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Pansies and Violas The meeting was held in The Regal, which was itself flooded in July 2007 Anyone who has lived in or near Tenbury for more than a few years will recall the flooding in 2007 and 2008. These floods seemed bad, but in 1924 the water was at least a foot deeper and in 1886 it was about a metre deeper! Over the past 180 years there have been 25 floods - on average, that’s a flood every seven years! A presentation at The Regal on October 9th told local residents about a flood defence scheme, drawn up by the Environment Agency, with grassy banks and walls up to about four feet high. At the end of the meeting a vote showed overwhelming support for moving forward to the next stage -

commissioning a Strategic Plan. The anticipated total cost is approaching £6million, £1million more than the 2012 figure. £6million sounds a lot, but it’s modest compared to some infrastructure projects. For example, the new Worcester Parkway station is expected to cost £17.6million. Central government should contribute at least £700,000 towards the scheme, and many other organisations would also provide funding, but there would still be a shortfall. However, as Worcestershire’s population is over half a million, even £2million would be less than £4 per resident. Isn’t it worth that to stop Tenbury flooding?

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The volunteers of the Tenbury Hospital League of Friends ran a fund-raising shop in Tenbury Wells from September 27th to October 11th. Held in the old Baptist Chapel, on the junction of Cross Street and Berrington Road, it really was an Aladdin’s cave of bargains. Stocked with a wide range of donated goods, all sorts of items - books, dresses, t-shirts, shirts, coats, jackets, trousers, shoes, hats, pictures, furniture, cards, computer games, curtains, bedding, lampshades, handbags, scarves, jigsaws, children’s toys, kitchenware, ceramics and more - could be purchased at a very fair price, in the knowledge that all the money raised was going to a good local cause. The hard work was repaid when, at the end of the fortnight, over £2,000 had been raised for the League.

Apple Dish Trail The Apple Dish Trail runs from October 18th to 25th and Leominster’s cafés, bistros and pubs will be serving up a range of apple-themed dishes. Trail brochures should be available from Leominster Tourist Information Centre, from venues that are taking part, and at the Apple Fair on October 18th. The Trail brochure includes a voting slip and people who return their slip to the Tourist Information Centre by October 31st will have a chance of winning a prize.

Parking Criticised

In January next year, ‘Public Realm’ works are due to start in Tenbury Wells, in Market Street and around the Market Square. At a meeting of Tenbury Town Council on October 5th, a number of Councillors criticised the proposed parking arrangements in the Market Square area. Two particular concerns were raised. One was that parking at one of the permitted locations would make it impossible for large vehicles to get though, the other was that the proposed parking arrangements would do nothing to reduce the risk of the Round Market being hit by high-sided vehicles. This has happened many times in recent years, partly because parking is allowed opposite the market building, so large vehicles have to manoeuvre between parked vehicles and the market’s oversailing roof.

Talbot in Finals

The Talbot Inn at Newnham Bridge is a Visit Worcestershire Awards For Excellence finalist, in the Best Tastes of Worcestershire section. The other two finalists are The Cardinal’s Hat, Worcester and Eckington Manor, near Pershore. The awards ceremony will be held as part of the Annual Tourism Conference at the Mercure Kidderminster on 23rd October 2014 and the Winner and Highly Commended from each category will be put forward to the 2015 VisitEngland Awards For Excellence.

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Tenbury Applefest The weather was a bit grim when Tenbury’s Applefest got under way at 10am on October 4th, with rain for the first hour or so. By 11am the skies started to brighten and by the end of the afternoon it was hot and sunny! There were apples in abundance, all shapes, sizes and colours, with weird and wonderful examples thrown in for good measure and Nick Dunne of F P Matthews commented that there was now a growing interest in apples with pink/red flesh. Many local organisations took stalls alongside the craft, food and drink sellers including The Regal, RBL and Tenbury Transport Trust, with the Scouts doing tea and coffee at 50p. The Apple Pie competition saw Alice Thomas take first prize, Coral Rogers 2nd and Alan and Tina from Tenbury’s Tavern Cafe took 3rd. Stall-holders included local firm Tipsy Gins with their extensive range, while Monkhide had a freshly-made ‘quirky and unusual’ Quince liqueur which proved to be quite popular despite the description! There was a huge paella cooking and it was hard to walk past without being tempted - and by the end of the day Ashleys Bakery hardly had any bread left! Tenbury Museum had an apple-related display of items and facts from the museum. There were photos displayed relating to Hardeman Sons & Thompson Ltd - cider makers - who were in business in Church Street, Tenbury Wells. An entry in a 1912 business directory gave their details as ‘Teme Valley Cider and Perry works’ and their claim to fame was “As supplied to his Majesty the King when he was the Prince of Wales”. Lindridge pre-school and Tenbury primary school PTFA had fundraising cake stalls and it looked like they had a successful day. Tenbury Millennium Orchard displayed apples from the orchard, raised funds with a raffle and gave away a ‘Pixie’ apple to people who visited the stall. On top of all this there were Alpacas, the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, a row of MGs, live music, free circus skills workshops with ‘Scotty’, a roundabout, owls and Roy from Sunshine Radio keeping the beat going. An enjoyable day, but clearly autumn is well and truly here.

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Keep Ludlow Local Campaign Ludlow MP Philip Dunne recently met campaign co-ordinator Tish Dockerty to discuss how the independent action group plans to campaign to preserve the vitality of Ludlow town centre in view of the new supermarket that is planned at Rocks Green, to the east of the A49. Mr Dunne said “I had a positive meeting with Keep Ludlow Local’s Tish Dockerty and we have agreed to work together to help Ludlow town retain its vibrant retail offer. I explained that I am presently conducting my own survey of Ludlow residents and will publish findings of their views on this subject in coming weeks.” Tish Dockerty said “The meeting with Phillip Dunne was extremely useful, his knowledge and experience were informative and credible, I have fed back his ideas to the ‘Keep Ludlow Local’ campaign group and we will be adopting a number of his ideas.”

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Tenbury Town Band travelled to Staffordshire to play at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 14th September. The occasion, a remembrance of those local Battalions that answered the “Volunteer Call to Arms” in 1914, was organized by the Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association. It was a Commemoration for those members of the Territorial Force formed from the Territorial Battalions of the antecedent Regiments. The Tenbury Town Band played for the Service of Commemoration, the March Past and Salute, and then entertained those present as they picnicked. Band President Mark Yarnold said “It was an enormous privilege and pleasure to be asked to play at the Arboretum and a wonderful experience for the band.” The National Memorial Arboretum is a registered charity (part of The Royal British Legion family of charities). Located at Alrewas in Staffordshire, close to the confluence of the rivers Trent and Tame, it opened in 2001 and currently contains over 50,000 trees.

Kimbolton Shop Over recent decades people have become so accustomed to the closure of local Post Offices, shops, garages and pubs that it’s a pleasant change to be able to report the opening of a new village shop. It’s at Kimbolton, tucked away by the Stockton Cross Inn. The shop stocks a wide range of basics, including bread, butter, eggs, tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and milk, with more lines being added as demand dictates. Many items are locally sourced. It’s an initiative that was put in place by landlords Carol and George Bedford who took over the Stockton Cross last year. The shop’s core opening times are Monday to Friday 8.30am - 2pm plus Saturday and Sunday 8.30am to 12 noon, but the shop can be opened if the pub is open, so if you find the shop unmanned you can call in at the pub, or ring the bell at the shop, and someone will open up for you! Air-conditioned, with a chill cabinet and freezer, the shop stocks more than its size might suggest: newspapers, tobacco, filled rolls, locally-made chutneys, meat, ice creams, Monkland cheese, pasta, sauces, chocolate,

sweets, breakfast cereals, marmalade, heat logs, Paracetamol, Calpol, stamps, toiletries, household cleaning fluids and pet food can all be found on the tightly-packed shelves.

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St Michael’s WW1 An exhibition about World War One is running until November 11th at St Michael’s Church just outside Tenbury Wells. Fittingly, as you enter the church porch the first display explains how it all began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in June 1914 and the outbreak of war some weeks later. In all there are about 17 displays, each with its own theme, and if you only spent five minutes looking at each you’d be busy for well over an hour! So if you are thinking of visiting the exhibition, give yourself enough time. There’s a 1914 local parish map showing who lived where at the start of the war. The Bownies also started in 1914 and ‘100 years of Brownies’ display included a 1985 uniform which may bring memories back for some people. There’s a selection of WW1 books and poetry and the ‘Christmas Truce of 1914’ explained the course of events on that day. In the Lady Chapel an apt collection of exhibits depicts the role of women in the home and at war. It stated that ‘By 1917 there were over 260,000 women working as farm labourers’. Also included are pieces about the Suffragette movement, a copy of their weekly ‘Votes for Women’ newspaper stating on its front page that, in the context of the National Economy, ‘What is wanted to prevent REAL waste is women’s help in the conduct of public affairs’! Also told is the story of Edith Cavell, a Red Cross nurse in Belgium, who was shot by a German firing squad on 12 October 1915, for ‘assisting men to the enemy’ (in other words, for helping allied soldiers escape from occupied Belgium). A full-size cardboard horse and three ‘cardboard and paper’ dogs are part of the display about how animals were used in the Great War. Dogs were used as messengers and to lay telegraph wires on the western front, establishing lines of communication; pigeons delivered messages; many animals determinedly carried on despite suffering shrapnel wounds and shootings. One Australian Officer, seeing a Welsh terrier ‘running, hopping, jumping, skipping over the terrible shell holes’ was impressed by the ‘earnest expression on the dog’s face as he passed.’ A nurse and patient reminds us that Kyre House was used as a convalescent hospital from 1914 to 1918 and old photos show the work going on there. Trenches were a key feature of the Western Front and a display tries to convey an impression of how deep a trench was and

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Chantry Applefest There was plenty going on at the Applefest at The Chantry School in Martley on October 4th. The main hall was packed with stalls selling everything from inspired-by-nature papercut art to mincemeat cup cakes and damson cheese. Many students had created goods for sale for the Applefest as part of their Business Studies Projects. The type of goods they made showed a definite entrepreneurial spirit, as did the stall presentation and their engagement with customers. The hall also had a display of English traditional apples as well as fun activities for the youngsters, run by the Teme Valley Children’s Centre, where there was an opportunity to get very creative with apples. Lots of chutneys (beetroot, pear, plum and apple, green tomato), relishes, jams and apple jelly were on offer. The gym was home to wool-spinning demonstrators, crafts, and local food produce stalls. Again some students had stalls and for a £1 you could make your own apple print canvas using apple cuts. A ‘Poetry Prom’, celebrating National Poetry Day, saw pop-up recitations around the site which gave everyone a smile, with enthusiastic performances - especially the Welsh Werewolf! Outside you could try archery or bounce on a castle, courtesy of Top Barn Farm Activities. Or for 50p you could have your picture taken sitting in a huge tractor, with the photo being emailed to you. Steve Hukes’ demonstration showed how things are done, with an apple crusher driven by a belt from a tractor. The resulting apple mulch was then shovelled into cloth cheeses in a cider press and the juice was soon in full flow as the cheeses were squeezed in the press. Not only was the juice available to taste but cider as well, which made many very happy! Candy floss was for sale with many youngsters enjoying the treat on the sunny afternoon. Musical performances from pupils (individuals and groups) added to the day. All round a very fruitful day - roll on next year!

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Tenbury Hospital Wins British Legion The Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust runs most of the non-emergency services in Worcestershire and Tenbury Community Hospital won the ‘Patient Choice Award’ at the annual staff achievement awards, held at Bransford’s Bank House Hotel on October 2nd. The hospital, which has a 24-hour Minor Injuries Unit, offers services including rehabilitation and palliative care as well as physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

On November 9th there will be Remembrance Parades in Cleobury Mortimer and in Tenbury Wells, and the Armistice Day Parade in Tenbury is planned for 10.45am at The Regal, on Tuesday 11th November. The Cleobury Mortimer Branch of the Royal British Legion held its Annual General Meeting on October 8th. Jim Hulme stood down as Chairman and David Taylor was elected in his place. Secretary Lesley Ravenscroft also stood down, and Vanda Kemp took on the task. Jim Hulme had conducted a successful Harvest Auction at the Bell Inn in September, raising a record £1,083 for branch funds. The Cleobury Branch’s next event is a stall at Cleobury’s Farmers’ Market on 18th October.

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The Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority voted to axe Tenbury’s second fire engine. Without the second engine, if a fire in Tenbury does need two (or more) engines it is likely to take longer for a second appliance to arrive. This could be very serious in a house fire, particularly if people are trapped inside, as one engine and its firefighters might not be enough to tackle the blaze while rescuing people from inside the house. The cut has been made on the grounds that axing one engine will reduce operational costs. However, it will actually cost more to bring an engine from another station, due to the extra distance it will have to travel, and also because firefighters in that engine would have to be paid more, as they would be on duty for longer. Costs therefore look likely to rise rather than fall.

Ledbury has also lost its second fire engine. As well as being a sad loss for the town of Ledbury, this could add to the demands on Bromyard’s Fire Station because with Ledbury down to one engine, assistance will be needed from neighbouring stations if there’s a major fire in the Ledbury area - and Bromyard could be one of the stations that will be called on to provide assistance.

The ‘South Worcestershire Development Plan’ (‘SWDP’) has been under discussion for years but an agreed version has finally been produced. Despite its name, this plan includes the whole of the westernmost part of Worcestershire, including Tenbury Wells, as well significant parts of the north of the county, such as Bayton, Mamble and much of Clows Top. The plan includes a number of proposals for the location of new housing, employment and infrastructure development. At Council meetings on September 30th, the three ‘South Worcestershire’ Councils (Malvern Hills, Wychavon and Worcester City) agreed to undertake consultation into the proposed increase in housing numbers in the plan. The consultation ends at 9am on November 17th and all representations must be received by then. There are differing opinions on housing development. Some think new houses should be built across the whole area, others prefer them to be built just in existing towns and large villages. The former approach raises concerns over ‘spoiling’ a hamlet by allowing a new house to be built; the latter raises concerns that building on all, or most, of the green spaces within a village deprives it of its village feel, partly because these spaces help differentiate a village from a suburban-style environment, and partly because of the impact of a substantial population increase.

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Pudleston Festival Those who didn’t make it to Pudleston Church over the weekend of 12/13 September missed a real treat of a flower festival and WW1 exhibition. Well signposted, the theme of the festival was ‘Songs that won the War’ and it was included in the ‘Festival of Churches’ programme. Beautifully staged, the resulting display created a feeling of poignancy married to an admiration of the spirit of all those who were involved in the war, both at home and abroad, and brought a renewed understanding of the circumstances many found themselves in. The attention to detail was remarkable. As well as the flower arrangements, which were more like scene settings rather than mere arrangements, there were information slips laid out all over the church giving a multitude of facts and figures about WW1: some thought provoking, some curious and some that would definitely have had people thinking ‘I never knew that’! For example “up to 12 million letters were delivered to the front every week, starting the journey from a purpose-built sorting depot in Regents Park” and “30 types of gas were used in the trenches”. Display boards listed some of the fallen from local villages and a newspaper cutting of the time reported that a

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Kimbolton widow lost all three of her sons to the war. The festival was educational, in a very accessible way, and inspiring from the sheer creativity that it demonstrated. The church porch was made into ‘trench’ living quarters and, with the help of sound recordings, the scene catapulted people back a hundred years. Steven Roberts, who helped organise the festival, crafted the porch display and used his ancestral relatives to tell the story, with letters laid out that had been sent to Private 45947 abroad. Songs used for the themed displays included; Good-Bye-ee, It’s a long way to Tipperary, Over There, Roses of Picardy, There’s a long long trail, Keep the home fires burning, If you were the only Girl in the World, Danny Boy and many more! Each song had a poster associated with it giving the words to the song, its origins and history along with a picture of a sheet music cover of the time. With a sing-a-long at 5pm you could even sing many of them yourself! Refreshments were served outside the church with a plant stall, classic clothing, Shropshire Regimental Museum, tombola, and an immaculate Ford Model T providing more interest. Stephen Roberts can be contacted on 01568 750120 if any churches or other venues would like to host his informative and moving exhibition.

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Lindridge Parish Hall On September 27th, Lindridge Parish Hall committee held an Open Day for the Hall to formally mark the completion of the Open Space Project by Lindridge Parish Council. The new car park surfacing and new paving scheme around the front of the hall looked very smart, with the with newly-constructed and planted beds adding to the attractiveness of the area. With a special cake, balloons, bunting and a bouncy castle there was a bit of a party atmosphere. It was smiles all round as Cllr Melanie Baker, Planning Portfolio Holder at Malvern Hills District Council, did the honours and cut the ribbon, marking the fact that the Open Space was well and truly open! A BBQ stopped people getting hungry and local Oldfields Orchard cider was available to sample, with tea and coffee all afternoon. In the hall there were displays about activities that take place at the hall such as Zumba classes, Art classes, Pilates, Mid-week break, Menithwood WI meetings and the Baby & Toddlers group - not forgetting the Parish Council who had a nice display board with photos of the councillors and the Clerk, so you knew who was who! This was a very friendly event and it was also a good opportunity to meet local people. The hall is available for hire for events, ranging from children’s parties to exhibitions.


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The Severn Valley Railway says it will have “its busiest Christmas schedule ever” and that “Father Christmas will be arriving, fresh from Lapland, to launch a range of familyfavourite services, including the muchloved Santa Steam Specials, running every weekend before Christmas from Saturday December 6th.” Santa will be in his grotto at Arley Station and each fare-paying child receives a present. On Santa Herald services, on December 19, 22 and 23, Santa will visit everyone on the train, handing out presents and posing for festive photos! From December 6th, evening Christmas Carol Trains offer a diesel train journey from Kidderminster to The Engine House visitor centre, culminating in an evening of carol singing, led by The New Dimensional Experience Choir and topped off with a mince pie and glass of punch.

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Eastham Church Afternoon The Festival of Churches ran from 6 - 21 September throughout Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. This inaugural year was an opportunity for visitors to discover the unique settings, history and beauty of local churches with the added bonus of an event adding interest. The events were many and varied - from afternoon teas, German hymn singing, arts and crafts, historical displays including WW1 exhibitions, flower festivals, treasure hunts, organ recitals, auctions and bazaars to family fundays, storytelling, wedding fairs, scarecrow competitions and even a car boot! The church at Eastham held an ‘afternoon of hospitality’ on 13th September. You could find out a lot about the church because informative notices had been placed around the building, you could climb the bell tower and try your hand at bell-ringing, or you could enjoy homemade cakes and tea in the sunny churchyard. A distinctive building with a 19th century brick belltower adjoining the Norman Tufa construction. Other features include the remains of a Saxon preaching cross in the churchyard, 12th century stone panels, and beautiful stained glass in the church. A very warm welcome was to be found here.

HELP at the TOUCH of a BUTTON 24 HOURS A DAY Will Lockett with his family

New Head at Abberley Hall A former pupil of a well-known local preparatory school has returned as headmaster. Will Lockett (44), has taken over as headmaster at Abberley Hall School, succeeding John Walker. Will attended Abberley in the 1980s and went on to Winchester College and then Manchester University, where he obtained a first class honours degree in classics. His teaching career began in Wiltshire at Dauntsey’s School and continued at Bryanston School in Dorset where he taught classics and was a housemaster. David Legh, chairman of Abberley’s board of governors, said “We are thrilled to have selected Will as our new headmaster. He is steeped in the tradition of our school but he nevertheless brings new ideas and aspirations.” Will Lockett commented “I am delighted to be appointed as headmaster of Abberley Hall. I was extremely happy here as a pupil and it is an honour to return to a school with such an impressive reputation on the national stage.” He is married to Beth and they have three children, aged 13, 11 and 9.

St Michael’s Murder

St Michaels WI Reading Group is staging a Murder Mystery called “Fete Accompli” at St Michael’s Village Hall on November 6th. It’s all about a Village Fete that goes badly wrong! If you fancy yourself as a Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes you might like to put your powers of deduction and detection to work and question the suspects, peruse the clues and hopefully unmask the murderer. There will be a buffet with tea and coffee and people are welcome to bring a bottle of wine, and glasses, if this will help the little grey cells work more smoothly! There will also be a raffle and prizes, with a chance to try your hand at the stalls, or have your fortune told. Admission by programme: £3 from Tenbury Tourist Information Centre.

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Wedding Fair A sunny afternoon on October 4th saw a Wedding Fair get underway at The Fountain Inn, Oldwood Common just outside Tenbury Wells. Many local businesses were showcasing what they offer and you could find a solution to the main aspects of your wedding in this ‘onestop-shop’ event. One of Barrie James’ Rolls Royces greeted people outside the inn and the Fountain itself could provide a venue for a reception whether small (up to 70 in the function room) or large (a marquee in the garden). Kerry Power and Claire Bradley exhibited flower arrangements ranging from large table pieces to small bouquets, all exquisitely executed. Pete Thorp Photography was there with Pete being happy to talk you through the various packages. Travel Trail could provide lots of ideas for honeymoon destinations or to jet off to an exotic wedding abroad! Sue Field displayed wedding cake options with, importantly, samples of cakes to taste. Her chocolate-covered small ‘wedding favour’ cakes were delicious and beautifully presented. Inside Out Marquees provided a solution for extra entertaining space and Tenbury-based Special Occasions had balloons, ‘butterfly’ confetti and cards, with owner Sarah Thompson able to produce stylish balloon


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decorations to provide that party feel on your special day. Of course, a wedding fair wouldn’t be complete without wedding dresses and there was a lovely display from ‘Brides of Ludlow’ including a fine Scottish outfit for gentlemen, reminding you that they also handle men’s formal wear hire. Add in F P Matthews offering ‘Trees for Hire’ for your wedding day, H&H Events mobile disco, Cara Button displaying some lovely crafted goods with a wedding theme (such as a ring cushion or a memory bear made from material from an old wedding dress), Aloe Vera products and The Salon of Tenbury demonstrating hairstyles and there was much to interest brides-to-be.

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We are grateful to the Stoke Bliss AIS for this report. The day dawned dry and a little misty for this year’s ploughing match held at Old Manor Farm, Bockleton, but as ploughmen arrived and entries for the homecraft show started to be brought into the shed it soon had the makings of a very busy and successful day. The ploughing took place over two fields with entries from all classes. This year also saw four pairs of the wonderful Shire horses ploughing which everyone agreed is a great sight to see and makes one realise just how hard the ploughmen had to work in days gone by. The sun came out as the visitors began to arrive to watch the ploughing, see what the caterers had to offer, browse the craft stalls and for those that had entered items and produce, see who had won the coveted first, second and third prizes. With the good weather we have had this summer it was very evident in the farm produce, preserves and horticultural sections that people had been making the most of it. The preserve entries were of a very high standard as were all the classes but with so much fruit and vegetables around this year it meant we had lots of entries. The wine and drink section had fifty plus bottles of mixed drinks; ranging from beetroot wine, strawberry gin, perry and sloe vodka to name just a few. The judges for that section took the task very seriously and had to sample some quite a few times to decide on the winners. (It’s a hard job, but someone had to do it!). After all the ploughing, judging and prizegiving had taken place the day came to a close with two trees being presented to the hosts Mr & Mrs Adams. Everyone agreed it had been a lovely day, with tired committee members already thinking about next year’s match.


The committee members would like to thank the hosts Mr & Mrs Adams, the Judges, the Caterers, the Ploughmen, all those that entered, the craft stall holders, all helpers on the day and all those that attended and helped to make it another successful ploughing match.

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Stable Theft The contents of a stable in Clifton-uponTeme were recently stolen, including a very expensive and well-loved saddle, bridles, rugs etc, all built up over a number of years. The total value is put at well over £2,000. The horse was not taken. The Police would be happy to receive any information so if you have any, please ring 101 and quote crime number 22C/65886P/14

The ‘Guess the weight of the large John Deere tractor’ competition attracted a lot of interest. The winner guessed 6400kg, the correct answer was 6380kg

Fish Saved After the rain in early October, it’s beginning to fade from memory that September was the driest for the past 50 years or so. This resulted in some stretches of the River Teme starting to dry up, so the Environment Agency mounted a rescue operation at Leintwardine, to move fish, including 40 salmon and 30 trout, into areas with more water.

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Abberley Heritage Abberley Hills Preservation Society (AHPS) has received nearly £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a yearlong project in Abberley. The society will undertake a project to understand the village’s mediaeval layout and to try to date the older buildings and perhaps discover some long-lost features described in old documents and books. Archaeologists will undertake geophysical surveys, building surveys and two small-scale digs. Local people will be able to get involved and pupils from local schools will be able to learn how to excavate in a training dig. AHPS Chairman Marion Evans said “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to fund this project which we hope will open a window on life in the village 600 to 1000 years ago.”

Flower Festival at Lindridge St Lawrence’s at Lindridge, with its tall spire dominating the A443, is a familiar landmark in the Teme Valley. The church held a lovely locally-themed flower festival over the weekend of 20/21 September. Church and community groups provided floral displays and it was an eye-opener for some as to just how many groups there are in the parish! An arresting display of colour greeted people in the porch, with arrangements from Lindridge Pre-school and Lindridge Primary School filling the benches and window alcoves. Lindridge Art Group, the Parish Council, God’s Acre, Lindridge School Caretaker, Narnia Drama Group, Lindridge Show and Gymkhana (including a potted history of the show and reminding us that next year’s date is 6th June), The Bothy Nurseries, Eardiston Country Club, Lindridge Parish Hall, Yarrantons Coaches, Oldfields Orchard cider, Mid-week Break coffee morning and St Lawrence’s Church Holy Dusters were all represented. The church choir’s display related to St Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, and to the hymn ‘For the beauty of the earth’. They described themselves as “a small friendly choir....We have a very wide mix of age, ability and experience.....the main thing we have in common is our love of singing.....Not all of us read music and there are no scary auditions to go through! We are always very happy to welcome new members”. Menithwood WI had a display with craftwork, produce and a banner onto which leaves, representing members, had been sewn - a lovely imaginative record of membership!

Cleobury Mortimer Concert The Friends of St Mary’s Church in Cleobury Mortimer arranged a concert by the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra at the church on September 28th, to help pay for restoration work on the chancel. Volunteers sold tickets, re-arranged seating, served drinks in the interval, organised the raffle and handled many other tasks. Alec Osbaldiston, Chairman of ‘The Friends’ donned dinner jacket and bow-tie to act as Master of Ceremonies. The event raised about £3000 for the church.

WI Centenary Baton

A lovely sunny day saw the arrival of the WI Centenary Baton in Tenbury Wells on Saturday 13th September. The Baton began its journey in Anglesey, where the first WI meeting took place in September 1915 and it’s due to reach the WI’s AGM at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2015. The trip included Shropshire in July and both Herefordshire and Worcestershire in September. Kath Powis, born in the county of Worcestershire and a member of St Michael’s WI from its outset, was chosen to receive the Baton at St Mary’s Church, Tenbury Wells, on behalf of all the local members. After a buffet lunch in the church, the Baton and bearer, and associated dignitaries, were whisked away in a convoy of three classic cars to the Wyre Forest, where members of the Kidderminster and Chaddesley groups were waiting to receive the Baton. The three classic cars, two Rolls and one Bentley, were kindly loaned by Reverend John Kennedy. Lined up on the road outside the church they were an unusual sight, especially the ex-Malcolm Campbell 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II with its long sweeping rear wings. Inside the church there were displays of WI craft and five WI’s were represented on the day: Tenbury, St Michael’s, Bockleton, Menithwood and Mamble-cum-Bayton.

Taking the Waters On Friday 12th September, Tenbury’s Pump Rooms were opened as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days weekend, with free tours every hour from 10am to 3pm. This was another opportunity to see inside the quirky Spa building which is now the home of Tenbury Town Council and is open most weekdays for those who would like to take a peek inside. Recent years have seen some artefacts return from Tenbury Museum to their original position in the Pump Rooms, including the original drinking fountain. This stands in its place in the main assembly room and an original bath is now in place in one of the treatment rooms. Some long-standing residents can remember being sent there for a bath! An extra ‘treat’ on the Open Day was the opportunity to taste water drawn from the well! It is recorded that ‘A local doctor, as late as 1930, used to send his children, every morning to the Pump Rooms to drink a glass of Tenbury Water at halfpenny a glass’. Our intrepid reporter can report that there were no ill effects from sampling - certainly not producing the ‘purging effect’ recorded in days gone by! This open day was an opportunity to enjoy the exuberant architecture and to experience a little of the role the Pump Room and Baths once played, with historical insights, and water, ably provided by Dawn Worgan, Tenbury’s Town Clerk.

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Bayton Church Bayton Church joined in the ‘Festival of Churches’ with a display that filled the church, entitled ‘People, Setting and History’. Open to visitors over the weekend of 20th/21st September, the display outlined links between the church and the village with letters, photos, and other material loaned by local residents or people with local connections. There were many interesting details about the church including a reference dating back to the 13th century. In the 17th century there was a complaint about the local innkeeper selling beer too cheaply, resulting in drunkenness and unruly behaviour! The history of the Church and village is closely linked to the Shakenhurst

Estate whose owners were responsible for extensive changes to the Church in 1817 and 1905. There were WW1 and WW2 sections, a selection of old Bayton photos, a booklet entitled ‘100 years at Bayton School’,

Pudleston Show

Pudleston Garden Club held their Garden Show in the Village Hall on Saturday 13 September. A creditable display of exhibits filled the hall and provided a colourful display for visitors and show entrants alike. The Cups and Margaret Handley memorial tray were to be presented later in the day and with the Flower Festival taking place at the church, a short walk from the hall, on the same day, it was easy to spend the whole afternoon fully occupied in Pudleston. There were some delightful floral art exhibits in classes for ‘Arrangement of flowers making use of items from the kitchen’ and ‘100 years Remembered’ which was interpreted in many ways - a 100th Birthday, WW1 remembered - and the progression from old 78rpm records to CD’s.

poetry, art and social sections. Light refreshments were also on hand. In the churchyard you could admire the setting of Bayton Church, surely one of the finest of any church in Worcestershire, with its panoramic views.


Mower Season Over It’s not just gardeners who put their mowers away for winter, Lawn Mower racers do the same. There were events every few weeks this season, with meetings at Dunley, Tenbury, Wichenford, Clifton-upon-Teme, Upper Sapey, Stanford Bridge, Broadheath, Leominster and Much

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Cowarne providing plenty of thrills, spills and mechanical mayhem. No doubt the keener competitors will already be busy improving their mower ready for next season - or at least trying to repair most of the ravages that resulted from this year’s hard-fought races.

Art at Stanford A retrospective art exhibition was held in Stanford Village Hall over the weekend of 13th/14th September in memory of local artist Elaine Dennis (1940 - 2009). Elaine grew up with her mother on Bilford Road, Worcester but her father died when she was young. She went to school in Worcester, trained at the teacher training college on Henwick Road, then went on to teach many youngsters language and writing skills. Away from her professional life, art was always a passion and she loved animals and nature; these often providing inspiration for her work. In 1980 Elaine and family moved to Stanford on Teme and it was not long before the community recognised her artistic skills and she was commissioned by many local people to capture the spirit of their much-loved animals or country life. She loved to travel and visits to New Zealand, Morocco and South Africa provided new inspiration for her art. Organised by Maggie Wood this delightful exhibition was made possible by the loan of many of Elaine’s pictures from private local collections.

Stockton - Country Arts & Crafts On September 13th, as part of the Festival of Churches, Stockton Church opened its doors with a theme of country arts and crafts. From 11am to 4pm you could enjoy displays of art and quilting, flower arrangements and craft cards, or you could watch wool spinning, have a go at clay modelling and enjoy refreshments throughout the afternoon. Everything was free, but you could leave a donation if you wished. This was a lovely opportunity to visit one of the many historic churches in the Teme Valley, with a warm welcome guaranteed - plus the chance to try something new!

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Hampton Charles


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This spacious, four bedroomed semi-detached family home is located in the rural hamlet of Hampton Charles Situated on a large plot the property benefits from surrounding countryside views. Energy Rating E

Set on a large plot with generous accommodation to include four bedrooms (master with ensuite and dressing room), detached double garage with accommodation above. Energy Rating D.

The property is set back from the road and is accessed through wooden gates which open onto the tarmac driveway providing parking for several vehicles. The main gardens can be found to the rear of the property and are mainly laid to lawn with a paved walkway around the house as well; all enclosed by mature hedging. Energy Rating E


Tenbury Wells Office 01584 811999

OIRO £470,000

Tenbury Wells Office - 01584 811999

OIRO £425,000

Tenbury Wells Office - 01584 811999



Clee Hill

An impressive hop kiln conversion set in a courtyard location in Stockton; 8 miles from Tenbury Wells and 16 miles from Worcester. With accommodation including: lounge, kitchen, 4 bedrooms (two with ensuite), family bathroom, snug, utility room and garage. EPC C

Detached bungalow set over generous grounds with far reaching countryside views. Having accommodation to include, reception hall, sitting room, dining area, kitchen breakfast room, cloakroom, utility, 4 bedrooms, one with ensuite, family bathroom, office, conservatory, and garage. Energy rating D.

With 4 bedrooms and 3 reception rooms the property also has a building plot with planning permission for the erection of a 4 bedroomed property.The property benefits from oil fired central heating, double glazing, ample parking for several vehicles and good sized gardens with seating area and lawned area. EPC E

OIRO £475,000

OIRO £399,500

OIRO £360,000

Tenbury Wells Office - 01584 811999

Tenbury Wells Office - 01584 811999

Tenbury Wells Office - 01584 811999




Detached four bedroom family home, offering well presented and spacious accommodation. With a large parking area to the front, gas central heating and double glazing throughout. Energy rating E.

A barn conversion with diverse and extensive accommodation offering a wealth of character throughout. Accommodation to include entrance hallway, inner hallway, four bedrooms, bathroom, ensuite facilities, wonderful open plan kitchen/living room with a dining area and wood burning stove. Energy Rating D.

A fully refurbished and extended five bedroom detached property having been finished to an exceptionally high standard by the current owners to incorporate quality fixtures and fittings complemented with contemporary decoration throughout. This outstanding property also benefits from a large landscaped rear garden. Energy Rating C.



OIRO £294,950

Tenbury Wells Office - 01584 811999

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Tenbury Wells Office - 01584 811999

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Local Paper for the lower Teme Valley including Ludlow, Tenbury Wells, Cleobury Mortimer, Bromyard, Leominster, Dunley and Knightwick.

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