Yes, it is that time of year when everyone wants their damaged stove repaired and as I have said before this is the best time of year to do. As the stove is no longer in use as the warmer weather has now arrived! And long may it remain!!! I have completed a number of glass door repairs this last week, this one was to both doors of a large Villager stove. Both glass doors had become cracked with frequent use. The owner who resides in Upper Wimbish Green told me that the stove was in use every day from the autumn right through the winter as it has to heat and large room and both he and his wife tend to feel the cold.
Villager Stoves are now made by Arada Ltd, who also now make Aarow Stoves and Stratford Stoves; they are based in the West Country in Axminster. The company history is as follows:
Under the Villager brand, the company have been producing wood and multi fuel stoves for over 30 years with the roots of Arada brand being over 50 years old.
George and Rose start a small family business in Lyme Regis, Dorset called ‘Lyme Regis Engineering’.
After re-naming as ‘Villager Stoves’, the company begin to create stoves in Axminster, Devon.
Stratford boiler stoves are introduced, challenging efficiencies and safety in the boiler stove market place.
Aarrow and Villager combine their shared appreciation of building high quality stoves and become Arada Stoves.
The individual brands of Aarrow, Stratford and Villager are combined under the Contemporary Living, Timeless Classics and Hardworking Heating collections within the Arada brand.
The full contact address is: Arada Ltd, The Fireworks, Weycroft Avenue, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5HU
As usual I sourced the glass from VetroSpec in Great Chesterford, I have not found anywhere else that is so reasonably priced and helpful. They will actually cut the glass for you whilst you wait! The proprietors Antonio & Penny Portente are ever so helpful and friendly, I would recommend them to anyone! – VetroSpec – Precision Glass Engineering, Unit 1 Park Farm, Park Road, Great Chesterford, Essex CB10 1RN – T01799531363 – Sales@vetrospec.co.uk – www.vetrospec.co.uk
Looking at the photograph of the repair I think the stove now looks excellent, particularly as the large Villager is a handsome stove in its own right!