Getting crafty for Christmas!

It’s official – the countdown to Christmas has begun…

Time for the Girls Around Town to start getting into the festive spirit and where better to begin than with news of a series of Christmas workshops, especially one that involves chocolate?

Joining June and Claire next weekend, Amanda Stone will be sharing all the details of the seasonal events on the Rural Antics programme over the next couple of months.

Whether you want to add a personal touch to your presents or give wreath-making a go, create your own wire angel or add a touch of style to the table with a stunning centrepiece, the programme has something to fit the bill.

Then of course there’s the chocolate truffle making experience when you’ll not only be feasting your way through the morning of Sunday 24 November but will leave laden with goodies to share with family and friends…

And as if all of that isn’t enough to tempt you to book a place on one of the workshops, did you know that they’re held at the Hanwell Wine Estate, a family-run vineyard at Hickling Pastures near Melton Mowbray?

Yes, you guessed it – while you’re there you can stock up on English wines for those Christmas meals and drinks parties, including their very own new rosé!

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday to find out from Amanda just how and when you can get crafty this Christmas…

Goodies galore at The Candela Shop launch

candela picSince we told you about the official launch of The Candela Shop recently (check out the post here if you missed it), owner Saffron Bradshaw has added lots of exciting extras to make this an event that sounds just too good to miss…

So if you’re thinking of heading over to Beeston on Saturday and need some extra encouragement, how’s this for a list of incentives?

As well as lots of lovely candles (of course!), sparkling Prosecco, special offers and goodie bags, here are a few of the little luxuries on offer between 9.30am and 5pm

  • Tasty hand made treats from Glitter & Sparkle Cakes and Fudge Glorious Fudge
  • Stunning artwork from Yuffiees Corner
  • Beautiful blooms from
  • Personalised gifts and items for around the home from Live, Love and Sparkle
  • Cute charms and lovely lockets from Locket Away

All of which adds up to make Saturday 31 January a date to get in your diaries, if it’s not in there already!

Simply scent-sational!

candela shopWho doesn’t love a pretty perfumed candle?

There’s nothing quite like the combination of softly flickering light and a heavenly scent to help you unwind after a stressful day or set the scene for romantic meal – after all, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

With its range of hand-poured soy wax candles and melts, complemented by diffusers and room sprays, The Candela Shop in Beeston opened for business in the middle of December, just in time to take advantage of the last-minute rush for Christmas gifts.

cognac and orange candleOwner Saffron Bradshaw sources her stock from small artisan producers across the UK. Toxin-free and totally natural, the candles come in a wide choice of fragrances – how about Cognac and Orange from Cambridge, Sparkling Mint Massage or Irish Winter (both from Belfast) or Saffron’s own current favourite Strudel, from Smouldering Wicks in nearby Nottingham?

After a busy first few weeks in the run-up to Christmas, Saffron is now getting ready for the shop’s official launch on Saturday 31 January.

Details are still being finalised but expect goody bags packed with luscious treats and offers, a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Mayor and celebratory fizz of course! Put the date in your diaries and watch this space for updates…

You’ll find The Candela Shop at 1 Stoney Street in Beeston. Opening hours are 10am to 5.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10am to 5pm on Wednesday; 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday; and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

A new website is currently under construction – in the meantime, head over to Facebook for more pictures and the latest information…