It Must Be October


The harvest moon hangs round and high
It dodges clouds high in the sky
The stars wink down their love and mirth
The Autumn seasons is giving birth
Oh it must be October
The leaves of red bright gold and brown
To Mother earth come tumbling down
The breezy nights the ghostly sights
The eerie spooky far off sounds
Are signs that its October
The pumpkin yellow big and round
Are carried by costumed clumsy clowns
Its Halloween lets celebrate
Come one come all and don’t be late
We know now its October
We’ll roast and toast some luscious food
For apples we’ll be bobbin
While tales are told around the fire
Of timely ghosts and goblins
Oh how we love October
The moon has grown pale
The stars have grown dim
Our Halloween party is over
With a hi-de-ho homeward we’ll go
What a delightful month October

Pearl N. Sorrels

Male Celebs Unleash Their Pink Side

Tough guy actor Liam Neeson and the former man behaving badly Martin Clunes have got in touch with their feminine sides to model pink handbags for Cancer Research UK.

October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month is traditionally awash with all things female, but this year Liam and Martin, along with Michael Winner and Les Ferdinand, have added a dash of masculinity to show that both men and women can support Cancer Research UK’s campaign ‘Join the fight for women’s survival’.

The celebrities have all been affected by breast cancer and represent the fact that, behind the 45,500 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, is an army of husbands, sons, brothers, fathers and friends who are also deeply affected and who play a supporting role

The pictures were taken by legendary photographer and cancer survivor Terry O’Neill at The Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair.

Liam Neeson said:

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK which means there aren’t many families who haven’t been affected by it in some way, and mine is no exception. The good news is that more women than ever before are surviving breast cancer thanks to the work of Cancer Research UK, so make sure you show them your support this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Martin Clunes said:

“There aren’t many reasons I would agree to pose with a handbag, but following a close friend’s diagnosis with breast cancer, supporting research into the disease was enough to persuade me. So if I can do this, you can get down to your local Cancer Research UK shop this October and buy a handbag or any other pink product that takes your fancy to support life-saving research into breast cancer.”

Les Ferdinand, who lost his mother to breast cancer in 1990, said:

‘”Nothing can prepare you for being told your mother has breast cancer. It was a huge shock and rocked our entire family. Cancer Research UK is the biggest single funder of breast cancer research in the UK, so raise money for them this October and help their life-saving work to beat breast cancer.”

Michael Winner, who modelled the trendy cross-body handbag, said:

“I lost someone very dear to me to breast cancer, the actress Jill Ireland, and while survival rates have improved dramatically over recent years, there are still too many people like me losing loved ones to this disease.”

Images and interviews with Martin Clunes, Les Ferdinand and Michael Winner are available on request. Please call Abby Lenehan in the Cancer Research UK press office on 0207 061 8492;


Interesting Facts If Born October 8th

October 8th
What Happened on the day you were born on This day in History

October 8th 1952: At least 85 people are killed in the UK’s worst peacetime rail crash after three trains collide at Harrow and Wealdstone.

8th October, 1965 : London’s Post Office Tower which at 581 ft tall is officially opened by the then Prime Minister, Harold Wilson as the tallest building in Britain at the time. It’s main purpose was to support microwave aerials used to carry telecommunications traffic from London to the rest of the country.

October 8th 1966: Keith Robert Waldron was born who later went on to getting a Black Belt Judo 3rd Dan (20 points off 4th) he came out on top defeating World Veterans under 65 kilo silver medallist. Special Techniques: De-ashi-barai.  October 8th 2011: Keith Robert Waldron celebrated his 45th Birthday.

October 8th 2003:  Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California, ousting the incumbent, Gray Davis, three years before the end of his term of office.

8th October, 2004: Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement in addition to a $30,000 fine and was sent to the minimum-security facility in West Virginia—known as “Camp Cupcake”

October 8th 2005: Powerful quake hits South Asia Many hundreds of people die in Pakistan, north India and Afghanistan following a massive quake.

October 8th 1987: Zeebrugge disaster was no accident The coroner’s inquest jury into the capsizing of the Herald of Free Enterprise returns verdicts of unlawful killing.

October 8th 1973: Britain’s first independent radio station begins broadcasting on VHF and medium wave.

October 8th 1990: Hectic trading in the City marks Britain’s first day as a full member of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) of the European Monetary System.

Kylie Minogue single ”Get Outta My Way” was released worldwide on 27 September, except in Australia where it saw a release on 8th October 2010.

October 8th 2009: Kylie Minogue performs on her first North American tour.





October 2011 Events/Charity/Whats On – Stourport On Severn

Stourport Basin Sunset - Taken By PFS/Female Imagination

Stourport-on-Severn, with a population of over 19,000, is uniquely the only town in Britain built solely as a consequence of the coming of the canals. Before the growth of the town there existed a small hamlet called Lower Mitton. Two black and white houses from circa 1600 can still be found in Mitton Street.

Popular legend has it that James Brindley chose Stourport rather than Bewdley for his canal because the citizens of Bewdley did not want his ‘stinking ditch’ passing through their town. The reality is that Stourport made far more sense from a topographical point of view. A canal joining the River Severn at Bewdley would have needed to cross several hills. Joining the Severn at Stourport it could follow the Stour valley and this obviously made construction much cheaper.

The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal linked the River Severn with the Trent and Mersey and as a result, after Birmingham, Stourport became the busiest inland port in the Midlands. The canal opened to Stourport in 1771 and by 1812 five canal basins had been built. In 1775 the first Stourport Bridge across the Severn was built by the Canal Company.

The town rapidly expanded and by the 1780′s there were brass and iron foundries, a vinegar works, tan yards, worsted spinning mills, carpet mills, barge and boat building yards, warehouses, shops, houses and inns. By 1795 it had 200 houses and 1300 inhabitants.

The railway arrived in 1862 and was to pose a major challenge to the canal. Following the arrival of the railway the town extended out to Newtown with Brindley Street being the main arterial road through the new residential area.

During the twentieth century new industries came to the town and residential expansion continued. Some of the first local authority housing in the country was built in Park Crescent and Olive Grove. Large private housing developments grew up along Windermere Way and Stagborough Way in the 1960′s and 1970′s.

Today, Stourport-on-Severn has developed into a popular tourist town with many attractions and events for all of the family to enjoy.

October  2011

Best Foot Forward Walks lead by David Tidmarsh. Stourport Riverside walk every Wednesday 2pm to 3pm. Meet at Lidl Car Park in Stourport. Contact David Tidmarsh for more information on 01562 732942
Every Tuesday and Sunday throughout October at 11am a Walk in the Woods / Health Walks from the Wyre Forest Visitors Centre – call 01299 266929 for further information.
Social Day Centre, New Street, Stourport is open for hot lunches for the over 55’s on every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 2 Course Home Cooked Meal £3.00. Booking advisable before 11.30am on 01299 823240
St Michael’s Luncheon Club meets every Wednesday in the Parish Room at 12 noon. All ages welcome. Suggested donation £1.50 for Soup & Bread, Fruit Juice, followed by a choice of Beans, Cheese, or Sardines on Toast or a Jacket Potato, then Cheese & Crackers, Tea or Coffee. St Michael’s Luncheon Club is an opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones over a nice lunch.
Yoga class for all ages and abilities at Stourport Community Centre on Lickhill Road, every Monday 10-11 am. Price £5. Just come along to stretch, relax and make friends.
Senior Art Makers – art classes for adults by Malcolm Brookes. Suitable for all abilities, including absolute beginners. Wednesdays 4pm to 6pm at Church House, Areley Kings. For more information please call 01562 732978.
Chance to Dance – danceFEST at Areley Kings Village Hall – 10am to 11.00am every Thursday. If you would like the opportunity to increase flexibility, build strength and learn dance sequences to music from past to present, incorporating moves inspired by rock’n’roll and salsa dance, then look no further… A class run by DanceFest for over 55’s at Areley Kings Village Hall for men and women. £3.00 per person. Stay and socialise afterwards. For more information call 01562 732977. Organised by Wyre Forest District Council.
Oddfellows – Stourport Branch – Friendship is important and  our aim is to help members get together and make new friends. Our members enjoy an active social calendar with a wide variety of activities designed to appeal to all ages, from games and quiz nights to dining out and talks. So why not come along and see what the Oddfellows is all about? Guests always welcome on the first Tuesday of each month at the Stourport Day Centre, Sion Gardens, DY13 8UL. 7.30p.m. Call Kath on 01299 826734for information.
13th Beatrix Potter figures in marzipan by Marilyn Hill – Wyre Forest Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild –

7.30 p.m.
Stourport Community Centre,
Lickhill Rd.
DY13 8RW
17th – 22nd Carpet Trades Musical Theatre Company Proudly PresentsHalf A Sixpence

A Brand New version of the original classic story

Filled with sensational music and a heart warming story, this show is not to be missed, with an exciting cast and talented team all working on what will be our final show at Stourport civic centre, due to its uncertain future, we want you to celebrate with us a venue thats given carpet trades over 40 years of performances and lets do it with a bang!

BOX OFFICE – 01562 638864 – Call now

Monday 17th – Saturday 22nd October 2011

Curtain up 7:30pm
with a Saturday Matinee at 2:30pm

19th Whist drive at Areley Kings Village Hall, doors open at 1 p.m. for 1.30 p.m. start. Cost £2 to include refreshments. Raffle; prizes for winners and losers. Info from Marjan at 01299 871804.
19th October  Wednesday 19th 7.30 p.m. Beowulf – as told by nationally renowned Storyteller Hugh Lupton and Percussionist Rick Wilson. The performance will be in the Saxon Hall – a most fitting venue for this ancient Saxon tale.  (Subsidised by Shindig Rural Arts programme) Adults £8 Concessions (60+ and Under 18s) £6 at Bishops Wood
22nd The well known local comedian Doug Parker and his musical associates will be providing an evening of humour and music at Areley Kings Village Hall from 7.30pm. For details call 01299821358.
26th Friends of Areley Kings Village Hall coffee mornings  will be held at the Hall  at 10am on Wednesdays.Join us for coffee, home-made cake, raffle,sales and a friendly chat.
29th – 30th Halloween at Stourport Basins including Halloween Town Trail, Heritage Rooms and British Waterways Heritage Working Canal Boat in Stourport Canal Basins

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