Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Win a £10,000 King's Ransom

Hunt for golden keys to the final starts on future King’s first birthday
Marking Prince George’s first birthday, a nationwide treasure hunt has been launched today [Tuesday 22 July] to find a £10,000 King’s Ransom.
Leading pub retailer and brewer Greene King is hosting a combined online and real-life treasure hunt over the summer, with a hidden prize of £10,000 waiting at the end for one lucky winner.
To mark the launch of the company’s biggest ever giveaway, four famous ‘Kings’ took in the sights in London yesterday and posed for their very first selfies, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.
Beginning today at www.the-kings-ransom.co.uk, the hunt for the King’s Ransom starts with an online trail to narrow down the area of the UK where the loot has been hidden. Clues to eliminate areas will be released every few days until just one area remains, with golden keys to the final awarded to 12 of the hunters who have cracked all the clues.

Golden key holders will be invited to take part in the grand finale, a real-life treasure hunt, with one walking away with the £10,000.
Mark Blythman from Greene King said: “We know our customers enjoy spending time in our pubs. We wanted to take their enjoyment to the next level over the summer by way of an old-fashioned treasure hunt with a modern, online twist.
“Some of the clues are trickier than others but with a bit of thought they can be cracked. I wish each and every competitor good luck on their quest to unlock a golden key to our big finale.”
Finalists will be able to bring up to three friends or family with them to help at the final stage of the King’s Ransom, which will be an on-foot treasure hunt taking place on Sunday 14 September, somewhere in the UK.
Hints and tips for treasure hunters will be shared on Twitter @kingsransom2014 #kingsransom and on Facebook www.facebook.com/kingsransom2014, and all participants will need to register on the website to take part. There will also be spot prizes up for grabs along the way.
To join the hunt visit www.the-kings-ransom.co.uk.
King Henry VIII, Richard I, Elvis Presley and a Pearly King take in the sights during a visit to London yesterday and take their very first selfie.


FIVE new competitions!

Here's something to keep you busy! Five new competitions,  all to be entered by following the links and using the Rafflecopter forms

Alton Garden Centre - win an oil drum style barbecue. Closing 20 August

KC Watches - win a £50 One4All gift card. Closing 16 August

The Gardencast  - win a 2 seater swing bench. Closing 13 August

Energy Bulbs - win a set of 20 LED bulbs. Closing 13 August

Design Icons - win a year's subscription to Wallpaper magazine. Closing 11th August

Win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with your DIY confession

Poles Direct are giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with two runners up prizes of a set of blinds for your home. You need to have a blog to enter, and write a confession detailing how and why you failed to complete a home-based DIY project properly, including a photo of your failed project. Then submit the post to them by August 31st. You can see full details of the competition, including an example failed project, on their competition page along with examples of how you should submit your entry.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Win a Mornflake hamper

The latest giveaway ay Kavey Eats is for a hamper packed with Mornflake Oat products. There'll be plenty for you to tuck in to, whether you like to make them into traditional porridge or use them for baking something tasty like flapjack.

To enter, visit the competition post and get up to three entries by commenting, liking and/or tweeting. The closing date is August 8th.

Win cash for summer projects

NOTE - this is an amended and updated version of the post that appeared a few days ago.

Cash Still Up For Grabs for Summer Activities

Swinton Insurance to award thousands of pounds to help people

 complete their projects


Every week during July, Swinton is offering cash donations to help people who need financial assistance to complete an important project for themselves, their neighbours or their wider community.  Each week of the month will have a specific focus – such as neighbour or community - and at the end of each week a winner will be selected in that week’s category.

 The second week of the campaign saw Swinton contribute to a gardening project and the rest of the month’s activities will run as follows:

  • W/c 14th July – for the third week of the campaign, Swinton is calling on entrants to think about a neighbour who could do with a helping hand and to let Swinton know. Have they always wanted to create a water feature in their garden but not

Known where to start?  Or maybe the summer would be the perfect time for them to build a tree house for the children or grandchildren? Whether indoor or outdoor if you know of a summer project that your neighbour could do with a helping hand on then now is the time to nominate.

  • W/c 21st July – in the final week of its Summer Project, Swinton want to hear about an initiative that will benefit the wider community.  This could be building new facilities in a youth club, creating a kids play area in an unused space, giving the community centre a makeover or coming together to create a community garden filled with fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers year round – anything that will help the people in the entrant’s local area.

The winning neighbour project will all be awarded a cheque for £1,000. The community project will receive £5,000, with the person who nominates the successful community project also being given £250. Each winner will be announced at the end of the corresponding week and every entrant will be entered into a prize draw for £100.

Week 1 Winner

Helen Pearce of Clynder has won £1000 to help complete her Summer Project – decorating the first home she has owned.

 Helen, who bought her house in May after 20 years in naval headquarters at the Clyde naval base in Faslane, is looking forward to decorating bedrooms for her two sons Harry (17) and Tom (20) and replacing the current butterflies and floral wallpapers with some cool block colours.

 Having lived in married quarters at the naval base for years, Helen is relishing the opportunity to show her creative flair and to decorate her home just as she wants it.

The recently qualified midwife will have to fit in the decorating project over work shifts in the summer months. “I had planned decorating the house as my summer project and entered the competition for a bit of fun,” says Helen. “When I found out I had won the cash to buy all the bits and pieces for decorating I was thrilled. I will soon have the butterflies and flowers off the walls and create some fantastic new finishes for my lovely new home.”

For the first week of the Summer Project from Swinton Insurance campaign entrants were invited to seek a helping hand from Swinton with jobs around the house that, for whatever reason, they haven’t been able to complete.

Steve Griffiths, head of marketing at Swinton Insurance, commented: “Following the success of our Great Britain’s Greatest Neighbour campaign last summer, Swinton wanted to return to neighbourhoods around the country and help do our bit for families and communities. We’re all aware of how sometimes a project needs to be completed but it can get put off again and again for a wide variety of reasons – Swinton’s Summer Project is our way of offering a helping hand in completing these jobs.”

Reflecting the importance of a helping hand around the house, recent research from Barclaycard has shown that surging house prices have led to a sharp recovery in sales of do-it-yourself goods. The report found that spending in DIY stores reached a two-year high in February 2014 up 11pc year-on-year. The DIY sector was the top-performing sector in an otherwise subdued month for consumer spending.

To submit an entry for Swinton Insurance’s Summer Project and for full terms and conditions, please visit http://www.swinton.co.uk/in-the-know/project-summer/. You can keep up to date with competition news by following Swinton on https://www.facebook.com/#!/SwintonInsurance?fref=ts or https://twitter.com/SwintonGroup


Win a holiday to New Zealand

New Zealand is a popular destination for adventure holidays, and Ultimate Outdoors are giving away a 15 day adventure holiday for one person. To enter, visit their blog and follow the link to the competition, giving your answer on the entry form (and not as a blog comment, as several people seem to have one!)

Make sure you check the terms and conditions - the holiday is for ONE person and will include camping, cycling, trekking and white water rafting, so only apply if you are an adventurous type!

The closing date is October 11th.

Win a Beauty Bundle

Here's another lovely giveaway from My Family Ties - a beauty bundle of pampering treats. Enter using the Gleam app on the competition page. The closing date is August 9th.