22nd Oct, 2016

News in Brief

Evesham Editorial 14th Oct, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A HOST of bargains will be on offer at a jumble sale to raise cash for a much-loved Evesham charity.

Evesham Adventure Playground will host the sale of clothes, bric a brac and more from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, October 29 with all proceeds going to Working World.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

THE NEW CHAIRMAN of Vale Harmony has invited men from across Worcestershire to try their hand at singing.

Chris Franey, who became chairman at the AGM of the Pershore-based chorus said his aim during his term of office was to get as many men as possible to experience the joys of singing.

The management consultant from Fladbury has taken over as chairman from Chris Hartwright from Tibberton .

Formed as a barbershop chorus in 1978, Vale Harmony still sing in four-part, close harmony style.

The next event for the group will be the Worcester Victorian Fayre on Saturday, November 26 to raise money for Leukaemia CARE.

Anyone interested can call 01386 792549 or 07766 524833 or visit www.valeharmony.co.uk for more information.

A MATURE oak tree in Pershore’s Abbey Park has been chopped down on safety grounds.

Wychavon District Council made the decision to remove one of the mature oaks along the main avenue of trees in the park after a specialist tree surveyor carried out an annual inspection.

The surveyor found the tree was in decline and found advanced white rot on many of the main branches.

Wychavon said the tree posed a potential safety risk to park users as the tree is situated near to a main path and may drop branches without warning.

Lynn Stevens, Senior Parks and Greenspace Officer for Wychavon, said: “We are so sad to loose this mature oak tree and we know many local people will miss it too.

“We will make plans to ensure that a new young tree is planted this coming winter in the vacant space to ensure that future generations will have trees to enjoy.”


A GROUP of three female members of Evesham’s Labour Party shared their experiences of the recent Labour Party conference at the branch’s AGM.

The three ladies arrived for the Women’s Conference before the largest Labour Party conference in recent times, attended by more than 4,000 delegates.

Everyone had free access to Labour MPs and Shadow Ministers, many of whom joined in fringe and delegates’ reception events.

Highlights included Angela Rayner challenging the re-introduction of grammar schools – ‘education not segregation’ – and John McDonnell’s speech on the economy.

Sue Hocking, who was the official delegate from the Mid Worcestershire constituency party, said: “It was a revealing and inspiring meeting to attend. Labour now has a real programme to present for any upcoming election.”


AN ARRAY of modern tunes will be performed by an acclaimed artist for people suffering with dementia in Pershore.

Ruby Swift will perform at Pershore Number 8 Community Arts Centre on Wednesday (October 19), as part of Wychavon District Council’s continuing series of music workshops.

Ruby will run a fun and interactive singing session, where participants will improvise, discover and reminisce through a range of popular contemporary songs.

Jenny Davis, arts development officer at Wychavon, said: “I’m delighted these workshops and all of our musicians have committed to such an entertaining programme that will continue all the way into 2017.

“The feedback we’ve been receiving shows the workshops have a very positive impact on people by reducing isolation, getting them involved and helping them to make new friends.”

The workshop takes place from 1.30pm to 3pm and costs £2

Visit www.number8.org or call the Number 8 Box Office on 01386 555488 for more information.