It's a wrap! We offered a full gift-wrapping service for bought Christmas presents that were brought into our offices, with a mince pie and a glass of wine too - all in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service.
This event raised a wonderful total of £788.75 for GNAAS. Our overall cumulative total raised to date for GNAAS is just over £5000...
Local MP, Guy Opperman announced the winner of his Small Business Awards 2018 (which we sponsored, see below): which was Ridley's Fish & Game. The Ridleys visited Guy on a tour of Parliament too!
We supported this wonderful performance by taking some advertising in the programme.
This year we sponsored local MP, Guy Opperman's Tynedale and Ponteland Small Business Awards 2018. A large number of number of businesses have now been nominated and the finalists short-listed. In the photgraph, Tricia Arnold & Guy present a Highly Commended certificate to vet Tim Pearson from Orchard House Vets as this small business is a finalist.
The winner to be announced by the beginning of December.
We supported this notable anniversary concert of this local men's singing group, featuring a (lonely!) Soprano soloist, Katie Oswell.
The new concert series for this season kicked off to a very high quality performance by this trio, Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch on the 16th October. Tricia attended in person and was very pleased to be associated with helping to fund an event of this calibre.
Tricia was delighted to sponsor this event once more - it featured a great mix of music and art and there was a special focus this year 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the 'Great War' as it was named at the time.
This year, we became Silver Sponsors for this annual event, which included a 'Patricia Arnold' team of four guest golfers. We are delighted that the event raised in the region of £3,500 for this great cause - and our own Charity of the Year, the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Having presented some of the glass art prizes to the winners, Tricia was thrilled to receive a glass artwork in the shape of her own corporate logo device!
This was the 20th Anniversary for this event at the beginning of August in Corbridge, which Tricia sponsored once more.
The Red Cross organised a wonderful evening of opera in the ruins at Kirklinton, where fellow sponsors and guests much enjoyed a performance of The Barber of Seville. This is the second year that PJA has sponsored this event.
Now in its third year, this running event here in Hexham now offers both the 10k and the 5k in addition to its flagship race, the half marathon. This year, Tricia offered the race organiser, Greg Urwin, major sponsorship - in the form of the time of our marketing and PR manager, Mairi Hextall: to organise the marketing and PR for the event, plus race logistics on the day.
We were delighted by the coverage that was achieved: with three slots shown on the BBC's Look North local news programme (including an interview of Greg - see photo), plus impressive coverage over several weeks by the Hexham Courant (as well as other local papers), the event received great publicity and a record number of entries!
For the day itself, a team led by PJA staff manned the crucial 'Water' Station - at a main junction of the race routes, raising money for the Abbey roof; and despite having her arm in a sling, Tricia herself was the Starter for the main race! (see photos below)
Carol Malia (from the BBC) was kind enough to present the prizes to all the race winners in front of the Abbey - congratulations to all the winners!
Tricia not only took a large table of guests to this key fund-raising event, but she donated the main auction prize, which alone raised over £1,500.
The event was great fun and went really well, and raised over £18,000 for our charity of the year!
We have been a major sponsor of the Beer Festival for many years now, featuring our beer, 'Liquidity'!
Although this year's Beer Festival was struck by storm 'Hector' (the Thursday, Sponsors' Night had to be cancelled just a couple of hours before it was due to open) - the organisers did a wonderful job sorting it all out, including donating that unused food to the People's Kitchen; and the remaining two Beer Festival days went ahead, better than ever: - with more food options, and now gin and wine bars in addition to the tent-long rows of beers and the cider bar too.
This is a marvellous local event, which seems to get bigger and better each year - AND all the proceeds from the Festival go to charity.
In the photograph below, Steve Hull the lead organiser is sporting one of our PJA beer-holders:
PJA staff have absolutely smashed our previous record (of 47) bags of unwanted/outgrown clothing to donate to charity of the year, GNAAS - a handy GNAAS Recycling van collected a whopping 76 bags!!
This is a great way to support GNAAS, just call 01325 308139
For the second successive year, we sponsored the Belsay Horse Trials. This event is now in its sixth year – and is not only a showpiece of competitive horsemanship with the three skills of dressage, cross-country and show-jumping in various categories, depending upon the experience of both horse and rider; but with so many local stalls surrounding the main show-jumping arena, it is a fabulous day out for all the family. There is a bouncy castle, a dog-training ring, and the sort of pop-up retail park includes several traditional country stores as well as many catering stalls, selling food & drink for everyone.
As a Bronze sponsor, we sponsored one of the fences – and ‘our’ double brush fence (see photo) was on the nearest part of the cross-country loop – with the stunning original Belsay Castle as its backdrop! The photograph is misleading as the fence is shoulder-height and has a big spread too between the brushes. We attended on the Saturday - and all day, the rain threatened but not a drop fell - although only 5 miles away, there was a complete downpour...
One of our less ‘visible’ local community sponsorships is for the U13 Hexham Hawks boys football team.
However, this season, they’ve become very visible indeed! They have just beaten Tynemouth in the final of the NEYDL League Championship, to become the league CHAMPIONS!! And every single player is proudly displaying the PJA logo in our corporate green… (which happens to be the Hexham Hawks strip’s colour)!
Tricia was absolutely delighted to be there in person to witness this historic event:
PJA was invited to attend a key ‘Backing the Borderlands’ policy meeting organised by our local MP, Guy Opperman with business leaders, MPs, local authorities and key 3rd sector working together to make the case for investment, jobs and growth in the border region of Scotland AND England.
This year, PJA has sponsored TWO events at the Hexham Book Festival: Jeremy Vine - almost at the start of the festival; and then Jenni Murray, near the end. This event keeps growing every year and is wonderful for Hexham and Northumberland - raising our profile and bringing visitors here.
Staff & guests of hugely enjoyed the Jeremy Vine event on the first Friday night. No need for the interview technique for JV, he held the floor! - interspersing his stage observations with actual recordings from his radio show... & it was very funny indeed!
Fascinating to hear Jenni Murray in person describing some of the 21 inspiring women she chose for her 'History of Britain in 21 Women'. And why some others had failed to make the cut!
So proud to be a Business Friend of Beamish Museum, to see them WIN their ‘Tourism’ category! in the Grand Final of the North East Business Awards evening. Thoroughly deserved.
We had such a wonderful trip in the glorious sunshine, to the Penrith airbase, one of the two bases from which the Great North Air Ambulance operates. The staff & all the crew of the Pride of Cumbria couldn’t have been more welcoming!
There are so many aspects to GNAAS to appreciate – from the practicalities of its procedures and the precise role it plays; to the assessment of the relative benefits (and problems) of funding by the public. The helicopter itself is definitely smaller than we were expecting, but immaculate and with beautiful sleek lines.
Although I think we have all always felt very strongly about supporting GNAAS, with various personal experiences, we all learned so much more about how it actually works in practice. And actually, we are now much better equipped to champion the great cause going forward.
We are delighted to be supporting the 114th Tynedale Music Festival in the Queens Hall, Hexham.
The Tynedale Music Festival has been a wonderful forum for local musicians of all ages, from across the North East, to meet & compete since 1904!
We are so proud to be associated with Beamish Museum as a Business Partner.
Beamish were declared WINNERS of the Tourism and Hospitality award in the Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside round, of the North East Business Awards. We wish them very good luck in the FINAL!
Beamish Director, Richard Evans, holding the award below with Ashley Bell (Partnerships Coordinator).
Our own Claire Bradley was interviewed live at the Sage Roadshow at St James Park on 8th March, talking with Julia Wedgwood about Making Tax Digital: helping to shed light on what MTD really means to people, in practice. We have been working hard to prepare our clients for this fundamental change in the tax system and we have been running several of our own seminars here at West Orchard House.
Great North Air Ambulance is our 2018 Charity of the Year: a wonderful invaluable service for all who live in the North-East. We heard about some of their amazing rescues and met several staff (including Andy Mawson below) and supporters at launch event announcing the key fund-raising 'Air Angels' Ball on 16th June.
Despite extraordinary snow blizzards - which depleted the numbers, but only a little - we were delighted to attend the annual Women in Philanthropy lunch. This year the charity supported was Changing Lives, outlining projects which support women who have suffered from sexual exploitation. The guest speaker, Caroline Theobald reminded us that, “The North East is the fastest growing philanthropic region in the UK”.
Although it was indeed quite chilly we were so lucky that the sun shone for this lovely day out for staff and their families.
We were not too sure what the Murder Mystery would involve but, in practice, it was carried out brilliantly – never did the mask slip – and we were duly sent off as trainee detectives to unravel the Mysterious Murder; and actually it was a lovely way to explore various buildings as well as to be forced to think in terms of 1900s travel, clothing, accessories etc. Murder solved by each team, we gathered together again and Beamish Museum (we are Business Partners) did us proud with a lunch-time ‘Tea’ including some of the famous Beamish sausage rolls and pork pies.
The shop volunteers were delighted to see this new till was sponsored by a local business - us! - and not funded by hospice donations as they want to see the money they raise spent on the Hospice services. (See Jean getting to grips with it in the photograph below.)
Cathy Bates said, 'This is an important move for the shop as this till allows the shop manager to monitor the sales of each line e.g. women’s jumpers, men’s trousers, household items so they will be able to see which areas are performing better than others and make changes accordingly.'
The Hexham Hawks are seen here sporting their new strip which we’ve sponsored this year. We wish them very good luck in the remainder of the season: opposition teams beware the young men in green horizontal stripes...
Delighted to announce that we've helped to get the ball rolling for this year’s Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival as we are the first confirmed Main Sponsor for this event in Corbridge.
We have been major sponsors now for many years and it only seems to get better and better!
Corporate Social Responsibility is a very serious aspect of running a business and at Patricia J Arnold & Co Ltd, contributing to our community is part of our daily life and adds an element of fun to the sometimes taxing work of an accountant.
Tricia believes that being in business gives her a unique opportunity to help others - hence the practice supports many local projects and raises funds for charities whenever it can.
For 2018 we have chosen to concentrate on The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). This very well-known regional charity operates three helicopters, 365 days a year, across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. GNAAS crews respond to around 1,000 call-outs each year and, on board their aircraft, are specialist trauma doctors and paramedics who bring accident and emergency expertise to the scene.
We will be visiting their base in Penrith to see first-hand how they operate. We are looking to raise a substantial sum for them by supporting them with events throughout the year. PJA is donating a major Auction prize for their key fund-raising ‘Air Angels’ Ball in June. In addition, we will be making use of their recycling trading arm to help raise more funds: our staff members here have each been challenged to fill FIVE bags with old clothes, toys, books, curtains etc.
Patricia J Arnold & Co Ltd will once again be a main sponsor of the Tynedale Beer and Cider Festival in June. Patricia is a card-carrying member of CAMRA, making this a highlight of the year. This three day event brings thousands of visitors to the area and raises funds for local charities. We have been a major sponsor since 2009.
2018 will also see continued support of the renowned Hexham Book Festival in April and May with sponsorship of two authors (Jeremy Vine and Jenni Murray); and of the hugely popular Hexham Abbey Music Festival in September. We will also be supporting Hexham & District Music Society, and The Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham which provides such a varied and interesting calendar of cultural events. This year, the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. We are now a business partner of Beamish, the open air museum depicting life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s. The various local branches of the Rotary Club benefit from our sponsorship as does the Red Cross, especially with its wonderful annual Christmas Fair, and now the opera at Kirklinton. We will again support some Community Foundation events this year.
Another big local event is the Belsay Horse Trials, where once more we will be sponsoring a cross-country jump. We are delighted to support individual local sports teams, including the U11 Hexham Hawks Football team and County teams for U15 & U18 Northumberland Girls Rugby. We are also supporting the Hexham Half-Marathon, which is now featuring 10k, 1k AND 1m distances too; bringing many runners and their families into our historic market town.
Over the past few years we have raised significant funds for Calvert Trust Kielder (our Charity of the Year in 2017) and also for Macmillan and Tynedale Hospice at Home, both organisations which helped enormously when Patricia lost her mother to cancer in 2008.
We support several other charities, including the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus charity, SHINE. We regularly sponsor their balloon races. SHINE is a charity close to Patricia’s heart, as she has two friends, from university days who have Spina Bifida.
The practice first started in Warden and we still support that parish by advertising in The Stanegate magazine. We also regularly advertise in other local magazines such as the Hexhamshire Magazine, rural show programmes and local school performance programmes, the most recent being the Christmas production of Little Shop of Horrors by the Youth Theatre at QEHS.
Closer to home we try to make sure people working here can achieve a good home/work balance. For instance, we have a number of staff who work non-standard hours to juggle their children’s needs / aged parents / university / charity work and other commitments.
Over the course of last year, 2017, we were busy supporting many local events, causes and charities some large and some much smaller.
The following is a list of those we had great pleasure in supporting, one way or another, during 2017:
Haydon Point to Point
U11 Hexham Hawks boys football