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Effortless Flowers

Sam Bertram

30 June 2017

There’s nothing better than a bunch of flowers to brighten up your home. Pod & Pip’s Sarah Williamson-Jones delivers ‘Friday flowers’ by courier. Her popular arrangements use seasonal flowers and are rustic and natural. We spoke to Sarah about all things flowers and the workshops she runs from her home in Odstock near Salisbury. What are your favourites Flowers? ‘It really depends on the season, so in summer I love peonies which are nearly over, but Sweet Peas follow shortly after. They add bounce and texture and you can’t help but love their scent and colours. Roses are a classic - my favourites are the real country garden roses with big full blooms. For colour Hydrangeas are also fantastic. In Autumn I use Dahlias and all the pods and pips. With Christmas comes the amaryllis and white roses – I steer clear of the traditional arrangements. Spring is about ranunculus and tulips. What can I say? I love them all!’ Where do you source your flowers? ‘I go to a wholesaler in Twyford and when I can I source from local Wiltshire growers. The advantage with sourcing from a local grower is you can often find fabulous grasses and Knautica (the lovely purple and pink wild flowers you see at the moment) that add interest to bouquets.’ Alongside ‘Friday Flowers’ you also do workshops. Tell us about those.. ‘My workshops cover range of things from bouquets to Christmas wreaths and table decorations for celebratory times of the year. This Sunday I’m doing a DIY Wedding workshop – showing people how to do bridal bouquets, table decorations and button holes. For 4 to 6 people they’re really personal and lots of fun. We start off having a cup of tea and cake so everyone meets and feels more relaxed.  I do a demonstration of what we’re going to do and then everyone else has a go. We start from scratch. I show them how to condition the plants – remove leaves, thorns and how best to cut the stems through to the final bouquet. People are really surprised they can do it.  It’s really therapeutic and gives them the confidence to do it when they get home. Most people underestimate the important of foliage and how it can have a huge impact on look and feel. I encourage most to go home and see what they can find in their gardens. As well as feeling like they’ve achieved something it’s very social and most of the feedback says how lovely it was meeting new people. I run workshops from my home but also run them at other local venues. After Sunday my next workshop is on 5th July at Jigsaw in Salisbury. If you want to learn how to do a bouquet then I’d love to see you.’   https://www.podandpip.co.uk/  

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Marlborough Food Assembly

Sam Bertram

7 June 2017

We’re setting up a Food Assembly in Marlborough to put local consumers in touch with local food. We do need at least 150 members before we can launch, so please sign up so you can shop at the assembly. We’d love you to join us in supporting our local foodies and help you discover some amazing food right on your doorstep. So, what is a Food Assembly? In a nutshell as a Food Asssembly member you can shop local produce online and go to the same venue every week to meet the producers and pick up your pre-ordered local produce. We’re going to be holding the Marlborough Food Assembly at The Rugby Club on Thursdays from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. We’re hoping to have some other fun things going on at the food assembly like talks from some of our producers and cooking demonstrations from local pubs. We’ve got some other fabulous non-food unique independent Wiltshire businesses on www.localuncovered.com too so we’re also looking at fun ways to include them. So why should you join? 1. It’s a convenient way to shop as you can plan your food in advance, and a quick, easy stop to pick it up. That’s why we love the rugby club as a venue as it’s easy for parking but also convenient to the centre of town. 2. If you’re interested in the quality of food and its provenance then the Food Assembly is for you. We’re talking to local producers to get them on board and are hoping to have produce come from no more than 25 miles away – even more local if possible. You’ll get to chat to producers about the food you’re eating and know more about the food you eat. 3. People say the problem with the modern world is the loss of our communities. Community is at the heart of The Food Assembly connecting neighbours to farmers and neighbours to each other. We’re hoping the assemblies themselves will be an event you look forward to. 4. Reducing waste is key as farmers and food makers know exactly how much to deliver in advance and food miles are decreased. 5. You’re supporting your local economy. Did you know for every £1 spent locally, 90p stays in the local economy? That’s got to be good for the place you live and call home.   What are you waiting for? Sign-up and to become a member and help us build the best Food Assemblies out there. You can do it Marlborough! Launch date tbc. Marlborough - https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/10229    

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