This month's newsletter includes:
The Reading Room
Meet Our New Columnists & Members
News, Features & Articles
Cocktail & Recipe of the Month
This Month's App
Coupon Codes & Special Offers
Thank you for finding us and reading another month of this ever-evolving magazine. We hope you like it and wish you a good September!
The exciting news is that in August we went into PRINT for the first time with a trial mini magazine. It was a big hit and so well received that we were out of copies within a week of receiving them back from the printers. More people have taken advertising space this month which is why we're able to print and circulate 1000 copies. Drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be added to the mailing list. We will be posting them and have a small tribe of teenagers who will be able to deliver through letterboxes as well, so one way or another we can make sure you receive your copy. You'll also be able to pick up a copy in places like Tokyo Tattoo, Eliminer and TheBigBloomRoom.
We certainly haven't been short of content and are thrilled to introduce new guest columnists who will be popping in now and then to blog about their lives, thoughts and tips. Next month we have our own equivalent to Bourdain to take the reins in the Dining section. Watch this space, and thank you for being one of our valued readers.
Pampered Pets with LINC
A message from The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund:
Our pets can bring us so much joy and happiness. We’d love you to share a photo of your pampered pet with a few words about how special they are with us. Did you get a new puppy during lockdown? Was your cat your constant companion throughout the time at home? Any pet can be entered – please share your guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, fish or reptile friends for a chance to win a fantastic prize.
Simply enter online – £5 pp (per pet) and send your photo with a few words about how special they are to: email@example.com
While we're on the subject of pets...
Here's an update from Bob Lloyd (Police, Neighbourhood Watch Officer, Gloucestershire):
Police are warning pet owners to be alert after receiving separate reports of dog theft in the last week across the county.
People are being asked to keep a close eye on their animals following the dog snatchings.
In the most recent incident, a collie and her six puppies were taken from a property in Brockworth. Thieves broke into a building and took the dogs, along with a number of other items, including two chainsaws, a generator, a Makita radio and a trailer.
Chief Inspector Rich Pegler said: “A dog is not just a pet, it’s a member of the family and part of a home. We are doing all we can to stop these callous thieves and I would urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to call us immediately. There are also a number of ways that you can help protect your dogs, including ensuring that it is never left on its own outside, and making sure that it has been microchipped and the details are up-to-date.”
Other ways of protecting your dog include:
Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times (your surname, mobile number and address only).
Secure gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy-duty padlock and gate alarm.
Never leave your pet in the garden unattended.
Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any intruders, these can also be used in rear gardens and yards.
Make sure your dog is microchipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found.
Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car, even for a few minutes.
Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if it’s stolen, pay particular attention to any distinguishing markings on your dog.
You can also prevent theft on walks by varying walk times and locations and being suspicious of strangers who ask questions about your dog. Make a note of any suspicious, loitering vehicles.
Please also be aware of transit vans that have been spotted in the Forest of Dean and Stonehouse areas recently. The occupants have been offering power tools and garden plants for sale at low prices. In the Forest incident, they also paid attention to properties where dogs were running in the gardens.
Anna's Happy Customers
Since qualifying last year and setting up her own dog grooming parlour from home, Anna has had a steady flow of very happy customers.
We had to show you some of these proud looking pooch photos, they are so adorable.
Channel 4 is re-running the ENTIRE 11 seasons of CHEERS!
All 275 episodes, which started on August 26th (so you may have missed the first one). You're welcome!
This can only be described as a bawdy romp! Set in London in the 1700s, it follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of two Madams played by Samantha Morton - rough, ready and touting her youngest daughter's virginity to the highest bidder, and Lesley Manville, owner of a more salubrious establishment with harp playing and intelligent conversation and their 'girls'. Prostitution was rife at this time with one in five women making ends meet (pardon the pun) in the oldest profession. A notable quote from the first episode was along the lines of 'an Englishman must protect his right to go whoring'.
If the sight of a naked posterior has you swooning and reaching for the smelling salts I would avoid this at all costs, but for everyone else it is highly entertaining with some wonderful acting, excellent production and many, many naked bottoms!
La Dernière Vague (The Last Wave)
Surfing and subtitles? We were in straight away! Reading the description we weren't sure whether it would be any good but five minutes in we were hooked to binge level. The series is in French so you get to brush up on the language as well as wonder what this strange and powerful cloud is all about. The complexities and life situations of the characters weave wonderfully into the uneasy storyline about a dangerous cloud that mysteriously takes a group of surfers away (I won't spoil it by saying whether they return) and continues to wreak havoc on the town of Brizen from then on. A whacky plot, yes, but it gets the thumbs up from us.
A Suitable Boy
"This is an Indian story,” says Tanya Maniktala who plays the lead role, “so it’s about time it was told by us.” (The Guardian)
Totally captivating and endearing, this is the BBC's first historical drama with no white characters. The camerawork and settings are a joy to see, as are the characters and costumes. This appeals to old and young alike, in fact as I write this my dad who's in his 70s is sitting enjoying it. It's set in 1951 in a newly independent India and Lata, the loveable main character, is 19. At the beginning her mum's mission is to set her up with 'a suitable boy' but along with her mum's suggested contender, Lata manages to rack up another two suitors herself. Will she go for the one you want her to go for? You'll have to watch it and see.
We can only tell you a little about this series, having only just stumbled upon it and started watching it. Only got as far as the first three. You'll probably recognise a few faces because there are some well known actors in there. They're set in New York and each episode tells a new story of modern love.
THE READING ROOM
Good Vibes, Good Life
A friend suggested this book and I'm glad I ordered it - it's been a good read. The author is a young guy with a wise head who knows of the pressures of life, having been homeless himself in the past and having been subject to racism and, since his career took off, online negativity too. He's discovered that 'self love is the key to unlocking your greatness' and wants to guide others towards taking on life from a more positive perspective, making good choices and cultivating beneficial lifestyle habits. He's very relatable for young people, and if you're older you will also receive a gentle nudge and perhaps a re-awakening of finding your higher purpose. The image is my own, taken while on a family break at a lush Airbnb in Goring Heath.
Michelle Obama's Podcast
The first episode where Michelle talks to her husband Barack was fascinating and a tough one to follow, but the ones with her female doctor friend (covering subjects such as menopause) and then her brother Craig were equally good. We thoroughly recommend you giving this recently launched podcast a listen on Spotify. If you meant to read her autobiography and haven't got round to it, this is going to be perfect for you.
NEW TO CHELTENHAM LIFESTYLE & BUSINESS
Jess A Little Creative
Welcome, Jess Whittle with Jess A Little Creative - she is a trained graphic designer and makes unique, hand-drawn, highly patterned greeting cards. I’ve had Jess' cards before and they're really modern and striking. She has collections of initial cards for a personal touch, but also creates lots of bespoke designs to order. Please order some cards if you like supporting small local businesses (we know you do, or you probably wouldn't be reading this!)
My mum always has a card drawer so I'm following in her footsteps and started one as well... it's SO useful to have a stash of cards ready whenever it's a birthday or special occasion. Makes you feel so organised. We hope Jess gets a great response.
Jess says: “I love receiving and sending cards - I have a suitcase under my bed full of my most treasured greeting cards! So it felt like a natural progression to start designing my own in my distinctive style. I can create pretty much anything you require, and love creating personalised bespoke designs, like the new range of personalised wedding cards I am offering! I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have and look forward to stocking you all up with lots of lovely cards! They are currently available to buy on Etsy and you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook. I am constantly creating new designs and will post regular updates across my social channels, so please follow me so you can stay up-to-date! x"
SAT 5 SEPT - 11 SEPT Virtual Market Week
A wonderful virtual event that I will be selling my cards at. AND it raises money for charity!
SAT 19 SEP AT 13:00 Little Tiddlers Dog Show
North Common Village Hall · Bristol I'm going to have a stall selling my cards at this event, I'd love to see lots of you there! Social distancing and other measures will be in place to ensure it's safe.
Zaphira - Neal's Yard Organic
Zaphira Cormack has just set up her own Neal's Yard business as a sideline - her main business is The Cotswold Baby & Toddler Show. She's full of enthusiasm for everything she does and puts a great energy into it. She's happy to mentor anyone else who is thinking of setting up their own NYO business, so you are welcome to join her team if this is for you.
She says: "I won’t be doing any hard sell. NY products sell themselves. I’ve been using them (on and off depending on finances!!) since I was a teenager. I remember falling in love with the blue glass bottles. Blue was the ‘in’ colour at the time. My first living room of my very own was painted bright yellow with blue glass light pendants from IKEA and a blue two seater sofa from a bargain sofa shop in Chingford.
When I can afford it I’ve always used rose oil on my face and pulse points. It’s magical stuff! I love the new Wild Rose Face & Body Collection and the Sensitive Replenish + Balance Moisturiser."
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FEATURES, ARTICLES & TIPS
S T Y L E
What To Wear
Introducing 'sustainable style' columnist Sarah Cross who is known for her fabulous sassy taste and enthusiasm for wardrobes and wellbeing. Sarah is a Wardrobe Editor & Stylist. Interesting fact: she once did a whole month using the same dress every time she went out socially. It was an experiment to see how many ways she could wear it, dressing up, dressing down and giving it various different looks depending how she accessorised it and what she wore it with. She managed it without getting sick of the dress and still has it to this day, although doesn't wear it quite so often.
Why I Don’t Use the Word Fashion
Fashion, as defined by the Oxford dictionary:
‘A popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behaviour.’
This definition simply leads me to think that for clothing to be of fashion, it must be bought recently – yet I know different – which in a nutshell is why I tend not to use the word fashion.
Women want to feel good, dress with ease yet look stylish, have personal taste but not look contrived, be comfortable, be appropriate, and still look great. This desired way of dressing is most definitely not achieved by splurging out on a shopping spree of latest fashion (or fad); that simply wouldn’t be the authentic you. Would it?
The ‘true-you’ starts in your very own wardrobe. (If you’re uttering under your breath that you hate the majority of your wardrobe, may I stop you there, and urge you to read on…)
There is a reason for each and every item in your wardrobe, whether it was purchased on a whim, gifted to you, is 15 years old, was a bargain you couldn’t resist, a necessity item, cost a packet or even doesn’t fit you, the facts remain the same: you are holding on to your existing collection of clothes, storing them, caring for them and refuse to let go of them – there must be some love there? And it is this existing collection of clothes that is the foundations of What to Wear.
Hang on before you mutter again because I can hear you… “it’s because I haven’t got anything else to wear, nothing I buy looks right on me” - I did actually tell you earlier that shopping the latest fashion attire doesn’t make women feel stylish and great. Admittedly there is more work to be done – owning a perfect wardrobe is an ongoing mission, so don’t be too harsh on yourself. Like the foundations of a house, your wardrobe is a solid starting point that doesn’t disappear, even when in need of reconfiguring, extending, repairing or refitting.
Each month I’ll be sharing examples of What to Wear, by showing how existing garments can be styled, updated and worn to the max. Plus advice on how to buy new (or pre-loved) pieces with confidence, that work with your existing collection without making a fashion faux-pas!
I welcome your questions, comments and feedback, and would be delighted to get my hands on your wardrobes too.
Midlife Needn't Be A Crisis
Introducing our 'midlife style' columnist, lovely Elinor Salter who is based in Cirencester.
How life has changed for us all this year. I have come to hate the words 'the new normal' and don’t even get me started on the way we all feel we have to add 'at a social distance' every time we admit to doing anything remotely fun, as if we have been caught with our hands in the sweetie jar! But we have to come to terms with the fact that our futures are going to be different and the way we shop, dress and take care of ourselves will be a big part of that.
Over the last 6 months, my life has changed a lot. I was born in Stroud, and lived there until my early twenties, returning to the Cirencester area 10 years ago after living in Italy for 4 years. Whilst in Italy I trained in Milan as a Personal Shopper and worked for boutiques in Tarquinia and Rome. When I returned to the UK, I carried on my business part time, taking clients on personal shopping trips to Rome and Milan, but I wanted to dig deeper into the psychology behind people's style to help women in their midlife to regain their confidence and self-respect. So, I retrained as a Style Coach, adding a new dimension on to my regular Style Consultancy and have moved a lot of my services online.
I truly believe that finding your true style, dressing for your body shape and style personality brings a self-confidence so powerful that it dramatically impacts the rest of your life, allowing you to live the life you want to live in the way you want to live it. I also believe that this is even more important now, whilst we try and navigate our way through this new world.
I want to share with you my thoughts and advice on how to dress for midlife, the best places to shop for the more mature woman, how to find clothes that fit your figure and your lifestyle, ways to find you true inner style, how to add some Italian style to your wardrobe and much more.
I hope you will find these helpful and interesting and if there are any other topics you would like us to cover, then please do let us know.
(A piece of frankly useless information!)
Paris - land of the chic, the fashion capital, home of the achingly stylish, has only fairly recently repealed a rather surprising law.
In 1800, trousers were made illegal for women to wear when the chief of police decided that special clearance needed to be given for women to wear men's clothing. In 1892 the law was changed and they were allowed if the woman was on horseback but they had to have both hands on the reins (?!) and in 1909 this was extended to riding a bicycle... if both hands were on the handlebars - makes perfect sense, non?
The most surprising thing of all is that this law (despite attempts in 1969 and 2003, and the wearing of trousers by female police officers), was not repealed until 2013.
Sal's Morning Exercise Tips
As our PT Magdalena is on mini-moon I'm standing in for the first set of fitness tips. Luckily most of the routine came from Mags anyway and she's with us in spirit. Do these in whichever order you like, as many or few of them as you fancy. You make the rules; we're just here to remind you to get moving.
10 side stretches (or however many feel comfortable to you)
10 seconds of Warrior position each side
10 knee drops
10 second plank
10 leg raises
10 Cat-Cows (if you're not used to Yoga positions you can find tutorials on YouTube or ask any of the people on our Yoga & Fitness page.)
10 seconds of Tree post on each leg
10 seconds of Gratitude, in any position you like :)
Ami's Tips About Bloating
Ami Sheward is a Nutritional Therapist based in Cheltenham.
I get so many people asking me about bloating and there are so many different reasons for it. Bloating is one of the most common gut symptoms people report and when it’s unexplained can be distressing.
Simply put, bloating is increased pressure in the intestine that is usually accompanied by a big protruding belly, you may have heard it being called ‘food baby’. The causes and mechanics of bloating are extremely complex and everyone is different but here are some tips to try...
1. Avoid large meals - split food into smaller portions and spread across the day.
2. Chew your food well - sit down and enjoy your meal and try and chew at least 10-20 chews per mouthful.
3. Are you overdoing the fermented foods? Halve your portions for two weeks and reassess.
4. Keep to one piece of fruit per sitting - with up to 3 pieces per day.
5. Avoid smoothies or juices - Opt for whole foods instead.
Check for food sensitivities - usually gluten, dairy and sugar are common culprits, remove what you feel is triggering you and keep a food diary and keep track when you reintroduce.
1. Avoid wearing tight clothes.
2. Gentle exercise and stretching can help diffuse trapped gas.
3. Take a walk.
4. Try Peppermint tea or oil - it’s known for relaxing gut muscles and therefore may help relieve bloating triggered by trapped wind.
Here Come The Men In Black
I recently went for lunch with Neil Gayler who was telling me about how zapping us on the forehead (for temperature scans) with an infra-red thermometer is not the only option. If you prefer not to have your temperature taken at ‘gunpoint’ it is perfectly acceptable to offer your wrist instead of your head - the reading will be just as accurate and effective. Neil mentioned preferring the wrist to the forehead partly because of the pineal gland, which is situated in the middle of the human brain and is the major site of the body's melatonin production. It's important to treat this gland with respect as it aids restful sleep and is often referred to as the third eye.
MEET THE OWNER
When Cynneth Met Daniella
Thanks for your time Daniella, we really appreciate it. I’ve had your chocolate in the past (they’re amazing and the boxes never last very long) and I know a bit about your products, but for the readers out there that are unfamiliar, tell us a bit about what you do and how you started making chocolate?
I make luxury chocolate truffles and fudge using good quality chocolate, natural flavourings and real alcohol. I always fancied making something that people could enjoy eating, without the overload of sugar and preservatives. I’ve always loved chocolate, dark chocolate in particular and so I started making chocolate truffles with natural ingredients that tasted delicious without being too sweet.
HOME & GARDEN
Star Wars - The Duvet Strikes Back!
Angela Colley, the visionary behind GeorgieRose Interior Design, was asked to design a bedroom for her youngest ever client. At just 5 years old he is a massive Star Wars fan but obviously the room needed to be designed with some longevity too. Can you imagine how completely thrilled he must have been to see the result? The floating bunk beds are a thing of genius!
You can find more about GeorgieRose here:
We know you love a before and after, so check out GeorgieRose's Facebook to see how the room looked before Angela got involved.
Bimla is our Events columnist and has organised events large and small, corporate and private, glamorous, low key, breathtaking... mostly in London and beyond, before moving to Cheltenham and settling down. She's recently become a mum and so is adapting to the life changes that motherhood brings. We're pleased to introduce her and all the tips, advice and experience she is going to share over the coming months.
Wedding Planning in COVID Times
In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a pandemic afoot. Restrictions on weddings and events mean frustrating last minute changes, postponement and cancellations. Here are some ways of protecting your money when booking venues and suppliers in these uncertain times:
Be flexible with your dates – venues are busier than ever trying to fit this year’s couples into 2021. The season is no longer restricted to summer and now spans the entire year. Try to be flexible with your dates and consider week days to help keep your budget down
Be careful with your deposits – consider negotiating the deposit payment amount. This is a tricky time for business, with many unfortunately facing bankruptcy and liquidation. Make sure your money doesn’t disappear with your photo booth! Agree a payment schedule and be sure not to give away too much of your money before you have to
Look at contracts in detail. Too many times couples are caught out because they haven’t read the small print. Ensure you understand cancellation terms and most importantly be sure to ask for a 12 month postponement clause to be included to ensure maximum flexibility if you do need to change your dates
Talk to your suppliers – everyone wants to make your big day the most special they can. It’s the reason we work in this industry. Honest and open conversations can do wonders!
Good luck and don’t forget, your day is not about the Instagram likes, but celebrating your commitment to each other. No matter the size of the party, it will still be one of the best days of your lives. XoXo
Hellie & Mike Got Married
Congratulations lovely people on your Lockdown wedding! Hellie spent years inspiring young people in Cheltenham when she led the youth services and activities at Trinity Church. After helping and supporting others for so many years she's now found her 'Suitable Boy' Mike and is taking some well deserved time out to enjoy life as a newlywed. The photos were taken by friends and family. Well done The Glynns!
Travellers' Choice Winner
We're so proud of Marinades reaching the top 10% of restaurants worldwide on TripAdvisor!
'When we decided to close the restaurant earlier this year we did so above Turtle Bay in the Trip Advisor Cheltenham restaurant ratings (TB never made it above us despite the volume of people that went there) and we've just received this news from Tripadvisor that we've been awarded a 2020 Travellers' Choice Award and that we are in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide. Thank you all you lovely people. We couldn't have done it without you, our loyal Customers, and our amazing Marinades Team.'
Pop it in the Popty Ping
Did you know that the most searched-for Welsh word on the web is microwave? (With the possible exception of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, of course!)
The widely accepted word is for microwave in Welsh is popty microdon (or just microdon) with popty meaning oven and microdon meaning microwave. One word most of you will have probably encountered is popty ping, a very colloquial and onomatopoeic way of saying microwave. READ MORE... on welearnwelsh.com.
IMMUNE BOOSTING SUPER SOUP
by Lorraine Pascale Top images Red Magazine & Jillie Bushell Associates.
This recipe appeared in Red Magazine and we thought you might like to try it at home. It only uses 12 ingredients.
Fresh Coriander Leaves
1 Red Chilli
1 Garlic Clove
400g Jerusalem Artichokes
Juice of 1/2 Lime
100g Oyster Mushrooms
100g Shitake Mushrooms
1 Vegetable Stock Cube
Pinch of Sea salt & good amount of freshly ground Black Pepper
1 pinch of Turmeric Powder
1 tbsp Sunflower Oil
Heat the oil in a large pan over a low to medium heat and sauté the onion and Jerusalem artichokes for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften and turn golden.
Add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook for another minute. Add the stock, mushrooms, chilli, if using, and turmeric, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer for about 12-15 minutes until the Jerusalem artichokes are completely tender.
Stir in the lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Either leave the soup as it is or blend until smooth in a liquidiser or with a stick blender. Finish by stirring the coriander leaves through and serve.
We also have plenty of delicious takeaway options on the directory here.
September by Earth, Wind & Fire was released as a single in 1978 - a disco classic that has been watched over 435 million times on YouTube.
Lockdown by Koffee has already had over 13 million views and it was only added to YouTube in July. Mikayla Simpson, better known as Koffee, is a 20 year old Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, rapper, DJ and guitarist from Spanish Town, Jamaica. The Jaiy Twins have a great dance to this song on their Instagram.
Great Gig for a Heineken
Have you heard of Clare Torry? She's the owner of the breathtaking voice you can hear in Pink Floyd's song 'The Great Gig In The Sky'. In an interview I watched on YouTube she describes how she was contacted to come and record a session and was paid £30 and given a can of Heineken for her efforts.
There were no particular instructions as to what kind of singing they wanted, so she thought to herself 'I have to pretend to be an instrument' and told them to press record in the studio, as she believed that often the first take is the best and most raw. The more times you try you can lose the magic. She went with the flow and sang her heart out and was right about the first recording being the one. Receiving no feedback at the time, she left the studio and carried on her life. One day she was passing a record shop in King's Road, Chelsea, when she saw the new Pink Floyd album in the window. She wondered if that was the one with her voice on, and it was, so she bought it.
The album has become one of the most famous and successful in the world, selling over 45 million copies worldwide and with the song being viewed over 10 million times on YouTube. It's a hauntingly beautiful song, because of Clare's contribution. She must have been on good terms with the band in 1987 and 1990 as she appeared with them for live gigs and her singing was as spectacular as it had been in the 70s. The image shown is from Rolling Stone.
Through the years the song continued to soar in success and Clare sued Pink Floyd and EMI in 2004 for songwriting royalties on the basis that her contribution to the song constituted co-authorship with keyboardist Richard Wright. In 2005, an out-of-court settlement was reached in Torry's favour, although the terms of the settlement were not disclosed. All releases after 2005 carry an additional credit for 'Vocal composition by Clare Torry' for the 'Great Gig in the Sky' segment of the booklet or liner notes, according to Wikipedia.
The tenuous link to Cheltenham in all this is that Torry also sang the Dolly Parton song 'Love Is Like a Butterfly' as the theme music to the 1970s Wendy Craig/Geoffrey Palmer, Carla Laine sitcom Butterflies, which was filmed here.
Image from British Comedy Guide.
Are you an aspiring DJ?
GFM, Gloucester's community radio station, is 20 years old. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this the best radio station around! They're looking for DJs for R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae and Gospel shows and also looking for newsreaders. See website for further info and contact Carol Francis to apply.
The Seal is Real
On a trip to The Purton Ships Graveyard we took a walk off the beaten path, away from the canal, and came across this fella. A real seal. We feel it's only right to reveal the seal as he's bound to appeal. We enjoyed watching him a great deal.
We hope he (or she) managed to get back out to sea when the tide came in.
What is Purton Ships Graveyard? The Canal & River Trust tells us this: 'Between 1909 and 1965, over 80 barges, trows and schooners were deliberately beached on the banks of the River Severn. These ghostly hulks now form an eerie boat graveyard.'
Cousin Dimples is So Clever!
Shan Weerasiri, known as 'Dimples' is my husband's cousin in Australia and her icing flower sculptures are so breathtaking that I thought you'd like to see them. Hard to believe they are all completely edible and not real flowers, isn't it?!
Shan said: 'There are lots of people out there that make gorgeous flowers but I really liked the way the colours all came together. It’s one of my favourites.'
Libbi's Macramé Masterpieces
Ms Seymour never ceases to amaze me with her creativity. She's turned her hand to macramé now and is already making some attractive pieces at Studio Cush, such as hanging plant holders and bottle holders. She sent me a black one, I love it, but now look... there's yellow too. WANT.
Below is my goddaughter Amelie - congratulations on passing your driving test, Babe! :)
‘Emma was recommended to us and what a fantastic experience this has been. We have met with Emma on many occasions to discuss and review what we wanted from our design. She has each time listened, made suggestions, been very patient and has come back to us us with thoughts and ideas. In January we started planting and that is now starting to come through and is something we will be able to enjoy as the months pass. Emma is very knowledgeable about plants and garden design in general which is essential for non gardeners. She is also enthusiastic and a great communicator whose services I value and would not hesitate to recommend her to others. Thank you Emma and look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.’ from Carole Ferns via Facebook
The Indian Guy
'Had a meal for the first time from here, absolutely fantastic, I had dishes I have never eaten before. So much flavour, fresh and lots of choices. You will not be disappointed. We are definitely coming back for more. Being vegetarian quite often put limited choices on Indian menus, I would like to thank you for creating such exciting dishes without meat. Fantastic. Keep it up guys.' from Angela Hughes via Facebook
Sal and Mark had a delivery from The Indian Guy as well and it was soooooo tasty and fragrant, especially the Pau Bhaji and the Lemon Pistachio Cheesecake. They are beyond delicious!
More about The Indian Guy
Meet the founders (ish):
'On the right is Chef - Jay Halford, the best chef I've ever met. We have become like brothers: always got each other's back, occasionally want to break each other's toys. In fact, we've become so much like brothers that he now calls my mum, 'Mum'. In the middle, is said mum. Her dishes inspired this business and we are forever grateful for her culinary skills, her willingness to share recipes and for constantly reminding me why you should NEVER mix business with family. On the left is me, Jin. I just flap about a lot and plug sales.'
'This is one of our favourite images of last year and when I photographed Belle, I wanted to capture her sparkle and vivacious character. We achieved the soft natural look and feel to the image through classic Rembrandt lighting. Belle was an absolute breeze to photograph. A model in the making...!' Natalie at Blink Studios
For your very own award-winning portraiture photoshoot please visit www.blinkstudios.co.uk and get in touch.
Joining The Members' Lounge Business Club
Here are some of the steps we go through when onboarding a new member of our network - so you know how thorough it is!
Set up payments.
Create listings on our directories.
Liaise with client for listing approval and to find out more about their business.
Invite & introduce into FB Members' Lounge (client group / business club).
Introduce / announce on Cheltenham Noticeboard.
Add to Pinterest board.
Mention on Instagram.
Add into the social shout outs scheduling tool (we use SocialBee).
Introduce in e-magazine and printed magazine.
Add to our Google activity charts.
Who else pays this much attention to detail?
Some of the services we provide:
Cheltenham Noticeboard local community group
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5 Easy Steps to Going Live and Getting Seen
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5. Hooble will also help you with the Google My Business suite.
Debs' Comedy Corner
Debs slipped this one into the magazine content when I wasn't looking, saying 'This took a minute or two to get - hilarious!'
It took me even longer.
TO THIS MONTH'S SPONSORS
As well as all our directory members and readers...
Thank you, guys, for making it possible for us to keep this magazine, our groups and social media platforms going. We LOVE working with you, we're proud of you and every single one of the directory members. Thank you to our readers for inspiring us to create something interesting and useful for you, and for the lovely feedback.
Special thank you to Cheranne who was bombarded with work creating the magazine ready for print, and artwork to create for our advertisers. She is amazing and we are very grateful.
BYE FOR NOW!
Sal, Debs & Cheranne xx