English Bicknor is one of the ancient villages of the Forest of Dean, situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Wye Valley, and once the site of an ancient motte & bailey castle, the remnants of which can still be seen. Close to the village is Bicknor Court, an imposing house some 400 years old. Situated between Symond's Yat and Lower Lydbrook on high ground opposite its namesake Welsh Bicknor.
English Bicknor is first recorded as a hamlet in 1066. A primarily agricultural and industrial area, its main attraction today is the small Norman Church of St Mary which has excellent internal masonry and sculpture dating from the 12th century. The original tower was situated centrally but was built from the soft local sandstone which became unsafe. The church is also interesting because it is sited within the outer courtyard of the motte and bailey castle. Norman masonry has been found within the motte, suggesting at least part was built in stone and while nothing is left of the castle's actual structure today, its location is still identifiable.
A typical early Norman defence work which is one of many along the Welsh border, it is thought to have been built in the reign of Henry 1 (1100 - 1135) or Stephen (1135 - 54) and was demolished or destroyed by the late 14th Century, but why and how is not known. For more information, please call us on the number shown, or click in the header of any page to email English Bicknoremail@example.com.
Photo from Featured Project near English Bicknor
It's Thrilling Thursday - Whip up a storm in your business
Thursday draws its name from the old English for thunder, a translation of a Latin name for Jupiter's Day. Juptier was god of thunder and is the biggest planet in our solar system, being one of the brightest objects in our night sky. Set big goals on Thursday and go large.
When asked what their busienss goals are, many will come up with answers like "Increase my profit", "Make more sales", "Get more customer referrals" or "Retire early". All very worthy goals but not the kind that can be measured. If you can't measure something, you will never know when you have achieved it.
Today is a great day for defining how much more profit, how many more sales, how many more customer referrals and how early you want to retire. Then the period must be defined. How many per month, per year, in five years time?
The targets when viewed overall can be frightening. "I want to double my profit in a year" is a very bold statement, which can seem unattainable. This is the time to 'chunk' the task. From a year, break down increases to monthly, weekly or even daily steps that can be easily measured and 'ticked off' as you go along. Even a journey of a thousand miles must start with the first step.
Go on, amaze yourself with what you can achieve. Set big goals then make them achievable by chunking them into bite-sized pieces.
Marketing, promotion and sales activities all contribute to any business goal, and over the years, hundreds of Village Websmith customers have had help with these aspects to help achieve ambitious targets. Call us on 0203 239 0350 to talk over your business goals or click in the header of any page to send an email.