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On Friday July 17th, three men, three mowers, and their support team, all completed an epic adventure when they arrived at the finish line, at St Michael’s Caravan Park, near Tenbury Wells. The Lawn Way Round was a week-long fund-raising tour around England, Scotland and Wales, using modified road-registered lawn mowers. Between them, the mowers clocked up a combined total of 6,600 miles during the trip, with the team visiting locations as disparate as Anglesey, Loch Ness, Bournemouth and Raddle Bank!

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Mawley Milk Mawley Town Farm opened its doors on June 27th, providing an excellent opportunity for people to see where the milk comes from, and how it gets into those plastic containers! We can take it that in the Teme Valley everyone knows that milk comes from cows, but the automated milking system at Mawley is something most people won’t have seen, with its laser and computer-controlled robotics doing most of the work. Mawley Milk was established in 1982 and in addition to pasteurising and bottling their milk and cream, the farm is busy through the year with crop selection, planting, harvesting and breeding, and 95% of the animals’ food is produced on the farm. The dairy herd is pedigree home-bred HolsteinFriesians and the automated milking system allows the cows to choose when and how often they are milked by the six Merlin milking machines. The machines, manufactured in Ellesmere, work 24/7 and the computer knows which cow is being milked from the pedometer she wears on her leg. The computer notes how far the cow has walked each day, measures the conductivity of the milk and the amount the cow gives, for health monitoring. It rejects ‘waste milk’ and controls feeding, cleaning teats and milking. The herd’s average is 36 litres of milk a day (around 10,000 litres a year) per cow. Their oldest cow is Mawley Chatter Lady, born 2 Sept 2004. She has given 60,000 litres of milk so far and has calved 8 times and still gives around 42 litres of milk a day. Fascinating stuff and enthusiastic visitors to the milking section asked lots of questions, all of which were

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Bollards, Humps and Kerbs

Crow Corner is awkward for big trucks

Early this year, an extensive programme of street works, said to have cost over half a million pounds, was carried out in Tenbury Wells. Market Street was resurfaced, as was the area around Market Square, and ‘raised tables’ (often called ‘speed humps’) were installed. The brick pavements were lifted and new pavements were laid, using a mixture of Indian sandstone, blue bricks and white bricks. Numerous stainless steel bollards were installed, a discordantly 21st Century touch in a Conservation Area. Before work began there were concerns about traffic disruption and the loss of trade the town’s businesses would suffer. Once work was underway things went from bad to worse, with complaints that trade had dropped catastrophically and that some local residents couldn’t sleep while work was being carried out at night. The signage was often wrong, the hours of closure seemed almost arbitrary and there was confusion over the temporary 7.5 tonne weight limit. The hope was that everything would be finished in March, but with August just around the corner, the project is still not fully complete. Opposite the Crow Hotel a bollard has been demolished and replaced more than once. County Councillor Ken Pollock commented that this seemed to be because tractors with trailers had not been considered when the scheme was designed. There is now a proposal to install a much more substantial bell-shape bollard at this location, but if a loaded trailer hits a bell-shape bollard, it is possible that the trailer might ride up the bollard and tip over. Already one trailer has hit a bus, shattering one of the bus’s windows. Fortunately nobody was sitting by the window, or the outcome could have been far more serious. The new kerb stones have rough edges, making it easy for motorists to damage wheels if they park close to the kerb. There are gouge marks on the speed humps, showing that some vehicles have scraped the humps while passing over them. And there have been reports that some vehicles - especially pickup trucks and trailers - make so much noise as they cross the humps that they are disturbing some people’s sleep. Signs warning about the speed humps have been erected on Cross Street and Church Street, but at the time of writing we could see no warning signs on Teme Street. These are needed to alert drivers coming from the Teme Bridge direction. If the humps are to remain, it might also help to paint SLOW on the road before each hump. There is a proposal to carry out a generally similar programme of works in Teme Street. This was expected to be part-funded by Tesco, in conjunction with their plan to open a store in Tenbury Wells, but there is uncertainty as to when - or even if - that store will be built. However, if this second phase is to be carried out - whenever that might be - it is vital that lessons are learned from the problems with the Market Street scheme.

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The bollard on June 7th

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The bollard on June 26th

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A FUN DAY DEDICATED TO THE MIGHTY APPLE SATURDAY 3RD OcTObeR 10am - 5pm on The burgage, Tenbury Wells A Great Family Day Out OVER 250 VARIETIES OF APPLES ON DISPLAY PLUS Apple identification, juicing, tree husbandry, Leominster Morris Dancers. Shopping village with food & drink, crafts, licensed bar area, demonstrations. Classic cars, apple pie and photography competitions, alpaca treks, owls and animal encounters. Tenbury Teme Valley Band, Bandemonium, local primary school choirs. Facepainting, story walks, willow workshops.

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The Lawn Way Round Most people would think twice about setting out on this round-Britain journey in their car, let alone on a lawn mower. The brave souls who set out on July 11th on modified lawn mowers, to tour around England, Wales and Scotland, will surely be able to regale their friends and relatives with their memories for years to come. This must be an adventure that they will all remember for the rest of their lives. It has also helped raise awareness of, and helped raise funds for, Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

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Simon Evans Weekend Tenbury in Bloom There are two Simon Evans anniversaries this year, with August 10th marking 120 years since his birth and August 9th, being 75 years since his death. Evans was Cleobury Mortimer’s ‘Poet Postman’ and he wrote newspaper and magazine articles from a Post Office hut just north of Stottesdon. He also caught the attention of the fledgling BBC and ended up on ‘the wireless’ - then a newfangled but increasingly popular device. His first and best-known book was ‘Round About the Crooked Steeple’, so a weekend of celebratory events round about said crooked steeple is Simon Evans in the 1930s planned. Since Evans was a postman, with his post round commemorated in the long distance footpath The Simon Evans Way, walks will be one of the main features of the weekend, along with a photographic competition, exhibitions, 1930s style vintage teas and folk music by Whalebone. BBC Radio 4 is to feature Dr Mark Baldwin, Evans’ Biographer, on ‘Saturday Live’.

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Tenbury in Bloom volunteers have planted up the planters in and around the town and they would like to hear from anyone who could spare some time to help water the plants over the summer period. If you can help, please contact the Chairman, Janice Gluyas, on 01584 781265. Tenbury in Bloom would like to thank all the sponsors for their support.

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Tenbury in Bloom committee members Charlie Wilcock and Sue Kirkpatrick with some of this year’s plants

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Although Tenbury Wells is so far from the sea, it has an active branch of the Royal Naval Association. Founded in 1985, it recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a dinner at the Fountain Inn and local resident Chris Dovey has made his mark not only by being National Chairman of the RNA, but also by being awarded the OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List.


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Burford Primary Fete

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Burford Primary School held their Fete on the 26 June. It was a great opportunity to let off steam and have some fun, and the school grounds were buzzing with activity. Maypole dancing, skittles, bouncy castles, ponies and tractors to clamber aboard, football matches, and face painting all kept youngsters busy. Scrummy-looking cakes and chocolate-covered strawberry and mallow sticks could be tried, and the busy ladies on the refreshments stand were providing wonderfully generous slices of delicious-looking cake. At one stall you could try and match the photos of babies and toddlers to the names of staff at the school. This caused head-scratching and giggling in equal measure - a very popular fund-raiser! The stocks saw a few brave souls stand as targets for the cold wet sponges. Fortunately it was a lovely warm evening. Lucky Envelopes, Lucky Dip, Name the Bear, bottle tombola, balloon race and pin the tail on the donkey (which looked awfully like Eeyore) were other opportunities to spend and fund-raise at the same time, and a rather smart Sunbeam Talbot classic car graced the grounds. Lots of smiles were in evidence at this busy evening fete!

Scary Knowbury! There really was a weird and wonderful ‘congregation’ at Knowbury Church over the weekend of July 4th and 5th. Whether it was the ‘Bubble Wraptor’ standing guard at the gate, or the brave abseiler hanging above the church door, it was obvious that the residents of Knowbury had been very busy creating an imaginative feast of over thirty scarecrows for visitors to enjoy. Guaranteed to raise a chuckle or a smile this was a marvellous bit of fun and after having inspected all the designs, visitors could vote for their favourite. A programme listed all the entries with their ‘official’ titles and associated captions - for instance the snowman scarecrow was called ‘Snowbury’ with the caption ‘A typical Shropshire summer’! A potted history of scarecrows was provided, along with examples of local names for scarecrows like ‘bugga-bo’, ‘gally-bagger’, ‘potato-bogle’ or ‘hodmandod’. For £1 you could climb the church’s tower to get a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside on this idyllic sunny day. Signs placed strategically on the steps of the narrow, steep, spiral stone staircase encouraged you not to give up on the climb - and the view certainly rewarded the effort!

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Island Woes A mini-roundabout was recently created in Burford, near Tenbury Hospital, where Forresters Road joins the main A456. Concerns were raised even before the paint was dry and the passage of time doesn’t seem to have helped. Part of the trouble relates to drivers not appreciating that traffic heading along the A456 towards Tenbury may need to stop, or at least slow down, to give way, if a vehicle is coming out of Forresters Road. There is also a problem that traffic wanting to come out of Forresters Road now has only a limited view to the right.

Before the mini-roundabout was installed, the ‘Give Way’ line at the end of Forresters Road was more than seven feet further forward, so drivers had a clear view to the right, towards Tenbury. With the ‘Give Way’ line in its new location, visibility to the right is limited by the fence round the hospital car park. Signs have been erected to warn drivers about the new roundabout, but coming from the Tenbury direction, these are partly obscured by other signage and a telegraph pole.

The sack race - a traditional favourite

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Rock Fete The sun smiled on Rock Church on June 27th, as local MP Mark Garnier declared the Rock Fete to be officially open. There was plenty to see and do with plants, ice cream, cakes, skittles, coconut shy, tombola, teas, bottles, bran tub, a raffle and more. A display of classic cars and motorbikes added interest, as did trips up the church tower. The afternoon was enlivened by Zennor Dance and Musical Theatre Academy’s performances. The Fete was a great success and the final takings came to the superb total of £1,600.

The new island doesn’t show up all that well

The view to the right is limited

The signage could be more obvious

David Lawrence singing at the Fete

Classic cars at Rock Church

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On July 11th, people made their way to Bayton to enjoy the fete, held in the village hall and on the adjoining field. The sultry afternoon saw a good turn out, with many people, young and old, helping to fundraise by having a go at the activities, or by buying a cake, plant, raffle ticket or piece of nicely-upmarket brica-brac! There was the longest run of secondhand books we’ve seen so far this year and many went away with armfuls of reading material for the summer holidays! The ladies serving refreshments in the hall were kept busy all afternoon and Tenbury Town Band played for the crowds which was greatly appreciated. It’s very traditional to have a band at a fete and the music does add a certain something! On the coconut shy those who ventured a throw were helped as much as possible, by lying some of the coconuts on their sides on top of the hoops.

Beer Festivals The last weekend in June is the traditional date for the beer festival at the Bell at Pensax and some great beers and ciders were on offer, with a total line-up of around sixty beers and ciders, with the beers on the bar changing as the cellar’s impressive stock was worked through. Many took the opportunity to try some new beers, ably advised by the staff and we found the Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild to be particularly moreish, while a BBQ in the rear garden kept hunger pangs at bay. Live music in the marquee at the front of the pub added to the atmosphere and if you missed the young, up-and-coming Cleobury Mortimer four-piece Tegu Fly they’re due to appear at The Bridge at Stanford Bridge on August 8th. The Rose & Crown’s 5th Beer Festival, on July 10th/11th/12th, saw capacity crowds and most of the real ales and ciders had been consumed by the Sunday. The festival’s combination of local bands, an outdoor stage, a festival bar with a range of beers and ciders, and plenty of seating, filling the pub’s front carpark, was again a winning combination. Local Beer Festivals to look forward to include The Boot at Orleton (July 24th-26th), The Stockton Cross at Kimbolton (31st July to 2nd August), and The Bridge at Stanford Bridge (August 6th-9th).

‘Total Recall’ on stage at the Rose and Crown

Plenty of bands at the Rosie Soaking up the atmosphere at the Rosie

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Brimfield Pub & Shop Concerned villagers held a BBQ outside The Roebuck in Brimfield on July 4th. The Brimfield and Little Hereford Community Society invited people to sign a petition with the aim of securing the pub’s freehold and lease, so the community can own and operate the pub and adjoining shop. The newly-formed Society hopes to be able to raise the money through Community Shares, grants and possibly loans, to safeguard the future of the pub and shop, which are important assets to the local community.

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Tenbury Music Festival After months of planning and anticipation, everything fell into place on Saturday June 20th, when the inaugural Tenbury Music Festival took place on the Burgage. The programme included Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders, Deborah Rose, Hot Climate, The Fabulous Bordellos, Mumbo Jumbo, Sultana Brothers, Blacks and Blues, Grey Wolf, Floyd Earl Crow and Pigdaze. Drizzle early in the day wasn’t a good start, but before lunch the skies started to lighten and things got better and better. The sun emerged, the bands played, and it was obvious that Tenbury’s Burgage can be a great venue. Attentive security mingled with the crowds to keep things safe and there was a splendidly relaxed atmosphere, where you could lie back and take in the music. An extensive range of food was on offer, including Vegetarian Street Food, Ostrich Burgers, Hot Potatoes, Pork Baps, Paella, BBQ or Jerk Chicken - and much, much more! A larger crowd would have made things even better, but it’s important to remember that this was the event’s first year, and word will spread. The next Tenbury Music Festival is set to take place on Saturday June 18th, 2016, and the organisers are already looking for sponsorship for next year, and they would like to hear from volunteers who might be willing to help out. If you’d like to find out more about being involved in next year’s event, they’ve taken a stand at the Tenbury Show, so you might like to talk to them then!

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Paul Beavis Robert Plant

Grey Wolf

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Andy Fairweather Low

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Stoke Bliss Flower Festival

St Peter’s Church held a Flower Festival on June 26th/27th/28th. The theme was taken from the hymn ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’ and the festival culminated with a Songs of Praise service on Sunday, with music by the Tenbury Town Band. Flower arrangements, many incorporating a cross, filled the church; around the font, around the pulpit, on every window ledge and - or so it seemed - in every alcove. Tucked away in the countryside, this church was a lovely spot to venture out to, and with refreshments on hand to welcome visitors, a very pleasant time could be had, simply by visiting the festival.

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Party in the Park

Party In The Park was held on Palmers Meadow in Tenbury Wells on June 21st. It aimed to give families a free afternoon of activities and it also gave local residents a chance to chat to the Police. Many local businesses contribute to the day. There was stacks to do. You could try on various bit of police kit, including body protection and you could even be hand-cuffed. There was plenty of advice about safety and you could come away with bells to attach to a purse or handbag, to warn you if someone tried to steal it! Ferret racing, where teams of children race through tunnels and try to beat the ferret running through his tube, was popular. A large Climbing Tower, ‘It’s a Knockout’ games, Quads, a roundabout, a huge inflatable slide, and a rodeo bull gave lots of opportunity for giggles and fun. Disco Daddy had the kids joining in with his crazy, music-led antics - rolling on the floor waving legs in the air one moment, running round in circles the next. Great to watch and even Elvis (not the real one!) made an appearance.

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Plenty to do!

The quads were popular

Knighton Fete The Police were out in force

Thanks to the sterling efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers, Knighton-on-Teme held its annual fete on July 11th, at Mathon, on the outskirts of Newnham Bridge and lots of activities were laid on! Raffle tickets sold well, the rat was batted, Bromyard Wind Band played, the Teddy was named, Lindridge Primary School choir sang, skittles went down and garden darts were thrown. There was an impressive number of lots in the silent auction, many donated by local businesses. The auction progressed quietly and steadily, until a flurry of late bidding took place to secure the many fancied lots! Add in teas and cake, a bar, bric-a-brac, plants and golf challenge and it made for a lovely local fete - a great way for everyone to get together!

Name the Bear

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Tackling the Golfing Challenge with a little help!

Disco Daddy

Going Strong at 70! On July 9th, Little Hereford WI celebrated their 70th Anniversary with an afternoon tea, and members, former members and guests from Brimfield WI gathered at Little Hereford Village Hall. Eva Thomas, current President, gave a short and entertaining talk with a potted history of the branch and encouraged everyone to have a good look at the archive of photos and press cuttings about A celebration cake was the group, while in the side hall a made by current member wonderfully sumptuous looking Mrs Hilary Brown tea was laid out in true WI style!

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The Tenbury Teme Valley Band told us that after months of planning their ‘Music Through the Decades’ Charity Concert was a spectacular success. The band played a wide variety of pieces from each decade, under the baton of musical director Roy Osborne. It also showcased some of its talented soloists including Ruth Riley playing ‘Cinema Paradiso’, Martin Thompson playing ‘Moon River’ and ‘Nobody Does it Better’, performed by three tenor saxophonists. The Got2sing choir, with their conductor Cathy Hart, got everyone swinging to their songs.

Allister and Naomi, from Hotsy Totsy Entertainment, added ballroom dances, with authentic costumes, to some of the band’s music, such as ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’. There was even a dragon, 9 year old Alice Hickey, who choreographed her own dance in ‘How to Train your Dragon’. The Tenbury C of E Primary School Choir stole the show with its wonderful selection of songs and vibrant performance, conducted by Kevin Bryant in his own dynamic style. John Mather, Band Chairman, said “We would like to thank our appreciative

1940s Event

Bromyard held a 1940s-style Street Fair on June 28th, as a fringe event to the well-known Gala. The main road through the town centre was closed to traffic as stalls, rides and slides filled the street. Many stall-holders and shopkeepers adopted 1940’s dress for the day and despite a cold start the afternoon warmed up with sunshine breaking through to bring a smile to everyone’s faces. A solo crooner expertly entertained the crowds outside The Falcon with songs from the war years and many got up to have a dance. Outside The Hop Pole there was entertainment including the Dollaway Dancers who had a smart dance routine, to a period tune, in period dress, which helped to set the scene for the afternoon. Period vehicles (tractors, cars and military trucks) parked along the street added to the atmosphere, as did shop windows with a 1940’s theme.

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and enthusiastic audience for supporting this concert. We would also like to thank Ian Little and Peter Drew and their dedicated team at the Regal for all their hard work”. Compere for the evening was Godfrey Pitt and proceeds from the concert will go to Tenbury NILS, Cafe 27 and Tenbury Age UK.

If you had to pick a phrase to sum Ken Chadwick up it might be ‘Been there, done that, got the T-shirt’ because during his years he has done an amazing range of things, including being evacuated from Birmingham in 1939 at the age of 5; serving at sea in the Royal Navy for 12 years; having a career in sales; being a Ken Chadwick with his latest book director of an industrial building company; running a Country Guest House; buying, refurbishing and running a loch-side hotel; and getting his Private Pilot’s Licence. More recently he started a lighting company with the tooling from a small Black Country foundry which had gone bust. Today his company exports worldwide, including China, Hong Kong and Bahrain. He also found time to build himself and his second wife a new home on Colonsay in 2004. Ken, who now lives in St Michaels, told us that he loves to create things, forming things from nothing, so book writing sounds just up his street! He explained that he wrote for himself, there was no eureka moment, he just put the thoughts down as they came to him. Having written a book, it is typical of Ken that he would make sure that it was published. His first novel ‘The Evacuee - or sins and comeuppances’ was based on his evacuation memories. Moving to his most recent book, ‘Enough’s Enough!’, Ken commented that whereas his last company, Candela, shed light on the streets, this book was to be seen as shedding light on politics and he wrote the first chapter over a year ago in response to some political event and the impending election. Ken has put both books on Amazon and Kindle and copies are also available from Tenbury News.

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Looking forw It’s almost showtime again and on Saturday 1st August the showground, off the A456 just outside Tenbury, will be transformed into a feast of activities for the day. Preparation of the show ground begins a few weeks before the actual day, with roadside banners being erected, the hedges being trimmed and the fields being prepared. Almost as if by magic the showground takes shape, but behind the scenes there is a huge amount of work being done by people who are keen to give the visiting public a professional, enjoyable and fantasticvalue family day out. In the top six! The Tenbury Countryside Show was listed as being one of the top six shows nationally by the Farmers Guardian in its Show Business 2015 competition - a tremendous achievement for a Show that basically relies on volunteers. Not content to rest on their laurels, this year’s show will be hosting three National events: the National Ryeland Sheep Show, the Hereford Cattle 31st National Show and the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ Tug-of-War finals - a great vote of confidence in the Tenbury Agricultural Society and the Tenbury Show! This year also sees the addition of Lawn Mower Racing, an inter-hunt relay and Agricultural Olympics taking place in the main ring along with the more familiar, but always interesting, range of parades (livestock, classic vehicles, classic tractors) and award presentations. A display entitled ‘A year in the Life of a Field’ promises to provide a visual spectacle of the large machinery that is used in farming today. A full day out! As always, there will be a lot to see and do and the Tenbury Countryside Show offers a full day out for all ages, with some classes already underway when the gates open to the public at 9am. The activities continue well into the afternoon with a Parade of Classic Vehicles and Vintage Tractors starting at 4.30pm in the main ring with Agricultural Olympics at 5pm and Lawn Mower Racing at 5.30pm. Though you might have sore feet by the close of show at 6pm, it can be very worthwhile staying on. It’s worth remembering on the day that there are TWO rings of entertainment. As well as the main ring there is a second, smaller, ring (The Countryside Ring). This second ring hosts many displays and demonstrations, including the ever-popular Sheep Show, Falconry & exotic animals, gundogs, ferrets, and a farrier demonstration. Check the ring schedules (see the advert on page 15) to see what’s scheduled, and in which ring, during the day. The test of strength demonstrated in the Tractor Pulling, which starts at 12noon, in the far corner of the showground, is something many people like to see.

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Show Preview...continued The Stands Then of course there are all the stands to see, with many local businesses and a wide range of organisations being present at the Show. For example, the team behind Tenbury’s Music Festival will be there. They are already looking for volunteers and sponsorship to help with next year’s event! As usual, there will be a vast array of other stalls, from food and drink vendors with lots of areas to sit down and take the weight off your feet, to local charities, as well as professionals such as accountants or schools! Fun and games to keep the youngsters busy include circus activities, massive bouncy slides that tower over the showground, go-karts and rides. And of course there are lots of animals to see, including horses, ponies, alpacas, beagles, pigs, sheep and maybe even hedgehogs! The Marquees Don’t forget to have a good look round the marquees. In the Horticultural marquee you can find exhibits of fruit, vegetables, handicrafts, preserves, photography, flowers, floral art and more, as well as Club Exhibits, this year’s theme being the WI’s Centenary. And don’t forget the Food Fayre tent, the Arts and Crafts tent, and live music from Grey Wolf. Relax and meet up! Many people see the day as a relaxing get-together, where they can meet up with old friends or make new ones. It’s a great chance to catch up on what’s happened since last year, possibly over a glass or two of beer or cider. If the weather is kind it will obviously be a great day out, but the fact that so much takes place under cover means that even on a wet day there is still plenty to do. Please note that all the photos pictured here are from last year’s Show. We hope they give you a flavour of what you can expect this year, but of course the Show does change from year to year!


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Sound in the Movie Industry - Take One!

The clapper board records details of the ‘take’ and facilitates synchronisation of sound and vision

Local resident Norman Wanstall was involved in the Film Industry for over two decades, mainly in the 1960s and 1970s, to such an extent that, 50 years ago, he won an Oscar for his work on the James Bond film, Goldfinger, as featured in the Feb/March 2015 issue of the Teme Valley Times. We spoke to Norman about the process of creating a film and he explained that film production is a hugely creative process, involving a large team of experts, all of whom are specialists in their own particular field hence the long list of credits that travel up the screen at the end of every film. Norman commented that in the end “All film is an illusion” and in this series, with the help of Norman’s recollections, we will take a look at how some parts of this illusion have been created. Until the 1920s film was purely all about the visual, but then the “Talkies” arrived and sound became a new, exciting and increasingly important element in film making. Throughout shooting, the sound and camera crews operate independently, though they are linked electronically for synchronisation. Until relatively recently, when a digital process was introduced, the negative used during a day’s shooting was shipped off at night to the laboratory, then returned to the editing department the following morning as positive 35mm colour film, much as we used to take our rolls of film to the chemist Norman Wanstall working on a Bond film in the 1970s for processing. Meanwhile the sound recordist would take his quarter-inch tapes to the studio’s Sound Department, from where it returned to the editor the following morning, transferred onto 35mm film stock. From then on, the sound and picture would run separately, but side-by-side, throughout the making The Oscar that of the film, until eventually they were Norman won married together when the production for his work on was completed. ‘Goldfinger’ Needless to say, the first job for the editing crew each day was to Editing synchronise the sound with the picture. To Norman facilitate this, every shot in a film starts with explained that a clapper board. This not only shows the number of the shot and creates a ‘clap’ sound, it was said that the cheapest it also allows the holder to call out the shot item on any number. production was On a bespoke editing machine called a the film stock, ‘Moviola’, which has separate sound and Norman Wanstall with Ursula Andress, which probably picture facilities, the ‘clap’ and the number who played Honey Ryder in ‘Dr No’ explains why of the shot can be seen in the picture, and 300,000 feet also heard on the soundtrack, which allows could be shot on a Bond movie, even though the editing crew to synchronise every shot the scene as a master shot showing all four individually. The synchronised material would the film we see in the cinema would only be characters, the camera would be moved around 13,000 feet long. How can this come then be formed into reels of approximately around and the scene shot right through about? 1000 feet, and at lunchtime the film crew many times, but each time showing perhaps would all come together and sit back to watch Norman commented “If one takes a simple just one character, or perhaps two, or perhaps dialogue scene, lasting just a few minutes, yesterday’s ‘rushes’ in a viewing theatre. three. It’s the director who makes these involving four characters sitting in a bar, it Norman laughingly said that he’s never met decisions and plans the scene. The editor anyone outside the film industry who realised would invariably be shot right through from then has to decide from so many possibilities various different angles. After shooting what a clapper board was for! which shot to use for every line of dialogue. If

the same lines of dialogue have been shot from many angles and only one version can be used, it explains how so much film ends up ‘on the cutting room floor’. When we watch a film we never question how one can ‘cut’ from one character to another or from one angle to another, but in fact whenever a cut takes place an editor has creatively made the decision to make that cut, and has timed the moment to the split second.” Creation For various reasons (especially in action films) numerous sections of the original sound-track have to be replaced or enhanced and this would be carried out over many weeks, by means of sessions in a recording theatre, or with a sound crew on location, or from visits to a sound-effects library. All studios are equipped with a special recording theatre in which scenes from a movie can be shown and actors whose lines have to be replaced can come in and see themselves on screen and re-record the selected lines in sync with the movement of their lips. It’s a process known as post synchronising and the job is supervised by a dialogue editor. On the early Bond films this involved a considerable amount of extra work; actors such as Ursula Andress, Daniela Bianchi and Gert Fröbe were picked for their looks and charisma, rather than for their diction, and as a result they were all re-voiced. As the theatre is also used for recording sound effects, the floor has strips of a very wide range of surfaces, from carpet to cobbles, which are used for the recording of footsteps and other spot effects. Props of every description are housed in a back room, as so many different sounds have to be recorded for the scenes where the sound that was originally recorded needs to be replaced. Action scenes, such as those involving car chases, helicopters, boats, motorbikes or military vehicles take a lot of organising and the sound editor has to sketch and time every shot, so he can go out with a sound crew and the appropriate vehicle and record the sounds that are needed for the film. Norman’s role involved creating sound tracks in this way for many ‘headline’ movies, including the first five James Bond films. To be continued...


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Wines from Portugal Wine is thought to have been made in Portugal for about 4,000 years, and over 800 years ago wine from the Entre Douro e Minho region (which now includes Douro and Vinho Verde) was being shipped from Portugal to England. In 1386, Portugal and England signed the Treaty of Windsor which fostered close relations between the two countries and opened the door for trade. The 1703 Methuen Treaty reduced duty on Portuguese wines to less than half the duty on French wines, and it is said that in 1717 wine imported from Portugal accounted for 66% of wine brought into England. More recently, many people might think no further than Mateus Rosé and Port, but there’s a lot more to Portuguese wine than that! Vinho Verde is a well-established light, fresh white wine, with a hint of a sparkle. It’s made in Northern Portugal, from local grape varieties, and it’s best drunk young and cool. The Douro region is also a significant player. It’s very much associated with Port, but it also makes a lot of unfortified wines, again using a number of local grape varieties.

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Morrisons Morrisons Vinho Verde £4.49 Sharp in a citrus way, with prominent lime and hints of lemon, this could be too sharp for some, but others might love it. It could work well in a spritzer or with fish.

Aldi The Venturer Series Vinho Verde 2013 £4.79 With flavours of pineapple chunks and with hints of lime and rhubarb, this could be enjoyed by itself or with food. Surprisingly good. Fletchers Ruby Port £6.49 Fiery and fruity and very warming on the way down, this isn’t the silkiest of Ports, but it’s full of flavour and personality and it’s also excellent value.

Morrisons Signature red Douro 2013 £7.99 Dry and with obvious tannin, this leant towards a French style, providing a contrast to the other reds we tried. For most people it’ll probably be better with food and we found it went well with applewood smoked cheddar.

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Morrisons Signature white Douro 2014 £7.99 (or 2 for £12.00 till Aug 2nd) An interesting, complex, aromatic and well-made white, tasting something towards a Semillon Chardonnay, with flavours of chinese grapefruit and pineapple chunks.

Majestic Terras de Pegoes 2013 £5.49 until August 31st Made using the Periquita (also known as Castelão) grape this dryish red is perfectly pleasant in itself, and might be a useful choice if you’re looking for something lighter than the other reds we’ve looked at here.

Sainsburys Winemakers’ Selection Vinho Verde £5.00 A lot of people would like this, with its light and fresh fruity sweetness, with hints of lemon and unripe melon. Could be a good choice for a summer BBQ.

Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde 2014 £9.99 (£6.66 for two or more, August 4th-31st) This differs from the other Vinho Verdes we tried, with its floral aroma and elderflower flavours. If you enjoy elderflower pressé, you might love this! Porta 6 2012 £9.99 (£6.66 for two or more, August 4th-31st) The label suits the wine. This is a lively-tasting red with plenty of dark fruit flavour, no obvious tannin and a smooth dryness; a bit like Port, but without the extra alcohol. Not as sophisticated as some of the Douros, but it’s bursting with energy, so it depends what you’re looking for - and all the tasters liked it!

Taste the Difference Douro 2013 £8.00 This sophisticated dryish red has something of the flavour of Port, with plenty of depth and a damson/ blackcurrant fruitiness. Very drinkable, this could be enjoyed on its own or with food.

Tesco Finest* Douro £6.00 A grown-up, confident red, this would go down well with a typical Sunday lunch. It’s solid in a vaguely French way, but there’s a nice redcurrant and black cherry fruitiness. Very satisfactory all round, especially at this price. Tesco Vinho Verde £4.29 Fresh and citrussy, with hints of lime, lemon and honey, we felt this was at its best straight from the fridge. Possibly a little sharp for some, but excellent value. Waitrose Waitrose Portuguese Rosé Tejo 2014 (12.5%) £6.39 Drier than many Portuguese rosés, this is best lightly chilled - not straight from the fridge and will appeal to those who aren’t looking for a sweet strawberry type of rosé. Waitrose Douro Valley Reserva Quinta da Rosa 2012 £10.99 The most expensive bottle we tried, but it was really rather good, so you’re getting what you pay for. It’s dry, but with a sweetness to its flavour - and firm, but with no harsh tannins. The result is a wine that will have a broad appeal, being smooth and refined, without being challenging. Well-structured and good with or without food.

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Peugeot RCZ-R The RCZ-R is undeniably a striking looker, with its ‘double bubble’ roof, and with 270bhp under the bonnet it’s also no slouch. Fittingly, it made its international debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2013, though customer deliveries in the UK didn’t begin until 2014. You can be confident that the RCZ-R is never going to become a common sight, so there’s also an element of guaranteed exclusivity. It boasts a raft of modifications compared to the RCZ it is based on. Obviously the engine has come in for a lot of attention, to raise its power by 70hp, but the RCZ-R also features a fixed spoiler, bigger brakes, new wheels, and - perhaps most significantly of all - a Torsen differential to help keep things under control if you try to make the most of the car’s 270hp and 330Nm of torque. The throbby exhaust note at idle hints at the car’s performance, and you might expect such a highly-tuned engine to be fussy or inflexible, but the engine is flexible and refined, with surging mid-range performance, so you rarely need to take the rev counter needle anywhere near the red line. Inevitably the suspension is firm and the lowprofile tyres don’t offer much cushioning, so you’ll feel all the potholes, but Peugeot have done a good job, in terms of setting the car up for its intended function, and some more modest cars deliver a harsher ride. The seats are also ‘special’ for the RCZ-R. They hold you in place well, but they’re pleasantly comfortable. Although it’s marketed as a 2+2, it’s best viewed as a two-seater that has a padded parcel shelf. There’s minimal legroom in the back and access is decidedly awkward. On the good side, the

boot’s quite generous, so despite this being a sporty coupé, there’s enough luggage space for a week’s holiday - not just for a weekend away! We found the car to be very sensitive to tyre pressures. When they were spot-on, the car drove very well, with good stability, but the car’s feel suffered even if they were only a fraction soft.

With 270bhp, the RCZ-R accelerates from 0 to 62mph in less than six seconds, placing the car in the ‘serious performance’ category. Despite this, its emissions are quite modest, at 145g/km, which is lower than a significantly less-powerful petrol-engined RCZ, underlining the R model’s efficiency! A car as special as this might be expected

to cost an arm and a leg, and while £32,250 cannot be called ‘cheap’ it is actually quite good value, considering what you get. In addition, the fuel consumption is better than might be feared and we averaged about 37mpg, and the 145g/km emissions mean an RCZ-R doesn’t even cost a lot to tax. Insurance, however, might be another matter, as it falls into Group 42!

pleasantly quiet even at motorway speeds and the overall impression is one of a quirky looker that could take you on long trips in comfort, while being very handy round town, and the seat height and roof height make it an easy car to get in and out of. Running costs will be little higher than some 1.6-litre models, due to the Soul’s emission and fuel consumption figures. Emissions range from 132g to 170g, depending on the model, putting the car in excise duty bands E to H, and official ‘combined’ fuel consumption

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Kia Soul Many motorists are attracted to the idea of driving something that’s a bit ‘different’. There are plenty of ‘different’ options, ranging from a Caterham to a Cadillac Eldorado, but many people also require a car that offers practicality. Kia’s Soul manages to blend ‘different’ with ‘practical’ in a way that means the car stands out from the crowd, while still delivering everyday practicality. The Soul was designed at Kia’s design centre in California, echoing its West Coast style, but the original model, unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, suffered from a harsh ride. This secondgeneration Soul retains that car’s striking looks, while improving its dynamics, particularly in terms of ride comfort, creating a car that draws a lot of looks while being comfortable, practical and affordable. From the outside the Soul doesn’t look very big, but once inside the car it feels spacious, with plenty of headroom and with more legroom in the back than a number of similar-size models, but the boot isn’t particularly generous. Engine options, partly depending on which trim level you go for, are a 130hp petrol engine, or a 126hp diesel engine, both 1.6-litre. Performance is much the same, with a top speed of around 113mph and a 0-60 time of about 10.7 seconds. All versions have a six-speed gearbox, with automatic transmission being optional on the diesel. There are five trim levels, running from the ‘Start’ to the range-topping ‘Maxx’, with ‘Connect’, ‘Connect Plus’ and ‘Mixx’ filling the middle ground. The Mixx we drove is one grade down from the top, so was naturally well-equipped, including 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running

lights, heated front seats, climate control and an excellent reversing camera. Finished in white with a red roof, and with privacy glass in the rear part of the car, its looks were particularly striking. There are interesting design touches inside the car, including the way the speakers on the fascia morph into the ventilation grilles. The handling is all you need if you’re driving for style rather than sportiness and the suspension delivered a decent ride, even over mediocre surfaces. The diesel engine was


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This year’s Thrill on the Hill was held on July 11th at Shelsley Walsh and, like last year, it was a celebration of all things Morgan. Owners came from far and wide to be at the day, with many taking the opportunity to enjoy a drive up the world-famous hillclimb course. The day wasn’t just about Morgans though, and familyfriendly attractions included a galloper roundabout and a big wheel, while an airshow at lunchtime took activities even further off the ground!

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12 12 OCTAVIA 1.6 TDI SE PLUS, grey, 40,000 miles . . . . . £10,950 11 11 OCTAVIA 1.6 MPI, silver, 51,000 miles . . . . . . DUE IN £6,450 09 09 OCTAVIA 1.9 TDI, grey, 70,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7,995 07 57 OCTAVIA 1.9 TDI Elegance, blue, 100,000 miles . . . . £4,995

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12 61 FABIA 1.2 TSI SE ESTATE, silver, 11,000 miles . . . . . 12 12 FABIA 1.2 TSI SE, red, 26,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 11 FABIA 1.6 TDI Elegance, grey, 55,000 miles . . . . . . . . 12 12 FABIA 1.2 TSI, silver, 45,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 10 FABIA 1.4 TDI, grey, 35,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08 08 FABIA 1.2 S, maroon, 41,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05 55 FABIA 1.4 TDI ESTATE, black, 100,000 miles . . . . . . .

£7,995 £7,450 £6,995 £6,450 £6,450 £4,495 £2,995

VW CADDY

13 13 CADDY MAXI 1.6 TDI, white, 80,000 miles . . . . £9,995 + VAT 12 12 CADDY VAN 1.6 TDI, white, 60,000 miles . . . . . £7,995 + VAT

OVERTON SERVICE STATION HEREFORD ROAD, LUDLOW. Tel. 01584 872584

Will’s Auto Repairs Ltd

Skoda Octavia vRS Estate The Octavia is such a well-known model that it hardly needs any introduction. There are plenty of engines and trim levels to choose from, but here we’re only looking at the vRS, which represents the performance end of the Octavia range. The vRS is available with a petrol engine or a diesel, and in hatchback or estate form. The petrol is the sportier of the two, with 220hp, but the 184hp diesel is no slouch, as demonstrated by its top speed of over 140mph. Both engines are available with manual or - for an extra £1,390 - with automatic ‘DSG’ transmission. We drove a diesel estate, which is probably the model that scores highest if you’re looking for family transport. Fitted options included automatic transmission, a Columbus sat nav, a space saver spare wheel and heated leather seats; these took

the on-the-road list price from £26,505 to over £29,000. Many other options are also available, such as privacy glass, roof rails and a reversing camera. There’s a lot of legroom in the rear, far more than in the previous Octavia, which could be particularly useful if you regularly carry adults in the back. The boot is a perfectly respectable size, but perhaps not be quite as big as some might have expected. On longer trips it’s comfortable and feels spacious, but it’s not a quiet car, because of the amount of road/tyre noise; perhaps this is partly due to the 225/40R18 tyres. The vRS comes with sports suspension so it sits about half an inch lower than ‘ordinary’ Octavias and it delivers a firmer ride. We found that the DSG automatic gearbox generally worked well but it does increases running costs, compared to the manual model as ‘extra urban’ fuel economy drops from 72.4 to 65.7mpg and emissions rise from 119g/km to 129g/km. There are paddles behind the steering wheel to allow you to change

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gear for yourself if you wish. These worked well and were easy to reach. The DSG’s drive take-up from a standing start isn’t as delicate as it would be with a manual clutch, which isn’t ideal if you just want to move the car a few inches, perhaps when parking in a very tight space. Plus points include the engine’s excellent punch, which allows it to deliver good overtaking ability, even at quite modest engine speeds, and the excellent brakes, which do an impressive job of slowing things down again. There’s a decent amount of stowage space inside the car, with lots of cubby holes and generous door pockets, and the bi-xenon headlights worked well. Overall the Octavia vRS Estate is an attractive package that combines good performance with plenty of space and modest running costs. There’s no doubting this vRS’s ability to get places quickly, while at the same time offering just the sort of practicality buyers are likely to look for in a family-sized estate car.


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Between Leominster and Ludlow l l l l l

A substantially upgraded and extended detached house offering immaculately presented 4 bedroomed accommodation. Small select cul de sac; accessible village just two miles from Leominster Town Centre. Well fitted kitchen with superb conservatory/dining room extension and separate utility room. Attractively landscaped and surprisingly private rear garden with sunny southerly aspect. 24 ft x 12 ft 3 Sitting Room, Living Room with patio doors to rear garden, Garage, Car Port, useful store room and parking.

Burley Gate, Herefordshire l l l l l

Guide Price ÂŁ335,000

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Guide Price ÂŁ725,000

A beautifully presented extended former farmhouse with gardens, pastureland, stables, workshop and separate self-contained barn. Downstairs Annexe with Study/Reception Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Games Room and Conservatory. l Six Bedrooms, Four Bathrooms The whole property extends to just under 4 Acres (TBV). Delightful views from numerous aspects. l Ideal Equestrian opportunity with direct bridleway access for off-road riding and further access onto a quiet country lane. EPC D


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Between Ludlow & Kidderminster l l l l l

Now nearing completion, a spacious four bedroomed house with adjoining one bed annexe. Approx 11 acres. Peaceful and secluded rural position with far reaching views. Agricultural building 100 ft x 80 ft. Ideal for equestrian/livestock or storage/smallholding use. Stunning double height 32 ft. x 19 ft. kitchen and family room with wood burner and clerestory roof. Dining/sitting room 36 ft. x 16 ft Utility room 19 ft x 6 ft and large Master Bedroom with further dressing room, en-suite and roof terrace. Available as an onward l construction project or completed house. EPC F.

Brierley, Herefordshire l l l l l l

Guide Price on Application

Delightful and deceptively spacious grade II listed end terraced property with accommodation arranged over 3 floors. Three bedrooms, ensuite and family bathroom. Sitting room, dining room, kitchen, study. Partially completed so purchaser can finish kitchen and decor to personal taste. Second floor accommodation with newly installed stairway, replacement and repaired windows, newly fully insulated. Lovely peaceful position, yet just a few minutes drive from amenities in Leominster. l Adjoining open countryside hence lovely views, large garden and parking. 路 EPC exempt.

Guide Price 拢249,995


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Teme Valley Times Aug-Sept 2015  

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