Last weekend the Currell football team took part in the Centrepoint 5-a-side football tournament, which aimed to raise awareness and money to help give young homeless people a brighter future. Amongst the corporate teams fighting it out were teams made up of young people who Centrepoint help through their work in London.

An all-round great day and well done to the Currell boys who helped raise money for a very worthy cause.

Match report by Sam Turley:

After a few late dealings in the transfer window it was a new look Currell football team taking part in the 2014 Centrepoint 5-a-side competition. The boys were noticeably nervous going into the competition but performed really well throughout.

The line-up included:

Currell Trophy Team Photo #4

Jon ‘Terry’ Vidal, Benn ‘Zizou’ Clements, Michael ‘The glass wall’ Paul, Garrie ‘Dracula’ Mayers (scared of crosses), Charlie ‘Crouch’ Benyon, Jason ‘Mr Emotional’ Garton, Abidoun ‘Magic’ Bailey

In the tense group stages the Currell lads remained unbeaten, winning four and drawing one. A high point for the team was stuffing Hurford Salvi Carr by 8-0, in what was considered the thrashing of the tournament.

A very tense quarter final resulted in a slim victory for Currell. The lads triumphed over PBC London who put up a great fight but fell to a mighty strike from Benn Clements.

Carrying this momentum into the Semi Final the team were in a rambunctious mood as they put 9 goals past group rivals, AOL Athletic. The latticks simply ran out of gas and were punished by Currell’s finishing prowess.

The Final was a tight affair with the game ending in a 2-2 draw after extra time, the dreaded penalty shootout. The Currell boys admitted they did practice these pre-competition but this late on in the contest it really can go either way. Unfortunately, Latham Watkins came out on top as Jon ‘Terry’ Vidal put his penalty wide and the rest as they say is history.

Worthy finalists but in the infamous words of Tiger Woods “second place is just first loser”. Better luck next year!

This week the Islington Society held their annual dinner, which Holly Goodge and Graciela Loveday from our Islington office were kindly invited to attend.

The annual dinner is always a great event that is much anticipated in the Islington community, as it presents the opportunity to catch up with, or meet other Islington locals and this year was no different.

Guests were treated to a tour of the Armoury and Museum at the Headquarters of the Honourable Artillery Company, which was followed by dinner within the headquarters. As you can see Holly really got into the swing of things….

Holly

Thank you to the Islington Society for another great event.

The annual Canonbury Primary School Summer Fair is taking place this Saturday 12 July, from 12pm to 3pm and anyone from the local Islington area is welcome to attend.

Up for grabs at the raffle this year is an amazing specialized Hotrock 24″ mountain bike, kindly sponsored by our Islington office. Hopefully this will boost the ticket sales and help with the school’s fundraising and give on lucky ticket buyer the chance to ride home in style!

The amazing Hotrock Mountain Bike up for grabs!

The amazing Hotrock Mountain Bike up for grabs!

There will also be a ‘Guess the Weight’ competition for the chance to win a gold leaf replica of the World Cup, just in time to take home for the final.

Canonbury is a fantastic local school in Islington and they would hugely appreciate your support at this event.

Canonbury Primary School, Canonbury Rd, London, N1 2UT

Last night Currell hosted an evening of drinks and canapes at the Bermondsey Square Hotel, with around 90 guests attending from the Affordable Housing sector.

Jamie Ratcliffe, of the Greater London Authority, attended and gave a brief talk on the GLA’s ambition for Shared Ownership over the next few years.

jamie ratcliffe

It was a really successful evening with lots of great opportunities for networking and learning more about the Affordable Housing sector.

Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you to Jamie for delivering such an insightful talk.

Local charity Hackney Pirates has moved to new premises at 138 Kingsland High Street and now the space is fully up and running.

The premises include an exciting new ‘Shop of Adventures’ styled like a real life pirate ship complete with secret doorway, and amazing new creative areas.  The larger space means more children can benefit from the programme.

hackney pirates

Hackney Pirates is open every week night after school for children aged 9-12. The aim is to help them with their homework, improve their literacy, and engage them in creative problems. Ideally, this will increase the children’s confidence as well as their literacy skills allowing them to perform better not only in school but in life too.

To find out more about their work please visit their website  www.hackneypirates.org or why not pay them a visit at their shop to stock up on children’s books and some great crafts from local artisan, including jewellery and greetings cards.

Aida Noor is currently on a 15 month apprentice scheme at Currell, the first one we have ever done. We speak to Aida to see how everything is going so far.

How did you hear about the apprenticeship at Currell?

A friend suggested it to me as I am quite business minded and really enjoyed previous work experience at a law firm. I got in touch with a trainer from City & Islington College, who pre-interviewed me to see if I was a suitable candidate before going to Currell for a final interview.

Does the apprenticeship work well with your college course?

Most of the time I am provided with work which supports the units I have chosen at college and I am given certain tasks that I can evidence through my college portfolio.

Are you learning any new skills?

One of the biggest things I have learnt is how to build more positive working relationships and how to change my attitude to suit the needs of the working environment.

What are you aiming to achieve through this apprenticeship?

I want to learn as much as possible about this particular industry and all the different roles within it.

Would you recommend an apprenticeship to other people?

If you are someone like me, who is not ready for university, it is a great way to get some experience for your CV. Before starting the apprenticeship I thought it would be fairly easy but now I realise you have to be determined and dedicated to do a good job!

Hackney Lettings Manager Jake took the Red Dog Saloon’s Hot Wing Challenge this week, as part of his fundraising efforts for Marie Curie.

Not content with cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats for the charity, Jake challenged himself to Britain’s hottest ‘hot-wing challenge, a challenge so tough, that participants must sign a waiver before taking part!

Participants must eat 6 wings in ten minutes. Sound easy? Each wing is smothered with the infamous Naga Viper chilli – a pepper 250 times hotter than a standard jalapeno.

The wings measure in at 1.3m on the Scoville scale for chilli heat and the wings are so corrosive they can only be handled with gloves.

Rules of the challenge include:

  1. You are not allowed to leave the table.
  2. You are not allowed anything to drink.
  3. Once you have eaten the wings in the allotted time a fresh is a five minute ‘burn-time’ where the same rules apply.

After an unbearable 10 minutes he succeeded, a few tears and a scalded oesophagus but a champion either way.  Well done Jake!

To donate to Jake to support Marie Curie please visit his Just Giving page, any donation will be hugely appreciated!

http://www.justgiving.com/Jake-McCreedy-Evans

An exhibition at Shoreditch gallery BL-NK will bring together acclaimed artists from East London later this month in support of The Prince’s Trust, St Mungo’s and a pro-reconciliation charity from the city of Haifa.

The New Voices in Hackney Art exhibition is made up of work from 20 artists, most of whom are local to Hackney.

The most well-known artist displaying their work is Billy Childish who founded the art movement ‘Stuckism’, which values figurative painting over conceptual art. At BL-NK, Childish will be displaying his first ever bronze sculptures. His sculptures will be joined by a range of works from artists including Aly Heyler and Hackney Wick native, Sweet Toof.

The exhibition runs for one week, kicking off on the 29th May with an evening of Eastern European music.

BL-NK, 37 East Road, N1 6AZ

Congratulations to Hannah Horler and Leah Rawicz-Schzerbo for completing the London Marathon yesterday in a brilliant five hours. It was the first marathon for both women and the challenge has seen them training incredibly hard in the last few months.

Hannah and Leah were running for Mind, a mental health charity, which offers support to people suffering from depression and other forms of mental illness. The charity is a vital resource to people who have nowhere else to turn, providing them with the advice and help they need to work through their problems.

In total Hannah and Leah raised an amazing £3,940 for the charity which is an incredible achievement.

Well done from everyone here at Currell!

hannah and leah

Jake McCreedy Evans from our Hackney office is undertaking a monumental bike ride from Lands’ end to John O’Groats, starting on the 28th of August,   to raise money for the cancer care charity Marie Curie.

The 1000 mile ride will take about ten days, across some of Britain’s toughest terrain, in which Jake will be averaging a gruelling 100 miles a day.

He will certainly have his work cut out!

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