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Hertfordshire resident fined for selling illegal squirrel eggs

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Isabelle Ringing is believed to have sold between 60 and 80 squirrel eggs she claimed to have found in a nest at the bottom of her garden - although the actual number may never be known.

A 32-year-old Hertfordshire woman sold illegal squirrel eggs from outside her Hertfordshire home.

Isabelle Ringing is believed to have sold between 600 and 800 squirrel eggs she claimed to have found in a nest at the bottom of her garden – although the actual number may never be known.

Now she has been hit with a £4,000 fine despite pleading her innocence to the offence. Her defence of ‘finders keepers’ was thrown out by Judge Friendly.

Trading Standards Officers started and ended their investigation within a day as they drove passed and witnessed Isabelle Ringing selling squirrel eggs right outside her home next to her self-made advertising billboard.

Isabelle Ringing is believed to have sold between 60 and 80 squirrel eggs she claimed to have found in a nest at the bottom of her garden - although the actual number may never be known.

Richard Weiner, from the council’s trading standards department, said:  “I really could not believe what I saw. We got a call about a women selling squirrel eggs outside her home so we decided to drive by in plain clothes. We drove past a few times and I couldn’t believe how brazen she was. What is more worrying is that people were forming a queue to purchase the eggs.

“After approaching Isabelle Ringing and shutting down her illegal roadside activities, we then had to tell those queuing that what she was doing was illegal and purchasing squirrel eggs was illegal too. They have got to be from out of town as Hertfordshire residents in most cases are law abiding citizens.”

“Two independent vets confirmed that most of the eggs were indeed squirrel eggs. We have seen cases in Bedfordshire where criminals pass off store-bought hen eggs as squirrel eggs.”

As well as the fine, costs of £1,500 were awarded and she was ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge which will be donated to the local squirrel sanctuary.

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Leighton Buzzard businesses launch Fiver Fest deals this June

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Fiver Fest hits Leighton Buzzard

Local businesses in Leighton Buzzard are getting behind the fifth annual Fiver Fest initiative launched by Totally Local. With normality returning to Bedfordshire high streets and market towns, it is exciting to see more people visiting local shops and restaurants that were hit hard during the lockdown.

Totally Locally, a grassroots voluntary community organisation run by Edwina Osborne that promotes and supports independent local businesses and community events. The overall goal is to make Leighton Buzzard even more vibrant and welcoming to locals and visitors from outside the town. There are a lot of great businesses in Leighton Buzzard and by bringing them together for Fiver Fest, they can help promote what’s happening in Leighton Buzzard to a wider audience.

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What is Fiver Fest?

Fiver Fest is a huge national celebration of Britain’s fantastic small businesses and shops, many run by families or individuals, but ALL contributing massively to the economy of the UK and the wellbeing of our towns.  Towns and High Streets taking part put on special £5 offers for either one week, sometimes two weeks, to show the diversity and value of what they sell, and to say thank you to the communities that support them.

Businesses getting behind Fiver Fest Leighton Buzzard

Below are just a selection of the offers available from the independent businesses in Leighton Buzzard during Fiver Fest.

  • Nature’s Harvest – A selection of best selling health foods at 3 for £5
  • Mimic Gifts – Two classic bath bombs for £5
  • Ali’s Paper – Hand-marbled bookmarks with free personalisation for £5

You can review of the full list of 90+ offers from Leighton Buzzard independent businesses here.

Fiver Fest hits Leighton Buzzard this week

About Totally Locally

TOTALLY LOCALLY is a grassroots voluntary community organisation that promotes and supports independent local businesses and community events making our town even more vibrant and welcoming. We are doers and brimming with ideas. We operate by the rule of ‘get it done’ and ‘be positive’.

Keep informed about Totally Locally Leighton Buzzard on Facebook, Twitter and also on Instagram.

WATCH OUT FOR FIVER FEST RETURNING IN JUNE 2021! Keep following social media for list of businesses taking part and available offers!

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The Swan Salford recognised as worldclass in Best Companies awards

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The Swan Salford celebrates success in this year's Best Companies Awards

The owners of one of our favourite Milton Keynes venues has been recognised as a world-class employer in this year’s Best Companies awards.

Milton Keynes pub company Peach has officially been named one of best companies to work for in the country and been singled out as a top employer in its industry in this year’s Best Companies to Work for awards, announced on Friday 21st May 2021.  Peach raced up to number 24 in the league of the nation’s best companies, and received a Three Star Accreditation, highlighting it as world-class.

The independent business, which runs The Black Horse in Woburn and The Swan at Salford came away from Friday’s virtual awards ceremony with four fantastic wins under its belt.

As well as officially being one of the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For, Peach came sixth in the UK’s Top 20 Leisure & Hospitality Companies to Work For and was named the 9th best employer in the East of England, the 13th in the Midlands and the 20th in the South East where it was also the best in hospitality.

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Out #lunchNbloggers team at The Swan Salford

Earning a place on a list as one of the UK’s Best Companies to Work For is an accolade like no other. It recognises a business’ commitment to its employees and shows that it sees workplace engagement as a vital part of its success.  Participation is partly by a team-wide survey that asks for honest feedback on areas an employer is strong in and those it needs to improve on, such as leadership, commitment to personal growth through training and development, well-being and giving something back.

Peach scored at the top of its class by proving its commitment to its people and how it supported its teams particularly during the pandemic and focussed on the mental wellbeing of its chefs, front of house and support teams who were furloughed. Peach launched Yourhub.pub1, a social enterprise that enabled its furloughed teams to keep busy cooking and delivering food to the NHS and a total of 50 charities and keep connected to their pubs’ communities.

At the same time, it looked after the team, creating new personal development plans for individual and personal development for every team member. It also launched a Peach Hardship Support Fund for those facing financial difficulty and worked with industry charity Hospitality Action to ensure no-one in the team was left behind.

The Swan Salford celebrates success in this year's Best Companies Awards

It’s the fifth year running that Peach has won a Best Company to Work For award, and a record year for the company, whose aim is to be the best gastropub company on the planet, as Peach Managing Director Hamish Stoddart explains.

“It’s our vision, we Make Life Peachy. Ever since we started Peach twenty years ago, we’ve genuinely put our people first.  We’ve always believed they are the heart of a pub and utterly central to our success.  Shared ownership and the longevity of our team prove this. This last year, during the pandemic, we knew it was more important than ever to take good care of the team especially when the pubs were closed and the team furloughed. It was the perfect opportunity to prove it, and we did.

A fresh start at The Swan, Salford

The amazing interior at The Swan Salford

“We worked incredibly hard to look after the physical and mental well-being of our people especially during lockdown.  We took the opportunity to reaffirm our support to our team, both financially and through keeping in close contact and volunteering together to support the towns we’re proud to be at the heart of.  We have come through together, staying true to our vision of being a great place to work, learn and grow. We are delighted to be recognised as a Three Star, world-class employer,” he said.

Peach took the opportunity to toast this year’s Best Companies success with its teams and guests in the pubs, which are now open for eating and drinking again inside, by raising a glass in celebration after the results were revealed on Friday.

Peach is aiming to grow by three or four pubs in the next year and is hiring right now. Please go to https://careers.makinglifepeachy.com/ to find out more.

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Milton Keynes De Roka enters semi-finals of Kebab Awards

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Milton Keynes De Roka enters semi-finals of Kebab Awards

Located in The Hub Milton Keynes, Mediterranean restaurant Deroka has entered the semi-finals of the British Kebab Awards. With a chance of being crowned, we look at what Milton Keynes finest has to offer ahead of our #lunchNbloggers visit.

About De Roka

De Roka is a family-owned, independent restaurant that specialises in exquisite, traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Having recently reopened following the lockdown, the entire team have been focused on delivering the best dining experience for diners who have missed restaurant dining for the last year.

De Roka’s founders believe that a memorable dining experience is determined not only by the quality and flavour of the food, but also by the people that you meet. With this in mind De Roka have curated a high-spirited and welcoming atmosphere, giving their customers an experience they will cherish every time they walk through their doors.

How to vote for De Roka in the British Kebab Awards

Now in its 9th year, The British Kebab Awards is currently accepting votes for the semi-finals. De Roka is one of 19 restaurants competing for the ‘Fine Dining Restaurant’ award. You can vote online for De Roka here.

About British Kebab Awards

The British Kebab Awards in association with JUST EAT offers a chance to recognise and champion the efforts of local kebab takeaways and restaurants across the nation. Fans of their friendly neighbourhood kebab takeaways and restaurants can claim they truly do have Britain’s best kebab takeaway and restaurant by voting for them in the British Kebab Awards.

Milton Keynes De Roka enters semi-finals of Kebab Awards

The British Kebab Awards is a true celebration of everything kebab related, which naturally draws key figures from all sections of the takeaway and restaurant sector. As a reflection of the kebab industry’s significant contribution to the UK economy and British culture in general, the awards welcome a host of celebrities, prominent politicians, journalists and most importantly the nation’s hard-working restaurant workers for an evening of celebration.

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