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.

 

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.

Ride the plain with Stonehenge ATV

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

Salisbury Songstress Lizz Badcock - aka Miss Lilli B

Funk Soul Sista - Girl BandAs you may have seen on our Facebook or Twitter pages yesterday and this morning, this very lucky Salisbury photographer had the lovely Miss Lilli B in the studio yesterday.

Lilli is a Salisbury singer/singing teacher. She is currently upgrading her website and needed to get some new photos done. Her current website is here.

You may recognise Lilli from a shoot we did some time ago with the amazing trio Funk Soul Sista. Lilli is on the left in the picture along with Emm (centre) and Becks (right).

As with all of our clients we offer a consultation to enable us to see the finished images through their eyes, and are using Pinterest more and more to enable our clients to receive the personal, bespoke service we are renowned for. Lilli found being able to show us her vision very helpful, not only to allow us to see what she was trying to visualise but to also focus her own thoughts.

So to the shoot.

We had a 2 hour session booked to allow for style changes, etc. We had our style agreed, and we had had a look at the layout for Lilli's new website. All that was left was to set the lighting for the first set and for Lilli to change into her first outfit.

Here are a selection from the shoot. If you would like to see, and hear, the amazing Miss Lilli B, and a few other amazing local talents, including Funk Soul Sista, Kev B, Duncan Heather, and BGT 2013 finalists Kieran and Sarah, she is performing at Stars in the Canyon on Friday 14th November at the Chapel Nightclub. Tickets are available at Eventbrite and are on sale now at a discounted rate for a limited time, so book now to get the best seats at the best prices!

 

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

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 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

Profile Pictures– what do they tell a Potential Employer about you?

Guest Blog Spot, Personnel Placements.

Profile Picture on White BackgroundProfile Pictures– what do they tell a Potential Employer about you?

Nowadays most of us have some sort of online presence in the form of one of the many Social Media sites. They are used, as the name suggests, to “socialise”, but also as a platform to sell products, services and if you are a job seeker, yourself! When was the last time you had a good look at your profile picture. Does it portray the image you want it to? Are you the same person at work as you are on Facebook? The current thinking within many HR departments seems to be that whatever people display on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter reflects the behaviour they display in the workplace. However new research shows that what’s in our profiles has little bearing on how well we do our jobs, even though a large number of recruiters operate under the assumption that it does. According to a survey by recruiting software company Jobvite, 93% of recruiters surveyed are likely to look at a candidate’s social media profile during the recruitment process and make assumptions on their capabilities. Over 40% of recruiters have reconsidered a candidate based on their social media profile.

Do the same rules apply across all Social Media sites?

Funk Soul Sista - Girl BandFacebook is a platform where most people say and do things that they wouldn't do at work and post photographs of situations that could make a potential employer think poorly of them. So if you are searching for work, make sure you at least set your privacy settings to ensure those photos of you after one to many cocktails aren't visible to everyone! Twitter has changed the way we communicate, opening up our daily thoughts and #selfies to, potentially, the world! Problems occur when people start tweeting photos that are unprofessional, threaten company privacy, or reflect badly on their own work ethics. Sites such as LinkedIn are different, and your profile is in effect a modern day CV, so your profile photograph needs to look professional; a good head and shoulders shot is ideal. Make sure it portrays you as professional and business like, as well as a positive, happy person; you can smile – it’s not a passport mugshot! Ideally get a professional photographer to take it. People look at photographs and think, “can I see myself working with this person?”, so make sure it is recent, there’s no point trying to hide anything as if you do get to meet a potential employer who has seen your LinkedIn profile, it’s going to be hard to build trust with someone who doesn’t recognise you in person!

Lynsey Docherty Professional Opera SingerShould I use a photo on my CV?

We do receive some applications from candidates who use photographs on their CVs but in the UK it’s more common not to. However if you do choose to add one to your CV or are asked to send a photo with your application, again it needs to be a recent, business like, professional looking head and shoulders shot.

Bio: Lynne Rose is the Business Manager at Personnel Placements and has been recruiting in Salisbury and the surrounding area for 13 years. PP as it is affectionately known within the local business community is a generalist Agency that has been supporting local companies for almost 30 years. They are also an active member of TEAM – The Employment Agents Movement – which enables them to source candidates from all over the UK. As part of their service they also provide HR Support and Advice.
Our website address is www.personnel-placements.co.uk

If you would like to update your profile picture why not give us a ring on 01722 320500 or email, commercial@johnrosephotography.com. Professional Headshots are available in our studio for £35 each. A 15 minute appointment, 3 poses shot, choose your favourite straight from the screen and we will email it directly to you. First image is included, additional images may be purchased for £17.50.

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.

Lynsey Docherty and Mayor of Salisbury Cllr Jo Broom

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.

Lynsey Docherty conducts her childrens chori

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.

 

Baritone Philip Smith

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

 

Gaudeamus Chorale at Salisbury Cathedral

A choral concert performed by the Gaudeamus Chorale at Salisbury Cathedral.

Lady Benson, president of Salisbury Cancer Research UK committee, joined chairman Yvonne Mills, Maria Gomez – Local Fundraising Manager, sponsors and organisers to launch the fundraiser at Salisbury Cathedral

Lady Benson, president of Salisbury Cancer Research UK committee, joined chairman Yvonne Mills, Maria Gomez - Local Fundraising Manager, sponsors and organisers to launch the fundraiser at Salisbury Cathedral

The Gaudeaumus Chorale, part of the English Philharmonia Chorus from Hertfordshire, regularly tour Europe and have sung in many of our great cathedrals. This year they have chosen to tour the south of England, with more than 100 voices in support of Cancer Research UK.

The choir will be singing in Salisbury Cathedral on 15th August 2014 and and will perform Faure’s Requiem, works by Cecilia McDowall, Bruckner, Parry and Rachmaninov. All proceeds from the tour will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

 

 

 

Salisbury Big Business Event at Salisbury Guildhall

Chris Hemingway MBE at Salisbury Big Business Event

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/

Levi Roots at Salisbury Big Business Event

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.”

An.x talk at Salisbury Big Business Event

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.