Keeping in Touch No 2. 2021

It all started off as CORONAVIRUS nearly a year ago – and we never imagined it would come to Fladbury but it did. Those people who have caught it are not sure why – may be because someone travelled from afar to see them or may be someone caught it whilst Christmas shopping, even in facemasks, or someone else had it in a small office or someone caught it in a “safe” family bubble. Nobody quite knows how. Some people had it badly, some not quite so bad – everyone is different. Now we have the hope of vaccination. Meanwhile, for the sake of everyone, I think we must strictly obey the rules and guidelines - and hope for the best.


If you need help of any kind – even just a friendly chat – please do contact your village carer or one of our signpost people below....

Louise Bugg, Friends of Fladbury - 07968 252847, email:

The Revd Sarah Dangerfield - 861669, email:;

Ian Southcott, Chair of the Parish Council - 861061, email:



We clapped in and around Woodward Parks last week. Did anyone else? The suggestion was we do it every Thursday at 8pm for 10 weeks – there are certainly lots of heroes to clap and to thank



Friday 15 January - Homemade Lasagne served with mixed salad and crispy potatoes - £9

Sunday 17 January - Roast leg of Lamb and mint sauce OR Chicken fillet served in an asparagus sauce, both served with fresh vegetables and potatoes - £9 each + Sunday desserts -Homemade apple crumble OR Biscoff cheesecake OR Chocolate and orange torte, all served with cream - £4 each

TO ORDER, please contact as soon as possible Carol-Anne and Nigel on 07866 670472



Good news, fish & chips & more are continuing – every Thursday evening, with free delivery. Menu attached. Text or leave a voicemail asap on 07737326183 . Many thanks, Vicky



St John the Baptist’ Church, Fladbury will be open on Sunday’s for individual private prayer from 10.00am to 4.00pm. We hope in a visit, you’ll find comfort. A church is open every day for individual private prayer – the Five Alive Parish website has details. Public worship within the Five Alive Parish is currently suspended.

We continue to offer the Praying Together on a Sunday (at home) at 5’ Service each week – available to download from the Parish website. If you would like to be gathered online via Zoom for this service, then please let me, Sarah, know (861669 and I will send you the Zoom link each week. We’ll begin to gather from 4.45pm, with our individual candles ready to light to start the service at 5.00pm.

With our prayer for keeping safe

Sarah, Parish Wardens and Wardens



Please can you help our Foodbank with these non-perishable items? We currently need.....

tinned carrots, tinned fruit, UHT milk and long life fruit juice. We are not able to use chilled or frozen items.

Please put donations in Fladbury Church porch where there is a box which is regularly emptied. 

Lynne Raymer on behalf of Pershore Foodbank



Tree at the junction of Millbank and Chequers Lane - this tree was diagnosed as diseased some time ago. However, with the agreement of the Wychavon Tree Officer, it was decided to retain it. Unfortunately, and much to the dismay and consternation of the Parish Council, WCC took it upon themselves to fell the tree without further consultation. We will seek an explanation and a replacement although WCC 'can make no promises.'

 Ian Southcott - Chair, Tel: 861061  Email:



  • I have been asked by the family of Rosemary Shepherd of Broadway Close to announce that Rosemary died in hospital on Sunday 10 January after a fall.
  • Congratulations and every good wish to John Filmer of Leasowes Court who celebrates his 80 birthday on Friday 15 January - by Zoom with family and friends scattered across the world
  • Vanessa Tofield of The Chantry is still making very attractive, washable, facemasks – ring her on  860576 for more information



Pop up artisan bakery - Fladbury Bread Shed - offering fresh sourdoughs, granary loaves, bloomers and occasional sweet treats. Pick up from a box outside The Manor (in Station Road) most days.  For more information on bake days, visit Fladbury Facebook page or call Moira on 861744.



  • Chestnut Tree Inn, Lower Moor - every Friday and Saturday 4pm till 8 pm - Fish and chips, Scampi and chips, Ham egg and chips, Southern fried chicken and chips, Chicken curry, Warm duck salad, Burger and fries  - all £8.95. To order and book a time slot,  phone 01386 860380
  • Gardener’s Arms, Charlton  - 861146 – open for collection 4.30pm-7.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, telephone from 2pm to order
  • The Bell at Cropthorne – 861860 or Order by 2pm for collection between 6pm and 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Also weekend specials and Sunday roasts
  • Kaur’s Spice Kitchen from Throckmorton Parish Hall between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Fridays – orders must be placed by midnight on Thursday – phone 07545 392632
  • Queen Elizabeth at Elmley Castle – extensive menu on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtime - pizza nights on Fridays 8, 15 and 22 January – phone 01386 710251



At a meeting of over 20 members of the Walkabout Committee, the options for this year's event were considered - these included cancellation, delaying a decision and postponing until later in the summer. The fact that it was not possible to predict where we might be with regard to the pandemic and the progress of the vaccination programme, it was decided to focus on an event for our residents - obviously taking in to account any restrictions that might apply at the time. The Committee will reconvene at the end of March to begin planning for an event that will celebrate our village community as we hopefully emerge from the grip of Covid 19.

Steve Curtis/Ian Southcott - Walkabout Co-Chairs



  • Jigsaw puzzles are in the porch at no 10 Butt Furlong. Please feel free to help yourselves. Lou Bugg
  • word puzzle – See how many words you can create from  D – OIEUTNRC - each word to contain the first letter and a minimum of 3 letters per word.  Target - 15 - 30 - 50 and for excellent 70 – John Prichard 860602
  • Re-using of Christmas cards – I still have no outlets – I’ll keep trying. Meanwhile, would anyone like to make tags from them for Christmas 2021?
  • I know of a couple of tapestries which need completing. Is anyone interested?
  • Any other suggestions of things to do whilst staying at home?

Please ring me, Jane, about the last three suggestions - 860531



  • Gus and I were out on a walk last week and spotted a kingfisher.... Very exciting (I'd never seen one in the flesh) - just a bit of random loveliness in an otherwise dire time. We saw the kingfisher by the brook at the bottom of Broadway very close – see attached photo. Lucy Orchard
  • Mike Dunning spotted a snowdrop on Boxing Day! And snowdrops are blooming in the churchyard
  • Somebody – and sorry, I can’t remember who! – spotted daffodils in bloom at the side of the road to Cropthorne



  • The best place, in Mike’s opinion, for month by month gardening advice is Monty Don’s website -

  • Mike also suggests sowing sweet peas and broad beans in trays in a greenhouse or on a windowsill for an early start this spring :
  • Moyagh Hemming of Station Road, emailed “Quick note to let village know I have Giant Snowflake (Leucojum) in flower in my front garden - left-hand border  tucked up nicely against the wall of John Taylor`s house, nice sheltered with big shrub in front. so bit of Spring here already”
  • My aconites are glowing bright yellow in my back garden in Woodward Parks – beautiful.  Jane



I received several suggestions of things we could do, most of which we already know about and some of us do do and some of us don’t do! Polluting and annoying to many are engines left running when the vehicles are not in motion. We buy too much – but manufactured goods provide jobs, We object to some crop sprays – but some farming economies can’t manage without. There is a lot we should do – but it’s complicated. Would anybody like to set up a Zoom discussion?


Let’s Keep In Touch – by phone, by email, by a window wave or by chatting across the road on an exercise walk

Love Jane X

Tel: 860531, email:

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