Olney, and our surrounding towns and villages, are filled with many wonderful independent shops, businesses and restaurants that provide us with incredible products and services. Sadly, these brilliant companies can get overlooked by bigger corporations, like Amazon or restaurant chains, which is really sad. So, that is why it's more important than ever, especially in this current climate and at this time of year, to continue to support, shop and eat local.
If you are looking for the perfect present or a delicious festive meal then be sure to look closer to home. A few of our favourites include:
For more inspiration and to see the array of shops and restaurants within our market town have a look at the Visit Olney website. There is so much on offer from these great independent businesses. Be sure to shop and eat local, not just at Christmas, but all year round.
As we enjoy our December festivities, do remember the true meaning of Christmas, and that is giving. if you can, why not help those in need within our community? A great way of doing this is by supporting community projects, including Olney is Kind and MK Foodbank. They rely entirely on donations from local people and businesses, particularly around Christmas.
It's been a challenging year for many of us, but let's help make everyone's Christmas special this year. Before we do get lost in the next few weeks, 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 2023.
Until next time ...
Would you like to know more?
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about support, shop and eat local, or would like a recommendation, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 07879 414110 or 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help.
David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.
David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.
He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.
He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.
This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.
David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.
He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!
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