On Tuesday 22nd November, North Beds YFC set off to meet Alaric, a local owner of the historic brewing company, Phipps NBC. After grabbing a beer of our choice, Alaric welcomed us into his small brewery to commence the talk and tour... with a twist.
Alaric touched on what makes Phipps NBC beer special - however the real charm to this local company, is undoubtedly it's rich history. Phipps NBC is an old Northamptonshire Brewery, which closed down after a booming trade in the Victorian period. Alaric talked in great detail about why he re-opened his family business, plus the history of all of the the Breweries in Northampton - of which there were many! and what makes Phipps NBC in particular special today.
Phipps NBC has its very own well, known as the King's well under the brewery itself, known as the King's well as indeed it was believed to have draw the best water in the area - thus the name.
From this water, Alaric and his team make all of their beers as well as the Kingswell Gin also available on sale.
After the talk and tour finished, Alaric answered our many questions, and told us a little of his plans to expand the Phipps NBC empire further. We then retired to the bar at the front of the brewery to enjoy more of his produce.
Thanks to Alaric and Phipps NBC again for a great meeting enjoyed by all!
Last week the members of North Beds YFC visited the leather workshop and factory of local bag makers, Tusting. William Tusting, the present owner of the business greeted us at the workshop before introducing the business and what they do at Tusting.
The current workshop in Lavendon is situated near the original tannery that was started in 1875. During the 1980s, the business branched out into the bag making business, which it still trades in today.
William talked us through the different materials that they use at Tusting, everything from cow hides to ostrich, pig, goat as well as many other exotic species. The members had a go at guessing which leather was from which animal, and few of us got the answer correct the first time!
We were shown the workshop and talked through the process of bag making - we all soon realised it is much more skilled and laborious than we first thought!
Here are some pictures of the members looking around the workshop:
On Wednesday 2nd November, North Beds' YFC met for an evening of Bubble Football at Sharnbrook Upper School Sports Hall
We were greeted by Terry, the Bubble Football coach who talked us through the basic safety rules of the game, before we were allowed to strap ourselves into the giant zorb-like bubbles and commence playing football!
Everyone agreed it was a great meeting - even if it did get very hot and sweaty inside the bubbles!
We went to the Fox and Hounds in Riseley for a well earned drink after all that running around...