We’ve been shortlisted!

It’s been a very exciting morning here at Book Club HQ… 

We’ve just had a phone call to tell us that WBC has been shortlisted for the Leicester Mercury Business Awards 2014!

To be more precise, we’re one of three businesses that are competing for the ‘New Business’ category.

We’re absolutely over the moon to have been nominated, and can’t wait for a big awards night in April.

We’ll keep you posted. Until then…wish us luck!

Happy reading,

The Willoughby Book Worms

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WBC Needs Your Vote!

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We’ve got some amazing news…

We’ve been shortlisted for the ‘Micro Business’ category in the Smarta 100 Awards! We’re one of 10 businesses up for the prestigious title, but we can’t win without your help…

How you can help WBC to WIN!
To give us your vote, just visit this link, press the ‘Vote Now’ button & enter your name and email address:

http://www.smarta.com/smarta100/2013/the-willoughby-book-club/

And if you’re feeling really helpful, you could share a link to our voting page with as many of your friends, colleagues and family pets as possible…

Thanks for your support, and as always…happy reading!

Adam & Chloe
AKA ’The Willoughby Book Worms’
www.thewilloughbybookclub.co.uk 

Sculpture in the sun…

If you haven’t already (and if you’re fortunate enough to live in sunny Leicestershire), make sure you head down to the University of Leicester’s Botanic Gardens in Oadby before 27th October this year.

We paid a visit a few weeks back on a very sunny Sunday, to see ‘A Change of Heart’, which is the twelfth annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition. Held each year, the exhibition attracts around 30,000 people annually, and has hosted more than 400 sculptures since its inception a dozen years ago.

We’ve shared a few piccys below…but to get a real taste, pay your own visit any day between 10am-5pm. It’s a great afternoon out, and most importantly it’s FREE!

And even if sculpture isn’t your thing, there’s always tea and cake at the Café in the Garden…

www2.le.ac.uk/institution/botanic-garden/events-1/sculpture2013

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How does your garden grow…

Man it’s been nice getting out in the sunshine in the last few weeks.

It doesn’t look as though the beautiful weather is here to last, but we’ve certainly enjoyed it whilst we can - and the garden looks like it’s had a pretty good time too!

We’ve just finished devouring our cherry and strawberry harvest, but our first crop of beans should be following pretty soon…

We love you summer. Please don’t leave us again.

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Tea for Two & Two for Tea…

It was out 1st wedding anniversary at the weekend (how time flies!), so we decided to mark the special occasion with Afternoon tea at the lovely Stapleford Park on Sunday…

We arrived a little early, and spent 30 minutes or so strolling the amazing grounds in the last of the day’s sun, before heading back into the main house and settling down to tea. 

After our sumptuous feast (which consisted of 5 cups of tea, 4 sandwiches, 2 scones, a chocolate éclair, lemon posset, slice of Battenberg and a macaroon…each), we finished the afternoon - and burnt a handful of our newly acquired calories - with a walk through the hotel’s beautiful rose garden, before heading home.

We can’t recommend a trip to Stapleford Park enough. If you’re ever in the Melton Mowbray area, drop in. There’s no charge for a wander around the awe inspiring grounds, and you can normally sit down for a well earned rest and a spot of tea without notice.

For more information or to book your own special occasion, visit www.staplefordpark.com

We’ll be back very soon…

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Booktime…

Hurrah! We’ve been fortunate enough to appear in the July edition of the brilliant Booktime magazine!

And luckily for you, you can read our ‘Bookshop says’ article in full below, or by clicking HERE.

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The Willoughby Book Club get back to Nature Part II…this time it’s personal.

In our last post, we’d visited Fosse Meadows Country Park for a summers stroll (and various baked treats).

Well, we continue along the same theme this week, with a 5 mile round trip from our home village of Willoughby Waterleys to Peatling Parva. It’s a walk that we’ve done quite a few times now, and takes us through fields, sheltered woods and most importantly, past the very hospitable Shires Inn!

Yet somehow, every time we’ve done this walk we’ve always managed to miss…the Alpacas.

Not this time though. We snapped them in all their woolly glory…

 

   

No doubt we’ll take this route again in the near future…we’re secretly hoping the alpacas escape and we can ride them home. It’s unlikely though.

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The Willoughby Book Club get back to nature…

We love a good country walk here at Book Club HQ - so when the weather decided to deliver some sunshine, we strapped on our walking boots and headed over to Fosse Meadows Country Park near Frolesworth in South-Leicestershire.

It’s a fantastic spot for a summers stroll, with plenty of wildlife, flower meadows, a large lake, play area and even it’s very own bird-hide! And if you’re so inclined, the park even has a permanent orienteering course…but it seemed like far too much exercise for us. We preferred the picnic tables.

Amongst the biscuit eating and coffee slurping, we did manage to get a few snaps in along the way…

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We’re regular visitors to the park, and if you’re in the local area we’d heartily recommend it. Parking is free, and there’s plenty to keep you busy on a warm afternoon.

We’re hoping to see some bats next time around…and if we don’t, there’s always more coffee and biscuits.

x

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Here at The Willoughby Book Club, we’re supporting the amazing work being done by The Reader Organisation at the Mansion House in Calderstones Park, Liverpool.

Having been given preferred bidding status earlier this year, the charities’ vision is to turn the Grade II listed house into The International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing.

This includes the introduction of a new Saturday Morning Reading Club for kids, the aim of which is to create an enjoyable and inspiring environment in which kids of all ages can experience books and reading.

So How is The Willoughby Book Club helping?

Today we donated a little under 100 books to The Reader Organisation, for use in their new weekly kids reading groups (which start from this Saturday). Some of our books will also be added to the newly created Young People’s Library, once it’s up and running.

We’re absolutely over the moon to be involved in such a brilliant cause, and we can’t wait to visit the site to see our books in action in June (we’ll keep you posted!).

You can find out more about the Reader Organisation and information on how you can support their tireless work, by visiting http://thereader.org.uk

The Willoughby Book Worms

 

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Our very lovely visit to The Lake District only lasted 5 days, but we savoured every minute of it!

The weather was perfect (if a little blustery on some of our more adventurous walks), the views were breath-taking and our little log cabin was the cosiest place on Earth.

During our short stay we managed to visit Ambleside, Windermere, Grasmere, Keswick and Kendal. We even found time to fit in some bookish sights along the way - including Beatrix Potters house, Wordsworth’s cottage and the amazing Keswick Bookshop…books are never far from the action!

It was our first time in The Lakes, but we’re already eagerly planning our return visit. Well done Cumbria!

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