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Chris goes the extra mile!

Many congratulations to Chris who proposed to Sam in Cornwall recently. 


Alex's holiday snaps!

Thank you to Alex who has sent us a few of his holiday snaps from Beer in Devon

Thought I’d send you all a few obligatory holiday snaps, you make you all feel...better?!!?

See you all next week, with some tasty treats to tuck into!
— Alex

SRA summer party 2017

Despite the clouds and rain, there were a record number of people at this year's SRA summer party at Larkhall Sports Club!

We enjoyed a fun day with a delicious feast of BBQ food and tasty salads that set us all up to take part in the afternoon Boules competition. With brief interludes of sunshine we joined in our matches and had the friendly volunteers on-hand to help guide us through the competition rules, providing a tape measure when required. 

Play stopped mid-afternoon for some tasty tea and cake and then we restarted play: for some of us it was boules - for others - the bouncy castle, giant Jenga and Connect 4!

The 'Finals' took place on the skittle alley with Sinead and Patrick taking first place.

A very big thank you to Emma and Amy who organised the event and made sure everything ran so smoothly. Also to all the team and their family members that braved the weather and created a fun atmosphere on the day.


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A handsome arrival!

Senan James Lock has arrived!

Senan James Lock was born 5 days overdue on Friday 7/7/17 (good DOB isn’t it!!) at 22:15 by c-section in RUH. He was only a little one at 6lbs 9oz although quite long so takes after his Daddy in that respect. 

It was a tough day yesterday but we’re both doing really well. Still in RUH - mostly for my recovery - and will be for another day or two. 

He’s just amazing - we’re completely besotted! We’ll be in to visit soon - here’s a few photos in the meantime.

Well done to whoever wins the sweepstake!!  😊

All the best,

Suzanne, Rich & Senan xx

The Brutalist playground

Just as a quick synopsis, we spent some time in the exhibition to start, which was followed by an introduction from Bath Uni’s Director of Arts, then short talks from a speaker of RIBA London (as RIBA commissioned the piece, I believe it is ultimately their decision where the artwork tours to etc), then by the creators of the work Simon Terrill and a member of the Assemble collective (speaking in one of the pictures).
— Fred

The Brutalist Playground exhibition is on until 9th September 2017.

Commissioned by the RIBA, The Brutalist Playground shines a light on the abstract concrete playgrounds designed as part of post-war housing estates in the mid-twentieth century. Often made from concrete, such playgrounds were cast into housing estates such as Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; Seamount Court in Aberdeen and the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield in sculptural forms, presenting a distinct move away from previous playground design.

2015 Turner Prize winners ASSEMBLE and artist SIMON TERRILL have worked with RIBA curators to recreate these play structures in reconstituted foam, creating an interactive playground where the viewer becomes participant and in this way completes the work while offering a renewed understanding and critique of the architects’ original designs and intentions. Archive images of the original playgrounds are projected on the walls.

The Edge and the University of Bath are delighted to bring this family friendly exhibition to Bath for the first time during the University’s 50th Anniversary year. It’s the first of two exhibitions acknowledging the concrete origins of Bath’s 1960s campus which went on to incorporate buildings designed by celebrated architects of the era including proponents of British Brutalism Alison and Peter Smithson.


The Edge, University of Bath
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath

See map: Google Maps

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Back to the 80's Friday

SRA summer tunes

New SRA team play list

The books are still open if you still want to get yours in.

We have over 70 songs and 5hrs of music.

Here’s the playlist in full (I think), and don’t ask me who chose what!
— Laurence



  1. Stevie Wonder - Happy Birthday (of course!)
  2. Puddle of Mudd - Blurry
  3. Wolf Alice - Silk
  4. Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
  5. Alex Mills - Be Somebody
  6. Kasabian - LSF
  7. The Roots - The Seed
  8. Lisa Hannigan - Ora
  9. Lisa Hannigan - Undertow
  10. Dennis Lloyd - Nevermind
  11. Laura Mvual- Phenomenal Woman
  12. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
  13. Beastie Boys – Sabotage
  14. Used to get high – John Butler Trio
  15. Golden Touch - Razorlight
  16. Heavy – Collective Soul
  17. Masterplan – Oasis
  18. Going home – Dire Straits
  19. Romeo & Juliet - Dire Straits
  20. The Fun Lovin’ Criminal – Fun Lovin’ Criminals!
  21. Another Day of Sun - La La Land
  22. A Well Respected Man (The Kinks) – Juno
  23. Love Theme – Cinema Paradiso
  24. Nobody’s Empire – Belle and Sebastian
  25. Ghosts – Laura Marling
  26. Lovefool – The Cardigans
  27. Bon Iver – 8 (Circle)
  28. NWA – Express Yourself
  29. Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
  30. Belle & Sebastian – ease your feet into the sea
  31. Norah Jones – Summertime
  32. Bob Marley – everything’s gonna be alright
  33. Nadine Shah ‘Out the Way’
  34. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah ‘The Pilot’
  35. Spoon ‘Hot Thoughts’
  36. Swedish house mafia – one
  37. Sum 41 - In too deep
  38. Sum 41 - Fat lip
  39. Royal blood – lights out
  40. Muse – Hysteria
  41. Muse – Stockholm syndrome
  42. Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime
  43. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower (Official Audio)
  44. Eric Clapton - Sunshine of your love
  45. Mark Knopfler - So Far From The Clyde
  46. Echo and the Bunnymen - The Game                                                      
  47. DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – Summertime                              
  48. Manic Street Preachers - Europa Geht Durch Mich                            
  49. The Universal – Blur
  50. Donavan – Sunshine superman
  51. The Lumineers – Ho Hey
  52. I’m still standing – Elton John
  53. Mr Brightside – Killers
  54. Moves like Jagger – Maroon 5
  55. I predict a riot – Kaiser Chiefs
  56. Bitter sweet symphony - Verve
  57. Roy Ayers: Everybody Loves the Sunshine
  58. Paul Simon: I Know What I Know
  59. Q-Tip: Let’s Ride
  60. Crystal Fighters – You & I
  61. Ja Rule – Always on Time
  62. Blu Cantrell – Hit ‘Em up Style (Oops!)
  63. Santana – Maria Maria (Radio Mix)
  64. Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
  65. Jamiroquai – Love foolosophy
  66. The Rolling Stones- Paint it Black
  67. Mad Dog Mcrea – A Longer Road
  68. Mad Dog Mcrea – Almost Home
  69. Gorillaz – 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)
  70. Elbow – One Day Like This
  71. Alt-J – Breezeblocks
  72. Underworld – Caliban’s Dream
  73. TIEKS - Sunshine
  74. Clean Bandit - Rather Be

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We have the pleasure of working with The Genesis Trust in Bath. They have been established in the city for over 21 years, and are the first point of contact for homeless and vulnerable adults in Bath.

The Genesis Trust are running a fundraising coffee morning tomorrow at Three Ways School in Odd Down as part of #SmallCharityWeek.

Donation match - Thursday 22nd June only!
If you can't make it for coffee  but would like to make a donation - you can! As part of Small Charity Week, 'Local Giving' is matching funding gifts up to £25 only on Thursday 22nd June. Click here to donate.



Thank you from Melissa

Thank you so much for the card and flowers that are currently brightening up my sitting room!

Thank you too for the messages I’ve been getting, you are all very kind!

I am so pleased to say that the operation went well and instantly my leg pain has gone! We are still waiting for histology results and there is still a way to go yet with my recovery but I’m up and about and came home from hospital after just two days which is incredible!

We are so thankful to God for bringing me through yet another operation and I hope to be back in the office before to long.

Thank you so much!
— Melissa

SRA Team Bath Boules

Thank you to everybody that came along on Saturday to Bath Boules and made it such a fun day!

The team spirit certainly was apparent as we cracked open the beer and pimms around 11am. This spurred us on winning a total of 3 games. 

Here are some photos from the day. Click on the photo to see the full image. 




First family holiday with Evie

For those that weren't here last week, Jane popped in with little Evie. She shared a few pictures from their first family holiday with Evie. I couldn't resist posting them as they are so cute!


A summer babe!

Suzanne and Rich are looking forward to the arrival of their new baby boy on 2nd July (or there about!).

So if you fancy your chances of winning the sweepstake, put on your best guessing head and pay a £1 to Amy. She will collate everybody's answers.

Can you guess?

  • The baby weight? 
  • The actual birth date?

Good luck!


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Two tunnels run in the sun

Well done to Amy, Emma, Jimi, Oliver and Karen for completing the Two Tunnels run yesterday morning!  They all managed to do a better time than before. Taking part in the Two Tunnels series is helping to build their fitness. And in Emma's case recovery from a bad knee.

Next race is on 9th July. More details available on the blog soon!

That's the Ping Pong spirit!

Lizzie, Alex and Amy had a ping pong stand-off last week at the Bath Brew House.  Look out for details of the return match soon!

Quiz masters... well nearly!

The star quiz team this week was Lizzie, Alex, Amy, Jonathan, Karen and a stranger called Adam!

It was a challenging 60 question round, which we were surprised to win third place in. Perhaps the cocktails helped?

Look out for more details of the next team quiz night, which we hope to get together for in June.


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RIBA Pension update

The Partners’ have confirmed that SRA will use the ‘RIBA Pension’ for the practice’s  workplace pension scheme.

We have agreed to bring forward our staging date to 1st April to coincide with the accounting financial year. This provides additional time to get things up and running in advance of our formal staging date which is August .

We’re  expecting RIBA to be in touch in the next week or two to get us set up on the portal, following which we will be able to explain the process and provide more detail. The first payment into the scheme will be made at the end of April (i.e. when April’s salaries are paid).

In the meantime we’ve attached a few documents that we hope are useful for you all to read, also the link to the powerpoint from the webinar Jan did can be found here. We particularly encourage you to read the ‘introduction for employees’ guide which provides some more detail about eligibility, joining the scheme and contributions.

If you have any questions please discuss with Beth. 

An Introduction for Employees

Member Guide

Freestyle Funds