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W HAT do you buy the couple who have every-
thing? Well, nothing, it would seem.
At least that’s what William and Kate are hoping
flict, men who had served out there were still suf-
fering severe psychological problems – 255 men
died during the conflict, yet 282 have died by their
for as they have eschewed the tradition of the own hands in the years since.
wedding list – and let’s face it, what a wedding list Mr Jones raised more than £3,000 for Combat
that could have been – in favour of setting up a Stress during his two-year term as mayor and he
charitable foundation. is delighted that the couple have chosen to sup-
The couple say they have been overwhelmed by port the charity – probably, he thinks, because of
well-wishers from across the globe who want to the Royal Family’s close links with the Armed
send them presents - including the offer of a gift Forces.
of the first asparagus of the season from the Vale Mr Jones said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. To get
of Evesham in Worcestershire. such a high-profile situation like this will
So instead of the usual duvet covers, tea sets really raise awareness of the work that
and towels, they have selected 26 charities and Combat Stress does and I’m particularly delighted
good causes to which people can donate. that the younger royals have picked up the cause
St James’s Palace said in a statement: “Many of as hopefully, more youngsters will become aware
the charities are little known, without existing of it.
royal patronage, and undertake excellent work “The charity does a wonderful job looking after
within specific communities. these young men who come back.
“They are charities that have a particular reso- “They really suffer psychologically and the night-
nance with Prince William and Miss Middleton and mares they have are horrendous.
reflect issues in which the couple have been par- “Quite often, the transition from battleground to
ticularly interested in their lives to date.” home is so quick that they don’t have time to
One of those charities is Combat Stress, which adjust and it can affect the whole family as they
delivers dedicated treatment and support to ex- often have difficulty holding down a job.
servicemen and women with conditions such as “Problems can go on for years – I know a num-
post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression ber of lads who are still getting treatment since
and anxiety disorders. became involved with the charity after the the Falklands. Combat Stress does need a lot of
This cause is particularly close to the heart of death of their son Craig during the Falklands help with the brilliant job it does and anything that
Richard Jones, former Mayor of Tenbury Wells, conflict. raises money and awareness for the charity is
near Worcester, who along with his wife Pam, The couple discovered that years after the con- brilliant news.”
12 worcesternews.co.uk Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dancing in the streets People across the county are getting into the party and
community spirit and celebrating the wedding of Kate
and William by organising a traditional street party for
friends and neighbours, as Elizabeth Sweetman reports

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ORE than a dozen streets Michael’s Road, Claines, Worcester, has
in Worcester, Malvern planned a traditional street party with her
and Wychavon have neighbours, which will include tea followed
applied for temporary by party games, a barbecue, disco and a
road closures on Friday, round of St Michael’s Got Talent.
April 29, when Prince William marries “It’s very much a street effort. Absolutely
Kate Middleton in the most anticipated everyone is looking forward to it. There’s
wedding of the year. no one in the street who’s not coming,” said
Sally Young and her friend, Nancy Beverley.
Preston, from Wick, near Pershore, have The fun will start at 4pm but as for the

‘‘
organised a village party for end time Mrs Everton said:
local people.
The pair both work for the It’s just “We’ll be guided by the
weather – but I’m hoping it
Real Flower Petal Confetti
Company, based in Wick, nice to do will go on all night!”
Residents in St John’s,
and Miss Young said the Worcester, were too late to
party would bring the village something apply for a temporary road
Nancy Preston
and Sally Young
together.
“We deal with weddings all to bring closure but are not letting
that get in the way of their
are waving the
flag for the
the time but never get to go
to any, so we thought it people celebrations.
Instead, residents from an
royal couple. would be fun to have a party
in the village,” she said. together area spanning Bromwich
Road to Bromyard Road
“We’re quite a small village have arranged a party in the
but there’s a really strong community spir- car park and garden of the Brunswick
it. It’s just nice to do something to bring Arms pub.
people together.” People are encouraged to bring some
The party, which starts at 2pm, will be food and there will be a bouncy castle,
based at Manor House, in Wick Manor. games and competitions for both children
People, dressed in a theme of red, white and adults.
and blue, are invited to bring picnics and e Send us pictures of your street parties
there will be a collage of people’s wedding and details of your celebration and contact
photographs in a marquee. details. The deadline for pictures will be
There will be games with a wedding 4pm on Friday, April 29, and all pictures
theme and prizes for the best wedding hat should be sent to wenphoto@worces-
and fanciest cupcakes. ternews.co.uk. For more information, call
Beverley Everton, who lives in St 01905 742244.

Beverley Everton, front, is counting


t h e hours until the big day.

Let’s get this party started


S TREET parties are taking place in several
locations after people got together and
applied to the relevant council for a street closure
e Little Witley.
Wychavon:
• Naunton Beauchamp.
order in time for the big day. Here is a list of • Drakes Broughton.
events happening near you. • Strensham.
Worcester: • Sedgeberrow.
e St Michael’s Road, Claines. • Wick.
e Pinkett Street, Northwick. • Wyre Piddle.
e Burtree Avenue, Warndon Villages. • Little Comberton.
e Everard Close, St John’s. • Cherry Close in Evesham.
Malvern: • Windsor Road in Evesham.
e Gilbert Road. • Ravenscroft Drive in Droitwich.
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Wedding will
be right royal
boost for the
local economy
From coasters to china, firms across the county are
receiving a much-needed financial bonus as special
souvenir items are being rolled out for people who want
to mark the big day with something that little bit different

C
OMMEMORATIVE coasters able to react rapidly to the announcement
to mark this year’s royal wed- of the wedding date. And the engagement
ding are being produced by could not have been better timed for local
the Malvern-based Coaster fine china firm Bronte Porcelain.
Company. The coasters, with a The Hanley Swan-based company has
heart-shaped picture of Prince William already produced small figurines of the
and Kate Middleton superim- couple for one of their major
posed on a Union flag and retail customers and when the
Mat’ll do nicely for the Coaster Company.
Ken Beecroft is pictured with the products with the wedding date under- engagement was revealed, Bronte
neath, sell for £3 and are sold all the pieces it had in stock
already on sale through the the same day – and it is now busy
online retailer Amazon and in making more of them. The com-
the Cool Britannia tourist pany, founded in 1996, has built
shop in Piccadilly in London. up a distinguished record for pro-
The company, based in Spring ducing commemorative items and
Lane South, made the decision other fine china pieces for a pres-
to produce the commemorative tigious client list.
coasters within a week of the It was founded by Bob Price,
announcement of the engage- who had previously worked for
ment of the prince and his Ferro Corp, a firm that supplied
long-term girlfriend Kate. ceramic glazes and colours, and
Designs were drawn up and which has had dealings with
the drinks coasters, which mea- some of the biggest names in the
sure 100mm by 100mm, were soon avail- porcelain business.
able to both the public and the retail Now the company is turning its atten-
trade. tions to the wedding itself, for which it has
The Coaster Company is also producing received several major commissions from
mousemats and there are four different important clients.
royal wedding designs to choose from. This engagement is not the first time
Placemats and kitchen boards will be that Bronte has produced pieces com-
added to the range if there is a demand. memorating royal events – in 1997 it made
Ken Beecroft, of the firm, said: “We spe- a piece commemorating Prince Edward’s
cialise in very short lead times and were wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones.

Alright, my old China?


Figurines of William
and Kate made by
Bronte Porcelain.
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Memories are made of this


For years, Royal Worcester created beautiful items to mark royal
occasions – from Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887 through
to Charles and Di’s wedding in 1981 and beyond. While the famous
factory is no more, Worcester Porcelain Museum has still devised
a unique way to celebrate this month’s wedding of William and Kate

O
F course it wouldn’t be a Trent. Happily, there is good news. family who walked through the fac-
royal wedding without The old factory museum, now re- tory gates.
the memorabilia – the titled the Worcester Porcelain The first ‘royal commemoratives’
plates, the cups, the Museum, remains very much open were produced for the golden jubilee
plaques and all the rest and a royal wedding provides an of Queen Victoria in 1887. A range
of it. And here’s where one of ideal opportunity to look back at of items, including plates and scent
Worcester’s most iconic business how Royal Worcester celebrated bottles, were made and Walter
names comes in. similar events in the past. Holland, the Mayor of Worcester,
Worcester Royal Porcelain, which All this summer – until August 31 – commissioned an order of blue and
was granted a royal warrant by the museum is staging an exhibition pink plates, which he distributed to
George III in 1788, has been issuing called Royal Worcester Weddings. A the children of Worcester.
special products to mark royal occa- clever play on words, since it will not After that, every royal milestone
sions ever since. only feature items the famous facto- was marked by at least one product
Sadly, as has been well document- ry produced to mark royal occasions from the experts at Royal Worcester.
ed, the famous factory in Severn such as weddings or anniversaries, The exhibition is open during nor-
Street, which produced the world- but will also display wedding day mal museum hours and is free with
renowned bone china and at its photographs and memorabilia of museum admission.
height employed more than 1,000 some of the many people who
people, is no more. worked for Royal Worcester over Ivor Williams, who was a Royal
Production stopped in September, the years. Worcester Porcelain guilder for 51
2006 and the company went into The company prided itself on gen- years, and his wife Joan, left, with
administration two years later. Now erating a “family feel” and the exhi- museum assistant Sarah Keehan
the Royal Worcester brand belongs bition contains several pictures of holding framed photographs of the
to Portmeirion Pottery of Stoke-on- different generations of the same couple on their wedding day in 1942.

From left, a cup and sugar bowl in Royal Lily pattern which was made to mark the visit of George III and Queen
Charlotte to the Worcester factory in 1788; a plate that commemorated the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria in
1887, and a casserole dish made for the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

An open invitation
Iacross
F YOU are not attending one of the many
royal wedding street parties happening
the county, never fear – there are
from the surrounding towns and villages to
join them in the village playing fields from
2pm for a barbecue and a children’s fancy
Inn, in Crowle, for a day of activities from
10am. The royal wedding will be shown on
an outdoor big screen TV at 11am and peo-
lots of other events happening on the day. dress competition and tea party. The free ple can witness the start of the Old
Volunteers at the Worcester Arts event is being supported by Wychavon Chequers Inn Farmers Market, which will be
Workshop will be hosting a royal wedding District Council, Raising Our Game and Zig held on one Sunday every month. For more
street party for all ages at the workshop in Zag Coaching and is part of the Community information, contact 01905 381275.
Sansome Street, Worcester, on the wedding Games programme funded by Legacy Trust However, with royal wedding mania
day. UK, whose aim is to leave a lasting legacy in sweeping not only the UK but seemingly the
Entry for the party, which starts at 10am, communities from the 2012 Olympics. world as well, there are many people who
is 50p and activities throughout the day Event organiser Sue Bentley said: “The might just want to escape the furore.
include a theatre performance of A Right Royal Games is a fantastic opportunity for So for those seeking refuge from arguably
Royal Performance, workshops for children, the local community of Drakes Broughton the biggest event of the year, there is a safe
face painting, a raffle and a royal tea with and surrounding villages to celebrate and haven. The Old Chestnut Tree in Lower
tea, cakes and party food. get involved in a local event inspired by the Moor, Pershore, is holding its “Royal
Meanwhile, residents of Drakes London Olympics in 2012. Wedding Day Creche”.
Broughton, near Pershore, will be hosting a “Everyone is welcome and the day will be Breakfast will be served at the pub
sporting extravaganza and an afternoon of filled with fun and exciting activities.” beweeen 9am and 10am, closely followed
fun and entertainment to celebrate the big Another village is also hosting its own by a pool tournament.
day. royal wedding celebration. A darts tournament will then be held at
Organisers of the event are inviting people People are invited to the Old Chequers 11am followed by a game of poker at 2pm.

Don’t miss our royal wedding souvenir special on Saturday, April 30


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