Celebration of travelling communities at The Hive

Worcester News: Hartlebury Castle volunteer Ced Lewis with Bita Rawni Hartlebury Castle volunteer Ced Lewis with Bita Rawni

VISITORS to The Hive later this month will be able to learn more about the history and culture of Gypsies, Roma and other travelling communities.

A free event will be held at the venue from 10am until 4pm on Sunday June 22 featuring a range of displays and materials celebrating the rich culture of the communities, one of the largest ethnic minorities in Worcestershire, while challenging negative stereotypes.

Storytellers and historians will be on hand to talk about how travelling communities lived both in the past and today and visitors will be able to see a two-third scale Gypsy caravan named Bita Rawni – which means Little Lady in Romani – built, carved and painted by two volunteers from Hartlebury Castle.

The free event is organised by the Worcestershire Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Partnership, which aims to improve services and opportunities for the communities in the county.

The partnership’s chairman Tony Henderson said: “Bringing together such a diverse mixture of service providers and members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community provides an environment that promotes greater understanding between communities.

“It’s sure to be a great day for everyone.”

For more information call 0785 645 613.

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4:17pm Tue 10 Jun 14

BC10ax says...

It might be a laudable initiative, but some people might perceive it as being an attempt at indoctrination.
It might be a laudable initiative, but some people might perceive it as being an attempt at indoctrination. BC10ax
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4:33pm Tue 10 Jun 14

grumpychef says...

Will they be selling clothes pegs and lucky heather

Left wing rubish
Will they be selling clothes pegs and lucky heather Left wing rubish grumpychef
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7:14pm Tue 10 Jun 14

bmoc55 says...

Keep a close watch on the copper roof covering
Keep a close watch on the copper roof covering bmoc55
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10:21am Wed 11 Jun 14

green49 says...

You really should not confuse things here, there were genuine Romany gypsies, but what we see today are just chancers,travellers and tinkers who will steal anything, park anywhere and leave everyone else to pick up the mess, there are no real gypsy travlers around anymore they live in houses mainly, i do know some from really old genuine families, they are nothing like these modern day filth, they just give the real ones a bad name.
You really should not confuse things here, there were genuine Romany gypsies, but what we see today are just chancers,travellers and tinkers who will steal anything, park anywhere and leave everyone else to pick up the mess, there are no real gypsy travlers around anymore they live in houses mainly, i do know some from really old genuine families, they are nothing like these modern day filth, they just give the real ones a bad name. green49
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10:40am Wed 11 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

I agree that during the late 1950's and early 1960's my dad used to serve a group of Romanies who came every year and stayed for the picking season on the meadow opposite the Raven in Claines (where the golf clubhouse is now) and their caravans were beautiful with genuine Worcester Royal Porecelain everywhere, and my dad gave the credit for their supplies and when they were leaving the head man used to come into our little shop and pay by cheque signed with a single cross. Although these lovely people couldnt read they were as honest as the day long. (as we used to say). But they were light years away from todays scrappies, whose parking any where and everywhere might suggest they went to the same driving schools as our Taxi Drivers. So if we see parking in any bays (including Disabled) without any tickets then we will know who are here.
I agree that during the late 1950's and early 1960's my dad used to serve a group of Romanies who came every year and stayed for the picking season on the meadow opposite the Raven in Claines (where the golf clubhouse is now) and their caravans were beautiful with genuine Worcester Royal Porecelain everywhere, and my dad gave the credit for their supplies and when they were leaving the head man used to come into our little shop and pay by cheque signed with a single cross. Although these lovely people couldnt read they were as honest as the day long. (as we used to say). But they were light years away from todays scrappies, whose parking any where and everywhere might suggest they went to the same driving schools as our Taxi Drivers. So if we see parking in any bays (including Disabled) without any tickets then we will know who are here. Jabbadad
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1:16pm Wed 11 Jun 14

pinkfluff says...

Mr pinkfluff "What's happening in the Worcester News today?"

Mrs pinkfluff "Oh being racist about GRT groups........ nothing new"
Mr pinkfluff "What's happening in the Worcester News today?" Mrs pinkfluff "Oh being racist about GRT groups........ nothing new" pinkfluff
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