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TEME VALLEY TIMES JAN/FEB 2012 9
Tenbury Wells is Open for Business Win a Grand in Tenbury Windfall!
Worcestershire County Council and Malvern Hills District Council are funding the Tenbury Wells Grand Windfall, a loyalty scheme for shoppers. It runs until the end of June and there will be a monthly draw with a £1000 prize.
Details of the scheme are in the Grand Windfall leaflet, available at Tenbury Library.
Loyalty Card Scheme in Action Teme Bridge
Tenbury as a developed town dates back to the 13th century and the right to build a bridge across the Teme was granted at that time. The ford at Burford - towards the Rose and Crown - was then the principal crossing point, on an already ancient route, connecting old British camps, such as Garmsley and Clee Hill.
The first stone bridge could have been built in the 14th century, but information is lacking, and some elements of the existing bridge are thought to date from about 1390.
Over the centuries the bridge has been damaged by serious floods.
Some years ago, structural timbers from a former bridge were found on an island about half a mile downstream, where they ended up after a severe flood wrecked the bridge ages ago.
The current appearance largely dates from 1908, when the bridge was widened. Some work has been carried out more recently and major alterations were undertaken in the 19th century, including in 1814, when Thomas Telford oversaw work by the Tenbury Turnpike Trust.
The current works promise to
give Tenbury a bridge that will give good service for the next 120 years
Work on the bridge will make it strong enough for 44 tonne trucks
Teme Bridge has served Tenbury Wells for centuries
It's free and easy to participate. Pick up a Loyalty Card from the Library, the Pump Rooms or from a participating business (shops, pubs, etc) in Tenbury, then collect stickers as you shop. When you buy something you get a red apple
Each 'Loyalty Card' has three entry
forms. As you complete each form, tear it off and enter the next draw!
sticker, if you spend over £5 you also get a green apple sticker. The green sticker helps you fill your card faster and if you have five or more green apples on your completed Loyalty Card, you'll also have a chance of winning an iPod
You need 15 stickers to complete a card and once it's full, you can enter it in the draw at the Library or the Pump Rooms. Don't forget to add your details to the card, or you might miss out on £1000!
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project to convert Tenbury's Regal Cinema into a 21st Century entertainment venue is well under way. Scaffolding at the front of the building has made the work obvious to shoppers for some time and the huge crane behind the building has changed Tenbury's skyline!
The cinema was created in the 1930s by adding an auditorium at the back of an existing building. Many problems had been experienced in recent years, ranging from issues with the heating system and the roof to deterioration of the unique murals, originally painted almost 70 years ago, but largely recreated in the 1970s, due to their condition at that time.
Work includes opening-up the foyer space
to connect with the adjoining shop units, reworking the steps at the front of The Regal and providing disabled access.
The bridge is expected to reopen in March
INSET: The new car park in Burford - people can park and walk over the bridge, rather than drive round local lanes to get into the town
There is also a substantial community element to the project, including training volunteers to carry out research, recording oral histories for a CD, visits during and after the work, a resource pack for teachers and students, plus an annual film project for young people.
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