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After years of waiting for something to happen, work on the new Tenbury Tesco is now proceeding rapidly. The concrete base of the supermarket has been laid and as we go to press the crane is on-site to handle the erection of the building’s steel frame. The roof is expected to be in place in November and the projected launch date for the store is February 23rd 2017. An application has been made for a number of amendments to the planning permission. These would affect the size of the store, its location, its appearance, and the layout of the parking. For more information, and for photos of the construction work, please turn to page 3.


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


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Ludlow Food Festival Held in September, the Food Festival once again attracted thousands of visitors to Ludlow. There was the usual excellent blend of food and drink providers, along with demonstrations and a range of other stalls. There was a great atmosphere and even before you got into the castle itself, you could see the colourful gorillas, from Shropshire’s British Ironwork Centre!

Pumpkin Competition

Bowketts of Tenbury Wells is running a children’s pumpkin carving competition with the chance to win a Cadbury Bonanza box. There are three categories; age 2-5, age 6-9 and age 10-14. To enter, you first purchase a pumpkin from Bowketts. At the checkout ask for an entry form and you will be given one, along with a raffle ticket. Write your details and raffle ticket number on the form. Hand in your carved pumpkin between Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th October and the winners will be announced on the 28th, after judging by customers. You can then take your pumpkin home ready for Halloween. Happy Carving!

Tenbury Tesco Recent weeks have seen work proceeding quickly on the Tesco project, with a wide variety of machinery working busily on site. We understand that the project is currently on schedule and that the store construction phase of the operation is currently scheduled for completion on February 15th. Tesco’s agents, DPP Planning, recently applied for a number of amendments to the existing planning permission. These mainly relate to the store’s size, location and appearance, but also involve the sub-station being relocated, to site it outside the flood area. DPP explained that the amendments would see the store’s footprint increase by 37 square metres - about 400 square feet. This would mean that the mezzanine would no longer be needed, so the roof plan and elevations would change accordingly. These changes look likely to give the building a cleaner, simpler and lower appearance, which many might welcome. Other detail changes include the store’s location being moved by about 1 metre, it would also be rotated slightly. We can only guess that the concrete base that has been laid is in accordance with the amended plans. The entrance to the service yard would be moved to account for the changes in the footprint, with the parking layout being adjusted accordingly. There would be 98 parking spaces, excluding the eight spaces for 52 Teme Street.

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The route for delivery trucks would be affected by these changes and on October 19th, Worcestershire County Council recommended that the permission be deferred as they felt that clarification was needed on a number of points, including: (1) “The proposed relocation of the building to the east makes the delivery area smaller and a tighter space for

manoeuvring of delivery vehicles and it is unclear if vehicles can safely manoeuvre within the area provides, we would therefore wish to see delivery vehicle tracking from the highway to and from a parked position within the delivery bay.” (2) “The narrowing of the northern internal footway near the site access.” Associated work includes improving the


junction layout by Swan Garage, and ‘public realm’ work on Teme Street, which is expected to be similar to the work that has already been carried out on Market Street. As we go to press, the dates for this work have not yet been confirmed, but concerns have been expressed about any disruption to trade in Tenbury in the run-up to Christmas.


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The Talbot Inn in Newnham Bridge has been named ‘County Dining Pub of the Year’ in the 2017 edition of The Good Pub Guide. Landlord Barney Williams, who took over at the Talbot at the start of this year, said the award was testament to chef Jacob Vaughan’s cooking. Barney commented “It is hard work and stressful at times but also fun and the team here enjoy it!

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


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Filming for Mistletoe! Filming took place at the Pump Rooms in Tenbury Wells on October 8th to record personal stories from people of Tenbury and the Teme Valley to form part of Tenbury’s Mistletoe Festival celebrations. Contributors invited to appear in front of the camera included pupils from Tenbury High; Coral Rogers, the daughter of the late Stan Yapp (Mr Mistletoe); local farmer David Spilsbury; Mark Willis (Mayor of Tenbury) and Ian Vaughan (with a tale of Christmas wreath making). Mistletoe Festival organiser Caroline Palethorpe said “These will now be edited by SDNA, an international digital art company based in London, who were involved in the 2012 London Olympics. They will produce ‘Under the Mistletoe’, a short film that will be projected on to the exterior of the Pump Rooms as part of the Mistletoe Festival ‘finale’ celebrations on December 3rd just prior to Tenbury’s Santa Parade.” SDNA are planning to record more stories at The Kings Head, Cross Street, Tenbury Wells on the evening of December 3rd.

The Woolpack Knitters outside the Duke of York in Leysters The Air Ambulance receives a lot of support from local people, who recognise its importance in a rural area such as this, and a number of sizeable donations have been made recently. On October 13th, Michelle McCracken, from Midlands Air Ambulance, came to The Vaults in Tenbury Wells and The Rose & Crown in Burford to collect donations. £1,000 had been raised at The Vaults and £700 was handed over at the Rose & Crown. Michelle said she was absolutely delighted that the local community is raising funds for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. She added “With no Government or National Lottery funding we are totally reliant on donations to be able to

continue providing this lifesaving service and are truly grateful for all of the support.” In September, the Woolpack Knitters, which meets at the Duke of York in Leysters, celebrated one year together. Hours of knitting and crocheting has created hundreds of items to sell in aid of local charities and they have raised over £1,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance and Marches Family Network. On Saturday 29th October there will be two opportunities to help raise more funds - a coffee morning with bingo at the Scout Hut in Tenbury, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and a prewinter sale of work by the Woolpack, from 10am to 4pm, at Leysters and Middleton on the Hill Village Hall.

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(L to R) Sarah and Chris Whitehead from the Rose and Crown with Michael Turner, who organised the fund raising, and Michelle McCracken

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The Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross opened its doors this summer. The location, high up in the historic Buttercross building, means that visitors to the museum get a rather fine birds-eye view of Broad Street, looking down to Broadgate. This view has been made a feature, and beneath the window is a display about the buildings that line the street. This is the kind of thoughtful touch that makes this museum such a joy. Despite its modest size it is packed with many local historical items; in fact the policy when planning what to put in was to keep things local and relevant. The project to transform the Grade 1 listed building into a new home for Ludlow’s most treasured artefacts received funding from Shropshire Council’s Market Town Revitalisation Programme. The Buttercross was built between 1744 -1746 and is the work of local architect William Baker. The building has served many purposes over the years, lastly as the Town Council’s offices but also as a school, a fire station and a workingmen’s club! The museum is normally open throughout the year on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, other than over the Christmas and New Year period. Entry is £1 for adults, 50p for children up to 16, with under 5’s free. A lift provides easy access, with the other entrance being tucked away the other side of the alley behind the Butttercross. Chronologically laid out, exhibits include the Bitterley Hoard, the Mawley Hall chasuble (which may well have been made from one of Catherine of Aragon’s gowns, as per her wishes expressed in her will), and Murchison’s ‘The Silurian System’ of rocks. There are also a number of interactive exhibits including an old Bakelite telephone where you can pick up the handset and dial a number to hear recollections from people on over 40 subjects - “It’s the Pig in Me” sounding particularly intriguing! It would be easy to spend hours discovering the history of the area and carefully appreciating all the exhibits. The Museum is a welcome addition to Ludlow’s visitor attractions.

Royal British Legion On Friday 9 September, Jim Hulme conducted the Cleobury Mortimer branch’s Annual Auction Sale of Harvest Produce and other goods in The Bell Inn, on Lower Street. As in previous years, a good range of seasonal and other produce was up for bids, and the evening raised nearly £1,000 for Branch Funds. The Branch expressed its thanks to Jim for his auctioneering skills and stamina and also to the supporters who provided items for sale and to those who

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packed The Bell that night, leaving with an array of onions, cakes, wine, beans, and all sorts of other delights. New members are always welcome. Roy Routledge, from the Tenbury branch, asked us to let our readers know that the Tenbury RBL meets at 7.30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Fountain Inn, Oldwood. Roy pointed out that you don’t have to be ex-forces to join, and that people are welcome to come along to a meeting and experience a warm welcome, with younger members being particularly welcome!

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Post Office Saved The Post Office put forward a proposal to close the current Clee Hill Post Office, located in Clee Hill Stores, and replace it with a mobile service, offering just three 90-minute sessions a week. This proposal - described as ‘barking mad’ by one resident - was greeted with dismay and concern by many local people. Following public consultation, the Post Office has announced that they will not be proceeding with this proposal. Local MP Philip Dunne commented “When this consultation was announced I made clear I had real concerns that a move to offering mobile Post Office services would not be sufficient for a village of Clee Hill’s size. Local campaigner James Wheeler and I met the owner of Clee Hill Stores to coordinate efforts to keep the branch in its current location, which was clearly the preference of local residents. I am very pleased the Post Office have listened to our concerns, and decided to maintain the branch in Clee Hill Stores.”

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Four in a Bed

Hot on the heels of the Talbot Inn in Newnham Bridge being rated as the ‘Best Dining Pub in Worcestershire’, another local pub has recently notched up a claim to fame. Sarah and Chris Whitehead and the Rose & Crown in Burford came out tops in the Channel Four’s ‘Four in a Bed’, a series which compares four bed and breakfast establishments from different parts of the country. Before taking over at the Rose & Crown, Sarah and Chris ran White’s restaurant, near the Royal Oak in Tenbury Wells. They both said how pleased they were with the programme, but Chris added that as yet they haven’t seen any obvious increase in bookings.

Eastham Bridge The collapse of Eastham’s historic bridge in May came as a shock to many, particularly as a minibus carrying Lindridge school children came within moments of plunging through the failing structure, into the river many feet below. In June, Worcestershire County Council announced that it would take about two years to build a permanent replacement bridge and Councillor Marcus Hart, cabinet member with responsibility for highways at Worcestershire County Council, explained that “we will be building a temporary bridge on the site before we construct a permanent replacement.” However, these plans have been ditched. The County Council has decided to press ahead with the construction of a new permanent bridge, to open in 2017, without first constructing a temporary bridge. A considerable amount of work has already been undertaken at the site, including the demolition of most of what remained of the historic listed structure, which dated back to the 1790s. An access ramp down into the river and compounds on both sides of the bridge have also been constructed. Local MP Harriett Baldwin commented “I hope that it is delivered as soon as possible” and added “I am sure the local county councillor, Ken Pollock, will keep a close eye on the work and report back as the project moves forward.”

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The remains of the historic Eastham Bridge, pictured on October 23rd

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Band at Arboretum After a successful performance at a local Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association (‘MVRA’) event in Worcester, Tenbury Town Band was delighted to receive a second invitation from them to play. This time the event was the MVRA’s Commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, held in their Mercian Grove at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire. Former band members of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and the Mercian Volunteers often join

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with the Tenbury Town Band to play at public events during the year. A spokesman for the band said it was “A huge privilege to be asked to play at this amazing venue. Lots of families and spectators gathered

A Step into the Past! In late September, Stoke Bliss and Kyre Village Hall became what might be described as a ‘temporary record office’ for the day as local resident and history-lover Maggie Kingston exhibited part of her personal archive of books, photos, documents, photocopies and displays about the Kyre and Stoke Bliss area. Collected over many years and no doubt now filling a vast number of boxes, it was wonderful to have the opportunity

for the service of remembrance. So many appreciative comments about the band were received. After the service the band provided music while everyone enjoyed a picnic.”

to study the displayed parts of the collection. Tables were laid out in the hall with a topic for each table, for example the school, or Kyre Park House, and people could browse whichever tables took their interest. Maggie was on hand to welcome each visitor and hopefully help them find a connection between themselves and the parish, whether a family connection, or a connection with a particular house or building, or a work-related connection. It was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the parish, the people who lived there in years gone by, or perhaps even discover a long-lost relative!

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The Marches Scribes held an exhibition of the beautiful art/craft of calligraphy at Grange Court in Leominster during September. Entitled ‘Mark my Words’, plain text, illuminated words, verse, maps and a stunning collection of envelopes with calligraphy-style addresses and designs could be seen. There were also demonstrations of how the beautiful characters are produced. When we visited Caroline Owen-Thomas was demonstrating and she showed how to use a ‘proper’ ink pen, plus some of the techniques calligraphers can use to produce different effects, such as mixing ink colours. Watching the slow, purposeful strokes of the pen create letters was fascinating. The Marches Scribes is nearly 25 years old, with a membership of around 36. It holds monthly workshops at Monkland Village Hall (one is scheduled for 29th November) with experienced tutors on hand to encourage participants of all levels to share and enjoy fine writing and associated crafts. They can also provide ‘taster’ classes (including pens and paper to use) at a nominal cost for groups of beginners. Contact Kris Betterton, 01544 327657, for more details.

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Lindridge Village Awards On the evening of October 19th, local people gathered at the Village Hall in Eardiston for the presentation of three awards. Designed to express gratitude to people who have provided special service to the community, these awards were started about seven years ago. Following the death of Audrey Jenkins, a pillar of the local community, it was realised that although a bench inscribed in her memory was a worthy reminder, it didn’t directly let Audrey know how much people appreciated her endeavours. It was therefore decided to thank people while they were still able to realise that their work was valued. Three recipients were honoured with awards on October 19th: Hilary Brown, Paul Danby and Ian Vanes. Hilary is known to many outside the village as she has run The Bothy nursery for years, formerly with her husband Les, until he passed away in 1999. The annual Open Days at The Bothy raise funds for Lindridge Church and Hilary has done a great deal more to help locally. Paul has worked as Lindridge’s lengthsman for some time and his dedication was recognised, with particular reference to his work ensuring that the local gullies and culverts have been up to the job, and with the comment that he had made the village “a neater and safer place”.

Hilary Brown receiving her award from Chris Dell Ian Vanes had a major input to ‘rescuing’ the Village Hall from what had become a rather decayed state, helping found a Hop and Beer Festival to raise the ‘match funding’ that was needed to enable grants to be obtained from elsewhere. He also put a lot into the Country Club in the village. Hywel Williams organised the awards, using a citation form derived from the Queen’s Birthday or New Year’s Honours system, and they were presented by local District Councillor Chris Dell.

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Wigmore Show The organisers promised a ‘bigger and better’ show for this year and there was certainly lots to see laid out in the Sports Hall at Wigmore School on September 24th. In the scarecrow competition the theme was ‘scarecrows from around the world’ - it included entries from China and Brazil, a kilted Scottish one with red hair topped with a tam o’ shanter and even a French one - complete with bicycle, beret and strings of onions. Great fun! One class, celebrating the Queen’s 90th, saw lots of entries from children from the Primary School. Wigmore Nursery won ‘first’ with their collage bouquet of flowers for the Queen. Of course, there were lots of other classes and entries to admire. With folk music and refreshments, a couple of hours could have easily been spent, especially if you took the time to chat with the stand holders and learn about the groups and charities working locally. The shop in Wigmore had a stand, raising awareness of the great variety of lines that they stock - including Wigmore apple juice which is made only yards from the store! How local is that? Other groups represented were ECHO, a charity which works mainly with people with learning difficulties. It runs a popular weaving class at Clever Betsy’s on West Street in Leominster. Commissions are welcome! A charming and eloquent John Pugh had a very informative Songbird Survival and farming display advocating (among other things) that the important thing is to get the balance right (in farming), and a long apprenticeship in the countryside is essential............and you have to farm the type of animals the farm will allow’. He believes that these days, conservationists, non-intervention and many government policies are the root cause of many countryside ills, not, as is often portrayed, the farmers. Morsbags were giving away re-usable cloth bags made from recycled fabrics. All they asked is that you use this bag rather than plastic bags in future! More details of the charity, begun in 2007 by Claire and Joe Morsman, can be found at www. The ‘Dress a child around the world’ charity makes simple clothes from old pillow cases, duvets and sheets, or other pure cotton materials, to send all over the world to where they are needed.

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The second Annual Scarecrow trail around the village of Orleton was a fun way to get some autumnal exercise, and with over 30 scarecrows on display for three days in people’s gardens there was plenty to see. A map could be bought for £1 from the village shop or The Boot Inn, or you could just take pot luck and hope to find them all, but some were really quite tucked away! Robbers, Pirates, Dizzy Blondes, Minions, newly-married couples and many more fun creations could be seen and you could even follow the yellow brick road to meet Dorothy, the tinman, the scarecrow, the lion - and see what remained of the wicked witch! Then you could cast your vote for your favourites - 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The results of the public vote were announced at the Family Fun Day held on the Sunday afternoon, organised, once again, by the indefatigable Mar Pritchard (Chairman of the Village Hall committee). Prizes were presented by Cllr. Sebastian Bowen and villagers and visitors alike could enjoy a bar, BBQ, live music from the Alltones, tea and cakes, dog show, bouncy castle, stalls and side shows. The winners were Mike and Charlotte with ‘Scary-crows’ whilst Isabella won the children’s section with ‘Usain & Mo’. Proceeds from the Scarecrow Trail were in aid of Village Hall improvements.

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Post Office Tel. No. 01584 819891 Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-2pm Last Post Collected by Royal Mail at 5.15pm Mon to Fri & 11.35am Sat Please note: Post is still being collected from the post box in Teme Street and the post box in Cross Street (which is very small). Our Post Office staff will also take letters over the Post Office counter which will be collected by Royal Mail.


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Apple Pressing

Community apple pressing took place on Saturday 8th October in Corn Square, as part of Leominster’s Apple Week. People could bring along apples that they wanted to turn into juice and everyone joined in the various activities, using a variety of cooking and eating apples. Willing hands joined in, whether chopping, scratting, filling a cheese, or pressing and at the end of the process, juice emerged, to be savoured at the time, or taken home in containers, to be enjoyed later - or possibly made into cider!

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Ludlow MP Philip Dunne has welcomed the news of the reopening of the midwife-led Maternity Unit at Ludlow Community Hospital. This has been achieved by agreeing a move to the empty but well-maintained Stretton Ward, also at Ludlow Community Hospital. Mr Dunne commented “I am very pleased that a solution has been found quickly so that the Midwife Led Unit at Ludlow Hospital will continue” and he added that it would “Operate from Stretton Ward, including antenatal, booking services and day appointments available immediately, and planned care for women giving birth and postnatal services available by early November.”

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Tenbury Wells Dog Walking & Pet Care Services The party walking along the former canal bank - the depression being the route of the canal The Friends of Leominster Canal organised a talk and a walk in September, each being freeof-charge. Both were well-attended, showing that people are still interested in the canal, even though it ceased to operate in the middle of the 19th century. The talk was held in Leominster at Grange Court and the room was packed to comfortable capacity, with some people travelling a significant distance to be at the event. Martin Hudson’s informative talk took us through the canal’s history and gave the audience some insights into the politics of building a canal in the 18th century. A couple of days later, the walk set off from near the Travelodge in Woofferton. The day dawned pleasantly dry and a group of enthusiasts set off across farmland, with prior permission, to investigate the route of the canal, ending up at the former aqueduct at Little Hereford. This once-proud structure used to carry the canal over the River Teme, but one arch was demolished, by our side, during World War Two. Despite the decay resulting from it being out of use for about a century and a half, and despite the efforts of explosives experts in the 1940s, it is still an impressive structure. The big question is how much longer can it withstand the elements, without significant stabilisation works?

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On June 2nd, the new Bank of England £5 banknote was unveiled at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. It began making its way into circulation in mid-September and it is made from a thin flexible plastic, rather than the traditionally-used paper. Consequently it is expected to last at least twice as long. It also has a new generation of security Averil Opperman’s book West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin (right) previewed the features, designed to make about Elizabeth Fry, on new Fiver with Bank of England Chief Cashier Victoria Cleland, it harder to counterfeit. display in the window whose signature can be seen on the new note. Victoria was Paper £5 notes will cease at Leominster Tourist brought up and educated in Worcestershire, providing a local to be legal tender in May Information Centre connection to every new Fiver! 2017, after which date they can be exchanged for new Fivers at the bank. The new Fiver features former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, famous not only as a wartime leader, but also as the winner of the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature (“for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”), and of course for his work as a journalist. In 1899, while covering the Second Boer War for The Morning Post (which was taken over by The Daily Telegraph in 1937) he was reportedly on a salary of £250 a month - a huge sum at the time. The paper Fiver features prison and social reformer Elizabeth Fry. To mark Elizabeth Fry ‘disappearing’ from the £5 note, Averil Opperman, who wrote ‘While it is yet Day’, the story of Elizabeth Fry, and Orphans Publishing, the book’s publisher, have started a fund-raising campaign #LastFryFiver - which is asking people to donate their last “Fry” Fiver to a charity of their choice, or to ‘Women in Prison’. Founded in 1983, ‘WIP’ provides support, counselling and advocacy for women in prison. A new plastic £10 note, featuring the novelist Jane Austen, is due to be issued in summer 2017, and a new plastic £20 note, featuring the artist Bill Wiggin, seen here with a giant-size version of the new Fiver, is the MP for JMW Turner, is expected to be in Leominster, the town where Averil Opperman’s book was published circulation by 2020.

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Tenbury Applefest Despite a rainy start to the day for stallholders setting up and for early visitors, those who came to Tenbury’s Applefest on Saturday 1st October were rewarded with a well-thought out and put-together event, though sadly some of the public parking did become a bit of a mud challenge as the day progressed. The event is now a firm fixture in the town’s calendar and it continues to grow and evolve around the area’s traditional heritage of apples and things autumnal. The F P Matthews Apple Marquee with its splendid display of apples and pears always sees visitors studying the displayed fruit, with the Marcher Apple Network on hand to help ascertain the name of examples that people had brought along. Also in the marquee the appleTeme team was particularly busy juicing apples that people had brought with them. All under cover, and with plenty of seating, entertainment was provided in the large Music Marquee by choirs from local schools and Tenbury RBL. Look out for the RBL Choir’s new CD - hopefully out before Christmas! Later in the day the Teme Valley Band and Bandemonium got many feet tapping. This all gave the festival a relaxed background of music during the day and Bromyard Town Crier Peder Neilsen let visitors know when a performance was about to start, and Leominster Morris provided sessions of colourful musical action! The increasing foodie element is proving popular and the variety and quality of food-to-go was mouth-watering, many with an apple twist. A bubbling prawn curry, award winning Pierogis (fillings included roast duck, red cabbage and sour cherries), Swedish meatball subs, huge Danish-style pastries, 6oz venison burgers, apple pie or crumble with custard (for £1!) from Tenbury Scouts or even broccoli, stilton and walnut flans! Really you were spoilt for choice and it would have been tempting to graze your way around the stands.

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Teme Valley Times There was a vast array of apple juices to try, including Woodston Manor (Laxton Fortune is said to be a firm favourite with children), Mr Berrington’s (organic), appleTeme of Brimfield plus juices and cordials from Pot House Farm of Clee Hill. Or, from further afield (Somerset), you could try Keith Goverd’s Dr Campbell’s ‘Claret’: a very dark red apple juice that looks a bit like claret! Jams and jellies were there in abundance including a lovely crab apple jelly from The Rhubarb Patch and a, not often seen, Plum Butter. Chutneys also featured strongly and you could fill your shopping bag with excellent, locallymade produce: jars of Spicy Apple, Red Pepper, Mushroom, Courgette or Beetroot chutneys. Clee Hill Honey could also be found along with warming mulled perry or mulled cider! The many small producers and local groups had obviously been very busy in the run up to the weekend to create a wonderful display of the ‘fruit of the earth’ - whatever its form! Youngsters could enjoy sand painting, face painting, a fairground ride, animal encounters, or a free mini-trek from Temevale Alpacas. Trevor Hill’s large boa spent most of the day getting very close to visitors young and old. Add in a selection of interesting craft stalls and local community group stands and there was more than enough for an interesting fun-filled family day out despite the weather. A very mellow, autumnal and fruit-filled event so well done to the organisers, volunteers and the many stall holders who ‘Kept calm and carried on’ despite the bad weather at the start of the day.


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Martley Applefest Martley Applefest 2016 got underway at the Chantry School on October 15th at 11 am. A glorious mid-October day with warm sunshine and blue skies encouraged many to sit outside enjoying the pig roast while a mini-music festival provided entertainment. You could also help with the weaving of a large willow apple or make a willow star wand, and the warm weather meant the pop-up Shake Shack did a roaring trade in ice cream drinks with flavours including Applefest specials of ‘apple crumble’ or ‘apple crumble and custard’. Inside, apples were laid out in the main hall on several circular tables and information, advice and identification were available for any apple owners who weren’t sure what they had! An interesting story about the apple named ‘Princess Pippin’ stated that “On the 5th November 1832 Princess Victoria when she was 13 years old came to visit Tenbury Wells, accompanied by her mother the Duchess of Kent. On this visit it is well known she named the town ‘The little town in the orchard’. What is not so well known is that she gave the present-day name to an apple which is widely grown in England today. During her visit she was presented with a basket of ‘The Stanardine’ apples by Mr Nichols of Kyrewood, a local farmer. On that visit, by Royal Command, the apples came to be known as ‘Princess Pippin’.” Many Chantry students had taken stalls to fundraise for various activities by selling items such as preserves, sweets, cakes or jewellery. They were all wonderfully keen to engage with visitors about their products and projects! The Teme Valley Geological Society’s stand had leaflets on geological

Leominster Apple Fair Organised by the Green Party as part of Leominster’s Apple Week, this 18th Apple Fair had a splendid setting in Priory Church. As it turned out, despite being October, the weather was warm and sunny, which added to the enjoyment of the day as you strolled to the Priory with the autumn colours glinting in the sun. Just outside the Priory there was an apple pressing demonstration and we sampled part-cooked pieces of ‘Herefordshire Beefing’, a good firm apple that keeps its shape when cooked and whose flavour develops with cooking. Leominster Museum was there distributing leaflets about a guided walk taking place during the day recounting the tale of a hundredyear-old Chelsea Bun. It was baked in 1916, then posted out to the front line during the Battle of the Somme in WW1 as part of a food

trails around Martley and the surrounding countryside, plus a leaflet on Martley Rock which was described as ‘a site of extraordinary geology’. The main hall stage hosted a drama production and the adjoining gym was filled with more craft and foodie stalls. A raffle for a selection of large, beautifully-presented apple-

themed hampers greeted people as they arrived - a great idea that seemed to be very popular! All in all, a very youthful Applefest.

parcel. It was eventually returned to the soldier’s sister in Leominster. After being injured in battle, her brother also returned home, having recuperated in a London hospital. The bun is on display in the museum along with its original packaging, looking slightly the worse for its age, but still recognisable! Inside, the Priory was packed with stalls and a huge apple display. The Marcher Apple Network were there identifying and advising and while we were there the Clifton hand-bell ringers performed. The Leominster Ukulele band and Jenny Pipes Morris were scheduled to entertain later in the afternoon. The £1.50 entrance fee (children free) included a programme which enabled you to claim a free cup of tea or coffee when purchasing other refreshments including offerings of Homity pie with salad (£4.50) or soup and bread (£3). The programme back page had an apple-themed prize quiz. Question 10 was

‘According to the traditional joke, what is worse than finding a maggot in your apple?’ The excellent standard of crafts on sale meant it was easy to pick up some beautiful and unusual gifts for the coming Christmas season, from hand-painted silk scarves to spoons made from a large variety of woods - damson, hazel, blackthorn, poplar, spalted beech, cherry and box to name but a few. Pressed flower cards, gluten-free cakes and savouries, Swan Brewery beer on tap, honey, Usbourne Books, jams and chutneys, handmade pull-along wooden toys - so much to see including demonstrations of rug tatting and a children’s corner with activities and - appropriately lots of apples for sale. Organisers said that this year the fair was supporting Leominster Refugee Response along with a number of other local voluntary organisations and charities including Marches Family Network, Eye Church, Leominster Allotments and ECHO.

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Ploughing Match On Saturday 17th September, the Stoke Bliss and District Agricultural Improvement Society held another splendid Ploughing Match. The weather was truly summery, with the sun beating down, and the setting - at Thornbury Court near Bromyard (by kind permission of the Wildig family) - was superb. A good range of machinery could be seen working, which helped provide a great deal of interest. Indoors there was the Cookery, Handicraft and Produce Show, with cakes, jams, wines, knitting, photography, art, flowers, fruit, vegetables and a great deal more, including a Children’s Section. With plenty so see, and with ample catering on site, this was a great day out for people who appreciate traditional rural events such as this.

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guides you to them. It also lets you rate and share the ciders. The app also accesses much of the material, videos and photos in the booklet and on the DVD. Evocative and informative, the project has created a new accessible showcase of much of the Hereford Cider Museum’s extensive archive. The project was guided by a committee of figureheads from Herefordshire’s cider community including Helen Thomas (CEO Weston’s Cider), Margaret Thompson (Hereford Cider Museum Director), Dave Marshall (Bulmer Foundation), Tom Oliver (Oliver’s Cider), James Marsden (Gregg’s Pit Cider), Jackie Denham (The Big Apple) and Norman Stanier (Once upon a Tree).

Roger Evans is on top form with his latest book of countryside cogitations and farmer’s observations, covering life on the farm in 2014 and 2015. Obviously unable to resist the pun, Roger’s new book’s title might imply that it is an account of ‘country pursuits’ in a very broad sense. However, as readers turn the pages they will discover that Roger is still farming, still looking out for wildlife, still learning about today’s world and what new technology has to offer, and he’s still offering clear opinions on farming and on life in general. At times he is like an old sage who observes human and animal nature, often with a sense of bemusement or even bewilderment, and his books strike a lovely familiar tone which makes the reader feel he is talking with you personally, a bit like chatting over a pint in the pub. The subject matter is wonderfully unpredictable. One moment he can talk about being told - during a book signing - that he looks a lot like Ronnie Barker, but then on reflection, while driving home, wishing that the lady had said Clint Eastwood. Next he will be bemoaning the fact that when his daughter left home he particularly missed the bathroom shelf no longer being populated with a whole range of treatments and lotions providing exciting and endless possibilities! His observations often raise a sympathetic knowing smile; as an example, he asks “Is it just me or am I the only one who can’t get a new toothbrush out of its wrapper, not without a struggle anyway. The last one took me 15 minutes.” He also tells us how he has started to value things in milk so “a corgi pup.... will cost you 600 gallons of milk, that’s 60 churns in old money”. Readers will also discover that Notting Hill, Pretty Woman and Babe are his firm favourites in the film world because of their happy endings - so there must be a bit of the old romantic in him! Witty and thought-provoking, this book is recommended to those who want to know more about the daily life and musings of this Shropshire farmer.

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Teme Valley Times

Past Times

Hop Project Exhibition

Hops have been an important industry in the Teme Valley for centuries and even today the area is still a big player. A feature in the Spring 2016 edition of Wetherspoon News (the in-house publication of the Wetherspoon pub chain) commented that Carling, the UK’s A watercolour relating to hops, no1 beer brand “…uses inspired by inner city graffiti British hops in every brew, thanks to long-term agreements with growers at Newnham Farm (Worcestershire) and Hopmech (Herefordshire). Together these farms produce more than 70 acres of Pilgrim hops all dedicated to Carling. Pilgrim has a typical English aroma, strong on spicy notes, with just a hint of citrus character contributing to Carling’s refreshing tang.” Also this year, a contemporary art project - ‘The Hop Project’ - toured Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Birmingham and the Black Country. The tour schedule corresponded to the historical movements of hop pickers and hop growing areas. Funded by the Arts Council, we caught up with it in Bromyard, in the Conquest Theatre’s foyer, in September. Other venues on the schedule included Leominster, Kidderminster, Tenbury and Droitwich libraries in the local area and Tipton, Oldbury, Wednesbury and West Bromwich libraries in the Black Country. One element of the project is a free paper. An article on Hop Growing from the British Hops Association states that “The less suitable areas, particularly to the north of Bromyard and to the west of Leominster, went out of hop production early in the present century, but the better areas in the Hereford-Ledbury-Bromyard triangle and the Teme Valley have retained their importance to the present day”. Another article looking at the ‘family migratory’ aspects of hop picking had research submissions from many sources, some from the Teme Valley, including Janet Faraday on The Moor Farm, Eardiston: “When a hundred acres of hops were ready for September harvesting, a large and varied labour force had to be organised. Many of the pickers were comparatively local, but the majority had to be recruited from the Black Country and accommodated in crude, if fancifully named, barracks: Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus.” Regarding accommodation arrangements at Newnham Bridge it states “...the barracks were prepared. This was a large brick building adjacent to the Talbot Hotel car park, which could be entered from either end. The central area inside was open and was for cooking and eating meals, being provided with tables and benches.”

There was also an excerpt from ‘When I was a boy’ by Clifford Willetts: “Hundreds of Cradley families made the exodus to places like Leigh Court, Leigh Sinton, Bransford, Newnham Bridge, Tenbury, Knightwick, Whitbourne, Callow End.... these

places were household names in Cradley.” The Hop Project brings together a vast amount of information focussed around and inspired by hops - archival material, new works of art, hip-hop, videos plus much more.

The Tibbetts family in about 1947. Sylvia Shaw and her brother (front left) with Sister Christine (right)

Sister Christine Local resident Patrick Shaw is hoping readers can tell him a bit more about ‘Sister Christine’. When his wife’s family, the Tibbetts, came out from Quarry Bank in the Black Country to pick hops at

the Cooper’s, Field Farm, Newnham Bridge, a nun Sister Christine - would often visit the pickers with a first aid box and treat any cuts, grazes or bruises that needed looking after. He would like to know where she came from. Did she live locally? Was she just visiting for the hop-picking season as well? Any information would be welcome.

Sylvia Shaw with her mum, Annie Tibbetts, picking hops at Field Farm in about 1949

Teme Valley Times November 2016  

The free paper for Tenbury Wells, Leominster, Ludlow, Bromyard, Cleobury Mortimer, Clifton upon Teme, Martley, Knightwick, Dunley and surrou...

Teme Valley Times November 2016  

The free paper for Tenbury Wells, Leominster, Ludlow, Bromyard, Cleobury Mortimer, Clifton upon Teme, Martley, Knightwick, Dunley and surrou...