Oak Tree Lodge

juiceOak Tree Lodge is a detached self catering holiday cottage in the village of Claverdon in Warwickshire.  If you like a few days away with a mix of beautiful countryside as well as town attractions, this location is ideal.  Stratford upon Avon and The Royal Shakespeare Theatres are a short drive away as is Warwick with its fabulous castle.  Claverdon itself has a community shop and lots of nice village pubs nearby.  There are lots more ideas for things to do on their website at www.theoaktreelodge.co.uk as well as rates and availability.

British Motor Museum

The Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire has been renamed The British Motor Museum. It’s a great day out for car enthusiasts with displays of cars that made nearby Coventry famous including MG’s, Jaguars and Land Rovers.

As well as the world’s largest collection of historic British cars, there are temporary exhibitions, tours, family activities, a cafe and a shop.

Nearby Church Hill Farm is an ideal place to stay for a visit to the museum and the local area including Warwick and Stratford upon Avon. For more information go to www.churchhillfarm.co.uk


Flashback Web Design has had a long association with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Back in 2005, we started volunteering as puppy walkers and looked after three lovely puppies – Wallis, Sophie and Yoyo – each for the first year of their lives. Countless other dogs have stayed with us temporarily but we decided we would like a permanent pal at home so we have now rehomed Dave!


Dave is a fully trained guide dog but sadly had to be withdrawn as he proved too readily distracted by other dogs.  He’s our permanent pet now and a great companion in the office.  He’s a big lab/retriever cross who likes to sleep a lot, LOVES to run and play ball and is generally hilarious and delightful.

The Emsley Guest House

detail-03If you’re travelling to Stratford upon Avon by train, The Emsley Guest House is a great place to stay – it’s the closest B&B to the station.  There’s free parking on site if you’re arriving by car and all the Stratford town centre sights are just a few minutes’ walk including The Shakespeare Houses and the RSC theatres.

The Emsley has been a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence winner for five years in a row and there are lots of photos and reviews on their website at www.theemsley.co.uk

Phil Overton – in his element

phil-copyBased near Leamington Spa, Phil has created, performed and recorded many songs since his teens.  A versatile writer with a significant back catalogue of material, he produces narratives and seasonal offerings together with poetry, prayers, praise and instrumental music.

Phil is an active trustee of the Morning Star School in India which is a registered charity.  Proceeds from his recordings and donations from downloads go towards enabling and empowering girls to escape child marriage, have a proper childhood with a good education and hope filled options for the future.

He has a new website at www inhiselement.co.uk where you can hear current tracks and back catalogue as well as being able to download and donate.

Green Haven Guest House, Stratford upon Avon

Everyone looks at Trip advisor reviews to get some idea of what to expect from accommodation.  Here are some extracts from Green Haven’s reviews last month:

Just a 10 minute walk to the town and plenty of eating places
Room was very clean and comfortable, everything we needed and wifi included
Michelle and Liam are both very friendly, welcoming and full of advice
Breakfast service fast, food hot and tasty, perfectly cooked
No hesitation in recommending this B&B
Good value for money.  Great place to stay in Stratford

Green Haven is 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Stratford upon Avon and the RSC.  There are more details and reviews at www.green-haven.co.uk

Wedding accommodation at Springfield House

Amy + Dil's Wedding Photography highlights from their summer wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns in Coleshill, near Birmingham by photographer Barnaby Aldrick

If you are planning a spring wedding at the Shustoke Farm Barns venue, the B&B at Springfield House offers flexible accommodation for extra guests or rooms for the bride or groom to prepare for the big day.  Springfield House is just two and a half miles from Shustoke Farm Barns – it’s a Georgian Grade II listed building with period features inside and out, providing an excellent backdrop for photos.  The Weddings gallery on their website has some new photos – take a look at www.springfield-guest-house.co.uk

Seymours are on the move

From Wednesday 16th November 2016 (when the office will be closed) Seymours will be relocating. Their Coventry office will be based at 45 Blondvil Street, Cheylesmore, Coventry, CV3 5EQ and their Leamington office at 1 Russell Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 5QA. Please note contact numbers and e-mail addresses will remain the same. They look forward seeing you at their new offices in the near future.

Coughton Lodge Late Deals

Coughton Lodge have just released a few late deals for August and September so if you’re looking for a very large property to hold a re-union or family get together it might be worth taking a look.  The website is coughtonlodge.com and the deals can be found here.

Jormaepourri team in their new uniforms

jormaepourri_team2016Take a look at the Jormaepourri team in their new uniforms!  

Together this creative team produce unique, hand-made home decorations here in Gloucestershire, UK.  They specialize in using dried fruits, flowers, spices and fragrances to make gifts, wreaths, garlands and bouquets.

If you would like more information about their products take a look at their website or call 01242 300506.

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