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Local News Inside: Hogarths Stone Manor Restored with a Modern Twist Strength and mobility classes prove a success Bromsgrove Schools GECO Team success at YE ‘The Potting Shed’ opens at Singletons Nurseries Success for Stage Struck Kids Cupitt Jeweller Celebrates 70th Anniversary Local People

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Hello and welcome to the June 2016 edition of the Bromsgrove and Redditch Pages. Well it’s the referendum later this month on whether we should stay in or leave the European Union and guess what ENOUGH SAID ALREADY !!. On a much brighter note, I hope that everyone is really looking forward to spending more time in the garden, trips to the countryside and other local along the way ?.We are always happy to try and support our local community, so all feedback and opportunities to improve what we are supplying is greatly appreciated, thank you and keep it coming. and useful and don’t forget YOU can provide YOUR stories too ?. Wishing you all a great June and the referendum brings you the result you wish for ?. Until next month. Lyndon

Magazine Editor - Lyndon Stokes Telephone: 01527 531382 or 07972 000843 Email: A Selection of Local Stories and Information: Recipe Feature - Beef Barranca 5 Funnies 10 New Specialist Cleaning Service 12 Local News Notice Board 14&30 Sisters are doin’it for themselves 17 Bromsgrove Schools GECO success at YE 24&25 ‘The Potting Shed’ opens at Singletons Nurseries 28 You’re Joking 35 Success for Stage Struck Kids 38 Hogarths Stone Manor 44&45 Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in printing of the advert. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. Bromsgrove and Redditch Pages does not endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publicaion may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form without the prior consent of the publisher.



BEEF BARRANCA Salvatore Barranca has been a personality in the restaurant at Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel for over 15 years. His modern British style of cooking is enjoyed by everyone who visits the hotelʼs Dining Room. Beef Barranca is a flambé dish named after Barranca himself in recognition of his hard work and reputation with the hotelʼs regular customers.


• 2 oz. Beef Medallions • Diced onions • 1/4 mushrooms • A jug of thin red wine jus • Double cream • Worcestershire sauce • Salt and Pepper • Sherry • Vodka • Seasonal Vegetables • Sauté New Potatoes

METHOD Seal the beef medallions. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and place to one side. Add onions and mushrooms and sauté off. Add vodka and reduce. Flame with sherry, adding thin jus afterwards. Reduce by half and add the cream. Season and return beef to the pan to cook to your preference. Serve in the middle of the plate with a pot of seasonal vegetables and a pot of saute potatoes.

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Making Life Easier you’re Buying, Thomas GuiseifSolicitors “Lawyers you can to” Selling, Leasing or talk Auctioning Making Life Easier -ifLawyers you’reyou Buying, Thomas Guise Solicitors can talk to Selling, Leasing or Auctioning

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At Thomas Guise Solicitors our goal is to make your life easier when it comes to buying, selling, leasing and auctioning residential property. With extensive experience dealing with property matters throughout England and Wales, we take the legal burden off your shoulders so you can focus on the other aspects of moving house. You will have a dedicated point of contact thatʼs always around to answer any question – no matter how small. And if you live far away or are unable to attend face-to-face meetings we provide a full legal report in plain English that highlights the important points of the transaction – so there are no surprises.

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New Specialist Cleaning Service Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery & Hard Floors Darren Varney has been in the furniture and flooring industry for 30 years and has gained a reputation for friendly, hassle free customer service - for all domestic and commercial clients.

Darren now lives in Webheath, Redditch, with his wife Annette and Harry the Yorkshire Terrier his children have flown the nest! You may already know Darren from his former company Safeclean which operated in Bromsgrove and Redditch areas for 15 years and advertised in this magazine. He has now set up 驶Darren Varney Interiors始 which is a specialist cleaning service for upholstery, carpets, rugs and all types of hard floors.

All work carried out is fully insured with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Using the latest machinery and techniques Darren is confident you will be delighted with all work that is carried out. The service covers the Worcestershire area including Redditch, Bromsgrove, Barnt Green, Blackwell, Alvechurch, Lickey, Catshill, Aston Fields, Astwood Bank and Studley. For a fresher living and working environment, contact Darren to arrange a free no-obligation quotation: 01527 402922 07808 778169 sales@darrenvarneyinteriors.

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Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves Ladies Night at Broad Street DIY

Broad Street DIY, Bromsgrove, will be hosting its next Ladies Night event on Wednesday 29th June, from 6pm. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments on arrival and the first 30 ladies through the door will receive a free goody bag. There will be a number of live demonstrations, including tiling by DIY TV celebrity Huntley Thawe; MitreFast bonding by Tony Warren; silicone hints and tips by Pete Shepherd; electrical advice by Scott Blunn. Pip Everard from My Wall will be available for anyone whoʼs interested in bespoke wallpaper for the home or business premises. Staff and DIY experts will also be on hand to answer questions about specific jobs.

Everyone attending will automatically be entered into a free prize draw, with the opportunity to buy additional tickets. All proceeds being donated to Broad Street DIYʼs chosen charity for 2016 Chadsgrove Special Education School. Prizes include Afternoon High Tea for 2 at Singletons Nurseryʼs ʻPotting Shedʼ, 2 x £10 vouchers for Banners, and a pink wheelbarrow. There will be a 10% discount on all purchases made on the night (subject to certain terms and conditions). This hugely popular event is free to attend but numbers are limited. Pre-registering is essential If youʼre interested in attending please register by email as soon as possible:

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An established business with a clear vision for the future

Glassier Window Systems Ltd was established in 1982 by Howard Nicholls. The business has successfully built an enviable reputation for customer focus, quality and service.

At the site, Nick is wonderfully supported by Kathy and Linda, who ensure customers are always greeted with a happy smiling face, impeccable customer service and a lovely cup of tea!

2014 saw Glassier expand into the Warren Exhibition Centre on Worcester Road, Bromsgrove. Since then the business has worked incredibly hard to offer a show site that embraces new and innovative products in the market.

The head office, in Drakes Broughton, is also home to a variety of state of the art windows, doors and conservatories, as well as a skilled in-house small works building division.

The Upton Warren team is led by Nick Robinson, who has vast experience and will cater for a customer始s every need. Nick has worked in the industry for 19 years where he has honed an unrivaled reputation for knowledge, customer service and insight. Customers have returned to Nick time and again throughout his career, trusting him with their next home improvement project.

Glassier do not believe in pretend offers, buy one get one free deals or spurious claims. Its reputation, is built on a solid foundation of honesty, integrity, customer care and top quality craftsmanship. As such it aims to give customers great value for money every single time. 01905 841900 (Drakes Broughton) 01527 874797 (Upton Warren)

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Bromsgrove School’s GECO team win 2016 Regional Young Enterprise Presentation Award Bromsgrove School's Young Enterprise team competed at the Regional Final, held in Worcester on Thursday 28th April. The Bromsgrove team had progressed through to the Regional Finals after a very strong performance in the area competition, where they won an amazing five awards. In all, 47 schools competed for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire region titles.


I am extremely proud of GECO; all of the team members dedicated a significant amount of time to running their business and always faced adversity with positivity and creativity. Many business lessons have been learned over the course of the year, as well as earning themselves a respectable amount of profit too. I am certain that I have witnessed some successful business people of the future in action.

Joanne Williams Bromsgrove School teacher and Young Enterprise Centre Lead


Team ʻGecoʼ, were supported through their efforts during the year by local businesses representatives Lyndon Stokes (The Best of Bromsgrove) and Kam Rai (Kip McGrath). The two advisors helped them to build their brand and really hone their business skills. The team performed extremely well at the Regional Finals and despite not progressing through to the next level of the competition they were delighted to be awarded the Best Presentation of the evening.

William Bassett, one of the four judges of the competition, presenting team ʻGECOʼ with one of their five awards – this one the ʻBest Company Awardʼ. William Bassett works in public and commercial areas of social care.


Coughton Court is delighted to announce the return of the annual duck race along the River Arrow alongside an exciting array of activities for families to enjoy in the great outdoors on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.

The Duck Race Sat 18 – Sun 19 June, 2pm Celebrate Father’s Day and sponsor a duck at Coughton’s traditional duck race down the River Arrow, plus traditional games for families. Coughton Village Summer Fete Sat 9 July, 12noon – 4pm Traditional stalls, games and competitions on the lawn to raise money for local causes. Much Ado About Nothing Fri 22 July, Gates open 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men performs this Shakespeare classic in the beautiful gardens of Coughton, bring a picnic.

To book tickets please call 0844 249 1895

The Coughton annual duck race is a favourite for families and is back this year by popular demand. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day and sponsor a duck at Coughton’s unique outdoor event. Get all the family together, pick a numbered duck and watch its quest down the River Arrow. Visitors can also enjoy a gentle woodland walk and a whole host of traditional outdoor toys will be available for families to enjoy in the fresh air. The restaurant will be open for visitors to enjoy a hot lunch, afternoon tea or a traditional ice cream cone in a variety of delicious flavours. New for this summer families can also come and explore our new Natural Play Trail through the woodland. Based on the events of the Gunpowder Plot children can grab a hobby horse and gallop across the field, pretend to be royalty as they sit on the oversized throne and have their photo taken with our Guy Fawkes ‘Wanted’ posters. Story panels will guide them around the woodland where they will learn the story of the plotters and have fun in the great out-

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EDWARDS Car Repairs Your Local Car Repair & Servicing Specialist We are a Family run Business which has been established since 1988 Repairs & Servicing MOT Work Welding to MOT standard All makes of Vehicles ALL WORK GUARANTEED

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The Potting Shed Café & Restaurant

NEW at Singletons Nurseries

The opening of a new café and restaurant at Singletons Nurseries in Bromsgrove brings a delightful new venue to the local area - the perfect place to eat, drink and relax. The Potting Shed opened on April 11. It offers plenty of rustic charm with itʼs well crafted wooden interior, which is offset beautifully by a combination of crystal chandeliers and contemporary lighting. The extensive menu, available from 9am until 4.30pm seven days a week, features breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas, cakes and Sunday lunch. Hot food is served until 3.00pm. Sunday lunch is already proving very popular. The traditional roast dinner offers succulent locally

sourced meats and seasonal vegetables, with all the trimmings. Diners can take their own wine to accompany their meal. Afternoon high tea is also receiving great reviews. Available 12 noon - 4pm, visitors can enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones and cakes with locally sourced preserves and unlimited tea or coffee - served on vintage china. Minimum 2 people and pre-booking is essential with 24 hours notice. Craft Workshops The venue is also offering regular craft workshops hosted by Jayne Andrews, a local artist, designer and tutor. Places are limited and pre-booking is required. For more details or bookings please call: 0121 453 1562.

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Established in 1947, Singletons is a specialist, award-winning horticultural nursery, open to the public. With a strong local reputation, Singletons offers quality, home grown plants and professional advice on all aspects of growing and plant maintenance. Nursery Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday: 8.00am - 5.00pm Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Enjoy rustic charm and delicious food at The Potting Shed CafĂŠ and Restaurant, NOW OPEN at Singletons Nurseries.

For opening times & reservations call 0121 453 1562

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Join the Artrix Team Artrix in Bromsgrove is an awardwinning arts centre which attracts over 500,000 visitors every year. The centre couldnʼt operate without a dedicated team of volunteers who run front of house, operate the café/bar and help with ushering and fundraising. The Artrix is currently looking for new volunteers to carry out a variety of roles. If you think you’d like to be part of a friendly, hard-working team in a thriving arts centre, contact Vicky Cieciora, General Manager, on

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Success for Stage Struck Kids

Students from the Bromsgrove Stagecoach school are celebrating following their excellent results for solo exams in Musical Theatre and Individual Acting Skills. 31 children performed individually before an external examiner from Trinity College London. Each student performed prerehearsed material before being given a number of improvisation tasks and a brief interview by the examiner. All of the children passed with sixteen awarded merit and twelve gaining the highest attainment possible – distinction. Trinityʼs Grade 6 - 8 exams can contribute towards higher education through the allocation of UCAS points.

Eleven year old Cameron Dews, who has attended Stagecoach for seven years, achieved the highest mark of all those who took part, with an impressive score of 93%. “I was feeling poorly on the day of the exam but I didnʼt want to miss it,” says Cameron. “I was really nervous when I first started at Stagecoach but Iʼm much more confident now and love the classes.” Principal James Suckling adds: “Performance classes are a wonderful way to help develop greater self confidence whilst improving communication skills.” For details of classes call James on 01926 651159 or email

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Family Business Celebrates 70th Anniversary

YEARS 1946 - 2016

Cupitt Jeweller, Bromsgrove’s longest established family jewellers, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The business has been run by Åsa Cupitt since the sad passing of her husband, Simon, in 2013. She has given the shop a fresh new look, re-opened the onsite workshop and created a stylishly relaxing wedding and commissions room. Northern Lights

Are you 70 years old this month?

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Cupitt is launching a brand new jewellery collection this month. ʻNorthern Lightsʼ is a collection of ten different styles of platinum and diamond solitaire engagement rings, which were designed at Cupittʼs workshop and cast in Birmingham.

The shop is running a special competition, open to anyone who is seventy years old in June. So if you share your birthday with the likes of Downton Abbey star Penelope Wilton, musician Noddy Holder, or Scottish actor Brian Cox (all born in June 1946), simply pop into Cupittʼs shop on The Strand and register your details.

The collection allows customers the flexibility to create their own special ring, reflecting personal choice, style and budget. During a consultation customers can choose the design and stone the brilliant cut diamonds range from 0.25ct upward. The ring is then made to order, which usually takes between 2 days and a week.

One lucky winner will be selected at random to receive a Platinum £70 voucher to spend at Cupitts. Proof of DOB will be required. Everyone who registers their details in the shop, between June 1 and 30, will receive a miniature chocolate champagne bottle, as a birthday gift.

For more details call Cupitt For moreon: details call Cupitt Jeweller 01527 873021. Jeweller on: 01527 873021.

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Classes to help those who’ve had a fall One year on and Strength and Mobility classes across the district are still going strong but more residents are being urged to get involved. The Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire (SPHW) in partnership with Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough Councils have been running strength and balance classes for just over a year - designed to help anyone who has had a fall or feels unsteady on their feet. The classes are designed to improve peopleʼs strength and balance whilst increasing confidence to become more active. Hour-long classes are held in community venues across Redditch and Bromsgrove. SPHW, the council and class instructors, are calling for more residents to get involved to improve their health, stability and independence and avoid becoming a statistic. With 30 per cent of over 65ʼs who live in the community falling each year – there could be as many as 32,000 older people falling in Worcestershire every year.

By 2025 it is estimated that there will be 8,700 falls in Bromsgrove and in Redditch 6,000. Strength and balance class instructor Holly Cook, said: “The classes are designed to help improve participantsʼ muscles and bone strength as well as their balance and stability. The classes can have a big impact on the participantsʼ confidence, which in turn can help in reducing the number of falls they have but also to enable them to live more independently. The classes can have a great social element to them as well allowing them to meet new people and make friends.” In Redditch and Bromsgrove there are currently ten strength and balance classes. If you are interested you can self-refer by contacting Redditch and Bromsgrove Council on: 01527 881404 or speak to your GP.

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Perfect food for summer dining The Wildmoor Oak, near Bromsgrove, offers plenty of delicious dishes, perfect for the long hot summer weʼve been promised. Fish and seafood feature on the main menu and Caribbean seasonal specials board, including a Chicken bucket of whitebait, salmon supreme ʻAckee and Saltfishʼ, or choose from and Wildmoor fish Fettuccini. six other options including Caribbean chicken and Tobago Medley. Award winning chef Lorenzo

Richards also offers contemporary international cuisine - such as the authentic taste of Italy with his Pesto alla Genovese, as well as various West Indian specialities. Taste the Tropics with Lorenzoʼs signature dish

Dine al fresco on the patio or in the garden by a little stream, or enjoy the rustic charm of the Wildmoor Oakʼs relaxing interior.

WAKE UP... to feeling great A wide range of morning exercise classes are available at the Dolphin Centre, Bromsgrove.

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The stunning Pump Rooms

The Dining Room

Executive Bedroom

The Hive Bar

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Hogarths Stone Manor Restored with a Modern Twist When Andy and Helena Hogarths purchased Stone Manor from the Dunn family, in February 2015, it was widely assumed that nothing would change. However, the new owners had great plans for the hotel and a refurbishment project was scheduled for early 2016. Prior to embarking on the main project the landscaped grounds and gardens were enhanced, the outdoor swimming pool was filled in and the stunning “Pump Rooms” (an outdoor events and wedding venue) was created. The interior of the hotel was refreshed and cleaned. Following this work, in January 2016, half the hotel was closed and the refurbishment of the bedrooms, reception and public areas commenced. This work will be completed by the end of May. Guests visiting the hotel can now enjoy the stylish new Dining Room, the bar - renamed “The Hive”, and relax for a quintessential English afternoon tea experience served in “The Burrow” (which was previously the rather ʻtiredʼ residentsʼ lounge).

The hotelʼs conference, meeting and function rooms have also been refurbished. Whether you want a private room for two people for interviews or are planning a function for 100 people, Stone Manor has the facilities to meet your requirements. Weddings have endless options now - indoor and outdoor, civil ceremony, and celebrations. As part of Visit Britainʼs celebration of Capability Brown, Hogarths Stone Manor have embraced “Year of the English Garden”. There is an exciting programme of events planned throughout 2016 - from Jazz on the Lawn in June to intimate tours of the gardens by the head gardener, followed by lunch in the Dining Room. For more details please call: 01562 777555 or visit the website

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Chill Skills Help Children Prepare for SATs Children at a number of Worcestershire schools benefited from learning ‘Chill Skills’ as they prepared for their SATs in May.

Donna Davis Go Wellbeing CIC

Go Wellbeing CIC, based in Kidderminster, offers the Chill Skills programme to help promote a positive mental attitude, whilst providing students with important coping strategies. Students are introduced to techniques to help them overcome anxieties and improve concentration and confidence, helping them to feel calmer and so reach their personal potential.

The 3 weekly sessions include relaxation breathing, visualisation, peer massage, the ʻthought / feeling / take controlʼ triangle, and an understanding of what happens to the body when people feel under pressure.

Teaching staff also recognise the benefits of the Programme. A teacher from a Worcestershire Primary School commented: “The children became more aware of their thoughts and feelings and how to manage them.”

A class of 28 Year 6 children participated in the Chill Skills programme at a school in Stourport on Severn. Afterwards, 20 of the children said they felt confident and ready to sit their SATs. Six said they felt better about the SATs and only two expressed ongoing concerns about the tests. One child at a Kidderminster primary school said: “It was amazing and I would like to do it again.”

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