I was delighted when Carole Foster invited me to perform magic at the beautiful church of St Peter and St Paul in Winderton, South Warwickshire. This elegant Victorian edifice has been cherished by the local populace for over a century and continues to be utilised for special events. Despite being declared ‘redundant’ in 1976, the community rallied and conserved the building for future generations to enjoy – a truly tremendous testimony to their collective spirit.
This was to be a mysterious night of magic, ghostly tales and shadowgraphy. The locals were treated to the exceptional knowledge of Civil War expert Martin Russell. Dressed as a seventeenth century soldier, Martin recounted the details of the Battle of Edgehill, which was fought close to Winderton, on 23rd October 1642. This would mark the start of the First English Civil War, and the ghosts of the fallen are still said to haunt the highways and byways of the county…
Shadow master Drew Colby was also on hand to mesmerise everyone with his incredible talents. As a professional hand shadowgrapher, Drew amazes audiences throughout the world, and his exceptional act has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The Winderton audience was captivated from start to finish by his wonderful performance, and his unique interpretation of ‘The Highwayman’ was truly breathtaking. Find out more about Drew now at: www.shadowgraphy.co.uk
It was a tremendous privilege to share a stage with Martin and Drew, and to perform magic for such a warm and friendly audience at Winderton. Thank you again to everyone in the village for making it such a magical occasion, and I do hope to have the opportunity to return in the future. A special thanks to Carole Foster for both directing the event, and for being such an outstanding Master of Ceremonies.
David Fox is a professional magician and freelance writer who is based in the East Midlands. His website is: www.davidfoxmagician.co.uk and his telephone number is: 07946686258.
Newark Castle Station is one of the most vibrant transport hubs in the East Midlands, and it now boasts a truly exceptional dining facility. Carriages Cafe provides a first class service from within the elegant interior of the station building.
The friendly team are now serving an extensive range of hot and cold beverages, as well as a mouth-watering array of delicious meals and snacks, from 7.30pm to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 8pm to 5pm on Saturday. Why not pop in for a tasty treat when you are next in the area? The cafe is perfectly situated for local business people, commuters and visitors to enjoy.
Suzie Jones has invested much time and effort in restoring and enhancing the beautiful building. Her fantastic artwork is on display throughout the cafe and function room, and has created an enchantingly magical ambiance. Relax and watch the world go by at Carriages… but make sure you don’t miss your train!
The venue also offers ample function space for social events, business promotions and family gatherings. With plenty of parking space available, contact Suzie and the team now to find out more about how you can make your next red letter day function in Newark one to savour. Their website is: www.carriagesnewark.co.uk Telephone number: 01636 676129.
I was profoundly flattered when Su Roys asked me to perform magic at a very special birthday party at the West Retford Hotel, Nottinghamshire, in December 2017. I first met Su at the offices of Siren FM, Lincoln, two years ago and I was delighted that my magic had left a lasting impression. Su and her twin sister Helen celebrated a very important birthday this year, and I was very privileged to be part of the proceedings.
The sisters had selected a wonderful venue for their celebrations. Situated in close proximity to the major A1 artery, the West Retford Hotel is perfect for parties, weddings and corporate functions. Indeed, Alice and the exceptional events team at the hotel ensured that Helen and Su’s birthday bash went down a storm!
I am a very fortunate man to be invited to such momentous occasions. It truly was a tremendous experience to perform close-up magic and table-side illusions for Su and Helen’s nearest and dearest. In this fast-paced internet age we seldom have the opportunity to gather friends and family together to celebrate – so this was definitely a moment to savour. The sisters are blessed with a lovely group of relatives, and the exceptional Alistair Crust (Su and Helen’s brother) and his fiancée Holly Hardman were on hand to capture everything on camera!
After a fantastic meal, everyone present was treated to the prodigious talents of vocalist Dan Hadfield. This certainly was a birthday party with a difference and all the guests – from the youngest to the eldest – had an amazing time!
Happy birthday Helen and Su – and hopefully I will have the opportunity to entertain you again soon. Thank you for calling upon my services, and I wish you both all the very best for the future.
If you are planning a wedding or special event with a difference, make sure you visit Stubton Hall on 9th December for their spectacular Winter Showcase. The venue has established an exceptional reputation, and has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Jess and her fantastic events team will be on hand during the day to guide you around the hall and respond to any of your queries.
Located close to both the major A1 artery and the historic town of Newark, Stubton Hall boasts idyllic grounds, elegantly restored banqueting facilities, and first class accommodation for you and your guests. It has been a tremendous privilege to have performed at so many fantastic events here over the past few years. The events team are masters at ensuring excellence, and every bride and groom I have performed magic for have always been delighted with the exquisite level of service.
I have had the pleasure to have worked with many fantastic suppliers at Stubton Hall. The immaculate photographer Paul Massey, who is based in Lincoln, very kindly provided photographs from Steve and Sophie’s wedding at Stubton Hall in August 2016. Ever the consummate professional, Paul will ensure all of those special moments are captured on your wedding day. Paul’s website is: www.masseyphotography.co.uk
Harts Hotel in Nottingham has developed an exceptional reputation over the past few years. The winner of numerous awards for exceptional service and cuisine, Harts is the first choice venue for business people visiting the city.
In October the hotel hosted RSVIP’s networking event. This is an opportunity for business people from around the city and three counties to come together. Fiona Duncan has been organising such gatherings for several years now and they are always a tremendous success. Visit RSVIP’s website at: https://rsvipnetwork.co.uk/
Networking is vital for small to medium sized businesses, and Fiona has helped new businesses thrive and develop with her unique service. The possibility to meet potential clients, suppliers and business experts can provide a tremendous boost to any enterprise.
Exceptional local photographer Louise Mills was on hand to capture the event. Louise is in high demand for weddings, corporate functions and promotional shoots. Visit her website today at: http://www.louisemillsphotography.co.uk/
Why not contact Harts Hotel for your next special event in Nottingham? Their website is: https://www.hartsnottingham.co.uk/ and/or contact the events team on: 0115 988 1900.
David Fox is a professional magician based in Nottingham who performs throughout the world. His local website is: www.davidfoxmagician.co.uk
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‘What can I say about your stunning performance on Sunday?!’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com