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Cllr Barbara Williams, chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, drove her tractor across much of the Malvern Hills district on Sunday September 13th, in an attempt to raise at least £3,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance. Driving her 1962 Massey Ferguson 35 tractor, Barbara set off from The Hunters Inn at Buckbury on the Gloucestershire border at about 10.30am. The 44-mile route to Tenbury Wells involved driving through Upton upon Severn, Malvern, Bransford, Lower Broadheath, Martley, Clifton

upon Teme and Hanley Broadheath, before reaching the finish, at Tenbury’s Fountain Inn, at about 4pm. Council leader Phil Grove was at the finish line to wave the chequered flag, as seen in the photo, along with Cllr Mark Willis, the Mayor of Tenbury Wells, and District Councillors David Chambers and Chris Dell. Stops on the run included the Swan Inn at Newland, The Dewdrop at Lower Broadheath, Continued on page 3

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League of Friends The League of Friends of Tenbury Hospital is currently running a Charity Shop in what used to be Ruffles shop, on the corner of Market Street opposite Marilyns. It’s open until September 26th so why not pop in and see them? While you’re there you could buy a few things, or perhaps you could take items to donate to stock the shop? In August, Melvin Hatton, who runs a shop in Teme Court in Tenbury decided that his Vodka bottle was full to overflowing with change from customers so the time had come to empty it. League of Friends committee members came along to help collect the donation. Muriel Lanman said “The Tenbury Hospital League The League’s temporary of Friends committee are most grateful to Mr Melvin Charity Shop in Tenbury Hatton and his customers for filling his Vodka bottle once again - this time it contained £85. Tenbury Hospital League of Friends is always so grateful for money raised for the League by legacies, funeral service collections, Melvin’s bottle, collecting tins, raffles, donations etc and every penny raised is used for the good of Tenbury Community Hospital and its Melvin Hatton, the bottle of change, and patients. Thank you the team from the League of Friends everyone.”


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Hop Festival The 2015 Bromyard Hop Festival took place on Saturday 5th September. An array of Classic vehicles, including vintage motorbikes, cars and tractors, took part in the Parade, then parked along Broad St and High St so visitors could get a closer look. At the Conquest Theatre, about 100 people attended performances of this year’s hop play ‘Hop in a Pocket’ by Janet Hugman. The big attraction was the 2015 World Championship Hop Pocket Race. Invented specially for the first Hop Festival in 2011, this is unique to Bromyard. The sun came out for the 4pm race which was announced by Ledbury’s celebrated crier Bill the Bell. The Mayor of Bromyard, Cllr Tony Burt, welcomed the teams and declared the event open, before acting as starter to set each team on its way. Three Children’s teams ran, and two further teams of children over 12 took part ‘just for fun’. There was one Junior team, put up by the Army Cadet Force; three Ladies teams; and five Seniors, including a team from Cardiff whose hobby is taking part in ‘quirky’ World Championship events. At the end of the day prizes were presented by the Mayor of Bromyard. Each runner was given a Hop Pocket Race medallion and every member of a prize-winning team received a Hop Festival mug. The Hop Festival committee thanks everyone who gave their time and energy to help with the event, also the local shopkeepers and businesses that helped sponsor the event. Further thanks go to the Festival’s main sponsors (Wye Valley Brewery, Charles Faram Hop Merchants and Holden Vintage & Classic), with thanks also to Dennis Teal for the pictures.


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Continued from page 1 The Crown at Martley, The New Inn at Clifton upon Teme and The Tally Ho at Hanley Broadheath. Staff at the Dewdrop surprised the team with lunch, to help refuel them for the rest of the journey. Cllr Williams said “I’m full of admiration for the brave paramedics and pilots of the Midlands Air Ambulance. I have known people who have had to call on the service in the past and I’ve seen first hand how vital it can be.” Barbara added “I just wanted to do something a bit different to raise as much money as I can to support their work.” Cllr Williams is not a stranger to fund-raising feats as previous adventures in aid of charity involved trekking through China and travelling from Britain to Spain in a vintage car. Michelle McCracken, Worcestershire fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said “Events such as the Chairman’s Charity Tractor Run will not only help us raise awareness of our charity but money raised will help directly fund life saving missions in our area. Without such events, we simply wouldn’t be able to offer our emergency pre-hospital service to the most

At the finish with Mark Willis, Mayor of Tenbury Wells severely ill and injured people across the Midlands, so we are extremely grateful for the support.” £800 was collected on the day thanks to donations from the public, so with over £1,000 already donated online, and with more money still to come in, Cllr Williams is hoping to top

her £3,000 fund-raising target. Barbara said “A big thank you to everyone who has helped to make this event such a success. This money will make a real difference to someone in need.” Even though the run has finished, people can still donate by visiting www.justgiving. com/chairmantractorrun

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Stoke Bliss and Kyre Saturday 22 August saw the Stoke Bliss and Kyre Produce & Handicraft Show get under way in the Village Hall. The entries filled the tables and a number of exhibitors went home with a collection of Firsts, Seconds and Thirds. The ‘Collection of edible produce from my garden’ entries were particularly magnificent, with vegetables, fruit and herbs filling groaning baskets! The children’s exhibits were fun and there were some fine examples of handicraft entered. A lovely local display of talent - and a warm welcome, with teas and refreshments, was guaranteed if you popped in to have a look.


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Last year’s Applefest Tenbury’s Applefest will soon be upon us. The organisers predict that over 300 varieties of apple will be on display on Saturday October 3rd, along with apple juicing, apple identification, and help and advice on apple husbandry. As well as the usual Apple Pie competition and Photographic competitions, there is to be a home-brewed cider competition plus a Cider Makers’ Forum, to help home brewers with queries they may have, or to share cider-making experiences. The organisers explained that “Cider makers from Butford Organics & Ragged Edge, Broomesborough Estate will be on the panel.” Entries are invited for the ‘Three Counties Amateur Cider Maker Competition’, sponsored by Oldfields Orchards Cider. Entries can be in demijohn or bottle, with a tied-on label showing the name of the cider. The cider maker’s name goes on the entry form. The cider must be made only with apples and must be the product of the entrant, not made by anyone else. Competitors must be at least 18 years old and entry is free. The two categories are Sweet Cider, and Dry or Medium Cider. Prizes are a case of Oldfields Orchard Medium Sweet Cider (for the sweet category) and a case of Oldfields Orchard Medium Dry Cider (for the medium/dry category) Competition entries for all classes should be taken to the main Apple Marquee on the Burgage between 10am -11am on the morning of the event and judging will commence at 11.30am. More information at: or Facebook TenburyApplefest or on Twitter: @TWApplefest

Bromyard’s Royal Visit Bromyard welcomed HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, on September 9th. Initiated by The Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, the Countess of Darnley, this was the first time in five years that the town had received a Royal visitor. Many local groups joined in, to show HRH what goes on in Bromyard. An exhibition in the Falcon Mews featured many of Bromyard’s Festivals: Folk Festival, Hop Festival, Christmas Lights, Scarecrow Fest, Nozstock, Bromyard Gala and the planned Speed Festival, set to begin in 2016. The Royal Party then moved into the hotel itself for a buffet lunch arranged by proprietors Mr John & Mrs Sylvia Silver. Many local businesses were highlighted in the tour including Apreco, Legges, DRM Buses and Pettifers Hardware (the town’s oldest business).

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Held in and around Rock Village Hall on September 5th, and thankfully with fair weather, Rock Show followed its usual successful formula. Horticultural exhibits, cookery, arts and handicrafts were laid out inside the hall for inspection, along with the the brightly-coloured exhibits of the children’s section. Refreshments were available in the hall and you could sit outside on the decking to enjoy them. The Bewdley Concert Band played twice during the afternoon, with a dance display between performances. A fun dog show kept many busy parading round the ring, and children’s races and penalty football kept the young occupied. There were ponies to pet and a wonderfully extensive array of bric-a-brac, with plenty of bargains to be had. Rock WI had a stand selling fresh produce and cakes and three ladies were kept busy selling ‘Grand Summer Draw’ tickets, to be drawn later that afternoon. Proceeds go to the hall for its upkeep, so the event is very much a fundraiser.

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Eastham’s Fete and 47th Annual Flower and Produce Show took place on August 16th in and around the Memorial Hall and green. The fun dog show was also held on the green, so there was lots to see and do, including watching the ‘best sausage catcher’ class (for dogs, we should add!). Skittles were successfully attacked with vigour, enthusiastic youngsters could sumowrestle a life-size Minion and a children’s entertainer on stilts had many youngsters puzzled at his long crimson legs, as he made various balloon creations, generally for young people. An information display looked at replacing the Memorial Hall and the cake stalls, books, tombola and bric-a-brac were busy from early on. Local produce was on offer and you could come away with Czar plums or Beauty of Bath apples for just 50p a punnet. Inside the hall the display of flowers, fruit and vegetables, homecrafts and handicrafts was again of an excellent standard. Prizes and trophies were presented at around 4pm, after which people could bid in the end of day auction of donated exhibits. The Flower Show & Fete committee said that subject to a final tally, the Fete had raised over £3,000 and they said “Thank you to all of you who participated in any way - thank you!”

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Walkers celebrate Simon Evans birthday on Abdon Burf. John Tuck, far left and Mike Collins, far right, are both in their eighties Organisers have described the recent celebration of the life of Simon Evans, Cleobury Mortimer’s Postman Poet, as a runaway success. “At one stage people simply couldn’t get into the exhibition, the room was so packed” organiser Gill Guest explained, adding that “Val Simpson’s ‘Simon Evans:

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John Took’s completed clayrelief portrait of Simon Evans was exhibited at the weekend of the whole idea, and Evans’ ‘Abdon Burfday’ was celebrated at the summit with cake and candles. Simon Evans’ biographer, Dr Mark Baldwin, described the event as ‘a triumph’, while visitors quickly upgraded the event from a simple ‘celebration’ and began referring to it instead as a fully-fledged ‘Simon Evans Festival’.

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Pupils from Abberley Hall School won a total of 14 scholarships and exhibitions to start at some of the UK’s leading independent schools this September. George Herron, of Malvern, received one of the most sought-after awards, an academic scholarship to Harrow School, while others won places at top institutions such as Gordonstoun and Shrewsbury School. Will Lockett, headmaster of Abberley Hall, said he was pleased with the success achieved in his first full year at the helm. He added “This has been a good year for scholarship success and the results are a great tribute to the hard work and commitment of both the staff and children here. A large proportion of the awards are for purely academic achievement, which is especially pleasing, but many students have also won accolades for music, sports and art. All our final year pupils have all contributed greatly to the success of the school and we wish them every success in the future.”

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Orchard Valley Foods, whose main production and office site is in Burford, Tenbury Wells, have opened a new distribution centre in Clinton Road, Leominster. This will provide 43,000 square feet of storage space and almost 4,000 pallet rack spaces. North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin performed the opening ceremony. Non-Executive Chairman Mike Forrester commented “The Clinton Road site will become our UK distribution hub managed by us, serving 700 customers in the UK and abroad. The site will also supply our packing operation in Tenbury Wells. We’re pleased that we will be creating three new jobs in Leominster but that will increase as we make full use of Clinton Road.”

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Tenbury’s Royal British Legion Women’s Section held an afternoon tea in August to commemorate VJ Day. Admission was simply by donation and the collection boxes were well-endowed by the end of the afternoon and a tombola, run by Linda Perks, and a draw, run by Muriel Lanman, helped with fundraising. There was also the opportunity to explore the grounds of Kyrewood House or enjoy a short ride in one of the fine classic cars displayed at the front of the house. Platters of sandwiches, savouries and cakes, strawberry scones and cream provided a classic and enjoyable afternoon tea. After afternoon tea everyone was invited to join in a prayer, led by Rev John Kennedy. After this, people moved outdoors and Mark Willis, Tenbury’s Mayor, spoke briefly about the war in Japan often being considered ‘the forgotten war’. Peter Morgan, accompanied by his wife Gill, then led the act of remembrance and laying of a wreath. Earlier in the day, the Tenbury RBL Choir gave a short but sweet-sounding concert outside the Regal. Starting with a toe-tapping version of ‘My Grandfather’s Clock’ the choir quickly drew appreciation from passing shoppers who dropped change into their donation bucket. The choir will be singing at the Regal in October as part of the Tenbury RBL’s Poppy Appeal Concert.

It certainly turned out hot for the Martley Show on August 22nd as by 1pm the sun was going full tilt and the day was developing into a scorcher. Held in and around the village hall, the Show had much to see and do, with activities and displays throughout the afternoon. There was even a croquet display where you could have a quick go at completing a game without any competition (ably instructed by a ‘pro’) just to get a feel for the sport! There were fairground-type stalls including freshly-made candy floss, hooka-duck, tin can alley, darts, hoopla - all great fun. You could take refreshments in the cool interior of the hall, or try posh pancakes or a BBQ on the field. Longside community radio was there with their caravan, George the Happy train kept many happy while touring the show site and welly whanging was a popular pastime. Martley Young Farmers ran a competition to name the sheep and the classic vehicles added interest. Add in a craft tent, bee keeping display, bouncy castle and a car boot and there was more than enough to fill the whole afternoon. The horticultural tent housed lots of prize-winning exhibits with one class being ‘A pie or tart made by a Gentleman’! Proceeds are donated to local charities, including Martley Village Hall, and Tony Lewington, chairman of the show for the last six years, commented “It went very well, and we were blessed with a very nice day. It was a great turn-out too, which is always appreciated. It’s great to see so many families here and younger people, as that is something we have tried to encourage over the last few years.”

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Ludlow Art Society held its Summer exhibition in late August. Unable to use their normal venue, this year’s exhibition was staged in the Chancel of St Laurence’s Church. This provided a magnificent backdrop to the exhibition and in no way detracted from it, as you could simultaneously enjoy architecture and the art! A wide range of art work was displayed and although we’d have liked to show at least one picture from each artist, space constraints make this impossible. As one would expect from the Society’s previous exhibitions, there was once again the opportunity to buy a piece of original art Ludlow Art Society member Val Alexander, at a realistic price, be it watercolour, pastel, who recently held a successful exhibition oil, acrylic, glass or ceramic work. These at the Chang Thai Bar in Ludlow exhibitions are always well worth a visit.

Brimfield Show Held in the Village Hall on August 22nd, with judging commencing at 10.30am and with doors opening to the public at 2pm, the Brimfield Show once again provided a good display. The floral art classes included ‘Afternoon Tea’ and ‘A Table Centrepiece’ while in the children’s section, the ‘Make an Aquarium in a Shoe Box’ class had certainly captured imaginations. Cream teas were on offer in the rear hall so you could browse the exhibits, then take the weight off your feet, and chat to friends, neighbours and perhaps even some of the competitors.

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On Saturday Sept 5th, Tenbury’s firefighters opened the fire station’s doors to the public and held their annual barbecue in the area between the station and the river. Besides the barbecue itself, attractions included the chance to have a proper look at a fire engine, with many youngsters taking the opportunity to climb up into the cab. There was also a raffle and a tombola, and people could have a look at some areas that are normally not open to the public. The good turnout indicated the level of local support for Tenbury’s fire station, with the money raised going to the Firefighters’ Charity.

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Orleton Show On August 15th, Orleton Village Hall was the venue for Orleton & District Gardening Club’s 35th Annual Show. It’s not just about floral art, house plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables as the Show also has homecraft and handicraft sections. The club links up with the local school and younger children, so there is much to see in the Children’s Section display. ‘Red Alert’ and ‘A Bold Statement’ were two of the floral art classes and an unusual Gooseberry and Elderflower jam was a prize winner for Pauline Wareham in class 53. The ‘Lemon Drizzle Cake’ class was popular, and the Courgette and Chive muffins class was won by Diane Russell. The club produces a great display with their shows and if you stay for the auction of donated exhibits you might even come home with a bargain, while also helping club funds!

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The Food Festival really has come of age and on the Sunday morning there was a relaxed but enthusiastic feel that reminded us of the Festival’s early years. There was time to chat to producers, or to catch up with what’s new - or with what you hadn’t previously discovered - such as the variety of gluten-free foods that are now available. Delightfully, tastings are often offered. This really helps visitors find something that suits their palate, and often a sale follows! The Castle grounds were buzzing; it hardly mattered where you looked, there was usually something happening. Talks, workshops and demonstrations were all on offer and there was so much to see and do, including activities for children. Live music - for example by the Bridgnorth Ukelele Band - kept good sounds flowing around the festival site, but at a level where you could still enjoy conversation. Other attractions included Town Trails (such as the Sausage Trail), the WI Country Market (a short stroll from the Castle), and a Window Dressing competition.

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Great Witley Art & Craft Clifton Horse and Pony Show Organisers told us that the fifth Great Witley Art & Craft Exhibition, held over the late August Bank Holiday weekend in Great Witley’s splendid church, was the best yet. They said “The art work was of a seriously high quality and was greatly enjoyed by all who came through the doors. The Preview evening on Friday 28th was a very enjoyable event with delicious food supplied by church members. Ken and Lynne Freeman provided live music and the church was filled with people who appreciated fine art. We are very grateful to John Instance, a fine watercolourist from Bewdley, who again displayed the art works so beautifully. Original work ranged in price from £35 to £1,100 and covered a wide variety of subjects and media, so there was something for everyone. This year, we had a good selection of abstract work as well as representational.” Artist Sas Freeman, who discovered that she could paint through rehabilitation classes after having two strokes at a young age, was not only showing her artwork, but also selling signed copies of her latest book, ‘Two Strokes Not Out’.

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The Horse and Pony Show took place on September 5th off Pound Lane, Clifton-upon-Teme. Jumping practice for horses started at around 9am along with horse and pony showing classes. 10am saw the jumping competitions start and the fun dog show kicked off around 11am. The dogs’ ‘Fancy Dress’ class was scheduled for 1.30ish along with the raffle draw. By mid-morning there was quite a queue for the sausage or bacon baps or burgers! A distinct nip in the air meant that tea, coffee or hot chocolate were the order of the day. The ‘bar’ staff looked decidedly chilly on what was more of a ‘mulled wine day’. Some brave souls donned shorts for the ‘Best 6 Legs’ class in the dog show - they should have got a medal for bravery. An unusual class was ‘Best Trick’ which must have given judges Bernard Pound and Jodie Nunn a smile. Several classic vehicles graced the field, some with interesting histories, and Tenbury Town Band produced some lively music. Lots of well groomed ponies and horses could be seen and people could have a go at archery, make a bumble bee puppet with Messy Church, or pin the scarf on the Early Years’ brightly-coloured owl. St Kenelm’s church stall had lots of delicious-looking freshly-baked homemade cakes for sale, Clifton WI had a stand with crafts and produce including ‘grown and made in Clifton’ blackcurrant jam. A relaxed, fun show with an excellent compere on the PA - we just need the sun to show its face next year.

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Little Hereford Fete The sun shone all afternoon on Saturday 8th August, giving a delightful feel to this event in the grounds of Easton Court. The Tenbury Town Band kept things ticking over with their sound floating around the grounds, with ukulele-playing Michael Adcock taking the spot between the band’s sessions. Activities included a coconut shy, holing balls on the golf ‘course’ (a piece of plywood with holes of differing values!), browsing the large selection of books, or perusing the mass of bric-a-brac. Produce included ciabatta, cakes, plants, vegetables and pickles, while ice creams, hot dogs, tombola and afternoon teas also tempted fete-goers. Trevor Hill entertained the crowd with his birds, keeping up an informative and amusing string of facts while birds were put through their paces. Some people got really close, by holding out a gloved hand for a bird to land on. The fun dog show was well subscribed and the judge must have had a hard job to pick winners from so many. A great afternoon out, thanks to the hard-working organisers, the many volunteers who gave up their time to man the stalls, and the idyllic location. The organisers thanked the sponsors and told us that 532 adults paid to enter and that the Fete raised a superb £4,702!

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King’s Head MacFest The Kings Head in Tenbury held its second Macmillan Cancer Support fundraiser, dubbed ‘MacFest’, on August 22nd. The afternoon began with live music in the pub garden and with the sun beaming down there was a relaxed, summery mood, punctuated with quizzes and a stream of wellreceived bands, including the Tenbury Wells U3A Ukulele Band, Drews Brew, Don’t blame the Bear, OHM Bombs and Moth - covering genres from old time blues, to flat out rock n roll. A BBQ/Hog Roast kept hunger at bay and if you stayed longer there was music inside from 6pm, dodging the early evening rain! Appreciation could be expressed by dropping coins into green, but discreetly placed, donation buckets! The event raised over £300 and MacMillan fundraising volunteer Cliff Fudge said “Thank you to The Kings Head for running it for us again and to everybody who donated. You really do make a positive difference.” Raffle prizes were donated by many local businesses and Fiona Gittens did a great job of running the raffles. Landlord Tim Freestone said “What an amazing day! It was a great atmosphere with some great talent from the musicians. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard and gave their time and energy to such a deserving cause.”


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Lindridge Autumn Show

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This year’s Lindridge Autumn Show saw a good range of entries. There was also a new cup, The Betty Andersson Cup, so-named because the Show was originally Betty’s idea. The show is organised by Lindridge Parish Hall Committee, in co-operation with Lindridge Parish Church, and prizes were donated by Lindridge Parish Council. In the show schedules was the statement that ‘Classes will NOT be judged under strict RHS rules’ which might come as a great relief to some, and it highlights the friendly atmosphere at this event, which is also a great way to get to know people in the village. After judging was complete, the hall opened to the public and there were plenty of rosettes and bountiful displays to be seen! A BBQ of sausages and burgers with salad was available outside, expertly staffed by Hilary from the Bothy Nurseries. It turned out to be a lovely afternoon, with guitar ballads being sung as people enjoyed the food while teas, coffees, juices and cakes were served up from the hall’s kitchen. The Betty Andersson Cup and ‘Best In Show’ was awarded to Lynne Whitehouse, and both judges were presented with a bouquet as a ‘thank you’ for their work. It might be a smallish show at the moment but it will grow, as more people join in and give their support.

Scarecrows popped up in over 30 locations around Orleton over the weekend of September 12th/13th, as a fund-raiser for the village hall. Maps guided people round the locations and the winning scarecrow was the one who got the most public votes. The competition prizes were presented at the Family Fun Day on the 13th.

Lanman Awards The George Lanman Memorial Challenge Cup and Plaques are given each year in memory of Mr G T Lanman for the best floral display, and for the best hanging baskets in Tenbury, judged by members of his family. The presentations took place at the home of Mrs P Mills, one of George Lanman’s daughters. This year the George Lanman Memorial Challenge Cup went to Marilyn’s, with a plaque for second place going to The Royal Oak and G H Bowkett Ltd taking third place. The Single Hanging Basket plaque went to Tenbury News and the Pair of Hanging Baskets plaque to Clockhouse.

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Tenbury Show, taken from a Fletcher Access platform ( The sun was out for much of the day and even a heavy shower failed to dampen the enthusiasm. The National Ryland Sheep show brought extra livestock to the day and coupled with an increased entry for the 31st National Show of Hereford Cattle there seemed to be animals at every turn. Beautifully turned-out horses and ponies added to the spectacle.The National Federation of Young Farmers Club again brought their Tug-ofWar finals to the show, with tough competition and terrific team effort. Mower racing was a new addition - what a great display of what mowers can do! The Food Fayre, Arts and Crafts and Horticultural marquees looked as wonderful as ever and you needed to take your time if you wanted to see everything. Some classes had a huge entry - we counted 27 Victoria sponges - so the judges really had their work cut out. It was good to see agricultural equipment of all shapes and sizes, old and new, taking part and cars, motorbikes and trucks, old and new, being exhibited. A huge thanks to all who entered, and to the Tenbury Agricultural Society and friends for all their hard work in producing such a splendid Show - roll on next year!


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Brimfield Vintage Working Day

As you drove up the lane to the Brimfield Vintage Working Day event at Bleathwood on 6 September, if you had the windows down on your vehicle you would gradually become aware of a distant, gentle, rhythmical, thrumming noise wafting over the fields. Turning into the exhibition field the cause became obvious as you were met with the glorious sight of tractors and stationary engines working away in the sloping fields below. The weather was perfect, warm September sunshine. With a good array of sideshow marquees including artists, old tools and traps display, cakes and savouries ‘to go’, Ludlow Brewery bar, wooden models, Landrover Series 2 Club display and hot refresments on tap, you could settle in for a lovely day. Trailer rides around the fields meant that even if you weren’t particularly mobile on the day you could still get a good view of what was going on as it made its way round, taking in the various activities. A display of lawn mowers, a huge Mack truck and a Mk1 Nissan Micra added interest. The theme for this year was John Deere sponsored by the Tallis Amos Group (TAG), whose local branch is just down the road at Leominster. Things only got slightly noisier when the Tractor Pull boys got to work seeing who could get furthest up a slope pulling a load. A spectacle to behold, with some tractors performing long wheelies. This Working Day is an annual event so if you missed it this year don’t worry it’ll come round again next!


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If you were in Pudleston over the August Bank Holiday weekend you might have wondered what was happening in the church, as James Bond tunes drifted around the area! If curiosity got the better of you, and you made your way to the church, you would have come face to face with the iconic gun barrel opening sequence of classic Bond movies. But there would have been no need to worry as St Peter’s Church was holding a 007-themed Flower Festival. Information sheets in the church provided hundreds of facts and figures on Bond movies. For example, we learnt that Maurice Binder, who designed the gun barrel sequence, had planned to employ a camera sighted down the barrel of a .38 calibre gun, but as he was unable to stop down the lens of a standard camera sufficiently to bring the entire gun barrel into focus he created a pinhole camera to solve the problem, and the barrel with its rifling became crystal clear. In the ‘From Russia with Love’ arrangement there was a shoe with a retracting blade in the toe, just like in the movie. An arrangement with the appearance of an exploding mannequin was a tribute to all the ‘Q’ branch mannequins who ‘died’ in the making of the James Bond films. One arrangement paid tribute to Bond’s catch phrase ‘Shaken not Stirred’. Another paid tribute to Bond’s cars and reinforcing this - on the Saturday of the event, an Aston Martin DB5 rolled up at the church to be part of the event. Dr No, Goldfinger, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Living Daylights, A View to Kill, Skyfall, You only Live Twice, Casino Royale, Diamonds are Forever, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (with predominantly white arrangements with ski poles, goggles and hats, reflecting the snowy setting of much of the film) were all represented in flower arrangements, each with a fact sheet and a synopsis of the plot, plus a laminated copy of promotional posters of the time. One corner of the church was taken up with a reconstruction of Miss Moneypenny’s office, complete with scribbled notes from James to Moneypenny! Quirky facts were on hand to let you know that the role of Moneypenny has been played by six actresses, with a potted history of each. A copy of the obituary of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, reminded us that he died of a heart attack at the age of 56. Old paperback copies of Fleming’s novels were on display.

Teme Valley Times There was a large board displaying autographed photos of many actors and singers who have played a part in Bond movies, including Daniel Craig, Robbie Coltrane, Shirley Bassey and Judi Dench. Roger Moore sent a copy of his new book and Norman Wanstall, who won an Oscar for Goldfinger, donated a signed photo when he visited. These are to be

auctioned in October at McCartneys in Ludlow, contributing towards the festival’s fundraising. For some, the icing on the cake will have been meeting Norman Wanstall, the first man to win an Oscar for a Bond movie. Norman even brought his Oscar with him, and he spent time chatting to visitors about his time in the industry.

The gun-barrel effect in the porch

Norman Wanstall and his Oscar with the Aston Martin

Teme Valley Sketchbook no:9. August, 2015. St Peters Church, Pudleston, Herefordshire.

Classic Bike Show The Borders Classic Bike Show took place over the weekend of September 12th/13th at Cleobury Mortimer’s Lacon Childe School. The Show is rather like having a motorcycle museum move into the area for the weekend, such is the variety of models on display. Each machine has an information sheet to provide some background on the bike; this makes for interesting reading and with so many models on display, it can take quite a time to get round them all. Rare machines included a Cedos 250cc Ladies Model 7. Cedos motorcycles were made in Northampton from 1919 to 1925 by Cedric and Oscar Hanwell (hence the name). An estimated 4,000 were produced, of which perhaps six have survived. Another curiosity was an unrestored 98cc Derny tandem which has been clocked at 45mph on the flat, with a bit of ‘light pedal assistance’! As you walked down the rows of bikes the variation provided constant interest, as a Yamaha FS-1E might be next to a Ducati 750, for example. Guest of Honour was Les Trotter and Jim Reynolds interviewed him a couple of times during the course of the day. Les has decades of experience with racing motorcycles and centre stage at the Show were his Crooks-Suzuki racers, including the Suzuki 500 twin on which he won the 1976 Senior Manx Grand Prix (number 1 in the pic). Refreshments were available throughout the day, and enthusiasts could have spent many happy hours at the event.

Jim Reynolds (right) interviewing Les Trotter

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Wines from Chile


Despite being regarded as New World, Chile has a long history of wine-making, dating back to at least the 16th century when Spanish Conquistadors imported vines. Carménère (spellings vary) has become something of a signature grape for Chile; the name derives from the crimson (‘carmin’ in French) colour of the vine’s leaves in autumn. However, over 20 international grape varieties are grown commercially so even amongst single-varietal wines, which is what we are looking at here, buyers have plenty of choice. These range from the well-known, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, to the less well-known, such as Pedro Ximénez.


Andara Sauvignon Blanc 2013. £3.99 Refreshing, pleasant and very drinkable, with a herby, mineral aroma and a fresh, clean taste, this is the sort of white that many would enjoy. It’s also a bit of a bargain! Andara Merlot 2014. £3.99 There’s not much fruitiness to this, giving it something in common with some French reds, but there is quite a bit of flavour. At this price there really isn’t much to complain about.


(prices are for Tenbury, Ludlow and Leominster stores) SPAR Chile Chardonnay Valle Central. £5.00 An unusual Chardonnay, this might be a ‘love it or hate it’. For some it will simply be too sweet, but others might love it for its exuberant fruit flavours - it’s full of pineapple, grapefruit and starfruit. “Pineapple chunks in a bottle” was one taster’s summary, and if that’s what you’re after, look no further. The fruitiness is subdued if it’s too cool, so beware of over-chilling, and the vibrancy does fade if a part-bottle is left overnight. SPAR Chile Merlot Valle Central. £5.00 A light easy-drinking red, which put one taster in mind of a very light Cotes du Rhone. SPAR Chile Carmenere Reserva. £5.50 until 30 Sept Dryish and slightly tannic, and dark but not very fruity, this is a red to enjoy with tasty food perhaps with Tex-Mex cuisine, for example. SPAR Chile Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2014. £5.50 until 30 Sept Not that dry, with a bit of edge, and with flavours of Galia melon, this white might be at its best with fish.


30 Degrees Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2013. £7.99 Pinot Noir varies so much that it has even been described as a chamaeleon of a grape, and this is a particularly interesting example. Rich, sophisticated and strongly fruity, with plenty of aroma, and some sweetness, so this wouldn’t suit those who want their reds genuinely dry. On the other hand, this could be widely welcomed by people who find that red wine tends to be too dry or too tannic or simply not fruity enough. Overall our verdict was ‘delicious’, but with a minority vote of ‘too sweet’. Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014. £6.99 A grassy Sauvignon Blanc, and a bit drier than some, with a nice aroma of grass, pear drops and lime, and a slightly spritzy taste, this went quite nicely with mackerel pate. Bio Bio Valley Malbec 2013. £6.99 Intense and dry, with dark fruit flavours and a lovely blackcurrant aroma, this is a really nice, serious red that’s hard to fault.


Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Aconcagua Costa £7.49 This is a reasonably typical Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a bit quieter than a good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but with its rich grassy elderflower flavours there’s plenty to like about this white. The label describes it as having “a crisp mineral style” or as one of the testers put it “a Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Chablis”. Carménère 2014 Valle de Rapel. £7.49 Universally liked, this smooth red was packed with dark fruit flavours - raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, black cherries - this wine also has a softness that may give it a wider appeal than many substantial reds. One tester described it as the “nicest Carménère I’ve ever had”. Well worth the price.

Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc 2014. £9.99 (£6.66 each when you buy 2 until Sept 28) This white offers citrus flavours with notes of ripe yellow apple. Grassy and not particularly dry, we all felt this would be best with food rather than by itself, with fish being an obvious choice. Torres Days of Summer Muscat 2014. £10.49 (£7.87 each when you buy 2 until Oct 26) This is a really nice summer white. Relatively simple, it has a good fresh, grapey, lemony, honeyed flavour with a touch of sweetness. This is an unusual wine, one that could be appreciated by the experienced wine drinker, as well as by the relative newcomer. Good to drink by itself, or with a range of foods. Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. £12.99 (£8.66 each when you buy 2 until Oct 26) If this is the kind of red you enjoy, it might be worth stocking up while it’s on offer. Smooth and fruity, with blackcurrant and red cherry, and with hints of coffee and violets, this has some sweetness to it, but finishes dry with soft tannins. One to savour, or as one tester put it “Nice this, I’ll have another”! Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel 2014 37.5cl. £7.99 (£5.33 each when you buy 2 until Oct 26) Sweet whites such as this attract very contrasting views - some people hate them, other people love them. It’s simply a matter of personal taste. This is an intense take on the genre, offering a typical Moscatel aroma and with flavours of ripe fresh grapes. A good choice, if it suits your palate.


Signature Chile Chardonnay 2014. £6.49 A fresh, grassy and very pleasant white, with aromas of starfruit and honey. More enjoyable than most of the reasonablypriced Chardonnays we have tasted.


Valle de Aconcagua Pinot Noir Gran Reserva 2013. £8.00 With a really fruity aroma and flavours of red fruits with some pepperiness, this light-bodied red was well-received. It’s not too dry and there’s no harsh tannins, so it’s very approachable. One taster dubbed it “The best elderberry wine I have ever drunk” and while obviously not meant seriously, this does sum up the wine’s enjoyable fruitiness. Mayu Estate Bottled Pedro Ximénez 2014. £8.00 Pedro Ximénez is typically used for sherry-type wines and it’s relatively unusual to see it offered as a single varietal. This is quite a classy wine with flavours of pear drops and honey, and with notes of some Oloroso Sherries. Not particularly dry, this is an interesting choice that was generally well received.


Finest* Las Lomas Shiraz 2013. £8.99 Perhaps not quite what you might expect if you normally drink Australian Shiraz but all the tasters felt that this medium-bodied red, with its peppery notes, was very quaffable. Finest* Campo Lindo Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2014. £8.99 Zesty and lemony with flavours of pineapple and grapefruit, and with hints of honey and vanilla, this could easily be taken for a sweetish Pinot Grigio rather than a Sauvignon Blanc. Not that this particularly matters, and this is an eminently drinkable white, with the added bonus of being organic.

Signature Chile Carmenère 2013. £5.99 Refined, smooth and dark, with flavours of plum, black cherry and spice, and with no harsh tannin, this red went down very nicely!

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On August 15th, Bengry Motors of Leominster held their Summer Party with classic cars, rally cars, quizzes, face painting, refreshments and more, plus ‘One Day’ special promotions. One quiz was ‘name that part’ with the pictures sometimes taken from an obscure angle to try and disguise the part’s appearance. The new MX-5 on display in the showroom attracted a lot of interest and the line up of classic and rally cars in the car park made a fine sight, with many passing motorists stopping to have a look! If you’re interested in the history of Bengry Motors, and founder Bill Bengry, why not visit Leominster Museum? An exhibition entitled ‘An Unlikely Champion’ is running until October 31st. It covers much of Bill’s rallying success, plus the development of the Bengry Motors business, including when Leominster got its first self-service petrol station!


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Peugeot 308 GT The Peugeot 308 is well-known in both hatchback and estate (‘SW’) versions, but the GT version is a recent introduction, having arrived in the UK at the start of this year. The GT aims to give the 308 a sportier and more distinctive look. Changes include a new front grille (incorporating the Peugeot lion logo), LED headlights, revised front indicators, side sill finishers, 18-inch wheels, a lacquered black diffuser and twin exhaust pipes. The result is a more upmarket, more Germanic, appearance. Other changes include the lower ride height, down by 7mm at the front and 10mm at the rear. In keeping with the GT’s relatively sporty image, only high performance engines are offered. The diesel is a 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 with a six-speed automatic gearbox, and emissions of 103g/km (hatchback) or 107g/km (SW). The petrol engine is a turbocharged 1.6-litre THP 205, with a six-speed manual gearbox, and emissions of 130g/km. Both have ‘stop start’ to help economy in stop-go traffic. We drove a 308 SW GT BlueHDi 180 and we averaged about 50mpg. As its designation suggests, this offers 180hp, giving the car a useful level of performance, including 0-60mph in about 8.5 seconds and a top speed of around 135mph. If you want more, you’ll have to go for the petrol engine, but this is only available in the hatchback. With 205hp, this boasts a top speed of 146mph and cuts the 0-60 time to about 7.4 seconds. The firmed-up suspension gives the GT a sportier feel, but it doesn’t cope very well with some potholes and bumps, which can cause the rear of the car to twitch. An unusual feature of the GT is the ‘Driver Sport Pack’. This provides what Peugeot describe as an “amplified and more sporty engine noise”, plus more responsive accelerator pedal mapping. This is quite fun and it really changes the sound of the engine, so you might even drive around in your diesel

Peugeot Estate, pretending to be Steve McQueen in Bullitt. It is quite noisy though, so you might not want to do it for long, but it can be turned off if you prefer a quieter, more comfort-oriented drive. Taken overall, the GT is an interesting addition to the 308 range, and it’s one that could broaden the model’s appeal. However, the THP205 retails at £24,095, while the BlueHDi 180 is £25,945 (hatchback) or £26,845 (estate). These prices take the GT model to a level where buyers might be looking beyond a 308, so if a 308 GT does take your fancy, a key question might be how much discount you can negotiate.

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Honda: Best for Assistance, Best for Service Following recent analysis of breakdown cover by consumer champion Which?, Hondacare Assistance has been awarded Which? Recommended Provider status. Hondacare Assistance took top spot in manufacturer-branded car cover and it was the fastest manufacturer-branded provider, with 69% of breakdowns attended to within an hour. The cover also scored highest for number of repairs at the roadside, allowing drivers to continue on their journey. Provided by the AA, Hondacare Assistance covers the car for three years and is included as part of the manufacturer warranty offering a full range of services such as home,

roadside and recovery assistance as well as a messaging service to let a family member know what’s happening. The JD Power 2015 UK Customer Service Index Study measures customer satisfaction with their experience at franchised dealers’ service departments. The study is an analysis of the vehicle service experience and it is independently conducted by JD Power in 16 countries. It looks at levels of customer satisfaction in five key areas and satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale. Honda ranks highest among volume brands, with a score of 768. Suzuki and Toyota tied in second with 759, and Kia and Skoda tied in

fourth on 758. Previously run in conjunction with What Car?, the annual Customer Satisfaction Index Study is now run solely by JD Power. Philip Crossman, Managing Director at Honda UK, commented “It is testament to our outstanding dealer network that we have topped the list of volume brands when it comes to customer satisfaction. One of the fundamental beliefs at Honda is developing a relationship with the customer based on mutual trust and this accolade from JD Power just goes to show how evident that is within our dealer network.”

On September 11th and 12th, visitors to Startin Honda’s showroom had the opportunity to ‘drive’ a Civic Type R around the Nurburgring GP circuit using a simulator, with a range of prizes on offer!

Matt Neal’s ‘old’ Touring Car, at Startin Honda


Customer Care is priority Local Vauxhall and Suzuki retailer Ludlow Motors is part of a family-run business. It has been trading in the West Midlands for over 60 years and prides itself on offering high-quality, convenient care for its customers. Ludlow Motors has completed a total refurbishment in the showroom, service and waiting area, in time to celebrate their 30th anniversary next year. This company investment ensures it matches the approved standards set by the manufacturers, Vauxhall and Suzuki. The independent family-owned business is proud to have served motorists in the West Midlands for over three decades and, with access to over 1,000 quality used cars in group stock, and an outstanding aftersales service, it’s no wonder the dealership is looking forward to a bright future. The business was first founded by Derrick Grieveson in Worcester in 1953 and it operated under the name of Worcester Carsales. In 1963 the dealership moved to a new site in Hylton Road, Worcester, and 1973 saw Mr Grieveson’s son and current managing director, Stuart Grieveson, join the family company. In the last 25 years the company has acquired many new car franchised dealerships in the West Midlands.

2015 Customer Excellence Award winners Vauxhall’s Customer Excellence Awards recognise and reward top-performing retailers for the quality of service they give you,

the customer. Retailers must demonstrate outstanding customer focus and dedicated service to receive this award. When you visit Ludlow Motors, you can rest assured that you will be receiving truly dedicated customer service. Ludlow Motors has gone that extra mile to help you and make you happy, and the award really is a representation of the hard work that’s gone into its consistent achievements and all-round high performance. Recently the dealership has added to its sales team, in response to the increased demand generated by new models. Both of the new staff members have over 30 years’ experience in the industry. Business Manager Clive Harris handles finance dealings and used car specialist Nigel Westwood joined the company in April, having started in the motor trade in 1983. Clive and Nigel have both worked at other Worcester Car Sales companies so they are well acquainted with the high standards of excellence that Ludlow Motors prides itself on.

The Ludlow Motors Award for Excellence

Nigel Westwood, Luke Binnersley, Clive Harris, Roger Matthews and Ashley Blakebrough


at family-run business

The retailer’s extensive Vauxhall and Suzuki fleet of new and used vehicles, as well as an outstanding aftersales service ensures that loyal customers keep coming back time and time again. Additionally, Ludlow Motors offers excellent value for money and customers can take advantage of a range of savings across the models. The service team ensures that Vauxhall and Suzuki vehicles are running smoothly and efficiently so customers can be worry-free when it comes to purchasing a new car. With competitive service rates, the team can help you take out a service plan to spread your costs over the year for as little as £11.99 a month.

Peter Hughes, general manager at Ludlow Motors, said “We are very proud of our achievements and of receiving the 2015 Customer Excellence Award. The team at Ludlow Motors strives to offer the best in customer care so each and every motorist in the area is satisfied both during the sales process and afterwards. “With a wide range of savings and offers, along with exciting new models in the Vauxhall and Suzuki ranges, the experienced sales team is on hand to answer any of your questions and is confident it can help you to find the vehicle to suit your requirements at a payment you can afford.”

Ludlow Motors’ premises have recently been refurbished

All-new Suzuki Celerio The all-new Suzuki Celerio, from only £6,999, offers class-leading boot space as well as lots of room for up to five people. It’s the small car with plenty inside to make you smile! As you’d expect from Suzuki, it’s highly fuel efficient, light on CO2 emissions, and easy to drive too – thanks to great agility and all-round visibility. With so many features for a small car, you’ll be amazed how we can fit them all in.

Motability Team Customers can also benefit from an onhand, fully-trained Vauxhall and Suzuki Motability team, including specialists Roger Mathews and Luke Binnersley, with years of expertise to confidently advise buyers in choosing a car that best suits their needs, along with a variety of offers available. Peter continues “We are very proud to be able to offer motorists with disabilities the chance to drive away in a Vauxhall or Suzuki vehicle that fully meets their mobility needs. We work tirelessly to demonstrate our continued commitment to Motability and offer competitive pricing throughout, including increasing the number of models available at nil advance payment. “This enthusiasm for great value for money ensures that our models remain some of the top choices for Motability customers

in the area. We would like to encourage our customers to come down to the dealership and see what we can offer you.” For further information about Ludlow Motors and for details of vehicles in the Vauxhall and Suzuki ranges, please contact Ludlow Motors, Bromfield Road, Ludlow SY8 1EN. Alternatively, you can call 01584 252902 or go online at www. If you or a member of your family receives the Higher Rate Motability Component (HRMC) of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or the War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS) you automatically qualify for the Motability Scheme. Terms and conditions apply.

Teme Valley Times Oct-Nov 2015  

Local paper for Ludlow, Tenbury Wells, Cleobury Mortimer, Orleton, Martley, Bromyard, Rock and surrounding areas

Teme Valley Times Oct-Nov 2015  

Local paper for Ludlow, Tenbury Wells, Cleobury Mortimer, Orleton, Martley, Bromyard, Rock and surrounding areas