The Fourth Rick Paton Memorial Charity Match took place on 8th September 2019. It was a cool start to the Day with Gary Cox even having to scrape ice from the windscreen! Eight ‘’coiled springs’’ were in high spirits full of banter as per usual! The draw was tense (LOL) with the low numbered pegs and Rick’s peg being the hot favourites. The efforts the travelling Barbarian’s made, battling fire, ice and wind paid off with all three gents drawing very favourably and saw Big Alan sat comfortably in Rick’s Peg.
Start time was called early, such was the excitement to get fishing with the War Cry coming from defending champion, Gary Cox.
Yet again the sky line looked like a scene from Braveheart with a torrent of feeders, leads, floats, bait and carbon fibre poles being unleashed. Dave Troop’s feeder was so big , the splash resembled a Snap On Tool Cabinet going in. The suave as ever Jim Smith, clearly not being happy with how deep his swim was and was raising the bottom gradually throughout the match with Boilies, Tiger Nuts and Kilos of particles. Dave Wass was off to a good start with a flurry of small fish, at least securing some valuable weight early doors. The match continued at a steady pace with fish steadily coming throughout. The fish seeming to push out to the deeper water as the match went on. Ex Gelder employee – Andy Wright putting in another solid shift and produced a real gem of mirror carp, just showing the quality of fish we have in the Lake. A hairy battle with an unseen power house was a highlight, with Big Al having to use pure skill to free a large Carp from the weeds in the dying seconds of the 3.5 hour match!
Bright conditions made the fishing difficult but the weigh in saw plenty of fish of all sizes and colours returned safely.
The highly skilled Barbarians secured third and second place, Big Al taking third and winning biggest fish of the Match, Phil the power Middleton putting a quality bag of hard earned silvers and carp together with the consistency he is well renowned for. Bald Blaydes took first place with a mixed bag of Carp and Orfe caught from various other pegs around the Lake (LOL). Jane Blaydes made a Chocolate cake to mark the occasion that was won in the raffle by Top Rod – Jim Smith.
As always the real winner was the event itself with 65.00 pounds raised for the Brain Tumour Charity.
Thank you to all that attended the match, including the staff and visitors, in particular the Paton family who very kindly gifted a bottle of Champagne for the largest fish of the Day.
Even though the south wind howled and the rain lashed down; eight excitable men still turned out in high spirits, some had even come home from the pub early Saturday night ready for the big day!
The usual banter ensued as I (Simon Blaydes) commented on the horizontal rain, Phil Middleton kindly reassured me that I didn’t need to worry about the rain as drips don’t get wet! Thanks Phil. The pegs were drawn at random, Dave Troop unbelievably pulling the magical peg 12 ‘’Ricks Peg’’ for the second year running.
By 9.50am time was called and the sky was a blur of hi visibility floats, feeders, pole rigs and catapulted sweetcorn. The match was fairly steady with the weather making presentation challenging! The lads in the sheltered corners got their heads down and were keeping a steady stream of fish coming.
Dave Troop called ‘’time’’ at 1.00pm at that was the end of our third Rick Paton Memorial Match held on 29.07.18.
The match results are as follows :
1st Gary Cox – 12lb 6oz PEG 2
2nd Dave Wass – 8lb 2oz PEG 4
3rd Simon Blaydes – 6lb 10oz PEG 8
Interestingly, the match was won last year by Phil Middleton from the same peg 2! £40.00 was raised on the day for our chosen charity, The Brain Tumour Charity.
Especial thanks to Dawn Peel for providing the snack goody bag of treats that kept us all going nicely throughout the match. Also Dave Stainton, John Dennis and Keith Brazier for helping prepare the grounds and lake for the charity event.
This year’s competitors
- Philip Middleton – Peg 15
- Gary Cox – Peg 2
- Dave Wass – Peg 4
- Ian Elsey – Peg 5 (THE JUNGLE!)
- Dave Troop – Peg 12 (Rick’s Peg)
- Jim Smith – Peg 6
- Andy Wright (ex Gelder Employee) – Peg 14
- Simon Blaydes – Peg 8
Our staff support many charities and as a company (and as part of our Vision 2020) we want to be able to support them to pursue their charitable endeavours. So, when Gary Rousseau (Contracts Manager) requested to enter a team in the Charity Golf Day at his local club ‘Blankney‘, the company was delighted to be able to support him and the charity Prostate Cancer UK. The formidable team led by Gary also included Joe Kendal (Surveyor), Paul Staines (Contracts Manager) and Arran Fullwood (Finance Director). On the day Gary commented:
We didn’t perform as well as I hoped on the day with new players Joe and Arran in the ranks, but it was a great day and I was just happy that the company supported us to attend and we were able to raise money for a great charity.
The annual event organised by Nicholsons Accountants in aid of Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is not only a worthwhile event to support but one that our team look forward to each year. The team this year consisted of Tom Potter (Apprentice Surveyor), Jo Miller (Claims Manager), Paul Staines (Contracts Manager) and Mathew Kane (IT Technician). While we didn’t manage to ‘place’ at the event the team had a fantastic evening and are looking forward to next year. Congratulations to all who took part in this worthwhile event.
As part of its work with insurance claims, Gelder Group volunteered to assist a home owner who wanted to donate goods to the charity Hull 4 Heroes.
When Mr and Mrs Hewett were unfortunate enough to have a leaking water pipe below the floor of their home, Gelder Group, which has a highly experienced insurance, repair and renovation division, were appointed to handle the couple’s insurance claim.
The firm replaced the flooring and redecorated and re-installed the kitchen units at the home in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.
During the restorative works, Mr and Mrs Hewett decided to purchase a number of new items for their home and decided to donate the items they no longer needed, including a fridge freezer, microwave, television, curtains and blinds, to Hull 4 Heroes.
Hull 4 Heroes provides housing and lifelong support to military veterans who find themselves struggling after serving in the British Armed Forces. That help can come in the form of finding suitable accommodation and furnishings for a homeless veteran or a renovation to an existing property which isn’t fit for purpose. The charity will use Mr and Mrs Hewett’s donated goods for future Hull 4 Heroes projects.
The 154-strong insurance team at Gelder Group, which handles around 6,000 insurance claims a year, thought this was a fantastic idea and volunteered to assist Mr and Mrs Hewett with the transportation of the items to the Hull 4 Heroes storage unit.
Chris Kent, branch manager of the insurance department at Gelder Group, said:
When we heard that Mr and Mrs Hewett wanted to donate their goods to Hull 4 Heroes we thought it was such a lovely idea, especially as the couple already had a lot on their plate with the leak in their home, so we were keen to get involved and transport the items for them.
We’re proud to have successfully restored Mr and Mrs Hewett’s home to its former glory and to have been able to support them with the transportation of goods to this very worthy and important cause.
Mrs Smith, a neighbour of Mr and Mrs Hewett, also got involved and donated an oven, outdoor furniture and physio equipment, which Gelder Group also transported to the storage unit on her behalf.
Mrs Smith, said:
We were very grateful to Steve Gelder and his staff at Gelder Group for enabling us to donate our goods to charity. It has been a difficult time for Mr and Mrs Hewett due to Mr Hewett’s disabilities and we were pleased that good could result from the situation.
On the donation, Paul Matson from Hull 4 Heroes, commented:
We can’t do any of the good work we do without the amazing support of the lovely volunteers and the fantastic businesses we’ve been lucky enough to be introduced to.
We as a team can’t thank you all enough for the goods kindly donated and then transporting them to us, the items will go into future Hull 4 Heroes projects helping veterans in need. We are ‘looking after our own’ thank you for helping us help them.
If you would like more information about our Insurance, Repair and Renovation devision, or our charitable work, please feel free to get in touch.
Eight enthusiastic fishermen turned out to commemorate the annual Rick Paton Memorial Charity Match and help raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity. All of the anglers prepared weeks in advance of the competition, with many using new tackle that was purchased for the special day. Dave Troop (Garage Workshop Foreman and defending champion) had been heard sharpening his hooks on the Garage angle grinder. Gary Cox (Insurance Surveyor) had nearly worn out the grass doing circuits of the lake, locating where the carp were, and his fishing rigs had been critically balanced and custom built to perfection. Oscar (the resident monster carp) was in an especially bad mood as he doesn’t like match day and confirmed his threat to break tackle at all opportunities during a pre-match interview. Dawn Peel (PA to Steve Gelder) blessed us with luxury as per usual serving hot tea and bacon butties as the sun tried to burn through a cloudy Sturton by Stow. The 8.30am draw was exciting with plenty of banter; Dave Troop drawing the best peg (Rick’s peg) to a resounding roar and a barrage of insults and claims of match fixing from Group members!
The Match started well with bent rods and splashes being heard all around the lake. The 2016 match champion Dave Troop had the landing net out 5 times in the first 20minutes – the “Gelder Group Bagging Machine” showing his deadly consistency yet again. Gary remaining patient setting his stall out for Oscar (a brave man for sure), whilst keeping a steady stream of silver fish coming to the net. Splashes could be heard coming from Jason and son Jack Tindall’s peg all day showing that their preparations and match plan was working well.
Andy “The Carp” Carpenter (Site Manager) turned up fashionably late with a few heads dropping as last year’s third place champion walked to his peg like a boss. Andy soon made up for lost time, locating the Ide from the off, quickly surpassing some anglers catches (the one on peg 8) after only a few casts!
Meanwhile Mr Middleton (Senior Surveyor), aka Phil ‘’THE POWER’’, or just ‘’THE POWER’’, was quietly beavering away with a nice rhythm, putting the net out regularly and building a nice weight, a few one way tickets were hooked but not landed… Perhaps it was that pesky Oscar up to his old tricks again?
The effervescent Jim Smith, ever solid with his support for the Group, drawing the magic number peg 3. Jim kept the fish coming with various tactics and bait selection.
Simon Blaydes (Design Coordinator) was off to a flyer on peg 8, but failed to finish how he started, peaking too soon.
Mr and Mrs Paton gave us all a welcome visit , gifting a bottle of Champagne for the smallest weight of fish on the day. The message on the bottle being ‘’Better Luck next time’’. This was very much appreciated.
After a 5 hour match it was all over, the results are as follows:
THIRD PLACE – DAVE TROOP
The Gelder Rod and all round dab hand galvanising his reputation with yet another placing on the podium. A 4lb.06.5 oz mixed bag of tench, carp and silver fish.
SECOND PLACE – GARY COX
The Surveyor from the North West being no stranger to the podium also; pulling off a result from one of the lakes most difficult pegs. He made a patient match plan to catch Oscar and was rewarded with a younger brother of the Lake Big Guy at just over 4lb in weight. Coupled with a respectful back up weight of Silver fish 6lb 13.5oz was enough to secure a very well deserved second place.
FIRST PLACE – PHIL MIDDLETON
One of the original Barbarians from Barlborough, Phil literally gave us his master class in the art of angling, amassing a very respectful 7lb 4.5oz bag of all silver fish, which is probably one of the hardest earned match weights ever recorded from our lake. Phil fished skilfully keeping the fish coming from start to finish. Phil ‘’The Power’’ for sure!
Well done to all those who took part and supported the memorial match with £47.00 raised on the day which was match generously by Gelder Group.
Huge congratulations to Mathew Kane who won his fight in the ‘Ultra White Collar Boxing‘ event on Saturday 24th June 2017. Mathew has been training for this fight for 8 weeks and commented:
This is not enough time to prepare anyone for battle, I trained at least 4 times a week as the thing to remember is the harder you train the easier you fight. If you want to win, you have to train harder and smarter than your opponent.
Colleagues who witnessed Mathew’s fight described it as one of the best fights of the evening. Mathew and his opponent fought 3 fast-paced rounds and traded punches for the entire match. At the final bell, the judges came to a split decision, but Mathew’s technical abilities and aggressive/attacking style gave him the edge.
Mathew raised £475 for Cancer Research through donations and ticket sales.
In 2014 the Gelder Group launched its 2017 Vision and as part of that Vision made a conscience decision to only support charities and requests for donations that came directly from its own staff. Since that time the company have donated over £12,000 to forty charities.
The latest donation followed a request from staff member Stewart Loughton (Quantity Surveyor) to support the Greenbank Under 11’s Football Team and we were delighted to assist with a donation of equipment.
On the donation Stewart Loughton commented:
Just wanted to say a massive thanks for the extremely kind donation by the Gelder Group which has provided the team with some much needed new training equipment. The kids were chuffed to bits with it all last night at training so it is very much appreciated.
Well done to our Design Assistant, Tori for completing her Tough Mudder Half last Saturday in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK. She completed the 5 mile, 13 obstacle course with her sister in under two and a half hours. On the event Tori commented:
I’d just like to thank everyone who has donated so far! If you haven’t already and would like to make a contribution, Tori’s Just Giving page is still welcoming any spare pennies towards a fantastic cause.
If you would like to support Tori and her chosen charity (it’s not too late), please visit her JustGiving fundraising page. All donations are gratefully received!
Gelder Group has had a charity fund in place for 3 years and only supports the charities nominated by our staff. So, when James Roberts (Senior Architectural Technologist) decided to run the Boston Marathon in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Research the group supported him with a £250 donation towards the charity. James successfully completed the Boston marathon on Bank Holiday Monday and with his team raised £1420 for the charity. Congratulations, James.
If you would like to support James and his chosen charity (it’s not too late), please visit his JustGiving fundraising page. All donations are gratefully received!