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Happy Birthday 190 years Old!!

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Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop is 190 years old this year!  It all started with Thomas in his house at Windmill Hill, Herstmonceux in 1829 and we continue to carry on his lasting contribution to gardening, not only in Britain but around the World! Photo is of one of the Trugs that Thomas sold to Queen…

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Christmas Elves!

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Well, folks, looks like the Trug Elves have cracked it!! We worked overtime last night and Chris & Caleb worked until 2.40am this morning to get the Trugs assembled!!!! Here they are, waiting to be finished off and dried before despatch.

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Christmas Order Updates

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Wow!  We are inundated with orders from all around the World so thank you to so many people who have ordered from us.  Unfortunately we cannot accept any more orders for delivery before Christmas but customers are welcome to order for delivery middle to late January. Currently we are making batches 16 and 17 simultaneously…

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GREAT NEWS!

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Great news!  We recently applied for a bursary from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) for our apprentice Mark Robinson.  We made a formal written application in August and then attended the second round which was a personal interview (Mark and myself) with the Trustees of QEST on Monday of last week. Our case must…

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Trug Making Appreciation Course October 2018

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Finally, the Trugs that our students took home with them to use for many years to come.  I hope they will remember their instructors each time they use their Trugs!  Instructors, Master Craftsman Trug Maker, Chris Tuppen and Craftsman Trug Maker, Caleb Pimm.

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October Trug Making Appreciation Course 2018

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Here are our students assembling their Trugs after all their hard work in cleaving, shaving and steaming.

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October Trug Making Appreciation Course 2018

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Once again we ran one of our Trug Making Appreciation Courses at our Magham Down workshops and what a great course it was!  Everyone was completely focussed on making their Trugs that we even finished early by mid-Sunday afternoon!  After tea and cakes we had a short photo session and the students were awarded a…

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Triple Gold at Malvern

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Our last show of the season was the Malvern Autumn Show, which Caleb and I attended. Saturday was a beautifully sunny day with light clouds scudding the otherwise blue sky over the Malvern Hills and there were a lot of visitors enjoying the warm sunshine and their picnics right in front of our stand. Amid…

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Website Success

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So far this year, to the end of August, our website has experienced some 15402 unique visitors. 1003 less than for the whole twelve months of last year! Soon we will be making improvements to our online marketing strategy and look forward to increasing visitors and orders over the coming months.

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Catching Up!

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Chestnut has been drying nicely and we are back into full production once more! Despatches made today and more will be made next week. We hope to catch up before the end of October and be ready with stock for Christmas!

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