Annette’s Websites of the Week 10th – 14th October 2011

October 14, 2011 at 11:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

Douglas Macmillan and Signal Radio- Bring a pound to work As a local business we are often asked to participate in events for fundraising and I have to say that it is something which really does lifts the spirits of my staff. 

Today we are taking part in the ‘Bring a pound to work day’, which has been organised by local radio station Signal. They are encouraging all local businesses to donate by asking each member of staff to simply bring a pound to work- a small amount which sums up quite spectacularly.

bring pound to work

There is lots of buzz around the event within the area as all funds will go to Douglas Macmillan, a local hospice which plays a vital part in the Staffordshire community treating patients who have life threatening and terminal illnesses.

At Bath-Knight we are simply hosting a dress down day. However, there is lots of variety in the region with other businesses hosting fancy dress days and cake sales to step up the fundraising.

Last year’s event was a huge success and significantly helped the Douglas Macmillan with its daily costs of taking care of patients here in North Staffordshire. Hopefully todays efforts will be even better.


chocolate-week-2011Chocolate Week- This week has been a real treat as its Chocolate Week, which basically means an entire week dedicated to delicious chocolate. Could we ask for anything better?

Upon reading about Chocolate Week 2011 I searched the web for more information. Wanting to find out how to get involved and if there was anything happening locally. I wasn’t disappointed as there is plenty going on and the website really does reflect this.

Partnering with some of the most loved and well known chocolatiers, Chocolate Week 2011 is celebrating the goodness of chocolate. With tasting events up and down the country and this weekend ‘Chocolate Unwrapped’– a two day event in London which exhibits the quality of great chocolate.

divine chocolate

This week I’ve learnt a bundle about chocolate. From the different ways that it is made, history behind each company and the different approaches which they take to creating quality chocolate. For example Divine focus heavily on Fair Trade, a fact which I was aware of, however I did not know that Kupa Kokoo farmers owned 45% of the company. I was also stunned to learn that Thornton’s, the family favourite is celebrating 100 years of great chocolate in 2011 which is just superb and a true testament to the great chocolate it continues to create.

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National Curry Week- Regular readers of my blog will know that this week is also National Curry Week. The perfect chance to devour a delicious spicy curry from your favourite Indian restaurant (or try a homemade special from one of my favourite recipes).


I think it wonderful to see so many people excited by Curry Week as many of my friends and colleagues have jumped at the chance to tell me about their favourite dishes. Going into great detail about the spices which they use in homemade recipes and great local stores which sell specialist goods to create those great flavours.

There is no hiding the fact that people love curry and National Curry Week superbly offers the chance to celebrate not only Indian cuisine, but the culture in which it was created. Wonderful!

Check out my blog for lots of great curry recipes from a host of well-known chefs!

Record breaking Zumbathon by the Douglas Macmillan

August 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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dougie mac logoI thought it would be a nice idea to write a follow up blog about the Zumbathon after reading about the overwhelming success which the event saw over the weekend.

The Zumbathon, held at Staffordshire University was arranged by the Douglas Macmillan to raise awareness of the hospice and to get people to zumba for a good cause.

Although it’s not yet been confirmed it’s hoped that the incredible turn out on Sunday will lead to a new world record for the amount of people zumba-ing at the same time. The zumba enthusiasts also raised £10,000 which goes which out saying is outstanding.

Douglas Macmillan zumbathon

 Having watched the event develop through the Douglas Macmillan’s Twitter page it has been fantastic to see the number of participants get higher and higher, on Friday (the closing date for online registration) an incredible 967 people were signed up.

It’s great to see so much support for a local charity especially one which is very well after through after in the local area. A huge well done to all involved- great fun for a great cause.

Zumbathon with Douglas Macmillan

July 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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douglas mcmillanI’m sure that many of you have heard about the latest fitness craze ‘Zumba’. I’ve not tried it myself but I’ve heard that the classes are tremendous fun, incorporating Latin dance moves with aerobics.

Local charity Douglas Macmillan, who provide care for local people suffering from long term or terminal illnesses, are hosting a Zumbathon event at Staffordshire University on 14th August, which hopes to  raise money and awareness of the charity.

I am sure that many of you are wondering what a Zumbaton is. Don’t worry I asked the same question too. And I’m told that it’s an extended version of a normal Zumba class, with lots of participants getting involved to show what a great way Zumba is to keep fit and have a good time.

If you’d like to get involved you can visit Douglas Mcmillian’s facebook page, website or their Twitter for updates- I’m told that entering is free but a donation would be greatly appreciated. No excuses to not get involved.


Here at Bath-Knight keeping fit and feeling healthy is of great importance. I blogged yesterday about feeling great after 50 this is generally due to living a healthy lifestyle. Although I don’t Zumba I do get to walk with my dogs a lot and recently trained for the Edinburgh MoonWalk.

Furthermore at Bath-Knight we’ve enrolled in yoga classes for the whole team to encourage some light exercise during the week. For me yoga is a great way to build strength but as it’s so calming I find it a great way to end a busy day.

How do you stay fit and healthy? I’d love to know what classes are out there, which people enjoy and would recommend.

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