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FIVE Worcestershire MPs have come out against Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority’s plan to axe 10 fire engines. The five - Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire), Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire), Mark Garnier (Wyre Forest), Robin Walker (Worcester) and Karen Lumley (Redditch) - have all signed a letter to the Chairman of the Fire Authority, Councillor Derek Prodger, calling for a rethink. They have urged the authority to look at finding cost-efficiencies without affecting front line services and they have also written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, asking for an improved grant settlement. Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, commented “As a group, the Worcestershire MPs were briefed on the potential impact of budget cuts and the threat to a number of fire stations across the county. Specifically we were concerned by the general impact of these changes on front line services and the ability to handle major incidents such as the recent major fire in Droitwich or the heavy flooding that the county experienced in 2007. The proposed new service levels are not acceptable to us and we have asked the Fire Authority to have a re-think and look at other ways of making savings before considering this strategy.” The plan, which also discusses closing some fire stations, including Bewdley, has triggered a huge reaction, with campaigns in several areas and a number of petitions. For more information, turn to page 5.


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Dalek at Market!

There was a rare sighting on October 19th, when a Dalek paid a visit to the Local Producers Market in Tenbury Wells. The Dalek, crafted from willow, made its appearance outside Tenbury’s Pump Rooms, putting two iconic creations almost side-by-side! Daleks were first seen on BBC’s Doctor Who in 1963 and are due to play a part in “The Day of the Doctor”, which is due to be shown on BBC One on 23rd November, marking Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary. Other than the Dalek, the usual attractions were on offer, ranging from sausages and cakes to firewood and solar panels! The next Tenbury Local Producers Market is scheduled for November 30th - a little later in the month than usual, to tie in with the town’s Mistletoe Festival.

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Cross Street to Close? A drainage problem in Tenbury Wells means that Cross Street, part of the main A4112 through the town, may have to close so that repair work can be carried out. The defect has been causing flooding in the area near Will’s Autos, a short distance from Bowketts and the Round Market. There are hopes that the road may be wide enough to permit traffic lightcontrolled alternate-direction working, but a total closure may be needed. There are no convenient alternative local routes so it is to be hoped that the work will be carried out quickly, but preliminary indications suggest that the road might possibly be closed for a week.


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Orchard needs Help! The volunteers who look after the Millennium Orchard in Burford asked us to let our readers know that they could do with a few more volunteers to help out with a range of odd jobs around the orchard. If you might be able to help out, please ring Charlie on 01584 819722.

Sandstone Pavements! At Tenbury Town Council’s meeting on Monday 7th October, it was revealed that Indian sandstone will be used for pavements that are to be replaced as part of Tenbury’s “public realm” works. Yorkstone had previously been specified, but it was reported that the County Council’s contractor had pointed out that sandstone was about half the price. At the council meeting, the Mayor of Tenbury Wells and the Town Clerk clarified that the decision to switch to Indian sandstone was not made by local people. Local traders have already expressed concern over the disruption the work will cause and some environmentalists will be concerned about using Indian stone.


League of Friends Success

The Tenbury Community Hospital League of Friends Committee asked us to pass on a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported their recent fundraising shops. They told us “Our first two weeks were with grateful thanks to Mr S Short for the use of the old Spotty Dog premises, and to Mr Keith Ball for giving us some excellent new clothes and shoes to sell, helping us raise £1,880. Our follow-on second shop was thanks to the generosity of Mr Jelley, for the use of the old Books Books Books premises, where we raised over £2,000 selling donated items small and large. We still have money to come in from some late sales and so the profit from the two shops will total over £4000” adding that “The support we get from the people in and around Tenbury is wonderful - what would we do without you?” The League also expressed their gratitude to Mrs Aileen Kite for bringing their charity shop ‘staff’ “delicious freshly-baked scones, jam and clotted cream each time we have a shop”, and also to Mr Edward Gallimore’s staff, for their help.


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35 fire engines were in use at the same time during the 2007 floods

Fire Service Under Threat? Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority’s ‘Community Risk Management Plan 2014-2020’ (‘CRMP’) looks at how the Authority can cut £4.7 million from their budget. The Authority says they can save about £2 million a year by reducing internal inefficiency and by “management and support office reductions”, which they say will leave a gap of £2.7 million. The authority plans to address this by making cuts to fire stations, fire engines and firefighters. Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority is made up of 25 local councillors, 19 from Worcestershire and 6 from Herefordshire. About 750,000 people live in the two counties, across an area of about 1,500 square miles. If the proposals are carried through, only 33 fire engines will be based in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, 10 fewer than the current total of 43. The Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service employs over 800 full-time and part-time staff, mostly firefighters, to deliver the services required by the Authority. There are currently 27 fire stations across the two counties, plus a Service headquarters, training centre and stores/workshop. The Authority’s stated aim is to “provide our communities with sustainable, high quality firefighting, rescue and preventative services.” Residents might ask how slashing the number of engines and firefighters would assist in the provision of “high quality firefighting”.

Proposed Cuts

The proposed cuts fall into three sections: proposal 1, proposal 2 and proposal 3. Under proposal 1, three fire Six appliances attended the fire at stations that currently have Tenbury’s Co-op in March 2013 - half of three engines (Hereford, these appliances are currently under threat Redditch and Worcester) would each lose one engine. The Authority says 50 jobs would be lost and £1,575,400 would be saved. Proposal 2 removes three engines, one each from Tenbury Wells, Bromyard and Ledbury; each currently has two engines. The plan says that seven firefighters would be lost from Tenbury, five from Bromyard and eight from Ledbury. This would allegedly save £135,000 a year, of which £38,800 would be saved at Tenbury. Proposal 3 looks at four areas: North Worcestershire, South Worcestershire, North Herefordshire and South Herefordshire. The options, on an area-by-area basis, would be to axe one engine from two-engine stations (Kidderminster, Leominster, Evesham and Ross-on-Wye) or to close single-engine fire stations (Bewdley, Kingsland, Broadway, and Whitchurch near Ross-on-Wye) Depending on the choices made, 38 to 56 on-call firefighters would be lost, and savings, from 2016-17, would be between £292,800 and £401,500.

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Pumping out in Tenbury during the July 2007 Floods

Looking more closely at the Tenbury example raises important questions. Currently Tenbury has 13 firefighters operating two engines, but despite having 13 firefighters there are times when Tenbury cannot operate both engines because six or more firefighters are unavailable. If Tenbury is cut back to only six firefighters there will be times when Tenbury would not be able to crew even one engine. There would then be no choice but to wait for an engine to travel to Tenbury from elsewhere, no matter how serious the emergency. In the event of a significant fire, any delay would lead to more property damage; it could also increase the risk of a fatality if someone was trapped in a smoke-filled building. The Fire Authority must ask themselves if this is a risk worth taking, in the hope of saving a mere £38,800?

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Another successful Applefest at The Chantry in Martley saw people enjoying the warm and sunny weather, despite it being October 5th. Running from 11am to 3pm the programme promised ‘Lots to see and do’ and it certainly delivered. The ‘Scrummy Stuff’ Farmers Market, held in the school gym rather than at its usual venue (Martley Village Hall) added to the buzz of the event, with many stall holders offering applethemed products, ranging from apple vinegar to pork and apple sausages. There was an impressive display of apples. Names such as Sheeps Nose added a note of curiosity and some of the varieties were indigenous to Worcestershire. There were many apple products to taste or buy including apple curd, apple jam, apple-flavour sweets and apple jelly. There were also quince the size of pears, from Kings Green Fruit, and many stalls were raising funds for school trips or charities. An apple cooking demonstration meant you could taste baked apples, including different varieties stuffed with different fillings - the banana filling being particularly delicious. The Concourse had a 50th Anniversary display of newspaper articles about the school, pictures of the old school in 1911 and of the new school being built in 1962, plus memories of past pupils, and you could buy a 50th anniversary mug. There was a memory tree (1963-2013) where ex-pupils were encouraged to write their one lasting memory of the school on a tag and tie it to the tree. The drama production ‘Apple Surprise’ was another treat, with its Archers-esque introduction, Johnny Appleseed story (complete with commercial breaks from ‘sponsors’), and with apple facts coming thick and fast. Great fun! The Earth Heritage trust had a large display and was busy making badges for youngsters. Apple pressing and juicing demonstrations took place outside, as did corn dolly making. You could make your own (with much guidance) for £1, or you could simply wander round the Chantry’s own orchard, with its 25 apple varieties.

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Tenbury Floral Art The Tenbury Wells Floral Art Club held its ‘40th Anniversary’ Show in Tenbury’s Regal Commmunity Centre on Saturday 21st September. This really was a spectacular display, with over 50 stunning entries, and it was a splendid ‘celebration in flowers’ for the club’s 40th. The club must be congratulated on a superb event, which even offered free entry! The independent judge, Jennifer Bennett, came from Cheltenham, arriving early in the morning. She was still busy writing comments at 12noon and commented that this was the best show she had judged in a long time! Classes included: an arrangement in a basket; a table centre - ‘Party Time’; autumn bounty; freestanding exhibit - ‘Ruby Anniversary’; modern design - ‘Into the Future’; musical interlude; holiday memories; and petite - ‘My Little Treasure’. ‘Best In Show’ went to Jill Burton for her ‘Party Time’ table centre. The arrangements made use of a great variety of materials, in addition to the flowers themselves, including mushrooms, satsumas, shells, pebbles, hops, apples, wheat ears, corn on the cob, acorns, flower pots, gourds, pine cones, blackberries, damsons and more. The club’s annual open meeting will be held at 7pm in the Regal on November 21st, when Floral Art demonstrator Michael Handy-Prestwood will explore the Spirit of the Season by creating the most amazing arrangements, live on stage!

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Mistletoe Season

This year’s Mistletoe Season in Tenbury begins with the Christmas Lights switch-on at the Regal on November 22nd. The National Storytelling Laureate Katrice Horsley appears at the Pump Rooms on the 23rd, on the 25th there’s a ‘Mistletoe Mingle for Singles’, then the first of Nick Champion’s 2013 Holly and Mistletoe sales is scheduled for the 26th. The Mistletoe Festival is on the 30th, with entertainment and a winter market during the day, plus a colourful procession led by the Mistletoe Queen. In the evening the Poet Laureate will appear at the Regal. Further seasonal events are scheduled for December!

More parking needed

Ken Pollock, Tenbury’s County Councillor, recently spoke about the need for more parking spaces in Tenbury once work starts on the Tesco site. Currently about 70 cars can park on the site and it is unlikely that parking will be permitted during demolition of the existing buildings or during construction of the new store. Dr Pollock suggested that it might be possible to extend the car park by the swimming pool onto Palmers Meadow as a temporary measure. He pointed out that a temporary car park was provided in Burford while the Teme Bridge was being resurfaced and repainted. Another option could be to re-line the car park, which might provide an additional 14 parking spaces. There is a £500,000 project to move Tenbury’s Household Waste Site from its current location - the car park by the swimming pool - to Tenbury’s Business Park. Hopes were high that this move might take place before work got under way on the Tesco site, as this would, in effect, create a significant number of ‘new’ parking spaces. However, it now looks unlikely that the Waste Site will be moved before work begins at the Tesco site, possibly because Council staff time is currently focussed on the plan to build a £120 million incinerator at Hartlebury.

Park right - or pay! A new regime of parking enforcement begins in Tenbury on November 12th, so shoppers will have to keep an eye on the time while they’re doing the Christmas shopping! Once the new system is in force, Civil Enforcement Officers can hand out Penalty Charge Notices (“parking tickets”) to drivers who park where they shouldn’t, or who park for longer than is permitted. Penalties can range from £25 to £105, depending partly on the severity of the contravention, and partly on how quickly the charge is paid.

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Market hit AGAIN! Tenbury’s unique Round Market was dealt a heavy blow in late September when a wagon drove into it. This is the 4th serious incident in less than 12 months, and the latest impact is thought to be the most serious in recent times. It not only knocked off part of the roof, it has also damaged some of the brickwork. Owen Ball, who runs the Round Market, said “We cannot go on like this. Time and again vehicles are driving into the building. There have always been a few incidents but the problem seems to have got worse since the signage changed. A couple of bollards, to keep high-sided vehicles away from the building, might be an effective and relatively cheap answer. Alternatively

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Abberley Club Show Held in the village hall at Abberley, the Gardening Club Show saw a good turnout. In addition to perusing the show entries and exhibits, you could try your hand at milking Daisy: 50p a go - and see how much milk your technique produced in a minute! Or you could try your hand at the widely-spaced skittles. There was quite a lot for sale, including some rather nice borage honey, plus honey marmalade and honey soap; produce from the Gardening Club including beetroot chutney, pickled cauliflower, piccalilli, runner bean chutney, damson cheese and apricot jam. Some pretty and scented ceramics were on sale, as was a mouthwatering selection of cakes, including a classic pineapple upsidedown cake! In the show section the class for ‘A natural flower picture’ saw some inventive collages including fairies and strong men!


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Refit for Clows Top Butcher There has been a butcher’s shop at Clows Top for over 120 years. The current shop has been run for many years by Brian Sheehy, which is why the sign above the door says “Brian’s Butchers”! Located immediately on the Cleobury side of the A456/B4202 cross roads, the premises are known as Old Bank House. Brian told us the name comes from Lloyds Bank having had a branch there some decades ago. The premises have recently been refurbished, with extensive and green and cream tiling to give a bright but traditional look to the interior. Brian commented “We will be here for at least another

10 years and with the investment in this refurbishment to guarantee its future, the shop will carry on well after us! This is a traditional butchery so we can provide all your favourite cuts, including the more unusual whatever the customer requires - using our excellent butchery techniques.” “We normally open from 7am to 7pm, Tuesday to Saturday, so people can catch us on their way home from work. We also offer hot and cold baps at lunchtimes and for snacks.” So if you’re feeling peckish while you’re passing, why not pop in! Brian can offer advice on cooking and with the colder nights on the way he has some tasty ideas lined up, such as wholesome warming stews using his carefully-prepared diced meats. And don’t forget that Brian also stocks cheese, as well as fish - both fresh and frozen!

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Tenbury Applefest

Chilly but dry weather on Saturday 12th October created an Autumnal feel and set the scene for the mellow fruitfulness of a day dedicated to apples. Nick Dunne of Frank P Matthews commented that this year the apple colours were particularly good and their apple display contained rich reds, deep orange, pinks and purples, contrasting with vibrant yellows and fresh greens. Many stall holders made a great effort to follow the apple theme with the fund-raising stalls of Lindridge pre-school and Tenbury C of E Primary PTFA having particularly diverse collections of all things apple, including apple ketchup, apple tarts, spiced apple cookies with custard filling, apple strudel muffin, apple & blackberry turnover, apple & cinnamon muffin, gluten-free spiced apple cake, apple & ginger chutney not to mention apple & roast garlic preserve! If you wanted to find some tasty apples to take home there were many opportunities to ‘try before you buy’, a

great way to find a flavour of apple to suit you. Several stalls had hot tastings, including Christmas wine, spiced apple juice and spicy cider, which all helped keep the cold at bay. There were dozens of apple juices, ciders, perries and apple spirits to try - even a Naga Chilli Vodka from Tipsy Fruit Gins if you were brave and really wanted warming up! Food on offer included Carlies Country Products’ deliciouslooking Pig Roast, Whites fish & chips (with Robinsons cider batter), The Little Fish Shop’s paella, Clockhouse’s BBQ, or a substantial breakfast bap from Keysells’ Farm, while Marina Ibrahim was ‘Cooking like Cleopatra’ in a cob oven! Bizzie Cooking was busy selling apple pies with attractive golden pastry and bulging with Bramley apples. A ‘Tenbury Tart’ was launched at the Swifts stall, with George Price, Mayor of Tenbury Wells, doing the honours, while Tenbury’s Scouts kept the kettles on the go all day, serving tea and coffee. Add in owls, alpacas, face-painting, chainsaw art, the Royal British Legion, jewellery, musical entertainment, talks, cooking demonstrations and more and it’s no wonder that it took a number of hours to have a comprehensive look at everything. The Methodist Church was promoting their ‘Bake off’ and one of high spots of the day was the delicious apple cake (with tea or coffee) that was on offer from the friendly crowd at St Mary’s Church. There were also some eye-catching window displays in the town and the Regal was open for people to look around, with some film shows during the day, while the ‘function suite’ was ‘dressed’ to show how it can look.

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Hundreds of apples could be seen

A number of shops had apple-themed displays

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An apple-themed display in St Mary’s Church

Paella, courtesy of The Little Fish Shop

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LOCAL CHORIZO! LOCAL CHARCUTERIE! At Keysells’ farm, Cheryl & Andrew Keysell specialise in producing free-range pork that is home-reared outdoors all year. Come Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter the pigs are out there enjoying the seasons! Cheryl explained “We rear Saddleback x large white - an ideal cross for quality charcuterie cuts with excellent flavour. We are now producing our own Chorizo and Salamis and other air-dried products. Andrew has taken Italian and Spanish influences and added a secret Keysell twist! Watch out for our Lomo (dried pork loin) and bresaola (air-dried beef ) coming soon.” “Along with the success of our delicious home-made Sausage Rolls from our farm shop, we have seen Pork Pie sales increase by over 400% in recent months and at a Ludlow Producers Market our pies sold out within an hour! But don’t despair, give us a ring to order and we can deliver.” Keysells’ full range of produce is sold from their farm shop, which is now in its 10th year of trading in Upper Rochford. Selected lines are also available from the Barn Farm Shop, Market Street, Tenbury Wells. For over 15 years Keysells’ farm produce has been available at local farmers markets and, from November, Keysells will be at farmers markets in Abberley, Clifton, Martley and occasionally Ludlow. Cheryl added that “People can keep in touch with what we are up to by following us on Twitter and Facebook!”



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Cleobury Christmas Stamp Design A Christmas stamp designed by Cleobury Mortimer Primary School pupil Maddie Meredith, aged 10, reached the regional final of Royal Mail’s children’s Christmas Stamp Design Competition after her design was chosen as one of the 12 best entries from the West Midlands region. However, it wasn’t selected as one of the top two from the region, so it won’t represent the West Midlands in the national final. South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne congratulated Maddie and said “Maddie should be really proud of her achievement. There were over 240,000 entries to design this year’s Christmas stamps, so to be one of only 140 UK-wide is an outstanding result.” During the national final, HRH The Prince of Wales will lead a panel of judges to select the designs that will feature on this year’s First and Second Class Christmas stamps. These will be on sale from November 5th. Official Christmas stamps designed by children have only been issued twice before by the Royal Mail - in 1966 and 1981.

Snug Facelift

The Honey Pot Cafe opened its doors on the evening of the 12th September as the venue for The Snug’s launch of its new BeautyLab Dual Anti-ageing System nonsurgical facelifts. Delicious nibbles were cooked and served throughout the evening and the venue was filled to comfortable capacity as people watched the demonstrations. Hazel Marsh of The Snug told us that The Snug launch evening was a great success and that “This treatment is currently only available in London, USA or here at Mill Farm, Stanford Bridge” adding “We are still not really on the map yet, however with the launch of this machine and [Mill Farm’s] lovely other attractions we hope to become a destination ‘barn yard’ and think it’s possibly one of the best kept secrets around”.

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Maddie Meredith with local MP Philip Dunne and her stamp design

Free Xmas Parking Malvern Hills District Council hopes to encourage Christmas shoppers by providing free parking in its car parks in Malvern, Upton upon Severn and Tenbury Wells on Fridays and Saturdays from Friday 29th November to Saturday 21st December (inclusive). Councillor Bronwen Behan, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Control at MHDC, whose responsibilities include car parking said: “I hope the offer of free car parking on Phil Grove, one of Tenbury’s District Councillors, Fridays and Saturdays hopes the initiative will boost Tenbury this Christmas will make sure that more people can visit the area, do some shopping or just soak up the festive atmosphere in the Malvern Hills area. In previous years this has successfully encouraged more shoppers into the district”.

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Stoke Bliss Ploughing Match Saturday 28th September saw the annual Stoke Bliss and District Agricultural Improvement Society’s Ploughing Match take place at Burton Court Farm. The skies were initially grey but the sun broke through by lunchtime, creating a wonderfully rural scene. Held in a stunning setting, by kind permission of the Edwards family, it made a lovely family day out and was a great way to enjoy a rural tradition. Vintage and modern tractors took part, concentrating on getting the furrows straight and even and a pleasant thrum of engines filled the air throughout the day. In addition to the spectacle of the tractors working the land, the homecraft competition section was laid out in a large barn. Here you could spend time looking around the exhibits, ranging from cookery to produce, floral art to robots, wine to photos, farm safety posters to a striking door-stop made from an old boot painted to look like a snake! Hearty lunches were available and other attractions included craft stalls, blacksmiths, a bouncy castle and Punch & Judy. We’ve uploaded short video to our facebook page, so if you use facebook, why not take a look?

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WINE: An Eclectic Selection!

In this wine column we look at a very wide range of wines, at a wide range of prices, to suit a wide variety of occasions. Some are little known and quite unusual, in one way or another, but others are much better known!




Mâcon-Villages 2012 £5.29 From the south of the Burgundy region, this flavoursome Chardonnay is grassy and fresh without being sharp, with notes of pineapple and hints of guava and mango. We found it better with food than by itself, with blue soft cheese being a particularly good partner. A respectable Burgundy for about a fiver.

Château Musar Gaston Hochar 2005 £19.99 Named after Gaston Hochar, the founder of Château Musar, this wine is made in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, using Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault grapes. It receives long maturation, including 12 months in French oak and four years in the bottle, before being released for sale seven years after the harvest. Being unfined and unfiltered, it should ideally be decanted a few hours before serving. This really was a splendid bottle of red, and full of flavour. It’s also a wine that should age magnificently, so if you can resist it for a few years, and if you store it properly, your patience should be rewarded.

Tanners French Rosé Côtes de Gascogne 2012 £7.50 From Montréal-du-Gers, in Gascony, and made from a blend of grapes including Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah and Tannat, this is not at all like the frivolous Portuguese rosés some might immediately associate with “rosé”. This is a serious rosé, with a dry fruitiness, and quite a lot of interest on the palate. With notes of strawberries and hints of raspberries, we felt this was a very pleasant alternative to a soft medium red, if what you’re looking for is something lighter, with little tannin. Allesverloren Tinta Barocca 2010 £10.30 Tinta Barocca is typically grown in the Duoro and made into port. However, this example comes from South Africa’s Swartland, where the grape is used to make this robust red. Complex and dry, with some tannin, and hints of very dark cherries and raspberries, and a black pepper finish. Some will find it delicious, others might find it a little daunting. Probably one for the red wine enthusiast, rather than for someone who simply wants “a glass of red”.


Barbaresco Cantina del Pino 2008 £24.99 Barbaresco comes from north-western Italy, between Turin and the sea. Made from Nebbiolo, it could be viewed as a cousin - or even brother - of the better-known Barolo, with which it shares many characteristics. This is a dry and tannic red, and as the price suggests, it’s a wine for the enthusiast, rather than for everyday drinking. It’s got the firm backbone of a very traditional old-world red, rather than the fruity exuberance of the New World. There is some fruit in the aroma but the flavour is dominated by the complex and peppery dryness, with hints of cinnamon and bramble. It would be interesting to lay this down for a few years, to see what a bit more age would do for it.

Crémant du Jura 2011 £6.99 Crémant du Jura, from eastern France, close to the Swiss border, can be made from various grapes but this one is labelled Chardonnay. This softly-sparkling white wine had a clean and fresh but delicate flavour, with a touch of creaminess, ending with a hint of Rich Tea biscuit. Enjoyable by itself, this should be a widely-acceptable glass of fizz.

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore £7.29 From north-eastern Italy, this was decidedly bubbly and best drunk quite cold. The light but initially slightly sweet flavour moves to a dry finish. We felt that its dryness (it is labelled extra dry) made it more of a wine to have with food, rather than a wine to drink by itself, but this is - of course - a matter of personal preference. We found that blue cheese brought out its flavour nicely, but if you’re feeling decadent, you could pour a bottle into a litre of peach juice and serve Bellinis to a group of friends! Minarete Ribera del Duero 2011 £5.49 Made using Tempranillo grapes from 50-year-old vines, and aged three months in oak barrels, opinions were somewhat divided on this dry Spanish red. Perhaps it’s mainly a question of how dry you like your red wine? If the answer is ‘not very’, this may not be the wine for you, but, if you enjoy the dryness, you should find plenty to stimulate your taste buds, with blackcurrants and a hint of carob. We’d like to tip this into a jug an hour or two before serving, to give it time to breathe well. Champagne Veuve Monsigny £12.99 Quite a lot of froth on pouring, so be especially careful and make sure it really is cold enough. An interesting and dry Champagne, we found this went well with spicy foods, such as Aldi’s pepperoni, and also with mince pies, so it might come in handy at Christmas. Alternatively, we’d expect it to make splendid Buck’s Fizz, adding one part of Champagne to two parts of freshly-squeezed orange juice.

THE November 2013


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The Bonfire Bash Friday 8th November - 6:30pm onwards The Bridge at Stanford Bridge will once again be hosting the Tenbury Young Farmers Bonfire Bash on Friday, 8th November, with kind permission of local farmer and all round good egg Edward Churchill. The Bonfire Bash is a fun event open to all, young and old, so bring the family out and support the Young Farmers.

There will be a huge bonfire (firewood welcome please contact if you have anything to donate) as well as a fireworks display from 7pm. There will be a full bar and barbecue in the field with the bonfire and the pub will be open till 1am for drinks afterwards.


Really Quite Silly... The second annual Oktobeerfest took place at the Bridge at Stanford Bridge over the weekend of 11th-13th October, and was well supported despite the best efforts of the British weather! Attendees sampled Bratwurst and Bockwurst hotdogs washed down with any of seven German beers and the odd Jagermeister...

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Family ticket £15 (max 3 children)


at The Bridge at Stanford Bridge, Nr Tenbury Wells, WR6 6RU.

Two Pricks With Acoustics entertained the crowd on Friday, even playing several numbers in German before an impromtu Oompha singalong finished off the evening. On the Saturday night accomplished three piece King Mantis rocked the packed bierkeller tent with some popular covers before the incredibly talented Dan Greenaway closed the beerfest with an intimate set of requests and original songs on a very chilled Sunday evening in the bar.

Promise Auction Saturday 16th November Auction of promises in aid of the County Air Ambulance Trust starting at 7.30pm. Last year’s auction raised £3000 for charity so if you have anything to donate please contact

Fancy dress was a little disappointing (it might be made compulsory next year!) but special mentions must go to barmaid Kate as well as Paul and Margaret Danby, who certainly got into the spirit of the event! A big thank you for all who help out with and attended Oktobeerfest (especially beer plumber extraordinaire Karl Knibbs). The event will return next keep an eye out for some lederhosen in the meantime!

Bridge Quiz Night Last Wednesday of the Month Which just so happens to be steak night too!

Shock News: Christmas is Coming! When X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing return to our screens, it can only mean Christmas is on its way. Whilst trying to avoid thinking about it too early (one local saw a pub advertising for Christmas at the end of August!) we are now taking bookings for our Christmas Menu, which is available both lunchtimes and evenings throughout December until

Christmas Eve. We can cater for groups up to twenty in a cosy and relaxed pub environment, ideal for work parties or family get-togethers for people who appreciate good food, great beer and friendly service. For the menu, bookings or any more information please email or call the Bridge on 01886 812 771.

30th Oct, 27th Nov Dates for Your Diary SPOOKY SPECIAL Halloween Quiz - Wed 30th Oct Halloween Fancy Dress Party - Sat 2nd Nov Tenbury YFC Bonfire Bash - Fri 8th Nov Italian Night - Thurs 14th Nov Charity Promise Auction - Sat 16th Nov

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to represent fast-growing tyre brand locally

WILL’S AUTO REPAIRS LTD have been appointed as the official local seller of one of the world’s fastest growing tyre brands, GT Radial. They offer to fit a range of quality tyres for all types of cars, 4x4s and vans alongside their vehicle servicing and repair business. They are situated at Cross Street in Tenbury Wells and are a well-established local firm, with over 20 years of business experience behind them, and they are one of the leading local providers of tyres and servicing. Owner Will hopes that becoming the GT Radial appointed dealer in the local area will help him to continue providing quality tyres at an affordable price. Will states that over 53% of all vehicles checked have at least one tyre below the legal minimum of 1.6mm; of even greater concern is that 95.8% of vehicles have a tyre tread below 2mm. Will encourages motorists to have their tyre tread checked regularly and he offers a free, no obligation tyre test if people have any concerns over the condition of their tyres. Will is determined to continue to offer excellent value tyres and encourages motorists to pop in or ring for a competitive tyre quotation. Will looks forward to continuing to provide an excellent local service for local people.

Will’s Auto Repairs Ltd, Central Garage, Cross St, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8EF

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Suzuki S-Cross Launch The evening of 19th September saw Ludlow Motors welcoming guests to the launch of Suzuki’s new SX4 S-Cross crossover. The S-Cross is a significantly bigger car than the SX4 and all models are wellequipped, including seven airbags, ESP, tyre pressure monitoring, alloy wheels and air conditioning. There is a choice of petrol or diesel engines, both 1.6-litre. It follows Suzuki’s established ‘SZ’ grading structure with SZ3, SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5 models. Suzuki’s latest technology four-mode “ALLGRIP” 4WD system is an option on high-spec models and automatic transmission is available with the petrol engine. The launch was a national event, held simultaneously at participating Suzuki dealers; it included a chance to win an S-Cross in a national draw. The first step to entering was to complete a crossword made up of questions about the S-Cross. Lots of headscratching and helpful hints were the order of the day! A video was shown explaining the concept and features of the S-Cross, including a preview of the TV advertising, and this ended with a nationally co-ordinated count-down to the unveiling. The car was surrounded almost as soon as the wrap was off, with many guests taking the opportunity to look round the vehicle and sit inside. Meanwhile the completed crossword cards had been collected and five lucky cards were drawn to go through to the national draw. Nibbles and refreshments were laid on and

the only disappointment came at the end of the evening, when it was revealed that the lucky winner of a new S-Cross was in a northwest dealership, not a Shropshire one, but an enjoyable evening was spent at Ludlow Motors, with their helpful good-humoured staff. Prices start at £14,999 for the 2WD petrolengined model, 4WD versions start at £21,549, and the rangetopper is the £23,549 1.6 DDiS SZ5 ALLGRIP.

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The 1.6 diesel is the latest addition to Honda's Civic range and it's a cracker! Honda says: "This is the first engine to be launched in Europe under Honda's flagship Earth Dreams Technology environmental programme," – or to put it another away, it's an advanced diesel which combines good fuel economy with low emissions and respectable performance. This engine has been developed exclusively for Europe and is built, like the Civic itself, at Honda's Swindon factory. The numbers are undeniably impressive, with an official 'combined' figure of 78.5mpg, and with emissions of just 94g/km, but the performance is also commendable for a 1.6 diesel – it offers 120bhp and has the ability to cover the 0-60 sprint in little more than 10 seconds. Prices start at £19,575 on the road for the 1.6 i-DTEC SE manual. This is the model we drove, albeit with optional pearlescent paint (an extra £500). Despite it having entry-level specification, it certainly didn't feel basic. Sure, a few of the bells and whistles were missing, but if you want an even more extensive specification, the next model up is about £1,200 extra and includes features such as Bluetooth, automatic lights and wipers, plus dual zone operation for the climate control. The range-topping EX comes with leather upholstery, heated seats and other enhancements, which push the price up to £23,585. We were particularly impressed by how easy it was to return good fuel economy. As an example, a routine trip from Tenbury to Ludlow saw the computer displaying an average consumption of 70mpg. After a run of about 100 miles, much of it on the A49, we saw 73mpg – very impressive for a 120bhp car which can seat four adults. An obvious question is how well the 1.6 compares to the well-established 2.2 diesel, especially as the 2.2 is only about £900 more expensive. We would say the 1.6 compares very well indeed. It's obviously not as quick as the


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larger-engined 150bhp model, but with a claimed top speed of 129mph it's certainly no slouch. The smaller engine suits the car well and delivers easy performance without needing to be revved, but it is quite free-revving by diesel standards and remains refined even if used hard. Most of the time we actually preferred the 1.6 because we found the smaller engine to be

a little smoother and also because the car felt slightly more nimble, perhaps because the 1.6 weighs about 50kg less. However, the 2.2 does offer quicker acceleration, easier overtaking and better hill-climbing ability, so the final choice is a matter of personal opinion. Other than the engine, the car is basically the same as it was, and it retains useful Civic features such as the rear ‘magic seats’ which


provide underseat stowage space and squabs that fold up to give extra luggage flexibility. Some people might consider the ride to be a touch harsh over badly-surfaced roads, but the reward for this is positive handling, with little roll, even if you do decide to exploit the car's cornering ability. Taken overall, the 1.6 diesel engine is certainly a worthwhile addition to Honda's range



it doesn’t strike twice. So when you see an offer this good on the Civic, don’t wait. Act. Because quick as a flash, it’ll be gone.

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Fuel consumption figures for Civic 1.4 i-VTEC SE in mpg (l/100km): Urban 42.2 (6.7), Extra Urban 60.1 (4.7), Combined 52.3 (5.4). CO2 emissions: 129g/km. Fuel consumption figures sourced from official EU-regulated laboratory test results, are provided for comparison purposes and may not reflect real-life driving experience. Model shown: Civic 1.4 i-VTEC SE in Milano Red Solid at £16,995 On The Road. Terms and Conditions: New retail Civic 1.4 i-VTEC SE registrations from 1 October 2013 to 31 December 2013. Subject to model and colour availability. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter’s absolute discretion. Honda Aspirations (PCP): £189 per month example shown based on Civic 1.4 i-VTEC SE Manual in solid paint at £16,995 total cash price (and total amount payable) with 37 months 0% APR Representative (interest rate per annum 0% fixed) with £4,185.36 (25%) deposit, Guaranteed Future Value/Optional Final Payment of £6,005.75, annual mileage of 10,000 and excess mileage charge: 5p per mile. You do not have to pay the Final Payment if you return the car at the end of the agreement and you have paid all other amounts due, the vehicle is in good condition and has been serviced in accordance with the Honda service book and the maximum annual mileage has not been exceeded. Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. 470 London Road, Slough, Berkshire SL3 8QY. Servicing: Five years’ servicing or 62,500 miles, whichever comes first, for £499 including VAT and includes a maximum of five manufacturers’ scheduled services.

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The Mirage is Mitsubishi's replacement for their long-running Colt. It's the only small car in their range, other than the electrically-powered i-MiEV. Its dimensions mean it fits between 'city cars' such as Peugeot's 107, Kia's Picanto and Skoda's Citigo, and the next rung up, such as Vauxhall's Corsa. Unlike these, the Mirage is only available in five-door form. This means the Mirage can look a bit expensive, if you merely compare base-model prices, but if you compare like-with-like, the Mirage is priced competitively. The range is very straightforward, with just three models to choose from. All have a threecylinder petrol engine; the entry-level ‘1’ has a one-litre version, the ‘2’ and ‘3’ use a 1.2-litre version. The three models progress in a logical way – for example, the ‘3’ has climate control, the ‘2’ has air conditioning, while the ‘1’ has neither. All have an immobiliser, CD player and MP3 connectivity. The smaller engine offers 69bhp, the larger 79bhp. The extra 10bhp is enough to give the ‘2’ and ‘3’ significantly better acceleration. Fuel consumption is much the same, whichever engine you go for, and all models fall into the ‘free tax disc’ up-to-100 gram emission category, even the automatic, which uses CVT transmission and is based on the level ‘3’. We drove a ‘3’, with a manual gearbox, costing £11,999 on the road. This was well-equipped, with features such as keyless operation (which worked faultlessly), electric windows all round, electric mirrors, stop-start, privacy glass in the rear, plus automatic wipers and lights. First impressions included the feeling of interior space, despite this being a small car. Another plus point was a feeling of higher quality than you find in many budget-priced cars.

Many small cars have relatively firm suspension, which can help deliver an almost go-kart feel if you explore the car's potential round roundabouts, but Mitsubishi have taken a different route with the Mirage. The suspension delivers a surprisingly fluid ride, feeling more like a larger car. This gives it an unusually comfortable feel, for a small car, and means it copes much better with poor road surfaces, but doesn't offer such sporty assurance.

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First and reverse gear felt slightly high, so a bit of clutch slip was needed when moving off, especially up a steep hill. The steering was very light, as were the clutch, brake and accelerator. Other practical features included a small turning circle, good mirrors, a good ventilation system, good headlights and a good view out. These all helped make the car very easy to drive. Even the back seats were comfortable, and the driver's seat had an unusual, but very welcome, squab adjustment. The engine performed well. In the 3,000 to 5,000rpm range it delivered a surprisingly sporty thrumming

sound, but there was solid performance even at significantly lower rpm, which often isn't the case with small engines. The only real drawback we noted was the lack of sound insulation, so longer runs at speed could be wearing, despite the car's many good features. Mitsubishi says the Mirage “is the lightest, most aerodynamic and most efficient petrolpowered five-door hatchback range on the market,” which presumably explains its fuel economy, with 61mpg being easily achieved on a trip from Tenbury to Droitwich and back, and with 41mpg when carrying a heavy load on a succession of short journeys.






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1. Terms and Conditions apply - visit 2. The rental shown is for a Mitsubishi Personal Lease Finance Plan (MPL) and is subject to status to persons aged 18 years and over resident in UK through Mitsubishi shi Contract Motoringg (part of the official Mitsubishi Motors distribution in the UK), Watermoor, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 1LF. Comparable payments are available on our Alternatives Personal Contract Purchase product provided by Shogun Finance Limited, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH, ask your dealer for details. Rentals are based on an advanced rental £2,625 followed by 59 monthly rentals of £125 based upon a Mirage 2 with an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and vehicle maintenance is not included. Excess mileage will be charged for, indemnities may be required. The vehicle must be returned at the end of a MPL contract, vehicle condition and mileage terms apply. Rentals are valid between 1st October and 31st December 2013. All prices correct as of 1st October 2013 and are subject to change without notice, other terms and mileages are available upon request, at participating dealers in the UK (excludes Northern Ireland, Channel Islands & I.O.M). Offers are subject to availability, whilst stocks last and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Metallic paint extra. Fuel figures shown are official EU test figures, to be used as a guide for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results.

Mirage 2 fuel consumption in mpg (ltrs/100km): Urban 58.9 (4.8), Extra Urban 76.3 (3.7), Combined 68.9 (4.1), CO2 Emissions 96g/km.


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13 62 YETI 2.0 TDI, red, 3,500 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £16,600


07 07 OCTAVIA 1.9TDI 4x4 ESTATE, silver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,995 06 56 OCTAVIA 1.9TDI ELEGANCE, grey, 50,000 miles . . . . . . £6,450 05 05 OCTAVIA 1.9TDI 4x4 ESTATE, beige . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4,995


Peugeot 2008

12 62 FABIA 1.2 TSI, silver, 10,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 11 FABIA 1.6 TDI SE, grey, 11,000 miles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 60 FABIA 1.2 TSI AUTOMATIC, blue, 10,000 miles . . . . . . . 12 12 FABIA 1.4i SE, red, 10,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 09 59 FABIA 1.4 TDI ESTATE, green, 55,000 miles . . . . . . . . . 08 08 FABIA 1.4 TDI ESTATE, beige, 50,000 miles . . . . . . . . . 05 55 FABIA 1.9 TDI ELEGANCE, blue, 40,000 miles. . . . . . . . 05 05 FABIA 1.4 16v AUTOMATIC, gold, 40,000 miles. . . . . . . 05 05 FABIA 1.9 SDI, beige, 60,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03 03 FABIA 1.9 TDI, grey, 58,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06 56 FABIA 1.2 AMBIENTE, silver, 81,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . 04 54 FABIA 1.2 AMBIENTE, red, 55,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . .

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09 59 ROOMSTER 1.2, blue, 14,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,450


The 2008, Peugeot’s compact crossover, officially went on sale in the UK in July of this year and its appeal 09 09 VW TRANSPORTER 1.9TDI, white, 36,000 miles . . £9,950+VAT was such that over 1,300 were ordered even before the car reached the showrooms! It’s built on the same 10 10 VW CADDY MAXI VAN, white, 73,000 miles. . . . . . £6,995+VAT 09 59 VW CADDY VAN 1.9 TDI, white, 73,000 miles . . . . £5,995+VAT platform as the well-known 208. It’s the same width as the 208, but about eight inches longer and about 05 55 SEAT ALTEA 1.9 TDI, black, 90,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . £3,995 four inches taller, providing more luggage space and giving the 2008 a more spacious feel. The driving position is also higher, giving a better view out, while the increase in size means the 2008 is slightly heavier, typically gaining around 40kg for a comparable specification. One unusual feature is ‘Grip Control’. This is standard on some versions and optional on others. It allows the HEREFORD ROAD, LUDLOW. Tel. 01584 872584 driver to select a mode to suit the prevailing conditions. In addition to ‘standard’, there are ‘snow’, ‘all-terrain’ and ‘sand’ modes; these adjust how much slip the traction control permits, in effect providing an electronic limited slip differential. ‘M&S’ (mud and snow) tyres are standard with Grip Control and combined with the electronics, the result is substantially better ability in snow or mud. Trim levels range from the entry level Access+ to the Feline. Engine choices vary according to the trim level, so in the Access+ you can have a 1.2-litre petrol or a 1.4-litre diesel, but in the Feline, only 1.6-litre engines are offered, with a choice of petrol or diesel. We drove one of the midrange models, an Allure, with the smallest engine, the 82bhp three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol unit. Despite it being quite a narrow car, which helps make it easy to thread through traffic or to park, there was a feeling of adequate space between the driver and passenger, unlike some small cars. The interior looked good quality, which was a good start, and the test car came with features such as a panoramic roof, park assist and mood lighting. However, town use showed up the relatively high gearing (so it needed some clutch slip to set off from rest, especially uphill) and the awkwardness of the handbrake design. Combined with the long travel clutch, the notchy long travel gearchange and a slightly hesitant pick-up on small throttle openings, we found it harder work than we’d expected. On longer journeys the ride was more of an issue, being joggly and unsettled. This improved as speed increased, so it should be comfortable cruising at 70mph on the motorway. Initially the handling didn’t feel impressive, but in fact there was ample grip and sufficient poise, so it was really a question of getting used to the car’s characteristics. The lights were good, we didn’t like the shape of the seats, and the ventilation was a little awkward to operate, particularly if the driver wasn’t prepared to look away from the road ahead. The 2008 is a stylish, good-looking vehicle that looks to be well made and nicely finished. Prices start at £12,995 for the petrol-engined Access+ 1.2 VTi, running up to £19,345 for the diesel-engined Feline Mistral Ambience 1.6 e-HDi (115bhp). However, the 1.2 engine needed revving to make good progress, especially up hill, it didn’t seem to suit the car very well and we only averaged 45.5mpg. So, if you do fancy a 2008, we’d suggest taking a good look at a diesel - preferably the 1.6 litre model, which is available in Grip Control being demonstrated at the Snowdome in Tamworth both 92bhp and 115bhp form.


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Skoda Rapid

Skoda have significantly increased their model range in recent years. Introductions include the Rapid and the new Octavia, with the Rapid sitting between the wellestablished Fabia and the new Octavia. The Rapid is a family-size car at an affordable price, so it is bound to have significant appeal. Its appearance might initially give the impression that it’s a conventionally-booted saloon, but in fact it’s a carefully-styled hatchback with plenty of luggage space - a characteristic it shares with the Octavia. It’s hardly the sort of car that would stand out in a car park, but it looks nice enough and it’s just the sort of car that people might look at if they’re shopping for reliability and value, rather than for something ostentatious. There’s a useful range of engines, including 1.2 and 1.4 litre petrols, from 75 to 122 bhp, plus a 1.6 litre diesel, in 90 and 105bhp versions. Trim

levels are entry-level ‘S’, mid-range ‘SE’ and the more comprehensively-equipped Elegance; the least-expensive model is the ‘S’ 1.2 at £12,905. We drove a 105bhp diesel-powered Elegance. In standard trim the recommended retail price is £17,850, but the options fitted to the test car took its price to around £20,000. We found this to be a very convenient car. Everything seemed to fall readily to hand, so it was easy to feel at home quite quickly. The engine was really flexible and the 105bhp option seems a better bet than the lower-powered 90bhp model; they have the same official fuel economy figures, the price difference is only around £600, and the more powerful version offers usefully livelier acceleration. We found it was very easy, and generally enjoyable, to drive. The handling seemed to be surprisingly sporty, with very little roll, good steering feel and good composure on most

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roads. Cresting rises while cornering could catch it out a little, but never worryingly so. The tyres that were fitted - 215/40R17 Dunlop SP Sport The first Rapid off the production line Maxx - gave the impression that price, in particular the trimming of the boot and they were designed for good fuel economy the lack of auto up on the windows, despite this rather than maximum grip and it wasn’t difficult to explore their limits. These low profile tyres on being the range-topping Elegance. However, 17 inch wheels are an option and they probably these small points are more than offset by the car’s good points, which certainly include the explain the test car’s high noise level at certain flexibility and economy of this diesel engine. speeds over badly surfaced roads, so we’d be We saw 60mpg driving around locally and the inclined to stick with standard-size wheels (16 best we averaged on a run was 78.6mpg, while inch on the SE and Elegance, 15 inch on the S). covering about 100 miles from north Cheshire There were a couple of details that gave the impression that the Rapid had been built to a to Tenbury Wells.

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Guide Price £329,995 A beautifully presented and deceptively spacious 5 bed family home l Situated in an elevated position with far reaching

views yet just a few minutes drive from a range of amenities in Churchstoke l 3 reception rooms, newly fitted kitchen, breakfast/family room l large parking and turning area, double garage and adjacent workshop/store l 2 further useful storage buildings, level lawned gardens and vegetable area

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Guide Price £460,000 A beautifully situated character farmhouse enjoying fine rural views. Grade II listed, believed to date from circa 1540

Guide Price £310,000 A delightful character town house offering beautifully presented 4 bed accommodation on three levels.

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utility/rear hall 2 baths, 4 beds Further stone stables, garage, workshop and store. Scope for alteration/improvement 2 acres approx of gently sloping pastureland, 1 acre orchard. Brick built barn with potential for further accommodation subject to any necessary planning consents.


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dining Area First floor Bespoke Kitchen with French doors to Balcony First floor Formal dining Room, Bathroom downstairs Shower room and utility original pine panelled doors & sash windows Sunny rear Courtyard with useful Store/Studio


Guide Price £295,000 A well presented detached bungalow in a generous corner position l Quietly situated in this popular ‘no through’ l l l l

village entrance Porch, hall, sitting room, dining room Kitchen, Three bedrooms, bathroom Centrally heated and double glazed Suitable for further updating

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Guide Price £625,000

Guide Price £399,950

Guide Price £450,000

A beautifully presented and immaculately maintained 3 bedroomed country residence set in approximately 2 acres of landscaped gardens with stocked pool.

extremely spacious 3/4 bed split level country residence. Paddock and gardens of approximately 2 acres.

A superb smallholding, gardens & grounds of approx 2 acres in a convenient rural position. lovely open views. Attractive feature pond & lawned landscaped gardens.

l Stabling and superb views across the Teme Valley towards the Clee

leisure/snooker room, could be converted to annexe accommodation if required. l Very pleasant drawing Room overlooking terrace. large Kitchen/ breakfast room, superb 28ft dining Hall. Central heating and double glazing. Garaging.

Hills. l Two storey studio/garage and adjacent workshop building which, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents, could be altered to provide further living accommodation/annexe/holiday letting unit if required.

l extensive and useful lower ground floor accommodation, currently a

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detached spacious 4 bedroom barn conversion detached double garage, summer house, two pasture paddocks 26 ft sitting room, 21 ft kitchen breakfast room and dining room. Productive orchard, soft fruit cage, large vegetable area. 20 ft timber greenhouse.





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Nr CleoBury MortiMer offers in excess of ÂŁ1,200,000 Beautiful country house

Five reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, butlers pantry Master Bedroom Suite 3 Further Bedroom Suites 6 further bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms outbuildings, long private drive, delightful gardens with ponds, substantial kitchen garden l Pasture land, orchard, native bluebell woodland about 10.13 acres (tbv) l l l l

Near teNBury WellS For sale by informal tender ÂŁ835,000

Closing 12 noon Wed 30th oct

l Delightfully situated small country estate. Grounds of approx 11.9 acres

(tbv) in a beautiful secluded location yet just a few minutes drive from tenbury Wells. l Substantial Georgian Farmhouse with adjoining range of brick built buildings now with full planning permission for an unrestricted 4 bed residential dwelling. Further separate timbered barn and outbuildings. l available as a whole or in lots. Gardens with Pool.





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16 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8BA



A superbly presented character country residence with land ideal for equestrian use and also with the potential for a self contained annexe (subject to planning). Offering a kitchen, three/four reception rooms, a conservatory, four double bedrooms, three bath/shower rooms, a detached double garage and workshop with store rooms above, large gardens, paddocks and stabling, and a woodland/wildlife haven. EPC Rating D.

An impressive and individual split level bungalow in a private setting within walking distance of the town centre. Offering a kitchen with walk-in larder, a gallery dining room, spacious lounge, two double bedrooms, a third bedroom, study, a deluxe shower room, extensive level gardens, a double garage with carport and a garden work room. EPC Rating D.



A character family home in a tranquil rural setting with delightful gardens and the potential for a self-contained ground floor annexe. Offering a spacious kitchen/breakfast room, two reception rooms, five bedrooms, three bath/shower rooms, extensive gardens, a double garage with a store & parking. EPC Rating E.

A charming and historic Grade II Listed black and white farmhouse in a picturesque rural location. Offering a kitchen/breakfast room, two/three reception rooms, three/four double bedrooms, a family bathroom, an attractive garden, a 788 sq ft outbuilding and parking. EPC Rating F.



A beautifully presented country cottage set within large gardens and enjoying exceptional views across the Teme Valley. Offering a kitchen, breakfast room, three reception rooms, a conservatory, three double bedrooms, a bathroom, cellar, extensive gardens, a detached garage and parking. EPC Rating D.

An improved quality bungalow ideal for further extending with large gardens in an attractive semi-rural setting. Offering an open plan kitchen/living room, three bedrooms, two bath/shower rooms, a utility room, a garage, parking on a gravel driveway and a level garden. EPC Rating E. VIEWING HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - PART STAMP DUTY PAID


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Auctioneer, Valuer, Land & Estate Agent



An attractive dormer bungalow in a semi-rural and convenient location. Offering a modern kitchen with a range cooker, a spacious living room, two double bedrooms, a third bedroom, two bathrooms, a detached garage/office/workshop, a low maintenance garden and parking. EPC Rating D. VIEWING HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - CHANTRY SCHOOL CATCHMENT

A well-presented and deceptively spacious bungalow set within large gardens and close to Oldwood Common. Offering a modern kitchen/breakfast room, open plan sitting/dining area, three double bedrooms, a contemporary bathroom, extensive gardens, a garage & parking. EPC Rating D.



An appealing and conveniently situated family house. Offering a kitchen/breakfast room, dining hall, living room, three bedrooms, two bath/shower rooms, a separate office/garden room, detached carport/garage, gardens and parking. EPC Rating D.

A character cottage for improvement with a potential building plot within the large gardens. Offering a kitchen, two reception rooms, three bedrooms, a bathroom, level gardens and parking. EPC Rating F.




TENBURY WELLS - O.I.E.O. £30,000

An individual bungalow set on a generous corner plot within easy walking distance of the town centre. Offering a kitchen, spacious living room, three bedrooms, a bathroom, garden, garage and parking. EPC Rating G.

Grade II Listed Offices (B1) in a prime position on the main shopping street. Originally a townhouse converted to commercial and extending over three floors (approx 1150 sq ft). Ideal for residential conversion (subject to planning). EPC Rating E.

A selection of one/two bedroom warden assisted retirement bungalows available in a popular development within walking distance of the town centre. Bungalows with garages currently available. EPC Rating C.

A former pottery tucked away behind the main shopping street suitable for conversion to a residential dwelling subject to planning permission.



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Something for everyone - great gifts and presents, inspiring ideas for the home and garden. Free entry to beautiful gardens and a fun play area for the kids. Come and feed the ducks! Easy to find !

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Teme Valley Times November 2013  

Local paper for Tenbury Wells, Ludlow, Clee Hill, Cleobury Mortimer, Clows Top, Abberley, Clifton-upon-Teme, Martley, Knightwick, Shrawley,...

Teme Valley Times November 2013  

Local paper for Tenbury Wells, Ludlow, Clee Hill, Cleobury Mortimer, Clows Top, Abberley, Clifton-upon-Teme, Martley, Knightwick, Shrawley,...