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CHARITY FUNDRAISING EVENT
Aims: To raise funds in order to facilitate ongoing research carried out by the Stroke Association. Research funded by the Stroke Association has the ultimate aim of making stroke a preventable and treatable disease, and improving the quality of life for people affected by stroke. To raise awareness of the causes of stroke and how people of all ages can be affected by it. Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK. We aim to address misconceptions that stroke only affects older people, when in fact 31% of strokes occur in people under the age of 65.
Date: Saturday 22nd October
Venue: Al Maidah, Manchester
Al Maidah is one of Manchester’s finest banqueting halls. The elegance and exquisite décor of Al Maidah will serve well as the grand venue for Purple Hope 2016.
Organiser: Kareena Alam
Kareena Alam, a primary school teacher, suffered from Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis (a blood clot in the brain) which is a rare form of stroke, in November 2014. Kareena is now on the way to making a full recovery.
Following last year’s successful Purple Hope event, which raised £12,500, Kareena will be hosting another charity fundraiser dinner, which will take place in October. In collaboration with the Stroke Association, Kareena is hosting the Purple Hope 2016 charity event with proceeds going to Stroke Association. The event has a Bollywood theme, providing a grand evening of Asian cuisine and entertainment. There will also be an auction and a raffle draw, featuring a variety of prizes on offer to win.
Masters of Ceremony: Marcus Nisar, Abid Hussain
Guest Speakers: Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Mayor of Trafford MBC, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, MEP Afzal Khan, North West Regional Director for the Stroke Association.
Entertainment/ Artists: Bollywood singers Sahara, Jay Kadn & Usman Farooqi. Bollywood dancers & dhol group.
A pampered duck is a happy duck
Ladyzone – tea, cake and a bit of pampering at the Macmillan coffee morning
by Clear Duck, the Altrincham Duck Team
Nestled in the heart of Goose Green in Altrincham is Ladyzone, home of women’s only fitness, health and beauty. And Clear Duck of the Altrincham duck team paid a special visit on Friday 30th September, to not only get her duck feathers pampered but to join in the charity coffee morning and sample some cake. And there was plenty on offer – but more about that later.
Having never visited the facility before, Clear Duck was given a tour by the lovely Lizzie who meets and greets visitors as well as assisting the lady members with their weight loss or fitness plans. It’s deceptively well-equipped inside with a circuits gym, nail bar, tanning studio, brow beauty room, changing room and shower on one level.
Then up another level, with fantastic views over Altrincham is the chill out area complete with sofas, TV and drink facilities, the stunning and spacious studio where all the fitness classes take place and the massage therapy room. All in all, a true haven of tranquillity and calm – a one-stop shop for all your fitness and beauty needs.
It was a busy Friday morning with plenty of ladies working on their circuits. Lizzie explained that each lady member is given a tailored fitness plan, depending on their goals. This is reviewed every two months to either change or remain as is, depending on comfort and progress.
And of course the staff and members had all been just as busy the night before, as right there when you walked in the door was a stunning array of cake. From fairy cakes, to scones to big cake – even some amazing chocolate brownies were hand delivered while there!
There was just enough time before Clear Duck’s scheduled relaxation treatment to have a brew and sample one of the lovely baked treats. A butterfly bun won the choice, deliciously moist sponge and heavenly butter icing melted in the mouth. Both were enjoyed over a chat and giggle with some of the ladies. In the background, the noise of those working hard on their fitness session made us a feel only a little guilty of our indulgence. But we reminded ourselves, it’s all for a fantastic cause. And later in the day there was the option of a free class for anyone wanting to burn off the extra calories.
It was Lisa, Ladyzone Altrincham’s resident beautician who took Clear Duck for a relaxing aromatherapy massage – back and shoulders. And let me tell you, life’s just as stressful for us ducks as it is anyone else, so this was a real treat!
The massage room, being spacious, light and airy makes you feel relaxed as soon as you walk into it. Elegant décor; neutral tones accented with lime greens and a dark wood floor are reminiscent of a Scandinavian escape. The soothing music playing in the background is enough to send you into a dreamy reverie. But before all that, are the practicalities and Lisa made sure to go through a thorough consultation before the massage. That’s important so she knows any underlying health conditions and you know what’s expected of you over the course of the treatment. She also takes the time to discuss the right choice of aromatherapy oils for your massage, depending on how you hope to feel afterwards. The different oils have different properties, so if you have a long drive home afterwards, you may want to avoid camomile as it’s known to send you to sleep!
We agreed a blend of geranium with grapeseed oil would work perfect for Clear Duck, so it was time to get on the bed. Lisa makes sure you are comfortable lying in your position before she sets to work, and then asks whether the pressure she applies is right for you before she continues. It was all good for Clear Duck and how quickly thirty minutes flew by as Lisa went to work. The smell of the oils with the wonderful feeling of all those stresses being expertly rubbed away was just bliss. Everything felt lighter, calmer and very, very, relaxing. And just at the point where you could lie there forever, Lisa gently tells you it’s over and gives you enough time to come around, steady yourself and get ready to go. And yes, a good relaxing massage can really leave you that disorientated!
Before letting you leave, Lisa gives you advice on how to take care afterwards, most importantly advising to stay hydrated with lots of water.
So sipping a glass of water, Clear Duck went back to the cakes and bought a few more to take away – they were disappearing that fast! Some of the ladies were sampling cake and gathering ready for the next part of the Macmillan fundraising day, waiting for the Stella & Dot jewellery to arrive. Proceeds from the sale of the jewellery and accessories were also being donated to Macmillan.
Clear Duck spent a wonderful morning at Ladyzone. So much more than just a gym, there’s a fantastic friendly atmosphere inside as much as there’s ample space to relax and unwind. With all tension soothed after such a relaxing massage, Clear Duck left Ladyzone literally gliding down the streets of Altrincham. Quaaaack!
So, tell us a bit more about your back ground?
Fi & Becs are a couple of creative sisters who provide flexible branding, design and copywriting for businesses of all sizes. Our service is friendly, approachable, bespoke and creative.
With a diverse client portfolio ranging from bookshops to fashion retailers, farm shops to beauty salons and well-known UK brands - we pride ourselves on being adaptable and easy to work with.Our services include: logo design, website design, copywriting, branding, graphic design (leaflets, brochures, exhibition stands...) and product design - we will turn our skills to anything (within reason!) if our clients ask us to.
With an enthusiastic (perfectionist) attitude, we love helping businesses become distinctive, engaging and relevant to their customers. We don't cost the earth, we’re quick to understand what you’re looking for and we’re great at what we do.
In 2015 we were finalists for New Business of the Year in the prestigious Enterprise Vision Awards and we were also finalists for the National Mumpreneur Boost Award - recognising businesses that have demonstrated high growth.
Becs is based in Altrincham, Greater Manchester and Fi is based in Halifax, West Yorkshire but we work with clients all over the UK and worldwide.
You offer many services , which do you find is the most popular?
That’s difficult to answer, I would say our top three services are branding, graphic design and copywriting… however from my point of view (my sister Fi is the main designer) my most popular service is copywriting - I get a lot of enquiries and it’s surprised me recently how the demand has increased considerably.
Do you have plans for the future?
Yes - lots! My business has been going for three years this October and we have gone from 0 clients to over 120 clients… and there is still only two of us. We have lots of plans, but we’re also not people who sit down and write boring business plans so we will probably decide exactly what to do next over a cup of tea or glass of wine.
Altrincham is going through a period of change, what would you like to see happen to the town?
I would love to have a cool co-working space for people who usually work from home. Preferably it would be pay-as-you-go, allow (well behaved) dogs, be a cool space/room (not a dreadful and depressing generic business meeting room in a 70’s building) and you would be able to book space for meetings… oh and drink tea.
We’ve never been to La Famiglia in Hale, we’ve driven past it and it’s always been busy, so instead of going to one of our usual hunts, we decided to venture into Hale and give this place a try! We booked in advance, just to make sure, like I said the place seems to be busy all the time so better make sure they had space for us!!
Located on 12-14 Victoria Road, in Hale, you can access the restaurant through their main door, they have a lovely outside terrace, and unfortunately you can only access this by going through the main doors and all through the restaurant. I’m guessing that in summer that terrace it’s a goddess suntrap in which to enjoy a nice glass of chilled prosecco!
You can also see all their details here, http://www.lafamigliahale.co.uk/
Table was booked for 9 o’clock, when we arrived we were shown to the bar area to have a drink while we waited for our table to be vacated/readied for us. We had to wait a while, then again, we do not mind the waiting, even less so when at no point we were ignored; let me explain! We were told when we arrived that our table was still busy, would we mind sitting at the bar and enjoy a drink, and peruse the menu while we waited, so we did, nicest thing was that the waiters kept coming to check that we were ok, offering us snacks while we waited and reassuring us; not at all what usually happens you have to admit!
While we waited we were given the menus for both food and drink, and also a little blackboard to check, with the specials of the day on it. For drinks I opted for a Birra Moretti, pint of I must add, it was a Saturday after all! And the other half opted for a bottle of Nero d'Avola, a Sicilian red wine.
After a little while at the bar we were told that our table was ready, waiter promptly carried our drinks to the table and left us with the menu again to make our final decision on food, the menu is very extensive, so it took us a good few minutes to look at it in depth; the time we had at the bar with the menu wasn’t enough! Ridiculous I know!
As a starter I opted for the Fish Cakes, my other half chose from the specials, a Goat’s cheese starter. For main courses I opted for the Tournedo Rossini and the husband for the Filetto Al Dolcelatte.
Our starters arrived promptly, mine the Fish Cakes were two medium size balls of mixed fish and potato breaded and deep fried, served with a chilli dressing. Creamy and tasty on the inside, crunchy on the outside, quite perfect! The husband’s Goat’s cheese, two rounds of Goat’s cheese served on a crouton of crusty bread with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and a chutney like sauce, looked quite tasty, unfortunately he didn’t let me taste it! Please note my sad face as I write this!
Once we finished the starter, table was quickly cleared, and fresh cutlery laid for our main courses, we ordered more drinks and waited for the main event to arrive!
My main course the Tournedo Rossini, a Fillet steak on a crouton base, topped with paté and madeira jus, was to die for, melt in the mouth steak, cooked to perfection (please note that I like my steak on the rare to blue side, getting a steak cooked to your exact liking is quite difficult this days I think!) it was absolutely delicious.
The husbands, Filetto Al Dolcelatte, a Fillet steak in a creamy blue cheese sauce; was also perfect, I personally do not like blue cheese but it did look good. Another winning dish!
As an accompaniment for the main courses we chose the Zucchini Fritte, fried courgette sticks in cornflour, the Fagiolini, french beans with olive oil and lemon and also the Patate Fritte, French fries. All of them the perfect complement for our food.
We were stuffed so we decided not to have dessert or coffee this time round. Highly recommend this place, although I would say book if you can, to ensure you have the best time! We look forward to visiting again very soon!!
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El Dorado Rum Tasting Evening
Riddles Bar is a speakeasy bar in the heart of Altrincham, offering world-class cocktails expertly prepared. Echoing the world of 1920s prohibition.
Located on 28 Greenwood Street, you can access the bar through their main door, or also through a little side door, hidden away near the entrance to the offices on number 28-32 Greenwood Street; right next to the door to Mort Subite.
You can also see all their details here http://www.riddlesbar.com
We’ve been to Riddles a fair few times, the fact that their cocktail menu is seasonal is a great incentive to keep trying new things! They develop the menus in house and also if by any chance you don’t see a drink you like, a chat with one of the bartenders will ensure that they might make something off the menu just for you! Please bear in mind that on busy nights, to get your cocktail made and delivered to your table, you might have to wait a little bit; but as they say, good things come to those who wait!!
You can make a reservation to ensure a table is booked for you on the night you’re choosing, which makes things a lot easier if you’re planning a birthday party or something along those lines!! And you can also hire them to have cocktails served at your event, at home, in your own garden, wherever you like with their own mobile bar service, which will make your celebration unforgettable.
For the last year or so Riddles have been organizing tasting events, whiskey tasting, gin tasting and rum tasting; we went to the gin tasting last time, and having had such a great time, we decided to book for the next one; rum tasting!
El Dorado Rum Tasting Evening.
We sampled a range of rums from the Cask Aged El Dorado range, aged from 8yr to 25yr old.
The first taste was the El Dorado 8 Year old cask aged rum; a fusion of a full flavoured, heavy bodied rum with light-to-medium bodied rums aged in bourbon oak casks.
The second taste El Dorado 12 Year Old; a blend of specially selected aged rums, the youngest being no less than 12 years old! Round, mellow, full bodied palate with rich flavours of fruit and spice; this was my rum for the night, the taste was amazing! Definitely my favourite!
The third taste was El Dorado 15 Year Old Special Reserve; a combination of specially selected aged rums, some as old as 25 years, from the Enmore and Diamond Coffey stills, the Port Mourant double wooden pot still and the Versailles single wooden pot still.
Fourth taste was the El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve; this is a rum with a special recipe blend with specially selected rums, oak aged for at least 21 years, from the Enmore wooden Coffey still, the Versailles single wooden pot still and the Albion Savalle still.
The fifth taste was the El Dorado 25 Year Old Vintage Reserve; an extremely rare creature and a rare experience to savour! This rum is rich, smooth and mellow with soft syrupy mouth-feel; possesses a silky smoothness which challenges the oldest cognac. Retailing at £400 per bottle, we were lucky to taste this, so thanks Del, owner of Riddles, for granting us the privilege!!
The last taste, which nobody was expecting was the El Dorado Rare Collection - Port Mourant; this rum is an extremely limited release taken from El Dorado’s Rare Collection Range. With distinctive aromas of chocolate, toffee, smoke, aged tobacco, coffee, molasses, mild anise and vanilla.
Guests also enjoyed two handcrafted rum cocktails on the night; the first one was called a Rumbugger; a cocktail made with a 3 year old El Dorado Rum, lime and chilli. It was a fab tasty starter. The second one was a take on Christmas, sorry we didn’t quite catch the name of this one, with a little Christmas pudding ball sitting on top of it!! Amazing!
To be perfectly honest it was a super fun evening of education and experimentation, a perfect night if you ask us!!
Our verdict is this, if you have the chance to go to a tasting night at Riddles, please do so!! Buy your tickets and enjoy a fantastic night!!
Find Riddles on Twitter @riddlesbar
You will find not only the Altrincham Duck out and about in Altrincham and surrounding areas, but also some of my friends. You just never know where we will #quack and #tweet from next!