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D N U O S our T Y h CI This September (14-16) enjoy a symphony of sound as Worcester Music Festival returns to the city with a packed weekend of more than 250 free events. As well as live gigs across 20 different venues, the Festival offers a range of family friendly workshops and a county wide competition for amateur photographers.
All proceeds from the Festival will
This year’s chosen charity, the
Acts confirmed so far include folk group
Worcestershire Carers Society.
Carers, provides an independent
band Black Boxes, grunge duo Chambers,
be donated to vital local charity, the Helen Mole said: “This festival
showcases Worcester at its best. For three days, our vibrant city is full of
art and performance with live music seemingly around every corner.”
The Festival is entirely organised by volunteers and it has raised more than £50,000 for local
charities in the last ten years.
Worcestershire Association of
source of information, advice and support for unpaid carers.
Jasper in the Company of Others, rock Indie band Devils, and Arcadia Roots.
Listen live at these great Worcester venues: Cap 'n' Gown • Chestnut • Dragon Inn • Firefly The Fountains at South Quay • The Olpro Stage (outside Guildhall) Heroes • Lamb and Flag • Marrs Bar • Monroes Cellar Bar The Old Pheasant • Paradiddles Music Cafe Bar • Paul Pry St. Swithun's Institute Halls • The Imperial Worcester Arts Workshop • Worcester Brewing Company AND MORE....
Embrace... ...your bikini bod! Whether or not you have your #Vacay plans sorted yet, the team from
Embrace Lingerie in Reindeer Court can assist with all of your swimwear
needs. Here are a few of our favourite styles from the recent collection
Embrace some colour
Prints always make a poolside
statement, whether you choose a
totally tropical tankini or a bold blooms bikini. If youâ€™re nervous about pattern, why not start with a classic nautical stripe or a ladylike polkadot?
T EXT U RES
Feels like wife material
If youâ€™re looking for something more subtle, why not try texture. Texture
adds interest to even the simplest of
swimwear. Ribbed and crochet costumes are big for 2018, and when it comes to ruffles - the bigger the better!
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I Do... ...believe it is wedding season!
GR E Y F R IAR S Wildflower posies or elegant orchids, a swing
Nestled in the heart of the city, the medieval
deserves the wedding of their dreams. Luckily,
for the most romantic of weddings. The oak-
band or string quartet; every engaged couple the Faithful City offers a variety of venues to suit every taste, ensuring your special day is the perfect start for your happy ever after.
Greyfriars House and Garden is a quaint retreat panelled hall provides an intimate venue for your
ceremony and guests can enjoy celebratory drinks in the walled garden, with the charming timberframed house and grounds providing a stunning backdrop for Instagram-worthy photographs. The garden is a hidden gem; a riot of colour,
rambling roses and abundant borders. The mature magnolia and fruit trees make this venue a
heaven-sent sanctuary for your memorable day.
WO RCESTER CO UNTY C R IC K ET G RO UND ‘Something old, something new’ as the saying goes… Well look no further than New Road for the second part. Whether you dream of
a traditional white wedding or something a
little different, versatile New Road lends itself to both large and more intimate functions. And what guest wouldn’t be impressed by views of the famous cricket ground?
THE GUIL DH A LL What better place to tie the knot, than at Worcester's
historic Guildhall? The Guildhall, which dates back to 1721, is an ideal venue for both wedding ceremonies and receptions, accommodating up to 200
guests. The Guildhall’s elegant
architecture has received no less
than royal praise, with King George III celebrating the impressive
building. Couples can pose for
portraits under the landmark’s
famous iron gates and guests will enjoy the venue’s period details
that evoke the stately weddings of Jane Austen’s era.
T H E DIGLIS H OTEL The Diglis Hotel’s beautiful riverside gardens, together with its on-site accommodation,
catering and bar facilities, make this a delightful and stress-free option for your wedding day. Celebrated as a ‘Country House Hotel in the City’ and with unrivalled views of the River Severn, the team at The Diglis can manage every detail of your day. Guests will
enjoy eating locally sourced produce and sipping drinks in the secluded gardens, not to mention the free car parking and favourable accommodation rates.
SAY 'I DO' TO P R E - N U PT I A L
PLANNI NG FOR A WEDDI NG IS AN E XC I T I NG TIME AND T HER E IS SO MUC H TO THINK ABO UT. C HA NCE S AR E T HAT A PRENUPT I AL AGREE MENT I S NOT ONE OF TH E T HI NGS ON YOUR TODO LI S T, HOWEVER, T HAT CO ULD BE A MI S TAK E AND IN SOME C I RC UMS TANCE S, I T CO ULD BE VE RY I MPO RTANT.
Understandably the prospect of
Where one party to the marriage
with your future spouse can be
sole name which has been acquired
discussing a pre-nuptial agreement daunting but there are many positives to having one:
• It can provide certainty for both spouses as to what they will receive if the
marriage breaks down • It can protect an inheritance or any assets pre-owned by one spouse
• It ensures that both spouses are aware of the financial positions of each other
• It provides clarity for the future of the marriage
has substantial property in their
before the relationship or where one party is due to receive a substantial inheritance from a family member,
then a pre-nuptial agreement can be very useful. Parents who are due to give money/property to their child
prior to the child’s marriage may wish to ensure that it is protected for their
child or future grandchildren and may insist that a pre-nuptial agreement
is entered into before any gift takes place. One party may have assets
from a previous relationship which they may wish to protect for their
children of that relationship and a
pre-nuptial agreement is a way to try and ensure their interest is secured.
A pre-nuptial agreement covers the
If you do wish to consider a pre-nuptial
pre-nuptial agreements are taken
you die during the marriage, the pre-
will need to satisfy these requirements:
of any financial proceedings within a
breakdown of a marriage, however, if nuptial agreement ends and your will
takes effect. If you do not have a will,
Intestacy rules apply which may result in your estate not being distributed in accordance with the wishes that you had in your pre-nuptial agreement. It should also be remembered
that entering into a pre-nuptial
agreement does not suggest that
the marriage will not work or that you are more likely to divorce. It
simply gives you peace of mind so that you can enjoy your wedding
agreement then bear in mind that you • It must be entered into 21 days before marriage
• There must be full and frank disclosure of all financial matters of both spouses
• Both spouses should receive independent legal advice on the terms of the agreement • Neither party should be
into account by the Courts as part
divorce and, if entered into correctly,
can be very persuasive if not binding.
If you would like to discuss a pre-
nuptial agreement please contact our Family Department on 01905
721600 or if you would like to discuss making or updating your will please contact a member of our Private
Client department on 01905 721600.
under duress or made to sign the agreement.
day and your future lives together.
HONEYMOONS TO MAKE YOU
YO UR HONEYMO O N IS A O NC E - IN-A- L IF ETIME HO L IDAY. NEVER AGAIN WIL L YOU E X PE R IE NC E THE F IRST F LUSH O F HAPP INESS THAT COMES W ITH B E ING NE W LY MA R R IE D.
“All couples should have an utterly unforgettable honeymoon, whether it’s an epic escape full of adventure or a relaxing retreat in a tropical paradise. “Planning a wedding can be a stressful time for couples and at arrange MY escape we take the hard work out of planning a honeymoon, so our clients only have to concentrate on enjoying themselves.” - Jennifer Lynch from arrange MY escape 14
The experts at ‘arrange MY escape’
Surrounded by beautiful tropical
every day of your vacation is as
cosy cocoon for lovebirds, while an
can plan your honeymoon so that
gardens, luxury suites provide a
Some taster ideas ….
the opportunity to try new things,
Glamp it up in Uluru, Australia
getaways, tailored to individual
As well as bespoke honeymoons,
Be dazzled by the Northern Lights, Iceland
couple must do is sit back and relax
arrange overseas weddings.
magical as the moment you said, ‘I do’. The arrange MY escape team works with couples to create perfect
tastes and budget. All the happy
and enjoy a glass of bubbly while
the team takes care of the details When it comes to honeymoons,
the trend for 2018 is a combination of adventure and luxury.
A dream safari could start at Ulusaba
game reserve in South Africa. It boasts a hill top lodge offering panoramic views, as well as a luxury lodge
located in the heart of the bush. After an unforgettable adventure,
why not head to Mauritius for a welldeserved luxurious beach break.
The epitome of understated luxury,
array of activities offers newlyweds creating memories to last a lifetime. arrange MY travel can also
Our top three tips to making your honeymoon unforgettable 1. Speak to an expert, this will save both time and money 2. Do your research; have an idea of the kind of experience you're looking for
Watch snow monkeys frolicking, JapaN Enjoy private dining next to a spectacular waterfall, Thailand Sail into the sunset on a celebrity cruise, Mexico Dine at an underwater restaurant, Maldives
3. Be adventurous and try something new
Trou aux Biches Beachcomber resort offers a choice of six restaurants for
romantic fine dining, and a lavish spa. Meet us
12 Mealcheapen street, Worcester, WR1 2DH Contact us
t: 01905 675015
PUT A RING N IT The perfect destination to pop the question For an unforgettable mini
break with your amore, look no further than Venice.
With a flight time of just over two hours, you could be strolling hand in hand down the Grand Canal or
enjoying an aperitivo in less time than it takes to get to London.
From the bustling Piazza San Marco to the peaceful parkland of the
Venice Giardini, Venice truly has
something perfect for everyone.
Debbie Smith from Co-operative travel said: “Venice is the most romantic of destinations for a quick getaway. Legend has it that if lovers share a kiss under the Bridge of Sighs then they’ll enjoy eternal happiness; where better to pop the question?” The floating city’s churches
and museums offer unrivalled
treasures, and there’s also a vibrant contemporary art scene, a sandy beach and fashionable shops.
And if the tourist trail gets too much, always remember you are never
more than a bridge away from a
secluded square, stunning Gothic palazzi or a lively local wine bar.
And if a mini break isn’t quite enough
for you, Venice has excellent transport links so you can easily venture
onwards to historic Rome, dreamy Florence or metropolitan Milan. Pop into Co-operative Travel
Worcester or call 01905 723655 today and we can help find
your perfect Italian escape.
Engaged couples spend months
Found in Reindeer Court, the
for the big day, but your wedding
largest selection of wedding
agonising over the prefect outfit ring is the only item youâ€™ll wear
everyday for the rest of your life. Rock Lobster can help you
With its own on-site workshop and
independent shop has the
design studio, Rock Lobster can also
bands in the county.
and create bespoke bands that work
The experienced team can advise on
work closely with couples to design
alone or with your engagement ring.
the best material to suit your taste
Visit Rock Lobster in Reindeer
or palladium, as well as the most
perfect forever ring.
choose the perfect bands to
and budget, whether thatâ€™s platinum
will love your rings for eternity.
flattering shape for your fingers.
ensure you and your betrothed
Court to pick (or design) your
The Ultimate Party Shop ...for the ultimate wedding day! If you are after some #WeddingInspo then the dedicated team at The Ultimate Party Shop on Angel Place will work with you to artistically
create simple & stunning balloons to perfectly reflect your personality and style for the most important day of your life!
Remembering your special day! How you remember your day can be just as important as the day itself.
Every newly-wed couple should be able to look back at their day with nothing but smiles and with help
from The Cabin, this has never been easier with their fantastic range of printing and framing services.
The Cabin have always found pride in revolutionary ways to create the perfect memories, and because of their new partnership with
Fujifilm, everyone can now be the oďŹƒcial wedding photographer!
The award-winning Fujifilm
Imagine software opens a treasure trove of exciting new ways to
remember that special day by
creating beautiful prints, canvases, collages, photo books and gifts.
You can even work on projects from
the comfort of your own home using
the desktop app or on the go through Fujifilm Imagine mobile app.
The Cabinâ€™s state of the art digital photo kiosks and industry leading
inkjet printers will then produce your
perfectly printed photographs to make your memories as special as your day.
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T h e O il B a sin a lre a dy o f fe rs a w id e ra nge o f drinks fro m
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w in e s , spirits, cla ssy gins,
to p s h elf wh isk y, a nd mo re .
“We take pride in what we do. What sets us apart is simple; we smile, we enjoy what we do, we welcome customers from all walks of life, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We offer great products at reasonable prices and our staff like a bit of banter. We’re really excited about perfecting our own brew and we’re sure our customers are going to love it.” Ro b W intrip f rom
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D ECLU T T E R IN G I S T H E LAT EST TR E N D IN W E L L B E I NG A ND BY VI S IT IN G E XCH A NG E & SM A RT IN N E W ST RE ET, YO U CO U L D G O FRO M H AVIN G A C R A M P E D C LOSET TO H AVIN G A FU LL WA L LET. Exchange & Smart sells your unwanted items, stocking a beautiful collection of new and nearly new designer clothes and accessories at fantastic prices.
The team prides itself on having excellent taste and they can advise customers on what to buy and sell, as well as creating the perfect capsule wardrobe. Sally from Exchange & Smart said: “Almost all of us have clothes in our wardrobe that we have never worn, or only worn once."
“At Exchange & Smart we sell only top quality
new items. People can bring us their unwanted
clothes and accessories and maybe bag themselves a new designer bargain while they’re in the shop.” Shoppers are likely to find designer brands such
as Max Mara, Nicole Farhi, Joseph and Paul Smith in store at high street prices, as well as luxury brands like Jigsaw, Hobbs and Phase Eight. If you would like more information about
working with Exchange & Smart, then visit the shop on New Street or call 01905 611522.
F. DURRANT & SON When Frederick Durrant first opened his
Champion shooter Tim Smith, and their
The shop sells timeless country
Street in 1812, Britain was still in the
Teme Valley are incredibly popular.
and Alan Paine, not to mention La
gun shop on Worcester’s Mealcheapen throes of the Napoleonic Wars.
corporate shoot events in the picturesque Tim said: “F. Durrant and Son is one
Two centuries later, the shop is
of the oldest businesses in Worcester
pursuits are still the lifeblood of this
reaches far beyond the city walls."
flourishing and while classic country independent business, F Durrant
and Son offers a modern service for the contemporary sports person.
As well as quality clothing and firearms, shooting lessons are also available from
their experienced team, including World
and it has a proud history that
“The business has moved with
the times and while the shop still
maintains its original charm, we’re a
pioneering family-run company that’s relevant to Worcester and beyond.”
attire from brands such as Barbour Chameau; particularly popular thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge.
F. Durrant and Son also sells new and pre-owned guns, fitted by
knowledgeable and established staff. fdurrantandson.com
GAME ON! With re g u l ar t o urn am e nts ,
retro co n s o l es an d co mmu na l h obby t ab l es , Wo rce s te r War Ga m es o n Tri n i t y
S treet i s a fan t as t i c p la ce to m ee t n ew p eo p l e.
Th e sho p al s o n eg o tiate s
favourab l e rat es wi t h s u p p lie rs , meani n g Wo rces t er Wa r
Gam es can o f fer c u s to me rs a ten p er cen t d i s co u nt o n
retai l pri ces fo r n ew ite ms .
T h e s h o p a lso h a s a flo urish ing s e co n d h a nd ma rke t fo r
a nyo ne lo o k ing t o se ll use d mo d e ls o r buy ga me s at h u g e ly re duce d price s.
Wo rce st e r Wa r G a me s
st o cks eve r y t h ing yo u could ne e d fo r ga ming, incl udin g o f fe ring fre e de mo s if you
wa nt t o t r y so me t h ing n ew.
Andy said: Community is the most important thing to Worcester War Games and we have built a thriving community of gamers. Whether itâ€™s tabletop, card or board games, we cater for everyone, including having dedicated areas for building and painting your models. Everyone at the store is always ready and willing to help with any questions and offer hints and tips for all forms of building and painting miniatures of every scale.
I t â€™s spre a d ove r t wo flo ors
a nd b o a sts t wo la rge hobby t a ble s a nd t h irt e e n big
ga ming t a ble s, a s we l l as three sma lle r t a ble s. I t re cen tly
inst a lle d mo nit o rs fo r playin g re t ro co nso le ga me s.
Th e st o re is o p e n Tues day t o Sunday wit h eve ning ga ming o n We dne sday, Th ursday a nd Friday.
Packing tips to save space, time and trouble.
established in 1884 and have been
With so many cases on the market it is hard to know what to look for - what should we be looking for?
what are your top tips for those embarking on a short-haul flight with only A cabin case.
through their packing woes ever
Soft cases are still the best selling
Iâ€™ve said it before and I will say
in Broad Street to pick up some
taken by the harder shell cases; the
Knowles Travelgoods was
supporting Worcester shoppers
since. We met Lucy at their store
but more and more people are
advice and top packing tipsâ€Ś
2018 Love Island contestants use
should we be rolling or folding?
case. Both have their advantages,
Roll, ALWAYS roll. Not only does
it save on space, but you will also find you have fewer creases.
the American Tourister Bon Air
but I would recommend investing in something which allows you to compartmentalise your suitcase
or bag so you feel more organised and know exactly what you have with you. Some of the favourites
in store include Samsonite Spark and the Ronaldo Sound Box.
it again, roll, roll, roll and roll.
You may also find it handy to
have a case with a top pocket as these are excellent for storing
travel documents. Many people
are advocates for the 4 wheeled cases now as they are easier
to glide around the airport and
destination, but ensure that it is
light enough to carry if required!
It’s no secret that vegetarianism is on the rise. Kale and avocados have even transcended the kitchen and can now be seen on clothes and accessories in almost every high street shop. Describing yourself as ‘plant-based’ is now a thing
and it’s not just social influencers who are veering towards vegetables; the national attitude to fruit and veg has also undergone a seismic shift.
Gone are the days of over boiled beans and hard
sprouts. Cooks are now having fun with fruit and vegetables. They’re served raw, pickled, grilled,
seared, fried, and shredded, and seasoned with
coriander, cumin, turmeric, chilli powder and more.
The humble cauliflower is served as a ‘steak’,
slow-roasted with a hearty sauce, while broccoli is
replacing rice and courgetti has overtaken spaghetti. And is it any wonder that vegetarianism has become so popular? According to New York scientists, a
vegetarian diet could help cut the risk of heart failure by 42%. A vegetarian diet is also cost effective.
We’re blessed in Worcestershire to boast many
experienced farmers who grow produce right on our
doorsteps. What better time to give the greens a go?
The Vegan Revolution Veganism is set to be the major food trend for 2018 and thanks to celebrity chefs like Ella Woodward, veganism is not only cool, it’s positively delicious. Eating out as a vegan used to be bore, but if
luscious leaves and heavenly herbs are what
tantalise your tastebuds then ‘Be The Change’
restaurant in Worcester’s Cornmarket is for you. Open from 8am, customers can enjoy eat-in or
takeaway food all day every day (except Mondays), and enjoy late opening on Fridays and Saturdays. Anthony said: “We’re passionate about making
delicious plant-based food and drink that’s exciting and affordable, as well as giving customers a
comfortable atmosphere to soak it up, all backed up with friendly and professional customer service.”
If you’re tempted to give veganism a go, why not try these easy menu hacks:
Don’t get in a scramble: use chickpea flour instead of eggs if you’re making frittatas and try tofu in your fry up
Sensational seasoning: Black salt (or kala namak as its known to veteran vegans) adds an eggy flavour to your food
Sweet treats: bananas or curdled soy milk with
apple cider vinegar make great cakes, or try ground linseed with warm water in your brownies
Taste the feeling: to make a cake in hurry, use a Betty Crocker cake mix but omit the eggs and dairy and use a can of coke instead. .
GROWING GREEN Housewives Choice expanding with Three Counties Produce Worcester’s choicest greengrocers is growing its business Brothers Rob and James
They also know all about our buying
as fourth generation green grocers
people have recently become
Thompson run the business and they know all about vibrant veg and flavoursome fruit.
They’re the major suppliers for
local restaurants, helping to keep the city’s carbon footprint low.
“Kids love making smoothies and it’s a fantastic way to introduce them to all sorts of different produce. They’ll try all sorts of things in a smoothie that you might struggle to get them to eat off a plate.” - Rob
habits. Apparently Worcester more adventurous with their
shopping, now choosing pomelo
and kale over parsnips and peas. Superfoods strawberry and purple sprouting broccoli are still firm
favourites in the city and a pear tartin
“Fruit in a curry can really enhance the flavours bringing sweet undertones to the dish. My favourite is fresh mango which, is becoming more and more popular.” - James
is apparently the best way to eat
Worcestershire’s most iconic fruit. The brothers also know a thing or
two about hitting that hard to reach five-a-day. They recommend fresh juices and smoothies as a quick
way to kick start your morning.
Stop by Houswives Choice on
Church St or call 01905 23676 to
find out how they can supply your
business with great local produce.
The Old Rec
CA RIBBEA N TO F U WITH COCONUT Q UINOA Ingredients For the Tofu
ME T H O D
First, mix all dry ingredients together with the olive oil to form your marinade.
Dice the tofu into fairly chunky pieces and marinade for 24 hours. Bring the veg stock up to a simmer
• 400g Firm Tofu
and add the quinoa and cook for 10 minutes.
• 1 Tbsp Ground Coriander
non stick pan on a high heat, seal off the tofu for around 2-3 minutes
• 1/2 Tsp All Spice
the juice of the lime and half of the chopped coriander. Season again.
• 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Add the coconut and simmer for a further 6 minutes, meanwhile, in a
• 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
and season to taste. Once the quinoa has absorbed all of the water add
• Pinch of Chilli Flakes
For the Quinoa
TH E S E RVE SERVES TWO
To serve, separate the quinoa between two bowls, place the tofu over and finish with the remaining chopped coriander.
• 100g Quinoa (well rinsed) • 175ml Veg Stock
• 1 Tbsp Dessicated Coconut • 1 Lime
• 1/2 Bunch Chopped Coriander
S H ARE YOUR DI SH WI T H US! POST YO UR PI C TO SOC I AL ME DI A WI T H T HE H A S HTAG #WORC SOC I AL RE C I PE
It’s an investment, darling! Fast fashion is a thing of the past. Canny shoppers now buy investment pieces that will last and
nowhere is this more evident than with jewellery. Owning a collection of personal, timeless jewellery is both chic and sartorially sensible and, let’s face it, diamonds never go out of fashion.
No one is better placed to advise on buying
heirloom gemstones than the team at Peplows Jewellers on Worcester’s High Street.
With 200 years of history and now run by the sixth
generation of Peplows, the team knows everything there
is to know about jewellery, including luxury watch brands such as Rolex, Omega, Gucci, Longines, Tissot and more.
Francis Peplow said: â€œJewellery has always been perceived to be both a thing of beauty and value and we work hard to bring together inspiring collections that will compliment peoples tastes and lifestyles. Our family has always worked hard to ensure the happiness and satisfaction of our customers. We want people to walk away with cherished pieces that they will treasure forever.â€? The Peplows team are expert at servicing and repairing timepieces - no surprise given that
William Peplow, who first opened the shop in 1794, was actually a watch and clockmaker.
William lived to be over one hundred years old and several of his longcase clocks are still in working service today. Every generation of his family has since brought
something new to the business, including an optician in the 1920s, engraving skills, and qualifications in Gemmology and Diamond Diplomas.
The Royal Worcester Factory has a new future at the heart of the city’s art scene thanks to a redevelopment of the site that completed at the end of June.
It also has a cafe and shop,
The new ‘Royal Porcelain Works’ includes
well as bespoke studio facilities where
nestWorcester, offering top-quality simple food made to order, as well as selling
fresh local produce and artisan treats. There is also board room space, as
a flexible auditorium, boardroom and
artists and craftspeople can showcase
studio facilities, as well as a new cafe.
their work and run workshops.
Royal Worcester played a leading
The build has been funded by
and economic wellbeing for
of the arts, music, education and
role in Worcester’s cultural identity
the Bransford Trust, a supporter
more than 250 years, but closed
wellbeing of local young people.
its factory doors in 2009.
The oﬃcial opening was on Saturday,
The new development will encourage
June 30 and Sunday July 1 and was
increase in tourism in the City, ensuring
and family fun, which featured
greater participation in the arts and an
a bonanza of live entertainment
the Porcelain Works continues to be
food stalls, craft demos, live music,
at the forefront of the city’s future.
face painting and circus artists.
Marketing and Development
Manager, Alice Brunt says: ‘It’s so exciting to have such wonderful
facilities in the heart of the City. The development includes Henry
Sandon Hall, the former Exhibition Hall, a 140-seat multi-functional venue with music, film, lectures, fairs, exhibitions and family events scheduled.
Royal Porcelain Works
www.royalporcelainworks.co.uk 01905 677399
The Henry Sandon Hall www.worcesterlive.co.uk 01905 611427
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When Chris Jaeger took over Huntingdon Hall in 1995, the venue was on the brink, with mounting debts and no viable future. Chris was given the mammoth task of turning things around and within 18 months he had done just that. Debts were settled, local authority funding secured, and the box oﬃce was back in business. In 2002 he performed the same
magic on the struggling Swan Theatre and a year later started Worcester
Festival, which is still going strong today, as well as launching a rep
theatre at The Commandery and Shakespeare at the Cathedral.
Worcester Live, as his arts portfolio is now known, is entering another
exciting phase as a new venue opens in the city’s historic Porcelain Works. The Henry Sandon Hall will be a
small but flexible venue, suitable for film, talks, acoustic music, ceilidhs,
children’s shows, craft and antiques
fairs, exhibitions, auctions and more. (For more details see page 37).
Chris envisions that the addition of this new versatile venue will be of huge value to the city.
“The arts, in one form or another, are core to all nations. We sing, we dance, we write, we think about issues, we explore emotions. Whatever a person’s nationality, colour or geographical location, the arts can take them out of themselves. “The arts can lift people’s spirits and bring highs of joy; when hearing a piece of music, for example, or seeing an uplifting play.” - Chris Jaeger Chris oversees eight youth theatre
groups, dance classes, and the Swan Theatre School, for aspiring young people who wish to go into the
profession, as well as the 350-seat
Swan Theatre, Huntingdon Hall, and the Worcester Festival and annual
Commandery and Cathedral projects. These all contribute immeasurably to the well-being of our community.
“Of course, cities need police, hospitals, rubbish collections, pot holes mending, bridges widening and much, much more, but at the end of the day, none of these things can truly lift the soul. We need moments of joy, of enlightenment, of realisation, of sadness, of laughter, to help us understand ourselves and to make life worth living. That’s what the arts do for a society, and Worcester Live brings a large selection of arts to the city.”
point had large debts and had become
The Worcester Repertory Company
2007 we started ‘Shakespeare at the
of The Hound of the Baskervilles
at the Commandery’ as we do non-
– 22nd July (excl. Mon 16th).
Hound of the Baskervilles, which will be
Tell us a little more about Worcester Live; what is it, how did it begin and how are you involved?
In 2012 we went into partnership with
unviable. My job was to open out the
programme, which had previously been
largely classical, to create new audiences, raise money, pay off debt, and to create my own salary! It was hard work, but within 18 months we had paid off all
the debts – which were in the region of £50,000 – and created a series of new audiences. We also got local authority funding for the first time. In 2002 the
Swan Theatre ran into serious financial trouble, and when it closed we bid to
take it over, having already successfully saved one major venue in Worcester. 15 years later, and the theatre is still going strong. In 2003 we launched the Worcester Festival, which also
continues to go strong with the 16th Festival planned for this August. In
with be staging a new spoof version
Commandery’ – now ‘Worcester Rep
in the Commandery Gardens, 10th
Shakespeare too – this year it's The
In 1995 I was head-hunted by the then board of Huntingdon Hall, who were
about to close the venue, which at that
the 12th consecutive annual production. Worcester Cathedral to present an
annual one-week ‘Shakespeare at the Cathedral’ – this autumn’s production
of Twelfth Night will be the 7th. All of these are separately branded, but the
overarching company that runs them
all is Worcester Live – or Worcester Live Charitable Trust to give our full name.
You have a number of venues across Worcester, tell us a little more about each of them and how they differ. The Swan Theatre has a large stage
and as well as presenting theatre, we
stage ballet, contemporary dance and
some music, as well as providing a home for many local amateur groups, who often stage large-scale productions.
We also run eight youth theatres and
have dance classes on 2 days, as well as running the Swan Theatre School, for aspiring young people who wish to go into the profession. Huntingdon Hall
has the same number of seats as the
Swan (350), but is a much more intimate venue. It has a brilliant acoustic, and
we stage most of our music there, in all variety of genres, as well as comedy –
which has grown enormously over the years – and lectures. Our new venue
coming on line at the Royal Porcelain Works this June, the Henry Sandon Hall, is a smaller venue but more
versatile in layout, and will be staging film, talks, acoustic music, ceilidhs,
children’s shows, craft and antiques
fairs, exhibitions, auctions and more!
Have you found that the audiences’ tastes have changed over the years?
moments of joy, of enlightenment, of
This is a diﬃcult one to answer, but I can
a large selection of arts to the city.
tell you that throughout the recession
ticket sales suffered in all genres except comedy. It was as if people were happy to rein in their spending on music
and theatre, but were still prepared to spend on going out for a good laugh!
How do you feel Worcester Live enhances the city? The arts, in one form or another, are
core to all nations. We sing, we dance, we write, we think about issues, we
explore emotions. Whatever a person’s nationality, colour or geographical
location, the arts can take them out of themselves. The arts can lift people’s spirits and bring highs of joy; when
hearing a piece of music, for example, or seeing an uplifting play. Of course, cities need police, hospitals, rubbish
collections, pot holes mending, bridges widening and much, much more, but at the end of the day, none of these
things can truly lift the soul. We need
realisation, of sadness, of laughter, to help us understand ourselves and to make
life worth living. That’s what the arts do for a society, and Worcester Live brings
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Wheels Around Worcester
Whether you choose a motorbike or pedal power,
there’s no better way to see a city than on two
routes, Worcester is a leisure rider’s dream.
Information Centre, next to the Guildhall.
wheels, and with its country lanes and riverside
and you can also pick up a copy from the Tourist
Bikers can enjoy miles of country lanes
If you’re new to cycling, then why not pop in to
follow a new series of cycle routes.
expert advice on buying the best bike for you.
around the county, while cyclists can
The cycle routes range from six to twenty miles
and reach Kempsey, Crowle, Bewdley and beyond. Each route can be downloaded from the County Council’s website and installed
on your favourite GPS device, so cyclists never need worry about getting lost.
the Cycle Centre on College Street and get some Looking for a something a little more powerful
with two wheels? Visit Skellerns Motorcycles on Sidbury, Worcester. The team have been based
in the heart of Worcester for over forty five years and what they don’t know about motorbikes
is frankly not worth knowing. skellerns.co.uk
A technicolour tower of giraffes has
It is by Wild in Art – the company
Alongside the big giraffes are 26
spaces of Worcester – creating a
in Birmingham – and is brought to
and community groups and displayed
descended on the streets and open
spectacular, 10-week public art trail.
behind events such as The Big Sleuth Worcester by St Richard’s Hospice.
smaller calves, decorated by schools in Crowngate Shopping Centre.
The trail, called Worcester Stands
The trail is in aid of the hospice’s
Each sculpture is sponsored by
8ft tall giraffes which will be on
redevelop its building in Worcester,
Business Improvement District – which
Tall, features 30 dazzlingly decorated, display until Sunday, September 16.
Build 2020 Appeal to extend and
enabling it to care for more people. Sara Matthews, Project Manager for
organisations including Worcester
has an ice cream-themed giraffe on the trail painted by Megan Evans.
Worcester Stands Tall, said: “We’re so
The Build 2020 Appeal aims to
glory – we can’t wait to see people
the hospice’s £5.3 million project.
excited to see the sculptures in all their ‘having a giraffe’ with the art trail!
“It’s going to be a brilliant event for the
city, attracting tourists and encouraging residents to explore Worcester.”
raise the final £1.4 million towards To find out more about the appeal visit
Download the Worcester Stands Tall app
Then, on Thursday, October 11 each
Play Store and track your progress
raise money for the hospice’s appeal.
from the Apple App Store and Google as you walk the trail – discovering giraffes and facts about the city.
Trail maps are available from points
around the city, including Worcester
Tourist Information Centre, Worcester
Cathedral, Crowngate Shopping Centre and the Worcester Stands Tall pop-up shop – also located in Crowngate. Discover your inner explorer and
join the Worcester Stands Tall team for a fundraising Safari Walk of the whole trail on Sunday, July 22.
Participants can wear their best
giraffe or safari-related fancy dress
and help raise as much as possible for the St Richard’s Build 2020 Appeal. Visitors can also come to the
trail’s Farewell Event at Worcester Cathedral from Friday, October
5 to Sunday, October 7 to see all the giraffes together for the last time before they are auctioned.
PA N TO N E 5 1 1 5 U C:75 M:100 Y:70 K:15 R GB : 9 2 , 4 1 , 7 0 PA N TO N E 3 8 9 U C : 2 0 M : 0 Y : 8 5 K :0 R GB : 2 1 3 , 2 2 4 , 7 7 C : 7 M : 9 Y : 2 4 K :0 R GB : 2 3 6 , 2 2 4 , 1 9 6
large sculpture will be auctioned to
Worcester Stands Tall is supported by Presenting Partners Worcestershire
Ambassadors and Crowngate Shopping Centre, Education Partner West
Midland Safari Park and Media Partners Free Radio and Worcester News. To find out more, or to get
involved with any of the events, visit www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk
WITH so much to see and do OVER THE HOLIDAYS here is a small selection of great events coming up...
THE HIVE Comic Character Masterclass Thursday 26 July 10.30am, 11.30am and 1pm Join Wearebeard, a creative design agency based in Worcester, for a comic character masterclass and create your own character to take home with you - 45 mins - 6 - 12 years - £3.50 Pop Up Pranks! Monday 23 July and Monday 20 August 4 sessions, on the hour between 10am – 1pm Trick your family with a cheeky Gnasher jack in a box – 30mins - 5+ years - £2.50
Cartoon Faces Monday 30 July and Thursday 2 August 4 sessions, on the hour between 10am – 1pm Make a mask or wall plaque of your favourite Beano character - 45 mins - 5+ years - £2.50 Comic Strip Creation Monday 6 August and Thursday 9 August 4 sessions, on the hour between 10am – 1pm Write and design your own comic story to take away - 45 mins - 7+years - £2.50
Beano Wars Monday 13 August and Thursday 16 August 4 sessions, on the hour between 10am – 1pm Code your own mischief game! Will you turn Dennis into Gnasher or make them both vanish? - 45min - 7+ years - £2.50 The Dogs Trust go Beano! Thursday 23 August 4 sessions, on the hour between 10am – 1pm Join the Dogs Trust to make a toy or bedding for a naughty puppy - 45 mins - 6+ years - FREE
Roald Dahl Day Saturday 15 September Get stuck into some jump squiffling activities at The Hive. A great opportunity to log some Roald Dahl books for the challenge. Caricature Masterclass Saturday 22 September 10am – 11am and 11:30am – 12:30pm Learn the art of caricature in this workshop run by Chris Ryder from WittyPics - 1 hour - 6 - 12 years - £4.50
MEDIEVAL REVELRY Sunday 26 - Monday 27 August, 10am – 5pm
SUMMER SURGEON’S CIRCUS 30 July - 2 August 10am – 2pm
Get into the medieval spirit for our brilliant August bank holiday medieval celebrations and discover what life was like 800 years ago when The Commandery was a monastic hospital. Adults £5.95 Children free.
CATHEDRAL SQUARE ICE AGE TALKS AT THE HIVE People of the Ice Age Talk Monday 16 July, 7pm to 9pm The Ice Age Environment Talk Monday 30 July, 7pm to 9pm Ice Age Fauna Talk Monday 13 August, 7pm to 9pm Geology and Climate Change Ice Age Talk Monday 3 September, 7pm to 9pm. All our Ice Age Talks are free to attend and booking is required. thehiveworcester.org
FIELDS OF BATTLE – LANDS OF PEACE Saturday 1 September Sunday 30 September A stunning photographic exhibition by international, award-winning photojournalist, Michael St. Maur Sheil. These beautiful images show the battlefields of the First World War as they are today.
Hands on surgical exercises, fascinating facts about the history of medicine, trails, trials and stories. Ages 6+, free.
ART GALLERY & MUSEUM LOST LANDSCAPES CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP 4 August 10:30am – 1:30pm Join Ruth Stacey, a poet and lecturer. Together you will explore the Ice Age Exhibition and Ruth will encourage an inspired written response. £3pp, booking required, 15 years +.
TUDOR HOUSE Museum WEST END MEMORIES Thursday 26 July- 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm The Malvern-based choir, OneAcChord, are hosting a fundraising evening featuring songs from West End hits such as the Lion King as well as a medley of hit songs from the likes of Bob Dylan and The Carpenters. £12, booking required.
Spring finally blossomed across Worcestershire and the city celebrated the new season in style with several fantastic events. As ever, The...