For most of us, connecting with our friends and family, and exchanging presents, are the biggest themes over the Christmas period. At work, there may be the office Christmas party and a secret Santa present exchange among colleagues. Dilemma, what do you buy?
Traditional Christmas presents
Gift giving is a long-standing tradition, and believe it or not, it can be traced back many thousands of years.
Inspiration for Xmas gifts
It is a busy time of year, seeking inspiration and finding Christmas gifts can be a challenge. Who do you buy gifts for? Want to make an impact? Perhaps make an ethical statement with an upcycled gift? Competitive? Want to out-do everyone and be the giver of wow-factor presents? Giving gifts brings a sense of purpose and satisfaction, and it’s a unique form of human expression and, probably most important of all, it makes people feel happy!
Creative, upcycled and Scottish gifts
Be Coorie in Comrie has a wide range of unique, classy gifts, and if you enjoy rural pursuits, you are in for a real treat as many of the products have been inspired by Scottish country sports, like the shotgun cartridge key-rings, bound in leather, and crafted in Scotland by deerstalkers. There are gifts galore to choose from: scented Be Coorie candles, hat pins, cartridge cufflinks with colourful Swarovski crystals, one-off vintage pieces, leather cartridge bags, numerous sizes of red deer antlers, reindeer hides, books, and a selection of sumptuously soft sheepskins, perfect for snuggling into on a wild, wintry night.
Classy Jumpers for outdoor ladies
Staying with the warm theme, Be Coorie stocks jumpers from the British brand, Mistamina, by Lady Melissa Percy. The jumpers have a feminine twist, and are available in a range of colours. Be Coorie’s Deborah Anderson said, “I love them, they are practical, warm and affordable jumpers that suit my country lifestyle, and still have chic look to them.” Perfect Christmas gift for the lady in your life, or a deserving treat for yourself!
Buy in person or online
Buying Christmas presents isn’t a chore if you pop along to Be Coorie in Comrie, you’ll find an inspirational selection of gifts, and if you are unable to visit Be Coorie in person, you can order from their website, (note: last date for posting is 18th December).
It’s never too early to think about 2020?
Are you one of life’s organised types? If so, surprise your loved one with a luxurious weekend in a country hideaway, ask Deborah about Coorie Hideaway gift vouchers for Burn’s night, Valentines and other special occasions.
Part of a regular column ‘Scottish Country Life’ by Linda Mellor, written for Shooting & Fishing Scotland Magazine, December 2019.
Busy, busy, busy! It’s that wonderful time of year when the shooting season is in full swing: birds are strong and high-flying, beaters are full of life, dogs are keen and the guns are shooting well.
The country sports industry is continually being bombarded with criticism, much of it ill-informed verbal diarrhoea, light on facts and heavy on spin. What are we to do? Take it, listen out and wait for more? Nope. I don’t think so. We shouldn’t be sitting back and waiting for the next attack. We need a CTA – a call to action. Sing the praises about the work we do, the days out we enjoy and the new people we introduce. Let’s talk about it, be proud of it, share (doesn’t everyone own a smartphone these days?), open it up and invite people in, and encourage them to have a go. The country sports industry is no longer the closed, male populated, class-driven world it used to be (“I am old enough to remember being the only female out on a shoot day,” Linda Mellor, age 54 and a bit!) – there are open doors everywhere and it welcomes everyone. No matter who you are, where you are from, novice or experienced, curious and interested, unsure or confident – you are all welcome. Go on, give it a try! You may find you have a hidden talent for shooting clays, be the luckiest angler on the river or discover a passion for deer stalking and conservation.
There are many people working within Scotland’s country sports industry, the numbers run into thousands with full-time, part-time, seasonal, contract and self-employed roles. The span of the types of jobs is much wider though, if we look at the hotels, catering, accommodation, transport and vehicles, clothing, artists, writers and photographers(!), videographers, PR and Marketing companies, estate staff (office based as well as outdoors) who make it possible for shoots to take place, land-owners, water bailiffs, sporting agents, factors, boat builders, equipment manufacturers, gun-dog breeders and trainers, vets, fly-tiers, web and graphic designers, magazine editors and publishers, distribution networks, local newsagents (stocking rural magazines), butchers and game dealers – the list goes on. There are many livelihoods and more, at stake if the country sports industry is continually fractured by criticism and takes a downturn.
How about seeking out the new? Highlighting the positives hidden within the negativity is a little old hat? Could there be an opportunity to create additional jobs? More people involved and employed within the industry and able to promote country sports to a wider audience, help educate people and encourage participation. There are so many benefits to an outdoor lifestyle: exercise, social life, skills and wild food. Put the facts out there, and support people in using their intelligence to question everything.
There is much to be done, a lot of ground to cover. I’m game, and I have a dream – if you would like to know more, take part and help please contact me.
BE COORIE LAUNCH NIGHT THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2019, 5 — 8PM.
Scotland’s outdoors offers us so much; a rich variety of
nature, wildlife and beautiful scenery with centuries of history and tradition
woven throughout the land. Deborah Anderson returned home to Perthshire, and
inspired by Scotland’s natural bounty, she opened her shop, ‘Be Coorie’ in
Be Coorie, the lifestyle choice
Deborah said, “Be Coorie is a theme inspired by the way of life I have chosen in Scotland, it is interior and lifestyle products influenced by my passion for the country sports and outdoors.”
The Be Coorie shop, on Commercial Lane, Comrie, is a treat for your senses, the subtle aromas from scented candles are carried on the air, and the warmth from a log fire beckons you in as you feast your eyes on the beautiful colours and textures of the interesting gifts. Deborah’s affinity with the countryside and flair for design flows through the shop. As you step over the threshold, the Be Coorie theme gently embraces you with its elegant country cosiness. She said, “it’s amazing and so enjoyable that everyday I come across new people making products that compliment this lifestyle approach and I’m only taking on Made in Scotland products now. There is great potential here in Scotland and I believe we are just at the beginning of tapping into something big.”
Exclusive country hideaways and design service.
Be Coorie takes its inspiration from our wild Scottish
landscapes and brings them into our homes, oozing comfort and warmth and
enhancing our well-being. Deborah also offers pet friendly country hideaways.
“The Coorie Hideaways mirror my interior style influenced by country sports,
people can stay and step right into the Be Coorie lifestyle, to enjoy a cosy
break and snuggle in by a log fire, and explore the great outdoors. We can
arrange country sporting opportunities here in Perthshire. Each unique holiday
home evokes the feeling I aim to create: cosy accommodation in an idyllic
The fast-approaching festive season and the cold wintry nights present us with a great opportunity to snuggle in at home surrounded by beautiful things and cosinesss, Be Coorie will help you with the ultimate lifestyle comforts, and, is the place to buy high-quality Scottish made gifts for you and your loved ones. Spread the love Be Coorie style!
Come along and be inspired at the Be Coorie launch night, from 5 — 8pm, Commercial Lane, Comrie, Perthshire, THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2019.
Solutions team will be taking on the challenge of cycling the length
of the UK in 24 hours on 1st November. They will be
completing the challenge on four-watt bikes that will be stationed at the
company’s northern office, in Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Members of the team will
be taking it in turns to complete the 874-mile journey from John O’Groats to
Land’s End, starting at midday 1St November and cycling through
the night until midday the next day.
The team, which advises landowners across the UK on rural planning and diversification, is raising money and awareness for The Country Trust, a charity that is very close to its hearts and passions.
William Fry, Managing Director
of Rural Solutions, said:
“It is very important to all our colleagues here at Rural
Solutions that we take the opportunity to set ourselves challenges that stretch
us and that we spend time doing so for causes we are passionate about.
“We were introduced to The Country Trust by one of our
colleagues and they are a fantastic charity working up and down the country
looking to help children have a rural experience they will never forget,
seeking out those who are least able to do so themselves through disability or
lack of opportunity.
“What they do educates
and inspires children to understand the connection between themselves, food,
animals and nature. They work with schools to organise trips to farms and
taking the learnings from this back to the classroom, helping children to grow
and look after their own crops and learn how to make meals. To know we are
helping such an important charity help these children means a lot to us and
will spur us on in those tougher moments!
“The Country Trust is
entirely funded by private donations and every penny helps them make a
difference to another child. We are hoping to reach a target of
£2400, at least £100 for every hour we’re on the bikes. It is going to be tough
but collectively I am sure we can reach the goal.
“As a company, we sponsor local ironman Sam Boatwright and the challenges he sets himself always receive our great admiration. Sam’s most recent epic triathlon included cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats so we were inspired to take on a similar challenge.”
GROUSE ESTATES SUPPORT THE TWEED INDUSTRY TO THE TUNE OF OVER A MILLION POUNDS
The enduring tradition of
sporting estate throughout the country having their very own bespoke tweeds
continues to support the economy even when there is a poor season upon us.
Whilst tartans are associated
with Scottish families and clans, tweeds evolved as liveries to identify the
people who worked and lived on the same estate. Today, a bespoke estate tweed
acts as the modern uniform for employees, gamekeepers, ghillies and stalkers
alike and only the estate’s owners and workers are entitled to wear it.
The moorland groups which took part in the study
included the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors, Nidderdale and the
Tweeds allow gamekeepers and
ghillies to blend in with their surroundings and observe wildlife whilst out on
the moors. As such tweeds are designed to reflect the estate’s natural
landscape with colours and pattern varying significantly. Tweed also serves a
purpose as a uniform and allows bespoke designs in terms of pocket size and
positioning as well as tailoring preferences.
Estate members within the
Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group (YDMG), who took part in the survey, supported
the tweed industry to the tune of £128,800 which covered the 2017 and 2018
coordinator of the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group, said: “Estate tweed
is very much made-to-measure not bought off-the-peg. It is exciting to see some
estate tweed evolve over the years whilst retaining its own identity, with
other tweeds continuing the original pattern designed over a century ago. With
estates owning their very own bespoke tweed and employees being fitted out with
a new set of tweeds every other year, sporting estates throughout the country
generate vital business for the tweed industry.”
One estate in YDMG, Conistone and Grassington Estate recently worked with Campbell’s of Beauly, renowned as the ‘guardians of tweed’, on an exclusive Harris tweed.
Sugden, owner of Campbell’s, said: “All our
bespoke tweeds are made on site, which is a real skill. We work with over 100 estates in Scotland and
England, making up 60 – 70% of our work in the tailoring department. This
generates £300,000 towards our tailoring business. 10% of those estates we
currently work with are in England and our business there is expanding, as such
we have now appointed a dedicated Campbell’s employee working with estates in
“Our retail business also benefits from the estate market through field sport guests purchasing tweed products in our shop, another very important revenue stream for us. We are closely linked to estates and without their business it would be a very different outlook for us.”
The spend by the North
Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation on tweed for the 2017 and 2018 seasons
combined was £76,000, and together with the other regional moorland groups,
estates’ spend on tweed proves to be a vital lifeline to the industry and many
local tweed outfitters, including the likes of Isaac Walton & Co, Carters
Country Wear and Brocklehurst of Bakewell.
Tina Brough, coordinator
of North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation said:
“A full set of gamekeeper tweeds, which also includes a hat, averages
at around £1,000 per gamekeeper. This investment continues each season and it’s
this enduring tradition of estate tweed that helps to support local
communities. Without grouse shooting many local businesses would not survive.”
Isaac Walton & Co, based
in Newcastle, works with the majority of estates in Yorkshire and has been
supplying tailored gamekeepers’ suits and general shooting apparel for most of
the twentieth century and standing strong after 131 years in business.
Michele Shield, proprietor
of Isaac Walton, said: “Tweed is the ‘Rolls Royce’ of cloth,
pre-eminent due to its style and functionality. Each set of tweeds is
custom-made as it is paramount it is comfortable to work in. We work with over
125 estates on supplying tailored tweeds for numerous gamekeepers, ghillies and
stalkers as well as indoor staff and the owners themselves. I travel the length
and breadth of the British Isles fulfilling each customer’s individual
requirements. The size of the industry and the amount of people employed and
wearing tweed is staggering.
“Tweed is supplied from the
best British mills such as Lovat Mill in Hawick and Glenlyon Tweed Mill in
Aberfeldy, Perthshire, both weaving exclusive estate designs. I recently
advised Raby Estate in Teesdale who wanted to change their estate tweed and
recommended Angus Nichol in Fife. They designed a completely different and
modern tweed featuring thicket, foxglove, owl and flannel grey
with a claret and white
overcheck, in keeping with the estate topography colours. I then measured and
fitted all staff with new tweeds and it was magnificent to see the finished
gamekeeper and coordinator of the Peak District Moorland Group said:
“The spend on tweed by estates within the Peak District Moorland Group totalled
£24,000 for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, with the average cost for a three-piece
gamekeepers suit including cap being around £800 for the tailoring alone.
“Our estate members work with
local outfitters including Isaac Walton, George Goddard and Brocklehursts of
Bakewell. If in times of a very poor grouse season being experienced, some
suits may be like new for the following season, so we generally work with
outfitters every other year, however tweed should last over two good seasons
due to the durability of the fabric. It is fantastic to see an army of keepers
out on a shoot day in their estate tweed, it gives you a real sense of
belonging and we are all very proud to wear our individual estate tweed.”
Tweed was established as a tradition back in the 1800s when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert set a precedent by having a bespoke tweed designed for their staff at Balmoral.