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Meet New Starter Natalie Thornhill

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Fishers continues to grow with the hiring of new legal cashier and archive clerk. Natalie joined Fishers earlier this month and we're pleased to welcome her to the team. Find out more about Natalie in this short, fun interview. Hi Natalie, what will...

Christmas, coronavirus and separation

Andrew Robinson
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For many parents, the issue of spending time with children at Christmas can be tense. Both parents want to spend Christmas day with their loved ones and their children, but this becomes complicated when they do not live in the same town or city or if they...

Can I get out of a commercial lease early?

Ian Riley
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COVID-19 has had a significant impact on almost every business in the UK. For many businesses, it means they no longer require their business premises, or can no longer afford it. There are many other reasons, not directly related to COVID-19, that you may...

Furlough & Redundancy - tips from a solicitor

Emma Allen
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We will be continuing to update this blog following the government’s advice to keep all information current, with the ever changing circumstances. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue...

Property booms as home and overseas buyers rush to beat deadline

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Property buyers are fighting off the pandemic to catch a new home before stamp duty goes back to its normal rate.  For overseas buyers the race is even more important, as the rate will carry an additional surcharge for them from April.  As part of...

Lockdown 2 and home improvements: When do you need planning permission?

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With recent announcements from both the UK government about further lockdown restrictions, you might be planning to fill your time with some home improvements. At the time of writing, tradespeople are exempt from lockdown restrictions and may enter your home...

Business First - Survive or Thrive?

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Click on the image below to read our latest Business First Magazine - Survive or Thrive?    ...

Here for you - all under one roof

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Last November we opened a new office called Unit R which is at the Ivanhoe Business Park in Ashby. So far we’ve loved the space and especially how open, modern and bright it is. As more and more clients have visited us, before and during the global...

The new Job Support Scheme - Your questions answered

Emma Allen
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The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will replace the furlough scheme and will come into play on 1 November 2020. In this article, we look at FAQs covering how the scheme works, who is eligible and specific difficulties employers and employees might have concerns...

Congratulating newly appointed associate of the firm

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We’re pleased to announce that Enel Ots, Licensed Conveyancer, has been newly appointed to an associate lawyer at Fishers. Enel tells us what it means to her and her career to be given this new role and how she can utilise it to be a role model to...

Reviewing your third-party relationships and contracts Business Blog

Emma Allen
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Companies should prioritise risk management in their approach to business and review their third-party relationships and contracts as the coronavirus pandemic continues.  While the degree of disruption to supplies and staffing has settled since its...

Lights, camera, action... signing your will goes live

Guy Birtwistle
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Experts are warning against self-directed videos following the announcement by the Government that legislation is to be introduced in September to allow wills to be signed remotely using a live video link.   While the coronavirus pandemic...

Redundancy Round-up

Emma Allen
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The risk of redundancy can be very worrying at uncertain times. You might be told you’re at risk of redundancy if your employer has one or more jobs they cannot afford or no longer need. Whilst we are living during uncertain times, it is important to...

56 questions for 56 years with Simon Musson

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To celebrate a tremendous achievement of our consultant Simon and his work anniversary hitting 56 years this year, we have taken the time to find out 56 things about him in this fun short blog.   Simon not only breaks a Fishers record having working...

Conveyancing Advice from Enel, a licensed conveyancer

Enel Ots
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Enel works as a Conveyancer in the residential property department at Fishers and in this blog give you an insight into her life and gives advice for buying, selling and remortgaging a property. Describe some challenges you face at work Every case I start...

6 Stages of a Commercial Property Purchase

Donna Ennis
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Two property purchases can vary significantly in their degree of complexity. Therefore please take this as a very generic guide as to the stages of a commercial property purchase and the procedures. Initial stages You will need to inform the Estate...

Remote family court hearings - how do they work?

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The introduction of social distancing in response to the coronavirus outbreak has caused disruption to many vital services – including in the justice system. Many services that would typically have taken place face-to-face have been adapted to meet the...

The end of lockdown, the end of your marriage?

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Most people won’t be surprised that after months of staying indoors, children off school and the UK going into recession, that a marriage can really take its toll. What has happened to the world is something that nobody signed up for. So if a ...

The Effects of Divorce and Separation on your Will

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Many people assume that a Will made while you are married is automatically cancelled if you later get divorced . This is a common misconception, and the truth is that getting divorced does not mean your Will is cancelled. Your Will remains valid, but...

Why everyone needs a Will and Power of Attorney

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Sue Grogan, Managing Director of Joined-Up Working has written this guest blog. Sue talks about real life experiences of why it is important to have a Will and a Power of Attorney. Story 1 My Uncle Paul died years ago aged 59, leaving Auntie Penny...

Invalid Wills during the Coronavirus pandemic

Hannah Howe
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Writing a Will during the Pandemic The recent pandemic has, unsurprisingly, seen a huge demand for people wanting to make or update their Wills . Many people have made Wills during lockdown, but reports are now coming through which confirm that Wills made...

6 Steps to Buying a New Build Home

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The following is a general guide to the stages of conveyancing and procedures when buying a new build property:   Reservation – Once you have chosen your home the sales advisor for the Developer will guide you through the various documents...

6 Stages of Making a Power of Attorney

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Find 6 Stages of Making a Power of Attorney Initial Stage The first step is to contact Fishers to arrange a meeting to discuss your requirements. We will send you confirmation of the appointment. First Meeting When you attend an initial...

6 stages of making a will

Hannah Howe
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Here are the six stages of making a will - Initial Stage The first step is to contact us to arrange a chat with one of our lawyers. We can send you a questionnaire to fill in ahead of the meeting. This asks for lots of information that may help...

How to get your home sale ready by Lemon and Lime Interiors

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We’ve had an uncertain few months with the housing market being closed for two months during the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Recently estate agents have been allowed to open for viewings again but many believe that a virtual viewings will become...

Interview - How you can help your ageing relatives

Jade Soady-Jones
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Jade is a solicitor at Fishers who works in the Wills and Probate department. In this short interview Jade talks about the possibility of making a Will at home, the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorneys and how you can help your ageing relatives.  ...

6 reasons why you should use a solicitor to make a Will

Hannah Howe
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Making a Will is all about ensuring your assets go where you want them to, after you have died. Our clients tell us that making a Will with us gives them peace of mind, knowing that they have made everything as straightforward as possible for those they...

New Appointment, Stephen Howe Strengthens Probate Team

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Stephen joins Fishers Solicitors as one of their latest consultants, he brings with him sixteen years of experience specialising in Private Client work. As well as having worked for various law firms, Stephen also provides lectures for Central Legal Training...

Fishers and Breedon join together to support businesses

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Fishers Solicitors and Breedon Consulting launch a free webinar to support businesses Fishers Solicitors, law firm based in Ashby de la Zouch are partnering with neighbouring business, Breedon Consulting who specialise in human resource management,...

Remote hearings for family courts - opinion piece

Andrew Robinson
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After reading in the BBC News ' Remote hearings for family courts 'horribly cruel ' we've got in touch with our Family Law expert and found out what he thinks. Andy described: The difficulties in family law cases concerning children I...

The importance of receptionists - Interview

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When Fishers moved to new offices last November, it was really important the office fit with the ambitions of the company, that everyone had a nice space to work, communal areas were light and welcoming but most importantly the reception area was modern,...

Top tips for getting ready to go back to the office - commercial property blog

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Preparing office space once lockdown is lifted Office spaces with communal areas and shared facilities will be in the frontline when the next stage of lockdown is lifted, and staff return to the workplace.  Managing the return and preparing the...

Selling a house after lockdown: a conveyancing blog

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As you will no doubt have seen via TV, social media and in the press the last 24 hours: “ Estate agents’ offices can now open; viewings are permitted; show homes can open; removal companies and the other essential parts of the sales and letting...

Business Survival and Planning for the end of Lockdown

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COVID-19 has hit all sections of the business community hard and none of us will be able to escape its consequences for the foreseeable future. All the forecasts are that we will be enduring a recession, the only question being how long it will take the...

Conveyancing after Coronavirus

Amanda Payne
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This was the best start to a year for a few – after 3 and a half years of Brexit, then the Election, we had that certainty, confidence in the housing market returning.  Conveyancing staff in the office increased Q1.  Now we don’t know...

Landlords must comply with latest energy standards

Beth Abbott
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Landlords of residential property could face high fines if they do not meet the latest energy efficiency standards.  On 1 st April 2020, the latest stage of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards was implemented, making it unlawful for landlords to...

Locking up the legalities when planning ahead in the virus crisis

Guy Birtwistle
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NHS workers fighting Covid-19 on the front line, together with the elderly and vulnerable, lie behind a huge spike in demand for will writing over recent weeks, according to the professional body for solicitors.  The Law Society says many firms have...

A toolkit for family breakdown in the lockdown

Andrew Robinson
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The coronavirus crisis is redefining lifestyles and the boundaries of our interactions; a situation that can challenge even the strongest bonds.  For couples who are struggling in their relationship, or trying to manage co-parenting, anxiety levels are...

A new tax year and changes to the Inheritance Tax rules

Hannah Howe
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The new tax year began on 6 th April, and brought with it changes to the Inheritance Tax rules. The Residence Nil Rate Band has been increased, and benefits people leaving property to their children and grandchildren. Inheritance Tax - how can you benefit?...

Discounted legal fees for key workers

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At Fishers Solicitors we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to key workers at such unprecedented times. As a firm we are overwhelmed with the dedication from all key workers  so we would like to offer 10% off all of our legal fees....

Remortgaging: reducing your monthly mortgage payments

Enel Ots
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With the Bank of England lowering the base rate to 0.1% and the current circumstances making us all consider our living costs is it time to consider a remortgage? What does remortgaging mean? A remortgage is when you change the mortgage you currently...

On the right side of the law with Emma Allen: Your Employment Rights

Emma Allen
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Hi, I’m Emma, a solicitor at Fishers! I’m here to give you monthly tips and advice on legal situations that could save you from any future stress, hurt and heartache.   On a personal note, now we are over the January hump, I’ve...

Sunak splashes the cash in post-Brexit budget

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New chancellor promises to support individuals and business as country tackles coronavirus threat Business rate cuts, cash grants for small enterprises and support for both employees and employers on sick pay were among the emergency announcements...

Meet Donna: our Commercial Conveyancing Solicitor

Donna Ennis
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Meet Donna Ennis, a Solicitor in our Commercial Property department. Tell us what you do at Fishers I work in the Commercial Property team as a Solicitor. We specialise in buying or selling commercial property, leasing business premises and buying...

Buying a property - common problems with the delays in the chain

Beth Abbott
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A Chain Reaction in Conveyancing Transactions When you sell or purchase a property, it may become apparent at some point during the transaction that there is a chain either above, below or both. “The property chain is when homebuyers and sellers...

High Speed 2 (HS2) - Claim compensation if your property is affected

Charles Killin
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Confirmation that the full HS2 Project will proceed is of huge significance for residents and landowners in North West Leicestershire. The impacts of the Route will be both financial and environmental and will affect landowners and property owners...

On the right side of the law with Emma Allen: Inheritance Act Claims

Emma Allen
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Hi, I’m Emma, a solicitor at Fishers! I’m here to give you monthly tips and advice on legal situations that could save you from any future stress, hurt and heartache. Last month we talked about defamation of character – understanding the...

Time to Talk at Fishers (supporting mental health awareness)

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The charity Time to Change are running a Time to Talk Day today which we are proud to take part in. Time to Change is a charity led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which aims to break down the stigma of talking about our mental health. Mental health...

Time to talk about workplace mental wellbeing

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Time to Talk Day on Thursday 6th February 2020 is an opportunity for employers to review policy and culture against best practice in employee mental wellbeing Workplace mental wellbeing is a top concern among employers, according to European-wide...

A new type of royalty lined up by royal couple

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan are stepping back from royal duties, but it may be royalties that see them through in their new life.   Before announcing their desire to spend time out of the spotlight, the Duke and Duchess of...

The Mussons: Four generations of lawyers at Fishers

Simon Musson
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Simon Musson Started working at Fishers in 1970 and is still working as a Consultant. Simon’s Father - William Henry Musson Worked as a Solicitor from 1946 until 1980 at Fishers. Simon’s Grandfather -William Pratt Musson ...

The life stages that go into legacy making

Guy Birtwistle
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Whether moving in together, marrying, entering a civil partnership, having children, divorcing, re-marrying or a new civil partnership, each of these momentous life stages has an important impact on the outcome if you were to die without leaving a will.

On the Right side of the law with Emma Allen: Defamation of Character

Emma Allen
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Hi, I’m Emma, a solicitor at Fishers! I’m here to give you monthly tips and advice on legal situations that could save you from any future stress, hurt and heartache. Let’s get into it.

We've moved offices!

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Fishers Solicitors announced that the company has moved their headquarters to a business park located in Ashby. The announcement has come after significant growth and the new location offers opportunities to strengthen Fishers presence in Ashby, whilst...

Spooky goings on at Fishers Solicitors

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It’s not only during Halloween when staff at Fishers Solicitors in Ashby De La Zouch experience spooky occurrences!

Amanda Payne wins CILEx Legal Expert Property Award 2019!

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We would like to say a huge congratulations to Amanda Payne, our Head of Residential Conveyancing who has won the Legal Expert Property Award at the CILEx National Awards 2019 . Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing favourite Claudia Winkleman at Madame...

We Have a Winner!

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Introducing the winner of our first Employee of the Quarter awards! Fishers’ first hotly contested employee of the quarter awards has a winner. Chasing off stiff competition from several of our outstanding staff we are delighted to announce that Karen...

We are on the move!

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We’re on the Move! Exciting times are ahead for the staff here at Fishers as due to expansion we are moving to new premises at Ivanhoe Business Park. The decision to move from our beloved offices at Kilwardby Street in Ashby de la Zouch has not been...

Village Green or land for development?

Ian Riley
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When is a Village Green not a Village Green? In this blog post, Ian Riley, Director at Fishers Solicitors and Head of the Commercial Property Department discusses a recent case that tested new legislation concerning the registration of land as a Village...

We have a Finalist in the CILEx Awards!

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  We’ve always known that she is one of the best in her field but now her hard work and dedication are being recognised, as Amanda Payne, our Head of Residential Conveyancing has been announced as a finalist in the upcoming CILEx awards. CILEx...

A Cheap Will Could Lead to an Expensive Problem

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The Law Society have today published an article confirming what we have seen here at Fishers in the past few years, in that the number of inheritance disputes heard in the High Court has increased dramatically.  It is suspected that the rise is due to...

It's Official! The end of the 'blame game' in divorce.

Andrew Robinson
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Today (9th April 2019) the Government announced that it is finally going to reform the outdated divorce laws and have announced that divorcing couples will no longer have to prove fault in order to get divorced. New legislation is to be introduced that...

Tree Preservation Orders - What you need to know...

Amanda Payne
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Tree Preservation Orders – what you need to know. Got a tree affected by a Tree Preservation Order in your garden? If so, read on, you need to be aware of the dangers of ignoring a TPO! In this BLOG post, Amanda Payne, Director and Head of ...

No Sale No Fee Guarantee!

Amanda Payne
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Fishers Solicitors now offer a ‘No sale, no Fee*’ on residential property transactions With the prospect of a delayed Brexit now a reality, it’s no wonder that the housing market is facing an uncertain time. We know how frustrating it...

Meet our Apprentice!

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National Apprenticeship Week 2019 Ebony joined Fishers Solicitors in February 2018 as a Business and Administration Apprentice based at our office in Ashby de la Zouch. After leaving school, Ebony knew that an Apprenticeship route into employment would...

Major Milestone as Anne clocks up 25 years service!

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Major Milestone as Anne clocks up over 1300 weeks service in 25 years working for Fishers! Legal Secretary Anne Chapman has recently been celebrating her 25th Anniversary working for Fishers Solicitors.  Anne had worked for several law firms before...

We're moving our Tamworth Office!

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On 30th September 2018 we are moving our Tamworth Office to Pacific House, a new spot on the outskirts of the town, conveniently located directly off Junction 10 of the M42 motorway. There will be no disruption to business, the service that you receive...

12 Stages of Conveyancing - A First Time Buyers Guide

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In her latest blog, Arlie, a Licenced Conveyancer in our Residential Property Department talks First Time Buyers through the legal stages of buying their first home. 12 Stages of Conveyancing – A First Time Buyers Guide 1. Your offer on your new...

Can you help Jon Light up the Lakes?

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Can you help Jon ‘Light up the Lakes’ to raise funds for COPS? On 22nd June 2018, our dispute resolution solicitor Jonathan Peck will be taking on a daring challenge in the Lake District to raise much needed funds for COPS (Care of Police...

New Head of Dispute Resolution Team Announced

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New Head of Dispute Resolution Announced! We are delighted to announce the promotion of Ruth Jewell to Head of Dispute Resolution. Ruth, a solicitor with over 10 years’ experience joined Fishers Solicitors in May 2017 and quickly proved to be a...

Equity Release - Your Top Ten Questions Answered

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Equity Release – Your Top 10 Questions Answered In our Residential Conveyancing department we are often asked by our clients to give them advice when they are considering Equity Release Schemes . In this Blog, Arlie Asbury, one of our Licensed...

Sinkholes - We won't let them give you that sinking feeling

Amanda Payne
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In this Blog article, Amanda Payne discusses the increasingly more common topic of sinkholes. In recent times the word ‘sinkhole’ has become something of a more common thought for us property lawyers when dealing with conveyancing...

A Charity World Record Attempt Full of Ups and Downs

Ian Riley
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By day I am a solicitor, and Head of Commercial Property at Fishers Dewes Solicitors. By night I am hoping to become a world record holder! In fact, all night and all day. Let me explain: Who: 8 members of Ashby Round Table (of which I am one) What: 25...