The Villager November 2012

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Pershore Retail Market

Cherry Orchard, Pershore, WR10 1EY

PERSHORE PET & LIVESTOCK Catering for a huge variety of pets and livestock. Also providing a selection of garden supplies.

DECORATIVE TOUCHES For all your cake decorating equipment & supplies.

Tel: 01386 561136 Mob: 07794 163444

PERSHORE RUGS For all your rugs, doormats and kitchenmats, plus a range of curtain accessories.

Tel: 01386 555588

SWEET DELIGHTS Specialising in all the old-fashioned sweets, including home-made fudge.

Pershore Retail Market

Pershore Retail Market

Tel: 01386 561635 Mob: 07754 475712

Tel: 01527 876518 Mob: 07837 491348

No. 9 YOUNG IDEAS For an extensive range clothing for babies, toddlers and other ages.

Tel: 07866 287513 To advertise call 0845 224 7061 or 07754 or (visit 5% Discount on purchases with this 170286 advert excludes existing specials)

contents November 2012 “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” Mark Twain


Grapevine Publications

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Telephone 0845 224 7061 Mobile 07754 170286

EDITOR Betty-Ann Ambury


10th November 2012


Three Counties Autumn Show


The Bell at Salford Priors




Smart Trees


Qantas Airlines


Acquired Brain Injury Centre


Vision Interiors


8 Fitness ALM


Pershore's Highwaymen


Fladbury CE First School


Silver Training


Observations on Alcohol!


Rural Community Transport


Business Editorial


Age UK


Envisage...gardens by design


BG 18 Digital Photographs


Coffee Time!


Events in November


Your Community Directory


Pershore Market

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AUTUMN SHOW 2012 he Malvern Three Thosted Counties site once again a superb show. As always, these shows are well organised, well laid out and have something for everyone. Flora and fauna everywhere you looked and truly in abundance and in glorious colours, whether they were the prize winning blooms or vegetables in the Harvest Pavilion, the beautiful floral art and displays of the RHS Flower Show in the Wye Hall, the rabbits and cavies, the alpacas, the poultry, the working dogs, the Birds of Prey or the magnificent working shire horses in the Severn Arena. Food & drink stalls everywhere you went and especially in the Avon Hall where the Festival of Food & Drink attracted both the connoisseurs and yours truly. Stalls abounded, and you could buy just about anything from ornaments for your garden to cuddly toys, from sheds to scarves, from flags to leather goods, from gardening equipment to seeds, from a cup of coffee to some excellent pork rolls. And if your interest was in cooking then the culinary Master, award winning Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli was demonstrating in the Good Life Pavilion. Vintage Cars and Classic 4

Caravans your thing? Then the new Vintage Village was the place to be. You could have watched Hackney driving, Llama racing, working dogs being put through their paces, the Raging Bull biplane spectacular aerial demonstration, the heavy mob demonstrating their Tug O’War prowess. You could watch the metal work forge in action, you could even eat yourself silly or perhaps listen to the Royal Horticultural Society hosting plant demonstrations and Q&A sessions, investigate the country pusuits marquee or just relax and watch ITV’s Food Glorious Food in action as they were being filmed. The kids and adults could visit the Discovery Zone and find out all about Fishing or Gardening and there was even 40's - 60's Jazz & Classical music as well as dancing to be found in The Vintage Village Hall and the Plaza Bandstand. Believe it or not even the plants were well taken care of at the Plant Creche whilst their owners wore out shoe leather covering the huge site and discovered the sights, sounds and colours which were on display in the late Autumn sunshine. A glorious, enjoyable and educational day out. Well done the Three Counties. Great show! Article & Photography by Brian Joyce

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Qantas Airlines : Gripe Sheets After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a "Gripe Sheet" which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, and the pilots review the Gripe Sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour! Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas pilots (marked with a "P") and the solutions recorded (marked with an "S") by maintenance engineers. By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never, had an accident!

P: S:

Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement. Almost replaced left inside main tyre.

P: S:

Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough. Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: S:

Something loose in cockpit. Something tightened in cockpit.

P: S:

Dead bugs on windshield. Live bugs on back-order.

P: S:

Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute Descent. Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: S:

Evidence of leak on right main landing gear. Evidence removed.

P: S:

DME volume unbelievably loud. DME volume set to more believable level.

P: S:

Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick. That's what friction locks are for.

P: S:

IFF inoperative in OFF mode. IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: S:

Suspected crack in windshield. Suspect you're right.

P: S:

Number 3 engine missing. Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: S:

Aircraft handles funny . . . . . (love this one!) Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: S:

Target radar hums. Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: S:

Mouse in cockpit. Cat installed.

And the best one for last . . . . .

P: S:


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The Acquired Brain Injury Centre - Evesham Article & Photography by Brian Joyce


rior to the Pershore River Festival in July of this year, I had never heard of this organisation or the great work they do for people who have who have sustained an acquired brain injury e.g. stroke, tumour.

Charles Tucker, Mayor of Pershore has this unique centre as one of his charities to support and promote. The programmes fall under the auspices of The South Worcestershire College in Evesham who supply some of the specialised facilities for programmes. The Centre relies upon the Government to provide approximately 60% of their funding under the heading of Education and surprisingly receives none from the NHS. The balance of funding depends upon thee and me, reader . . . that is to say on Charitable Trusts and fund raising in general (like their stall at the River Festival). Having spent just a few minutes talking to Lesley Kewley, Acting Chair of the Trustees and Lady Carolyn Harford, both of whom are passionate about their fund raising work for the Centre, I decided to write this article and hopefully try to raise awareness and increase visibility of this incredibly valuable facility. I watched tutors teaching Art, IT skills, Literacy - just a few of the programmes available but which also include gardening, pottery and maths - and the three Occupational Therapy staff working with the Neurological Physiotherapist and students, who require their very specialised oneto-one skills to assist in re-acquiring both cognitive and motor skills that you and I take for granted. Many of the students go on to take Edexcel units for Foundation Learning from Entry Level to Level 2 (Level 2 is GCSE equivalent) whereas others have the much simpler, truly fundamental goals - one student had as one of his goals, the ability to step down from the kerb unaided! The centre must assess the suitability of potential students before they join the various programmes on offer as basics like toiletry requirements and mobility may restrict their participation in the programmes available. They are underfunded, they need more facilities, they need more staff, they need your help? I came away with the thought in my mind . . . there but for the Grace of God . . . I would there was more that I could do to help? Perhaps we all can? Get your school involved in raising money for the Centre. If you are a Publicist then please call. Contact the Centre at or call 01386 712635. Charity details can be found here: 14

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Eight Healthy Eating Strategies


ith the help of Alexandra Caspero, R.D, owner of weight-management and sports-nutrition service, here are 8 quick, easy, healthy-eating strategies. Keeping a slim waistline will never be so simple.

1. Downsize Your Tableware (and Portions)
 We tend to be satisfied based on what’s served to us, regardless of portion size, explains Caspero. “Visual cues may play a large part in how much we consume,” she says. “The bigger the plate, the more food you’ll serve and the more you’ll eat.” Don’t let your eyes override your appetite, and start small. A small plate may do the same to satisfy your body and brain as that family-size quantity of pasta. 2. Think Several Months Ahead 
When choosing a new diet plan, ask yourself one question: How long do you think you can stick to it? “If you love bread, then cutting out all carbs may not be sustainable in the long run,” says Caspero. If you pick a diet that’s impossible to follow for more than a few days, weeks, or months, you’re only setting yourself up for failure. 3. Don’t Let Your Guard Down
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“There is no single super-food that counteracts that after-work snack of an entire bag of potato chips,” says Caspero. 4. Read Between the Lines on Labels
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6. Learn How to Make Fast Food at Home
 A busy, high-stress lifestyle can lead to a diet of convenience. "Unfortunately, the most convenient foods are often the same ones you should be avoiding," explains Caspero. The meals served in fast-food chains are typically crammed with calories, sugar, and fat, and deficient in vitamins and minerals. Instead, cook a tasty, nutrient-dense meal in less time than you’d spend waiting in the drive-thru. 7. Discover the Healthier Flavour Enhancers 
 There’s nothing delicious about eating plain boneless, skinless chicken breasts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But there’s a reason so many diets call for them: They’re high in stomachfilling protein (the raw material for muscle growth), low in fat, and affordable. Luckily, you don’t need to add butter, oil, or fatty dressings to make them taste better, says Caspero. Try a simple marinade or spice rub to pack your food full with flavor. 8. Never Cut Back on Produce
 “When it comes to being full, our stomachs respond to weight and volume,” says Caspero. Chances are, you will still be hungry after one serving of pasta. But if you add 3 cups of veggies to that pasta, you have a much larger meal to satisfy you. See, most produce contains lots of fiber, few calories, and little starch. Adding a ton of it to your dinner will keep you full and your waistline trim.

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Pershore's Highwaymen Article by Marion Freeman


oads during the 17th century were almost universally diabolical. Basically they were just beaten tracks and although in 1555 parishes were authorised to appoint a ‘waywarden’ each year who could call on all able bodied parishioners to do four day’s work on the roads, in reality most waywardens were only interested in keeping their own stretch of road in good order. With the coming of the turnpikes, regular money became available for road maintenance but it wasn’t until a hundred years later, following the first Turnpike Act, that roads began to be properly laid, with a surface of stone and gravel set on firm, well drained foundations. Pershore at this time lay on the main London to Aberystwyth mail coach run and it is likely that the coach changed horses at the Angel Posting house. There were two toll houses in the town: one near the bridge (the only one of the whole length of the run still to exist) set almost exactly half way between London and Aberystwyth, and the other at the top of the hill as the road slopes downwards on the Worcester road. Although in the early days the London coach terminated at Worcester, by 1835 roads over the mountains had improved sufficiently to allow the Postmaster General to authorise a through service, and in May of that year the first mail coach, known as the ‘Aberystwyth’ set off from London with an armed guard on the rear seat. Leaving London at 8pm it usually took just over forty-eight hours to complete the journey.

Whilst Janet Daniels and I were researching for our book ‘Pershore Places’ we came across a newspaper report telling of an incident that occurred between nine and ten o’clock in the evening on 12th May 1775. Mr. Harry Long of Pershore was riding briskly from Shenstone Brook towards Litchfield when he was suddenly accosted by a man who jumped out in front of his horse, pointed a pistol at him and demanded money. Long, was carrying a bag containing £16 in gold and silver and reluctantly handed this over whilst pleading with his assailant to allow him to keep some of his money.

Such journeys were hazardous undertakings, due not only to the state of the roads, but also from advances from highwaymen and footpads. However, in reality there is no evidence that mail coaches were ever accosted by such, as they preferred to attack unarmed postboys, individuals on horseback or unprotected carts. With virtually deserted roads more than adequately lined by greenery it was easy for those of such mind to lay hidden until such time as they deemed it advantageous to accost any unsuspecting traveller!

The robber asked ‘How much would you have?’ to which Long replied ‘As much as you please’. The robber then opened the bag and returned two shillings to him. When Long remarked it was a small sum, he was given another shilling. The victim then asked how far it was to Lichfield, to which the footpad replied ‘A little way’, turned and was lost in the darkened evening. Long later offered, through a newspaper notice, a five guinea reward for the apprehension of the culprit, but we have not, as yet been able to ascertain whether or not the culprit was ever caught.


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Naturally not all highway men were so polite or accommodating, and one who is known to have frequented this area in the late 1600’s was an individual known as ‘Capt’ Thomas Dangerfield. Born about 1650 in Waltham, Essex, he was the son of a farmer and imprisoned many times for theft and counterfeiting. He was described as a handsome fellow who wore a short periwig, and rode a light bay horse 14 or 15 hands high. Strangely he kept a diary stating where he went, whom he robbed and how much money he made!

tub Plot’. Apparently he had at one time, hidden a document in a meal-tub belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth Cellier, almoner to Lady Powis, a prominent Catholic who at one time befriended him. When she later withdrew her support he vowed revenge and pretended to discover a Catholic plot against King Charles II, alerting the king’s officers to this alleged plot. When Mrs. Cellier’s premises were searched, the document, containing charges of treason by leading Protestants including the Duke of Monmouth, Earl of Shaftesbury and Sir Thomas Waller, was found in the meal-tub.

An unidentified newspaper cutting from the 1890’s, now in the Worcester Record Office, has extracts from his diary of events, published in London in 1685. He wrote that on Wednesday, 17th December he: “came to Easam (Evesham) and there not being pleased by the man at the Crown, I went to the Angell at Parshore where I lay all night. Receits: Of an ale-house keeper 10s; of an attorney (sic) 10s; of the only gentleman 20s; of a boy 10s; of a farmer 10s; of a farmer 10s; of an attorney 10s. Total 107s (No mention of the other 27s!) Spent at Parshore where I lay all night at the Angel 13s.”

Mrs. Cellier was charged with high treason on 11th June 1680 but it was soon evident to the Court that Thomas Dangerfield was an unworthy witness. She was found not guilty and instead Dangerfield was arrested on a charge of felony. Escaping from Newgate Prison around 1684 he came to this area where he lived as a highwayman by day, sleeping in local inns at night. Whilst Dangerfield was roaming the Worcestershire countryside, the new king, James II set out to arrest the highwayman. He was arrested, sentenced to stand in the pillory on two consecutive days and then to be whipped from Aldegate to Newgate and two days later from Newbury to Tyburn.

The next day: “I rode much in the Vale to little purpose and very near Easam, from thence to Parshore where I din’d and then to Teuxbury where, being disobliged at the Swan, I went to the Plough and there lay all night. Receits: Of a parson 10s; of a parson 10s; of a parson’s man 12s; of a farmer 12s; of a farmer 10s. 10 refuses, total 54s. Spent for dinner at Parshore 5s, at Teuxbury at the Plough where I lay all night 13s, total 18s.” We have no idea how Dangerfield managed to extract such amounts from his victims and in fact he was eventually arrested, not for robbing people, but for seditious libel involving what became known as the ‘Meal-

Such treatment severely weakened him but whilst on his way to his punishment, he was accosted by a barrister, Robert Frances, who somehow insulted him, to which Dangerfield in spite of his deteriorating condition, retaliated with a similar response. This infuriated Francis who struck him violently in the face with his cane, which entered Dangerfield’s eye, causing his death two hours later. The barrister was later brought to trial and executed for the highwayman’s murder despite many petitions to the King.

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Fladbury CE First School This year’s Harvest Festival was very well supported with over 100 attending from both school and village. It was led by Revd. Clive Fairclough, Rector and Chair of Governors at Fladbury School: ‘I was delighted to welcome so many to the Service. At Fladbury we focus on small classes and excellent facilities with a broad curriculum and great teachers. The aim is to give each boy or girl the very best possible start to their school life within a happy and secure environment. Fladbury is very much a family school, something which we all celebrate in our community.’ This term Fladbury CE First School is offering a new Foundation Stage for children 3 years+ and the new pupils are already settling in really well. One delighted parent says about his 3 year old:

‘Today was only his 8th day at pre-school but he has taken to it like a duck to water under the wings of his teachers, Mrs Mather & Mrs Bullas. He loves playtime with his sister and ends up with all the big girls around him!’ Fladbury is holding an open morning on Friday 16th November from 9.30am to 11.30am. If you would like to find out more please get in touch. Funded places are available for children age 3 and over who join our Foundation stage. For further information call:

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Robert says: “Don’t be afraid of the mouse!”


ocal computer expert Robert Preston says “the over 50’s are being left on the wrong side of the digital divide as a whole generation has missed out on the growth of the Internet.” He intendsOur to reverse this trend bytutors encouraging people inall the friendly teach Worcester area to take up the challenge and have some computer fun.

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Observations on Alcohol:

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"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. " Frank Sinatra WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people. "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading." Henny Youngman WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you. "24 hours in a day . . . 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not." Stephen Wright WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing. "When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we sleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!" Brian O'Rourke WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy. "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Benjamin Franklin WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your bra and panties. "Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." Dave Barry WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them. "To some it's a six-pack, to me it's a Support Group. Salvation in a can!" Dave Howell WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting. And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin, of Cheers. One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. Here's how it went: "Well ya see, Norm, it's like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not . 26

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Business Editorial To advertise or not to advertise . . . that is the question! (with apologies to William Shakespeare!)

And what is the answer? When talking to potential new advertisers, there are two excuses I hear for not advertising, which are: “. . . business is bad, and I can’t afford to advertise” or “. . . business is good, so I don’t need to advertise”. Both good reasons for not advertising? Absolutely not! When business is bad, that is exactly the time when you should be advertising – ask yourself, why is business bad? Do people know what you do? Do they know where to find you? When business is good, that is all the more reason to advertise - to make sure you keep it that way.

by the public on presents, food, decorations and all the Christmas trimmings. If you want your share of those millions, you need to let people know what you’ve got that they want or need. In other words . . . you need to advertise! In the last 3½ years, The Villager magazine has gone from a 28-page, part colour, part black and white, bimonthly publication with a distribution of 5,000 copies, to a 40-page, full colour, monthly publication with a distribution of 7,500 copies. This has happened because local businesses of all sizes have chosen to advertise with us. We’ve benefited, but more importantly, so have our advertisers. We have a target to increase the magazine by 20 pages and distribution to 10,000 copies – because the more copies we distribute, the more our advertisers benefit. The sooner you advertise with us, the sooner we reach our target . . . and the sooner everyone benefits.

... to succeed, copy somone successful

There is a saying: “If you want to succeed, copy someone successful”. Have you ever walked into your local Tesco or Sainsbury or Asda or Morrisons and found it to be empty of customers? Of course not. But they all still continue to advertise, and in the most expensive media available: television and the national press. If these multi-million pound organisations understand the need for continual advertising, don’t you think you should be taking a leaf out of their book? Despite the fact that we are in the grips of a massive recession, people still have money to spend on clothes, having their hair done, toys for their children, holidays, etc., etc. Christmas is just a few weeks away, and once again millions of pounds will be spent 28

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N Aster 'Prairie Purple'

ovember can be a tricky month in the garden: very often damp, lifeless and cold, with anaemic winter sunshine, which doesn’t warm the bones.

By now, many gardens look bereft, the last vestiges of soggy foliage flapping aimlessly on naked stems, the lawn lost under a pile of sodden leaves and not a flower in sight. There is still plenty of pruning and tidying, but little incentive to get out there and do it. But it does not have to be like this! With a little careful planning and some fortuitous weather, the rich tapestry of autumn can be drawn out into November, extending the season just enough to take us through, until the precious winter flowers of Mahonia and Viburnum break through the gloom. I’ve put together a dozen of my favourites to make a late autumn feast in rich shades of plum purple, sugar pink and a hint of lime green.

Aster x frikartii 'Wunder von Stäfa'

This planting scheme has some evergreen structure for all year round interest. The Bergenia and Heuchera will flower in the spring. The Penstemon and Hebe flower from June onwards. Once we reach August, the whole border will be singing the National Anthem, giving continuous flower through to November. Even though some, like the Cyclamen, have finished flowering they continue a supporting role with their magnificent foliage.

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue' - autumn foliage

Cyclamen hederifolium


The asters have been selected for good disease resistance and flowering longevity. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Hebe 'Autumn Glory' Aster 'Prairie Purple' Anemone robustissima Certaostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue' Penstemon 'Raven' Schizostylis 'Mrs Hegarty' Anomanthele lessoniana Aster x frikartii 'Wunder von Stäfa' Cyclamen hederifolium Sedum telephium 'Purple Emperor' Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' Liriope muscani 'Royal Purple' Bergenia 'Overture' Cyclamen hederifolium

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No Summer Swan Song for this Garden Border Extend the season by: - Planting white Crocus, Narcissus and Tulips. - Introducing Allium sphaerocephalum and A. hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ for summer flower. - Add a handful of Nerine bowdenii along side the Anomanthele for additional autumn colour.

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Christmas is nearly upon us once again and what better present for you to give to the Grand Parents than a photo of the Grand Child(ren) or maybe even a lovely, memorable family photograph, with all of you together? Maybe you would like a photograph of you for your spouse or partner, or perhaps one of the two of you together? Is there an anniversary or a very special event coming up and you would like an image(s) to remember it by? So, whether they are portrait images of you, of your family or loved ones, of your friends or pets, or perhaps photographs for your product portfolio, for your modeling portfolio, landscape or landmark images, digitally manipulated images or of your very special day – a school prom or those civil ceremony or wedding Photographs – all of these are available from BG Digital Photographs. Digital Photography for everyone. Contact me to cover that special event, the photographs of product(s) for a flyer or website or to take images of you or your loved ones. Are you getting married and want images of the whole event, perhaps you’d like an engagement shoot as a taster? 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. Contact me by email, mobile phone or the contact form on the website. BG Digital Photographs is your friendly and experienced local photographer, based in the Vale of Evesham. A registered member of the Royal Photographic Society, member of the Vale of Evesham Camera Club, and now the Events Consultant for The Villager. See my work appearing in this local publication, starting in June 2012 and running through to the current issue. If you want that event covered, a memorable photo captured or just a regular portrait taken of yourself or a loved one(s), then please contact me, using the details listed below. Go to my website for samples of images I have taken. I have an extensive portfolio covering a very wide range of topics.

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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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Coffee Time! Trivia

that each line, square contain duplicating the line or square



1. Where is the "19th hole" in golf? 2. Who wonder the FA Cup in 1986? 3. Which London street is associated with Sweeney Todd? 4. What does a yachtsman's fly indicate?



5. What does a doctor look into with an otoscope?



6. Which sea laps the shores of the Isle of Man?

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7. Which king first ordered the salvage of the Tudor warship Mary Rose? 8. What flowers feature in the Wordsworth poem that opens: "I wandered lonely as a cloud . . ."? 9. What is the oldest man-made alloy? 10. In which city is Oliver Twist set?

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Events in

November Saturday 20th Oct to Sunday 4th November Halloween Family Fun Trail at Witley Court Discover some spooky secrets and ghastly tales as you take on our ghostly trail this Halloween. Are you brave enough to take on the challenge? If so, a terrible treat awaits you! 10am-5pm. Booking not necessary. See website for details and prices. Witley Court & Gardens, Worcestershire, WR6 6JT. www. Tuesday 30th Oct to Friday 2nd November Autumn Jewels - Holiday Activities Seasonal craft activities for this colourful time of year, including pumpkin carving! 10:30am4pm. Adults £5, Children 5-16 £2.50, Under-5’s free, Conc £2.50, Family ticket £13. Additional charge for activities and pumpkin carving. Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Nr Kidderminster, DY11 7XZ. www. Friday 2nd to Saturday 3rd November Hairy Bikers: "Larger Than Live" It’s now been over two years since we did our last stage tour, a complete sell-out and one of the best times of our lives. It’s for those reasons that we can’t wait to do it all over again; only this time it’s going to be bigger, bolder, funnier, and packed with more food and laughs than ever before. We’re not just giving you a show, we’re giving you a real night out. Filled with plenty of surprises, expect the unexpected . . . and if you like us on the telly, you will love us ‘Larger than Live’. 7.30pm Forum Theatre Phone: 01684 892277. Tickets £25. Grange Road, Great Malvern, WR14 3HB. Wednesday 7th November The Hidden Wildlife of the City: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Local naturalist, lecturer and photographer Brian Draper presents an illustrated talk of the wildlife that can be found at the bottom of your garden. 7.30pm - 9.00pm. Only £2. Non-members most welcome. Refreshments available. Nunnery Wood High School, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2LT. Thursday 8th November Quiz Time!! An evening Quiz this year. Bring a team of about 4 and your own drinks and glasses. Start training now!


Lots of fun. Our fiendish Question Master is even now drawing up Questions to baffle our inferior minds, but we'll show him!! 7.00pm. Tickets only £7.50 (includes a Ploughman's Supper) available from Tudor House and Tourist Information, The Guildhall. Call Judy 01386 553536 / 01905 612309. Friday 9th November Wine Tasting Wine tasting led by Heritage Wines inclusive supper. 7.30pm. Phone:01527 821272. £24.50. Hanbury Road, Hanbury, Bromsgrove, B60 4BU. Saturday 10th November Soldiers on the Front Line in WWI See soldiers personal kit from all over Europe, ‘battlefield finds’ and Judy’s Dad’s Autograph Book from the 1920's when in the Army of Occupation in Germany. We shall remember them. 10am – 4pm. Tudor House, Friar Street, Worcester, WR1 2NA. Tel: 01386 553536 / 01905 612309. www.tudorhouse. Thursday 15th November Stewart Francis The star of 'Mock The Week', 'Michael McIntyre's Roadshow' and 'Live At The Apollo', embarks on a brand new tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show! Strictly 16+. 7.30pm Forum Theatre. Phone: 01684 892277. £17.50. Grange Road, Great Malvern, WR14 3HB. Saturday 17th November Father Christmas arrives See Father Christmas arrive in his sleigh pulled by real reindeer. Father Christmas is due to arrive at 10am and the reindeers will be here until 4pm so come and meet them! Free (Father Christmas will be in the Grotto from 11am). Webbs, Worcester Road, Wychbold, Droitwich Spa, WR9 0DG. www. Saturday 17th November Classic Clapton At Worcester Huntingdon Hall Nearly 2 hours of Classic Clapton from the worlds No.1 Eric Clapton tribute band. 8pm. Tickets £15. Tel: 01905 611427. Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester, WR1 3LD.

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

HOSPITALS Evesham Community Hospital Tel: 01386 502510 Malvern Community Hospital Tel: 01684 612600 Pershore Hospital Tel: 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

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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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