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The Elms Hotel at Abberley has a new owner following its sale to a company headed by local businessman and Great Witley resident Tim Hopkins (right in photo). Manager Martin Page (left) explained that he is looking forward to a new era for the hotel, working with a local owner, and focussing more on the hotel’s appeal to local residents, with the aim of The Elms coming to mind naturally for lunches, afternoon teas, celebration dinners, relaxing spa days or weddings. The hotel was previously owned by Luxury Family Hotels, which put the hotel on the market after deciding to focus on their properties in the south of England.

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The Elms Hotel at Abberley celebrated its new local ownership by holding a garden party on Sunday July 23rd. People were invited to visit and take a look round, have a drink, enjoy a barbecue, tour the Spa, explore the grounds, listen to the live band or simply relax on the lawn and enjoy the excellent weather. And they came in their hundreds, with the large front lawns at the hotel having to be used as overflow car parks! Complimentary Elemis hand massages were on offer and the bouncy castle and swing ball helped keep the youngsters entertained. This was a very welcoming event where people were made to feel at home in grand but informal surroundings.

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In June artists took part in a ‘Paint Jam’ in Castle Square as part of Ludlow’s Fringe Festival. Minute-by-minute you could see pieces of art being created before your very eyes fascinating to watch, and potentially infectious, in the sense that it might make you want to have a go yourself!

Funds raised for Air Ambulance The Rose and Crown in Burford held its Beer Festival over the weekend of July 7th/8th/9th. There was also a draw run by Michael Turner, for which scores of prizes were donated, and about £1,500 was raised for the Air Ambulance.

Bromyard Hop Festival This year’s Hop Festival, sponsored by Wye Valley Brewery and Charles Faram hop-growers, is set to take place on Sunday 27th August. The Hop Pocket Race, in which teams of four run through the town carrying a hop-sack, was invented when the Hop Festival began in 2011. The main Race is open to all classes, there are also Ladies and Junior races, and for this year there’s also a Fancy Dress race!

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Music to the Marches In August, 90 young musicians from 16 countries will take up residence at Moor Park School, Ludlow, for a 12-day cultural and musical exchange, culminating in public concerts in Ludlow, Leominster and Presteigne. Participants this year come from the UK, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Kenya, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. ‘BISYOC’ is an annual event which started at Bedstone in 2001; the name comes from Bedstone International Summer Youth Orchestral Course. It brings 15 to 25 year olds together for a programme that places emphasis on cultural exchange, including

Country Presentations, at which participants wear national costume and promote their countries to one another, International Food Night where they cook and share national dishes, and International Dance Night which features the latest dance craze from each country. The conclusion consists of orchestral and choral performances at St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow and at Leominster Priory. These concerts combine the 90-strong BISYOC Symphony Orchestra with a choir of 60 singers, recruited from choirs across the Marches, led and trained by Bishops Castle choirmaster Robert Bunting.

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Many concerns have been raised about road closures for the Velo Birmingham bike ride on Sunday September 24th. The route that was originally put forward has been changed and the new route means that the ride will no longer go through Clifton-upon-Teme or into Herefordshire. These changes have been welcomed by many who live on, or work on, the route that was first put forward, but residents and businesses in places such as Dunley, Great Witley and Holt will still be affected. The idea behind the ride is that 15,000 cyclists will set off from Birmingham on what the organisers have recently described as an “unforgettable 100 mile route on completely closed roads, taking them through the picturesque Worcestershire and Staffordshire countryside before returning to Birmingham.” The route is expected to be closed to all other traffic for a considerable number of hours on the day, to allow the bike ride to take place, which will make it difficult for some residents to get to work, or even to get out of their house by car. A number of business on the route have said they expect to close because staff won’t be able to get to work, and customers wouldn’t be able to reach them either, so it looks likely that some workers will be losing pay. There will also be difficulties for many other people, including care workers and farmers, newspaper and

other deliveries will be severely disrupted, and going to church or even just visiting relatives will be difficult or impossible in some cases. Some of the roads that will be closed normally carry a lot of through traffic, one example being the route across Holt Fleet bridge, so the closures will affect people from miles away, who may not even know about the situation until they see the signs. There will also be problems for some providers of overnight accommodation. If the road past premises is to close early on Sunday morning, it may not be practicable for people to stay the Saturday night, which would obviously mean the business losing trade. The Traffic Regulation Orders that are needed to close the roads are expected to be published by the end of July. People who have any concerns over the proposals will then be able to comment on them.

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An outside market brings a splash of colour and activity to a town and Leominster’s is held in Corn Square. The square’s name may seem puzzling these days, but the Corn Exchange used to be one side of the square, where the Flying Dutchman is now located. Leominster market goes back many centuries and it is recorded that in 1237, to avoid a clash with Hereford market, it was ordered that Leominster market would henceforth be held on a Friday rather than a Saturday and Friday is still market day in Leominster. Around Corn Square there’s a wide range of businesses - a bank, a pub, places where you can enjoy a coffee, and a great deal more, including the local ‘in-house’ Dry Cleaners. There’s also the Tourist Information Centre, recently relocated from one corner of the square to the corner diagonally opposite. Just off Corn Square there are many more shops, including, for example, Leominster Pet Centre in Corn Street.

Two miles of bunting have brought a further splash of colour to Leominster. The bunting was made in Britain, using British fabric and British binding and thanks for putting the bunting together go to local businesses Jumping Ships, Beamer Designs and Lenka’s Alterations. One particular section to take a look at is where School Lane leaves Corn Square - the bunting has been cut to create outlines of children!

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Abberley Clock Tower Bayton Fete This tower is one of the best-known landmarks of the Teme Valley as its size and elevated setting means it can be seen from many miles away. As it’s in the grounds of Abberley Hall School, not that many people have seen it close up. However, it was open to the public on July 13th and 14th, giving people a chance to take a look not only at the outside, but also at the inside! Built in the 1880s, on Merritt’s Hill, 700 feet above sea level, and said to be 161 feet high, its prominent features include the clock, which was made by J B Joyce of Whitchurch. The rooms inside the tower are quite small, with just one on each floor, and generally with relatively small windows. To make the best of the view, of course, you would need to be about 100 feet up, on what might be described as the roof terrace, rather than actually in any of the rooms. It is said that six English counties (Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire) may be seen from the top of the tower, if the weather is Part of the clock mechanism kind.

On July 17th there was a good turnout for Bayton’s Fete, which was, as usual, held on the area behind the school and village hall. There was a useful variety of stalls. These included a vast number of books, a good range of cakes, lots of plants, and plenty of bric-a-brac to rummage through, not to mention a coconut shy, if you felt like trying your luck! Of course, there were many other ways to spend your time at the fete. The Brass Ensemble of the West Mercia Police Band provided entertainment and refreshments were on offer in the village hall. This was a friendly way to spend an afternoon, with proceeds going towards the churches at Bayton, Clows Top and Mamble.

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Ray Morris, standing, talking about the Church and its history

Burford Church Fete Despite a morning of sharp showers followed by drizzle, the clouds were in retreat and the weather had dried out by the time St Mary’s Church Fete got under way. Held in the gardens of Burford House, this event was another opportunity to have a bit of fun and enjoy the simple pleasures of a traditional fete. Fete-goers were greeted by serried ranks of sports cars in front of Burford House where the owners of the cars were busy leathering off the gleaming paintwork, now that the rain had stopped. Once in the gardens, some visitors discovered that they had a talent for welly-wanging, or for guessing the weight of a cake (potentially winning the cake), or maybe for working out which was the odd one in group of plants (to claim a plant). Lucky ducks, guess the number of sweets in the jar (and win them), a Burford Treasure Island map with hidden treasure to be pinpointed and won, Tenbury Town Band, craft stalls, cakes for sale,

Bouncy Castle Maypole Dancing

bric-a-brac and secondhand clothing could all be found. Refreshments included a generous serving of strawberries and cream for just £1.50, there was a maypole dancing demonstration and a teddy bear’s picnic, and for the youngsters there was a very bouncy ‘bouncy castle’ and a teddy bear trail with six bears to find and six questions to answer. The historic church is a short stroll from the gardens, and Ray Morris delivered guided tours of the church, with its many monuments. But the stars of the fete were surely the daredevil teddies who, with permission from their owners, ‘parachuted’ down from the top of the church tower! The teddies were pulled up to the top of the tower in a basket then released, one at a time, for the downward trip while everyone hoped the homemade parachutes would work, or the teddy would land in the safety ‘net’ below, held in place by

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Rock Fete This well established fete has a similar format each year but always delights with its relaxed and enjoyable feel, married to a varied and extensive display of dance from Zennor’s musical theatre academy! This year the classic car display was joined by electric cars and many took the time to sit in a Tesla and talk to the owner about its technology and performance. Tombola, skittles, children’s races and plants kept people busy, as did the Stour Valley Cat Rescue stall, with its bargains to be looked through, and refreshments were served in the cool of the church.


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The church tower was open to be climbed if you were feeling particularly energetic on this hot day, and it was well worth the climb, if only for the view!

TFM Open Day The recently-opened TFM store in Ludlow held an Open Day for their farming customers to meet TFM’s team at Ludlow and also to talk to some of their suppliers. Refreshments and a hog roast were on offer and there was also a prize draw.

Strawberry Tea in Eardiston Money raised for Grenfell

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Tenbury’s firefighters, wearing their fire kit, recently helped shoppers at Bowketts and Tesco with their packing and carrying. One of the firemen told us that they had “a cracking day” and gave “huge thanks” to the Tesco team, the Bowketts team and all the staff, adding “What a fantastic generous community!” Their efforts raised £1,350 for the victims of Grenfell Tower.

On the afternoon of July 5th, Menithwood WI invited people to come and enjoy a strawberry & cream tea in Lindridge Parish Hall. This afternoon tea was one of their fundraising events and as expected, it all looked delicious. A bowl of strawberries, followed by a selection of cakes and scones, with tea or coffee, was yours for £4, and a cake stall and a raffle encouraged visitors to spend a little bit more! This year they are raising funds for a local dementia café, as decided by the members. If you missed it this time look out for it next year!


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Neen Sollars Fete This was a quintessential English Garden Fete: mid-June, wall-to-wall blue skies, hot sunshine and a splendid setting deep in the countryside. Many made their way gently down the narrow track to the parking, then strolled to the garden to enjoy an afternoon of traditional fete amusements. The organisers must have been pleased with the numbers attending making all the hard work worthwhile. Cleobury Mortimer Brass Band provided the background music as the games got underway with people just having a go, having a bit of fun and maybe going home with a surprise win, and happy memories! A dart game, golf ball target game, croquet challenge, button game (you had to pick out pairs of buttons from a large tray of mixed buttons, the most pairs picked out in the allotted time won) and secondhand books could all be found. The tabletop ‘Ball in the Hole’ and ‘Ball in a Maze’ were popular challenges with the quickest times of getting balls into colour matched holes or a ball through the maze and back winning the day. A raffle, skittles, ‘guess the number of balloons’ in a car (whoever had the job of blowing them all up!) and hook-a-duck were also there to be played. The bottle stall was run on the basis of picking a court card from a deck of cards; a Jack won a bottle of soft drink or water, a Queen won lager or cider, a King won wine or two miniatures, and a joker secured a bottle of fizz! If you bought several tickets and failed to draw a court card there was a consolation prize of a lager or cider. Refreshments included home-made elderflower pressé for £1, welcome on such a hot afternoon, scones and generous slices of cake for just 50p! Carriage rides were available around the field for a donation and you could be drawn in style and relative comfort by a heavy horse or you could try the small trap with a Shetland. All in all lovely fete.

Transport for Abberley John Driver, from Tenbury Transport Trust, told us “We have recently merged St Mary’s Wheels of Abberley with our community transport services. Henceforth all transport enquiries for the Abberley area should be made to our office at 34 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, 01584 810491, email, website uk. We have already registered some drivers and

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Clifton-upon-Teme Summer Fayre

A hive of activity could be found in Cliftonupon-Teme on July 1st as the Primary School’s Summer Fayre got under way! The school’s grounds were packed with stalls, games and happenings. The fayre opened with songs performed by the school children followed by the crowning of the ‘Summer King’ and ‘Queen’ who were then driven round their Kingdom (the village of Clifton!) in a classic car. There was plenty going on at every turn with pony rides, sand art, space hopper challenge, golf challenge, splat the rat, penalty shootouts, plants, PTA store, lucky dip, adult’s tombola, children’s tombola, BBQ, bar, cream teas, bouncy slide, Kajuen Ryu Jujitsu display, balloons with emoji faces and a wheel barrow raffle! The costs of ‘having a go’ were delightfully low, 40p for example, and entertainment was provided by the Chantry Rock Band. Charlie Merrick, Events Coordinator for Clifton-uponTeme Primary School PTA, commented that “The Summer Fayre raised £2,300 - which we thought was great!” Charlie’s dad is Nigel Hedgcock. Nigel’s grandson Dexta attends the school and this August, at the age of 70, Nigel is planning to raise funds to improve the school’s play area and equipment by cycling from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in 16 days.

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Tenbury Music Festival

Arcadia Roots - main stage Saturday 17th June saw the third Tenbury Music Festival take place on The Burgage in Tenbury Wells, with a similar format to previous years, but with the addition of a third stage for the BBC Music ‘introducing....’ scheme, aimed at undiscovered and unsigned music makers.

The Fidgets - BBC Music stage

Pete Kelly - acoustic stage

Stoke Bliss & Kyre Fete This small but well-attended fete had a few surprises in store on July 15th. Not only were there Alpacas and a spinning demonstration to see, ladies looking for a glorious hat to complete an outfit for a special occasion would have been able to choose from an interesting collection! There was a good raffle, with prizes including a ride on a miniature railway, or a box of organic fruit and veg, or a case of Carlsberg. You could also guess the total value of the coins in a large sweet jar - definitely a tricky one, but the nearest guess would win £5. Weird and wonderful bric-a-brac, guess the name of the rag doll, a plant stall, books and a few games provided distractions for young and old alike as did the fun dog show, with its many classes and its prize rosettes.



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Tenbury Hospital League of Friends Report Stephen Thomas, Chairman of the League of Friends of Tenbury Hospital, kindly let us have a summary of the past year, on which the following is based. ‘While it has been a relatively quiet year for the League, the end of last July did see the formal opening of the new Ultrasound Scanning facility at the Hospital, provided by the League. In the presence of representatives of the late Victor Woodford (whose bequest spurred the League to make the purchase), Hospital Staff and Management, together with members of the League Committee, the Chairman of the League cut the ribbon across the door of the Scanner Room and declared the facility open. Since then the Scanner has been in regular use, staffed by sonographers from the Worcester Acute Hospitals, with some hundreds of patients having been seen. During the last twelve months the League has purchased three items of equipment for the Hospital. The first item, costing £5,081, was a ‘Digital Reminiscence Therapy System’ to help patients with dementia in particular, but also of benefit to patients in palliative care. Then £1,144 was spent on a specialist weighing machine that enables patients in wheel chairs to be weighed while still in their chairs. The final item, costing £536, was a platform “raiser” to help with patients who have suffered strokes. So while the League may not currently have a major project in hand it nevertheless goes on financing such items, which aim to improve the experience and care of patients at Tenbury Hospital - the underlying reason for the existence of the League of Friends. The League had felt increasing concern at speculations that have been aired about the future of Tenbury Hospital and the League

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Chairman Preb Stephen Thomas opening the Ultrasound Unit in Tenbury Hospital last year hopes that what appeared in the April/May 2017 edition of the Teme Valley Times will have gone some way to allay the fears that the speculations had raised. Suffice it to say that the official bodies that collectively operate Tenbury Hospital have confirmed to the League that bed numbers at Tenbury are not affected by the grandly named “Sustainability & Transformation Plans” (STP for short) that were in the public eye earlier this year. The League continues to be in the public eye through various events. The two “shops” held over the last twelve months proved as popular as ever and between them raised some £4,032. A lunch at Brimfield raised £1,245, while the lunches held after Tenbury Show and in the marquee kindly lent by Mrs & Mrs R Brown


together netted £2,272. The Open Gardens at the Farlands, Kyrewood (by kind invitation of Mrs & Mrs Eachus) raised £674. A tombola at Tenbury Show, with invaluable help from Dan Taylor and Trish Mills, made £364, and a bottle of small change collected by Melvin Hatton in his shop in Teme Court contained £84. Thanks are due to the many people involved behind the scenes. At the League’s AGM in May, Mr Philip Gibbs and Mrs Doreen James were elected as Directors, in place of Mrs Doreen Gatehouse and Miss Margaret Morris, who had resigned for health reasons. Elected to three vacancies on the General Committee were Mr Philip Bull, Mrs Susan Whitefoot and Mr George Bennet (a recently retired paediatric trauma consultant

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with strong local family connections). The principal officers remain: Preb Stephen Thomas (Chairman), Mrs Elaine Padwick (Secretary) and Mr David Baker (Treasurer). Matron’s Report at the AGM noted that the wards had been very busy over the year with the number of beds increased from the basic 16 to 19 for quite some time, with the Day Case Ward also being used at times, bringing bed numbers up to 23. Amazingly, these numbers were mainly covered by the Hospital’s own staff. A recent visit to the Hospital Kitchen by the Environmental Officer found the standard of cleanliness and hygiene there to be outstanding. Yes, our wonderful local Hospital is very much up and running.’


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Mamble Flower Festival Here was a flower festival with extras. Not just a stunning display of 25 arrangements at the church for 4 days, but also two days of Open Gardens in the village, plus an art exhibition and refreshments at the Village Hall, a short stroll from the church. Organised by Mamble Festival Committee as a fundraiser for Marie Curie, Mamble Church and Mamble Village Hall, the flower festival’s theme was ‘A Floral Symphony’. Many arrangements took as their inspiration a piece of orchestral music, a song or a hymn, with many being dedicated to, or in memory of, someone. Small maypole arrangements by the Little Learners Nursery School greeted visitors at the church entrance and the porch was filled with ‘Morris Dancing’! Inside, a hessian-covered figure with birds on his hands, and with lambs, ducks, bunnies and squirrels at his feet, represented St Francis of Assisi, and the hymn ‘All creatures of our God and King’. Other themes included Brahms’ Lullaby, The Fire Bird by Stravinsky, Hallelujah Chorus by Handel, the song ‘Tea for Two’, Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov, The Wedding March by Mendelssohn, Serenade for Strings by Elgar - and Acker Bilk! Decorative fans made from musical scores adorned the ends of pews and a row of kneelers lay before the altar, each kneeler beautifully constructed from green and white foliage, and each to a different design. Bayton School and the Church Family Service Team worked together to produce a large display of The Wizard of Oz and the song ‘Somewhere over a Rainbow’, complete with tin man, Dorothy’s dog Toto, a yellow brick road, a scarecrow and a lion. Studying the displays certainly brought home how much work and thought had gone into this stunning event and the Festival Committee particularly thanked members of Tenbury Floral Art Group and Mamble Flower Arranging Class for their time in planning and completing the floral displays.

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Burford Primary School Fete Another ‘buzzing’ School Fete got underway at Burford Primary School in the early evening on June 30th. Even the persistent light drizzle, which set in an hour into the proceedings, didn’t seem to dampen spirits too much. The firemen had already been getting a soaking, as they took turns in the stocks, with wet sponges being thrown by some ‘on target’ youngsters! A netball challenge tested how many nets you could score in an allotted time and the everpopular tombola stall did a roaring trade. You were spoilt for choice with other activities; guessing the weight of a lamb, coconut shy, bouncy castles, balloons, marble game (the most marbles fed through an upturned plant pot in a set time won the day), and card darts (the high score won two cinema tickets). A stunning range of cakes was a tempting sight, including a ‘Chocolate Orange’ chocolate cake (with all the segments of a chocolate orange decorating its top) and a mouth-watering heart-shaped cake that was beautifully decorated with pink icing and flowers - all for just a few pounds. There are obviously some very talented cake-makers locally! Lucky bags (each individually decorated by pupils), a sweet lucky dip (30p a go) and ‘cress pots’ with pupils’ mug-shots could also be found. Music performances using percussion instruments saw Class 4 and then Class 5 entertain the crowd. There was also Maypole Dancing and a local Derby football match between Burford and Tenbury Primaries which kept the youngsters busy.

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Community Celebration Day What is a Community Celebration Day? Well, Cleobury Mortimer wanted to celebrate what the town can offer and also highlight what a great place it is to live, work and shop. The day was loosely based at the Sports Field on Love Lane, where dog shows, fun runs, a fire engine, golf experience, pizza ovens, Police, RAF, RBL, Scouts, WI and First Responders, amongst others, could all be seen. A ‘fun’ town trail started from here and took people on a walk around Cleobury, with a series of twenty questions (designed to test your observational skills) to be answered as you explored the town. Walkers who completed the trail were rewarded with a goody bag courtesy of Cleobury Mortimer’s Co-op, containing a banana, sweets and a bottle of water amongst other things! The trail was great fun, good exercise and really helped you discover more about Cleobury. It also helped lead you around the many other venues which had activities laid on for the day. For instance, the Medical Centre was open, with its reception hall packed with local organisations and businesses manning stalls. These included Co-Co, Patients Voice, Walking for Health, Cleobury Dental Practice, Sing-Laugh-Breath Choir, Community Car scheme, Cleobury Chiropractic, Cleobury Carers, Slimming World, Nightingale Nursing and People2People. The Market Hall was packed with stalls, upstairs and downstairs, with local authors, Girl Guides, crafts people, artists and musicians, demonstrating what a huge variety of things are on our doorstep. Many shops and businesses also joined in with special offers or activities for the day. Lacon Childe School and the Primary School were both open and a selection of ex-pupils CV’s were on display at Lacon Childe, illustrating what success an education there can bring! The Parish church served refreshments all day and musical interludes included a choir, a brass band, bell ringing, a quartet and an organ recital. The Methodist Church held a ‘Festival of Art’ sale and the Bowls Club had a ‘have a The Guides had a stall in the Market Hall go’ open day. A glass blowing demonstration and artist John Tuck’s open Garden Gallery added even more interest. Cleobury Sports & Social Club offered a free Junior disco during the afternoon and a vocalist in the evening rounded off the day. There was so much to do that if you wanted to get round everything that was on offer it might have taken all day, which ‘Tenby Blue Wellies’ by Terry Bayliss, certainly confirmed that on show in the Methodist Hall Cleobury has a lot to offer!

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Tenbury High Enterprise Fete A very enterprising event took place in the grounds of Tenbury High Ormiston Academy on July 7th, with stalls, staffed by pupils, on the playing fields. Designed to raise funds for the school, it was interesting to chat with the pupils about their ‘enterprising’ stalls, and the sheer variety of ideas was great to see! You could pay 20p to throw a wet sponge at a ‘miscreant’ in the stocks or for 50p you could tackle the obstacle course. The ‘Bottle Flip’ offered on one stall was harder than it looked, with three sizes of bottles part-filled with water to ‘flip’, so that it landed on the table and remained upright. A simple idea, but tricky to accomplish. The sunflower stall offered bigger plants (in flower), smaller ones (in bud), seedlings that had just germinated, or a DIY kit (a small pot of compost plus seed). Elsewhere a £1.80 ‘Herb Garden’ looked excellent value. If you were a bit peckish, a ‘sweet kebab’ might have helped ease the hunger pangs, though one of the bespoke smoothies might have been a healthier option. There was also freshly made popcorn, with a choice of three flavours, and jars of honey - from the school’s bees - were £2.50, or £5.50 if you wanted honeycomb. Honey from the Pupils had written letters to raffle sponsors requesting a prize school’s bees and prizes obtained included vouchers or tickets for Tenbury Regal, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Morrisons, Malvern Theatres, Hereford Courtyard, Worcester FC and a Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust boat trip to name a few! Jacky Herschy, from the school, commented “The Tenbury High Ormiston Academy Summer Fete was run by a combination of the pupils and staff and the PTFA. Like last year, each Learning Mentor Group had to raise money through an enterprise activity. The pupils had to come up with an idea, bid for some start-up funds from the PTFA by making a presentation of their business plan to a panel of governors, and then buy or make the items to be sold. It was a lovely evening, a good learning experience for all involved and we raised £1,500 for the school. The school is very grateful for the support of the PTFA and the Flip the bottles! local community for what was a very enjoyable event.”

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Games for all ages! The car park and gardens were nicely filled to capacity at Knighton on Teme’s parish fete on July 8th. It was lovely to see everyone enjoying the perfect afternoon weather while catching up with friends and having a go at the activities and competitions. A good few bric-a-brac bargains were snapped up early on and there was also a nice selection of quality plants to entice purchasers. For youngsters, a small,

medium or large teddy (or similar!) could be won, depending on the colour of the dot on the end of a lollipop stick, pulled from a sand filled trough! The silent auction included Robinsons Cider, Oldfields Applesecco, a wicker log basket with boxes of long matches (from Taltrees Stoves), a one-night DBB stay for two at Newnham Bridge’s Talbot Inn, and a personalised Scrabble picture. Many kept an eye on bidding as the afternoon wore on, hoping to win their chosen lot - or lots! Plenty of seating encouraged a leisurely approach. Tea and cake were served and home-made ice creams, sorbets and summery Pimms were available from The Talbot’s outside-event bar. Tenbury Town Band opened the proceedings and provided an excellent backdrop of music, including ‘December 1963, Oh What A Night’ amongst many others. At the end of the day, not only had people Part of the Lindridge enjoyed themselves, the event had raised Primary School display over £1,100!

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On June 25th, Tenbury’s Party In The Park provided a great day of free activities and fun for all ages as the crowds came out to enjoy the sunshine. Everywhere you looked there were youngsters climbing up ‘cliff walls’, bouncing on trampolines, jumping around bouncy castles of various sizes, riding on roundabouts, running around an inflatable maze, watching a magician, climbing over fire engines or a SARA rescue boat or taking train rides - but definitely, by the size of their smiles, enjoying themselves! Which was, of course, the whole point of the day. The less energetic could browse the craft stalls, have an afternoon cream tea on the Tenbury WI/Country Market stand, buy freshly-cooked samosas, discover Fly’s homemade dog treats, including gluten-free versions, or just sit ringside on a straw bale and watch the dog agility displays. Many local organisations had fundraising stalls including Tenbury NILS, Kyrebrook Daycare Centre, Little Meadows Animal Rescue Charity and the Sue Ryder charity had a splendid soft-toy horse for a lucky winner in their raffle.


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Pudleston Round-up Described as “A thoroughly enjoyable and well attended event, with a buffet supper served during the interval”, Poems from the Pews was held at Pudleston Church on June 24th. Robin Wilson, the Church warden, said that the beauty of this event is that you never know what the evening will contain, adding that the diversity of poems to be read was obvious from the start. ‘Hereford is Heaven’ by Geoffrey Bright was read with emotion and poignancy. Some poems were comic and light-hearted, others conjured thoughtful and evocative images. Robin sang a poem to the tune of Repton (Dear Lord and Father of Mankind) and as the photo shows, he also dressed the part, as ‘Pudleston Choir’, for one night only! The evening finished with “Fifty Shades of Grey” by Pam Ayres. Forthcoming events include the Flower Festival, to be held at the church on August 12th and 13th. This year the theme for the flower arrangements is Glenn Miller. Refreshments and lunch will be on offer and other attractions include classic vehicles.

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Bitterley Summer Fete This fete was held in aid of Bitterley and Middleton Churches. As well as the usual activities and attractions that you look forward to at a local fete, there were also a few special happenings. There was the dog agility display, run by Roger and Judi Brown. A great mix of dogs completed the course, with world-class ‘Pip’ and owner Alice Moodie racing over and through the obstacles in double quick time without putting a paw (or foot) wrong. Next came the ‘Bitterley Bake Off’, judged by our own ‘TV baker’, John Swift of Swifts Bakery. He certainly had his work cut out, given the spectacular range of entries. John told us that if the Women’s Institute succeeds with a national petition to have ‘A Wartime Baker’ series made, as a sequel to ‘A Victorian Baker’, he will once again be busy filming. There was also a falconry display by Chris Neal, with fetegoers taking the opportunity to get close to the birds and maybe photograph them on their perches. The ‘garden-on-a plate’ competition for youngsters saw a number of entries, there was have-a-go archery with Archers of Teme, and the children’s races were scheduled to include ‘Jam & Bun’ and ‘Apple & Bucket’! There were various other stalls, including the thought-provoking ‘Chicken Roulette’..... The balloons you had to ‘Guess the number of’ were housed in a pretty grey Austin Seven, and the ‘make and launch’ your own rocket was very popular with the young, some of them getting perhaps 20 feet up in the air - great fun!

Hatfield Fete

Hatfield Fete is unusual among local fetes in that it starts relatively late in the day, at 4pm, and runs on to relatively late, making good use of the long summer evening. And July 1 was a perfect summer’s day, so taking a leisurely drive through the lanes to Hatfield was a pleasure. On arrival you could wander round the stalls to find plants, a huge cake stall, bric-a-brac, placemats with images of Hatfield wild flowers, mugs with a similar design, and jams including blackberry and rhubarb, and rhubarb, orange and ginger. Many found out that ‘bat-the rat’ is not as easy as it looks, but it was played with endeavour and merriment! You could also try your hand at ‘milking’ a cut-out cow, with the most ‘milk’ extracted in the allotted time winning a prize. Of course there were also refreshments, with freshly made sandwiches and delicious cakes including dairy-free banana buns, and with a BBQ scheduled to start at 6pm. The highlight though was surely the sheep racing. Three races were on the card: the Nomark Equip Amateur Hurdles, the N Wildig & Sons Amateur Hurdles and the Nick Champion Amateur Hurdles. For £1 you could pick your favourite sheep and place your vote in its box. If the sheep won, one vote was drawn from the box to win a prize. The sheep had all been given names, and all were locally trained, and a brief summary of their supposed racing career was pinned up on a large board to help you select a possible winner! The first race was won by Zealous Zoe, who according to the summary sheet “Has been slow to mature and showed little interest in racing early on in her career. However she has upped her game over the past year” - and certainly she was in form on the night! This was a lovely friendly fete with lots to do and with everyone sharing a bit of fun as afternoon turned into evening on this beautiful summer’s day.

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St Michaels Village Fete This Fete had a surprise in store as “film stars” could be seen! The lovely garden setting with activities, competitions and refreshments was a great venue for a relaxed afternoon where you could hone your ‘bat-the-rat’ skills and your guessing abilities and, of course, you could enjoy tea and cake! After the official opening, Tenbury Town band were immediately into their stride, setting the scene with their opening round of tunes. Meanwhile fete-goers were busy checking out the stalls, which included a plant stall with large pink hydrangeas at £3 each, along with lots of other choices. You could learn about beekeeping and inspect the equipment used, and perhaps buy some St Michael’s honey. Or you could try to guess the Minion cake’s name, in the hope of winning the magnificent-looking large cake for just 50p, if you got it right with one go! There was also the chance to ‘hook a duck’, and one stall encouraged people to ‘Keep Calm and Play our Tombola’. Towards the bottom of the garden there was a fun dog show with a good number of entries, and Pimms was available from the bar, helping to complete that Summer feel. A Scottish Dancing display finished with the opportunity to try a dance yourself, alongside an experienced partner. A display of fancy-looking pigeons attracted attention, as did classic vehicles including a 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II LWB, with a Sedanca de Ville body, which according to the owner does about 9mpg. Other attractions included St Michael’s Morris Men and a raffle. Meanwhile, sitting quietly in the shade of a cherry tree, were the ‘film stars’: two prams that had been used in the filming of Downton Abbey, plus, tucked up in one of them, the actual ‘doll’ baby that was used in the ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ film.


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Looking forward to the Tenbury Show! Tenbury Countryside Show, held each year on the first Saturday in August, is Tenbury’s biggest event. It’s been running for over 150 years and during that time it has evolved from a simple agricultural event into a Show that’s far more wide-ranging.

Getting there

The Showground is in Burford, alongside the A456, on the Kidderminster side of Tenbury Wells, so it should be easy to find even if you don’t know the area. If you’re coming from Leominster, head north up the A49, then turn right at the Salwey Arms, and follow the A456 to the Showground. If you’re coming from the Martley direction, head towards Great Witley and join the A443, then follow the main road to the Showground - don’t come up the B road through Rochford and Tenbury!

Tickets in advance

If you pay on the day it’s £10 for adults, £3 if aged 5-16, or free under 5. This is great value, but if

you want an even better deal you can buy tickets in advance. These are on sale at the following stockists until close of business on August 4th. Tenbury Wells: Tenbury Agricultural Society, Nick Champion, G. E. Bright, Tenbury Farm Supplies and Tenbury News Leominster: Carpenter Goodwin and Wynnstay Farmers Rochford: Keysells Farm Shop Worcester: Gwillam’s Farm Shop Bewdley & Cleobury Mortimer: Ashleys Bakery Clee Hill, Craven Arms & Ludlow: Swifts Bakery Bromyard & Ludlow: Countrywide Farmers

A Great Family Day Out

There’s so much happening that there’s

something for almost everyone. Whether you want to focus on the agricultural side of the Show and look at livestock and equipment, or whether you just want to relax and watch the Monster Trucks and the Dog and Duck display, there should be plenty to keep you busy.

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Looking forward to the Tenbury Show! Under canvas

Most of the Show is outdoors, but there’s plenty of interest inside the marquees. For example there’s the Horticultural section, which includes vegetables, plants, flowers, floral art, home crafts, preserves, handicrafts, art and photography. Other marquees contain the Food Fayre and Arts and Crafts stalls.

More than one Ring

It would be easy to relax by the Main Ring, waiting for the next item to take place, and miss something in the Countryside Ring. So do take a look at the full programme, and decide where you need to be - and when! Of course, there’s also action away from the rings, such as Tractor Pulling, so keep an eye on what’s happening, and where, particularly if there’s anything you’re especially interested in.

The Stands

There are so many stands that it’s impossible to give a succinct summary of what you might see. Suffice it to say that there will be local businesses such as solicitors (Norris & Miles) and accountants (Dyke Ruscoe & Hayes, and dhjh); local businesses in the motor industry, such as Fields of Dunley; and also local players in the agricultural sector, such as Nomark of Burford. Plus of course a huge range of retail stalls selling anything from countrywear to wicker baskets.

Meet Friends

The Show is a great opportunity to meet friends, or to network with people you do business with. Whether you congregate at a stand, or in the members tent, or simply meet while you’re enjoying lunch or a pint, the Show is a great opportunity to catch up with everyone, and maybe bump into someone you haven’t seen for a long while!

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Teme Valley Times August 2017  

The free local paper for the lower Teme Valley and surrounding areas: Tenbury Wells, Ludlow, Leominster, Clee Hill, Cleobury Mortimer, Bromy...

Teme Valley Times August 2017  

The free local paper for the lower Teme Valley and surrounding areas: Tenbury Wells, Ludlow, Leominster, Clee Hill, Cleobury Mortimer, Bromy...