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Operation rice bowl.

The Bristol office raised £186 for its chosen charity Southern Brooks with an event masterminded by Gael Vilatarsana called ‘operation rice bowl’. The idea was that you could donate the cost of your usual lunch and receive a delicious helping of rice with veggie chili or dhal.


The Plymouth office gathered together for its inaugural HoareLeaWe’en Pumpkin carving competition on 31 October. Here’s the post-event analysis:

- Seven entries (one forgotten, rotten pumpkin did not make it).

- A office-wide group vote on their favourites.

- Fierce competition from runners up Jamie Higgins with his ‘Star Trek’ design, and Mel Rogers with ‘Edna Mode aka self-portrait’.

- Holly Ritchie was crowned the winner with ‘Darlene’.

Christmas is the time for giving.

Our Oxford office again participated in the Oxfordshire Social Services Secret Santa Scheme, buying and wrapping presents for children who are currently being supported by social workers.

Bristol also did something similar, collecting gifts on behalf of it chosen charity Southern Brooks. Using donations, Southern Brooks was able to give out 70 Christmas hampers to families in the local area.

In Plymouth, Mel Rogers organised an office food donation to deliver to the local food bank. One in five families in Plymouth live under the poverty line and would struggle to provide for their family at Christmas, so it’s great that our people in Plymouth could help.

Meanwhile, Glasgow took part in the Salvation Army’s Christmas ‘Toy Collection Appeal’, with everyone bringing in a number of gifts.

Well done everyone!

Leeds bake-off.

The results are in for the Leeds office bake-off:

1st prize – Bethan Jones who made a chocolate yule log.

2nd prize – Juliette Scholes for an iced Victoria sponge.

3rd prize – Hannah Nistri for her banana cake bake.

Ho ho ho down 2018.

From the mind of Brittany Knowlden, Bristol’s 2018 Ho Ho Ho Down was time for everyone still working on the last day before Christmas to come together for an afternoon of games and merriment. Click here to view a gallery of bizarre images that could really do with a bit more context.

The Brain Game.

Paul Winning has joined the organising committee for the Marie Curie ‘Brain Game’, a black tie event for corporations to pit their wits against each other, as well as join in with silent auctions – all to raise money for a worthy cause.

Sketch meet.

Our London office is full of more artistic talent than they know what to do with, so in order to let out all of their built-up inspiration, they gather for regular sketch meets! Subjects are wild and varied, with the most recent being ‘Futurism’. We’re fairly sure booze was involved.

Sign up for Tri for Life 2019.

We are entering a team into the 2019 edition of the Woburn Abbey Triathlon, also known as Tri For Life. If you’re interested in taking part, read on!

Taking place across Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, Tri For Life 2019 will unfold amidst the idyllic setting of Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire. Both days have a range of events, from full triathlons to scootathlons (for kids). You can enter the events as an individual or as part of a relay team, so there’s a challenge for every ability and level of fitness. Click here for more info about how to take part.

Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!

Robert Burns is loved the world over. In celebration of his life, his works and his legacy, Burns suppers (a 200-year-old tradition) are held on 25 January, the anniversary of his birth. Our Glasgow office enjoyed a Haggis and Irn Bru Brunch, followed by a Tunnocks Tea Cake and Robert Burns Quiz. Interesting facts: Abraham Lincoln knew all of Burn's Poems off by Heart and Martin Luther King used Rabbie's infamous "Man’s inhumanity to man" line in a 1956 speech.

Ski for Team GB.

Simon Dowling in Bristol won the European formula 3 Waterski Championships, competing with his brother. Here he is in full Team GB kit!

Quiz for a good cause.

We sent two teams to take part in the Leeds Property Event to support mental health charities. Team names were: ‘Sustainability and Guest’ and ‘The Old Folks’.

‘The Old Folks’ scored 31 points and finished in the top eight, ‘Sustainability and Guest’ meanwhile, didn’t finish in last place.

Having fun isn’t hard, when you have a library card.

Our London office has a book club! Currently the group is reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles, but have read Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Kill your boss by Shane Kuhn (interesting), Origin by Dan Brown, Enlightenment now by Steven Pinker, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, and Hitman Anders by Jonas Jonasson. They also had The Book People for a visit, who sell discounted books on all topics and genres.

Knit happens.

A group from our Bristol office have set up a knitting club. Dubbing themselves ‘Knit Happens’, the club is open to all levels of experience, including complete beginners, and meets every Thursday lunchtime. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour soon.

Is this a game to you?

Plymouth office’s games nights are a great chance to get some food in, have a few social drinks together and play games on the big screen, as well as make good use of VR equipment in a social setting. A dusty Dreamcast from the 90s has even made an appearance. Since some of the guys in Plymouth are masochists, they also decided to go paintballing in the mizzle at Delta Force. General feedback was that it hurt but was a great cathartic event for all engineers after a long week at work!

Bristol also held a couple of games nights recently. In the Mario Kart competition, Jonathan Weightman took first place, ahead of Josy Marano. The following event featured some sweet VR gear, as well as some classic boardgame action.

Sunny delight.

The Oxford office is installing an 11kw solar photovoltaic panel array on the newly insulated inclined roof, which is expected to generate up to 15 percent of the office’s annual electrical demand. The all-electric office’s annual demand has fallen by on average 5 percent over the past couple of years, and has signed up to Good Energy which delivers 100% renewable electricity.

Sock it to stigma.

On 8 February we asked everyone in the firm to ‘sock it to stigma’, in support of the Shaw Mind foundation. This entailed wearing jazzy socks on display – demonstrate an openness to talking about mental health – and donating £1 to the foundation. We weren’t sure how many people would get involved but, on the day, were overwhelmed by the response.

We raised a total of £480 across our offices and hopefully took a step towards creating a culture where people feel more comfortable talking about mental health, free from stigma. Well done everyone!