Award-winning Leamington brewery opens new taproom
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine
by Amanda
2d ago
A multi award-winning micro-brewery in Leamington is opening its doors to a new taproom in the latest chapter of growth. Windmill Hill Brewing Company is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the new-look venue, underneath the Arches at Victoria Business Park, which has been transformed with new custom booth seating, a six-line keg tap wall and a stunning Chesterton Windmill Chandelier centrepiece. Director Gavin Leach has enjoyed success with the brewery since he turned his back on a career in pharmaceuticals to establish the business partner Rob Singleton in 2017. Since then Windmill Hil ..read more
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Friends realise restaurant dream
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine
by Amanda
2d ago
Three friends from the same town in India who all started new lives in south Warwickshire, have together realised their shared vision of running a restaurant. Aby Joseph, Thomas Mathew and Joshi Johny have come to the business from a wide variety of backgrounds, including health care, film production, mechanical engineering and food – to open the doors to Fusion Clan in Warwick. The co-owners are keen to bring influences from their home state of Kerala in southern India, to add a twist to the traditional authentic Indian cuisine. The restaurant, which replaces The Pickled Crab in Smith Street ..read more
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BIG Sing to help hit right notes for trio of local charities
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine
by Amanda
6d ago
Community choir The BIG Sing, which shot to fame on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, are set to headline at this year’s Gala Charity Concert, in Rugby. The concert, organised by Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club and Friends of The Hospital of St Cross, returns on March 10th, for the first time since the pandemic brought the curtain down on their 2021 plans. Proceeds from the night, which is being sponsored by F Geo Robinson Ltd of Coventry and McCarthy Stone, will go to support three local charities – The Friends of the Hospital of St Cross, Shine A Light and New Directions Rugby. The Friends of St Cross ..read more
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Rotary throws weight behind fundraiser
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine
by Amanda
6d ago
Amateur fighters from Solihull are preparing to battle out it in the name of good causes at a charity boxing evening organised by local Rotarians next month. Young members of Solihull Amateur Boxing Club will compete for judges in eight bouts of four rounds at the annual event, on March 1st, at The National Conference Centre. The evening, being organised for its 34th year by The Rotary Club of Solihull St Alphege, is expected to raise several thousand pounds for national and local causes including Young Carers Solihull, Shelterbox, Aquabox, Rayner House Newspaper and Young Rotary Photographer ..read more
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ALSO24 Festival announces ‘Heavenly Bodies’ theme
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine
by Amanda
1w ago
Leading lights in the worlds of music, comedy, wellness and food and nature, are among those this week announced as part of Warwickshire’s ALSO24 Festival – celebrating this year’s theme of Heavenly Bodies. Indie folk band Stornoway and comedian Sara Pascoe, head the impressive line-up  for the UK’s most inspirational summer festival, once again taking place at Compton Verney. Marking its eleventh year, ALSO24, on the weekend of July 12-14th, brings together performers and musicians, best-selling authors, celebrated scientists and experts in a variety of fields to create a much-anticipate ..read more
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Brewer lands ‘historic’ new contract with English heritage
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine
by Amanda
3w ago
An award-winning Warwickshire brewery has announced a historic licensing partnership which will see its brand in 100 English Heritage sites across the UK. In what is one of the company’s biggest partnerships in recent times, Purity Brewing Company has unveiled its English Heritage Collection – a trio of Best Bitter, Organic Craft Lager and Low Alcohol Pale Ale, as part of a shared celebration of both brands’ sustainability and authenticity values. The 4% ABV Modern Day GF Best Bitter, in a 500ml bottle; 5% ABV Organic GF Lager, in a 440ml can; and 0.5% ABV GF Low-Alcohol Pale Ale, in a 345ml b ..read more
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Banksy arrives in Stratford
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine
by Amanda
3w ago
A rare artwork by pseudonymous street artist Banksy is on sale at a Stratford gallery – and it could be hanging on your wall for a mere £50,000! Lambert Fine Art, in Bell Court, has taken possession of Grannies, one of only a couple of examples of his work that come onto the open market each year. Published by Pictures On Walls, the framed 57.5×76.5cm limited-edition print from 2006, was obtained by the gallery through a mysterious ‘private source’ linked to the artist and comes complete with a certificate of authentication. Rendered in Banksy’s signature black and white stencil style, the pai ..read more
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New-look BID board pledge bold new changes as revote is launched
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine
by Amanda
3w ago
Local businesses are being promised ‘major change’ as they’re asked to take to the ballot to vote for another five years of Stratford BID. It is hoped the bold new 18-point plan – including stepping up police patrols – will win the confidence of 382 traders to secure a fourth term for the body, from April 1st. Other pledges include introducing a calendar of new events; an evening economy strategy; training and seminars for independent businesses; extending the Park of Ride scheme; creating a new Food and Drink Guide and map as well as a new Independents Guide and Professional Services Guide fo ..read more
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House of Commons hosts prestigious sixth Ladies First Awards launch event
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine
by Amanda
1M ago
A prestigious event at London’s House of Commons this week marked the launch of a national awards campaign to celebrate some the country’s most inspirational female achievers. The sixth – and biggest – Ladies First Professional Development Awards, will highlight success stories as well as raise funds for The Giles Trust Brain Tumour Fund at its awards ceremony in the summer. Corrine Seabourne, Julie McGarrigle, Vicki Bravington, Colleen Fletcher MP, Matt Western MP and awards compere Kirsty Leahy. Photos by Karen Massey Photography. The Awards are headed up by Ladies First directors Tracey McA ..read more
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Brand new festivals announced for south Warwickshire
County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine
by Amanda
1M ago
The Producer/Director behind Leamington’s largest outdoor arts festival, Art in the Park, is bringing a new and exciting free community festival experience to Stratford Upon Avon. Kate Livingston of Slate Events is thrilled to announce the launch of the Stratford Pursuits Festival, a celebration of music, art, and culture that promises to be one of the most exciting festivals of the year. The festival will take place over two days, from May 11th -12th 2024 on the recreation grounds. The festival is a perfect blend of cultural activities that cater to every member of the family. From History &a ..read more
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