Soft Tones Photography: Blog http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog en-us Copyright Soft Tones Photography Bristol & Leicester william@softtonesphotography.co.uk (Soft Tones Photography) Thu, 04 May 2017 23:42:00 GMT Thu, 04 May 2017 23:42:00 GMT http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/img/s1/v54/u739733718-o790357662-50.jpg Soft Tones Photography: Blog http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog 120 80 RU OK? City shoppers open up about mental wellbeing http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/ru-ok-city-shoppers-open-up-about-mental-wellbeing Hundreds of Leicester shoppers took time out to talk about mental wellbeing at the weekend as volunteers from public and third sector organisations asked them: “Are you OK?”

Around 2,000 city centre shoppers were engaged in short conversations and 20 people received support from trained advisers as part of the second RUOK? day in Leicester on Saturday.

Volunteers included Cathy Ellis, chair of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Yasmin Surti lead mental health commissioner for Leicester City Council and Healthwatch executive officer David Henson.

They mingled with shoppers by Leicester’s clock tower and in the Haymarket Shopping Centre, encouraging them to ‘make connections’ for good mental health.

The event was organised for Mental Health Awareness Week by partners from health, police, rail, local authority and third sector organisations across Leicestershire and Rutland,

Many people also signed a pledge wall, promising to take positive steps to support their own or loved ones’ emotional wellbeing.

Event co-ordinator Matthew Wakely, a mental health team manager from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), said:  “RUOK? is about how all of us can look after ourselves and how important is to look after each other.

“Everyone can be affected by low mood – and it doesn’t always show. Very often a simple act – taking time to ask someone; ‘Are you OK?’ and taking time to listen or something as simple as a friendly word or text can make a big difference in helping to lift low mood. “It was really encouraging to see how willing people were to have open conversations about their feelings, or their concerns about others, when asked the question.”

Shoppers were offered business cards and bookmarks signposting them to the RUOK? website – http://ruoktoday.co.uk/ Information and advice leaflets were also provided.

Yasmin Surti said: “Leicester City Council was proud to be a partner in the RUOK? event, when one again we learnt just how important it is that we build resilience in our communities and encourage people to try and make a difference by looking out for each other, lending a listening ear or simply offering a friendly smile.  

“On Saturday, volunteers and people from all walks of life took just a few seconds out of their busy day to say hello, whilst others clearly benefitted from the opportunity to have a longer chat about their wellbeing.”

  • *Organisations supporting RUOK?  are: Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Leicestershire Police, Network Rail, British Transport Police, Railway Mission, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Samaritans, LAMP, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Richmond Fellowship, R2care, NHS England, CLASP, Healthwatch Leicester, Support for Carers and 2Care.

 

MORGAN’S STORY follows:

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Among the volunteers on Saturday was Morgan Bates, 17, from New Parks, Leicester, who was inspired by her experience of mental illness to get involved in helping others.

Morgan, pictured with mum Rachel on the RUOK? stall in the Haymarket shopping centre, is a member of Leicester’s young people’s council and LPT’s Evolving Minds - a group of young people helping LPT to co-design service improvements around children’s mental health. She is currently involved in helping to develop the Trust’s Health for Teens website.

She said: “Both mum and I were keen to get involved in the RUOK? campaign because of my own experience of mental illness and that of other members of my family.

“I’ve experienced quite severe depression and the support of my family was huge in helping me with recovery. It was important for me to do something that could help make a positive difference, and it was a really rewarding experience being able to signpost some people who said they weren’t OK to further support.

“When people asked me what we were doing and talked to us about raising understanding and encouraging people to offer support to others, I felt like I was able to repay some of the help and support I have had.”

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Louise and Keith Menzies Hotel Stratford upon Avon http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/Menzies_Hotel_Stratford_Wedding_Photos Louise and Keith were married at the Menzies Hotel Stratford upon Avon - Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club on the 3rd of January and despite the fact that most of the day was cold and very wet, the staff and the hotel were warm and inviting.

Louise and Keith knew there would be an issue with the length of daylight the chance of poor weather and generally the fact that it would be cold no matter what. Only a few pictures were taken outside the hotel but during that time the sun broke through the cloud.

Louise and Keith wrote to say thank you for the photos "we love them", it is so nice when people take the time to say thank you.

 

 

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Network Rail has honoured the memory of Lance Corporal Jock Christie. VC as a plaque was unveiled on Euston Station Concourse. The plaque was unveiled by his son who recounted the humble nature of his father saying that he had known of the VC only when a friend at school had asked about it.

John Alexander Christie was 22 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 1/11th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Finsbury Rifles), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

Jock Christie VC

On 21 December/22 December 1917, at Fejja, Palestine, after a position had been captured, the enemy immediately made counter-attacks up the communication trenches. Lance-Corporal Christie, seeing what was happening, took a supply of bombs and went alone about 50 yards in the open along the communication trench and bombed the enemy. He continued to do this in spite of heavy opposition until a block had been established. On his way back he bombed more of the enemy who were moving up the trench. His prompt action cleared a difficult position at a most difficult time and saved many lives. (source: Wikipedia)

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william@softtonesphotography.co.uk (Soft Tones Photography) British Army Director Euston Finsbury Rifles First World War For Valour Jock Christie London Network Rail Operations Robin Gisby Station VC Victoria Cross honour memorial photographer photographers photography plaque railway trenches unveiled war ww1 http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/jockchristievcmemorialeuston Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:22:49 GMT
Roisheen and David's Wedding in Stratford-upon-Avon http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/wedding_photography_Stratford-upon-Avon Wedding Engagement Photographs Stratford-upon-Avon WarwickshireEngagement Photograph Stratford-upon-Avon Engagement Photographs of Roisheen and David in Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon Wedding of David and Roisheen

David proposed to Roisheen at the top of the tower at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and so when we spent some time taking their engagement photographs where else butStratford-upon-Avon could we have possible gone. After the proposal they went and spent some time in the Butterfly Farm so again we headed there to take some pictures. Although as it was a rather chilly autumn day the humidity and sudden change in temperature made things rather difficult with the constant condensation on the lens, we did still get some nice pictures despite the problems focusing and constantly trying to demist the camera.  But I think getting the photographs they wanted was worth the hassle, although I am glad that for the wedding photography we will not have ‘steamy pictures’.

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Engagement and Wedding Photographs at Priston Mill http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/engagement_wedding_photographs_at_priston_mill_bath Priston Mill Wedding Venue

Engagement and Wedding Photography at Priston Mill near Bristol and BathPre Wedding - Engagement Photography at Priston Mill near Bristol and BathOn a dull grey day Lauren and Barnaby met with me to have a look round Priston Mill where they will be holding their wedding early next year. We took the opportunity to take some Pre Wedding pictures - Engagement Photography at Priston Mill near Bristol and Bath Lauren and Brendan will be celebrating their wedding at Priston Mill near Bath. Priston Mill is a beautiful location close to the Bristol and Bath. Here you will find the perfect secluded wedding venue with superb facilities and service.

The perfect venue for wedding receptions near Bath and Bristol 

If you are looking for a beautiful and are set amidst picturesque landscaped gardens, set in a peaceful valley surrounded by farm land that provides the perfect backdrop for the all-important wedding photographs, then take a look at this magical location. The Watermill is ideal for the more intimate wedding celebrations and the tithe barn is ideal for larger weddings. Inside you will find comfortable surroundings, which are simple and tasteful combining the historic nature of the Mill and Barn with the modern desire to give a stylish backdrop to wedding celebration that means you can celebrate your most special of days at Priston Mill with confidence.

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Tortworth Court Wedding Photography http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/tortworth-court-wedding-photography Tortworth Court Wedding PhotographyTortworth Court Wedding PhotographyTortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel is a classic Gothic Castle between Bristol and Gloucester. Luxury four star Victorian manison country house in the Cotswolds, South Gloucestershire. Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel

Tortworth Court is a stunning Victorian mansion, near Wotton-Under-Edge in Gloucestershire.  It is, quite simply, magnificent.  A huge Gothic masterpiece, with superb gardens, and an arboretum -  it is the spectacular setting for a perfect wedding.

Kate and Andy were married at Pool Court in Yate, Bristol but held there wedding reception at Tortworth Court near Wotton-Under-Edge in Gloucestershire between Bristol and Gloucester.

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Avoncroft Museum Wedding Photographs http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/avoncroft-museum-wedding-photographs Laura and Mike chose one of the most unusual wedding venues for there wedding on the 5th of October, Avoncroft Museum. There are a lot of wonderful and fantastic wedding venues all over the country, but if you are looking for a wedding venue that offers something a little different then visit Avoncroft Museum and consider holding your wedding there.  After the wedding ceremony you and your guests can enjoy the Museum’s the parkland while the and historic buildings which provide interesting settings for your wedding photographs.

From old barns to a tin church, windmill to cottages this is a wedding venue with a difference. Even if you are not getting married it is still a great place to visit.

You can view all the wedding photograph by visiting this link to the Avoncroft Museum wedding

You can also see the pre-wedding or engagement photographs 

Visit Avoncroft Museum By Car

Avoncroft is situated close to both the M5 and M42 motorways approximately two miles south of Bromsgrove.

Exit via Junction 5 of the M5 (signed Webbs of Wychbold) or Junction 1 of the M42.

Brown tourism signs direct you once you are nearby.

The Museum’s postcode for sat nav is B60 4JR.

By train
The Museum is about a 30 minute walk from Bromsgrove Railway Station.

 

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william@softtonesphotography.co.uk (Soft Tones Photography) Avon Avoncroft Museum Bromsgrove wedding windmill http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/avoncroft-museum-wedding-photographs Tue, 08 Oct 2013 23:25:53 GMT
Wedding Photographs at Guyers House Hotel & Restaurant http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/wedding-photographs-at-guyers-house-hotel-restaurant Ellen and Tom's marriage at Guyers House Hotel & Restaurant a Wiltshire Hotel, Near Bath on Saturday August 24th. The wedding day was relaxed and beautiful, set in this intimate and wonderful wedding venue.

This is the first time I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at Guyers House and I must say I was very impressed with the venue and the gardens. The staff were friendly and helpful too.

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Panoramic Photographs of Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove is a cove near the village of West Lulworth, on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset, southern England

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william@softtonesphotography.co.uk (Soft Tones Photography) Bristol Lulworth Cove Panoramic Photographs photographer photographers photography http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/panoramic_photograph Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:43:55 GMT
North Wales Wedding With An Agricultural Theme http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/Rural_Wedding_in_Wales A Rural Wedding

With An Agricultural Wedding Theme

Every wedding is magical but there are some that are both magical and fun to photograph. Sarah and Andy's wedding was just one of those weddings that just had that little extra to make the day interesting as a wedding photographer as well as a guest. It might have been the spectacular landscape of North Wales, or the marquee beautifully decorated for the wedding breakfast, perhaps it was the wonderful company and party atmosphere that made the day so much fun, but I think it was just the seance of fun that everyone had.

Andy and the groom's men all arrived at the wedding by tractor and trailer; not the usual Limo or Bentley. It was certainly a little different, although I am not sure what would have happened if the day was as wet as it had been all the week before. up until a couple of days before the ground was so wet there was a concern that the wedding marquee may not be able to be put into the field that had been chosen. However, the rain stopped, and the field drained and the marquee was put up with out a hitch.

It was a long drive up to North Wales from Bristol and so I traveled up the day before and stayed in a local hotel. The next morning traveled to Sarah's family farm to capture the bride and brides maid's getting their hair and make-up done for the wedding. Then a quick drive to the groom's house to get some pictures of the boys getting ready to set off before rushing back to see the bride and her father getting into a beautiful horse-drawn carriage pulled by two white horses. wedding transport horse-drawn carriage

For any wedding a horse-drawn carriage looks both stylish and is a very romantic but when the setting is such a beautiful rural location then there really does seem to be something a little extra special. 

The day was just full of fun and the weather was perfect. Late in the evening as the party continued I said good bye and headed back to the hotel for a well needed rest. The next day I head up to Conwy Castle to take some photographs of the railway before heading back home to Portishead near Bristol.

 

Sarah & Andy wrote to say:

 

"We don't just like the photographs we absolutely love them!

Was great looking through them last night, we had such a lovely wedding day and you've managed to capture our special day perfectly!

The video was great!"

You view Sarah and Andy's wedding video by following this link Wedding videographer page

   

 

 

 

 

 

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Train Passing Conwy Castle http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/Train_Passing_Conwy_Castle

Train Passing Conwy Castle

Virgin Voyager Train Passing Conwy Castle in North Wale; Virgin Trains London to Llandudno Service. 

Conwy Castle is one of the most impressive Castles in the whole of the UK. Built for Edward I, by James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval Castles in Britain. From the grandeur of the towers and impressive and imposing walls the castle is in an excellent state of preservation. It is estimated that around £15,000 was spent building the castle, the largest sum Edward spent on any of his Welsh castles built to subdue the welsh people and maintain his control on the land.

Following a wedding near Rhyl in North Wales I traveled up to Conwy to take some photographs of the castle with trains passing it for a 2014 Calendar. The castle makes a wonderful backdrop for photographs of a Virgin Voyager Train. 

Unfortunately I could only spend a couple of hours in the town and so I think I will need to return for another day and spend a longer time taking photographs of the area. Although I only managed to take a handful of photographs it shows that it would be worth spending more time in the town with my camera.

The photograph on the left was taken from the top of the town wall as another Virgin Voyager passes the castle on the North Wales Railway Line. There is something of a grandeur about the landscape with this modern train adding a dimension that is reminiscent of some kind of welsh dragon snaking its way through this medieval landscape.

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william@softtonesphotography.co.uk (Soft Tones Photography) Railway Train Trains Transport Virgin photography http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/Train_Passing_Conwy_Castle Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:14:46 GMT
West Retford Hotel Wedding Venue http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/West-Retford-Hotel-Wedding-Venue An Ideal Venue For An Outdoor Wedding in England

Best Western Hotels are becoming ever popular venues to hold weddings. The West Retford Hotel Wedding Venue, in Retford near Doncaster is one such wedding venue that has the added bonus of an outdoor pavilion allowing for weddings to be held outside in the spring and summer. That was why Sharleen and David chose this venue to hold their wedding. Although the English weather is not always suitable for holding weddings in the open air having the option is a certainly something that is nice to consider.

Looking back towards the hotel there is a wonderful view that really looks good and adds an element of grandeur to the wedding photos. However, due to the way the path has been laid the view from the other side that your wedding GuWest Retford Hotel - Wedding Venue ests will have is slightly less grand. Although I suppose their focus will be on the bride and groom and not on the building in the background that takes your eye away from the main focus of the wedding photograph.

Best Western Hotels are all over the country and provide an exhalant wedding service. Some of their wedding venues are small and intermit such as the the Ullesthorpe Court Hotel & Golf Club near Lutterworth a wedding & party venue in Leicestershire is a 4 star hotel and spa on the boarder of the East Midlands and the West Midlands. But there are larger wedding venues in the chain that are able to hold larger wedding parties such as The West Retford Hotel Wedding Venue.

 

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Quorn Grange hotel wedding photos http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/quorn-grange-hotel-wedding-photos

Quorn Grange Hotel & Wedding Venue

 

Gemma and Terry chose the Quorn Grange hotel near Leicester as their wedding venue because of the eight acres of exquisite gardens. Getting married in May the couple wanted to take every advantage of the wonderful spring flowers and May blossom. Although in May you are never quite sure what the weather will be like, for Gemma and Terry the sun was shinning bright all through this wonderful spring day.

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william@softtonesphotography.co.uk (Soft Tones Photography) Lutterworth leicestershire wedding venue http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/quorn-grange-hotel-wedding-photos Mon, 06 May 2013 06:20:53 GMT
Retirement Party http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/retirement-party British Transport Police Officer's Retirement Party

When Trevor retired from his role as a serving police officer for British Transport Police his colleagues decided to give him a really good send off. Unfortunately not everyone was able to join the celebrations because there is always need for some police officers to stay on duty. So I visited the police station and took some photographs of his colleagues who were on duty on the day of his farewell. 

T he photographs from his farewell party and of the police officers who could not attend will be put together with old family photos to create an album for him to remember his life with the police service.  

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william@softtonesphotography.co.uk (Soft Tones Photography) Retirement Party Photography photographer photographers photography http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/retirement-party Sat, 04 May 2013 21:50:27 GMT
Amy and Matt Wedding near Leicester http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/Amy-Wedding-photography-Leicester

Amy and Matthew's Wedding

At Whetstone Baptist Church was followed by the wedding reception at Lutterworth Golf Course

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Whetstone Baptist Church is a thriving church that uses a contemporary worship style that offers a warm welcome to visitors.

Following the service the wedding party moved to Lutterworth Golf Course for the Wedding Breakfast.

Getting ready for the wedding

video of the bride getting ready for the wedding from makeup to the final touches to the wedding dress

 

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Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Weekend http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/fawley-hill-steam-and-vintage-weekend fawley hill Composite photograph
Are you aware of the Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Weekend, at Henley on Thames, 18 and 19 May 2013! 

Sir William McAlpine

invites entries for the first (and probably only)

FAWLEY HILL STEAM and VINTAGE TRANSPORT WEEKEND

FUND-RAISING FOR SMALL CHARITIES

You can visit the Railway Chaplain's stand for tea and cupcakes
 
Place the initials - (RM) - next to your name on booking form and the railway chaplains will receive half of the ticket money.  
 
Link to website - http://www.fawleyhill.co.uk
 
Remember to place (RM) on booking form and you will support the railway chaplains!  Thank you!
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Wedding Ice Sculptures http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/wedding-ice-sculptures wedding Ice Sculpture 150911_Xander_Blanken-0419-2

Ice sculptures are very photogenic and hand carved ice sculptures are as clear as crystal and may include engraved names and dates, are a fantastic way to introduce a real sense of luxury at any wedding.

As a Wedding centrepiece idea ice sculptures and ice carving for a wedding reception adds something special, even in hot weather an ice carving for a wedding will last around six hours. Generally weighing around 140lb ice sculptures are made order and carved on site they can be touched by your guests and will be admired by everyone who sees it, children in particular love them.

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Muslim Weddings http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/muslim-weddings Asian Bride with her make-up and Jewellery - wedding Photographer Bristol and Leicestershire

Islamic weddings vary a great deal according to the traditions of the individuals concerned. I have been privileged to be invited to photograph at Muslim weddings and find the simplicity and tradition refreshing. The commitment to family and the values of the Islamic faith are a sharp contrast to some of the secular weddings I have attended.

Many people in the UK only think of the celebrations at a Pakistani or Bangladeshi wedding as an Islamic wedding. Muslims who marry in the UK are from very different cultures - for example Turkish, African, Malaysian, and European.

It is important to understand that the 'wedding' for many Muslims, it is the Islamic ceremony that is the genuine wedding, and not the affirmation of that wedding in a registry office. Although mosques are obviously places of worship, the majority of them in the UK have not been officially registered as such, and so any Islamic wedding that merely takes place at a mosque has to be registered legally with the UK law as well, in order to be a valid marriage in respect of the UK legal system.Islamic weddings The Empire Hall is a distinctive venue for weddings in LeicesterT&T 9.5.15 (337 of 968)

This was the case with Fatima and her husband. The first step in the marriage process was the affirmation of that wedding in a registry office this was followed by a celebration that involved the bride’s family and female friends (for this part my daughter took the photographs) then the wedding itself with the prayers and blessing from the Imam.  So for the wedding was spread over a week and we had to take photograph at three location, the registry office in Loughborough, a hotel in Loughborough and the Empire in Leicester.

The Empire Hall is a distinctive venue for weddings & conferences. A Grade II listed building and a historic landmark of Leicester, this magnificent venue is an ideal venue for your wedding

 

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william@softtonesphotography.co.uk (Soft Tones Photography) Birmingham Bristol Coventry Islamic Islamic wedding Leicestershire Lincoln London Lutterworth Muslim Muslim wedding National Wedding Show Photographer Photography Rugby Somerset Wedding Venue bristol coventry leicestershire photography portishead rugby warwickshire wedding weddings http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/muslim-weddings Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:15:39 GMT
Charity Event Bristol: Abseiling at Avon Gorge to raise money for the charity Sparks http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/charity-event-bristol-abseiling-at-avon-gorge-to-raise-money-for-the-charity-sparks As some of you may or may not know, our grandson Joshua who is now 5, was born 11 weeks premature. As a result of his premature birth Joshua has a form of Cerebral Palsy that affects the muscles in his legs. We are very blessed that his condition is mild in comparison to what it could have been, however it affects his life on a daily basis.

Sparks is an amazing charity that funds medical research to increase the clinical understanding and treatment of conditions that affect mums to be, babies and children. In particular they have done some fantastic research into treatment for children suffering with cerebral palsy.

As a parent of a child who has a disability Emma is always thinking about his future and any treatment that can help his condition and benefit his day to day life. It's so important to know that a charity like sparks are making fantastic medical advances into not only Joshua's condition, but also numerous other conditions that affect babies and children.

Emma would really appreciate any donations to this cause, whether big or small, so please dig and donate to this worthy cause via Emma's Just Giving Page for Sparks

Emma at Sparks Charity Abseil Event

 

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Catthorpe Manor Spring Wedding Fair http://www.softtonesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/catthorpe-manor-spring-wedding-fair Catthorpe Manor Wedding VenueCatthorpe Manor wedding Photographer Bristol and Leicestershire

Spring Wedding Fair

Sunday 14th April 2013, 11am – 3pm.

All welcome. Entry Free

Come and visit Soft Tones Photography on Sunday 14th April 2013, as Catthorpe Manor will be throwing open its doors to engaged couples from all over the Midlands, to their annual Spring Wedding Fair

A very wide variety of wedding specialists and exhibitors will be in attendance, displaying everything one might wish for to make their special day perfect.

Viewings of the estate are by appointment only. Please contact Helen on 01788 524131 or use the email address below, to arrange to see the venue. Email Catthorpe Manor

Address
Catthorpe Manor
Lilbourne Lane
Catthorpe
Nr. Lutterworth (& Nr. Rugby)
Leicestershire
LE17 6DF

Telephone Numbers

Main Line: 01788 860599
Weddings, Events, Corporate Enquiries: 01788 524131
Accommodation & Residential Enquiries: 01788 524132
Sheltered Accommodation: 01788 524124

Email Catthorpe Manor

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