Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Front Cover

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Welcome from the Town Clerk…

Welcome to the Spring edition of the Town Council newsletter and as I write daffodils are picking up their heads along with snowdrops and crocus, a sign of hope in these very difficult times. The Town Council continues to meet on Zoom although we all hope that will change eventually, you are welcome to watch the meetings live on YouTube!

The works to improve Diana’s Garden are nearly completed and the Council is looking at planting trees as well as installing solar panels and other works to help reduce the Town’s carbon footprint. We are hoping to give residents some ideas so that if we all work together Pershore could become carbon neutral by 2030.

Finally, whilst we know that both Carnival and Midsummer Brass have been cancelled I know we are all looking forward to seeing all our events return when they can and our lives start to be little more like normal!


Ann Dobbins

A message from the Mayor and Mayoress…

Welcome to the Spring edition of our towns newsletter. As we leave the winter months behind us I am sure that we are all looking forward to days filled with sunshine and warmer weather. The past months have been extremely difficult for everyone, especially over the Christmas period when families usually meet to celebrate the festive season. We are all hoping that restrictions will soon be relaxed so that we can return to some sort of socialising again. In the meantime we must all continue to play our part in reducing the spread of this terrible virus.

Coronavirus has claimed the lives of several people in our area, our thoughts are with those families and we offer them our deepest condolences.

Over the Easter period the flowerbed in the Town Hall walkway will be available for anyone wishing to place a message for the loss of a loved one through Coronavirus, effectively creating a garden of remembrance. Further details can be found on page 6 of this newsletter.

Both medical practices and our local pharmacy have done a sterling job in carrying out of testing and administering the Cover vaccine. I urge everyone who is eligible to have the vaccine as soon as it is offered.

The traders in town who have been allowed to continue during the pandemic have indicated their gratitude for all the support that residents have shown by shopping locally and we are sure that when things settle down we shall see a bustling High Street once again.

Refurbishment of the Town Hall has been completed. This now provides a much larger area for events to take place together with a much larger kitchen.

This will be the last message we will be writing in the newsletters as our Annual Meeting is planned for May at which time a new Mayor will be elected. We would like to finish these few words by offering our thanks to members of the Town Council for all their help and support during the past years, often through difficult times. We also thank all those who have supported the fund raising for our chosen charity, Prostate Cancer Support. We are pleased that we are able to make a sizeable sum available to support those suffering with this illness.

We wish you and your families a very happy and safe summer.


Chris and Jan Parsons


Allotment News

Well, it’s almost Spring and hopefully we all have a lot to look forward to in 2021 with nights getting lighter, the daffodils popping their heads through the ground and the sun peaking at us on the odd day which is making us all feel that little bit happier and appreciating our surroundings so much more.

At this time of year a lot of tenants are in the process tidying up their plots and getting very excited about preparing their land for the coming seasons. There’s nothing like picking your first piece of fruit, veg or flowers. Also, I can see that a number of you are passing on your gardening knowledge to the little ones and learning how to grow different specimens together..….home schooling at it’s best, please keep it up and share any successes with us.

Due to the pandemic, we have had a lot of interest from families wanting to be more self sufficient which has resulted in quite a waiting list, which is fantastic to see. In the words of John Milton ’every cloud’. Also during 2020 we gained over 20 new tenants, some whom are taking on an allotment for the first time and some who could perhaps give Monty Don a run (ner bean) for his money! So, at this point, the Town Council just wanted to say a big warm welcome to all of our new tenants and wish you all every success for the fuchsia! ……excuse the pun!!

We are looking forward to seeing lots of lovely produce being cultivated from you all during our site visits soon.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding allotments, please call the Town Hall on 01386 561561 or email admin@pershore-tc.gov.uk

News from the Town Council


Cllr Chris Parsons MBE, his wife the Mayoress, Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Chairman of the Pershore Royal British Legion all met Mr Harold Wilson recently to help him to celebrate his 100th birthday. Mr Wilson was presented with a Birthday card and cake and spent a few moments chatting to his guests. Cllr Parsons said, “It was a privilege to be able to wish Harold a Happy Birthday. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant presented Mr Wilson with a card from H M Queen and I hope, even in these difficult times, that we were able to make Harold’s day a little bit special”.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant And Harold Wilson


In an attempt to keep the Town Council’s budget down, it has been agreed that for the next financial year (next four editions) this Newsletter will be available on line and at various locations around the town. The printing costs incurred in producing 4000 of each quarterly newsletter were substantial and the Council will trial this option for 2021/22 and review it to see whether it has been successful. Residents views would be most welcome as the year progresses.


Pershore Wellbeing Hub is now a registered charity. The aim is to enable all people in our community to lead healthier, happier lives, making use of our strong network of mutually supportive services. In the Spring they hope to open a town centre hub staffed by trained volunteers where they can offer a friendly chat as well as support and assistance such as form filling and where to find help for a whole variety of problems. They aim to bring the community together by linking people to the many services that are there to help them. It is a very exciting project, and they would love to see you at the hub when they open.

Pershore Heritage and History Society

Fire Engines and Fires in and around Pershore

In the Evesham Journal May 1908, an article reported at the Annual Meeting of the Pershore Volunteer Fire Brigade, which was held on a Wednesday evening on the brigade premises. The Captain (Mr. W.A. Smith) presided and opened the meeting by congratulating the brigade on having the best financial year in its history. They had attended seven fires; one in Abbots Lench, three at Moor, one at Hill, one at Birlingham and one at Woollas Hall. Besides these fires the engine had been hired out for pumping water and had been a source of income that way. Mr. P. Hanson, secretary, stated the income for the year was £119.

During August 1908, some excitement was caused in Newlands on a Saturday afternoon when flames were seen to burst from the roof of a house inhabited by Mr. F. Palfrey. An alarm was given and Mr. W.A. Smith, with one or two firemen and the willing assistance of many neighbours, soon got to the fire. They unroofed a good portion of the house getting immediate contact with the flames. The engine, which had been out, was therefore not required. It appeared that the chimney of the house next door, a fish shop occupied by Mr. A. Brant, was on fire the previous evening and could not have entirely extinguished itself, but heated through the bricks in the flue and ignited the beam of the next house built into the chimney. Had the fire happened in the night it would in all probability been a serious matter to deal with.

In November 1908; on a Thursday, a fire broke out in an out-building at the rear of the Bell Inn in Cropthorne which was used as a chaff house. At about 9 o’clock smoke was seen to be issuing from the room. A number of people were in the neighbourhood and they speedily set to work and removed over 100 sacks of corn and various farming sundries, while others were preventing the spread of the fire. The Brigade were telephoned for from Pershore and were quickly on the scene and as all the water was exhausted from the house a hose was taken to the brook about a quarter of a mile away. The tenant Mr. Sydney Brooks said that the building which belonged to Mrs. Knight (Mrs. Brooks’ mother) was damaged to the extent of £60.

Also in May 1909 the 7 o’clock train, a through goods train from Evesham to Worcester, was delayed at Pershore Station on a Friday evening on account of one goods van contents were on fire and had been noticed as it passed Fladbury station. On pulling into the station the flames got hold and were leaping in the air. However, in less than 15 minutes the fire was under control but the charred goods were unceremoniously chucked out, the truck released and put in a siding. The truck contained 3 or 4 tons of garden produce and some fine asparagus.

Old Horsedrawn Fire Engine Pershore Heritage And History Society Logo

Riverside Youth Centre Article

Pershore Riverside Youth Centre

Is your child struggling with homebased learning? If so, we can help!

  • Our Community Room is a quiet venue away from home distractions
  • We have Chromebooks linked to full-strength, safeguarding appropriate Wi-Fi.
  • Youth workers/tutors available to provide supervision and learning support if required.

This FREE service needs to be pre-booked to ensure we adhere to the Governments Covid  guidelines.

Contact: 01386 554713 or youth@pershoreriversidecentre.org.uk

Census Article

The Census is a unique survey that takes place every 10 years in England and Wales.

Census day is March the 21st and results will be available within 12 monthy, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information or help to complete it please visit the Census website.

Ticket To Ride Article

Crowdfunding WYCHAVON: Ticket to Ride Fund

  • Do you want to increase resilience and help to boost connectivity of communities in the Wychavon district?
  • Do you wish to improve local people’s ability to travel to services and opportunities for social interaction?
  • Are you a local community group?

For more information please visit the Spacehive website and search ‘Wychavon’.

Garden Of Rememberance Poster

A Garden of Remembrance for Easter

As the Mayor has said in his welcome to this newsletter, the Town Council is offering residents the opportunity to place a small token of remembrance of a loved one in Town Hall walkway flower bed in preparation for the coming Easter.

You are welcome to paint a pebble and place it on the stone surround or the Town Council are happy to provide a card in the shape of a spring flower where you can write your own message and place in the flower bed with all the other spring flowers. If you would like to do the latter, please phone the office before 1st April to arrange collection of your card.

The front gate of the walkway will be open between 29th March – 4th April for you to put your token in place. we hope this small act of remembrance may give you some comfort in these difficult times.

Please observe social distancing and wear a mask. Thank you.

Volunteer Centre Logo

Support in the Community- Supporting the Community

As we hope to see the end of Winter- and after several weeks into Lockdown 3- we would like to send our thanks to all our volunteers who are continuing to help us support the community in Pershore and the surrounding villages.

Our Social Car Scheme drivers are driving registered clients to urgent medical and other appointments including Covid-19 vaccinations. Other volunteers continue to collect and deliver prescriptions from medical centres in Pershore as well as urgent medication collections from hospital and are shopping for people who are unwell or shielding.

We have recruited a team of telephone befriending volunteers and recruits from the Here4U project are still in regular contact with people they have been supporting on the phone since last Spring – our sincere thanks also go to them.

We continue to provide minibus transport for a community transport initiative on behalf of WCC. This is a bookable service which picks up in Peopleton, Drakes Broughton and the surrounding villages where bus services are limited into Pershore on a Friday morning and return them home again.

The scheme ran for 6 weeks before Christmas on a Friday morning and is currently ongoing. We are grateful to our minibus drivers who are operating this on a rota basis.

Pershore Volunteer Centre 1, Billing House, Pershore WR10 1EY.Volunteers Heart Logo

Phone: 01386 54299
Email: admin@pershorevolunteers.org.uk

Friends Of Avon Meadows Logo

Covid-19 Precautions

The virus is still very much with us so please keep 2 metres away from other people when walking on Avon Meadows. Many of the paths are not wide enough for people to pass and keep a 2 metre distance, do show courtesy and step off the path to let others pass.


A female Pied Wagtail standing on frozen meadows. Photo: Lloyd Evans

Progress on the Wetlands

It has been very much stop-go-stop with work parties as the infection rate waxes and wanes. In the event we only had time to clear one area of reeds this winter and have decided not to attempt another as the bird breeding season will be in full swing (over?) by the time the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. We will continue to keep the safe passing places beside the main paths clear. This work will be managed carefully to avoid social distancing issues. The new dipping platform is not operational yet. Plans are in hand to put gravel down to get to the platform and also on the very muddy section of path from the boardwalk past the dipping platform. It was mentioned in the last Newsletter that the two footbridges in the North Meadow have been removed. They are to be replaced with culverts which will allow water to flow but present a fairly flat surface to walk over. Clearly conditions underfoot need to improve before contractor’s heavy machinery can be moved onto the site

Mistle Thrush

A nice shot of a Mistle Thrush by Jeff Steady


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Town Hall, 34 High Street, Pershore WR10 1DS
Town Clerk: Mrs Ann Dobbins ACIB t: 01386 561561 e: townclerk@pershore-tc.gov.uk

Front cover: From an original water colour by Cllr Chris Parsons MBE