Sponsor a Tree For Age UK

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Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are celebrating their 75th birthday this year and have set a target of planting 750 trees across the county. The project will help to provide invaluable support for the elderly as well as enhancing Robin Hood’s countryside for future generations.

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Well known for their shops around the county, Age UK provide invaluable support.

The charity offers a range of vital services for older people throughout Nottinghamshire and has helped to empower thousands. Age UK recognises that independence, dignity and personal development do not stop when we decide to retire.

Indeed, the highly innovative ‘Men In Sheds’ project has been a great success. Elderly men now have the opportunity to share and learn new skills whilst making a valuable contribution to the local community. Society as a whole can benefit massively when the older generation is allowed to shine.

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Sponsor a tree for Age UK. Provide a positive legacy for the future.

I think it is a tremendous idea and I am well aware of the fantastic contribution Age UK make. My friend Maggie Ross MBE works for the charity and recently told me about their plans. The last time I had the good fortune to work with Maggie was when she organised an exceptional Great Gatsby themed ball at the Walton Hotel. It was a fantastic success and raised considerable funds for Age UK.

Age UK are inviting the public to sponsor a tree. If you would like to participate in this very worthy cause, the free phone number is 0800 088 6349 or send an email to getinvolved@ageuknotts.org.uk

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Shade Bridal – West Bridgford, Nottingham

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‘Jessica and Natalie were generous, patient and professional throughout’

Jane Paulson, Bride, August 2017

Every bride expects a dream wedding dress for her special day, and Shade Bridal of Nottingham spcecialise in making dreams come true. Expert advice, exceptional customer service, and a magical myriad of beautiful bridal gowns are available for brides-to-be in the East Midlands.

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Look stunning with Shade Bridal of Nottingham

Managed by Jessica Beard, Shade Bridal’s boutique is located at 100 Melton Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6EP. The door is always open, and Jessica boasts an impressive CV having worked with Harvey Nichols in London. You can rest assured that you are dealing with the experts when you place your trust in Shade Bridal.

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Meticulous attention to detail is one of the many hallmarks of Shade Bridal

Visit their website now at: www.shadebridal.co.uk

Telephone number: 0115 982 2820

Address: 2b, 100 Melton Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 6EP

Contact Jessica and the team now to ensure you have the ideal wedding dress for your special day.

The author of the article is David Fox a professional entertainer and freelance writer based in Nottingham, UK. Visit his website at: www.davidfoxmagician.co.uk

Tom and Sarah’s Special Wedding at Kelham House Hotel

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‘thank you for being part of our special day… you truly were amazing’

Tom and Sarah Shaw, Kelham House Hotel, 27th May 2017

I was delighted when Tom and Sarah asked me to perform magic on their special day at the beautiful Kelham House Country Manor Hotel near Newark. It is always a tremendous honour to be selected to entertain on a wedding day, and I was well aware of how meticulous the bride and groom had been in their preparations. Indeed, no stone was left unturned in order to ensure that their family and friends would be treated to a truly magical occasion.

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Arriving in style. Sarah looks outstanding before the ceremony. Luxury wedding cars provided by: www.redroseweddingcarhire.co.uk

On arriving at Kelham House Hotel, the party was in full swing. Tom and Sarah had requested that I perform magic after the wedding breakfast throughout the early evening reception. This was an excellent time to ‘mix-and-mingle’ with guests and provide close-up magic both inside the bar area and around the extensive grounds of the venue. One of the highlights was undoubtedly performing a special routine for the newlyweds which culminated with a magical bottle of Champagne!

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It was magnificent to perform intimate close-up effects for Tom and Sarah’s friends and family

The idyllic Kelham House Country Manor Hotel was the perfect venue for such a momentous occasion. As well as boasting exceptional event facilities, the wedding party can also stay in the luxury bedrooms. The convivial staff at the hotel are always a joy to work with and ensured that Tom, Sarah and their guests were very well taken care of. To find out more about this tremendous location, visit the website at: www.kelhamhouse.co.uk or contact Fran or Grace, the excellent Wedding and Events Team, on 01636 705266.

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The tremendously talented photographer Mark Walker was on hand to capture everything.

A wedding day requires a dynamic, diligent and dependable photographer to immortalise those special moments. Sarah and Tom had called upon the gifted Mark Walker to perform these duties, and he did so with aplomb. Mark formed a wonderful rapport with the guests and ensured that the essence of the day was captured for eternity. Indeed, the photographs in this very article illustrate his tremendous talents. Visit Mark’s website: www.markwalkerphotography.net or call him now on: 01623 825109.

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Sarah and Tom created a warm family atmosphere on the day with their choice of suppliers and it was fantastic to see the children enjoying themselves.

It is always fantastic to see children at weddings, and I enjoy entertaining them as well as the adults. Tom and Sarah went to great lengths to ensure the younger guests had a fantastic time and their choice of suppliers was very impressive to say the least. The innovative Hucksters Firepot were there to amuse the little ones and provide outstanding face painting. Visit their website: huckstersfirepot.co.uk or phone on: 0795 457 3305. Everyone loves a bouncy castle – even the adults – and Bounceabout Inflatables provided hours of fun for everyone in the garden. Find out more about them at: www.bounceaboutnewark.co.uk or phone on: 07855 955474. Truly an amazing addition to a unique day.

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The cutting of the cake. And what a cake it is! Created by Choccywoccydoodah Cakes.

A sensational selection of confectionery ensured that Tom and Sarah’s guests could indulge themselves accordingly. Even Willy Wonka would have struggled to have produced such a fine array of tasty treats! The tremendous wedding cake was provided by Choccywoccydoodah. Their website is: www.choccywoccydoodah.com, telephone number: 01273 329 426. The Little Cupcake Company of Mansfield delivered an astonishing assortment of mouthwatering delights: TheLittleCupcakeComp13. telephone number: 07850 560883. It was lovely to meet David Allwood too during the evening reception and share a little magic with him. David is the affable owner of Pure Chocolate Indulgence and created a wonderful doughnut stand for Tom and Sarah’s guests to enjoy. David’s website is: www.pure-chocolate-indulgence.co.uk or phone him today on: 07427668997. Bliss Chair Covers also provided a chocolate fountain which went down a storm with the guests. Guests with a sweet tooth could also be found congregating around the magical sweet cart assembled by Simply Sweet Cart Hire. They also crafted stunning Ferrero Rocher displays. Website: www.simplysweetcarthire.co.uk and telephone number: 0771 906 6384.

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The first dance is a special moment. DJ and love letters by Diverse Entertainments

Tom and Sarah’s choice of exceptional suppliers ensured that Kelham House Hotel was looking incredibly elegant and vibrant on their big day. Diverse Entertainments create bespoke packages for all sorts of events, and the dance floor, lighting and love letters created a stunning mise-en-scene for Mr and Mrs Shaw’s first dance. Website: www.diverse-entertainments.co.uk, phone number: 01636 643720. Bliss Chair Covers provided elegant table and chair decor, as well as a photo booth and chocolate fountain. Find them at: www.blisschaircovers.co.uk or phone now: 07850 178030. A wedding day would not be complete without flowers, and the exquisite Flower Barn ensured that enchanting arrangements adorned the venue. Their website is: www.flower-barn.co.uk and can be contacted on: 01636 679779.

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Kelham House Country Manor Hotel looked vibrant on Tom and Sarah’s wedding day.

As you can see from the wonderful photographs, Sarah looked radiant for her wedding day. The exceptional Maxine Holland was the beautiful bride’s make-up artist and more details can be found about Maxine on this link: www.facebook.com/maxinehollandmua

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Sarah looked stunning for the big day. Maxine Holland who is based in Sheffield was make-up artist for the wedding.
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Elegant high heels fit for a princess to walk down the aisle. Courtesy of Jimmy Choo.

It truly was a wonderful wedding to be part of and I will always consider myself to be very fortunate to have been part of Tom and Sarah’s special day. I wish them both health and happiness for the future, and do hope that I will have the opportunity to entertain them and their fantastic family and friends again in the future.

Congratulations Tom and Sarah.

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The author of the article is professional magician David Fox. The winner of the 2014 Wedding Industry Experts Awards, David performs his unique brand of magic at weddings throughout the UK and beyond. Visit his website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or phone him today on: 07946 686 258. For Facebook updates and testimonials, please do ‘like’ and follow: www.facebook.com/MagicianMidlands.

The Magic Alley & The World of Wizard’s Thatch – A unique place in Stratford-Upon-Avon

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Are you planning a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon soon? If so, make sure you pay a visit to The Magic Alley & The World of Wizard’s Thatch. It truly is a unique place with something for everyone.

The venue boasts a cafe, shop, magical museum and theatre too. Fans of mystery, intrigue and illusion will be delighted by this incredible experience. Indeed, the magical quiz visitors can participate in around the fantastic museum is fun for all age groups!

I have always found the staff to be extremely warm and welcoming at The Magic Alley & The World of Wizard’s Thatch. Whenever I visit Stratford-Upon-Avon, I now make a point of popping in to say hello.

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David was delighted to share a little bit of magic with Barry at the Magic Alley. The staff are always exceptional.

Only a stone’s throw from Shakespeare’s birthplace on Henley Street, you will enjoy a wonderful time. Visit their website now at: www.seekthemagic.org or phone on: 01789 290969.

For more information about magician David Fox visit his website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or phone him on: 07946 686 258.

Click on the link to see David performing magic around Stratford-Upon-Avon and at The Magic Alley: David Fox Magician

Happy Birthday Teresa!

‘What can I say about your stunning performance on Sunday?!’

Teresa Greener

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It was a tremendous pleasure and a great privilege to perform magic at Teresa Greener’s special birthday party at Pendley Manor in Tring, Hertfordshire. I have been very fortunate to have worked with Teresa before at important events she has organised with the Royal British Legion – most notably HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London. As Head of Special Events and Philanthropy, Mrs Greener certainly knows how to meticulously organise and coordinate a wonderful occasion, and her fantastic birthday bash at this splendid venue was no exception to the rule.

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Pendley Manor Hotel, Tring, Hertfordshire.

Pendley Manor Hotel was the perfect setting for such a monumental celebration, and guests travelled from all over the world to share Teresa’s day. Not only does the hotel boast exceptional function suites and catering facilities, it is famous for the annual Shakespeare Festival which has taken place in its grounds since the 1940s.

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The exceptional Sheila Watts, Harpist.

The guests were treated to a trinity of prodigious musical talents. During arrival drinks and canapes, the immaculate melodies of harpist Sheila Watts enchanted and enthralled everyone present. After the meal, the Sugar Sisters took centre stage and delivered a spellbinding performance. The mercurial trio have developed a cult following since appearing on Terry Wogan’s radio show and captivated everyone present. Afterwards, the world-renowned Joe Stilgoe provided the perfect finale to a phenomenal day. A popular Jazz musician who has entertained both Prince Charles and Prince Phillip, his sublime set went down a treat with Teresa’s guests.

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The Sugar Sisters with the late great Sir Terry Wogan

In the presence of such wonderful talent, it truly was fantastic to perform close-up magic throughout the drinks reception and meal for everyone present. I was also delighted that Teresa requested that I perform a thirty minute parlour show of magic, illusion and intrigue after lunch. Indeed, it is always fantastic when the event organiser invests such a degree of trust in me on such an important occasion. It was a real pleasure to entertain such a lovely group of family and friends, and I was delighted to receive such a terrific reaction.

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Joe Stilgoe is a tremendous talent.

I wish Teresa all the very best for the future and do hope to see her again soon. For anyone who wishes to assist or contribute to the Royal British Legion, please visit their website at: www.britishlegion.org.uk or alternatively you can contact Teresa at: 020 3207 2275. Email: tgreener@britishlegion.org.uk

John Hotowka – Wit and Wisdom

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I was very fortunate to meet motivational speaker John Hotowka at Lisa and Jon’s wedding reception at Stoke Rochford Hall in June. John provides insightful and inspirational advice to many of the top companies throughout the UK. Drawing on his extensive business knowledge and skills, his much lauded ‘Achievement Thinking’ has permitted his clients to maximise potential and achieve their goals.

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It was great to meet John at Lisa and Jon’s wedding at Stoke Rochford Hall

John also performed for many years as a highly successful close-up magician, so I was delighted when he offered me some excellent tips and advice. It is always a great privilege to meet a seasoned performer, and I am always extremely appreciative for any assistance as I strive to develop and improve my repertoire and delivery.

A man of many talents, John has authored a book entitled ‘Everything You Wanted To Know About Table-Hoping But Were Afraid To Ask’. This extensive and thoughtful publication is packed with tremendous advice on how to survive, develop and succeed in the challenging world of close-up magic. John shares useful anecdotes, routines and insider information which will really help all levels of magician. Indeed, he very kindly posted a copy of his book to me and I will forever be very thankful to him for this.

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A close-up magician will face many challenges. John addresses these and offers invaluable advice.

To find out more about John and how he can assist you and your company, visit his website at: www.hotowka.co.uk or phone him now: 01274 685152.

Thanks again John, it was a real pleasure and I wish we had more time to chat. I hope to see you again in the future.

Big Frog Films – Exceptional Filming and Photography

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David performing for Barry at the Magic Alley in Stratford Upon Avon – Big Frog are the masters at capturing the magic!

Do you require a top quality show-reel or trailer to promote your business? Are you wanting to have those magical wedding day moments captured for eternity? Or perhaps you are an artist who would like to take an innovative and exciting new approach when filming your next music video or drama? Big Frog Films will ensure that all of your unique conditions are fulfilled – and more.

Nigel and his team have a tremendous wealth of experience at their disposal to ensure that your brief will be carefully considered, processed and delivered to an outstanding level. They boast an impressive portfolio of satisfied clients which includes: Unison, Bromsgrove District Council and Pyrex. Sensitivity, attention to detail and a passion for producing exceptional film and images are the immaculate hallmarks of their service.

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Big Frog Films are highly experienced in working in all types of situations and environments.

More and more couples are choosing to have their wedding day revelries captured on film, and you can rest assured that if you select Big Frog, you are in safe hands. The team will ensure that all of those special moments are expertly captured for you to share and appreciate in years to come. The company have worked at many of the top wedding venues around the UK and have the uncanny ability to simply blend into the proceedings and go with the flow on the big day.

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The sensitivity and friendliness of the team will ensure that you get the best shots and reactions for your business.

When it comes to creative and artistic filming, Big Frog are in a league of their own. The much acclaimed web series ‘Spooky Tales’ was filmed at various locations and the horror movie ‘Penny For The Guy’ has made a tremendous impact at film festivals. Midlands band The Cracked Actors excellent music video Tea is a testimony to the creative talents of Big Frog. The company proposed the concept for the production to the band, and also developed the structure, props and location for the filming itself.

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Big Frog have a tremendous knack at utilising locations to their maximum thus creating stunning film and images.

I was extremely fortunate to work with Big Frog in Stratford Upon Avon recently. Nigel and Mark filmed me performing close-up magic around the town centre and at The Ettington Park Hotel. It is not the easiest of tasks to film a magician in full flow but they carried off the brief with aplomb. I was very impressed with their creative flair as well as their tremendous attention to detail throughout. Please click the link below to watch Big Frog’s fantastic handiwork from the day.

David Fox Magic in Stratford Upon Avon Showreel

For more details, visit Big Frog Films’ website at: www.bigfrogfilms.co.uk or phone Nigel on 01527 61483 for more details.

David Fox is a professional entertainer based in the UK. His website is: www.magician-midlands.co.uk. Telephone number: 07946 686 258.