I’m aware I haven’t written a blog for ages, so apologies all round. I thought I’d give a quick ‘catch up’ that cover my areas of the business (all the client facing part) – though with Mark sailing somewhere across the Atlantic – it’s all mine for the next few weeks!
Dickensian evening, Alfriston – this Saturday, 21st November from 2pm (please note, the roads nearby will close from 1pm but there are park and rides available – check www.alfriston-village.co.uk). The Gun Room will be open until 7pm, serving our traditional Dickensian drink, Sussex Sparkling with a homemade spiced syrup to warm you up. The shop is full of all our new stock so make the time to have a browse.
Christmas Shopping Event, Gun Room – 10% off – 5th December, 10 – 4pm Do come and see us and enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and some nibbles. Everything is 10% off (excluding wine) and, like last year, we can make up hampers free of charge, that you can fill with what you want. We’ve got a lovely selection of food, perfect gifts from our Caudalie and Noble Isle ranges, books, blankets, beautiful and affordable local art as well as, of course, our own wine, Cradle Valley. Do pop in.
Competition – we’re giving away 3 copies of Oz Clarke’s new book – The History of Wine in 100 Bottles – all you have to do is sign up to receive our newsletter or blog, either online or in the Gun Room.
Mockford Paintings – we now have 4 wonderful new paintings from Harold Mockford on display in the Gun Room, which are well worth coming to see. They are upstairs in the Heritage Centre.
Wine Studies – we are so pleased that Kristina in the Gun Room has decided to return to her studies and has enrolled part time at Plumpton College on their Wine Business course. We encourage all our staff to continue learning, whether it’s wine related or not.
Flint Barns – “about as perfect as can be” – just one of the many great comments we get every week from people visiting the Flint Barns. Just a reminder that we’re open all winter to stay and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to visit the café for a warming bowl of soup, lunch or tea. The team put on their first Sunday Lunch last weekend, which was a great success. People arrived for late coffee or an early glass of wine, had a fabulous 3 course lunch, lazed in front of the fires reading papers or playing games and all for the price of £27! The next one is on the 29th November and already we’re filling up – we host a maximum of 24 people, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hong Kong – Mark and I have just returned from Hong Kong where my return home for my brother’s 60th birthday coincided with the Wine and Spirits Fair. It was all very interesting, with a lot of Chinese vineyards on display. We tried a local sparkling wine, which frankly made Prosecco look dry and one that was called ‘Dom’! People are becoming aware of English Sparkling Wine and we had a very good Ridgeview late one night in a bar in Soho – say no more!! We need to see an English stand out there in the next few years, but we might need to dress up!
Finally, Dyslexia and the world of SEND – one of the reasons I have been below the radar is that with my Driver Youth Trust ‘hat’ on, I’ve been working on a research report we commissioned, Joining the Dots, http://driveryouthtrust.com/index.php/joining-the-dots at the Children and Families Act, one year on, to see if it is working for those with SEND. One of the most terrifying experiences of my life was going on Radio 4’s Today programme, as I’m unlike my husband who loves all that! I’m pleased to say though that the report has been well received by the sector as a whole and now we start the work to get our recommendations implemented.
That’s it from me, revelling in my position as sole boss of Rathfinny!