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Octavia’s Bookshop in Black Jack Street has been named Best Children’s Independent Bookseller of the Year at the UK Bookseller Industry Awards, in a

ceremony held at the Park Lane Hilton in London.

Opened two years ago by Octavia Karavla, the shop stocks an array of books for both children and adults, and has a regular programme of book groups, author signings and other activities.

Commenting on her win, an excited

Octavia said: “I could not be happier right now and just so you know in my speech I thanked all my loyal customers and especially their children who, I quote, ‘are a huge part of it, appreciate it, and absolutely get it!’” •

n Black Jack Street pub The Golden Cross Inn is celebrating after being given a Cask Marque accreditation for serving the perfect pint of cask-conditioned ale. Landlord Mark commented: “A lot of our customers visit the pub especially for the cask ale and it is really gratifying to know that with the help of our brewery Arkells we are getting it right.”

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n Andrew Jordan Garden Design’s Mediterranean- inspired show garden, ‘Return to the Med’, was given a silver gilt award from the RHS at the Malvern Spring Show 2013. Cotswold Estates & Gardens built the garden, Green Line Plants (Earlswood Nursery) provided the plants, and Robin James created the garden’s pretty mosaic feature. www.andrewjordan

n Fairford children’s furniture design company Hector & Queen has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Furniture Collection’ category in the Junior Design Awards 2013. Their designs are created in the Cotswolds, using traditional methods, local craftsmanship and FSC- certified solid hardwoods. They also have a vintage- inspired range of nightwear for ages 2-10 years.


Pupils at Beaudesert Park School recently enjoyed a visit from a historical entertainment company. Teachers had previously invited The History Squad to the school two years ago, and were keen to ask the company to once again bring classroom subjects vividly to life.

In full costume and brandishing replica weaponry from the Middle Ages, the Squad regaled the children with accounts of the Hundred Years’ War, including Henry V and his victory at Agincourt.

Children then got to climb aboard a ‘slave ship’ (really a forest adventure playground at the school) and imagine how a slave would have felt, trapped aboard a ship during the height of the slave trade from the 16th-19th centuries. •

The History Squad at work

Octavia with her award

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