Vale Family Magazine June and July


Your family magazine for the Vale of Evesham, Pershore and Broadway. Including what's on, days out, news, reader offers and competitions



Covering The Vale of Evesham, Pershore and Broadway

Your Vale





What's on

Family Days out

News from Gus

Evesham Town Mayor

Community News

Reader offers &


How many will

you find inside?



Made by families, for families!



Great events to entertain the children

Friday 26 – Monday 29 May

Dubs in the Middle

Ashdown Farm, Evesham

Family friendly VW and music


Sunday 28 May

Asparagus Family

Colour Fun Run

The Valley, Evesham

An amazing family colour run for

runners of all ages.

Sunday 28 May and

Sunday 4 June

The Famous Fleece

Asparagus Auctions

The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

The season’s best and freshest local

Asparagus is auctioned.

Monday 29 May

Pershore Carnival

Pershore High Street and

Abbey Park

Carnival Parade leading to the funfilled

Abbey Park

Friday 2 –

Sunday 4 June

Asparafest Music

and Food Festival

Ashdown Farm, Evesham

Music, family fun, cookery

stage, food, drink and

stalls aplenty celebrating Evesham’s

famous ‘Gras!

Friday 16 – Sunday 18 June

National Morris Weekend


Morris teams compete from around

the country.

Saturday 17 June

Droitwich Spa Food

and Drink Festival

For more events and all your tourism needs, visit:

Lido Park, Droitwich Spa

Festival featuring local producers

and chef demonstrations.

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 June

Wartime in the Vale

Ashdown Farm, Evesham

One of the country’s largest military

vehicle and re-enactment shows.

Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July

Evesham Festival of


Various Venues, Evesham

A packed programme of events,

celebrating the written, spoken and

sung word.

Sunday 2 July

Port Street Fayre


Community event with stalls, bands,

fair rides, attractions and more.

Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 July

Evesham River Festival

Workman Gardens, Evesham

Riverside event with water-based

activities, stalls, music, food and



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goes green

for the gras

What a start to the Asparagus

season, we must say our local

mascot Gus has been very

busy, with visits ranging from

kicking off the Gras season at

The Fleece Inn to attending

Evesham’s first Polish

Heritage day as well as being

seen on TV and in National


Thanks to our Gus and the

British Asparagus Festival

team, Evesham is on the map

with green tips to boot!


We would

like to

thank Gus

who is


doing his

very best

to attend

festivals and events in

our area all in his spare time.

Thank you Gus, you’re simply

the best. Check our Gus diary

on page 5 and pop along and

say "Hello" to him!



find me!

Where's Gus?

Gus is hidden inside this issue,

how many can you find?

Email us with how many Gus

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Pg2 - Family Friendly events

Pg5 - Asparagus Diary

Evesham In Bloom

Pg6 - A message from the New

Mayor of Evesham

Pg8 - Droitwich Lido

Pg9 - Cotswold Farm Park Voucher

Wartime in the Vale

Pg10 - Voucher for JUMPTASTIC

Evesham Carnival News

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Hello to all my


It's been an AsparaAmazing start to the 2017 Asparagus

season. AsparaThanks for all your support.

save the date

I will be at many events over the next 6 weeks before

I have to lay my weary tip down to sleep for another

12 months. Come and say hello,

I love all my AsparaFriends.


28.5.2017 - Asparagus Family Colour Run at The Valley

28.5.2017 - The Fleece Asparagus Auction

29.5.2017 - Pershore Carnival

3/4.6.2017 - Asparafest

17.6.2017 - Droitwich Food and Drink Festival

18.6.2017 - National Morris Weekend

24.6.2017 - Evesham Carnival

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Meet Evesham's

new Mayor

Having been a member of

Evesham Town Council for the

past 10 years I was delighted to

be given the honour of being

made Mayor of Evesham for the

forthcoming municipal year. Our

Mayor Making ceremony, held

Monday 1st May in the Town

Hall, is a long held tradition

with Town Crier, Macebearers

and a fair amount of pomp and

ceremony. In fact, there has been

a Mayor Of Evesham since 1605.

The role of Mayor is threefold.

Firstly, I chair the town monthly

full council meeting. I also

attend all other sub-committee


Secondly, I am Evesham’s chief

cheerleader. My task is to

accentuate the positive aspects

of living in Evesham to a wider

audience. Not hard to do as our

river, along with Abbey Park,

are well known attractions and

enjoyed by many visitors to

the town.

Thirdly, I will raise funds for my

chosen charities. This year there

Photo below: Mayor & Mayoress of

Evesham Richard & Penny Jones

are three, Evesham Adventure

Playground, Evesham Mental

Health Support Services and

St Richards Hospice. They are

all worthy causes who rely on

donations to carry out their

valuable work.

I am proud to be Mayor of

Evesham and along with my

wife Penny, my Mayoress, we are

looking forward to representing

the Town over the next

12 months.

Thanks Mayor! To get intouch

with our new Mayor of Evesham

contact the Town Clerk at

the Contact Centre on 01386

47070 or email townclerk@

Expanding Street Fayre Continues

Sunday 2nd

July 10am




Following the amazing success of

the previous years, Evesham's Port

Street Fayre is set to expand this

year to be bigger and better with

an International theme.

New for 2017 the fayre is expanding

into Workman Gardens, at the

bottom of Port Street, next to the

River. This will be the ‘Kids Zone’

with Bouncy castles, climbing wall,

stand up paddleboarding on the

river and lots more.

On Sunday the 2nd July from

10am – 5pm there will be a stages

between top and bottom of Port

Street with a mix of entertainers

and stalls between it all!

It will also continue into the

evening at The Swann Inn on Port


The fayre is a genuine local

event for any and all residents

and visitors, with the theme

of ‘international fayre’, all are

welcome. There will be a large

variety of food available along the

street, and attractions and stalls.

Now a tradition, the Big Wheel, at

the top of the street is well worth

a go as it provides a great view

of the event and Evesham Town.

Street entertainers will be thrown

into the mix, and plenty to see

like the exotic animals, fire eaters,

dancing groups and more.

FREE to come and visit, the Port

Street International Fayre is a great

community event and we hope

you can pay it a visit on Sunday 2nd


For more information contact

Telephone: 07962 240627

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It's Lido time

Droitwich Spa Lido is

Worcestershire’s finest outdoor

pool and the perfect day out for

the whole family!

One of the UK’s last remaining

inland open-air saltwater

swimming pools, Droitwich Spa

Lido boasts a 40m pool, wet

play area, sun terraces and Lido

Café to ensure a memorable

day out!

In 2017, the Lido is open 27 th

May – 3 rd September, just in

time for half term! All school

holidays are also ‘high season’

so the lido is open for longer

each day!

Early birds looking to swim

in fresh air can also take

advantage of the early morning

swim sessions at a discounted

rate. The early morning sessions

are on Mondays, Wednesdays

and Fridays 7am – 9am

throughout the 2017 season.

There’s plenty here to keep

the kids happy too. A ‘wet play

area’ full of water cannons and

fountains make for a splashing

good time or why not catch

some rays on the sun terraces

for ultimate relaxation?

New for 2017- Great value lido

season tickets! Adults can

enjoy unlimited lido swimming

all summer long for just £100,

junior tickets are £50 and family

season tickets are just £150!

Seb Parker, manager of the

Droitwich Spa Lido says “It’s

always a privilege to open the

lido up for the summer. We

can’t wait for the warm weather

so that everybody can make the

most of this fantastic place!”

Droitwich Spa Lido currently

holds the TripAdvisor

Certificate of Excellence and

has done since 2014. It has also

been recognised as one of the

best lidos in Britain by The

Times newspaper.

Visit www.wychavonleisure. for more information.






in the vale

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17 & 18 June 2017

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Thinking of starting

a business?

Is now a good time to be starting

your own business in Evesham

and Vale? A new course is being

run in Evesham to help people

looking to start their own

business. Germinate Enterprise is

a local scheme aimed at helping

people explore whether the

idea that people have for a new

business might work. The 6 week

course, starting in June, is led by

Chris Sheehan and Sarah Hewitt

who have many years of running

and mentoring businesses.

Course leader, Chris Sheehan

said: “With all the talk of Brexit

and what lies ahead, it might

seem starting your own business

in such uncertain times may

not be the best idea. However

change means there could be

new opportunities for a new

local product or service that

you might be the best person to


Participants on the course

work through a simple to use

workbook exploring their idea,

looking at whether there is

a market for it and how the

finances might work out.

The course has been set up by

Germinate, a Christian charity

which helps Churches support

their local community. CEO,

Jerry Marshall said: “After a

year we have found that 60%

of businesses are supporting

the business owner and their


The business idea could be

a social enterprise like a

community café or farmshop or

a business taking your hobby or

previous experience to create a

new market.

The six week course will be held

at a local Evesham farm shop and

run from 6.30 to 8.30pm for 6

weeks in June and July and cost

just £30 to cover the workbook

and refreshments.

To find out more please contact

Chris Sheehan via the Church

House office on 01386 442213

or email chrispetersheehan@

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any other offers.


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Save the date ... 24th June Evesham Carnival



On June 24th 2017 the Vale of

Evesham Round Table will once

again play a huge part in bringing

the local community together in

Evesham with the Annual Carnival.

Last year the streets of the town

were lined with crowds of people

as they cheered and applauded the

brightly decorated floats, walking

participants and marching bands.

This year it is predicted to be even

bigger with 20 floats and over

150 walking participants already

confirmed, who will dance, sing

and entertain the crowds along the

2 mile route around the town.

The procession around the river

side town starts and finishes at

the picturesque crown meadow,

where the crowds will be able to

enjoy live music, a food festival

and fairground rides. Led by a

carriage carrying the Annual

Carnival Queen, the floats include

local schools, clubs, charities and

local businesses. The best floats

are judged on the day by the town

Mayor and our very own Round

Table Chairman.

The new carnival queen and her

attendees have been chosen

following a fun day of auditions

organized by the Evesham Ladies

Circle. This year we are organizing

a drawing competition for our

younger spectators under the

theme of ‘Evesham Town’ with

prizes for the best in each age

group. These will be judged and

the winners announced on the

meadow after the procession


The whole event really is a great

example of Round Table working

with the whole community to

create a fantastic day for all the




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with so many activities to offer, there

is always something for everyone!


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Miss Charlie Stephens

St Andrews CE First School

Year 3

Question the


What was your favourite

subject at school?

Science. I love investigations!

Name 2 things you love

about your job?

Seeing the anticipation and

excitement on the children’s

faces during a topic launch.

Seeing the children achieve

something they believed they

couldn’t have ever done. This

really shows that our school’s

Growth Mindset philosophy

enables our pupils to believe

that they can develop their

brains, abilities and talents

through hard work. The sky is

the limit!

Can you Dab?

Yes, but I had to put a stop to it

as the children were dabbing all

the time…….mean I know!

What did you want to be

when you were a kid?

A Formula 1 driver!

Do you like apples?

Yes, but I prefer them

with toffee on!

What did you have for

dinner last night?

Chicken curry

Who is your hero?

My mum.

If you could have

super powers, what

would they be?

I would be invisible

Thank you Miss Stephens from

The Vale Family Magazine team.

Would you like your teacher

here? Please email: editor@

Evesham Carnival

Queen, Princess

and attendees

are... drum roll

Following a talent show on the 25th

March at Evesham Town Hall the 2017

Carnival Queen and her attendees

has now been selected. Local children

showcased their talents to the panel

of judges which included the 2016

Carnival Queen, Kiaragh Brown and

members of Evesham Ladies Circle

& Evesham Roundtable.

The judges were really impressed

with the range of different talents

on the day which included singing,

reading, dancing and a gymnastics


Katie Gilbert, Past Chair of Evesham

Ladies Circle and one of the judges on

the day, said "it was such an honour

to be on the judging panel, I did not

realise how tough the decision making

would be. They were all fabulous and

we applaud them all for being brave

and performing in front of so many


Evesham Ladies Circle Chair Denise

Johnson said "We are very happy

to announce the Evesham Carnival

Queen, the carnival Princess and

attendees for this years and the

talents they showcased on the day

are as follows -

Carnival Queen - Teigan Koorts

impressed all with her singing

Carnival Princess - Laure Carter, who

performed a lovely musical

Abigail Goodge for her ballerina dance

Rosie Freeman for performing a

beautiful gymnastics routine

Lara Clements who bravely a sang to

the audience

Daisy Alford for confidently reading

out loud the Gruffalo

Denise Johnson added "on behalf of

Evesham Ladies Circle I would like to

say a thank you to Strawberry Couch

for the fab goodie bags supplied, JPD

Leisure for the bouncy castle and The

Courtyard Hair salon in Evesham who

are supporting the event on the day

by doing the hair and make-up for the

Carnival Queen, also Daisy B Nell Bridal

shop for the dresses and most of all

everyone who came along to support

us and bravely auditioned"

See the new Carnival Queen and

attendees at Evesham Carnival on

the 24th June.

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When is ‘out of date’ food unsafe?

In a deli recently I was

astonished to find they had

been throwing away food

that was past its date. And

they had even returned some

to the supplier. It became

clear they didn’t understand

the differences in dating of

food for safety, quality or

stock rotation.

Here is a summary of dates

you will see on food, what it

means and what you need to

do about it.

USE BY – means eat before

or on that date. It’s all about

food SAFETY and is given to

food that can go off and be

unsafe, like cooked meat or

milk. It’s THE most important

date. Eat it before the date,

throw it away after the

date or freeze it (if you can)

before the date then defrost

overnight in the fridge and

use it within a day


– Applied to

cans or dried

products or


They can all

be sold and eaten after the

date but the QUALITY may

not be as good. The texture,

colour or flavour may have

deteriorated (like chocolate

turning white with age).


Used by retailers to ensure

food is sold in rotation. This

date is nothing for you to

worry about and you can


By Karen Meadows

Safety In





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Your cute,

sweet and

funny pets


Posing Bella

Age 4

Funny Habits:

pulling your socks

off when you're

watching TV

and not paying

attention to her.

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Chewing Tilly

This is 12 week

old Tilly. She loves

chewing toes and

fingers and digging

the garden!

Sam Treverton

Laptop Sweep


Sweep teaching his Daddy

how to use the laptop

wink emoticon;) He's now

almost 9 and still teaching

us things - usually naughty

things! He likes watching

tv, sleeping and chasing

away invisible intruders!

Donna Hill

Princess Rosie

She is 6 months old. She

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Sunday 28 May

Asparagus Family Colour

Fun Run The Valley, Evesham,

WR11 4TP Celebrate the “Vale of

Evesham Asparagus” with the man

himself, Gus the Asparagus Man,

an amazing family colour run for

runners of all ages. Asparagus green

paint bombs will be raining down

on you as you manoeuvre through

the multiterrain family friendly run.

Online registration only, prior to

Monday 29 May

Pershore Carnival

Pershore High Street and Abbey

Park. Traditional Carnival Parade

through Pershore High Street

leading to Abbey Park for a fun filled

afternoon of events and spectacular

evening concert finale for all the


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Friday 2 – Sunday 4 June

Asparafest Music and Food

Festival Ashdown Farm, Evesham,

WR11 7PA Music, family fun, cookery

stage, craft and food stalls a plenty,

real ale and cider festival, and much

more - celebrating Evesham’s famous

‘Gras! Tickets: £10 and under 10s:



Saturday 10 June

Offenham Wake Main Street,

Offenham Traditional street fair,

maypole dancing, around our

permanent maypole fun for all the

family, licensed bar, teas and BBQ.

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 June

Wartime in the Vale Ashdown

Farm, Badsey, Evesham, WR11 7PA.

It’s one of the country’s largest

military vehicle and re-enactment

shows, so please come and join us

and soak up the 1940’s atmosphere.

A family show with a mix of military

and civilian displays at our WW2

camp. Amy Jelfs | 07899 025091

Saturday 17 June

Charlton Country Fayre

Charlton Village Green nr Pershore,

WR10 3JZ Traditional fun-filled

afternoon on Charlton’s beautiful

Village Green. Stalls, games, live

music, dog show, teas, children’s

activities, duck race, barbecue and

free entry.

Saturday 24 June

Evesham Carnival 11am Starts

Crown Meadow and proceeds

around the town back to main event

field with entertainment, beer tent

and stalls for the whole family.

Carnival procession. Food Festival.

Family friendly entertainment. Free

event for everyone to enjoy. By

Evesham Round Table

Sunday 25 June

Hampton Ferry Car and Bike

Show Hampton Ferry, Boat Lane,

Evesham, WR11 4BP A great day out

for car and bike enthusiasts. If you

have a veteran, vintage, classic, kit

car, army vehicle or motorbike then

please bring it along. Free admission

to show, exhibitors free, spectators

car park only £2 (all day).

Friday 30 June – Sunday 2

July Evesham Festival of

Words Various Venues, Evesham

A fabulous packed programme

of events, celebrating the written,

spoken and sung word. Something

for all the family.


Sunday, 2nd July 2017




Friday 30 June – Sunday 9

July Confetti Flower Field

Open Wick Pershore. Come and

wander through our colourful

delphiniums and to celebrate our

20th anniversary a huge Union Jack.

Admission: £2.50, children free. Starts

10am – 5pm daily. Pre-booking is


Sunday 2 July Port Street

Fayre Evesham Community event.

Port Street is closed to traffic and

filled with stalls, bands, fair rides,

attractions and more - come and join

in the fun.

Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 July

Evesham River Festival

Workman Gardens, Evesham, WR11

5RA Riverside event with waterbased

activities, stalls, music,

food and drink. Starts at 11am.

Saturday 15 July Pershore

River Festival King George’s Field

and Pershore Riverside Centre Family

fun day. Stalls, fairground rides, attra

ctions and activities on the river.

The most popular attraction is the

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up paddleboards. The 2017 theme is

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BBQ Asparagus (The

vegetable not the Gus Man but :)

Rafts with


Evesham home

of Asparagus

Prep. time 10 minutes - Cooking time 10 mins - For 5

Ingredients & Method

16-20 Asparagus spears,

about 500g/1lb 2oz (local farm shops)

2 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp soy sauce

Soy sauce

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 tbsp sesame seeds

With one hand, hold an asparagus

stalk at its base. Bend the stalk over

with your other hand – the asparagus

will break where the woody part ends

and the tender part begins. Discard

the base. Place 4 or 5 asparagus stalks

next to one another. Skewer them

crosswise in two places – just below

the tips and 3cm from the bottom –

with slender bamboo skewers. You will

end up with something that looks like

a raft.

In a small bowl, combine the sesame

oil, soy sauce, garlic and sesame seeds

and stir with a fork to mix. Brush this

mixture on the asparagus rafts on both

sides. Season the asparagus with a

little salt and lots of pepper.

Grill the asparagus on a barbecue or

in a griddle pan for 4-5 mins per side,

turning with tongs. Sprinkle with

sesame mix as they grill.

Source Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2011

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