SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING NEW: Marie Curie host pop-up wedding shop in Swindon
Calling all brides on a budget – or simply those refusing to spend a ton of money on a frock that you’ll only wear once. Well as rule anyway! It’s not like you can rock up to Tesco in it after the big day is it?
‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.‘ ‘ We all know this adage related to getting married.
In the UK this old couplet directs that the bride shall wear:— “Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue.”
The “something blue” generally takes the form of a garter, an article of dress which plays an important part in some wedding rites, as, for instance, in the old custom of plucking off the garter of the bride.
The “something old” and “something blue” are devices to baffle the Evil Eye. The usual effect on the bride of the Evil Eye is to render her barren, and this is obviated by wearing “something borrowed”, which should properly be the undergarment of some woman who has been blessed with children: the clothes communicate fertility to the bride.
What’s more with the Marie Curie wedding pop-shop happening this coming bank holiday weekend you have a chance to meet some of those criteria, save a small fortune AND support the Marie Curie organisation in the process.
When and Where:
The Brunel Centre in Swindon.
The shop will be open from 9am on Saturday 27 August and will close on Monday 29 August (2pm) unless they sell out before then.
‘Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness, will host its first ever pop-up wedding shop this August bank holiday weekend, at the Brunel Shopping Centre in Swindon. There will be a huge range of new (ex-display) wedding dresses and accessories on offer with many designer and vintage items, all costing under £300.
New dresses from designers including Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee and Maggie Sottero will be available to try on and purchase, as well as bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories. The shop will also have ‘vintage’ and ‘pre-loved’ sections – with dress prices starting at £50.
The money raised through sales at the pop-up shop will help Marie Curie provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their families.
Jacqui Woolley, Retail Director at Marie Curie, said: “This is a great opportunity for any bride-to-be to bag that all important stunning dress at a bargain price. We’re delighted to have such a beautiful range of items on sale at this first ever Marie Curie bridal boutique. The one off pop-up shop will raise vital funds to help our nurses care for more people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.”
The shop will open from 9am on Saturday, 27th August, until Monday 29th August at 2pm, or until the all the stock is gone.
All the stock for this event has been kindly donated to Marie Curie. The charity are always keen to receive donations of pre-loved clothing and accessories to their high-street shops, which will help fund crucial care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.
Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness
020 7091 3622
Please note – we are now called ‘Marie Curie’ (not Marie Curie Cancer Care)
About the Marie Curie Organisation
Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance.
Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
If you’ve got questions about terminal illness or simply want someone to talk to, call the Marie Curie Support Line for free confidential support and practical information on all aspects of terminal illness. *Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
“My latest qualification as a Civil Funeral Celebrant (NOCN Level 3 Diploma) QCF and member of the Institute of Civil Funerals, dovetails in neatly with my grief work.
I now see myself more as a Life Supporter. People suffer through grief when their lives are turned upside down by a negative change in some form of emotional relationship with another person or animal, or a hope, dream or expectation. This may be bereavement, divorce, miscarriage, onset of dementia, a terminal illness diagnosis or loss of a job or exam failure, for example.
How Can I Help?
I can take people through a course to understand what grief is, how it manifests itself and what one can do to work with it and move forward in life.
Through my celebrancy work I can reflect and carry out the final farewell to a loved one at a time when one wants to do the very best for someone for one last time, yet are least able to do so. I am a mirror for their wishes.
Both of these services support a person at a time in their lives when they need it most. I listen and give people the ‘tools’ to help them help themselves and to move forward again in their lives. And I do what is wished for by a family to celebrate a life that has ended and to support those that remain.
About the Death Cafe
I am also going to run a Death Café, which is a social occasion where people come together to discuss death and dying with coffee and cakes! This is an informal set up with no agendas, objectives or themes.
The purpose is to ‘increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’ Through discussion of this somewhat taboo subject, I hope to bring people to a point of appreciating their present life and being more comfortable around the subject of death, which is a certainty for us all!
I’m offering to give talks to groups like W. I’s, Rotary, carers, hospices, any charity to do with dementia, Alzheimer’s, care homes, religious groups, bereavement groups, funeral planners, will writers and NHS employee associations, to name but a few. The talk is around what choices people have over their funeral and how it can be important to talk about it and plan for it.”
Visit the Death Café
When? – Tuesday 13th September 2016 and then monthly
Jon Underwood in USA founded the idea of death cafes based on the work of Bernard Crettaz a Swiss sociologist who started the first one in 2004. In the last 3 years there have been over 1400 death cafes in 26 countries.”
‘… But despite this ingrained reluctance there are signs of burgeoning interest in exploring death. I attended my first death cafe recently and was surprised to discover that the gathering of goths, emos and the terminally ill that I’d imagined, turned out to be a collection of fascinating, normal individuals united by a wish to discuss mortality.
At a trendy coffee shop called Cakey Muto in Hackney, east London, taking tea (and scones!) with death turned out to be rather a lot of fun. What is believed to be the first official British death cafe took place in September last year, organised by former council worker Jon Underwood. Since then, around 150 people have attended death cafes in London and the one I visited was the 17th such happening..’
July 5th at Christchurch Community Centre in Old Town.
Cricklade Street, Swindon SN1 3HB
What and Why:
A free event aimed at showcasing services for older people is being staged in Swindon by the town’s leading care at home provider Bluebird Care.
It’s a chance for older people living in the area, and their family and friends, to find out about what services are on offer to help them stay safe, secure, healthy and independent in their own homes.
The event will feature stalls and displays from a number of organisations, all of which support older people, ensuring they can make the most of later years.
Ben Curtis, Director of Bluebird Care Swindon, which looks after well over 100 people in their own homes, says:
“Over 65 year olds play an important part in our society. Not only have they contributed in previous years to the development of civic life but they also add greatly to the economy and give hundreds of hours of voluntary time to community groups.
“We rely heavily on older people for all they do, often providingcare for loved ones; spouses, siblings, or nonagenarian parents, not to mention the support they give by helping out with grandchildren.”
Organisations taking part include Healthwatch Swindon, Bluebird Care Swindon, Wiltshire Farm Foods, CAB Swindon, the Alzheimer’s Society, the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, the Aster Group, Swindon Dial-a-Ride, Swindon Carers Centre, Age UK Wiltshire, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service Prevention Team, Swindon Seniors Forum, Akcess CIC, SEQOL, Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors, the Samaritans, Care Planning Services, the Hearing and Mobility Store Ltd, the Lydiards Link Scheme and Action on Hearing Loss.
In addition to the many stalls, visitors will be able to relax and enjoy music from local pianist Lisa Williams and the Cantanti Choir. Tea, coffee, and cakes will be provided by Bluebird Care staff and volunteers.
Ben added: “Too often, older members of our society feel isolated with no one to talk to. Part of the job our care workers do includes spending time with people, keeping them company, and giving them a helping hand around the house.
“Our free event will give older people a chance to meet others in similar situations and make new friends. Also they will be able to discover the array of organisations we have in our area who are there to help.”
The event will be held at Christ Church Community Centre, Cricklade Street, Old Town, Swindon SN1 3HB, from 1-4 pm on Tuesday July 5.
Hello listeners – here we have some lovely information from Indu Sharma about SAPAC! Not so long back I put a post on here about the Swindon Indian Association so this a welcome addition to Born again Swindonian. Read about Swindon’s Indian Association here: https://swindonian.me/2016/03/16/swindon-indian-association/ There’s a link to their website at the bottom of the page.
SAPAC: South Asian Performing Arts Centre
“SAPAC of Swindon is the only diverse art organisation in Swindon and the surrounding area. It exists to bring dance and music from the South Asian sub- continent.
In 2009, three community associations, Hindu Samaj, Swindon Indian Association and Swindon Tamil associations realised that a partnership was needed to offer multi cultural activities on a regular basis, so they got together to form SAPAC with a distinct aim to provide regular South Asian cultural programmes locally. Since the formation of SAPAC, the three associations have been working in partnership to offer joint cultural performances at a larger scale”. Read more here: http://www.sapac.co.uk/about-sapac
SAPAC came to life in late 2009 when four large ethnic communities in Swindon decided to come together to promote music and dance from South Asian countries.
Membership of the centre is open to all and everyone in and around Swindon and Wiltshire, regardless of ethnicity and age. The Centre hosts performances from world class artists and is a hub of south Asian performing Arts in Swindon where people can regularly appreciate and participate in cultural diversity locally.
We invite international dancers and musicians to perform in Swindon. No need now to travel to London or Bristol to enjoy well known artists.
We arrange classical as well as contemporary dance and music programmes and if you want to learn, we arrange classes too.”
Our next event is on 2nd of July this year when internationally renowned instrumentalists will play their music which promises to be toe tapping and exciting music.
The programme will be at Phoenix Theatre in New College , Swindon. There will be Indian food on sale too, if you feel peckish.
Tickets are only £12 each and discounted rates for families of 4.
Please ring Indu Sharma on 07808648829 to book tickets.
For more information about the artists and programme, please visit SAPAC website at www.sapac.co.uk.
Now Mark Twain famously referred to golf as a ‘good walk spoiled’. I’m not entirely in disagreement I won’t lie. Golf is in fact surrounded by quips and quotes and here’s a couple more of my faves:
“Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.” Tiger Woods. And if you hark back to the way golfers dressed in the 1970s in particular you can see exactly what he meant.
Now this golf related blog is a guest post from Lee who I ‘know’ from Twitter. I’m delighted to have it because I do like to cover as many aspects of Swindon life on this blog as I can and golf is surely one of them?
I gotta say that I hesitate to refer to golf as a ‘sport’ – surely any game where you can progress in a motorised cart, and that can be played by overweight middle-aged men with cigars in their mouths, can’t reasonably be called a sport? But, for the sake of argument, I’ve categorised this post as ‘This Sporting Life’. Reluctantly.
Lee takes an interest in sport. He’s written previously on here about Swindon Town Football Club for a start. So thanks to Lee for being my roving (coughs) sports correspondent and sending me these lines and the photographs. Lee also takes a keen interest in history and that’s reflected in his musings.
Among his photographs is one of Swindon’s own golfing success story: David Howell. Now I hail from Worksop – home of another very successful golfer: Lee Westwood – his mother used to be my chiropodist. She was always full of stories of ‘R Lee’. Time was I had a partner that was a keen golfer – I used to threaten to get a T-shirt printed with ‘David who? on one side and ‘I HEART Lee’ on the other. But I thought we might have been blackballed or whatever it is.
Anyway – with no further ado – Lee’s words:
“I love golf but to be fair I’m not that good at playing – not exactly a natural you might say.
In the Swindon area we are spoilt for golf courses. There’s Ogbourne, Marlborough, Bowood and the lovely Wrag Barn at Highworth. Then of course there’s Brinkworth and South Carney. The 9-hole course in Highworth presents quite a challenge but the courses at Moredon and Coate are 3-par and friendlier.
All these courses have their histories but none so much as the jewel in Swindon’s Broome Manor Golf Complex.
Here there are hidden acres of woodland not far from the ancient villages of Hodson and Coate – it really is a golfer’s paradise. Will it remain so with the plans currently afoot for a 50 room hotel at the complex?
Many good players have paced the fairways at Broome Manor – or Broome as it’s referred to.
A well-known name in the golfing world is that of Swindon born David Howell. Continuing to shine, David fine-tuned his game at Broome Manor. A six times winner in Europe he still is in the worlds top 130….with power to add hopefully when he returns from injury. David’s achievements with the niblick have been recognised at the club with an annual Pro-Am in his name. Here he is action. Oh and it’s in the rough … ! 😉
The driving range at Broome was opened by none other than Ian Woosnam – and to throw in a bit of history, the Old Broome Farmhouse still stands – a remnant of the 1000 year old manor.’
The train now standing … is the Locomotive Broome Manor built in Swindon in 1938
‘In filthy condition ex GWR 1938 built 7805 Broome Manor is parked at the back of Tyseley shed.
Although the back of Tyseley this and a parallel line extended to the main Warwick Rd in Birmingham affording a view of several locomotives that were in steam without the need to trespass. The shed had two turntables and these overflow lines were an extension from them. 7805 had certainly visited the coal drop before being stabled here.’
Says Lee: ‘This is a negative that I found in an old envelope, I think it was given to me in around 1969.’
Now to round this off, and despite not being a huge golf fan, I can take pleasure in a novelty song. And here we have Bing Crosby and Bob Hope from 1957 and ‘Straight down the Middle’. They wish. As the man says: Fore!
And now for Barry’s call to arms – well not literally!!! #obvs
Time to exercise your democratic muscles
Every day governments around the world fail in their responsibility to protect their citizens from the worst ravages of neoliberalism. Whether its international trade, the food system or climate policy, multinational corporations dominate the policy of democratically elected bodies, both nationally and internationally.
I don’t know about you, but I’m extremely worried and frustrated about the growing inequality and lack of democracy in the world we live in.
How can I as an individual do something to combat this and help the general population to regain its democratic control? Not very well on my own.
But I know from experience that the power of the common people is massive when we get together. I’ve been involved with Amnesty International and Oxfam, and I know that through collective action we can help to have a game-changing impact on thinking and policy.
So that’s why I want to start a Global Justice Now group here in Swindon. If we work together, we can contribute to challenging global inequality and building a more democratic society. And there are other groups nearby we can work with, in Bristol and Cheltenham.
We can start with a discussion or meeting, but then move straight into organising events and activities to spread the word and mobilise people locally about the crucial issues Global Justice Now is working on – like TTIP, CETA, energy democracy and corporate control of society generally.
I know there are many like-minded individuals here, so let’s get together and make a difference, or forever regret not trying. Get in touch and let’s get something going!
E-mail Barry Mitchell: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him: 01793-430880 – If he’s not there then leave a message and he’ll get back to you.