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Small Business Saturday winner

Sam Bertram

17 December 2015

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.  Ray Spreadbury shopped at Marr Green Farm Shop on 5th December 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 Ray!  Here's the pic of James and Ashley Wilsey from The Three Tuns drawing his name out the bag! We'd like to say a big thank you to all the lovely local shoppers and local businesses who took part. We have a best local shopper too - Libby Strutt shopped at 6 different businesses on Small Business Saturday. We salute you! 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.   - Ambience Interiors - 1 Market Place, Pewsey, SN9 5AA - The Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn - 1 High Street, Great Bedwyn, SN8 3NU - Sticks and Stones - Unit 3, Nursery Farm, Woodborough Garden Centre, Pewsey, SN9 5PF - Rushall Manor B&B and wedding venue - Rushall, nr Pewsey, SN9 6EG - they are also offering one night half price if you book for 2 nights - My Flower Patch - 2 Alexander Fields, Upavon, Pewsey, SN9 6NB  - Indigo Antiques - Dairy Barn, Manningford Bruce, Pewsey, SN9 6JW  - No 10 B&B, Farm Lane, Great Bedwyn, SN8 3LU - they are also offering 2 nights accommodation for the price of one on Small Business Saturday weekend - Marr Green Farm Shop - Collingbourne Road, Burbage, SN8 3RT - The Applecart cafe - 14 High Street, Pewsey - Fioriblu - Avebury - shop online or visit them at The Pinewood Christmas Fair on 5th December - Pewsey Gallery - High Street, Pewsey  - Gastro Nicks - shop online or visit them at Unit 4, Garlands Estate, Cadley Road, Collingbourne Ducis, SN8 3EB - Charlton Manor self catering cottage or campsite, Charlton St Peter, SN9 6EU - Woodborough Garden Centre - Nursery Farm, Woodborough, Pewsey, SN9 5PF - Around The World - 27-29 North Street, Pewsey, SN9 5ES - YourCMO - 15 Wexcombe, SN8 3SQ - Crystal Clear - 8 High Street, Pewsey, SN9 5AQ - The Village Store - 11 High Street, Upavon - Digger & Mojo - Unit 9, Salisbury Road Business Park, SN9 5PZ - China Rose - 7a, High Street, Pewsey, SN9 5AF - Pewsey Velo - 12 High Street, Pewsey, SN9 5AQ - S J Hussey Opticians - 2 Old Ford Court, High Street, Pewsey, SN9 5AQ    

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Choosing a Christmas Tree

Zena Robson

3 December 2015

We are fast approaching the buying of the Christmas tree. This seems to be a fraught exercise for some, if past years are anything to go by. Too big, too small, too fat, too thin, a long bit on the top, a short bit on the top, two bits on the top etc…etc… whilst we workers stand there twiddling them around, one in each hand. Last year I resorted to reminding people that the thing would only be there for a couple of weeks but it made no difference! Understandably, you can’t fit a giant in if you live in a cottage with low ceilings so it is important to get one that suits you and your home.  To reiterate the differences between the types available and what to do with them: firstly, if you buy one that has been cut, the cut end will have started to callus over; thus, standing it in water without having cut the callused end bit off is futile. You need to take a good few inches off if possible. If you can’t manage that then make some cuts in the bark of the bare stem at the bottom and then stand the thing in a bucket of water. Keep it outside or at least somewhere cool for as long as possible before bringing it into the house. Don’t put it by a radiator – it will keep its needles a lot longer if it is away from a heat source. If you have one of those stands that you can keep topped up with water then so much the better as not only will it mean that water is available to it, as in any cut flower, but also that there will moisture in the air around it which helps to stop the drying out process.  The other ones available will be potted or pot-grown – there is a difference. Potted means that they have been lifted from a field and potted up for sale; pot-grown means just that and these tend to be smaller and more expensive. It’s up to you which you go for. The potted ones have a 50:50 chance of surviving if you go on to plant them out once the festivities are over.   As for the dropping-of-the-needles bit, generally the Nordmann Fir is less likely to shed than the traditional Spruce. However, the Spruce has the gummy aroma whereas the Nordmann does not. The Nordmann tends to be fatter, the needles are fatter so the whole thing needs a bit of space to look its best. Whichever you go for, you will pay by the foot as that is the way that prices are calculated, so a 6-7ft tree costing X amount will vary in height. If the trees you look at are netted, do not be afraid to ask to see them out of the net as then you can see how the branches are arranged. Wherever you buy yours from, there should be a netting machine so that getting them home is an easier task.  Of course, you could go for a permanent one in the shape of any conifer that fits the bill. I am a fan of the Blue Spruces – in the winter they go a wonderful silvery-blue and look brilliant outside with lights twinkling on them, and there’s one called ‘Fat Albert’ – who could resist having a tree in the garden called Albert!   A brilliant idea for babies and young children is to buy a small conifer the same sort of shape as a Christmas tree and pot it on every year, so that as the child grows, so does the tree; then they will have their own tree to take with them if and when they fly the nest – ah, sentimental me! Christmas trees are available from the Woodborough Garden Centre. woodboroughgardencentre.co.uk  

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