Please Keep Supporting Your Local Businesses
They're the lifeblood of the economy ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 02/06/2020 @ 8:00AM
With the recent news that many businesses can reopen in a few weeks, please continue to do what you can to support the small and independent businesses that are local to you .. ...
Regardless of whether you're in Olney or not, small local businesses need your continued support!
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As an independent theatre that receives no funding, we understand how hard and worrying it has been for many business owners over the last few months. The whole shopping experience will be hugely different with social distancing and more health and safety processes in place.
But please don't let that stop you from supporting, our beloved local shops and businesses that are currently under threat. If you don't want to venture out, there are ways that you can still support your favourite restaurant or gift shop from the comfort of your own home.
Shop locally online
Many local shops have moved online or to social media recently. You might not be able to find everything online that you would normally in store, but they still have a great range to choose from. Take a look at Mooch on Market Square for some great gift ideas and Olney Butchers for all your roast and BBQ needs.
Buy gift cards or vouchers
Even if you're not getting the goods now, buying a gift card or voucher now for something you'll experience at a later date, is a great way of supporting your local store or restaurant. The Robin Hood in Clifton Reynes is currently closed, but you are still able to purchase vouchers through their website
Order a takeaway
After such a long lockdown, who is sick of cooking? Many businesses are providing a takeout including: The Cherry Tree, Out of Office Coffee, Sandwich Land and The Grounds Café at Emberton Country Park. Give them a try!
If you are on social media, it is so easy just to follow a business page and like and share their posts. Give them some positive comments, shout about your experience, tag a friend or share a photo of the product you've bought. Just one of these simple acts will help your favourite business get seen by others.
Take part in online classes
Many business owners are now streaming sessions online; whether it is exercise classes or business training, why not get involved? Local girl, Charlotte Pask, who played Maria Gambrelli in our last production of 'A Shot in the Dark', is also a FiiT instructor at Caveman Conditioning, who has taken all her sessions online.
Choose to reschedule rather than cancel
For The Arches Theatre, tickets to our summer performances are still available at just £15 per person. We are currently going ahead with two productions, The Merchant of Venice performed by The Wet Mariners on 15th August, and Allo Allo! performed by Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) on 12th/13th and 19th/20th September.
If we must postpone the performances, then tickets will automatically roll over to the new date. We would be so grateful if ticket holders would be able to reschedule rather than cancel. The shows will certainly go on ... at some point!
For theatre and the arts, it is very unclear when we will be fully back up and running again, but for now, we continue to work hard to be able to give local theatre lovers something to look forward to.
Keep supporting local and stay safe!
Until next time ...
About David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.
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