The retail woes experienced by Marks & Spencer, Carphone Wharehouse, Carpetright, House of Fraser and Mothercare, to name a few, are well known. They should consider adopting the Brue Valley Rotary Club’s retail business model as a solution!!!! At 8:00 am Brue Valley were in action ensuring the bric – à – brac, soft toys, tombola, clothes rack, books, videos, refreshments, furniture and many other useful items were ready. We experienced a steady stream of customers buying things they didn’t really want at knockdown prices. Our highly flexible pricing structure and fantastic service were appreciated by all. The bottom line, as they say, was a magnificent profit of £454.12 being raised for Charity !!!!!! Huge thanks are due to all who helped and in particular to Karen and Graham for organising our first Charity Fair in Castle Cary.
Yesterday evening Brue Valley visited Common Farm Flowers in Charlton Musgrove and were surprised to find such a thriving cut flower business so close to home.
Common Farm Flowers was established in 2010 by husband and wife team, flower farmer and author Georgie Newbery and artist Fabrizio Bocca. Their flower farming venture spearheaded the revival in interest in British flowers. Their dream is that everybody in the UK should assume that they can buy exceptional quality British grown flowers year round, that grown, not flown, flowers should be the norm on every kitchen table in the land. They are a dedicated team of growers and florists using about 250,000 stems of flowers a year in exquisitely arranged displays. Common Farm Flowers claim Constance Spry as their patron saint and inspiration – she was a great gardener too you know!
After an interesting introduction in the workshop, we toured the flower farm, everything is grown for a purpose and nothing is picked until it is paid for, flowers can’t be fresher than these. Wild flower meadows are developing fast and Fabrizio’s knowledge of grasses is vast…………….
We ended our visit with tea, coffee and cakes back in the workshop, a very enjoyable evening.
Last night Brue Valley Rotary Club, at the invitation of Rotarian Chief Inspector John Holt, visited the Avon & Somerset Police Mounted Section at their Operational Training Centre in Clevedon. After a brief overview of the activities carried out by the section, which has only 12 bay geldings (and their police riders) to do the work, we were given a demonstration of their training methods and capabilities. The trust and respect was very obvious between horse and rider – this is not just another job…………….. Many thanks to John and his staff for giving up their very valuable time.
Day 3 – Working Even Harder at the Orange Gate
On a very muggy day the second band of intrepid meeters & greeters from Brue Valley were in action, pointing visitors to the Orange gate – “It’s behind you !” and assisting with the tagging of youngsters in the event of unwanted separation……………………..