Tewkesbury Mustard business helping Sam Ramsey rebuild her life
FOR one who has undergone such tragedy in her life, Sam Ramsey has now found a way to face the future with a smile.
And the reason is that she has found a genuine passion for reviving a largely forgotten art – how to make real Tewkesbury Mustard.
The 24-year-old is trying to get on with her life after her partner and father of her daughter Keith Soons was murdered in Cheltenham last year. The 36-year-old died after being stabbed with a screwdriver.
Sam says her new business venture is helping her to keep busy and feel joy once again.
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With colleague Robin Ritchie, she has launched the Tewkesbury Mustard Company, which makes the town's famous mustard using ancient traditional methods.
Sam said: "It's given me something to focus on and has been amazing. It's better than standing around moping."
Knowing she has to care for her two-year-old daughter Tilly without help from Keith is another reason why Sam hopes the business, set up just six months ago, will be a success.
She said: "You've got to carry on being positive. I'm keeping busy and I've got to be strong."
She added that her family, friends and business colleague were all backing her in her new venture.
She added that Darius Brazdys, the new man in her life, was keen for her to make a real go of the business. He knows how much she enjoys it.
Her business partner, Robin, has been making traditional Tewkesbury Mustard for 10 years and hopes to retire soon.
The 66-year-old said he hoped Sam would keep the tradition alive and he felt she was more than capable of doing so.
"I'm getting older and I don't want it to die out. I want someone to take it on and she's been a little dynamo," he said.
The pair said Tewkesbury Mustard, which was famous from the 16th to the 19th centuries, was reputedly the finest in England but was only ever sold in the form of mustard balls. Using the key core ingredients of mustard flour and horseradish, they make a paste and roll it into the shape of a ball.
Sam said: "You can add fruit juice, cider, beer or wine if you like but it's how you make the horseradish that's the key thing."
She is so committed to her new project that she plans to move to Tewkesbury from Cheltenham, where she and Robin source the mustard seeds and horseradish and make their product.