SRA Day of Christmas 2018

What a brilliant day!

A big thank you to Emma and all those involved in organising the day. And thank you to the Partners for their generosity.

We raised £60.50 for Christmas Jumper Day, a campaign which supports Save the Children - thanks to everybody for getting involved. Some festive snaps follow!

Secret Santa

Christmas party

Festive Fun Friday!

Here are a few snapshots of Festive Fun Friday!

Thank you to Emma and those involved in organising a great day for us all. A big thank you to the Partners for their generosity and giving us the opportunity to celebrate. 

Christmas Jumper Day

We raised £53 for Save The Children. Thank you for joining in and donating! In total, the Christmas Jumper campaign has raised £167,950 nationally (so far!)

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Secret Santa fun!

Thank you to all our Secret Santa’s for all the great gifts – so much fun was had!

 

Christmas Party 2017

There are lots more photographs to be seen here:
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Slipping and sliding social

Lizzie organised a festive ice skate followed by dinner last week. 

Everyone was in the Christmas spirit - in more ways than one! There were no slipping or sliding mishaps, just lots of smiles!


What's on in Bath this Christmas?

Here's a little taster!

Those that are beady eye'd among us have perhaps seen the Christmas Market is starting to take shape in Bath.  This sparkling centrepiece well and truly signifies that the Christmas season is getting underway very soon.  Here a sample of things that are happening if you wish to indulge!

Bath on Ice & Glow in the Dark Mini Golf

17th November – 2nd January 2018

Get competitive with your work mates in Royal Victoria Park! The festive ice rink and glow in the dark mini golf is bigger and better than ever this year with a fully licensed indoor bar and wood fired pizzas. 

Bath Christmas Market

23rd November – 10th December

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds as you wander around the market.

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Après Ski Bar at Abbey Hotel

23rd November – 12th December. 10am-11pm

Keep out the chill with warming mulled wine, hearty food and plenty of woolly blankets!

Kingsmead Square Festive Street Food Market

24th & 25th November, 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th December. 12-9pm

Feast on some festive fare at Kingsmead Square this Christmas. Try something new from some of the South West’s best street food traders who will be serving up lunch and dinner time treats

Shoppers’ Carols at Bath Abbey

25th November, 2nd & 9th December. 1-1.20pm

Drop into Bath Abbey for an informal service with traditional carols. Ideal for weary shoppers!

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Christmas Craft Fair at the American Museum

25th – 26th November

Meet a diverse range of crafters and makers and buy wonderful handmade Christmas gifts. 

Dickensian Christmas at the Corridor & Northumberland Place

7th, 14th & 21st December. 5-7.30pm

Step back in time and celebrate Bath’s most famous resident from the Victoria era. The Corridor was the first fashionable shopping arcade in Britain and will play host to costumed characters, musical entertainment and traditional festive treats.

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Victorian Carousel

14th – 30th December

Enjoy a spin on the beautiful Victorian carousel which can be found on Stall Street.

Festival of Light at Longleat

5th November – 2nd January

Stunning Chinese lanterns will once again light up the historic grounds at Longleat House & Safari Park this Christmas. You’ll find all your favourite classic fairytale characters, bringing to life the magic of storytelling.

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A little bit reflective

A note from Jane

It is probably because we are coming to the end of the year. Maybe also because my life is on the brink of a momentous change (#feelingoutofcontrol). But I have been reflecting a little bit.

A lot has changed in the last year. Well the last 2 years actually. We have moved from being Stubbs Rich (no, I'm not going to buy donuts) to SRA. I have transitioned from being Nick Stubbs' PA (even though I had a flashback of the Carbon Cartoon today when someone contacted me about it) to being Brand Manager.

It is on this point I want to linger because I want to thank the Partners for giving me the opportunity to spread my wings and help them to implement a renewed brand. SRA has for years (even before 'SRA') stood for some wonderful values and a great people-focused culture. All I did was help to draw this out so it defines us.

I am absolutely convinced that when an organisation has a brand they are comfortable with, and confident in, it can be a springboard from which a purposeful business can flourish. And I honestly believe that SRA can feel proud that they have these attributes.

These aren't my
'leaving thoughts', because I plan on being back at the end of 2017. And yet, I know that good brands don't stand still (like flourishing businesses don't). If a brand 'stands still' it actually goes backwards. Therefore I am delighted that the Partners' took the decision to ask both Karen and Jacob to continue to strengthen and position the SRA brand in new places. I am excited to see how things move forward. I am excited to watch from the sideline for a few months. I am excited to find out about all the changes that will take place in the next year.

Finally, thanks to all the parents who have passed on their wisdom and practical advice!

I wish you all the very best. And here's to a great Christmas!
- Jane

Dressing sustainably on Christmas Jumper Day

Jane shares a few tips on how to enjoy a more sustainable Chirstmas Jumper Day

As much as I'm anticipating the fun and festivities of Christmas Jumper Day and the support it raises for Save the Children, I was bothered about the one-day-a-year wearing of a jumper made by the hands of who-knows-who and which may sit in landfill for who-knows-how-long. I contacted LoveYourClothes for some advice, so thought I'd share it ...

 

Obtaining your Christmas Jumper

  • Check out local charity shops for pre-loved Christmas jumpers, rather than buying new.
    (Apparently extending the life of clothing by just three months would lead to a 5-10% reduction in their carbon, water and waste footprints.)
     
  • Check out Oxfam's online shop

 

After Christmas Jumper Day

It’s also important to dispose of the jumper in the best way once you’re finished with it – every year, 350,000 tonnes of clothing needlessly goes to landfill when it can be reused or recycled. 
  • Wear it for the whole of January (unlikely), or once a year for the next 30 years (also highly unlikely) #30Wears
     
  • Take to charity shop for someone to wear next year
     
  • Take heed of the other advice from LoveYourClothes on what to do with your pre-loved clothing

Just little something to think about this year!

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