Is checking your email making you stressed?

 

Does the thought of opening your email inbox in the morning fill you with dread?

Or are you guilty of checking them countless times throughout the day?

Email StressEmail anxiety is a big thing - both in your personal and professional life – but research released this week has shown that keeping track of those messages could actually be the reason you’re feeling stressed out.

Enter: The Daily Message.

The brainchild of Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams has proposed the idea for ‘a messaging service/app that only delivers once a day’. The concept means you can see all your messages from the last 24 hours, reply, and then switch off.

And, much like a traditional post-box, your replies all get delivered at the same time. Ever wished you could delete an email after hitting send? With this app, you could! If of course, you don’t ‘miss the post’.

You can read more about his app idea here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3408196/Could-checking-emails-just-day-help-cut-stress-Twitter-founder-proposes-daily-message-app-manage-inbox.html

We’re living in such a fast-paced, modern world where having our offices at our fingertips really does have its pros. You can work remotely, you can check in with colleagues wherever you are, and you can always know what’s going on.

But that too, has its drawbacks.

We’re constantly ‘on’; replying to messages out of hours and always hitting refresh, afraid of missing something.

Sound familiar?

While “The Daily Message” is, at the moment, just an idea; I certainly think that the concept is a great one. It’ll give you so much time back, and you’ll have much more freedom – and time – to work on your business, and not in it.

What do you think? Is it something you’d use?

Speak soon!

Are you 'Well Natural'?

Well Natural Artisan

Do you know your zinc from your iron, or your magnesium from your potassium if the answer is no then we suggest you make your way to Well Natural located at 15 Silver Street, just on the edge of Salisbury’s Cathedral City Guildhall Square.

We were recently commissioned to go and capture some images on behalf of our friends at Salisbury Life Magazine, and in doing so its certainly opened our eyes and minds about alternative and healthy options available.

Well Natural Cafe SeatingThe mission at Well Natural is “To provide value in products and services, to remain committed to the supply of natural products helping to keep the whole family healthy”.

This store is clean tidy and everything is easy to find – but if you are having problems then don’t be afraid to ask their very helpful team of staff.

With a café inside and extra seating both upstairs and outside in the summer months , this shop caters for everyone and all things healthy – even a healthier  vegan  option which during our visit was Chocolate & Coconut Flapjack or Malted Fruit & Seed Bar.Well Natural Cafe

It’s not just about health and nutrients in here, they also care your skincare routine and have a great range of skin and body products from the Dr Hauschka. This really is an interesting place to visit – did you know that you can buy original flower remedies?

Well Natural Vegan Fruit and Seeded BarWere you aware that adding a drop or two or Rock Rose into a glass of water or directly on to your tongue, will help against terror or that White Chestnut is to help with unwanted thoughts and mental arguments. There are certainly a few flower remedies we can think of trying.

So from minerals, vitamins and flower remedies you can also buy food, ingredients and eco-friendly washing liquids and fabric conditions. Everything in this shop shouts Well Natural from the inside out, the outside in and from top to toe.”

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

Have you been to Repertoire lately?

For those of you that are regular browsers of Salisbury Life Magazine, will know that they are keen to bring you the best of Salisbury’s shopping boutiques and “Repertoire” certainly falls in to that category.

This is a shop with style teamed with the quirkiness of the old beams in the current 13th Century listed building, located in Fish Row, in Salisbury’s City centre.

“Since opening its first stores over 18 years ago, Repertoire has established itself as a leading independent retailer of major designer labels, based in the South of England. Today, with five stores, stocking a variety of collections from over 50 key designer brands, we cover all styles, from casual jeans by a whole host of designers to formal dressing, suiting for men and occasion wear for women”

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Brands stocked in this beautiful boutique are high end which are already established as having great reputations within the world of fashion and include Barbour, Ted Baker, Holland Esquire, Ralphe Lauren, Armani and Jeffery West to name but a few.

Staff are not only warm friendly and helpful, focusing on their great customer service, but also have a wide knowledge of their brands too.

If you are looking for a new jacket, coat, jumper or even a new pair of gorgeous designer jeans, as well as other items of fashion wear for the autumn/winter season, then please go and take a look inside the doors of Repertoire Salisbury.

Hats off to Vivien Sheriff

Hats off to Vivien Sheriff

When thinking of hats or hat designers we immediately think of locally based, multi award- wining milliner Vivien Sherriff!

Based here in Wiltshire and established in 2004 Vivien's heritage millinery is a superb brand at the forefront of all British headwear designs. She strives and succeeds to produce the most exceptional hats and headpieces, with her inspiration being drawn from the wildlife surrounding her studios, in Wiltshire's very own country village of Downton.

Vivien's signature designs are made with passion, distinct silhouettes and intricate elements making them the finest in couture pieces. Vivien - top of the list of designers who have previously dressed many famous and celebrated heads, has also specifically designed headwear for most of the royal wedding guests who attended Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011. Ms Sherriff has since continued to raise her profile by representing ‘Best of British’ in headwear fashion.

Bold combinations coupled with an exacting match in trim through hand dying; create a unique and fresh style. The dramatic shapes are enhanced by exquisite flowers and feathers softening the silhouette and giving richness in design. Vivien with her outstanding skills and a team dedicated to their craft, use only the very best quality fabrics; silks, organzas and tulles, essential to give a depth of colour. All these elements come together to create some truly exquisite hats and head pieces.

-'Minnie' Peacock Feather Headpiece 01Vivien's Guide on How to Wear a Hat: 1. Your hat should coordinate with your outfit - either as a complementary or accent colour. Take your outfit with you when you buy your hat to get the colour match correct. 2. Consider the occasion and your role in it For ladies, an upturned brim is best for kissing guests, or try a disc shape, a headpiece or even a fascinator. For gents, a classic fedora in wool felt or Panama toquilla straw always adds effortless style to an outfit. 3. Make sure your hat flatters your face and your silhouette Petite women should opt for fascinators so as not to look unbalanced, whereas tall women can carry off wider brims. Be daring and try different shapes - you'll be amazed at what you can wear. 4. Make sure your hat fits properly A hat that is too big or too small is as uncomfortable as an ill-fitting pair of shoes. 5. Finally, wear your hat with confidence A slightly jaunty angle down over the right eyebrow is best, and never on the back of the head. Stand tall, feel splendid and enjoy your day! Not only has Vivien Sheriff made a lasting impression on the world of fashion, but also on us at John Rose Photography!

Although the weather was not at its best and rather miserable outside, we were served fresh hot coffee at her country-farm studio, whilst discussing all things Vivien. This lady certainly knows a thing or two about hats; after all she also created the fascinator worn by Kate Middleton on her first official engagement in Anglesey in February of that year.

- Beaux Headpiece Special 01As part of our portfolio range for Salisbury Life magazine we were asked to visit Vivien at her studio and show room in Downton, for a portfolio shoot. We were delighted to meet the lovely lady herself and her staff, before having the pleasure of photographing this remarkably talented lady with some of her outstanding work.

Miss Sheriff herself was an absolute delight to photograph, so much so that we managed to capture the perfect shot of both her and her dog effortlessly and within minutes.

We always try to keep the lighting as simple as possible for these shoots. Space is generally limited as is the client's time.

Two speed lights on stands were used to light Vivien. One was placed slightly behind and to her right and fitted with an umbrella. This light lifts the shadows and helps to separate her from the background. The most important factor to consider when setting this light is that it must not overpower the fixed lighting and create its own shadow.

The second light is placed in front, approximately 45 degrees to the left and above. The sole purpose of this light is to illuminate Vivien. The 45 degree angle helps to produce a pleasing shadow on her face and down her body.

The lights are metered and tested individually before a model (anyone available really) is placed in the scene to test the light fall. I shoot at f8, ISO around 400 and with the shutter speed of around 1/200 sec. These are generalised settings and can vary depending on the situation and the available light.

Once tested and ready, the client is moved into the scene and the image is captured in just a couple of shots. Generally the client will be shown the image on the back of the camera or a tethered iPad to ensure our client is happy with her facial expression, etc. and the job is done.

25 Years of the Larmer Tree Festival

  Walking into the  Larmer  Tree Festival is like taking a walk back through time.

A time of flower power and hippies in an environment that's safe for children to run free. Everyone is happy with beaming smiles upon their faces, a community of total togetherness that never ceases to amaze us each year that we visit.

From the moment we arrive and collect our press passes we are captivated by the atmosphere. It's a time to catch up with friends in the press area and on stage that we have met over the years and this year is was no exception.

Celebrating its 25th year the Larmer Tree organisers have gone all out to make it a huge party and what a celebration it's been. Headlining for two nights as the opening act performing his classic songs, as well as tracks from his latest critically acclaimed albums Spirit in the Room and Praise and Blame was Grammy and Brit Award winner Sir Tom Jones.

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The audience danced and sang along to classics such as Delilah, Sex Bomb and Its Not Unusual. Some even throwing underwear up on stage which always makes us laugh. Sir Tom certainly hasn't lost his knack of charming the ladies young and old, certainly knows how to move on stage.

Other acts to have taken the Main Lawn this year have been:

  • The Shires
  • Bellowhead
  • Levellers
  • Demi Kuti & The Positive Force
  • Bill Bailey
  • Jimmy Cliff

For those of you that have never been to the Larmer Tree Festival, really should consider going along. With something for all ages from the 0-10 in the Larmer Parler & Larmer Lawns, to Base Camp for the older 11-17 year old age group.

For the older audience there are an array of things to do, places to visit and areas to relax and chill out it. The Secret Garden is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, under  the shade of the leafy trees. Here you can have a massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy as well as a taking a look at your journey through life with a Palmist.

When it comes to tickling your taste buds, you really won't be disappointed. Food is a high priority for all festival goers with dishes from Italy in the form of pizzas or pasta, to truly moreish dishes with Morroccan flavours and a dish with a Mexican vibe. If you are looking for something closer to home why not try The Whole Hog, or a festival roast dinner from the Roaming Rotisserie. Not forgetting of course various places to grab a coffee, cup of tea and plenty of cake or something with an alcohol content in.

It would seem that the organisers of this amazing festival have forgotten nothing , and it just gets better and better each year.

Other areas of activity You can visit the Arc, Big Top, the Pavillion, The Social, Garden Stage and of course the Main Lawn. The programme of acts and entertainment really is, the party that in the summer is unmissable.

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.

Race for Life 2015

Hell hath no fury like a woman in pink and this year’s annual, Cancer Research UK's Race for Life, at Hudsons Field Salisbury brought together an army of over 1,400 women of all ages, from our great City and surrounding areas. Parkwood Warm-up Crew

Putting the women through their warm up prior to the start of the race was, Chris Martin and members of the Parkwood Health Zumba team. There were lots of smiles laughter and giggles as everyone stretched out in preparation but also a great team spirit amongst everyone too.

Spire FM’s very own breakfast presenter Martin Starke, introduced a very special guest, 3 year old Harry Tinham; who in his short life has already suffered Downs Syndrome, open heart surgery and battled with Leukaemia.Race for Life

Harry’s dad Nick said “We hope that the worst is over now”

At 11am, together the Pink Army undertook the 5k course. Some raced, whilst others ran, walked or even danced around some in fancy dress but all with the same aim of raising £95K for research in to all 200 types of cancer.Race for Life

Cancer does not give a second thought to those of us whose lives it affects but by taking part in this ladies event, money is raised to help find a cure for the disease that can ruin the lives of those affected by it. National statistics show that one in three of us will be affected.Race for Life

Together these women raced for friends, family and loved ones and at no time did the rain dampen the amazing spirits and atmosphere.

 

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!

Sir John Major delivers inaugural lecture in Salisbury.

On 17th June 2015 Sir John Major, former prime minister delivered an inaugural Sir Edward Heath Lecture at Salisbury’s very own Guildhall. With Salisbury holding the 800th year celebrations of the Magna Carta this year at the Cathedral, the topic of lecture was to be ‘The meaning and lessons of the Magna Carta Today’ and would be delivered directly to an invited audience of over 200 local people including Dame Shirley Williams and David Steele both ex MP’s.

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Foundation trustees established the lecture as an upcoming opportunity for respected speakers to explore the subject of importance to Sir Edward and to his personal interests in the legacy of the Magna Carta itself.

Sir John Major spoke about why he delivered the first ever Edward Heath Lecture, commenting “I was delighted to be invited to deliver the first Edward Heath Lecture in Salisbury, the City that he loved and made his home, and in the fiftieth anniversary year of his winning the Conservative Party leadership. As our first leader to come from a non-privileged background, his election marked an important step change for our Party.

 As Prime Minister, at what was a very difficult time for Britain, Sir Edward’s central legacy was entry into the European Common Market.  But his administration was also marked out by his courageous, albeit ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to reform Britain's destructive industrial relations and to bring power sharing to Northern Ireland.  I, myself, was especially impressed by his honorable and civilized decision to face down opposition, and to fulfil Britain's obligation to admit the Ugandan Asians.”

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Sir John’s visit to Salisbury commenced in the afternoon, with a tour of Edward Heath’s former home, Arundell’s. Sir John was welcomed into the outstandingly beautiful house by a recital by the senior boys of Bishop Wordsworth Grammar School, played using Sir Edwards very own piano.

We were employed by Arundell’s to carry out the photography of the Edward Heath lecture and Sir John Major’s visit to Salisbury and were very honored and more than happy to take on the privilege of working with Arrundell’s ensuring Sir John’s visit to be as pleasant and welcoming as could be. We spent 5 hours in the company of Sir John and the trustees of Arundell are working closely with them to capture the magical significance of the delivery of the first every Edward Heath lecture.

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 Although hired by Arundell’s to photograph the event, we were also honored to be present and hear Sir John speak on the history. We found ourselves drawn to his voice as he spoke regarding the Magna Carta and Edwards Heath’s passion and drive for the subject, although under pressure for such a high VIP event we found that the atmosphere surrounding ourselves as commercial photographers to be pleasant and easy to work with, all aspects covering our photography were easily handled and in return received good quality and true to life pictures of the glowing atmosphere that surrounded me whilst Sir John Major delivered his lecture.

 

Ride the plain with Stonehenge ATV

Stonehenge ATV

When was the last time you experienced an exciting fun packed adrenalin fueled day out in the open?

2015-05-09 18.48.34Well, it’s been a few weeks now since we were invited to go and take part in a taster day at a new local business “Stonehenge ATV” but wow what fun. So much so that it’s still very fresh in my mind which to me, means it’s made a great impression!

So Stonehenge ATV - What’s it all about? Where is it? And what’s so great about it……. If you love excitement and power, and being in control of an engine this really is a must for you.

Located in the quiet village of Wyle not too far from the huge expanse of Salisbury Plain, is where our day began. Greeted enthusiastically by co-business partners and founders of Stonehenge ATV Tony Quinn and Robin Gow, we were treated to piping hot coffee and of course biscuits too.

With safety firmly in the forefront of these guys’ minds, we were asked to complete the obligatory paperwork associated with motor sports. Next was a safety briefing and finally we were all fitted with the appropriate safety helmets and protective clothing.  It was great to see that this business is serious about their clients and of course all safety elements.

150508-StonehengeATV-32Next came the important bit – FOOD! Well sort of, our breakfast order was taken but then it was time for us to be given instruction on the vehicle controls, etc., with a short drive to familiarise us with the handling of the vehicles.

The vehicles themselves, Quadzilla Z8's, reminded us of something from a Star Wars movie and we couldn’t wait to get started. If you are more interested in the techi bits of the vehicles, you’ll find more details about them on the 'Our Vehicles' page of their website.

Leaving the ‘depot’ about an hour after our arrival, we made our way along the main roads to where breakfast was awaiting us. A very tasty bacon butty, cup of coffee, and a few photos later, we were ready to set off again. Fortunately the weather had been kind over the previous few days. It was wet enough to keep the dust down but not too wet as to make it too muddy.

So on with our adventure, we crossed the A303 to pass Stonehenge, stopping for a quick photocall, before making our way onto Salisbury plain.

We would love to tell you exactly where we went, but to be honest, we have no idea. We travelled along roads and tracks, with low flying helicopter and army vehicles around us, before stopping off for another break. Coffee, this time being served from the back of one of the vehicles.

150508-StonehengeATV-27Our drive continued along tracks made by all manner of vehicles from landrovers and tractors, to tanks, before joining the main road again and making our way back to the 'depot' at around 2.30pm. Once back we got out of our safety wear and chatted about the day’s events and our overall experience.

As already mentioned, we were very lucky with the weather but should you visit during less favorable conditions don’t panic. Thankfully there is a shower available to ensure you don't have to drive home cold and wet.

The experience we were treated to costs £140 per person for a full day's fun (c. 7 hours). This price includes shared use of the buggy, VAT, all insurances, equipment, training, breakfast or lunch. Group bookings start at £110.

This is not only a unique opportunity to travel Salisbury Plain and see areas that are not usually available to the public, but it is also great fun! A birthday treat, hen or stag party, or just a special treat for yourself, this is definitely something that we strongly suggest you check out.

We would like to finish by offering a huge thank you to Tony and Robin, firstly for the invitation to experience their new and exciting venture, but also for their great hospitality on the day. A very good day was had by all.

If you would like more information check out the Stonehenge ATV website and like their Facebook page 150508-StonehengeATV-30-2 150508-StonehengeATV-38-2

GUEST BLOG OF THE MONTH!

  150329-TalkEatLaugh-0166Pop up restaurants are quickly becoming an alternative to traditional dining out. As the name suggests, pop up restaurants are literally eateries that pop up from nowhere, often at an unusual venue, or perhaps in the setting of a private home.

Talk, Eat Laugh is the brainchild of Rachel Muse, a chef from Salisbury who has cooked for a host of showbiz stars.

Rachel became a patisserie chef before taking up positions at busy hotels in Reading and Knightsbridge and a private household in London.

Over the years she has travelled around the world, preparing dishes for Formula 1 drivers, musicians, sportsmen and actors on private islands in the Caribbean and yachts in the Mediterranean.

Now 20 years after first training to become a chef, she has returned home to Salisbury and is involved with creating a fine dining experience either in an individual’s home or at St Thomas’s House in the city centre.

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0149Rachel's new venture is to give the people of Salisbury the chance to be able find out what a Pop Up Restaurant is all about by visiting the Salisbury Festival Playhouse Pop Up Restaurant. Rachel said, 'We are celebrating the Festival by Popping Up in fine style from Monday 25th May right through to Saturday 6th June. Everyday from lunch straight through until after dinner, we will be delighting you with tasty food."

"The theme of the International Arts Festival this year is the Middle East, so we are matching this with a Middle Eastern menu. The menu is designed to tempt tastebuds and satisfy all types of hungers, from a bowl of olives or a delicious plate of baklava, to a full three course meal. We have thought of the little ones too and we have a nice range of things for little mouths. Plus if you are coming along with a friend who prefers plain food, there are a selection of dishes where we can dial down the middle eastern spices to zero. That way the taste of the chicken or the prawns shines through."

"I was a vegetarian for about ten years, which means I have total respect for people who choose not to eat meat. For me vegetarians (and vegans) aren't an afterthought. When I cook non meat eaters are served dishes that are really delicious well thought through. I think is rare for non meat eaters to be treated in this way, except in vegetarian and vegan restaurants."

Menu highlights include

Starters and Light Bites

Mezze platter to share (serves two as a starter) (v) falafel, humus, olives garlic/cucumber and yoghurt dip, pitta and crudités.

Soup of the day with pitta.

Stuffed Vine leaves (v) with crunchy salad.150329-TalkEatLaugh-0163

Prawn skewers with spicy Harissa, cherry tomatoes and salad.

Main courses

Lamb Shish kebabs with jewelled rice, yoghurt and pitta.

Tagine of the day served with cous cous.

Falafel (v) served with toasted pine nut green salad and pitta.

Vegetarian dish of the day.

Puddings

Baklava, two different types.

Ripe peaches with Yoghurt and pistachio brittle.

Parties of six and over will need to book in advance to ensure a table. The booking line for that is 07442 250888 (ate, ate, ate, see what we did there?).

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0159"At one of the standard Talk Eat Laugh Pop Up Restaurant which I host every three weeks in either Southampton or Salisbury the winning format is this.....You are greeted by a welcome drink and a selection of canapés. After five or so minutes and a few sips of your drink, the crowd falls into groups of people chatting and making new friends. The standard Pop Up is a nicely manageable number of guests, usually around 20. Once all the canapés have been polished off, the main event kicks off. We all sit together at one long table. The guests and staff are all mixed in together to add to the shared 'dinner party' feeling. As the chef I sit with the guests, but I do run around, between courses,  like a mad woman. I run around so all the food is hot, tasty and pretty when in arrives in front of you."

The Salisbury Festival Playhouse Pop Up will follow this successful shared table format. You will be encouraged to join other guests and chat about the performances you have seen, or are about to see.

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0162At a standard Pop Up no two evenings are the same, it is the people who make the night. It's the magic mix of personalities and the random conversations that make people come back again and again. The Festival Playhouse Pop Up will be the place not to 'see and be seen' but rather to 'meet and be met'. The Restaurant is a crossroads for people to sit and wait for friends, to chat or to relax. It is a very informal feel, you order at the bar and then find somewhere to sit. Whoever you sit next to at the Festival Playhouse Pop Up is bound to have something interesting to say.

"I hope to cook for you between Monday 25th May and Saturday 6th June. Do please come and say hello, any friend of John's is a friend of mine."

Talk Eat Laugh: 07442 250 888

Business email: TalkEatLaugh@hotmail.com

Twitter: @ChefSalisbury

Facebook: Talk, Eat, Laugh

Salisbury Journal

The Business of Giving - Wiltshire Community Foundation

 

The Business of Giving

Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community FoundationWiltshire Community Foundation launches new networking group for professional people who care about Wiltshire

On Thursday 6th March, at Trethowans London Road offices, Wiltshire Community Foundation launched The Business of Giving,  an educational networking group for Wiltshire’s young professionals.

30 representatives from the City’s top firms including Trethowans, Wilsons, Smith & Williamson and various other businesses attended to hear Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community Foundation, introduce the course of talks and speak about The Voluntary Sector in Wiltshire and its relevance for professional advisors.

Attendees were asked to name the first charity which came into their heads. The overwhelming majority named a national charity. Rosemary Macdonald said “There are 7,800 registered charities in Wiltshire, only 109 of which receive any council funding. Only 5% of professional advisors speak to their clients about leaving gifts to charities in their will. We want people to think local when it comes to supporting causes they care about. ”

Francer Gillett, Rosemary Macdonald, Elizabeth Webbe Through this new course of evening talks (which count as CPD accredited sessions) and visits to local community projects, members will gain an understanding of the voluntary sector and how it is relevant to their clients. They will find out about local charities and meet the Wiltshire philanthropists who are supporting them.

Members will meet a wide range of contacts, learn about corporate social responsibility and take part in a Dragons Den style event where charities pitch for funding and the members decide there and then who receives the grants.  (This event is subsidised by the Community Foundation.)

The next event takes place on 14th April.  For more information or to register call Kate Robinson on 01380 729284 or email kate.robinson@wiltshirecf.org.uk

About the Foundation

Wiltshire Community Foundation supports voluntary groups and charitable organisations across Wiltshire and Swindon, raising funds locally from individuals, companies and trusts. Wiltshire Community Foundation gave out £800,000 in grants in 2013/2014 to 550 voluntary groups and individuals. All applications are assessed and monitored to ensure the grants are effective and benefit their community. Wiltshire Community Foundation has an endowment fund of £17m and also manages funds on behalf of the Big Lottery.

Community Foundations are experts in revitalising local communities through effective charitable giving. Over the last 16 years well over 12,000 private sector donors have used the services of a community foundation to make sure that their giving has been invested to make the lasting difference that they want to see. Community Foundations now manage over £200m of committed endowed giving and it is estimated that most people in the UK will live or work within 20 miles of a charitable project that a community foundation has supported.

 

Magna Carta: Spirit of Justice, Power of Words

  Magna Carta: Spirit of Justice, Power of Words – an interactive exhibition for a Great Charter opens at Salisbury Cathedral

Magna CartaSalisbury Cathedral - home to the finest preserved of the four original copies of Magna Carta - celebrates the 800th anniversary of the historic charter as it launches a new exhibition telling the story of its creation and enduring legacy. The new exhibit takes visitors on a journey of liberty and justice woven throughout the Cathedral, medieval cloisters and stunning 13th-century Chapter House.

The interactive and immersive design brings to life the history and the contemporary relevance of this extraordinary document, which is often seen as representing the foundation of modern human rights and of the justice system we recognise today.

The varied elements of the exhibition are intended to encourage a response, from the digital display of spinning globes that exposes statistics on human rights, to the medieval sword that visitors can try out. The exhibition has been designed to appeal to families and younger audiences as well as the Cathedral’s many international visitors, using media installations, simple interactives, objects and stylish graphics.

Stretched Skin ParchmentSalisbury Cathedral’s copy of Magna Carta is re-housed in a dramatic new enclosure, befitting its international significance, and other manuscript treasures from the Cathedral’s archive are displayed. There is also new interpretation of the ornate medieval frieze which visitors can follow round the Chapter House. More is revealed about the historical characters linked to Salisbury who shaped the creation and early years of Magna Carta, whilst contemporary reflections on the meaning of Magna Carta are provided through an thought-provoking documentary made in partnership with local students and Bournemouth University.

Supported through a grant of £415,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Salisbury Cathedral aims to use the 800th anniversary year to find new ways to engage visitors with the Magna Carta and its themes.

150227-MagnaCarta-8423The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, said:

“So many of the liberties that we hold dear today – and perhaps sometimes take for granted – can be traced back to Magna Carta. Despite its age the document has clearly gained in relevance for a modern audience, and there is a tangible sense of anticipation as we open this new exhibition and launch the 800th anniversary celebrations in Salisbury. I know that the many visitors who will come to Salisbury Cathedral to experience this exhibition will be excited and engaged by what they find and hope they will go away inspired by Magna Carta’s enduring values of fairness, universal rights and justice.”

The Very Revd June Osborne and Simon Timms, Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund South West Committee

Simon Timms, Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund South West Committee, said:

“In today’s world an understanding of justice and human freedoms is of paramount importance, so the Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to support Salisbury Cathedral’s ambitious plans to celebrate Magna Carta in its 800th year.

"It will be a thrilling experience for visitors to come face to face with Salisbury's copy of Magna Carta in the new exhibition. And we are very impressed with the wide-ranging programme of events that the Cathedral is arranging during 2015 to give everyone this opportunity".

Exhibition designers Haley Sharpe Design (hsd), creators of ‘Magna Carta: Spirit of Justice, Power of Words’ embraced the challenge of interpreting the Charter as widely as possible. Oriel Wilson, project consultant, hsd, said:

“Our creative design work had to incorporate a range of site-specific media solutions. We have worked carefully within the stunning and sensitive interiors of the Cathedral to develop an exhibition that we believe will appeal to a wide visitor profile with tactile hands-on activities to give visitors the feel of medieval life and touchscreen displays that allow people to explore the continued fight for justice and human rights in the 21st century.”

Spirit of Justice, Power of Words, the exhibition, will be formally opened by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum on 6 March after which he will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Making the Magna Carta We Want: The Unintended Meanings of an Icon’. Following a successful build and testing period, the exhibition will be open to the public from, Saturday 28 February, a week earlier than expected.

Kelly Hatt - Surface Designer and Illustrator

 

Kelly Hatt is a UK based Surface Designer and Illustrator.

Aluminium etching by Kelly HattWorking initially with collage and pens, her paper based drawings inspire a collection of mixed media illustrations which combine dyed fabrics, hand embroidery, perspex and metal. The juxtaposition of these delicate and industrial materials create depth and tone while providing a narrative element.

These hand cut illustrations are available to commission and purchase as a print. While her bespoke aluminium pieces are available in a wide range of sizes to suit many interior applications.

Aluminium etched table by Kelly Hatt"As a designer maker, beautiful images are extremely important in communicating my surfaces to the audience, particularly online where they can not touch and experience the product in the same way. Since working with the mix of aluminium etching and hand embroidered fabrics, I have found them challenging to photograph so decided to enlist the help of Salisbury commercial and product photographer, John Rose Photography".

"Studio manager, Mandy was extremely helpful with quick communication via email throughout. I found this invaluable as I had a limited time to have my design photographed and apply for an exhibition before the deadline. While photographing my work, John supplied intial test shots for me to choose exactly what kind of lighting I prefered and to ensure the final images were exactly what I required. I found this very interesting and crucial to receiving images that I really loved as a result."

Aluminium etching by Kelly Hatt"I felt reasurred that my work was being looked after in the studio which meant a lot to me as I have spent many hours etching, painting, embroidering and generally staring at them in my studio! I would definitley recommend John Rose Photography to anyone who is looking for a great service and beautiful results."

"As a designer, I can now create postcards, business cards, update my website and apply for exhibitions knowing that my work is shown in the best possible way with these high quality images."

To connect with Kelly, please like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter

 

Commercially Savvy Salisbury

Commercial Portraits

Were you one of the commercially savvy businesses that got your year off to a fresh start by updating the images on your promotional material and website. Well there's still time!

The first couple of months of our new year here at John Rose Photography, Salisbury has been very  busy helping our commercial clients update their images. We find that many companies start the year looking at their marketing material and website. They find it to be the perfect time to refresh everything. The old cliche 'a picture paints a 1000 words' is never more true when it comes to commercial promotion in South Wiltshire and West Hampshire

Commercial art photographyWe all know people buy from people, and the more business savvy people know that making your business stand out from the crowd is even more important. Did you read Mandy's post 'What do the images on your website or promotional material say about you', the guest blog from Personnel Placements  'Profile pictures - what do they tell a potential employer about you?' or the guest blog from Robert Snook, MD of MG Cannon 'What a dose of your own medicine tastes like'. If not then pop over and have a look, they are well worth reading.

commercial singer/actor headshotsWe have recently relaunched our commercial studio portraits giving you 3 options to choose from, starting as before with the 20 minute shoot for £35. Full details can be found in our blog post 'Professional commercial studio portraits/headshots'. If you are a member of Salisbury or Wilton Chamber of commerce you can take advantage of a 10% discount on the displayed prices.

We are currently working on our 'New Year, New Image' promotion for SME's. This is similar to our commercial studio portrait shoots, but will allow you as a businesses to update your literature and website with professional, high quality images of your business premises and products too. We have options to suit everyone, and at very reasonable prices. COMING SOON!

Commercial product shotsWe are very lucky to have a hugely diverse client list, and in any one month we can be shooting art, commercial headshots, actors, singers, jewellery, electrical items, the list goes on. If you are thinking that perhaps it is time you freshened up your website and promotion material with new, bespoke images, give us a call on 01722 320500 or email commercial@johnrosephotography.com

 

6 Reasons Why Images are Important

If you have an online store, issue press releases or even just have a Facebook business “page”, then here are 6 reasons to publish images and photos as part of your business marketing tactics.

  1. Articles with images get 94% more total views
  2. Including a Photo and a video in a press release increases views by over 45%
  3. 60% of consumers are more likely to consider or contact a business when an image shows up in local search results
  4. In an ecommerce site, 67% of consumers say the quality of a product image is “very important” in selecting and purchasing a product
  5. In an online store, customers think that the quality of a products image is more important than product-specific information (63%), a long description (54%) and ratings and reviews (53%)
  6. Engagement rate on Facebook for photos averages 0.37% where text only is 0.27% (this translates to a 37% higher level of engagement for photos over text)

Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com

Professional commercial studio portraits/headshots

Commercial studio portraits/headshots

Entrepreneurs, Actors, Singers, Speakers, Authors, Trainers

We are the professional's choice for commercial portraiture and headshots in Salisbury. Offering sessions to suit everyone, if you want to be seen as a serious professional on your social media profile and website come and speak to us. We offer discounts to members of both Wilton and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry members.

Corporate headshots

90 minute session £195 • A selection of poses shot • 2 outfit changes • 2-3 backgrounds • Immediate viewing • 6 digital images fully edited suitable for printing

60 minute session £125 • A selection of poses shot • 1 outfit changes • 2 backgrounds • Immediate viewing • 4 digital images fully edited suitable for printing

20 minute session £35 • 4 poses shot • 1 background • Immediate viewing • 1 digital image fully edited suitable for printing

Additional images available at £17.50

Location shoots available from £225

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.

A wonderful revival Southern Daily Echo

Performed flawlessly. . .  a masterclass in ensemble acting Western Daily Press

Salisbury Playhouse poster for Seperate Tables posterSuperb Public Reviews

I was hooked Salisbury Journal

Beautifully detailed The Stage

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.

Stars Appeal launch their new breast cancer appeal

Please help us raise £750,000 for a dedicated Breast Cancer Unit here at Salisbury District Hospital.

Joanna Bott“Three months after my 26th birthday, I was told I had breast cancer. What happened after was a whirlwind of tests, surgery and treatments. Due to the nature of the cancer, I needed a mastectomy followed by months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I am now part-way through 10 years of hormone therapy.

Having cancer can be very isolating. Since my diagnosis I have met some wonderful people and been fortunate to have a lot of support, but it is not easy for everybody to seek such help. That’s why I think a specialist Breast Unit would be a fabulous idea. A place for patients to go without feeling embarrassed, a hub of support and information, and somewhere everything can be done in one place.”

Joanna Bott, Salisbury

make a donation online now

 Why do we need a dedicated Breast Unit?

1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancers treated in Salisbury have increased by nearly 40% in the last two years. Salisbury District Hospital’s specialist breast team offer excellent care but the number of patients they see is growing fast. Now they urgently need a dedicated Breast Unit to provide even better, quicker and more dignified treatment for over 4,500 local women, and a small number of men, each year.

What will the benefits be?

A dedicated Breast Unit will offer:

1. Faster diagnosis and treatment

  • Same day diagnosis
  • No need to visit other departments or repeatedly dress and undress for mammograms and scans
  • Quicker access to treatment
  • State-of-the-art equipment

2. The best possible environment

  • Purpose-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms dedicated entirely to breast patients
  • Sensitive design and décor creating a calm, light and dignified environment
  • Private spaces to talk, think and reflect
  • Counselling rooms for women who have just been told they have breast cancer

3. The best possible experience for patients

  • No more anxious waits for results
  • Fewer return visits and more efficient care
  • A tranquil haven where patients can be supported by staff and one another

Who will you be helping?

Your support will help over 4,500 local patients each year, from across Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. Perhaps even you, a friend or a member of your family.

You can help by:

The campaign is supported by  salisbury journal

Photos kindly provided by John Rose Photography