NEXT HUNGERFORD FOOD AND ARTISAN MARKET TAKES PLACE ON SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST

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Following the success of the recent Sunday market, the Hungerford Food Festival Committee has announced the return of the event for August and September.

The next event takes place from 10am to 1pm on Sunday, 9th August at the Croft Field behind Hungerford Nursery and customers will be able to buy a range of speciality food items from local suppliers.

Confirmed stallholders are:

Olives and Things

My Apple Juice

Hillside House Honey

The Gourmet Goat Farmer

Duchess and The Deli

Stainswick Farm Oil

Baking Bee

Leverton Walled Garden

Christopher Curtis Plants

Blackberry Cottage

Waney Edge Woodcraft

Ethel’s Pies

Glastonbury Cheese

Jacquis Homemade Sweets

Carpuccino

The Rat’s Whiskers

Rosie’s Relish & Pickles

Wiltshire Chilli Farm

Wiltshire Liqueurs

The next event takes place on Sunday, 6th September from 10am at the Croft Field, Hungerford.

 

As the world slowly starts to open again, have you thought about your bag?

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Alder is a new British brand offering luxury leather bags, designed by Sarah McGill, a former flight attendant who wanted to offer the seemingly unobtainable – a laptop bag that is protective, comfortable to carry and that looks stylish.

Despite launching just last year on International Women’s Day, 2019, Alder has already won a loyal fanbase thanks to a range of bags that uniquely strike a balance between utility and elegance.

Sarah’s previous career working as air crew for an international airline meant she travelled extensively and was familiar with the world of international travel, luggage and bags.  However, extensive research has been key to Sarah’s success and the Alder range is the result of lots of listening to what customers really want. She jokes that she used to run up to commuters at train stations to ask them about their laptop bags and to get an insight into what people wanted. She involves her social media followers in every step of the process and uses this feedback to help her design her range. The product is then handmade by fourth-generation artisan leather workers in Somerset.

Sarah has designed the collection so that women can feel comfortable wearing the bags to work on the train, in the boardroom and socially after work, knowing that it never looks out of place. The range is renowned for its luxury finish and sleek, minimal look and special touches to ensure the bags are as adaptable and flexible as possible. For example, Sarah has designed a strong integral strap that converts it seamlessly between a shoulder bag, cross-body bag and rucksack. Wide straps distribute the weight evenly and having the option to vary the ways you can wear the bag helps to reduce stress on the back and shoulders.

Sarah has given careful consideration to details such as secure pockets and to a quilted lining that offers protection for a laptop and wires. Each bag has a large internal zipped pocket for personal items, a clip on which to hang keys and a slip pocket for a phone.  It also has a concealed zipped pocket that is accessible to the owner from the outside of the bag for easy access to train tickets or travel purse.

Sarah added: “Alder is aimed at the professional woman that wants to remain stylish and feminine in their work environment but also want something practical for their daily commute or work travel.

“As jobs become more transitory and less office-based, more and more women are carrying their laptop, tablet and other electronic devices with them frequently. There’s a real need for a lightweight, hands-free laptop bag that doesn’t compromise on style, yet is practical and hard-wearing. Alder bags are luxurious and don’t look corporate and functional.

“An Alder bag is very much an investment, artisan piece that quietly exudes quality and will improve with age due to the luxury leather that is used to make it.”

Each Alder item comes with a lifetime guarantee and the range includes a leather laptop sleeve, a credit card travel wallet and keyrings in the same colours and make a thoughtful gift for someone special or an investment piece for yourself.

Sarah is in the final sampling phase of a laptop tote, with a planned launch date of August 2020.

The gorgeously tactile new tote is called the Christie and comes in four colours. It is made of ethically-sourced leather, hardware from the UK and stunning attention to detail means that essentials such as a laptop and all other work items are protected by a quilted lining.

She adds: “My latest design is a tote bag that I am naming ‘The Christie’ after my friend Ruth Christie who travels extensively with work.  She said that other women seem to ‘glide’ through airports with one hand free whereas she is bogged down with pulling a trolley bag in one hand and holding a heavy laptop bag in the other hand.

“I have designed a tote based on Ruth’s comments and lots of research. ‘The Christie’ is a large tote with a protective built-in slip pocket to protect tech plus a detachable strap at the back that means that the tote can be secured to a trolley bag.  There are wide leather straps for comfort and made in the softest leather, allowing the owner to ‘glide’ confidently and smartly through the airport with one hand free for tickets or coffee.”

Sarah adds: “I am looking forward to the challenge of being recognised worldwide as a respected British brand that is renowned for its quality, innovation and style.”

Driving Miss Daisy opens its doors in Didcot

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A trusted transportation and companion service that offers driver assistance and a wide range of other help, has opened a new shopfront on Wantage Road in Didcot.

The South Oxfordshire franchise of Driving Miss Daisy was launched in December 2019 by husband-and-wife team Zororo Mubaya and Terence Kavuru to assist anyone of any age who needs a hand when their family isn’t available to help.

The couple have lived in Didcot since 2005 and wanted to provide a service giving peace of mind to those with older family members.  The company offers assistance of all kinds ranging from help with shopping trips to support at family events or even just spending a couple of hours chatting or playing board games with someone who might spend a lot of time alone.

The team is DBS-checked, first-aid trained and Dementia Friends, plus their drivers hold a Private Hire Licence so can help with day trips to perhaps a garden centre or to the seaside, or even airport runs for people with mobility issues.

The team can also help people get to appointments and will wait with the patient before bringing them home. They can even help collect children from school and take them to after school activities if working parents are unable to make it in time for school pick-up. A fully-licensed wheelchair accessible vehicle is available.

Terence and Zororo have two sons and a varied background ranging from sound engineering to health and social care recruitment.

Zororo added: “With our experience we wanted to take our transferable skills and experiences with working with supported living and social care clients who have a need for the transport and companionship that Driving Miss Daisy can offer.

“Driving Miss Daisy is often described as ‘family when family can’t be there’. When times are busy and people sometimes live a long way from their elderly relatives, we want to be able to provide peace of mind.

“We are really enjoying doing this so far – every day has been different, and we have the pleasure of helping and chatting to people from all walks of life.”

The Didcot branch opened for business on Christmas Day 2019 when Zororo took a stroke patient from Abingdon Community Hospital to her house for Christmas. She then spent four hours with family then was back in time for medication round. The business has been growing steadily since then and the couple felt the time was right to have a high street presence so people can come and in and get to know them.

Terence said: “It’s a people business and so we want our customers to know that they come in and have a chat and a cup of tea. Trust and reliability are completely integral to what we do, so we want people to know that we are here, and approachable. We’re so much more than just a blue van!”

Prices vary and quotes are available by contacting 07308 475489 or www.drivingmissdaisy.co.uk or www.facebook.co.uk/drivingmissdaisydidcot

An official launch is set to take place later this year.

Driving Miss Daisy changes lives. We believe that helping people to remain mobile, encouraging social interaction and providing companionship is at the very heart of living life to the full. Driving Miss Daisy empowers the least mobile of society to live more independent lives through the provision of our services. At Driving Miss Daisy we are police-checked, trained first-aiders and dementia friends. We work with all ages from school children through to the most senior of citizens, so whatever your requirements please call us on 07308 475489 and give our services a try. We fulfil daily trips to the doctors, hospitals, school runs, dentists, and shops, and we love to take day trips further afield. So if you fancy a trip to the theatre with friends, or an afternoon tea at a garden centre or National Trust property, we are here for you!