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The Villager January 2014

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A Sobering Thought

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The Villager January 2014

Issue No. 44

Publisher & Advertising

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Betty-Ann Ambury

Advertising & Editorial Betty-Ann Ambury


Andrew Brooks Amy Marshall Brian Joyce Gary Lloyd Lesley Miller Pamela Green

Front Cover Photography (page 5 photography)

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Next Issue Copy Date

10th January 2014

DISCLAIMER. 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.


Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of

T he V illager This is our second January edition since we went monthly with the magazine, and once again it is packed full of articles and adverts to suit every taste. Our front cover this month is of ducks on Hanley Swan pond. It was taken a couple of years ago, when we had a particularly cold winter. 2014 is a particularly momentous year because, as you know, it marks the centenary anniversary of the start of the First World War. Although for many this is just an event in history, it was however an event of monumental significance with far-reaching effects on all of us alive today. During the course of this year, we will endeavour to honour the men and women - both at home and at the front - who were involved in the conflict, with a series of articles, starting with Gary Lloyd's piece this month entitled "A Sobering Thought". And finally, as always, a quick reminder about advertising; you've made your resolutions to give up smoking, lose weight, etc., so now's the time to add a business resolution to boost sales and bring in new customers with a sparkling new advertising campaign! Give me a call ....

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New Spa Team at Farncombe


The most Iconic Cars of all Time


Don't forget our feathered friends this winter


Coffee Break


And pets come too!


Bishampton History Society


A Sobering Thought


What's Happening in January


In The Frame


The Malverns


The Cheeseboard


Your Community Directory


Pershore Volunteer Centre


Back Where They Started


ALM Fitness


St Richard's Hospic


Holy Island


Index of Advertisers

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 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. The use of this publication for canvassing, direct marketing or any other activity apart from sourcing local goods and services is strictly prohibited. Š 2014

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Don’ t forget our feathered friends this winter


s we gear up for another winter, now is a great time to start thinking about how we can all help birds to survive the winter. Frost, snow and ice can make finding food very challenging for birds, but putting out food is something we can all do.

Whether you fill a bird-feeder with nuts or prepared bird food, or prefer to make your own bird food, your offering can mean the difference between life and death for birds at this time of year. However, throwing out whatever scraps you may have to hand onto your lawn isn't always the best way to help. For example, birds cannot digest milk and cooked porridge oats can stick to their beaks. So to make sure you are doing your very best for your garden friends this winter, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Garden BirdWatch has issued guidelines on how householders can help. Recommended foods: • Oil-rich seeds, such as sunflower hearts and nyjer

Foods to avoid: • Soft fats and oils [can soil feathers] • Dried foods e.g. coconut, uncooked rice [could swell after ingestion] • Bread [nutritionally lacking, compared with other foods] • Milk [birds are not adapted to digest milk] • Cooked porridge [can stick to beak] Provide clean fresh water: This is not only for the birds to drink but to help keep their feathers in good condition for insulation. Don't provide too much:

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ith one in three families owning a dog, a cat or both it is no wonder that more and more people are booking holidays that include their four-legged friends.

There was a time it wasn't possible to take pets abroad without considerable difficulty, making the prospect of them joining the family holiday out of the question. With so many of us feeling sad at leaving our furry companions behind, travel operators are fast finding ways of accommodating them. Ferry services are particularly geared-up for taking cats and dogs abroad to destinations including France and Spain and some even accept ferrets and caged pets. Many have kennel accommodation, and the costs are no more than for a person - and certainly less than paying for kennels while you are away. You will need to establish that the accommodation you are going to will accept pets - some campsites won't accept them, and there are also country restrictions. Certain dog breeds, such as pit bull, rottweiler and Staffordshire bull terrier, may not be allowed on campsites by law. French legislation has a list of first and second category dogs where some are banned from entry, and others have to be muzzled and kept on a lead at all times while they are in public areas.

All you need to be on your way together is a valid DEFRA certificate - also known as a PET passport - which can be obtained from any registered vet. A PET passport or third country certificate shows that the pet has been microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. You need to ensure you plan ahead, as your pet may not leave or re-enter the UK until 21 calendar days have elapsed from the date of the rabies vaccination. Rabies boosters must be kept up to date. Your pet must be inspected by vets, both in the UK before departure and abroad before your return (most vets in France are not open on Sundays and Mondays). Ensure that you are fully aware of the regulations before planning your journey. It is also worth asking your vet about heartworm, which may be more prevalent among dogs on the continent than those in the UK, and also asking about treatment against ticks. Once you have decided you are going to take your pet on holiday, you will need to book in advance otherwise they won't be able to travel. Then when you are on board, these tips can help make your

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A Sobering Thought

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nce this year’s New Year’s Eve revels have ended, the ensuing year will most likely be the most solemn in living memory, for 2014 will see the centenary of the start of one of the bloodiest conflicts ever fought. Numerous books are already on the shelves to commemorate this event, to be followed by extensive coverage across all media, and rightly so. But what else was happening in the world in 1914? Sadly, precious little that gave grounds for optimism. On New Year’s Day 1914 itself, David Lloyd George described the military build-up in Western Europe as ‘organised insanity’. The world appeared to be in a skid, heading relentlessly and inexorably towards oblivion. War appeared to be not only inevitable but also desirable by the major antagonists. Once they were ready, all that would be required was a trigger.

The suffragette movement, led by Emmeline Pankhurst, had become increasingly militant since the turn of the century. Churches and other buildings - including Yarmouth Pier, no less - had been burned or bombed; paintings had been disfigured in art galleries; church services disrupted and the contents of mailboxes set alight. The authorities had adopted a heavy-handed approach to this apparently unladylike behaviour by arresting hundreds of suffragettes. Especially if their surname was 'Pankhurst'. And often several times. But each act of disobedience seemed to set back their cause, not help further it. The trigger that started the so-called ‘war to end all wars’ was provided – and pulled – by Gavrilo Princip, a 19-year-old Serb nationalist. On June 28th the teenager was one of a team of six Black Hand members who planned to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife on their 14th wedding anniversary. Princip fired two shots from a Browning automatic pistol, killing both of his targets almost instantly. And then the lamps went out all over Europe.

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTION? START VOLUNTEERING IN 2014! Now that Christmas is over, do you have time on your hands? If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help others in your community, why not make 2014 the year you start volunteering? You can give as much or as little time as you want to. Short or long term, we can find you a regular or flexible commitment to fit in with your lifestyle now! We have a range of exciting and interesting volunteering opportunities with many local and national charities and organisations. Our most recent opportunities include:

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Publicity for a health charity Youth leaders for a village youth club Duty managers for community arts centre Support for the elderly with a housing group Retail assistants for local charity shops Receptionist for charity working with elderly Treasurer for a crime prevention organisation Weekend hosts for overseas students Bucket Collection Co-ordinator for a Deaf/ blind charity Copier and reserve reader for Pershore Talking Newspaper

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“This year, I’m going to start exercising.” “This year, I’m going to lose all my extra weight.” “This year, I’m going to take better care of myself.” For many people, exercise and nutrition are common “New Year’s resolution” topics. As a personal trainer, this is something I see every January. Full of good intentions, people flood to get started on new, healthier lifestyles. I give these people all the credit in the world; developing a healthy lifestyle positively influences almost every aspect of your life. It is something important to work toward. Some of these “resolutioners” are successful and form new habits. However, many people lose sight of their good intentions and fall back into old, unhealthy patterns. If a healthier 2014 is what you want, keep that desire s t r o n g throughout the year. New habits are not born overnight; you have to keep working at them. These are my top tips for a healthy new year. 22

Exercise 1. Do what you like. If you look forward to (or at least do not actively hate) a particular physical activity, do it. If you like tennis, find an indoor court. If you like dancing, look into dance-based workouts like Zumba. Do whatever will make you move. Just because you know things like running and jumping are great cardio does not mean they have to be your thing. If you like what you are doing, you will do it continually. If you do not like what you are doing, you won’t do it. If you are not sure what you would enjoy, try a variety of activities until you find one that sticks. 2. Formulate achievable goals and milestones. Instead of formulating your ultimate goal as what you are working toward, break your goal down into achievable milestones. If you want to lose 30 pounds, think of it as a goal of losing five pounds a month for six months. If you want to run five miles, try intervals of walking and jogging to get to the first mile, then the second, then and the third. Keep in mind that your goals may shift as you work towards them. 3. Share your goals with the people in your life. Having the support of others can both inspire you and hold you accountable.

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You won't want to report to your mother, child, or colleagues that you have given up on your goals. You will want to report that you are working hard to get what you want. You never know who will inspire you during this process. You may even inspire others to join you on your journey. 4. It’s okay to be nervous, but don’t let it stop you. People are often afraid to try something new. If there is a group exercise class you have been curious about, but haven’t gone because you are nervous about it, ask someone for more information. By finding out more about a teacher’s style and the format of the class, you will feel more mentally prepared and in control. I always get asked questions about my Body Conditioning Circuits classes, “Is it hard?” “Can anyone do it?” “Will I cope?”. What you have to remember is that all exercises can be tailored to suit your needs, then once you’ve attended a few classes and grasped the basics, you can then progress on to the more advanced versions ... should you want to! Nutrition 1. Combine lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and good fats when you eat. Separately, these are food groups that your body needs. Together, these food groups are powerhouses. Research shows that when eaten together, they will help you feel fuller for longer periods of time. The sum of these three factors is greater than its parts. Try eating an apple and some almonds as a snack and see how it makes you feel.

2. Keep a food diary. Before you can figure out how to amend your food intake patterns, you have to assess where you are starting from. By writing down everything you eat and how much you eat of it, you can start to look for patterns in your consumption. Maybe you get overly hungry, and then end up eating too much. Maybe you are a mindless snacker. Write down everything you eat for a week and review the information. Once you assess your food choices, there are small changes you can make that will add up to a big difference. 3. Think before you eat – why are you eating? Are you really hungry or are you eating because it is “dinner time” or you are bored? Most of the time we confuse thirst with hunger, try having a glass of water to suppress those hunger feelings, it may actually be that you’re thirsty rather then hungry. You should be aiming to drink at least 2 litres of water a day – more if you’re exercising. And remember, caffeine dehydrates you, so drinking cups of coffee all day really isn’t keeping you hydrated. Implementing some of these ideas may help you to achieve your 2014 goals. Stick to your re s o l u t i o n s , great things can happen! If you’re interested in Personal Training, Group Training or attending any of the Fitness Classes I run, go to www.almfitness. for SPECIAL NEW YEAR OFFERS! Or alternatively call Amy on 07740 366419 or email

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Beef Bourguignon A hearty beef casserole for those chilly winter nights, full of flavour and delicious served with a full-bodied red wine. Serves 6-8 Ingredients 150g streaky bacon, chopped 1 tbsp olive oil 1 kg lean stewing steak, cubed 1 medium onion, sliced 1 tsp salt black pepper to taste 25g flour 750ml red wine 1 tbsp Tomato puree 600ml beef stock 2 cloves garlic, pureed 1/2 tsp thyme, dried or fresh 15-20 small onions 400g small mushrooms, sliced

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Stir in the wine, and enough stock so that the meat is barely covered. Add the tomato paste, garlic and herbs. Bring to simmering point on top of the stove. Then cover the casserole and place in lower part of a pre-heated oven. Simmer for 3-4 hours or until meat is tender.

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he Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a National Nature Reserve and the breeding place for migrating birds that pass through in spring, autumn and winter. The birds include Short Ear Owls and Light Bellied Brent Geese. Other species found include Wigeon, Greylag Geese, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Mallard, Teal and Pintail. Saint Cuthbert’s favourite bird, the Eider (Cuddy) Duck is also a popular resident. Many waders, Thrushes, and Finches pass through in great numbers during the spring and autumn migrations. Common British Songbirds breed in the sand dunes, hedgerows and gardens.

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Mini Cooper Ever since Michael Caine uttered the immortal line 'you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off,' we've longed for our own super-sweet, utterly cool Mini Cooper. No other car is so recognisable or so adored by drivers here and all over the world. Jaguar E-Type Sensuous lines, come hither eyes and the ability to go like no other, the Jaguar E-Type is the car most men would sell their wives for. Sports Car International magazine named it the best car of the 1960s but many would argue it's the best of all time. VW Beetle The re-launch of the Volkswagen Beetle in the late 1990s disappointed many a fan of the original bug which was produced from 1938 to 2003. Uncomfortable seats, a lack of speed and roaringly noisy engine are among the problems which has seen the Beetle named among the worst cars of all time. But still we love them. Porsche 911 No Porsche manufactured since has lived up to the 911. But perhaps it's simply because few cars can better it for driveability or design - Porsche

Aston Martin DB9 Few new cars have captured the public imagination like the DB9, launched in 2004. Practically perfect in every way it lives up to previous DB incarnations and then some. A basic model may cost a similar price to a three bed terrace in South Wales but you know which you'd rather have!

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ora Weaver's talk at the Bishampton History Society's meeting on Elgar's Worcestershire years gave a fascinating insight into the composer's life, most of which he spent in the county. She became interested in Elgar when she discovered, whilst researching her family history, that Elgar had been engaged to Helen Weaver, one of Cora's antecedants. Helen later went on to break Elgar's heart.

lunatic asylum. It wasn't until 1888 when love finally found him again in the form of Alice Roberts, one of his pupils and a well-heeled lady eight years older than him. Despite some resistance from Alice's family, in 1889 they married, moving to London to try to get Edward more teaching work. However, this was unsuccessful and they returned to Malvern where he advertised for pupils and taught at The Mount School.

Cora introduced her talk by saying that Edward Elgar came from humble stock. Ann Greening and William Elgar, his parents originally lived close to the Cathedral in Worcester, where they had a son Harry, followed by a daughter Lucy. Elgar's mother inexplicably converted to Catholicism which in those days was enough to make you a pariah and excluded from family and friends, but for some reason this did not happen.

Cora said that Elgar never had to promote himself again, as his career took off; she gave an insight into how his mother had encouraged him to write music drawing on the Malvern Hills and surrounding countryside for inspiration. His first work, Caractacus, was followed by other works, the best known of which are Pomp & Circumstance and the Enigma Variations which were based on his closest friends. The couple had one daughter Carice.

So Elgar, who was the next to be born in 1857 in Broadheath, was brought up as a Catholic, together with his siblings, including another sister, Polly. Cora painted a fascinating picture of the composer’s career including the fact that during his 75-year life, he moved from Worcester to Malvern and back several times, as well as living at times in Hereford and London. She explained that his father was a piano tuner and proprietor of a music shop in Edgar Street, Worcester. Elgar would write what he affectionately termed his 'shed music' for his woodwind quartet in the shed at the bottom of the garden when they lived in College precinct in Worcester. His schooling took place in Britannia Square where he learned piano, and then at Spetchley from the ages of eight to eleven where he and friend Hubert Leicester spent the next four years. He became head boy, leaving school at fiftenn, and was eventually offered a job teaching music.

Cora concluded her talk by saying that Elgar achieved fame and success later in life, and was knighted in 1904 by King Edward VII. For more details about the Bishampton History Society contact: or Lesley Miller at

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all the well-loved ingredients of traditional family pantomime. 2.30pm. Phone: 01905 770154. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions). Friar Street, Droitwich Spa, WR9 8ED. More info at Wednesday 15th, 22nd, 29th January Junior Hockey Training Droitwich Spa Hockey Club, Droitwich Droitwich Spa Hockey Club. Fun and energetic junior hockey training for children aged 7 to 16. All abilities welcome! 6.30pm to 7.30pm Saturday 18th January Alan Barnes/Allison Neale Quintet Top UK clarinet and saxophone star, Alan Barnes returns to Hanley Castle High School in the company of rising star Allison Neale, alto sax/flute with Rob Barrow, piano, Jeremy Brown, double bass, and Upton regular Steve Brown, drums. 8pm to 10.30pm. Phone: 01684 593794. Church End, Hanley Castle, Upton-upon-Severn, WR8 0BL Saturday 11th & 18th January Party Nights Re-visited Tree Tops Pavilion and Spring Grove House will be hosting a 'Party Night Revisited' on Saturday 11th January in Spring Grove House and Saturday 18th January in Tree Tops Pavilion. Booking essential. Please contact the events team on 01299 406397 or 01299 406460 or e-mail for further information or to make your booking. Full payment is required and bookings for less than 8 people may have to share a table with other parties. West Midland Safari & Leisure Park, Spring Grove, Bewdley, DY12 1LF. www. Saturday 25th January St Martin’s informal Coffee Concert A musical coffee morning for charity: On

the birthday of Robbie Burns, Dampiers Round present a morning of Scottish folk music. Drop in for a cup of coffee or tea with homemade cakes and biscuits. All proceeds to the Alzheimer's Society. St Martin's Coffee Concerts are every 4th Saturday of the month. 10.30am to 11.30am, FREE entry with donations to the Alzheimer’s Society. St Martin’s Church, London Road, Worcester, WR5 2ED. Sunday 26th January The Ramblers Group Walk Enjoy British wildlife on a Ramblers group walk. Distance 8.5 miles. Circular walk from Rochford nr. Tenbury Wells. Time 10am. Contact Ursula Woodhouse 01584 781376. Most walks are intended for Ramblers’ Association members. Non-members are welcome to join us as guests on two or three walks. The Ramblers group walk starting point. Grid Ref: SO632677 Worcestershire WR15 8SN. walkInfo.php Sunday 26th January Evening of Clairvoyance with Julie Angel: International Psychic Medium After the presents ... feel the presence!! This exciting night includes an introduction to all things paranormal with International Psychic Medium Julie Angel. Julie gives messages of a psychic and mediumistic nature to people in the audience. This is a lighthearted evening suitable for believers and sceptics alike! Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Event closes at 11pm. Tickets £10 on the door. Private tarot readings available on the night; booking advisable. Call 01684 566944 to reserve your spot. The Portobello Pub, 139 Bransford Road, St. John’s, Worcester, WR2 4EZ.

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The Malverns article & photograpghy by Brian Joyce


he Malverns have been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty; a design which started over 300 million years ago with the uplift in rock formations forming the Malvern Hills, looking north to Worcester, east to the Vale of Evesham and west to Wales. Sometimes thought of as a single place, it is actually five locations that make up this sprawling metropolis straddling the hills: Great Malvern, Little Malvern, Malvern Wells, Malvern Link, and the lesser known West Malvern. Ever popular as a place of residence, the folks way back in the Iron and Bronze Ages settled the area and built a motte-and-bailey hill fort at the top of British Camp, around 1000BC. Although there is debate as to whether Caracticus made his last stand in and around the Malvern Hills or near Church Stretton, it is generally accepted that the Ancient Brits were responsible for the name Malvern, from moel-bryn which means the bare hill.


In more recent times, the area became famous for its natural spring water which still flows abundantly from a number of taps and spouts around the Hills. Until the bottling plant in Colwall closed in 2010, it produced around 12 million litres per year. The original Holy Well source was founded in 1622 after Queen Elizabeth I gave the spring to John Hornyold, which remained in his family until 1919. Dr John Wall's analysis of Malvern water in 1756 started Malvern's national fame as an hydrotherapy centre, although he is noted as having said, “The Malvern waters are famed for containing just nothing at all�. The centre reached its peak in the mid1800's as doctors set up clinics in Malvern for wealthy Victorians, and J Schweppes sold Malvern Holy Well water at the great exhibition in 1851. The Hills have attracted many famous people to live in the area and to benefit from vistas, clear air and the natural spring water: 'The Cure'? One of the most famous includes Sir Edward Elgar who moved to

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Great Malvern in 1884; he died in 1934 and is buried in Little Malvern. Charles Darwin convalesced in Malvern and his daughter, Anne, died there and is now buried in Great Malvern Priory. Others included Professor Roget - of Thesaurus fame - who also lived here, died and is buried in West Malvern.

The many business and science parks scattered throughout the area clearly attest to Malvern also being a great place to work and establish businesses - The Morgan Motor Company - to name one, and my favourite. I simply love The Malverns for the peace and tranquillity, the walks and the fresh air .... all available in abundance.


Lady Emily Foley [d.1900] owned the majority of the land around Malvern, and when it became known for the water cure, it also became a popular place to live and land for building houses became very sought after. Lady Emily insisted that land bought from her on which to build a house must be at least an acre in size, with a large number of trees planted around the houses, leaving a legacy of beautiful trees throughout the town.

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AGE UK & CARE IN THE COMMUNITY malvern Malvern & District Tel: 01684 560666 EVESHAM & PERSHORE South Wychavon Tel: 01386 422700 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 & WORCESTER: 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: 38 01386 502070

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 861705 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


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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A man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, “I hate to ruin your day but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; fortyfive years of misery is enough.”

"Dad, what are you talking about!?" the son screams. “We can't stand the sight of each other any longer” the father s ays. “We're sick of each other and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and tell her.” Frantically, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like hell they're getting divorced!” she shouts, “I'll take care of this!” She calls Scotland immediately, and screams at her father “You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up. The old man hangs up his phone, turns to his wife, smiles and says: "Sorted! They're both coming for Christmas - and they're paying their own way!"

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Back Where They Started Farncombe Estate marks end of ‘Ride Round England’ Fundraiser


arncombe Estate, which includes the Dormy House Hotel, Farncombe Conference Centre and Farncombe Courses, has welcomed back William Reddaway and his horse, Strider, after their epic journey around England. William, who worked at the Estate for twenty eight years, travelled 2,500 miles on his journey via thirty Cathedrals to the four corners of England, before returning to Farncombe Estate on 7th December to end his epic journey. He left Farncombe Estate in May. So far he has raised £50,000 for the charities Family Holiday Association and Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre. Said Andrew Grahame, CEO of Farncombe Estate: “We were delighted to be the start and finish line for William and Strider’s mammoth ride round England. It’s truly an astonishing achievement. Our congraulations go to both of them.”

William said: “It was a long haul and I was delighted to reach the end at Farncombe, and be welcomed by some familiar faces and friends. My thanks go to everyone who has supported the ride and my chosen charities.”

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A Gift for the Future After you have provided for your family and friends, perhaps you would consider a gift in your Will for St Richard’s Hospice. Leaving a gift in your Will is easy and it can be for as little as 1% of what you leave behind. Gifts from Wills to St Richard’s ensure that we can continue to care for our patients and family members in the future. There a number of options when it comes to writing your Will, but we always recommend consulting a solicitor. If you already have a Will and wish to add a gift to the hospice, your solicitor will advise on the best way to do this.

For more information about leaving a gift in your Will to St Richard’s Hospice, please contact Fundraising Director Tricia Cavell on 01905 763963 or email

St Richard’s Hospice – celebrating 30 years


ill you help us secure our future? Our vision – we do all we can do support our patients and their families. We help families through difficult times each and every day and we are committed to continuing to do so in the future. We can only fulfil this commitment with your help. We rely on you for as much as 68% of our funding, so the majority of patients are cared for using your donations, including gifts in Wills. A gift in a Will is an extremely generous, thoughtful and caring way to donate to St Richard’s. Leaving a gift in your Will is easy and it can be for as little as 1% of what you leave behind. Families always come first, but please think of St Richard’s and help us to continue to be here for the local community for years to come. Leaving a gift in a Will may also save on your inheritance tax We are delighted that due to unexpected and generous gifts in Wills we have brought forward plans to meet the specialist palliative and end of life care needs within the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week . This means expanding our Hospice at Home

services. Our Hospice at Home Health Care Assistants can make an immediate difference to the patient and family. For example, with our Hospice at Home help, a patient who wanted to leave hospital and die in their own home, surrounded by their family, was able to do so at short notice. In another instance, within 30 minutes of receiving a request for help from a worried District Nurse, a Hospice at Home team member was on her way to a distressed patient and family to provide support and reassurance. There are many more ways the team can help patients and families: for example providing support for carers in extreme situations. By supporting the carer we can help prevent them becoming too exhausted

to carry on, or perhaps providing immediate care over several days whilst temporary problems are resolved. Income from gifts in Wills has allowed us to increase the number of Hospice at Home staff to 11 so we can help more patients stay at home if that is their wish. Gifts in Wills have also helped us to start expanding our In-patient Unit to care for more patients and offer greater privacy in more single rooms. The new extension will open in our 30th anniversary year, 2014. If you feel you are able to help by leaving a Gift to the hospice in your Will, whenever the time is right for you, your generous gift will allow us to offer our existing services and look to the future. If you would like to discuss leaving a gift in your Will, please contact Fundraising Director Tricia Cavell on 01905 763963, email tcavell@ A GIFT IN YOUR WILL, HOWEVER LARGE OR SMALL, WHENEVER THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR YOU, WILL HELP ST RICHARD’s TO CONTINUE TO CARE. 42

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Accountants Crowthers 2 Focus Accoutancy 11 Bathrooms & Kitchens A Job 4 John Dream Doors

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Equestrian Services Hay Bales for Sale


M O T Marshalls of Evesham Ltd

Fencing A Job for John


Oven Cleaning Ovenclean 28

Finance Cameron and Company Cred-Ex Solutions

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Pershore Retail Market Conkers Corner Custom Graphix

Funeral Directors E Hill & Son


Pet Care Fern's Cattery


Picture Framing Huxley Imaging


Building & Construction Evesham Trade Centre Simon Haines Construction Welconstruct UK

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Cars: Parts, Repairs & Sales Marshalls of Evesham Ltd


Car, Van & Mini Bus Hire Evesham Self Drive


Haberdashery & Material The Fabrik Shop

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Cleaning Services Lady Cleaner & Gardener

Hairdressers Hair by Colette Le Petit Parlour

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Handyman A Job 4 John Home Handyman RS Services

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Chimney Services Elite Sweeps Community Services Age UK Pershore Volunteer Centre St Richard's Hospice Computing & IT Services Pendas CS Ltd Decorators, Painters & Plasterers A Job 4 John Avon Safe Home Ltd Aztec Painting & Decorating Paul Cooper Education Pershore College Electricians Avon Safe Home Ltd Craig Merchant Electrical Sparky Williams


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Gardening & Landscaping Garden Machinery Mobile Service & Repair 26 Lady Cleaner & Gardener 37 Luke's Garden Maintenance 2 RS Services 31 Smartcut 19


Health & Beauty Golden Hands Clinic ALM Fitness

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Heating J S Plumbing


Interior Design & Soft Furnishings Pershore Rugs 31 Shuttercraft 19 Sunflower Soft Furnishings 11 Jewellery Beautiful Beads & Accessories Kitchens Dream Doors Locksmiths Alcester Locks Avon Safe Home Ltd

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Plumbing A+ Plumbing J S Plumbing

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Pubs & Restaurants The Dolphin The Wheelbarrow Castle

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Roofing Services G.M. Roofing


Second Hand Dealers Sally's Bargains


Skip Hire MHF (UK) Ltd


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Windows, Doors & Conservatories Avon Safe Home Ltd 28 Cloudy2Clear Windows 3 ETC Windows, Doors & Conservatories 16 P J Home Improvements 26 Wood Burning Stoves Chase Heating Elite Stoves

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