WELLINGTON folk wanting to learn how to upcycle their furniture can learn the basics of using Autentico Chalk Paint during workshops at a shop in the town next month (November, 2016).
Cato Cooper, Co-owner of The Emporium Somerset, is hosting furniture painting workshops where people can learn the skills needed for upcycling on November 8 and 24 from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.
Cato said: “Learning the basics of using Autentico Chalk Paint is great for anyone who wants to take up a new hobby of updating and upcycling any furniture they might have in their home.
“The workshops include a full introduction to the chalk paint, which is a water based paint, free of solvents and other harmful additives and is my choice of paint when it comes to making over my own furniture at home and in the shop.
“During the workshop we will also cover the basic techniques of using the special paints and waxes. I will teach attendees how to paint their piece of furniture from start to finish with useful handouts and tips included. I will provide wooden boards with some detailing so that attendees can try out the different paints and we will cover distressing techniques as well as layering. Everyone who comes along will then be able to take their new skills home with them and makeover their furniture.”
The workshops will cost £40 per person. The price includes all of the equipment needed such as paints, brushes, boards to paint, waxes, an apron, gloves, refreshments and a picture frame to paint and take home. To book, please call Cato on 01823 660076.
Cato added: “Anyone can come along as no experience is needed. They are fun and creative workshops and everyone who attends will receive a 10% discount on paint products.”
There are more than 155 colours of Autentico Chalk Paint available in the Vintage, Velvet and Eggshell ranges.
Cato has her own painted furniture and home accessories studio and workshop at the front of the Emporium, as well as running the whole store, which includes 40 plus shops and thousands of homeware and gift items, many made nearby.
The furniture painting workshops will take place on Tuesday, November 8, Thursday, November 24 from 7.30pm until 9.30pm at The Emporium Somerset on Mantle Street in Wellington.
For further details, please call The Emporium Somerset on 01823 660076, email email@example.com or visit www.theemporiumsomerset.co.uk.
STAFF at a Bristol car dealership will be dressing up in spooky costumes and raising money for charity during a Halloween Fun Day this month (October, 2016).
Members of the team at Wessex Garages’ Used Supercentre will be donning Halloween outfits on Monday, October 31 and donating money to the centre’s Charity of the Year, The Rainbow Centre for Children.
Dave Martin, Used Car Manager at the dealership on Pennywell Road, said: “All of the staff will be getting into the spooky spirit and dressing up in their best scary gear to help raise money for The Rainbow Centre for Children. Everyone who dresses up will be making a donation to the charity and our loyal customers are welcome to drop in, in their spookiest get up and make a contribution too.
“Any little ones who pop in with their parents or guardians for a spot of ‘trick or treating’ on the day will be treated to some sweets.
“We can’t wait to see all of the different costumes and we hope to raise lots of money for a very worthwhile cause.”
The Rainbow Centre for Children is based on Lilymead Avenue in Knowle and offers art and music therapies, counselling, support and information to children affected by life threatening illness and bereavement. At The Rainbow Centre staff believe in treating the whole person, rather than isolated symptoms, providing a range of therapies, which may help to restore physical and emotional balance.
The centre has a policy of self-referral so families in need of its help just need to call and the charity can discuss how it could help.
Wessex Garages has outlets in Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester and Newport. It specialises in new and used car sales across South Wales and the South West.
The Halloween Fun Day will take place at Wessex Garages’ Used Supercentre on Pennywell Road on Monday, October 31.
For more information, please call Wessex Garages’ Used Supercentre on Pennywell Road on 01173 322 646, visit www.wessexgarages.com, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/wessexgarages or log on to www.facebook.com/wessexgarages.
LANGFORD Lakes Christmas Tree Farm near Wellington has once again this year (2016) selected Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as its Charity of the Year.
The family-run business is fundraising for the organisation in the run up to Christmas.
Reg Hendy, owner of Langford Lakes, said: “We’ll be supporting CHSW and raising funds for the organisation by providing visitors with teas, coffees and mince pies in return for a donation to the charity. We’ve been ably assisted with these efforts by CHSW volunteers who have been tremendous throughout.
“With our customers’ assistance last year, we collected an amazing £2,000. So we’d like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who helped us reach this figure. We’re delighted to have collected so much. Now we’re inviting people to come and help us again this year so we can match or beat our 2015 total!”
CHSW is currently the only provider of specialist hospice care for children in the region. It offers much needed support for youngsters with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and their families at its three hospices: Charlton Farm in North Somerset, Little Bridge House in North Devon and Little Harbour in Cornwall.
Paula Garrett, Community Fundraiser for CHSW, said: “We are so pleased with this donation from Langford Lakes and the promise of more this year.
“The money will go towards the work we do for our three children’s hospices so we would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of the staff and the customers who have been so generous in 2015. Now we’re looking forward to further fundraising this Christmas with Langford Lakes and are delighted the partnership is on-going for the future.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is well-known for its home grown, freshly cut Christmas trees, is a family run 40-acre farm that is located close to the nature reserve Langford Heathfield, a mile outside of Langford Budville in Somerset.
The farm, owned and run by Reg and his wife Ann and their two sons, Shaun and Nick has been growing and selling Christmas trees for more than 20 years.
Reg continued: “Back in 1993, I took a risk and decided to diversify away from the traditional cash crops of wheat and potatoes, and chose to plant and farm Christmas trees. My next decision was what type of tree to go for. With dozens of potential firs and spruces available, I opted to specialise in the Nordman Fir variety, which was then, relatively rare and slow growing.
“The Nordman Fir provides one huge benefit to its main competition, the Norway Spruce, that is its needle retention. The soft fir needles of the Nordman Fir have even been known to remain green and still attached to the tree into May.”
Since the early days, Reg has planted an increasing number of trees year-on-year and is now cultivating a much larger stock to meet public demand.
“As growers we pride ourselves on offering a quality, fresh product at a very competitive price. We can provide cut trees from three to 30 feet in size and have a superb array of low needle drop Nordman, Fraser Fir and Norway Spruce. We can also supply container grown trees, which have a much higher chance of surviving after Christmas and for future years if kept outdoors and cared for.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm is open from Friday, November 18 until Friday, December 23, 2016.
“Our Christmas shop opens on November 18 to allow those wishing to buy new decorations to get started early. It will be full of more items than ever this year – everything from baubles to a star or fairy for the top of your tree. If you’ve shopped with us before, then I think you’ll be delighted to see how we’ve increased our stock for 2016. Come and get some inspiration and plenty of free, friendly advice from our team of Christmas elves!”
Langford Lakes’ Christmas shop promises to be bigger and better this year with more decorations to choose from than ever including 1,000s of ornaments and festive trimmings that are new for 2016.
For further details about Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is based at Middle Hill Farm in Langford Budville near Wellington, please call 01823 400476, visit www.langfordlakes.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LangfordLakes or log on to www.facebook.com/LangfordLakesChristmasTreeFarm/.
CLAVELSHAY Barn Restaurant in North Petherton near Taunton has this month (October, 2016) scooped two further awards to add to its growing collection of accolades this time at the Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards.
The award-winning business, which has also just been crowned as the Westcountry’s top restaurant in the Taste of the West Awards and named ‘No. 1 Place to Go’, has now won the Restaurant/Bistro of the Year category silver award, and also scooped a customer service gold award.
Sue Milverton, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband Bill, said: “We’ve now won seven awards this year! We’re thrilled to be winners in these prestigious awards too. This is a direct result of all the effort everyone on the team puts in on a daily basis here at Clavelshay Barn Restaurant. We also owe a great deal to our wonderful diners who give us lots of support and encouragement.
“We pride ourselves on serving up the very best in customer service, use only the highest quality local, seasonal ingredients and have developed a stunning menu thanks to our incredible French chef, Olivier Certain, who has a flair for creating some of the most fabulous food I have ever tasted.
“I was personally nominated in the Unsung Hero award category for customer service and it’s a ringing endorsement of the standards of customer care we operate here to have been crowned a winner in this category.”
The awards ceremony took place last Thursday evening (October 19) at the Double Tree by Hilton, Cadbury House in North Somerset.
The Bristol Bath and Somerset Awards are run by Services for Tourism, who already run tourism awards schemes across Southern England.
Sue and the Clavelshay team will now automatically be considered for matching categories in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2017 with the chance to go on to represent Bristol, Bath and Somerset at the National VisitEngland Awards later in the year.
The judges were particularly impressed with how Sue looked after a customer who had an accident and had to miss her Sunday lunch booking.
“A 90-year-old lady who often comes to us for Sunday lunch with her family caught her shin on the edge of the car door outside the restaurant and she went to hospital, missing her roast.
“I rang her later to check how she was and Olivier suggested I took her a lunch to her home so she didn’t miss out after spending two hours in A&E. It was the least we could do.”
Clavelshay Barn Restaurant is an award-winning restaurant within a restored and converted 18th century stone barn at the foot of the picturesque Quantock Hills.
“Olivier creates stunning dishes with French flair. His style of cooking is classical French but after living in England for more than 18 years, he has learnt English dishes to an extremely high standard and knows exactly what our diners like to eat.”
The restaurant is set on a family-run farm that produces its own milk, beef, pork, lamb and eggs, which all feature in its top quality and tasty dishes.
Sue added: “At Clavelshay we also strive to use as much produce as possible from the farm and the surrounding countryside. We use our own pork, rose veal, wild rabbit, pigeon, pheasant and our own farm-reared beef on the menu. We have a walled garden where we grow salad leaves, herbs, soft fruit and vegetables. If it is not possible to use our own produce, we only use local suppliers who can provide us with quality local produce which is fully traceable.”
Already this year, Sue and the team have won a top accolade for the best micro business in the Sedgemoor Business Excellence Awards 2016 and a hat trick of Taste of the West awards – a gold award, a Best Restaurant Award and a ‘No. 1 Place to Go’ award.
“We beat 180 other Gold award winners from six counties, from Cornwall to Wiltshire, to win those last two awards, and we’re really representing Somerset. It’s amazing to be named the best restaurant across the whole of the Westcountry. Words can’t describe. Now we’ve got that lovely problem of finding places to display all these awards.”
The restaurant is open in the evenings from Wednesday to Saturday with dinner served from 7pm. It is also open for Sunday lunches from 12noon until 2pm.
For further details, please call 01278 662629 or visit www.clavelshaybarn.co.uk.