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Why I'm giving away the things I am


I hope by now you’ve noticed the giveaways at the bottom of my newsletter, each month, and perhaps entered the draw to win them.

You’ve probably also noticed they’re not the high-cost prizes of Kindles or gift cards that other people give away, and perhaps because of that you’ve decided not to bother. That’s okay, I don’t mind. But I thought I’d explain why I’m giving away the things I’m giving away.

As you know, from a previous newsletter, I love my local bookshop. Well… I also love all my other local shops too. My town isn’t big, and there are only four or five high street names on our high street - and I want to support them.

So, I decided to seek out giveaway prizes that are not only independently sold, but locally sourced. Last month’s soap was handmade locally and sold at our May Fair; the first prize, the daisy necklace, was made by a local lady who sells her work through a pop-up craft shop.

None of the prizes will be more than £5, because I’m not sponsored and do not have an unlimited supply of Kindles under my bed. But it’s amazing what you can find for a fiver.

One thing I keep failing to do is include business cards in the packages I send to people. I will try, because I’d love to share the creators of these wonderful finds with you as well.

I hope this brief explanation will encourage you to enter the draws each month, so you can do your bit to help me support small businesses. I don’t plan on putting restrictions on the number of times you can win a prize either, so you could end up winning more than once.

Do you still have independent shops on your high street or have they been pushed out in favour of bigger names? Do you use them, or do you revert to online shopping to find that perfect, unique gift?



One last mention about this - I think I've weeded out the right people, but if you are receiving this newsletter and would prefer not to, please click the unsubscribe link at the bottom.

Please feel free to share this newsletter far and wide, if you think you have friends and family who would be interested. Thank you.


Dates to watch out for

  • 14 June - 15 July - FIFA World Cup. So that's what I'll be doing, all the way up to the next newsletter!
  • 17 June - Father's Day, at least it is in the UK, so don't panic if you live elsewhere... although you might just want to check ;-)
  • 21 June - Summer Solstice, and I still haven't made it to Stonehenge
  • 27 June - National Writing Day (UK)
  • 2 July - World UFO Day (er... yep, really!)
  • 4 July - American Independence Day. This celebration has grown in Plymouth over the years, as the city slowly figures out how to do marketing.

This Months' Giveaway...

Congratulations to Sylvia Hemsil who won last month's soap.

For a chance to win probably the most gorgeous chocolate I have ever tasted simply reply to this email. I'll select the winner on the 20th, and contact you for your address if you're successful. Good luck!

These are my favourite flavours, and they're both dark chocolate - if you'd prefer a different flavour, I'm sure we could negotiate... and then I can eat these! You can find out more about Kernow Chocolate right here.
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