I recently helped a fantastic local Chichester business mark it’s 65th anniversary in true vintage style. I think you’ll agree that in this tough economic climate, it’s wonderful to hear such a success story, especially one that has spanned over six decades!
Russells Garden Centre in Birdham chose to celebrate with a weekend of giving that extra something to their customers by way of laying on entertainment such as Punch & Judy shows, Santa and his elf and craft workshops for the youngsters plus live music – from myself and Capt Mainwaring in ‘Dawns Vintage Do’ – a generous raffle, food tasting in the Russells Deli and a nostalgic menu in the award winning restaurant (I had Spam fritters which were actually very tasty!). There were vintage cars on display outside and some customers even brought in war paraphernalia including original gas masks and shrapnel – sharing their stories with us which were very humbling indeed.
During the two day anniversary celebration, the owners of this longstanding business Lesley and Richard, were keen to raise money for the amazing Sussex Snowdrop Trust which provides care at home for children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses. Thanks to many people’s efforts, including the fabulous staff who went that extra mile to dress up in vintage fashion and the generous customers, the activities raised over £700.
The vintage weekend was a wonderful way to
- Mark a successful businesses achievement
- Give to a worthy local charity
Go over and above the call of duty to give back
to customers who will add this weekend to their own memories
Well done everyone involved.