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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.