I have always known about the existence of the OBA through the organisation of the annual Christmas event but to be honest, other than that, I didn’t really know what they did. I first got more involved, when I went along to a discovery workshop run by the OBA in 2016. I found it really interesting how many diverse businesses there were within Overton, other than those visible in the village centre.
There are so many ‘hidden talents’ in the village as many of us work from home during school hours. Not having a ‘shop front’ can be detrimental. I would like to think that the networking possibilities and the OBA Open Overton website, etc., can help act as a ‘shop window’ for those of us that are not so publicly visible on the high street. Many of us begin our businesses because we love what we do – anything that can make marketing and publicity easier is a bonus!
As many local residents will have seen over the years, a few days before any festival or big event in Overton, the bunting 'appears', as if by magic, down the whole length of Bridge Street. It is a stunning site which has accompanied every Sheep Fair and Scarecrow Festival.
Members of the committee were pleased to represent the Overton Business Association (OBA) at the Overton Scarecrow Festival on Saturday 14th July. The stall was covered in prizes donated by many OBA members and the tombola was a great success with those attending the festival. The winners were very grateful for the generous prizes that were on offer from local businesses, and we have since heard that some have been directly in touch with the businesses themselves to say thank you!
If enough businesses and groups will commit, Overton can apply for 'Plastic Free Status'. This will be great not only environmentally but for publicity, encouraging press and media coverage, as well as tourism. We are plastic bag free already, after a very successful campaign 11 years ago, so there is no reason not to take this one step further.
We are delighted to hear that OBA member Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants have won gold at this year's Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show. In fact, it is their 23rd gold medal! Congratulations to Rob and Rosy, and all of the nursery's staff.
Following last week's announcement that OBA members, The Artizans, Overton Gallery and Caviste, had been nominated for the 'Muddy Stilettos (Hampshire) Annual Awards', we are delighted to let you know that both Overton Gallery and Caviste were the winners in their respective categories of 'Best Gift Shop' and 'Best Wine Merchant'. Congratulations to them both!
Muddy Stilettos Hampshire calls itself 'The urban guide to the countryside' and offers an online collection of articles about local events and news, as well as a directly of businesses. Last year, they launched their annual Awards to celebrate local businesses and today the finalists were announced for 2018.