The Diamond Jubilee – Public Celebrations

May 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This weekend will see communities come together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Listed are some of the public events that have been organised to help get families into the spirit of the Diamond Jubilee. They all sound like great fun and are hassle free alternatives to a street party.

Battersea Park Festival in South London is hosting one of the most anticipated Diamond Jubilee festivals on Sunday 3rd June. The retro themed festival will celebrate all things British focusing particularly on the past 60 years.

Battersea Park Jubilee Festival

Battersea Park Jubilee Festival

Battersea’s festival has all the regular features of a festival; live music and entertainment but also includes quirky twists. A classic car boot sale, a village fete and demonstrations from The Women’s Institute plus dance lessons, craft shows and a sing-a-long in pop up pub ‘The Diamond Geezer’.

The event is set to be a real knee’s up. Even better festival goers will also be able to see the Thames River Pageant from Battersea Park- click for more information. 

Hyde Park Jubilee Family Festival by Sainsbury’s is the perfect family day out over the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. The festival, which is open on both the 2nd and 3rd June, will be presented by Myleen Klass and Jon Culshaw with family friendly performances from the Disney Orchestra, Strictly Come Dancing and Warhorse.

Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park

Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park

Hyde Park’s family festival is spilt into four stages; Main Stage (perfect for the whole family), Kids Zone, Commonwealth Stage and Parade Ground. Across those area will be performances to suit the audience and honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I’d personally like to watch Commonwealth dance performance live on stage and get a feel for the different cultures from countries within the Commonwealth as it’s an area of the monarchy that the Queen is incredibly passionate about.

For more information about the event including performers, event information and ticket purchasing visit Sainsbury’s Jubilee Family Festival website.

BBC Big Screens will be screening Diamond Jubilee events in cities across the country free of charge for everyone to enjoy. So if you’re in cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Edinburgh, Swansea or Cardiff go along to a BBC Big Screen and soak up the atmosphere of your entire city enjoying the Diamond Jubilee.

Big Screen Jubille

Watch the Diamond Jubilee with your entire city on BBC Big Screens

Watching via BBC Big Screens are great if you live in an inner city area and don’t have the space or access to host a street/garden party. And if the Royal Wedding is anything to go by I’m sure thousands of city goers will flock to the Big Screens to see the Diamond Jubilee celebrations unfold.

I’d recommend taking a picnic of goodies if you’re planning on staying for an entire day so that you don’t miss any of the jubilee celebrations- click for full listing of cities with BBC Big Screens covering the Diamond Jubilee.

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“Renaming tiger bread giraffe bread is a brilliant idea”- Sainsbury’s adorable customer service letter

January 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I went online today and came across a brilliant customer service letter from Sainsbury’s Customer Manager, Chris King.

He was replying to a letter sent to Sainsbury’s HQ by three year old Lily, a curios little girl wanting to know why tiger bread isn’t called giraffe bread instead. 

His reply, which was directly to Lily and not her parents, is lovely and a genuine example of excellent customer service. When contacting such large and well-known companies we often think that enquires go unnoticed but this proves otherwise.

Sainsbury customer service letter

After enclosing a small token which Lily can use in store Chris signed off the somewhat animated and informal letter with his name and age (just like Lily).

As this letter goes ‘viral’ it’s great to be reminded that behind such a large organisation are people who are happy and willing to help. It is simply adorable and I hope Lily enjoys her tiger giraffe bread.

As supermarkets go I’m personally a fan of Sainsbury’s too mainly because they have so much to offer. I recently brought I dress from their Gok Wan collection which gets endless compliments and their collaborations with popular names seems endless. Since the departure of my favourite celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver, Sainsbury’s have recruited David Beckham who is helping them promote Paralympic sport in the UK.

david beckham new face of sainsburys

Sainsbury’s seem to be going from strength to strength and it’s no wonder with great products, well know names behind them and brilliant customer service.

Halloween recipes for grandchildren

October 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Baking is a wonderful way to get around boredom on rainy half term days, much like today.

With Halloween right around the corner I’ve discovered some wonderful recipes which are easy to make- even with grandchildren- and will make perfect Halloween treats.

creepy crawlies

 

These crunchy creepy crawlies featured in Sainsbury’s ‘everyday easy’ magazine are chocolate goodness which children and adults will enjoy greatly. To make simply prepare as though you were making chocolate rice crispy cakes, use sweets and chocolate fingers to create eyes and legs. Yummy!

homemade toffee apples

Homemade Toffee Apples are the ultimate autumnal treat. I’ve chosen a recipe from the BBC Goodfood website which easily explains how to create the perfect toffee apples. Using only four ingredients they are simple to make, however when making with grandchildren I’d suggest letting them watch as heating the sugar and water can be extremely dangerous. I always put wooden skewers into the apples making them much easier to eat and enjoy!

easy halloween cookies

Cookies are great to make with children as they are quick and easy. Using shaped cutters cookies are simple to theme – perfect for Halloween. These Halloween Cookies on www.goodtoknow.co.uk offer a basic recipe which is delicious. To make extra special finish with coloured icing and edible decorations… spider web cookies!!

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