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KIT February 2023

Dear reader,

Thank you for opening February's KIT.

Items that might catch your eye in this edition:

Please do get in touch if you'd like something added to KIT.

John Powell
KIT editor

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Please send contributions for the March edition by the end of Wednesday 22nd February to

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Fladbury Festive Five


Louise Bugg writes:

The 10th edition of the Fladbury Festive Five – 8th January 2023

Thankfully, the rain stopped just in time and 138 runners took part in the 5.5 mile Festive Five race which started at the greenhouses, headed down to the River Avon, along to Jubilee bridge and then back through Fladbury village.

This event is truly a team effort with so many of our community being involved in course marking, marshalling, organising teas and cakes. Yet again, we had many lovely comments from the runners who come from near and far to take part. They always comment about how friendly our race is and how fabulous the cakes are when they finish!

Thank you Fladbury – we did it again!

This year funds were raised for the Friends of Fladbury and for Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven.

Special thanks to Julie Cross (our Race Director without whom the race cannot go ahead).

Organised by Friends of Fladbury


Bingo Night


Friday 3rd February


Fladbury School PTA are raising funds with Bingo on Friday 3rd February at 7.30pm in Fladbury Social Club. Please get there early to grab a place!


Fladbury Coffee Club


Alternate Tuesdays


Helen Jones writes:

Coffee in the Club at Fladbury Social Club would like to thank everyone who has come along on Tuesdays. As we move into February, the club will be open on alternate Tuesdays. The dates are 14th February and 28th February. Please come along for coffee, cake and soup/roll.

Helen Jones, tel: 07891 443428


River Avon


Water Quality Monitoring


Louise Bugg writes:

Last year the Girling Angling Society started monitoring the water quality after reports of fish disappearing in the stretch of water near Jubilee Bridge. In October, I started taking samples above the Mill, at the paddle club and in Evesham to expand the data collection.

The Environment Agency were contacted regarding concerns over the water quality and, at last, this month there will be a meeting of the Wychavon District Council Rural panel to discuss pollution issues on the Avon. Prior to this meeting, the Girling Angling Society, Andy Train and I have been invited by the local Parish Councillors to gather to discuss the data collected in preparation for the Wychavon meeting.

I have created a page on the Fladbury Village website to summarise the history and current situation - I will be keeping this updated as much as I am able.

Please do contact me if you are interested in coming out to do some sampling with me! 07968 252847


Games Café


Extended Opening


Sally Hutchinson writes:

Games café in Fladbury Village Hall times are now extended. Every Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm. All welcome, bring a friend, enjoy company, coffee and biscuit. £1.

Wanted by games café: does anyone have a spare Rummikub game they could donate or sell? It's our most popular game and a third set would be good.

For more information call Sally 861206.


The Fladbury Players


Monday 6th February, 7pm

Helen Jones writes:

The Fladbury Players invite you to come along on Monday 6th February if you are interested in taking part, either on stage or backstage, in the next pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.

The meeting is at Fladbury Village Hall at 7pm.


Wychavon Parish Games 2023


It's the taking part that counts


Andy Train writes:

Fladbury needs you to take part in the Wychavon Parish Games!

The Games are an inter-parish competition (participants must live in the parish they compete for) and take place between June and late October/early November. The ethos is one of participation and friendly competition. You don't have to be an expert to take part ... knowing the rules helps but it's not essential!

Traditionally, Fladbury does very well in a few events but we don't manage to take part in all the events. Let's make 2023 our best year yet and cover all the events. I'm especially keen to hear from those who would be happy to captain a team. The captain's role is to recruit villagers to the team, make sure they turn up (!) and coordinate things along the way.

One Day Events:

  • Saturday 24th June - Bell Boating (crew of 6)
  • Sunday 2nd July - Rounders (squad of 9 to 15)
  • Sunday 9th July - Men's 5-a-side Football (squad of 5 to 8)
  • Monday 17th July - Cross Country (6 runners)
  • Sunday 23rd July - Pétanque (2 players)
  • Sunday 6th August - Bowls (4 players)
  • Saturday 16th September - Angling (3 anglers)
  • Sunday 8th October - Junior (2 players u18) and Senior Table Tennis (2 players)

Knock-Out Events:

These are weekday evening (7.30pm starts) events. They take place in local pubs and clubs, with first round matches around late August/early September. Finals are usually concluded late October/early November. The events are:
  • Crib (6 players)
  • Women's Darts (5 players)
  • Men's Darts (5 players)
  • Dominoes (6 players)
  • Pool (5 players)
  • Skittles (10 players)

To do well overall, we really need to put teams out in every event. There are points just for taking part.

If you'd like to be a captain and/or take part, please contact Andy Train, 07722125350.


The Five Villages Prom


Friday 10th March


Mark Blackwell writes:

Friday 10th March, 7.30pm at Fladbury Church

We are delighted to be able to reschedule this exciting event after it was suddenly cancelled for safety reasons due to a structural issue at Fladbury church.

The prom is expected to be a fabulous evening of music by Handel, Parry, Gershwin, Elgar and others performed by the talented musicians of Charlton, Cropthorne, Fladbury, Hill & Moor, Wyre Piddle, and beyond.

Come and enjoy old favourites and new discoveries at the Five Villages Prom!

Invite your family, friends and neighbours to join in with what promises to be a fun evening and enjoy participating with a rousing Land of Hope & Glory and Rule Britannia.

We hope you can come to this entertaining event which is raising monies for the Five Alive Parish and the charity, Evesham Vale welcomes Refugees.

Drinks will be available at the interval and after the performance. There will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and residents.

You can buy tickets online on the Eventbrite website at Or you can buy tickets, in person, at Fladbury Pie Shop. Or from Mark or Linda Blackwell directly by emailing

If you are still holding a ticket bought in person, rather than online, for the original Prom date in October 2022, it is still valid and you do NOT need to buy another.


A Trip to Bath


Tuesday 18th April


Lisa Cole writes:

Hello Fladbury folk! I work as a part time tour manager/courier for travel companies. I have recently done a lot more work for Johnsons coach company, a local firm with a good reputation for being friendly and caring. I am aware that there are a few folk who would benefit from a day out without any worries about driving, parking and who would enjoy the company of others.

I am proposing to do a day trip to Bath after Easter on Tuesday 18th April. The coach would leave from the bus stop near the Social Club in Fladbury and return us there later in the day. There is a toilet on the coach and we can accommodate mobility aids. The cost would be between £25 and £30 depending on the number of persons interested. It will be open to Fladbury folk and their friends and relatives. If I can cut the cost further I will. If this is successful we can plan other outings, for example Chester, Llandudno, York or historical houses and heritage railways.

Let me know your thoughts. Either phone me on 07712 671131 or drop a note through my door in Broadway House, Broadway Lane.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Lisa.


Church Services & News



Fladbury Church Tower

You may have noticed the tower is free from scaffolding. You may also have seen the specialist stonemason working on the tower via rope access! The stonework has been inspected and the loose pinnacle and other stonework repaired. The top of the tower is complete. Phase two, to re-erect the scaffolding inside the belfry and replace a rotten timber is scheduled to begin in the week commencing 30th January. The clock will be stopped while work is carried out in the belfry.

Thank you to Fladbury Social Club for organising a raffle in aid of the tower repairs and thank you to everyone who took part in raising ✨£300✨. The estimated cost of repairs to the tower is £7k + the cost to replace the timber. Two grant applications have been made (maximum available from either is £1k), with outcomes due by end of March.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 22nd February, when there will be a service in church at 10am.

Parish Priest


Lent Lunches

Jane Bugg writes:
During Lent there will be a Lent Lunch in each of the Five Alive Villages – a simple lunch raising money for a variety of charities. Full details will be in the March KIT.



Sunday 5th February

11am Fladbury Holy Communion

Sunday 12th February

9.30am Bishampton Holy Communion
11am Wyre Piddle Holy Communion
11am Fladbury Morning Worship

Sunday 19th February

9.30am Charlton Holy Communion
11am Fladbury Holy Communion

Ash Wednesday 22nd January

10am Fladbury Holy Communion

Sunday 26th January

9.30am Bishampton Morning Worship
9.30am Cropthorne Holy Communion
11am Fladbury Morning Worship

Sunday 5th March

11am Fladbury Holy Communion

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Parish Priest:
The Revd Sarah Dangerfield, tel: 861669

Five Alive Parish Wardens:
Meredith Debenham, tel: 446276
Celia Willis, tel: 861348

Bishampton & Throckmorton Church Warden:
Peter Chatterton, tel: 462349


Classifieds 📰

Please contact John at if you'd like an entry in this section.

Personal Notices

Chip for Charity
This January having your Christmas trees chipped by Toby, Hannah & their team has so far raised ✨£450✨ in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
A fantastic result, thank you.


Regular Events & Groups

Book Group (Wyre Piddle WI)
Our next meeting will be on Thursday 9th February, 10am at Fladbury Social Club.
Wendy Berry, email:

Coffee & Cake, Fladbury Social Club
Come along and join us enjoying good company and conversation on Friday and Saturday mornings.
We will also be open on Tuesday 14th February and Tuesday 28th February from 10.30am to 3pm offering tea, coffee, cake, soup and rolls.
Come along and find some company during the winter months.
Helen Jones, tel: 07891 443428

Fladbury & Cropthorne Bell-ringers
Normally open practice is Thursday evenings, 7-9pm at St John's Fladbury. However, with St John's being off limits in the short term for repairs, we're currently practicing at St Michael's Cropthorne on Thursday evenings, 7-8.30pm.
John Powell, Tower Correspondent, email:, tel: 07776 063252

Fladbury Community Orchard & Nature Reserve
Our next Work Party is at 10am, Saturday 11th February. All are welcome to come and help. If you would like further information, please contact me, Jane. Fladbury Apple Juice is still available for £3 a bottle.
Jane Bugg, email:, tel: 01386 860531

Friends of Fladbury
An informal group of people who organise events to bring the community together and raise funds. Next meeting at The Chequers Inn, 7.30pm, 22nd February. If you'd like to join us or find out more, come along or get in touch at

Games Café
Meets every Wednesday, 10.30am-12.30pm, Fladbury Village Hall.
Sally Hutchinson, tel: 01386 861206

Knit & Natter
We meet next on Thursday 9th February, 10am at Fladbury Social Club. You're welcome to join us for coffee and natter if you're not a knitter too.
Karen Walton, email:, tel: 07811 480152

Fladbury Parish Council
Fladbury Parish Council meets on Monday evening 20th February at 7pm in the Pavilion. Villagers are welcome to attend and are invited to speak, if they wish, near the beginning of the meeting.

Tuesday Lunch in the Pub is on Pancake Tuesday 21st February – further information is not yet to hand but if you want to join in or for more information, please contact me, Jane.
Jane Bugg, email:, tel: 01386 860531


Cropthorne Village People

Tuesday January 10th, Senior IT
This was a very informative evening presented by Justin Rowling. He helped us with email issues, changing providers etc. He is local to Pershore and holds a free IT session in Pershore Library on a Friday.

Tuesday February 14th, "Just Gems" of Winchcombe
7pm, Cropthorne & Charlton Village Hall. £6, to include a glass of wine. The owner is happy to identify stones and their origin (not valuation). Please ensure any items of jewellery are clean.

Tuesday 14th March, Air Ambulance
7pm, Cropthorne & Charlton Village Hall. £5, to include a donation. Please bring your own refreshments. This will be a presentation of the work of the Air Ambulance.

Craft Club
Craft Club including board games and cards. 2-4pm Cropthorne & Charlton Village Hall. £1, this includes room hire and tea/coffee. Everyone is welcome. The club runs every Monday until 3rd April and restarts 4th Sept. Every month there is an interactive demonstration, e.g. Quilling on Monday 30th January.

Coffee and Chat
Every Tuesday 10am-12noon. Library open to borrow books along with jigsaws and board games. Cropthorne & Charlton Village Hall. Everyone welcome.

If you would like to know more about Village People or any of the above events please contact Kathy Rayers, email:, tel: 07811 190555



Charlton Chattery
Friday 24th February in Charlton Old Schoolroom, 2.30pm.
Mary Gisborne, email:

Crafters & Creators
Next meet on Friday 17th February in Charlton Old Schoolroom, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Bring your own project and meet other crafters. For more information contact Elaine or Loraine.
Elaine, tel: 07729 256076
Loraine, tel: 07947 633724

Morning Get Together
11am, Monday 13th February. Coffee in church.
Mary Gisborne, email:

Lent Lunch
Advance notice! Saturday 18th March, Charlton Old Schoolroom, in aid of West Mercia Women's Aid and Worcester Women's Refuge.
Mary Gisborne, email:


Mobile Library

Wednesday 8th February (2nd Wednesday)
11:30-11:45, Broadway Lane, Fladbury
11:50-12:05, Chantry, Fladbury
12:10-12:25, Post Office, Lower Moor

Tuesday 28th February (4th Tuesday)
13:15-13:30, Lay-by, Cropthorne
13:35-13:50, The Green, Cropthorne
13:55-14:10, Ryden Lane, Charlton


Local Businesses

'Winter Medley'

Two treatments for £52.00

Swedish Back Massage
Dermalogica Facial
Shellac gel Hands
Shellac gel Toes
Indian Head Massage
Hopi Ear Candles

Treat yourself for January/February

Please contact Katie 07977181001

The Kitchen, Wyre Piddle

The Kitchen is a Brunch Café and local shop. The café serves the full brunch menu Thursday through till Monday, and Coffee & Cake on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We love local and good quality produce. We are not a big fan of plastic and are trying to reduce waste with our offering, along with a chance to refill containers for staple foods using our refill wall.

You can still get your everyday essentials here, but there will be a choice of how you shop with an emphasis on ethically sourcing.

Our milk is fresh from the farm – bring a glass milk bottle or purchase one to reuse. Once you’ve tasted the freshness, you will not go back!

To book a table or learn more about us, please visit our website:

Thank you. Heidi.


Yoga with Barbara

Restorative Hatha Yoga

Fladbury Village Hall – Thursdays, 18.15–19.15pm
A slower paced traditional Yoga class suitable for those who are new to yoga or for seasoned practitioners who prefer a gentler, more relaxing yoga experience. Yoga poses work on the physical body, easing through muscular tension and helping us to reach a balance between strength, flexibility and increased range of mobility.

Strength and Tone

Lower Moor Village Hall – Mondays, 18.15-19.15pm
Increases flexibility, muscle strength, energy levels and balance by combining Pilates-based strengthening and stretching poses, deep breathing and relaxation techniques.

Private 1-2-1 classes also available including meditation and mindfulness – an ideal way to explore your own personal journey.

For more details contact Barbara,, 07852778730.

Holland House Quiet Mondays 2023

Come and spend a day in quietness, peace and reflection. If you are familiar with our Quiet Garden days, these days will follow a similar pattern and theme. They run from 10am-4pm.

The Theme for 2023 is 'Emotions'.

These are the dates and details:

  • January 30th - Introduction including a film: Revd Brenda Morton, Communion: Revd Nikki Moon
  • February 20th - Leader: Canon Julie Fay, Communion: Revd Carolyn Petts
  • March 27th - Leader and Communion: The Ven. Frank Bentley

The cost is £20 for the day including a light lunch, coffee and afternoon tea. A short led reflection at the start of the day, optional Communion before lunch, and shared group reflection to close before tea.

Book at or call 01386 860330.


February 2023 🗓

3rd, Friday
  • PTA Bingo, 7.30pm, Fladbury Social Club
6th Monday
  • Fladbury Players meeting, 7pm, Fladbury Village Hall
8th, Wednesday
  • Mobile library, Fladbury & Lower Moor
9th, Thursday
  • Book Club, 10am, Fladbury Social Club
  • Knit & Natter, 10am, Fladbury Social Club
11th, Saturday
  • Work Party, 10am, Fladbury Community Orchard & Nature Reserve
13th Monday
  • Morning Get Together, 11am, Charlton Church
14th, Tuesday
  • Fladbury Coffee Club, 10.30am, Fladbury Social Club
  • Village People, 7pm, Cropthorne & Charlton Village Hall
17th, Friday
  • Crafters & Creators, 2.30pm, Charlton Old Schoolroom
20th, Monday
  • Monthly meeting of Fladbury Parish Council, 7pm, The Pavilion
21st, Pancake Tuesday
  • TULIP, 12noon, The Chequers Inn
22nd, Wednesday
  • Friends of Fladbury, 7.30pm, The Chequers Inn
24th, Friday
  • Charlton Chattery, 2.30pm, Charlton Old Schoolroom
28th, Tuesday
  • Fladbury Coffee Club, 10.30am, Fladbury Social Club
  • Mobile library, Cropthorne & Charlton


And Beyond 📡



Fri 10th The Five Villages Prom
Tue 14th Village People - Air Ambulance
Sat 18th Lent Lunch - Charlton Old Schoolroom


Tue 18th Coach trip to Bath (tbc)
Sun 30th Cropthorne Walkabout


Mon 1st Cropthorne Walkabout
Sat 6th The Coronation


Sat 24th Parish Games - Bell Boating


Sat 1st Fladbury Walkabout
Sun 2nd Fladbury Walkabout

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