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WILDLIFE Hedgerows have been part of our local landscape for hundreds of years. Whether we’re driving to work, doing the school run or taking a leisurely wander through the countryside, most of us will pass miles of them on a daily basis. These natural barriers are wonderful for wildlife; they act as mini nature reserves that provide food, shelter and nesting sites for mammals, birds and insects. Hedgerows share a long history with humans too. Steeped in folklore, they are crammed with plants that have been used through the centuries for cooking and healing. Hedgerows are made up of a tree, shrub and plant layer. You may already be familiar with species such as hawthorn and blackthorn that often form their basic structure but what about the scramblers, sprawlers and climbers that weave their way through the branches. This autumn,

why not take the time to stop and have a closer look at them? Old man’s beard Devil’s guts, traveller’s joy, hedge feathers, love vine, virgin’s bower, skipping ropes, shepherd’s delight, smokewood, woodbine - … the vast number of names given to wild clematis hints at the prominence of this native plant locally, as well as its many uses. It might look messy to those who like things orderly, and frustrate gardeners with its tendency to blanket trees and shrubs, but this climbing plant provides a long lasting banquet for birds such as goldfinches during the harsh winter months. At this time of year, the vanillascented flowers are just turning into seedheads, perhaps its most familiar form. Their translucent silvery whorls adorn hedgerows everywhere, giving the plant its most common name, old man’s beard. The flowers grow in clusters so look out for bunches of feathery white coils

hanging amongst berries and leaves. This native clematis, despite being a voracious climber, is actually a member of the buttercup family. It’s the only one to have hollow woody stems and in the past, these were used for weaving baskets. This feature of the plant endeared it to country folk of old and helps explain its many colloquial names related to tobacco. When ignited, the large vessels within its stems allow air to be drawn through easily, and they don’t burst into flame, so lengths of it were often broken off and smoked like cigars! The seedheads, which dry quickly and spark readily, were also used as tinder. Wild clematis was once thought to provide a cure for leprosy because of it anti-inflammatory properties and use in treating skin irritations. It contains the toxin protoanemonin (found in all members of the buttercup family) and can lead to severe abdominal pain if ingested. The pale green-creamy flowers

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Old man’s beard in flower CREDIT Harry Green of this plant have no proper petals, just four sepals (usually the outer green shield for the petals) that open to reveal the inner workings of stamens and styles. As the seeds ripen, turning from green to brown, the long feathery tails emerge, which will eventually help them to disperse on the wind. During late summer months clematis flowers provide an

important source of nectar for bees, hoverflies and other insects. The caterpillars of butterflies and moths can be fussy eaters and wild clematis is the only foodplant of several moth species that can be found locally – small emerald, small waved umber and Haworth’s pug. In Pershore and the Vale of Evesham, old man’s beard that grows over or near to hawthorn

hedges can also harbour a rare earwig. Lesne’s earwig is smaller and more ginger in colour than its common cousin and unlike it, does not have wings protruding along its abdomen. We suspect this species may be more prolific than our records suggest but we can’t be sure because, let’s face it, it’s hard to find a volunteer willing to check the hedgerows for a tiny insect!

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WILDLIFE English mandrake As if wild clematis being a member of the buttercup family isn’t odd enough, white bryony, also known as English mandrake, is the UK’s only native member of the cucumber (or gourd) family. Every July, this climber produces delicate greenish-white flowers, which together with its winding tendrils and large, five-lobed leaves, make the family resemblance obvious. All is not as it seems, however, because all parts of the white bryony plant, including its tantalising red and orange berries, are not only inedible but highly poisonous; the plant contains compounds that produce an incredibly strong laxative effect. As fans of Shakespeare and Harry Potter will know, mandrake is a plant that grows in the Mediterranean and Middle East and is the stuff of legend. Hard to grow in our cool climate, the root of this herbaceous perennial allegedly has powerful magical and hallucinogenic properties. It was

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used as an early anaesthetic and by herbalists as a painkiller.

As fans of Shakespeare and Harry Potter will know, mandrake is a plant that grows in the Mediterranean and Middle East and is the stuff of legend White bryony acquired its alternative name because in years gone by, unscrupulous charlatans would dig up its similar-looking root, fashion it to look like mandrake, and pedal it illicitly as a cure for all kinds of ills including impotence and infertility. Like many poisonous plants, the smell and taste of it is deeply unpleasant – nature’s inbuilt warning system - so we can only hope that this caused any

unwitting victims to stop and think twice before ingesting it. Despite this, there are stories from East Anglia of horses being fed tiny amounts of dried white bryony root each day to put a shine on their coats. In her 1857 book “Wild Flowers”, botanical illustrator Anne Pratt refers to the root of white bryony being applied to areas of the body affected with rheumatism, even though contact with its sap could cause inflammation and blisters. Even today white bryony contributes to medical treatments. In France, other names for white bryony include the Devil’s turnip and snake root, a reference to its tuberous roots. These labels, however, belie the beauty of its leaves, the elegance of its flowers and the colour that the berries bring to our hedgerows. The berries form underneath the flowers - only on the female plants - and as the flowers die off, the bulbous ovaries beneath them turn from orange to red. In flower from late spring to late summer, the nectar and pollen rich

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White bryony berries forming CREDIT Jean Young flowers of this climber are invaluable to pollinating insects; further south there is one bee, the bryony mining bee, which relies solely on it. It’s also home to a rare ladybird that we naturalists in Worcestershire are on

the lookout for. The bryony ladybird is a small, rust-orange, eleven-spotted beetle that arrived in southern Britain in 1997 from the continent, probably as a result of our changing climate. This attractive ladybird eats the leaves

of white bryony and has been slowly spreading north. Intriguingly, there is a big gap in sightings between Oxford and just north of Stratford upon Avon; will you be the first to spot it in Worcestershire?

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Ivy CREDIT Wendy Carter Bindwood A hedgerow clamberer familiar to us all, ivy is one of the few evergreen plants native to the UK. Whether you love it or hate it, we share a long history with it. Since Roman times ivy has been associated with wine; not only did it grow well over Bacchus’ homeland but its ability to smother grapevines led people to believe that it could also help them overcome the effects of drinking too much. The plant inspired folk to get creative in many ways - making drinking vessels from ivy wood, creating crowns of ivy to wear and drinking wine infused with bruised ivy leaves - all in the hope of subduing the effects of a hangover. It has long been believed that ivy symbolises fidelity and offers protection. Perhaps its evergreen nature - the ability to retain its leaves when all others have lost theirs - does indicate a certain power. Whilst some of us may not like to see it growing up walls, research undertaken by English 16

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Ivy with wren nest CREDIT Bob Coyle Heritage suggests that this plant can help to protect masonry from the extremes of the weather as well as from pollution. In the past it was deliberately encouraged to scramble up houses to protect those within, whilst plaits and wreaths that included ivy were hung in cattle byres to protect the livestock; perhaps farmers around Bredon Hill will remember this happening? Many people worry about ivy strangling trees. It isn’t parasitic, it just needs a framework for its

Locally, ivy has taken on a new significance with the arrival of ivy bees in Worcestershire. They appeared in the county during 2013 and have since spread throughout it.

grippers to hang onto and its stems to wind around. A problem only arises if the ivy becomes heavier than the tree, putting it at risk of blowing over. Ivy has two different types of leaf – the lobed, triangular ones are the juveniles, which seek to climb. The leaves on the flowering stems are unlobed and it’s these, in their masses, growing in a tree’s canopy which can potentially cause a problem. It not just humans that have a long-standing relationship with ivy; with more than 100 species of invertebrate alone relying on it for food, it’s incredibly important for wildlife. Its long-lasting flowers bloom from June to December, making it a vital source of nectar for many of our pollinating insects. The flowers are barely noticeable unless you look closely – tight, green/yellow bracts clustering together. As winter draws in they mature into bundles of shiny black berries that will help keep our birds alive through the harsher months. Autumn 2019 | lifeinthevillage.co.uk 04/09/2019 10:22


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Red admiral on ivy CREDIT Cec Roberts

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Ivy berries CREDIT Chris Lawrence Not only that, the thick blanket of leaves provides important sheltering opportunities for moths and butterflies throughout the winter as well as nesting sites for birds come spring time. Locally, ivy has taken on a new significance with the arrival of ivy bees to Worcestershire. They appeared in the county during 2013 and have since spread throughout it. The bee larvae only eat pollen gathered from ivy. We’ve had sightings recorded from across the Vale and I’ve spotted them on walks in Pershore and Birlingham; with their gingery thorax and creamyorange striped abdomens, they’re something to keep a look out for as you explore at this time of year. If you have ivy growing in your garden that you’re itching to prune, perhaps think about how you can manage it. It’s entering its peak phase for wildlife at the moment so if you can bear to leave it for a little longer, please do. I cut mine back in the early spring once the berries lifeinthevillage.co.uk | Autumn 2019 LITV Cotswold Edge Autumn 19.indd 17

have been eaten. It’s a tough plant that’s not usually damaged by frost, heat or even pollution; one plant that you never need to fret about. Hedgerows are an essential feature of our landscape and play a vital role in connecting the countryside for wildlife; the more species contained within them, the more wildlife there is. Our gardens play a crucial part in this

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Shine on How to keep hair glossy with Aveda colour specialist Graham West Glossy hair means healthy hair – it’s why we all love shine - but keeping hair radiant can be a real challenge, especially as we get older. Diet, pollution and heat damage all affect the way our cuticles react to light and aging brings additional stresses. As we age, hair tends to become coarser, drier and lacklustre. This change of texture affects both men and women but can be particularly noticeable to those going through the menopause due to a drop in the level of oestrogen. There’s a second factor too. In our thirties, the production of melanin which creates the pigment in our hair begins to slow down. Most women will start to go grey before they reach 40 and by the time they arrive at the menopause almost all will have at least a sprinkling of salt and pepper. This means you end up with two types of hair, each behaving differently, which can make styling tricky. Clients often tell us it’s as if everything they ever knew about their hair no longer applies. One way to instantly improve the texture of your hair is to invest in an Aveda shine treatment. This quick and easy service costs just £20 and delivers lasting results. You’ll see and feel the difference right away, whether you choose to add shine to your natural colour, refresh your colour for a special occasion, or lifeinthevillage.co.uk | Autumn 2019 LITV Cotswold Edge Autumn 19.indd 23

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That extra layer Personal style advice from Kate Evans, Image Consultant and Coach Autumn is the season of unpredictable and fluctuating temperatures, often marked by chilly mornings and sunny afternoons. At this time of year it pays to be prepared by making sure you have a range of chic outdoor options to keep you feeling warm and stylish before the big chill really takes hold. Classic Blazer Perfect to create shape and show off a slim waist (a darted style will give the impression of a waist even if you don’t have one.) If a classic blazer makes you feel too “office-y”, I would recommend one made of jersey as a good alternative. This soft fabric is brilliant at giving you the same look in a more casual way. Roll the sleeves back, layer it with a scarf or wear a longer top underneath so that the sleeves run lower. My favourite brand: H&M Denim Jacket The natural solution for those of you with a laid-back style personality; a simple denim jacket will give a casual outfit the ideal finishing touch. Remember to opt for a denim that suits your skin tone; if you are dark, then go for a darker navy shade, whereas if you are fair and light in your colouring, 24

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you will look better in something more washed-out. My Favourite brand: Gap Trench Coat Classic and stylish, a trench coat is a staple that every woman can use as part of her capsule wardrobe and is a great choice as smarter outerwear for work. If you have a curvy body shape, choose a belted style to show off your waist. Straighter body shapes should go for one with a little shaping but no belt around the middle to keep your look simple

and uncluttered. My favourite brand: Reiss One final point – remember to accessorise. A lightweight scarf in a great shade (or combination of shades) for you will add a little extra warmth on chillier days as well as a pop of colour to pull your whole look together. It’s the perfect finishing touch and can really lift your outfit with very little effort. Find more style advice at www.kateevans.co.uk Autumn 2019 | lifeinthevillage.co.uk 04/09/2019 10:22


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It’s never too late to leave a gift in your Will and support the future of hospice care in Worcestershire. To find out more, call 01905 763963 or visit www.strichards.org.uk/gifts-in-wills Reg. Charity No. 515668 | Reg. Company No. 01850502

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A warm welcome After seven years spent living in New Zealand with their two children, Kemerton based Chris and Nicola Wilson have found a fresh challenge in The Fireplace Gallery, Cheltenham Why choose The Fireplace Gallery? With backgrounds in sales and accounts, we want a project that reflects our interests and values. Taking on an independent local business with a proven history, the backing of a solid team, and a great range of products, feels right for us now. What’s the history of the business? The Fireplace Gallery has been a leading local supplier of fires across the three counties for over 30 years. A thriving family business dating back to 1988, it has been built on hard work and experience gained through more than 13,000 installations. With a team of twelve, including five engineers and the two daughters of the founder working with us, we offer solid expertise in supply and installation plus lots of fresh ideas.

answer any questions. Our team of in-house installers are HETAS and Gas Safe approved for both natural gas and LPG.

How do I begin to choose a fire? As a focal point, the look, feel and function of your fireplace can make or break the ambience of a room, whether lounge, diner, conservatory, bedroom or garden office. With gas, electric, multifuel and woodburning models to choose from, there are dozens of options to suit your lifestyle and budget. We offer end-to-end help with the process, from sales advice to installation and servicing. Our showroom has more than 50 live fires and 70 displays and we can

What’s proving popular now? Today’s gas fires offer the impact of live flames, economical heat output and options of manual, slide or remote control. With so many new designs available, including room divider options and fires for homes without a chimney, it’s easy to create a superb focal point. Visit our showroom at Unit 1819, Knightsbridge Business Centre, Knightsbridge Green, Cheltenham, GL51 9TA, on A4019, half a mile from M5 J10, close to the Coombe Hill traffic lights. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Alternatively, call our friendly team on 01242 680076 or visit www.fireplacegalleryfires.co.uk

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Wellness blood tests Vet Brad Cooper on how a blood test can help optimise the health of your pet The key to keeping your pet healthy for as long as possible is to combine preventive health care with early intervention and regular monitoring. This is the cornerstone of our approach, helping pets and their owners enjoy the optimum quality of life together. Our Folly Care Club package bundles up the basic services you need to give your pet the best chance of enjoying good health throughout its life. With annual vaccinations, two vet and two nurse checks a year, flea, worm and parasite treatments plus 10% off dentals and long term medications, it’s an affordable way to care for your friend. We’re delighted to now also offer wellness blood tests. A simple vial of blood can tell us a lot about the health of your pet. Looking at their biochemistry helps us to assess how well their body is working including liver and kidney function, whilst haematology can reveal issues with infection or immune function such as anaemia. We routinely use blood tests to help manage conditions such as diabetes and we’ve recently integrated them into our

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preventative healthcare approach. They are useful for two reasons. Firstly, if your pet becomes ill, it helps us to look back to a baseline blood test showing what was normal for them when they were well. This is because many of the indicators we look at have a normal range, not a fixed measure, so what is typical for one animal may be high or low for another. Secondly, a blood test can help us diagnose problems early, making a good outcome more likely. Symptoms of illness such as drinking more or eating less often go unnoticed, allowing problems to creep up, but a blood test can reveal vital information that prompts discussion, monitoring and early diagnosis. Quick and low risk, a wellness blood test can be carried out by a nurse or vet at a routine appointment. To book yours, or for any other pet advice, please call our friendly team on 01684 292244.

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Win a family ticket to The Roses’ renowned pantomime, Aladdin, in Tewkesbury this Christmas Make a wish this Christmas The Roses is offering one lucky reader the chance to bring their family to Tewkesbury’s must-see event this Christmas; the town’s popular family pantomime, Aladdin. Grab hold of your magic carpet and fly with us into a world of magic, mayhem, mystery… and a monkey! The prize is valid for the performance on Friday 6th December at 5.45pm. www.rosestheatre.org.

HOW TO ENTER It’s easy! Just visit www.lifeinthevillage.co.uk by Friday 15th November 2019 and enter your details as requested. Images taken from The Roses’ 2018 pantomime, Dick Whittington.

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Remarkable lives Martin Hughes, Chief Executive introduces Lilian Faithfull Care, a charity with over 70 years’ experience of caring for people in Gloucestershire. Established by their namesake, the formidable Lilian Faithfull What sets Lilian Faithfull apart? As a charity you can trust us to put care before profit which means we can operate differently from commercial care home providers. Our care comes from the compassion, understanding and knowledge of every member of staff who work in a holistic team. We treat each resident and guest with dignity and put their needs and wishes at the heart of all we do, supporting them to be as independent as possible and part of the community. What care do you provide? We have five care homes offering day care, respite care, assisted

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living, residential and nursing care, affordable flats, plus specialist knowledge of dementia and end of life care. Whatever form our care takes, we provide a safe, stable ‘home for life’ and have never asked anyone to leave due to their personal financial circumstances. Tell us more about the Day Care Hubs Our two Hubs, Royal Garden and Secret Garden, offer flexible personally tailored day care, with expertise for those living with dementia. We are passionate about wanting to improve the quality of life for those living alone, promoting independence and giving respite and support to families and carers. Both Hubs are in a peaceful setting of two care homes in Cheltenham. A visit includes one to one time with carers, fun, engaging

activities, a nutritious lunch and refreshments. Guests are looked after by our team of qualified and experienced care staff who work with them and their families to support and plan the level of care needed at home too. Open weekdays guests can book a few hours or a whole day and as a charity we can offer competitive rates. Please come and see the Hub for yourself. You’ll get an immediate feel for the warm, happy and relaxed atmosphere. You are welcome to join us for a coffee and meet the team to ask any questions. If it’s difficult to visit us, we are happy to come and see you. Contact Mark Norris on mark.norris@lilianfaithfull.co.uk or call 07577 757239. To find out more about all our care visit www.lilianfaithfull.co.uk Registered Charity since 1946, No: 1122183 33

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Controlling condensation Most modern homes are warmer and less well ventilated than in the past, creating the perfect conditions for condensation explains John Lannen of L+L

improving our quality of life, but it also means that our house may be less well ventilated than in days gone by. Excessive moisture can lead to problems with condensation and mould that can damage your décor and cause potential health issues for asthma and allergy sufferers.

Today, many of us are fortunate to live in homes that are warm, dry and comfortable. Through a combination of modern building methods and retrospective home improvement schemes, most houses are almost completely sealed by double glazing, draught proofing, loft and cavity wall insulation. This makes for a cosy home in winter,

Internal condensation The most common place to find condensation is on the inside face of a windows. It’s the result of excess moisture trapped in the house, created by everyday activities such as boiling a kettle, cooking, washing up, drying laundry, bathing, keeping houseplants and even breathing. In the past, this water vapour would have escaped up the chimney or through door jambs, window joints and other outlets. Whilst we can’t stop many of these activities we

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can take steps to ensure that the moisture content in our homes stays at a comfortable level. To minimise condensation you need to remove excess moisture from your home by ventilating it. You can achieve this without causing draughts or making it cold by: · opening a window in each room just a fraction for some part of every day · draught proofing internal doors and keeping them closed to prevent moisture migrating from one part of the house to another · retro fitting inexpensive trickle vents to your window frames especially in problem areas such as bathrooms and kitchens · installing wall vents and/or extractor fans especially in high humidity areas · slightly increasing the air

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temperature inside the house · keeping some form of low level background heating on in cold weather · ensuring permanent ventilation of all rooms where gas or oil heaters are used · fixing a hood over your cooker to remove steam when cooking · situating radiators under windows wherever possible · positioning heavy curtains 1520cm away from windowpanes and ensuring adequate circulation around the fabric top and bottom · using an air conditioning unit or dehumidifier. Condensation between sealed units Sealed double glazing units are made with a spacer bar, glued and sealed to two panes of glass. The spacer itself is filled with desiccant to dry any moisture in the cavity at the time of manufacture. If the unit has been poorly made, the sealant lifeinthevillage.co.uk | Autumn 2019 LITV Cotswold Edge Autumn 19.indd 35

was inadequate or the desiccant of low quality, moist air will be able to penetrate the seal and, under certain conditions, form misting inside the unit. It’s simply a product failure. A blown sealed unit is easy and inexpensive to replace. External condensation The evolution of highly efficient double glazed units that incorporate low emissivity glass and argon filled cavities has inadvertently created a third area where condensation can form. On cold, dewy mornings misting may be seen on the outer pane of your windows. It happens because modern sealed units allow hardly any heat to escape so the external pane of glass remains cold and moist air condensates. This means visibility is temporarily impaired first thing but it has no lasting effects. If the mist bothers you it can be removed using a wiper blade but most people leave it to evaporate as the day warms up. We appreciate

it’s less than ideal and as an industry we’re working on the issue. In the meantime, try to view it as evidence that your double glazing is energy efficient - performing well to keep you warm and your heating bills low. As a family company, L+L believes in delivering high quality products and impeccable service at an affordable price. For advice on condensation or any glazing issue please pop into our showroom at Red Lane, Tewkesbury GL20 5BQ, call 01684 295038 to book a free home survey or visit www.ll-installations.co.uk

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Planting blue Look forward to masses of blue flowers in your garden next spring with easy to plant flower bulbs

Something to look forward to Give yourself a treat this autumn; get outdoors and spend a little time with Mother Nature and you’ll be delighted by the results next spring. Bulbs play an important role in the garden because they provide the first flowers of the season, some emerging as early as January. Plan ahead and choose species with different flowering times and you can enjoy a succession of blooms in the garden for several months.

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Why choose blue? Theming bulbs on a colour is one way to be sure of creating an impact. Many people love blue in the garden; as the colour of willpower and faith it brings both inspiration and a sense of calm. Blue flowers look spectacular contrasted with the early lime green of fresh spring growth, whether planted alone or combined with white, yellow or pink flowering bulbs.

The best time to plant Bulbs can be planted at any time from September to December. However, they need the cold of winter to produce a spectacular flower display so it’s best to wait until the season has turned and the weather has started to become colder. Plant them too early and a spell of late sunshine might just trick them into starting to grow. Just be sure to get them planted before the soil starts to freeze.

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Bulbs in borders or woodland Bulbs can be planted directly in the ground as well as in pots. In borders, place them in between perennials and shrubs that will leaf up later in the spring and there’s no need to make drastic changes to your garden. Some varieties will perform just as well beneath trees, even in shady corners, as they can bask in the early spring sunshine before the canopy comes into leaf. Once planted, many bulbs will quickly self-seed and naturalise, creating beautiful drifts of colour that will emerge each spring for years to come.

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Bulbs in pots Planting a single variety of bulbs in a pot gives you a chance to play with colour and texture. Place them in complementary containers; stone, terracotta or wicker look great, or have fun planting up old walking boots, wellies or bird feeders. Group them together for a mass of colour or use them to highlight a feature, table or doorway. Just add broken crocks to the bottom of the pot, mix two thirds compost with one third grit, then plant the bulbs in the same way as you would in the ground. Alternatively, try lasagne planting - placing various layers of flower bulbs one over another

just like you do when making the famous Italian dish. The top six To help you get started, here’s a list of six flower bulbs that produce stunning blue flowers. There are loads of different varieties available at garden centres; simply choose those you think are the prettiest. For best results always plant bulbs within a week of purchase. 1 Dwarf iris (Iris reticulata) 2 Anemone (Anemone blanda) 3 Hyacinth (Hyacinthus varieties) 4 Grape hyacinth (Muscari varieties) 5 Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) 6 Crocuses (Crocus varieties)

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Get planting Step 1 Remove any weeds and small stones and then work some compost into the soil to improve drainage. Step 2 Dig a medium hole for a group of flower bulbs or make small holes for planting individual bulbs. Achieve a natural look with groups by throwing the bulbs in the air and planting them as they scatter. The size of the flower bulb determines how deep it should be planted. Large flower bulbs (5cm or larger in diameter) should be planted 15cm deep and small ones (2.5–5cm) 7 to 10 cm deep.

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Step 3 Place the flower bulbs gently into the soil with the point on top. Be careful not to press down too hard on the bulbs as this could damage them. Large flower bulbs should be planted 7 to 20cm apart and small bulbs 3 to 7 cm apart. Step 4 Cover the flower bulbs with the soil dug from the hole. Step 5 If the soil is dry, give the flower bulbs some water. Learn more about bulbs at ww www ww.flowerbulbs.co.uk w

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Exciting changes for leading, local law firm Local, trusted and dedicated law firm, Thomson & Bancks, has seen a summer of change. Sylvia Gillham, who now heads up both the Residential and Business departments across all four offices, explains The retirement of Partner and Chairman David Greer, who had been with the firm since 1982 and a Partner and Head of the Business Services department since 1985, marked the end of an era but was bittersweet for the firm as it ushered in exciting changes for the department. The Business Services team has been strengthened by the appointment of Solicitors James Leyland and Rebecca Tiffin who have a wealth of knowledge and experience between them. Both James and Rebecca have fitted into the firm well and are delighted to have joined such a forward thinking and close knit commercial property team. Business Services Solicitor John Stagg, has been appointed as a Partner of Thomson & Bancks along with Emma Cottell of the Residential Property department. Since joining the firm in 2015, Emma has been an integral part of the team and it was a natural progression for her to become a Partner. John specialises in commercial property and business sales and dedicates himself to

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The National Garden Scheme opens around 3,500 breathtaking private gardens for charity. Explore their website with its handy local garden finder and find yourself a fantastic day out The Picton Garden Colwall, Malvern WR13 6QE A plantsman’s garden of one and a half acres best known for its autumn beauty; it lights up at the end of the season with the National Collection of asters (Michaelmas daisies). By late September the garden

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Local policing Introducing new columnist Chief Superintendent Tom Harding, Head of Local Policing for Herefordshire and Worcestershire What does a typical week look like for you? I don’t think there’s ever a typical week. Looking at our staffing levels to make sure we’ve got our resources where they need to be is crucial, as well as making sure we’re making the right decisions. I try to spend time speaking to officers and staff and I’m normally on 24/7 call at various times during the month. Unfortunately this does mean I get woken up in the middle of the night, often to make a critical decision. I do try and be nice but always pity the poor person who has to ring me!!! Welcome Tom. What led you to your current policing role? Earlier this year I was promoted to Chief Superintendent after spending three years as a Superintendent in Telford. Before that I held various roles in both uniform and as a detective and am fortunate to have worked in all three of West Mercia’s counties. One thing that I’m always conscious of is the effect crimes such as burglary and theft have on victims of crime. The area we cover is some of the safest in the country but it is often these sorts of crimes that have the biggest impact. It’s why in 2015 I introduced We Don’t Buy Crime. What made you become a police officer? I initially studied law and worked as a solicitor in the City of London but in 2005 I got caught up in the 7/7 London bombings. I saw the lifeinthevillage.co.uk | Autumn 2019 LITV Cotswold Edge Autumn 19.indd 45

emergency services at work and felt helpless I couldn’t do anything; shortly afterwards I moved back to my home force and joined the police. Although I was probably always destined to become a police officer and follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, father and uncle between us we have more than 110 years’ service! So many inspiring stories came out of the 7/7 bombings. Can you tell us more? I saw the huge impact it had on everyone in London, not just on the day but in the aftermath for those living and working there. It really highlighted how much of an impact being a victim of crime can have on not just individuals but whole communities. I was determined to remember this and try and build it into how I police.

What are the key values you work to? Honesty and integrity. We work hard to make sure we get things right and on the whole I think we do, but sometimes we do get things wrong and when this happens it is important we take the time to admit we have, explain what happened and learn the lessons. Tell us three positive things people would say about you I make quick decisions and get things done, I’m always looking

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at new improved ways of working (bringing my private sector experience into policing) and am passionate about policing, especially in West Mercia Police. And your Achilles heel? I probably need to slow down a bit. I now work hard to not rush in and take over but take a watching brief and provide support. Sometimes it’s better to take a bit of extra time. How do you relax? I enjoy playing golf and like the outdoors, although I think as a police officer you never completely switch off. Even off duty you’re a police officer and that’s a huge challenge we face in terms of health and wellbeing. Your guilty pleasure? As anyone who follows me on Twitter will know, this summer it’s been Love Island, I’m already looking forward to the winter series!!! What makes policing effective in rural communities? Many people think visibility is key and I understand and agree. I am really pleased that thanks to funding from West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion there 46

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I was probably destined to become a police officer and follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, father and uncle - between us we have more than 110 years’ service

will be 50 new officers working across Worcestershire over the next few months. We need to improve how and when we are visible i.e. looking at where rural communities come together, how are we available to them and how can we support people online. But most importantly for me is that I want to target those who cause harm in rural communities and make them no go areas. That is a challenge but some of our covert work and results under We Don’t Buy Crime is really positive. What is West Mercia working to achieve now in regard to rural crime? We Don’t Buy Crime is our response to burglary and thefts - an initiative I lead on and am passionate about.

Put simply we want to put criminals out of business. Readers will see We Don’t Buy Crime signs in towns and villages throughout Worcestershire where whole communities have been protected by forensic property marking. Research by the University of Warwick has shown it has had a significant impact on reducing crime as well as increasing reassurance among local communities. If your town or village isn’t already signed up I would encourage you to ask your parish or town council to get involved. Other aspects of We Don’t Buy Crime see us work with second-hand shops to help identify stolen goods, utilise covert tactics and collaborate with fuel stations. Contact details: Twitter @CSuptHarding Website: www.westmercia.police.uk To find out more about We Don’t Buy Crime email: wedontbuycrime@westmercia.pnn. police.uk

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Helen Griffee As Communications Manager at St. Richard’s for the last sixteen years, Helen shares stories that help people understand the valuable work of the hospice When I started at St Richard’s in 2003, there was no communication department so, suddenly, I was it! Things have changed a lot since then. From a cramped desk at Rose Hill, to a Portakabin in the gardens, I now work with colleagues in a light, modern and welcoming building with lovely gardens. My remit is to raise the profile of the hospice. I soon realised people with a personal connection to the work valued it highly but we needed to share our purpose, vision and values widely. I began by producing booklets, banners, leaflets and newsletters, getting regular features in the papers and on TV and radio, promoting events and organising publicity for donors. My background as a journalist and PR for various charities helped get results quickly. Personal stories are the most powerful. They say so much more than facts and figures and families often want to share how much the hospice has helped them. In telling them I’ve witnessed some precious moments, such as when an inpatient received a surprise visit, organised by her daughter, from her beloved grey mare.

something new. People communicate in so many ways now so we reach them via our website, by using emails and through every social media channel. I’m delighted to have agreed a new media partnership with Life in the Village that will help us spread the word to residents in the south of the county.

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My diary looks different every day but always includes planning campaigns, writing features and liaising with supporters. Currently, I’m focused on Build 2020, our plan to create a Living Well centre including new rooms for horticultural therapy, counselling, art, music and cinema, complementary therapy, an exercise studio and a training kitchen. It will help us fulfil our goal of caring for up to an extra 1,000 individuals a year when they need us most. It means I’ve always got another story to tell. www.strichards.org.uk

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Perfecct for cosy evenings, these biscuits from Cotswolds based Meg Rivers Artisan Bakery are made to Meg’s original recipe for that authentic smooth buttery taste. They include three different types of flour which may seem excessive yeet they are simple to make. You can add a few handfuls of good qualityy dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts or dried fruit or leave them plain. Makes 20 INGREDIENTS

165g / 11 tablespoons salted butterr, firm but not hard 85g / scant ½ cup (castter) sugar 200g / 1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoo ons plain/ all-purp pose flour 5 teaspoons cornflour/ co ornstarch 35g / 1⁄4 cup rice flour A pinch of salt A 5cm / 2inch round cookie cutter baking sheet lined with baking parchment

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• Preheat the oven to 170C (325F) gas 3 • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy ffy. y • Sift the flour, cornflour/ cornstarch and rice flour into another bowl, then add a quarter of the total flours to the creameed butter and stir in. Add another quarter of the flour and begin rubbing the mixture together using your fingerrtips. Add the remaining flour and mix again with your fingers. Knead gently into a malleable ball of dough. This can also be done by putting alll the ingredients in a food proocessor and blending until it forms a smootth ball of dough. • Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out unttil about 1cm/1/2 inch thickk. Stamp out discs with the cookie cutter and arrange about 4cm/1 ½ inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll any leftover douggh and cut out discs, as before, until all thee dough is used up. Bake in n the preheated oven for 20 minutes or un ntil the bases of the biscuits are golden and the tops are almost firm to the touch. Remove the biscu uits from the oven and allow them to cool and set on the baking sheet before eating or storing. • The biscuits will keep forr 7-10 days in an airtight container or freezer for up to 2 months. ww www ww.megrivers.co.uk w

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Precious slumber As the nights draw in and days turn cool, autumn can bring its own set of challenges for those who struggle to sleep

According to The Sleep Council, while the last of the long, light nights and hot stuffy bedrooms can end one set of problems, it can mark the beginning of others for some people. While autumn’s cool nights provide a bedtime break from summer’s heat and humidity, a host of other sleep issues can crop up at this time of year and disrupt shuteye. Here’s The Sleep Council’s advice to make sure autumn doesn’t leave you tired and frustrated: • Shorter days can mean less exposure to sunlight. This means lower levels of vitamin D, increased feelings of fatigue – and also disruption to the circadian rhythm, which regulates feelings of wakefulness lifeinthevillage.co.uk | Autumn 2019 LITV Cotswold Edge Autumn 19.indd 53

and sleepiness. Getting plenty of sun on your face in the morning can help, so be sure to open the curtains as soon as you wake up and, if possible, go for a morning walk. After sunset, do the opposite and dim indoor lights to get your body back on track. • While crisp, chill air can make it tempting to light the fire and crank up the heating, it’s actually best to keep your home – or at least the bedroom –between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius. Letting the bedroom get too warm can mess with sleep; too hot and the body struggles to bring its temperature back down, causing wakefulness; too cold and the body will eventually wake you up – 53

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demanding extra layers of warmth and insulation. • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that can set in when daylight hours grow shorter, is thought to affect one in fifteen people in the UK between the months of September and April each year. While the cause of SAD is still unknown, the disorder can alter melatonin levels, which play a role in the sleep/wake cycle and cause daytime sleepiness and oversleeping. To re-establish a normal sleep schedule, exercise regularly, ensure the bedroom is conducive to sleep (strictly no gadgets and gizmos) and keep bedtime/waking times consistent – even at weekends. Getting as much natural daylight as possible is key too, as it suppresses melatonin levels and boosts serotonin production. • Colder weather can also tempt 54

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Shorter days can mean less exposure to sunlight. This means lower levels of vitamin D, increased feelings of fatigue

us to eat more than we should. While it’s easy to stick to salads and lighter foods during the warmer months, avoid the temptation to ‘comfort eat’ heavier meals as the temperatures drop – particularly close to bedtime. Overload your tum at your peril! Too much food, too close to bedtime is a sure-fire recipe for wake-up level heartburn and indigestion. • Make sure your bed is comfortable and supportive. Home furnishings often feel like less of a priority during the summer. With the focus now firmly back on indoors, it might be time to re-appraise the item of furniture you probably spend more time in than any other. If your bed is seven years old or more, then a new one could definitely be a good idea. Find more sleep tools at www.sleepcouncil.org.uk Autumn 2019 | lifeinthevillage.co.uk 04/09/2019 10:23


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St Richard’s Hospice Study after study has shown that volunteering benefits physical and mental health, as well as helping others. In the first of a new series we highlight opportunities for you locally Make a difference where it matters St Richard’s Hospice depends on volunteers in almost all of its work to fulfil its goal of providing free care to patients and support to their families. In the last year volunteers contributed a total of 304,816 hours, of which 23,563 hours were involved in patient services. As an independent charity, it simply couldn’t do that without the contribution of volunteers. Whatever your skills, interests and availability, there is a way for you to help. Meet new people At St Richard’s you could be part of a team of 900 active volunteers.

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Volunteering will give you the chance to meet new faces and make friends with people who care about the same things as you. Working together as a team to make a difference brings people together and volunteers often form strong relationships. Pick up new skills Giving life a purpose, building your confidence, self-esteem, motivation and developing leadership skills are just a few of the things you can get out of giving your time. Plus it’s great for your CV. Gaining paid work can be tough, but the skills you can pick up and the experience you can accrue are all transferable to your career, especially if you volunteer in a role

directly related to your chosen path. Doing something outside your work, social life or studies shows initiative and helps you stand out from others for the right reason. A role for everyone The hospice is looking for volunteers to join them wherever they are able to. They are flexible and happy for people to volunteer on a regular or occasional basis. There are many different roles on offer reflecting individual skills, interests and availability. Current vacancies include shop and warehouse volunteers, drivers and driver’s mates, kitchen assistants, minibus assistants, weekend receptionists,

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hairdressers, health, beauty and complementary therapists. Support your neighbours St Richard’s has an initiative which means you can help neighbours in need. Hospice Community Volunteers are people who are able to give around two hours a week to offer practical help and social contact. No specific skills are required – just the ability to get on with people and a desire to help. You will only be asked to provide help to someone who lives near to you and won’t be required to help with anything medical or related to

personal hygiene. The only criteria are that you are aged over 18 and live within the catchment area of St Richard’s Hospice. Receive induction training and support Once the recruitment process has been completed, volunteers are invited to attend an induction day at the hospice to give them a better understanding of the different departments. The day includes presentations, mandatory training, lunch and a tour. The hospice has a programme of mandatory training that is provided free of

charge. For an overview of further training days you will be expected to attend, please see Volunteer Role Descriptions within the available vacancies on their website. Find out more If you would like more information, please visit the volunteer hub www.strichards.org. uk/volunteering, watch a video recorded to celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2019, contact Kirstie Smith on 01905 763963, email recruitment@strichards.org.uk or complete an online application form.

The work of the hospice St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. These include cancer and neurological, respiratory, cardiac and renal conditions. It also supports their loved ones. St Richard’s offers free care and support for people in the hospice, at home in the community, in GP surgeries, at clinics or by telephone. All its services are available to people registered with a South Worcestershire GP. The St Richard’s In-patient Unit cares for people across Worcestershire. St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations for three quarters of its annual £8.8m income with the remainder from the NHS.

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Grasses Easy to grow ornamental grasses create natural style in country gardens and offer spectacular displays that last throughout autumn A grass for every setting Ornamental grasses can be used to create many different effects, depending on the way in which they are used in garden design. With dozens of species offering varieties of size, colour and texture, they are suitable for every setting and work well with traditional or contemporary style. Their natural form and constant gentle movement provide a strong visual link to our surrounding landscape making them a great choice for a wildlife, prairie style or country garden.

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Easy to grow Although most grasses prefer sunshine and plenty of space to spread, there’s a grass for every situation, including damp and dry shade. Low maintenance and tolerant of wind and arid conditions, grasses require little more than suďŹƒcient room to grow. Without this they can be prone to rust and fail to flower. Keep them happy by taking care to plant them in a suitable position for the species then simply dig them up, divide, and replant every three to five years to propagate new plants.

Create structure Grasses that are substantial in size or architectural in form can be used, almost like shrubs or hedges, to create structure in the garden, forming the bones of borders or internal barriers. Their translucent quality and sensory appeal makes them ideal plants for dividing space without making a garden seem heavy or static. Several specimens of the same species planted en masse, or repeated at regular intervals throughout the garden, will calm and unify a space whilst also adding substance.

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Mix with perennials Synonymous with prairie or meadow style planting, clumps of complementary or contrasting grasses grouped together work well with flowering herbaceous perennials for long lasting colour during late summer and autumn. Thanks to their gentle, natural appearance, grasses are easy to combine. Try theming them with soft pastel pinks or yellows or use deeper vibrant shades of red and orange. Some ornamental grasses such as Pennisetum ‘Red Bunny Tails’ have extravagantly coloured plumes which are so spectacular they almost look like flowers. Create a tranquil seating area Ornamental grasses are almost constantly in motion. The slightest breeze is enough to make them dance and sway, bringing a sense of calm and a feeling of serenity. An easy way to create a tranquil spot in your garden is to find a suitable place for a bench, position 60

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it on a solid base, then surround it with a semi-circular planting of tall grasses such silvergrass (Miscanthus) or purple moor grass (Molinia). Up close and personal is the best possible way to enjoy their natural beauty. Cutting garden Ornamental grasses are perfect if you enjoy picking flowers from the garden to bring into the house. For a romantic cutting garden, combine the most beautiful ornamental grasses - such as fountain grass (Pennisetum) or quaking grass (Briza media) - with flowers such as dahlias, loosestrife and asters which will keep you picking well into autumn. Long lasting beauty In summer, the blooms of grasses emerge in a variety of forms and colours which gently wither as the season progresses. During autumn, the delicate, golden stems of many species are the perfect foil to the

setting sun. Even in deepest winter, ornamental grasses can be stunning; there is something poetic about their intricate form which is perhaps at its most beautiful when shimmering with a layer of early morning frost. Tips Ornamental grasses should be planted in spring or autumn. Those that originate from warm climates are best planted in spring whilst those from cooler places will do better if planted in autumn. Follow the label instructions for individual specimens for best results. Most grasses are deciduous and should be cut back in late winter to make room for new growth, although some such as sedge (Carex) are evergreen. Ornamental grasses are easily air dried and it’s a fun way to make simple seasonal decorations. Discover more about ornamental grasses (and other perennials) at www.perennialpower.eu Autumn 2019 | lifeinthevillage.co.uk 04/09/2019 10:23


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£10 OFF ANY BEAUTY OR HOLISTIC TREATMENT FOR NEW CLIENTS

Call 01684 275569 or book online www.beautyatthebarn.com

For new customers of Beauty Beyond until 30/11/19. Please present voucher at reception. Offers cannot be combined. T’s & C’s apply. The Coach House, 2a Bull Lane, Winchcombe GL54 5HY. 01242 604 017 www.beautybeyondwinchcombe.co.uk

BEAUTY AT THE BARN

BEAUTY BEYOND

20% OFF YOUR BILL ON YOUR FIRST VISIT

10% OFF PATIO, SHED, FENCE, GATE & ARTIFICIAL LAWN INSTALLATIONS

20% off your bill on your first visit until 30/11/19. Call 07568 170794 www.beckfordsilk.co.uk Beckford Silk, Ashton Rd, Beckford GL20 7AU

When booked by 30/11/19. 01242 620 000 cotswoldvalesupplies@hotmail.co.uk www.cotswoldvalesupplies.co.uk

THE COURTYARD CAFÉ

COTSWOLD & VALE SUPPLIES

BUY 3 AND GET 1 FREE ON ADVANCE ADULT TICKETS, SAVING £9.00

15% OFF SPA DAY PACKAGES AT HATHERLEY MANOR

Valid for admission on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th November 2019 when purchased in advance online or by telephone. www.festivegiftfair.co.uk Call 0844 581 0808

Excludes membership. Ends 30/11/19. Book on O1452 733 299 spa@hatherleymanor.com www.hatherley.manor.com

THE FESTIVE GIFT FAIR

HATHERLEY MANOR HOTEL & SPA

FREE GARDEN DESIGN AND GIFT ON COMPLETION OF YOUR NEW GARDEN*

FREE PACKING & POSTAGE ON OUR 2020 CALENDAR

*On completion of construction phase when design is booked by 30/11/19. T’s & C’s apply. www.runelandscapedesign.co.uk

Please call 01905 754919 and quote LITV by 30/11/19. Sorry discount not available online. www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk

RUNE LANDSCAPE DESIGN

WORCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

01905 841405 or 07908 734 022

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Calor Gas & Coal P & D Engineering

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Alarms Vale H&P Electrics

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Canine Training Animal Care & Control

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Animal First Ad Animal Care & Control

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Animal Portraits Penny Sinclair Animal Portraits

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Care & Nursing Homes Lilian Faithfull Care

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CCTV Vale H&P Electrics

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Central Heating & Plumbing Vale Heating & Plumbing

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Art & Framing Penny Sinclair Animal Portraits

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Chimney Pointing & Repairs LCM Flat Roofing

Awnings Homechoice Blinds

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Chiropody Chrissy Booth

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Cleaning & Ironing Bredon Hill Cleaning Services

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Competitions Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa The Festive Gift Fair The Roses

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Complementary Therapy Beauty Beyond Chrissy Booth

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Bathrooms Vale Heating & Plumbing

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Beauty Therapy Beauty Beyond Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa

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Benches Severn Seating

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Blinds & Awnings Homechoice Blinds Boilers Vale Heating & Plumbing

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Conservatories L+L Installations Monarch Home Improvements Curtains Poles Homechoice Blinds

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Electric Gates Vale H&P Electrics

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Garden Furniture Severn Seating

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Gate & Entry Systems Vale H&P Electrics

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Groundworks Cotswold & Vale Supplies LC Millar & Sons Place Maintenance Park & Landscapes Rune Vale H&P Groundworks WaterStone

20 47 30 8 67 28 48

Guttering L+L Installations LCM Flat Roofing Monarch Home Improvements

30/34 48 55

Gym Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa

Life Coach Kate Evans Log Burners The Fireplace Gallery Vale Heating & Plumbing

24 2/27 32

Rural Supplies P & D Engineering Security Vale H&P Electrics

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Massage Beauty Beyond Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa

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Spa Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa

Orthotic Therapy Chrissy Booth

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Skip Hire Budget Skips

Logs & Fuel Cotswold & Vale Supplies Rose Firewood

Pensions & Investments NFU Mutual, Evesham

25

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Solicitors Thomson & Bancks

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Swimming Pools Waterstone

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Personal Stylist Kate Evans

24

Theatre The Roses

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Pet Portraits Penny Sinclair Animal Portraits

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Health Care Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa Lilian Faithfull Care LINC St Richard’s Hospice

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Timber Merchants Cotswold & Vale Supplies

20

Health Club Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa

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Tiles & Tiling Vale Heating & Plumbing

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Hairdressers Graham West Salon

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Human Resources Cluer HR

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Plasterer Vale Heating & Plumbing

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Podiatry Chrissy Booth

22

Police West Mercia Police

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Ponds, Pools & Aquatics Park & Landscapes WaterStone

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Portraits Penny Sinclair Animal Portraits

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Recycling Budget Skips

Veterinary Surgeon Folly Gardens

29

Volunteering Spetchley Park Gardens St Richard’s Hospice Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Windows & Doors Cloudy2Clear L+L Installations Monarch Home Improvements

Laundry & Ironing Bredon Hill Cleaning Services

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Legal Services Thomson & Bancks

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Roofing LCM Flat Roofing

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Kitchens Vale Heating & Plumbing

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Tewkesbury’s Theatre & Cinema

Explore the full line-up, including all current films, at www.rosestheatre.org

Go Now: The Music Of The Moody Blues

London Classic Theatre: No Man’s Land

Mitch Benn: Ten Songs To Save The World

Humble Pi: Matt Parker’s Comedy Of Maths Errors

Wishbone Ash

Tues 15 Oct 7.30pm

Sat 19 Oct 7.30pm

Shobana Jeyasing Dance: Staging Schiele

Vienna Festival Ballet: Snow White

Hazel O’Connor: Hallelujah Moments

Sun 22 Sep 7.30pm

Thur 31 Oct 7.30pm

Fri 27 Sep 7.30pm

Thur 7 Nov 7.30pm

Fri 11 Oct 8pm

Wed 23 Oct 7.30pm

Russian National Ballet: Giselle Fri 15 Nov 7.30pm

RosesTheatre the.roses.theatre @RosesTheatre

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