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Over the weekend of June 4th/5th, the National Trust held a World War Two Weekend at Croft Castle, between Ludlow and Leominster. The weather was kind and the result was a family-friendly day out for a great many people. For more coverage, please see page 15.

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Glyndebourne 6.30pm The Barber of Seville Thursday 30th June ROH LIVE Werther 7.15pm Wednesday 7th July Kenneth Branagh 7pm Live from the Garrick Theatre Romeo & Juliet Wednesday 13th July NT encore The Audience 7pm Saturday 16th July Glyndebourne Die 5.30pm Meistersinger von Nürnberg Saturday 23rd July Andre Rieu Summer Concert 7pm Saturday 30th July World Cup ’66 Minute by 2.30pm Minute

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Tenbury Music Festival

The first Tenbury Music Festival was held last year and the aim is to make this year’s even bigger and better. A range of talented musicians is scheduled to appear, including the Steve Gibbons band, Robbie Blunt band, Quill with Bev Bevan (ELO) plus fresh young talent in the shape of Goodnight Lenin who played at Glastonbury last year and ADO (Alternative Dubstep Orchestra), an up-andcoming seven-piece band of musicians from Birmingham, with a sprinkling of established acts such as the Steve Ajao Blues band, Dave Onions, Fabulous Bordellos and Obscure. The Acoustic stage will see a mix of fresh new talent alongside one or two old hands and it will be a place to chill out to gentler music. One change for this year is that there will be a large marquee, so people can shelter if it rains or gets too hot!

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Food will be provided by some quality stallholders that came last year and as well as the beer tent and fresh coffee stall there will be a cocktail bar, with drinks served from an old VW. There will also be crafts and workshops.

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This year’s charity is the Teenage Cancer Trust which is dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24. The photos show last year’s event.

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Shirley Sheridan, taking the plunge at Abberley

On May 29th, 35 people abseiled off the clock tower at Abberley Hall School and helped raise money for Sight Concern Worcestershire, a charity which helps blind and partially-sighted people lead independent and fulfilling lives. Shirley Sheridan, a Trustee of the charity, was one of the abseilers. She said “I do what I can to raise money for my favourite charity, Sight Concern Worcestershire, and I’m delighted to say that I’ve raised £1,000 on this occasion.” Penny Weir, Fundraising Officer for the charity, said “We’re thrilled that so many people came along to support us. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and everyone who sponsored the abseilers. We’re also grateful to Mr Will Lockett, Headmaster of Abberley Hall Prep, Pre-Prep and Nursery School for allowing us to do event. We don’t know the final total raised yet but I’m pretty sure it’ll be in the range of £5,000 which is fantastic!”

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As one of their last duties, the retiring Chairmen of Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council both attended the lighting of the Worcestershire Beacon.

Happy Birthday! Any 90th birthday merits a celebration but the Queen’s 90th really is a special occasion. Celebrations of this landmark have included the lighting of beacons on Thursday 21st April (her actual birthday) when over 1,000 beacons were lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas Territories and the Commonwealth. The Worcestershire Beacon, on the Malvern Hills, was one of the beacons to be lit. The lighting attracted over 200 people to Worcestershire’s highest point, and the Lord Lieutenant, Patrick Holcroft, LVO, OBE, who led the ceremony, lit the Beacon at 8.30pm. Local opera singer Maria Moll sang Land of Hope and Glory and, after the Beacon was lit, led a public

rendition of the National Anthem, followed by ‘Happy Birthday Your Majesty’. Matthew Guy, one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, rounded off the event with Purcell’s Trumpet Tune. Cllr Barbara Williams, the retiring Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, said “It was a wonderful occasion to be a part of, and a fitting and memorable way to mark Her Majesty’s milestone birthday.” Since then local communities have been wishing Her Majesty ‘Happy Birthday’ in many different ways. Saturday June 11th is her official birthday, and June 12th is the date for the Mall outside Buckingham Palace to host a huge street party with 10,000 guests!

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Great Witley Church The fabulous Baroque church at Great Witley reopened on Sunday 15th May after being closed since January while the roof was re-slated. With the aid of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Churches Trust and four years of fundraising activities, culminating in a ‘Sponsor a Slate’ campaign, the target of £130,000 was finally achieved. Over 800 people, some local, some from around the world, donated money to have their dedication written on a slate. This raised nearly £10,000. Fifteen local volunteers then worked hard to make sure that all the names and dedications were written

on the slates before they were put on the roof. Other fundraising activities included a talk by Henry Sandon, Worcester’s own porcelain expert, and an evening with cookery and travel writer Josceline Dimbleby who spoke about her connections with Great Witley. Her book, ‘A Profound Secret’, tells the true story of a Great Witley Rector’s daughter, May Gaskell (Josceline’s great-grandmother), and artist Edward Burne-Jones. The church’s opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily until the end of October, then shorter hours during the Winter.

‘Sponsor A Slate’ scheme organiser Angela Snow (left) with volunteer scribes inside the magnificent Baroque church.

Leominster Medieval Pageant This Pageant, to be held on June 18th/19th, aims to show how people lived, played and fought in the 15th Century. It celebrates Leominster’s rich history with a focus on the Wars of the Roses period, but in the guise of a medieval town carnival. Entry is free for all! Activities include demonstrations and displays, living history, the ‘Leominster Skirmish’, town procession, dance, music and a medieval-style market. Instructors will offer children tuition on basic bushcraft and climbing skills. There are opportunities to scale the castle wall, learn to build shelters, light a camp fire - and cook on it - plus a range of other activities for children of all ages. There will be a beer tent and hog roast, and the Priory Café will serve local produce, lunches and cream teas. The Pageant is on the site of the old Monastery so visitors need to head for the Priory Church. The town procession starts from the church at 10am on Saturday, then proceeds round the Grange, across the Market Square into High Street, down and then back up Broad Street, along Church Street, finishing at Pinsley Mead. This year the Pageant commemorates the events of 1459 and the Rout of Ludford Bridge. Reluctant to openly engage Henry VI’s Lancastrian army, the Yorkist forces fell back through Ledbury to Leominster harassing and ambushing the royalists who countered with probing attacks south of Leominster, through the town and onto the Luston road leading to Richard’s Castle and Ludford Bridge. The Leominster Skirmish at the Pageant recreates a snapshot from these actions. The photos show last year’s event.

Three of the volunteers writing names and dedications on the new slates.

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This was our first visit to Kimbolton’s Grand Plant Sale, held at the end of May. People made a beeline for Kimbolton church where benches and tables were full to overflowing with plants of every description. Trade was very brisk and it seemed that within minutes of arriving, many people had made their choices and were busy loading up bags and boxes and trays with their purchases. A constant flow of happy-looking gardeners made their way back to the car park laden with plants. Refreshments were available in the church if you wanted to tarry a while, but with Spring in the air and with boots full of plants, many simply headed home, perhaps to a busy afternoon in the garden!

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One Stop and Co-op Major changes are afoot for one part of Ludlow. Hot on the heels of the redevelopment across the road from the Co-op supermarket, there is now a proposal to replace the One Stop store, which includes the Post Office, with a restaurant with apartments above. The scheme has received a number of positive comments, in terms of it improving the streetscene, the currently building being widely considered to be unattractive and out of place in Ludlow. However, concerns have been expressed about the height of the proposed

structure, which might affect views of Ludlow’s iconic church tower. Worries have also been raised over the loss of the Post Office, but it seems inevitable that this would simply be relocated within the town centre. In another change for the area, the Co-op is also set to disappear, as the Ludlow supermarket is one of 36 former Somerfield stores being sold after a deal was struck with the Food Retailer Group. No redundancies are anticipated as the store will continue to trade, but as a Budgens supermarket.

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The Spring Festival in Ludlow had a great deal to offer, including real ales and ciders, an eclectic array of classic vehicles and an interesting selection of foods, all in the magnificent setting of Ludlow Castle. Beers from 65 brewers were at the festival and local MP Philip Dunne lent a hand with the judging, as part of SIBA’s Wales & West Independent Beer Awards 2016. Many people just go for the beer and it really is a great opportunity to find a few more favourite ales, but there was a bit more emphasis on food this year and if beer wasn’t to your taste an increased variety of cocktails were on offer with names like Muddy Boots, Hedgerow Harvest and Raspberry Pitchfork. Oldfields launched their new ‘Applesecco’, made entirely from freshly-picked and pressed Discovery apples, and Hobsons were busy promoting

their new hat-themed canned beers. A ‘Talk & Tasting’ session by Nick Davies and Reuben Crouch - complete with hats - was informative and entertaining. John Challis (“Boycie”) presented the Marches Transport Festival awards and you could come away with your very own Boycie mask as these were for sale on his stand, along with copies of his books. Pate and Pudding trails were available around Ludlow if you wanted to stretch your legs. The Cliffe at Dinham won Saturday’s Pate trail; the Parkway Restaurant won Sunday’s Pudding trail. The sun eventually shone warmly on the Sunday afternoon, the cars gleamed, but there was precious little beer left, and it was left to the Reggaelators to get people up and dancing while they played the festival out. See you next year?

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The West Midlands Lawn Mower Racing Association came to Tenbury Wells on May 22nd, to a course laid out at the far end of Palmers Meadow. Light drizzle early in the day led to some slippery conditions on the track, but as the event drew to a close things were looking drier. As usual there was plenty of close-packed racing with competitors doing their best to catch and pass the person in front of them. The usual thrills, spills and technical problems all added a note of drama, ranging from rolling the mower to losing a wheel, with frantic repairs in the paddock to help teams stay in contention. It’s always an entertaining spectacle, so if you haven’t seen them in action yet, why not take a look next time they’re racing locally? Championship position standings reported after Tenbury were as follows: 1st I Mow, 2nd Rentboy Racing, 3rd Sweed Bashers, 4th Mowcedes.

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Tenbury Bowling Club Tenbury Bowling Club held an open morning on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday with some visitors trying their hand, while others simply took the opportunity to sit and enjoy the atmosphere while soaking up the sun. There was also an eclectic collection of brica-brac for sale to help with club funds. Tea or coffee with a scone and jam was only £1 per person and the volunteers in the pavilion worked hard to keep up with demand. The raffle, tombola and cakes for sale also helped with the fundraising. Bowling in Tenbury has a long history and the first recorded bowling match at Tenbury was on Wednesday 7th August 1895, when Tenbury played Craven Arms. 15 members of each club competed but only four members of the Tenbury team scored a win - R Edkins, A E Walker, G Higginson and W Fuller.

Undaunted, a report from the time records that “The company afterwards sat down to an excellent repast... and at this occupation the Tenbury team seemed fairly in the running, for all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves, congratulating each other on their achievements or what they had learnt by the experience of the afternoon. The visitors left just before 8pm with an understanding that the return match should be played at Craven Arms on Thursday, the 15th”. If you might be interested in joining the club, equipment is available and the contact number is 01584 811112


New Van, New Service, New Regulations

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This family business, started by Paul in 1997, originally opened a Showroom in Tenbury Wells in 2004, then moved to Six Acre Barn, Sutton in 2011. Their current Showroom, on the Bromyard Road just outside Tenbury Wells, has a range of quality Wood Burning Stoves on display, for supply and installation. Paul explained “This was an essential move forward in the business as home owners making a major purchase wanted to see the stoves in operation before making the commitment to buy.” Developing the business is an ongoing commitment and Paul and his wife Carlie have new and exciting products to add to the range in the near future. For more information ring 01885 410556 or visit the website:

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Woolpack Knitters The Woolpack Knitters of Leysters told us that on June 3rd they held their second sale of goods to raise money for local charities. Barclays Bank in Leominster kindly allowed use of their ground floor area for a pop-up shop. The group had been knitting and crocheting a range of lovely items including soft toys, baby clothes and blankets. The event received excellent support and managed to raise over £200 to be shared between the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and the Marches Family Network.


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Abberley Flower Festival Those who made their way to St Mary’s at Abberley, over the weekend of May 22nd/23rd, would have found a warm welcome and an interesting and thoughtful Flower Festival celebrating the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. The arrangements took their themes from various aspects of The Queen’s life and loves. Racing, hats, Baby George, her Patronage of the Young Farmers Clubs, Girl Guides, the countryside, the coronation, her wedding to Prince Philip, and the WI; the Queen became a member of Sandringham WI in 1943, while she was still Princess Elizabeth, and her mother was President. The Queen still attends from time to time. The youngsters of the church’s Saturday Club had made a huge display proclaiming ‘Happy Birthday’ accompanied by drawings of a couple of VERY royal-looking corgis, complete with crowns and sequins! Rounding this ‘free admission’ event off nicely, visitors could settle down and enjoy the homemade refreshments, while taking a break from looking at the flowers and crafts. Either side of the church’s entrance gate were freshly-planted wooden planters, presented by Abberley & District Gardening Club, also marking the Queen’s 90th.

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Country Pub back in Business A lot of people were disappointed when The Baiting House at Upper Sapey closed. However, following an extensive refurbishment by the new owners, the pub reopened in May, to the delight of many. Our best wishes go to all concerned. The local area has seen a number of successful renovation projects of rural pubs in recent times, including the Talbot at Newnham Bridge, the Salwey Arms at Woofferton, the Bakers Arms at Orleton and the Manor Arms at Abberley. We’ve also seen a number of pubs looking to new opportunities, with shops opening at the Colliers (Rock), the Roebuck (Brimfield) and the Stockton Cross (Kimbolton).

Have a go at the Show! The Tenbury Show isn’t many weeks away so if you fancy having a go at the Show, it really is time to plan your entry. It’s great to be a part in an event such as this, and it’s easy and inexpensive, with entries in the Horticultural Section typically costing a mere 20p! The ‘Horticultural Section’ is much wider than its name might suggest, so you don’t even need green fingers to be in with a chance. For example, the Horticultural Section also includes cakes, jam, art and photography. The Club exhibit - this year it is “A Shakespeare Play” - is a great way for clubs to be involved in the show. There are also junior and children’s sections, providing plenty of opportunity for younger entrants to participate fully in the Show. If you’re interested you can download the Horticultural Show Schedule from the website - www.tenbury-countryside-show. - or you can collect a copy from the Society’s office on Market Street in Tenbury Wells (01584 810818).

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On May 28th, Leominster In Bloom held its annual fundraising plant fair on the Grange, a great location in the centre of the town. A bit like a minifamily fun day, there was a considerable variety of stalls as well as the expected plant sellers. Acers, veg plants, geraniums, aquilegia, diascia, standard fuschias, alpines, herbs, begonias, perennials and English mace were all on sale! Youngsters could enjoy free activities including making a ‘Bug Hotel’ with Liz Still from Scrappies of Church Stretton or they could try their hand (or should that be feet!) at target football. A raffle and tombola helped add to the amount raised. As well as this fundraising fair, Leominster In Bloom is collecting pennies - a mile of pennies to be exact - so they are urging everyone to ‘turn out your turn ups, search under the sofa’ and take them to the collecting point in Leominster Tourist Office!

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Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo have teamed up with two local producers to create a duo of classic drinks, ‘Dog Of Two Head’ ale and ‘Down Down’ cider. ‘Dog Of Two Head’ ale was created in conjunction with Hobsons of Cleobury Mortimer and ‘Down Down’ cider is crafted by Celtic Marches of Bishops Frome. The band have been involved in the brewing process and cider from the off, visiting the facilities, working with the relevant teams to choose the individual elements that give the products their character and even spending a day harvesting apples for the cider. Francis Rossi said “We know what we like. And we know what our fans like. And I think we can all agree that we like these!” Rick Parfitt added “It’s no secret that over the years the band has enjoyed a drink or three. Finally, we’re actually seeing a return on those wasted hours by creating something useful. We love it!” ‘Dog Of Two Head’ is a chestnut amber traditional ale, with a modern citrus twist, created by Hobsons from British malting barley, using a blend of UK-grown Fuggles, Challenger, Goldings and Progress hops. ‘Down Down’ is rounded, golden, medium cider, made with freshpressed cider apples, grown on the Celtic Marches family farm.

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World War Two Weekend

There is so much going on in our area at this time of year that it can be a struggle deciding which event to attend. Croft Castle’s ‘World War Two Weekend’, held on June 4th/5th, was one that seemed to appeal to a lot of people and the weather was all that could have been hoped for. Cooler on the Saturday, but really summery on the Sunday - it was just a question of which you prefer. This was the sort of family-friendly event that allows people to settle in for a relaxed day, whether looking around the displays or simply enjoying the location or having a quiet look round the castle. Music played its part in creating the atmosphere, with a piper at the entrance providing a fine ‘piping’ welcome. Period tunes, singing by Harmony Belle, dancing from The Blitz Dancers and period vehicles provided a choice of focal points in front of the castle with period enactors providing spectacle, interest and information on how life was lived during the war years. Second World War military displays illustrated the sheer quantity of kit a soldier would carry and there was a collection of some weapons that were used during the war, including Sten and Bren guns, two Lee-Enfield rifles and two bayonets. Talking with the enactor you could discover more about the weapons, such as their

range, accuracy and robustness in the field of battle. A medical tent saw visitors being entertained or frightened with tales of how surgery was carried out in the field of war, and a display of medical instruments and the things needed to look after the wounded provided an opportunity to look, ask and learn! In the ‘Dig for Victory’ garden you could sit inside an Anderson shelter and imagine taking refuge there with six people squeezed in. Youngsters (of all ages!) could pick up a model wartime plane and there was plenty more to see, including the RBL stand, cellar tours of the castle, vintage clothing and ephemera, the Hereford Concert band on Saturday and the Ludlow Concert band on Sunday, plus a WW2 model aircraft display with a quiz in the castle’s front hall. All-in-all this was a friendly and enjoyable event.

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We are open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sundays and Bank Holidays 10-12.45 & 2.15-4.30. Taltrees Centre, Worcester Road, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8JA

Newspapers, Magazines, Maps, Cards, Toys, Sweets, Drinks, Wrapping Paper, Local Books, Laminating, Fax Service, Batteries, Stationery, Photocopying (colour/B&W), Dry Cleaning.

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Froggatts Farm & Vintage Shop

Ashford Bowdler, SY8 4AQ

Open Wednesday-Saturday 9am-4pm Off the A49 between Ludlow and the Salwey Arms Vintage items, upcycled furniture, unusual gifts, homemade cakes and refreshments, jams and pickles, local and home-grown produce, rare breed pork. Caravan site open from Easter, five coarse fishing pools, all set in beautiful countryside.

Contact Sally 07837 644896 or Helen 07875 923436 More information can be found at

The Bell ~ A proper pub with real food ~

01299 896677

A warm welcome and six superbly-kept real ales plus Robinsons, Oldfields and a range of real ciders & perries. Bell Beer Gala 24/25/26 June

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Group bookings and functions welcome 28 years in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide CAMRA 2015 Worcestershire Pub of the Year Local Produce, Home-made Food Daily Blackboard Menu Sunday Lunch £9.50 Sandwiches from £4.50 Tue-Sat Lunch Specials £6.50 Closed Monday lunch (except Bank Holidays)

John & Trudy Greaves and Ian welcome you to The Bell at Pensax, Abberley, Worcs, WR6 6AE On the B4202 between Clows Top and Abberley

THE LAMP Bangladeshi & Indian Cuisine

Tel: 01299 272 785 or 01299 271 313

15a High Street Cleobury Mortimer DY14 8DG

How often have you thought that you would like to get away for a break? Even just a short break? A change of scene? Or maybe take some time out, wind down and be looked after? But then there is the burden of getting there - the traffic, and maybe even the hassle of an airport and suddenly a quick getaway might not seem quite so tempting. However, there is an answer. It only takes an hour or so to drive to mid-Wales, the scenery is attractive and the roads are rarely too busy, and tucked away near the River Wye you can relax amidst gentility and peace while you are ‘at home’ in a proper country house. At Llangoed Hall the management really does want you to feel at home, and kicking off your shoes and curling up on one of the comfortable sofas with a good book is actively encouraged! With fine art on the walls, an eclectic mix of literature on the shelves, exquisite fine dining, and staff to do your bidding, all in a stunning setting, even just one night away can feel like a real break from ‘normal’ life. Inevitably such surroundings come at a price, but it might be a special occasion, or perhaps you’re simply looking for an experience you can savour and remember? Attention to detail is key at Llangoed. The suite we stayed in not only provided oodles of space, it also came with splendid touches such as a decanter of sherry and morsels to munch with delicious honey from Llangoed’s own bees, plus fresh fruit and a welcome letter with the weather forecast for the next few days, not to mention copious quantities of bath condiments. Architecturally the Hall has a fascinating history and it was largely redesigned and restored in the early 1900’s by Clough Williams Ellis - it being his first major commission preceding his well-known Italianate village, Portmeirion. Its links with the Ashleys also add interest. Sir Bernard Ashley bought Llangoed Hall in 1987 (his wife, Laura, had died in 1985) and opened it as a hotel in 1990. One of the bedrooms is decorated with original Laura Ashley wallpaper and the first garment Laura Ashley made (an apron!) is displayed in a glass case on one of the landings. Two large albums in the lounge give more detailed information on Sir Bernard Ashley’s fine art collection. Llangoed has won numerous awards, including being named the best hotel in Wales. The staff provide excellent, attentive service without being servile, really making guests feel welcome and comfortable. In the evening we sampled the four course menu. Before the meal, the chef, Nick Brodie, came to greet us with canapés and to answer any questions about the menu. The food itself was strikingly beautiful, exquisitely delicate, and mouthwateringly presented. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the hotel you might enjoy a stroll along part of the Wye Valley Way. This runs alongside the river, only a few hundred yards beyond the Hotel’s grounds. The path will take you to the delightful single-track Llanstephan suspension bridge. If you wish to venture a little further afield, Hay on Wye with its books and festivals and the Royal Welsh Showground are each about 9 miles away, while an easy drive could take you to the Brecon Mountain Railway or to Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves and Dinosaur Park, or you could explore the Brecon Beacons and create another memory by scaling Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in South Wales.

Some options: Spring Lunch Menu £25 for three courses. Afternoon Tea from £26. Autumn Gold Breaks 15th Sept - 30th Nov. DB&B for 2 people sharing a state room with Cream Tea on arrival and including £75pp dinner allowance: £350 per room per night. Autumn Gourmet Package 1st Sept - 1st Oct. Chef’s 7-course tasting menu for two with paired wines, staying in a superior North Wing room: £450 per room per night. Some events: Sunday 7th August - Garden Open Day. Sunday 25th September - Wedding Fayre 11am-4pm, free admission. Contact details Llangoed Hall, Llyswen, Brecon, LD3 0YP. 01874 754525

l Full Licensed & Air Conditioned Restaurant l Open 7 Days a week (inc. Bank Holidays) 6pm to 11pm l We are taking bookings for large parties Sunday to Thursday. Set menu will apply - 5 course meal at £14.95 per head, minimum 10 persons. l Free Home Delivery on all orders over £15 within 5 miles and orders over £50 within 6 miles.

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Award Winning Executive Chef The Curry Life Chef Awards 2015

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Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves

Scholarships: Autumn 2016

For details of awards available to children aged 7 to 9 joining Moffats in September 2016, please contact the school.

To find out more about Moffats, come to our

OPEN MORNING Friday 17 June 9.30-12.30

Day and Boarding

River Wye

The Brecon Mountain Railway

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Kyrebrook Daycare Centre We know that choosing the right care setting for you or someone you love can be a daunting task, so we hope that you will be able to pay us a visit to see the facilities and meet the staff for yourself. Our aim is to provide a warm and welcoming ‘home from home’ environment for friends to meet, chat and enjoy a full social life together. Whilst your loved ones are with us, you know that they are safe and enjoying their day, which allows carers to make good use of their day with complete peace of mind. Kyrebrook offers a safe, caring environment where clients can relax, socialise and have some fun. It’s run by very caring professionals who believe that clients and carers deserve affordable and excellent respite day care. Full day care (9am to 3pm) costs just £35 plus £4.50 for a delicious two-course lunch. You may be entitled to help towards the cost of day care, so please ask us. We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Kyrebrook offers the opportunity for clients to remain independent in their own familiar home environment for longer, by providing ‘light touch’ social care. The centre keeps them in touch with their communities, encourages friendship and keeps them mentally alert and physically stronger and more flexible.

Why not Refreshments, snacks and a nutritious two-course lunch are pop in for provided and we have a large selection of activities and a coffee and entertainment, tailored to meet the needs of the group and of a chat about yo specific individuals in our community.

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2 Clarkes Meadow, Bromyard Road, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8FA

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Kinlet Hall near Cleobury Mortimer has been the home of Moffats School for 70 years. To celebrate this fact the Engleheart family, members of which founded Moffats, held an open afternoon on Saturday 4th June. Visitors could look around the elegant Georgian mansion and its stables, cellars and gardens, and tea and biscuits were served on the lawn in the lovely warm sun. The house seems wonderfully unspoilt despite the passage of time, or even due to its use as a school and much of it looks original. Interesting features include the great staircase which has intricate inlaid panels displaying the Childe crest. The stables are a particularly interesting survival and they are still used daily by the ponies that live at Moffats. Francis Engleheart gave a fascinating talk, taking visitors from Domesday to the present day, charting the history of the estate and its families, and telling us that the estate of Kinlet has never been sold in over 1,000 years. A pleasant stroll took visitors to St John the Baptist church, with its magnificent tombs of previous owners of Kinlet Hall, where Rev Mark Daborn was on hand to answer questions. It’s undeniable that Kinlet Hall is a very significant building and it was a real treat to be welcomed so warmly by the Englehearts, and to be able to experience the house, and discover more about it and its associations.

Tenbury In Bloom Volunteers from Tenbury In Bloom were busy planting up the planters around the town at the end of May, helping Tenbury look its best for the coming season. Salvias, Bacopa and Marigolds were used this year. The organisers always welcome help with such tasks as topping up the planters’ water tanks in the summer.

League of Friends Muriel Lanman let us have these words about the League’s recent fundraising shop in Tenbury. “Thanks to Mrs Sadie Chalkley for letting Tenbury Hospital League of Friends use the shop unit (where Simply Stoves used to be) for their springtime pop-up shop. Another £1,815.32 was raised for this very important fund. Many thanks to everyone who gave saleable items and to the people who bought them. Also a very grateful ‘thank-you’ to the noncommittee members who helped transport stored items and helped serve in the shop. Their help was invaluable. Hopefully it will be possible to have an Autumn pop-up shop around September.”

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Bockleton Fete St Michael’s Church in Bockleton held its annual Fete on 29 May. The sun shone, music from the Tenbury Town Band drifted around the churchyard, and the stalls created interest and fun if you were willing to have a go, or even to rummage through what was on offer to see if anything took your fancy. ‘Guess the weight of a pillow’ was a fun twist on the more common game of guess the weight of a cake, while on the ‘Red’ stall you could purchase what might possibly have been a smart belly-dancing outfit, or a pair of hand-warmers with knitted covers. Unusually for a local fete, there was a collection of 2nd-hand furniture for sale so you could have come away with a very nice pair of bedside cabinets or TV/DVD


cabinet! Tomato plants (Harbinger or Ailsa Craig) were £1 and there were lots of trays of veg plants (lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower) to get your vegetable garden off to a flying start. New linen tea towels at a £1, scarves, t-shirts, sweat shirts, pretty packs of pinked material jar covers and microwave bean bags could all be found. Cream Teas were on offer inside the church, along with an excellent selection of home-made cakes (fruit, lemon drizzle, date and walnut, coffee, chocolate), all laid out to tempt fete goers! On top of this there was a coconut shy, dog show, mystery parcels, treasure hunt map, ‘lucky lollies’, wood turning craft items and jars of home-made pickles, chutneys and horseradish sauce!

The Roebuck Inn 01584 711827

Di anD aDe welcome customers olD anD new to the roebuck inn. a traDitional village pub which has a bar, lounge anD restaurant for you to enjoy local Drinks anD homemaDe fooD from locally sourceD ingreDients. there are also three newly-refurbisheD guest beDrooms.

locateD next Door is the roebuck shop, selling a large range of everyDay items incluDing newspapers.

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Bar Open 12-3 Mon, Wed, Thurs 5-11 Mon/ Tue/Wed/ Thurs 12-11 Fri/Sat/Sun

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Hope Bagot Fete A fete and dog show took place on May 29th in aid of Hope Bagot Church. Laid out in the churchyard, around the village hall, and on the neighbouring field, the fete was a hive of activity. Many had made their way up the narrow lanes to the event and many also appreciated the careful marshalling of vehicles for the very tight turn off the lane into the village hall car park and field access. The fun dog show was popular with competitors and spectators alike. The Tenbury Teme Valley Band, playing in the churchyard, kept the music flowing over the course of the afternoon. A groaning book stall plus jewellery, classy bric-abrac, designer clothes, cakes and refreshments supplied the other essentials for a pleasant afternoon at a church fete. Add in the wall-to-wall sunshine and it would have been easy to have picked a spot on the grass and simply enjoyed the mere fact of being there.


Wynnes Countrystore and tea room

tuesday - saturday open sundays 9am-4.30pm (may to september only) 10am-4pm We sell Pygmy Goats, Pet Pigs, Miniature Shetlands & Alpacas! Vaccinated, POL Poultry & Bantams! Visit & View the Animals! We manufacture Animal Housing & Runs! We stock Equipment, Feed & Bedding!

Food served all day. Selection of Hot & Cold drinks. Delicious Cakes and Treats Unit 2, Upper Buskwood Farm, Hope Under Dinmore, HR6 0PX. 01568 797314.

Market Tavern & Cafe Market Square, Tenbury Wells

Pub 01584 810982 - Cafe 01584 819307 Traditional market town pub. Traditional beers, lagers, ciders. Bar food available Tues-Sat 11.30 to 2pm. Sunday lunch 12-2.30pm, bookings recommended. Or try our cafe Tav’s Pie Shop Tues-Sat 8.302pm, Sunday 8.30-11am. Home made pies

Antiques, Pictures, Collectables etc all purchased privately. Single items to house clearances bought no 20% commission! Come and have a look 07824 358700

THE KINGS HEAD Cross Street, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8EG 16th Century, Cosy, Traditional Pub Welcomes You Tel: 01584 529668

Function Room: available for Parties and Private hire, Meetings and Band Rehearsals (PA provided) Wide range of Real Ales, Ciders & Wines Children and Dog friendly Bar Billiards, Darts, Dominoes QUIZ NIGHTS every 2nd Sunday 7.30pm Live Music most Weekends Open Mic Night on 1st Thursday of Month Folk Night on 3rd Thursday of Month Blue Grass American Country Music Night, 4th Weds of Month

New Summer MENU weekdays from 5pm: Bar snacks, Starters, Mains and Desserts, Tapas, Pizzas, Tear ‘n’ Share Plates. FANTASTIC FIZZY FRIDAYS: Child’s meal FREE with every adult main on Fridays. FRIDAYS HAPPY SESSION 5-7pm: offers on Prosecco, Cocktails and selected Real Ales LAZY SUNDAYS 1-5pm: MUSIC and BRUNCHES. Enjoy browsing a paper over brunch, bar snacks or meals from the Menu and RELAX in our beautiful, tranquil GARDEN to acoustic laid back MUSIC Follow us on facebook at Kings Head Tenbury Customer Car Park at rear

Ian & Sue Sparey

Steps Farm, Clifton upon Teme, Worcester, WR6 6EN

• Woodburning & Multifuel Stoves • Stove Spares & Repairs • Glass, Ropes, Bricks, Baffles, Cleaners • Chimney Liner Kits & Flue Pipes • Kiln Dried Logs, Kindling and Firelighters

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Grange Court Photo Display

Men building a bridge

Grange Court

As part of this year’s Leominster Festival, a small but interesting collection of local photographs is on show at Grange Court until June 30th. Around 30 photos from the Thomas Henry Winterbourne collection can be seen and the project would like to know a bit more about them. Perhaps you could shed light on who is in them, or where they were taken, or who ran the shops or businesses featured? Or you can, of course, simply enjoy the photographs for what they are, a fascinating record of a bygone time. Any information on the photos is welcomed - you can just write the number of the photo on a Post-it note along with your comment, then stick it on the provided board! Thomas Winterbourne lived and worked in Leominster and the collection of 7,000 glass plates covers the period from 1870 to 1922. These are now stored and looked after by Herefordshire Museums Service, who loaned the

Dutton House School’s cricket team

prints for this exhibition. To give you a flavour of what can be seen we’ve provided a few extracts from some of the photographs that are included in the exhibition. Next time you’re in Leominster with an hour or two to spare you might consider visiting Grange Court. Quietly situated just a stone’s throw from the town centre, it provides an interesting diversion for history lovers, it’s free to visit, and it has its own cafe. Also on display in Grange Court’s modernistic extension are the embroidered panels created by Leominster In Stitches. These depict many of the major events in Leominster’s long history, starting with the origins of the Priory in 660AD. The 31 panels, which show a range of techniques from crewel work, trapunto, and applique to hand and machine embroidery, took a group of 15 embroiderers, who met weekly, four years to complete.

‘Swifts’ football team

Imperial Measures - part of the ‘Weights and Measures’ display at Grange Court


It has been a family run business for over 60 years and has seen a lot of changes but now it is due one of its own. Salon owner, Edwina, retired from hairdressing some years ago due to ill health. Her daughter, Nina manages the salon now together with her daughter Lois and stylist Emily and Nina’s other daughter Eve, who helps out on a Saturday. We feel that the time is right to rename the salon. Things have moved on in 60 years and we think that the name should also.

Fresh Flowers made to order Special Occasions, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Sympathy Tributes 19a High Street, Cleobury Mortimer

Halo Hair Studio, 9 Market St, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8BH

Tel: 01299 272995

01584 810107

COTTESWOLD DAIRY More than just milk!

Newspapers, Fresh Bread (white, brown, wholemeal, granary plus small white/wholemeal), Butter, Eggs, Cheddar Cheeses, Welsh Yoghurts, Broken Biscuits, Potatoes, Spring Water, Fruit Juices, Elderflower and Elderflower & Gooseberry Pressés, Organic Double Cream, Organic Butter - plus Fruit, Vegetable and Salad Boxes! Household Items including Cling Film, Foil, Refuse Sacks, Freezer Bags, Toilet Rolls, Kitchen Towels, Easy Logs (compressed sawdust) -

ALL DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR! We offer a full range of milk including Channel Island, Sterilised, UHT, Soya, Flavoured, Organic (whole, semi, skimmed), goats (whole, semi) - in traditional returnable glass bottles or recyclable plastic containers. Areas covered include Tenbury, Menithwood, Clifton-on-Teme, Whitbourne, Bromyard, Stoke Prior, Kington, Presteigne, Leintwardine, Shobdon, Yarpole, Ludlow and Much Wenlock, plus many places in-between. To see if we deliver in your area or for a copy of our full product list call 01584 811857


Eastham Bridge In recent years we have all become familiar with pictures of bridges that have failed or been washed away after extreme flooding, but the collapse of Eastham Bridge is something different. There had been no recent flooding, there hadn’t been any recent storm events, and last winter was generally mild. Nobody had crashed through the parapet wall and there wasn’t even anything particularly heavy on the bridge at the moment of collapse. Worcestershire County Council, the bridge’s owners, have assured people that the bridge was properly assessed in December 2015, less than six months before it collapsed, and that the bridge was inspected more often than the government requires. This brings the government’s bridge policy into question; if a bridge that meets the requirements can collapse, are the requirements fit for purpose? There is, of course, one piece of good news, which is that nobody was injured, or even killed. A school bus was moments away from disaster. Had the bridge collapsed in the middle of the night, it’s unlikely that the next car along would have been able to avoid plunging into the abyss, because the shape of the bridge sent headlights up into the air. Many questions have been asked about what caused the collapse. Was it the number of HGVs carrying aggregate that used it shortly beforehand? Was it simply the weight of modern traffic, compared to the horse and cart the bridge was originally designed for? Should there have been a weight limit? Many have asked this over the years, given the bridge’s elegant appearance and historic nature, but the County Council believed that the bridge was strong enough for a 40-tonne truck. Was the bridge properly maintained? Again, some locals have been surprised to see shrubs or saplings growing out of the structure, leading to concerns over roots damaging its mortar work. It might be worth recalling that the bridge was closed in 2010 because it was considered to be unsafe. The damage was said to be due to a water leak, and a new water main was installed away from the bridge. It was reported that “a major engineering project was needed before the bridge could be put back into use.” At that time the local County Councillor, Ken Pollock, said “This has been a very serious problem and more than just an inconvenience for people in the area. It was important to get things moving and get the bridge repaired so

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that people could get on with their lives. There has also been inconvenience and additional costs for farmers and other businesses in the area.” It’s also worth noting a comment in the Chairman’s report to Eastham’s Annual Parish Meeting in 2011: “The ancient bridges over the river Teme seem to be finding it difficult to stand up to the pounding by heavy modern vehicles.” Wise words indeed, and with the benefit of hindsight, more weight should have been given to them. Originally built in 1793, the bridge was a Grade Two listed building, which means the owner is legally obliged to maintain it, at least well enough to ensure its survival. The legislation means it is possible that the Council could be required to re-erect the bridge. However, it is

also possible that a new bridge might be built. In the short term there is an urgent need for a temporary bridge and Ken Pollock told us that the County Council is pressing ahead with this. The big question is “When?”. Ken felt that he would be “extremely disappointed” if the temporary bridge was not in place well before Christmas of this year. Many people who crossed Eastham Bridge frequently will want to see a temporary bridge as soon as is humanly possible, but Cllr Pollock explained some of the factors that will cause delays. The­ temporary bridge has to be erected in a place where ground conditions will support it and where suitable vehicle access is possible; if a new bridge is to be built, it’s important that the temporary bridge isn’t located in a place that would obstruct the building of this new bridge; and the River Teme is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) which means that approval is required for anything that affects the river or its banks. In the meantime, questions are bound to be asked about the safety of other historic bridges in Worcestershire, including - for example - the Ham Bridge on the B4204 between Clifton and Martley. Bridges are a key part of our road network and it is vital that they are properly looked after, to ensure that there is no risk of them collapsing.

The Codfather Open Seven Days a Week Fish & Chips - Kebabs - Pukka Pies 6 Prospect View/Rock Lane, Ludlow

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Damage following a water leak in 2010

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If you’re in the market for an affordable car that’s big on the inside but conveniently small on the outside, Kia’s Venga might be what you’re looking for. It’s only just over four metres long, but its miniMPV shape means it offers enough space for four adults and their luggage. It’s also competitively priced, and during June it’s on offer from £10,645 in entry-level form, or from £11,445 if you want air-conditioning. We drove an SR7, with a 1.4-litre petrol engine. At £13,595 (£12,595 in June) this is well-short of being a top-price model, but we found it to be generally well-equipped, with its specification including alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth and privacy glass. In addition to this, there’s Kia’s usual seven-year warranty, which gives buyers peace of mind. Good features included the ease of driving, aided by its light steering, good comfort and suspension that did a respectable job of trying to cope with poor surfaces. An 89hp 1.4-litre non-turbo engine might sound a bit lightweight for a family car these days, but in fact it worked surprisingly well. One of its best features was its flexibility and it was impressive how often it could be left in top where many small-engined cars would demand a down-change. If you did need to change gear, the smooth gearbox and the progressive clutch action combined to almost make it a pleasure! Many drivers simply wouldn’t need more performance than the 1.4 can provide, but if you do prefer a bit more oomph, you could consider the option of a 123hp 1.6-litre petrol. This cuts the 0-60 time from 12.4 seconds to 10.4, but to get the bigger engine, you also have to opt for a higher-grade model. The 1.4’s fuel economy - around 40mpg when driven in a restrained manner - is not particularly impressive by today’s standards but if it’s economy you’re looking for, there are two diesels to choose from. The smaller of these is an 89hp 1.4, the larger is a 114hp 1.6. Despite its extra power the 1.6 offers the same emissions and the same official ‘combined’ fuel consumption as the 1.4, but as the larger engine is only available on higher grades, and the smaller only with lower grades, choosing between them may not be as simple as it might first appear. The petrol engine offers quieter running, particularly at low engine speeds, and it also costs significantly less to buy in the first place, so this will probably be the best choice for drivers who don’t cover that many miles. The luggage space is generous for the size of the car, the seat height and spacious door apertures make it easy to get in and out, and the fact that it’s so easy to drive would be welcomed by many. To sum up, the Venga is one of those practical everyday cars that allows you to just load up, get in, drive off, do what you have to do, come back, and get out - all without any fuss. Which is exactly what a lot of people are looking for when they buy a car.

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15 15 YETI 2.0 SE TDI 4x4, red, ONLY 4,500 miles ....................£17,450 13 13 YETI 1.2 SE TSI AUTOMATIC, silver, 23,000 miles ...........£12,950 13 13 YETI 2.0 TDI S 4x4, silver, 33,000 miles ...........................£12,495 13 13 YETI 1.6 TDI GREENLINE, white, 50,000 miles ................£11,500 13 13 YETI 2.0 TDI S, green, 31,000 miles ..................................£10,995 10 60 YETI 1.2 S AUTOMATIC, blue, 59,000 miles........................£9,995


15 15 FABIA 1.4 TDI SE, grey, 18,000 miles ................................£10,250 15 65 FABIA 1.0 MPi, red, ONLY 5,000 miles ................................£9,450 14 14 FABIA 1.2 SE, silver, ONLY 9,000 miles...............................£8,495 13 13 FABIA 1.2 SE AUTO, blue, 28,000 miles ..............................£7,995 13 13 FABIA 1.2 TSI SCOUT ESTATE, grey, 22,000 miles .............£7,895 13 13 FABIA 1.2 TSI SE AUTOMATIC, silver, 30,000 miles ...........£7,750 13 13 FABIA 1.2 TSI ELEGANCE, silver, 41,000 miles ..................£7,495 13 13 FABIA 1.2 S, blue, ONLY 8,000 miles...................................£6,995 11 61 FABIA 1.6 TDI ELEGANCE, red, 30,000 miles .....................£6,995 12 12 FABIA 1.2 SE, silver, 20,000 miles .......................................£6,495 09 59 FABIA 1.2 S ESTATE, red, 75,000 miles...............................£4,250 08 08 FABIA 1.4 TDI ESTATE, red, 80,000 miles ...........................£3,995 07 57 FABIA 1.2 S, grey, 46,000 miles ...........................................£2,995


14 14 VW CADDY 1.6 TDI, white, 15,000 miles .................. £8,995 + VAT 12 12 VW CADDY MAXI, white, 70,000 miles ..................... £6,450 + VAT 12 12 VW CADDY 1.6 TDI, white, 86,000 miles .................. £5,995 + VAT 14 14 VW Move up!, red, 16,000 miles...........................................£5,995 10 60 HONDA JAZZ 1.4 SE, blue, 50,000 miles......................£5,450 08 08 VW POLO 1.4 AUTOMATIC, black ................................£4,995 08 58 PEUGEOT 106 AUTO, 5 dr, black, 30,000 miles ...........£2,950


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Teme Valley Times June-July 2016  

Local Paper for the Tenbury Wells, Ludlow, Leominster, Bromyard, Cleobury Mortimer, Dunley, Knightwick area

Teme Valley Times June-July 2016  

Local Paper for the Tenbury Wells, Ludlow, Leominster, Bromyard, Cleobury Mortimer, Dunley, Knightwick area