SALWARPE FETE — SATURDAY 22 AUGUST
Unfortunately, it has become obvious that our annual Fete cannot be held this year as Covid-19 remains a threat and Salwarpe Village Hall is also closed until at least the beginning of September.
The loss of this year’s Fete is very disappointing for the community as a whole and a serious blow to the church’s finances, upon which the upkeep of our two medieval buildings depends. However, we must now look forward to next year with the hope that an effective vaccine or treatment for the virus will then be available.
SUPPORT OUR FARMERS
At a time when Farmers are working hard to feed the nation ahead of the busy harvest months, they can ill afford to contend with fly tipping on their fields and in their gateways.
The closure of Household Waste and Recycling Centres and Government Stay at Home rules have triggered a surge in fly tipping. Members of the public can give their support during these testing times by keeping a lookout for any suspicious activities and reporting incidents they witness to the police.
'OF THE PARISH HERE AND THERE' - THE HISTORY OF MARTIN HUSSINGTREE
A quantity of books written by the late Gillian Lawley, previously Church Warden of Martin Hussingtree Church, have been donated by Gill's sons, Christopher and Graham. The books are £8 each and the money will be donated to Church funds.
This is a most interesting book and is available from Carol Hughes via the enquiries@ button on our Contact page.
It is with great sadness that we record the death of Shaun Best, who died on Saturday 23 May 2020 age 69. Shaun was a local man, born and brought up in Droitwich. His family were part of St Andrew’s and Shaun had a lifelong connection with our churches. He was our Parish Organist at Salwarpe, Martin Hussingtree and Hindlip for many years, in addition to playing at services and concerts in Droitwich, including organ recitals and services with the Hussingtree Chorale, which he formed.
Shaun also served on the council in Droitwich and left his post as our organist when he was appointed Mayor of the town in May 2017. However, Shaun retained close links with our parish and was always willing to help us out whenever he could. Though far from well, he very kindly organised our Carol Service last December at Salwarpe, joined by the Hussingtree Chorale.
Shaun was an incredibly talented musician: he worked on cruise ships for a while and could play any tune you chose in any given style. He could also move seamlessly from one piece of music to another and was a truly great entertainer. He transformed the worship in our parish by incorporating the outgoing voluntary into the service - something his predecessor, his friend Martin Griffin, had always wanted to do.
Shaun was a larger-than-life local character. He was very much loved and will be sadly missed - our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Helen at this sad time.
On Friday 8 May the Parish Council, on behalf of the community, laid a commemoration wreath on Salwarpe war monument in remembrance and reflection of those who gave so much during the war in Europe, along with the sacrifice and courage of the Rector of the Parish (1935-1942) Revd. William Heading Mitchell - who joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as Chaplain and was killed in the sinking of the ship on which he served, HMS Charybdis, in October 1943.
Our community, like so many throughout the nation, was unable to celebrate this important milestone in history in the ways that had been planned and congratulations go to the many parishioners, who from the safety of their homes and gardens linked all together sharing this unique tribute of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.