Friday, 14 June 2019

Action-packed Sherlock Holmes novel finally reveals the truth behind the sinking of the Titanic


London – 14th June 2019 – The novel, ‘Sherlock Holmes and the great Titanic mystery,’ was published today on Amazon. The author, Valentine Palmer, is a leading authority on the loss of the Titanic, as his great uncle, Charles Herbert Lightoller, was the only senior officer to survive the sinking.

The 14th June 2019 is the 108th anniversary of the maiden voyage of Titanic’s sister ship, RMS Olympic. This date was chosen for the launch of this gripping novel in which Sherlock Holmes reveals the role played by Olympic in the hitherto unacknowledged secret of Titanic’s tragic loss.

"I wanted to involve Sherlock in a real crime that took place at a real time. I also wanted to present a fast-paced action-filled tale for 21st-century readers. Think, Sherlock Holmes meets Jason Bourne!", says author, Valentine Palmer.

‘Sherlock Holmes and the great Titanic mystery,’ takes the reader on a white-knuckle ride from New York to Paris and from Northern Ireland to the banks of the river Reine. The great detective then comes face to face with his arch enemy, Professor Moriarty, on board a ‘ghost ship’ that holds the secret to the Titanic’s last moments. Finally, it is on his own doorstep at 221b Baker Street, that Sherlock Holmes is shot and almost killed, but recovers sufficiently to discover what really happened to the Titanic, a truth too terrible to ever reveal.

The novel is available through Amazon in both paperback and Kindle form:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sherlock-Holmes-great-Titanic-mystery/dp/1098966465

Website: www.SherlockTitanic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SherlockTitanic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SherlockTitanic.com


About the author:
Valentine Palmer recalled his great uncle, second officer Lightoller, in his 2012 book, commissioned to celebrate 100 years since the Titanic’s loss. In his extensive research for his book, Palmer unearthed what, for him, appeared to be conclusive evidence of a giant maritime fraud.  His media appearances to speak of this, plus his various talks to interested groups, always lead to a wide division of opinion. A TV actor in almost 100 famous series, including Dr Who, he has also been a screenwriter and Hollywood script man.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Screening of "No Asylum" in presence of Anne Frank's stepsister to mark 74th anniversary of liberation of Belsen

Senior Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, Kinloss Synagogue; Eva Schloss, Anne Frank's stepsister; Simon Bentley, Chairman, Yad Vashem UK Foundation; John Wood, son of Belsen liberator, Leonard Berney. Photo by Hy Money
15 April 2019 - Finchley, London - To mark the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp by the British Army, a special screening of the documentary 'No Asylum - The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story' was held at the Kinloss Synagogue in Finchley, north London on 15 April 2019.

Eva Schloss, Anne Frank's stepsister and Auschwitz survivor, who appears in the film, attended the evening event which was attended by around 100. Following the screening, Eva gave a short account of her life story and answered questions.

The late Belsen liberator, Leonard Berney, who was a 25-year old major in the British Army on the day Belsen was liberated on 15th April 1945, also appears in the film. Leonard's son, John Wood, was in attendance at the screening as was Simon Bentley, the Chairman of Yad Vashem UK Foundation, Holocaust survivors Freddy Knoller, Mala Tribich and Eve Kugler, and the renowned film producer Mark Forstater, author of 'I Survived a Secret Nazi Extermination Camp'. And proceedings were conducted by Kinloss Synagogue's Senior Rabbi, Jeremy Lawrence.

The evening event was co-hosted by the Kinloss Synagogue and Yad Vashem UK Foundation.

Rabbi Lawrence: "At a time of increased antisemitism and racism in the public arena, it is important to hear survivor testimony. Those who have witnessed the escalation of intolerance and abuse; those who have been rebuffed as they have cried out at persecution or as they have tried to flee, remind us of the dangers of standing by and hold us to account. 'No Asylum' is a powerful and relevant film for 2019."

About Kinloss Synagogue

Kinloss (Finchley United Synagogue) has a membership of 3,000 and is the jewel in the crown of the United Synagogue. It is a thriving community and hosts many social and educational events throughout the year.

About Yad Vashem UK Foundation

Yad Vashem UK Foundation believes in the importance of educating, imparting and bequeathing to future generations the legacy of the Holocaust to ensure that the tragedy is never forgotten, to honour the memory of those who perished and to impart the legacy of the Holocaust to shape a more humane future. Yad Vashem UK Foundation bears the responsibility of passing the torch of remembrance from the Survivors to the coming generations. There are growing waves of hatred and anti Semitism throughout Europe which must be repelled and the world must never be allowed to forget the lessons of the Holocaust.

About "No Asylum - The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story" (2015)

No Asylum, the Paradise Filmworks International feature-length documentary, brings Otto Frank’s voice to light through his recently discovered letters, which reveal for the first time, the emotional tale of how the world turned its back on the Frank family as he desperately tried to obtain visas to save his family from the Holocaust. Starring: Leonard Berney, Jonathan Brent Ph.D., Richard Breitman, Ph.D., Meta Doran, Buddy Elias, Estelle Guzik, Lydia Lebovich, and Eva Schloss (Anne Frank's stepsister).

High res images:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Tc2RCC8wijoWWKdp9
Captions are given in the information section of each photo. Please photo credit those images marked "Photo by Hy Money" with "Hy Money".

For more information:

Kinloss Synagogue - www.kinloss.org.uk - 020 8346 8551

Yad Vashem UK Foundation - www.yadvashem.org.uk - 020 8359 1146

"No Asylum - The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story" is streaming on Amazon and iTunes: www.noasylumfilm.com To host a screening, visit: www.noasylumfilm.com/host-a-screening
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Thursday, 28 February 2019

A scholarship in honour of legendary session pianist Nicky Hopkins has been set up at the Royal Academy of Music


Dr Matthew Ross, John Wood, Deborah Grabien (Photo: Christopher Gatelock)


London - Sunday 24 Feb 2019 - Around 20 fans, friends and family of probably the world's greatest session pianist and organist, Nicky Hopkins (1944-94), marked what would have been his 75th birthday at the Royal Academy of Music, where Nicky himself studied on a scholarship in the 1950s, by celebrating the formation of The Nicky Hopkins Award. The Award was created with a donation of £10,000.

Guests included Moira Hopkins, Nicky's widow; Graham Parker, former lead singer of Graham Parker & the Rumour; and Gray Levett, Nicky's former personal manager.

Graham Parker, Gray Levett and Moira Hopkins (Photo: Christopher Gatelock)

Last September, a beautiful memorial for Nicky - a park bench in the form of a piano (see: http://uptone.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-unveiling-of-nicky-hopkins-memorial.html) - was unveiled in Perivale Park, Nicky's birthplace. It was financed through crowdfunding with many big names among its 60 contributors such as all current members of the Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts) and Bill Wyman; Jimmy Page; Roger Daltrey; Kenney Jones; Graham Parker; and Yoko Ono, raising £6,000 in total which covered the cost of the bench (£4,000) leaving a surplus of £2,000 which was immediately donated to the Academy. The £8,000 shortfall was then single-handedly met by the former personal friend of Nicky, Deborah Grabien, who flew all the way from San Francisco to attend Sunday's celebration.

Dr Matthew Ross addressing fans, friends and family of Nicky Hopkins at the Royal Academy of Music (Photo: Christopher Gatelock)

The Academy will announce the name of the student to be granted The Nicky Hopkins Award later this year. Meanwhile, fundraising continues for the 2020/21 academic year and beyond, for as long as possible into the future.

To contribute towards 
The Nicky Hopkins Award, 
click here: www.bit.ly/Nicky-Hopkins

"The Royal Academy of Music is immensely grateful for the support of Nicky Hopkins’s friends, family, fans and fellow musicians. Thanks to their gifts, the Nicky Hopkins Award will enable a talented young musician to study at the Royal Academy of Music. It is an honour to know that Nicky’s memory will continue through the music-making of an aspiring Academy student." said Dr Matthew Ross, the Royal Academy's Senior Philanthropy Manager.

Deborah Grabien added, "There's a certain sense of coming full circle about this scholarship. But what will really define that circle, and our journey to it, will be the moment when that next set of amazing fingers comes to rest on a piano keyboard - because the Nicky Hopkins Award has made it possible."

Moira Hopkins, Nicky Hopkin’s widow (Photo: Christopher Gatelock)

The Nicky Hopkins Memorial Park Bench in Perivale, Ealing

The Nicky Hopkins memorial bench and the Nicky Hopkins Award were the brainchild of Nicky Hopkins super fan, John Wood. As a token of the Royal Academy's appreciation for the £10,000 donation, Dr Ross presented John Wood and Deborah Grabien with a beautiful glass trophy, engraved with the inscription:

"With grateful thanks from the Royal Academy of Music to the Friends of Nicky Hopkins for the Nicky Hopkins Award."

The Royal Academy of Music 'Nicky Hopkins Award'

Nicky Hopkins (24 Feb 1944 - 6 Sept 1994) from Perivale, Middlesex, was an English pianist and organist. He received a scholarship to the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London; though classically trained at the Academy, it was his discovery of rock and roll, and Chuck Berry in particular, that led him to develop his own sense and style of boogie technique. He recorded and performed on some of the most significant British and American popular music recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, including John Lennon's 'Imagine' and The Rolling Stones' 'She's A Rainbow' and is widely regarded as one of the most important session musicians in rock history, perhaps even the most important. It is an almost impossible act to quantify his near-immeasurable contribution to songs and albums so many of us know and love. Indeed his performances are part of the fabric of classic rock itself. His almost magical ability on the keyboards enabled him to weave just the right sequence of notes, which Mick Jagger acknowledged when he said, “Come on, Nicky, give us some Diamond Tiaras!”. Diamond Tiaras were, of course, what Nicky always produced. www.nickyhopkins.com

For more information, please contact:

John Wood
+44 1342 323750
+44 777 152 0001
jw@worldwidepr.net
http://www.worldwidepr.net
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Thursday, 6 September 2018

No Asylum UK Premiere: Anne Frank's Stepsister Holds a Q&A at Screening of Holocaust Documentary

Eva Schloss and Paula Fouce answer questions during the Q&A session after the screening (Photo: Eric Schloss)
London - 6 September 2018 - On Monday 3rd September 2018, "No Asylum - The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story" was screened in the UK for the first time, at Conway Hall, London. The Holocaust documentary shows the desperate attempts by Otto Frank (Anne Frank's father) to get his family out of Europe to safety and save them from the Nazis.

This remarkable documentary came to be, following an incredible discovery at YIVO, the Institute for Jewish Research, by a volunteer who was sorting through some Holocaust archives when she came upon lost letters written by Otto Frank.

Otto and his family - his daughters, Anne and Margot, and his wife Edith - were refused entry by country after country around the world. The film documents the world’s failure to respond to the plight of the Jewish refugees and suggests global anti-Semitism as one of the reasons for this. 

Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss, Anne Frank's posthumous stepsister who appears in the film, and Paula Fouce, the film's producer, attended the premiere and, together, held a Q&A session after the screening. Also in attendance was John Wood, son of Bergen Belsen liberator, Leonard Berney who gives his account in the film of liberating the concentration camp in 1945 in which Anne Frank perished, aged only 15.

The screening-and-talk event was hosted by the mind body spirit events company, Alternatives, and Malcolm Stern, Alternatives' founder, acted as MC. Click here for the Facebook Live Broadcast of the Q&A with Eva Schloss and Paula Fouce: https://www.facebook.com/NoAsylumFilm/videos/271053763716971
Malcolm Stern hands the mic to a member of the audience (Photo: Eric Schloss)

Eva Schloss, Malcolm Stern and Paula Fouce (Photo: Eric Schloss)
"I have seen this documentary many times, but each time, I am really shocked...I mean, I went through it but I can't believe this really did happen. This should be a wake-up call; we should show it in every in Parliament for all the MPs everywhere in the world because they really should change their selfish policies," said Eva during the Q&A session.

Paula Fouce: "This film is so relevant at this particular time in our history because there are many similar conflicts and genocides wiping out populations today. Also, the current refugee crisis wreaking havoc in Europe mirrors that which happened during World War II."

No Asylum is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu and XBox.

About Eva Schloss
Eva and her mother miraculously survived Auschwitz when it was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945. Eva's mother married Otto Frank in 1953. Today, Eva (89) who lives in London, works tirelessly in the field of Holocaust education. She is co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK. A hologram of Eva is now installed as a interactive display in several museums around the world, where she "personally" gives answers to almost every conceivable question she could be asked about the Holocaust and about her world-renown stepsister.

About Paula Fouce
Paula produced and directed No Asylum. A critically acclaimed author and filmmaker and President of Paradise Filmworks International, Paula’s films include Not in God’s Name: In Search of Tolerance with the Dalai Lama (PBS stations), Song of the Dunes: Search for the Original Gypsies (PBS stations), Naked in Ashes and Origins of Yoga.

About No Asylum
Released in 2015, No Asylum, produced by Paradise Filmworks International in association with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, co-produced by Stephen A. Kollins, M.D. and Elayne Kollins, The Kollins Family Limited Partnership, The Pinnacle Gardens Foundation and Michael Flores, and directed by Paula Fouce tells the story of Anne Frank’s father, Otto, who struggles to obtain visas to save his family from the Holocaust. This unknown chapter of Anne’s life is revealed through Otto’s letters that show how the world turned its back on the Franks, and millions of other families in the same situation. The full length of the film is 75 minutes, but a shorter educational version that contains less graphic content, currently being translated into several languages, is available. www.noasylumfilm.com

Media coverage of the UK premiere:

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Memorial Park Bench for Nicky Hopkins "Rock's Greatest Session Man" to be Unveiled in London


Fans now have a chance to be one of 340 names listed on the world's only Nicky Hopkins memorial for a pledge of £100. 

London - 17th May 2018 - Nicky Hopkins (1944-1994), considered by many to be one of the greatest session rock musicians of all time, will be honoured with a memorial park bench at his birthplace of Perivale, Ealing, London. At 12 noon on Saturday 8th September 2018 in Perivale Park, the bench will be unveiled by his widow, Moira Hopkins in the presence of the Mayor of Ealing.

Nicky recorded and performed with many of the world's most well-known artists of the 1960s to the 1990s including the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Garfunkel, The Kinks, The Who... the list goes on and on.

Celebrating Nicky's life, the seat of the bench will look like a large piano keyboard while the backrest will display photographs of Nicky, his biography, the top 20 tracks he played on as chosen by his fans, as well as a quote from Bob Harris.


The bench is being crowdfunded through PledgeMusic, the online direct-to-fan music platform. From 12 noon BST on Monday 21st May 2018, for a pledge of £100 via https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/nicky-hopkins, Nicky Hopkins fans can be a part of the world's only Nicky Hopkins memorial by having their name listed on the reverse side of the backrest, for posterity. Their pledge will also allow them to put forward, via PledgeMusic's Update tab, their favourite Nicky Hopkins tracks to be considered for the Top 20 Tracks that will be listed on the bench. The Nicky Hopkins page on PledgeMusic will go live at 12 noon BST on Monday 21st May 2018.


Pledging will end at 12 noon BST on Saturday 30th June 2018 or when all 340 name places are taken. Once the bench and admin costs are covered, all proceeds will go towards funding a music scholarship at London's Royal Academy of Music. Nicky himself won a scholarship at the Royal Academy in the 1950s.

The decision to honour Nicky in this way was that of Gray Levett, Nicky's former personal manager, and John Wood, a devout Nicky Hopkins fan.

Gray Levett: "It's unbelievable to think that Nicky won no awards for his stellar contribution to the music industry. Many fans feel, as do I, that he is the ultimate unsung rock hero and that he definitely deserves to be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We hope this memorial will go some way towards acknowledging Nicky for his extraordinary talent. We're hoping that his bench will find its way onto London's rock tourist circuit, attracting fans from all over the world."
Nicky Hopkins
© Ossi Baumeister

The wording to be inscribed on the bench (manufactured by Furnitubes International Ltd and designed by Jesse Wilson of Beyond Media) is as follows:

Biography:
Nicky Hopkins, born Nicholas Christian Hopkins in Perivale, Middlesex (February 24, 1944 - September 6, 1994) was an English pianist and organist. He received a scholarship to the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London; though classically trained at the Academy, it was his discovery of rock and roll, and Chuck Berry in particular, that led him to develop his own sense and style of boogie technique. He recorded and performed on some of the most significant British and American popular music recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, and is widely regarded as one of the most important session musicians in rock history, perhaps even the most important. It is an almost impossible act to quantify his near-immeasurable contribution to songs and albums so many of us know and love. Indeed his performances are part of the fabric of classic rock itself. His almost magical ability on the keyboards enabled him to weave just the right sequence of notes, which Mick Jagger acknowledged when he said, “Come on, Nicky, give us some Diamond Tiaras!”. Diamond Tiaras were, of course, what Nicky always produced.

Central section:
ROCK'S GREATEST SESSION MAN • 1944 - 1994
This bench celebrates the life of Nicky Hopkins, with love from his fans • Saturday 8th September 2018

"When Nicky sat at the piano, each take would be breathtaking and each one different from the last. He was a truly creative and dedicated musician, modest, quiet, wonderful to work with and never given to overstatement... all his work had an indefinable magic that shines out of the grooves."
- Bob Harris

Created by Gray Levett and John Wood. Designed by Jesse Wilson. With special thanks to Moira Hopkins, Furnitubes International Ltd and Ealing Council.

Top 20 tracks section:
Top 20 tracks featuring Nicky, as chosen by his fans

(The list that will finally appear here on the bench will be announced after pledging ends at 12 noon BST on Saturday 30th June 2018. The list of tracks shown in the artwork above is for illustration purposes only).
The Official Nicky Hopkins Twitter account and Facebook Page:

http://twitter.com/TheNickyHopkins
https://www.facebook.com/NickyHopkinsOfficial

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John Wood
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Friday, 15 December 2017

Teenage entrepreneur Sophia Elias officially opens her Nexgen Dance Academy with some unexpected help from the East Grinstead Town Mayor


East Grinstead's Town Mayor, Cllr Julie Mockford, with Nexgen's dance students 

East Grinstead - Last week, 18-year-old Sophia Elias from East Grinstead officially opened her dance academy called Nexgen with a little unexpected help from East Grinstead's Town Mayor. 

Nexgen Dance Academy operates out of Solan Fitness, the award-winning gym within the Atrium in King Street, East Grinstead.

In this video just released by Sophia to mark the launch of Nexgen, Cllr Julie Mockford is seen cutting the ribbon to what appears to be another business within the Atrium when she suddenly hears music coming from inside Solan Fitness, so she goes to investigate.

Click here to watch the video: https://t.co/TZQc07FxOu

She is drawn towards where the music is coming from and when she pushes open the doors to Nexgen's dance studio to satisfy her curiosity, Sophia takes the Mayor by the hand and starts teaching her the dance moves of the dance class she is in the middle of. The Mayor irresistibly joins in with great gusto and has a great time with Sophia and the kids.

Sophia Elias with Cllr Julie Mockford, East Grinstead Town Mayor

Sophia started Nexgen in May 2017 when she was only 17 years old. She has been dancing since the age of 2, starting with ballet, contemporary dance and tap. She later attended local dance schools, notably Hayley Bullock's Street Dance classes and then trained at Sarah Benton's Step Up and Sing Academy where Sophia learned musical theatre and singing. She started Nexgen to inspire others with the same passion for dance as her to get dancing.

Sophia has danced and acted in local theatre groups, appeared on Hellenic TV, and been on stage at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley and at Chequer Mead as well as performed in front of some 8,000 people at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead. She has a very positive go-getter attitude to life and her passion to help youngsters through dance and her love of children led her to create Nexgen.

"One of the reasons I wanted to start Nexgen is that I see too many kids with their heads buried in social media 24/7 or watching TV, and no longer interacting with others. Some kids mix with the wrong crowd and sadly get into drugs and alcohol. Nexgen gives them something really positive to do in the real world and teaches them a useful skill too. But most of all, it's great fun! So I say 'Nexgen not Netflix' and 'Dancing not Gaming'!" 

"I would like to thank the Mayor so much for her support and for helping us officially open Nexgen. We had such a good time dancing with her when we were filming the video!" said Sophia.

Nexgen started with 3 students in May but now has around 30, which isn't bad, especially when you take into account the fact that dance classes only take place 2 days a week at the moment. The company is growing fast and is proving to be very popular with local young people due to the fact that Sophia has a fantastic relationship with her students, and their parents are extremely happy with the results too. 

Sophia will soon have to start looking for bigger premises to operate from! Here's one of Nexgen's many Facebook reviews: 

Facebook review of Nexgen

"My daughter had tried other classes but didn't like them. First class with Sophia at Nexgen, she was hooked! She always has lots of fun and [the dancing] has built her confidence enormously! Sophia is fantastic with the children and a great teacher. I would recommend to anyone."

Nexgen is so called because Sophia is teaching the Next Generation how to dance. 

Recently, the very talented dancer and Brit School graduate, Adison Austin, who used to be part of the well-known dance troop, Khronos Agoria, joined Nexgen to teach the upper academy (16+ age group). He is a great asset to the academy. 

Adison Austin with Sophia Elias

Sophia's plan for the business is to, soon, introduce performing arts and singing to the academy and so create the next generation of artists and enable them to gain enough confidence in life so they can adopt a positive attitude in order to reach their goals in the arts.

Sophia's mother, Minie Elias, helps Sophia run the business and has played a big part in its success to date. Minie is an entrepreneur too who owns Aspiring Angels Professional Ironing Service and has run other self-built businesses in the past. 

Minie also introduced Sophia to the work of American sales trainer and best-selling author Grant Cardone. Sophia loves the advice Grant Cardone gives and, in fact, attributes much of Nexgen's success to following the advice that Grant gives in his books such as "The 10X Rule", and on his TV show called "Whatever It Takes".

Sophia's plans for the future include taking Nexgen to London and all over the UK as a franchise, modelled on her first academy in East Grinstead.

Fees are paid termly and are very reasonable, starting at only £100 for a 3-month term, with some classes lasting 1.5 hours each, rather than the usual 1 hour.

Sophia Elias

For further information, please contact:

Sophia Elias
Solan Fitness
1st Floor, The Atrium
King Street
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 3DJ

07538 971862

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Monday, 10 April 2017

New Owners Save The Ravenswood500-Year-Old East Grinstead Wedding Venue, From Developers
l to r: Tash Cronin, General Manager, Samantha Wordie, Weddings & Events Co-ordinator, Steve McArthur, outgoing owner, and directors Stuart Guy and Harrison Wood.

The Ravenswood had started to close down and plans were going ahead to convert the building into residential units, but East Grinstead-based Samantha Wordie of Samantha Wordie Photography and businessman Stuart Guy have now purchased the business and have saved the day.

East Grinstead, 10th April 2017 - The new owners of The Ravenswood Country House Inn, the beautiful wedding and event venue in Sharpthorne, near East Grinstead, have stopped the developers from moving in.

Steve McArthur who had successfully run and owned The Ravenswood and hosted hundreds of weddings since 1980, reluctantly decided it was time for him to retire. He passionately wanted his hotel to remain a wedding venue, but was forced to submit plans to convert the 500-year-old hotel into residential units in case he didn't find a buyer who was willing to keep The Ravenswood going as it was. Steve had, in fact, started to close the business down when, a few weeks ago, Samantha Wordie of Samantha Wordie Photography (someone very familiar with the world of weddings), noticed that The Ravenswood website was down while trying to find a wedding venue for a couple, and she called to find out why. She was told it was being sold, at which point she got in touch with her businessman friend, Stuart Guy, who got together with her and other friends to save The Ravenswood.

"Stuart and I had been looking for a venue to buy for a few years. When we found out The Ravenswood was being sold and possibly converted into apartments, we decided the place was too beautiful to be lost to developers and we got together to save it! It all happened by chance! I have many years of experience in the wedding business, and I have always wanted to run my own dream wedding venue. With all its character, charm and history, that's exactly what The Ravenswood is - not only for weddings but also for parties, conferences, concerts and all manner of other events. This is a dream come true for Stuart and me. We want people to know we're fully open for business and ready to take bookings right now!" says Samantha Wordie.

It's also business as usual for the Sunday Lunch & Live Jazz, which will still be held at The Ravenswood every Sunday from 12 Noon until 3pm as it always has been, and on Sunday 21st May 2017, 11am-3pm, The Ravenswood will be hosting a Wedding Fayre together with Empirical Events, the wedding show company.

The Ravenswood is indeed a unique property, set in 20 acres of beautiful lawns, gardens and lakes, with its 4 function rooms and 34 bedrooms, 6 of which have four-poster beds. The original part of the house was built in 1426 and over the years, it has had many interesting owners and occupiers, most notably Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, as well as Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.

For more information, please contact:

Samantha Wordie, Weddings & Events Co-ordinator
The Ravenswood Country House Inn 
Horsted Lane
Sharpthorne
West Sussex
RH19 4HY


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