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Issue 30 March - April 2014

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Editor Lisa Lambon

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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 spring issue. This is my favourite season, the time when our villages look their best. We’re so lucky in this area to be surrounded by beautiful countryside. Whatever you’re struggling with in your life, it’s almost impossible to live without hope and wonder as the world once again turns green. This spring, despite the challenges of the floods, the local economy feels more buoyant than it has done for a while. A wide range of local companies are reporting an upturn in trade and it’s great to hear of significant new local events planned for the summer. This growth has been reflected in our experience too; a busy start to the new year means our four magazines continue to expand. This edition, we introduce you to several new local companies offering services which we believe have something of value to add to your life. One of the things I like most about my work is picking up the phone and discovering somebody I wasn’t aware of offering a great service locally. I’m inspired by the range of interesting people giving their energy to worthwhile projects and never more so than since we launched Life in the Village on twitter. Thanks to all of you who support in print and via social media. We appreciate all your feedback and try to take it forward to ensure that our magazines and tweets are useful to you. Until next time,

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Contents Competitions & Vouchers 5 Competition with Time Lock Photography 43 Competition with Upton FAB Festival 46 Your Money Saving Spring Vouchers

Local Events 23 NEW! Upton FAB Festival 37 Blossom Filled Spring Events with Wychavon 41 Asparamadness with Wychavon


Local Life

Enter our two Competitions

9 A Busy New Season at Spetchley Park Gardens 10 Domestic Abuse with West Mercia 13 Water In Your Garden with WaterStone 15 Pet Talk with Brad Cooper of Folly Gardens Vets 17 Condensation & Understanding It with L & L 19 Financial Advice with Paul Urmston of 2plan 21 Travel in Comfort with MG Executive Travel 25 Back on Track; Ten Years On 26 Keep Your Home Warm with Johnston Scotia 29 Get Ahead With Tewkesbury Garden Centre 31 NEW! Lava Shell Massage with Hush Beauty 33 How To Create Traditional Cotswold Style 35 Cyclists Welcome at Brown’s Garden Restaurant 38 WWT Wildlife Page: On Toad Patrol 42 Introducing Worcestershire Young Voices 44 How To Choose A Stair Carpet 49 Index

What can you save this season? Vouchers p46 - 48

Front cover image: © This page clockwise from the top; Spetchley Park Gardens; Paul Urmston Independent Financial Advisor with 2plan, Spring Lambs courtesy of Wychavon Council, Melissa Cole, Beer Writer & SommALEier, Upton FAB


Spetchley Park Gardens open on 2nd April with brand new facilities and offerings. Here, Henry Berkeley invites you to share these historic gardens. A Busy Year Ahead 2014 is set to be an exciting year at Spetchley Park Gardens. Although we are closed to the public until 2nd April there is a huge amount of activity going on behind the scenes as part of our ongoing revival. Our new car park is taking shape and when completed it will have 64 car spaces, two coach bays, disabled parking, family spaces and bicycle racks. Work has also started on the Welcome Centre

which will house a selection of gifts and treats and an increased selection of plant sales. Become a Friend of Spetchley Park Gardens This year, we are delighted to launch Friends of Spetchley Park Gardens; why not support us and become a Friend to enjoy free admission to the Gardens, an enamel pin badge and ‘The Gardens at Spetchley Park’ guide book, seasonal tours of the

Gardens led by our Head Gardener, regular newsletters and a complimentary ticket to Berkeley Castle. Weddings & Events Spetchley Park is a beautiful setting for your wedding or event so why not visit our Wedding Open Weekend on 15-16th March to see just how magical our venue can be. We will be showcasing a fabulous marquee within the grounds, complete


FRIENDS OF SPETCHLEY Friends enjoy the following benefits: • Welcome pack & guide book • Enamel pin badge • FREE admission to the Gardens during normal opening hours (excludes events) • Regular newsletters • FREE seasonal tour led by the Head Gardener • Volunteering opportunities • Complimentary ticket to Berkeley Castle


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with inspiration for decoration, and a selection of local suppliers will be available to provide more information on their services. We will also be unveiling our civil ceremony package that will include options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, something we are very excited about! If you can’t attend, you can visit our website for further information or call us on 01905 345106 for an informal chat and to arrange a tour of the grounds. Spring Specialist Plant Fair On 27th April we will be hosting

our 17th annual Spring Specialist Plant Fair, one of the Midlands’ recognised gardening events. Join us from 11am- 5pm and start planning your planting for the spring and summer. With many rare and beautiful plants from over 40 specialist nurseries you will be spoilt for choice. Opening On 2nd April We are looking forward to spring and the reopening of our glorious gardens; the carpets of naturalised bulbs displaying their beauty will make winter a distant memory.

For enquiries please visit our website, call 01905 345106 or email Spetchley Park Gardens are located off the A44, just 2 miles east of Worcester, WR5 1RS.

We are always looking for volunteers to join our team to assist with activities that are not only limited to gardening but include leading guided tours, plant sales, propagation, and fundraising. As a thank you to our volunteers, those contributing over 28 hours of voluntary work per annum qualify for a free Friends membership. Please email us on

or call 01905 345106 to register your interest.

OFFER! 2 For 1 ADULT ENTRY Please see voucher pages. The Gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am - 6pm from 2nd April - 28th September, weekends only in October 11am - 4pm. Offer excludes Plant Fairs & Events. Sorry no dogs allowed except Guide Dogs. Please check our opening hours on the website. Offer only redeemable on days we are open to visitors. Company Promotion


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omestic abuse is a serious and complex issue which stems from the abuser's desire for power and control over their partner or wider family. It includes any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between individuals who are, or have been, intimate partners, regardless of gender or sexuality. Domestic abuse also includes incidents between family members, aged 16 and over. (Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step family) . Abusers can use many tactics to establish and maintain control, such as criticism and verbal

abuse, pressure tactics, harassment, isolation, threats, violence and denial. It’s a crime that remains largely hidden behind closed doors, leaving its victims feeling trapped and afraid to say anything in case it makes a bad situation worse. Experience suggests that friends, families and neighbours are often aware or suspect that something is happening but, for one reason or another, are reluctant to get involved. However, research shows that the level of abuse experienced is likely to increase over time and could even result in murder. Expert help is available, as detailed here.

Getting Help with Domestic Abuse‌ If you or somebody you know needs confidential help or advice call West Mercia Women's Aid domestic abuse helpline on 0800 980 3331 Help is also available from: Mankind Initiative - Supporting male victims of domestic abuse or 01823 334244 Broken Rainbow - Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence. or 0300 999 5428 Help is available for abusers at or call their helpline on 0845 122 8609. You can also call the police on 0300 333 3000. In an emergency dial 999.

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nfortunately, the unsavoury subject of dog fouling remains a major issue, both nationally and locally. It’s the most offensive type of litter on our streets and is consistently raised as a public concern. It’s not only that dog mess is unpleasant to see, smell or tread in. It is also revolting to have to clean it from skin, clothing, toys or footwear, especially those of our children. Dog mess carries diseases that can affect other dogs, cause serious harm to livestock and are dangerous to humans. Take your pick; Campylobacter, Giardia, Neospora, Heart worms, Whip worms, Hook worms, Round worms, Corona virus, Salmonellaa, Coccidia, Cryptosporidia and Neospora are all waiting for us, quite literally around the next corner. The biggest threat to public health from dog excrement is Toxocariasis, an infection of the roundworm Toxocara Canis. The eggs of the parasite can be found in soil or sand contaminated with faeces and if swallowed, result in infection that lasts between six and 24 months. Symptoms include eye

Expert Advice on responsible pet ownership from Brad Cooper of Folly Gardens, Tewkesbury and Bishops Cleeve.

disorders, vague aches, dizziness, nausea, asthma and, in rare cases, seizures or fits. Often the eggs are ingested when passed to the mouth by the hands, but this can also occur through contact with dogs or objects including the wheels of toys and the soles of shoes. Infected soil samples are often found in play areas and as a result, those most affected are children from 18 months to five. In recent months, several areas in our community have become a real problem, for example around Bredon Hancock’s First School in Bredon. Please remember it is the moral and legal responsibility of every dog owner or walker to clear up any mess left by their pet. If you fail to clean up after your dog you can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, or if the case goes to court, a fine of up to £1,000. The regulations state specifically, that being unaware that the dog has fouled, or not having a suitable means of removing the faeces is not a reasonable excuse. Our villages have dedicated dog waste bins so please, please, pick up your pet’s mess and dispose of it properly. Wishing you and your pet well,


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Modern aids to comfort have created homes which are warmer but often have less ventilation and air changes than in the past. This can create the perfect conditions for condensation. John Lannen, Director at L & L, explains more.

Condensation is a by product of warmer homes


ost of us live in houses which are much more comfortable than in the past. Improved building methods and add-on insulation schemes means a lot of properties are now almost completely sealed by a combination of double glazing, cavity wall and loft insulation and draught proofing. Mostly, this is a positive change but it can lead to increased problems with condensation which can form in three areas. It’s a real issue so how can it be resolved? Our new ‘energyLock2’ window; PVCu that looks just like wood featuring Georgian bars, optional leaded glass and monkey tail handles

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17 forms here as a result of excessive moisture trapped within the house. It’s created by a range of modern living habits; boiling a kettle, bathing, cooking, washing up, drying laundry, keeping houseplants and even breathing! We can’t stop breathing and we all enjoy a cuppa so in truth, it’s a fine balancing act to create the right environment with the appropriate moisture content for us to feel comfortable in our own home. To reduce condensation you must remove excess moisture by ventilating rooms and you can achieve this without causing draughts or making it cold by:  opening a window in each room just a fraction for some part of every day  draught proofing internal doors and keeping them closed to prevent moisture migrating from one part of the house to another eg kitchen to lounge  fitting inexpensive trickle ventilation to the windows, especially in problem areas like bathrooms and kitchens  fitting wall vents

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External Condensation By developing such efficient sealed units, incorporating low emissivity glass and Argon filled cavities, we have inadvertently background heating on in cold created a third area where weather condensation can form. On a  ensuring permanent ventilation cold, dewy morning, when water is dripping off the washing line of all rooms where gas or oil and the car is soaked, misting heaters are used  fixing a hood over your cooker may be seen on the outer pane of to remove steam when cooking the window. It’s because today’s units allow so little heat to escape  situating radiators under which means the external pane of windows wherever possible glass remains cold, allowing  positioning heavy curtains 1520cm away from the glass and moist air to condensate. Although visibility is impaired first thing, ensuring adequate circulation you can remove it using a wiper around fabric top and bottom  using an air conditioning unit or blade or just leave it to evaporate as the day warms up. As an dehumidifier. industry we’re investigating this phenomenon but on a positive Condensation Between The note, it indicates that your unit is Inner Pane of a Sealed Unit thermally efficient so performing A ‘blown’ or ‘broken down’ well to keep your home warm and sealed unit is easy to solve as it’s your heating bills down. purely a product failure. Sealed double glazing units comprise of For a more detailed analysis a spacer bar, glued and sealed to and advice and to download a two panes of glass. The spacer free booklet please visit: itself is filled with desiccant to dry any moisture out that might be in the cavity at the time of Remove excess manufacture. If the unit is poorly made, the moisture by sealant is inadequate, or the desiccant is of poor quality, moist ventilating rooms air will penetrate the seal and under certain conditions form  installing an extractor fan ‘misting’ inside the unit. The best  slightly increasing the air solution is to replace the unit with temperature inside the house one that is of a higher quality, and  keeping some form of low level possibly made with more

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Is your Financial Adviser

Independent or Restricted? The recent Retail Distribution Review (RDR) changed the financial advice landscape. One change was to the type of advice that a financial adviser or firm could offer. Local Independent Financial Adviser Paul Urmston explains.


ur industry regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) defines Independent Advisers as ones that are able to consider all types of retail investment products which could meet your needs from all firms across the market. By contrast a ‘Restricted Adviser’ can only recommend certain products, product providers or both. This means they might only offer products from one company, or just one type of product. They may also advise on products from a panel

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of providers. Some big names in the advice industry have chosen to become restricted, while others have embraced the whole of market ethos of independence. Some of the high street names offering only restricted advice are HSBC, Nationwide Building Society and St James’s Place. 2plan wealth management are proudly independent and will remain so. We believe the best outcomes for clients come from our ability to select and recommend products from the entire marketplace and that independence itself is a benefit to you. It’s simple really; we do not act on behalf of any product provider, bank or insurance company. We act solely on behalf

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Upton FAB is a festival with a difference! Combining two large scale events; a food festival with a host of local exhibitors, demonstrations, tastings and culinary master classes; alongside a beer festival with 100 real ales and 50 ciders and perries. Organiser, Jo Watts, explains more. Expect a large range of artisan ‘Local food and drink at its foods to sample and buy plus an very best, the Upton FAB array of delicious street foods Festival provides the perfect from around the world. Highly showcase. See you there!’ respected and awarded chefs will Charles Campion, Food writer & Critic be demonstrating their signature dishes. Expand your culinary knowledge in the master class talks marquee and indulge in tasting workshops where you can learn how best to match cheese to ale and champagne to chocolates! There will be a fantastic selection of locally produced real ales, ciders and perries for you to

try, whilst listening to an exciting line up of live music across two stages. The entertainment programme also includes Bake Off’s, Children’s cookery workshops, a Tug of War Contest, a chilli eating competition and a variety of traditional family entertainment on the Village Green. Running alongside the famous Upton Jazz Festival, Upton is the place to be between 27th-29th June! Why not enter our fantastic competition in this magazine to try and win tickets?

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BACK ON TRACK TEN YEARS ON Back On Track is celebrating a decade in practice at The Acupuncture Clinic, Kemerton. We found out more from Sarah Jane Smith. Ten years on, what is your relationship to chiropractic?

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interesting this year is that I love my work and I feel so I’ve had a bad lucky and proud to have a back myself thriving clinic of my own. Raised and have in Beckford, I have strong ties to experienced, this area and always wanted to as a patient, establish myself in a lovely, rural the difference setting which is great for my Chiropractic can make. patients and myself. A decade on, my enthusiasm and commitment What type of treatment is greater than ever. What’s been brought about your recovery? My associate, Andy, is an excellent Chiropractor who came to me highly recommended. Working alongside my GP and a BSc. (Chiro.) BSc. (Hons) MMCA GCC specialist, he did a great job of easing my pain and increasing  Back Pain my mobility. After being  Pain, diagnosed with sciatica, he gave Discomfort Stiffness in me some initial treatments over Joints the summer. The pain improved  Migraine but I was still left with headaches discomfort in my lower leg.

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After referring me for a private MRI scan at The Cobalt Unit in Cheltenham last autumn, I was diagnosed with a prolapsed or ‘slipped’ disc. My Consultant offered me an operation but I decided to try intensive chiropractic first. With weekly treatments and guided stretching exercises in between, Andy helped me to stabilise my pelvis, straighten my spine and shift the load on my discs, enabling me to recover my health again. I’m so grateful.

INTRODUCING CHIROPRACTIC with Andy Mackinnon-Little Chiropractic often works for those with gardening and sports injuries but the demands of modern life means we also see lots of office based professionals, drivers, healthcare workers, builders, plumbers and carpenters for whom work is creating a health issue. We can help with acute and chronic joint pain like low back pain and neck conditions, and offer advice on posture, exercise and rehabilitation. If you want to find out more about McTimoney Chiropractic or book a session please call us on 01386 725461 or 07900 184131.



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Local support for the Johnston Scotia HomeCare Plan continues to grow. Could you benefit from joining?

Offering timely, personal service is the top priority for Bredon based plumbing and heating engineers, Johnston Scotia. M.D. Scott Johnston explains how joining the Johnston Scotia HomeCare Plan will give you the confidence of knowing you have access to a knowledgeable local engineer when you need it.

ready access to spare parts and so ultimately, fix repairs more quickly. Also, as a family company we are not at the behest of shareholder demands but are simply focused on making a reasonable living. We believe the best way to maintain our business long term is to give a good level of service to the community.

time for every job. We’re so grateful for all the local support we've had, plus the positive comments and recommendations from customers, like the one printed below. It’s such that if the current trend continues we’ll need to recruit more engineers,

SO HOW DO I TAKE OUT A HOMECARE PLAN? HOW MANY ENGINEERS DO It’s easy; it takes just five WHY IS YOUR HOMECARE PLAN YOU EMPLOY? minutes to complete our form LESS COSTLY THAN A SIMILAR We’ve recently taken on two Plus, if you join before the end of NATIONAL SCHEME? more men, giving a team of nine. June you will receive a FREE For several reasons, all linked to It means we have the capacity to £10 Costa Coffee Gift Card. the basics of our business model provide a speedy, reliable service There’s no catch; it’s simply our which is about wanting to focus locally, even if we get a rush of incentive to do the paperwork. our efforts locally. Keeping more calls all at once. Since our focus If you’d like to join us please engineers within easy reach of is on providing a high quality request an application pack the office means we can manage response, our engineers are all today. You can pop into our our time and costs more highly trained, we deliberately friendly Bredon office, call us on efficiently. They can get out to run with a little slack in the 01684 773747 or visit us: more homes each day, have system and always allow proper Hi, We took out the above plan earlier this year having previously been with British Gas. Over the past week or so we had occasion to put your service to the test when our boiler developed an intermittent fault that resulted in it cutting out periodically. I must say that we have been delighted with the way in which the problem was handled. On three occasions an engineer visited within two or three hours of me telephoning. Then, once the fault had been diagnosed, a spare part was ordered and fitted within 24 hours. All this at a time of year when I am sure you must be busy. My telephone calls to your office were dealt with courteously and efficiently. The engineer who visited was pleasant, knowledgeable and remedied the problem with the minimum of fuss. All in all, the level of customer service provided was exemplary and we will not hesitate to recommend the HomePlan to friends and neighbours. Kind Regards, Mr P, Winchcombe, December 2013

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Spring is here!

GET AHEAD FOR THIS SUMMER The team at Tewkesbury Garden Centre offer advice.


haping your garden into a space that feels like yours, a place where you can potter and relax, is so much easier if you establish an annual calendar of jobs. March means spring cleaning and the shed is a great place to start. A couple of hours decluttering, taking stock and planning for the season ahead will save you time, money and effort throughout the summer. Reviewing and planning is something we’re continually doing here as a team. Our aim is to ensure that we offer the best plants and gardening products locally, at good value prices. This spring, we’re stocking a superb new range of Spear and Jackson tools which offer excellent performance and durability to suit all budgets. Spear & Jackson is a world famous brand with real heritage

and a tradition of craftsmanship dating back 250 years. This history, combined with innovative stainless steel technology makes for a broad variety of spades, trowels, forks and more to satisfy every gardener. If you’re a keen gardener a well crafted set of durable tools will be essential to the enjoyment of your hobby. Finding ones that are just right can take a bit of care, so feel free to come in and handle different types before making your selection. Size, weight and the way the design sits with the contours of your hands and body all make a difference to your comfort, short

NEW! Spear & Jackson and long term. Tools in Stock Get it right, and keep them well maintained, and you’ll end up with a purchase that will last for seasons to come. With expert knowledge accumulated over 30 years, our friendly team can advise you on everything for your garden from trees and shrubs, seeds, and grow your own goods to greenhouses, outdoor furniture and aquatics. We’ve also got a great range of gifts for Easter so please drop in and see us this Spring.

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Mobile beauty and massage therapist Joanna Watson has been in business locally for seven years. We talked to her about her newest treatment.

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WHAT IS A LAVA SHELL MASSAGE? Lava Shells are the world’s first self heating massage tool which gives you ‘the warmth of the tropics in the palm of your hand.’TM This treatment offers intense relaxation whilst also easing aches and pains. It uses 100% genuine recycled Tiger Clam shells which are heated by a gel sachet combining water and natural minerals. The shells are a food by product from the Philippines, and preparing them also provides jobs for islanders. The therapy has received fantastic reviews nationally because it offers even more benefits than hot stone massage with the bonus of being eco friendly.

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WHAT ELSE DO YOU OFFER? I established Hush Beauty seven years ago and offer a full range of therapies including facials, nails, waxing, Swedish massage, Indian head massage and reflexology. Skincare is a particular WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING HEAT? speciality and I use Monu products. Having a It improves the circulation, lymphatic system, and therapist come to your home means no worries general function of the organs. It’s intensely about parking, childcare or a stressful journey. In a relaxing and enables a deeper treatment in a shorter busy world it also saves time - my clients love that! amount of time than could be achieved without. WHY LAVA SHELLS NOT STONES? Lava shells are hotter than hot stones giving a seamless massage with continual heat and touch, available at three different levels to suit you. Being quick to heat, more hygienic than stones, and easy to dispose of, they are ideal for mobile therapists.

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How To Create Traditional Cotswold Style Old English garden design remains popular locally but even in an historically significant home it’s important to create a garden that is personal and unique to you. Here, Jonathan Siarl (pictured) designer exclusively for Rune, explains how.


he photographs opposite depict the results of a typical local project for Rune. Our clients had moved to an historic house in a Cotswold Conservation Area. Having renovated the interior, they were keen to upgrade the garden, making it functional and beautiful. What existed was the bones of a traditional Cotswold garden but the terrace and dry stone walls were collapsing, the borders had been neglected, and the entire plot was overrun with ground elder. Traditional old English garden design, appropriate to such historic architecture, relies on straight lines and traditional cottage planting. Respecting this and taking inspiration from the house and surroundings, we recreated a traditional Cotswold design to the front of the property which was laid with flagstones and gravel then planted with yew hedges, topiary and an abundance of lavender. This style was continued through to the back but there

we felt more inclined to personalise the garden, giving it a contemporary edge by using materials which linked to the newly renovated interior. In order to increase the sense of space, the rear was split into three main areas. First was a rectangular terraced lawn, accessed by generous Cotswold stone steps and surrounded by pleached lime, box balls and cottage style borders. Second was a dining area with travertine tiles and a herb topiary. Third was the area immediately outside the house where a patio was softened with relaxed planting and a wooden Lutyens style bench. Black limestone was chosen to reflect a black granite

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work surface in the kitchen. This had the effect of tricking the eye and expanding the kitchen outwards, so giving the illusion of space and ensuring a seamless connection between the house and the garden. In order for any garden to flow, it must have a strong design. The soft landscaping should relate to the hard areas, the house, and its environment. It’s this that we consider our speciality at Rune. Another characteristic of our style is full, lush plantings which will give an instant result but continue to mature and evolve over time. Our process starts with a free consultation during which we visit you at home. We create all styles of garden for clients with plots of five metres square upwards and can manage all levels of budget. To see more examples of our work please visit our website where there are case studies and a selection of testimonials. To book your FREE Design Consultation with Rune please call 01905 841 405.

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BROWN’S GARDEN RESTAURANT at TEWKESBURY GARDEN CENTRE With a range of home cooked food and drinks and plenty of free parking for bikes, Brown’s has become a popular pit stop for cyclists.‘Cheffy’ told us more. Why have you become popular with cyclists? Anyone who lives locally knows that the countryside around the garden centre, including the rivers and the road to Ledbury, offers fantastic cycling (and walking) routes with stunning scenery. As a cyclist myself I appreciate that a bike ride is all the more enjoyable if you know a reliable place to stop en route to refuel. Brown’s is convenient because it lies just off the A38 and there’s ample space for a

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family or even a large group to park their bikes up, securely and free of charge. Our freshly refurbished restaurant is comfortable and relaxed with a mix of tables, air conditioning and also some lower level sofa style seating. What sort of food do you offer cyclists and walkers? We have an increasing range of cooked breakfasts, morning coffees, lunches, snacks and afternoon tea plus a good selection of drinks which reflect the produce grown and created in the local area. We run a regular weekly menu and also offer a changing selection of seasonal

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Do large parties need to book ahead? Certain times of the week, such as Sunday lunch, are now so popular that it’s essential to book in advance. We appreciate notice from large parties of ramblers or cyclists as it helps us to ensure we can meet your needs; don’t be afraid to make special requests.

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Blossom in the Vale Spring Time Events in the Vale This spring why not explore the enchanting local Blossom by bike, coach or foot? For more information about spring events and the Blossom Trail please contact Angela Tidmarsh on

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his spring will once again see the beautiful colours of blossom explode in the Vale of Evesham as the local area bursts into an array of soft tones; the pink blossom of the cherry and apple will contrast beautifully with the white blossom of the pears and plums. Why not explore the natural beauty that the Vale has to offer by following the 45 mile AA yellow signposted route? You will be sure to journey through some of the most idyllic villages that the area has to offer and be captivated by blossom and countryside, as well as crisscrossing the River Avon. The Blossom Trail is among five major blossom events on earth, with others taking place in Japan and the USA. With our very own local Blossom Trail visitors have the opportunity to explore and enjoy the route in their own time and way, whether it be walking, cycling, or enjoying the blossom on a coach tour.

BLOSSOM BIKEAWAY Come and explore the blossom by bike on Sunday 27th April. With a choice of four routes; 11, 16, 27 and 50 miles there is something to suit everyone. Setting off from Hampton Ferry, Evesham the bikeaway provides the perfect family fun day to enjoy the beauty of the Vale while raising funds for St John Ambulance. For an entry form contact Angela Tidmarsh on 01386 565373.

BLOSSOM TRAIL WALKS For those who prefer to discover the blossom trail by foot there are the Blossom Trail walks available – a

pack of three walks of different distances between three and six miles especially devised with blossom in mind. The Blossom Trail Walks packs are available to purchase from Wychavon District Council and local Tourist Information Centres at a cost of £2.95.

SPRING TIME IN THE VALE COACH TOURS Dudley’s Coaches and Evesham Vale Tour Guides once again welcome back the popular Spring Time in the Vale Coach Tours on Tuesday 8th, 15th and 22nd April. Picking up in various locations throughout Worcestershire, this day trip out is not to be missed! The coach tours provide the opportunity to experience and enjoy the best blossom viewpoints while visiting the apple and plum orchards, as well as providing an historical and entertaining great value day out. For more information regarding pick up points and to book your seat please contact Dudley’s Coaches on 01386 792206.

HOW TO MONITOR THE BLOSSOM The blossom in the Vale only lasts a short time making it a sight that should not be missed. If you want to plan your day out around the progress of the blooms you can get a glimpse of the blossom by visiting the website To request a free Blossom Trail & Vale Trail colour brochure, which covers all the best of the blossom and horticultural goodness of the Vale, please contact Angela Tidmarsh on 01386 565373.


Sunday 27th April Starting from Hampton Ferry, choose from an 11, 16, 27 or 50 mile cycle route and discover the Blossom Trail while having fun, keeping fit and raising funds for St John Ambulance. For an application form contact Angela Tidmarsh on 01386 565373.

BLOSSOM TRAIL WALKS A pack of 3 walks available to purchase from Wychavon District Council and local Tourist Information Centres £2.95

SPRING TIME IN THE VALE COACH TOURS Tuesday 8th, 15th and 22nd April. Operated by Dudley’s Coaches and Evesham Vale Tour Guides, these tours pick up at various points throughout Worcestershire. To find our more or make a booking please contact Dudley’s Coaches on 01386 792206.


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JOIN US ON 18th March 7.30pm Pershore Wetland Talk, Wulstan Hall, Pershore & 4th May 10am-5pm Tiddesley Wood Open Day, Pershore

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Mild wet weather from mid-February onwards can trigger hundreds of toads crossing our roads in one night. Wendy Carter explains.

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hen it comes to crossing roads, toads give chickens a run for their money. Or a crawl, to be precise. How toads move is one of the ways you distinguish them from frogs; why hop when you don’t need to? Frogs lay their spawn anywhere watery but toads are a little pickier, preferring wellestablished, deeper and colder bodies of water. That’s why, at this time of year, you may find toads crossing a road near you. Since we’ve been losing ponds at an extraordinary rate, toads now face a longer and more hazardous journey from hibernation grounds to suitable breeding ponds. None of South Worcestershire’s major toad crossings are on our busiest roads but there are numerous villages and lanes that play a crucial role in this mass migration.

You can help. If your garden is big enough you can create a pond suitable for frogs, toads, newts and other wildlife. Or you could don a waterproof and fluorescent jacket, grab a few friends and help the toads cross the roads. You’ll need to find a crossing (see below for advice) and work out which way the toads are heading. The most basic ‘rescue’ is to pick them up, one by one, and pop them safely on the other side. Alternatively, set up a fence and collect the toads in sunken buckets (you’ll need permission). You can then transport them across the road en masse early the following morning. Apart from making sure you’re safe, the only real problem is moving the fences to the other side of the road once the toads have laid their spawn and turned around, shortly afterwards!

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 Garden pond factsheets:  Toad patrol factsheet  Register and get help with your local toad crossing Common toad: Wendy Carter

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Asparamadness The Vale of Evesham invites you to join in the Asparamadness from St George’s Day on 23rd April until 21st June.

KEY DATES Wednesday 23 April Great English Asparagus Run Wednesday 23 April – Saturday 21 June AsparaWriting Festival Wednesday 14 May Asparagus Night Cookery Demonstration Wednesday 14, 21 & 28 May Asparabus Coach Tours Sunday 25 May Bretforton Silver Band Asparagus Auction Monday 26 May Asparagus Festival Family Fun Day Saturday 31 May Sunday 1 June Asparafest and much more...

t George’s Day marks the beginning of the British Asparagus Festival with the Great English Asparagus Run. This year the Vale of Evesham will be going Asparamad again with numerous events providing the chance to taste, buy, cook and learn about one of the nations most sought after delicacies. The World Famous Bretforton Silver Band Asparagus Auction takes place on Sunday 25th May at the Fleece Inn. The auction is an extremely popular annual ritual that sees hundreds gather in the courtyard to bid for the season’s largest freshest local Asparagus. The Fleece Inn will again be welcoming families on Monday 26 th May for their Asparagus Family Fun Day where there will be fairground attractions, food and music.


New for 2014 is the AsparaWriting festival; a chance to learn about writing, Worcestershire, asparagus and all things related. For details visit The boutique festival, Asparafest, returns for its second year on 31st May and 1st June with an A-Z of weekend entertainment; a mix of magical music, the freshest of food, fascinating farm and country crafts, frolicsome fun, barrels of beer and awesome asparagus! For information visit or email 2014 also welcomes back Dudley’s Asparabus Coach Tours on 14th, 21st and 28th May, complete with an asparaguide to provide you with an entertaining insight into this majestic green vegetable. For more details call Angela Tidmarsh 01386 565373.

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Square, Barbourne. We're open to all young people, regardless of ability or experience, from Does your child enjoy Worcester and the singing? Worcester Young surrounding areas, with Voices invites you to bring our current members them along to a free taster coming from as far session at a new Worcester afield as Leominster, based choir. Evesham and Stourport on Severn. The choir is run by Carol Green, an experienced orcester Young choral director and music Voices is a new educator. Carol, who was choir for seven to awarded a Churchill Fellowship fifteen year olds. to study choral education in We meet on Saturday mornings Hungary and Canada, has a during term time at The wealth of experience in Magdelene Rooms, St George's developing choirs, including


Worcester Cathedral's outreach choir. Worcester Young Voices has a broad and varied programme of events including regular performance opportunities both within and beyond Worcestershire. There are also plans to start a training choir for children aged five to eight.

INTERESTED? Worcester Young Voices meet on Saturday mornings from 10 o'clock (girls 10-11am and boys 11.15am-12.15pm) during term time. Our venue is The Magdelene Rooms, next to St George's C of E Church, St George’s Square, Barbourne, Worcester WR1 1HX. For more details or to get involved please call Lorna on 07411 608346 or email:


WIN A £100 VOUCHER FOR A COOKERY CLASS AT RAYEESA’S INDIAN KITCHEN PLUS TWO TICKETS TO UPTON FAB! Upton Food and Beer Festival takes place on 27th – 29th June on Upton Meadow

Plus 4 Runner Up Prizes of A FREE Pair of Tickets to Upton FAB Festival Will you be one of five lucky winners? It’s simple; send an email or postcard answering the question below by Monday 31st March 2014 NEW! UPTON FOOD & BEER FESTIVAL 27-29th JUNE

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The Three Counties boast some of the best culinary talent and food in the UK. The Upton Food and Beer Festival taking place on 27th – 29th June celebrates our local food and drink heroes. We are delighted to be able to offer five winners the chance of winning a free pair of tickets for this brand new event. The first prize also includes a £100 voucher for place at Herefordshire Chef Rayeesa’s Indian Cookery School. Here, food lovers of all backgrounds and experience are taught hands on, step by step, how to make traditional home cooked Indian food, in peaceful, relaxed and friendly surroundings. For more information on Rayeesa’s Indian Cookery School courses, authentic Indian recipes and her mouth-watering Indian sauces please visit

HOW TO ENTER: Submit the answer to the following question with your name, email address and telephone numbers either by:  sending an email headed ‘Competition’ to  or by sending a postcard to Upton FAB Festivals Competition, Suite 5s Deer Park Business Centre Eckington, Pershore, Worcs WR10 3DN

THE QUESTION Melissa ColeBeer Beer writer & sommALEier

Mehti is the secret ingredient for Rayeesa’s Kheema Mehti dish. What is Mehti? Terms & Conditions: One entry per household. Competition closes on 31st March 2014. The winners will be informed by 4th April 2014. The £100 voucher will be sent by recorded delivery, tickets by first class post. The names of the winner can be obtained from Jo watts, Upton FAB Festivals Competition, 105 St Georges Lane, Worcester, WR1 1QS. Prize not redeemable for cash. Judges decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. By entering this competition you agree to be contacted by FAB Festivals. Your information will not be shared with any third party.





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How To Choose… A Stair Carpet We asked Richard Westwood of Carpets Direct about the latest options available. WHAT’S FASHIONABLE IN CARPETS FOR 2014? Stripes are popular at the moment. They can be installed in any room but look particularly effective on the stairs, with the pattern running down the treads. With the huge range of colours available they combine well with all types of stone, ceramic or wooden flooring in the hallway to achieve a variety of looks. ANY NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN CARPETS? Advice has changed recently regarding underlay. In the past, you may have installed rubber underlay but this is likely to be outlawed soon as, during house fires, it produces toxic fumes which can be fatal to humans. Fire retardant polyurethane (PU) is now a much safer choice. Some insurance companies even offer a small discount off your home insurance if it’s installed throughout. WHY CHOOSE CARPETS DIRECT? We are a family company which prides itself on customer satisfaction. We are approved fitters

accredited by the National Institute of Carpet and Floor Fitters, (NICF) and an approved Scotchguard agent. Over the years we have established an excellent reputation locally for supplying carpets and flooring, vinyls, laminates, Karndean, wood and natural flooring. With a huge amount of samples on our van, our service enables you to view all kinds of different flooring options in the actual room (and light) in which it will be laid. YOU ALSO HAVE A SHOWROOM? Yes, it means you can view larger flooring samples to see what your carpet will look like en masse. We also stock lots of end of range carpets and vinyl flooring direct from the manufacturers at half the usual price of ordering from the sample book. We offer a wide selection of budget choices and offer extra discount if you replace the flooring in your entire property. Please call Richard Westwood on 01684 298 542 or 07785 562170 or visit

Carpets Direct come DIRECT to you! Plus new showroom with end of stock rolls  Registered approved fitters

 Private houses

 Businesses

 Offices

 Hotels & Guest Houses

 Reliable staff

We have stock rolls direct from manufacturers and we pass the price advantage on to you. Serving Tewkesbury and the surrounding villages for 25 years +

FREE Stain Remover Kit with your new carpet


while stocks last ends 30/4/14

Come and see our great value carpets, vinyl & laminate flooring on display Pop down to our Sale Day every Friday 10am to 5pm Complete personal service including FREE planning, measuring & quotes


Quote this Directory Ends 30/04/13

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01684 298542 07785 562170

By arrangement, we can move furniture, lift up and dispose of your old flooring, hoover and clear away your old rubbish. Unit 1 Newton Farm, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury GL20 7BE


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45 Unit 10 Blackminster Business Park Blackminster Evesham Worcs WR11 7RE Tel: 01386 833189 Fax: 01386 830249 email:

Bespoke Conservatory or Orangery designed to your specifications

Bring the outside in Showroom Open Mon - Fri 9 - 4, Sat 10 - 2 -



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COTSWOLD & VALE SUPPLIES LIMITED The Old Sawmill, Evesham Rd, Toddington GL54 5DF 01242 620 000

FREE £10 COSTA COFFEE GIFT CARD* with a Johnston Scotia HomeCare Plan by 30/6/14. * Redeemable in participating stores. Redeemable At

JOHNSTON SCOTIA LTD Bredon, Tewkesbury

0800 111 4475 & 01684 773747

10% OFF FIRST SESSION OF CHIROPRACTIC for new patients of Andy Mackinnon-Little Ends 30/4/14 Redeemable At

BACK ON TRACK CHIROPRACTIC The Acupuncture Clinic, Park Farm Cottage, Kemerton, Glos GL20 7HZ 01386 725461 or 07900 184131

BUY FOUR ‘COWsters for £10 Great gift idea! Usually £3 each (£2 p&p) Ends 30/4/14 or whilst stocks last Redeemable At


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DOGROSE THERAPIES 19 Hill View Rd, Strensham WR8 9LJ 01684 292943 or 07816 210903

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with your new carpet fitted by Carpets Direct with this voucher Until 30/4/14 Redeemable At:

CARPETS DIRECT Unit 1 Newton Farm, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury GL20 7BE 01684 298542 / 07785 562170

Please redeem your voucher at the Welcome Centre and check website for opening hours. 2 for 1 entry excludes plant fairs and events. Valid from 2 April - 26 October 2014 Redeemable At

SPETCHLEY PARK GARDENS Spetchley, off A44 Worcester, WR5 1RS 01905 345106

when you order any Cooked Breakfast Mon–Fri 9-11am Ends 30/4/14 Limited to one per person Redeemable At

BROWN’S GARDEN RESTAURANT Tewkesbury Garden Centre, The Mythe, Tewkesbury GL20 6EB 01684 293103

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10% OFF all fencing, gates & paving installation work during March 2014!

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COTSWOLD & VALE SUPPLIES LIMITED The Old Sawmill, Evesham Rd, Toddington GL54 5DF 01242 620 000

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£10 OFF Your First Session of Reiki. Applies to Vouchers now £15 - Great Gift Idea!

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Raj Blend, Light Grey and Autumn Blend £13.55m2, Fossil Mint £15.99m2, Twilight Black Sandstone £22m2 All prices+ VAT Collected/Full Packs only

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MG EXECUTIVE TRAVEL Tewkesbury based 01684 294084 / 07766 881050

10% off Studio Shoots, Prints, Frames & Disc Packages for all competition entries & winners. Excludes weddings. Valid 6 months. One entry per person. Competition closes 31/3/14 Redeemable At


BUY 1 & GET 1 FREE when you order any Cream Tea Mon-Fri 3-4.30pm. Ends 30/4/14 Limited to one per person Redeemable At

BROWN’S GARDEN RESTAURANT Tewkesbury Garden Centre, The Mythe, Tewkesbury GL20 6EB 01684 293103

SAVE 50% ON A VEG BOX* delivered free to your door. Quote fhbp13. *Small box; applies to new customers who place a regular order. Ends 30/04/14 Redeemable At


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KELLY PAYNE PERSONAL TRAINING Strensham based gym or I come to you 07769 847864

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15% OFF ANY ORDER this Spring at Upton Glass & Glazing Until 30/4/14 Redeemable At

UPTON GLASS & GLAZING LTD Unit A Grove House Yard, Tewkesbury Rd, Upton on Severn WR8 0PW 01684 591138

20% OFF TICKETS Enter this code when asked on the Upton FAB website or when calling 01905 731137: VILLAGE Ends 29 June 2014 or whilst tickets last Redeemable At

UPTON FAB FESTIVAL St. 5s Deer Park Business Centre, Eckington Worcs WR10 3DN 01905 731137

DESIGN, PRINT & DELIVER 5,000 A6 POSTCARDS £349 + VAT Until 30/4/14 Redeemable At


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10% OFF when booking 5 sessions or more

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THE ROSES Sun Street Tewkesbury GL20 5NX 01684 295 074


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25% OFF YOUR FIRST CARPET CLEAN Until 30/4/14 Redeemable at:

IMPERIAL CARPET CARE Bredon based 01684 773900 or 07530 090 898

25% OFF Gutter Clearance for 2+houses. Involve your neighbours! Until 30/4/14 Redeemable At

HANDY FINCHY 01386 881838 / 07716 355706

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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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HUSH BEAUTY Mobile Beauty Therapy 07771 932093

DESIGN, PRINT & DELIVER 5,000 A5 LEAFLETS £289+VAT Until 30/4/14 Redeemable At


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20% Off when you buy 2 or more Chainsaw Chains

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We’re always looking at creative ways to help you grow your business... If you have an offer that you’d like to see featured here please call us to discuss your options. We offer advertising, editorial and leaflet drops at surprisingly affordable rates. With three sister magazines locally you can reach up to 12,000 households in the villages between Evesham, Pershore, Broadway, Tewkesbury and Upton upon Severn.

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Is your boiler in an awkward spot? We have lots of clever solutions for your home such as this boiler concealed in a cupboard. Talk to us about your needs today!

Boiler Installations & More:  Full central heating services  Boiler servicing incl. boiler contracts Solar thermal hot water systems

  All heating and plumbing services  Bathroom installations  Kitchen installations  Stoves, gas & electric fires  In house building services

Visit our showroom just off Pershore High St. and talk to us about your heating and plumbing needs. We supply and install full heating systems including Gas and Oil Boilers from Worcester, Bosch Group & Vaillant. Boiler Servicing and Maintenance Contracts available. With 20 years experience in the industry and a fully qualified team of in-house engineers you will get an expert fitting, guaranteed. We also have a range of fires on display including woodburning stoves, gas and electric models,

Please call or pop in today

Vale Heating & Plumbing Ltd

01386 556585

surrounds, accessories & more. Unit 5A, Rear of 79 High Street Pershore WR10 1EU

Map here Pershore High St.

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