Meades Contractors organises team building events every quarter. It encourages each team member to participate in the events, ensuring rapport between colleagues is established and maintained both inside and outside of the office.
The main objective of the events are to improve team morale and motivation. We believe by taking the team out of the office, each of us can lower our ‘personal barriers’; we get to interact with those we may not work alongside and learn something new about ourselves others, but most of all have fun.
The events are funded by Managing Director, Paul Meades subject to quarterly targets being met! Everyone at Meades Contractors will certainly agree that they provide a great incentive to ensure goals are met.
Simply select the links below to see what the company gets up to at the events or, alternatively, check out our Facebook page.
Xmas 2013 may well be a distant memory, however, we thought our readers might still be interested in the gossip from our party night out.
It all took place at Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge with lunch and party games at the neighbouring Brooklands Hotel beforehand. With everyone finally in their glad rags, it was off to the venue where we were greeted by show girls and a live band. Aerial dancers and acrobats kicked off the evening before dinner was served.
Copious amounts of wine later and stacks of energy expended on the dance floor the evening came to a happy end thanks to the indoor dodgems arranged by the organisers. The diehards amongst us went the distance and managed to feast on the ‘survivors’ breakfast’ before turning in for the night. It sure was a party to remember.
For pics of the evening check out our Facebook page
Dressed in our finery for the last meeting at Royal Ascot, this day out immediately shot to the top of our list of favourite team events!
Beginning with a boozy lunch at The Riverhouse restaurant in Windsor, it was immediately off to the Grandstand to place our bets. Thanks to a ‘hot tip’ from her father, accounts assistant Nicky Cook turned out to be the biggest winner amongst us, scooping £65 in the sweepstake.
Having savoured the atmosphere and admired all the hats (and not lost too much money overall), it was a quick bite at a local Thai ……and a welcome opportunity to kick off those killer heels.
Our first ‘get together’ for 2013 at Hollywood Bowl in Watford saw the entire Meades team thrashed by accounts assistant Lee Hunt, who smartly scored a turkey (three consecutive strikes). This was followed by a visit to nearby Laser Planet for a further dose of ‘healthy’ competition before licking our wounds with Mexican food and cocktails at Chimichangas!
To mark Halloween this year, our team elected to visit Thorpe Park for its annual Fright Night event.
On arrival, needless to say the adrenalin junkies amongst us immediately headed to The Swarm, a roller-coaster with 127ft inverted drop and speeds of up to 92kph. Then to jump queues going forward, we Fast-Tracked other roller-coaster rides, including Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Stealth and SAW before dusk fell and, zombies, monsters and beasts emerged from behind the scenes to roam the park! Additional thrills and excitement came courtesy of live action movie-themed mazes before curry at ‘Indian Summer’ restaurant, helping us to recover from what truly was a frightful day!
A table at Tingle Creek suite overlooking the finishing line at Sandown Racecourse, an a la carte lunch, and flutter on the gee-gees was just what the doctor ordered to take our minds off this year’s wet summer.
And Friday 15 June proved lucky for some. Charlotte accumulated the most points from the day’s sweepstake and bagged £60 prize money, whilst Lisa Pearse and Lisa Anderson were the day’s biggest winners, netting £110 thanks to selecting the winning horse, Chain of Events, in the fifth race.
By the end of the afternoon we’re pleased to say that everyone had made some money, and our celebrations continued in a local pub in Esher followed by a curry in Northwood whilst watching England smash Sweden 3-2 in Euro 2012. Another great team outing!
Our first team jaunt of 2012 comprised 14 of us heading off to the ‘bowling lounge’ at Lava Lanes in Stanmore. On arrival, we were delighted to find Lava Lanes to be more of a cocktail bar than bowling alley, which meant we obviously had to sample its extensive cocktail list! Whilst the females amongst us opted for Cosmos, Strawberry Republics, Lethal Zombies and the like, it goes without saying that the males stuck to their beer……
Thankfully though, with Maurya’s Indian Restaurant only next door, we were at least able to soak up our overindulgences with a curry before attempting the planned bowling match. After dividing ourselves into two teams, we bravely continued with those cocktails in a bid to help us to score that lucky strike……
As is normally the case with Meades’ outings, the evening became increasingly competitive culminating in Lee being pronounced the out and out winner with 167 points, with Paul a close second with 149 points.
September’s team event was a comparatively low-key affair, which suited team Meades following an extremely busy period in the office. Our night out kicked off with drinks at St Albans’ famous 16 th Cock Inn, followed by a great meal at nearby Freddies Restaurant.
Finally we rounded the evening off with a nightcap at O’Neill’s bar, where we were fortunate to stumble upon a fantastic rock band, playing a late night gig.
On the last Friday in September, 12 of us boarded a minibus for a day out to remember at the Thorpe Park where we stayed till closing time at 5.30pm. The adventurous ones amongst us enjoyed (though some would say forced on to) a few of the more scary rides, due mainly to Paul’s insistence, helped by the fact that he’d bought fast track passes, leaving us no time to bottle out!
It was then on to the Swan & Bottle in Uxbridge followed by a curry at Uxbridge’s well named Indian Summer restaurant. By 10.30pm that night we have to admit throwing in the towel as it had been a long, tiring and unseasonally hot day! Remember to look at our Facebook page.
An outing to Browns Bar & Brasserie in Windsor at the beginning of April went down a storm. Pre-dinner cocktails, traditional English fayre followed by cheesecake and Bellinis were just what the doctor ordered for the end of a long working week. The evening finished off at The King & Castle pub till the wee small hours before our minibus arrived to round up tired, but happy troupes.
This year’s Xmas extravaganza started out with a two hour go-karting experience at the F1 Indoor Karting Centre, Heathrow where Paul and Charlotte came tops, then on to the Savill Court Hotel & Spa in Windsor in time for a bar lunch before getting ready for a Monte Carlo themed evening and company sleep over!
At 7pm with everyone dressed in their finery, we congregated in the bar for the opening of our ‘Secret Santa’ pressies (ranging from wine, DVDs, beauty products and hot water bottle), before sitting down for a traditional, scrumptious three course Xmas dinner with all the trimmings.
The after dinner party quickly got in to full swing thanks to a Frank Sinatra tribute act, followed by a DJ who saw to it that everyone hit the dance floor(minus the guys of course!) till 1am, helping ensure we burned some of those extra calories we’d managed to pile on over dinner!
For some before and after photos, check out our Facebook page!
Thanks to last December’s cold, very snowy weather, our pre-arranged and much anticipated Xmas party sadly had to be cancelled. To cheer everyone up then, on the second Friday in February, 13 of us descended upon Tandoori restaurant Sonargaon in nearby Bushey, for a night of curry and laughter. And after the meal, Louise, who runs Meades Contractors, bravely invited us all back to her house for yet more booze and banter!
This quarter’s Meades staff outing saw 17 of us enjoying an amusing night out at highlight Comedy Club in Watford. With cabs kindly laid on for us all, the evening started at 8pm with entertainment from funny-lady, compere Karen followed by a routine from the hilarious Cole Parker (The Ultimate Gambler & The Friday Night Project.)
The best performance of the night though has to go to the hilarious and probably Scotland’s finest ginger-haired comedian Brian Higgins (Time Gentleman Please with Al Murray) who was the headline act.
Mix it all together with too much alcohol and burger and chips and the outcome? A really great fun night out!
Our team building event held at Spy Games HQ in Milton Keynes on Friday 18 June was a roaring success! At 11.30am, with rain chucking it down outside, 13 of our 17 staff piled into their cars and made their way to the ultimate world of Spies and Secret Agents to take part in spy training, using surveillance gadgets and spy weapons.
Once the competition rules, events and activities had been explained (basically the team that earned the most imitation dollars throughout the day would be crowned winner) we divided into two teams, to become known as 007 and Thundercats.
By 2pm, full of energy and enthusiasm following a scrumptious buffet lunch, we headed off for three hours of ultimate fun thanks to team building games that included axe throwing, mortar attack, code breaking and laser challenge……to name but a few.
With team 007 having collected the most ‘dollars’ throughout the afternoon, at 5pm we were called to a presentation ceremony, where each winning team member received a trophy!
Presentations over and 13 wet and bedraggled yet happy staff members piled back into their vehicles en route for an overnight stay at nearby Horwood House Hotel. Oh and although it seems a lifetime ago now, we had tremendous fun watching England beat Algeria. That was then and enough said.
Such was the success of the day we’re now hoping to arrange a company-wide activity every quarter! Whoever said accountancy firms were boring!
Our latest teambuilding event held in early July was certainly one to be remembered! Held at Pendley Manor Hotel in nearby Tring, our daylong ‘Crystal Challenge’ comprised a taxing number of physical, skill and logical activities – and a tasty buffet lunch. (Oh and we also found out that the hotel dates back to the Doomsday Book, and was confiscated in 1066 by William the Conqueror!)
Based on the famous Crystal Maze, the very unusual challenges (with very unusual names) were designed to help us develop effective teamwork, problem solving, communication and leadership.
Called Tangles Icebreaker; Cypher; Chemical Rescue; Bridge Build; Oasis; Dilithium Run; Cranium and Egg Launch Finale, the winning team of each challenge was awarded crystals, and the team that earned the most crystals took home medals.
Finally, at 6.30pm, half of us went off by minibus to Freddies restaurant in St Albans for a well earned slap up meal before ending up at the nearby Slug & Lettuce……
Our Facebook page has all the souvenir photos!