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Contents: Focus on Bewdley Local Wedding Focus on Bewdley Community Notices & Recruitment Local Motoring Local Health Local Style Local Author Local Business Puzzle Corner Gardening Calendar Local Marketplace

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Publisher: Whyte Knyght Creative Editor: Robert Cooper Features and Editorial: 01299 402094 Advertising: 01299 402094 Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. Whyte Knyght Creative does not officially endorse any advertising material included in this publication. Your Local Times is a trademark of Whyte Knyght Creative. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - electronic, mechanical, photocopied or recorded without prior permission of the publisher.

Welcome… The events and attractions in Bewdley are in full swing now that the summer has arrived and I hope the weather will be kind to the tourists who visit. I have been to a couple of the National Garden open days including Little Larford last month and will be going there this month for ‘Lily Time’ on the 19th of July. I hope the gardening calendar supplied by Whitlenge Gardens of Hartlebury was a help to all you budding gardeners and we will be updating this every month. My passion for classic cars and steam trains has overtaken me this month and as the Le-Mans 24 hour race was on in June I decided to put the photograph of a 1953 Jaguar C-type on the front cover. I shall no doubt be attending the Severn Valley 1940’s weekends where more photographs will be taken of the enthusiasts who dress up for this great event. Bewdley should be proud of its tourist attractions and I will be charting the history of the Severn Valley Railway in future issues. I have received many emails of support for the magazine and will publish as many letters about your events and local issues as I can. I would like to welcome Matt Allsopp, who has lived in Bewdley for many years, to my team as Sales Manager. Distribution is now improving and many more residents and businesses are now receiving the magazine. I shall be updating the web site over the next few months to make it more interactive for both the advertisers and the readers, which will be very exciting. Keep your letters coming in about Bewdley and the surrounding areas.

Robert Cooper Editor

Front cover: Jaguar XK C-type Replica. Photograph by Robert Cooper



Focus on Bewdley

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Cricket in Bewdley Forget the twenty twenty games with overpaid primadonas of international cricket and look at the local Bewdley six a side competition between the pubs and clubs.

Whether you are a cricket fan or not it doesn’t matter. Just enjoy the day. Programmes are available on the day with raffle prizes and starts at 10 am and the final is at 6 pm.

Twelve teams compete for the ‘bragging’ rights to be the champion for twelve months when the ritual will begin all over again. The annual event takes place at the town’s cricket club situated at the end of High Street and is part of Bewdley’s social calendar. There is something for all to enjoy with a pig roast, bouncy castle and face painting for the children, wet sponge and egg throwing and catching competitions to become Bewdley Champions. You are welcome to bring your barbecue or picnic so let’s hope the sun shines on this great occasion.

Bewdley Regatta As one of the largest inland river regattas in the country, Bewdley Rowing Club’s Annual 2 Day Regatta is the showcase event for the club. Attracting over five hundred competitors and many more coaches and spectators from about 40 clubs across the UK, Bewdley Regatta weekend is a major event for the town, and this year will be no exception. The event will take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July and the club is expecting an even higher turnout this year due to the success they had last year. Crews of all ages and experience will compete against crews of similar status to win a much coveted Bewdley Rowing Club pewter tankard or ‘pot’ as they are referred to. Each day the racing will start shortly after 8am and continue right through the day until about 6pm often with over 300 crews each day battling it out for the prize. Traditionally Saturday’s course is 800 meters long, with Sunday being called the Sprint Regatta over a shorter 600 meter course and this year will be no exception. Although there are many regattas held at other clubs throughout the year, the combination of timing – the Bewdley event runs shortly after all the major national events have be held – the locality of the town, and the friendly atmosphere of the club all ensure that Bewdley’s


regatta is a fixed event in many rowers calendars for being as competitive as it is enjoyable. Many rowers camp for the weekend staying to enjoy the Club’s own disco held on the Saturday night, as well as the many pubs and restaurants in the town. However it’s not only the competitors who look forward to Bewdley Regatta each year as the many spectators who come with the competitors or from the local area are able to have some of the best views available at any regatta. Naturally the club and pubs running along the side of the river are a focal point for many, but there are many who prefer to picnic along the grassy river banks making it a family day out. There are also opportunities for business and individuals to sponsor races which allows access to the Sponsor’s enclosure where complimentary refreshments and food are served throughout the day for the sponsors and their guests. Sponsorship is not very expensive and can make a gteat day out very special indeed. If you would like more information about sponsorship, the regatta or Bewdley Rowing Club you can contact the club’s Regatta Secretary by email at or visit the club’s website at

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The Groom It is the Bride’s big day with the mother of the bride and her consorts directing the well-choreographed event in order that her daughter has a memorable day. But what is the role of the groom? Rumour has it that he is ‘just supposed to turn up’ for this happy day but the planning stage has been underway long before the parents were dutifully informed of the impending event. You have asked the girl of your dreams to marry you and she has said yes, so you now investigate how much it is all going to cost. Traditionally the Bride’s father pays for most of the wedding, however more couples like to take control of the wedding plans and receive a contribution towards the cost by both parents. The Bride’s father will still expect to pay for a large percent of the wedding but before you start arranging what you want it is a good idea to sit down and work out what you can afford. If you are funding this yourself then remember it should be the best day of your lives, however, there are other days afterwards and you need money to live on, so budget wisely and don’t over commit. If you are getting contributions then you must settle on a figure, some parents decide to pay for a specific part of the wedding. The financial part of the wedding usually causes the most stress and tension between families than any other part, that’s why budgeting is so important. 
 Now we have got that out of the way the next thing is to is decide the date and venues, having said that it’s not that easy. First you have to choose what type of ceremony and where you want it then you will have to find out what dates are available. The chances are if you go for a weekday you are more likely to book the venue you want and be closer to your original date that you had planned for your wedding. Also tying in a venue for your reception should be easier and this also could save your budget as midweek or out of season booking should be slightly cheaper as most venues will be happy to take the additional booking midweek. The main drawback would be with guests having organize a weekday wedding. If you decide on a weekend wedding then book early, as this will give you more choice. Another possible argument waiting to happen is the guest list. Depending on who’s paying, and also your budget, will decide roughly how many guests you can invite. There needs to be an even balance between both parties. As a rough guide immediate family down to cousins are usually placed straight on the list then most parents have friends of the family who they must invite and then there are joint friends of the couple and close friends of the bride and close friends of the grooms, then you can also add work colleges and additional acquaintances to the end of the list depending on the budget. Break the list down to


who attends the service, this usually goes down to family and close friends and work colleges. The main reception depends on budget, however as a guide this would be family and close friends followed by an informal reception in the evening for all the rest of your friends and colleges to come along. Some couples decide to have one reception in the form of a stand up buffet; this usually brings the price down per head so that they can invite more people. Choosing the Best Man, in theory should be easy; you choose your brother or your closest friend, tell them to write a witty speech and that’s that, however there’s more to being a Best Man as there is quite a bit of responsibility and you will need someone who is level headed to take on the role. The best man is usually involved right from the start as this ensures that someone else knows what is supposed to be happening. He will also liaise with the ushers in organizing their roles and arranging who is available for the rehearsals, choosing your outfits and the collection of them, if hired. On the day itself he will be on hand to make sure you are ready and will try to keep you calm, although he is more than likely to be as nervous as you. If you are going on honeymoon he will take charge of your luggage and passports and should have the ring somewhere safe. His main responsibility is to get you to the service on time, early if possible and will now dart around making sure all the ushers are there and all is running smoothly then back at your side as the bride appears. After the ceremony he will make his way to the reception ahead of you to make sure everything is ready for your arrival. He will then attend to his duties during the reception including the traditional witty speech and lastly make sure you leave on time. The stag night is organized by the best man however it is a good idea to have some form of input, but consider having it a few days before the wedding as you need to turn up looking like the man your fiancée fell in love with when you first met. Well, all that’s left is to choose your outfit, the rings and book your honeymoon destination. Another pint landlord, please!

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Riverside Children’s Centre The new Riverside Children’s Centre is located in Stourport Road, Bewdley (next to the new site for Bewdley Primary School). Our centre offers free activities for families with under-5s living in and around Bewdley; please see programme attached above. We also take activities into existing preschool settings and run groups in community centres across our catchment area.

We are expanding our programme and would like to invite new volunteers to help us with admin and/or family activities. Becoming a Barnardo’s Volunteer offers an opportunity to undertake work experience and receive Barnardo’s Induction; training and ongoing support that will contribute to the individual’s CV and all volunteers will become valued members of our team, sharing our achievements.

Recruitment Opportunity Barnardo’s: We believe in children - and you are invited to have an important role in achieving the best possible outcomes for them by becoming a Barnardo’s Volunteer at Riverside Children’s Centre in Bewdley. We aim to make a positive difference to all local families with under5s by providing free activities that meet identified local needs. As a volunteer and valued member of our team, you will liaise closely with parents, carers and the local community to encourage their participation in the wide range of exciting activities held at our children’s centre. You’ll promote our services, support us during stay & play sessions and answer the telephone, use the photocopier and greet parents on arrival. You’ll also have opportunities to help us to identify local needs and to carry out relevant research to show the outcome of our activities on local families with under-5s. Relevant experience of working with parents and/or children aged under-5 is preferable together with an understanding of partnership working and the ability to be a good team player. For more detail, please contact Alvynne Curley, Riverside Children’s Centre Manager, or Viv Lawson, Project Administrator on 01299 409169 10


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Community Notices & Recruitment

See Saw Parent, Baby & Toddler Group

Every Thursday 8.45 to 11.15a.m. Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley 0 to school age – cost £1 50p. to include refreshment, crafts etc.    Contact Diane Chater

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Garden Open day on the 5th of July 2009 There will be 10 gardens to view for a total cost of only £3.00 per person. Come and see what can be accomplished in a small area or even in a large one. Gardens are in and around Kidderminster Cookley Stourport and Bewdley. Tickets available from each of the gardens ring 0156269115 or 01562631001 for your nearest garden or buy a ticket from John Beards shop, Market Street, Kidderminster. We made over £3,000 for charity last year and would like to improve on this for 2009. Hope the weather is better than last year. We have raised almost £30,000 over the last 10 years. 12


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The Wyre Forest Nightstop has an appeal for host families for young homeless people. We are trying to reach as much of the community as we can in order to help local young people. Please let me know if you can help.   Kind regards Annie Watters Wyre Forest Nightstop Project Co-ordinator  

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Local Motoring


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Le Mans and Glory for Jaguar In the 1950’s Jaguar was still a new and small company in global terms and most of its racing credentials had come from privateer racers who owned and raced Jaguars. Success with the Jaguar XK 120 Roadster in racing was now being overtaken by the continental racing cars with their streamlined bodywork and backing from the larger motor manufacturers. It was clear the XK 120 was now obsolete and William Lyons and chief engineer Bill Haynes embarked on the crusade for the Jaguar Company to win the Le Mans twentyfour hour race and capitalise on its worldwide publicity. In secret and using its close-knit loyal staff of engineers it came up with the winning formula of the Jaguar XK 120 C. Its slippery sleek aluminium crafted bodywork over a steel tubular chassis frame used the same engine as the XK 120. The suspension, although modified, still used the fashionable torsion bars and the drum brakes. Its two seats were wedged between the side frames of the chassis and the prop shaft tunnel categorised it as a sports racing car.

Improvements were made to the XK 120 engine with its 3/8 inch lift cam shafts, 8-to-1 Aerolite pistons which on test produced 184bhp at 5500rpm. Staggering to think today the average family saloon car produces this and the average sports car is in excess of 250 bhp but in the race for titles bhp counted. Tyres of 600x16 inch buffed R1 racing tyres, which were supplied by Dunlop, were set to a pressure of 55lbs per square inch. Incredible how a company with limited resources could achieve the accolade of winning the Le-Mans 24 hour race not only in 1951 but in 1953 where the first three cars home were all Jaguar C-types. Jaguar went on to produce for the public the C-type after its famous victory when a total of 54 cars, including the factory cars, were produced. No wonder enthusiasts wanted these cars and now the price is beyond the average person’s reach. An original car at auction would sell today for more than a million pounds, which is why, in the 1980’s, a few enthusiasts built replicas of the 1953 racing cars. With the introduction of disc brakes and the 3.8 litre engines, companies succeeded in producing a replica mainly from original parts of the XK 120 Roadster and drop head vehicles which were being broken for spares. Little did we know these would become icons to be collected and preserved. Many replicas bore the distinction of a kit car with the fibreglass body and the modern mechanics from the Jaguar XJ saloons but the few purists who crafted a true replica can be proud of the heritage they have left.

Replica of a 1953 Jaguar C-Type built in 1985 having an all aluminium body and mechanics from genuine XK 120 built by Autech Classic Cars. Photograph by Robert Cooper.



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Sue MacLusky - Soothe Out Stress Experienced Massage Specialist Sue MacLusky works from three different centres in the Wyre Forest area. She divides her time between Body Balance in Stourbridge, The FAB Clinic in Kidderminster and at The Worralls Grove Riverside Retreat in Upper Arley near Kidderminster. Next month Sue is running a special day of ‘Dynamic Massage’ at Worralls Grove. Enjoy a hands-on day to rejuvenate your body, release your tension and re-energise your whole being. The day is open to anyone who would like to learn how to massage at home. Date: Sunday 2nd August Cost: £65. includes a delicious 2-course home cooked lunch & use of hydrotherapy pool. *spaces limited so book early*

“I’m passionate about the work that I do because Massage can be life changing - come on my course if you want to treat yourself to a fantastic day out learning how giving a massage can make you feel energised!” Sue is a full time therapist and owner of ‘Soothe Out Stress’ ( Having trained with TouchPro Uk in London, Sue is also qualified in a wide range of therapies from Hot Stone to Sports to Reflexology. Sue also has a special interest in ‘Injury Prevention Massage’ and runs training courses to help other therapists protect themselves. Special July Offer: If you mention this ad. you can have a special introductory back massage for £20. Contact Sue on 07810 578075 or at The FAB Clinic 01562 740840

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An Organic Experience James At It Salons, Bewdley, established for eight years, are newly refurbished and reintroducing themselves to the community with a promise to deliver an organic experience!

or colour technician, book an appointment, or simply call in to have a look round at the upgraded interior with our separate and discreet colouring room.

With a warm and friendly welcome, James and his team are passionate about their organic approach to hair care, stocking a wide range of products with certified organic ingredients. They are also keen to create a relaxing atmosphere, an experience enhanced by reclining in a massage chair while your hair is expertly washed and your scalp invigorated.

Stockists of MOP, Modern Organic Products, James At It Salons also have a new range of Kevin Murphy Therapy Centre Treatments, superb for people in need of moisture, volume, repair or shine and for Summer, both KM and MOP have a wide array of products which comply with new air cabin regulations, fitting easily into your luggage as you jet off for warmer climes!

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How to Survive Redundancy & Create the Life You Want - A 7 Step Self Help Guide Bewdley England – UK Author Tony Bailey has released a timely book on ‘How To Survive Redundancy’. Essentially a modern take on the self-help book providing practical advice and a degree of reassurance; the book has been three years in the writing. Tony spent his early career in journalism and adv ertising before entering the world of Executive Search and Selection and Outplacement 40 years ago. The market for this type of book has grown steadily since the turn of the century, and a new breed of well researched and focused titles are definitely helping people feel better and work more effectively. For those of us who need a helping hand, but have the drive and ambition to go and make a difference, this book will tell you all you need to know about how to survive redundancy and come through the recruitment process a success and without the emotional trauma that can go with it. Tony Bailey comments, “How to Survive Redundancy & Create the Life You Want – 7 Step Self Help Guide” is the culmination of 40 years experience of all aspects of recruitment, outplacement and the provision of interim and contract personnel across the entire spectrum of the Job Market. This book is an essential guide to anyone who has, or is, in the process of losing their job or livelihood, taking you step by step through the process of a ‘Job Lost’ to a new ‘Life Gained’. It is full of really effective practical tips and inspirational anecdotes and is fully supported by an extensive source of reference material and access to more web based information and downloads. The Author has recognised the emotional wounds that can result from Job Loss and the Guide provides solutions for their release and techniques for establishing a robust emotional core of self belief and confidence vital to succeeding in today’s competitive Job Market. About the Author: Following training as a Journalist and an early career spent in advertising, Tony Bailey founded his own Group of Companies offering Human Resource Consultancy Services focused on Executive Search &


Selection; Provision of Interim Management and Outplacement. For many years he was a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Non Executive Director for a Training & Enterprise Council (TEC) and held non executive appointments with other Commercial Companies. He was a Founder Member of International Training in Communication (ITC) a “Not for Profit” organisation dedicated to training in all aspects of Communication. He is Editor of several Human Potential Magazines. In 2000 Tony opened “Sanctuary”, home to Heart of England SHEN Therapy Centre, in Bewdley. SHEN Therapy offers a “breakthrough” approach to emotional health – merging the mechanics of the emotions with the physics of the human biofield and is available on a one to one and Retreat basis at Sanctuary. Tony also has rooms at the prestigious Hale Clinic in Regents Park, London. Tony is a Certified SHEN Therapist and Instructor and Vice President of the International SHEN Therapy Association (ISTA). The major goal in SHEN Therapy is to bring painful emotional episodes to a final conclusion and empower people emotionally. Book Title: “How to Survive Redundancy & Create the Life You Want… 7 Step Self Help Guide” Author: Tony Bailey Available from: Amazon, Trafford Publishing, Bewdley Books. ISBN number: 1-4269-0923-3 Tel: 01299 401407 Email:

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Granny Browns Groceries Another family run business has opened in Bewdley bringing new life to this lovely Georgian town for the benefit of the residents and tourists. The interior is styled in the way traditional grocery stores would have looked back in the distant past with the wooden shelving neatly stacked with products. There is blend of old and new with the freezers and self service but with the personal service and hospitality shown by its owners.

decorating the front of the counter and the displays outside brightening the shop front.

A truly family business Davina and Doug, who also own Granny Browns chocolate Box, have also opened another shop in Bewdley can boast a revival with a number Monmouth which we hope will do as well as of new shops and businesses opening just the one in Bewdley. Small towns remain an recently and with the opening of the grocery attraction to tourists through the hospitality store residents and tourists will now have an shown by the businesses and residents who alternative to the Co-op. devote their time and efforts in organising events and attractions like the carnival, As well as grocery and provisions part of the the regatta, cricket and the beer festivals shop has been devoted to a florists with the to name a few. We wish Granny Browns neatly manicured bouquets in containers Groceries all the best in their new venture.


THE FARM SHOP worcester Road Kidderminster

Fresh local produce - plants, preserves, fresh bread, eggs

BELL’S FARM SHOP & P.Y.O. Full of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Locally produced Milk, Bread, Cheeses Cakes, Free Range Beef, Lamb, Pork, Bacon and Sausages from Castlemoor Farms and Buttercross Meats plus lots more for you

2 litres Milk only £1.15 9.00am to 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday 10.00am to4.00pm Sunday

01562 743282

Open All Year 9 - 5 Everyday on the A4025 nr Stourporton-Severn Visit our website for information and directions

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Wyvern Windowstores Ltd Double Glazing • Fascias • Soffits Guttering • Cladding

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01562 755099 24

The only Italian Restaurant in Kidderminster


2 for 1 PIZZA (Eat in only)


CUT IT OUT NOW Valid until 31st JULY 09

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Your Local Times Crossword No 2

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Your Local Times Sudoku No 2

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If you’re free on your Birthday, so are we! Celebrate between 12 noon and 3 pm or Between 6 pm and 9 pm and have your main course on us FREE Birthday Specials must be pre-booked and only honoured on the day of your birthday (proof required). The meal eaten by the adult Birthday Guest will be the meal given free Any child birthday guest of 10 years and under can enjoy a main course from the children’s menu entirely free of charge Saturday birthdays will be honured before 6 pm only

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Whitlenge Garden Calendar January



JULY A snip in time prolongs your flowering period. Roses, sweetpeas, lupins and all herbaceous plants will flower again for you if you deadhead now. It’s a good time to prune hedging and we will be cutting back our pyracantha hedge after flowering to keep full thick growth. We will also lightly trim the lavenders as the flowers fade, not into the old wood otherwise they will not regrow.



We will be feeding all our pots and bedding as any nutrients in their original compost will have been exhausted by now, so weekly feeds with a high potash liquid fertiliser are recommended.




We need more fresh herbs for our tea room so are planting in all sorts of pots and containers. We are even using a pair of Frans old wellies. These will all be put right by the door for frequent picking. You can still sow salad crops now - beetroot, endive, salad leaves, lettuce, radish and Chinese cabbage for continuous picking through to autumn. Also winter spinach and spring cabbage (Keith’s favourite). We must remember to check on our fruit trees this year and thin out the apples. Last year a bumper crop weighed down and broke some of the branches. We will thin out congested clusters of fruit over the next few weeks. Those remaining should be about 10cm apart. Our excess cherries, raspberries and strawberries all go into our Rumptopff (that’s a large jar to which you just add sugar and vodka, then let steep till Christmas). Pop round in December and try some! This year is a bad year for aphids at Whitlenge. We try not to use pesticide as bees feed of aphid honeydew and they have enough problems already. So we are trying to encourage more hover flies to eat the aphids. They apparently love all yellow plants and Achillea, Limnanthes douglasii (poached egg plant), Statice, Californian poppies, Chamomile and Alyssum. Another good excuse to plant more flowers!


This is the month in which to relax, to enjoy not only the richness of the borders but the delicious scents of summer. Nurturing, tending and weeding or enjoy alfresco dining.





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We enjoy projects of all sizes, from window box to family estate. Full Design, Construction and Planting all within the one company. If you are looking for that Visual Inspiration then visit us at: Whitlenge Gardens, Whitlenge Lane, Hartlebury, DY10 4HD Take the opportunity to watch our ‘before & after’ presentation in our cosy Tea Room and Craft Shop

Open Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 5pm.


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Top Tips to Survive Financial Problems Survival in this Recession is dependant on who best to talk to about your finances. Simon Insull has immediate, independent and impartial advice, which can help you get your finances back on stream. Some tips when taking any decisions about finance depends on: • How quickly you act • Use an independent expert who has a full range of solutions • Let the expert deal with your debt so you can use your time to improve your income • Be wary of offers for loans or funding from third parties And the most important tip: • Take advice It is so easy to ignore your creditors hoping they will go away. This will not happen and if you do nothing

the debt will only grow. You should never sign anything without first taking professional advice and borrowing more money to get out of trouble never works. It just makes matters worse. Making offers you can’t afford just to buy yourself time again makes the matter worse and prolongs the agony for you and your family as does paying one creditor before another. Without getting the proper advice it could end in serious trouble. So we all hear in the media about the recession and its effects on jobs and people losing their homes but are you going to be one those who do nothing if debt comes knocking on your door? Take advice. Make that impartial FREE advice call to Simon Insull on 07833 469459 or 0701 427 4949 your local Cartel Client Review Representative. Your family depends on you to make that call.

Have you had any form of finance, loan or mortgage? Do you have a credit card with an outstanding balance? Did you know you may be able to claim significant compensation or claim to have your outstanding balance written off? To find out more call your local Cartel Client Review representative now!

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Lucky 7’s Snack Wagon **** 4-star rated ****

Whatever time, day or night • Hot snacks – Cold snacks – Chips – Tea – Coffee • Favorites like bacon butties and lots more Use us for your outdoor event, function or party

Where to find us in Kiddy: Howdens car park, Worcester Road Monday to Friday 8:00am till 2:30pm

Catering made easy by having a kitchen brought straight to your event. Function, fete, car boot, jumble sale or bonfire night. Variety of foods available - not just the traditional burgers, hot dogs but menu style food, pre-prepared for your event.

Orders: 07528 798 210

In Bewdley Worcestershire Full and exciting workshop program, weekly classes for beginners and improvers and day workshops most days of the week. Come along and learn a new craft, give your home that fashionable Homemade look. We stock a great selection of patchwork fabrics, books, threads etc. We also stock some gift items and are your local stockist of Yankee Candles and East of India gifts. Opening Hours: 10:00am - 4:30pm Opening Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. 24 Load Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AE

01299 409390

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Bewdley Gallery Trevor Price established Bewdley Gallery in 1980 and has a range of original paintings, limited and open edition prints all at compeditive prices. The Gallery also has a picture framing service with hundreds of designs to choose from and with 25 years of experience. All work carries a lifetime guarantee. Fine arts has experienced a renaisance over the last few years and Bewdley Gallery exhibits many of the paintings that appeal to collectors and enthusiast alike. You are welcome to come and browse, admire or begin collecting fine artwork.

Lax Lane, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2DZ. 01299 400 918 32



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Ice Cream becomes the new Rock ‘n’ Roll With its 1950’s retro style interior Scoops the ice cream parlour has burst onto Load Street in Bewdley. Another entrepreneur becomes the town’s latest investor to open up a business providing the locals and the tourists with over twelve variety’s of awardwinning ice cream. Favourite flavours include Treacle Toffee, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate and Raspberry and this month’s seasonal special Rhubarb and Custard. All homemade and ingredients sourced locally from within the three counties with no additives colourings or preservatives and glutton free so everyone can enjoy these and the traditional flavours. With her experience gained from catering college Geraldine opened up Bon Appetit sandwich shop in Dog Lane as her first successful enterprise and three years ago opened her first Bites sandwich shop in Load Street and running the Bewdley museum teashop.

Scoops, although being an ice parlour, sells homemade cakes which can be bought by the slice with tempting fillings such as vanilla and butterscotch, coffee and walnut and the tradition Victoria Sponge along side the warm Belgium Waffles served with Maple Syrup and ice cream. Open every day including Sunday from 9.30am sit in and enjoy the culinary temptations with a variety of speciality teas or freshly ground coffee, milk shake or try a luxury hot chocolate with cream and Marshmallows. Your visit to Bewdley will not be complete without a visit to Scoops.


Ice Cream Parlour • 1950s retro-style interior • Over 12 varieties of ice cream • Seasonal Specials • Gluten-free • No additives, colourings or preservatives

Load Street, Bewdley

01299 400 984 34


from a family business SUNDAY LUNCHES served between 12.30-2.30pm

Opening Times: Summer – Sun-Thurs 9.00 - 4.30pm

Fri- Sat 9.00 - 5.30pm Winter – Mon-Sat 9.00 - 4.30pm    Sunday 9.00 - 4.00pm

Rowberry’s Nurseries

Lodgeford Hill, Lower Chaddesley Corbett, Worcs DY10 4QN on the main road between Kidderminster and Bromsgrove Tel: 07812 503560

ROWBERRYS NURSERY Buy direct from the grower for the best quality and service


Huge selection of plants with many multi-buy offers


Home grown fruit and vegetables Free range eggs Home produced pork and beef Jams, bread and dairy products

Opening Times:

Summer: Mon-Sat 9.00 - 6.00pm • Sunday 9.00 - 5.00pm


Lodgeford Hill, Lower Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, DY10 4QN

01562 777017 35

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Rubbish removal and recycling Garage, garden, household and commercial Plastic, cardboard, glass, wood, metal recycled and compost heaps removed

Tree pruning, hedge trimming and garden clearance Value for money

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Complete Plastics Installer of Roofline products full replacement or overclad Fascia, Soffits and Guttering Cladding, Roofline Repairs Dry verge tile closers, grey or brown Front and rear UPVC doors Misted up or broken down Double Glazed Units supplied and replaced - Standard or K Glass

Call Geoff Orchard for a FREE quote on

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or 07749 663028 Free 10 year IWA Insurance backed guarantee 37

Valley Memorials Trading under A. Hoskins and Sons

Tel: 01299 879090 • Email:


Tel/Fax: 01562 747222 20a John Samuel Building Hoo Farm Industrial Estate Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY11 7RA


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All Gas Engineers have to be Gas Safe Registered

All plumbing and heating work undertaken

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J & M Block Paving Landscaping • Tarmacadam 15 Years’ Experience Friendly, reliable workmen Local Company

Tel: 07916 295356 Jon or 07817 220480 Mark 12 Queensway, Wribbenhall, Bewdley DY12 1E All Work Guaranteed


STOURPORT METALS Scrap Metal Merchants Best prices paid for all types of scrap metal Collection Service Available Skips supplied

Call 01299 251175 Open 6 days from 8am-5pm Unit 2, Chadwick Bank Industrial Estate Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9QW 41



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Your Local Marketplace Advertise items for sale or wanted. Advertise your products, business or services.

Make personal or family announcements. Phone NOW on 01299 402094. ITEMS FOR SALE



Double-glazed window for sale. Surplus to recent buiding work. Call for details on 0798 999 5180

To complpete a large 00 steam train layout. Engines, carriages, wagons, signals, full or part sets, accessories, completed and uncompleted buildings, people, vehicles, trees, foliage, bridges, trams and buses. Hornby, Tri-ang, Bachmann preferred but will consider any model. Part or complete layouts considered as well as Dinky, Corgi, Meccano and Matchbox models. Call today and turn those unwanted items into cash: 07736 540 136

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