Well, we finally made it to December and Christmas is just around the corner! The festive season is now well and truly in full swing here at the QUARTER and we are so excited about all the things we have planned for the next few weeks. So much has happened, and is happening, that it’s hard to know where to begin! I’ll try and pick up where I last left off…
Last month saw successful Medi-Painting and Zen Club evenings, which are to become a monthly event from January. January’s Zen Club will be focused on intentions and working towards goals, whatever they might be. This will be a great way to reset after the stress of the festivities.
There have been many charitable donations, including coffee and cake vouchers to: Staffordshire Police for their Charity Cake Sale & Auction/Raffle for Breast Cancer; Water Plus for their Christmas Charity Raffle in aid of The Macari Centre, who are committed to ending homelessness in Stoke-on-Trent; Scarlet Theatre for a charity raffle, part of their show A Christmas Carol, in aid of The Honeycomb Group in Stoke (the domestic abuse and homeless support strands); and a donation to the Pashupati Ashram Animal Sanctuary’s #BigBarnAppeal.
October also saw us host a couple of special gatherings, one of which was a gut health and wellness event – We’ll Gut There – presented by a health and wellness coach to inform people about the importance of gut health and to learn about the 30 day programme that she offers. We also hosted a drama and music group for people with a diagnosis of Early Stage Dementia, the aim being to explore the role that creativity can play in managing the condition and in enriching the lives of the people in the group, a beautiful group and a cause very close to our hearts.
We recently provided catering to the cast and crew of the show Annie while they were in town with their show at The Regent, which went down very well with all involved. A great show and a great way to end the 2109 tour.
I should mention that we are now fully booked for every Friday and Saturday, and most Thursdays, throughout December. There will also be no Tapas Thursdays or Saturday Afternoon Teas for the whole of December due to our festive menu. Take a look at the menu here: https://www.thequartercafe.co.uk/christmas-menu/
This week sees our fully booked charity tarot evening taking place at the QUARTER, guaranteed to be a success. Look out for future events; these evenings are always extremely popular. We will be playing host to a number of Christmas parties and works ‘do’s, for example, The Sentinel, AWD-IT, NHS staff, Water Plus employees and The Davies Group, to name just a few. We are going to be extremely busy over the next few weeks.
We have to say thank you to TLC Productions for featuring us in their promotional video featuring Pete Conway for their version of Aladdin at the Mitchell Arts Centre. We can’t wait to see the show! https://www.facebook.com/TLCPantomimes/videos/1039225993092685/
Speaking of pantos, it won’t be long until good ol’ Jonny Wilkes will be back on stage at The Regent in this year’s panto Sleeping Beauty, which begins on 13th December and continues through to 5th January. Get booked in for a pre-show meal and make the night (or afternoon if you are attending a matinee) extra special. We’re just around the corner from The Regent so not too far to trudge with those full bellies! Even Jonny Wilkes himself popped in for his tea on Monday!!
Our recent Pottery and Prosecco events with Denise O’Sullivan were very successful and lots of fun was had by all who came along.
The same can be said for the Christmas Pottery Painting sessions, with just one session still to go on 12th December. We have a few events coming up for our younger customers in the run-up to Christmas, including Breakfast with Elsa and Anna, and the Santa Singalong, all on 15th December – it’s going to be a busy day!! Then we have the Festive Storytime on Monday 23rd December, which also promises to be a lovely morning listening to some festive favourites. All Christmas events are now fully booked, with the exception of the Festive Storytime, for which a few spaces remain.
Don’t forget our gift vouchers, the perfect gift for that really awkward to buy for relative, friend or colleague! Buy online or in the cafe, available as either value to use towards food in the cafe or for an Afternoon Tea.
Phew, I think that’s everything! We are going to be busy, busy, busy over the festive period but we love nothing more than celebrating with our beloved customers and being a part of all the fun and frolics that the season brings.
From all of us here at the QUARTER, we would like to wish our dear customers a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. See you all next year!!