Teme Valley Times March/April 2020

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March/April 2020

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The Post Office in Bowketts closed in May 2019. The town was then left without a 'proper' Post Office for eight months, though after a while a "Mobile Branch" did appear once a week, albeit for only 90 minutes. On January 17th of this year, to the relief of residents and businesspeople, a new Post Office opened in SPAR. Sadly, only weeks later, Tenbury was flooded, forcing the closure of the SPAR store, leaving the town without a 'proper' Post Office, and once again a Mobile Branch is visiting the town on Tuesday afternoons.

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In-store fancy dress for the opening

Surrounded by mud after the floodwater receded

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School, Interviews - and Sheep by Dr Ken Pollock In January, at the request of Caroline Palethorpe, I took part in a series of mock interviews at Tenbury High Ormiston Academy. I was there as part of a group of notable local figures, the best known probably being the Mayor of Tenbury, Eric Hudson. The idea was to stage interviews with some year 11 students, as if they were applying for jobs. We were given comprehensive notes on what to ask, and how to judge the students. I found the whole exercise very encouraging. The students, all male in my case, seemed to have clear ideas of what they wanted to do. Some were highly academic, expecting excellent results at GCSE. They could then plan to go on to sixth form college, get good A-levels and proceed to University. A degree might reasonably be expected to lead to a good job and a high salary. This is a worthy aim for any school, but it cannot apply to everyone. I was particularly pleased to meet other students with skills in music, who might find a worthwhile career

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away from the academic route. Similarly, there was an interest in the outdoor life, which embraced the wet and cold, mud and dirt that are an essential and enjoyable part of being close to nature. It is a real problem for teachers to present a proper balance between encouraging excellence in exams, and helping those who are less able to see their role in society as equally essential. Schools are judged by league tables, and exam success is the natural way of doing that. Now you can look at Progress 8, which measures how well a student has done, relative to their starting point. That may have been low on entry, but the school had brought them on

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effectively. The final standing may not have reached the heights, but improvement during their school years is a valid measure of success for both students and teachers. If academic success is not the whole story for schools, how else can one measure them? Look at the Department for Education website, and you can find tables for all secondary schools in the country, listing what are called “Destination Measures”. These tell you where students go on to from that school – whether into sixth form, a college, an apprenticeship or a job. Some may be NEETs – “not in education, employment or training”. The idea is to give parents of prospective students some idea of where their children may end up, indicating whether the school is academic or whether it also encourages students to follow other routes to successful lives. There was one aspect of the day that was less welcome. I learnt that five pupils had been permanently excluded from the school for drug offences. This surprised me, but not others who knew of it already. My judgment was that the school had acted correctly in enforcing an absolute rule about not getting involved in drugs. The school made it clear that such involvement was not to be tolerated, and many parents and students will have been pleased by that stand. I think it is right and I have no reason to believe that the school has had any such involvement

with drugs since then, nor that it is likely that anyone would be foolish enough to get involved in the future. But what of those who are excluded? I was told they were all accommodated elsewhere and that is essential. The County has a duty, even though the school is an academy, to see that all pupils are properly educated. Some were from out of county, but those who are Worcestershire residents also need to be followed up by the County’s welfare officers. It is not for me to comment here on how well that is working, but one is reminded of the parable of the shepherd who found one of his 100 sheep was missing. He left the 99 in the wilderness and sought the single lost sheep. That has to be our position as well. No-one can be neglected, no matter what they have done in the past. Rumour has it that Tenbury town has a drugs problem. I hope all residents will do what they can to eradicate it, as drugs blight people’s lives. No-one should stand idly by and allow that to happen. County officers may help, the police are clearly involved in seeking solutions, but we are all part of this society, and we all carry a responsibility to help overcome such ruinous temptations. Dr Ken Pollock is the County Councillor (Worcestershire County Council) for Tenbury Wells

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We’re open for business – rallying cry from traders in Tenbury Tenbury is ‘open for business’ is the message from traders in the town as they begin to recover from the impact of the recent severe flooding. Businesses have issued a rallying cry to local people to come out and show their support by paying the town a visit and discovering the array of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses on offer. More than 100 businesses were flooded across Malvern Hills District, following heavy rainfall caused by Storm Dennis. Many of those affected were based in Tenbury. The Environment Agency described the situation as unprecedented and at one point river levels reached close to the record peak seen in 2007. Despite this, the majority of businesses in the town centre have already reopened and are trading normally. Sarah Thompson, Chairman of Tenbury Chamber of Trade, said “We aren’t surprised by the way the majority of businesses have bounced back so quickly following the flooding caused by Storm Dennis. Although some shops are still closed they will be open in the next few weeks. “Tenbury has a tremendous community spirit and everyone is pulling together to make sure the town comes back stronger from this. “What we need now is for the public to support us by coming to find out for themselves about the fantastic range of unique, independent shops, pubs and cafes Tenbury has to offer. There really is no place like it. “The message from us is Tenbury is open for business – come and see us.” To help support the ‘Tenbury is open for business’ message, Malvern Hills District Council is offering free parking in our Teme Street car park from Monday, 16 March to Sunday, 29 March. Malvern Hills District Council has also made a £100,000 fund available to support projects which will help areas recover from the impact of Storm Dennis, including promotion, events and marketing. The council will be holding talks with traders and other interested groups about the best way to spend Tenbury’s share of the money. Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: “When I visited Tenbury to talk to residents and traders who had been affected by flooding I was struck by the tremendous community spirit on show. “We’re determined to work with all our flood affected communities to help them not only recover, but grow and prosper following this devastating event.” Malvern Hills District Council continues to support the clean-up effort in the town and has already taken away more than 60 tonnes of flood damaged waste from businesses and households. Flood support grants of £2,500 have also been paid to affected businesses that applied and qualified for funding. £500 hardship payments have also been paid to the vast majority of affected residents who applied. Some businesses and residents are still waiting for their money because they haven’t given their bank details or the right supporting evidence to meet the criteria set out by the Government. They are being contacted by council staff. The Government has also announced a £5,000 flood resilience grant for residents and businesses to help protect properties from future damage. Malvern Hills District Council is seeking professional support to help advise residents and traders about the best measures available to protect their property. When available, details will be announced at www.malvernhills.gov.uk/flood-support

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Dance School Success Kara’s School of Dance competed at Born2Perform’s competition in Birmingham on 1st December, coming away with 1st place in all the categories entered. The dances entered were: The Mini Team - Jazz (ages 4-6), The Team - Contemporary Dance (ages 7-11) and a Lyrical Duet (ages 7-11). The School’s founder and Principal Kara Soper said “It was a brilliant experience for all performers, many of them competing for the first time. It is a wonderful and fantastic achievement to win at such a competitive event. To accomplish 1st in all

Lyrical Duet with Peter Pan and Wendy

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Tenbury Town Band Tenbury Town Band’s Charity Christmas Concert raised £1,345 for The Acorns Children’s Hospice at Worcester. A spokesman for the Band said “This would not be possible without the continued support from everyone including our audience, band members and parents. Congratulations also go to Lottie PearceBourne on clarinet who was awarded the Callum Mapp Memorial Cup. Christmas is always a busy time for the band and the Christmas Concert day is no different. After setting up at The Regal and the afternoon rehearsal, a small group of the band also found time to play for the Santa Parade through the town!” Tickets for the band’s Annual Concert, on May 16th at Tenbury High, are on sale (£8) at the Regal Box office, temporarily located in Tenbury Library.

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Funding for search and rescue charity

News from Cleobury RBL The first coach outing of the year will be to RAF Cosford on April 23rd. Tickets, £14 each, from Branch President Ron Breakwell (01299 270830) or Mark Baldwin (01299 270110). Further outings are planned to Croome Court, and to the Royal Mint at Llantrisant. As at mid-January, the total raised by the Branch towards the Poppy Appeal stood at £6,673, an excellent result. Our Branch always welcomes new members please contact Membership Secretary Matt Sheehan on 01299 271347 for details or join online.

£13,458.99 has been awarded to West Mercia Search & Rescue in South Shropshire. The government funding is part of a £1 million package being awarded to 50 volunteer organisations across the UK which carry out vital search and rescue operations. It will help with the cost of new lifeboats and lifesaving equipment. Welcoming the funding, Ludlow MP Philip Dunne said “Storm Dennis and its aftermath have reminded us of the incredible work our volunteer search and rescue teams do to keep people safe, especially during times of flooding and bad weather. I am delighted the Government have recognised the vital work done by West Mercia Search & Rescue here in South Shropshire. I visited the team in Bridgnorth two years ago to see the

expanded new base, and am convinced our local volunteers are the unsung heroes of our waterways. Their

commitment saves lives and on behalf of the whole community, I extend my sincere thanks to them for their work.”

MP calls for Flood Defences West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has welcomed the news that the Government will be spending more than £5 billion improving flood defences across the country. Boris Johnson made the announcement during a visit to Bewdley on March 8th where he saw flooded homes and met Environment Agency and emergency services staff who have managed the response to Storm Dennis. Harriett recently met Environment Secretary George Eustice to press for extra funding and to ask him

to support two schemes - Tenbury and Severn Stoke that already have outline plans. Harriett commented “I welcome this extra Budget commitment which increases the amount the Government will spend on muchneeded flood defences hopefully including the two schemes still outstanding in West Worcestershire. Over the course of last few weeks I have had a series of meetings with the Government to discuss what we must

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Books...Books...Books...

A Cat to Kill For by G W Miller

Gavin, a classic car dealer in the USA, learns that the client who had just commissioned him to restore an old Jaguar E-Type has been found dead. Emily, the client's sister, is convinced her brother may have been murdered because of the car he had just bought, and she and Gavin reluctantly join forces to investigate. They are quickly drawn into an increasingly dangerous world as they search for clues that might lead them to the murderer. The concluding scenes of the book are fast moving and contain an unanticipated twist to reveal the murderer. A very satisfactory end to this 170 page automotive murder-mystery story. Unexpected enjoyment and humour comes from the interaction between Emily's character, who has mild Asperger's, and Gavin who gradually warms to this side of Emily. Notable quotes from Emily include "Aspies are never coy. I wouldn’t know how to be coy!" and her heartfelt cry "Why can't neurotypicals ever just say what they mean?" Published by Veloce Books (www.veloce.co.uk) at £8.99.

Seven Stories x 7! Local author Wilma Hayes has taken a new look at short stories. A self-inflicted challenge to write seven short stories created a group of stories that might suit commuters who use mobile phones, ipads or Kindles, or people who only have 15 minutes or who want to put their feet up with a quick cuppa. The 'seven' theme seemingly became somewhat addictive as Wilma then set herself the further challenge of writing seven sets of seven short stories 49 stories in total. Each set has a common inspiration: Seven Days of the Week, Seven Colours of the Rainbow, Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, Seven Dwarfs, Seven Sisters and Seven Ages of Man. Some stories are in sequence to form a longer story. Others are connected by a theme. There is a murder mystery, a romance under pressure, a dysfunctional board of directors, a war, a reunion, a family in trouble and a historical journey. Each set is available for Kindle at 99p.

Orleton in Pictures In 1986, a celebratory Victoriana weekend was held in Orleton to celebrate having raised £22,000 in twelve months for church repairs. Huge cut-out images of Victorian ladies were displayed to advertise the event. Alf Jenkins and Geoffrey Crofts organised a historical tour of the village, with nostalgic photographs placed outside village properties. Ann and Alf Jenkins created a photographic exhibition in the village hall from their considerable collection of photographs. The exhibition depicted Orleton’s history from the Ice Age to the time of the event, reflecting village traditions, agriculture, rural life, amenities (and lack of them), societies, village pubs and local tradesmen. Later that year,

Herefordshire authors Ann and Alf produced ‘Orleton in Pictures’, the second of their books, and it has been a great success, not only locally but also requested in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada and the USA. As time passes records of social and industrial history become more precious. This publication is no exception. Like all Ann and Alf’s

publications it is a reflection of life through the ages; not only of the named areas but of rural life elsewhere. The book has recently been reprinted. Copies are available from bookshops locally or direct from Ann and Alf at The Damsons, Millbrook Way, Orleton, Nr Ludlow, SY8 4HW. 01568 780398 or Jenkinsam@sky.com


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£1000 for Butterfly Conservation Planting Trees and Hedges

Julie Williams, Butterfly Conservation CEO with Terri and Toby Siveter Wood Brewery attended Butterfly Conservation’s AGM to hand over £1,000 that had been raised through sales of their limitededition Wood White beer. The cloudy, Belgian-style, white beer was produced to raise money for one of the West Midlands' rarest butterflies, the Wood White. The West Midlands was once a stronghold for the species, which since 1979 has declined by 88% in the UK; studies show only around 50 colonies remain in England. In 2016 the Wood White was reintroduced to two sites, Monkwood Nature Reserve in Worcestershire

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and Blakeridge Wood in Shropshire. The butterfly is now thriving in both locations, with 160 butterflies seen in one visit to Monkwood in 2018! Toby and Terri Siveter, from Wood’s of Wistanstow, handed over a cheque at the event, and were also on hand to sell Wood White gift packs to raise even more for the charity. Toby commented “We are very thankful to the stockists and the drinkers who have helped us raise so much money for this charity. We hope the funds go a long way in helping to protect and preserve the species."

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The government has launched a £50 million scheme to encourage tree-planting and Friends of the Corve and Teme have formed a working partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust to actively encourage individuals, communities, local authorities, schools, clubs and land owners to plant trees. “It works like this” said Rosemary Wood, Chairman of FCT. “Any person or organisation willing to plant one tree, several trees, a copse or a hedgerow on their land should contact me. We will then liaise with Luke Neal, Deputy Manager of the Rivers Team at Shropshire Wildlife Trust, to map the location, and discuss type of tree, planting and maintenance. Once we have established where trees and hedges could be rooted, we plan to work with funders and would expect to cover the costs of supplying plants and guards. If the area was sufficiently large then we can consider employing contractors to undertake planting. We also hope to run community tree planting days where everyone can get involved." Rosemary continued “It is difficult to say where we hope to plant trees until we establish relevant dialogues, so we are initially calling this project “Trees for Corvedale” and following the route of the river Corve. Contour hedges and tree planting are known to be of benefit in intercepting overland flows at times of high rainfall; root networks also reduce erosion and help to maintain soils and water quality. To quote A E Housman, we hope to work with

land owners and farmers ‘'....in valleys of springs of rivers, By On[n]y and Teme and Clun, The country for easy livers, The quietest under the sun..…” For further information on this initiative contact Rosemary Wood on 01584 875438 or email rosemary.wood3@gmail.com

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Cleobury Festival 2020 Appeal

Cleobury Festival Day is set for June 27th and organisers are appealing for a few more volunteers to help. The Festival takes place at Lacon Childe School and on the town's playing fields. The main tasks are setting up and taking down. Key times when help is needed are the evening before the event and the morning and evening of the 27th. A spokesman said "Would individuals, sports clubs, local groups and organisations

Ludlow League News

(L to R) Liz Thorp, Helen Barlow, Dave Hughes, Rev'd Julia Curtis, Jen Jones, Robert Barlow, Pete Thorp Members of churches in the Teme Valley South team have a new way of ‘doing church’: going for a walk! On a Sunday afternoon a group will meet at Hanley Childe church and walk through the countryside, stopping for bible reading and prayer along the way. All are welcome to join the group. It is an opportunity to think about God outdoors as well as engage in conversation, friendship and the wonder of creation. The planning group have taken a quote from environmentalist John Muir as their inspiration: “I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God, than in church thinking about the mountains.” Rev Julia Curtis, Priest in Charge of Teme Valley South, said “Walking church will be an exciting new way of doing ‘church’ here in the Teme

and any other interested parties please get in touch and give us some help if you can. The current volunteers are a very small group. We love doing it but unless we get more help this year we may have to consider if it is viable for us next year. If you wish to exhibit or organise activities now is the time to let us know so that we can plan." The loose theme for the day is 'The Olympics'. Contact Matt Sheehan, matthew.sheehan@cleobury.org.uk

Valley.” Jen Jones, a resident of Eastham and part of the planning group said “There are many wonderful sights and sounds to enjoy in the natural world. I'm looking forward to celebrating God's amazing creation with blessings and prayers as we walk together across the beautiful landscape of Teme Valley South.” Robert Barlow, a retired priest who is on the planning group, said “Reading the gospels you see that Jesus and His disciples spent much of their time outdoors. The early disciples were called followers of ‘The Way’. We’re introducing something that’s already been tried and tested in other parts of the country.” For more information email temevalleywalkingchurch@protonmail.com

Ludlow Community Hospital League of Friends has recently installed TVs at each of the Dialysis Stations for patients, who are usually required to remain in their treatment chairs for 3 or 4 hours. In addition, a bladder scanner has been purchased for Dinham Ward so patients no longer have to be taken to Shrewsbury for a routine check. A longer term project is to provide overnight accommodation for near relatives of patients whose medical condition is giving rise for concern. Volunteers are needed for the Tea/Coffee trolley service each morning and for the Trolley Shop on two afternoons per week. If you can help please ring Alison Morris

on 01584 872201. The League's strength has always been a large, committed and informed membership but over the past 15 years numbers have dwindled from 1500 to 700. There is a need to boost membership, and you can help by inviting family and friends to join them and add the weight of their opinion, individual membership is only £5. New initiatives and offers of help are welcome and there is no onerous or long-term commitment. The Executive Committee and Trustee Board are being reshaped and new opportunities will arise. The next meeting is on May 6th in St Peter's Hall at 6.30pm - contact Peter Corfield on 01584 318468 or see www.friendsofludlowhospital.co.uk

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Record breaking Poppy Appeal Knowbury Memorial Hall Celebration

Far Forest & Rock RBL branch launched their 2019 effort at the Colliers in Rock and finished at M5 Strensham North in October. Members attended a wide range of venues and events, including a special Poppy Appeal Carriage Drive in the Wyre Forest. Following the first branch meeting of the New Year the running total for the Appeal stood at £19,640.01 representing an increase of well over 100% on last year. Branch Poppy Appeal Organiser Jim Woods said “Our total last year was particularly pleasing as it showed how the public values the very important work that the Legion does. Their generosity confirms public support for the branch's efforts on behalf of the Service Community and we are very grateful”. For some time branch members have had a running joke about providing Jim Woods with a new shed to help store the Poppy Appeal boxes and associated equipment. In light of the incredible increase in donations Jim was presented with a handmade mini Poppy Shed by Branch Chairman Martyn Carter, built by Branch Secretary May Carter. The branch meets at the Rock Cross Inn at 7pm on the second Monday of each month.

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£500k Museum Plan

Village Halls Week, co-ordinated by Action with Communities in Rural England, and sponsored by the Rural Community Network, took place from 20th to 26th January. The campaign is an annual national celebration of rural community spaces and the people who work to keep them going. A £100 grant was available to help stage events and Knowbury Memorial Hall Committee decided to take part, opening the hall on the National Open Day, January 25th, with an 'exhibition and pop-in'. Traditional village hall fayre of tea, coffee and cakes was available on the day. Committee member Judith Roele read through hall minutes to produce a potted history and hall users past and present were contacted and encouraged to share memories. Villagers and groups dug out old photos, press cuttings, archive films and memorabilia. The resulting display bore testament to the role the building has played in the community, including the Queen's Silver Jubilee 1977, VE Day Anniversary 1995, Golden Jubilee Ball 2002, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012, 40s Night, Weddings, 25th Anniversary celebration of the hall opening, Golden Nugget Country Music Club show, Millennium Merriment (described as a good oldfashioned village hall concert), Line

Dancing, Keep Fit, Christmas Bazaars (including 1978 where Santa turned up on the back of a motorbike), Knowbury WI's plays and concerts, Girl Guides, Mothers & Toddlers, Playgroup, Radio 4's Any Questions? and Gardeners Question Time, annual bonfire and fireworks party, rummage sales, Young Farmers events, Valentines lunch, Harvest parish suppers, Primrose Club and much more! It was back in 1944, at a public meeting in Knowbury Chapel on the 9th June, following an idea initiated by Mr W E Greenhouse, that a unanimous vote of the 36 present was given "to build, after the war, a permanent memorial to the lads of the village" for both those who didn't return from the war and those who played their part and came home safely. A 'Penny Per Week Fund' was established for regular giving and other fundraising activities began in earnest. But it was not until 29th November 1958 that the ambition was realised when Knowbury Village Memorial Hall officially opened. Replacing the original timber-clad building, the present brick-built hall opened in 1997, following £120,000 funding from South Shropshire District Council, Caynham Parish Council and the old Memorial Hall funds.

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A visual of the proposal On Feb 12th over 30 people gathered in Tenbury Community Centre to learn about plans for Tenbury Museum. Liz Finlay, Chairman, introduced project manager Sam Hine and Mark Newall from

Baart Harries Newall architects and explained the background to the project and that the move from Goff’s School was first suggested over 10 years ago, due to its lack of facilities and its location. A proposal for a museum/heritage centre in the Old Fire Station ('OFS') was produced in 2014, as was a proposal to merge with the History Society, which would involve storing their archives, not possible in Goff’s School.

A glass extension would be built at the front

An agreement in principle on a peppercorn rent was reached with Tesco, owners of the 'OFS', on the understanding that a National Heritage Lottery Fund (NHLF) grant would be needed to carry out the work. In 2017 the museum committee commissioned a non-site specific Feasibility Study, including an Options Appraisal and Public Consultation. This showed strong support for a Museum in Tenbury. Sam Hine was appointed as project manager in 2018 and a workshop to agree a future Action Plan was held. In 2019 an agreement to a long-

term lease with Tesco was offered with time to sort out the finances. A building condition survey was commissioned to assess the work required and an 'Awards for All' grant was obtained to continue with the Project Manager, appoint an architect and pay for the other services required to get the project off the ground. This plan includes a first floor extension to provide storage and a kitchen space and a glass extension in front of the present doors. Estimated cost is £453,200 + VAT. Challenges include the building being listed and in a Conservation Area, and also it being vulnerable to flooding, but the next steps are to seek pre-application advice from the planning department, then apply for planning permission, carry out bat and ecology surveys, and submit an NHLF grant application.

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One of Knowbury WI play productions cast - back row L-R Vera Williams, Nora Bootman, Jean Hollis, Mrs Taylor, front row L-R Jenifer Bounds, (?), Wyn Smith, Jane Cadwallader

Twenty people went on a litter pick on Saturday morning, March 14th. Pictured outside Eastham Memorial Hall are Amber Beverley-Smith with fellow helpers Phoebe Breen and Louisa Webb, alongside the bags of litter collected.

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This exhibition, by wellknown local press photographer Andy Compton, is entitled "25yrs of Press Photography in and around Ludlow and the Marches". Scheduled to open on April 4th in The Photo Space gallery in Quality Square, it is shown in cooperation with the Midlands News Association. The featured photos will hopefully spark many memories and debates. A short photographer's profile tells us that "Andy has spent 28 years as a professional press Andy Compton photographer covering Shropshire, Herefordshire and mid-Wales. His varied career started as a freelance, working for the Mid Wales Journal in the 1980's. He was told at the time by an industry professional that he would never be able to be a full-time photographer as the competition was too tough and the market was hard to break into. Andy worked hard, stuck with it and has gained many professional accolades and features in photography magazines." The exhibition runs until September 5th.

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The Karoq is Skoda's compact SUV. Smaller than many 4x4s, the Karoq's dimensions help make it convenient for urban use - or even for something as simple as parking in supermarket car parks. The styling is generally similar to the Kodiaq, which is a good start, so it's no surprise that the Karoq is a good-looking car. There's a choice of front wheel drive or four wheel drive with the four wheel drive system being 'on demand', rather than full-time 4x4, which helps improve fuel economy. Various sensors (such as for wheel speed, steering angle, acceleration, throttle position, rpm and torque) assess the driving situation and relay the measurements to the all-wheel-drive electronics, which then distribute the power appropriately, courtesy of an electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch. While the front wheel drive version is available with a wide choice of engines,

Off road button (left) and off road information screen and as either an automatic or a manual, the 4x4 version takes a simpler route, only being available with a two litre engine and a 'DSG' automatic gearbox. Generally this is a diesel, but if you go for a Sportline there is also a petrol option, and this is the car I tried: a Karoq 4x4 Sportline 2.0TSI 190PS DSG. With 190PS on tap it's obviously going to be a good performer, as is evidenced by its 0-60 time of about seven seconds and a top speed of 132mph; despite this it can also deliver respectable fuel economy. For example, making our way gently from Tenbury Wells to Welshpool saw an average of 38.8mpg displayed on the car's computer. This is a really nice engine, with a refined feel and a good rush of power, and it handles everything with aplomb, rarely feeling stressed. Only above 4000rpm is there a sensation that the engine is working hard, and there's rarely any need for it to rev that high. Excellent brakes and responsive steering contribute

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to driving pleasure. The gearbox management was particularly impressive, providing smooth changes, making good use of the engine's torque, and with an impressively fast response if you suddenly flattened the accelerator. It's a very easy car to drive, offering a relaxing feel at normal speeds. The 4x4 Karoq features drive mode selection, offering Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual, Snow and Off-road modes. There's also hill descent control. Other nice touches on the Sportline I drove included heated seats, a motorised tailgate, whisper-quiet windscreen wipers, and seals for the doors, to keep the mud and wet off the sills, so you don't end up with muck on your jeans. The puddle lights are a useful and fun touch, shining 'Skoda' on the floor! Taken all round the Karoq is a goodlooking practical vehicle, with the Sportline specification bringing a touch of sportiness to the model, particularly if you go for the petrol engine. The Sportline range runs from £28,275 to £33,960, with the 2.0TSI 4x4 DSG retailing at £32,070 on the road.


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2014 64 PEUGEOT 3008 ACTIVE HDI AUTO 5 DOOR HATCH A/C GREY 30K .................................................................. £7,495 2016 66 SUZUKI CELERIO SZ4 AUTO 5 DOOR HATCH A/C BLUE 5K ................................................................................ £8,995 2013 63 HONDA JAZZ ES+ I-TEC AUTO 5 DOOR HATCH A/C WHITE 29K ...................................................................... £8,995 2016 16 VAUXHALL VIVA SL AUTO 5 DOOR HATCH A/C BLUE 8K .................................................................................... £9,995 2015 15 VAUXHALL MOKKA 1.4 T SE AUTO 5 DOOR ESTATE A/C GREY 21K ................................................................ £10,995 2014 63 VW GOLF SE BLUEMOTION TECH TSI AUTO 5 DOOR HATCH A/C SILVER 34K .......................................... .... £10,995 2017 17 SUZUKI IGNIS 1.2 SZ5 AUTO 5 DOOR HATCH A/C BLUE 14K ............................................................................ £11,995 2017 17 SUZUKI S-CROSS 1.0 SZ-T AUTO 5 DOOR ESTATE A/C GREY 19K .................................................................... £12,995 2016 16 SKODA YETI OUTDOOR SE TSI AUTO 5 DOOR HATCH A/C WHITE 26K ......................................................... £13,995

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2012 62 VAUXHALL CORSA SXI CDTI 5 DOOR HATCH A/C SILVER 67K .......................................................................... £4,495 2012 62 VAUXHALL CORSA 1.4 SE 5 DOOR HATCH A/C BLACK 23K ................................................................................ £4,995 2012 62 FORD B-MAX TITANIUM TDCI 5 DOOR HATCH A/C SILVER 76K ....................................................................... £4,995

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2017 17 SUZUKI CELERIO SZ 5 DOOR HATCH BLACK 20K ............................................................................................... £5,995 2016 16 SUZUKI CELERIO SZ4 5 DOOR HATCH A/C BLUE 37K .......................................................................................... £5,995 2016 16 SUZUKI CELERIO SZ3 5 DOOR HATCH A/C RED 23K ........................................................................................... £5,995 2016 16 SUZUKI CELERIO SZ3 5 DOOR HATCH A/C RED 11K ........................................................................................... £6,495 2013 13 SUZUKI SX4 SZ4 5 DOOR HATCH A/C BLUE 30K ................................................................................................... £6,495 2015 15 SUZUKI SWIFT SZ4 5 DOOR HATCH A/C RED 29K ................................................................................................ £6,995 2017 66 SUZUKI SWIFT SZ-L NAV 5 DOOR HATCH A/C SILVER 14K ................................................................................. £7,995 2017 17 SUZUKI IGNIS 1.2 SZ3 5 DOOR HATCH A/C RED 31K ........................................................................................... £7,995 2017 66 SUZUKI IGNIS SZ-T 5 DOOR HATCH A/C WHITE 36K ........................................................................................... £8,995 2015 65 SUZUKI VITARA SZ5 DDIS 5 DOOR ESTATE A/C SILVER 36K ............................................................................. £10,995 2018 67 SUZUKI VITARA SZ-T 5 DOOR ESTATE A/C GREY 8K ........................................................................................... £12,995

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2015 15 MG 3 STYLE 1.5 V-TECH 5 DOOR HATCH A/C YELLOW 15K .............................................................................. £5,995 2012 62 FORD FOCUS 1.6 ZETEC 5 DOOR HATCH A/C SILVER 48K .................................................................................. £6,995 2015 15 CITROEN C3 PICASSO EXCLUSIVE LTD EDITION 5 DOOR ESTATE A/C RED 23K ............................................ £6,995 2011 11 MAZDA MX-5 SE 2 DOOR CONVERTIBLE A/C SILVER 32K ................................................................................. £7,495 2013 63 FORD FOCUS 1.0 ZETEC TURBO 5 DOOR HATCH A/C GREY 34K ...................................................................... £7,995 2010 10 BMW 118I SPORT 2 DOOR CONVERTIBLE A/C BLACK 56K ................................................................ ................ £7,995 2011 61 AUDI TT SPORT COUPE 3 DOOR HATCH A/C BLACK 59K ................................................................................... £8,495 2017 17 FORD FIESTA ZETEC 5 DOOR HATCH A/C WHTE 13K .......................................................................................... £8,495 2012 12 SKODA YETI ELEGANCE TDI 5 DOOR ESTATE A/C BLUE 40K ................... ......................................................... £8,495 2014 14 FORD MONDEO TITANIUM X BUSINESS EDITION 5 DOOR HATCH A/C BLACK 29K ..................................... £8,745 2013 13 MAZDA MX-5 SPORT GRAPHITE 2 DOOR CONVERTIBLE A/C BLUE 58K ......................................................... £9,995 2012 12 FIAT 500 LOUNGE 2 DOOR CONVERTIBLE A/C WHITE 35K ................................................................................. £POA

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Local family-run business Ludlow Motors was recently awarded Dealer of the Year by Suzuki GB, one of only six businesses in Great Britain to receive a Regional Dealer of the Year Award. This high acclaimed accolade is awarded annually not only for outstanding sales volume but also for excellent sales and service customer experience, parts/accessory sales and customer retention. Dale Wyatt, Director of Automobile at Suzuki GB PLC, said "We would like to congratulate all of our award winners and the businesses who received honorary mentions during the ceremony. They have each shown exemplary standards of work and service, and without them, we would not be in a strong position that we find ourselves in today." Peter Hughes, General Manager at Ludlow Motors, commented that he was delighted with the award and that it was a tribute to the whole team. Ludlow Motors' parent company Worcester Carsales was first founded by Mr Derrick Grieveson in Worcester in 1953. In 1973 the founder’s son, Stuart Grieveson, joined the family-owned company and today he is Managing Director. The family now owns 10 successful dealerships across the West Midlands. The retailer’s extensive Suzuki fleet of new and used vehicles, as well as outstanding aftersales service, ensures that loyal customers keep coming back time and time again. The company has competitive service rates, to keep your vehicle, (whichever make or model), running smoothly and eďŹƒciently.

MOTABILITY AWARD The Motability Dealer Awards recognise outstanding dealer partners across the UK. With 16 categories, the awards focus on Scheme performance and customer service at group, dealership and individual level. Ludlow Motors were very pleased to be winners of the prestigious Midlands Motability Group of the Year 2020 award. Mr S P Grieveson, Managing Director of the familyrun businesses, said: "We’re proud to receive this award, recognising the team’s hard work and our

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Volvo V60

Traditional estates have many good points, but today's marketplace is more focussed on crossovers. However, some makes, such as Volvo, still produce traditional estate cars; unsurprisingly, perhaps, given their iconic status with models such as the 245, 740, 960 and 850. Relatively large estates offer two particular features. One is that they drive much the same as a hatchback, the other is the long load platform. By contrast, crossovers are higher, and generally have more space in the back for tall items, but often don't have space for such long loads. The V60 sits in the middle of Volvo's estate range, with V40 below and V90 above. The V60's size is convenient, being more compact than the V90, while offering usefully more space than a V40; this mid-size approach will suit many people. When you look at a Volvo, you expect to see a

TEME VALLEY TIMES car that offers an air of quality, and this V60 is no exception. The T4 RDesign Plus I drove was classically simple and cleanly-styled on the outside while being pleasantly luxurious on the inside - an elegant approach that's entirely in keeping with the car's character. The T4 designation indicates a twolitre 190PS petrol engine. Obviously this gives the car a good turn of speed, but if you need more, for an extra £2,000 you could go for the 250PS T5; sporty drivers might find this option hard to resist. Delightfully, the T5 offers essentially the same emissions and mpg as the T4, so there isn't even an environmental downside if you do

decide to splash out. If you prefer diesel power, you can have either a 150PS D3 or a 190PS D4. Again, the emissions and fuel economy are much the same as each other, but at £1,000 the cost premium for the more powerful motor is even lower than for the T4/T5 upgrade. Other models in the V60 range include the 'Cross Country' and the 'Twin Engine' T8 hybrid, but these are outside the scope of this feature. Returning to the T4 R-Design Plus, this proved to be a delightfully comfortable and relaxed way to cover the miles. Very civilised, with a smooth and responsive feel, and with well-weighted controls, this was a car that should help you reach your

destination rested, rather than one that tires you out on the way there. The trim levels are Momentum Plus, R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus. The R-Design is the sporty model, with a lowered sports chassis; prices start at £37,015. The Inscription, from £37,915, with features such as soft perforated Nappa leather upholstery, is the 'luxury' version and the Momentum - from £34,665 - could be said to be the 'standard' model, but it's still generously equipped. Starting prices are for a D3; add £370 for a T4. Finally, being a Volvo, it's no surprise that the V60 is packed with safety systems, including City Safety which includes automatic emergency braking, and Run-off Road Protection, which tightens the front seatbelts if the car should leave the road. Hopefully these features will never be needed, but it's reassuring to know that they are there, just in case.

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needs to be sent to the rear. Automatic transmission - a CVT system that operates in stepped mode, to simulate a geared system is available on all models except the S. This does an excellent job during relaxed driving, providing smooth changes and almost always being in the right gear, but there are paddles if you prefer to choose the gears for yourself. This is a spacious car and that helps make it a good choice if you need to carry bulky items, or if you want space for a family, though it's obvious that if you go for a seven seater, the luggage capacity will drop substantially when those extra seats are in use. I drove a five-seat EX, with four wheel drive and CVT transmission. The EX is the top-specification model so, as you'd expect, this was very well equipped, with an opening panoramic glass sunroof, a powered tailgate, heated seats even in the rear, 19 inch wheels, and a heads up display. The 'on the road' price for

this model (excluding any options) is £37,410, but the breadth of the range is illustrated by the relatively modest £26,940 for an entry-level 'S' model, and even this comes with LED headlights and electric heated mirrors. Driving the CR-V revealed that during normal use the engine and auto gearbox were so refined as to almost go unnoticed. A long crosscountry trip in the EX saw an average of 34mpg on the car's computer, which tallies with the official WLTP 'medium' figure. Under the same conditions, you might see around 37mpg with manual transmission, or perhaps 40mpg from a two-wheeldrive manual - better figures than some would expect from a petrolengined vehicle of this size and weight. This is a good-looking well-built car that offers generous space for a family. Add in Honda's reputation and it's clear that the CR-V can be expected to remain a popular choice for years to come.

Honda CR-V

Honda's CR-V has been on sale in the UK for over 20 years and it's a frequent sight on Britain's roads. Partly that's because of the model's ongoing popularity, but partly it's because of its durability. The current model differs considerably from the CR-V of only a few years ago. Not only because of the restyle, which gives it more presence, but also because diesel is

no longer an option. In addition, the petrol engine in the non-hybrid model is now a turbocharged 1.5 litre, replacing the previous two-litre normally-aspirated unit. This new engine delivers a broader spread of torque as well as having a higher maximum power output, and it does a good job of moving the car along nicely. Another change is the introduction

of a seven seat version on mid-range SE and SR models. This should help bring the CR-V to a new market sector. Four wheel drive is also optional on the SE and SR; the entrylevel S is two wheel drive only, and the range-topping EX is only available with four wheel drive. The AWD is Honda's usual 'on demand' system, where the car runs in front wheel drive mode unless torque also


Subaru Outback

Subaru have done things their own way for many years. One oft-quoted example is their use of a flat-four horizontally-opposed 'boxer' engine, rather than a conventional in-line four. Perhaps more pertinent is the universal use of four wheel drive, other than on the BRZ sports car. And despite the Outback being such a practical car, the Outback Premium I drove came with some welcome luxury touches. One was the rather nice perforated soft leather upholstery; another was doors that closed with a satisfying 'thunk'; there were also heated seats, a powered

tailgate and automatic main/dip. This was an easy car to travel in, whether as a passenger or as a driver, partly because it copes so well with a wide range of conditions. Even on poor quality back roads it remained civilised and relaxed, with the suspension doing a good job of soaking up road irregularities, but at the same time there was enough control if you decided to up the pace, all of which helped make it a really good cross country car. Inside the car, the spacious feel is another plus, with comfortable space in the rear as well as in the front. And if you do need need to carry large

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loads, folding the rear seats down creates a long and practical load platform. The Outback is only available with a petrol engine and it's only oered with Subaru's automatic (CVT) Lineartronic transmission; there's no manual gearbox option, but the 'paddles' on the car I drove meant you could change gear yourself if you wished. Should you decide to venture o road, you can make use of the Outback's X-MODE. This controls the engine output, transmission, AWD torque split and braking system, helping to tackle the trickiest of

conditions. On slippery surfaces, with X-MODE engaged, the traction control system becomes more sensitive, reducing the time needed for a given wheel to recapture a loss of traction and regain forward momentum. This helps improve control and stability, particularly when conditions are at their worst, and if the situation warrants it, XMODE will deactivate the transmission’s lock-up clutch to better direct power to slipping wheels. On the road, Subaru's EyeSight system uses two cameras to scan the road ahead and track other road users. Safety features include

applying the brakes automatically, if a collision appears to be imminent. Looking at costs, the standard Outback is ÂŁ32,995 on the road, or for an extra ÂŁ3,000 you can upgrade to the Outback Premium. The car's computer showed an average of 35mpg after a few hundred miles on a good mix of local roads, suggesting that a full tank (60 litres) might give a range of 450 to 500 miles during relaxed driving, which should be more than enough for most people. Unsurprisingly, this Subaru is a real countryman's car, but with executive touches that should help it appeal to a wider market.

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The official fuel consumption figures in mpg (l/100km) for the all-new Mazda CX-30 range: Combined 40.4 (7.0) – 47.9 (5.9). CO2 emissions (g/km) 128 – 105^.

Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption and CO2 figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend on a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. ^There is a new test used for fuel consumption and CO2 figures. The CO2 figures shown however, are based on the outgoing test cycle and will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first registration. T&C apply. Retail sales only, subject to availability for vehicles registered by 31.03.20 at participating dealers. *3.9% APR Mazda Personal Contract Purchase available on all-new Mazda CX-30 models. Finance subject to status, 18s or over. Guarantee may be required. Mazda Financial Services RH1 1SR. Model shown: All-new Mazda CX-30 180ps 2WD GT Sport, OTR from £28,875. Model shown features optional Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint (£790) and Stone leather trim with Rich Brown interior accents (£200). Model shown is not to UK specification. OTR price includes VAT, number plates, delivery, 12 months’ road fund licence, first registration fee, 3 year or 60,000 mile warranty and 3 years’ European roadside assistance. Test drives subject to applicant status and availability. Details correct at time of going to print. Not available in conjunction with any other offer unless specified.

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The official fuel consumption figures in mpg (l/100km) for the 2020 Mazda2 range: Combined 47.9.(5.9) – 53.3 (5.3)^. CO2 emissions (g/km) 118 – 94^.

Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption and CO2 figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend on a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. ^There is a new test used for fuel consumption and CO2 figures. The CO2 figures shown however, are based on the outgoing test cycle and will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first registration. Retail sales only, subject to availability for vehicles registered between 01.01.20 and 31.03.20 at participating dealers. T&C apply. *3.9% APR Mazda Personal Contract Purchase available on all new 2020 Mazda2 models. Finance subject to status, 18s or over. Guarantee may be required. Mazda Financial Services RH1 1SR. Model shown: 2020 Mazda2, 90PS GT Sport Nav, OTR from £18,295. Model shown features optional Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint (£780). OTR price includes VAT, number plates, delivery, 12 months’ road fund licence, first registration fee, 3 year or 60,000 mile warranty and 3 years’ European roadside assistance. Test drives subject to applicant status and availability. Details correct at time of going to print. Not available in conjunction with any other offer unless specified. Worcester Carsales Ltd T/A Leominster Motors is a credit broker not a lender for this financial promotion. We can introduce you to a limited number of carefully selected finance providers and may receive a commission from them for the introduction.


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Model shown is a New Puma ST-Line X 1.0 155PS Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) Petrol 6 speed manual with optional LED Headlights and Driver Assistance Pack. Fuel economy Mpg (l/100km) (Combined): 50.4 (5.6). *CO2 emissions 99g/km.

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AVAILABLE ON SELECTED FOCUS, FIESTA AND ECOSPORT ST-LINE STOCK ONLY.

Models shown: Focus ST-Line 5 Door 1.0 125PS Manual Petrol. Fuel economy Mpg (l/100km) (Combined): 50.4 (5.6). *CO2 emissions 97g/km. Fiesta ST-Line Edition 3 Door 1.0T 95PS Petrol Manual. Fuel economy Mpg (l/100km) (Combined): 54.3 (5.2). *CO2 emissions 94g/km. EcoSport ST-Line 1.0L EcoBoost 125PS Petrol Manual. Fuel economy Mpg (l/100km) (Combined): 47.1 (6.0). *CO2 emissions 114g/km.

Figures shown are for comparability purposes only; they only compare fuel consumption and CO2 figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. *There is a new test used for fuel consumption and CO2 figures. The CO2 figures shown however, are based on the outgoing test cycle and will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first registration. Vehicles shown may not reflect latest UK specifications. Retail customers only. †Exclusions apply. Finance subject to status. Freepost Ford Credit. Available on new vehicles contracted between 1st January and 31st March 2020 and registered by 30th June 2020. Worcester Carsales Ltd T/A Leominster Motors acts as a credit broker in relation to finance products, and not a lender. Leominster Motors only offers finance products from Ford Credit.


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16 Teme Street Tenbury Wells Worcestershire WR15 8BA T: 01584 810555 W: www.nickchampion.co.uk E:info@nickchampion.co.uk

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A period stone farmhouse with two traditional farm barns with conversion potential and equestrian facilities on the edge of the Shropshire Hills AONB. EPC Rating E. Farmhouse Kitchen with Aga, Two Reception Rooms, Four Double Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms, Utility Room, Cloakroom, Cellar, Abundant Character Features, Partially Converted Barn (Class B1 Use), Second Barn Ideal for Conversion, Mature South Facing Gardens, Stabling, Manege, Paddocks, Two Driveways and Parking. About 2.402 Acres (TBV). Further Land Available by Separate Negotiation.

A unique and contemporary conversion of a former smithy set in the beautiful Teme Valley. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Dining Room, £490,000 - GUIDE LINDRIDGE, TENBURY WELLSLiving RoomPRICE with Woodburner, development exclusive an within An impressive brand new hop kiln conversion Master Bedroom with Ensuite, set in the heart of the countryside with outstanding views across the Teme Valley. Two Further Bedrooms, Bathroom and Cloakroom, Kitchen/Dining Room, Spacious Sitting Room, Laundry Room, Cloakroom, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Level Gardens, Timber Garage and Carport, Spaces, Three Parking Family Bathroom, Further Bedrooms, Guest Bedroom with Ensuite, ThreeAttractive Countryside WonderfulParking, Garden,Driveway EPCViews. Rating F. Visitor Parking, Landscaped Ample

NEWNHAM BRIDGE, TENBURY WELLS - GUIDE PRICE £289,950 An immaculate barn conversion with far reaching views over parkland. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Spacious Living Room, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Two Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Downstairs Cloakroom, Gardens and Allocated Parking. EPC Rating C.

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A well-appointed detached family house in an elevated sought after setting. Kitchen, Two Reception Rooms, Home Office, £289,950 PRICERoom, - GUIDEShower TENBURY WELLS, WORCESTERSHIRE Four Bedrooms, Bathroom, Laundry Room, quiet cul-de-sac in aGarage, detached house An immaculate Cloakroom, Double Ample Parking Space, town centre. of the distance within easy walking Attractive Large Gardens, Outstanding Views, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Two Reception Rooms, Laundry Room, WC, Walking Distance of Town Centre, Bathroom, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Three Further Bedrooms, Family Potential for Development, C. Rating E. EPCRating Attractive Gardens, Double Garage and Ample Parking Space.EPC


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An immaculate and well-appointed holiday log cabin barn conversion An immaculate setwith in extensive grounds of about one acre (tbv) over parkland. views far reaching enjoying superRoom, views across theLiving Teme Valley. Room, Spacious Kitchen/Breakfast Kitchen/Dining Room, Spacious Sitting Room, Master Bedroom and Wardrobe, with Ensuite, Master Bedroom Second Study/Dressing Shower Room, Utility Room and Store, Cloakroom, Downstairs Bathroom, FamilyRoom, Further Bedrooms, TwoBedroom, South Facing Gardens, Ample Parking Space. EPC Not C.Required. EPC Rating Parking. and Allocated Gardens

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