Saturday, 16 December 2017

Fwd: Parting of the ways. (Hazel's abrupt departure from the vineyard.)

        Grenville Allen
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From: "Grenville Allen" <>
Date: 26 Oct 2011 08:32
Subject: Parting of the ways. (Hazel's abrupt departure from the vineyard.)
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From: Grenville
Date: Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 7:23 PM
Subject: Fwd: Parting of the ways....
Cc: Lucy, Retail - English Wines Group PLC

I am sending you this again twice (like BT do with their bills just in case) since you clearly didn't receive it first time.  Note when it was sent.  Far from being a 'petulant' reaction it was positively jubilant.  Already Hazel (ex-account manager up north & top PA @ Saatchis in London) has fired our own business up just like she did yours until she was well 'n' truly crapped on.

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From: Grenville
Date: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 7:03 PM
Subject: Parting of the ways....
To: Frazer
Cc: Lucy, Retail - English Wines Group PLC

Best news ever.  For some time now I've been unhappy about Hazel squandering her talents down at the vineyard.  Her taking the job on there was only supposed to be a temporary measure when all the shows kept being called off 'cos of hoof 'n' mouth disease, floods, etc.
Having my pics in the shop and promoting the fact on my leaflets which we hand out everywhere we go went some way towards making it more worthwhile — for both our ventures.  When you intimated that you no longer wanted pics in the shop it did come as a blow especially when I offered you my food-related pics which sell extraordinarily well at farmers' markets & the like.
Now apparently you've gone back on this and are putting pics/cards back in.  I used to sell many a mounted pic from a browser tucked away in a corner.  And in fact only a week or so ago at the Canterbury Eurofair a woman came up to our stand all aghast.  "Wow!" she exclaimed. "This is the first time I've seen all your pictures on display.  I used to buy them from a browser at the Tenterden Vineyard and get them framed at the Greyhound Framers in Tenterden."  Funnily enough she bought my 
Free Range
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Ironic innit?
Anyway, it's been nice knowing you and seeing your endeavours blossom.  I'm so grateful though I've got Hazel now totally back on board.  She really is a superwoman.
(Lucy, could you please sort out Hazel's holiday pay, P45 and all the boring stuff?  Ta.)
All the best  

Grenville Allen
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Fwd: September 17 Event

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Date: Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 9:31 PM
Subject: Re: September 17 Event
Jane Clark

'Evening Jane

Just writing to express our disappointment with today's plant, art & craft fair. 

Firstly, for the lack of footfall the position of the pitch you allocated us was completely disadvantageous. There were three other artists to see right in the entrance before they even managed to see my display.  Indeed we overheard one woman saying "Not more art!" as she reached my stand.

Secondly, nobody had the courtesy to ask if we were all right.  I bet I was the only participant in this event who'd even read Alan Clark's memoir and avidly listened to the BBC R4 dramatisation of it.

In the above pic you see me with my wife Hazel attending a leaving do for Ann Widdecombe who'd just been given one of my cat pics (which she praised in writing).  In fact I showed many of my pics hanging on the walls of the Swale Borough councillor's house in which we're standing there.  And also incidentally in which we were made to feel very welcome.

Anyway, I'll put this down to experience.  As Roger Scruton, my favourite right-wing philosopher, is wont to say: "Life is full of disappointments".

All the best


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On Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 7:08 PM, Grenville Allen <> wrote:

'Evening Jane

That's super!  As an avid Alan Clark memoir fan, this do will suit me to a T. 

I presume your single pitch plot size will accommodate our 8 feet wide by 6 feet depth covered display stand (imperial measurements):

Rest assured the booking form + cheque will be in the post to you tomorrow.
All the best 



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Dear Grenville Allen, Not too late and we would love to have you, please note it is an outside venue so if you have a gazebo or similar or just hope its a dry day.!  Kind regards  Jane Clark

Thursday, 20 July 2017

All about the late great Thora Beddard

[Commiserations to daughter Margaret....]

'Morning Margaret

Sad news indeed.  We were fully expecting to send the indomitable, ever-accomplishing Aunt Thora a 100th birthday card in October.  I spent much of yesterday re-reading all about her after following your comment to click here.  As one of my social media friends (now seventy-four herself) wrote after doing likewise: "Total respect, Grenville....What a gal!" 

You had a top-class mother there, Margaret.  One of a kind.

Good to see 14 Freeman Avenue will be still in the family.  I remember the kitchen and how all and sundry just popped in to pass the time of day with Aunt Thora.  It seemed like another world to me.  And then on one occasion there was some relative introduced to me as a seven-year-old who was ninety-two.  NInety-two! Way back then ~ in the sixties ~ I found that quite amazing. 

As regards the weather it can make or break a show for Hazel and me.  It's been lovely the last few days and now on the weekend when we'll be showing in Hythe it's due to turn nasty.  So already it's cost us as we'll have to fork out for one of the organiser's pre-erected stalls unlike our dainty little number:

Anyway, as Aunt Thora would say ~ and my father for that matter ~ "Man up!  Stop being wimps!"

All our fondest

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On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 3:14 PM, Margaret; wrote:
Hi Grenville and Hazel

Just a note with sad news that Thora passed away in her 100th year on 1 June.  She'd had a great life and had accomplished so much (you only have to google her name).  In February she had a fall in the house and had a new hip.  She seemed to recuperate well, but as the warm weather came, her breathing having fluid on her lungs and swollen legs and feet made life very hard.  She was in hospital for 3 weeks and passed away peacefully the day she was moved to the hospice.  

Fortunately my niece who has just sold her house is going to buy 14 Freeman Avenue, so it will be kept in the family.  Nanny Beddard bought it in 1935.

Hope you both are well and not suffering too much with the heat and thunderstorms.  We haven't had any yet, but it's very humid here.

Love from Margaret x

Sunday, 16 April 2017

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Grenville on the razzle

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