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captures the essence of summer and this issue we bring you details of several nostalgic events being held locally. I’m fascinated by their history and what they tell us about country life through the decades. In their own quiet way they symbolise our desire to be connected and to celebrate a place that is special to us with people who share our love of it. Living in the countryside, it's easy to stay close to nature but there’s always more to learn. This season, why not take time to study the lovely world of ladybirds, discover our beautiful local gardens or visit the extravaganzas that are Pershore Plum Festival and Malvern Autumn Show? Foodie, farmer or garden lover, it’s all there on your doorstep, waiting for you. Remember you can access Life in the Village wherever you are by following us on twitter @lisalambon or visiting where you’ll find our four magazines in digital format, three new competitions and a great range of money saving offers. Until next time,

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Competitions & Offers 13 Competition Win one of ten pairs of tickets to RHS Malvern Autumn Show 27 Competition Win a makeover or Aveda products worth ÂŁ100 with Graham West Hair Design 59 Competition Win one of five family tickets to the spectacular historical re-enactment at Spetchley Park Gardens 63 Money Saving Vouchers Choose from a range of offers

20 Pershore Plum Festival with Angela Tidmarsh 32 Badsey Flower Show with Adrian Barradell 39 Bredon Boat Races with Elaine Cantle 43 RHS Malvern Autumn Show with Diana Walton 47 Fladbury Walkabout with Steve Curtis 49 Overbury Street Market with Andrew John 51 71st Great Comberton Flower Show with Suzanne Hamilton 53 2017 Port Street International Fayre with Kim Dunn 57 Beautiful Dumbleton with Vicky Hardwick


10 Welcome 14 A Loveliness of Ladybirds with Wendy Carter

25 Aveda Inspired Colour Correction with Graham West 29 Property Talk with Andrew Leggett 31 Summer at Coughton Court with Abi Cole 40 Local Policing with Superintendant Kevin Purcell 44 Make an Entrance with John Lannen 54 Belle House Chicken Liver Parfait with Michelin trained Steve Waites 65 Index

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Cream-streaked ladybird PHOTO Wendy Carter

Seven spot ladybirds hibernating PHOTO Harry Green

A loveliness of Ladybirds With their vivid colours and gossamer wings ladybirds are one of the simple pleasures of summer. Wendy Carter of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust offers a beginner’s guide.


he birds were singing, the sun was shining and I was watching bees on the plum blossom in my garden earlier this year when something on the ground caught my eye. I looked more closely and at the bottom of the fence post, almost hidden by grass, were several small bundles of around 200-300 sixteen-spot ladybirds. Typical for many ladybirds, these little chaps and chappesses had spent the winter huddled together in large groups; in my garden they’ll have probably hidden in the nooks and crevices 14

of the fence but elsewhere they’ll use logs, leaves and bark. Sixteen-spot ladybirds feed on mildew but when you find a good number of other species too it’s usually because there’s an aphid colony somewhere nearby; the aphids won’t last long once the ladybirds find them. For this reason, ladybirds are great friends to us gardeners and their presence is testament to a healthy space that is working for both gardeners and wildlife. Perhaps one of the reasons why we all view ladybirds with such affection is that they’ve been with us since childhood. Almost all of us can recite ‘ladybird, ladybird fly away home...’ and

I’ve no doubt that most of our younger selves could name a ladybird before we could identify pretty much anything else. Kids tend to seek out their bright colours and I, for one, would invite them onto my hand and giggle as their wee legs tickled my skin. Is it any surprise, then, that the collective noun for ladybirds is a loveliness? Ladybirds also helped many of us to learn to count. As a child I was taught to recognise what kind of ladybird I was looking at by counting the spots on its wing cases. That’s often true but, with 46 species of ladybird in the UK, there are always a few exceptions to the rule…

Seven spot ladybird PHOTO Wendy Carter

Cream-streaked ladybird PHOTO Wendy Carter

Know your ladybird The seven spot The most common native ladybird that you’ll encounter is the seven-spot. They’re pretty easy to recognise – seven black spots on their red wing cases are relatively easy for us to count, even on a fast moving beetle. As with many other species of ladybird, this red and black colouring is a warning to potential predators; yes, it doesn't seem quite right but our beloved ladybirds are toxic. Toxicity is an effective method for Nature to use so there are very few predators or parasites associated with ladybirds (although birds that feed in flight are a visible exception).

A couple of years ago I discovered an aphid colony on the golden feverfew in my flower bed. The flowers had already gone over by this point and I was fascinated by the comings and goings of ants that were farming the aphids for their honeydew. As I sat and watched, a couple of ladybirds arrived on the scene with hungry intent in their eyes. Over the course of the next fifteen minutes or so, I observed them make their way towards the aphids only to be ‘beaten’ back by the ants, determined to protect their honeydew. But more ladybirds arrived and a meal was finally eaten; all in a day’s work, it seems, for the inhabitants of my garden. 15

Sixteen spot ladybird PHOTO Wendy Carter

Sixteen spot ladybirds huddled PHOTO Wendy Carter

One of the reasons why we all view ladybirds with such affection is that they’ve been with us since childhood. Almost all of us can recite ‘ladybird, ladybird fly away home...’ and I’ve no doubt that most of our younger selves could identify a ladybird before we could identify pretty much anything else… they also taught many of us to count...


Sixteen spots and more The sixteen spot ladybirds I found earlier this year are creamy-buff with black spots. Just to confound you, although they’re called sixteen-spot, they can actually sport between thirteen and eighteen spots. They also have a black line down the centre of their back – where their wing cases meet. Sixteen-spots are much creamier in colour than the bright yellow fourteen-spot ladybird, which also has a black line down the centre of the back. However, the spots on the fourteen-spot are often fused to make long rectangular marks, which can also help you distinguish it from the similarly bright yellow 22-spot ladybird. The orange ladybird Confused by spots yet? Let’s talk colours. The rather obviouslynamed orange ladybird is, yes you guessed it, orange. This time the spots are white and they can have between twelve and sixteen of them. These ladybirds are found on trees rather than in your flower bed but they

hibernate in leaf litter and under branches so you may come across them if you’ve got mature trees or if you walk in woods or tree-lined lanes. Until recently, orange ladybirds were considered to be an ancient woodlands species but they’ve become much more widespread on specimens of sycamore and ash throughout the countryside, most likely because our increasingly warmer and wetter weather provides more mildew for them to nibble on. Cream-streaked ladybird If you’ve got a few conifers in your garden, there’s a chance you may come across creamstreaked ladybirds. These beautiful beetles can be yellow, orange or pinky in colour with anything from four to 20 black spots but the tell-tale identification is the cream streaks down their wing cases. They’re relatively easy to spot when they’re wandering about on the bark of a conifer but can be really tricky to spy when they’re resting on the buds!

22 spot ladybird PHOTO Jon Hawkins Surrey Hills Photography


Orange ladybird PHOTO Pete Smith

Seven-spot ladybird lava PHOTO Wendy Carter

Helping ladybirds So we know that ladybirds are great for your garden but why exactly is that? It’s because these chubby little beetles are actually ferocious predators that like nothing better than munching their way through any aphids that may be trying to set up home on your plants. Ladybirds emerge in the spring, mate and lay their eggs – often in the middle of aphid colonies so that their young will have something to eat when they hatch. It’s estimated that the spiky alien-looking larvae can eat thousands of aphids before pupating (in just three to six weeks). It makes sense, then, to do what you can to encourage them into your garden:  Put away your chemical bugkillers; ladybirds will do this job nicely for you once you’ve


attracted them to your garden.  Plant umbels As well as eating aphids, adult ladybirds also feed on pollen and are particularly partial to yellow and white flowers like fennel, angelica, wild carrot, cosmos, calendula and coreopsis.  Try companion planting to encourage aphids away from your prize blooms whilst still allowing them in your garden as ladybird fodder. It’s not an exact science but it is worth trying planting borage near strawberries and tomatoes, which will attract bees; planting garlic and chives under roses, which is believed to keep aphids and black spot away; planting nasturtiums among vegetables, which will not only attract aphids away from them but is also believed to repel ants and whitefly.  Try to leave an area of your garden wild to give ladybirds plenty of safe places to lay their eggs; if you have space for a few logs you’ll also be providing them with nooks and crannies to hide away in for the winter.  Pop up a bug hotel Ladybirds like to hideaway in nooks and crannies during winter so why

Fourteen spot ladybird PHOTO Amy Lewis

not make your own bug hotel from old pine cones bundled together in a box or by putting a mixture of dead stems, leaves, pine canes and short bamboo cane in a box with slatted entrance for ladybirds and other beneficial insects. For full details please download our factsheet sites/default/files/ creature_features.pdf Find out more For more details about ladybirds and other beetles please visit our website and browse our Habitat Explorer and Species Explorer under the Wildlife tab. Click on Animals and our Invertebrates section will help you identify a wide range of species. wildlife/species-explorer/ animal/invertebrates/beetles Gardening for wildlife For practical tips on welcoming garden friendly bugs into your garden, download the range of free factsheets on our website. Please visit gardening-factsheets

Seven spot ladybird with ants & aphids PHOTO Wendy Carter

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Pershore Plum Festival Quadruple award winner of Worcestershire’s Best Tourism Event and Festival, the Pershore Plum Festival returns from 2nd July to 28th August. Think Pershore, think purple, think plums!


ershore town will be going plum crazy this summer by turning purple to celebrate the fruit that made it so famous. The Pershore Plum Festival is unique and quirky, packed with events and activities to suit the whole family. The Pershore Yellow Egg plum was discovered in Tiddesley Wood by George Crooke in 1827 and to celebrate its 190th anniversary there will be many plummy events and activities to enjoy throughout the Festival.

Sunday 2nd July, Plum Blossom Sunday & Race Evening at The Angel Hotel, Pershore Celebrate the start of the 2017 Pershore Plum Festival by attending the free Plum Blossom Sunday event from 12noon, where you can appreciate some of the finest young entertainers 20

in the area, culminating in the crowning of this year’s Plum Princess. At 7pm, and new for this year, an evening of filmed horse racing in the Angel riverside garden marquee is certain to complete your plum day. All profits go towards this year’s Plum Festival. Tuesday 1st August, The Angel Hotel Pershore Plum Festival Evening Races at Worcester Racecourse, WR1 3EJ The festival resurrects prestigious local racing history courtesy of Worcester Racecourse. A purple themed evening packed with Victorian and Edwardian antiquities and the revival of many horse races which celebrate the famous Pershore plums. Wednesday 9th, 16th & 23rd August, Plum Coach Tours

With the help of the Evesham Vale Tour Guides and Dudley’s Coaches the Pershore Plum Festival is delighted to offer a unique experience for plumlovers of all ages with a guided tour of beautiful Georgian Pershore and its famous fruit. Back again for this year is a visit to an orchard where you can pick your own plums. To book your seat call 01386 792206. Thurs 24th August 999 Bike Nite Join all facets of the emergency services and the South Midlands Bike Club for the spectacular 999 Bike Nite. Held throughout Pershore there is something for all the family. All bikes, mopeds, motorbikes, scooters, choppers, combinations and trikes are welcome for a night of fun, excitement and plenty of plum fun and drink…

Saturday 26 to Monday 28 August, Bank Holiday Festival Weekend Over the long 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. 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, an open air plum praise service and new for 2017, especially for our younger cyclists, the Plum Pedal Push. Plum Festival Fayre Day on Bank Holiday Monday is a fun day out for all the family with attractions and entertainment including classic and vintage cars, an award winning famers’ market, boat trips, arts and crafts, children’s activities and a food village. For more details contact Angela Tidmarsh 01386 565373 or, join on social media or visit Pershore Plum Festival @PlumFestival pershoreplumfestival 21

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Bredon Boat Races There are lots of ways to get involved with the sporting action on the river this summer suggests Elaine Cantle. Enter a team If you would like join in the racing, form a team of eight paddlers, give yourselves a name then visit our website to complete an entry form. There is an entrance fee of £25 per team of eight. Last year the races were oversubscribed so do it today! Run a stall If you could help run a stall or game for the church, or want to rent a space yourself (no commercial stalls thank you) please email Amanda Bath on Only £10 per table.

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it interests me that often, the help or support requested isn't related to major crime but focuses on what could be perceived as mundane quality of life issues like traffic control or anti-social behaviour. I am often told, for example, how speeding vehicles blight the quality of life in a village. In the scale of police priorities in preventing and responding to crime, speed control has not always been treated as pressing but I have now outlined fresh expectations to your local policing teams on this issue. We cannot be present all of the time to enforce speed limits and advise on poor driving. However we should be active some of the time. It is perfectly reasonable for us to be expected to mount infrequent but effective speed enforcement operations in rural areas because they have a significant, long lasting impact. Such operations are well received and show that we are out there doing our best. They also remind criminals that we are here, protecting our communities. If you are curious about the art and science of policing and would like to find out what really goes on in our police stations, please come to the South

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Port Street, Bengeworth, Evesham, Sunday 2nd July 2017, 10am-5pm

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ollowing the amazing success of our two previous events, Port Street Fayre is set to expand this year and be better than ever. The date is set for Sunday 2nd July from 10am to 5pm. The fayre is a genuine local event open to residents and visitors, with the theme of ‘international fayre,’ and all are welcome. New for 2017, the fayre is expanding into Workman Gardens, at the bottom of Port

Street, next to the river. This will be the ‘Kids Zone’ with bouncy castles, a climbing wall, stand up paddle-boarding on the river and lots more. We will host one stage at the bottom of Port street, by the Angel Vaults, with a variety of live acts throughout the day, and a second stage at the Swan Inn with entertainment focussed there throughout the afternoon and evening. There will be a wide variety of

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Admission FREE - All welcome 10am - 5pm Sunday 2nd July Enquiries: Kim Dunn 07962 240627 Email: 53

Belle House Chicken Liver Parfait The ideal starter or canapé for a summer party, this recipe is easy to make ahead. Serve with slices of baguette or melba toast and sprigs of fresh thyme for a delicious contrast between smooth parfait and crunchy bread. INGREDIENTS 1.75lb chicken livers, washed 10 oz melted butter 400ml double cream 2 eggs 20 ml brandy 20ml white port 0.5oz pink salt 4 garlic cloves salt & pepper to taste French bread or melba toast plus sprigs of fresh thyme or sage to serve

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METHOD  Preheat the oven to 140 degrees and have a bain marie ready (large tray filled with warm water)  Blend the livers, brandy, salt, garlic and pass through a sieve  Blend again and add eggs and then gradually add the butter and cream. This needs to be done slowly to prevent it from splitting  Once it is mixed well, check seasoning and pour into moulds  Place in a bain marie and put in the oven for 20 minutes  After 20 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 100 degrees and bake for another 40 minutes  Once cooked, remove from the oven and bain marie and once cooled, store in the fridge overnight for a nice firm parfait.

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