The joys and perils of business life are examined in a new book. The behind-the-scenes stories of some of the village’s iconic businesses such as The Post Office, Betts and Loyd and The Wheatsheaf, are vividly told in a series of interviews. More than a dozen businesses are featured in all. The book, called Roundabout A Year in the Life of Little Common, is written by village journalist Philip Elms and charts everyday events throughout 2017. It is available from Little Common Post Office (from 3 April) at a special launch price of £9.99.
At the LCCBA Committee Meeting of 11th June 2019, Dave Apps introduced Iain Howie from Digilicious as our web designers for the LCCBA site. Iain was keen to warn all members about an imminent change to website domains. On 26 June anyone can create a domain name with just ‘.uk’ as opposed to ‘.co.uk’ or ‘.org.uk’ etc. This means that spammers could have a field day in several ways if you do not claim the domain yourself:
They could simply replicate your web address excluding the ‘co’ and register the domain, employing similar pages etc which means customers would think it is your website when in fact it is someone else which could drive traffic away from you and lead to fraudulent activity.
They are likely to charge exorbitant prices to you for you to register the new domain when in fact you can do this yourself very simply for just a tenner –worth doing as you can redirect folk to your true site from there. Iain is happy to be contacted with queries on what to do. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Common & Cooden Business Association was so pleased to have yet another sunny day for their annual summer fayre held at The Wheatsheaf on Saturday 11th July. Villagers once again showed their support and flocked to the event with almost 800 people attending raising over £2500 on the day. All proceeds are used to fund the floral displays around the village as well as lights and other festive activities at Christmas.
Kathy Harmer, Chair of the Association, introduced Stuart Earl who formally opened the Fayre. He commented on the uniqueness of Little Common as a village which has a real community feel and also commended the businesses on their contributions to making Little Common and Cooden so special. Kathy thanked all the traders who had contributed prizes as well as their time to making such a success of the fayre. She also thanked all who shopped locally and supported the businesses in the village throughout the year.
The fayre continues to grow in popularity with an even larger number of stalls organised by local community groups and businesses.
Charlie the Clown kept people young and old amused around the village and at the fayre.
Live music showcased a number of local bands providing entertainment during the day and late into the evening. The raffle with a first prize of £200 to spend with local businesses was won by Len Williams of Little Common and proved to be really popular. It is such an innovative way to help to re-invest money into the local economy. The winner of the lucky programme number enjoyed a meat voucher donated by Betts and Loyd, local butchers. Children and their families enjoyed having a go on the wide range of games and activities on offer as well as enjoying the delicious food – hog roast, burgers, pizza, ice cream, cream teas and other cakes – and refreshments. A huge thank you to everyone for their support!
Look out for The Little Common & Cooden Business and Community Guide which will be dropping through everyone’s door very shortly.
Don’t worry if you do not live locally, there will be additional copies available in shops around the village and it is available for download from our website.
The Guide is a very useful reference for locals and visitors alike. It contains some local history, a map to locate businesses and ads from our LCCBA members as well as community information if you want to find out about local leisure activities and venues.
We are very grateful to The Property Cafe Estate Agents for their generous contribution towards the production costs.Business and Community Guide
Christmas Competition Winners
‘Lucky Number’ Raffle
£250 shopping vouchers
(Pink Ticket 244)
Winners: Kathy & Vernon Findlay
Christmas Shopping Logo identification:
newsletter: Simon Briggs
website: Wendy Gillett
Find the Letter in the shops:
Aleese, Christopher & Ethen
Crowds flocked to the Craft Fayre at The British Legion at the start of Little Common’s Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 6th December, organised by Little Common & Cooden Business Association. There was such a variety of stalls that choosing gifts for Christmas was tricky – from beautiful floral arrangements by Little Common Flower Club to original handmade items by a range of local crafters.
Santa then started his tour of the village in an open top car, provided courtesy of Cream Wedding Carriages. When he arrived at his Grotto at Harmony Blinds, children were eager to meet him, get an early Christmas gift as well as telling him what they would really like on Christmas Day. During the afternoon, music was heard throughout the village from the Lion’s barrel organ, Robin Higley’s PA system at the roundabout, and singing groups JACS (Julie’s Adult Choir Singers) and Quintasia kept people entertained with Christmas songs. Traders added to the festive atmosphere with their own competitions, as well as offering free refreshments and other Christmas cheer to passing visitors, including hot chestnuts from Cole’s Greengrocers, the newest business in the village. As usual excitement mounted as residents and visitors were drawn to the roundabout for the traditional tree lighting ceremony. It nearly did not happen this year as only a week before it was found that the electricity supply had been disconnected when a wide load heading for the new link road passed through the village in the summer. Rapid action by Little Common & Cooden Business Association and a quick response from the Highways Agency saved the day. Mayor Brian Kentfield, supported by Kathy Harmer, Chair of the Association, and Santa, was able to switch on the lights on time – phew!! Thanks to James Kimber of Cooden Beach Hotel as well for generously sponsoring the tree lights this year. Children from Little Common Primary School celebrated the tree lighting moment with their singing – a magical moment thanks to Kate Laver who teaches music at the school. They then followed Santa and the Mayor in their car in a procession to the Royal British Legion, playing recorders and bells and encouraging others to join their parade drawing a large crowd of all ages.
The crowd packed into the Legion to join in the carols accompanied by the Legion Concert Band. Local Church Leaders provided original and amusing insights into what Christmas means to them – thanks to Reverends Jonathan Frais and Ian Pruden. Quintasia and JACs once more provided well received musical interludes as part of the service. A free buffet of baked potatoes was provided for over 100 people but the children were more than eager for their party to begin. Refreshments were provided by the Legion and the disco party was hosted by Laura and Scott Johnstone. There was fun and games with all children receiving gifts courtesy of Lifescape Builders and presented by Santa. The festivities continued with live music provided by Ameritz who kept everyone entertained for the rest of the evening.
A splendid day once more so well done Little Common & Cooden Business Association members for making such a success of the day and to all the villagers for their support.
Little Common & Cooden Business Association will be lighting up the village this Christmas in a much bigger way than previous years thanks to the fund raising by local traders and the time generously given by the traders’ working group who have overcome a mountain of red tape to make it happen. In particular, a huge thank you goes to local electrician Steve Lusted and builder Tony Foster who have worked so hard to wire up the street lights to create colourful festive displays outside the post office and along Cooden Sea Road. Another big thank you to James Kimber of the Cooden Beach Hotel for his donation toward the main tree lights and to Jon Baker of Littledown Christmas Tree Farm for once again providing a magnificent tree ready to be admired by all.
Before the ‘Big Switch On’ traders in Little Common will be organising a range of activities around the village on Saturday 5th December. Again there will be something for everyone from our oldest residents to our youngest but the success of the day does rely on the support of everyone! As well as villagers, we are hoping to attract visitors from further afield to experience the delights of our traditional village celebrations as well as supporting our wide range of small independent businesses. Come along and use the day to stock up on local produce, browse a range of specialist shops as well as save a bit of money with some of the special offers available. Almost all shops in the village will be open.
The Association will be hosting a Christmas Craft Fayre at The Royal British Legion in Meads Avenue from 10am to 1pm. Local groups and crafters will be demonstrating their skills as well as selling a wide range of items which will make ideal gifts for all the family at Christmas. Entry is free and refreshments will be available. You can also pick up your ‘Lucky Number’ tickets at the same time. Remember they are only £1 each and only a limited number available. The first prize is £200 with runner up prizes of £50 and £30 to spend with any business which is a member of the Business Association – this could be treating yourself to a meal, indulging yourself with a new hairstyle or beauty treatment, stocking up on some luxury food and other items for Christmas, or even putting it towards a new kitchen, bathroom or much needed building work! The combinations are endless!! If you want to make sure you get your tickets, they are on sale now at Betts & Loyd, Cream, DarnKnits, Espresso Max, Touch of Glamour and The Wheatsheaf.
Santa will make a tour of the village around 1.45pm before going to his temporary home at Santa’s Grotto in Touch of Glamour. Give him a wave and a cheer as he goes past but don’t forget to visit him at his grotto which will be open from 2pm to 4pm. Children will be welcome to bring their Christmas lists to share with him and receive an early Christmas present at the same time. For our youngest residents, there is a children’s party at The Wheatsheaf for the under 10 year olds. There will be games and prizes to be won in an hour of fun and games between 3pm and 4pm. Dress up as your favourite film character and that could win you a special prize.
Around the village there will be carol singing groups and the Lions Club barrel organ will be adding to the festive air the village so stop and give them your support – why not join them in a song or two! Take time to soak up the atmosphere and browse the many shops who will be enticing you in with treats and competitions of their own. Have a go at the competitions – try and find our ‘Christmas letters’ which make up the words of a Christmas Greeting – all you have to do is find all 14 letters and tell us in which business premises you found them and you could win a super prize. Closing date for this competition is Tuesday 8th December so they can be completed on the day or afterwards – details on the entry forms which can be picked up at: DarnKnits (in Village Mews) and Touch of Glamour. There is also a competition on our website for those who are technically minded so do have a go!