Pershore & District

General News and Group News

Most of our indoor and outdoor groups are now meeting, with hygiene strategies in place. Please see the individual groups pages for more information and to contact the group leader.We have recently held two very successful face-to-face events.

October saw our first Group Leaders' Meeting since well before the pandemic. This was a lively meeting with forty-four groups represented. We began the meeting with coffee and croissants and an introduction from our Groups Co-ordinator. Then followed talks from our Treasurer, who went over our financial guidelines; our Website Editor took us through the main areas where resources for Group Leaders are to be found; our Beacon Administrator encouraged everyone there to use Beacon for group management and finance. Discussion took place on some of the Charity Commission rules and financial regulations were made clearer. The speakers talked through their subjects well and answered various questions very succinctly. A highly successful morning.

Introductions Gathering, face-to-face Website talk

Have you considered becoming a Group leader? We are always looking to develop new groups and expand existing popular groups. Perhaps take a look at this message from our Groups Coordinator, about what it is like to be a Group leader.

November saw saw our second major event this Autumn: Open Day 2021. Held in St Andrews Hall, Pershore, we showcased many of our group activities. There was an excellent atmosphere, with both current members and prospective members able to meet and chat. Ten new members signed up as a result. Another very successful event.

Wonderful Photography Crochet time. Table Tennis
Knit and Natter Crochet

Chris Oakley's latest project is Insect Hotels. Remeber last year he made wonderful Christmas decorations from recycled wood? (see item below on this page for a reminder.)

Chris

By recycling pallets, Chris and his wife Sue are making bee hotels for overwintering insects, raising money for their Christmas charity this year: Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The boxes are in different styles, are approximately 10-12” high and 8” wide, filled with natural materials and ready to hang on a wall or fence, with some ideas included on where best to site them. They will be priced from £10 - £15, and all proceeds will go to the Guide Dogs charity. Perhaps you would like to buy one for a friend this Christmas? Contact Chris via the website link on the Contact page.

Your own garden plants will benefit if you can attract ladybirds, solitary bees, lacewings and other pollinators to your garden, and we can do our bit to protect the diversity of wildlife we still have around us.

The Loosenders walked in August 2021 to visit the elephants dotted around Worcester, part of the ‘The Big Parade’ raising monies for St Richard's Hospice. Leaders Rob and Ange arranged the route and included a visit to see the ‘Leaves of the Trees’ exhibition in the cathedral.

Then by chance, the group enjoyed a chat with Harris Hawk handler who was there to discourage the seagulls, the noise of the gulls expressing their concern at the presence of the hawk was deafening!

An incredibly interesting morning with wonderful cake and coffee at Worcester Porcelain too – thanks Rob and Ange.’

Elephant stampede Loosenders and elephants

Keeping the park tidy

Have you spotted Graham and Sue litter picking on their stroll around Abbey Grounds? They have been going the extra mile to keep the park looking spick and span.
Well done to you both. It is very much appreciated!

Keeping Abbey Park litter-tidy

Amongst Zoom meetings during lockdown our Craft group have made a collection on Elephants for the Worcester Join the Stampede Project in aid of St Richards Hospice. From mid July about fifty big elephants will form a trail around Worcester City. Like the Giraffe Trail a couple of years ago. The hospice shops will sell the small hand made elephants to raise further funds.

Elephants for St Richard

Music Concerts
In normal times, we hold two very popular music concerts, one in June and the other in December, where we showcase the talent of our wonderful music and singing groups. Sadly these could not take place in 2020, due to Covid restrictions then in place. We hope to be able to hold them again in 2021. For a flavour of the fun to be had at these events, here are some photographs from 2019 Christmas event.

Christmas concert 1 Christmas concert 2 Christmas concert 3 Christmas concert 4 Christmas concert 6

Environmental Issues Discussion Group - Pershore Litter Pick on 29th September - successfully clearing areas of Pershore around the river meadows.

Litter picking

Last year, one of our talented members, Chris Oakley, has been making wooden Christmas decorations to support local charities such as Pershore Community Cupboard (like a foodbank) and Pershore Abbey. Chris often recycles old wooden pieces saying it is just such a pleasure saving a 100-year-old broken table, destined for the tip, giving it a new lease of life in the form of a coffee table, stools or keepsake boxes.

Crafty woodworking