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29th March 2017

Cookes Raise More than £6,000 for Local Cancer Centre

Cookes Raise More than £6,000 for Local Cancer Centre

Sutton Coldfield residents attended an exclusive afternoon tea event at Cookes Furniture to raise more than £1,100 for a local charity.

In addition to the £5,000 that has already been raised for the Cancer Support Centre in Sutton Coldfield since supporting the charity, the Midlands store invited the local community to join them at Edward’s Restaurant on Thursday 23rd March for an afternoon tea event in aid of the much-loved charity.

The family run business has supported the cancer support charity for a number of years hosting gala dinners, afternoon teas and other fundraising events. To show their appreciation the Cancer Support Centre appointed James Pike, Managing Director of Cookes as their patron last year.

For a donation customers enjoyed unlimited fizz, finger sandwiches, coffee and cake with all proceeds going to the charity. Cookes also hosted a raffle for their afternoon tea guests filled with great prizes.

The Cancer Support Centre, based on Lindridge Road, works alongside local health services, hospices and other cancer charities to provide people affected by cancer and their carers with access to support, information and complementary therapies at every stage of their cancer journey. The centre has been operating since 1999 when it began as a fortnightly evening Relaxation and Support Group and has since grown to offer its services five days a week.

Vanessa Hoe, marketing director at Cookes Furniture, said: “We’d like to thank everyone that came along to our first afternoon tea of the year. We are absolutely thrilled to have raised another £1,100 for the Sutton Coldfield Cancer Support Centre.

‘’As a family run business, we have always been extremely passionate about supporting local charities and have worked closely with Cancer Support Centre for a number of years. As the newly appointed patron of the Cancer Support Centre we are so proud of our Managing Director James Pike, and will continue to support his mission to raise funds for the much-loved charity.’’

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30th January 2017

Exciting Things Are Happening For Spring! 

Cookes Furniture has selected our favourite 3 products to show piece in our 2017 Spring mailer.

Take a behind the scenes look on our Valencia set!  

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13th December 2016

Sold out afternoon tea for local cancer charity raises £1300

Sold out afternoon tea for local cancer charity raises £1300

Sutton Coldfield residents attended a festive afternoon tea event at Cookes Furniture to raise more than £1300 for Breast Friends, a cancer support charity in Sutton Coldfield.

The Midlands store invited the local community to join them in-store at Edward’s Restaurant to enjoy afternoon tea with a complimentary glass of mulled wine and Christmas Carols from the Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir.

Vanessa Hoe, marketing director at Cookes Furniture, says: “We are delighted that the Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir were able to join us in support of Breast Friends. The spectacular sound of the choir really evoked the feeling of Christmas in store making our festive afternoon tea for Breast Friends a really special occasion.

"Tickets for the event sold out in record time highlighting how much support this wonderful charity has at such a local level. We are thrilled to have raised £1,300 for Breast Friends going towards all of their fantastic work supporting woman with cancer. We are delighted to continue supporting Breast Friends in 2017."

Breast Friends, a support group based at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, also celebrated its 20th anniversary at the event. The charity is run by volunteers who have all been diagnosed with breast cancer and aims to help local women with cancer through a difficult time by offering friendship, support, emotional and practical help.

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20th October 2016

Spooktacular Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition

Spooktacular Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition

We are hosting our first Halloween pumpkin carving competition and everyone is invited to join in on the fun! 

Between the 24th and 31st October simply bring your carved pumpkin to the Erdington store. Loyalty card holders will receive a complimentary Halloween cushion.

Sign up online or instore at http://www.cookesfurniture.co.uk/about-cookes/92-platinum-loyalty-card

The winner will be announced on 31st October and will receive a Halloween hamper full of spooktacular surprises. Judges will be looking at creativity so be as imaginative as you like!

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7th October 2016

Anniversary afternoon tea a huge success for local cancer support group.

Anniversary afternoon tea a huge success for local cancer support group.

Sutton Coldfield residents attended an afternoon tea event at Cookes Furniture to raise more than £1,300 for a local cancer charity, which also marked its 20th Anniversary at the event.

The Midlands store invited the local community to join them in-store at Edward’s Restaurant on Thursday 8th September to raise money for Breast Friends, a cancer support charity in Sutton Coldfield.

Tickets for the event were £12.50 and sold out within days of going on sale. In addition to the champagne afternoon tea, customers enjoyed live music entertainment with all proceeds going to the charity.

Breast Friends is a support group based at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, celebrated its 20th anniversary at the event. The Charity is run by volunteers who have all been diagnosed with breast cancer and aims to help local women with cancer through a difficult time by offering friendship, support, emotional and practical help.

Vanessa Hoe, marketing director at Cookes Furniture, said: “Over the years we have always enjoyed supporting local charities like Breast Friends. We were delighted to help them mark their 20th anniversary celebrations which made the fundraising event even more special. Tickets for the afternoon tea completely sold out and we were so delighted by the fantastic turnout. We never expected to raise £1,300 so that was simply the cherry on top of a brilliant morning with Breast Friends. ‘’

                                                                                                                                                         

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12th July 2016

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea Helps Raise Vital Funds For Local Cancer Centre

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea Helps Raise Vital Funds For Local Cancer Centre

Sutton Coldfield residents attended an exclusive Wimbledon afternoon tea event at Cookes Furniture to raise more than £1,000 for a local charity.

The Midlands store invited the local community to join them in-store at Edward’s Restaurant on Thursday 7th July to raise money for the Cancer Support Centre in Sutton Coldfield.

For a donation customers enjoyed unlimited fizz, finger sandwiches, coffee and cake with all proceeds going to the charity. With Wimbledon in full swing Cookes also offered complimentary strawberries and cream as part of the afternoon tea.

Over the years, the store has raised more than £5,000 for the charity, hosting gala dinners, afternoon teas and other fundraising events.

The Cancer Support Centre, based on Lindridge Road, works alongside local health services, hospices and other cancer charities to provide people affected by cancer and their carers with access to support, information and complementary therapies at every stage of their cancer journey. The centre has been operating since 1999 when it began as a fortnightly evening Relaxation and Support Group and has since grown to offer its services five days a week.

Vanessa Hoe, marketing director at Cookes Furniture, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Andy Murray became Wimbledon champion again and of our great result too, raising over £1,000 at our own Wimbledon charity event. We’d like to thank everyone that came along, the turnout was fantastic as always and this year given that the afternoon tea was in line with the famous British tennis tournament made it even more exciting. We have always supported the Cancer Support Centre and will continue to do so as we really admire all the wonderful work they do for people affected by cancer.”

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9th June 2016

Cookes celebrates 70th birthday at Great Midlands Fun Run

Cookes Furniture is celebrating the success of the 14th annual Great Midlands Fun Run. As part of the stores platinum anniversary a team of 70 runners representing, 70 years of Cookes, crossed the finish line on Sunday.

The Midlands-based store, which has been the main sponsor the popular 8.5 mile fun run since it began in 2003, has helped to raise more than £2.5 million over the years.  

The team, which included 14 children, 4 buggies and Kobe the Hungarian Vizsla, joined 7,000 other runners to take in the sights of Sutton Coldfield at the much loved, annual event.

Vanessa Hoe, marketing director at Cookes, said: “It was such a fun- filled day as always, but this year was even more memorable, as we celebrated 70 years of being part of the local community too. The support from all of our staff, family and friends was overwhelming. There was a real community spirit, the atmosphere was electric. We can’t wait to find out what our final fundraising figure is, so fingers crossed we beat last year’s amount raised. We are so pleased the event was an enormous success and want to thank everyone who came along and supported us across the finish line.”

Now in its 14th year, the Great Midlands Fun Run raised a grand total of £347,024 for charities across Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield last year. This year’s final fundraising total will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in November.

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9th May 2016

Don't Believe It? Just Watch!

Cookes Furniture recently launched a Sky Adsmart advertisement in celebration of our 70th Anniversary! Not only was this the perfect opportunity to showcase our beautiful furniture and accessories but it shows that we are always moving forward and looking for ways to keep you up to date. Don’t believe it? JUST WATCH! 

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8th January 2016

Out of the blue

Feeling blue this January? A New Year often means a new lease of life for your home and this spring everything is pointing to blue.

It’s an all-round crowd pleaser that will do everything but give you the winter blues. Here’s our top tips to help you create your own blue odyssey…

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Colour therapy

Celebrate the New Year by introducing fresh and bright shades of blue into your interiors whether it’s on the walls, in your furnishings, or your choice of bold accessories.

Traditionally recognised for its calming properties and tranquil elements, Buddhists use the blue Lapis Lazuli stone to bring inner peace, whilst the Egyptians often used colour to heal believing blue can soothe illnesses and treat pain.

A deep cobalt will refresh your living space no matter how you choose to decorate and is great for combining with other blue hues too. Or try a chalky Vermeer shade that works beautifully combined with mixed metals like warm gold and rosy coppers.

A vibrant shade of teal or aquamarine will inject brightness into any dark space or smaller room and provides a striking background for an array of bright colours, patterns and textures to be introduced. Don’t be afraid to use a variety of shades and throw in deeper, inkier blues to add more definition.

Living the blues

From your natural room light, existing décor and what the room is used for, there are so many things to take into consideration when choosing to go blue.

A primary hue that sits between green and violet on the visible spectrum, warm blues like indigo contain hints of red that can help a room to feel cosier no matter what the size. Interior designers often select warm blues for social spaces such as living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms. Cooler, greener blues like duck egg can often feel cold but can work well in a bathroom where you want a crisp, clean vibe.

The quality of light and the orientation of your room to the sun is particularly important when selecting your perfect shade. Natural light from the north is limited and has an inherently cool cast. If your room is north-facing don’t be put off completely, but go for a blue scheme with warm tones like ultramarine instead. For rooms that are lucky enough to enjoy strong afternoon sunlight, all colours of the blue spectrum are perfectly suited here so enjoy playing with different shades.

Cookes Collection Urban dining set in blue

Cookes Collection Urban dining set in blue

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18th December 2015

Nordic bliss

Looking for a new festive look this year? Why not take a more modern approach to the yuletide festivities and capture the essence of Scandinavian style by keeping your colour palettes limited and your decorations simple.

The classic Scandinavian festive theme is always an inviting way to cosy up your home during the cold winter months. Here’s our top tips to introduce this eclectic Scandi design style full of Christmas mood into your home…

A thoroughly modern Christmas

Scandinavia’s iconic neutral interior schemes are injected with natural materials like stone and timber to make a beautiful backdrop for lush green garlands and twinkling lights. As the flickering candlelight catches the season’s colours from red berries and green wreaths to rustic wooden decorations, it’s not hard to see why the charm of a Scandi Christmas has become so popular.

Traditional reds, golds and greens reign supreme at Christmas and look storybook perfect this time of year, but why not incorporate them from a different angle. Embrace the ever popular style of Scandinavian clean living by incorporating minimalist white into your colour scheme to reflect the harsh reality of the Nordic winter.

Decking the halls in all-white is not only trendy but can look stylish and classy, incorporated with soft shades of grey to give any home a touch of hunting lodge chic. A modern décor in white and grey will ensure that your Christmas tree is the centre of attention. Incorporate subtle shades of pewter, platinum and chrome into your tree decorations to blend with the grey to create a dazzling, icy living room reminiscent of the wintry Nordic terrain.

Winter rustic charm

A room dressed in wood is a dream setting for any Christmas story.

Nordic interiors are inspired by the charm of bare wood and open fires. Introducing sophisticated bare wood decorations and furniture into your festive interior choices can bring natural beauty straight into your home.

Whether it’s this sideboard or statement coffee table, incorporate functional furniture that allows the natural charm of the wood grain to shine through in a variety of textures and finishes.

Snug accessories

Scandinavians know a thing or two about using natural materials to give their interiors texture and warmth. Adding a textured rug or a fur throw to your sofa or bed will channel the old Nordic tradition of using animal fur to stave off the icy climate. Carrying on the warming festive ideas, these lanterns are the epitome of Scandi-style that allow you to embrace the elegance of relaxing candlelight throughout winter and give your home a cosy and inviting touch.

An elegant yuletide living room doesn’t need to be overcrowded with Christmas decorations. If you have a carefully articulated interior design, a natural mantel decoration of evergreen branches and pine cones and a luscious tree will do just the job. Add handmade wooden decorations and twig wreaths decorated with lights to capture the essence of a Scandi Christmas spent in style.

Recreate the magic of childhood festive stories around a roaring fire by adding these Scandi festive touches that will make December all the merrier. 

For more inspiration, check out our Nordic Bliss board on Pinterest.

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