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Please Support Local Businesses And Theatres During Lockdown

I'll be supporting as many as I can ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 03/11/2020 @ 8:00AM

With the recent news about a second lockdown, there will be a huge effect on many local businesses from this Thursday. I wanted to say, please continue to support your local, independent shops and businesses ...

Please support local businesses through the next lockdown!

Please support local businesses through the next lockdown!

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I wrote a similar blog post a few months ago, but now with this impending second lockdown, it seems more important than ever. Just as local, independent shops and businesses start to get back on their feet, they are having to close again just before their busiest time in the run-up to Christmas.

"The same goes for theatre and the arts!"

Venues have never really been able to get going again. There was a little bit of hope with some theatres getting ready to reopen for not only new performances, but also the festive season, which many of us were very much looking forward to. But sadly, the lights are going off a second time.

Over the next few days, why not pop into your favourite local store and purchase a few items? Christmas gifts perhaps? What about drinking a coffee in your local coffee shop or have dinner at an independent restaurant? Things we sometimes take for granted, but soon we will not be able to do for at least the next month, maybe even longer.

While we can, please keep supporting your local retailers. If they have an online shop or offer a takeaway service, please use this service throughout lockdown and into the future. We need to keep our independent shops going and support the livelihoods of the owners and our local friends and colleagues.

I will be supporting as many people as I can during lockdown including:

And many more

If you fancy some fun magic tricks to try at Christmas, take a look at my own online store, Magic and More. Please also don't forget to support the arts and our local theatres. We turn to the arts when we need entertainment.

They have supported us through lockdown, so let's make sure we are supporting the arts at a time they need it most. There are many ways that we can do this. Here are just ten ways we can help right now.

Stay safe everyone and thank you all for your support.

Until next time ...



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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.