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Cathy Cassidy

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Good news for us that our Patron, Cathy Cassidy, was up at the Edinburgh Book Festival this weekend as it meant I could catch an hour with her.  I also had my first visit to the Book Festival and came away laden with books from the bookshop.  I LOVE the Book Festival.  The atmosphere, the coffee, the authors – as well as being a confirmed Bus Spotter now, I am also a keen author spotter in August.  And I thoroughly enjoyed name dropping in the Bookshop – telling the guy selling me the books that I was friends with Cathy (Cassidy), Sara (Sheridan) and Nicola (Morgan).

I went to the book signing tent after Cathy’s event and it was an hour later before she finished signing books for her young fans.  She had a wee chat with each and every one of them and it was lovely to see their faces as they had their photo taken with their favourite author.

I wanted to show Cathy the Caledonian Hotel where we are hosting an event with her on 10 November so took her over for afternoon tea.  Co-trustee Susan joined us and we had a great chinwag and loved the afternoon tea provided.  We were even able to show Cathy the Castle Suite where we will hold the event.   It is going to be soooo good.  I will have an outline of the event by end of next week but there will be a wee competition too so that three of Cathy’s readers can be guest interviewers at the event.  What a great opportunity!

Afternoon Tea with the Edinburgh Military Wives Choir

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I am so happy to have the Edinburgh Military Wives choir perform at one of our Afternoon Tea events.

Chatting with Gill, their manager I asked her to tell me a little bit about the choir.

Gill told me

‘The choir started in August last year 2012 after the Catterick Military Wives  Choir visited Edinburgh  and did a taster session with us.  We haven’t looked back since then.
We rehearse every Tuesday at Dreghorn Barracks Band block 6.00 – 7.30 pm

The choir consists of a mixture of women who are connected to the Battalions here in Edinburgh  in some way, or to the military through family or jobs which put them in touch with military people.
The different Battalions based here in Edinburgh have all been here from different dates but notably 1 Scots have been here a long time around 10 yrs.
Each battalion has done a tour in Afghanistan which has either preceded or followed the other battalion.

Ages  range from around early 20’s to 50 + and all are welcome from the age of 12 plus.

Our favourite songs to sing  are
You Raise Me Up
Where Ever You Are
Annie’s Song

Our Musical Director is  Finlay Hetherington and the Accompanist is Robert Briggs.”

She also said how much they were looking forward to singing for us all.  Me too! 

Tickets are for sale now  – more information here.



Christmas Afternoon Tea

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What?    Christmas Afternoon Tea

When?     Sunday 8 December 2013

Where?   Caledonian – a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Time?     2-4pm with a pop up shopping experience between 1 and 2pm

Cost?       £30 per person

our special afternoon tea event returns – shopping, choirs, fabulous amazing afternoon tea and a glass of something sparking. what’s not to like?
£30 pp which is a real bargain.

Book your table now…….


Family Afternoon Tea

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What? Family Afternoon Tea

When?   Sunday 24 November 2013

Where?  Caledonian -a  Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Time?  2-4pm with a shopping experience between 1 and 2pm

Cost?  £30 per adult and £15  for under 16 year old’s – includes full  and very luxurious afternoon tea and a glass of something sparkly!

An afternoon tea with a difference.
Everyone welcome – dads, brothers, grandpa’s too.

This is a luxurious afternoon tea at one of Scotland’s finest hotels – the Caledonian – A Waldorf Astoria hotel on Edinburgh’s Princes Street.
Beautiful sandwiches, fluffy scones and cream and the most gorgeous cakes washed down with a glass of Prosecco (and a cup or two of tea)

All that for just £30 per adult and £15 for under 16′s (who get sparkling soft drink rather than Prosecco!)
We’ll have magicians, and balloon artists, face painters and sketchers, story tellers and photographers – it will be a really lovely way to spend a late autumn afternoon!
To  reserve your table for this event you must do so by contacting Lynne

Grans, Mums and Daughters Afternoon Tea Event (new)

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What?  Grans, Mums and Daughters Indulgent Afternoon Tea

When?   Sunday 25 November 2012

Where?  Caledonian -a  Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Time?  2-4pm with a shopping experience between 1 and 2pm

Cost?  £20 per adult and £12 for 12 – 15 year old’s – includes full afternoon tea and a glass of something sparkly!

After the success of our Author Afternoon Tea event last Sunday and the fact that our Christmas Afternoon tea event and the first Mums and Daughters event  are now sold out we decided to put on a second and just as  special Afternoon Tea event – for grans, mums and daughters.  Over 12’s only.

We’ll have a photographer too so you can have a record of your special afternoon out!


Tickets are now on sale and numbers are limited for this exclusive event contact us to buy yours.

An Afternoon with Sara Sheridan

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I don’t know where to start!

At the beginning, I suppose.  One of our Patrons is Sara Sheridan who writes historical fiction.   She very kindly offered to host an afternoon tea event and so we did.

The lovely folks at the Caledonian hotel were very supportive as ever.   Their refurbishment was to be complete by mid-September so we chose Sunday 23rd as the date for our event.

The Caledonian changed its name to the Caledonian – A Waldorf Astoria hotel, just a few days beforehand.

Did it live up to its new name?  You betcha.

The new lobby and chandeliers – wow.

The Peacock lounge – wow and transports me back to being a very little girl aged about 5 going into the Caley station with my dad and brother.  It seemed so big then of course and I remember the chocolate machine – put in sixpence and get a little bar of Cadbury’s chocolate, which I was allowed to eat for the rest of our walk home over the Dean Bridge.  I also remember a huge Christmas tree with a train set going round it.

Well, the Peacock lounge is in what was part of the station – the red sandstone walls are exposed and stunning and the Hamilton & Inches original clock back on the wall.

Anyway back to our event.

Sara’s new book is set in the 1950’s and she was talking about what it was like being a lady during that time.  I am glad to report that she reckons that all of us at the event are indeed ladies (not that I ever doubted it!)

Over 60 guests enjoyed the talk and the afternoon tea delights – little smoked salmon, ham and mustard, egg, cucumber sandwiches.  fabulous scones and cream.  tiny eclairs and other little tasty morsels of cakes.   And of course a glass of champagne.

We did a brisk trade in selling Sara’s latest book which she signed for attending guests and we persuaded her to sign a few more that we plan to sell at our Christmas afternoon tea event on 2 December.  (sorry , it’s sold out)

Such is the success of our Afternoon tea events we plan to put on one extra this year – a mother and daughter event –  the date for that is 18 November and  we are already almost sold out!  Full details will be posted on our events page very soon

Have a look at our photos – and do pop into the Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria hotel, soon for a peek – I recommend afternoon tea.