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Issue 27 Jul / Aug / Sep 2013

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Editor Lisa Lambon e t 01684 773135 Jasmine House, Bredons Norton, Glos, GL20 7EZ Published five times a year, The Avon & Severn Directory has a print run of 3,000 copies which are delivered free to homes in Twyning, Bushley, Bushley Green, Church End, Hill End, Shuthonger, Longdon, Uckinghall, Hanley Swan, Ripple, Baughton, Besford, Defford, Earls Croome, Kinnersley, Naunton, Pirton, Strensham, Wadborough, Severn Stoke, Ryall, Holly Green and relevant retail outlets around Upton & Tewkesbury. It is part of a group of four local publications including The Folly View, Cotswold Edge and Bredon Directories. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. Opinions expressed by contributors or advertisers are not necessarily those of the publisher. The Avon & Severn Directory does not officially endorse any advertising material within this publication. The content of each advert is the sole responsibility of the individual advertiser. Artwork is accepted on the strict understanding that there are no copyright issues. No part of this publication may be produced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form - electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of the publisher. We reserve the right to refuse Advertising.

Hello... ...and welcome to the summer issue. In many ways, our community is in flux; our high streets are changing and so are our churches, our health and education systems are being overhauled, and the economy remains a challenge, albeit that business has got easier for some. In such times we tend to take comfort in the familiar, reverting to traditional brands and values. We also get creative, thinking up fresh solutions with which to carve out a future. Sitting here, I love picking up the phone, and hearing news of them. How lucky we are to live in a place of real community, bound by organisations and relationships upon which we can all draw at different stages of our lives. So many threads weave together to make up this fabric but it’s all of them, taken together, which make this area such a special place to live. Some aspects of village life may seem humble, and being involved in them will not bring us any accolades, but without them, our lives, and our communities, would be so much poorer. This issue we bring details of several traditional events, all organised by volunteers, which are not only symbolic of the social life of our villages but part of their lifeblood. Thanks to all of you in advance for supporting them this summer and in turn enabling numerous local clubs, organisations and amenities to survive. The contributions we make do not have to be huge or heroic to make a difference - after all, a single conversation can be life changing all that matters is that we do contribute. Right now, I bet there’s a vacant role in your village - what might you be inspired to do?

Lisa THE


Editor Lisa Lambon


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Contents Local Life 9 Welcome 12 Solar Hot Water with Vale Heating 15 Competition with The Roses 17 Local Cow Artist: Samantha Morris 19 Puppy Talk with Folly Gardens Vets 21 Your Money with Paul Urmston of 2plan 23 Back On Track Expands Locally 26 Stay Safe with Johnston Scotia 31 Competition; Readers’ Photo Gallery 37 New Look Pershore Library 41 West Mercia Police: Festivals & Events 45 Wildlife Page: The Buzz of Bees 46 Your Money Saving Summer Vouchers 49 Index

Local Events 24 Great Comberton Flower Show 29 Fladbury Festival & Walkabout 33 Pershore Plum Festival 2013 35 Bredon Fun Day 39 Strensham Summer Concert 42 Dumbleton Fete

What can you save this summer? Vouchers p46– 48

Front Cover image: © iStockphoto/Moncherie This page clockwise from the top; Fladbury Walkabout, Folly Gardens Vets, Dumbleton Cricket Club Fete, Pershore Plum Festival,

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boiler or immersion heater in the colder months when there is not as much sunlight. Solar systems work on light, so are effective if it is bright; it does not need to be hot. For example, you will still get hot water on a crisp snowy day.

WHAT SYSTEM DO YOU RECOMMEND? We usually install Vaillant, a reputable manufacturer which offers domestic and commercial solutions using a highly efficient HOW DOES SOLAR HOT WATER WORK? ‘plug and play’ kit. There are two options for the Solar water heating systems can generate between roof panels; vacuum tube collectors and flat plate 50-60% of your hot water* using radiation from collectors. We tend to use the former as they are the sun through a panel which is often installed on darker in colour and produce less glare so are the roof of your home. Ideally placed on a fully arguably more aesthetically pleasing. The south facing slope, they also work on other installation process is quick, easy and reliable, orientations such as south east or south west. taking just two or three days. Most conventional Alternatively, they can be mounted on frames hot water heating systems are compatible with placed on a flat roof or on the ground. The panels Vaillant’s solar systems but if you have a have to be angled between 20 and 50 degrees to combination (combi) boiler without a storage tank maximise their exposure to the sun’s rays which then your current system may need upgrading. are used to heat water stored in a tank. DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? There should also be no planning issues involved It means you get a significant amount of hot water with installing solar panels, but it is always generated for free, making savings on your advisable to contact the relevant authorities if energy bills. The saving generated will vary your property is listed or in a Conservation Area. depending upon the size of your home, the size of WHY USE VALE HEATING & PLUMBING? your solar water heating system and the amount of sunlight received but some householders have Over twenty years of trading we have acquired a huge amount of experience in all aspects of been known to reduce their annual energy bills heating, plumbing, bathrooms and solar energy. by up to 60%.* You would also reduce your With a team of ten engineers and several friendly carbon footprint. Of course, this has to be support staff we will help you select products best balanced against the cost of installation but an suited to your lifestyle and budget then manage increased number of householders are investing all aspects of the installation. All our fitters, and we’re receiving great feedback from customers. I made the decision to install a system plumbers and electricians are fully qualified and employed by the company with no subin my own home and it is working well for us, especially as interest rates on savings are so low. contractors used. Whatever you purchase, you will get an expert fitting, guaranteed. BUT IT’S HARDLY EVER SUNNY… Readers are offered a FREE Solar Survey plus A solar system will provide you with hot water 10% off boiler servicing booked by 31/8/13. throughout the year and can be backed up by a * Estimate only; each installation will vary according to it’s particular characteristics


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past, this meant several ‘blind’ attempts to locate it, but we’ve invested in a video endoscope so that we can remove them more easily. As always, prevention is better than cure so I’ll be checking Muddy at least once a day. Please do the same with your dog.


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 All dogs, especially long haired breeds, should have their paws, toes & ears trimmed short in summer & autumn.  Every inch of your dog should be routinely checked for grass seeds after every walk. Take special care in between toes, around the ears, eyelids & lip folds where seeds get stuck.  Look out for head-shaking, pawlicking, frantic pawing of the ear & lethargy. Always seek treatment immediately.  Spread the word: tell your friends.

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Expert Advice on protecting your puppy from from the dreaded summer problem of grass seeds from Vet Brad Cooper of Folly Gardens.


t Vet School it’s drilled into us that, ‘common things are common.’ Grass seeds cause of one of the most painful, distressing and expensive conditions affecting dogs. All breeds are susceptible, especially if walked in meadows or woodland, but Spaniel breeds like Muddy, Jack Russells and Westies are particularly vulnerable because of their hairy ears and feet. Grass seeds are evolved to be distributed. Their minute size and barbed shape means they easily attach themselves to fur and travel only one way. Often, a seed will embed itself between the toes, penetrate the skin, then burrow deep into the sensitive tissues of

the foot, resulting in extreme pain, discomfort, infection and lameness. Time and vigilance are of the essence as the longer a grass seed is left untreated, the more likely it is to track up the paw, armpit, ear, or groin. We’ve removed grass seeds from dog’s chests months after the, "grass seed season." We have found them in muscles, buried deep within the abdomen, and even in the liver! They can be a huge problem. Sometimes, they remain shallow and can be easily pulled out but usually, heavy sedation or general anaesthetic is required. The seed is often invisible on X-rays so in the

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BACK ON TRACK EXPANDS Having practiced from two centres in Worcestershire since 2004, Back on Track Chiropractic is expanding and will now be exclusively based at The Acupuncture Clinic, Kemerton. We found out more from founder Sarah Smith. Why are you now moving delighted that solely to a Kemerton practice? I can now be

My heart has always been in Kemerton. Having been brought up in Beckford, I have strong family ties in this area and always wanted to establish myself in a clinic in a rural setting. My Worcester practice allowed me the time to build Kemerton into the busy, thriving practice that it is today. I’m

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based solely there, closer to home in a beautiful, relaxed setting which is great for patients and myself. What advantages will a single Kemerton base bring?

Having qualified in 2004 the demand for McTimoney chiropractic has only grown and, even through the recession, my business has expanded. As a result, I’m delighted that my friend and colleague Andy Mackinnon-Little, who has worked for me over the past year at my Worcester base, will also be joining me one day a week. Andy is an excellent

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Chiropractor. With his help and just one clinic to organise, I can be more efficient. What ages do you treat?

All ages; my youngest patient was just four days old. Treating patients at this age is particularly rewarding as it means it’s possible to prevent issues occurring rather than waiting for them to happen. I’m keen to see as many children as possible and develop this as a specialist area of work for the future.

INTRODUCING CHIROPRACTOR Andy Mackinnon-Little Chiropractic continues to build its appeal as its success grows. Research is constantly ongoing to prove its value, both in a medical setting and as a preventative strategy for hectic, modern day lifestyles. We provide help with acute and chronic joint issues such as low back pain and neck conditions but also offer advice with regard to posture, exercise and rehabilitation. If you want to book a session or want to find out more about McTimoney Chiropractic please call us on 01386 725461 or 07900 184131.


67th Great Comberton Flower Show Brailes Orchard, Great Comberton, Pershore WR10 3DT 2pm Saturday 24th August 2013

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The Great Comberton Show was first held in 1946 with the objective of helping to purchase the school, now the Village Hall, from the Ministry of Education. Held annually since (with just one cancellation in 1967) this traditional show thrives. In the morning entries for the produce are judged and cups awarded then the fete opens at 2pm. Chair Suzanne Hamilton explains.


e are proud to be one of the longest running village and produce shows, well supported by local families. The Show provides the village with its main social event of the year. If you love home grown produce, our centrepiece is the Traditional Marquee full of Fruit, Veg, Wine, Cookery and Preserves, Crafts, Photographs, Floral art, Children’s and Teen’s fun classes. There is always friendly banter to be heard about

who has the longest carrot, the tastiest home brew or the most unusual vegetable creature. Visit our website to download an entry form; there are many prizes and cups to be won. You may just prefer to meet up with friends and watch the activities whilst enjoying some refreshments. There is plenty to entertain all the family; Classic Car competition, Novelty Dog show, Plank Plodding, Egg Throwing championship, Face

Painting, Casino, Skittles, Coconut Shy and fun games. Tasty Teas are served by the village ladies plus there’s a BBQ and Ice Creams. Visit our village run Bar serving wine, beer and local beverages such as the renowned Plum Jerkin, as mentioned on BBC Hereford and Worcester. We also have a variety of displays from Birds of Prey, Bees and Wood Turning to traditional music provided by the bell ringers and a Street Organ.

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Plum Festival Sunday 28th July to Monday 26th August 2013 Did you know that Pershore Plum Festival was Winner of Worcestershire’s Best Tourism Event and Festival Award 2011 and 2012? Pershore is going “plum crazy” again this summer as it turns the town purple throughout August to celebrate this special fruit. To book tickets, for more information and a full programme call

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PLUM TOURS The popular Plum Tours operated by Dudley’s Coaches and the Evesham Vale Tour Guides will be running on Thursday 8th, 15th and 22nd August and are a must for all plum enthusiasts.

PLUM FESTIVAL FINALE This year the Pershore Plum Festival extends its Bank Holiday entertainment to three “Plum crazy” days of events and activities on Saturday 24th to Monday 26th August. Pershore turns purple as it celebrates the fruit for which it is internationally FAMILY RACE NIGHT known. The Pershore Plum Festival The many attractions throughout Family Race night will take place the town are easily accessed by on Tuesday 30th July at over 20,000 people over the Bank Worcester Racecourse. Victorian Holiday. The retail market, shops, dress and the colour purple are the pubs and restaurants will be open focus of the day as well as the for you to indulge in plum Pershore Plum. products. A variety of craft and PLUM FESTIVAL LAUNCH DAY charity stalls selling plum goods Saturday 3rd August, the Grand will be found all over Plum Festival Opening in Plum Alley Bazaar and Plum Alley. The (Chapman Court). A unique Plum award winning farmers market experience will be available every situated in Broad Street will be a Saturday throughout August as real treat. Plum Alley will be providing a Pershore Abbey hosts a teddy number of plum sales, products, bear parachute and zip-wire tastings and advice. jumps, and visit Abbey Park for If culinary delights are your one of the largest collections of forte you won’t be disappointed. classic and vintage cars the region We have Pershore plum sausages, has ever seen. This year there will plum cheese, beer, pies, jams and be lots more children’s activities, plum soap on offer, to name just a such as the ‘Youth Bus’, fair rides few. Local horticultural experts and river boat cruises. Arts, crafts will be available to answer any and music will be well catered for plum questions and solve your in the Plum Parade. With so many plummy problems. Unique Plum plummy activities going on, an Festival merchandise will be on improved Park & Ride service is sale, and entertainment will be available on Bank Holiday provided throughout the month. Monday.

PLUM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS Sunday 28 July Princess Victoria Plum Garden Party, The Angel Hotel, Pershore Every Saturday in August Plum Alley (Chapman Court), Pershore Town Centre Thursday 8, 15 & 22 August Plum Coach Tours Sat 24 Aug – Mon 26 August Plum Fayre Finale, Pershore Town Centre WHAT’S ON OFFER...  Huge variety of Plums  Plummy Foods  Plum Products  Gardeners Question Time  Pick Your Own Plums  Plum Alley  Plum Abbey  Plum Bazaar  Plum Fun Zone  Plum Parade  Plum Cruises  Plum Tours  Plum Food Village  Music, Dance & Comedy  Art Exhibition  Beer Festival  Shopping  Indoor Market  Family Races  Farmers Market  Tower Tours  Craft Stalls  Vintage Cars  and much more… To book tickets, for more information and a full programme of events call:

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will be available for hire to local residents and businesses at very reasonable rates. The existing first floor balcony will provide a gallery space and also be extended to provide computers in a workroom area and a quiet reading room overlooking Church Street. There will be free Wi-Fi throughout the building. A new door leading out onto a terrace (the Banbury Garden) will be enclosed to provide a secure he Library and Visitor area for childrens’ story time and Information Service has other activities. It is anticipated that temporarily relocated to the new refurbished library will the Town Hall whilst reopen in the Autumn. This is an works on the new look Pershore Library are completed. Despite space exciting project; if you have any restrictions, staff are doing their best questions please pop into the Town Hall, call 01386 561561 or email to offer as comprehensive a service as possible this summer. Above is an artist’s impression of We will be pleased to help you. what the new library will look like as Room hire will be charged at an you enter. It will include two new hourly rate, depending upon which small meeting rooms near to the rooms are booked and when. More entrance and a large new meeting room to the rear of the building. All details will follow in future issues. Are you a student or small business owner in search of inexpensive local facilities to help you in your work? Building works are now under way to refurbish Pershore Library with numerous useful resources including free Wi-Fi, a reading room and various meeting rooms for hire. Here, Town Clerk, Ann Dobbins explains more.




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he villages of Lower and Upper Strensham invite you to an evening of food, fun and ‘fabulous’ live music on Saturday September 14th. For the second year running, we are combining our traditional village show with an outdoor concert featuring live music from the Fabulous Boogie Boys. If you've not been lucky enough to see them before, you won’t want to miss them live. Their great mixture of Swing Jazz, Rock and Roll and Jive will

have you dancing all evening! As well as one of the most entertaining jazz bands in the area, there will be a BBQ, bar, bouncy castle, traditional games, trade stalls and a grand raffle. At 4:00pm the Village Hall will open it’s doors for everyone to see the local exhibitions including children’s crafts and creations and a great selection of local chutneys, jams, cakes, produce and photography. The Strensham playing field gates open at 4:30pm with live music starting at 6pm. Please join us!

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Prefer Golf? 13th Sept is Dumbleton Cricket Club’s annual Golf Day at Tewkesbury Park Golf Club. Teams of 4 & a ‘Shotgun start.' Contact Craig Sharp at or 07860 406236.

Dumbleton Fete BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 26TH AUGUST 2-5PM Dumbleton Fete is a popular Bank Holiday destination set in a picturesque village beside the Cricket Pavilion. Matthew Venner reveals what’s on offer at this years’ event. Cricket Week Festival 29th July to 1st Aug We have four ‘day’ games starting with the MCC on 29th. Each include a player’s lunch & light tea; guest meals are available at £15pp. An excellent opportunity to have a relaxed lunch at the club, in a convivial atmosphere, while hopefully enjoying the sunshine and cricket. Book individual tickets or tables for 8 or 10 via Richard Simpson on 07980 600241 or email


or many years now Dumbleton Cricket Club has played host to one of the finest village fetes in the area. It’s a great place to meet up with friends and this year promises to be better than ever. Set in picturesque parkland, surrounded by magnificent trees in our tranquil, welcoming village, the fete offers a fantastic afternoon for all the family. Be sure to arrive promptly for the infamous Bottle, Book and Bric-a-brac stalls! For the children we have games, face painting, Punch and Judy, bouncy castles, swingboats, skittles and, if we’re lucky, a fire engine. Adults can take a turn at laser clay pigeon shooting or archery and enjoy various countryside demonstrations such as gun dogs and flyfishing. Alternatively, you can simply wander around the

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GMHS Garden Machinery Unit 16 Highfield Business Park, (A38) Deerhurst Tewkesbury, Glos GL19 4BP 01684 299 995

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2 adults can visit the magnificent gardens at Spetchley Park for the price of 1. Please check opening hours. Offer only redeemable on days we are open to visitors & not at special events. Ends 30/9/13 Excls. Plant Fayres & all Special Events

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Until 30/9/13

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THE ROSES Sun Street Tewkesbury GL20 5NX 01684 295 074

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Ends 24 Sept 2013 or whilst tickets last Redeemable At

20% Off when you buy 2 or more Chainsaw Chains

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Buy One Ticket & Get One Free for Cymbeline on 24 Sept. Quote this Directory.

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Coombe Hill Service Station Tewkesbury Road, Coombe Hill GL19 4BD

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