This week’s Birlingham News is a day earlier than usual because of holidays.

In this issue:
  1. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 2nd July
  2. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 3rd July
  3. St James’ Church Services – July
  4. Vacancy at The Almshouses
  5. Churchyard News
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1. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 2nd July

Angela Fitch writes:

Birlingham Photography Club Exhibition at the Regal Cinema, Evesham
It’s all there in black and white. Mono cinematography is the theme to the 2019 summer exhibition for BPC which is being held in the Circle Bar at the Regal Cinema in Evesham. BPC Members were challenged with making images inspired by black and white films. The result is a collection of 15 stunning images inspired by films dating back as far as the 1920s. The exhibition closes on 30th June, entry is free of charge.

Village photo walk
The regular monthly BPC meeting is a village photo walk on Tuesday 2nd July. Depart Birlingham Village Hall at 7.00pm – everyone is welcome to join us (under 18s to be accompanied) for an informal walk around the village.

£4pp to include refreshments and guidance by experienced photographers.

More information about BPC is available at www.birlinghamphotography.co.uk or email birlinghamphoto@btinternet.com.

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2. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 3rd July

The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 3rd July, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – an opportunity to meet friends and catch up with the latest news. This month’s gathering will have a summery flavour, with jam scones and strawberries à la Wimbledon.

All are welcome, especially families new to the village. Cost is £2 per head and it is always held on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.

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3. St James’ Church Services – July

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

  • Sunday 7th: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Angela Gerrard) – followed by refreshments
  • Sunday 14th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Revd Philip Hughes)
  • Sunday 21st: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Revd Claire Lording and Steve Dunton, new Assistant Curate for the whole Benefice)
  • Sunday 28th: Holy Communion, 9.00am (with Canon Richard Etheridge)
Please also see the item below on the maintenance of the churchyard.

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4. Vacancy at The Almshouses

Tara Kirkham-Evans writes:
The Almshouses at The Row, Lower End, Birlingham, WR10 3AD are run by a committee of Trustees, all of whom live in the village.

Applications are invited for No. 2, a one-bedroom property which has become vacant. The property is available for immediate occupancy. The current monthly maintenance charge is £350.00 per calendar month, subject to review in April 2020.

Preference will be given to applicants of retirement age, who have a connection with Birlingham, either that they have resided or worked in the parish of Birlingham or the surrounding parishes at some time during their lives or have members of their family currently residing in those areas. All applicants will need to demonstrate a need for an Almshouse and should have their own transport as the Almshouse is not on a regular bus route. Please note, no pets are allowed.

If you are interested or know of someone who would like this Almshouse, please contact the Clerk to the Trustees, Tara Kirkham-Evans, by email to tarake1208@googlemail.com or by telephone (evenings only) on 07788 763400 or by post to 2 Russet Close, Evesham, WR11 3JW for further information or an application form. Interviews will be held after all applications have been received and considered.

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5. Churchyard News

Adrianne Woodward writes:
Mowing of the churchyard has commenced and it has been decided to leave certain areas uncut this year. This decision has come about as a result of several considerations:

  • The County Council cutting down on mowing verges to aid biodiversity.
  • Worcestershire Wildlife Trust initiatives of ‘Pledge a Patch’ and ‘Natural Networks’.
  • The decision of the Pershore Benefice to take part in the Eco Church scheme starting with individual churches, i.e, St James’.
If you would like more information Google is helpful or speak to Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.

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