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Welcome... editor Lisa Lambon e t 01684 773135 Jasmine House, Bredons Norton, Glos, GL20 7EZ Published five times a year, the Folly View Directory has a minimum print run of 3,000 copies which are delivered free to homes in Eckington, Birlingham, Great Comberton, Little Comberton, Elmley Castle, Bricklehampton, Netherton, Pensham, Wick, Cropthorne, Charlton, Fladbury, Lower Moor, Throckmorton, Wyre Piddle, and relevant retail outlets around Bredon Hill. It is part of a group of four local publications including The Bredon, Cotswold Edge and Avon & Severn Directories. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the content of 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 Folly View 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 Spring. What a lovely phrase that is, with its promise of a vivid, fresh green world. A chance to start over. The idea of renewal has popped up repeatedly in the last few weeks. In many ways, 2012 was a difficult year and this period of austerity is not over yet. However, many local professionals report a growing number of people who are keen to move their projects forward, despite the challenges of the economy. Whether that means; moving house, committing to a charity challenge or renovating your back garden, we can help you access a range of local experts and organisations who can help. This issue, we have taken Homes and Gardens as our theme. We also bring you a regular new Competition in conjunction with The Roses. Our thanks go to the team there who are offering five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to a show. Entering is easy so why not take two minutes to see if you can win? Be sure, also, to take a look at this season’s money-off vouchers, helping you to make savings where you can. Whatever you have planned this Spring, we’d like to know about your projects, events and new ideas; maybe we can help them gain ground? Keep in touch by calling me on 01684 773135 or emailing Until next time...

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Contents Competition, Offers & Index 13 WIN! A Pair of Tickets To The Roses 62 Your Money Saving Spring Offer Vouchers 65 Index

Your Home & Garden 16 Compare Your Cover with Scott Johnston 19 Water Gardens in History with WaterStone 23 Property Talk with Gusterson Palmer & James 44 How To Make Your Garden Work For You with Rune 47 Improve Your Home Efficiency; Avonvale Solutions 49 Keep Calm & Carry On Gardening 59 West Mercia Police: Heating & Oil Theft

Food, Health, Pets & Events 20 Expanding Hospice with St Richard’s 27 Coughton Court: A Brand New Season 29 Celebrate at Brown’s Garden Restaurant 31 New Child Benefit Rules? Allchurch Bailey 33 On The Blossom Trail with Wychavon 37 Spetchley Park Gardens; New Season 39 NEW! Arts Column with The Roses 43 Puppy Talk; Brad Cooper of Folly Gardens 50 Prince Henry’s High School Music Tour 53 Spetchley Park Gardens For Your Wedding 54 A New Head For Fladbury CE First School 57 Asparamadness with Wychavon 61 Wildlife Page: King of the Fishers

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Front cover & Welcome Page image: © iStockphoto/barol 16. This page clockwise from the top; Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Folly Garden Vets, Spetchley Park Gardens, Prince Henry’s High School

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which is still a fair rate; many equipment they might need. customers tell us that even at this higher level, it’s much less than WHY SHOULD I TRUST THE QUALITY OF YOUR SERVICE? they have been paying out. Our team are all fully qualified, SO HOW CAN YOU OFFER THIS Gas Safe registered, heating Scott Johnston POLICY AT THIS PRICE? Managing engineers. Most modern heating It’s all about being local. We are systems use electrical switches Director at based in Bredon and 60% of our so today’s heating engineers Johnston workforce is located in this Scotia Ltd need to be trained in more than region. Our HomeCare Plan is just plumbing if they are to be Scott Johnston, M.D of Bredon only available to customers in effective at fault finding. WR and GL postcodes which We have trained 50% of our based plumbing and heating means we can limit our team in house; some of them company Johnston Scotia, has overheads. Obviously, the high started as Call Centre staff on received numerous telephone costs of fuel and labour means our Technical Helpline. We only calls this winter enquiring how we can offer a local insurance work to the highest standards his company can offer their policy at a better rate than we and are comfortable working HomeCare Plan at the current could nationally. with Oil & LPG, pressurised rate. We asked him to explain. WHAT OTHER BENEFITS COME systems, and all types of boiler. With three decades of experience £7.99 SEEMS LIKE A VERY LOW WITH HAVING LOCAL COVER? in all aspects of the industry, we Being local means that the RATE; WHERE’S THE CATCH? are often called upon to fix tricky logistics are easier for you and There really is no catch and for heating problems nationally. that reason there has been a huge us. You can pop into our office take up. We’re very grateful for to talk to us directly and being so DOES THE HOMECARE PLAN close at hand, we can promise a INCLUDE A BOILER SERVICE? ? all the local support. The inital speedy service. In 2011 we low fee, plus the £10 Costa Yes, once a year. Ideally, it invested in a new computer Coffee Card*, is simply our should be done in the summer. system which has helped us incentive for you to do the We would encourage you to get manage our flow of work. We paperwork. We realise that this into this pattern for two reasons: sort of domestic chore is rarely at supply spare parts to several so that you can be sure your large manufacturers, turning the top of anyone’s To Do list; central heating will work when over about £1.5 million of our offer is simply a way to you switch on in autumn and so bring it nearer to the top. After a products a year, so our engineers that we can prioritise urgent have ready access to any year the price rises to £16.99 breakdowns in winter. However, we will do it at any time, even if it’s due when you sign up. Dig Out Your Current Policy and


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YOUR HEATING, HOT WATER, PLUMBING & ELECTRICS TAKEN CARE OF A Johnston Scotia HomeCare Plan protects your heating, hot water, plumbing & electrics. It costs just £7.99 per month for the first year with No Excess. The price then rises to £16.99 which is guaranteed frozen for two years. And now, if you take out a policy before 30th April 2013 you’ll receive a free £10 Costa Coffee Gift Card. Joining is easy. It takes just five minutes to complete our simple form and return it in the prepaid envelope. Request your application pack today. Simply pick up the phone, pop into our friendly Bredon office or visit our website

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ST RICHARD’S Expanding hospice will improve care still further

Here: Architect’s Image Right: St Richard’s Hospice

Plans to redevelop and extend the In-patient Unit at St Richard’s Hospice will allow the charity to care for over a third more patients in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, in the future.


he changes will also mean St Richard’s can improve the experiences of patients and their families by offering greater privacy in single rooms. The plans will see St Richard’s build four new bedrooms and change the configuration of existing rooms to give 13 single rooms and two double rooms. They are also building a second family sitting room, therapies room, satellite nurse station, IPU Manager's office, case conference room and doctor’s room. The project will cost £1.4m and after careful consideration St Richard’s feels able to embark on this development, particularly as the Department of Health (DOH) is awarding £60m to hospices in the UK for capital projects. The charity has applied for the maximum award of £750,000 and are optimistic that they will receive good news in March. The remaining funds will be met from some generous Gifts in Wills as well as from Grant Making Trusts and hospice reserves. Chief Executive Mark Jackson explained, “Our feedback from

patients and their families is always very positive but after a detailed survey we realised that changing to mainly single rooms will radically improve the privacy and dignity of a patient. “The increase in single bedrooms will enable us to care for more patients. The detailed audit carried out by the clinical staff suggests that we will be able to take up to 74 more admissions each year. The two double rooms will also be able to be sub divided into four single rooms if required. We are using the money wisely by building in the capacity to convert two more rooms to single rooms should the need arise in the future, giving us the potential capacity of caring for 19 patients.” Mr Jackson added, “Single rooms are more popular with patients and families and we believe our extra bed availability will help prevent inappropriate admissions to the NHS Acute or

Community Hospitals. Many of our patients’ conditions are very complex and we will be able to offer more compassionate, attentive and individual care.” One of the bedrooms will be a double-bedded family room so a patient and family members can stay together overnight. Building work is due to start in June for completion in April 2014. Mr Jackson said, “We are building for our future and thank everyone for your continued support.”

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


013 has started positively and we have already seen an increase in new properties coming to the market which will encourage more viewings over the coming weeks. Property owners looking to sell their homes can increase their chances of achieving a sale by following a few guidelines: 1.Price Realistically. Take advice from an Estate Agent with years of local experience who will be aware of buyer’s expectations. Prospective purchasers can now easily access information about past and similar property prices. If market values haven’t risen any increase may need to be justified by evidence of work carried out or improvements made. Address any issues that may make buyers worry about hidden costs. Service the boiler and other appliances regularly and keep all receipts and guarantees safe. Consider the full costs of your move, including estate agents fees, solicitors fees, removal quotes, any mortgage redemption charges, onward purchase costs and the availability of any mortgage funds required.

2.Present your property well. First impressions definitely count. Do prepare your property for marketing before photographs are taken and before each viewing. Imagine yourself in the viewer’s shoes! Declutter and carry out minor maintenance jobs; clean and ventilate your home rather than masking any pet odours. 3.Ensure your agent works hard! Erect a For Sale board and check your agent uses major online marketing portals such as & Get feedback after each viewing and utilise their negotiating skills. The directors here have over 40 years experience locally. Our team has an excellent sales record with customer service being a high priority. For more information please visit our website or call on 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. Their aim is to create a specialist one stop breast unit for local people, located on a single site, with excellent facilities providing the efficiency, quality and range of care that they deserve. Breast cancer affects all of us: everybody knows somebody who has or has had breast cancer or the worry of suspected symptoms. We would be very grateful if you would support our work this year.

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BROWN’S GARDEN RESTAURANT at TEWKESBURY GARDEN CENTRE In celebration of their first anniversary, the team at Brown’s have recruited a trained chef and are offering a new range of services. We talked to, ‘Cheffy.’ What’s new? Over the past year, the restaurant has enjoyed increased visitor numbers following a complete refurbishment. We will now be serving a wider selection of substantial, homemade hot food such as pies, fish cakes and fresh salmon plus a Daily Specials board. All our ingredients are carefully sourced from local suppliers.

number of customers have asked for a small beer or glass of wine with their food. We are looking forward to being granted a license to sell alcohol, although customers can still bring their own. We will stock a range of local and speciality drinks to complement our dishes.

How about licensed drinks? In past months an increasing

Do you offer evening hire? Yes, so if you are looking for a venue for your committee meeting, team event or family function, we are conveniently located on the A38, Worcester Road, near Tewkesbury with lovely walks along the river nearby. Our restaurant mixes traditional wooden tables and padded chairs with leather tub

Breakfast & Coffee Light Lunches Afternoon Teas & Cakes Sunday Lunch

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seats and lower tables for a relaxed dining experience. With modern facilities like air conditioning and free wi-fi, plus plenty of free parking, we are a comfortable choice all year round. The restaurant is available for evening hire for 20 or more people. From a simple buffet to a three course meal, we will create a menu to suit your budget. What’s coming next? Why not try our Mother’s Day Lunch with a free bottle of wine for tables of 4 as detailed above?


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and £60k. For them, a proportion of Child Benefit will be clawed back; 1% for every £100 of adjusted income above £50,000. To assess what percentage is due, the highest earner must Are you From this year, many families will complete a Self Assessment Tax affected by be affected by the loss or reduction Return for the tax year, which means registering for selfthe new rules of income from Child Benefit. assessment in good time to receive relating to New rules apply if at least one person in the family earns over a tax reference number. If you Child need any help with this please Benefit? £50k. They also mean that many parents will have to complete an make an appointment to see me at Director & Tax our Pershore office. specialist, Vaughan annual Self Assessment Tax Return from this year. Allchurch Bailey has been Blake of Allchurch Once the income of one person helping local families with tax and Bailey, offers some investment planning for over 60 timely advice. exceeds £60k, all child benefit is clawed back in tax. There is the years. Within our team we have choice to elect to stop Child wide ranging experience of all tax Benefit in advance. You must elect matters including Will Writing and before the end of the relevant tax Probate Support. We can advise year. This election can be reversed you how to reduce your tax burden and back-dated for up to two and relieve you of the worry of years. Self Assessment. The situation is more complex Please call us today for a free for those who earn between £50 initial appointment.




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Budding Blossom in the Vale

Spring Events in the Vale of Evesham March & April 2013 This Spring be sure to get out and enjoy the enchanting local Blossom by coach, bike or on foot. For more information about spring events and blossom related pursuits please contact Angela Tidmarsh on

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his spring why not lose yourself in the illustrious beauty of the Vale of Evesham Blossom? Now in its 30th year, the Blossom trail, voted 4th in the ‘Top Ten Wonders of Spring’ presents itself in full bloom, offering a fantastic spectacle for all. Blossom watchers are hopeful that the “buds” will be at their best in the weeks immediately before and after Easter. Keep your eyes open for the familiar yellow AA signs leading the way around the picturesque route – through villages and rolling countryside, criss-crossing the River Avon and along some of the prettiest roads and lanes in the country. The Blossom Trail is among five major blossom events on earth. To see the others you would have to travel as far as Japan and USA! The local trail offers people the opportunity to enjoy the route in their own time and way. So why not walk or cycle part of the route?

mind (although they can be enjoyed all year round). They are available to purchase from Wychavon District Council and local Tourist Information Centres at a cost of £2.95.

How To Moniter The Blossom Blossom time in the Vale simply must not be missed, but it only lasts a short time. 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: For a free colour brochure incorporating the magnificent blossom, blossom related events and the finest of the Vale of Evesham contact Angela Tidmarsh on 01386 565373 (24Hrs).

Vale Coach Tours Don’t miss the Spring Time in the Vale Coach Tours, picking up at various locations throughout Worcestershire on Tuesday 9th, 16th & 23rd April. These popular guided tours are operated by Blossom Bikeaway Dudleys Coaches and the Evesham If you’re looking for some active Vale Tour Guides. Marvel at the family fun, why not join the sights of the apple and plum Blossom Bikeaway? Setting off orchards with a memorable trip that from Hampton Ferry, Evesham on highlights the best blossom Sunday 21st April, the Blossom viewpoints and provides an Bikeaway offers a choice of 4 historical, entertaining and great routes; 11, 16, 27 and 50 miles. It value day out. offers the perfect opportunity to For more details regarding pick up enjoy the beauty of the Vale and points and to book your seat, please help raise funds for the local St John contact Dudleys Coaches on 01386 Ambulance. 792206. For an entry form contact Angela Remember The Vale Trail Tidmarsh on 01386 565373. Once the blossom has finished, Blossom Trail Walks don’t forget to come back later in the year to experience the “Vale A treat for those of you who enjoy Trail,” a unique horticultural walking are the Blossom Trail journey throughout and a chance to Walks – a pack of three walks, discover ‘the fruits of the Blossom.’ especially devised with blossom in

YOUR SPRING HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE... Blossom Bikeaway Cycle ride from Hampton Ferry, Evesham on Sunday 21st April: offering a choice of 4 routes; 11, 16, 27 and 50 miles. Have fun, keep fit and raise funds for St John Ambulance.For an entry form contact Angela Tidmarsh on 01386 565373. Blossom Trail Walks A pack of three walks, especially devised with blossom in mind (although they can be enjoyed at any other time during the year) 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 Picking up at various locations throughout Worcestershire on Tuesday 9th, 16th & 23rd April these popular guided tours are operated by Dudleys Coaches and the Evesham Vale Tour Guides. To book please contact Dudleys Coaches on: 01386 792206



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ust two miles east of Worcester, Spetchley Park Gardens is a romantic and memorable setting for your wedding. Enter via the gates, pull into the drive, and you suddenly encounter this wonderful 1811 mansion, surrounded by far reaching, majestic views. The historic house provides an elegant back drop to any celebration. Marquee weddings are our speciality and for your ease, we have recently gone into partnership with one of the most popular and best marquee companies in the area. Our venue and marquee package includes all that you need, plus optional extras. At Spetchley, your marquee can be situated with a panoramic 360° view of the house, gardens, lake and deer park. With the Malvern Hills and Bredon Hill on the horizon you could not ask for a more secluded, peaceful spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the

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he Vale of Evesham is renowned for its production of asparagus or ‘gras.’ This year, plans for the British Asparagus Festival reach new heights with events old and new. St George’s day marks the launch with the famous Great English Asparagus Run. New for 2013 is the highly anticipated AsparaFest; a boutique festival providing an A – Z of weekend entertainment with a mix of magical music, the freshest of food, fascinating farm and county crafts, frolicsome fun, barrels of beer... and awesome asparagus! Taking place in the middle of the asparagus season on the 1st & 2nd June, AsparaFest offers many opportunities to savour this venerated veg. As well as freshly-cut, local asparagus, there’ll be a host of regional food and drink to suit your

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Do you use oil or diesel to heat your home? Theft from tanks is currently an issue locally. Here, West Mercia Police offer their advice.


heft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and this crime often increases whenever the price of crude oil increases. A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil. This makes oil an attractive proposition for thieves and they are now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties in the Wychavon area. These tanks contain thousands of pounds worth of oil and it therefore makes good sense to take a few precautions to protect them.  Remember to check your tank's oil levels on a regular basis.  Where possible, install security lighting that covers your tank and the

immediate surrounding area. Put in place a cage to stop thieves being able to get access to the tank. If your tank is openly accessible to all, consider re-siting it to an area or building where it is better protected Be extra vigilant of tankers or large vehicles close to your property. Note down any suspicious vehicles' registration numbers and report them to the police. attention to the If your tank is located presence of your oil in an out-building, tank. ensure it is kept locked and secured at  Deter thieves from entering your all times. property by installing Remove any empty and using lockable containers or drums gates and by from the immediate maintaining area - they could draw

Secure your tank and remember to check your fuel levels regularly

boundaries and perimeter fencing.  Remote electronic oil level gauges are available which set off an audible alarm if the oil level suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full.

For more information please call 101 to speak to your local police team. You can also call us on 0300 3333000 or contact us via our website. To report information anonymously please contact crimestoppers on:

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Local Kingfishers are vulnerable to to impress a female, male changes in the environment. Wendy kingfishers will spin the fish around Carter of WWT explains more. in order to present it to her head first. During the breeding season, here are few things more they perform a display flight whilst frustrating than walking along calling to each other. Together, a river and seeing a flash of colour, they will excavate a tunnel and a yet that’s usually all you get to see chamber in a riverbank, which they of Kingfishers. It’s just not enough will line with regurgitated fish to appreciate these magnificent bones for their six to seven eggs (it creatures. eventually gets so messy that the Kingfishers are found on most of adults will dive to wash themselves our watercourses in south after feeding their young). Worcestershire – from the Severn Kingfishers are vulnerable to and Avon to the smaller Bow, flooding, freezing and habitat Badsey and Piddle brooks. You can degradation such as pollution and often spot them as they shoot past, unsympathetic management of low and fast, over the water. When riverbanks; this is where you come hunting they usually sit on an in. From using phosphate-free overhanging branch - watching and washing liquids to ensuring that waiting for the perfect moment washing machines are plumbed before - bang! - they drop like a correctly and oil/septic tanks are bullet into the water then come up properly sealed, we can all help to with a fish or invertebrate. Prey is keep our water-courses clean so swallowed head first; when trying that kingfishers can thrive.


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