Valentines Gift Ideas

valentines blogThere’s a reason why Valentines Day falls where it does in the year, and it’s not all to do with saints. With the memory of Christmas fading, and Easter still barely on the horizon, Valentine’s fills what would otherwise be a gaping hole in the Chocoholic’s Calendar.

Food remains a universal language of love, and at Tideswell School of Food we have a whole range of courses coming up in Spring. From bread-baking to wine-tasting, any of these would make a great gift or a romantic outing together. In March we’re offering another day course with Great British Bake-Off semi-finalist Danny Bryden, and in April we’ll be running one of Oliver’s ever-popular Chocolate Workshops.

Perhaps you’d like to gather a few chef secrets yourself, to impress your partner with an elegant home-cooked meal – check out our French or Italian courses, or Middle Eastern,Thai and Vietnamese for something a bit more exotic. Or if you’re just looking to spend some quality time together, you can get the children out of the house on one of our Children’s Cookery days.

Or why not take advantage of our special Valentines offer? Book a place on a selected course in February and March and bring the love of your life for half the price! By booking a course at Tideswell School of Food you will not only enjoy a range of delicious dishes, but get the chance to spend the day with the person you love in a relaxed and fun environment.

So, whether you’re looking for a special gift for one, or a memorable and rewarding experience to share, we really do have something to suit all tastes – and remember, the most direct route to the heart is via the stomach.

Find out more about Tideswell School of Food here or call a member of the team on 01298 871262.

We’re looking for a new Head of Operations

Taste Tideswell and the Tideswell School of Food is looking for a new Head of Operations.  We’re looking for an outstanding individual who can continue to innovate and make the Tideswell SChool of Food the best cookery school in the country.  If you’d like an informal chat please call Juliet at The School of Food on 01298 871262.  The job description is here –  Head of Operations Job Description- Tideswell School of Food.

More Great PR Coverage for Taste Tideswell

Really nice article in Derbyshire Life Magazine this month on Taste Tideswell.

Take a look- it’s a great introduction to what we are about. Read all about it!!!  (PDF here) Derbyshire Life Nov 2010

So Tim, how’s it going?

I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve been asked that question, on and off camera. It’s great to have the support and interest of so many villagers in Tideswell, and indeed friends in my “home” village of Easton on the Hill and beyond. I know lots of my professional colleagues and clients are taking an active interest too, so I hope the recent furious “blogging in bullet points” below gives some idea of the work that’s going on, and this gives you a feel for the job I’m doing.

It’s busy- that’s an understatement. It’s not only the volume of work that has to be done , but the diversity of it. I’m not complaining, and I’m certainly not the only busy body around. I’m amazed how so many committed villagers on the “core team” are managing to hold down a day job while putting in many hours of discussion and delivering on the project.

Personally I constantly bounce between tasks that are in my comfort zone and those that aren’t.

The briefing and selection of an agency (“Peter and Paul”- seen here visiting for a briefing) and working with them to develop the clear thinking behind the brand and the great designs they have produced in double quick time is familiar ground, but it’s what I’m primarily expected to deliver, so the pressure to get it right is pretty obvious.  This week we had a massive turning point on the branding, when we presented to the Marketing Group and the Board, and we came away with the right decision on a really striking but simple logo. I confess to going into “sales mode” in the meeting and when we got the right result, I further confess to celebrating a little too hard at the George afterwards.

It’s the experience of things outside my norm of Corporate Marketing Consultancy and NPD that make this job even more rewarding though. I can walk out of my cottage front door on the High St to buy a loaf from Tindalls, some mince from Gibbs the Butchers, some apples from Peaches, or maybe a saddo’s ready meal from the Co-Op.  Some days that can take a couple of hours! Talking to people in the real life setting of their own retail businesses, with real customers there deciding on whether or not to part with real hard earned cash- that’s real marketing.  I hope that the principles of marketing can be applied to Tideswell and show how real marketing can benefit communities as well as companies.

Even further away from my comfort zone I’ve been on cookery courses, helped to select granite worktops and kitchen equipment, (although Juliet Waugh has made the important decisions), puzzled over architects drawings, looked for brewing expertise and equipment, choosen phone systems and computers (almost), begged for help from suppliers, friends, and business contacts (thanks to all!) written job descriptions and advertisements, discussed many new business ideas, and pushed newsletters through several doors.  All of this gets punctuated by the arrival of our good friends from the BBC,  Jane and Mandy, (or Hinge and Bracket as they are better known) and the opportunity to try and say the simplest things correctly on camera. I do ramble on, and there’s going to be quite a bit of me on the cutting room floor before we’re done. Why do I always think of the clever phrase just after they’ve left?

Hope that paints a picture for you- watch this space for developments!

Job Vacancies- Advertisement in local press

Taste Tideswell Ltd and The Tideswell School of Food

The Tideswell School of Food is a new Cookery School, Community Kitchen, and Education Venue in Tideswell, in the Peak District. It is a social enterprise at the heart of a wider project to boost the local food economy and encourage participation in the local food chain.

The project is part of Village SOS- an initiative by Big Lottery Fund and the BBC to inspire a UK rural revival.

We require  the following staff to help set up and run the School of Food, which is due to open in early December.

Operations Manager. (Full time) Responsible for the day to day management of the School of Food and its resources in support of all project streams. One direct report, and working with cookery and tuition staff. Candidates will be top administrators with experience in catering, events, hospitality, or 3rd sector management.

Head Of School (Part time) Responsible for the development of cookery course portfolio, teaching content and delivery of core community courses. Will identify and manage  visiting cooks/chefs.  Some overtime will be available. Three part time reports and working with administration and education staff. Candidates will be well qualified chefs with experience of teaching and demonstration.

Marketing and Administration Assistant (Full time). Responsible for general office administration, website updates and marketing activity implementation. Candidates will be marketing literate with excellent administation and customer management skills.

Education Officer (Part time); Responsible for managing all education partnerships, developing broader education content, aimed primarily at children at KS2&3 and sharing experience with other groups. Candidates will have a teaching background and experience of developing innovative teaching materials.

Kitchen Staff (part time): 2 Kitchen Assistants and one Cleaner/porter are required. Whilst some training will be given, evidence of experience in similar roles will be an advantage,

Job holders will need to have a flexible approach to working hours and be able to travel to Tideswell.

In all cases please apply to jobs@tastetideswell.co.uk with a full C.V. and covering note setting out your suitability for the chosen role, your current salary and benefits package, and your salary expectations.

Postal applications: Taste Tideswell Ltd, The Courtyard, Commercial Road, Tideswell, SK17 8NY

Salary and benefits offered will be fair and reasonable in line with experience.

Taste Tideswell believes in providing equal opportunities to all applicants.

Closing date for applications: October 25th 2010

No agencies.


Headline News- Grow It

We’re all about the local food chain- “from Plot to Plate”- this is where it all starts and where anyone can get involved

  • Community Garden looking good –lots of volunteer effort has paid off
  • Harvested crops- some to St Johns Harvest supperauction in aid of Charity
  • Landscaping work will start soon- wall building has started.
  • Have installed an outside tap- at last.
  • Looking into trips for Bee Keeping and to Todmorden
  • Lots of help and donations from Dobbies of Chesterfield and The Fenceline

Headline News- Sell It

This is all the latest news from the branding activity and what we are doing to help our local food businesses to grow and prosper:

  • Decided on names for the main elements of the project: “Taste Tideswell”, “Tideswell Made”, “Tideswell Grown”, “Tideswell School of Food” (all ™ )
  • Branding and designs developed and presented successfully to the village Marketing Group thanks to our agency partners, Peter and Paul – highly recommended branding and planning folk in Sheffield.
  • Dobbies at Chesterfield may stock Taste Tideswell products when we’re ready.
  • I’m planning a “masterclass” in the village for existing and start-up businesses- a Professor from Kent University who has access to “Dunhumby” (Tesco) data and research will attend – What lessons can be learned from Tesco?
  • A carload is going to a seminar on “Making Local Food Work”- Leamington Spa Weds 20th Oct. Anyone want to join in?
  • Village Market research- we are planning a customer satisfaction survey thanks to Derby University at Buxton.
  • We’ve had some new business start-ups already! Holdsworth’s Shop, and Cherry Tree. Welcome to Tideswell.
  • Giving help and advice to locals about business start-up ideas; Honey, Pizza, Catering, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
  • Discussed opportunity for Farmers Market- need someone to take this on-any volunteers?
  • Developed the criteria for the Trust Mark scheme- about to discuss with all traders

Headline News- Cook It

Here’s the latest on the major part of the project- building and running a Cookery School

  • Courtyard Building -conversion work is well underway, and on plan- open early Dec
  • Naming decision made- Tideswell School of Food.
  • 2 of us have been on 2 cookery school courses in Devon and Halifax to learn how it’s done from top cookery schools- thanks to Prue Leith for her advice,  Ashburton Cookery School and Stella West-Harling, and Anita Cormack at The Cooking School at Dean Clough
  • All major kitchen equipment supply negotiated and ordered- thanks to Neff, Franke Sissons, Astrocast, Middle Peak Marble, Markowitz
  • Sorting out phone and computer requirements with help from David Brindley in the village
  • About to advertise for staff- closing date for applications 25th October.
  • Holding page website set up ready for enquiries – Tideswell School of Food
  • October is very busy with some critical actions- School of Food course planning, recruitment, more equipment specifying, pricing and costs, starting a voucher scheme, finding some brewery equipment and developing the courses, identfying payment systems, etc etc…

Headline news- in General

Lots going on at the moment- here’s the “headlines”

  • Company structure sorted – we are now a “Not for Profit” Company, Taste Tideswell Ltd and a Trading Company, Taste Tideswell Trading Ltd.
  • We now have Monthly board meetings (2nd Monday) and weekly management meetings- Mondays at 8pm at the Institute.
  • We’ve had to re-forecast all the building and fit-out costs to stay within budget
  • Fixing our tax, insurances, and accounts systems-all very complicated
  • Getting the message out to the village- via the newsletter, Village Voice, this website, and the Lottery one: www.villagesos.org.uk
  • Updating this website more often- Twitter feed is very busy if you have it
  • Attending lots of Village events- most recently St John’s Harvest Festival, Health Centre Open Day. Pumpkin Carving and Guy Idol on the 31st Oct.
  • Meeting as many village groups as we can- getting good ideas from all sides- Cubs and Scouts, School, Artability, Chantry Court, etc
  • Children from Bishop Pursglove School will make soup and bake bread at Tindalls on 20-21st Oct
  • A major PR plan is being developed. Coverage already from Pure Buxton Magazine, Derbyshire Life Magazine on its way.
  • BBC filming going well- Sarah Beeny visit on 14th September was frantic but flattering. She’ll be back in November, so book your hairdo now. 

Harvest Festival

It was the Harvest Festival service at St John’s in Tideswell tonight.  We harvested a range of veg from the Community Garden to contribute.  Here’s the fruits of Tideswell’s labours!