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

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

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

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T he V illager I hope you like this month's front cover, kindly modelled for us by one of a pair of hedgehogs who have taken up residence in our garden. Those of you who are interested in in our wildlife, especially hedgehogs, will enjoy the article by Hilary Collins of Grafton Nursery, on page 24. This month we again welcome several new advertisers, so look out for them as you browse through the magazine.


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And as usual, we have a great selection of articles from our various writers, on topics ranging from unusual cheeses to wasps and wedding re-enactments! Something for everyone, so enjoy! And another reminder - though I'm sure you don't need it - that Christmas is just around the corner, so don't forget to call me to talk about your festive season advertising.

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Bodmin Moor


Sparky Williams


For Sale - Pear Tree Cottage


ALM Fitness


The Wasp ... Friend or Foe?

Betty-Ann Ambury


Christmas at The Bell



Spare a Thought for Spike!


The Dolphin at Bishampton




JM Paddock & Field


What's happening in October

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Bishampton History Society

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Your Community Directory

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giving new life to old kitchens A new business has opened in Worcester - covering all of Worcester, Evesham, Malvern, Pershore, and the surrounding areas - that can refurbish your kitchen while dramatically cutting the cost. Dream Doors swap your old kitchen doors, drawers and worktops with made-to-measure replacements. With an extensive range of styles to choose from, the work can be completed in one or two days and is much cheaper than replacing everything. The business on The Tything is run by Mark Battin and his wife Dionne who believe passionately in what they’re offering. "Working in this way, you can save thousands of pounds, compared with having to replace everything in your kitchen" says Mark. Founded in the late 1990s, Dream Doors is a national network of more than forty locally-owned franchised showrooms. "Although we bring the advantages of a large and experienced company, we use local suppliers and our own in-house fitters" continues Mark. "I have worked locally supplying and fitting kitchens for many years. All our installations, whether its replacing kitchen to a kitchen facelift and beyond, are carried out by local, quality craftsmen, chosen and approved by me." While they employ their own fitting teams to handle the installations, Mark and Dionne meet customers in their showroom, or visit them at home to help them plan their kitchen refurbishment. With hundreds of door combinations to choose from, as well as worktops, sinks and state-of-theart appliances, Dionne is confident there isn’t a home in the area that wouldn’t benefit from a makeover of some sort. "We can swap the doors or the worktops in a day, or both in two. We can add new units, or sinks and taps, and we supply everything from coffee machines to carousels that give easy access to corner cupboards. The possibilities are endless, we even sell bespoke bedroom doors!"

showroom now, as this one is absolutely stunning," he says. "Every time I see a new Dream Doors showroom open it is better than the last, but the attention to detail and the efforts Dionne and Mark have put in are astounding. They will do incredibly well in this area. Kitchens in Worcester will never be the same again!" "Anyone interested in a new kitchen, but who doesn’t want to spend ridiculous sums and live on a building site for weeks on end, should pop into the showroom or contact us today," adds Mark. "We offer a friendly and relaxed approach to business and won’t give you the ‘hard sell’. At our first meeting we’ll show you a range of sample kitchen doors, as well as handles, worktops and accessories to complement your kitchen makeover. Even if you want to start from scratch with a total kitchen refurbishment, we can supply and fit everything from top-brand appliances to granite worktops. We will give you an accurate, but no obligation quote there and then" continues Mark. "If your interest is in more than simply replacing kitchen doors, we can return with a computer designed plan to make it easier for you to visualise your new kitchen." With houses in Evesham, Pershore and the surrounding areas varying in Period from modern new builds to Georgian houses and victoria terraces, Dionne and Mark use their expertise to help you choose a style that not only complements your tastes but that of the property too. We have an extensive range of doors sizes which can be vital when working in character properties. We’re confident that whatever space you have in your kitchen we’ll listen to your needs and turn it into something special.

Contact Dionne or Mark for a free no obligation Dream Doors managing director, Troy Tappenden, who quotation in your own home, or visit our showroom, sold the company’s first kitchen makeover more than 14 42 The Tything, Worcester, WR1 1JT. We cover years ago, rates the Battin’s showroom above any other, all of Evesham, Malvern, Worcester, Pershore and 6 including his own. "I might have to overhaul surrounding areas. To advertise call 0845 224 7061my or own 07754 170286 or visit

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Bodmin Moor is one of the starkest but most beautiful places I have ever seen. It is a place where the landscape changes everyday and this provides us with the magic that draws my husband and myself back year after year. The moor is home to an amazing amount of wildlife; including ravens, and buzzards with their huge wingspan souring above. They are often seen on a perch out in the open. Among the many smaller birds to be seen is the pretty Wheatear, which is a summer migrant from Africa and often seen perching on vantage points such as boulders and old Cornish hedges. The blustery wind can be quite strong, but when the sun shines it is stunning. As we wander across the moor the different grasses and mosses amaze us, especially the bright yellow Gorse and a wonderful variety of wild flowers. There is an abundance of heather and the occasional wind battered blackthorn. Sheep and horses wander free, even in the roads, especially if there is a tasty tuft of grass they just can’t reach.

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hen most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym on a treadmill or lifting weights. But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have PE at school, during break times, at dance class or football practice, while riding bikes, or when playing tag. The Many Benefits of Exercise Everyone can benefit from regular exercise; children who are active will: • Have stronger muscles and bones • Have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat • Be less likely to become overweight • Decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes • Possibly lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels • Have a better outlook on life

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2. Cross the monkey bars (strength) 3. Bend down to tie their shoes (flexibility) Parents should encourage their children to do a variety of activities so that they can work on all three elements. Endurance is developed when kids regularly engage in aerobic activity. During aerobic exercise, the heart beats faster and a person breathes harder. When done regularly and for extended periods of time, aerobic activity strengthens the heart and improves the body's ability to deliver oxygen to all its cells. Aerobic exercise can be fun for both adults and kids. Examples of aerobic activities include:

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t wasn’t so long ago that people were wondering what had happened to wasps, who were conspicuous by their absence over much of this glorious summer. They needn’t have worried, as they are back with a vengeance. Quite literally, as a recent sting on my foot can testify. The wasp is a much maligned creature, and I attribute this to bad PR. We all know the crucial role that bees play in pollination, and we also enjoy the fruits of their labours, namely honey and beeswax. Wasps don’t play an active part in pollination, the notable exception being the fig wasp, nor do they produce anything of note and certainly nothing as tasty as honey. Wasps are parasites first and foremost, laying their eggs on or often in their host. Whilst this doesn’t sound a particularly pleasant pastime, it does mean that wasps play a critical role in pest control. Almost every species of insect pest has a corresponding species of wasp that preys upon it, paralysing it in order to provide food for their larvae. Such a natural method of pest control, which is generally effective and without a pesticide in sight, is known as bio-control. Wasps show little interest in agricultural crops, fallen fruit excepted, so an increasing number of farmers are turning to wasps to help them produce crops of improved quantity and quality.

unfertilised eggs, with wasps having complete control over the sex of their offspring. This puts paid to the suggestion that gender selection is a relatively modern phenomenon. It was a yellow jacket that stung my foot, a female yellow jacket to be precise as males do not possess the offending ovipositor, or stinger. It had clearly been threatened by me as I disturbed it happily minding its own business on a fallen apple in the back garden. According to the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which rates stings from various insects from 0 to 4, my sting from a yellow jacket scored 2, worse than a bald-faced hornet (to be fair, I would wantonly sting people if I was referred to in such unflattering terms) but not as bad as a honey bee. The Schmidt Sting Pain Index is subjective and non-scientific, as borne out by the accompanying commentary for a yellow jacket: “like WC Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue”. Top of the Sting Pain Index charts, incidentally, is the bullet ant, which scores an impressive 4+ and an even more evocative description: “pure, intense b r i l l i a nt pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch nail grinding into your heel”. Most wasp colonies will die off during the autumn, leaving only the mated queens to hibernate through the winter. This will be of little comfort to my foot, but it could have been worse...

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hat a year it has been! I was standing contemplating the past growing season amid the swirling mist of my bonfire; smokey incense spiralling up to meet the gathering gloom of an autumnal evening. The sweet scent of roses and jasmine of a warm summer evening replaced by a sharpness in the air combined with rich mellow aromas of composting leaves and damp grass. There is something about the activity of tidying the garden away, before the inevitable harshness of winter that leads us into a time of reflection. We had a very late start spring this year; winter cold hung around for so long. We finally managed to get the beans and cucurbits planted only to have them fried in the hottest of summers. In the end, we enjoyed a respectable harvest of fruit and vegetables, in spite of the birds eating most of my strawberries and redcurrants, before I could get to them and the foxes enjoyed far too many raspberries and plums (not to mention all of my chickens and ducks ... but that’s another story). We had a rather good crop of hedgehogs too! Mrs Tiggiwinkle set up her nursery under the bench in our old propagating house; the one we were due to take down early summer. So that rather put a stop to our plans, but it was worth it to see those cute little


Hedgehogs are fully carnivorous and great biological pest control, eating all manner of slugs, snails, beetles, insects and the odd earthworm. We are not short of any of these in nursery or garden. I would much rather have a hedgehog army than resort to using slug pellets, and thankfully Mrs T and her brood have done us proud; even my lettuce escaped being decimated this year. Our spiney friends were voted as Britain’s National Species beating off fierce competition from badgers, oaks trees, otters and many others; but sadly their numbers (like much of our wildlife) are in sharp decline. Several factors are responsible: badgers like to eat a few, but cars flat-pack them on the highways, killing tens of thousands every year. The use of garden pesticides kill their potential dinner, whilst rodenticides are attractive to molluscs, which store the poison and then in turn kill the hedgehog when he dines on slug. Hedgehogs love to mooch around leafy shrubberies and rootling in the bottom of hedges. Loss of habitat through ever expanding housing estates with tidy modern enclosed gardens devoid of plants, gives the hedgehog nowhere to go. So what can be done to help the nation’s favourite wild animal? Start by thinking like a hedgehog! • Stop being so meticulously tidy; create a bit of shrubby wilderness around the edges of our gardens adding piles of logs and brushwood.

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Whilst hedgehogs can swim, garden ponds and uncovered swimming pools pose a threat of death by drowning, if shingle beach or escape steps are absent. Litter, uncapped drains, netting cloches and fruit cages are all hazards to be negotiated and the man with the strimmer, whizzing grass from under bushes, can unwittingly damage a dozing hedgepig. And of course having a good bonfire is all part and parcel of the autumn garden tidyup. Piles of brushwood and newspaper make excellent nesting material for an hibernaculum. In case you are wondering; yes, I did check first. I made up my bonfire a fresh, so there was no toasted hog! For more information visit Excellent hedgehog facts: Brilliant website:

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he Dolphin pub in Bishampton has recently reopened, under the new management of Lee Jones. The pub, which was purchased by the parish council from Enterprise Inns, has been completely refurbished, inside and out, to a high standard, giving it a light modern feel throughout. The restaurant has been partially separated from the bar with a glass block wall, giving more privacy to diners, and a new decking area at the front of the building is great for al fresco dining. In the past, The Dolphin has not been renowned for its food, and this is where the biggest change has been made! Lee has had many years' experience working in the food industry, and for three years, until recently, was joint owner of the Chequers Inn in Fladbury. He is now making the most of his experience, producing an affordable menu with classic dishes such as: Pan fried Dutch Calves Liver with Bacon & Sage with a Masala Sauce or Roast Rump of Lamb, Spinach, Peas & Broad Bean saute with Mint Pesto, as well as a fresh fish specials board that changes on a daily basis. You can also choose from a bar menu with all the old pub favourites such as gammon, home-made beef burgers, hand made pie and mash all for only £6.50 at lunch times.

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arg is a semi-hard cow's milk cheese made in Cornwall, from the milk of Friesian cows. Before being left to mature, this cheese is wrapped in nettle leaves to form an edible, though mouldy, rind. The texture varies from creamy and soft immediately under the nettle coating, to a Caerphilly-like crumbly texture in the middle. Modern production is at Pengreep farm near Truro, by Lynher Dairies from an old recipe. "Yarg" is simply "Gray" spelt backwards, after Allan and Jenny Gray, the couple who gave the recipe to Pengreep Farm in the 1970s. Yarg is produced solely in Cornwall by Lynher Dairies and has never been manufactured on a mass scale. It was first made by the Grays at Withiel and from 1984 to 2006 at Netherton Farm near Upton Cross, Cornwall, by Lynher Dairies. From 2001 to 2006 it was also made at Pengreep. Another version of the cheese is Cornish Wild Garlic Yarg which is covered with wild garlic leaves. Great talking point at any cheese evening, and a good story to go with it.

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make a weekend of it at this year's Malvern Caravan Show. caravanshow. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW Tuesday 1st October Nicholas Nickleby Enter the world of Charles Dickens in the company of his great great grandson Gerald Dickens as this remarkable actor performs Nicholas Nickleby, playing every character himself. 19:30 to 21:30. Phone: 01527 577330. £14 (£12). Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 1PQ Thursday 3rd October Autumn Fashion show The Fashion Show will feature the new autumn collections from Pershore's Blue, accessories from the Godown and lingerie from Top Drawer all accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine. Starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets £8 per head, including a glass of wine, available from Bishampton Stores, Blue, The Godown, Top Drawer & Victoria Poole - 01386 462 234 St James’s Church, Worcestershire, WR10 2LT Friday 4th October RAW Comedy! More fresh comedy faces from around the UK meet up in the foyer! Tonight's crop are Marshal Anderson, Ross McGrane, Jay Quinn, Colin Harris, Sheraz Yousaf & Sandi Smith. Come along for some great-value laughs. Min age 16. Tickets: £5 from: www.EveshamArtsCentre. and Evesham Almonry tel: 01386446944 Email: events@eveshamartscentre. Evesham Arts Centre, Victoria Avenue, Evesham, WR11 4QH Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October Malvern Caravan Show Escape to the hills for a fun packed weekend or day out! Craving the caravanning, motorhome and camping lifestyle? Start your next outdoor adventure! Kids go free and dogs are welcome too. Visit for the day or


Saturday 5th October Inkberrow Craft Fair Inberrow Village Hall, Sands Lane, Inkberrow. Time: 10.30am to 3.00pm. Free admission. Refreshments available. Proceeds from raffle & refreshments to Alzheimer’s Society. For more details, please phone Sheila 01386 792615 or Nicki 01386 793042. Sat 5th, 12th 19th, & 26th October Callow End Club Music Events 5th: The Undercovers - local based band playing covers from the 60`s to 90`s (a younger version of the fab Nightshift). Well worth a look 12th: Otis Mack & The Tubby Bluesters - 4 piece band specialising in high octane classic covers of original R&B, Rock'n'Roll, Soul numbers and a touch of Blues. Back by request 19th: Rudy & The Revolvers - don`t miss this fab top class band from Manchester, touring the UK, playing covers from the Jam, all sorts of Mod, Ska, and lots of other dancing tunes. 26th: Nappatandy - great night of Irish music, lots of great tunes to dance 'n jig too. Tuesday 8th October The Ramblers group walk - 4 miles Enjoy British wildlife on a Ramblers group walk. Martley. 10am. Contact: 01299 405166. Most walks intended primarily for Ramblers’ Association members. Non-members welcome to join as guests. The Ramblers group walk starting point.. Grid Ref: SO756597 Worcestershire WR6 6QE. www.ramblers. Friday 11th October An Edwardian Musical Evening A family entertainment of music and readings of the sort that Elgar would have known. Presented by Dr Donald Hunt & Friends in

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Saturday 12th October Craft and Gift Fair Free admission craft and gift fair in Worcester Guildhall. Wide range of items such as hand made jewellery, cards, paintings, textiles, bags, home decor, wood-turn products, and more. Open from 10am to 4pm. Worcester Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY

Sunday 27th October Honor Blackman as Herself Whilst Honor's career stretches over sixty glorious years she has rarely appeared simply as herself. Here, in conversation with her colleague and friend Richard Digby Day she will look back over this astonishing life, her beginnings, her family, her rise to stardom with her usual sense of humour and perspective. She will also be singing a few of her favourite songs. 7.30pm. Phone: 01905 611427. The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED.

Friday 18th October Buildings in Watercolours Have you ever longed to create a painting of your favourite building or your own home? Here’s your chance. Throughout the weekend, Colin shows you how to produce beautiful watercolour paintings from a photograph, step-by-step. Phone: 0333 456 8580. Single room £290, double £270, twin £270, nonresidential £191. Farncombe Estate, Broadway, WR12 7LJ. event/buildings-watercolours-2/ Sunday 20th October Michael Law – Cocktails & Laughter Entertaining, witty and sentimental, Michael’s cabaret-style show features the songs of Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, linked with hilarious anecdotes and stories. 3pm. Phone: 01905 611427. Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester, WR1 3LD. Saturday 26th October Philomusica Concert at Pershore Abbey Philomusica will be performing their "French Connection II" concert at Pershore Abbey on Saturday 26th October at 7.30pm. The programme includes Gounod: Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cecile, Faure: Requiem and Durufle: Motets. Tickets £10 (accompanied children under 16 free) from Lyn Rimell on

Sunday 27th October The Folds Monthly Covered Market Vibrant market showcasing some of our regions’ best local products & produce. Covered market area, licensed bar, freshly prepared hot & cold food, local, ethical & sustainable produce including; ciders, wines & spirits, fresh bread, local meat, fruit vinegars, herb jellies, top quality cakes, and more. 10am to 2pm. Phone: 01886 833633 ext 203. New House Farm, Bransford, nr. Worcester, WR6 5JB. Monday 28th to Thursday 31st October Evesham Halloween Spooktacular Get those creative juices flowing and join us for pumpkin carving and crafts this Halloween at Evesham Country Park…it’s sure to be ‘spooktacular’ fun for all ages! Children get to carve their very own pumpkin to take home with them. Heated marquee in main courtyard at the Country Park - activities all undercover. 11am to 4pm daily. Tickets £4 per child and include a pumpkin, carving kit, tealight candle, craft activity and colouring competition. Evesham Country Park, Worcestershire, WR11 4TP.

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his is a busy year and no mistake! Saturday 14th September was our first venture into the Heritage Open Days annual event but it was enjoyed by organisers and visitors so much that we are contemplating making it a regular event. We were very encouraged by the take-up of the tours and the interest shown in the displays in the church. Both the morning and afternoon tours took more than two hours, with many of the visitors from Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Worcester being former residents who were ready to swap anecdotes, and sometimes photographs about village life as they remembered it. We even had a couple who had travelled especially all the way from Bracknell in Berkshire! They had lived in Bishampton and they said they were pleased to see the village community was still as vibrant

as it was forty-five years ago when they had lived here. Our newly published calendar was well received on the day, as was our heritage leaflet. Copies of these are available at £5 and £1 respectively from the Village Shop or by contacting one of the committee members. We’re now looking forward to the re-dedication of the newly restored war memorial, to be performed by Bishop John at 12.30pm on Sunday 13th October. Our next meeting is 9th October at the Villages Hall, Broad Lane – always pleased to see both old and new faces. We’re also pleased to say that our website is now back up: and we're keen to get people involved to ensure we have an ongoing ‘living history’ of the village, as well as delving into the past.

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Wedding Re-Enactment You are invited to a Re-enactment of the Wedding of

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(Tickets £3 Adults, £1 children)

And what a Wedding it turned out to be. The event was a re-enactment of the wedding between Lt. Col Cocks, 1st Earl Somers (whose family seat was Eastnor Castle, and who was also the founder of the Worcester Yeomanry Cavalry)and Miss Margaret Nash, which took place at St John the Baptist Church, Strensham, on 19th March 1785. The re-enactment was in aid of the Church Conservation Trust which is a national charity that seeks to protect and maintain historic churches at risk. One such institution is St John the Baptist Church in Strensham which has been in the care of The Trust since 1991. A beautiful, Anglican structure which sits on a hill overlooking the village of Eckington, and the earliest fabric of which dates from the 14th Century. It has superb wooden decorated panels, a Norman tub font, 16th Century pews and in the chancel, a number of monuments and brasses to the Russell family, the earliest is of Sir Robert Russell who died in 1390.


Worcester Re-Enactors who, dressed in their period costume, gave the wedding a sense of both reality and history. Following the ceremony and the modern day traditional, if somewhat paradoxical and incongruous, photographic opportunities, the guests were invited to join the bride and groom at Hopyard Farm in celebration. No more incongruous or paradoxical a scene could perhaps be ‘photographed’ than those ladies wearing full regency costume whilst at the same time wielding serious cameras and long lenses that one sees everyone toting today. Two delightful young ladies (Maisy and Clara) played their part very ably, as the bridesmaids. After the serious eating and drinking (some more serious than others) was out of the way, the guests were then treated to some dancing from the period and the military arm of the re-enactors put on a fine musket loading and firing display, although the ducks and fishermen were not overly amused. A thoroughly enjoyable day out as well as a finely staged, well organised and well attended reenactment. The Church Conservation Trust (http://www. is a fine body and deserves all the support it can get, especially when maintaining this beautiful Church is part of the plan.

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Funeral Directors E Hill & Son

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Pershore Retail Market Cherry Orchard, Pershore, WR10 1EY

01386 553232


Best cafe in Pershore! Good Food & Friendly Welcome! Eat in or Take Away | Competitive prices All Day Breakfast & All Day Lunch Open Wednesday to Saturday 8.00am to 4.30pm

Tel: 01386 561695 48

To advertise call 0845 224 7061 or 07754 170286 or visit

The villager october 2013 upload  
The villager october 2013 upload  

Small business advertising and community magazine, distributed in and around Pershore, Malvern, Evesham and surrounding villages. 8000 copi...