John­sons just misses out on top award

Paint­ing ses­sions set to take place at gallery in town

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

TWO wa­ter­colour paint­ing ses­sions will be tak­ing place at the Ten2 Gallery this win­ter.

Artists can join Rose Allinson as she takes a look at some of the wa­ter­colour ba­sics such as lay­ing down a wash be­fore mov­ing on to cre­ate skies and sunsets with an ar­ray of colours.

The class will also look at how wa­ter­colours be­have al­low­ing guests to ex­per­i­ment with pat­terns.

Guests can ex­pect to cre­ate a num­ber of small land­scapes which will then be as­sem­bled into a fin­ished mon­tage.

The first class will take place on Tues­day De­cem­ber 4 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and the sec­ond from the same time on Tues­day De­cem­ber 11.

The cost of the class will be £25 and at­ten­dees must bring along with them a num­ber 12 ny­lon brush, a flat brush and if pos­si­ble, wa­ter­colours - how­ever some will be avail­able to bor­row.

To book your place on the Wa­ter­colour Skies and Nine Land­scapes class call the Gallery on 01455 636339 or visit the shop at 102 Cas­tle Street. A FAM­ILY owned Hinck­ley ladies cloth­ing and lin­gerie shop has been com­mended for its range of ex­cel­lent goods and cus­tomer ser­vice at an awards cer­e­mony held at the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

John­sons, hav­ing re­ceived many achieve­ments over the last sev­eral decades since it first started trad­ing in 1947, was re­cently short­listed in the run­ning to be named Bri­tain’s Best Small Shop of 2018, much to owner Gayner John­son’s sur­prise.

Af­ter be­ing listed in the top 25 in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses across the UK, Gayner along­side her daugh­ter Amy Daminet and sales ad­vi­sor Joanne Cong­don, trav­elled to Lon­don to at­tend a re­cep­tion where the fi­nals were tak­ing place.

“We felt over­whelmed and de­lighted to reach the last 25, we had a won­der­ful day in Lon­don,” says Gayner.

“It was a very good re­cep­tion at the Houses of Par­lia­ment Ter­race over­look­ing the River Thames and it was lovely to meet the other fi­nal­ist re­tail­ers.”

Al­though John­sons didn’t come away with the top prize, the Hinck­ley busi­ness did re­ceive a com­men­da­tion con­grat­u­lat­ing Gayner and her fam­ily for the 70 plus years of ser­vice that they have given to the ex­pand­ing town cen­tre.

“All the in­de­pen­dent shops at­tend­ing the fi­nal from book­shops, records and gifts to toys and bak­eries, de­served to be there and it is heart­en­ing to see that in­de­pen­dent shops in the UK are still thriv­ing like all the splen­did in­de­pen­dents in Hinck­ley,” Gayner adds.

“These are the type of shops which at­tract vis­i­tors to a town for the va­ri­ety of goods on of­fer and ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice.”

John­sons is open from 9am till 5pm and can be found at 60 Cas­tle Street, Hinck­ley.

Gayner John­son and her daugh­ter Amy Daminet down in Lon­don at the Houses of Par­lia­ment for the Best Small Shop in Bri­tain 2018 awards, rep­re­sent­ing their fam­ily-owned busi­ness John­sons on Hinck­ley’s Cas­tle Street

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