Big Day on Sunday

Dads rule. As do other significant guys in your life.

We’re all stocked up for Father’s Day which, in case you’re not in the know, is this Sunday, June 16th.

Here’s how we can help you to thank your father / stepfather / grandfather / godfather or any other guy you need to show your gratitude.

 

£20 Father’s Day Goodie Bag

A cup, mug or pot by in-house ceramicist @menaceramics

A gift of your choice from a selection including teas and house plants

A card from one of our local artists

 

2 for 1 on Father’s Day Weekend Pottery Workshops

We’re offering two for the price of one on Pottery Workshops over the Father’s Day Weekend! Click the link below to find out more and to book a place on one of these lovely workshops. We have found them to be a wonderful chance to set aside some time for family bonding!

 
 

Choose from our latest delivery of home-grown house plants

We run a plant swap at the gallery. It means we literally have a growingrange of cuttings to choose from, along with a large selection of unique pots in all colours, made by our very own @menaceramics.

You don’t have to have a plant to swap, you can just call in and buy a plant and a ceramic pot. But if you do have a cutting to bring in, we’ll be delighted and once you’ve brought in 5 we’ll offer you a free @menaceramics pot.

The health and well-being benefits of having plants growing in your house are enormous. A house plant for your Dad is a fine way to show him you care.

 

What is Father’s Day anyway?

In case you’ve ever wondered ‘what’s the meaning of Father’s Day?’ or been told it’s all a load of commercial hot air, we’ve done a little delving and discovered various theories on its origins. We thought we’d share them with you. 

The only thing that seems generally accepted about Father’s Day in the UK and USA is that it is on the third Sunday in June. 

But its roots certainly seem to go back far further than the arrival of online shopping or a quickly-made buck.

There are two commonly held theories as to how and why Father’s Day began:

·      In c.1908 Grace Golden Clayton, of West Virginia, lobbied Methodist ministers for a church service to honour fathers, after a mining disaster killed more than 350 local men, leaving hundreds of widows and orphaned children.

·      In c.1905, after listening to a church service on Mother’s Day, Sonora Smart Dodd, of Arkansas, was inspired to lobby ministers for the need to celebrate fathers, as well as mothers. Her own father had brought up six children alone after his wife died in child birth.

It was in America too that Father’s Day was given official status. The first presidential order calling for the observation of Father’s Day was by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966. Then in 1972 President Nixon made it law.

Meanwhile, others believe the tradition began way farther back in time. 

In ancient cultures, the ‘Sky’ or ‘Sun’ Gods were looked upon as fathers. Pagans celebrated the Summer Solstice on the longest day of the year (what we now know as ‘Midsummer’) when they worshipped the ‘Sky Fathers’ or ‘Sun Gods’. The festivities and rituals lasted for a week.

Some believe that is why today’s Father’s Day is held so close to Midsummer’s Day, between June 19th and June 25th.

Laura Ridgway