As predicted here on 15th October we now have confirmation that the famous Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Auctions are coming back into town, after 3 or 4 years in a field 4 miles out of town.
Sounds good, and it is good, though it’s not quite the home-coming you might expect. The new ‘in town’ location is the Business Park, on the edge of the town, not the old town centre site. So we probably still won’t fully regain the atmosphere of the old site, with shoppers and passers-by popping in to the auctions at random to look at the lots, and watch the proceedings.
But make no mistake, this has to be a good thing for the auctions, and for Tenbury, getting the sellers and buyers back into town, and ‘re-branding’ the auctions as Tenbury’s (they had, in recent years, been described in newspapers and TV coverage by location, with Tenbury being forgotten in favour of the local hamlet of Little Hereford).
(The Business Park site is visible in the SE corner of town on this Google map – click it to enlarge)
An update on my earlier posting – the Tenbury English Mistletoe Enterprise (TEME) website is now live for 2010, though as I mentioned before, the online ordering and the email enquiry system is currently on hold – everything is being done, for the moment, by post and phone.
Here’s a quick link to the TEME Enquiry Form and the TEME Order Form, and here’s the postal address and phone number:
Tenbury English Mistletoe, Mistletoe House, 6 Mill Meadow, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8HX
The Grow-kits aren’t on there yet – those are under review at TEME, but Grow-kit ordering will be available soon either on TEME or on the English Mistletoe Shop site or on both. More news on that soon too.
Events and issues for the 2010 mistletoe season are just beginning to be finalised now – though there are still a few unknowns and a few incomplete mistletoe-flavoured websites. Here’s a summary so far for those interested, mostly information about issues in Tenbury Wells:
Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Auctions: The hot news here is the auctions may be coming back to town. Nothing definite yet, but we hope to have some confirmation very soon. Mistletoe devotees will recall the furore caused when the auctions had to move away, following the closure of the old cattle market site in Tenbury Wells. For the last 2-3 seasons the auctions have taken place in a rural site 4 miles out of town – but they might be back for 2010. More news on this soon. Remember you read it here first!
Rival auctions? There’s also a possibility of competition this season – rumours suggest another auction house is planning mistletoe auctions too. Shocking stuff! You read that here first too
TEME Mistletoe website: The site where Tenbury English Mistletoe sell English Mistletoe online is just about to get a 2010 makeover. The slightly frustrating news is that online ordering may remain off (it’s usually switched on about now, for early orders), as the ‘TEME team’ has changed this season and has lost some of its web-savvyness. I’m working indirectly with them to make sure the website works, and integrates witha postal ordering system using printed order forms. More on this soon – maybe even this weekend.
Tenbury Mistletoe Festival: Plans are progressing well – and there will be news of this year’s programme very soon. Key events will be the Mistletoe Queen at 1600, preceded by the Druid procession etc at 1400. Plus supporting events, and, we hope, shop windows full of mistletoe all along Teme Street. More soon…