Blog posts of '2015' 'October'

Join our jamming sessions - Friday, October 30, 2015

Let’s take the lid off a local issue – like jam! We enjoy supporting local artists at Mia Bella Casa, and one of our favourites is Rustington jam maker ‘Mrs Badger’, also known as Lin Jones (pictured above).

An accomplished playwright and director, Lin makes cards, jams, chutneys and fudge from her base at Badger’s Cottage Kitchen in Rustington. Her jams and chutneys are packed full of locally grown fruit and veg. Her marmalade is made with Seville oranges.


But something a little different is Mrs Badger’s Tayberry Jam. Tayberry is a cultivated shrub in the genus Rubus of the family Rosaceae. The fruit was patented in 1979 as a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry, and named after the river Tay in Scotland. Lin’s fudge is delicious, too. We’ve just taken delivery of her Pumpkin Pie fudge.

And there’s even more drama behind Mrs Badger’s empire. I’ve performed in many of Lin’s plays. We did an Alan Ayckbourn play It Could Be Any One Of Us back in 2012 for Rustington Players (pictured below).

It’s always great fun rehearsing and performing shows with Lin. It’s a great way to unwind after a hard day as we always have a laugh. Sadly, having the business means I don’t get as much time as before – but I still like to do at least one show a year.


We also worked together at the Rustington summer fayre. Lin set up her stand outside our shop, and has publicly thanked us for our help.

And if all that isn’t enough, Lin also has a graphic design service for theatre, music and events. She’s currently designing this year’s Rustington Christmas Fayre poster and programme.

So come to us for a taste of true theatre. In a jar.

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