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FOLK TALES with Colin Lambert

JAYSON HUTCHINS Divorce is Painful

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herborne Photographic Shop and Cheap Street were a perfect match. However, the landlord filed for divorce (or stay and pay double the rent) and two weeks later the shop closed. All separations are painful, but only by accepting change do we grow. Have you learned from your separations? I know I have. Six years ago I needed some new business cards. I designed something badly in Photoshop and put it on a USB stick. I drove into town, parked at Waitrose and walked into Sherborne Photographic. In the back office sat their graphics whizz-kid, Jayson Hutchins. I waited while he patiently helped a 90-year-old create a photo album and framed prints ready for Christmas. I noticed a poster of The Beatles on the wall – except there were now five and the fifth looked very similar to Jayson. He helped me create some business cards and headed paper. Charming, polite and helpful with very spiky hair; I remember thinking, “Wow, he must have an interesting story to tell.” Oh yes, I was bemoaning the loss of Sherborne Photographic by a less than philanthropic landlord. It always saddens me when local businesses are replaced by fashion stores and coffee shops paying inflated rents. Something about Zone A’s and caffeine or sugar addiction. Jayson was born at the Yeatman and schooled at St Aldhelm’s, now The Gryphon. He was – and still is – a dreamer, always drawing or messing about with a guitar and keyboards. In his teens Jayson helped out at a playgroup, showing the kids how to draw dragons 120 | Sherborne Times | November 2017

and spaceships. A dad spotted him and he was called for trials at Ecoprint, the local printers of their day. Jayson impressed with his deft touches and mouse-dribbling skills. A job for life, he thought. He joined a band as a keyboard player, grew his hair to his waist, gigged at weekends. Jayson also married, had children and separated, as you do. My own divorce is always very draining, so we quickly move on. Redundancy struck and another kind of separation ensued; the Ecoprint site is now two houses opposite The George pub. Sherborne Photographic came to Jayson’s rescue with a job running the back-office graphics. Jayson cut his hair, made it short and spiky. “Hair like that in Sherborne?” I ask. “I was a little worried that customers might treat me differently, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised,” he says. He loved the job and built up a client base over thirteen years; it was a great marriage. That was until the dreaded P45 arrived and another separation. Landlords in search of more rent never see the shock, anger, despair that follows when a business is closed. Two weeks later, in his early 40s with rent to pay and mouths to feed, Jayson was pretty fed up. “Brian and Jenny at Abbey Décor offered me a job, even though I know nothing about tools and stuff. I was close to selling my retro-style BMX when a man called Calvin, who I went to school with, invited me for a chat. He created a job for me and here I am at the Old Barn Framing

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