no above will be held on Thursday 16th
obstruction or bother to anyone January 2020 when Eric Stirrup
at all, and in fact the only person will be speaking. Eric leads the local
bothered by them is me, because Christian fellowship instrumental
my gardener has to strim all around in the setting up and running of our
them. Tenbury Filling Station meetings.
I have informed the highways We meet at our usual venue of
people, and I have had a conver- Penlu Sports Club, Tenbury Wells,
sation with the police, who are at 7.20pm. Come along and enjoy
coming to see me. this event with local Christians and
I have assured them there is no be blessed by the encouragement
neighbour or boundary dispute, and support we always experience
and I simply can’t imagine anybody during our evenings together.
who lives along the lane doing For further information ring Kate
something so very stupid. I can see on 01584 881194 or email me on
no gain to be had from it to anyone [email protected]
at all.

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Bonus Ball organising it, but also all those
The winner for November was people who have supported it so
Martha Kinkaid. Congratula- generously over the years.
tions and many thanks for your Pensax Christmas Eve Carol
support. Service
Bonus ball has been run as a Do come along and join us at
fundraiser for Pensax Churchyard 5.30pm on Christmas Eve in
for many years – from 2003/4, we Pensax Church, to sing all our
think. Sadly, it will cease at the favourite carols and hear those
end of December. We have been wonderful readings. It starts our
collecting in less each month. Christmas off in just the right
We would like to thank, not only way!
Maureen Scriven and latterly it was just lovely! Bright and
David Whymant, for dashing welcoming, plenty of space. Jo
round to collect the money and and her catering team laid on a
Pensax Harvest Supper 2019 lovely hot meal for us with plenty
Well, we had a change of venue this of choice - and yummy puddings,
year people! We held the supper at the tables looked wonderful, with
Clows Top in the Victory Hall, and flowers and snowy white table-
I must say it was very welcome! cloths - and the entertainment
Our Pensax Village Hall is beloved couldn’t have been bettered,
of many of us, me particularly, since Trevor and his keyboard provided
it holds such happy memories of my us with a really, really good musical
children at the village school, but quiz - can you name this tune, kind
sadly it really has been outgrown of thing - the tunes were all a real
now and the facilities no longer
meet the needs of the community.
So it was off to Clows Top - and



trip down memory lane, and one of Gerald, to Luke and Penny and
them evoke such memories for me Trevor, to Jo and her catering team.
I had a lump in my throat - A Walk
in the Black Forest was a big hit
back in the late fifties and I could
see myself clear as day sitting by Pastoral Care
the kitchen fire at Aunt Lilian’s,
reading the Bunty and hearing
it on the radio - if I remember ‘Caring for people within
correctly it was by Horst Jankowitz our church communities’
and his orchestra!!! How’s that for
a feat of memory!!! In addition
Luke and Penny provided the quiz If you would like to request a visit, or to
this year - and it was spectacularly
entertaining! make a request on behalf of someone else,
All in all, Pensax Harvest Supper please contact your local co-ordinator
proved to be, yet again, one of
the highlights of the local social
calendar - and a really lovely Pauline Briggs
evening was had by all. Thank you 01584 881 216
to all involved, from Martha and
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“You shall love your neighbour
as yourself.” (Mark 12:31a)


It only takes a few us can change someone’s life.
minutes to write a After the 9.30am service at St
card or a letter, but those minutes Lawrence Lindridge on Sunday 1
can make all the difference to December we will be offering the
someone whose rights are being opportunity to learn more about
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Services in January 2020

Sunday 5th January – Epiphany

8.15 a.m. Little Witley Holy Communion

9.30 a.m. Lindridge Holy Communion

9.30 a.m. Great Witley Village Hall Family Service

11.00 a.m. Abberley St Mary Family Communion

11.00 a.m. Shrawley Family Service

6.30 p.m. Abberley St Michael Evening Prayer in Traditional Language

Thursday 9th January

10.30 a.m. Old Chapel Hall, Menith Wood Holy Communion

Sunday 12th January – Baptism of Christ

9.30 a.m. Great Witley Church Morning Worship

11.00 a.m. Knighton Matins

11.00 a.m. Little Witley Holy Communion

5.00 p.m. Lindridge Parish Hall Lindridge Mission Planning

6.30 p.m. Abberley St Michael Evening Prayer in Traditional Language

Sunday 19th January – Second Sunday of Epiphany

9.30 a.m. Lindridge Praise Communion

11.00 a.m. Abberley St Mary Christingle

11.00 a.m. Pensax Holy Communion

11.00 a.m. Shrawley Holy Communion

5.00 p.m. Great Witley Church Evensong

6.30 p.m. Abberley St Michael Celtic Communion

Sunday 26th January – Third Sunday of Epiphany

9.30 a.m. Great Witley Church Choral Communion

11.00 a.m. Knighton Holy Communion in Traditional Language

11.00 a.m. Little Witley Family Service

5.00 p.m. Lindridge Evening Prayer

6.30 p.m. Abberley St Michael Evening Prayer in Traditional Language

Churches in: Knighton, Lindridge, Pensax, Stockton, Abberley, Great Witley, Little Witley, Shrawley

See Page 4 for December 2019 Services



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Stockton On Teme Parish Meeting

We recently held our Parish interest shown in trying to
Meeting which was very well increase the level of support we
attended and had some excellent provide for our own residents. An
discussion and ideas. A summary emergency community plan was
is as follows; discussed as an idea for future
• Planning matters – consideration. This might include
Although there were no new names and numbers of people
planning applications to discuss with 4 wheel drive vehicles in the
we did look at the granting of event of major snow falls, and also
permission at Stockton Court Farm a means of ensuring that the more
for a new hop processing plant. We elderly and/or vulnerable in our
were happy to see that a number community were not isolated. This
of concerns from local residents will be discussed in more detail in
had been addressed and condi- future meetings – any thoughts
tions have been put into place to or ideas on this matter would be
appease these; namely increasing greatly welcomed by the Parish
the natural landscaping of the area Chair.
to camouflage to building and also On a side note, there is a great
a limit to the hours of operation. website and mobile app that I
• Speeding yet again featured would encourage everyone to join
as a concern to local residents. It where possible. www.nextdoor.
was felt that it was becoming more com is a great local social network
and more of an issue both on the linking up residents of neigh-
main A443 and also on the smaller bouring villages to connect and
lanes. The Parish Chair is liaising share ideas, news and items for
with other villages in the area to sale. Over the Halloween period
decide on how to proceed as it is we found it very useful as residents
also a matter of concern in neigh- could add their house to a map for
bouring areas. trick or treat visitors! It has also
• We now have a new been instrumental in setting up
Footpath Officer – Alison Tidmarsh a new “Walking Football” group
is trained and awaiting her badge at Great Witley. You might be
and tools to help keep our beautiful surprised with what or who you
paths clear. Any concerns or find on there!
requirements for help should be Frances Kellett
addressed initially to the Parish Stockton on Teme Parish Chair
Chair at stocktonontemeparish@ stocktonontemeparish@gmail. and will be forwarded com
• There was also great



Pensax Village Hall and Thrift Shop

Built on land leased from Mr to help Pensax Parish Council to
Arthur Jones of Abberley Hall purchase the hall and since then
and opened in 1911, Pensax it has been responsible for paying
Village Hall has served the the bills for hall maintenance,
communities of Pensax, Menith including reroofing, redecoration,
Wood and Stockton for over a funding an extension, and so
century. The hall has been the on. Over the years Thrift Shop
venue for community celebra- customers have also supported
tions of all kinds, social events, special charity fundraising
evening classes, a youth club, a with contributions being made
play group, Church and Parish to local hospitals, hospices,
Council meetings and, of course, children’s charities, Midlands Air
it still hosts the local polling Ambulance, to name but a few.
station. More recently Thrift Shop has
In 1974, the then Chairman of remained popular but with fewer
the Parish Hall Committee Mrs customers than before - Ebay
Elizabeth Head, had the inspired hadn’t been heard of in 1974! –
idea of opening a weekly Thrift and it was with a heavy heart that
Shop. The aim was to provide an volunteers decided finally to close
outlet for cake-makers, needle- Thrift Shop this year, but not
women and gardeners, for anyone until we had celebrated 45 years
with unwanted/no-longer-needed of trading on 23rd October. Real
items to sell, and to be a source friendships have been forged
of income for the hall (10% of over the years and Wednesday
the selling price of goods being mornings will not be the same
retained for hall funds). Word without Thrift Shop to go to.
soon spread and people from Customers and volunteers alike
further afield would travel consid- will miss it but, sadly, all good
erable distances to attend Thrift things come to an end.
Shop on a Wednesday morning.
The venture brought many more
economic and social benefits TEME VALLEY AccoUNTS
for all its supporters than had
been hoped for, and it offered a Book-keeping PAYE, VAT,

meeting place for those looking Sage, Tax Returns.

for company, fulfilling exactly the Cost effective rates and friendly advice.
aims of many current efforts by For no obligation discussion or visit call:
village halls to reach out to the Claire Elliott
01584 881708 07731 010099
In 1978, the Thrift Shop was able Email: [email protected]




Lindridge Parish Hall
Wednesday 18th December – 2.00pm to 4.00pm
We would like to invite you to join us for an afternoon

of Christmas Poems, Readings and Carols
followed by Festive refreshments on

Wednesday 18th December from 2pm-4pm
in Lindridge Parish Hall.

For more information contact
Kate Harley – 881194
All are welcome

(in conjunction with Menith Wood WI)

on Wednesday 11th December and 8th January



Welcome to Amanda Greenow-Langford
Lindridge St. In a world where you canHebaedanTyetahcihnegr,

Lawrence be kind
Primary School
We have invested in ‘Speech and
We are a small rural school set in Language’ specialist support to
the beautiful Teme Valley. Our goal ensure children are assessed quickly
is to ensure that every child makes and intervention and support is
the most of his or her talents both maximised.
socially and academically. We pride From September we will also offer
ourselves on our Christian distinc- Wrap Around Care where children
tiveness, welcoming children from can meet with their friends, have
all faiths or no faith. fun and unwind before or after a
Our school values of ‘Friendship, busy day in school.
Respect, Courage, Trust and LinDkidZ is for:
Compassion’ are the core of our • children, aged 4-11 years old.
nurturing ethos. • From 7.45am in the morning
Since I joined the school in until 5.30pm in the evening. (Term-
September last year the Governing time only)
Body and I have made significant • Breakfast, Snacks and High
changes. This September we have Tea available depending on what
three new teachers joining our team sessions are booked.
including two who between them • Sessions will cost from
have over 18 years’ experience. £2.50
Mark Pickford will look after our If you are interested in your children
early years foundation class; Kate coming to the school or taking
Harry will lead Key Stage 1, while advantage of LinDkidZ contact
Sheryl Oakes and Sarah Sneyd take Mrs Katy Hurst in the school office.
care of Key Stage 2. They will be 01584 881466
supported by our amazing teaching I look forward to showing you
assistants. All classes will be taught around. We encourage all new
by full-time teaching staff so that students to join us for a taster day.
we deliver a creative, exciting and
personalised curriculum tailored to
meet the needs of all our children.
We will also have a specialist
teacher, Polly Montague, to ensure
that pupils with a variety of special
needs including our gifted and
talented children receive the best
possible provision.


Lindridge Baby and Toddler Group

The Lindridge Baby and Toddler of the group on Thursday 12th
Group is a Church-run baby December as the Parish Hall is
and toddler group and meets being used as a Polling Station for
at Lindridge Parish Hall each the General Election.
Thursday morning during term The last session in December is
time - from 9.30am to 11am. If Thursday 19th December and the
you have children between 0 and group resumes on Thursday 9th
5 years, please do come and join January 2020.
us for fun activities and to make There is a charge of £1.50 for each
some new friends. There is a family for each session attended
variety of toys, craft activities, at the hall.
and a mug of tea/coffee for carers If you have any questions, please
when they arrive. As can be seen contact Vickie:
in the photos, some activities are [email protected] or
messy, so please come dressed 01584 881086.
with that expectation! The group Everyone is welcome, no booking
had fun with a pumpkin and the required.
result was brilliant, with some
great help from one of the parents.
NOTE: There will be no meeting





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We are at present experiencing loss of a loved one........does this
a high demand for our services kind of voluntary work appeal
within the County and with to you? If so please contact one
Christmas nearly upon us it is a of the below for further details,
very sad time for the bereaved. we will be pleased to answer any
Due to this we are arranging questions you may have:
for a Training Course to start in Email: worcestershire@cruse.
February, 2020 to cope with the or
extra demand. We specialise in Ring our Helpline on 01905 22223,
Bereavement Support covering leave a message on the answer-
the County of Worcestershire and phone and we will get back to you.
we are especially looking for the Thank you
caring, empathetic person with
the ability to listen and commu-
nicate with people who are
bereaved, helping and supporting
them to come to terms with their





Help the
this Christmas.

Christmas is coming and that is a lead to people living on the streets.
time of year that most of us look A study last year estimated that
forward to. It’s an opportunity to 6,000 ex forces veterans were
have a few days off from work and among those living on the streets,
to spend time with friends, family men and women who have served
and loved ones. And then of course their country but been unable to
there is the Christmas atmosphere adapt back to mainstream society.
of street markets, mulled wine and About 25% of ex-service people
perhaps some retail therapy! end up on the street
But for some in our society, Christmas is a time to be generous,
Christmas is just a constant and not just to our friends and family,
relentless reminder of what they but also to those who are less well
have not got or did have but have off than ourselves. This is a key
lost in their lives. part of many teachings, to love
Imagine being a homeless person others as we love ourselves.
sleeping in a door way in Worcester. What can we do? How can we
The shops are full of Christmas help?
gifts you can’t afford, the streets It’s actually very easy to help the
are full of people shopping for homeless this Christmas and
things they don’t need, but you there are a number of ways that
don’t have the money to buy a hot you can do it. Maggs Day Centre is
drink. Everyone is looking forward a charity based in Worcester which
to the big day when they will eat tries to help the most marginalised
and drink too much in the warmth people in our society. There are a
and comfort of their own home, number of ways in which you can
but you have no home, not enough help Maggs to help the homeless.
to eat, and you will be sleeping Donate money – Maggs is
outdoors in a shop doorway. mostly funded from donations
Most homeless people are in that
position through no fault of their
own – money problems, loss of
private tenancy, changes in the
benefit system, health issues and
relationship breakdown can all


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from members of the public and Maggs provides free activities,
uses these donations to provide to encourage development and
services to rough sleepers and progression to by teaching life
those in need; skills and building confidence.
Donate clothes – Maggs runs a The sessions include art, cookery,
clothing store for rough sleepers creative writing, quiz, poetry and
and is always in need of donations sewing.
– clothes, shoes and sleeping bags Maggs is the only organisation in
in good condition; Worcestershire which provides
Donate your time - The Day Centre these services to this client group.
is largely run by volunteers, and The Next Step
Maggs currently has around 40 Maggs needs your help to continue
volunteers and is always looking its good work. You can donate on
for more. Just a few hours of your line at our website where you can
time every week could make all read more about our work - www.
the difference to homeless people or you
in Worcestershire. can donate via cheque (Maggs
What does Maggs do? Day Centre) and send to C/o Mel
The main focus of Maggs’ work is Kirk, Maggs Annexe, 59-60 The
the Day Centre, based in a former Tything, Worcester, WR1 1JT
14th century chapel in the heart of We are always looking for volun-
Worcester, which provides food for teers to help out – to help in the
street sleepers 5 days a week. The kitchen at the Day Centre, or at
Day Centre also provides showers the Clothing Store or if you have
for rough sleepers to use and there any other skill that may be of assis-
is a clothing store where donated tance to us. We are also looking
clothing is available free of charge for mentors and befrienders and
to our service users. we offer student placements. In
The main objective of Maggs is the past we have taken students
not to simply provide support, but of criminology, mental health and
also to get people off the streets occupational therapy.
and into permanent homes. So If you would like to volunteer, have
Maggs workers help homeless a look at the page on our website,
people to access organisations w w w. m a g g s d a y c e n t r e . c o . u k /
like the local Council and the NHS volunteering
to help find help that they need. Or contact volunteer co-ordinator
Maggs Outreach workers go out Val Turner by email - vturner@
onto the streets across the county
to help homeless people. Or phone us on 01905 25027.
Every day around 40 vulnerable
people come to Maggs Day Centre 45
for food, to use the showers or
just to have a safe place to go.



At the Annual Meeting Tracy need help and work together
Lowe gave up chairmanship after to keep this great community
10 years. She was presented with together.
a beautiful pink bouquet and
thanked for all the work she had HOLY COMMUNION takes
done. Sharon Sanders was elected place on the 2nd Thursday of the
in her place. Month. Pauline Briggs organises
Tracy thanked all members of the this and welcomes all to join in.
committee for their support and It’s warm and inviting, has toilet,
running Plant and Book sales, no steps, small car park and easy
wine tasting, 100 club, window to hear what is going on .
box displays, Hall repairs and
improvements and secretarial 100 CLUB November Winners
and treasurer duties, and for 1st. 12 P & A. Throstle, Boleros
sourcing Christmas presents for voucher. 2nd. P & J Briggs, Wine.
visit by Father Christmas. The December draw will take
Committee members are Sharon place at Christmas Crackers on
Sanders, chair person; Tony the 13th and will be the last of
Lowe, secretary; Anita Withey, the season. The new season will
treasurer; Lynda Bush, plant start in March at a cost of £10 per
and book sales, window boxes, ticket for the year.
Christmas gifts; David Hall,
repairs and maintenance; Lynne We now have blinds for the
Hudson, Annie Cartwright, Janet windows to help keep in the heat
Farmer, 100 Club, bookings and in winter, new notice boards
notices. inside and a storage cupboard in
Tracy thanked Janet Gittins the kitchen. Thank you Sharon
for starting MENITH WOOD for sourcing these. David has
MEETS on the last Thursday installed an outside tap so if you
morning of the month. This notice the window boxes need
has proved very popular with watering please feel free to do so.
numbers up to thirty at times Thank you.
She hopes that the community
spirit will continue in the village; CHRISTMAS CRACKERS
that we will support those who Friday 13th Dec
The highlight of the year where
villagers get together to share


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until 1pm Tel: 01886 888948


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which stocks a full range of specialist feeds, supplements, and a
variety of parasite treatments for all animals including horses, dogs

and cats, as well as a large variety of farm animals.

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building strong relationships with our customers.

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Improvements for Home & Garden

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Fencing - Decking

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[email protected]


readings, stories, jokes, sketches, talk on Suffragettes dressed as
sing carols and a bring and share a supporter of the movement.
plate of food. BYOD and glasses. He told us of the hardships and
Father Christmas and his elf visit exploits they experienced and
and distribute presents. Phone wondered what would have
Tracy on 881333 to book or offer happened if WW1 had not come
some entertainment along.

CAROLS round the village, Weds The Christmas party will be at
18th Dec. Meet at the chapel. the Old Chapel Hall on Mon. 2nd
Finish at Rose Cottage for refresh- Dec. with entertainment by local
ments, (Bring and share). In aid ukulele band.
of Acorns Children’s Hospice in January meeting is at The
Worcester. Let us know if you are Eardiston, lunch and skittles,
able to come and/or you would Saturday 11th
like to request a carol.
Saturday 25th, January 2020. PRIZE BINGO
6pm at the Hall later.

It is with great sorrow that I have CLOWS TOP
to tell you that Pam King-Britton,
local artist, died in VICTORY HALL
October. She lived in Menith Wood
for many years and designed the

Saturday, 7th. Decembercover of the Menith Wood 2000
book and several tea towels. Lots
of villagers have her paintings in 7 for 7.30pm
their homes and treasure them.
Our thoughts go to her family.
All are very welcome.
Two excellent speakers, October

: Great prizes : Raffle :and November. Preparing Winter
Tubs, several members took
home plant filled tubs that Louise Refreshments
Mawdittof Mill Farm, Standford,
helped them produce.

In aid of Pensax ChurchPaddy Hannigan gave a very lively



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Located in the old workhouse and council building, next to the river
Teme. Here we have beautiful appointed treatment rooms, studio,
sound sanctuary, shop, library and café offering light refreshments.






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