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Nick Yarwood (left) and Ian Mercer, with the Pub of the Year award The Bell at Pensax has won ‘Gold’ in the Wyre Forest CAMRA ‘Pub of the Year 2015’ competition. At an ‘award ceremony’ at the pub on April 7th, Ian Mercer, who manages the pub on a day-to-day basis, was presented with the award by Branch Chairman Nick Yarwood. Nick commented that with over 100 pubs in the Wyre Forest CAMRA area, winning gold was something special. He said that the award is not only for good beer, which is essential, but it also looks for the quintessential ‘real proper pub’ qualities that make a visit to a pub enjoyable and satisfying. A packed bar, with not a glass of wine in sight, warmly congratulated Ian on the win.
The Bell, which is owned by John and Trudy Greaves, has previously won many awards, even including ‘Pub of the Decade’. It has also been in the Good Beer Guide for 26 years. Recent times have seen a significant rise in the number of local breweries, such as Ludlow, Hobsons, JHS, Teme Valley, Bewdley, Cannon Royall, Malvern Hills and even Wye Valley, which has led to increased interest in, and availability of, local beers. The recently-formed Wyre Forest CAMRA branch combines the old branches of Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport-on-Severn and they are due to hold this year’s Beer Festival at Kidderminster Town Hall on May 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
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Tenbury Roadworks The Market Street ‘public realm’ project is now largely finished and shopping in the town is returning to normal. The work, which also involved Market Square and a small part of Teme Street by The Crow, has seen the roads and pavements being resurfaced, together with the installation of new bollards, and the creation of “raised table” areas, where the road has been brought up to the same level as the pavement. About 25 years ago, as part of a previous ‘public realm’ project, Tenbury’s pavements were relaid using red bricks. The latest work has seen these red bricks being replaced by a mixture of blue bricks, white bricks, and Indian sandstone slabs. A ‘public realm’ scheme for Teme Street has been proposed, but a date for the commencement of this has not yet been announced. This scheme was expected to be partfunded by Tesco, but the uncertainty surrounding the matter of when, or even if, a Tesco store will be built behind the existing SPAR shop, has raised questions over the plans for Teme Street. Three-way traffic lights are expected to be in operation at the A4112/ A456 junction by Swan Garage on April 21st and 22nd, which could cause significant delays at busy times.
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Parliamentary Candidates The area around Tenbury Wells is split between three constituencies. Tenbury falls within ‘West Worcestershire’; Burford, Clee Hill and Cleobury Mortimer come under ‘Ludlow’; and Little Hereford, Bromyard and Leominster are in ‘North Herefordshire’. There are 5 candidates for each of these seats. In alphabetical order, the details are: Ludlow: Charlotte Barnes (Lib Dem), Philip Dunne (Conservative), David Kelly (UKIP), Janet Phillips (Green), Simon Slater (Labour). North Herefordshire: Daisy Blench (Green), Jeanie Falconer (Lib Dem), Jonathan Oakton (UKIP), Sally Prentice (Labour), Bill Wiggin (Conservative). West Worcestershire: Harriet Baldwin (Conservative), Richard Chamings (UKIP), Julian Roskams (Green), Daniel Walton (Labour), Dennis Wharton (Lib Dem).
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Going...Going...Gone Tenbury’s Workhouse was built in 1837 and in 1937 it was remodelled, with part of the building becoming Tenbury’s Fire Station, and one wall of what had been the Workhouse’s Tramps’ Ward became part of a garage. When planning permission was granted for the construction of a Tesco store, consent was also given for demolition of the old garage, including what remained of the former Tramps’ Ward, and this has now been carried out.
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Golf for Guide Dogs Ludlow Golf Club Ladies raised over £1000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind and the presentation of the cheque took place earlier this year at Ludlow Brewery. Jacki Corbett told us how it all came about “I became Lady Captain of Ludlow Golf Club in 2014. As Lady Captain you choose your charity for that year, and as we have a retired guide dog named Logan. I choose Guide Dogs for the Blind. A friend of ours is blind and he asked us if we would have Logan, a very large all black German Shepherd, as they do not work past nine years. We said yes without another thought, and what a wonderful dog Logan is. Weighing in at 48kgs he is testament to what a great job Guide Dogs for the Blind do. We would not hesitate in re-homing another Guide Dog. We also met Julie and husband Adrian, who live in Ludlow, and Julie’s guide dog George. They came to our charity competition to meet the Ladies at the golf club. After our games, inspired by their visit, we carried on collecting monies and held raffles throughout the year. In total we collected £1404.55. My thanks go to all the wonderful ladies, and gentlemen, at Ludlow Golf Club who donated money for my Charity.”
From left: Edna Spanner (President 2014), Dan Myatt, Jacki Corbett (Lady Captain 2014), Heather Sands, Adrian Litten, Julie Litten, Janet Roberts (Lady captain 2015), Mollie Clements (Treasurer), plus dogs Logan (L) and George (R)
League of Friends Once again the volunteers from the Tenbury Hospital League of Friends have been busy for staffing and laying out stock in a temporary Charity Shop in Tenbury Wells, this time in the former ‘Spotty Dog’ premises on Market Street. Running for two weeks until April 18th, the shop will have raised a useful contribution towards the good work that the League carries out.
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New Gym at Pool Tenbury Swimming Pool has benefited from a major gym upgrade following an £80,000 investment from Freedom Leisure. The 30-station gym has been redecorated throughout with new flooring, lighting and mirrors. All the equipment has been replaced with the latest Technogym strength and cardio kit. “We are committed to providing the best facilities and service possible and this recent investment will allow local residents even more choice and access to top quality equipment” said Darryl Keech, Freedom Leisure area manager. “The range of kit provides something for everyone and we hope it will encourage more residents to get active. Feedback so far has been brilliant so why not come along and give it a go?” Freedom Leisure took over management of Tenbury Swimming Pool on 1st February 2015. The not-forprofit trust is operating the facility in partnership with Tenbury Community Pool Limited (TCP), with Malvern Hills District Council providing officer support and a five year grant totalling £342,380. The Directors of TCP said: “We are very pleased with
the refitted gym and have received very good comments from gym users. We hope more people will join the gym when they have seen the new look and equipment.” Phil Grove, the portfolio holder who helped set up the new Malvern Hills
leisure strategy, commented “I’m delighted to see the pool and gym going from strength to strength and look forward to it being a wellused facility for decades to come. I encourage local people to take a look at the new facilities.”
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The Midland Automobile Club (MAC), which runs the hill climbs at Shelsley Walsh, applied to Worcestershire County Council for new signs for three routes to the hill climb course. Mark Constanduros, Commercial Manager for the Midland Automobile Club, said “We have always had problems in getting people safely to the venue and these signs will now get them here more easily and via preferred routes, which was done in consultation with Worcestershire County Council.” The signs were paid for by the Midland Automobile Club.
Goodbye Post Office Sally! to Close A celebratory afternoon tea was held upstairs in Tenbury Library on Friday 13th March to thank Sally Matthews, Library Manager, for 25 years’ service to Library and Community alike, prior to her move to the Plymouth area. A stream - almost a flood - of well-wishers came to say goodbye, and to sit and chat while enjoying the afternoon tea that had been laid on. A display of photos relating to Tenbury Library over the years brought back memories and Sally posed for photos with friends and colleagues alike.
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Post Office Limited has stated that “regrettably, following the resignation of the Postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use” Clows Top Post Office “will be closing temporarily on 19 May 2015.” They added “We will continue to work to find a solution that will provide a Post Office service to the community”. A public meeting, organised by Bayton Parish Council, was held at the Victory Hall in Clows Top on March 3rd and a good turnout of local residents saw a decision made to form a steering group to look at the possibility of how an alternative shop and/or Post Office could be provided in the village.
WI Jumble Far Forest WI held a fund-raising old-fashioned Jumble Sale in Clows Top Victory Hall on March 28th. There was plenty of stuff to rummage through - there was even an as-new leopardskin print onesie with ‘Sexy and I know it’ emblazoned across its back! Far Forest WI meets at the Far Forest Centre (DY14 9TP) and Joyce Williams, President, said “We meet every second Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm, so don’t be shy, come and discover the Far Forest WI where you will always receive a warm welcome and where you’re sure to fit in.” For more details call Joyce on 01299 400594.
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Dementia Café A very warm welcome was extended to carers and dementia sufferers alike at the newly-established Dementia Café at lunchtime on Feb 26th, at Burford Village Hall, where the café meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month. The easy parking, the large hall and the tempting food laid out for lunch helped make this café a relaxed venue where people could socialise. Friendly Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers were on hand to give support, and people were encouraged to ask for help and advice as the café is for them. To help towards the cost, a contribution of £2.50 was suggested for lunch. Each table had a comments folder so visitors could have their say on questions such as Did you enjoy the café? What did you enjoy? What would you like to see at the café? Referrals come from AgeUK, health workers and community hospitals. Help with transport is sometimes available. Invitations go out each month, often followed up by email or phone. The aim of this initiative is for people to live well with dementia in the community, to have the confidence to get on a bus or go shopping; to reduce the stigma associated with dementia; to reduce isolation, and to help sufferers feel a valued member of society. Every person with dementia is different. Dementia affects 1 in 3, so does cancer, but dementia is often overlooked. Cognitive stimulation is felt to be helpful and even just one session a week can make a difference. The Mayor of Tenbury Wells, Mark Willis, attended and visitors were offered the chance to stay for a ‘Dementia Friends’ session. For more info call the Alzheimer’s Society’s local office on 01905 621887.
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Last year, through Nisa’s Make-A-Difference-Locally (‘MADL’) scheme, shoppers at Bowketts supermarket in Tenbury Wells helped raise a total of £2591.52 for the Tenbury Swimming Pool Trust, to help with pool and building maintenance. For 2015, Tenbury Youth Football Club has been chosen as the charity to benefit from the ‘MADL’ scheme. Each time you buy selected promoted supermarket goods a contribution goes into the fundraising pot. For example, until April 19th, 1p from a 1kg bag of Tate&Lyle sugar (59p) and 2p from a 400g pot of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise (£1) gets put into the pot. Just look out for the pink ‘MADL’ shelf labels when shopping. See www.makingadifferencelocally.com for more information.
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Pied Piper at Moffats The children of Moffats recently performed ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ which is one of a cycle of five plays written in 1954 for Moffats, by its founder Natalie Engleheart. Led by talented actress Marigold Rye as the Piper, a cast of 24 put on Marigold Rye as two performances, the Pied Piper and one parent wrote the same evening to say that it was ‘by a mile the best school play we have ever seen’. Moffats focuses on the purer skills of acting - speech, movement, reacting - rather than putting on large-cast musicals, and the children rose splendidly to the occasion. There were moments of great hilarity, especially when the Mayor and his servants collapsed in uncontrollable tears over the disappearance of their children, but also of great pathos, when Nobody’s Child (played by Isabel, the great-granddaughter of the author) described the loss of her companions. ‘We never have an adult backstage or a prompt,’ explained Robin McCarthy, Head, and Director of the play. ‘One of the secrets of Moffats plays is that the children take full responsibility on the day - and I just stand at the back and watch!’ An Open Day with Science Workshop for children will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. For more details contact Moffats on 01299 841230 or visit www.moffats.co.uk - the school welcomes children age 3 to 13, and nursery funding is available.
Win for Ludlow Food Centre On March 17th, Ludlow Food Centre picked up the title of ‘Midlands Best Food Retailer’ in William Reed Business Media’s regional Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Opened in 2007 and part of the Earl of Plymouth Estate, the Food Centre has a 4000 sq ft food hall, surrounded by eight production kitchens with large glass windows. Shoppers can watch people hand-making, for example, cheese, bread, jam and pies. Managing Director Edward Berry said “We are overjoyed to win such a prestigious award. This marks a fantastic start to what we hope will be a great year for Ludlow Food Centre.” The Food Centre, which also won the ‘Best Butchery in Britain’ Award, has over 125 employees and offers apprenticeships to young people who want to start a career in the food industry.
At the end of last year, Kyre Riding for the Disabled group held a lunch party, kindly hosted by Geoff and Wendy Jones, to celebrate 40 years’ participation with RDA. Forty guests were invited, comprising current and past members and some of the generous sponsors. During the party the current Chairman, Janet Lee (right in picture), presented Wendy Jones with a 40 years ‘Long Service Award’ certificate. Wendy was a founder member, was Chairman for about 20 years, and is still an active member of the team. An amazing achievement!
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Rock Art and Craft The Easter weekend saw the Friends of Rock Church present their 16th annual Art and Craft Exhibition and Sale, in the church. The standard of art and craft made the trip worthwhile, with a huge range of styles, subject matter and techniques. This year, 30 artists took part, with around 180 paintings on show, plus woodturning, walking sticks, cards, jewellery, pottery, ceramics and a floral art demonstration. Prices ranged from a few pounds for a piece of craft work to a few hundred pounds for some of the larger works. This was an excellent event if you wanted a piece of original art for your home, whether watercolour, pastel, oil, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, linocut, pen & ink or collagraph. Proceeds from the event add to the funds of the Friends of Rock Church, who have been helping with maintenance and development of the church since their formation in 1980. This year the exhibition was officially opened by Pascale Bigot, an artist who has been at all 16 events!
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Norris & Miles Solicitors would like to publicly thank their Will Aid clients for donations which have led to the firm raising over £2000 for the Will Aid charities. The firm volunteered their time and skills to write wills for local people and managed to write 30 wills, helping these clients secure the future for their loved ones. Kevin Hodges of Norris & Miles said “It was quite difficult to see this many clients and it did mean a lot of work, but it was worth it. We are delighted to have raised so much money for the Will Aid charities. Our clients were impressed with the amount we raised and our fundraising success is a testament to the generosity of those people who came forward to have their Will written under the scheme during November and we would like to thank them all.” Will Aid is the UK’s leading charity willwriting scheme. Solicitors offer their time and expertise without charge, to give everyone the opportunity to make or update their basic will in return for a donation to help people in need. This money is shared by ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland). Shirley Marsland, Will Aid campaign manager, said “Norris & Miles have made a very valuable contribution to the success of Will Aid. The participating charities are deeply grateful for the funds raised, which they will be able to put to good use to help people in need in the UK as well as around the world. So far the campaign has raised over £1.2m and as donations are still being received we hope the final total will be nearer £2m.” The scheme will run again in November 2015.
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Kings Head Craft Fayre On Easter Saturday, a Craft and Vintage Fayre was held in the Kings Head pub in Tenbury Wells. The pub was packed with stalls and there was much to discover and browse through, with the bonus that you could enjoy a drink at the same time! Being indoors meant you weren’t at the mercy of the often changeable Easter weather. Jewellery, scarves, home-made cakes, vintage clothing, neckerchiefs for dogs, therapeutic hot wax hand treatments, model tanks, bath bombs, old postage stamps, books, fishing reels, DVDs and aromatic melts were some of the things on offer. A basket of various vintage advertisements in card mounts provided interesting browsing and at £1 each would hardly break the bank.
Solar Farm Proposal A proposal to create a solar farm on the Henley Hall Estate near Ludlow has been outlined. The scheme, which could involve the erection of solar panels on 33 acres of agricultural land, would be located close to an existing sub-station, so it is not expected that any pylons would be erected. It is anticipated that sheep would be able to graze the land, even with the panels in place, and it is expected that a planning application will be validated in the near future.
Daffodil Daze Whitton Church normally holds a “Daffodil Daze” event in Spring, where people are encouraged to visit the church while the daffodils are in bloom. The timing of Easter this year, and a relative paucity of volunteers, meant that a formal event wasn’t held, but of course the daffodils were still there to be seen, for those who chose to make the trip.
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Open Day in Cleobury Hoskins Family Funeral Services, established in 1878, is an independent family-run business with branches and chapels of rest in Ludlow, Stourport, Kidderminster and Worcester. They are opening a new branch office in Cleobury Mortimer’s Market Hall on Saturday 9th May, when there will be an informal Open Day from 10am to 5pm. People can drop in to discuss Funerals, pre-paid Funeral Plans, and funeral services, including traditional, horse-drawn, ecofriendly and civil funerals. There will be a formal Question and Answer session at 3pm and tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day. Stephen Hoskins has over 40 years’ experience. He said “We have already carried out many funerals in the Cleobury Mortimer area over the years. We have a longterm commitment to the community and its residents and through the introduction of this dedicated office in the Market Hall we can support you and give your loved one a sympathetic, dignified Funeral whilst always maintaining the utmost standards of respect and courtesy that they deserve.”
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On March 28th, Clifton-upon-Teme’s WI Table Top sale saw Clifton village hall packed with stalls. The WI’s fundraising Easter Hamper raffle, in the entrance hall, included a lovely looking Easter Simnel cake. In the rest of the hall’s rooms you could find everything from sterling silver semi-precious bead necklaces from Suffolk-based Marla Jewellery, gift cards with scented ceramics attached, to ‘Purely Candles’ launch of their range of Soya or Beeswax based candles. Sam Pinches was doing a good job of marketing his Organic pasteurised apple juice at 2 bottles for £3.50, with visitors to the hall invited to try some! On the Clifton-upon-Teme Primary School stand, Headteacher Cathryn Throup was outlining plans to apply for ‘Awards for All’ Lottery funding to expand the school’s garden and children’s kitchen.
The school has an active gardening club and the children are already tending floral specimens for planting in the school’s show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May. It is hoped that the new garden work would be shared between the children and the local community; Clifton WI and many local people have already pledged support. Local residents who would like to help can contact Cathryn for more details.
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Malvern Hills Volunteering promotes volunteering across the whole Malvern Hills District, including Tenbury and rural areas, helping people who would like to volunteer to find the right role, and helping organisations to recruit volunteers. Speaking about volunteering in Tenbury, Jacqueline Smith, Volunteer Development Worker, said “Tenbury has a strong history of local volunteering and a dedicated core of enthusiastic volunteers. However, new volunteers are desperately needed. There are roles for all ages, from teenagers to the retired, whatever your interests and however much or little time you have there’s a role for you!” This year’s Tenbury Volunteers’ Fair, scheduled for June 5th, will provide an opportunity for organisations to recruit volunteers, and will allow people who are interested to find out about the opportunities that are available. Last year’s Volunteers’ Fair was officially opened by local MP Harriett Baldwin and over 20 organisations took part.
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Malvern Dressing Lionel Shorstone, Well Dressing Organiser for the Malvern Spa Association, let us have a few words about the well decorating weekend in May. Lionel said “When someone asks me ‘How long has this been going on?’ I answer ‘Since the Ice went’ because people have always felt the need to say ‘Thank You’ for fresh water. Each year of The Stocks water source the present century the ancient water-sources of decorated in 2013 the Malvern Hills have been dressed by the Malvern Spa Association in accordance with a chosen theme, but they were decorated by individuals before that. Choosing a theme encourages many more people to take part. Last year, for instance, when the world was remembering The Great War, we chose ‘Peace’ as our theme and we managed to decorate no less than 44 sites.” The famous springs of the Malvern Hills are under threat because standards for acceptable water purity are being
50/50 Auction A 50/50 fundraising auction was held at the new Stoke Bliss and Kyre Village Hall on the afternoon of March 21st. About 100 lots were on offer, including a butter churn, prints, large enamel bread bins, a clothes airer, wine glasses, a remote control ‘walking hand’, mirrors, dining chairs, Franklin Mint collectables, bags of wool and a set of golf clubs. It really was an eclectic collection of items. Following relaxed bidding, apart from a late-in-the-day ‘bidding war’ over some bird feeders, a total of £211.50 was raised, to be split between sellers and hall funds.
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Hollywaste Workshop Cleobury Mortimer DY14 0HB Wayne: 07875 217975 Bradley: 07813 254761 Office: 01299 271777 Barnards Green in 2012 tightened. Earl Beauchamp’s Spout has already been closed, after bacteria were found. The spout will still be dressed in 2015 though, together with several other now-closed sources. Hayslad, where people from all over the country fill their bottles, is also having problems with water-quality and flow-rate. In view of this, this year’s theme is ‘River of Life’. The sites will be dressed on
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Mamble Defibrillator Nineteen members of Mamble Village Community were trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service in the use of the defibrillator and in CPR so they can try to restart the heart of someone who has had a cardiac arrest. Advanced Community Paramedic Dave Rowley provided the training. Dave said “For every minute someone is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival diminishes by ten per cent. The more defibrillators we have in the community, the greater the From left: Paramedic Dave chance of saving a life. I would Rowley, the defibrillator and appeal to all communities, groups John Pepper, Chairman of and organisations to embrace this Mamble Parish Council opportunity and technology that can really make a difference.” For more information about learning to do CPR and getting a defibrillator, contact Noel Orbell, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager for Worcestershire, via noel.orbell@wmas. nhs.uk or 07980 094808 or the CFR Admin Office via CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk or 01384 215855
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Stockton Bazaar A warm welcome and six superblykept real ales plus Robinsons, Old Rosie and Stowford Press ciders Group bookings and functions welcome • 26 years in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide • Pub of the Decade • 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
Stockton Church’s season of fundraising Bazaars got off to good start on March 28th. Lots of interesting things were laid out in the church so people could browse. From clothing to kitchenware, to books and DVDs, and what looked like some freshlypulled leeks. There was even a three-piece-suite going free to a good home, including delivery, with a small donation to the church requested. The Bazaar ran from 10am till 2pm so there was ample opportunity for people to pop in and do a bit of quick ‘shopping’, but cakes and hot drinks were on offer if you wanted to stay longer and chat. By the end
of the day around £190 had been raised for Church funds. Organiser Sue Fisher said “I’d like to thank everyone who so generously donated goods and everyone who stopped by to visit and purchase items. We are
planning a couple more Bazaars this year, one in August and another in December. We’re very grateful for all the support given and I’d also like to thank ‘my little helpers’, Jason and Cayley, for helping me set up on the day.”
Cleobury Market Paul and Gill of Scrummy Stuff had their last market stall before retiring at March’s Cleobury Farmers Market. Saying goodbye to many customers on the day, Paul commented that they felt they had done enough and that it was now time to take things a bit easier and put their feet up! He added that new homes had already been found for the pigs and that Cakebole will be taking over the running of the market in Chaddesley Corbett. He also said that Scrummy’s sausage recipes have gone to Tasty Meats in Stanford Bridge, so people can carry on enjoying the sausages. Cleobury Farmers Market, held in and around the church, continues to thrive and on March 21st there was a great variety of stalls, particularly with there being a Local Market in the neighbouring Market Hall on the same day.
Paul and Gill at their last market A Simnel cake for Easter from Ashleys Bakery
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A well attended evening with John Challis (‘Boycie’) at the Regal in Tenbury Wells in March provided great entertainment, insights and laughs. John took the audience through his life as an actor, candidly sharing the good bits and the not so good. Clearly presented and easy to listen to, the first half of the show was a résumé of John’s early ‘pre-Boycie’ work and life, showing extracts from some of his TV roles, plus comments on some of the stage roles he played. He talked in detail about his roles in Dr Who (with Tom Baker), Citizen Smith, Coronation Street and Open All Hours, as a young-looking ‘Formula 1 Bread Van man’ (with Ronnie Barker and David Jason). Seeing examples of his early roles helped the audience appreciate the breadth of John’s work. Littered with humorous asides about his life and the people he met or worked with, and with lots of anecdotes and details about particular scenes or roles, the show was buzzing with interest. John did lots of name dropping and some great impressions, especially one of John Lennon, when he described a meeting with the Beatles. He was offered a job by them, despite saying that he preferred the music of the Rolling Stones, but couldn’t take the job due to prior acting commitments. In the second half, the audience was taken through the eagerly-awaited description of the events that led to John landing the Boycie role. We saw the first scene in ‘Only Fools and Horses’ in which Boycie (a dodgy used-car salesman) featured, plus other scenes showing how the character developed, such as the first time Marlene, Boycie’s wife, appeared. John provided lots of background on how a TV series is developed and the debates that go on amongst staff, cast and script writers. At the end of the show John spent some time responding to questions from the audience and this proved to be an opportunity to enjoy even more tales. One question was ‘Do you ever get the giggles?’ and this elicited a lovely story about the large number of takes it took to nail a scene where Trigger talked about his broom award. People kept cracking up and at one stage they were getting desperate to finish the scene, so with renewed effort the cast managed to sit solemnly through the memorable speech, only to have Trigger himself crack up at the last moment! An informative and entertaining evening and if you missed it in Tenbury but are able to see it elsewhere, do have a good question ready for John at the end - you might learn something new!
Cleobury Opticians After a chance conversation in a Café, Martin Taylor and Paul Gill realised that Cleobury Mortimer was missing an essential service. They opened Cleobury Opticians in April to fill that gap by giving people in Cleobury Mortimer a professional optical service, offering NHS and Private eye tests and access to all optical needs. Between them, Martin and Paul have over 40 years’ experience in the trade and have other branches in the West Midlands. There is a wide range of glasses to choose from in the shop, from brands such as Versace, Armani, Jaeger and Barbour, as well as other ranges in all price brackets. A Home Visit service is offered by appointment for those unable to get to the shop at 16 Church Street. Martin said “We are extremely pleased and encouraged with the number of appointments that have already been booked and look forward to the future of the Cleobury Mortimer shop.”
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RBL Women’s Section Ludlow Art Exhibition The recently-formed Women’s Section of Tenbury Royal British Legion has been busy running fund-raising events. The first of the year was a table top sale in the Regal Community Centre in February. Organiser Sue Perry said “We had a steady flow of people throughout the morning and most of the stall holders raised money. The RBL Women’s section raised a total of £230.10 which was a good amount and we were grateful to all who helped us in achieving this. We already have a Charity Bingo event planned and on the 21st June we will have a stall at the ‘Party in the Park’ held in Tenbury.” The Old Rectory Nursing Home who took a table at the sale raised £92.15 for the Residents’ Fund which pays for activities to entertain the residents in the home. The RBL Women’s Section has been providing care and support for over 90 years. It is made up of a countrywide network of over 750 branches with a membership of 32,000 women.
Ludlow Art Society held their annual Spring Exhibition in the Harley Centre at Ludlow College. Once again there was an excellent collection of work to inspire visitors. With oils, water colours, acrylic/collage, linocuts, pastels, ceramics and engraved glass,
there was something for everyone. A busy and vibrant preview evening saw a number of works sold before the public opening. Subjects included local, coastal and country scenes, abstracts, portraits and still life, which combined to give an exciting display of creativity. If you missed this exhibition, the Society is planning another later this year.
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Brimfield Vintage Club held their springtime tractor run on Sunday 28 March. A special treat for entrants was the chance to drive their tractor on the worldfamous Shelsley Walsh hillclimb course and despite the wet weather there was a good turnout of 114 tractors, from as far away as the Cotswolds. The tractors gathered from 8am at Criftens Farm near Clifton upon Teme, with Keysells serving breakfast baps and chairman Dave Rawlings helping marshal the troops, ready for the run. The organisers asked us to thank everyone who attended the road run and to give a big thank you to Alan and Di Yarnold and family for their help and support. Just over £1700 was raised for Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital. The club meets on the last Thursday of every month at Ludlow Football Club. This year’s popular annual working day is scheduled for Sunday 6th September.
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Wines... for Steak and Ale Pie!
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It was British Pie Week in March so we decided to take a look at wines to go with a hearty-looking Steak and Ale pie, as featured a few months back on the Local Food Lunches site www.facebook. com/localfoodlunches (photo courtesy of Andy Stevenson). Most people would unquestioningly reach for a bottle of red if they decided to drink wine with a steak and ale pie, but a number of whites, particularly from Burgundy, are accepted as being suitable partners. We tried a variety of wines and here’s what we found. Co-operative The Co-operative Argentine Malbec 2014 £4.99 Quite dry, but not at all harsh, this enjoyable red offered great length, dark fruit flavours and a hint of spice. Good by itself, perfectly pleasant with the pie, and attractively priced. The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Pic Saint Loup Rosé 2013 £6.99 This did quite well, having enough body to stand up to the pie, and with an attractive gentle strawberry aroma. Drier than many rosés, this might also go down well on a summer evening round the barbecue. The Co-operative Chablis 2013 £9.99 We felt this was an unusually gentle Chablis, lacking any obvious minerality, but possibly all the more popular for it. Smooth and classy, we also enjoyed this on its own. Morrisons Morrisons Barossa Shiraz Australian £6.99 A nice, straightforward, fairly dry red, with some spice but not much fruit, this put us more in mind of a European wine than an Australian, so the verdict totally depends on what you’re looking for. Aldi The Exquisite Collection: South Australia Shiraz £5.99 A good dark fruit aroma, quite complex, dryish and smooth with enough fruit and soft tannins, this was universally popular, with the verdict being ‘very good for the price’. It’s easy to drink, and nice with the pie, but it’s also 14.5%, so be careful! The Exquisite Collection: Uco Valley Malbec £5.99 Probably at its best with food (including this pie) rather than by itself, this Argentinian red offers a bilberry aroma, but it might be too dry for some and there’s a tannic finish.
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Tesco finest* Chenin Blanc 2014 £6.99* Not your typical South African Chenin Blanc, being smoother and * 25% off 6+ lacking the bottles until sometimes21 April found harsh edge. Those who feel that steak and ale pie can be inclined to cloy might find this makes a nice foil. Simply Garnacha Rosé 2013 £4.69* Fruity, with raspberry/redcurrant flavours and some strawberry aroma, but with enough substance and firmness to be a pleasant partner to the pie. Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 £9.99* All agreed that this Australian red, with its dark red berry flavours, went well with the pie, but none of the testers voted it their favourite. SPAR (prices are for Tenbury, Ludlow and Leominster stores) Fern Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2014 £8.50 A nice zingy New Zealand white, this has enough life and freshness to come through nicely even with a steak and ale pie. It’s also good as an appetiser before the meal, or simply for relaxed drinking in the evening. SPAR Ursa Maior Rioja Crianza 2011 £7.99 A perfectly pleasant and solid bottle of red, with oakiness, vanilla and hints of honey and sweet chestnuts, which also works well with various cheeses. Perlezza Prosecco 75cl £9.99 Often it’s nice to enjoy a bottle of fizz with a meal and this was enjoyed with the pie, and of course it could also be enjoyed by itself.
Majestic Leon Perdigal Cotes du Rhone 2013 £9.99 (£6.66 each until April 27th if you buy two) A very pleasant dryish medium-bodied, spicetinged red-fruit-dominated Rhone wine, ideal with hearty meat dishes Macon-Lugny Domaine des Terres Gentilles 2013 £11.99 (£8.99 each until April 27th if you buy two) Fresh without being sharp or harsh, with substance and class, this should be a popular choice if you prefer white with your pie.
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Waitrose Clos St Michel Chateauneuf du Pape 2013 £19.99 This was a particularly good match for the pie, with sufficient tannin and with complex red/black fruit flavours. If you think only of Chateauneuf as it was 20 years ago, this might be a bit of a surprise. The most expensive wine here, but popular with all the tasters. Pouilly-Vinzelles 2012 £14.99 Located next-door to the better-known Pouilly-Fuissé, the Chardonnay came through strongly and with some length. It certainly brought out the beef flavour, but none of the tasters voted it their favourite white. Sainsburys Taste the Difference Priorat 2011 £10 Not well known, this strong (14.5%) Catalan red is made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mazuela (also known as Carignan). Dry, with dark fruit and a peppery edge, it went well with the pie. Enjoyable and interesting. Taste the Difference Limoux Chardonnay 2013 £8 Really rather nice, this complex white offered lemon, green apple, and white peach flavours, with a soft zestiness. It went well the pie and it could easily be enjoyed by itself.
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JAGUAR XF SPORTBRAKE 2.2 Some cars have an obvious presence and Jaguar’s Sportbrake is certainly one. It’s not just the size, it’s also the distinctive styling, but even this can’t hide the car’s dimensions. The Sportbrake is almost five metres long, or a little over 16 feet if you prefer it in English. It’s also wide, and it has big doors, so depending on what you’ve been driving before, finding a parking space might become more of a challenge. Of course, the upside of the size is the car’s wonderfully spacious feel, even in the back, and the large boot. The model we drove had the top-end ‘Portfolio’ specification, so most of the luxuries were builtin as standard, but a number of optional extras had been fitted, including an electric glass sunroof, adaptive cruise control, intelligent main beam, digital TV tuner, adaptive xenon headlights, adaptive dynamics, a heated steering wheel, voice control and a towbar, taking the on-the-road list price to around £48,000. By comparison, the entry-level Sportbrake
Opulent ‘Portfolio’ interior
starts at £31,945, but this does come with the 163hp version of the 2.2-litre engine, rather than the Portfolio’s 200hp. The top speed differential is insignificant in a country with a 70mph limit, but the acceleration figures are of more interest; the higher-power engine is significantly quicker, covering the 0-62mph sprint in 8.8 seconds, compared to the 163hp model’s 10.9 seconds. But whichever version you go for, you can be sure of a feeling of quality and refinement. The seats offered plenty of adjustment, which should help to keep you comfortable and, if you need to cover a couple of hundred miles before lunch, there are many less-relaxing ways to travel! The eight-speed automatic gearbox worked very well. You could simply leave it to its own devices but we sometimes used the welldesigned paddles behind the steering wheel. The automatic transmission integrates well with the hill start and the car never tried to roll backwards during our time with it. The transmission also worked well with the cruise control: if the car tried to gather speed down a hill, the gearbox changed down, to try to keep the car to the set speed. It’s a neat touch, and one that we appreciated. There’s no doubt that you get a lot of car for your money with any XF, and going for the Sportbrake version does add
Jaguar XF Sportbrake at Aberaeron a useful touch of practicality. Day-to-day running costs are surprisingly practical, given the prestigious nature of the car, especially as the modest emissions ratings (129g/km for the 163hp, 139g/km for the 200hp) mean the benefit-in-kind tax liability for company car users is relatively modest. Fuel consumption obviously depends on how you drive, but the in-car computer said we averaged about
39mpg overall, but it wouldn’t be difficult to better this on a relaxed run. If you feel that you need more power, other engines are available. A 3-litre V6 diesel is offered in 240hp and 275hp versions, or if you really want to blow the cobwebs away, the outrageous 550bhp 5-litre V8 petrol-engined model has the potential to hit 60mph from a standing start in less than five seconds!
according to your requirements. The Mazda5 also has eye-catching styling, which is also something you might not expect, or even look for, in a people carrier. The ‘Venture’ we drove had a 1.6-litre diesel engine, which doesn’t sound very impressive for a vehicle of this size, but it actually did a remarkably good job. It delivered respectable performance and, with good urge from 1500rpm, it even managed to climb hills so well it was easy for the driver to forget that the engine was ‘only’ a 1.6! For normal driving you simply shouldn’t need anything bigger. The alternative is a two-litre petrol engine, which with 150bhp (compared to the diesel’s
115bhp) offers significantly more performance, but at the expense of substantially higher fuel consumption, and higher emissions. Both engines come with six-speed manual gearboxes. From the driver’s seat there’s the good view you might expect, given the Mazda5’s big windows and pleasantly high driving position. The ‘Venture’ model comes with a high specification which includes heated leather seats, a reversing camera, automatic headlights, parking sensors, satnav, and a particularly good cruise control. The infotainment was menu-driven from the screen, rather than operated by a selection of buttons. Overall we averaged 46mpg. Although this falls short of the ‘official’ 54.3mpg, it’s pleasantly impressive for a car of this size. The Mazda5 range starts at £20,495, for the petrol-engined model, with the diesel starting at £21,895, which is certainly competitive, considering what the ‘5’ can offer.
You might expect a people carrier (or ‘multi activity vehicle’, to use Mazda’s terminology) to feel big and soft, with the emphasis on ride comfort rather than on taut handling, but Mazda have taken a different route with the ‘5’. The result is a vehicle that Mazda describe, quite fairly, as ‘A seven-seater family car with spirit’. This Mazda5 works best when driven with enthusiasm, rather than when driven gently. So if you need a seven-seater, but want a vehicle that drives as well as a ‘normal’ car, and one that handles well, this Mazda might be an interesting option. It’s also good in town, where despite its size it’s no harder to drive than
many smaller cars, so it could be very handy for school runs, for example. Firm suspension is largely responsible for the sporty feel and the downside of this is that the ride that can sometimes seem harsh over poor surfaces, particularly at low speeds, when the bumps and potholes can feed through into the cabin. Neat and practical features include the sliding side doors for the rear passengers. These are particularly convenient in tight parking spaces and they also give easy access to the rear seats. In addition, the rear seats slide fore-and-aft, so you can allocate space to legroom or luggage space (or legroom for the rearmost seats)
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Heritage at Millbrook
This Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makinen Edition s was available for accompanied drives around the speed bowl. This was never a common car, and this was a very low mileage example.
A 1974 Colt Lancer s was available for drives. The car was complete with an advert of the time telling you that this 1400 2-door de-luxe model with 92 bhp offered 0-50 in 8.7 secs, 96.9 mph top speed, and 39.1 mpg at a steady 60mph. It cost £1528 including car tax, but seat belts were extra!
The final drive of the day was in Honda’s NSX. This flagship 1990s performance model cost about £60,000 when new and it still looks good today. It sounded wonderful when opened up, and the V6 engine pulled hard to higher revs than we are used to these days. The steering was different to today’s cars, so took a bit of getting used to, and it’s so low to the ground that you really have to step down into it! s
Each year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) organises a driving day for invited motoring journalists at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire. The SMMT represents more than 600 automotive companies and supports and promotes the interests of the UK automotive industry, at home and abroad. The day is generally a ‘celebration’ of the automotive industry, and it provides an opportunity to drive a wide range of vehicles. Some special vehicles also attend, perhaps on a ‘passenger ride’ basis; for example demonstration drives of a Clio Cup Race car with a pro-driver, around the proving ground’s handling circuit - at full tilt! There is also the opportunity to drive a number of ‘classics’, with others simply being on display, and it’s these heritage vehicles that we’re looking at in this feature.
A 1982 Merak SS was displayed on the Maserati stand. This was one of the last Meraks, being one of about 140 cars that came to the UK in right-hand-drive form between 1974 and 1983. It has the later, more powerful SS version of the quad-cam V6 3 litre engine developing 220bhp. The car was originally painted in a very 1970’s shade of dark brown but the colour was changed to Maserati ‘Ginestra’ yellow during the late 1990’s, when it was owned by journalist Mark Williams (former editor of BIKE magazine and of the Brecon and Radnor Express, once described as “... the only person ever to crash a Maserati in Radnorshire”).
This 1979 Willys Jeep s was built in Japan by Mitsubishi Motors, under licence from the American Willys company. This example is one of eight officially imported complete with bench seating in the back.
Subaru’s Impreza had been part of the UK range for years, but was deleted a few years ago when the yen climbed so high compared to the pound that it could no longer be sold here at an attractive price. Exchange rates have since moved back, and the Impreza has returned to Subaru’s UK range. Think ‘Impreza’ and it’s easy to think of the marque’s World Rally Championship heritage, or even of the electrifying 300bhp STI. However, the STI, though still available, is no longer marketed as part of the Impreza range, and that rally heritage, though extensive and impressive, has little to do with what the current 114bhp, 1.6-litre, Impreza can offer. So, forget thoughts of fast and racy, and start thinking about practical and safe, competent and capable, comfortable and dependable.
These are the qualities that today’s Impreza brings to the marketplace. For a start, there’s four-wheel drive. Not a watered-down version, but the real thing, complete with a low-ratio box (at least on the manual model; the automatic version lacks this). There’s also suspension that actually works on the sort of roads people
use day-in, day-out. It soaks up the bumps without shaking your teeth loose, but at the same time it controls the car well, even when corners are tackled with gusto. There’s a reassuring unflappability and you just know that the car will cope with what’s hiding round the next bend. It’s not going to bounce a couple of feet off-line simply because there’s a pot-hole in the wrong place, and it won’t swerve to one side as a result of a couple of inches of water being tucked out of sight around a half-blind corner. The result of all this is easy point-to-point B-road ability that’s well ahead of what the restrained 0-60 time (about 12 seconds) and modest top speed (about 114mph) might suggest. There isn’t enough ground clearance for serious off-road use, but the four-wheel-drive is great on muddy verges or if you’re at an
event and end up parking in a field on what turns out to be the wettest day of the year. The low ratio box is useful for pulling away with a heavy trailer and it’s also handy in stop-go urban traffic, as hardly any clutch slip is needed to move off in ‘low first’. The interior could be described as a bit plasticky, but this is first and foremost a practical yet stylish countryman’s car, not a drawing room on wheels, so how much this matters is down to personal opinion. On longer journeys it could be reasonably economical, bettering 36mpg when driven in a relaxed manner, but on short stop-start journeys economy dropped to below 30mpg. It is perhaps unfortunate that a diesel engine isn’t offered, as this is what many buyers will want in a practical 4WD. An on-the-road price of £17,495 with manual transmission (£18,995 for the CVT auto) is surprisingly good value for what this Impreza offers. As a comparison, a 4WD VW Golf, albeit with a significantly more economical diesel engine, starts at over £25,000.
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Honda Civic Black Edition Honda’s Civic has been a popular choice for many years, with buyers being attracted by its proven reliability, good equipment levels and distinctive appearance. The Civic Black Edition adds a number of external styling elements, giving the car a bolder look. The black front and side skirts, the roof spoiler, and the rear bumper trim, create a more aggressive profile, one that attracts more attention than a standard Civic. A ‘Black Edition’ badge reinforces the model’s identity. The car we drove had the 120PS (118bhp) 1.6 i-DTEC diesel, which suited the car well and provided an impressive blend of performance and economy. The official ‘combined’ fuel consumption is 78.5mpg and although we didn’t do that well, we routinely returned over 60mpg during normal driving. It’s not only cheap on fuel, the low emissions rating means it benefits from free ‘road tax’. The specification included climate control air conditioning, idle stop, electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment, electric windows front and rear, LED daytime running lights, USB connection and a rear wiper. Two features came through strongly when driving the car, Honda’s 1.6 diesel engine and the car’s poise. The engine was pleasantly refined, being smooth and flexible, with excellent mid-range performance, so there was rarely any need to rev the engine hard. Where poise is concerned, the Civic Black’s suspension delivered a good balance, being firm enough to control the car well in normal driving, but not so firm as to deliver a harsh ride. Honda have done well on this and the result is a car that responds well to the driver’s inputs, corners with little roll (not only is this comfortable for passengers, it also helps keep shopping in place), and which can be driven with confidence. Practical touches include a decent-size boot and the ‘magic seats’. The seat bases can be pivoted up, rather like cinema seats, and when latched in the ‘up’ position, surprisingly large items can be carried inside the car. The rear doors open wide, helping to make the most of this feature. This seat design also provides stowage space below the seats, even
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if you are carrying rear seat passengers. If you haven’t seen Honda’s ‘magic seats’ in operation, ask your Honda dealer for a demonstration! The Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Black Special Edition retails at £22,460 on-the-road, and a five-year care package is available for an additional £555. This includes scheduled servicing for five years/62,500 miles; a two-year extended guarantee on top of the standard three-year warranty, taking the warranty to five years/90,000 miles; and, in addition to the standard three-year roadside assistance package, customers receive complimentary Hondacare Assistance for a further two years, also taking this to five years/90,000 miles. If you sell the car during the five years, the care package stays with the vehicle, which should improve its resale value.
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Ludlow Motors achieves 2015 Customer Excellence Award Local Vauxhall and Suzuki retailer Ludlow Motors is part of a family-run business. It prides itself on offering high-quality, convenient care for its customers and has been trading in the West Midlands for over 60 years. Ludlow Motors has completed a refurbishment in the showroom, service and waiting areas in time to celebrate its 30th Anniversary next year. This company investment ensures they match the approved standards set by the manufacturers, Vauxhall and Suzuki.
With the Excellence Award are Stephanie Howson (Vauxhall Regional Operations Manager), Dave Middleton (Service Manager) and Peter Hughes (General Manager)
Ludlow Motors have recently refurbished their premises 2015 CUSTOMER EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS Rewarding quality of service The Customer Excellence Awards recognise and reward top performing Retailers for the quality of service they give you, the customer. Retailers must demonstrate outstanding customer focus and dedicated service to receive this award. What can you expect from an award-winning Retailer? When you visit Ludlow Motors, you can rest assured that you will be receiving truly dedicated customer service. Ludlow Motors has gone that extra mile to help you and make you happy, and the award really is a reflection of the hard work that’s gone into our consistent achievements and all-round high performance.
VAUXHALL AND SUZUKI The retailer’s extensive Vauxhall and Suzuki fleet of new and used vehicles, as well as an outstanding aftersales service, ensures that loyal customers keep coming back time and time again. Additionally, Ludlow Motors offers excellent value for money and customers can take advantage of a range of savings across the models. The service team ensures that Vauxhall and Suzuki vehicles are running smoothly and efficiently so that customers are worry-free when it comes to purchasing a new car. With competitive service rates, the team can help you take out a service plan to spread your costs over the year, for a little as £12.99 a month. Peter Hughes, General Manager at Ludlow
Motors, commented “We are very proud of our achievements and of receiving the 2015 Customer Excellence Award. The team at Ludlow Motors strives to offer the best in customer care, so each and every motorist in the area is satisfied, both during the sales process and after. With a wide range of savings and offers available and our experienced sales team on hand to answer any and all of your questions, we’re confident we can help you to find the vehicles to suit your requirements at payments you can afford.” MOTABILITY Customers can also benefit from an on-hand, fully trained Vauxhall and Suzuki Motability team, including specialists Roger Mathews and Luke Binnersley, with years of expertise to confidently advise buyers in choosing a car that best suits their needs, along with a variety of offers available. Peter continued “We are very proud to be able to offer motorists with disabilities the chance to drive away in a Vauxhall or Suzuki
vehicle that fully meets their mobility needs. We work tirelessly to demonstrate our continued commitment to Motability and offer competitive pricing throughout, including increasing the number of models available at nil advance payment. This enthusiasm for great value for money ensures that our models remain some of the top choices for Motability customers in the area. We would like to encourage our customers to come down to the dealership and see what we can offer you.” Note that if you or a member of your family receive the Higher Rate Motability Component (HRMC) of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or the War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS) you automatically qualify for the Motability Scheme. Terms and conditions apply. For further information about Ludlow Motors and for details of vehicles in the Vauxhall and Suzuki range, please contact Ludlow Motors on Bromfield Road, Ludlow SY8 1EN on 01584 252902 or go online at www.ludlowmotors.co.uk
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A delightful semi-detached traditional cottage located on Romers Common in the hamlet of Bockleton. The property has been updated and extended by the current owners to provide a comfortable country property having generous accommodation with useful outbuildings/workshop and large landscaped gardens to the side backing onto open countryside. Energy Rating F.
An executive detached property located in the desirable Berrington Road area of Tenbury Wells. Having spacious accommodation of four bedrooms (master with ensuite), lounge, dining room, conservatory, fitted kitchen, utility and double garage. All set within generous landscape gardens to the front and rear with the added benefit of Solar Panels. Energy Rating B.
Tenbury Wells Office 01584 811999
Tenbury Wells Office 01584 811999
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A unique and well proportioned four bedroom detached cottage having been updated and improved by the current family to offer a wonderful country property. Beautiful gardens and grounds with detached double garage/workshop with store, standing in approximately 0.87 acres in all. Highly recommended for inspection Energy Rating E.
A wonderful organic smallholding in a truly picturesque setting, overlooking surrounding countryside with views beyond. The property enjoys generous accommodation to include three reception rooms, kitchen, utility, bathroom, study, conservatory and five bedrooms. All set in 7.5 acres of gardens, pasture land and orchards with a range of useful outbuildings. Energy Rating E.
Tenbury Wells Office 01584 811999
Tenbury Wells Office 01584 811999
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Church Court Barns, Milson
2 Swan Close, Burford
10 Lea View, Cleobury Mortimer
Offers in the region of £395,000 Tenbury Wells Office: 01584 811999
Offers in the region of £310,000 Tenbury Wells Office: 01584 811999
Offers in the region of £259,950 Tenbury Wells Office: 01584 811999
Set in a courtyard location this character barn conversion. Having a wealth of character with vaulted ceilings & exposed beams to the walls and ceilings throughout. The property has good sized accommodation to include: master bedroom + dressing room & ensuite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom, living room + inglenook fireplace & wood burner, kitchen, rear lobby, utility/laundry room, guest room + WC + garage. EPC D
Located in Burford just a short walk from Tenbury Wells town centre is this immaculately presented 4 bedroomed family home. Having ample parking to the front and landscaped, oriental themed garden to the rear to include vegetable garden, fish pond and decked seating area. Inside the property has good sized open plan living accommodation with three reception rooms. EPC: D
Located within walking distance of Cleobury mortimer town centre is this detached, 3 bedroomed bungalow. Having been maintained and upgraded by the owners over recent years with works including: replacement windows, replacement doors (internal and external), new radiators and the installation of local firm Clear view woodburner EPC D
The Finsbury - Four bedroom detached home
The Oulton - Five bedroom detached home
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The Hadley - Three bedroom detached home
1 Lowe Court, Stockton
16 Old Bowling Green Close, Burford
Offers in the region of £475,000 Tenbury Wells Office: 01584 811999
Offers in the region of £189,950 Tenbury Wells Office: 01584 811999
Offers in the region of £289,950 Tenbury Wells Office: 01584 811999
An impressive hop kiln conversion set in a courtyard location in Stockton; 8 miles from Tenbury Wells. With accommodation including: lounge, kitchen, 4 bedrooms (two with ensuite), family bathroom, snug, utility room and garage. EPC C
Semi-detached family home renovated to a high standard in a cul-desac position in Burford. Accommodation including: 4 bedrooms, family bathroom, living/dining room, kitchen and downstairs WC. Benefitting from gas central heating, integral garage and driveway parking. EPC D
A detached bungalow set on a generous plot, located just 5 miles from Tenbury Wells. Recently modernised the property provides spacious accommodation over 1 floor to include: 3 bedrooms (master with dressing room and ensuite) and 2 reception rooms.Viewing highly recommended to appreciate the accommodation and countryside views on offer. EPC E
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Guide Price ÂŁ450,000
Guide Price ÂŁ849,950
TC A substantial and impressive detached period property with Seventeenth Century origins set in very approx. 9 acres of gardens and pastureland l l l
A delightful extended four bedroomed Character Cottage l Kitchen open plan to dining area, Large sitting room/library area l Four bedrooms, Bathroom, Oil fired central heating l Garden store/outbuilding l Generous gardens and grounds approaching 0.75 acre (tbv)
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Four principal reception rooms, superb 42 ft. kitchen/family room Three Attic Bedrooms and 3 Bath/Shower Rooms Seven First Floor Bedrooms and 4 Bath/Shower Rooms Potential for annexed accommodation Wildlife Pond, West-Facing Terrace and Tennis Court Sweeping driveway to gravelled parking area, stone Ha-Ha between lawned gardens and pastureland Adjacent Hop Kiln with planning for conversion available by way of separate negotiation EPC D
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Published on Apr 17, 2015
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