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There is always something new to see at Local Uncovered. Here we feature new members that have joined. Some are completely new to the market, all are unique and different.
Take a look to see what’s new near you.
Summer is really kicking off so don't forget to have a look at our events calendar to see what's on.
Whether you want to spend time at an event or on a day out in our beautiful county there's plenty to do.
Ceri Cliss comes from a family of seamstresses and has always loved sewing. On moving out of home her mother bought her a sewing machine, and she’s been making her own soft furnishings ever since. She now runs her business White Mulberry Soft Furnishings from a lovely farm location on the Wiltshire / Berkshire border.
‘I love playing with fabric for a living and feel extremely fortunate to have a business that’s a hobby. Sewing is so relaxing and therapeutic, and I can work it around the children. My background in finance means I quite like the business side too’.
Walk into their welcoming consulting room and you know you’re in good hands. See examples of cushions & lampshades, bookshelves filled with fabric & wallpaper samples & fun options for curtain poles on display. Have a peek into the workroom to see where it all happens - curtains, blinds, lampshades, headboards, pelmets or cushions all bespoke and handmade.
‘I begin by visiting your home to understand the style - tell me your wall colours and I’ll come armed with fabric books and samples that complement your interiors. We’ll then take measurements, discuss what you’re looking for and follow up with a visit to our consulting rooms to finalise colours and designs. I love to champion independent British designers who offer something different.’
They also help with fittings and fixtures and Ceri and her team won’t leave your home until everything fits perfectly.
When James Hayward was praised for the smoked salmon he’d made for a wedding, he decided to turn it into a business. As a former chef in Michelin star restaurants, and a career in event catering and food styling, it fits perfectly with his passion for food.
‘I want to be locally based so I opened my informal tasting shop in Woodborough In December 2017. As well as my cured and smoked salmon I stock some of my favourite foods and aim to create a Southern European vibe where people can walk in, sit on the side and try a few things’.
Customers can enjoy smoked salmon on crispbread with ricotta cheese and salted capers, charcuterie, fish or cheese platters accompanied with a glass of bubbly, wine or sherry. Take home smoked salmon, gravlax, pâté and various hams, salamis and condiments.
‘I buy fish fresh from Scotland and make two gravlax - beetroot and liquorice salmon with a sashimi like texture and gin infused salmon cured in a juniper liqueur with lime. Our Smoked salmon is cured, salted and cold smoked on oak and hung for 3 days minimum. I also make smoked salmon pâté and chicken liver parfait paired with our homemade crostini.’
Pop in any day of the week, for a tasting evening or on Sunday for their hot specialty. It’s perfect for meeting up with a friend for a light bite of something delicious.
After 20 years in the music industry Dylan Chambers has turned his passion for baking into The Baking Chambers, a micro-bakery offering courses and selling artisan bread to people local to Lockeridge.
‘Bread is often mis-represented because modern breads are made in minutes with fast-acting yeast and additives. If you make bread yourself you not only control the ingredients but end up with a product that is naturally low in gluten and yeast, is better for you and more digestible. Real sour dough is full of probiotics which is great for gut health’.
A combination of a week at Richard Bertinet cookery school in Bath ten years ago, extensive reading & practice and an advanced artisan bakery course has honed Dylan’s technique. His approach simplifies the baking process showing that making a fantastic loaf isn’t hard.
‘I love seeing people come through the door thinking at best they’ll make one good loaf, then being amazed when they leave with a few fantastic products. Groups are no more than 8 – it’s hands on, everything is made from scratch and everyone get lots of attention. You get to understand the process, the ingredients and work the dough with your hands.’
There are adult, kids, pizza and advanced courses with attendees describing Dylan as a master of his craft and his classes fun and revolutionary. His bread is so delicious that his regular customers are absolutely hooked. You won’t believe that bread could taste this good.
Gretchen Winter’s lifelong dream of a cookery school at the farm where she grew up became a reality in 2016. The impressive result can be put down to her combined experience of running restaurants & events plus teaching children to cook in schools through her company Jack & Maddie.
Located at Netherstreet Farm, home to her family since 1889, it’s a beautiful space in a rural setting. ‘I want to make cookery classes affordable – a place for people rather than chefs. It’s all about demystifying cooking and using ingredients that are readily available locally.’
The spacious cookery school has 8 stations fitted with domestic appliances, so it feels like a home from home. There’s a dedicated demo room and two conference rooms with a smaller breakout room. Perfect for off-site meetings, team building or large parties.
‘We have classes focusing on global flavours like Indian, Moroccan, Spanish, Italian or Korean and ‘Cook from Scratch’ is perfect for beginners. A popular event is ‘Cook & Dine’ where people get help cooking their meal & then stay and enjoy it without needing to wash up. Holiday clubs and Birthday Parties are also in demand.’
At £25 for a demo and starting from £35 for a class including your meal it’s a steal!
Gretchen and her husband Matthew are also focusing on Galloway Beef Production and the meat is now available at www.netherstreetfarm.co.uk...»
The Marlborough Food Assembly puts local consumers in touch with local food. As a food assembly 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.
Producers from within 25 miles will be offering their produce online. Find local milk, eggs, cheese, organic vegetables, fish, ciders, cakes, honey, preserves and healthy home cooked meals. Shop at your convenience from home and then head to the Rugby Club, Marlborough every Thursday from 4.00pm to 6.00pm to pick it up.
‘Food Assemblies started in France and there are no more than 700 assemblies across Europe. If you’re interested in the quality of food and its provenance then the Food Assembly is for you. Community is at the heart of The Food Assembly connecting neighbours to farmers and neighbours to each other. We’re hoping the assemblies will be an event you look forward to’.
Reducing waste is key as farmers and food makers know exactly how much to deliver in advance and food miles are decreased. You’re also supporting your local economy. In a world that needs us to act in a more sustainable way this is one of the first steps towards that. Sign-up at The Food Assembly to start shopping.
After years working in some of London's leading digital agencies for global car brands, leading UK supermarkets & others, Sam Bertram decided to focus on helping smaller businesses with their marketing strategy from her home near Marlborough in Wiltshire.
Alongside this her passion for championing shopping locally led to her founding www.localuncovered.com in June 2014.
Sam continues to provide marketing consultancy to small and medium sized businesses to help them better market themselves.
Her broad digital experience spanning over 19 years means she can look at all stages of the purchase cycle. From acquisition of customers to conversion and retention. There's no point having a website that's beautiful but doesn't work so services include helping with the functional design of your website prior to applying the design.
'I'm particularly interested in social media and the opportunities it provides to businesses to acquire and retain customers more cost effectively'....»
Founded in 2010 by volunteers keen to celebrate fine writing, Marlborough Literature festival is held annually in the last week of September and has evolved into a much admired and popular event.
‘Famous authors and poets have roots in Marlborough so it made sense to establish a festival here. William Golding’s childhood home was on the Green and Siegfried Sassoon and John Betjeman attended Marlborough College. Local author Mavis Cheek was one of the main driving forces behind it.’
The focus is on good writing and supporting the unknown - they rarely feature politicians or celebrities. A more well-known author, The Golding speaker, opens the festival and past speakers have included Louis de Bernieres and Sally Vickers. There are street events, a translation duel and poetry in the pub and gleeful children take part in school events and listen to some of their favourite authors.
‘The best part of the festival is being surprised - you never know what to expect but authors are normal people like us, experiencing the ups and downs of life. I’ve been to talks where I’ve laughed and cried and really connected with the author’s story. The perception can be that literary festivals are highbrow but, that’s not the case at all, they’re really accessible and fun.’
The festival wouldn’t be possible without it’s fabulous sponsors, especially their headline sponsor Brewin Dolphin, and tickets go on sale in July. Don’t miss it!
Deborah Husk is a commercial photographer who also creates photography as fine art, exhibiting every July in the Marlborough Open Studios from her base in Alton Priors. Her work is stunning.
‘I’ve been a photographer for over 10 years and love the process of studying the subject and defining how best to take the shot. Styling and lighting is key, and the output must appear effortlessly gorgeous and desirable.’
Commercially, Deborah primarily works with lifestyle products. Clients include British fabric and accessories designer Fermoie through to fashion and a high-end artisan tea company. She works hard to create the right environment paying attention to craftmanship and detail, helping create memorable images that connect with customers.
‘My fine art pieces are inspired by my environment. I love my garden and choose plants and vegetables that, not only taste good, but that I ultimately want to photograph. I also create images that are unique, photographing antique collectibles such as watches or hip flasks, so they almost look real. Many items we hold on to have no purpose but lots of sentiment. By photographing these pieces, you can bring them to life in another way.’
Deborah’s studio is fabulous and most of her commissions are created there, although she can travel to your premises if required. Don’t miss The Open Studios, an opportunity to see Deborah at work and have a go at photographing like a pro!
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