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The Hopbine News fromWigley Orchard and StMichaels Caravan Parks •March 2016 • Issue 58 It’s all in a nutshell Hello and goodbye

Welcome to new caravan owners at Wigley Orchard: Mr and Mrs Bill Dargue from Shrews-


and at St Michaels: Mr and Mrs Graham Lee from Redditch

We say goodbye and best wishes for the future to: Derek and June Wilkes (1987-2015) Mr and Mrs Keight (2013-2015) Mr and Mrs Butler (2013-2015)

Joe Hubbard

We’ve been having a lot of fun choosing ac- cessories for our new pod, the Acorn – it’s all in a nutshell, get it? So far we have an electric blue kettle to match the blind, lime green cutlery and bright spotty mugs but the Boss has put his foot down about any more colour! The pod is now sited with a deck and

will be ready for its first visitors at the end of March. As well as the fitted kitchen it has a pull-

down bed which converts into a comfort- able sofa, a tiny but very usable shower room with wash basin and loo, a television and of course the fabulous view over the valley! If you would like to have a look inside


We offer our best wishes to existing owners who have upgraded their caravans ready for 2016: Mark and Chris Deeley at St Michaels, and Keith and Linda Bates and David and Biruta Kelly at Wigley Orchard. Getting the Kellys’ new Winchester de-

livered to the park has proved to be a big challenge for us (off site road widening and tree lopping has been needed) and once on the park we have had to dig out a loading bay for the crane to get closer to the pitch. The brochure says it’s 12.5 feet wide but the technical data makes it 4.12m which con- verts to 13.5 feet wide. Its overall length is 12.17m which is one inch less than 40 feet.

The new 2016 Willerby Brockenhurst at Wigley Orchard, and ...

please ask at the house and we’ll be happy to show you. We’re hoping to appeal to young (or old!) couples looking for a short break in the country.


We were shocked and saddened to learn of Joe’s sudden death in November. Joe and June have been owners at Wigley Orchard since 1999; when they bought their new Willerby Aspen in 2002 it was the most ex- pensive caravan we had ever sold. June hopes to return to one of our holi-

day hire caravans to keep in touch with her many friends on the park. We send our con- dolences to June and her family and friends.


Mr and Mrs Massing have owned a caravan at St Michaels since 2012. Mr Massing died after battling throat cancer for much of 2015. We send our condolences to Mrs Massing.

The Baiting House

The Baiting House in Upper Sapey, which has been closed for over a year, has been to- tally remodelled and is due to open during April. The new owners promise a new bar

which will open directly off the car park, a redesigned front bar and a restaurant at the back served by a new kitchen. There will also be a games room in the old stables with pool, darts and Sky sports on the TV. Tim and Abi Lawson from The Bridge at

The new 2016 Willerby Winchester at St Michaels – see overleaf for details.

Stanford Bridge will be managing the re- vamped Baiting House. They were at The Bridge for ten years and built up a good reputation for their food, real ales and friendly welcoming atmosphere. They left the Bridge in November to help with the re- furbishment and are now living in the flat behind the pub with their two little boys. We hope you’ll give them your support

when the Bait reopens. John is boring ... see overleaf!

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