Mayor celebrates award-winning business during charity event

The Worshipful the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Ian Carr, recently visited Andover business The Sheep Shed Gallery & Tearoom to celebrate new award success…

Following their latest success as winners in the 2018 Test Valley Business Awards, The Sheep Shed Gallery & Tearoom welcomed the Worshipful the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Ian Carr MBE, to their recent charity art exhibition and competition.

The exhibition, held at their premises as part of Weyhill’s Fairground Craft & Design Centre, saw the business raise funds in aid of Andover-based charities Enham Trust and Andover Foodbank by bringing the local community together; in keeping with their most recent achievement as winners of the Test Valley Business Awards’ Doing Business Locally Award.

Sponsored by Taylored IT, the Doing Business Locally Award serves to celebrate a business with a strong connection to their local community.

During the exhibition, the Mayor and Mayoress were able to hear first-hand the difference The Sheep Shed Gallery makes to the community by supporting local artists and fellow businesses, as well as help present the winning artists with their prizes.

Bea Maddison, Gallery Administrator of The Sheep Shed Gallery & Tearoom, said of the Mayoral visit:

“It was such an honour for us to be able to host His Worshipful the Mayor, Cllr Ian Carr, and Mayoress at our Preview Evening.

“As winners of the ‘Doing Business Locally’ award, it was a fantastic opportunity for us to have him attend an event in aid of two charities which play a huge role in our local community.

“It was also a lovely touch to be able to ask him to present the prizes to our winners on the night, and to showcase to him and our guests, the work of some 70 local artists of all ages and artistic backgrounds.

As a team, we are incredibly grateful for the opportunities that the Test Valley Business Awards has presented us with since our win – it has been invaluable!”

Now in its 14th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.

The exhibition, ‘From A to Z’, is still on display at The Sheep Shed Gallery until Saturday 22nd December.

All artworks are available for sale at £30 each, with all money raised being donated to Enham Trust and Andover Foodbank.