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Cloudy2Clear Windows

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Recipes

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Pendas Computers

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Business Editorial

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The Bell at Salford Priors

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MJ Print Ltd

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ALM Fitness

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The Fabrik Shop

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Health & Nutrition

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March Hare Health & Leisure

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Huxley Imaging

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My Little Satnav

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From the Sticks

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Blonde on a Plane

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Coffee Time!

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Events in January

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Your Community Directory

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Pershore Market

January 2013

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

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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. © 2012. 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


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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

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Recipes

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Quick Jambalaya 2 tablespoons butter 1 onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 200g rice

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rest of the site, providing a common theme throughout, and where a customer already has marketing material this scheme would be incorporated too. Our single most often repeated statement is to remind clients that the site is theirs, not ours. We are merely putting onto the web a site to reflect their company and their ethos as well.

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So the site is complete and is live on the web but this is not the end. Sites need to be optimised (SEO – search engine optimisation) so the site can be found easily when searching on the web: searching using Google, Bing and the other search engines. Marketing a website can be as big or even bigger task than producing the site in the first place, but a well designed site will get the ball rolling from the off. These days the search giants interrogate sites and in particular index them using the actual wording used on the pages making this arguably, the most important aspect of a new site. They will also look for keywords from within the site but these have diminished in importance. Pendas will register sites with Google to speed up this indexing process but there is always a gap between going live and finding a site using a search engine.

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Business Editorial 3 Good Reasons not to Advertise? My business is on the high street . . . everyone knows where I am.

in the first place . . . look in my local newspaper, or the Parish magazine, or the local small business advertising directory, such as The Villager. If you are a small or medium sized business, the best way to use online advertising is to combine it with paper advertising: paper advertising is an easy (and affordable) way of telling people you have a website, and on your website, you can put as much information as you want about your business – who you are, where you are, what you do, etc., etc.

Good reason? Definitely not! And here’s why: have you ever put something down on a table and said “I’ll put that away in a minute”, and six months later that item is still in the same place? The reason for this is simple: when you see something day after day, it very soon blends into the background and you no longer notice it. The same thing happens with shops and businesses on the high street: you see them there every day, but you don’t When I want to advertise, I distribute actually notice them. Think about the flyers. high street in your town . . . can you name all the shops on it? Of Good reason? Definitely not! advertising course you can’t, and yet you’ve And here’s why: unless the is like the lottery: probably seen them every day person reading your flyer you've got to be in it wants your services or product for months, if not years. So, the next time you decide not to at that precise moment, the to win it advertise, stop and ask yourself lifespan of that flyer is as long as two questions: first, is business that it takes to read it – about 1 minute! good that I really don’t want any more Then it will be thrown away. Let’s look at customers, and second, if Tesco is still advertising the cost: on average, 5000 A5 flyers will cost about when in 2011 they made £3.8bn profit - that’s £200. Then they have to be distributed, unless £3.8bn profit – maybe I should reconsider. you do it yourself, which is very time consuming. Most will end up in the recycle bin. Now look at the cost of a similar sized advert in The Villager. For I have a website, I don’t need paper advertising. just £100 you can have a full page advert, in 7,500 Good reason? Definitely not! And here’s why: copies, distributed free of charge. And the lifespan websites are great – in fact I think every business of your advert: at least 1 month! should have one, but to work efficiently, they have to be found! Without going into technical detail, Advertising is not an exact science and there are no the only way a website will work on its own is if guarantees. There is also no way to determine why it gets on the first page of the search engine, and one advert generates a good response and another that’s not as easy as you may think. Let’s look at doesn’t. It’s very much a trial and error process; a simple example. You need a plumber. You go on but one thing is certain: if you don’t advertise, you the internet and search for plumbers in your area. definitely won’t get a response! It’s like the lottery: As an exercise I did exactly that . . . and there are if you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win! more than 10 pages of plumbers in my area, so over 150 plumbers. How do I choose the one I want? tel: 01684 833715 Well, I have two choices: I can either call the first mob: 07754 179286 one on the list, or I can do what I should have done email: info@grapevinepublications.co.uk 10

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he Festivities are over, the rituals of 12th night duly observed. The view from the sitting room window is bleak, the garden’s at rest and we settle back into our cosy sofas, surrounded by a myriad of seed catalogues. Their glossy photographs entice us to grow all manner of exotic flowers and vegetables; the new, the rare and the irresistible. January, the month Be fo re named after the twoheaded Roman god Janus ; one bearded head looking to the past, the other clean shaven looking to the future. He is the pagan deity of beginnings and endings, of transition and the origin of the dreaded New Year’s resolutions. Generally the concept of which, is to implement a plan of self-improvement, but depressingly, I believe the failure rate is a massive 88%. Nevertheless it is a good time for us gardeners to reflect on the horticultural triumphs and debacles of the previous growing season. Gardeners are perennial optimists; we need to be. Our horticultural plans often dashed by ‘unseasonally wet weather’, trampled by an escaped herd of cows with unseemly desires on ones dahlias or slurped to death overnight by a plague of molluscs. We emerge from these

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A Garden Audit . . . but it shouldn’t be too taxing! experiences crestfallen, but not crushed and often mumbling the phrase ‘next year will be different’. At a recent dinner party, I fell into conversation with a professional photographer and gardener who photographs his clients’ gardens once a month for a whole year so they A ft er can observe the seasonal changes. It got me thinking; how can this artistic ritual be used to develop and improve one’s own garden - a sort of visual garden audit? This January, why not resolve to look at the bigger picture? Resist the temptations of the seed catalogues to buy something you didn’t know you needed; start a garden journal instead. It could be a digital record or a scrap book. I find the latter easier, because I can jot down notes with muddy fingers and stick in seed packets, nursery receipts and the odd diagram. I am not aiming for the Diary of an

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January Article by Marion Freeman

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n the Roman calendar the year began on 1st March and ended on 31st December. January and February were added later, with January being named after the Roman god Janus, meaning 'opening' in Latin. Statues of Janus show him with two faces: one looking back and the other forward. In the past it was common practise in many parts of the country for children to go 'apple gifting' on 1st January. Apples would be decorated with evergreen twigs, usually rosemary and box, together with grain and raisins. These were carried from house to house as New Year blessings, offered in exchange for small gifts of food or money. In Scotland children still sometimes go 'guising', smearing their faces with soot and singing New Year rhymes in exchange for gifts and goodies such as slices of Black Bun, a sort of pie with a type of mincemeat filling. As it is considered unlucky to visit any house empty-handed on New Year's day, and guisers often leave a piece of coal, this symbol harking back to the old pagan celebrations when fires were lit throughout the country to encourage the waning sun and as a protection against evil and witchcraft

most important day of the year, but was adopted by the western church in the 4th century. They concentrated on the manifestation to the three wise men representing the nonJewish Christian world. The 6th January was chosen as it coincided with this and therefore superseded pagan celebrations of the New Year. An interesting Epiphany gift ceremony used to take place on 6th January at St James Palace in London. British monarchs would re-enact the visit of the three wise men bringing gifts to the Christ-child, but from the time of George III this has been done by appointed representatives. Gifts of gold in the shape of gold sovereigns, frankincense and myrrh are placed on the altar of the Chapel Royal and blessed by the Bishop of London.

Sirens, bells, hooters and fireworks still welcome in the New Year at midnight and with toasts, kisses and singing of 'Auld Lang Syne'. Recently the Scottish tradition of "first footing" has become more celebrated south of the border when a tall, dark male is welcomed to the house on the stroke of midnight, bearing gifts of coal, bread, salt and whisky, traditionally entering by the front door and leaving through the back. Should the visitor be a stranger, even more good luck is ensured to the household especially if he is offered a glass of whisky and a piece of shortbread.

In pagan times Twelfth Night signified the end of yule and the culmination of the Christmas jollifications. It was time to take down decorations as it was thought if holly was kept in the house after this date, each leaf and sprig of berries turned into a mischievous spirit. It was traditionally an occasion for games, feasting and general merriment. The Lord of Misrule, appointed at the beginning of the Christmas season held his final court on this day, having led all the festivities of the previous twelve days. In Tudor times a masque or play would often be presented such as Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the revels presided over by the King of the Bean or Queen of the Marrowfat (pea). A bean was cooked into a cake and whoever found it in their portion was crowned and in more recent versions, had to buy a round of drinks.

Twelfth Night is a pagan festival adapted by the Christian church into Epiphany. This signified the four manifestations of Christ: to the shepherds, to the wise men, at his baptism and when he changed water into wine. At first this celebration occurred only in the Eastern Orthodox Church calendar, where it is still the 20

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place. The word 'wassail', from the Old English salutation 'was hal' (be in good health) is said when presenting wine to a guest. Wassailing takes place particularly in areas where apples are extensively grown and takes various forms depending on the part of the country. However in essence they are the same, all originating in an ancient rite for protecting the orchards from evil. Parties assemble amongst the trees carrying shotguns and horns and copious supplies of cider or ale, which may be poured over the roots or branch tips, whilst traditional songs are sung. A gun may be fired through the top branches to drive away evil spirits, whilst in some cases bread soaked in cider is placed on the branches, the whole accompanied by singing and the performance of Morris dancers. In east Cornwall one special tree is saluted and sprinkled with cider, and in parts of west Sussex 'apple howling' takes places where horns are blown and the trees thrashed with sticks to encourage them to bear fruit. You won't need to go far in order to take part in one of these events for each year such a ceremony takes place at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton. The 2013 event will take place on 12th January commencing at 6.30pm but arrive in good time if you need a parking space! It is a really fun evening when folk singers and Morris men entertain, whilst a huge brazier burns and traditional cerebrations take place. The Monday following Twelfth Night is known as Plough Monday and marked the end of the Christmas holiday period - often the only holiday of the year for farm labourers - when ploughing would begin for the next crop. It was a feast day in many parts of the country. Athletic young men would be chosen to take part in 'leaping dances' as it was thought the height they leapt would be the height of the next corn harvest. In some areas labourers with blackened faces dragged a decorated plough (often called a 'fool plough') around the streets with threats to those not donating to a collection box to have their gardens ploughed up in retaliation. Sometimes a fool, dressed in skins and with a

tail would dance behind the plough. The 20th January marks St Agnes' Eve when tradition says that a girl will dream of her future partners if she takes pins from a pincushion whilst reciting a Pater Noster, and stick them into her sleeve. Once in bed, she should lie on her back with her hands behind her head, and she will then dream of being kissed by her future husband. (I haven't been able to ascertain whether she should still be wearing her sleeve of pins!). St Agnes lived in Rome at the time of the Emperor Diocletian, and because she refused to marry and deny her faith, was stripped and sent to a brothel as punishment. According to legend her hair miraculously grew to cover her whilst an angel brought her a white robe. The month's end sees Burns' Night on 25th January. Not so well observed in our part of the country as north of the border, where events are held to honour Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns. This is celebrated by a special Burns' Night Supper involving much merrymaking, drinking of toasts, eating of haggis, speeches and recitations of Burns' poems, and culminating of course, in the singing of 'Auld Lang Syne' . . .

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THE FABRIK SHOP In recent years, there has been a surprising resurgence of interest in arts and crafts. It may be in response to recessive times or perhaps the ‘Kirsty’ effect, following Kirsty Allsop’s successful series last year which actively promoted crafting and being creative in your home. Her new series is currently being broadcast on Channel 4. The Fabrik Shop based in Pershore is extremely happy to report a healthy increase in interest in dressmaking; so much so that proprietor, Lisa Haggitt, has extended the range of fabrics by a third to cope with demand. Lisa says “people seem to be very disappointed with the quality and choice of clothes on the High Street. Many have returned to dressmaking to ensure they have clothes that are individual, made of a superior quality fabric and of course offer a great fit.” Making your own clothes still provides very good value for money, especially when you consider the type of fabrics you can buy. A typical straight skirt, fully lined in a boucle wool, which is very fashionable at the moment, will only cost around £15 in total, more of course if you need to purchase a pattern; but this is still great value considering the same skirt may well cost in excess of £45 in the shops. “Quality and fit is the issue here” Lisa says, “wearing clothes made just for you will make you feel good and of course no one will have anything like it.” Should there be enough interest Lisa plans to run dressmaking courses in the New Year. Those people who are interested should telephone or email the shop and register your details as soon as possible. Lisa suggests you make the most of the cold dark nights and tap into your creative spirit. Dressmaking can be very satisfying, a great confidence boost and save you money as well.

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

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Article & Photography by Brian Joyce

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ouncillor Richard Morris, Chairman of the Wychavon District Council opened the newly formed joint venture between Exclusive Gym and Select Physio.

a special interest in The joint venture is based in the purpose built Biomechanics and premises at Broughton Hackett, near Worcester rehabilitation. By and will combine bespoke, one-to-one fitness assessing coaching using their indoor gym and unique the clients outdoor ‘Boot Camp’ assault course with the problem(s) full service Physio practice offering a wide a n d range of specialist treatments for all ages. then coThese treatment regimes are aimed at those ordinating with a variety between of muscular and skeletal problems the Physio from arthritis and programme general injuries, and the rehabilitation, fitness and strength or injuries from development in the gym, the joint venture has sporting accidents. proved they can accelerate and improve the Sarah Collierrecovery process in many cases. Meanwhile, Smith, MD of Phil Newbury, the MD of Exclusive Gym says, Select Physio who ”We are helping some members lose weight, has previously others want to train for a specific sport and worked within some are elite athletes – they all have very the NHS in specific and personal goals that we can help Birmingham them achieve”. and BUPA South Bank Councillor Morris, who cut the ribbon to Hospital, is officially open the joint venture, after taking quoted as a tour and testing the facilities was quoted as saying, “Our saying, “I am always happy to support new new joint initiatives in the Wychavon area and one that venture will supports a healthy certainly be lifestyle should prove beneficial to many of our physio clients because to be very popular having a state-of-the-art gym at our disposal will boost what we can achieve. Exclusive Gym indeed”. is also unusual because it provides a non-competitive, small numbers environment where fitness coaches and personal trainers can concentrate on helping members to achieve real personal results, without the hype and image that goes with so many other gyms”. The Select Physio practice was established inTo2011 by Sarah and advertise call 0845 224has 7061 or 07754 170286 or visit www.grapevinepublications.co.uk 26


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HUXLEY IMAGING BESPOKE PICTURE FRAMING

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uxley Imaging is constantly evolving: the central aim is to offer affordable, specialist bespoke framing to local customers. Trading since 2004, the business is now a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild, working within their guidelines to deliver best quality. Our speciality is to come up with creative framing ideas for whatever customers bring in. Recently Richard has framed “Baby Grows”, rugby shirts, many cross–stitches, a variety of medals and even had the chance to work on a 100 years birthday telegram from “The Palace”! Really keen to give the message that Huxley Imaging can also help art groups, camera clubs and local businesses / enterprises, Richard has also been happy to give free presentations and demos: just get in touch and, if the diary is clear, he can set something up. The latest idea in unique framing has been to provide a rustic look, using reclaimed floorboards. Have a look on the new website - www.huxleyimaging.co.uk - to see examples of this work, the artists / photographers using Huxley Imaging and the many other framing ideas on show. And please remember, while we love the challenge of the more complex pieces, we also derive real satisfaction in doing the more straightforward, really well.

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My Little Satnav I have a little Satnav It sits there in my car A Satnav is a driver's friend It tells you where you are

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rom the Sticks is a design and marketing company based on the Worcestershire and Herefordshire borders.

We are a local, friendly and professional company specialising in giving smallmedium sized businesses a helping hand with all their marketing requirements, large or small. Unlike many other design companies we do a lot more than just design – we offer a complete service encompassing everything creative, plus marketing advice and planning. Whatever your requirements we can help – from websites, to logo design and branding, flyers, brochures, vehicle graphics, e-marketing, corporate stationery and business cards, exhibition material, signage, promotional literature, adverts and more . . . . . We understand that marketing can often get overlooked amongst the many demands of running a business, however the New Year is a great time to have a good look at your business goals and make a plan for the year. If you think we can help, we'd love to talk to you. We take a pride in getting to know our customers, so together we can help you deliver great results. Call us, or visit our wesbite to hear what our clients have to say about us.

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Number Workout Fit the numbers 1-6 once in every hexagon so that where the hexagons touch, the numbers are the same. No number is repeated in any hexagon.

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1. What is also known as the monkey nut? 2. Which musical gave the world "With a Little Bit of Luck"? 3. In Oliver Twist, what is Jack Dawkins nickname?

5. In the film Dr No, what colour was Ursula Andress's bikini?

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6. Which Greek letter is used to calculate the area or circumference of a circle? 7. Over whose skull does Hamlet wax eloquent in Shakespear's play? 8. What does the Latin term "Tempus fugit" mean in English?

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Events in

January Thursday 3rd January The Ramblers group walk. Distance 4 miles. Enjoy British wildlife on a Ramblers group walk. Breakfast before the Hills. Meet in The Foley Arms for breakfast after which we will head up the hills at a leisurely pace and return in time for lunch. Bring a mid morning snack and drink and money for your breakfast and lunch at a hostelry in Malvern. Time: 9am. Contact: Dave C tel: 01386 556543 mob: 07810 398233. Most walks are intended primarily for Ramblers’ Association members. Non-members are welcome to join us as guests. The Ramblers group walk starting point. Grid Ref: SO774461 Worcestershire WR14 4QY Saturday 5th January Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra Welcome in the New Year with our traditional New Year’s Viennese Concert. This concert is a wonderful selection of world famous waltzes, polkas and marches. Popular local dramatic soprano, Susan Black joins the orchestra in music to evoke warmth, romance and passion. 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Phone: 01905 359247. Church Street, Pershore, WR10 1DT. Saturday 12th January Purple Zeppelin The dream gig that never was – until now! Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, together on the same bill for the very first time!!! Many years have passed since the last UK gigs from the classic line-ups of both bands. Whether you were lucky enough to have seen the originals live or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians. 8pm. Phone: 01527 57733. £13 & £11. Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ Saturday 12th January Wassail Christmas is over and January sees the return of the Fleece Inn annual Wassail. From dusk the apple orchard is alive with cider, singing and Morris men. Join us for this pagan tradition of waking the trees to encourage a good harvest for next years cider, fun for all the family and a brilliant way to dispel those winter blues! 6.30pm to 11pm. Phone: 01383 831173. Free entry. The Cross, Bretforton, Evesham, WR11 7JE. www.thefleeceinn.co.uk

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Friday 18th January Alan Barnes/Art Themen Quintet Top UK clarinet and alto/tenor/baritone saxophone star Alan Barnes, returns to Hanley Castle High School in the company of Art Themen, David Newton, Andy Cleyndert and Steve Brown. 8pm to 10.30pm. Doors open 7pm. Phone: 01684 593794 £15 inc. tea/coffee. Church End, Hanley Castle, Upton-upon-Severn, WR8 0BL Saturday 19th January Exclusively Men Cookery Course It is not surprising that most professional chefs are male, proving that men can be very gifted cooks. This course is aimed at both amateur and enthusiastic male cooks wanting to develop their culinary skills. Exclusively Men is one of our most popular courses. Price includes all ingredients, refreshments on arrival and during the day, 2 course lunch with wine and a recipe pack to take home. Max number of people 18. Phone: 01386 751600. Full Day: £175 pp, Half a Day: £99 pp. Manor Farm, Manor Road, Eckington, Nr. Pershore, WR10 3BJ. Friday 25th January Burns Supper St Richard's Hospice invites you to a traditional Burns night at the Guildhall Worcester. Includes a 3 course dinner, a Piper and Ceilidh plus poetry by Alan Feeny. Tickets £35 pp, arrival 7pm, carriages 1am. For tickets or more information contact Rachel Jones on 01905 763963 or rjones@strichards.org. uk. Guildhall, High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY Sunday 27th January Creative Cupcakes If you thought decorating cupcakes just meant a swirl of buttercream and a few sprinkles, then you are very mistaken. The Creative Cake Academy show in this one day workshop how easy it is to create a stunning box of 12 cupcakes. Whether you are a novice or experienced cake decorator looking for new ideas, this workshop will give you all the skills you need, including a step by step tutorial on creating beautiful sugar flowers. You are not required to bring anything with you to the workshop, other than an apron!! A box of 12 freshly baked cupcakes with be provided to you, together with all the materials and all included within the course fee. Phone: 0333 456 8580. £115. Farncombe Estate, Broadway, WR12 7LJ.

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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

To advertise call 0845 224 7061 or 07754 170286 or visit www.grapevinepublications.co.uk


Traditional Upholsterers & French Polishers Cane and Rush work Loose covers and Replacement cushions Custom-made, renovation and repairs Choice of exquisite fabrics

Telephone: Workshop

01827 899866 Simon

07980 064289 Jane

07712 895694 e-mail: jeinteriors@btinternet.com

My Worcestershire Free Solar FREE solar panels means:  

My Worcestershire Free Solar is all about giving away free solar to qualifying properties in Worcestershire. There are no fees, no catches. FREE.

Your electricity bill will reduce – saving you money You will be reducing your carbon footprint, helping the environment, and helping the country reach it’s carbon efficiencies targets

How can we do this? In April 2010 the government introduced an initiative called the FIT Scheme. The FIT scheme allows investors to be paid for all the electricity that panels generate. This means that if you let us put panels on your roof, you benefit from free electricity, and we sell what is left over back to the grid.     

You must own your property (mortgaged is fine) Have a south facing roof or within 30 degrees of south Your roof must be free from shading No slate roofs, thatched roofs, or listed buildings Have 24 square metres of interrupted space on your roof (larger semi detached and detached properties on the whole are fine)

To apply go to www.myworcestershirefreesolar.co.uk or call 01905 676222 Please mention THE VILLAGER when responding to advertisers

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Pershore Retail Market CHERRY ORCHARD, PERSHORE, WR10 1EY

01386 553232

www.pershoremarket.com

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From everyone at Pershore Market We wish all our needs customers We have all your Christmas covered under A Happy & Prosperous New Yearturkey. one roof, from your Christmas tree to your

Christmas Opening Times

Father Christmas will be at the market from Saturday 10th December - Come and visit Santa and his helpers from only £2.50 per child, includes a present. Profits going to the Air Ambulance. Friday 16th December – Late Night Christmas Shopping - 4.30pm – 7.30pm Monday 19th December - Closed Tuesday 20th December – 24th December – 9am – 4.30pm Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th December – Closed Thursday 29th – Friday 30th December – 9am – 4.30pm To advertise callSaturday 0845 224 7061 07754 170286 visit–www.grapevinepublications.co.uk 40 31storDecember – or 9am 3pm

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