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Morning in Melksham

This morning, I walked around Melksham's town centre really early, popping reminders about next Tuesday morning though the letterboxes on the various business doors. I love these walks around - it gives me a chance to look, to observe, and to think. And it's quick - they say that an errand that takes 10 minutes in London takes 2 hours in Melksham by the time you've stopped to have a chat with everyone. And - much as I enjoy listening and learning from people, there's also a need to be fair and get around the whole town.


Observations.

1. It's Easter weekend, the time when so many people are off work and able to get into the town, and yet so many shops have restricted hours. And it's so inconsistent ... "Closed Friday and Monday". "Reopening on 28th". "Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday only. Not open Bank Holidays". "Open Good Friday, closed Easter Monday". Do people go into town over the weekend? Well - that 70% of working people who do a 9-to-5 Monday-to-Friday job may want to, and what an excellent opportunity in the lovely weather for them to do so. To find - err - patchy availability. Would it be too difficult for the shopkeepers to club together and sent letters to the Melksham Independent News and Wiltshire Times (and perhaps Radio Wiltshire too?) to say "Everyone will be open on Friday and Saturday so COME INTO MELKSHAM! ... free bun with every coffee in all the cafes in town"


2. Times, they are a'changing. We can look at the town and feel depressed as we see businesses that have closed. But we can also look around the town and feel very positive indeed, as we see new businesses setting up, or recently opened businesses which seem to be making a real go of it. Such turnover in natural, and to be encouraged. If you're in an industry that's shrinking, supplying products that have largely been superceeded, then don't hang on - look for something new. And if you see an opportunity, go for it! I've been made redundant twice in my employed life, and both times it was such a positive step - it prodded me to moving away from a stagnating position and into a fantastic new start.


3. People who have letter boxes never put things through their own letter box. They're high, they're low, they're stiff. They have draught excluders that are so strong that they're also almost post excluders. And some businesses don't even have letter boxes any more - it's very much "if you want to say something to us, do so at the time we choose or not at all". I don't have time to go around town again (and again and again - see my note on differing hours!) so these businesses haven't got a reminder about next Tuesday's meeting on the future of Melksham via this route.


4. The light in the early morning is so different from the light later in the day. There are opportunities to take pictures that are very differrent. And people who are preparing the shops for the day - clearing up the morning after the night before, if you like, are so cheerful. A smile, a wave and a "Good morning. And - no traffic. Nice, but earie ...


It's still not even 9 a.m., but I have done so much already. Breakfast has been served at Well House Manor and partially cleared, and I'm writing as I await the opportunity to do the "room tidy" round. Unlike other accommodation in the area, we're busy during the week and quieter at the weekend - and that's something that we intend to balance out over the summer, but it does mean that I can "hotel sit" this morning while I catch up on paperwork. After a quieter that usual few weeks on training, I'm once again shoehorning courses in for May and June


It may still be quiet ... others may just be strirring, but I need to get on with my day - and to look forward. Komix opens for business on 21st May and we're looking forward to it. A new speciality store in a new market place for our town - a pointer to the future.

(written 2011-04-23)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
M201 - Well House Manor - Around Melksham, Wiltshire
  [437] Outside of the box - (2005-09-06)
  [676] Melksham, Wiltshire - (2006-04-08)
  [805] Melksham Carnival Parade - (2006-07-16)
  [811] Melksham in Bloom - (2006-07-22)
  [830] Butterflies in a Wiltshire garden - (2006-08-12)
  [847] Image maps for navigation - a straightforward example - (2006-08-28)
  [866] A lazy programmer is a good programmer - (2006-09-15)
  [879] Tuesday night is party night - (2006-09-26)
  [929] Presenting Melksham - for a weekend away in Wiltshire - (2006-11-17)
  [957] Improving the historic town of Melksham - (2006-11-30)
  [977] Melksham and Norwich - (2006-12-10)
  [1117] Newport Male Voice Choir - (2007-03-24)
  [1137] Wiltshire Circles - (2007-04-07)
  [1177] Sorting out for a site map - (2007-05-05)
  [1206] Where and When - can you place the picture? - (2007-05-27)
  [1266] Party in the Park - (2007-07-14)
  [1271] Till the cows come home - (2007-07-19)
  [1330] While waiting for Melksham Post Office - (2007-09-02)
  [1341] Moving to Melksham? Househunting map. - (2007-09-09)
  [1343] Melksham Laundrette - (2007-09-09)
  [1360] Asda in Melksham - Welcome or not? - (2007-09-21)
  [1368] Getting the local voice heard - (2007-09-26)
  [1436] A little touring help during a business trip to England - (2007-11-18)
  [1451] More PHP sample and demonstration programs - (2007-12-01)
  [1928] Melksham Oak Community School, Melksham, Wiltshire - (2008-12-07)
  [1977] Going round the block - (2009-01-04)
  [1986] Walk to Bowerhill - (2009-01-10)
  [2008] The Month Ahead - What is happening in Melksham - (2009-01-25)
  [2043] Confidence, Customer Service and Tourism in Melksham - (2009-02-15)
  [2064] East of Melksham Countryside - (2009-03-02)
  [2066] Melksham Industrial - (2009-03-04)
  [2142] Riverside Development - (2009-04-26)
  [2168] In honour of the photograph, I present ... a walk from Reybridge to Lacock - (2009-05-10)
  [2175] Melksham in pictures - (2009-05-11)
  [2253] Walks in and around Melksham, Wiltshire - (2009-06-21)
  [2262] History is not always pretty - (2009-06-30)
  [2297] Standing on the corner, Melksham Carnival - (2009-07-19)
  [2329] Great to be in Melksham - (2009-08-08)
  [2349] Businesses effected by road works in Melksham - (2009-08-11)
  [2480] Pantomimes around Melksham - 2009/2010 season - (2009-10-28)
  [2497] Brown horses in Melksham - (2009-11-08)
  [2528] Melksham Christmas Lights - (2009-12-05)
  [2585] Consultation in Melksham, on Melkshams future - (2010-01-17)
  [2588] Freddies Wood and the K and A Canal - (2010-01-17)
  [2665] Early Spring walk in Melksham - (2010-03-07)
  [2691] New brochures for the Melksham area - (2010-03-24)
  [2708] The bull on the footpath - (2010-04-04)
  [2716] Melksham in Pictures - (2010-04-10)
  [2739] Melksham Scouts - (2010-04-25)
  [2829] Dauncey Gardens, Melksham - (2010-06-27)
  [2854] Melksham Food and Drink Fair and Town Crier Competition - (2010-07-04)
  [2950] Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, turns first sod in Melksham Link Canal - (2010-09-09)
  [3023] Autumn walk from Bowerhill - (2010-10-31)
  [3050] Views of Melksham - November 2010 - (2010-11-13)
  [3209] Seeing Electricity Pylons near Melksham - (2011-03-21)
  [3227] Her favourite store - (2011-04-02)
  [3232] Around and about Melksham in more pictures - (2011-04-05)
  [3248] What have these pictures in common? - (2011-04-16)
  [3266] Easter on the Canal - near Melksham, Wiltshire - (2011-04-26)
  [3305] Getting away from the madding crowd - an intercontinental journey - (2011-05-27)
  [3337] Home Grown Pigs, near Melksham Station - (2011-06-26)
  [3389] Plenty to do in Melksham - (2011-08-13)
  [3470] Currently pictured in Melksham - (2011-10-09)
  [3499] Images of Melksham - (2011-10-29)
  [3502] Sunday Evening ... newest and oldest Melksham pictures - (2011-10-30)
  [3507] Melksham Forward - meeting summary and pictures - (2011-11-04)
  [3520] Quintessentially English - scenes from our Wiltshire town - (2011-11-14)
  [3525] Melksham has a heart - come and see the pictures. Sunday, 11 to 3, Assembly Hall - (2011-11-18)
  [3526] Melksham has a Heart - Montage picture for sale - (2011-11-20)
  [3543] Some different pictures from Melksham - (2011-12-07)
  [3569] Images of the new year in Melksham - (2012-01-05)
  [3605] Snow comes to Melksham, Wiltshire - pictures - (2012-02-10)
  [3644] The way of the Prioress - Melksham history pictured today - (2012-03-09)
  [3646] Exploring Melksham with a film maker - (2012-03-09)
  [3647] Along the brook - East Melksham to Melksham - (2012-03-10)
  [3656] TrainWest 2012 - 14th and 15th April, Melksham, Wiltshire - (2012-03-16)
  [3657] Basham Festival, Melksham, early August 2012 - a welcome - (2012-03-16)
  [3659] Welcome to Melksham - our new communities - (2012-03-18)
  [3692] Deeper than Art - An exhibition of the tattoo Canvas - Melksham - (2012-04-10)
  [3697] Events in Melksham - read all about them, and tell us about yours - (2012-04-15)
  [3703] A Museum for Melksham History. Open from 12th May 2012. - (2012-04-21)
  [3704] The Bowerhill Villager - a newsletter for Bowerhill, Melksham - (2012-04-22)
  [3712] Some unpublished and historic pictures - Museum of Melksham - (2012-04-28)
  [3720] Melksham ATC - freedom of the town - (2012-05-05)
  [3735] A walk around Melksham this morning. Can you place all of these? - (2012-05-17)
  [3744] Short Web Addresses for Melksham - (2012-05-30)
  [3771] Fine evening, country walk from Melksham - pictures - (2012-06-21)
  [3822] Town Clean - Melksham - (2012-07-29)
  [3837] Evening behind Melksham Spa - (2012-08-12)
  [3864] Guest Guide for Well House Manor and Melksham - (2012-09-18)
  [3869] How have Melksham shops changed in 60 years? - (2012-09-24)
  [3897] Autumn scenes from Melksham - (2012-10-16)
  [3944] Melksham Christmas Lights, 2012 - (2012-12-05)
  [3949] Melksham Spa from Woolmore Farm - (2012-12-09)
  [3960] Picture - between Lacock and Melksham - (2012-12-21)
  [3962] Melksham welcomes visitors - new blue plaque trail and more - (2012-12-27)
  [4084] New Pictures - Melksham Pack Horse Bridge - (2013-05-12)
  [4119] Melksham - Flower Town - (2013-06-20)
  [4141] My pictures of Melksham Carnival, 13th July 2013 - (2013-07-14)
  [4145] After the storm - (2013-07-29)
  [4151] Tell me a bit about Melksham - (2013-08-10)
  [4169] Around and about - Melksham - (2013-09-08)
  [4357] Seeing Christmas Coming to Melksham - (2014-12-20)
  [4701] Pretty at the station too - (2016-07-06)


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