Bidford Community Group – Banners
Since then, more businesses and residents have come on board and, despite the COVID-19 circumstances, the team were proud to have 32 banners flying along the High St for summer 2020.
A great deal of work and effort goes into producing a single banner and the wonderful British weather certainly puts them through their paces, resulting in repairs & repaints for most of them. Still, the team is a hardy bunch and enjoys this annual challenge as well as preparing fresh new designs for the next summer. We are aiming for 40 in total.
For more information, please contact us via our Facebook Page (external link).
Bidford on Avon WI
Apart from our monthly meetings we have a walking club, arrange trips out, go out for meals, fun-raising for local charities and best of all we offer friendship and fun.
Come and meet Bidford on Avon WI and enjoy friendship in your own community. Have a night out with a variety of talks and demonstrations. You will be surprised - it's much more than just 'Jam and Jerusalem'.
If you are new to the Village or don't have anyone to come with, please give our President or Secretary a ring (contact details on the right).
There is so much more to being a WI member than the monthly meetings. Looking forward to seeing you!
For further information about Bidford WI, please contact:
Shirley McAloon (President) on 01789 773366
Pauline Beare (Secretary) on 01789 773390
Bidford on Avon Bowling Club
The club is situated next to the Crawford Memorial Hall. We are looking to welcome new members. Come and join our small friendly club.
We have a very good bowling green and an excellent club house with well-appointed kitchen and bar. Good size changing rooms and all the facilities you may require.
The clubhouse is available for private hire by arrangement with Roger Powell.
The ladies' and men's teams have matches against other clubs, afternoons and evenings, home and away. There are also mixed matches in the afternoon. No bowling experience is necessary as coaching is available.
The club has many social events, coffee mornings, cheese and wine evening and bingo every Friday evening. It is a good way to make friends and keep fit. Please come and join us!
For further information, please contact:
- Prim Finnemore on 01789 488264 or by email
- Roger Powell on 01789 778809 or by email
- Pauline Beare on 01789 773390
For coaching, please contact:
- Men's Captains: Mick Onions on 01789 720059 and Bernard Kendry on 01789 788669
- Senior (Mixed) Captain: David Penney on 01789 490291
Broom Women's Institute meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Village Hall at 7.30pm.
We are a small group that enjoys various events throughout the year.
We have a speaker at most of our montly meetings. In July we always have a Garden meeting at the home of one of our members. In the summer there will an outing (venue to be decided) and on 23rd September we will be returning to Morton Hall Gardens near Inberrow to see the garden in all its autumn glory.
One of our annual events is Croquet on the Lawn at our Treasurer’s house. It is back by popular demand again in 2020 and will take place during August.
Mary, our President or Helen, our Secretary, would be only too pleased to answer any queries you may have. We would be delighted to hear from you.
This friendly group always concludes our meetings socially with refreshments, so we can get to know one another and expanding our friendships.
For further information about Broom WI, please contact:
- Mary Preston (President) on 01789 772890
- Helen Powell (Secretary) on 01789 778254
Bidford Area Community Choir
Bidford Area Community Choir (BACC) is a popular and thriving group with members from Bidford and the surrounding area.
Consisting of three choirs: The Children's Choir, Teen Harmony group and the main choir, there are about 100 members from age 4 to the more senior years, who perform at the twice-yearly concerts.
Whenever possible, a donation is given to a local charity or good cause and the choir performs at a number of local events including The Bidford Light Switch on, The Dementia Cafe and The Jolly Teapot.
Recently voted The Pride of Stratford District Arts Organisation of the Year (2019) Award winner, the choir is inclusive - there are no auditions and the choir is justly proud of the contribution that it makes to nurturing a love of music and singing in young people.
Membership is £37.50 per adult for each concert run and children can join for a one-off fee of £5 per family.
- Main Choir - Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.30pm
- Teen Harmony Group (7 to 13s) - Tuesdays 7.30 to 8.00pm
- Children (4 to end of Year 6) - Sundays 4.00 to 5.00pm
For further information, please contact:
- Judy Smith on 01789 491313 or by email
Also see our Website (external link)
Bidford Community Group
"To promote and co-ordinate community resources that will enhance the quality of life for parents, families and residents in the Bidford-on-Avon parish and surrounding areas"
Bidford Community Group was founded by a number of young mothers with the aim of improving recreation and play facilities for Bidford children of all ages. Since its formation, the Group has broadened it horizons to include an interest in elderly, disabled and housebound people, and to work for improved lifestyles opportunities for villagers in these categories too. It has, nonetheless, continued its work for children and young people, pioneering the provision of youth meeting points in the village, and with its support for the Youth Club.
The Group has also extended its activities to include educational, social and recreational events, including excursions to places of historic and other interest, computer courses for retired people, and speakers on local history, travel and topical issues. When the Parish Appraisal was first mooted in 2001, Bidford Community Group gave its full support and provided workers at every stage.
Bidford Community Group, formed in 2001, runs 'The Jolly Teapot', a coffee morning held every Thursday in the Parish Hall, Church Street, between 9.30 and 11.30am.
A small charge is made for coffee or tea. Cakes are free, as is the lively conversation that runs freely.
The Jolly Teapot has proved so successful and popular that its tea ladies and cake makers have been used for many Bidford functions over the past years run by St. Laurence's Church and the Parish Council among others.
Once every two months, the Group hosts meetings of Bidford Senior Citizens' Action Network (SCAN) at The Jolly Teapot, where speakers from the District and County Councils, the Health Authorities and the Police - among others - talk on matters of current interest, answer listeners' questions and take the public point of view back to their own organization.
There is a monthly draw for the Bidford Christmas Lights which takes place on the third Thursday of every month at the Jolly Teapot.
Flood Action Groups
Bidford-on-Avon Flood Action Group is formed by a group of Bidford residents with the support of the National Flood Forum, to work alongside agencies to help reduce Bidford’s risk of flooding.
The Group will meet regularly with representatives from all the agencies involved in Bidford’s flood risk such as Warwickshire County Council, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Highways, Severn Trent, Environment Agency.
At these meetings, it will have the opportunity of raising local flood concerns which will then have to be actioned by the appropriate agency, who will report back at the next meeting.
It is important to note that the Group represents the local community and will depend on residents to raise issues and suggest solutions, which may or may not be implemented, but will be investigated and a reason given why it cannot be done.
- Bidford-on-Avon Flood Action Group Leaflet (pdf)
- Living on the Edge: A Guide to Riverside Ownership (Environment Agency) (pdf)
- Live Flood Warnings: River Avon at Bidford (external link)
- Live Flood Warnings: River Levels for Stratford on Avon Area (external link)
- Live Flood Warnings: River and Sea Levels for England (external link)
if you have any concerns, proposals, etc, please contact the relevant secretary by email below:
Bidford-on-Avon and District Gardening Society
The aim of the Society is to appeal to a wide cross-section of gardening ability, from the absolute beginner to the more experienced gardener, or even to people who have no garden at all but love to take an interest in all things horticultural.
The Society has been in existence since 1970 and has grown over the years to a membership of nearly 90.
The invited speakers talk on such diverse subjects as Plant-Hunting in China; History of Hidcote Manor Gardens; Vegetables; Pruning; Growing from Seed; Container Gardening; Wild Flowers, and Gardeners' Question Time, to name but a few. Many of these talks are accompanied by demonstrations.
There are two annual all-day coach outings, usually each visiting two gardens and incorporating a lunch-time pub meal, and a more local evening visit, also followed by refreshment at a nearby hostelry!
An Annual Show gives members an opportunity to display their own home-grown plants and vegetables, including a floral art section for those with flower-arranging skills.
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month in the Crawford Memorial Hall, Salford Road, Bidford-on-Avon at 7.45pm for 8.00pm. Annual membership is £15.00, (visitors £3.50 per evening), including free refreshments.
See the Society's website for more information and details of forthcoming meetings.
Affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society
Bidford and District History Society
Since its September 2006 launch Bidford and District History Society has enjoyed a thriving membership with meeting venues packed.
The aim of the society is to entertain and inform people who have curious minds about interesting historical subjects.
This includes guest speakers; outings and projects based on historical topics. Some meetings focus on very local issues while others consider the impact of national issues on this area (such as men going off to war).
Some meetings consider more general topics such as families owning pigs or the medieval Christmas. There is a real diversity of subjects.
Visitors are charged £4.50 each evening or can join our other 100+ members for an annual subscription of £19.00 from September 2019.
To join our Society contact Alex Grieve on 01789 491606, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chairman: Mark Shaddick. Telephone: 01789 778769
- Treasurer: Mary Alexander-Head. Telephone: 01789 491148
- Programme and Website: John Alexander-Head. Email: email@example.com
Upbeat Community Band
Upbeat Community Band was founded in January 2018. We are a friendly, welcoming and sociable group of singers and instrumentalists from Bidford-on-Avon and surrounding villages.
Our main aim is to share a love of music with the community and we are pleased to have supported local events, having played several times at Home Farm Trust, as well as in the High Street, on The Big Meadow and at the Christmas Lights ‘Switch On’ celebrations.
In addition, we have enjoyed entertaining at Crawford Hall, the Jolly Teapot and Lower Quinton Nursing Home as well as playing regularly at The Frog.
We practice on Wednesdays from 3.00 to 4.30pm in the church rooms during term time.
For information and future bookings, please contact us via email
Also see our Facebook page (external link)
Bidford Rubbish Friends
Bidford Rubbish Friends are a group of likeminded people passionate about keeping Bidford-on-Avon free from litter for the benefit of the residents and wildlife.
Members enjoy working as a community and it's a great way to socialise, meet new people and get fit and active whilst also looking after the environment!
We organise group litter picks in the village where all equipment is provided.
Adults and children are all welcome. There is no charge to take part in a pick.
Please note: We are not a charity or registered group, all litter picks are taken at your own risk so please look out for yourself and others.
For further information, please contact:
- Jane or Laura by email
Also see our Facebook Page (external link)
Bidford Senior Citizens Action Network (SCAN)
The Bidford Senior Citizens Action Network (SCAN) group aims to encourage older people to keep informed about issues which are relevant to them.
SCAN raises awareness of services available to older people and how to access those services. Through inviting private, public and voluntary sector organisations to the meetings, SCAN groups give older people a chance to have their say and influence services. SCAN groups are a way for older people to maintain social connections and be part of their local community.
Meetings take place every two months and provide an opportunity to have a chat and a cuppa with other local people.
If you are retired and would like to know more about services available to you or would just like to get out a bit more please come along to the next meeting.
For further information about SCAN, please contact Marie Darwen on 01789 260108.
St John Ambulance and Badgers
SJA Bidford-on-Avon All Services Unit are a part of St John Ambulance.
We have a Badger Unit for 7 to 10 years olds, a Cadet Unit for 10 to 18 years olds, and an Adult Unit for anyone over 18.
We support our local community by providing first aid cover for local evets such as The Vintage Gathering, Open-air Cinema, Duck Race, Christmas Lights and Italian Market.
We are available to give First Aid talks.
If you wish to learn to 'Be the difference between a life lost or a life saved' then come and join us We meet on a Thursday night, from 7.30 to 9.30pm at the Youth Club on Salford Road, Bidford-on-Avon.
If you are interested in learning First Aid and having fun - come along and meet us!
For further information, please contact:
- Unit Manager
- Cadet Leader
- Badger Leader
Bidford on Avon is twinned with Ebsdorfergrund - found close to Marburg in Rheinhessen, Germany.
Ebsdorfergrund is a beautiful part of central Germany, it is an area with much history, and is comprised of eleven villages, covering a large area. Our twinning history with Ebsdorfergrund is now over 25 years of age and frequent visits take place on an annual basis. This year we expect a party of 30 German visitors to come in late May 2006.
It was agreed at the 2004 Annual General Meeting that the Association be made open to all residents of Bidford on Avon. Anyone can participate. Notices of future events or visits are published in the Parish Magazine and also in the village library.
The concept of twinning, if new to you, is to develop and promote friendship and understanding between towns and villages in different countries. As you may know many towns have multiple twinning arrangements with different countries, but for the moment we are only twinned with Ebsdorfergrund - who themselves are also twinned with Linewo, in Poland.
The key of twinning success is friendship and understanding. Often when visiting or hosting our German friends we obtain a greater understanding of different traditions, life styles, folk law, etc. All of this is very important and particularly to younger people because you have the opportunity to live in another person's house for a short while and see how they live, what they hold as important or trivial, etc. As well as this, and very importantly, we have fun and it is really great to share the same sense of humour with people.
If you wish to know more then please contact Malcolm Dewsbury on 01789 772667.