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from the editor ... Hello, and welcome to the March edition of the Ledbury Focus.
And now for something completely different! Last week I was treated to a trip to London to see Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre in Covent Garden, and it was absolutely brilliant! If you enjoyed the movie or are just an Abba fan, I highly recommend you go and see this show, which is without a doubt the best live show I’ve ever seen. The singing was excellent, the costumes stunning, the dancing fantastic and the finale was incredibly exhilarating, with the entire audience on their feet, singing, dancing and clapping along to the music – for at least 10 to 15 minutes. In a word … spectacular. So if you are planning a trip to the capital or have a special birthday/anniversary coming up, treat yourself to a truly memorable experience.
As you can see from the front cover, and this page, we’ve made some changes to the look of the Focus – you’ll see other changes as you go through this month’s magazine. I hope you like them, and would welcome your comments. Last month we introduced the Wordsearch competition and have had an overwhelming response to it. As we go to print before the closing date of the competition, we will publish the name of the winner in the April magazine. This month Y-Pass Fish & Chips are hosting the competition, with the chance for one lucky winner to win a fish and chip dinner for four and judging by all the brilliant reviews Y-Pass get, this is one not to be missed, so get your entries in quickly.
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48 HEALTH & BEAUTY
Ledbury Choral Society
What's on in March
Ledbury Poetry Festival
NATURE & WILDLIFE
The Market Theatre
'VE Day' Celebrations
Poets Path Potter Events
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Newent Plant Centre
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Clubs & Groups
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Ledbury Community Day
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ith lambing and Spring calving in full flow, the local farming community are surviving on sugary cups of tea and the hope of a bit less rain tomorrow. Whilst there are long, lonely, anti-social shifts to be spent in the lambing sheds, it can be a hugely rewarding time of year to be working with stock, though things don’t always go to plan. Bringing new life into the world is always a privilege and as you watch the freshly turned out lambs bouncing around the fields it is a great opportunity to reflect on the dedication and passion of our British farmers. The high welfare standards which they uphold ensure the sustainable supply of healthy, local produce for our tables, as well as maintaining the beautiful countryside in which we live. We should all be proud to buy British and in so doing, support the industry on which our local community is built. Trust in the Red Tractor!
We wish all of our clients a successful lambing and calving this Spring, and our vets will be available around the clock should you need any assistance. If you’re out walking, please remember to shut gates and to keep dogs on leads and if you see a bleary eyed farmer emerging from the lambing shed, give them a smile and ask how its going because a friendly face goes a long way when you’ve been juggling lambs all through the night. Mike Bellamy BVM BVS CertAVP(EP) MRCVS is a veterinary surgeon working for Belmont Farm and Equine who provide dedicated support to farm and equine clients in the local area from their branches in Hereford, Bromyard and Ledbury. Should you wish to discuss anything please feel free to call us on 01531 806129 or drop into the branch on Market Street, opposite the fire station.
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POETRY NEWS from LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL complimentary lunch. For other volunteering roles, see the website – we are always keen to see new faces, and there are so many ways you can join in.
here is great excitement in the Festival Office as we confirm poets and performers appearing at this year’s Festival. Make sure you subscribe to the Festival newsletter www.poetryfestival.co.uk for regular updates. Poetry Competition The Festival’s 2020 Poetry Competition is open for entries and carries a £1000 prize! The judge is Black Country poet Liz Berry. We are particularly encouraging local schoolchildren and young people to enter. Schools are welcome to submit class entries - see website for details. Volunteers There are still places left on the Event Managers’ Refresher Day on Wednesday 18 March. Learn how to become an event manager and meet other volunteers. The event is free and includes
Festival Interns Meet famous poets, celebrities and performers! Learn skills in event managing, hospitality, arts administration, journalism and so much more! The Festival is looking for interns who can take up this challenging and rewarding role. Also needed are Grips to set up Festival venues and events. “I can’t remember the last time I was so tired, but neither can I remember the last time I was so inspired and part of such a great team!” Deadline for applications 17 April. Community Workshops The next “Segments” workshop, led by Sara Jane Arbury, is on at The Burgage Hall, Wednesday 18 March, 10am – 12pm. Be inspired by heritage items from Ledbury’s Butcher Row Museum, try your hand at poetry in a fun and welcoming atmosphere, meet new people – no experience necessary, and they’re FREE! “Fantastic! I never knew I could write poetry!” said a first-timer. The Festival also runs free drop-in workshops at Herefordshire Mind. Poet of the Woods Following the hugely successful poetry audio trail at Queenswood near Leominster, the Festival is pleased to announce Mandy Ross, “the Tree Whisperer”, will 27
lead poetry workshops for adults and children in this beautiful woodland setting. Stay tuned to the Festival’s facebook page and www.poetryfestival.co.uk for many more poetry activities. WATCH THIS SPACE for performer confirmations! The Festival welcomes sponsorship and support. Please contact the Manager to talk through an attractive range of options. Call 01531 634156 or manager@ poetry-festival.co.uk for enquiries on any of the above.
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Some of the UK’s most influential Jazz musicians on the scene today, feature in ‘The Gaz Hughes Sextet’ as they play in this tribute to Art Blakey.
‘Once upon a time in Hollywood’ Quentin Tarantino’s new black comedy stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. ‘Sorry We Missed You’ Ken Loach returns to 2016. Ricky lost his job and mortgage in the 2008 financial crash but when he finds a new job the pressure mounts on him and Abbie, a contract nurse, as they struggle with family life.
‘Bleak House’ is hilarious, tragic and romantic, retold by The Pantaloons in their very own style with a company of five actor- musicians they bring to life this thrilling tale of love and skulduggery. ‘Fidelio’ is a Live Screening from the Royal Opera it is Beethoven’s masterpiece and only Opera. It is the uplifting story of risk and triumph
‘Mrs Lowry & Son’ Beloved artist L S Lowry lived with his overbearing mother until her death. She always tried to dissuade him from pursuing his artistic ambitions and never failed to express her disappointment in him.
‘The Hereford Drama Festival’ returns to Ledbury presenting up to ten One Act Plays, performed by local AmDram groups, over three sessions, competing for the privilege of progressing to the Quarter Final Round of The All England Festival.
‘The Farewell’ is based on a true story. New Yorker Billi returns to China where her beloved Grandmother is terminally ill. The Family are not planning to tell her and Billi is asked to take part in the ruse. ‘Joker’ Arthur Fleck works as a clown but he has mental health issues. Times are tough and over time these issues bear down on him, making him take on the persona and become known as ‘Joker’
‘Under My Skin’ Sadhana Dance Company specialises in the exploration of science through dance. This is going to be rather special do not miss it! ‘The Roving Crows’ have a special sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre. Their multi-award wining act has wowed Festival Audiences all over the Country with their vibrant showcase of four-part harmonies, intelligent lyrics and solid thumping rhythms.
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2020 marks 75 years since Victory in Europe or VE day, when the Second World War finally came to an end.
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Two sites are still ‘live’ and you can comment on them up until their determination date (email email@example.com or write to Carl Brace at Herefordshire Council).
eople often say there is no point commenting on planning applications as ‘they’ take no notice. In Ledbury we have two examples that our voices can get heard consider the Viaduct Site and the Gladman site off Dymock Road.
Gladman’s application for 420 homes off the Dymock Road was turned down at appeal in October 2019 because the proposal would be harmful to the character and appearance of the area and the site is not in an accessible location. Ledbury Civic Society and the Town Council made representations at the Appeal. 602 representations from local people, public bodies and statutory consultees were received.
Bovis site off Leadon Way, 140 homes. P192482/0. The target determination date is 27 February. 97 comments have been logged on the website. Objections include the Herefordshire Landscape Officer noting that the development does not relate well to the town and that mature trees of 30 years+ on Leadon Way will be lost in creating access to the site. Other comments cover the proposal for another new roundabout on the Leadon Way and worries that new residents will be cut off from the town by the busy Leadon Way.
Bloor Homes, the Viaduct site, 625 homes P171532/O. Herefordshire Council turned this application down chiefly because the proposed access was unsuitable (off the Bromyard Road). A large number of objections had expressed opposition to the proposed site access and a local referendum was held on the issue of site access, and won. Bloor Homes appeal against this decision will be heard on 28 April, 10.00 am at Ledbury Rugby Club. Members of the public are urged to attend, as this can signify the strength of public feeling.
The Full Pitcher/Old Cricket Pitch, 93 affordable homes. P194182/F. Target determination date 11 March. The developer is Connexus a local Housing Association. There will be a mix of tenures on site: some homes will be for rent at 80% of market rent; some ‘rent to buy’ (80% market rent with option to buy after 5 years); some ‘shared ownership’ (part buy, part rent). Most homes will be 2/3 bed with a few 1 beds and a couple of accessible bungalows. There are no 4 or 5 bed homes. 16 representations on the website to date.
Gladman’s application for 210 homes off the Little Marcle Road is no longer ‘live. Gladman did not respond to Herefordshire Council’s requests for further information within the statutory time. 197 representations were received on this application.
The more of us who comment the more the planners will take notice!
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s we head into a new gardening season, we have a new contributor for our regular gardening pages: Mark Moir, owner of Newent Plant Centre @ The Nest Ledbury. Mark trained at Pershore College, graduating with a diploma in Hardy Plant Production. After working on several nurseries learning about propagation, plant production, marketing and maintenance of plants, he moved to working in local garden centres. Having sourced plants from all
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Throughout the year Mark will be sharing his ideas for each month, and tips for your garden. If there are any gardening related questions you would like answered, please drop him an email: email@example.com March is always a very busy month in the garden, plants are coming back into life and there’s an endless list of jobs to do. Although the Daffodils, Primroses, and Daphnes are in full bloom, it’s time to plan for some summer colour Sweet Peas are one of the easiest annual plants to grow – they flower from June to October – and most varieties have a wonderful scent. Now is the time to sow the seeds. Pop about three seeds into a 9cm (3 inch) pot of fresh compost. They should be about 1.5cm
deep (½ inch). Some gardeners like to soak the seeds overnight in water before sowing, but I’ve never found this necessary. Water them in lightly and place in a cold-frame, greenhouse or warm windowsill. At around 150C the seedlings usually appear in around two to three weeks. Pinch out the growing tips when they reach about 5cms (2 inches) high; this will encourage them to bush out and produce more stems. Gradually accustom them to outdoor conditions from April onwards – avoid leaving them out overnight for the first week if there are any frosts expected. 38
Plant them out in a sunny spot about 30cm (12 inches) apart. Taller varieties will need some support – you can use tall canes, sticks, trellis or netting. Sweet peas produce tendrils at the ends of the leaves so they happily scramble up netting, but they are more likely to need tying up if you use canes. The big secret to success with Sweet Peas is to keep picking the flowers. They start to appear from June and will still be blooming in October. Pick flowers every few days – if you allow any seeds to set the plants will stop flowering. The plants will benefit from
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he 8th Ledbury Community Day, the day when groups and organisations who serve Ledbury and District show what they do, will be held this year on Saturday 6th June. The event will take place again in the Burgage and St Katherine’s Halls, the Community Centre and other venues in Ledbury. Paul Kinnaird of the organising committee said, “Ledbury Community Day provides a great opportunity for groups and organisations to meet people, to tell about the services they offer, to seek volunteers and new members, and to show people how they can help their lives in all kinds of ways from learning and interests to well-being and support. “For those attending it’s a great way to find out what goes on in Ledbury, what they can help or what can help them.” 80 groups took part in 2019. Invitations have recently been sent out to local groups in Ledbury and the county, to take part in the event. The organisers will be pleased to hear from any groups they have not been able to contact, that are interested in taking part, at info@ ledburycommunityday.org.uk – taking part is free. The organisers would also be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to help with the event in planning, organising, stewarding or contributing to keep this worthwhile and special Ledbury event running.
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Poets Path Potter Events held for 8th year from Dymock Cricket Club Choice of 5 events over four distances of 8 miles, 10 miles, 16 miles or a marathon of 26 miles for runners and walkers along scenic countryside paths
aking place from the event HQ of Dymock Cricket Club and to be held on Saturday 21st March 2020, the 8th annual ‘Poets Path Potter’ is primarily organised as a charity fund raising event for runners or walkers.
in the history of the lives and work of the poets and their relationship with the Dymock area. They also mark the changes that have occurred during the last century, like bridges over old railway lines, traces of old canals and historic buildings, such as ancient churches and old farm houses.
Entrants have a choice of three lovely Gloucestershire rural, scenic and mainly off-road paths with 5 different events of approximately 8 miles (2 events), 10 miles, 16 miles and 26 miles (a marathon). There should be spectacular displays of the now rare native Daffodils, for which the area is noted, to enjoy on many parts of the route.
Although participants are asked to enter in advance (online entry is available), entries on the day are also possible. Anyone turning up on the day should arrive in time to be ready to leave the HQ at 8.30am for an event briefing at the start at 8.45pm. There is a generous 10 hour time limit to complete any of the distances, allowing walkers to also comfortably tackle the full marathon distance.
Based in Dymock near Newent, Gloucestershire, all events will start on Wintour’s Green in front of Dymock Church at 9.00am. They will be held over the locally famous paths of Poets Path I and Poets Path II (both of 8 miles) and the Daffodil Way (10 miles). The longer events do multiple loops.
All the proceeds after costs have been deducted will be equally split between Dymock Cricket Club (to contribute towards their new pavilion) and Friends of the Dymock Poets (for upkeep of the Poets Paths). All entrants will be given maps, route descriptions and the course will be marked with tape. They are advised to treat the events as self-navigation and self-supporting with no marshals or water stations anywhere on the route. However, refreshments will be available at the end of each 8 or 10 mile loop since all pass through the HQ. Entrants should carry enough water and food to last their chosen event, wear tough trail-type shoes or boots to cope with the wet and muddy conditions to be expected in many places and wear/take spare clothing appropriate for possibly unsettled spring weather.
As usual, to mark its literary heritage there is expected to be a fun reading of running poetry before the start by the Ed & Phil ‘Resident Poet’ and fellow runner, Kathy Tytler. Her repertoire includes the very witty: ‘The hill that is better than sex’! The Paths commemorate the fame of the area as being the home of six celebrated poets during the period leading up to the First World War. The famous author of ‘The Soldier’, Rupert Brooke, was one of those who spent some months in the area in 1913 and 1914. The different paths are steeped 42
Finishers of all distances will be given a commemorative medal, souvenir copies of the printed maps with the poetic history of each of the three courses they have elected to cover and receive a goody bag. They will also have the chance to win spot prizes of products from race sponsors, which are sold by organisers Ed & Phil.
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CSO Alexander and PCSO Ashby have attended various groups in Ledbury over the last few months and given scam awareness talks. The police take phone scams very seriously. Criminals will often use scam phone calls as a way of defrauding people out of their money. On most occasions, people realise that the call is a scam, but we are encouraging people to continue be vigilant. What to look out for Typically scammers will pretend to be from the police, and tell callers that their bank cards have been used fraudulently. Often the callers have stated that they are from the MET police, but they have been known to claim that they are from West Mercia Police, MI6 or the fraud squad. They will often say that they have the offenders in custody. Usually they will then ask the victim to contact their bank to cancel their cards. In doing so, they will 'hold the line', so the victim believes that they are calling their bank, when in fact they are still on the line to the offenders. They will then encourage the victims to hand over their bank details, including their PIN which they will often ask them to enter into the keypad of the phone. Following this they will say that the cards are needed and send a courier to collect them.
Sometimes they will ask the victims to give a password which the courier will use to make it appear more genuine. Consequently the offenders have been able to withdraw money from victim's accounts. On other occasions, rather than sending a courier, they have asked the victims to transfer money to a secure police account, asking them to call back to verify that they are genuine, whilst holding the line. Sometimes the scammers have told the victims to attend the bank to transfer money but told them that bank employees are involved in the scam, so not to mention it to them. What to do We offer the following advice to protect you from these scams: t Remember: police officers and banks will never ask for account details or PINs over the phone. t Police officers and banks would never come to your house to collect your cards or property. t They would also never ask you to transfer money to a secure account. t If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately and call 101 using another phone. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress call 999. t If you have elderly friends or relatives who may be vulnerable to this scam, please talk to them and make them aware. 44
Garden & Shed Security As spring approaches, many people across West Mercia will be turning their attention to the garden, others will be taking out their bikes to enjoy the warmer weather, or preparing the BBQ. Many people store their gardening equipment, tools, bikes and BBQ s in their shed and, unfortunately, this means that these outbuildings are often seen as an easy target by thieves. The basics of protecting your home and garden Thieves will generally take the easiest option when considering breaking into a shed, outbuilding or home, and security measures, such as a side gate and motionactivated lighting, can deter the would-be thief. However, there are other ways to protect your home and garden. Gravel paths and drives are a fantastic way of cheaply and unobtrusively discouraging a thief from entering your garden. Gravel makes a loud noise when stepped on which carries well at night and may wake the home owners, neighbours or a dog. This is instantly off-putting to a thief. Another way to protect your home is to plant prickly hedging around the perimeter of your garden.
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he yellow trumpets of daffodils brighten up the dullest spring day as they cluster together in gardens, on roadsides and in parks during March and April. But these are often the planted or escaped garden varieties. A real treat is spotting a wild daffodil among the dappled shade of an ancient woodland or pushing up through the grasses of a damp meadow. During early Spring, swathes of wild daffodils (Narcissus pseadonarcissus) spread their yellow blaze through meadows, woodland and field margins. They reach their greatest concentrations on the Herefordshire/ Gloucestershire border around Newent, Dymock and Ledbury; ‘the wild daffodil centre of England’. But the wild daffodil is also patchily distributed throughout Herefordshire. You can see them at our Lea & Paget’s Wood and Wessington Pasture Nature Reserves on the Woolhope Dome.
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daffodil is also relatively short and forms clumps, carpeting the ground.
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Once one of the most widespread and common of wildflowers, until the mid-nineteenth century, they then slipped into a rapid decline across central and eastern England due to loss of habitats. Originally a woodland plant, they have persisted on cleared and damp sites or spread from there into old improved grassland. It can be seen in parts of south Devon, the Black Mountains in Wales, the Lake District in Cumbria, and along the GloucestershireHerefordshire border.
Details: All Herefordshire Wildlife Trust members are welcome. The event is ideal for those who have joined recently. It's a great introduction to the Trust, understanding our aims and ambitions as well as an update on our current work and projects. This is one of seven exclusive members-only events running this year – join today so as not to miss out!
Nowhere is the wild daffodil, or Lent lily, more popular or better known than in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Newent, Dymock and Ledbury on the Gloucestershire-Herefordshire border. In the 1930s, the Great Western railway ran ‘Daffodil Specials’ from London for tourists to walk amongst the golden throngs and buy bunches at farm gates. The ‘Daffodil Line’ to Dymock was closed in 1959, but the flowers are still celebrated at Daffodil Weekends in and around the Golden Triangle in March. 49
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Honey, I forgot to feed the sourdough!
article & photos by Geraldine Woods-Humphrey
n almost white great tit, stark against rain dreary skies has been the only excitement in the garden lately and so I’ve turned my attention to other things. As luck would have it I was given a sourdough starter; little did I know what I was letting myself in for. I’ve wanted to make my own bread for a long time; who can resist the satisfaction of cutting into your own loaf, and that smell when you open the oven door? But you know what it’s like, somehow you never get round to it. Friends suggested I should get a bread maker… ‘Simples.’ My conscience stopped me, after all, there, standing in the kitchen was a black, fuel guzzling monster that repays continual stoking with effortless cooking … the Rayburn, the perfect bread making machine. There is also that little thing called ‘life,’ doesn’t it just always get in the way of the things you REALLY want to do? Besides, my sourdough starter was a gift, I couldn’t allow it to die, unloved in its jar on the second shelf of my fridge. A sourdough starter is alive. Flour and water are inhabited by natural wild yeasts causing it to ferment. It’s been used for bread making since the ancient Egyptians and
has travelled with humankind on all our many adventures throughout history until the 19th century when brewers yeast came into use and sourdough declined in popularity. Sourdough even played a part in the California gold rush, and could be found firmly established in the prospectors’ camps on the Klondike.
happens every two days, feeding is daily, sourdough is a demanding life form and my life has become a never ending round of feeding birds, dogs, humans and the cat. Fitting it all in isn’t easy and unlike a whippet, the starter doesn’t remind me it needs feeding, so there has been some neglect of the beast in the fridge.
My starter bubbles away in its jar like anaemic lava and like all living things, whether it's a goldfish or a whippet, it needs looking after. I take my jar from the fridge daily and leave it to reach room temperature before feeding the creature inside with flour and water. If I leave the starter out of the fridge too long, it rises, creeping over the rim of the jar like an alien from an early Star Trek episode…you know the ones, fibreglass rocks, shaky walls and green slime.
I was relating all this to a friend over coffee one morning when she asked, ‘What if you want to go on holiday?’
My first effort at making sourdough almost burnt out the motor of my little Kenwood forcing me to knead the dough by hand … as good as a fifteen minute workout. Baking 51
‘Those Klondike prospectors were called ‘sourdoughs’ because they carried their starter with them in a leather pouch round their necks.’ I replied. ‘Yes, but would you get through customs?’
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‘Drop in’ at the Heritage Centre Saturday 21st March
but nothing beats local knowledge. Please come and share your knowledge of our town and see what the Heritage Centre will be doing this season.
edbury Places is looking forward to welcoming local residents to the Heritage Centre ‘Drop-In’ in Church Lane Ledbury on Saturday 21st March between 10am and 2pm, and talk to volunteers who staff the museum seven days a week for seven months of the year. Refreshments will be provided.
It goes without saying that the building can only be open throughout the season as a result of the efforts of our wonderful band of volunteers. There are over fifty at present but we have a few gaps to fill for the coming season. Support and training are provided and you don’t have to be an expert to play a valuable role at the Heritage Centre.
The Heritage Centre will be opening this year on Saturday 28th March. Last year we had over 25,000 visitors from all parts of the globe. Visitors particularly enjoy the atmosphere of the building, the huge chimney, the construction of the building itself and the friendliness of the volunteers.
If you have time on your hands and are looking to make a very worthwhile contribution to Ledbury and its heritage, please drop in and see us on Saturday 21st March, or ring 01531 633637 for further details.
We also need help from local residents who know lots about the town and how it has changed over the years. Our High Street display has been commented on by many visitors and has local residents walking down memory lane, recognizing businesses that have helped make Ledbury a vibrant town over the years, as well as providing valuable information to us which can be used when the panorama is updated. Following the success of this panorama we have created one for the Homend, but we have gaps and queries. At our drop-in event we'd like to hear from you about the businesses that you remember occupying the Homend in the past. We can show you the information we have, where the gaps are, 52
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the surprise of my client who had imagined I might divide it up into just a few lots. Other interesting pieces included parasols, fans, shawls, various Victorian clothing and a small group of bronze and silver medallions. Having listed and valued all these items it was a pleasure to see them all photographed and uploaded onto the internet where they immediately began to attract keen interest from collectors. On sale day the collection of buttons and buckles sold for over £700 in total whilst an amazing Christian Dior plastic petal necklace made £180. Other out-standing results included the medallions which totalled over £1400 and an unusual Victorian ‘Russian goose feather’ padded petticoat which made £160. Smiths next Antiques & Collectables
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White Chocolate Berry Cheesecake
METHOD 1. Break the chocolate into a glass bowl, then put it over a pan of just simmering water to melt, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesnâ€™t touch the water. Alternatively, melt in the microwave being careful not to overheat. 2.
Line a lightly oiled 900g loaf tin with cling film.
3. Whisk the cheese, cream and sugar together, preferably with electric beaters, then stir into the almost-cool melted white chocolate until well combined. 4.
Mix 50g raspberries with 2 tbsp of the jam.
MOTHER'S DAY TREAT ... 5. Spoon half the cheese mixture into the loaf tin, then spoon the jammy raspberries down the centre.
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Serves 8 Prep: 25 mins plus 6 hours or overnight chilling
6. Top with the rest of the cheese mixture, level the top, then press in the biscuits.
Cover and chill for 6 hours or overnight.
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8. Set aside about 6 strawberries. Halve the rest, and warm in a pan with the remaining jam until soft.
t 284ml pot double cream t 50g caster sugar t 170g punnet raspberries
9. Whizz in a food processor or with a hand blender, then rub through a sieve to remove the seeds and make a sauce. Add a drop of water if the sauce is too thick.
t 5 tbsp raspberry jam t 85g Amaretti biscuits t 200g small strawberries t a few blueberries (optional)
10, To serve: carefully turn the tin onto a plate, lift it away and strip off the cling film. 11. Halve the remaining strawberries, and arrange on top of the cheesecake with the remaining raspberries and blueberries (if using). 12. Pour over a little sauce and serve the rest separately for drizzling over.
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Convenience Matters - the next chapter
arious types and styles of wines are widely available in these modern times. Red, white, rosé, sparkling, dry, medium, sweet, are just some of the choices to be considered when selecting wine. Organic wines suitable for vegetarians and vegans are further options available. Chile produces splendid wines, and I found the Chilean Valle wines to be excellent. Valle De Casablanca Reserva Chardonnay is a white wine pleaser for many occasions. The climate of the Casablanca Valley has cooling breezes, creating perfect conditions for the growing of grapes. This Chardonnay flavour is fresh, with the mouthfeel and palate appreciating a good, balanced production. It pairs perfectly with salmon and other
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Valle De Leyda Reserva Sauvignon Blanc is another white wine which is extremely popular. This is a bright, refreshing wine, tending towards floral in style and a wonderful accompaniment to salads and seafood.
Vine & Bloom offers Pinot Grigio (Italy) vegan wine. Described as ‘crisp and appley’, I found this production refreshing and pleasantly light. An excellent white wine to accompany a lot of cuisine.
Staying with Valle De Leyda, Reserva Pinot Noir is very popular with red wine lovers. Juicy red fruits on the nose lead enticingly to the mouth’s pleasures, for this smooth, powerful production. It accompanies tuna fish and red meat dishes, particularly well.
Vine & Bloom Merlot (Italy) vegan wine is described as ‘smooth and juicy’, again, an accurate description with which I agree. Dark fruits, on the nose and mouthfeel, continue through to the palate’s sensation and enjoyment; a smooth and very popular red wine, to pair with numerous dishes. Other vegan wine productions are also available.
Valle Del Maule Reserva Merlot is another often-selected, red wine. The Merlot grape produces exceptionally good wines, which are full and rich; powerful and fabulous with numerous dishes,
I located these wines at a Spar store. Founded during 1932, Spar now has shops in over 40 countries. Spar convenience stores stock numerous items, for everyday needs, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to suit all tastes and palates. www.spar.co.uk/wine www.spar.co.uk As always, Enjoy! Trevor Langley
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THE VAGUS NERVE and why itâ€™s so important to your health by Helen Mawson, BSc Hons, DIpM, BTAA, BAUK, KFRP
THE VAGUS NERVE The word vagus means wandering in Latin, this nerve is appropriately named as it wanders through the body with connections to many organs and body systems via the parasympathetic nervous system. It is the longest nerve in the human body originating from the brain stem at the back of the skull and weaving its way through the abdomen with branching nerves coming into contact with the heart, lungs, voicebox, stomach, and ears along with other body parts. Incoming information is distributed via the vagus nerve from the nervous system to the brain. The nerve also transmits outgoing information governing a wide range of reflex responses. Proper vagal function is critical to health and several modalities aim to stimulate the nerve to get proper function to the different body systems it regulates. There are also many techniques available that can be used to balance this vitally important nerve.
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LOCATION OF THE VAGUS NERVE The vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve and originates in the brain stem at the back of the skull. It wanders through the body connecting to several organs and systems.
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WHY THE VAGUS NERVE IS SO IMPORTANT FOR HEALTH Having proper vagal nerve function is vitally important to our health. This is because the nerve is connected to so many body organs and systems and regulates many body functions. The nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system which is the branch of the nervous system where rest, digestion, repair and sleep occur. Stress Stress can have a major impact on this nerve and 64
switches a person into their sympathetic nervous system which is not good for health long term. When someone is in a stressed state and their brain switches into sympathetic the vagus nerve function is seriously compromised. The signals to the various body parts cannot get through properly. When we are in this stressed state over a longer period, breakdowns in any or several of these body areas can occur.
we can switch on the vagus nerve t $IBOUJOHTJOHJOH chanting and singing both stimulate the nerve so sing like no one is listening! t (FOUMFTUSFUDIJOH stretching gently is good on so many levels but making this a daily habit is important for correct vagal tone t .BLJOHMPWF making love with the one we love is good for our health in many ways and it also stimulates the vagus nerve, so this is an added bonus!
Digestion Digestion is very important for human health if we cannot digest nutrients properly, we simply cannot be well. Digestion is controlled directly by the vagus nerve, it serves a major connection from the brain to the gut. We have probably all heard of the gut-brain connection and this is exactly that. The role of the nerve with regards to digestion is to promote smooth digestion throughout the gastrointestinal tract. This process begins in the brain with the vagus nerve and then this causes the secretion of gastric juices in preparation for the food to enter your body and begin the process of being digested.
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Sleep In order to sleep properly, we have to have a balanced nervous system and one that is working appropriately. The vagus nerve has a big impact on regulating sleep and allowing the individual to be able to relax and rest.
t Stress t Emotional issues
Repair Reducing inflammation is one of the best things we can do for our health in general and the vagus nerve is very implicated in stimulating an inflammatory response. By activating the nerve, we can reduce this inflammatory response.
t Sleep issues
The immune response The immune response is governed by the vagus nerve, by activating it we can reduce inflammation, stimulate the correct immune response, control immune cells and prevent disease.
t Inflammatory health conditions
t Hormone balance t Heart problems t Breathing issues t Autoimmune issues t Chronic health conditions
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Craft with a difference article & photos by Pamela Green
hen I heard of a craft centre that made so many different things I immediately wanted to visit it. My husband Michael and I were with a group of friends on a trip to Torquay, just seeing the sights. Cockington Court is a former stately home first recorded in the Doomsday Book and built upon over the centuries, reflecting a variety of architectural periods. Many years ago the Cary's and the Mallock's owned the estate, and as a youngster, crime novelist Agatha Christie was a regular visitor. She appeared in family theatricals staged on the front lawn. It now houses a craft centre, with over twenty craft studios, tea rooms, a Tudor rose garden, a contemporary art gallery and a popular childrenâ€™s play area. It is also one of Torbay's favourite destinations, combining history to the present day. We were intrigued to discover twenty different artistsâ€™ studios. A glass blower, who did wonderful things with glass, a blacksmith with some of the most ingenious designs I've ever seen, and a woodworker who made delightful children's toys and many other things. We also found a leather worker, who
made the most beautiful leather handbags, purses, bookmarks, and numerous other things. There was also an artist who worked in slate, and made the most unusual clocks, placemats and coasters. The manor house has a large reception room that will hold around 55 guests. There is also The Hayloft, a two-storey wedding venue, perfect for intimate ceremonies. The space is available for all occasions and you can even hire a horse and carriage for the day. At the craft studios you can buy high quality crafts directly from the makers. You can even stand and watch the glass blowers create wonderful works of art, hear the blacksmith clinking at his forge, and smell the delightful aromas of the delicious chocolate being made by the chocolatier. The studios are open daily from 10am and admission is free. You can even book lessons and learn some of the crafts. Cockington House has a delightful restaurant 67 where
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HELP & SUPPORT ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY Hereford Tel: 01432 371137 CHILD PROTECTION HELPLINE Tel: 0800 800 500 CHILDLINE Tel: 0800 1111 COMMUNITY SAMARITANS Tel: 01432 269000 Tel: 0845 790 9090 DASH (Drugs Services Herefordshire) Tel: 01432 263636 DIVORCE RECOVERY WORKSHOP Tel: 01684 560394 HEREFORD & WORCESTER ADVISORY SERVICE ON ALCOHOL Tel: 01905 27417 HEREFORDSHIRE RAPE & SEXUAL ABUSE SUPPORT CENTRE Tel: 0870 242 2230 HEREFORDSHIRE CARERS EMERGENCY CARD SCHEME Emergency Support System For Carers Tel: 01432 356068 LEDBURY CHILDREN'S CENTRE email: ledburychildrenscentre@ herefordshire.gov.uk www.herefordshire.gov.uk www.facebook.com/hfdscouncil Tel: 01432 383840 LEDBURY OUTREACH www.herefordshirecab.org.uk Tel: 01432 270536 MARRIAGE CARE (Relationship Counselling) Ledbury & Hereford Payment by donation Tel: 0800 389 3801
WORSHIP CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY New Street
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LEDBURY LIBRARY Master’s House Monday: 9.30am to 4.30pm Tuesday: 9.30am to 6pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 9.30am to 4.30pm Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday: 9.30am to 12.30pm Sunday: Closed Tel: 01432 383499
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LEDBURY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL Tel: 01531 632488
ROYAL MAIL DELIVERY OFFICE Tel: 01531 633311
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NHS DIRECT Tel: 111
Last Collection P.O 5.30pm At box in town 5.45pm
Saturday Mass 5.00pm Sunday Mass 10.30am Tel: 01531 635354 ST MICHAEL’S PARISH CHURCH Church Lane 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00am Main Morning Service 6.30pm Evening Service
BAPTIST CHURCH The Homend Sundays 10.30am Worship except WKHÀUVW6XQGD\LQWKHPRQWK All-age family Messy Church XVXDOO\ÀUVW6DWXUGD\HDFKPRQWK 3.30pm-6pm - replaces Sunday service (info Facebook 'Messy Church Ledbury') Tel: 07960 322528 METHODIST CHURCH Usually in the Burgage Hall Sundays 10.30am Worship For details and other events see: www.herefordshiremethodists. org.uk/ledbury Tel: 01531 634242 PENTCOSTAL FELLOWSHIP Community Centre Lawnside Road Sundays 10am Praise & Worship Tel: 01432 352545 LEDBURY ELIM CHURCH Ledbury Primary School Long Acres Sundays at 10.30am Further info call Arlette Frampton Tel: 07718 201334
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ST.MICHAEL’S HOSPICE Bartestree Hereford Tel: 01432 851000 DAY LEWIS PHARMACY Bye Street Monday - Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm Saturday 9.00am - 1.00pm Tel: 01531 632693 BOOTS CHEMIST High Street Mon - Sat 8.30am - 5.30pm 01531 632687 MEDICAL LOANS SERVICE Jenn Jones 01531 632745 HEREFORD COUNTY HOSPITAL Union Walk Hereford HR1 2ER Tel: 01432 355444 GLOUCESTERSHIRE ROYAL HOSPITAL Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3NN Tel: 0300 422 2222 WORCESTERSHIRE ROYAL HOSPITAL Charles Hastings Way Worcester WR5 1DD Tel: 01905 763333
HOUSEHOLD RECLAMATION SITE Little Marcle Road Wednesday 8.00am - 6.00pm Saturday 8.00am - 6.00pm Sunday 9.30am - 1.00pm TOWN COUNCIL Church Lane Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 10am - 2pm email@example.com www.ledburytowncouncil.gov.uk Tel: 01531 632306 County Councillors: Ledbury North Councillor Liz Harvey firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01531 631718 Ledbury South Councillor Emma Holton Emma.Holton@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 07901 595764 Ledbury West Councillor Andrew Warmington Andrew.Warmington@herefordshire. gov.uk Tel: 07985 082262 Herefordshire Council Tel: 01432 260000 MP Bill Wiggin (con) Tel: 01568 612565 TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE Ice Bytes - 38 The Homend
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Aerials, TV & Audio Aardvark Aerials John’s Aerials Lezlee Designs
32 70 12
Architectural Services Josh Thomas Design House
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76 2 11 73
30 46 70 17 60 66
Car Hire Ledbury Private Car Hire
Carpentry & Joinery Colin McCarthy Fine Joinery L H Joinery
63 52 40
Carpets & Flooring Ledbury Carpets & Interiors
Cleaning Services Bliss Cleaning Services Diamond Cleaning Services Billy Russell Floor Care
60 16 23
Oven Clean Professional Oven Cleaners Coal Merchant A W Parker Community Services Age UK Community Action Ledbury Ledbury Civic Society Ledbury Community Day Ledbury Ring & Ride Computer Maintenance J B Computers
Farm Shop Little Marcle Farm Shop
Florist Mango Florist
Funeral Director Ledbury Funeral Services
Furniture Lock Stock & Barrel
Garage Doors Active Security UK Ltd Garolla Roller Shutter Doors
Garage Services Alfa Tech
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60 14 63 12 73 17 70 38 45 16 37
Gyms & Sports Clubs Edge Fitness & Therapies The Magpies
Hardware & Tools Ledbury Tools & Fixings
15 23 36 41 4
Conservatories, Doors & Windows Clover Conservatories Malvern Glass Shane Howells Ltd Steamy Windows
46 9 26 47
Country Shop & Cafe The Shop at Bromsberrow
Driveways & Paving Ledbury Construction Ltd Pave Your Way
Education & Courses Ann Cam Primary School Eastnor Pottery Ledbury Primary School Language for Fun
40 35 34 10
Electricians Acorn Electrical Services B & B Services J Hill Electric MCL Electrical
30 76 35 66
Entertainment Ledbury Poetry Festival Ledbury Choral Society The Market Theatre 'VE Day' Celebrations 71
27 21 28 31
Hairdresser Serentiy Professional Hairdressing 25 Heating & Plumbing B & B Services Craig Taylor Dean Boswell Fusion
76 12 70 34
Index Heating & Plumbing Heating Solutions Hot and Cold Plumbing TJ Jones Plumbing & Heating
3 3 63
Healthcare & Beauty &DURO&ODUN5HÀH[RORJ\ Ledbury Chiropractic Clinic Ledbury Podiatry Meadow End Physio Clinic Serentiy Professional Hairdressing The Uncommon Touch Massage Therapy Three Counties Physiotherapy
12 66 62 25 43 40
Home Security Active Security UK Ltd
House Removals Man and Van
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76 2 11 73
Logs, Kindling & Firewood Get Logs 66
Plastering & Tiling Ledbury Plastering
Mobility Aids & Services B & B Services
MOT Alfa Tech
Oven Cleaning Oven Clean Professional Oven Cleaners
Plumbing & Heating B & B Services Craig Taylor Dean Boswell Fusion Heating Solutions Hot and Cold Plumbing TJ Jones Plumbing & Heating
Painters & Decorators Ledbury Plastering Mark Coulter Marcle Decorators Steve Emery The Pink Painter Paving & Driveways Ledbury Construction Ltd Pave Your Way Pest Control SGE Pest Control
4 4 35 37 47
Pet Care Country Cats Cattery Creative Canines Dawn’s Dog Grooming Leadon Vale Vet Centre Ledbury Park Veterinary Centre Orchard View Kennels Pet Passion Pet Sitting Woodlands Country Cat Hotel
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A Mexican bandit made a speciality of crossing the Rio Grande from time to time and robbing banks in Texas. Finally, a reward was offered for his capture, and an enterprising Texas Ranger decided to track him down. After a lengthy search, he traced the bandit to his favourite cantina, sneaked up behind him, put his trusty six-shooter to the bandit’s head and said: “You’re under arrest. Now tell me where you hid the loot or I’ll blow your brains out.”
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But the bandit didn’t speak English and the Ranger didn’t speak Spanish. As luck would have it, a bilingual lawyer was in the saloon and translated the Ranger’s message. The terrified bandit blurted out, in Spanish, that the loot was buried under the oak tree at the back of the cantina. “What did he say?” asked the Ranger.
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Bad bunny ... !! A woman walks into a vet’s waiting room, dragging a wet rabbit on a lead. The rabbit does NOT want to be there! “Sit, Bunnikins,” she says. Bunnikins glares at her, and sopping wet, jumps up on another customer’s lap, getting water all over him.
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