As The Star Appears (Behind The Scenes)

December 17th, 2012

Watch artist and musician Richard McLester explain how they built the giant star sculpture in St Peter’s, Parkstone for Carols By Candlelight 2012.

Features clips from As The Star Appears, sung by Alexandra Wehlau. The CD and sheet music is available to buy from our online shop.


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Giant Star Provides Christmas Inspiration

December 11th, 2012

As The Star Appears Christmas CarolOn the evening of 9th December 2012, a spectacular service of Carols By Candlelight at St Peter’s, Parkstone in Poole, Dorset saw the premier of new Christmas carol, As The Star Appears written by Richard McLester.

The carol, written for four-part choir was performed by St Peter’s, Parkstone Parish Choir accompanied by Richard McLester on piano and conducted by Kylie Hutchings.

Beginning with a beautiful duet, the carol is split into 3 stanzas with the final stanza repeating the words from the first.

The whole service was based around the theme of the Nativity Star as a symbol of Hope to the world.

Christmas StarTo that effect, Richard McLester also designed a huge star that hung above the congregation.

Built by Richard and a dedicated team of members from the church youth group and choir, the star provided a stunning visual of shapes and light.

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The carol is available on CD recorded by both Richard McLester and soprano soloist & Head Chorister of St Peter’s, Parkstone, Alexandra Wehlau.

Accompanying the carol on the CD are 5 reflective improvisations on Christmas Carols performed by Richard McLester on solo piano.

To buy either As The Star Appears on CD or as sheet music, do visit our online shop here.


How The Star Was Made

To see Richard McLester explain how the star was made and to preview the carol, watch this short film...


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Lumin-Essence at Mercedes-Benz, Poole!

November 15th, 2012

Mercedes Benz PooleLumin-Essence will be at the Mercedes-Benz Showroom in Poole as part of their Christmas Ladies’ Night. Come down and see us next Wednesday, 7.30pm!

There will be loads of local businesses all together with special offers, raffle prizes to be won as well as fabulous entertainment.

This is what Mercedes-Benz had to say;

“…You’re guaranteed all-round feel-good factor.

You get pampered, seasonally indulged, inspired and treated.

The children at Julia’s House hospice get a much-needed helping hand.

How’s that for some early Christmas glow? …”

Wednesday 21 November 7.30pm – 10pm
Mercedes-Benz of Poole showroom

Entrance £5.00. Includes drink on arrival and canapés.
All proceeds donated to Julia’s House.

Sign up by Friday 16 November to be on our guest list.

Fabulous raffle prizes to be won – all donated by our local businesses!


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David Owen Norris launches Prayerbook Oratorio

September 11th, 2012

David Owen Norris Prayerbook OratorioOn Friday 14th September at 7.30 in Romsey Abbey: David Owen Norris will present “My Oratorio-with-a-Difference, Prayerbook”.

It features a Calypso sung by the Choristers of New College Oxford, and a comedy Fugue sung by the top Barber-Shop Quartet Over-the-Bridge, to words from the back of the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer about who you’re not allowed to marry, beginning ‘A man may not marry his grandfather’s wife’.
David Owen Norris
The Waynflete Singers, one of the best choirs in the country, will be accompanied by glittering brass and percussion, by the mighty Romsey organ, and by the prize-winning Navarra String Quartet. The international operatic baritone Peter Savidge is the soloist.

The piece has its serious moments too, of course – it begins with a thought-provoking phrase from 1549: ‘There was never any thing by the wit of man so well devised, or so sure established, which in continuance of time hath not been corrupted’. At which point the chorus Hisses – the first time this effect has been used.

Tickets are £15, £12 and £10 and the composer, David Owen Norris, will be conducting the performance himself. For more information, do visit the website


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Christmas VIP Evenings – Tickets on Sale!

August 9th, 2012

Christmas VIP EveningsTickets are now on sale for the Lumin-Essence exclusive Christmas VIP Evenings!

The dates are Thursday 18th October, Wednesday 24th October & Thursday 25th October.

It’s a great chance to see all of our wonderful new products and get some Christmas shopping done early!

Each evening, we open the shop only to our VIP ticket holders who get exclusive access to new products we’ve held back especially for you.

You’ll get entered into two prize draws (one for our VIPs, one for across the whole shop), get given a free booklet of vouchers to spend as well as vouchers for money off in January and February.

All of that with our general loveliness, drinks and nibbles on top!!

These evenings have always sold out quickly in the past, so do make sure you book as soon as possible as there are only 26 places available per evening.

Tickets are just £5 – either call in our shop or give us a call on 01202 669778 to book now!


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June 1st, 2012

Ragtangle Shopping Village New Look!Both the homepage and magazine have been given makeovers!

Our magazine has been split into new sections. Any new products that come online will be found in the What’s New? section.

Our Wine & Dine pages will have the latest wines and any tasting notes. In the Flowers / Home pages, we’ll keep you updated with the latest news from our florist and home gifts.

Our Community pages will be updated with the latest comings and goings from our real life community.

This will include wine tastings at The Village Vine, VIP events at Lumin-Essence, music releases from our musicians and even ticket sales for charity events or productions.

The homepage has been reworked to make it easy to see the entire village at one glance. We have some beautiful new products available that we hope you’ll enjoy…

We hope you like the new styles – it should make everything easier to follow and read, and just a bit more friendly!


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Inflatable Animals On Display in Paris Museum

August 21st, 2011
Inflatable Elephant

Inflatable Elephant

Well the New York Times Style Magazine was impressed with the Billy Buffalo, Giro Giraffe and Ellie Elephant! The animals are on display with the rest of their creator’s toys at Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ Toy Gallery in Paris no less! And for good reason. Designed by the famous Czech toy designer Libuse Niklova (1934-1981), the animals can be used as children’s chairs or pool toys. And not just for kids. Because of their happy design there are students who have them in their rooms at Uni and they sit next to the telly in living-rooms. They even tour with a rock band. How cool is that?

These animals have their place in history but are here again today made with the original moulds by the big Fatra company (better known for roof tiles) and now produced with the European safety CE mark,. They are a true mix of beautiful, practical design and real toy that children love.

If you are visiting Paris then you can find the exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs ( which lasts until November 6th.

Can’t make it? Then you can visit the animals on Ragtangle here


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Oposium Announce Summer Tour Dates

February 9th, 2011
Alternative Rock Band Oposium Tour 2011

Bournemouth alternative rock band Oposium have confirmed 5 dates for their upcoming tour this summer 2011;

14th May, Poole Lighthouse
28th May, Parkstone URC
4th June, Barrington Theatre, Ferndown
16th June, Mr Kyps
2nd July, Mowlem Theatre, Swanage

with further dates to be confirmed. Tickets go live on sale on March 1st 2011.


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New Florists Coming to the Ragtangle Shopping Village!

February 9th, 2011

Independent florists Fleur De Lys based in Poole, Dorset will be joining us in our Shopping Village very soon.

Fleur De Lys Florists Logo

Selling a wide range of beautiful bouquets, the shop also run a very professional nationwide delivery service. If you are looking for something with an extra spark of creativity, then Fleur De Lys will be your shop to go to.

Fleur De Lys Flowers have already been providing the beautiful roses sitting alongside our Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes available from The Village Vine. We look forward to presenting the rest of their online range to you.

For more information, have a look at the new Fleur De Lys website;


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Oposium to Release New Music

November 24th, 2010

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Alternative rock band Oposium have today announced that they will be releasing new music early next year.

A spokesman for the band said today that the group have been been writing new material for the past couple of months and are getting ready to release the new tracks. In a move that emulates many of todays top music producers, the band will probably be releasing one track a month for 6 months.

Oposium became known last year as the band who set their piano on fire during live performances. The group have also been known to sail pianos into the sea and it’s quite possible that 2011 will see yet more piano “activity”. A source close to the band said that “the band are very pleased with the new music that is coming out of recent sessions. They seem very relaxed about the whole thing and the music is benefitting as a result”.


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