Letter from The Ferns Vegetarian B & B in Shropshire: chatting about our new TV & DVD player, Newport carnival and Old Time Fair in June and our local baker

We have a great new flat-screen TV in our guest bedroom,which also has an integral DVD player. There are a selection of DVDs for guests to watch. We tried using an indoor aerial but that didnt work, so we invested in a proper aerial so the picture is superb for our B & B guests.

In June we have two main festivals  in the town of Newport (Salop) – the Carnival and the Old Time Fair. Newport Carnival is on Saturday 8th June. The Old Time Fair is Friday 13th June in the evening.

Each year thousands of people flock to Newport Town to watch the carnival and parade. There are a variety of shows and activities throughout the day, there’s something for everyone whatever your age! The Parade starts at 12 noon and travels along Newport High Street. Crowds of people line the High Street and follow the parade to the main events arena and show held at Shuker field from 1pm – 5pm.  This is free. The Newport Carnival 10K is a long-standing and popular race that coincides with the carnival parade through Newport town centre.www.newportanddistrictrunningclub.org.uk

One of the floats

One of the floats

The 10K run

The 10K run

The Old Tyme Market has been held annually since 1968  in the granite sett street known as St Mary’s Street. The idea was to promote a Victorian theme. The Market starts with a procession led by the Town Crier, including the Mayor of Newport, Loyal Volunteers, the Chairman of the Chamber, the Carnival Queen and attendants.

The mayor and the town crier at the Old Time market

The mayor and the town crier at the Old Time market

Newport History Society with a metal detecting stall

Newport History Society with a metal detecting stall

I buy all my bread from a local artisan baker, Jaspers on the High Street who make it all on the premises. If you go to the shop early, you can see them making bread at the back of the shop.

I prefer wholemeal, granary or oatmeal bread – which is really soft.  I always have a white batch as an alternative for my visitors. They choose what they want to eat  and when.  You can  toast your own or have it toasted by me. If you toast your own, it gives you the chance to have it freshly toasted when YOU want it – not when I decide you’ll have it!

Best wishes

Linda