CHRISTMAS parking discounts will be back in force to support the Vale businesses and the economy.
To mark the switch-on of Evesham’s Christmas lights tomorrow (Saturday) parking in Wychavon District Council run car parks will be free after 3pm for shoppers.
On Saturday, December 20 – the last Saturday before Christmas – residents will be able to park in the town for 20p for three hours in short-stay car parks.
The same cost will apply when Pershore hosts its annual Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday, November 29.
And in Broadway parking will be the free after 3pm when the village hosts its late night Christmas shopping extravaganza on Friday, November 28 and Friday, December 5.
A week later on Saturday, December 13 visitors to the village will be able to pay 20p for three hours in short-stay car parks.
Phil Merrick, head of community services at Wychavon, said: “Supporting our towns at Christmas is really important. We have some fantastic shops on the High Streets, offering gifts of all kinds and we also support marvellous events to celebrate the festive season.”
A JUMBLE sale in aid of a popular Evesham training centre for adults with a learning disability is set to be held at the town’s Adventure Playground.
The event in aid of Working World will be staged on Saturday (November 22) between 10am and midday at the playground on the Woodlands.
Admission is free and the jumble sale will include clothes, bric a brac and much more.
THROCKMORTON residents can raise cash for the local chapel and get into the festive spirit with a Christmas bazaar on Saturday (November 22)
The village rooms will host the event and admission is £1 to include coffee and biscuits although light lunches are available for purchase.
A number of stalls including those selling homemade jams, pickles, marmalades and cakes, Christmas cards and gifts will be on offer.
A prize tombola will be running as well as a grand draw at the event from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
All proceeds from the fayre will be donated to the continued upkeep of the chapel.
A BIDFORD on Avon funeral directors will be selling a range of Christmas cards, calenders, diaries and children’s novelty items in aid of Shakespeare Hospice.
David Baker Funeral Directors will be among those at the Buy in Bidford Christmas Fayre at the Crawford Memorial Hall between 10am and 3pm on Saturday (November 22).
Anyone who cannot make the event can purchase the gifts from the funeral directors on the High Street until Christmas Eve.
LOCAL and family historians have been invited to a talk by Bishampton History Society’s on Bishampton and Fladbury manors and manorial documents.
Bethany Hamblin from Worcestershire Archive Service will take to the stage at Throckmorton Village Hall on November 27 at 7.30pm.
The talk will include details of what the documents reveal, basic tips on reading and interpreting them, and how and where to find them.
Admission to the talk is free for Bishampton History Society members and £2 for non-members.
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A POPULAR Pershore shop will be supporting five good causes with the sales of their packs of Christmas cards.
Three Little Pigs on the High Street will be showing their support for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Oxfam and Samaritans, Pershore Talking Newspaper and the Number 8 Community Arts Centre.
Owner Fiona Abbott said: “As always, all our individual Christmas cards are made by our lovely local artisans.
“This is really important to us as it underlines what our business is about; supporting our talented craftspeople.”
The cards will also be available online at www.threelittlepigs.eu as well as in the shop.
CALLS from Harvington Parish Council for secure parking for village cyclists have been answered by Worcestershire County Council.
The authority has provided cycle stands at the Harvington Convenience Store in Leys Road after the parish council made them aware of local demand.
Funding for the scheme came from a planning agreement locally and a further 10 stands are available for businesses, schools or employers in and around Harvington.
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EVESHAM’s latest Repair Café continued its successful start despite atrocious weather.
The latest session took place on Saturday, November 8 at ImaGine and saw many items being sent into for repair.
The next Repair Café will be held on Saturday, December 13 from 10am to 2 pm.
THE FRIENDS of Pershore High School are getting their eyes down for an evening of Christmas Chocolate Prize Bingo.
Fun for all the family is on offer at the event to be held on Thursday, December 4 from 7pm in the dining hall at the Station Road school.
Adults and children can play to win Christmas chocolate prizes and admission is £1, guests are asked to bring their own snacks and drink for the interval.
Bingo tickets will also be on sale during the evening at £1 per book for six games.