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Roses meet Father Christmas

Sam Bertram

5 November 2014

Autumn is a busy time for gardeners as they tidy up and put everything to bed ready for planning again in February. As the cold creeps in there are lots of jobs to do and next month is the time to plant roses and trees.  So if through the summer you’ve thought how nice it would be to have more roses or a couple more trees in the garden November is the month! Woodborough Garden Centre offers gardening and much more.  Alongside their nursery and garden shop they also have a gift shop, farm shop & Café as well as a children’s gardening club and plenty of animals for the children to visit.  In the summer they have fruit picking and they already have Christmas decorations aplenty.  An extremely popular wreath making course (with the all-important glass of wine!) and late night shopping help get locals in the Christmas Spirit. Claire Rourke, proprietor of Woodborough Garden Centre, explains that they like to work closely to the seasons, and ensure products are available at the right time of the year.  A good example being the David Austin roses.  They have just taken delivery of a large order of roses, because this is an ideal time to be planting to get them big and strong for next year’s flowering season.  Where possible many of the products sold in the shop or used in the café are bought locally, from local supplier and growers, and they are proud to support British manufacturing. Claire came from the North-East to buy the business in 2010.  Claire and her husband Chris were looking for a change in lifestyle and wanted to run a garden centre.  Claire has a background in retailing having worked for House of Fraser, Debenhams, Next and Tesco – ultimately working in a garden centre in Herefordshire.  Although a keen gardener, the centre keeps her busy so she doesn’t find much time to do her own patch, but admires other’s gardens and those who do it properly. Having her own business has not been without its challenges.  You need a strong character to be all departments (Finance, IT, HR, Logistics – even cleaning the ladies and gents!). However, it’s been fantastic to follow her dream and make it happen. 2010 was a tricky time to buy given the recession and the first 2 ½ years were some of the worst trading conditions for Garden Centres. It rained and then was cold, then a mix of the two and this year conditions have been normalising.  Now is the time for Claire to introduce the changes she’s envisaged.  They want to encourage outdoor adventures so have started engaging children in horticulture through their Muddy Wellies Gardening Club which already has 70 members.  She also wants to increase activity with all the animals and help parents offer an alternative to screen time. They have lots of lovely things in the farm shop all of which are available in their café – perfect to take home for a treat or to thank someone for hospitality.  They bake their own things – homemade quiches, sausage rolls, tray bakes, cakes and meringues.  If you’re going to see someone for tea a tray of flapjacks or brownies always brings a smile.  And there’s always a planted up pot for a gift.  The café is always buzzing with people enjoying a cuppa and Claire loves that so many of her customers are regulars – from the couple who have their breakfast most mornings, to the groups who come in for lunch, and the mums and children who come in after school for a tea time treat. The menu is big enough to be interesting, but small enough to be able to provide great customer service. It’s a short commute to work for Claire as she lives in the village.  She loves the fact it’s so friendly and enjoys socialising in her free time.  She loves to explore the local area and the fantastic walks with her two dogs and two children. She also loves Wiltshire’s proximity to London.  And with the Christmas display now being ready and Santa making an appearance in early December there’s no excuse not to pop in… www.woodboroughgardencentre.co.uk

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We love painted teapots

Sam Bertram

8 October 2014

Everybody wants a lovely teapot and mugs and better still something original. One birthday I was given a gorgeous painted ceramic milk jug and sugar pot from a friend and I loved it.  Christmas closely followed and much to my surprise my mother in law gave me a teapot.  The surprise wasn’t that I got a teapot from my mother in law, but the fact that it was a different design yet matched perfectly with the aforementioned milk jug and sugar pot so the set was complete! Not only do I love them, as they make tea time feel that little bit more special, but they are a constant feature in our kitchen.  It’s lovely to have beautiful things in your kitchen that takes you away from the doldrums of pots and pans.  Better still when it’s something you don’t see in everyone else’s kitchen. Burbage-based Kathryn Spreadbury is an illustrator who paints ceramics in contemporary designs.  She can paint anything you wish, but every piece is unique, and uses quality Italian Pottery and specialises in teapots, mugs, bowls, egg cups, big cup and saucers and even baubles for your Christmas tree!  Her style is illustrative, figurative, colourful and abstract and she gets inspiration from her Wiltshire surroundings, which has influenced both her poppy design and a new abstract field scene.  She’s also spurred on by her love of our furry (bunnies & dogs) or feathery (chicks & owls) friends and does some very cute animal designs!  Her range isn’t fait accompli as she does take commissions and is often asked to do matching items as well as unique items with a message – she recently painted a fruit bowl for a friend’s wedding with personalised message on the bottom. Kathryn was born just outside Marlborough and always knew she wanted to be an illustrator.  She was artistic from a young age and says that some of the amazing visuals from Disney films and cartoons of her youth had a huge impact on her.  Kathryn has lived in Wiltshire most of her life going to school in Pewsey before heading off to Maidstone to study illustration at the University of Creative Arts.  It was here that she met her illustrator boyfriend Iain Cox, so their home is abuzz with creativity.  When Kathryn graduated in 2009 she won the Gold Award for new talent (a national competition) so you know the quality of her work is high. Until recently Kathryn and Iain lived in Burbage, where her studio remains, but are now in Woodborough and loving being 5 minutes from the canal and Pewsey Downs. Despite producing the most fabulous painted ceramics, Kathryn is one busy lady and fits in her painting around other jobs.   Kathryn helps out part time at the New Art Centre outside Salisbury and also works at Splash of Colour – a ceramic café in Salisbury. Prior to that she was an Art and Music teacher at Gymboree in Bromley and volunteering with The Roche Educational Trust.  Her ultimate goal is to grow her painted ceramics business so please spread the word about these fantastic presents. Wiltshire has always felt like home and as soon as she left to University in Kent she wanted to return. A home girl, her father and grandfather are a huge influence in her leap to entrepreneur.  Her grandfather started NV Spreadbury in Burbage over 91 years ago and her father now runs it.  Kathryn has an elder brother and sister, the latter living close by in Great Bedwyn.  She is loving her new home in Woodborough and has always cherished the beauty of the Wiltshire countryside as well as it’s creativity as a county where people care about Art. So when you are thinking of a unique gift for a family or friend this Christmas think of Kathryn.  Her ceramics are fabulous and good value and I can think of many people who would love her product. So please help spread the word so we can help young entrepreneurs like Kathryn succeed. Cuppa tea? www.kathrynspreadburydesigns.co.uk   

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Sign up for our newsletter and review the things you love and you could qualify for the offer of the month. Rubi Locke is offering a stunning Barcelona necklace and bracelet set.

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