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  • Festive concert to raise funds for Warwickshire charity

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  • Festive concert to raise funds for Warwickshire charity

    One of the country’s three Chapel Royal choirs will perform a special festive concert to raise funds for a Warwickshire charity.

    The Gentlemen from the Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal Hampton Court Palace, will be performing a Christmas Charity Concert in aid of Rufus’ Friends’ Fund.

    Around 350 people are expected to attend the concert which will be taking place at St Mary’s Church in Warwick on Saturday, December 2. The concert is sponsored by The Deeley Group and has almost sold out.

    Rufus’ Friends’ Fund, which was founded in 1989, provides day-activities, breaks and holidays for families, local to Warwickshire, which have a member with learning difficulties giving families respite and a chance to recharge, with grants averaging from £250 to £350 per application.

    A drinks reception will open the event from 6pm to 7pm, before the choir’s performance from 7pm to 8:15pm.

    The choir recently featured on Lucy Worsley’s BBC Four show; it consists of six Gentlemen, made up of two altos, two tenors and two basses.

    Edward Button is one of the six Gentlemen who will be performing on the evening and is also a trustee of Rufus’ Friends’ Fund.

    He said: “I was appointed to the Chapel Royal in April and I have been looking forward to this concert for a while now, especially as it is in aid of Rufus’ Friends’ Fund.

    “I believe Rufus’ Friends’ Fund is a great cause, as they do fantastic work in helping to support families, who have a member with a learning disability and need a break from the pressure of their day-to-day lives.

    “We will be singing a five-part programme and it will of course have a Christmas focus throughout.

    “We have had a brilliant response in terms of ticket sales and we’re expecting the concert to be a complete sell out.”

    Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, added: “This will be a very special event to begin the festive period and we’re delighted to be able to support it.

    “As well as being treated to a performance from a wonderful choir, everyone on the night will be supporting a brilliant charity in Rufus’ Friends’ Fund, who do great work throughout the region to support families.

    “St. Mary’s Church is a truly wonderful venue and perfect to host. We’re very much looking forward to the evening.”

    Tickets for the concert on Saturday, December 2 are priced at £15.

    A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased at www.charityconcert2017.eventbrite.co.uk or by calling 01926 257 965

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  • Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s off we go…

    It will be Ho Ho Ho all the way up and down the highest mountain in Wales when a group of Coventry and Warwickshire business professionals raise money for a local charity.

    Housebuilder AC Lloyd, based at Tachbrook Park in Warwick, challenged their business contacts to join them in taking part in the Santas Rock Snowdon 2017: The highest Christmas Party in the UK.

    Deeley Construction and law firm Wright Hassall have accepted the invitation to raise funds for Young People First which helps to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people living in Coventry and Warwickshire.

    All three companies have entered two teams and are on course to smash the £5,000 fundraising target set by Young People First.

    The walkers will be among a total of 11 teams of five people wearing Santa suits who will leave Pen-Y-Pas at 9.30am on Wednesday, December 13 and will walk the Pyg route with the support of qualified mountain leaders wearing snowmen suits and the charity’s helpers wearing elf suits.

    Once at the summit, the group will enjoy the highest Christmas party in the UK before heading down the mountain to arrive back around 5pm.

    Edward Hudson, of Deeley Construction, said: “At Deeley Group, we pride ourselves on doing as much as we can to support the community and good causes.

    “This is a great challenge for a great cause and we are delighted to be supporting AC Lloyd and other firms from the region in this event.”

    Alistair Clark, a director at AC Lloyd, said this would be a fun, festive way to collect funds for a Leamington-based charity.

    He said: “We have raised money for Young People First in the past and we also built their headquarters in Westlea Road in Sydenham.

    “When we heard about the Santas Rock Snowdon, we thought it would be good fun to walk up Snowdon and we decided to challenge our business contacts to enter teams as well.

    “We are delighted Wright Hassall and Deeley Construction have accepted and we are looking forward to seeing who completes the walk in the fastest time and we are also grateful for those who are not taking part but have made a donation.

    “We are all going to be dressed up in Santa suits and I am sure it will look quite a sight on Snowdon!”

    David Skoppek, of Young People First, said this was the third Santa-type event they had organised and it looked set to collect the most money.

    “Last year we raised £2,124 and we wanted to try and more than double that to £5,000 this year,” he said.

    “We are on course to achieve that, thanks to the support of AC Lloyd, Wright Hassall and Deeley Construction as well as other teams taking part, which is just incredible.

    “I am sure it will be a memorable day because we have organised a Karaoke Christmas party at the top of Snowdon which is different to the usual type of office festive get-together!

    “We are really grateful to Alistair at AC Lloyd for being the driving force behind this in urging teams to get involved and we are really looking forward to it.”

    PLEASE SPONSOR US!!

    We decided to create some friendly competition between the boys and girls on site and in the office! Please choose to sponsor either:

    The GIRLS: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/deeleyteam1/

    The BOYS: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/deeleyteam2/

    Caption: From the left: David Skoppek (Young People First), Cathy Sheehan (AC Lloyd), Matt Goodwin (Wright Hassall), Matt Ellis (Deeley Construction) and Alistair Clark (AC Lloyd)

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  • Countdown to start of Coventry & Warwickshire Businesses Festival

    Monday 20th November will see the start of the first, annual Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival fortnight.

    In its inaugural year, the Business Festival has already become the largest business event in the region, with a packed programme consisting of 114 events and thousands of attendees expected over the fortnight.

    The Festival comprises an amalgamation of business events put on by organisations from across the region, featuring everything from trade shows, conferences and workshops to seminars, debates, showcases and webinars.

    There will be plenty going on over the forthcoming fortnight with hundreds of different events being staged all over Coventry & Warwickshire in a wide range of subjects including automotive and advanced manufacturing, education, gaming, digital, cultural, professional and financial services and much more.

    Most events are free and anyone can attend.

    Peter Deeley, Managing Director – Deeley Group, is leading the Construction Sector for the festival and the Deeley Group will be hosting two events:

    Growing our Economy – A presentation by David Penn, Bromwich Hardy – Friday 24th November 2017

    Coventry University Development Pipeline – A presentation by Rob Talliss, Coventry University – Friday 1st December 2017

    Click on the links above to register your interest in the event. 

    Tickets are still available through the website www.cwbusinessfestival.com and must be booked in advance

    The Business Festival has been developed by the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub and in 2017, the headline partner is the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

    For tickets or more information, visit www.cwbusinessfestival.com.

    With so much on offer, there will certainly be something for everyone. Click to view the full Business Festival programme.

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  • Bringing on the next generation

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  • First major schools production to be staged at Warwick Hall

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  • Wood Hall student accommodation officially opened

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  • Bringing on the next generation

    A Coventry construction company has continued its commitment to bringing forward the next generation of talent in the industry.

    Deeley Construction, which is based at George House at Coventry Business Park, has taken on three new apprentices to assist with the firm’s continued growth.

    Charlie Stevens and Matt Byrne are both management trainees with the company and Katie-May Cashmore is a trainee accounts assistant.

    Charlie is undertaking a Construction Management Degree at Birmingham City University, while Matt is studying for a BTEC Diploma in Construction Level 3 at South & City College Birmingham. Katie-May is completing an AAT Diploma Level 2 at Coventry College City Campus.

    The trio continue a long-held tradition at Deeley Construction of growing its own workforce with almost 20 per cent of the company’s staff coming through the firm as an apprentice.

    It’s a proud record that includes managing director Martin Gallagher, who welcomed Charlie, Matt and Katie-May to the company.

    Martin said: “The skills shortage in construction is one of the biggest issues facing our industry but here at Deeley Construction we have always seen apprenticeships as a great route to growing our own and the industry’s future workforce.

    “I know only too well the benefits of being an apprentice having started my career as one. It gave me the opportunity to work my way up through the business to the point where I am now able to give others the same chance I had.

    “It’s great that Charlie, Matt and Katie-May want to develop a career in construction and also highlights that there are many roles in our sector from being out on-site through to being based in the office.

    “As a company, we continue to grow and the addition of three new apprentices is a perfect way for us to start looking ahead to 2018.”

    Pictured (left to right): Charlie Stevens, Katie-May Cashmore, Martin Gallagher, Matt Byrne

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  • First major schools production to be staged at Warwick Hall

    A classic West End hit musical will be the first major schools production to be staged at a new hall in Warwick.

    Pupils from Warwick School and King’s High School are collaborating in the school edition of one of the world’s most popular musicals, Les Misérables, from Wednesday, November 8 to Saturday, November 11 at 7pm.

    It will be the first major schools production held in the new Warwick Hall, which was completed in September 2016 by Deeley Construction.

    The new Warwick Hall is a 1,000-seat, £7.5 million state-of-the-art venue which features performing arts studios, exhibition space and improved acoustics.

    It replaced the old Guy Nelson Hall and saw more than £1 million raised by the school through dedicated activities to help fund construction.

    The musical will feature the hit songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own”.

    The international show has been seen by more than 70 million people worldwide and continues to break box-office records.

    Cat Price and Mike Perry will direct the production, with design by Judy Reaves and lighting by Ian Roberts.

    Warwick School Upper Sixth student Samuel Young will feature as musical director.

    Deeley Construction, which is part of the Deeley Group, are sponsoring the production, in partnership with the Friends of Warwick School.

    Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Les Miserables is one of the world’s greatest productions and the perfect show to be the first schools production to be staged at the new Warwick Hall.

    “The pupils from Warwick School and King’s High School have been working tremendously hard to ensure they put on a professional production and I’m sure it will be a brilliant show.

    “Warwick Hall is a state-of-the-art venue perfect for major productions like Les Misérables and opening night will be a great occasion. We are very proud sponsors.”

    There are a limited number of tickets remaining for the production of Les Misérables. Tickets cost £14 or £10 for concessions and are available from www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk

    For box office enquiries please call 01926 776438 or email: boxoffice@warwickschool.org

    Picture caption: Co-director Cat Price, Warwick School Director of Drama Mike Perry and Peter Deeley with the cast of Les Misérables.

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  • Wood Hall student accommodation officially opened

    Brand new student residences have been officially opened at Royal Leamington Spa College.

    The new accommodation is named Wood Hall after WCG’s Chair Stephen Wood, and he officially opened the halls with Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington. Invited guests enjoyed a tour of the facilities, as well as tea and cake in aid of the Macmillan Coffee Morning campaign which raised £100.

    The new accommodation consists of 98 ensuite rooms with shared kitchens and a warden flat. Students and apprentices have already moved into the accommodation which was built by Deeley Construction.

    The new £4.5 million development came about when WCG was in discussion with Deeley Properties, the development division of the Deeley Group, on its need for more student residences. The company came up with an innovative way of funding the scheme by inviting a pension fund to invest in the development, allowing Deeley Properties to take care of the design, build, finance and land package.

    Stephen Wood, Chair of the WCG Governing Body, said: “I was absolutely delighted to officially open Wood Hall today. The new accommodation is fantastic for our students and apprentices, especially being on the college site, and it shows we are committed to investing in the best facilities for the benefit of our students and the local area.”

    John Vickery, Director of Estates for WCG, said: “The demand is high for student accommodation so it has been great to work with Deeley and their contractors on this project. I’d like to thank them and all of the college staff from the estates and accommodation teams who have been involved and delivered the project on time.”

    Matt Western, MP, said: “It was great to visit the Leamington campus of Warwickshire College Group and view first hand the impressive new residential blocks. The new student accommodation is spacious, high quality and is a welcome addition in encouraging students from further afield to come and study at one of the UK’s best FE colleges. I congratulate Deeley Construction and WCG on this exemplar development.”

    Peter Deeley, Managing Director, Deeley Group, said: “The way this development evolved has shown how we, as a Group, can offer much more than construction alone. By working with WCG, we helped to secure funding and then drew up a scheme that fitted its needs the best.

    “On the construction side, we’ve worked with WCG before and it is always a great testament to us to win repeat business with a client in this way.”

    The Deeley Group also donated 99 branded mugs to the new residents and encouraged them to ‘share a brew with their neighbour’.

    For more information about accommodation at WCG, go to www.wcg.ac.uk/accommodation.

    Picture caption: Left to right – Stephen Wood (WCG Chair), Matt Western MP, Camille Hardwicke-Garner (Student Sabbatical President), Martin Gallagher (Managing Director, Deeley Construction), Peter Deeley (Managing Director, Deeley Group)

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