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Stroud & Proud: Ben Glassonbury


We put charismatic Stroud artisan chocolatier Ben Glassonbury under the spotlight. 

Ben runs a popular artisan plant-based confectionery business which can be found HERE

When were you happiest?

I’m not sure I know what true happiness is. There have been plenty of moments of joy, elation & a daily positive feeling of wellbeing, but true happiness to me would be an unwavering tide of pure pleasure through good & bad times.

What has been your biggest disappointment?

I wouldn’t say I feel disappointed about anything in particular & not wishing to use the old cliche “there’s nothing I regret in life” But perhaps to say, I wish I learned earlier to be more open-minded in life & have a broader view of the essence of life itself when I was younger. For sure, my life would certainly be vastly different than it is right now.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Crisps, most definitely. Pretty sure I inherited that gene from my mother.

What is your favourite smell?

That smell just as you strike a match.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Jeff Bridges, not for any particular reason, maybe he just seems not to take himself too seriously in the films I’ve seen him in.

What do you like the most about living in the Stroud district?

The spirit & culture. The opened minded attitudes & that feeling of community.

What would you improve about our locality?

Too big a question for. So, nothing.

What is top of your bucket list?

At the risk of sounding cliche again – I would just like to be a nicer human being. Not that I’m unhappy as I am, but everything feels better when we are being kinder to everything & everyone & I kind of know I can do better at this.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Never judge ANYTHING by its cover. There seems to be a depth to all things & lots we are yet to understand.

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