FAMILIES from Somerset looking for something to keep the children entertained with this half-term (February, 2017) can have a go at some crafting at a garden centre in the county.
Children’s Scrapstore Taunton will be hosting free Valentines-themed craft activities at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre near Taunton on Monday, February 13 from 10am until 2pm.
Lisa Hunt, from Children’s Scrapstore Taunton, said: “We’re thrilled to be kicking off the half-term holiday with some crafty activities for children at Monkton Elm. It’s the perfect opportunity for families to pop along with the kids and keep them occupied and away from the television or computers.
“There will be a Valentines theme to the craft activities and children can make heart garlands, ornaments, personalised bags and cards. The activities will be free for children and parents/guardians. All children must be accompanied by an adult.”
Children’s Scrapstore Taunton, which is located at Bridgwater and Taunton College, is an organisation that collects safe, clean, reusable waste from manufacturers and businesses that can be re-used such as paper, card, plastic pots, tubs, tubes, netting, fabrics, foam and wood.
Members of the public or groups working in a creative play, care, educational or therapeutic setting can go along to the store and collect everything they need.
Andrew Pitman, Store Manager at the award-winning, family run garden centre at Monkton Heathfield, said: “We hope lots of families come along for lots of crafting fun. Children will be able to take their creations home with them afterwards.”
The free children’s craft activities will take place on Monday, February 13 from 10am until 2pm in the garden centre’s Elm Tree Restaurant.
For more information, please visit the garden centre, which is located just off the A38 at Monkton Heathfield between Bridgwater and Taunton, call 01823 412381, visit www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/Monktonelm or follow the company on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/Monktonelm.
KEEN foodies across Somerset are being invited this month (January, 2017) to enter their favourite recipes into a competition at a farm shop in the county.
Rumwell Farm Shop is looking for new seasonal recipes to hand out to its visitors throughout the year and is calling for people to put forward their creations.
Anne Mitchell, Joint Owner of the farm shop, which is located on the A38 between Taunton and Wellington, said: “To tie in with our 20th anniversary this year we wanted to revamp the recipes we have on offer to our customers in the shop.
“We would like to do a selection of spring, summer, autumn and winter recipes, which use items that are in season and that people are able to get hold of from the farm shop.
“The winning recipes will be printed and featured on our recipe wall and customers will be able to take them home to recreate. Each winner will be presented with a £10 gift voucher.
“We would love to see recipes that perhaps use our famous strawberry jam, award-winning sausages or Aberdeen angus beef. We are keen for dishes that feature British grown potatoes too. We can’t wait to see what recipes people send in.”
The deadline for the competition will be 5pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The recipes will need to be emailed to email@example.com or posted to Chris O’Conner, Shop Manager, Rumwell Farm Shop, Rumwell, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 1EJ.
Rumwell Farm Shop is an independent, family-run, award-winning business owned by the Mitchell family. It was originally a potato store, when David and Anne Mitchell began selling their potatoes and free range eggs at the gate.
Due to customer demand, the range of products soon increased and the farm shop grew into the place it is today. David and Anne’s sons, James and Jack, are now also involved in the business.
Rumwell Farm Shop has a traditional butchery counter selling free range pork and Aberdeen Angus beef reared just four miles away on the family farm. There is also a delicatessen, bakery, jam kitchen and food hall.
Home grown potatoes are also still available as well as everything from fruit, vegetables and groceries to plants, flowers, gifts and cards.
The Rumwell Cafe, which opened in May 2015, can seat approximately 80 people. The food prepared in the cafe kitchen is sourced from the farm shop, the Mitchell family farm and regional suppliers.
Families are welcome to the cafe and there is a menu especially for children. The cafe also serves afternoon teas, carvery on a Sunday and is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.
For more information, please call Rumwell Farm Shop, which is located in Rumwell between Taunton and Wellington, on 01823 461599, visit www.rumwellfarmshop.com, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rumwellfarmshop or log on to www.facebook.com/Rumwellfarmshop.
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SWEETHEARTS from Wellington are being urged by a shop in the town this Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2017) to swap bunches of traditional roses for primroses instead.
Nicola Cavanagh from The Flower Tree at The Emporium Somerset says primroses are the perfect plants to give your loved one as they were originally used to make love potions in the Middle Ages.
Nicola said: “We’ve recently researched primroses as I thought it would be nice to stock them in my unit here at The Emporium and we came across the plant’s romantic links. It is said that the flowers were used in the Middle Ages to make love potions so I thought it might be nice to encourage people to give a pot of seasonal primroses to their loved ones for Valentine’s Day instead of traditional, and often much more expensive at this time of year, roses.
“In our research, we also discovered that an infusion of the primrose’s roots was once taken as a cure for headaches. The plant also has herb-like qualities and was apparently used as a remedy for gout and rheumatism. But of course people shouldn’t make or take any potions without professional advice from a qualified herbalist.”
The primrose is a native European plant, which derives its name from the Latin ‘prima’, or first, and ‘rosa’ or rose. The first rose – a symbol for the arrival of spring in the UK.
The plant in its wild form, which used to be abundant in the country’s hedgerows, is now rare and as a result it is illegal to pick or dig up.
In the 1600s, primroses were prized garden plants and as many hybrids as possible were collected. These included Hose-in-Hose and Jack-in-the-Green.
Nicola added: “After this exciting discovery about primroses I hope lots of people will opt to give them as a Valentine’s Day treat to their loved ones this year. I currently have a variety of different plants in stock at The Emporium Somerset for people to browse and buy.”
For further details, please call The Emporium Somerset on 01823 660076, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theemporiumsomerset.co.uk.