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Staff summer party

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Row, row, row our boat - Splash!

Here are some photo's from the staff summer party bash on Friday. 

SRA Dragons snap and sketch

A big well done to SRA Dragons who took part in the Dragon Boat Race in Bath on Sunday. 

Here are some snaps and a sketch from Kate.


A visit to the Macallan Distillery

Just a few photos from the new Macallan distillery as featured in August’s RIBA Journal. Unfortunately we didn’t get much further than the café/ gift shop as all of the tours were fully booked.
— Fiona

If you fancy a visit yourself check out the RIBA feature here. 


French frolics

Sometime between crashing in to the gates of Versailles, breaking down in rural France whilst towing, getting saturated in a flash flood, smashing my iPhone, having a water pump failure, and having the caravan broken in to, I managed to make it to a supermarket to carefully retrieve some French sweets. They are currently safe and secure in my bag and barring another unfortunate turn of events will be in the kitchen shortly.

Based on this run of luck I opted to stay away from the very tall cliff edge, but did take my chances in a canoe…
— MIke

Camping adventures in Pembrokeshire

Lizzie has arrived safely back from her camping adventure to the Pembrokeshire coast having battled 40mph winds. Here are some pictures from her travels.

Celebrating the big day!

Congratulations to Hilary and Ben who celebrated their wedding on Saturday. Here are some lovely pictures from the day. 

Smile please!

Some snaps from Hilary she thought we would enjoy. 


Chris and Sam tie the knot!

Congratulations to Sam & Chris on tying the knot on Saturday


Magical Chania in Crete

Pictures of Adam's recent trip to Chania in Crete. He highly recommends a visit!

And these tasty jellies are pretty magical too! A very traditional treat which remind both Adam and his parents of their childhood.  Adam brought a packet in for us to enjoy: one minute they were sitting on the kitchen table - the next - all gone! (Very magical!). 

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Team bowling event

Beer, bowling and banter


With the Friday forecast set to be the hottest day of the year, we all packed up shop early and walked to the local bowling alley, where cool drinks welcomed us.

Split into teams we all had a go with plenty of banter and chips to spur us on!


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Dinner, drinks and dancing to finish the evening

 We are a friendly bunch at SRA!

We are a friendly bunch at SRA!

The battle of paddles is back!


Join us for the Bath Dragon Boat Race on 9 September 

Bath Riverside

After a hugely successful Dragon Boat event last year - the Bath Dragon Boat Challenge is back bigger and even better for 2018!

Team SRA are boldly challenged to take up their paddles and race against the other dragons in the Bath dragon boat race across 200m course on 9 September! 

 Team SRA with lots of smiles at the beginning of last year's race.

Team SRA with lots of smiles at the beginning of last year's race.

 Things got a little more serious, when the heat was on. We only narrowly missed the semi-finals by seconds - probably because the hats weren't terribly aero-dynamic!

Things got a little more serious, when the heat was on. We only narrowly missed the semi-finals by seconds - probably because the hats weren't terribly aero-dynamic!


  • No experience!
  • A sense of humour - this event is brilliant fun!
  • The ability to eat lots of pizza (or similar!)
  • Someone to keep an eagle eye on David, who tried to tip the boat last year!
  • A kind heart and lots of friends - lots of fundraising required!

Get involved

  • In the crew: we need a minimum of 8 people to participate and ideally 12+ would be better to allow for changes in the team over the 3 heats. 
  • As a spectator: come and enjoy the atmosphere and cheer the team on.
  • Fundraising: the event supports two local charities: Designability and The Mountain Way. SRA have paid the entry donation of £500. On top of this we need to raise as much money as possible with an additional £600 set as a minimum target by the organisers. Karen will set up a Just Giving page to help with our fundraising efforts. 

Crew members - please sign-up

  • You will receive an email shortly with more details. Please vote YES or NO to joining as a crew member. 

View the blog post from last year which includes team pictures and video. 




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Chris and Hilary's 'Last Night of Freedom'

Thank you to Lizzie and Matt who organised a fantastic send-off for Chris and Hilary at their STEN do.  

STEN do challenge


This card is to be completed throughout the evening. Each successful task earns the points allocated in the brackets. The hen/stag with the most points at the end of the evening wins a cheeky prize!

A selection of images from the night

Larger images for impact!


Reflections from Bath Boules

Some of my favourite moments

Thanks to all the folks (and cute dogs) that turned up on Saturday and supported Team SRA at a spot of Bath Boules.  Here is a snapshot of some of my favourite moments in pictures and videos.
— Karen

La baguette love

A good start

Cute dogs (thanks Cristina!)

It's a family match-off!

Celebrations were in order when Family Rich won!

Creative moments with Elle


It's smiles better in the rain!


Win some - loose some

Boules mostly egg-cellent


2018 SRA world sweepstake

Having been hounded by various parties (Fred and Ewan) it’s time to unveil the 2018 SRA world cup sweepstake!

Previous iterations have proved successful and whilst there is no need for you to get involved it has proved quite fun in the past and I have proposed that perhaps we should use it as an opportunity to raise some money for charity this year. More details soon!
— Jonathan
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Taking part

  • Print off this form and tick one box in each 'pot' (column) totalling 8 countries. 
  •  Don’t worry, you don't require any particular knowledge of football! The seeding system should make sure you are still in with a chance to win!
  • Ewan and Fred have volunteered to coordinate the sweepstake. Please give your completed form to one of them and your your entrance money of £2. 
  • Jonathan will do some work behind the scenes in setting up the spreadsheets and graphs to check progress.
I hope you decide to get involved, any and all are welcome and at the very least, it gives those of you who normally couldn’t care less a vested interest in the inevitable wall to wall media coverage once the tournaments starts (next Thursday!).
— Jonathan

Bath Boules team event - Queen Square

SRA team day - Saturday 16 June 2018

The Bath Boules Week is a vibrant and fun pop up event in Queen Square, Bath 10-18 June 2018. It hosts activity each day which raise vital funds for local charities including dinners, parties, award ceremonies, talks and more! All culminating in the much-loved Bath Boules tournament weekend. Check out this video to get an in idea of what happens on the day!

Pop by for a bit (or a lot)

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Come and join the SRA team on Saturday 16 June from 9.45am. Grab a drink from the SRA chill-box, have a go at throwing some Boules if you like, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.


Please confirm if you are coming

Please can you let me know if you are coming along and bringing anybody with you? It really helps with planning the day and organising nibbles and drinks.
With many thanks!
— Karen

A trip to Cuba!


Roberto and his girlfriend, Ana, recently went on a trip to Cuba.

Cuba (officially the Republic of Cuba) is  a country comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos.  It is the largest island in the Caribbean, with an area of 109,884 square kilometres (42,426 sq mi).

Favourite places...

If I had to advise someone about the tour to do around Cuba, I would encourage them to visit Habana, Vinales, Trinidad and the Cayo (an island with pure and clear water and beautiful beaches).

Fifteen days is enough time to explore and enjoy these locations, and, if there is more time, I would visit Santiago de Cuba as well! It would be fantastic! It is quite a drive from La Habana. so extra time is needed. It is worth it for the lovely trip, because of the amazing people, incredible places and very nice food.
— Roberto

Enjoy some holiday snaps – (many thanks to Roberto!)

Find out more about these interesting places!


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