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The planned Tesco Superstore in Tenbury has generated a lot of controversy, with strong views being expressed on both sides. Supporters said a large supermarket would bring increased choice to the town and attract more shoppers, but opponents claimed that a Tesco would take trade away from existing shops and damage the town's character. A successful Tesco would increase traffic, which is a worry to many local residents, whether or not they support the store itself. A small improvement to the junction by Swan Garage is planned, but concerns have been raised that traffic queues could back up across Teme Bridge and past the access to the Tesco site, possibly leading to gridlock. Another issue is the amount of parking that will


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be provided at the store, which some have criticised as being insufficient. The car park is expected to offer 109 spaces, but eight spaces would be reserved for Temeside House, the former council buildings on Teme Street. The Teme Valley Times has ascertained that a conveyance drawn up some decades ago gave the owners or tenants of the neighbouring building (currently occupied by SPAR, Pizza Diann and the launderette) the right to park six cars on what is now the proposed Tesco site. This would appear to limit the number of spaces that could be made available to shoppers in the future, and might also create difficulties if the site cannot be properly closed off during construction, as is common practice while extensive works are being undertaken.

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The Chantry High School Applefest The Chantry School at Martley will host the fourth Applefest on October 5th. This is open to the whole community and it celebrates the School’s 50th anniversary, as well as the apple! There will be lots of FREE apple-based activities for the family, an applethemed music ensemble performed by local schools, and a creative drama piece based on the school’s 50th year celebration and Applefest, written by John Townsend, with casting by Sue Rickman. Food and drink will be on sale during the day, including a pig roast. Craft stalls, including practical demonstrations, are also planned.

How to contact the Teme Valley Times If you want to advertise, or if you have an event to promote, please book your space in our next issue as soon as possible! You can book adverts by phone, by post, or by email. We can design your advert for you and we can take photographs if required. The Teme Valley Times is independent and locally-owned. It is not part of a large publishing group. Phone: 01584 781762 or 07946 270523 Over Post: PO Box 11, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8YP 9,500 copies Email: Website: per issue! Editor & Publisher: Chris Dell Photo Editor: Lucy Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the contents of this publication were accurate at the time of writing, but no responsibility can be accepted for any consequences of any errors or omissions or for any changes. Always check all information before making a special trip, or before booking any accommodation or making any other commitment. It is important to remember that changes can, and do, occur from time to time, possibly without notice. The contents of this publication (words, images and adverts) are protected by copyright. If you wish to reproduce anything, you must first obtain written permission from the Publisher.

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Jim Angus, who has been living in the Tenbury area since 2010, was recently awarded the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Diploma in Advanced Driving Instruction. Jim provides training for those who wish to learn to drive in a car with automatic transmission. The Advanced Instruction qualification also enhances the other side of Jim’s business, helping local businesses fulfil their duty of care to their employees under Health & Safety legislation with regard to driving at work. Jim also provides Refresher Courses for those who would like some help keeping their driving up to scratch. The Diploma also qualifies Jim to train those who want to take their driving to a higher level, and become Advanced Drivers. The photo shows Jim Angus (left) receiving his award from Rick Wood, Head of Training, at RoSPA Headquarters.

Building Recording

Historic Building Recording is one of the requirements of the planning consent for Tesco’s store in Tenbury Wells. The photo shows a specialist recording details of Temeside House during his recent visit to the site. Temeside House was constructed in 1837 as a workhouse to serve an area that stretched from Brimfield to Lindridge. Originally designed by George Wilkinson, arguably the World’s leading workhouse architect, the building was remodelled in the 1930s, with part becoming council offices, part becoming the fire station, and part being demolished.

The League of Friends of Tenbury Hospital is running a fund-raising shop on Teme Street in Tenbury Wells. Scheduled to run until Saturday 21st, the planned opening hours are 9.30am-3pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-1pm on Saturdays.

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Town Band

Mark Yarnold of Tenbury Town Band told us that the Band spent an enjoyable week visiting Scotland as part of their 30th Anniversary Celebrations. Thirty of the Band travelled to Edinburgh to experience the Festival atmosphere, enjoy an evening at the Tattoo and play two one-hour concerts at the National Museum of Flight. Chairman Lorraine Gray said “As we walked into the hanger there was definitely a ‘wow’ moment. It really did take your breath away.” The Band set up to perform the concert underneath Concorde! Between concerts, members of the Band could look around the museum and walk through Concorde and have photographs taken. The rest of the week was spent visiting the sights. Mark added “Everything was within a stone’s throw of Edinburgh Castle, which was host to the fantastic Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo” adding “The Tattoo was an amazing spectacular, especially for those seeing it for the first time. It was a shame the cloud cover meant we missed out on the flypast at the beginning, but that was the only thing we didn’t see. Even War Horse made an appearance!”

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Burford Fun Weekend The lawns around Burford House were transformed over the weekend of 31Aug/1st Sept for a Fun Weekend. Hobsons Brewery and Mahorall Cider had tasting tents and even The Mad Hatter dropped in for a taste! Joey the Juggler and Looby Lou provided entertainment for young and old alike and you could take home a balloon animal or flower, or have your face painted. Keysells Farm provided tastings of their pork pies, chorizo and salami. Local salami - whatever next! Add two bouncy castles, lampshade demonstrations from Colly Brook, a clematis exhibition in the gardens and 50% off selected goods at Connie & Tom, and it was certainly worth a visit.

Lindridge Show

The inaugural Lindridge Autumn Show took place on Saturday 7th September at Lindridge Parish Hall, Eardiston. Angela Winwood told us “It was promoted as a joint venture by the Parish Council, St Lawrence’s Church and the Parish Hall Committee at the suggestion of Betty Anderson to involve the whole community in an open-toall occasion. It was intended to encourage everyone ‘to have a go’ and judging took place in classes for vegetable, fruit, flowers and produce. There were too many wonderful exhibits to mention every prizewinner but ‘Best in Show’ went to Deb Hawkeswood for her fantastic peppers and aubergines while the innovative ‘People’s Choice’ award went to Kath Pardoe.” The hall opened to the public at 12 noon, after judging had finished, Menithwood WI provided refreshments including bacon baps and cream teas, and a produce auction took place later in the afternoon. The aim is for this to be an annual event.


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Bromyard Tesco Tesco’s plans for a Bromyard store, located just off the Tenbury Road, were revealed last month, at a public exhibition in the Foyer of the Conquest Theatre. Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager Simon Petar explained that more than 330 people attended the event, adding “We were delighted that so many people took the opportunity to visit the exhibition, talk to our team and pledge their support. We will now analyse the feedback received and use it to shape the finer

details of our planning application to Herefordshire Council, which we will submit during the autumn.” The plans include a 105-space car park, which Tesco said would offer free parking for three hours, allowing customers to visit the town centre as part of their shopping trip. Tesco commented that “Among exhibition visitors expressing a view, 87% are in favour of the new store, 6% are currently undecided and just 7% opposed the proposals.”

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Cleobury News Wall-to-wall sunshine saw people searching for shade by the end of the afternoon at Rock on Saturday July 6th. The fete, at St Peter and St Paul's, was opened by local MP Mark Garnier. It raised funds for the church. Attractions included a classic car display, games and races for the youngsters, including sack and egg and spoon - remember them! The organisers have told us that over 250 varieties of apple will be on display Rock ran aApplefest tombola in and many went at thisWI year’s Tenbury Wells.away The event is to be held on Saturday with a prize. The face painting, coconut and October 12th, on the Burgage, accessedshy from the Teme Street Pay-and-Display skittles young and old busy, while the food and drink stalls, children’s car park.kept There will be talks, demonstrations, energeticand could climb up to the top of the activities entertainment. Admission is £3, or two for £5, but children church tower and enjoy the view on isthis under 16 are free. More information available at or glorious day. There even a telescope from Tenbury Touristwas Information Centre. provided so you could really have a good look out! Bliss Gate Dog training school display demonstrated obedience from the dogs - and the owners - while Zennor's school of dance

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Tenbury's monthly Local Producers Market has been growing steadily, with about 14 stalls in August. Many of the stall holders cooked up something special for visitors to try, whether

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A beautiful array of art could be viewed in the Harley Centre at Ludlow College from August 17th - 26th as the Ludlow Art Society held its annual Summer Exhibition. A picture can be worth a thousand words and every picture can tell a story so here are a few of this exhibition, to illustrate just a small selection of what was on offer.


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Brimfield Show

On Saturday 24th August, Brimfield village hall was packed as people turned out to have a look at the entries and to see who had won what! Cream teas and other refreshments were served in the rear hall as the exhibits filled the main hall. There was a great buzz as visitors enjoyed the flower arrangements (including the imaginative class ‘Flowers in a kitchen utensil’), eggs, fruit, vegetables and more. Children’s classes included constructing an animal from egg boxes or designing a photo frame; the egg-box ‘caterpillar’ won first prize, but crocodiles were close behind in second and third. A splendid display of Victoria sponges must have had the judges working hard to choose a winner.

Clows Top Show

Clows Top and District Gardening Club held their Summer Show in the Victory Hall on Saturday 24th August. This was a friendly event with lots to see, from marvellous dahlia blooms and stunning flower arrangements to beautiful cross stitching and amusing photographs. A Meccano Hawk fighter jet, a stone painted to look like a post van and a cute bird bookmark showed creativity at work in young and old alike. These shows are a great opportunity to have a go, whether cooking, growing or handicraft. The Autumn Show is on 25th September - details from Marion Wilson on 01299 270475.

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Hop Festival 35 Years!

The third Bromyard Hop Festival took place on August 31st and good weather helped bring the crowds out. The parade, headed by Peter Amor, the Chairman of Wye Valley Brewery, his wife Fran and Bromyard’s Town Crier, Peder Nielsen, included vintage vehicles and tractors, some towing hop machinery, or trailers of fresh hops. A craft fair operated during the day, along with blacksmith, fencer and caravan sign writer/artist, while rock and folk music played on the Town Green and in the Square. In the World Championship Hop Pocket Race, Sack Attack retained their Open title, Party Pockets retained the Women’s title and Bromyard Army Cadet Force became the first Junior Champions; all can be seen in Adie Turford’s photos. Teme Valley Brewery challenged other craft breweries to a racewithin-a-race and the first winners of their Gauntlet Trophy were Hobsons Brewery. The Gauntlet was presented by Teme Valley brewer Chris Gooch, the trophies were presented by Toni McDonald from Hereford & Worcester Radio.

Dave Powell, Store Manager at SPAR Tenbury Wells, was recently presented with a Long Service Award to mark his 35 years of service. Dave commented “I really enjoy working in Tenbury Wells and look forward to being here for many more years yet!” The photo shows (left to right) Owen Davies (Regional Manager), Dave Powell (Store Manager) and Chris Bacon (Stores Operations Director for Blakemore Retail).

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A bright and sunny but breezy morning at Clifton Upon Teme saw many arriving early for the Show, with judging under way by 9.30. Held in a delightful spot on the edge of the village, this was a friendly, relaxed and well-supported local show. Clifton WI ran the refreshments barn, the New Inn had a bar, Clifton Bowling Club ran a Tombola - and Clifton Rovers Football Club oversaw the skittles. There was a good display of classic and unusual vehicles including Vintage Tractors, Katie the 1969 Alfa Romeo, a 1959 Gipsy SWB 4WD Pump from Cornwall's Fire Brigade and Postman Pat's van! The fun dog show started mid-morning with many entries and there was a chance to let your dog try the Jumping Scurry. One black labrador made a huge effort to clear not only the scurry's straw bales, but the boundary fence as well! In addition to the spectacle of horses and ponies, the Paws for Thought dog display team entertained show-goers, the Aquila Alpacas kept a wary eye on the dogs, and you could browse the goods made from alpaca, Ryeland and Shetland wool including little bears and pandas. Add countrywear and candy floss stalls and surely the day was complete! Entry to the show was free but donations were welcome, with proceeds going to the chosen charities: St Kenelm's Church, Riverbank Children's Ward (Worcester Royal), Salvation Army, Worcester Animal Rescue and the Air Ambulance.

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Burford Church opened its doors for a Flower Festival over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The arrangements by Jackie Mapes and her team used locally-sourced flowers, many from gardens in Burford. The art that was on display ranged from Oldwood Common to the harbours at Newquay and Tenby. The Teme Valley Wildlife Group's display included a 'Do you know your local wildlife?' quiz - you could try and name the pictured bugs, butterflies, birds etc; the group also conducted bug hunts in the churchyard. Also on display were many entries from the children of Burford Primary School, on the theme 'What Burford means to me - a colourful and thoughtful addition to the weekend's display.


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Rock Show

A very busy Rock Show saw lots of people enjoying the activities. Whether you watched the football challenge where the youngsters took on the ‘oldies’, stepped aboard for a very extensive tractor trailer ride (only £1!) which gave you a bird’s eye view of the show ground from a neighbouring field, entered the fun dog show with your ‘best friend’, knocked over skittles and took your chance at winning the bottle of Whisky, or took home a coconut from the shy, there was much to see and do during the afternoon. Bliss Gate Dog Training gave a display and there was archery and a bouncy castle. A Fairground Organ added to the party atmosphere. The horticultural display in the hall had everything from apples and tomatoes to prizewinning ‘pig’ cup cakes and a banana dachshund! Or you could take time out to enjoy tea and cake on the village hall balcony or perhaps just buy a raffle ticket and keep your fingers crossed. There were plants for sale, the cake stall did a roaring trade, and the book stall had a good selection at 3 books for £1! The show was organised by the Rock Village Hall committee, to raise funds to help maintain the Hall and the surrounding Millennium Green.

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Tenbury Teme Valley Band and Little Hereford Voices Community Choir’s ‘Music for a Summer Evening’ concert at the Regal was a sell-out. It raised £1,000 for two local charites, Mandy Davies Cancer Support and Shoot for the Stars. The music ranged from ‘Old Time Singalong’ to ’Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele and Mansel Leake, A rhinoceros beetle has been found in Honorary President of the Band said: “It was a Martley. Angie Hill found the beetle in Children aged 10-13 from Moffats School in Kinlet magical evening and we are delighted to have her garden and sent a photograph to Buglife for identification. Experts spent two weeks of the summer in Cornwall, raised £1,000 for two such worthwhile local there were amazed at the discovery and identified it as a European at a Camp that was started in 1954 by former charities”. rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis), the same species as Dim, the headmaster, David Engleheart. It is now run by beetle in the Disney film ‘A Bug’s Life’. Numerous groups were involved, including members of the next two generations of his family, Matt Shardlow, Buglife CEO, said “We couldn’t believe it when we saw Burford the House Garden Store (floral displays), all of whom attended Camp as children. the photo; this is the first time one has ever been found in the wild in Tenbury Round Table, the Regal team, local The main activity on offer is sailing, in the school’s Britain. These gentle giants can grow up to 6 cm long and while the businesses (raffle prizes) and Special Occasions own boats, from St Just Creek on the Carrick stag beetle can be longer, the European rhinoceros beetle is a robust (balloon displays). Roads, the spacious estuary of the River Fal. Some beastie; children take to sailing and grab every opportunity The highlight of the evening was the Grand Last this animal is probably the heaviest beetle in Britain.” Buglife are now asking for members of the public to keep their eyes peeled in the to learn how toNight handle the Proms-type boats, others preferwith much hilarity of the Finale, Worcestershire area. Buglife - - would like anyone to row or to explore the foreshore and the rocks. and audience participation! who finds a similar-looking beetle to take a photograph and send it to This year’s group included many hardy swimmers, them. who enjoyed crossing the 300 metre creek, and ORLETON Matt added “We need to find out whether it’s an escaped pet, an the chance to jump off the harbour wall before POST accidental introduction, perhaps with wood chips, or whether they are breakfast on Sunday! One boy, a boarder from OFFICE & STORES actually breeding in the wild. Worcestershire is an area famous for the Mongolia, onlySt had his very first seaside 23not High "Your local shop Noble chafer (Gnorimus nobilis), and other rare beetles associated with holiday butHill, left SY8 after two an impressive Clee 3LZ weeks withfor almost everything” dead wood. The rhino beetle feeds in decaying wood so it is possible nautical vocabulary and his own collection of they are breeding in an ancient wood in the Teme Valley.” 01584 890581 knots and splices!


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North West Mower Racing Association held their penultimate race of the season at The Fox at Hanley Broadheath on 25th August. Not every mower made it through the race intact, with one even suffering a catastrophic engine failure, but at the end of the day, John, the landlord of The Fox, presented the winners with the trophy.

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Wall-to-wall sunshine saw people searching for shade by the end of the afternoon at Rock on Saturday July 6th. The fete, at St Peter and St Paul's, was opened by local MP Mark Garnier. It raised funds for the church. Attractions included a classic car display, games and races for the youngsters, including sack and egg and spoon - remember them! Rock WI ran a tombola and many went away with a prize. The face painting, coconut shy and skittles kept young and old busy, while the energetic could climb up to the top of the church tower and enjoy the view on this glorious day. There was even a telescope provided so you could really have a good look out! Bliss Gate Dog training school display demonstrated obedience from the dogs - and the owners - while Zennor's school of dance display rounded off the afternoon.

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themed scarecrows. re-engineered a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor, adding a new fabricated chassis Attractions included teas in and a 1000cc engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm, plus bespoke suspension and wheels from an ATV. ‘Mean Mower’ has already been the village hall, 'smash the put through its paces by reigning Gordon Shedden; it is Malteser', hook a duck and (with BTCC levelchampion 2 apprentice) capable of an estimated 130mph and can cover 0-60mph in four seconds. tombola, but the biggest

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On Friday 5th July committee members from the Tenbury Wells Branch of the Women’s Institute gathered to mark the On Saturday 10th re-dedication of anAugust, oak tree.crowds visited Easton Court for the annual fete and many enjoyed a sunny afternoon in the Donated by Mrs Gladys Morris magnificent grounds. There was plenty to see and do: military as a sapling from her garden, vehicles gave rides around the farmland with many youngsters the oak was planted on The enjoying ‘riding shotgun’, ferrets entertained families with their Burgage in the 1970s as part of antics, and the fun dog show offered the chance to win a rosette. the celebrations to You could test your golf skills by chipping balls into buckets, try commemorate thewatch Institute's the coconut shy, birds of prey, or take a pony ride. The 50th Anniversary. The Mayor, Brass Band played, people enjoyed Cleobury Mortimer Concert Councillor George wasfrom in tombola to plants, with a large tea and cake, stallsPrice ranged attendance the new plaque selection ofasinteresting bric-a-brac and books. Eva Thomas, on was 'planted' tree, behalf of thealongside organisers,the told us that 510 adults paid to come in as were current President Primrose Wallace, number of other (children were free) and that the total profita was £5,382. What a members of the and representatives of the local press. splendid way toinstitute raise funds!

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smiles were raised with the dog agility competition, where owners gamely encouraged their often bemused and reluctant dogs to complete the course. There were smiles and sympathetic laughter all round as the 'have a go' spirit triumphed!

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Held on the 21st and 22nd of August, at Cockshutts Farm, Wolferlow the first day was very grey, but the sun came out on the Thursday. This was a very relaxed event, where people could take their time to watch the horses and riders in action, in a range of disciplines. There was on-site catering to keep you going if you stayed all day, there were some trade stands to browse round, and an excellent commentary from the ‘double decker bus’ kept everyone informed as to what was happening. Fields Mitsubishi supported the event through courtesy vehicle provision, with Sarah Field representing Fields at the event.

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A little piece of Germany is coming to the heart of the Teme Valley next month as the Bridge at Stanford Bridge holds its second 'Octobeerfest' weekend from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October. The weekend is designed to be a somewhat tongue-in-cheek take on the famous Oktoberfest which attracts hundreds of thousands of revellers to Munich every year.

''Having still failed collectively to earn enough brownie points for a pass out to the real Munich Oktoberfest, we thought the next best thing we could do at the pub was put on a mini Oktoberfest of our own...and at least get a bit of practice in for the real thing in the meantime!' said Tim Lawson, the part-time barman. In an effort to try and recreate some of the legendary atmosphere, a fully-heated marquee in the back garden will contain its own bar with six continental

lager beers, as well as six themed cask ales and the obligatory Jagermeister machine. German-themed music (Oompha and dodgy Europop!) will be played throughout, with live acts on both Friday and Saturday night encouraging the festival-goers to let their hair down and party, with Bockwurst, bratwurst, roast chicken and sauerkraut on the menu to soak up a few steins! Oktobeerfest attendees are encouraged to join in the spirit of the event by coming in fancy dress (search for Lederhosen or Dirndl if you really want to look the part..) with free beers and prizes given at will for the best efforts.

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The Bridge Trolls cricket team from the Bridge at Stanford Bridge fell at the final hurdle at the Hobsons Pub Cricket League Finals Day on Sunday, 1st September. Having narrowly taken the Worcestershire title (OK, so there were only four teams in the league...) the Trolls played the winners of the Shropshire league, Bridgnorth Town Football Club in the grand final on the day. BTFC beat the Trolls fair and square in the fading light of a

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'In the Trolls' defence, as first to arrive and last to leave on the day we certainly lived up to our motto 'Here For The Beer' and we can't wait to start afresh next season' said the Trolls' captain Josh 'Absentee' Stafford on his return from Malta.

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glorious September day, and the entire day was played in the good-natured spirit that has made the league so enjoyable this year.

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Interesting Wines Many people never look further than internationally-famous grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but many enjoyable wines are made from less-well-known grapes. Specialist wine merchants often have the widest choice of these, but many supermarkets stock a selection. Grapes such as Arinto, Rabigato and Viosinho are not well-known, but this is no reason to ignore wines made from them. Indeed, unusual grapes can often add interest and character to a wine, as can unusual production methods or unusual growing conditions.


Tons de Duorum, Douro White 2012, £8.30 The Douro region in northern Portugal is probably best known for its Port, but in recent years the area’s non-fortified wines have become increasingly popular. A huge number of local grape varieties exist and this Tons de Duorum is made from 30% Viosinho, 25% Rabigato, 20% Verdelho, 20% Arinto and 5% Moscatel. The result is a complex and flavour-packed wine; zesty, with a lemonylime edge, even with a hint of melon. Terrific with fish, or easily enjoyed on its own, assuming you’re looking for an intense and refreshing wine. Rubillo Cesanese, Lazio, 2012, £9.40 The Cesanese grape has been grown in the Lazio region for a very long time, possibly since the days of the Roman Empire. This example is produced by the Pallavicini family, which has itself been in Lazio since the 17th century. A soft yet substantial red wine, with flavours of cherries and dark fruits; pleasantly dry, but without harshness, this could be enjoyed with many foods, or by itself.


Dry Furmint Royal Tokaji, 2011, £9.99* Furmint has been grown in Hungary for centuries. It is the principal grape used for Tokaji desert wines, but it is also used for dry white wines such as this. The flavour is somewhat unusual but quite restrained; clean and fresh, well-rounded and aromatic; not a million miles away from some Chardonnays, but with its own personality. *On offer until October 28th at £8.99 when you buy two bottles. Château Musar Hochar Père et Fils 2007 £11.99 Gaston Hochar founded Château Musar after he returned from Bordeaux in 1930. It is still a family business. Perhaps this wine’s most unusual feature is where it comes from - the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon - rather than its grape varieties. However, the production methods are also unusual: grapes are handharvested by local Bedouins between August and October, ambient yeasts do the work of fermentation, and the bare minimum of sulphur is used. The wines are neither fined nor filtered, so should ideally be decanted a few hours before serving. Made from Cinsault, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grenache, this wine has an oaky smokiness (it has spent 9 months in French oak) which comes through its long and powerful but velvety-smooth dark fruit flavour. Not a heavy wine, but on the heavy side of medium, this is a wine to savour.


Rueda Verdejo 2012 £7.99 Verdejo has been grown in Spain’s Rueda region for many centuries and Rueda Verdejo, for which the regulations require a minimum of 85% Verdejo, has appeared in recent decades. The grapes are usually harvested at night, when they are cool, rather than during the daytime heat of a Spanish September. This fresh white wine could be a pleasant alternative to a Pinot Grigio or a Sauvignon Blanc and it would go particularly well with fish. It manages to be tart without being sour and it should also go down well with spicy food, such as Thai curry.


Fleurie 2010 £6.49 The Gamay grape is only well-known because of its use in Beaujolais, where it has been grown for centuries. It produces relatively lightweight red wines. This Fleurie isn’t as light as a basic Beaujolais, but it’s still light enough to appeal to many who usually drink white wines rather than red. The fruity blackcurrant/ vanilla bouquet is attractive and some may find the flavour enjoyable, but others will find it a little thin. Despite being red, Beaujolais is usually served cool (say 14C).


Brown Brothers Tarrango 2010 £8.49 Tarrango was created in 1965, in Victoria, Australia (which is where this wine comes from) by crossing Touriga Nacional with Sultana. Touriga Nacional is arguably Portugal’s best grape and plays a leading part in Port, while Sultana is, not surprisingly, the ‘white’ grape from which sultanas are made. This may sound an unlikely combination, but the result can produce a wine that might be seen as a slightly firmer alternative to Beaujolais. Its light red colour and bright red-fruit taste could appeal to many who aren’t looking for the sort of full-bodied red you typically get from Australia. As with Beaujolais, Tarrango is usually served cool, but we preferred this example at more like 16C.

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We visit Despite being a city, Derby has more of a large market town feel, rather than the rush and bustle of most cities. It’s not too big, there are plenty of pedestrianised areas, and it’s essentially level, which helps make it easy to explore. The cathedral was originally the parish church, but in 1927 it was elevated to cathedral status. Here we found an ancient connection to our area: Bess of Hardwick, who married George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury in 1568, thereby becoming Countess of Shrewsbury, is interred here. The Tower tour is a good way to get your bearings for exploring the town on foot. You get a bird’s eye view in more ways than one, as you join the Peregrines that can be viewed via a webcam. This year all four chicks survived. Jack Rabbits, located directly opposite the cathedral, is a convenient place to eat, with a vibrant atmosphere, good range of dishes and fast service. Derby has lots of independent shops, especially in the Cathedral Quarter. The interesting architecture includes a traditional market hall, inside which the Derby Pyclet Co. can be found; they cook pyclets and Derbyshire oatcakes while you wait. You can take a seat at the ‘bar’ while Martin prepares a pair of ‘posh pyclets’ for a few pounds; perhaps with stilton, honey and walnuts, or smoked salmon and horseradish cream, or Welsh rarebit - or simply enjoy a pair toasted with butter for £1.50. It would take a couple of days to see and appreciate what the city has to offer, and the area surrounding Derby also has a number of attractions. These include the National Tramway Museum at Crich, about 15 miles to the north. Donington Park Grand Prix collection is located next to the Donington Park race track, a few miles from Derby. The first Donington Grand Prix, on 5th October 1935, was won by Richard Shuttleworth in an Alfa Romeo, underlining Alfa’s sporting heritage, and providing a link to today’s Giulietta.

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Alfa Giulietta The Giulietta is a car that combines Italian flair with everyday practicality, potentially giving buyers the best of both worlds. There’s a good choice of engines, both petrol and diesel. Petrols range from 120bhp to 235bhp (in the 1750 Cloverleaf) while diesels run from 105bhp to 170bhp. Diesels will probably appeal to higher-mileage drivers looking for optimum economy, while a petrol option might be top of the list for the red-blooded motoring enthusiast, or for those who don’t do many miles. We drove a middle-of-the range model a 2.0JTDM-2 140bhp Lusso, to be precise. With a recommended ‘on the road’ price of £21,250 this isn’t particularly expensive for what it offers, and it provides more individuality, and better styling, than you’d get with many other cars. It also offers relatively low emissions (119g) and respectable fuel economy. The official ‘combined’ figure is 62.8mpg; we

averaged 54mpg on the run to Derby and back, but if you simply cruised down a motorway at 60mph, the car’s computer suggested you might top 65mpg - very impressive! Despite this being the lower-powered of the 2-litre diesels, performance is far more than merely adequate, with a claimed 127mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of just under nine seconds. With impressive urge even at low rpm, it made short work of most hills and the engine was tractable and refined. If you require more performance, the 170bhp version is about £900 extra, drops the 0-60 time to just under eight seconds, pushes the top speed to about 135mph, and is only around 2mpg thirstier. The Giulietta was at its best on relatively good roads, where it would bowl along at 60mph - or more if the speed limit permitted it - with the greatest of ease. It also had a good ventilation system (very handy in summer weather), an excellent

gear-change, a good-size boot - and it was surprisingly easy to park. The steering is heavier than on many cars, presumably to try to give the driver more feel. Whether or not this is better is simply a matter of personal preference. One feature of the car is the selectable “D.N.A.” system. For sporty driving you can select ‘Dynamic’, which gives faster throttle response and increases turbo boost, giving about 6% more torque at low revs. For normal driving you can use the ‘N’ setting and the ‘All Weather’ mode is for slippy conditions. The Lusso model is quite well equipped, including features such as cruise and Bluetooth plus automatic headlights and wipers. The car we drove had optional extras such as leather upholstery, a refrigerated glove box and metallic paint, adding about £2,000 to the list price. Stop-start is a standard feature, so the engine can stop itself when you’re stationary in traffic, then automatically restart when it’s time to set off. However, there were times when we found the restart took a little too long, so we often switched this feature off. Overall this Giulietta provides a stylish

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Located in the heart of Derby, the Cathedral Quarter Hotel is a recent creation, a boutiquestyle conversion of a council building. The architecture of hotel was magnificent, ranging from the opulent marble columns and staircase, complete with stained glass window, to the imposing facade. The location provided an excellent base for exploring the city on foot. Fractionally off the beaten track, it had an air of calmness you often struggle to find in a city, but the Cathedral and shops were only a few minutes’ walk away. A secure car park, seemingly rated as Europe’s safest, was just a few minutes in the other direction, and hotel guests benefit from a discount. Our room was compact but well-equipped; it also had effective secondary glazing, so it would be easy to shut the city out, should the need arise! The evening meal was excellent and the staff were attentive, friendly and competent, helping make this an enjoyable stay.

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An excellent range of real ales ciders and perries, some new and some old friends provided a real tasting opportunity at The Bridge at Stanford Bridge's 'BridgeStock' Peace, Beer & Cider Festival over the weekend of July 20th. Live music each night and a BBQ oering a range of kebabs plus hot dogs and veggie burgers helped keep people happy. The cask ales included a delicious Three Tuns Jim Jones' Peculiar IPA 'No Doctors' but at 6.6% this had to be taken in moderation!


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Farm and Country WINE BOXES

Tenbury Local Producers Market Standing Straw Auction

Recent spells of fine weather saw people sprucing up the barbecue for another season, and this is the time of year when many think about buying wine boxes. Over the years some pretty dire wines have been found in boxes, and although a box is a convenient way to package wine, that's no reason to fill it with dodgy wine! We set out to find some On July 20th, Tenbury'stherefore Local Producers Market was respectable held for theyet firstaffordable time at itswines, which you and your guests can expect to enjoy. new home, The Burgage. The stalls offered a wide choice, from sausages, This mightofmake Co-op's more Normally we taste wines at the correct temperature, bread,personality. Nick Champion Tenbury Wells toldpopular us that cheese or a bottle of wine a range items local The with enthusiasts, possibly more challenging for the but to if you leaveof a box of from whiteaout forblacksmith. hours on a hot "A fair entrybut of 710.5 acres of standing straw market is scheduled today, appear in Tenbury once month for the rest its of cool 2013. less committed. it's going to warm up.aYou can help it keep was offered on 4th July 2013. Bidding was Here's a selection of pictures to show what waspossibly available! by keeping it in you a shady place, with a freezer Getting a wine for use is stillwinter a bit ofwheat a fiddle, strong forbox theready few lots of good block (but don't let the box get soggy). Consequently but these had decent with particular strawboxes cropsallwhich sold totaps, a top of no £104 per we also tried the whites at around 20 degrees, to make tendency drip, or to gush wineof out in a torrent, as The large proportion spring crops met sure they were still enjoyable. we have sometimes encountered the past! A 3-litre a more selective trade within location and straw box holds the equivalent of fourThe standard bottles, a quantity the main factor. overall average All the wines were well-made and pleasantly clean2.25-litre holdswith three, so the equivalent cost wasbox £58.64, Winter Wheat at £56bottle to £104 tasting. The Morrisons and Tesco wines were is between £3.75 and £4.67. easy-drinking all-rounders; the Co-op's had a bit more (average £82.15), Spring Barley £42 to £54 (average £44.64), Spring Wheat £66 to £78 (average £70.11), Winter Oat £60, Spring Oats £52, Winter & Spring Rape £25."


Good French White £14.99 (3 litres) Made from an unstated blend of grapes, this was a nicely-balanced Auctioneer . Valuer . Land & Estate Agent and very pleasant white wine that would be widely acceptable. Dryish without being dry and with notes of white peach and a hint TENBURY SHEEP SALE of lime, this would go down well on a summer's evening - or at SATURDAY, 10TH AUGUST 4000 STORE LAMBS INC. 800 SUFFOLK X many other times. WELSH MULE FROM M/S WARD, EASTHAM Good French Red £15.99 (3 litres) & 600 CHAROLLAIS/SUFFOLK X WELSH Also made from an unstated blend of grapes, this was also nicely- MULE FROM M/S SPILSBURY, ORLETON. balanced. Lower in tannin than many French reds, this has more of ALSO BREEDING & CULL EWES & RAMS. an international style, rather than being typically French. With sufficient fruitiness and a pepperiness, this is a wine that's easy to Tel: 01584 810555 drink with or without food.

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Simply Chardonnay £16.49 (3 litres) From South East Australia, this isn't as bold as you might expect an FARM SUPPLIES LTD To STOURPORT Australian Chardonnay to be, possibly because it's a blend, ABBERLEY described as also including Cereza, Auxerrois Blanc and Albariño A443 A451 grapes. Tesco describe it as 'Elegant, appley Chardonnay' - a fair ERIC enough summary - and we found none of the sharp edge FIRKINS sometimes found in an inexpensive Chardonnay. When cold it had Held in the Village Hall on July 27th, this market not only featured the sort of GREAT WITLEY moreasfreshness, butvegetables, the flavour still through. products you expect, such meat, pies, andcame apple juice, it also had A443 Simply Shiraz £16.49 (3 litres)fish. Perhaps the most some more unusual, such as buttons and smoked To To striking items were the Also assorted from South East Australia, this lacks the boldness you often get MARTLEY WORCESTER animals, locally-made from with locallyAustralian Shiraz, which could make it more widely-acceptable, NOW IN STOCK grown willow, that could be seen rather than being something just for the keen red wine drinker. 'grazing' on the grass near the hall! There's not a lot of fruit up front, but it builds to a strong presence, ending with a long peppery style. Some people might consider this FIND US AS YOU HEAD OUT OF GREAT to be at its best with food, but we enjoyed it with or without. WITLEY ON THE A451 TOWARDS

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Jacaranda Hill Semillon Chardonnay 2012 £17.99 (3 litres) The same range of goods and the same service Another wine from South East Australia, this is perhaps a more 01299 896399 'serious' wine than the other whites, being fresher, sharper and OPENING MON-FRI 8am to 5.30pm drier, with green apple notes and hints of tropical fruits. This style HOURS SAT 8am to 12.30pm might be preferred by keen white wine drinkers, but could be too assertive for some. As a BBQ choice it would go particularly well with spicy food. Jacaranda Hill Shiraz 2012 £18.49 (3 litres) SEPTIC Quite firm, this is a robust red, with some tannin, but without the TANK & CESS PIT EMPTYING SERVICE pepperiness one might expect from an Australian Shiraz. CHARLES However, MAIDEN WASTE DISPOSAL LTD if you enjoy a dry red with lots of substance and flavour, it might be just what you're looking for, especially with the right sort of food. A real horses-for-courses wine! The Pink Chill 2011 £13.99 (2.25 litres) There's always something fun about pink wine but this Californian Zinfandel is less sweet than might be expected so it's more than just a party wine. As its name suggests, this does need to be served chilled. There's a pleasant almost floral aroma and hints of redcurrants and strawberries. Well-chilled, this could please many rosé drinkers on a hot evening! 24 HOURS... 365 DAYS


Mill Farm Update

Stanford Bridge's Mill Farm has seen a lot of changes recently. The Honey Pot, a tearoom and crafts shop run by Jacqui Neath and Vik Carrick, opened on July 20th, replacing Tarc Gallery. Kyre Kitchens is another addition, bringing traditional hot smoking to the local community.




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09 12 59 FABIA ROOMSTER 1.2, 14,000 miles . . . .miles, . . . . .alloy . . . . wheels, . . . . . . .roof . . . rails . . . .... .. £11,350 £6,450 12 1.2 TDI SEblue, ESTATE, silver, 12,000 12 12 FABIA 1.2 SE, grey, 7,000 miles, alloys, air con . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8,750 12 12 FABIA 1.2 SE, silver, 1,300 miles, air con, alloys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8,450 12 12 FABIA 1.6 TDI SE ESTATE, blue, 5,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £11,350 09 59 FABIA 1.6 ESTATE AUTOMATIC, silver, 7,000 miles, air con, alloys . . . . . . . . . £7,650 08 08 FABIA 1.4 TDI ESTATE, beige, 50,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6,995 10 1.2 GREENLINE, S, blue, 19,000 miles, electric £7,250 0960 59 FABIA FABIA 1.4 silver, 48,000 miles windows . . . . . . . .&. .alarm . . . . .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .£6,450 08 FABIA 1.4 1.4 TDI TDIESTATE LEVEL LEVEL 2 ESTATE, beige, 50,000 miles, £6,995 08 08 08 FABIA 2, silver, 70,000 miles . . .air . . con, . . . . alloys . . . . . .. ..... .. . £6,250 08 FABIA 1.2 1.9CLASSIC, TDl LEVEL 3 ESTATE, £6,995 08 08 08 FABIA blue, 60,000 green, miles .42,000 . . . . . .miles . . . . .alloys, . . . . . air . . .con . . . .. ..... .. . £3,995 06 57 06 FABIA blue, 80,000 . . . alloys . . . . . wheels . . . . . . .. .. ..... .. . £3,995 07 FABIA 1.4 1.9 TDI TDICLASSIC LEVEL 3,ESTATE, grey, 40,000 miles,miles air con, £5,995 06 58 56 FABIA red, 70,000 . . air . . .con, . . . .alloys . . . . .. .. .. ..... .. .. .. ..... .. . £3,495 08 FABIA 1.4 1.9 TDI TDICOMFORT, LEVEL 2, blue, 70,000miles miles, £4,995 05 05 FABIA 1.4 16V AUTOMATIC, gold, 40,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3,450 06 06 FABIA 1.4 TDI CLASSIC ESTATE, blue, 80,000 miles, air con, reverse sensors . . £3,995 03 03 FABIA 1.9, grey, 58,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3,150 05 FABIA 1.2 1.4 CLASSIC, 16V AUTO, gold,55,000 40,000 miles, £3,750 05 05 05 FABIA green, miles . . air . . .con . . . .. ..... .. .. .. ..... .. .. .. ..... .. .. .. ..... .£2,575


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Lola Aston Martin Win a Mirage

Mitsubishi Motors is running a competition that will see each of its UK dealerships give away a new Mirage to one lucky customer for a whole year. The prize draw is open to drivers who take a Mirage for a test drive before November 30th. Lance Bradley, Managing Director Photo by Jeff Bloxham of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “Thanks this competition people The LolatoAston Martin DBR1-2 that allcompeted over the country willinbe driving at Le Mans 2009, away from4th a Mitsubishi finishing in its class,dealership is due to with a vehicle that will beHill theirs for appear at Shelsley Walsh Climb a in whole year. ” August. The car, driven by Jan Charouz, Stefan Mucke and Thomas Enge, was the leading Lola Aston Martin that year, as part of a two-car assault on the Le Mans 24 This year, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will take place on Hours. Sunday November 3rd. The 60-mile run commemorates the Emancipation Aston Martin was founded in 1913 Run of 14 November 1896, which celebrated the Locomotives on the by LionelAct. Martin Robert Thisand raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from Highway Lionel 4 Bamford. to 14mph, andMartin entered cars at Shelsleythe during abolished needthe for1920s; in 1950 and 1951 Aston Martin these vehicles to be came as a works effort, the preceded by awith man onLe Mans DB2 team cars, with XMC 76 and XMC 77 foot waving a red flag. for Emancipation Reg Parnell, George The Run Abecassis was re-enacted andfirst Charles Brackenbury; and A recent check at a Shropshire inAbecassis 1927 andreturned has taken in 1953 with a primary school found illegal tyres on place every November DB3. In 1955 and 1956, when David eight of the 25 cars that were since, with the Brown owned the marque, Angela exception of the war Brown (his daughter) entered a DB3. inspected. The test, conducted by tyre years and 1947, when manufacturer Falken, also found tyres Prestige car dealers Stratstone are petrol was rationed. that were over 10 years old. Following scheduled to be displaying a wide the success of the event in selection of current road cars Shropshire, Falken is planning to roll it overlooking the start line at Shelsley. out to other schools across the UK.

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Honda CR-V 1.6 Diesel

The British-built CR-V 1.6 diesel is set to arrive in Honda dealerships in October. On-the-road prices will start at £22,800 for the entrylevel S variant, £24,660 for the SE, and £26,880 for the rangetopping SR. Even the entry-level S is well-equipped, with DAB radio, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors, USB connectivity and steering wheel remote audio controls. The new 1.6 diesel engine made its debut in the Civic earlier this year and Honda say that "With the new 1.6 i-DTEC engine in the CR-V, customers get the best of both worlds; the practicality and styling of an SUV with the lower emission and fuel efficiency that a small

diesel engine offers. Fuel economy on the combined cycle is up to an impressive 62.8 mpg and means the CR-V has the potential to cover up to 800 miles on one tank of fuel. In addition, CO2 emissions as low as 119g/km mean the CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC qualifies for just £0 road tax for the first year and as low as £30 annual road tax thereafter." The CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC is available in two-wheel-drive only and has a 6speed manual gearbox. Maximum power output is 120PS at 4,000rpm and maximum torque is 300Nm at 2,000rpm. It is expected to catch the eye of company car buyers, with S and SE grades benefiting from P11D tax rates starting from 18 per cent in the current tax year.


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Dealers Rated Honda’s dealer network has been placed in the top three of the highly-respected 2013 JD Power Satisfaction Survey, published in What Car? magazine. Recognised for their professional, friendly and accommodating service, Honda dealers scored an outstanding 84 per cent overall. Customers were particularly impressed with realistic pricing and exceptional service, with 92 per cent saying they would recommend their Honda dealer to a family member or friend.

Civic Tourer The new Civic Tourer is due to be launched in early 2014. It was developed and designed in Europe and will be built at Honda’s UK manufacturing facility in Swindon, alongside the CR-V and Jazz and hatchback Civic. Two engines will be offered: the new 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine from the Earth Dreams Technology series, and the 1.8 i-VTEC petrol engine, with manual or automatic transmission. The Civic Tourer has the same centre fuel tank layout as the Civic hatchback; it also retains Honda’s innovative Magic Seat system. The boot space of 624 litres up to the window line with the rear seats in place expands to 1668 litres, filled up to the

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roof, with the rear seats down. There is additional underfloor storage and the height of the loading lip has been reduced by 137mm compared to the Civic hatchback to ease loading. Other changes include a brand new Adaptive Damper System (ADS) which Honda say will "help to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions".


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Kia Venga


Cars that are short but tall have become increasingly popular in recent years. Renault's Megane Scenic popularised this approach in the 1990s, but various manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon since, such as Ford with the well-known B-Max and C-Max. Many buyers want a car that fits easily in a supermarket parking space, but at the same time they need a reasonable amount of space inside the car. Kia's entry in this category is the Venga. At just over four metres long it's at the compact


was quite an impressive package. With a claimed 114bhp it offered a reasonable turn of speed and its features included part-leather upholstery, automatic air conditioning and an electric sun roof. We did a lot of short journeys in the car and our overall average was only 48mpg, but on a steady run we'd expect it to top 55mpg. The diesel engine was a bit rattly at low revs, but the eco stop/start helps, as the engine automatically stops and restarts if you're stuck in traffic or waiting at traffic lights. At higher rpm the rattle goes away, so using one gear lower than you might expect can improve the car's refinement. The suspension is biased towards comfort rather than sporty handling, so it dealt well with bumps and pot-holes, but sharp crests, steep dips and adverse cambers needed to be approached sensibly. Kia have probably got the balance about right as most buyers of this type of car will care more about ride comfort than they do about taut handling. Trim levels run from the fairly basic level '1' (no air conditioning), through the '1 Air' and '2', up to the range-topping '3' and '3 Sat Nav. At 'Level 3' you get a choice of 1.6-litre engines, either the 114bhp diesel we tried (£16,975) or the 123bhp petrol, at £15,685 (manual transmission) or £16,785 (automatic). Looking at entry-level models, the 'Level 1' end of the MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) you could maximise their legroom by offers a choice of 1.4-litre engines: petrol at spectrum, being only a few inches longer than sacrificing boot space. Folding the seats is £11,595 or diesel at £12,895. You'd need to do a Ford Fiesta, but it feels pleasantly spacious easy and with them folded there's a really a lot of miles to recoup the diesel's higher cost inside, at least in the front. Legroom in the useful amount of carrying space. The 'wheel at and despite both offering 89bhp, Kia claim back isn't over-generous, so a Venga might each corner' design (the Venga has an significantly better acceleration for the petrol not be the best place for four tall adults, but unusually long wheelbase for a car of its size) version (12.4 seconds for 0-60mph, compared you can easily check this out for yourself if means it maintains a reasonably level attitude, to the diesel's 14 seconds), so the petrol that's what you are looking for. even with a heavy load in the boot. Cars with model might be the better buy for many The rear seats fold down; they also slide fore- a long rear overhang rarely cope as well under buyers. The Venga was very practical and easy these conditions, so the Kia's layout is a good to drive, it did pretty much all you should and-aft; they also recline, so you can adjust practical feature for an MPV. reasonably expect from a car of this type, and the passenger space/boot space allocation. With two youngsters in the back you could We drove a 1.6-litre diesel. This engine is only all versions come with Kia's seven-year, have a bigger boot, but with adults in the rear available with the top 'Level 3' trim. Overall it 100,000 mile warranty.




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Mirage range fuel consumption in mpg (ltrs/100km): Urban 56.5 - 61.4 (5.0 - 4.6), Extra Urban 72.4 - 78.5 (3.9 - 3.6), Combined 65.7 - 68.9 (4.3 - 4.1), CO2 Emissions 100 - 95g/km.

Volvo S80

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2014 model The S80 has been part of Volvo's range for about 15 years. It's their entry in the executive saloon market. The first generation ran until 2006, when it was replaced by the second-generation model, which itself received an upgrade a few years ago. This year sees another upgrade to the S80, with deliveries of the 2014 model beginning in July. Changes for the new model include styling revisions and lower emissions; for example the S80 D2 automatic drops from 119g/km to 109g/km. The



2013 model engine range will also be changed, with the introduction of the new Drive-E engines, but the introduction of the full range of new-generation engines will take a number of years. The first of these will be the D4 diesel, with production starting in late 2013. Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain Engineering at Volvo Cars, explained that the new engine range "marks a milestone in Volvo Cars' history", adding "The starting point was our customers and what we wanted to offer them

in regard to good fuel economy, low environmental impact and immense driving pleasure at an attractive price. At the same time, however, it's also about the fact that Volvo Cars gets a sound basis for developing future-generation technologies featuring fuel economy of absolute world class." The S80 has always been a car that people buy because they want a large, well-built and safe saloon. We drove a 2013 model, a D3, with the 136bhp 2-litre 5-cylinder engine. Considering the car's size and

weight it was impressive how much urge this delivered, but the car's general feel underlines that this is a car that is designed for long journeys at a relaxed pace, rather than for a sporty response. This should come as no surprise, given the S80's traditional image. Cruising down a good main road at 60mph in top it was only turning at 1,600rpm, creating a very lazy feel, and features such as adaptive cruise control can help make life easier for the driver, by adjusting the car's speed according to the speed of the car in front.

Suzuki Swift Sport

Suzuki Swift at Burford House It's easy to be cynical when you see the word "Sport" added to a car's name, and dismiss it as a marketing or styling exercise, possibly involving little more than wider tyres and a few stripes. In some cases this view may be justified, but not with Suzuki's Swift Sport. It does share a great deal with other Swifts but the changes for the Sport really do set it apart. There are sportier wheels, of course. And two exhaust pipes. And a more powerful engine. And better suspension. The result is a car that's better looking and better behaved when

driven in a sporty manner, as well as being much quicker. The 1.6 litre petrol engine has variable valve timing and produces 136bhp. Hardly a huge output, but the car's light weight means it's pleasantly nippy, as shown by its 0-60 time of eight-point-something seconds - quicker than many more powerful cars. The engine is excellent. It willingly hits 7,000rpm in the lower gears and its wide rev range helps when overtaking, as a gearchange is less likely to be needed during the manoeuvre. Despite this rev-happy nature, it remains flexible, docile

and civilised at city speeds and it's just as happy to potter round car parks at 1,000 rpm, though its turning circle is bigger than some. The Sport is only available as a three-door there is no five-door option - and there's only one trim level, but this is impressively comprehensive. Keyless operation, electric mirrors, automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth, cruise control, automatic headlamps, headlamp washers, metallic paint and rear privacy glass are all standard. From the driver's perspective, it's not just the easy straight-line performance that's welcome,

List prices for the S80 start at £29,520 for the 115bhp 1.6-litre D2SE Start/Stop Powershift 4dr and run up to about £39,000 for the 215bhp, 2.4litre D5 Executive Geartronic. Substantial discounts are available, but optional extras would add to the cost. The whole range is wellequipped, with features such as electric mirrors, electric windows allround, cruise control, leather upholstery and Bluetooth, while the quality feel is reinforced by details such as the refined 'thunk' when the doors close.

it's also the car's competence over bumps and while cornering. Some cars are a handful on bendy up-and-down roads, such as from Cleobury Mortimer to Tenbury, but the Swift Sport retained its composure well, while its narrowness was a bonus when passing oncoming traffic in some of the tighter sections. The steering had a fluid feel with ample feedback, and the steering and clutch were both pleasantly light, reinforcing the ease of driving, though on longer journeys a lower noise level would have been welcome. Despite the suspension being firm enough to control the car well, it rarely felt harsh - truly a sign of good design. It's unusual for a small car to feel so confident, but the Swift Sport is certainly a small car, as one glance at the boot will confirm. At least the back seats fold easily, providing extra luggage space! The three-door body makes getting into the back a bit awkward, but once you're in, it isn't as tight as might be expected, provided whoever is in front of you doesn't have their seat well back. Fuel economy is a bit tricky. The display showed around 46mpg, but judging from the amount of petrol we bought, we'd estimate it was actually closer to 37mpg, which isn't too bad, given the car's sporty nature and the type of roads used. The Swift Sport is competent, it's relatively affordable at £13,749 on the road and it's fun to drive. Its emissions are low enough (147g) to avoid a punishingly expensive tax disc and its insurance group (19) doesn't compare badly to other cars that deliver a sporty drive. Perhaps the most puzzling thing is why it isn't selling in larger numbers!



LUDLOW MOTORS - DEALER OF THE YEAR Ludlow Motors triumphed as Suzuki announced their 2012 Dealer Award Winners, beating o competition from throughout the country. Ludlow Motors were presented with the prestigious Dealer of the Year award at a ceremony hosted by Kriss Akabusi, at Suzuki’s annual national Dealer Service Manager Dave Middleton and General Manager Peter Hughes Conference. The award is (centre) with Suzuki Area Managers Steve Mein and Jon Coles. voted for by customers, who gave recognition for original founder was Derrick Grieveson; his son Stuart a range of achievements throughout 2012, is now the Managing Director and three of Derrick’s including customer service and quality of work. grandchildren also work within the group. It’s a truly The dealership was also congratulated for its family-run local business and this is evident in the outstanding vehicle, parts and accessory sales. Ludlow Motors also picked up a 20-year long-service ethics it is run by, and in the down-to-earth, common sense approach to providing excellent customer award for their long-term dedication and were service. congratulated by Sales and Marketing Director Dale Ludlow Motors not only provides excellent new Wyatt for their e orts. He also thanked them for their Suzuki sales, it also has a very comprehensive commitment to the Suzuki brand. Vauxhall sales department plus a huge range of Peter Hughes, General Manager at Ludlow, received quality used vehicles. Ludlow also boasts impressive the award on behalf of his team. He commented on workshop facilities along with state-of-the-art the excellent achievement and how Ludlow Motors equipment and the latest diagnostic technologies. has continued to go from strength to strength. He also looked to what Suzuki has to o er in 2013, saying The workshops are approved Suzuki, Vauxhall and "Looking forward, we are moving into a really exciting Ford service centres and the technicians are all trained by the manufacturers, giving customers the assurance period including the launch of a new C-Segment that all work is carried out to the highest possible Crossover model that will help to raise awareness of standard and using genuine parts and oils. The Suzuki in the UK. Being voted best in the country by company also promotes a 'Price Promise Guarantee' our own customers through Suzuki is testament to whereby they will match or beat any like-for-like the work put in by the whole team and will certainly quote on servicing and MOTs. give us a boost to carry on achieving great things in All-in-all it is exciting to see a local business doing so the coming year." well and the Suzuki award goes to show that Ludlow This year Ludlow will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the family-run business they are part Motors has a lot to o er its customers and the local of, which began trading cars in Worcester in 1953. The community.

4x4 Swift

Following sales success in Japan, as well as several European Countries, Suzuki has launched the 4x4 Swift in the UK. It will be available as a ve-door 1.2 petrol-engined model, with manual transmission, in ‘SZ3’ and ‘SZ4’ trim levels. Apart from 4x4 badging and a slightly increased ride height (up by 25mm) the SZ3 4x4 appears identical to the equivalent ve-door two-wheel-drive model. The SZ4 4x4 model has a more rugged appearance and o ers extra protection over rough ground courtesy of front and rear skid plates, black wheel arch extensions and black side skirts. This new model has a 4-wheel drive system which transfers additional

torque to the rear wheels when required, via a viscous coupling. Suzuki says: “It is also an ideal choice for customers living in rural areas needing additional mobility or for crossing slippery surfaces during winter without owning a larger and more conventional SUV-sized vehicle.” The 4x4 model is only 65kg heavier than the equivalent 2WD petrol model and emissions are only 10g/km higher at 126g/km. Included in Suzuki’s current VAT-free o ers, the 4x4 Swift is priced at £11,516 for the SZ3 and £13,116 for the higher-spec SZ4, which includes power folding door mirrors with integral indicators and Daylight Running Lamps as standard equipment.





New Appointment Local Vauxhall dealership Ludlow Motors is strengthening its team with the appointment of a new Sales Executive. Ashley Blakebrough, 37, is no stranger to the West Midlands motor scene and is joining the team at Ludlow with 11 years motor experience under his belt. Having worked at the retailer’s sister sites: Stourbridge Motor House and Clarks of Kidderminster, the Bridgnorth local is replacing long-standing staff member Jim Rivers, who is retiring after a decade of working at the Ludlow dealership on Bromfield Road. Ashley said: “Ludlow Motors is one of the best-known and longestrunning retailers in the West Midlands, and when the General Manager Peter Hughes, invited me to work here, I jumped at the chance.” With the recent launches of the Vauxhall ADAM and Cascada, as well as the dealership celebrating its 60th year as a family-run business, it really is an exciting time for Ashley to be working at Ludlow Motors with the Vauxhall brand. He added: “In my new role at the dealership, I hope to further reach out to our customers and show them just how far Vauxhall has come, and what a flawless, friendly and hassle-free service we offer. There is fantastic consistency in Vauxhall vehicles and we have a great range of innovative models on offer - here's to another successful year!”



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