The Wonderful World of the Web

Posted 2 years, 8 months ago by Heidi Brown    1 comment

Hello friends,

Today is my first day in the new Celtic Connexions office, and I am thrilled to be working in this spacious, well ventilated, fairly peaceful area. Bob has been excited about this place since he first laid eyes on it, and now I can truly appreciate that excitement! 2012 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Celtic Connexions Ltd, and we hope you will all remember us when you require Celtic gifts and attire - we are still here, and we want to work with you!

Please have a look at our website: www.celticconnexions.co (just co, no nz) as this has replaced our walk in shop. You can also find us on TradeMe, username: haggis16.

Bob is especially excited about taking tours to Scotland this year. One tour to Scotland is already full, and interest for further tours is coming in strong. If you are interested in being a part of the adventure, please email Bob: bob@celt.co.nz, or phone 0800HAGGIS. Places on each tour are limited to allow for a highly personalised experience, so don't delay in making your interest known.

 

 

Bob opened his first shop a decade ago, now he is excited to be moving completely on-line.
Bob opened his first shop a decade ago, now he is excited to be moving completely on-line.

Heidi @ 394 Grey St, not long before the 'castle' was demolished!
Heidi @ 394 Grey St, not long before the 'castle' was demolished!

Thank you all for your custom over the years - we really appreciate it!

All the best,

Heidi Brown

Bob Wallace


Burns Supper

Posted 2 years, 9 months ago by Heidi Brown    2 comments

Hello Friends,

Thank you to those who attended our St Andrew's Day celebration. I had a lovely time meeting and chatting to you friendly folk. We were incredibly fortunate to have such a fantastic line-up of talented musicians who gave wonderful performances for our entertainment. It was good fun having a go at Scottish Country dancing after so many years. We refueled with a delicious haggis meal, and then continued the dancing. If you are keen to see some photoes, please follow this link to Bob's blog.

Be sure to get your tickets and join us for our next event, the Robert Burns Supper, 25 January 2012, 7pm at The Riv Bar and Bistro, in Hamilton East. There will be music, Burns speakers, and a haggis meal. Tickets cost $17 per adult (this event is not suitable for children), includes two drams of whiskey. Email Bob: bob@celt.co.nz if you want to purchase tickets.

If you are after a new Glengarry, contact Bob for a special deal on one from our new shipment. We can also order your own Clan badge (as seen modelled by Bob) please expect up to a six week wait for badge orders. Belts, sporrans.

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, our UK suppliers have deadlines for ordering - we have now past the deadline for 2011. If you are wanting Chirstmas presents, please check that we have the item in stock. Check our Trade Me listings for available products (please still check availability, just to be on the safe side, especially when rings are concerned).

 

For now we hope your festive plans are going well.

 

Heidi and Bob

 


ONLY 39 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS!

Posted 2 years, 10 months ago by Heidi Brown    1 comment

Bob with a couple of coos in Culloden
Bob with a couple of coos in Culloden

Bob is back from Scotland, with some awesome photos and stories to tell. He wants to remind you that there are only 39 days left until Christmas, and only ten days before we reach our suppliers' deadline for 2011 orders. Now is the time to buy! We have specials on our website , and on everything in store. Also, check out our listings on trademe (haggis16) we have loaded hundreds of items on here, some of which are unavailable in store.

We cannot guarantee orders made after November 26 will arrive in time for Christmas, so if you want something we don't have in stock, please order now!

We are proud to stock Art Tiles, scrolls, cushions and more by well known UK designer,  Anne Stokes
We are proud to stock Art Tiles, scrolls, cushions and more by well known UK designer, Anne Stokes

All jewellery orders from St Justin must be in before November 26!
All jewellery orders from St Justin must be in before November 26!

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

Auckland Highland Games: Saturday 19th November

Saint Andrews Day Celebration: Saturday 26 November

This Saturday you will find Bob at the Auckland Highland Games . Come along and check out the Celtic Connexions stall, and have an all-round good time being immersed in Highland culture. This should be a great day for the whole family. See you there!

Please buy your tickets to the Clan Wallace Saint Andrew's Day Celebration - there are only ten days to go, and we would love you to be there to celebrate with us!

For any enquiries, please contact Bob:

Email: bob@celt.co.nz

Phone: 0800 HAGGIS

Bob and the Celtic Connexions stall in Cambridge on Armistice Day
Bob and the Celtic Connexions stall in Cambridge on Armistice Day

I hope to see you next weekend!

All the best,

Heidi


Nearly November

Posted 2 years, 11 months ago by Heidi Brown    0 comments

Hello friends,

The end of the year is fast approaching. If you are after meaningful gifts at excellent prices, now is the time to start looking.  If you plan to make an order from us - an order that you wish to receive before December 25th - it is very important to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Understandibly, our suppliers get very busy this time of year.

We now have Anne Stokes' new range of stunning art-work available in store, including wonderfully smooth silk cushions, and the old favourites, like tiles and scrolls, with awesome new designs.

Anne Stokes NEW Art Scroll
Anne Stokes NEW Art Scroll

Anne Stokes NEW silk cushion
Anne Stokes NEW silk cushion

 

We have also received a new shipment of sporrans.

$75  $65 each 10 new designs available.

Sporran NEW
Sporran NEW

Sporran NEW
Sporran NEW


In regards to the Saint Andrew's Day tickets - we are very happy to receive payment via internet banking. If you would like to do this, please email bob@celticconnexions.co, include the number of tickets required and your chosen delivery address.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Perhaps next week I will have a few photos of Bob's most recent visit to Scotland to share.

All the best,

Heidi.

 


 

 

 


Amber

Posted 2 years, 11 months ago by Heidi Brown    0 comments

Hello friends,

I want to start this newsletter by thanking my brother, Nick for being such an excellent help in the shop. As most of you will know, Celtic Connexions has an extensive range of products for sale. This presents a challenge to me, and I have been working here for 12+ months! Nick has been here for less than one month, and he is already going solo, and doing a fantastic job. Nick, you're a champ!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BOB!

Bob began his 60th Birthday celebrations early, with his family in Scotland a few days ago. His birthday haggis was 'piped' in with a combination of piano, guitar and tin whistle. From the sounds of it, Bob is enjoying himself! If you are keen to see some photos from his adventures, please check out the Celtic Connexions Tours blog - where Bob has uploaded two nice little slide-shows: "Stone Henge" and "The Lizard".

These stunning pendants make excellent gifts - only $65 each, with the option of matching earrings ($120 for a set). Six gemstones available.
These stunning pendants make excellent gifts - only $65 each, with the option of matching earrings ($120 for a set). Six gemstones available.

This post is titled 'Amber' for a good reason - during the past few weeks Amber has been the gemstone of choice for our customers; out-selling our previous number-one, Turquoise. I wonder whether people are particularly attracted to the warmth and vitility of this beautiful gemstone now that we are experiencing the tail end of the cool and dark Winter months. It is during this transition of seasons that I find myself craving the warm brightness of the sun.

For whatever reason, anyone who is interested in joining the Amber trend can get a good deal from Celtic Connexions. I am pleased to offer you any of the four lovely Amber pendants pictured above, for the special price of $65 each. Earring-pendant sets can be ordered for the special price of $120. These pendants also come in Amethyst, Malachite, Turquoise, Rainbow Moonstone and Lapis. 

 

Amber, Lapis, Malachite, Amethyst, Rainbow Moonstone, Turquoise
Amber, Lapis, Malachite, Amethyst, Rainbow Moonstone, Turquoise

DON'T FORGET YOUR TICKET!

I still have tickets available for the Saint Andrew's Day celebration to be held in Te Kowhai Hall, on November 26th, 2011. Please send me an email for details: bob@celticconnexions.co. I would also like to hear from anybody who has Scottish goods they would like to sell on the day.

RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS

Are you wanting one of the Chillis' CDs? I am in the process of making another order, as the last lot has sold out very quickly. Please let me know which CD you want a.s.a.p. so that I can ensure you do not miss out!

All the best from me,


Heidi Brown.

 



Scotland the Great!

Posted 2 years, 11 months ago by Heidi Brown    1 comment

Hello friends,

On behalf of Bob Wallace and Clan Wallace New Zealand, I am excited to invite you, your family and friends to celebrate Saint Andrew's Day this November. Celebrations will include live music, stalls, geneaologist meetings, dancing, a haggis ceremony and much more. Please see the attached poster for details. There is a limited number of tickets available, so be in quick! Early bird special ends 31st October.

Poster Saint Andrew.pdf

Bob and my mother, Sharyn have arrived safely in the UK. They are currently making their way through Cornwall. No doubt there will be many photos to share before long. I certainly look forward to seeing where my ancestors lived.

Thank you to those of you who have come into the shop/enquired/made an order recently. I appreciate your patience - I think I have got my head around running the shop without Bob, but it is a mission at times!

During October the shop is open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Please feel free to call me on 0800 HAGGIS, email me: bob@celticconnexions.co, or drop in. There are still plenty of specials to be found.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Red Hot Chilli Pipers while they were in Auckland/Hamilton. From what I hear, the concerts were a blast. I still have CDs, tee-shirts and a couple of DVDs available, if you are interested.

All the best from me (and from Bob, I'm sure, who will be fast asleep at present).

Heidi Brown

 


Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Venue Details, CDs, Tee-shirts

Posted 3 years ago by Heidi Brown    1 comment

Hello friends, we are pleased to bring you the details of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers first ever New Zealand Tour. Exciting! There will be performances in the following Cities: Auckland, Dunedin, Queenstown, Christchurch, Hamilton, Hastings, and Wellington.

Bob sporting Chilli Pipers merchandise
Bob sporting Chilli Pipers merchandise

Celtic Connexions has a range of Red Hot Chilli Pipers CDs and tee-shirts available, so please pop in to the shop, or enquire by phone if you are interested in supporting this fantastic Scottish band: 0800 HAGGIS.

Red Hot NZ!
Red Hot NZ!

 

RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS NZ TOUR - ON SALE NOW!

Friday 30th September – AUCKLAND, Vector Arena
With comedian Des McLean & part of The Spirit of Bannockburn Scottish fan night on the eve of the Scotland v England game at Eden Park
Tickets $49 from www.ticketmaster.co.nz / 0800 111999

Saturday 1st October - DUNEDIN Town Hall
5pm early start due to pool game Scotland v England that night. Tickets $47 / $37 concessions from www.ticketdirect.co.nz, 08004ticket & from the Regent Theatre

Sunday 2nd October - QUEENSTOWN Revolver Bar
Tickets $25 early-bird before 24th September / $30 in advance / $35 on the door from www.ticketmaster.co.nz, 0800 111 999 or from the Quest store on Shotover St

Tuesday 4th October – CHRISTCHURCH, the Venue-Musicbar
Also performing is comedian Des McLean. Tickets $28 early-bird until Friday 16 Sept / $35 thereafter (credit card fees inclusive) from www.eventfinder.co.nz.
Door Sales are available on show night if not sold out prior.

Thursday 6th October – HAMILTON, House On Hood
Also performing is comedian Des McLean. Tickets $ 40 (+booking fee) from www.ticketek.co.nz, 0800-Ticketek & from House on Hood St & Ticketek outlets.
Door Sales are available on show night if not sold out prior.

Friday 7th October – HASTINGS, Hawkes Bay Opera House
Also performing is comedian Des McLean. Tickets $ 59.90 / HBOH Encore Club Special Price $53.90 / Groups 10+ $5.00 discount off each ticket, from www.ticketek.co.nz, 0800 TICKETEK, & from Hawke's Bay Opera House Box Office, 101 Hastings Street South, Hastings & Ticketek outlets.

Saturday 8th October – WELLINGTON, Bodega
Tickets $30 from www.ticketmaster.co.nz, 0800 111999, and from Bodega, 101 Ghuznee St

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Bob is looking forward to Friday the 30th of September when he, and a mini-bus full of friends, will be heading to Auckland for the Red Hot Chilli Pipers first New Zealand performance. He hopes to see you there!

All the best from us,

Heidi Brown

Bob Wallace

Ebony Grant (the wee Dachy wearing the Tam O'Shanter)


Raise your flag!

Posted 3 years ago by Heidi Brown    0 comments

Hello friends!

We are still here at 394 Grey St, Hamilton East, and will be for at least another couple of months, so please pay us a visit! Jewellery is 20% off until the 15th of September, so you still have time to get a bargain.

We are still here!
We are still here!

If you are looking for a flag - small, medium or large, Celtic Connexions is the shop to visit.

Flag anyone?
Flag anyone?

We have a range of Welsh merchandise for sale, including: jewellery, flags, and various knick-knacks.

Hamish getting in the spirit of the game
Hamish getting in the spirit of the game

We are anticipating new designs by one of our favourite artists, Anne Stokes, including a new range of tiles, and silk cushions.

The shelves are filling up! New Anne Stokes shipment.
The shelves are filling up! New Anne Stokes shipment.

Check out our website for a great deal on new kilts and kiltware.

Scottish made kilts, excellent prices, see our website.
Scottish made kilts, excellent prices, see our website.

All the best from us!

 



Shim