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Remembrance Sunday 2019

Remembrance Sunday 2019

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This was my 4th year doing the Post Remembrance Music Cafe at Snitterfield Village Hall. Angie Tomes, my co-host, does soooooooo much work for this event. From putting up the bunting to baking mountains of delicious treats, she really is the driving force.

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Yet again, we had a full house. It was a complete whirlwind as the crowd arrived, fresh and chilled from the service at White Horse Hill. They laughed, chatted and socialised between mouthfuls of yummy cakes, brownies, biscuits and tea, before leaving to start their afternoons.

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Thank you to Hilary and Mama for donating homemade cakes for us to sell too!

My laptop seemed to decide that Sundays were indeed days of rest, forcing me to sing A capella for half an hour. I did manage to put on some 40’s tracks (thanks for the help Mr. Mew) and we had a little dance, before counting all of the donations and helping to tidy up.

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My chosen charity this year was Service Dogs UK. They provide dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD and seemed like a wonderful cause. There is so much proof to show that pets can be great therapy for depression and anxiety (I think they mean cats, dogs and fish, not tarantulas and scorpions). We raised £240 through donations and cake sales, so a HUGE thank you to everyone who came along.

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Next year we will be doing something a little different, so stay tuned!

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Dobbies Garden Centre Christmas 2019


Well, from Wyevale to Dobbies, this local garden centre has gone through a bit of a transformation, but I will be yet again gracing their Christmas section and singing you a selection of Christmas, vintage and Disney songs! Why not grab a hot chocolate in the cafe, treat yourself to a new fancy bauble and enjoy the music with your whole family!

Dobbies Christmas ad 2019

Remembrance Sunday 2019


I will be back in Snitterfield Village Hall this Remembrance Sunday (10th November), for our annual Remembrance Cafe! Angie Tomes will be serving homemade cakes and treats, along with hot and cold beverages. I will be singing vintage and Disney melodies and hoping you will all donate to our wonderful charity of choice: Service Dogs UK!

There is no admission charge, but we are hoping you will help us raise some money to unite British veterans with therapy dogs. It is well known that pets can help with depression, anxiety and stress, so imagine what one could do for men and women who have seen the horrors of war.

Welshpool WW2 Weekend 2019

Welshpool WW2 Weekend 2019

Here are a few pictures I snapped of the event. Was lovely to see my friend Jayne Darling again! Just a shame that there aren’t more vintage people attending the event, there is mostly general public. Hopefully it will see more through the years.

A wonderfully colourful sweet shop on the main road. If you look past the gaudy window stickers, you can see some Art Nouveau mirror borders with flowers and the word ‘Toffee.’ Very tricky to photograph, but absolutely stunning.

Inside the town hall where I had my vintage stall and performed on the stage. Always lovely stall holders and relaxed atmosphere up there.

Welshpool 40’s Weekend 2019


Looking forward to seeing everyone at Welshpool 1940’s Weekend! Again, I will be there on the Saturday only, upstairs in the town hall. Look out for my stall as I will have many pieces of clothing, hats and accessories out of my personal collection. Have your hair styled by Karen D Bebbington and then sit with a cup of tea and enjoy the music!

My performance times are 11.15am and 2.40pm on the Town Hall stage.

Avon Valley Railway 1940’s Event

Avon Valley Railway 1940’s Event

Today, poorly or not, we decided to go to Bitton in Bristol. Somewhere we haven’t been for 7 years, but changed our lives forever. This pretty little volunteer run Railway was I got married in 2012! The first members of the public to wed on the line, I immediately fell in love with the place and friendly staff.

Whilst showing me around our possible wedding venue, I happened to glance in the engine shed at a large pile of iron. The Station Master tried to distract my attention back to the steam loco, but I enquired what they were doing up in the shed. It ended up being a Diesel engine used in the D Day landings (WD70031, later named Grumpy on a another war department mission where each loco was named after one of the seven dwarves) and eventually our wedding train.

I couldn’t wait to see the place again and it was a shame that only a couple of volunteers there today were around on our big day. I consoled myself with spam fritters and enjoyed the short train ride up and down the line.

There was a fantastic prop Spitfire, many military vehicles and in the centre of the display… our Grumpy. It’s not a pretty loco, it wasn’t made to be, but it felt like an old friend and I was rather emotional seeing it again.

This was obviously the highlight of my day, other than showing little Betsy. I think she very much enjoyed the Punch and Judy Show featuring Churchill and Hitler.

What a joy also to see our friends Lady She and Jayne Darling too! Lady She gave me an excited squeal when she saw us and gifted Betsy a lovely necklace. I think she was also rather delighted with the Fry’s Chocolate Train too!

Mermaid Shoot with Neil Kendall Photography

Mermaid Shoot with Neil Kendall Photography

I meant to post these amazing photos ages ago, but due to one thing and the other it has taken until now to show you!

It is no secret that I flipping LOVE mermaids and have wanted to do a shoot for years in this theme. Well, I was booked in with Nez to do a Halloween shoot (I adore his dramatic sets and lighting)…but then BHAM! He has to go and get a giant clam shell and get me all excited didn’t he.

I bought a little white taxidermy stoat from him a while back and decided to hide him in the photos! Using EVA foam, I fashioned an old fashioned diver’s helmet for the little critter and he hasn’t taken it off since. See if you can spot him in the pictures below.

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PRE-WARNING! THE FOLLOWING IMAGES ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. THEY FEATURE BOOBIES IN PASTIES AND A WHOLE LOTTA SHADE. SO LITTLE KIDDIES…SASHAY AWAY…

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Please note that all images are copyright Neil Kendall Photography. Image of stoat diver (Nez) copyright Kitten von Mew.