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

In eight short months we have now achieved a total of three local awards.” He also stressed how proud they were to have been recognised with this latest win.

Jacob Vaughan (left) and Barney Williams

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


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Martley Applefest 2016

What’s On!

hosted by The Chantry School, Martley. “Celebrating local food & culture” Saturday 15th October, 11am - 3pm

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Conquest Theatre Bromyard Live on Stage - 7.30pm October 2nd

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Films @ Conquest - 7.30pm September 23rd Eye in the Sky Oct 7th Florence Foster Jenkins

Screenings - 7pm September 17th September 22nd September 28th October 5th October 26th October 27th

Private lessons available for all styles

Held at Far Forest Village Hall Cleobury Road, Nr Bewdley DY14 9TE & St. Wulstan Community Centre Vale Road, Stourport DY13 8YL

Opera Australia - Turandot NT Live The Threepenny Opera RSC Cymbaline ROH Norma RSC King Lear Kenneth Branagh - The Entertainer

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How the site used to look

Work is pressing ahead on Tenbury’s Tesco site, just off Teme Street, behind the SPAR store. After a delay of some years, during which little appeared to be happening, recent months have seen a relative explosion of work, with the former infirmary building being demolished and with a considerable array of equipment working on the site. A number of Portakabin-type buildings have also appeared and vibrating machinery has been compacting the ground ready for the next stage of construction. The footpath from the end of the Teme Bridge to the Burgage has been closed to allow work alongside the river to progress, and as a condition of the planning permission the junction by Swan Garage will be improved and work will be carried out on Teme Street. The Tesco proposal has split opinion in Tenbury, with some residents supporting the scheme, while others opposed it. Concerns have included how Tesco’s arrival would affect the town’s existing businesses, and worries have been expressed about the impact on parking in the town, given that the site used to provide about 70 parking spaces. On the other side, those in favour of the new store have said that it will avoid local residents having to drive to Ludlow to shop at Tesco and that it will increase the range of shopping options in Tenbury. The current expectation is that the new Tesco store will open for business early in 2017.

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Tenbury Community Pool (TCP) has been selling scratch cards to raise funds for the upkeep and improvement of the swimming pool. There were some instant prizes to be won, but if you uncovered three £250 symbols your card could go into a draw for the top prize of £250. Tenbury’s Mayor, Cllr Mark Willis, drew the winning card at the pool on September 3rd. Rung within minutes of the draw, the lucky winner, Ray Phillips of Tenbury, was naturally surprised and delighted!

The Mayor of Tenbury Wells drew the winning card

Post Office to Close?

The Post Office is holding a consultation over plans to close the current Post Office at Clee Hill and replace it with a mobile service. This would “operate approximately 250 metres from the current premises” (in other words, about 220 yards from Clee Hill Stores) with proposed hours of 10.45am to 12.15pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but with no service on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Views are also sought on the plan to provide a mobile service for Doddington, operating from the Village Hall car park for just one hour a week - from 1pm to 2pm on Wednesdays. Also included in the consultation is the proposal to provide a mobile service at Leintwardine, by the Village Hall and Community Centre, on Mondays and on Wednesdays, from 8.45am to 10.15am.


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

Call us or visit us at: 38 Teme Street, Tenbury, WR15 8AA. Tel: 01584 810322 110 Corve Street, Ludlow, SY8 1DJ. Tel: 01584 872421 St Matthews House, Market Street, Craven Arms. Tel: 01588 672776 Email: enquiries@dykeruscoe.co.uk Website: www.dykeruscoe.co.uk

In eight short months we have now achieved a total of three local awards.” He also stressed how proud they were to have been recognised with this latest win.

Jacob Vaughan (left) and Barney Williams

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

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Council Chairman’s Walk Clows Top Post Office Each year the Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council chooses a cause to support with fundraising. This year’s Chairman, John Raine, decided to raise money for local mental health charities by undertaking a long-distance walk through the District. As we go to press, John is partway through his plan to visit every ward in the Malvern Hills District during a 112 mile walk, starting from Beach Hay in the north of the District on September 1st, and ending in Malvern on September 10th. The walk is called “John’s Hike for Health and Happiness” and John’s wife, Susan, has set off on the walk with him. The first day of the walk included lunching at the Talbot at Newnham Bridge, playing the organ at St Michael’s, staying the night at The Ship in Tenbury and receiving a contribution to his fund-raising from The Vaults pub on Teme Street. The second day’s schedule included visiting Stoke Bliss and Upper Sapey (staying at The Baiting Starting the walk on House) while the third day featured Stanford Bridge, September 1st Pensax, Abberley and Clifton.

The Post Office has announced that “we will be restoring Post Office services to Clows Top on Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 13:00”. They said that the branch will be open from 6.30am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, plus 8am to 4pm on Sundays, and that “Customers will still be able to get most of the Post Office products and services. However, for a small number of services you may need to visit an alternative Post Office, go on-line or telephone our customer helpline.”

BBC at Oldfields Cider

From left: John Raine with Phil Grove (Leader of Malvern Hills District Council) and Landlord Dermot Aherne at The Vaults.

S.E.N.S.E S.E.N.S.E is now open at Temeside House, Teme Street, Tenbury. Pizza Diann has branched out and created a tranquil place to come. Here you will be able to experience Sound Therapy and an art exhibition which has to be seen to be believed. Over the coming months we will be providing yoga, meditation, workshops, markets, craft fairs and much more. You can purchase Neal’s Yard, crystals, soy candles, homeopathic remedies, jewellery and incense with more lines to be added.

If you are looking for an outlet to display your crafts then we are renting space for £5 p.w. To enquire about renting a treatment room or space for your craft call 01584 811228 or search SENSE TENBURY on Facebook. Putting S.E.N.S.E back into society

BBC1’s popular show ‘Escape to the Country’ recently asked Tenbury Wells cider maker Geoff Thompson, from Oldfields Farm, to help out with a programme. Geoff and house hunters Lee and Jayne looked round Geoff’s orchards, talking about cider apples and tasting Oldfields Cider. Geoff commented “We were delighted to help when the show’s producers phoned and asked if they could film in our orchards. The shoot took a couple of hours and luckily we had sunny weather to show off the beautiful views across the Teme Valley.” The programme was scheduled for broadcast on August 5th at 2.25pm.

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Orchard Valley Award

A celebratory afternoon tea was held in a marquee at Orchard Valley Foods in Burford, to mark the official presentation of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2016 by the LordLieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft. Invited guests and members of the workforce gathered for this special occasion as the champagne corks popped. In his speech the Lord-Lieutenant commented that he enjoyed his factory tour which enabled him to meet the people who make the business tick and let him experience the buzz of a company that is obviously going places. He said that the celebration for the award focuses on everyone who works at the firm and, as an aside, he thought it was the first time he had ever worn his uniform and a hairnet! He reminded people that the award is made and won against many other companies, saying that ‘It is obvious that you are a dynamic company staffed by people who enjoy the job, that your standards are the highest. You have created 100 new products for clients in the last year and your client list is astounding. I congratulate you warmly on what you do and the community you serve here. It gives me the greatest possible pleasure to present this award and wish you every good fortune for the future.’ In reply Managing Director Cherry Blumberg said the company was enormously proud that in her 90th year the Queen had recognised their achievements. She thanked UK International Trade for their support with funding for key travel and events to potential export markets. International trade is now just over 10% of their business, with Canada and Australia being main markets, and export growth is a key part of the company’s strategy. She also commended the firm’s technical team who supply the samples that are the first step in all new business. Summarising, she said that the key person in all of this was Chairman Mike Forrester who with his ‘dogged determination’ has supported and driven forward all the activities of the company. In closing she thanked the Williams family for the special celebration cake which showcased nuts, crumbs and from left: Mike Forrester, Phillip Dunne (MP for Ludlow), fudges from the company’s Lt Col Patrick Holcroft and Cherry Blumberg product range.

Lindridge Autumn Show

A varied and beautifully laid out range of entries greeted visitors to the Autumn Show held in Lindridge Parish Hall in Eardiston on Saturday September 3rd. Art, flowers, fruit, vegetables (pretty ones and ‘ugly’ ones!), cakes, scones, and jam could all be seen displayed. Marrow Chutney and Bramble Jelly were winners in the preserves section and the roses being exhibited had the most wonderful of scents. There was a lovely children’s section with imaginative entries and on the hall’s stage was a display of 14 works painted by the art group who meet regularly in the hall - an inspiration to anyone thinking that they might like to take up the hobby. A big notice on the door to the hall warned that ‘All entries must be collected by 3.30pm. After 3.30pm they will be auctioned!’ so exhibitors had no excuse if their produce helped to raise a few more pounds on the day! This year ‘Best In Show’ and recipient of the Betty Andersson Cup was Polly Gillespie for her Victoria Sponge. And talking of cakes, there were excellent examples available with refreshment and the fruit cake and the coffee and walnut sponge were particularly tasty!

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Ludlow Art Exhibition Wynnes Countrystore and tea room

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This year the Ludlow Art Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary which is quite a milestone. In his opening address at the Exhibition’s preview evening on August 26th in St Laurence’s Church, Society Chairman Sam Manley commented that the exhibition provides a space for people to come together to share and inspire, and that art can be a powerful force in giving us memories; provoking, moving or inspiring us. Paul Draper, Mayor of Ludlow, opened the Exhibition, saying that looking round the work he had indeed been transported to places including the Algarve, Cornwall and Scotland. He wished the Society well with the exhibition. An ambitious art project is underway to mark the Society’s 70th year. Each member has been given a piece of art paper to create an art work on, for inclusion in a photo book, to produce what Sam Manley described as ‘a snapshot in time of the Society in its 70th year’. It is hoped that every member will contribute to this project; indeed many did so before the exhibition and these submissions could be seen at the exhibition.

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Low Tide, St Ives - oil - Robert Chitham

Winter Sunlight - acrylic - John Weir

Browsing the 70th Anniversary book submissions

New Ultrasound Unit On July 27th, a small but joyful gathering took place at Tenbury Hospital with the official opening of the new ultrasound unit. Stephen Thomas from the Tenbury Hospital League of Friends (LoF) cut the ribbon to the unit saying that it was ‘An auspicious occasion and joyful event to be able to bring this new service to the hospital.’ He outlined the history of the project. A couple of years ago one of the consultant gynaecologists working at Tenbury Hospital asked the LoF if they might look at supplying a specific ultrasound machine. The LoF decided that if a machine was to be bought it would have greater benefit if it could do everything. A timely bequest from Teme Valley resident Victor Woodford’s estate gave the spur to the LoF to go ahead with the purchase

of an identifiable piece of equipment. Amongst the many people Stephen mentioned, thanks were given to Dick Tinkler for his ‘terrier-like’ chasing up of all the people involved in making the project happen, and to his wife Josephine Tinkler (a sonographer of great experience) who sourced the machine and negotiated a beneficial service agreement. Stephen also thanked the hospital’s Matron, Joanne Whitehouse, and the staff for their support since the LoF can only propose things - it is the decision of the hospital to approve and embrace them. Dr Dick Tinkler added that after an 18-month roller coaster ride, Tenbury Hospital now has the very latest, ‘a pukka 1st class’ machine, thanks to Victor Woodford’s bequest and the LoF’s fundraising efforts.

The new Ultrasound Suite at Tenbury Hospital with Jo Tinkler seated at the new machine surrounded by many of the other movers and shakers in the project!

The Tenbury League of Friends recently held a fund-raising popup shop in Tenbury Wells. Over £1,500 was raised. Here are some of the volunteers who helped run the shop: Doreen James, Muriel Lanman, Rosemary Adams and Mary Leighton (left to right).


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Rock Show On Saturday September 3rd, Rock Show suffered a similar fate to this year’s Rock Fete as wind and rain meant that what had been expected to be outdoors ended up being indoors! Refreshment tables and the display of horticultural entries had to be arranged to make space for the Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass Band at one end of the hall, with their drummer perched on the corner of the hall’s stage, where he had space to perform! The band’s sound reverberated around inside the building and even upstairs while browsing ‘Len’s Legendary bric-a-brac’ you could hear them perfectly. It certainly was a tight squeeze to get round all the stalls that filled the corridors, entrance hall and main hall, especially when people started to arrive in force. The organisers commented that this was the first time the show had moved indoors because of the weather. The rain did eventually abate, allowing activities such as skittles and the dog show to be held outside, as planned.

Tom Bore took first prize with his ‘Collection of 5 vegetables - arranged for effect’

Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass band managed to squeeze into the hall

Marion Wilson’s first-prize winning cactus dahlias

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No Eastham Bridge this Year The news that there will not be a temporary bridge at Eastham in the near future has been greeted with dismay by local people. The loss of Eastham Bridge has already caused a great deal of inconvenience. For example, people living in Eastham who take children to Lindridge School face a lengthy detour through country lanes, as do people who live in Eastham and relied on the bridge to get to and from work. The local farming community is also facing real challenges. However, the loss the bridge has had an impact across a considerably larger area as a significant number of commuters used this route as part of their daily journey. Initially the County Council announced that a temporary bridge should be in place before Christmas, but drivers can now expect to have to make their way through the back lanes during the winter, and possibly until a new permanent bridge is in place. One problem in the local area is the lack of investment in key infrastructure such as river crossings. The River Teme has fewer crossing points now than it did in the old days when there were also fords and ferries. Because traffic now has to rely on the small number of bridges, major problems are inevitable if a bridge is closed for repair work or as the result of an accident. Some local bridges are over 200 years old, including the Teme Bridge at Tenbury, Ham Bridge, and - until it collapsed - Eastham Bridge. In recent years we have seen a prolonged bridge closure at Tenbury and also a weight limit, for an extended period, on the Holt Fleet Bridge. It is inevitable that questions will be asked about the wisdom of relying on ancient bridges to cope with the demands of today’s traffic. In a statement about the Eastham Bridge, Councillor Marcus Hart, the Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways at Worcestershire County Council said “Early findings from our detailed investigations into the cause of the collapse of Eastham Bridge, near Tenbury, are suggesting that the foundations of one of the bridge piers was the victim of scour. Scouring occurs due to fast flowing water and can lead to the removal of sediment around bridge piers. We believe that it was scouring that led to the bridge collapsing. Here in Worcestershire our bridge inspection regime goes above and beyond the government’s code of practice. Eastham

Bridge was last inspected in December 2015 and Worcestershire County Council This “Eastham Bridge Troll homeless” entry was “Highly Commended” by the judges wasn’t alerted to any concerns about the at Eastham’s 48th Annual Flower and Produce Show in August stability of the bridge. We have brought in specialist, independent assessors to look are now looking at whether we can build a permanent, new into the incident and we will share their bridge for local residents, in the same timeframe that it will report with the public as soon as we receive it. take to put in place a temporary replacement.” We continue to work closely with our partners at the Ken Pollock, the local County Councillor, commented “We are Environment Agency, Historic England, Natural England in the process of seeking the necessary permissions to rebuild and at Malvern Hills District Council. Together we are doing the collapsed bridge at Eastham. The County recognises the everything that we can to minimise the disruption caused by extreme inconvenience this is causing to local people, but the collapse of the bridge. there are statutory regulations concerning the environment The area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest that need to be observed, and this has resulted in a longer and because of this we have now been told that plans for a period of preparation than we had expected. It now looks as if temporary bridge will require a full Environmental Impact a bridge cannot be provided before the Spring of 2107, but the Assessment to comply with regulations. These regulations are matter is still subject to negotiation. This will inevitably mean the same regulations that protect our beautiful countryside that there will be increased traffic through Tenbury over the here in Worcestershire from inappropriate development. coming winter and I trust that this will not prove too difficult The assessment does mean that the completion date for the for Tenbury residents and the normal commercial activity in the construction works will be delayed. town.” Due to the time that it takes to complete the assessment we

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Pudleston Flower Festival

Yet again those who didn’t manage to make it down the lanes to Pudleston Church over the 20/21 August weekend missed out on a visual treat as Narnia and many of its characters came to this quiet corner of the county. Entering the church porch through the obligatory ‘Narnia’ wardrobe and pushing your way past the fur coats, you passed from the Herefordshire countryside into the wintry scene that was Narnia in the grip of the Long Winter of the White Witch. Standing in the snow, carrying a parcel, Mr Tumnus was there to greet you, umbrella in hand, with the lamp post nearby. The scene was a marvel to behold. Further inside, the White Witch stood imperiously on her sleigh gazing down (somewhat furiously) on all who passed by! Aslan, the Great Lion, was displayed at the altar of the church where the presence of spring, a sign of the end of the White Witch’s rule, was created with warm bright colours in the flower displays - sunflowers, chrysanthemums and golden rod - and bird song echoed around the area. Very evocative! A narration of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ was playing so you could sit for a while and listen, while studying the floral displays. Elsewhere there was a wonderful recreation of Mr Tumnus’ home, complete with a picture of his father over the mantelpiece. As is the norm at Pudleston Flower Festival, a huge amount of very interesting information was available to read and digest. We learnt that C S Lewis, the author of the books that provided the themes for the displays, was sent to Malvern due to respiratory problems, and attended preparatory school there. Aslan is Turkish for lion and Lewis took 10 years, and destroyed five drafts, before completing the first book. The Chronicles of Narnia (published 1950-56) have sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages! You could also learn about the Christian elements and symbolism in Lewis’ writing. There was also information about Pauline Baynes, the illustrator of the books, who died in 2008. She created around 350 line drawings, only adding colour to them as recently as 1998. A sheet also explained the process of making the faces of Mr Tumnus and the White Witch. Entry was free, but donations were gladly received. Next year’s theme will be Glen Miller, so that should be another extravaganza to look forward to!

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Annual Shows soon come round again and Orleton & District Gardening Club’s 2016 Show was held in Orleton Village Hall on Saturday August 20th. Children from the local primary school had made bunting with a gardening theme, to decorate the side hall where refreshments could be taken, and which also had a stall of plants looking for new homes. In the main hall the exhibits provided much to see and Trisha Clanzy-Hodge took home a veritable haul of trophies, surely the result of spending many hours growing and arranging! After the cups had been presented, the produce which had not been claimed by the exhibitors was auctioned to raise funds for the club. You could come away with a selection of prize-winning vegetables for a few pounds, especially if you were not too particular about whether you ended up with potatoes, courgettes, beans, carrots or squash!

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On Saturday August 27th, the annual Produce and Handicraft Show was held in the Village Hall, on the main Tenbury to Bromyard road and the indoor location meant that the downpours between the sunny spells didn’t disrupt proceedings! There was a lovely display in the hall and it was great to see that so many people had been willing to have a go, and bake a cake or arrange flowers or enter a piece of craft work. Roy Taylor described his win with a Victoria Sponge as a “lovely surprise” and the judge’s comments were ‘well risen, good texture and flavour’. Many other exhibitors received favourable judge’s notes and the apple tart class attracted the comment ‘very short pastry in all the entries in this class. Well done!’ Dahlias, eggs, knitted goods, a poem, lots of jams, jellies, curds and home-made wine could all be inspected and the prize winners identified and congratulated.

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Martley Show Martley’s 40th Horticultural Show and Fete went ahead on Saturday 20 August despite heavy rain early in the day. A strong breeze caused some disruption but it also kept the rain clouds somewhat at bay, and the sun came out for the 1pm opening. This year, the Martley Horticultural Society’s 40th Anniversary, saw a bumper number of entries (well over 200) with the exhibits laid out in the village hall rather than in the usual small marquee. Classes which celebrated the Society’s anniversary included ‘An exhibit for a 40th Anniversary’ and also ‘An anniversary cake - judged for decoration only’, won by C Griffiths of Clifton. Peter Wood of Martley won ‘A poem written by the entrant’ with his composition ‘In praise of Martley Horticultural Society’. Part of the poem reads ‘And now it’s time for the Annual Show, I’ve entered a cake and flower I’ll give it a go, though the prize money isn’t large amounts, it’s the taking part that counts, so if you have enjoyed this rhyme, join us this could be you next time.’ Best In Show was won by Poppy Morris of Martley with her floral art ‘Arrangement using a garden implement’ - in this case a garden sieve/riddle. Some of the other attractions were classic vehicles including a Maserati Ghibli, locallybased Chalky’s Cider offering tastings of their Strawberry, Mango and Lemon & Lime ciders, the Faithful City Morris Dancers, Worcester Concert Brass Band, lots of games and a tug-of-war, a Grand Draw, a Fun Dog Show, Happy Train rides, Martley WI stall, bric-a-brac, RSPB stand, skittles, welly-whanging and various food and craft stalls. A good afternoon out for villagers and visitors alike, and a lovely 40th celebration for the Society!

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Pubs help Macmillan

Macmillan Quiz Night at the Stockton Cross Two local pubs have been busy raising funds for the Macmillan cancer charity. The Stockton Cross Inn at Kimbolton helped Macmillan with three events, raising a total of £776.51: £200 from their Beer Festival, £317.51 from a coffee morning and £259 from a quiz night. An excellent effort! The Kings Head in Tenbury held their 2016 Kingsfest on Saturday 20 August. The format was similar to previous years where a line-up of local bands and soloists kept the music

flowing through the afternoon and into the evening, with donations being gratefully received in the green buckets dotted about. Debbie Holland from the Kings Head said “Everyone worked incredibly hard to make Kingsfest a success with pizzas from the pizza oven, kids games, raffles and loads of fantastic local music encompassing every genre from blues to folk to rock ‘n’ roll. The weather picked up for the afternoon’s artists on the garden stage and the evening saw

Dan Nichol at the Kingsfest four bands (Jack Brett and Nic Rawlinson, Parthenax, Alvin and the Angry Barrels and Bear Talk) and a lot of dancing! In all we raised over £200. A BIG thank you to everyone who made it such a successful and enjoyable day.” Debbie also added “Liz Fudge (our drummer Cliff’s wife who has pledged to raise thousands for Macmillan) did an organised sponsored climb of Snowdon on Saturday to raise over £700 for the charity.” Well done to everyone!

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Show at Clows Top A show which has a high standard of entries is always a must see and Clows Top & District Gardening Club’s 69th Summer Show was a lovely spectacle. The Floral Art classes had a great range of subjects: the tiny ‘An arrangement in a thimble’; the exuberant ‘The Carnival Rio’; a ‘Summer Cocktail’ arrangement in a glass; and ‘The Allotment’ arrangement to include garden flowers, fruit and vegetables. These classes provided much scope for artistic expression and the exhibitors produced some stunning arrangements. Only on closer inspection could you clearly see all the thought and work that had gone into an exhibit. Refreshments, tombola and other stalls provided further interest. Even though this is primarily the gardening club’s show there are plenty of classes for those who aren’t particularly green-fingered, including cookery, art, photography and craft work - so you’ll have no excuse for not entering next year!

Part of Marion Wilson’s winning ‘The Allotment’ arrangement complete with celery, damsons, beans and carrots.


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Eastham Fete Despite the lack of a bridge, undaunted, Eastham held its annual Fete and Flower & Produce Show on Sunday August 21 and it certainly looked like everyone had made a point of coming out to enjoy the activities that had been laid on by the hard working organisers. Visitors who took a careful, slow drive down the seeming never ending narrow lanes to Eastham village were rewarded with a lovely afternoon’s fun and entertainment, if you were willing to have a go. Entry to the village green was by Lucky Programme £1 and this year it was free entry to the Flower, Produce and Handicraft Show in the Memorial Hall with the Show’s Cup presentation and auction of produce taking place towards the end of the afternoon. Darth Vadar made an appearance and if you got peckish some ‘smokin’ BBQ prawns or mussels could be purchased, courtesy of the Talbot Inn, Newnham Bridge, along with a stunning selection of cakes, cookies, meringues, cupcakes, buns and even rose water and pistachio scones on the refreshments stall. Very tasty!

The Sumo wrestling was busy all afternoon... and created quite a spectacle to watch

Local business owner and resident Pen Harrison encouraged fete-goers to ‘give it a go’ on the large tombola

Local resident Celia Adams was busy welcoming people to the Fete at the entrance

The Fun Dog Show was again popular and the Best in Show winners were presented with their substantial prizes by the judge

Skittles, bouncy castle, vintage bric-a-brac, Tenbury’s U3A Ukulele Band, face-painting and glitter tattoos, handmade gemstone jewellery from Kathryn’s Kreations, books, plants and freshly picked produce from Eastham’s Allotment and Country Garden scheme all added interest

Flowers, beans, carrots, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, beetroot, handicraft, photos, cookery, prize-winning runner bean chutney, golden plum jam and eggs were laid out to view in the Memorial Hall

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The programme schedule for Brimfield Show always raises a smile with its humorous ‘giant carrot’ cartoon on the front page - courtesy of local cartoonist Roger Penwill. On Saturday August 21st the show brought a lot of colour to Brimfield Village Hall and it was nice to see a good level of entries in the Children’s section. With cream teas being served in the rear hall it was easy to spend an hour or two at the Show chatting to friends and looking at the exhibits. The challenge cups were presented, the donated exhibits were auctioned and there was also the raffle draw, with prizes including a meal voucher from The Salwey, Woofferton, another from The Boot, Orleton, plus a Ludlow Food Centre Hamper, coffee and cake for two at Froggatt’s Farm Shop, a David Austin Rose from Ludlow Homecare, two bottles of bubbly courtesy of The Roebuck and a box of Waitrose biscuits. Clearly some of the show-goers would have gone home with a nice surprise win! The Show Committee gave special thanks to everyone who exhibited and helped on the day, and to everyone who came along and supported the event and donated raffle prizes.

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As usual, the Tenbury Show was held on the first Saturday in August and this year’s event was a real cracker. The weather was right, the crowds turned out in force, and the result was a great day out for thousands and thousands of people. The wide range of attractions, ranging from classic tractors to sheep, from sponge cakes to art, and from tug of war to the Kangaroo Kid meant that there was something for just about everyone, helping to make it a truly family-friendly day. If you made it to the Show, hopefully these photographs will bring back happy memories, but if you weren’t able to be there, hopefully they will give you a flavour of the event and encourage you to put the date in your calendar for next year! The Show, run by the Tenbury Agricultural Society, is Tenbury’s biggest event and heartfelt thanks must go to all the volunteers who put in so much time and effort to make the Show the great event that it is.

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Brimfield Vintage Working Day On Sunday September 4th, the Brimfield Vintage Working day got underway close to their eponymous home, in a large field opposite the Salwey Arms, at the junction of the A49 and A456. Excellent marshalling meant we had no problems accessing or leaving the site and despite all the rain the previous day, the Working Day turned out to be dry, breezy and - very occasionally - sunny. Lots and lots of ‘vintage’ machinery was busy working, including stationary engines, large and small tractors, combine harvesters (Claas Europa and Dronningborg), balers, binders and threshers. It seemed that wherever you looked something old was moving! Other attractions included tractor pulling, club exhibits, mini tractors, a collection of broadcast seed sowers, old keys, model tractors, woodcrafts, cards, jams, chutneys, Ludlow Hospital League of Friends stall, bicycle display, a beautiful line up of classic trucks, a 1974 380cc

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CZ motocrosser and one of the last Defender Heritage 90’s to be built at Lode Lane, Solihull. There was a fine display of prams complete with amazingly realistic ‘babies’ that had been made by Pearl Munslow. Pearl said it takes about 3 weeks to make each baby and that a lot of time

goes into the painting which uses many, many layers to create realistic translucent skin tones. There were plenty of refreshments on site, so the day could be spent out in the field, watching the old machinery doing the jobs they were made for.

One of the realistic ‘babies’ in the pram display

A great set of results from Lucton School 90% A* to C plus 100% pass in separate sciences 90% of Year 11 at Lucton School achieved 5 A* to C grades. This maintains an average in excess of 90% over the last three years and again Lucton’s top students achieved A* grades in more than half of their exams. Lucton’s Headmistress, Mrs Gill Thorne, is delighted by the results. “Being a mixed ability school, we are used to variable results, but any school would be proud of these grades. Again, I am particularly pleased with Lucton’s performance in the sciences. We have a 100% pass rate in the separate sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology). These are subjects that universities value particularly highly and the statistics are quite remarkable.”

Lucton School pupils have also achieved excellent value-added scores, with pupils lifting on average, one grade per subject. The results of this cohort fully endorse Lucton’s ambition to enable every pupil to achieve their full potential.

Ben Davies and Amrita Sidhu, 7 A*s each!

Excellent A level results A level pupils at Lucton School celebrate another year of excellent exam results and Head of Sixth Form, John Goode, praised his pupils’ success, saying, “I am absolutely delighted. Our pupils have worked so hard and can now look forward confidently to continuing in their chosen fields of study.” Josh and Aidan led the way with

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A*AAA and A*A*A, and Josh goes on to Bristol to read Aeronautical Engineering. Aidan is taking a year out before taking up a place to read medicine in 2017. Abigail Bancroft and Janisha Rai both achieved Distinction Star at Level 3 BTEC. Year 12’s AS results are also very promising with Robert Wassink and Gloria Yang achieving 4 A grades each and Megan Griffiths and Lucy Feng achieving 3 A grades each. Mrs Thorne credits Lucton’s ability to ensure students reach the best university possible, to the fact that the school is able

to personalise programmes of study and tuition, tailoring these to individual students.

Megan Griffiths, James Goodman and Josh Gladwin, whose A*AAA has seen him into Bristol to study Aeronautical Engineering.

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The organisers of Tenbury Applefest on October 1st promise that there will be plenty to see. They say you can watch a blacksmith at work, see the owls, or take mini treks with alpacas. There will be story telling, face painting, vehicles from two local MG Owners Clubs and Knighton Historic Vehicle Club, Animal Encounters and much more. Entertainment throughout the day will include the Tenbury Teme Valley Band, Bandemonium, Leominster Morris Dancers, the Royal British Legion Choir, the Bromyard Town Crier, and children from three local Primary Schools will be singing in the Entertainment Marquee. The Apple Marquee will show over 250 varieties of apples, pears & quinces, provided by local supplier F P Matthews Ltd. The Marcher Apple Network will be on hand to share knowledge on growing and looking after apple trees, and if you want help with trying to identify apples, please bring three of each variety. The Appleteme group should be in the main marquee, pressing apples into juice to take home. They invite people to bring washed apples and clean containers, and watch the apples being turned into juice.

There also will be a licensed bar, plus the usual trade and commercial food stands. Why not enter one of the competitions? Do you make the best Apple Pie? Or do you have a great apple-based photo that you could enter in the Photographic Competition? Details of how to enter are on the website. A spokesman for the organisers thanked the event’s sponsors and said “We are offering a wide variety of activities, entertainment, demonstrations and displays, and are confident that Applefest 2016 will provide a great day out for all of the family.” Admission is £2.50 (free for under 16’s) and gates open at 10am.

Ironman Challenge

Emma Carpenter, from Upper Sapey, told us that she is taking on the Welsh Ironman in Tenby, for Ed Barrett from Bromyard. Emma said “I met Ed when he was 12 years old, when teaching him in the Clifton-on-Teme Hunt Pony Club” and added that “Ed always

wanted to be a jockey, so I suggested he go down to Devon to my brother Ed Walker’s racing Yard. Ed had 5+ happy years down there and was very successful, before joining Henry Daley’s Establishment on Clee Hill as Assistant Trainer. Unfortunately, soon into his hew job, Ed had a life-changing fall whilst riding in a point to point in Devon in April 2015. He broke his neck badly.” “We all know the risks of such sports, but most of us get away with it. I have ridden all my life and was a jockey and rode Eventing myself for 16 years. It is the luck of the draw, it could happen on the sports field or even in the street. I felt the need to do something to raise funds for Ed to help give him that ‘leg up’ back on to the horse so to speak now that he is back home.” “Anyone who is familiar with Tenby will be aware of the strong winds, rough seas and of course the hilly terrain. I will start by swimming two and a half miles from North Beach, before cycling 112 miles, climbing well over 2000m and then running a full marathon. Yes, I know, a huge challenge two days short of my 47th birthday, but nothing compared with the pain and challenges Ed struggles with on a daily basis.” The fundraising page is at www.crowdfunding.justgiving. com/welshironmanforedbarrett

Martley Applefest

This year’s Martley Applefest is to be held at The Chantry School on Saturday 15th October, from 11am to 3pm and the organisers say “The whole community is welcome to attend this ‘appletastic’ event!” Lots of FREE apple-based activities are promised for the whole family, as is an apple-themed music ensemble performed by local schools, and a drama performance created and performed by The Chantry School pupils ‘to promote the mighty apple’. There is a plan to expand the Farmers Market and Craft area this year, and Victoria Westaway (artist, sculptor and RHS Gold medal winner) has been invited to create a group of large willow ‘apples’ at the Applefest. The plan is that an ‘apple’ with a 3m circumference will be made by families on the day. Food and drink, including a pig roast, will be available and the Friends of The Chantry School are set to provide a “Paella Bar” for the first time.


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Wines on Offer

When wines are on offer it is a great opportunity to try something you haven’t tried before. Here we’ve brought together a varied selection, including red, white, rosé and sparkling. There are some well-known classics - Cotes du Rhone, Rioja and Prosecco - and there are less well-known wines, such as Picpoul de Pinet. There are well-known grapes, including Chardonnay and Shiraz, and there are some less well-known, such as Sagrantino and Picpoul. There is also a wide price range, from £4.49 to £14.99, so hopefully most wine drinkers will find something of interest.

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Offers until 11th October. Heirloom Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015. Reduced from £19.99 to £14.99 Waitrose commented “Established at the turn of the millennium, this wonderful estate embraces the principles of organic and biodynamic farming. This Chardonnay has notes of stone fruit and melon, succulent structure from ageing in French oak, and crisp freshness.”

Cleobury Flower Festival Over the late August Bank Holiday weekend there was a stunning flower festival in St Mary’s Church in the centre of Cleobury Mortimer. The festival took as its theme ‘A Year in Flowers’ and an amazing display of about 30 arrangements filled the church. We only have space for a few pictures but congratulations go to the team of local floral artists who worked so hard to create this event. Entry was free but donations were gratefully received and you could also enjoy refreshments in the church. Not surprisingly the arrangements started with New Year’s Eve (by Yvonne Bunn) and finished with Christmas Day (by Fiona Downes). In between were many familiar dates that make up the year, such as Valentine’s, Shrove Tuesday and Easter, plus events such as Ascot and some less familiar dates, such as United Nations Day.

Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Villages 2014. Reduced from £8.99 to £6.74 The notes describe this as “...classic Cotes du Rhone, bursting with ripe summer fruits, all backed up with rich, spicy, peppery flavours. Great with all red meats especially beef and lamb or ideal if you like a glass of red with character.”

Majestic

Offers until 29th September. Offer price applies when you buy a mix of six bottles. Mas de Lunès Gres de Montpellier 2012. Normal price £12.99, ‘Mix Six’ offer £9.99 This estate-bottled red is described as “Serious oak-aged Grenache Syrah from low-yielding stony vineyards. Beautifully structured ripe berry fruit, herbs and spice.” Beronia Rioja Reserva 2011. Normal price £14.99, ‘Mix Six’ offer £9.99 A blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, this substantial red is described as “‘Proper’ Rioja that reveals all the classic hallmarks so rarely found together in a single wine. There’s rich fig and damson fruit with smoky vanilla nuances thanks to ageing in French and American oak.” Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay Viognier 2015, PGI Pays d’Oc. Normal price £9.99, ‘Mix Six’ offer £6.99 The label tells us that this white is “A blend of Chardonnay and Viognier with intense aromas of fresh fruit (peach, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon zest) and floral notes held in elegant balance by tight acidity and clean minerality. A well-balanced, creamy and lively wine, excellent with seasonal salads, grilled fish, poultry, white meat, or simply as an aperitif.” Domaine Guillaume Cabrol Picpoul de Pinet Prestige, Pays d’Oc. Normal price £9.99, ‘Mix Six’ offer £7.99 Picpoul de Pinet is a designation which can be used within the Languedoc appellation for whites made exclusively from Piquepoul blanc within a limited area which includes Pinet. Majestic say “Picpoul is the new Pinot Grigio! Light, dry and refreshingly citrussy with hints of green bell pepper.”

A bunch of Picpoul grapes

Co-operative

Offers from 14th September to 4th October Anciano 5 Year Old Reserva 2009. Reduced from £7.99 to £5.99 Exclusive to Co-op, this substantial red is described as “...matured in oak barrels for at least 12 months and in our cellars. This guarantees the perfect balance between ripe Tempranillo fruit and mellow oak character, displaying classic notes of spice and vanilla.” Vanderburg Shiraz Pinotage 2015. Reduced from £5.99 to £4.49 This South African red is described as having “ripe and rich dark fruit flavours of plum, blackberry and spice” and as being “a perfect accompaniment to a hearty red meat casserole, juicy steak or rich and ripe cheeses.” The Unexpected Red 2015. Reduced from £5.99 to £4.99 Exclusive to the Co-op, this Australian red is a blend of Sagrantino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo. It is described as a “heady melange of blackcurrant and bright cherry with a hint of spice and violet.” La Vieille Ferme Rose 2015. Reduced from £6.99 to £5.99 Produced by the Perrin Family, this pale pink French Rosé is said to have “a perfume of rose petals and citrus fruit with grapefruit aromas and fresh fruit resulting in an intense and balanced wine” and can be enjoyed “with cold buffets, tomato salads and grilled meats.” Scalini Prosecco NV. Reduced from £5.99 to £4.49 This affordable Prosecco is described as “lightly perfumed with delicate aromas of citrus fruit and white blossom, this fresh fizz is perfect on its own and is the perfect aperitif.”


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Little Hereford Fete

We were treated to a lovely Summer sunny afternoon, with not a spot of rain, at this year’s Little Hereford Fete, held on August 13th in the grounds of Easton Court. Admission was £1 for adults for a ‘lucky programme’, which meant you were in with a chance of winning a joint of meat at the end of the day, possibly for the following day’s Roast! It is quite a privilege to be able to enjoy the fete in such glorious surroundings. The sunshine added to the enjoyment with people spending time browsing the stalls, trying the games, taking tea and generally relaxing. As usual there was plenty to do, especially if you tried all the activities that were dotted round the grounds, and also took time out to listen to the Tenbury Town Band and to Michael Adcock, who played a memorable set on his ukulele. There was some classy bric-a-brac waiting to be snapped up and early birds also got first shout at the produce stall, where beans, Swiss chard and cucumbers could all be had. The Novelty Dog Show was as popular as ever and this year Trevor Hill brought some of his larger birds of prey for the display. At one stage the tombola had long queues and ‘Bat the Rat’ harvested its usual crop of unsuccessful attempts! A steady stream of fete-goers made their way to and fro between the grounds and the car park, loaded down with unexpected finds, prizes or other goodies. New attractions for this year were ‘Pig Sticking’ (actually balloons!) and ‘Fishing’. Chasing a couple of balloons being pulled along the ground armed with a stick to burst them was popular with the younger generation but ‘fishing’ had all ages trying to make the best possible catch in two minutes! Small metal rectangles were the fish; your fishing rod consisted of a small magnet at the end of piece of string, attached to a cane. This proved great fun as you had to catch different types of ‘fish’: the metal plates were painted in different colours to indicate each type of ‘fish’ - red for salmon, green for pike, white for eel and so on. Once you had caught each type you could go for unpainted ‘fish’ which could be ‘huge monsters’ or minnows,

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or boots or bicycles, the latter scoring negative points so you had to be careful (or lucky) not to dent your total too much. Elsewhere you could ‘Name the Sheep’, try the coconut shy, browse the book stall, meet local author Wilma Hayes, or try your hand at golf putting (where this year the winner of the ladies prize was Lady Jennifer Lloyd). By the time the Grand Draw winners were announced, a very pleasant afternoon had flown by. Eva Thomas, one of the organisers, told us that the day raised over £4,600, so the Fete was a success in more ways than one, and our thanks must go to the army of volunteers who made it all possible and staffed the various stalls.

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SKODA YETI 14 64 YETI 2.0 TDI ELEGANCE Auto 170, red, 10,000 miles ..... £19,250 15 15 YETI 2.0 TDI SE, green, 15,000 miles ............................. £15,350 15 15 YETI 2.0 TDI, green, 20,000 miles ................................... £14,995 13 13 YETI 2.0 TDI ELEGANCE Auto 140, blue, 49,000 miles ... £14,450 13 13 YETI 1.2 S Auto, beige, 21,000 miles .............................. £11,500 13 13 YETI 2.0 TDI S, green, 44,000 miles ............................... £10,995 13 13 YETI 2.0 TDI S, red, 39,000 miles ................................... £10,995

SKODA FABIA 15 65 FABIA 1.2 TSI SE, beige, 3,000 miles .............................. £11,450 15 15 FABIA 1.0 SE, silver, 5,000 miles ...................................... £9,995 15 65 FABIA 1.0 SE, red, 8,000 miles .......................................... £9,450 13 63 FABIA 1.2 TSI ESTATE, blue, 14,000 miles ........................ £8,450 13 13 FABIA 1.2 TSI SE ESTATE, Auto, green, 33,000 miles ...... £8,450 13 63 FABIA 1.2 TSI, blue, 3,000 miles ....................................... £7,995 09 59 FABIA 1.2 S ESTATE, red, 75,000 miles ............................. £4,250

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With the 308 GTi, Peugeot have taken a different route and while the car offers plenty of performance, it also offers restrained styling, and without taking a second look, many wouldn’t realise the potential that lies beneath the modest exterior. From the rear of the car the twin exhausts and the GTi badge rather give the game away, while from the side it’s the 270’s 19inch wheels, with 235/35 tyres, and the front brakes, with their easily-seen large red calipers and huge (380mm) discs. Inside the car you’ll find some racy-looking bucket seats and to help get the power down effectively there’s a Torsen limited-slip differential. Many will appreciate the classy but understated appearance, but buyers who want their car to look different can opt for the two-tone red/black Coupe Franche paint job, which will certainly emphasise the 308 GTi 270’s sporty credentials. The engine is one of the best bits of the car. With 270hp from a mere 1.6-litres, it’s a triumph of engineering and despite being so highly tuned, it’s delightfully civilised and seems to be just as happy trundling around town as it is on the open road, though the noise level is disappointingly high, especially on roughtextured surfaces. The five-door body style also contributes to practicality, as does the boot capacity. With a claimed 0 to 62mph time of just six seconds, and a maximum speed of 155mph, you might expect this GTi to gobble fuel at a voracious rate, but it’s not hard to better 40mpg during normal road use, and the modest 139g emissions figure means that road tax is relatively modest, which will go some way towards offsetting the Group 34E insurance costs. Of course, the big question is “What’s it like to drive” and the answer is that it’s a bit of a mixed bag. It’s certainly quick, the brakes are undeniably excellent, and the traction is generally impressive, but feedback from the steering is limited. Equally, the firm suspension means there is little roll when cornering, but the ride can lack comfort on poor surfaces, and bumps and potholes can upset the car’s poise. The gearchange is disappointing. The long travel and notchy action are quite the opposite of the ‘knife through

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Optional Coupe Franche paintwork would help the GTi 270 stand out from the crowd butter’ feel that would compliment the car’s sporty credentials. The limited-slip differential means that the engine’s power can be more effectively utilised, but on the other side of the coin the Push-button start, plus ‘Sport’ mode differential is quite for snappier throttle response aggressive in its action, leading to obvious torque steer, potentially making life less relaxed for the driver when driving hard. There’s a pleasing feeling of quality about this car, exemplified by the way the doors close; there’s no need to slam them, they go home easily with a pleasing ‘thunk’. However, the satnav isn’t up to scratch, and the concept of asking the driver to operate what is basically a touch-screen tablet, to control functions such as climate control, while driving the car, is open to question. The small steering wheel takes some getting used to and the windscreen wipers (rear and front) aren’t as effective as we’d have wished, and didn’t really clear enough of the glass. The £28,890 270hp model we tried makes no bones about being a serious performance option for enthusiastic drivers. Buyers who simply want a fast hatchback could opt for the 250hp model. You’d lose those 19” wheels, the big brakes, the racy seats, and the limited-slip differential, but you’d also save about £1,600, drop the insurance to Group 26E, and get a car that’s not as demanding to drive. Some drivers will welcome the involvement of getting the best from the 270, while others would simply prefer an easier drive. Ultimately it’s a question of horses for courses.


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Skoda Kodiaq

The Kodiaq is Skoda’s first large SUV. At about 4.7 metres long it’s only 40mm longer than the Octavia, but it offers up to seven seats (a first for Skoda) and what Skoda describe as “the largest boot in its class”. With the folding passenger seat option, the Kodiaq is said to be able to transport items up to 2.8m long. Two diesel and three petrol engines are available, from 1.4 to 2.0 litres, with power outputs from 92 kW (125 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS). All feature turbocharged direct injection, Stop-Start, and brake energy recovery. There is a choice of DSG automatic or manual transmission. The Kodiaq is available with a wide range of driver assistance systems. A new innovation is Trailer Assist - when the Kodiaq is towing a trailer, the system can take over the steering when reversing slowly. Additionally, while reversing, the new Manoeuvre Assist will brake as soon as an obstacle is detected behind the vehicle. The system is controlled using an enhanced function of the rear parking sensors. With the TDI/DSG/4×4 drive-train, it can tow a trailer weighing up to 2.5T with an electrically-retractable tow bar. Also offered are Front Assist, including City Emergency Brake, Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Alert, Crew Protect Assist, and Multi-Collision Brake. Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is an option, allowing the driver to choose between Comfort, Normal

or Sport modes. An electrically operated tailgate is available, which can (as an optional extra) be opened with the firm’s ‘virtual pedal’ system. The Area View system is a first for Skoda: the surround-view cameras, located in the front and rear as well as the wing mirrors of the vehicle come with wide-angle lenses and allow views of the area immediately surrounding the car to be displayed on the monitor. These include a virtual, top-down view and 180-degree images to the front and rear. Off-road mode can be selected by the touch of a button (optional for all-wheel-drive versions in combination with Driving Mode Select). Here the chassis, engine management and brakes adjust their operation specifically for rough terrain. This mainly involves pulling away, traction and deceleration. In off-road mode, Hill Descent Assist helps the driver to safely master driving downhill over rough terrain by braking appropriately. The rear seats can be moved lengthways by 18cm as standard, and the backrest angle is individually adjustable. Tri-zone climate control, with its own control panel for the rear seats, is an option. UK prices are yet to be confirmed but industry sources suggest they could start at around the £23,000 mark, with deliveries due to start early in 2017.

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Kia Optima

With the Optima, Kia is competing against a host of large family cars, including models such as the Skoda Superb, Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo. It's a competitive market and one where Kia hasn't yet developed a strong presence. With this latest Optima, launched in the UK in the early part of this year, Kia will be hoping to make inroads into the large car sector. It certainly looks the part, but the question is - does it deliver? The Optima builds on the features we expect from Kia, including a seven-year warranty, a good level of equipment (even the entry-level model has satnav, a reversing camera and dualzone automatic air conditioning) plus a modest

price tag. The range starts at £21,495 for the Optima 2, but during September there is a '£1,000 off' test drive promotion. In addition, a three-year service package is available for £329. Only one engine is offered, a 1.7-litre diesel, but fortunately this works very well for normal everyday driving. It has a civilised feel and there is plenty of pull at low revs or in the midrange. Its claimed 141PS provides the Optima with a comfortable level of performance, as demonstrated by the manual model's 0-60mph time of 9.7 seconds (the seven-speed auto takes almost a second longer). However, competitor models are readily available with at

least 170PS, which might restrict the Optima's appeal where performance-minded drivers are concerned. There's plenty of space inside the car, as you'd expect given its exterior dimensions. Its length (4855mm) puts it between an Insignia and a Mondeo, but despite its size, the Optima drives surprisingly small and was easier to park than we'd have expected, perhaps partly due to the excellent mirrors. The manual model we drove had one of the best gearboxes we've used in a car of this size, largely due to its very smooth action. The high top gear would help provide a relaxed feel at motorway speeds but the amount of wind

noise means that an Optima can't offer Jaguar levels of refinement. But perhaps this is to be expected, given the substantial price difference. On cross-country journeys the light steering helped make the car relaxing to drive and the suspension delivered competent handling while doing a decent job of insulating occupants from the impact of poor surfaces. The high gearing meant that first gear was used more often than might be anticipated, but this was simply a question of getting used to the car. However, there was a significant amount of tyre noise over coarse surfaces. Where running costs are concerned, advantages include the modestly-priced service package and the long warranty, but our overall fuel consumption of 50.6mpg fell a little short of the economy we would have hoped for, given the manual model's official 'combined' 67.3mpg. In general though, this is a nice car to drive. It's also well-styled, has generous legroom for rear seat passengers and a spacious boot, and Kia have managed a neat trick in making such a large car feel so manageable. And it's certainly a lot of car for the money, which is clearly something that will help to attract buyers.

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Outlander diesel range fuel consum mption in mpg (ltrs/100km): Urban 400.9 – 45.6 (6.9 – 6.2), Extra Urban 554.3 – 58.9 (5.2 – 4.8), Combined 48.7 8.7 – 53.3 (5.8 – 5.3), CO2 emissions ns 154 – 139g/km.


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Ludlow Motors - 30 Years of Success Worcester Carsales, the parent company of Ludlow Motors, was founded in 1953 by Mr Derrick Grieveson. In 1963 the dealership moved to a new site on Hylton Road and ten years later the founder’s son, Stuart Grieveson, joined the company. He is now the Managing Director. Three generations of the Grieveson family have worked at Worcester Carsales over the last 60 years, with Mr Grieveson’s grand-children now working in the family-owned group. Stuart bought Ludlow Motors in 1986, so for 30 years this dealership has been under the ownership of Worcester Carsales Group, a highly-successful, locally-based vehicle retailing group, with six new car franchised sites in the West Midlands. Ludlow Motors enjoys high levels of repeat business which says a lot about their contented customers, who are provided with exceptional levels of service in all departments, including new and used car sales, parts and aftersales. Employees are highly valued and they can develop their careers within the company. They are encouraged to move up through the ranks if they wish, with training being available to impart the necessary skills and knowledge. Indeed, considerable importance is attached to staff training, so that the team can deliver great customer care and achieve job satisfaction.

Many members of the team have stayed with Worcester Carsales and Ludlow Motors for a number of years, which is a welcome change in an industry that is often associated with quick staff turnover. This stability also helps when it comes to providing consistent customer care. Steve Jarrett joined the dealership as a technician. He has 30 years’ service and has worked his way up the ranks to become Workshop Controller. Peter Hughes, now General Manager at Ludlow Motors, was employed by Derrick Grieveson at the original site in Worcester and he has achieved 35 years’ service with the Group! Frances Sanders joined the company 30 years ago as Administrator, covering the accounts department. She now holds the position of Group Marketing Manager, covering seven sites. Sam Thomas started as a receptionist in 1990 under the old Government-provided Youth Training Scheme (YTS). Now the Accounts Manager, she oversees the busy accounts operation and all aspects of sales administration at Ludlow Motors. Sam commented “There’s a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. We all get along well which makes it a great place to work. Actually, working alongside the team is really like being a part of another family.”

Ludlow Motors’ sales team - Ashley Blakebrough, Luke Binnersley, Nigel Westwood, Clive Harris and Roger Matthews Ludlow Motors’ fully-accredited Motability Specialists are Roger Matthews and Luke Binnersley. Popular with customers, they take the time that’s needed to discover the requirements of people who obtain vehicles through the excellent Motability scheme. Managing Director Stuart Grieveson commented “We have a strong workforce with an excellent work ethic, and I’m delighted that we are celebrating the 30th year of Ludlow Motors. Our dealership has proved successful

through everyone working as a team, so that each and every customer gains the best possible service on each and every occasion. We would like to thank our many customers for their incredible loyalty and we never forget that they have a choice. Here’s to the next 30 years.” It would be difficult to beat Ludlow Motors when it comes to the loyalty of many longstanding customers, which says a lot about the reputation of this local Vauxhall and Suzuki franchise holder.

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Ludlow Motors - 30 years of Service Excellence In addition to the excellent staff, Ludlow Motors’ popular Vauxhall and Suzuki franchises have played their part in the dealership’s success, with customer footfall in the showrooms increasing month by month. Ludlow Motors offers full dealer facilities. These include highly competitive tailored finance for car buyers, parts, full aftersales care, and servicing of all makes. The workshop is overseen by experienced Service Manager

David Middleton (right) with the Ludlow Motors service team

Dave Middleton, who has been with the Group for 29 years. The Sales Team is headed by Business Manager Clive Harris. He commented “We’re able to offer excellent deals across Vauxhall’s and Suzuki’s car range. Our two friendly Accredited Motability Specialists, Roger Matthews and Luke Binnersley, have years of knowledge and experience which enable them to provide their customers with a car that exactly matches their mobility requirements. Most Vauxhall and Suzuki models are available under the scheme, some with NIL Advance Payments.” Vauxhall Vauxhall is one of the marketleading motor manufacturers in Britain, a company that continues to build cars and vans in the

UK. The Vauxhall range includes some of the UK’s top sellers, such as the stylish ADAM city car, the Viva five-door city hatchback, the impressive new Astra (which comes in many forms), the Insignia family car range, the best-selling Mokka compact crossover and the spacious, seven-seat Zafira Tourer. Suzuki Suzuki’s cars are economical, they offer low CO2 emissions, they’re inexpensive to run and they’re very affordable to purchase, so they are well-suited to today’s motoring conditions. The Suzuki range starts with the 5-door Celerio which costs nothing to tax and offers low-rate insurance, along with excellent fuel economy of 65.7mpg (combined) and ultra-low emissions of just 84-99g/km. The Celerio is currently available from just £6,999. The impressive SX4 S-Cross crossover is also keenly-priced. It’s well equipped and the combination of good styling, plenty of space and low emissions makes it an attractive option. The great-handling Swift Sport is now available with five doors as well as in a three door format.

With a little more power, even sharper handling and improved efficiency it will retain its loyal fans, while also appealing to a wider market. Other Suzuki models include the highlyregarded new-generation Vitara SUV, available with two or four-wheel drive, the refreshed Swift compact hatchback, and the longrunning and popular Jimny, one of the most affordable 4x4s you can buy. Ludlow Motors Now in its 30th year as part of the Worcester Carsales Group, Ludlow Motors is an awardwinning dealership, having gained the ‘Customer Excellence’ award in 2015. Members of the team are proud of their achievements but they won’t rest on their laurels, as General Manager Peter Hughes made clear: “Whether a customer is visiting us to buy a new or used car, or wishes to have their current vehicle maintained or repaired, we can promise them the very best possible service on each and every occasion, and that’s guaranteed!” With all this in mind why not call in and discover what Ludlow Motors can offer?

Ludlow Motors is on Bromfield Road, Ludlow SY8 1EN - call 01584 876 444 or visit www.ludlowmotors.co.uk for further information.


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Vauxhall Viva It would be easy to take one look at the Viva’s price tag and jump to the conclusion that it can’t possibly be any good. This would be a big mistake. The Viva may be impressively inexpensive, but it’s also surprisingly good. In fact, you could spend twice as much on a car and end up with something that wouldn’t be as much fun to drive. It’s a few inches longer than many city cars, and about eight inches longer than Peugeot’s 108. This modest increase in length has little impact on parking, but it makes a difference to the amount of space inside the car and it means you don’t end up with a vestigial boot. For many buyers this is a point in the Viva’s favour, as is the car’s five-door layout. Equipment levels are surprisingly generous and even the entrylevel “SE” comes with cruise control, electric front windows and heated, electrically-adjustable mirrors. Next up is the SE A/C, which unsurprisingly adds air conditioning, while at the top of the range Vauxhall offer the SL, which adds climate control, alloy wheels and privacy glass (in the rear half of the car). Excluding any optional extras, on-the-road prices run from £8,745 to £9,645, with the automatic version of the SL coming in at an extra £500. To look at the good points first, the Viva is better-equipped than many similarly-priced cars, it looks to be well made, and it has a pleasantly ‘grown up’ feel to it. This is much more than ‘just’ a city car. The engine, as is common nowadays, is a three-cylinder one-litre jobbie, which turns out to be quiet and flexible, while providing enough shove to keep up with ordinary traffic, on or off the motorway. In fact with 75PS, it’s ahead of many small cars and its modest weight means it feels as nippy at town speeds as a number of more powerful but heavier cars. There is no diesel option. Even on moderately demanding B-roads, at speeds of up to 60mph, it gives a good account of itself and the steering is pleasantly impressive, for a car of this type, while ride comfort is better than many small cars. In addition there are luxuries such as selectable ‘city’ steering, to make the steering really light when you’re parking, and relatively

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The original Vauxhall Viva, over 50 years ago generous front door pockets. However, noise levels were rather high on long runs, and the five-speed gearbox meant that the ratios sometimes felt further apart than is ideal - a six-speed ‘box could make it easier to get the most from the engine. We did over 500 miles in the Viva in a wide range of conditions, and the computer displayed a final average of 52mpg - a very satisfactory return, particularly considering the amount of stopstart driving we did. And last, but by no means least, we also found the Viva to be a likeable car.

Volvo V40 D3

Nicely-styled, nicely-designed and nicely-priced, it’s easy to see why the V40 is one of Volvo’s most popular models. The wide range of engines (petrol and diesel) and the good choice of trim levels will inevitably broaden the V40’s appeal, and it also helps that the V40 range starts at a relatively affordable £20,255. We drove a relatively upmarket model, the V40 D3 R-Design Pro. As the designation suggests, this uses the ‘D3’ diesel engine, which is the 150hp version of the four-cylinder 1969cc engine that is now used in all diesel V40s. Other diesel options are the lower-powered 120hp D2 and the more powerful 190hp D4. The higher-power versions cost more to buy - the D3 is £1,250 more than the D2, and the D4 adds a further £1,350, but despite their differing performance, they deliver generally similar fuel consumption in ordinary day-to-day use. The ‘R-Design Pro’ designation relates to the trim level, and this is at the top of the V40 range, so not surprisingly it is wellequipped as standard. However, the example we tried also had a host of optional extras, including the £2,000 ‘Xenium Pack’ (powered driver and passenger seats, fixed panoramic

sunroof, park assist pilot and rear park assist camera), the £1,900 ‘Intellisafe Pro’ pack (too extensive to list) and the £500 ‘Winter Pack’ (heated front seats and windscreen, plus a headlight cleaning system and rain-sensing automatic windscreen wiper activation). In addition to these packs, other fitted extras included a flexible load floor, keyless entry and start, automatic transmission with paddle shift, and a spare wheel and jack. Consequently the on-the-road price of the test car was £35,130, including all the options, which compares to a standard V40 D3 R-Design Pro at £27,695. Even with the mid-range 150hp engine, the D3 delivers a fair turn of speed, with a claimed 7.9 seconds for the 0-60 sprint with either manual or automatic transmission - and the auto’s 104g/km emission figure is only slightly worse than the manual’s 99g/km. “Book” fuel economy is a ‘combined’ 70.6mpg for the auto, or 74.3mpg with a manual gearbox. In the auto, we averaged around 46mpg, but over 50mpg should be available on a run,

particularly if you drove with economy in mind. The suspension is quite well set-up for cross-country work, delivering enough control when cornering, without creating an unduly harsh ride at lower speeds. There’s also a relaxing stability to the car which is particularly welcome over poor surfaces. The steering is fine if you view the V40 as a family car - a role it performs well - but if you’re looking for a more sporting machine there could be occasions when you might find tighter feedback more satisfying. Then again, if this is the sort of driving you have in mind would you opt for a D3 rather than a D4? There were times when the automatic gearbox hung onto a lower gear somewhat longer than was actually necessary and under these circumstances the paddles came into their own. They’re an optional extra on the D3 auto, but at £150 they’re surely a ‘must have’ for many drivers. The V40 is well-styled, it offers a useful amount of luggage space, it looks and feels well-made and entry-level variants aren’t even particularly expensive. It’s therefore no surprise that the V40 is one of Volvo’s best-sellers.


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TEME VALLEY TIMES

16 Teme Street Tenbury Wells Worcestershire WR15 8BA T: 01584 810555 W: www.nickchampion.co.uk E:enquiries@nickchampion.co.uk

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FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION - ON THURSDAY, 22ND SEPTEMBER 2016 AT 6PM (subject to conditions of sale or unless sold privately) at The Fountain Inn, Oldwood. 7 LOTS INCLUDING: Two Lots of Accommodation Land at Newnham Bridge, Tenbury Wells. Semi-Detached Two Bedroom Cottage (protected tenancy) at Newnham Bridge, Tenbury Wells. A Productive Pasture Field at Bockleton Road, Oldwood, Tenbury Wells. Accommodation Land at Eardiston, Tenbury Wells. A Pasture Field with a Timber Cabin/Shed at Greete, Ludlow. A Country Cottage for Updating at Oldwood Common, Tenbury Wells. GUIDE PRICES ON APPLICATION.

LINDRIDGE, TENBURY WELLS - GUIDE PRICE £490,000 £555,000 PRICE - GUIDE CRAVEN ARMS ASTON-ON-CLUN,

LITTLE HEREFORD, LUDLOW - GUIDE £725,000 £490,000 PRICEPRICE - GUIDE TENBURY WELLS LINDRIDGE, A most appealing small farm with within a modern farmhouse (AOC), development an exclusive kiln conversion new hop brand An impressive farm buildings and pasture across the Teme Valley. viewsland. with outstanding set in the heart of the countryside New Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Two Reception Rooms, with Ensuite, Master Bedroom Cloakroom, Room, Laundry Room, Sitting Kitchen/Dining Room, Spacious Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Further Bedrooms, Bathroom, Utility Room, Cloakroom, Spaces, Parking Three Family Bathroom, Bedrooms, Further ThreeThree Ensuite, with Guest Bedroom Integral GarageLandscaped with Home OfficeWonderful Above, Attractive Level Gardens, Views. Countryside Garden, Visitor Parking, Range of Modern Farm Buildings andRequired Hardstanding, / 4.020 Hectares (tbv). EPC Rating D. Building. II ListedAcres - Grade 9.934 EPC Not

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An impressive brand new kiln conversion within anconversion exclusive development potential with farm barns two traditional with hop stone farmhouse A period set the heartfacilities of the countryside views across Teme E. Valley. Rating EPCthe AONB. Shropshire Hills of theoutstanding on the edge with andinequestrian Kitchen/Dining Room, Room, Laundry Room, Cloakroom, Master BedroomUtility with Ensuite, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Three Four Double Rooms, Reception Aga, TwoSitting withSpacious Farmhouse Kitchen GuestCloakroom, Bedroom with Three FurtherFeatures, Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, B1 Use), Spaces, (ClassParking BarnThree Converted Partially Character Abundant Cellar,Ensuite, Room, Visitor Parking, Landscaped Garden, Countryside Views. Paddocks, Manege, Gardens, Stabling, FacingWonderful Mature South for Conversion, Second Barn Ideal EPC NotAcres Required Grade IILand Listed Building. by Separate Negotiation. Available (TBV).- Further 2.402 Two Driveways and Parking. About

ROCHFORD, TENBURY WELLS - GUIDE PRICE £395,000 A modern country cottage with scope to extend enjoying spectacular views across the Teme Valley. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Living Room, Study/Hall, Conservatory, Master Bedroom and Ensuite, Double Bedroom, Bathroom, Workshop Ideal for Conversion, Utility Room, Cellar, Mature Gardens, Paddock and Ample Parking. EPC Rating D.

KNIGHTON-UPON-TEME, TENBURY GUIDE PRICE £325,000 £289,950 GUIDE -PRICE WELLS -WELLS NEWNHAM BRIDGE, TENBURY An immaculate barn conversion An individual and extended attached country cottage with far reaching views over parkland. with large gardens in a tranquil rural location. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Spacious Living Room, Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Impressive Sitting Room, Dining Room, Study, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Master Bedroom, Two Further Bedrooms, Bathroom, Wet Room, Two Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Downstairs Cloakroom, Garage, Parking, Delightful Gardens and Outbuildings. EPC Rating F. Gardens and Allocated Parking. EPC Rating C.

FIND US AT: www.nickchampion.co.uk

KYREWOOD, TENBURY WELLS - GUIDE PRICE £425,000 £289,950 PRICE - GUIDE WELLS, WORCESTERSHIRE TENBURY A versatile hop kiln conversion within an exclusive development An immaculate detached house in a quiet cul-de-sac set in the heart of the countryside just minutes away from Tenbury Wells. within easy walking distance of the town centre. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Four Spacious Reception Rooms, Laundry Room, Cloakroom, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Two Reception Rooms, Laundry Room, WC, Master Bedroom with En-suite Bathroom, Two Double Bedrooms with En-suite Shower Rooms, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Three Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Two Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Double Garage and Parking, Attractive Gardens, Double Garage and Ample Parking Space. EPC Rating C. Landscaped Gardens, Wonderful Countryside Views. EPC Not Required.


TEME VALLEY TIMES

16 Teme Street Tenbury Wells Worcestershire WR15 8BA T: 01584 810555 W: www.nickchampion.co.uk E:enquiries@nickchampion.co.uk

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TENBURY WELLS - GUIDE PRICE £275,000 A detached house in a prime position on a popular development within easy level walking distance of the town centre. Modern Kitchen, Spacious Sitting Room, Dining Room, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Three Further Bedrooms, Bathroom, Cloakroom and Utility, Double Garage and Parking, Attractive Gardens. EPC Rating C.

A newly modernised detached house with a high quality finish An impressive brand new hop kiln conversion within an exclusive development in countryside a popular cul-de-sac close to theacross townthe centre. set in the heart set of the with outstanding views Teme Valley. Kitchen/Breakfast Sitting Room, Dining Room/Study, Kitchen/Dining Room, Spacious SittingRoom, Room, Spacious Laundry Room, Cloakroom, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, ThreeFamily Further Bedrooms, Guest Bedroom with Ensuite, Three Further Bedrooms, Bathroom, ThreeBathroom, Parking Spaces, Cloakroom, Laundry Room, Generous Garden, Visitor Parking, Landscaped Garden, Wonderful Countryside Views. Garage EPC andNot Parking. EPC Rating D. NOBuilding. UPWARD CHAIN. Required - Grade II Listed

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BURFORD,TENBURY TENBURY WELLS - GUIDE £259,950 LINDRIDGE, WELLS - GUIDE PRICEPRICE £490,000

An two immaculate A period stone farmhouse with traditionalbarn farmconversion barns with conversion potential with far reaching over parkland. and equestrian facilities on the edge of theviews Shropshire Hills AONB. EPC Rating E. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Living Room, Farmhouse Kitchen with Aga, Two Reception Rooms, FourSpacious Double Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms, Utility Bedroom Ensuite, Room, Cloakroom, Cellar, AbundantMaster Character Features,with Partially Converted Barn (Class B1 Use), Twofor Further Bedrooms, Bathroom, Downstairs Cloakroom, Second Barn Ideal Conversion, MatureFamily South Facing Gardens, Stabling, Manege, Paddocks, Gardens Allocated Parking. EPC Rating C. NO UPWARD CHAIN. Two Driveways and Parking. and About 2.402 Acres (TBV). Further Land Available by Separate Negotiation. NN EEWW

NEWNHAM BRIDGE, TENBURY GUIDE PRICE £249,995 ASTON-ON-CLUN, CRAVEN ARMSWELLS - GUIDE- PRICE £555,000

TENBURY WELLS - GUIDE PRICE £234,950

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An immaculate detached bungalow overlooking the town towards Clee Hill. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Spacious Living Room, Two Double Bedrooms, Bathroom, Attractive Gardens, Ample Parking Space. EPC Rating D.

TENBURY WELLSWELLS - GUIDE PRICE £189,950 NEWNHAM BRIDGE, TENBURY - GUIDE PRICE £289,950 An extended semi-detached bungalow on a popular development An immaculate barn conversion within walking of the town and local schools. with distance far reaching views overcentre parkland. Kitchen, Spacious Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Spacious Living Room, Master Bedroom Ensuite, Further Bedrooms, Masterwith Bedroom withTwo Ensuite, Bathroom, Utility Shed, Easy Care Gardens, Two Contemporary Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Downstairs Cloakroom, Parking on Driveway. EPC Rating Gardens and Allocated Parking. EPC RatingE.C.

FIND US AT: www.nickchampion.co.uk

ORCHARD COURT, TENBURY WELLS - GUIDE PRICE £55,000 TENBURY WELLS, WORCESTERSHIRE - GUIDE PRICE £289,950 An immaculate retirement apartment An immaculate detached house in a quiet cul-de-sac on a popular development conveniently situated within easy walking distance of the town centre. within easy walking distance of the town centre. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Two Reception Rooms, Laundry Room, WC, Modern Kitchen, Spacious Living Room, Master Bedroom with Ensuite, Three Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Double Bedroom, Bathroom, Communal Gardens, Attractive Gardens, Double Garage and Ample Parking Space. EPC Rating C. Warden Service, Residents' Facilities, Alarm System. EPC Rating C.


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MON TO SAT TWO COURSE

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£10

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MADI STIMPSON 30TH SEPTEMBER @ 8PM

£20 - 3-COURSE SUPPER

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FOOD SERVICE MONDAY TO SATURDAY 12-2:30 & 6-9:30 SUNDAY 12-7:30PM

Teme Valley Times Sept-Oct 2016  

Free local paper for the lower Teme Valley and surrounding areas

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