Previous Event Reports
Reports from previous events held in, and around, the parish of Bidford.
Buy in Bidford 2010
The Buy in Bidford event took place on Saturday 13 November 2010 at the Crawford Memorial Hall. The brainchild of Bidford resident Mary Felton, it was supported by Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council. There were a number of participating businesses offering cards, plants, books, gifts etc. All had something in common: they are all Bidford based! Bidford Fire-fighters were also there to give free smoke alarms and advice.
Photos by Elisabeth Uggerløse.
Help for Heroes Raft Race 2009
Alan and Jenny Pardoe, Landlords at The Bulls Head in Bidford High Street organised a Raft Race run from Barton to Big Meadow on Bank Holiday Saturday the 29th of August 2009 in aid of the Help for Heroes Charity, which has raised over £2000 with more to arrive from sponsors.
Eight rafts set off in pairs for a timed race to the finishing line at Bidford landing stage, where hundreds of supporters lined up to cheer on their favoured team.
First away were Titanic 2 and The Anthill Mob followed by The Spice Girls and The Black Rat, The Frog and Dave Selby and finally Barbies on Acid and Ship Happens.
Ship Happens unfortunately capsized on entering the water, but the crew were undeterred and climbed aboard the overturned craft to complete their journey!
The race was won by Spice Girls in a time of 12mins 50secs with Black Rat second in 19mins 40secs, followed by Titanic 2 in third place at 20mins 12secs.
Charity stalls were set up outside the Bulls Head following the race. Afterwards a Family Fun Day was held in the The Bulls Head garden with a Bouncy Castle, BBQ and an evening Disco.
Jenny and Alan would like to thank all who supported the event and in particular the race sponsors and all helpers. For further information please contact Jenny or Alan on 01789 772242.
Christmas Lights Switch-On 2009
Bidford Christmas Lights presented the annual 'switch on' on Sunday 29 November 2009. This year's celebrity was Una Stubbs.
In February 2008, the Parish Council had installed two solar panel street lights on the footpath by the railway bridge between Broom and Bidford .
Bidford Christmas Lights presented the annual 'switch on' on Sunday 30 November 2008. This year's celebrity was David Neilson, alias Roy Cropper of Coronation Street fame.
On Wednesday 29 December 2007, a presentation of a cheque for £1,500 was made to Bidford Firefighters for the Warwickshire Firefighters Families Funds.
Bidford Christmas Lights presented the annual 'switch on' on Sunday 25 November 2007. The celebrity for this year was Richard Shelton, who played the evil Dr Adam Forsythe in Emmerdale.
Jubilee Close Play Area
In September 2007 the play equipment on the Jubilee Close Play Area was installed.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer Campaign
The annual planting of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Campaign crocus bulbs, which the Parish Council supports, took place on Saturday 12 November 2005.
Shown in the photographs below are Councillor John Hendey and Broom residents John Ratcliffe and Victoria Barrett.
A Bidford-on-Avon Oak
The Parish Council commemorated Trafalgar Day on Friday 21 October 2005 by planting an Oak Tree, donated by resident Mr Charles James, on Monie Meadow.
Mr James grew the oak from a seed from an oak tree opposite the Fire Station on Bramley Way - so it is a true Bidford-on-Avon Oak!