Sarah Godsell - Celebrating Reigate
Find My Reigate exists to bring families closer to the fantastic community on our doorstep. Our 'Celebrating Reigate' series looks to put the spotlight on the individuals, businesses and locations that makes our corner of Surrey such a great place to be.
Introducing Sarah of Pick Me! Design
Our first feature is a discussion with the very creative Sarah Godsell whose design focused advent calendar caught our eye on Twitter last week.
How long have you lived/worked in Reigate?
I moved to Reigate from Forest Hill, South East London about two and a half years ago. I’m a Cotswold girl originally, so a country mouse, and the greenery in and surrounding the Reigate area was a real pull for both myself and my cycle mad husband!
What is your favourite thing(s) about Reigate?
No question it has to be Priory Park - it’s beautiful, all year round! There’s so much to explore and I think it’s unusual to have such vast woodland, so close to the centre of a town. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll see the park is a constant source of inspiration for my artistic side.
Our site is all about helping families discover the area and build a support network. Do you feel that Reigate has a strong sense of community?
It’s always hard moving to a new area, especially when you are self employed, as it can be quite solitary. Fortunately through my graphic design business and using social media, I’ve made some great local friends in Reigate and Redhill who have been extremely supportive (they know who they are!)
Can you share your top tips for local businesses?
Reigate is spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out or shopping!
For cafes it has to be Chalk Hills or Two Many Cooks. Admittedly they are located fairly close to where I’m based, but quickly I built up relationships with both. Chalk Hills especially, I feel like part of the family! All of the staff there make you feel so welcome and I always leave smiling from some of the cheeky banter I’ve encountered!
There’s far too much temptation for shopping in Reigate, but here goes! For clothes, great customer service and generally just inspiring is Gerrards Fashion & Quattro Rish. Taylor Jane for making me blush and laugh out loud at all their great greetings cards! First Stop stationers - I’m a graphic designer, need I say anymore?! Oxfam bookshop for beautiful art books and I love having a rummage round the other charity shops! I’ve bought some groovy vintage china and glass (another passion of mine) and branded clothes from them. I also absolutely must give a special mention to Knights. As I told Michael, a descendant of the shop founder, Knights was the reason we discovered Reigate! My husband and I were driving through, a few years back and I had to stop to witness this beautiful old department store for myself! It was a very sad day for Reigate when it closed, but I was thrilled to learn that a little bit of Knights still lives on in the form of Knights Haberdashery, found at the back of La Femme and using the original shop counter from the old store!
Reigate has an abundance of restaurants, but I still hope one day that we might have a few more independent places to choose from. I’m not completely comfortable recommending a chain, but I have to say for customer service and choice Bills wins hands down! The menu has something to suit all diets and in our experience the staff have always been very friendly and helpful. Other places we like to frequent are the Skimmington Castle, as there’s a great walk to it from the back of Priory Park and not quite Reigate, but another lovely local pub is The Dolphin in Betchworth.
One last place that I’d like to give a mention to is the Holmesdale Natural History Club. I always recommend this to anyone that has littl’uns, as it is run by very knowledgable and enthusiastic volunteers and has some fascinating local artefacts. Upstairs is probably the best part for the kids, as there’s quite large taxidermy collection and it even has plan chests with the little drawers you can pull out, filled with butterflies and other creepy crawlies!
Tell us a little about what you do.
I am a freelance graphic designer with over 15 years experience. I started my career as a junior designer and art director for the National Magazine Company in central London working on titles such as Esquire, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan magazine. I left full time work to become a freelance designer where I was hired by magazines and newspapers such as Vogue, Grazia and the Sunday Times. More recently I have set up my own company ‘Pick Me! Design’ in Reigate providing my branding, marketing and illustration services to local firms such as Ingenie, Boffix and The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema.
You can find out more about Sarah via the links below. The Reigate and Redhill posters are available locally. Stockist information can be found here. Given the time of year she may just be able to turn around an illustration as a Christmas present, or at least some unique thank you cards for you to send out after the big day!
You can follow Sarah's advent calendar on her social media accounts:
Look out for more in the Celebrating Reigate series.