MK October 17
From the Editor
And welcome to October!
The annual Countryside Alliance Awards are now open to public nomination and our local MP is urging MK’s rural community to get nominating.
The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, were borne of a need to support and promote rural communities. They celebrate people going the extra mile to ensure that rural Britain’s food and farming industry, small businesses, traditional skills, forward-thinking enterprises and, most of all, its people, can flourish.
Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster commented: “These awards are an excellent way to promote the local businessmen and women who are working hard to keep rural Britain thriving. We often think that Milton Keynes is mostly urban but over 50% of the borough is rural and a lot of our local produce is second to none, so please get involved and nominate today. Let’s see if we can bring a title home!”
The Awards run across the following categories: Local food/drink; Village Shop/Post Office; Best Butcher; Rural Enterprise; Best Pub.
You can nominate at: www.countryside-alliance.org/campaigns/caawards/ The deadline for entries is 13th November.
Whilst on the subject of all things rural, fashion is having an ‘outdoorsy’ moment, with autumnal trends inspired by the countryside. Take a look at ‘Hot on Heritage’ by our resident fashion expert (page 34).
Talking of style, this month we welcome designer Taile Mole of The Urban Mole, who will be contributing to our Home & Garden section on a regular basis. In this issue Taile looks at the change from summer to autum with cheer and style.
October sees another creative celebration, MK Arts Week, John Best of Arts Gateway MK gives you a flavour of the programme of events, see pages 56 and 57. And the Althorp Literary Festival will take place at Althorp House in Northamptonshire from Thursday 5th October to Sunday 8th October (page 59).
For lots more local events see our What’s On pages (60-63).
Have a great month!