As proud sponsors of Highbury Grove School, we sent a team of nine enthusiastic employees back to school, to take part in their fundraising quiz last Friday 27th February.

Perhaps a little unaware of how stiff the competition would be, coming in last, we reminded ourselves of some important school values – it’s the taking part that counts!

Highbury Quiz

The Currell team getting stuck into some bridge building

Other participants of the quiz were parents and teachers of Highbury Grove School, all supporting the Friday fundraiser to make some money for their growing outward bound programme. Kicking off the quiz with head-scratching rounds featuring questions taken directly from the classroom on art and history, we finally found familiar territory in the more unconventional parts of the quiz. This included rounds such as cocktail tasting and music, where we managed to scrape back some desperately needed points!

The Currell bike donated to raise funds in the raffle

The Currell bike donated to raise funds in the raffle

Although unable to catch up on the scoreboard, we were delighted to take part in the event, which raised nearly £5000 for one of the top performing schools in the borough.

A big thank you to all Currell team members who participated and showed their support, and to Highbury Grove for hosting a great event.

(Guest post by Camilla Bonnar)

On the 26 September, Currell Management hosted a cake and coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising £93 and cholesterol levels in the process.

Taking inspiration from the Great British Bake Off, Oprah Mungati-Spittal took it upon herself to organise the event and got creative in her kitchen to supply our hungry workers with delicious cakes.

Oprah's culinary wizardry in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Oprah’s culinary wizardry in all its glory…

Oprah said: “It was very exciting organising the cake sale. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I’m so grateful to everyone that took part. With the help and support I received it really was a piece of cake!”

Michael Paul, our Head of Property Management was also impressed with the turn out and said: “I’m really happy with the success of the coffee morning and raising money for a charity that affects so many.”

Oxjam Festival is back this October, promoting charitable giving through great live music. Events take place across the UK by people passionate about live music and raising money for a great cause.

SoundUp Sessions, a live music project founded in 2012 by North London native Charlotte McIlroy, is hosting an official Oxjam warmup in Shoreditch.

SoundUp is known for putting on intimate gigs in unique locations across the city and this event in clothes shop AIDA on Shoreditch High Street, will be no different. The line-up includes Abi Alton, Louise Smith, Sam Wills, Harry Fisher, Joseph Apostol and Jack Flash.

Charlotte says, “At SoundUp our main aim is to provide our audience with a gigging experience that is different from the rest. We hold all our intimate sessions in interesting and somewhat unexpected venues. To be able to add our unique spin on live music to the infamous Oxjam Festival is a huge privilege for us.”

Doors open at 7.30 on Saturday 11th October at AIDA, 133 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE

To get your tickets click here or to learn more about SoundUp Sessions visit their website

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