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The Eeles family in their pottery shop at Mosterton.

The Eeles Family Pottery: “so nice and so different”

Yarn Magazine are saddened to hear of the passing of David Eeles on Monday, 21st September 2015. His funeral will be held at Yeovil Crematorium, 11:20am on Thursday 1st October. All are welcomed. No flowers or dark clothing. David’s ashes will be laid to rest at Sutton Bingham burial ground at a later date.

It was in 1962 that David and Patricia Eeles moved to West Dorset and opened a pottery their pottery in a 17th century former coaching inn. Now, more than 50 years on, and tens of thousands of pots later, the Eeles Family Pottery in Mosterton is still thriving.

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Former bricklayer Ricky Austin now runs Alice's Bear Shop.

How Alice’s Bear Shop teaches Lyme Regis the bear necessities

You might think you could find no higher form of cuddly twee than a teddy bear shop in Lyme Regis, but once you know that Alice’s owner, Rikey Austin, began her career as a bricklayer in the Black Country before moving into writing and illustrating books for children, it becomes clear that there is more lateral thinking behind this enterprise than meets the eye.

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Jenny Eagles of the Owl and Pyramid bookshop in Seaton.

“Full of treasure”: The Owl and Pyramid bookshop in Seaton

In search of a good book, Dorothy discovers the Owl and Pyramid bookshop in Seaton.

I went to see the new children’s bookshop which has opened in Seaton. Now, I don’t normally go to Seaton so I had no idea what it was like. When I went I found it was friendly, cheerful and quiet, three crucial things in a good bookshop. It had some extremely good books; some of which I already had. I was even persuaded to buy one!

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Peter Knott and Steve Crate of Evershot Village Bakery

Business Questions: Peter Knott and Steve Crate – Evershot Village Bakery

Describe your business

We are still striving to be a traditional, 1960s-style family bakery. We are old-fashioned, and we are still making products that were made with exactly the same recipe, the same systems, more than 100 years ago. We are still making things with tender loving care — giving it time — which is where the flavour comes from.

Nowadays everybody pours chemicals in to speed things up, which means there’s no flavour.

And that’s why we are still here — it works.

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The Team at Smith & Smith, West Street, Bridport

Traditional Values and Amazing Underpants

Fashions come and go, but in Bridport there is always a need for tweed jackets, nightshirts and “excellent country trousers”, which is one reason why Smith & Smith has flourished in the town for 131 years as a traditional gentleman’s outfitter.

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