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Mike's in Spain!

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My Craftsman, Mike Church, is currently in Spain learning about split wood basket making from one of the World’s top experts, Lluis Grau. This week he is receiving one to one tuition and next week he will be supervised. This is a great opportunity for Mike who is always so enthusiastic about all that he…

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Barbara Young - Friend & Colleague

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It is with great regret that I learned today of the passing of my colleague and friend, Barbara Young who worked for many, many years at the Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop in Herstmonceux village.  Barbara was one of the most lovely of ladies that I have ever known and was enthusiastic when she worked in…

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First Show of 2017!

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Our first show of the 2017 season is the RHS Malvern Flower Festival which takes place from 11th – 14th May.  If you live near the showground and/or are visiting the show then please come and find us on Stand RC4 in the Rural Crafts Section just off Avenue F and adjacent to the Malvern…

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Trug Sales Spring Up!

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Now the spring is here we have noticed a marked increase in our sales both to our consumer and trade customers.  A Trug is one of the most handy items of gardening equipment ever invented.  Light in weight but eminently strong, a genuine Sussex Trug will give its owner many years of happy gardening.  Just…

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An Ode to a Sussex Trug

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I came across an old Thomas Smith’s brochure whilst tidying up my office recently and it made for good reading.  It was plain and simple yet it said all there was to be said in simple terms without all the rigmarole we have to put up with in our modern world.  There was a photograph…

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Support Rolls In!

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We have received a lot of moral support following the start of our campaign to set up the Sussex Trug & Woodland Craft Heritage Centre! Friends from all over the World have been e-mailing us as well as those in Great Britain! One kind gentleman in Northampton has even designed a leaflet to take round…

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So Many Uses for a Trug........

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So many uses for a Trug……….. My grand daughter Emmie in the same Trug in which her brother Fin was photographed and my 12 year old grand daughter Sophie was photographed, also aged 2 weeks!

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Weald & Downland Museum Trug Making Appreciation Course

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re. On Saturday and Sunday last weekend my son Chris, Caleb Pimm my senior apprentice and I ran a two day Trug Making appreciation course at the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton near Chichester.  We started running courses there about 12 years ago, one a year and now run two, which are normally…

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Medical aid for the People of Syria

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Recently we were able to donate one of our No.6 Royal Sussex Trugs to the David Nott Foundation for auction towards funds for the Foundation’s work in bringing medical services to the people of Syria. I am so pleased to learn today that our donation raised a staggering £160 towards their work. Our Trug also…

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BBC South East Today

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BBC South East Today have been to our workshops today covering the story of our proposed new Sussex Trug & Woodland Craft Heritage Centre.  Claudia interviewed us and Mark filmed us and we hope that it may be aired tonight – if not tomorrow.  Join our campaign to set up the Centre and protect the…

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