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Evesham Editorial 9th Oct, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

PERSHORE College is offering the town’s residents a sneak peek at its brand new £5.8million redevelopment.

The college will be opening its doors to prospective students at an open event next Saturday (October 17), where visitors can get an exclusive look at the new building before it’s fitted out for students to move in a few weeks later.

The major redevelopment has transformed the college with a contemporary glass Collections House encompassing teaching rooms, project spaces and a modern library area.

The open day runs from 10am to 1pm.

Visit for more information.

IT’S TIME to get pens, pencils and paint brushes at the ready as the build up to Christmas begins with a series of festive workshops.

Starting tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to midday, My Wings n Things will be hosting step-by-step lessons with shabby chic hand painted designs and traditional folk art skills.

Artist in residence at Vine Mews Crafts and Gifts Joanne Lowe will be on hand throughout the five week course full of Christmas designs, including baubles and cards with a sprinkle of glitter.

Places cost £45 per person. For more information and to book a place call 01386 45566.

A KIND-HEARTED Pershore team has raised more than £1,000 for a local charity.

The eight-strong team from Spirit Ventures, a Pershore-based investment group, has handed over sponsorships worth more than £1,300 after taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge.

The participants scaled the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales – Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon – in less than 24 hours.

The team was raising funds for the Pershore Volunteer Centre, which helps provide vital services for elderly and disabled residents in Pershore, including a day centre and community transport scheme.

Darren Eden, founder and Chief Executive of the Spirit Ventures group, which includes The Angel Inn Hotel in Pershore, said, “We were delighted to raise such a large amount for a very worthy local cause. The team did incredibly well and we’re all proud of their efforts”.

Darren also mentioned that the team will attempt the London-Brighton walk next year.

ONE OF the UK’s premier brass band events is heading to the Vale.

The Wychavon Festival of Brass Entertainment Contest is returning on Saturday, October 31 at The De Montfort School in Evesham.

The event will host trade stands, full bar, catering facilities and a pig roast.

Doors open at 10am and tickets cost £10 for adults and free for children under 12.

Visit for more information.

LANDLORDS are being urged to fit smoke alarms inside their properties or risk a penalty charge of up to £5,000 under new regulations.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 came into force on Tuesday (October 1) and require landlords to have smoke alarms installed on every storey of a property where a room is being used to live in, including bathrooms and toilets.

The regulations were introduced as statistics show almost 40 per cent of fire related deaths occur in buildings without a working smoke alarm.

If landlords don’t comply the council will be able to enter the premises and fit the alarms themselves as well as impose the hefty penalty.

Email [email protected] for more information.

THE SAMARITANS, available 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, has changed its helpline number.

The service can now be reached by calling 116 123.

The number is free to call and will not appear on itemised phone bills.

E-mail [email protected], or visit for more information on the charity and the service it offers.


PERSHORE youngsters with stars in their eyes are invited to take to the mic.   An open mic night will be held at the Courtyard Room in the town’s Number 8 Community Arts Centre next Saturday (October 17) and will give children and teenagers from 12 to 18 the chance to perform live in a ten minute slot.

The event starts at 7pm and tickets cost £3.

Call Ellen Honeybunn at Number 8 on 07964 325021 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.


A NEW autumn season of professional live performances will be launched in the Vale.

The Fleece Inn in Bretforton will host ‘The Golden Oak: The Magic of British Trees’ on Sunday (October 11), as part of the county’s ‘Shindig’ programme.

The performance will be a celebratory feast of facts, folklore, superstitions, stories and songs about British woodland, presented by a lively storyteller with a slideshow of photos.

Jenny Davis, Wychavon’s arts development officer said: “It’s always great to welcome back Shindig to our local village halls and venues.

“The standard of the shows are always so high and it’s great to see such professional performances coming to our rural areas.”

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