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Highgate House Raises over £500 for the Northampton Hope Centre

Highgate House Raises over £500 for the Northampton Hope Centre

Highgate House Raises over £500 for the Northampton Hope Centre

Highgate House in Creaton, Northamptonshire has raised £559 for its Charity of the Year, the Northampton Hope Centre.

On Friday 27th July, 250 people gathered at Highgate House’s popular outdoor cinema event to watch The Greatest Showman and showed their support for the local charity by purchasing raffle tickets for the prize draw.

A large number of local businesses generously donated prizes for the raffle including Catanger Llamas, Santa Pod Raceway, the Royal & Derngate, Coton Manor Gardens and Northampton Town FC, plus many more. Continue reading

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Beetlecam Gets Bug’s Eye View Of Longleat’s Big Four

Beetlecam Gets Bug's Eye View Of Longleat's Big Four

Beetlecam Gets Bug’s Eye View Of Longleat’s Big Four

An African wildlife photographer has used a miniature off-road buggy to take stunning close-up images of some of Longleat’s biggest and fiercest animals.

Professional photographer Will Burrard-Lucas used his own invention – an armoured remote controlled buggy with a high quality camera mounted inside called ‘BeetleCam’ to get the images.

The amazing results of his efforts will be broadcast as part of BBC One’s Animal Park Summer Special this week.

As well as incredible shots of Longleat lions and tigers, Will also used the mobile camera to get incredible close-ups of the Wiltshire safari park’s rhinos and wolves. Continue reading

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Well Met Provides Perfect Pitch for Choral Conference

Well Met Provides Perfect Pitch for Choral Conference

Well Met Provides Perfect Pitch for Choral Conference

Well Met, the conference office for Leeds Beckett University, is delighted to host the 33rd annual Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) Convention from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th August 2018 at Headingley Campus, Leeds.

The convention makes a welcome return to the city since its last visit in 2012, with a packed schedule of over 30 events, featuring presenters and exhibitors from across the UK, USA, Lithuania and Ireland. Over 200 visitors are expected to attend this important date in the choral calendar.

Bar and barbershop will kick off this weekend of choral community conventions at the Friday night plenary session. Welcoming drinks will be followed by slick barbershop singing from award-winning quartet Monkey Magic. Continue reading

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We’re delighted to announce the birth of the Park’s first ever baby Grévy’s zebra!

We’re delighted to announce the birth of the Park’s first ever baby Grévy’s zebra!

We’re delighted to announce the birth of the Park’s first ever baby Grévy’s zebra!

She was born during the early hours of Thursday 26th July to first-time mum, Akuna.

She is yet to be named, but keepers will be choosing a name beginning with ‘G’ as all babies born at the Park in 2018 will begin with this letter!

See if you can spot her on your next visit – Book tickets in advance & save!

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65 Queen’s Gate Launches Fully Inclusive Package For Focus Group Meetings

65 Queen’s Gate Launches Fully Inclusive Package For Focus Group Meetings

65 Queen’s Gate Launches Fully Inclusive Package For Focus Group Meetings

Conference and event venue offers relaxed and informal environment for focus group meetings and one to one interviews.

This August 65 Queen’s Gate is making it easy for businesses to book their ideal space for focus groups and workshops with the launch of their brand new ‘focus groups’ package.

For £185 (Fully inclusive), the package includes… Continue reading

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Longleat Stars in BBC Animal Park Summer Specials

Kate Humble and Ben Fogle with Newt the Wallaby

Kate Humble and Ben Fogle with Newt the Wallaby

Longleat is returning to our TV screens in a brand new series of Animal Park which is due to be broadcast on BBC One next week.

The new ‘Summer Specials’ series, which will be shown at 9.15am on weekdays from August 6th – 24th, will feature 15, 45-minute episodes.

TV presenters Ben Fogle and Kate Humble are joining Jean Johansson for another dramatic and heart-warming glimpse into life behind the scenes as Longleat’s keepers and animals prepare for another long hot summer.

Among the stories featured in the new series is the unexpected arrival of a new cheetah cub and an abandoned baby wallaby which needs to be hand-reared by its keeper. Continue reading

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Red Panda Mum Takes Tiny Twin Cub On First Trip Outside

Red Panda Mum Takes Tiny Twin Cub On First Trip Outside

Red Panda Mum Takes Tiny Twin Cub On First Trip Outside

Red panda mum Rufina has been spotted taking one of her tiny twin cubs to see the outside world for the first time at Longleat.

The rare twin cubs, which were born two weeks ago, are both thriving under the watchful care of mum and dad Ajendra.

The twins are the sixth cubs the pair have raised since arriving at the Wiltshire wildlife attraction in 2015.

The red panda is officially recognised as endangered in the wild, meaning the species faces a high risk of extinction in the near future.

Both Rufina and Ajendra are considered critically important members of the European Endangered Species Programme for the red panda due to their diverse genetics.

“Rufina and Ajendra are both such fantastic parents that we pretty much leave them to it and try to interfere as little as possible,” said Keeper Sam Allworthy. Continue reading

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Twickenham Challenges Industry To Think Differently Ahead Of New East Stand Launch

Twickenham Challenges Industry To Think Differently Ahead Of New East Stand Launch

Twickenham Challenges Industry To Think Differently Ahead Of New East Stand Launch

27th July 18, UK: As Twickenham Stadium prepares to unveil its transformed East Stand, it is asking the industry to think differently about events and challenge the norm.

The multi-million pound redevelopment will offer six floors of creative event space that not only provide new-found match day hospitality options but also offer unexpected and dynamic settings that go far beyond a simple conference or banqueting space. Continue reading

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Herbert Berger, chef director of Innholders Hall

Herbert Berger, chef director of Innholders Hall

Herbert Berger, chef director of Innholders Hall

Herbert Berger is the chef director of Innholders Hall, home to the Worshipful Company of Innholders in the City of London. Celebrating 50 years working in the hospitality industry this month – having won Michelin stars in three different establishments – he tells Janet Harmer why is happy to spend the final years of his career working in a livery hall

What inspired you to enter the hospitality industry 50 years ago?

I grew up in a little town in the mountains of Austria. Everything we ate was either foraged or came from our little farm and gardens or was exchanged with neighbour’s products. My mother is the most amazing cook and the flavours she achieved in cooking were just incredible and remain with me to this day as a guideline. As a young boy I always cooked with my mum and by the age of nine I decided I wanted to become a chef. The late 1960s were also a very exciting time in many aspects and I knew becoming a chef would allow me to be part of that and travel the world. Continue reading

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Longleat Launches International Koala Breeding Programme

Longleat Launches International Koala Breeding Programme

Longleat Launches International Koala Breeding Programme

Longleat is spearheading an international breeding and awareness-building programme for Australia’s iconic and increasingly threatened koala.

Later this year the Wiltshire estate, which opened the world’s first drive-through safari outside Africa in 1966, will receive a group of up to six southern koalas from Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide.

After spending time in quarantine the koalas, along with a pair of wombats which are the koalas’ closest relative, will be transferred into a purpose-built area.

Koala Creek includes a natural stream, eucalyptus trees, climbing poles, naturally-themed indoor and outdoor habitats, viewing areas, interpretation boards as well as a Koala Care unit. Continue reading

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