By Janet, Oct 24 2012 11:40AM
When we were deciding on a name for the venture that would become ‘The Refectory Table’ we stuck a large sheet of paper up on the kitchen wall and over a week or so added ideas and drawings. Some ideas were plain awful, others not appropriate.
The name ‘The Refectory Table’ was of course blindingly obvious once we’d come up with it – and came from the table that we have in our kitchen. It’s a great table, we can seat 14 people round it at a push and it’s been the scene for many good times with friends.
The term ‘refectory’ conjured up images of meals shared in a place of learning. Refectory, we found, was from the Latin reficere: to remake or restore, via the Late Latin refectorium, a place one goes to be restored.
This all chimed perfectly with our vision for The Refectory Table and the experience we wanted people to have on our courses. We knew we could deliver great course content, and Pete’s coaching skills would come into play perfectly in helping people explore new ideas for their creative businesses.
People build relationships as they gather around the table at the start and end of our courses, and sit to share lunch and stories.
We know that thinking about your business can be both exciting and scary – so we do our best to help people to feel at ease and for the days to be sociable, convivial, personal and inviting. And ultimately for people to leave feeling excited by the possibilities that lie before them.
There was still one name idea remaining on our list that we couldn’t let go ‘Crumbhuddle’. Again it resonated with the idea of people gathering and sharing. We decided to use ‘Crumbhuddle’ as our Twitter handle. The term is now also a feature of all our courses. We schedule in a working break during the afternoon for participants with tea and a home-baked cake to share – a ‘crumbhuddle’ – before the final workshop session.