We have Worcestershire Open Studios and the Village Garden Party coming up and another Sixties Night to look forward to, with a selection of road closures thrown in for good measure.

In this issue:
  1. Worcestershire Open Studios 2019, Saturday 24th – Monday 26th August
  2. Road Closure at Eckington Road, Tuesday 27th – Wednesday 28th August
  3. Village Garden Party, Sunday 1st September
  4. Swan Inn Holiday, Monday 2nd – Tuesday 17th September
  5. Tour of Britain Road Closures, Thursday 12th September
  6. Sixties Night, Saturday 12th October
  7. Birlingham Village Defibrillator
  8. Bystander Archives on the Village Website
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1. Worcestershire Open Studios 2019, Saturday 24th – Monday 26th August

Angela Fitch writes:
Birlingham Village Hall is taking part in the free, artist-led Worcestershire Open Studios initiative from 24th to 26th August.

Nine artists, Karen Brighton, Rob Broadhurst, Nick Dawes, Angela Fitch, Rosemary Frith, Paulette Moore, Jenny Pratt, Kirsten Protherough and Hayley Reynolds, will be showing and selling originals, prints and greetings cards and some of the artists will also be demonstrating their techniques and talking to visitors about their ideas, inspirations and generally the life of an artist.

Karen Brighton, one of the ‘Birlingham Nonet’ said, ‘I thoroughly enjoy sharing my art with visitors, whether they are artists themselves or people who enjoy looking at art. I really hope to see lots of people of all ages from the local community and beyond – everyone is very welcome.’

Along with Birlingham Village Hall, there are 82 other artists’ spaces to visit, including those right on the doorstep: Gary Coates at Strensham, Christopher Hughes at Upton-upon-Severn, Peter O’Neil and Sarah Nicol at Earls Croome, and Susan Faulkner at Severn Stoke.

Worcestershire Open Studios was highly commended in the Visit Worcestershire Awards of Excellence 2018 and is sponsored by Bevere Gallery and Malvern School of Art. It is not-for-profit, organised by artists and all venues are free to visit.

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2. Road Closure at Eckington Road, Tuesday 27th – Wednesday 28th August

Eckington Road (B4080) will be closed between the junctions with Defford Road (A4104) and New Barn Lane for a minimum of two days from Tuesday 27th to Wednesday 28th August. This is to allow for resurfacing of the carriageway.

The official diversion (to travel between Eckington Road and Defford Road) is via Eckington, Great Comberton and Pershore. The map of the diversion can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/road_closure_2019_map.pdf. Birlingham Parish Council is using its best efforts to ensure Worcestershire County Council signpost the diversion so that the village is not used as a shortcut by heavy traffic.

The notice of closure (which allows for a maximum closure of five days) can be found at www.birlingham.org/docs/road_closure_2019.pdf.

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3. Village Garden Party, Sunday 1st September

Adrianne Woodward writes:
The Village Garden Party, kindly hosted by Walter and Alison Clode, will be held on Sunday 1st September at 3.00pm at the Grange, Lower End.

Confirmation of attendance would be helpful to aid catering. Please can you let either Adrianne Woodward (01386 750936 or adrianne.woodward@btinternet.com) or Sue Hayward (01386 751382 or dennett90@aol.com) know by Monday 19th August.

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4. Swan Inn Holiday, Monday 2nd – Tuesday 17th September

Zoe Haines writes:
The Swan Inn will be closed from Monday 2nd September and re-opens at 6.00pm on Tuesday 17th September for maintenance and staff holidays.

Sorry for any inconvenience but it’s one of our quietest weeks when the schools go back after their summer holidays.

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5. Tour of Britain Road Closures, Thursday 12th September

A time trial stage of this year’s Tour of Britain takes place on Thursday 12th September. The trial is staged over a nine-mile route, starting and ending in Pershore.

The centre of Pershore, including High Street, Bridge Street and Broad Street, will be closed to traffic for most of the day. The High Street access to the Asda car park will be closed, along with about 40 parking places. Abbey Park Car Park will also be closed. Full details are in a letter from Wychavon District Council at www.birlingham.org/docs/tour_of_britain_2019_closure_letter.pdf.

Outside Pershore, the B4084 towards Evesham will be closed, along with roads through Great Comberton, Little Comberton and Bricklehampton. Maps of the closure can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/tour_of_britain_2019_closure_map.pdf.

The advice is to avoid Pershore on 12th September unless you are interested in cycling!

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6. Sixties Night, Saturday 12th October

Back by overwhelming demand, Birlingham Village Hall will host an evening of Sixties music and dancing on Saturday 12th October. Music is by Reflections.

Bar available from 7.30pm. Bring your own food. Music begins at 8.30pm.

Tickets at £16.00 are available from June Barke, The Clock House (telephone 01386 750949). Full details at www.birlingham.org/docs/sixties_night_2019.pdf.

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7. Birlingham Village Defibrillator

Birlingham Village Hall Committee has circulated a letter to all residents regarding use of the village defibrillator at the Village Hall. Following recent use, parts have been replaced and the unit is ready for use again.

In the event of a medical emergency you should immediately call 999. If the operator thinks using the defibrillator is appropriate, you will be told to do so. The code to open the Defibrillator cabinet is C1234 and the cabinet contains further simple instructions for using the machine.

The full letter is available at www.birlingham.org/docs/defibrillator_2019.pdf. For more information about the defibrillator and its use, contact Kelvin Hartshorne (01386 750547), Ken Fitch (01386 751682 or 07778 799823) or Alan Bradley (01386 751365 or 07764 293294).

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8. Bystander Archives on the Village Website

The eighth edition of the Birlingham Bystander, published in Autumn 1985, is now available on the website.

The issue includes an article on Worcester and Pershore Sorting Offices, photographs of the PCC Evening Party at the Clock House, a history of how the Dukes came to Birlingham, and the arrival of ‘Hortense’. Sunday School was about to start again and the Sunday School Rules from 1844 are printed.

The Welcomes page introduces a large number of people to the village, including Gerry and Irene James, John and Brenda Worby, and the welcome return of Bill and Margaret Jeavons and family. Joyce and Ray had recently taken over the Swan Inn, replacing Alwyn and Joan Gill.

Issue 8 of the Bystander can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/village/bystander.

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