From Princess to Fairy Godmother

A silver first tooth fairy box

The congregation at St Barnabas Church in Mayland, Chelmsford, had a pleasant surprise last Sunday during a Christening at the family service. The Duchess of Cambridge attended as a godmother and she was joined at the service, not only by her husband Prince William … she brought Prince George along as well.

The service was conducted by Reverend Ken Dunstan who admitted that he didn’t usually pay a huge amount of attention to godparents as long as they were there and willing to make the appropriate promises, but on this occasion he admitted that his usual congregation were a bit surprised. “My main concern was that I got the tone right for the family and for the baptism.”

Some little bunny in Mayland will have some Christening photos to be proud of and we are pretty confident there will be some impressive Christening pressies in the treasure box too.

Prince William had a busy day … after a slice of Christening cake he had to whizz back to London and change into the Dinner Jacket in time for the BAFTAs, where he was guest of honour and handed a BAFTA fellowship to Dame Helen Mirren, saying he should probably call her “granny” following her many performances as The Queen on stage and in film.

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CHRISTENINGsilver site re-launch

Since it was first launched in 2006, CHRISTENINGsilver has grown to become one of the web’s leading suppliers of Christening gifts in sterling silver, silver plate and pewter, shipping thousands of orders annually to buyers in both the UK and overseas. Now, after more than seven years, CHRISTENINGsilver has had a complete redesign based around a new software platform, aimed at enhancing the shopping experience for all visitors to the site.

The new site, built on the Magento eCommerce platform, has been designed to help visitors find and purchase gifts with ease and in total security. The fresh design is clean and uncomplicated, showcasing over 200 products in an attractive and informative way. Movement between categories and products is smoother and more intuitive, whilst the secure checkout offers additional services such as gift wrap, a gift message service and a greetings card shop with a selection of Christening & Baptism cards.

Customers can create and manage online accounts to monitor orders, save and distribute wishlists and store alternative delivery addresses, whilst the streamlined order management system allows customers to be informed of order updates by both email and within their online account.

The new site has been tested exhaustively for functionality and security. We apologise if you still encounter some minor glitches over the next couple of weeks with a missing page or a broken link – these should now be fairly rare and are being ironed out as they occur.

We hope you like the new site. Please do send us any feedback (brickbats as well as bouquets) and we look forward to serving your Christening gift needs for the next seven years.

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Jubilee Hallmarked Collection

The UK’s Assay Offices have designed a new commemorative hallmark in recognition of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Commemorative hallmarks don’t come along very often. In fact, there have only been four since the Silver Jubilee of George V and Queen Mary in 1935. The first was released in 1953 for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. This was followed in 1977 with Queen’s

Silver Jubilee and then in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee. The only other commemorative mark in this 75 year period was the Millennium mark of 2000.

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Christening Gifts and The X Factor

The engravers at CHRISTENINGsilver are always quick to spot a trend. The number of napkin rings, tankards, mugs, egg cups and quaichs we engrave with Christian names every week gives us a good indication of the most popular names being chosen by parents in the UK.

For boys, we are seeing many familiar favourites. Tom and Thomas, Ollie and Oliver, Josh and Joshua, James and Jamie all feature strongly along with Jack, Harry and Charlie. We have the occasional family name or Victorian hangover, but in the main, parents are still fairly conservative when it comes to boys’ names.
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