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Small Business Saturday winners

Sam Bertram

8 December 2016

We've got a winner for the prize draw we ran with Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership on Small Business Saturday  - a national initiative to promote small businesses across the UK and encourage the public to spend locally.  The winners are: - Charlotte Howard who shopped at Comfy Critters and is the lucky winner of a two course meal for 4 including a house bottle of wine at The Three Tuns in Great Bedwyn. Congratulations Charlotte! - Hilda Moore who shopped at Wagon Yard Artists and is the lucky winner of a luxury hamper from Marr Green Farmshop. - Anne Carroll who shopped at My Flower Patch and is the lucky winner of a £50 voucher when spending over £100 on one of their Digger & Mojo items - Sasha Stowe who shopped at Pewsey Gallery and is the lucky winner of a limited edition print from McNeill Gallery in Pewsey. Here's the pic of Claire Perry drawing the winners names out of the bag at the Local Uncovered pop-up shop at 5 Old Swan Yard, Devizes. Only open until Saturday 10th December. We'd like to say a big thank you to all the lovely local shoppers and local businesses who took part.  With every £1 spent with a small business 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.  Shopping locally helps boost your local economy & keep the place you live the way you like it. Here's a reminder of the fabulous local businesses that participated on the day - please keep supporting them.   - Local Uncovered pop-up shop - 5 Swan Yard, Devizes, SN10 1AT - open Monday 28th November to Saturday 10th December (featuring Fioriblu, Diggger & Mojo, Simply Bluebell, Little Dan Designs, Dragonfly & Blossom) - The Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn - 1 High Street, Great Bedwyn, SN8 3NU - Digger & Mojo - Unit 9, Salisbury Road Business Park, SN9 5PZ - Gastro Nicks - shop online or visit them at Unit 4, Garlands Estate, Cadley Road, Collingbourne Ducis, SN8 3EB - The Swan - Long Street, Enford, Pewsey, SN9 6DD - Pod & Pip - near Salisbury -  'Friday Flowers' - gorgeous natural & subtle arrangements delivered in time for the weekend. Order online. - Simply Bluebell - Great Wishford - Shop their lovely range of greeting cards by rural artists online - Sticks and Stones - Unit 3, Nursery Farm, Woodborough Garden Centre, Pewsey, SN9 5PF - Fioriblu - Avebury - shop their fabulous range of leather handbags, belts, wallets & gloves online   - Little Dan Designs - Malmesbury - fabric inspired handmade home accessories - shop online - Wiltshire Timbercrafts - Whitley - handcrafted furniture - Wagon Yard Artists - Unit M, Wagon Yard, London Road, Marlborough, SN8 1LH - Chirstmas Fair - Friday 2nd December 6.00pm-9.00pm, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December - all day - Marr Green Farm shop - Collingbourne Road, Burbage, SN8 3RT - McNeill Gallery - Market Place, Pewsey, SN9 5AA - China Rose - 7a, High Street, Pewsey, SN9 5AF - Applecart Cafe - 14 High Street, Pewsey - Ambience Interiors - 1 Market Place, Pewsey, SN9 5AA - My Flower Patch - beautiful Wiltshire grown flowers - 2 Alexander Fields, Upavon, Pewsey, SN9 6NB  - Woodborough Garden Centre - Nursery Farm, Pewsey, SN9 5PF - Pewsey Gallery - 16 High Street, Pewsey, SN9 5AQ - Caterchem - providing cleaning products to businesses - Around the World - 29 North Street, Pewsey, SN9 5ES - The Bruce's Arms - Easton Road, Easton Royal, Pewsey, SN9 5LR - Indigo Antiques - Dairy Barn, Manningford Bruce, Pewsey, SN9 6JW - Sui Generis Gym - Unit C, Nursery Farm, Woodborough, Pewsey, SN9 5PF - Ridgeway Press - Breach House, Easton Royal, Pewsey, SN9 5LU - Market Magazine - 5 The Laurels, Honeystreet, Pewsey, SN9 5PX  - P R Elletson - Framers - North Street, Pewsey, SN9 5HE - The Seven Stars Inn - Bottlesford, SN9 6LW - Crystal Clear - 8 High Street, Pewsey, SN9 5AQ - Thirty8 - 8 Hughenden Yard, Marlborough, SN78 1LT - Movida Zumba - Studio Movida, Elcot Lane, Marlborough, Milton Village Hall & East Grafton Hall - PHS Fishmongers - 11 High Street, Pewsey SN9 5AF - S J Hussey Opticians - 2 Old Ford Court, High Street, Pewsey, SN9 5AQ - Beauty Fulltime - 36 High Street, Marlborough, Sn8 1LW - Comfy Critters - 8 Nursery Farm, Woodborough, SN8 5PF - Styling by Em - independent personal stylist - gift vouchers available for Christmas - Marlborough - Woottons - 5 North Street, Pewsey, SN9 5ES

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2017 bucket list

Sam Bertram

4 January 2017

Here’s our suggestions on some resolutions & what you should be aiming to see & do in 2017 to make the most of this beautiful county. Plan for one a quarter and you’ll find it incredibly achievable and rewarding! 1. Our environment is in a fragile state but it’s not that hard to all do our bit to help. Local Devizes company Meadow in my Garden make wild flower seed mixes that encourage pollinators to gardens and sell animal homes for some of our precious wildlife. You don’t need to have a big garden for wild flowers & they not only look stunning but also help our busy bees, butterflies and ladybirds. They’re also looking for volunteers to help fill public spaces with wild flowers. Get in touch if you think you can help. 2. Look at your grocery list and think what you can source locally – there’s so much fabulous food & drink available right here in Wiltshire. Visit your local butcher or deli or become a regular at a Wiltshire Farmers Market so that local always makes its way onto your table. If you feel like a tipple look no further than The Wiltshire liqueur Company – also fabulous ingredients for any recipe. It not only supports your local economy but when it hasn’t travelled it’s better for the environment and tastes better too! 3. Experience some of the amazing pubs & restaurants in the county - It’s important to support your local pub & restaurant, but once in a while it’s worth going further afield.  In Wiltshire we have The Good Food Guide’s best dining pub in the country - The Michelin Starred Red Lion, East Chisenbury.  Recently shortlisted in the top 3 for Wiltshire life’s best pub in the county is The Swan in Enford. Don't miss The Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn described by Tom Parker Bowles as ‘Three steps to foodie heaven’, The George & Dragon in Rowde with their fabulous seafood & rustic luxurious rooms with a touch of Soho House, AP McCoy’s pub The Outside Chance, The Michelin starred Harrow at Little Bedwyn which has been AA and Decanter’s Restaurant of the Year amongst other accolades, and The Pear Tree in Purton, The Good Hotel Guide’s Best Country Hotel in 2015. For a casual lunch try the lovely Sticks & Stones in their lifestyle shop in Woodborough. 4. Regular bracing walks are a great way to stay fit. Visit a new part of the Wiltshire countryside & walk somewhere new – there are stunning walks from the North Wessex Downs to the Nadder Valley. Our members have lots of top tips on things to do – whether it’s walking the ancient Ridgeway, a dog walk on Old Drover's Road, an invigorating walk across Salisbury Plain or a walk on the Roman Road in Grovely Woods or around Fonthill Lake near Tisbury you’ll be pleased you ventured there.  5. Look after yourself. We’re launching a wellbeing section in a couple of weeks time so keep an eye out but in the meantime if you’re keen to eat better (not less but just more of the right kind of food) Love Food has fabulous nutritional cookery courses which teach you how to eat well and feel good and are bound to set you on the right track. 6. Make it to at least one of Wiltshire’s events or festivals. Racehorses have been trained in Wiltshire for over a Century so have fun watching Barbury Races – a great day out for all the family. Kick off your shoes at a music festival or there are plenty of Arts Festivals around the county - Salisbury, Trowbridge & Devizes and fabulous theatre at Illford Arts Festival near Bradford on Avon. Marlborough have a literature festival & there are plenty of Food & Drink Festivals throughout the summer. See our events calendar. 7. Take in one of our national treasures – Stourhead near Mere is the second most visited National Trust Property. However, there are plenty more to choose from – Avebury (the ‘better’ stone circle), Lacock Abbey, Wardour Castle near Tisbury, Great Chalfield Manor and Garden (featured in ‘Wolf Hall’), The Courts Garden in Holt or Old Sarum near Salisbury.  And don’t forget the marvellous Salisbury Cathedral and Malmesbury Abbey or Castle Combe, said by many to be the prettiest village in England or The Merchant's House in Marlborough to see how a wealthy 17th Century Merchant would have lived. 8. Learn something new - how often do you wish you could do something better? There are plenty of places offering courses – Marlborough College Summer School has every course you can imagine and it’s a fun way to spend a week. Wagon Yard Artists have fantastic ceramic courses and Delushious Home Comforts in Devizes offers cookery courses for adults & children. 9. Don’t always default to Amazon – if you’re looking for a gift or new items for the home stop and think if you could buy from a small local company.  You’ll be amazed at the unique things available as well as how affordable they are too.  We have lots of gift ideas for both him and her so check those out before going global!  And lots of ideas for the home too. 10. Finally Christmas isn’t the only time to look after your loved ones. Contact and visit them regularly. Everyone loves to receive a card and Simply Bluebell does wonderful greeting cards by local rural artists. Receiving flowers puts a smile on everyone’s face and Pod & Pip do wonderful natural flowers with handwritten note that can be sent anywhere in the UK. Here's to a fabulous 2017!

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Visit 14th Century pub The George and Dragon in Rowde this January and receive 25% discount on food, drink and accommodation. Quote 'Local Uncovered' when you book.

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