Funny old month at the Centre this month! Two bank holidays really affect our planning of courses as businesses and schools aren’t keen on staff attending training courses when it’s a four day week! On the other hand, it’s nice to have a couple of extra days off!!!
As a result of the bank holidays, there’s been no courses in May but we look forward to June with plenty going on! The Emergency First Aid at Work course running on 2nd June is full already, with Food Hygiene, Fire Marshall and Manual Handling filling up nicely. William’s (from Crystal Thought), new, Google Analytical half day course, is also virtually full, so we are expecting a good month next month.
It’s been useful being quiet, because you can look at the business in a way that you can’t normally when things are hectic! We have been focussing on our customers and checking that we still hold the correct contact information for them, contacting those that we haven’t heard from for a while and chasing those whose certifications have expired! A very worthwhile job, because in these days of emails, we forget that people change their jobs and therefore your contact into that business has gone. We’ve rekindled acquaintances with companies we’ve not heard from in ages and taken bookings as a result!!
The Cleobury Country Farmers Market was great this month! We saw 195 visitors through the door and had 18 traders plying their wares! All the old fav’s like, Good Game, Augerniks, Country Markets WI, Headway Cards, The Pie Creator and of course Hobsons where with us , and we had another new trader: Bennett & Dunn, who sell cold pressed rapeseed oil. Last month’s newbies: The Veg Box and Lickhill Meats are establishing themselves nicely and we hope they continue with us. Thankfully the sun shone although the flags were put under severe pressure from the wind which whistled around the church all morning!
We launched a newsletter for the Farmers Market, this month, which can be accessed via the website http://www.cleoburycountryfarmersmarket.co.uk/Newsletter and you can also register on this page to receive future editions. There are hard copies available at the Centre and the Market Hall and the new one will always be available at the market each month. We hope to issue them out monthly, time will tell! If you register your email address with us we can remind you of each market a few days beforehand and that way you won’t be cross that you’ve missed your monthly treats!