Polly Bolitho

The Twelve Days of Christmas

As we near one of the most exciting times of the year that is Christmas, our minds turn to festivities such as presents, mince pies and Christmas carols, like the famous ’12 days of Christmas’ song we all know. Usually, countdowns, lead to the big day, however, the ’12 days of Christmas’ actually begins on

Christmas Traditions from Around the World

The countdown begins to Christmas! In the United Kingdom, the tinsel is being strung around the house, thick festive jumpers are being worn and warm mulled wine is being drunk. But what about the rest of the world? How do other countries celebrate Christmas? In the United Kingdom, most British families celebrate Christmas together on

Decembeard

Gentlemen, this December, it’s time to ‘ditch your razor and grow a beard’, but why you may ask? It is of course for ‘Decembeard’, a fundraising campaign, which exists to raise awareness and funds for those affected by bowel cancer. So it’s time to turn your Movember moustache into a beard for Decembeard. Did you

Laughter Africa

“They don’t give up, they carry on living with strength and courage. They are not victims, they are survivors.” Since starting on 25th June 2015, Laughter Africa has successfully worked with over one hundred children living in harsh conditions on the streets of Sierra Leone. An astounding 85% of those children are still at home,

Children in Need

Tomorrow night, on the 18th November at 7pm, marks the start of the BBC Children in Need Annual Telethon. It is one of the three biggest British Telethons; the others being Big Red Nose Day and Sports Relief. Children in Need is an annual fundraiser event conducted to help raise funds for charities who focus

Remembrance Day

“We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.” – John McCrae. The 11th of November marks the end of the first World War and is the official day of remembrance. Remembrance Day is when the British population come together to remember and honour those we lost in the fight to secure and protect

St Catherine’s Church

“We are ordinary people wishing to create a parish where all feel welcomed and valued.” – Parish of St. Catherine of Alexandria. St Catherine’s Church is a Roman Catholic church situated on Meath Street, Dublin. It was devoted to St. Catherine of Alexandria whose feast day was known as a day of holy obligation up

Howl-oween!

It is that time of year again! Bulk buying fun-sized sweets, carving spooky faces on pumpkins and adding fake blood to your vampire costume –  the traditional Halloween activities. However, this Halloween, a four-legged member of the family is joining in on the festive fun! This year, Dogs Unite are holding a Halloween Howl –

The Battle of Waterloo – Private Samuel Ackroyd

Over a year ago, the Waterloo 200 Project was born in recognition of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. This inspirational project commemorates and raises awareness of what this historic event left behind by exploring stories behind the iconic, epic battle. We are so proud to be a part of this fantastic project by

Paignton Zoo’s Goodbye Rhinos Weekend

This summer Paignton Zoo juggled rhinos… it’s not exactly how it sounds and we recommend that you don’t actually try to juggle rhinos. This is of course, one of the biggest and most exciting projects Paignton Zoo has ever run. The Great Big Rhino Project was launched in autumn 2015, aiming to dazzle members of