Forget deck the halls with boughs of holly – at our little pop-up shop for Bruton’s Christmas shopping evening on Wednesday it was more a case of deck the sales office with brie and cheddar! Yes, our humble sales office got the Mary Portas treatment, selling everything from Godminster cakes to organic cheese and vodkas for Christmas - and to make sure everyone had lots of delicious things to sample as they shopped we handed out Godminster cheese and chutney and brie and cranberry toasties and hot Bloody Good Mary Mix shots to warm the cockles on a cold December night (it seemed to be doing the trick – even the local policeman was tucking in!).

There was a real buzz to the evening and a great feeling of community spirit, with everyone parking in our car park and popping in first before wandering down in to the town for more festive shopping. As usual, it was all hands to the deck (Richard’s children came along to lend a hand, making it a real family affair), with Peter and Richard handing out Bloody Good Mary Mixes as people stepped through the door; Deborah and Bethan selling our cakes and organic cheeses; Marguerite decorating biscuits with the children (well, Christmas is all about the kids, isn’t it?); Nickie making Godminster cheese and chutney and brie and cranberry toasties like they were going out of fashion, and me on the till taking the money. Our little sales office has never seen so many people eating, drinking and being merry. If that’s not a great way to end the year, I don’t know what is.