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Firefighting at Woodston last year THE meeting to consider the future for the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is to be held at Worcestershire’s County Hall on Wednesday February 19th at 10.30am. The number of fires has risen sharply in recent years (from 2433 in 2009/10 to 2849 in 2011/12) and flooding is increasingly common, but a plan has been produced that could see major cuts to the Service. The Community Risk Management Plan

(CRMP) looked at reducing operating costs, because funding for the service is expected to fall from £32.5 million in 2013/14 to £30.6 million in 2016/17. The current operating budget is £32.5 million - the same as the funding - so a £1.9 million spending cut should balance the books. However, the CRMP looked at saving £4.7 million. Proposals included closing four fire stations (including Bewdley), axing ten fire engines, and cutting the number of firefighters. The latest

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Pumping out after Tenbury floods recommendation is to keep the fire stations, reduce the number of firefighters, and to axe several fire engines, including one from Tenbury. Removing an engine from Tenbury would negatively impact the Service’s abilities. It would increase the average time it took for engines to attend. If the proposal to cut the number of retained firefighters at Tenbury from 13 to just six went ahead, there could be times when Tenbury would be unable to crew its remaining engine so local residents would have to wait for an engine to arrive from another station. The people who will consider the future of the Fire Service on February 19th need to keep one simple fact in mind: the proposed cutbacks at Tenbury are only expected to save £38,800 a year - but could end up costing lives.

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


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Informal tours will include Little Moffats and the Kindergarten (for boys and girls from the age of 3) and the main school (for children up to the age of 13). All are welcome.

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If you want to advertise, or if you have an event to promote, please book your space in our next issue as soon as possible! You can book adverts by phone, by post, or by email. We can design your advert for you and we can take photographs if required. The Teme Valley Times is independent and locally-owned. It is not part of a large publishing group. Phone: 01584 781762 or 07946 270523 Over Post: PO Box 11, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8YP 9,500 copies Email: temevalleytimes@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.temevalleytimes.co.uk per issue* Editor & Publisher: Chris Dell Photo Editor: Lucy Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the contents of this publication were accurate at the time of writing, but no responsibility can be accepted for any consequences of any errors or omissions or for any changes. Always check all information before making a special trip, or before booking any accommodation or making any other commitment. It is important to remember that changes can, and do, occur from time to time, possibly without notice. The contents of this publication (words, images and adverts) are protected by copyright. If you wish to reproduce anything, you must first obtain written permission from the Publisher.

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On the 22nd and 23rd of October 2013, Tenbury High School was inspected by Ofsted. An initial judgement of ‘serious weaknesses’ was moderated to ‘requiring special measures’ seven weeks later. Ofsted judge a school in four key areas, rating each on a scale from outstanding to inadequate. Adrian Price, the new head teacher, told us that “Special measures means that the school is failing to provide adequate provision for all pupils. This moderated judgement resulted from an inconsistent trend of achievement in English and maths against high performance in science and other areas of the school. Tenbury High School is a fabulously unique school and a simple glance at the Ofsted report with its key messages of superb pupil behaviour, care and inclusivity point to a special kind of school.” ‘Special measures’ means that the school will be monitored termly by HMI and improve rapidly over the next 12 months. Adrian Price told us that the school is already improving and that the quality of teaching has improved since September to above 80% being judged as good or better, something ‘so called good schools’ would be proud of.

Following new guidelines the school will also convert to an academy and this is seen as being the most effective means to secure school improvement. The school anticipates that an academy partner will provide the support needed to further improve the school. One hope is that the recently-opened £2 million classroom block for English and maths will help the school to recover its former glories.

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Good News for League There are two recent pieces of good news for the League of Friends of Tenbury Hospital. One was down to Burford House Garden Store, the other to Hatton Cycles of Tenbury Wells. Muriel Lanman told us that “On December 8th 2013, Father Christmas and his reindeers visited Burford House Garden Store. Tenbury Hospital League of Friends was invited to shake our collecting tins to raise a little money for the League’s fund. We would like to thank Mr Paul Benson and his staff for making us so welcome and for giving us the opportunity to raise £210.03. We would like to thank everyone most sincerely for their donations and hoped they enjoyed the day as much as we did.’ The sound of carols filled the air as The Teme Valley Band played on the lawns in front of the house and the band kindly donated their fee to the League.”

In Summer 2013, Hatton’s Cycles of Teme Court put a large vodka bottle on their counter so shoppers could put their change in it, with the money raised going to the League of Friends. By January 2014 the bottle was full! The bottle came from the Workmans Club in Stourport and £96.93 was raised for the League.

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Work has begun to give more people in 25 exchange areas access to higher broadband speeds over the next 14 months, as part of the £24.6 million Connecting Shropshire programme. Areas that are set to benefit include Cleobury Mortimer and Clee Hill. Local MP Philip Dunne said “I am pleased that the next stage of this programme has been announced so that more households and businesses will have access over coming months to fast, reliable broadband in rural South Shropshire.”

Shiny Bus Shelter? The ‘public realm’ plans for Tenbury Wells attracted critical feedback and in response to this a number of changes have been made, such as retaining the traffic-light-controlled pedestrian by the Regal cinema. The proposed ‘street furniture’, which has a futuristic stainless steel look, has been described as being “totally inappropriate” to a traditional market town. Consideration is now being given to street furniture that would blend more sympathetically with the town, and reflect its status as a Conservation Area.

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Speaking recently at a meeting of Tenbury Town Council, Phil Grove, one of Tenbury’s Malvern Hills District Councillors, provided on update on parking enforcement since the new regime was introduced in November last year. He explained that it was now easier to find a parking space on Teme Street and that up until the end of January, 92 parking tickets had been issued, 25 of these being on the ‘pay and display’ car park, and 67 being for ‘on street’ infringements.

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Last November Worcestershire County Council announced that they were considering cutting the subsidy to buses from £3 million a year to zero, which would have made some routes non-viable so would have led to some buses being axed. However, following a public consultation during which over 8,500 responses were received, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet has agreed to take more time to consider the issue. Before a final decision is made the responses to the consultation will be evaluated, and data on the passenger journeys made on the subsidised network will be reviewed. A fare review will take place in partnership with commercial operators to establish which contracts would become viable or could operate with a significantly reduced subsidy. Any final decision on the subsidy and the routes supported is not expected to be made until June and changes are not anticipated before September 2014. The 291 Tenbury to Kidderminster bus is one of the services currently receiving a subsidy, said to be £3.11 per passenger journey. The 758 Tenbury to Worcester bus is not affected, as it does not receive a subsidy.

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Valentine’s Day menu Appetiser Mexicana cheese rarebit, homemade piccalilli & wild rocket

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Cream of asparagus soup (V) Pork & chicken liver terrine spiced peach & apricot chutney granary toast Mixed hors d’oeuvres plate for 2 to share (Thai crab fishcake, walnut & goats cheese mousse, stuffed mushrooms, barbecued rare breed pork & apple sausage, Severn & Wye Valley smoked salmon)

Main courses

Grilled fillet of Woofferton beef, red onion & thyme confit, vegetable Macédoine, Parisienne potatoes & Madeira jus Roast rack of Border Marches lamb, spinach & wild mushroom risotto, roasted shallots & minted jus Grilled sea bass & salmon, crayfish mousse, saffron potato, prawn & brandy sauce Tomato & mozzarella tart, feta & marinated olive salad (V)

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Dark chocolate mousse & glazed coconut & banana Iced passion fruit parfait & warm winter fruits compote Mature brie, crostini, spiced peach & apricot chutney

The relaunch of the AgeUK shop in Tenbury, under new management, took place on Saturday February 8th. A warm welcome and a glass of Bucks Fizz greeted those shoppers that ventured in. Many and varied goods were for sale, from clothes, vintage housewares and china to DVDs, books and jigsaws. Well worth a look! All funds raised in the shop stay locally, helping to run the shop’s information and advice centre. Information and advice surgeries are held on Thursdays and Fridays 10.30 - 4.30pm - telephone 01584 810209 for more information.

Italian Menu Friday 7th March Appetiser

Spinach, goats cheese & marinated anchovy crostini, pesto dressing

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Wild mushroom & porchini rissotto, parmesan shavings & white truffle oil Fritto misto (Deep fried fish & vegetables, aioli & Provencal dip)

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Slow cooked shin of beef cooked with a thyme & brunoise of vegetables sauce Sea bass Nero (Sea bass & crayfish, squid ink pasta, white wine & dill cream sauce) Chicken Piccata (free range chicken cooked with egg & parmesan, saffron risotto & broccoli)

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Mothers Day Lunch Sunday 30th March

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Homemade cream of asparagus soup, potato & rosemary bread (v) Confit duck & chicken liver parfait, prosciutto ham, cherry & kirsch chutney Smoked haddock & salmon fishcakes, leaf salad & horseradish aioli Leek & wild mushroom potato gnocchi gratin

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Roast sirloin of Woofferton beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes & seasonal vegetables Roast leg of Mill Hill Farm lamb, redcurrant & rosemary jus, roast potatoes & seasonal vegetables Slow cooked ham, beef & duck, beans, carrots & parsley potatoes Grilled seabass & crayfish, green beans, asparagus, parsley potatoes & Nantaise butter sauce Goats cheese, shallot, red onion & thyme confit tart, tomato & olive salad, balsamic glaze

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Tipsy sherry trifle Chocolate & raspberry roulade, raspberry coulis A duo of iced coffee parfait & Baileys parfait, chocolate sauce Sticky ginger pudding, butterscotch sauce, vanilla ice cream Selection of 3 local cheeses, biscuits & chutney (£3 supplement for cheese)

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The first Burford Church snowdrop weekend of 2014 took place on February 8th and 9th. Despite days of rain and blustery winds, the snowdrops were blooming defiantly and looking splendid when we visited! It was cold and windy but the sun popped out briefly and lit up the carpet of white in the churchyard. Refreshments in the church provided an opportunity to shelter from the wind and showers. The snowdrops should still be looking good for the weekend of 15th/16th February, when refreshments in the church are scheduled for 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday.

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Tesco and Parking

The plan to build a Tesco in Tenbury Wells continues to move ahead. One recent job involved digging a couple of holes by the gate to the car park, so the electricity supply to the former market building could be disconnected. Fortunately this work was carried out without closing the way through to the car park, but it demonstrated the uncertainty over continuing public access to this area. Parking is key to the success of many of Tenbury businesses so it’s important that sufficient parking continues to be available - not only while the cattle market parking area is closed off, but also during the ‘public realm’ makeover, as this will reduce the availability of on-street parking. Extra parking will also be needed if large numbers of people are to be attracted to events in Tenbury, particularly if wet weather makes parking on grass impracticable. One idea that has been put forward is to use Grasscrete on part of Palmers Meadow, near the existing car park, to preserve the green look of the area, while providing much-needed parking space.

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ACCOUNTANTS Mothering Sunday SPEAK OUT! Breakfast Local accountants Peter Reynolds, from Dyke Ruscoe & Hayes, and Tim Giles, from dhjh, are both based in Teme Street, Tenbury Wells. Each gave us some information to put in front of our readers at this time of year. Tax returns were due in recently, while the end of the current tax year will soon be upon us. Each has its own issues. Tim focussed on the tax returns, while Peter looked towards the end of the financial year.

TIM GILES commented “At last another tax return season is over, each year it seems harder. There are many pitfalls with tax returns and I would always advise talking to a qualified accountant at the earliest opportunity, either a Chartered Accountant or a Chartered Certified Accountant. Tax law is very complex and constantly changing. I talk to many people who have friends who have informally offered business advice over a pint of beer. This can be a potential pitfall as the information being provided can be based on previous tax years or even incorrect. From 7th January 2013 a new High Income Child Benefit Charge was introduced. If one member of the household has income over £50,000 and either partner receives child benefit then there is a legal obligation to register for self assessment and complete an annual tax return. To date there are still nearly 100,000 people who have not registered for self assessment and should have. These people will already have had at least two letters and there have been numerous advertisements on the TV and in the newspapers. If you are one of these people I urge you to contact a qualified accountant because the penalties for non compliance can quickly escalate.” PETER REYNOLDS explained “The Teme Valley is full of small businesses; that’s the nature of a rural area. Many small businesses lack time, are short of money and need some expert help. So, here’s our guide for small business owners on some things to think about before the tax year ends on 5th April. Make sure you buy assets such as equipment, computers, motor vehicles, etc at the right time to maximise the tax relief. If you purchase equipment just before your year end you will bring forward the tax relief for capital allowances – but be careful: the best claim isn’t always the obvious one since the levels at which 100% allowances are given have been changed. You can contribute up to £2,880 net (£3,600 gross) per year into a pension on behalf of your children or grandchildren. The funds will be protected from tax charges and cannot be drawn on until the child/grandchild is aged at least 55. Do you take advantage of your ISA investment limit? You can currently invest up to £11,280. The income and capital growth on savings in an ISA is tax free. If you plan to cash in some life assurance bonds first look at the level of your other income for the current tax year. The life assurance bond proceeds may push your total income into a higher rate tax band, or cause you to lose some higher age related allowances. If you are breaking up with your spouse or civil partner and want to reorganise your assets between you in advance of a divorce, try to do this before the end of the tax year in which you split. Any transfers to your ex-partner in this period will be free of capital gains tax, but not if you wait until the following tax year.”

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SPAR Draw for NSPCC

SPAR Tenbury Wells held a draw for a Christmas Hamper and the lucky winner was Barbara Amos from Tenbury Wells, who amazingly enough has previously won a draw at Tenbury SPAR! The draw raised £584, all of which will go to the NSPCC. The hamper was so heavy that Barbara needed help to carry it away!

Teme Valley South Churches have told us that they are celebrating Mothering Sunday with ‘Cafe Church’. The vicar, Robert Barlow, explained that ‘Cafe Church’ is an idea that has been popular in many places. “We’re inviting people to come and join us for breakfast, bacon rolls, coffee, tea, toast... It will be an opportunity for folk to meet the neighbours and chat with them. We’ll have Sunday papers there for people chill with. There will be an opportunity for children to make cards and posies for their mothers. We’ll sing a hymn or two about mothers and pray for family life with all its joys and pressures.” It will be on Mothering Sunday, 30th March, at 9.30am in Hanley Village Hall. Anyone from or connected with Teme Valley South (Hanley, Rochford, Eastham, Stanford, Stoke Bliss, Kyre) is very welcome. There is no charge but donations will be welcome.

Help at the Touch of a Button 24 Hours a Day Do you want to feel safe at home during this winter, but worry about accidents or getting the right help when needed? Winter is a dangerous time for people, because falls in the home or garden can result in hypothermia if they are not found quickly, resulting in admission to hospital. Ask about a telecare alarm from Worcestershire TeleCare, which is a discreet easy to use personal alarm that uses your existing telephone line to connect to our Monitoring & Response Centre based in Malvern, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by professional trained operators. Mrs S of Tenbury Wells wrote: ‘To know that when pressing the RED button there is immediate attention, is very comforting.’ Mrs W of Worcester wrote: ‘The service I have received from Worcestershire TeleCare has been fantastic. Within seconds someone answers. They have always sounded calm, friendly and polite but also it makes me feel they really do care about you. Very many thanks to Everyone.’

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The harsh winters of recent years and the wet weather this winter have accelerated the decay of the local road network. It’s also partly a result of under-investment over many years. The floods of 2007 and 2008 seemed to make Authorities more aware of the importance of having a ‘fit for purpose’ drainage system. Until then, Authorities sometimes appeared content to blame the weather for flooded roads. For example, three trouble spots on the A456 near Tenbury Wells - Little Hereford (near the Temeside), Boraston (by the Peacock) and Burford (by the pumping station) - have all been greatly improved in recent years. If you see flooding that’s due to blocked or inadequate drains, and if you want to help prevent future problems, you could tell the Highway Authority and your local councillors - and consider following the report up after a month or two, to make sure that the necessary work has been (or will be) carried out. If you come across any potholes - there have been some very nasty ones lately, such as on the A4112 Tenbury to Kimbolton road - it will help if you report them as soon as you can. Highway Authorities don’t inspect roads very often, and even serious faults can go unreported for weeks. If you don’t know how to report a pothole or blocked drain, you might like to post a comment on the Teme Valley Times facebook page and we’ll take it from there.

The Ludlow Food Centre has won a national award. 2014 is the first year that William Reed Business Media have run “The Farm Shop & Deli Awards” and Ludlow Food Centre picked up the title of ‘Britain’s Best Food Hall’. There are eight production kitchens around the food hall and these kitchens employ local people making everything from cheese to bread and jam to pies. Managing Director Edward Berry said “The dedication of our staff for the last seven years has helped us establish a business that our customers enjoy shopping in and that we are proud to be part of” adding that “This marks a fantastic start to what we hope will be a great year for Ludlow Food Centre.” The Food Centre, which is part of the Earl of Plymouth Estate, was named the Farm Retail Association’s Farm Shop Of The Year in 2013 and seems to be going from strength to strength.

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Heritage List

Malvern Hills District Council is working in partnership with the district’s civic societies to produce a Local List of Local Heritage Assets. This list will include buildings, structures and designed landscapes of architectural or historic interest that the community holds dear and which help to define the local identity of the district’s towns and villages. It is different from the National Heritage List for England maintained by English Heritage as it will not provide any additional statutory protection but will be a material consideration in the planning process. A draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) setting out the criteria and procedures for identifying and adding local heritage assets to a Local List is undergoing a wider consultation with interested groups and the wider community. The consultation period ends at 5pm on Friday 14 March 2014.

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Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury has added another Gypsy caravan to its collection. Restored by Bill Birch over a number of years, it was donated to the museum by the Birch family after Bill passed away. Museum Technician Steve Smith and his team of workshop volunteers collected it in November and it is now on show in the Museum’s ‘Travel & Transport’ gallery. Hartlebury Property Manager Rachel Robinson said: “We were very excited about being asked to take on the Caravan, it adds another element to our already varied collection. It obviously meant a lot to the family and had been kept in superb condition. This particular type of Gypsy caravan is known as a “Burton” wagon. The museum already has a basic Burton caravan in its collection but the new one is different - it is much bigger, it has two sets of windows and it was used by a travelling showman’s family and so is highly decorative.” The County Museum holds one of the most varied collections of Gypsy caravans on display anywhere in the country. The current display shows nine Gypsy caravans, or ‘vardos’ as they are also known, including designs such as the Bow Top, the Square Bow, the Open Lot and the Ledge. The ‘Gypsy Queen’ caravan, made by Dunton and Son of Reading is the most elaborately decorated caravan at the museum. Visitors can also listen to audio guides about the caravans which explain their history, and learn more about Gypsy life and culture. Horse drawn carriages, farm vehicles, a fire engine, a hearse, an ambulance and bicycles can also be seen in the Transport display.

Litter Pick Volunteers are sought to help with a litter pick in Knighton on Teme. Everyone is welcome and bags are provided, but volunteers are asked to “please bring a pair of strong gloves”. The litter pick has been instigated by Knighton on Teme Parish Council. Anyone who would like to help should be at the Knighton on Teme Parish Rooms (signposted from the A456) by 10am on Sunday 2nd March, 2014.

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Looking out on the rain and the mud it’s hard to imagine that it won’t be long before the show season gets under way. So if you’re thinking of entering this year, it might time to think about what you’re going to enter. You might need to plant the plants before much longer, if you can find anywhere dry enough. And if you’re thinking of craft work, it’s a welcome reason to stay inside by the fire, rather than brave the weather. Many classes are easy to enter - photography for example. If you want to go out and take some pictures specially, once you know what the subjects are, you might like to seize the moment sooner rather than later. There are plenty of shows to choose from locally, ranging from garden clubs to the Tenbury Show. If you need any advice about growing, you could do worse than pop along to your local gardening club. The Orleton and District Gardening Club will meet on 25th February in Orleton Village Hall: refreshments at 7.30pm, talk (on Medicinal Herbs and The Uses) by Dr Anthony Evans at 8pm. The next meeting of the Clows Top and District Gardening Club will be in the Victory Hall, Clows Top, on Wednesday 26th February and the speaker will be Jill Guest with a talk on ‘Easy Garden Design’. Doors open 7.30pm, speaker 8pm.

Farmers Markets

The recent weather has been a real challenge for outdoor markets, but surely it can’t last for ever? There are quite a few farmers and local producers markets running up and down the Teme Valley, from Ludlow to Knightwick, as well as in the surrounding area. They can be a great place to shop.

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Fodder Sale Nick Champion reported a packed saleroom at the Late Winter Collective Sale of Fodder and Straw at Tenbury Wells on 6th February 2014. He said that “The Welsh Dealers and Local Farmers bid strongly for all the lots as a result of the continuing desperately wet weather, and a near total clearance was achieved. Hay and Silage of all types was a very strong trade as was the best Bedding Straw, but no demand for Fodder Beet as stocks are generally plentiful.” Conventional (small) bales: meadow hay sold to a top of £3.70, seeds hay £3.87 per bale, wheat straw £1.50 per bale, oat straw £1.60 per bale. Round bales: meadow hay to £35, seeds hay to £26, stewardship hay at £24, silage to £25, haylage to £26.50, spring barley straw to £21, wheat straw to £18.50, oat straw £19.50, rape haulm £13, bean haulm £14. Big square bales: meadow hay to £32.75, spring barley straw to £21, wheat straw to £25, rape haulm £17.

‘Christmas is gone but there’s still plenty to sing about with these used ATVs’ Selected pre-owned ATVs Kawasaki 300 2WD (2012) As new, 1427 kms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kawasaki 300 4WD (2007) Very tidy, usage 7069 hrs, new tyres front and rear . . . . . . . . . . . Honda TRX350 2WD (2005) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honda TRX350 4WD (2006) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honda TRX400 Very tidy, usage 1066 hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honda TRX420FE 2/4WD (2008) Very tidy, usage 1200 hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honda TRX420 2/4WD (2010) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honda TRX500FM 2/4WD (2010) usage 1500 hrs, new tyres front and rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honda TRX500FM 2/4WD (2010) usage 1932 hrs, good condition tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honda TRX500FM 2/4WD (2010) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honda TRX500FM 2/4WD (2011) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honda TRX500FE 2/4WD (2009) usage 2300 hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All prices exclude VAT

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RIOJA - A Spanish Classic Rioja comes from northern Spain. It is made from grapes grown not only in La Rioja, but also in parts of neighbouring Navarre and Alava. Red (tinto), white (blanco) and rosé (rosado) are all produced but the vast majority is red. The dominant grape is Tempranillo in the reds and Viura (also known as Macabeo) in the whites. Rioja can be enjoyed young (Joven), or it can be aged for a while (Crianza), aged for longer (Reserva) or aged for even longer (Gran Reserva). Oak ageing was introduced by Bordeaux-influenced winemakers and this process is a major contributor to the taste of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva Riojas.

TESCO Vina Mara Rosado 2012 £7.99 A pleasant pink colour with a fruity nose of wild strawberry, but in the glass there wasn’t that much to it. A visually appealing alternative to a white wine, rather than a particularly impressive rosé in its own right, this should go well with a salad or paella. A blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). El Pinsapo 2012 £7.49 This young Rioja was very user-friendly, being fruity and smooth. Dry but not tannic, this would be nice on its own or with a range of food. Substantial enough to appeal to many enthusiastic red wine drinkers, but quaffable enough to appeal to a wider audience. A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano. Vina Mara Crianza 2009 £7.99 Although lacking some of the substance you might expect from a red Rioja, this pleasant and easygoing Tempranillo had no harshness, which made it easy to drink, so it could be enjoyed by itself or with food. Aged in oak for 12 months. Vina Mara Reserva 2008 £9.49 With a nice aroma and an initial burst of red berry flavours in the mouth, and a smoky finish, this is significantly more powerful than the Crianza, but not particularly smooth. Made from Tempranillo, it’s aged in oak barrels for 20 months.

Vina Mara Gran Reserva 2007 £11.49 Dry and classy, this is undeniably a ‘proper’ Rioja, but it doesn’t have a lot of fruit in the mouth, though there’s some in the bouquet. If you like your red wine more towards a French style, you should enjoy this. Made from Tempranillo it’s aged in oak barrels for 24 months, then has 2 years in bottle before release.

MORRISONS Vina Eneldo Crianza 2009 £8.99 Looks and smells very much like a Rioja should, with a bit of vanilla and dark berries on the nose. However, it’s a bit harsh - perhaps it would benefit from a bit more age - but this isn’t a problem if you partner it with robust food, such as a hearty stew or even chilli con carné. Matured in oak for 14 months. Vina Eneldo Reserva 2008 £9.99 With a lovely aroma and a full flavour this is a pleasant-enough bottle of red. It’s more refined than the Crianza but it lacks the smoothness we’d expect of a Reserva. It should go down enjoyably with a curry, but there are better options at this price. Made from Tempranillo, it’s matured in oak for 18 months, then a year in bottle.

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Arienzo Crianza 2010 £10.99 (£8.99 until 28th April when you buy 2 or more bottles) From Marqes de Riscal’s vineyards, this was smooth and fruity, with a touch of pepperiness, with a lovely aroma. Delicious and dark, this blend of Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano has been aged for 18 months in cask. One of our favourites!

ALDI Baron Amarillo Reserva 2008 £6.29 A nice aroma and some vanilla in the flavour, smoother than some, but with quite a sharp finish so more a wine to go with food than to drink by itself. Aged in oak for three years, they suggest drinking it with casseroles or roast lamb and we wouldn’t disagree. What a bargain!

WAITROSE Cune Barrel Fermented Blanco 2012 £9.99 (£7.99 until March 11th) White Riojas are much less common than red and this is the only bottle we tried. Made with Viura grapes, which are perhaps best known from their use in Cava, the result is a fresh grassy wine that hints of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Fermented on its lees in new American Oak casks for 4 months, this was quite subtle, with a hint of oak. Vega Ariana 2011 £6.99 Nicely balanced with an aroma of vanilla and smoke and reasonably dry. Being simply a ‘young’ Rioja it’s not surprising that it didn’t have the presence you might expect from ‘grown up’ Rioja, but it was nicely rounded and enjoyable. It was also good value. A blend of Tempranillo and Graciano. Beronia Reserva 2009 £12.99 Smooth, with dark fruit aromas and hints of cloves and liquorice. The vanilla and oak come through, along with a dark fruit taste. A blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, and aged in a mixture of French (60%) and American (40%) oak for 18 months, followed by 20 months in the bottle before release, this was a very enjoyable bottle of dryish red, but the price is perhaps a whisker adventurous.

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Lagunilla Reserva 2008 £9.99 (£6.66 until 31st March when you buy 2 or more bottles) Very nice, dry, but with no harshness and a silky feel. Peppery and smoky, with vanilla, all the tasters enjoyed this. Made from 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha, with 24 months in oak. At £6.66 this would win our ‘Best Buy’ award. Muga Reserva 2009 £17.49 (£14.99 until 28th April when you buy 2 or more bottles) Made using 70% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha, with Graciano and Mazuelo making up the balance, this is aged for 6 months in large traditional vats, 24 months in small oak barrels, then a further year in bottle before release. The pepper of the Garnacha comes through clearly, there’s plenty of flavour and it’s dry, with a lingering finish. We’d like to try this in a couple of years’ time rather than drink it now. Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2004 £13.49 (£9.99 until 31st March when you buy 2 or more bottles) Lush and powerful this is dry but not too challenging so many red wine drinkers could happily drink this by itself. 100% Tempranillo, this has been aged for 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before being released. We all liked this; one taster described it as ‘spot on’! Prices were checked at the time the wines were tasted, but are subject to change.

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Kia cee’d

The Second Generation cee’d was launched in 2012 and it immediately made an impression for a number of reasons. One was its styling, which was more attractive than many of its competitors, and one was its price. This cee’d was no longer a ‘bargain option’; rather this was a Kia that would have to sell purely on its merits. For example, the cee’d range currently starts at £14,400, while Vauxhall’s Astra starts at £12,995.

There are four engines to choose from: petrol or diesel, in 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre form. Trim levels start at Level 1 and go up to Level 4 Tech. We tried a relatively modest Level 2, with a 1.6 diesel engine. With a list price of £18,295 on the road, this is in direct competition with cars such as Ford’s Focus Zetec 1.6 TDCi. This Kia has a number of good points,

including the engine’s power output. While many 1.6 litre diesels provide 105 to 115bhp, this cee’d offers 129bhp, and with its 97100g/km emissions, it slots into the ‘free road tax’ Band A category. It also falls into a lower insurance group than many alternatives, which might be particularly welcomed by younger drivers, and we averaged 55mpg during mixed driving. Kia’s 1.6 diesel is a nice engine, with easy performance and a lazy feel when cruising on main roads in top gear at say 50 to 60mph. It’s also an easy car to drive, so the combination could be quite restful on longer journeys, but there is wind noise at higher speeds. It’s heavier than some competitor models which sometimes comes through in the way it feels while it’s being driven. This also means the acceleration isn’t quite as sporty as 129bhp might suggest - for example, this cee’d takes about half a second longer

than the equivalent Focus to cover the 0-60mph sprint. The gears are quite widely spaced. This helps give a relaxed feel at speed, without making first gear so high that excessive clutch slip is needed when moving off, but can make for a lot of gear-changing, especially on ‘up hill down dale’ roads. However, changing gear is hardly a chore, as the gearchange is excellent. The brakes seemed to have sufficient power but needed a firm push to slow the car quickly. For night driving a stronger main beam would have been appreciated, but dip was fine. An unusual feature was the adjustable power steering, offering a choice of comfort, normal or sport; we generally used comfort. Overall we felt that this was a goodlooking and practical car, exactly the sort of thing someone might buy simply because they want to get from A to B. Nice touches include the excellent instrument layout, with the speedo being particularly easy to read. Even though the car we drove was ‘only’ a Level 2, it was well-equipped, with stop-start, folding mirrors and cruise, and with auto up and auto down on all four electric windows. Plus points include Kia’s seven-year warranty, which brings reassurance to buyers planning to keep the car long term, and if you prefer automatic transmission to manual, this option is available on a number of models. And if you would like more luggage space, you could take a look at the Sportswagon version, which costs about £1,000 more.

normal in a van that can take a decent payload. Once half-laden the suspension worked nicely, which seems logical enough. The rear doors have neat hinges that allow them to open to almost 180 degrees when required. A Bipper is seriously van-shaped - like a ‘proper’ van, only shorter - so you might not expect it to slip through the air with the greatest of ease, but we easily averaged over 50mpg, even though a lot of our mileage was start-stop driving, delivering the Teme Valley Times to local stockists. The official ‘combined’ figure of over 60mpg and the emissions (119g/km) are good for a van. The 10-gallon (45 litre) tank gives a good range and the 20,000-mile/24-month service

intervals should help keep costs down. Overall we thought this was a great little van that would willingly lug loads around town or cruise down motorways, while being nice to drive. The engine suits the van splendidly well, with power in exactly the right places, and a good gear change. At times it was hard to believe that only 1248cc lurked under the bonnet! The range starts at £10,905+VAT, which isn’t particularly cheap, but good discounts are available if you shop around; the Professional ATV we drove is around £16,300 on-the-road, including VAT and metallic paint. If you prefer automatic transmission, an automated manual gearbox is available on the SE model, for an extra £700+VAT.

Peugeot Bipper If you’re in the market for a small van, Peugeot’s Bipper has a lot going for it. For a start, there’s the engine. All versions use the same four-cylinder diesel. Described as a 1.3, it’s actually only 1248cc, yet it’s a better performer than the previous 1.4! Maximum output increased from 70 to 75bhp, but the main gain was in low and mid range torque. This allows the Bipper to pull up hills with surprising ease, even with a fair load in the back. Another strong feature is the van’s payload of over 600kg - significantly more than many small vans - and there’s enough space for a pallet. There’s also a useful range of options such as half-width or full-width bulkheads and equipment levels are pleasantly comprehensive, whether as standard, or through optional extras. The top-of-the-range model is the Professional. This has a full-width bulkhead (with a mesh grille

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top-half ), air conditioning, electric (and heated) mirrors, Bluetooth and a side door. The entry-level S and mid-range SE aren’t as well equipped, but most features can be added and the S/SE have some options that aren’t listed for the Professional, including rear windows or a ‘Multi Flex’ folding passenger seat with half-width bulkhead, allowing longer loads to be carried. The SE and Professional have a sliding side door as standard. Another option is a ‘Tough Pack’, providing an under-engine protection tray and raised suspension. We drove a Professional ATV. This is basically a Professional, but with ‘ATV’ extras, including M&S (mud and snow) tyres and ‘grip control’ to enhance performance on snow, sand or mud. We drove the van in cold weather on muddy roads and it coped well. On the road, this Bipper was surprisingly refined, with the engine whirring away in a generally relaxed manner. It was very easy to drive and drifting down a nice dual carriageway at 50 to 60mph was pleasantly civilised, while the big windows gave a good view out at the front and side. The suspension was sometimes rather joggly with no load in the back, but that’s


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The latest Mazda6 competes with cars such as Vauxhall’s Insignia and Ford’s Mondeo. It’s a hotlycontested sector of the market but this Mazda offers a number of virtues that might tempt buyers. These include the styling, as the Mazda6 saloon is one of the neatest-looking cars in its class. The body shape shouts ‘coupé’ more than it shouts ‘practical saloon car’, which is bound to boost appeal. The engines are interesting technically, with both engines (2.2-litre diesel and 2-litre petrol) using a 14:1 compression ratio - exceptionally low for a diesel, but exceptionally high for a petrol! The petrol model is available in 145bhp and 165bhp form, the diesel comes with either 150 or 175bhp; we tried the lower-powered diesel, with mid-range ‘SE-L’ trim level. This was well-equipped, with features such as climate control, cruise, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth. It also offered a good level of performance, particularly because of the engine’s generous urge at modest revs. 150bhp doesn’t sound a lot for a car this big, but because the engine pulls so well at low and medium engine speeds it often felt more powerful. The engine’s flexibility and tractability meant it was often a gear higher than one might have expected, which presumably helps boost fuel economy. We averaged about 54mpg, but more should be possible on a long run with relaxed driving, but we doubt that many drivers would achieve the official ‘combined’ figure of 72.4mpg. The suspension was a bit joggly over poorly-maintained roads, particularly at low speeds, and some vibration could be felt through the steering wheel, but the clutch and gearchange actions were excellent and the brakes felt powerful but progressive. The headlights on ‘our’

2.2SE-L weren’t as good as some, but the bi-xenon lights on the range-topping ‘Sport’ would presumably illuminate the way ahead more powerfully. We felt this car was at its best when taking life easy, covering the miles in a relaxed manner, making the most of the engine’s flexible nature and enjoying the car’s spacious feel and general ease of driving. This also gives the best fuel economy, which is important to most people these days. The emissions figure is low for a car of this size and performance at only 104g/km, putting it into band ‘B’ for tax purposes and helping make it an affordable company car. The 104g is partly due to stop/start and Mazda’s “i-ELOOP” system, which stores energy when you slow down, then uses it to power the car’s electrics, reducing the car’s urban emissions. The 175bhp diesel is a bit thirstier than the 150bhp model and has higher emissions (119g), while the petrols come in at 129g (145bhp) and 135g (165bhp). Automatic transmission is an option. It’s inevitable that attractive styling often comes at a cost, in terms of practicality. In the 6, it’s the headroom in the rear that suffers slightly. However, if you need to carry tall people in the back, Mazda have the answer - a Mazda6 Tourer, which doesn’t have the saloon’s steeply-raked rear. The Tourer also offers greater luggage capacity, but the saloon’s boot is a good size anyway. The Mazda6 saloon range starts at £19,595, for the petrolengined 2.0SE, and runs up to £26,795 for the 175bhp automatic diesel, excluding options such as metallic paint (£530). The ‘Tourer’ carries a price premium approaching £1,000, but as it isn’t available in the entry-level 2.0SE trim, the Tourer range starts with the 2.0SE-L, at £21,315.

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The new Mazda3 went on sale in the UK on January 3rd and that’s when we went to Bengry Motors launch event in Leominster. Despite the torrential downpours the staff were busy handling test drives. The Mazda3, which has been awarded the maximum five star safety rating by Euro NCAP, offers Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) which helps to reduce or prevent low-speed collisions by automatically applying the brakes if the driver fails to act and Hill Hold Assist (HHA) to prevent roll-back on inclines. Further standard equipment also includes i-stop idle-stop system, 16inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, power-folding heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, trip computer, radio/CD with six speaker audio system, 7-inch colour touch screen, USB/iPod connectivity and Bluetooth handsfree system. Available in hatchback or ‘fastback’ (saloon) bodyshapes, and with a choice of petrol (1.5-litre or 2-litre) or diesel (2.2 litre) engines, the range starts at £16,695 (hatchback) and £16,995 (‘fastback’), each with 1.5-litre 100bhp petrol engines.


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