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Archive for January, 2010

Fairtrade Confectionery

An article in The Press today written by Mike Laycock, Chief Reporter, reveals that York confectioner, Nestle has launched Fairtrade Kit Kats which will benefit over 6,000 cocoa farmers on the Ivory Coast. They will receive additional payments to invest in community or business projects of their own choice such as improving healthcare and schooling.

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Many confectionery firms are now manufacturing sweets with natural colours and flavourings. Not only does this make them more attractive to the eye but in my opinion makes them taste better. In fact the flavours remind me even more of the sweets I used to eat in my childhood.

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Perils of a Newspaper Round

The snow has gone and although the river levels rose quite high they were never dangerous. In all the snow and ice Keith managed to keep his feet whilst delivering the papers but first day it thawed slipped and landed on his backside. no damage apart from his pride! During the freeze only the main roads were gritted so driving and walking was a bit hairraising. I really felt for elderly people confined to home for fear of falling.

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Sport

There are plenty of opportunities for sport enthusiasts in Yorkshire. Headingley is the County Cricket ground, Elland Road is the home ground of Leeds United. For the racing fan there are 9 racecourses, flat and National Hunt. My favourite courses are Thirsk and Pontefract.

Malton and Middleham are major horse training centres and are well worth a visit.

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The Yorkshire countryside is outstanding and when Keith and I have spare time we love to go on a good walk. Yorevision is a group of volunteers who cleared rights of way, built or repaired stiles and bridges to create some beautiful walks. One of our favourites is the Roecliffe Ramble. From the village of Roecliffe you cross a field then follow the river through a wood to Westwick Lock and on to Newby Hall. Here you look across the river to see colourful gardens of the hall. We usually retrace our steps to the lock and then take another footpath through fields and come out the other side of Roecliffe. On  the walk there is plenty of wildlife and birds to see (we often see a heron) and depending on the time of year some lovely wild flowers.

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Staff

There are two part time staff, besides me and Keith who delivers the papers, looks after security and generally comes up with good ideas.

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Who is Anne?

My name is Anne Pallister and I am the owner and operator of Anne’s Sweets.  I bought the shop ten years ago and have lived in this area since 1986 and before buying the shop worked for 14 years at the local veterinary surgery.  I met and married my husband Keith in 1988.

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