9:44am Sunday 20th April 2014

Our April speaker, Tim Thorn, gave a most amusing tale of the attempted robbery of the ‘Millennium Star,’ a huge pear shaped diamond, from the Millennium Stadium in London, during the year 2000. Originally weighing 777 carats, it had been found by two small boys playing near a river in Zaire, bought by De Beers and cut into a perfect Brilliant diamond, now weighing 203 carats. It was flawless and had the 5 ‘C’s. Colour, Carats, Clarity, Cut and Conflict-Free, and was valued at £350 million..It was too tempting for the robbers, who concocted a plan to steal it, which should have worked, apart from the fact that nearly everything that could have gone wrong, almost unbelievably, did. Plus, the police had been tipped off. It was a fair cop as the gang was rounded up and a great relief to DeBeers


10:33am Saturday 19th April 2014

The March meeting of the Gardening Club was the Spring Show, This was very well attended and attracted 81 entries over 13 categories, The quality of entries was exceptional, helped by a mild winter and warm spring which had helped the spring bulbs maximise their beauty. During the judging which was carried out by the Club President, Tiny Hadley, a fun quiz took place with much discussion and hilarity and sharing of information. The overall winner of this year's show was Barbara Bennett, who was presented with the Silver Plate. Five more new members joined the Club at this meeting, and the overall membership is at its highest for some years. We welcome all those interested in gardening to come along and enjoy our varied programme. The April meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, When Roger Umpelby is giving a talk "To spray or not to spray" which should meet with some interesting interaction. For further information please contact Dorothy Turpitt, 01386 830834


9:32am Saturday 19th April 2014

Evesham gardening club held the Annual Spring Show for 2014. Members had grown beautiful spring bulbs to enter despite the unpredictability of the weather. Jeff Oake was the judge awarding first prize to Mrs Sheila Townley and we thank him for his expertise. The Quiz which followed was set by Mrs Jill Carr and members found this challenging but very enjoyable. Mrs Hillary Steadman was the winner. The next meeting is April 22 at 7.30pm at Wallace House, Oat Street. Hanging baskets are the topic for the evening by Joanna Yates so please come along and join us.


8:30am Saturday 19th April 2014

For our April meeting we welcomed Pam Thomas, assisted by Wendy Perryman, from “Joyce Brooks Lingerie”, Pam set up the business in 2001 which is situated in Cheltenham high street. There was an array of lingerie on display and a few purchases were made. The evening was really more of a question and answer session, members were asked to give a letter of the alphabet then Pam would demonstrate the item beginning with that letter, each were given a numbered ticket which was drawn after the session, Carol was the lucky winner. To end the session, just for fun, we played pass the parcel which had many gifts kindly hidden in the layers of wrapping, the final one was a huge teddy bear which was won by Nancy, who is very kindly donating it to Charity. Pam and Wendy were thanked by Liz.


5:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Compton Verney: The Story of a Great House


2:28pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE April Meeting of Bidford on Avon WI was held at The Bidford on Avon Methodist Church. Jerusalem was sung and the President, Joan Churchley welcomed everyone and information was given about future events and classes being arranged by the Warwickshire Federation of WIs.


12:44pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Don’t forget Evesham Volunteer Centre is now closed until 9.30a.m on Wednesday 23rd April for the Easter Holidays.


11:46am Thursday 17th April 2014

SO, Easter is almost upon us, we are through Palm Sunday and well into Holy Week. Palm Sunday reminded us of Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem, all joy and celebration on the surface but with real fear and danger lying beneath. The disciples knew Jesus was risking everything as he rode into the city on a donkey, recalling the prophecy in Zechariah chapter 9 that a king would enter the city in this way.


10:41am Thursday 17th April 2014

I begin my report with an apology to Mr Ken Perkins. Last week I reported that George Bourne had gifted the new audio system, whereas in fact it was Ken Perkins who had purchased the equipment for the club and George had donated the microphone stand.


10:04am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE April meeting of Pebworth and District WI started with a book sale, which was well supported. It was good to have a personal recommendation from the donors to help us make our choices!


9:51am Thursday 17th April 2014

IN the past few weeks the In Bloom committee has organised two events to suit all ages – at the end of March a Gardeners Question Time in the village hall coupled with a cream tea proved irresistible. Our four professional horticultural experts - Jon Heath, head gardener at Bretforton Manor, Sarah Malleson, area supervisor at Hidcote Manor and her colleague Vicky Cody, deputy head gardener at the world famous garden and Tony Perryman, horticultural consultant with a lifetime of vegetable growing were able to answer the many questions thrown at them from pruning cherry trees to growing swedes successfully, from planting in shady areas to preventing ducks destroying the garden


9:27am Thursday 17th April 2014

The 2014 Annual Spring Show was held on Saturday 12th April in Ebrington Village Hall.


8:46am Thursday 17th April 2014

The winners for the week ending April 11, 2014 are as follows:

The HummingBirds

8:25am Thursday 17th April 2014

There was an encouraging attendance of twenty ladies at the second meeting of The HummingBirds which is a new social group for the area which meets on the second Wednesday evening of each month in Defford Village Hall.


4:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A CONSTANt source of wonder is the range of topics which our speakers present.


12:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Over the last twelve months we have done many things. Some of which are as follows


12:05pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Club President Jim Cox warmly welcomed John Cotton, attending his first meeting as a guest of Pat Sparrow, having seen our reports in the Journal recently. Clive Allen, on behalf of the Club, thanked George Bourne for his gift of our new audio system and Bob Young for his handsome donation of a special award – a Quaich (a Scottish friendship cup) for outstanding service to the club.


11:04am Thursday 10th April 2014

We are very lucky to be able to access many delightful old houses and gardens within relatively easy travelling distance. One such house and gardens is Hanbury Hall which became a National Trust property 50 years ago last year. We were delighted to welcome the Deputy Head Gardener Caroline to our meeting on April 1. Caroline gave us a bit of information on the history of the House but her main talk was on the Re-creation of the formal gardens. This has taken place over the past 20 years, the aim was to restore 20 acres of the land back to the original design by George London 300 years ago. Obviously this was a mammoth task and involved a lot of hard work and planning. The design of the original garden was used to plan the work. The Parterre was started in 1993 and took 3 to 4 years to establish.


10:22am Thursday 10th April 2014

20474 Evesham £1000


10:19am Thursday 10th April 2014

Don’t forget tomorrow night Friday April 11 Evesham Volunteer Centre is holding another very popular Quiz Night at Raphael’s Restaurant, Hampton Ferry, Evesham at 7.30pm. Cost £5 per head to include nibbles, teams of 4 – 6, please contact Evesham Volunteer Centre on 01386 40165 to reserve your tickets or turn up on the night.


12:45pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Our new president, Pat Moss, introduced our speakers, the Inkberrow First Responders with our own representative, Richard Shepherd, who is about to take up his posting.


12:31pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

The Society met on Tuesday, March 18 to hold the Annual General Meeting to elect officers and also to hear Dr Sylvia Pinches speak on the life and career of Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe OBE, RA a wildlife artist born in 1901 in Cheshire.


11:56am Thursday 3rd April 2014

SATURDAY, April 12 is the Annual Spring Show at Ebrington Village Hall.


11:21am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Make a note in your diary – A Night at The Snail Races (animated fun races on the big screen) on Saturday April 19 at Raphael’s Restaurant, Hampton Ferry at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 each and include a hot supper, all proceeds in aid of Evesham Volunteer Centre, ring Sally Earley on 01386 40165 to reserve your tickets.


10:15am Thursday 3rd April 2014

The winners for week ended 28th March are as follows:


9:17am Thursday 3rd April 2014



9:04am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Members and visitors from other Garden Clubs enjoyed a fun night out in Bretforton where they were able to test out their gardening knowledge in the Inter-Village Garden Quiz on March 20. Ebrington, Blockley and Mickleton Garden Clubs joined Bretforton to do battle in a nail-biting contest under the expert guidance of Quizmaster Howard Drury. Howard is a renowned broadcaster and horticulturist and set a variety of questions including music and picture challenges as well as giving us many gardening hints and tips along the way.


3:31pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Pat Cook, the Chair Person, opened the March meeting, and welcomed new members. She invited entries for the spring show on April 12 to make the show a success.


3:24pm Thursday 27th March 2014

WE were pleased to welcome Dr Gillian White who gave a most fascinating insight into the life of Mary Queen of Scots.


2:24pm Thursday 27th March 2014

The 1st Honeybourne Scout Group are in urgent need of a Group Secretary as the present secretary has had to resign due to increased family commitments and demands on her time. The Executive Scout Committee meets 6 times a year on alternate months. The duties of the Secretary to is take simple minutes, record these and distribute them via e-mail to other the members of the Committee. He or she will also circulate an Agenda to the Committee members prior to each committee meeting. The Group Secretary keeps the Group records, and these are sent via the District Secretary in Evesham to the Scout Association for the Annual Census in the early part of each year. The Group Secretary must be familiar with computers and spreadsheets.


2:08pm Thursday 27th March 2014

THE March meeting of Pershore Flower club was a night to remember. Our demonstrator was Nigel Whyles from Telford and the theme for his demonstration was The Bizarre World of Clarice Cliff’. Nigel entertained us with his witty chat and helpful advice.


1:31pm Thursday 27th March 2014

After an early-winter break (in case of bad weather which did not materialise!) Hampton Friendship Club will re-commence meetings on Wednesday, April 2, starting at 2.30 pm.


12:15pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Our meeting was held during Fair Trade Fortnight. We had a thought provoking talk from Jane Lavery about how fair trade works and who benefits. We were inspired to think about how the way we shop can affect the environment and the lives of those in developing countries. It was also clear that Fair Trade did not mean quality was compromised. Even those of us who are reluctant to change our usual shopping habits can make a difference by maybe changing one or two times to a Fair Trade product; as they say ‘every little helps!’. After the talk, there was an opportunity to buy some Fair Trade products and perhaps not surprisingly, the chocolates and biscuits went well.


10:10am Thursday 27th March 2014

Make a note in your diary – A Night at The Snail Races (animated fun races on the big screen) on Saturday April 19 at Raphael’s Restaurant, Hampton Ferry at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 each and include a hot supper, all proceeds in aid of Evesham Volunteer Centre, ring Sally Earley on 01386 40165 to reserve your tickets.


9:02am Thursday 27th March 2014

At our meeting on March 21, we welcomed Mary Jones, a retired physiotherapist from Cheltenham, who described how the Smiles Foundation is making smiles in Romania.


12:33pm Friday 21st March 2014

THE inaugural meeting of the new social group The HummingBirds was held on the second Wednesday of March and proved to be a resounding success. Twenty two ladies assembled in Defford Village Hall for an evening of friendship and relaxation.


2:32pm Thursday 20th March 2014

THE weather played it's part welcoming visitors to the Inkberrow and District Horticultural Society's Spring Flower Show,held at the Village Hall on Saturday, March 8, with glorious sunshine and warm temperatures.


2:14pm Thursday 20th March 2014

OUR meeting this month was well attended and following the singing of Jerusalem President Val Davies was happy to inform us that member Jean Bayliss had accrued her 100 points and was given her voucher to spend as she wished.


1:37pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Report on the meeting held on February 26. The redundant sign posts have been located and Gloucestershire County Council will be asked to remove them.


Evesham Journal: (4645676)

1:02pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Digging up the past has never been so entertaining, especially if you caught Henry Sandon and Peter Stewart at Badsey recently. Their Badsey Society gig attracted a large audience to the village church to see these two veteran's of the 'archaeologist's trowel' dig deeper into the lighter side of their passion for old crocks.


12:29pm Thursday 20th March 2014

IF there is one quality essential for a successful farce it is enthusiasm and this the cast of Alan Ayckbourn's adaptation of Tons of Money, presented by The Inkberrow Players at the Village Hall for three nights commencing February 20, possessed in abundance.


12:15pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Memories are Made of This - Songs of the 1950s and 60s


12:11pm Thursday 20th March 2014

At our meeting on March 13, our own Tony Davies entertained us with Tchaikovsky – the man and his music. He played a variety of the great man’s music, including excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, and described his troubled life.


11:46am Thursday 20th March 2014

The February meeting was well attended and 10 new members joined the club. The talk entitled" Batsford Arboretum through the year" was given by Susanna Burn who spoke knowingly and informatively. Most members were familiar with the Arboretum but Susanna gave us insight into the hard work by the staff to make it the spectacle that we all know and love. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 26 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall and is our Spring Show with a fun quiz taking place during the judging procedure . Show schedules had been given to members at the last meeting but if more information required please contact committee members. We look forward to seeing all our members and guests for what promises to be an entertaining evening.


11:06am Thursday 20th March 2014

Our March meeting took us round the globe to Africa, with Eugene and Margaret Schellenberg talking to us about Ifakara Bakery project and The Free Bread Funds in Tanzania.


10:45am Thursday 20th March 2014

• The Holiday Club which ran over half term in the School Hall kept over 30 children, young helpers and volunteers fully occupied for three days. In fact it was so popular that for the first time in recent years, notices had to go up around the village stating that the Holiday Club was full. Sadly the weather limited the usual outdoor games, but there were still craft activities and indoor games to stimulate everyone. On Wednesday Ian Craigan of Puppet Tree Community Arts came and led a workshop on shadow puppets, with the children making their own puppets and putting on a show at the end of the day. On Thursday afternoon the tired and happy children were collected and sent home with the promise of more to follow in the summer. ‘Muddy Kids’ will take place between July 29-31, more information to follow.


10:39am Thursday 20th March 2014

Members enjoyed the delightful slides and talk of Nicholas Clark guiding us from the Cape of Good Hope to Victoria Falls. It was very interesting and most informative. Members will next challenge their skills with the Spring Show and Quiz on March 25 at Wallace House, Oat Street 7.30pm. Good luck to all entrants.

Helping Hands

10:36am Thursday 20th March 2014

Daisychain Benevolent Fund Charity Shop needs volunteers on Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30 to 1.30pm or 12.30 – 4.30pm sorting out donated goods, till work, dealing with customers. To find out more about this very worthwhile voluntary opportunity please contact Sally Earley, details below.


9:59am Thursday 20th March 2014

AT our last meeting, our talk by Carol Lomas about the Shakespeare Hospice showed us just how much work is being done - much of it on a voluntary basis - at the hospice. Not only is there full time nursing care for terminally ill men, women and children, but there is a day hospice twice a week, care for sufferers at home and many counselling and family support services. The talk was most informative and made us realise just how valuable hospices are.


9:45am Thursday 20th March 2014

LEARNING is for life and life is for learning – and it is all sociable and fun. That’s the aim of the Bourton and District U3A who meet regularly in Moreton in Marsh, Stow and Bourton on the Water

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