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Welcome What’s your favourite thing about summer? Sunshine apart, mine’s the change of pace. As exam fever subsides and the schools close their doors on another year, the patterns of the world shift and we all, hopefully, get a chance to breathe out. Even if you don’t have children in education, there’s that wonderful lull; a precious pause between one cycle ending and another one waiting to begin. It’s so important how we spend these days. If you’re lucky enough to be going away there is simple pleasure to be found in an alternative to-do list; when to wake, what to read, what to eat and drink. And if you’re looking for things to do closer to home, there’s plenty going on to help you rest, regroup, and rediscover yourself afresh. This issue, among other things, we bring you loads of great events. You can also get daily updates on what’s happening locally by joining us on twitter @lisalambon or visiting our website lifeinthevillage.co.uk I wish you a wonderful summer…

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Enter our three new competitions online COMPETITIONS & OFFERS

LOCAL LIFE

LOCAL EVENTS

21 Win one of ten pairs of tickets to Malvern Autumn Show

10 Damsels & Dragons Wildlife with Wendy Carter

26 Pershore Plum Festival Painting Pershore purple

33 Win a champagne package to Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

22 The Aveda Difference Hair care inspired by nature

39 Coughton Court Fabulous summer drama

63 Win one of five family tickets to the Living History Show

25 Personal Pet Care With the team at Folly Gardens

43 Malvern Autumn Record Breaking family fun

64 Money saving vouchers

30 Plum Tarte Tatin A seasonal Belle House recipe

46 Bredon Boat Races Summer fun on the water

45 Expanding Legal Expertise With Paul Johnson

48 Bikeway Ventures Cycling for young and old

60 Sweet Berry Tarts The best Belle House recipes

54 Worcester Stands Tall View the city afresh

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57 Overbury Street Market A Bredon Hill tradition

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Enter the magical world of damselflies and dragonflies this summer with local wildlife expert Wendy Carter of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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WILDLIFE Beautiful Demoiselle Credit: Wendy Carter

Figure 1: Common Darter Credit: Wendy Carter

feeding on flies, midges and even each other. It’s easy to encounter them up close by simply taking a wander along the Avon, stopping by a lake, or meandering along one of the many streams and brooks than run through the villages of Worcestershire. But what should you look out for?

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rom dancing damsels to majestic emperors, the enchanting world of damselflies and dragonflies could be wrapped up in a children’s fairy tale. During the long warm days of summer, there are few sights more captivating than these delicate jewelwinged insects in flight. We have over 40 species of breeding dragon and damselfly in the UK, with an extra handful of migrants arriving in the summer months to swell our populations. They are creatures of the water, lording it over wetlands, moorland and woodland glades, 12

How the story unfolds Multi-coloured and iridescent, dragon and damselflies move through the air with such effortless grace that you could be forgiven for not realising that they spend most of their lives submerged in water. Other than their constant ducking and darting over water to catch flies, it’s hard to imagine the connection these stunning aerial acrobats have with life beneath the surface. Yet depending on the species, dragon and damselflies spend their first two or three years living in ponds, streams and rivers as nymphs. They move through a three stage life-cycle, hatching from an egg, developing into larva and only much later transforming into beautiful airborne creatures.

Most live above the surface in the mature form most familiar to us for a fleeting period of between two and eight weeks. Unlike the elegant adults, nymphs are creatures that look hard to love. Small, almost nondescript dull brown insects, they spend much of their time hiding in mud, ready to snatch passing live prey. Study their faces in detail and you’ll see that they have an extending jaw that makes them look like the alien in the famous films of the same name. Hatching from eggs, nymphs moult many times as they mature, breaking out of and shedding their old ‘skin’ multiple times until eventually, they clamber out of the water, shake themselves down, and discard their skin for a final time. It can take the newly emerging adult up to three hours to fully stretch out and dry their wings, and pump the fluids necessary for their new existence around their bodies. See Figure 1, above. Newly emerged dragonflies take a little time to develop their colours too – if you spot a particularly pale dragonfly with extra shiny wings, Summer 2018 | lifeinthevillage.co.uk


WILDLIFE Common Darter Male Credit George Hauxwell

the chances are it will have only emerged in the last day or two. As soon as they are able, the adults will start to hunt and this often takes them away from their original bodies of water. They will, however, return to breed and some males will inevitably engage in fights with others to maintain control of a particular territory.

bodies that can appear Prussian blue in certain lights and mallard green in others. However, it’s their wings that make them easy to separate. As the name suggests, male banded demoiselles have a dark band across the central part of theirs whereas the wings of male beautiful demoiselles are dark all over.

Glittering fairies Beautiful and banded demoiselles in flight look just like the fairies of our imagination. Their delicate needlelike metallic bodies and fluttering pearlescent wings could have flown straight off the pages of a child’s story book. At a glance, it can be tricky to tell the females of the two species apart as both have lustrous green bodies. There is a subtle difference in that female banded demoiselles have pale green wings whereas those of the female beautiful demoiselles are dark brown, but in the field it’s often difficult to distinguish these colours. The males, on the other hand, are much easier to identify. Both have magnificent iridescent peacock-blue

Beautiful and banded demoiselles in flight look just like the fairies of our imagination

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However, the two species are not always found together. Banded demoiselles prefer slow-flowing rivers with muddy bottoms whereas beautiful demoiselles prefer rivers and streams with a gravel base. Look for banded demoiselles along the rivers Avon and Isbourne or the Bow and Badsey brooks. Beautiful demoiselles can be spotted on the Carrant, Leadon and Longdon Brook. This species is probably also present on the Broadway

Brook and other small streams but sightings elsewhere have not been reported to us; if you see one on your travels, we’d love you to take a snap and let us know. Majestic emperors The UK’s largest dragonfly, emperor dragonflies, are magnificent creatures on the wing from June to August. At 7cm in length, these impressive insects dwarf many of the other dragonflies in our area but are nothing in size when compared to the UK’s biggest ever dragonfly. The’ Bolsover Beast’, as it’s known, flew over swamps in Derbyshire 300 million years ago when oxygen levels in the atmosphere were much higher, and had a massive wingspan of more than 20cm. Emperor dragonflies stay close to large expanses of water and tend to fly high up, looking for insectprey such as butterflies and other dragonflies. It catches its prey in midair and usually eats it on the wing. Watching out for these feeding habits is a good way to identify different species because dragonflies are labelled according to them. Hawkers 13


WILDLIFE Figure 2. Emperor Female laying eggs Credit: George Hauxwell

tend to patrol up and down, often zigzagging whilst looking for prey and defending a territory, whilst chasers and darters make sudden dashes from a perch and skimmers brush close to the water’s edge. Emperor dragonflies are hawkers, constantly on the move and rarely sitting still, even when eating. Male emperors are a wonderful sky blue colour with an apple-green thorax (the bulky middle part of their bodies). Keep a look out for a fast-moving dragonfly that barely ever comes to rest, even when it’s caught its prey; the down-turned tip of its body is the final feature that will help you distinguish it from its similar looking cousin, the southern hawker. Female emperors are green all over and it’s these that you’re more likely to spot up close as they come down to find suitable vegetation amongst which to lay their eggs. See Figure 2, above.

Southern hawkers are our largest and fastest flying dragonflies; note how they hover and fly backwards. Like emperors, males and females are blue and green respectively but their bodies have more brown on them, making them easy to distinguish. Unlike emperors, they will patrol garden ponds

It’s a mistake to project human emotions and thoughts onto animals but common darters – the smiling dragonfly – always seems to look happy and woodland rides, hunting for food, well away from water. I’ve seen a southern hawker hunt and

catch a butterfly and even watched one munch its way through a bumblebee. It was not pleasant to watch but I remind myself that it’s all part of a healthy ecosystem; if the predators are doing well, everything else in the food chain must be working too. Smiling dragons It’s a mistake to project human emotions and thoughts onto animals but common darters – the smiling dragonfly – always seems to look happy. One of our later dragonflies, they emerge from early June onwards and hang around until the autumn, sometimes as late as November. They’re ubiquitous around still or even stagnant bodies of water and are frequently found around garden ponds. The females are a pale yellow-ish brown, not to be confused with immature males who haven’t had chance to gain their orange-red

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WILDLIFE colour. Males are easy to confuse with ruddy darters, which are less common, but common darters are orange in tone (rather than deep red) and have yellow stripes down their legs. Their most interesting feature is their two-tone eyes; take a closer look at that smiling face and you’ll see they’re brown at the top and yellow beneath. Group flight The common clubtail dragonfly is a medium-sized, bright yellow and black beast with a club-shaped abdomen, in flight from early May to late June. Unlike most dragonflies it has separated eyes. Elusive as

Did you know? Many old folk tales refer to dragonflies stinging and biting but it’s impossible for them to do either. adults, once emerged they quickly move from the river to woodland as far as 10km away, where they spend most of their time in the canopy of trees. Now only found on fewer than fifteen stretches of river in the UK, they had a stronghold in the Avon for many years. Sadly, surveys over the last two years have found none present in the south of the county. The news isn’t all bad for

Worcestershire as they’re still present in the Severn and Teme but if you think you’ve spotted one, or would like to help out with surveying next year, please get in touch. Clubtail nymphs offer one of natures’ many enchanting spectacles as dense groups of them emerge from the riverbed synchronously and then the adults take flight together, a few hours later, all at the same time. It’s a sight I’ve not yet managed to see, despite many attempts, and the short clubtail season is almost over but I’ve not given up yet. The wonderful thing, when it comes to learning about wildlife, is that there’s always next year…

Southern Hawker Credit: Stuart Andrews

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WILDLIFE What’s On

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Sun 24th Jun – Butterfly Walk at Monkwood. Booking advisable.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. We’d like you to join in with our celebrations by helping to turn Worcestershire wild:

Fri 6th Jul – Swinyard Hill: Flora & Fauna. Booking essential. Wed 18th Jul – Wild in the Woods Survival for families, Lower Smite Farm. Wed 1st Aug – Minibeasts Mystery fun for the family. Lower Smite Farm. Wed 22nd Aug – Whose Poo? Fun for the family. Lower Smite Farm. Thur 6th Sept – Limestone & Grassland Butterflies of the UK talk. Lyttelton Rooms, Malvern. Wed 19th Sept – Antarctica talk. Bishop Allenby Hall, Worcester. www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/whats-on

We’re asking you to Pledge a Patch for wildlife www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/ pledgeapatch Do you know someone who does amazing things for wildlife? Why not nominate them to become a Wildlife Hero? www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/ wildlife-heroes Why not watch our 50th birthday video, featuring some of the 9935 species of wildlife that have been recorded on our nature reserves www.youtube.com/ watch?v=y_tffAkShAU

Emperor Dragonfly Credit: Mike Averill

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Common Clubtail Dragony Female Credit:Mike Averill

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Saturday 25th to Monday 27th August, Bank Holiday Festival Weekend Enjoy a three day extravaganza of purple plum fun. Join The Angel Hotel for its Big Plum, Beer, Food and Music Festival, visit Plum Alley which will be bustling with plum products, tastings and entertainment, and don’t miss the excellent yellow and purple shop windows throughout the town.

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Sunday brings the family fun day where all ages can enjoy the Pershore Plodders 10K run, the Plum Pooches in the Park Dog Show, a plum craft market, children’s entertainment in the Plum Fun Zone, an open air plum praise service, the Plum Peddle Push and plum food and drink in

abundance in the food village. Plum Festival Fayre Day on Bank Holiday Monday is the pinnacle of this month long extravaganza – Pershore’s largest annual event last year attracted 25,000 visitors. It’s a great day out for all the family with attractions and entertainment throughout the town, including

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Belle House Plum Tarte Tatin French Tarte Tatin is traditionally made with apples that are cooked in caramel, covered in puff pastry and baked in the oven until golden and crispy. Try this seasonal alternative from the menu at Belle House, Pershore

INGREDIENTS – TARTE TATIN

METHOD - PASTRY

25g butter 25g caster sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 4 tarte tatin moulds or a tarte tatin tin or ovenproof frying pan 1 puff pastry sheet 500g plums, ripe but firm, stones removed

• Butter the tarte tatin pan or individual moulds liberally, cover with caster sugar and place the cinnamon sticks on top; halve the sticks if making individual ones. • Wash, dry and halve the plums and remove stones. • Place the plums into the pan/moulds, presentation side down. • Put onto the stove and caramelise the plums to a nice rich brown but not black! • Once caramelised, place the puff pastry over them and press around the edges so the plums are fully covered by the pastry. • Place in the oven at 180°/Gas 6 and cook for approximately 12 minutes, until the pastry is crisp and golden.

INGREDIENTS – PLUM SYRUP

• Make the plum syrup for garnish by placing all the ingredients into a pan over a medium heat; bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn. • Strain the syrup and use to serve around each portion of tarte tatin. • Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes then turn out (use a large plate to invert the tarte onto) and serve with ice cream.

150g plums, washed & chopped 25g brown sugar dash of port ½ tsp ground cinnamon 25ml water & an extra dash if needed

Serves 4

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Bredon Boat Races are launching again this summer so put Saturday 1st September, 12noon-4.30pm in your diary and be sure to enjoy the action on the river. Words Amanda Bath Create a team We are now taking entries for teams so could you be a captain? It’s eight paddlers to a boat and the helmsman and all equipment is provided. If you’d like an entry form, please visit www.bredonvillage.com or email amanda.parishoffice@talktalk.net. Entrance is £25 per team. Run a stall If you fancy having a stall of your own or would like to help run a stall, please email Amanda amanda.parishoffice@talktalk.net It’s still only £10 per table but no commercial stalls please. Donate a prize We’ll be running a bottle and a book stall so if you can donate a bottles, books or give your time please contact Amanda. We are also looking for high value prizes for a ‘Top Tombola’ stall to replace the raffle. If any local organisations would like to donate a prize and earn some publicity please email Amanda at amanda.parishoffice@talktalk.net 46

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All three Plum Bikeaway routes around Bredon Hill offer stunning views and spectacular viewpoints

Bikeaway and the Plum Peddle Push. The two remaining events on this year’s calendar are both linked to the Pershore Plum Festival. The Plum Pedal Push Sunday 26th August

Now in its second year, the Plum Pedal Push aims to promote cycling for children and is suitable for cyclists aged four to sixteen. It will take place on Sunday 26th August in Abbey Park, Pershore and will include a plum slalom course for beginners, a new Plumodrome, plus timed races on a 250 metre circuit. All entrants are encouraged to wear purple or decorate their bikes plum-coloured and everyone will receive a Pedal Push certificate showing their race position. Registration is essential and

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Offering cyclists the option of three plum routes from 8 to 52 miles (two of them newly extended for this year) this cycle ride takes place from Pershore College – a national centre for horticulture - and travels around Bredon Hill, offering stunning views and spectacular viewpoints. Registration is required and application forms can be found on the Bikeaway Ventures website. Pre- registration is cheaper, so why not save money and register today? Bikeaway Ventures are associated with the Pershore Unit of St

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Worcester Stands Tall Rediscover Worcester with the giraffe art trail next month. Words: Helen Griffee

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while also encouraging county residents to explore the city in a new light. Of the 57 giraffes, 30 large sculptures are sponsored by organisations from across Worcestershire and will eventually be auctioned in October to raise funds for the hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal. The appeal aims to raise the final £1.4 million needed for a £5.3 million extension and redevelopment of the hospice building in Worcester – enabling it to care for more patients, loved

ones and the bereaved in the future. Artists from across the UK – and closer to home – have clothed each 8ft tall, fibreglass sculpture in dazzling artwork which will soon be revealed to the public. Alongside the large giraffes will stand 27 smaller calves, decorated by schools and community groups for a display in Crowngate Shopping Centre, Worcester. There will be an app in time for the trail too – which will be available from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The

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app will allow visitors the chance to track their progress as they walk the trail, discovering giraffes and facts about the city along the way. Trail maps will be available from points around the city, including Worcester Tourist Information Centre, Worcester Cathedral, Crowngate Shopping Centre and the Worcester Stands Tall pop-up shop – also located in Crowngate.

On Sunday, July 22 the Worcester Stands Tall team is inviting everyone to discover their inner explorer and join its Safari Walk of the entire trail. Explorers can wear their best giraffe or safarirelated fancy dress and help raise as much as possible for the Build 2020 Appeal. There will also be a Farewell Event at Worcester Cathedral

from Friday, October 5 to Sunday, October 7 – giving visitors the chance to see all the giraffes together for the last time before they are auctioned on Thursday, October 11. To find out more, or to get involved with any of the events, visit worcesterstandstall.co.uk For more information about the appeal visit strichards.org.uk/build2020

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or the past 39 years Overbury’s unique street market has opened promptly at 10am and run for just two hours on the second Saturday in July. Set in our beautiful Cotswolds village, the event always draws a crowd and with only a short window available, trading is brisk and fun. Initially, the funds raised supported St Faith’s Church but over time the proceeds have also been shared with the village hall and other deserving causes within the parish. This year is our 40th anniversary event but we’ll be sticking to the popular traditional format. There can be few better ways of beginning a Saturday morning than enjoying a late breakfast with one of our infamous bacon butties, browsing our many stalls then relaxing in a beautiful garden with refreshments and an ice cream while listening to live music and song. Children can play in an area set aside in another lovely garden. There will also be demonstrations of local crafts such as corn dolly making.

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eckford croquet club was founded by a man who looked at a field and saw a croquet lawn. In 2012, Chris Hague, having gained permission, set about carving a playable lawn out of rough grass, weeds and ruts. People passing by thought him a little odd to be mowing a field with a modest petrol mower; if asked what he was about his merry reply was ‘Well, I’m making a croquet lawn, of course!’ Gradually, with the help of friends and volunteers, 2,000 square yards of rough turf was tamed sufficiently to be described as a lawn; the croquet bit would come later. The Croquet Association (croquet’s National Body) were impressed enough to donate a startup package of basic equipment; mallets, balls and hoops. Beckford Village Hall provided safe storage in a small outhouse and the Club was off the ground!

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Gradually local people became interested and took up membership, enjoying social interaction with friendly competition. Word spread and the number of players slowly increased to the 38 people who today enjoy both Golf and Association Croquet. Our modest clubhouse adds to the ambiance, providing shelter when it rains and shade to sit in when it’s hot. Players with a more competitive leaning participate in matches against other clubs in the South West Federation League. Croquet is a fun, sociable game, akin to chess or snooker, which provides gentle exercise for the body and mental stimulation. It can be picked up in a few hours but takes a lifetime to master. Annual membership is available at just £80, reduced if joining after July 1st. You can try a no obligation taster game for £5 per

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RECIPE

Belle House Sweet Berry Tartlets Crisp pastry, sweet vanilla custard and fresh raspberries combine in this light summer dessert from the menu at Belle House INGREDIENTS – SWEET PASTRY TART CASE

500g flour 150g soft butter 100g caster sugar 100g icing sugar 2 eggs 50ml cold water

INGREDIENTS – CRÈME PATISSERIE

426ml/ ¾ pint whole milk 4 egg yolks 4oz/113g caster sugar 2oz/56g corn flour ½ vanilla pod 100ml double cream 2 punnets of raspberries

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METHOD - PASTRY

• Put flour, butter and sugars into a mixing bowl or food processer and mix until it becomes the texture of breadcrumbs. • Whisk water and eggs together, then pour over flour mixture. Mix to create a dough. • Knead briefly on a floured surface then wrap in cling film (in a log shape) and refrigerate for 30 minutes. • Line a 7” tart case and blind bake, filled with greaseproof paper and baking beans, at 170 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove the beans and bake for 4 minutes. METHOD – CRÈME PATISSERIE

• Mix the sugar, egg yolks and cornflour together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. • Boil milk and vanilla then pour milk mixture over egg mixture and whisk together. • Return the combined mixture to the saucepan and stir continually over a medium heat until thick. Be careful not to let it burn on the bottom. • Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and cover fillm to prevent a skin from forming. with cling fi Allow to cool and place in the fridge until needed. • Before filling the tartlets, whisk the crème patisserie for a smooth finish h. • Garnish with fresh h raspberries.

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RECIPE Recipe courtesy of Steve Waites,proprietor of Belle House Restaurant & Deli-Traiteur, Bridge Street, Pershore,WR10 1AJ. www.belle-house.co.uk

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Financial Advice Paul Urmston

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Fires - Gas, Electric & Stoves Ben Bowers Heating Solutions Vale Heating & Plumbing

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Firewood Chris Radbourne Cotswold & Vale Supplies Tewkesbury Garden Centre Florist The Flower Shed

Curtains & Blinds Homechoice Blinds

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Days Out & Events Beckford Croquet Club Bikeway Ventures Bredon Boat Races Coughton Court Fladbury Walkabout Spetchley Living History Show Malvern Autumn Show Overbury Street Market Pershore Plum Festival The Roses Worcester Stands Tall Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Function Venues Brown’s Garden Restaurant

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Funeral Directors E Hill & Son Merstow Green Funeral Home

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Dog Grooming Crofts @Folly Gardens

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Gas Engineer Vale Heating & Plumbing Ltd

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Hairdressers Graham West Hair Design

22

Handyman Gary Williams Building Services TEM Plumbing

6 24

Health & Wellbeing Beauty Beyond St Richard’s Hospice

6 38/54

Heating Engineers Ben Bowers Heating Solutions Vale Heating & Plumbing TEM Plumbing

42/50 5 24

Logs & Fuel Chris Radbourne Cotswold & Vale Supplies Tewkesbury Garden Centre Massage Beauty Beyond Newspapers Drapers Spar Painting & Decorating Gary Williams Building Services

44 56 68 6 32 6

Pensions & Investments Paul Urmston

36

Pet Supplies Folly Gardens

25

Plastering Gary Williams Building Services Plumbing & Supplies Ben Bowers Heating Solutions Vale Heating & Plumbing TEM Plumbing

6 42/50 5 24

Security & CCTV Buzz Electrical Ltd Skips Budget Skips

20 3

Soft Furnishings Homechoice Blinds

42

Solar Power Vale Heating & Plumbing TEM Plumbing

5 24

Solicitors Thomson & Bancks

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Swimming Pools Waterstone

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Theatre The Roses

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Tiles & Tiling Vale Heating & Plumbing

5

Timber Merchants Cotswold & Vale Supplies

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Tree Surgeon Chris Radbourne Park & Landscapes Ltd

44 18

Podiatrist Treat My Feet

24

Ponds, Pools & Aquatics Park & Landscapes Tewkesbury Garden Centre WaterStone

18 68 47

Tyres Eddie’s Autos

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Property Letting & Sales Allan Morris Gusterson Palmer& James

34 44

Veterinary Surgeon Crofts @ Folly Gardens Folly Gardens Vets

36 25

Human Resources Cluer HR Solutions

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Insurance Paul Urmston

Pubs, Cafes & Restaurants Brown’s Garden Restaurant

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Volunteering St Richard’s Hospice Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Ironing Service Bredon Hill Cleaning Services

Recycling & Waste Removal Budget Skips

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Waste Removal & Recycling Budget Skips

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Reflexology Beauty Beyond

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6 50 37 24 5

Restaurants, Pubs & Cafes Brown’s Garden Restaurant Belle House

Water Gardens, Pools & Ponds Park & Landscapes Tewkesbury Garden Centre WaterStone

18 68 47

Weddings & Events Brown’s Garden Restaurant The Flower Shed

7 29

Kitchens Gary Williams Building Services On The Level The Vale Group TEM Plumbing Vale Heating & Plumbing Legal Services Thomson & Bancks Lettings Allan Morris Gusterson Palmer & James Log Burners Ben Bowers Heating Solutions Vale Heating & Plumbing

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Roofing & Chimney Work LCM Flat Roofing

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Rural Supplies Crofts @Folly Gardens Folly Gardens Vets P & D Engineering Tewkesbury Garden Centre

36 25 6 68

Schools Dodderhill Independent Girls

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Windows & Doors Cloudy2Clear L+L Installations Monarch Home Improvements

32 9/24/67 47

Wood Burning Stoves Ben Bowers Heating Solutions Vale Heating & Plumbing

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