Clarence Stenson was a wonderful man, a gentle and loving Grandad and a man who understood the importance of family, friendship and community. He owned a little sweet and newsagent shop in a town just outside of Nottingham, England called Stenson & Bowles.
Grandad always took time to check in with customers. He knew them by name, knew the struggles they were facing, knew which kids were in need of an extra kind word to encourage them along.
His shop was nestled between Robertson Fish and Chip Shop and the Post Office. It was a poor community in terms of money but a rich community in terms of history, family and connection.
Warkworth reminds me of that place and that time. Since Jo and I arrived we have felt the warmth and the welcoming in this small town. We knew that this was a town we wanted to spend our time in. A community we wanted to give back to, a place for us to plant our lives.
So, here we are on opening day working on the final touches at “The General” and feeling the tremendous support from this dynamic and inclusive place we now call home. There are so many to thank. The list is long but I’m going to give it my best.
OUR WARKWORTH VILLAGE: Cast and Crew
Nikki & Ian
Delphine & Jan
Carol & Jonathan
Lizzie & Trevor
Justine, Scott, Skylar
Jeannine, Jackie & Nicole
The back Table gals: Barb, Carol, Gisela, Ruth & Ms A Sivell
Lesley and Robin
Paul and Derrick
Jackie and Jill
Paul ( Duff )
OUR TORONTO VILLAGE: Cast and Crew
Briget & Annie
Audrey & Sarah
The Full Frame Gang
Martino and Gang
The rest of Our Village: Calgary and Ottawa Cast and Crew
Mike and Monique
Kathryn Valentine and all of Out of House Solutions.
Our friends and family and from BC, Alberta and Quebec
These are but a few who have provided support, rolled up their sleeves, offered wise words and provided the encouragement to keep on going. We feel the support of the town and our friends and family far and wide.
Jo and I love that we are opening a place that will become part of the fabric of such a great town. Thank you all. We look forward to serving you at the General. It truly does take a “Village” and what an incredible “Village” we live and work in.