Wyche is an old English name for salt... and salt connects all 5 of our parish communities. It was extracted from prehistoric times around Upton Warren, Wychbold and Stoke Prior (the Salwarpe river running through them means "salt-water"). The dried salt was carried on the Salt Way through Stock & Bradley and Feckenham all the way to the south coast for export across the Channel - an ancient road way predating the Romans. It was also a name for the A38 heading north through Wychbold and Upton Warren.
Crystals of salt - sodium chloride (NaCl) - are tiny natural cubes. Salt is also a symbol used by Jesus in his teaching... he told his friends that they were the "the salt of the earth".... Brook refers to the Swans' Brook in Feckenham which becomes the Bowbrook in Stock Green... and water is another powerful Christian symbol - in Holy Baptism.
Jesus said "to have salt in yourselves and be a peace with one another" Mark 9.50. We are the Salt Way parishes... an idea which inspired this prayer: