Corbets Tey School designs Pinney Talfourd’s Christmas Card

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Pinney Talfourd teamed up yet again with local special needs school Corbets Tey School for their 'Design a Christmas Card 2018' Competition this month. Aiden from Willow Class won first prize with an imaginative design of a Christmas tree using pencil shavings. It has been used to create Pinney Talfourd's Christmas card and Aiden will receive a toy...
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Lunch & Laughter at our Private Client Christmas Event

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Festive spirit and laughter were in the air as we welcomed some of our elderly clients to our annual Christmas Luncheon at our Upminster offices on Wednesday 12 December. They enjoyed a festive-themed tasting menu with food and drink from all over the world. Some of the dishes on offer included Cheese and Chorizo Rollitos from Spain,...
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Christmas at the Queen’s raises over £2,500

Christmas at the Queen’s raises over £2,500
Hosted by Pinney Talfourd on Friday 7 December, this year's 'Christmas at the Queen's' event was the most successful to date, raising £2,578.70 for charity. A full crowd at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch enjoyed a selection of feel-good Christmas songs and carols performed by local choir, Dawn Chorus, led by Paul Rhodes. Alongside them, the choir from ...
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Join us for Christmas at the Queens'

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Pinney Talfourd has once again teamed up with Queen's Theatre Hornchurch to host Christmas at the Queen's on Friday 7 December.   Paul Rhodes and the fabulous Dawn Chorus will be performing a range of upbeat Christmas songs including "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" and "Winter Wonderland" as well as traditional carols during this live...
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The perils of the Christmas party season for employers

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​ In the lead up to December and the party season, it can be easy to get carried away with the merry festivities. At this time of year, employers should take a moment to consider the potential employment law issues and go over existing company policies. Where ever the office Christmas party takes place, the location should always be considered an e...
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Pinney Talfourd hosts ‘Cocktails at Christmas’

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Last week Pinney Talfourd opened its doors to host a festive evening for clients and contacts alike – ‘Cocktails at Christmas’.

With the Christmas period fully in swing, we decided to host a drinks evening with a twist, inviting two of the most decorated flair bartenders in the UK to tantalise our guests’ taste buds with a curated selection of festive cocktails, including ‘The Caliente’ – a fiery vodka concoction with a bird’s eye chilli garnish, and a classic Champagne Cocktail.

 

Whilst people were sipping their drinks, the bartenders sprang into action, whipping the crowd into a frenzy with their fantastic display of tricks. A delicious selection of canapés provided by The Station Pantry were served up, perfectly complementing the cocktails that were on offer during the evening.

A wonderful evening was had by all, and it certainly paved the way for what is sure to be a fantastic Christmas and New Year for all of Pinney Talfourd, our clients and contacts.

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A Festive Favour by Corbets Tey School

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The children of Corbets Tey School recently took part in a competition to design Pinney Talfourd's 2017 corporate Christmas card. We take a look at the winning design.

Pinney Talfourd teamed up with local special needs school Corbets Tey School for their ‘Design a Christmas Card 2017’ Competition earlier this month.

Every child in the school was asked to design a cheerful and festive picture using their favourite art materials. The entries were then collected and Pinney Talfourd's Christmas Committee chose their favourites in a judging session over mince pies. The variety of designs was a delight to view and included handprint paintings, computer-aided designs and traditional colour pencil drawings. Some classes had chosen to go sparkly and the staff (and room) were covered with glitter and sequins by the end of the judging session.

Arham Pervin, aged 4 won first prize with a cute design of Rudolph surrounded by festive fairy lights. It has been used to create Pinney Talfourd’s Christmas card and Arham will receive a toy of his choice at a special school assembly on the last day of school term.

The Residents’ Association of Upminster and Cranham support this project every year and their community magazine The Bulletin sponsored the runner-up Sammy Ksaveriev, aged 8 for his jolly Santa picture.

Shareen Lewis won third place and will also receive toy of her choice as a reward for her efforts.

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Santa Comes Early - Children's Christmas Party

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Christmas certainly came early for many people this weekend, with the annual children’s festive party taking place at the Upminster office of Pinney Talfourd.

This weekend’s snowfall gave a perfectly Christmassy backdrop to our annual children’s Christmas party. Even with the snowflakes falling aplenty, Santa and his elves managed to arrive promptly at 11am and were greeted by many excited children and their parents. Santa quickly took up residence in his grotto, built especially for him on the eve before by the administration team.

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Whilst the children waited eagerly to meet the big man, the elves amused them all with Christmassy games, singing and dancing. Some of the parents even got into the Christmas spirit and joined in on the festivities!

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A party lunch was enjoyed by all, including Santa, before he jumped back in his sleigh, elves in tow, and flew back to the North Pole just after 1pm. Whilst the wintery flurries, unfortunately, kept some families away, it was still a great success and a wonderful time was had by all.

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Christmas at the Queen's – Over £2K Raised for Charity!

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Pinney Talfourd once again teamed up with Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Dawn Chorus for a Christmas concert and raised over £2,000 for charity!

Last Friday saw Pinney Talfourd and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch open the doors for their annual charity Christmas carol concert, ‘Christmas at the Queen’s’ – a lively and festive singalong event for the whole community.

The fantastic local choir Dawn Chorus, led by Paul Rhodes, joined us to please the crowd with a series of upbeat Christmas songs including “Let It Snow” and “Merry Christmas Everyone” before enjoying tea and mince pies with the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Van Den Hende.

This year also saw the Year 5 and 6 Choir of Benhurst Primary School join in on the festivities, belting out a number of merry songs which got the entire audience up on their feet and singing along.

This was a free event, but the charity raffle and generous donations from members of the community raised an incredible £2,284.32 in aid of the Queen's Theatre charitable trust and Pinney Talfourd’s own charity of the year, SNAP (Special Needs and Parents). Local businesses rallied to support the event by donating some fabulous prizes, ranging from champagne, restaurant vouchers, two tickets to see Mariah Carey in concert and even a luxury £500 Harrods Christmas hamper! Funds raised are divided equally between the two charities.

This event has attracted a full house every year, and this year was no different. Local businesses, Councillors and members of the local community checked in for this festive celebration.

Teas, coffees and mince pies were on offer courtesy of Pinney Talfourd after the event to refresh those vocal chords, providing an opportunity to meet new faces and make new friends. Thank you as always to the Queen's Theatre Club volunteers who helped to serve refreshments. 

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School children design our Christmas card

School children design our Christmas card
Pinney Talfourd held a Christmas card competition with the children of Corbets Tey School. The winning design is now our corporate card. 

Pinney Talfourd teamed up with local special needs school Corbets Tey School for our annual ‘Design a Christmas Card 2016’ Competition this month.

Corbets Tey School is based in Upminster and prides itself on being a forward thinking school for pupils with complex learning needs. It currently supports over 100 children and young people aged 4–16 years and it’s highly committed members of staff make a difference in all their lives.

Brandon Riches, aged 13 won first prize with a cute design of Rudolph complete with baubles for earrings. It is now Pinney Talfourd’s Christmas card and Brandon received a toy of his choice at a special school assembly.


The Bulletin were also delighted to offer a prize to the runner up Zack Cassidy, aged 10 for his cheerful snowman.

Client Services Partner, Catherine Polli, said at the assembly “Thank you to everyone at the school for your time and effort. The children’s designs are always brilliant and this year did not disappoint. We are also delighted that The Bulletin has donated a prize again this year as there are always so many great entries it is hard to choose just one winner.”

Pinney Talfourd has worked with the school for a number of years to produce our corporate Christmas card. We would like to thank all the pupils and staff for their help with this project. We are delighted to be involved with and make a donation to such a worthwhile school.

Pinney Talfourd gave a donation of £250 to the school for their help in organising this annual event.

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Social media at the Christmas Party

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A drunken office Christmas party can create all sorts of gossip. Make sure your employees know the boundaries when sharing on social media.
The office Christmas party is a chance for everyone to let their hair down and have fun, but with alcohol often flowing freely and people’s judgement impaired the potential for employees to get carried away is clear.

In the days before social media a drunken kiss between Karen and Steve in accounts, or some seriously dodgy dance moves by the office manager, would have caused a few giggles and a bit of gossip at the time but would soon be forgotten. This is not the case now where we have at our fingertips the chance to share these embarrassing moments with the world with the tap of a few buttons.

Few employees realise the potential damage that can be done by their use of social media during and after the office party or that it could possibly result in them losing their jobs. Even fewer realise that if what they have posted or uploaded concerns a colleague they could end up getting their employer in trouble too.

A comprehensive social media policy which is communicated to all employees in advance of the office party, or indeed any other business-related function, can be a very effective way of highlighting the dangers social media can pose in this sort of situation. While the introduction of a social media policy now will come too late for those employees guilty of the misuse of social media at this year’s party it will hopefully prevent similar problems arising next year.

Employment law specialist Alex Pearce explains how social media policies work and highlights the key things that should be covered.

What is a social media policy?

A social media policy sets out the rules and expectations for your employees use of social media in the workplace as part of their work duties. It should also set out rules and expectations for the use of social media by your employees in their personal capacity where this might have an impact on your business. This includes at work-sponsored or funded social gatherings, such as the office Christmas party or the annual summer get-together.

Why is it important to have a social media policy?

Although there will be some cross-over with policies on electronic communications, the particular difficulties that inappropriate use of social media can create means it is important to have a separate social media policy. Recent examples of employees misusing social media to the detriment of their employer include an employee using his employer’s Twitter account to post his own unflattering views about Newcastle United supporters, an employee using Facebook to engage in derogatory ‘banter’ about managers in their employer’s business being drunk while working, an employee using Facebook to complain about their working conditions and an employee using Facebook to make threats to a colleague.

In the context of the office Christmas party there have been a number of incidents of employees uploading and sharing embarrassing or compromising photographs of colleagues on various social media platforms.

The potential for an employee’s use of social media to damage your brand and reputation is clear. However, there is also a risk that something posted on social media could expose you to potential liability. For instance, an employee who harasses a colleague on social media might put you in breach of your duty to provide a safe working environment. You might also be liable for an employee who uses social media to make discriminatory comments about a colleague or defamatory comments about a competitor. There is also the risk of damage being caused if an employee uses social media to post commercially sensitive or confidential information.

The speed and lack of control over the dissemination of information released on social media, and the difficulties in removing any posts made, presents a real risk to your business and is something that needs to be tightly controlled.

What should a social media policy include?

Your first step is to decide how much, if any, personal use of social media is allowed in the workplace or using work equipment. When it comes to using social media for work purposes, the policy should set out rules relating to appropriate use. These rules are aimed at protecting your brand and reputation, protecting confidential and commercially sensitive information, providing safeguards for checking any content before it goes live, avoiding breaches of copyright and avoiding any online bullying or harassment of colleagues.

It is also sensible to explain how the rules apply to your employees use of social media in their personal lives where this might impact on your business. For instance, although employees may regard their Facebook accounts as private, if they use their account to send insulting messages to a colleague or to complain about a supplier or customer, you may need to take action. Action may also be necessary if they use their account to post offensive or derogatory remarks about the behaviour or actions of colleagues at work-related events.

The policy should clarify if employee use of social media will be monitored and, if so, the purposes of the monitoring. This warning is needed to comply with data protection provisions and regulations on intercepting communications. The consequences for an employee who breaches the policy should also be set out. You may wish to state in your disciplinary policy that a serious breach of the social media policy may result in summary dismissal and link this to your equality policy.

Make sure you publicise your policy when it comes into effect and again at key times of the year, including Christmas. Keep your policy under review, particularly to ensure that it is still fit for purpose as technology develops. Finally, make sure the policy encourages effective use of social media for the benefit of your business because, used appropriately, social media can be a very effective promotional tool.
 
 

More information 

For advice on social media policies or any other employment law issues, please contact Alex Pearce in our Employment Law Team  on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01708 229444 for advice.
 
Pinney Talfourd is currently offering a free employment law review service to ensure your employment policies are legally sound and to advise on resolving any issues effectively. Take advantage of this offer and discuss your employment needs with one of our legal experts. Simply call 01277 211 755 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a review.
 
This article was written by Alex Pearce our Employment Law Associate. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. The law may have changed since this article was published. This article is based on the law as at December 2016.
 
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Christmas at the Queen's raises over £2000

Christmas at the Queen's raises over £2000
Pinney Talfourd teamed up with Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Dawn Chorus for a Christmas sing-along and raised over £2,000 for charity.

Pinney Talfourd once again teamed up with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in early December to host ‘Christmas at the Queen’s’ – a lively free sing along event for the whole community.

Our fantastic local choir Dawn Chorus joined us to lead the crowd for a series of upbeat Christmas songs including “Sleigh Ride” and “Merry Christmas Everyone” before enjoying tea and mince pies with the Mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder.

This was a free event but the charity raffle and generous donations raised £2,061 in aid of the Queen's Theatre charitable trust and Pinney Talfourd’s own charity of the year MNDA (South Essex branch). Local businesses rallied to support the event by donating some fabulous prizes from champagne, restaurant vouchers and even a teeth whitening treatment! Funds raised are divided equally between the two charities.

This event has attracted a full house every year and this year was no different. Local businesses, Councillors and members of the local community checked in for this festive celebration. Many clients with transport difficulties were taken as guests by Pinny Talfourd, ensuring that Christmas is not a lonely time after all.

Teas, coffees and cakes were on offer courtesy of Pinney Talfourd after the event to refresh those vocal chords, providing an opportunity to meet new faces and make new friends. Thank you to the Queen's Theatre Club volunteers who helped to serve refreshments.

If you would like to find out more about the Queen's Theatre Club or enquire about any performances please contact the Box Office on 01708 443333. If you would like to find out more about this event or Pinney Talfourd’s services please contact 01708 229444.

Finally, everybody at Pinney Talfourd would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  



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You are invited to 'Christmas at the Queen's'

You are invited to 'Christmas at the Queen's'
Pinney Talfourd presents a Christmas sing-along at  the Queens Theatre Hornchurch, and you're invited.

Pinney Talfourd has once again teamed up with Queens Theatre Hornchurch to host ‘Christmas at the Queens’ on Tuesday 6 December (11am – 1pm).

This event has attracted a full house every year with guests including local businesses and councillors.

We are delighted that the Dawn Chorus have once again agreed to join us in singing a range of upbeat Christmas songs including “Let it Snow” and “Jingle Bells”. The Mayor of Havering will also be joining in the fun and say a few words at the end of the event.

This is a free charity event and donations will be gratefully received at the time of booking. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Queens Theatre charitable trust and Pinney Talfourd’s own charity of the year; Motor Neurone Disease Association (South Essex branch). Local businesses have rallied to support the event by donating some fabulous prizes again this year for the raffle which in previous years have included champagne, restaurant vouchers and even a limited edition art print.

Finally, after all the excitement you are welcome to stay for a drink, mince pies and cupcakes courtesy of Pinney Talfourd.

Book a place

Booking is now open and filling up fast so call the Queens Theatre Box Office on 01708 443333 to reserve your space early.

P.S. Christmas jumpers and Santa hats are welcome!

 

 

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Christmas contact for separated families

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It is never too early for separated families to start working together to arrange Christmas contact in the best interest of the children.
 

It is never too early to start working with the other parent to sort out which part of the coming Christmas holidays your child or children will spend with each of you.

You always know Christmas is around the corner when the shops start selling cards and gifts, lights go up in offices and shops - even though it is only the second week of November!

If your child or children live with their your ex spouse or ex partner, then it is never too early to start working with the other parent to sort out which part of the coming Christmas holidays your child or children will spend with each of you.

It’s a good idea to try and share the time equally and alternate from year to year, especially when your children are young, so that as the years go by, you can both enjoy the experience of waking up on Christmas morning and opening their presents with them. It will always be best for your child or children if you can agree this without the need for the Court to get involved.

However, if you cannot agree on a schedule of time that your child or children will spend with each of you, you may need to apply to Court for an Order, which is now called a Child Arrangement Order (we no longer use the phrases ‘access’, ‘contact’, ‘custody’ or ‘residence’ when talking about children), though save in limited circumstances you must at least try and reach an agreement through mediation otherwise you will not be able to apply to the Court for a Judge to sort things out.

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Christmas Singalong raises £2000 for charity

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Pinney Talfourd's Christmas sing-along at  the Queens Theatre Hornchurch gets whole community into festive mood.
Pinney Talfourd once again teamed up with Queens Theatre Hornchurch in December to host ‘Christmas at the Queens’ – a lively free sing along event for the whole community.

Our fantastic local choir Dawn Chorus joined us to lead the crowd for a series of upbeat Christmas songs including “Let it Snow” and “Jingle Bells” before the Mayor of Havering Brian Eagling joined the stage to say a few words and announce the raffle alongside Managing Partner of Pinney Talfourd, Philip Cockram.

This was a free event but the charity raffle on the day and generous donations raised just over £2,000 in aid of the Queens Theatre charitable trust and Pinney Talfourd’s own charity of the year ‘Bertie’s Battle’. Local businesses rallied to support the event by donating some fabulous prizes from champagne to a signed Tracey Emin print! The full list of gifts is below with acknowledgements. Funds raised are divided equally between the two charities.

This event has attracted a full house every year and this year was no different. Local businesses, Councillors, the community and also a number of our clients checked in for this festive celebration. Many clients with transport difficulties were taken as guests, ensuring that Christmas is not a lonely time after all.

Teas, coffees and cakes were on offer courtesy of Pinney Talfourd after the event to refresh those vocal chords, providing an opportunity to meet new faces and make new friends. Thank you to the Queens Theatre Club volunteers who helped to serve refreshments.

If you would like to find out more about the Queens Theatre Club or enquire about any performances please contact the Box Office on 01708 443333.

If you would like to find out more about this event or Pinney Talfourd’s services please contact 01708 229444.

Finally, everybody at Pinney Talfourd would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Our generous raffle donors

1. £50 Marks & Spencer Gift Voucher
Donated by Lloyds Bank, 0345 3000000

2. John Lewis Hamper
Donated by Waitrose in Upminster, 01708 224444

3. Meal for 2 at Mandarin Palace, Ilford
Donated by Mandarin Palace, Ilford 020 8550 7661

4. Luxury Christmas hamper
Donated by Pinney Talfourd Solicitors, 01708 229444

5. Red Carpet Peel Treatment
Donated by Aesthetics of Essex in Upminster, 01708 225555

6. The Halo Gift Voucher
Donated by The Halo in Upminster, 01708 223998

7. Scented Candle Set
Donated by Poetic Design, Upminster, 01708 222213

8. Floral basket
Donated by Floral Affairs, Upminster, 01708 640267

9. Shellac/ full set of nail extensions from HMQ Nails
Donated by HMQ Nails in Cranham, 01708 259 685

10. A manicure and pedicure treatment from HMQ Nails
Donated by HMQ Nails in Cranham, 01708 259 685

11. Bottle of Champagne
Donated by ETC Construction, 020 7987 1223

12. Specially selected bottle of Wine
Donated by Shenfield Wines, Shenfield, 01708 204899

13. Two tickets to a Queen’s Theatre production (excl panto)
Donated by Queens Theatre Hornchurch, 01708 443333

14. Wine and Chocolates
Donated by Queen’s Theatre Club

15. £200 legal services voucher and a bottle of wine
Donated by Pinney Talfourd Solicitors, 01708 229444
This can be redeemed against any legal service including wills, family advice and commercial services.

16. “Reach Out for Fruit”, a signed Tracey Emin print
Donated by Brandler Galleries
, Coptfold Road, Brentwood 01277 222269
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Ice Rink at Shenfield Fayre raises thousands for SNAP

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Pinney Talfourd sponsored the ice rink at Shenfield Fayre to help raise thousands for SNAP.

Pinney Talfourd co-sponsored the popular new ice rink at Shenfield Christmas Fayre on 29 November.

With our Brentwood office being only a stone’s throw from Shenfield High Street, we were delighted to be invited to join the event and help to make the ice rink a reality. The event took place on Sunday 29 November and raised money for the Mayor’s charity of the year SNAP (Special Needs and Parents).

Pinney Talfourd joined forces with another local firm Shawbrook Bank to get the ice rink up and running in front of Shenfield Common alongside an abundance of festive stalls including Shenfield Wine Company’s wine tasting stall, Shenfield High School’s craft stall, jewellery, home furnishings, face painting and various food stalls.

Staff on the stand donned their pinneys to offer a choice of flavoured ‘Pinney Pretzels’ to passers-by and skaters. Donations were given in exchange for these tasty treats to help towards the fundraising pot which totalled over £5,500 by the end of the event.

Catherine Polli, Head of Client Services said “At Pinney Talfourd we love to get involved in local community events.  We chose to sponsor the rink to ensure last year’s vision of making it bigger and better became a reality. It was such a unique opportunity and it gave us a chance to meet the local community face to face in a fun environment."

With such a fantastic turnout, Pinney Talfourd are already looking forward to next year. 



Visitors having fun on the ice rink and the Pinney team ready to serve their Pinney Pretzels.


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Christmas Singalong at the Queens Theatre

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Pinney Talfourd presents a Christmas sing-along at  the Queens Theatre Hornchurch - and you're invited.

Friday 11 December
11am – 1pm
Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Pinney Talfourd has once again teamed up with Queens Theatre Hornchurch to host ‘Christmas at the Queens’ on Friday 11 December (11am – 1pm).

This event has attracted a full house every year with guests including local businesses and councillors.

We are delighted that the Dawn Chorus have once again agreed to join us in singing a range of upbeat Christmas songs including “Let it Snow” and “Jingle Bells”. The Mayor of Havering will also be joining in the fun and say a few words at the end of the event.

Whilst free there will be a raffle in aid of the Queens Theatre charitable trust and Pinney Talfourd’s own charity of the year ‘Bertie’s Battle’. Local businesses have rallied to support the event by donating some fabulous prizes again this year for the raffle which in previous years have included champagne, restaurant vouchers and even a limited edition art print.

Finally, after all the excitement you are welcome to stay for a drink, mince pies and cupcakes courtesy of Pinney Talfourd.

Book a place

Booking is now open and filling up fast so call the Queens Theatre Box Office on 01708 443333 to reserve your space early.

P.S. Christmas jumpers and Santa hats are welcome!

 

 

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