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Mayoral Leominster Commendation Tourism Linda Perks was presented with a wellearned Mayoral Commendation at the meeting of Tenbury Town Council on June 5th. Over the last 29 years Linda has raised around £50,000 for charities and good causes that have included the Poppy Appeal, local Churches, Maramba (Tenbury Team link with Maramba Deanery in Tanga Diocese, Tanzania), animal welfare charities and Tenbury Guides and Scouts. The Commendation was in recognition of her fundraising efforts and services to the local community.

Linda Perks (right), running a tombola at St Mary’s Church, Tenbury

Linda Perks receiving the commendation from Deputy Mayor Cllr Eric Hudson and Cllr Sue Perry

Leominster’s Tourist Information Centre (‘TIC’) provides a useful service to a great many people. Some who use it are visitors to the town, but many are local residents. If people are looking for something enjoyable to do while they are on holiday, or if they are simply looking for an interesting day out, the answer might well be found at the Information Centre. After being based for many years at one corner of Corn Square, the Centre has now moved to the diagonally-opposite corner of the square, in premises that look to be both brighter and more spacious, which will hopefully allow the helpful volunteers to make both residents and visitors feel even more welcome!

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Tenbury Museum celebrates 40th

Mugs in Casa Portuguesa’s window

Members of Tenbury Museum Society celebrated their 40th Anniversary over the weekend of June 3rd/4th. This is no mean feat for an organisation that has been run entirely by volunteers since being set up. The museum is staffed by volunteer stewards and the Society also holds monthly open days of the town’s iconic Pump Rooms, the next being on June 17th from 11am - 4pm. Volunteers past and present and friends of the museum gathered at The Kings Head on Cross Street, just across the road from the Museum, for a relaxed weekend of tea, coffee and cake, plus of course a visit to the museum itself! To tie in with the Anniversary, 40 objects from the museum were placed in shop windows in Tenbury, echoing the particular shop’s trade. For example, Mr Thom’s, the chocolate and sweet shop, had a metal advertising plaque for ‘Francis Beaumont & Co’ Master Chocolatiers and a tin of ‘Pascall Saturday Assortment - a sporting variety of wrapped sweets’ on display. Casa Portuguesa (ceramics and gifts) had a couple of mugs from the museum’s collection, one inscribed ‘A present from Tenbury’ while Tenbury Barbers had a couple of razors on display. This was certainly a fun way to encourage people to walk around the shops whilst discovering a little more about the museum’s collection. On behalf of the Museum Society, Liz Finlay said “It was great to see so many people visiting the museum and we look forward to celebrating our 50th in ten years’ time.” Liz also expressed her thanks to Debbie from The Kings Head for allowing This sweet tin was displayed the celebration to be held at the in Mr Thom’s shop window pub.

Volunteers, friends and visitors from Tenbury Museum gathered at The Kings Head


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League of Friends Tenbury Hospital’s League of Friends recently raised funds by running a charity shop in Tenbury Wells, in premises provided by Sadie Chalkley of Banfields. Muriel Lanman, from the League, kindly let us have the following words. “Despite the weather being on the cold side Tenbury Hospital League of Friends had a very successful ‘pop-up’ shop raising £1,925.74 for the fund. Our grateful thanks go to Mrs Sadie Chalkley of Banfields, to everyone who gave us items to sell, and to the many people who came along and bought or popped some money in our donations bottle. We are most grateful to the people who come to help in anyway. Without them we just couldn’t manage as there is a lot to do before we open and after we close. Many thanks to Barbara for bringing us some of her delicious homemade cakes to keep us going, and to Thelma for a warming lunch-time curry on one of the very cold days - how kind everyone is to us. Our next ‘event’ is a Tombola at The Tenbury Countryside Show on August 5th. So once again on behalf of Tenbury Hospital League of Friends a very sincere ‘thank you’ to you all.”

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Newsfield Exhibition

The original bromide of the CRASH logo used on the first issue of the magazine, made by Tortoiseshell Press of Corve Street in Ludlow from Oliver Frey’s inked original

Ludlow Museum recently hosted an exhibition about the Ludlowbased 1980’s trend-setting computer games magazine publisher Newsfield Publications Ltd. Originally a software and mail order business, their mail order catalogue was so well received that it was decided to launch a monthly magazine dedicated to Spectrum computer games. The first monthly magazine - ‘CRASH’ was launched in 1984 and within two years the magazine had an audited circulation of over 100,000 copies. This success saw the company rapidly expand, leasing 3 floors of office space at 2 King Street. A blue plaque now marks the property which is just a short step from the museum. At the time Newsfield used a willing pool of pupils attending Ludlow CE School to work after school reviewing games (rather than professional journalists) and the boys’ unsentimental honesty is said

An example of Oliver Frey’s work

to have contributed to the success of CRASH. Other magazines soon followed including Zzap!64 for Commodore 64 machines. The museum exhibition, which attracted visitors from all over the UK, tied in with the launch of a book celebrating the work of commercial illustrator Oliver Frey. Oliver’s imaginative and fantastical art appeared on covers of CRASH and Zzap!64 and Oliver had previously worked on Eagle and Dan Dare comics. He also constructed the opening film sequences for the original 1978 Superman. His work is collected by many, including artist David Hockney, and the new book is a fitting lavish production which features much of his stunning work. Ludlow Museum has various talks and small specialised exhibitions during the year. The current exhibition, ‘20 Years of Treasure’, runs until August.

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Bockleton Fete It was great to see people turning out to support this year’s Bockleton Fete, with some local residents taking the opportunity to walk to the event. There was a great buzz to the proceedings and Tenbury Town Band struck-up to open the fete and continued to provide background music as everyone enjoyed the fete in the sunshine. Lots of families and friends ‘had a go’, whether on the golf challenge or the ‘hook a duck’ or the coconut shy. Much fun was had, with a few people discovering skills they never knew they had! The traditional game of ‘Splat or Bat the Rat’ appeared in a more modern (and more PC?) form at Bockleton: the tube which the ‘rat’ runs down had been replaced with a large board with bright orange plastic rat silhouettes and the ‘splat’ (usually some form of bat) was a light bulb-shaped ‘splat ball’ which could be hurled at the board, splatting on to it, hopefully over one of the ‘rats’. Successful splats earned the thrower some sweets! Other attractions included the fun dog show, tombola, bric-abrac, plants, bottle stall, wood turning and a cake and produce stall, with some lovely local free range eggs at £1. The silent auction included a sack of logs, a chinese rug, half a pig, five bags of well-rotted horse manure, a Charlie Portock ‘Hunting for food’ day course for two people, a planter and a two-course Sunday lunch for two at The Rose and Crown in Burford up for grabs. Chris’s “green stand” was full of a diverse range of greencoloured bargains, from knitted frogs to bows, earrings, buttons, shoes, crockery, notebooks and pictures - great fun to rummage through!

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Ice creams did a good trade as the sun shone and you could escape into the cool of the church and take a pew for homemade refreshments with a marvellous choice of cakes. A lovely relaxed afternoon!


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New Millenium Orchard Leaflet Tenbury & District Millennium Orchard has produced a new leaflet to encourage visitors to ‘Come and see our Heritage Apple Trees’. Planted in celebration of the year 2000, the trees are now well established and the leaflet has a plan of the orchard with each apple tree being numbered, with its variety being identified.

Varieties include Pixie, Court of Wick, George Cave, Crimson Quoining, Lord Lambourne and Golden Noble. The leaflet also has information about the wildlife you might find in the orchard and some facts about apples. The orchard is at the side of the A456, on the left going from Tenbury Wells towards Ludlow, with parking on the verge, or there is a footpath to the

orchard from Burford House. People can visit the orchard throughout the year to enjoy the blossom or the trees, depending on season, and there are benches for those would like to sit for a while, and perhaps contemplate the ambience. The new leaflet is available from Tenbury Tourist Office, which is on Teme Street, next to Barclays Bank.

Clows Top Plant Sale This plant sale, held at the Victory Hall, had the added benefit of being the Clows Top & District Gardening Club sale, so helpful advice was on hand from club members! There was plenty of choice, with ‘Moneymaker’ tomato plants at two for 50p, trays of very healthy looking bedding plants for £2, double mixed petunias for £2 a tray, lavenders, mixed geraniums at 70p a pot, Liatris Spicata (“gayfeather” or “snakewort”) for £2.50, mixed lupins at £2 each as well as a white Bergenia Bressingham (“elephant’s ears”) and red onion plants to grow on. Add in the books, cakes and bric-a-brac and it would have been easy to come away with your arms full! Marion Wilson from the Club said “Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 28th June and the speakers for the evening will be Ray Morris and Mike Watkins with a talk entitled ‘Teme Valley Hops’.”

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At over 26 feet high, the Foley memorial at Great Witley Church is regarded as the tallest funerary monument in the country. It was designed and carved by Antwerp-born Michael Rysbrack, who also carved monuments to the Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace, and to Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey. Commissioned by Lady Foley, who paid for the church to be built in 1735, it consists of a huge grey marble sarcophagus on a plinth, above which rises a large pedestal, against the backdrop of an enormous grey marble obelisk and larger-than-life-figures depict Thomas (the first Lord Foley), his wife Mary, and five of their seven children. In April a team from Mareva Conservation, led by Veronika Vlkova, began the task of cleaning the monument. The project also includes restoring the lettering and polishing the whole edifice. Churchwarden Angela Stone commented “Great Witley Church has one of, if not the, most amazing interiors of any church in the country. The glorious combination of ceiling paintings, stuccoed walls, painted windows, gold reredos and enormous marble monument leave visitors open mouthed in amazement and it is often compared by them to the Sistine Chapel in Rome.”

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Leominster In Bloom Plant Fair

Lots of choice for gardeners and plant lovers - including the new ‘Forsythia Brilliant’ Additions for this year’s Plant Fair, held on The Grange on May 27th, included food, crafts and bouncy castles. The Fair helps raise money for the floral displays that brighten up Leominster. Several garden nurseries had stalls and offers included small box bushes for £1 and marguerites for £1.50. B&Q staff had a stall with face painting, and ‘Community Wheels’, the Leominster-based community transport group, had a fundraising stall with apple pies (50p), plates of jam tarts (£1) and large scones (40p) to tempt fairgoers and maybe recruit a few more volunteer drivers at the same time.

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Appreciation for Poppy Appeal Supporters The Far Forest and Rock Branch of the Royal British Legion organised a special presentation event at The Rock Cross Inn in Rock. Branch Chairman Martyn Carter and Poppy Appeal Organiser Jim Woods were able to present Certificates of Appreciation to representatives of local individuals, businesses and organisations, in recognition of the support they gave which helped make the latest appeal so successful for the Branch. Martyn Carter said “The Branch is very grateful for the tremendous support that we have received from lots of local

Pupils at Lindridge St Lawrence CE Primary School can look forward to exploring the newly-enhanced natural areas in their school grounds thanks to a grant from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust. Head Teacher Julie Page commented “Along with help from parents and carers, we wanted to create unique spaces within the school for the children to develop their understanding of the local nature at the same time as increasing the biodiversity of the area.” The school applied for funding from the Community Trust and received £789 to develop the areas. New sensory planting for the garden was chosen by a horticultural expert to encourage a wide range of insects and pollinators. The grant has also been used to buy equipment to support the existing Forest School and bird, bee and hedgehog boxes have been installed to allow the children to study more creatures in their natural habitat. Junior Forest School equipment for the pre-school children has also been purchased, including plant pots and a selection of smaller bird and insect boxes. John Garbutt, Chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, explained that “Two of the Trust’s main aims are encouraging biodiversity and the conservation of our natural environment.” Grant application forms are available at www.KingspanInsulationCommunityTrust.org

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Museum receives donation Tenbury Museum received a donation from Pudleston Church on Thursday 27th April. A group service was held at the Church, followed by a ‘Last Supper’ in Pudleston Village Hall, which raised funds on a donation basis. Mike Thompson, Secretary of the Tenbury & District Museum Society, explained that “Two charities were nominated, one being Tenbury Museum and the other was Syria. It was decided to split the donations equally after expenses, so I am pleased to say that £91 is the share for Tenbury Museum.” In fact, the donation was made up to a round £100 and there were grateful thanks and smiles all round. Pudleston Church will be holding a ‘Glenn Miller’ themed flower festival and Vintage weekend on August 12th/13th and if their previous flower festivals are anything to go by, it will be well worth the trip!

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Menith Wood Plant Sale The Menith Wood Community Association held a fundraising plant sale at The Old Chapel Hall in Menith Wood on May 13th. There was an interesting range of plants on offer, including sisyrinchium brachypus, hostas, ligularia dentata, kaffir lillies, some fine-looking aquilegia and the early flowering daphne mezereum. Our area has a wide range of local plant sales, some large, some small, but they all offer the opportunity to pick up some new plants. Generally speaking, you’ll find plants that grow well in the local soils and climate and you might pick up a few bargains, so it’s well worth popping along. And, like this event, there’s usually a refreshing cuppa and a chat on offer - before you have to rush home to get on with some planting!

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A Spring Fayre in Kimbolton Village Hall saw craft and artisan producers displaying a large range of goods including a variety of gifts. This event could have been a great opportunity to buy some gifts that wouldn’t be found on every High Street. It would have been easy to be surprised at what was on offer. There were unique jewellery pieces, Tweedies collectable teddies (each one different and customisable), wooden toys, pop-up cards, Haybarn shabby chic/ retro and vintage items, pictures, knitted goods, rolls of miniature bunting, Seggin Bees honey and beeswax products including soaps and much more. The stalls rewarded a careful browse and many of the businesses could also produce something special to meet a customer’s requirements, if you liked what you saw, but wanted something more personalised.

Art Award Menith Wood WI helps Responder At the Menith Wood WI meeting on Monday 8th May, Kath Pardoe (President) presented local First Responder Martin Bennett with a cheque for £265.05. This was raised at a community Valentine Lunch, laid on by members of the WI in Lindridge Parish Hall in February, at which Martin talked to members about his work with First Response and what it can involve. First Response is the charity that Menith Wood WI has supported this past year and as well as the lunch, there was a raffle and a bric-a-brac stall to help boost fundraising on the day.

Errol Dyer, a member of the Tenbury & District Art Group, has been awarded the Society of All Artists (SAA) Artist of the Year ‘June Atherton Beginners Award’. Errol, who lives in Clows Top, has been painting for just under two years and he qualified for the Beginners category. He entered two paintings and won the award with a painting entitled “My Hare with attitude”. His painting will hang with other winners in an exhibition at the SAA Head Office in Newark. It will also feature in several events there between July and October, then move to the ICHF event at the NEC in November. Errol commented “The painting was the first painting that I sold last year at our club exhibition in Tenbury Wells. The owners have very kindly lent me the original for this period and will be getting it back in November.”

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This exhibition in Burford Church was like a fashion show of wedding dress styles through the years. It was lovely to see how fashion trends have changed and how the styles varied, and showing how hem lines rise and fall, even on bridal wear! Some of the dresses were bought, some were made by the bride herself or the bride’s mother, or on some embroidery had been added by a family member. The exhibition also included a lot of local social history, with many dresses having information and wedding photographs displayed alongside, showing the bride in the dress on the big day, and detailing who married who! The dresses included one from a wedding last year, but they stretched back to at least 1946. Some related to weddings at Burford Church itself, but others had been worn elsewhere, even including Las Vegas! Also featured were the weddings of a couple of local business owners - Mark David Yarnold married Anne Mary Thomas at Pudleston; they now run Nomark, the ATV specialists, in Burford. Kim Hurst (nee Hall) of The Cottage Herbery in Boraston displayed her wedding dress, bought from Rackhams in 1980 and her bridesmaid’s dress, which Kim made herself for her sister to wear. Reverend Sue Foster and Doctor Nick Foster’s wedding of 1979 featured as did Reverend Sian Harris’s 1978 marriage to Julian. Sian made her own dress and also on show was a christening robe which she had embroidered with the three daughters’ initials. Rosemary Martin (nee Fox) recalled that her wedding day coincided with the first televised broadcast of the Grand National in 1960 and a television was borrowed from Banfields in Tenbury so the race could be watched at the reception! One of the most striking dresses was the one made from parachute silk, beautifully embroidered and styled with deep side pockets, for Lillian Smith’s marriage to Leonard Thomas in 1946 in Fownhope. Bridesmaids’ dresses and christening gowns were also on display. Some christening gowns had been made from the material of a wedding dress, others had been passed down through the family for many generations. There was a beautifully-knitted christening gown made by a bride’s mother who, according Mark David Yarnold married to the bride, had never knitted Anne Mary Thomas before or since.

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Sunshine and a stunning setting (nestled in the field below Hope Bagot church) saw Hope Bagot Church’s ‘Midsummer’ fete get underway on Sunday 28 May. With such a huge number of entries for the fete’s popular Fun Dog Show it looks like the event might well become a key date in the local canine calendar! Elsewhere the Tenbury Teme Valley Band played in the churchyard and around the village hall there were stalls with books, bric-a-brac, cakes, a bottle tombola and a raffle. Inside the hall volunteers worked hard to keep the cakes and teas flowing, and to keep the washing-up ahead of the demand for cups! A number of classic cars graced the field, including a 1966 Morris 1100, described as “A very groovy motor”! It was good to see so many enjoying the setting, relaxing in the sun, chatting with friends, or simply sitting on the grass watching the world go gently by.

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Cancer Support Fashion Show Rosemary Wood, Chairman of Ludlow Cancer Support Group, told us that the Fashion Show they held in March was an outstanding success. It raised £840. Rosemary said “It was unanimously agreed that monies raised at the Fashion Show should be divided between these two organisations, and we rounded the sum up to £1,000, so we can give them £500 each”. She explained that “Since our Group started in 2014, members have received a lot of support from the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund in Shrewsbury and the Macmillan Renton Unit at Hereford County Hospital.”

Gaynor Lloyd (L) and Claire Taylor, the inspiration behind the Show

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Grand Plant Sale Plant lovers were spoilt for choice but still had to be 'early birds' if they wanted to get the best bargains at the Kimbolton Grand Plant Sale, held on Saturday 27 May. This event is held each year, early in the season, and keen gardeners can pick up some plants to fill a few spaces in their gardens with bedding, border and specimen plants aplenty. The veg plant section had a lot of choice too, including beans, tomatoes, strawberries, brassica, peppers and herbs. Looking at the rate of purchase of plants, and at the boxfuls of plants sitting in the 'Plant Crèche' (while refreshments were being taken in the church) many would have been looking forward to a busy Bank Holiday weekend! There was also a cake stall, offering a range of homemade cakes. The event raised funds for St James the Great Church, Kimbolton, a Grade II* listed building. The Reverend Thomas Hutchinson was the incumbent in Kimbolton from 1851 until 1901; his aunt Mary Hutchinson married the poet William Wordsworth in 1802.

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Art at Rock Church

Stourport Lock by John Instance This annual exhibition and sale of paintings, prints and crafts is a recognised showcase for local artists and craftspeople with the fine interior of the Norman Church providing a splendid backdrop. Over the Easter weekend the Friends of Rock Church presented their 18th exhibition, in conjunction with watercolour artist John Instance. Art lovers could see over 35 artists’ work with around 150 paintings on show, together with jewellery, beadwork, mugs, ceramics, wood turning, walking sticks,

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Ludlow Spring Festival The tried and tested recipe of a vast choice of real ales, combined with a wide range of classic cars, made for yet another successful event at the Castle. The Festival Pub beer tent did a lot of trade on the Saturday so when we visited on the Sunday morning there were already plenty of empty barrels to be seen. Fortunately there was still plenty of choice! Bottled beers and a range of ciders and other drinks provided further variety, while live music from singer/songwriter Anthony Doyle (who took the first slot on stage in the marquee) provided an auditory backdrop to all the imbibing! New for this year’s Festival was a ‘Pie Trail’ on the Saturday in addition to the popular ‘Pudding Trail’ on the Sunday. These trails took people round the town, tasting and judging a series of pies or puddings at various cafes, restaurants and pubs. The cars also didn’t disappoint, with a wide range of interesting vehicles, ranging from a Rolls Royce to an Austin Healey 3000, a Pontiac Firebird, a VW Karmann Ghia and an Austin Allegro, generally with enthusiastic owners who could tell you lots of things you never knew about a particular car! There was a 1973 Citroen DS 23 Safari looking as weird and wonderful as it did all those years ago with its futuristic styling, and the ‘Marchers Leafers’ brought along a collection of leaf spring and military vehicles. There were a good many local producers, including Broad Street Kitchen, based - not surprisingly - in Broad Street, just a stone’s throw from the Castle. The Spring Festival was their first event! Sticky toffee flavour Cheshire cheese, homemade lemonade, Joel Black’s hand-crafted carbon steel kitchen knives with 500 year old

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Why not have a go at the Tenbury Show?

It’s easy and fun to have a go at a show and there are lots of opportunities at events around the Teme Valley. However, the Tenbury Show is a prime opportunity, and with over 150 classes there’s something for almost everyone. The photos show a selection of entries over the past couple of years. Each year different themes are chosen for various classes. For instance, this year’s theme for the Club Exhibit (cookery, handicraft, flower arrangement and a home-made drink) is ‘A Country Sport’. Photography classes include: A bonnie baby; A family heirloom; A woodland view; Look Up; A native mammal; and ‘Red’. Why not look through your photos, or get snapping, and give it a go? Floral Art traditionally has a theme for each class - this year’s include ‘Cosmopolitan’ - a modern arrangement; ‘The Lady’ an arrangement in a jewellery box; ‘Country Life’ - an exhibit; and ‘Take a Break’ - a petite arrangement in a cup and saucer not to exceed 25cm in height. There is even a novice class, for those who have not won previously, with the theme ‘Amateur Gardener’. Add in vegetables, plants, cut flowers, art and cookery and you can see there’s no shortage of opportunities! Entry fees are generally 20p but it’s free in the Senior Citizen’s section and in the Children’s sections, which cater to age groups 4/5, 6/7, and 8/9/10, and also in the ‘Junior Handicraft’ for 11-15yrs. For full details see the Horticultural Section Schedule. This can be downloaded from www.tenbury-countryside-show.co.uk or you can pick up a copy in Tenbury at the Tenbury Agricultural Society Office on Market Street, or at the Tourist Office.


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Isuzu D-Max The new generation D-Max was unveiled in April and the biggest change is arguably the new downsized engine. Despite the significantly smaller capacity - just 1.9-litres, compared to the outgoing model’s 2.5 litres - peak power output is essentially the same at 164PS and maximum torque has only dropped by 10%, down from 400Nm to 360Nm.

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speed, then the truck keeps itself down to that speed instead of charging off down the hill. Isuzu say the new model offers a quieter, more refined and more economical driving experience. Although there is a prominent diesel noise immediately after a cold start, this quietens down quite quickly. The engine is pleasantly smooth in use, and the government figures do show that fuel economy has improved. Importantly, the new D-Max has retained the previous version’s ability to tow up to 3.5 tonnes, and also its one-tonne-plus payload capacity. In fact there has been a small payload increase, with most models now having a payload capability of over 1.1 tonnes. The line-up from the previous model (Utility, Eiger, Yukon, Utah and Blade) is retained, with a range of single, extended and double cab variants. Automatic transmission is an option on the double cab models. As with the previous D-Max, 4x4 models have a rotary dial that allows the driver to select two-wheel drive for Tarmac, 4WD high for off-road use or, for example, on snow-covered roads or 4WD low. The entry-level two-wheel-drive-only Utility D-Max starts at £15,749 ‘CVOTR’ (£18,841.80 on the road including VAT), but we drove the range-topping Blade which with automatic transmission costs from £27,999 ‘CVOTR’ (£33,541.80 on the road including VAT). Features on the Blade include keyless entry, tinted windows, heated front seats, 9-inch multi-function touchscreen, an excellent reversing camera, sat nav, DAB digital radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Blade puddle lamps, which actually shine ‘BLADE’ on the ground! The D-Max comes with a five-year (125,000-mile) warranty, 12,000-mile or 24-month service intervals, five years recovery and European cover, a threeyear paint warranty, and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. During road use we averaged 34mpg which Automatic transmission combined with the 76 litre fuel tank should provide a potential cruising range of over 550 miles. is optional on Double Cab

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Honda Civic Launch

The launch was at Billesley Manor near Stratford-upon-Avon

The tenth-generation Honda Civic is an all-new car and Honda say that it offers a “Sporty, fresh and distinctive exterior design”. This isn't a bad description and although the previous Civic was undeniably a good car, its styling was restrained except perhaps where the R version was concerned - and the new appearance certainly makes the latest Civic more eye-catching.

The importance of the car is underlined by a comment from Mitsuru Kariya, Chief Engineer and Global Project Leader, who said “The creation of this tenth generation Civic represents one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new model developments ever undertaken by Honda”. The five door hatchback will be built at Honda’s UK factory at Swindon,

from where it is to be exported globally. It is significantly bigger than previous generation, being 30 mm wider and 136 mm longer. It is, however, 20 mm lower, but this doesn't mean the roof feels low when you're driving the car as the driving position has also been lowered. It's not just the look of the car that's new, it also features new engines

and the one-litre and 1.5 litre options were both at the launch. Both are turbocharged petrol units, the smaller with three cylinders, the larger with four, and each is available with manual transmission or as a CVT automatic. CVT has been used on a range of cars for a good many years but it hasn't been universally popular. Some people have loved it for its convenience, particularly in town, but others haven't appreciated the way in which the engine could rev quite harshly during acceleration or when climbing hills. The new Civic provides a huge contrast and the 1.5 that we drove had the bestmanaged CVT we have experienced. It willingly allowed the engine to make good use of its ample torque at modest rpm, providing good acceleration without even topping 3,000rpm, which

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helped give the car a relaxed feel and acceleration is essentially the same whether you opt for the manual or CVT version. The smaller engine offers 129PS, with emissions as low as 106g/km, with CVT transmission. The larger engine, with 182PS, does offer significantly faster acceleration, but its emissions are higher, starting at 133g/km for the manual model. Judged by bare statistics, the performance of the 1.0 is some way behind the 1.5, but on the road we found that the manual one-litre model gave a good account of itself, as is underlined by its 0-60 time of about 10 seconds. The extra power of the 1.5-litre version can cut this to nearer eight seconds, so the largerengined model is obviously the one to go for if you require the extra performance. On-the-road prices start at £18,375 for a 1.0S, the 1.5-litre model starts at £22,540, and if you want a CVT model, this adds about £1,400 to the cost. Official 'combined' fuel consumption is about 47mpg with the larger engine, but 55 to 60mpg for the one-litre, depending on which model you go for.


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topless if you want to, but nonetheless it's a neat-looking car that clearly does what it's meant to do. The fabric roof makes it possible to give a much more 'open top' feel than you could get with an ordinary sliding sun roof and the 108 Top! might best be described as a semi-convertible. The roof opens and closes very neatly, with the fabric folding up towards the back of the car, which also means you don't lose boot space as you do with a hard top that disappears into the boot. This is just as

Jaguar XJR

Jaguar earned their reputation for building performance cars a great many years ago. The iconic E-Type cemented that reputation back in the 1960s and Jaguar are still building cars that offer levels of performance that few will ever experience. One such car is the XJR. In theory it's easy enough to create - you just squeeze a supercharged five-litre V8 into a modified XJ - but it's the way it's been done that's

significantly faster, so which option is best depends on where and how you drive. However, you can't have the larger engine in the entry-level 'Active' and you can't have the smaller engine in the range-topping 'Roland Garros', which might complicate matters for some buyers. We drove a five-door 1.2-litre 'Allure'. Five doors are more convenient than three, even if you simply want to chuck a coat on the back seats, and the five-door only costs about £400 more. The Allure was very well-equipped, despite being 'only' a mid-range model, with features such as keyless entry, push-button start, and a reversing camera. However, the steering wheel only moved up and down (not in and out) which restricts options when trying to get the driving position just right. The car felt quite nippy, at least at normal everyday speeds, and it gave a good account of itself even on the climb up Raddle Bank. It's only at higher speeds that it becomes obvious that there's only 82hp on tap but you really can't complain about the performance. There's a five-speed gearbox, but top is quite high, so it's rarely useful below about 50mph, which means you could do a lot of miles on local roads using only the first four gears. This is quite handy, as we found that the change into 5th wasn't as easy as the others. The suspension does a fair job of soaking up the bumps but its softness means the car rolls significantly if you try to press on down a bendy road. This gets wearing after a while, and passengers who are prone to motion sickness might find it particularly unwelcome. Where costs are concerned, the Top! range starts at £11,425 on-theroad, with the 1.2-litre 5-door Allure that we drove costing £13,325 excluding any extras. Fuel economy was quite impressive as we Outside The Sun Inn, Leintwardine averaged about 55mpg and found it easy to top 60mpg on a well, given the minimal dimensions of the relaxed run. 108's boot. There's certainly plenty of fresh air with the roof open, but there's also a lot of wind noise as speeds rise, so it's a feature that comes into its own in town, or when tootling down quiet country lanes, listening to the birds singing. You've got two engines to choose from: the one-litre triple that was used in the previous 107, or the newer and more powerful 1.2-litre unit. The smaller engine is smoother but the bigger engine is

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created the truly remarkable result. An output of around 550hp guarantees electrifying performance, but at the same time the car is refined, civilised and comfortable. This is a classic case of 'rush with hush'. The numbers speak for themselves: a top speed that's electronically limited to 174mph, 0-60mph in about 4.4 seconds and - speed limits permitting - the ability to overtake most traffic in a matter of seconds. It's a heady mix, though you might hope for nothing less, given that an XJR starts at something over £90,000. Its poise will help disguise the car's size on the open road, but once you need to park there's no hiding the fact that it's wide, and that it's over 5.1 metres long. Of course, this may not be a problem if you're in the market for this type of car, as you might have something more modest for local shopping trips. It would indeed be wonderful to save the XJR for high days and holidays, and for long trips to opulent country hotels. Running costs will inevitably be high, given the combination of Group 50 insurance and an official 'combined' 25.4mpg (in the real world it might be nearer 20mpg) but if you can afford it, what a wonderful way to travel!

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Seats can be folded in various ways The Berlingo is one of those handy “in between” vans, being small enough to fit into a supermarket parking space, but big enough to offer a serious amount of space, particularly if you go for the longer 'L2' version. Compared to the 'L1' the extra 250mm (10 inches) increases the load volume by more than ten per cent, making a significant difference to what you can carry. The van we drove was an L2 with the longestablished Citroën/Peugeot 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. It's a good engine and with a nominal 100hp on tap it provides respectable performance, with a book top speed of 101mph and a 0-60 time of around 12 seconds. The emissions rating is good too, at 113g/km, essentially the same as the smaller, lighter L1 version, and in our care the L2 also averaged 53mpg, which was also good, given

the amount of stop-start work. Ease of use is particularly important in a van and the twin sliding side doors fitted to the Berlingo that we tried were particularly handy. Not only did they make loading from the kerbside much easier - regardless of whether you parked nearside or offside to the kerb they also eased the placing of heavy or awkward loads. All the doors worked really well, which is great if you're in and out of the van all day, and the rear doors had 180-degree hinges - another useful point. Payload capacity (including the driver) varies from 625kg to 850kg depending on the model, and the passenger seat folds in various ways to give you options in terms of carrying cargo; for example the seat back can be folded down to accommodate 'over length' items. Other great features included supple

suspension (which even managed to cope with Herefordshire roads), bright headlights, excellent mirrors, a good reversing camera and the fact that it was easy and quick to wash great if you need to create a good impression when you're out and about! Overall this was a smart looking van. The red paint looked to be good quality and the wheel trims were some of the best 'fake' alloy wheels we've seen, so you get the look without risking damaging a nice set of alloys when you're trying to park close to a kerb. On the other side of the coin, the passenger seat had a rather upright back and there was almost no lateral location for the passenger. Perhaps it was designed just for occasional use, or for short runs? The van is noisy at speed,

though this shouldn't matter much if you only do local trips. Some might find the reach to the gear change a bit of a stretch and the fivespeed gearbox on the model we drove sometimes didn't slide smoothly into reverse. If you want a six-speed 'box, the only model in the range to offer this is the L1 with the 120hp diesel engine (available as a manual or as an 'ETG' automatic). Excluding VAT and delivery, the Berlingo van range starts at £13,500 for a petrol-engined L1, or £14,550 as a diesel, but significant discounts are available. The L2 starts at £15,850, but the model we drove had a number of extras, including an alarm, air conditioning, Touchscreen Audio Pack, a 'lookpack', rear parking sensors, and a half-height steel/mesh upper bulkhead, taking the “on the road” list price to over £21,000, including VAT and delivery.

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Range fuel consumption (excluding Outlander PHEV) in mpg (ltrs/100km): Urban 26.9 - 57.6 (10.5 - 4.9), Extra Urban 32.8 - 72.4 (8.6 - 3.9), Combined 30.4 - 65.7 (9.3 - 4.3). CO2 emission figures range from 24599 g/km.


25 25 wheels, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, blind spot detection, sat nav, an electrically-operated boot, LED lights (headlights, rear lights and daytime running lights), keyless entry, lane assist, leather upholstery, sunset glass, light and rain sensors, rear parking sensors and more. The extensive list of options includes a rear view camera (£375), adaptive cruise control (£300), heated windscreen washer nozzles (£35), leather heated steering wheel (£150), heated seats (£200), space saver spare wheel (£100), park assist (£650), electrically-folding towbar (£850), and textile floor mats (£80), so you could easily bump the cost up significantly. It's obvious that the Kodiaq would do a dependable job on the school run and we found that it was equally at home on a long motorway trip. This is the sort of car that could take you the length of the M5 without leaving you feeling unduly fatigued. And if you're more interested in the car's load-carrying ability, then if you fold all the rear seats down, you'll find there's a huge luggage area, which adds to the car's versatility. Running costs are always important and during our driving we averaged about 51mpg, but we did discover that 58mpg was possible if you took it easy, which is pleasantly impressive for a car of this size and weight. Add in the undoubted attraction of Skoda's reputation for reliability and value for money, and it's easy to see why people who are in the market for a seven-seater might well decide to head for their local Skoda dealer.

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Folding seats down creates huge load area

Not many years ago, people carriers and MPVs were seen as the answer to the question of how to transport seven people, or five people and a load of luggage, but in more recent times the pendulum of fashion has swung towards large 4x4 or SUV models. Models such as Kia's Sedona and Renault's Espace have disappeared from the new car marketplace and newer models, including Skoda's Kodiaq, now provide a better-looking, though

arguably less flexible, solution. The Kodiaq is Škoda's first large SUV and the name comes from the 'Kodiak' bear, which is native to the Kodiak archipelago, off the south coast of Alaska. The Kodiak bear is the largest of the brown bears, but the Kodiaq is even bigger, at 4.7 metres long - about an inch and a half longer than a new Octavia. Add in the width (1,882mm) and the height (1,676mm, including roof rails) and it's undeniably a large car,

which is hardly a surprise, given that it's a seven seater. Engine choices are 1.4-litre petrol (with 125hp or 150hp), 2-litre petrol (180hp) and 2-litre diesel, with either 150hp or 190hp. Depending on which engine you specify, options can include manual or 'DSG' automatic transmission; five or seven seats; and front wheel or four wheel drive (the latter using an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch to route torque to the rear

wheels when appropriate). Trim levels range from the entrylevel 'S' to the range-topping 'Edition', with the SE, SE L, and SE Technology occupying the intermediate ground. List prices, onthe-road, but excluding any options, range from about £21,700 (for a 125hp petrol-engined 5-seater 'S') to about £35,300 (for a 190hp dieselengined 7-seater 'Edition' with four-wheel-drive and DSG automatic transmission). We drove an 'Edition', which, with a 150hp diesel engine and two-wheel-drive, would retail at £32,715. As you would expect, the 'Edition' is comprehensively equipped, with the specification including 19-inch

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A spacious conversionfarm withbarns charming features potential with conversion two traditional withbarn A period stone farmhouse and grounds in a ruralHills setting. AONB. EPC Rating E. the Shropshire the edge of onextensive and equestrian facilities Open Room, Two Rooms, Three Conservatory, Bathrooms, Utility Double Bedrooms, FourReception Two Reception Rooms, Aga,Kitchen/Living withPlan Farmhouse Kitchen Three Bedrooms, Bathroom, Wet Room,Converted Utility Room, Barn (Class B1 Use), Partially Features, Character Abundant Room, Cloakroom, Cellar, Gardens, Allotment, Range of Outbuildings, Large ParkingPaddocks, Area. Manege, Gardens, Stabling, Facing Mature South Ideal for Conversion, Second BarnAttractive EPC Rating E. Two Driveways and Parking. About 2.402 Acres (TBV). Further Land Available by Separate Negotiation.

EARDISTON, TENBURY WELLS - GUIDE PRICE £279,950

An immaculate and well designed modern detached house in a popular and accessible village. Modern Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Two Spacious Reception Rooms, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Three Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Cloakroom, Integral Garage, Parking on Driveway, Attractive Gardens. EPC Rating D.

ORCHARD COURT - GUIDE PRICE £120,000 £289,950 PRICE - GUIDE WELLS TENBURY NEWNHAM BRIDGE,

An bungalow barn conversion immaculateretirement Animmaculate in awith prime a popular development over parkland. views reachingon far position which benefits from a warden service, resident Living facilities and an alarm system. Room, Room, Spacious Kitchen/Breakfast Modern Kitchen, Spacious Living Double Bedroom, Ensuite, withRoom, Bedroom Master Second Bedroom/Study/Dining Shower Room, Cloakroom, Downstairs Family Bathroom,Room, Bedrooms, Two Further Garden. EPC Rating C. C. EPC Rating Parking. Allocated and Care GardensEasy

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TENBURY WELLSWELLS, - GUIDEWORCESTERSHIRE PRICE £219,950 -NEWNHAM BRIDGE - GUIDE PRICE £210,000 £289,950 GUIDE PRICE TENBURY An immaculate detached bungalow A detached bungalow in a popular semi-rural setting cul-de-sac a quiet superb house in immaculate An towards overlooking the town Cleedetached Hill. enjoying views across the Teme Valley. the town centre. Room, Spacious Living Room, distance ofKitchen/Breakfast walking easyLiving Kitchen/Breakfast Room,within Spacious Room, WC, Shower Room, Laundry Room, Two Reception Rooms, Kitchen/Breakfast Two Double Bedrooms, Bathroom, Two DoubleRoom, Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Three Further Bedrooms, Ensuite, with Bedroom Master Attractive Gardens, Ample Parking Space. Easy Care Garden, Garage, Carport and Ample Rating Space. EPC Attractive EPCGardens, Rating DDouble Garage and Ample ParkingParking Space. EPC C. Rating D.


Teme Valley Times June-July 2017  

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

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