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Ludlow is a town of small businesses. Behind the Jacobean and Georgian facades, down the scenic streets and cobbled alleyways, thrives a community of talented creatives. They are artists, writers, potters, chefs, restaurateurs, jewellery designers, book binders, beauticians, curators and florists and they are Ludlow’s beating heart. If anyone can tell you about the ins and outs of our buzzing town, it’s the people who work here. This is week, we interview Monty Lowe, curator of Ludlow Buttercross Museum What’s your connection to Ludlow? Are you an incomer (fell in love on a visit) Returner (grew up here, went away, glad to be back) Have never left the shire (why go anywhere else?) I am in incomer. I grew up in Leicestershire and have lived all over the UK. Living in and around Ludlow is the bees knees because…. It is centrally placed on the Welsh borders within a great landscape both geographically and in its archaeological and historical context. It is also vibrant in the modern sense too. Tell us something about Ludlow nobody …

Tax on Ludlow life?

Be aware of things that act as kindling to fire up antipathy amongst the neighbours (in no particular order): bins, parking, cats (either for or against), dogs, parking, noise, branches, fencing, kids (for or against), parking…

At the top of Mount Crumpit

During my tender years living in New York, it always felt like Xmas was a way to fortify yourself for the real action – 26 December sales. Feelings of warmth, family, festive feeling swamped by a possible 75 percent discount on a desired top.

You had me at Holly

Last year, I tried the ‘handcrafted stamp’ look but it looked as though I had delegated my gift wrapping to a three-year old. This year, I am liking the ‘brown paper/butcher’s twine/stag’s head tags’ look as seen in the latest issue of Red magazine.

Feeding the beasts

With three small children (aged 12yrs, 10yrs and 5yrs), we generally exist on nursery-type meals. Spag bol, cottage pie, pizza, chicken wraps, fish fingers and casseroles are our staple – cheap, easy and not too ‘mucked out’ for my fussy brood.