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Hello and welcome to our Late Spring issue. Between these pages, we offer you a slice of country life, locally. Our theme this edition is gardens so all things green and beautiful feature in every form from our guide to local wildflowers to how to use a prairie inspired planting scheme to updates on a range of great gardening events. We also bring you fresh ideas to improve your home, health and lifestyle. Try our recipe for Lime & Vanilla tart, enter our new competition to win a luxury box of chocolates and choose from a selection of money saving vouchers. Don’t forget that as well as our printed magazine, you can access Life in the Village wherever you are by following us on twitter @lisalambon or visiting where you’ll find daily updates displayed on every page. Enjoy the countryside this season. Until next time,

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19 Ultimate Gardening with Jane Furze 23 Petal Power with Maria Banks 26 Fresh Challenge with Dr Tony Evans

38 Prairie Inspired with Johnathan Sairl 41 Guiding Hand with Sarah Ingles 42 Years of Ashton under Hill Open Gardens with Malcolm Nelson 47 Engaging with HR with Kirsten Cluer 49 Installing Garden Electrics with Steve Owens 51 Clean Easy with Hristina Toteva 53 Rural Motoring with Eddie Robinson 57 Eckington Flower Festival & Open Gardens 58 Care & Conservation with Jo Ballin and Isobel Meikle

21 Property Talk with Jon James 25 Glorious Summer Events at Coughton Court with Abi Cole 30 Local Policing with Supt. Kevin Purcell 33 Less Grey. More You with Graham West 37 Maximising Your Savings with Jo Potts 45 Relax L&L Style with John Lannen 54 The British Asparagus Festival with Shelby Padley 60 Lime & Vanilla Tart with Steve Waites 65 Index


8 Welcome 10 Swaying in the Breeze with Wendy Carter 16 A Guide to Sash Windows with John Lannen

Front cover image: Š This page, left to right, Eckington Flower Festival & Open Gardens courtesy of David Bainbridge, Ashton under Hill Open Gardens courtesy of Jo Brown, Kirsten Cluer of Cluer HR


Common Spotted Orchid PHOTO Paul Lane

Swaying in the breeze

With their heads nodding gently in the breeze and leaves upturned in praise of the sunshine, wildflowers are one of Nature’s great delights. Wendy Carter of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust offers a guide.



verges and hedges to woodlands and meadows, late spring is the ideal time of year to start following the colourful trail of our 10

wildflowers; watch the golden hues of spring turn into the cooler pinks and lilacs of summer. Fields of gold Cowslips (pictured overleaf) are one of the earliest spring flowers so are closely associated with much English folklore and tradition,

including adorning garlands for May Day and being strewn on church paths for weddings. Formerly a common plant, it was picked in profusion across the country for many celebrations. The species went through a hard time between the 1940s and 1980s when meadows were ploughed up and herbicides

Bluebell close up PHOTO Stephanie Franklin

Tiddesley Wood Bluebells PHOTO Paul Lane

drifted onto verges. It is a little known fact that Worcestershire was (and still is) the lowland county in England with the highest proportion of its land under wildflower-rich meadows, so numbers locally were particularly badly hit. All was not lost though – these delicate, egg-yolk yellow flowers have clung on along verges, in hedgerows, in old churchyards, on and around Bredon Hill and in the meadows that weren’t ploughed. For such a pretty flower, their name doesn’t have the most pleasant of derivations – ‘cowslop’ (cow-pat) hints at the close relationship between the plants and where they grow. Where Cowslips occur in good numbers alongside their cousin, the Primrose, the two can hybridise, giving rise to the False

Oxslip. Rather than having dangling flowers, this crossbreed holds its Primrose-like flowers upright, pointing to the heavens. It’s this plant that is the long-ago ancestor of today’s garden polyanthus cultivars. The first time I ever saw a False Oxslip was in our Tiddesley Wood nature reserve just outside Pershore. But, of course, this beautiful old woodland is famous for another reason; its stunning bluebells... Carpets of blue From mid-April onwards, swathes of ancient lilac -blue flowers carpet woodland floors like Tiddesley where the trees aren’t too dense to shade them out. Bluebells spend most of the year as bulbs underground; millions of them may exist in one wood. Sympathetic woodland

management means opening up woodland floors to help them thrive. Locally, teams of our volunteers are involved in scrub– cutting to create sunny glades, coppicing (cutting down trees to ground level) and regular ride maintenance on a cycle to enable our bluebells to bloom. There are three types of Bluebell in the UK – our native species, the introduced Spanish Bluebell and a hybrid of the two. Our native Bluebell is threatened by garden escapes of the Spanish Bluebell and the hybridisation that occurs. As with the Cowslip, the ‘original’ flower is much more delicate than the hybrid with dangling bells bending the stem to one side; the hybridised versions are much more upright and robust. Our native flower is also sweetly fragranced with pollen that is creamy white. 11

Lady’s Bedstraw PHOTO Ann Fells

Stems of purple Search in local Bluebell woods or up on Bredon Hill during May and you may be lucky enough to spot Early Purple Orchids – a multitude of wonderfully vivid flowers with spotty stiff leaves. Visit some of our woodland nature reserves or, better still, meadows or orchards throughout the Vale of Evesham, a little later in the year, and you may come across the UK’s most common orchid, the Common Spotted. The name ‘Orchid’ (Orchis) means testicle and refers to the pair of root-tubers growing beneath the plant – one is new and expanding, filling up with nutrients for the following year, and the other is withering away as it supplies the plant that you can see this year. Now, please forgive my 12

Cowslips PHOTO Steve Bloomfield

former ignorance here but it may help you out... Many years ago I watched an episode of Midsomer Murders in which a local community were guarding an orchid. It led me to believe that orchids were the rarest plants and only ever grew in ones and twos. If you are under the same misapprehension, trust me, it’s simply not the case! Although orchids are now relatively rare, largely because of the ploughing of meadows, they can still be found in good numbers where they survive. They are also present in unexpected places. One of our volunteers based in Redditch noticed a Common Spotted Orchid growing at the bottom of her garden. She left it to grow and the following year she had a couple more. Now, several years on, she has dozens of them

scattered throughout her lawn – she doesn’t mow it until they’ve all set seed for the following year. Why not take a closer look at your grass before you mow it or head to a local churchyard to see what’s coming up there? Whirls of pink One of the most common wayside flowers that can be seen, as spring turns to summer, is the thistle-like Knapweed. There are two types; Greater and Common. Take a closer look at Knapweed and you’ll see that it’s actually a composite flower, made up of florets. Greater Knapweed is bigger all round, with longer outer petals and more deeply divided leaves. Around the edges of the 'flowers' are large, ragged star-like ray florets, with smaller dense florets in the middle. It’s Common

Common Spotted Orchid PHOTO Paul Lane

Rainbows of light Of course, there are many more wildflowers that brighten up our lives throughout spring and summer. From mid-April (depending on the weather) Lady’s Smock or Cuckoo Flower is widespread across South Worcestershire especially in dampish places and along roadsides. This plant, favoured by Orange Tip butterflies, has delicate pale lilac flowers of only one to two centimetres across and bluegreen coloured upright stems with very narrow leaves in a rosette at its base. Its name, as you would imagine, signals the arrival of the first cuckoo. Lady’s Bedstraw is a plant that brings a flash of yellow to meadows as June arrives; it’s name probably originates from the old practice of using the dried plant in straw mattresses.

It is a little known fact that Worcestershire is the lowland county in England with the highest proportion of its land area still under flower-rich meadows and pastures. We’re launching an appeal to save some of these internationally important wildflower sites.

cousin has flower heads with tiny bright pink florets surrounded by a crown of long, pink bracts (leaf-like structures). For bees, butterflies and many other insects, this composite form is great news because each of the florets provides sweet nectar to give them energy – spy a bee on a Knapweed bloom and it will probably be there for a little while (at least long enough for you to take a photo if you’re able to sneak up on it). Knapweed’s Worcestershire stronghold is around Bredon Hill and the Cotswold fringe so keep your eyes out for it on your walks in the area. It’s a huge favourite of all kinds of butterflies including Common Blues, Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns and you may sometimes spot it because it is smothered in these species.

Great Burnet PHOTO Wendy Carter


Common Spotted Orchid PHOTO Dave Butler

Lady’s Smock (Cuckoo Flower) PHOTO Rosemary Winnall

Knapweed PHOTO Mervyn Needham

It’s a relatively low growing plant but the spikes are filled with tiny yellow flowers that help it to stand out in the meadows and along waysides wherever it grows. Head a little further west of the county and you’ll find Great Burnet on the floodplain meadows of the River Severn and the Longdon and Eldersfield Brooks. Great Burnet has oval, crimson flower heads that appear on long green stalks from June to September, giving them the look of lollipops. The presence of its bulbous, blood-red heads is an indication of a rare group of plants and flowers flourishing together in floodplain meadows. These special grasslands have thrived for centuries because of the way they are managed which results in a flower-rich hay crop. A 14

member of the Rose family, Great Burnet can survive for decades due to its extensive root system. Visit our website or follow us on social media and you’ll see that in the next couple of months we’ll be launching a fundraising appeal to save some of these internationally important wildflower sites. Planting a wildflower meadow Wildflowers can be grown at home even if you haven’t got a garden - they can be sown in hanging baskets or window boxes. Not only are wildflowers pretty to look at, they are extremely important for our native wildlife, providing hunting and feeding grounds for many insects, mammals and birds. Indeed they have evolved together and many species are

inter-dependent for their survival. To download a fact sheet that shows you how to help conserve our rich flora and fauna at home please visit: sites/default/files/ wildflower_meadow.pdf Find out more For more details about wildflowers please visit our website and browse our Habitat Explorer and Species Explorer under the Wildlife tab. Our Wildflower A-Z will help you identify a wide range of species. wildlife/species-explorer/plants -and-fungi/wildflowers

Early Purple Orchid PHOTO James Hitchcock

WWT events include:  Sun 30th April, Tiddesley Wood Open Day, Pershore, WR10 2AD, 10am-5pm. Join us for our popular annual event. Take a closer look at the wood on a wildlife discovery walk in this beautiful woodland setting, peruse the craft stalls, find out more at information stalls, enjoy a light lunch and relax to the live music. Much more besides! £3 adults, £1 children.  Saturday 6th May, Tiddesley Wood Guided Walk, Pershore,

Knapweed close up PHOTO Rosemary Winnall

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events of the Gunpowder Plotters. Children can grab a hobby horse from the Welcome Centre and gallop across the fields, pretend to be royalty on the oversized throne, take their photo with our Guy Fawkes ‘Wanted’ posters and make up a tune on the huge wooden xylophone. Eight story panels will guide you around the woodland where you’ll learn the story of the plotters, play, and most importantly, have fun in the great outdoors! For May half-term and the summer holidays we have an exciting range of events planned including our annual duck race, a fete and traditional games for the whole family to enjoy.

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Fresh Challenge An update from Dr Tony Evans, Headteacher at Prince Henry’s High School, Evesham on reforms to the GCSE examination system.


n a few weeks’ time, students will take examinations in the newly reformed GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. The changes to the syllabus have been significant. In English Language the focus has been upon better reading skills and good written English. English Literature was modified to require students to read, write and think critically; the GCSE will assess students on


challenging and substantial whole texts and on shorter unseen texts. In Mathematics, a greater focus upon areas such as ratio, proportion and the rates of change has been seen. An important point to make here is that the outcomes that the students receive will appear different as well. Exam grades for these subjects will be changing to numeric scores. The numeric system does not equate exactly to previous grades and to provide you with some guidance, the broad equivalencies are given as follows:- Grade 9 = A*; Grade 8 = A*/A; Grade 7 = A; Grade 6 = high B; Grade 5 = low B / high C; Grade 4 = C; Grade 3 = D; Grade 2 = E; Grade 1 = F/G. Our understanding is that the the new grade 9 will be allocated to the top 20% of the cohort that obtain the 3 highest grades. Therefore, this will be the top

fifth of the cohort who achieve a 7, 8 or 9 in that subject nationally. In the summer of 2018, students will be examined in the newly reformed courses in Art & Design, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Languages, Music, PE, Religious Studies and Sciences and the grades awarded for these subjects will also fall under the new numeric system. In time, Performance Tables will be adjusted to reflect these changes. A-Levels have also changed and Sixth form students are already studying the new twoyear linear course in some subjects. The current Year 11 will be the first to have experienced the reformed Maths and English GCSEs as they transition into Year 12.

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Prairie Inspired

Some of the principles of Piet Oudolf’s Dutch inspired prairie planting can be used to spectacular effect in the Cotswold landscape suggests garden designer, Jonathan Siarl. Begin with a strong design Planting is important but it’s like the icing on a cake - it only works if all the other elements are in place. If you want to improve your garden it’s always tempting to rush to the planting stage but instead, ask yourself: What are you trying to achieve? Successful gardens combine the layout of a pattern on the ground with materials appropriate to their setting - great planting brings it all together. A space will only really sing if a strong design remains in place when all the planting is taken away. Set the garden in the landscape Prairie planting creates a stunning naturalistic effect, reminiscent of a meadow. It’s most effective on a large scale, usually in a back garden, hillside or bank but can also be used to create a border as small as 10x5 metres. Softness and movement is integral to the style so it sits well with old Cotswold stone in traditional gardens but can also be breathtaking with crisp white walls in a contemporary scheme. 38

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ith the high number of celebrity deaths occurring in 2016 many of us have been prompted to consider our own mortality. But if the worst happens and a loved one dies have you ever considered the practical steps that you would need to take to deal with their affairs? After the practicalities of registering the death and arranging the funeral, the deceased’s financial affairs need to be dealt with. If the deceased left a Will this directs who does what and who gets what. The deceased’s assets and liabilities

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Villagers of Ashton under Hill have hosted an Open Gardens weekend since 1977. Malcolm Nelson invites you to enjoy this annual event.


very summer, for four decades, gardeners in Ashton under Hill, a beautiful village on the edge of Bredon Hill, set in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, have welcomed visitors from all over the world to our celebration of gardening. Enthusiasts come to enjoy a variety of delightful green spaces from small cottage gardens to sweeping landscaped grounds, and share the many challenges of gardening. Our 40th anniversary event takes place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June, from 1-6pm each day, and there will be more than 25 gardens open to explore. Local 42

photographer Steve Gledhill, who recently completed a portfolio of weekly images 'On Bredon Hill' will be exhibiting a selection of his stunning photographs in St Barbara’s Church. As last year, there will also be a photographic competition, open to all, to find original images to be used in printed and online publicity next year. Refreshments Visitors will be able to buy a light lunch or cream tea from noon in the dedicated refreshment marquee, or sandwiches and cake served by the WI in the village hall. Full meals will be available all day in Ashton’s pub The Star Inn. Quality plants and craft goods will also be on sale

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he workplace is a complex arena for relationships, especially in the field of social media. So what would you do, as an employer, if you found that one of your employees had posted defamatory comments about you on facebook? It’s a scenario we considered recently at a mock employment tribunal at Bristol Chambers as part of our ongoing training. The employee in the case was claiming unfair and wrongful dismissal after being dismissed for doing just that. Wrongful dismissal and unfair dismissal are two entirely different concepts. A wrongful dismissal is a dismissal in breach of contract, usually where an employee is dismissed without notice or with insufficient notice under the terms of their contract. The right not to be dismissed unfairly, however, is statutory and depends on the employer’s reason for dismissal, if that was reasonable, and whether a fair procedure was followed. In the mock case, the claim of wrongful dismissal was not


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for a country or period garden Building all kinds of ponds & water features from the smallest garden focal point to an en�re lake... PLEASE CALL TODAY FOR ADVICE Having trained at Pershore College 20 years ago, been awarded an RHS Chelsea Gold Medal and undertaken many projects, both domes�c and commercial, I offer a complete design service from a new pa�o, pergola or fence to a comprehensive garden makeover. I only construct one project at a �me and will always be on site myself. Whatever the size or scope of your project, call today for your FREE Consulta�on.

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transform your garden at night. Fix wall lights, hang lanterns and/or string fairy lights around your seating area and it will be transformed by dark into an intimate grotto. Combine with a series of spotlights strategically placed to create features of your trees, shrubs or potted plants and your space will take on a whole new appeal.


garden electrics Style, form and function should be your top priorities when upgrading your outdoor electrics suggests Steve Owens, M.D. at Buzz Electrical.


njoying your garden is so much easier when you have an outdoor source of power. Carrying out routine jobs like lawn mowing and hedge cutting becomes so much more convenient, especially if you prefer to use lightweight electrical equipment. At last, you can ditch the hassle that comes with an extension lead and miles Company Promotion

of cables. And essential summer pleasures like listening to music on the patio with a glass of wine are suddenly no problem. Using a fixed outdoor supply is also safer, not only because it eliminates trailing wires but because exterior sockets must be RCD protected. An RCD (residual current device) works by switching off the flow of electricity when a cable is cut so preventing awful accidents. It’s usually a simple matter for an electrician to run armoured cable from your house to wherever you need it. If you have a shed, summerhouse, greenhouse, gazebo, outdoor office or workshop, installing electricity will open up all kinds of new possibilities. Functional items like pond pumps, heaters, and security lights look neater when wired in close proximity. With a bit of imagination and technical know-how lighting will

Installing outdoor electricity is a straightforward task for a competent professional. Buzz Electrical’s team of 16 fully qualified electricians, approved by the NICEIC, has offered exceptional personal service for over 18 years. Please look out for our bright red vans across the Vale and Cotswolds. For further details or advice call us on 01386 423600, visit or follow us on facebook.

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Clean Easy A B&B lifestyle is a dream for many but the reality is that changeover day can be hard work. Hristina Toteva suggests one way to make it easier.


unning a B&B, holiday cottage or your own business should be fun and fulfilling but without the proper support you need, every day can leave you feeling under pressure. Established locally for over the five years, we have evolved a set of flexible domestic services designed to meet the needs of busy homeowners, hoteliers, restaurateurs and landlords. Through a combination of cleaning, laundry and ancillary work we can relieve you of many tiring and time consuming tasks, leaving you free to focus on your venture or enjoy some precious free time. With a committed and energetic team of eighteen,

all of whom have been personally trained in-house, we deliver a complete range of domestic and contract services carried out to the highest standards. In B&B’s or holiday cottages, we will clean up after guests, pick up used laundry, prepare the space for incoming guests and complete routine chores such as shopping for fresh milk and replenishing toiletries. Used laundry is taken away, washed, ironed and returned the following week. Our focus is on providing a reliable, efficient service, seven days a week, throughout the year including weekends and public holidays. Being a large team we can rotate staff to cover sickness or holidays. Our staff are managed centrally giving you a single point of contact for communication. For further details, to request references, or to book a trial of our cleaning, laundry or ironing services with 20% off your first session please call on 01684 438741 or 07894 241168 or email

A Reliable Cleaning & Laundry Service of the Highest Standard  Regular Domestic Cleaning  B & B’s & Holiday Homes  Pubs, Offices & Tenancies

 Spring & Deep Cleaning  Laundry &/or Ironing Service  Available 8am-8pm, 7 days

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Bodywork repairs for whatever vehicle you drive... Metalwork Traditional & Modern

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 High quality goods made under hammer & anvil  Gates, grilles, braziers, obelisks, arches, tools, wellie racks, garden sculpture & ornaments  Balconies, balustrades, handrails & all types of home fixtures from curtain poles to candlesticks  Specialised fabrications made from aluminium, stainless steel & steel plus mobile welding

Call Jon Morris

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Monday to Friday: 7.30am - 5pm

Saturday: 8am - 12pm

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Rural motoring Eddie Robinson set up Eddie’s Autos in 2011 with the specific needs of rural motorists in mind. How specifically can you help village based motorists? Throughout 20 years working in the motor trade locally, I realised that many people based in the countryside, especially those working from home, find it inconvenient to have to drive into town to find a garage. When I set up my business I chose Beckford as my base because it offers a central location for Bredon Hill, just off the A46. With three courtesy cars and a complimentary pick up and collect service, we can help you maintain your car with minimal disruption to your week. Six years on, what do drivers value you for most? Many motorists worry about the cost of

MOT & Full Service £195 Competitively priced + local pick up & collect + 3 courtesy cars available

maintaining their car and are concerned about being ripped off. Compare our rates and you’ll find they are highly competitive and our pricing structure has fair, honest service as its cornerstone. I want people to be comfortable to bring their car to me, assured of a reliable standard of workmanship at a reasonable rate. You can be sure that we will never work on your vehicle until you have a quote and we will only ever suggest fixing something if it really needs to be done.

models including diagnostics, repairs, servicing, MOT’s, tyre fitting and laser alignment tracking. We can also advise on and carry out modifications. To find our more call us on 01386 882011.

How has your team grown over the last year? We’re now a team of five and provide the full range of services on all makes and

Compare our prices:  MOT £45  Full Service £159 incl. parts & VAT  Full Service & MOT £195 incl. parts & VAT  Air Conditioning Service £65 incl. VAT & ReGas £49 incl. VAT  Repairs, diagnostics & oil changes  Tyre fitting & laser alignment tracking service  Free tyre pressure & under bonnet levels check

Call Eddie on

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The British Asparagus Festival in the Vale of Evesham 23 April - 21 June 2017

Numerous events and activities will take place across the Vale of Evesham during the next two months to celebrate the finest ‘gras.’


t’s official – Vale of Evesham Asparagus is now a protected delicacy. This jolly green vegetable, grown in the heart of Worcestershire, has received the supreme culinary prestige of being awarded European protected food name status and joins the elite group of food and drinks which include champagne, cognac and roquefort. It’s the perfect excuse to celebrate the growing, harvesting and eating of this most sought after delicacy. The Great English Asparagus Run Aspara-activities start on 23rd April, St Georges Day, at the award winning Fleece Inn at Bretforton. Come along, join in the family fun and commend the 100 round of ‘gras on the first


day of the asparagus season. Asparabus Tours, 11th & 18th May Operated by The Vale of Evesham Tour Guides and Dudley’s Coaches, these great value days out, complete with an asparaguide, offer an amazing asparagus experience. You will gain an entertaining insight into this majestic green protected vegetable! For details and to book your seat call Dudley’s Coaches on 01386 792206 Asparagus Auctions Sunday 28th & Sunday 4th June A popular ritual, the auctions at The Fleece, Bretforton see hundreds gather in the courtyard to bid for the season’s largest, freshest local asparagus. The event has attracted immense media coverage including the

BBCs’ Countryfile, Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip, Alistair McGowans’ My Life on a Plate and Phil Vickery of This Morning. The Asparagus Run, Sunday 28th May It’s time to get green with this amazing 5km family colour run at The Valley in Evesham! Asparagus green paint bombs will be raining down on you as you manoeuvre the multiterrain family friendly run. Plus come and meet the fella himself Gus the Asparagus Man! AsparaFest, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June A boutique Festival providing an A–Z weekend of entertainment at Ashdown Farm, near Badsey with a mix of magical music, the freshest food, farm and country

crafts, barrels of beer and awesome asparagus! The Festival will include appearances from Cathy Ashworth of “I Can Cook” CBeebies fame, asparagus eating competitions and the crowning of the Asparagus King or Queen. Asparagus Tasting Sunday Lunch, Sunday 28th May Join winner of ‘Masterchef, The Professionals,’ Mark Stinchcombe, at Eckington Manor for a green extravaganza. National Morris Weekend, Friday 16th - Sunday 18th June Celebrate a local pastime with a national competition attracting Morris dancers and sides from across the UK competing for the highly prized Evesham Stick. Real ale and music make for a fun weekend of free entertainment. For more details call 01386 565373, email or visit The British Asparagus Festival @AsparagusFest @asparagusfestival 55

Would you like to get paid to keep fit?

We are looking for distributors to join our growing team. We enjoy working with people who are:  Reliable, honest and polite  Fit and healthy with a practical disposition  Like walking and being in the countryside

 Have a few hours spare, five times a year  Want flexible, part time hours to suit  Able to drive and have their own car*

Rounds are currently available in various villages across Bredon Hill and the Vale of Evesham

Please contact Lisa on

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Eckington Flower Festival & Open Gardens Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June 2017, 10am-6pm daily

Reductions for groups 10+

Photos: David Bainbridge

Call to book ahead for reduced rates & a free cup of tea for every coach passenger


Enjoy a summer’s day out in support of Holy Trinity church.

ckington’s Open Garden and Flower Festival was started to support the beautiful and historic Holy Trinity Church which sits in the centre of the village under the shade of an enormous cedar. Each year, our talented flower arrangers compete to produce stunning themed floral displays which decorate its interior. This June, the entire church will be transformed into a micro-world of flowers, delighting the senses. The village has at least four

gardens which are part of the National Gardens Scheme and are outstanding in their design and location. At least 30 more of varying size and design will also be open for your enjoyment. In addition, there will be a variety of entertainment on offer including a brass band, morris dancing, children’s maypole dancing, live music, classic cars, plant stall and a grand prize draw. Refreshments will be available at several locations including light meals, homemade

Weekend Admission Adults £6 Children Free 01386 751698

cakes, a pudding parlour (all freshly baked) and a barbeque. A free circular minibus will be available to transport you from site to site around the village. Eckington lies on the B4080, halfway between Tewkesbury and Pershore, nestled beneath Bredon Hill. There are two pubs, a shop and walks down to the river where there’s a wharf and picnic area. Please find us with the postcode WR10 3AN. For the most up to date information please visit

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Care & Conservation Wick Care Farm, near Pershore, is a not for profit enterprise that uses the farm environment in a therapeutic way for the benefit of children and adults. We talked to co-founders, Jo Ballin and Isobel Meikle. What is a therapeutic farm? (Jo) The project grew out of our awareness that farming, whether it’s rearing animals or growing plants, can be good for us. The farm provides a safe but structured environment in which people can grow, harvest, cook and eat together plus look after animals including hens, lambs and piglets. How does that bring benefits? Wick Care Farm is a welcoming, friendly place where adults and children are supported to carry out a wide variety of activities based on the farm. Each day is loosely structured and designed to offer opportunities to help people improve their mental and 58

physical health. The work needed to keep the crops and animals healthy is meaningful, giving participants a role and a sense of belonging which they may have never had before. People who come here form bonds with the animals and each other, develop new skills, learn to plan and adapt, and gain independence. They also become part of a community where they feel valued as individuals, both physically and emotionally. Taken together, these various benefits have a positive effect on health, bringing stability and optimising wellbeing. People gain in confidence in so many ways. As an aside, carers also get a much needed break.

Who comes to the farm? We work with children and adults who travel to us from across the region, 51 weeks a year. The groups that run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are made up of nine adults aged 18 to 80 with long term mental health issues such as anxiety, depression or dementia, although there are spaces for one or two younger people. Wednesdays are set aside for groups of up to six young people who need an alternative curriculum. Referrals come from a range of sources such as friends and family, nurses, teachers, social workers and mental health professionals. People can also self-refer.

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Visit us as part of LEAF Open Farm Sunday Sunday 11th June 11am-3pm

How was the project originally conceived? I am an Occupational Therapist and Isobel is a teacher who farms in partnership with her husband Tom. We shared a vision for the care farm focused on improving quality of life for the people we worked with. How has the care farm grown? Isobel lives at Wick Grange Farm (an arable farm growing cereals and vegetables) and to start us off she went on a course about care farming. We set up in 2014 with a patch of her and Tom’s land, a basic building, two dogs, four hens and a couple of raised beds. Today, we have a flock of Jacob sheep, 30 hens, a greenhouse and a polytunnel which has extended what we can grow. Progress is slow but with constant hard work and support from local people, we keep moving forward. For example we’ve established our flock of sheep by raising three batches of orphaned lambs donated by a friendly farmer. We hand feed

and halter train them and we’ve also been through several cycles of raising piglets. How is the project financed? The only way we can afford to run the care farm is if participants pay for their attendance so that’s usually funded from Personal Independence Payments, by schools, or by older people using savings. Wick Care Farm is a not for profit enterprise and we’re currently working towards becoming a community interest company. All of our income is consumed by our wage bill, running costs or expansion. How can we support you? Please tell your friends and family about us, and if you feel it may be appropriate for someone you know to come along, give us a call to discuss a referral. We always need volunteers to help run the Care Farm, especially people with gardening or farming experience. We also need fundraisers to help raise

money for projects. How can we find out more? Come along on Sunday 11th June 11am-3pm when we’re open as part of LEAF Open Farm Sunday. We’re always keen to raise awareness through school visits and hosting groups such as Brownies & WI in the evening. For Wick Care Farm contact: Isobel Meikle 07967 173740 Jo Ballin 07971 363092 Wick Grange Farm is open for Open Farm Sunday on Sunday 11th June. It sits between Evesham and Pershore, just off the B4084 at the east end of Wick. Owlets' Lane, Wick, Pershore, WR10 3PB Other local farms open for LEAF Open Farm Sunday are  Church Farm GL20 GHT  Overbury Farms GL20 7NR 59

Belle House Lime & Vanilla Tart Crisp pastry and a smooth custard filling give this simple dessert good bite and contrast. The addition of lime lifts the flavour for a fresh, summery tasting experience. Perfect to prepare ahead for lunch with friends. INGREDIENTS SWEET PASTRY 500g flour 150g butter 100g caster sugar 100g icing sugar 2 eggs 50ml water

INGREDIENTS TART MIXTURE 3 eggs 3 limes (zest and juice) 100g sugar 250ml double cream ½ vanilla pod

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METHOD SWEET PASTRY  Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.  Combine all of the dry ingredients into a food processor until it is like breadcrumbs.  Add the water and eggs to combine.  Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to prevent shrinkage.  Line a 6-8” tart case. Bake blind (line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans or rice) for 10 minutes and then for a further 5 minutes without the beans/rice until golden.  Allow to go cold. METHOD TART MIXTURE  Whisk the eggs and lime juice and zest together until thick and pale.  Boil the cream, sugar and vanilla.  Combine everything together, sieve and then pour into the tart case.  Bake at 130 degrees until set which will take approximately 20 minutes.  Serve cold with Salted Chocolate or Chocolate ice cream.

Did You Know? To ensure a crisp base to your tart bake blind until golden, brush the pastry base with a little egg white then bake again for 5 minutes. A metal tart plate which conducts heat will give the best results

Recipe courtesy of Steve Waites, Michelin trained chef and proprietor of Belle House Restaurant & Bar, Bridge Street, Pershore, WR10 1AJ. 61

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Call 01386 765959 54 Cheltenham Road, Evesham WR11 2JZ





*Free Stove Starter Pack (RRP £99) with every new stove installation ordered by 30/6/17. Terms & Conditions apply.



Autumn Sandstone from £13.80m 2+VAT. *Full packs only, collected from our yard. Ends 30/6/17 or whilst stocks last.

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Small group classes take place in the studio Monday to Friday. Ends 30/6/17. Offers cannot be combined. T’s & C’s apply.

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Call on 07796 957402





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*Valid Monday - Friday 3-4pm until 30/6/17. One per person. Worcester Rd, Mythe, Tewkesbury GL20 6EB 01684 299996

*(50% off). Please quote LITV at the time of booking. T’s & C’s apply. Offer ends 31/8/17. Call 01386 462189 to book. The Lodge at The Vale Golf Club, Hill Furze Road, Bishampton, WR10 2LZ





Measured and fitted free. Ends 30/6/17. Call 01386 725361 or 07749 795085


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*In the studio until 30/6/17. Offers cannot be combined. T’s & C’s apply. Call on 07796 957402

01684 210614 or 07930 639488


*Free dishwasher from Bosch, Siemens or Neff with every new kitchen designed and installed by Vale ordered by 30/6/17.

Call 01386 751698

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Reduced rates for parties of 10+ & a free cup of tea for every coach passenger at our Flower Festival & Open Gardens 17/18 June.


For new clients of MG Executive Travel - airport transfer, business travel, weddings, events and Cotswold tours - when booked by 30/6/17. Call Mike 01684 770448 Email


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For new clients of Emily Freeman MChiro. M.M.C.A, G.C.C worth £15 until 30/6/17. T’s & C’s apply.





When booked by 30/6/17. Terms & Conditions apply.

Ends 30/6/17.





*£1 off advance group bookings of 10+ on Sat 10th or Sun 11th June. Plus one free ticket for groups of 20+ when booked by 31/5/17.

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Bredon based mobile service 01684 773900 or 07530 090 898

Contact 01386 881431 or 01386 881487 or

Open 11-6 Wed-Sun & Bank Holiday Monday’s from 1 April-30 Sept 2017, 11-4 Sat-Sun only from 1-29 Oct, & Wed 25-Fri 27 Oct. Offer excludes Plant Fairs and Events. Sorry no dogs except Guide Dogs. Please check opening hours online. Offer only valid on days we are open. Spetchley, Nr J6 M5, Worcester, WR5 1RS 01905 345106




New Customers only. Not valid with other offers. 01684 773135 /07776 340736

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*Choose from 4 different therapy bundles & save up to £32 until 30/6/17. Present voucher at reception. Offers cannot be combined. The Coach House, 2a Bull Lane, Winchcombe Glos GL54 5HY 01242 604017





From 2-5pm every day at Cotteswold Coffee at The Roses. Ends 30/6/17. Terms & Conditions apply.

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Softwood 8'x8"x4"£14 +VAT. New Oak 8'x8"x4"£23 +VAT Ends 30/6/17 or whilst stocks last. The Old Sawmill, Evesham Rd, Toddington Glos GL54 5DF 01242 620 000

07894 241168 or 01684 438741

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Call 01386 462189 or 07909 861058

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For new customers of Beauty Beyond until 30/6/17. Please present voucher at reception. Offers cannot be combined.

Sun Street, Tewkesbury Glos GL20 5NX 01684 295074

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Discover The Roses The Roses offers a huge selection of live shows, films and activities to enjoy and take part in almost every day of the year. Why not call in to enjoy a drink and slice of cake in our bustling coffee shop to see for yourself?

Live Event Highlights OperaUpClose: Opera Cocktail Fri 5 May 7.30pm

Orchestra Pro Anima Sun 14 May 3pm

Pasha Kovalev

Thurs 25 May 7.30pm

Dominic Kirwan

Sat 27 May 7.30pm

The Phil Beer Band Wed 31 May 7.30pm

The Quo Experience Sun 4 June 7.30pm

The Manfreds

Fri 9 June 7.30pm

Ballet Cymru: A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Fri 16 June 7.30pm

Hot Drink & Slice of Cake for £3

Film Highlights

2pm - 5pm every day. Offer ends 30/06

The Time Of Their Lives • Rules Don’t Apply The Zookeeper’s Wife • Sense Of An Ending Lady Macbeth • Mindhorn • Their Finest Another Mother’s Son • Miss Sloane

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Our superb hanging baskets

Let Good Food Bring You Closer with Weber® Weber® is not just about barbecuing but about cooking amazing food outdoors and having fun. Built for charcoal, electric and gas, with rotisserie and wok options, they offer superb quality and durability. New! Genesis® gas barbecue range. Plus firepits, smokers and accessories

New Lines in Garden Furniture & Grow Your Own Picnic benches, arbours & garden seats from Zest for Leisure Fantastic range of bedding plants & summer flowering perennials Raised veg trugs, grow house tops, grow frames, herbs, & Johnson’s Seeds Extended range of greenhouses & garden buildings

Fantastic Prices On Alexander Rose Furniture Selection of quality, luxury chairs & tables suitable for use indoors and out Great offers while stocks last

Brookes’ Greengrocer Open all day Thursday & Friday + Sat morning - FREE parking Regular Opening Hours Mon-Sat 9-5.30, Sun 10-4. FREE Wi Fi, Ample Parking & Child Friendly Facilities

Call us on 01684 293103

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Life in the Village Folly View - Late Spring 2017  

Life in the Village Folly View - Late Spring 2017

Life in the Village Folly View - Late Spring 2017  

Life in the Village Folly View - Late Spring 2017