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  • Rounding off another fantastic year…

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  • Fordham House wins national award

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  • Deeley strikes chord on charity band night

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Deeley joins with other companies to support Steps For Change

A haven for rough sleepers in Coventry city centre has thanked a group of local businesses for their support in creating a new kitchen to help them serve hot meals.

Steps For Change moved to the City Arcade at the end of 2019 and opens five days a week, offering a range of ‘one-stop-shop’ support to people from assistance in accessing benefits and housing through to a place to go from a hot coffee.

The centre is a partnership between The ARC and Coventry Salvation Army and they were supported by local businesses and individuals who gave their time and services for free to install the kitchen after Coventry City Council released the premises to the organisation.

Coventry Builders Charity, which funded the project, Howdens, Andy Llewellyn, Claddagh Electrical, DB Heating and The Deeley Group, all played their part and representatives went along to the centre to see how their work is helping local rough sleepers.

Sam Barker, from Steps For Change, said: “The old kitchen wasn’t really fit for purpose. We wanted to be able to serve hot meals to people and that just wouldn’t have been possible.

“The support we have had has been amazing and we want to thank everyone who donated their efforts in making this happen. We couldn’t have done it without their help.

“We moved here towards the end of last year from Broadgate and we are now open five days a week and offer a range of support to people who are sleeping rough locally and, in some cases, that’s offering a cup of coffee or a hot meal.

“For others, we can help them to access all of the support they need when it comes to housing or benefits and we work with a range of other service providers to join everything up.

“Having this fantastic, modern kitchen means we are able to offer hot food to people who come through our doors and that’s really important.”

Around 80 people use Steps For Change each week and the venue is always looking for donations of tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and UHT milk.

Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, brought together the businesses to supply and install the kitchen.

He said: “It’s a great testament to everyone involved for coming together and supporting this fantastic community cause.

“The kitchen looks great and I’d like to extend my own personal thank you to everyone who contributed.”

Pictured (left to right): Bob Hall (Coventry Builder’s Charity), Sam Barker (Steps For Change), Leigh Naylor (Howdens), Karen Gannon (Salvation Army), Jimmy Concannon (Claddagh Electrical), Peter Deeley (Deeley Group).

Matt and Philip pick up award in honour of former colleague

Two key members of the Deeley Group team shared the honours for a company award that was created as a legacy to one of the firm’s finest.

The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 in tribute to the former Deeley Group contracts manager who passed away in 2011 and is voted for by employees of the company.

The award honours those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in their commitment to the company, its clients and fellow members of the Deeley Group team and this year saw it shared between contracts manager Matt Ellis and facilities manager Philip Surrey.

Matt, who has spent nearly a decade with the firm, worked with Gary on construction projects at MIRA on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border.

He said: “I was probably the most surprised person in the room when they said I had won the Gary Neville Award.

“It’s a great team here at Deeley and we all try to do that bit extra, which is exactly the legacy that Gary left here. If anyone needs a hand with anything, I’ll always try to help them whenever possible.

“It’s great that the company has this award and I am very proud to have received it.”

Philip has worked for the group for 15 years and knew Gary well.

He said: “My role covers a variety of tasks and so, if someone asks me for something, I’ll help them get it done.

“It’s not a case of me checking my job description, I’ll just help them get the job sorted.

“Gary was a lovely guy and we all hold this award in very high esteem because of who it is named after and because of what it says about the company.”

Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “Each year, the team here decides who should win the Gary Neville Award and it is genuinely well regarded by everyone here because of what Gary was like as a person and what he stood for.

“Congratulations to Philip and Matt for being put forward by their colleagues, which is the very highest praise indeed.”

Pictured (left to right): Philip Surrey, Peter Deeley, Julie Neville, Matt Ellis

Development hits new heights – with community benefits

A new £12 million care home development in Northamptonshire has hit a new high – and has also seen two local good causes benefit.

Midlands-based Deeley Construction is building the new 66-bedroom nursing home in Turweston Road, Brackley, on behalf of Kingsley Healthcare Group.

The development – which will create more than 100 jobs when it opens later this year – has reached its highest point in the build and a traditional topping out ceremony was held to celebrate.

Representatives from Brackley Athletic FC under-9s Girls and 5th Brackley Scout Group – both of which have received £500 each from the companies behind the development – attended the ceremony.

Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are thrilled with the progress of this scheme on behalf of Kingsley Healthcare Group and it is great to reach the highest point of the development.

“It has been a very strong partnership and, ultimately, that will bring great community benefits – not only providing a much-needed care home but also creating a significant number of jobs.

“On top of that, we were delighted to welcome Brackley Athletic FC and the 5th Brackley Scout Group to the topping out and it is great to be able to support two great local groups which are committed to giving local young people great opportunities to be active.”

The development will feature modern en-suite bedrooms and living space for residents as well as communal facilities such as a cinema room, library, café, hairdressing salon, quiet lounges and a conservatory.

Kingsley Healthcare’s chief investment officer, Muj Malik, said: “We are excited to be working on this state-of-the-art care home project in partnership with Deeley Construction.

“Kingsley Healthcare is passionate about providing facilities of the highest quality for residents in our homes.

“We are proud to become part of the Brackley community, providing a valuable amenity and creating more than 100 jobs.”

Fifth Brackley Scout Group was established in 1953 and moved to its present home in Beaumont Crescent, Brackley in 1959. It has 147 active members and offers a range of activities to boys and girls aged five to 14 on a weekly basis.

The funds will go towards refurbishing the scouts’ meeting place after it was the subject of an arson attack.

Bim Prentice, Group Scout Leader, said: “On behalf of 5th Brackley Scout Group membership, I would like to thank the Deeley Group and Kingsley Healthcare for their very generous financial donation.

“It will contribute greatly to the refurbishment of the Scout Meeting Place and in turn, enable the Scout Group to continue to provide Scouting opportunities for current and future Brackley and surrounding district youngsters and their parents.”

Brackley Athletic FC is an FA Standard Chartered club and has around 200 players registered, supported by 30 coaches and a further eight volunteer committee members.

The under-9s girls team was formed in June and has had a very promising first season playing five-a-side in the Northamptonshire Macron Women and Girls League.

Coach Victoria Sillett said: “We are very grateful for the donations which have paid for the team’s kit, training tops and hoodies. We have 13 players in the squad which shows the need to establish a team for girls at this age group and they all needed kitting out.

“We are the largest community football club in the area and support such as this means everything to us as we are all volunteers offering football to as many local children as possible.”

Pictured: Brackley players Florence Henderson and Lily Spenceley with, from left to right, Bim Prentice, Cameron Thayan (Kingsley), Victoria Sillett, Muj Malik and Edward Hudson (Deeley).

Rounding off another fantastic year…

This has been another successful year for the Deeley Group with – we hope – some good news just around the corner in 2020.

We have developed a strong pipeline of work through Deeley Construction with a number of wins and we believe we are well placed for that to continue over the next 12 months, whatever might be on the political horizon!

A great deal of thanks should go to Martin Gallagher and his team who have taken Construction from strength to strength.

Deeley Homes has been revitalised and is extremely busy. The division successfully launched its first development for a number of years – The Meadows at Pillerton Priors – and it is selling very well.

Moreton Edge, in the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh, will launch next year and we are confident it will prove just as popular.

We were joined by Eleanor Deeley in the autumn not only bringing 20 years of national property experience but also ensuring the guiding principles of the company are maintained.

As the year draws to a close, we heard that Fordham House, which we developed and built in partnership with Orbit, has won a second national award, while Deeley Construction has been appointed to the University of Warwick’s Lot 1 Capital Programme Framework for projects up to the value of £2 million over the next five years across the site, as one of only three Tier 1 contractors.

I would like to thank all our clients, partners and colleagues for all the work and co-operation and wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Peter Deeley, Managing Director

Fordham House wins national award

Fordham House – a development of high-quality, private rented apartments in Stratford-upon-Avon on which the Deeley Group played a significant role – has won a prestigious, national award.

The Orbit scheme, situated on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road – which features 82 high-quality homes, picked up the ‘Best Build For Rent Development’ award at the Inside Housing Development Awards.

The awards ceremony, which is now in its third year, took place at the O2 in London and showcases the best in new housing development right across the UK.

Work started on the award-winning site in 2016 and took two years to complete with all apartments now fully let.

The development was brought to market through a partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects, with Deeley Construction as design and build contractors.

Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are thrilled for Orbit that Fordham House has won such a nationally recognised award.

“It is a great example of how partnership working can create a development that brings economic, social and regenerative benefits to a community.

“The Deeley Group played a major role in Fordham House over many years before Deeley Construction started work on-site and we are very proud to be part of this award-winning development.”

Fordham House, which picked up Residential Property of the Year at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards West Midlands earlier in 2019, is owned and managed by Orbit, with Stratford Town Trust continuing to retain the freehold.

Deeley strikes chord on charity band night

A Coventry-based construction company has struck a chord with a local charity after raising thousands of pounds to support children and families affected by terminal illness.

The Deeley Group Band Night raised more than £7,500 for Molly Olly’s Wishes, with performances from local acts and donations from a host of subcontractors and suppliers helping to smash their initial fundraising goal.

The event, which took place at the Standard Triumph Club, was the first to be hosted by the Deeley Group Charity, with the trust hoping to enhance local connections and raise funds for charities across the region through a series of events over the coming years.

Molly Olly’s Wishes is a charity that supports children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses and their families.

It was set up in 2011 by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw, the parents of Molly Ollerenshaw, who died in 2011 following a 5-year fight with cancer.

Chris Newman, a trustee of the Deeley Group Charity, kicked off the night’s events with a collection of solo acoustic guitar songs, before Coventry band Goozebumps took to the stage with a range of modern pop covers.

Rugby-based quintet Sound Effect rounded off the night with a combination of ska, mod and britpop classics.

Molly Olly’s trustee Rachel Ollerenshaw, said: “What a great night the Deeley’s Team organised on Saturday. Everyone involved was so friendly and willing to help and all the guests that attended were incredibly supportive.

“Deeley’s have been a pleasure to work with and all their hard work has ensured that Molly Olly’s can help more children and families going through extremely challenging circumstances. Thank you to everyone involved and of course to the bands who definitely got the party started!”

A raffle and auction were also held, featuring a range of prizes donated by local companies, with a signed Deeley Group polo shirt raking in an impressive £420.

The Trustees of the Deeley Group Charity who organised the event are Chris Newman, Matt Lynch, Carol Maughan and Ian Clorley, supported by Peter Deeley and Peter Hartill.

Ian Clorley, Deeley Group Financial Controller, said: “It was a great night for all involved and that’s thanks to a fantastic team effort from the Deeley Group Charity and Molly Olly’s Wishes, as well as everyone who came along to show their support.

“We are extremely proud to have gone beyond our fundraising target and could not be happier to have started our series of charity events in this fashion.

“Our connection to the Coventry and Warwickshire community is something that has always been at the heart of the Deeley Group, and our improved outreach with local charities following the launch of the Deeley Group Charity will only enhance that.

“Our fundraising goal could not have been reached without the support of our guests, our suppliers, subcontractors and colleagues, who were all very keen to show their support for the Molly Olly’s Wishes.”

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Caption (left to right): Peter Deeley, Carol Maughan, Rachel Ollerenshaw (Molly Olly’s Wishes), Matt Lynch, Ian Clorley, Chris Newman, Peter Hartill

Budding artists celebrate Coventry

Pupils at a Coventry primary school became painters and then decorators as part of a project aimed at celebrating the city’s most important buildings.

The project formed part of “Coventry – This is my City”, a week-long event that introduced students at Holy Family primary school to the history of the city.

Pupils from a range of year groups were visited by local artists Lesley Whelan and Laura John who were on hand to share their knowledge and expertise.

Armed with their sketch books and pencils, the children researched some of Coventry’s most significant buildings and monuments, including the Lady Godiva Statue, the Ricoh Arena and Holy Family church.

Sketching the outlines in pencil, the students then added a splash of colour to create a series of bold and expressive paintings, which were then blown up and installed in the KS2 playground for children, parents and visitors to enjoy courtesy of the Deeley Group which sponsored the project.

Design & Technology teacher, Mrs Danielle Newman, was impressed by the quality of the student’s work and heralded the project a success.

“The children were excited to find out more about some of Coventry’s most important buildings and monuments.

“Lesley and Laura encouraged the students to express themselves and the results speak for themselves – the pictures are exceptional!”

According to Mrs Newman, not only did the project give students the chance to develop their artistic skills, it demonstrated the relationship between art and design.

“It was really interesting because by sketching the buildings, the children were introduced to the concept of architecture.

“We are also very grateful to the Deeley Group for their support. Projects like this are so important for young learners.”

Mrs Newman added: “It has definitely piqued their interests in art and design as well as their city.”

Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, was delighted to be invited to the school to view some of the artwork.

“It was a real pleasure to meet the budding artists at Holy Family. The paintings were splendid – I was very impressed by the level of detail.

“The project exemplifies how business can help schools in our community. All of us at the Deeley Group were thrilled to be involved.”

Starley Sportive gears up for record breaking year

The popular Starley Sportive charity cycle ride is set to return to the Coventry and Warwickshire roads in 2020.

It will give riders a chance to get their fitness wheels turning in the region’s first mass-participation cycling event of the year.

More than £13,000 was raised by participants in the last event and organisers are hoping to take the total funds raised in the event’s history beyond £40,000 next year, by attracting an even bigger turnout.

Around 750 riders are expected to take part next year on Sunday, February 16, again raising money for a range of local and national charities.

The event organised by Coventry Road Club, the Deeley Group, and Coventry City Council aims to promote wellbeing and healthier lifestyles. Whilst enhancing the city’s sporting profile, continuing the legacy of the city’s year as European City of Sport.

Riders will set off from the Deeley Group head office on Herald Avenue and have the choice of tackling three distances this year – a 28.6 mile route, a 63.2 mile long-distance ride, or the epic 86.5 mile challenge – that proved so popular in the last event.

For the next Starley Sportive, Coventry’s Zoe’s Place Children Hospice & Warwickshire’s Young People First are the two main charities being supported by funds raised, with both supporting the event with volunteers.

Participants are also being encouraged to raise money for any causes close to their heart, while Zoe’s Place, Young People First, Myton Hospice and University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire Charity have been offered a number of free entries to anyone who registers via them for the event.

The sportive celebrates the contributions of inventors James and John Kemp Starley to the world of bicycles.

James Starley is known as the father of the bicycle industry, while his nephew John Kemp Starley is widely regarded as the inventor of the modern bicycle – both worked and lived in Coventry.

Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “We are hoping that the incredible effort that we saw last time around can spur more people on to come along, test themselves, and ultimately raise money for some important causes.

“The support we had for the last event helped us to break the event’s fundraising record and I’m sure we can achieve that once again given the level of positive feedback we received.

“It’s important for us at Deeley to use our place in the Coventry and Warwickshire community to encourage healthier lifestyles, and carry on the legacy of the European City of Sport status.”

Ian Court, Racing Secretary at Coventry Road Club, was named Volunteer of the Year at the Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards for his role in the organisation of the Starley Sportive.

Ian added: “We can’t wait to see all the smiles again, it’s brilliant to see people joining in and having fun on their bikes.

“The event is about inclusion and getting people together for a great time. We want people to feel like they can join in and have fun cycling whatever their cycling goals are”

Places for the three distances can be booked online at www.starleysportive.co.uk