Teme Valley Times Oct/Nov 2021

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Oct/Nov 2021

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An Electric Future? by Dr Ken Pollock, former Worcestershire County Council Councillor November brings a major international conference, to be held in Glasgow: COP26. The UK is co-hosting the “Conference of the Parties” with Italy, but the general atmosphere suggests this is principally about our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, showing the world how to react to the current “climate emergency”. As part of the way in which a single message will be promoted, no sceptical groups will be allowed to hire public rooms during the conference. Likewise, all nuclear energy advocates will be banned from exhibiting. After the recent publication of the IPCC AR6 report that conclusively indicated that we are all at risk of climate change, it is not surprising that one single message should be presented. There are, however, dissenting voices. At a recent offshore technology conference in Houston, Texas, Ghana’s Energy Minister Matthew Opoku Prempeh said, “We have millions of people without electricity in Africa. Energy transition does not mean we'll see our resources unexploited.” Similarly, Bharrat Jagdeo, Guyana's vice president told the conference, “We have been called to leave our

oil in the ground. We believe that's totally unfair.” Similarly, India and China refused to join in the preparatory conference for Glasgow and are likely to dissent from pursuing the “net zero” policies adopted by our government. In all probability they will continue to extract their coal and oil resources to develop their economies. This will not please the British government, already being attacked by Extinction Rebellion supporters for not acting swiftly or strongly enough. Extinction Rebellion's case is weakened as their co-founder, Gail Bradbrook, is as I understand it at the time of writing - still driving a diesel car, but she is in good company. The same is true of Alok Sharma, MP, the President of the COP26 conference, and Allegra Stratton, the government’s chief spokesman on the subject. Diesel engines were promoted until recently as being a help in controlling climate change, so the current disdain is strange. They have better fuel economy, so emit less CO2, but they use a fossil fuel, so must now be shunned in favour of electric vehicles (EVs). Who could argue with Elon Musk,

the boss of Tesla, now the most valuable car company in the world? Well, Chevrolet has recently recalled 73,000 of their electric Bolt models as ten have caught fire. EV advocates will tell you that fires in their cars are much rarer than in petrol or diesel cars, but there is a catch. Firemen can’t put every EV fire out. They have to let lithium-ion batteries burn totally, during which time seriously noxious fumes are released. It may not even be safe to leave your EV on charge overnight “unsupervised”, according to Chevrolet’s boss. It might catch fire, so don’t put it in the garage. One of the Bolt fires destroyed a house as well. An electric bus recently caught fire in its garage in Germany – and the whole fleet was burnt out, as the firemen could not extinguish the flames. A very rare occurrence maybe, but one to worry the average owner, perhaps. All of which may be true, but what about the recent weather extremes that back up the claim that we are in an emergency? Even that simple idea is challenged by looking at the historical records. Current floods, fires, drought and the like are not exceptional. Go back 100 years and you can see that it has all happened

before over that period, and it is not related to CO2 levels. And by way of reassurance, India has just harvested record crops. So, we may see our government banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and banning the installation of new gas boilers - the latter requiring huge expense to heat our better-insulated homes with air source heat pumps and the like. But maybe the third world, and especially China and India, will not follow suit. It would be ironic if we had to source the lithium for our millions of new EV batteries from countries with massive lithium reserves, like the Congo or Afghanistan, thus supporting some who tolerate poor conditions for miners, and others that have governments that are less attractive to Western eyes. But then, whoever imagined the world would get simpler, just because some enthusiasts are convinced we need to change the way we live?

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Lesley wins in Tenbury The election on September 16th saw the Conservatives lose a seat on Malvern Hills District Council. In a four-horse race, local candidate Lesley Bruton topped the poll with over 50% of the vote. Voting was: Lesley Bruton (Independent) 481, Liam Thompson (Conservative) 269, Jonathan Morgan (Labour) 78, Jed Marson (Lib Dem) 32. Lesley commented “I am extremely proud and honoured to be elected to represent Tenbury Wells ward and I am looking forward to working with all Councillors for the benefit of Tenbury and the surrounding areas. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me and for all the kind messages.” Local resident Lesley is known to many through her work as Clerk to Tenbury Town Council.

Burford Village Hall Reopens! Burford Village Hall reopened on Wednesday September 1st with an open evening where people were invited to have a look around, see the facilities on offer and meet the new committee. Refreshments of tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes were available, and a warm welcome awaited visitors. The hall was closed for some time but a new committee has recently been formed and the hall was certainly looking splendid, committee

members and volunteers having spent many hours giving it a deep clean. Future plans include decorating inside and out, repairing rainwater goods, replacing crockery, fridge freezer and microwave, and having a formal sign on the outside of the building. Donations or sponsorships would be much appreciated. Bookings are already coming in as long-standing users of the hall, such as the Burford Toddlers

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Clows Top Event On 21st August, a steam roller, a 1960 Fordson Dexta tractor, and a US military liveried jeep and a transport truck ‘stood guard’ outside Clows Top Victory Hall for this community event, which was part-funded by Bayton Parish Council. The event began with a short Remembrance Service in the Hall conducted by Rev Sallie Butcher with the Far Forest and Rock Legion Branch Standards in attendance. Despite the persistent drizzle, many turned out to enjoy the various activities. Inside the hall a singer crooned away, circus skills kept youngsters busy, and a good selection of bakery produce and bric-a-brac could be purchased, along with secondhand books, plants and garden tools. You could even get Crime Prevention and Fire Safety advice. Tea, coffee and cake were available at a very reasonable 50p each and gave many a good excuse for a sit down, chat and catch-up. The event also saw the first ‘official’ outing for Steve Woodison and his enchanting collection of owls. The birds looked extremely happy, sitting on their perches in their gazebo, watching passers-by! It was obvious that Steve had a great rapport with them. The Committee at Clows Top Victory Hall recently announced that the National Lottery Community Fund has made a grant of £10,000 to assist with replacing the roof, which is well over 60 years old.

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Les Yarranton Les Yarranton passed away on Sunday 22nd August, aged 91. He was the man behind Yarrantons buses and coaches for many years; he also drove for the Morgan Rally Team in the 1950s. On Thursday 16th September, his cortege (hearse, coach and Morgan cars) left from outside Tenbury’s Regal Cinema, to travel via Eardiston to a family service at Wyre Forest Crematorium, Stourport on Severn. Donations in memory of Les may be sent to A H Caldicott & Sons Funeral Directors, 15 Market St, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8BH (01584 810281) - donations will be given to Tenbury Hospital League of Friends.

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If ever a play was guaranteed to connect with everyone in the audience ... it has to be JABS. We’ve all been on the receiving end. But what is life like at the other end of the syringe? When work fell off a cliff for the ‘Three Men In A Bowtie’ singer and comedienne Sally Tonge in March 2020, she took the unlikely step of retraining as an NHS vaccinator. She quickly realised that her Covid-19 vaccination pod was the smallest theatre in the world ... and that the procession of people stepping into it were pure comedy gold. Sally worked all over Shropshire, but particularly remembers her shifts in the marquee at Ludlow Racecourse. “There were trains rushing past in one direction and horses’ hooves thundering by in the other. The NHS marches on its stomach … and the food people kindly brought us when they came for their vaccinations was the best in the county.” JABS is played largely for affectionate laughs ... with a few gentle moments of poignancy, a smattering of new songs and a touch of audience participation (because we all know what we have to do!) It is conceived very much as knock-about, pub-style theatre. Sally plays herself, whilst actors Christina Cubbin and Paul Wilkinson portray an assortment of 16 remarkable characters who appear in her pod for a few minutes each. The play is scripted and directed by the BBC’s Chris Eldon Lee. (L to R) Christina Cubbin, Sally Tonge and Paul Wilkinson....... ready for action “A story like this comes along once in a generation”, says Chris. “It’s the most all-embracing scenario since the war. Everyone talked about getting their first jab. So, the heart of the play is real stories, concertinaed Tenbury Photographic Club Little Hereford Parish Hall together, to produce an evening of rich Photography exhibition at entertainment”. St Michael’s village hall. ‘JABS’ is touring Shropshire and beyond. You Saturday 9 October 10am-4pm can catch it at Ludlow Brewery on October Free admission. Delicious homemade 7th at 8pm or The Sparc, Bishop’s Castle: 10am until 12.30pm cakes and beverages. November 4th at 7.30pm Stalls, Hamper Raffle, Refreshments www.tenburyphotographicclub.co.uk

CHRISTMAS FAYRE Sunday 28th November

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Children’s Activity Day A load of empty boxes kept the kids occupied for a long time

A dry day with sunshine and clouds saw buckets, spades and swimwear out in force at Eastham Memorial Hall’s impromptu beach party and activity day. As can be seen from these photos, by Keith Gluyas, fun was the order of the day!

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Children enjoying a day out at Eastham seaside

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Gold for “In Bloom”! Grace Williams being creative with the crayons helped by mum

Katy Davies takes a rest in one of the empty boxes

The flowers in Ludlow and Leominster have certainly add a welcome splash of colour and the hard work by the teams has paid off, with both towns winning ‘Gold’ in this year’s “In Bloom”.

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h.Art at St Michaels Herefordshire Art Week (h.Art) is a nine day art trail, a celebration of art that sees artists, craft makers, galleries and groups open their doors at an eclectic mix of venues. It began as part of Herefordshire Council’s ‘Creative Industry’ programme, led by Mel Potter. Now Mel heads h.Artists Ltd, the independent organisation that runs the county-wide event. Not actually in Herefordshire, but across the boundary in Worcestershire, St Michaels Church, just outside Tenbury, was the venue for a collaborative exhibition of several artists. Mixed Media artist Anne Fox brought along her exquisite decorated egg shells - inspired by the House of Fabergé’s ornamental eggs. Jewelled, pendant and casket styles were on show. Anne commented that she ‘became hooked’ in 1997 after completing her very first

One of Anne Fox’s finely decorated eggs

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Far Forest Countryside Show

In full swing on Saturday morning An estimated 8000 visitors enjoyed the Far Forest Countryside as ever with children - and also with buyers, as evidenced by Show, which was capped on Sunday with an RAF Spitfire empty pens at the end of the show. roaring over the site. Children also enjoyed the inflatables, the fun bus, entertainers The horticulture marquee conjured up images of days gone Sparky and Sprite, and tractor rides around the boundary by, with displays of fruit, vegetables, baking, crafts, art, of the showground. The craft marquee and trade stalls gave photography and floral displays. Despite difficult growing visitors the chance to browse and buy gifts and produce. conditions, the number of entries was a record for recent years. John Guy, Chairman of The Far Forest Society, commented Far Forest WI added to the nostalgic atmosphere with their “Our thanks go to our tremendous band of volunteers who bunting-decorated café at one end of the horticulture made the show possible. The Far Forest Show and Society rely marquee and the ladies kept visitors and volunteers refreshed on volunteers. Profits made by the show have secured the both days. immediate future of the society and will enable us to make Equally popular were the cream teas in the pavilion and record some improvements to the pavilion and the showground. sales on Saturday meant emergency baking had to start on Finally, a massive thank you to all our show visitors who by The ladies of Far Forest WI did a splendid job of refreshing many! Saturday evening! Traders in the food court were busy, and art turning out in such numbers ensured its success.” displayed by local artists provided further interest. Entertainment was slightly reduced compared to earlier shows but some of the changes were particularly successful. Music acts seemed more comfortable in the main arena and the new location was popular with visitors, who enjoyed the entertainment seated on bales. As ever, the falconry display from the Falconry Centre was spectacular Enid, a silkie, in the and informative. Vintage Artist Jennifer Chance’s poultry tent with vehicles, including work, in the pavilion A Renault Alpine - one of the cars on display Electric vehicles are nothing new owner Bryony Moore caravans, cars, tractors, motorbikes and stationary engines, added to the nostalgic atmosphere. They provided a beautiful display and were a testament to their owners’ care, passion and pride. There was a reduced range of animals this year, Chef Paul Smith with the but the display of ‘great taste’ award The poultry, rabbits Abby Sabel with her countryside-inspired Tenbury Town Band opened Ludlow Pickle Company won and guinea pigs ‘Wonderland Works’ home décor and gifts the show on Saturday for their Courgette Pickle Eye-catching display was as popular



Plans are being drawn up to transform town centres Plans are being drawn up to help get the district’s town centres fit for the future. Malvern Hills District Council is producing five town centre transformation plans for Barnards Green, Great Malvern, Malvern Link, Tenbury Wells and Upton upon Severn. The documents will set out a vision for the future of each retail centre, identifying the different challenges facing each one and the opportunities available. They will then be used to attract inward investment from both the public and commercial sector, as well as guide planning decisions. Working with consultants Geoff Hughes Ltd with Paul Sampson Associates, a consultation will be launched in September with businesses, land and property owners, Worcestershire County Council, town and parish councils, community groups and the public to gain views on how they see the future of the high street. The results of the consultation will be published in January and it is planned the prospectuses will be signed off by spring 2022. The prospectuses are part of the council’s Five Year Plan commitment to help revitalise the town centres as they come under attack from the rise of online competitors, out of town

retail parks and changing consumer habits. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the high street, accelerated the move towards online shopping and resulting in the collapse of several big chain stores. While the strong independent shopping scene in the district’s retail centres means they are well placed to weather the current storm, the towns will still need to adapt to survive. Cllr Daniel Walton, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development on Malvern Hills District Council, added: “There is absolutely a future for the high street but it will be very different to the traditional town centre we have all grown up with. Businesses will have to adapt but we’ve got an important role too. By using our influence and policy making powers we can help create town centres fit for the challenges of the 21st Century and a post-pandemic world.” Have your say on what the town centres should look like and take part in the consultation at the end of September by visiting www.malvernhills.gov.uk/consultations

Cllr Daniel Walton, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development on Malvern Hills District Council, in Tenbury high street

Comedy Festival Get ready for the most hilarious and jam-packed month to take Malvern Hills district by storm. You’ll laugh your socks off at some of the biggest names in British comedy right now who are going to be performing right as part of the Malvern Hills Comedy Festival, for the entirety of October. To kick off the festivities, beloved and irreverent Jack Dee is coming to Malvern Theatres. His sarcasm, irony and deadpan humour is no secret; this show is going to have you crying with laughter. Malvern Theatres is also welcoming award winning Alistair McGowan; Jasper Carrott, OBE; Josh Widdicombe and more. Seann Walsh will be performing at the gorgeous Regal Theatre in Tenbury. And to bring a close to the festivities, John Challis, of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ fame, will appear at the same venue. Featuring locations such as the Boat House at Upton, The Old Con Club in Malvern and The Regal in Tenbury, this is going to be one spectacular display of British comedy. More information at www.visitthemalverns.org/blog/comedyfestival

Cash boost for high street traders Independent businesses can get a cash boost to help their Covid-19 recovery with Malvern Hills District Council’s Town Centre Support Scheme. Traders in any of the district’s five retail centres – Great Malvern, Malvern Link including Link Top, Barnards Green, Upton and Tenbury – can apply for the grant. Funding is on offer to pay for shop front improvements and security measures such as CCTV. The money can also be used for marketing and branding as well as digital activity such as helping traders switch to selling online, creating a new website or introducing new technology to the business. The council will pay for half of the cost of a project up to £1,500 with the business expected to put the rest. The scheme is part of the council’s £500,000 economic recovery fund created to support the local economy as it recovers from the impact of Covid-19 restrictions. Cllr Daniel Walton, Portfolio Holder for Economy and Tourism on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “All businesses have had a really tough time over the last 18 months but our high street traders in particular. This money will support our independent traders to improve their offer to customers, either through physical improvements or adapting their business to new ways of selling and meeting the needs of consumers in a digital age.” Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/grants for full details of the scheme and how to apply.



Little Hereford Fete Another lovely afternoon in the Teme Valley could be spent attending Little Hereford Fete. Those who have regularly attended this event over the years will be familiar with its charming location. It really is a special treat that we should appreciate! This quintessentially English afternoon pastime of ‘fete-going’ saw crowds turn out in force and the fresh produce and bakery stalls were soon cleared as lime and coconut tray bakes, chocolate and courgette muffins, and freshly baked breads including olive, walnut harvester, and sea salt & rosemary, were purchased. Teas were served to the multitude and many came away with that unusual piece of bric-a-brac they never knew they needed until they saw it. In fact, as soon as 2pm arrived, the fete’s official opening time, bargain-full bits and bobs were snapped up by eager buyers who had been queuing nearby to secure their purchases. Organisers commented, “Our 2019 Fete was cancelled as a “hurricane” was forecast. Last year, of course, Covid was the villain. So we were due some luck and the weather obliged by being dry and pleasantly warm. “It’s brilliant to be out doing something normal” said many of the visitors and there were hundreds of them. There were quite a few dogs as well, 78 people entered 94 dogs in the novelty Dog Show! All the usual attractions were there for people to enjoy as well as the opportunity to be in such a lovely The tea gazebos were at capacity for most of the afternoon place for a few hours, listening to Tenbury Town Band, with lots of things to buy and a cup of tea and delicious cakes fact that all the visitors had an enjoyable allowing the village to take over their home on offer. There is a rural myth that the Fete “just happens”. afternoon out. Our very grateful thanks for a few days.” The truth is that lots of people work very hard but they are due to Sir Richard and Lady Lloyd for were rewarded this year with our ‘best ever profit’ and the

Delicious bakery creations

Andrew Edwards brought along his 1972 Morris Minor Traveller which he bought on ebay in 2016 and had restored. It has been back on the road since 2018

Browsing the extensive bric-a-brac barns

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Bruce Osborne and Cora Weaver very happy with their purchases

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The Oldest Business on Teme Street! A wealth of history lies behind the windows of JG Banfield & Sons, the traditional ironmongers in Tenbury Wells. Owner Sadie Chalkley (née Banfield) believes it to be the oldest business still trading on Tenbury’s main shopping street, having been founded by her great grandfather James Gay Banfield in the 1800’s. In the photo, the original shop is the taller section on the left, with its upper windows still displaying the bygone signwriting declaring some of the old brands stocked: ‘Peveril Ranges and Grates’, ‘Ransomes Lawn Mowers’ and ‘Turner’s ENCORE Cutlery’. Later the business expanded into the adjacent shop, as time and trade permitted. Today JG Banfield still provides an Aladdin’s cave of innumerable practical items for the home and garden. Step inside and you are greeted by ceiling-high tiers of drawers containing all sorts of useful items from dowels to wicks, tool handles to brass knobs,

coat hooks and cupboard catches - the list is endless and browsing is recommended to appreciate the sheer breadth of lines stocked. The original huge wooden counters with their gleaming polished brass measures speak of years of service. A small plaque on the wall behind one of them records the flood level in 1886. One of Sadie’s earliest memories is when, as a seven year old, during the 1947 floods, she was carried down Church Walk by her father as he waded through the water to get to the shop and neighbouring house. She remembers vividly the deep water lapping through the property. As her Mum worked in the office, Sadie spent a lot of time the shop. She remembers helping her Grandmother behind the counter, fetching and

carrying goods for customers, and one regular treat was going out on the Banfield lorry to deliver to farms and the like. She even remembers a horse been shod at the forge in the shop’s back yard. So next time you are in Tenbury why not pay a visit and find a useful and practical ‘momento’ to take home from the oldest business on Teme Street!

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Sadie Chalkley (nee Banfield) waits to serve customers, as she has done for so many years

Lindridge Autumn Show Saturday 4 September saw the return of Lindridge Autumn Show, held in the parish hall in Eardiston. Judging took place from 11am - 12noon, the show opened to the public at 1pm and an auction of produce took place at 3.30pm. Julia Cooper, organiser of the show, said “This year the auction proceeds, which amounted to £65, will go towards a Christmas lunch for those without company in the parish.” The Betty Andersson Cup awarded for the adult entrant with the most points went to P Gillespie and the Derek Marks Cup for the junior entrant with the most points was awarded to C RainbirdHitchins. Winners of judged classes were: Container of herbs - I Teague. Collection of 5 root vegetables - R Humphreys. Collection of greenhouse vegetables - L Spragg. Collection of tomatoes - S Rainbird. Onions/shallots - I Teague. Beans/peas - S Rainbird. Largest marrow - A Hudson. Container of mixed vegetables - L Spragg. Display of 5 dessert/cooking apples - S Rainbird. Plate of 6 stone fruits - P Gillespie. Container of mixed fruit - S Rainbird. Jar of jam/jelly - I Teague. Jar of chutney - P Gillespie. Box of 6 eggs - S Rainbird. Homemade cordial - D Spragg. Plate of 6 cupcakes - P Gillespie. Plate of 6 scones - R Humphreys. Victoria sandwich - P Gillespie (Best in Show Adult). Vase of sweet peas - L Spragg. Single rose in a vase - C Gillespie. Bunch of roses - L Fox. 3 dahlia blooms - P Gillespie. Mixed garden flower display - L Fox. Houseplant - A Hudson. Children’s section: Vegetable of any kind grown by yourself - C Rainbird-Hitchins. Funniest vegetable - A Hudson. Decorative arrangement with either garden or hedgerow flowers - C Rainbird-Hitchins (Best in Show Junior).

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C Rainbird-Hitchins’ vegetable collection

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Leominster Vintage Club held its 15th Annual Working Weekend on the 11/12 September in fields just a short distance from Leominster by kind permission of Mr M Sparey and family. Established in 1997 the Club is a not for profit organisation and raises money for deserving charities through its many events - this year the chosen charity is ‘Breast Cancer Now’. It was back in September 2019 that the club held its last working weekend, so it was lovely to see so many members and supporters out, with machinery being exhibited and demonstrated once again. Tractors of various shapes, sizes, makes and ages could be seen working, with many pulling attachments, also of various shapes, sizes, makes and ages! A diverse collection of classic cars provided much interest as well as a collection of classic caravans and campers, stationary engines, bicycles, some classic motorcycles, and a display from Leominster & District Mini club. The Welsh Axe Men entertained with their program of axe and chainsaw races, with a fun dog show taking place between their performances. Elsewhere a display of old military rifles, classic cameras, chainsaw sculpting, crafts, poultry, racing lawnmowers, trade stands, bouncy castles, Trevor Hill’s animals and a choice of refreshments meant a day could be spent enjoying this spectacle of countryside machinery in action.


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The village hall bar has the feel of a real pub! A Velosolex moped, Massey-Ferguson tractor and MG car added interest on the green

Ashford Carbonell Grand Village Fete This really was a grand fete - and well attended despite the wet weather in the morning and some drizzle in the afternoon. A few stalls were outside, including ‘Water into Wine’, if you were lucky enough to choose the correct newspaper-wrapped bottle; Roll-a-penny, which was free to have a go on; and the produce stall which did a great trade with its blueberry cheesecake squares, delicious-looking homemade digestive biscuits, apples, beetroots, runner and French beans, lemon cucumbers, courgettes and home preserves. As people arrived for this get-together many headed for the village hall’s bar which is also well frequented on the hall’s regular Pub Nights, while others headed for the ‘tea & cake’ bar! On display were the children’s competitions entries which included a class for ‘six decorated cup cakes’, ‘a model made from junk’ and ‘a

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Rapid trade took place on the cakes and produce stand

Spoilt for choice when it came to ‘tea and cake’

cake decorated with a fete theme’. Fete-goers were also invited to vote for their favourite photo from a huge display at one end of the hall. The photo competition theme was ‘Summer in the village’. Proceeds from the fete were split between the village hall and the church.

A good choice of home-grown vegetables

In the Children’s section Harley Harris won first prize in class 60 with a collection of decorated cup cakes

Paula Symonds at the annual show with her prize winning sausage rolls. Husband Barry had a win with his five runner beans

Jacky Roberts-Wake’s day started at 5am as she put together her two winning floral art arrangements

Brimfield Celebrates Brimfield’s community weekend in August was a great success. A well-attended bingo session, 35 competitors in the fun runs, a very busy St Michael’s Hospice fundraising coffee morning, and lots of exhibits in the annual show gave much enjoyment to everyone. The weekend proved to be very welcome opportunity for villagers to meet up again and, no doubt, have an extensive ‘catch-up’ over a cuppa.

Detail from Laura Lawson’s First Prize exhibit ‘Dictionary of Homes’ in the Embroidery/ Tapestry class

Teddy ‘Betty’ - No 6 on the Teddy Bear hunt



AUDIOLOGISTS EXPANDS SERVICES IN LOCAL TOWNS Business is booming for Andrew Bird Hearing as it has expanded its healthcare services into Tenbury Wells and Bromyard. The independent hearing company has increased the services it offers after becoming a firm favourite with local communities. It now offers all its high-quality healthcare services at Andrew Jelley Opticians. The company’s certified and experienced audiologists look forward to welcoming both new and existing clients. They offer an extensive range of services to meet all hearing needs. This includes free-ofcharge no-obligation hearing examinations, microsuction ear wax removals, hearing aid repairs and accessories, alongside routine advice. Company owner Andrew Bird said: “We are proud to be part of the thriving communities in Tenbury Wells and Bromyard, and to play a part in both towns’ ongoing growth. We have been able to expand because of our loyal and faithful clients. They tell us they like our personal approach and client-focussed service.” Andrew Bird Hearing is a family-run business set up in 2007 and currently have in excess of 9000 clients and hold clinics in 30 centres across the south west. Its audiologists are licensed to dispense products from a wide range of manufacturers, but they do not believe in pushy tactics or pressure

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Orleton Gardening Club’s Show Blooms, vegetables galore and stunning floral art provided much to admire during a visit to this 40th Annual Show in Orleton village hall. Taking place on August 14th, it was also an This Fun Run was held in the afternoon after the Tenbury 10K. Photos by Keith Gluyas early indication that things were beginning to return to normal, after many months of isolation for people. Inside there was plenty of space to sociallydistance, with exhibits being split between the main and side halls. This year the show concentrated on the garden side, with no home cookery or craft sections. The floral Monica Todd with her first Oli Prouse, joint organiser, explains the route to the fun runners art classes had prize gladiolus bloom some magnificent, and involved, arrangements. A theme of ‘What got me through lockdown’ seemed to have solicited some enthusiastic reactions, to judge from the displays. Kate Griffiths’ entry included a map of her favourite walk through Fishpool Valley, a ‘Growing Vegetables’ book, exercise dumbbells and more! ‘A stunning design...’ the judge wrote. Trisha Clanzy-Hodge’s entry was highly commended and included a home-made tweed bear. Gill Macefield’s 3rd prize explained how during lockdown she ‘rediscovered a love of knitting and sewing and learnt new crafts like Tunisian crochet’, a colourful piece of which was incorporated in the exhibit, wrapped around the vase.

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A mouth-watering collection of vegetables and ‘Best Exhibit’ in section from Trisha Clanzy-Hodge

Trisha Clanzy-Hodge’s floral art exhibit on the theme ‘What got me through lockdown’ Gill Macefield’s lockdownwas highly commended themed creation

Kate Griffiths won first prize and Best Exhibit in the Floral art section with her lockdown survival kit arrangement

A smiling ‘70+’ Trevor Rowlands was the last person to step over the finish line, applauded by Oli Prouse

Tenbury 10K Suzie Quill and Jo Tilby, who ran in memory of David Blenkharn A full field of 209 runners ‘enjoyed’ the 10K route through Tenbury’s countryside with the start/finish line being in town, on the Burgage. Rob Meredith was first home, in a time of 34.38, and Alice Godding was first female, in 40.46.

And they’re off!

Ben Aston, first to cross the finish line

Maggie Jennings took first prize with her 3 rose blooms

From left: Alice Godding, Tim Giles (of sponsors dhjh), Robert Meredith

After this year’s successful event, organisers Oli and Claire thanked everyone for their efforts, in particular William Lloyd (who took on the task of commentating) and the marshals, without whom the event would not happen. This year a ‘spot award’ was created - ‘The David Blenkharn Award’ - in memory of David Blenkharn, a runner and friend of the organisers. It was David’s wife Elaine who approached the organisers about sponsoring an element of Tenbury 10K, and thus the award was born. The criterion for winning is simple: a finishing position

is chosen at random! For this inaugural award, Oli and Claire chose 59th as that was the age David was when he went on his last run. It was truly fitting that Suzie Quill and Jo Tilby, both good friends of David, crossed the line together and so jointly won the award. The organisers are running two further events this year - the Bockleton Beast 10K on Saturday 30 October and a Tenbury 5K Santa Run and Fun Run in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity on Sunday 19 December. Photos by Keith Gluyas



Local MP “Politician of the Year”

Rock Show

Ludlow MP Philip Dunne has been recognised with a Politician of the Year award for his environmental work. Mr Dunne was recognised in the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2021 for his work as Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee in holding the government to account Philip Dunne (left) with BusinessGreen on environmental issues, Deputy Editor, Michael Holder as well as his campaigning efforts to secure government commitment to improve water quality and crack down on river pollution from sewage discharges. Mr Dunne said “I am very humbled to win BusinessGreen’s Politician of the Year for 2021. I was completely surprised, as I was attending the event to present an award, so was not expecting to be a recipient! I am determined to keep up pressure on the government to meet its climate commitments and to use this year of COP26 to show real climate leadership – as well as continuing my long running campaign to clean up Britain’s rivers.”

Having a sit This event helps as a major fundraiser towards the chat (with friends or stall holders); and - of course - having a sit (after upkeep of Rock Village Hall and its Millennium all that browsing, looking and having a go), perhaps with the nearGreen. Not to be confused with Rock Fete, which obligatory tea and cake! fundraises for Rock Church, the Show takes place in September and this year it enjoyed warm sunshine for most of the afternoon on Saturday 4th. Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass opened the show and the afternoon could be spent in various ways, with activities including browsing (the ‘weird and wonderful’ bric-a-brac stall, plants, second hand books, the Stour Valley Cat Rescue stall); having a go (coconut shy, skittles, bouncy Detail from Fran castle, grand raffle); having a look Cratchley’s winning (at the traction engine which arrangement of flowers puffed its way to the show field, or the Horticultural exhibits); having a in a basket

A smart Poppy Appeal stand from Far Forest & Rock RBL Branch manned by Chairman Martyn Carter (R) with Poppy Appeal Organiser Jim Woods (L) Chris Jones had multiple wins with her vase of garden flowers, these rock cakes, a fruit cake, biscuits, a jar of chutney, photograph of sunrise/sunset, fruit scones and three green peppers

Cleobury Concert Brass

Marion Wilson won with her gooseberry & elderflower jelly and ‘flowers in a teacup’ entries

Traction engine, by John Fowler & Co, of Leeds

4in24 Challenge made it!

Matt Ashcroft, Event and Community Fundraising Manager at St Michael’s Hospice, with ‘Brian’ The following is based on words supplied by the team. The team completed their “4in24” challenge in August, by ascending and descending Snowdon, Cader Idris, Waun Fach and Pen Y Fan within 24 hours, the challenge being completed with 45 minutes to spare. Conditions weren’t ideal, with low mist and fog making navigation tricky. They were slowed a little on Snowdon when they were stopped by a small group of people, one of whom had fallen ill. Team 4in24 provided an emergency foil blanket to use until Mountain Rescue could come to the Jim Morgan, Anthony Gluyas walker’s aid. and Pete Hamer with ‘Brian the Before leaving to start the mascot’ at the top of Pen y Fan challenge the team visited St Michaels Hospice in Hereford where Matt Ashcroft, Events and Community Fund Raiser, gave them a tour of the facilities and told them how reliant the hospice is on donations and people’s generosity. Anthony Gluyas, one of the ‘4in24’ team members, said “It was quite an eye opener”. The team would like to thank Ponthir Group, main agents for Renault & Dacia in Hereford, for arranging a Renault Trafic Passenger for the team to use, and also Rowlinson Packaging for supplying fuel for the 450-mile round trip. At the time of writing the endeavour has raised around £1,700 but the JustGiving link will remain open, and ‘Team 4in24’ would like to thank everyone for their donations.



Fountain Inn Festival On Sunday 29th August, nearly 500 people attended the return of ‘FountainFest’ at the Fountain Inn, Oldwood, just outside Tenbury Wells. This was a ticket-only event and the weather stayed fine and dry for the day and into the evening. Bands performing included Undaunted, Head Honcho, HotRox, Without Flight and Rock Shack. Photos and words by Keith Gluyas

Rock Shack

Visitors to FountainFest enjoy the live music of Without Flight

Ludlow Art Society Summer Exhibition St Laurence’s church in Ludlow is a magnificent venue for an art exhibition and you can’t help but be drawn to the soaring ceilings and intricate architectural details that command appreciation. Likewise the art on display at Ludlow Art Society’s Summer exhibition, with such a variety of mediums, shape, size, colour and subject matter. The exhibition filled the south aisle, extended into the Lady Chapel and also the side St Catherine’s Chapel. When we visited, it was encouraging to see many little red stickers on artworks showing that the piece had been sold. Visitors were invited to vote for their favourite art work - no doubt a hard decision - and Peter Bishop, the society’s President, picked Samuel Bebb’s acrylic and collage piece entitled ‘Still Water’ (£2,000) as his choice. This event is always a great opportunity to purchase some original art and prices varied from a few pounds to thousands, so all pockets were catered for!

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‘Romance in the Rain’ - Val Davies, watercolour, £120

Detail from ‘Shrewsbury Abbey’ Frank Hilton, mixed media, £40

‘Genuine Fake Picasso Brunette’ Tom Crowe, digital, £60

‘Outer Hebrides’ - Rob Leckey ARBSA, acrylic/collage/ mixed media, £345

Artist Tom Crowe with his ‘Labyrinth’ piece

‘Llandudno Pier’ - Wilfred Langford, pastel, £175

‘View from Stiperstones’ Stephen Michael Law, oil, £125



Eastham Fete The relaxing of Covid restrictions has seen people gradually become more confident about the idea of staging events and the Teme Valley has started to come alive again with varied get-togethers - including fetes and flower shows. One example is Eastham Fete, held on 14 August in and around the new Memorial Hall and nearby fields. Stourporton-Severn brass band opened proceedings with an excellent rendition of Moonlight Serenade in true Glenn Miller style, followed by the theme tune to the TV programme ‘The A Team’ - a great sounding band that provided background music throughout the afternoon. There were plenty of activities for all. The free pony rides were very popular and the free balloon-hats of all shapes and sizes for youngsters proved great fun. A flower on a stem, a green alien, or a spectacular birthday hat, all produced in minutes for expectant, then delighted, recipients. Elsewhere many enjoyed smashing crockery and Mike Clarke had brought along a beautiful Suffolk Punch mare and foal, from his stud at Trimpley. Other attractions included skittles, football target shooting, books and jigsaws, a silent auction, fun dog show, world treasure hunt map, plants, tombola, shooting gallery, mini fairground strongman game and fascinating bric-a-brac going for a song. Baked potatoes, a BBQ and afternoon teas kept hunger at bay and the produce show tent opened to the public around 12.30pm with lots of prize winning exhibits to appreciate. Organisers said “The Eastham Fete raised £7,000 which was a wonderful result. Everyone pulled together; whether by raffle ticket sales, by the donation of silent auction items, sponsorship or the brilliant results from all the stalls on the day. The large crowds who came gave generously and made the day such a success”. Photos by Keith Gluyas and Lucy Dell

Playing Moonlight Serenade

Harry Willetts tries out a vintage tractor

Sweet Dragon Liann Flight

Mike Clarke introduces fete-goers to his Suffolk Punch foal

Amy Tong with a balloon hat on her 7th birthday

One of Tina Lord’s winning blooms

Placing bids at the silent auction

Lexi Bradley awarded 1st for a painted face

Amber Clarke has a smashing time with the crockery

Casey Cook with Dottie, judged to be Prettiest Bitch in Show


Books The Drovers’ Roads of the Middle Marches, their history and how to find them today, including 16 circular walks This book, by Wayne Smith, tells the story of the drovers who, until as recently as the 1930s, used to walk with their sheep and cattle, from Wales to the markets and fairs of England. The journeys were carefully judged - too slow and the expenses of feeding and accommodating men and beasts would mount, too fast and the animals would lose condition. Taking the easier routes meant the expense of turnpikes and tollgates, but going the long way round cost time. Droving was a steady trade, and it is no wonder that the drovers were often entrusted with commissions and even money to be taken to London, a practice from which the first banks developed. Along the way, they would stop at drovers’ inns, some of which still exist, and smithies where the cattle would be shod for the harder English roads. It was the coming of the railways and other means of transport that ended the centuries-old practice of droving, but as the author explains, tell-tale signs of droving routes can still be seen in the landscape today, in the pine trees and ponds that marked the routes, and the names of farms, houses and inns. Wayne Smith describes the routes the drovers took over the hills and through the valleys, and the book provides information about castles, hill forts and other places of interest to be seen on the way.


Whitton Cream Teas Heavy overnight rain and some morning drizzle on Saturday 21st August meant Whitton’s afternoon cream teas moved indoors. Excellent signage from the planned venue, plus the freshly-swept steps up to St Mary’s Church, made it easy for visitors to find their way. Inside, delicious scones with jam and cream were served, together with an excellent, refreshing cup of tea; coffee was also available. A ‘Grand Draw’ and ‘Guess the Weight’ (of a large fruit cake) provided other opportunities to help with fundraising - not to mention a chance of winning the cake! Organisers said “Thanks go to all the helpers, cake and scone makers and raffle prize donors.

Great signage kept visitors on the right track A very impressive £527 was raised. Well done everyone.”

Jenny Jacobs (L) selling tickets for the draw, and Kath Bills (R) encouraging many to guess the weight of the cake

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Melis Vermentino di Sardegna 2020 13.5% £10.95 Sardinian wines are littleknown in England and this example is also an unusual wine. It's mostly Vermentino, but there's also Malvasia; neither is wellknown, but both are widely planted in Sardinia. Fresh and full of apple, pear and grape flavours, this very enjoyable white could appeal to many.

Bourgogne Clos de la Carbonade Monopole 2019 13% £17.50 P & L Borgeot - Bourgogne & Hautes Côtes. A fresh chardonnay, quite dry, enjoy with food or as an aperitif.



aldi.co.uk Specially Selected Organic Rose Estevez 2021 12% £6.99 From Chile's Valle Central, this organic rosé is dry and very pale. Very clean, with flavours of melon and hints of strawberry. Very refreshing. Specially Selected Lebanese Red 2019 14.5% £7.99 This full-bodied red from the Bekaa Valley has a lot in common with French wines. Dry and firm with flavours of dark cherry and bramble and some spice. A nice example of its type, but it would be too tannic for some - and watch out for the 14.5% alcohol level!


The Ludlow Pickle Company When two chefs get together to create their own range of pickles and dressings you can be pretty confident about the results. Jean Bourdeau and Paul Smith have worked together on their pickles for some years and the awards started to come in almost as soon as they began. A trio of 'Best New Product' silver awards at the Ludlow Food Festival in 2018 for Courgette Pickle, Balsamic Glaze and Balsamic Pickled Onions was followed in 2019 by another trio of 'Best New Product' awards - two bronze and one silver for Pickled Celery, Curried Vegetable Piccalilli and Pickled Chilli sauce respectively. Wins at the Royal Three Counties Show 2019 and a Great Taste award in 2020 cemented their reputation! Pickles we tried were: Curry Vegetable Piccalilli - crunchy with a classic piccalilli taste and the added twist of a warm curry flavour. A piquant addition to many a meal or a Ploughman's. Pickled Tapas Mix - mini onions, gherkins, capers, green olives with a nice balance of sweetness and pickle. Courgette Pickle - lovely crunch, surprisingly sweet but with enough tanginess to balance - great with ham salad. Balsamic Pickled onions - a great addition tossed into a stir fry. Dressings and sauces we tried were: Balsamic Glaze, Pickled Chilli Sauce, Honey and Mustard Dressing and Pickled Lime and Mango Sauce. All were full of taste so they can be used sparingly and they have a good consistency - not too thin and not too thick. Available in local stockists or at various local shows theludlowpicklecompany.co.uk

Dealuri Romanian Premium Rosé 2020 12% £4.99 A blend of grapes produces this well-balanced, clean and refreshing rosé. It's more serious than the sweet rosés many people drink, and offers some firmness, without being challenging. Excellent value!

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Schwarz Monch Schwarzbier A Schwarzbier is a chilled lighter-bodied black bier with a sparkle like a lager. Largely an undiscovered style of beer in England, in Switzerland it’s regarded as a thirstquenching beer, served chilled at about 5C. Schwarz Monch, we are told, was first developed in the cellars of an old mountain Inn at Gimmelwald - 4500ft up in the Swiss Alps, only reachable by cable car, and sitting above the Lauterbrunnen valley that Tolkien took as his inspiration for Rivendell. The beer was named after the Schwarzmonch mountain which rises opposite the inn. Refined to its present form in 2017 by David Waterhouse, Schwarz Monch has now made it to the UK, being brewed in co-operation with The Crafty Brewing Company at Dunsfold in the Surrey. We tried some: hoppy aromas, dark taste with a slightly sweet edge, enough hop to make it dry on the tongue with a drying end. craftybrewing.co.uk or schwarzmonch.com

Two Farmers Crisps has been awarded 'Hand-cooked Crisp Farm of the Year 2021' in the Midlands enterprise Awards 2021. They are also a finalist in the Great British Food Awards 2021 where their hand-cooked crisps have been shortlisted for two awards - 'Best New Product' for their 'woodland mushroom & wild garlic' flavour crisps and their 'salt & cider vinegar' flavour in the 'Savoury Snacks' category. Brand founders Mark Green and Sean Mason are the 'Two Farmers': Mark wanted to make crisps from his own potatoes, Sean was behind the brand being the first in the UK to launch a 100% compostable crisp packet. They grow Lady Claire, Lady Rosetta and Taurus varieties of potato for their excellent fry colour and high quality. They grow, harvest, grade and store the potatoes, cook and pack the crisps on the farms, keeping food miles low and flavours include Lightly Salted, Hereford Bullshot, Hereford Hop Cheese & Onion, Salt & Cider Vinegar, Herefordshire Sausage & Mustard, and Woodland Mushroom & Wild Garlic. Local stockists include Hamper Fayre (Tenbury Wells), Ludlow Farm Shop, Mill Farm (Stanford Bridge) and Legges (Bromyard) - or see twofarmers.co.uk for more information.

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Le Versant Pays d'Oc Merlot 2018 13.5% £11.95 Full of flavour, pleasantly dry, and nicely balanced, this French red is more 'serious' than many merlots. A lot of deep, dark flavours; absolutely delicious if this is your sort of thing! Le Versant Pays d'Oc Sauvignon 2019 12.5% £11.95 A fresh white, with hints of apple and lemon, some grassiness, and a hint of florality.




19 19 KAROQ 2.0 TDi SE 150 4x4 Auto, black, 2,900 miles . . . . . . £25,995 19 19 KAROQ 2.0 TDi SE 4x4 Auto, black, 3,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . £25,995 19 19 KAROQ 1.0 TSi SE DSG, green, 23,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . £19,995

20 20 CITIGOe iV all-electric auto, white, 3,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £19,995 18 18 CITIGO 1.0 SE, beige, 12,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8,250 18 18 CITIGO 1.0 SE, red, 16,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8,250 17 67 CITIGO 1.0 Colour, red, 4,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7,995 16 66 CITIGO 1.0 SE, silver, 19,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,450 15 65 CITIGO 1.0 SE, red, 14,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5,995

S KO DA YET I 16 16 YETI 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement 4x4 Auto, green, 60,000 miles . . £15,995 15 15 YETI 2.0 TDi SE 4x4 Auto, silver, 50,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £14,995 15 65 YETI 2.0 TDi SE, blue, 76,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £13,450 16 16 YETI 2.0 TDi SE Business 4x4, silver, 70,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . £12,995 13 63 YETI 2.0 TDi Laurin & Klement 4x4 Auto, moscovado, 100,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £10,850 12 62 YETI 2.0 TDi SE, grey, 62,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7,995 12 62 YETI 1.4 TSi SE, grey, 60,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7,995

S KO DA FABI A 19 19 FABIA 1.0 TSi SEL, grey, 29,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £11,995 16 16 FABIA 1.2 TSi SEL Estate, white, 30,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8,995 13 13 FABIA 1.2 TSi SE, white, 28,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,450 13 13 FABIA 1.2 TSi Elegance, beige, 80,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5,250 11 11 FABIA 1.2 TSI ELEGANCE, beige, 66,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,995 12 12 FABIA 1.6 TDi SE Plus, blue, 75,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,450

S KO DA O CTAV I A 17 17 OCTAVIA 2.0 TDi SEL 4x4 ESTATE, silver, 35,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . £16,495 18 18 OCTAVIA 2.0 TDi SCOUT ESTATE, blue, 70,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . £14,995 17 67 OCTAVIA 1.6 TDi SE Tech Estate, grey, 53,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . £11,495 14 14 OCTAVIA 1.6 TDi SE, grey, 62,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7,995

ST R A N G E R S I N T H E C A M P 12 12 VW UP! 1.0 SE, red, 35,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,595 09 09 KIA PICANTO 1.0 SE, blue, 70,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2,250


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Skoda Enyaq Many people think of electric cars as only being used for relatively short journeys. For example, commuting to work, travelling to the shops, or visiting friends and family in the local area. To a degree, there used to be some truth in this view, but in recent years an increasing number of longer range models have been introduced. One of these is Skoda's Enyaq, which offers models with the potential to cover over 300 miles on a full charge.

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Front Seats This is a good-looking car, but it's also a big car; perhaps bigger than its styling suggests. In fact it's as wide as a Kodiaq and only a couple of inches shorter, so it's no surprise that there's space for four adults. At around two tons it's certainly heavier than a Kodiaq, but this is to be expected from a battery-powered car that offers a generous range. The Enyaq has the ready surge off the line that is typical of electric cars and speed builds readily and easily. It's quiet at cruising speed, which helps give the car a quality feel, as do the almost-silent windscreen wipers. Convenience features include capacious door pockets; a minor point in itself, but it's often the little touches that make a car easy to live with on an everyday basis. Two battery sizes are offered: 62kWh (58kWh net) in the Enyaq 60, and 82kWh (77kWh net) in the Enyaq 80. The '60' version offers a 'WLTP combined' range of 256 miles - 'WLTP' standing for 'Worldwide harmonized Light-duty vehicles Test Procedure'. The '80', which I drove, also comes with a more powerful motor: 204PS, compared to 179PS for the '60' version. However, performance differs

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Charging screen little; the two models have the same top speed and only 0.2 seconds separate them on the 060 sprint. 'Book' electricity consumption is about 8% higher on the more powerful model, at 167180 Wh/mile, compared to 156-165 Wh/mile for the '60'. The time for a full charge depends on the charger used and the battery size, with guide times of nine and a half hours for a '60' and 13 hours for an '80', using a 7.2kW AC charger. Charging is much faster on a highoutput DC charger, taking only around an hour to reach 80% on a 50kW charge point. Faster DC charge capability is available as a £440 option on both models, permitting 100kW on the '60' and 125kW on the '80'. A 'Sportline' version is also available. Based on the '80', its standard features include 20" Vega Anthracite metallic alloy wheels, full LED matrix beam headlights, sports bumpers, and 'SportLine design selection' with Alcantara/Leather upholstery and carbon effect decor. The above models are all rear wheel drive unusual for a Skoda - but there is also a 4x4 version, only available as a Sportline. The Enyaq

has another unusual feature: you don't actually need to press the start button. You can just get in, depress the brake pedal, select 'drive', and away you go! Range is something many buyers of electric cars will be particularly focussed on, and commonly the real-world range is somewhat shorter than the official WLTP figure. This did seem to be the case with the Enyaq 80 as the highest range I ever saw displayed was 305 miles - more than enough for a trip to the Welsh coast and back - and not that far short of the 'WLTP' figure of 331 miles. Electric cars have a shorter range in winter, partly because of the increased use of wipers, lights, heating etc - but also because batteries don't work as well in really cold temperatures. However, as I drove the Enyaq in August, I couldn't investigate this! Looking at prices, the Enyaq range starts at £32,010 for a '60', with an '80' starting at £39,365, the difference being partly explained by the '60' qualifying for the government grant whereas the '80' does not. Moving up the range, the Sportline starts at £42,915, and the 4x4 model is priced from £46,610.

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BOCKLETON, TENBURY WELLS, WORCESTERSHIRE - GUIDE PRICES ON APPLICATION A superb commercial mixed farming enterprise with first class turkey unit, modern farm buildings, Grade 2 and 3 arable and grassland, woodland, two dwellings and superior brick barns with potential. In all about 264.44 acres, 107.01 hectares. For Sale by Private Treaty as a Whole or in 4 Lots. Lot 1 - 24,955 bird turkey unit with grain store, biomass boiler house, straw barn and 3 bed cottage (EPC Rating E) and orchard. About 6.50 acres, 2.63 hectares. Lot 2 - Modern cattle, sheep and fodder/storage buildings, arable, grassland and woodland. About 145.66 acres, 58.94 hectares. Lot 3 - A valuable block of mainly arable land also grassland, woodland and a stone field byre. About 108.68 acres, 43.98 hectares. Lot 4 - A superior range of traditional brick barns with development potential, also grain store, paddock, ponds and a 2 bed barn conversion (EPC Rating E). About 3.60 acres, 1.45 hectares. Joint Sole Agents - R G & R B Williams


We have received a phenomenal amount of interest in the properties and land which we have offered for sale in 2021. There is still time to market your property this year! If you are considering selling your property contact Nick or Sophie on 01584 810555 / info@nickchampion.co.uk to request a free no obligation market appraisal.



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A simply idyllic small country estate with handsome late Georgian residence, pastureland and 'Smokey Dragon' cottage - about 19.02 acres, 7.699 hectares. Farmhouse Kitchen with Aga, Three Reception Rooms, Conservatory and Cellars, Five Bedrooms and Two Bathrooms, Double Garage and Stabling, Part Walled Gardens, Farm Buildings, Pastureland, Smokey Dragon Cottage. EPC Rating F.



A detached period farmhouse in an elevated setting enjoying outstanding rural views. Farmhouse Kitchen with Rayburn, Three Reception Rooms, Study, Cellar, Five Bedrooms, Three Bath/Shower Rooms, Utility Room, Double Garage and Ample Parking Space, Attractive Large Gardens, Pony Paddock. EPC Rating F.

A blank canvas - a traditional stock farm with farmhouse and farm buildings for restoration, versatile pastureland and woodland - about 79.85 acres, 32.314 hectares. Farmhouse - EPC Rating G.

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A well-appointed detached bungalow in a highly sought after residential area close to the town centre. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Sitting Room, Conservatory, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Second Double Bedroom, Shower Room, Attractive Gardens, Detached Garage and Workshop, Driveway Parking. EPC Rating D.

A well-appointed detached house in a desirable edge of town residential development. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Two Reception Rooms, Utility Room, Cloakroom, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Three Further Bedrooms, Bathroom, Garage, Driveway Parking, Attractive Gardens, EPC Rating D.







A spacious mews style house in a very popular residential area within walking distance of the town centre. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Two Reception Rooms, Three Double Bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower Room, Mature Gardens, Garage, Driveway Parking, EPC Rating D.




An appealing semi-detached house on a generous corner plot. Kitchen/Diner, Sitting Room, Three Bedrooms, Shower Room, Level Gardens, Ample Driveway Parking, EPC Rating D.

An updated Victorian terraced cottage with ample parking and with planning permission for an extension. Kitchen/Diner, Sitting Room, Two Bedrooms, Bathroom, Garden and Parking, EPC Rating E.

An attractive modern detached bungalow within level walking distance of the town centre. Kitchen, Spacious Living Room, Two Bedrooms, Shower Room, Easy Care Gardens, Right to Park One Car. EPC Rating D.

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HAMPER FAYRE A visit to Hamper Fayre, by the Bridge in Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, will reveal an array of products sourced both locally and from further afield. We are supporting Local Artisan Producers from Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire wherever possible, as we believe in supporting local families and the local economy. If you want to create a bespoke Hamper as a Gift for a Friend or Loved One then please come and choose from either Traditional Wicker Hampers or from a variety of Eco Friendly Kraft Hamper Boxes and fill them with items of your own personal choice to precisely suit the tastes of the lucky recipient! But remember... anything can be bought individually as we are a normal shop as well! You don't have to buy a Hamper! Choose from Artisan Chocolates, Terrines, Pa. te/ s, Cheeses, Savouries, Nibbles, Jams and Pickles, Cakes, Confectionery and Snacks. We can arrange for you to collect from the Shop if you want to personally present the Gift, or we can arrange for it to be shipped to anywhere in the UK by DHL Couriers. We have a range of Quality Fine Wines suitable for all occasions and palates, backed up by a huge array of Local Beers, Ciders and Spirits. Opening Times: 10.00am to 4.00pm Tuesday to Saturday inclusive. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Contact Us: Mobile: 07836 263760 Landline Tel: 01584 781122 Email: info@hamperfayre.co.uk Online: www.hamperfayre.co.uk Visit Us: Hamper Fayre 59-61 Teme St Tenbury Wells WR15 8AE


Andy Cook's drawing 'Mistletoe Time' £75 at St Michaels h.Art event - see page 9!