As many will already know the last couple of months have been very exciting here at Hunters. We were named Best Small Shop in Britain, a great honour and total surprise.
Chris and I had a lovely day at the House of Commons where we
were presented with our trophy.
The press coverage has been wonderful and the congratulations,
cards and flowers received, have been a real boost to us all, thank you to all
who expressed their good wishes. A very
enjoyable evening at the Black Smiths
Arms Westow was enjoyed by all, as a way
of celebrating and thanking the team.
New signage has arrived to advertise this new accolade and
announce our 25th Anniversary, for which events will be taking place throughout
Chris and I attended The International Food Expo at Excel in
London during March, a bi annual food show where producers from the UK, Europe
and the Rest of the World launch and exhibit their wonderful products. Key
trends for the coming months are the reduction/removal of added sugars in foods
and a huge increase in the use of coconut based products for baking, spreading,
cooking and desserts. Protein based healthy snacks and free from food is on the
increase, with a emphasis towards local,
ethical and sustainable.
A very busy Easter soon followed, when the lovely weather brought
the crowds Helmsley, it was great to see the town buzzing again. The 10k run
was as usual well attended, as was the dog show at Duncombe Park.
Our 25th Anniversary celebrations commence in earnest with a
specially commissioned cake from Rhian
at Celebrate Country Cake Design, this creative masterpiece will be unveiled in
May and will be sold by the slice for our chosen charity Ryedale Special
Families. Look out for the announcement on Social Media and in the Press.
An Anniversary sandwich is being created full of delicious
Yorkshire goodies and is sure to be a winner, 10p from everyone sold will also
go to the charity.
We are welcoming two new team members, both from Helmsley,
Susanne Smith and Rebecca Martin (her Mum Bridget already works for us). Both
ladies I know will be excellent additions to our lovely knowledgable team.
May will no doubt be busy with two bank holidays, a half term and
the Tour de Yorkshire passing within 8 miles of Helmsley, good weather once
again will be most welcome and we look forward to seeing many visitors both old
The General Election and council elections are hotly debated
topics here in Helmsley, as in the rest of the country, not least because our
very own John Windress aka Snowy is standing for election as Helmsley
Councillor for the Conservative Party.
On the 18th May we are joining forces with a local Nutritionalist
Andrea Wood for an information Day 10.30 until 3.00pm, she will be bringing
examples of tasty healthy dishes with her and be available to discuss dietary
issues from allergies and intolerances to the latest diets and eating plans
such as Paleo, which I know is of interest to many.
June brings Fathers Day and the 800th Anniversary of the signing
of the Magna Carta of which Helmsley is one of the original 25 Baronies and did have its own copy of the Magna Carta
in 1215, when Baron Robert de Ros owned
If you have any interesting stories, photos and memories of
Hunters from the last 25 years, please share them with us.
Don't forget to keep an eye on social media
and the press for details of events and celebrations.