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Flood defences for Tenbury Wells have been discussed for a number of decades, and possibly even for centuries, given that a substantial part of St Mary’s Church collapsed following the great floods of 1770. In the early years of this century a number of serious floods hit Tenbury and some property was flooded three times in just over a year. Following the floods of 2007 and 2008, flood defences to safeguard the town for the future were widely discussed, but at that time it was

felt that money would not be available to fund a scheme. Local MP Harriett Baldwin has already successfully campaigned for six flood defence schemes in other areas and is on record as saying that Tenbury needs a long-term solution. She has now undertaken to do her utmost to try to secure funding for defences, subject to this being what the people of the town actually want. So that opinion can be gauged, a public meeting is to be held in October in Tenbury, so

people can learn about what might be possible and give their feedback. A meeting has been pencilled in for October 9th in the Pump Rooms, starting at 7pm, but these details are currently provisional and have not been confirmed as we go to press. The hope is that local businesspeople, as well as local residents, will come to the event to put their views forward, particularly as businesses were so badly hit by the flooding of about seven years ago. The fact that the army came to Tenbury in February of this year to help prepare for possible flooding underlines that the risk is still very real, not something that can be consigned to history.

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Burford Island? Shropshire Council is proposing to extend the 30mph speed limit on the A456 in Burford. In the Kidderminster direction, the 30 zone would extend past the hospital, ending midway between Forresters Road and Boraston Drive. In addition, a mini-roundabout would be provided at the end of Forresters Road by the hospital. The stated aims are “to help reduce vehicle speeds to a level that is appropriate for a village environment” and to “reduce the likelihood and severity of road casualties” but there doesn’t seem to be a plan to provide a right turn bay for traffic turning into Boraston Drive. This measure, which could have been put forward as a highways requirement when the housing estate was built, would improve road safety and help traffic flow. There have been a number of incidents where traffic on the main road has run into the back of traffic that was turning, and through traffic is often delayed by traffic that is waiting to turn. On the Little Hereford side of Burford, the 30 limit would be extended past the Rose and Crown and the Aspire Centre, ending by Lineage Farm, but there seems to be no plan to provide a turn right bay for traffic heading from Tenbury to Clee Hill, which might also improve safety and traffic flow.

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Ashford Bowdler closure? Network Rail has proposed closing Ashford Bowdler’s level crossing and building a new road connecting the eastern part of the village, including the Church, to the Caynham Road. Local MP Mr Dunne had been contacted by several people who live in the village and Anne Sinclair arranged for local residents to meet him. Mr Dunne said: “I was appalled to learn of these proposals and the cavalier approach taken by Network Rail to cut this community in half. As I understand it, there have been no safety incidents at this crossing, so it seems there is no justification for wasting enormous sums of public money and creating mayhem in a small village community for no obvious benefit. I am determined to get to the bottom of this and am seeking an urgent meeting with Network Rail for them to explain themselves.” Mr Dunne added: “I shall be working with Mike Shallow, Chair of Ashford Bowdler Parish Meeting to prepare their case to present to Network Rail and keep residents informed of developments.”

Knighton Shingles Knighton on Teme Church is thought to have been built in 1137, with its bell turret following a few years later. The turret needs new shingles which will cost over £90,000. Most of the funding has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund but more is needed. Hence the performance on September 6th of “Twelfth Night” at the Parish Rooms, by Two Score Years & 10, run by Julie Porter and Kate Garman. They had assembled an

impressive professional cast who offered a wonderful pacy performance that had the packed audience at turns spell bound and in stitches. With no set but superb music, clever lighting and sound effects, they offered one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays with great style. Steve Piper as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, now a Ludlow head teacher, and Chris Barltrop as Malvolio were outstanding, but the exchanges between Kate Garman as Viola and Julie Porter as Olivia were crucial to the story and most convincingly played. Add in the bar and excellent refreshments and a wonderful evening was guaranteed - and all in a great cause.

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A splendid display awaited those who made their way to Brimfield Village Hall for the Summer Show on August 30th. The 50p entry fee was well worth it! Flowers, fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, pot plants, floral art, preserves, cakes and handicrafts were laid out on rows of tables to view including a well-subscribed Junior section. Cream teas were available in the rear hall. The Cups were scheduled to be presented at 3pm, followed by an auction of donated entries. The Brimfield Gardening Club meets in the Hall on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm.

The League of Friends of Tenbury Hospital have told us that they will be running a fund-raising shop in Tenbury, in the old Baptist chapel (until recently Big Brums) on the corner of Berrington Road and Cross Street. It’s scheduled to run from September 27th to October 11th, so have a rummage to see what you can donate and do remember to pop in and see what you can buy!

Tesco Bricks Bayton Surgery Bayton experienced a new form of community consultation on August 22nd when local MP Harriett Baldwin joined County Councillor Ken Pollock and District Councillor Chris Dell for an unusual form of surgery at the Village Hall, supported by members of Bayton Parish Council

and a representative of the Police. Harriett Baldwin commented that “It was good to meet so many local residents at this one stop advice surgery” and Ken Pollock added “It was very encouraging to meet a wide range of people in the Village Hall and hear their concerns. Each was confidential, of course, but the lively conversation over coffee was very informative. Bayton is always a friendly place and I would like to see this experiment repeated and maybe copied elsewhere.” Chris Dell explained “I planned the surgery as a sort-of ‘one stop shop’ where local residents could discuss issues, and also have the chance to meet their elected representatives in a social setting. The evening went very well and I would like to thank everyone who came.”

Stourport’s new Tesco has been built on what used to be the Carpets of Worth site and former employees at the carpet factory have commemorated the site’s history by laying bricks, engraved with their names, at the site. Tesco store manager Chris Collins, said “It is an absolute pleasure for us to lay the bricks. We have colleagues with us that used to work at the Carpets of Worth site and we know how iconic and central the company was to the community.” The new store will have a ground floor retail area, a mezzanine level for staff, a four-pump filling station and parking for 300 cars.


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Clown at Burford

Additional attractions at Burford House on August 30th included the Tenbury Local Producers Market, a clown and a bouncy castle. Forthcoming attractions at Burford House include a circus from September 25th to 28th and the Tenbury Local Producers Market on September 27th.

Local residents were out in force on Saturday 30th August for the Knighton-on-Teme Fete at Mathon in Newnham Bridge. Many people enjoyed having a go at the various activities with the FREE ‘splat the rat’ creating much fun and laughter for the youngsters! For the more competitive there was serious prize money on offer for the skittles, garden darts and football challenge. The ‘lads’ seemed better able to kick 3 footballs accurately through scoring tyres than the ‘dads’, with one of the ‘dads’, in his enthusiasm, lodging a football on top of a high hedge - suspending play until it could be retrieved! The skittles were played by young and old alike with the high score standing at a very creditable 13 from 3 balls when we left. You could buy plants or raffle tickets, or name the teddy. There were queues for the tombolas one for children and one for adults - with one Happy Honda chap taking home a ‘bottle of’ as well as a ‘can of’! Held in aid of the Air Ambulance, Community First Responders and The Stroke Association, this relaxing afternoon was made all the more enjoyable by the tea and cake and the Tenbury Teme Valley Band.

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Records were broken on and off the course at this year’s Richard’s Castle Soap Box Derby on July 13th, with the course record beaten and the amount raised for local charities topping £10,000! Early grey skies turned into sunshine and Hanway Common came alive with 26 adult teams and four juniors racing their Soap Box Carts in this 11th Soap Box Derby. The course record was broken on the last timed run, by reigning champion C12 from Chippenham, with a time of 38.77 seconds. Team Scrap Heap challengers from Adforton picked up Best Novelty Soap Box with their Fred Flintstone cart. The event is run by volunteers within the community of Richards Castle and this year the theme was raising money for local Carers

Clows Top Show The Victory Hall at Clows Top was a blaze of colour on August 16th as the Clows Top and District Gardening Club Show got underway. Beautiful flowers, particularly stunning dahlia blooms and near perfect fruit plus vegetables, handicrafts, floral art, photography and cookery could all be seen. The show wasn’t just for adults as there was a healthy section for children with many entries. This really was an excellent display.

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association groups including Ludlow Carers, Tenbury Carers and the Leominster-based Marches Family Network. In addition to the three charities money will also be donated to Richards Castle Village Hall, Ludlow Air Cadets, Ludlow Fire Service and Richards Castle WI. Chairman Humphrey Salwey said “We are hugely grateful to everyone who was involved and supported this year’s Soap Box, it was a fantastic occasion with over 800 paying adults through the gate meaning that there must have easily been over 1200 on the hill. It was definitely our most competitive year with only milliseconds dividing carts, on top of that we managed to raise over £10,000 which will be recycled into the local community”.

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Little Hereford Fete

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The Little Hereford Village Fete was held in the splendid grounds of Easton Court on Saturday 9th August and there was plenty to see and do. The Novelty Dog Show was well under way within half an hour, with dogs and owners having a bit of fun and many coming away with a prized rosette and, at least for the owner, a smile, but artists who had entered the Painting Competition had been busy painting since 11am when the grounds opened for competition purposes. The background music of the Tenbury Town Band and then Jimmyuke and his ukulele drifted around the grounds and we were all set for another lovely afternoon. Trevor Hill demonstrated birds of prey, the cake stall and produce stall did a good trade and at times there were long queues for the tombola. There was an excellent selection of bric-a-brac - you never know quite what you might find at fetes and shows - plus local author Wilma Hayes with her latest book ‘Red Snow’, art, a sweet stall, a gazebo for teas, a coconut shy, hotdogs, and lots of books and plants. Sunny and warm for most of the time, a heavy downpour late in the afternoon saw everyone rush for cover. The Silver Horse Shoe line dancing demonstration bravely carried on as the first drops of rain arrived but were soon forced to stop the show as the rain bucketed down, but the rain did eventually clear and the sun returned for the closing raffle draw and prize giving.

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Treasure Hunt An overcast Saturday afternoon on August 16th didn’t deter the Tenbury Ramblers from turning out for what turned out to be quite a challenging Treasure Hunt. Organised by Derek and Jan Delaney, the Treasure Hunt aimed to not only provide a fun afternoon, but also to raise awareness of the Tenbury Ramblers, so that anyone interested in joining could come along and get a feel for the group in a fun way. The Treasure Hunt started off with everyone receiving a piece of paper showing 20 written clues, several photo architectural clues, and listing three rather obscure items to bring back at the end of the Hunt one was ‘a dairy receptacle’, which could have been interpreted as a buttercup! The Hunt started in the car park by the swimming pool and the cryptic clues took the ramblers all over Tenbury. A wide range of ages took part, walking round the town for over an hour, looking for obscure dates, locations, and items of local interest, much of which might not have been familiar even to people who thought they knew the town, making it an interesting and informative afternoon. The event culminated with everyone converging on the Pump Rooms for refreshments and the prize-giving. The winners, John and Gillian, won an enormous box of chocolates which they generously shared around. All the organisers were duly thanked, including Derek and Jan who made it such a fun afternoon, and Liz for organising the refreshments. Details of further walks are available from Tenbury’s Tourist Information Centre.

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Martley Show The Martley Show on 16th August included the 38th Martley and District Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show. In the village hall a huge tombola filled the stage and in the main body of the hall you could sit and enjoy refreshments. An impressive choice of cakes and sandwiches were being served, so you wouldn’t go hungry especially as there was also a BBQ outside! Entertainment included a display by the mid-western Gundog Society with the dogs being very keen to go fetch AND bring back. Games for young and old were organised and space hopper - remember them? - races showed that it wasn’t easy to hop along at a good pace. A WW1 exhibition detailed the fallen from the Martley area and there was a section about the role of horses in the war, including an excerpt from the Scottish Farmer magazine of 6th Feb 1915 describing the four categories of horse required ‘now and in the immediate future’. For example ‘Horse Battery’ light, active cart horse type, hardy and active, able to gallop and standing 15.2h to 16h. Old shells and bullets were also displayed. If you were keen you could try the ‘Change the wheel Competition’ where the person who changed the wheel in the quickest time or beat the Service Manager’s time won a FREE MOT at Central Garage Martley - and only £1 a go. George the happy train and a very smart ice-cream van (complete with candy floss) contributed to the carnival atmosphere and Young Farmers were encouraging people to try and milk a cow (not a real one) so there was plenty of fun to be had. There were classic bikes, cars and lorries, pony rides, some car boot-type stalls and various local organisations, including Martley WI, added further interest, and a lovely display in the Horticultural tent rounded off a splendid local show.

St Michael’s WI St Michael’s WI met on the evening of September 4th at St Michael’s Village Hall. Programme Co-ordinator Jenny Hooker told us that 30 members enjoyed a talk, by author Louise James, on her journey and inspiration to becoming an author, together with an insight into ‘The Blackberry Pickers’, her first published novel. The competition for an item beginning with ‘P’ was won by Kath Powis, with her entry of a penguin. The raffle was won by Sue Corfield. The next meeting is on October 2nd and anyone interested in joining the WI would be most welcome.


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Applefest

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Coming Soon! This year’s event is on October 4th on The Burgage in Tenbury Wells. In the main marquee, the Marcher Apple Network will provide apple identification for anyone who brings along apples that they haven’t been able to name. There will also be apple juicing by AppleTeme for people who bring along some apples and a clean container to take the juice home in. Frank P Matthews Ltd will again display over 250 varieties of apples and pears and be available to talk about apple husbandry as well as having trees for sale. David Patrick, Chair of Tenbury Applefest Association, said “We have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you more to see and do again this year. As well as the main apple marquee, we have the usual shopping village with food, drink and crafts, a licensed bar area, demonstrations, classic cars, the Apple Pie competition, a Photographic competition for amateur photographers, owls and alpaca treks and performances from the children of our local primary schools. A great day out for all the family for just £2.50 per person admission with under 16’s going free.” There is a focus on keeping children, as well as the rest of the family, happy at Applefest this year. There will be plenty to keep the children busy: watching the blacksmith at work, meeting the owls, taking a mini trek with an alpaca, joining a storywalk, circus skills workshop or willow workshop, and much more. Entertainment during the day will include the Tenbury Teme Valley Band, Bandemonium (a local folk & jazz group) and Leominster Morris Dancers.

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Great Witley Art and Craft Held over the late August Bank Holiday Weekend, the Great Witley 4th Art and Craft exhibition brought some wonderful art and craft work into the Teme Valley. As well as being an opportunity to buy a piece of original art for your home, it was a good excuse to visit the church, which made a spectacular backdrop to the work that was on show. Artists included John H Instance, Pascale Bigot, Sas Freeman and Tony Jones, a wood-turner.

Kings Head Macmillan On August 9th, The Kings Head in Tenbury Wells held a ‘Jamfest’, an allday fund-raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support. Starting at 2pm there was face painting, kiddies play area, a BBQ, veggie paella and live music in the garden interspersed with quizzes and

raffles. Green Macmillan collection buckets were placed strategically and the sunny afternoon made for a pleasant few hours of relaxed drinking, tasty food and easy listening to the 30 minute sets. Later on things moved indoors with sets scheduled from Red Mad Dog Duo, Queen Bee & The Drones and Skaphase. Debbie from the Kings Head told us “We had a great day and would like to thank all those who came for their support. Special thank you to all the artists for giving their time and talent, the local businesses for donating prizes and the volunteers who helped us through the day. In all we raised £460 for Macmillan Cancer.”


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Upper Sapey Fun Day A lot of hard work and organisation went into this Family Fun Day which was a fundraiser towards the upkeep of the village hall. There was a lot to do and fun to be had, but the weather, doing its best to ruin things, turned wet almost as soon as the action began. Sheltering in the hall or dashing between gazebos was the order of the day until eventually the skies lightened and things could get going again. Of course, people sheltering in the hall readily fell prey to temptation, with tea, scones and hot food being available. Dog agility displays took place and after the display you could take your own dog around the course for £1 and many energetic owners gave their dogs a run for their money! A great spectacle. You could guess how many balloons were in a Mini and possibly win the use of a Mini for the day, thanks to Rybrook of Worcester. Sapey Church had a stall selling books to raise funds. Splat the rat, ladder bean bag game, pony rides, skittles and tin can alley were all laid on. The beer tent had supplies of local beer from The Fox and for a small fee you could construct your own paper plane and try to fly it through the target hole to win a prize. The biggest challenge of the day was probably guessing where, in a large grid marked out on the playing field, would Daisy, the cow - yes a real one - make a cowpat! Upper Sapey Village Hall committee member Doh Gannon said “A huge thank you to everyone - individuals and local businesses who supported our Upper Sapey Family Fun Day on Saturday 23rd August. We had a good afternoon, despite the weather! Thank you all for your generosity. Upper Sapey Village Hall are planning to hold a Harvest Festival Dinner on Saturday 18th October and a Christmas Craft Fayre on Saturday 29th November - all welcome.”

Teme Street Market The Tenbury Local Producers moved onto Teme Street for their August 16th market, with gazebos set up on part of the pavement and in car parking spaces outside the TSB bank. Plans are afoot for a larger market, again on Teme Street, on September 20th.

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Burford Church Lindridge Autumn Show There was an invitation to all to come to St Mary’s Church, Burford, on August 24th and join in the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the Victorian Restoration. The church has a magnificent interior, is steeped in important history and is well worth a look. The barrelled wooden roof, with soaring angels, was part of Aston Webb’s 1889 renovations, as was the black and white mosaic floor. Also available to view was a transcription of the Service of Thanksgiving on 25th August 1889, copied by Rev Gordon Thompson, Team Vicar in October 1982. Cream teas were served from 3pm, with Songs of Praise at 4pm.

Cleobury RBL On Friday 12th September, Branch Chairman Jim Hulme is scheduled to conduct the Annual Auction Sale of Harvest Produce and other goods in The Bell Inn, Lower Street, Cleobury Mortimer. The auction starts at 8pm, and if past years are any guide, there

will be an excellent range of fruit, vegetables, cakes, flowers, wine and many other bargains! Lots include a day for two at Ludlow Races, a day for two at Cheltenham Races, and a four-ball round at Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club. Proceeds from the auction will go to Branch Funds.

On September 6th, the Lindridge Autumn Show was held in the Parish Hall in Eardiston. It opened to the public at 12 noon and Menithwood WI provided refreshments. You could smell the bacon cooking when we arrived! This show is only in its second year but the organisers told us that there were quite a few new entrants this year, which bodes well for the future. A lovely and imaginatively laid-out display of entries filled the hall nicely and tables and chairs at the front of the hall meant you could take your refreshments outside if you caught the weather right! There was a ‘bad hair day’ parsnip in the ugly veg class, and marvellous fruit and vegetables, some in very striking basket arrangements. Classes for children included ‘A drawn picture of your house’ and the Lindridge Toddler Group were awarded ‘best in show’ for their exhibit. Also on display were shopping bags with a picture of the Parish Hall and tea towels with a design detailing the Parish Hall, surrounded by many of the notable buildings in the parish - fundraising items commemorating 100 years of the hall.

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The morning of the Tenbury Show dawned wet. Then rain got heavier and it began to look as if the dismal forecast was going to be proved right. Some people might have been about to give up hope of seeing any good weather on the day, but at about 10.30am things started to improve. By 11am it was obvious it was going to dry up and the crowds started to arrive. The rain gave way to sunshine, the show ground dried out quite quickly and at the end of the show it was a sunny and warm evening. The Food Marquee was as popular as ever with many taking home delicious treats and many stallholders selling out of items in the afternoon. Unusual offerings included a couple of cheeses - Wensleydale with Chocolate and Orange, and Irish Porter cheese (Cheddar and Guinness). Around the ground there were lots of interesting stalls selling a range of goods. Many of the vehicle exhibitors enjoyed their moment of glory as they took their place in the parade around the main ring with an excellent commentary giving information about each vehicle and its owner! The Horticultural Tent was busy and it was good to see so many people taking the time to look at the entries, with flowers including some great-looking dahlia blooms guaranteeing a splash of colour. The Club entries on the theme of ‘The Great War’ were works of art in themselves - well done to all who entered. There was a Bonsai Club demonstrating and exhibiting some of their members’ Bonsais. In the Craft Tent crafters were demonstrating weaving, arrow making, pastels, glass engraving, corn dolly making and there were many unique gifts to be found at reasonable prices - like May Chang Soap! The Butchers Band and the Steel Band kept the music up all day. You were spoilt for choice as regards catering - a choice of BBQ’s, a creperie, Indian, paella, pizzas, fish and chips, baked potatoes, flame-grilled chicken - and even venison. There was a very professional, highly-skilled display from the Bolddog team with amazing acrobatic feats on their motorbikes while high in the sky! The Sheep Show and Sheep Dog Duck Herding in the countryside ring were also very popular, as were the tug-of-war finals, with some very competitive pulling going on. Sadly the crowd was a bit smaller than expected, presumably due to the dismal weather forecast, but despite the weather at the start of the day this turned out to be another great show. Roll on next year!

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On August 16th the Orleton and District Gardening Club’s Autumn Show opened to members and the public in the village hall. Three large tables filled the centre of the hall with the stage and end table also being filled with exhibits - so there was a lot to see. In addition, the children’s sections were displayed in the side hall and included bread hedgehogs, recycled food tins containing some herbs, clay animals, dried apple rings, ‘my favourite sandwich’ and garden designs. There were some intriguing Carnations on display - green fluffy balls would best describe them! A leisurely hour might have been enough to look at everything. It would then be time to stop for refreshments and fortunately a steady supply of cakes and tea/coffee was available through the afternoon. At the end of the afternoon, after the presentations of certificates, shields and cups, donated show items were auctioned off and the Teme Valley Times couldn’t resist getting involved. We came away with a giant courgette, an even bigger marrow and a huge cucumber described by the entrant as ‘a treat for Shrek’s lunchbox’! The club meets on the last Tuesday of each month in the village hall. They’re holding an Open Evening on 28th October from 7.30pm for anyone who might like to find out more.

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Cup Awarded Every year, on the Sunday after the Tenbury Show, the Lanman family take a purposeful walk around Tenbury Wells to judge the hanging baskets and floral displays that have been maintained by the shopkeepers, publicans and tradespeople in the town, making the town more attractive to shoppers and visitors alike. This is done in memory of George Lanman who until about 40 years ago managed a number of open spaces in Tenbury, including mowing the grass on the Burgage with a walk-behind Atco and planting up colourful beds of beautiful flowers - a real labour of love for him. On September 4th the cups and plaques were presented by Doreen James, a long-standing family friend, at an evening reception. Prize winners in the Shop/Pub Front Floral Display were Marilyn’s (first), The Ship (second) and Banfields (third), while Tenbury News won best Hanging Basket and Clockhouse won best Pair of Hanging Baskets. The competition is open to any trader in Tenbury and takes place each year. No formal entry is required.

Caravan Park On the 23 August Knighton on Teme Caravan Park held another fundraising evening in aid of a Park defibrillator. The primary activity for the evening was a skittles competition and a very large blackboard was used to keep an accurate tally of the many scores. Around seventy of the park’s residents gave it a go and had some fun. Helping the evening along was a barbershop ensemble and there was an additional sing-a-long for everyone with accordion accompaniment. Hot food and a bar were laid on for what promised to be a long evening!

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Ludlow Art It was a delight to attend the opening preview evening of Ludlow Art Society’s Summer Exhibition on August 15th. To see such a rich and diverse range of artwork was inspiring. Held in a side hall at Ludlow College’s Harley Centre, this 10-day pop-up gallery is worth seeking out. With a huge range of subject matter and media on display (many for sale, with prices running from £20 to over £1000) you could expect to find something that would appeal - even if only to put on a wish list! It would take a number of pages to illustrate all the art properly but hopefully these photos will convey a flavour of the event. The Society has an informative blog where you can keep up with what is happening. Sam Manley, the chairman, commented that the Society is keen to bring art into the community and is looking forward to running the 2015 ArtJam at the Ludlow Fringe Festival next year. The Society also provides some complimentary exhibition space for community art initiatives in the local area - this time it was the Loudwater Art Studio, based on the Burway Trading Estate, Ludlow. The Studio is part of the Vision Homes Association, a charity that supports people with visuals impairments and other complex disabilities.

Band at Burford Tenbury Town Band will be helping to raise awareness for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research by supporting the “Small Change BIG Impact” week which is running nationally between 13th and 21st September. The band will be playing on the afternoon of the 21st at Burford House Garden Store.

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Bridgestock, on the weekend of August 1st-3rd, saw an irresistible combination of good beers, excellent ciders, tantalising fancy dress, music that moved you and mower racing! A heady mix - reminiscent of those radio broadcasts on Friday afternoons which declared ‘The Weekend starts NOW!’ Truly the beers were good, with Otter, Hobsons, Ludlow, Wye Valley, Brecon and Malvern Hills breweries providing great tastes, and with a Schneider wheat beer thrown in for good measure. The ciders and perries were excellent - ginger, elderflower, and whisky cask from Thistly Cross all hit the spot, Sheppy’s raspberry cider was particularly quaffable, with Celtic’s Lily the Pink a close second. Lilley’s Bee Sting Perry (so drinkable, but you had to be careful at 7.5%) Gwynt’s Pyder (a perry and cider blend) was delicious and many more top-class ciders made for a good weekend of tasting! The live music line up kept the party going with the ‘Chicago Bytes Blues Band’ on the Friday night getting the weekend off to a flying start with some exceptional harmonica playing to say the least. Fancy dress lightened the atmosphere, with those who were brave enough to ‘go hippy’ helping raise a smile. On the Sunday afternoon frantic sun-soaked mower racing took place in a lovely spot near the pub at Stanford Bridge, complete with a bar in the paddock so you could settle down to watch some fast and competitive racing on a warm, dry afternoon. Sunday’s events brought the weekend to a close and hopefully EVERYONE sang Happy Birthday to landlord Tim Lawson!

Simply Fresh On August 16th Simply Fresh of Cleobury Mortimer held a ‘Summer Event’ from 10am 2pm. You certainly wouldn’t have gone hungry at this event! Outside you could sample freshly BBQ’d sausages from Wenlock Edge Farm. Three flavours were offered, ‘pork. plum and ginger’, ‘Toulouse’ and award-winning ‘thin proper pork sausages’! Cuisine de France had chocolate-covered mini ring-doughnuts to try. Warburtons were there promoting their new range ‘Warbeartons’ (reinforcing their tie-up with the forthcoming Paddington Bear film) and you could take away samples. Hot dogs and homemade curries were on sale outside while in-store offers, valid for just the day, included bags of Sugar at 60p and half dozen eggs for 79p and if you spent more than £10 on fruit and veg you could use a voucher that saved you £5.

Cleobury Market Cleobury’s Farmers Market got under way at 9.30am on August 16th. There were stalls inside and outside the church including Kyre Kitchens selling their range of smoked goods - chicken, trout, mackerel, salmon and fish pates - and you could try them all before you bought! Jacaranda had a range of eye-catching beaded wire sculptures, cow horn jewellery and knitted goods from Zimbabwe. Augernick Farm was selling Golden gage, plums for jam and chutney making, Avalon eating plums (you could try one before buying) and redcurrants. Scrummy Stuff had a new addition to their range ‘Venis Uns’ - venison and red wine sausages plus pork scratchings. The Hobsons stall had their range of beers including a SVR special ‘Manor Ale’ described as a hoppy amber ale and also Postman’s Pickle, a Ludlow Food Centre product with a dash of Hobsons Postman’s Knock in it. Add Ashleys Bakery with their great range of bread and you could probably have done a useful part of the week’s shopping at the market and - if you had the time - made lots of plum jam and plum chutney when you got home!


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Eastham’s 46th Annual Flower Show and Fete was held in and around the Memorial Hall on August 16th. Special guest ‘The Gruffalo’ opened the fete at 1.30pm, providing excitement for the youngsters. After opening the fete and signing a few autographs, he was taken on a tour of the stalls and even had a go at the skittles! A heavy cloudburst early on had people rushing for cover but before long the rain passed and the sun popped out again. The Fun Dog Show got under way with classes including ‘Best Brace’ and ‘Best Sausage Catcher’. A BBQ plus traditional refreshments of tea and cake meant you could have your lunch while enjoying the fete. A saxophone group of four ladies kept feet tapping while the tombola did a roaring trade and the ‘custard pie’ or wet sponge stocks were again popular. Full marks to the hardy volunteer in the stocks! In the hall there was a high standard of displays, including vases of beautiful sweet peas and other cut flowers, magnificent vegetables and fruit, and tasty-looking cookery, especially the savoury bread. You could have a giggle if you browsed the children’s section as one of the classes was ‘Handwritten joke, illustrated’. The winner was “What do you call a pig with fleas? Pork scratching!” but there were many others that raised a smile, such as “What do you call a deer with no eyes? I’ve no idea!” Add in the plant stall, lucky lollipops, loads of books, bouncy castle and grand draw and there was plenty to keep you busy until around 4.45pm when the donated produce from the show was auctioned off to raise funds for future fetes and flower shows.

1914 Commemorations

On August 3rd, events commemorating the outbreak of World War One took place in Tenbury Wells, on the Burgage, in the Pump Rooms and at the Regal cinema, where the short film ‘The Price of Freedom’ was screened four times. Free to watch, it was a poignant and powerful portrayal of the personal cost of war and left hardly a dry eye in the house as it captured the story of a young man who went off to war, leaving his sweetheart and young child behind. The exhibition in the Pump Rooms could have kept you busy for a couple of hours. It included items from Tenbury Museum, pamphlets of poetry written by Tenbury High School pupils, a large Ordnance Survey map with markers placed on the locations of local war memorials, newspaper front page facsimiles from the time, including one carrying a report of the bombardment of Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool by German gunships, with pictures of the damage to houses and Scarborough lighthouse. Meanwhile on the Burgage there were fundraising stalls; the Royal Naval Association, Royal British Legion, The Western Front Association and The Worcestershire Regiment were all represented. Add in a sing-a-long of songs from the era (with accordion accompaniment) and some classic vehicles and it was soon time for the parade of colours and closing drumhead service, ably led by Claire Lording. The service was held between two arrays of wooden crosses, each bearing details of one of Tenbury’s fallen. An educational and moving day.

Service at War Memorial Ken Pollock, Tenbury’s County Councillor, provided us with the following words on Tenbury’s Act of Remembrance, held by candlelight on the evening of August 4th. “The church clock struck 11 and 100 candles flickered in the still starlit night air around the War Memorial in the St Mary’s churchyard. Faces were lit up by the sombre candlelight, each one caught up in their own thoughts of a hundred years ago, when war was declared. We know now what they were facing. They knew only that duty called. The Rev Claire Lording led the silent congregation in the simple act of remembrance of soldiers off to the front and of those left anxiously behind, coupled with hope in this turbulent time for n Laurence Binyon, drawn by present healing William Strang in 1901 and peace. There was but one wreath laid on the memorial, by the Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO, OBE, followed by the words of Laurence Binyon’s famous poem ‘For the Fallen’, written only a month after the outbreak of war: ‘...they shall grow not old as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them...’ Then, as the standards were lowered, the Last Post, that most evocative of sounds, beautifully played by Melanie Parker, drifted over the sleeping town, ending on that rising note that speaks of hope even in death. Later Abide With Me was sung, unaccompanied but with such comforting words for those approaching the end of their long lives, many from the British Legion, proudly displaying their medals, the symbols of service. What memories they could share of later conflicts. Another memory now added for all present, including the Mayor Mark Willis and the Member of Parliament, Harriett Baldwin. And lest memories fade, there is an enduring testament to all those from Tenbury Wells and District who gave their lives ‘For Sovereign and Country’, in Roy Winton’s book of that name.”


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The Bromyard Hop Festival on Saturday 30th August was a great day out for the whole family with parades, plays, racing, markets, music and clowns and, for the first time, the Hop Pocket Race was streamed live on the internet, allowing viewers world-wide to share the fun and excitement! “The Hop Festival has always been a free event, designed to attract visitors and publicise Bromyard” said committee chairman Ian Raven “so we’re delighted to know that our Festival has reached so far this year. One lady in Australia wrote on the Bromyard. info facebook page “Well it worked in Australia! Thank you. It was great to see my daughter compete and her team, The Crown and Sceptre Ladies, getting 2nd!” Other ‘firsts’ at this year’s Festival included the first performance of a new Hop Play (following on from the one performed in previous years, moving the action into the 50s when mechanisation of hop-picking was beginning); the first children’s team to run in the Hop Pocket Race; and street entertainers and a children’s circus workshop. This was also the first time St

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Michael’s Hospice were able to fund-raise, collecting donations from the crowds. “In terms of visitor numbers, this is the biggest event of the year in Bromyard town centre” said Mr Raven. “We estimate that well over 3500 people massed in Broad Street and High Street to watch the Hop Pocket Race. Many of the town’s traders made a special effort to cater for the crowds, and public comments on the day tell us that many visitors had come to the town for the first time - we’re sure they’ll be back now they’ve ‘discovered’ Bromyard.” He added “The committee thank everyone who has given their support - the Hop Festival wouldn’t exist without them!” The winning Bromyard Rugby Club team set a new record of 2 minutes 22 seconds, beating the previous record of 2:47 set by the Sack Attack team in 2013. The winning Women’s team were the Queen’s Jugglers from the town’s Queen’s Arms with a time of 3 minutes 35 seconds. The international field included teams of Romanian and Polish fruit-pickers and other teams came from regional breweries and hop-merchants

as well as Bromyard Fire Station, Army Cadet Forces and from local pubs. Prizes were presented by special guest Toni McDonald of BBC Hereford & Worcester, who also started the race. Thanks to John Munday and Denis Teal for photos.

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