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Competitions & Offers 15 Win one of ten pairs of tickets to the Royal Three Counties Show 27 Win a Miele cylinder vacuum cleaner with Vale Kitchens 61 Win a three month film pass to The Roses, Tewkesbury 64 Money Saving Vouchers
6 Welcome 8 Bzzzzing Around with wildlife expert Wendy Carter 17 Colour Correction with Aveda Hair Colour Specialist Graham West 18 Worcester Stands Tall with Helen Griffee 23 New Season Events at Coughton Court with Abi Cole 24 Holiday Tradition with Carol Rabbette 29 Take Shelter with Spencer Holliday 31 Personal Data with HR advisor Kirsten Cluer 32 Cutting Edge with Tim Coppin 34 Light & Longevity with John Lannen of L+L 37 Monies Owed with Sarah Ben-Tarifite 39 Light & Leadwork with John Lannen of L+L 40 Fresh Green with Mike Mace
42 Green By Design with Barry Holloway 45 Motoring Made Simple with Eddie Robinson 47 Vet at Home with vet Brad Cooper of Folly Gardens 49 Animal Inspiration with Diana Walton 51 Ashton Open Gardens with Andy Cooke 53 Celebrating Asparagus with Angela Taylor 54 Eckington Flower Festival & Open Gardens with Lorraine Bainbridge 56 Chocolate Tart with Belle House chef Steve Waites 59 Local Policing with Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell 62 Life in the Village on twitter 65 Index Front cover image: ÂŠ www.Shutterstock.com/Volodymyr Burdiak This page, left to right, Buff-tailed bumblebee by Jon Hawkins Surrey Hills Photography via Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Eckington Flower Festival & Open Gardens by David Bainbridge, Visitors enjoying The Royal Three Counties Show
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PHOTO: Red-tailed bumblebee Jon Hawkins Surrey Hills Photography
PHOTO: Buff-tailed bumblebee Jon Hawkins Surrey Hills Photography
Bzzzzzing Around Discover the delightful world of bumblebees this spring with expert guidance from Wendy Carter, Communications Manager at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Like many people, I’ve harboured a soft spot for the humble bumblebee ever since I was a little girl. Not only do these hardworking creatures do a vital job of pollinating our flowers and food crops but they look adorable, complete with their tiny furry jackets. Take time to watch them and you’ll see that they are always busy, foraging for nectar and pollen as they ‘bumble’ from flower to flower. If the morning chorus is the song of spring, the gentle bzzzzzing of bumblebees must 8
be the soundtrack of summer. There are over 20,000 species of bee worldwide, which can be divided into two main types; social and solitary. Social bees are the ones we’re all familiar with - large, round bumblebees and the smaller, delicately striped, honey bees. Bumblebees are insects of temperate climates - the dense furry jumpers that distinguish them literally keep them cosy in colder temperatures, enabling them to be constantly active, even in dull conditions. In the UK, there are 25 species of bumblebee. Many are only found in specific habitats such as on moorland or in coastal
areas and only six or seven species are widespread and regularly visit gardens. Six of these species are 'cuckoo' bumblebees which mimic some of the others. Being ‘social,’ bumblebees live in small communities of up to 200-300. Colonies are mostly composed of female workers who are ruled by the queen, upon whom they are entirely dependent. In the last 30 years, two species of bumblebee have become extinct in this country and many more have suffered a marked decline but nurturing them is something we can all do in our gardens.
PHOTO: White-tailed bumblebee Wendy Carter
Keep it in the family Before we look at the various types of bumblebees, it’s useful to understand their life cycle. The large queen bee hibernates during winter, after digging into well-drained soil and excavating a small chamber for herself. Thanks to that warm furry coat she can survive temperatures as low as -19C. As spring arrives, the queen wakes up, digs her way out of the chamber and heads off to feed, which is why it’s important to have nectar-rich flowers blooming in your garden early in the year. She will hunt for suitable nesting places - where this might be depends on the species - but it could be underground, at the base of a tussock or in a bird box. Once she’s identified a suitable location, the queen builds up stores of pollen and nectar in wax cells in preparation for her new family, then retreats into the nest for good. From this point on her life's work is to lay eggs and attend to her family;
she will never see the light of day again. This means the bumblebees you see from late spring to late summer are usually the smaller female workers collecting pollen to feed the growing colony. The first eggs to emerge are all female workers and it’s only later, when the colony is sizeable, that the larger males and new queens are born. The two sexes then mate and the cycle begins again. As always in nature, there is an exception in the form of cuckoo bumblebees…females who will steal a colony from another queen, lay their own eggs and enslave the original females to raise the cuckoo eggs. The ‘Big 7’ Not all 25 species of bumblebee are found in Worcestershire. Great yellow bumblebees, for example, are now confined to a few places in the north of Scotland despite once being widespread across the whole of the UK. In and around your
garden, you’re most likely to come across what the Bumblebee Conservation Trust call the ‘Big 7’: buff-tailed, white-tailed, redtailed, early, garden, tree and common carder bumblebees. So, how can you tell one from another? It can be confusing, especially when they’re nestled tightly in a flower, but the key things to look for are the face, the tail and the markings on the thorax, which is the middle section between the head and the abdomen, where the two pairs of wings and six legs are found. Spring is the ideal time to observe them before their colours fade and they become more ragged. Fortunately, similar-looking species of bees are rarely seen in south Worcestershire gardens so once identified you’re unlikely to mistake one for another. Buff-tailed & white-tailed Both buff-tailed and white-tailed bumblebees (pictured above) have a single yellow band on the thorax - it’s more orangey in buff 9
PHOTO: Tree bumblebee Wendy Carter
-tailed bees and more yellowy in white-tailed. It’s pretty easy to spot these bees because their colours are vibrant and the queen buff-tailed is one of our largest and most conspicuous bees. Female workers can’t be identified at a glance but the boys are easier; buff-tailed males have black facial hairs whereas the white-tailed boys have a shock of yellow facial hair. Red-tailed bumblebees Red-tailed bumblebees (pictured previously) are just that! The queens and females are all black with a red tail but the males have yellow stripes on their thorax and the cutest moustache of bright yellow hairs. Like bufftailed, red–tailed bumblebee queens are among the largest of the species. Tree bumblebees One of the easiest bees to identify is a recent invader, the tree bumblebee (pictured above). These bright bumbles arrived naturally from Europe in 2001 10
PHOTO: Garden bumblebee Wendy Carter
and have spread rapidly. Easily identified by their ginger thorax, black abdomen and a bright white tail, these are the bees that I receive most phone calls about in the summer. Primarily a woodland species, they’d ordinarily nest in holes in trees…but they’ve rapidly learnt that garden bird boxes and roof spaces are also perfect for their purposes. The good news is that they don’t cause any damage so if you do notice that you’ve got a nest, don’t panic! They won’t re-use the same nest twice and by the time you find them, the colony will probably be two-thirds over (most people only spot them when the males gather outside the nest to wait for the new queens to emerge). Garden bumblebees Rather oddly I didn’t see any garden bumblebees (pictured above) at all last year; I hope these normally common bees are doing okay! As their name suggests, they are regularly
found in gardens; they have longer tongues than some of the other species so expect to find them feeding on flowers which have the nectar buried deep in their throats such as foxgloves, penstemon, honeysuckle and delphiniums. The key to identifying garden bumblebees is that queens, female workers and males all have a yellow-blackyellow pattern on their thorax; have a really close look and you’ll see that they also have long faces. Early bumblebees Early bumblebees (pictured opposite) conform to the more ‘traditional’ look of a bumblebee with their black and yellow stripes. They’re simple to identify – they’re small, don’t usually fly in late summer and their black and yellow pattern is topped off with a pinkish-red tail. At a glance, the males look like red-tailed bumblebee males but they’re much smaller and have more yellow across their whole body, not just their thorax.
PHOTO: Early bumblebee Jon Hawkins Surrey Hills Photography
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PHOTO: Common carder Wendy Carter
PHOTO: Early bumblebee Penny Frith
Common carder bees If you spy a gingery or brown bumblebee without any stripes, youâ€™ve found a common carder bee. These queens emerge quite early in spring and are common in gardens throughout the county. They vary in size (queens are the biggest) as well as colour â€“ from bright ginger to faded orange; females often have creamy sides to the thorax while males tend to be more yellowy with extra facial hair. Common carder bees build nests amongst tussocky grass; I spent a while last spring watching a queen exploring a tussock at the base of an apple tree in my garden before she eventually decided to head off elsewhere.
The sting is a modified egg laying tube so is only present in females. Bumblebees rarely ever sting, even when handled, but may do so if the entrance to their nest is obstructed. Unlike with honey bees, stinging is not fatal.
Flight of the bumblebee Flying takes up a lot of energy and a third of bumblebee's daily calorie intake is spent foraging for more precious nectar and pollen. By repeatedly 'shivering' their muscles they help themselves to stay warm so they can remain active even on overcast days. So effective is this habit, and their insulation, that two species of bumblebees even survive north of the Arctic Circle!
PHOTO: Red tailed bumblebee male Penny Frith
Planting for bumblebees The best way to help bumblebees is to make sure that your garden has nectar and pollen rich plants in flower for as many months of the year as possible, from snowdrops in spring through to lavender in summer and Michaelmas daisies in autumn. Don’t forget that the various species of bumblebee have different lengths of tongue so try to include a variety of both tubular and open flowers. Whether you’ve only got window boxes or patio tubs, a small flower bed or acres of space, you will succeed in attracting bees if you include some of the following plants: 12
Allium Aquilegia Buddleia Bugle Catmint Comfrey Crocus Echinacea Foxglove Globe thistle
PHOTO: Buff-tailed bumblebee Jon Hawkins Surrey Hills Photography
Honeysuckle Lavender Lungwort Mahonia Nasturtium Rosemary Scabious Sedum Thyme
Grouping plants It’s more efficient for bees if similar plants are grouped together so that they can easily move from flower to flower. Try to plant in dense drifts because bees learn to recognise certain nectar-rich flowers and will revisit these repeatedly If you’ve got the space, why not create a meadow area or just leave a bit of your garden to go wild? Tussocky grass in particular can be great for common carder bees. How to rescue bees If you find a dozy bee - perhaps it is cold or has been downed by heavy rain - you can help to perk it up by mixing a little sugar into
some water. I’ve ‘rescued’ several bumbles by helping them onto my warm hand and holding a sugar-water mix in a teaspoon just in front of them. Don’t worry too much about being stung; queens and female workers can sting but rarely do and usually only if they or their nest feel threatened. However, if they look like they’re giving you a ‘high five’ with one of their feet, consider yourself warned that they’re not too happy and you should try a different approach! Find out more www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/ gardening-factsheets. www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/ spotting-sheets www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/ wildlife/species-a-z
PHOTO: White-tailed bumblebee Penny Frith
PHOTO: White-tailed bumblebee male Penny Frith
PHOTO: Bumblebee rescue Wendy Carter
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Worcester Stands Tall The giraffes are coming – get set for Worcester Stands Tall. With Helen Griffee, Communications Manager at St Richard’s Hospice.
he biggest public art event ever seen in Worcester will take the city by storm this summer as gentle, giant giraffe sculptures stand tall in our midst. Thirty huge individually decorated giraffe sculptures will be majestically towering over residents and visitors from July 9th to September 16th for Worcester Stands Tall – a Wild in Art event brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice. The large giraffes will be joined by at least 25 baby giraffe sculptures – smaller, but crafted just as creatively, by students and teachers in local schools. The baby giraffes will also be
displayed during the trail. The event is set to inspire residents and visitors to uncover the city’s cultural gems and discover areas they may not have explored before. Funded by companies and individuals from around the county, the sculptures will be brought to life by regional and national artists to create the visually stunning trail of art. The large sculptures will be auctioned this October to raise money for the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal. The smaller sculptures will be returned to the schools and groups which decorated them, as a lasting memento.
Wild in Art is one of the UK’s leading creative producers of spectacular public art events and previous trails, such as The Big Hoot in Birmingham and GoGoGorillas in Norwich have been massive public success stories as well as raising vital funds for charity. Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director for St Richard’s, said: “We’re really excited at the thought of majestic giraffes set against Worcester’s iconic backdrop, standing tall alongside us to bring colour and vibrancy to the city.” She added, “Worcester Stands Tall will be an amazing adventure and is hugely important to St Richard’s
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Hospice. Not only will it inspire civic pride and conversation and give people an opportunity to get active on a free and fun day out, but we also hope to raise a significant sum for the Build 2020 appeal to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.” Mrs Cavell explained, “Giraffes are majestic, but elegant; gentle but giant. They are sociable creatures but do not form herds, instead they meet in changing groups each day, rather as we do in our own communities. We thought these wonderful creatures were a great representation of our own city. We also love the fact that the collective noun for a group of giraffes is a ‘tower’ and we have some fine examples of those already in Worcester.” Worcester Stands Tall is supported by presenting partners Worcestershire Ambassadors and Crowngate Shopping Centre, education partner West Midland
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uriing the warmer montths the gardens at Coughton Court burst into life, oﬀering a kaleidoscope of vivid colour and sound. From April thousands of daﬀodils line the paths from the stable yard; from early May a carpet of bluebells shimmers in the woodland whilst apple blossom, roses and perennials ﬁll the ancient borders. As well as the historic house and gardens, there are several local walks to enjoy. Pick up one of our guide cards and explore Kinwarton Dovecote or the Heart of England Forest, or try our Curious Coughton walk and discover more about the site and its place in history. Families can enjoy a stroll along the riverside in search of the ducklings and goslings, not forgetting to pause on the bridge to play a couple of rounds of
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ittle Comberton Street Market, now in its 34th year, is held annually on the Saturday of the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend; this year it takes place on Saturday 26th May between 2pm and 5pm. It’s always a fun afternoon for the whole family - whatever the weather - last year we attracted over 800 visitors. The market promises a unique fête experience - a host of colourful stalls line the lane set against a traditional backdrop of thatched cottages, orchards and hay bales. There’s a fantastic mix of stallholders offering books, plants, vintage goods and collectibles plus local arts and crafts. We welcome new traders so if you are a local crafter or food producer please email email@example.com The market includes a church exhibition themed ‘Collectors’ Corner’, and plenty of live entertainment with jazz in the beer 24
tent, music in the courtyard, bell ringing and Morris Dancing. There will be a large display of classic cars, weather permitting, and there’s loads to keep children happy including a dedicated games area. We aim to celebrate the best of local produce with asparagus, real ale and cider, pork baps, cream teas and homemade cakes. Little Comberton Street Market is a non-profit making event and all monies raised go to support St. Peter’s Church and Little Comberton Village Hall. Entrance is just £1 per adult and free parking is available on a first come first served basis. For further information please visit our facebook page LittleCombertonStreetMarket1 or website little-comberton.com/ street-market Find the market at Manor Lane, Little Comberton, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 3EG
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hen he introduced it in April 2016, it’s doubtful that thenchancellor George Osborne imagined his new Dividend Allowance would be so shortlived. Introduced to encourage people to invest by making the first £5k of dividend income earned by shareholders each year tax-free, the government claimed the new allowance would reduce the tax bill for a million people.1 But in March 2017, as part of a wide ranging attack on the selfemployed, his successor, Philip Hammond, announced plans to cut the allowance to £2k, as of 6 April 2018. Dividends above the £2k limit are now taxed at 7.5% for basic rate taxpayers, 32.5% for higher rate taxpayers, and 38.1% for top earners. The biggest losers will be business owners who paid themselves dividends as a more tax-efficient alternative to salary. However, it will also leave some private investors worse off, including those using dividends to help fund their retirement. Many could be pensioners who began investing in equities because interest rates were so low. If this affects you, you may want to consider how to minimise your dividend tax liability. Making the maximum possible use of tax-efficient wrappers is a basic step, but it’s the best line of defence against this tax change.
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Investors with substantial holdings outside of ISAs and pensions should consider moving them into these tax shelters. This could produce capital gains tax (CGT) though, so will need to managed within the CGT allowance of £11,300. But there is no doubt that building up funds within ISAs and pensions is the surest way to minimise tax liabilities, and to mitigate the impact of further tax changes. Make maximum use of this year’s ISA allowance of £20,000 but also take advantage of other tax allowances and exemptions. The personal tax allowance of £11,500 can also cover dividend income, if other income sources add up to less than that amount. Assets can be passed between spouses without restriction, which enables full use of both partners’ personal allowance, CGT allowance and reduced dividend allowance. It might be possible to generate income as interest rather than as dividends; for example, from bond funds, which might then fall within the tax-free Personal Savings Allowance for interest payments. The dividend allowance cut illustrates how tax rules can change regularly and underlines the importance of reviewing your
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t shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone now that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force from 25th May 2018. All employers will need to comply with its principles when they are processing employees' personal data. If you are handling personal information about individuals you must have identified a legal basis for processing it in advance. There are six legal bases but the three most relevant in the employment context are: performance of a contract compliance with a legal obligation and legitimate interests of the employer. Many companies are still assuming that they can simply rely on consent as their justification for processing personal data. However, this will not be a valid legal basis if there is a clear imbalance of power between a data subject and the data controller, as is considered to be the case in virtually all employment relationships.
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So, if you haven't already started, what should you be doing now to prepare for the new regulations? Identify all the personal data that you process on your employees - personnel files, electronic letters, emails to and from employees, appraisals etc then ask yourself the following questions about your reasons for processing data and keep a record of the answers: What is the purpose of the processing? Is it necessary for performance of our contract? Is it necessary for compliance with a legal obligation? Is it necessary for my legitimate interests as an employer? Once you have identified the legal basis for processing each category of data, you need to ensure that this information is included in the privacy notices provided to job applicants and to employees. You may also need
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Cutting Edge How to choose a tree surgeon; advice from Tim Coppin.
f you are planning an outdoor project this spring, be sure of a good outcome by choosing a qualified person to carry out the work. From clearing a garden to erecting a stable yard or limiting the growth of a tree on your boundary, take care to entrust your little patch of England to a responsible professional. Competent tree surgeons have certificates demonstrating that they have been trained and assessed. Some will also have other academic qualifications in arboriculture. They will use specialist safety equipment to protect you, your property and themselves. And when it comes to pruning trees, they will achieve a natural, balanced outline, appropriate in shape and scale to the species and the surrounding landscape. Before you commission anyone it’s a good idea to check out their qualifications, experience and insurance.
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Get a fixed quote for the work required, be clear about how long it’s likely to take, and what will and won’t be included. A professional will comply with legal requirements, know how handle any boundary issues, liaise with the relevant tree conservation officer if necessary, and deal respectfully with any issues that affect the road or your neighbours. It is usual for professionals to take away and recycle any waste so ask if you will you be left with anything to dispose of yourself and if you can keep any useful by products of the job such as logs or bark chippings. Some indications that you are dealing with a professional are: NVQ / NPTC professional qualifications demonstrating safety and proficiency in tree climbing, aerial rescue and the use of chainsaws, chippers and stump grinders. CHAS accreditation. The
Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme is a health and safety accreditation scheme for the construction industry which acts as a type of prequalification during the tender process for contracts with architects, councils, schools and other public bodies. Professional safety equipment and specialist machinery. Insurance documentation. The availability of references. As a team of qualified professionals, based in Beckford, we undertake all types of projects quickly and efficiently including tree surgery, site clearance, hard and soft landscaping, fencing, equestrian and agricultural projects. As well as residential work we specialise in large commercial projects. Please call us on 07557 536 391 or 01386 882 436 for advice.
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Longevity With all the benefits of a conservatory and the advantage that you can situate it anywhere, a double glazed summerhouse offers several advantages over wood suggests John Lannen, Director at L+L. Spacious, luxurious and versatile - a glass garden building offers warmth, light and the chance to enjoy more of that wonderful summer feeling, all year round. If you lack the right spot for a conservatory, a garden building will enable you to relax in your garden more often, stay outside later each evening and enjoy being outdoors on days when it would otherwise be too cold. Traditionally, summerhouses have been made of timber but double glazing offers several benefits. Wood requires regular 34
maintenance whereas a glazed structure needs almost none. Since the cost of timber is constantly rising, glass is often now comparable in price. It’s also stronger, more permanent and far more secure. Our thermally efficient garden buildings come in a range of styles and sizes, plus six colour options. With a choice of glass panels or brickwork available and a variety of roofing and flooring materials, you can create a structure unique to you. Add insulation, automatic air vents, roof vents, windows and air conditioning and you can be sure of a comfortable temperature all year round.
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decide to move home you can take it with you. As a family company, the L+L team believe in delivering high quality products & impeccable service at an affordable price. Why not visit our showroom in Tewkesbury, including a display of glass buildings; you can talk to us about the options for your home and experience our extensive range of products. Pop in or call on 01684 295038 to arrange a free home survey.
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Monies Owed Sarah Ben-Tarifite, solicitor at Thomson & Bancks, on your potential entitlement to a refund.
re you due a refund from Powers of Attorney registration fees? If you registered a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, you could be entitled to a refund from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). Why were people overcharged? This is because the operating costs of the OPG fell, due to an increase in applications and efficiency, but this was not reflected in a reduced application fee. The cost of applications was initially set at £110 and reduced
from 1 April 2017 to £82. Who can make a claim? If you paid to register a LPA or EPA in England or Wales from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017 and are either: the ‘donor’ - the person who made the Power of Attorney or an ‘attorney’ appointed by the donor in an LPA or EPA to make decisions on their behalf. The refund must be paid to the donor. If the donor has died, the executor of the will or administrator of the estate can claim a refund and you should contact the OPG directly.
How long does it take? It will take up to twelve weeks for the claim to be processed and if approved, will be paid to the donor’s bank account. If the claim is rejected, an appeal can be made to the Refunds Helpline. Regrettably, we are unable to claim the refund on your behalf and therefore you should contact the OPG. If you have any questions relating to Powers of Attorney, please contact Sarah Ben-Tarifite in our Private Client team on 01386 562000. Sarah is based in Pershore but appointments are also available in Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and our new Stratford-upon-Avon office.
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TRADITIONAL STYLE LEADED & DECORATIVE WINDOWS
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Combine the rich heritage of leaded lights and the improved efficiency of modern technology in a timber look window to enhance your home View displays at our Tewkesbury showroom
LIGHT + LEADWORK Leaded glass has been a popular feature of glazing through centuries. Originally, leaded windows were made of small sections of glass supported in lead cames. With modern techniques and improved energy efficiency this effect is achieved by applying the lead to the surface of the glass. We can help you design elegant leaded lights to a square, diamond, Queen Anne or custom pattern, so if your property has existing windows that youâ€™d like to replicate, we can help you maintain the original look.
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he six rink county standard green at Overbury Bowling Club opened for the season on 15th April, having been tended carefully throughout the winter to ensure the best possible playing surface for 2018. Situated right on the border of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, within Overbury Estate, the club draws its members from as far afield as Winchcombe, Toddington, Greet, Alderton, Strensham, Bishop’s Cleeve and surrounding villages. With its tranquil location and magnificent views of the Cotswolds, our location is always the envy of visitors. If you’ve ever wondered whether bowls might be for you, please come along and try this sociable sport under the guidance of one of our coaches. You can ‘give it a go’ on Sunday 22nd 40
April when we’re holding an Open Day from 2pm, or contact us to arrange to come to another session. New members of all ages are always welcome; although bowls is often seen as a retirement sport it proves popular with younger people and we’re always keen to attract more members. We’ll provide all the equipment you need to get started and our qualified coaches will get you up to speed quickly, helping with those annoying issues which can affect your enjoyment of the game. Every Monday evening during the season is club night where members can practice, receive coaching, play friendly matches and socialise in the licensed bar. Wednesday mornings are allocated for members to play friendly matches and get to know each other. As long as it is not in use or being maintained, the
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Green by Design Vale of Evesham recycling company, Budget Skips, was established with the aim of managing waste in the ‘greenest’ way possible. With an extension to the site and a new project planned, their operation is set to become even more efficient. We caught up with Barry Holloway. Budget Skips has always been known as ‘the green skip company’ so what’s new? We’re busy planning the next phase in our development - a twelve month project of expansion which will make us larger and more efficient. It’s the logical result of the growth we’ve enjoyed over the last eighteen years. How has the operation grown? When we set up on 1st November 2000, we had just two lorries and a single vision - to change the way that waste was disposed of for good. In the last eighteen years, the company has 42
enjoyed healthy expansion as a result of continual investment in and support from the local community. We now employ more than 48 people and with over 750 skips, a modern fleet of specialist vehicles, and a large, state of the art recycling plant (self-sufficient in electricity and water), we can deal with almost any type and volume of waste on site. The business may look very different from the outside but our vision remains the same. To achieve it, we have to constantly adapt so we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to deal with the waste the community produces.
What is the plan for 2018? We’ve recently been granted planning permission for an extension to the site across four acres. Our intention is to build a biomass plant so that we can store and recycle the waste wood we receive for use as fuel. Currently, we sort wood and transport it other sites where it is recycled but our new project will allow us to recycle in-house, reducing the amount of waste going off site and making us more efficient. How will it work? By generating heat and energy we’ll be able to power our entire
site and have some spare capacity. The heat generated will be blown into a huge shed and used to dry the wet soil we receive here which is unfit for use. This will then be screened, blended, processed and analysed to create a high grade topsoil which complies with British Standard 3882:2015. China has recently stopped buying plastic. What effect has this had? The plastics market has crashed, as has cardboard and paper, so all three are proving more difficult to recycle. Unless the policymakers change the laws, the reality is that some plastics may once again be returned to landfill. However, it’s always our aim to recycle as much waste as possible and we are successful with 95% of waste received. What can each individual do to ensure their household waste is managed properly? Always use a reputable waste
management company. We all have a duty of care that our waste is disposed of responsibly. We’re proud that the vast majority of products we handle are made good for future use. We recover over 250 tonnes of recycled topsoil and aggregate daily, as well as woods, plastics, metals, paper, card and more. In a typical month, we treat and recycle over 6000 tonnes of raw materials for plastic manufacturers, paper mills, landscapers and others. Not only is this ethical but it means we can offer customers the most competitive rates. To find out more about skip hire please call today for a quote on 01386 841 181.
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What’s changing with the new test? A stricter MOT comes into force from 20th May with new defect categories, tougher rules for diesel car emissions, and some exemptions. The changes will apply to cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles.
What else is new? Testers will have to check if tyres are obviously underinflated, if brake fluid is contaminated, for fluid leaks, brake pad warning lights, missing brake pads and discs, reversing lights and daytime running lights on some newer vehicles.
How will problems be listed? The current test has pass, fail or advisory but under the new law defects will be classed as ‘dangerous, major or minor’, depending on the type of problem and how serious it is. The big difference is that vehicles which are classed as dangerous can no longer be driven on the road and must now be repaired beforehand. Major faults should be repaired immediately and minor as soon as possible.
What about emissions? There will be stricter tests for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). We have to record a major fault if smoke of any colour comes from the exhaust or there is evidence that the DPF has been tampered with. Is it right that vintage cars are now exempt? Cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need an MOT if they’re over 40 years old and have not been substantially
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Vet at Home Launching a new mobile veterinary service, Folly Care @ Home around the Tewkesbury and Cheltenham area.
atient welfare and client convenience are at the centre of all we do so weâ€™re delighted to introduce our brand new mobile veterinary clinic. If you own a pet and live near Tewkesbury or Cheltenham you now have the choice of Folly coming direct to you. Especially handy for owners of multiple pets, animals with mobility issues or anyone short on time, the option of a home visit offers several advantages. No need to leave the comfort of your home, none of the hassle of a car journey and reduced stress levels for vet-phobic pets. Home visits are offered in pre-booked time slots during which you will be visited by one of our vets and a veterinary nurse in our purpose built mobile clinic. Our newly purchased
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A day out at the Royal Three Counties Show 15-17 June, is a great way to celebrate the best of farming, local food and family fun suggests Head of Shows Diana Walton.
What’s special about this year’s show? We’re incredibly proud to mark the 60th year of our namesake show. Our roots stretch back over 220 years but this year we’re celebrating our ‘diamond’ anniversary with a sparkling line up. What’s fresh this year? We’ve some wonderful new additions including our Gardening Hub, Ask the Groom and the muchloved actors from the Archers. This year Worcestershire hosts the show, sharing some of the best bits of the county with
visitors. Worcestershire Music will entertain the crowds, and visitors can follow a trail of beautiful works of art from celebrated artist, David Birtwhistle. The extremely popular Medieval reenactment camp returns to focus on Worcestershire’s exciting history and The Firs, birth place of Sir Edward Elgar, will be showcasing an original piano owned by Elgar. And the traditional favourites? Visitors always love the incredible entertainment in the action-packed Main Arena, getting up close to animals in the livestock sheds, and being able to sample so much delicious local food and drink. It’s a fantastic family day out, with something suitable for all ages. Advanced tickets are now on sale, with a 10% discount with code LITV18 before 31/5/18.
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The villagers of Ashton under Hill have been opening their gardens for 41 years and regularly attract over 1000 visitors. Andy Cooke explains.
he pretty Cotswold village of Ashton under Hill hosts its popular annual open gardens event on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June when 25 gardens will be open and there will be several delightful frontages to enjoy. This year’s theme is ‘Nature in the Garden’. As well as the many lovely spaces to explore, there will be a mixture of entertainment, displays and exhibitions in the church and our two village schools, a gardener’s raffle plus craft and plant sales. A photographic competition will run during the weekend and we welcome entries from any keen amateurs or budding professionals who would like the opportunity to win a prize and perhaps see their work used for publicity in future years. As always, a wide range of refreshments will be on offer including ploughman’s lunches and cream teas in the marquee. Fresh sandwiches, tea
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he Vale of Evesham is home to one of the most amazing green vegetables which is growing in popularity and fame all over the world. In 2017 Vale asparagus gained Geographical Protected Food status from the EU which now puts the majestic ‘gras’ on an exclusive list of elite food and drinks. And this year, it’s official; for the first time ever, 23rd April, St Georges Day, also marks National Asparagus Day! The celebrations start with the Great English Asparagus Run, during which we commend the “100” round of Vale Gras. The journey begins at The Fleece at Bretforton then continues via the Asparagus Express steam train from the newly opened Broadway station to Cheltenham, on the first non-stop locomotive to run in 80 years. Why not book tickets and join us on this inimitable journey? The Asparabus Tours, 10th and
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or anyone who loves beautiful gardens a visit to Eckington’s annual open event should not be missed. The village is lucky to have a number of spectacular gardens, outstanding in their design and location, which are included in the National Gardens scheme. There are also another 30 more gardens, of varying size and designs, for you to enjoy. Holy Trinity church will be decorated by our talented florists
who compete to ensure an outstanding themed display. With a variety of entertainment on offer including live music, classic cars, a plant stall, a grand prize draw and plenty of home baked refreshments, there’s something for all ages. A complimentary mini-bus circles the village on both days to transport visitors from garden to garden. To help those with mobility issues, we clearly mark gardens that are wheel-chair
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Salted Caramel, Peanut and Chocolate Tart Crisp pastry, sweet salty caramel and rich, smooth ganache combine in this sumptuous dessert, a favourite at Belle House. INGREDIENTS SWEET PASTRY 500g flour 150g soft butter 100g caster sugar 100g icing sugar 2 eggs 50ml cold water SALTED CARAMEL & PEANUT BASE 30g liquid glucose 185g caster sugar 15g salted butter 100g double cream 1g rock salt a generous handful of salted peanuts
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METHOD Put flour, butter & sugars into a mixing bowl or food processer and mix until it becomes the texture of breadcrumbs. Whisk water and eggs together, pour over flour mixture & mix to create a dough. Knead briefly on a floured surface, form into a log shape then wrap in cling film. Place in the fridge & leave to rest for 30minutes (or it can be frozen at this stage). Roll and line a 7” tart case and blind bake, lined with greaseproof paper & baking beans, at 170 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove the beans then bake for a further 4 minutes. Melt the glucose in a pan, add the sugar and gradually cook until light caramel in colour. Gently heat the cream. Add the butter to the caramel, add the salt, then slowly add the cream. Pour into the cooked tart case and sprinkle over a handful or so of nuts. Allow the caramel to set before making the ganache. Boil the cream and then take off the heat. Melt half the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and mix into the cream. Add the remaining chocolate, still in cold, solid form, to cool down the mixture. When all is combined, gently fold in the softened butter and liquid glucose. Pour onto the cooled caramel/nuts and cool. To serve, dust with cocoa powder.
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With Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell, our long-term columnist in his role as Policing Commander for South Worcestershire. Following promotion, he is now responsible for the West Mercia patch of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Congratulations on your promotion. What experience will you be drawing on in your new role? I’ve been in policing for 30 years so have had loads of experience on the ground. I’ve taken policing command for three local areas, been a senior investigating officer for serious and organised crime and murders, been a firearms commander and worked alongside many partners in the community. I’m not leaving South Worcestershire because it’s where I live, and I still have loads of projects based at our Worcester HQ; I like to think I’m just commuting a bit further. What made you become a police officer? It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, even as a small boy. It’s much more that a job to me - If I’m not working, I’m active on social media or attending evening meetings, trying to offer reassurance to the public and make sure we’re doing the best job we can. I never imagined I’d reach the rank I’m at now but an opportunity came along as a result of the change to the West Mercia policing model and I’m proud to have been successful. Tell us about the new model. Our vision remains the same - to protect people from harm, and be
as efficient and effective as we can be, right now and for the future, especially when dealing with the most vulnerable members of our communities. What changes have been made? The new model went live on 8th April 2018, after extensive research and crime data analysis. It’s designed to ensure local police officers are available and visible on our streets, making it easier for people to contact us when they need our help, and ensuring that the public receive the right support as quickly as possible increasing their confidence in us. How will this affect day to day policing? The main changes include adapting shift patterns so that we have more officers on duty when the public needs them most. We’re also focusing on more collaborative working with our partners to solve problems in communities in a joined up way; improving police officer visibility; maximising the benefits of new technologies; and addressing changing demands. What will this mean for us? . We’ll have more officers on duty when the public needs them most, and we’ll be providing a more focussed and efficient
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share reports of suspicious activity we’d see a drop in crime. What’s West Mercia hoping to achieve next in regards to rural crime? We’ve appointed a specialist rural crime officer who is there to listen to the concerns of the community then come back and tell us what’s required. Residents often ask for visibility but we have to balance this against our covert work. Lots of rural crime – such as the theft of Land Rovers or quad bikes – takes place at night. If we commit too many officers to the day shift then we have no resources available for our vital undercover operations, but of course the public don’t see them. What are three good things people would say about you? I’m enthusiastic, I’m devoted to the police force and I care – both about the people we police and my team. It’s what drives me every day. What are the key values you work to? I start with a clear understanding that we’re the only police service people get so, unlike in most areas of life, they don’t have a choice who to use. As a monopoly we have an absolute duty to get it right, offer satisfaction and instil confidence. Police visibility is so important so we’re always looking at new ways to be more accessible such as our mobile police stations which now travel around South Worcestershire. We may live in a low crime area but that doesn’t mean people don’t worry. Besides, every crime is a problem to the one person who experiences it. You have a significant 60
following on twitter and were a founder member of the online policing community @WeCops. Why is social media so important to you? It’s a practical way for us to be visible in peoples’ lives every day, a platform where we can explain what we do and gain confidence. We only police by consent and we have to be accountable. I have some challenging interactions on twitter but if people are unhappy we must look hard at what and think about why. What’s the most satisfying aspect of your work? Just a thank you. Sometimes we make a difference in a small way to someone’s life and it’s really great for that to be acknowledged. I get lovely letters from people who say they feel that they’ve been listened to and can see that we’ve done our best. It’s not always simply a conviction that people want. How do you relax? Rugby mainly - I’m secretary of Malvern Rugby Club - and I love walking my two dogs. What’s your guilty pleasure? I do like a good craft beer.
What single thing would reduce the amount of suffering caused by crime? A greater sense of community - a society where people always look out for one another, protect each other and see a crime against their neighbour as a crime against themselves.
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