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money, although that obviously helps. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.’ Cloudy2Clear service the Malvern, Worcester & Hereford areas and Paul is finding that his approach is a major

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Oct/Nov 2013

Welcome to the Oct/Nov edition of

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

Sascha McDonald, All About Local Magazines Ltd Colwall, Worcestershire WR13 6QN / 07906 573352 /

Editorial/Content: James McDonald - 07762 148355 Advertising: Tina Palmer - 07952 591031 Distribution: James McDonald - 07762 148355

Editor’s message

Warm greetings! This month we’ve had some extra help. Sophie Cockett from Ledbury wrote our main feature on the Colwall Players. Although still a student she’s busy working towards a possible career in journalism. You can read more about the Players’ forthcoming production on Page 6. It is that time of the year when the weather turns, days get shorter and the long winter is ahead of us. Luckily there is plenty going on locally to enjoy the Autumn in style. And do remember, the magazine is only part of what we do. We also have a busy website where you’ll find lots more ideas for activities and entertainment. Have a look at today! Enjoy the read.

All About West of the Hills is distributed to 7,000 homes and businesses.

Magazine design:

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Front page: Apple harvest in an orchard near Colwall photographed by All About Magazines

Advertiser Information Deadlines for the Dec/Jan 2013 issue:

Advertisement booking/cancellation: Thursday 7 Nov What’s On/Notice Board: Friday 8 Nov Advertisement copy: Friday 8 Nov 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 Players 6 Green Fingers 10 Recipe: Noodles 14 Photo Exhibition 18 Space for Creativity 24 Ann & Derek’s Travels 30 Notice Board 32 Market Theatre 36 Classes & Courses 41 What’s On 42 Malvern Theatre 44 Competition 44 Bonfire & Fireworks 49 Local Groups 49 & 51 Index 54

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are returning By Sophie Cockett The stage is set, lines have been learned and tickets are on sale. Once again the Colwall Players are ready to step out from behind the wings and into the limelight for their latest production: “A Small Family Business”, a play by Alan Ayckbourn. The Amateur Dramatic Society from Colwall aims to put on three shows a year, which are chosen to entertain. Many a comedy and “who-dunnit” have been produced since the Society started, but the group are not scared off by more serious, thought provoking drama, either. Past triumphs include last year’s “Mammals” by Amelia Bulmore, described by committee member Nigel Turner as a “challenging play”, along with “Table Manners” and “Frankenstein the Pantomime”. The shows are never huge, but the “mix of crowd pleasers and more challenging plays” attract beaming audiences from Colwall and the surrounding area. The Society’s members love to perform their work to audiences of up to 120 people in the familiar surroundings of Colwall Village Hall. One or two productions have been taken “on tour” in the past, but the village hall has been their home for over 30 years, and this is where they can often be found running through their lines, rehearsing and performing. Their new production, ‘A Small Family Business’ runs from the 31st October until 2nd November and promises to be a great night out. ‘It has a very wide appeal’ says Nigel Turner, ‘and we hope to attract everyone from teenagers through to OAPs. It’s not your typical pre-Christmas pantomime-style play of course, but it’s still a comedy promising lots of laughs.’


Originally ‘A Small Family Business’ was written in 1987 and premièred the same year at the National Theatre in London. After being reviewed very positively, it was voted by the Evening Standard newspaper as the best play of the year and went on to entertain audiences everywhere. The script has been revived many times since then, most recently in 2011. It is essentially a morality play, which shows that money corrupts everyone, even those who attempt to be honest in their dealings. One of the main characters, Jack McCracken is a businessman, happily married and successful. At the beginning of the play, the audience see him proudly accepting responsibility for the family firm, and we soon learn that his philosophy is to conduct all of his forthcoming business dealings with trust. After all, open and honest relationships have always been part of his family life. Things take a turn for the worse when Jack’s daughter is caught shoplifting, and the family business is exposed

as being corrupt. It seems things are no longer looking so rosy for Jack! His morals and high ideals are challenged, and as the play reaches its jaw dropping climax, he is faced with family corruption and a battle between private and public integrity. The story is sure to have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. The Colwall Players interpretation is directed by Andy Howie, who usually takes this slot every year due to his ‘flair for comedy’. He has directed ‘Table Manners’ and ‘Bedroom Farce’ in the past, so if you loved those then you are guaranteed to love this one too. As well as the three days when the play runs for the general public, a special performance is being put on for the members of the Colwall Rotary Club on the 30th October This performance is offered to the club’s members as a show and a dinner, and money raised from the ticket sales will go straight to a charity of the

club’s choice. According to Nigel Turner, they are a “large, cheerful audience” and it’s always a great evening. If this article has tickled your fancy, and you’re interested in becoming a member of the Colwall Players, then there’s a role among the players for everyone. Visit their website, www.colwallplayers. where you will find information about the society, future performances, and most importantly, membership details. The best part is that subscription costs are low at only £5 a year. This gives you the chance to either take to the stage, work behind the scenes, or even just enjoy the many social events which the group hold once a month. So for now, it’s time to say ‘break a leg’ to the cast of ‘A Small Family Business’, it promises to be a memorable production and we can’t wait to see it!

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‘Malvern - In and Around’ is an outdoor exhibition of views of the area taken by members of the Beacon Camera Club. Thirty large prints are on display along Church Walk and outside Waitrose Supermarket. Members of the public are being asked to vote for their favourite image by texting from their mobile phone, with a winner chosen towards the end of October. Among the images are iconic Malvern buildings such as the medieval Priory. There are amazing shots of the Hills in all seasons of the year, and stunning wildlife photography, sports photographs as well as pictures from events like last year’s Jubilee Celebrations. The idea behind the outdoor exhibition is to bring something different to the town centre, and has been organised with the help of Pulse Great Malvern, a project to bring more events to the town centre. “The aim is to encourage Waitrose shoppers to explore further, and discover our beautiful Town centre, ‘ says Anna Brook from Pulse, ‘and we are grateful for the support of their Branch Manager Scott Whitaker in allowing this event to happen. This is inspired by open air exhibitions in cities such as Bristol

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clearing space for creativity By Satya Robyn from Malvern We all need to have a creative outlet - a window, a space - so we don’t lose track of ourselves. ~ Norman Fischer Gardening, baking, drawing, dancing, writing, taking photos of the Malvern Hills… do you have any creative hobbies? Have you been thinking of taking up something creative? Do you give yourself enough time to be creative? Like most people I have lots of responsibilities in addition to being a writer. Sometimes I find it difficult to find the time to focus on my writing. Whenever I feel short of time, the writing seems to be the first thing to go. Something I’ve learnt over the years is how important it is to clear space for my writing. There’s always a huge list of ‘things to do’, threatening to push it out. My writing has only survived because I’ve learnt to fiercely protect it. If you also struggle with dedicating time to creativity, the following ideas will help you look at how you can clear space for yourself. One: Make a commitment - Before you go any further, think about why you want to clear space in the first place. How serious are you about your art? What does it give you? What are your goals? How much energy can you invest? If decided that it is important to you, then now is the time to make a formal commitment. You might want to have some fun with this and see it as a marriage – decide that you’re going to stick with your creativity in sickness and in health. Make this commitment public if you can – let your friends and family know how serious you are, start speaking about your creative work with pride. Honour your art and the artist in yourself. Two: Feed yourself - My own muse is needing plenty of feeding. This is an ongoing process and it needs different types of food depending on where I am in the process. Some of this food is immersing myself in other writer’s work, exploring different art forms (seeing good films, going to exhibitions), spending time alone with nature,


speaking with writer colleagues, attending writing festivals and writing a regular journal. Write your own list and dedicate some time each week to feeding your artist. If you do this, ideas will start appearing like tiny green shoots. Make sure you have a notebook handy at all times so you can jot/sketch these ideas down and use them in your work. Three: Turn up at the page - Here’s the important bit! I’m borrowing this phrase from Julia Cameron’s book, The Artists Way. She encourages artists to ‘turn up at the page’. It’s not enough that you work ‘when inspiration strikes’ – you need to be able to sit down and get on with it whether you’re in the mood or not. Practise this by booking time into your diary – start with ten minutes or half an hour. Spend this time on your art without fail. If you can’t get into your painting, then read what someone else thought about painting instead. If you can’t concentrate on the reading, then go for a walk and think about what you’re stuck on. Practise becoming disciplined. Four: Get supported - Being creative can be lonely, especially if your art involves you working by yourself. I’ve found that a support network is extremely important to keep me going. It can also be an important source of feedback. There are lots of different places to find your support network. There are often local classes or groups for writing, painting etc. The internet can be a fantastic resource. Or ask your friends if they know any artists, get in touch and ask them out for a coffee. Accept and give help. Have fun!

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.


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For more information, please contact Diana Church BPharm, DipASK

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For an appointment please call 07599 340 947 or 01684 891848 Health Professions Council registered

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Ledbury Carpets Interiors Tel: 01531634304

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Find us on display inside Ledbury Carpets | Open Mon - Sat: 9am- 5pm Visit the store on the Ledbury Bypass opposite the Full Pitcher

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Ann & Derek’s Travels Ann and Derek Carver from Cradley enjoy an active retirement. One of their favourite pastimes is adventure travel and on 12th October they’ll be giving a talk about their recent trip to Burma.

The country, officially called Myanmar, has only recently become more accessible to foreign visitors, and in autumn last year Ann and Derek went there on a four week visa. ‘The main thing we found difficult is that the country wants to develop fast, but the infrastructure isn’t there’ says Ann. ‘For example, there are no cashpoints and we couldn’t change any money except by using dollar notes at the bank. They were very particular, and wouldn’t accept a dirty note.’ ‘It’s still an inexpensive place for visitors’ continues Ann, ‘and the people are extremely friendly. We had no difficulties while travelling around, although we did have some adventures, and experienced an earthquake during our stay. On another occasion we were in a train and a couple of hours after leaving Rangoon it stopped for no obvious reason. After asking about our unscheduled stop, we were told it was to retrieve a carriage which had become uncoupled from the rest of the train!’

until they are in the country itself. ‘At most hotels we ask the staff to call ahead and book our next accommodation, which generally works very well. However, for a trip to the Golden Rock (a religious site) we decided to ring ourselves to book ahead. The hotel staff asked on the phone ‘Are you sure you’re coming?’ and we assured them ‘we’re British, if we say we’re coming, we’ll be there. Unfortunately when we got there, the hotel had double booked our room, and so we had to find somewhere else to stay.’ So far Ann & Derek’s talks have raised around £3,000 for charity, they’ve already book their next trip to Cambodia later this autumn.

Part of Ann and Derek’s philosophy of adventure travel is to remain flexible, and not to book ahead

Ann and Derek Carver’s illustrated talk on their travels in Burma takes place on 12th October, 7.30pm, at Cradley CE Primary School. Tickets cost £12.50 and include a meal. For tickets you can call 01886 880536 or they are available from Harpers Bazaar, Malvern Studios on Cowleigh Road, and the Event Organiser shop on Church Walk, all in Malvern.


Eugénie Cameron AIFP APFS Certs CII (MP&ER) Chartered Financial Planner Call: 01684 891768 Email:

New Company Start ups


• Savings and Investments

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• Pensions and Retirement Planning

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we are expanding We are pleased to welcome Graeme Gaston to our property team. Graeme has 25 years’ experience in residential conveyancing and is a strong addition to the firm. Graeme will be working alongside Zoë Green who specialises in commercial and residential property matters. There are real signs that the property market is improving and we have had a strong 12 months, both thanks to word-ofmouth referrals and repeat instructions from regular clients and their families. And we will continue to give our clients the best advice, suited to their needs. We have been providing property advice and assistance for generations and are determined to give all our clients the best service we can. If you are moving house, business premises, wish to refinance, or require any other property advice, please ask for either Zoë Green or Graeme Gaston to see how we can help.

We offer an initial 30 minute no-obligation consultation FREE OF CHARGE

• wills • probate • powers of attorney • trusts and tax • pre-marital and cohabitation agreements • conveyancing & property • commercial & agricultural • landlord & tenant • divorce & family breakdown • civil disputes Call us now on 01531 632377 We have free parking for all clients and visitors Worcester Road, Ledbury, HR8 1PN

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Notice board A Winter Bazaaar in aid of The Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust Saturday 9th November at St Katherine’s Hall in Ledbury, from 9.30am until 3pm, Admission is Free. Come and enjoy crafts & gifts for sale, a draw for a luxury hamper, bottle stall, home made refreshments as well as a display and sales stand by the Canal Trust.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL The late Charles Dickens toured the country giving 472 readings from his works and now a look-alike Charles will give a seasonal reading of that famous novel A Christmas Carol. Friday 22nd November, 7pm at The Market Theatre, Ledbury. Tickets: £10, which includes a festive drink & mince pie. To book call (01531) 635404. Raising money for St Michael’s Hospice.

Malvern Mumpreneurs We are a relaxed, informal group of mothers who meet monthly at the Wyche Innovation Centre, Walwyn Road, Upper Colwall, Malvern, the last Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm, to share the highs and lows of running a business alongside raising a family. All enterprising mums are welcome For information visit malvernmumpreneurs

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


Dec Deadline:

Fri 8 Nov 2013

Clothes, furniture, electrical and other small appliances, toys and bicycles all repaired FREE OF CHARGE Saturday 19 October & 16 November 10am - 2pm Malvern Cube, Albert Rd North

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in brings toge ther people with demen their carers tia & in a fun and social grou next sessio p. Our ns are: Pow ick Parish H & 23 Octob all on 9 er, 13 & 27 November 1.15pm, an 11.45amd Ledbury C ommunity H 16 October all on 2 & , 6 & 20 Nov ember 2-3. 30pm. For info rmation call Jo Weir 07803 11602 1

World Record Attempt! We are attempting to break the record for the longest line of bunting, to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

Join us on Saturday 5th October at Malvern Event Organiser on Church Walk

For more details call Mandi 07714 956757 OCTOBER 2013 ST PETERSBURG STRING QUARTET Purcell • Britten • Shostakovich ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC ChAMBER ORChESTRA Mozart • Elgar • Britten • Part ALDWYN VOICES & ALDWYN ChAMBER ENSEMBLE Purcell • Britten • Tippett Richard Rodney Bennett GABRIEL WOOLF with GEORGINA STALBOW Britten Cabaret Songs

Give your home the Wow Factor Traditional or contemporary, create a welcoming glow with a wood burning stove from Clover.

Clover supply and install a wide range of wood burning and multi fuel stoves such as handmade energy efficient stoves from Dean Forge and the contemporary styled Aduro and Invicto ranges. We will also complete any building work required and all associated chimney works to comply with HETAS regulations.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a free, no-obligation quote call us on 01531 631965 or email us at We want you to love the work we do for you and to love how we do it. Pichells Place, Wall Hills Farm, Hereford Road 33 To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2PR

01684 573109 DENTAL SURGERY

35 Graham Road, Malvern, WR14 2HU

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. Dr R. Bennett B.D.S. Dr S.R. Guilding B.D.S. Dr C.M. Bocking B.D.S. M.F.G.D.P. (UK)

Dr P. Kidman B.D.S. Dr R. Atkinson B.D.S.


Paul’s Plumbing

24 Hour Plumbing & Drainage

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76 The Homend, Ledbury HR8 1BX 01531 248312 34


Tue - Sat 9.30 -5.00

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20 Years Experience in the Plumbing & Drainage Industry

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Thank You!

Charlie and Gracie are sad to announce their retirement at the end of October 2013. It has been a great 3 years, and the local support for our venture has been fantastic, thank you so much. I will miss the business very much, but the girls really cannot keep on doing the miles.. all good things must come to an end! Thank you again. Jill

Happy Camper Holidays Call Jill Hudson 01684 893588

CRADLEY STOVES Installation & maintenance of woodburning and multifuel stoves For a free estimate call

07983 714 003

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October & November at the Theatre LIVE SHOWS Dave Cartwright & John Montague 130th Birthday Concert SAT 5th OCT 8pm - Tickets £12/students £8 We have a very full programme of events at The Theatre in October and November. Highlights are LADS production of ‘Girls Night’ when five old school friends meet up 30 years on and replay their lives in flashbacks. Song and dance renditions of seventies/ eighties favourites such as’ It’s Raining Men’ and ‘I Will Survive’ will surely have the audience dancing in the aisles. The Osiligi Maasai Warriors bring their UK tour to Ledbury. They are a sensation to watch and this is a unique opportunity to enjoy their natural rhythm and song while they raise money for their communities. Two Live screenings in November - Les Vepres Siciliennes. A great Verdi Opera brought to the Royal Opera House for the first time. Set in Sicily and conducted by Antonio Pappano. Then Shakespeare’s Richard II starring David Tennant, this will be our first live screening from Stratford-on- Avon. For full details of all our productions and films please see our Autumn brochure or go to


Tickets £4.50/students £2.50

Wed 2nd Oct - 10.30am Hyde Park on Hudson 2012 Fri 4th Oct - 8pm Silver Linings Playbook 2012 Fri 25th Oct - 8pm Under Milk Wood 1972 Friday 8th November - 8pm The Palace Beyond the Pines 2012 Wed 20th Nov - 10.30am Hitchcock 2013 Fri 29th Nov - 8pm The Great Gatsby 2013 Also Saturday 9th Nov,10.30am - 4.30 pm WEA Film Study Day. (Tickets £18/Film Club £17 booking essential 01531 633345)

LADS Presents ‘GIRLS NIGHT’ THURS –SAT 17th – 19th OCT 8pm. Tickets £10 /students £5

The Osiligi Maasai Warriors SAT 26th OCT 8pm - Tickets £13

‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ (Fetch Theatre Co.) SUN 27th OCT. 2.30pm. Tickets £6/ child £5

The Remi Harris Gypsy Jazz Project SAT 2nd NOV 8pm - Tickets £12

‘ Les Vepres Sisciliennes’ £15/over 60 & students £12.50 MON 4th NOV 5.45 pm (Live Screening - Royal Opera House)

Dr Teeth Big Band SAT 9th NOV 8pm - Tickets £12 / students £8

Clive John in Concert SAT 16th NOV 8pm - Tickets £16

‘Richard II’ - Live Screening from Stratford on Avon WED 13th NOV 7pm Tickets £15/over 60 & students £12.50

‘A Christmas Carol ‘ (A reading in aid of St Michael’s Hospice call 01531 635404) FRI 22nd NOV 7pm - Tickets £10 (includes drink and mince pie)

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 633760 or 07967 517 125


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Harcourt Design Associates

Architecture, Design & Surveying

Christopher F. Knock B.Sc. (Civil Engineering)

Architectural & Planning Consultant 30 years experience All aspects of Planning, Building Regulations and Listed Building Consent Applications

01531 635462

window cleaning services Call us today on:

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01886 880741 Robert Lambert 07527 300158 Pure water fed pole system A prompt, reliable and friendly service Environmentally friendly

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Symon Winter is listed in the Age UK (Age Concern) Trade Register


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

Tel: 01684 892777 Fax: 01684 577075

12 Upper Howsell Road Malvern WR14 1TL To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email


“Magnificent...” The Times Sept. 2013

“...a Tardis of local produce...”

Food and Farming Awards 2012/13 Best Drinks Producer. Opening hours: Mon - Thurs, 10am - 5:30pm Fri - Sat, 10am - 6pm


5a The Homend, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1BN tel: 01531 670263 follow us on facebook & twitter: @onceuponatree

Classes & Courses


Yoga Classes with Alexandra Jones

Mons 4.15pm: Holy Trinity, Link Top, Malvern (all) Mons 7.45pm: The Fold, Bransford (improvers) Weds 9.30am: Inner Place, Ledbury (improvers) Weds 11.15am: Inner Place, Ledbury (beginners)

Learn to move with the breath, a strengthening yet safe, effective yoga to reduce stress, improve the spine & deeply relax. FREE class with advert

07976 882252

IYENGAR YOGA Mon: The Ale House, Colwall 9.30 - 10.45 Adults / 11.00 - 12.00 Mini Yogis Mon: The Cube, Malvern 1.30 - 2.45 Adults Tue: Much Marcle Hall 1.30 - 2.45 Adults Contact 01684 560253 / 07743 928 784 / teaching and sharing yoga since 1994

Throughout the week in Malvern @ The Wheel of Life Centre, North Malvern Road

Classes run Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri, morning and evening classes. FLEXIBLE ATTENDANCE SYSTEM Call 01886 833826 or visit

Rehabilitation Pilates Mon 9.30 - 10.30 & 10.45 - 11.45 am @ The Cube

Mat Based Mixed Abilities Pilates Tues 7.45 - 8.45pm at The Chase School Fri 11.15 - 12.15 & 12.30 - 1.30pm @ Malvern Cube, Albert Rd North, Malvern

Contact 01684 566 076 / 07985 211 555 1 to 1 sessions available Free first session

Back to work? Then let us care for your children, in a homely, nurturing and friendly environment

Established in 1986 01684 563379 24 Abbey Road Malvern WR14 3HD

To advertise please call: Tina on 07952 591031 or email







& Fri 1 Nov - Small Business Breakfast 7.30-9am Blue Ginger Gallery, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley Social gathering for local business owners. New members welcome. £4 includes a very tasty breakfast. Bridge Starters’ Classes suitable for beginners and improvers, weekly at Ledbury Community Hall 5.30 - 6.30pm. £2.50 a session For information call Jan Paterson (01531) 670226 or just turn up

What’s on November


The No. 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra at Colwall Village Hall, raising funds for Colwall Orchard Group more details at


Arts Market & Farmers Market in Malvern 9.30am - 5.00pm, Great Malvern Priory Grounds and Abbey Road


Fairtrade Autumn Fair come and find a range of stalls selling fairly traded goods. Refreshments available At the Lyttelton Rooms, Great Malvern. Free entry


The Great Christmas Festival in Malvern including the Light Switch On, Crafts, Art, Food & Drink Markets, street entertainment and lots more


Christmas Lights Switch On in Ledbury including a Christmas Market, Brass Band, Choir and Santa’s Grotto.


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Worcestershire Saxophone Ensemble’s Quartet perform a varied repertoire from baroque to contemporary at Bosbury Church, Tickets: £8, under 16s free, call 07734 866108


Colwall Apple Day at Colwall Cricket Club, organised by the Colwall Orchard Group More details at



Quiz Night in aid of Bright Sparks pre-School teams of up to four members welcome! Tickets cost £12 and include food and a drink available from Kate Garner 07811 970381



& Sun 13 The Big Apple Weekend, Much Marcle lots of events and activities on and around farms and local cider mills. Entry is FREE Read more at



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Kongero, four Swedish singers perfom beautiful, pristine arrangements of traditional Scandinavian Folk Music Tickets: £10, call (01684) 540569 In aid of Colwall Orchard Group Italian Market in Malvern 9am – 5pm. On Abbey Road plus street entertainment on Belle Vue Island Malvern Charity Card Shop opens until Saturday 14th December selling Christmas Cards from more than 20 local and national charities. Mon to Fri from 10am-4pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm at Arcos, Hatherton Lodge, Avenue Rd, Malvern WR14 3AG



Dedication ceremony of the ‘Light up a Life’ tree at The Malvern Hills Hotel Organised by Colwall Rotary Club, raising money for St Michael’ Hospice Followed by a dedication ceremony at Colwall Coffee Lounge on 12 December. For information and to make a dedication, call (01684) 569862


Barnards Green Christmas Extravaganza in Malvern 9am until 5pm. With Santa Claus, live music, magician, puppet show, craft stalls and a fun pantomime quiz it promises to be a wonderful day’s entertainment



Many more What’s ons at:

Promote your Dec/Jan events: email or call 07762 148355 by Friday 8 November 2013 at the latest.



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What’s on The Ale House Adventures A series of talks on real life adventure & exploration

17 October: Celestial Horses - travels in Central Asia by Gill Suttle 24 October: Kashgar or Bust by Carol Pearce 31 October: A Portrait of Antarctica by Jonathan Walton 14 November: One World, One Music by Jane Fanshawe Refreshments available at each talk All proceeds in aid of St James church The Ale House, St. James Church, Colwall. Each Talk starts at 7.30pm £5 per talk or £15 for all four talks. Tickets available from: John Goodwin, Estate Agent, Colwall. The Parish Office, Colwall 01684 540330 Carol Pearce 07790 435942

Westons Visitor Centre

Bring this advert to the Natural Therapy stall on the day for a chance to win a FREE massage session in our prize draw!

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Westons Cider has been making cider in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle, since 1880. Join a tour and go behind the scenes to discover how your favourite cider is produced.







café/bar arts & crafts forgotten arts delicious food natural health covered market live music & dance children’s workshops green energy initiatives FREE Shuttle Bus from Worcester courtesy of First

01886 833633

The Fold, Bransford Worcester, WR6 5JB



Cider Mill Tours - 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm Cider Shop and FREE Tasting (over 18’s only) Scrumpy House Restaurant and Bottle Museum Tea Room Located on the A449 between Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye Open 7 days a week

Westons Cider, The Bounds, Much Marcle, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2NQ

T: 01531 660108

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Malvern Theatres News

Spectacular Family Pantomime at Malvern Theatres! Don’t miss the magical family pantomime Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs this Christmas at Malvern Theatres.

What’s on Competition

Win a family ticket to Snow White

Starring Sue Holderness as the Wicked Queen, best know as Marlene in Only Fools and Horses and The Green Green Grass, Chris Pizzey as Muddles, seen in The Basil Brush Show as Mr Stephen and Olivia Birchenough from Channel 5’s Milkshake!

All About West of the Hills has a family ticket (2+2) on offer for the opening night of Snow White, Thu 12 Dec, 7pm.*

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!

Email the answer plus your name, postcode and phone number to

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs is at Malvern Theatres from Thurs 12th December ’13 to Sun 5th Jan ’14. Tickets range from £8.95-£22.50. £2 concessions over 60s/unwaged. Under 16s £5 off. Groups of 10 or more 10% off. Booking fee applies. To book tickets call the box office on 01684 892 277 or visit

Please answer the following question: Q: Who plays the wicked queen?

Closing date: Thursday 31 October 2013 The winners will be drawn from the entries and notified by 1 November. Good luck! *For terms & conditions see our website

Country & Farmers Market Days Home-made, home-grown & hand-crafted Please visit the M.C.A.


Christmas Cards from over 20 National and Local Charities On sale at ARCOS Hatherton Lodge, Avenue Road, MALVERN WR14 3AG

Opens Tue 29 Oct until Sat 14 Dec Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm Saturday 10am to 1pm Organising Charities: Mission to Seafarers & Save the Children


Local Entrepreneurs Showcase & Sale Event Saturday 16 November, 12noon - 5pm Lyttelton Well Rooms, Great 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 Malvern Farmers Market - Saturday 19 Oct & 16 Nov 9am–2pm, Abbey Road, Malvern Cradley Farmers Market 1st Saturday every month, The Red Lion, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley, 11am - 2pm Ledbury Farmers Market 4th Friday every month, Next to the Market Hall, Ledbury, 9am - 2pm West Malvern & Colwall Community Market 9 - 11am, 1st Saturday every month, Wyche Innovation Centre, ! Walwyn Road, Upper Colwall WR13 6PL ew


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Greg Davies Wood Design

GENERAL BUILDING & MAINTENANCE Let me do the jobs you don’t have time to do or can’t do


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: Web:

Handyman Services

Lyndhurst, Bosbury Road, Cradley, Nr Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 5JA


SOS for

Homes & Gardens

Feeling fed up with those problem jobs, whether big or small, that never seem to get done? Wanting to keep your property in tip top condition?

SOS is here to help! Minor building works Household repairs & maintenance Gardening, lawns & hedges Interior & exterior decorating Patios & decking Listed Building Work The list is endless and so if in doubt and for a friendly professional approach please call Steve:

01886 880256 07545 004457

SOS is here to help!

And when we say we’ll be there - we’ll be there. WITH OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Just call for a quote References supplied

07976 647548

Rob Davies Plumbing & Heating

• Oil • Boiler breakdown/service/ maintenance • Boiler replacement/upgrade • Heating installation/upgrade • Central heating power flushing


For gas servicing and installation Contact Duanne 07773 395 803

Lady Decorator Katie Francis 26 Years Experience

Painting Papering Design Murals Colour advice 07780 504986

SRD Plumbing & Heating Services For all your plumbing needs... Stewart Reed-Darby

01684 300809 07729 081958

Plumbing & Bathrooms I.A.Brown Reliable, Friendly & Efficient

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All aspects of general plumbing Leadwork Bathroom design & installation Wall & floor tiling 24 Hour Emergency Service Free quotations • No call-out charge Mobile:

07847 718709

Lee Hankins 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

Carpenter and General Builder Property Maintenance All Aspects of building work undertaken Over 20 years experience

Free quotations For a fast and friendly service call Mark Humphreys

07774 773951 (Cradley)

Call me for a free quotation Mobile 07967 372085 Home 01684 540164

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West of the Hills

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


June/July 2013 Issue 47 - 7,000 copies

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Packed with ideas and events for Summer! Garden Tips

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What’s On in Worcester See page 14

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Ledbury Bonfire & Fireworks Saturday 2nd November from 6pm Ledbury Rotary Club once again presents its popular bonfire and fireworks display at Ledbury Park. Gates open at 6pm, the fire is lit at 6.30pm with the fireworks display taking place at 7pm. Food and drink will be available during the evening, tickets cost £10 each, or £20 for a family.

Fireworks Spectacular at Colwall CofE Primary School Saturday 9th November from 5pm Enjoy a great, safe, family evening out at this popular event, with an earlier fireworks display that has fewer loud bangs, designed especially for younger children. A second display takes place later in the evening. There’s plenty of traditional warming refreshments, hot food and bar selling locally brewed Black Pear, cider, mulled wine and

Bonfire & Fireworks Roundup soft drinks. There will be a hog roast and BBQ (vegetarian options available). There is a supervised sparkler zone selling sparklers and a glow zone selling glowing and flashing lights that this year can be used to join in with the fun glow-dance. will be a dynamic glowdance performed by the children and inviting audience participation. Tickets: £6 for adults, £3 for children, pre-school children are free, with all money going to benefit pupils at the school. Tickets are available on the gate or in advance from the School, the Colwall Coffee Lounge and John Goodwin’s local office. Colwall Primary School is on Colwall Green at the Ledbury end of the village (01684 540532).

Find more events like these at

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

Colwall Village Playgroup Contact: Sarah Jarratt 01684 541643,

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: Kate Allison on 01684 563563 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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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: Neil Bowen 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 Royal British Legion Club Contact: 07985 133691 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

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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

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All About West of the Hills Oct/Nov 2013  

Community magazine distributed for free to 7,000 homes and businesses in the area West of the Malvern Hills.

All About West of the Hills Oct/Nov 2013  

Community magazine distributed for free to 7,000 homes and businesses in the area West of the Malvern Hills.