– spreading the word on things that have caught my eye. This week it’s a mainly local but slightly random mix of salad leaves, motorway services, a 1940s show, handmade capes & a musical introduction to the world!
1. I’m told that you can see the poly-tunnels if you head out past Temple Meads towards Bath (I just don’t get much chance to explore the city myself at the moment!) – fabulously fresh salad leaves grown in the heart of Bristol as part of the social enterprise project the Severn Project. A member of the team recently delivered a surprise sample pack to us and I’m converted – such a positive idea!
2. I was really excited to see Gloucester Services pop up on my twitter timeline – must mean they are getting close to opening. It’s a motorway services with a difference – no franchises, no big brands, but instead a sense of where you are – a sense of place; homemade food and farm shops, that work hand in glove with small, artisan producers from the local area and beyond. As well as what sounds like a much more pleasant rest stop for drivers & passengers, it’s a great opportunity for local suppliers to get their products to travellers passing through the area. For Bristolians it could be a quick stop-off to buy locally produced food & gifts as you head north to visit family & friends and when they open the southbound version a great alternative for restocking the fridge as you arrive home.
3. Have you heard about The Dig for Victory Show, a 1940s themed festival being held on 5th & 6th July at the North Somerset Showground near Bristol. It’s a locally organised family orientated event which aims to bring history alive and the generations together with a sense of nostalgia and pride – to learn, remember and have fun – sounds like a great day out!
4. I was intrigued to read about I Am Super Capes – ‘Every child deserves to be a Superhero, no matter who they are, where they live, whatever they are going through. Every child deserves the right to be a child, to have some time to be able to get away from the hardships and stress of the situation/environment they are in’ It’s a similar idea to the Dress-A-Girl charity we have supported since opening. I love that a simple super cape can help ‘transport’ a child to a happier place. Maybe we could have a cape making charity day later this year?
5 …and finally, for a little Friday happiness! I’m sure many of you will have already seen this but if not this is a joy not to be missed! I could watch the video of his wedding speech over & over & in an entirely different way this latest treat from Tom of McFly has the same magic!
Spread the word!