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Goldings of Bedford to close after 152 years

Independent hardware and housewares retailer Goldings of Bedford is set to close after trading on Bedfordshire county town’s high street for 152 years. Announcing the news on Facebook yesterday (Monday July 8), the Goldings team said: ‘It is with deep and sad regret that Goldings of Bedford Ltd has no …

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Harts of Stur celebrates centenary

2019 is Harts of Stur’s centenary year – and the Dorset retailer is marking its special anniversary with a series of events. In mid-June, the company joined forces with local solicitor Porter Dodson for an exclusive early evening shopping event at its Sturminster Newton store, hosted by managing director Philip …

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Harts of Stur managing director Philip Hart set to retire

Harts of Stur welcomed a special guest on Friday (July 5) when Simon Price, owner of cutlery and silverware supplier Arthur Price, paid a surprise visit to the Dorset store to congratulate managing director Philip Hart on his retirement. Presenting Philip with a salver especially engraved for the occasion, Simon …

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Home & Gift reveals speaker line-up

Clarion Events, the organiser of the upcoming Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival, has revealed its ‘most inspiring speaker line-up to date’. The show, which will take place from July 14 to July 17 across the Harrogate Convention Centre and the grounds of the Majestic Hotel in the North Yorkshire spa …

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Crime figures reveal rise in ‘barbecue bandits’ and ‘porch pirates’

‘Barbecue bandits’ are on the rise as thieves take advantage of a growing trend for garden gadgets, according to John Lewis. The Crime Survey for England and Wales, published by the ONS (Office for National Statistics), reveals the number of thefts from outside people’s homes jumped from 483,000 in 2017 …

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Sir David Attenborough makes surprise onstage appearance at Glastonbury to launch new series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’

To celebrate Glastonbury going single-use plastic-free for the first time in its 49-year history, inspired by the continued ‘Blue Planet II’ effect, BBC Studios joined forces with the festival’s organiser to globally launch its new series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ which is set to premiere later this year on BBC …

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Festival gear sales soar at John Lewis

Revellers heading for this week’s Glastonbury Festival, which kicked off on Wednesday (June 27) and runs to Sunday (June 30), have been preparing for all types of weather by snapping up reusable water bottles and lashings of sun cream –along with wellington boots and high-end camping gear, according to the …

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From cake decorating to pottery, Crafty Kirstie is back on TV with new series starring celebrities

Britain’s ‘Queen of Craft’ Kirstie Allsopp returns to the small screen next month with a new 15-part daytime series. ‘Kirstie’s Celebrity Craft Masters’ starts on Monday July 1 at 5pm on Channel 4. In the show, Kirsty is on a mission to share her love of all things handmade with …

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Channel 4 celebrates one of the nation’s favourite cooks in ‘20 Years of the Naked Chef: ‘Jamie Bares All’

Channel 4 has commissioned a new 60-minute documentary about celebrity cook Jamie Oliver entitled: ‘20 Years of the Naked Chef: ‘Jamie Bares All’. The broadcaster said: ‘It’s been 20 years since Jamie Oliver exploded onto our screens and into our homes with [his TV series] ‘The Naked Chef’ and gave culinary culture …

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Visitor numbers up 5% for Exclusively Shows

Overall attendance at the Exclusively Shows 2019, held last week in London, rose by just over 5% fuelled by ‘a relatively new breed of visitors to the show: the influencers and consumer press’, according to the Shows’ owner and organiser BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association). The co-located trade shows …

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