The Villager - October 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.

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

Pershore Retail Market

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10th October 2012



The Bell at Salford Priors




Pershore Plum Festival


Words of Wisdom . . .


Free Rugby Fun Day


ALM Fitness


Pershore Workhouse


Murphy's 15 Other Laws


Cloudy2Clear Windows


Envisage...gardens by design


Party in The Park


Events in October


Coffee Time!


Your Community Directory


Pershore Market

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 of this publication for canvassing, direct marketing or any other activity apart from sourcing local goods and services is strictly prohibited.

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Zuccini Nut Loaf Cake 250g flour 5ml mixed spice 5ml ground cloves 15ml cinnamon 5ml salt 7ml baking power 3 eggs 250g sugar 250ml oil


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The annual Pershore Plum Festival is well underway and a major highlight in that calendar is the Plum Fayre held in and around the town, with a sprinkling of activities, happenings and interesting things going on in the town centre and the Abbey grounds. Whether you sought goods and preserves in Plum Alley, kids entertainment and the beautiful birds of prey ( in Plum Parade, or perhaps goods & chattles (and even more preserves, most with a plummy flavour) in the Plum Bazaar and Broad Street, then there was something for everyone. Needless to say the kids were catered for too with the fairground rides, pony rides and boat trips on St Georges Field. War memorabilia (photo) or cooking demo, vintage cars or hot pork baps, plum jam/sausages or cheeses, craft exhibition or balloon animals (photo), music or drumming practise, there truly was something to interest everyone.

and colours. Some serious automotive history, as well as folks dressed in the clothes of the period to match. I don’t know if it is politically correct to admit to drooling in public but salivate I did! And just for the record, I wasn’t the ONLY one!

If, like the author, vintage cars fascinate you then the Abbey grounds was definitely the place to be. From Austin to Volkswagen, Buick to Wolseley, Ford Consul to Mini, Riley and Rolls Royce and many, many more; there were literally hundreds of them everywhere you looked, in all shapes, sizes

Although the weather (again!) closed in later in the afternoon, by that time everyone had the opportunity to enjoy what Pershore had to offer. If head count of population attending was the parameter used to judge then this event was certainly a success!

The folks came out in droves, braced the elements and packed out the town centre. Judging by the number of people seen around the Town munching on pork baps, these were definitely a serious hit. The author is not too sure if there was any plum flavouring involved or not but it didn’t seem to matter to those doing the munching.

Article & Photography by Brian Joyce


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Words of Wisdom for Prince Harry . . . ??? An American, an Australian and an Englishman went for a hike one day. It was very hot day and they were soon sweating and exhausted. Then they came upon a small lake, and as it was fairly secluded, they took off all their clothes and jumped into the water. Feeling refreshed, the trio then decided to pick a few berries while enjoying their freedom. Suddenly, as they were crossing an open field, a group of ladies from a nearby town appeared. Unable to get to their clothes in time, the American and the Australian quickly used their hands to cover their privates, but the Englishman covered his face while they ran for cover. After the ladies had left and the men got their clothes back on, the American and the Australian asked the Englishman why he covered his face rather than his private parts? The Englishman replied, "I don't know about you, but in my country, it's the face that people recognize!"

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Free Rugby Fun Day For Children Children of all ages can now try out any type of rugby, for free, thanks to Pershore Rugby Club, who are holding an open rugby fun day on Sunday 14th October. Any child can simply drop in to the club and have a go at a range of rugby skills, for free, at hourly workshops led by qualified coaches, any time, from 11am until 3pm. And a series of mini games will be staged to give them a taste of whichever type of rugby takes their fancy: traditional rugby union (15-aside or sevens); tag rugby for little ones; or the increasingly popular, non contact, touch rugby, for which Pershore has been recognised by the RFU as one of the fastest growing centres in the Midlands, for children and adults. There will be a bouncy castle, BBQ and refreshments and free on-site parking for the event at the club’s riverside grounds in Mill Lane, Wyre Piddle. Ben Andrews from Pershore Juniors section says that there has already been a lot of interest from local children coming to the event: “So many children have been inspired to get active by the summer of sport that we have all enjoyed. This is a fabulous opportunity for all ages of children to have fun and get fit too, trying out rugby in a safe and friendly, family environment. Obviously, we hope that they will all enjoy it so much that they will want to come back for more and come and join us for junior training, in whichever type of rugby they like best, on a Sunday morning from 10am – 12 noon.” “We pride ourselves on offering children a great start in any type of rugby, and who knows, they may end up going all the way to Olympic gold; Seven’s rugby after all, will be an Olympic sport at Rio in four years’ time, so who knows where rugby might take them!”

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Pershore Volunteer Centre aims to provide varied and valued services for local people and local communities throughout our rural area. We are currently working with local Community Transport partners in Evesham and Worcester Volunteer Centres to expand and enhance our existing services to improve the availability of transport in rural villages throughout Worcestershire, and in particular the rural wards in the Wychavon and Malvern Hills districts. Our aim is to recruit a minimum of 60 new volunteers and to register at least 100 new passengers before the end of the year to create a better transport network and more efficient service for rural areas. Community Transport schemes are a great way to keep rural communities alive and connected; they reduce social isolation by supporting people who are unable to use public transport and who have no access to their own or a family member’s car. Typical journeys include attendance at medical appointments, shopping, or visiting friends and relatives. The project enables people who would otherwise find it difficult to travel to maintain their independence at a reasonable cost. Volunteer drivers receive a generous mileage allowance. If you would like more information about our work, or to register as a passenger or a volunteer driver, please contact Laura Synnuck Worcester 01386 554299 Volunteer Centre

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Six Steps to Choosing Heathly, Life-Giving Foods for You & Your Family If you can’t pronounce a word on the label, don’t eat it! If you struggle to pronounce a word on a food label then there is a good chance it is a chemical that your liver will have to work to detoxify, and almost certainly, your liver won’t like it! When researching healthy people Dr. Price found that they ate mostly unprocessed whole-foods and some minimally processed foods. They lived in accordance with the laws of Mother Nature and so should you if you want to have a beautiful, healthy, age defying body. If it’s a non-food, don’t eat it! Your body is much more likely to go bankrupt the more non-foods you eat. One thing you should remember is that food manufacturers do NOT need to prove that their products will sustain life. Pretty much every penny they spend is to find ways to make foods cheaper, increase shelf life and trick you into buying them. The best rule you can live by is “The more money they spend to market any food, the worse it is likely to be for you”! Good healthy life giving food needs little marketing because people understand it’s good for you. Makers of non-foods need to convince you to eat their rubbish, so they need to spend millions in marketing to make sure you do. 16

The longer it lasts on the shelf, the worse it is for you! In nature most things will not last more than a couple of days once they have been picked or killed for consumption. So to increase a product’s shelf life anything that can eventually go bad or rancid must be stripped from it, this includes important enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Ultimately it’s life force! So much of the food eaten today is so full of chemicals and pesticide residues it can be left sitting around for days on end. Even the ants won’t touch them! They are smarter than we are! Never eat anything with “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated oils/fats” in it! These are the kind of fats that have been cooked and altered in some way that makes it very difficult for your body to digest as well as being extremely damaging to the body. This form of fat does not occur naturally and is manufactured. In fact, chemists say the molecular structure of hydrogenated fats more closely resembles plastic than food! Look at your food labels and you will more than likely be surprised at how much hydrogenated fats and oils you are eating! Be careful though food manufacturers are clever. They understand people are wising

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up to this and now manufacture other fats and then claim their products have no hydrogenated fat. Check your labels. Never eat any food product that has been “enriched”! There is only one reason as to why food manufacturers need to “enrich” foods. This is because they have completely killed and destroyed them in processing, leaving the foods so void of nutrition and lifeforce that they need to add things back to them so they don’t kill off all their customers! If you read “Beating The Food Giants” by food scientist Paul A. Stitt, he tells you that the food manufacturers purchase the cheapest possible synthetic vitamins possible and they often apply them to foods (i.e. cereals) on the way in the oven! Any nutrition expert will tell you that most vitamins can’t withstand high heat and most of the rigors of processing. There is also plenty of literature suggesting that some synthetic vitamins may be toxic to the body!

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In 1776 there was a Workhouse accommodating 80 inmates in Holy Cross parish, situated outside the town on the Worcester Road. The majority of Workhouses intended that life should be so unpleasant that the able bodied would be persuaded to look for work instead of seeking shelter there. Inmates were expected to rise early and undertake tedious chores such as wood chipping, stone breaking and even bone crushing; punishments for slacking were very harsh. The Overseers had discretion in the way they relieved those fallen on hard times and where possible tried to keep folk in their own homes by giving a weekly dole, with grants of food, clothing and fuel.

Pershore W Workhouse, where conditions were Spartan and even slight misdemeanours could result in withholding of food. Official recipes included pea soup, gruel and rice pudding with occasional butter, cheese or meat, whilst 1oz of tea leaves would be used to make 10 pints of tea. Diets varied according to age and health but the days were long, starting at 6am with bed at 8pm. Conditions were so bad that in 1904 a tramp refused to do his allotted tasks saying he'd sooner go to gaol since the food was better!

Rear view of Old Heathlands; in the centre, the There was a 'Casual Bell Tower used to summon inmates for meals Ward' where vagrants Increased population and could, for one night only, expanding towns began have a bath, food and to put pressure on the bed in return for work. old parish systems and Such itinerants, usually in 1834 the Poor Law men, journeyed from was amended. Parishes one Casual Ward to the were grouped together as next, many having a Unions, with a Board of regular circuit that they Guardians responsible for repeated over several running the Workhouse. weeks. Food was meagre The Pershore Union was Rear view of the infirmary at Heathlands and the regime harsh. formed in 1835 with a For example, on 24th June 1881 James Hardy, a Board of 43 Guardians elected from ratepayers shoemaker aged 62 was accused of smoking and and property owners. taken before the Magistrate, Mr. Henry Hudson, In 1836 a Workhouse to accommodate 212 who declared that 'order must be maintained residents was built on the north-east side and the law observed or the consequences might of town, at a cost of £3,500, with separate be very serious', and sentenced the defendant accommodation for male, females, healthy and to seven days hard labour for his offence. infirm. A chapel was added in 1871 where local Able bodied men were occupied with stone clergy held regular services, and where babies breaking, corn grinding, wood chopping, farm born in the Workhouse were christened. Twenty and garden work as the institution grew much years later a designated infirmary was built at of its own produce, and kept pigs and chickens. a cost of £1,597, with a boardroom and clerk's Women helped with domestic duties: cleaning, office added at a cost of £740. laundry, and cooking. Until the 1930's children’s By 1840 there were 86 residents in the contact with their parents was confined to once


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a month; medical care was minimal and 'nursing' done by the pauper women. The Board of Guardians continued until 1929 when this was replaced by a smaller group the Pershore Guardian Committee. Under the new regime, life for the residents began to improve; two trained nurses were employed and a night attendant appointed at 3s.6d. per night.

To celebrate the Coronation in March 1937 inmates over 65 and children from the Cottage Homes were invited to a meat tea. The Cottage Homes, two houses for boys and girls, had been built in the 1930's. They ceased to be used for children when 48 Station Road was opened as a Children's Home, and later became staff houses. During the war, Pershore Union became involved in the emergency Hospital School. Under the National Assistance Act of 1948 the name was altered to Heathlands in order to reflect coming changes. Under Part III of the National Assistance Act it became a home for old people, for the first time allowing for the integration of both men and women.

Gradually improvements were made for the poor Nurses at Heathlands in World War II in the Workhouse. A stay there became a Plans to replace the old less fearful proposition buildings with a new and for many was a real purpose built Home were refuge in difficult times. made in the 1960's with In March 1911 a request single rooms, with double was made for tenders for rooms available for friends ‘three months supply of or married couples to good bread of seconds share. Staff training was flour in 4lb loaves, twenty encouraged and eagerly four hours old’. There was taken up. In 1985 a small also a requirement for Day Centre was added seconds flour, thick beef Laundry and Boiler House at Heathlands providing respite for suet and beef from the carers, looking after their dependants for the forequarters, sides of mutton, 60 tons of coal, day with recreational stimulation under the fish, milk, shoes and coffins for six months. guidance of trained staff. In Pershore this improvement was thanks mainly A 10-bedroom extension was opened in 1985 to wealthy local families who founded various specifically for the physically disabled. In 1993 charities and gave money to provide additional the Friends of Heathlands was set up to raise necessities and treats such as parties and activities. In January 1910 at the annual treat, funds for added amenities such as hairdressing, children were given toys and sweets, women tea with TV points installed in all bedrooms. The and sugar, and men pipes and tobacco. This was Millennium saw the sale of Heathlands to a followed by entertainment by Pershore Operatic private company, when it was rebuilt in 2003 Society. Other reports give similar details of gifts on two floors with separate rooms for each distributed at annual treats. resident. Please mention THE VILLAGER when responding to advertisers


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So, what have ferns ever done for us? ". . . well, ferns don't really do anything, do they? I mean, they don't flower!" With a sharp intake of breath, I paused, my pen held aloft midsentence, whilst noting down my client's plant wish list. Twenty minutes discussion on form and texture later, they enthusiastically select fifty ferns for their woodland garden.

Asplenium scolopendrium 'Crispum Cristatum'

Back at the nursery, I quietly wandered through the fern house, forced to confront this notion again. What is it about ferns I find so absorbing, that other people miss? Firstly I am drawn by their Iushness, dense carpets of bright apple green through teal, jungle, olive, to dark forest green, with every verdant hue in between. Subtle artistic highlights of royaI purple, chestnut dances on emerging fronds, burgundy suffused stems or carmine-edged leaves. Complex lacy fronds (Dryopteris austriaca 'Crispa Whiteside’), overlapping fans (Polystichum setiferum Congestum), ruffled, crested (Dryopteris affinis 'The King’), matt or glossy, fragile or thick and leathery (Polystichum polyblepharum) the variations of shape, texture and style is fascinating. No wonder the Victorians were smitten.

Dryopteris erythrosora

Secondly, in this oasis of calm, I am assailed by wafts of sweet, earthy aromas, evoking memories of childhood summers exploring pine woods. My first encounters with our native glossy-leaved Hart's tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium), the dramatic male shield fern (Dryopteris filix mas) and the delightful little Polypody (Polypodium vulgare). Thus began my lasting love affair with this ancient plant. Not known for making a significant contribution to global economies, some ferns are gathered as food crops, others clean contaminated soil, remove airborne chemical pollutants or feature in the world of medicine, art and mythology. Closer to home, they provide wildlife habitats in your own garden.

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Pershore & Evesham 2012 Party in The Park Article & Photography by Brian Joyce

Party in the Park is an annual event held and hosted by the Wychavon District Council Development Team - www. - and provides the opportunity for local children to do something just a little different, during their school holidays. Each year in Pershore, Evesham and Droitwich the organisers, Mark Williams, Tracy Grubb and Laura Bernard (photo) and the other members of the seven strong Team set out their wares. This year there was a climbing wall, a plethora of activities including an art workshop, face painting and henna decoration, tennis, a free circus practise area, live performers and bands from the W Factor Talent Show held earlier in the year, the Youth Bus, food and goody stands and a whole load more to boot, including stands from some local organisations such as the Girl Guides, where the kids could sign up and join. In the early days, nine years ago, there were just a few skate board ramps, some 26

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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

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


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

covering pershore and surrounding areas . . . . . . evening and weekend appointments always available

Please mention THE VILLAGER when responding to advertisers


Pershore Retail Market CHERRY ORCHARD, PERSHORE, WR10 1EY

01386 553232

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Christmas Opening Times

Father Christmas will be at the market from Saturday 10th December (our will£2.50 be announced - Come and visitextended Santa and opening his helpershours from only per child, includes a present. Profits going to the Air Ambulance. next month) Friday 16th December – Late Night Christmas Shopping - 4.30pm – 7.30pm 19th - Closed We will againMonday be open onDecember extra days and for longer hours Tuesday 20thfor December – 24th December – 9am – 4.30pm your shopping convenience. Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th December – Closed To avoid come– in and place Thursday 29thdisappointment, – Friday 30th December 9am – 4.30pm your orders early. Saturday 31st December – 9am – 3pm To advertise call 0845 224 7061 or 07754 170286 or visit

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