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KIT December 2022

Dear reader,

A very warm welcome to December's KIT.

Some good news: the church clock at Fladbury was restarted today (thank you Anthony Palmer). We're one step closer to the tower re-opening.

Wherever you live, thank you for helping make our communities thrive.

I wish you, your friends and your families the very best of the season.

John Powell
KIT editor

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Warm Space


Tuesday 29th November, 10.30am-3pm


Helen Jones writes:

Fladbury Social Club will be open on Tuesday 29th November from 10.30am-3pm creating a 'Warm Space'.

As fuel prices soar the idea is that anyone can come along and share the warm, have a cup of tea/coffee/biscuit or soup/roll for lunch or just come for a chat, read the paper, watch TV, or work.

The first Warm Space is an invitation to come along and see what it's all about.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help please also come along. This community initiative needs the village's support.

Anyone who would like some warmth and company – we'd love to see you on 29th November.

Helen Jones, tel: 07891 443428


Christmas Giving


Jane Bugg writes:

Hearing of so many needs at the moment, I contacted one or two local organisations to find out how they are helping as we all prepare for Christmas. If you want to discuss, or need to know more, please phone the numbers given or ring me, Jane, on 860531, email

Evesham Vale Welcomes Refugees

There is a clothing hub in Riverside on Wednesdays from 3.30-5.30pm and on Saturdays from 10.30am-12.30pm. They provide free clothing for all refugees and asylum seekers and welcome warm clothing for winter, for children (but not babies as they have masses), and young men and women. They also need winter clothes and shoes for men. They continue "We have 63 asylum seekers in the Evesham hotel that we look after, and that includes 5 families with children of all ages. We are also asking for donations for Xmas gifts. And more volunteers! Many thanks for thinking of us (or them!)". For more information, please email or phone the co-ordinator, Ros Gowers, on 07547 260309.

The Maggs Centre in Worcester

This is a Day Centre for the homeless – tel: 01905 25027. They receive clothing at 59-60 The Tything, Worcester, from 9am-12noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Caring Hands in Evesham

They are overloaded with clothes at present but do welcome Christmas treats for food bags – mince pies, chocolate, etc – but must be non-perishable. They can be taken to the foodbank at the top end of the Waitrose car park in Evesham. It is called The Lighthouse and is a modern building with black metal gates. It is open to receive gifts Monday-Thursday 12noon-2pm and Friday 3.30-5.30pm.

Pershore Foodbank

Thank you everyone who gave so generously at Harvest time and everyone who continues to support Pershore foodbank in these difficult times. The only products we have lots of are tinned baked beans and dried pasta at this time. We are always pleased to receive any donation, however small, of a wide range of tinned and dried food. We are particularly in need of tinned meat, tinned fish, instant mash, tinned veg, custard, and rice pudding. Sponge puddings are a welcome extra in winter. Thank you once again for your support - our families are very grateful. Christine Farrell 861689.


Church Services & News



Four weeks to work through lists of Christmas preparation. I hope though, we each shall find time to pause to reflect on the true gift of Christmas - the gift of Jesus Christ who comes as the Light for all people. This gift is one of hope, and joy and peace.

This Sunday evening, at 6pm at Fladbury Church, "The Service of Light" tells the story of Christ's coming, through Advent carols and readings. All are welcome, and to all the Christmas services listed in this KIT, on church noticeboards, and on the website of the Five Alive Parish.

Parish Priest



Sunday 27th November

6pm Fladbury Service of Light with Advent carols

Sunday 4th December

9.30am Charlton Holy Communion
11am Fladbury Holy Communion

Sunday 11th December

9.30am Wyre Piddle Holy Communion
11am Fladbury Morning Worship

Sunday 18th December

9.30am Bishampton Holy Communion
11am Cropthorne Holy Communion
6.30pm Fladbury Nine Lessons & Christmas Carols

Monday 19th December

3pm Lower Moor Christmas Carols
7pm Throckmorton Lessons & Carols

Saturday 24th December - Christmas Eve

4pm Cropthorne Crib Service
4pm Wyre Piddle Crib Service
5pm Fladbury Crib Service
11.30pm Cropthorne Midnight Mass

Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day

9am Bishampton Christmas Morning Worship
10.30am Cropthorne Christmas Morning Worship
10.30am Fladbury Christmas Holy Communion

Sunday 1st January - New Years Day

11am Charlton Holy Communion - Patronal

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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


Carols round the Tree


Wednesday 21st December, 6.30pm


Jane Bugg writes:

At 6.30pm on Wednesday 21st December there will be carol singing round the Christmas Tree in Fladbury.

This will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies outside (or inside) the Anchor.

There will be a collection for Caring Hands in Evesham.

Organised by Friends of Fladbury


Fladbury Festive Five


Sunday January 8th 2023


Louise Bugg writes:

A 5 mile multi-terrain course, mainly off-road, along the banks of the River Avon, through Fladbury Village. This run is organised by the Friends of Fladbury community group. All the profits from the event will go to Friends of Fladbury and Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven.

Click here to enter if you'd like to take part:

Entries are limited to 150 and we have already had 103 entries! [and going fast!, Ed.]

If you do not want to run then there are plenty of ways you can help out:

  • make a cake - the runners get free cake after their run!
  • offer to marshal - we need people to ensure our runners are safe along the route;
  • donate a spot prize - not everyone can win so we like to have some spot prizes all runners have a chance of winning;
  • sponsor the race - would you like your company name on the race numbers and some publicity for supporting a local event?

Please contact Louise on 07968 252847 or

Organised by Friends of Fladbury


Chip for Charity


10am, Saturday 7th January 2023


Hannah & Toby Cheung write:

Have your Christmas tree chipped in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

10am on the village green by the Anchor in Fladbury.

Or leave your tree VISIBLY outside your property and we will collect it and your donation.

**Minimum £5 donation per tree**

We will be in the green TC Contracting truck and trailer.

If you are not going to be in please email us on and let us know...

You can donate via the link below, or search "chipforcharity" on

We will be covering Fladbury, Charlton, and Cropthorne.

Thank you.

TC Contracting Limited,, 07890689184


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Personal Notices

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Many thanks to all who supported the Poppy Appeal in Fladbury this year by bringing & buying at the red stall and raffle in the Social Club and by putting money in the buckets circulating after the two-minute silence on the Green.

Results were...

Red bring & buy stall, Fladbury Social Club £167.00
Raffle, Fladbury Social Club £145.00
Bucket collection at the Memorial £217.10
Total for Fladbury £529.10

This does not include sales of poppies from trays in various outlets in the village. Thanks to Victor Job for distributing these and for the display of poppies round the village. Jane Bugg

40" Television
Free to good home - old 40" television in working order. Tel: 861260.

Glass-panelled door
To be given away. Would you like a traditional 3' wide glass-panelled door, painted white? Could be useful. Please ring Jane on 860531.

Plastic pots & seed trays
A variety of plastic pots and seed trays are on the front lawn of The Haven in Farm street – please help yourself before they go in the black bin.

Any chance of a lift?
I am thinking of going to visit family on the Wirral after Christmas but trains may be striking. Is anyone travelling Cheshire way after Christmas? If so, and there is a chance of a lift, please let me know. Love Jane x. Tel: 860531 or email:


Regular Events & Groups

Book Group (Wyre Piddle WI)
Our next meeting will be on Thursday 8th December, 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.
Helen Jones, tel: 07891 443428

Fladbury & Cropthorne Bellringers
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 10th December. (Work parties are held on the second Saturday of each month.)
To know more and how to become a member, please contact me, Jane.
Jane Bugg, email:, tel: 01386 860531

Games Café
Meets every Wednesday, 10.30am-12noon, Fladbury Village Hall.
Sally Hutchinson, tel: 01386 861206

Knit & Natter
We meet next on Thursday 8th December, 10am at Fladbury Social Club. All welcome with projects or pop in for a chat.
Karen Walton, email:, tel: 07811 480152

The next Tuesday Lunch in the Pub is on Tuesday 20th December from 12noon in the Chequers for a £7.50 one course meal. This is an inclusive event – all are welcome! If you wish to join in, please let me know. The menu will be circulated nearer the time.
Jane Bugg, email:, tel: 01386 860531

Warm Space, Fladbury Social Club
Starts Tuesday 29th November from 10am-3pm. Turn off your heating at home and enjoy coffee, tea & biscuits for £1, a cup of soup and a roll for £3. Bring your sewing or knitting, pack of cards or dominoes, newspaper or magazine, watch the TV, chat and keep warm! If successful, this will continue on a weekly basis - with volunteer help. Please will you volunteer once in a while?
Helen Jones, tel: 07891 443428



Village People
We held a very informative CPR evening 8th November with over 30 people attending.
Falls prevention and Simple First Aid planned for 2023. Awaiting a date.

Wreath Making
Friday 2nd December 6pm, Charlton Old Schoolroom. £6. Everything provided. Just bring your own refreshments. 9 places left.

Christmas entertainment & Chocolate Bingo
Tuesday 13th December, 7pm, Cropthorne & Charlton Village Hall. £6 to include Mulled Wine and Mince Pies. Everyone welcome to enjoy lots of Christmas Fun.

Craft Club
Every Monday 2-4pm Cropthorne & Charlton Village Hall. Come along and bring your knitting, sewing, colouring, painting, drawing, or anything else you may enjoy doing. Share your expertise and enjoy a coffee. We now have a table tennis table awaiting bats and nets. Library and games available to borrow - no charge.

Coffee and Chat
Every Tuesday 10am-12noon, Cropthorne & Charlton Village Hall. Everyone welcome. Library and games available to borrow - no charge.

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



Christmas Festival of Small Trees
In 2022 Charlton celebrates the 150th anniversary of the conversion of its 14th century manor barn into a church.
This December we will be celebrating Christmas and nature with a festival of small decorated trees displayed in the church.
Come along on 10th & 11th December and see the wonderful display of trees, decorated by residents and local groups. All are welcome.
Tea, coffee and cake will be served between 11am and 2pm each day.
Donations welcome towards refreshments and the church maintenance fund.

*Bring trees to church from Monday 5th.

Charlton Chattery Christmas Bingo!
Friday 16th December in Charlton Old Schoolroom, 2.30pm.
Diane Barlow, email:, tel: 01386 860521

Crafters & Creators
Next meet on Friday 2nd December in Charlton Old Schoolroom, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Bring your own project and meet other crafters. For more information Elaine 07729256076 or Loraine 07947633724.
Elaine, tel: 07729 256076
Loraine, tel: 07947 633724

Morning Get Together
11am, Monday 12th December. Coffee in church will be a Warm Space. The heating will be on!!
Diane Barlow, email:, tel: 01386 860521


Other Events & Groups

Pershore Choral


If you enjoy singing – come and experience the beauty and passion of the finest classical music in the very special setting of Pershore Abbey.

Previous choral experience and ability to read music are assets but not requirements! You just need to sing in tune and attend rehearsals.

Join Pershore Choral for friendship, fun, and music making.

For further details go to our website or contact:
Membership secretary:


Mobile Library

Wednesday 14th December (2nd Wednesday)
11:30-11:45, Broadway Lane, Fladbury
11:50-12:05, Chantry, Fladbury
12:10-12:25, Post Office, Lower Moor

Tuesday 27th December (4th Tuesday) CANCELLED
Next visit will be Tuesday 24th January 2023



Pershore Foodbank

Please consider this EMERGENCY APPEAL. For the first time ever, the need for tinned food, toiletries, UHT milk, and basic cleaning materials has outstripped the number of donations received.
Thank you for all you are already doing and, if you can give again, please remember there are collection boxes in Fladbury, Charlton and Cropthorne churches, and at the new Deli/Brunch Coffee Shop at Wyre Piddle.
Another way to help is to set up a Standing Order - a simple and consistent way to support our local foodbank in Pershore.
Details: sort code 20-98-61. Account number 50714356.
Citizens Advice is also available to signpost clients every Friday at the foodbank at St Andrew's Centre, Pershore. The need to help so many families in our local villages really is vital to get them through this winter. Thank you.
Carol Rosier, email:, tel: 07967 131299

Logs for sale

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will have their last sales on Saturdays and Sundays 3rd & 4th Dec 2022, 7th & 8th Jan 2023 and 4th & 5th Feb 2023, 10am-1pm each day. Logs £7 a bag.
Please check website for updates or email
WR10 2AD will get you near or take main road B4084 out of Pershore towards Worcester and follow signs to Besford and Croome.



Christmas Trees for sale at Hillview Ducks

We are now selling beautiful non-drop Christmas Trees and our own handmade luxury wreaths from our family farm in Cropthorne.

Come and see us, 11am-6pm, 7 days from 26th November. Ready to go or reserve. Delivered free.

We also have a little pop-up shop selling lots of lovely giftware including our popular Hillview Wooden Ducks, and stockists of DCUK and Wrendale.

tel: 07949826904, email:,

Hillview Farm, Field Barn Lane, Cropthorne, WR10 3LY

Merry Christmas, from Mike and family

Christmas Market at The Chequers Inn, Fladbury

Saturday 10th December, 12noon-4pm.  Stalls, Santa and Choir.


November 2022 🗓

26th, Saturday
  • Charity Christmas Fair, 11am-3pm, Fladbury Village Hall
29th, Tuesday
  • Warm Space, 11am, Fladbury Social Club

December 2022 🗓

2nd, Friday
  • Crafters & Creators, 2.30pm, Charlton Old Schoolroom
  • Wreath making, 6pm, Charlton Old Schoolroom
8th, Thursday
  • Book Club, 10am, Fladbury Social Club
  • Knit & Natter, 10am, Fladbury Social Club
10th Saturday
  • Work Party, 10am, Fladbury Community Orchard & Nature Reserve
  • Christmas Market, 12noon, The Chequers Inn
  • Christmas Festival of Small Trees, 11am, Charlton Church
11th Sunday
  • Christmas Festival of Small Trees, 11am, Charlton Church
13th, Tuesday
  • Christmas Chocolate Bingo!, 7pm, Cropthorne & Charlton Village Hall
14th, Wednesday
  • Mobile library, Fladbury & Lower Moor
16th, Friday
  • Charlton Chattery Christmas Bingo!, 2.30pm, Charlton Old Schoolroom
20th, Tuesday
  • TULIP, 12noon, The Chequers Inn
21st, Wednesday
  • Carols round the Tree, 6.30pm, Fladbury Village Green
24th, Saturday - Christmas Eve
25th, Sunday - Christmas Day
26th, Monday - Boxing Day
31st, Saturday
  • New Year's Eve Extravaganza, Fladbury Village Hall


And Beyond 📡



Sat 7th Chip for Charity - recycle your tree!
Sun 8th Fladbury Festive Five

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