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Tenbury needs a return of mistletoe sales
7:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
TENBURY is losing out now that the annual mistletoe sales are held out of town.
That’s the view of Maggie Davies, chairman of the Tenbury Tourism Group, who says she would like to see the sales at the end of November and early December moved back into the town centre.
Two years ago the sales that bring buyers from all over the country to the area were moved to the business park.
“I am sure that Tenbury misses out and would benefit if the sales were returned to the town centre,”
she said. “People drive straight to the auctions and do not spend time in Tenbury.”
But the overall picture for tourism in Tenbury is good with many more visitors than last year when numbers were hit by the closure of the Teme Bridge and a very wet summer.
“We are very busy with a large number of visitors many of whom stay in the area especially in self catering accommodation,”
“People are realising that Tenbury has a lot to offer and provides a good base from which to explore the surrounding area.”
She was commenting as the tourist information centre celebrates moving to its new shop in Teme Street.
The new centre is just two doors away from the old shop but has undergone a major refurbishment. It shares the building with the Tenbury Community Transport Scheme.
Changes also mean that the centre will be open all year round, Monday to Saturday, and also open on Sundays, when there is a special event in the town.
The centre has a core staff of 20 volunteers and one of the challenges for the future will be to secure funding.
At present it gets a grant from Malvern Hills District Council on a year-by-year basis. But the Tourism Group says that this only just covers basic costs.
“We need to generate additional income through more sales and looking at other opportunities for grant funding,” said deputy chairman Graham Archer.