This Christmas wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all made an effort to buy something from a local business? Every time I buy from Amazon, I think, I’m making a rich person even richer! But if you buy from a local business, you help to change someone’s life and make something they’re really passionate about into a success! Here are just a handful of local businesses you can support this year, and also get some truly wonderful and original gifts to treasure forever.
The Little Silver Company – Beautiful bespoke fine silver jewellery and keepsakes including Children’s handprints, footprints and fingerprints. Ceri says, “I set up from my love of jewellery and all things of sentimental value – there was no better keepsake than my children’s handprints and fingerprints captured forever in silver and so my business began..”
Leanne who runs Leanne’s Little Gift Company says, “I set up as a way of being able to do a job I love whilst being able to be a stay at home mum. We make and sell items for all occasions, if you can’t find a colour or design you are looking for just message us and we will try our best to source it.”
3. Jade says, “I set up Blossom Craft Company by myself not long ago. I have a 4 year old in reception and a 3 year old in nursery – I’m hoping that this gives me the best of both worlds- working from home being creative whilst having my little humans run around me! I have qualifications in fashion design and a BA Hons degree in costume design and textiles – this is what I enjoy! Creating ! .. my page at the moment is full of Christmas delights and hair bows for your little ‘uns.. and big ‘uns.”
4. Emma says, “I went back to work part time after maternity leave as I wanted to do something a bit different alongside my main job and still have the time at home with my little one so I set up Kids Bee Happy Sand Art!”
5. Adele says, “We are local mums that set up a business that celebrates family time and the precious memories you have along way ❤ we make personalised memory jars for all the family, personalised baubles, santas cookies in a jar, santas magic keys and lots of other Christmas goodies at the moment.” Find them at The Little Memories Company.
7. Cathryn says, “I’m a busy mum of 3 (children are 1, 3 and 5) and I opened Into the Woods 6 months ago. We do build a bear style teddies stuffed with our teddy bear machine, parties, fairytale pamper parties and fairytale photography set in our own enchanted wood, got some beautiful teddies and costumes in for Christmas.”
8. Emma says, “I set up my business ‘Little Petal Cakes‘ after realising returning to work after maternity leave was no longer a feasible option!
Bumps and Beyond! We are a brand new friendly baby group whose aim is to help you with all those questions you have as a new parent such as how should my baby develop? when should I wean them? Are they getting enough sleep?
Marion and I are both experienced Health Visitors who want to support families at this exciting time.
We would like to invite both new and expectant parents to a free introductory session to tell you what we are all about!
The group will take place on Monday 18th July at 1:30- 2:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Bingley (located behind Trinity and All Saints Primary School).
We look forward to seeing you all there, refreshments will be provided!
Please get in touch if you would like more information by facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like most grown women, shoe shopping is something I thoroughly enjoy. Actually that is a slight lie, I would enjoy were it not for the fact that I have enormous feet and me trying on shoes is a bit like the ugly sisters trying to get Cinderella’s glass slipper on most of the time – sad but true. However, children think slightly differently about these things, and apparently trying on shoes is not high on their list of priorities – despite the fact that the shoes are paid for by someone else – madness! There is nothing more frustrating than shelling out a load of cash for your children on something they don’t remotely care about.
In the past we’ve often done a “buy cheap buy twice” when it comes to shoes for our two sons, something which I am at pains to avoid doing in the future. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the shoe buying process at local children’s shoe shop Poppy Red I thought it would be a good opportunity to find out what shoe buying could be like.
The shop itself is just a few seconds walk from the main car park in Ilkley, and the first thing that strikes you is the inviting shop front and huge selection of children’s shoes – brands included Geox, Ugg, Lelli Kelly, Birkenstock and many many more. I think the shop at one time did ladies’ shoes but they have now decided to concentrate on children’s shoes – a really good move I think as I don’t think there is anywhere else locally doing the same thing. Word had obviously spread as there were a fair few people in the shop already, but it didn’t take long until we had our turn. I looked longingly at some pink sparkly slippers, but my 7 year old son didn’t seem too keen – so Geox it was.
Jenny, one of the owners, was serving us and instantly “got” my two sons and how to best include them in the buying process. She’s one of those people that children instantly build a rapport with and clearly has a lot of experience with kids. Although my 7 year old son can be a bit difficult and did NOT want to be there initially, she got him excited about some “ninja” looking shoes, and he couldn’t wait to try them on! I was really impressed with her professionalism and obvious knowledge about fitting children’s shoes, it’s something that only comes from having a passion for the service you’re offering, and can’t be replicated in the chain stores in my opinion. Another thing that’s great is that Poppy Red ensure ALL their staff are properly trained in shoe fitting so that every customer has the full experience – and this really shines through. Jenny even somehow managed to persuade my son to not go with the bright green shoes (which were awesome) and he selected some more sedate looking red and black shoes – with flashing lights (standard) which he now won’t take off! Co-owner Jenny says, “I’ve always loved working with children and and what woman doesn’t love shoes? Owning this business with my mum is my dream job! I love being front-facing and seeing our customers on a daily basis, it definitely helps influence our buying decision – sometimes I can even have a customer in mind when we’re looking at new collections.”
There’s also something really satisfying about supporting a local business and ensuring that really good shops like Poppy Red, who are clearly really passionate about what they do, carry on and don’t disappear. Every single shoe I saw in store was of a really high quality and you could just tell that this is the sort of shop that wouldn’t compromise on that. The man in front of me was buying school shoes for his son and I was really taken aback by how, quite frankly, beautiful they were!
A bit more information about the owners and ethos of the shop…
Co-owner Helen says:-
“All the staff are trained shoe fitters and able to advise on the best choice of shoe to fit all shapes and sizes. People often comment that they have been unable to find anything to fit in other shops but we are usually able to help thanks to the wide range of different brands we stock. We are experienced at fitting shoes with orthotic insoles, splints and other footwear inserts. Although my daughter Jenny and I have different roles, we always unite when we’re selecting new stock. What mother and daughter wouldn’t love hours of researching and buying new shoes? It couldn’t be more satisfying if we were buying for ourselves! It’s a real responsibility getting the right mix of quality and style that mums will approve of and kids will really love and we’re very particular about what brands we stock. “
The other thing that was different from the high street chains was the fact that they actually had the shoes that my son wanted in his actual size – this never seems to happen in other shops, and means that children – who don’t want to be there anyway – aren’t left disappointed.
One other thing that Jenny did, was to totally understand that my other son didn’t need new shoes, and instead she offered him some lovely flashing lights to stop him having a full on paddy whack. Nice touch. AND chocolate eggs/sweets never go unwanted at the end of some strenuous shoe trying on.
I really urge you to support this business – great service and top quality shoes. What’s not to like?
It’s that time of year again – holiday time which for most people, means a childcare headache and/or relying on the goodwill of friends and family. However, if you’ve been able to book some time off, there’s lots going on locally this Easter time. Here’s a round up.
Bingley Dance Studio is owned and run by Maureen Carr who has been a qualified teacher for over 20 years. Maureen is a member of the United Kingdom Alliance of Dance Teachers and is fully qualified to teach:
Ballroom, Latin American, Disco, Hip Hop/Street, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cheerleading, Salsa, Line Dancing, Keep Fit and Hula Hoop Fitness , Belly Dancing and Hula Hooping. Maureen is also an Championship adjudicator for Freestyle Championship competitions.
6:15 – 7:00 pm – Advanced Freestyle (Over 14)
8:00 – 9:15pm – Line Dancing – All Levels
5:15 – 6:10pm – Show Dance (Under 16’s)
4.45 – 6.55pm – Competitive Freestyle Practice (All)
7:00 – 7:55pm – Pop Dance (8 – 16 years)
9:15 – 10:10am – Pop Dance Beginners (Under 12s)
10.20 – 11:10am – Tiny Tots (3 – 6 years)
If you have any queries or would like any further information on anything you have seen, please call the studio on 01274 560070. If you are unable to speak to anyone, please leave your message, name and number and we will call you back as soon as possible.
Bingley Dance Stuio, The Old Library, Main Street, Bingley, BD16 2HT
We meet on Tuesday Evenings from 6.00 – 7.30 in the parish hall in Cottingley.
We start the New Year off by attending Church Parade at Bingley. This term we are preparing for Pack Adventure which is being held at Harrogate. The theme is “Willy Wonka and Friends”. We are all excited by the thoughts of lots of sweets and chocolate!
Rainbows: Our Rainbow Unit is now up and running. The Leaders and girls had a great time preparing for Christmas, and this term they will be taking part in their first Church Parade with their new flag. They will also all be preparing to make their Promise, which will be followed with a party and the official opening of the unit. Exciting times.
Guides: It is hoped that we will be opening a new Guide Unit very soon. Girls will be aged 10 – 15 if you are interested in joining or helping out in the unit please contact Sheila Cotterill on 561076.
What do Brownies do?
Badges, Arts, Crafts, Sports, Drama, Singing, Baking, Dancing and lots more. But the most fun of all is that we go away with our Leaders on Brownie Adventure where we get to do lots of activities, such as Grass Sledging, Water Slide and Treasure Trails.
Our Leaders are Snowy Owl (Sheila Cotterill), Barn Owl (Veronica Snowden) Tawny Owl (Angela Ackroyd), White Owl (Barbara Deegan) and Laura Winnery who is our Young Leader.
For further information or to place your daughters name on the Brownie waiting list please contact Sheila on 561076. Thank you.