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Bosbury, Colwall, Cradley, Ledbury, Coddington, Mathon, Storridge, Wellington Heath, West Malvern

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to the Feb/March edition of

All About ‘West of the Hills’ Published & edited by:

Sascha McDonald, All About Local Magazines Ltd Colwall, Worcestershire WR13 6QN sascha@allabout-local.com / 07906 573352 www.allaboutmalvernhills.com www.facebook.com/allaboutmagazines www.twitter.com/allaboutmalvern

Editorial/Content: James McDonald - 07762 148355 Advertising: Tina Palmer - 07952 591031 Distribution: James McDonald - 07762 148355 All About West of the Hills is distributed to 7,000 homes and businesses.

Editor’s message

Happy New Year! Five years ago I started publishing this magazine, and for this edition we are celebrating! Packed full of stories and local events, you will find an article for every small village and town covered by our distribution to remind us all what a beautiful and diverse community we live in. I am proud to have helped many local businesses and community groups thrive during this time. Special thanks to all of my customers who are continuing to support our publication, and especially those that have been with us from the start; Classic Interiors, Buckingham House Dental Practice, Shane Howells, The Downs School, Malvern Hills Furniture and Lee Hankins. Where would we be without our local businesses serving our community? Also thanks to my fantastic team, including deliverers; without your help, hard work and dedication this magazine would not exist. And of course to you, the reader, in the hope you will continue to enjoy West of the Hills.

Magazine design:

Independent Design: Jane - 07989 393153

Front page: The Ale House in Colwall - photographed by All About Magazines

Advertiser Information Deadlines for the Apr/May 2014 issue:

Advertisement booking/cancellation: Thu 13 March What’s On/Notice Board: Fri 14 March Advertisement copy: Fri 14 March Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of the advert.

All artwork is accepted on the strict condition that permission has been given for use in the publication. Adverts are accepted under the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All About Magazines does not endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form - electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise without prior consent of the publisher. All About Local Magazines Ltd is registered in England and Wales Company No. 7200758


Contents Colwall Coddington Cradley West of the Hills Food West Malvern Storridge Bosbury Wellington H. Ledbury Malvern Hills Design Gardening Well Being Events Active Events Theatre Businesses

Cafe H2O 6 Willow Weaving 10 Art Exhibition 14 Community Groups 16 Recipe: Trifle 17 Monty Funk 18 Pancake Race 22 Making Music 24 Pub Opening 26 Children’s Centre 30 Walk 32 Wallpaper 34 Green Fingers 38 Good Habits 42 Notice Board 46 Classes & Courses 48&49 What’s On 50 Theatre News 52 Index 54

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Colwall feature

Cafe H2O Setting up Cafe H20 at the Wyche Innovation Centre in Upper Colwall was lots of work but very rewarding according to the women behind the idea. Debbie. ‘There’s a lot of regular customers, especially those that appreciate easy-access, since we have ample parking and a ramp leading up to the door.’ ‘We’ve kept our menu deliberately straightforward while offering a good choice of dishes’ says Debbie. ‘As well as cakes and snacks, we offer light meals plus soup and a good range of both hot and cold drinks.’

Cafe H20 is run as a co-operative by people with learning disabilities. ‘We have 15 people involved at the moment’ says Debbie Probert who set it up with Kate Harding. ‘They are all involved to a greater or lesser extent in the running of the cafe. Its no mean feat to run a start-up business, they’ve worked incredibly hard, especially in the summer months when visitors to the Hills come in.’ The co-op originally started in Malvern four years ago, to make jams and pickles. ‘Jamboree’ sold its produce in farmers’ markets and in local shops, but the idea for a cafe came after a discussion with Dr Emma Philpott and Dr Adrian Burden, owners of The Wyche Innovation Centre. ‘Its been more successful than we imagined’ says Kate. ‘There’s been so much to get right, from health and safety to ordering stock and serving the public. We try and stock local produce as far as possible, from Clive’s Fruit Farm near Upton and Colwall Orchard Group. This year we’ll be re-starting production of our own pickles and jam, which will be fantastic to serve with Ploughman’s Lunches and other dishes.’ Alison and Rosalind are busy serving customers as we chat, running the place efficiently with just a little occasional help from Kate or Debbie. ‘The public’s response to what we do has been overwhelming and extremely supportive’ says


‘The people working here have grown hugely in confidence’ continues Debbie. ‘One young man joined us who was incredibly shy and didn’t want to work ‘front of house’. He now serves customers and works on the till. The change in his life is immense and it can make me quite proud of what has been achieved.’ Kate is equally positive. ‘We’ve seen people blossom’ she says. ‘Just before Christmas we organised a buffet for our staff and other people working in this building. I saw business owners, professors and scientists sitting alongside our cooperative members, all chatting and getting along as equals. It was quite an emotional moment to realise how far they’ve come.’ ‘Essentially our cafe provides a service to the local area and gives life skills to the people with disabilities who work here’ continues Kate. ‘We do rely on volunteers to help us, so if anybody can spare as little as two hours a week to come and help at busy times, or to help with the jam and pickle making, we would all be really grateful.’

H20 Cafe at the Wyche Innovation Centre is open seven days a week from 9.30am until 4.30pm (it might be closed on some Wednesdays so please check before heading out). Groups of walkers and cyclists are very welcome. For more information call (01684) 252414.

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Mathon & Coddington feature

willow weaving Leaning against the door of Victoria Westaway’s shed are two sheaves of willow stems ready to be woven into her next work of art. ‘Its a beautiful thing to work with’ she says, ‘Even the smell of live willow is amazing!’ giant apples, a ram and I’ve completed two wassailing men, who wouldn’t look out of place at the Colwall wassail celebrations!’ Recently Victoria extended her talents to weave a six foot high running man using metal wire. Its now on public display in a park near Bristol. Bending and shaping the metal was hard work. ‘I got through several pairs of gloves while creating that!’ she laughs. ‘It needed to be able to withstand rough treatment as it’s on permanent public display.’

Based in Coddington, Victoria creates striking sculptures of people, animals and even giant apples. ‘Coddington is a lovely place to work’ says Victoria, ‘we see the sun rise over the Malvern Hills and set over Hay Bluff in the west. I love the fact this feels like a ‘hidden village’, tucked away in the landscape.’ After completing a degree in Theatre Design Victoria went on to work for a theatre company. ‘Part of my work was to create giant puppets using willow as the structure’ she says. ‘That was the moment I began to work with willow and realised what a versatile material it was.’ A career break to head off travelling in South America gave Victoria time to reflect on just how much she enjoyed working with natural materials. ‘You see people working in this way in virtually every culture in the world’ she says, ‘I’m originally from Somerset where weaving is a part of rural life.’ ‘Last year I exhibited my work in many places, including Dragon Orchard (near Ledbury) and in gardens including an Open Garden event here in Coddington. Its really begun to take off, people passing my garden even spot items and push notes through the door, asking if I can make them something!’ ‘My work has been focussed on life here in Herefordshire’ continues Victoria, ‘so I made


One woman in north Worcestershire asked Victoria to create a sculpture of her children, sitting side by side on a bench in the garden, using willow from a tree that had been felled. ‘I get all sorts of commissions. For smaller gardens, sculptures of birds are popular while figures running, sitting or reading are popular for bigger spaces’. With a regular coating of linseed oil and a little tender loving care, a willow sculpture can last up to ten years, perhaps more if its moved inside during the winter. ‘Of course the best thing about willow is that its a renewable product. If a sculpture did eventually start to look tatty, the willow could simply be replaced, giving it a new lease of life.’ This year could bring wider recognition for Victoria’s work, as she’s been asked to create a sculpture for a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show which takes place in May . ‘Its really exciting’ she says, ‘My work will form part of a garden being created by Olivia Kirk, a garden designer from Worcester, who’s previously won Gold at Chelsea for her work.’

To see more of Victoria’s work, go online to www.victoriawestaway.co.uk

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Cradley feature

By Lucy Campbell

Art Exhibition An exhibition of work by several nationally-acclaimed artists opens in Cradley this March, and it has the internet to thank for its existence.

By Amanda Anderson

‘I’ve used social media for quite a while to establish contact with other artists, and so this exhibition has come about thanks to Facebook!’ laughs Tamsin Abbott, a local stained glass maker who has helped create the exhibition. Called ‘Beast and Beauty’, the exhibition brings together the work of several prestigious British artists whose work is inspired by the landscape of Britain and its mythology and folklore. As well as prints, paintings and drawings there is jewellery, mosaics, stained glass, metalwork and sculpture. The idea for the exhibition began to take shape in 2011 when Tamsin went to Art in Action, an event in Oxforshire where artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their work with the public. ‘Four of us were staying with Judy Dyble, one of the original members of the

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group Fairport Convention and Trader Horne. We decided to form our own artists’ group, since we were all so influenced by the British landscape.’ Called the Sisterhood of Ruralists, they have since exhibited elsewhere in Britain, but with its members scattered across southern England, Tamsin decided it was time to bring their work to Herefordshire. ‘We have the work of thirteen women artists at this exhibition in Cradley and they are coming from as far away as Scotland and Cornwall. We seem to have captured the zeitgeist, the relationship of humans to animals and the natural world is a prevalent idea in art at the moment. It’s ironic that we’re inspired by nature, but brought together by technology!’

The ‘Beast and Beauty’ Art Exhibition is at Blue Ginger Gallery at Cradley (on the A4103) from 22nd March until 11th May 2014. For more details look at www.blue-ginger.com


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Local groups Malvern Hills & Ledbury

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Malvern Hills Freecycle Contact: www.freecycle.org

West Malvern Irish Dancers Contact: Ruth (parent) 01684 568613 or Rose (tutor) on 07976 6914686

Ledbury Children’s Centre Contact: 01432 383840 Malvern Social Group Contact: 07827 788862 or email info@malvernsocial.org.uk Transport Ring & Ride Contact: 01531 636333 Citizens Advice Bureau Contact: 01684 563611 for Malvern or Ledbury 01432 377599 Malvern Small Business Forum Contact: Simon Smith or Joel Keiller on 01684 862151 or visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/business The Hills Bridge Club Contact: 01684 541227 or visit www.bridgewebs.com/hills Malvern Hills Lions Club Contact: Neil Bowen on 0845 8337439 or email malvernhillslions@gmail.com or visit www.malvernlions.org.uk Malvern Hills Badminton Club Contact: Lynne on 01531 632751 or David 01531 635780 or goto www.malvernbadminton.net

Voluntary opportunities

West Malvern Baby & Toddler Group Contact: Naomi on 899048 Meditation in West Malvern Contact: 07816578815 or email malvernmeditation@talktalk.net West Malvern Social Club Contact: 01684 576732 or visit www.westmalvernsocialclub.org.uk

Cradley Cradley Sports Club Contact: 01886 880081 or visit www.cradleysportsclub.co.uk Cradley, Storridge & Mathon Royal British Legion Supports ex-service personnel Cradley Small Business Breakfast Contact: Miles Meager 01886 880964 or email milesmeager@mi-frame.co.uk Cradley, Mathon & Storridge Art Group Meet at Storridge Village Hall at 2pm.

Storridge WI Contact: Joan Prosser on 01886 880813

Community Voluntary Action Ledbury: 01531 635339 Malvern Community Action: 01684 892381 Malvern Hills Volunteering: 07872 419646 or visit www.do-it.org.uk to search for volunteering near you

Cradley WI Contact: Pat Brewer on 01886 880017



Mathon, Cradley & Storridge Tennis Club Contact: Mrs Pat Pugh on 01531 640682 or Bob Hamilton on 01684 540836 Mathon Parish Church Weekly services in the three Parish churches. Mathon WI Contact: Margaret on 01886 880824

To promote your group: email sascha@allabout-local.com or call 07906 573352. More info on each group available on the website: www.allaboutmalvernhills.com


West Malvern Royal British Legion Club Contact: 07985 133691

Storridge Parish Church Contact: 01886 880348

Bosbury WI Contact: Diane Hodgson on 01531 640622 Bosbury Church Adults’ Choir Contact: Paul Roberts 07735 430335 or email paul.m.roberts@talk21.com Bosbury Church Children’s Choir Contact: Rosie Roberts 07734 866108 or email rosie_roberts_arts@yahoo.co.uk

Bosbury Parish Church Contact: www.bosbury-church.org Bosbury Bellringers Contact: Frank Seabright on 01531 640252 or email frank@seabrightsolutions.co.uk Bosbury Beaver Scouts Contact Helen 01531 640371 helengadsby@hotmail.com


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Colwall Bright Sparks Colwall Pre-School Contact: Jean 01684 540061 or Sue 01684 575548

Colwall Village Playgroup Contact: Sarah Jarratt 01684 541643, sjjarratt@live.com

Colwall Cricket Club www.colwallcc.org.uk

Colwall Golfers Contact: Derek Turner on 540318

Colwall Greener Contact: Robin on 01684 540 284 or visit www.greener.colwall.info

Colwall Ladies Club Contact: Hazel Turner on 01684 541066, hazel.turner@homecall.co.uk

Colwall Orchard Group Contact: Helen Stace on 01684 540569 or visit www.colwallvillagegarden.org Colwall Rotary Club Contact: Alan Torbet on 01684 899227 or visit www.colwallrotary.org.uk Malvern Baby Gym Club Contact: Kate Allison on 01684 563563 Colwall Probus Club Contact: Mike Paulson 01684 540108 or email Colwallprobus@msn.com Colwall Bell Ringers Contact: Robin Riches 01684 541240

Colwall Village Society Contact: Margaret Matthews on 01684 562245 The Chasers International Men of Stell Cricket Team Contact: Jamie 01684 541022 or 07977 115478 Wyche & Colwall Horticultural Society Contact: Margaret White 01684 540931 Colwall WI Contact: Cath Blackwell 01684 540020 Colwall Players Contact: www.colwallplayers.org Colwall Mothers’ Union Contact: Dorothy Lockyear on 01684 540608

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West Malvern feature

Monty Funk There’s always been something of a creative buzz about West Malvern. The village attracts all kinds of musicians, writers and artists. ‘Some people tell me it’s because of the fantastic light, sitting on the western slopes of the Hills’ says Pete Nash, sitting at the window of his office at the top of Westminster Bank.

Pete’s business, Monty Funk, is all about being creative. The video, audio and heritage interpretation production company has an impressive list of clients that include the BBC, The National Trust and other major UK brands. ‘We’ve just completed a programme for the BBC World Service’ says Pete, ‘we’re working on several more radio projects, piloting a radio programme and completing another seven heritage projects.’ As their reputation grows, the number of people working for the company has also expanded. In one corner is sound engineer Ben Youatt, busy mixing an audio trail that will be used by visitors to National Trust land in North Wales. Anthony Griffiths, better known as Griff, provides

Monty Funk, Masters of Story Telling, have a website www.montyfunk. com, where you can found out more about them. www.montyfunkpotcast.com contains many podcasts to listen to


the artistic talent that, amongst other things, produces interpretive boards for visitors to National Parks. Monty Funk also delivers its products in creative ways. An electronics expert is converting antique telephones so that visitors to a former mine in Wales can dial up the stories of the people who once worked there. ‘I’m lucky to have so many talented people on the doorstep’ says Pete. ‘We have a huge number of artists in West Malvern, of course for many it’s a hobby but many more make a living from it. There’s also a great music scene with weekly live music at the West Malvern Social Club and West Fest every year. I feel lucky to live and work in a place like West Malvern.’

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The Malvern Kitchen Studio Ltd. Designs by Gary Williams

more than 25 years of design experience

T. 01684 562962 Unit A Six Ways Trading Estate Barnards Green Malvern WR14 3LY

New Year - New Kitchen FREE quotation service Open Tue - Fri 9 - 5 Sat 10 - 4 FREE parking Fully functioning kitchen on display!

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BOILER REPLACEMENTS AND FULL CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEMS Boiler upgrades/ replacement New central heating installations Gas fires servicing Gas boiler servicing

WHY CHOOSE US? • We offer fixed price quotations • FREE quotations & advice • No MONEY UPFRONT - Don’t pay until work is fully complete • No contractors - we only use our own qualified employees • Full guarantee on all work carried out • 35 years experience • References available

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Gas Appliance Showroom Ltd 01684 891522 • 01684 566962

25 Worcester Road, Great Malvern, WR14 4QY

Kitchens Bathrooms Extensions www.property-refurbishments.co.uk Call Matthew on

07846 650095 or 01684 300803

To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email tina@allabout-local.com




pancake race A charity pancake race at Storridge Village Hall in March has been organised by local fundraiser Moira Starkey.

During the past ten years Moira, who’s in her 80s, has raised £15,000 for charity and will go to great lengths to help good causes. ‘It all started after I lost my step-mother and step-brother’ says Moira. ‘I’d looked after them for many years and suddenly found myself with nothing to do.’ Following a hip operation Moira could no longer drive and found herself housebound. ‘Reading does get a bit dull after a while, so someone asked me if I could make them some lemon curd. I did, and it all took off from there.’ Moira will often be seen at local fundraising events, selling her pickles, jams and chutneys to help raise money. ‘I began by raising money for local hospices and Marie Curie Cancer Care, but in the 1990s I lost several friends to breast cancer. One of them had been to The Haven in Hereford and so I began to raise money for them.’

One of Moira’s greatest fundraising stunts was completing a marathon by walking around the Village Hall in Storridge; no easy feat for a woman who uses sticks to walk. Covering the 26 miles took Moira three weeks of walking and almost 1,800 laps of the Hall. ‘We finished with a grand cream tea celebration and raised a total of £2,000’ she says with a smile. Always looking for her next charity fundraising opportunity, Moira’s involved in organising a Pancake Race at Storridge Village Hall to raise more money for The Haven Breast Cancer Support. ‘We’re indoors, so the weather won’t affect us’ she says. ‘Everyone is welcome to join in with a team of four people, or come along to watch. It should be a hilarious afternoon!’

The Pancake Race at Storridge Village Hall is on 2nd March at 2.30pm, with all proceeds donated to The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre. For information please speak to Moira on 01886 880200 or Jen on 01886 880498


D R LLOYD General Building

01886 880653 / 07971 866505 dafydd.lloyd1@btinternet.com General building Property renovation & maintenance Internal & external decorating Tiling Plastering Kitchen replacement Installation and service of multifuel stoves Local, reliable and trustworthy Free no obligation quotations References available on request

Greg Davies Wood Design Bespoke Furniture Internal Joinery External Joinery Greg Davies Wood Design specialise in the design and manufacture of bespoke wooden products with over twenty years experience in design and wood crafts. Whether you are replacing like for like or looking for a complete redesign, we can provide a solution that will fit your needs and your budget.

Tel: 01886 880028 Mob: 07966 755669 Email: gregory.davies@btinternet.com Web: www.gregdavieswooddesign.co.uk Lyndhurst, Bosbury Road, Cradley, Nr Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 5JA

For all your electrical requirements Domestic, Commercial, Industrial Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Periodic inspection reports Wiring, Re-wiring Showers, Cookers New builds and extensions Fuse board upgrades Fault finding and repairs

Free quotations For a fast and friendly service call Mark Humphreys

07774 773951 (Cradley)

To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email tina@allabout-local.com


Bosbury feature

making music A new youth choir could soon be starting in Bosbury, led by Kate Cheetham who recently moved to the area. Kate has taken over responsibility for music at Bosbury Church.

‘‘We have moved from Surrey where I was Head of Music at Rosebery School in Epsom. I hope to build up a church choir capable of singing in four parts and we really need local people to join us. Although Bach and Brahms are my ‘top two’ composers I also love the vocal music of the Renaissance and the 20th century’ she says. ‘I promise it will be lots of fun!’ In her previous job Kate ran a very successful youth choir which went on European Tours and regularly won competitions. ‘If anyone has children interested in singing then please get in touch. My plan is for the youth choir to experience and enjoy a wide range of traditional and contemporary music.’ For enquiries about joining any of these choirs, or for piano, singing or music theory tuition, Kate can be contacted by calling 07789 907087 or via email cheethamkj@gmail.com

years. ‘The oldest bell here dates from 1640 and there would have been ringing here before that’ says Frank. ‘There’s certainly a strong sense of the heritage here and our part in helping that continue.’ There’s no pressure to continue ringing after the initial training is completed, but some students carry on with their ringing in towers around the area. ‘After the first course a few years ago, we decided it would be good to keep this learning process going’ says Frank. ‘The course will be a chance to be taught how to go about bellringing. After an initial five sessions, the training will continue one evening per week, we’ll aim to make sure it happens at a time that fits in around people’s lives.’

Learn Bellringing A new beginner’s bellringing class starts in Bosbury this February, in the church’s distinctive fortified belltower. Previous courses for beginners have been so successful, Frank Seabright has decided its time to run another one. ‘The students have all loved it’ he says. ‘When they start, most people have no idea what it involves. Its only when you come and have a go that you realise what makes ringing so absorbing. There’s both a mental and a physical aspect to bellringing.’ There is of course a social aspect as well, as the friendly group of bellringers who help with the course will testify. Apart from meeting in the pub afterwards (aptly named ‘The Bell’!) many ringers attend courses, visit towers elsewhere in Britain and abroad, making new friends as they go. Bosbury’s Bell Tower was built almost 800 years ago and houses bells that date back almost 400


For information about the Bellringing course, please contact: Frank Seabright on 01531 640252 or via email at frank@seabrightsolutions.co.uk or Sarah Macdonell on 07779 236698 or via email at sarahannroberts@hotmail.com

We are

5 years old!

Thank you to all our readers and customers for helping us to reach this milestone

Celebrating everything good about where we live www.allaboutmalvernhills.com Be part of it, call 07952 591031 To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email tina@allabout-local.com


Wellington Heath feature

pub opening A popular pub for many years, the Farmer’s Arms Pub in Wellington Heath opens in February for business once again.

(CAMRA) and many local people. ‘They came in and showed a lot of enthusiasm when we started’ says Jon. ‘They’ve been good at leaving me to it, I do hope that now we’re re-opening that local people will support us.’

A popular pub for many years, it lay empty until sold by Enterprise Inns last year, and bought by Jon Baker, a Herefordshire builder. ‘We’ve changed the layout of the pub to make the most of its features and the kitchen has been re-fitted’ says Jon. ‘New equipment has been installed in the bar and cellar and we’ve improved access for disabled customers with a new ramp. Fortunately the renovation of the building has been quite straightforward, the pub wasn’t in a bad condition when we took it on.’ The news of the pub’s re-opening has been welcomed by The Campaign For Real Ale

Five people enquired about the tenancy of the pub but its been awarded to Lawrence and Carolyn Joplin who are coming from The Bell at Yarpole, another popular Herefordshire pub. ‘We’ll be running it with our son Joe and daughter Hannah’ says Carolyn. ‘We’re really looking forward to coming to Wellington Heath and hope to see many local people coming through the door.’ ‘Our pubs are such an important part of British life’ says Jon, ‘so its good to be supporting their survival. I hope we have brought stability to the future of the Farmer’s Arms, all I can ask for now is for local people to make use of it once again.’

You can find the Farmers Arms in the village on Horse Road, HR8 1LS

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Duke of York Enjoy the fresh, home-made, high quality food in a warm & friendly pub

Tewkesbury Rd, Berrow WR13 6JQ

Starting Mid February

Sunday Evenings Open Mic Night with local favourites ‘A month of Sundays’

Seasonal Specials: 2 courses Lunch Time Mon - Fri Evening Mon - Thu £10 per person A sample of our menu sel


oganoff Tender Fillet of Beef Str stard Cream Mu y bur Breast of Chicken, Tewkes ter with Lemon Garlic But Grilled Seafood or Fish h Garlic Mash Liver & Bacon, ser ved wit Battered Fish & Chips Our ‘Butty Batch’ Beer

01684 833449

Duncan Williams Fitted Interiors

A charming country pub serving food, specialising in fresh fish & seafood

Kitchen and Bathroom Sales and Installation Designed to suit your requirements & budget

Kitchens Bathrooms Bedrooms Flooring

Home Office

Wet Rooms

01531 634674 07758 863723 info@duncan-williams.co.uk



Ledbury Carpets Interiors 01531 634304 www.ledburycarpets.co.uk

INSPIRED BY NATURE, DESIGNED FOR LIVING A wide range of colours, textures and finishes whilst being easy to maintain, tough and guaranteed to last

ROLLER ROMAN PLEATED PANEL VERTICAL VENETIAN SHUTTERS Carpets | Karndean | Naturals | Hardwood Floors & Doors | Rugs | Blinds | Curtains | Shutters 10 The Old Wharf, Dymock Rd Ledbury HR82JQ | Open Mon - Sat: 9am- 5pm Visit Our Store and showrooms on the Ledbury Bypass opposite the Full Pitcher

To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email tina@allabout-local.com


Ledbury feature

children’s centre Lots of activities for families and children are planned at Ledbury Children’s Centre during this month and next. Group and Yoga in Pregnancy sessions. A family support worker holds a drop in session at the centre on Monday afternoons (1.30pm – 4pm). They are there to help with any queries, concerns or assistance that parents might need with their family. Courses are regularly arranged to help familes and new parents deal with the realities of raising children, whether its household finances or improving health. There are also sessions to show parents how they can better help their children with school homework.

For babies and very young children (7-18 months) there are Sing and Sign sessions, which give them the chance to communicate before they can speak. The award winning eleven week music programme runs in term time, contact Liz on (01684) 893099 for more information.

Ledbury Children’s Centre is open every weekday and welcomes everyone from the area including surrounding villages. You’re welcome to pop in to say hello, have a look around and find out what’s on offer.

Storytime Stay and Play on a Wednesday (9.30am until 11am) is run together with Ledbury Library. A themed story with rhymes and songs are followed by a play session or a craft activity. It’s also a chance for parents to enjoy a coffee and a chat with other parents and staff. There’s plenty of support for expectant and new mothers, including a Breast Feeding Support

You’ll find the centre in the in the grounds of Ledbury Primary School and it’s open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. You can call them on 01432 383840.


Making houses into homes...

Clover are a local Ledbury based family business you can trust for all your home improvements. You name it, we can do it! Building Projects We cover all sorts of home • Extensions and New Build projects, including: • Bathroom and Kitchen Re-fits • Loft and Garage Conversions • Electrical work (NAPIT)  • Plumbing work (Gas Safe) Stoves and Logs • Wood-burning Stoves • Barn-stored, seasoned Logs uPVC and Timber • Conservatories • Replacement          windows and doors • Automated Garage Doors • Roofline and Guttering • Automated Sun Awnings We are situated at Wall Hills Farm  on the Hereford Road just off  the Ledbury Bypass. To find out  more, arrange a visit or discuss  a project, please call Clover on  01531 631965 or email  info@cloveryourhome.co.uk

Our stoves showroom

 We supply the best wood to burn  - seasoned, barn stored logs.  Delivered in bulk bags from £80 or  trailer load on your driveway, free  delivery within a 10-mile radius,   or Saturday morning collection  from our yard.

Clover Values.

We want you to love the work we do for you and to love how we do it! We put you, our customer,  at the centre of our business. We are professional, honest  and straight forward. We take pride in our attention  to detail and quality of finish. We complete all our business  with sound ethics and morals. We will respect you, your  wishes and your home.

Find us on Facebook: Clover Conservatories & Construction Ltd.

Pichells Place, Wall Hills Farm, Hereford Road 31 To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email tina@allabout-local.com www.cloveryourhome.co.uk  Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2PR

Local Walk

The walk that follows a race

Walk 7

A 6.7 mile circular walk that follows the route of the Worcestershire Beacon Race climbing to the summit with stunning panoramic views. This 6.7 mile circular walk follows the route of the Worcestershire Beacon Race and provides an interesting if slightly strenuous route from Rose Bank Gardens via St Ann’s Well, past the Goldmine and up to the summit of the Worcestershire Beacon. After soaking up the incredible panorama of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire countryside the return journey circumnavigates North Hill before returning to Great Malvern. Allow a whole morning or afternoon for this scenic walk. To download the full details of the walk, please visit our website allaboutmalvernhills.com and choose Walking on the Malvern Hills & in Malvern under the ‘Local Life’ tab.


A Pictorial Guide to the Malvern Hills Book Two Great Malvern. ISBN 9780956629517 price £8.50 Available in Malvern TIC, Malvern Hills Gallery, Malvern Book Cooperative, Malvern Museum, Malvern Priory, Kosihaus, St Ann’s Well, Post Offices at Malvern Link, Hanley Swan, Welland, Barnards Green and Malvern Wells Upton Map Shop and TIC Ledbury Books and Maps and the Three Counties Book Shop Public Houses The Marlbank near Welland For further information, updates and comments please contact Carl at info@malvernwalks.co.uk

Herefordshire Kitchen & Food Store

Hereford Road, Ledbury HR8 2PZ Tel. 01531 670816

We would love to tell you all about our local food hub. Come & shop from our selection of handmade, seasonal, high quality food and drink from around the county and just beyond. Come and see our new kitchen and taste our great new menu! We’re open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. Follow us now (Eat in between 10 and 4pm.) on Facebook and Twitter!


Are you Thinking of Selling or Letting? This is a personal invitation to receive a free market valuation of your property and to discuss all aspects of letting and selling your home. All our staff have a wealth of knowledge of the local area and would be delighted to spend time discussing a marketing package best suited to you. To arrange a convenient appointment call our office on 01531 631177, email us at Ledbury@stookehillandwalshe.co.uk or visit our office at 14 The Homend, Ledbury HR8 1BT


F.W. Spilsbury David T. Spilsbury


• 24 Hour Service • Pre Paid Funeral Plans • Private Chapels of Rest

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12 Upper Howsell Road Malvern WR14 1TL

To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email tina@allabout-local.com


Interior Design

‘Wallpaper’ This word seems to put the fear of God into most of my clients! I agree, it is a daunting prospect covering your walls in something this permanent, (well for most of us), five years at least. Therefore a lot of thought needs to go into this before you do it, but don’t be too cautious. If you are a bit braver you will be amazed at the difference that scary paper can make. Large vibrant designs can make a space look bigger, not smaller, adding a third dimension. Whereas a small busy pattern can have the opposite effect. If you have big windows and a lovely view, a design with a dark background will frame your view, as it draws the eye to the open space, not the wallpaper. Mirrors on dark papers do the same thing and reflect the light drawn in by this. Feature walls - big trend for this the last five years or more; it’s ok to do this but don’t make it look like this was the intention. Make it more interesting by taking the pattern through to an alcove opposite the main feature, or inserting the same paper into the back of a dresser, or framing a large canvas with it. If you put colour and pattern on the walls, make sure you use an accent from the paper, (colour or pattern), at the windows as curtains or blinds, or on the floor as a rug. This will blend it into the room. If it is on one large wall only it will shout at you!

The dream starts here...

From Concept...to Completion

The best designs I have seen for the new season are from Farrow and Ball, and Designers Guild, but the choice is vast. The websites of most of the manufacturers will send you a sample. If however it’s a major project such as hall, stairs and landing make sure you are sure and order one roll, cut strips and hang around the space randomly. Live with it for a week. If it still makes you smile, go for it. All the DIY store websites have measuring and hanging guides on their websites. My one tip would be if you need 12 rolls get 13. Even my best decorator can make a mistake, and batch numbers are important. Nine times out of ten there will be a colour difference between them. You won’t notice on the roll - but you will when it’s hung! Sarah-Jane www.sarahjanesinteriors.co.uk


Here at Sarah Jane’s Interiors we offer a complete interior design service from initial design ideas through to decorating and building works. Using our first-class design and make-up workshop and our own very talented seamstresses, we can create and produce whatever is required to achieve your dream. Our many and varying projects have taken us into individual homes, French-inspired restaurants, funky hair salons, niche boutiques and hotels. We can help you to achieve your dream by putting individuality and function into almost any space. We hope you will be inspired enough to give us a call


Tel: 01684 891392 Mob: 07974 231243 sarah@sarahjanesinteriors.co.uk 28 - 30 Belle Vue Terrace | Malvern | Worcs | WR14 4PZ

“The independent jeweller for individual people”


115 Church Street • Great Malvern • WR14 2AJ • t: 01684 574077 • www.parrysofmalvern.co.uk Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am – 5.30pm

Plan your next holiday with expert advice and the personal touch. Lee & Hilary Harrison have a reputation and expertise for providing holidays, cruises and tailor-made itineraries for many years, as our high number of recommendations and repeat clients can testify. We are passionate about being totally independent and our home based travel agency can offer you professional advice on the best way to make your holiday special. We are available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm, we can offer home or office visits or you are more than welcome to come to our office in Somers Park Avenue. From exotic foreign destinations, weddings & honeymoons, city breaks and special interest holidays through to theatre breaks, flights and traditional family holidays here in the UK or further afield, we can help you get exactly what you want from your precious leisure time. We have more than 30 years’ experience, 16 national awards and personal experience of destinations around the World, our advice really can turn your break into a memory of a lifetime.... Please keep our details for future reference.


malvernworldtravel@hotmail.co.uk www.malvernworldtravel.co.uk

01684 562406

To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email tina@allabout-local.com


Dealers for: Masport, Tanaka, Stihl & Westwood.

For a professional service and a free, no obligation quotation contact Martin Richards Hedgecutting Fencing Paving and Patios Decking Sleeper Walls etc Malvern 01684 491182 | 07967 123998 mjrlandscaping@tiscali.co.uk

Plus many more makes available. Special offers STIHL and Tanaka offers on chainsaws & accessories Special offers • stihl trained and briggs mst. • any garden machinery repaired • we also repair quads and sharpen shears

15 years of experience in sales, servicing and repairs. We provide the right machine for your needs & your budget. Unit 4, Homend Trading Estate

Ledbury HR8 1AR

01531 636926

Three Counties Garden Services Landscaping & Garden Maintenance

Locks & Glass

For a complete double-glazing

repair service

Hinges, handles, locks and security.

Key cutting

We can supply and fit or for DIY Visit our shop at 73, Spring Lane, Malvern Link WR14 1AJ Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat 8.30-12.30 Signposted opposite Worcester College Construction Department

01684 567070 24 Hour LocKsmitH 07767 883639 36

We take pride in our work... ...as you take pride in your garden! Just some of the services we can provide: • Lawn Care • Fencing • Decking • Slabbing • Turfing • Brick & Stone Walls • Pressure Washing Service And much more, please just ask!

TEL: 01684 300231 MOB: 07787 775961 www.threecountiesgardenservices.co.uk

Call 07981 608627 or 01531 636347

Patios • brick & stone walls • blockpaving repointing • timberwork • hedge cutting ponds • turfing & planting • garden clearances 20 years experience No job too small Indoor work considered Quotations and day/hourly rates available

Crown Lifting/Reduction/Thinning Dangerous/Dead/Diseased Trees Felling/Removal Matt Scriven

01886 880959 / 07721384538

Items available:

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Plant Hire; Diggers & Dumpers Access & Support Building & Decorating Concreting & Compacting Breaking & Drilling Lifting & Material Handling Plumbing & Pumping Lighting & Power Gardening & Landscaping

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Telephone (01684) 573684 Mobiles 07931 808 121 Fully Insured • Qualified CS30/31/38/39 • Work to BS3998


Discounts: on New Mowers & Servicing & Repair* *During February

Used Mowers & Trimmers in Stock

Chainsaws • strimmers • push mowers Ride on lawn mowers • tractors All aspects of garden and farm equipment Repairs • service • parts • sharpening HIRE SERVICE AVAILABLE

www.malvernmowersandtractors.co.uk Unit 3B, Spring Lane North, Malvern WR14 1BU

01684 892856 07799 642481

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Green Fingers Down at Caves Folly Nursery in Colwall, Bridget is busy getting ready for Spring

www.cavesfolly.com 01684 540631 We’ve had a few months of very mild weather and so the bulbs are emerging waiting for their chance to spring into action. February is a month for getting ready for what’s to come, cleaning those tools and giving them a once-over. Its a month to prepare the glasshouse for all the new seeds and cuttings. Broad Beans, Peas, Spring onions and Parsley can also be sown early with some protection. If you are planting seed potatoes chit them and put them in a light, cool but frost free place. Later on in March almost anything can be sown inside so use those cold winter days to plan and buy your seeds. In the vegetable garden there is still time to plant bareroot fruit trees and bushes. Prune summer raspberries back to the top of their supports and cut autumn raspberries back to ground level. Add compost or well rotted manure to seed sowing areas. If you have a glasshouse, coldframe or kitchen window sill, there are lots of seedlings you can start off ready for planting out in April. Early salad

leaves such as lettuce, Marvel of Four Seasons is a good hardy variety or try oriental greens such as Mizuna and Mustards. In the ornamental garden, plant Lilies and Allium bulbs. Cut deciduous hedges if necessary before the birds start nesting. Prune winter flowering shrubs such as Viburnum Bodnantense and Mahonia. Shrubs grown for their winter stem colours such as Cornus and Salix cultivars should now be cut down to their bases. Cut back deciduous ornamental grasses. Annuals can be sown in the greenhouse. Plants such as Sweet peas, Cosmos, Agastache, Alyssum, Lobelia, Antirrhinum, Calendula and Dianthus can all be sown early in modules to minimise root disturbance and encourage earlier flowering. With the growing season upon us it is an exciting time watching everything bursting into life. Now all we have to do is keep up with it! Enjoy your February and March, and remember Spring is just around the corner!

Bridget Open Garden Day at Little Malvern Court Parking is plentiful, free and guided

Sunday 16 March 2 - 5pm

£6 for Adults, 50p children 4 - 14, under 4 free Tea, cakes, plants & flowers to purchase Profits to Malvern & Upton Division of SSAFA, supporting servicemen & women & family in times of need.


Guy Sterry

Garden Design & Landscaping Established 1997

Complete Design & Construction Service Older & Country Properties a Speciality Driveways Paving Decking Cobble Laying Walling Drystone Walling Mosaics

Water Features Ponds Timber Structures Planting Fencing Rockeries and other services

email guy@landscaping.orangehome.co.uk

01684 891831 07973 772596 27 Meadow Rd • Malvern • WR14 2RZ

CAPABILITY LANDSCAPES 20 Years Experience resulting in Quality Landscape Design & Construction We specialise in Timber Decking Fencing Patios Block Paving

Driveways Gravel Pathways Garden Maintenance & Clearance

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good habits By Satya Robyn from Malvern 2014 is ticking on. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? Are you still keeping them? Change is a tricky business. I know how it is to make firm plans on a Sunday night to eat more healthily or spend less time on Facebook, only to fail miserably at 11.30ish on the following day. We are creatures of habit. Even people who are often in crisis or always starting new projects may be more attached to habit than they seem – the habit of avoiding underlying difficulties through creating drama, or the habit of never seeing things through. At the heart of change is the skill of gradually replacing our bad habits with new, good habits. It takes conscious effort and perseverance to let go of our unhealthy patterns and pick up new ones, but once healthy habits are established they require much less effort of us. This means we can get on with our lives (or move onto replacing other unhealthy habits) whilst they work away on us day by day. Here are my suggestions for giving your New Good Habit the best chance of succeeding. 1. Put some time aside to contemplate what is important for you at this time. What is causing you the most distress in your life? What is stopping you from doing what you want to do? What have you wanted to do for years but never prioritised? 2. Pick one thing at a time. If you have other things that you’d like to change, put them on a list and look at them again in one or three months when your current habit has become established. 3. Be realistic. If you decide to do an hour of meditation every day from scratch, you are setting yourself up to fail. Start with five minutes, or even three. Build up gradually. Learn as you go about the best time or place, how you’d like to sit etc. As time goes on don’t make too


many changes at once – stick with what you’re currently doing for a week or a few weeks and observe what happens. 4. Get support. We are more likely to succeed if we surround ourselves by people who have already established the new habits we’re working on. See if you can seek some of these people out. You might also want to get support from a New Habit Buddy who has decided to start a new habit at the same time as you – talk about how you’re getting on once a week. Find books, courses or teachers to keep you going. 5. Get back in the Ferrari. Rather than a wagon, you might want to choose yourself a nice vehicle to get back into as soon as you fall off. It’s very tempting to scrap the whole project if we miss a day or eat a doughnut, but if we accept that we probably will have slips as we make the transition, these slips become a part of the process rather than failure. See if you can accept your slip, make sense of why you made it and learn from it, and then get straight back onto your plan. A phrase they use in the 12 Step programmes which is very useful here is ‘progress, not perfection’. Learning new habits can take months or even years – keep pointing yourself in the right direction, and keep going! Before you do anything else, take five minutes to write down the New Good Habit you’d like to acquire, or at least book time into your diary to do some thinking. Good luck – do feel free to let me know how you get on - satya@satyarobyn.com.

Satya Robyn is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Malvern, a novelist and a Buddhist priest. She also runs a mindful writing company with her husband - find out more at www. writingourwayhome.com

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Science & Faith Weekend Some of Britain’s leading scientists, philosophers and religious thinkers will be coming to Malvern for the Malvern Science and Faith Weekend from Friday 7 until Sunday 9 March. There will be a series of events for people of all faiths and none on topics of scientific interest. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, an astrophysicist who discovered the first radio pulsars as a postgraduate student. Question Time chaired by Mike Woods Saturday 8th March, 2pm at The Chase School on Geraldine Road (WR14 3NZ). Admission is free, places must be booked in advance. Faith and Secularism: A Discussion Evening with Professor Angie Hobbs and the Reverend John Churcher

The main scientific theme for the weekend is astronomy and astrophysics but there will be a sustainability theme as well. There will be philosophical discussion, talks as well as plenty of fun at an art and science activity day for children. There is no charge for entry to the events but donations towards the costs will be invited at the talks. Booking for the events is strongly recommended, see the details at the bottom of the page.

HIGHLIGHTS The Reverend Peter Owen-Jones is an Anglican clergyman and author who received critical acclaim for many of his his BBC series including How to Live a Simple Life and Around the World in 80 Faiths. Friday 7th March, 7.30pm at Great Malvern Priory.

Three Afternoon Talks and Question Time Can a scientist be a person of faith? With Professor Eric Priest, Fellow of the Royal Society who holds the Gregory Chair of Mathematics at the University of St Andrews. The science of the beginning and the end of the universe with Dr Chris Lintott, presenter of the BBC’s Sky at Night programme and an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford. Being a Scientist and a Quaker with Professor


Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm at St Matthias Church, Malvern Link Heavenly Bodies – an Art and Science Activity Day for children Make rockets, discover the universe and play space games! Featuring Space Dome Shows from Thinktank Birmingham (Cost £1, must be booked in advance) Saturday 8th March, 10am until 4pm at Holly Mount United Reformed Church God and the New Physics: an interfaith discussion afternoon with Dr Usama Hasan, Mr Jay Lakhani and Professor Richard Bell. Sunday 9th March, 3pm at The Friends Meeting House, Orchard Road (WR14 2DA)

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Malvern Abbey BNI The small business community in Malvern is set to benefit by the opening of a new chapter of Business Network International (BNI). A group of business entrepreneurs based in the Malvern area have started an exciting initiative to boost their own businesses, and that of the local business community – and they are doing it by harnessing the power of the fast-growing worldwide networking organisation. BNI allows only one representative from each trade or profession to join any BNI group. This means members can lock out their competition, ensuring they receive 100% of all new business generated by the group. Working together, BNI members achieve incredible results, growing their business in ways they could never accomplish alone – and this currently averages over £26,000 per member from the 25 groups across the Midlands. The new group, named Malvern Abbey BNI after the iconic Abbey in the town, meet every Thursday at the Sarova Abbey Hotel, Abbey Road, Great Malvern. Typically, BNI chapters consist of 25 members of individual businesses from around the area to make up the current membership, with others welcome to join. Diverse membership includes several tradespeople as well as, among others, a marketing consultant, a property agent, a chartered surveyor, a builder, a web designer and a supplier of office equipment. Members of the chapter are keen to invite new businesses to visit the group, to enjoy networking opportunities and share in the business passed between the members.

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Notice board “My Funny Valentine” Saturday 15th February 7.30pm at Colwall Village Hall Sketches, songs and poems on the theme of love Tickets £10 to include a light supper Tickets available at John Goodwin’s, Colwall or call (01684) 540300 All profits donated to Bowel Cancer UK.

A New Trade Fair for Ledbury at Ledbury Community Hall on Lawnside Road There will be a wide range of products to browse with rides and amusements for children To book a Stand call (01531) 632968 15th February, 11am until 5pm Continuing on the 3rd Saturday of every month

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St David’s Day Concert Cradley Church

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Worcester Male Voice Choir Tickets £12, to include refreshments

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West Malvern WI Next meeting Thursday February 13th 7.30pm at the Malvern Hills Geocentre (NOT at our usual venue). - Dr Adrian Burden tells about the exciting work taking place at the Wyche Innovation Centre. Thursday March 13th, 7.30pm at St James Primary School. From Vine to Wine (with tasting!) - Richard Tomkinson guides us through the finer points of winemaking.

‘From Robin Hood to Gandalf’ Mike Abbott talks about his role in the revival of traditional Green Woodworking

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Yoga with Jo Harper All abilities & Beginners: Mondays 4.15pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Link Top, Malvern Wednesdays 11.15am at Inner Place, Ledbury. Improvers: Mondays 7.45pm at The Fold, Bransford. Wednesdays 9.30am at Inner Place, Ledbury. Pregnancy Yoga: Mondays 6.30pm at The Fold, Bransford. For advice and information: please contact Jo on 07976 882252 or via email at joyoga22@hotmail.com

Fitness Classes for Women as featured on BBC Breakfast with Fiesta Fit Club Choose from a variety of day & evening classes in and around Malvern. BUMP Pregnancy Fitness, Burlesque Dance Fitness, Fitness Pilates, Zumba & Yummy-Tummy Workout anna@fiestafitclub.co.uk / 07550 092856 www.facebook.com/fiestafitclub www.fiestafitclub.co.uk

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“Just Write!” Saturday mornings 10-12 at Malvern library 5 sessions, 1st - 29th March.

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What’s on


Flicks in the Sticks presents ‘The Lone Ranger’ (12A) at Bosbury Parish Hall, 7.30pm start Tickets: £4 adult, £2.50 15 yrs & under


The Laune Rangers Ceilidh Band at Colwall Village Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm Tickets £10 by calling (01684) 540920


Coffee morning and bring & buy sale at Mathon Parish Hall. 10.30am until noon


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Flicks in the Sticks presents ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ (12A) at Colwall Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start Tickets £4 adults £2.50 15 yrs and under.


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Pancake Races at Storridge Village Hall 2.30pm, raising money for The Haven Breast Cancer Support in Hereford for information call (01886) 880200 or 880498 Heavenly Bodies, an Art & Science Activity Day for Children 10am until 4pm at Holly Mount United Reformed Church, lots to see and do, some activities must be booked Call (01684) 565708 or see www.scienceandfaith.org.uk Royal National Lifeboat Institution Quiz Evening including a Fish and Chip Supper. 7 for 7.30pm at Hanley Swan Village Hall. Tickets £8 from 01684 569515 or griffinjohn@btopenworld.com A very popular evening supporting the RNLI Precious Bane, a story of love and ambition in words and music performed by The Village Quire at Colwall Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm Tickets: £10, in aid of Concern Universal, call (01684) 540300 or 01432 355111 Kids Klobber Sale 11am at Welland Village Hall. A sale of nearly new clothes, toys and equipment at bargain prices. Refreshments and home-made cakes. Call Jo - (01684) 310256 to book a table


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Christ Church welcome back the Pax Singers 7.30 p.m Enjoy a wonderfully varied programme, at Christ Church. Tickets £10, £8 (conc.) Phone 07756 722426 or 07843 822681 Coffee for Cobalt at Mathon Parish Hall, 10.30am until noon a fundraising event organised by Mathon WI which is celebrating its 50th year ‘From Robin Hood to Gandalf’ Mike Abbott talks candidly about his part in the national revival of green woodworking, at Blue Ginger Gallery, Cradley - book via www.blue-ginger.com or call 01886 880240 Film at Colwall Village Hall; ‘Help’ (12A) is the story of three extraordinary women and is set in 1960s Mississipi. Tickets: £4 Adult, £2.50 15 yrs and under A Quiz and Chips evening in aid of ChildLine at Lyttelton Upper Hall in the heart of Great Malvern. Tickets are £9.50 and include a fish and chip supper. Booking in advance is essential, please call (01684) 560219 Worcestershire Saxophone Ensemble Concert 7.30pm. Tickets £10/£8 Malvern Theatre Box office: 01684 892277 www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/events

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Beast and Beauty, an exhibition of art by contemporary female British artists, at Blue Ginger Gallery, Cradley until May 11th, www.blue-ginger.com

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Chinese New Year Lunch Buffet

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Chinese New Year Celebrations Traditional Live Chinese Lion Dance Sunday 9th February From 2.40pm Cowleigh Road Free Entry - All Welcome!

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Malvern Theatres News

The Perfect Murder From February 10th for one week only, Malvern Theatres will present the first stage adaptation of a novel by international best-selling author Peter James. The Perfect Murder stars Les Dennis, direct from his West End lead role in Spamalot, and Claire Goose, well known for her appearances in Waking the Dead and Casualty. The play centres on Victor Smiley and his wife Joan whose marriage has reached crisis point. Victor has decided there is only one way to get Joan out of his life forever! But he’s about to get a nasty surprise ... Peter James has sold over 14 million books. The Perfect Murder was 15 weeks at No.1 and remained for 50 weeks in the iBook Top 10. Peter James commented on having his work performed at the Festival Theatre: ‘Ever since I was a small boy when my parents took me to the theatre and I waited for that magic moment when the curtain rose, I dreamed of one day having something I wrote appear on the stage, and this wonderful adaptation of The Perfect Murder is truly a dream come true. I’m especially thrilled that it is playing at the glorious Festival Theatre. It’s a huge privilege to be coming here. I hope to see you there’. The Perfect Murder runs from 10th-15th February. Eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat Mats 2.30pm. Tickets from £15.12-£30.80 from Malvern Theatres Box Office on 01684 892277 or malvern-theatres.co.uk

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Win two tickets for David Essex in Dishwashers Actor and singer David Essex comes to Malvern Theatres in March as the star in Morris Panych’s comedy The Dishwashers. You could win a pair of tickets to the opening night on March 17th if you can name David Essex’s 1975 charttopping single. Email the answer plus your name, postcode and phone number to competition@allabout-local.com Closing date: Thu 28 February 2014 The winners will be drawn from the entries and notified by 3 March. Good luck! *For terms & conditions see our website www.allaboutmalvernhills.com

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COMEDY at the COACH HOUSE “sketch comedy at its very best...” Alistair McGowan

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Steve began performing poetry in Leicester in 1999, where he quickly built a reputation for his sharp, satirical poetry and his assured performance style. Steve’s themes range from politics and popular culture, to work and relationships. His informal, relaxed, conversational manner more than makes up for the sometimes biting content of his material. Recent appearances have included the Latitude Festival, the Bristol Poetry Festival and the Swindon Festival of Literature. He has won a number of poetry slams, including the Ledbury Poetry Festival Slam the UK All Stars Slam at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. > Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 **** “Deeply funny…Well-deserved laughs came thick and fast” **** “This talented duo are engrossing, well observed and frequently head-flingingly funny” from five 4-star reviews at the Fringe > Own show at Magnet Theater, New York, November 2013 > Regular gigs at Leicester Square Theatre and other top London comedy venues > new BBC Radio 4 commission for their own programme in 2014

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