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June 2014 Newsletter

June 11th, 2014

June in the UK is awash with social events requiring both manners and etiquette!



Up and coming in July and September are two fantastic courses for Manners and Etiquette.  If you know a group of visitors coming to London who would like to find out more about English Society, how to handle themselves in any situation, meeting and greeting people, or just need to know how to dress correctly for certain situations, then this course definitely fits the bill. For more information on this course, please do contact us.


Royal Ascot

If ever there was a chance for the women to dress up in smart clothes and splendid hats and the men to don their morning coats and top hats, then Royal Ascot is that occasion.  With the chance to see many of the Royal Family arrive in open-topped carriages across Windsor Park, entering the racecourse by the Golden Gates, this is one of Britain’s great social events of the year.

If you would like a tour of one of the great Royal Palaces, then Windsor Castle is the place to come to.  Just down the road from Ascot racecourse, we can organise a tour of some of the royal residences including this one.


Queen’s and Wimbledon Tennis Tournaments

The tennis at Queen’s Club in London is the forerunner for Wimbledon and is a week full of excitements, pimms and strawberries and get up close and personal to many of the players, as the surroundings are on an intimate scale.  Queen’s is closely followed by the greatest tennis tournament in the world, played on the hallowed turf of Wimbledon.   Don’t forget that we can organise tickets and arrange a bespoke tour for you around these events in the future.


Trooping the Colour

This is about as British as you can get and it is the British Army performing ceremonial duties at their best.   A tradition that’s been going since the 17th century, it’s a truly magnificent sight, not a soldier out of step and Her Majesty The Queen standing on, inspecting her troops.  More Than Good Manners will arrange the day for you and guide you through all the Royal and Historical events of the day.  You can find out more on Trooping the Colour here.


Sandringham Flower Show

And while we are on the subject of the Royal Family, then why not let us organise a trip for you to stay in Norfolk which is where Sandringham House is located, one of the Queen’s royal residences.  The Sandringham Flower Show, held this year on 30th July, is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England and many of the region’s leading nurseries and horticultural specialists exhibit here.  To find out more about bespoke tours, please do contact us.


May 2014 Newsletter

May 15th, 2014

May 2014 Newsletter


Spring has finally arrived in Britain, and that means much excitement here!   The wonderful Glyndebourne Festival Opera season starts this month, as well as literary festivals, flower shows and horse shows, open air theatres and so many other fantastic opportunities that you can participate in, here in the UK.

We are so lucky to have such a rich heritage, and I’d love to give you the chance to sample even a small amount on offer throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  Please feel free to contact me regarding any questions you may have about visits to the UK, I’ll be very happy to try and help.


The Glyndebourne Festival

The Glyndebourne Festival is celebrating its’ 80th anniversary this year.  Glyndebourne is recognised as one of the world’s best opera houses, and is a totally unique experience.  During an extended interval, you can enjoy an elaborate picnic in the gardens, dressed in your evening finery, or you could choose the restaurant for a sumptuous meal.  With quality at the forefront of the owners’ minds, it attracts the world’s best artists and is really an extremely enjoyable evening.  It’s an event that certainly won’t disappoint.

We are also very fortunate to have  the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Central London, which also starts this month.  An exciting event in the middle of London and open to the elements, an umbrella is often a good accessory to bring to one of these plays!  But nothing is more enjoyable than participating in an open air play.

You can find out more about a visit to Glyndebourne and the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre here.


Royal Residence Tours

The exciting Royal Windsor Horse Show is held this month in the beautiful private grounds of Her Majesty the Queen’s Windsor Castle.  This is an extremely popular event held over 5 days.   There is so much to see with an exciting full 5 days of entertainment, action and top class horse riding.   Royal Residence Tours are one of our specialities, so please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding a tour around Windsor Castle, as well as any other Royal Residencies you would like to see, which we can tailor to suit your requirements.


Manners and Etiquette Courses

Etiquette courses are fast becoming very popular.  With manners gradually declining throughout the world, some believe that knowing the correct manners and etiquette is still an essential part of one’s life, be it in business or social circumstances.

We are now pleased to offer “The London Lady and English Gentleman Course”, designed to help you learn the correct etiquette for all situations you may encounter in your everyday life.  The first of these courses is on 9th July, held at the prestigious Landsdowne Club in Central London and is getting very booked up.   The second one is on 25th September.   Don’t hesitate to book your place now one one of our Manners and Etiquette Courses.    You could combine it with a bespoke tour we could arrange especially for you.

All the best for the month of May, and please don’t forget to call us for any of the above that we can help you with.  Courses on Manners, and bespoke tours and travel accommodation are our forte.

April 2014 Newsletter

April 3rd, 2014

Just out, my newsletter for April 2014.

April 2014 Newsletter

April has arrived quickly and the English Social Season is now in full swing.  As the weather is getting slightly warmer, so we have the water events.  There are various highlights in the social calendar, and the one that really gets everybody excited is the Boat Race which is on 6th April, followed by Henley Royal Regatta and other Regattas in July and on to the extremely social event of Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight in August.  To be part of any of these, do please contact us.


The Boat Race

April 6th is our annual Oxford vs Cambridge boat race. This is a thrilling spectacle and one to definitely come along to and watch if you’re in London.   Grabbing a place besides the river to watch this hard fought and very tough 6.8km mile race between the two oldest and illustrious universities in the UK is an exciting chance to be amongst a great crowd on the banks of the River Thames.   This wonderful event draws in over a quarter of a million spectators, something not to be missed.

And if you can’t get to that, then you can always get tickets to the rowing social event of the year, Henley Royal Regatta, another exhibition of rowing at the highest standards.   Do get in touch with us for more information on bespoke tours we can arrange for you.

For more information about the Boat Race and Henley Royal Regatta, why not take a look here.


Royal Residence Tours

We are very lucky in the United Kingdom to have the Royal Family.  For most travellers to the UK, visiting a Royal Residence is top of their list, and I can understand why.  We arrange bespoke tours of Royal Residences to fit in with the traveller.  We could include Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Holyrood House in Scotland, Sandringham in Norfolk and a few others as well.  We tailor our tours to fit your requirements.  Feel free to speak to us about any of the Royal Residence Tours that we can help you with.


Stately Home Accommodation

England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales have a plethora of grand stately homes, Old Rectories and historical houses.  Base yourself somewhere in the United Kingdom and let us help you arrange your stay in one or two or three of these wonderful houses and organise a tour around your base.  It’s exciting to think that you can stay in houses with history, glamour and splendour, rather than a hotel room that looks the same the world over.  Here is an example of one Castle in England.


Manners and Etiquette Course

Finally, we have our new course which we are very excited about.  This is titled “The London Lady and English Gentleman Course”.  Learning the correct manners and etiquette these days is vitally important in all walks of life, and here, on this one day course in London, you’ll learn all you need to know about how to act and behave in the right social occasions.  Click here to book your course.

I hope you have an enjoyable April, and please don’t forget to call us for any of the above that we can help you with.  Courses on Manners, and bespoke tours and travel accommodation are our forte.


Veronica Levett-Scrivener

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The High Sheriff s Dinner

March 19th, 2014

The Norfolk Club in Norwich hosted a dinner to celebrate Sarah Leicester s successful year as High Sheriff of Norfolk, which I attended last week.  The history and tradition of this office goes back hundreds of years.  It is an honorary position, yet entails a huge commitment from the High Sheriff, in terms of public service as well as traditional roles .  Lady Leicester gave a wonderful speech, she is a very good looking woman who  oozes real charm and intelligence from every pore.  I imagine that she really enjoyed her year, and will be followed by another able woman Lady Dannat.  I sat for part of the evening next to a splendid cleric, he was not called Friar Tuck but he did enjoy the very good dinner and looking magnificent in his scarlet robes ( which means the Queen has made him a member of the Royal collection of priests ).  On my other side was my father s 91 year old cousin, so a very happy evening.

March 2014 Newsletter

March 7th, 2014

Just out, my newsletter for March 2014.

If you would like to be added to my list for the monthly newsletters, please email me at veronica@morethangoodmanners.com


March 2014 Newsletter

Spring is fast approaching and the weather here in the UK is definitely turning warmer, and with it the beginning of the English Social Season. Wonderful Stately Homes and grand country houses are shown off their full potential, the English social sporting calendar is about to get underway, and Society events are very much at the fore.

The first one we will turn our thoughts to is the Cheltenham Festival, happening next week.

Cheltenham Festival

Starting on March 11th, this entails 3 days of exciting horse racing and socialising amongst the elite of the racing world.  200,000 people are expected to turn up to take part in this event, and the best horses and riders are turned out for this very special spectacle.  Cheltenham is swiftly followed by the next social occasion in the racing calendar, the Grand National in April, and then Royal Ascot (attended by HM The Queen), The Derby (also attended by HM The Queen) and finally Glorious Goodwood.  For more information on any of these events and ways that you can be a part of them, please click here.

Unveiling Our New Course

We are delighted to announce our new course in London.  Called “The London Lady and English Gentleman”, this is a day packed with excellent information on the correct use of good Manners and Etiquette as well as the exciting prospect of putting all you’ve learned on the day into practice in some of the smartest shops in town. We have two dates, 9th July and 25th September 2014, and these are being held at the prestigious Lansdowne Club in London.  Places are limited and filling up fast.  Click here to book your place.

Garden Tours

This is prime time for gardens to flourish in the UK, and England has some beautiful gardens, many set within a backdrop of a glorious stately home or large country house.  We love to share our inside knowledge of some of these houses and gardens around Norfolk and Suffolk, and where possible, you will also have the opportunity to meet the owners, many personally known to us.  For more information on our garden tours, please click here.

Stately Accommodation

Are you looking for slightly different accommodation other than a hotel.  We can find the right accommodation for you.  Simply select the region you want to visit, and we’ll tailor make a bespoke package to fit your every need.  See more accommodation ideas here

I do hope we will see you very soon, and don’t forget about our new course!




Order of the Garter

February 26th, 2014

The Monday of Ascot week  (16 June 2014)  is the day HM The Queen attends the service of the Order of the Garter held at St George s Chapel Windsor.

The Knights of the Order of the Garter process though Windsor Castle up the hill to the Chapel, dressed in their long velvet robes, with berets with ostrich plumes, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh lead this band of Knights, into the Chapel of St George for the annual service.

The Order was founded by Edward III, and descendents of the Knights of the Order of the Garter can attend the service or have a seat on the stand outside which gives you a wonderful view of the procession.

So I was hoping that my great grandfather Bishop Fisher who was Chancellor of the Order would enable me to join as a descendent.  But I have found out that clergymen cannot be Knights.  So my brother Charles dug out the family tree and pointed out that we are descended from 3 sons of Edward 111, namely John of Gaunt, Lionel of Antwerp and Thomas Woodstock.  So it was agreed that I could be a confirmed descendent of Lionel of Antwerp who was KG No 35 !  The first “fixed ” stall that had  a plate name in my family lineage is the stall plate for Henry 4th Earl of Northumberland KG No 213 .  Bishop Fisher is buried in the South Nave Aisle !  So when I go in June I will have a good look for the Bishop and the Earl.


London Lady and English Gentleman

February 21st, 2014

We are very excited to offer you a Manners And Etiquette Course in London at a very special private members club, the Landsowne Club in central London.

The course is specifically designed to suit both ladies and gentlemen, and is being held on the 9 July and the 25 Septmber 2014.

We aim to show you exactly how to meet and greet people in all types of situations, how to address people and how to use your body language effectively when communicating with people.

We will also give you tips and techniques about the correct way to dress, accessorise and groom yourself.  And you’ll learn the important art of replying to invitations, the use of correct language and titles, as well as how to get a grip on social media.

More than that, we’ll also offer you a special afternoon of practical advice by interacting with real life situations, such as with hotel staff, retail staff and others.

A morning of tuition, followed by a 3 course lunch at the club, an afternoon to put what you have learnt into practice , followed by “afternoon tea” at either Brown’s Hotel or Fortnum and Mason, and then a well deserved glass of wine back at the club at the end of the day.

For more information please look at http://www.morethangoodmanners.com/whats-new.  Or call me on +44 (0)7769 687 599+44 (0)7769 687 599

More Than Good Manners on BBC Radio Gloucestershire

March 7th, 2013

We received an impromptu request for information from BBC Radio  Gloucestershire this morning and  as a result Veronica has just given a live interview  sharing fascniating insights into Manners and Etiquette and different nationalities’ approach to the subject.


Seven and a half ton Tessa

March 6th, 2013

Of course I am talking about my new horse lorry.  I had a couple of lessons from a friend, and then off I went on our first outing to Newmarket, for the first “teach in” for Area 4 Side-Saddle Association, of the season.  Another lady had a new lorry as well, hers was white and very clean, and she had made new curtains for it.  I can see that I need raise my standards. Ben the pony seemed happy, with only blinds, and wonder what he will think of the loo and separate shower !

Spring is coming… and we are launching our Coronation Tours for Summer 2013 !

February 22nd, 2013

Spring is so very nearly with us now, and in anticipation of a wonderful fummer season we are pleased to announce the launch of some specially themed ‘ Coronation’ Tours which take in some of the sites associated with this momentous event. It is incredible  to believe that HM The Queen has devoted over 60 years’ service to our country!

We hope many of you will join us this summer to help celebrate.