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Tis The Season To Shop Local

And give back if you can ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 15/12/2020 @ 8:00AM

As things really start gearing up for the big day in just over a weeks’ time (can you believe it?) we just wanted to send a little reminder: Please shop local for those wonderful Christmas gifts ...

Be sure to shop local, not just at Christmas, but all year round!

Be sure to shop local, not just at Christmas, but all year round!

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There's still time to purchase those handmade, one-of-a-kind items from fantastic independent shops in Olney including:

For more inspiration and to see the array of shops within our market town, have a look at the Visit Olney website. If you'd like to go further afield, check out Sophie Etc's handy independent Christmas gift guide.

We can't NOT mention one of our favourites ... and that is The Willen Ice Cream Company. Have you tried one of their new Christmas flavours? We have and they are delicious. A great accompaniment to any dessert!

There is so much on offer from these great independent businesses. Be sure to shop local, not just at Christmas, but all year round. Give back if you can.

As we enjoy our December festivities, do remember the true meaning of Christmas and help those in need within our community? A great way of doing this is by supporting our local food bank including MK Foodbank. They rely entirely on donations of food and money from local people and businesses. Demands have increased dramatically during the pandemic and they are looking for more donations for individuals and families for the festive season.

"It's been an extremely difficult year for us all, but let's help make everyone's Christmas special this year!"

Before we start our Christmas break, the team at The Arches Theatre would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2021.

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.