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Welcome to the March edition of All About ‘West of the Hills’.

March 2011 Published and edited by: Sascha McDonald All About Local Magazines Ltd 07906 573352 allaboutmagazines Photo front page: Robin Graphic Design & Layout: All About Magazines Editorial: Sascha - 07906 573352 Advertising: Tina Palmer - 07952 591031 Distribution: All About West of the Hills is distributed to 2,800 homes and businesses Booking Deadline: For April - 10 March

I learned something fascinating about our part of the world while putting together this month’s magazine. It’s the story of how Wellington Heath gained the nickname ‘Monkey Island’, its connected to the construction work that took place on a nearby railway viaduct was taking place in Victorian Times. The name has been taken for a local craft exhibition, and it seems the people of Wellington Heath are a talented lot. On the first weekend of this month they’ll be showing off a wide range of local talent; you can read all about it on Page 22. Elsewhere in the magazine we’ve got a lovely feature on a local wildlife group, plenty of ‘What’s On’ ideas and of course we remain a showcase for the wide variety of local businesses who offer all sorts of products and services in our area. Now that the days are getting longer, make sure you have a lovely March!


Contents Features 6 Our local Birds & Wildlife

Regulars 12 Green Fingers 18 Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis 22 All About...Monkey Island Dreams 26 Notice Board 31 What’s On in March 36 Community Pages 38 Index

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Our local birds We’re coming into the time of year when nature is ready to burst forth at the end of a cold winter. In trees and hedgerows, in gardens and perched on telephone wires, birds are bursting into a frenzy of activity as, like us, they look forward to warmer, longer days. While many of us might only be vaguely aware of this change, for others this heralds an exciting time with a special fascination. For that reason, 11 years ago a group of local people interested in bird watching came together and formed their own group.

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‘I’ve been involved in the Bird Group since it started camera to see a red legged partridge. Sometimes we 11 years ago’ says Derek Turner. ‘I was also a head out locally for some bird watching. Over several founder member of the Colwall Village Society weeks there was a Water Rail that had arrived in and early on we had a talk by an ornithologist. The an area just below ‘The Kettle Sings’ café. Normally attendance was huge and three of us, all amateur they are only seen on open water so this was quite birdwatchers, wondered if people would be interested unusual. Its also rare to see them; more often you’ll in carrying out bird surveys. We held a meeting in the only hear them, they sound like a screaming child. If small room of the village hall, and well over 40 people you do manage to see them they look very ungainly, turned up! Ever since then we’ve had around 60 local almost as if they might topple over’. households involved. Not everyone does the survey, So what is it about birds that interests the group so there’s plenty of other activities too. Three times a much? ‘Its difficult to explain’ says Derek, ‘but the year we have a talk by song and the look of a bird a guest speaker, they is lovely. I’m a fairly recent are always fascinating, convert, once I began to “ In our talks birds have been the sometimes they’ve realise how fascinating it focus but quite a lot of people are been abroad and have was. We help newcomers also interested in other wildlife wonderful photographs’. to the hobby with advice and plants. We thought we’d on binoculars and what to ‘Every year in April we widen the scope of what we do’’ do. On trips we set up a organise a visit to a telescope and help people wetland. In the past we’ve to see the birds. They quickly become fascinated. been to Slimbridge, Newport and this time we’re rePersonally I am still very much a learner but it’s great visiting Brandon Marsh near Coventry. We normally to visit a hide, listen to the experts and hear about come back having seen more than seventy breeds what they spot’. in a single day. During a wonderful visit to Sandwell Valley (RSPB) we saw four kinds of wagtail, including Locally, the group sees all kinds of birds as it carries a yellow and a white within a few minutes of getting out its surveys. ‘We now see Red Kites in the area, there’. a bird that had all but disappeared’. A successful Closer to home, there are all kinds of birds and breeding programme in Wales has seen the red kite animals to see on our doorstep. ‘I got a lovely call a population recover and spread eastwards to our part couple of years ago from a house close to the railway of the world. ‘Sometimes they can been seen soaring in Colwall’ says Derek. ‘I dashed down with my over the hills’ says Derek, ‘on one occasion I’ve seen them as far east as Worcester’.



The group still carries out regular surveys. It’s very simple. ‘We do them in six monthly runs’ says Derek, ‘each household has a sheet of paper with a column for each month, if they see a blue tit on day one they put a tick in the relevant box. Its straightforward and uncomplicated, but very interesting to see the results. What we see in this part of the world almost exactly mirrors the results of national surveys of groups like

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and wildlife the RSPB’. While some birds thrive, others suffer. ‘Spotted Flycatchers have almost disappeared’ says Derek, ‘while other birds including robins and wrens are still thriving’. Other colourful and lively birds are regular visitors to local back gardens. ‘What you’ll see depends very much on where you live locally’ says Derek. ‘When I lived on the edge of Colwall I saw more than thirty varieties. Now I’m living in the middle of the village, usually I only see around six’. Some birds live in very tightly defined areas. Some places have hedge sparrows and just a few hundred yards away there are none. Some localities are inundated with starlings while people living just up the Goldcrest road will never see them. ‘Of course it depends very much on the sort of area they like to inhabit’ Derek explains. ‘It’s natural that house sparrows will be happy in the middle of a village as they prefer a built-up environment. In the same way, pheasants will only be seen on the edge of the



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Rheumatoid Arthritis A different approach to eating might help deal with the symptons By Allison Maxwell from Colwall Have you ever thought that your joints felt more painful after a meal, only to doubt yourself after hearing that no evidence links food intolerances to rheumatoid arthritis? Well you are not alone! Many people have tried a natural holistic approach to addressing arthritis and some say they’ve had amazing results. My experience of working in complementary health clinics backs up growing evidence that suggests avoiding certain foods may help ease many of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It is not easy and requires careful planning; it may be beneficial to seek the advice of a qualified nutritionist to assist with the changes. There are many different forms of arthritis but rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition of the joint or joints. Its chief symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness (sometimes causing deformity) and reduced mobility. It is an auto-immune disorder in which the body improperly rejects the synovial membranes that secrete the lubricating fluid in the joints. Often bone surfaces are destroyed as well. The body, in an attempt to heal, replaces this damaged tissue with scar tissue, which causes the normal spaces within the joints to become narrow, and the bones to fuse together. Although considered to be a genetic predisposition, natural health approaches can help with its management. There is a belief that specific foods lead to an excess of acidity in the body which can aggravate the condition. Sometimes mental and emotional issues will make matters worse.

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Monkey Island Dreams is an exhibition which offers the chance to see a large array of crafts produced locally in Wellington Heath. There was a similar exhibition in June 2002, not long after the new Memorial Village Hall was opened.

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The name ‘Monkey Island’ originates from the early 1850’s when the railway viaduct in Ledbury was being built. The workers on the viaduct swung down on ropes while building it and were known as ‘Monkeys’. Many of them lived in temporary accommodation in Wellington Heath and so the village became known as ‘Monkey Island’ locally. This wasn’t a compliment as the men were known for their fighting and drunkenness. Starting in the 1980’s, a group of villagers got together to put on fun village events and to raise money for charity under the banner of ‘Monkey Island’. This was very successful with thousands of pounds raised over the years for local charities. It even had its own national anthem which includes the words ‘Monkey Island Dreams’; it seemed an appropriate title for the exhibition.

w hat will there be to see? The exhibition is a display of the hobbies,

arts and crafts undertaken by the residents of Wellington Heath in their spare time. Villagers of all ages will be exhibiting a wide range of activities including photography, painting & drawing, sculpture, a model railway diorama, a hand built and fully furnished dolls house, cross stitch & needlework, fly-fishing, calligraphy, stamp collecting, glass engraving, quilting, patchwork cards, knitting, handmade furniture and woodwork of all styles including carving, chair making and hurdle making. There will be a kit car in the car park with a display showing the various stages of


construction. People might exhibit just one item or quite a number; some items will be finished and some still a work in progress. There will also be demonstrations of a wide variety of activities throughout the day.

Can I bring the kids?

There will be plenty for young people to do. A children’s competition has been organised and they can enter any creative item which is all their own work. A prize will be awarded to the most inspirational entry in each of the two age groups - 7 & under, and 8 to 14. For the day itself we’re organising a supply of homemade cup cakes to decorate and eat.

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It has been quite startling to discover how busy everyone is with such a variety of activities. At the last exhibition there were about twenty exhibitors and we hope to have as many this time. We advertised around the village for entrants, in the end over thirty people have come forward and so the Hall will be full to overflowing. The most unusual exhibit this year must be a blouse made of dusters during the Second World War when fabric was hard to come by.

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What’s on In March Friday 4 February Saturday 5 March

Small Business Breakfast 7.30am, British Legion Club, Cradley. New members welcome. £3 which includes a very tasty breakfast. Clear you Clutter - rebalance your life workshop Discover what clutter really represents in your life by examining how your external clutter relates to your internal world. Price £25. To book a place contact Catherine on 07854 486869 or email

4 & 5 March

Open Days at the Downs Malvern College Prep 4 March: Pre-prep, 2 - 5pm 5 March: Whole School, 9.30am - 12.30pm. 01684 544108.

Saturday 5 March

Monkey Island Dreams - Exhibition Thirty villagers will be exhibiting a very wide range of hobbies, arts & crafts with something to interest everyone. There will also be demonstrations throughout the day. This takes place at the Wellington Heath Memorial Hall from 10am - 4pm. Entrance is free & refreshments will be available. Spring Shopping & Brunch (in Aid of MacMillan Cancer Support) at Colwall Village Hall. 9.30am - 12.30pm (Brunch served at 11.30am). To reserve your table call Anne on 07590 536768 or call in to Goodwins Estate Agents, Colwall. £11.95

Thursday 17 March Saturday 5 & 19 March

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Happy Hoopers family hula hoop session 10am @ Malvern College Sports ComplexWoodshears Rd. Wide range of hoops provided. Phone Paula for more details 07985 211555 Country Market Days Home-made, Home-grown and Hand-crafted Ledbury Country Market 8.30am - 12noon, St Katherine’s Hall, High Street, Ledbury Malvern Country Market 8.30 - 11.15am, Lyttleton Rooms, Church Street, Malvern Malvern Farmers Market 9am - 2pm, Abby Road, Malvern

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Garden Open Day at Little Malvern Court, Little Malvern 2pm - 5pm. £5 for adults, £0.50 for children 4 - 14yrs, under 4s free. Parking is plentiful and free, with the local Army Cadets guiding visitors. The Gardens of Little Malvern Court should be a delight of spring bulbs and flowers. Tea & cakes, plants & flowers available to purchase. Profits of the day go to the local Malvern & Upton Division of SSAFA Forces Help, which supports Service men & women from the Royal Navy, Army & Royal Air Force and their families in time of need. Jazz Night with the Moonlighters featuring Ruth Frith in Colwall Village Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm. Tickets £6 (obtainable at John Goodwin’s) to include Ploughman’s Supper. Bar available. Proceeds to Colwall Free Church Building Fund. Contact Rob on 01684 540353 for more information.

Jazz Evening ‘Spring into March’

With Phil Probert’s ‘Jazz Mates’ at the Gryphon Room, Malvern College Sports Complex. 7pm -11pm. Tickets £22.50 to include a three course supper, licensed bar and raffle, can be obtained from 01452 529819. Promoted by the Friends of the Three Choirs Festival. See Barn Dance Colwall Village Hall. 7 for 7.30pm. Music by Whiffeldy. £12.50 including 2 course supper. For tickets ring Sandy Gibson on 01684 563429 West Malvern Acoustic Music Session 9.30pm - 12midnight, West Malvern Social Club (by the village hall clock on West Malvern Rd at the junction with Ebrington Rd). All styles and abilities welcome, more info:


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Community Pages

Clubs, Societies, Groups, Classes Colwall Bright Sparks Colwall Pre-School Colwall Village Hall, Mill Lane. Monday to Friday 9.30am 12pm/lunch - 1pm, during term time. For children of 2yrs and 6 months to school age. Jean 01684 540061 or Sue 01684 575548.

Colwall Cricket Club With 4 Saturday League teams, a Ladies team and juniors they are blessed with a great number of volunteers, but always need more. Visit Colwall Greener A group of Colwall residents committed to helping Colwall prepare and adapt to the demands of Global Warming and Peak Oil. Open to all. Robin 01684 540 284 or visit www. Colwall Orchard Group New volunteers are always welcome, we have lots of different things we still want to do. or contact Helen Stace on 01684 540569 Colwall Rotary Club Meets on Thursdays at 8.00pm at Malvern Hills Hotel. If you are interested in coming along and finding out more about Rotary and our charitable work, please contact Alan Torbet on 01684 899227 or Malvern Gym Club An informal clamber club which meets 10-11am every Wednesday during term-times at the new gym, the Downs Malvern College Prep School, Brockhill Rd, Colwall. Run by local mums, only £5 per term, per family. Great fun for active toddlers - good range of equipement and loads of space. Call Alison 01684 567777 Colwall Probus Club Founded in 1984 to be a meeting point for retired professional and business men, resident in the Parish of Colwall. Meetings twice monthly on a Monday morning at Colwall Park Hotel. Newcomers welcome. Contact Guy Houghton 01684 540158 for membership rules and information. Colwall Singers is a ladies choir meeting in Colwall Village Hall on Tuesday evenings at 7.45 during term time. We give concerts in aid of various charities. Newcomers very welcome, especially second soprano or alto! Liz 01684 561278. Colwall Playgroup At Colwall Village Hall, Mill Lane. Monday 1.45 - 3.15, £1.50/ family. A range of toys and activities for children to do from babies to pre-school. Contact Louise 01684 541495. Colwall Wildlife Group Organises three indoor meetings a year between late autumn and early spring, one all day wetland visit by coach. Some record birds visiting their garden. Contact Derek Turner 540318 Colwall Golfers - Date for diary This year’s spring meeting will be held at Upper Sapey Golf Club on Friday 6 May 2011, starting 9.30am, concluding with ‘all day breakfast’ at lunchtime! Contact person: Derek Turner (540318) Colwall Ladies Club Members meet on the second Thursday in the month at the

Colwall Village Hall. Coffee at 10am is followed by a talk or demonstration. New members welcome. Contact Liz Daniel 01684 540904 for more details Colwall Village Society a group of local people (over 200) with an interest in the wellbeing and history of Colwall. 3/4 public meetings per year, on subjects of local interest. Membership £5 py Come and join us. Membership Secretary Margaret Matthews, PO Box 64, Malvern, WR14 4WE The Chasers International Men of Stell Cricket Team A friendly and social pub cricket team, based at The Chase in Upper Colwall. Cricket fixtures and various events. All abilities welcome. Jamie 01684 541022 or 07977 115478 Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society For anybody with an interest in gardening. Meets on the first Monday of every month at Colwall Village Hall. Free coffee and biscuits from 7pm. Talks and demonstrations from 7.30pm. Membership £10 per year, or come as a visitor £3.50 a meeting. Further details Margaret White 01684 540931 Colwall WI We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at the Colwall Village Hall at 7.00pm. Following a short business and information session and refreshments, we enjoy a varied programme of talks and demonstrations. Visitors and new members welcome. Cath Blackwell 01684 540020 Colwall Players Colwall Players is a local group of performers that has been bringing live entertainment for over twenty years. Apart from coming to presentations you could be part of one. For more info visit Colwall Mothers’ Union MU has 4 million members in 70 countries. It promotes marriage and family life. In Colwall we normally meet with a speaker on the 1st Thursday of the month at 2.15 in the Ale House by St James’ Church. Visitors welcome. Contact Jill Wittington 540590

Cradley Cradley Sports Club Cradley Sports Club currently provides sporting opportunities for young people within a ten mile radius of Cradley. This includes football and cricket (in season) See or 01886 880081. Cradley, Storridge & Mathon Royal British Legion Supports ex service personnel. This Legion Club is a lively place, with two full sized snooker tables, a pool table, a skittle ally and regular entertainment. Small Business Breakfast, Cradley Is a friendly informal group of small business owners who meet on the first Friday of every month from 7.30 am in the Blue Ginger Gallery, Cradley. A £3 continental breakfast is available Newcomers welcome. Contact Miles Meager 01886 880964 or Cradley, Mathon & Storridge Art Group Meet every 2nd and 4rd Wednesday of the month at Storridge Village Hall at 2pm. We are a friendly informal bunch of all levels of ability. Newcomers will be most welcome.


Storridge WI Meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the village hall. Interesting talks, demonstrations and outings. Ring Joan Prosser for more info: 01886 880813

Mathon Mathon, Cradley and Storridge Tennis Club Situated between Colwall and Mathon, welcomes new members for friendly social or competitive tennis. Play all year round on three all-weather courts. For information Mrs Pat Pugh on 01531 640682 or Bob Hamilton on 01684 540836. Mathon Parish Church Holds weekly services: 1st Sunday - Parish Communion at 9.30 am, 2nd Sunday - Mattins at 9.30am, 3rd Sunday Lay-led Mattins at 9.30am, 4th Sunday - Holy Communion at 8.30am, 5th Sunday (when relevant) - In one of the three Parish churches (Cradley, Mathon or Storridge) at various times.

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West Malvern Irish Dancers Classes with the award winning Sean Eireann McMahon Academy of Irish Dancing, during school term time: Fridays 4.30 - 6.30pm, at Malvern Village Hall. For boys and girls all ages. Beginners welcome. Ruth (parent) 01684 568613 or Rose (tutor) on 07976 6914686

West Malvern Royal British Legion Club Skittle Alley, Darts Crib, Live entertainment. Sunday night Honey Bingo. All welcome, always looking for new members. Tel 07985 133691 for more details. Lower Road, West Malvern. West Malvern Baby & Toddler Group Meets 10-12 every Friday, during term-time at West Malvern Village Hall. Friendly group, lots of toys and activities. £1.50 per family per session. Contact Alison 01684 567777

Citizens Advice Bureau @ Malvern or Ledbury For advice that makes a difference - it’s free and confidential and can cover money matters, employment problems, housing, consumer rights, personal problems, taxes, land... Ring 01684 563611 for Malvern or 01432 377599 for the FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO VOLUNTEER Community Voluntary Action Ledbury 01531 635339 Malvern Community Action 01684 892381 Malvern Hills Volunteering 01684 862151 Or visit to search for volunteering near you Malvern Small Business Forum Provides a meeting place for small businesses - including established business, those who have just started and those considering starting up. Monthly meetings. For more information 01684 862151 (Simon Smith or Joel Killer) or The Hills Bridge Club A duplicate bridge club for improvers. Meet at Mathon Village Hall, Thursdays 7 for 7.15pmContact 01684 541227 Malvern Hills Lions Club we meet on 2nd and 4th Monday each month at the Great Malvern Hotel, Malvern, 8pm. If you are interested or want to know more about us and helping out at Charity Events all welcome. Geoff Lewis, freephone 0845 8337439

Meditation in West Malvern Small friendly group meeting weekly for one hour in early evening and monthly on Sunday. Format is silent mediation as in Zen (sitting then walking) Anyone with compatible practice is welcome. Email or call 07816578815 West Malvern Social Club Music Session every Sunday 9pm (folk, country, jazz, roots). Fortnightly Bingo. Licensed bar with stage available for hire for parties and events. 145 West Malvern Rd, WR14 4AY 01684 576732

Malvern Hills & Ledbury Malvern Hills Freecycle A Free Recycling Resource. To find out more you can find a link to Malvern Hills Freecycle group at Plastic Bags – No Thanks! Is a local project led by local people to reduce the use and irresponsible disposal of plastic carrier bags. Ledbury Children’s Centre Provides activities and services for U5’s and their families in Ledbury and surrounding areas. For more details please contact 01432 383840 Malvern Social Group Monthly social evenings and a varied programme of activities organised by members. This is a non-profit group run by volunteers and is not a dating club. New members welcome. Further info on 08450 957984 or Transport Ring & Ride Based in Ledbury urgently need volunteer drivers from the Colwall - Cradley area to support people in these communities with transport. Please ring 01531 636333

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The Bran Tub 35 Funerals 8 Garden Branchworks 10 Caves Folly Nurseries 13 Fiona Hopes 10 Jeremy Jackson FP Health & Fitness Absolute Fitness 19 Aromatherapy 19 Audley Care 9 Chiropractor 19 Hayley Flower 13 Hypnotherapy 19 The Hearing Centre 9 Valerie Farmer 13 Holiday Home 7 Home Improvements Clover 27 Cradley Stoves 13 DR Lloyd 17 Fusion Property Services 39 Greg Davies 25 GWB Chimneys 23 Hanley Interiors 15 Hunaban Heating 25 Kendeen Plastics 29 Lee Hankins 25 M Goodger Carpentry 17 Malvern Tele Tunes 8

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