Only yesterday I was having a Facebook conversation with old school friends about the lyrics to the "Yealmpton Song" that we used to sing in practically every assembly.
It really was like something from the pages of an Enid Blyton book, so it's no surprise that a lot of former pupils have ended up working in creative jobs.
One such old classmate has set up an artist's studio and workshop in London called the Papered Parlour, where artists can rent studio space, but also artistic dabblers like you and me (think of all those retired projects in the Hobby Box) can sign up for classes to learn how to make jewellery, take awesome photos, make your own dresses, and so on.
It can't be easy to follow your dream in the current climate and it must have been a brave thing for my old friend to do, so I am really pleased for her that her business has been named as a regional finalist in Barclay's "Take One Small Step" small business competition. Out of over 3,000 entries in the UK, their business has been shortlisted as one of three finalists in South London and so have a 1 in 3 chance of winning the £50,000 prize money, which would be a massive boost to keep the business running and allow access to the arts for their local community.
The winners are decided by public vote, so if you have ever dreamt of being your own boss and having a job you love but never been brave enough to do it, please help to support someone who did take that step, it would be really amazing if we could get behind a local person doing her thing in the big city.
All you have to do is:
- text PARLOUR to 87222 (it costs 25p + your standard rate) This is now the correct number!
- OR vote online at https://www.takeonesmallstep.co.uk/Entry/View/6216
Here's a link to their website so you can see what they do www.thepaperedparlour.co.uk/, and if you're in the London area pop in for a look around (I spotted on their website a mention of "cockteas and home made cakes") or even better, sign up to a class!