Easter Trail: our latest town trail launches tomorrow and runs through until the Easter weekend. We have had 16 eggs donated by local chocolatiers which will be hidden in businesses around town. Participants will earn a goody bag if they correctly identify the animals and can win their favourite by voting for it. A bonus egg will be placed in Butcher’s Hall for Miss Ivy’s Chocolate and Coffee Festival on Good Friday. We are really excited by this trail and have a lovely engaging clue sheet to go with it.
Meetings: Janna attended a meeting at West Devon Borough Council to discuss best working arrangements following the fallout of the hotel proposal. Chief Executive, Sophie Hosking, apologised generally for how inward looking the council has been over the past few years and for the situation that arose over the hotel proposal. The meeting was the first of ongoing meetings between WDBC, the BID, Chamber of Commerce and Tavistock Town Council, in an effort to improve communication, dialogue and a working practice that is best for the town. This is a positive step forward and we will engage fully with it in order to make sure the interests and concerns of the business community and town centre are heard.
Business Support: we are looking at hosting a number of business support evenings – compromising a workshop on a subject chosen by levy payers, followed by an open forum in which businesses can discuss issues of concern in a mutually supportive environment. A date for the first one and poll on subjects to be covered will be sent out in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled.
Tavistock Carnival: after discussions with the Lions about how to make the Carnival a more inclusive event for the businesses in the town centre, we both have since been approached by Ben of HQ Cocktail Bar to discuss a town festival on the day. The concept is super-charging Tavistock Carnival Day by curating a whole day and evening of local arts, music, entertainment, special events and individual attractions around the town put on by local businesses in their own premises. The schedule of events to be collated under the banner of Tavistock Carnival Day and presented as a one-day festival, celebrating and promoting Tavistock town. The concept being, rather than stages in the corners of muddy fields at a festival, the bars, venues, restaurants, even shops ARE the stages presenting a whole spectrum of different attractions. And the town centre is the festival site.
We are looking for businesses who want to partake – putting on something that shows off what they are all about – so we can start putting the whole event together and start promoting it.