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Grapevine TThe Worcestershire

Issue No. 59 April 2015





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And a Happy Easter to everyone - enjoy your Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns, and if you are looking for somewhere to go for lunch on Easter Sunday, why not go along to The Berkeley. In August we will be increasing our distribution of The Worcestershire Grapevine to 10,000 copies, which means we will have three new delivery routes in Evesham, and will need more distributors. So if you live in Evesham, like walking and would like to be paid for doing so, then give me a call. The Cats Protection are moving to new premises, so if you have a bit of spare time, please give them a call to see if you can help. And if you are a music lover, then don't miss the Flowers Band - details on page 45. Happy reading.


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April 2015

Issue No. 59

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Editor Betty-Ann Ambury

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Megan to sky dive for charity Sixth form student, Megan Thomas, undertook a Sky Dive on Valentine’s Day to raise money to support a trip to Malawi as a volunteer in an orphanage for 12 months, starting in August. During the social care project she will teach important life skills that will give them a better future and allow them to share with their community. Megan needs to raise £5,900 to cover flights, accommodation for the whole year and to ensure she can donate to the community. Megan stated “The whole year will give me an insight into a different culture and new way of life. It will give me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and help me develop invaluable skills and learn new ones. The experience will also give me a different perspective on life as well as giving them a better value of life”. Students receive offers from Oxford & Cambridge Two Sixth Form students from Pershore High School have received offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Taylor Trophy Debating Competition Two students from Pershore High School, Eleanor Roberts, Year 11 and Erin Young, Year 10 were victorious in a prestigious schools debating competition on Monday 12th January. The girls competed against teams from Marling, Hereford Cathedral School, Old Swinford, Solihull School and Warwick School. The girls secured their place in the final of the Taylor Trophy at Bromsgrove School last term. They debated against Solihull School and were declared winners at the end of the evening.

Katie Baston (17) of Pershore has received an offer from Oxford to study Chemistry at Magdalen College. Katie is currently studying Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics.

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Simon West (18) of Pershore has received an offer from Cambridge to read History at Selwyn College. Simon, who is the school’s Head Boy, is studying Economics, History and Philosophy and Ethics at A’ level. Holocaust Memorial Day Identi-kit As part of Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January, students were asked to re-assemble photographic images of genocide victims in an attempt to not only commemorate them, but also to try to re-create the themes of loss, disappearance and memory that are inevitably linked to genocides.


The images also hinted at the displacement and loss of the victims’ remains. Led by Art teacher, Ed Turfrey, the collages are being displayed as an artwork in the school reception area. Students were challenged to look around the school for images of the people who they had constructed their ident-kits from, find out who they were, how old they were and what happened to them; and to try to imagine how they might have felt.

Bryony Watkins has generously donated hair to ‘The Little Princesses Trust’. The charity arrange for wigs to be made out of donated hair for children who have lost their hair through illness. Bryony is very grateful to hairdresser Ashley Taylor, stylist of Regis in Pershore who cut her hair. .


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The UK's largest animatronic Dinosaur attraction opens at West Midland Safari Park on Saturday, 21st March 2015. "Land of the Living Dinosaurs" is an immersive walking trail featuring 38 life-size dinosaurs, each with moving eyes, mouth and neck. The exhibit is heavily themed, landscaped and planted with copious amounts of flora, including tree ferns, gunnera, reeds and monkey-puzzle trees. Sound effects indicative of the lost world add atmosphere, whilst static fossil displays, a volcanic vent, three pools and a geyser intensifies the whole experience. It is a journey that spans four ages of dinosaur reign: Permian, Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.

armature, which adds realistic movement to each display. Daniel Griffiths, Marketing Manager, said, "Work initially started on the £2.5m project in 2012. It led the Park's design team on trips around the world to investigate exactly how the exhibit could be achieved, before various manufacturers were engaged to develop the dinosaurs. Meanwhile, the 1000 metre square site for the new, open-air display was being created on a parcel of reconfigured land between the four-mile, drive-through safari and the existing Discovery Trail. The exhibit has been designed to transport visitors back to a forgotten era, when powerful forces and mayhem ruled the Earth, to a time when only the biggest, strongest and fiercest survived. We are all extremely pleased with the result".

The entrance to the Jurassic safari is flanked by the skeletal form of the mighty T-Rex and is located in the Park's Discovery Trail. Examples of some of the most formidable creatures to have roamed the planet include the curiously named Dilophosaurus, fearsome Gorgonops and two of the largest at 8 metres tall, the Apatosaurus measuring 25 metres long and Argentinosaurus at 30 metres. A life-size adult Tyrannosaurus Rex elevated on 4m rockwork casts a dramatic shadow, whilst the impressive Sarcosuchus, meaning 'flesh crocodile' represents one of the largest crocodile-like creatures that is thought to have ever lived.

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Business Editorial

Advertising : A s editor, publisher, designer, chief cook and bottle-washer of The Worcestershire Grapevine, one of my tasks is to talk to prospective advertisers about their advertising needs, including the cost of advertising with us. Nothing out of the ordinary in that: you want to advertise … we have a range of prices … you chose the one that suits your budget. And yet it is astonishing the number of people who seem to think they are entitled to free advertising, or at the very least, a substantial discount! So why is it that some people think that advertising rates should be negotiable? Do these same people try to bargain with the supermarket for the price of their groceries? Do they demand a discount in restaurants, or pubs, or shops? I’m fairly certain that they would get short shrift if they did! So just what is it about advertising that makes some people behave as if we are taking the food from their children’s mouths? Recently I went to see a group of a local traders who, for various reasons, have had a particularly difficult time, and could do with a helping hand to boost business. And that was my intention when I went to see them: to offer them a package deal which would give them regular advertising at a greatly reduce rate. However this particular group of traders seem to think they are entitled to free help, including free advertising! I wonder how they'd react if I walked into their 18

an essential business tool … shops and said I wanted my purchases for free. We all know the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” – that literally is true, because someone, somewhere, has to pay for it; so if I give free advertising, the person receiving it gets it for free ... but I pay for it. As a purveyor of advertising, I obviously have a vested interest in selling it, but – as the title of this article says – advertising is an essential business tool. When a businessman (or woman) says they can’t afford to advertise, that’s much the same as saying they’ve got a car, but can’t afford to put petrol in it – not going to get very far, are they? Advertising is not an exact science and it can be tricky to get the right balance, but if you follow a few simple rules it’s possible to do so. And the Golden Rule, in my opinion, is: make sure your customers can find you. If your customers come to you, make sure your address is prominent in the advert; if your point of contact is email or phone, make sure you respond to these. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to contact someone who doesn't answer their phone and doesn't respond to messages or emails! And if prospective customers can't get hold of you, they'll go elsewhere. The main point about advertising is that it is an essential part of any

business if you want to succeed. Whether it's word of mouth, radio, TV, internet or paper advertising: if you don’t advertise, you won’t get customers and you won’t have a business … it’s that simple. And no, there are no guarantees that you will be inundated with enquiries the first time you advertise … it can take several months. That’s the nature of advertising. It’s a little like taking your car for an MOT: just because your car passes is no guarantee that it won’t break down a month later. So, if as a business person, you are still undecided as to whether or not to advertise, consider this: in 2013 Tesco made £3.9 billion profit, Home Retail Group (Argos and Homebase) made £90 million, and most impressively, Aldi went from a loss of £56 million to a profit one year later of £57.8 million! And yet all of these companies continue to advertise on television and in the national dailies. Why? Why do they continue to advertise in the most expensive media possible when they’re making so much money? Or perhaps the question should be: are they making so much money because they advertise? If you want to succeed, copy someone successful ... and there can be no doubt that the likes of Tesco, Aldi, and Argos are extremely successful.

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he most famous legend of St George is of him slaying a dragon, but as this heroic deed was first attributed to St George in the 12th century, long after his death, it is likely that the many of the stories connected with St George are also fictitious. There are various versions of story of St George slaying the dragon, but for those of you who may not know it, the general gist is as follows. One day St George came upon a man who told him that everyone in that land was in great distress, because a dragon was ravaging the country. Every day the dragon demanded the sacrifice of a beautiful maiden and now the only one left was the king's daughter, and unless someone could slay the dragon, she would be sacrificed the next day. St George was determined to slay the dragon and save the princess, so at daybreak he set out for the valley where the dragon lived. As soon as the dragon saw him it rushed from its cave, roaring with a sound like thunder. Its head was immense and its tail fifty feet long, but St George was not afraid. He struck the monster with his spear, but the dragon's scales were so hard that the spear broke into a thousand pieces. Then St George drew his sword and pierced the dragon under its wing where there were no scales, and it fell dead at his feet. The dragon was slain, and the princess was saved! The legend of St George and the dragon is perhaps symbolic in nature as in the Middle Ages, the dragon was commonly associated with the Devil, so the slaying of the dragon symbolises the triumph of good over evil. St George was reputedly a Christian, born somewhere in Turkey, possibily Cappadocia, in the 3rd Century. He was martyred and died for his religious beliefs, and for standing against the religious persecution of the Christians, by his Roman employers. He was apparently born to Christian parents, moved to Palestine where he became a R oman sol id ier, and was subse22

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• Mix butter and sugar in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add the milk, stir and remove from the heat. Stir in the yeast and the egg. • Mix flour and salt in mixing bowl. Add the milk mixture and stir until well combined. Cover and set aside for 1½ hours, or refrigerate overnight (remove from fridge an hour before cooking). • Heat a griddle or a skillet over medium heat. Stir dissolved baking powder into the batter.

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Wed 1st & 8th, Saturday 4th & 11th April Follow the Chocolate Trail Investigate “The Cadbury Connection”. Fun for all the family. Find out about chocolate and follow the Chocolate Trail. See where Richard Cadbury had his Coffee Shop. Solve puzzles and follow the chocolate trail to win a prize. 10am – 4pm. Admission free; £1 for Chocolate puzzles. Tel: 01905 612309. Tudor House, Friar Street, Worcester. Mon 6th, 13th, 20th 27th April Quiz & Curry Night at The Old Oak Pub Every Monday at 8.30pm. £2.50 entry fee. First prize a gallon of beer. The Old Oak Pub, 40 Stonebow Road, Drakes Broughton, Pershore WR10 2AP. Tel: 01905 841897. Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April Eggsperience Easter at Eastnor Our legendary Easter Treasure Hunt around the castle and grounds. Chocolate for everyone who takes part and a chance to win an enormous Easter Egg! Open 11am to 5.30pm. Tel: 01531 633160. Castle & Grounds Admission fee. Eastnor, near Ledbury, HR8 1RL. Friday 3rd April Andy Parsons: Live & Unleashed He's smart, informed & indignant - and he's taking righteous aim at the biggest targets in Britain: politicians, celebrities and anyone else who dares to talk rubbish. Min age 16. 8pm - tickets £15 from and Evesham Almonry, Abbey Rd, WR11 4BG. Tel: 01386446944. Evesham Arts Centre, Victoria Avenue, Evesham, WR11 4QH. Saturday 4th April Bishampton Spring Show A chance to see local exhibitors display their flowers, vegetables, and floral art. 2pm - 4pm show time. Entries from 9.30am - 11am. 20p per entry; visitors 50p. Free parking, disabled entrance, refreshments. Tel: 0754 362318. Bishampton Villages Hall, Bishampton, near Pershore, WR10 2LY. Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April White Cottage - Open Garden for NGS 2-acre garden with large herbaceous and shrub


borders, island beds, stream and bog area. Spring meadow, formal area with lily pond and circular rose garden, and more. 11am – 4.30pm. Admission £3, children free. Tel: 01386 792414. White Cottage, Stock Green, nr Inkberrow, B96 6SZ Monday 6th April Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair With up to 700 exhibitors in 2 inside areas as well as outside you are sure to find something. Catering facilities, ATM machine and free parking. 7.30am - 3.30pm. Entry £4. Tel: 01636 676531. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW Thursday 9th April CountryTastic CountryTastic is a hands on, interactive and fun day out with food, farming and countryside at its core. This fun indoors and outdoors children's event has plenty of entertaining displays, tractor rides and so much more! Don't miss out on the perfect Easter day out for all ages! 10am – 5pm. Tel: 01684 584924. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW. countrytastic/ Friday 10th April The Elvis Years Celebrate Elvis’ 80th birthday year with this outstanding concert production of the West End musical Jailhouse Rock, featuring Mario Kombou and his incredible band. 8pm – 10.30pm. Tickets £20. Tel: 01905 611427. The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED. Saturday 11th April Easter Workshop: Sketching and Painting Experiment with technique and produce a finished work to take home. £45. 10.30am – 3.30pm. For further details and to book contact Karen Stone 0777 3355817. Hanbury Road, Hanbury, Bromsgrove, B60 4BU. Saturday 11th April Complete Madness Re-live the madness of Madness! A sensational theatre extravaganza featuring the amazing talents of this 5-piece band who will take you on a musical journey through the story of one of Britain's most memorable, visual and fun bands. Starts 8pm. Tickets £15 from Evesham Almonry,

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Sunday 12th to Wednesday 15th April Worcestershire V Yorkshire County Championship. Worcestershire County Cricket Club represents the English county of Worcestershire as part of the English and Welsh domestic cricket establishment. 11am. Tel: 01905 748474. The County Ground, New Road, Worcester, WR2 4QQ.

Sunday 19th April Blossom Trail Bikeaway A sponsored bike ride through the Vale of Evesham in aid of St John Ambulance and The Vale of Evesham Community First Responders. Registration 9am - 11am, start 9.30am. £8 per adult, £5 per child and £20 family (2 adults & 2 children). Tel: 01386 565564. Hampton Ferry, Evesham, WR11 2PR.

Wednesday 15th April Club WoW - Busy Bees Get buzzing to help our pollinators here at Lower Smite Farm. A ‘Wildlife on Wednesdays’ event with plenty of games and activities. Activities designed for children aged 5-12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book. 6pm – 7.30pm. Tel: 01905 754919. £2 per child. Wildlife Farming & Education Centre, Lower Smite Farm, Worcester, WR3 8SZ Friday 17th April Mike Hurst & the Springfields Mike Hurst is one third of the original Springfields vocal group, alongside Dusty and Tom Springfield, the first British vocal group to have a top 20 American chart hit in 1962. 8pm – 10.30pm. Tel: 01905 611427. Tickets £16.50 (concs £15). Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester, WR1 3LD.

Thursday 23rd April St George’s Day Gourmet Dinner A truly English event! Includes a six course dinner with accompanying wines. £85.00 per person. Tel: 01562 777876. Brockencote Hall Hotel, Chaddesley Corbet, Kidderminster, DY10 4PY. Thursday 23rd April Great British Asparagus Run To celebrate the World’s finest grass (probably), numerous events and activities will take place during this two month long Festival that honours the growing, harvesting and eating of this sumptuous delicacy. Tel: 01386 565373. Free entry. The Cross, Bretforton, Evesham, WR11 7JE.

Saturday 18th April Charity Casino Night Enjoy an evening of casino game fun at Victoria Park Bowls Club, Malvern. Tickets £15 include hot meal and free bag of casino chips. Smart dress code. Proceeds to Community Action. Begins 7.30 pm. Entry by ticket only from: Susie Forbes 01684 594447 or Malli Wadge 01684 565447. Victoria Park, Malvern Link, WR14 2JY.

Saturday 25th April Worcester Cats Homing Show Spring homing show at the Powick Village Hall. A chance to meet some of our wonderful cats, all looking for new, loving, long term homes. There will be stalls with cat merchandise as well as a large selection of home-baked cakes & refreshments. Starts at 11am until 1pm. Everyone welcome. Tel: 01905 426748. Powick Parish Hall, Powick, WR2 4RT.

Sunday 19th April Dogs Unite at Jinney Ring Did you know that dog walkers spend more than 382 hours walking their pets every year? Dogs Unite is a series of sponsored dog walks taking place around the country to help Guide Dogs raise money to create more life-changing guide dog partnerships. 11am - 4pm. Full details on the Jinney

Thursday 30th April Turncoats and Renegades A talk by Dr. Andrew Hopper. A fascinating evening with this successful author and leading Civil War academic, in partnership with the Battle of Worcester Society. 7pm – 9pm. Tel: 01905 361821. Sidbury, Worcester, WR1 2HU. www.

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Training a Puppy to be a Guide Dog article & photos by Pamela Green


e all see guide dogs on our streets, leading their owners, and keeping them safe, but you can’t buy a guide dog from a shop! So how do they become guide dogs? They have to be trained from a small puppy of around eight weeks, when they are given to a puppy walker. These are volunteers who start the initial training for the pups to become guide dogs. Teaching a puppy to be a well-behaved guide is not an easy task. Firstly, they are trained to ignore other dogs, always walk on the left-hand side of their owner, and be obedient to every command. Feeding, training, and generally caring for a puppy's needs on a daily basis is time consuming. The puppy will need exposure on a regular basis to busy town conditions, traffic, shops, lifts, and crowds. It will also need to be familiarized with car travel and public transport. I met one volunteer who has trained puppies for the last eighteen years, and has found it very rewarding. Recently, on a visit to Crufts, she met up with one of the dogs she had trained some years earlier, and he 42

greeted her like a long lost friend. She stressed that it is most important for the whole family to enjoy the experience, and that a puppy needs to be reared with a blend of affection, control and supervision. It must be so nice to know that what you are doing is really worthwhile, and to have a puppy as a constant companion. The pups stay for as long as twelve to fourteen months, but - you must always remember in the end, you will have to hand him back. The next stage of his life will be with a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, who will complete the final stages by training the dog with a visually-impaired person. The Guide Dogs Trust,breed a range of dogs, including Golden Retriever, Labrador and German Shepherd: the most popular breed is a Labrador-Retriever cross. There are 4,700 guide dogs in UK who lead blind or partially sighted people, and change their lives for the better. This is all thanks to the volunteer puppy walkers, so if you feel you could be a help, then please contact them at and I’m sure they would love to talk to you.

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containing a yarn cone and a selection of bits and Could you spare some time once a week or ev pieces, are available from the following locations: fortnight to helpAgeaUKlonely person? Herefordshire older & Worcestershire

he 4th Active Age Festival, organised by Age UK Hereford & Worcester, in conjunction with the University of Worcester, U3A and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership, will take place on Saturday 6th June.

Malvern Gate’ Bromwich Road, WR2 4BN

We are looking for caring people who can740950 offer friendship and suppo tel: 01905 or 0800 0086077 The Festival willpeople be held at the Centre on isolated inRiverside the Pershore and Evesham areas. We offer full Worcester Resource Exchange Hylton Road, with a variety of free taster sessions Pump House Environment Centre, Waterworks expenses, events, social This activities and the to be pa and activities, information and entertainment. Road, Barbourne, WR1opportunity 3EZ is a great opportunity to meet local clubs and tel: 01905 734934 organisation making a difference to the lives of older peop organisations in one place for activities, health and care.

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59 Ambleside Drive, WR4 9DA Running up to the Festival each year there is an art, writing, or craft competition launched, which is Indy Mobility judged by a special guest at the Festival. This year’s 61 Broad Street, Worcester, WR1 3YT competition (open to anyone aged 50 or over on 6th tel: 01905 729773 June) is a craft competition called ‘Celebrity Cone Dolly’. Entrants are invited to create a model or doll The closing date for the competition is Saturday 6th Age UK & Worcestershire of their favourite celebrity using a yarn cone and Herefordshire June. Malvern recycled bits and pieces. Entries must use a yarnGate, cone Bromwich Road, Worcester. WR 2 4BN Anyone No: who1080545 would like further information about as a base for the model, but any other materials and Charity the Active Age Festival, or the Celebrity Cone Dolly craft skills can be used. Competition, should contact Bronwen or Sue on Celebrity Cone Dolly entry forms and ‘cone packs’, 01905 740950 or free-phone 0800 0086077

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hropshire Blue - which has been described as a cross between Stilton and Cheshire - is made from pasteurized cow's milk and uses vegetable rennet; penicillium roqueforti produces the veining. Until recently, Shropshire Blue had never been made in Shropshire. It started out as a Scottish attempt to replicate Stilton cheese but with a subtle twist of adding annatto to the milk to give it an orange hue. The cheese has a deep orange-brown natural rind, and matures for a period of 10-12 weeks, with a fat content of about 34 per cent. The result is a soft textured, mellow, blue cheese with a glorious contrast of colours between the orange hue of the curd and the delicate blue veins. Made in a similar way to Stilton, it is a soft cheese with a sharp, strong flavour and a slightly tangy aroma. It is slightly sour but sharper than Stilton and generally creamier, and makes a great alternative to Blue Stilton.

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