Chris B’s Weekly Alberts Report

Hello from me – Chris Brimmicombe, Albert’s Bar Supervisor with this weeks update from Alberts Bar – one of Torquay’s top spots for a great night out!

Karaoke Nights
Chris Jackson, Albert’s Bar resident Karaoke man and former front man from Joey and the Lips is with us every Thursday and Saturday from 8.30pm.

Following on from a great few nights of sport on our big screen. Chris Jackson took over the stage to give us another great night of karaoke. This week saw the return of many of our popular locals dropping in for the night to sing one of their favorites. And not to mention a great crowd on holiday who came in and really lit the place up, so a huge shout out to all the crew from Swansea.

Every karaoke night we love to give away prizes in Albert’s and Thursday was no exception Chris gave away three prizes of Complimentary drinks at the bar to these lucky three for there great efforts on the night.

Well done
Liam West from Torquay  for his version of: Funky Town, Sarah from Swansea who sang Hero, and last but not least Chris Davies from Brixham, singing- Mac the Knife

Heading for another great night of karaoke here at Alberts at TLH Leisure Resort, Chris Jackson took over the stage again last Saturday. With a full bar of lots and lots of people wanting to sing, and with a choice of 5000 plus songs we didn’t find it hard to find volunteers to get up and have a go.

Joining us for the night were a great crowd who were staying in the bay having come all the way from Ireland to take part in a darts championship. Having them join us for the night was fantastic, and from me and all the Albert’s crew – good luck for next week when they travel to London for the finals.

Every Saturday we hold our singing competition. This week we had an Oasis round and the three competing were.
- Mike: Don’t look back in anger
-Carol: Wonderwall
-Dennis: Little by Little.

After a very hard decision we announced the winner.  So congratulations Mike who pulled out all the stops to become our Saturday night Champion. Well done.

Next week to kick off the festive season and get in the spirit we will be holding a Christmas Competition from “Jingle Bells” to “Silent night”. Take part and be in with the chance to walk away with a bottle of our rose house wine.

Jonathan Mark
You can catch Jonathan every Friday night at 9.30pm in Albert’s. This week we had a huge crowd from Wales join us for the night – they were fantastic, all up for a laugh giving Albert’s such a buzz. We all hope to see them again. And just a quick well done from me to Jonathan,  who really gave his all and sang his heart out. If you haven’t had chance to see Jonathan yet come down and listen first hand this great voice.

And a few words from Jonathan himself: Last Friday was incredible; to see so many people having fun dancing and singing along makes it such a pleasure for me to perform.  Albert’s is a pub that’s always has such a friendly atmosphere, away from the busy nightclubs where you can really sit, relax and enjoy yourself, with Chris and the team providing a great service behind the bar. Don’t miss out on Friday nights, and I look forward to performing some new songs when I see you next.

What's Dru up to this Winter Season?

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Dru writing her blog

The indoor bowling season at TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay has started, and it always seems to go straight into top gear. Sarah Harris our Bowls Coordinator does a great job keeping her hair a lovely titian colour whilst mine went grey years ago!

I am so pleased to report that the Christmas Short Mat Festival is once again taking off with numbers just as good as ever. The 5 night stay at the Toorak Hotel is packed with fun things to do as well as being a great tournament. The week starts with a mulled wine reception, hosted by the bowls team.  During the week there is a fancy dress competition which is always a very close fought event. From Santa’s Elves to frisky reindeer nearly everyone takes part, and you could win a prize.

fairies What's Dru up to this Winter Season?

Christmas Fairies!

On presentation evening, which starts off with a glass of bubbly, the players receive all sorts of winners awards, in true Christmas spirit, and await the coveted GOLDEN TURKEY awards. There is a team that comes every year who always win a golden turkey, they call themselves the Turkey Defenders. Incidentally the turkeys are in stock now at the trophy shop and are causing havoc in the stock room – feathers everywhere I understand. We really must sort out a proper breeding programme.

So, short matters, where are you?  Come and join in the fun at TLH – Look at our Bowls Diary for more information on short mat bowling - there’s a whole page dedicated to you.

For long mat bowlers we have the Christmas Club Championship when teams of 4 enter to try to win £700 for their clubs. This, again, is a very popular event on the TLH calendar and is full of Christmas cheer. Its great fun with a Turkey and Tinsel theme as well as loads of bowling.

Weekenders in Torbay has a record number of bowlers this year with our long term friends from Buckfastleigh making a come back. Welcome girls, we’ve missed you.

For full details of all these tournaments and festivals please see calendar on our website

Now Dru Close has been to Wales on the first of the Winter Road Shows and visited Newport IBC with its spectacular ‘blue’ yes, blue carpet. She reports:-

After visiting Newport I visited Heatherton in Tenby, Pembrook, Carmarthen and Llanelli IBC’s where a great deal of interest has been generated for the upcoming Easter Festival.  These road shows are a great way of seeing old friends as well as spreading the word about TLH to the hoards of bowlers in Country -

Factoid – Did you know that there are more people interested in Bowls than football? How about that for a statistic!

Late November, Saturday 28th, I will be travelling around Cornwall on a road show. I’ve made appointments at
Newquay: 9am to 10am
Bodmin: 12 noon to 1pm
Carradon: IBC  2 pm to 3pm.

There are many clubs in Cornwall that tour both in the summer and winter and with rising costs of transport are looking to travel closer to home for their tours. TLH is the ideal venue. So come to TLH – we truly can offer you or your group unlimited choices to suit your individual or club needs.

Have you got anything that really bugs you about bowling?
Do you want to get something about bowling off your chest?
Have you had anything funny happen to you on the green lately?
Have you got any questions that might help you to decide if you want to tour?
You can contact me, Dru Close 01803 400108

Or please – just send me an email.
That’s all folks
Dru Close (on end 8 sometime last week at Torquay United)

What’s Dru up to this Winter Season?

terri k Whats Dru up to this Winter Season?

Dru writing her blog

The indoor bowling season at TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay has started, and it always seems to go straight into top gear. Sarah Harris our Bowls Coordinator does a great job keeping her hair a lovely titian colour whilst mine went grey years ago!

I am so pleased to report that the Christmas Short Mat Festival is once again taking off with numbers just as good as ever. The 5 night stay at the Toorak Hotel is packed with fun things to do as well as being a great tournament. The week starts with a mulled wine reception, hosted by the bowls team.  During the week there is a fancy dress competition which is always a very close fought event. From Santa’s Elves to frisky reindeer nearly everyone takes part, and you could win a prize.

fairies Whats Dru up to this Winter Season?

Christmas Fairies!

On presentation evening, which starts off with a glass of bubbly, the players receive all sorts of winners awards, in true Christmas spirit, and await the coveted GOLDEN TURKEY awards. There is a team that comes every year who always win a golden turkey, they call themselves the Turkey Defenders. Incidentally the turkeys are in stock now at the trophy shop and are causing havoc in the stock room – feathers everywhere I understand. We really must sort out a proper breeding programme.

So, short matters, where are you?  Come and join in the fun at TLH – Look at our Bowls Diary for more information on short mat bowling - there’s a whole page dedicated to you.

For long mat bowlers we have the Christmas Club Championship when teams of 4 enter to try to win £700 for their clubs. This, again, is a very popular event on the TLH calendar and is full of Christmas cheer. Its great fun with a Turkey and Tinsel theme as well as loads of bowling.

Weekenders in Torbay has a record number of bowlers this year with our long term friends from Buckfastleigh making a come back. Welcome girls, we’ve missed you.

For full details of all these tournaments and festivals please see calendar on our website

Now Dru Close has been to Wales on the first of the Winter Road Shows and visited Newport IBC with its spectacular ‘blue’ yes, blue carpet. She reports:-

After visiting Newport I visited Heatherton in Tenby, Pembrook, Carmarthen and Llanelli IBC’s where a great deal of interest has been generated for the upcoming Easter Festival.  These road shows are a great way of seeing old friends as well as spreading the word about TLH to the hoards of bowlers in Country -

Factoid – Did you know that there are more people interested in Bowls than football? How about that for a statistic!

Late November, Saturday 28th, I will be travelling around Cornwall on a road show. I’ve made appointments at
Newquay: 9am to 10am
Bodmin: 12 noon to 1pm
Carradon: IBC  2 pm to 3pm.

There are many clubs in Cornwall that tour both in the summer and winter and with rising costs of transport are looking to travel closer to home for their tours. TLH is the ideal venue. So come to TLH – we truly can offer you or your group unlimited choices to suit your individual or club needs.

Have you got anything that really bugs you about bowling?
Do you want to get something about bowling off your chest?
Have you had anything funny happen to you on the green lately?
Have you got any questions that might help you to decide if you want to tour?
You can contact me, Dru Close 01803 400108

Or please – just send me an email.
That’s all folks
Dru Close (on end 8 sometime last week at Torquay United)

Mums to Be Treats

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Being pregnant is great – once you get over the morning sickness, swollen ankles, indigestion, mood swings, aching back………apart from that, it’s wonderful!

To help ease any of these niggling aches and pains, the Aztec Spa has a fabulous new Elemis treatment, specifically designed for mothers to be. You will be treated to a wonderfully relaxing massage specially adapted to each stage of pregnancy using the unique Elemis beanbag. The technique used will help relieve tension in the back and alleviate those swollen ankles. As if that wasn’t enough, also included is a relaxing scalp massage and Elemis facial. You can then unwind some more in the tranquil Aztec relaxation area – just what you and baby need!

Back to those aches and pains…….gentle exercise can really help, as long as you don’t over-do it. The new Aztec Studio is running Ante-Natal Pilates sessions, tailored especially towards pregnant ladies. Pliates concentrates on the core muscles of the stomach and pelvic area which can help ease any backache and posture problems you may be getting. The deep abdominal muscles and all-important pelvic floor muscles are strengthened, which will help during labour and post recovery. The best thing is though that you can exercise in a class of other pregnant women, so you can compare bump size and any niggling problems without embarrassment!

When expecting, sometimes you feel like a little extra TLC so why not consider a Mother-to-be treat in the Aztec Spa or some gentle exercise with Ante-Natal Pilates – or do the both and help those 9 months sail by.

Call Aztec Reception for information on either of these Mother-to-be packages on 01803 400190.

Get fit, have fun at the Aztec Studio

Jumping up and down until you’re blue in the face may have its attractions, but with an ever increasing list of minor injuries, I’ve been looking at alternative ways to stave off the middle aged spread and the effects of gravity.

 

It seems that the Aztec Studio at the Carlton Hotel has it covered with a range of new classes focusing more on the slow burn rather than feel the burn (and the tomato red face and pulled muscles!) The Studio opened last week with over 300 people keen to try some of the new classes. Everybody was talking about Zumba – a Latin inspired fitness routine, whose tag line is ‘Ditch the workout, join the party!’ – sounds good to me. Apparently you get a good workout without actually feeling like you’re working out – how amazing is that!

 

If that still sounds like too much face-paced activity, then maybe Pilates or yoga would be a safer bet. That’s not to say either is an easy option. Having tried both in the past I know that your muscles can be crying out for mercy at the end of a class – but in a good way! The aim being a leaner, more toned body and a soothed soul – both disciplines really help clear your mind and are suitable for all ages and abilities. And if you happen to be pregnant, the Studio have also started Ante-Natal Pilates classes, much sought after in the area. Suitable for all levels of pregnancy, these classes concentrate on the pelvic muscles and are said to help prepare your body for labour.

 

What I’m really interested in though is Body Revive, a blend of Pilates, yoga and tai chi set to a funky soundtrack. I tried a taster class and really felt like I’d worked out, but in a low-impact way. The warm-up raises your heart rate slightly and warms your muscles then you’re in to a range of flowing movements to help increase flexibility, balance and tone. Those all important core muscles, which help us stand tall and drop a dress size (honestly!), are engaged throughout so you really feel the benefit.

 

So, I’m off to my first proper Body Revive class at the Aztec Studio this evening with high hopes of feeling fighting fit before the festive onslaught. I’ll let you know how I get on.

 

 

You don’t have to be an Aztec Club member to use the Aztec Studio but they do advise you book in advance. Call 01803 400190.

Aztec Studio – Successful Launch Week

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Zumba class in action

 The new Zumba classes have proved extremely popular so we have now added extra Zumba classes over the next 6 weeks, hopefully there will be at least one class everyone can make.

 With Zumba being so popular we will be looking at more classes to begin in January, on more evenings so everyone can have a go at this new fitness sensation. If you have not been in yet to see the Studio or take part then feel free to call in or come along to join one of the classes. We are advising you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

new image 2 150x150 Aztec Studio – Successful Launch WeekWith so much focus on Zumba, don’t forget the other dynamic classes we have in the Studio. Strike! is also new to the area and is a great non-aggressive combat workout for all levels of fitness. Our new instructor Julie Reed is offering a range of Pilates classes and Body Revive (a mix of Tai Chi, Pilates and yoga to music) and we have Virginia Compton offering yoga. There’s something for everyone so no excuses!

 We still have spaces on some classes so telephone Aztec reception on 01803 400190 for information or look at our website www.tlh4locals.co.uk .