Will you be flying your flag for St George?

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Did you know today is Saint George’s Day?

It is celebrated by various Christian Churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. Saint George’s Day is celebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George’s death in 303 AD. For Eastern Orthodox Churches (which use the Julian calendar), ’23 April’ currently falls on 6 May of the Gregorian calendar

Since Easter often falls close to Saint George’s Day, the church celebration of the feast may be moved from 23 April. In England, where it is the National Saint’s Day, for 2011 and 2014 the Anglican and Catholic calendars celebrate Saint George’s Day on the first Monday after the Octave of Easter (2 May 2011 and 28 April 2014, respectively).Similarly, the Eastern Orthodox celebration of the feast moves accordingly to the first Monday after Easter or, as it is sometimes called, to the Monday of Bright Week.

St George’s Day was a major feast and national holiday in England on a par with Christmas from the early 15th century. The Cross of St. George was flown in 1497 by John Cabot on his voyage to discover Newfoundland and later by Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. In 1620 it was the flag that was flown on the foremast of the Mayflower (with the early Union Flag combining St. George’s Cross of England with St. Andrew’s Saltire of Scotland on the mainmast) when the Pilgrim Fathers arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Here are a few facts about today:

*Shakespeare was born – and died – on Saint George’s Day.

*It is traditional to wear a red rose in your lapel.

*Jerusalem is typically sung on St George’s Day in churches.

*April 23rd is the feast day of Saint George and the National Day for England.

*St George is most widely known for slaying a dragon.

*The most widely recognized symbol of St George’s Day is St George’s cross.

Here at Masterflex, we manufacture flexible hoses and ducting for the British public, here in the North West of England.

So if you need any products, hoses, clips and cuffs, contact our office.

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited

Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,

Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER

Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Email: Marketing@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com

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Easter is nearly here

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Here at Masterflex, we are getting ready to enjoy the long weekend.

Relaxing, eating Easter treats and visiting family and friends is something we are all looking forward to.

Have you got any plans? Maybe an Easter egg hunt, baking, or time away for a couple of days?

Don’t forget Masterflex will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday, but open as normal from Tuesday 5th April.

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER
Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Friday: 8 – 5pm

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural andpolitical achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women’s Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for over a century – and is growing annually from strength to strength.

International Women’s Day timeline journey.

1908 – 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

1909 – The first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

1910-1911 – More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants.

1914 – Further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women’s solidarity. For example, in London in the United Kingdom there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women’s suffrage on 8 March 1914. Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested in front of Charing Cross station on her way to speak in Trafalgar Square.

1917 – On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” in response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in World War 1. Opposed by political leaders, the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.

1996 – The UN commenced the adoption of an annual theme in 1996 – which was “Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future”. This theme was followed in 1997 with “Women at the Peace table”, and in 1998 with “Women and Human Rights”, and in 1999 with “World Free of Violence Against Women”, and so on each year until the current. More recent themes have included, for example, “Empower Rural Women, End Poverty & Hunger” and “A Promise is a Promise – Time for Action to End Violence Against Women”.

2016 and beyond – The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation may feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally!
Make everyday International Women’s Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

How have you spent your day?

How have you spent your day?

The 29th February, also known as leap day or year in the Gregorian calender, only occurs every four years. This means that we gain an extra day in the year.

In the Chinese calender, leap years will only occur in the years of the Monkey, Dragon and Rat.

A leap day is observed because a complete revolution around the Sun takes slightly longer than 365 days. It compensates for this lag, realigning the calendar with the Earth’s position in the solar system; otherwise, seasons would occur in a different time than intended in the calendar year.

The Gregorian calendar repeats itself every 400 years, including 97 leap days, which is exactly 20,871 weeks. Over this period, February 29 falls on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday 13 times each; 14 times each on Friday and Saturday; and 15 times each on Monday and Wednesday. The order of the leap days is: Thursday, Tuesday, Sunday, Friday, Wednesday, Monday, and Saturday.

A person who is born on February 29 may be called a “leapling” or a “leap-year baby”. In non-leap years, some leaplings celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1, while others only observe birthdays on the authentic intercalary date, February 29.

How have you spent your day?

Here at Masteflex, we are all hard at work to make sure we get your orders out on time.

If you have an questions about our products, visit our website or give the office a ring, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

 Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER
Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Email: marketing@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com

We need you!

We need you!

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Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited is a leading UK manufacturer of high-tech flexible ducting, hoses and connecting systems.

Today, our products are in use throughout industry, helping to solve our customers many different application requirements.

The Quality Policy is to ensure that the manufacture and supply of our flexible hose and ducting products is carried out to a standard that exceeds our customer’s expectations.

So here at Masterflex, we would like to know what you think of our products, services and overall experience.

Did you get the right item for your industry?

Were you pleased with the delivery time?

Could we do any more to help you?

If you use Masterflex regularly, you could let others know why you prefer us.

Simply send us your reviews via email, Facebook or call the office and we can put the comments on our website.

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER
Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Email: marketing@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com

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Half Term Holidays

Half Term Holidays

Have your children already finished school for the half term holidays?

Do you have any plans to keep the kids entertained for the week?

Here at Masterflex, four members of staff have children who are eager to break up for their school holidays. With this beautiful weather, a few trips to the park after work may be in order or even catch a film at the cinema. Anything to keep the kids entertained for the half term holiday.

It is business as usual and we are able to keep producing Flexible Hose and Ducting for a wide range of industrial applications including extraction of dust and fumes and the conveyance of abrasive media.

 The products we manufacture are mainly used for Woodworking, Plastics, Chemical/Pharmaceutical, Food, Automotive, Military and General Engineering.

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER
Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Email: marketing@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com

Roses are red…

Roses are red…

 It’s that time of the year again, when shops are filled with red roses, chocolates and gifts for your loved ones.

Have you already bought that special present, or are you planning a surprise?

Hayle Bishop Valentine whose day this is

All the Ayre is thy Diocese
And all the chirping Queristers
And other birds ar thy parishioners
Thou marryest every yeare
The Lyrick Lark, and the graue whispering Doue,
The Sparrow that neglects his life for loue,
The houshold bird with the redd stomacher
Thou makst the Blackbird speede as soone,
As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halcyon
The Husband Cock lookes out and soone is spedd
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
This day more cheerfully than ever shine
This day which might inflame thy selfe old Valentine.

— John Donne, Epithalamion Vpon Frederick Count Palatine and the Lady Elizabeth marryed on St. Valentines day

Here at Masterflex, creating the perfect match is easy,

as every product we manufacture is made to suit each persons specific requirements.

If you are a new customer and would like to know what products we manufacture then call us on 0161 626 8066

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER

Monday – Friday: 8 – 5pm

Email: marketing@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is the celebration of the Chinese New Year, the year of the Monkey.

Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. This year the celebrations take place on the 8th February.

The personality of the Monkey

People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.

The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth.

They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.

  • Strengths: sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, self-assured
  • Weaknesses: suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant, jealous

Lucky Signs for the Monkey

  • Lucky numbers: 1, 7, 8
  • Lucky colours: white, gold, blue
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west

Famous people born under the monkey sign

Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Alice Walker, Michael Douglas, Owen Wilson, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Bette Davis, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cuba Gooding Jr., Gisele Bundchen, Kim Cattrall, Nick Carter, Patricia Arquette, Alyson Stoner, Christina Ricci, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez.

The Chinese Zodiac

What does your Chinese zodiac sign mean?

In Chinese astrology, the 12 animal zodiac signs each have unique characteristics.

  • Rat: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable.
  • Ox: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined.
  • Tiger: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic.
  • Rabbit: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers.
  • Dragon: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic.
  • Snake: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive.
  • Horse: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong.
  • Sheep: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm.
  • Monkey: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.
  • Rooster: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.
  • Dog: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart.
  • Pig: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable.

 

For more information on our product range contact Masterflex UK

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER
Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Friday: 8 – 5pm

Email: marketing@masterflex-uk.com or www.masterflex-uk.com

Pancakes all day!

Pancakes all day!

Get your pans ready for Tuesday 9th February.

Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for centuries.  Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date, rather confusingly, changes every year, because it is determined by when Easter falls. But it is always the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), and always falls in February or March. Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.

The most famous pancake race, at Olney in Buckinghamshire, has been held since 1445. The contestants, traditionally women, carry a frying pan and race over a 415-yard course to the finishing line. The rules are strict: contestants have to toss their pancake at both the start and the finish, as well as wear an apron and a scarf. Traditionally, when men want to participate, they must dress up as a housewife (usually an apron and a bandanna). The race is followed by a church service.

How to make the perfect pancakes.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

Do you have a favourite topping or maybe take turns on flipping the mixture?

Here at Masterflex, jam, sugar, lemon juice or maple syrup are some of the more popular choices to have with pancakes.

 Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER

Monday – Friday: 8 – 5pm

Email: marketing@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com

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Happy birthday Karl!

Happy birthday Karl!

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One of our skilled production operatives is celebrating his birthday here at Masterflex today.

Karl Summerscales (also known as Taz) has turned 33 today.

He has worked at Masterflex for 10 years.

On a daily basis you can hear Karl singing to the radio, whilst setting the equipment up ready for the hoses to be made.

He enjoyed an eventful night out in Manchester with his friends over the weekend but is now hard at work making the hoses.

Give Masterflex a call, place an order and Karl maybe the one who manufactures your product.

Masterflex Technical Hoses Limited
Units G & H, Prince of Wales Business Park,
Vulcan Street, Oldham, OL1 4ER
Tel: 0161 626 8066     Fax: 0161 626 9066

Monday – Thursday: 8 – 5pm – Friday 8- 2.30 pm

Email:sales@masterflex-uk.com  or www.masterflex-uk.com