25th January 2013 - Planned GRM Social Activities 2013
Once again the GRM Social Activity schedule for 2013 is packed full of old favourites with a sprinkling of new items. (Actually not many new items). For those of our extensive readership the events will be reported here first and hopefully not the local paper ! There are no prizes for guessing the common theme.
Most of the events are open to both Family members and the Tenants of Laurus House.
In January we are meeting at the Brewery Tap in Burton after work for a few pints of foaming real ale. Old favourites like Worthington ‘E’, Red Shield and White Shield brewed on the premises will be available and for those that need food the bar snack menu is extensive. We are departing from our normal night and trying a Wednesday night for a change with an early finish !!!. It is a great opportunity to meet and have a chat.
In February a new activity has been proposed and we are going to visit the Snow Dome in Tamworth. Activities available include ice-skating, tobogganing and skiing. The good news is that it is not mandatory to partake and there is a bar. It is rumoured that Mr Jerram and Mrs Ash will be attending and therefore it will be worth a big crowd turning up.
In March because of Easter we are limiting the activity to another Beer and Chat evening. Hopefully this will take place in one of the more celebrated Burton hostelries such as the Coopers, Burton Bridge and Devonshire Arms or perhaps for the hardy souls all three.
In April we will be visiting the Burton Bridge skittles alley for one of the most popular events of the year. We gave up with the rules many years ago and now basically divide into 3 or 4 teams and add up the scores to see by how many the Directors team has won. As usual we will be partaking of the excellent food (Faggots and Peas or Cottage Pie) and wonderful Burton Bridge Bitter.
In May we are going to the cinema. For some of our staff this will be a real treat as the last time they went the movie was silent !! Hopefully we will find a film we can all agree on.
In June we are off on our travels and by now you will gather that it involves beer ! After extensive research carried out by Chris Jerram we are going by train from Burton to Sheffield. We will be visiting (partly by Tram but mostly on foot) a number of pubs among them the Fat Cat, Kelham Island Tavern, Red Deer, Bath Hotel and lastly Platform 1B at Sheffield Station before wending our weary way home. The last trip (Beer on or adjacent to Stations) was a great success and hopefully this one will be too. No lager drinkers will be allowed.
In July we have the famous GRM Sports day. It is traditional that it rains heavily on this day. When we say Sports Day we actually mean Rounders in the Evening, on a field attached to the local sports centre. In the past this has become a bit too competitive so this year we are going to try to put the “fun” back into this event by banning all of the adults.
Also in July, following on from our previous Coast to Coast bike rides, a team from GRM will be cycling across Wales on the Trans Cambrian route. This route is just 104 miles long, but 70 miles of it is off road (including bridleways, peat bogs and six river crossings) over the Welsh mountains. We will be riding this route over 3 days. If anyone fancies sponsoring us, all donations will go to one of GRM’s nominated charities.
In August we are going to have another “Fun” day. The GRM 20 year party in 2011 was a great success. GRM employ a lot of big kids so a Bouncy Castle, Paddling Pool, Giant Chess etc. will all be in the programme allied to loads of food and pop. If the weather holds it will be an excellent day.
In September we are going paint-balling. Hopefully we will be able to go to a new venue that offers more places for people like me to hide until all that nasty shooting is over. A good tip is to shoot yourself in the foot, claim you have been shot by the enemy and retire to the café. The younger members of our staff love this day.
In October we will be visiting Laser Quest in Derby. Many of the smaller children and lots of GRM staff enjoy this experience. It basically does not hurt (which is a plus) and is fun or at least I am told it is.
In November we are having our annual Bangers and Mash night at GRM HQ, this will take place immediately after work with staff bringing in a selection of bangers and the means of cooking them. Open fires will not be allowed !!
In December we will be having a party somewhere!! We are exploring a few options but the consensus is that we should have another go at organising this event ourselves. Our aim is to get ALL of the staff to attend this year so we are going to announce the date early and make it early in December.
So there we are a full year of activities but we are always open to suggestions and if anyone who is reading this on our web-site would like to offer sponsorship please make contact with Mandy Bryant.
We are hoping to report the events on the web-site shortly after they happen. So those of you who follow GRM closely (Hello Mum) it will be a big treat.