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Spring has arrived! As I write this, the scaffolding is starting to come down on the high rise flats in St John’s, revealing the refurbishment work that’s been taking place underneath. Part of this project involves creating a fantastic mosaic artwork that will be more than 15 feet across and depict a summer scene of cricket and the cathedral. Its being created by volunteers, and the sessions continue in April. If you’d like to find out more, turn to Page 10. It’s just one of the many great things going on in the city this Spring, keep reading for plenty more inspiration!

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Contents Frankie’s Legacy 6 Community Champions 8 High Rise Art 10 Wandering Star Campers 13 Improve your hearing 15 Recipe: Lamb 16 Health: Moderation Local Talent Notice Board What’s On Theatre News Competition Classes & Courses Index

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Frankies Legacy Frankie’s Legacy is a new charity to help new parents using Worcestershire Royal Hospital. It’s being set up by Lisa Ventura and her husband Russell who sadly lost their son at the end of last year. Here, Lisa tells us more. In November last year I was 33 weeks pregnant when we heard that we’d lost our unborn child. He had an extremely rare condition called Chromosome 15 Duplication Syndrome which causes many serious disabilities. After the loss of Frankie I could have become withdrawn and even fearful of ever seeing a hospital again, but the week after his funeral I returned to the maternity unit at The Worcestershire Royal to thank the staff for the help they’d given us. We had the most amazing care, not only from the midwives but from all the staff. The chaplain, the Reverend David Southall led the funeral service for Frankie, baptised him on the day he was born and has become a supporter of our charity. In the weeks that followed we became involved with the Cleft Lip and Palate Association and with support from a lot of people we raised more than £1,000 for them. But it was after a conversation with my husband Russell, when he talked about his own experiences that we had the idea for setting up a new charity. While I received outstanding care, Russell spent two days perched on an uncomfortable stool. One of the first tasks of Frankie’s Legacy will be to provide support for the husband or birthing partner of women using the delivery suite at the hospital. Like some home comforts; not just better chairs for partners but also tea and coffee facilities and basic information about the delivery suite and its facilities. In the longer term we’d like to provide a pack with vouchers to help pay for car parking, a meal and the use of wifi. Dealing with the birth of a child can be a difficult, emotional and sometimes


traumatic experience and help like this should give new parents one less thing to worry about. Frankie’s Legacy has wider goals to raise awareness about cleft lip and palate as well as help people dealing with stillbirth and Chromosome 15 syndrome. People who lost children have been in touch with me, and we’ve decided to form a bereavement support group in partnership with Peaceful Harmony in Worcester. We hope to be able to offer help not only to parents but other family members affected by loss including grandparents. We’re meeting every month in Worcester and it will be a relaxed environment to come and meet other people in a similar situation. We are now in the process of registering with the Charity Commission and our aim is to raise five thousand pounds by August of this year. We already have some fundraising events planned including a sponsored walk along the Malvern Hills on June 28th. When we lost Frankie we felt completely alone. One minute we were on the road to parenthood and suddenly there was nothing. It’s still very hard for me to talk about it, but sadly that’s the reality for many other people as well. Not everybody leaves hospital carrying their newborn baby and we hope we can help others come to terms with their loss.

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Community Champions Community Champions are volunteers who give help and advice to others in their community. Its a new project funded by the Big Lottery and set up by South Worcestershire Citizens Advice Bureau. Ali McIndoe is recruiting and training local champions.

So what exactly are community volunteers? Community Champions are volunteers who will operate within their local parish, village or community. They will base themselves at regular clubs and/or meetings which are already established. This will enable local people to access initial information on key advice issues such as Benefits, Employment, Debt, as well as receive referrals to the relevant agency. Although the Community Champions will not provide full-on advice, they will act as an important first port of call, providing a gateway to advice services.

What will they do that the CAB isn’t already doing?

Community Champions will not give individuals in-depth advice but instead will be provided with a folder of ‘initial information’ on the most common areas of advice (Debt, Employment, Housing, Benefits, Consumer etc). First and foremost though, they will complete referral forms for the CAB and/or its relevant partner agency about any issues, so that the individual can be helped further.

What sort of people might become a community volunteer?

If people are interested, how should they get in touch?

We are looking for volunteers who have a knowledge, awareness and passion about their local community. They will be someone who enjoys interacting with all sorts of individuals and would like to help others. Good communication skills are vital, as is an understanding of the importance of confidentiality. We would like individuals to volunteer for a minimum of four hours per week.


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We believe that there are individuals who would benefit from CAB help and advice but don’t know where to start in order to access our services. Perhaps there is poor public transport which makes travelling to a bureau difficult, or maybe there is poor internet service which prevents access to our website. Indeed, some people may not even know we exist! It is these ‘hidden’ individuals who require our assistance that we aim to help through the Community Champion scheme. This is why we are focussing on areas of highest need and rural areas – bringing the ability to access advice into the heart of the community.

There is full and ongoing training for all Community Champions and they will be mentored whilst in-situ by their Volunteer Development Worker.

I would love to hear from you if you are interested in the project, would like more information or would just like an informal chat about becoming a Community Champion. We are looking to operate throughout the county. Please contact me by email ali.mcindoe@wychavoncab. or by calling 07972 599469.

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Worcester High Rise Art By Alexandra Martin A special art project is underway to mark the completion of a big refurbishment on three landmark buildings in St John’s. A group of volunteers is busy creating a large mosaic that will become the focal point of a multimillion pound refurbishment of the high rise flats in St John’s. Working with artist Victoria Harrison from Living Mosaics, the volunteers are creating a mosaic that will measure approximately five metres by two metres when its complete. It depicts a cricket match at the Worcestershire County Ground with a backdrop of Worcester Cathedral. The idea of the mosaic for the High Rise came from Rachel Barrett who is a student of Pam White who runs the Garage Art Group in Malvern. Victoria has worked with Pam to create mosaic panels depicting Malvern’s heritage; when Kate Fenton of Worcester Community Housing came to see the results, she was so impressed that she invited Victoria and Pam to submit ideas for the High Rise roof gardens. The High Rise Mosaic Project was launched and the first mosaic mural will be installed on Henwick’s Roof Garden.

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‘The response from the local community of St John’s has been amazing’ says Victoria. ‘This is what it is all about; bringing all age groups together; to interact with one another; learn new


skills and be part of a lasting piece of art.’ The project is looking for anyone who would like to take part, no artistic skills are required. It’s an intergenerational project and all ages are welcome. Volunteers can devote as little or as much time as they like, they can come along for an hour or a whole day, whatever suits them. Pat Richardson who lives in one of the buildings has been involved since the beginning. ‘They’re trying to make what is a building project into an iconic event’ she says. ‘To have something that is nice to look at inspires people to take care of where they live, to look outwards and not feel too closed in. For some people, because it’s a sheltered block they may be housebound, so something like this on site lifts their spirits up.’

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Wandering Star Campers Anne Birkinshaw is in chatty mood as we drive around the Hills in one of her new fleet of custom-built camper vans. She certainly seems to be in her element. After running a successful car rental and sales business in Cardiff with her husband, they have set up Wandering Star Camper Hire near Malvern where they have family ties. ‘After many years of renting and selling vehicles in the city we finally decided to escape to the country.’ Around two years ago Anne began visiting VW campervan shows and finally bought a vehicle of her own. While visiting shows, Anne noticed there was a lack of high-quality Volkswagen motorhomes to hire, and decided to bring her own professional experience of the rental market to the VW scene. She now has four vans for hire and there are plans to expand the fleet to ten vehicles.

custom-built and with a short-wheel base are surprisingly easy to drive. ‘We talk people through all of the van’s features before their holiday begins. We have comprehensive insurance cover so that customers can enjoy peace of mind when they head off and enjoy a relaxing time.’ You can take a wandering star camper to the destination of your choice, be that home or away. Contact Anne at Wandering Star Campers and start your vw camper adventure today! You can contact Anne on 01684 541493

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Helping to improve your hearing Based in the heart of the city, Worcester Hearing Centre offers a quiet, relaxed environment in which to assess your hearing. ‘We’re in the building that hid King Charles after his flight from the Battle of Worcester’ says Tom. ‘We like to say that we’re in a 16th Century building offering 21st Century Technology.’ Modern hearing aids are miniature, tiny and custom made. ‘We understand that clients might be self-conscious’ says Tom, ‘but as an independent company we are free choose which aids we offer our customers. We choose models which are less than twelve months old and are small and very discrete.’ Together with Victoria Dixon, they have more than twenty years experience of working in audiology and have a comprehensive level of knowledge of issues around hearing. ‘We carry out a detailed assessment of each customer before matching them with the product that will best help them’ continues Tom. ‘We offer a home trial with our hearing aids and there is no pressure to buy a particular product.’

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Let’s talk about

moderation By Tracy Reck, Personal Fitness Coach in Worcester

Shall we? No, please don’t stop reading! I’ve got something to say about it that’s different to what you’ve heard before. I hope.

I think the way that moderation is portrayed by health people in general is a bit…well, missing the point. And I’ve done this myself. To my shame, in my early life as a personal trainer, I used to do this a lot. I’d say that “everything is fine in moderation”. But what I really meant was that you can eat lots of good stuff; veggies and the like, some semi “bad” stuff; like wholegrain bread, and things like cake and pizza very, very, very infrequently. Maybe once or twice a week, if that. Is that your understanding of moderation? It’s not mine any more. Once I took my “personal trainer” head off and I put my “human being” head back on (like Wurzel Gummidge), I realised that it’s not in anyway an easy or realistic plan to follow, I wasn’t that strict with myself and I was in pretty decent shape, and it’s completely unnecessary to ask people to be that strict with themselves. Unless you want to be a body builder, you don’t need to go to those extremes. To just be a happy, healthy regular person you just need common sense, and I know you have loads of that, and a few principles to follow. Like these: A great daily diet will be heavy on veggies, moderate on protein and carbs and light on sugar. Real food will ideally take precedent and water is the drink of choice. That, right there, is true north, as I see it. Where we’re aiming at. Broad, but commonsensical and straight forward to apply (that doesn’t mean it’s easy). If most of the time we follow the plan and sometimes we move away from it; that’s moderation.


I always try to apply the 80/20 rule myself. 80% of the time stick to the plan. 20% do what you like. The first definition I gave of moderation at the beginning of the article that was more like a 95/5 rule. Tough, but do-able for some. If that’s not you, that’s okay. Because if 80% of your day is spent taking actions that make you healthier, then the other 20% of the time shouldn’t hurt you. And to be honest, I worked my way up to 80/20. I started at around 40/60 (or less) and kept trying till I got closer to 80/20 as my default. But you know, that’s still a pretty stringent view of moderation. Here’s the twist. You get to apply moderation to your application of the 80/20 rule too. 80% of the time, apply it. The other 20% of the time, you might be knocking around 50/50 or less! Some days I know I don’t even come close to 80%. Not a problem. Your health will still improve if you’re on plan more often than you’re not. That’s moderation.

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music feature

Local Talent

By Dave Webber

I’m Dave Webber and I present a weekly music show on Choice Radio, the service for Worcestershire Royal Hospital. There aren’t many bands I know who have jammed with Robert Plant, but then The Delray Rockets make a kind of music that even rock legends love to listen to!

I’ve known Gaz le Bass for years and he’s been playing rock n roll music since he was a teenager. Around three years ago The Delray Rockets sprang into life. ‘I had an idea for doing some rockabilly music’ Gaz tells me, ‘and something that was a bit more in your face.’ With Oz Osborne on guitar, the band went through a couple of line ups until Gaz bumped into an old friend, Duke Delite, who joined them on drums. From then on its been full steam ahead, with the Rockets quickly enjoying success. Their music is has a strong fifties influence, its raw and full-on but with an original twist. As well as playing covers they write and perform their own music and recently they released their first album, ‘Strictly Not Fluffy’ with a number of new tracks. Last year they completed a tour of Holland. They were asked back this year but can’t make it back because they’re booked solid with gigs back here! They hope to play a tour through Holland, Belgium, Germany and Austria next year and other bookings for 2015 are already coming in. Amazingly, they might even take their music back to its true home in America, with rumours of a tour there in the near future. The band opened for Def Leppard at a pre-tour gig in Birmingham recently. At their New Year’s Eve gig last December they were joined on stage by the former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant. Of course not all of their audience is quite that famous, but its a real mix of people united by their love for the Rockets’ authentic sound, in fact you’ll see everyone from teenagers to pensioners! ‘My generation thought that punk was the music of rebellion but when you hear genuine rock n roll you realise the revolution started with Elvis and


other performers back in the 50s’ says Gaz. ‘My dad always said rock n roll was the first music which you didn’t need a partner to dance with. More than sixty years ago, it was the original music for young people but its stood the test of time. You still hear it on the radio today.’ The group is just starting to work up new material with a view to releasing another album next year. With a flat out round of gigs this year I think their success is only just beginning. If you want to see them playing live they have a number of local gigs throughout May. You can read more on their website which is You can hear more of Dave’s interviews with local musicians on Choice Radio at choiceradio. and clicking on Live! In the Past. Choice is the hospital radio service for the Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester, a voluntary service broadcasting a wide variety of music and programmes for patients seven days a week.

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To host international teenagers for up to 4 weeks from Sunday 13th July to Sunday 10th August 2014 £161 per student per week. Up to 3 students per family if conditions suitable. Students will be on a full–time programme from Monday to Saturday and at home on Sundays For further details & an application form:

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Notice board Take Two Friendly Social Club for Singles Over 50 We meet every Wednesday evening for a social get together at a pub in the Worcester, Malvern and Ledbury areas. We also meet at weekends for meals, skittles, walks and dancing etc. New members will always be made welcome.

For further details please ring 01684 891583 / 01905 23857 or email

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Small Message? ! It’s free for groups james@allabout-loc 07762 148355


at The The first session in the new venue e, Suit ster tmin Wes l, Bank House Hote . Bransford Road, Worcester WR6 5JD n ope Music 8pm until 10.30pm, doors 7pm, £10, members £9 748 124 Info / 01905

A vintage Market on the first Sunday of every month in Angel Place, Worcester 10.30am until 4.30pm Enjoy a browse around stalls selling clothing, accessories, bric-a-brac, collectibles & curios

Next Dates: 6th April and 4th May

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Tickets from Worcester Live Box Offi 01905 611427

with Dave Paul Sawtell playing vibraphone man bass. Newton, keyboards and Bill Cole

y ge Communit Lyppard Gran & Play Mornings Centre Bounce 25 April

The Yeoman of the Guard by Gilbert and Sullivan

presented by Great Witley Operatic at Swan Theatre 8th until 12th April Evenings 7.30pm Saturday matinee 2.30pm

Worcester Jazz at the Bank House Monday April 7th 2014

The Worcester Flea

ice which is St Richard’s Hosp Raising money for ing its 30th Year celebrat 11am start Sunday 6th April, 9am) (registration from on the day £12) (or n 0 per perso Six mile run - £1 per person Two mile run - £3

Lizzie Brazier Information from (01905) 763963

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May Deadline:

Friday 11 April

Become a Community Champion and help others to access local services in rural and deprived areas. South Worcestershire Citizens Advice Bureau is recruiting locally-based volunteers to become a first port of call for individuals who require advice services but don’t know where to go, or are limited by poor mobility or transport issues. Full training and support will be given, for information please speak to Ali McIndoe on 07972 599469

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Indoor Car Boot Sale Sale at Lyppard Grange Community Centre. Doors open at 10am and continues until noon. Free entry, £8 charge for setting up a table Call (01905) 616841 for information Experience Easter at Worcester Cathedral take part in a fun free family trail around the east end of the cathedral, daily until 28th April For info see Elgar: The Malvern Years a talk by Donald Hunt at the Elgar Birthplace Museum, 10.30am start, £6 entry See for further talks and events this year Chocolate Day in Worcester City Centre There will be street entertainment, chocolate tastings, workshops and more at this free family event More info: Fun family trails and craft activities at The Infirmary, part of the University of Worcester campus on Castle Street, 11am until 4pm, continues on 16 April See for details Relax Kids regular sessions that will teach your child to learn relaxation skills through fun techniques including dance, games and stretching. Continues weekly at St. Peter’s Baptist Church (WR5 3TZ), £4.50 a session Call Charlotte 07827 448684 Tudor House does Chocolate! Fun for all the family at the Tudor House Heritage Centre on Friar Street, follow a chocolate trail and solve puzzles to win a prize. Free entry to centre 10am-4pm, £1 to take part in the trail. See Job Club and IT Support at The Hive this is a free session to help with seeking work using online resources. Just turn up for help with online job searches, cv writing, using email & more Continues weekly

For more events in Worcester go to:

What’s on May





Worcester Vaudeville Night at The Cellar Bar Foregate Street in Worcester. Enjoy poetry, story-telling, plays, comedy or music at this regular event. Come as a member of the audience or share your creativity. For info email The Upton Folk Festival Enjoy a long weekend of music, dance and entertainment in Upton upon Severn. See for details


Worcester Full and Half Marathon in aid of St Richard’s Hospice Starts and finishes at Worcester Rugby Club, Sixways. For information visit


The Eighth Annual Worcester Motor Festival Dozens of new and vintage cars will be on display in the city centre.



Send us your events via our website: and click ‘Submit your Event’

Market Days

Worcester Market Days Country Market Home-made, home-grown & hand-crafted Every Friday: 9am - 11am, St Johns Library, Glebe Close, WR2 5AX Crowngate Market Monday - Saturday, Angel Place, Worcester Centre Farmers Markets Every 4th Saturday of each month at St Peter’s Garden Centre, Broomhall, Norton WR5 2NY 26 April & 23 May 9.30am - 2pm The Fold Market Every 4th Sunday of each month at The Fold, New House Farm, Bransford, Worcester WR6 5JB 27 April & 24 May, 10am - 2pm

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for groups

Easter Hunt for Heroes! Fri 18th – Mon 21st April

Chilli Festival

Sun 4th – Mon 5th May

Vintage Family Fun

Sun 25th – Mon 26th May Castle and Grounds Admission

Adult £10.00 • Seniors £9.00 Child (3-15yrs) £6.50 • Family (2+3) £26.50

Animal Feeding 10.30am & 1.30pm weekends and holidays Open from 10 am. School parties by arrangement

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Open Day Monday 5th May, 9.30am – 4.30pm


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Malvern Theatre News

Pygmalion Alistair McGowan leads an established company of actors in a centenary year production of Shaw’s enduring masterpiece directed by Tony award-winning David Grindley. Pygmalion is one of theatre’s most entertaining and beguiling explorations of gender and class and is perhaps best known as the inspiration for the musical ‘My Fair Lady’. The aristocratic and pompous Professor Henry Higgins (made famous by Rex Harrison) makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can transform the manners and speech of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and pass her off as a society lady. Packed with a host of larger than life characters including Alfred Doolittle and lovelorn Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Pygmalion remains one of Shaw’s most popular plays and a classic British drama; full of his trademark wit, style and humour. Pygmalion runs from 28th April – 3rd May. Eves 7.30pm, Wed and Sat Mats 2.30pm. Tickets from £17.36 - £31.92 from Malvern Theatres Box Office on 01684 892277 or

Relax Kids - Relaxation and Activity Sessions Magical adventure classes for children aged 4-11. Wednesdays 4-5pm at St Peter’s Baptist Church (term time). Try a session for just £1! Contact Charlotte at or call 07827 448684 for more details


Win two tickets for Pygmalion Rachel Barry stars as Eliza Doolittle in the production of Pygmalion at Malvern Theatres. You could win a pair of tickets to the opening night on 28th April if you can name who played Eliza Doolittle in the 1964 film of “My Fair Lady” which is based on the story of Pygmalion. Email the answer plus your name, postcode and phone number to by Wednesday 16 April 2014 The winners will be drawn from the entries and notified by Thu 17 April. Good luck! *For terms & conditions see our website

MUSIC, SINGING & MOVEMENT WITH JO JINGLES ‘’Come and join Jo Jingles for masses of musical fun, dancing and movement.” Classes across Droitwich and Worcester and North Malvern for all ages from birth to school. No class fees for babies under 6 months. Call Rachael on 07792 131285

Free session of martial arts for all ages. Great for confidence and fitness. To book visit:


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Art, Craft & Food Market Malvern Theatre Business Support

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17 14

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21 21

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28 28 28

Art, Craft & Food Market Roots at Rushwick

23 16

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Agua Bathrooms 14 Capital Installations 7 Cloudey 2 Clear 5 CRG Kitchens 16 Dream Doors Worcester 11 Excell 9 Francis of Malvern BP Kitchen World Worcester 3 M&M Locksecure 7 Malvern Blinds 20 Malvern Glass 17 Wrought Iron by Phil 2 Home help/clearning/care Clean for You Tulip Cleaning Services IT/Telephone

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