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Happy Christmas Everyone!

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Our team here at the Trug Shop wish all of our customers and customers-to-be a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Thanks for all the support you have given us over the years, which is very much appreciated. May you and your family and friends have some special moments together over Christmas time.

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Wow!! Internet Success!

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From January until the end of November 15,229 individual users visited our website and turned over a staggering 80,818 pages! Be nice if they had all bought a Trug!

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No More Overseas Despatches Before Christmas

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Time is up on despatches outside of the European Union for Christmas.  We are sorry that we cannot despatch but the logistics of getting a Trug to you in time for Christmas are challenging and would, in any case, cost an additional £40 Sterling! In the USA customers can try The Walt Nicke Company at http://www.gardentalk.com …

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BBC Escape to the Country - Trugs now showing in the USA!

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Well folks, it seems we are becoming increasingly well-known in the good old United States of America. The BBC programme “Escape to the County” is currently airing in the US and we have received several orders as a result. Two years ago October presenter Jules Hudson visited out workshop to record the programme and it…

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Online in America!

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Our online advertisement for Christmas Gifts has gone live today, Thanksgiving Day, on the Gardening Know How website! Top 50 Gifts For Gardeners #21-30

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Thomas Smith's Telephone Disruption - 30th November

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Our Thomas Smith Trug Shop telephone number is being disconnected by British Telecom on 1st December, but worry not! We are having it “ported” over to our Vonage cloud based telephone system on 30th November. There may be some disruption in service on that day when you can use 01323-384063, which is our Thomas Smith…

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Apprenticeship Scheme "Fit for Purpose"!

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In the New Year of 2018 we will be appointing a new apprentice to join our industrious team here at Cuckmere Trug Company/Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop. As part of the process of applying for funding for this application from the new funder we have found, we needed to submit a three year training programme, which,…

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According to the Association of Sussex Trug Basket Makers, they are the “last skilled trug makers” – and very likely to be so too if they don’t start teaching apprentices for when they finish making Trugs. This is insulting to the lads who work for Cuckmere Trug Company/Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop as they are highly…

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Weald & Downland Museum - A Visit

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  Last Saturday Sue (my wife), my friend Neil and I decided to visit the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton Near Chichester in West Sussex. When I run courses there it is difficult to get out and see what’s going on at the museum so I took the chance to look around for…

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Telephone Number Update

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Our dear friends at British Telecom have displayed their usual disregard for their customers by writing to us to say that our Voip (Voice over Internet protocol) telephone service will cease on 1st December (although I have paid for it up until Christmas!) and that I need to make other arrangements for the Voip line.…

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