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Inside the new visitor centre Nick Davies (left) with Rural Affairs Minister Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson, the Rural Affairs Minister, visited Cleobury Mortimer on April 2nd, to cut the ribbon at the new visitor centre at Hobsons Brewery. He was also given a tour of the brewery by owner Nick Davies, who commented “We have been organising brewery tours for many years, but our site wasn’t conducive to year-round visits, long stays or serving food, and we believe that the new visitor centre is a great asset.” Hobsons Brewery received £50,000 of

funding from Defra’s Rural Development Programme for England and this has been used to provide a bar area and galley kitchen to “offer visitors a complete brewery experience” with beer and food tasting. The centre is expected to host producer evenings such as a pie masterclass and a cob oven workshop, as well as group tours. This investment underlines the rising level of interest in locally-sourced food and drink, which now plays a significant part in tourism and Dan

Rogerson said “With our investment, Hobsons is contributing to a stronger economy in the West Midlands by creating jobs.” Hobsons Brewery was established in 1993; it supplies cask ale to over 250 public houses within an hour’s drive of the Brewery, as well as a range of bottled beers.

PREMIUM QUALITY Foxwhelp, Kingston Black, Brown Snout and Tom Putt are just some of the traditional Teme Valley cider apple varieties skilfully blended to create Robinsons Flagon Cider. It’s medium dry, variably hazy and gently sparkling to retain that delicious flavour. Cider just as it should be. Quantities are limited and you won’t generally find Robinsons Cider much beyond the great local pubs in the immediate area. For the story of Robinsons Cider and a full list of stockists, do take a look at our website. The locals reckon Robinsons Cider is well worth seeking out. Discover it and enjoy it for yourself.


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Jelley’s 30th More Houses! Despite being geographically in north-west Worcestershire, and despite being in the West Worcestershire parliamentary constituency, Tenbury Wells is classed as being in South Worcestershire where planning future developments is concerned. This is because the ‘South Worcestershire Development Plan’ (SWDP) affects Malvern Hills District Council as well as Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council. Once adopted, the SWDP will guide ‘south’ Worcestershire’s development growth over the next 16 years and will form the basis for planning decisions. The Inspector who is examining the SWDP has recommended that the plan should allow for approaching 24,000 more new homes across these three council areas, leading to worries over possible over-development in some locations. Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, explained “I have written to the SWDP management asking them to apply fresh thinking to this issue” adding “For example, they may want to contact some of the smaller villages which actually want to add new houses to their communities but are prevented by current regulations, and to look at building individual homes in places where there are no objections.”

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On March 28th, an Open Day was held at Andrew Jelley Opticians to celebrate their 30 years in Tenbury Wells. Patrick Jelley told us that Andrew Jelley succeeded Mr Dick McCoy in 1984 and relocated his chemist-based practice to 51 Teme Street; quickly outgrowing the premises he moved to 14 Teme Street - then, in December 2010, moved again, to 18 Teme Street. The Open Day was enjoyed by patients, friends, well-wishers and former employees, who all agreed that time does fly! Patrick added “We would like to thank all who came and here’s to another 30 years!”

Making a Difference Customers of Bowkett’s Supermarket in Tenbury Wells have helped raise £2,900 for two local organisations. The donation was raised through the store’s Nisa membership and its Making A Difference Locally (MADL) charity which allows retailers to raise money by selling participating products, promoted in store, where a specified amount of the cost is allocated to a fund. The £2,900 was divided equally between Lindridge Pre-School (see photo) and Tenbury’s local boxing club. Lindridge Pre-School committee member Eleanor McEwan said “We are overjoyed with the funding which will enable the school to purchase new outside equipment for the children.” Paddy Brennan from the boxing club said “We really appreciate the support from Bowkett’s and we look forward to working in partnership with them in the near future.”

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Fire Service Update The controversial plan to axe a number of fire engines from the Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service was put on hold in February after it was decided to take almost half a million pounds from reserves to avoid cuts being made this year. However, the ongoing situation is expected to be considered at a meeting in June, which might see the proposed cuts, including the removal of one engine from Tenbury Wells, being implemented at a future date. The theory is that if a second engine is needed at an incident in Tenbury it could be brought in from a neighbouring station, such as Bromyard, Leominster or Cleobury Mortimer, rather than being based at Tenbury. However, worries have been raised over response times, particularly in severe weather, when roads are flooded or covered in ice and snow. Concerns have also been voiced over the need to access water quickly in rural areas that don’t have

hydrants. At present, if two local engines attend, one crew can tackle the fire while the other sets up a supply line to draw water from a nearby

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source such as a river or lake. With only one local engine there could be a delay before that supply line could be established.

Town Band Busy!

April 27th looks set to be busy for the Tenbury Town Band they are booked to play at the Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb, after having turned out earlier at Tenbury’s St George’s Day Parade!

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Tesco Update

Proposed Bromyard Superstore

Various Tesco stores are planned in and around our local area. Some already have planning permission, some are currently going through the planning process and others haven’t got as far as the planning application being submitted. A couple of the most recent proposals relate to pubs being converted into Tesco Express stores and the plan at Areley Kings near Stourport has already generated a 2000-signature petition against. Tesco’s Stourport superstore has had consent for a while, but the timetable has been pushed back a number of times, leading to some people wondering when - or even if - it would finally open. There have even been rumours circulating that Tesco had abandoned the idea and would be selling the site to Aldi, while in Tenbury the word on the street was that Tesco had been trying to sell their site to Morrisons. To clear up the uncertainty we asked a spokesman for Tesco to give us an update on developments in and around our area. Here’s a summary of what he told us.

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Getting started at Stourport on 8th April 2014

STOURPORT. Work started on April 8th, with a digger on site. The aim is to open the new store well before Christmas this year. The existing Metro store, in the centre of Stourport, will be closed and its staff will be offered the opportunity to move to the new store. There will also be many new jobs.

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TENBURY. Some preparatory work is being undertaken this month and demolition works are currently scheduled to begin this spring. Agreements with the council are still awaited on some matters. BROMYARD. The store would be a similar size to Bromyard’s existing Co-op and the application is likely to go in front of the planning committee this spring. ARELEY KINGS. Tesco have taken a long lease (from Punch Taverns) on The Squirrel, a pub in the middle of the village, with the intention of converting it into a Tesco Express. Trading hours are expected to be 7am to 11pm and the store would be small enough to trade full hours on a Sunday. The planning application was scheduled for consideration on April 8th but it was deferred. Local residents have raised concerns over deliveries, in response to which Tesco have suggested to the council that there could be a restriction on deliveries; they are awaiting a response. BEWDLEY. The proposal is to convert the Angel - a pub in the middle of Bewdley, not far from the river bridge - into a Tesco Express, with parking in front where the outdoor tables currently are. An application for minor works is expected to be submitted this month.

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The Heartfelt Garden at Brook Farm A peaceful country garden

It was all hands to the ‘tiller’ on March 15th as young and old got down to work in Tenbury’s Civic Garden, digging up the turf and breaking up the soil. As part of a joint initiative between Tenbury’s Town Council and Royal British Legion the aim is to create a ‘River of Poppies’ to commemorate those who fought and died in the Great War of 1914 -1918. Blessed with a fine morning, the volunteers, including Scouts, made quick work of creating a river-shaped bed and within an hour or so the seeds were being sown. In due course, if all goes to plan, we can look forward to the ‘River of Poppies’ being in full flow. More work is being planned for the development and enhancement of the Civic Garden. If you’re interested in being involved in this community garden project please contact the Town Clerk on 01584 810118 or email clerk@tenburytown.org.uk

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Marmalade Awards Ludlow Food Centre’s marmalade has won numerous awards at the World Marmalade Festival, held at the Dalemain Mansion, Penrith, Cumbria and the Food Centre’s producers Darren Marsh and Tess Slater have won more marmalade awards than any other artisan producer, proving that they make some of the best commercially available marmalade in the world. They make a number of varieties of marmalade and over recent years have won gold and silver awards as well as having won the title of ‘Supreme Champion’ for their Three Fruit variety. Commenting on their success Darren said “We never expected to become known for making marmalade but over the years we have built up quite a reputation. It is always nice to get recognition for the work we do and we are really proud to have won awards against such tough competition.”

Hop Festival This year’s Bromyard Hop Festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday 30th August. The 2014 Hop Festival will follow the pattern established in previous years, but organisers promise it will be ‘bigger and even better’. The day is to once again to run from 10am, with a much-expanded Parade of vintage and horse-drawn vehicles taking place at 1pm; performances are planned at the Conquest Theatre, and on the Town Green, of a brand-new community play about the mechanisation of the hop-yards in the 1960s; and it’s planned to have street performers for the first time. An estimated 3500 people packed the town centre last year to watch twenty-four teams compete for the Hop Pocket World Championship race and organisers are urging teams to get their entries in early for this year’s race.

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SPAR Easter Draw The Local Cash Machine Tenbury SPAR is running a fundraising Easter Raffle with various prizes including a large Easter Hamper, a large Baileys Truffles Easter Egg, Malteaster bunnies and Aero Easter Eggs, plus a knitted squirrel and a knitted bunny each complete

with their own eggs! There is also a separate competition to ‘guess the name of the bunny’ to win a ‘mini eggs’ Easter Egg. Tickets are £1 each and funds raised go to the NSPCC/ Childline. The draw will take place on Easter Saturday.

Cycling Festival An event described as “Shropshire’s first cycling festival” is planned for June 7th. Step-Out MTB Coaching, the cycling arm of Step-Out Outdoor Learning, will host this multidiscipline event and as part of the festival, Step-Out and Urban Fitness GB will run a 50 mile on-road Sportive, starting from Lacon Childe School, Cleobury Mortimer. The organisers told us that “...the circular route will

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If you’re in business and looking for more customers, a recent study has underlined the wisdom of advertising in the local paper as the local press was found to be trusted and effective. The ‘Consumer Catalyst’ study found that local media readers are more likely to act on ads in local media (51 per cent), rather than ads on TV (23 per cent), magazines (19 per cent), social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook (14 per cent) or commercial radio (14 per cent). At 52 per cent, local media was found to be about four times more trusted to provide relevant information about the local area than commercial TV (14 per cent) and commercial radio (11 per cent). Where property is concerned, ads in local media were the most popular way (49 per cent) to keep an eye on the property market, with property websites such as Rightmove or Zoopla trailing on 37 per cent and estate agents’ own websites at 29 per cent.

It has been reported that on Saturday 5th April, a local lady withdrew money from the cash machine at the TSB (formerly Lloyds) branch in Teme Street, Tenbury Wells. As she put her money away and turned to leave, a man approached her, offering her a £10 note, and said “I think you dropped this.” The lady said that it wasn’t hers, but the man kept saying “You look, you look.” As she knew she hadn’t dropped anything she refused to check her purse and walked away. The man is described as being aged about 30-35yrs, with a slim build and a tanned complexion. Incidents of a similar nature have been going on for some time in many towns and cities so it is advised to take care when using a cash machine and to avoid checking the contents of your purse or wallet in the presence of a stranger. People who are concerned about using an outdoor cash machine in Tenbury might prefer to use the machine in Bowketts Supermarket. This could be a safer option, as well as being more pleasant in wet or windy weather.

challenge some of you and takes in spectacular views of south Shropshire’s countryside. Riders will tackle a climb up Clee Hill and be rewarded with some sharp descents on the way back down. On the descent, the route takes a scenic tour through local villages on country lanes towards Bitterley, before turning up towards Bridgnorth, Silvington and Stottesdon, then weaving its way across to Highley and through the village before heading back towards Cleobury Mortimer.” For more information visit tinyurl.com/sportive50

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Ludlow Golf Club 125th 2014 is a special year for the club and many events and initiatives are in place to celebrate golf having been played here for 125 years. It all began back in 1889, a year that also saw the Eiffel Tower open and the birth of Charlie Chaplin. The land the club plays on is “The Old Field” which forms part of the Plymouth Estates and the first Club President was Lord Windsor (who became The Earl of Plymouth in 1905). In 1902 the annual rent for using the land was 2s 6d and in 1908 there is a record of the ‘purchase of a mowing machine and donkey and employment of a boy for 10s a week to do nothing but mow’! The course started as 9 holes, growing to 18 in 1923. In 1927, player and course designer James Braid (1870 -1950) redesigned the layout to take advantage of the lie of the land and natural obstacles to reward accurate play. This remained unaltered until 1996 when it became clear that golfers had to give way to modern traffic conditions. June 15th sees a joint celebration match with Bridgnorth Golf Club, also 125 in 2014, but the main golfing event will be the 125th Anniversary Pro Am on July 31st, with Ollie and Graham Farr expected to be playing. Following a general enquiry to other clubs that have a race course by them, ‘Racing Golfing Double’ matches have been organised with Epsom - players can have a flutter on the horses one day and play golf on the other! The year also sees the club with its first Lady President, Edna Spanner. The club will be working with youngsters in many of the feeder schools for Ludlow, introducing them to golf and there is free Junior membership for under-16s who have Ludlow as their home club.

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The course at Ludlow is well-draining so it is often open for play when other courses are closed and winter memberships are offered, but sharing the land with the Ludlow Race Club does mean that the course closes for race meetings! The club house is open to the public as well as members and the “French chef is capable of producing some of the best food you can find at any golf course”. Tom Smart Trophy The sixth annual Tom Smart Trophy at Ludlow Golf Club was won by the team representing Shrewsbury Golf Club, comprising Gordon Taylor, Keith Lane, Mick Skelton and Graeme Crump, with 101 points from their 18 hole Tex-Am round. Teams from Kidderminster and Bridgnorth tied in second place on 98 points. The photo shows the victorious Shrewsbury team with Tom Smart (centre).

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A Tale of Two Bridges Local residents and businesspeople will remember how difficult things were during the closure of Tenbury’s Teme Bridge, but at least the work didn’t run late. Spare a thought for the situation in Evesham, where the bridge works dragged on for weeks and weeks beyond the planned opening date, creating misery for many and an economic nightmare for some. But even they are lucky, compared to some people in mid-Wales. The bridge over the River Wye at Erwood near Builth Wells is a vital link and the only nearby alternative bridge has a low weight limit and a very restrictive width limit. It was also made oneway during the closure, which lasted from July 2013 until March 2014! The nearby Erwood Craft Centre, based at the former railway station, is linked to the main A470 by the bridge and Michael Cunningham, who runs the centre, said it had survived “by the skin of its teeth”. He added “This has been a horrible time for us and visitor numbers and takings have halved in the seven months since the bridge has been closed to traffic.” To celebrate the reopening, dancing and music took place on the bridge on March 22nd! So if you feel like a trip out one day, you could do worse than head towards Builth Wells and show your support for a small family-owned business; it not only sells arts and crafts, it also offers decent coffee, splendid welsh cakes and relaxed hospitality!

Floral Art Club

Tenbury Floral Art Club is planning a sale of plants, cakes, homemade jams and pickles on May 10th in Banfields archway, Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, starting at 10am. The club meets monthly in St.Michael’s Village Hall, St Michael’s at 7pm and on April 28th Yvonne Berry of Bromyard will give a demonstration titled ‘Reclamation’.

Hacked Emails There are still problems with email accounts being hacked, after which the account may be used to send out spam, some of which can be malicious, so it’s as well to be cautious about any emails that appear to be from someone you know, but which aren’t in their usual style. Be especially careful if there is a link in the email and if in any doubt don’t click on any links, because this is what often causes serious problems.

Cleobury Legion The Cleobury Branch of the Royal British Legion held its Annual Luncheon at Cleobury’s Sports & Social Club and about 60 members and guests enjoyed “an excellent three-course meal” provided by Tenbury caterers Clockhouse. Branch President Ron Breakwell had hoped that Red Arrow Flt Lt Ben Plank would be the after-lunch speaker but was disappointed at the last minute. Mark Baldwin stepped in and delivered an illustrated presentation on ‘The Role of the U-Boats in The Battle of the Atlantic’. This year the Branch plans to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War with a parade and church service, and the publication of a booklet containing details of the lives of the Great War casualties named on the war memorial. Anyone with any information about these men is asked to contact Mark Baldwin - email mbaldwin2@btconnect.com on ring 01299 270110. The Branch welcomes new members (ring Mark for a membership form). All are welcome - military experience is not required!


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League of Friends The League of Friends of Tenbury Hospital Spring Charity Shop raised over £1700 for the League, which will be put to good use locally. Open for two weeks from March 22nd till Saturday 5th April, the volunteers worked hard laying out the goods attractively, accepting donations and keeping the shoppers happy! Bargains

to be found in the shop included pairs of skis, Paddington Bear, ice hockey sticks, t-shirts, coats, jackets, a padded footstool, books, cards, jumpers, wrapping paper and more! Another shop is planned for the Autumn, so if you’ve got something you don’t want, but it’s too good to throw away, why not hang on to it until then?

Sign Mystery

abandoned on a corner in Tenbury Wells, near the SPAR shop on Teme Street. We can confirm that they have been there for a number of weeks. Somebody must know why they are there - can anyone shed any light?

A reader recently contacted us about a collection of signs that look almost

MP Surgeries MPs can help their constituents with a range of problems. You can write to them or you can visit them at one of their surgeries. Bill Wiggin, the MP for North Herefordshire, will hold a surgery on Friday 9th May, at the Falcon Inn, Bromyard, starting at 11.30 am. Appointments can be made by calling the North Herefordshire Conservative Association Office on 01568 612565 or by emailing office@nhca.org.uk Philip Dunne, the MP for the Ludlow constituency, which includes Burford and Cleobury Mortimer, is holding a surgery on Friday, 25th April from 4.30-6.00pm at the constituency office, 54 Broad Street, Ludlow. To make an appointment, telephone the office on 01584 872187.

Martley Post Box After Martley Post Office moved into Central Stores, the old post box was done away with. A new post box was provided inside Central Stores but this can only be used when Central Stores is open, leading to frustration for local residents who want to post letters while the shop is closed. A Royal Mail spokesman commented “We put an indoor postbox in the new Post Office branch while investigating the re-siting of the former postbox” and explained that there are plans for a new outdoor postbox near Central Stores.

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Waste Meeting On March 27th an exhibition about Tenbury’s proposed new waste site was held in the Pump Rooms and local residents could look at a display with information about the proposals. The site is on the Bromyard Road Business Park and if planning consent is granted in the

near future, work should get under way this year. Once completed, the site should be able to take items such as fridges, which cannot be disposed of at Tenbury’s existing waste site on the Palmer’s Meadow car park. Once the new site opens, the existing site will be removed, creating a useful increase in the amount of parking.

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From April 1st, calls to out-of-hours dental services in Worcestershire will be handled by the NHS 111 service. Out-of-hours covers from 6pm to 8am Monday to Thursday, from 6pm on Friday until 8am on Monday, and also Bank Holidays. During ‘normal’ hours, people who are registered with a dentist should continue to contact their own dentist.

‘Healthy Friendships’ is a small mental health charity focussing on supporting mainly older or elderly people with mental or emotional health issues such as dementia, memory loss, anxiety and depression. It has charity shops called ‘Whatever Next’ which raise funds to go towards work such as befriending and group activities. Their shop at 8 Church Street, Cleobury Mortimer desperately needs volunteers and anyone interested in volunteering can call in or ring 01686 626221. They aim to open 9.30 to 4.30 Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings, but this can depend on volunteer availability.

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The Best of Britain and Ireland exhibition was held at the NEC in March. This Show helps promote tourism, for example by connecting travel businesses such as coach operators to firms that offer accommodation or run visitor attractions. It was good to see Visit Worcestershire trying to attract more visitors to the county, with a stand staffed by Katie Sexton (left) and Victoria Carman (right). The Severn Valley Railway, one of our leading tourist attractions, was also there, looking to bring in more business through this dedicated travel show.

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The theft of catalytic converters (or ‘cats’), which are a part of the exhaust system of a modern car, has been a problem in the Teme Valley area for some months. Vehicles with high ground clearance are most often targeted but the cat was recently taken from an Audi A4 in the Berrington Road area of Tenbury Wells. The Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything. They can be contacted by ringing 101, the incident number is 0621S 040414.

The recent Sahara smog caused problems for many with respiratory issues such as asthma. It also ended up depositing a fine coating of sand on cars. Herefordshire Council set up a monitoring operation in response to the Sahara smog, with 20 sites being monitored for nitrogen oxide (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) levels. Areas of concern included Bargates in Leominster. Nitrogen Oxides are produced by a variety of sources, but dieselengined vehicles including buses and lorries make a significant contribution, so high levels are particularly likely to be found where traffic levels are high.

High Sheriff Michael Hogan, who farms near Tenbury and is chairman of the Foundation of Ludlow College, has been appointed to the ceremonial role of High Sheriff of Worcestershire for 2014/15. It is an honorary post but it does involve some historic duties, such as ensuring the well-being of High Court judges on circuit in the county, and being in attendance when there are royal visitors.

Protection Grants Flood protection grants of up to £5,000 have been made available to householders and businesses in Worcestershire, to pay for work that will improve a property’s ability to withstand future flooding. For more information call Worcestershire Business Central on 0300 123 1440.

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In the UK, elections for the European Parliament are due to be held on May 22nd and there will be opportunities to meet some of the candidates in the run-up to the poll. For example, Philip Bradbourn and Michael Burnett are scheduled to be in Bromyard on Friday 2nd May from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, and will visit local business and shops in the town. Anthea McIntyre and Alex Avern will be available for an informal chat at Leysters Village Hall on Wednesday 14th May at 3pm. Some local elections will be held on the same date.

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Early morning mist soon cleared on March 29th to give a bright sunny, dry day for Whitton’s annual Daffodil Daze. The daffs were more visible this year due to pruning work in the churchyard. In addition to the daffs there were several areas carpeted with white wood anemones. As in previous years you could sit for a while and enjoy the tranquility with a ‘cup of’ and a piece of cake. You could have come away with 6 fresh, beautiful looking, free range eggs for a £1. Michael Holmes asked us to let our readers know that Whitton churchyard could always do with more daffodils! Contact him on 01584 890332 if you can help with time or with daffodils.

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Pothole Progress? Potholes were the focus on Friday March 28th when North Herefordshire’s MP Bill Wiggin (right in photo) took Andy Williams, Contract Director at Balfour Beatty, (left in photo) plus Richard Ball, (Assistant Director of Place Based Commissioning at Herefordshire Council) on a tour, pointing out potholes that have caused misery. Bill said “As highlighted in our local newspapers, potholes in Herefordshire are not just an irritation for road users, they are causing serious accidents where people are getting hurt. I am doing everything I can to keep this issue on the agenda and to secure more money from the Government. No community in my constituency has escaped the potholes. I have travelled across North Herefordshire in recent weeks looking at the condition of the roads. There is however some good news and the Government’s recent announcement that Herefordshire was awarded £3,538,803 for road repairs, the highest award in the West Midlands, was extremely welcome.” He added that Balfour Beatty have confirmed that

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this extra funding will help them repair some of Herefordshire’s most urgent problems. Worcestershire County Council has received £2.18 million from the government to tackle its potholes. Earlier this month, the council announced that 23 teams, nine more than usual, were tackling highway defects in the county and that inspections had been increased. The damage to the road surfaces is being blamed on the extremely wet winter.

At March’s meeting, 11 members of Clee Hill WI enjoyed a ‘virtual tour’ of Witley Court, presented by Ray Sturdy in the warmth and comfort of the village Recreation Room! Ray covered Witley’s history from its beginnings as a Jacobean mansion, through its expansion under the Wards in the 19th century, to the fire that ended its days as a country house, through to its present incarnation as an English Heritage visitor attraction.

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MALBEC..... Red and Rosé Malbec World Day (or World Malbec Day, if you prefer) is celebrated on April 17th, so April has to be the right time to sample a glass or two! Its aim is to celebrate the day when Domingo Faustino Sarmiento is said to have made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry. Thought to have originated in France, Malbec grapes were previously found primarily in Cahors and Bordeaux; they are now grown in many countries, but Malbec is often seen as Argentina’s signature grape. Though it’s known internationally as Malbec, it’s called Auxerrois or Côt Noir in Cahors, and here we look at a relatively affordable selection of wines made from Malbec, in a range of styles, both red and rosé, from the New World and the Old.

Aldi The Exquisite Collection Uco Valley Malbec 2013 (Argentina) £5.99 Slightly divided opinions on this one; some found it a bit dry, others thought it offered soft easy drinking, so it’s going to come down to your personal taste. With blackcurrant and decent depth this should be a good value choice, provided you like your reds a bit on the dry side.

Co-op The Co-operative Fairtrade Famatina Valley Malbec 2012 (Argentina) £8.49 The plummy bouquet gets this off to a good start and it delivers a dry, dark and soft yet firm blackcurrant fruitiness. Very pleasant, very drinkable, and with good structure this is something of a soft heavyweight! Widely liked.

Lidl Malbec Mendoza 2013 (Argentina) £5.99 Pleasantly fruity on the nose with plenty of body and complexity, we also liked this. It wasn’t quite as smooth as the Co-op’s, but with blueberries and a hint of oak there was lots to it, and especially at this price, there’s nothing to complain about!

Majestic Luis Felipe Edwards Selección Especial Malbec 2012 Colchagua Valley (Chile) £9.99, or until 28 April £6.99 if you buy two Smooth and eminently pleasant, with rich dark red fruits, complex flavours and vanilla notes, this was easy to drink and enjoyable. We all liked it - stock up while it’s on offer! L’instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal, Côtes du Lot (France) £9.99, or until 28 April £7.49 if you buy two A clearly different style to the Chilean wine, with a stronger personality; not as smooth, but a bit more fruit. Whether it’s better or worse is partly down to personal preference and partly it’s a question of what you’re planning to eat with it, but the Chilean alternative would probably have more general appeal.

Morrisons Calvet Cahors 2012 Malbec (France) £7.99 Cahors is the classic French Malbec, and its style provides a contrast to your average New World Malbec. By comparison it seemed a bit short on fruit, but - perhaps typically - it had a pleasant French dryness. This isn’t a wine to go for if you want an in-your-face fruit-driven wine, but if you’re looking for something more subtle, you might well enjoy this. La Consulta Malbec Rosé 2012 Finca La Celia (Argentina) £5.48 This attractive-looking rosé has some firmness without actually being dry. Overall it’s well balanced and a very acceptable all-round option. It’s also modestly priced. It should go well with spicy foods or with kedgeree.

Tesco Tesco Simply Malbec 2012 (France) £4.99 Modestly priced but it was short on flavour, and what there was we didn’t find particularly attractive. All the tasters felt that if you wanted a bottle of Malbec, it would be better to pay a bit more; if you’re simply looking for a low-cost red wine, it might be better to go for something other than Malbec, as it simply isn’t the cheapest wine to produce. Tesco finest* Swartland Malbec 2013 (South Africa) £5.99 There’s lots to this, it’s bold, complex and up front, with red berry fruits and some pepperiness. A very unusual Malbec, but a good buy at this price. However, it has been more expensive in the past so perhaps it might go up again. Tesco finest* Malbec Rosé 2011 (Argentina) £7.99 With a nice fruity aroma, with hints of red fruits, pineapple and star fruit, this had a warmth and smoothness to it. Softer than the Morrisons rosé, this could be just the job if you’re looking for a rosé that’s got a reasonable amount of substance, but which is still easygoing.

Tenbury SPAR Malbec 2013 Finca Las Moras (Argentina) £6.61 This looked and tasted like a ‘proper’ Malbec, with a bit of and edge and some dryness, but without being harsh, and with some oaky pepperiness. Some red fruit, some softness, but with a pleasantly firm finish. A perfectly acceptable choice.

Waitrose Jean-Luc Baldes 2011 Malbec du Clos, Cahors (France) £8.49 Distinctively dark, with a rich and intense bouquet that hints of violets, well-balanced in the mouth with some ripe blackcurrant flavour, this was smoother than the other Cahors and was universally preferred, and well worth the extra 50p!


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PINOT GRIGIO... White, Rosé & Blush Whether it’s called Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris - not to mention Grauburgunder, Ruländer or Auxerrois Gris - it’s the same grape. It’s been grown in many countries for many years, which probably explains the multiplicity of names - there’s at least a dozen more! Pinot is thought to refer to the appearance of the smallish pine-cone-like bunches of grapes; gris or grigio refers to the greyish colour they may have, but - like the name - their colour also varies a lot. Recent years have seen a sharp increase in popularity, led by light-bodied Italian whites, but many other styles can be found, including rosé, which is often known as blush if the pink colour is very light.

Aldi Castellore Pinot Grigio Dellevenezie 2012 (Italy) £4.39 A reasonably typical Italian white Pinot Grigio, fresh with a hint of minerality, clean-tasting and very quaffable. A good lowprice option. Castellore Pinot Grigio Blush (Italy) £4.39 The slight strawberry aroma is an inviting start and it leads onto a nicely balanced albeit delicate taste. Again, very quaffable, but if you serve it at fridge temperature you’ll lose much of the flavour, so beware of over-chilling.

Co-op The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Pinot Grigio 2012 (New Zealand) £9.99 Quite a contrast to Italian PG’s, with hints of elderflower and grass, surprisingly dry and with obvious acidity. We had more of a problem with the price than we did with the wine - we’d like to see it come down by a couple of pounds.

Lidl Pinot Grigio Veneto 2012 (Italy) £4.39 (£4.09 from April 14-23) Quite firm, quite dry and with clear acidity, we think this is better with food than by itself. It’s not that it’s unpleasant, its more that its forceful personality would do a good job of balancing battered fish, oily fish, or spicy bhajis.

Majestic The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Grigio 2013 Marlborough (New Zealand) £10.99, or until 28 April £7.99 if you buy 2 There’s a touch of salmon pink to the colour and an aroma of ripe red apples and ripe melon with some floral notes. There’s ripe fruits on the palate too, and a fresh liveliness. It’s interesting, a bit different and hugely drinkable. Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze (Italy) £8.99, or until 28 April £6.99 if you buy 2 Opinions ranged from “very nice, just slips down” and “delicious” to “there’s very little to it”, so it’s partly down to personal taste. Comments included “sweet ripe melon, honey and gorgeous pear drops” for the aroma, and “ripe Golden Delicious, with a kick” for the taste.

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Morrisons Pinot Grigio 2013 (Australia) £4.99 Sweet enough without being sweet, affordable without being cheap, and with a pleasant fruitiness, this is the sort of easy-drinking white wine that many would appreciate. Nobody disliked it.

Tanners Paparuda Pinot Grigio, Estate Selection 2013 (Romania) £6.80 Dry and quite fresh, but not in any way sour, and with an aroma of sweet pear drops and notes of pineapple and melon, this vibrant, refreshing light wine was enjoyable by itself or with food. Duck Pond Cellars Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011 (USA) £14.20 This one had a style all of its own, making it a far more ‘serious’ wine than the others. It had minerality and complexity and very clean if fairly subtle flavours of white fruits, making it a pleasantly rounded wine that we enjoyed with roast pork.

Tesco Tesco finest* Pinot Grigio Trentino 2012 (Italy) £7.99 Light and friendly, with freshness and a tart apple taste, this was easy to enjoy by itself or with something like chicken salad or even egg and cress sandwiches. It’s a few pounds more than many Italian PGs, but if you enjoy the Trentino style, you might think it’s worth it.

Tenbury SPAR Pinot Grigio 2013 Delle Venezie (Italy) £5.50 Refreshing and not as tart as some, with aromas of sweet pears and honeydew melon, and flavours of pear and some grassiness, this takes a middle route, being neither frivolous nor serious. Overall an easygoing glass of white wine that’s unlikely to disappoint.

Waitrose Kendermanns SE Pinot Grigio 2012 (Germany) £7.49 Aromatic and smooth, with a hint of firmness, this was refreshing, but probably at its best with food. However, there were mixed opinions over what a good pairing would be, with roast pork again seeming to be a useful option. Prices were checked at the time of writing but are subject to change

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There should be plenty to look forward to at this year’s Tenbury Show with planned attractions including the National Young Farmers Tug of War Finals, back for their 2nd year; the 30th National Show of Hereford Cattle; Tractor Pulling organised by Brimfield Vintage Club; actionpacked Main and Countryside Rings; a Food Fayre with demonstrations; Arts & Rural Crafts; an array of trade stands; the Vintage Section; Children’s Entertainment - plus lots, lots more! Rose, from the Tenbury Agricultural Society, asked us to tell you that schedules will soon be available for horticulture, horse and livestock classes. Enquiries should be directed to Rose on 01584 810818.

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Local History All Sold! Nick Champion held a collective property auction of seven lots at The Fountain Inn, Tenbury Wells on April 3rd. The first five lots were parcels of mixed woodland situated amidst Eastham Court Farm. All met spirited bidding with a top price of £25,000 for 1.68 acres equating to £14,880 per acre. Overall the 7.07 acres averaged £8,133 per acre. The sixth lot was a first for Auctioneer Nick Champion when he offered the sporting rights over about 116 acres on part of Eastham Court Farm. Loosely guided at £5,000, it was knocked down at £9,500 to the Landowners, equating to about £81.90 per acre. The final lot was a detached cottage in need of total refurbishment, set in a plot of about two-thirds of an acre at Woodgate Green, Knighton-upon-Teme. Despite the presence of Japanese Knotweed which made mortgage funding difficult, it sold for £207,000 - in excess of the guide - to an Oxfordshire buyer.

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William Godson moved to Tenbury from Warwickshire and Tenbury Court, also known as The Court or The Court House, was the home of the Godson family from 1790 to 1962. One of William’s children, Septimus Holmes Godson, inherited the Tenbury estate, to be followed by his son George Rushout Godson, who was High Sheriff for Worcestershire in 1891. In 1839 Septimus Holmes Godson was responsible for the sinking of a well at The Court, while looking for a household water supply. Instead a mineral water spring was discovered. This started Tenbury on its path of trying to become a spa town, with the well being dug behind the Crow Hotel, with the construction of the Pump Rooms, and with the town’s name changing from Tenbury to Tenbury Wells, to reflect its hoped-for new status. Tenbury’s name change and the Pump Rooms form one legacy of the Godsons. Another is the Godson Charity, originally established under the will of Edmund Probyn Godson. Born in 1853, he spent the first part of his life at Tenbury Court. He subsequently became a barrister and moved to the south of England. By the end of the 19th century he was living part-time in London and part-time in Brussels. Sadly he was in Brussels in 1914 when the Germans invaded and he was interned. The living conditions, coupled to his age, led to his death just before the end of the First World War, making him one of its victims. This year is therefore a particularly poignant time to remember him. After Gerald Ernest Godson died in 1962 the Court was sold, along with other property belonging to the Godson estate, at auction on Wednesday October 31st 1962 in the Bridge Inn, Tenbury Wells. The Court, and its spa buildings, which predated the Pump Rooms, were subsequently demolished and the grounds were redeveloped as a housing estate. Some mature trees from the time of the Godsons can still be seen today, and the family’s name lives on in Godsons Walk, which runs along the site’s boundary.

The black-and-white photo shows Tenbury Court from the rear in 1962, shortly before its demolition. The colour photo shows how things look nowadays.

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The old map shows the Court at the end of the 19th century; the colour map shows the area as it is today.

The Court used to dominate the southern end of Teme Street. These days the scene looks very different, as does the Crow, which has been refronted.


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