RRA Architects, recently invited their entire team along with their partners and children on a well-deserved break to Center Parcs as a thank you for all their hard work. This biannual trip provides the perfect opportunity for the team to unwind, strengthen bonds, and have a fantastic time. Although, we missed Claire Ashdown, who, understandably, decided it would be too much for her with a very new baby, we were thrilled that everyone else could join us, and we even welcomed new team members who are yet to officially start at RRA.
The event commenced on Friday night with a delightful feast fit for a (newly crowned) king, as everyone contributed a dish to share with the team. It was an impressive showcase of culinary skills, with each person bringing their unique flavours and creations to the table. Oliver Cooke coordinated the food and provided an extra array of mouth-watering desserts that everyone enjoyed.
Following the meal, an award ceremony orchestrated by Sarah-Jane Bonner and Steffany Hancock recognised the team’s hard work and dedication. It was a moment of pride and joy for everyone as they were acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to life at RRA.
The fun continued on Saturday with a joint breakfast at the Pancake House, followed by free time for everyone to pursue their interests.
In the evening, the team came together for the lively ‘EuRRAvision’ celebration, coinciding with the Eurovision Song Contest. There was music, laughter, and some remarkable fancy dress outfits, creating a truly memorable experience.
Throughout the weekend, the team engaged in various games and activities, including many skilful (and not so skilful) rounds of ‘Killer’ at the pool table, with pool ace Tom Froggatt winning the first game – and quite a few more.
Sunday afternoon brought forth the competitive spirit as everyone vied for the title of Top Ten Pin Bowler, with Tom Bale emerging as the victor.
A special thanks to Tom, Becca, Steff, and Jord for bringing pizza ovens and hosting the ‘make-your-own pizza’ party on Sunday evening—a hugely fun and enjoyable experience for everyone, especially the children.
The entire weekend was a resounding success, providing an excellent opportunity for team members to forge stronger connections outside the workplace, relax, recharge, and build lasting relationships. It was also testament to RRA Architects commitment to its employees, their families and the well-being of the whole company.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Jane Cooke for her exceptional organizational skills and dedication in bringing the event together over the past 18 months. A special mention goes to Oliver Cooke for his delectable array of desserts, outstanding potatoes, and coordinating the majority of the food for Friday and Saturday. We are also grateful to Sarah-Jane Bonner and Steffany Hancock for their efforts in organising the awards, many activities and all the prizes, as well as to Tom Bale and Rebecca Jenkins for their organising of the Pizza Party.
Lastly, Directors Mark Powles and Rachel Palmer would like to express their gratitude to the entire team, along with their partners and children, for their remarkable energy and enthusiasm, which played a vital role in making the weekend so incredibly memorable and enjoyable.