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The Villager April 2013


Hello & Welcome to the April edition of The Villager As always, we have a magazine packed with great articles, editorials and of course a brilliant range of adverts from a great selection of local traders. Last month we increased our print run to 8,000 and doubled our distribution to Malvern and Evesham. This has had the desired effect of attracting several new advertisers from both areas, and hopefully has increased enquiries to our existing advertisers. The changes to the website are almost complete, and for those of you who have had a look at it recently, you will see that we have included a page listing all advertisers. This page will be updated monthly and in due course, we will be offering the option for you to have a link to your own website.

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Issue No. 35

ETC Windows, Doors & Conservatories

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Cloudy2Clear Windows

“Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” Mark Twain

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Recipes

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The Pantry, Peopleton

PUBLISHER & ADVERTISING

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The Bridge

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Luke's Garden Maintenance

April 2013

Grapevine Publications

3 Rye Street • Birtsmorton • WR13 6AS

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Telephone 0845 224 7061 Mobile 07754 170286

Silver 8 Training

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Just popping out to water . . .

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PJ Home Improvements

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Distributor Wanted

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. . . for everything else . . .

EDITOR Betty-Ann Ambury

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Political Correctness?

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ALM Fitness

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JM Paddock & Field Maintenance

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Coffee Time!

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Events in April

FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Ambury

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Your Community Directory

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Index of Advertisers

NEXT ISSUE COPY DATE

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Pershore Market

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ADVERTISING & EDITORIAL Betty-Ann Ambury

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10th April 2013

The aims of The Villager are to bring local buyers and businesses together to encourage the people of Worcestershire and surrounding areas to support these businesses to help the local community to flourish. © 2013. All artwork and copy appearing in this publication is copyright and may not be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The right to refuse advertisements is reserved. All information published is correct according to those who supplied it and no responsibility is taken if it is not. Care is taken to ensure all advertisements are truthful and no liability is accepted for errors or emissions. The use ofmention this publication canvassing, direct marketing or any other activity apart from sourcing local goods and services is strictly prohibited. Please THEforVILLAGER when responding to advertisers


ETC Windows, Doors & Conservatories

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ith so many concerns involved in offering conservatories, windows and doors it can be a confusing choice for consumers.

As with all choices of this type, seeing and examining the previous work of contractors and talking to their customers, will often give a clear indication of the quality of their work and service. ETC is a local Evesham based company that has a team with many years of experience which has allowed the firm to build a solid reputation for high quality work. ETC is able to offer a complete range of services that includes a comprehensive

beautiful & energy efficient Choose from our extensive range and enjoy high quality products combined professional design and quality installation. With years of experience we offer a relaxed and friendly service at great value prices!

Let us transform your home... No pressure, No hassle, just quality products and workmanship at honest prices

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Windows, Doors & Conservatories

ETC Windows Doors & Conservatories are proud to be Worcestershire’s select installer for Vevo products

Unit 2, Site 14 Four Pools Ind Est. St Richards Road, Evesham, Worcs. WR11 1XJ

www.vevowindows.co.uk www.etcwindows.co.uk

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range of composite doors, high security double glazing, quality conservatories and orangeries at very competitive prices. With modern materials conservatories are now living spaces that can be enjoyed all year round and the latest range of double glazing materials offers a high degree of security alongside lower fuel bills. ETC is particularly proud to be the sole selected installer in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire of the VEVO range of windows. ETC can also provide a high quality range of timber and aluminium framed windows that offer a real and lasting solution to those requiring a more traditional look or to meet demanding planning requirements whilst taking advantage of the latest double glazing technology. Thoughtful planning and consideration for the individual needs of each client removes much of the stress such work can sometimes entail. Attention to detail and a first class after sales service adds to the feeling that this company cares about each and every customer.

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Imaginative High Quality Landscaping Patios & Garden Walls Pond & Patio Cleaning Ponds & Water Features Swimming Pools & Ponds Fibreglassed Fencing & Hedge Cutting

CLIVE CAMPION Painter & Decorator Interiors, Exteriors & Exhibitions

Local Friendly Service ~ References Available contact Glenn Baker 01905 380128 or 07792 613020

Over 23 years of experience

Free Quotations Mob: 07768 104525 Tel: 01527 401427 Email: clivecampion@sky.com References available on request

CRAIG MERCHANT ELECTRICAL SERVICES

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• New Builds & Extension • Full/Part House Rewires • Outdoor Security Lighting • Mains Smoke Detectors • Extra Sockets & Lights • Night Storage Heaters • Fuseboard Changes

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QUALITY DENTURES DIRECT

MALVERN DENTURE CENTRE

Jackie Richards MAAT MAAT Bookkeeping and Accountancy Services Based in Inkberrow in Worcestershire,

Telephone:

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209b Worcester Road ● Malvern ● WR14 1SP

Bookkeeping • VAT • Payroll Personal Income Tax • Business Income Tax Corporation Tax • Final Accounts Preparation 16a Stonepit Lane, Inkberrow, Worcestershire WR7 4ED www.jackierichards.co.uk • 01386 793725 • 07967 791317

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Extensions - Windows, Doors & Conservatories Guttering - Facias - Soffits Carpentry - Plastering - Painting & Decorating Kitchens & Bathrooms - General Maintenance Tel Daytime: 07767001865, 07917724222 Eve: 01386640887, 01905381678

CET Property Care “You Care We Care” Locks Changed

Painting Service

Flat Pack Assembly

Guttering Cleaned/Repaired

Handyman service

Shelving Fitted

Carpentry

Free Estimates

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Cloudy2Clear Windows – Service With A Smile! It’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director Paul Papandreou feels that it’s all about service. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people

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

factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people

I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated.’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Paul a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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Recipes

from far & wide

Fish Curry 15mls oil 15mls raisins 1 onion, chopped 125mls plain yoghurt 5mls curry powder salt & pepper 1 tomato, chopped 2 large fish fillets, skinned 1 apple, peeled & cubed & cut into large cubes

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Heat the oil in a large pan, add chopped onion and lightly fry for 3 to 4 minutes.

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Add curry power, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring well.

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Add tomato, apple, raisins and seasoning and continue cooking. stirring occassionlly, for another 10 to 15 minutes.

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Mix in fish cubes, cover and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes until the fish is cooked.

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Serve with brown or white rice.

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PC repairs and upgrades Spyware and virus removal Health checks and PC servicing Website design and site marketing PC’s and media centres built to order General troubleshooting & support Configuring wireless networks Email and internet problems Advice and ongoing help Apple Mac and Windows p: m: e: w:

01386 550191 07435 964579 info@pendas.co.uk www.pendas.co.uk

Onsite support for all your computer issues, for both the home and business user

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EFT - The Path to Inner Peace Emotional Freedom The Path to Inner Peace Do you suffer from anxiety, stress or depression? Do you want to ‘let go’ of this and really start enjoying your life? EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) helps to:  let go of any negativity so you feel calm and gain peace;  increase your positivity and well-being;  bring you self-acceptance and contentment. Gain more peace in your life, contact Kim on 07518 053311 www.eftworcestershire.co.uk

For all your Trade & DIY needs! Over 15 years experience

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Tel: 01386 244042

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Worcestershire, The Courtyard, 19 HighWR10 Street,1AA Pershore, and WR10 1AA Worcestershire, 10 The Southend, and Ledbury, 2EY 10Herefordshire, The Southend,HR8 Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2EY www.crowther.co.uk

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Septic Tank? Cesspit?  Cesspit, Septic Tank & Sewage Treatment Plant Emptying  CCTV Drain Surveys & Repairs Sewage Treatment Plant & Pump Station Servicing & Maintenance Off-Mains Drain Jetting 24 Hour Emergency Service Competitive Prices Friendly, Clean & Reliable Service Professional & Fast Response

Home Handyman

Painting • Decorating • Tiling Someone to do those odd jobs around the house NO JOB TOO SMALL

Tel: John 01386 550263 Mob: 07770 442851 email: johnstbbrt@gmail.com

call your local Pershore depot on

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Your local trusted sewage company Cleansing Service Group Waste Solution Specialists

visit us at www.csg.co.uk or email enquiries@csg.co.uk

01789 762450 LOCKSMITHS and SAFE ENGINEERS • Lock sales, fitting & opening • Safe sales, fitting & opening • Key cutting • Electronic locking solutions • Full mobile service • Car key specialists Unit 12, 34 Tything Road, Alcester B49 6ES Phone: 01789 762450 Fax: 01789 400799

www.alcesterlocks.co.uk

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Paul Cooper over 25 years experience

Overskim Old Walls & Artex Plastering ● Rendering Screeding tel: 01905 381082 mob: 07977 742245

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THE FABRIK SHOP 24a Broad Street, Pershore. Tel: 01386 553 626 e: thefabrikshop@btinternet.com

MJsRealDeals Unit 6-7 Bakers Arcade, 54, High Street Pershore WR10 1DU

Stockist of: Linens, Cotton Poplins, Lawns and fabrics for evening wear

SECOND HAND DEALER Tel: 01386 552031 Mobile: 07846 390357 E-Mail: mjsrealdeals@sky.com

Full range of fleece, patchwork cottons, waddings, stencils, cutters and boards

PLEASE CALL IN TO BROWSE OR BUY

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t's been a struggle! What clever souls would have opened a community shop run by volunteers in a village of barely 600 people in the depths of a recession? Close to towns in South Worcestershire with a wealth of choice for grocery shopping and the Vale of Evesham, handy for seasonal fruit and vegetables on it's doorstep. All far enough away though to make shopping for day-to-day necessities an inconvenience for residents of Peopleton, a small but perfectly formed village just off the A44; famous for Bowbrook House, the childhood home of Dame Barbara Cartland and Stonebow House where the TV presenter and journalist Jeremy Paxman spent his early years.

Peopleton has everything you'd want and expect in a village: medieval church, good pub, village hall and playing field ... and a shop. In 2010 the shop almost became another statistic in the list of closures and failed village stores that weren't able to compete with the large out-of-town supermarkets. But a group of people in Peopleton were determined not to let the village shop go quietly. In mid 2010 a committee was formed, and a group of volunteers determined ways of raising funds to get the new shop off the ground. These included a grant from the Plunkett Foundation and selling shares to villagers, which raised almost £7,000, as well as some generous donations. Peopleton was also lucky to keep it's Post Office at a time when many were closing; the committee convinced Post Office Ltd that the venture was financially 'watertight' and that there were enough people to support it. On the 7th December 2010, 'The Pantry' finally opened, offering groceries that had not previously been available in the village: fresh fruit and vegetables, quality meat and cheeses, fresh Continental bread and patisseries stocked every day. The opening got off to an unexpected start with one of the coldest winters in living memory and plenty of snow effectively cutting off the village and encouraging more people than were expected to sample what The Pantry had to offer. This did have it's downside, as villagers with 4 x 4's had to collect goods from stranded delivery vehicles! There are so many stories to tell that have happened in a relatively short space of time, from a group of people who arrived for a funeral in Peopleton and came into the shop to use the phone, only to discover they should've been 15 miles away in Alcester, to The Pantry's fifteen minutes of fame when the BBC Countryfile film crew turned up to film the shop and volunteers at work because our community shop coincided with the 60th Anniversary of the Archers radio programme where a similar storyline was taking shape.

years and 4 months it has been open .... other than when a workman came through the ceiling whilst working on the apartment upstairs! A comment from one of our loyal volunteers: "In keeping with the Government plan to promote a better understanding of maths, several senior citizens have improved their mathematical skills at the shop. Some have developed their confidence by serving the public and it has given others an opportunity to contribute to village life. It is fast becoming a beneficial social centre, especially for people who don't drive. Long may it grow!" Steve Dexter Manager & Sub-Postmaster, the Pantry, Peopleton

The Pantry, Peopleton

as featured on the TV programme BBC Countryfile Fresh British & Continental Bread & Patisseries High Quality Meat & Cheeses Local Honey & Eggs • Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Pickles & Preserves Plants & Fresh Flowers • Gardening Supplies Flower & Vegetable Seeds Newspapers, Greetings Cards, Gift Paper & Stationery • Post Office Traditional bicycle delivery service to Peopleton - unique in our area.

“Come and experience how good village shopping can be !!” Open: 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday 9am – 12noon Sat 9am – 11am Sun Post Office: 9am – 3.30pm Mon- Fri.

The Pantry, along with it's compact Tea Room with walled garden has become a great meeting point for villagers, and has in a way, brought Peopleton closer together. It is a credit to all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to keep shop has closed onceorin07754 the 2170286 or visit www.grapevinepublications.co.uk 12 it going.ToThe advertise callnot 0845 224 7061

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Alarming! “& ALL ASPECTS OF ELECTRICAL WORK”

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Electrical Contractors & Security System Specialists

SUPPLY, INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR OF

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The Bridge A man was riding his Harley along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, God said, "Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish." The biker pulled over, thought for a minute, and then said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I want." God replied, "Your request is materialistic. Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking; the supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific and the concrete and steel it would take! I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of something that could possibly help mankind." The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said, "God, I wish that I, and all men, could understand women. I want to know how she feels inside, what she's thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing's wrong, why she snaps and complains when I try to help, and how I can make a woman truly happy." God replied: "You want two lanes or four on that bridge . . . . ?"

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sunflower soft furnishings

• Complete curtain design service • Made to measure curtains, blinds, soft furnishings • Wide range of fabrics & wallpapers to view • Poles, tracks & all curtain accessories • Roller, vertical, venetian blinds • Complete fitting service The Old Smithy, Worcester Road Grafton Flyford, WR7 4PW

Digital Photography for you. Contact me to cover your event, photograph your product, take images of you or your loved ones. Getting married and want images of the whole event. Preparing product or website advertising and need images (including digitally manipulated), need shots taken of architecture, landscapes or landmarks.

Are you a model or an agent needing portfolio or fashion shoot photographs. All of these and more can be provided by BG Digital Photographs. Just contact me by email, mobile phone or the contact form on the website.

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Jewellery Sales & Repairs

Simon Haines Construction Services Ltd

General Building Conversions & Extensions Property Maintenance Groundworks

Over 16 years experience Telephone: 01386 550002 Mobile: 07971 002637 Email: simon@shcsgroup.co.uk www.shcsgroup.co.uk 32 Ashdale Avenue, Pershore, WR10 1PL

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For a personal and helpful service with:

SELF-ASSESSMENT TAX RETURNS BUSINESS ACCOUNTS VAT RETURNS The Berkeley Arms Pub and Restaurant in Spetchley Worcester.

Serving home cooked food, real ales and ямБne wine. We also have a 150 capacity seated function suite for Weddings & Events. Now taking bookings for 2013 & 2014. Evesham Road, Spetchley, Worcestershire WR7 4QL

01905 345269

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COMPUTERISED ACCOUNTS Contact Paul Jenkins, Chartered Accountant

01386 552223 paul@pjaccounts.co.uk 39 High Street, Pershore, WR10 1EU

FABULOUS SELECTION OF FOOTWEAR FROM THE LEADING BRANDS FOR ALL THE FAMILY

MOST STYLES IN FULL AND HALF SIZES ~ SIZE 3 - 8 LADIES & SIZE 6 - 12 MENS

Childrens' main fitting centre in the area for both CLARKS & START-RITE at Redditch Our Alcester shop also has a large selection OUR STOW SHOP SPECIALISES IN LADIES & MENS FOOTWEAR Owned and run by a local family BRANDS INCLUDE: CLARKS, ECCO, RIEKER, HOTTER, LOTUS, LELLI KELLY, ROHDE, GABOR, ANATOMIC, LOAKE, BARKER, START-RITE, GEOX, MERRELL, SKECHERS, SEBAGO, VAN-DAL, EQUITY, TAMARIS, TIMBERLAND ~ HANDBAGS BY RADLEY & TULA

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Luke's Garden Maintenace Get your garden ready for summer!

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uke's Garden Maintenance is a local, reliable, trusted company which has been working in Worcestershire for over 10 years.

We can help you get your garden ready for summer by carrying out a range of jobs such as: • • • • • • • • •

Fencing Hedge cutting Patio cleaning Mowing and strimming Rubbish removals Tree work Rotavating Shed and fence painting Guttering cleaned

Its easy to arrange for work to be done, just call us now and one of our friendly team will visit you at home to give you a no obligation, personalised quote. We carry out a range of works – not just those listed - so call us now and find out how we can help get your garden ready for summer.

Tel: 01386 244680

Luke's Garden Maintenance Any gardening job quoted for, including: • Fencing • Hedge cutting • • Patio cleaning • • Mowing • Strimming • • Rubbish removals • • Tree work • • Vegetable patches rotovated • • Fence and shed painting • • Guttering cleaning • and more...

call now for a FREE, no obligation quote

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Aerial Services Don’t be afraid of the Mouse! One to one computer lessons. In your home. Friendly local tutor.

01386 388007 or 834904 Digital Aerials Freesat & Freeview Aerials New Installations & Multi TV Points Aerial & Satellite Repairs Storm Damage & Insurance Work All work fully guaranteed OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE SAME DAY SERVICE OAP DISCOUNT

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Are you staring at a new computer which has found its way into your house? Perhaps your old computer is still crying out to be used properly?! Either way it’s there and it’s eyeing you up suspiciously!

Look good feel great

When this happens we worry about how to use the thing properly, getting stuck and not recalling what to do or where to start. Firstly, concentrate on what interests you the most. There is no point learning things that you don’t need to. Make a list of what you want to do: email friends, do the grocery shopping, research hobbies?

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“But hold on!” (I hear you say) “What’s an email account? Is it safe to use my credit card online? Turn it on and off? I have to do that too??!!!”

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Fret not. As Silver Training’s Worcestershire tutor I will set you up and guide you through what interests you the most with step by step lessons at home. We will plan your learning to suit what you wish to get out of your machine.

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I come to you so you don’t even have to leave the house! So put those excuses away, and have a lesson to get started today! (we even throw in free training material in case you can’t remember what you have learned!)

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I am part of the UK’s largest network of home computer tutors, Silver Training, am fully background checked and already have many happy clients in the area! Call now on 01386 800 160 to book a lesson or visit www.silvertraining.co.uk

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Robert Preston: Silver Training Tutor for Worcester and surrounding villages

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Just popping out to water the Chichipatls, Dahling! Chichipatl . . . . . Acocotle . . . . . Cocoxochitl water cane, water pipe, water pipe flower, hollow stem flower, cane flower (language of the Toltecs & Aztecs)

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’ve stolen some land . . . . . from my husband, or to be precise, I’ve invaded his vegetable plot. He doesn’t know yet; he thinks he’s going to plant leeks, but I’ve declared it ‘The Cut Flower Garden’, so it’s official!

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Why has this happened, you ask? Well, a couple of weeks ago, I designed a large planting scheme under the influence of Hidcote’s Red Border. Our client, being a fan also of Great Dixter, made the splendid request for a few Dahlias, taking the border from Summer to late Autumn. Being a Dahlia enthusiast myself, we went straight to Rose Cottage Plants website and selected ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ (absolute favourite with a dark leaf), ‘Nescio’ and ‘Grenadier’. We also fell in love with Dahlia ‘Dark Fubuki’ and ‘Taratahi Ruby’. The damage was done. My obsession with this tender Mexican perennial rekindled, I made a list for my own garden. Sitting back after twenty minutes, to admire my selection, I realised that I had chosen exclusively 5 chocolate coloured varieties. It’s always easier choosing for someone else’s garden, I thought darkly. Clearly I needed to exercise more objectivity in my colour choice, but more to the point, where was I going to plant them? Dahlias are easy to grow. Purchase fat tubers, plunge into potting compost in April, position in your greenhouse/porch and just add water. Plant outside in June with a thick mulch and sturdy supporting stake. Flowers appear from mid-end July and continue through to frosty November. What more could you ask of a plant? Dahlias enjoy full sun and need humus rich soil. They make admirable border plants and are ideal to pop into bare spots after the Spring frenzy and June flush of perennials are over. For me, the rabbit-proofed vegetable plot is ideal; in fact, an obvious choice! Admittedly there may be the odd earwig to repel and invading slugs will be eaten by the pheasants (they eat everything else in the vegetable plot!). Regular cutting means plenty of fresh flowers and the dead heading sorted. Come November you have the choice of lifting and storing them in dry wood shavings indoors till next April, or you could leave them in the border covered with a huge pile of mulch, cross all fingers and hope they survive. I confess my solution will be to buy fresh ones each year, as I know I will forget to lift them in time.

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Furthermore, they attract bees and pollinating insects. In fact, the Dahlia occupation will bring positive benefits to the potager, providing masses of cut blooms and a good view from the kitchen window, to boot.

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every colour available (except blue and black); enough to satisfy the most extravagant taste or sensitive palate. Nifty breeding, careful selection and good marketing has brought Dahliaphiles a phenomenal choice; the range available is almost overwhelming. Do I choose the spiky cactus in raspberry ripple or zingy lemon-meringue, paeony-flowered pink marshmallows or pom-poms in chocolateburgundy, or one of everything? By the time I’ve filled the on-line shopping basket, I have spent a fortune and created a display to rival Carmen Miranda’s hat; which is possibly not a good thing!

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By choosing flowers of a single colour, but of different shape and form, you can add an interesting dimension to your borders. However, after the dismal, damp squib of last summer, I have developed a colour craving.

Dark Fubuki

Marshalling my thoughts over a hot chocolate, I determined the new cut-flower colony should proclaim it’s arrival with a riot of carnival oranges, reds and yellows; the larger and more outrageous the better. My collection:

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Glorious Golds Outrageous Oranges Canary Fubuki Bantling Promise Garden Festival Glorie van Heemstede David Howard Grand Prix (10” diameter flower) Jescot Julie Golden Sceptre

Riotous Reds Manhatten Island Ellen Huston Apache Taratahi Ruby Weston Spanish Dancer

But for the coup de grâce of my new dominion, in tribute to the Dahlia’s Aztec heritage I will be devoting a small corner to this collection:

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Velvety Chocolates Arabian Nights Karma Choc Night Queen Nuit d’Ete La Recoleta

Cool Vanilla Whites Boom Boom White Klondike White Aster Cafe au Lait - coffee & cream colours

And all because . . . . . I love chocolate and vanilla!

tahi Ruby

For a tremendous selection of vibrant Dahlia flowers and first-class top-sized tubers, visit the website of http://www.rosecottageplants.co.uk Hilary Collins BSc. (Hons)hort., M.I.Hort. Envisage...gardens by design Grower, Horticultural Consultant and Garden Designer Grafton Nursery, Grafton Flyford, Worcester WR7 4PW For advice on garden design, landscape construction and planting contact: email: hilary@envisage-gardens.co.uk www.envisage-gardens.co.uk & www.grafton-nursery.co.uk

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Celebrating three years of improving homes in Worcestershire

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hen Paul moved with his family to Worcester from Yorkshire three years ago, he could never have imagined how busy his fledgling business was to become. “We moved south to be closer to my wife’s family to help care for her Mum who has multiple sclerosis. I was very nervous about moving from the client base I had built up in Yorkshire to effectively start all over again in a new place.” Three years on, Paul can look back with satisfaction on the installations he has completed, including windows, doors, conservatories, porches, facia and soffits and even the odd water butt!

trust and being a member of FENSA and the Trader Register, as well as being backed by GGF Insurance supports this.” If you would like to find out more about the improvements Paul can make to your home, please call him to arrange a time to meet. He will come to you to see what you would like to be done, he will talk about designs and products with you and then he will go away, send you a written quote and will give you all the time you need to come to a thoroughly thought-out decision.

So, what does Paul think has made this small, family run business successful? “I think it is just that – we are a small business with just me and one part-time employee. Our customers value having a trader they can Make your home . . . More energy efficient • 'A' rated glass • Triple glazing Look great • Complete design service • Choice of profiles • Great range of composite door colours More secure • Eight-point locking system on all UpVC doors • Internally glazed windows

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Political Correctness?

by Brian Joyce

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erm denoting language, ideas, policies and behaviour seeking to minimise social and institutional offence in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, religions, beliefs or ideologies, disability and age-related contexts (Wikiquote) or alternatively perhaps: the art of infuriating the majority through insulting a minority with over-sensitivity?

Don’t get me wrong, dear reader I abhor the ‘N’ word for Black Americans or the ‘R’ word for someone mentally challenged, along with most of you (I hope?) as these are terms of severe denigration, belittling and designed to insult, scorn or vilify. But seriously folks, am I to cease using the technical computer terminology of Master and Slave when referring to servers in the network? Must I really use terms like visually challenged, fire officer, factually unencumbered (ignorant!), gingerbread person or holiday tree? I don’t think so!

asking kids to pass a test and get a license to use their toy cars; call for Health & Safety rules to be applied when they build spaceships out of cardboard, or sue ‘em for malpractice when they fail to save the patient in "Operation"? Let’s not damage their delicate psyches by having the poor mites compete in races during school sports day; let’s stop half way, all hold hands and cross the line together! Seriously?

Honestly? A boy of 6 suspended and Similarly, no more Pass or Fail in our exams: just given counselling grades from A to Z (slight exaggeration . . . sorry!) in because he formed case we upset the poor wee things and they actually a gun shape with his think they have failed!! God forbid!! Oh, and on hand and said ‘pow’ THAT topic: we're multi-cultural now folks, so no to a fellow student? more school prayers in case it upsets non-Christians Simply not good and no wearing crucifixes at work as it may offend, enough: he should well . . . pretty much everyone! have been locked up and referred for Who makes these rules? Seriously guys, get a grip. I psychiatric treatment am mortified if I have given offence, no matter what - the child is quite obviously disturbed!! What would the sin, but let’s just shoot the thought-police and be they have done to yours truly as a kid, using his Colt done with it, eh? Peacemaker Special (complete with caps for realism) to shoot the Apaches (friends who drew the short I read this online: "Be careful when addressing groups straw) attacking our camp? Didn’t just use my fingers or talking about others. Use language that would not and point; I had a realistic looking weapon used to make anybody feel excluded, diminished, insulted discharge a projectile (NOT a gun just in case the or devalued." You know thought-police are listening!). what, that’s exactly the I cannot believe that sensible, way my parents brought moderate and well-balanced me up . . . think of others, people believe that allowing respect your elders and a child to play with a toy gun betters, treat everyone turns him (or her - to be PC!) as you would wish to be into a gun-toting, homicidal treated. Sounds just a tad maniac or should I now be like Common Sense to me. looking over my shoulder OK, so here’s a novel idea having told you about my Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes - "A man of the intelligence then – let’s all just use that of Mr Holmes should know oral cancer is more prevalent in people (very happy, thanks) early as the premise and ditch who smoke pipes. A bubble pipe will avoid putting his health at risk - and harming others by passive smoking." childhood? Next we’ll be PC . . . please? 26 To advertise call 0845 224 7061 or 07754 170286 or visit www.grapevinepublications.co.uk


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Healthy advice on how to enjoy yourself over Easter without sacrificing your waistline.

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ere are a few tips on how to keep your health on track over the sweetest weekend of the year.

1. Don't bulk buy Only buy a small amount of good quality chocolate, rather than lots of poor quality chocolate. The darker the chocolate the more antioxidants, so chocolate with 60 per cent cocoa is a good option. 2. Keep chocolate for dessert Eating Easter eggs on an empty stomach will spike blood sugar levels and put you on a hunger and energy level roller coaster. Make sure you eat Easter eggs after having a protein-based or high fibre meal. 3. Choose wholegrain hot cross buns Personally, you’re better off avoiding hot cross buns altogether, but if you are going to treat yourself, then choose wholegrain hot cross buns as they have more fibre and contain far more vitamins and minerals than normal ones, plus they’re more filling.

‘watching their weight’, a bunch of flowers is the perfect swap. Drop the hint if you’d prefer flowers to chocolate at any time of the year. 5. Small is smart Here’s some good news for chocoholics – recent US research found healthy people who eat chocolate regularly tend to have a lower BMI than those who don’t eat it at all. But the key is having small amounts. A big Easter bunny can have as many as 1075 calories, whereas the small hollow eggs only have about 72 calories. Go for smaller eggs and savour the flavour. 6. Stock your fridge Have plenty of delicious healthy foods on hand so you don’t automatically reach for the Easter eggs. Find healthy substitutes to chocolate that still satisfy your sweet cravings.

4. Swap chocolate for flowers

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hat a winter we have all had! The weather has left the land incredibly wet and has prevented any work being done on it. Normal winter jobs like muck heap clearing and general land maintenance have had to be left, leaving us all to play catchup as we start to move into spring.

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Thurs 21st March to Thurs 2nd May Weekly Folk Night The Fleece Folk Evenings are free and everyone is welcome, starting from around 8.30pm the Pewter Room is filled with muscians and singers warming by the open fire. 20:30 to 23:00 Phone:01386 831173 Free entry The Cross Bretforton Evesham Worcestershire WR11 7JE www.thefleeceinn.co.uk Sat 30th March, Wed 3rd & Sat 6th April “The Cadbury Connection” Fun for all the family in the Easter Holiday. Find out about Chocolate and follow the Chocolate Trail. See where Richard Cadbury had his Coffee Shop. Find out where chocolate came from. Solve puzzles and follow the chocolate trail to win a prize. 10:00 – 16:00. Admission is free, £1 for the Chocolate puzzles. Call Judy 01386 553536 / 01905 612309. www. tudorhouseworcester.org.uk Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th April Easter Cup Cake Decorating for Children Children can have fun decorating some yummy cup cakes for Easter! There is one to eat and another to take home. 2pm-5pm £3.50 per child, tickets available to buy from the Restaurant on the day. Phone: 01527 860000. Worcester Road, Wychbold, Droitwich Spa, WR9 0DG. www.webbsdirect.co.uk Sunday 7th April Bakers’ and Butchers Spring Fair Event held at Three Counties Showground - see website for more information. Phone: 01684 584924. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW. www.threecounties.co.uk/whatson Wednesday 10th April Children’s School Holiday Pottery Sessions An opportunity for aspiring young potters to work with professional, ceramic artists. Experience hands on real clay with an exciting variety of making techniques. A different theme every time includes either a go on the potter’s wheel or work with coloured slips. 1½ hr sessions throughout the day, designed to suit 4-8yrs and 9-12yrs. Small friendly groups. Emphasis on having fun. 11:30 to 13:00 14:00 to 15:30. Pre-booking essential. Phone:01531

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633886. £15 per child. Price includes all materials. Home Farm, Eastnor, Ledbury, HR8 1RD. www.eastnorpottery.co.uk Sunday 14th April Mini Cakes: The Flower Collection Mini Cakes are a delightful alternative for wedding and celebration cakes. In this class, you will learn a vast amount of cake decorating skills: recipes, keeping cakes moist and fresh; the use of fondant; sugar flowers and finishing touches. Materials and notes are included in the course fee. 9:30am. Phone: 0333 456 8580. Day School: £115. Farncombe Estate, Broadway, WR12 7LJ Saturday 20th April Mad Hatter Charity Tea Party Don't be late for a very important date! Come and join us for an evening full of fun at the Mad Hatters Tea Party. Watch the magician and have a laugh with the comedian, then end your night at our disco. Ticket price £10. Come along and meet the Mad Hatter and all his friends to help raise money for Primrose Hospice. 7pm -11pm Tickets - £10 (Children under 10 go free) Available from The Primrose Hospice: 01527 889797. Bentley Village Hall, Upper Bentley, Redditch, B97 5RB Friday 26th April Fashions for Summertime In aid of Tudor House, Worcester. To be held in the Country Casuals & Viyella Store, 14-16 Pump Street. Worcester. Pep up your wardrobe with the Superb New Summer collection and TREAT YOURSELF!! You know you deserve it!! Fashions with Style plus Amazing Accessories. 7pm. Tickets £7 to include wine, from Tudor House, also Worcester Tourist Shop in the Guildhall open every day. Call Judy 01386 553536 Tudor house opens - Wed and Sat from 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunday 28th April The Fold Monthly Covered Market A vibrant covered market every 4th Sunday in the month showing casing some of our regions’ best local products & produce. 10am -2pm free to all visitors. The Fold, Bransford, WR6 5JB. www.thefold.org.uk

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Unit 1, Field Barn Farm Field Barn Lane, Cropthorne Worcestershire WR10 3LY Call Chris or Kev

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VETS & ANIMAL CARE

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AGE CONCERN & COMMUNITY CARE malvern Malvern & District Tel: 01685 560666 EVESHAM & PERSHORE Hereford & Worcester Tel: 01905 740950 UPTON-UPON-SEVERN 15 High Street Tel: 01684 593633

CHEMISTS EVESHAM Lloyds Parmacy Tel: 01386 48899 Morrison Pharmacy Tel: 01385 40610 MALVERN Boots The Chemist Tel: 01684 572905 Lloyds Pharmacy Tel: 01684 573811 PERSHORE Boots The Chemist Tel: 01386 556860 UPTON-UPON-SEVERN Talbot Cooper Chemists Tel: 01684 592637

CITZENS ADVICE EVESHAM & PERSHORE Wychavon CAB Tel: 08444 111 303 MALVERN Malvern Hills CAB Tel: 01684 563611

HOSPITALS Evesham Community Hospital Tel: 01386 502432 Malvern Community Hospital Tel: 01684 612600 Pershore Hospital Tel: 01386 502070

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Evesham Bowler Lewis & Partners Tel: 01386 442804 malvern Avenue Veterinary Centre Tel: 01684 572420 pershore Martin & Carr Tel: 01386 553631 UPTON-UPON-SEVERN The Stocks Veterinary Centre Tel: 01684 592606 RSPCA Tel: 0300 123 4999 CATS PROTECTION Tel: 0845 3977074 RSPB Tel: 01767 693690

POST OFFICES Bishampton Tel: 01386 462873 EVESHAM Tel: 01386 423344 GREAT MALVERN Tel: 01684 573003 Inkberrow Tel: 01386 792201 Lower Moor Tel: 01386 861287 MALVERN LINK Tel: 01684 573634 PENDOCK Tel: 01531 650034 pershore Tel: 01386 552608 PEOPLETON Tel: 01905 840471 Upton Snodsbury Tel: 01905 381511 UPTON-UPON-SEVERN Tel: 01684 592634 WELLAND Tel: 01684 310377

TOURIST INFORMATION EVESHAM Tel: 01386 442348 MALVERN Tel: 01684 892289 PERSHORE Tel: 01386 556591 UPTON-UPON-SEVERN Tel: 01684 594200

COMMUNITY SUPPORT CHILDLINE Tel: 0800 1111 CHILD PROTECITON HELPLINE Tel: 0800 800 500 CRIMESTOPPERS Tel: 0800 555 111 WORCESTERSHIRE RAPE & SEXUAL ABUSE SUPPORT CENTRE Tel: 01905 611 655 SAMARITANS Tel: 01432 269 000

RAILWAY STATIONS EVESHAM Tel: 0845 700 0125 malvern Tel: 0121 634 2040 pershore Tel: 0845 700 0125

EMERGENCY SERVICES POLICE FIRE AMBULANCE Emergency: 999 FIRE BRIGADE Worcester Road, Malvern Minge Lane, Upton upon Severn Tel: 01684 572948 Defford Road, Pershore Tel: 01905 24454 Merstow Green, Evesham Tel: 01386 466388 WEST MERCIA POLICE Victoria Road, Malvern Station Lane, Upton Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore Abbey Road, Evesham Tel. 0300-333 3000 AMBULANCE SERVICE Victoria Road, Malvern Tel: 01684 561556 Spetchley Road, Worcester Tel: 01905 764226 GAS Tel: 0800 111 999 WATER Tel: 0800 783 4444 ELECTRICITY Tel: 0800 328 1111

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The Nathan, Radford, Inkberrow, Worcestershire,WR7 4LN www.mhf.uk.com

Skip Hire We are renowned for our skip hire services in and around the surrounding area. Our service is secondto-none, our drivers are polite and considerate, and we always go the extra mile for our customers. BUT did you know that here at MHF (UK) Ltd we also sell and hire hook, cable and chainlift trucks and drawbar trailers? We are a major supplier of spares for demountables and have a wellequipped workshop and trained mechanics. SPECIALISTS IN GROUND DEMOUNTABLE HOOK & CABLE TRUCK HIRE ● SALES ● SPARES ● REFURBISHMENT ● CONTAINERS ● WASTE DISPOSAL

Pinvin, Pershore

Registered Office: Address as stated Incorporated in England Company Reg No. 2721020 VAT Reg. No. 770281436

Fax: 01386 792184

Tel: 01386 792354

Qualified Plumbing & Heating Engineer & Elite Stoves

All Work Guaranteed No Call Out Fee No Job Too Small

01386 793616 07910 681481

● Prompt, reliable & friendly service ● All types of flues & appliances cleaned. ● Cowls and bird guards fitted. ● Guild certificates issued after every sweep.

● Fully qualified by the Guild of Master Sweeps and fully insured. ● Stove/Log burner Installations. ● HETAS Approved Installer.

Call Eddie T 01905 700701 / 07895 612915 www.elitesweeps.co.uk

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Index of Advertisers

Electricians Craig Merchant Electrical MJ Print Ltd

5 13

Accountants Crowthers 9 Focus Accoutancy 25 Jackie Richards 6 Paul Jenkins 17

Equestrian Services JM Paddock & Field

30

Fencing A Job 4 John JM Paddock & Field

37 30

M O T Marshalls of Evesham Ltd

14

Oven Cleaning Ovenclean

23

Pet Care Fern's Cattery Professional Paws & Claws Whiskers & Woofers

25 31 10

Aerial & TV Services Aerial Services

19

Bathrooms & Kitchens A Job 4 John King Kitchens

Finance Cameron and Company

31

Picture Framing Huxley Imaging

13

37 11

Funeral Directors E Hill & Son

29

Photography BG Digital Photographs

15

Building & Construction Barnes Building Evesham Trade Centre Simon Haines Construction Welconstruct UK

6 9 15 2

Gardening & Landscaping Bowbrook Gardens Luke's Garden Maintenance Smartcut Trugreen

5 18 23 33

Cars: Parts, Repairs & Sales Car Trade Direct Marshalls of Evesham Ltd Triple C Autos Limited

33 5

39 31 35 29 37

2 14 35

Gifts Novelty Giftsi Yuuki-Mitsukai

Plumbing A+ Plumbing C E T Plumbing & Heating J S Plumbing Mark Hartley Paul the Plumber

Haberdashery & Material The Fabrik Shop

Pubs & Restaurants The Berkley Arms

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Property Care Avon Safe Home Ltd C E T Property Care

25 6

Roofing Services G.M. Roofing Timbrell Roofing Services

35 39

Second Hand Dealers MJs Real Deals

11

Skip Hire MHF (UK) Ltd

37

Shoes Humphries

17

Village Shops The Pantry, Peopleton

12

Carpenters & Joiners A Job 4 John Church Farm Joinery

37 27

Hairdressers Hair by Colette

39

Chimney Services Elite Sweeps

37

Handyman A Job 4 John Home Handyman

37 10

Health & Beauty ALM Fitness E F T Therapeutic Yoga Willow Spa & Beauty

28 9 33 19 31 29

Clothing, Repairs & Alterations Ice Cream Soda Vintage Clothing 27 Community Services Age UK

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Computing & IT Services Pendas CS Ltd Silver Training

9 19

Heating C E T Plumbing & Heating Mark Hartley

Decorators, Painters & Plasterers A Job 4 John Clive Campion Paul Cooper

37 5 10

Interior Design & Soft Furnishings Pershore Rugs 5 Sunflower Soft Furnishings 15 Vision Interiors 25

Dental Services Malvern Denture Centre Drainage & Waste Treatment Cleansing Service Group Education Pershore College

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Jewellers Jacksons Jewellery Ltd

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10

Locksmiths Alcester Locks

10

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Logs & Firewood Smart Cut

23

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Windows, Doors & Conservatories Cloudy2Clear Windows 7 ETC Windows, Doors & Conservatories 4 P J Home Improvements 22 Wood Burning Stoves Chase Heating Elite Stoves Vale Stoves

16 37 29

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LPG Installations:Servicing:Repairs

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Landlord's safety inspections and certification. All aspects of heating and plumbing undertaken from new boilers to replacing washers Contact us on t: 01386 793720 or 0845 5390 329 m: 07872 824482 or 07872 824481 We are based in Worcestershire

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Pershore Retail Market CHERRY ORCHARD, PERSHORE, WR10 1EY

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