Happy New Year! Here’s some good news for you!

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Hello there.

Welcome to the last blog of 2016. Thank you to everyone who has followed and supported my blog this year.

What a year it’s been.

I’m sure there are plenty of people who will be glad to see the back of 2016. For some, it was the shock of Brexit, for others the shock of Trump, but for many, 2016 will be remembered for the unexpected deaths of several household names in the world of music, entertainment and the arts.

On a positive note, one main event comes to mind –  the Olympic Games.

If you cast your mind back to August, you will recall that the Rio Olympics went ahead despite issues surrounding the Zika virus, a lack of funding and the Russian doping scandal.  Britain did very well and managed an even better haul of medals than those received on home soil in London 2012.

Check the BBC Chart below, which can be found- http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/37085511

Rio 2016 medal table top three
Full medal table
Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA 46 37 38 121
Great Britain 27 23 17 67
China 26 18 26 70

The Olympics and Paralympics are not the only good news stories from 2016, check out the following websites for some positive global stories.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/11/amazing-list-of-good-things-that-happened-in-2016-delights-the-i/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/13-undeniably-good-things-that-happened-in-2016http:

The really good news for us all is that 2017 is in sight so we can welcome in a fresh start.

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Best wishes for the coming year and may peace and joy fill your homes in 2017.

Take care,

Tricia

 

 

 

 

 

These are a few of my favourite things – Christmas Edition

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Hi there.

Happy Christmas Eve! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read this blog. I thought I would keep it simple this week by throwing together videos and people with  Christmas being the central theme.

The first of my favourites is the Birmingham-born poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah.  I have included him because I find his poetry funny and thought-provoking.

You may recall that Talking Turkeys was a poem I used back in August. Being about turkeys, I thought it would be good to hear it again. Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for your failure to eat your turkey on Christmas Day due to the contents of the video!

For a reminder about my favourite poems, see https://pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/these-are-a-few-of-my-favourite-poems/

Okay so next on my list is a beautiful carol which I think sums up the real meaning of Christmas. O Holy Night sung by the ‘Queen of jazz’ Ella Fitzgerald takes us back to her roots in the church.

My next choice is a poem which I think has been cleverly written.  T’was the night before Christmas is a well-known children’s poem about A visit from St Nicholas, written by American writer and professor Clement Clarke Moore.

Last and by no means least is the final few moments of an animated version of a great Christmas story which has never lost its appeal over the years. A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens and was first published in 1843.

Thank you for reading and sharing in this self- indulgent blog.

All that remains for me to say is I wish you peace and joy this Christmas.

Take care,

Tricia

Christmas is coming…Part Three

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Hello there.

With only a week to go before Christmas, this blog is for those who may not have bought anything yet or are looking for something different to give this Christmas.

If I am honest I am not a big shopper, so when I hear about last minutes purchases, I usually wonder if, the shopper:

is a glutton for punishment who will be fighting with the last minute shoppers on Christmas Eve

OR

has heard about the fantastic local businesses and their products via the Enterprise Enfield Directory and knows exactly where to go with their gift list!

Of course, I appreciate that not everyone celebrates Christmas, has had money to buy presents until now or has any enthusiasm for shopping.

Well, if you do celebrate Christmas and you want some ideas of where to go, then stay with me.

Last year in my blogs the Twelve Days of Christmas Parts One, Two and Three, I mentioned local events and guides for Christmas (https://pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/2015/11/) and this year there are some local businesses which can be found on the Enfield Enterprise Directory of hub members. There are too many great businesses for me to mention everyone, so I have selected a few below. For the full list see http://www.enterpriseenfield.org/hub-directory-listing.

If you are looking for something unique, then there are a few businesses which offer bespoke gifts.

For beautiful individual or corporate hampers check out Hamper Queenshttp://www.hamperqueens.com/.

Want something different, which will be the talk of the town? Have a look at the jewellery of Zinfinity at http://www.zinfinity.co.uk/.

If you thought that crochet and knitting were a dying art, then think again. Check out the variety of knitted and crocheted goods on the Crafty Cavy website (guinea pigs not included) –  http://www.kaydudman.com/craftycavy/.

If you fancy going further afield:.

As part of the London Southbank Winter Festival, the Southbank Centre plays host to the Christmas Market from now until the 8th of January 2017.  With festive food, drinks and gifts; opening times are 11am/12pm. Check the website for exact details. See https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/winter-festival#events for all the events of the Winter Festival calendar.

For another Christmas market which is closer to home:

The 3 day Christmas Market at the Lee Valley White Water Centre is from the 16th to the 18th of December 2016; With entertainment, seasonal gifts and food. Check the website for more information and prices www.gowhitewater.co.uk/.

I hope that this information has been of help to you, but here’s one more suggestion…

If you have had enough of trawling through shops, then how about a gift voucher from Alternatives Beauty Salon. It’s lovely to give, but you may find that you need to receive, after your busy Christmas, so think about having a pampering treatment yourself! Check the website for details of all their treatments – http://www.hair-removal-london.co.uk/.

Well, I hope that by the time you read my next blog, you will be relaxing with your feet up, enjoying the festivities.

Whatever you do, enjoy!

Take  care,

Tricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas is coming …Part Two

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Hi there.

This week I thought I would mention Nativity plays and Church services in Enfield and further afield; to help you get into the spirit of the occasion.

Before I introduce upcoming events, here’s a taster for you!

 

If that hasn’t brought a smile to your face, then maybe you should check to see if your name is Scrooge!

Okay, so where can you attend some local nativity plays and carol services?

Here is church service information and their websites:

Christ Church United Reformed Church, Enfield – Nativity Service – 11th of December 2016 at 11am and a Carol Service on the 18th of December 2016 at 11am. Check  – http://www.ccurc.org.uk/sundays

Jubilee Church, Cineworld Enfield – Carol Service on the 18th of December at 9.30am or 11.30am.  Check, http://jubileechurchlondon.org/enfield-cineworld/

Church of England website  – Christingle Service on Sunday the 11th of December  at 4pm and a Family Carol Service at 8pm  on the 18th of December at Enfield St Michael and All Angels., See – https://www.achurchnearyou.com/benefice.php?B=23/098%20L for other Christmas services.

Restore Community Church, Winchmore School, Winchmore Hill – Sunday the 18th of December at 10.30am – 12pm including Activity Nativity and a Carol Service at 9pm on Friday the 23rd of December 2016. More information from http://restorecc.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/.

If you want something a little further afield, then Southwark Cathedral is host to the Mayor’s Christmas Carol Service on Monday the 19th of December at 7pm.

Well with so much choice, there is no excuse not to take time out of your busy-ness and relax and enjoy the peace and joy of Christmas.

Take care,

Tricia

 

 

 

Christmas is coming…Part One

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Hello there.

Welcome to December!

Whether you love it or hate it  – Christmas, it is only three weeks away.  So, in the first of three special blogs about business, services and products, I am unapologetically plugging events from a #local perspective.

With so much going on..where do I start?

What’s on at the weekend?

1.

Small Business Saturday:

Business Hub Open Day! Saturday 3rd December, 10.00am – 4.00pm

At: Let’s Go! Business Hub, Enfield Business Centre, 201 Hertford Road, Enfield EN3 5JH

FREE Taster Seminars include:

For more info – http://www.enterpriseenfield.org/businesshubopenday

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Enfield Poets will be hosting an event with local poet Mandy Coe at the Dugdale Centre from 7.30pm.  See https://enfieldpoets.com/readings-2/ for more information.

What else is on during the month?

Check these out!

Chickenshed Theatre has so many great events on such as jazz, or Christmas tales; there is something for everyone. Have a look at their website  – https://www.chickenshed.org.uk/whats-on.

A production of Snow White is on at the Intimate theatre from the 1st of December through to the 10th of December.  ‘Oh, no it isn’t!’ It is actually. See http://www.thelondonpantomimers.org.uk/

On December the 10th Pan Nation Steel Orchestra will be holding their annual Winter Concert in Tottenham. From 7pm – 11pm. Check out the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/PanNationSteelOrchestra/  for more details.

The newly opened Roller Station is playing host to a family-friendly Christmas party on the 17th and 18th of December. For all the info, see  http://www.rollerstation.co.uk/.

Can’t get enough of Enfield events? Check this out:

https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/enfield/events

Join me next week as we continue to travel on our Christmas journey!

Take care,

Tricia

**Please note that all details of the events featured are correct at the time of going to press.**