All posts by Hannah Jones

I am a creative adventurer who has a 'just do it' attitude. I'm also a recovering perfectionist and an improving self-reflector. I am incredibly proud of my husband and two children who are turning into amazing young men. I am at my best when I am facilitating learning for people who want to learn, particularly for leaders and leaders of the future.

Dates for Your Diaries 2012

We are a friendly social group that meet to talk about all things business.

We meet at 19:30-21:00 on the 1st Thursday of every month

See the South Marston Village Website,  Tower and Tap magazine or contact Hannah Jones at or 07545141774 for further details.

5th January – 7 wastes of lean – Georgina and hosted by Amanda Burchell @ 3 Ash Gardens
(Open to non SM Residents too!)

2nd February – Marketing Talk – Carolyn Page @ 10 Rawlings Close

1st March – Reflexology – Kerry Robinson Blanchard

29th March (note change of date to avoid the Easter Holiday)
Eat that Frog Learning PlayTime – Hannah Jones

3rd May – How to keep skills current

7th June – Book Sharing and Learning Evening – Hannah Jones @ 1 Byron Court

5th July – Exceeding Customer Expectations with Bespoke Hand Finished Interlined Curtains – Linda Warwick Cornes @ Nightingale Farm

Help! My Cooking Apple Tree has a pest that comes back every year.

If you know anything about fruit trees then I would really appreciate your help to solve my pest problem:

Every year for the last 4 years, my Cooking Apple Tree has been afflicted with the same pest. Sometimes we get one or two apples growing but they don’t get to a good size and drop off before they are ready.

The Conference Pear Tree on the same wall is thriving and we are expecting a huge crop against next year.

Both our trees are espalier and cut back at the end of each season. We have also tried leaving out apple until the spring before cutting back, but it made no difference.

Any help or insight would be gratefully received.

Vote for your favourite teacher and put South Marston on the map

The Swindon Advertiser are holding a competition to find out who is your (or your child’s) favourite teacher, details here.

We only have until Monday (13th June) to get our entries in.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if one of the teachers at South Marston Primary School was in the paper!

I’m off now to buy my copy of the Adver and fill out the form to vote for my favourite teacher…

How many South Marston businesses do you use?

Would you like a directory of  everyone who lives or works in a small business in South Marston?

Please e-mail me or add a comment below.

Since I have started thinking of setting up my business, over two years ago, I have been seeking out local businesses and switching to their services with the words “support local” ringing in my ears.

I have used and would highly recommend every one of the following:

  • Beauty Treatments – Rae-Marie Bowdidge, Raediance
  • B&B accommodation – Georgina Kirby, Village Apartments
  • B&B accommodation – Jackie Sansum, The Old Post Office
  • Book Keeping and Credit Control – Many Larcombe
  • Gifts and Bath Products – Amanda Burchell, Aquileia
  • Home maintenance – Brian Bell
  • Independent Financial Advice – Sarah Watch, EFP
  • Marketing Mentoring – Carolyn and Donald Page, Colporteur
  • Preschool – South Marston Preschool
  • Preschool and Childcare – White Cottage
  • School – South Marston Primary School
  • Swimming pool and Coffee Shop – South Marston Hotel
  • Taxi – Martin

Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without our babysitters Sam, Dan, Ellie and Martha

or all the services I use in Highworth and our surrounding villages of which my favourite are: Andrews the Butchers, Greengrocers Chris and Heather, Read Landscaping, Westrop Surgery, Highworth Dental Practice, Roves Farm, KendellBell …

WOW, by my calculation I am using the services of a talented individual in almost every road in our village: Rawlings Close, Greenfields, Thornhill Road, Highworth Road, Byron Court, Church Farm Lane, Ash Gardens, Church Ground, Chapel Lane and Quarrybrook Close.
What a talented bunch we are 😀
Support Local!

If you would like a Business Directory of South Marston or know of other businesses I haven’t listed above please e-mail me or add a comment below.

Many thanks

Hannah Jones

SME What do we call ourselves?

What would you like our SME Business Group to be called?

What is our group’s vision and/or purpose?

It would really help the group if  you would add your thoughts/comments on this website so everyone can be involved in the discussion.

If you have any problems adding a comment, just e-mail them to me and I will post them (then refer you to Donald for some website training :D)

SME Group Planning Meeting

Initiated in April 2009 by Simon Olive, the South Marston SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) Group meets regularly to chat about work issues, share ideas and generally feel that they are not alone in the big world of business.

Sarah Watch hosted our first event of 2010 on the 1st March. We used the opportunity to plan a regular monthly meeting – and to eat chocolate fondue – yum! (I think I did a great job of convincing my hips that the copious quantities of fruit meant that it was actually quite healthy)

Our agreed diary of events is now on the South Marston village website here and on the central calender here.