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1:20pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Villages
TWO dogs, Monty and Tilly, accompanied 18 members of Powick ramblers last Monday for a walk of just under five miles, led by David and Ginnie Russell.
Starting from the Swan at Hanley Swan, they set off past the pond to follow the track to Home Farm and Blackmore House.
After climbing Oxhill the walkers crossed the ancient drovers’ road called Woodbridge Lane.
Along this track was the route of the saltway linking Droitwich with Malvern and the Wyche Cutting. The path led across pasture and over the Pool Brook to reach the Guarlford Road near the Green Dragon pub.
The route circled the old Blackmore Camp to reach the entrance to the caravan site, over farmland, with sheep and cattle grazing, past fields of ripening wheat, fodder beet and maize.
One or two dragonflies were seen plus giant hogweed along the hedgerows.
At one point in a hedge a wooden plaque shaped as a red maple leaf commemorated a crash between two Canadian bombers in August 1944.
The path continued over the brook once more to reach Hanley Swan and the car park.
Have you visited the Great Worcester Maize Maze along the Upton Road?
This year’s theme is space, with a Planet Mini Maze where a number of planet boards show three planets (two of them false) which have to be found; and an Alien Mini Maze where many boards display a number of different aliens.
There is a larger maze for the adventurous!
The art work is superb (executed by Glenn Colton of Broadfields Farm).
Apart from the maze there is a large play area with a straw bale maze for very young children; a number of cut-out boards where faces look out (for photos); nets for football, tennis or volleyball and a painted board for basketball practice.
A marquee serves light refreshments and picnic tables are provided.
Entry is £4.99 for adults, £4.50 for concessions and children, and a family ticket costs £18 for four.
The maze is open every day till term starts and thereafter for each weekend in September.
As the song states, ‘the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye…’ following a good summer of growth.
There is only a week to the Grand Scarecrow Festival being held in the two villages on September 7 and 8, and only a day left to register.
A few more entries are required to make the event a success so think of a nursery rhyme character and get cracking!
To register your scarecrow, ring Nick Sandy on 01905 831915 or Terry Maple on 831739.
St James’ Church in Callow End was full for a special service last Sunday when several people who had been confirmed in recent years came to meet old friends, some of who are at university.
Also attending was the Nichol family and Tom read the lesson along side Kay Shuard; prayers were led by Rosemary Wells.
The service, inspired by Jean Clay and Julia Sandy, was led by Reverend Sue Irwin.
A superb tea was enjoyed after the service and memories shared.
The vicar is about to embark on a three-month sabbatical, visiting first Durham and the cathedral, followed by a retreat on a tiny island in the Adriatic, before taking up a temporary position as priest in the Anglican church in Milan.
We wish her bon voyage until she returns on December 1.
MEG ALLSOPP 01905 830746
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