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

In this edition Bob’s Daily Notes Win a family ticket to the Pantomime & Light Switch on in Malvern and Ledbury

Jeremy Jackson See page 44


November 2012 Issue 42


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to the November edition of

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

Sascha McDonald, All About Local Magazines Ltd Colwall, Worcestershire WR13 6QN

Editorial: Sascha - 07906 573352 Advertising: Tina Palmer - 07952 591031

Editor’s message Photo by

November 2012

Daily Life We’re fortunate to live close to two theatres which offer such a variety of entertainment. In Ledbury, the Market Theatre offers a great variety of cinema, music and drama, you can read more about what’s on in the lead up to Christmas on Page 38. Malvern’s Theatre enjoys a national reputation and plays host to many top productions with some of the biggest names in acting. They have a busy November with productions taking place in both the Festival & the Forum theatres, there’s more in this month’s What’s On section and on our website. We’re offering two sets of family tickets to see the Pantomime in Malvern which starts in December, keep reading to find details of the competition. Good luck!


All About West of the Hills is distributed to 3,200 homes and businesses.

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Front page: ‘Looking for Dad’, painting by Colwall painter

Deadlines for the Winter (Dec/Jan) 2012 issue:

Advertisement booking/cancellation: Friday 9 November What’s On/Notice Board: Monday, 12 November Advertisement copy: Monday, 12 November 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


Financial Advice Bob’s Daily Notes Light Switch ons

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The Market Theatre Malvern Theatres Teddy Bear Day



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Green Fingers Website Update

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Notice Board What’s On Competition

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Meeting the costs of long-term care By Independent Financial Advisor Rob Weale from Colwall As a society we are living longer, and it is becoming more common to require residential care in our old age. It is estimated that 130,000 new individuals enter care homes each year. The cost of care is typically around £26,000 per year, but could easily be higher, depending on the level of care required and the quality of the home. Meeting the cost of care home fees can seem like a daunting prospect. Many people face this issue for the first time when a relative needs to go into a home. It can then become urgent to get clear, reliable information and unbiased advice in order to take whatever action is in the best interest of your loved ones. What is imperative is that you speak to an independent financial adviser who is both qualified and specialises in this very crucial area of advice. Smith Weale Associates meets those criteria.


to preserve or spend any savings, the degree of investment risk you want to take, and if you are comfortable taking on a loan or other debt. For those clients who wish to choose the care home in which they reside, that cost may well be more (and often is) than the government is willing to fund. Once again the need for a funding solution is obvious; conversely, should funds run dry, a move to a more cost-effective home can be a very distressing time indeed. I meet many people, both existing clients and prospective clients, who have very real concerns about the funding of long term care. Those concerns have been heightened of late, not least because the political debate around who should pick up the care bill remains unresolved. Various ideas being suggested including limiting an individual’s costs to £30,000 or that any bill can be settled upon one’s death, but frankly, until there is a cost effective plan in place, the cost will continue to be borne by oneself and family.

There are several options available for funding the costs of care and each should be explored and explained to help you through the pros and cons. It is also important you fully understand any entitlements that you may be able to claim including state support and benefits.

This information sets out the basics of risk and return when investing. It is not designed to be investment advice and should not be interpreted as such. Other factors will need to be taken into account before making an investment decision, Smith Weale Associates can help you with this.

The options to explore are rearranging existing investments to generate further income, securing a lifelong annuity to pay the extra income required, a loan from the local authority, spending any savings and releasing money from the value of the home. To decide which is the most suitable you need to consider your feelings about whether you want to keep the family home, if you want

We are an ageing population in the UK, so one does have to wonder where the extra money will come from should the government try to limit the costs. I am very much of the opinion that for the foreseeable future at least, long term care funding will be the responsibility of the individual and so it is imperative any advice is independent and tailored to the individual’s needs.

Rob Weale is a founding partner at Smith Weale Associates. Rob is qualified to give advice on both the funding of Long-Term Care and Equity Release and thus able to advise on the very best solutions in meeting the needs of post retirement clients and choose the very best solution tailored to your

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Bob’s Daily Notes One man’s love of rambling walks around the hills and days spent in the garden has been brought to life on the internet by his son.

When Bob Knight retired to Colwall he busied himself in a routine of long walks and hours spent gardening. Autumn was a time for harvesting fruit and vegetables from the garden, heading out to search for fungus and preparing the garden for the year ahead. After moving to Colwall in the mid-1980s, Bob spent the following seventeen years meticulously recording the details of his daily routine.‘I didn’t realise he took so many notes’ says his son David, ‘although I had read his war diary I didn’t realise the habit extended into his everyday life.’

@bobsdailynotes - 5 Oct 1987: Walked to Brockhill Farm to order manure, picked a few mushrooms on the way Although he couldn’t have realised it at the time, Bob’s notes suit the style of Twitter. The internet site allows users to write short text messages which can be read by people all over the world. Bob’s son David spotted the similarity, and began his own daily routine of publishing the notes on the website. ‘I decided to start in February of this year as I realised it had been a year since he died, and it felt the right way to mark the

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anniversary. I also started because it makes me read his dairies every day which I otherwise wouldn’t do!’

@bobsdailynotes - 10 Oct 1985: Fine, sunny. Continued double-digging and composting. Set daffodil bulbs in front garden A lot of the daily notes include what might be considered run-of-the-mill information. On 8th October 1992 the bean plants were pulled up and the veg patch was dug over while on 10th October 1995 the daffodil bulbs went in. ‘I’ve learned from his notes what is in season and what I should be doing in the garden and when!’ laughs David. ‘I think he might have used it in the same way, ‘I dug this time last year so it’s time to do it again.’

@bobsdailynotes - 3 Oct 1986: Picked blackberries on Raggedstone for Harvest Festival Walks around the hills would invariably yield a few apples, blackberries or field mushrooms. ‘He was always out picking blackberries and mushrooms when I was a child growing up in Leicestershire and reading the diary entries brought it all back.’ Perhaps growing up in more austere times formed the basis for Bob’s growing and gathering of food, perhaps it was simply for the joy of gardening and foraging. Whatever, the principles of eating in season and organically are growing in popularity once again. Although

the number of people actively following the daily notes on Twitter is low, its gained a great deal more interest from those in the green movement as well as people more generally interested in a self-sufficient lifestyle.

@bobsdailynotes - 30 Sep 1985: Walked on hills - Dingle, Sugarloaf, End Hill, round North Hill & back to West of England car park Bob fought in the Second World War and part of his training brought him to Malvern. ‘He was always extolling the beauty of the place’ says David. Later on he was part of a regiment that fought its way through North Africa, he fought at Monte Cassino in Italy and eventually reached Rome. His actions saw him awarded a medal for bravery. ‘After that he said he never wanted to go abroad again’ says David. ‘After retirement he was happy to spend his days exploring the area around the village, he was never happier than when in his garden or out on the hills.’

@bobsdailynotes - 25 Aug 1986: Pouring wet, windy day. 2” rain around this time. Hurricane Charley Wet summer weather is nothing new in Colwall. Reading the notes it becomes clear that while the world has moved on, in many ways village life remains the same. ‘I’ve had a fair bit of reaction

to the tweets’ says David, ‘which has grown as people re-tweet the entries. I used to speak to my dad every two or three weeks on the phone, but he wasn’t always a great talker. Reading through his diaries has given me a much better idea of his life, showing what he got up to and the places he visited. The breadth of what has come out has been amazing for me, I’m discovering more about him now than I thought possible.’

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What you can do Plant to attract pollinating insects,create a wild area in your garden. Always compost plant material and put back into the soil - don’t take it to the tip! Never use slug pellets or pesticides and try to use organic fertilizers. There are many positive reasons for choosing to grow organically. Organic farming takes better care of the environment, reducing the pollution and greenhouse gases released from food production by restricting the use of artificial chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Organic farms are havens for wildlife providing homes for bees,

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From Caves Folly Nurseries in Colwall, Bridget reminds us about the benefits of organic gardening. butterflies and birds, with plant, insect and bird life up to 50% greater on organic farms. Did you know that if everyone in the UK spent just £10 more on organic products each year, that the market would increase by 30% - securing more land to be farmed in a healthy manner. Enough of ‘organic food for thought’ lets get down to earth!

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Christmas Lights The festive season starts later this month with the Christmas Lights switch-on in Ledbury and Malvern. Read on for all the details!

Which switch on is first? Ledbury’s lights are the first to be officially switched on, with an afternoon of fun in the town on Saturday 24th November. The entertainment begins at 12.45pm on the High Street. Father Christmas arrives at 1pm and you can visit him at the Town Council Offices on Church Street. There will also be face painting, balloon modelling and juggling as well as a tombola and a prize draw. The main event of the day, the lights switch on, will take place at 5.30pm.

When is the lights switch-on in Malvern?

And how can we pass on our Christmas presents lists to Father Christmas? The Christmas Victorian Post Box, kindly loaned by the Great Malvern Royal Mail Delivery Office, will be placed as usual inside the Malvern Tourist Information Centre, after Monday November 12th. Children can post their letters to Father Christmas with a special £1 stamp. Last year £178 was raised for Acorn’s Children’s Hospice (the final date for posting letters will be Friday 14th December).

It’s Malvern’s turn the following week, on Saturday 1st December. The event runs all day and includes local bands, orchestras, choirs, street entertainers and stilt walkers. There will be a parade, an arts market, a food and drink market as well as other stalls. The town’s Christmas lights will be officially switched on at 6pm by children’s tv presenter Emma Nowell who is playing Cinderella in the pantomime at Malvern Theatres. There will also be Jamie Rickers from GMTV’s children’s Toonattik show, who is playing Buttons in the panto. As in previous years, hundreds of people are expected to come into the centre of Malvern to enjoy the day and evening.


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Your online guide In case you haven’t found it yet, our magazine has an online presence, where you’ll find regularly updated features as well as an evergrowing list of ‘What’s On’ listings, giving up to the minute information on a wealth of local things to see and do. There’s also an online business directory which can prove very useful if you’re searching for a particular service or tradesman.

switch ons in Malvern and Ledbury.

For example do you know where you can buy Christmas cards whilst supporting charity? And what about the great variety of shopping events that are planned in the coming weeks to help you choose those Christmas presents for your friends and family? The website offers a special ‘Christmas in the Malvern Hills area’ section, updated on a daily basis, to let you know where to go and what to do locally. To name but a few; you will find information on the Barnards Green Extravaganza, the Downs Christmas Shopping Feast & Fizz, Christmas Fayres and the light

Please take a look and let us have your ideas about what you’d like to see there!

November can be a cold and dark month, but threre’s still lots going on in our area. The website has dozens of events to choose from this month, including talks arranged by the Civic Society, and details of the first Malvern Festival of Innovation, which takes places over two days. is your guide to what’s on in the Malvern Hills area. Full of local events, services, activites it shows you what our beautiful area has got to offer. Live & Buy Locally and support your local community.

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We are the largest Dental Practice in the area and have been in existence since 1919. We are situated in the centre of Great Malvern overlooked by the Malvern Hills. We have our own parking, disabled access and we provide quality private dental care for the whole family.

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Talgarth Male Choir Music from the Black Mountains

coming to Mathon Church Friday 16 November at 7pm drinks available at the concert Tickets £10 from Karen Seymour 01684 541943 June Cutler 01886 880711 Proceeds to Mathon Church



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Domiciliary Care Agency Beavers (Worcester) Limited is a leading organisation in the field of caring for peoples' needs in the community and has a strong commitment to provide equal opportunities for everybody with regard to service provision and employment , regardless of Race, Religion, Gender, Marital Status, Sexual Preference, Age or Disability. To relieve the stress experienced by people with physical or sensory impairment within the family or home. Beavers offers a service through the provision of community based Care Support Workers. Beavers complies with the National Care Standards and follows the Code of Practice and Regulations that have been laid down, and as a member of the United Kingdom Home Carers Association, also follows their guidelines in order that: The highest standards of care are provided The rights and welfare of clients are paramount The rights and welfare of care workers are protected

Services Beavers specialises in providing services for older people and the physically handicapped, but other client groups can also be catered for. The services provided include:Personal Care Get up calls Medication Meals Shopping Cleaning

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This Month at the Theatre SHOWS Fordante presents Movie Music Classics and More Friday 2nd November 8pm - £9

Stomp And Holler Saturday 3rd November 8pm - £10 (students £6)

The Re-entrants At the beginning of the month award winning five piece ensemble (violin, cello, piano, oboe, viola) Fordante return to Ledbury performing a mix of popular movie classics together with some of their own melodic crossover classical and world music. Then out of the embers of The Big Blues Tribe rises a new six piece musical pheonix Stomp And Holler – that explodes onto stage with brass and blues reminiscent of the floor filling music of New Orleans, together with a vast array of voices. As a complete contrast we have two short plays that were part of the Herefordshire Write On Festival. In The Visitors Bill tells the story of how PM 1 and PM 2 (aka Nick and Dave) come to take tea with him and his wife in their East London home. Pull the Other One is a lighthearted portrayal of life in a hospital. At the end of the month Hotbuckle Theatre Company from Surrey bring their innovative style and unique talent to Victor Hugo’s remarkable novel, Les Miserables - one of the most powerful and celebrated works of European literature. Then in early December we have driving folkbased music from Eastern Europe inspired by the music of European gypsies from The Budapest Café Orchestra. And in January LADS presents its Legendary and Fantastic Panto Puss in Boots. Tickets have been held at last year’s price of £8 for adults and £4 for children.

Saturday 10th November 8pm - £10 (students £6) An Evening of Drama from the Herefordshire

Write On Festival Thursday 15th November 7:30pm - £7 (students £4) Hotbuckle Theatre Company from Surrey presents

Les Misérables a play based on the book by Victor Hugo Saturday 24th November 7.30pm - £12 (students £6)

The Budapest Café Orchestra Saturday 8th December 7:30pm - £13 (students £8)

FILMS Le Gamin Au Vélo (The Kid with a Bike) (2012 - France/Belgium) [12A] - 87mins (subtitles) Friday 9th November at 8pm

The Artist (2012 - France)[PG] - 100mins (Silent/English Intertitles) Friday 30th November at 8pm

Cinema and Live Shows – Book online Live Show Tickets from The Master’s House, St Katherine’s car park – Mon-Fri 9-4.30 01432 383663 (out of hours 07967 517 125) Cinema tickets 01531 631338 or 07967 517 125


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Please Note:

What’s on

For the very latest and updated listings, please visit our website



Small Business Breakfast 7.30-9am Blue Ginger Gallery, Cradley. Social gathering for local business owners. New members welcome. £4 includes a very tasty breakfast.

An evening of Live Jazz with the exciting young “Remi Harris Gypsy Jazz Trio” 7.30pm, Cradley Village Hall Tickets £12 to include Fish & Chips Supper & Bar From Cradley PO or Butchers or Margaret 01886 880529



Firework Spectacular at Colwall Primary School, from 5pm Two firework displays, sparkler zone, glowies, bar serving real ale, hot food and plenty of traditional warming refreshments. Discounted tickets in advance from John Goodwin & Colwall Coffee Lounge



Ledbury Ladies Lifeboat Guild Coffee Morning at St Katherine’s Hall in Ledbury, 10am - 12 RNLI Christmas cards & gifts, cakes & home produce, accessories, handbags & scarves, Pashminas, craft items & gifts, tombola & Christmas Hamper Raffle Entry: £2 to include coffee & biscuits



‘Run up to Christmas’ Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support The Homestead, Old Church Road, Colwall Doors open at 10am - 12.30pm Forget the frenzy of Christmas crowds. Enjoy choosing presents for family & friends. Demonstrations, Christmas goodies & gifts, raffle, mulled wine & much more! Tickets £5 from Jenni on 01684 540533 or on the door



Coffee and Clearance Mathon Parish Hall, 10am - 2pm De-cluttering sale including household goods, clothes (some with new tags), bric-a-brac, Christmas items, cakes and much more. Proceeds to go to Parkinsons UK



Christmas Shopping Feast & Fizz in the Memo Hall at The Downs Malvern in Colwall, 8.30am - 5.30pm FREE ENTRY - In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Enjoy a great shop of fabulous gifts and goodies that will be sure to get you into the festive mood. With over 15 stands providing a wide range of seasonal gift ideas for everyone Optional: Brunch £6.50 or Lunch £10. Contact Anne on 07590 536768 for more information



Dance the night away - Colwall Players social event Colwall Village Hall, 8pm - 11.30pm It is the time of the year for some Rocking and Rolling, so get ready for the Pontiacs with Sounds from the Sixties & more! All welcome. Licenced bar available. In aid of the Charity ‘Sport for the Disabled’. Tickets £10 (to include hotdogs) from John Goodwins Colwall Office (01684 540300) or on the door.



‘A Celebration of British Music’ - Volante Strings with Carl Attwood at the piano at the Elms School, Colwall - 7.30pm Tickets £12.50 (including wine or fruit juice) from John Goodwins Colwall Office or Graham White 01684 540931 or Jenni Griggs 01684 540533 In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.





Teddy Bear Day at blue-ginger gallery, Cradley 10am - 5pm Teddy Bears and their owners will be welcome. See page 49 for more information

St John the Baptist, Mathon Advent & Christmas Fair in Parish Hall, Mathon 10.30am - 12 noon Stalls include cakes, plants, new items, books, christmas gifts, raffle, games, tombola with THE CHOIR from Cradley School singing carols at 11am Coffee and soft drinks available, proceeds to Mathon Church



Ledbury Christmas Lights Switch on Celebration Come and join us in the High Street from 12.45 Father Christmas arrives at 1pm and will be waiting for you to visit him in the Town Council Offices, Church Street. Face Painting, Balloon Modelling & Juggling, Tombola & Prize Draw The Christmas Lights Switch on at 5.30pm



‘The return of the Cheesy Quiz’ by Ledbury and Colwall Children’s Society Colwall Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm £10 per person to include Ploughman’s Supper & a welcome drink. Licenced bar. To book your team of 4, contact Pinkie Elliston: 01531 633514




for groups

Promote your Winter events: email or call 07906 573352 by Monday 12 November at the latest. 40 Many more What’s ons at:

Dance with Debs Ballroom, Latin, Sequence, Dance Fit, Socials, Tuition

with Kate Dawe

Holy Trinity Hall, Malvern • Ballroom Class, Mondays10am and 7pm • Friday Tea Dances every 1st & 3rd Friday • Dance Fitness Class, Mondays at 6pm • Evening social dances three times a month For more information please contact me 07760 763967

07977 593211

Yang Family Style Tai Ji

Come and be creative!

For more info: 07887 907331 01684 562291

Christmas Craft

Classes in West Malvern and Worcester

Professional Instruction

Friendly and informal craft workshops in Malvern

Contact Heather on: 07790 403933

Little Pumpkins Childminding Service

“A great place for your little pumpkin to grow”

OFSTED registered Childminder in Malvern Both full and part-time vacancies available for all ages Call Chloe on 07581 503260 for more information

Mobile Valeting

- Professionally caring for your car

Glimmer and Shine Mobile Valeting will solve all of your car cleaning worries. No job is too big.

Valets from £15 Malvern Hills & surrounding area Call 07531 158 635 or To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email


Yoga Classes throughout the week in Malvern @ The Wheel of Life Centre, North Malvern Road Learn to move with the breath, a strengthening yet safe, effective yoga to reduce stress, improve the spine and deeply relax. Classes run Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri, morning and evening classes. NEW FLEXIBLE ATTENDANCE SYSTEM Call 01886 833826 or visit - A yoga available to all-men/women/health problems/ whatever size or shape!

Market Days

What’s on December



Malvern Country Market Lyttelton Rooms, 2pm - 7pm Baked goods, preserves, crafts and a selection of items for Christmas

Big Christmas Light Switch on in Great Malvern 6pm switch on, Belle Vue Terrace Whole day of entertainment, food and art markets, shops to visit, a parade and a visit from Bjorn the Polar Bear For more information visit

Home-made, home-grown & hand-crafted Malvern Farmers Market - Saturday 17 November 9am–2pm, Abbey Road, Malvern Ledbury Country Market Fridays, 8.30am –12noon, St Katherine’s Hall, High Street, Ledbury Malvern Country Market Fridays, 9am–12.15pm, Lyttleton Rooms, Church Street, Malvern

Win Family Tickets to the opening night of Cinderella

West Malvern Community Market Fri 9 November 3.15 - 4.15pm, St James Primary School

All About Magazines has two family tickets (2 x 4) on offer for the opening night of Cinderella, Thursday 13 December.

Cradley Farmers Market 1st Saturday every month, The Old Rectory, Cradley, 10am - 12pm

Please answer the following question: Q: What type of animal will star in Cinderella?

Ledbury Farmers Market 4th Friday every month, Next to the Market Hall, Ledbury, 9am - 2pm

Malvern Theatre News

Magical Family Pantomime at Malvern Theatres Experience the magic of live theatre and the most favourite of all fairytales at Malvern Theatres this Christmas with this exciting production of Cinderella! Starring CITV & Nickelodeon presenter Jamie Rickers as Buttons, HI-DE-HI’s Ruth Madoc as Fairy Godmother and Hi-5’s Emma Nowell as Cinderella, plus the sensational Shetland Ponies! This year’s panto is not to be missed! Forced into a life of drudgery by her wicked stepmother, Cinderella dreams of escape and romance. With the help of a Fairy Godmother, a pumpkin and a touch of magic, Cinderella is whisked off to the Ball where she meets her



Email the answer plus your name, postcode and phone number to Closing date: Friday 30 November. The winners will be drawn from the entries and notified by Wednesday 5th December. Good luck! Prince Charming… but when the clock strikes midnight the spell is broken and all that remains is a single glass slipper. Presented by UK Productions – one of the most prolific musical and pantomime producers in the country, you can expect exquisite costumes, enchanting sets, music, dance, fun and laughter in this Christmas treat for the whole family! Cinderella is at Malvern Theatres from Thursday 13th December to Sunday 6th January with tickets from £8.50-£22. Under 16s £5 off. (Booking fee applies) To book call the box office on 01684 892 277 or visit

To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email



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Harcourt Design Associates Ltd Architecture and Surveying

Listed Building and barn conversion specialists New-build, replacement dwellings and extensions Laser surveying, 3D modelling, project management and co-ordination Providing traditional style and quality with the speed and precision of modern technology

The Old Bell , Harcourt Road, Mathon, WR13 5PG Contact Tim or Simon on 01684 568929

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

WHY CHOOSE US? • No call out fees • 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

All plumbing work carried out Gas Appliance Showroom & Fireplace Centre Ltd 01684 891522 • 01684 566962 25 Worcester Road, Great Malvern, WR14 4QY


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Insurance Compliant Certificates Issued Clean, Efficient & Professional Service Sweep & Vac of all Chimneys & Flues Maintenance and Installations

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Local groups Malvern Hills & Ledbury

West Malvern

Malvern Hills Freecycle Contact:

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 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 The Hills Bridge Club Contact: 01684 541227 or visit Malvern Hills Lions Club Contact: Heather Jeavons on 0845 8337439 or email or visit Malvern Hills Badminton Club Contact: Lynne on 01531 632751 or David 01531 635780 or goto

Voluntary opportunities

West Malvern Baby & Toddler Group Contact: Naomi on 899048 Meditation in West Malvern Contact: 07816578815 or email West Malvern Social Club Contact: 01684 576732 or visit

Cradley Cradley Sports Club Contact: 01886 880081 or visit Cradley, Storridge & Mathon Royal British Legion Supports ex-service personnel Cradley Small Business Breakfast Contact: Miles Meager 01886 880964 or email 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 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 or call 07906 573352. More info on each group available on the website:


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 Bosbury Church Children’s Choir Contact: Rosie Roberts 07734 866108 or email

Bosbury Parish Church Contact: Bosbury Bellringers Contact: Frank Seabright on 01531 640252 or email Bosbury Beaver Scouts Contact Helen 01531 640371

Community focus

Teddy Bear Day at blue-ginger gallery Teddy bears and their owners will be welcomed to blue-ginger all day on Sunday 18 November, and all those arriving with a bear will be presented with a complimentary chocolate brownie! There will be a bear corner where visiting bears can sit and chat together while their owners shop. Last year on our Teddy Bear Day we welcomed a very ancient bear who arrived tucked up in a shoe box, and was soon surrounded by bears of all ages. We think they enjoyed the chance of a ‘social’. So this year we’ve decided that as the blue-ginger event coincides with Children in Need, we’ll have a bear themed tombola to raise money for the charity. Malvern teddy bear maker Janis Waldron will be demonstrating the art of bear making, and she has created some bear and bunny

kits that will make excellent Christmas gifts. There will be some bearthemed artwork and gingerbread and chocolate bears on the menu. And throughout the day our resident storyteller, Dave, will be reading from his favourite bear stories and poems. The bears are getting so excited!

Teddy Bear Day takes place on Sunday 18 November at blue ginger gallery in Cradley from 10am - 5pm. More info from

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

Colwall Village Playgroup Contact: Rachel Huckle 01684 541142

Colwall Cricket Club

Colwall Golfers Contact: Derek Turner on 540318

Colwall Greener Contact: Robin on 01684 540 284 or visit

Colwall Ladies Club Contact: Liz Daniel on 01684 540904

Colwall Orchard Group Contact: Helen Stace on 01684 540569 or visit Colwall Rotary Club Contact: Alan Torbet on 01684 899227 or visit Malvern Baby Gym Club Contact: Claire Waghorn on 01684 540517 Colwall Probus Club Contact: Mike Paulson 01684 540108 or email 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: Colwall Mothers’ Union Contact: Dorothy Lockyear on 01684 540608

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All About West of the Hills November 2012  

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