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It’s easy to create a rustic, country style Christmas by incorporating small woodland creatures, such as foxes, owls, badgers, deer, squirrels and feathered birds


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One of three Elemis BIOTEC collections P. Furlong, Rushwick V. Lewis, Worcester J. Ronan, Worcester


Here are the new trends for your decorations this Christmas. 'Tis a gift to be simple!


One of five £50 vouchers for All Bar One S. Bailey, Bromsgrove L. Goodman, Worcester R. Greenway, Worcester S. Southwick, Worcester M. Tibbutt, Worcester

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At this time of year Worcester Wildlife Trust manage of their woodland reserves but what exactly do they do?

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Winter is here, Christmas is on it’s way, now is the time to relax.






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Government announces biggest transport investment in Worcestershire County Council’s history


orcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed the Government’s announcement of the biggest



transport investment in Worcestershire history.


Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that £54.5million of funding is to be granted for the final phase of the Southern Link Road upgrade, including the full dualling of the Carrington Bridge. This will provide much needed congestion relief





and commuters, as well as boosting

Junction 7 of the M5. The dualling will

route. In addition to the obvious traffic flow

now be able to commence in 2019, and is

benefits, the proposed Phase 4 plans also

projected to be completed by 2021.

feature improved facilities for cyclists and

The plans have the support of the Worcestershire



Partnership, all three district councils in the area as well as their MPs and the County Council – all of whom backed the bid. Phase 3 has been completed this summer and includes improvements to Norton roundabout and preparation for dualling between Whittington and Norton, as well

pedestrians, including a dedicated cycle and foot bridge at the Powick roundabout. Also announced as part of a £345million national road improvement package is an additional £3.2million to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow in Worcester city centre. The funds will enable a package of focussed interventions to tackle known congestion 'pinch points' on the main and only west-east axis through the City

jobs and economic growth in the area

as a new dedicated left-hand turn from

by transforming access to the M5 and

Whittington Road (from M5 Junction 7)

accelerating the building of more than

to the Westbound Crookbarrow Way

This will include investment in traffic

5,000 homes. The announcement will

(A4440) instead of the previous give-way

signals to improve network efficiency and

enable the final section of road from Powick

arrangement. The upgrade of the Ketch

tackle poor local air quality, public realm

roundabout across Carrington Bridge to

roundabout and dual tracking of the

improvements to improve facilities for

the Ketch to be dualled, completing the

carriageway towards Norton roundabout

pedestrians and cyclists and improved

entire stretch of carriageway to and from

has already increased capacity along the

highway design.

Centre, between St Johns and Sidbury.

A Village Shop With a Difference


ver the past 10 years over 40 Post Offices have closed across Herefordshire and Worcestershire,

many leaving those in rural communities without access to a local shop. One community near Worcester is now working together to bring back their Post Office and village shop. After the closure of Lower Broadheath Post Office in May 2017 many of the local residents came together to try to save their shop. A survey was sent out across the village and the results showed enormous support, with over 80% saying they felt a village shop was important. At a village meeting a working committee was elected to begin work on registering as a Community Benefit Society, Lower Broadheath Community Shop Ltd, which will be owned by share-


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holders in the community and run almost

be located near The Bell Inn and is aiming

entirely by volunteers.

to open in spring 2018. Plunkett

The next village meeting will be on

Foundation and following a similar model

Wednesday 15th November at 8pm in

to successful community shops in Alfrick

Lower Broadheath Village Hall, everyone

and Whitbourne, the committee has been

is welcome!





able to put together a business plan and has started looking at ways to fundraise to help with the initial set up costs. The shop’s planning application is being finalised and a share offer document will be made available to any interested parties at the start of 2018. The committee are currently looking for volunteers and volunteer leaders to help with promotion, organising fundraising events and for the day to day running of the shop. Lower Broadheath Community Shop will

For more information, to make a donation or to find out how to get involved you can: Visit www.lowerbroadheathshop.com Email: info@lowerbroadheathshop.com Facebook: lowerbroadheathshop Twitter: @broadheathshop



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It’s easy to create a rustic, country style Christmas by incorporating small woodland creatures, such as foxes, owls, badgers, deer, squirrels and feathered birds

christmas goes

country There's something especially magical about the understated beauty of December in the countryside. From brown paper packages to simple place settings, here are the new trends for your decorations this Christmas. 'Tis a gift to be simple!


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fruits and greens, mixed nuts, pine

style includes a cast of charming

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characters that work well for rustic,






create a warm and inviting

It’s easy to create a rustic, country

retreat. Rustic accents can easily

style Christmas by incorporating

are the ones that are very clean

be incorporated by adding natural

small woodland creatures, such


accents, such as filling a hurricane



or glass bowl mixed with seasonal

squirrels and feathered birds. This

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themes. “The most popular motifs modern stylish






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Kaemingk. These finely crafted woodland animals, glittered icicles and frosted pinecones fit right in with shimmery snowflakes and lit bulbs. Ornaments in this collection include cozy log cabins and lit forest ornaments, mirrored snowflakes, silver mercury glass trees, vintage village houses, woodland stockings, faux fur stockings and throws, reindeer, twig tree toppers and moose embroidered pillows. The style embraces an earthy and natural trend in design, and works well with organic Christmas decor. To achieve this look, adorn your trees with woodland creatures and ornaments made from natural materials such as wood, burlap, jute, twigs and sisal.


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STAY WARM THIS WINTER WITH AN INDIAN FIRE BOWL As the nights are getting longer and the days are getting colder we find ourselves spending more and more time inside our homes, sheltering away from the wet and cold of Autumn and Winter.


his is a shame, as Autumn and Winter

in Indian culture for hundreds of years – traditional

can arguably be the prettiest of seasons.

slow-cooked curries and stews with tender meat and

Delicately decorating our lawns with bright

complex layers of spices.

white frosts and turning our trees from dark

green to warm ambers, this time of year brings with it cosy, romantic and relaxing evenings. However, if we stay inside then we can sadly miss what these

On a cold, crisp winter’s day, there’s nothing better than a hot mulled beverage to warm you up. And,

fantastic seasons have to offer.

particularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas,

Well, the good news is that with an Indian fire bowl

festive spirit. As an alternative to a pub visit, invite

you can embrace the colder seasons and stay warm

your friends and family round and ask them to bundle

outside, whatever the weather. Most people see fire

up in warm clothes. Arrange lots of blankets and

bowls as they see BBQ’s, fantastic for the summer but

pillows in a circle around your Indian Fire Bowl, and

then never used in the colder months. However, this

encourage everyone to snuggle up to keep warm. You

doesn’t have to be the case. One of the best things

can then use a fire bowl suspended from a tripod to

about these beautiful, unique garden features is that

heat up mulled wine or cider, and ladle it into mugs for

they can be used all year round. Handmade from

everyone to enjoy.

recycled oil drums, an Indian fire bowl can be used and should be used in any weather, come rain or shine. The evenings might be darker but that doesn’t mean your garden has to be, let a fire bowl light it up

mulled wine and cider are a perfect way to get in the

Celebrate New Years’ Eve with a difference As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, many people choose to see in the new year with a

as you stay warm and cosy, huddled around it.

fireworks display. If you’re celebrating at home with

Cook traditional Indian cuisine

spectacular centerpiece for your garden. Alternatively,

Dishes like soups, curries and chillies are the perfect meals to enjoy during the cooler months, and Indian Fire Bowls are a fantastic way to cook them. By suspending a large pan or bowl in a tripod over the flames, you can simmer dishes on a low heat for hours until all the flavours blend together. This method of cooking also echoes the way fire bowls have been used


Make mulled drinks to enjoy at Christmas

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How to store food and leftovers With the festive season looming, every household in the country will be stocked with an overbundance of food & drink. But you needn't worry about wasting anything, Now magazine has got you covered! What goes in the fridge?

your fridge regularly to ensure it remains hygienic and

Some foods need to be kept in the fridge to help slow

in good working order.

down germs' growth and keep food fresh and safe for longer. These are foods marked with a "use by" date and "keep refrigerated" on the label, such as milk, meat and ready meals. Cool down leftovers as quickly as possible (ideally within two hours), store them in the fridge and eat them within two days. It is safe to let food cool completely at room temperature before storing it in the fridge. Avoid putting open tin cans in the fridge, as the food inside may develop a metallic taste and follow the manufacturer's instructions or place the contents in a storage container or covered bowl before refrigerating.


"Use by" dates - No food lasts forever, however well it is stored. Most pre-packed foods carry either a "use by" or a "best before" date. "Use by" dates appear on foods that go off quite quickly. It can be dangerous to eat foods past this date while "Best before" dates are for foods with a longer life. They show how long the food will be at its best. Food can look and smell fine even after its "use by" date but that doesn't mean it's safe to eat. It could still contain bugs that could make you ill. Eating food past its "best before" date is not dangerous, but the food may not be good quality.

Fridge maintenance

Freezing food

Keep your fridge temperature at 5C or below. If your

You can freeze pretty much everything, including:

fridge has a digital temperature display you may wish

yoghurt, cheese (except soft cheese as the freezing

to check it against an internal fridge thermometer now

process affects the texture) milk, meat, fish, eggs,

and again to make sure it's accurate. Clean and inspect

including boiled eggs, bananas: peel and wrap them

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or place in an airtight container before freezing, baked goods, rice & bread. Anything with a high water content like strawberries and tomatoes will go squishy but are still fine to cook with. Place food in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in freezer bags or similar before placing in the freezer otherwise the cold air will dry it out. Storing eggs Eggs are best stored in the fridge as they are kept at a constant temperature. Eggs can also be frozen. Two ways to freeze eggs: crack the egg and separate yolks and whites into separate plastic containers or food bags before freezing. This is handy for baking. Or crack the egg into a plastic tub and beat it before freezing – great for omelettes and scrambled eggs. You can safely store a boiled egg in the fridge for a couple of days. Boiled eggs can also be frozen. Storing meat and poultry It's important to store meat safely in the fridge to stop bacteria from spreading and avoid food poisoning. Store raw meat and poultry in clean, sealed containers on the bottom shelf of the fridge. Follow any storage instructions on the label and don't eat meat after its use by date. Keep cooked meat separate from raw meat and ready-to-eat foods in general. Freezing and defrosting meat and fish It's safe to freeze meat and fish as long as you freeze it any time before its use by date. Defrost meat and fish thoroughly before cooking – lots of liquid will come out as meat thaws, so stand it in a bowl to stop bacteria in the juice spreading to other things. Defrost meat or fish in a microwave if you intend to cook straight away, or if not, defrost in the fridge overnight so it doesn't get too warm. Cook food until it's steaming hot throughout. Make sure meat is properly wrapped in the freezer or it might get freezer burn, which can make it tough and inedible. Date and label meat in the freezer and eat it within 24 hours of defrosting. You can freeze meat for a long time and it will still be safe to eat, but the quality will deteriorate so it's best to eat it within three to six months. Don't worry if it's frozen for longer – try marinating it before cooking to improve texture or use herbs and spices to add flavour.


they have been cooled before going into the freezer. If in doubt, don't re-freeze. Frozen raw foods can be defrosted once and stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours before they need to be cooked or thrown away. To reduce wastage, divide the meal into portions before freezing and then just defrost what you need. Using leftovers Don't throw away leftovers: they could be tomorrow's lunch! Follow these tips to make the most of them. Cool leftovers as quickly as possible, ideally within two hours. Divide leftovers into individual portions and refrigerate or freeze. Use refrigerated leftovers within two days. When reheating food, make sure it is heated until it reaches a temperature of 70C for two minutes, so that it is steaming hot throughout. Always defrost leftovers completely, either in the fridge or in the microwave. When defrosted, food should be reheated only once, because the more times you cool and reheat food, the higher the risk of food poisoning. Cooked food that has been frozen and removed from the freezer should be reheated and eaten within 24 hours of fully defrosting. Foods stored in the freezer, such as ice cream and frozen desserts, should not be returned to the freezer once they have thawed. For safety and to reduce waste, only take out of the freezer what you intend to use within the next 24 hours. Re-using bags With more people re-using single-use plastic carrier bags or using a reusable bag for life, you can help prevent bacteria spreading to ready-to-eat food by packing raw foods separately from ready-to-eat foods, in separate bags. Keeping one or two reusable bags just for raw foods only – don't use the same bags for ready-to-eat foods. Checking your bags for spillages,

Re-freezing meat and fish

such as raw meat juices or soil, after every use. If there

Never re-freeze raw meat (including poultry) or fish

has been any spillage, soiling or damage, plastic bags

that has been defrosted. You can cook frozen meat

for life or single-use plastic carrier bags should ideally

and fish once defrosted, and then refreeze them. You

be disposed of. Cotton and fabric-based bags for life

can re-freeze cooked meat and fish once, as long as

can be put in the washing machine.

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Tiddesley Frost © Helen Dorey

woods for wildlife At this time of year we crack on with the management of our woodland nature reserves but what exactly do we do?


realise that it can seem a little odd to say that we cut

light and warmth to reach the woodland floor, which is

down trees to help wildlife. For most of us trees are

great for ground flora to flourish and, in turn, support

good and chopping them down is bad but, as with

insects and other wildlife.

many things in life, it isn’t that straightforward.

paths that run through woodlands; research has shown

English counties but ancient semi-natural woodlands

that the first ten metres of woodland edges are the most

are a magnificent feature of our landscape. They’re

wildlife-rich. So, by ensuring that there are lots of sunny

rich in wildlife, including a number of specialist species,

glades and wide open rides by selectively cutting down

and can also be great places for quiet recreation. The

trees, we can help the wildlife in our woodlands. Dormice

development of our woodlands, however, has been

will appreciate the diversity of habitat that these methods

influenced by human hand and the wildlife and flora

produce, chiffchaffs and wrens will nest in the scrubby

that thrive there have adapted to our management over

cover that is created and butterflies, moths and bees will

hundreds of years. So today we manage our woodlands

benefit from the wildflowers and grasses that will grow.

to reflect this – coppicing and ride widening.

This work can look drastic so next time you’re walking

That’s great in theory but how does chopping down

through one of our woodland nature reserves in winter,

trees help wildlife? Woodlands in the past were

wondering at the apparent scene of devastation, make

managed to produce products such as construction

a mental note to return to watch it regenerate as the

materials, firewood and food. For much of the time this would have involved harvesting the crop of trees by coppicing them. Coppicing is a traditional management technique that involves chopping down a tree almost to ground level; rather than killing it, this process actually allows the tree to regenerate and last for many years. Trees were coppiced on a cycle – 15, 25 or more years depending on what products were needed. This

seasons turn. Why not visit our craft fair at Lower Smite Farm on Saturday 18th November to help raise funds for our woodland wildlife. Wendy Carter, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

are coppiced at different times. As well as regularly


providing timber, this also creates different habitat

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is done on rotation so different areas of a woodland

winds, coppicing also creates sunny glades that allow


Widening rides has the same effect. Rides are the wide

Worcestershire is slightly less wooded than many other

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so, winter coats... Ok so it’s not snowy... yet and yes, I know... a winter coat can cost an awful lot, but it's better to be prepared! Luckily House of Colour is here to make everything easier.


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ut the shops are full of coats and it’s best to buy early to get the perfect one. Plus if you make the right choice,

it really is worth it. Here are 3 reasons why: 1. It’s essential because it’s practical, keeping you cosy and dry against the elements. 2. As the weather turns wintry, it’s the item in your wardrobe you’ll wear the most. So the cost per wear quickly drops. 3.

The right coat will make you feel

wonderful – and as it’s the first thing other people will see when you’re out and about, compliments will come your way. Always a boost on an overcast morning. But you have to be 100% certain you’re choosing the right one. Then, once you’ve got it home, you’ll want to make the most of it. Over the page are some great ideas to make sure you do.


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Hassle free coat hunting

for those details saving precious time in

and styles to choose from, you’re bound

Shopping for a coat can take hours.

the shops.

to find one that will work for you. I love a

You want to be happy about its shape, style and colour. And it’s got to be comfortable, whether you’re herding children to school, climbing stairs for going for long walks. That means putting a coat through its paces in a pokey changing room. Is your heart sinking already? Last month I talked about the trends and what to look out for. It always helps if you know what shapes and fabrics flatter your body architecture and they also need to suit your lifestyle. So if you like a bit of glamour, keep your eyes peeled for the opulence of the “rich romance” trend but

Once you’ve bought your coat, make the most of it using accessories to dress it in

And if you’re overwhelmed by choice I’m

different ways. If you want to switch gear

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after dropping the kids off or leaving the

touch. Oh, and enjoy the most important

office, you could use a scarf and a hat to

thing you’ll buy this winter!

change the mood. Brilliant! Your coat has changed personality in seconds. DOn't forget! Boots: If you like a fun streak to your look, the good old British weather makes wellies a necessity so add some pattern to yours to set your coat off nicely. Or, if you prefer natural look, boots in suede or leather are just the job.

be aware this is one look that you might

Scarves: Some of you will go for delicate

get caught in the car door!

lacy ones, others prefer ones that ooze

The oversize collars and cuffs of the “maximalist minimalist” trend may appeal to your dramatic side so keep an eye open


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bobble hat!

quality. Whatever your style, a scarf adds a great pop of colour under your chin. Hats: There are so many colours, patterns

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your visit is an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Whatever

relaxing massage together. Jane and the team are active fundraisers and have raised almost £100,000 over the past 15 years for a wide range of charities. Last year alone SAKS helped raise £6000 for Breast Cancer Now in partnership with the Bromsgrove branch of Santander, an achievement recognised by GHD at their national awards ceremony in June this year. Gift vouchers are available, they make great presents for your loved ones. They also stock an extensive range of top quality home care products to extend your salon experience.

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be certain that the team of

Lloyd Leisure complex the SAKS

skilled stylists and therapists

salon is open to non-members of

are using the best available

the club, a fact often overlooked

products with top brands such

by the general public, and with

as Kerastase, Decléor, L'Oreal,

plenty of free, secure parking

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keeping active margin of next field to gate opposite into Pershore Lane (A538). 4: Cross lane into field opposite taking path on left parallel to Pershore Lane. Path leads towards Tibberton Church on hillside. At end of hedge, follow field edge round to right to stile in hedge. Walk straight on with hedge on left to stiled footbridge. Go round right edge of next field to stile into next field then along wide field margin on right of next field. 5: Cross B4636 near concrete filled cattle trough. Cross Plough Road to right hand of two gates. Go diagonally right across first field to kiss-gate then up left side of next field to stile, aiming for Church spire. Turn diagonally right across next field and diagonally left, passing to left of Eaton’s Farm. Start/Finish: The walk starts/ends at Warndon’s Old Church, Worcester. Public Transport: The nearest railway station is at Worcester Foregate Street with regular buses (No. 34) from nearby ‘Crowngate’ Bus Station. Please check timetables or Traveline before you set out on the walk and allow plenty of time. Parking: There is limited parking near Warndon Church or Park in Warndon Villages and join walk at Point 2. O/S Map: Explorer 204. Distances: 6miles (Shorter Walk - 4 miles along the Canal and back between points 10 and 7 (The Bridge PH) using Sketch Map). Time: 3-4 hours for main walk. (1.5 hours for shorter walk).Refreshments: Take a picnic or support ‘The Plough’ pub at Tibberton. Larger walking groups need to telephone the PH in advance. There is also the post office in the village with snacks and drinks. Terrain: A rural walk on the edge of suburban Worcester. You may not leave the traffic noise behind for long but the rural nature of the walk will make you think you are in open countryside. It is mainly flat with some shallow slopes near Tibberton Church. There are a few stiles, steps and gates but the canal is easy to navigate and the shorter walk is also suitable for assisted wheelchairs and pushchairs. Please read the walk text carefully between points 1 and 7 as navigation is complex in places. History: The Grade 1 listed Church has parts dating from the 12th, 14th and 15th centuries with a timber-framed tower and it stands adjacent to the late 16th century ‘Warndon Court’, restored in 1997. The Court is on the site of an 11th century moated Manor House and is the oldest surviving brick building in Worcestershire. (Please view from the churchyard).Notice the worn sundial and the old doorway at the rear of the Church. These buildings are a reminder of the old ‘Warndon’. At Tibberton, the oldest buildings, apart from the Church, are mainly in Foredraught Lane. The Worcester and Birmingham Canal dates from 1791 and the locks in this section are just 7 feet wide as they were designed for narrow boats using less water than the wider barges.

1: St. Nicholas Church at Warndon dates back to 12th century and

6: Take track that comes out in Church Lane (Church on right). Go straight on to reach Plough Road turning left to walk through Tibberton, coming out near ‘Worcester and Birmingham Canal’ at ‘The Bridge’ public house. 7: To return to Warndon, cross Tibberton Bridge (24) over Canal. Take path on left onto towpath. 8: Walk beneath M5 motorway bridge then shortly you will reach Offerton Lane Bridge (no. 24). Cross this bridge and turn right along towpath (Path share with care). Offerton Top Lock is highest one in Offerton Flight. The nearby Lock cottage was built in 1910. Walk down to Offerton Bottom Lock. Go beneath Pershore Lane Bridge (23) that carries A4538 then across back of Worcester Rugby Club. 9: Walk beneath bridge carrying Kidderminster Road (A449) and look for path on left that takes you back towards Warndon Church. 10: Leave canal to join Offerton Lane running parallel to canal on your left and take track at 90 degrees from tow-path that goes through Offerton Lane Nature Reserve (one of 8 sites in Worcester selected with Royal approval to mark Queen’s Diamond Jubilee). Pass large pond on left just before gate onto road. Cross to path leading to Hastings Drive and across to St. Nicholas Lane turning left to old Warndon Church where walk ends. Written and illustrated by glynis dray

adjacent 16th century ‘Warndon Court’ is oldest surviving brick building in Worcestershire, built on site of 11th century Manor House. Go through gate behind Church into ‘Hillwood Meadow’. Walk straight on through woodland strip parallel to A4440 and M5. Track curves to right but turn left to stile and down some steps. 2: Cross A4440 with care, up steps, over stile and into ‘Warndon Woodlands’. Turn right, parallel to main road for ½ mile then left along bottom of woodland and as path turns northwards, take small path on right towards M5. Cross planked footbridge and walk south alongside M5 on permitted path via stile to footbridge over M5 on your left. 3: Follow track to B4636, cross to kiss-gate and cross field. Turn left along field margin to corner and over planked bridge. Go through metal gate taking path diagonally left to opening in hedge and round

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B 1kg Lean mixed game off

the bone (pheasant, rabbit, partridge and duck breast) cut into finger size strips

B 500g Chicken breast, finely

chopped in a food processor

B 300g Smoked streaky bacon B 2 Free range eggs B Chopped flat leaf fresh parsley 2 handfuls chopped fresh thyme leaves and 6-8 crushed juniper berries, 20 fresh cranberries

B 6 Garlic cloves finely chopped B A dash of Brandy B A dash Red wine B Sea salt and ground pepper Our Gothic, Victorian hotel is set in award winning mature, landscaped gardens at the foot of the beautiful Malvern Hills. It was built in 1851 as a summer residence for the Bishop of Worcester. The history of our charming hotel is visible throughout with its abundance of original details and features. What used to be the Bishop’s private chapel now hosts an award-winning restaurant – L’amuse-Bouche, where you can experience French-style cuisine in a quaint English setting. With its high ceilings and views across our beautiful gardens it’s the perfect spot for fine dining, and has gained two coveted rosette awards for culinary excellence. You can also find us in the new Michelin guide for 2018. You can sit back and relax on the comfy sofas in our piano lounge, soak up the atmosphere and watch the world go by in our newly refurbished bar and explore the many treats that our award winning gardens have in store. We have just won “Worcestershire Restaurant of the Year 2017 ” for the second year running. The awards are promoted and judged by “Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence”, which is part of Visit England Awards for Excellence (The English Tourist Board). This award means that, for the second year running, we have been judged to be the finest eating-out venue in Worcestershire and now go forward again to represent Worcestershire in the England Finals in 2018. The judges at the awards ceremony described their experience as “having the total wow factor” from start to finish with amazing attention to detail. We are so proud to be in this position on our 10th anniversary of having arrived in Malvern. We also have just been awarded our “2 AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence” for the 8th consecutive year. Sadly next year we are unable to enter the Visit Worcestershire Awards as we have shown such strength over the last 2 years, and justifiably we are requested to take a step back to encourage the other fine restaurants in the county to come forward and enjoy this wonderful accolade. The Cotford Hotel, 51 Graham Road, Malvern, WR14 2HU Tel: 01684 572427 • www.cotfordhotel.co.uk



to season

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 160°c/ Gas Mark 3. 2. Take a large bowl and mix the chicken breast, egg, parsley, thyme, juniper berries, cranberries and finely chopped garlic. 3. Add the brandy and red wine to the bowl, season with salt and pepper then mix all the ingredients thoroughly by hand. 4. Heat a dash of olive oil in a deep frying pan and cook the game mix until brown. 5. Line a large loaf tin (10×5 inches) with the streaky bacon allowing it to overlap the sides 6. Start to layer the terrine first with the chicken mix, then add a layer of cooked game. 7. Repeat the above, pressing each layer down gently with the back of a spoon until the loaf tin is full.

8. Fold over the over-hanging bacon and cover with tin foil. 9. Place the loaf tin in a deep baking tray which is half filled with boiling water. 10. Place in the oven and cook for 1½-2 hours. Use a temperature probe and ensure that the core is cooked to at least 75* 11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before placing in the fridge. 12. Once in the fridge, cover with another tray and weight it down with something heavy (2 wrapped up house bricks) so as to press it until cold.

13. Serve thick slices with warm rustic bread and pickled seasonal vegetables Pickled vegetables Any small vegetables, carrots, radish, cauliflower and broccoli florets, parsnip, Kohlrabi, etc sliced very thin. Pickling liquid

B 120ml white wine vinegar B 100g caster sugar B 10 peppercorns B 25g sliced fresh ginger B Salt Method 1. Simmer all the above until the sugar has dissolved and set aside to cool down. Lightly sprinkle salt over the vegetables on a tray and then pour over the cooled pickling liquid. 2. Cover with film or put in a sealed container and place in the fridge for 24 hrs before serving.




home is where the gin is Today, you’ll be hard pushed to walk into a bar in Worcestershire and not find an array of artisan gins sitting proudly on the shelf. The artisan gin making scene has exploded and over the last year the number of producers has risen steeply, each


with their own unique recipe, style and flavour. t its most basic, gin is a spirit

taxation it was a spirit that was cheap to

1743 the average drinker was consuming



make and cheap to buy. Ironically, it would

at least ten litres of gin per year. Finally,

berry known for its fragrance

be these very acts that would throw

in 1751, the government retaliated with

and spice. The origins of gin

England into a gin dilemma; the country

the Gin Act, this looked to change the

date back centuries and, following the

experienced what is now known as the

way in which gin was presented to the

succession of William of Orange in 1688,

Gin Craze. Over half of London’s drinking

masses, lowering annual license fees

gin became the tipple of choice across

establishments were gin bars, the streets

and encouraging respectable gin selling.

England. It provided an alternative to

were practically flowing with the stuff.

Accompanied with a hike in the price of

French brandy, which at the time was

Eventually the craze led to an outrage

grain by the 19th century things looked

hard to find due to the ongoing conflict

from both the public and the government.

to have calmed down. Until now... With

between the two nations. To appease the

Various laws were passed to control the

all the new artisan production, the taste

markets the government passed a range

production and consumption of gin and

for gin has swelled in popularity. Turn the

of laws that restricted brandy imports

heavy consequences for those illegally

page to find out about your local gin!

and encouraged gin production; with low

distilling. It was a slow process and even by



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Langley Distillery The Langley Distillery is in the heart of the Black Country and produces for 80 brands globally. Alcohols Limited have a number of copper pot stills and can arrange tours. The company is one of the UK's last remaining independent family owned distilleries, dating back to 1805. Opening hours - by appointment. www.langleydistillery.co.uk Williams Chase distillery On one of Will Chase’s Tyrrells export trips he discovered potato vodka made from just potatoes and could not believe how good it tasted. Then, learning that gin is made from vodka, (well, a very crude vodka called Neutral Grain Spirit, which is mass produced spirit that can be bought cheap), he thought that if we could make gin from our own home-grown vodka this would be fantastic and we would become the first real single-estate gin. When creating the gin, he found that the potato vodka was a little heavy to hold some of botanicals and he wanted something light. So he distilled an apple vodka from cider and redistilled that into gin, giving a deliciously natural, fruity taste from the apple tannins in the skin. Visit Chase Distillery and see for yourself the only truly Single-Estate distillation process in the UK. www.williamschase.co.uk Brennen & Brown Ltd They have teamed up with the lovely people from Prescott Ales to bring you a Gin and Ale night at the Brennen and Brown Tasting room. This amazing evening will offer both Gins and Ales and tours of both the Distillery and the Brewery. You will be able to see, smell and savour the fantastic Ales from Prescott, and at the same time appreciate the aroma's from the botanicals, and excite your palate with the wonderful flavours from the Brennen & Brown distillery. After you have been on your tour of either the Brewery, the distillery, or taken both, you can relax in the tasting room, and sample some more ales, or work your way through the various Gins. www.brennenandbrown.com Capreolus Distillery After long planning it was chosen to create a distillery in the house where Barney, the distiller, grew up. The old lean to greenhouse, a frame of timber and Cotswold stone, was converted to house a very special custom still. Every aspect was chosen to preserve the fruits elegance and quality that exists for just a few days. The experience and focus surrounding his early work with fruit distillation led to a desire to create a gin of effortless complexity. Hundreds of test distillations and explorations led to the creation of Garden Tiger gin. Homegrown and wild species enrich a palate of 34 botanicals. The production of such wonderful products is a costly pursuit without compromise. Reflecting this, the gin and Eaux de Vie are hand bottled and finished with traditionally printed letterpress labels. www.capreolusdistillery.co.uk The Cotswolds Distillery A state of the art visitors centre, tasting and blending rooms open to visitors for tours and tastings. The tours encompass the distillery, where there is a 500ltr Holstein still, plus mash tun, mill and stills for whisky production. Visitors can contact the company via email (info@cotswoldsdistillery.com), or telephone (01608 238533). There will be a range of options from a simple tour (around £10-15 per person), to an extended tour and tasting, including the use of the companies single-botanical distillate library as a tasting tool (around £50). The Cotswold gin is a ‘typical London dry style, with a Cotswolds twist’. www.cotswoldsdistillery.com Shakespeare Distillery The distillery is fortunate enough to be located on the Alscot Estate, which is a beautiful 4000 acre country estate on the outskirts of Stratford upon Avon with a history extending back to the middle ages. To get to the distillery you pass through rolling open fields, old farm buildings and an enchanting wood, you also need to navigate past pheasants and the occasional deer! The distillery building itself was constructed during the second world war, whilst not necessarily being as beautiful as its surroundings it does have its own charm and serves as the perfect base for starting up a new distillery All operations are performed within the distillery, ensuring quality and control is maintained in-house with love, care and attention. www.shakespearedistillery.com


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caring for someone with

dementia If you’re worried that someone you care for might have dementia,

it’s important to get professional help and advice from your doctor.


ementia is not an inevitable part of ageing and being

Getting support

forgetful doesn’t necessarily mean someone has

If the person you care for is diagnosed with dementia, you don’t

dementia. Dementia-like symptoms can be caused

have to manage on your own. You may need to be persistent,

by depression, stress, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid

but make sure you ask for all the support you’re entitled to.

problems or urinary tract infections. If memory problems are beginning to have an impact on dayto-day life, visit the GP together and explain your concerns. The thought that someone you care about might have dementia can be scary but facing your fears is usually better than trying to ignore the problem.


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A contact person: The person with dementia should ask to be given someone to act as their contact person throughout the journey with dementia. This person should help you both understand and access the local health and social care system and direct you to other services or local groups.




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Looking after yourself

You can find out what benefits you may be eligible for by using our online benefits calculator.

When you’re caring for someone else, it’s easy to overlook your own needs. But looking after your health and making time for yourself can help you feel better and cope better with your caring role. Caring for someone with dementia may lead to feelings of guilt, sadness, confusion or anger. Unlike with other conditions, it can be difficult to share these feelings with someone with dementia, leaving you feeling very isolated. It’s important to

Friends and family: Try to be honest with friends and family and talk about what you’re going through. Gently explain the ways in

acknowledge these feelings, and remember there’s no right or wrong way to feel.

which they can best help you and the person you care for.

Carer's groups: Carers’ groups can be a good way to get

It may help to tell friends and family about the Government’s

support from other carers who understand what you’re going

Dementia Friends scheme which aims to change how society

through and can share their own experiences. Most groups

thinks about dementia.

meet regularly and may offer speakers, leisure activities, trips

Financial support: Make sure you’re claiming all the benefits

social services about local groups or contact the Alzheimer’s

you’re entitled to. Carer’s Allowance can give you extra money, but be careful as claiming it can mean that the person you care for receives less in income-related benefits, such as Pension

and simply time to sit and chat. Ask your dementia adviser or Society, Dementia UK or Carers UK for details. Online groups: Online groups can also be a great source of support,

Credit. Check whether this is the case before making a claim.

especially if you can’t get out or if you need someone to talk to when

The person with dementia may also be entitled to Personal

Society website (www.alzheimers.org.uk) or the message boards on

Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance depending on their age and needs. Neither of these is means-tested so their income and savings won’t be taken into consideration. If you live with someone with later-stage dementia, you may qualify for a 25% reduction on your Council Tax bill. You can find out what benefits you may be eligible for by using

no-one else is around. Try the Talking Point forums on the Alzheimer’s the Carers UK website (www.carersuk.org). Memory cafes: Memory cafes also offer information and support in an informal setting where people with dementia and their carers can attend together. There are often professional carers available to talk to in confidence. To find out about local memory cafes, ask your dementia adviser, local Age UK or local

our online benefits calculator.

Alzheimer’s Society group.

Ask your local social services for a free community care

Day centres: Some carers feel mixed emotions about day

assessment if the person with dementia is having difficulty managing daily tasks or aspects of personal care. They will assess what the person’s care needs are and decide which

centres, but a variation in routine can benefit you both and allow you to have some time to yourself. There are some specialist dementia day care centres, while others may cater

services could help.

for people with mild dementia.

If the person you care for has been assessed as needing help

Day care can be difficult at first for the person with dementia to

from social services, they may be offered a personal budget.

get used to. Talk to the staff if they seem upset or unhappy about

This is money from the council they can use to arrange and pay

going. And remember that different day centres offer different

for their care at home.

activities and environments – you may find the person’s social

People with dementia may be charged for financial services after

and cultural needs are better met by a different one.

a financial assessment. How much they’ll be charged depends on

To find out more about having a break from caring and looking

the services they receive and where they live in the UK.

after yourself visit ageuk.org.uk.

Every area of the country does things differently, so services

Making decisions for the future

will differ. Some areas run courses on caring for someone with

Making decisions for their future while they still have mental

dementia that can give you information about dementia, tell

capacity can help someone with dementia remain in control

you about your rights, and help you boost your confidence and

and feel more confident. It can also help you, as a carer, to feel

recognise your limits.

reassured that plans are in place for the future.


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Welcome To Albion Lodge Retirement Home We are a family run establishment and the care we provide is very much based on the ethos that we look after people as if they are part of our own family. Offering individualised care, we aim to maintain independence whilst providing support. The home itself is a period residence set in two acres of lawns and gardens close to the centre of the small village of Hanley Swan in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. We are well supported by our local surgery, district nurses, chiropodists, physiotherapists and a visiting hairdresser.

What we offer

• 24 hour care • Period property • Village setting • Two acres of lawns • Special baths • Disabled access vehicle available for families • Two lifts • Respite rooms available

Albion Lodge Retirement Home, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire, WR8 0DN

Tel: 01684 310626 • Email: info@albionlodge.co.uk




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Talk to the person with dementia to make sure that they have a

Talking to the person you care for about stopping driving can

current up-to-date will that reflects their wishes.

be very sensitive. See our Worried about someone's driving

Encourage the person with dementia to set up a Lasting Power of

section at www.ageuk.org.uk about broaching the subject.

Attorney (LPA) so that a responsible person can make decisions

Managing money: If the person with dementia is still able to

on their behalf when they are no longer able to.

manage basic finances, they may wish to set up direct debits to

Talk to the person with dementia about making an advance decision to refuse certain types of medical treatment in certain situations. It will only be used when the person with dementia has lost the capacity to make or communicate the decision in the future. If the person you’re caring for has already lost the ability to make or communicate decisions but doesn’t have an LPA, you can apply to the Court of Protection who can make decisions on behalf of that person or appoint someone else (a deputy) to do so.

pay regular household bills. If they prefer not to do this, contact their fuel companies to let them know the person has dementia and give them an alternative contact number so the person isn’t suddenly cut off if they forget to pay their bills. It the person with dementia handled all the money matters for the household you may be finding it daunting to deal with all the finances for the first time. Start by finding all the important documents, such as bank statements, insurance policies, wills and pension details, and putting them in a safe place. Age UK Lifebook can help you get organised. Call 0845 685 1061 for a copy. The person with dementia could also set up a third-party

Driving: If the person you care for drives, the law requires

mandate to give you permission to manage their bank account

them to tell DVLA about their diagnosis.

on their behalf.

A diagnosis of dementia doesn't automatically mean someone

Communicating: As dementia progresses it affects people’s

has to stop driving straight away - what matters is that they can

ability to express themselves so you may need to learn new

drive safely.

ways to understand and communicate with them.


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If what the person is saying doesn’t seem to make sense, try

Not everyone will show all these signs, and some people may

to look for the meaning behind the words. Speak slowly and

show them earlier on in the illness.

clearly, using simple language and short sentences.

Going into hospital: If the person you care for has to be

Avoid choice and keep things simple with questions that only

admitted to hospital, this can be bewildering and disorientating

need a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.

for them. You can help by asking for the named nurse who is

Avoid testing the person’s memory by asking them what they did earlier. Try not to get into argument about what they say, even if you think they’re mistaken. Simply listening to what

responsible for co-ordinating the person’s care as an inpatient. Tell them and other staff that the person has dementia and ask to be kept informed and involved in decision making.

they’re saying rather than correcting them can help someone

It can help to write down important facts about the person and give

feel acknowledged.

them to the named nurse. For example, it can be useful to include

Create a memory book to help the person with dementia remember special times. This can be a collection of photos that represent happy events like weddings, holidays and the birth of children.

details of how the person prefers to be addressed, their likes and dislikes, such as whether they prefer a bath or a shower, and the practical help they need. The Alzheimer’s Society have a leaflet called This is me which gives you space to write about the person’s

Memory books can also help health and social care

hobbies and interests, things that may upset them, their personal

professionals appreciate the person’s likes and understand

care and mobility, sleep patterns and other relevant information.

their past experiences.

Moving to a care home: If the person’s needs become too

If you’re struggling with unusual or challenging behaviour speak

great for you to manage at home, you may need to consider

to the person’s GP to get a referral to your community mental

other long-term options. If you’re becoming exhausted or the

health team. The Alzheimer Society’s factsheet Dealing with

person with dementia is becoming harder to care for, a care

aggressive behaviour has useful information including how to

home can be the best option for you both.

react, working out triggers, and dealing with your own feelings.

A move to a care home can be a difficult decision, but you need

When you become a carer for someone it can be difficult to

to remember there are limits to the care you can provide. If

know how to deal with your changing relationship with them.

the person you care for is moving into a care home, familiar

Visit the Age UK website about how to cope with a change in

furniture, belongings or music can help them feel more settled.

your relationship. Remember that distress and confusion may be caused by other health needs, rather than dementia. Always discuss any concerns with the GP so they can check for physical causes or reactions to current medication. Check the person’s glasses

End of life care People often experience a gradual, long-term decline in their condition, so it can be difficult to clearly recognise when they are approaching the end of their life.

are clean and their hearing aid is working if they use them.

The best thing you can do is to ensure that their GP, medical


place about their future care.




good of


home home

environment: can







staff and any care home staff know what plans they have put in

on someone with dementia. Good lighting can make a big

And if you’re caring for the person with dementia at home,

difference, for example. Visit the ‘Home environment and

make sure you speak to your GP about local services available

dementia’ section of NHS Choices for affordable ideas.

to help you as their condition deteriorates.

Helpful gadgets can make daily life easier. For example, a clock

When someone develops dementia, you may experience feelings

that shows the date and day of the week, or a pill box with

of grief and bereavement as the illness progresses. When they

different compartments for different days and times.

die you may find that you have already grieved so much that you

Later-stage dementia In the later-stages of dementia the person may become increasingly dependent on others for their care. They may have severe memory loss at this stage and fail to recognise those close to them. They may lose weight (especially if chewing and swallowing are difficult), lose their ability to walk, become incontinent, and behave in unusual ways.


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have no strong emotions, or you may feel overwhelmed by the loss. Whatever you’re feeling is quite normal. You might like to read about coping with bereavement or visit the ‘Talking Point’ forum on the Alzheimer’s Society website which has a section called ‘After dementia – dealing with loss’ that you may find helpful. For more information please visit www.ageuk.org.uk



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Cinnamon Care Collection brings extra spice to Burcot The Cinnamon Care Collection is thrilled to announce the forthcoming opening of a new residential care home in Burcot – The Lodge at Burcot Grange. Sharing its location and complementing the well-established


sister care home Burcot Grange, The Lodge is due to open this November.

ou could visit every care home in the country

personalisation of their care plan, the careful

and most people might still consider Burcot

selection of the decor in their room, or the blend

Grange – nestled in five acres of beautiful

of coffee brewed each morning, at Burcot Grange

grounds – to be that bit extra special. Aside

people will always come first. We’re excited about

from the many wonderful moments that happen in

this new chapter at Burcot Grange, and look forward

the home, the building itself is something to behold.

to welcoming new residents when The Lodge opens

Originally built in 1890, the Grange has long been

at the end of November.”

considered one of Burcot’s finest buildings, rich with carefully carved black oak and ornate stained glass.

homes are also proud to provide a quality dining

In contrast to Burcot Grange, The Lodge is a brand-new,

experience using the very best ingredients. Chefs thrive

purpose-built building offering additional care services.

on the challenge of creating delicious and nutritious

Whether your preference is for traditional architecture with

seasonal menus to tickle the taste buds!

open fires and cosy corners, or a modern environment where every detail has been designed with the resident in mind – both care homes offer the highest quality

Vicky continues: “Our menu never stands still, evolving in time with the changing of the seasons

residential and dementia care, as well as respite breaks.

and with the changing moods of our residents,

At both Burcot Grange and The Lodge residents have

meetings. From the quality of the ingredients to

their own en-suite bedroom as well as an array of facilities and activities to enjoy. From quiet corners to spend time peacefully relaxing to the buzzing café and hairdressing salon, every inch of The Lodge at Burcot

who help to plan every meal during our monthly the creativity of our presentation, we’re here to listen, and to make sure that each meal feels like an experience, not an afterthought.”

Grange has been designed to create maximum comfort

The Lodge at Burcot Grange is one of the latest additions

and convenience for older people.

to the exclusive Cinnamon Care Collection. Unwavering in

General Manager Vicky Osborne said: “We’re fortunate to meet, live with and learn from all sorts of inspiring people as we provide residential, short-term,

their commitment to quality the company is determined to make a positive impression on the lives of residents and their family members – who are always welcome.

respite and dementia care in our lovely home. And

A show suite is open at The Lodge at Burcot Grange, where

we’ll never forget what a privilege it is to provide

visitors can get a feel for the home, meet the team and

care and support to the amazing people living here.

learn more about the care and services available. The show

“There’s no one-size-fits-all in our world, so


As well as a full programme of activities, Cinnamon

suite is open seven days a week, 10am–4pm.

everything we do is shaped around the needs

For further details, visit the show suite, alternatively

of the people who live here. Whether it’s the

call 0121 514 0614 or visit www.cinnamoncc.com/WN

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golden years

ENJOY YOUR AUTUMN YEARS AT EASTBANK COURT A warm welcome awaits at Eastbank Court in Worcester where the final phase of luxury retirement apartments is now on sale.

Homeowners at Eastbank Court and Lodge can enjoy hearty meals with friends and neighbours in the on-site licensed restaurant








apartments available at Eastbank Lodge. Due for completion in early 2018 they are contained within a separate building comprising six

apartments with one new apartment design. In the main building there are just two one-bedroom apartments

Aspen Assist shared equity scheme. Aspen Assist gives people aged 70 and over the option to pay just 80% of the purchase price, with Aspen retaining the remaining 20% equity until the property is

available and ready to move into straight away. Re-sale

resold at a later date.

apartments may also be available.

For a short time only, Aspen is offering to cover the first

With such limited availability, those hoping to enjoy the

year’s service charge, ground rent, reserve fund for the

five-star treatment in luxurious surroundings will need to act fast. Aspen’s Glenys Bastin explains: “Moving to Eastbank Court is very much a lifestyle choice and it’s at this time of year that it really comes into its own. What people love about it is that they can balance having the privacy of their own apartment with being able

long-term maintenance of the development, as well as the cost of renting a car park space, saving homeowners more than £6,000 in total. The service charge covers some items householders would ordinarily pay themselves on any property, such as buildings insurance. It also covers staffing costs for cleaning, gardening and security, giving homeowners

to spend time in good company without having to

and their families the reassurance that help is at hand

venture very far and, in some cases, without going

around the clock. It even subsidises the cost of meals in

outside at all.

the on-site licensed restaurant. in

Located on Eastbank Drive, in Northwick, Eastbank Court

the salon, then tuck into a hearty home-cooked

and Lodge are ideally placed in a quiet residential area.

meal with friends and neighbours in the on-site

There’s a post office, shop and chemist just 250 yards away,

licensed restaurant before playing a game of bingo,

as well as the bus stop for journeys into the city centre. There

participating in a sing-a-long or settling down to

are even motorised scooters available for homeowners to

watch a film.”

hire, showing every little detail has been considered.

Eastbank Court features a choice of spacious, well-

For more information call 01905 455 182 or email

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christmas in malvern Festive tunes, seasonal smells and Christmas cheer will fill the streets of Malvern as the town officially begins the countdown to the big day.


reat Malvern’s Christmas Festival returns

There will be a number of activities taking place

for 2017 on Saturday, November 25 and

around the town centre including a stilt walker,

promises a festive day out for all the family.

performance by the Appleyard Dancers and vintage

An array of entertainment will be on offer

car display. Fat Santa will also be wondering around

at various locations around the town centre from

meeting and greeting with a wave and a hearty ho

10am, leading up to the big switch on of the town’s

ho ho!

Christmas lights at 6pm.


But if it’s the real thing you are after then head over

There will be a series of musical performances

to Malvern Library in Graham Road where Father

throughout the day including Malvern St James Choir,

Christmas will be in his grotto taking present requests

Malvern Rock Choir and Malvern Chase Brass Band

from all the good boys and girls. There will also be

on the Belle Vue Island stage. Presenters from BBC

Victorian rides, a bouncy castle, face painting and

Hereford and Worcester radio will also be there to join

music from Malvern Area Music String Orchestra and

in the fun.

Malvern Area Music Concert Band.

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Do you need new curtains for Christmas don’t delay order today! Clients have praised Ellen’s experience and advice, commenting that her ‘in home consultation service’ is ‘just what they were looking for’. From a varied selection of fabrics, clients can perfectly match colours to complement existing décor. Ellen will visit your home to help you choose your fabric, measure up and fit bespoke curtains, blinds and rails. Changing your window dressing, either with curtains, blinds or adding a pelmet, can alter the whole look of a room, and Malvern Curtains offer a full service from start to finish. As a long established business, which she previously ran for 20 years from her Malvern shop, Ellen provides experience and uncompromising quality and Malvern Curtains’ clients have returned to see Ellen again and again. There is a wide range of competitively priced, high quality fabric to choose from suiting all budgets and personal choices. From black out curtains for a child’s bedroom to full length curtains for the living room; kitchen roller blind or Roman blind for a cloakroom - Malvern Curtains can create it all.

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More fun activities will be on offer for young ones

Malvern Theatres as on December 8, Rod Campbell’s

in Great Malvern Priory Church while outside in the

charming book Dear Santa – a follow up to the much-

abbey grounds there will be the chance to sample

loved Dear Zoo – is brought to life on stage. You can

some mouthwatering morsels and pick up a gift or two

book tickets for the show or pantomime online at

at the Artisan Food, Arts and Craft Market. There will


be more bargains to be had at the market at Malvern Cube, taking place from 10am. The highlight of the event comes as darkness falls and the traditional lantern parade takes place through the streets of the town centre leading to the switching on of the Christmas lights at 6pm. This year the honour of flicking the switch goes to the stars of Malvern Theatre’s pantomime Cinderella. Alison Hammond, of Big Brother and This Morning fame, is playing the Fairy Godmother in this year’s spectacular which runs from 14 December 2017 to 7 January 2018. Gemma Naylor, from Nickelodeon Junior’s Go! Go! Go! stars as Cinderella, Paul Hawkyard from Cbeebies’ Old Jack’s Boat plays Baron Hardup and comedy star Mark James is Buttons. The pantomime isn’t the only festive fun on offer from


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Those looking for a traditional Christmas celebration should head to Priory Church at 6pm on 16 December for a service featuring carols and readings of the Christmas story. In-between the fun why not take the time to start the Christmas shopping and browse some of Malvern’s independent stores before grabbing a cup of tea and something tasty to eat in one of the many delightful cafés, tea shops and restaurants available. DON’T FORGET YOUR LETTER TO SANTA! You can post your letter to Santa by using the special post box at Malvern Tourist Information Centre on Church Street in return for a small donation to charity. Letters can be posted anytime from 13 November to 17 December 2017.

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living history

THE RED HOUSE GLASS CONE The glass making industry in Stourbridge was established at the beginning of the 17th century by glassmakers from Lorraine in north-eastern France, who were attracted to the area by the rich natural resources, such as coal for fuel and fireclay for making furnaces and melting pots. partnerships formed out of the legatees of Richard Bradley the business was put up for sale. The property was auctioned on Friday 28 September 1827 at the Talbot Inn, High Street, Stourbridge. In 1882 a partnership agreement was made between Philip Pargeter and Frederick Stuart whereby Stuart acquired the leasehold to the glassworks and premises. The Red House Glass Cone was used as a glasshouse up until 1936 when Stuart Crystal built a new factory on the opposite side of the main road. For many years the Cone was used for storage but gradually it began to detoriorate. In 1966 the Red House became a grade two listed building. Stuart and Sons decided to make


he Stourbridge and Dudley canals were part of a

The site re-opened in 2002 as a heritage and visitor

scheme initiated in 1775 to bring coal from the mines

attraction. Today visitors can watch the magic and

around Dudley to glassworks near Stourbridge.

artistry of glassmaking from inside the cone through

The smooth surface of the water compared to the

demonstrations at weekends and school holidays. We

bumpy roads in Victorian times meant the canal was also

love families of all shapes and sizes. Family events,

better for the distribution of the finished glassware. Towards

exhibitions and craft activities take place throughout

the end of the 17th century the distinctive cone shaped

the year as part of our JAM club, Juniors at Museums.

glasshouses began to dominate the landscape.

You may spot the rare breed teenager that is smiling,

The Red House Glass Cone was built between 1788-1794

popular ‘Teenage Markets’ or school children in costume

by Richard Bradley, a businessman and industrialist who bought several pieces of land close to the Stourbridge canal to make window glass by the broad method. It was built 60ft in diameter and 90ft tall. Glass Cones were a particular feature of the British Glass Industry and were far more common here than anywhere else in Europe. They were giant chimneys which increased the flow of air being sucked through the furnaces which made them hotter. The best surviving example is the Red House Glass Cone. One fascinating feature is the lehr, the only surviving one in the world. A hand turned crank pulled trays of glass via chains and pulleys down the length of the lehr into the shrawer. This annealing process took about


the cone sound and began a process of renovation.

happy and conversational if you visit one of our hugely participating in our Discover Glass school sessions. Made by Me is a series of adult glass, craft, walks and talks. Relaxed and informal, participants enjoy chatting, having a cuppa and getting away from the stresses of everyday life for a few hours of ‘me’ time. Taking inspiration from the former glassmakers and the environment of this iconic site, the cone has a variety of designer/maker tenants. Many designers offer the opportunity for people to have a go at their craft with classes. The cone is also home to a number of offices who use it as a base for their business, you may not see these as a visitor but they are very much part of our cone community.

36 hours and visitors can still marvel at this amazing

The Red House Glass Cone isn’t a place to stand and

feat of enigineering. By the end of the century Bradley

stare; it is a place to be creative, active or to relax with

and Ensell glassworks, Wordsley had switched to the

friends and family. Come and see what we do – there is

production of bottles. By 1827, after a number of family

more to museums than you may think.

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be offering trips up the Bell Tower. On Sunday the Southern Branch and Cathedral Band will be performing. Visitors will be able to try out their knowledge on a campanology quiz with prizes from the Whiting Society of Ringers, peruse the craft fayre or join in a raffle, while children can try to win the Arts and Craft prize on the theme of 'Bells'. A candlelit talk by author and campanologist, Chris Pickford 'Let the Steeple Bells be Swungen' will take place on Saturday evening with mulled wine and sweetmeats; and a Sunday lunchtime talk by Worcester Cathedral Bell Master, Mark Regan on

NOVEMBER Saturday 4th

Toy Collectors Fair Three Counties Showground,Malvern, WR13 6NW. Contact Brian Marshall at Wheelbase Fairs for more information. Tel: 01246 767876 Mobile: 07751613640

'The Folklore and Traditions of Worcestershire Bells&rs. Free entry to the church on both Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November. Candelit talk at 7.30pm Saturday 4th November £10 Lunchtime talk at 1pm on Sunday 5th November £10 - a discounted rate of £15 is available if attending both performances. Tickets available from Bishampton Village Stores or from a member of the Parochial Church Council. Tel: 01386 462308


Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th

The Festival Orchestra

Malvern Theatres, Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3HB.


Vicar Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1DB. 7.30pm.

Monday at 1.30pm & 4.30pm or Tuesday at 10.30am &

Kidderminster's very first PROFESSIONAL orchestra. KFO

4.30pm. What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite

perform their first concert at the Town hall before going

the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch

off on tour . Full programme to include: Concerto Grosso.

with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends

Opus 6 Grande Entree to Act 1of Alceste Sympony no 6

up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family

"Le Matin" (Tickets include entrance into a prize draw with

tree? This award-winning production, from the teams

a chance to win a Diamond Necklace kindly donated by

behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and The Scarecrows’

TH Baker). Tickets: £27 for Stalls and £30 for Balcony.

Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of

Tel: 01562 732158

puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Most suitable for all aged 3+ but all ages welcome. Tickets: £14.56.

Bonfire and Fireworks


Pitchcroft, Worcester, WR1 3EJ. 5.30pm – 8.30pm. Worcester Round Table organises the biggest local bonfire, fairground,

Friday 10th

food stalls and fireworks once more on Saturday, with

Curry evening

the great display from Temple Fireworks we will aim to

33 Birmingham Rd, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 0DR.

raise even more funds for local charities like New Hope.

8.00pm. We are organising a curry evening at the Mint

Tickets £2 for a child (18), £5 for an adult or £12 for a

Lounge on 28th April at 8.00 in aid of Bloodwise, formerly

family of 4 (2+2). Contact Jan Alfrink for more information.

known as Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. The meal is a

Tel: 07788 245 376

two course meal buffet style £20 per person. Contact Nicole


Harris for tickets before the night. Cost £20 per person. Tel: 01527 878493

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th Festival of Bells

Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th

St James Church Worcestershire WR10 2FA. A veritable feast


of bells is taking place at 12th Century St. James' Church.

Holloways, Lower Court, Suckley, Worcester, WR6 5DE.

The six 300 year old bells will be rung on both days with two

8.30am – 5pm. Visit Holloways for two days of Christmas

ringing associations performing, St. Bartholomews and the

shopping. There will be boutique gift shops and artisan

Southern Branch on the Saturday with Harvington Handbells

food producers in the Christmas marketplace and it will

in between. When the bells are not being rung we hope to

be brimming with brilliant ideas for gifts and bursting


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with delicious Christmas fare. Holloways Gift Shop will

Centre, Lower Smite Farm, Worcester, WR3 8SZ.

be stacked high with imaginative and unique gifts for

Tel 01905 754919 • www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk

the whole family, from the luxurious to the affordable. Tel: 01886 884665 • www.holloways.co.uk

Duruflé Requiem Worcester Cathedral, Chapter Office, Worcester WR1

Friday 17th

2LA. 150 voices comes to Worcester Cathedral. A rare

Ensemble DeNOTE

performance of Duruflé’s much-loved choral Requiem

Artrix Arts Centre, Slideshow Drive, Bromsgrove,

with both orchestral and organ accompaniment. The

Worcestershire B60 1PQ. Period instrument Ensemble

concert will also feature what will be only the fifth public

DeNOTE (clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and fortepiano), give

performance of British composer Jonathan Dove’s 2014

their own individual insight into works by Haydn and

choral work, For An Unknown Soldier. Written as a cantata

Mozart, including an arrangement of the Gran Partita

of remembrance to mark the centenary of the First World

K361, in a programme they will personally introduce.

War, the music features poems by First World War poets

Find Bromsgrove Concerts on Twitter and Facebook as

such as Wilfred Owen to vividly tell the story of one soldier’s

well as their website. All concerts start at 8.00pm and

journey through the war. Singing For An Unknown Soldier

tickets are available in advance and on the door:

with Worcester Festival Choral Society – many of whose

Tel: 01527 577 330 • email: boxoffice@artrix.co.uk

members perform in the annual Three Choirs Festival


chorus – will be internationally acclaimed Tenor Tom


Robson, and Worcester Cathedral’s Boy and Girl Choristers. The Meridian Sinfonia will be performing as a 51-piece

Saturday 18th

orchestra for the concert. Worcester Cathedral’s Director

Christmas Craft Fair

of Music, Dr Peter Nardone, conducts. Concert tickets are

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Wildlife Farming & Education

£10 - £25 (some concessions available) from the Worcester

Bonfire, FairGround & Fireworks Pitchcroft Racecourse, SATURDAY 4th November, 5:30pm

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Bonfire lit at 6:15pm

varied food and drink stalls

Firewor ks at 7:30pm don’t m iss out!

£5 per Adult, £2 per CHILD (UNDER 18), £12 Family (2+2)

All proceeds go to local good causes





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sceptics alike! Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Event closes at 10.30pm. Tickets £10 on the door. Have you ever wondered? Well now is your chance to find out! This is event supports Reunite International on raising awareness on parental child abduction across international borders. Great Malvern Hotel, Graham Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 2HN Sunday 26th November 2017 Tel: 01684 634050 Friday 24th Music and poetry night Live Box Office, Huntingdon Hall, Worcester and online.

Hanbury Road, Hanbury, Bromsgrove, B60 4BU. Featuring:

Tel: 01905 611427

Steve Soden (Poet, Musician), Matt 'Man' Windle


(Birmingham Poet Laureate), Deborah Rose & Mari Randle (duo), Kieran Davis (poet) and Danielle Cawdell (singer-


songwriter). Arrive at 7:00pm at Ring's Restaurant for a

Bromyard Town Centre. 11am – 5pm. Bromyard is a

welcome drink followed by a main course served from

very special place all year round but never more so

the counter. The first performances will take place from

than at Christmas when the main streets are festooned

8:00pm until 8:45pm. An interval will follow for dessert

with strings of lights for the town’s fabled Christmas

and coffee. The performances will commence at 9:45pm

Illuminations as Bromyard Christmas Lights come to life

until 10:30pm. Tickets £27.50. Contact Amanda Sunter

and are reputed to be the best display in Herefordshire.

Tel: 01527 821272

The Big Switch-On of Bromyard Christmas Lights is


accompanied as always by a busy day of Yuletide events


and will happen at 5.00 pm prompt. This event brings around 2500 people to the town centre. Crowds can visit

Saturday 25th

several local Christmas Fairs, enjoy the arrival of Father

Community Market

Christmas in his sleigh, and visit him at home in his Grotto

Hanley Swan Memorial Hall, WR8 0EQ. 9.30am – 12 noon. A

where children receive a Christmas gift. Free event.

community market and cafe. Local produce on sale includes bread, vegetables, cheese, homemade cakes, rape seed

The history of chocolate

oil and plants. There may also be locally produced honey,

Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Nr. Kidderminster,

jams and pickles, eggs and cut flowers. Contact Jackie Bass.

DY11 7XZ. 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Worcestershire County

Tel: 07919 594234

Museum Hartlebury, A fun, family event exploring the history of chocolate, including a chance to taste

Thursday 30th

chocolate recipes from the past. Tickets must be

Ashley Wagner

reserved £5 per child. Contact Penelope Thomas.

Worcester Cathedral, Chapter Office 8

Tel 01299 250797

College Yard Worcester, WR1 2LA.



Sunday 26th

Christmas Wreath Making

Evening of Clairvoyance

Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 4JR.

Great Malvern Hotel, Graham Road, Malvern, WR14 2HN.

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm. Learn how to make and decorate a

Julie Angel is back due to popular demand! This exciting

Christmas wreath. The structure will last for years and can

night includes an introduction to all things paranormal

be redecorated each year to provide that personal touch.

with International Psychic Medium Julie Angel (of SKY

Not only will you have your own creation to take home

tv, BBC1, Channel 4, Kerrang, BBC Radio Hereford &

with you, but you will also learn the basic willow weaving

Worcester, and national press fame). Julie gives messages

skills to make other items. The course will be run by our

of a psychic and mediumistic nature to people in the

own creative tutors. All materials and light refreshments

audience and allows time for questions at the end.

from our Edwardian Tea Room are provided. £15.

This is a lighthearted evening suitable for believers and

Tel: 01527 831363


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