Monday, 19 June 2017

Charity Night with Belinda Carlisle - The High Field

It is very exciting to hear that two things I enjoy very much – The High Field Birmingham and 80’s music are collaborating for a charity extravaganza!

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On Saturday 15th July 2017, The High Field will be hosting a very special evening in aid of charity when Belinda Carlisle, one of the biggest selling female global artists of all time, makes a one-off appearance at the Edgbaston venue.

This exclusive event, which is limited to just 250 guests, will feature a short acoustic set of songs from Belinda as well as drinks and dinner in a glorious garden setting. It will raise money for Belinda's own co-founded charity ‘Animal People Alliance’ and the UK Charity Branch of ‘Her Future’.

Tickets for this special event are now on sale and include fizz and canapés on arrival, followed by a three course vegetarian or vegan dinner with a menu created for the night by The High Field's head chef Ian Meek.

After enjoying good food and drink in the stylish surroundings of The High Field, which was named the Best Gastro Pub in Birmingham at the inaugural Birmingham Food Drink & Hospitality Awards, guests will enjoy a short acoustic performance of Belinda’s songs. 

There will also be a silent auction with some brilliant prizes to be won, special guests and even the opportunity to win breakfast with Belinda herself at a secret location the next morning.

Photo:  c/o The High Field

All the proceeds from ticket sales will be given to the two charities close to Belinda’s heart to support the vital work they undertake. Animal People Alliance's mission is to offer high quality care to street animals in need, alongside robust employment opportunities to survivors of human rights abuses and other vulnerable populations in South Asia. Her Future UK provides shelter, education and high-wage employment to survivors of human trafficking and extreme abuse so that they may remain forever free; since 2005, the charity has helped thousands of women and children to build a bright and independent future.

Photo:  c/o The High Field

Launching the evening, Sarah Robinson, General Manager of The High Field, says, "This is a fantastic opportunity to support these two amazing charities whilst enjoying good food and drink in a unique venue.

"We are thrilled to be joined by Belinda Carlisle and to have this unmissable opportunity to listen to her music in such an intimate setting," says Sarah. "As lead singer of the Go-Go's and one of the world's biggest selling female artists, she is a true pop icon, and we are honoured that she will be performing here in support of these two great charities.

"It's going to be a wonderful evening full of excitement and surprises, and we hope that as many existing and new guests will join us to help raise as much money as possible for charity," she says.

Photo:  c/o The High Field

Belinda Carlisle, says, “Animal People Alliance is a charity, based in Kolkata India, I co-founded with Paul Suit in 2014. Whilst still in the early days, we are starting to have a real impact, with our mission to provide quality care for India’s street animals, employment for survivors of human rights abuses and other vulnerable populations. We want to change the future generation's consciousness towards animals, and raise awareness of the need to treat animals humanely.

"I’ve always dreamed of having an animal sanctuary and I have such a love of India. I had an idea on how great it would be to combine both with the invaluable help of Her Future, of which I’ve seen first-hand the work they do, and I’m humbled even to be in the same room as Sarah Symons (the co-founder of Her Future Coalition and inspiration of Her Future UK), as she does the work of angels.

"I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of the charity evening at The High Field, and grateful to all the generous people and businesses who are making this event happen. I will be performing a short acoustic set of my hits as music is still a big part of my life, as is Animal People Alliance,” she says.

There are just 100 tickets for this special evening costing £150 each, to include fizz and canapés followed by a three-course vegetarian or vegan meal, and a further 150 tickets at £75 each for those not wishing to dine, with a silent auction and some amazing raffle prices from sponsors.

To book, please email to request tickets.

The charity evening at The High Field with Belinda Carlisle takes place on Saturday 15th July 2017 from 5pm until midnight.

The High Field is at 22 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, B15 3DP. Tel: 0121 227 7068. @_TheHighField

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Breakfast in Budapest

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Looking back at some old photos, its triggered memories of my visit to Budapest in Hungary last year.  Packed with Eastern European charm, famous for goulash, paprika and thermal baths, it's small as capital cities go, but there is a lovely, easy, calm energy wherever you turn - perfect for a long weekend.

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Hotel-wise, I have to whole-heartedly recommend Bohem Art Hotel.  Its location is ideal - right next to the underground station, by the Danube river, round the corner from Vaci Utca (the main road for shops/restaurants) - I could go on.....  Its contemporary decor with huge pieces of artwork on every corridor and in every bedroom makes it a very stylish place to stay.

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Decor and location benefits to one side, what I really want to wax lyrical about is the breakfast.  NB:  **Info valid at the time of visit - April 2016**.

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The all-you-can-eat buffet (including various types of non-dairy milk) not only offered vegetarian options but also vegan and gluten free food with other dietary requirements potentially being catered for upon request.  Hot food, fruits, continental style items, all washed down with 'champagne' style sparkles.  What a glorious way to start the day!

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This post is short but sweet, but the fact that I've still got memories of the breakfasts there surely are testimony of how enjoyable and plentiful they were.......... 

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