This week we welcome our new priest-in-charge, Claire Lording.
In this issue:
Ann Maxwell writes:
The service for the Licensing and Installation of the Rev. Claire Lording as Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of Pershore with Pinvin, Wick and Birlingham takes place in Pershore Abbey on Friday 29th May at 7.00pm. All welcome.
On Saturday 30th May, there will be an Open House at Claire's home, 58 Three Springs Road, between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Everyone is welcome to come and meet Claire and Paddy the dog over a cup of tea and a biscuit. (Parking is very limited.)
There will be a Four-Parishes Eucharist in Pershore Abbey on Sunday 31st May at 10.30am. Evensong in St James' Church, Birlingham, will be at 5.30pm on that day. Claire Lording will be officiating and there will be an opportunity to meet her after the service. We hope the church will be full, so please come.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Carousel' is being performed at Number 8 by Pershore Operatic and Dramatic Society (PODS) from Monday June 1st until Saturday June 6th. The production is being directed by Maxine Cook.
Tickets are available from the Number 8 Box Office on 01386 555488.
The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 3rd June, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall. All are welcome and transport can be provided if required.
For more information, please contact Brenda Fletcher on 01386 750173 or Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
James Revill has kindly invited all members of Friends of St James's Church to enjoy a tour of the Asparagus Production Plant on Wednesday 3rd June at 6 30pm. (Please meet at Red Star, Woodfield Farm, Broadway Road.) This is a social gathering and there is no charge. The evening will continue at The Swan.
If you would like to become a member of Friends of St James’s Church, please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
5. St James’s Church Services – June
Services at St James’s Church during June will be held at the following times:
  • Sunday 7th: Family Service, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 14th: Holy Communion, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 21st: Morning Praise, 10.15am.
  • Sunday 28th: Holy Communion, 10.15am.
All welcome.
At the Annual Parish Meeting on 20th May, and the Parish Council meeting that followed, Birlingham Parish Council discussed a number of issues, including the following:
  • Annual reports were received from our District Councillor, Parish Council representatives, the Jubilee Committee and Birlingham Website Group. These reports will be included in the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting.
  • The Village Survey is currently being finalised and will be distributed to all residents during the next few weeks.
  • As Upper End, Defford Road and Eckington Road are not able to receive superfast broadband, the Parish Council will be lobbying for them to be connected at the earliest possible opportunity.
Full minutes of both meetings will be available shortly.
Adrianne Woodward writes:
Many thanks to the people who gave time and effort on 16th May to tidy the Churchyard after Carl had mowed it. They were Basil Barke, Felicity Collier, Angela and Ken Fitch, Ann Maxwell, Ali Hastings and Chris and Adrianne Woodward.
The Endeavour Cup was awarded to Basil who never stopped working even when we all stood round, drinking coffee, admiring his prowess (in using a strimmer)!
Thanks also to Chris Reynard who has offered the use of his trailer to help dispose of branches etc.
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • Rough Hill House, Upper End: External and internal alterations to create larger living room, bed 1 to include en suite, pitched dormers to front elevations plus ground floor entrance porch (Case No. 15/00850). Approved. Full details and conditions can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at 
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