Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Local to Tenbury - Diesel Prices

 prices update from PetrolPrices.com

Swan Garage
Worcester Road, Burford,
Tenbury Wells, WR15 8AR
 last updated on 25 March
Tuffins Foldgate Lane
Foldgate Lane, Ludlow, SY8 4JT
last updated on 25 March
Ludford Bridge 
Temeside, Ludlow, SY8 1PE
last updated on 24 March
Bypass Garage
The Bye Pass, Bromyard, HR7 4DJ
last updated on 25 March
Top Garage
Hereford Road, Bromyard, HR7 4QU
last updated on 23 March

Morrisons Leominster
Barons Cross Road, Leominster, HR6 8RH
last updated on 26 March
Total Leominster
Mill Street, Leominster, HR6 0AL
 last updated on 26 March
Mrh Northside
Hereford Road, Hope Under Dinmore,
Leominster, HR6 0PJ
 last updated on 25 March
Bengry Motors
Bargates, Leominster, HR6 8EY
last updated on 26 March

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Regal Tenbury Wells needs you!

The Regal, Tenbury Wells is currently being transformed thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, but that is only part of the story.

To bring this much loved building back into full use, Tenbury Town Council has agreed that the management of the building should be undertaken by a Charitable Management Trust.

There is already a group of energetic enthusiasts determined to capitalise on the refurbishment, but they cannot do it alone.

There are plans to invest in new digital cinema equipment, to present an extensive movie program, establish a permanent café/bar & Box Office, host live streamed events, performances from touring theatre companies and to hold classes in Drama, Art and Dance at the adjacent Community centre - all this, in addition to the local amateur productions, music and comedy nights - it is easy to see why the Trust needs more help.

An initial information and recruitment meeting is to be held “upstairs” at the Royal Oak next Wednesday 28th March at 7.00pm. Volunteers can be sixteen, drawing a pension, or anywhere in between.

Volunteers are needed back stage, in sound &, lighting, front of house, in administration, marketing & promotion, education & learning, fund raising, programming, in the cafe & bar, the box office, in fact there should be something to suit just about everyone.

Everyone is invited to come along to the meeting, or for more information contact David Hambelton on 01584 781767 or collect a volunteer form from the library or the Pump Rooms. Email enquiries can be sent to info@regaltenbury.co.uk

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Tenbury's Apple Goldrush

Cllr Phil Grove & Andrew Bright

To celebrate the Bridge re-opening there is a special 'Golden Apple' draw, sponsored by G. E. Bright of Tenbury Wells. The Golden Apple draw runs from Monday 12th March until Sunday 25th March. Throughout this period shoppers will receive a Golden Apple (subject to a minimum £1 spend) with a purchase, as well as the current red and green apple stickers.

Golden Apples are placed on a separate Loyalty Card and go into a separate draw, to win a 32-inch Samsung HD-ready Television supplied by G.E. Bright Electrical. Completed 'Golden Apple' Loyalty Cards can be entered into the 'Golden Apple' draw at either the Library or the Pump Rooms.
'Golden Apple' Loyalty Cards must be placed in the special 'Golden Apple' box, to keep them separate from 'Grand Windfall' Draw entries.

The 'Golden Apple' Draw will take place in early April, at the same time as the March Grand Windfall Draw.

The 'Golden Apple' Draw is subject to the same Terms and Conditions as the other Loyalty Scheme Draws.  The 'Golden Apple' draw runs in addition to the monthly 'Grand Windfall' draws, which will continue until the end of June, with a first prize of a £1,000 each month, plus the chance to win an iPod touch!

New Tenbury Bank To Support Firefighters Charity

PEOPLE in Tenbury and the surrounding areas can now recycle their old clothing - and raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

A yellow textile recycling bank is available at Tenbury Wells Fire Station for the general public to use.
Properly licensed door to door collections are a big income generator for the charity, however they can attract concerns from householders regarding unlicensed operators.  This new recycling bank enables the charity to utilise the local fire station and householders have the choice to support their firefighters, by recycling their old clothing including underwear, linen, pairs of shoes and handbags.

All of the servicing and collections are carried out by a commercial partner, who operate the scheme on behalf of the charity.  The company also bear all of the costs associated with the scheme and pay £150 per tonne to the charity, for all collections from fire stations.

The Firefighters Charity now has over 300 fire stations across the UK providing a textile bank, raising over £205,000 in 2010/11.  The Charity helps sick or injured fire fighters through therapy, recuperation and beneficiary support services.  For more details of the charity, visit their website at

All Fire Fighters Charity textile banks are easily recognisable, as they are yellow in colour and display the Fire Fighters Charity logo.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Regal Trust moves forward

Users of the Tenbury Regal gathered at the Royal Oak last Wednesday to hear the vision of the newly formed Regal Management Trust.  

The mostly upbeat and positive meeting, demonstrated how exciting this project is going to be, and how the Regal will once again claim its rightful status in the Town and become a beacon of the arts and entertainment in the surrounding area.

The Tenbury Regal, often described as the "jewel" in Tenbury's crown, has been slightly tarnished in latter years and become something of a money pit for the Town Council.

The failing infrastructure and falling bookings along with the problems caused by the very expensive and inefficient heating system, meant that an increasing proportion of the Council precept was required to support it.

A large Heritage Lottery Grant was won and the building is currently undergoing extensive restoration along with the remodelling of the foyer area to make the building more suitable for today's audiences.

In order to make the very best of the wonderful opportunity from this new lease of life, the Town Council have agree to hand over the management of the building to a volunteer run management trust.

This will mean:-

  • The ownership of the building will remain public with the Town Council.

  • The management trust which will also be a registered charity will be able to raise funds to improve the facility, and the revenue from hire income will pay the running costs.  

  • The Town Council will service the existing loans, and make a grant to the trust.

  • Initially £120,000 has to be raised to complete the technical refit (which wasn't covered by the HLF Grant and fit out the cafe.  A good proportion of this money has already been raised or promised.

  • The Regal Cinema group who used to run the film evenings has already disbanded and joined the new management trust.  

  • Other occasional users such as TADS (Tenbury Amateur Dramatic Society) and TAOS (Tenbury Amateur Operatic Society) and the Tenbury Town Band, have been asked if any of their members would become Regal Trust volunteers.

The Regal is due to reopen in Summer 2012 so there is some urgency in creating and getting this exciting project underway.

Volunteers are needed across a wide spectrum of interests. Programming, Marketing, Technical, Front of House, Fund Raising, Administration, Shop & Cafe and many more.  You will be most welcome if you have a few hours to give or can make a much larger commitment.

Additional Volunteers from across the area are now urgently required, no experience is necessary!

A volunteer application form can be downloaded from here or collected from (and returned to) the Tenbury Library.  Additional information is also available from David Hambelton on 01584781767.

Artist Richard Gill, renovating the famous murals
inside the Tenbury Regal.

Check out http://www.richardpgill.co.uk
to see more of Richard's work.

Provisionally the next public meetings are on Tuesday 20th March and Wednesday 28th March.  Posters will be appearing in town later this week with additional information. 

The Trust is also in need of a new logo - (by Monday afternoon!)

Tenbury Co-Op Destroyed by Fire

The Co-op supermarket at Bromyard Road Tenbury has been destroyed by a fire.
Tenbury Fire a Rescue Service received a call out at 22.44 on Thursday 8th March.  The Pump engine based at the Bromyard Road business park was the first in attendance, and discovered that the Supermarket was heavily smoke logged and there was a severe fire in the bakery section of the store.  Two additional engines were immediately requested from Leominster in addition to the Rescue Pump from Tenbury Fire Station which had also been dispatched.

Residents from adjoining properties had to be evacuated.  As the incident progressed two more engines were requested from Bromyard.

The fire was brought under control using 5 hose reel jets & 3 covering jets.  18 fire crew used breathing apparatus and entered the building through 2 entry points to extinguish the fire.  Parts of the building had to be demolished so that all areas could be checked by thermal imagining cameras to ensure no hot spots remained.

Although the front of the shop was undamaged by the fire, extensive smoke and heat damage caused all the stock to be destroyed.

The cause of the fire is unknown but thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Tenbury Teme Bridge now open

Tenbury Teme Bridge is now open for traffic.  The refurbishment of the top side of the bridge was completed one week ahead of schedule, but work to the underside will continue for a few more weeks.

Worcester County Councils Report.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Local to Tenbury - Diesel Prices

 prices update from PetrolPrices.com
Swan Garage
Tenbury Wells, WR15 8AR
Texaco, 0.45 miles away,
last updated on 7 March

Tuffins Foldgate
Ludlow, SY8 4JT
Texaco, 1.35 miles away,
last updated on 7 March
Ludford Bridge
Temeside, Ludlow, SY8 1PE
Shell, 0.27 miles away, 
last updated on 6 March

Bypass Garage
Bromyard, HR7 4DJ
Total, 0.35 miles away,
 last updated on 7 March
Top Garage
Bromyard, HR7 4QU
Gulf, 1.38 miles away,
 last updated on 7 March

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Tenbury Teme Bridge to reopen

It was announced tonight that the newly refurbished Teme Bridge will reopen this weekend.

No specific details are available but the bridge should be fully open by Monday morning (or hopefully a little sooner)

Tenbury Tesco planning application approved.

Malvern Hills District Council finally granted approval for the Tenbury Tesco application tonight after an epic four hour meeting.

In a shock move, Tenbury Cllr Grove moved to have the application refused shortly after proceedings begun, but when this was finally voted upon, it only gained support from 3 Cllrs, with 12 voting against and 1 abstention.
After several hours more debate Cllr Tony Penn moved to grant the application subject to certain conditions and this was supported by 11 Cllrs, with 1 voting against and 4 abstentions.

Tenbury Futures have already promised that they will be referring the decision for judicial review.

Shropshire Star
Tenbury Advertiser (Now showing correct graphic)

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Special Offers on the Tenbury App

Three local companies are leading the way with listing their special offers on the Tenbury App.

Bowketts are advertising Meats on-line
Earthly Enterprises their Hotmax Fuel offer and
The Rose & Crown their Italian Night

In addition to special offers the smartphone app covers everything you need to know about the historic and picturesque town of Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire.

The app can be installed from both the itunes store for iPhones and from the Android Marketplace for all Android phones or by using this QR code.

Pickles at the place where the jam is made for Jammie Dodgers

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP held talks with the Marches LEP board in Ludlow, before taking a tour of south Shropshire’s largest employer, Kerry Ingredients & Flavours.

For the full story - Click here

Tenbury Wells - Local Diesel Prices

Price update from PetrolPrices.com.
Swan Garage
Worcester Road, Burford, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8AR
last updated on 4 March

Tuffins Foldgate Lane Service Station
Foldgate Lane, Ludlow, SY8 4JT
last updated on 4 March
Ludford Bridge Service Station
Temeside, Ludlow, SY8 1PE
 last updated on 3 March

Tenbury Wells - 2nd Windfall Draw Completed

The second draw in the monthly Tenbury Wells Grand Windfall took place at 10.30am on March 5th in Tenbury Library. Cllr Phil Grove, the Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, carried out the draw.

Cllr Grove commented "Over 6,000 cards were entered in this draw, which shows just how popular Tenbury's Grand Windfall Loyalty Scheme is."

Looking to the future, Tenbury's County Councillor, Ken Pollock, said that after the bridge reopens "The town will take some time to recover, which is why the Loyalty Scheme will continue until the end of June. So keep collecting the stickers!"

The top prize of £1,000 was won by Tim Symonds of Holly Road, Burford and as Mr Symonds' card had five green apple stickers, he also won the iPod Touch.

A runner-up prize of a bouquet of flowers, courtesy of an anonymous donor, was won by John Anderson of Old Harpfields, Burford. We believe the flowers were donated by the winner to Tenbury Hospital & are on display in one of the wards.

Tenbury's Loyalty Scheme is a real hit with businesses and shoppers and over 10,000 Loyalty Cards have already been completed. A red apple sticker is handed out with any purchase but when shoppers spend over £5 they also earn a green apple sticker.

The Loyalty Scheme runs until the end of June, with a top prize of £1,000 each month. Traders in Tenbury Wells have embraced the Loyalty Scheme with enthusiasm. Apple stickers are available from a wide range of businesses, including shops, pubs, hairdressers, market stalls, takeaways, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets, making it easy for shoppers to earn the 15 stickers they need to complete a Loyalty Card.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Tenbury Bridge Work 8 Down, 2 to Go

The railing have now been finished.  A few people who have lived in Tenbury for many years have challenged the fact that the bridge has always been painted a shade of white.  Photo's on Tenbury Online dating from 1900 seem to show a light colour (difficult to tell the exact colour as mostly black & white) so I really have no idea who is right.

The red shown in the above picture seems to be some kind of waterproof layer, the purpose of which so far alludes me.  Isn't tarmac waterproof?

Some people have asked me why the work hasn't been completed as there was a two week "bad weather" contingency period built into the schedule.  Again, I have no idea.  I hadn't heard or read that a contingency had been built in, and always believed that the stated objective was 10 weeks, but longer if there was bad weather.