Producing the Goods

Festival support for new food businesses

THE organisers of Somerset’s award-winning eat:Festivals are inviting applications from new businesses for bursaries and development support to enable them to make their first steps into trading. The bursaries, sponsored by Thatchers Cider, are for food and drink producers who have not engaged in business start-ups to consider festival trading. The successful producers will have…

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New wines at Melbury Vale

MELBURY Vale, the vineyard and winery just south of Shaftesbury, has been busy during the coronavirus lockdown, producing new wines, and helping customers by offering contactless pick-up at the winery. The vineyard is run by brother and sister Glynn and Clare, Clare’s husband Joseph and Glynn’s partner Sarah. They are urging wine-lovers to follow the…

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Chutney cheers for the Cathedral

SALISBURY Cathedral celebrates its 800th anniversary this year. The celebrations began with a special service on the actual anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone on 28th April 1220 – online because of Covid-19 – and the launch of a remarkable art exhibition in the Cathedral and in the Close. They continued, the following…

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Mill grinds flour again

THE ancient mill on the Stour at Sturminster Newton is grinding flour commercially for the first time in 50 years, in response to the demand from home bakers during the Covid-19 crisis. Sturminster Mill, beloved of painters and photographers, dates back to the Domesday Book and was a working mill until 1970. Since then it…

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Easter chocolate cheer

YOU may not be able to spend Easter with your nearest and dearest this year, but you can still buy some Easter treats for your chocoholic friends and family members. Two of the region’s finest chocolatiers, Chococo at Swanage and Coco Chemistry at Lacock have some Easter items on their websites.  See the stegosaurus lolly…

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Apple trees provide habitats for wildlife

MORE than 50 apple trees have been planted at Montacute House, expanding orchards that provide vital habitat for wildlife in the south west. The trees are part of the Tidnor National Collection of more than 150 varieties, which was saved by the National Trust in 2016. Orchards have been planted at Barrington Court and Tintinhull…

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Milk station at The Apple Tree Farm Shop

THE Apple Tree Farm Shop at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil has installed a milk station, which dispenses semi-skimmed milk from Trewithen Dairy in Cornwall. Adding to the multi-award-winning farm shop’s growing list of green credentials, the new milk station will help customers reduce their single-use plastic waste, while continuing to support a dairy that practises…

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Pirates of the courthouse

THERE is an invitation to get in touch with your inner Long John Silver or Captain Jack Sparrow at an evening celebrating the heritage of rum, at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester on 13th March from 7pm. Master mixologists Lloyd Brown and David Smith from Dark Bear Co will be mix up some…

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