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Christmas 2016



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This year’s Mistletoe Festival saw a range of events being held in Tenbury. The day began with the arrival of the Mistletoe Queen and Holly Prince at Temeside House, on Teme Street. Shortly after this, the Mayor of Tenbury Wells, Cllr Mark Willis, carried out the crowning ceremony at The Regal. The town was decked out with bunches of mistletoe hanging outside the shops and at the Pump Rooms, bringing a real mistletoe atmosphere to the day, while stalls at various locations in the town offered arts, crafts and produce, much of it locally-created or locally-grown.


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


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Queen: A Night in Bohemia (recorded 1975) 7pm

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Mistletoe Festival On Saturday December 3rd, Tenbury Wells, the Mistletoe Capital of England, celebrated this heritage with its annual Mistletoe Festival. There was plenty for people to enjoy including craft markets, hot soup, the crowning of the Mistletoe Queen, an art exhibition and a Druidic ceremony, plus willow-star fairy light workshops, story-tellings and dance performances. The ‘Grand Finale’ was provided by a digital projection onto the Pump Rooms and then there was Tenbury Chamber of Trade’s Santa Parade, with a stunning Grotto in St Mary’s Church.

A huge heart made of mistletoe adorned the outside of Temeside House

Crafts displayed at the Pump Rooms

Willow Woman outside Tenbury Library, where there was a willow workshop and an art exhibition

The crowning of the Mistletoe Queen (Tabitha Ashcroft-Wilson) attended by her Holly Prince (Reuben Shepherd) took place outside the Regal

The King’s Head craft market

Bunches of illuminated mistletoe hung from many of the shops, creating a very festive look

Placemat art by local artist Jennifer Chance

One of the pieces of mistletoe art by Year 9 pupils from Tenbury High, done as part of a project on local culture


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There really are some superb Christmas Lights in our area. They’re very different in style, but each is splendid in its own way. Take Bromyard’s display, for example - it’s so bold, colourful and animated that you could say it’s like a mini-Blackpool! On the other hand, Tenbury’s lights are more genteel, but very pretty, twinkling away above the long run of Teme Street, with the bridge lights to draw the eye, plus of course further lights ‘round the corner’ in Market Street and beyond. Ludlow’s are very refined with their delicate white illuminations, but you have to circumnavigate Castle Square to get the full effect. Christmas lights look so pretty against the dark winter sky and just driving through can lift the spirit, but if you can spare the time on a dry evening, it’s worth a walk round the towns if you want to have a proper look. This also gives you a chance to fully appreciate the marvellous window displays that can be seen in many shops.

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Little Hereford Christmas Fair Within half an hour of opening the Little Hereford Christmas Fair began to buzz as visitors started to circulate around the stalls. There was an excellent collection of six Hampers plus other prizes for the Draw, and the tombola also had a great selection of quality goods for the lucky winners. A large collection of books saw many browsing for possible bargains and the bric-a-brac stall could have even been a source of a few gifts for Christmas. Packs of Christmas cards were being sold in aid of Kyre Riding for the Disabled and mugs (and more) were available in return for a donation. The home baking on offer included a mouthwatering list of loaf cakes for sale, including marmalade, carrot and ginger, orange and walnut, sultana and almond, and banana, while a tray of Bramley apples with a sign welcoming donations was a perfect opportunity for piemakers to stock up! There were also bags of home-picked walnuts at a £1, aprons, bags in all shapes, colours and sizes made from recycled materials and there was also free coffee to enjoy, with mince pies and biscuits laid out on the tables in the hall!

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Tenbury Tesco Construction has been pressing ahead swiftly at the Tenbury Tesco site. The roof of the new supermarket is now in place, as is the glazing, but there is still a considerable amount to do, including internal fitting out and the car park. The new store is clearly visible from Teme Street, tucked in close behind Tenbury’s existing SPAR. Some associated work, particularly at the A456/A4112 junction by Swan Garage, has caused traffic delays, with traders in the town saying that they suffered a significant loss of business while the traffic lights were in place. Extensive road works are expected to take place next year, including resurfacing Teme Street and relaying its pavements. Work at the A456/A4112 junction is expected to restart in early January and some business owners have expressed concerns over the disruption to trade that could be caused by this, and by the resurfacing and repaving work in Teme Street.

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New Face at Market

Deb Edgington is the new face for cakes, biscuits and more at Tenbury’s historic Round Market. Deb has taken over from Les Slavin, who has been a regular presence at the market for nearly 34 years, but is now moving out of the area. Les took on the stall in January 1983 and he said how much he had enjoyed his time at the Round Market, and how much he would miss being there. Not only has Deb taken over from Les, she has also equipped herself with a signwritten ‘Round Market’ van!

Les Slavin and Deb Edgington at the Round Market

Children in Need MusicAthon A 12 hour MusicAthon, raising funds for Children in Need, was held on Sunday 20th November at The Kings Head in Tenbury Wells. Organised by Dave Taylor, 12 acts performed live music from midday to midnight, raising over £200 in sponsorship and raffle money. Individual artists, duos and bands included Joe Watson, Stu Gittens, The Tenbury Ukelele Band, Generator, Turnstone, Steve Reggie Roberts, Graham James and Dave Taylor, plus Faith Dogs and Speed Gums. Landlady Debbie Holland, said “It was a brilliant afternoon and evening of fantastic music from local groups and we’re very appreciative of the money raised

for such a necessary cause. We’d like to thank the local shops very much for sponsoring the event and for donating raffle prizes, the musicians for their time and talent and, of course, the customers and audience for their amazing support. Really worthwhile!”

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‘Plenty for Twenty’ Every week at Teme Valley Foods we put a Family Meal deal together for a family of 4 for just £20.

Lindridge Parish Hall in Eardiston was the venue for an event on November 12th. Cards and a whole lot more were were on offer to raise funds for Save the Children. It’s hardly surprising that at this time of year the Christmas cards were good sellers, but there were plenty of other cards too. There was also wrapping paper plus new and secondhand children’s toys and other items, not to mention the home-made cakes and coffee.

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Helping the Air Ambulance On November 23rd, members of the Lanman family gathered at the Pump Rooms in Tenbury Wells for the presentation of cheques to the Midlands Air Ambulance. The money was raised at a coffee morning held in Tenbury’s Scout Hut on October 29th, organised by the Lanman family in memory of Mr G T Lanman. Commenting on the coffee morning, Muriel Lanman, one of the organisers, said “The family wish to thank everyone who helped on that morning, for the donations of every kind that they received, with a sincere Noah Lanman (age 9) and Burt Lanman (age 86) presented the thank you to the many people cheques to Midlands Air Ambulance representative Michelle who came and supported the McCraken, with organisers Muriel Lanman (L) and Trish Mills (R) event which raised £1,702.75 for this very important charity. include Hanley Village Hall Friday Market’s Grateful thanks to the Tenbury Boy Scouts for letting us Christmas Fayre on December 10th, and The hire the Scout Hut and a very sincere thank you to Mrs Vaults in Tenbury is running a Christmas Prize Andrea Moore for all her help.” Draw for a Herefordshire Meats meat pack. The money raised was presented to Miss Michelle Tickets, priced at £1, are available from the McCracken, the Midlands Air Ambulance Vaults and the draw will take place on 22nd representative. The cheques were presented by Mr A G December. Lanman, the eldest member of the Lanman family and also by Noah Lanman, the youngest. *Subject to availability December fundraising events for the Air Ambulance

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Eastham Bridge Following the shock collapse of the historic Eastham Bridge in May 2016, work is underway to provide a replacement. Worcestershire County Council has announced that the new bridge is due to open in 2017. Dr Ken Pollock, the County Councillor for the Tenbury area (including Eastham) told us that weathering steel is to be used in the new bridge. This material, typically known by the brand name COR-TEN (from the initial syllables of ‘corrosion resistance’ and ‘tensile strength’) is perhaps best known because of its use in the Angel of the North. It is called weathering steel because the surface of the metal weathers to a rust-like finish. This is planned to reduce ongoing costs by obviating the need for painting. The bridge is to have a contemporary appearance, rather than being designed in a way that seeks to replicate or reflect the Georgian style of its Grade Two listed predecessor, which was a local landmark for over 200 years.

The site on November 24th

The river running high a few years ago

The Angel of the North - made from COR-TEN steel

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What the new bridge might look like


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Freemasons’ Giveaway! The Lodge of St Michael, in Tenbury Wells, is celebrating its Sesquicentenary (‘150th Anniversary’) this year, having being consecrated on April 21st, 1866. It is one of the oldest Lodges in the Province of Worcestershire and Sir Frederick A Gore Ouseley was the first Master of the Lodge. He was also a founder of St Michael’s College, now a thriving international students college just outside Tenbury. To mark this 150th milestone, the brethren decided to make the Lodge’s annual charity giveaway evening a little extra-special by presenting over £10,000 to around eighteen organisations and charities. The evening served to recognise the Lodge’s charitable giving and also turned the spotlight on the charities that were receiving grants. A lot could be learnt as representatives of the various organisations spoke briefly, but often passionately, about the work they do, the objectives of their charity, and how the donated money might be used. Some accounts were very moving, others were very witty, which made for a very pleasant evening with generous pork or beef rolls at half-time. In order of appearance, donations were made to: Kyre Riding for the Disabled, Midland Air Ambulance Charity (now in its 25th year, they now have three helicopters, have flown 46,000 missions in the 25 years, need £7million a year to continue, and the next development is night-time flying goggles), First Responders (who will be happy to give community training in heart start), Café 27, Tenbury Community Pool, Tenbury NILS, Tenbury Citizens Advice Bureau, Tenbury Transport Trust, Tenbury Scouts, St Mary’s Church Tenbury, Alzheimers Society, Party in the Park, Tenbury Mayor’s chosen charities (including Museum and Severn Wheelers), Tenbury Chamber of Trade Christmas Lights (we were told that there are over 2000 lights on the tree outside Bowketts Supemarket), Shoot for the Stars, St Michael’s Hospice (now in its 35th year and they launched a ‘Hospice at Home’ service in February 2016) and Kemp Hospice. The final cheque was presented to the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Worcestershire by Worshipful Master Dave Clarke, for their provincial fund. Freemasonry is 300 years old next year and celebrations Alan Dale, Lodge Member since are being planned, locally 1978, prepares to present a and nationally, to mark the cheque to Kemp Hospice occasion.

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The first presentation of the evening was to Kyre Riding for the Disabled

Dave Clarke (R) presents the R W Provincial Grand Master of Worcestershire with a cheque

Tess (L) and Vanessa (R) updating the audience on the future of ‘Party In The Park

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Ludlow Medieval Fayre On the last weekend of November you could take yourself back to days of old when knights, maidens, jesters, jugglers, puppeteers, musicians, wandering minstrels and peasants populated ye olde Ludlow Castle and its outer Bailey. Such was the experience at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre. A stern welcome from the castle gate guardians, armed and seemingly ready to despatch any unwelcome visitors, began your step back into the past. A period fanfare played by The Bagshotte Waytes announced the opening of the fayre and once inside you were greeted by a scene from yesteryear with tents, straw strewn on the ground, many medieval merchants, and merriment of every sort. Medieval re-enactors showed some of the trades of the time including a coin maker, or minter, who gladly confessed that he was the only one ‘making’ money that weekend......cue groans! There was a Master Falconer with his birds, a story teller (‘The Yarnsmith of Norwich’) and a group of wassailers, to name a few. A wonderfully morose Jester and decidedly talented juggler (though his squash racquet wasn’t particularly medieval!) provided a roaming spectacle as did the two giants. Again, the fayre was a mixture of a full programme of unusual and eccentric entertainment throughout the weekend, medieval merchants of all sorts, marquees of quality crafts, and food stalls. It’s a fun way to do some Christmas shopping or you could settle in for a day of browsing, tasting, watching, listening and even having a go at some medieval skills. Archery or a Master-at-Arms class in swordsmanship were available and you could learn a short sword-fight sequence which might make a nice ‘party piece’ at Christmas. Lots of mulled drinks were available, including cider and mead, with Monkhide’s Christmas Wine proving to be a pleasantly warming draught! There were stalls selling things you would need to look truly medieval, from clothes to leather work, boots and shoes, not to mention swords, armour and chain mail. You could even make a medieval flag or Jester’s hat to take home! Carol singing later in the day was led by ‘The Quire’ and many Market Stage performers welcomed and encouraged audience participation, especially for ‘The Chanticleer & The Fox’, a Chaucerian pantomime. Saturday also saw ‘The Nativity’ performed by The Mysterious Crew. If you wanted to watch all the performances you would probably need a whole day so the 9pm finish on the Saturday could have been a real help.

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Great Witley Christmas Crafts The village hall at Great Witley was packed to capacity with stalls for the annual Christmas Craft Fair in aid of the local stroke charity which meets in Astley Village Hall. There were many unusual gifts with prices to suit all pockets, ideal if you wanted more than just a card to say ‘Happy Christmas’. Intricate Woodcraft were selling wooden apples and pears with ‘hidden’ drawers - to open the drawer you pulled the fruit’s stalk. Great fun, for £18. Also on offer were laser cut wooden models, brightly-coloured ‘Beautiful Bunting’ (they could run up bespoke bunting ‘while you wait’), children’s embroidered T-shirts (bright tractors, JCBs, cattle etc) and honey soap - apparently about 50% honey - which did indeed smell of honey! Corriander Floral Arts had a lovely display of dried flower arrangements including ‘table’ designs and wreaths with oranges, cloves, poppy seed heads, chinese lanterns, pine cones, walnuts and eucalyptus foliage. Knitted hedgehogs could be found for £3.99, some with bright sparkly festive prickles! A lovely collection of handmade felt tree decorations was being sold in aid of Great Witley Pre-school’s Christmas Party. Outside the hall there were tables with cyclamen and hanging baskets for sale. Hillhampton Honey of Great Witley had jars of Festive Spice honey for £3.50, delicious with its cinnamon and other spices! They also had festive-looking large pine cone shaped beeswax candles. Sculptor and artist Antony Halls was again displaying exquisite jewellery and miniatures, with his flower brooches catching the eye of many visitors. The refreshment tables were packed when we visited, with stunning-looking cakes on sale. A raffle and huge tombola also helped the fundraising. It was well worth a visit if you were looking for festive gift inspiration.

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Last orders f or Turkeys is 14th Decemb er

Also available to order from Bowkett’s Butchers White barn reared turkey 10 to 19lb Cockerels 6.5lb to 12lb Duck - whole or breast Guinea Fowl Venison joint or diced Quality Beef Joints including Fillet, Rib, Sirloin & Topside Lamb joints and chops, Gammon Pigs in blankets - as many or as few as you want - tell us how many & we’ll make them for you Pork pies - home-made 1lb, 2lb or 3lb & Bowkett’s home-made flavoured Pork Pies 1lb

Abberley Christmas Fair Abberley Christmas Fair - a fund raiser for Abberley’s churches (St Michael’s and St Mary’s) saw the village hall full of festive stalls, brimming with ideas for Christmas gifts. Love heart favours (£1.25), Santa’s Sleighs (£3.50), chocolate tombola, cakes, pies, puddings, handbags of all shapes and sizes, a table top full of pretty bangles, floral sledges, a vast tombola, lots of books, children’s toys and so much more! The silent auction had some excellent entries including wine, fruit, Christmas Hamper, pickles, a picture, Christmas cake and glasses. There was also the Abberley Super Quiz 2016 (also on sale at Abberley Stores) consisting of a Picture Quiz of 20 well-known people and a Big Quiz of 100 questions, ranging from easy to

fiendish. Each quiz has a first prize of £20 and quiz sheets need to be returned by 5th Jan so they could keep you busy over the Christmas holiday! This was a buzzing event to get you into the festive mood and it really was worth popping in!

(with Juicy Cranberries, with Chicken & Pate, with Stilton, with Cheese & Spring Onion)

Sausage Meat, Stuffing Balls, Goose Fat Delicious Cooked Meats and British & Continental Cheeses and deliciously moreish Mince Pies baked with crumbly shortcrust pastry & mouthwatering mincemeat - baked in-store and much, much more! Don’t miss out on our three weekly promotion leaflet for all your other Christmas goodies

NEW FOR 2016 BOWKETT’S MEAT HAMPERS Teme Hamper - packed in a lovely wicker basket - an ideal gift


1½kg Topside, Turkey Breast, Rolled Loin of Pork, Gammon Joint, 1lb Streaky Bacon, 1lb Pork Sausage Meat, 12 Pigs in Blankets Shropshire Spice Stuffing Mix and Goose Fat - feeds approx 6 people

Mistletoe Hamper - packed in a lovely wicker basket - a lovely gift


3kg Topside, Turkey Breast, Rolled Loin of Pork, Gammon Joint, 2lb Streaky Bacon, 2lb Pork Sausage Meat, 24 Pigs in Blankets Shropshire Spice Stuffing Mix and Goose Fat - feeds approx 12 people

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR OPENING TIMES Bar december 23rd december 24th december 25th december 26th december 27th december 28th december 29th december 30th december 31st January 1st January 2nd January 3rd


6pm - 11pm 6pm - 9pm 12 noon - 11pm 12 noon - 2pm 6pm - 8pm 12 noon - 2.30pm No Food 12 noon - 2.30pm No Food 12 noon - 10.30pm 12 noon - 2pm 6pm - 8.30pm 6pm - 10.30pm 6pm - 8.30pm 6pm - 10.30pm 6pm - 8.30pm 6pm - 10.30pm 6pm - 8.30pm 7pm - 1am No Food 12 noon - 3pm 12 noon - 2pm Bar snacks oNLY CLoSEd aLL daY Normal hours

Christmas Fayre menu


One Course £13.95 Two Courses £16.95 Three Courses £19.95

is now located in Bowkett’s Supermarket % 01584 819891 Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-2pm Last Post Collected by Royal Mail at 5.15pm Mon to Fri & 11.35am Sat

Other Main Post Office Services: Foreign Currency, Travel Insurance, Personal & Business Banking, Bill Payments, E Top Ups, High Street Gift Cards, MoneyGrams, Home Phone, Broadband, Insurances, Passport Applications, Health Lottery and much more. Post is still being collected from the post box in Teme Street and the post box in Cross Street. Our Post Office staff will also take letters over the Post Office counter which will be collected by Royal Mail.


Booking now!

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Orleton Craft Fair St George’s Church held their Craft Fair at Orleton village hall in November. It was a relaxed all day affair - you could arrive mid-morning, start browsing the large number of stalls, take a break to have tea and cake or a bowl of warming home-made soup with a roll, and then finish off your browsing. There were plenty of ideas for Christmas gifts large and small, from a wooden nativity set manufactured in the heart of the village to stunning hand-crafted jewellery or fascinators; from jars of preserves including Quince Jelly to a little Christmas goodie bag for the dog! Chloe’s country cards at £1 each had photos of local happenings as their theme, so you could pick up a card featuring a scene from Orleton’s scarecrow festival or Brimfield Vintage Working Day. A fun idea! You could buy a collectable Tweedies bear, perhaps given a bespoke name of your choice, and possibly made from the latest ‘designer house’ tweed. Textile artists had brooches, bags, knitwear and wall art for sale. A raffle provided further opportunity for a surprise, with the prizes including wine from the village shop, 5lbs of Tudges’ sausages, a meal for two at the Boot Inn, a large basket of scrumptious fruit from Farmers Fruit & Veg and a hamper from Luston Farm Shop. Excellent prizes and an excellent craft fair for people looking for that unusual gift that you probably won’t find anywhere on the High Street - or even Pat Phillpott Designs on the internet!

The next issue of the Teme Valley Times is due out in mid/late February 2017. If you would like to advertise, or if you have any news for us, please contact us by January 27th. Dracan Woods

Email or speak to Chris or Lucy on 01584 781762

Tweedies Christmas orders now being taken at

Flowers at Number One 01584 819562

Tenbury Wells

Door wreaths • Heart-shaped door wreaths Mixed foliage wreaths • Candle arrangements Garlands • Basket arrangements Planted containers • Hand ties Gift-wrapped bouquets • Posies

Free in-town deliveries Out-of-town deliveries for a small charge

Textiles by Nicola Haigh

Festive Coffee Fayre St Mary’s Church, Tenbury, held a morning ‘Festive Coffee Fayre’ on Saturday 19th November and a warm welcome greeted those who came through the door. A very pleasant time could be spent searching the stalls for a particular Christmas gift, for a friend or family member. There were some lovely gifts for just 50p or a few pounds so something could be found to suit most pockets! The miniature stockings filled with sweets/chocolates were a great little gift - and a snip at only 50p. Visitors could try the bottle or chocolate tombola, with plenty of prizes on each so many took home a surprise win or two - or even three for one particularly lucky gentleman! Refreshments were served all morning and you could have a cuppa and a delicious toasted teacake for just £1 with table service included! Tenbury C of E Primary School choir provided some background singing with festive tunes and solos by 6-7yr old singers. A fun activity, the choir has helped many youngsters to build their confidence through public performance. It is hoped that this will stand them in good stead in the future, when they take part in other public activities such as presentations and eventually even job interviews. Other attractions included a busy ‘grand raffle’, a book stall, ‘Guess the name of the Doll’, the Tenbury Country Market (with its usual excellent selection of preserves, cakes and craft work) and of course the opportunity to meet friends and chat!

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Froggatts Farm & Vintage Shop 3 miles south of Ludlow on A49 - SY8 4AQ Open Wednesday-Saturday 9am-4pm

...look out for EXTRA OPEN DAYS Christmas week. We stock Christmas trees, wreaths, homemade jams, pickles and festive goodies. Upcycled and embellished vintage furniture and gifts. Official stockist of Vintro Chalk Paint.

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

Market Tavern & Cafe Christmas Party Menu now available

Bookings now being taken for lunch or evening for December 1st to 22nd

Bar food available Tues-Sat 11.30 to 2pm. Sunday lunch 122.30pm, bookings recommended.

Outside buffets to order Market Square, Tenbury Wells Pub: 01584 810982. Cafe: 01584 819307

Or try our cafe Tav’s Pie Shop Tues-Sat 8.30-2pm, Sunday 8.30-11am. Home made pies

Cadmore Lodge now a Luxury Nursing Home

Cadmore Lodge The Unique Experience

Cadmore Lodge has a selection of superbly appointed, modern light and spacious bedrooms, which are tastefully furnished and all have private en-suite wet rooms. Residents can dress their rooms with their own furniture and belongings and bring as much individuality to their rooms as they wish. Our Nursing bedrooms are all equipped with the technology to provide a safe, secure and reassuring environment and all with emergency call bells.

Cadmore Lodge is now registered as a Luxury Nursing Home


Look out for details Come along and find out more

We are looking for professional, positive individuals who deliver excellent customer service to work within our expanding team. Employment opportunities in the following roles:

Ground floor rooms look out over the lake and the golf course in the distance and some rooms have a purpose built decked terrace to enjoy the outdoor space.

The numerous windows provide glorious countryside views and the warm and welcoming reception hall leads into Cadmore’s uniquely designed open plan lounge, which is a delightfully peaceful area - a very distinctive room with a truly special view. Activities at Cadmore Lodge are very special, we provide as many interesting and varied hobbies and pastimes to suit our resident’s individual requirements along with one to one person-centred and meaningful activities.


Come along and see the many other employment opportunities as we are also recruiting for bank staff and domiciliary staff for Caring Companions

Cadmore has its own indoor, heated, swimming pool with a beautiful sun lounge and patio area overlooking the lake with gorgeous countryside views. There is hairdressing and grooming, manicures, chiropody, massage and aromatherapy also available.

Cadmore has a private, quite challenging, 9-hole golf course. There are a selection of quality entertainers, exercise classes and an interesting plan of outings, day trips and sightseeing tours available to residents. There is a separate games room, with pool table, Wi-Fi & TV.

Cadmore Lodge, St. Michaels, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire WR15 8TQ T: 01584 810044

The Bell ~ A proper pub with real food ~

01299 896677

A warm welcome and six superbly-kept real ales plus Robinsons, Oldfields and a range of real ciders & perries. l l l l l l l l l

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


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Brimfield Handmade Christmas Held in the village hall on Saturday 27th November, this event was an absolute must for those who wanted some unique high-quality locallymade crafts that were unlikely to be found elsewhere. There was an enormous choice of items to buy, even down to a pair of delightful 8” tall Christmas Gnomes for £2.50 or multi-coloured catnip mice for 50p each! With so much on offer, many must have gone home with special gifts for friends or family, or of course, with something for themselves.

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES Christmas Eve: 12-3 & 5-11 (food 12-2) Christmas Day: 12-2 (no food) Monday 26th: 12-5 (food 12-3) 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th: normal hours New Year’s Eve: 12-3 and from 5pm (food 12-2) New Year’s Day: open from 12 noon (food 12-3)

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

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

23 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells

01584 810230

The Codfather Open Seven Days a Week

Free local delivery

Fish & Chips - Kebabs - Pukka Pies 6 Prospect View/Rock Lane, Ludlow

01584 875096

South Shropshire Roofing RE-ROOFING SPECIALISTS



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Nail the Perfect 10! Nail Care

•We use shellac nail power polish lasting 14 days •Instantly dry UV polish so no smudges •Long lasting & chip resistant! •Extend and repair also available




for shaping and Shellac set

Salon and mobile appointments

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Holly & Mistletoe Sales These sales have been part of Tenbury’s heritage for longer than anyone can remember. In the old days they were held in the town itself, on the cattle market site that is currently being redeveloped as Tenbury Tesco. Organised by Tenbury Auctioneer Nick Champion, they now take place in the grounds of Burford House. It dawned dry but freezing for the first of this year’s three auctions. With sun and a blue sky, it was a glorious winter morning as the buyers started to arrive. The sale began with the wreaths, then moved onto the holly and mistletoe, followed by the Christmas Trees.

Est 1989



Wreaths going under the hammer

Auctioneer Nick Champion


Tel: 01299 896399

Depot: The Goat House, St Michael’s Farm, Stourport Rd, Great Witley, Worcs WR6 6JB

Saturday 5th August 2017 Put the date in your diary Main ring entertainment from the

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enquiries: 01584 810818

Teme Timber Ltd Quality Firewood. Seasoned split mixed hardwood.

Various size loads P.O.A.

Seasoned logs Barn dried Ready to burn Free local delivery 01584 890993 07970878224

Burford l Tenbury Wells Worcs l WR15 8HS

T: 01584 811831

Paul Harding Tree Services

Plenty of Christmas gift ideas for the quad owner including:

Softwood available For more details ring Spike Milton on 01886 812154 or 07773 428701

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Many more on the website! Sales of new and used ATVs l Excellent parts back-up for all Yamaha ATVs and for most other makes l Comprehensive range of attachments to make your quad bike a real workhorse l Full workshop service and repair facilities l


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Clee Hill View

Wynnes Countrystore and tea room

Work has taken place to remove 950 metres of overhead cabling on Clee Hill Common and to clear poles and other infrastructure at the popular Clee Hill view point and car park near the village. The work was part of an ongoing initiative from Western Power Distribution to protect landscapes, working with National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Local MP Philip Dunne commented “I am pleased these cables have been placed underground, removing an eyesore from the magnificent view”.

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

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

Before the work

Christmas Cards • Box Cards Greetings Cards • Gift Wrap Gift Bags • Helium Balloons Party Products • Bath Bombs 2017 Calendars & Diaries 13 Teme St, Tenbury Wells - 01584 819705

After the work

Caynham Christmas Trees St Mary’s Church in Caynham held a two-day ‘Festival of Christmas Trees’ on November 26th and 27th, with free entry and a warm welcome to the tree-packed church. There were plenty of decorated trees to admire, plus festive goods such as home-made mince pies, lemon and cranberry shortbread, preserves and wreaths. A huge Christmas paper-wrapped tombola meant the winners had a bit of preChristmas excitement as they opened the ‘present’ to find out what they had won! Each tree’s decorative theme drew on a bit of word play. There were two ‘Pastry’ trees; one had lots of real pastry decorations for our feathered friends to eat, the other was covered in sparkling bejewelled sour dough decorations. Pam Murray designed a ‘Country’ in red and white to represent England. The Bennett family provided an ‘Industry’ taking agriculture as its theme and provided facts and figures about the UK agricultural industry: it uses 69% of the country’s land area, employs 1.5% of its workforce and produces around 60% of food consumed. Jean and David Faulkner exhibited a ‘Geometry’ with, not surprisingly, geometric shaped decorations and also paper chains, with a plethora of facts about mathematical geometry on each link. Chris King’s ‘Poetry’ had poems decorating the branches, including one entitled ‘The Turkey’ by Richard Digance. Cath Corfield decorated a ‘Floristry’ with beautifully-crafted 3D models of situations that called for flowers. These included wedding anniversaries, illness, moving house or congratulations. The Daniel family made a ‘Rowntree’ all about the Quaker family of philanthropist sweet makers as well as their amusing ‘Poultry’ which consisted of a chicken on top of a pole decorated with egg-shaped baubles. Exploratree (Jane and Peter van Duijvenvoorde), Symmetry (Juliet Jones and Lydia), Coventry (the Lawrence family), Artistry (Jean and Terry Auley), Wintery (Jill Rossiter), a Christmas Tree (Hannah Crossley and family) and a very seasonal-looking ‘Forestry’ with robins, owls, pine cones and autumn leaves completed the display. A lot of people put a great deal of work into this fun, intriguing and often informative display of a creatively thought out ‘Symmetry’ ‘Poultry’ festival.

Local legal advice l

‘Country’ with ‘Geometry’ in the background

Telephone 01584 810575

THE LAMP Bangladeshi & Indian Cuisine

Tel: 01299 272 785 or 01299 271 313

15a High Street Cleobury Mortimer DY14 8DG

l Full Licensed & Air Conditioned Restaurant l Open 7 Days a week (inc. Bank Holidays) 6pm to 11pm


Ian & Sue Sparey

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

Property sale, purchase and disputes Wills, estate planning and tax l Powers of Attorney and “Living Wills” l Commercial and Agricultural l Prenups, cohabitation and separation l Divorce and finances (Court process, mediation and collaborative) l

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

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Showroom & Online Shop

l We are taking bookings for large parties Sunday to Thursday. Set menu will apply - 5 course meal at £14.95 per head, minimum 10 persons. l Free Home Delivery on all orders over £15 within 5 miles and orders over £50 within 6 miles.

Award Winning Executive Chef The Curry Life Chef Awards 2015

GOOD FOOD AWARD WINNER 2016 Lamp Inn Cleobury Free WiFi in the Restaurant.



Teme Valley Times Christmas 2016  
Teme Valley Times Christmas 2016  

The free local paper for Leominster, Tenbury Wells, Ludlow, Clee Hill, Cleobury Mortimer, Dunley, Martley, Clifton upon Teme, Knightwick, Br...