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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

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decades-old industry standard that states the three most important work stations – the sink, oven and fridge – should be positioned a set distance from each other. All of which raises a question most kitchen companies would prefer we didn't ask: if the layout of our kitchens are just as they should be, then why bother replacing the units? But not every kitchen company is the same. Dream Doors specialises in kitchen makeovers which, typically, involves

swapping the doors and drawers, then adding new worktops, a sink and taps. Crucially, though, the existing units remain untouched, leading to significant savings in material and labour. In fact, most facelifts are half the cost of a fitted kitchen and take just a couple of days to install. Dream Doors, based on The Tything in Worcester, is a family-run business owned by Dionne and Mark Battin who also employ Jean Clutterbuck their Senior Sales Consultant who has over 20 years’ experience. The couple employ qualified tradesmen from the local community to install all kitchen makeovers. They also welcome feedback through the independent consumer monitoring website,, generating dozens of testimonials and average scores of 9.8 out of 10.


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Dream Doors


Musical Feast in Inkberrow


Animal Hospital


Pose with a Nose


Make a Will Month


Bishampton History Society


Colourful Autumn & Winter Gardens


Cinnamon Trust


Carrick Travel


Cats Protection


Battle of Evesham


What's on in September


West Midland Safari Park


Distributor Wanted


Coffee Break


ALM Fitness


Community Contacts


King John & the Magna Carta


Index of Advertisers

To the September issue of The Worcestershire Grapevine. This month's front cover is specially for the aircraft enthusiasts, who will recognise the magificent Vulcan, which sadly will not be flying for much longer. This photo was taken at the Throckmorton Airshow in June this year. If you live in Flyford Flavell and would like to earn some "pin" money each month, we need a distributor in that area; a small route, ideal as a first job.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 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. The use of this publication for canvassing, direct marketing or any other activity apart from sourcing local goods and services is strictly prohibited. Š 2015


Hello & Welcome ...

For the amateur photographers out there, West Midland Safari Park is running a competition which might interest you (page 42). Don't forget that this month is Make a Will month with St. Richard's Hospice (page 16), so get your Will written whilst supporting a very worthy cause. Cats Protection would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support, and to let you know that Ringo, who was featured last month, now has a new home. As always, there's plenty happening during the month so have a look at the What's On page. Until next month, keep well, and enjoy the magazine.


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Issue No. 63

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Animal Hospital article & photography by Pamela Green


ach year Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre, care for an estimated five million wild birds and animals that have been injured or disabled. A vast number of the animals are hurt in road accidents that cannot be avoided. These animals are cared for with the least amount of human contact, so that when they are fit and well, they can be returned to the wild and the area where they were originally found. There are also some wild animals that are kept as pets by the public. It’s so easy, especially when you love animals, to treat them the same way as your pets, fussing and talking to them. But, sooner or later they become too large and their owners set them free, mistakenly thinking that they are supposed to be wild, so, can take care of themselves. The centre call this “imprinted with humans.” This means that the animal cannot survive in the wild, hunt or kill its own food as nature had intended. I met four foxes at the centre, two male and two female. They were tame and sat a few feet away from me, even posed for a photograph. They had been hand reared and kept as pets until the owners could no longer care for


them. Animals like this should not be set free, because they like people and try to approach them. The people drive them away, so they end up scavenging from dustbins and entering gardens. Some members of the public become scared for their children’s safety and the foxes are then captured. It’s a problem that happens, but it shouldn’t. Please remember, a wild animal is wild and should remain that way. I also met an adorable, tiny, orphaned wild pig. She was brought back from the brink of death by the expert care at Vale Wildlife Hospital. It seems a boar cull was being implemented and two babies escaped. These babies were found in a terrible state and brought to the centre. Sadly the one baby didn’t survive but Minty, as she has been named, is fine. She was severely dehydrated and nearly didn’t make the journey, but she is now making a remarkable recovery. She has become quite a celebrity and has her own facebook page. If you would like to catch up on Minty’s progress go to,, or call them on 01386-882288. Any donations made will be very gratefully received.

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and awareness, Red Nose Day was created for Humans…well Wetnose is for our animals! It is ironic that whilst some 47% of UK households have a pet of some sort, NO national fund raising initiative has been developed. Wetnose Animal Aid is correcting that by creating the Wetnose Day event to happen on September. Every year, thousands of animals need new homes, and due to the vast numbers of homeless animals, there are simply not enough homes to go round. Over ★30★ dogs are put to sleep every day in the UK due to lack of space in rescue centres.

The 2013/2014 annual Stray Dogs Survey released today by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, reveals a shocking ★111,986★ stray and abandoned dogs were picked up by Local Authorities across the UK over the last 12 months, equating to a staggering 307 stray dogs being found every day. That’s without cats, horses, primates, parrots, snakes, rabbits and wildlife that need rescuing and help too! These Rescue Centres are experiencing a noticeable increase in animals being ‘dumped’ on them, as owners continue for various reasons not to be able to keep their animals.

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That equation does not balance, and therefore this Wetnose Day is an important event to help raise serious levels of funds to get the balance back and help Rescue Centres with the ever increase in sick animals being bought in for care, behavioural problems or treatment. We will invite schools, groomers, vets surgeries, pet companies to

join in too as we need more veterinary nurses, specialist vets, farriers as well as marine vets and animal experts in general. This is one way of helping to educate children by having fun and making them aware that animals are an important part of our daily lives, especially pets and our wildlife.

Woodgreen Animal Shelter shows support for Wetnose Day “Wetnose Day is an amazing opportunity to raise the profile of the many animals being cared for by rescue organisations around the country, sadly Wood Green, The Animals Charity, like so many organisations, are constantly full of animals in need of extra special care and attention as they no longer have an owner to call their own. Some will have serious medical conditions that require immediate, expensive treatments, others will require confidence building and training in order to help them cope

with day to day life but most just need a loving home where they will be given the care and stimulation that they need to live a happy and fulfilled life. Wetnose Day is a chance to give these animals a voice, and to remind people to ‘think rescue’ rather than buying a puppy from a breeder or over the internet. As part of the event we can raise the profile of the amazing pets who come into rescue who have so much love and fun to bring to caring new owners.”

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BISHAMPTON Celebrates its Heritage


ishampton Bertie, bells, and a brand new book and will feature as Bishampton History Society’s entry this year into the national Heritage Open Day's celebration. The event will take place on Saturday, 12 September at St. James’ Church from 10am-4pm giving visitors the chance to explore aspects of the pretty rural Worcestershire village in days gone by – and to meet the Society’s WW1 mascot, Bishampton Bertie. Inside the church will be:• Displays resulting from the extensive work done by society members using records from those who served in World War 1, and who are listed on the village war memorial, and their families. • Heritage trails through the village to see the 17th century homes and cottages, with new reference to the former homes of World War 1 soldiers • A chance to try wartime fayre such as depression and trench cake; • Free children’s activities including a competition to win a WW1 book, and make replica poppies A new book – Those that Served – has been produced as part of the painstaking research which has gone into the project, will be launched on the


day as part of the two year Heritage Lottery Funded project about the impact of the Great War on Bishampton. Those curious about bells will have the chance the historic bells of Grade II* listed 12th Century St. James’ Church first hand. For one day only, Bishampton History Society and the Friends of St. James, are inviting visitors to take a trip up the narrow stone staircase of the belfry tower to see these stunning monuments to 17th century craftsmanship, which this year celebrated the 145th anniversary of their original consecration (23 June). Originally the church had five bells bells which were bought by the parish and cast at Worcester by John Martin, bell founder, of the parish of St. Martin in 1661, at a cost of £4. However these did not last long, so the five, plus an additional one, were recast in 1690 by William Bagley. See; or telephone Mike Rickard on 01386 462037 for more information about the History Society; www.heritageopendays. for information about the events taking place. The event also coincides with the Ride and Stride event touring the district’s churches and including St. James’ church (see www.worcesteranddudley

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COLOURFUL Autumn & Winter Gardens For an explosion of colour to revive your garden in the spring , then planting some bulbs in your beds and borders couldn't be easier. But if that is too long to wait, you might be wondering what you can do now to keep some colour in your garden throughout autumn and winter.


ou may think it is too early, but now is actually the best time to start planning your winter garden, according to online nursery Plant Me Now. While winter still seems a while off, planting your winter bedding plants in September and October while the soil is still warm will give the roots time to establish before the cold weather sets in, according to the nursery. It also gives your plants time to get used to the cold weather slowly rather than planting them when it is already cold. If you are not sure which flowers to brighten up your garden with, Plant Me Now has suggested the following floral delights to create your very own winter wonderland. Cool Wave Pansies (1) The best trailing pansies, with exceptional overwintering performance and the first pansy 20

to blossom again in spring. Sugar Rush Wallflowers (2) New colours this autumn include Primrose, Purple Bicolour and Yellow. Sugar Rush are the first dual-purpose, hardy, scented Wallflower to flower in the autumn, during winter and then blossom in abundance the following spring. Viola Teardrops (3) Very floriferous, these violas fill more space than standard violas and produce beautiful, cascading hanging baskets. They are equally stunning around the edge of containers. Viola Sorbet XP (4) Brand new colours available this winter include Denim Jump Up, Lemon Ice Blotch, Marina and Yellow Frost. Polyanthus Stella (5) A hardy, multi-flora Polyanthus with a long

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or the fourth year running a popular craft centre played host to the charity event – Animals R Magic. Visitors descended on the Jinney Ring on July 19th to support The Cinnamon Trust and the many other animal charities that attended. Families brought along their four legged friends to take part in the fun dog show and have a go at some of the other activities on offer. Best in Show was judged jointly by our guests Sara Coward and Alison Hitchins and the winner after much deliberation was Amelia Grace with her English Bull Terrier, Kiara. Reserve Best in Show went to Freya Twedell and her Lurcher, Roxy. Next to the dog show ring were demonstrations of well-behaved dogs being put through their paces by members of the Mid Western Gundog Society and Dogs R Us Agility Club. Afterwards the Highgate Tidbury Flyball Team brought some excitement to the proceedings with their display of speed and accuracy retrieving a ball over jumps.

There was no need to go to the seaside for a chance to see a donkey as they were on hand giving rides and proved to be one of the main attractions, as was the Heart of England Ferret Association with their racing ferrets. Jasper the pony was busy all day meeting visitors and doing his bit to raise awareness for Sue Pike Equine Animal Rescue. Luke Phelan’s falcons, and the owls from Midlands Bird of Prey Rescue, had a lot of interest and their keepers were able talk knowledgably about their respective birds. We were fortunate this year to welcome Fresh Start for Hens who brought two friendly chickens with them. They clucked their way happily through the day oblivious to all that was going on around them. If you have ever thought about adopting a new pet why not think about one that has eggs-tra benefits (eggs!). Visitors were invited to watch Matthew Massey and his trainee search dog Dyno from Severn Area Search and Rescue, hunt for a hidden person. Peeler was on hand representing Bromsgrove’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, giving advice as he wandered around the show.

The Alpaca and Llama were on their best behaviour and proved a very popular photo shoot. Some lucky visitors were even able to take them for a walk around the field. The organiser, Janet Morgan, was delighted with the turnout this year and said that the day was a resounding success. Not just for The Cinnamon Trust but also for the other charities that took part. She thanked everyone who came along to support the event in whatever capacity, but especially our hosts Amanda and Malcom Sunter and the Jinney Ring staff. Thanks also must go to the local CT volunteers and friends who worked extremely hard to pull it all together on the day; without all these lovely people the event would not be possible. She was delighted to say that £4,900 was raised for The Cinnamon Trust, a unique national charity. Animal loving volunteers are always required to foster pets when their elderly owners go into hospital. If you can help or require more information please go to www. or ring 01736 757900.

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t Evesham Cats Protection we are proud to say that all of the work involved in rescuing the cats, from cat care to administration, is carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers. All the volunteers feel part of the logistics of running the rescue centre and therefore are successful and productive, as we all have the common goal of doing our best for the cats in our care. However since moving to new, larger premises the work load has increased, therefore we are appealing for more pairs of hands to help continue the successful running of the centre. One of the main areas of volunteering where help is especially needed is with fundraising and promoting the work of Evesham Cats Protection. As the rescue centre has grown in size, the cost of running the centre has also grown, and therefore we

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Battle of Evesham 750th Anniversary Celebration

It is now exactly 750 years on and, somewhat unsurprisingly, this Battle of Evesham was still won by the Royal forces, led by King Henry III and his son, Prince Edward, and sadly, Simon de Montfort still perished along with many of his outnumbered force.


n this occasion the Battle was staged in the sunshine alongside the River Avon, rather than up on Green Hill as it was in 1265 and the ‘troops’ were the historical re-enactors all kitted out in their period costume and carrying some pretty realistic looking weaponry. Distinguished (and some perhaps not so distinguished) knights on colourful, liveried horseback, foot soldiers carrying all manner of pikes, swords & shields. With archers firing overhead for a sense of battle realism, one trooper was thankful for his costume as the arrow bounced off his helmet during the battle proper! The weather did us proud although many of the troops looked the worse for wear judging from the sweat soaked costumes after the battle was over. That chainmail really does weigh a ton – I just held some for a few seconds and was tired! The 9-year old I saw trying on a full set, sank visibly into the grass, so how on earth did our dedicated troops


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wreath where the remains of Simon de Montfort are buried, underneath the stone imported from his native France. This memorial was laid in 1965 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of his demise. There was an excellent falconry display which certainly challenged my photographic skills, trying to capture images of these beautiful, regal birds as they stooped and swooped across the arena and over the heads of the crowd. These birds have an impressive turn of speed and some serious inflight manoeuvrability, changing direction on a sixpence and in mid-flight. That said, the heat of the day clearly took its toll when twice the raptors decided to go to roost in one of those magnificent elms lining the river bank, much to the chagrin of their handler. The camp site was crowded with a host of realistic tents, containing period gear from cooking and crafts to weapons and accoutrements of all sorts. There was a demonstration of a scaled down version of the siege trebuchet which was both fascinating and disappointing at the same time when we didn’t get to see body parts or rocks hurled across the arena but instead they used a heavy rubber ball! Call me gruesome if you like but the commentators did keep telling us that this was normal practise during the sieges, in medieval times! The archery demonstrations provided insight into the use of both longbow and crossbows and my 2-year old grandson, like many of the younger attendees, and some not-so-young, crowded round the stalls selling the replica weapons.

There were tours and talks, the chance to test your archery skills and also a commentator walk- through of the battle down among the tent dwellers. Food, drink and live entertainment as well as medieval music to keep us all going throughout a very hot and sticky day were readily available, as well as some excellent demonstrations of horsemanship and the use of weapons. I was slightly worried that it was the fair lady who clearly demonstrated the greater skills and accuracy in beheading the melons on a stick, in the jousting and with the archery on horseback. References to multi-tasking perhaps should be avoided here? Gentle knights, shame upon you, sirs! The Battle proper was very entertaining and frankly I would not have volunteered to be in the midst the fighting, staged or not! The participants were going at it hammer and tongs and I do wonder if the injured lying on the ground were all faking it? I can only imagine what a real battle must have been like for those involved, in medieval times. The chaos, the noise of steel on steel or worse yet, steel on bone, the cries of anguish from the wounded and dying, all the time wondering whether you will survive and perhaps best of all, emerge on the winning side. A good time was certainly had by all and I would like to congratulate the organisers on a job well done. If this was an annual event I certainly book my place for next year right now. article & photography by Brian Joyce

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Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd September Summer Steam Trains The Evesham Vale Light Railway will be running trains daily during the summer school holidays. Travel around Evesham Country Park, stopping briefly at Evesham Vale Station. Here you can break your journey and enjoy a picnic or take a walk to the river. 10.30am to 4.30pm with trains running every half hour. Adults £2.40, Children £1.80, Seniors £2.10. Evesham Country Park, 1 mile north of Evesham on A46. Evesham Country Park, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 4TP. Tel: 01386 422282. Tues 1st September to Friday 30th October View King John’s Will & Artefacts Pre-booked group visits to the Cathedral's medieval Library to see King John's Will, the oldest remaining Royal Testament in England, his artefacts and relics. £5 per person. Call 01905 732900 to book. Chapter Office, 8 College Yard, Worcester, WR1 2LA. Tuesday 1st September European Wheelchair Basketball Championships 2015 Session 18: Men Great Britain V Spain. 7.45pm. Tel: 01905 544444. Tickets available online. University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ. Saturday 5th September The Upbeat Beatles For one night only, The Upbeat Beatles will be performing a fundraising concert at Malvern's Forum Theatre. Tickets from Malvern Theatres on 01684 892277. Concert starts 7.45pm. Tickets £18 or £22. The Forum Theatre, Malvern, WR14 3HB. Sunday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th September UpMarkets A new generation of rambling market with smart new stalls showing an eclectic mix of fashionable goods and wares, taking place every Sunday in the centre of Worcester City. 10am to 4pm. Tel: 01384 877336. High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY. Sunday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th September Bandstand Music in the Park - September 6th - Arrow Valley Brass Band, 13th - Central England Concert Band, 20th - 5 Bar Brass + Austins in the Park, 27th - City of Coventry Brass Band.


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What's on in September uk/directory/welcome-to-the-almonry Evesham Quaker Meeting House: 17th century Quaker meeting house and peace garden (used for burials between 1799 and 1908). Historic features include elders benches and original marriage certificate from 1714. Exhibition about the history and traditions of the Quaker meeting house and peace garden. Saturday 10am to 4p0m, Sunday 12 noon to 4pm. 28 Cowl Street, Evesham, WR11 4PL. evesham-quaker-meeting-house Monday 14th September New WI - Bromsgrove Belles WI WI offers something for every woman from 18 upwards. It’s about having fun and making new friends, opportunities to learn new skills, get involved in campaigning and be involved in the local community. Come along and enjoy a 'Celebration Supper'. 7.30pm. £4 as a visitor. St John’s Church Hall, 14 Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove, B61 7JW Saturday 19th September Croome - Pop Up Poetry with Local Poet Laureates Meet our 'Pop up Poets' at the Visitor Centre and meandering through the parkland. Tell them about your visit and have your very own poem created for you as a memento of your day. Join a poetry walk from our Visitor Centre taking in Croome's stunning landscape. Booking not needed. 10am to 4pm. General admission prices apply. Croome, nr High Green, Worcester, WR8 9DW. www. Saturday 19th September Harvest Supper Join us for our annual celebration of the earth’s produce at a enjoyable evening of food and entertainment. Three course meal and music from the Kings and Folk group. 7pm for 7.30pm Tickets £10 to include three course meal and entertainment. Free parking and disabled access. Bishampton Villages Hall Worcestershire WR10 2LY. Tel: Eric Carter 01386 462847 Sunday 20th September Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair Up to 700 exhibitors inside and outside. Whether designing, collecting or browsing you will find everything from house clearance to good quality antiques and anything in between. Catering

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Calling All Animal Mad Artists & Picture Perfect Photographers


est Midland Safari Park are giving visitors the opportunity to show off their creative side by inviting them to enter two major competitions that have been launched for 2015. Budding wildlife artists and keen photographers get the chance to enter their most appealing works into the new competitions to be named Safari Photographer of the Year and Safari Artist of the Year. Judges will be looking for originality; something that is unusual, striking, thought provoking, super cute, simply stunning or down right funny. It's a good opportunity for the whole family, with special categories in each competition for under 18's.

people around and we are sure that it gives us as much pleasure to judge as it gives those the pleasure to enter. We are in mid-summer, which seems to bring out the very best creative side in visitors. We feel sure that we will be happily inundated with entries for both competitions during the next few months". The competitions are free to enter and are open to anyone who feels that they have captured that perfect moment in the animal world. All the photo entries need to have been taken at West Midland Safari Park during 2014 or 2015 and additionally art entries must be of an animal that is part of the wildlife collection at Bewdley.

Encounters, Wildlife in Colour and in Black and White, Contemporary Wildlife, Young Photographer and Prehistoric Wildlife, as its categories. Prizes range from iPads to VIP Tours, and from annual to admission passes. The works of art selected by the judges will also be included in an exhibition being held at West Midland Safari Park in the New Year, when the winners from each category will be formally announced during an open evening on 8th January 2016. Up to five works of art per category can be entered, each of which must be accompanied by an entry form and submitted online by 13th November 2015. Entry forms and further information on how to submit works can be downloaded from the Park's respective websites: and www. Alternatively, contact West Midland Safari Park by phone: 01299 402114 or email: or

Competition Organiser and Judge, Both competitions have six Caroline Richards, said, "This is the categories - Safari Artist of the Year first time that we have organised this features Wildlife in 3D, Wildlife in kind of competition. In the past we Colour, Wildlife in Monochrome, have encouraged visitors to send us Contemporary Wildlife, Young their best photo entries for our annual Artist and Prehistoric Wildlife, calendar competition. This has always which fits in with new Land of the proved extremely popular and last Living Dinosaurs that launched the year alone saw well over 700 entries. Parks 42nd season. Safari PhotoThere are some incredibly talented grapher of the Year lists Wild 42 To advertise call 01684 833715 or email:

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9 Fun Ways to Burn Calories Shedding a few calories doesn’t have to be hard work! Here I’m going to share 9 ways to burn 100 calories while smiling and having fun in the process!

1 Burn: Two-Wheel It Remember when you were young and rode your bike everywhere you wanted to go? One of the most fun modes of transportation, biking lets you feel the wind and experience the world around you in ways that are impossible when driving a car or sitting on a bus. Hop on your beloved two-wheeler for 15 minutes or more, keep the pedals moving and you’ll cut 100 calories from your waistline. 2 Burn: Grab a Club Walking an entire 18-hole golf course is a great way to burn a lot of calories. Not interested in hunting down your lost ball in the woods? No problem. A round of miniature golf may not seem intense, but it’s enough to get rid of 100 calories. Act goofy the whole time to embarrass your kids and you’ll burn even more! 3 Burn: Climb On Feeling particularly adventurous or ready to 46

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6 Burn: Get Soiled You want to eat better and get fit at the same time. Well, here’s the good news: you can do both by planting your own garden. Within the first 25 minutes of digging and planting, 100 calories will go out the window and when your veggies peek out of the ground, your diet will take a giant step in the right direction. 7 Burn: Shake Your Booty Even people who hate dancing in public smile while dancing at home with a loved one. Act like a loony for four pop songs in a row and you can have peace of mind knowing you just shook 100 calories from your shrinking frame. Now that’s something to dance about! 8 Burn: Fly High Trampolines aren’t just for kids. They’re for anyone who wants to burn 100 calories in half an hour. Sound too good to be true? Start jumping for joy every day and see if you begin to see changes in your body. 9 Burn: Head to the Shops Your friends won’t believe you, but the next time you go the shops, tell them you’re going so you can burn some calories. Even if you’re there for just a little while, keeping up a steady shopping pace for 40 minutes is enough to get rid of 100 calories. If you want to really expedite your results then consider working with me on a fitness plan that will turn you into a fat burning machine. Call or email today—I look forward to hearing from you! If you want to find out more or are interested in Personal Training, Group Training or attending any of the Fitness Classes I offer, go to for more information. Alternatively call Amy on 07740 366419 or email Please mention THE WORCESTERSHIRE GRAPEVINE when responding to advertisers


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King John & the Magna Carta An illustrated talk at St. James' Church, Bishampton on Friday 16th October 2015 at 7pm for 7.30pm


etired science teacher Howard Robinson BSc is a regular presenter of illustrated talks reflecting his passion on certain periods of history and gives guided walks at Worcester Cathedral where King John is buried. A direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell and the Plantagenets, he will be providing his own interpretation of the background to the Magna Carta as a final event to the Friends of St. James’ programme this year. The fascinating talk will cover the descent of King John, (the great-great grandson of William the Conqueror) and his back-ground, including his immediate family (his parents: Henry II, Plantagenet ruler of the Angevin Empire, and Eleanor of Aquitaine; his brother: Richard the Lion Heart) as well as his education at Fontevraud Abbey in France. Howard will then turn to King John’s predicament having taking over a bankrupt economy (similar to that of Greece today), and the twists of fate following the death of his brother, Richard

and his subsequent differences with the King of France (hence his loss of French lands); the Pope over his own choice of Archbishop of Canterbury and finally the English Barons, all of which led to the creation of Magna Carta.

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