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Muddy Award Winners Drinks 2021

Some of the best local small businesses gathered, bonded and drank bucks fizz. Fancy a sneaky peak at proceedings?

What a day! Luckily photographer Jen Allan was on hand to keep a record of our morning at the glorious Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury.

You’re a busy lot, so we made it a “working” breakfast. Will they go for Prosecco at 10am we wondered? Let’s just say extra glasses were required by 10.30.

The sun shone (27 degrees? What the actual), pink shoulders were spotted, but ah well – September in England you’re grateful for whatever rays you can get.

Lisa Hayball from Bride by Design and her friend Sarah Jarman
Georgie Farnham and Ashley Barnes from Vitality Day Spa

Respect to the girls from Vitality Day Spa and Timbrell’s Yard who were making a day of it and staying for lunch in the hotel afterwards (which, we can report, was “lush”.) We love Laurie from Timbrell’s insta reel of the day.

Laurie and Kelly from Timbrell’s Yard
Holly Garner from Hollychocs

It was amazing to bring together all these incredible people, mostly women natch, and see them connecting and bonding. Friends were make, deals were done (no, we couldn’t possibly say).

Old Bell co-owner, Kim Hanks

We’re grateful to the Old Bell Hotel for hosting so beautifully. Texan boss Kim Hanks said a few inspiring words in support of small local businesses, stressing the importance of our support network. I don’t think I was the only one with something in my eye. Kim certainly brings an injection of energy and personality to this little Wiltshire town.

Carly and Chloe from La Beauté Hair Salon in Swindon
Andy Faulkner and Louise Smith from the Spotty Dog Farm Shop. They only opened last year!
Winning photographer Amber Louise. At least someone’s on the coffee.
Arty gals: Helen Taylor, Wiltshire Creative with Evie Williams, Quercus Gallery
Congrat Kelly, Timbrell’s Yard Bar Manager, clapped by Nicola White from Previous Homeware
Helen Taylor, Lesley Wood, our fab Old Bell host, with Muddy peeps Olivia Russell and Rosie Meachin (in case you ever need a picture for a wanted poster).

Helen Taylor from Wiltshire Creative was the jammy winner of the prize draw for a night at the Old Bell, kindly donated by the hotel. If she needs some cocktail drinking partners she knows where to find us.

Those stars have been painted on the ceiling by hand

Of course we couldn’t resist a little stagger and snoop around the hotel. After all, it’s just undergoing an extremely glam refurb. We can report a large selection of gorgeous wallpapers, eccentric artefacts from around the globe, a charming barman from London who knows his cocktails and a menu to die for.

Oh yes, you’ll be hearing more from this place. In the meantime THANK-YOU Old Bell Hotel, we’ll be back soon.

Well, phew-ee, that’s it for another year. Muddy awards season is a slightly crazy but extremely rewarding time and we’re thrilled to have culminated it with such an enjoyable bash. Thank-you and so many congratulations to everyone who took part.

Like our photos of the day? (except 1st and last photos of hotel) They’re by @jenallanbrandphotography. I know many of you met Jen on the day. She’s super-relaxed, and loves to work with small businesses to maximise their potential.


Say hello to the BEST…

ART GALLERY: Quercus Gallery (Bradford-on-Avon)

BAR: Timbrell’s Yard (Bradford-on-Avon)

BEAUTY SALON: The Beauty Barn (Corsham)

BOOKSHOP: The Corsham Bookshop (Corsham)

BRIDAL STORE: Bride By Design (Warminster)

BOUTIQUE STAY: Methuen Arms (Corsham)

CAFÉ: Fisherton Mill (Salisbury)

CHILDREN’S BUSINESS: Dreamy Little Events (Swindon)

COVID START UP: Wild Rye Sourdough (Trowbridge)

DAY SPA: Vitality Day Spa (Bradford-on-Avon)

DESTINATION PUB: The George (Bradford-on-Avon)

FAMILY ATTRACTION: Longleat (Warminster)

FARM SHOP/DELI: Spotty Dog Farm Shop (Rowde)

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR: Angie Bell (Warminster)

FLORIST: Theodora’s Flowers (Corsham)

GARDEN DESIGNER: Wild Thyme Designs (Corsham)

GIFT SHOP: Previous (Corsham)

HAIR SALON: La Beauté (Swindon)

INTERIORS STORE: Jack and Poppy (Malmesbury)

JEWELLERY STORE: Ladytree Designs (Tisbury)

LOCAL PRODUCER (FOOD/DRINK): Hollychocs (Devizes)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Amber Louise (Trowbridge)

RESTAURANT: Bunch of Grapes (Bradford-on-Avon)

THEATRE/ARTS VENUE: The Salisbury Playhouse (Salisbury)

WEDDING VENUE: The Gathering Barn (Warminster)

WOMEN’S FASHION STORE: OSOboutique (Salisbury)

YOGA/PILATES STUDIO: Precision Pilates (Corsham)

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