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Graham Knight passed away peacefully on September 3, 2009, after a battle with Cancer.

We have all known Graham in various stages of his life: his childhood years in Birmingham; early work life at Cadbury’s at Bourneville; moving to Nottingham and joining Radio Trent as a founding presenter, then on to BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio 2 as a broadcaster, journalist and writer; starting a successful internet company Broadband Communications; and finally his seven years of running General Store in Sherwood.

He has inspired and supported hundreds of people throughout his full and passionate life, and we would love to share in your own memories of Graham, so please leave yours below so others can read them.

Cherry, Matthew & Paul Knight

Note: General Store has now closed. If you have any questions about the shop, please contact


  1. Catherine K wrote:

    The General Store was such a warm and inviting place to enter, full of new and exciting things to explore and lots of lovely things to see and smell and taste. Graham made the experience in the store so much more exciting, like your personal guide on an exotic journey. He was a deeply engaging man who always had time for every single person and made each visit different and uniquely personal.

    I will miss him and his great presence and wonderful kindness very much.

    Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink
  2. Michael Williams wrote:

    Though I didn’t know Graham that well, he had a very real influence on my life. When we first came to Sherwood Graham was the first person we met. He persaded us to stay and buy a house here. We has a friedly, intelligent man who we will miss, he is a loss to us all.

    Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
  3. Michael Erskine wrote:

    Goodbye Graham. We loved your store – it was part of our best Saturdays to come in and have a coffee; the kids usually had a fancy ice cream. We’ll always remember you.

    Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Permalink
  4. Sam & Alison Hackett wrote:

    A great guy who will be sorely missed by all his many friends as well as by those, like us, who knew him only as a fount of all tea knowledge. Sic transit gloria mundi.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:14 am | Permalink
  5. John M and Sue M wrote:

    Graham will be greatly missed, as will The General Store. Graham was virtually solely responsible for our addiction to good quality Earl Grey tea, for which we will always be grateful to him.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:15 am | Permalink
  6. We all liked dealing with Graham as he was a true gent. He was always pleasent and cheerful even during his illness.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:17 am | Permalink
  7. Tara Webster-Deakin wrote:

    I remember Graham with fondness; his store was a haven when I was wandering around Sherwood with a new born baby and I was always made welcome there.
    The General store was a welcome addition to the fabric of Sherwood and I have missed it… wishes to Graham’s family at this difficult time.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:17 am | Permalink
  8. Graham was a legend, a true local hero, stimulating the minds and taste buds from around the globe, he will be truly missed.
    God bless.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:21 am | Permalink
  9. MD wrote:

    Very sad news. I only knew Graham through my visits to the General Store, but I will remember his friendliness, enthusiasm, and knowledge. A sad loss.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:21 am | Permalink
  10. David Taylor wrote:

    the general store will be genuinly missed, and graham was the heart of the place.
    a great loss.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:27 am | Permalink
  11. Linda & John Hughes wrote:

    Deepest sympathy to Grahams friends and family, John enjoyed chatting to Graham about the various coffees, Graham was always so helpful and friendly. A sad loss. Rest in peace.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:31 am | Permalink
  12. Helen Lee wrote:

    I was so sad to hear that Graham has died. His attitude to his terminal illness was so impressive and he and the General Store added real colour and style to Sherwood. I will miss him and the store and all that they represented in terms of love of life and the quality of life.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:56 am | Permalink
  13. We didn’t know Graham. In fact, we’ve only met him about 4 or 5 times, at the General Store. Even still, when my missus told me that “the nice man who ran the General Store had died”, I knew exactly who she meant and could picture him immediately. It just goes to show what a good impression he must have left on people. Our deepest sympathies to his friends and relatives.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:56 am | Permalink
  14. Leona Bowery wrote:

    I was fortunate enough to work with Graham at the General Store and regarded him as a true friend. He taught me so much about tea, coffee and chocolate and was always ready to share his knowledge and enthusiasm. I will remember him always.

    Rest in Peace.

    Love Leona

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:57 am | Permalink
  15. Colin Bower wrote:

    Graham was a lovely man and will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his family.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:59 am | Permalink
  16. Fran and Rod wrote:

    Living the other side of the city, finding an excuse to cross town and incorporate a visit to Graham at the General Store became a minor obsession – he was such a seductive purveyor of exquisite delights that we swore he must have horns and a tail! But on the contrary, in truth I think it just gave him immense pleasure to share his knowledge and enjoyment with all we amateurs. He will be sadly missed and happily remembered …

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 4:01 am | Permalink
  17. Mark Jaggard wrote:

    Graham taught me how to make and drink a proper coffee. Nothing was ever too much bother for him, truly one of life’s good guys. He will be missed.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 4:02 am | Permalink
  18. Neville wrote:

    Hi Graham, if you’re watching, you made a little beverage heaven for so many of us in Notts., and despite (/because of?) your illness always seemed to give 100% to your fellow-enthusiasts, as you made us feel, rather than merely customers. May all your clouds be white or mist-green, and all your dragons, Formosan black.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 4:07 am | Permalink
  19. Alec Hendry wrote:

    Sad news indeed. Graham was a great inspiration to me when I worked with him in my early .com days on a number of projects with the BBC – the Children in Need site in particular. Through Graham I met a number of great friends, including his son Matthew.

    I’ll be raising a mug of tea to Graham today.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 4:23 am | Permalink
  20. Isabel wrote:

    I really enjoyed visiting the General Store for its warm atmosphere, lovely aroma of coffee and chocolate heaven and Grahams handy hints and friendliness.

    I send my condolences to Grahams family and friends

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 4:31 am | Permalink
  21. louise holland wrote:

    Graham made a difference to Sherwood bringing in many from further afield to sample the delights in his shop. A kind,thought provoking and knowlegeable man who people have many good memories of . Best wishes to his family and close friends….he will be remembered and sadly missed

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 4:43 am | Permalink
  22. Patricia Marshall wrote:

    Graham was a lovely person, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:01 am | Permalink
  23. Sian Caulfield wrote:

    I was fortunate to work with Graham at General Store, and will have happy memories of the Store and Graham forever.

    I was just 18 when I started working there so Graham taught me a lot; there really was no-one quite like him. His ability to inspire and to enable others to feel the passion he had for the things he cared so dearly about was truly amazing.

    He will be missed greatly by all of us.


    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:08 am | Permalink
  24. Janice Grieve wrote:

    Such sad news, my daughter in law was a student in Nottingham for a year and lived near the shop. She was very excited when she found the shop and eventually introduced me to Graham. I so enjoyed my visits to the shop, his advice when tasting the coffees and I was always remember him when I don’t put my coffee in the ‘fridge. Farewell Graham, you were a special, brave person.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:18 am | Permalink
  25. Jo wrote:

    Graham was a lovely, warm and friendly man, who ran a wonderful business. The General Store represented everything I hoped Sherwood would be.

    I so enjoyed drinking the coffee, eating the ice-cream, having a chat or just browsing the ecclectic product range. There is no-one you couldn’t find a gift for in the General Store!

    The Store has already been missed, and Graham will be more so. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:22 am | Permalink
  26. Kevin Chambers wrote:

    One of the nicest chaps you could ever meet & a loss to everybody in Sherwood. Many respects to Graham’s family at this sad time.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:25 am | Permalink
  27. Jess Troughton wrote:

    The first time I visited General Store, it struck me with such a lovely vibe. A real oasis in the middle of sherwood :) You could tell lots of love and care had gone into the business and could only be created by a person like Graham. I wish more coffee shops were like that. I didn’t know him personally, but used to go in quite abit to wait for my friend to finish work. I was very, very sorry to hear he was ill.

    He’ll always be remembered, xxx

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:58 am | Permalink
  28. Angie at Taylors wrote:

    So sad to hear that Graham is no longer with us. I first met him when he had the idea for General Store and he came to visit us at Taylors of Harrogate to discuss tea and Coffee. He was so knowledgable on the subject and hungry to learn even more. I set up tastings for him with the tea and coffee buyers and both were amazed by how much he knew already. He was a lovely, person; so warm, welcoming and kind, so talented, so clever, a person who will be missed by many I am sure. I for one will miss him enormously.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 6:01 am | Permalink
  29. God bless you, Graham.
    We have only good memories of you;
    # Our saturday routine of ’strong drinking chocolate’ for myself and Hannah and Kombucha for Saffron.
    #The colouring-in books with the forever dried out felt tips that we attempted to use whilst imbibing in the ‘tasting area’.
    #The chocolate tasting evenings that introduced me so willingly to the ‘dark side’!
    #My obsession with white tea, especially those ultra expensive, but oh, so lovely leaves and needles from Malawi.
    #the small chocolate gifts you gave to the girls that just kept them keen to return!
    #My introduction to chocolate covered coffee beans!
    #The lovely chats about literally anything, no matter where we met.
    #Your lovely, patient staff, some of whom are still good friends.
    You have a very special place in our hearts, Graham. Thank you for allowing us into your life, enriching ours in the process.
    My thoughts are with those you leave behind – and I know you’d hate the fuss, but I’m dedicating my 10k run on 27 Sept for Cancer Research, to you. :)

    Paul, with Hannah and Saffron

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 6:09 am | Permalink
  30. Sharon & Kate wrote:

    Even though we have left Nottingham we still miss coming to see Graham at The General Store. He was always friendly and welcoming and passionate about his love for tea /coffee and chocolate. He gave the same amount of time whether you purchased a large or small amount of his supplies .We send our sympathy to his family Graham was truly a gentleman and we are saddened by the loss of him . We will raise a cup of tea with you today in his memory.Heaven will shine a little brighter tonight.

    Sharon & Kate

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 6:28 am | Permalink
  31. Alex wrote:

    From making a mean cheese on toast whilst explaining the wonders of a reclaimed fireplace to giving us a home in his office when we first started up. It was all greatly appreciated.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 6:38 am | Permalink
  32. Marije wrote:

    Graham struck me as a very sympathetic man with a very peaceful demeanour, who came and brought us coffee beans for a while, and never leaving without a chat. This is how I learnt about his illness, but also about his amazingly persisting cheerfulness. A very impressive man.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 6:46 am | Permalink
  33. Jonny N wrote:

    It was a pleasure to visit the General Store, Graham was always pleasant and polite. Always available to help with coffee and ea advice, never condescending – but always enthusiastic.

    Graham will be missed. He made his mark and Sherwood, and Sherwood is indebted to him.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 6:46 am | Permalink
  34. Diane Freeman wrote:

    I loved visiting General Store both at the weekend for a coffee, chocolate or ice cream and for several evenings finding out about and sampling the delicious products. Of course General Store was Graham. What a super man, knowledgeable, interesting and friendly. Very sad to hear the news and will certainly miss seeing him around.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7:03 am | Permalink
  35. John Fredericks wrote:

    The General Store… Graham made it a haven, a place of serenity and welcome. Graham gave me a place to be in a stressfull time in my life – and more than that he gave everyone something of his passion, energy and interests. A number of my students owe him a great deal as he gave them introductions, time and thought. The universe can be cruel, taking Graham from us is cruel, he is so loved and will be so missed.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7:08 am | Permalink
  36. Paul Joyce wrote:

    We are so sad to learn of Graham’s passing. He was a warm and cultured man whose gentle nature never failed to make visits to the General Store a real treat. How lucky we are to have had such a wonderful haven in Sherwood. Although we’ve moved to Cornwall we did keep in touch with Graham and were aware of his courage when facing his illness. Our sincere condolences to his family.
    Paul and David

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7:15 am | Permalink
  37. Andy Gillett wrote:

    An inspiration to all of us living in Sherwood and further afield … providing a local ‘aladdins cave’ for those looking for special gifts, daily provisions, a warm welcome and advice from Graham. The shop and Graham will be sadly missed, but feel lucky to have met him a few times for a sample of his passion.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7:57 am | Permalink
  38. elaine wrote:

    That is very sad news, I used to see Graham out and about in Sherwood, he was a lovely man. We went to the coffee morning he was raising money for cancer research uk; he made us feel very welcomed we left with lots of nice thing and made a donation to his chosen charity. We where regular customers when he had the shop in Sherwood and we was thinking of pay him him visit since we had been in while; and I’m sure many other people living Sherwood will miss him grately too, we sure will. He will forever be with me in my thoughts. My condolences to all his family and loved ones

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 8:06 am | Permalink
  39. Katherine wrote:

    My thoughts are with Graham’s family, He was a very nice, friendly person on the few times that I met him and I am sure that he will be greatly missed by many.


    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 8:18 am | Permalink
  40. Stephen W wrote:

    This is such sad news. I only met Graham twice, but he left a lasting impression on me. The second time I saw him was at Matthew’s wedding and he was grinning all day long. I will remember him as a cheerful man who could tell a cracking yarn. Our thoughts are with all the family today.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 8:20 am | Permalink
  41. pete and sue davis wrote:

    that is indeed very sad news. both sue and i spent many happy tea breaks in the company of Graham who always had time to talk. even passing the store was enough to make us wander in for chocolate and a chat. in such a small space Graham had made a wonderful haven from the traffic outside. he will be greatly missed. rest in peace graham and our condolences to his family.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 9:36 am | Permalink
  42. Mike Douglas wrote:

    It is such a sad loss for Sherwood to loose such a gentleman and a store we took for granted.
    Graham wanted to share knowlage, experience and educate, Rest in Peace Graham: a job well done.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 9:57 am | Permalink
  43. Claire wrote:

    I am very sad to here that Graham has passed away. I was living in Sherwood when he first opened his store and I can tell you that we were absolutely delighted great coffee, even better chocolate, and wonderful gifts. But even more a wonderful proprietor whose knowledge about Coffee was endless, and his warm concern for me as a customer were very touching. I am very sad to hear that he has left us… all my best wishes to his family.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 10:34 am | Permalink
  44. Angela Bolton wrote:

    I met Graham through my role at the Council working in Sherwood and really enjoyed working with him & keeping in touch. A really sad day & a big loss but I will remember the last time I caught up with Graham for a chat a couple of months back….in Ripple cafe bar, drinking tea!
    My thoughts are with his family

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 10:36 am | Permalink
  45. Suella Postles wrote:

    Graham was one of the people who interviewed me for Radio Nottingham when I first came to Nottingham to be the first Keeper of Social History at the museum based Brewhouse Yard. He had a lot of good ideas about the best ways to promote the musuem. These helped alert the good and generous people of Nottingham of the new museum’s existance and to share their memories, ideas and personal objects which they kindly donated, and continue to do so.

    More recently he held a special herbs and gardens event at Brewhouse Yard which was appreciated by the dozens of people who attended. He was always generous with his advice and time.

    As an important part of Nottingham’s, and Sherwood’s social history, as well as a lovely person, he will be much missed.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  46. Karen P wrote:

    Such a loss to the Sherwood Community – Graham was one of its characters and brought a bit of chic and panache to the area, along with his expertise, kindness and patience with the most indescisive customer! His passion and presence will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to stumble into his little bit of heaven. My thoughts are with Graham’s loved ones – he lives on in our memories.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Permalink
  47. Gill wrote:

    The General Store was a haven at least twice a week, even though I lived round the corner!
    I remember his Sundae dishes ‘for use every day’ he said.
    I am a dark chocolate and coffee snob because of his knowledge and his passion.

    Sherwood has lost a little bit of unique culture and a very positive, informative, generous man.

    Rest in Peace. (with your coffee and whiskey) xxxx

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Permalink
  48. scott nelson wrote:

    My mother-in-law lives in Mapperly and I visited Nottingham with my wife about 6 years ago. It was hard to find a good cup of brewed coffee at that time. I discovered the General Store and Graham. Even though he didn’t serve coffee at the time, he had samples and would allow me to join him in ’sampling’ his coffees. We had nice conversation and he helped make my time in Sherwood quite enjoyable. We have not been back since but I did send him some Kona coffee and enjoyed reading his news letters.
    I am very sad to hear of his passing because Graham and the General Store were always in my plans during a visit.
    I’m glad to know that he passed peacefully. He was a peaceful man.
    Aloha, Graham!
    scott nelson
    big island, hawaii

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Permalink
  49. Mark Miller wrote:

    Thanks for starting me off on this journey into real tea! You will be missed by so many people and every time I try a new tea or chocolate I’ll always be thinking of the advice you gave.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Permalink
  50. sarah wrote:

    I only ever spoke to this gentleman once on the telephone regarding a tea supply query but what a knowledgeable man and it was no quick reply!!He was so so friendly and helpful and I am sorry to hear he has passed away. Reading these messages must make his family very very very proud.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Permalink
  51. john wrote:

    Such a lovely man

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Permalink
  52. Ray Green - NZ wrote:

    Graham was my ‘best man’ in 1978 having got to know him very well during his early days at Radio Trent, along with Cherry and Matthew. I moved to the other side of the world in 1983, but managed to catch up again at the General Store, 2005. A lovely guy and always interesting and enthusiastic about whatever had taken his interest. Many happy memories – and no one can take those away.

    Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2:22 am | Permalink
  53. Adam Bolt wrote:

    Graham, without hesitation accepted my offer to work with General Store on a university project to animate an advert for General Store.
    I couldn’t have found a more enthusiastic, warm, knowledgeable and conscientious client, who I am glad to say became a friend.
    It made the project an absolute joy to know that I could speak to Graham and come away brimming with excitement about coffee, tea and chocolate.
    A super guy.

    Friday, September 11, 2009 at 3:02 am | Permalink
  54. MARIA AND PETER wrote:

    It was a pleasure to have known Graham through shopping at The General Store. He was a great influence in introducing us to the pleasures of ‘true’ coffee drinking. His knowledge and enthusiasm was boundless. He and his General Store will be greatly missed.

    Friday, September 11, 2009 at 5:13 am | Permalink
  55. Doug wrote:

    I feel a part of my tea drinking enjoyment has been lost. Though Graham will always be remembered with each cup of tea I drink.

    Friday, September 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Permalink
  56. Richard Burton wrote:

    Graham was one of the first friends I made when I landed in Nottingham a few years ago.

    His store was a wonderful surprise, non-descript on the outside, a true treasure trove on the inside, presided over by his ever attentive and gracious presence.

    This is sad news, but I feel priviledged to have met and known such a lovely gentleman, even for only a short time.


    Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 6:29 am | Permalink
  57. SIU-H wrote:

    Really sorry to hear Graham has passed away. During my time working in Nottingham and the lunchtimes I’ve spent at the General Store I have always found Graham very pleasant, friendly, geniune and knowledgeable about his teas and coffees. He brought a certain character and warmth to the store. Graham’s passing and the store’ closure will sadly be missed. My condolences to the family

    Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Permalink
  58. Martin Stott wrote:

    I produced Graham when he was a presenter at Radio Derby. They were my best days in local radio. He had so much energy and passion. We had such fun together – mad-cap phone-ins like the “one-stop-bottom-shop” (with a heamarrhoid expert!..surprisingly entertaining..), sumo wrestling in the studio, “origami on the wireless” and a Friday afternoon studio audience. We were both very strong-minded. Looking back I think he was remarkably tolerant of this young whipper snapper trying to tell him what to do. He taught me a huge amount about radio… the skilled use of silence, making a smile heard… at his best Graham really was up there with the best. There’d be times (like the occasion when he interviewed a journalist who’d survived the air crash that killed the Busby Babes) when the hairs would stand on the back of your neck. The phonelines would go dead and you’d know that every listener had stopped in their tracks like you to listen. Completely absorbed.

    Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  59. Craig Strong wrote:

    I first worked with Graham when I started on Radio Trent in 1980, and a memory that has stayed with me since, is being persuaded by him, and fellow DJ Chris Ashley to do a sponsored walk for charity, from Langley Mill, to Market Square Nottingham.
    Except it became a half marathon run so that we arrived back before the Royal Children closed!
    I am so pleased that I met up with Graham again when we had a few? drinks to celebrate Trent’s 33rd birthday, although I was saddened to be told of the illness that would take him away from us prematurely.
    He was such a warm, pleasant man, I know that’s been said before, but it’s true.
    Im trying to think of words to convey how he was at his 60th birthday party, life and soul springs to mind, despite what he must have been going through.
    I have a regret though, we had “threatened” to meet up for a drink or five, and we never got around to it, and now, sadly we never will.
    God bless you Graham, and deepest sympathy to Cherry, and the children.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 8:25 am | Permalink
  60. Paul & Sara Harraway wrote:

    Thank you Graham. For huge laughs, for real insight, for being passionate about whatever, for long afternoon chats sorting the wheat from the chaf amongst Victoriana, for bravery, for the bean, leaf, root and berry addiction, for the studio (Ice Station Zebra), for sanctuary. You made life better for everyone. Never told you we called you ‘The General’- you deserved a medal for that place – pure magic. Will miss you pal and will take on what you taught me. Ta pal.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 9:53 am | Permalink
  61. Neil Higham wrote:

    I knew Graham briefly, having worked at General Store part-time in the summer of 2006, and I jut wanted to say what a wonderful person he was to meet. His passion and knowledge of all things coffee, tea and chocolate was a pleasure to behold and in the General Store he created a warm, inviting and unique environment in which to share such passions and indeed knowledge. I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to his family and my thanks to Graham. It was a pleasure to know him.

    Best wishes


    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 11:42 am | Permalink
  62. ALAGARSWAMI wrote:

    sad to hear Graham has moved on.
    he supplied us with good south indian coffee whilst we were living in nottingham.
    we have not found a store that comes anywhere close to “the general store” in melbourne as yet.
    sorry Graham is not around to hear me say this.

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 1:53 am | Permalink
  63. Andrew Parker wrote:

    I have fond memories of listening to Graham’s early show on Radio 2 at the weekend in the late 80’s/early 90’s. He was a first rate broadcaster with a quiet gentle style that’s rarely found these days. Thanks, Graham.

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 1:57 am | Permalink
  64. Anton Rippon wrote:

    I first met Graham when I was freelancing for BBC Radio Derby and he joined the station. He was a real gent, a consummate broadcaster, and fun.

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 4:03 am | Permalink
  65. Janet Caulfield wrote:

    I got to know Graham when my daughter Sian went to work for him in the shop. It was an honour to have known him.

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Permalink
  66. geoff smith wrote:

    My first introduction to Graham was via Radio Trent from 1976 when I was impressed by his broadcasting skills on the Talkback phone in. I eventually phoned in and went to see him at the studios. We remained good friends over the years. In many ways the General Store was another version of the phone in. He always had time for people and was full of wild new ideas. We had some fine times in licensed premises often with Cherry. I reckon in one lifetime he achieved what would take most people about five lives. I still think Radio 2 should have used him to replace Jimmy Young but then there would have been no General Store.

    Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 4:31 am | Permalink
  67. Robin Valk wrote:

    I worked with Graham at BRMB. Lovely man; witty, courteous, imaginative and clever, and a great colleague to work with.

    Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 9:29 am | Permalink
  68. Robin & Stevie Short wrote:

    Graham was a lovely man, a special man – thoughtful, kind, generous, full of curiosity and love of life.
    We are glad to have had his friendship.

    Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
  69. Fran and Gerry wrote:

    So many wonderful adjectives have already been used to describe Graham. He inspired and fuelled our coffee addiction, and taught us so much. Graham had great humility and kindness and his work always seemed more like a vocation. An impressive gear change after the high profile business of radio, and I suspect there are few presenters who can move so easily in such different worlds. I arrived at BBC Derby after Graham left but wish we had worked together. Thanks for all the coffee tasters, the chocolate nibbles and the oasis your shop provided! We will miss you.

    Friday, September 18, 2009 at 1:45 am | Permalink
  70. Marilyn Watts wrote:

    My daughter introduced me to the General Store when she moved to Nottingham. I really enjoyed my visits, what a fantastic choice of coffee, tea and chocolate in that little shop! Graham was always on hand to help with difficult choices but instinctively knew when to leave you to browse and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the shop.
    An exceptional man.

    Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Permalink
  71. Pam Cooke wrote:

    I was so sorry to hear of Graham’s death when I returned from Scotland yesterday. I met Graham and Cherry on an archaeology trip to the Scillies and enjoyed their company very much, so I was delighted to find him some time later at the coffee shop, and although I did not get there very much, I loved the coffee and my chats with Graham. My deepest condolences to Cherry and the family.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 3:36 am | Permalink
  72. Jo Busck wrote:

    I am very sorry to hear of Graham’s death. I met Graham a number of years ago as he started to stock our range of Fairtrade & Organic products. I came down from Edinburgh to do a promotion for him, and afterwards he took me to a fabulous veggie restaurant called Squeek. He shared a lot about his life and it was a lovely evening, leaving me full of admiration of all that he had achieved. He never tired of speaking about his four loves: coffee, chocolate, tea and Cherry (whom I did not get to meet). I wish Cherry and his family courage and strength through this period.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 7:23 am | Permalink
  73. Bob and Jenny Hutton wrote:

    Very sorry to hear the sad news of Grahams passing.
    He always appeared cheerful even when obviously suffering, and had an up beat outgoing manner. He always had time for a chat whether in the store or by a chance meeting in the street. He will be sadly by us both, as I am sure he is by his family.
    Bon Voyage Graham.

    Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 9:54 am | Permalink
  74. Linda Newton wrote:

    I first ‘met’ Graham via his radio shows loved his humour and his calm manner on the radio. Then in later years I met him in person via Cherry. Later still in the General store. What a lovely man, so sad to be taken so early. Cherry, Matthew and Paul my thoughts are very much with you. He will be sadly missed

    Friday, September 25, 2009 at 1:53 am | Permalink
  75. Marianne Longdon wrote:

    We have just heard the news of Graham’s passing and we are so sad. We met Graham a few years back when he supplied our farm shop with his wonderful coffee. It was always a pleasure to do business with Graham and we are proud to say he became a friend. He was an inspirational guy who had a huge heart and beautiful soul. He had such ambition for us and our business and was always sharing his ideas. When I last saw Graham he had lots of plans for the future and was so full of life. We can’t believe he’s gone. Our condolences to Cherry and the family.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Permalink
  76. Warren Pearce wrote:

    Loved the General Store; it bore the mark of the man behind it, full of love and enthusiasm for the products.

    I didn’t visit enough, but when I did Graham always took time to steer me through the vast range of coffee on offer to find the best one for me. Particularly remember when my two-year old wanted to play cricket down one of the narrow aisles. No problem for Graham, he offered plenty of encouragement!

    Condolences and best wishes to Graham’s family and friends. Hopefully the messages left here will go some small way towards helping you through the grief.

    Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Permalink
  77. Lynsey Russell-Watts wrote:

    I was so sorry when Graham fell ill and General Store closed, and am sorrier still to hear of his passing. Graham’s friendliness and kindness meant a lot when I first moved to Sherwood from Scotland. I used to love going in and being encouraged into trying yet another kind of coffee. You always felt that every single thing in the shop had been chosen with great care and knew that Graham would be able to tell you all about it. Special thanks for the raspberry leaf tea when trying to hasten the arrival of my daughter (he did warn me it didn’t taste that nice!). I miss Graham and the shop very much.

    With condolences and all good wishes to his family at this time.

    Monday, October 5, 2009 at 4:18 am | Permalink
  78. Denise Sanderson wrote:

    I was so saddened to hear of Graham’s demise. I had many a nice chat with him about teas and coffees and will dearly miss relaxing in Sherwood on a weekend. There was no other place like it and there is no other man like Graham. I’ve heard on the grapevine that something similar will be opening in Hockley in town though. Let’s hope it can live up to The General Store and we will have somewhere to buy our teas and coffees!

    For now though, all my best wishes to Graham’s friends and family, my thoughts are with you.

    God Bless, Denise. Xxx

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 4:32 am | Permalink
  79. Ian Boughton wrote:

    We run the trade magazine for coffee houses, and we liked him very much. I have great memories of him serving me a Russian Caravan, and explaining his preferred ways of making hot chocolate. Thanks, Graham

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 11:56 am | Permalink
  80. Lin Mantle wrote:

    I stumbled into the General store one windy, wet day and experieneced my first “proper” hot chocolate, with the necessary education and brilliant chat with Graham. He made an impact on me and from then on friends and I would find every possible free time to visit ‘Mr Chocolate’. He always extended such a warm and genuine welcome. I will miss him.
    Thank you Graham,
    Lin, Andy and Ned

    Monday, November 2, 2009 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  81. I knew Graham very briefly when working in Virgin Megastores in Nottingham a long time ago. He visited, sometimes weekly to ask me if i could recommend any new music for his General Store, he told me about his business and then i knew what kind of music would suit his customer base. I talked to him about starting my own business, which i did 2 years ago. Even although i did not know him very well he still encouraged me to start my own business. He was a lovely man and full of great conversation. Even when i stopped working there i’ve never forgot his encouragement. He will be sadly missed.

    Thanks Graham
    Carolynn xx

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Permalink
  82. lesley riseam wrote:

    devasted to so belatedly here that graham is no longer with us. moved to scotland in 2005 and missed the regular opportunities to share a mutual love of all beverages. even in 2010 graham would have been my first choice to learn more about tea coffee or delicious chocolate, so sad that such a lovely warm generous man has left us too soon. thanks for your inspiration and knowledge lesley

    Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 8:41 am | Permalink
  83. Paul wrote:

    I have just found out the sad news about Graham. I left Sherwood about 7 years ago but thanks to Graham my life as a coffee drinker has been massivley improved so his influence on me will last for the rest of my life. As everyone else has said he was a warm, friendly and patient man who enjoyed helping anyone who entered the shop (and beyond I’m sure). Having just upgraded my espresso machine I was looking for the shop’s website to see if it was still available for me to visit it and talk all things coffee with Graham. Such a sad loss but I am grateful for the legacy that meeting Graham has left in my life.

    Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 8:00 am | Permalink

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