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This month's front cover is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Fairford Airshow on 21st July. The flight commemorates Battle of Britain Day on 15th September, and those of you who know your aircraft will recognise the Avro Lancaster I, Hawker Hurricane IIC and Supermarine Spitfire Mk LF XVIE. If you are interested in aircraft, have a look at page 41 where you'll find a small selection of the hundreds of brilliant aircraft that were on display at Fairford. As you can see, The Villager is growing, and this month we have a double page

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The Villager September 2013

Issue No. 40

Publisher & Advertising

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Betty-Ann Ambury

Advertising & Editorial Betty-Ann Ambury


Andrew Brooks Amy Marshall Brian Joyce Gary Lloyd Hilary Collins Jordan Massey Pamela Green

Front Cover Photography Mike Ambury

Next Issue Copy Date 10th September 2013

contents 8

Lions on the Move!


Help save wounded Badgers


Focus Accountancy


Peopleton Autumn Show


ALM Fitness


An Encounter with Nature


JM Paddock & Field


Stars in my Eyes


What Lies Beneath


Coffee Break




St Richard's Hospice


What's happening in September


Fladbury Festival 2013


Your Community Directory


Bishampton Heritage Trail

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t is said that moving house can be one of the most stressful events in life - and the keepers at West Midland Safari Park can certainly vouch for that. When 13 African Lions are involved, it's not every removal firm that would be willing to take on such an immense task, but for staff at the Park it is just part of their job.

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The ÂŁ500,000 state of the art accommodation marks the third and final stage of the Realm of the Lions exhibit, which was opened this year to celebrate the Parks' 40th anniversary. The first stage was the opening of a fully landscaped reserve, with carved rockwork, waterfall and pool; followed by an off-road track that runs parallel to the tarmac drive through.

The most innovative feature is the amount of glass that has been incorporated into the build. It is not the usual choice for a lion house and allows for perfect observation by staff. The contemporary construction sets this lion house apart from any other and the new facility

The Park's Creative Designer, David Powner, said, "Now that the lions have been successfully moved into their new accommodation, it marks the completion of this major three-phase project. It has been one of the largest developments that has been created in-house

magnificent facility and the addition of the interior glass, really does give the building a light and airy feel. The lions certainly appear to have settled in well and the staff love working in the area, too. The only thing that the staff are not so keen on is having to keep the glass clean, which they have found can only be achieved by plain, good old-fashioned elbow grease".

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Help save wounded badgers This summer the government has ordered the night-time shooting of 2,500 badgers in this area. We need law-abiding people to join our Wounded Badger Patrols when the cull starts as the government has admitted that many will be injured and not killed outright. To find out more please email or call 01452 813168.

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PUBLIC JOIN NIGHT PATROLS IN RESPONSE TO INHUMANE BADGER CULL Volunteers from both Gloucestershire and other areas of the country are coming forward to join Wounded Badger Patrols that will walk public footpaths during the cull to look for injured animals. The Patrols are being co-ordinated by local campaign group Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) and will cover most of the planned cull zone when shooting starts. One of the aims of the government’s pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset is to see whether they are humane, as this has never been done before. Through a report released last month, DEFRA has said that it expects a number of animals to be wounded but not killed. The report sets out that shot, but conscious badgers will be left in order to allow the shooters to carry on killing other badgers. These animals are then expected to die from infection or starvation. Jeanne Berry, a spokesperson for GABS said “When we read the DEFRA report we knew many people could not just stand by and do nothing. We have had a good and heartwarming response from many people right across the country who are prepared to help us when the shooting starts. Badgers could still benefit from more local people joining the patrols. For more information call 01452 813168 or email wbpglos@ to join one in their area.”

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An Encounter with Nature article & photography by Pamela Green


olitha Falls is a National Nature Reserve and a famous beauty spot on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. It is a place of great importance for its lichens, liverwort and mosses. Over 50 species of liverwort and 98 species of moss grow here, some of which are quite rare. There are also sessile oak, mixed oak, ash and an avenue of very old beech trees. The woodland is in a steep-sided gorge, with the River Fowey flowing through in a series of spectacular cascades. As soon as we entered the Reserve we felt it was an enchanting place, as even the earth beneath our feet sparkled with tiny specks of tin and crystal. We have since found out that it was the site of an old tin mine. As the sun glistened magically through the trees my camera never stopped clicking as I captured the river swirling magnificently through the rocks. Our journey continued along the riverbank and this was quite hard work in places as we had to scramble over rocks to continue, but we didn’t mind, as the scenery was incredible. We arrived at a small beach where the river turned and we couldn’t follow. Our path then took us up the steep side of the gorge. This was made easy, with wooden steps embedded into the earth. 20

The view when we reached the top took our breath away. We had entered a magical copse carpeted in bluebells. After taking some fantastic photos we followed a trail through the bluebells but had to stop when a baby robin flew down ahead of us. He was right in front of me and even allowed me to take his photograph. I was so pleased and followed as he hopped off down the path. In a sunny clearing he stopped and faced me, as if inviting me to take his photo again. When I looked through my viewfinder I saw a small field mouse hiding in the leaves beside the robin. I quickly pressed the shutter. This is the kind of amazing shot you only experience once. What a day we had exploring this beautiful woodland and experiencing the most breathtaking sights. I feel our encounter with the robin and the mouse made our day and we saw nature at its most spectacular.

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ontrolling weeds on your paddocks & fields can be a nightmare. Most of the time is spent pulling them, spraying them and often out of sheer desperation – cutting them down as you top the field! The best way to tackle weeds is with good paddock maintenance, however spraying them at the right time of the year goes a huge way to minimising their growth and proliferation.

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Stars in my Eyes Pleione: a star of the Pleiades cluster, an Oceanid nymph of greek mythology and a Peacock orchid; all equally exotic and mysterious, but the ground orchid is at least the most tangible.


strolled across the marquee and was instantly smitten (just like a Mills and Boon novel only with plants). Jewel-like flowers, backlit by the setting sun, glowed in rich candy pinks, apricots and creams; each one with a delicate spotted throat. I have encountered Pleiones in the past, but the display by Ian Butterfield was truly a work of art, the deep green moss displayed their rich colours to perfection.

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Pleiones are hardy orchids and Ian holds the national collection. He is not only an authority on the subject, g r o w i n g and selling Pleiones, but also a keen h y b r i d i s e r, responsible for breeding almost 60% of the varieties currently registered. There are 26 basic species; as ever, the botanists furiously d e b a t e whether there are more or less! Only one, Pleione ‘Sabatini’ is from a desert

island. The majority of these delicate looking blooms hail from mountains and foothills of the Himalayas, India, Burma, Thailand, Taiwan; all the way down through the Himalayan Chain to South West China. When plant hunting in Bhutan, Ian never saw them growing below 7000 ft. In their native habitat, Pleiones lie dormant, snug under the winter snow, when it is horribly cold and dry. They flower after the thaw in Spring festooning rocks and trees with their exotic blooms and then endure a horribly hot summer, wet with monsoon. In fact, in the wild, the climate is so harsh, these beauties don’t flower every year. However, these seemingly fragile plants are very robust, easy to grow and more than a worthy addition to any alpine collection. Their growing cycle fits well with our UK seasons as they are dormant over the winter and grow during Spring and Summer. Their compost requirements are very simple too. In the wild they live in mossy debris on fallen trees and logs, steep humus rich mountain slopes or even hanging by a thread in rocky crevices of a vertical cliff face. In an alpine collection, they thrive in shallow pots in a free draining compost mix of 4 parts medium grade bark and 1 part chopped moss. Everything about this plant is unusual. They have a large spongy almost spherical pseudobulb, which produces one or two leaves in the single year that it is active. Over winter, the dormant pseudo-bulbs are stored in barely-moist compost in a greenhouse or porch, just above freezing. The pseudo-bulbs do go to mush if frosted. Come February, with rising temperatures, the compost is slightly moistened to encourage new root growth. For most species, the main flush of extravagant,

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glorious blooms is in Spring. As the flowers fade, the leaves begin to grow fast, which is a signal to begin liquid feeding, with balanced fertiliser such as Baby Bio up to July and then a high potash feed, like Tomorite, through August. The pots of Pleiones are very happy outside over the summer, ideally under the canopy of a shady tree, giving protection from the glaring sun. They also enjoy a good spray of mist. Other than that they are very easy going. Come September/October, watering ceases and Pleiones begin dormancy. By December they are resting and this is when they can be repotted, trimming dead roots back to about 1 cm and discarding old shrivelled pseudo-bulbs. The pseudo-bulb only lasts for 1 year and is replaced typically by two new flowering sized ones annually. There are hundreds of varieties available, so I asked Ian for his recommendations as a beginner. He suggested starting with Pleione Britannia ‘Doreen’ - she is very easy with a tough bombproof constitution and two big purply-pink flowers per stem.

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ne of the adverse consequences of our recent heat wave has been the apparently higher than usual number of heat-related deaths, particularly drownings as hot and flustered people seek sanctuary in any body of water close to hand. This includes the two young men who tragically lost their lives in the space of one week in Gullet Quarry, near Malvern. But there are other dangers lurking below the surface that might make people think twice before cooling off in open water. One such condition is Weil’s Syndrome, of which there are around 20-30 cases each year in the UK. It doesn’t sound particularly threatening, but like all the best diseases it goes by a number of aliases that rather give the game away, such as Rat Catcher ’s Yellows, black jaundice and leptospirosis. Weil’s Syndrome is the name given to a severe manifestation of leptospirosis, and is transmitted when humans come into contact with water contaminated with urine from a variety of animals, especially rats. It is one of the most commonly transmitted

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diseases between animals and humans. Stagnant water is an ideal location to contract Weil’s Syndrome, such as gullies, ditches, muddy riverbanks and slow-moving stretches of rivers. This makes canoeists, rowers and kayakers, of which there are many in our area, particularly susceptible, even more so if they take to the water with unhealed cuts or without eye protection. Wartime trenches, incidentally, were also a rampant breeding ground for leptospirosis – countless cases were reported in the American Civil War, Gallipoli and various Western Front battlefields. Symptoms are wideranging and include aching muscles, throbbing headaches, nausea, eye inflammations, unsightly rashes and, most noticeably, acute fever as the infection spreads to various internal organs. In fact, with so many potential symptoms, sufferers have often been wrongly diagnosed with all manner of equally

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unpleasant ailments such as typhoid, hepatitis and meningitis. Antibiotics do help, of course, but they are not guaranteed to work. Ultimately, death can result. The most high profile death in recent years was Andy Holmes, who rowed to gold alongside Steve Redgrave at Los Angeles and Seoul, only to die at the age of 51 after contracting Weil’s Syndrome following a 26mile sculling marathon in Lincolnshire. So the open water may look tempting and appealing, especially in the unseasonably hot weather that we have enjoyed at times this summer, but we should all think twice before cooling off in a river or pond. There are more dangers to face than drowning alone. And let’s not forget that there are splendid leisure facilities at Pershore and Evesham that offer a far less risky, yet equally refreshing, experience. 31

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Saturday 7th September Inkberrow & District Horticultural Society's Annual Show Doors open at 3.15pm. Refreshments, auction and raffle. Admission £1, children free. Come and enjoy our show of fruit, flowers, flower arrangements, vegetables and handicrafts. Inkberrow Village Hall, Sands Road, WR7 4PX. Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September Autumn Antique Ceramic & Glass Fair All exhibitor spaces are fully booked for this important date in our diary and we will once again be offering delicious catering and a chance to catch up with old friends in the unique setting of the Victorian gallery. 10:00 to 17:00 & 11:00 to 16:00. Phone:01905 21247. Severn Street, Worcester, WR1 2ND. Sat 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th September Callow End Club Music Events 7th: Freewater - powerful vocals, female fronted band who need no introduction! 14th: Highroller - great covers band returning by request to play all your favorites from the 60's to the present day. 21st: The Mid-Land Regulators - these guys will be playing a great mix of Johnny Cash, country, and many other old favourites. 28th: Acorns Charity Gig Night - please come to support us. Journeymen playing a great mix of Rock 'n Roll, country, pop 'n rock classics; lots of raffle prizes too. Tuesday 10th September Giuseppe Verdi: 200th Anniversary A look at arguably the greatest opera composer of the 19th century. 10:30am. Phone:01905 333224. £6.00. Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, WR2 6RH.

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Wed 11th to Saturday 14th September Hampshire vs. Worcestershire Come along and watch Worcestershire play Hampshire CCC on their home ground dubbed England's loveliest sporting ground, nestled beneath the stunning backdrop of Worcester Cathedral and beside the River Severn. 11am. Tel: 01905 337921. The County Ground, New Road, Worcester, WR2 4QQ. Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September Stoke Prior Steam Rally (incorporating Hanbury Vintage & Country Show) A great day out for all the family. 100's of Vintage & Classic Cars, Motorbikes, Farm Tractors and more. Live Entertainment with Dr. Busker (Saturday evening). Adult £7; OAP £6; Child £3; Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £14. Gates open 10am daily. Tel: 07808 173400. Little Intall Fields, Stoke Pound Lane, off Hanbury Road, (B4091), Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, B60 4LF Sunday 15th September Toy Collectors Fair Toy collectors fair in Avon Hall, entrance via Red Gate. Phone:01522 698388. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW. Saturday 21st September Inkberrow Sinfonia Concert The 11th annual concert by the Inkberrow Sinfonia at St Peter’s Church, Inkberrow at 7.30pm. Programme includes Britten’s Simple Symphony, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Tickets £10 from Jenny Powis 01386 792909 or on the door. Proceeds in aid of St Peter’s Church, and the Chernobyl Children’s Project UK.

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September Autumn Flower Show - Droitwich Spa & District Horticultural Society Classes for flowers, fruit, vegetables, floral art, handicrafts, cakes and preserves and children's classes. Open to the public at 1pm Saturday and 10am Sunday. David’s Nurseries, Ash Lane, Martin Hussingtree, Worcester, WR3 8TB Wednesday 25th September Lockdales Coins & Collectables Free Valuations & Buying-In Event Bring your coins and collectables for a free, no obligation expert valuation. You will also have the option to consign your goods to our auction or to sell them direct to us for a cash sum. 11.30am to 3.30pm. Tel: 01473 627110 email: sales@lockdales. Free admission. Evesham Town Hall, Market Square, Evesham, WR11 4RW. Saturday 28th September Snow White - Vienna Festival Ballet Join Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey with their brand new production of Snow White. This spellbinding ballet promises to entertain and dazzle the whole family. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Phone: 01527 577330. £18.50; £17.50 over 60s & under 16s; £42 family 2+2 or 1+3. Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ Saturday 28th September T.Rextasy: I Love to Boogie Glam Rock superstars Marc Bolan & T.Rex burst onto the 70’s music scene in flamboyant style with a string of huge hits. Bolan fan Danielz and his band T.Rextasy have been recreating their music & energy since 1992. £20. Phone: 01386 446944. Victoria Avenue, Greenhill, Evesham, WR11 4QH.

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Fladbury Festival & Walkabout 2013 article & photography by Brian Joyce


ummer announced itself with temperatures headed for the thirties, and this heatwave greeted the folks in the Vale of Evesham as they flocked to the Walkabout in Fladbury. There were gardens to admire, music including brass, jazz and classical, stalls to visit, antique motors to drool over, archery to try, wares to sample, boat trips to take or talented musician Ruth Minton, to listen to whilst playing Bach’s Bacarolle in concert. Weekend Walkabout has been going on since the 1970s and is a successful mechanism to raise funds for the local parish church of St John the Baptist. The stalwarts amongst the organising committee have raised money to benefit the bells in the c h u rc h , as well as clubs and organisations in the local area - U13 Football, tennis, the WI and Fladbury Brownies - to name but a few. Temperatures rising meant the ice cream man was clear favourite although refreshments 40

at the school also did a roaring trade. Whether you wished to view plants and flowers in situ, in one of the 18 open gardens, or purchase them to plant, the option was there. The Church was decorated using the theme of ‘Food’, with my favourite, the wedding cake displayed on the Font, taking pole position. It was a little warm to eat, drink and be merry but the folk who came along on both days did their level best. The open gardens were matched in number by attractions scattered throughout the village although judging by the

crowd outside, the local pubs were just as popular! I felt warm just watching the youngsters dancing enthusiastically around the Maypole on the Village Green, so I commend their enthusiasm and dedication. Our old friend Mr Doo was there on his stilts, dressed as a chef we met at the Malvern Spring Food Festival. If all else failed to tempt you then you could source photographs for the competition by catching folks unaware, attend a talk on Flowers for Fun or buy some raffle tickets from one of the serious salesmen outside the Churchyard entrance. If food was your thing then perhaps a cream tea by the river, possibly an afternoon tea in one of the local hostelries, ice cream on the Village Green or maybe sample the delights of the BBQ and pig roast. My thanks to Andy for welcoming me and especially to joint Chairmen Martin and Phil for the organising skills of their entire team. It was my first - but certainly not my last visit to the Fladbury Walkabout. Make sure you don’t miss it in 2014 folks.

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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: 42 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

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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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ishampton History Society’s plans are well underway for their very first Heritage Trail on Saturday 14th September from 10am to 4pm as part of the national annual Heritage Open Days (http://www. uk/). Bishampton lies in the south-eastern part of the county of Worcestershire, variously named from Bisantune in the Domesday Book, then later Byshampton, Bihampton and Bissehamton in the 16th Century. The event runs from 10am to 4pm from 12th Century St James’ Church as a starting point, where the Society is planning to have displays on the work they are actively involved in – including a second edition of the popular Bishampton Remembered; evidence gathered about the Hearth Tax from the 1700s, the research done to bringing the war memorial back to its original state and an associated booklet which is being planned; and some extremely old wills which have been unearthed from families who lived in the village. There will be two guided tours taking place at 10.30am and 2pm starting from the church, along Main Street and finally down


to Broad Lane and joining the Jubilee Trail as an option - visitors and residents are free to do a self-guided option taking in all the properties on the trail. Amongst those included are Bunns Ley, where there is an exhibition of renowned sculptor, John Poole, Dog Inn cottages (once the Greyhound pub), the Old Manor House, Court Farm, Sunnybank Cottage, Nightingale House, The Old

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School House and The Thatch. There will also be a children’s quiz. The event took inspiration from the innovative use of the village telephone box which features an illustrated map of all the cottages in Bishampton, courtesy of local artist and lifetime resident, Carolyn Morris. The trail will take in many of the pretty half-timbered properties, some large and impressive such as the Old Manor House, others just plain pretty, as well as some local landmarks.

There are some interesting architectural features to note, such as the chimneys on Dog Inn cottages, which the guides will point out on the tour and there is an illustrated leaflet available with fuller details. The dozen or so properties whose owners have volunteered to take part, will have an explanatory plaque on their points of interest in front of the house, althought the houses will not be open for viewing. There will be a leaflet giving fuller details for sale at the Church, alongside displays of work in which the History Society is involved. Refreshments will be available at the Church and of course the Dolphin is now up and running so will provide a useful stopping off point. The Jubilee Walk provides an added opportunity for those wishing to stretch their legs a little further. Lesley Miller, Carolyn Morris and Carol Wood have been working on the trail for the past few months and are hoping for a good turnout on the day, especially as it coincides with the national Ride and Stride event http:// /

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Pershore Retail Market Abbey Butchers Happy Robin Scarletts

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Pet Care Fern's Cattery

Accountants Crowthers Focus Accoutancy Paul Jenkins

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Finance Cameron and Company Cred-Ex Solutions

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Building & Construction Evesham Trade Centre Simon Haines Construction Welconstruct UK

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Funeral Directors E Hill & Son


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Gardening & Landscaping Bowbrook Gardens Garden Machinery Mobile Service & Repair Luke's Garden Maintenance Smartcut

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Gas Appliances Firefly Fireplace Studios


Decorators, Painters & Plasterers A Job 4 John Avon Safe Home Ltd Aztec Painting & Decorating Paul Cooper

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Dental Services Malvern Denture Centre


Education Pershore College


Electricians Avon Safe Home Ltd Craig Merchant Electrical

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Equestrian Services Hay Bales for Sale JM Paddock & Field

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Picture Framing Huxley Imaging


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Plumbing A+ Plumbing C E T Plumbing & Heating J S Plumbing

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Pubs & Restaurants The Dolphin



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Haberdashery & Material The Fabrik Shop


Roofing Services G.M. Roofing Timbrell Roofing Services

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Hairdressers Hair by Colette Le Petit Parlour

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Second Hand Dealers Sally's Bargains


Skip Hire MHF (UK) Ltd


Shoes Humphries


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Handyman A Job 4 John Home Handyman Heating C E T Plumbing & Heating

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Interior Design & Soft Furnishings Pershore Rugs Shuttercraft Sunflower Soft Furnishings Vision Interiors

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Village Shops The Pantry, Peopleton The Village Shop, Bishampton: Cook Cottage Delight Miss Patisserie Shop & Post Office

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