We hope you all had a enjoyable Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year.

In this issue:
  1. Christmas Bin Collections
  2. St James’ Church Services – January
  3. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 2nd January
  4. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 3rd January
  5. 1955 Bell Ringers Revealed
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1. Christmas Bin Collections

Bin collections in Birlingham over the next three weeks are as follows:

  • Friday 29th December: green bins (plus up to two extra clear recycling sacks) & brown bins
  • Friday 5th January: black bins (plus up to two extra refuse sacks)
  • Thursday 11th January: green bins (no extra recycling sacks) & brown bins
Normal collections resume on Wednesday 17th January. Clear recycling sacks are available from the Birlingham phone box or from Pershore Civic Centre.

Full details of Christmas collections are available at www.birlingham.org/docs/wychavon_christmas_2017.jpg. The bin collection calendar for next year can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/bin_collections_2018.pdf.

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2. St James’ Church Services – January

Services at St James’ Church during January will be held at the following times:

  • Sunday 7th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Peter Stansbie)
  • Sunday 14th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Revd Claire Lording)
  • Sunday 21st: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with David Bray)
  • Sunday 28th: Holy Communion, 9.00am (with Revd. Alma Organ). Please note the new earlier time for this service
A reminder that there will be no church service in Birlingham on this Sunday (31st December). Instead there will be a Eucharist for the whole Benefice in Pershore Abbey at 10.30am.

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3. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 2nd January

Angela Fitch writes:
Hands up who had a new camera for Christmas? No – nor me, but there are still a few settings on the old one that I don’t know how to use yet. Birlingham Photography Club welcomes members of all abilities and with kit old and new.

The next meeting of Birlingham Photography Club is on Tuesday 2nd January, 7.00pm – 8.30pm in Birlingham Village Hall. The meeting includes a presentation by Rose Finch, who will talk about the Royal Photographic Society and what it takes to gain RPS letters after your name. Rose says that it’s not impossible, even for amateurs, although it does take some time and much planning.

Everyone is welcome, under 18s to be accompanied, £3pp, including refreshments. More information is available at www.birlinghamphotography.co.uk or email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com.

Happy New Year!

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4. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 3rd January

The first Cuppa & Chat of the year takes place on Wednesday 3rd January, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – and catch up on all the Christmas and New Year news.

All are welcome and transport can be provided if required. For more information, please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.

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5. 1955 Bell Ringers Revealed

The members of the bell ringers’ group in the 1955 photograph featured in the last issue (www.birlingham.org/pics/bells1955.pdf) were:

   Cecil ‘Cookie’ Downs, Ben Williams, Vic Burton, Bert Williams and Ken Lawrence

Cookie lived in Attwood Cottage, Ben and Vic at Whitehall Cottages, Bert in The Row and Ken at Gravelly Hill.

Thank you to Margaret Jeavons, Martin Downes and June Hiden, who all contributed answers. Special thanks to Walter Fielding-Cotterell for unearthing the photograph.

Martin remembers having a go on the handbells one Christmas and thinks the venue in the background was a useful rehearsal room!

If you can provide information or photographs of other former bell ringers, please let us know at news@birlingham.org.

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