22 Jun 2017

Glastontree At The Orange Tree Leicester

The Orange Tree is one of my favourite bars in Leicester for chilling out with friends and the food is fantastic! Their annual music festival Glastontree will be taking place on Sunday 2nd July this year and I can't wait to attend!
The Orange Tree have chosen to support LOROS Hospice as it’s a local charity that is dear to them. Each year local bands volunteer to play for free in order to help raise money for local hospice LOROS who need to raise £4.5 million a year from the local community in order to maintain their free service. They do this by putting on the festival & charging £3 on the door, all of which goes to charity! A raffle, which is supported solely by local businesses will be taking place on the day and all the money goes to LOROS. 

'When my grandma died of cancer, LOROS made her last months as comfortable as possible, they were brilliant for her.’ 
It’s on from 1pm till 1am with bands starting in the garden and then heading on inside to party the night away. They have a speciality cocktail bar in the garden this year and drinks offers will be available on all day. Don’t worry if you’d like to head in for some food as they will be serving up their regular menu right through till 7pm.

This is also the first year that children will be able to attend (between 1pm and 7pm) but please be aware the music will be loud so it’s not advised. All local bands are playing for free to help out such a worthy cause, Liam from the Hardy Band was really happy to give something back to the charity. Where as other bands are happy to play as it’s ‘the best local festival for championing local bands.. and the beer is great!
Whether you’re popping down to support local bands or a local charity, you’ll be in for a fantastic day with a great community feel. All for just £3!

Fancy carrying on the party afterwards? No worries! The Basement are the official afterparty venue and are offering free entry with a Glastontree wristband. There’ll be 20% off all drinks plus a DJ and beer pong from 11pm till 5am!


20 Jun 2017

Out With The Old: Common Household Furniture And When To Replace It

Almost everything in a house has an expiration date. Milk turns sour, fire alarms run out of battery, and ornaments break into little pieces. Furniture, however, doesn’t play by the same rules. At least, it doesn’t on the face of things. The average homeowner doesn’t have a clue when to replace a sofa or a mattress, so they keep them forever. Sorry to say it, but this isn’t a good option because everything loses quality over time. So, the key is to replace your furniture when you see the warning signs, but what are they? Good question, and it’s one you can answer by taking a look at the following.


When a company like John Ryan by Design gives an opinion on a bed’s lifecycle, it is tempting to ignore. Not because they are novices; far from it. Indeed, they are experts with years of experience. No, it’s because they sell mattresses, so it would appear in their best interest to keep the number low. The truth is that JRBD and nearly every other bed specialist on the market will say from five to eight years. The fact is that a mattress lasts ages as long as it is in good condition. Of course, if the springs are sticking out, it needs replacing regardless of its age.


A couch is another piece which has quite a long lifespan. An average sofa will last up to fifteen years if it is well kept. However, the difference with a couch is the type of usage. Unlike a mattress, people jump, sit, lie and climb all over settees without a care in the world. As a result, the shine can wear off after only a couple of months. Unlike a bed, though, it is possible to reupholster a sofa to keep it going for even longer. But, after a decade, it’s time to make a change for the sake of the house’s style.


Carpets can last for decades like a sofa and a mattress. However, that is only taking into account their durability. In a home, there is more to consider, such as the current style and trends. Carpets go out of fashion very easily, which affects the way the room looks and feels. As such, it’s important to keep an open mind. For example, there is nothing wrong with tearing it up after a year and replacing it with hardwood flooring.


It’s easy to forget that a refrigerator is a piece of furniture. But, it is, and it’s one that is integral to everyday life. As a result, there is no need to throw it out until it starts to break down. To begin with, a refrigerator never loses its shine due to the material. More importantly, there is no need to blast money on an expensive item if it does an adequate job. You’re better off waiting until it leaks or starts to smell and then making a change.

Now all that’s left is to check your watch to see if its time!


16 Jun 2017

Artbeat Leicester 16th - 25th June

This will be the fourth ArtBeat, a festival of the arts and culture, held over ten days, from 16th - 25th June 2017. There are over 75 events to choose from. It complements the Queens Road Summer Fair, for which we will provide the stage entertainment. Artbeat wants the people of Clarendon Park to experience a variety of cultural activities, as organisers, performers or as the audience, to take part in events where they can pick up new skills and knowledge. To make use of the many facilities and businesses around and to learn about other communities. They want everyone to feel that they are all neighbours in the distinct Clarendon Park community.

What can you expect..


A Right Carry On up The Clarry takes local comedians and gives them a chance to make you laugh. A Laff in The Pub combines some old films with comedians, compèred by the award winning Rob Gee. The combination will be irresistible.


You can learn new dances from around the world - they have classes in Indian Classical/Folk dance, Jewish Circle dancing, Salsa and Line Dancing. There's a Grenshoots Ceilidh, a Hoedown and a Lindy Hop to really get those feet moving. An unusual combination of Indian dance accompanied by western song is a must see.


If you want to sing along, the City of Leicester Singers and the U3A Singing for Pleasure group both are offering the chance to sing along to well known songs and some that may be new to you.  It will be a pleasure listening to the Amazing Voices gospel choir. There will be Rabbi Cantor Solomon with his Hebrew and Yiddish songs at the Leicester Progressive Jewish Synagogue, followed by bardic music from the Messianic Synagogue at Brice Hall.


Chris Conway makes a welcome return, accompanied by Andy Nicholls, playing his own memorable style of jazz at Fingerprintz. Classical music is well represented. There's Yvonne Bloor giving a concert of her entrancing guitar playing. If you're a talented young string player, you could no better than attend the String Masterclass given by James Dickenson of the Villiers Quartet. They have three classical concerts too. Rock and pop music isn't forgotten: there are band nights at the Clarendon, the Donkey, the Cradock Arms, and the Knighton & Clarendon Park Club, as well as open mic sessions.
Greg Lint will play the Erhu, a Chinese two-stringed violin.


Try your hand at their creative writing events – poems that tell a story, or remember lost gems from our past like Fenwicks or the local bank. The multi-talented Rob Gee is also leading a creative session. Enter the prize poetry competition: the theme is “We all Belong”. Appropriately for the time of year you can join in a reading of  Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream”. And of course there's the ever popular book quiz.


Do you want to design a fantasy house? Or a garden? Or even a whole world? They have events that will tell you how.

Science and Philosophy

They are called ArtBeat, but they are really a festival representing all the culture in Clarendon Park. So for the first time, you can listen to talks on alternatives to using animals in experiments, or technology in healthcare. There's an interesting cross-over with a talk on how ancient artefacts can inspire art. There's going to be a “Philosophy in the Pub” session provocatively entitled “Is it OK to Murder Granny”, which is about priorities in the NHS and bed blocking. They also have talks on St Thomas Aquinas and Theosophy.


Practical sessions on acupressure, body movement, mindfulness and qi gong.


Throughout the festival there will be a treasure hunt, following clues leading to the treasure. There are fun days at Christchurch and St John the Baptist School. Children can learn the basics of Indian Dance at Avenue Primary School. You can try out instruments – maybe one will work for you. Many other events, like mindfulness, maypole dancing, the ceilidh and the guitar taster class welcome children. All children must be accompanied.


Faith is an important part of our culture, and many places of worship have joined in this year. There are visits to Gurdwaras, and churches and synagogues have opened their doors to hold events. You can learn how to put on head gear from various cultures. Midsummer is welcomed with two celebrations in the Community Garden. There are two walks pointing out the architectural features of places of worship. The high spot will be a “Meet the Neighbours” event, with 20 different local  faith groups and those of no faith represented, gathering to explore the theme of the festival, 'We All Belong'.  Mr. R. Sandhu, MBE DL, Chair of Leicestershire Interfaith and  Assistant Mayor Councillor Sood will be attending. Clarendon Park is only a reflection of Leicester's diversity.

Some participants

Chris Conway
Chris Conway is an amazing jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and songwriter and is at home in modern jazz, standards, ballads, bossas, and blues, recording many albums in various groupings.

Rob Gee
Rob describes himself as “Multi-award winning stand up poet, writer, crowd-pleaser and all round good egg. Rob's is the only performance ever to have instigated a fight at the Leamington Spa Peace Festival.”

Yvonne Bloor
Stunning technical mastery, perfectly executed phrasing, every note was clear, every note sang. Yvonne’s technique coped just as effortlessly with songs from the musicals as it did with the most demanding contemporary classical pieces.
Houghton News – July 2011 as quoted on http://www.yvonnebloor.com

James Dickenson
In 2010 James started the Villiers Quartet. The Quartet have recently released their first disc on NAXOS , the Complete Quartets of Robert Still. James has spent the last 8 years studying the work and teaching methods of Constantine Dounis, a pedagogue unparalleled in his approach to the violin.

Full details of the programme can be found at www.clarendonpark.net

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