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A Totally Locally Challenge Blog

Lisa and Alan from Birch Forest Schools and Babes in the Wood have now completed their Totally Locally Challenge, purchasing all their food shopping in the Green Valley Grocer and in the village shops, throughout the month of October.

Read their daily(ish) blog on their own website here http://birchforestschools.com/blog/ and on our Today at the Shop page (tab above).

Big big thanks to Alan and Lisa for supporting us, shopping with us, keeping us connected and writing about their family's experiences of shopping for food locally, highlighting what Slaithwaite village has to offer.

Cheers!

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A Totally Locally Challenge Blog - Day 1

Throughout October we will be featuring the blog of Alan and Lisa (from Birch Forest Schools and Babes in the Wood) about their 'Totally Locally Challenge'.
Look on our 'Today at the Shop' page for next instalments.
It can also be followed on their own website here... http://birchforestschools.com/blog/

Over to you Alan and Lisa...

What is a Totally Locally Challenge?

For one month, the whole of October, we will be shopping exclusively at the Green Valley Grocers in Slaithwaite. There will be some exceptions, the GVG does not sell everything, beer, toilet roll and a few other necessities, but if they do sell it, we will be buying it there.

Why does a relatively normal family decide to instigate a Totally Locally challenge?

A few reasons really but mainly the feel good factor generated by the Totally Locally festival. The most recent festival was the second one we had taken part in and both had left us feeling as though we were part of a vibrant and interesting community.

But perhaps most important reason was that feeling that somewhere along the way our family had lost something crucial. The shared experience of discussing, preparing and consuming food, as a family, at a table, together.

I have always considered myself to be a reasonable cook but more and more of the food on the table seems to be pre-prepared, overly packaged, monotonous. Flavour and goodness sacrificed for convenience.

So back to our challenge. We decided to wipe the slate clean and start from scratch. Everything in our kitchen has been locked away. Clutching rucksack and basket, Sydney and I did our first big shop in the GVG….

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For the most part I managed to stick to the shopping list. Sydney however availed herself of a variety of plums, some locally grown figs and Fentimans Rose Lemonade, none of which were on the shopping list but all of which were definitely necessary according to my daughter.

The bill for today’s big shop, £87.06

Like many people, we have the perception that the GVG and shopping locally in general is more expensive. Taken on a per item basis, there is no doubt that many of these items can be bought in the supermarket at a lower price. What remains to be seen over the course of the month is whether the overall grocery bill ends up being less as we cease to be victims of impulse buying (*apart from Sydney!).

The prospect of this challenge has been very thought provoking. Already we have seen benefits in shopping locally. How many of us can say that we actually enjoy shopping in a supermarket? That the welcome is warn and genuine, that the staff are helpful and full of good advice? Did you know that GVG will order in food at your request from the SUMA catalogue? When was the last time the supermarket offered to buy in the food YOU want?

Addition to bill for today’s shop, £15.83

Despite being asked to call in for peas, Lisa managed to impulse buy various other items. I see a pattern emerging, hard wired into the DNA of this family.

GVG General Meeting this Wednesday

Notice of our General Meeting of

Slaithwaite Co-operative,

trading as the Green Valley Grocer

Our next GM will be held at

Slaithwaite Community Centre,

Bankgate, Slaithwaite HD7 5DL

on Wednesday 5th June

at 7.30pm

All members are welcome. As we approach the end of our fourth year, the focus of this meeting will be Business Planning for Year 5. The recent planning applications for new developments at the Globe Mill and Colne Mills in Slaithwaite will be discussed in terms of their potential impact on our business.

If you are not a member of our co-operative and would like to be,

please contact us via this website, our Facebook page or ask in the shop.

PROPOSED SUPERMARKET AT BRITANNIA ROAD, SLAITHWAITE

As a local business, we received a letter from Dransfield Properties on Wednesday 13 February, giving notice of a supermarket consultation this Friday for the Colne Mills site, where Spectrum Yarns was based. 

There are two events, which our members and supporters may wish to engage with:

Friday 22 February

Dransfield Properties Ltd are holding a consultation event for the public to view their plans for the erection of a supermarket on the site of Colne Mills, Britannia Road (behind Ashby’s). The public will be able to view these plans and speak to the development team at Slaithwaite Civic Hall from 12noon to 7pm on Friday 22 February 2013.

Monday 25 February

The Renaissance Group, together with Totally Locally, organisations with interests in the sustainability of the village, are planning to meet at the Watershed, Bridge Street, Slaithwaite on Monday 25 February at 7pm to discuss the implications of the Dransfield proposals. Please come along to share your views and hear those of others.

Please feel free to forward this information to your own networks/contacts and to put on Facebook etc. Please leave a message here on our website or on our Facebook page, as well as actively contributing to the events. Alternatively you can pass your thoughts to us in writing by placing your comments in our collecting box in the shop.

 

Notice of Public Consultation Meeting regarding the regeneration of Globe Mills, Slaithwaite

 NOTICE:

Public Consultation on Globe Mills Regeneration
6:00pm-8:00pm, Monday 28th January,
3M Buckley Innovation Centre, Firth street, Huddersfield, HD1 3BD
RSVP davidb@hartleyinvestment.com
 
with Cllr Paul Salveson, Colne Valley Area Committee, Kirklees Council (chairing)
Alan Lewis CBE, Chairman of Hartley Group
Bob Cryan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield
 
As the long-term owners of the Globe since 1983, the Hartley Group has always been keen to see it flourish as a major provider of jobs. In the 1980s and 1990s, substantial sums were invested in new equipment and processes to keep the mills competitive during those decades, before the blow of the UK foot-and-mouth outbreak, and the rise of east Asian textiles, finally forced the mill to close in 2006. Since then, Hartley has been exploring numerous possibilities with Kirklees Council, to try to bring the site back into productive use. Throughout this period, Hartley Group has had regular discussions with the local Slaithwaite Renaissance and Transition Towns community groups.
 
Now, having brought together private investors and leading experts, we are pleased to be able to announce a vision of restoring Globe Mills as a vibrant hub for jobs and business, including an exciting 54,000 square foot innovation centre in partnership with the University of Huddersfield, and international technology company 3M, which is intended to establish Slaithwaite as a beacon of entrepreneurship and build on the reputation of Kirklees as a hub of environmental technology.
Hartley has been regenerating its former mill buildings across Yorkshire, and we want the Globe site to maintain its local charm. That is why we are keen to offer local businesses first option on lettings within the site.
 
Further to the discussion at the most recent meeting of the Slaithwaite Area Committee, we would like to invite the interested residents and business-owners of Slaithwaite to meet directly with the Chairman of Hartley Group, so that we can explain our ideas in more detail, answer your questions and consider any comments from you.
 
As the innovation centre concept is key to the entire development, we would like to hold this meeting at the nearby University of Huddersfield’s new “3M Buckley Innovation Centre” – with which the Globe Innovation Centre would be associated – so that the people of Slaithwaite can understand exactly what we are trying to achieve with Globe.
 
The centre is a 15-minute walk (one mile) from Huddersfield train station; or free on-site parking will be available for those who would prefer to drive or car-pool. For any Slaithwaite residents who would like to attend but who will have difficulty using either of those two forms of transport, we shall also be providing a complimentary 49-seater coach leaving the Globe car park on Bridge Street (round the back of the main Globe Mill building) at 5:30pm and returning you from Huddersfield for approximately 8:30 pm.
 
Please email davidb@hartleyinvestment.com to confirm your attendance. Please say if you would like to use the coach, so we can make sure there are enough seats for everyone.
 
This meeting is intended to be part of the ongoing dialogue – rather than its conclusion. As part of the pre-planning process, a follow-up meeting will be held in Slaithwaite once you have had time to consider the announcements and answers given in this preliminary Huddersfield one. In the interim, Hartley would also welcome any written suggestions you might have.

Christmas at the Green Valley Grocer

First of all, a HUGE THANKYOU to everyone who supported the Totally Slaithwaite Christmas market. It was fabulous to see all our Slaithwaite shopkeepers and stallholders showing the vast array of goods that are produced and can be bought right here in the village. At the GVG we had a marvellous day, our staff team pulled out all the stops with their Panto costumes, led by Carol in true style. Pure North's mulled cider flew off our stall, alongside Empire Brewery's mulled wine and local beer. Jane's own stall was a roaring success, selling her now-famous  'Homemade in Slaithwaite' cakes, puddings and best-selling GVG treats. The Slaithwaite brass band just outside the shop was a joy to hear.

And now Christmas week is upon us...

There is still time to pick up a GVG order form from the shop for a fruit and veg box, you can still order fresh fish/seafood or a cheese selection, we still have plenty of 'stocking fillers' including local, hand-made Deco chocolate. We can even put together a Christmas food hamper with items of your choice from our range - as big or as small as you like. You can still order a 'Homemade in Slaithwaite' Christmas cake or pudding, pop in and speak to Jane if you'd like a 'customised' bake. Let us know by phone, email or in person before Friday 21st.

The GVG will be open normal hours on Friday and Saturday this coming week, and will be open on SUNDAY 23rd (this is a one-off!) from 10am til 2pm to collect your order or shop for yourself. On Christmas Eve Monday, we will be open from 8am until 3.30pm, then we will be retiring to the Commercial for a well-earned celebratory drink, as per tradition.

The GVG will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then be open on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and New Year's Eve Monday, closed New Year's Day Tuesday and back to work on Wednesday 2nd January.

We would like to say a Merry Christmas to all our customers, members and supporters from all of us at the GVG. Here's to 2013!

 

 

Christmas at the Green Valley Grocer

First of all, a HUGE THANKYOU to everyone who supported the Totally Slaithwaite Christmas market. It was fabulous to see all our Slaithwaite shopkeepers and stallholders showing the vast array of goods that are produced and can be bought right here in the village. At the GVG we had a marvellous day, our staff team pulled out all the stops with their Panto costumes, led by Carol in true style. Pure North's mulled cider flew off our stall, alongside Empire Brewery's mulled wine and local beer. Jane's own stall was a roaring success, selling her now-famous  'Homemade in Slaithwaite' cakes, puddings and best-selling GVG treats. The Slaithwaite brass band just outside the shop was a joy to hear.

And now Christmas week is upon us...

There is still time to pick up a GVG order form from the shop for a fruit and veg box, you can still order fresh fish/seafood or a cheese selection, we still have plenty of 'stocking fillers' including local, hand-made Deco chocolate. We can even put together a Christmas food hamper with items of your choice from our range - as big or as small as you like. You can still order a 'Homemade in Slaithwaite' Christmas cake or pudding, pop in and speak to Jane if you'd like a 'customised' bake. Let us know by phone, email or in person before Friday 21st.

The GVG will be open normal hours on Friday and Saturday this coming week, and will be open on SUNDAY 23rd (this is a one-off!) from 10am til 2pm to collect your order or shop for yourself. On Christmas Eve Monday, we will be open from 8am until 3.30pm, then we will be retiring to the Commercial for a well-earned celebratory drink, as per tradition.

The GVG will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then be open on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and New Year's Eve Monday, closed New Year's Day Tuesday and back to work on Wednesday 2nd January.

We would like to say a Merry Christmas to all our customers, members and supporters from all of us at the GVG. Here's to 2013!

 

 

The 3rd Colne Valley Food Festival and the Launch of Totally Locally Slaithwaite

Well, this was September 9th in sunny Slaithwaite!

The Colne Valley Food festival took over the round car park and offered an amazing selection of hot and cold food - all grown, made and supplied by businesses within 8 miles of Slaithwaite. Carr Lane was closed to traffic at 6am and given over to "Totally Locally Slaithwaite" businesses to showcase what can be bought in the village - from arts and crafts to petfoods, from clothing and jewellery to flowers, as well as local services such as plumbing, locksmiths and printing... and of course more food and drink. It was great to see so many of our shops opening up for the event, along Carr Lane and Britannia Road, a chance to pop into that shop you just never got round to. Great music and entertainment from local bands, singers and the Black Belt Academy made it worth staying even longer.

Was it the glorious weather or was it the idea of supporting local shopping that brought so many people out? Or maybe just a bit of curiousity to see what this 'Totally Locally' thing is all about? In any case, it was a great day... we'd say THANKS to everyone for supporting us.... as we look towards the possibility of a Christmas market....

Spoon to be held...

Thank you to Alan Scully of Birch Forest Schools, who led the recent wild food walk for the Green Valley Grocer.

He is taking bookings for a spoon carving course, which will be held in Slaithwaite on September 23.

Please take a look at his flyer....

Spoon to be held...

Thank you to Alan Scully of Birch Forest Schools, who led the recent wild food walk for the Green Valley Grocer.

He is taking bookings for a spoon carving course, which will be held in Slaithwaite on September 23.

Please take a look at his flyer....

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