Evesham’s MP, Nigel Huddleston, Speaks Up In Child Refugee Row

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Nigel Huddleston MP for Evesham has voiced his opinion that it would be “unfair and untrue” to label any MP that voted against allowed the 3000 unaccompanied child refuges to the UK as someone who “doesn’t care”.

Nigel Huddleston voted against Labour’s proposed amendments to the Immigration Bill which if successful would have forced the Government to allow the unaccompanied child refugees who are already located within in Europe to be allowed to enter the UK.

The MP had instead backed the Government’s alternative view that they should instead choose to accept the more vulnerable children who are located in camps in Lebanon and Jordan and not those already in Europe. Some ministers claimed that this policy would discourage children from undertaking the dangerous journey into Europe.

The MP also went on to defend the Government’s stance on Syrian refugees by stating that the UK has already donated £2.3 billion to help ease the fall out of the crisis in Syria.

£100k Evesham Traffic Study To Take Place

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The local Council have made the decision to conduct a £100,000 traffic study in Evesham much to the delight of many residents who have been waiting a long time for it. A professional traffic modelling company will be hired to conduct the study which will look at congestion and volume of traffic and pinpoint key areas in Evesham’s road network.

The study will look at the current situation as well as investigate any possible impact of future housing development as well as going along way to forecasting traffic implications for the next 15 to 20 years.

Local residents have pointed out that this study has been a long time coming as it was not easy to get approval from the Cabinet members for the cash needed in order to fund the project. We are all hoping that it will be money well spent and that the study will help improve traffic in Evesham as well as going a long way to future proofing the road network.

5 Places To Stay In Evesham

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1. Avon Reflections

Avon Reflections is a Bed & Breakfast offering stunning views of the river whilst providing easy access to nearby pubs and restaurants. Avon Reflections is run by Steve and Caroline who always give a very warm welcome providing the perfect complement to the idyllic surroundings of the river Avon. The Bed & Breakfast is nearby to local mills, lock and weir as well as the village green where you can find traditional English pubs.

The rooms are of a high standard and come in either a twin, double or family rooms. There is also a generous breakfast provided that always uses locally sourced ingredients.


8 Old Rectory Green Fladbury
WR10 2QX
Tel: 01386 860432

2. Dumbleton Hall Hotel

Dumbleton Hall Hotel provides picturesque views of the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswolds. It is a traditional 19th century Manor House situated in 19 acres of private gardens alongside a private lake and woodland.

Dumbleton Hall has a capacity of 34 bedrooms, each of which have fantastic views of the surrounding gardens and beyond. This hotel is a great venue for functions and weddings and can cater for up to 100 guests.


nr. Evesham
WR11 7TS
Tel: 01386 881240

3. The Wood Norton

The Wood Norton boasts 50 rooms as well as 5 suites all with the exquisite original 19th century, French interiors. The Wood Norton is housed amongst extensive formal gardens and views of the surrounding countryside. The restaurant has a fresh, seasonal menu using ingredients that are locally sourced. During the fairer weather months there is an alfresco dining terrace as well as a contemporary bar serving a wide range of beer and wines.

The hotel can cater for a wide range of functions including holding weddings for as many as 250 guests.


Worcester Road
WR11 4YB
Tel: 01386 765611

4. The Evesham Hotel

The Evesham Hotel is a privately run and cosy hotel in the heart of Evesham. The management team prides itself on providing a friendly environment offering excellent value and service. The hotel boasts 40 individually designed and unique rooms including some “character” rooms. The hard work from the team has earned the hotel a number of awards including being one of the top 10 best hotels in the UK by The Daily Telegraph.


Cooper’s Lane Off Waterside
WR11 1DA
Tel: 01386 765566

5. Northwick Hotel

The Northwick Hotel has 29 en-suite rooms many of which have beautiful views of the river Avon or of the courtyard. Each room comes with a number of facilities including a hair dryer, free WIFI, colour TV with Freeview as well as a radio alarm to make sure you don’t miss the tasty breakfast!

The hotel’s restaurant, AK’s Bistro, is an award winning bistro and steakhouse then only uses the best local ingredients in order to support local farmers.

The hotel can also cater for weddings and parties with the Monroe Suite being able to accommodate as many as 120 guests. The fully licensed bar servers a range of beers, wines and soft drinks.


WR11 1BT
Tel: 01386 40322

5 Places To Eat In Evesham

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1. Beckford Inn

The Beckford Inn & Restaurant started out as an 18th century Coaching Inn. They serve traditional British pub food classics using ingredients sourced from local farmers. If the weather is good don’t miss out on dining in their gardens or if it’s a bit colder snuggle up to their fireplace.

The Beckford Inn also provides guest bedrooms or acts as a party venue or can even host your wedding!


Cheltenham Road
GL20 7AN
Tel: 01386 881532

2. Bell Inn Willersey

The Bell Inn was built in the 17th century using locally sourced Cotswold stone. It is ideally situated next to the village green and duck pond.

Whilst also functioning as a hotel their restaurant is in good standing with the locals serving home cooked favourites along with traditional cask ales. Don’t forget to ask for their specials boards where you can see some local specialties.


WR12 7PJ
Tel: 01386 858405

3. Bridge Street Kitchen

The Bridge Street Kitchen has been run by a local family for the past 15 years and brings a warm, homely welcome. The team, run by Donna, serve British classics ranging from a Full English Breakfast to the perfect Sunday roast.

If you are just a visitor to Evesham then you won’t be disappointed with the Bridge Street Kitchen being a favourite amongst locals.


62 bridge Street
WR11 4RY
Tel: 01386 47726

4. Crown & Trumpet

The Crown & Trumpet is a traditional 17th Century inn located close to the village green. They serve lunch and dinner throughout the week. The menu consists of seasonal dishes using locally sourced produce so that the menu always remains fresh.

Don’t miss out on their Sunday Roast where you can expect to be served local Cotswold Beef. You can also wash it down with your choice of four exclusively brewed seasonal beers.


14 Church Street
WR12 7AE‎
Tel: 01386 853202

5. Thai Legends

If you are looking for a change of pace rather than traditional British food then look no further than The Thai Legends Restaurant. They serve authentic Thai food using herbs and spices flown in all the way from Thailand.

Their Thai staff and chefs will produce authentic Thai food from their homeland, in addition the service staff wear traditional Thai costume and the legendary Thai smile.


62 High Street
WR10 1DU
01386 554604

5 Places To Visit In Evesham

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1. Evesham Arts Centre

The Evesham Arts Centre is a purpose built theatre with a 312 seat capacity, It also comes along with a fully licensed bar and a large car park which you can use for free. The arts centre hosts many different events ranging from ballet to comedy to tribute bands. You will be able to attend events for local amateur performers all the way to professional musicians on national tours.

Contact Details

Arts Centre Theatre
Victoria Avenue
WR11 4QH
Tel: 01386 48883

2. Evesham Light Railway

The Evesham Vale Light Railway have steam powered trains that allow you to journey through the park containing old apple orchards and beautiful scenery. The journey includes a stop at Evesham Vale station where you can hop off to walk along the river and enjoy the view whilst having a picnic.

The train runs everyday during school holidays as well as weekends. The train is available every 30 minutes and the journey home takes around 15 minutes.

Contact Details

Evesham Country Park
WR11 4TP
Tel: 01386 422282

3. Evesham Leisure Centre

If you are in the mood for some exercise or a swim then Evesham Leisure centre is the place for you. They offer a variety of fitness classes as well as two swimming pools including a 25 meter main pool where there is lane swimming, general swimming as well as organized workouts.

Contact Details

Evesham Leisure Centre
Abbey Road
WR11 4SU
Tel: 01386 444212

4. Hampton Ferry

Hampton Ferry also operates as a caravan site hosting over 70 caravans as well as providing facilities that include boat mooring and angling. Be sure to check ahead as sometimes the venue is used for angling competitions so the area may be closed off. The charges all include car parking and ferry fares. The location is extremely picturesque and remains a natural beauty spot.

Contact Details

Boat Lane
WR11 4BP
Tel: 01386 45460

5. The Regal Cinema

This is no ordinary cinema! You have the choice of either watching films whilst being sat at candlelit tables or the option of “double love” seats or to sit in one of the Royal Boxes. They show a large variety of movies ranging from blockbusters to independent movies. You can enjoy all of these movies with a drink from their own coffee shop which transforms into a wine bar at night.

Contact Details

Port Street
WR11 3LD
Tel: 01386 421007

Police Appeal For Witnesses Of Evesham Car Crash Involving Elderly Cyclist

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Local police are asking for any witnesses of the accident that occurred near Lidl on Broadway Road at around 10.20am on Wednesday, April 13th to come forward to help assist with the investigating officers.

The accident resulted in a cyclist in his 80s being taken to hospital with shoulder injuries. Police believe prior to their arrival at the scene, a member of the public helped the cyclist however left the scene before they arrived.

If you happed to have witnessed the crash or have any information regarding the incidence please call the West Mercia Police quoting incident incident 161S of 13 April 2016.

The Range Is Coming To Evesham

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The Range has announced that it will be opening a new store in the Four Pools Retail Park and its first day of business will be on Friday May 20 at 9am. The opening of the new homeware and furnishings superstore will lead to approximately 80 part and full-time jobs created from admin and warehouse works to the store manager. The new store will be replacing the former Homebase that was situated there which closed on February 13th.

The Range, is owned by Chris Dawson, who has grown the business to be a national retail chain offering products randing from DIY to homewares. The new outlet being opened in Evesham will also feature an outdoor garden centre which will go a long way to making it a one stop shop. The Evesham store will be the 120th The Range location in the UK in what has been one of the UK’s fastest growing businesses having started as a market stall trading in Plymouth in 1989.

The Old Chequers Village Pub Reopens as The Chequers

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The Old Chequers pub has had a £500,000 makeover and has re-opened under new management. The club has been closed for renovation since November after being purchased by the CD Pub Co. The 120 seater pub restaurant has been given a new roof as well as an improved electric supply. The interior has also benefited from a makeover and now sports a variety of rich colours and fabrics which will be sure to breathe new life into the pub.

The Chequers joins the award winning The Forest pub, is now the fourth gastro pub to be under the management of the CD Pub Co who have taken it over on a 20 year lease. The new owners aim to provide a comfortable environment that promotes great food whilst providing value for money. The new menu has been described as Anglo-French and will feature locally-sourced artisan cheeses and includes a specialty cheese fondue as a starter. For the main course, visitors will be able to choose from a range of dry-aged steaks as well as a variety of option from “The Sea” and “The Land”.

For those who aren’t looking to eat then there will be a large selection of local beers and cask ales to choose from. For the non-beer drinkers, a wide range of spirits and wines are available by the bottle or glass.

The Chequers pub has created 20 new jobs for the surrounding area with that number only looking to increase as the warm summer months approach and dining on the patio and surrounding gardens come available.

We must say the new owners have done a great job at creating an attractive ambience and wonderful dining experience and we encourage everyone in the area to drop by and have a pint!

The Almonry Museum

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Built in the 14th Century it used to house the almoner of the Benedictine Abbey. The Benedictine Abbey, located in Evesham, was founded in the 8th century.

After Henry VIII closed the abbey, Philip Ballard, the last Abbot took up residency in the Almonry to make it his personal home. The other Abbey buildings were bought by Sir Philip Hoby whose intention was to salvage the stone.

Whilst the Abbey was reported as one of the largest Abbeys in the whole of England only the Almonry, two churches, bell tower and cloister arch remain in existence today.

This historic building has existed in many guises over the years as people have found multiple uses for it including as an ale house, office space, private housing and more until the Evesham Borough Council purchased the property in 1929. The almonry first existed in it’s current form in 1957 when, funded by the council, it was opened as a Heritage Centre.Since the opening in 1957, the Vale of Evesham Historical Society have taken the position of honorary custodians.

A vast collection is housed in the Almonry spanning the prehistoric era to modern day. The artefacts are spread over 12 rooms as well as a garden. The overall theme of the display shows the development and growth of Evesham during the time period. Main features of the collection include the most notable historical events such as the Abbey, the battle of Evesham, Anglo-Saxon burial treasure as well as the implications of war.

If you would like to visit the Almonry the address is The Almonry Heritage Centre, Abbey Gate, Worcestershire, WR11 ABG. They are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and 2pm to 5pm on Sundays. You are not allowed entry into the museum after 4.30pm although you should enter earlier to give yourself enough time to see everything.

Asparagus Festival

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The British Asparagus Festival in the Vale of Evesham takes place annually starting around third week in April and the third week in June ( the “traditional” growing period for Vale Asparagus)

History of the Festival

Asparagus from the Vale of Evesham has become increasingly popular over the years. The asparagus festival was brought about due to a gap in time between the highly successful asparagus auctions that are held at The Fleece Inn in Bretforton and other asparagus events.

In order to use the week’s gap between these events, talks between local tourism and growers resulted in a simple solution, the Asparagus Festival.

The Founding Of The Vale Asparagus Festival

The Vale Asparagus Festival was founded in 2006. It garnered substantial interested from the media, as well as tourism into the area and promoted this fantastic vegetable to the general public. That the festival received such widespread attention was largel thanks to The British Asparagus Growers and the time they put into marketing the event.

The event in 2007 also went well with many organisations doing their bit to promote the festival. This resulted in TV and radio interviews as well as the appearance of the festival in national publications such as magazines, newspapers, food blogs and journals.

Mr Henry Sandon, a local celebrity from BBC Antiques Roadshow fame, was kind enough to start the festival. Rachel Green, celebrity chef, provided cooking demonstrations during the event as well as helped with publicity by becoming the figurehead of the campaign.

The 2007 Vale Asparagus Festival was promoted as “The British Asparagus Festival” by the media and it just so happened that at the time the event organisers were in tanlks with another festival in California, the Stockton Asparagus Festival. This was of particular interest due to the size and popularity of the Stockton Asparagus Festival that is able to bring in thousands of dollars to their community.

If you would like more information regarding the Asparagus Festival please contact: Angela Tidmarsh on 01386 565000m or e-mail: angela.tidmarsh@wychavon.gov.uk or visit the website