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Issue 12 May - June 2013

EDGE DIRECTORY

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Welcome... editor Lisa Lambon e lisa@lifeinthevillage.co.uk t 01684 773135 www.lifeinthevillage.co.uk Jasmine House, Bredons Norton, Glos, GL20 7EZ Published five times a year, The Cotswold Edge Directory has a print run of 3,000 copies which are delivered free to homes in Dumbleton, Sedgeberrow, Ashton under Hill, Hinton on The Green, Badsey, Wickhamford, Aldington, Bretforton, Stanton, Wormington, Buckland, Little Buckland, Laverton, Snowshill and relevant retail outlets locally. It is part of a group of four local publications including The Folly View, Bredon and Avon & Severn 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 Cotswold Edge 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.

…to our May/June issue. With Spring delayed by more than a month, this Winter has been the longest many of us can remember. Yet judging by the contents of this Directory and the number of new ventures being launched, many of you have been far from hibernating. We’ve been busy too. Taking local events as our theme, we bring details of several great days out for you and your family. In addition to our new regular competition, we’re launching our Readers’ Photo Gallery. With so many fabulous photo opportunities around Bredon Hill and beyond, we invite you to share your best local images with us. In association with Andrew Jackson of Timelock Photography we’ll select our favourites and print them in a future publication. Our thanks go again to the team at The Roses Theatre who are giving five lucky winners a set of four complimentary film tickets. Entering is easy so why not take two minutes to see if you can win? Look out also for this season’s money-off vouchers, helping you to make savings where you can. Whatever you have planned this summer, enjoy the milder weather and remember to keep us informed of your news & projects. You can talk to me on 01684 773135 or email lisa@lifeinthevillage.co.uk Until next time...

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Contents Competition, Offers & Index 13 WIN! Four Film Tickets To The Roses 54 Your Money Saving Offer Vouchers 57 Index

Local Life 16 Sell Your Car with Car Trade Direct 19 Singing As A Tonic with Vocaltonic 20 West Mercia Police: Summer Security 21 Puppy Talk with Brad Cooper of Folly Gardens 23 The Crown, Kemerton, Newly Refurbished 27 Safety Tips with the team at Buzz Electrical 30 Take The Johnston Scotia Test 32 Support Worcester Breast Unit Campaign 35 Property Talk with Gusterson Palmer & James 39 Keyless Convenience with L & L 41 Readers’ Photo Gallery 43 A Growing Business with Eddies’ Autos 44 Dying Matters with St Richard’s Hospice 48 Wildlife Page: On The Hunt with the Buzzard 51 The Arts Column with The Roses

Local Events 24 Launching the first Charity Dog Day 29 A Brand New Season at Coughton Court 37 Eckington Open Gardens & Flower Festival 40 The Great Bredon Hill Challenge 42 Ashton Under Hill Open Gardens 47 Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival 53 Asparamadness with Wychavon

What Can You Save This Season? Vouchers p54 – 56 Front cover & Welcome Page image: © www.veer.com/paul maguire This page clockwise from the top; Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Steven Thrush Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign, Ashton Under Hill Open Gardens, Wychavon District Council

WIN! Four Film Tickets See Competition p13


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Company Promotion

THE EASY WAY TO SELL Do you want to sell your car without the hassle of advertising? Shaun Taylor of Tewkesbury based Car Trade Direct has worked in the local motor trade for 30 years and been at his current site for the last seventeen. We asked his advice. Motoring is so expensive these days. How can I achieve the best price for my car? Anyone buying a used car will want to ensure it’s genuine, well maintained and offers good value for money. There are three indicators we look for: a good service history, the general condition of the car and how it has been looked after. A filthy car in poor condition will raise concerns about the possibility of underlying issues. It’s always worth paying for a valet before you try to sell your vehicle.

getting a company car. Others will have taken the car off road or may have suffered a bereavement. We appreciate how difficult it can be to let go of a car that belonged to a loved one and that’s where our visit at home service can help.

How does your process work? If you give us a ring we can often give you a rough idea of value over the phone but we’d never commit to a precise figure until we have assessed the car ourselves. You can then pop along to our forecourt, just What kind of cars do you buy? outside Tewkesbury, or we can People come to us with all makes come and visit you at home. of cars valued from £500 - £24k. All are private individuals who Any tips on how to avoid a don't want the worry, security dishonest valuation? risk and inconvenience that There are certainly some accompanies a private sale. unscrupulous national companies Some will be downsizing or trading today, especially online.

Beware of anyone who will promise you a price that seems high and always read the small print. Some garages give a price unseen but then reduce it by as much as 25% when they come to collect your vehicle. Some even charge you an administration fee of £50-75 to buy your car! What about your valuation? We don’t like to mislead so offer one fixed price. As car values change monthly, we’ll be clear how long it’s valid for so you have time to reflect. It’s simple; an honest, no pressure sale.


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Company Promotion

SINGING AS A TONIC

Would you like to sing for pure enjoyment? No auditions, no pressure, no requirement to read music? Here, Sue Barnes and Clive Stubbs invite you to take a vocaltonic.

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ollowing a wonderful start last January, vocaltonic, a fresh, new, up-beat choir experience invites you to come along to a free taster session. We provide a platform for local men and women to have fun through singing and realise their potential as performers. It’s widely recognised that there are significant benefits to be gained from singing. Absorbing yourself in learning something new that exercises your physical, emotional and intellectual ‘muscles’ and sharing that experience with a like-minded, friendly team will see these benefits multiply. Although we sing in harmony, members do not need to be able to read music. You will benefit from our innovative teaching techniques, so a good ear and plenty of enthusiasm is all that is required. One of our main aims is to have fun and make this social event the highlight of your week. A wide variety of contemporary music is covered from recent chart music to classic hits from the past. Members have the chance to suggest their favourite pieces and perform a solo or two! As a member you will meet new friends, learn a fresh approach to music and, in the process, grow in confidence. We have many years experience of performing in choirs, orchestras, ensembles and rock bands and the members of vocaltonic will

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benefit from our combined technical and performing skills. Over the summer, we plan to swell vocaltonic’s membership and make our first public performances to show off our skills, share the

Vocaltonic lives up to its name, with a big dose of fun, the joy of finding your voice and the beauty of harmony. It’s good medicine!’ Nicky Martin, Charlton

music that we have created and raise money for local charities. Our weekly, term time rehearsals resume on Monday April 22nd from 7.15 9.15pm at Badsey Community and Sports Club (Ballards Park Brewers Lane, Badsey Evesham WR11 7EU). For more information call Sue on 07572 354 642 or visit our website. All new members will be made welcome at any point during the term.

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 Use timer switches to turn lights on in the evenings while you are out  Ensure newspapers, post, milk etc are not left on display  Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your home while you’re away  Don’t forget your garden! Effective garden security includes defensive planting and well-kept fences and will help keep your home secure

GOING AWAY this summer? While crime remains relatively low locally, the warmer weather provides burglars with welcome opportunities when we vacate our homes to go on holiday. Follow these tips from West Mercia and ensure you and your property stay secure this summer.

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est Mercia is a safe place to live and burglary figures remain low. In fact, less than one per cent of homes are burgled each year and your local policing team is working hard to reduce this figure even further. Most burglaries are carried out by opportunistic thieves and up to half are committed by thieves who enter the house through an unlocked door or an open window. With the advent of warmer weather, West Mercia Police is reminding residents to be vigilant and follow a few simple steps to significantly reduce the chances of their home being broken into over the summer months and while away on holiday.  Ensure doors and windows are locked at all times.  Fit sturdy deadlocks (British Standard BS3621) to all external doors

To find out more, get in touch with your Local Policing Team by calling 101. You can also call us on 0300 333 3000. Alternatively, please visit our website www.westmercia.police.uk

GOT AN ISSUE? Communities can play an active role in the fight against crime by providing us with valuable information about what is happening in your area. If you have any information or concerns you can raise them by:  calling 101 to speak to your local

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Company Promotion

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of dog ownership in a small group. We continue the training at home and also attend weekend group Puppy Walks. What’s next? Watch this space...

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Expert Advice on training your puppy from Vet Brad Cooper of Folly Gardens with Rachel Butler of The Happy Dog Training Company.

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s a vet, I often talk to owners who are struggling to manage their dog’s behaviour so when we took Muddy on, I wanted to do all I could to ensure she didn’t cause any problems within our family. Medically, it’s not safe to take puppies out before they have completed their vaccinations. However, research shows that failure to socialise them during these early weeks can have adverse effects later on. Working with Dog Trainer Rachel Butler, our Nurse Zoe runs fortnightly Puppy Parties at our Walton Cardiff clinic which we regularly took Muddy to. They’re a great way of introducing your puppy to others

in a carefully controlled manner. Play is managed closely with puppies being let off in small groups, to interact with, and learn from, suitable playmates. There’s the chance to ask questions and receive support in the early days of puppy ownership plus everyone gets a free goodie bag with samples and handouts. Once Muddy had received all her jabs, we moved on to complete a six week course of Puppy School Classes at The Wheatpieces Community Centre, opposite our main clinic. I took the boys along too and they have benefited as much as Muddy and I from learning all the do’s and don’ts

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It’s all change at The Crown in Kemerton with a new chef, new menu and new look. We talked to Diana Herford who, alongside her role as pub landlady, runs Upper Court & Courtyard Cottages, offering selfcatering holidays, weddings and special events. What are your aims? Every village should have a comfortable pub. Having lived in Kemerton for 37 years, we decided to buy The Crown in the hope of making it a cosy place for local people to relax. We also wanted to provide a meeting place for visitors to Kemerton – including our guests at Upper Court & Courtyard Cottages.

seats 35. Why not hire the entire pub? We also want to be a creative hub in the village, showcasing art, antiques and pottery for sale, beginning with work by Oliver Herford who also runs pottery workshops at Upper Court for all ages.

How does the pub tie with Upper Court? We have self-catering cottages for birthday and What’s on offer now? hen parties, shooting Join us for a relaxing drink, weekends, weddings and and a delicious locally corporate events. As well sourced excellent value as our pottery classes we meal cooked by our chef . offer creative activities We have real ales and even from life drawing to print a Kemerton cider brewed making (accommodation by the acclaimed optional). All ages are Minchew's. We have four welcome to enjoy our comfortable, newly pottery or art classes, a decorated bedrooms for walk up Bredon Hill and a B&B and for private lovely meal at the pub. functions our largest table www.uppercourt.co.uk

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NEW! Charity Dog Show behaviourist and author Gwen Bailey, who is really looking forward to the challenge. Pedigree classes will be run in accordance with Kennel Club rules and will be judged by Sue Thorn of Grafmax Dobermanns, whose current Dobermann, Satchmo, recently ur first Charity Fun won Best of Breed at Crufts Day will be held on 2013. Saturday 22nd June Nicki Martin of Dickson in Showborough, just outside Dog Training will be running Twyning, incorporating a agility demonstrations and novelty dog show, pedigree those inspired will be able to dog classes and an activity ring have a go, around a fun course, where there will be displays of to win a rosette. There will be other dog-themed activities. a Scurry Run for dogs who like Local veterinary practice, jumping, a Rally course for Folly Gardens, are the dogs who like behaving (!!) principal sponsor of the event, and Temptation Alley for dogs and will be providing rosettes to show off their recall amidst for all class winners. Gates distractions ranging from open at 10am with the first sausages to squeaking rubber classes commencing at 11am. chickens! The novelty dog show will For our two-legged visitors, include something for we are offering a selection of everyone, with classes for trade stands, places to eat and wagging tails, sausage drink, experts to talk to and catchers, golden oldies, child demonstrations to watch. Be owners and more. Classes will sure to mark the date and join be judged by world-renowned us for some four legged fun. This summer sees the launch of a new charitable event which will appeal to dog lovers and raise much needed funds for Dogs For The Disabled. Here, its founder Rachel Butler of The Happy Dog Training Company explains more.

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THE HAPPY DOG CHARITY FUN DAY & DOG SHOW When? Saturday 22nd June Where? The Oaks, Showborough, Nr Twyning, Worcs, WR8 9LA (just 10 minutes drive from Tewkesbury) Times? Gates open at 10am. First classes start at 11am Why? Raise funds for Dogs For The Disabled which trains assistance dogs to help improve the lives of adults and children with disabilities.

Like To Get Involved? Register for classes via our website or sign up on the day. If you are interested in sponsoring a class, having a stall, or donating a prize please visit our website, follow us on Facebook (Happy Dog Charity Fun Day) or call Rachel Butler on 07789 887929.

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We are keen to train up new people and take on young apprentices. Helen Morrison, pictured above, is our first female apprentice, now in her second year of training. She has been chosen as an ambassador for trade organisation JTL. Our team undergo continuous training and are fully updated on technical developments and safety regulations.

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The Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign is a registered charity raising £1.8million to fund a new, dedicated Breast Unit for use by women and men across the County for all breast related issues. To date the Campaign has raised over £900,000, passing the half way point. Consultant Breast Surgeon Steven Thrush explains more. How many people are affected by this issue locally? Our slogan, Everybody Knows Somebody, tells it all. Almost 500 people in Worcestershire are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. About 1 in 3 women will see a breast specialist at some point in their life and about 1 in 9 will develop breast cancer. Thankfully the majority of those seen do not have a serious breast problem but all need a rapid and thorough assessment. Almost all women, and an increasing number of men, referred to us believe they may have cancer the stress and anxiety associated with this is significant. Why was the Breast Unit Campaign set up? The Campaign was initiated in 2007 to provide a dedicated Breast Care Unit for the County. When Worcester’s new hospital was built, breast services were provided through the general surgical team or referred out of the County so no provision was made for dedicated space for a specialist breast service. Now an

excellent specialist breast team has been developed but care is currently provided in less than ideal circumstances. What do you aim to achieve? Our aim is to ensure that the process of assessing, investigating and treating any breast problem is as quick, stress -free and efficient as possible. At the moment patients experience: a lack of parking which sometimes leads to missed appointments; over-booked and over-crowded clinics and consequently harassed staff; an inability to undergo all investigations on the initial assessment. The breast service is spread out across several floors of the main hospital building. Clinics are held in different places on different days and share facilities alongside other clinics. Each clinic averages 60 patients, and it’s suggested that patients bring a companion. The waiting rooms have only 24 seats and so queues are inevitable. All this increases anxiety for patients at an already stressful time.

www.everybodyknowssomebody.co.uk For a sponsorship form or to find out more call 01905 733786 or e-mail: Nichola.Underwood@worcsbreastunitcampaign.nhs.uk

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How Can I Get Involved? To find out more visit our website at the address below or call Nicky Underwood on 01905 733786

Worcester - Brest Challenge Cover the distance from Worcester to Brest, 240 land miles, by any means and in any location that you want to, individually or as a group (eg walk, run, row, swim, horse ride or ???) any time from Saturday 1st June to Saturday 29th June. The pace is being set by our ‘A’ Team who are cycling back from Brest. Members of Worcester St. John's Cycle Club will welcome them home at Crowngate Shopping Mall on Saturday 29th June, undertaking the Challenge on their static bikes. What can you do?


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Please sponsor us to walk the Malvern Midsummer Marathon in aid of the Worcester Breast Unit Campaign by visiting www.justgiving.com/ GustersonPalmerandJames

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Property Talk With Denise James, Director of Gusterson Palmer & James

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ebruary and March proved to be strong sales months for Gusterson Palmer & James. An independent survey carried out by For Sale Sign Analysis during February, showed that we had the most Sold signs of all Estate Agents in Evesham, a total of 26%. We are proud to confirm that despite the economic climate, we have now won 13 out of 15 of these quarterly awards. We also conduct our own internal research. Interestingly, six out of the eleven properties that we agreed sales on in March were February 2013 instructions showing there is still a strong demand locally for properties being marketed at realistic prices. The remaining five properties had been for sale for a little while but their vendors had been open to amend their prices to keep in line with current market conditions. If you want to move house, are you aware of the information about your property that may be required by a purchaser and their solicitor? This includes: 1.Boiler Service History. Most buyers would want reassurance

and evidence that a boiler has been serviced within the last 12 months. At a cost of approx £60+VAT this is a simple task to undertake prior to selling. 2. Has there been any alterations or extensions? If so, solicitors will request that the necessary planning and building regulation documents are in place. 3. Is there a FENSA certificate? A Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme certificate is needed for any windows installed since April 2002. You can apply to the Local Authority for retrospective building regulations consent, or if the window was installed more than 12 months ago, you can obtain indemnity insurance. For details visit www.fensa.org.uk For a free expert appraisal of your property by our experienced team please call 01386 761241.

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CHARITY NEWS Our team; from top to bottom, Denise James, Jon James, Kelly Harris, Andrew Leggett & Sarah Cook . This year we are supporting The Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign. Thanks to everyone who came to our Coffee Morning on Good Friday which raised £291 and gained us some sponsors for our Malvern Marathon Walk on 22nd June. This is a 26m challenge, including an ascent of 4,800ft, for which we are currently training. We’d be very grateful for your support; please call us or visit our justgiving page as detailed above.


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Eckington Open Gardens

Photos: David Bainbridge

& Flower Festival celebrates‘ All Things bright & Beautiful’ Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June

Eckington villagers are about to hold their twentieth annual ‘Open Gardens and Flower Festival,’ the only fundraising event held for the benefit of Holy Trinity Church. For the last nineteen years this event has taken place at the beginning of May but please note the change of date Sunday 16th June. Here, one of the organisers, Veronica Colling, explains more.

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e invite you a to a weekend of family fun at our 2013 Flower Festival and Open Gardens. Local children will be making the delightful scarecrows which will be dotted around our village and our gardeners will be opening a range of gardens for you to enjoy, including a Fun Trail for children and a free bus. Special attractions on Saturday will be the Stationary Engine

Club display, Children’s Fashion Show and Maypole dancing display. Sunday brings Vintage and Classic cars, Gardeners Question Time, clog dancing and an evening Church service. We have lots of live music in the church and our popular folk duo, ‘Morning Dew,’ will be wandering around the village in their splendid costumes playing traditional songs. New this year is the ‘Eckington Expo’ - a

showcase for all types of local talent and businesses - definitely a place to visit. Morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas will be available at several places, plus the chance to taste delicious puddings near ‘Pudding Alley’ on the Sunday. For those wanting a tipple there’s ‘Champagne and Canapés’ on Saturday and ‘Pimms’ on Sunday. So much to enjoy and just £5 for an all weekend ticket.

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Keyless Convenience control, but wouldn’t it be great if you could do the same thing with your front door? Now you can. Keyfree locking is the latest in door security, combining peace of mind with convenience. It couldn’t be easier; you either use the remote control as with e are all used to your car, or enter your own unlocking our cars personal code into the built-in with a remote keypad. No more lost keys, no more Looking for a New Door? rummaging in your bag, Call for a NEW brochure no more cutting keys for or visit our Tewkesbury showroom Monday to The Natural Choice For: Friday 8:30am to 5pm &  Windows & Doors Saturday 9am to 1pm.  Conservatories  Orangeries Free parking &  Porches refreshments. Come &  Bifold doors meet our friendly team.  Secondary glazing A new front door gives your home an instant facelift and with “keyfree” locking available it could also make your life easier. Jeremy Phillips, Sales Manager at L & L, explains more.

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visitors; it’s the ideal way to make your front door complete. This Summer sees the launch of several new L&L products which maintain the high quality of innovation and service that we have given since 1981. Our unique energyLOCK range remains top for style and performance. By keeping manufacture in-house, and using the best modern technology, we are constantly moving forward, now offering a wider range of door colours, Crimebeater door locks which give added security, and the ability to supply tall or short doors with no compromise to locking. New additions to our ever popular Richardson entrance door range give you over 1,000 different design options. All our doors include top quality installation, our standard 10 year guarantee and annual inspection for less than you might expect. Why not pop in today, and find out more? NEW! Summer 2013 Range     

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BREDON HILL Challenge

Could You be a Marshall? If you can help on the day please call Rowan Hull

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The inaugural Great Bredon Hill Challenge, took place in July 2012, raising just under £18k. Here, founder Rowan Hull explains how you can take part in this inspiring venture.

any combination can be chosen, making it suitable for people with any level of fitness and all members of the family. All the proceeds will be shared between Sue Ryder Hospice Cheltenham, and he Great Bredon Hill Leukaemia & Lymphoma Challenge is held in Research. Hospices offer care memory of my son, and support, not only for the Henry Scot-Simmonds who patient but also their families. died in December 2010, aged Sue Ryder Hospice is a truly twenty seven. He had a very inspirational establishment and aggressive type of Leukaemia we are pleased to be raising and everything possible was money for it. done but unfortunately, Leukaemia & Lymphoma following a bone marrow Research is an amazing charity transplant in autumn 2008, his which undertakes research and body succumbed to Graft works to improve the lives of Versus Host Disease. patients with all types of blood Henry loved and competed in cancer. It doesn’t receive ANY many types of sports and we money from the Government feel this challenge is a fitting so every penny we can donate tribute to a fun loving, caring makes a difference. Last year young man. This year, there is just under £18k was raised a choice of two distances for which was inspirational. Let's each of the three events and try and do it again this year.

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CAN YOU TAKE PART? 8am Saturday July 6th 2013 What? Swim (100m or 400m) Cycle (12 or 22miles) Run (2.5 or 5km) Events can be chosen in any combination. Can’t swim? No worries; just cycle & run. Where? Croft Farm Water Park, Bredons Hardwick, Nr Tewkesbury GL20 7EE. The swim is in open water, wet suits are allowed but not compulsory. It’s a fun event so go at your own pace. Suitable for all the family but kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Prizes for Fastest & Top Fundraiser. Free Refreshments & Hot Showers! Bar opens 11am. Hog/Lamb Roast & Prize Giving approx. 12.30pm. How to Enter? Send your details, an SAE & a cheque for £30 made payable to ‘The Great Bredon Hill Challenge’ to Rowan Hull, Coneygree, Kemerton, Glos GL20 7HY by 15th June & an Information Pack will be returned. Starting fee on the day £3.


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READERS’ Photo

Gallery ‘First Signs of Spring’

Love Photography? Would you like to share your local shots? Please email them to lisa@lifeinthevillage.co.uk (minimum 300dpi maximum 10MB per email) or invite us to view them via Dropbox. In association with Andrew Jackson of TimeLock Photography, www. timelockphotography.co.uk, we’ll select our favourites and publish them in a future issue. Photos are accepted on the understanding that there are no copyright issues & any necessary permissions have been sought. These photos were kindly supplied by Simon Vaux.

‘Shapes, Curves & Colours’

‘Old Pershore Bridge’


Photos: Jo & Isabel Brown

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Ashton Under Hill Open Gardens 8TH & 9TH JUNE 2013 The villagers of Ashton under Hill have been opening their gardens for 35 years and regularly attract over 1000 visitors. Chairman John Dodge reveals what’s on offer at this year’s event.

Group Discount If you'd like to bring a group of 10 or more, you can gain a 20% discount on the entry fee and priority parking for your coach or minibus provided you book by Friday 31st May. We also offer an extra incentive on Sunday of one free ticket for parties of 20+. Please download a Group Booking Request form online or call us on 01386 881778

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reparations are already well in hand for our 36th Open Gardens event. As usual we'll be offering at least 20 varied and interesting gardens for you to enjoy, together with a lively mix of exhibitions, displays, cream teas, craft sales and our renowned Plantsman's Market, all nestling in our delightful village at the foot of Bredon Hill. A huge thank you to everyone who came to support our Jubilee themed Open Gardens weekend last summer. The sun shone on and as well as many local enthusiasts, visitors came from places as far afield as Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire, Middlesex, Bristol and even Japan! We made many new friends, and received some kind and generous feedback.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back for another successful Open Gardens event. Our theme this year is 'Glorious Gardens' and St Barbara's Church will be hosting an exhibition of paintings, photography, crafts, children's miniature gardens and sumptuous floral displays. Don't forget that all coach and car parking for this event is free, and there is a complimentary minibus shuttle around the village. Please visit our website to view more photographs and find the most up to date news. Ashton Under Hill Gardens Open Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2013 1pm to 6pm. Adult Entry £5, Children Free. Postcode for SatNav: WR11 7SW. Enquiries call 01386 881487.

www.ashtonopengardens.co.uk


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How A Growing Business Can Now Offer More Beckford based garage, Eddie's Autos, is celebrating its second birthday with new facilities and services. After 20 years in the trade, Ed Robinson aims to offer a friendly service at great rates. Here, he explains more.

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fter 20 years in the motoring industry and two successful years of trading myself, I know that customers hate it when they feel they’ve been ripped off. I’ve been careful to structure my business with fair, honest service as the cornerstone and I’m grateful to have been rewarded with an ever growing, loyal customer base, keeping me busy. Investing in my premises is what this year is all about. Having recently taken over the entire workshop, I have installed in a second vehicle ramp which means I can now juggle work more effectively and offer a more efficient service. I can also provide secure, insured workshop space for your self build projects or any vehicle storage needs. I continue to offer MOT’s on the premises and have the equipment to fix almost anything. I will never work on your car until you have a quote and will only ever suggest fixing something if it really needs to be done. Why not drop in or call and give me a try?

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Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from 13 - 19 May with the aim of raising awareness of dying, death and bereavement. Louise Bowen, 50, from Worcester has been living with a lifelimiting muscle wasting disease for the last 18 years. Here, she describes how the team at St Richard’s Hospice are helping her and her family.

support, my family and I felt able to discuss it properly for the first ver the years the time. It felt so much better to talk progression of my illness and I discovered that, whilst we has been one of a steady had all felt alone, frightened and decline in function and this has confused, together we could share enabled myself and my family to strength, comfort and hope. The make the necessary adjustments medical expertise at St Richard’s to accommodate its effects. cannot be overstated and by the Unfortunately, this changed 18 time I was discharged my pain months ago when my condition was controlled. This has resulted deteriorated significantly, my in me being able to really enjoy pain became severe and my quality time with those I love and symptoms seemed unmanageable. to complete the degree in By the time I saw Dr Challand at Sociology that I have been St Richard’s I felt overwhelmed grappling with for ten years. and was relieved to be admitted. The wonderful care I received The care I received during my was maintained when I went two week stay was outstanding. home and was allocated my Compassion and sensitivity also Social Worker, Liz. After we had extended to my family and was established the bonds of kindness something I was very grateful for and trust, Liz asked me what I as I have always struggled with hoped to achieve and I replied the distress my illness causes that I wanted to ease the future them. Because of this, I rarely distress of my family. To this end allowed my illness or prognosis I have been able to write letters to be discussed and have even and prepare keepsakes for those I avoided potentially painful love and have surprisingly found conversations with my soul mate a great deal of personal solace in husband Dave. The hospice the process. Everything I have changed all of this as, with staff done has been self-led and I have

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had total freedom in my decisions and choices. Whilst I intend to grasp every possible moment, I have been able to make my final arrangements which is something that I hope will help during dark days. None of this would have been possible without Liz’s tender support and the journey that we have travelled together has given me real peace and contentment. My family and I face an uncertain future, yet we know that whatever tomorrow brings we will never feel alone again for we have the safety and comfort of St Richard’s. Thank you barely seems adequate as an expression of our gratitude, but as there are no other words, thank you very much.

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TEWKESBURY CLASSIC VEHICLE FESTIVAL

NEW! Craft Fayre Too The Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle festival was created for the lovers of all classic and vintage vehicles to enjoy a by-gone age of engineering. Yet today, this 100% charitable event caters for all the family, reports Ted Elwes of Tewkesbury Rotary Club.

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f you want a great family day out this summer, mark Sunday 18th August in your diary. Our festival is unique to Tewkesbury and bigger than many other vehicle rallies that take place locally. Tewkesbury School (GL20 8LF) is a great location, within easy walking distance of town. Not all vehicles are of vintage maturity. Recent entries ranged from a 1904

Peugeot Open Tourer and an original 1914 Pioneer Triumph motorcycle right up to some of the latest bike and ‘Super Car’ offerings from Ferrari, Lamborghini and others. A special visitor last year was a 1936 Type B Alfa Romeo straight 8 supercharged Grand Prix car, once driven by Tazio Nuvolari and currently valued at £2.25 million! When you have had your fill of cars and bikes, there are fairground attractions for the kids, fine teas, cakes, burgers and hot dogs plus a licensed bar, trade stands and market stalls, selling everything from auto-jumble parts to jewellery, crafts and furniture. Please visit our website to find out more.

www.tewkesburycvf.org

SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST Craft Stalls Wanted!

Do you run a craft business, producing anything from jewellery to jam? Last year we started a successful “market” area including 80 pitches taken by craftsmen and women producing a huge variety of goods. With good weather, 1000 people passed through the gate to see 350 classic cars & 150 bikes. This year, we are offering 100 3m x 3m pitches plus a car space for £15 each. Stall holders will be grouped with fairground attractions, near to food and drink. Stalls are offered on a first come, first served basis so book early to secure the best location. To book your pitch please call us on 01684 850490.

Classic Car/Bike Owners

Bring your classic car or bike and gain free entrance for the driver. Register on our website or mark the date in your diary and just come along on the day. Classic car owners who want to be sited together should arrive together. Those erecting gazebos etc. are advised to come early. All proceeds will go to ROTARY charities.


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ON THE HUNT with the Buzzard

Words: Wendy Carter Photos: Pete Walkden & Julie Hunt

Our most common bird of prey in England is a conservation success story. Wendy Carter of WWT explains more.

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rowing up, I was transfixed if I was lucky enough to see a buzzard yet they’re now widespread across the Severn and Avon Vales, Bredon Hill and even the M5 corridor. In the 1960’s, their population crashed due to long-term persecution and a rapid decline in rabbit numbers (their main prey) following the introduction of Myxomatosis. Thankfully, they’ve since made a great recovery. In Spring, these normally solitary birds pair up to raise young. In the last couple of months you may have seen them soaring and tumbling through the air in an effort to impress prospective partners. They construct their nests in the fork or on a branch of a large tree, usually near the edge of a wood, and will currently be incubating 2-4 eggs. The female will brood the chicks

while the male finds food, usually (up to rabbit-sized) mammals, but they will take birds, reptiles and carrion. Surprisingly, buzzards also eat a lot of earthworms so watch out for them sitting in fields that have recently been ploughed. Over the coming weeks you may hear young calling for their parents - a mewing ‘pee-yow’ - but beware, you’ll be dive-bombed by protective parents if you get too close to their nest. The colour of buzzards varies but they’re easily recognisable once they’re up in the air as they hold their wings in a shallow ‘v’ and fan their tail. So, when you’re next out for a walk or driving down the road and spot a buzzard atop a telegraph post or soaring through the sky, take time to stop and thank your lucky stars that we’ve still got these magnificent birds to watch.

If you’d like to find out more about wildlife or how you can support us...  Tuesday 21st May – Bat Walk, Knapp & Papermill Nature Reserve, nr Leigh Sinton, £6. Booking 01905 754919.

 Wednesday 29th May – Amazing Animals Half-Term fun at Worcester Woods Country Park, free activities

 Sunday 30th Jun – Wetland Botany for Absolute Beginners, Avon Meadows, Pershore. £15. Booking 01905 754919

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Celebrating Asparagus in the Vale The British Asparagus Festival Vale of Evesham 23rd April – 21st June 2013 The Vale of Evesham is renowned for its production of this most luxurious vegetable – asparagus or “Gras”. Come and celebrate the best of our local produce at a range of events which honour the growing, harvesting and eating of this sumptuous delicacy. For further information on the Asparagus Festivals events please contact:

01386 565373 www.britishasparagusfestival.org www.asparafest.co.uk


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New for 2013! ASPARAFEST or Join Us F

A Season of Asparamadness

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he 2013 British Asparagus Festival will take place between 23rd April and 21st June, immortalising the best asparagus (probably) in the world.

music, Morris Dancing and local produce stalls.

Wednesday 15th, 22nd & 29th May: Dudley’s Coach Tours A unique opportunity to enjoy an “Asparagus Experience”. These Tuesday 23rd April, St George’s popular coach tours provide a value Day: The Great English for money day out around the Vale Asparagus Run St George’s Day welcomes back the of Evesham and come complete launch of the festival with the Great with an asparaguide to deliver an English Asparagus Run celebrating entertaining insight into this all things great about Worcestermajestic vegetable. Call 01386 shire. A giant round of asparagus 792206 to book your seat. standing at over 8ft tall will be transported in true “Asum” style Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June from the National Trust property of NEW! Asparafest The Fleece Inn, Bretforton. Join us AsparaFest is a new boutique in our attempt to make Asparagus festival providing an A-Z of the food of St George! weekend entertainment with a mix of magical music, the freshest of food, fascinating farm and country Sunday 26th May: Bretforton crafts, frolicsome fun, barrels of Silver Band Asparagus Auction The Fleece Inn will once again play beer and awesome asparagus. host to the World famous Bretforton Silver Band Asparagus Auction. A long standing seasonal tradition, the auction has proved to be extremely popular in previous years with BBC Countryfiles’ Adam Henson attending the event in 2011 to auction off one of the finest rounds. Monday 27th May: The Asparagus Family Fun Day The Asparagus Family Fun Day follows the auction providing a mass of kids’ entertainment as well as a real ale and cider tent, live

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June: Evesham National Morris Weekend To top off our asparagus celebrations, the Evesham National Morris Weekend will take place on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June. Around 400 dancers will compete for the highly prized Evesham Stick promising a weekend filled with laughter and free entertainment. For further information please contact: 01386 565373 www.britishasparagusfestival.org

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June Many old and traditional crafts will be demonstrated across the two days of the festival which celebrates the growing, harvesting and eating of the Vale of Evesham “Gras”. Take a trip down memory lane with a genuine WW2 reenactment posse along with vintage stalls, steam engines, amazing displays of agricultural machinery from times past and more. Toddlers to teenagers will all find something to do at AsparaFest with a wealth of entertainment including; Mr Bloom, Sheridan the robotic Sheepdog, Mumbo Jumbo, Someone at the door Samba, DJ Academy and a Vintage Penny Arcade just to name a few! Look out for Gus the Asparagus Man, Jemima Packington the Asparamancer and the AsparaFairy over the two days as they celebrate the Worlds finest Asparagus.

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Visit our new showroom just off Pershore High St and you will find a huge range of traditional and contemporary bathrooms on display Boiler Servicing and Maintenance Contracts available. We supply and install full heating systems including Gas and Oil Boilers from Worcester Bosch and Vaillant. With twenty years experience in plumbing and heating and a fully qualified team of in-house engineers you will get an expert fitting, guaranteed.

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