CHRISTMAS shoppers from North Somerset hoping to buy handmade gifts and decorations are being invited to five festive markets in aid of charity at the end of the year (November and December, 2017).
Businesses from the area are having stalls* at the events at The White Hart in Weston In Gordano on Thursday, November 23 and then each Thursday until Thursday, December 21.
Event organiser Pilar Amores from Two Crowns Event Management in Portishead explained: “We’re delighted to be partnering with this popular pub and restaurant to host these fun, festive markets outdoors in its wonderful garden and tepee. We’ve secured lots of lovely stalls selling everything from locally-made and sourced food items, festive decorations to interesting gift ideas.
“Some of the stallholders attending include The City Garden Shop from Bristol, which will be bringing gorgeous flowers, plants, herbs, succulents and pots to enjoy at home and at your Christmas gatherings too!
“Also attending are Wild Grove, homemade producers of exquisite creams, artisan soaps and delicate oils, Oh Letti Handcrafts, makers of handmade one-off items, such as ladies’ skirts, cushions, animal door stops, door hangers, Christmas tree decorations and Planted, which provides vegan street food including delicious dishes, such as vegan fully-loaded hot dogs, colourful salads and risottos to eat in at The White Hart with a drink or to enjoy at home later!”
Each market will start at 4pm and run until 9pm. An entrance fee of 50p per person will be charged with all monies raised going to The White Hart’s charity of the year – Changes Bristol. There’s free entry for children.
Chris Yeatman, who co-owns the The White Hart, said: “Our Venga bus will be running on a free transport loop on these evenings to and from our sister restaurant and tapas bar Venga in the High Street at Portishead to us from 4pm. The last bus back to Portishead will be at 9pm.
“As well as all the other stallholders, we will do a ‘mulled’ drinks stall offering mulled wine, sangria, champagne and cider.
“We will have our patisserie open throughout each event offering tea and coffee to drink on-site, and cakes and artisan bread as well as Christmas chocolates, yule logs and panettone. People can order their Christmas goodies on the night and come and collect them nearer to Christmas if they wish too.
“Our chefs will also provide a chilli and rice for shoppers to purchase and eat on site throughout the evening. We’re hoping to ensure the markets are entertaining too with carol singers and choirs. We’re also going to have Father Christmas at the event and there will be a booking system with time slots, and we’ll be announcing more on that nearer the time.”
Changes Bristol gives people suffering from mental health issues a place to talk about their feelings and the platform to take steps towards improving their lives.
As one in six adults in England suffer from a common mental health disorder, and are more likely to use community services, Changes Bristol has become increasingly essential in the areas where it operates.
The White Hart’s Christmas markets run from 4pm until 9pm each Thursday from Thursday, November 23 until Thursday, December 21, 2017.
For further details, please call The White Hart, which is on Clevedon Road in Weston In Gordano, on 01275 818702 or visit www.whitehartwig.com.
A NEW interiors’ store with a contemporary, luxury approach has launched online this autumn (2017) offering a mail order service nationwide.
Azalée, which is based in Guildford, is now available online only at www.azaleeinteriors.co.uk.
Bernay Laity, who will be providing some of the interiors expertise for the venture, explained: “Azalée offers contemporary, luxury interior, homeware and gift items, many of which have been handcrafted.
“Our aim is to provide unusual quality design-led pieces for the home that are useful, as well as stylish and beautiful. We’re offering the perfect environment for anyone who prefers a boutique shopping experience and who appreciates an attentive, client-orientated, expert-led service.”
Featured pieces, which include ceramics, glassware, table decorations, cushions, lamps, shades, occasional tables, chairs, small storage items, candles and tea light holders, are casual, elegant, simple, sophisticated, stylish, luxurious and unusual, and are sourced from around the world.
French entrepreneur, Richard Gouget, is behind the new online interiors shopping experience.
Richard has expertise covering a whole host of areas having previously been involved with numerous ventures including running a highly successful business operating within the hospitality industry. He brings with him a wealth of business acumen.
He co-owned, from 2010 until 2015, one of Guildford’s most sophisticated night spots, Bar des Arts.
Bernay has more than 20 years’ experience in interior design and decorating and is an established colour expert.
She is a former guest lecturer for colour theory, colour psychology and trend forecasting at KLC Design School, London and has written and contributed to articles for Real Homes, Etc. and the Sunday Mail YOU magazine. Bernay has also appeared on BBC Radio and UK TV Style.
A click and collect service for anyone living in Guildford and the surrounding area is available too, alongside the national mail order provision. Azalée also offers a gift-wrap service for all presents.
The last day for guaranteed mail order Christmas delivery is Monday, December 18, 2017.
For more information about Azalée, please call 01483 890202, email email@example.com or visit www.azaleeinteriors.co.uk.
THREE members of staff from an award-winning care provider in Bangor have received £150 each from their employers as part of its recommend a friend scheme (September, 2017).
Jasmin Jones, Ffion Jones and Margaret Ellis, who all work as carers for Abacare, recommended their friends to the company for employment in return for the cash award.
Margaret said: “The recommend a friend scheme is a fantastic incentive for current staff and I didn’t hesitate to recommend my friend, Ffion, who was looking for a job. She hadn’t considered working in care before but I told her how rewarding and enjoyable it was and she has fit into the team really well.”
The recommend a friend scheme was launched by Abacare in 2014. It encourages current employees to recommend one of their friends to join the team.
That person must stay with the company for more than six months before the incentive is paid out.
Jasmin said: “I’m thrilled to have received a cash reward for recommending my friend to join the Abacare team. It will be a huge help for me towards a holiday for myself and my son.”
Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.
The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout Wales.
Ffion Evans, Registered Manager at Abacare, said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to award Jasmin, Ffion and Margaret with £150 each from our refer a friend scheme.
“This is just one of the many ways we reward our committed carers and it has become extremely popular as most of our staff have a friend or family member who is in need of employment. We really value referrals from our existing care staff as they know exactly what qualities we’re looking for in a carer and they have experience in the industry so know we need committed and passionate people.
“It’s hugely beneficial for anyone joining us on the back of a referral from an existing employee as they will already know a friendly face and could go on to undertake training, qualifications and carve a real career for themselves off the back of the recommendation.”
Abacare provides all its employees with a comprehensive training schedule, which includes a company induction, dementia awareness, enablement, first aid, health and safety, food safety, infection control, medication, person centred care and moving and handling service users.
It also offers the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), formerly known as National Vocational Qualifications, to all team members who show commitment, reliability and passion.
Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’.
It believes it offers inspiring work for inspirational people.
It is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales.
Abacare has been awarded an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development for the fourth year running.
Investors in People is a national standard, which provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their staff.
It was also named Britain’s ‘Most Outstanding Care Agency’ at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
For more information about Abacare, please call the Bangor office on 01248 677919 or visit www.abacare.org.uk. Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/Yn4zmS or on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/visitabacare.
SHOPPERS from Wellington can get organised with their Christmas gifts early this year thanks to a late night festive shopping event at a store in the town next month (October, 2017).
The Emporium Somerset is offering attendees a first look at its Christmas range and the opportunity to pick up gifts during a late night opening on October 5 from 6pm until 8pm.
Cato Cooper, Co-owner of The Emporium Somerset on Mantle Street, which includes more than 50 different shops across three floors, selling thousands of home and gift items, said: “Our early bird Christmas shopping event was a huge success last year (2016), so we have decided to host another event this year to give all those organised individuals out there the opportunity to get their Christmas shopping done early.
“Attendees will be the first to see the fabulous Christmas range available from the small business owners who sell with us. Some of the business owners will be here on the night too and would be happy to chat to anyone interested about their work.
“We’ll also be collecting for our charity of the year, The Silver Line, during the event too, so it would be fantastic if people are able to donate.”
The Silver Line operates the only national, free, confidential helpline for lonely and isolated older people. It currently receives 10,000 calls a week and more than 68% of calls are made during the night or at weekends.
The Emporium Somerset is home to more than 50 shopkeepers selling thousands of homeware, garden and gift items.
Housed in a Victorian chapel, it stocks cards, home accessories, furniture, home and garden wares, knick-knacks, plants, fresh flowers and a small selection of children’s toys.
Cato added: “Our store is fresh, vibrant, light and airy with lots of inspirational, contemporary items, as well as traditional and vintage ones.
“Most of our shopkeepers’ products are either handmade here in the Westcountry, sourced from other British craftspeople and makers, or from ethical and Fairtrade companies. So, there are plenty of unusual items here for people to have a look at and they are reasonably priced too. By buying from us, shoppers are supporting the very backbone of the nation’s economy – small, independent, local businesses.”
As well as running the store, Cato also specialises in restoring furniture and runs a paint and home accessories studio and workshop in-store.
The late night Christmas shopping event will take place on Thursday, October 5 from 6pm until 8pm. The shop will be open during the day as normal from 10am until 4.30pm.
For further details, please call The Emporium Somerset on 01823 660076, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theemporiumsomerset.co.uk.
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