'It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, in Shepton Mallet! Last Saturday, our beautiful Collett Park was full of stalls selling locally made festive gifts, food, drink and even mistletoe. Collett Park cafe organised the ‘Christmas Stocking Filler Market’’ to promote local businesses and showcase some of the wonderful artisan goodies our community produces. There was a brilliant Santa in his fab , inflatable grotto. My little boy got some quality time with the jolly old fellow, and came away with a gift for a very reasonable £3. Next, he had his face painted and then spent a while on the ‘Winter Wonderland’ bouncy castle for only a couple of quid. All of us, including our husky dogs, joined in the ‘treasure hunt’ round the park and duck pond.
The next day it was Shepton Mallet’s first ever ‘Victorian Street Fayre’. I was blown away by the show-stopping costumes, authentic Victorian kids games like hook-a-duck and a coconut shy, the traditional organ with a monkey, blacksmith and ofcourse the smell of mulled wine and hot roast chestnuts wafting up the packed High Street.
Nick Reader ( pictured with me in the top hat) was the organiser, and I do hope it happens again next year, it was complete success!
We were a bit stressed out later in the week, as it was our beloved our Landrover’s MOT. Goodness knows I wish it wasn’t due in December. Thankfully , the brilliant team at CWS 4x4 in Glastonbury , performed a Christmas miracle. After a day of intensive labour, the lads at Colin White Services restored our old faithful to her former glory, and we came away with an MOT certificate which didn’t cost us a fortune. Got a 4x4 which needs some TLC ? Call them on 01458 834930. I’m glad we did.
I do like to mention local businesses who go above and beyond, so I mustn’t miss out my own husband!
Wayne aka My Big Handyman is off now until the New Year - but he has a great deal for you all in January. Quote JAN18 to get 10% of Painting & Decorating jobs next month. Book your quote at facebook.com/mybighandyman or txt 07403 661577.
Last couple of things to note: the 175 First Travel Bus from Shepton to Wells is stopping on January 12th. And, the ‘What!’ shop in Wells is closing down! It’s so sad, as it was great for a bargain. Get there quick for 25% off everything this week.
Merry Christmas everyone.
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)