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The village of Kempley can be found in the North Forest of Dean district, and is surrounded by un spoilt countryside. Kempley has two churches, St. Mary's dates back to Norman times and because of the great historic value of the 12th century frescoes inside it is now managed by English Heritage, and the Courtauld Institute have recently taken on the task of preserving these relics. St. Edward's Church dates back to 1903 and was designed by Randall Wells during the Arts and Crafts movement. John Betjamin described St. Edward's as "a miniature cathedral of the Arts and Crafts Movement".

Located between Kempley and Dymock village, lies the delightful Dymock Wood, which is varied in its array of wild flowers, especially in the spring, when you can see the daffodils and the bluebells. "Daffodil teas" are a traditional source of refreshment, held in the local village hall during the daffodil season. St. Mary's, Kempley

St. Mary's church stands in a peaceful spot some distance away from the modern village. The most significant feature of the church is that it contains a group of frescoes which are among the best in the country. The tiny nave is early Norman, and the paintings here date from the 13th century. However, the best and oldest of the paintings are in the chancel. These frescoes date from 1130 and appear almost as fresh as when they were first painted, this being due to the Reformation whitewash and the Victorian varnish which was removed in 1872. The frescoes were restored to their original condition in 1955. Scenes in the chancel include Christ sitting on a rainbow blessing the world, while in the nave St. Michael weighs souls.

This small, thriving village on the edge of the Forest situated on the A40 road from Gloucester to Ross-on-Wye was here, with its own church, at least as early as 1100 A.D. It grew up at the foot of the Forest escarpment at the junction of two important Forest roads, the Gloucester - Ross road and the Gloucester - Mitcheldean road - both of which had their origins in the Roman period. These were both turn-piked in 1726 and the Toll House, which was built in c1830 still stands at the junction.

A mainly agricultural parish, Huntley was early manor but is mainly notable for its Church of St John the Baptist, . The original Norman 12ht century church was demolished in 1861 except for its tower, during a major restoration undertaken by Teulon, the famous architect who was notable for his Decorated Gothic interpretations of earlier church building styles. The rebuilding was paid for by Huntley's rector, Daniel Capper, who gave the architect free reign and the resulting church proved to be one of Teulon's most enterprising and original designs, Teulon also built Huntley Manor (a mile to the North West) which, thanks to its decorated turrets has been described as a French chateau but in reality was another original design.

St. John the Baptist it is thought that the original church at Huntley was built about 1100 AD. It was certainly here in 1075 when it was listed amongst the possessions of the Benedictine Priory in Monmouth Castle. There is also record of it belonging to Monmouth Priory in a list of churches confirmed by the Bishop of Hereford in 1144. The stonework of the tower is dated to have been built around 1100. The church was virtually totally reconstructed in 1862 during the Victorian era of church building, and with the exception of the tower, is new work by the architect S. S. TEULON. In the main, he used local red sandstone, with quoins and dressings of a contrasting local limestone. A new spire was added to the old tower. The church bells include some which are very old, and which are still in use. The oldest is dated 1420, and bears the inscription "W. F., I. T., R. B. Bayli of Huntley, 1420". These refer to the churchwardens and the Earl of Shrewsbury's bailiff, as Huntley was at that time part of the Earl's estate. This bell has been ringing here for almost 600 years! The fourth bell bears an inscription in Latin, translated as "God save noble King James 1616". The tenor bell is dated 1670 and on it is marked the names of the "Church Wardens" Joseph WHYE and Thomas DRAPER. For more information, please call us on the number shown, or click in the header of any page to email Kempley-forest-of-dean@villagewebsmith.co.uk.

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Welcome to Winning Wednesday

Wednesday is derived from the Norse god, Odin who was their supreme god and god of victory. Winning is what today is about, winning new business, winning the right price for every job we do and winning ore referrals from happy customers.

What a great day for digging out an old quote you may feel have gone cold and getting in touch to converting it into business. Customers may be looking at other options but they can't get from anyone else what they would get from you. Going back to Monday, focusing on the MOJO of your business, the quality that makes your value stand out in a crowd can help you do just that.

The bitter taste of poor quality lingers long after the sweet taste of low price is forgotten. Like Baby Bear's porridge, your combination of cost and value is just right. Different people will see 'just right' in different ways and asking the right questions helps to find out which bit of what you do is how you focus your offer.

Oscar Wilde described a cynic as someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. In our modern cynical world it is easy for people to base their purchasing decisions on an incorrect assessment. Lifetime cost, ease of purchase and delivery, prestige, comfort, peer comparison and pleasure of ownership are all powerful motivators. By identifying your MOJO and aligning it with the motivator or 'hot button' of the customer in question we can not only win business but also make sure that we get full value from the transaction too.

Do you collect testimonials from happy customers and promote them via your website and advertising? Do you regularly ask for referrals to friends and family? The tools available to us to do this are more powerful now than ever and definitely deserve a place in the marketing mix. Getting people to leave comments on websites, social media sites and Google + is easy, all you have to do is ask.

"Who else do you know that may want one of these?" is an easy question to ask but one that is neglected too often. If only one person in ten provides a lead, it is a free 10% increase in opportunities.

Wednesday is a great day for picking up the phone and making those calls in odd spare moments. There is no advertisement like a list of happy customers but having the list is only part of the story, promoting it is much more.

To find out about how to make sure everyone knows about your MOJO, just call us on 0203 239 0350 or click in the header of any page to send an email.

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