World of Hoare Lea.
Us being awesome.
On Friday 9 July, the Bristol office hosted ‘Lime Friday’ to raise money for an early-onset dementia support centre run by Southern Brooks, their chosen charity of the year. They had lime-themed food and drink, plus the chance to wear something lime for the day; their total reached £150!
OXBRIDGE SUMMER SOCIAL
Our Oxbridge offices joined once again for their annual festival-themed summer party. Situated on neutral ground (a field in Newton Longville), festival goers brought partners and family members along to share in the fun. The event featured a full Hoare Lea band and DJ sets from Matt Jones and Will Dibble. Click here for more pictures.
Robert Iafrati, our resident brewer, has recently released his own stout! You can sample the Raspberry & Chocolate Stout in the King Street Brew House – we’ve been told it’s delicious!
Sonia Elstone is walking, along with her husband and daughter, on behalf of her mother-in law, Doreen, to raise funds and awareness for dementia. The Bristol Memory Walk is starting at the harbourside on 7 September. Participants can either walk 1.5km or 4.5km (so if you’re in Bristol you can easily sign up and join in). Click here if you want to support the cause.
Matthew Warner completed a bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in July, raising money for Riding for the Disabled Association, Gaddesden, which facilitates children with special needs and disabilities to ride horses and develop their physical skills. The charity is close to Matthew, as his daughter has greatly benefited from them over the last five years. The cost of the event was totally self-funded, with all donations going directly to the charity. Here’s the donation page.
Our Plymouth office football team (aka Plymouth Hoare-gyle) have entered a new 5-aside Construction league alongside some local friends and rivals! Eight teams will battle it out throughout the season for the title, but then they’ll all have a friendly meal and drinks at the end of the season. Just like Man City and Man Utd do…
Our Manchester office held a sports day, featuring hula-hooping, an egg and spoon, sack, and three-legged race, plus a bean-bag relay event. The day was rounded off with David Armstrong and Richard Monksmith agreeing to have sponges hurled at them for charity. Great fun was had by all, and in the end £166 was raised for Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity Bereavement Centre, as part of the Hoare Lea Muddy Bike Hike 2019 in collaboration with the Birmingham Office. Click here for more pictures.
The Bournemouth operational support team recently went to Christchurch and enjoyed some paddle boarding.
STRIDE TREGLOWN GOLF DAY
Simon Candlin and Matt Heaman helped raise £760 for Bristol Sports Foundation at Stride Treglown’s Golf Day.
In early July, some of our keen kickers took to the pitch to compete in the Hoare Lea Annual Football Tournament in Plymouth. On a beautiful sunny Saturday, seven of the finest teams battled to be crowned the winner of this world-renowned day. Congratulations to Bristol 1 Team for being crowned victors. A special mention can be given to Azeez Al-Swayaif, who was crowned overall Player of the Tournament and Oliver Price named as Highest Goal Scorer. Click here for the full match report.
A YEAR OF ENDURANCE
Scott Murray tookpart in an epic, 96-mile hike on 5 July to help raise money for the Velindre Cancer Centre in support of a close friend. Along with his team mates, they hiked the entire route non-stop. A monumental achievement.
WYE SO SERIOUS?
The Bristol canoeing social happened this July. This fantastic day out was enjoyed by all, especially Birju Patel who took a swift dip in the river.
Funnily enough, our Cardiff office also had a canoeing social on the river Wye. Must be something in the water.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Katie Hall raised £175 for Cancer Research UK, taking turns with a team to walk laps of a track all day and night to show that cancer never sleeps. In total Relay for Life Yate raised £36,473!
Both our Bristol and Plymouth offices got involved with some friendly industry cricket matches. Plymouth got involved with a tournament run by the Building Forum Committee, fuelled with local pasties and cream cakes. Bristol reprised their cricket rivalry with Architects AWW, followed by a sumptuous barbecue where both teams acquitted themselves with considerably more skill, experience and ability than had been shown on the cricket pitch.
On July 14, Clive Scott-Green took part in his 3rd Portishead Soapbox race! Him and his team built a specialised car named ‘The Fast Turtle’ and raced it down Esplanade Road. Clive was raising money for St Peters Hospice. The result? Out of 40 teams, they were the fastest in practice and finished by achieving the 5th fasted time of the day!
Our London office utilises a company called Fruitful Office to provide their office fruit bowls. For every fruit basket they buy, Fruitful Office plants one fruit tree in in Malawi, Africa. We’ve been using them since October 2015, and we have helped plant 3,144 trees in total!
PLYMOUTH BAKE-OFF 2019
The annual bake off returned to our Plymouth office, with a seven-week competition kicking off in June. A representative from each of the three teams bakes off against their rivals to take home the golden spatula. The competition heated up by week six, when one team was completely out of the running for overall glory.
The final week seven promised a showstopper challenge – this has been postponed due to stag dos, holidays, sunshine, beers, sea-swimming, and ice-creams, oh and dress-down days. Hmmm…. Tactical avoidance by the nominated team leaders. Watch this space!
DOING THEIR BIT
In order to prevent wastage and reduce their carbon footprint, our Plymouth office has adopted a few environmental initiatives. They are supporting UK suppliers where possible and sourcing fruit and veg that’s in season. So long apples and satsumas (for now), welcome peaches, nectarines, plums, kiwis and carrots!
They’ve also signed the Plymouth Plastic-Free Pledge, supporting Surfers Against Sewage, implementing three ways to reduce the amount of single-use plastic: identifying items that can be reused, using shredded paper to protect goods instead of bubble wrap, and exploring returnable packaging schemes.
Nissa Dann recently hosted the 2019 Postcard Art sale! These small delights were sold at £10 each and the money has been donated to the Shaw Mind Foundation. The final amount raised came to a fantastic £108, well done!
The Bristol office has concerted efforts to help out a particular charity this year: Southern Brooks Community Partnerships. They're based a very short distance away from the office and do a lot to help the local community.
The Marketing team had a nice day out in the sun lending a hand with their community garden - clearing the ground and turning the soil so some of their groups can plant bulbs and flowers. No one did their back in or stabbed themselves with a garden fork, so we’ll chalk that up as a win.