We have an exciting programme of marketing events being arranged for 2019, including many events and charities supported from previous years; but also some new names.
Our Charity of the Year was the Great North Air Ambulance Service until their key fund-raising 'Air Angels' ball on the 15th June, at which event, Tricia presented them with a cheque for the total amount that we had raised for them at that time - £10,182!
Donations for this are still coming in.
Not only did Tricia sponsor the Hexhamshire Garden Trail Map, she also opened her wonderful garden at Black House for the first time on Sunday 23rd June. The weather was cool but largely dry for the several hundred visitors who embarked on the Trail.
The opportunity to discover some of the private gardens in the Shire was planned over recent months by a dedicated team of volunteers, as a fund-raiser for St Helen’s Church, Whitley Chapel, which was the starting point on the day.
Some sixteen gardens were open, offering a huge variety of plantings including flowers, fruit, vegetables, herbs, woodland, water features man-made and natural, wildflower meadows - with the bonus of fantastic views in many cases too. Many gardens were havens for wildlife - even Exmoor ponies at High Raw Green!
The ladies of the WI offered soup at the church, and many of the gardens offered teas, plants for sale and home-made cakes. There was a quiz to amuse, and the opportunity for a game of croquet at Black House.
The magnificent sum of £3,383 was raised, and huge thanks go to all those who shared their lovely gardens, and to the volunteers who helped.
We've Done it!
With a fantastic sense of achievement, we completed our walk along Hadrian’s Wall for the Great North Air Ambulance Service on Saturday 18th May. We have carried Miles the Bear (the GNAAS mascot) 89 miles and he has filled his Hadrian’s Wall passport with all his stamps.
Almost all our members of staff took part in the last leg along the Quayside to Segedunum, joining the stalwarts who had managed the earlier stages relay-style over the two previous weekends. In total, the team has walked 600 miles!
We exceeded our target and are grateful to the many people who helped us to do it.
It is still possible to make a donation and support this fantastic charity through our Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/pjawallwalk or send us a cheque made payable to Great North Air Ambulance Service.
We were delighted to be a major sponsor of Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival in June, where we had a photographic display of our Walk.
In May Tricia was delighted to support and very much enjoyed Hexham Orpheus Choir & Orchestra’s performance of Tippett’s A Child of our Time, with Verdi’s Overture – The Force of Destiny. This concert in Hexham Abbey on the evening of Saturday 11th May featured Tricia’s long-standing friends, renowned soloist Graeme Danby (Bass) and Valerie Reid (Alto), with Rachel Dyson (Soprano) and Austin Gunn (Tenor) and a full orchestra.
On the evening of 21st May at The Sage Gateshead, we were proud to sponsor a wonderful concert with world-renowned pianist Janina Fialkowska in aid of The British Red Cross. This included pieces by Mozart, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. Fialkowska’s Polish family were saved from starvation and able to survive World War 1 because of their Red Cross food parcels, so there is a very special place in her heart for this wonderful organisation.
Also supporting The British Red Cross, on Saturday 29th June, Regents Opera Company presented Tosca in the Grand Hall of Kirklinton Hall and Gardens. You could picnic under gazebos on the Rose Terrace, enjoy fizz from the Champagne Bar, or stroll in the wonderful grounds of the Hall before the opera, for which the dress code was strictly black tie – our northern take on Glyndebourne!
As a long-standing supporter and sponsor of both Hexham & District Music Society’s annual season, and Hexham Abbey Festival, Tricia welcomes their forthcoming collaboration. The first concert of the Music Society’s 2019/20 season on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd September, will also be part of the Hexham Abbey Festival 2019, and will see the return of the Danish group Kottos, who were a great hit at the Abbey’s Nordic Voices festival. Kottos will perform at the Queens Hall, and Tricia is delighted to sponsor this concert.
We were delighted to support the Northumberland Community Development Company with their recent bookkeeping workshops in Allendale.
Led by Janet Cresswell from the Back of Beyond Business Support community group, the primary aim was to give new business start-ups a helping hand, but also offer advice to rural-based small businesses which might be considering, for example, expansion, taking on employees for the first time etc.
Janet ran three sessions and we participated in each one.
The first session looked at the basic principles of bookkeeping with examples – a step-by-step process with resources to take away and use. We were pleased to talk to attendees and explain the role of an accountant, the services we can offer and who should have one.
The second session moved on to look at forecasts and financial planning and was followed by a Question and Answer session.
The third and final session was mainly our presentation on Making Tax Digital (MTD). This was based on the presentation we have been giving to our clients since Autumn 2017 in order to get them ready for MTD. We also invited Sage along to demonstrate their MTD cloud-compliant software, Sage Business Cloud. The presentation included the what, when and how of MTD. This proved to be the most popular of the sessions as it came shortly before the 1st April 2019 start date for MTD for VAT.
Beamish Museum Great North Steam Fair
In 2019 the company is continuing to support Beamish, the wonderful Living Museum of the North, as a Business Friend.
Stephanie was delighted to attend their first big event of the year, the Great North Steam Fair, just before Easter. This fantastic festival of all things steam draws a varied range of exhibitors from throughout the UK – indeed they have a waiting list for participants, it is so important in the world of steam!
As Business Friends we were invited to arrive at nearby Beamish Hall, to avoid the crowds this hugely popular event draws to the Museum. We were greeted by costumed members of staff and then travelled via period transport the short distance to the 1900s Town Street.
The Town was bustling and we were left to experience everything from locomotives and traction engines to cars (including a magnificent and gleaming Rolls Royce Silver Ghost) and motorbikes, all in action, before strolling down to the Colliery Village to Davy’s famous Fish and Chips shop.
After enjoying an excellent fish supper and a warm welcome from Assistant Director Sally Dixon, with the Museum to ourselves after-hours, we had the opportunity to get hands-on at the Colliery Railway, where a number of steam locomotives were in operation. These included River Irt and Katie, the first 15-inch gauge locomotives to run at the Museum - River Irt is the oldest such locomotive in the world! These two were on loan from the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for the festival. The Keeper of Transport was on hand to answer any questions, and everyone was able to have a turn on the footplates of the five steam engines.
The Blacksmith was busy in his Forge where several Friends tried their hand at forging hooks – much harder than it looked – before we were bussed back to our very mundane forms of transport to head home. An excellent evening in spring sunshine.
Sele First School
Tricia was pleased to pledge the preparation of a simple 2018/19 tax return at the Sele First School PTA Auction of Promises which took place in the wonderful setting of the Prior’s Hall at Hexham Abbey on 22nd March, with a professional auctioneer to handle proceedings. Lots of laughter and bidding raised £2,870 – congratulations!
Northumberland Girls Rugby
In late February Tricia was to be found on the touchline of the Northumberland County Girls U15 and U18 Rugby Festival at Tynedale RFC. A fantastic afternoon of play was rounded off by Tricia with a presentation of new kit holdalls for the girls which the company has been delighted to sponsor. It is Tricia’s goal to support both girls and young women to fulfil their potential in whatever field they choose. Also in a sporting vein, we are supporting the Junior Football League Pitch Finder Handbook.
Scott Mitchell's Got Talent
Early February saw us supporting Scott Mitchell’s Got Talent – a Hexham veterinary practice, whose staff and clients trod the boards in various guises displaying talents, whilst fundraising for the Great North Air Ambulance Service. They raised a magnificent £7,735.
Over the course of last year, 2018, 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 2018:
Haydon Bridge Point to Point
U11 Hexham Hawks boys football
Hexham Male Voice Choir
Sele School Auction
Tynedale Point to Point