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Thursday 18 August 2016

Toast of the Tyne

Two life changing North East cancer charities are set to benefit from a fundraiser at one of football’s most famous venues this September.

St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United, has recently unveiled plans for a charity masquerade ball on Friday, September 2 – which will celebrate North East charities; The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and blood cancer charity Bright Red.

The Toast of the Tyne evening will see masked guests greeted with a welcome drink, followed by a five course meal prepared by our award-winning team of chefs and an evening of live entertainment, raising money for the two chosen charities.

In addition to fundraising on the evening, which will include a silent auction, auction and raffle, the charities will receive a minimum of 10 per cent of ticket sales.

Prizes available on the evening include a signed Arsenal FC shirt, a pair of tickets to Elton John’s Wonderful Crazy Tour at the Metro Radio Arena and a midweek break in a Northumberland Lodge, including £100 of treatment vouchers.

Frankie Angus, general manager at St James’ Park said “We’ve chosen to support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Bright Red as there are an estimated 2.5 million people in the UK today who have had a cancer diagnosis and these two charities have played a significant role in improving both cancer treatment and diagnosis in the North East. We want the evening to be a celebration of the wonderful achievements of our region and help two very deserving North East charities continue to make further advances in cancer research.”

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was launched in 2008 by Sir Bobby Robson himself, as he faced cancer for what would be the fifth, and final, time. The Foundation funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across the North East of England and Cumbria – and which also contributes significantly to international research into the disease. Committed patrons such as Alan Shearer, Niall Quinn and Delia Smith are continuing Sir Bobby’s work today, with the charity raising more than £9m to date.

Bright Red is a charity founded to improve the lives and treatment of people in the North dealing with blood cancer. Through patient care, research and education they are striving to beat illnesses such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

In their first five years they have invested more than £1,000,000 into improving patient care, developing staff and funding research. In the next five years, their vision is to make the North East the safest place in the UK to be treated for blood cancer.

Tickets for the Toast of the Tyne masquerade ball are priced at £500 for a table of 10, or £55 for individual tickets, and are available from St James’ Park by calling 0191 201 8525, or emailing

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Thursday 18 August 2016

Afternoon tea on the Thames

Visitors to London who are keen to indulge in the quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea are invited to dine in style, with tea on the Thames this summer.

Leading Thames river cruise company Bateaux London, at Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, is inviting visitors to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and spend an afternoon dining on the largest and most sophisticated boat on the river Thames.

From 27 August to 30 September, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Bateaux London’s flagship, Harmony, will weigh anchor to take guests on a 75-minute cruise, taking in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Along with views of attractions including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral, diners will be served a traditional English afternoon tea, freshly prepared by Bateaux London’s on-board team of chefs.

An assortment of sandwiches, pastries, cakes and scones will be accompanied by a range of quality teas and coffees, as well as live music, which will be provided by Harmony’s resident pianist.

Guests wishing to enhance their afternoon tea experience on board the vessel, can opt for the Premier Afternoon Tea option, where they will be greeted with a glass of champagne and a window table overlooking the city’s sights.

Gareth Brown, marketing manager for Bateaux London, said: “We run a variety of river cruises throughout the year and our afternoon tea cruises are a huge hit for those wanting a traditional English dining experience. Our afternoon tea cruises are the perfect way to enjoy the famous sights of the city, with beautiful food, quality teas and the relaxing sounds of our resident pianist, as we glide past some of the capital’s most famous landmarks.”

Bateaux London’s river cruises were voted in the top 100 of 1,269 ‘things to do’ in London by online travel site TripAdvisor and the company is offering two different afternoon tea packages, available until Friday, September 30.                                                                                                           

Guests can opt for the Classic Cruise, at a cost of £32 for adults and £21 for children, or the Premier Cruise, which also includes a window table and glass of Champagne, for £42 per adult.

In addition, a flight on the London Eye can be added to either package for an additional £23 per adult and £17 per child.

The Harmony will board at 15.15hrs, departing at 15.30hrs and returning at 16.45hrs and visitors are asked to adhere to a smart casual dress code.

Child rates apply to those aged between three and 12, however children under the age of three are not permitted on board.

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Thursday 04 August 2016

Children’s charity to hold 125th birthday party at The Discovery Museum

A charity set up to help children across the North East is celebrating a very special birthday this year – and everyone is invited.

Founded in 1891 to support children living in the slums of Newcastle, Children North East now works with families and schools across the region to help eradicate poverty and improve life opportunities for youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This Saturday (6 August) the charity is celebrating its 125th birthday with a party at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum with free fun and entertainment for all the family.

From 11am to 3pm younger guests will be able to take part in a variety of crafts in the shadow of the steamship Turbinia – once the fastest ship in the world and the centrepiece of the museum’s ground floor exhibition.

There will also be an exhibition on the first floor, illustrating what life was like for North East families during the Victorian era, while a storyteller on the second floor will tell a series of traditional folk tales and children’s stories throughout the event.

Guests will be able to explore the museum’s Science Maze, the Classroom and the Story of the Tyne space, which showcases 150 years of shipbuilding, before heading to the Great Hall, for a street party-style celebration.

Along with a variety of fête games and sideshows, there will be a dressing up area, colouring activities and photo booths and, at finger buffet lunch tailored to the event served at midday.

Pupils from Newcastle’s Hawthorn Primary School will also take to the stage for a special concert in conjunction with the Sage, Gateshead.

“Children and families have been at the heart of what we do for 125 years,” said Children North East’s chief executive Jeremy Cripps, “so there is no way we could celebrate our birthday without them.

“Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums have been very generous in helping us host this party and we hope as many families as possible will come along and enjoy what promises to be a wonderful party.”

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums is a collection of unique venues across the North East all of which are available for events including conferences, dinners, weddings and parties.

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Monday 01 August 2016

The Open: Golf fans enjoy the best of Scotland’s larder at Royal Troon

The finest, Scottish food was put firmly in the spotlight at the world-famous, The Open Championship at Royal Troon in Ayrshire last month. Hundreds-of-thousands of golf fans who descended on the famous tournament were treated to an array of local produce thanks to our team. 

Sumptuous Buccleuch beef from the region’s farms was supplied by Campbell Brothers, Scottish pork came via Robertson’s of Ardrossan and Barwheys provided its traditionally-made award winning hard Ayrshire Cheese. Bellevue Creamery in Arran also provided cheese while oatcakes from Wolleys, also Arran based, were included on the menu too.

Sodexo’s Executive Chef, Trevor Garden, who was in charge of menu development and the overall catering operation at this year’s event, said: “Planning and executing menus for hundreds-of-thousands of people at one of the world’s biggest sporting events, is no small culinary feat. Scotland is of course home to some of the most amazing produce in the world, but it was important to both Sodexo and tournament organisers, The R&A, that local food featured heavily across our offering, ensuring the event supported the region’s economy.”

A little further afield from the event’s Ayrshire base, we sourced smoked salmon through The Highland Smokehouse in Fort William, served Anster cheese from St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company and received all of its milk, cream and butter from Graham’s.

Over the week-long tournament, an 80-strong team of chefs produced more than 12,000 meals for hospitality guests while 2,000 sausage rolls, 5,700 burgers and more than 4,000 sandwiches were served to hungry golf-fans through its fast-food and snack outlets.

Neil McAleese, Business Development Advisor – Food & Drink Sector, East Ayrshire Council, said: “The quality of Ayrshire produce is comparable to the best available in Scotland and with major events including The Open Championship, Ladies Scottish Open and the Scottish Airshow all being held in Ayrshire this year, it was essential that local produce appeared on the menu at these major events.

“The support Sodexo has given our producers has been fantastic and the opportunity to showcase ourselves has proved invaluable.”

In addition to the food and central to the event’s success was the staff. We brought around 1000 employees to Royal Troon and ahead of the event, launched a recruitment drive in order to find new talent and provide job opportunities in the local community. We also formed partnerships with Prestwick Chamber of Commerce as well as a number of local colleges, promoting employment opportunities to students through a series of ‘roadshows’. At Ayr College, a week’s training, including World Host customer service accreditation, alcohol license certification, barista and restaurant service training, was provided to those interested in working with ourselves at the event.

52 members joined our team through these local routes and worked across The R&A Complex, Hospitality and Public Catering during the week-long tournament. Unique work experience placements were also provided to nine trainee chefs from City of Glasgow College. The students joined the company’s experienced chefs in the Links Pavilion, producing dishes including stone-baked pizzas, pulled pork sliders and slow roast rib of beef, for up to 1,500 visitors a day.

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