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Rockin’ the park 2012

Rockin' The Park 2012

Rockin' The Park 2012

Take a look at this great line up for Rockin’ The Park 2012 on Friday 17th August at Clumber Park. I’m looking forward to getting a few friends together for what looks like a trip down memory lane for all of us. Curved Air and Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) were a couple of early favourites with Keith Emerson and Francis Monkman (not forgetting Brian Eno and Rick Wakeman) being responsible for my interest in electronic music. I last saw Curved Air play live at Folkestone in 1975 while Hawkwind brings back memories of a very crowded balcony at Sheffield City Hall. Add to this mix Focus, The Strawbs and Brit Floyd & it all looks like a good night out.

Just hope the weather is better than it is now – I still remember the Buxton Rock festival in 1973!

White Rose Awards 2012 now open

Just received notice from W2Y that the White Rose Awards 2012 are now open.

It’s great to see this lovely photograph of our family at the 2011 finals has been included on the promotional page. We had a great time and would like to wish this year’s entrants the best of luck – we hope to see you in October.

 

People’s Passion at All Saints’ Church Aston

Robert has been invited to play ‘cello in The Easter Anthem – Love’s Young King at a performance of the People’s Passion at All Saints’ Church, Aston on Maundy Thursday (5 April, 7:00pm).

This is part of a weeklong event broadcast across Radio 4 and local radio involving choirs across the country.

Robert said…

“I’m delighted that choirmaster Paul Hudson has remembered me. It has been a while since I played ‘cello in a choral work so I’m really looking forward to joining the choir in this exciting project.”

See the BBC Radio 4 website for more information.

Ray Gelato at BIN@Sheffield2011

I was at University of Sheffield last night for the BIN@Sheffield2011 conference dinner. A brilliant evening at Firth Hall with some old friends and colleagues from Digital South Yorkshire and the IET. Excellent local food with some fabulous music provided by Ray Gelato. If you get chance to see Ray and his band perform then make certain to take along the dancing shoes!

Congratulations to Mark Sanderson and colleagues for the organisation.

 

Booking on-line now even easier

We’re always looking for ways to improve what we do, so we’ve just gone live this afternoon with a new on-line reservation and payment system, making it even easier to book your stay with us. Watch out for our special offers on midweek breaks – just click on the Check Availability button at the top of our web pages for further details.

 

 

Coledale Horseshoe revisited

Coledale Horseshoe revisited

After a busy spring at Throapham House Ann let me take a short break from cooking breakfasts in June to visit the Derwent Water area of the Lake District with a group of school friends from Dinnington High School. Our earlier walking trips have taken us to the Isle of Skye and the Yorkshire Dales.

The ‘fitter’ members of our group dragged me up Grisedale Pike last year at the start of the Coledale Horseshoe walk, only for us to be forced down before reaching Causey Pike due to bad weather. This year on the last day of our break the weather cleared and we were able to complete the original walk.

Instead of hauling my camera bag up the fells this year I took Ann’s little weatherproof Olympus camera. I’ve been playing around recently with stitching together some photos for Throapham House and decided to experiment with a 360 degree panoramic view from Scar Crags and Causey Pike. Scar Crags and Causey Pike. Click on the picture to view – this is a QuickTimeVR file so you may need to download Apple QuickTime to your computer.

This was hand held but the results are quite pleasing and the interactive panorama gives a good impression of the view from the top. I’ll figure out how to get the wraparound over Bassenthwaite Lake a bit neater if I get chance. Now I know roughly what I’m doing I want to put some similar things together for walks around our local area.

Robert

White Rose Awards 2011 Finalists – Crikey, we’re one of them!

Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2011 FinalistAnn and Robert are absolutely thrilled to announce that we’ve made it to the finals of the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards in the Best Guest Accommodation category.

The news came exactly five years to the day since a group of our friends helped us cut the ribbon to open Throapham House for business. It was our wedding anniversary too – so a good excuse to crack open a bottle of bubbly!

We’re facing stiff competition from some of Yorkshire’s Finest Guest Accommodation providers – including last year’s winners at 17 Burgate. We will be flying the flag for South Yorkshire at Doncaster Racecourse in October and would like to wish all finalists good luck. Whether we win or not, we would like to thank all our guests for their wonderful comments and support.

 

 

From our guest book

“A wonderful visit & the best hosts – thank you!” JD (Sydney, Australia)

“Both of us enjoyed our stay with you both. A most friendly welcome, very good food, excellent rooms. We will highly recommend it. Great grandchildren. We will be back.” D & D (South Africa).

“Thank you again for a great time” L & T (Cambridge)

Boy On A Dolphin at Letwell Village Hall

Sheffield band Boy On A Dolphin are playing at Letwell Village Hall on 28th and 29th June.

This is an intimate venue just a mile or so down the road from Throapham House. I went to see Phil Cool and Ken Nicol there last year and had a really nice evening – and some nice red wine! Quite amazing who performs here and I look forward to going along to a few more of these events.

For more details contact the organisers on 01909 731626 or 540694.

 

All our bedrooms now have Freeview, Internet TV and Airplay

We’ve recently upgraded all the TVs in our guest bedrooms ahead of Digital Switchover in Yorkshire later this year, so now all our guests can watch Freeview in their bedrooms and only one remote control to contend with.

With Internet TV guests can also use BBC iPlayer and a number of other catch up services including news channels from around the world. You can use the TV as a web browser if you really need to (in my opinion the TV remotes need to get much easier to use – are you manufacturers listening?) and we’ve even got our own internal channel for local tourist information. Any local visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs reading this would please get in touch with us as we’d like to make your information available to our guests in an exciting new way.

Apple’s Airplay technology now works easily through the new TV sets (it used to be a bit clunky to use with our old sets), so you can now play your iTunes music wirelessly through your bedroom TV without messing around with an iPod dock. Just select the channel from your TV remote and tell your Airplay device (iPhone, iPad etc) to play to your room TV. Easy.

Don’t forget that our guest lounge has both Freesat and Freeview and has supported Internet TV and Airplay for a while – great for catching up on Doctor Who.