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“In skies with silver wings I fly

Out of the sunlight clouds gone by.

I climb, soar and swoop out of nowhere,

Eyes and talons keen, seldom seen with my loot”.


A colourful autumn like last year has now arrived. Sunny days bring out more rich tints on our town’s lime and maple leaves, before the November gales strip them bare. Many sycamores, which in autumns past have looked dull and drab were a strange yellow this year. On the Hills the dark red leaves and pinkish red, four lobed fruits of the spindle trees make a good show. In times gone by their hard and dense wood was fashioned into skewers, pegs, and parts for spinning wheels.

   Peregrine - adult                  Peregrine - juvenile                 Related image

                    Adult Peregrine                                                               Juvenile Peregrine                                                   Peregrine in Flight

Our local peregrines have had a difficult time. Near the Wyche, the nest site was abandoned because of work being carried out on the nearby cliff face. The site at North Hill was also a concern with only one chick surviving. Local help on the Hill has been invaluable in monitoring any signs of egg collectors or others who might wish to do the birds harm. A pair of birds in the Ludlow area was poisoned while breeding this year.

More sunshine than usual in June and July has helped butterflies and bees to have a good year. Dark green fritillaries  hair streaks and small coppers have all made a show on the Hills. A fine

Autumn has also helped our red admirals and peacock as some summer flowers continued to bloom.


Kids —  it’s time to get on line and help raise funds for Children in Need, on and also get involved with the Woodland Trust Autumn Project on

 Remember every little helps.


Philip Kedward





  Will it be a boy- or a girl ?

                I have consulted the RHS about the gender of our sapling yew-tree. Apparently we will not have the answer until it reaches maturity and produces flowers, these will show either male or female characteristics. However maturity is many many years away, perhaps approaching one hundred, in view of the fact that Taxus  Baccata [the Common Yew] can generally grow to be six to eight hundred years old. But we can take comfort in our planting it well away from the church path so that if it turns out to be female our successors will not be troubled by its berries falling on the path.

As we all well know our predecessors got things the wrong way round, resulting in our [sloping] path having the inevitable red sticky coating in late autumn.
                 So we have no way of knowing what the distant future holds in regard to our yew-tree sapling's gender. However if, just if, we think of the youngsters’ parents as Joseph and Mary.....................!  

Forty years on.

           'Not the Least' The story of Little Malvern by Ronald Bryer tells us at page 77 that "at Christmas 1977 the ancient yew tree was damaged by a gale...." Nature  continued to have her way in 2017 when a huge chunk of the said dead yew crashed down and wiped out our white foxglove seedlings. The chunk is now developing into the form of an enormous boot  - size 70 ?









The Olive.



visit to the Spring Garden Festival focused our attention on this wonderful tree. Specimens ranging from pot-plant size to gnarled and twisted veterans [in pots] were on offer. 'In pots' you say ? Yes , specimens many hundreds of years old can be dug up and replanted in appropriate containers, shipped from their native land and will continue to live happily in their new home. They seem to be the 'must-have' patio plant for any-one with several hundred pounds to spare.

The olive is the first tree to be mentioned in the Bible [Genesis 8.11],many subsequent references are to be found. An olive branch is regarded as a symbol of peace, equally 'anointing with oil' continues as a symbol of our Faith. We now have a family connection in that our daughter- in- law's family own olive trees in Canena, Jaen in Spain, very large containers of olive oil are to be found in their kitchens.  If you do not want to part with several hundred pounds then why not make a trip to L**L in the LInk where £10 specimens are currently on offer !








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