News From Harkstead
Peninsula Businessman Gifts 30 Christmas Dinners
Monday, November 18, 15.00
No one should be alone at Christmas and one peninsula businessman has fought loneliness by ensuring at least 30 guests can enjoy a free traditional meal on December 25 at the Baker's Arms, Harkstead.
Accountant Jeremy Buitenhuis' epiphany came while out on a country stroll counting his blessings and decided to offer the generous gesture to landlady Lybi Bullock, who immediately agreed to host the event at the pub.
"I will be having a big family meal on Christmas Day but I'm well aware that there will be many elderly people on their own, and that can't be right," said Mr Buitenhuis. "I had been made aware of rising rural loneliness and I was out walking the dog wondering what I could do about it when the idea came to me. I spoke with Libyi and she has been brilliant and here we are."
Senior citizens can enjoy a free Christmas meal, along with a glass of sherry or wine between 12noon and 3pm on the day and will be picked up and taken home.
Although Mr Buitenhuis is paying for 10 meals, the pub can cater for more and is looking for an extra 10 meals to be covered by other generous individuals or businesses and a Just Giving page has now been set up.
He is also looking for drivers, willing to pick up and drop off diners, gift or cash donations to make it an even more special day..
To offer your help and support, call Mr Buitenhuis on 01473 744700. It is a business line so please be patient and press one on demand.
Harkstead Company Shortlisted For Maritime Award
Tuesday, August 13, 10.30
A Suffolk firm, which supplies yacht tenders, toys, gym equipment and other supporting goodies to multi-millionaire superyacht owners, has been named among the best of the best in the first ever Maritime UK awards.
Superyacht Tenders and Toys (SYTT), based at Harkstead, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the International Trade Award category after impressing industry judges.
The Maritime UK Awards are the first truly national maritime awards in the UK, organised by industry, for the benefit of industry and will be held during the Southampton International Boat Show in September at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in the city's Grand Harbour.
The recognition is the latest in in a litany of success for SYTT, which won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2017 and in 2018 the company was ranked 45th in the annual Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100. Earlier this year, SYTT was named British Marine Trade Association’s Business of the Year for showing excellence in 2018 alongside Best Marine Employer under 20 persons.
SYTT managing director Josh Richardson (pictured above with some of his staff) said: “With 95% of our business as export it is a real honour to be a finalist for this national award, amongst some notable significant companies.
"Last year, SYTT grew sales by 38%, employed five more UK staff and increased the size of its premises. Export accounts for 95% of the business with global sales coming from Brazil, Australia, NZ, USA, Middle East and Europe.
"Being shortlisted for this award has been made possible by having an excellent team in the company, who constantly strive to provide the best support to our clients. Something very challenging considering the truly global nature of our business.”
Ben Murray, Director of Maritime UK said: “Our judges have been blown away by the quality of entries in these inaugural awards. The bar really has been set high and the panel have had a difficult task whittling it down to the final shortlist. Those who have been named as finalists should be very proud.”
Bakers Arms Moves to Paper Straws
Thursday, March 8, 17.00
It is Paper Not Plastic straws in the Bakers Arms from now on as landlord Michael Elvis backs our campaign as part of the bid to protect sea-life.
Located a short distance from the the river Stour, the Bakers Arms is very much the hub of Harkstead and the surrounding area, and Mr Elvis is an integral part of the community.
"I'm more than happy to support Paper Not Plastic," said Mr Elvis. "This is something I have been planning to do for a while so it is excellent timing."
The Bakers Arms hosts regular quizzes, curry nights and a raft of other social events and group meetings.
A huge rugby fan, with strong connections to Harlequins, Michael often shows the Six Nations games at the pub are all shown on the big screen at the Bakers Arms.