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Cask Corner, Doncaster – What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

October 22, 2013

Cask Corner, Doncaster

What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Finalist

CASK CORNER LOGO 17.06.13Cask Corner first opened in 2011 under the patronage of Julie Buckley who’s mission statement was to promote Live Music in Doncaster; to both showcase and fuse young and old talent alike and to provide a platform for them to do this, to bridge the generation gap, to develop past and present musical influences and hone their musical skills, as well as to provide a stage for existing bands. They have achieved this by providing free rehearsal space, giving them an opportunity to perform either at Live and Gigging on a Tuesday, Open Mic on a Wednesday or a gig on a Friday or Saturday night. Also she wanted to make Live Music available to all, not charging an entry fee achieves this.

Julie “Very Rarely Wrong” Buckleys’ happy team consist of Adrian “Damaging Director” Daykin, Lorna “Mousekin” Buckley, Marc “I’m Off For My Sandwich” Jones, Phill “500 points in Scrabble “ Boguszewski, Alanah “Flirty” Flint, Becca “My Zips Stuck” Medley, Joie “It’s not my real name” Carruthers and Daniel “Dapper” Rowley.

Me and the girlsJulie was at Open Mic when she was informed that Cask Corner were finalists at the What’s On For Me Awards, several members of The Smoking Beagles and Groomlake Fugitives asked if they could come along to the awards. This ramshackle band of troubadours are a prime example of what she set out to achieve; the bands were formed by customers, friends and Open Mic attendees ageing from 25 to 53, they played their first gigs at Cask Corner with great success and went on to perform at T-Fest and are now a highly sought after bands.

cask corner photoAll Cask Corners events fit in with those in the Doncaster Community; many local bands performed there during Doncasters music festival MAPFest and they organised some great events for Doncasters first Steampunk weekend with a Music Hall Variety Show featuring lots of local talent. They also host Cask Fest twice a year with live music all day and night! In 2013 they were also proud to be invited to host a VIP tent at Tickhills’ first music festival, T-Fest which was a great success.

Getting to know the customers both in person and via social media is imperative to the Cask Corner team and a massive thank you goes out to all of them, the staff and the musicians for helping to make Cask Corner the great venue that it is.

Thank you, Julie

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What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Nominee – Denise Holliday

October 7, 2013

All Awards nominees are given the opportunity to showcase their great work on our Blog.  So, remember to Sign up for our Blog to hear news of other nominees coming shortly!

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kidney

I found out that I had kidney failure whilst pregnant with my daughter Georgina in 2005.  It was a huge shock for me and my family.  In 2007 a group of patients decided to form Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association (DaBKA) as a registered charity and have gone from strength to strength.  I have been a Trustee committee member and secretary of DaBKA from the start.

When Georgina was two, my kidneys failed and I had to start peritoneal dialysis at home four times during the day.  I then progressed to APD, dialysing for nine hours a night.  After PD was no longer suitable I went on to Haemodialysis in hospital three days a week, for four hours.  In February 2011, ‘the call’ came and I was fortunate to receive a kidney transplant.  The road after transplant has not been smooth and i have to take a cocktail of drugs every day but the difference to my life is amazing.  I can be a proper mum now and I enjoy life to the full, making the most of every minute.

I have campaigned to raise awareness of organ donation, and have done several interviews on local and national radio. I met Princess Anne when she came to open Doncaster dialysis unit.  As secretary of DaBKA, I have helped to organise and plan many local kidney patient days out, social events balloon launches and Christmas parties.

Being diagnosed and living with renal failure is often very frightening and sometimes isolating and I feel able to help other patients by sharing own experiences which will hopefully help and reassure fellow kidney patients.

When I found out that I had been nominated for a What’s On 4 Me Award I was overwhelmed.  Thank you to everyone who has voted for me, I really do appreciate it.

I hope that by reading this blog, if you believe in organ donation it has spurred you on to sign the register,  if just one person signs the register then I have achieved a small bit of what I set out to do.

Thank you to everyone who has voted for me, and for reading this blog, I really do appreciate it.

Denise x

Denise Holliday has been nominated in the category Volunteer of the Year. To vote for Denise please visit the What’s On 4 Me Awards website and click the Voting Link.

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What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Nominee – Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association

October 7, 2013

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kidney

Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association was formed in 2007 by a group of local Kidney Patients.  The charity has gone from strength to strength. Our main aim is to help and support all renal patients, their family and friends live with kidney disease.

We have organised patient days out, and had a most enjoyable day out at Bridlington.  Kidney patients in our area are give away free blood pressure monitors.  Monitoring your blood pressure is very important in kidney disease. We provide medical alert wristbands, information DVD’s for new patients.  Small grants are available to patients -so far we have awarded grants for laminate flooring, travel to out of town hospitals and kitchen appliences.  We try to hold social events throughout the year and our Christmas party is always a great success.  The ferret racing and townfield gala have proved most popular.  Every quarter we produce a newsletter.  Funds are raised by our great supporters by donations, Christmas raffles, balloon launches and selling Christmas cards.

We also fully support the organ donation campaign and promote organ donation as much as possible.

We are delighted to have been nominated and thank everyone for their continued support.

Alan Sutton, Chairman

Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association has been nominated in the category Best Community Fund Raising Group or Charity Group. To vote for Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association please visit the What’s On 4 Me Awards website and click the Voting Link.

If you want to keep updated and find out how to attend our glittering Awards Ceremony at Earls Court in November, as part of the Ideal Home Show at Xmas, then add your details here
 

Make Your 2012 Plan!

January 23, 2012

New Year Resolutions not working out?  How about instead of making changes why not make improvements? Be a better you? Start the journey of being the YOU you know you can be, and want to be? Wow – there’s a thought!

Be honest with yourself because you know deep down that in the logical part of our hearts and mind, making changes that you don’t really want to isn’t going to work. When you change doing what you want to and what comes naturally – you’re going to be miserable and feel bad! So, how’s this for an idea….what about this January, instead of making all the new year’s resolutions like going to the gym, giving up smoking/drinking/chocolate, etc. etc…  Why not try something a bit different instead? What if you spent time working out what you can do to improve yourself instead of what you need to change? Instead of beating yourself with a stick for being and wanting all the things you think are wrong (but oh so nice) what about thinking about how you can be good to yourself throughout 2012? What would it feel like next Christmas to look back on all the things you’d done and achieved personally throughout the year?

Every January I set myself a challenge for the following year – and in the main I have achieved them – 2011 has been the year I learnt to swim underwater so I could be a proper swimming companion to my son. But now I want to take it one step further – this January I’m going to take the time and effort to make a detailed plan for 2012, something that will keep me focused, energised and motivated. I want to do something positive with my life every day, I want to be good to me, take care of myself and plan to achieve the things I know and believe I can, but as yet never have. There is no surprise that in the past I have
often not achieved my goals and dreams, generally because I’ve never gone about it in the right way.

I heard once about a lady who, through desperation, was forced to do something she never in her wildest dreams thought she could – her 4 year old Grandson got trapped under the wheels of her car when he was playing on the drive – no one’s fault, the handbrake cable just chose that moment to snap and a pleasant playtime with Grandma turned into a disaster. But you know what she did? She managed to lift the car just enough for her Grandson to free himself. In that moment of sheer emotion and panic she achieved more than she ever thought she could and happily her Grandson walked away with just a few bruises.  But, once she was over the shock and all the attention died down she began to think about all the times in her life when she had wanted to do something but hadn’t simply because she didn’t think she could. Maybe she wanted to do or buy something that was too expensive, time consuming, or difficult – that she wasn’t able because she wasn’t clever enough, brave enough, young enough, or old enough. She thought about how her life would have been different if she had applied that same negative logic when she tried to save her Grandson – the outcome didn’t bear thinking about.

But what if she had put half of that belief and determination into achieving some goals in her life – what might her life have been like? A journalist who had heard about the incident asked to interview her and he was interested to know why she seemed so subdued and reflective about her act of heroism. She explained that she felt she had missed out on so much in her life because of her limited belief in herself and her abilities. He asked her what sort of things she had wanted to do and she told of how she had always wanted to study for and achieve a degree and then lecture at university – the excuse she had for everything now of course what that she was too old, she was 70. The journalist said very simply to her that in 5 years’ time she was going to be 75, and that she could be 75 with a degree, or she could be 75 without a degree – the choice was hers.

And the same goes for all of us. This time next year when we’re getting ready for Christmas 2012 we have the choice now of being able to reflect on a year that has seen achievements, successes and positivity. We can achieve what we want to – everyone has the ability to reach their dream, but let’s not wait for an accident to happen for us to test our metal and show us what we are made of.

Let’s start planning now to realise those dreams, goals and ambitions. I know I want to look back on my life – when I am old and grey, and know that I have never let my limiting belief in myself or the limiting beliefs that others have, effect what I have done. To every problem or barrier there is a solution, it’s just a case of finding it.

Remember the 5 Ps – Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
So be good to yourself, make a plan for 2012 that is the first step to achieving what you want to, that you know you are capable of and what you dream of.

To see my 2012 plan and to download my free report which include a template for your own New Year 2012 plan visit my ‘Girlie Gatherings’ website.
Bring on 2012!!!

Julie Hampshire

How To Create A Website That Works!

November 7, 2011

Win a Ticket to a Business Transformation Workshop Or One-month’s Online Marketing Coaching Programme with Gail Powell (Worth over £200!) Enter here>>>

Gail Powell, solopreneur & advertiser on South Yorkshire What’s On 4 Me, has shared with us her ‘Top Tips’ in creating a website that will attract more clients & customers …and more business! 

The biggest single mistake that many small businesses owners make when creating a website is the ‘build it and they will come syndrome!’ Many believe a presence on the web is all that is needed to get business to come pouring in, but when this does not happen many are left wondering what is wrong with their website.

‘I just don’t understand it!’ I hear on a regular basis ‘I have made sure that my site looks good and there are details about me; my qualifications, my email and telephone number, but still I am not getting any business from my site?’

If this sounds familiar then you have what is called a ‘store front’ website. It looks great but the only way to access you is to either call you or email something many potential customers or clients will not do from a first, second or often even a third visit.

So how do you create a website that works?

  • Firstly, you need to make it easy for people to find out about you and your services
  • Then you need to offer a solution to their problem without them first having to call you
  • You then need to create a very easy first step to access you passively
  • Then grow multiple relationships over time so you are ready to sell to your customer when they are ready to buy

The right website leads visitors to action and allows your potential client to access you passively and in their own time.

There are very simple and easy steps to take to ensure that your web-site really works for you.

What do you need to do?

  • Provide a CHOICE of ways to access YOU
  • Not expect visitors to pick up a phone or email in the first instance
  • Make it easy for your visitors ACT passively
  • Let them get to know you from a distance
  • Invest in your relationship with your customers
  • And then… the sales will come pouring in.

If you want to know EXACTLY how to apply these very easy steps to your website and get more customers or clients then go to – www.thesolopreneur.co.uk and download Gail’s free audio tips.

Also, don’t forget to enter our competition on What’s On 4 Me before the 12th November 2011 to win a place on Gail’s half day Business Transformation Workshop where you will learn all the top tips first hand leaving with a step-by-step guide on how to get a website that really works for your business; increasing both your sales and income.

Hannah Fisher – nominated in 2 categories in the What’s On 4 Me 2011 Awards!

October 12, 2011

Hannah Fisher is a Dance Instructor in Doncaster and has been nominated for 2 Awards – “Best Local Sports, Health or Fitness Group” and “Most Outstanding Activity Instructor” !

In November 2010 Hannah  moved to Doncaster to continue her passion for Dance and Fitness after completing a dance degree in July 2009 at York St John University. She has been on the dance scene for many years now from performances with local schools to teaching in the community.

Hannah says “I have been concentrating on my new love ZUMBA!!! Its a fantastic way of getting fit, having fun and feeling good about yourself.  I get an amazing buzz off each of my classes as the women that take part are just so supportive and have great energy.  I am running 9 sessions of Zumba a week throughout Doncaster that are open classes for anyone to turn up and give it a go! ”

Since moving to Doncaster Hannah has successfully raised over £1500 for Behcets Syndrome Society through Charity Zumba Marathons (Zumbathon) and Glow in the Dark sessions and she has another Halloween Glow in the Dark Special coming up on Friday 28th October.

As well as community classes she works with Primary Schools throughout Doncaster working with after school dance clubs and she is currently working with Long Toft Primary for their performance in the Ash Hill Academy Dance Festival around Easter time.

Every school holiday on a Tuesday morning she holds ZumbAtomic sessions (Zumba for children) followed by a street and break dance workshop! The session last 3 hours and they receive a healthy light lunch at the end of the session.  So far they have been a great turn out and Hannah says “I hope they continue as I love seeing them excited about coming to see me and take part in the classes plus its a great treat and morning out throughout the holidays.”

One of Hannah’s Class members says:

“I joined Hannahs Zumba class in October last year, she hadn’t been doing the class long. I loved the class from the first time, not only are her routines excellent and fantastic workouts but she makes it so much fun. I now do 3-4 classes a week mainly because I love it so much.  I have tried other zumba classes and the other instructors don’t come close to Hannah and her wicked routines. She changes them every month too, to keep us on our toes and keeps it new and fresh. I have never been this fit for a long time and can’t imagine life without Hannah’s Zumba! She is a very down to earth person and makes you feel very welcome at her classes, she is gorgeous inside and out!”

Well Done Hannah on your nominations and good luck with your votes!  You really deserve your place in these Awards!

To vote for Hannah – click << here >>

Ever fancied Ghost Hunting? Read our latest review with Chris Conway from “Most Haunted”

June 7, 2011

Ghost Hunting at The Sheffield Fire and Police Museum

with Chris Conway (“Most Haunted” Medium)

28th May 2011

What a great time we all had investigating the creepy Fire and Police Museum in Sheffield last Saturday. We were joined by the loveable and charismatic former Most Haunted Medium Chris Conway who described the place as a one of those rare places that unnerved him from the moment he got to the top floor.

We started off with a group vigil in the main meeting room as the museum reported the activity had been mounting in this paticular room of late and instantly we picked up on a spirit child Sam who Chris had picked up on whilst doing our earlier walk around the building. There is a child spirit which has been witnessed on that floor many times. The spirit seemed to interact quite well via the K2 which was going all the way to red upon request. After a while we decided to split into our smaller groups and went our own way.

During a vigil in the police cells area we were all very excited to hear clear tapping in response to questions which it was claimed manifested from a spirit named Cain who inhabited the area. Chris picked up on as many as 3 other spirits who were trying to get in on the action. As we moved into the adjoining exhibits room the we all were having strange encounters, including being touched, cold spots, hair being played with, and one of our brave Ghost Hunters Sarah decided she would brave Cains cell alone while we all stayed in the exhibit room, we called out for something to affect Sarah and within minutes she came rushing back to the room claiming she had just heard an unexplained noise right behind her. Strangely enough we had all heard the noise she told us about in the adjoining room.

Another vigil being held on the top floor were also experiencing the same kind of things as the other groups including being touched, cold spots but the throughout the night eveyone commented on the negative feelings being felt on the top floor. Later on on the top floor one of our groups were having as some describe the “best ever table tipping ” they had ever seen when the table was up on 1 leg and spinning from one end of the dark creepy corridor to the other. At the same time a small group were in the firemans bedroom and were watching with disbelief a black shadow hovering in and out of the doorway which was later confirmed as a common sighting by Theresa and Jane who look after the museum.

One of our regulars Jo had to flee the top floor of the museum in floods of tears and she later commented that she had no idea what came over her she just felt the need to leave. Strange noises were being heard from all our groups on all 3 floors and the team all agreed that the night had been a huge success and they cannot wait to return to the museum on July 9th for yet another spooky encounter at this fab location.

Sincere thank Chris Conway, Theresa, Jane and Andy and all our fabulous ghost hunters for their open-minded approach and willingness to particpate to the full.

Chris Conway will be joining us for another investigation this Saturday, 11th June, at Doncaster’s Cusworth Hall – if you’d like to join us see here for more details

 

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MUSIC, SUN AND FUN – it has to be FESTIVAL time

May 16, 2011

Who needs Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Carlisle and the Foo Fighters?

Head down to Doncaster’s Sandall Park Fake Festival this Saturday and catch the Four Fighters  – ( Click here to WIN TICKETS!! )

Summer has well and truly begun and for music lovers here at www.whatson4me.co.uk, we can’t wait for the big start at 12.30pm, when the festival opens.  Sonny Donny will host the best tribute festival in the country, Fake Festivals is bringing back to Sandall Park a jam packed day of live entertainment, music and look-alikes!!

“We have played all over the UK and Europe and at some pretty big festivals but nothing beats the intimacy of these Fake Festivals believe me,” says Iain Angus of Four Fighters. “As a singer you want to interact with the crowd and see the whites of their eyes, this is just the place to give us that. This will be our third year on the Fake Festivals tour and we are doing more dates this year than ever. I’m ready to blow the roof off with our Foo Fighters set, I just hope everyone is ready for us!”

If that wasn’t enough to build the anticiipation, headlining along with the Four Fighters are Blondied and Oasish. “I like to think I am a perfectionist when it comes to re-creating the look and the sound of Liam and Oasis, and I reckon Fake Festivals are also perfectionists when it comes to re-creating festival atmosphere,” says Paul Higginson of Oasis. “We love what they do for us and for the crowds we play to. Expect to see the Liam swagger and the full set of classic Brit pop tunes you all know and love. It’s going to be a fantastic festival and I am ‘Mad for it!”

So with the promise of sunshine on Saturday, where else would you want to be than Sandall Park Fake Festival?

There is also a huge one time only, and especially for Fake Festivals, special guest appearance by the Chippendoubles. After they found fame on Britain’s Got Talent, The Chippendoubles have become one of the UK’s most sought after acts, and they are coming to Sandall Park to give a special one off performance. As they thrive on the element of surprise, Fake Festivals do not know what time they will be on stage, so make sure you are there early on in the afternoon so as not to miss them. They could jump on stage at any time!

Walkabout and Fake Festivals have also collaborated this year to bring you the Fake Festivals after party, which will be held at Walkabout straight after the festival, so head down there for drinks offers and to continue the party, along with the Fake festivals team and bands.

Tickets are priced at £17 Adult, £12.50 Young Person (7-17 years), and a Family Ticket of 2 adults and 2 young people at £50. Under 7’s are free.

Tickets are available from www.fakefestivals.co.uk, and also available from the following outlets:

  • Doncaster Free Press Office
  • Sandall Park Café
  • Day Today Store, Wheatley
  • C&N News, Kirk Sandall
  • Formula One Motorist Discount, Edenthorpe
  • L Beevers Newsagents, Armthorpe
  • Electro Music, Copley Road

From Coast to Mountain (and back) in a Beer Glass!

May 6, 2011

Newspapers spot What's On 4 Me's Judge Brian at Doncaster Beer Festival

Brian from South Yorkshire What’s On 4 Me, recently judged ales at the Doncaster Beer Festival and here’s what he reports back…

The theme of this year’s Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival was COAST & MOUNTAIN. A quest, not so much for the perfect pint, but a CELEBRATION of all the finest beers…

Well it was worth the wait, and required a reasonable recovery time (for www.whatson4me.co.uk ‘s resident publandlord), as the 21st Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival was a resounding success. DoncasterCollege’s Hub campus was an excellent TAP ROOM for the estimated 2,500 people in attendance throughout the Festival. Afterall, a venue of prominence and stature was a prerequisite to house more than 100 cask ales including milds, stouts, porters, ciders and pale ales. And that is before we made a start at the continental bar featuring beers from around the globe.

With beer tokens in hand we approached, to all intense purposes, the Hadrians wall of Doncaster constructed from a seemingly infinite line of casks…

This blogger had a lips smacking sense of anticipation as we started our ‘tour’naturally with the whatson4me sponsored Impy Dark fromBrampton.  An excellent introduction laced with the aroma and flavours of roasted coffee and chocolate.

Now with the serious business of judging to follow it was time to sit down with fellow panellists, a plate of dry crackers and some still water (to clean the palate) and some last minute guidance from CAMRA Pubs ‘ officer Bob Kiddle .

Serious, professional business this beer tasting – the lengths the Whatson4me Team go to…

Faced with 9 Golden Ales of various hues we set to work with gay abondon – that is to say, we started to drink. The beer flowed, the chatter was colourful and the bonhomie magnificent…

Seriously we should all make this a regular part of our social diary, be it at CAMRA festivals or simply amongst friends.

This is the way to partake in sampling everything from ‘Spanked Monkey IPA’ to ‘Mrs Simpsons Thriller in Manilla’  or ‘Gecko To Nose You’ and ‘The Codrington Codger’, Doncaster’s own ‘Zigger Zagger’ courtersy of the Toad Brewery, the delightful ‘Lucinda’s Lager’ (not just for the ladies) and one of your blogger’s personal favourites; ‘ Scratty Ratty’…. 

I could go on… but this year’s winners were:

Best Bitter of the Festival and Overall Beer of the Festival – Skinners Keel Over

Speciality Beer- Isle of Avalon Willow’s Raspberry Ripple

Golden Ale – Townhouse Enigma

Mild – Isle of Avalon Jake’s Mild 

Porter – Elland 1872 Porter

Bitter – Mallinsons Europa

Stout – Two Roses Black Beauty

So with the ‘professional’ duties duly fulfilled it was time to make a start on my favourite corner of the festival. No not the succulent morsels from the HUB’s food counters , or the live music stage with excellent local bands, or the kids/family area, but the CONTINENTAL BAR.

This ‘taster’ had stepped up the ante to enter those legendary beerhalls ofValhalla!

After all to enjoy the ‘Mirabelle’ a 3.5% plum flavoured lambic fromBelgiumto theSierra Nevada’Bigfoot Barley Wine Ale’ @ 9.6% introduces new extremes of fine beer appreciation.

This was a great event for everyone (ages, shapes & sizes), a clean and efficient venue with lots of friendly people.

The presence in the crowd of such a wide age range, from young to slightly more mature, and the high proportion of the fairer looking sex truly made this a festival to revisit.

Watch out for more CAMRA events in your locALE by visting www.whatson4me.co.uk


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