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Contents: Focus on Kidderminster 4 Community Events 6 Local Company Profile 8 Local Business 10 Community Events 18 Local Pubs 22 Local Attractions 26 Gardening Calendar 28 Local Business 32 Puzzle Corner 40 Local Computers 42

Publisher: Whyte Knyght Creative Editor: Robert Cooper Features and Editorial: 01299 402094 Advertising: 01299 402094 editorial@yourlocaltimes.co.uk 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… Echoing the immortal lines from the BBC television series Are You Being Served?, prospective readers of this magazine sometimes ask: ‘Are you free?’ Sadly, there are not many things in this world which are truly free. But readers receiving this month’s issue through their letterbox have experienced just that: a product completely free of charge. If you require a product or service, a place to eat or drink, or an event or venue to visit, then Your Local Times has local tradesmen and venues to suit most readers. Although distributed locally, Your Local Times has found its way to locations outside the region. Having run an advertisement last month for a van, I have now purchased one from a reader in Ludlow. How did they see the magazine? They picked one up from Bell’s Farm Shop, one of many advertisers who have copies on the counter for customers to take home and read at leisure. Promoting your business and its products can come in many guises: the radio, the local newspaper, the internet, the flyer … even the local Post Office window. But does it target households in Bewdley? Businesses in Kidderminster and the surrounding industrial estates? Businesses in Stourport and Hartlebury? The country inns and restaurants? Farm shops, garden centres and craft centres? Your Local Times promotes the local community and its businesses by providing a free magazine. Once again (but not wishing to sound too much like John Inman), it’s FREE!

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Focus on Kidderminster

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Kidderminster Arts Festival No one told me about the Kidderminster Arts Festival. Purely by chance on a sunny Thursday afternoon in August I came across the entertainers in the High street. Buskers, who Sam with vocalist were never like this in my Becky Neale day. A saxophone player, named Sam, and Becky the singer, whos voice would grace any X factor show, entertained the few shoppers who had stopped to listen with a medley of Rock and Roll numbers. Sam Pagett, who is seventeen, is from Stourport and with Laura Broad from Kidderminster went on to win the best ‘Busker Comp’ 2008 and hope to do as well Sam with Laura Broad this year. You can find out more information at www. at last years KAF theladyandthesax.com

Farther down the street The Marvellous box of Peeps and Delights, a take on what the Butler saw, which was very popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s at seaside resorts was hosted by a Cockney, aptly named Alfie, and his Alfie and The Peep Show assistant feverishly working the levers at the rear of the box, tempting shy shoppers to peep at the marvels in the box. What a pity the local council didn’t advertise this months event more widely in an effort to draw in the public and possibly increase the visitors to the town centre which may have increased the revenue of the traders. I will enjoy the remaining events and report on any forth coming festivals happening in Wyre Forest, as long as someone tells me about them. The Editor

A Postcard From Kidderminster

The artist, James Howarth, has endeavoured to produce an inclusive painting depicting a diverse range of interesting people and places in Kidderminster. It is of course impossible to show all aspects of a whole town in one piece of artwork. Hence the title, ‘A Postcard From Kidderminster’, which alludes to being a snapshot of the town rather than Kidderminster in it’s entirety. The painting should soon be completed. “I ‘ve always drawn and painted. I came from an artistic family so it has always seemed like a very natural and normal thing to do. After graduating I produced and showed a lot of work in London, exhibiting in bars and galleries as well as doing commission based work. My wife, Rachael, and I moved to Kidderminster in 2002 which is where I am now based.” 4

If you would like to purchase or commission a painting you can please contact James on 01562 60604 or email www.jameshoworth.co.uk


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Kidderminster Horticultural Society

Country Fair and Horticultural Show to be opened by Christine Walkden KHS two day Country Fair and Horticultural Show will be held in the grounds of the RAMADA hotel on the B4190 Habberley Road between Kidderminster & Bewdley DY12 1LA (just past the main Hotel entrance going towards Bewdley) on Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of September. It will be officially opened at 12 noon by Christine Walkden but will be open to the public from 10 to 5.30 on both days.

If you would like to take part in our show please contact Louise Aston on 01562 69115 or e-mail suesgarden@blueyonder.co.uk

Admission only £1.00 with free car parking There will be entertainment for children and old traditional crafts being demonstrated e.g. hurdle making, wood turning & basket weaving. Louise and Digby Aston, 2 of our society members have just come second in the garden news- best small garden of the year competition.

Trinity Methodist Church: Restoration Project Gift Day & Restoration Appeal Launch Day Saturday 26TH September 2009

Lots of fun for all the family : MUSIC – BRUNCH & OTHER REFRESHMENTS TABLE TOP SALE : If you would like to book a stall please ring 01562 or e-mail : derek@austin4001.freeserve.co.uk

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BOOK STALL – CAKE STALL – RAFFLE • Join in our GRAND BALLOON RACE Come and see how a FIRE ENGINE works The Mayor & Town Crier will be in attendance – would you like to have a go at being a Town Crier. ‘Trinity Bear’ will be holding a Teddy Bear’s Picnic so please bring your teddy with you There will be a prize for the oldest teddy.

And much more !!

Just before Christmas last year Trinity Methodist Church was the victim of an arson attack which destroyed the interior of the church. Since then the congregation have met for worship in the church hall but obviously miss the spiritual support of the normal church surroundings. At last plans have been drawn up for the refurbishment of the church and this work will begin very shortly. Although Trinity Methodist Church is obviously 6

primarily a place of worship both for regular Sunday Services, weddings, baptisms and funerals it is also used by many community groups including the Blood Donor Service. We hope you will support and help us. Reverend Mary Austin will be there to receive your gifts and donations and answer any questions about the restoration project. Please support us in our fund raising.


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Local Company Profile

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Helios Professional Assistants

Helios Professional Assistants was founded by Sue Rigsby, who has over 25 years experience of working as an Executive PA and Business Support Manager.

During her career Sue has been involved in many different disciplines including Human Resources, Health and Safety, Facilities Management, Quality Assurance and bookkeeping, gaining professionally recognised qualifications in several of these areas. At Helios they know that running a business is no easy task in today’s current economic climate. Indeed trying to build a business whilst ensuring the back office

functions properly can be both challenging and time consuming. Working with the latest technology from their own office Helios provide an efficient, professional and confidential administrative and bookkeeping service at a cost effective price. Helios understand that there may be occasions when it is necessary for the work to be carried out on your site or outside of standard operating hours. In addition, through their network of professional Associates, Helios are able to assist you with a broad spectrum of services, Web site design and construction, e-commerce web sites, PR and marketing, graphic design, corporate branding and printing to name a few. Helios gives you time to work on the business, rather than in the business, making you more efficient and effective.

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You can contact Sue on 0845 388 7534 or on her mobile 07973 567 246 to discuss how you can benefit from using the services of Helios Professional Assistants.


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Welch Gate Daytime Cafe Introducing the new Summer Menu • Pizza, Pasta and Salad Bar • Char-Grilled Steaks • Chicken • Burgers • Roast Gammon Garden now open Breakfast & Sunday Lunches served from 8am till 3pm

GUEST HOUSE

Open 8am to 9pm 1 Welch Gate, Bewdley 01299 402655

www.welchgate-guesthouse.co.uk Another first for Bewdley at Welch Gate Café Bar. The launch of Welch Gate char grill menu first to have help yourself salad bar and first four-star guest house so now by popular demand we are open as always from 8am to 3pm. For our ever-popular breakfast menu everyday, in addition our new pizzapasta salad and char grill menu from 12 to 9pm. Mon-Sat. We look forward to serving you in our welcoming friendly 10

family run restaurant or in our secret garden area. So come along and see if you are up to the Welch Gate’s Piri Piri whole chicken challenge? Then if you really want to indulge in luxury you could book into one of our rooms for a perfect night’s sleep, you will not be disappointed. Proper food cooked by a proper chef. Microwave not included.


Come & Feel the Difference • Local family run business •

• Carpet & Rug Retailer •

• Established 1989 •

• Professional PLANNERS & FITTERS • FREE no obligation measuring and quotes • Contract and Domestic work undertaken • Rugs and Runners with the WOW factor • FREE local delivery on Rugs & Remnants • WOOD FLOORS supplied and fitted • Vinyl and Flotex Retailer

Dog Lane, Bewdley TEL: Alison or Justin 404014 • 07767 206433

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shear illusions Mens & Boys Barbers

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

Email: totallypatched@btconnect.com Website: www.totallypatched.com

NOW OPEN Monday 11.00-5.00 Tuesday 9.30-5.00 Wednesday 9.30-8.00 Thursday 9.30-5.00 Friday 9.00-6.00 Saturday 8.30-3.30

Price list Adults £7.00 Child under 12 £5.00 O.A.P’s £5.00 Crew cuts £5.00 Childrens chair for under 4 year olds

Kelly Chadwick 01299 400555

No. 27 Dog Lane, Bewdley DY12 2EF

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Bites of Bewdley Bewdley has its fair share of family businesses. Bites of Bewdley is owned by Mark and Pat Palmer and Daughter and son in law Sarah and Graeme Harvey. They aim to provide an excellent service in their sandwich bar using locally sourced produce and a homemade, freshly prepared menu. To build up a good lunchtime trade, you need a first class menu, including a wide range of sandwiches, baguettes, Panini’s, baps and jacket potatoes, with accompanying salad boxes – plus a selection of ready-made items for those in a hurry. For those wanting something hot, there is a daily Roast of Pork or Turkey. The winter menu will include a selection of delicacies to warm you up on those chilly days.

Add to your order some homemade cakes and a selection of hot or cold drinks and your local lunch time takeaway will be complete. By telephoning your order, your sandwiches will be ready to collect or, for larger orders, we offer a delivery service. Telephone your order by calling 01299 403779. A family business with family values, excellent homemade food and great service is sure to be another of Bewdley’s success stories. ‘Lets keep it local and homemade’ is also the motto of Your Local Times. We wish them all the best in this new enterprise.

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A New Breed Quintus Equestrian Supplies - a new breed of online shop selling quality horse riding wear, equestrian equipment, saddlery and tack at low, low prices to suit your pocket as well as your pony!

Our website is regularly updated with special offers

www.quintusequestriansupplies.co.uk

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

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Bewdley Chamber Maids

Art & Craft Weekend Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September Do you draw or paint, or perhaps you make jewellery or cards or ceramics? Whatever your skill we would like you to bring and display your work in St. Anne’s Church. You can sell it if you so wish. Just contact us

for more details. This year we have lots going on at other venues in the town so there is plenty to see and also get involved in. Our thank go to all those who are taking part.

St. Anne’s Church: Open Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Sunday 11.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (Service at 9.30 a.m.) Display of your artwork – Refreshments available

Holy Family Catholic Church: Open Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come and look at the church and buy gifts from the Holy Land.

Bewdley Baptist Church: Open Saturday & Sunday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Saturday 10 to 12 Family Craft Morning – Bring the kids and come and have a go – admission free. Sunday 10 to 11.15 Special All Age Worship on the theme of ‘Creativity’ – all welcome.

Guildhall (Upstairs): Open Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artist John Instance with Hagley Art Group. Guildhall (Downstairs Foyer): Trade stalls & others for that special gift.

Further details from:- Ann (01299 404226) or e-mail lymanhughes34@aol.com Maggie (01299 404065) • Barbara at The Quay Gallery on Severnside North

70th Birthday Jump A local charity official is heading for the high jump to help her organisation celebrate its 70th birthday. Anne Rendell (51), a money advice worker at Wyre Forest Citizens Advice Bureau, will be leaping 12,000 feet from an aeroplane on September 4 to mark the National CAB organisations 70th birthday. Anne will be strapped to a member of the famous Red Devils army display team and will experience up to 40 seconds of free-fall at a speed of 120mph. What a Brave Girl! She hopes her parachute dive will raise at least £5,000 for the Wyre Forest based bureau to improve the services in the district. Anne has been with the Bureau since 2004 joining as a volunteer whilst also working in banking for the past 29 years . She gave up her banking career to join us full time in April 2009. Anne said “the ethos of the Citizens Advice Bureau is inspiring and the job satisfaction it delivers made my decion to leave banking after 29 years an easy one”. The CAB both locally and nationally , has helped countless individuals over the years, but many people don’t realise that our very existence depends 18

on the generosity of funders, be they individuals, voluntary groups, corporate and public sponsors or whatever. Staging this parachute jump will be a very public way of highlighting the work that the CAB in Wyre Forest and the other bureaux perform. Without them, many vulnerable sections of society would have nowhere to turn to in their hour of need. The bureau in Kidderminster was set up in 1963, and although there are a small number of paid staff, the vast majority of advice work is tackled by a team of almost 50 highly-trained dedicated volunteers, seeing clients in Kidderminster, Stourport, Bewdley and other outreach locations. Anne leads a busy full life as a wife, mother and is a keen runner. Her dedication to the CAB is infectious and everyone knows she will tackle this crazy challenge with the same spirit and enthusiasm she tackles everything with. Making a donation couldn’t be easier - online at www. bmycharity.com – and use sponser search Anne Rendell - or obtain further details from the bureau, either in person or on 01562 60194 or bureau@wyreforestcab.cabnet.org.uk


The Cross Keys Inn This pretty village Inn, set in the Picture Postcard Village of Ombersley, serves food from A La Carte, Specials & Bar Menus. Choose to dine in the Conservatory Restaurant or the Olde Worlde L-Shaped Bar. There’s also a cosy lounge with deep settees where diners may indulge themselves over after-dinner coffee & liqueurs. Real & Traditional Ales including Timothy Taylor Landlord

PUB OPENING TIMES : 12:00pm - 3:00pm & 6:00pm - 11:00pm

RESTAURANT :

Tuesday ~ Saturday, Evenings only 6:00pm - 9:30pm Not open on Monday and Sunday Evenings

BAR FOOD :

12:00pm - 2:30pm & 6:00pm - 9:30pm (8:30pm on Sunday)

Main Street, Ombersley

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The Sun & Slipper Inn Mamble, Worcestershire DY14 9JL

Find us off the A456 between Clows Top and Newnham Bridge

Traditional hand pulled local beers and lagers Meals cooked fresh to order using local produce Try Rogers “famous” hand cut chips using local potatoes

A La Carte Menu and traditional Sunday lunch Best in the area Fixed price Menus 2 course lunch £8.95 Tuesday to Saturday 2 Course Dinner £10.95 Tuesday to Friday Due to popular demand now Saturday night 2 course £15.00 3 course £18.00 Complementary Glass of wine with this advertisement Closed all day Monday We cater for small weddings, Christenings, Funerals and luncheon Clubs

TEL 01299 832018 for reservations www.sunandslipper.co.uk

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The Colliers Arms Brightly-coloured perfumed flowers in neatly-tendered planters and window boxes greet you as make your way to the entrance to this quaint country pub. Their creator, Joan, has won a first in the Bewdley in Bloom competition in the Public House category. How wonderful it looks. The Colliers Arms, situated on the Tenbury Road at Clows Top is a family-owned traditional pub and restaurant, with AA and Michelin recommendations in both 2008 and 2009. It was also a CAMRA Real Ale Pub in 2009. Joint owners and managers, Michael Claydon and Charlie Hill, have vast experience of managing award-winning establishments throughout Worcester and took ownership of The Colliers in 2007. They have transformed it into this awardwinning restaurant. The ambience of the pub is “olde world� with traditional beer pumps and an array of wines and spirits adorning the shelves. There is a comfortable lounge area of tables and chairs, with the dining area of dark oak tables at the rear of the premises overlooking a new patio. Relax outside on summer evenings or enjoy the patio heaters if things get chilly.

Menus change regularly. There are seasonal high quality dishes as well as the Specials board, which changes daily. For those with an intolerance to certain foods, the menu can be modified to your requirements by the fully-trained chefs. As well as having its own vegetable garden, overseen by Brian, local produce is sourced from many of the farms around the area and prepared on site. Using only free-range eggs and locally-reared meat and chicken, their mission is to support local businesses and provide customers with the finest quality home-made food and good service - all at an affordable price. Brian has also had his successes in winning a first prize with this impressive vegetable plot and can be seen most evenings after his duties at the local hop farm tending the fruits of the orchard, the vegetables and the herb garden. The latest Lunch, Evening and Sunday menus - and further information - can be viewed on their website at www. colliersarms.com

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Riverside Hotel and Restaurant Leading Venue for Conferences, Weddings & Functions Stourport Road, Shrawley, Worcs WR6 6TB

01905 620 229 www.thelenchfordinn.co.uk

SPECIALS

Take advantage of the special opportunities the Lenchford Inn offers

YOUR BIRTHDAY

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 honoured before 6 pm only

Nigel and Sally welcome you to

The Hare and Hounds • Home cooked food

• Senior citizen menu

• Huge wine and beverage selection

• Kids menu • Brilliant professional team

• Guest ales • Family pub

Christmas Day Bookings now being taken (2 sittings) Christmas Fayre from 1st December to 23rd Worcester Road, Shenstone, Nr Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 4BU

01562 777380

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Showcasing our activities The Showcase for older peoples services was held on the 6th August at Kidderminster town hall. Freebies for older people were particularly successful, such as light bulbs and shopping bags. Over thirty groups attended ranging from advice on diabetes, arthritis and stroke to services within Wyre Forest Sheltered Housing schemes. Over 150 people approached WFSH displays enquiring about activities and volunteering opportunities. The showcase is organised by the Healthy ageing focus group. Two representatives from WFSH schemes, who sit on the Healthy Ageing Group, Sue Gowen, Activities Co-ordinator and Angela McGuire, Volunteer Co-ordinator, based at Arch Hill court, attended and publicised activities within the schemes. These activities are open to everyone regardless of whether they live in Community Housing or not. The services provided include: seated yoga, coffee mornings, and bingo. Craft clubs, friendship clubs, and ‘extend’ exercise. The Cooking pot within sheltered housing schemes provides a healthy, affordable lunch, which is open to everyone. There is a great need within the schemes for volunteers to become helpers for the activities, befrienders, kitchen assistants and help with transportation. 26

If anyone is interested in activities ring Sue Gowen on 07773360984. For volunteering opportunities ring Angela McGuire on 07913882836. For information on the Cooking Pot ring 01562 733069.


OUR NEW RESTAURANT IS NOW OPEN AT ROWBERRYS NURSERIES HOME MADE FOOD using our own produce QUALITY AND SERVICE

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

PICK YOUR OWN

Strawberries, Raspberries and other soft fruit Fields are open Monday to Saturday 9am-4.30pm Sunday 9am-3pm

FARM SHOP

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

VISIT OUR NEW TEA ROOM AND RESTAURANT

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

01562 777017

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Whitlenge Garden Calendar January

SEPTEMBER Â

June

Although September sees the beginning of autumn, more often than not the days remain pleasantly warm and are, in reality, an extension of summer.

February

March

Japanese anemones, one of the treats of the later part of the year, are in full flower now and are accompanied by late pokers, rudbeckias and the first of the main show of the Asters. Attention to detail will keep the garden fresh and interesting in the weeks ahead. Continued dead heading, the cutting back of summer perennials, which have finished flowering and a light forking through the borders, are all on-going tasks. Do not neglect the kitchen garden as crops are harvested.

July

August

Leave the heads of the verbena over winter to set seed. During frosty weather they will look particularly striking.

April

May

Establish a new lawn Warm September rains make this month an ideal time in which to establish new lawns, either from seed or using turf. In both cases ground should be properly prepared and levelled to form a firm surface. Seed should be sown evenly on a dry, windless day at a rate of fifty grams per square metre. After sowing, soil should be given a very light racking partially to cover the seed. Germination should take place within ten days. Water and lightly roll. October

Take account of autumn colour when planting Shrubs and trees. Plant bare rooted roses and tulips. Begin preparation for winter.

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Don’t move But improve!

Your number one asset is

Your Home and Garden!

So let the professionals look after your investment.

Gold Medal winner Keith Southall’s

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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Telesales Person Wanted Part Time Call for details 01299 406 095 ADVERTISE HERE For just £26 per month you could reach the entire community through our printed magazine… and the WHOLE WORLD through the Local Times website !!!

Phone 01299 402 094

Granny Browns Groceries

We stock a full range of Newspapers, Alcohol, Tobacco, Frozen Food, Household Products and Speciality Items. We also have an instore Florists !

FREE Local Delivery

01299 405471

59-60 Load Street, Bewdley DY12 1AW 30


Gavin Smith

Plumbing and Heating Combi Boiler and Gas Specialist 07967 837141 • 01299 401045 15 year’s experience • Free Estimates Combi-Boiler Specialist Bathrooms Fully Fitted

All Gas Engineers have to be Gas Safe Registered

All plumbing and heating work undertaken gavinsmith9@tiscali.co.uk

Gas Safe Number: 215565

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.

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The Courtyard Coffee Shop 1 Lombard Street, Stourport (Next to Severn Stitches)

01299 878092 Morning Coffee, Lunch or Afternoon Tea. Homemade soups, quiche and other traditional meals are on our specials menu. Jacket Potatoes. Toasted Sandwiches. Homemade cakes and scones.

YOU CAN EARN

£100-£500+ per week Spare time from home

Call: 0121 314 9785 www.extracashforu.co.uk

You can sit inside and overlook the canal, or sit outside in ‘The Courtyard’. Free Internet Connection (Wi-Fi). Small, friendly run business.

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THE FARM SHOP

worcester Road Kidderminster

Fresh local produce plants, preserves, fresh bread, eggs

2 litres Milk only £1.15

Fresh Instore Bakery

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Your Local Times Crossword No 4

ACROSS 3. Telegraph system (5,4) 8. Senseless, silly (5) 9. Put to save for later (3,5) 10. Ball-point pen (4) 12. Free from levy or duty (3,4) 13. Church Ministers house (5) 14. Renter (6) 16. Joseph _, former Soviet leader (6) 19. Vision organs (4) 20. Its capital is Lisbon (8) 23. Renowned, notorious (5) 24. Taking away, subtracting (9)

ACROSS 3. Telegraph system (5,4) 8. Senseless, silly (5) 9. Put to save for later (3,5) 10. Ball-point pen (4) 12. Free from levy or duty (3,4) 13. Church Ministers house (5) 14. Renter (6) 16. Joseph _, former Soviet leader (6) 19. Vision organs (4) 20. Its capital is Lisbon (8) 23. Renowned, notorious (5) 24. Taking away, subtracting (9)

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ACROSS. ROSS DOWN3. MORSE CODE. 8. INANE. 9. LAY ASIDE. 10. BIRO. 12. TAX FREE. ForPORTUGAL. anyone new to puzzles, fill 13. MANSE. 14. TENANT. 23.Sudoku NOTED. Telegraph system (5,4) 1. “Damon _”, ex 16. F1 STALIN. driver 19. (4)EYES. 20. 24. DEDUCTING. Senseless, silly (5) 2. Air passage to the lungs (6) in the blank spaces so that each row, each Put to save for later (3,5) 3. Gauging with a tape (9) column and each 3 by 3 block contains all . Ball-point pen (4) 4. 1. HILL. Rock-band tour helpers (7) DOWN. 2. LARYNX. 3. MEASURING. 4. ROADIES. 5. EAT. 6. OPTION. the numbers from 1 to 9. . Free from levy or duty (3,4)7. EUROPEAN. 5. Consume, dine (3) 12. TATTERED. 15. NEEDED. 17. LIGHTS. 11. IMITATING. . Church Ministers house (5) 18. CORGI. 6. Choice (6) 21. LUDO. 22. DEC . Renter (6) 7. One born in 20 Across would . Joseph _, former Soviet be this (8) leader (6) 11. Aping, mimicking (9) . Vision organs (4) 12. Frayed, threadbare (8) . Its capital is Lisbon (8) 15. Required (6) . Renowned, notorious (5) 17. Sources of illumination (6) . Taking away, subtracting (9) 18. (Queen’s) Breed of dog (5) 21. Simple board game (4) 22. Ant’s TV partner (3)

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Acronyms – Curse or Cure ? (Definition: An acronym (pronounced AK-ruh-nihm, from Greek acro- in the sense of extreme or tip and onyma or name) is an abbreviation of several words in such a way that the abbreviation itself forms a pronounceable word. The word may already exist or it can be a new word.) I think it’s safe to say that unless you were suitably qualified or conversant, if you came across two brain surgeons talking shop, you wouldn’t have a clue what they were talking about!!

BIOS - The set of routines stored in read-only memory that enable a computer to start the operating system and to communicate with the various devices in the system, such as disk drives, keyboard, monitor, printer, and communications ports. MEG (Megabyte) - the number that is represented as a one followed by 6 zeros. The list goes on and I daresay that even the definition of an acronym is confusing to some !!! Nevertheless, if you’re curious to find out more there are a number of Your Local Times 4 not websites that offer help, support and Crossword definitions,No why try – http://www.thefreedictionary.com.

Every profession has its own unique language that over the years, in this age of texting, emails and impatience, has become truncated and abbreviated. Never has there been Times Crossword No 4 a time when acronyms have becomeYour suchLocal a stable part of Happy hunting and don’t let your dongles get together everyday communication and the world of computing is with your flash drives, who knows what might happen!!!! no different. I suppose it’s safe to say that there are a number of commonly used computer-related acronyms that most of you will have heard, if not fully understood. Over the next few paragraphs, I hope to strip away the mystique and bring you kicking and screaming into the “wonderful” world of new technology that is fast becoming an intrinsic part of our lives. So, for those of you with grandkids that appear to live and breathe computers or if you’re simply “techno-phobic”, here are some useful definitions you might find useful;

Until the next time folks !!

First, how might a typical conversation go between two computer geeks ? “I was hoping to upgrade my PC (Personal Computer) with an extra 1Gb (Gigabyte) of RAM (Random Access Memory), but my “MoBo” (Motherboard) will only take 512 meg (512 Megabytes of Memory – RAM, basically, half a Gigabyte). I could over-clock (speed up) my CPU (Central Processing Unit), but it’s an IBM (International Business Machines) and the BIOS (Basic Input Output ACROSS DOWN System)YOUR won’t allow meNoto4 !!” SUDOKU PUZZLE 3. Telegraph system (5,4) 1. “Damon _”, ex F1 driver (4)

ACROSS DOWN 3. Telegraph system (5,4) 1. “Damon _”, ex F1 driver (4) 8. Senseless, silly (5) 2. Air passage to the lungs (6) 9. Put to save for later (3,5) 3. Gauging with a tape (9) 10. Ball-point pen (4) 4. Rock-band tour helpers (7) 12. Free from levy or duty (3,4) 5. Consume, dine (3) 6. Choice (6) 8. Senseless, silly (5) 2. Air passage to the lungs (6) 13. Church Ministers house (5) 2 7 14. Renter (6) 7. One born in 20 Across would 9.some Put toof savethose for later (3,5) 3. Gauging with a tape (9) So, let’s4take a9closer look at terms; 7 be this (8) 10. Ball-point pen (4) 4. Rock-band tour helpers (7) 16. Joseph _, former Soviet 5 8 4 leader (6) 11. Aping, mimicking (9) 12. Free from levy or duty (3,4) 5. Consume, dine (3) CPU (also known as microprocessor or processor) the 8 1 4 5 19. Vision organs (4) 12. Frayed, threadbare (8) 13. Church Ministers house (5) 6. Choice (6) 7 4 6 8 15. Required (6) 14. Renter (6) and arithmetical 7. One born in 20 Across would 20. Its capital is Lisbon (8) part of a computer that performs logical 3 8 23. Renowned, notorious (5) 17. Sources of illumination (6) 16. Joseph _, former Soviet be this (8) operations on6 the2 data. 1 4 24. Taking away, subtracting (9) 18. (Queen’s) Breed of dog (5) leader (6) 11. Aping, mimicking (9) 3 9 7 21. Simple board game (4) 19. Vision organs (4) 12. Frayed, threadbare (8) 2 22. Ant’s TV partner (3) 20. Its capital Lisbon (8) 15. Required (6) RAM - a1 temporary3 storage space whichis loses its contents 23. Renowned, notorious (5) 17. Sources of illumination (6) when the computer is switched off. away, subtracting (9) 18. (Queen’s) Breed of dog (5) 24. Taking 21. Simple board game (4) Solution to Crossword No 4 22. Ant’s TV partner (3) 6 2 9 1 7 4 5 8 3 ACROSS. 3. MORSE CODE. 8. INANE. 9. LAY ASIDE. 10. BIRO. 12. TAX FREE. 4 1 8 9 3 5 6 7 2 13. MANSE. 14. TENANT. 16. STALIN. 19. EYES. 20. PORTUGAL. 23. NOTED. 7 3 5 2 8 6 4 9 1 24. DEDUCTING.

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