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The Rudimentary Truths Prosecco Di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore Nothing marks a celebration like a nice bottle of bubbly. But more often than not, we get so caught up in the happy occasion that we forget to taste the wine! We love our sparkling wines here at Rude Wines, and we don’t think they need to be reserved for special occasions. Sometimes the simplest pleasure is enjoying bubbles just for the sake of it. One of the things we get asked regularly is, does it have to be Champagne? So, is the most expensive undoubtedly the best? The answer is, not necessarily. While many sparkling wines are deliberately made in a similar style to Champagne, in some parts of the world, innovative producers have been making unique, high quality sparkling wines for decades. But only recently have they begun to gain the recognition they deserve. One of the shining stars to emerge from outside Champagne’s hallowed boundaries is Prosecco, made in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions of Italy. We believe we’ve found something pretty special in the Prosecco Di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore (extra points if you can pronounce it.) On the nose, there is a lovely citrus fragrance, and a green apple-like freshness that continues on the palate and makes you almost want to take a bite out of it. Now, you know when people use words like ‘elegant’ to describe a wine? Strange term, but you might find it an appropriate one! What could be more elegant than delicately fragranced wine with tiny, well-dispersed bubbles? There are some nice hints of melon on the palate too. You can enjoy this well chilled without losing any of the flavour. The bubbles are less vigorous than some better-known wines like Champagne and Cava, which makes this much more accessible for enthusiasts that want to start exploring sparkling wines. We love our Champagnes, but the truth is, you don’t always need to pay Champagne prices to enjoy a good bottle of bubbly. Our Prosecco Di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore (try saying it with an Italian accent this time) proves that the alternatives aren’t inferior by default. It’s just different – different grapes, different winemaking techniques, and its own distinct style. And great value. Give it a try – whether you’re a sparkling wine devotee looking to be surprised and impressed, or a still wine fan that’s just looking for something new and different, we promise you will find this pretty special.

All Rude Wines have been painstakingly selected to offer remarkable quality for their price. You won’t find them anywhere else, because we deal directly with smaller producers who don’t sell their wines to supermarkets.

For full terms and conditions visit www.rudewines.co.uk/terms-and-conditions


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If you need to hire a helicopter, just want to experience flying in one, or want to learn to fly, Heliflight are here to help. ased at Gloucestershire airport, Heliflight is one of the leading Helicopter provider in the UK. With an extensive fleet of helicopters including the popular Robinson R22, R44, Schweizer 300, and Bell B206 Jet Ranger. Heliflight UK have a helicopter to meet any requirement. Our services include executive charter, self-fly hire and training.

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where you’ll take the controls and be guided by an instructor in our dual controlled training helicopters, you’ll soon be flying across the countryside. It’s a unique experience that some continue with to gain a Private Pilot’s Licence. Hundreds of pilots have been through our training facilities with some going on to gain commercial licences and flight instructor qualifications.

If you want a taste of flying in a helicopter we have a range of flight experience packages. Our pleasure flights allow you to choose where you would like to fly to, perhaps see your house from the air, while our helitours take you over places of local interest. Perhaps you might want to try flying a helicopter. We can offer you a lesson,

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Make the most of September’s bounty of garden-grown ingredients including plumbs, blackberries, tomatoes and the humble squash.

e l b m u r c m u l p Maple The classic plum crumble recipe is given a sweet twist to make it even more perfect

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s part of our 25th Anniversary of Cruse Bereavement Care in Herefordshire we have produced a little recipe/memory book. We asked people for favourite family recipes together with the memory of the person they were from. The resulting recipes were lots of “Comfort Foods” – cakes and puddings featured prominently! So we have called it “Comfort Food and Memories” Thanks to the help of Hereford Lions, Cargill Foods and an anonymous donor we were given donations to cover more than half the production costs. Now all of the proceeds from the sales will be used to help us provide and expand our services to bereaved people in Herefordshire.

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 24 mins Ingredients 8 ripe plums, halved, stone removed 4 tbsp maple syrup 50g butter, cut into pieces 50g plain flour 50g rolled oats 25g golden caster sugar ½ tsp ground cinnamon 25g flaked almonds

Method Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Place the plum halves, skin side down, in the base of a large heatproof dish. Drizzle over half the maple syrup and roast for 10 mins. Meanwhile place the butter, flour, oats, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and rub the butter into the mixture until you have rough crumbs. Stir in the almonds, then sprinkle over the plums. Drizzle the top with the remaining maple syrup and bake for 15 mins until the top is golden. Serve with custard.

The books are now for sale at a cost of £5 or buy 5 copies for £25 and get a sixth free. They can be obtained by contacting Julia Richardson jnrich@phonecoop.coop tel. 01989 763746 or Isabel Pebody Isabel@pebody.net tel 01989 565804 For more information or to seek help from Cruse contact 01432 359469 or Cruse Bereavement Care Herefordshire A telephone line is available locally 01432 359469 for people who need help. It is staffed by volunteers who pick up messages regularly, take referrals, and provide information. They are normally available in person on Tuesdays 10-12am and 6-7pm. Clients are then allocated to volunteers who provide counselling support to people in their own homes or in a suitable hired room.


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Cherry Cherry came to us via the stray pound a few weeks ago. She was in need of an eye operation (see picture) but we first needed to find her a foster home so that she could recover. That has now happened and this is what her foster mum has to say about her. .....”Cherry has settled in fantastic, follows direction extremely well and anybody wanting to adopt a dog you could not go wrong applying for this lovely girl. She will need a firm owner as bulldogs given an inch can take a mile but with a good routine and consistency she has

shown herself to be a good allrounder. She is brill at feeding times always sitting and waiting until it is her turn, she is great out, she does pull on a lead but is fantastic on a non pull harness. She gets in the car now as she knows we are heading out to the fields and she has a lovely run with my dogs. She loves my big round swivel chair and that is where she sleeps soundly all night, she has not attempted to come upstairs and I have not encouraged it. She is having a nice roast dinner today with all the trimmings. She loves a cuddle and has been fab with the kids, although play has to be monitored as she is a big girl and they can get carried away. So anybody who is thinking of getting a dog please consider Cherry I honestly cant praise her enough, she is very calm in the house, does not take up much room and she will be your best friend, they have so much love to give....”

Carrot Tops Mobile Surgery for Pets

We offer an affordable mobile veterinary service in the Forest of Dean and Ross on Wye areas, providing preventative health care such as vaccinations, neutering, dentals and minor surgery. We aim to visit your home at a time that is convenient to you. This avoids the stress to your pet of travel to a surgery, and what can sometimes be a long wait for both of you in a waiting room Our veterinary services are offered at very reasonable rates. We charge £19.00 for a dog vaccination booster, £26.00 for a full cat vaccination booster and the combined Myxomatosis and VHD vaccination for rabbits for £18.00. These charges include a full health check.

We also hold walk-in clinics at Hawthorn Pet and Animal Supplies, Cinderford, on Saturday mornings, 10am – 12pm (Vet Nurse only) and Monday

evenings, 6pm to 8pm (Veterinary Surgeon). At these clinics, we now offer microchipping at the special rate of £10.00. For further details, or to arrange an appointment booking, please phone 01594 824765, or email enquiries@ carrottopsmobilesurgery.co.uk.

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To give TraderPost readers an insight into what happens behind the scenes at Midlands Air Ambulance, we’ve followed Ian Roberts, aircrew supervisor at the Strensham airbase, for a day: “At Midlands Air Ambulance there’s no such thing as a typical working day. We attend such a wide variety of incidents, from road traffic accidents, falls, and drownings, to sporting injuries and farm and horse riding accidents, so no two days are ever the same. I arrive at the Strensham airbase at 7am and with the flight paramedic we assist the pilot in ground handling our EC135 helicopter from our hanger to the helipad. We then conduct checks on all the equipment we carry on the aircraft, including our response bags, monitoring equipment, and the ventilator. Then at 8am we are operational, meaning we could get a call from the air desk, located at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s air desk, and that’s when the day really starts to get interesting. We have a special red mission phone, where the flight paramedic takes the details and co-ordinates of the incident location, during this time the pilot starts the engines and then we’re off. Once deployed our role is to assist the pilot with navigation and flight safety, both in the air and where we’re landing – we may need to set down on a high street, field, roadside or school playground, so we have to ensure public safety is paramount. Our first job when we’re on the ground is to assess the patient while liaising with the other emergency services on the scene. We treat the patient both on the ground and while in

the air, flying them to the most appropriate trauma centre for their condition. Many of the incidents we attend are unfortunately a life or death situation, so it’s vital we get the person to hospital within the all important ‘golden hour’ as it means their chances of survival are greatly improved. On arrival at the hospital we brief the patients conditions with the medical team from the hospital, before returning to the airbase to refuel the aircraft, replace any used equipment and undertake a debrief on the mission. As a service we attend an average of ten missions a day across our three airbases, so we’re kept extremely busy. If we’re not out on a mission, I have other important duties such as stock checking our medical supplies and ensuring all three airbases are sufficiently resourced as we work 365 days of the year. At the end of a hard working day, we put the helicopter to bed in the hanger, lock up and go home knowing that as a team we have saved numerous lives across the region – it’s a feeling like no other.” If you are interested in supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, or would like to find out more about the service, please contact the team on 0800 8 40 20 40, or visit www.midlandsairambulance.com

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Saving Lives by Saving Time MAAC033

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Saving Lives by Saving Time

09 Midlands Air Ambulance is the only charity responsible for funding and operating three helicopters serving the community of Herefordshire along with Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

MAAC receives NO Government or National Lottery funding and the £6 million needed each year is funded solely by the public and local businesses.

Some facts and figures… Airlifting a casualty to hospital within one hour (the Golden Hour) greatly increases their chance of survival We can reach a Trauma Centre from anywhere in the region in less than 15 minutes We have responded to more than 38,000 incidents since 1991 and saved countless lives Four in every ten incidents responded to is funded by a ‘Gift in a Will’

We need you!

We are fully aware that without the support of volunteers and the goodwill of the public and local businesses, the service would not be here today. As well as the constant need for donations of money, we also welcome donations of your time. So why not volunteer to become our point of contact in the Herefordshire area? For more information call

0800 8 40 20 40

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8 40 20 40 or visit www.midlandsairambulance.com Hawthorn House, Dudley Road, Lye, West Midlands, United Kingdom DY9 8BQ

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THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER 11.00am – 4.00pm Picnicking paradise - Escape and enjoy a day of sunbathing on the new deckchairs and wildlife spotting at the river meadow Weir Garden 01981 590509 SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 7.30am – 9.30pm Meet the bats armed with a bat detector with the rangers Weir Garden 01981 590509 SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER Historical Walks of the Castle Grounds Eastnor Castle 01531 633160

THURSDAY 19 & SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER Reap the Harvest – enjoy a harvest festival of fruit and vegetables grown over the last season on site Croft Castle 01568 780246 SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER Gun Dogs & Ferret Racing Eastnor Castle 01531 633160 SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 1-4pm Museum open and in-steam Waterworks Museum 01432 357236 HEREFORD ST FRANCIS XAVIER THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13, SATURDAY 14 & SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 10.00am – 4.00pm St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Church is a splendid Jesuit Temple, designed according to classical Greek tradition St Francis Xavier 01432 273485 VIOLETTE SZABO GC MUSEUM SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 11.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm This small but fascinating museum is dedicated to one of Britain’s most daring WWII secret agents. Violette Szabo GC Museum 01981 540477 GARNONS FRIDAY 13 & SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 10.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm Tours 10.30am and 2.30pm, numbers limited to 20 per tour Garnons is a 19th Century private house not usually open to the public. Garnons 01981 590235

CIDER MUSEUM SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER - TUTORED CIDER TASTING. Visitors can participate in a free tutored cider tasting led by a master cidermaker from Herefordshire. Booking required

AYLESTONE COURT HOTEL THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13, SATURDAY 14 & SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 12.00noon – 6.00pm Visit the ground floor, art gallery and gardens of this former gentleman’s residence with its Georgian Façade and Queen Anne and Georgian interior. Enjoy the walled garden and refreshments in the tearoom. Aylestone Court Hotel 01432 341891 ST JOHN MEDIEVAL MUSEUM, CHAPEL AND CONINGSBY HOSPITAL THURSDAY 12 & FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 11.00am – 3.00pm Saturday 14 September 11.00am – 3.00pm The site will be open to visitors on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, there will be guided tours, organ music in the chapel, traditional ballads in the Rose Garden. Enjoy refreshments and a picnic, story telling, slides shows and a children’s quiz plus costumed characters St John Medieval Museum, Chapel and Coningsby Hospital 01432 274903 BELMONT ABBEY FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER AND SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 10.00am – 4.30pm The Benedictine Abbey designed by EW Pugin was opened in 1859 with by Hardman. As well as the Abbey itself, the sacristy will also be open to the public where the collection of vestments can be seen. Belmont Abbey 01432 374747 THE DEFENCES OF FORTRESS HEREFORD WALK FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 11.00am Join urban archaeologist, Dr Nigel Baker, for a walking search through the city centre for clues to Hereford’s lost Saxon defences of 800 - 1066. Booking essential Front of Hereford Cathedral Booking on 01432 260692 HEREFORDSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY MUSEUM SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 10.00am – 3.00pm An exhibition of objects associated with the regiments raised in Herefordshire will be on show with a militaria identification service and re-enactors ‘ demonstrations

throughout the day Hereford Light Infantry Museum 01432 359917

GUILD OF GUIDES HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND STREETS WALK THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13, SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2.30pm Sunday 15 September 11.00am Members of the Guild of Guides will show some of the historic buildings of Hereford during an hour long, day time walk Old House. Bookings on www.herefordguidedwalks.org.uk GUILD OF GUIDES HORRORS AND HAUNTING OF HEREFORD WALK THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 7.15pm These spooky evening walks run for slightly over an hour and cover the Horrors and Hauntings of Hereford Visit Herefordshire, 1 King Street Bookings on www.herefordguidedwalks. org.uk LONGWORTH CHAPEL SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 10.30am – 4.00pm Longworth Chapel is in the care of the Historic Chapels Trust and is in the process of being restored to its former glory. A small display on the history of the chapel will be on view Longworth Chapel 01432 853200 OLD HOUSE THE WEIR SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 11.00pm – 5.00pm Enjoy free entry to The Weir, a beautiful 1920’s riverside garden The Weir 01981 590509 LEDBURY LEDBURY HERITAGE CENTRE THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13, SATURDAY 14 AND SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 10.30pm – 4.30pm Visit the Heritage Centre showing a history of the town and learn about its trades and activities. Ledbury Heritage Centre 01531 635680 BUTCHER ROW HOUSE MUSEUM THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13, SATURDAY 14 & SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 11.00am – 5.00pm The Butcher Row House Museum will be opening its doors with freshly refurbished displays showing the history of Ledbury and its environs Butcher Row House Museum 01531 635169

ST KATHERINE’S CHAPEL SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2.00PM - 4.00PM The chapel, not normally open to the public, will be available to view on Sunday 9 September  St Katherine’s Chapel 01531 632737 or 07836 478829 peter.j.heaton@btopenworld.com HOMME HOUSE THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER Back by popular demand, enjoy a guided tour, starting with St.Bartholomew’s Church, including the Kyrle Chapel, then driving through the Capability Brown parkland up to historic Homme House. Booking essential. 16TH CENTURY PAINTED ROOM THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13 & SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 11.00 – 1.00PM & 2.00PM – 4.00PM SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2.00PM – 5.00PM The 16th Painted Room is a late 15th Century building now used as the Town Council offices. The paintings, discovered in 1989, were made in imitation of the expensive wall 16th Century Painted Room 01531 632306 CHRIST CHURCH, LLANGROVE THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13, SATURDAY 14 & SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 10.00AM – 4.30PM Discover this hidden architectural gem, completed in 1856, designed by George Frederick Bodley. Refreshments available from lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday Christ Church, Llangrove 01989 770256 VILLAGE HALL, LLANGROVE SATURDAY 14 & SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER Refreshments available in the village hall which also hosts exhibitions of local craft work, artwork from the school. Prize winning quizzes, a treasure hunt and a raffle will take place over the weekend Village Hall, Llangrove 01989 770256 HISTORY WITH A TWIST SOUTHSIDE GUIDED WALK FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 10.15am for 10.30 departure or 1.45pm for 2.00pm departure Local Historian, Mary Sinclair Powell, will lead a 2 hour Historic Guided Walk, around the south side of the town. Meet at the Market House Mary’s no!


11 HISTORY WITH A TWIST RIVERSIDE GUIDED WALK SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 9.45am for a prompt 10.00am start Local Historian, Mary Sinclair Powell, will lead a 2 hour Historic Guided Walk, around the riverside of the town. Finishing at the Friends Meeting House, join their monthly coffee morning. Meet at the Market House FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 10.00am – 1.00pm Enjoy the Fairtrade Coffee Morning and find out about the history of this historic Quaker meeting house and burial ground Friends Meeting House 01989 763746 MARKET HOUSE VISITOR CENTRE THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13 & SATURDAY 14 10.00am – 5.00pm Sunday 15 September 10.30 – 4.00pm Enjoy the newly refurbished displays at the Visitor Centre and find out all about the town Market House Visitor Centre 01432 260675 ST DUBRICIUS’ THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13, SATURDAY 14 & SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 9.30am – 4.30pm The parish church is one of the oldest in the Deanery of Ross and Archenfeld with foundations dating from the 9th Century and the oldest part going back to the 13th Century. St Dubricius’ Church, Whitchurch 01600 890243 or 01989 768400

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Herefordshire’s Annual Heritage Open Days Are Here Again!

This year’s open days will take place across the county from Thursday 12 September to Sunday 15 September and provide the perfect opportunity to discover culture, heritage and new places to visit in Herefordshire, absolutely free. Heritage Open Days allow access to places not generally open to the public such as Homme House near Ledbury, Garnons near Byford, St Katherine’s in Ledbury and Holme Lacy House Hotel. You can also visit the Herefordshire National Trust sites which normally charge, for free. Entry to every venue is free for these days and many sites are either opening especially for the event or, places which are open to the public generally, are offering something over and above what you would expect to see. There will be specially commissioned walks with an urban archaeologist or a member of the Guild of Guides in Hereford or take a stroll with History with a Twist historian, Mary Sinclair Powell in Ross-on-Wye. There is a chance to listen to specially prepared talks at Longworth Chapel in Bartestree and St Peter and St Paul Church in Weobley and you can discover the many other splendid churches all around the county, taking part. You can even help build a third life sized timber framed house on the bowling green in Weobley! There are 48 offers in Herefordshire to enjoy this year. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, a Heritage Open Day guide is available from local libraries, Tourist Information Centres, some participating sites, from the Museum Development Officer/HODs Co-ordinator on 01432 383381.

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12 BROMYARD AND DISTRICT LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORY CENTRE THURSDAY 8, FRIDAY 9, 10.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 4.30pm Saturday 10 September, 10.00am – 12.30pm An exhibition on The Emergency Services in and around Bromyard will be on display, created by Bromyard & District Local History Society Bromyard Local and Family History Centre 01885 488755 HOP POCKET CRAFT CENTRE EXHIBITION THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13 & SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 10.00AM - 5.30PM SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, 11.00AM – 5.00PM An exhibition, The Year of the Hop, organised by Bromyard & District Local History Society will be at this Bishops Frome site Hop Pocket, Bishops Frome 01531 640323 LEOMINSTER HAMPTON COURT CASTLE GARDENS AND PARKLAND THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 3.00pm Visit the magnificent gardens at Hampton Court free: Victorian garden, island pavilions, pleached avenues, maze and gothic tower, underground tunnel, waterfall, sunken garden and wisteria tunnel Hampton Court Castle 01568 797676 ext 200 BERRINGTON HALL SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 10.00am – 5.00pm Visit the suite of rooms in the basement which servants would have worked in which are rarely seen by the public but which will be open for Heritage Open Days. Berrington Hall 01568 615721 CROFT CASTLE SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 10.00am – 5.00pm Join one of three afternoon tours of the servants’ quarters and cellars where visitors can follow in the footsteps of the 19th Century servants at Croft Croft Castle 01568 780246 LEOMINSTER MUSEUM THURSDAY 12, FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 11.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 14 September 11.00am – 1.30pm An eclectic collection of artifacts telling the story of the town and its environs, including displays of agricultural implements, Victorian stable, cider house and dairy. An exhibition about Orphans Presswill be on display. Leominster Museum 01568 615186

CHURCH OF ST COSMAS AND ST DAMIAN, STRETFORD FRIDAY 13 AND SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 10.00am – 4.00pm The church is set by a farmyard and is most unusual, being almost as broad as it is long. Tour guides will show visitors around the church, decorated with flowers. A harmonium will be playing during the day Church of St Cosmas and St Damian visitchurches.org.uk ST GEORGE’S, BRINSOP SATURDAY 14 AND SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 10.30am - 2.30pm 11.00pm, 12.00pm,1.00pm & 2.00pm Guided tours This church has Herefordshire School Romanesque sculpture, fine stained glass, a medieval rood screen and extensive early 20th Century work by Ninian Cooper. St George’s Church 01432 760350 WEOBLEY VILLAGE HERITAGE TOURS SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 12.00noon & 3.30pm Sunday 15 September 3.30pm Conducted heritage tours of the village centre will follow the Heritage Trail but with additional material that will bring your visit to life. Pre-book on 01544 318322 Weobley Village Centre 01544 318322 BUILD A TUDOR HOUSE SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 12.00noon - 6.00pm Event for 6 – 16 year olds to build a Tudor house one-third real size on the bowling green! The Old Bowling Green, Red Lion Hotel, Bell Square KINGTON KINGTON MUSEUM THURSDAY 12 & FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 10.30am – 4.00pm Saturday 14 September 10.30pm – 1.00pm Enjoy the refurbished museum with new displays of artefacts representing the social history of the town including this year’s special exhibition of Kington’s sports teams Kington Museum 01544 231748 or 01544 230182 out of hours THE JUDGES LODGING SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 10.00am – 5.00pm Open, free of charge with additional activities to try your hand at. Uncover the clues as you tour the house to discover who stole the judges wig, work out what the mystery objects are or have a go at Victorian napkin folding. The Judges Lodging 01544 260650

Heritage Open Days at Museum of Royal Worcester Sunday 15th of September 11:00-4:00 Heritage Open Days is a four day event taking place all over England. The event offers free access to places that normally charge for admission. Museum of Royal Worcester is taking part of this event at Sunday the 15th of September when we invite everyone to visit the Museum between 11am and 4pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the Museum’s exquisite collections and revel in over 250 years of superb craftsmanship, team work and industrial achievement that resulted in Royal Worcester gaining a world class reputation for producing porcelain and fine china. Museum of Royal Worcester Severn Street, Worcester WR1 2ND 01905 21247


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All of the exhibitors are experts in their field and have been carefully selected for the fine quality of their stock and, items from each period in the factory’s history and many other porcelain manufacturers will also be represented. This is a great opportunity to admire and buy some of the finest antique porcelain ever. During the Antique Ceramics Fair, the entrance to the museum including entrance to the fair is reduced to half price for everyone. For only £3 visitors are able to enjoy this exciting event and get full access to the museum including the audio guide featuring Henry Sandon MBE. Museum of Royal Worcester Severn Street, Worcester WR1 2ND 01905 21247

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e offer Holiday Clubs throughout the summer holidays and at October Half Term & Easter Holidays. Every day is different with a selection of activities taken from High Ropes, Super Swing, Climbing Wall, Zip Wire, Low Rope Challenges, Woodland Games, Inflatable challenges, Target Shooting, Woodland Craft, Survival Skills, and Den Making. Oaker Wood Leisure www.oakerwoodleisure.co.uk kate@oakerwoodleisure.co.uk Tel: 01568 780111 Oaker Wood, Kingsland, Herefordshire HR6 9PT


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ature has certainly made farming a lot easier this summer than last. Here we are in September and all the combining has been done where as last year I don’t think the combine had made it out of the shed yet! We’ve even managed to make some hay. Making hay is for only for those with nerves of steel. Once the grass is cut it needs to dry for at least 5 days. We usually get to about day 3, the weather starts to look less like the lovely week the weathermen promised and we lose our nerve, bale it up and wrap it in plastic to make silage. Holidays and farming (particularly livestock farming) are not a natural combination. Part of the reason is most of us really enjoy what we do and when the sun is shining and harvest panics are over the farm can be a very nice place to be. The trouble is that one is always on call and can never relax completely. The fashionable “staycation” doesn’t work well in our environment as work confronts you every time you look over the garden fence and it’s not uncommon for “work” to come over the garden fence to see you! With a young family I am conscious that effort needs to be made to get away and thanks to the MD (my Dad) who took back the reins I did get to see the world outside Hope Mansell this summer. Perhaps because we didn’t have to waste time worrying about the weather we’ve managed to get on with finishing our new calf rearing unit. We’ve


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installed an automatic calf feeder which not only saves us time but does a better job. Each calf wears a collar with a transponder on, as the calf goes into the feeding station the machine reads the transponder so knows whether the calf is due to be fed and how much it’s allowed at that sitting. Feeding little and often as opposed to the twice a day manual regime is much more natural and the calves have taken to their giant milkshake machine very quickly. Bovine TB is once again making the news; it’s a devastating disease which hits businesses like ours in so many ways. There is the obvious emotional and financial strain of losing infected cattle but for example our new calf unit costing many thousands of pounds is as a direct result of TB. We have been struggling with TB for nearly 20 years and some years ago we lost over 15% of our milking herd in one test. We were forced to buy in cows to maintain milk production. Despite the bought in stock been carefully selected the new cows bought with them new diseases previously unseen on the farm. Previously the calves had been reared for years in the stone barns quite successfully but with the challenge of the new diseases the throughput of air in these old buildings was no longer sufficient. Hence the need for new purpose built calf accommodation with improved ventilation. Another more interesting twist that TB has forced on to us is a change in breeding policy. Determined not to buy in any more cows to maintain numbers we have started breeding from some of our Simmental cross cattle which would normally be destined for the beef market. Instead of selling the female Simmentals we put them in calf and once calved they are joining the milking herd to put extra litres in the tank and another calf on the ground. They do not have the huge milk yields of the traditional milk breeds however they seem to be milking well for the most part. Their robust build meant very few calving problems and their quiet nature lends them to robotic milking. I thought seeing the brown and white of these Simmentals amongst the usually monochrome herd would upset my slight OCD tendencies however I’m becoming very fond of my new brown cows. Every cloud, as they say. Robert Davies – Hopes Ash Farms

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We are the only business of this nature in the Monmouth area. Our stock consists of welsh slate, flag stones, building stone, tiles, mill stones, oak beams, cast iron downpipes, vintage items and much more. However, The Yard does not only specialise in reclaimed building materials, we also stock items of interest such as one-arm bandits, juke boxs, electrical cable, furniture and more. We are always interested in purchasing end of stock. We cannot emphasise enough the wide range of products we stock; a stock that changes weekly.

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lthough we are still enjoying warm temperatures and ideal growing conditions for the garden we should not forget that autumn is approaching. Now is the time to start thinking about autumn planting to provide colour during the winter season and into spring next year. Baskets and containers will need refreshing, herbaceous and mixed borders will probably also require pruning, feeding and where necessary replanting. Summer annuals have been under a lot of stress with the hot and recent humid conditions and probably need replacing in borders and containers. Fortunately, both autumn and winter bedding is now available in all good garden centres and we can all benefit from multi-buy offers available. The bright and cheerful faces of pansies and violas will cheer up hanging baskets and containers throughout the winter months. Don’t forget to look out for trailing violas as they provide cascading bunches of flowers ranging from pure white to yellow and purple. Another autumn favourite are the mini cyclamens (hardy to -5°C) with their varying shades of white, pink, bright red and deep purple colours. Not only do the flowers provide interest but the foliage itself with its silvery veining is also extremely attractive. To prolong the display provided by annuals in containers and hanging baskets, they can be under planted with dwarf spring flowering bulbs such as Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ (deep blue and fragrant), Narcissus ‘Tête à Tête’, both standing at 15cm (6 inches) high and Tulipa ‘Red Riding Hood’ (deep red and striped foliage). All these are available in either bulb/corm or plant form. Our borders may start to look a bit tired at this time of year and essential dead heading is required to extend the flowering season. Some of our shrubs will only now start showing the signs of damage (or even worse) from the very cold and wet conditions that we had earlier this year. Now is the time when you can find late summer/early autumn offers on shrubs that will allow you to replace any plants that have suffered badly this year. The weather and ground conditions are ideal for this at the moment. Last month we mentioned the stress that lawn areas would have been under during the summer and it is essential that a good autumn care programme is undertaken. It’s not just a case of dressing your lawn with a good autumn feed, the lawn must first be de-thatched to remove any dead grass and moss, then scarified to strengthen the root system and finally fed with a specific autumn lawn food. If required, now is the time to over seed your lawn or lay turf on larger bare patches. Finally, it is not too late to get your autumn planting potatoes in the ground or planters – good roasting varieties include Duke of York, Charlotte or Casablanca which should then be ready in time for Christmas Day!

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nspired by a fabulous Art Deco bronze of an exotic dancer consigned to our forthcoming September sale I decided this month to write my ‘piece’ on Art Deco Antiques. Art Deco design is a little like marmite in so far as many people either love it or hate it. It is generally epitomised by the angular lines and bright colours of Clarice Cliff ceramics but actually spans the whole range of art and design from architecture to car design from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. The Art Deco movement was inspired by a new confidence in technology and industry after World War One as well as by the cubist painters such as Picasso and Braque. The style was flamboyant and very distinctive – many people today with no interest in antiques are able to recognise the characteristics of Art Deco design. Clarice Cliff picked up on this wave of enthusiastic interest in the new and avant guard and her bold designs were radical but also fun. Sold in magazines and stores such as Woolworths her wares were mass produced with hand painted decoration which can often be surprisingly crude and even erratic. The bright colours and unusual shapes appealed to a new audience of young working women looking for something to buy with their small disposable income. Other British ceramic manufacturers who specialised in Art Deco include Shelley, Burleigh, Charlotte Rhead and Wade and these pieces can be bought very reasonably today – often for around £20 to £100. The more dramatic and Art Deco the design then generally the higher the value. A more upmarket designer in the Art Deco style was the French glass maker Rene Lalique who

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Art Deco Love It or Hate It 1. This stunning Art Deco bronze of an exotic dancer by Armand Godard is in Smiths September sale estimated at £2500/£3500 2. An iconic Clarice Cliff conical sugar shaker made £380 in Smiths last specialist ceramics sale 3. This Clarice Cliff conical teapot sold for £820 as it is a rare and sought after shape. 4. This fun plastic Art Deco dressing table set is certainly eye catching and made just £30. 5. A playful cherub tries to undress this reclining woman on top of an Art Deco marble and spelter clock garniture which recently sold at Smiths for £200 6. An unusual carved ivory fly whisk has an Art Deco carved Egyptian head to the handle and is estimated at £80/120 in Smiths September sale 7. A pretty little Art Deco teaset by Hancocks has it’s own silver plated stand to hang on and sold for £50

made moulded opalescent glass with figurative, botanical and animal designs. Lalique glass is a much more subtle interpretation of the style and is most famous for the dramatic ‘Spirit of the Wind’ car mascot made in 1928 featuring the head of a woman with her hair streaming in an angular wedge behind. In a similar vein are the Art Deco continental bronzes of dancers, nudes and exotic women striking bold poses – sometimes of a rather ‘risky’ or even ‘erotic’ nature. The most famous of these figures were made in bronze and ivory by Ferdinand Preiss and Demetre Chiparus and can sell for many thousands of pounds. Art Deco furniture often makes good auction prices as it can be hard to find but some people find it’s stark clean lines a little too severe. Much 1930’s mass produced furniture has Art Deco influences but there are some fabulous examples of very high quality furniture in exotic woods such as ebony and rosewood which are surprisingly modern for their time. Art Deco collectables became incredibly popular in the late 1990’s and prices climbed quickly only to then fall heavily during the early years of this century. Today prices have stabilised with good quality and rare pieces selling strongly to a loyal band of collectors and cheaper items providing a good start up investment for a new wave of enthusiasts.

Rita Kearsey MRICS Manager Smiths Auction Rooms Newent


Pair of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Vases Est £1200/£1800

Friday 4th October at 10am with ceramics and glass section

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SAMARITANS OVER 40 YEARS OF LISTENING IN HEREFORDSHIRE! The Twins By Saskia Sarginson They were identical in every way Until the unthinkable tore them apart Isolte and Viola are twins. Inseparable as children, they’ve grown into very different adults: Isolte, a successful features writer for a fashion magazine with a photographer boyfriend and a flat in London, and Viola, desperately unhappy and struggling with a lifelong eating disorder. What happened all those years ago to set the twins on such different paths to adulthood? As both women start to unravel the escalating tragedies of a halfremembered summer, terrifying secrets from the past come rushing back - and threaten to overwhelm their adult lives...

The Last Runaway By Tracy Chevalier The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring. Honor Bright is a sheltered Quaker who has rarely ventured out of 1850s Dorset when she impulsively emigrates to America. Opposed to the slavery that defines and divides the country, she finds her principles tested to the limit when a runaway slave appears at the farm of her new family. In this tough, unsentimental place, where whisky bottles sit alongside quilts, Honor befriends two spirited women who will teach her how to turn ideas into actions.

Never Coming Back By Tm Weaver Never Coming Back is the brilliant new missing persons case in the David Raker series by Tim Weaver. A secret that will change lives forever. It was supposed to be the start of a big night out. But when Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie’s house, she finds the front door unlocked and no one inside. Dinner’s cooking, the

TV’s on. Carrie, her husband and their two daughters are gone. When the police draw a blank, Emily asks missing persons investigator David Raker to find them. It’s clear someone doesn’t want the family found. But as he gets closer to the truth, Raker begins to uncover evidence of a sinister cover-up, spanning decades and costing countless lives. And worse, in trying to find Emily’s missing family, he might just have made himself the next target...Immerse yourself in Never Coming Back, the much-anticipated new instalment in the David Raker series from Tim Weaver, author of Chasing the Dead, The Dead Tracks and Vanished. Fans of Mo Hayder’s Gone and Michael Marshall Smith’s The Straw Men should look this way. Acclaim for Tim Weaver: “I couldn’t put it down”. (Sun). “Weaver’s books get better each time - tense, complex, sometimes horrific, written with flair as well as care”. (Guardian). “Weaver has delivered another cracking crime thriller”. (Daily Mail). Tim Weaver was born in 1977. At eighteen, he left school and started working in magazine journalism, and has since gone on to develop a successful career writing about films, TV, sport, games and technology. He is married with a young daughter, and lives near Bath. Never Coming Back is Tim’s fourth David Raker novel.

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Forest Delights is located on the beautiful site of Harts Barn Craft Centre,Longhope,Gloucestershire. Open daily from Tuesday’s - Sunday 10AM - 4PM We supply quality affordable gifts,home wear & cards. Locally sourced Forest of Dean products including Hand Crafted Gifts,Honey and Handmade soap. We are delighted to announce that we are also an exclusive stockist of Di Paloma beauty products and fragrances. Harts barn also offers the award winning Old Dairy Tea Rooms and other quality retail outlets.


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Or come along to the enrolment evening On Tuesday 10th September (5-7pm) John Kyrle High School & Sixth Form Centre (Exempt Charitable Trust). Registered Office: Ledbury Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7ET Registered in Engalnd and Wales. Company Number: 7465249


Open-world Gameplay: 9/10

The world of Tyria where the game is set is vast. Between the various waypoints, points of interest and skill

challenges, each area is a challenge to complete in and of itself. To throw in quests and viewpoints as well makes seeing everything a daunting feat - but see everything you must in order to start making a Legendary Weapon, one of the game’s best armaments.

Events and Group Combat: 10/10

While the events are generated often, they all feel believable; for example, if players fail to save the pipelines, the next event is defending the engineers who fix it. Each event is tricky, and unless you’re seriously skilled you won’t be able to do them alone. They show up for all nearby players, and the rewards make them a far more effective method of levelling up than just wandering around, killing enemies. Guild Wars 2 is an online PC game. For those familiar with MMO games, feel free to skip ahead. For those who aren’t, an MMO (massively multiplayer online) game is a game where hundreds, thousands or millions of players are in the same world. They can trade items, team up or form groups to take on monsters far too big for any one player.

Gameplay: 10/10

Special Features: Personal Storyline, Dungeons, Class-based Gameplay, Open-world Gameplay, Events and Group Combat.

Variety, choice and consequence seem to be the by-words of the game. It is immersive and can easily be fun for any number; I personally bought the game and started running. You can level up the traditional way, by doing quests and killing enemies, but exploring and events are both effective alternatives. In my experience, keeping it varied tends to make the process more effective and more fun.

Personal Storyline: 10/10

Plot: 9/10

Dungeons: 9/10

Graphics and Sound Design: 9/10 Uniqueness: 7/10

Those who first play the game may notice a lack of an overarching campaign. I mean, it’s obvious who the main villain is, but before the game even starts a little questionnaire serves as the character creation; the answers given determine what the player will face on their journey, from the first mission to the third-to-last. This way, every player has a different experience; it helps build an identity, and to empathise with the characters. While the dungeons are many, and the end results invaluable, something always seems just a little off. This, really, is the only flaw; and after all, realism isn’t the first aim. For a group who have exhausted all the game has to offer, dungeons open up a wide array of challenges. It always helps to have a group, but the tactical player can make any team work.

Class-based Gameplay: 8/10

There are eight classes to choose from in Guild Wars 2, and while I won’t go over them now they are all worth a try. Imaginative, well thought out and convincing, they help to make up some of the diversity that the game’s 5 different races serve to carry on. However, once you reach a certain level they can all be played in a similar way. For those with a plan, class can get in the way once the way they work is changed radically by the enemies rather than the player’s own choices.

Convoluted, confusing, but fun all the same; the storyline will have you confused over names and alliegances, but gently point you towards the enemies and let you know which ones to hit. That’s not to say there’s no variation; the system thrives on every character having their own story, and it’s that approach that’s kept me playing. Multiplayer: 10/10

Overall: 91% - A year or two old, but still growing in both content and playerbase. With regular free expansions and no running costs to play, it’ll last you for years to come. Must-buy Award

Drama: 10/10 Realism: 9/10 Uniqueness: 8/10 Overall: 94% - One to watch for Game of the Year. A MUST HAVE - MUST BUY

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Official Government fuel consumption figures (Range): Urban cycle, Extra urban, Combined (litres per 100km/mpg) & CO2 emissions (g/km); Highest: New Citroen C4 Picasso VTi 120 manual VTR+ 8.5/33.2, 4.9/57.6, 6.3/44.8, 145. Lowest: New Citroen C4 Picasso e-HDi 90 Airdream ETG6 VTR+ 4.2/67.3, 3.5/80.7, 3.8/74.3, 98. MPG figures are achieved under official EU test conditions, intended as a guide for comparative purposes only, and may not reflect actual on-the-road driving conditions.


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‘My wife and I would like to express our appreciation for the way you and your staff conducted yourselves whilst working on our drive and patio with speed, accuracy and clear workmanship. We both are pleased with our completed work and will pass on any recommendations to future customers. Once again ‘thank you’ Reg & Chris Woodman

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