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Bitesize Bushcraft

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When Bill was training as a Bushcraft Instructor, he was asked by his daughter to have a bushcraft themed birthday party. The success of this birthday party paved the way for an idea and in 2014 Bitesize Bushcraft was born.

 

Since January the company has grown so fast, far beyond anyone’s initial thoughts. We can now be proud that we have recently become an accredited training/educational provider for Hampshire County Council.

 

We have started working on a regular basis with main stream primary schools in the local area, a variety of Montessori Schools across Hampshire and have successfully provided training to a number of disadvantaged children culminating in them achieving their NCFE Level 1 Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness living Skills.

 

We have been asked to provide training for the National Citizen Scheme, a government funded initiative for 16 and 17 year olds, to take part in social action projects and build skills for work and life.

 

 

Bitesize Bushcraft is dedicated to enriching the lives of every individual we encounter, regardless of age, providing outdoor educational adventurous activities whilst maintaining integrity and trust, self development and positivity, respect for the environment and above all FUN.

July 26, 2016 |

S & J Mobile Catering Sponsorship Deal

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S & J Mobile Catering Sponsorship Deal

S & J Mobile Catering Sponsorship Deal

The leading supplier of bespoke, Outside Catering, Event Catering, Static Catering, Mobile Catering, Mobile Catering Trailers and Catering Vans in the Hampshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire and the UK have become the major sponsors for the What’s On In Business Directories, covering Andover, Salisbury, Basingstoke, Winchester, Newbury and Tidworth, many thanks to S & J Catering for their kind sponsorship.

S & J Catering is a family run business with over 20 years’ experience in the Mobile Catering Industry. This has given us a better understanding of what companies such as yourselves want and what, more importantly the general public expects. We have our units made to order, each designed to the highest specification and custom built with no expense spared. The units are spacious and open with good lighting and quality fittings. Gas supply and power are provided by gas cylinders and silent running generators that are built into each unit with regard to safety regulations. Up to date certificates are available on request.

Our staff have current Health and Hygiene Certificates, taking regular refresher courses to remain on top of their game. All staff work hard to maintain our first class reputation ensuring they are well turned out, courteous and efficient at all times. We wear a uniform of a plain polo shirt with our logo on, apron and cap usually in green and white or to coordinate with the colours of the unit. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our units in fact our company motto is “If there’s time to lean there’s time to clean” I think this says it all. Last but not least our food is of the highest quality and deliveries are made daily to ensure freshness. We have tested a variety of products before we settled on what we have to offer now, we believe it is very important to enjoy what you eat, a taste sensation each and every time. Looking forward to hearing and working with you in the near future.

Contact

S & J Mobile Catering

S & J Catering, Scotland Yard, My Way, Picket Piece, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 6NS

Phone 01264 363 325 – Alt Phone 07768 450 336

Outside Catering, Event Catering, Static Catering, Mobile Catering Experts

May 6, 2016 |

Southern Furniture Hire

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Southern Furniture Hire is a family run rental business providing quality event furniture and equipment hire. From our furniture hire warehouse in Verwood, we deliver throughout Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire and occasionally further afield.

We can supply everything you need for your party, wedding or larger corporate event and with many years’ experience in the events industry, David, Andrew and Verity can offer helpful advice and recommendations.

In addition, working with our Sister company Maidmans Marquees, we can provide premier marquee event venues. We believe that our attention to detail and our flexible approach sets us apart from other furniture hire suppliers and we enjoy working with our customers to create the perfect setting.

We also love a challenge, so if you have a vision for your party or event but you aren’t sure how best to achieve it, give us a call!

 

May 5, 2016 |

The George Inn Middle Wallop

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The George Inn Middle Wallop has a warm and inviting atmosphere, a truly warm welcome awaits you with delicious food cooked fresh every day.

The George Inn Middle Wallop has a warm and inviting atmosphere, a truly warm welcome awaits you with delicious food cooked fresh every day. A beautiful country venue on the Hampshire, Wiltshire boarder and short journey to Dorset and Bournemouth is only an hour away. It’s a relaxing place to escape from the winter wind and rain, or enjoy the beautiful garden on a long summer’s day. The George Inn at Middle Wallop on the coaching route between Salisbury and London so the business appears to have thrived in its day with the increase of travel.

These are all extracts from various sources online, so what does The George Inn at Middle Wallop have to offer now, well it has recently been taken over as a partnership, a husband and wife team and a close friend, the team has a huge amount of experience in the pub trade and leisure industry to move the pub forward. A fresh lick of paint, refurbished letting rooms for Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Andover and an exciting home cooked value for money menu to entice you into the pub.

The George Inn at Middle wallop a great old fashion public house with the old traditional values awaits you.

“Welcome, eat, drink and be merry, a very Merry Christmas to all and a Happy and Prosperous New Year”.

Visit the website at www.thegeorgeinnmiddlewallop.co.uk

February 19, 2016 |

Carp Fishing Info www.carpfishinginfo.co.uk

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Carp Fishing Info www.carpfishinginfo.co.uk

Carp Fishing Info www.carpfishinginfo.co.uk, a website dedicated to Carp Fishing Information, Tips, Advice, Venues, Latest News, Deals, New Baits, New tackle, in fact all things relevant to Carp Fishing. Carp Fishing Info (CFI), so why are we here, there are a huge number of websites out there dedicated to fishing, sea fishing, salmon fishing, course fishing in general and my favourite carp fishing, I designed and built the website for The Angling Trust Wessex Region Marine, a part of Angling Trust, I built the website after a discussion with the committee and as a way of paying back to the sport that has given me so much pleasure over the year. I go sea fishing about 5 times a year, holidays and the occasional trips out with a good friend when he gets his boat out to visit the Needles (IOW). My passion for fishing is immeasurable, from my first trip with my father with old second hand tackle which broke under the strain of our first fish, which he jumped in after (And caught) to a trip of the coast of Scotland in my youth on a family holiday in a converted life boat, and the thrill of not only catching but bring home the catch of fresh mackerel to cook for lunch. But as I said my passion is carp fishing, the anticipation of the wait, have I got my presentation correct, will the next fish beat my personal best (PB) and most important of all, when can I fit in my next carp fishing trip. So, what do I need to start fishing or if you, like me want to become a specimen carp angler then where do you start and what do you need. Well for under £40.00 you can get all the gear you need to start fishing, so what are the basic items you need:-

  1. Carp Rod 9ft
  2. Carp Reel
  3. Carp Fishing Line
  4. Barbless Hooks
  5. Landing Net with Handle
  6. Fish Unhooking Mat
  7. Carp Disgorger
  8. Loaf of bread for bait

You will also need a fishing license if you are over the age of 12.

So now you have the equipment, where can I fish and how much will it cost. What we are hoping to do is to speak to local tackle shops and suppliers to bring you some cracking deals and offers to get you up and running and catching Carp.

September 1, 2015 |

Weyhill Beer Festival 2015

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Weyhill Beer Festival 2015

Our first visit to the Weyhill Beer Festival, the festival has been running for a number of years with great reviews, fun and entertainment for all the family, a very well organised event with around 50 beers on offer as well as ciders and spirits for those who don’t normally drink real ale.

A fantastic line up of live musicians and bands including

Nokando supported by Outside Central and One Last Thrill

John Springett

KH Experience

Vibroscope

Sketches of Sound

No Way Out

The Inn Specters

Less Is More

Ragged Company

We arrived at approximately 3 pm on Saturday to a large field full of happy people enjoying the weather and great atmosphere as well as the superb array of ales, the staff were friendly and polite and with everything you could need to enjoy an afternoon in the sun we settled down with our first pint of the day and with some food from the onsite mobile catering van from S & J Catering to be entertained. John Springett started off with a solo set which was as usual extremely good and from there we simply forgot that we were there to watch what was going on and write a review as the whole event was simply a pleasure to attend.

This is a short report and we recommend that you attend next year to enjoy the Weyhill Beer Festival for yourself, we bumped into various friends at the festival and to be fair we were a little inebriated by the time we left, as they say a picture paints a thousand words so have a look at our galley of images from the day.

Weyhill Beer Festival 2015 Gallery

July 12, 2015 |

Maidmans Marquee Hire Dorset

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Maidmans Marquees Hire suppliers of quality marquee hire to Dorset Hampshire and Wiltshire for over 15 years

Maidmans Marquee Hire Dorset, suppliers of quality marquee hire to Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire for over 15 years. We hire quality marquees for every occasion, so if you are planning a Wedding, Birthday, Charity Ball, Corporate Function or a product/Company Launch Party, then Maidman’s Marquees Marquee Hire is the company for you. We provide you with a quality service leading up to and throughout your event. We work directly with you to make sure that your event is tailored to meet your every need.

At Maidman’s Marquees Hire we hire Marquees and offer a complete package; this includes a Marquee with windows and doors, lining, flooring, tables and chairs. Now a family run business. David, Andrew and Verity are committed to providing superior customer service and building on the hard-earned reputation that Maidman’s has established over the years.

In addition to the hire marquees we can provide pleated linings and ceiling drapes, flooring and carpet, creative lighting solutions, dance floors, staging, furniture, heating and PA equipment. We can also organise luxury loos, linen or any other items you may need.  Hire marquees – beautiful covered walkway to main marquee, often we can attach a marquee to a building or install a covered walkway so guests don’t have to go outside.

We always conduct a site visit prior to confirming a booking and carry out a risk assessment for every installation. Under the direction of an experienced site director, our team will ensure that installation and dismantling of the marquee goes smoothly and we aim to give you plenty of time to set up and decorate the marquee as you would like before the event.  We can also produce plans of your marquee so that you can see exactly where everything can fit.

Not sure what you need? Contact us now and we’ll help you.

July 2, 2015 |

Butters Cafe Andover

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Butters Cafe Andover, an odd mismatch of snooker table canopy, old wooden tables and chairs, nick knacks and shelves which could have come from a reclaim yard, my first visit to Butters and it most definitely won’t be my last

We were invited to Butters by a good friend of ours and to be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect, I had heard some good reports about the evenings in Butters but having not sampled the venue for myself I was simply going to go with the flow, have a couple of drinks and retire for the evening, how wrong was I.

Our table was reserved for us and we met at approximately 7.30, the venue was already full and I immediately felt at ease with the surroundings, the staff were pleasant and polite and drinks and food were ordered, we settled at our table with what can only be described as a buzz of expectation.

While our entertainment for the evening prepared himself and setup his equipment our food arrived, mine was a large portion of Philly steak stack and hand cut chips, very tasty, very filling and more than I could eat, an excellent menu, varied and well-priced for what you get, from what I could see something to please everyone, my compliments to the chef.

The owners have obviously thought about the layout very carefully and made good use of the available space, concentrating on customer numbers a good bar area, well stocked with bottled beers, wines and spirits and from what I could see a large and very well equipped kitchen.

So far all is going well, happy days, I just hope the entertainment is worth listening to, John Springett was his name, a sole singer with a guitar, mic and a laptop, I guess the usual setup for a singer these days, although I have to say I’m glad I recorded some video footage of what turned out to be one of the and most entertaining evenings I have had in a very long time.

John started slow with some mellow tunes which got your feet tapping and slowly changed to some great swing and on to more modern music, and by the end of the night the room was quite literally jumping with people dancing on chairs, tables and benches as well as obviously the floor.

Butters is a venue that has brought the slightly older customer the perfect venue to enjoy great music, good food and a drink or two in a safe and atmospheric bar café environment, a brilliant evening at a superb venue with fantastic entertainment, well done Butters keep up the good work and well done John Springett, a job very well done, looking forward to our next visit already.

www.butterscafe.co.uk

Butter’s Cafe
89 High Street
Andover
Hants
SP10 1ND
01264 323583

June 21, 2015 |

S & J Mobile Catering

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S & J Mobile Catering

The leading supplier of bespoke mobile catering trailers and catering vans in the Hampshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire and the UK.

S & J Catering is a family run business with over 20 years’ experience in the Mobile Catering Industry. This has given us a better understanding of what companies such as yourselves want and what, more importantly the general public expects. We have our units made to order, each designed to the highest specification and custom built with no expense spared. The units are spacious and open with good lighting and quality fittings. Gas supply and power are provided by gas cylinders and silent running generators that are built into each unit with regard to safety regulations. Up to date certificates are available on request.
Our staff have current Health and Hygiene Certificates, taking regular refresher courses to remain on top of their game. All staff work hard to maintain our first class reputation ensuring they are well turned out, courteous and efficient at all times. We wear a uniform of a plain polo shirt with our logo on, apron and cap usually in green and white or to coordinate with the colours of the unit. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our units in fact our company motto is “If there’s time to lean there’s time to clean” I think this says it all. Last but not least our food is of the highest quality and deliveries are made daily to ensure freshness. We have tested a variety of products before we settled on what we have to offer now, we believe it is very important to enjoy what you eat, a taste sensation each and every time. Looking forward to hearing and working with you in the near future.


S & J Mobile and Static Catering Units

S & J group has over 20 years’ experience in outdoor event catering which provides us with unrivalled experience.

S & J Catering is a family run business with over 20 years’ experience in the Mobile Catering Industry.

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June 16, 2015 |

Maidmans Marquee Hire Dorset

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Maidmans Marquee Hire Dorset, suppliers of quality marquee hire to Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire for over 15 years. We hire quality marquees for every occasion, so if you are planning a Wedding, Birthday, Charity Ball, Corporate Function or a product/Company Launch Party, then Maidman’s Marquees Marquee Hire is the company for you. We provide you with a quality service leading up to and throughout your event. We work directly with you to make sure that your event is tailored to meet your every need.

At Maidman’s Marquees Hire we hire Marquees and offer a complete package; this includes a Marquee with windows and doors, lining, flooring, tables and chairs. Now a family run business. David, Andrew and Verity are committed to providing superior customer service and building on the hard-earned reputation that Maidman’s has established over the years.

In addition to the hire marquees we can provide pleated linings and ceiling drapes, flooring and carpet, creative lighting solutions, dance floors, staging, furniture, heating and PA equipment. We can also organise luxury loos, linen or any other items you may need.  Hire marquees – beautiful covered walkway to main marquee, often we can attach a marquee to a building or install a covered walkway so guests don’t have to go outside.

We always conduct a site visit prior to confirming a booking and carry out a risk assessment for every installation. Under the direction of an experienced site director, our team will ensure that installation and dismantling of the marquee goes smoothly and we aim to give you plenty of time to set up and decorate the marquee as you would like before the event.  We can also produce plans of your marquee so that you can see exactly where everything can fit.

Not sure what you need? Contact us now and we’ll help you.

Maidman’s Marquees              
Unit 4, 15 Black Moor Road
Ebblake Industrial Estate
Verwood
Dorset
BH31 6AX

www.maidmansmarquees.co.uk

May 31, 2015 |
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