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APRIL/MAY 2012 ISSUE NO. 24

Delivered to over 7,500 homes, pubs, shops and post offices in Malvern, Pershore, Evesham & surrounding areas


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y name is Helen Abbott and I am your local ABTA independent travel agent.

My career began over 30 years ago working for BEA, now British Airways, and my passion and excitement for travel really grew from there. I spent four years in Canada and one year in New Zealand working in the travel business and thus gained a excellent all-round knowledge of both countries, the latter updated last year during a visit to my daughter who now lives in New Zealand. Whilst on that trip I managed to revisit the South and North Islands; it was amazing to see how much the local population enjoy and value the tourism business, which is now such a key part of their economy. Hong Kong and Singapore were also amazing - difficult to believe how much land has been reclaimed from the sea since I was last there. I fell in love with Sydney: so full of life and cosmopolitian - certainly worth a visit or stop over. As an independent ABTA travel agent I am able to source all forms of travel for customer requirements, whether it be a short trip to Europe or a tailormade itinerary to the Antipodese, Africa, Far East or all of the Americas. I can also arrange accommodation (villas and hotels), coach holidays, flights and car hire worldwide. If you would like some holiday inspiration, fantastic value and an independent personal travel service, where it's all about finding you the right holiday, please contact your local ABTA travel expert Helen Abbott.

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tel: 01386 561105 L318X mob: 07842 374573 email: helen@designertravel.co.uk www.designertravel.co.uk/

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Hi, my name is Helen Abbott and I live in the very beautiful part of the UK that is the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire. I have travelled extensively and worked abroad, which really helps with my job as a personal travel advisor. The world is an amazing place to discover and explore and I really can’t wait to help you plan your next holiday with Designer Travel.

Helen

Independent Agent of Designer Travel

t: 01386 561105 m: 07842 374573

e: helen@desigertravel.co.uk

www.designertravel.co.uk/helenabbott

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Contents 6

Humour for Lexophiles

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"Betty's Recipes"

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Transition Pershore

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Sales Agents Wanted

PUBLISHER & ADVERTISING

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Titanic!

3 Rye Street • Birtsmorton • WR13 6AS

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Safari Park Competition

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Financial Advice

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Spring in the Garden

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Events in Worcestershire April & May

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ALM Fitness

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Ante Natal Classes

“Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” Mark Twain

Grapevine Publications

Telephone 0845 224 7061 Mobile 07754 170286 info@grapevinepublications.co.uk www.grapevinepublications.co.uk EDITOR Betty-Ann Ambury info@grapevinepublications.co.uk ADVERTISING & EDITORIAL Betty-Ann Ambury FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Ambury NEXT ISSUE COPY DATE

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Coffee Break

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Star Signs & Your Horoscope

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Worcestershire Villager Community Directory

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Index

10th May 2012 The aims of Worcestershire Villager are to help businesses in the area become known and useful to local people and to encourage the people of Worcestershire and surrounding areas to support these businesses in order that the local community can flourish.

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We provide as standard: • FIXED FEES • PARTNER LED SERVICE • FREE MEETINGS • FREE TELEPHONE AND EMAIL SUPPORT

Accounts  Bookkeeping & VAT  Payroll & CIS  Management Reporting Tax Compliance  Tax Planning  Business Start Ups  Company Formations 

01386 49999

43 Merstow Green | Evesham | WR11 4BB www.crumppearce.co.uk

© 2012. All artwork and copy appearing in this publication is copyright and may not be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. All information published is correct according to those who supplied it and no responsibility is taken if it is not. Care is taken to ensure all advertisements are truthful and no liability is accepted for errors or emissions. The 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.

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Leslie J Holmes The Old Stables Workshop, Cowsden, Upton Snodsbury, WR7 4NX

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Imaginative High Quality Landscaping Patios & Garden Walls Pond & Patio Cleaning Ponds & Water Features Swimming Pools & Ponds Fibreglassed Fencing & Hedge Cutting

Local Friendly Service ~ References Available contact Glenn Baker 01905 380128 or 07792 613020 Spring 2012


Bant ’s

Your pub in the country Upton Snodsbury, Worcestershire WR7 4NN Situated on the main A422 Upton Snodsbury

Tel : 01905 381282

info@bants.co.uk www.bants.co.uk ‘Small enough to care large enough to be Professional’

ONLY £1 FOR A 2 COURSE LUNCH Buy one 2 course lunch for £8.50 and receive another for only £1

Available Tuesday to Friday lunchtime. All you need to do is pre-book your table 01905 381282. When you book quote £1 lunch offer. Maximum table size 8 persons. Cut out coupon and bring in to receive offer. Name ................................................................................ Email ..................................................................................

BEAT THE CLOCK Pre-book a table for dinner from our main menu to eat before 7.30 and receive 25% discount from your total food and drinks bill. Maximum table size 8 persons. When you book you must quote Beat the Clock. Cut out coupon and bring in to receive offer. Name ................................................................................ Email ..................................................................................

NEW SUNDAY LUNCH MENU see www.bants.co.uk Visit website www.bants.co.uk and receive 25% discount off your Sunday lunch when you email your opinions on Sunday lunch. Terms and Conditions do apply on all offers.

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E. Hill & Son Funeral Directors Established 1960

Independent Family Run Business Holders of Diploma in Funeral Directing Professional & Sympathetic Service Available 24 Hours Prepaid funeral plans available

01386 552141 www.ehillandson.co.uk

Fairfield House, Defford Road, Pershore, WR10 1HZ

Home Handyman

Interior Painting & Decorating & Tiling Someone to do those odd jobs around the house No job too small Tel: John 07770 442851

Humour for Lexophiles

(those who love playing with words)

• The professor discovered that her theory about earthquakes was on shaky ground. • Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat miner. • Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

• Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now. • When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.

• A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months. • When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate. • To write with a broken pencil is pointless. • A boiled egg is hard to beat. • The dead batteries were given out free of charge. • A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail. • A Will is a dead giveaway. • You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it. • With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress. • When you've seen one shopping centre you've seen a mall.

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Painting & Decorating House & Garden Clearance Gardening & Fencing General Maintenance Plastering & Tiling Pest Control

TELEPHONE (07515) 569 937 or (01905) 381 282

Windmill Hill Field Alcester Road Radford WR7 4LS Are you planning a trip? Now your feline friends can have a luxurious time too... - Purpose built cattery situated in beautiful countryside. - Our chalets are constructed to the highest standards using the most up-to-date materials to comply with the model license conditions. - All chalets are heated, secure, hygienic and designed to offer interested, comfortable accommodation. - Any medical conditions are catered for. - Collection and delivery service. - 24 hour veterinary care. - Fully qualified staff.

For more details contact Ayley on: Tel: 01386 792554 Email: ayley@fernscattery.co.uk www.fernscattery.co.uk

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Fern’s Cattery

Stockists of:  Dermalogica  Shellac  Jessica as well as a full range of traditional beauty products and treatments Pello Bonito • Church Street • Fladbury Pershore • Worcs • WR10 2QB

Tel: 01386 860110 Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday Late night opening Wednesday

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LOGS FOR SALE

Mobile PC Mechanic based in Worcestershire Laptop and computer repairs, upgrades, virus removal and many other services at an affordable price.

CUTTING 6 DAYS A WEEK TO ORDER

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Some of the services we can carry out for you include:

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LARGE NETS OF KINDLING ● Advice and one-to-one tutorials £3.00 We are available during evenings and weekends and can come ● Affordable, tailor-made web-sites

● Wireless networks set-up and secured

CallforTrevor or Tom on a FREE QUOTE call 07598 499 01386 283 443772

to you, when many companies are closed and unable to help.

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DoesYour Roof Leak? Does Your Roof Need Emergency Repairs? Or Property Need Attention? Felt Roofing,Rubber Roofing, General Roofing, Tiling, soffits, Guttering Replacement Chimney Repairs, Leadwork, Re-Pointing, Ridge Work, General Carpentry, Brickwork, External Painting.

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PAUL COOPER

Computer Problems?

Plastering, Rendering and Screeding Services Overskim Old Walls and Artex 25 years experience

tel 01905 381082 mob 07977 742245 Lloyds Electrical Services Ltd  Fuse board upgrades  Rewires  Extra sockets  Fault finding  Part P registered and fully insured  17th edition qualified  Free no obligation quotations Call 01386 791328 or 07540 72 60 64

Visit www.lloydselectrical.com

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PC repairs and upgrades Spyware and virus removal Health checks and PC servicing Website design and site marketing PC’s and media centres built to order General troubleshooting & support Configuring wireless networks Email and internet problems Advice and ongoing help Apple Mac and Windows p: 01386 550191 m: 07847 287376 e: info@pendas.co.uk w: pendas.co.uk Onsite support for all your PC issues, for both the local home and business user

Pendas Computer Services Ltd - Pinvin -

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Betty's Recipes Smoked Mackerel Pâté 4 smoked mackerel fillets 300g Philadelphia cream cheese 1 tsps horseradish sauce

1 clover garlic, crushed juice of 1 lemon 2 spring onions, chopped ground black pepper

• Skin the mackerel and place in a blender with the other ingredients and blitz for 1 minute. • Spoon into small ramekins and chill. • Serve with oat biscuits or toast.

Greek Chicken Egg Lemon Soup 1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces 2 onions, chopped 5 carrots, sliced 2 eggs, separated olive oil

4 potatoes, sliced 3 cups rice 3 litres water juice of 2 lemons salt & black pepper

Place the chicken pieces in a large saucepan, with the water, onions, carrots and potatoes, and bring to the boil.

Reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes, until chicken is cooked.

Remove the chicken pieces, place in a dish, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 150°C until brown and crisp.

While the chicken is browning, add the rice to the chicken stock and simmer until the rice is cooked. •

Mix the egg whites with the lemon juice and beat until fluffy, then add a spoonful of hot soup to the egg mixture, beating constantly so the egg doesn't separate. •

Add egg mixture to the soup, stirring well all the time.

Beat the egg yolks, and add to the soup, again stirring well all the time. • Season to taste, and serve with browned chicken pieces, lemon quarters, and fresh crusty bread.

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For all your plumbing needs:  Gas

safe registered  Landlord certificates  Boiler changes  System upgrades  All plumbing work  Bathrooms and Tiling

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PRESS RELEASE

17th February 2012

Pershore Group Win £34,000 Award For Hydropower Scheme

T

ransition Pershore, the community group seeking to increase local sustainability, have won a £34,000 Government grant to assess the possible development of a hydropower scheme at Nafford weir. The award, from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), was made from the department’s Local Energy Assessment Fund, recently set up to fund exploratory work for community renewable energy generation or energy saving schemes. The award will enable the group to engage a specialist company, All Rivers Hydro, to fully assess the potential and viability of the proposed scheme, to carry out surveys and to prepare specifications and estimates. Meanwhile the Sharenergy Co-operative will assist with the business side, preparing a business plan and advising on the setting up of an Industrial and Provident Society (cooperative). Dr Trevor Pryce-Jones, Chairman of Transition Pershore, says: "We’re all very

excited about the scheme. Our immediate challenge is to carry out all necessary preliminary work by the end of March, the Government's deadline. Early indications are that the site is an excellent one for the development of a hydropower plant, with potential to generate around 190 kW when operating at peak conditions. Being almost equidistant between the villages of Birlingham, Eckington and Great Comberton, and only four miles from Pershore, we believe the scheme will attract lots of support from these communities. We are looking forward to being able to present our proposals once the preliminary work has been done”. Transition Pershore will be holding a public meeting on Friday 20th April at 7.30pm, in the Courtyard Room at Number 8, Pershore, when there will be an opportunity to learn more about hydro power from Len Marlow of All Rivers Hydro.

For more details contact: Trevor on tel: 01386 550642 or Paul on tel: 01386 550430 or go to http://transitionpershore.org For more information on this, and similar projects please visit these websites: Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) : http://www.decc.gov.uk/ All Rivers Hydro : http://allrivershydro.co.uk Sharenergy : http://www.sharenergy.coop/ 12

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soft furnishings

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• Complete curtain design service • Made to measure curtains, blinds, soft furnishings • Wide range of fabrics & wallpapers to view

Telephone:

01 684 574507

• Poles, tracks & all curtain accessories

209b Worcester Road ● Malvern ● WR14 1SP

• Roller, vertical, venetian blinds

Part-time Courses

• Complete fitting service

We have a great choice of

The Old Smithy, Worcester Road Grafton Flyford, WR7 4PW

courses on offer including: • Creative Cup Cakes

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• Zumba • Chickens for your Garden • The Practical Gardener • Make Beautiful Fabric Flowers

Hazel Woodhead Laundry & Repair of the Equine Wardrobe

Wash & Reproof from only £15 Also repairs to leather work, such as missing straps or keepers

T: 01386 765075 M: 07968 774560

and much more! To find out more visit us at

www.sworcs.ac.uk or call

(01386) 712695 for Course Guide

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The locally based company for all your HEATING & PLUMBING Domestic or Commerical a quality service is guaranteed Over 20 years experience in Oil, Gas & LPC

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My Worcestershire Free Solar is all about giving away free solar to qualifying properties in Worcestershire. There are no fees, no catches. FREE.

Your electricity bill will reduce – saving you money You will be reducing your carbon footprint, helping the environment, and helping the country reach it’s carbon efficiencies targets

How can we do this? In April 2010 the government introduced an initiative called the FIT Scheme. The FIT scheme allows investors to be paid for all the electricity that panels generate. This means that if you let us put panels on your roof, you benefit from free electricity, and we sell what is left over back to the grid.     

You must own your property (mortgaged is fine) Have a south facing roof or within 30 degrees of south Your roof must be free from shading No slate roofs, thatched roofs, or listed buildings Have 24 square metres of interrupted space on your roof (larger semi detached and detached properties on the whole are fine)

To apply go to www.myworcestershirefreesolar.co.uk or call 01905 676222

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O Marion Freeman with Harry Etches' hat

TITANIC!

ne of the treasures cared for by Pershore Heritage Centre is a black woollen hat worn by a Fladbury man, Harry Etches, who was aboard the ill-fated White Star luxury liner, RMS Titanic. He was a crew member of the ship, built in Belfast by Harland & Wolff, that set off from Southampton on its maiden voyage amidst much excitement and rejoicing on 10th April 1912. Although said to be unsinkable, the vessel floundered some 400 miles off Newfoundland after striking an iceberg, sinking three hours later with a loss of over 1,500 lives.

The afore-mentioned Harry Samuel Etches was born in Southampton in 1869. On 1st January 1896 he married Lillian Rachel Smith of Thockmorton, Pershore, the daughter of Thomas Smith, a farmer. He embarked on the ship on 1st April as a First Class bedroom steward, two of his charges being Thomas Andrews, one of the ship’s builders and a wealthy American, mining industrialist, Benjamin Guggenheim. When the Titanic sank, it was believed that any attempt at salvage was out of the question but the mystery surrounding the sinking continued for many years until in 1985 the remains of the ship were found by oceanographer and marine biologist Dr. Robert Ballard. The event continues to intrigue, mystify and distress, to the present day, especially as this year sees its one hundredth anniversary. How could such a disaster have occurred in calm weather and with several hours elapsing between the time of the collision and that of the liner’s sinking? It was almost unbelievable. It was a dark, moonless night with an unusually calm sea that would have made sighting of an iceberg difficult until the last minute, and following the disaster, thick fogs descended on the locality with a thunderstorm taking place in the neighbourhood. 16 Worcestershire Villager

With wireless communication still in its infancy, reports to the ship of icebergs sighted in the vicinity were incorrectly handled, and for some reason a scheduled lifeboat drill was cancelled by the Captain, Edward J. Smith, with no explanation; both crew and passengers were therefore unrehearsed when a real evacuation commenced. In any event it appeared the ship carried only 20 lifeboats whereas the original design was for 65. Prior to the sailing of the Titanic the cruiser HMS Hawke collided with Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic, then under the charge of Captain Smith, just outside Southampton. She sustained significant structural damage, causing a delay in the completion of the Titanic as materials and manpower were diverted to repair the other vessel. Following Titanic’s collision with the iceberg, wireless reports of events were muddled and vague in the extreme, with the Wolverhampton Express & Star of 17th April stating that many conflicting messages were received. It was said that all passengers were saved and that the Titanic was proceeding towards Halifax under her own steam and could not possibly sink. Other messages reported that the Virginian diverted to rescue the stricken ship, was towing it, although 20 boatloads of passengers had been being transhipped to the Parisian, who along with the Carpethia was ‘in attendance’ on the strickened liner. At the Spring 2012


same time the Birmingham Daily Post stated that these earlier messages were wholly inaccurate and that there was considerable mystery as to how they could have been despatched. The Evesham Journal of 20th April reported

that among those missing was Mr FD Millet (a successful artist) of Russell House, Broadway, who joined the liner at Cherbourg. An American by birth he had purchased a house at Broadway some twenty years earlier, and in conjunction with Mr Alfred Parsons, R.A, had produced a “delightful book illustrating a trip on the Danube”. Another local victim was the wife of Frank Adlard of Winchcombe, whilst the same report mentions that Harry Etches, son-in-law of Mrs Smith of Throckmorton Court was missing. So how did Harry survive? As a steward overseeing important members of Society he was in charge of one of the lifeboats. Of the group for whom he was responsible, Mr Andrews refused to get into the lifeboat thus dying at sea whilst Mr Guggenheim gave up his place, returning to the deck with his valet ‘dressed in their best’ and having availed themselves of a stiff drink, stayed with the ship until it sank. At a subsequent Senate Inquiry into the disaster Harry Etches was called to give his witness account and his name is mentioned in several reports of the sinking. A fund, amounting to some £413,000 (around £2 million in today’s terms) was set up to support those who survived. This was wound up in 1959 with the balance transferred into annuities or to the Shipwrecked Fishermen & Mariner’s Royal Benevolent Society. Harry Etches returned to the service of the White Star Line, taking two further voyages with Spring 2012

them on Titanic’s sister ship the Olympic’ Pershore has another connection with this illfated ship in that until her death in November 2003, a Pershore woman, Ellen Mary Walker, believed she was conceived on board the Titanic. Her parents, Henry Morley, a Worcester shopkeeper and her mother, 19-year-old shop assistant Kate Phillips, were travelling together as Mr & Mrs Marshall to start a new life together in America, Mr Morley being one of those who lost their lives in the sinking. Kate was fortunate to gain a place in the last lifeboat and returning to Worcester, gave birth nine months later to a daughter, Ellen. Ellen, known as Betty, throughout her life remained

convinced she was the youngest survivor from the Titanic, attempting to have her father named on her birth certificate and in 1994 was prepared to go to court to achieve this. However she was never able to fully prove his paternity. After working in the passport office in London for many years she returned to Pershore, living in St. Agatha’s Road. In her will she asked that her ashes be scattered at sea. Pershore Heritage Centre will be re-opening for its new season, at the Town Hall, on Good Friday. Open Wednesday to Friday 10.30am to 3.30pm Entrance free. Article written by Marion Freeman 17

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Financial Advice SOLAR POWER - The Story Continues

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n the last issue of the Villager, we introduced the subject of Solar Power and some of the benefits with regard to savings and investments.

Since then, there has been a lot of publicity on this subject, much of it contradictory and confusing. Most of the articles in the press have been to do with the Feed in Tariff (FiT) and the controversy that has arisen over the Government’s decision to reduce this. This has left many people confused as to what the current situation is regarding the FiT and whether or not solar is still a viable investment. So in this issue, we thought it might be helpful to give a brief history of the tariff, and what the situation is going forward. In April 2010 the Government introduced the FiT at 41p per kWp as an incentive to the public to install solar panels on domestic properties. At that time, the cost of a 4.0 kWp system* was about £20k - £25k. At those prices, the tariff would have produced a return on investment (ROI) of about 8%. The tariff is index-linked, tax-free and guaranteed for 25 years, making it an attractive investment when compared, for example, with an ISA (also tax-free) paying 3%-4%. However, the world-wide increase in demand for solar power over the last couple of years has resulted in the cost of the panels dropping dramatically; solar installations became a lot more affordable, and the ROI increased correspondingly. When the tariff increased to 43p in April 2011 demand for solar systems escalated to unexpected levels, and the Government decided that the 43p tariff was not sustainable, and so cut it to 21p on 12th December 2011. This decision was challenged in court; the Government lost and took the case to the Appeal Court, and lost again. The ruling given was that the 22

tariff would revert to 43p on all installations completed between 12th December 2011 and 2nd March 2012. There was some talk that the Government were going to appeal again in the Supreme Court, but this doesn’t seem to have materialised. However, the ruling resulted in a flood of advertising from solar installation companies, which led to massive demands for installations to be completed by the 2nd March deadline, in many instances because people were under the impression that the tariff would be discontinued completely after that date. This is not so. The tariff is still available, albeit at the lower rate of 21p. But - and this is very significant – in the last couple of months, the price of solar installations has dropped even further! Two months ago a 4.0 kWp system cost in the region of £10k; the same system today costs as little as £8k. The annual income and savings generated by a 4.0 kWp system averages at £980** giving an ROI of over 12%. Bearing in mind that this is indexlinked, tax-free and guaranteed for 25 years, there is no other investment available in this country at this time that can offer the same returns! Add that it is virtually risk-free, good for the environment and benefits the country, and you have the ideal package. So, if you have investments that are not paying at least 8%, then give serious consideration to relocating your funds: install solar power, and earn up to 12%. One last point to ponder: if every building with a suitable roof had solar panels installed, there would be much less need for carbon-producing fossil fuels, and maybe – just maybe – we wouldn’t need another nuclear power plant! For more information, or to arrange an obligation-free survey, call 0845 474 6489 to speak to your local energy advisor, or email:

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Spring in the Garden Preparation

Propagation

Unless you have a glasshouse to keep them snug, wait a couple more weeks before buying summer plugs. If you haven’t done so, mulch all your beds and borders.

Sow any annuals that you have. If you have seedlings start pricking out and growing on. Take cuttings of perennials and conifers. For a late display of sweetpea sow them as early as possible this month. This is your last chance to sow summer flowering bulbs. Protect any young seedlings from cold nights or heavy rain.

Planting This is the best time of year to plant container grown ornamental plants in your garden. Once the frost has passed; plant out dahlia tubers, and towards the end of the month plant up your hanging baskets and pots but still watch out for late frosts.

Pruning

Now that the threat of frost is all but gone you can start sowing vegetable seed into prepared beds.

Trim back silver-leaved plants to keep them thick and bushy. Prune back shrubs whose flowers have now faded. Prune back decorative shrubs grown for their foliage and bark. Trim back winter flowering heathers.

Lawns

Maintenance

Start mowing your lawn but start at a high cut and start to reduce the level over subsequent mowings in the coming month. Start sowing and turfing new lawns.

Start dead-heading your daffodil heads as energy will be taken up producing seeds. Keep a watchful eye for pests and diseases. Continue to water any trees or shrubs that you have recently planted. Spray your roses against black spot. Tie in new shoots on climbers. Start staking your perennials. Protect all your plants from slugs and snails. Clean out your ponds and plant them up with aquatic plants

Indoors Plants & Glasshouses In the greenhouse or your conservatory ventilate regularly, damp down on warmer days. Shade young plants under glass.

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Events in W April Sunday 1st April The Ramblers group walk: distance 9 miles Enjoy British wildlife on a Ramblers group walk. Old Hills. Upper & Lower Wood field farms, Madresfield, Moat Pond, Herriots Farm, Clevelode, Pixham Farm & return. Flatish walk; picnic lunch. Time: 10am. Contact: Colin & Sue tel: 01242 694217 mob: 07946 035072. Monday 2nd April to Thursday 5th April Easter Cup Cake Decorating for Children Children can have fun decorating some yummy cup cakes for Easter. There is one to eat and one to take home. 2pm - 5pm. £3.50 per child. Tickets available to buy from the Restaurant on the day. Webbs, Worcester Road, Wychbold, Droitwich Spa, WR9 0DG. www.webbsdirect.co.uk Wednesday 4th April All Our Yesterdays Nostalgia just doesn't come any better! Another sensational show from the producers of 'Memory Lane', ‘Rolling back the Years’, and ‘A Timeless Collection’. Musical journey from the good old days of Music Hall, through the 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's. 2pm & 7.30pm. Tel: 01527 65203. Tickets from £11, £10 (conc). Palace Theatre, Redditch, Worcs, B98 8AE. www.timelesstheatre.co.uk Friday 6th April P2P Community Fun Day Community fun day with something for everyone, hot pork rolls and hot dogs, candifloss, ice creams, youth bands, circus of eccentric cycles, dog displays, archery, go-karts, pony rides, carousel, face painting, inflatables, and much much more. 12 noon to 4pm. Free Admission. PItmaston Primary School, Malvern Road, WR2 4ZF. www. paris2pitmaston.co.uk or www.pitmaston.ncpta. net Thursday 12th April CountryTastic Looking for things to do with the kids? Want a day out with plenty of FREE entertainment and activities? CountryTastic is a great day out this Spring for all the family. Have fun indoors and outdoors at this super children’s event and enjoy a fabulous day full of family activities whatever 26

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the weather! Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW. www.threecounties.co.uk/ countrytastic Saturday 14th April Overnight investigation at Drakelow Tunnels Join East Midlands Paranormal Investigations as we search for paranormal activity in these dark, tunnels. We will use a variety of equipment of which guests are welcome to try out. Over 18's only. 8.30pm to 3.30am. £25. £10 deposit with balance due 2 weeks before event. Book online at www.eastmidlandsparanormalinvestigations. co.uk. Kingsford Country Park, Kidderminster, DY11 5XB Saturday 21st April Malthouse Ceilidhs Second in a series of Ceilidhs run in Worcester area by popular Malvern based band Malthouse Passage, with well known caller Sheena Masson, in a good hall in lovely riverside town. Bar, Raffle, interval entertainment. Open to all comers. Doors open 7.15pm; dance 7.30pm to 11pm. Entrance £7. Upton on Severn Memorial, Old Street, Upton on Severn, WR8 OHA Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April Swimathon 2012 The world's biggest fundraising swim hits 650 pools across the UK between 27th & 29th April. Swimathon Weekend participants swimming for Marie Curie Cancer Care can choose from the 5k, 2.5k or Team 5k challenges. Check this pool’s session times on the website. Entry costs between £6 - £10. Contact: 0845 36 700 36. Malvern Splash Leisure Complex, Worcestershire, WR14 3DS Sunday 29th April Frogs Nest - Open Garden for NGS Small garden is worth the journey! Two quite different gardens make it a special visit. Front garden is quite formal with herbaceous borders and tongue-in-cheek woodland walk complete with boathouse. Back garden has ponds and allyear colour interest. Open: 29 Apr; 27 May; 30 Sept. Admission £3, Children free. 11am to 5pm. Frogs Nest, Honeybourne, Evesham,WR11 7PP. www.ngs.org.uk/

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Worcestershire & May Friday 4th & Saturday 5th May Titanic 3D (12A) Re-issued in 3D to mark the 100th year anniversary, this spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. 7.30pm. £6.50 (£6) plus additional 3D charges. Box Office: 01386 555488. Number 8 Community Arts Centre, Pershore. Saturday 5th May to Monday 7th May 1 Church Cottage - Open Garden for NGS True countryman's 1/3-acre garden. Interesting layout, with new Japanese-style feature. Specimen trees; water features; vegetable garden; aviary, poultry and cider making. 11am – 5pm. Admission £2.50, children free. Tel: 01386 750863. Visitors also welcome by appointment. 1 Church Cottage, Defford, WR8 9BJ. www.ngs.org.uk/ Saturday 5th May Broadway Arts & Crafts Market A celebration of local talent from British artists and craftspeople in the Cotswolds and beyond. With up to 25 stalls of quality handmade gifts and artwork also a cafe serving coffee, tea and a selection of fresh homemade cakes. FREE ENTRY. The Lifford Hall, High Street, Broadway, WR12 7AL Saturday 5th May Ginny Davis Productions present: TEN DAYS . . . . That Shook The Kitchen! A comedy play that won Sell-Out Show 2008 at the Edinburgh Fringe! Join us for this Shindig event in Rous Lench Village Hall, The Green, Rous Lench WR11 4UN. Tickets: £8 Adult, £6 child, £25 family (2 adults, 2 children). Curtains up at 7.30 pm; food available in the interval, licensed bar open from 7.00pm. Tickets available from Fran Herdman: 01386 793651 Monday 7th May The King’s School Fete Slide, gladiator challenge, Victorian merry go round, pig roast, real ale bar, Pimms and wine bar, live music, arts and crafts, games, raffle, cake sale, books, face painting, cream teas and much more. This is a great family event with something for everyone. Free entry. Open 12 noon to 4pm. College Green (next to the Cathedral) Worcester, WR1 2LL. www.ksw.org.uk

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Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th May Malvern Spring Gardening Show Enjoy 50 acres of glorious gardening heaven, with shelter from the elements and excellent catering facilities. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW. www.threecounties.co.uk/ springgardening Sunday 13th May Leukaemia & Lymphoma Fun Run 10k & 5K This event is organised by the local branch of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to raise money for all blood related cancers. Download a form and details from our website. 10k starts 11am; 5K at 11.10am. Cost: £9.00 per entry, £8.50 if affiliated, £10.00 on the day. No children under 16 in the 10k race. Bromsgrove Rugby Club, Finstall, Worcs, B60 3DH. www.lrfbromsgrove.org.uk Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May Antiques Fair A Quality Antiques Fair in the superb Chateau Impney Broadway Suite. Have a great day out looking at the wonderful selection of Antiques on offer. Open 10am - 5pm both days. Entrance Fee £3.00 Concessions for Coach Parties. For information: 01544 267481 or 07961 371961. The Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich, WR9 0BN Saturday 19th May 2012 Music of the Hollies - Performed by The Hollywood Bees The Hollywood Bees: 2 hours of non stop hits from the UK’s top Hollies tribute band. This show is not to be missed!! 8.00pm. Tickets £14.50 - Box Office 01905 611427 – email: boxofficemanager@ worcesterlive.co.uk. Huntington Hall, Crowngate, Worcester, WR1 3LD Wednesday 30th May Meet Your Guides & Guardian Angels! Do you get the feeling you are being looked after or that you are being guided in some way? Have you ever just had the answer to a problem without knowing how you 'knew it'? What is a spirit guide and guardian angel? Taster evening hosted by International Psychic Medium Julie Angel Guest. Tickets £10 from venue or £12 on the door. 7.30pm for 8pm to 11pm. Great Malvern Hotel, Graham Road, Great Malvern, WR14 2HN. www. julieangelguest.co.uk 27

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Excessive cardio, like a hurricane wind, blows out the fat burning flame because it causes the body's hormones to "bottom out" and metabolism goes south. This response is even more severe if you "go on a diet" at the same time. Some exercise (air) is necessary to burn fat, and weight training with accessory cardio accomplishes this. Most people fail because they focus on burning calories. Who cares about burning calories? We want to burn fat not calories. This preoccupation with the calorie checkbook idea and endless cardio + hardly eating to "bring down the balance" continues to be accepted despite the fact it fails miserably to deliver. Even hormone conscious experts, like the people who have developed the zone and south beach diets don't recognize the application of their hormonal science to exercise, and its interrelationship to nutrition and the body hormonal clock. However, doctors are disease specialists and clinical nutritionists are food chemistry specialists. They focus on the science, of the chemistry of the human body, not the art of applying strategies derived from science to a person's lifestyle to get fat burning results. Hey, most of them don't even follow their own advice. Not a criticism, just acknowledging that they face the same challenges we all do. Personal Trainers are health and fitness experts, applying proven strategies for results. We look to science, but it has to hold up under application, it has got to deliver. This is where the cutting edge lies. So this is the cutting edge on burning off body fat. Get rid of the notion of the calorie checkbook because that is leading you to nowhere. For more information visit www.almfitness.co.uk or call Amy 07740 366419 or email info@almfitness.co.uk

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Ante-Natal Classes The room was full of pregnant women with their husbands. The instructor said: "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery that much easier. Just pace yourself, make plenty of stops and try to stay on a soft surface like grass or a path." "Gentlemen, remember . . . you're in this together. It wouldn't hurt you to go walking with her. In fact, that shared experience would be good for you both." The room suddenly became very quiet as the men absorbed this information. After a few moments a man, name unknown, at the back of the room, slowly raised his hand. "Yes?" said the Instructor. "I was just wondering if it would be all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?" Brings a tear to your eye doesn't it? This kind of sensitivity just can't be taught!

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What are the segments of a garlic bulb called?

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Who "wheeled a wheelbarrow, through streets broad and narrow"?

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What is the term for an adult male pig?

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Which disease used to be known as consumption?

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What's the most comon colour of cue chalk?

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Where did Lewis Carroll's most famous cat hail from?

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What was the first book to delve into Watergate?

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Star Signs & Your Horoscope April & May 2012 Aries (21st March - 20th April)

You’re feeling wise and ready to negotiate with an upcoming challenge in uncovering truths of money matters and that of romance. You understand that part of the goal this month is to be a positive role model and to guard against chaos where possible. In your finances you may want to maintain your well earned current cash flow rather than splurging your finances into unknown territory. You’ve succeeded in making the right choices so far, but still something incompletes you in your career. This month focus is to re-dress the imbalances. For most Aries love life should be heading towards better times and for those that are still fighting their way through a change of direction will come in your favour.

Taurus (21st April - 20th May)

One phase is done with, so there’s a feeling of easy going rather than rushing into the next ‘setting in stones planning’. You understand it is better to move on to the next big thing or person slowly. With your finances much digging around is expected for that long term agenda of yours. However as easy going you are the challenge is not to walk away from situations or people that easily. Even though you are aware in the past you had given too much of your time and energy, you’ll keep the balance right that you won’t have to burn bridges.

You may focus on your heart’s desire closely and ways you can communicate this positively all around, even though you may not be getting much love messages this shouldn’t get you off your track to fulfilment. In your finances and career uncertainty lingers but you must continue ahead despite the surreal feelings and situations this surrounds you in. With your calmness and positive outlook unconsciously you represent an unknown quantity not to be underestimated.

Leo (23rd July - 22nd August)

You don’t want to be held back anymore, and instead committed to getting yourself out of the stagnant phase. There are some things you cannot accept anymore only that what had happened had led you here with no turning back so you are co-dependent no more, to go solo equipped with plenty of financial, emotional and intellectual ammo. You’ll have the chance to show the confident and secure self with a past contact you reunite again. In your love life you want to celebrate and embrace more, like yearning for the emotional stability and considerable control over personal feelings with fertile creativity. This leads you to build your career on a secure square future to build on. All interacting under special care to maintain the necessary harmony for a permanent security.

Virgo (23rd August - 22nd September)

One quest is over that you’ll no longer accept, tolerate, stagnate or sacrifice. You understand there are times when it’s best to carry out the rejections. However, as hypocritical situations can be, you’ll be challenged to give more with little return. Your finances will be going under major changes but not quite fully a life reconstruction as yet. So far you’ve brilliantly dealt with disasters in life that equipped you to deal with any upcoming mental anguish with ease. Be extra prepared on your journeys with plenty of time as the chance of delays, rerouting and cancellations are high only temporary though.

You may aim to make a wrong choice on purpose and burst someone’s bubble unintentionally. There are some people and situations in life that you just have to be cautious with or to adopt the ‘cruel to be kind’ theory approach. What challenges you is the conscious voice ‘what will people think?’ reminding you of where you moral compass is facing. You have succeeded in trying you hardest in the past until exhaustion so be easy on yourself. Hold those big decisions if you’re unsure on ways you can execute your plans to fruition in your career. Your moves this month could unconsciously create plenty of opportunities on the back burner that will soon present itself in the most unexpected time in future.

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Libra (23rd September - 23rd October)

Gemini (21st May - 21st June)

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then so be it. Financially though it is not wise to ignore where attention or mercy is needed. You could be challenged to hold your ground if you want a harmonious relationship, the key is to take a step back with an expansive outlook on life before you begin your case on rationality. If you succeeded to find a replacement or similarities from the past as clues to fill the void, you know things will never be the same again regardless of what you can hold on to that is familiar.

Scorpio (24th October - 21st November)

security for the future could be built upon and this will involve taking care of any emotional issues from the past as priority. Financially due to a large payout made recently this could leave you temporarily trapped. With those closest to you you’ve tried everything you can and that is all the best you could but you also have to deal with your problems before you conjure up the creativity to deal with another. With your love life you are moving towards finding your comfort zone and solutions that will be of a permanent relief.

When you can feel the sensitivity that everything is coming to a head it makes you aware of much to do and settle before you reach some kind of bliss yet you also understand that you can’t have it all. Don’t let your finances represent who you are or dictate you on how you should live your life. The challenge you may face is to have the strength to walk away from situations that could oppress you. With your love life you may decide to show selfless acts to listen more and mend another’s broken wing before your own, perhaps you’ve realised from the past havocs all you could hear was your voice and that it gave a lonely feeling taking centre stage. It is also time to accept what you can create and what ideas too far-fetched to drop. However regardless the soul searching dilemma’s, with your closest of relations this month you’ve come to a ‘break through’ moment.

Aquarius (20th January - 18th February)

Sagittarius (22nd November - 21st December)

Worries, regrets and sleepless nights may cause you to be extra sensitive, unyielding to budge an inch and if this is the case, be careful that this ‘rigid’ characteristic isn’t blocking out every trace of your feelings for others or you could turn into your own worst enemy. You understand that is due to a testing time where courage is required for longer term successes. What you could challenge this month is sending out positive, encouraging sweet regards which could help balance your mood swings. When plans are not coming together as hoped it is ok to let go of it momentarily your focus into tackle another, you may even stumble upon the answers. In your love life if at times you don’t have the extra care of for an undivided attention, again come back to this when you are ready. Keep your closest of relations close by as their advice can be worth its weight in gold, besides they are the ones you look up to.

You may feel like you’re ready to face some rough times, so you sit back wisely using all your wits but this insecure feeling could have all come from a series of terrible nightmares lately. Although pay close attention to your dreams where a message extracted could give you the clarification you need in your waking hour. There’s plenty that you are wishing for in your love life, your dreams amplified your individual desires for personal happiness and to keep your secrets close to your heart as they become very important, now is the time to do something about them. Don’t let indecision and work related stress creep in to fade it all too soon.

Capricorn (22nd December - 19th January)

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Too much of the pleasurable things can cause a stir but you’ll aim not to care of other’s views. You understand that you will get back onto the right path again because you’ve already induced a safety net to sort any loose ends, such as your finances also. It may be a while until you see further progress but at least no further damage can be done from here. What you could be challenging this month is showing that the quality of living is not only down to figures, you know that factor alone didn’t complete you. You’ve succeeded to follow a good budget whilst being the generous giver. In your love life, there seems to be a budget on how much more you can give up or give out but remember that quality of life is merely down to figures.

Pisces (19th February - 20th March)

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I n d e x Accountants Crowthers Crump Pearce & Co.

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Advertising Malvern by Design

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Bathrooms & Kitchens A Job 4 John

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Electricians Lloyds Electrical Services Ltd

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Employment Sales Agents Wanted Entertainment West Midland Safari Park

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Equine Services Hazel Woodhead

Oven Cleaning Ovenclean

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Paving A Job 4 John S & H Building & Paving

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Bedroom Furniture A Job 4 John

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Blinds & Curtains Homechoice Blinds Sunflower Soft Furnishings

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Fencing AB Property Maintenance A Job 4 John

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Building & Construction S & H Building & Paving Simon Haines Construction

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Finance Cameron and Company Financial Advice

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Car Parts & Repairs Marshalls of Evesham Ltd

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Funeral Directors E Hill & Son

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Carpenters & Joiners A Job 4 John

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Furniture Restoration & Repair Leslie J Holmes

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Catering & Baking Melsie Jane Bakes

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Cattery Fern's Cattery

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Chimney Services Elite Sweeps

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Chiropodist & Podiatrist

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"Comic Relief" Ante-Natal Classes Humour for Lexophiles

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Computers Mobile PC Mechanic Pendas CS Ltd

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Logs & Firewood Smart Cut

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Gifts Luna Crystals Yuuki-Mitsukai

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Hairdressers Hair by Colette

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Decorators , Painters & Plasterers AB Property Maintenance A Job 4 John Clive Campion Paul Cooper

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Health & Beauty ALM Fitness Ocean Blue Beauty Therapy Twilight Beauty

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Dental Services Malvern Denture Centre

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Heating Britania Services Mark Hartley

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Drainage & Waste Treatment Cleansing Service Group

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Kitchens & Bathrooms A Job 4 John

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Education South Worcestershire College

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Locksmiths Alcester Locks

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Pest Control AB Property Maintenance

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Picture Framing Huxley Imaging

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Plumbing A+ Plumbing A Job 4 John Britania Services J S Plumbing Mark Hartley Paul the Plumber

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Property Maintenance AB Property Maintenance Vale Roofing & Property Maintenance

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Pubs & Restaurants Bant's

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Roofing Vale Roofing & Property Maintenance

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Skip Hire MHF (UK) Ltd

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Shoes Humphries

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Solar Power My Worcestershire Free Solar Ploughcroft Solar

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Star Signs & Horoscopes

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Travel Agent Designer Travel

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