Archive for November, 2011

What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award Winner – Best Volunteering Group or Individual

November 30, 2011


  Our final What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award has been announced

Best Volunteering Group or Individual sponsored by open to groups & organisations who run volunteering activities for adults – several prizes including a Studio Experience, Artist Merchandise, a weekend package of a Hiton Hotel stay and tickets to Legoland! 

WINNER – Amy Livesey – Tynedale Rugby Club

Amy says: “I have been part of the local rugby club for over 12 years and I have been part of the coaching team for 2 seasons.

The joy I get out of seeing each player develop and grow is the best thing in the world.

We train two times a week and have a coaching squad of around eight. The three teams have had great successes and we have eight under 18 Northumberland player and nine under 15 Northumberland players

Being nominated and getting to the finalist stages has been a huge surprise. I am very thankful to all our coaches and players.”

FINALISTS – Kelly Barlow – Hyndburn Stray Dogs In Need, Karen Seafield – Sponsor of Best Volunteering Group or Individual – the sisterhood of motherhood – it’s every mum-to-be and mum’s new best friend. A site created by mums, for mums and packed full of pearls of wisdom from mums!  Brimming with fab product recommendations, top tips from like-minded yummy mummies and a relaxed chat room to swap stories about the ever undulating experience of bringing up baby, this site is definitely worth a peek.

Mumslove seeks to simplify life for busy, stylish and cool mums by offering short and snappy lists of the best products on the market from both high street brands and smaller independent boutiques. Including categories such as ‘Best Products to help sleep’, ‘Best Products to attack weaning’ and ‘General cool stuff’ to name but a few, Mumslove have scoured the net and found the hottest bits of kit that Mums LOVE! are sponsoring the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Best Volunteerin Group or Individual Award and What’s On 4 Me are delighted to join forces with to promote their indispensible advice for Parents across the UK.

See the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Awards page for news on all our Award Winners and Finalists!!


What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award Winner – Best Entertainment Activity, Day Out or Attraction

November 30, 2011


 Our fifth What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award has been announced


Best Entertainment Activity, Day Out or Attraction sponsored by REDdot Music open to clubs, groups or individuals who run regular entertainment events for adults

WINNER – KLR Psychic Agency

Karen says: “We are based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, I have had KLR Psychic Agency for 18 months now and we have already featured in a local magazine. I run 2 psychic events each week and a lot often include raising funds for local charities. To find out more on KLR find us on Facebook or visit our website

I am delighted to be a finalist in these awards, great news for my company and can’t believe I have reached the top three in the UK! Thanks to everyone who has voted for us!”


FINALISTS – High Road Balloons , The Acorn Theatre  

REDdot Music – Sponsor of Best Entertainment Activity, Day Out or Attraction

REDdot Studio is a part of REDdot Music Ltd. a Music production and management company with over 40 years combined experience in the music industry.

REDdot Studio is based in the leafy Market Town of Leighton Buzzard, which boasts easy travel access from the M1 and Rail services. The studio is a 10 minutes walk from the Train Station.

The Studio is run by music producer Steve Askew, who has been responsible for launching the music careers of many talented musicians, and is aided by his business partner Glenn Kelly, who has over 15 years experience in the music industry.

REDdot Music are sponsoring the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Best Entertainment Activity Award and also providing several prizes including a Studio Experience and Artist Merchandise for our Best Volunteering Group Award.

See the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Awards page for news on all our Award Winners and Finalists!!

What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award Winner – Best Local Sports, Health or Fitness Group

November 30, 2011

 Our fourth What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award has been announced

Best Local Sports, Health or Fitness Group sponsored by Hilton Bracknell Hotel open to clubs, groups or individuals running sports, health or fitness classes for adults

WINNER – North East Tang Soo Do Academy 

Charlie Featherstone says: “I am so overwhelmed that our Academy are at the Finalists stage in the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Awards. We are a family oriented Martial Arts School that cater for all ages and abilities. We have classes at Owton Manor Primary School Eskdale Road Hartlepool on Tuesdays and Thursday and the Stranton Centre Southburn Terrace Hartlepool on Wednesdays, which includes a fun packed fitness class too !.

The Academy has been running for three years and we are very proud of the Academy ethos and its fine students. Please visit our website for more information.

The Academy owes its continued success to the marvellous contribution from its Students and Parents. As the Chief Instructor of the Academy I wish to thank them all for their support.”

FINALISTS – No Lippy Bootcamp, Zumba Fitness (H L Dance) 

Hilton Bracknell Hotel – Sponsor of Best Local Sports, Health or Fitness Group

Five minutes from the M3, the Hilton Bracknell hotel is just a 30 minute drive from Heathrow Airport. Revive yourself in the LivingWell Health Club with gym, pool or beauty treatment rooms. Relax in the bubble pool and sauna or do business in one of 12 meeting rooms for up to 250, with wireless internet access in the lounge and bar.

Relax in the modern lounge and bar area at the Hilton Bracknell hotel while enjoying a coffee or a drink or dine in the Larder Restaurant and savour traditional English cuisine. Test your skills in Planet H, our interactive games rooms, great for both children and the young at heart. Wi-Fi is available in the lounge and bar, while all bedrooms have wired high speed internet access.

Visit Bracknell attractions such as Coral Reef Water World or go further afield to Windsor Castle, Ascot Racecourse, Legoland and the rides at Thorpe Park. 

Hilton Bracknell Hotel are sponsoring the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Best Day Out / Attraction Award and are also providing a prize of a weekend package at the hotel for one night for 2 adults and 2 children, to include English Breakfast and tickets to LEGOLAND for the Best Volunteering Group Award.

See the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Awards page for news on all our Award Winners and Finalists!!

What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award Winner – Best Activity Provider

November 30, 2011

Our third What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award has been announced

Best Activity Provider open to any club or group providing classes or activities for adults

WINNER – No Lippy Bootcamp

No Lippy Boot Camp started 2 years ago and is based in the North East with 15 venues for women and 5 venues for men. All sessions are specifically designed for the male or female body and delivered by experienced Personal Trainers.

The female sessions are designed for inch loss, weight loss, toning and improve fitness levels.

The male camps are designed for muscle definition, fat loss and improve fitness levels. Weigh and measure, nutrition and home workouts are included.

It’s not just about people getting into shape though, we are a social group and a place for people to make new friends – come see us here!   

FINALISTS: Funky Voices Choir, KL Dancesteps Ltd 


See the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Awards page for news on all our Award WInners and Finalists!!


What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award Winner – Most Outstanding Learning Tutor

November 30, 2011

Our second What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award has been announced

Most Outstanding Learning Tutor open to teachers of courses for adults

WINNER – Amanda Dixon – I Am You Ltd

Amanda says: “I am based in Low Fell Gateshead and have been teaching Social Media under my new Company, I Am You Limited for just over a year now. I am currently holding weekly Social Media Workshops at MPH Training and Conference Centre in Gateshead, together with weekly sessions at Cramlington Learning Village and am in the process of launching my new online Social Media Training platform – her are the links!  

I am absolutely chuffed to bits for being short listed as a finalist in this award, I love the fact that both the winner and runner up of this National Award for Most Outstanding Learning Tutor are based in the North East of England.”

FINALIST – Emma Campbell-Critchley – Arriba Community Weightloss 


 See the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Awards page for news on all our Award WInners and Finalists!!


What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award Winner – Most Outstanding Activity Instructor

November 30, 2011

Our first What’s On 4 Me 2011 Award has been announced

Most Outstanding Activity Instructor sponsored by Mumpreneur UK open to any individual running a group, class or activity for adults

WINNER – Louise Freezer

Louise says “I live in a small village just outside Thetford, Norfolk. I have worked in the Fitness Industry for 20 years and been teaching Zumba since Jan. 2011. I set up my own business in Feb 2011 ” Zumba Lou Lou ” and currently run 7 classes a week but will be adding to my timetable in the new year teaching speciality groups in Zumba Gold and Zumbatomic.

Being nominated for Most Outstanding Activity Instructor in the Whats On 4 Me Awards was a great honour, and then to get through to the finals was amazing. It has given my business and my confidence a real boost.”

Like my Facebook Page – Zumba Lou Lou
Tel: 07866 534087

Some comments from Lou’s nominations:  

“Lou’s classes are always lively, fun and most importantly friendly and welcoming. Lou really make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves and all ages and abilites can participate. She is an amazing mum to her little boy and is always dashing around, but always makes time for her zumba attendees! She is a very warm and caring lady and it’s a pleasure to be in her class!”

“Whilst Lou teaches many Zumba classes, she addresses everyone by name.  She makes her sessions fun and we are like one big happy family for the hour.  Her enthusiasm  and energy is infectious and you can’t help but enjoy yourself and before you know it the hour is up and you can’t wait for your next zumba class with her! Everyone is made to feel very welcome regardless of ability and she always starts her class by explaining safety to all the new comers and passes on the latest information the instructors receive (eg suitable footwear to prevent ankle/knee injuries and the pulling of muscles and she is meticulous regarding the cool down excercises at the end. Her classes are the best I’ve been to (and I have been to many over the years).  I cannot praise her enough.”

“Louise is such an amazing person- she’s inspirational. Her classes are always full of fun and laughter. People of all shapes, sizes and age attend her classes and it feels like one big family. She has an addictive personality that just lights up when she’s performing, she enables everyone to feel comfortable without feeling like they’re working out. For some people her classes are life changing.”

Mumpreneur UK is a support network for mums in business, offering advice, resources, articles and events to parents who run their own business. Flexible working can be fantastic for families with young children, and starting and running your own business is the perfect way to achieve flexible working hours.

As well as supporting and celebrating “mumpreneurs”, a mum who juggles running a business with family life, Mumpreneur UK are also keen to provide information and support for mums considering starting a business, and reach out to the public and let them know that starting a business is achievable. 

Mumpreneneur UK are sponsoring the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Most Outstanding Activity Instructor Award and What’s On 4 Me are delighted to join forces with UK Mumpreneurs to promote their businesses both regionally and nationally. 


See the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Awards page for news on all our Award Winners and Finalists!!


November 23, 2011

Gemma Machin from Newark, the winner of Nottinghamshire What’s On 4 Me October Subscriber’s Draw, could not have been more pleased or surprised to find out she’d won the Relax Day at Eden Hall Day Spa.  “I never win anything!” she exclaimed, but now she’s has and, having just come out of hospital, it will be just the thing to get her back on the road to a full recovery.  “My mum took me there once for a birthday treat – I can’t wait to go back again.  Thank you What’s On 4 Me!”


Our November draw is for a Meal for 4 at Arrow Farms near Worksop – click here to register for our newsletter and be in the draw.

Top #10 Ways to BEAT the WINTER Blues….

November 22, 2011

During the Winter months, your sleep patterns, energy levels and mood usually change and you may already be feeling low during these long periods of grey days.

However, see our tips below for how you can start to BEAT your WINTER blues! 

Be warm – don’t make things worse by being cold!! Dress for the season and buy uplifting, bold colours for your winter wardrobe – especially your hats and scarves!

Enjoy the Winter season – remember when you were a kid – what did you love most about Christmas?  Make a list of 5 Festive Season things you’ll really look forward to this year – “Making Footprints in the Snow”, “The Smell of Warm Mince Pies”, “Watching The Snowman”… 

Always leave major projects until next year – don’t start anything stressful now – just focus on YOU – this is YOUR Christmas and you’re going to enjoy it!  See What’s On in your area and put your calendar together!

Try to get a good sleep pattern – sleep increases your serotonin levels and helps you maintain a healthy eating pattern, and it takes years off your face!


Walk – Sunlight reduces your sleepy melatonin levels – by getting outside & taking a short walk each day you’ll feel more alert and awake throughout the day (find a walking group near you

Inside – and if you have to be inside – open the curtains and allow as much light in as possible.  Sit near windows when you can to give yourself an extra boost of sunlight

No unnecessary stress – plan NOW for Christmas – all the presents, meals and social occasions need some planning, so do it now.  And learn the all-important relaxation techniques for if plans go awry (see our Yoga & Meditation Feature)

Take regular, moderate exercise or physical activity, especially in a social group to boost your seratonin levels – even 10 mins each day can give you a boost to last all day (see to see what’s on in your area)

Eat a well-balanced diet.  Feel full, but not bloated and make sure you get all your bug-defending vtamins & minerals!

Redecorate your home in light colours – put the dark cushion covers away and make way for some yellows and gold a reflect the little bursts of sunlight around your room.  Make sure in the evening you use subtle lighting just before bed to induce a feeling of relaxation just before bedtime.

Start making changes NOW – and you’ll BEAT those WINTER blues!  And for what’s on in your local area over the Festive Season see

The Value of Kundalini Yoga in Beautiful Surroundings

November 17, 2011

Guest Blog by Anette Siri Simran Mulkerrins from the Simran Centre, Stockholm, Sweden

I was introduced to Zen meditation at the age of 10 and yoga at 18, which is quite a few years ago, and so I have plenty of hands on experience of Kundalini Yoga, which I love sharing with people who are ready to learn. 

Kundalini Yoga is for all levels, is always de stressing and balancing, with  ‘yogic’ techniques for keeping ‘cognitive functions’ at an optimum, and a focus upon how to access health on all levels.   

Kundalini is a way to deal with modern day stress and the joy from connecting with the eternal now.

We provide classes and courses in beautiful Stockholm, thus combining yoga and a travel experience to this friendly and exciting city.

Also yoga travel to amazing Connemara, Ireland. Staying at historic Renvyle, by the Atlantic coast.

Thus, a healing experience that is enhanced by the intense beauty of the surrounding landscape of sea, un spoilt beaches and purple mountains.

Click here to see our Special Feature on Yoga & Meditation  on What’s On 4 Me

A nip in the air….

November 17, 2011

Guest Blog from Safia Bowley of Yoga-Life Studio in Eastbourne

Brrrrr..I kept my coat on when I came home from the school run this morning and was finding it hard to warm up even after my cup of tea and sneaky biscuit. So, how to warm up on a cold but beautiful crisp autumn morning… Rubbing my hands together and then remembering a kundalini trick of raising the arms and shaking the hands vigorously while lowering them again seems bizarre but I can feel it doing wonders for my circulation. Then realising that I’ve been tensing my shoulders against the cold, eagle arms (taking off my coat first, which made it much easier!), while visualising breathing in to the space between my shoulder blades helps to ease out the tension around there. Must remember to keep those shoulders down and away from my ears, even when it feels chilly again later… Off to look for more woolly scarves and cardigans now. Enjoy the autumn sunshine, and stay warm! Safia x

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