COMPTON MCRAE Newsletter – February 2024

Feb 28, 2024 | Newsletter

Good Afternoon Everyone,

As the second month approaches it’s end, don’t forget it is a Leap Year!!
What does that mean?

Every year that is exactly divisible by 4 is a leap year, except for years that are exactly divisible by 100, but these centurial years are leap years if they are exactly divisible by 400. For example, the years 1700, 1800, and 1900 are not leap years, but the years 1600 and 2000 are. Confusing?


Some fun facts about Leap Years:

1. Julius Caesar introduced the first calendar leap year in 46 B.C.

The Earth takes exactly 365 days, five hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds to circle the sun. The occasional Feb. 29 ensures we don’t lose six hours every year.

2. Leap year babies are called “leapers” or “leaplings.”

You’d want to get a special name too, if you had to wait four years to celebrate your birthday!

3. Feb. 29 has traditionally been a day on which women were allowed to propose to men.

Sounds hopelessly outdated for the 21st century, but this is the way it has worked in many cultures for centuries!

4. Feb. 29 is not really a legal day.

Many companies don’t recognize Leap Day as a “valid day.” They make leapers choose Feb. 28 or March 1 as their birthday instead.

5. Lots of people work for free on Feb. 29!

Most employees who are paid fixed monthly incomes will work for free on Feb. 29 because their wages are likely not calculated to include the extra day.

6. There are two “Leap Year Capitals of the World.”

If you want to celebrate this special day in a big way, head to Texas or New Mexico. Texas and New Mexico both claim the title “Leap Year Capital,” for holding lavish, multi-day celebrations each leap year.

I personally like point 5!

We aren’t planning any big celebrations at Compton McRae – but if you want to do something special – don’t forget our Compton McRae Meal Deal – soup, main, pudding and wine for 2 people for £40.00.

Please call or email about our daily selection – some will be fresh, some frozen (but can be defrosted if you let us know in advance)


Compton McRae News


Muddy Stiletto Awards

We are thrilled to have been nominated for the Muddy Stiletto Awards – BEST CAFE in Wiltshire.

We would love to proceed further in the awards and therefore are asking everyone to nominate Compton McRae. We would really appreciate if you could take 5 minutes to go online and cast a nomination. There are a number of categories that Compton McRae fall under but we believe that our café with the coffee and cakes, light lunches and friendly service sum up what we are trying to achieve. And even if we don’t go any further we are so pleased to have been nominated. Many thanks in advance.

Click the link https://wilts.muddystilettos.co.uk/awards/nominate/ to nominate Compton McRae for BEST CAFÉ in Wiltshire.


March Cheese Deal (because we love cheese!)

Our 20% off hard cheese was a great success and so we will continue the 20% discount on the local Somerset Pitchfork Cheddar.


MOTHER’S DAY – Sunday 10th March

Don’t forget the Compton McRae Meal Deal (an easy, mess free and stress free option for a delicious meal on Mother’s Day).
Also for a special present we have a range from Canvas Home – from coffee cups to milk jugs, from glasses to platters and bowls – there’s a great choice of high quality, well priced pressies to spoil all the special, hard working women in our lives.
Compton McRae Events


Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March – Arambha pop up

Arambha pop up @ The Loft, Compton McRae. Arambha will be upstairs at Compton McRae from 9am – 4pm with up to 60% off their spring/summer and autumn/winter collections.


Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March – Flavours of Ukraine

The Sunday event is virtually sold out but there are some tickets remaining for the Saturday afternoon. It’s a hands on workshop looking at how to make fermented and pickled foods. You will learn how you can make them at home and be able to take away some finished products!

A great opportunity to learn about the processes and at the same time enjoy a warm soup, sourdough and a glass of wine or bubbles. What a great way to finish a Saturday afternoon!

Book at https://www.shaftesburyrefugeegroup.org/flavours-application-2024


Sunday 17 March 8am – 10.30 am Compton Coffee Run

The @comptoncoffeerun is gathering momentum and our big launch day is fast approaching. (please follow the Instagram below for all the details)

I personally attended a similar event at The Stalls last Sunday – there was a wonderful array of new and older style cars and bikes.

I have already had a number of Compton McRae customers indicate they are coming along – some with their cars, some to have a look around. So the more the merrier!

We would really appreciate if you are planning on coming to click the link below so we can have an idea for numbers.


Friday 22nd March – The Pink Pheasant Workshop

🌈 Come and join Lou from @thepinkpheasant on Friday 22nd March for a lampshade making workshop (3 hours 10am – 12:45pm/1pm) ! You will get to make your own beautiful lined lampshade with Lou’s guidance whilst also enjoying some delicious refreshments.
To book your place please go to www.thepinkpheasant.co.uk
That was quite a lot of information but we have so many exciting things happening we couldn’t keep it all a secret and had to share it with you.

Best wishes and see you soon
Bill and the Compton McRae Team