The Sunflower Ball at the Stones Hotel, Salisbury

 

Sunflower Ball image at the Stones HotelAs a business we do as much as we can to help local charities including capturing images for publicity like the Stars Appeal Breast Cancer Unit Campaign, Lucy’s Days Out events, taking part in fundraising and more recently attending and capturing both formal and partybooth images with our portable studio at The Stones Hotel for the Sunflower Ball.

The Ball itself was organised by Baz and Jan Burns, and their daughter Izzie to raise funds for SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) In memory of their son Charlie Burns, who sadly died when he suffered two seizures within days of each other in October 2011.

His condition was unknown to anyone because up until four days before he died, he was an apparently fit and healthy child.

Since Charlie’s death, his parents and sister have raised an incredible £46,000 with a further £10,000 being raised at the Sunflower Ball - along with awareness of the condition with the majority of funds going to SUDEP Action.

We were so very pleased to be the photographers for Baz and Jan on the evening of the Sunflower Ball and very touched to have received such great feedback from them for our support of their event:

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Sunflower Ball PartyBooth image at the Stones HotelJohn Rose Photography kindly offered to support our Sunflower Ball Charity Auction and Ball which was held at the Stones Hotel , High Post, Salisbury on 3 October 15. The night was in memory of our son Charlie Burns who sadly died week after his 10th birthday from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

The evening was a black tie event with 150 people attending. There was a full packed entertainment pack and of course JRP were there with both formal pictures and a fantastic photo booth.

The evening was a total success with the bar closing at 06:30 on Sunday morning! People are still commenting on the evening and publishing their photos on social media. Thanks to everyone's support the event raised a staggering £10,000.

Thanks for your support and hope to be able to work with you in the new year!!”

Baz and Jan Burns

Starcast impress at Trinity Guildhall Exams

  Have you ever had to stand and talk or perform in front of an audience? If you are nodding your head can you remember how it made you feel? personally the thought fills me with dread!Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

Recently we were booked to capture images of over 200 students from Starcast Performing Arts, Salisbury. The students we were asked to photograph were aged between 5 - 17 years old and had all been entered in to the "Trinity Guildhall Musical Theatre Exams" which took place over the weekend of the 11th and 12 th July 2015, at the  Blackledge Theatre, Godolphin School in Salisbury.Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

Trinity College London offers an unrivalled choice of qualifications for students and teachers of drama and speech subjects, at all levels of experience and ability.

The syllabuses provides a structured framework designed to encourage the progressive development of integrated performance and communication skills over time. Their solo and pair graded exams and diplomas are fully accredited in the UK and recognised internationally in many other countries.Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

The Starcast Performing Arts Schools students danced, sung and acted as part of their exam performing extracts from “Cats", “Whistle Down the Wind”, “Matilda”, “Bugsy Malone”, “Annie”, “Rent”, “The Jungle Book” and “Half a SixpenceStarcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

"Starcast Performing Arts Schools first opened in 2009 and now has over 280 children and teeangers training in our Acting Classes, Singing Lessons and Dance Classes at our weekly Performing Arts Classes. At Starcast we teach children and teenagers aged 4-18 yrs old. Students are spilt into three classes of similar ages and study each discipline of Dance, Drama and Singing. To read more about the content and the training involved in the three classes please scroll down this page.

ALL abilities are welcome. Starcast offers children and teenagers a chance to simply enjoy learning to act, sing and dance. With opportunites of performing professionally if they wish too.

At our schools we endeavour to build confidence and self esteem, we also teach children skills they can use in everyday life such as communication, focus, creative and presentation skills.

At Starcast Schools we encourage our students to express themselves, to voice their concerns and their ideas in loud, clear and confident voices.

At Starcast we give every child the chance to perform as often as we can, we believe this is a great confidence builder."Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

The examiner was impressed with the wonderful costumes, staging and talent of all the performances, awarding every single students  a mark of 80% or over.

90% of students were awarded a “Distinction” which is the highest possible mark from "Trinity Guildhall"

Understandably many of the students were feeling nervous and apprehensive, but once they started to perform, the shy quietness and rattling of nerves very quickly vanished - leaving confident focused performers.Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity ExamsWe felt that this was an exciting and professional event where wonderful memories were made for all involved. These students truly are stars of the future.

Chalke Valley History Festival

The Chalke Valley History Festival includes over 110  literary events for all ages from children through to adults, a vast look through history through-the ages encampment, a stunning air show is one of the biggest events of the week, the Penguin Chalke Valley History Prize, and a Schools Festival all over the course of a 3 day period. This was CVHF's fifth year of holding the history festival and a huge success it was too! It is the largest festival dedicated entirely to british history, and is designed to inspire, excite and inform all ages. Taking place in the heart of the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, 12 miles outside of Salisbury, it offers a unique mix of talks, discussions and debates, alongside the very best Living History activities around. Whether young or old, the CVHF provides entertainment for all the family.

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When visiting the CVHF you are immediately thrown back into history with force, enlightened with new facts and reenactments everywhere you turn. 2015 saw a  new living history arena for longbow demonstrations, French firepower displays, WW2 firing demonstrations, cavalry displays and much more for the mind! The visual aspects of being involved enhanced the whole experience and lifted history from the pages of books; putting the sights and sounds before your very own eyes.

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As a photography business we thrive upon capturing that one moment that can't ever be seen again, in this case, our favourite photo of CVHF is of the battle between the red coats and the colonials shown in the arena; where we managed to capture a photo in a split second of a Colonial soldier firing his weapon at the Red Coat opposition. This photo grabbed our immediate attention as it was a true and tough challenge to shoot. We wanted to capture the image just as the gunpowder ignited, giving the flame kickback, there was a split second to capture this one shot and we managed it!

What do the words vintage and nostalgia mean to you?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like, to live in a different era?

A time when wearing an army uniform was fashionable, as was denim, a neck scarf or a dress with small delicate flowers on.

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If I were to ask you what the words vintage and nostalgia mean to you, what would you say?

In the Oxford dictionary, vintage is described as:

  • Vintage wine is of very good quality and has been stored for several years
  • Of a vehicle made between 1919 and 1930 and admired for its style
  • Typical of a period in the past and of high quality;
  • Vintage year, a particularly good and successful year

And nostalgia as:

  • Sentimental longing for or regretful memory of a period of the past, esp. one in an individual's own lifetime; (also) sentimental imagining or evocation of a period of the past.
  • Something which causes nostalgia for the past; freq. as a collective term for things which evoke a former (remembered) era.
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To us at “John Rose Photography” the words Vintage Nostalgia  symbolise an amazing and exciting weekend festival, held annually at Stockton Park  just of the A36, in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside (not very far from Salisbury) - home of the Vintage Nostalgia Show (or VNS for short)

So let's set the scene - take a field well actually in this case, let’s take four.  An abundance of canvas tents, marquees, and gazebos in various different shapes, sizes and colours. Camper vans, motor homes, and yurts scattered the landscape mixed in with silver American style bullets towed by all manner of vehicles.

Cars ranging from classic beauties to what can only be described as rust buckets, a variety of refreshment stands and then add to it, 1000's of people many of whom are dressed in their Vintage style refinery.

Stalls selling anything from 1920 ’s style dresses, beautiful frilly petticoats as well as suits, hats and something as simple as a 1970's Star Wars figure in its original packaging.

If you have never visited the show it really is a must for your 2016 calendar but please be warned, you may very possibly feel as if you’ve been asleep, had a weird dream and woken in a different world when you arrive.

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For the past two years we at John Rose Photography have had the privilege of capturing some amazing images of the VNS, on behalf of Salisbury Life Magazine. This year however we were there to sponsor the “Best Dressed” competition, awarding a prize of a £150.00 portrait shoot voucher with us and there were two further prizes kindly donated by Ringwood Brewery of a his and hers hamper.

VNS was an event that made us very proud to be at, as we were also a main sponsor along with “Ringwood Brewery” “Besame Cosmetics  ” and other local businesses.

From the moment we arrived on the Friday morning to set up for the show, you could feel the excitement and buzz in the air. It was great to see some familiar faces of those we had met previously as well as many new faces too. It’s a fantastic place to be, with some amazing opportunities for great images to be captured.

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With our portable studio set up, we were set to create images that encapsulated the time, the moment and the memories of those that came to see us. We certainly had some laughs and giggles, especially when bride to be Gemma and her hen party arrived in our marquee. The girls certainly had some great poses and many of them were very characteristic to the style used in vintage pin up posters - lots of pouting, cheeky flirtatious looks and smiles too.

If you are looking for a great place to party let your hair down and celebrate a hen night or other celebration, there really is no better place to be.

When asked what we love about VNS, a long list of words spring to mind! But for us, the most important thing is that people walk away having spoken to us, or having had their photograph taken with a smile on their face that would give any Cheshire cat a run for its money.

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VNS has to be by far one of our favourite events of the year to photograph for many reasons, one of these is that there are so many wonderful opportunities to capture and something intricate. With every turn of your head there is something new to feature, the atmosphere that you are faced with there is simply outstanding and without fail beyond charismatic which in turn makes for great photography and a great weekend.

Corporate Partner to Salisbury Playhouse

  In the week John Rose Photography was named a Corporate Partner to Salisbury Playhouse, we were pleased to be able to attend the VIP performance of Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan. This play has an extra special meaning for John Rose Photography, as the image on the poster and programme front cover, was shot locally by John.

If you have not seen this play, then take our word for it, it is well worth a seeing.

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In the genteel surroundings of a respectable Bournemouth hotel tongues are wagging.

The lady residents have a nose for gossip and there is plenty to cause a raised eyebrow or a sideways glance today – not least the gentleman making notes at the table by the window and the elegant young woman, newly arrived from London.

Separate Tables is a wonderfully funny and moving portrait of the lives, loves and quirks of the guests of a seaside hotel in the Fifties, from the writer of The Winslow BoyLess Than Kind and The Deep Blue Sea.

Soprano Lynsey Docherty launches "Celebrate Voice"

On Friday 4th July, Celebrate Voice launched with a Riverside Garden Party at Artistic Director Lynsey Docherty's home just outside Salisbury.

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Attended by Jo Broom, the Mayor of Salisbury, the party was held as a thank you to sponsors and supporters of this exciting new festival which takes place in October half-term this year. John Rose Photography is pleased to announce that they have become a partner in this exciting new venture.

Lynsey conducted her choir the Riverside Singers who sang a medley of water-based songs, in keeping with the weather that evening, which, rather than dulling proceedings, only seemed to whet people's appetites for more fun and celebrating!

A children's choir gave sparkling renditions of songs and all joined in the chorus of Toreador from Carmen, sung by the electrying baritone Philip Smith who had come from London especially for the occasion. He was joined by mezzo Emma Watkinson (fresh from an English Touring Opera tour) who teased the audience with her sultry and passionate Habanera and coloratura soprano Jane Hughes dazzled with Olympia's ariaLynsey took everyone by surprise, joining in duets with her colleagues to the delight of the audience.

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Sponsors and supporters from Chas H Baker, LKL Group, Mark Allen Group and Spire FM as well as private benefactors enjoyed wine and canapés to accompany the evenings entertainment. And of course, the event launched Celebrate Voice - a singing festival - so everyone had the chance to join in!

Finally Lynsey announced the programme of events to include Mercury and MOBO award winning folk, jazz and opera singers, Outreach Programmes and plans for a flash-mob on the market square, as well as a host of family and participants' events. And finally, over £400 was raised on the night through a new 'Friends of the Festival' scheme which proved incredibly popular and showed the level of support for this new singing venture for Salisbury and the community.

 

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Celebrate Voice

In October 2014, a brand new festival celebrating the wonder of the human voice and involving an entire community, Celebrate Voice, launches in Salisbury. The six-day singing celebration will feature the UK’s top professional folk, jazz and opera singers in a host of inspiring concerts, participatory singing events, outreach performances, family concerts and a massed flashmob-style opening - Sing City in Salisbury’s market square for the entire community.

The Festival, which aims to make Salisbury the biggest singing city in the UK, brings together top professionals and the local community with a diverse six-day programme through October half term. Events feature top vocalists in folk, jazz and operatic genres, interactive concerts for the whole family, inspiring workshops for adults and children, a mass-singing open-air launch and a grand finale, featuring  all who have been part of the festival. The workshops will be led by inspiring UK musicians, enabling people of all ages and abilities to take part and to share, connect, laugh and sing! And finally, the professional artists will be giving outreach concerts, taking the magic of their sublime music making and the powerful connectivity of song to people who might not easily have access to concerts, with performances in care homes and schools.

Mezzo Emma Watkinson (fresh from an English Touring Opera tour) and soprano Jane Hughes

The first festival of its kind in the UK, Celebrate Voice is the brain-child of Salisbury-born singer and vocal animateur, Lynsey Docherty. Alongside her career in opera she has led projects in schools, prisons, care homes, orphanages, and autistic centres both in the UK and abroad. And she has seen the power of singing and music enabling people to connect to one another, to reach out – through self-expression, communication, happiness and growing confidence. She now brings to her home town a host of brilliant colleagues with whom she has been privileged to work over the past fifteen years to create and share with her community a celebration of all things Voice.

The festival was announced at two sell-out concerts produced by Lynsey in Salisbury in December 2013, and within one week Celebrate Voice had gathered 15 volunteers, and £10k worth of support. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Celebrate Voice Team, Lynsey Docherty & Jo Collinson

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS *: Tue Oct 28th Wed Oct 29th Thurs Oct 30th Fri Oct 31st Sat Nov 1st Sun Nov 2nd
Afternoon(1pm) (SEPT/OCTOutreach projects in schools) Sing City! Market Square (free event) Outreach performances:Care homesSpecial needs centres Celebrate Local Celebrate Voice Workshop Weekend Family Concert Coffee Concert (11am)
Evening(7.30pm) Opera Night Folk Night: Sam Lee Celebrity Recital Jazz Night: Natalie Williams Opera Night Grand Finale Concert

*Order of events subject to change

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Follow us on:  Facebook and Twitter and keep up to date on with website www.celebratevoice.co.uk

 

Salisbury Big Business Event at Salisbury Guildhall

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Well the Salisbury Big Business Event is over for another year, but what an event it was.

Our attendance began on Wednesday evening when we photographed speaker Wayne Hemingway MBE for Salisbury Life. We were unable to stay for the talk due to a prior engagement, but those who did said it was very good.

We attended three very informative talks during the day on Thursday, and Mandy stayed and photographed the Levi Roots talk Thursday evening.I attended 3 more talks on Friday, 'Have you got your branding right' by An.X Agency and 'Would you like to use social media more effectively' by Andy Poulton, and 'How to stay ahead of the trend' by Chris Simpson, Wiltshire business Support Service.

From the BBE website http://www.salisburybigbusiness.co.uk/

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Last week over 700 business representatives took part in the third annual Salisbury Big Business Event at The Guildhall, Salisbury.

The event ran from 7 – 9 May and was sponsored by Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Council, Trethowans Solicitors, Federation of Small Businesses, Salisbury Business Improvement District, Blue Frontier and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce.

Offering FREE advice to businesses of all sizes including start-ups, the event provides workshops, seminars and networking on a variety of subjects.

Managing Partner of Trethowans Simon Rhodes said, “We are delighted to support this event and offer advice and guidance to businesses, we have received some fantastic feedback from the business community on the knowledge and skills they have gained by attending.”

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Over the three days speakers from across a number of sectors have shared their knowledge and the event also welcomed fashion entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway and food entrepreneur Levi Roots.

The Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Cllr Mrs Penny Brown said, “As the Mayor I was honoured to meet so many businesses from across Wiltshire and even further afield. Salisbury City Council enjoys working in partnership with our fellow sponsors and I have been amazed at the scope of the speakers and their wisdom. One of my highlights was to meet Levi Roots and welcome him to the Guildhall, the speakers including Wayne Hemingway and Andy Reid were inspirational.”

Fleur de Rhe Philipe, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for economic development said: “It is important we continue to support events which create opportunities to boost the local economy.

Andy Poulton at Salisbury Big Business Event

During these three days businesses with diverse backgrounds shared their knowledge and ideas which I know will have positive impact on future business growth and partnerships in our county.”

If you had a chance to visit the event I hope you had a great time and took away some useful FREE information: I know we did!

If you didn't get to visit the event this time I would respectfully suggest you get ready to put the dates of the 2015 event in your diary as soon as they become available. We will certainly be adding the dates to our diary, I mean where can you get FREE advice with no strings, apart from John Rose Photography of course.

If you would like to see more images captured by us during our visit you can do so in the Salisbury Life gallery on our website.

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival seeks male singers for new performance in 2014

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 Festival seeks male singers for new performance in 2014

 SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE: The Festival is looking for 100 male singers – beginners and experienced – to work with composer Lucy Pankhurst and conductor Howard Moody to create a new performance this summer.

100 years ago two armies found themselves on either side of the front line in a war that was meant to be over by Christmas. Through tobacco, football and song, many put down their weapons on Christmas Eve, sharing a common humanity in what we now call the ‘Christmas truce’.

In May 2014 the Festival will mark the centenary of the truce with a new commission for massed male voices, for which your city needs you…

Come along to an introductory workshop on Friday 17 January at 7pm, Greentrees Primary School, Sycamore Drive, Bishopdown, Salisbury SP1 3GZ to find out more.

If possible, please register in advance by contacting Truce Project coordinator Sue Kent on sue@salisburyfestival.co.uk or 01722 332241.

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

The 42nd Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival runs from Friday 23 May – Saturday 7 June 2014

  • The annual 16-day Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in 1973 with a performance by Paco Peña and it is a leading commissioning and producing Festival which attracts over 70,000 attendances each year and contributes £3m to the regional economy.
  • Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival was highly commended for Tourism Experience of the Year Award in the 2013 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence and won a silver ‘Tourism Event of the Year Award’ in 2010 in Enjoy England’s Tourism Excellence Awards.
  • §  Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival is supported by Principal Sponsor Ageas, Wiltshire Council and Arts Council England – South West. Its national Media Partner is The Telegraph Media Group.

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Parliament Week with First News

First News is the UK's only newspaper for young people and the widest-read children's publication in the country with a readership of 1,047,543 seven to 14 year olds every week.

Parliament Week is a UK-wide programme of events and activities that inspire, engage and connect people with parliamentary democracy.  Parliament Week 2013 will run from 15-21 November.

On 21st November we were commissioned to travel up to London to shoot a special question time. 60 children from 12 schools were given the chance to have a personal tour of Portcullis House, Westminster. They were also privileged to be able to have a special question time that included the first and only woman speaker Baroness Betty Boothroyd as well as author Malorie Blackman. At the end of the day Malorie spent time signing her new book for the children.

Our brief was to record the event and capture the engagement of the children with the panel and vice verse; and the result? Hi John, Thanks so much for the photos – they're brilliant!! Jessica Howley, Marketing Assistant/Assistant to the Editor, First News.

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Larmer Tree Final Day welcome KT Tunstall and Bellowhead

What a day! The final day of Larmer Tree Festival 2013 kicked off for us with the carnival procession. This is where all the people that attended classes and fun events got to show of what they had been making and doing

The first act on stage for us was KT Tunstall, who put together a great set made up of new work and old favourites.

The evening was topped of by a high energy, high volume set by the amazing Bellowhead. This Salisbury photographer had never seen Bellowhead but had been told they were a brilliant, fun, fold group. WOW! WOW! WOW! very much not disappointed. One of the highlights of the week for us, and they could have kept going all night.

We will certainly be looking for the name Bellowhead again. They had the crowd singing, dancing and certainly sent them home very happy.

A brilliant event that we will be looking forward too next year with great anticipation. Well done to everyone who took part in whatever way.

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Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Dexys at the Larmer Tree Festival

We were treat to 2 exceptional performances by 2 very talented bands last night on the main stage. First up was the Richard Thompson Electric Trio who played some of their good old rock , new and old. This is John's type of music and he really enjoyed this set.

Second up was good old favourite Dexys. They played a lot of their new stuff with a good old favourite in GENO, although in a less than familiar way. The big shame of this set was that although the crowd were chanting for them to perform their classic hit COME ON EILEEN they left the stage without giving the crowd the pleasure of hearing it again. The crowd voiced their disappointment at the stage manager as he announced that there were no more acts on the main stage.

A shame and not what you want to remember at the end of a great night of music.

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Van Morrison at the Larmer Tree Festival

Day 1 at the Larmer Tree Festival saw none other than Van Morrison take to the main stage. Thousands of people made the trip see him creating a brilliant atmosphere at the sun soaked Larmer Tree Gardens. As usual we were there to capture the event and soak up the incredible surroundings.

Here are a few images from Van Morrison's set, and from a fire act that we saw on the way out after.

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Opening of the Pembroke Arms at Wilton

The Pembroke Arms at Wilton opened its doors on 23 April 2013, following a comprehensive six month refurbishment. Situated in the small town of Wilton on the beautiful Pembroke Estate, it has been very carefully and beautifully furnished with, colonially-themed furniture from Rajasthan, supplemented with items from local suppliers and antique dealers.

This hotel is a part of the Hillbrooke Hotels collection, which offers luxurious bedrooms, a restaurant & bar that offer exceptional choice, plus elegant function rooms which are perfect for weddings or conferences.

"we have an unconventional style which won't fail to impress as you step through the door; a passionate and obliging style of service that exceeds customer expectations."

John Rose Photography were invited to attend and photograph the launch on behalf of Neylon Associates, and Salisbury Life Magazine. Capturing images of special guests Lord Pembroke and John Glenn MP along with many local business owners from in and around Wilton and Salisbury.

Guests were permitted to wander freely around the hotel, whilst being treated to a three course sampler of fantastic food, with ingredients sourced locally.

The hotel really is a welcome addition to the local area with great comments already being left including:

"We are delighted that Hillbrooke Hotels have taken over The Pembroke Arms and we wish them every success."

The Earl and Countess of Pembroke

 

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Salisbury City FC Civic Reception

Salisbury's new Mayor , Cllr Penny Brown invited players, management and staff of recently promoted Salisbury City Football Club to a civic reception at the Guildhall.

Along with a number of other Councillors, Darrell Clarke and his winning team were congratulated for their outstanding performance during the season and their promotion from the Blue Square Bet South League to the Blue Square Premier League.

Directors, players and staff spoke of the excitement and elation at winning the play off final in front of such a huge home crowd. Darrell thanked the Mayor for her kind words also congratulated his team and the board of directors for their support.

John Rose Photography as Official Photographers and Videographers to Salisbury City FC were on hand to capture images of the Mayor and her guests, during the Civic Reception.

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Since this event took place Darrell has left the club after being offered the Assistant Manager's job at league 2's Bristol Rovers FC. We wish Darrell every success as he moves to league football and thank him wholeheartedly for being a great manager and good friend.

South Wilts Business of the Year Awards 2013

Well the entry period for the SWBOYA officially closed at 5pm today so if you have forgotten to enter you will need to ring the office and speak very nicely to Amanda to see if she will let you put in a late entry. If you have entered it is now time to get prepared for the upcoming visit of one of the judges. Salisbury's John Rose Photography are again the official photographers for the event so if we do not see you before we will certainly see you on the night of the awards, which if you don't know already is Thursday 27th June at the City Hall, Salisbury. We have also entered 3 categories in the awards, The Salisbury and District Value Cars Outstanding Customer Service Award, last year sponsored by Autocrash and in which we were a finalist, The AN.X Agency Marketing Excellence Award and The FSB Small Business Award (under £500k t/o).

Good Luck to everyone that has entered and remember, by failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.

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Lord Pembroke launches Walk for Wards 2013

Stars Appeal President Lord Pembroke officially launched Walk for Wards 2013 today and is inviting local people to take part in the event which takes place in the grounds of Wilton House, his ancestral home, on Sunday 23rd June.

Lord Pembroke said, “Our local hospital does such a great job and the work of the Stars Appeal makes an enormous difference to people in every ward and department. Last year’s walkers raised a record-breaking £63,000. Much of that went towards enhancing the new Neonatal Unit and attached parents’ accommodation, projects especially close to my heart as I was cared for in the old Neonatal Unit as a baby. Now I encourage local people to get involved again. Come and join this year’s walk at Wilton House to raise even more funds for important charitable projects around our Hospital.”

Over the last seven years, thousands of local people have enjoyed the annual Stars Appeal Walk for Wards. As a result the event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help fund additional care, the latest equipment and a better environment for patients in Salisbury District Hospital.

Walk for Wards features two routes, both of which cross the beautiful Palladian Bridge and go on to the parkland and woods of the estate. The 3k walk is particularly suitable for young families with toddlers and pushchairs whilst the 10k walk is more challenging.  All walkers get a free picnic lunch, medal and the chance to enjoy the grounds and adventure playground after the walk. Entry is free, but all walkers must register in advance and pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £15 per person.

Walkers can choose to support a particular project, ward or department, or raise funds for wherever the need is greatest. This year the Stars Appeal is raising funds for a number of new projects to make a difference for local people in Salisbury District Hospital.

These include: building a therapeutic garden for cancer and stroke patients; providing state-of-the-art heated cots for the Neonatal Unit, so that babies can be transferred out of incubators sooner; improving care for teenagers and young adults on the Hospital’s Pembroke Cancer and Blood Disorder Unit; funding state-of-the-art monitoring equipment for seriously ill children; providing portable diagnostic machines for cardiac patients, especially those too sick to be moved; and supporting creative activities for elderly patients.

To register for Walk for Wards visit the Stars Appeal website at www.starsappeal.org or call 01722 429005 to request an entry form.

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