Business life in Quadring

Susan and John Derbyshire at the village Post Office. Photo: SG250413-122TW
Susan and John Derbyshire at the village Post Office. Photo: SG250413-122TW

There are some surprises in store when it comes to the commercial activity going on in Quadring.

Businesses encompass old firms, such as Crossroads Nurseries, which has had a presence in the village for the past 100 years, to a bit of a surprise – The Curry Inn, which has built a good reputation since it opened five years ago.

In between are those two village necessities, a pub – The White Hart Inn – and the Post Office and shop.

John and Susan Derbyshire have introduced an unusual element to the normal stock of stamps and tinned goods at the Post Office. They sell Parsnip Homemade Gifts, anything from paper crafts and cards to decorated boxes and little owls.

Susan says: “They are all made by local ladies and I make the cards. It’s popular because people haven’t got to travel to find gifts and it’s nice to have something unique as a gift. Every time the needlework lady brings something in it’s new and different.”

Another family business that has been around for over 90 years is Barholme Farm, now run by Michael Featherstone.

Michael’s father Norman took on the mantle of village historian some years ago, something started by his late wife Myra, who taught at the village school for many years.

Michael is secretary of the Quadring Senior Citizens’ Party, which will be celebrating its 65th anniversary meal for about 120 people next year.