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Feb/March 2016


TRANSFERS or local caBs 1 Passenger uP to 7 Passenger vehicles

Signage shows where things go

Fridges and freezers can now be disposed of at Tenbury

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Lots of skips to choose from Tenbury’s new Household Waste Site, on the Bromyard Road Business Park, opened to the public on Thursday 18th February. Almost from the off there was a steady flow of vehicles as people brought their ‘rubbish’ to be disposed of. The new facility is a complete change from Tenbury’s old site and its wide range of skips allows waste to be properly segregated. This should increase recycling rates and reduce the amount going to landfill, but it’s important that people put items in the appropriate skip, rather than pack everything into a big bag, then chuck this in the first skip they get to. There’s plenty of

signage to show where things should go, and helpful staff to give advice if needed. The Teme Valley Times visited on the 18th and spoke to people using the site. Comments were universally positive, not just about there being a new facility, but also about its layout and the staff. Residents in and around Tenbury Wells can now dispose of televisions, fridges and more without having to travel to Leominster, which has to be a welcome change, and this new facility will also bring people into Tenbury from the surrounding area, which might even bring some extra trade to the town.


The entry to the new site


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

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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Lucton Food Festival is Growing! This year’s Lucton Food Festival is set to run from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 12th March at Lucton School near Leominster. As well as stallholders and exhibitors, the festival will host demonstrations during the day, together with optional workshops. Exhibitors will cover a broad range of food and drink, enough to satisfy a wide range of tastes and many stalls will be offering hot or cold food and drink to eat on the day. The organisers say that there will be more exhibitors that last year and that the demonstrations will be non-stop all day. The Apple

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Box Cake Studio will be offering workshops throughout the day, at least one of which will be aimed at children. If you are interested in attending a workshop, you can contact them on 07773 391912 or through their facebook page. Admission (£5 for adults but free for children) includes access to the demonstrations and car parking is available without charge. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the festival and in advance through exhibitors. The draw is to take place at 4pm on Saturday 12th.

Local art lovers are urged to make their way to Rock Church this Easter Saturday to Monday, to see an excellent sale and exhibition of artwork. Organised by the Friends of Rock Church, as a fundraiser, and painstakingly arranged by John Instance and friends, this annual event is a great opportunity to see a huge variety of art, all in one spot. Hundreds of works of art and craft are displayed and even if you decide not to purchase, it is an inspiring spectacle, with many local artists’ work being exhibited alongside that of Birmingham Watercolour Society members. Refreshments should be available in the church.

A demonstration at last year’s Lucton Food Festival

Easter Craft & Artisan Fair An Easter Craft & Artisan Fair is to take place at Leominster Priory Church on March 19th. Do you miss the buzz of a traditional craft fair where traders actually sold what they made, and where the atmosphere and venue made it a great day out for the family? If so, the organisers say this event might be just what you’re looking for! As part of a programme of fund-raising events, the organisers of the Leominster Medieval Pageant are holding an Easter Fair with a medieval flavour, and with free entry for all! Local crafts people, artisans and food producers will display and sell their wares in the atmospheric environment of the Priory Church, part of the medieval monastery site. The programme includes re-enactor displays, period dance and music, with refreshments and lunches on-site. Period dance troupe Gloriana will be performing a range of dances with visitors invited to take part and have their photos taken in historic dress. Members of the well-respected re-enactment groups the Marcher Freemen and the Woodvilles will be on hand to entertain. The Fair opens to the public at 11am and closes at 4pm. Some stall spaces

are still available at £15, so any local crafts people or artisans who would like to join the event can contact David or Jan at Survive & Thrive, 9 Broad Street, Leominster or telephone 01568 620000.

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Mother’s Day – Sunday 6th March Spoil your mum with a traditional Sunday Lunch or delicious Afternoon Tea. Gifts and treats included for mums! Pre-booking is required. Please call us to reserve your table.

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We have so many gifts to choose from for Mother’s Day, all at very reasonable prices. Do come and have a look!

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After 25 years running Tenbury’s Post Office. Postmistress Sue Chase and husband Malcolm are retiring. On 22nd February the office on Teme Street, which opened over 100 years ago, will close its doors for the last time. The new Tenbury Post Office is scheduled to open the following day in Bowketts supermarket. Sue and Malcolm said that they hope the sorting office will stay where it is for years to come, but as we go to press we haven’t received confirmation that this will indeed be the case. It all began for them on October 26th 1991, when as well as having to get to grips with the new business venture, Sue also had the arrival, six and a half weeks early, of a baby! Fortunately her previous Post Office experience in the West Midlands helped her settle into the job at Tenbury, while managing to find time for the baby. Malcolm was 50 when he came to Tenbury. He had been working as a Film Editor with ATV, but by 1989 it was clear that redundancies were in the air and in due course his services were dispensed with. Now, at 75 years of age, he says he is looking forward to playing more golf, and to being able to have a lie-in, if he wishes! Malcolm has always worked the early morning shift, opening up the Sorting Office for the post to arrive, while Sue has looked after the counter. Sue said “One member of staff, Pat Pain, is retiring along with us, but Mel and Gaynor will be transferring to Bowketts Post Office, so there will be familiar faces behind their counter. I’m really going to miss the social aspect of the job, meeting everyone and both Malcolm and I would like to express our huge thanks to everyone for all their custom over all the years we have been here.”

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Tenbury’s Post Office has been on Teme Street for over 100 years Bowkett’s Supermarket - the new home of Tenbury Post Office


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Tenbury Church of England Primary school became Tenbury C E Primary Academy on February 1st, 2016. The conversion saw the school come out of local authority control and enter a ‘Multi Academy Trust’ (MAT), called ‘The Bishop Anthony Educational Trust’ (BAET) that is run by the Hereford Diocese. This was the result of work by school governors that took almost two years to come to fruition. Mark Yarnold, Chair of Governors, commented “The government’s plan is certainly for schools to become academies and we wanted to be ahead of the game and join the right MAT that would give the school and its pupils the very best future. The Bishop Anthony Educational Trust offers just that. They are based in the Diocesan offices in Ludlow and have a staff of great expertise in all aspects of education and business management. We are very much looking forward to working with them to continue to maintain the high standards of education and care that Tenbury Primary has become synonymous with”. The school’s last Ofsted inspection was judged ‘Good’ and its recent ‘SIAMS’ (Statutory inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection was judged to be ‘Outstanding’. The opening saw a whole day of celebrations with pupils (past and present), parents, friends, teachers and head teachers (past and present),

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The Bishop of Hereford, Bishop Richard, opened the new academy and blessed its future members of the BAET team and community leaders, joining the Bishop of Hereford, Bishop Richard, as he officially opened the new academy and blessed its future. Many memories of the school were shared with past pupils, teachers and head teachers and the current children spent part of the day writing their favourite memories. These are to go into a special book to mark this historic day in the school’s 161-year history.

Police at Fire Station? Recent years have seen a drive towards the closure of Police Stations, presumably as a money-saving exercise. A number of ideas have been put forward to support closures, including that of sharing another organisation’s accommodation, perhaps by moving staff to a library or a fire station. Tenbury’s Police Station has

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Welsh-themed menu for St David’s Day March 1st and also previous Sunday, 28th Feb.

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Tenbury Police Station

recently been under a cloud of possible closure, despite extensive and expensive work having been carried out on the building in recent years. The current idea seems to be that the Police will move to Tenbury Fire Station, across the river in Shropshire.

Elections for the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner are due to be held in May of this year and the current Commissioner, Bill Longmore, is stepping down. It remains to be seen what impact a new Commissioner might have.

Sweet News Traditional Sweet Shop and Newsagent In excess of 500 different traditional, retro old fashioned weigh out jars, modern sweets, including a large range of sugar free sweets & local homemade fudge & brittles. We pride ourselves on service and aim to satisfy each customer’s individual requirements.

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This flint arrowhead was found in a field near Tenbury. It is believed to date from the early bronze age (2500BC - 1500BC) and it still looks sharp after all this time. It was found by Terry Brown, a local metal detectorist.

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For all your dog walking and pet needs, if it’s short walks, long walks, pet sitting or to pop in to feed while you are away, a pet taxi to take your pet to the vets Give us a call or text 01584 811030 or visit www.tenburywellsdogwalking.com Fully insured & DBS checked, prices start from as little as £5!

MP backs Clows Top Post Office The shop at Clows Top is open again, which is good news for many local people, but there is still no sign of a Post Office. The people who are running the business have confirmed that they are keen to operate a Post Office counter in the shop, but it appears that the Post Office have turned down the initial application. Local MP Harriett Baldwin is also keen to see a Post Office counter return to Clows Top, and preferably sooner rather than later. Harriett explained “I have written to the Chief Executive of the Post Office to see if any influence can be exerted to get this vital community asset up and running as soon as possible.”

Tenbury’s Museum may be small but it’s packed with interest. Following its annual hibernation, it reopens for the season on Good Friday at 11am. This season there’s a new acquisition on display and this might bring in new visitors, as well as giving past visitors a reason to have another look! Housed in the old Goff’s School building on Cross Street, the entrance to the Museum is set back from the road so it can easily be missed and the lack of nearby parking means that taking a stroll up from the town centre is the ideal way to visit. The exciting new exhibit is a beautiful flint arrowhead. It has been registered and verified by the Portable Antiquities Scheme; they describe it as a barbed and tanged flint arrowhead of the Early Bronze Age and have designated it as of county and local importance. Liz Finlay, Museum Curator, said “Birmingham Museum were interested in having it but Terry Brown, the finder, and the landowner both decided they would like it kept locally and gave it to us. We don’t want to reveal exactly where it was found except to say it was in a field near Tenbury!” The arrowhead is displayed with other local archaeological finds and the museum will be open until the end of October on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11am-1.30pm plus Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 2pm-4pm. Admission is free.

Defibrillator in Tenbury Recent times have seen a huge increase in the number of publicly-accessible defibrillators. These devices can be a life-saver in certain situations and typically they are mounted in disused phone boxes or on the outside of buildings. In Tenbury, for example, there’s one on the wall of the Masonic Lodge in Church Street, not far from the Round Market. Hopefully you’ll never have to use one, but if the need does arise,

time will be of the essence, so it’s a good idea to know in advance where your local defibrillator is. The British Heart Foundation says that defibrillators are “simple and safe” and they add that “The machine gives clear spoken instructions. You don’t need training to use one. Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm. It won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed.”

The defibrillator at Tenbury’s Masonic Lodge

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Prickley Sheep and Cattle! On February 6th a creative day was spent in the company of Garry Jones, guest ceramic artist, tucked away down on the farm at Prickley Ceramics, between Great Witley and Martley. Twelve students, along with owner Cathy Nott, enjoyed a day following Garry’s step-by-step demonstrations, creating ‘Wallace & Gromitesque’ sheep in the morning, and cartoon highland cattle in the afternoon. Garry is a well-established and renowned sculptor, based near Leintwardine, who gives a sense of humour and comedy to many of his animal studies. He freely admits that he sets out to make people laugh! In producing his work he uses a westernised raku-based technique, where pottery is heated quickly to a high temperature, removed from the kiln while hot, then cooled in a barrel of combustible material, which

colours the pottery in natural and sometimes unexpected ways. Garry very much enjoyed his trip down the Teme Valley to the Prickley Ceramics workshops, and the students gave the course a great thumbs up. Cathy Nott said “The day was great fun and I was thrilled that everyone who came on the course has since contacted me to say what a fantastic time they had! Garry was such an

inspiration and excellent tutor. Our next course with him is on the 19th March, with another planned for 16th April.”

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Pre-fired (right) and what it should eventually look like after painting and glazing (left)

Garry Jones brought along examples of his work - this one is entitled ‘Cocky’

Garry helping out

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Di and Ade welcome customers old and new to The Roebuck Inn. A traditional village pub which has a bar, lounge and restaurant for you to enjoy local drinks and homemade food from locally sourced ingredients. There are also three newly-refurbished guest bedrooms. Located next door is The Roebuck Shop. Open from 7am until 6.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am until 12.30pm at the weekend, selling a large range of everyday items including newspapers.

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THE KINGS HEAD Cross Street, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8EG 16th Century, Cosy, Traditional Pub Welcomes You Tel: 01584 810804

New Function Room: available for Parties and Private hire, Meetings and Band Rehearsals (PA provided) Wide range of Real Ales, Ciders & Wines Children and Dog friendly Bar Billiards, Darts, Dominoes QUIZ NIGHTS every 2nd Sunday 7.30pm Live Music most Weekends Open Mic Night on 1st Thursday of Month Folk Night on 3rd Thursday of Month Blue Grass American Country Music Night, 4th Weds of Month New Bar Menu: New Traditional pub faves, Tapas menu, Pizzas & Sharing Platters Healthy, wholesome, home-cooked food! Laid Back, Lazy SUNDAYS, Music and Brunches: 1-5pm. Full English (veggie option); Bacon / Sausage Baguettes; Tea and Fresh Coffee. Come in and relax by a roaring log fire with a Sunday Paper and listen to background jazz, blues and live acoustic music! Follow us on facebook at Kings Head Tenbury Car Park at rear


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Bowketts made a Difference During 2015, Bowketts Supermarket in Tenbury raised a fantastic £2,492.09 for the Tenbury Youth Football Club through NISA’s ‘Making a Difference Locally’ Fund. The presentation took place at Bowketts on February 8th, just before the young footballers began their practice at 5pm. Paul Staples and Kit Lambert were there from the club, as was Glenys Holdcroft, Store Manager at Bowketts, who handed over the cheque, to smiles all round. Glenys is always happy to receive suggestions regarding local groups that might benefit from similar help. Buying products displaying the pink MADL logo generates the funds - generally 1p, 2p or even 3p per item - but over the course of a year all the pennies really do mount up!

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The planning application to convert Great Witley’s Hundred House into 14 apartments, while retaining a pub within the building, was considered by Malvern Hills District Council’s Northern Area Development Management Committee on February 3rd. The scheme, which includes demolishing extensions that were erected in recent years, along with the building of four new homes, was voted through, subject to a number of conditions. The hotel is thought to date from the 18th century, but it replaced a previous inn on the site, which itself had a history going back to at least 1653. Stock sales were held alongside the Hundred House and there was even an annual fair. Courts were held there and at one time the building had The Hundred House - a well-known landmark its own cells.

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A litter pick is scheduled to be held in Knighton on Teme on March 13th, meeting at the Parish Rooms at 10am. All welcome! Bring a strong pair of gloves, but bags and tabards will be provided. People who can’t make it on the day can help out at another time. For more information, contact the Parish Clerk, Karen Yates, on 01584 810817.

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COMING SOON - TENBURY WELLS POST OFFICE Scheduled to open at Bowketts at 1pm on 23rd February!

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The Bell

New Path for Wigmore Castle

~ A proper pub with real food ~

01299 896677 A warm welcome and six superbly-kept real ales plus Robinsons, Oldfields and a range of real ciders & perries.

A new path has been laid

Group bookings and functions welcome 27 years in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide CAMRA 2015 Worcestershire Pub of the Year Local Produce, Home-made Food Daily Blackboard Menu Sunday Lunch £9.50 Sandwiches from £4.50 Tue-Sat Lunch Specials £6.50 Closed Monday lunch (except Bank Holidays)

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John & Trudy Greaves and Ian welcome you to The Bell at Pensax, Abberley, Worcs, WR6 6AE On the B4202 between Clows Top and Abberley The approach to the castle The path to Wigmore Castle had become muddy and overgrown but much of its length has now been transformed by laying an aggregate surface between timber boards. About 40 tons of aggregate was supplied in three lorry loads from Breedon Aggregates (Leinthall Earls Quarry), with the haulage as well as the aggregate being provided free of charge by way of a donation to the village. The path was laid by Herefordshire Ramblers who also strimmed the route beforehand. English Heritage gave a grant of £1000 and Wigmore Group Parish Council gave £800. The result is a significant improvement in the route to the Castle. Its history goes back to shortly after the Norman Conquest, but it has been a ruin since the time of the Civil War. Now in the guardianship of English Heritage, it still provides a vantage point from which views may be enjoyed on fine days.

The view from the top, showing some of the recent flooding

Thrift Shop Reopening Pauline Briggs asked us to remind readers that the Pensax Thrift Shop is set to open for the 2016 season at 9am on Wednesday 2nd March. A wide range of items will be on sale, typically including clothes, household linens, bric-a-brac, toys, books, plants, produce, baked goods and preserves. A small commission on sales is retained for hall funds. The Shop is open every Wednesday morning from March to December, at Pensax Village Hall on the B4202 between Abberley and Clows Top. There’s a friendly welcome and even if there’s nothing you want to buy or sell, you could always pop in for a cuppa and a chat!

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Bayton Christmas Concert The annual Christmas Concert at Bayton Church took place in December and the function was so popular that the church was full to capacity. The concert featured the thirty-plus strong Much Wenlock Male Voice Choir, who gave an outstanding performance including popular Christmas numbers, together with songs from shows and comedy items. In addition, Phillip Ward, who has been the resident organist at Bayton Church for the last 53 years, was on hand to provide the music for some community carols. The event was once again produced and compered by Brian Link. He said that the Christmas Concert goes from strength to strength each year and that people travel from far and wide to attend, in fact some have booked seats for the next concert even though the date is not yet known!

Just off the Teme Bridge, Tenbury Wells

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Takeaway Menu and Outside Catering Buffets available

Moffats School in Kinlet has announced that they will be offering a number of scholarships for children aged 7-9 years, for entry in September 2016. If you would like to find out more, contact the school on 01299 841230 or email office@ moffats.co.uk. The next Open Morning at Moffats School is to be held on Friday 4th March, from 9.30 to 12.30. All are welcome, with tours being conducted by the senior children. Nursery funding is available for children aged 3 and 4 attending the Kindergarten. New Parent and Toddler Sessions, Mini Moffats, will be launched on Wednesday 24th February from 10am to 12noon. Parents and carers of children aged 3 and under are welcome to register for the first session: Mini Moffats Sensory Play. There’s no charge - just call to register, then enjoy the fun in the Kindergarten and the beautiful setting!

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Letter from Philip Dunne MP

Mr Thom’s 01584 819328

Looking for something completely different this Easter? Why not come in and see Mr Thom... We can also fill your Easter eggs with our very special handmade Belgian chocolates.

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Tenbury Wells

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Newspapers, Fresh Bread (white, brown, wholemeal, granary plus small white/wholemeal), Butter, Eggs, Cheddar Cheeses, Welsh Yoghurts, Broken Biscuits, Potatoes, Spring Water, Fruit Juices, Elderflower and Elderflower & Gooseberry Pressés, Organic Double Cream, Organic Butter - plus Fruit, Vegetable and Salad Boxes! Household Items including Cling Film, Foil, Refuse Sacks, Freezer Bags, Toilet Rolls, Kitchen Towels, Easy Logs (compressed sawdust) - ALL DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR! We offer a full range of milk including Channel Island, Sterilised, UHT, Soya, Flavoured, Organic (whole, semi, skimmed), goats (whole, semi) - in traditional returnable glass bottles or recyclable plastic containers.

Areas covered include Tenbury, Menithwood, Clifton-on-Teme, Whitbourne, Bromyard, Stoke Prior, Kington, Presteigne, Leintwardine, Shobdon, Yarpole, Ludlow and Much Wenlock, plus many places in-between. To see if we deliver in your area or for a copy of our full product list call 01584 811857


It was ironic that the appalling ram raid on a bank’s ATM cash machine recently should have taken place in Cleobury Mortimer, since this community has been at the forefront of an impressive town-wide effort to curb crime. Led by the Town Council, there has been huge public support for West Mercia Police’s ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ initiative. The idea behind this crime prevention programme is to make valuables identifiable as having been stolen. This has involved a concerted effort by volunteers encouraging households to use Smartwater, a liquid invisible to the naked eye which shows up under ultraviolet light, to mark valuable possessions and deter burglars. The liquid is unique to the address of the user, so goods can be traced back to identify the place where stolen. This proactive scheme has led to over 85% of the town signing up to use Smartwater. This technology has offered promising results in trials across the country. Indeed, readers may have seen that Smartwater was instrumental in bringing a repeat burglar to justice last year, after a spate of breakins to business premises


From left: Matt Sheehan, Cleobury Parish Clerk, with Philip Dunne MP

in the Ludlow area. Inspired by this success, I have been in contact with West Mercia Police to explore the idea of implementing the ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ initiative on a wider scale across the Ludlow Constituency. Sufficient support from businesses and town/parish councils will be crucial in promoting wider rollout of this technology. I have arranged with the police and town council a crime reduction event for local businesses in Ludlow. If successful I shall support similar events in other towns across South Shropshire. Cleobury Mortimer’s initiative will I hope inspire others to help cut crime in our communities. Philip Dunne will be holding an advice surgery from 4.30pm to 6pm on 11th March at Cleobury Mortimer Market Hall. For an appointment, ring the constituency office on 01584 872187.

Speeding in Eardiston? Lindridge Parish Council is conducting a survey to find out if local residents have concerns about the speed of traffic through Eardiston. If you have any thoughts that you would like to share, you can email the Parish Council - lindridge@parishclerk.co.uk

% 01584 810107 We offer a large range of gas and electric stove and fires. Quick heat for those chilly times at the flick of a switch!

Gasco electric stove (1-2kW) with remote control

Huge range of electric fires, wall-mounted (1-2kW). Very good flame pattern

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Come and visit our large showroom. Many models working. Electric, Natural Gas and LP Gas.

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Lindridge Hops Wall Hanging

The celebratory tea party in Lindridge Parish Hall, with the wall-hanging in the background Summer schools held by the Teme Valley Embroiderers’ Guild in Lindridge Parish Hall were the beginning of a delightful hanging that now adorns a wall of the hall. Heather Hall, from the Guild, told us that “Derek Marks, the driving force behind the refurbishment of the hall, was always a great supporter of our Summer schools and used to regularly pop in

and take great interest in our work. One day he suggested that we might consider creating something which could be displayed in the Hall; the idea stayed with us but was only really taken up in earnest when, sadly, we lost both Derek Marks and Jean Brown (a branch member and tutor at the schools) towards the end of 2013. As the hall is decorated with

stencilled hop flowers and leaves this became the starting point for a hanging. Some members went to visit an exhibition at the Hop Pocket where they found inspiration in pictures of people who had for decades come hop-picking from across the West Midlands. Lorna Pound designed each panel and these were then embroidered by the members of the guild. Some have stitched pictures, some have stitched leaves, some helped dyeing the fabrics and others worked with Lorna to put the whole hanging together. We remember with affection the contribution Jean Brown and Derek Marks made to the community and sincerely hope that when people come to the hall and look at our work it will rekindle fond memories of all they did.” A special afternoon tea was held last Summer and the

A close-up showing the detail in the work high spot of the afternoon was when Janet Marks and Jean Brown’s daughter, Eleanor, pulled back the covering cloth to reveal the finished hanging for the first time.

Davidsons at Shakenhurst? A memorial plaque on the wall of St Paul’s Church, Rothesay, states ‘To the glory of God and in grateful remembrance of the men of St Paul’s who fell in the Great War.’ One of the names is Margaret Davidson. Margaret was born in Cleobury Mortimer in 1896, to John Joseph Davidson and his wife, Barbara Janet. In 1901, Margaret was living with them at Shakenhurst; John Davidson was a gardener, described as living in the lodge. Margaret had a brother, John James. He became a private in the 96th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry and died, in training, of spinal meningitis in Manitoba. Margaret Davidson died of a cerebral embolism, valvular heart disease and

rheumatism on 19th August 1917, when just 21 years old. She is listed as a casualty on the Scottish War Memorial, and in St Paul’s, so it must be assumed that the conditions which led to her death were brought about by her war service. She was in the Scottish Branch of the British Red Cross Society. Her father, John, died on June 7th, 1947. Margaret also had another brother, George, but as yet nothing firm has been uncovered about what happened to him. Do any readers have any information that they might be able to pass on? Are there any photographs, or records, of staff (or their families) at Shakenhurst, from around 1901?

The memorial plaque that bears Margaret Davidson’s name

Leominster Parking Hike With effect from February 1st, Herefordshire Council introduced a steep increase in some of Leominster’s parking charges. For example, in the Broad Street car park the charge has risen to £2.50 (for up to 24 hours), whereas previously it cost £1 for up to four hours, or £1.50 for over four hours. This means that people who only want to spend a few hours in the town will find that their cost of parking has more than doubled and there are concerns that shoppers will go elsewhere, causing businesses in Leominster to lose trade. There is also a risk that traffic congestion could increase, if motorists decide to give Broad Street car park a miss, and head through the town to the Etnam Street car park, where they can park for £1.50 for four hours. Local resident Clare Fulloway feels so strongly about the increase that she has launched a petition to try to get the fourhour ticket reinstated on the Broad Street car park.

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Jack and the Beanstalk The Christmas pantomime at the Regal in Tenbury was billed as being bigger and better than ever before and with twenty performances to choose from it didn’t disappoint. Over 4,000 people came to see the Regal transformed into a magical country garden setting, complete with a giant sunflower, picket fencing and cobbled floors. Mayhem and comedy were in abundance during the performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. With giant cockroaches, a dancing tree and a ten foot giant, the pro-am cast of actors, singers, dancers, babes and musicians kept the audience entertained. The Regal’s General Manager, Ian Little, commented “Staging the pantomime is extremely hard work for everyone involved and we have to thank our team of volunteers without whom it just wouldn’t be possible, but the rewards are enormous. We don’t make much profit, but this really raises our profile and just as importantly brings people into Tenbury where there is a positive knock-on effect with other businesses. The junior cast from our Musical Theatre School has a great time and gets to work with professional actors, and for our technical crew it is the culmination of the years’ work. We would also like to thank the show’s sponsors: Orchard Valley Foods, SPAR, The Tree Shop, Mawley Milk & Special Occasions. Their contribution allows us to push that little bit further and make the audience experience so much better.” Tickets for this year’s pantomime, Dick Whittington, are already on sale.

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Isuzu DMax Fury

Firewood all the accessories separately. Internal changes included some smart detailing on the red Neat-looking Fury leather seats - an optional extra at £1,325 and black Furylogoed seats and the overall impression is of a Isuzu’s DMax is a well-known contender in vehicle that is very well-equipped, but which the UK, with the usual choice of single cab, has lost none of its practicality. extended cab and double cab. There’s a good As you’d expect, this is a traditional pick-up, range of models to choose from, mainly with with a steel body mounted on a steel ladderfour wheel drive, but with some two wheel frame chassis, and with a longitudinallydrive models also being offered. There’s a mounted diesel engine. For normal on-road useful choice of premium models - Eiger, use it runs in two-wheel drive, driving the rear Yukon, Utah and Blade - but we drove the wheels, but you can select part-time foureye-catching Fury, a limited-edition model wheel-drive for off-road use or if you’re going that was launched in the UK in August 2015. to tackling something like snow-covered Based on the Eiger double-cab model, the roads. Fury features a unique Magma Red metallic The 2.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine gives a paint finish, 17-inch five-spoke grey alloys good account of itself, producing 163 PS and and gunmetal grey heavy-duty steps. The 400 Nm of torque, and happily powering the changes meant that the Fury certainly Fury along at a fair old rate of knots. Manual attracted attention and there is also a saving and automatic versions are available; we of about £2,000, when compared to buying

drove a manual. This has a six-speed gearbox, but 6th is basically an overdrive, so in day-today use in the local area you might not get above 5th. Top gear comes into its own on longer, faster journeys, as it drops the revs to a more relaxed level at motorway cruising speeds. The comfortable seats are also particularly welcome under these conditions. Practical features include a heavyweight towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes (braked trailer) and a payload capability of over a ton: 1,072kg (manual) or 1,067kg (auto). Looking at costs, with manual transmission the Fury retails at £19,999 + VAT and we returned about 36mpg overall, which is only slightly short of the official 38.7 mpg ‘combined’. The automatic version - which we didn’t drive - retails at £20,999 + VAT but it’s significantly thirstier, with an official ‘combined’ 33.6mpg. And like all new Isuzu models sold in the UK, the Fury comes with the company’s five-year, 125,000 mile warranty.

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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.

Ludlow Motors, Bromfield Road, Ludlow SY8 1EN. Tel (01584) 252902. www.ludlowmotors.co.uk



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 252902 or visit www.ludlowmotors.co.uk for further information.

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Teme Valley Times Feb-March 2016  

The free local paper for Tenbury Wells, Ludlow, Leominster. Bromyard, Clifton, Martley, Dunley, Cleobury Mortimer, Clee Hill, Bromfield etc.

Teme Valley Times Feb-March 2016  

The free local paper for Tenbury Wells, Ludlow, Leominster. Bromyard, Clifton, Martley, Dunley, Cleobury Mortimer, Clee Hill, Bromfield etc.