Girling Jones are pleased to announced the opening of our “Industrial Engineering” division as part of our three year expansion plan. A complimentary sector to our core construction and property businesses, we will be placing skilled engineering and management staff into the manufacturing industry across the South West. Fantastic news for the GJ team, who with this additional division will expand to 25 heads by the end of 2015.
For many years, the GJ team have attempted to entice, beg and bribe our Office Manager, Ceri Needs, to take part in one of our Childrens Hospice Events. Sadly, the appeal of 15km muddy obstacle courses and 2 days of constant cycling wasn’t really her cup of hot lemon.
Their biggest physical challenge to date!
The event was at Exeter Racecourse and the 5k itself was one and a half times around the racetrack! On first sight it looked onerous but once they set off, it was great fun! There were five stations around the course throwing different coloured paint on them as we went around.
Needless to say, a history of reconstructive knee surgery lead to a constant feeling of dread and some anxiety throughout the training period.
But through tenacity, perseverance and sheer determination, both competitors completed the 5km fun run, with flying colours.
They set a target goal to raise £200 for Childrens Hospice South West but by the end of the run, they have amassed a whopping £705.50!!
Well done, ladies!
Here’s to next years events…
Abbey Sands is a mixed-use waterfront development situated in the heart of Torquay − designed by Kay Elliott Architects for Havard Estates.
It comprises 13 five star holiday apartments, 14 open market apartments, restaurant units on the ground and first floors and extensive public realm works.
The project has transformed a former derelict hotel site on the seafront and is inspired by the art-deco tradition of the British seaside.
It is a highly successful new destination on a much-loved promenade in the English Riviera.
Barely even a month has passed since some members of the GJ team tested their wills and pushed their bodies to the limits during the infamous 15km obstacle course, Rock Solid.
A few members decided that wasn’t enough as a stand alone event.
A few members wanted more…
On a gloriously sunny, Sunday morning in March, Victor and Fiona took to the streets of Plymouth for a gruelling 13 mile run over hills, dips, bends and a path of solid concrete.
Just over two hours of sweat, joint pain, leg spasms, tears and blood blisters, both our competitors succeeded in passing the finish line in one piece… (Just about)
Congratulations to both Victor and Fiona for surviving the race and raising just over £1500 for Childrens Hospice South West!
2 events down… Many more to go…
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The gents at Girling Jones headed down to the opening night of The Exeter Barber Shop recently and found the service to be a cut above the rest. With a range of gentlemans styles and beard trims on offer they cater for all, from the baldies to the bearded and with 10% off for all Girling Jones candidates the prices are a snip!
Check them out here www.exeterbarbershop.co.uk
Girling Jones Ltd have had a fantastic start to 2015, posting their best ever quarter since the business began in 2010.
A stellar effort from all the team and great signs for the economy and the construction and property sector in the South West.
Well done to all the team and here’s to an even bigger quarter two!
The GJ crew enthusiastically took part in the challenging OCR (Obstacle Course Running) event, “Rock Solid” at Escot Park on Saturday 21st March.
The 7 unfit, inexperienced and somewhat ailing competitors began the day with a naïve outlook on the day ahead, assuming nothing but a gentle jog through a park, couple of climbing frames in the woods, thinking nothing but the best from the youngest of the national OCR events.
How wrong they were…
The initial warning sign, (aside from the endless stream of physically fit specimens dressed in muscle hugging lyrca and spandex) was the group warm-up which was run by a marine… The 7 of us were mentally done before the race had begun!
3 hours of treacherous obstacles; metre deep swamps of mud; leaps of faith across what looked like caverns; strategically planned foot placements across deep, muddy ditches; swimming in below freezing, muddy water under a web of barbed wire; gruelling jogs, runs, lifts across all kinds of environmental hazards including a quick dunk in a skip full of ice!
More importantly, above all else, above the blood, sweat, grazes, joint pain, tears and perforated ear drums, each member of the GJ Rock Solid team completed the full 15km event.
All in the name of Children’s Hospice South West.
Here is to the next event…
The Girling Jones team descended on the evening and made sure the shots started early and the dance floor was full.
Congratulations from all the team and the best of luck in your future together.