Last week, we hosted our first ever ‘Wellbeing Week’, raising an incredible total of £460 for Childrens Hospice South West. This brings our total to date, to £880!
To kickstart the week, we had a Valentines themed bake off, where all offices participated in baking some delicious cakes for everyone to buy on Monday! Thank you to Henrietta at CHSW for coming to crown the winners. Claire Gubb won with her delicious white chocolate and raspberry cake, Ava Hill with her red velvet cake-sicles and Debbi Egan with a gorgeous heart shaped Victoria sponge.
On the Wednesday, Claire Strickland (former yoga instructor), kindly offered to host a lunchtime yoga session where we did 45 minutes of stretching and breathing exercises, leaving us all feeling energised and ready for the afternoon ahead!
Thursday’s activity was a lunchtime quiz – a battle between all offices! After 5 rounds of general knowledge, love, guess the lyrics and more, scores were totalled and ‘Team Hubbers’ (East Devon Private Client Team) and ‘Team Okehampton’ claimed victory!
Finally, on Friday we hosted an afternoon tea at our Financial Services office, where we had delicious scones, tea and fizz! As always, the order in which you should put cream and jam caused a divide in the room. However, the ‘cream first’ team outnumbered the ‘jam first’ crew!
We would like to extend our immense gratitude to Antonia and Laura for organising the week and for everyone who continued to donate along the way. We are all feeling incredibly fortunate to be able to continue to give our support to Childrens Hospice South West, who are such an inspiring Charity.
It was great to see Sidmouth Mens 1st XV take the win in an exciting match against Chard this weekend.
Despite the wet weather, spirits were high and after Sidmouth scored their first try in the first 15 minutes, the game was very much on their side, leading to an incredible 29-0 win!
Ava Hill, Marketing Assistant, went along to show her support and said ‘Despite not knowing an awful lot about rugby, it is clear that Sidmouth have a very strong team, making it a thoroughly enjoyable game to watch!’.
Thank you very much to Sidmouth Rugby Club for inviting us along!
A huge thank you to everyone who participated. We have some very talented bakers amongst the team, making it a tough decision for Henrietta at CHSW, who kindly agreed to come and crown the winner!
We are pleased to announce the Exeter winners are as follows:
1st place: Claire Gubb with her mouth-watering white chocolate and raspberry cake
2nd place: Ava Hill, who had made delicate red velvet cake-sicles
3rd place: Debbi Egan, with the gorgeous Valentine’s Victoria sponge
Thank you to our East Devon Hub and Crediton for also cooking up some delicious treats too!
Now the winners have been crowned, it is time for everyone to tuck in!
Members from our East Devon Hub: Tracie Bowden, Emma Webb, Claire Strickland and Sue-Ellen Lee thoroughly enjoyed attending a networking breakfast, hosted by Children’s Hospice South West, at THE PIG Hotel last week!
Children’s Hospice South West have been our chosen charity of the year, so it was great to show them some support whilst learning more about the wonderful work they do. Thank you to THE PIG Hotel for a delicious breakfast too!
Gilbert Stephens was delighted to sponsor the Okehampton Round Table Christmas Santa Sleigh drive by, for the fourth year running, this year.
This event runs annually throughout the festive season and is organised by the Okehampton District Round Table. It is a much enjoyed part of Okehampton’s Christmas Celebrations, which sees Santa and his busy elves travel across the town and surrounding areas, spreading cheer and delivering treats to children (and even our 4 legged friends!)
The sponsorship money, provided by Gilbert Stephens, went towards the Christmas Sleigh event and towards the maintenance of the sleigh itself. Okehampton Round Table also support the local Food Bank, which is a support line for many in the community, especially at Christmas time.
You can keep up to date with the Sleigh and future events on the Round Table’s Facebook here.
Yesterday officially marked the 1st day of Christmas for us here at Gilbert Stephens, and what a busy few weeks we are going to have!
It all kicks off with the Ottery St Mary Christmas Tree Festival, running from today until 26th November. We have a beautiful Christmas Tree in the Ottery Parish Church again this year, which has kindly been decorated by Claire Collett.
This November marks 5 years since we sadly lost Liz Govier, a Private Client Solicitor at our Ottery office. Liz used to decorate this tree every year and now her daughter, Claire, continues the tradition in her memory.
Do drop by and have a look at the wonderful Christmas trees in the church. They will be open and serving refreshments between 11am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 11am to 4pm on Sunday.
We will also be open on the evening of Friday 24th November for Ottery’s Festive Cheer event, so please drop by and join us for some mulled wine, mince pies and of course, chocolate for the kids!
We are pleased to announce that in one week alone, we raised an incredible total of £430 for Childrens Hospice South West, which has been our chosen charity of the year.
Children’s Hospice provide care for children who have life limiting conditions and are not expected to live into adulthood, whilst also supporting their whole family.
As part of our fundraising initiatives, we hosted a fundraising week, solely dedicated to raising as much as we could for the charity. This involved baking, games and even arm wrestling! Antonia and Laura from our Residential Conveyancing Department very kindly organised the week. It was a huge success amongst the team, leaving everyone in such high spirits! Here is what we did:
Day 1 – Halloween Bake off
Over the weekend, some of the team got their bakers hats on and baked up spooky treats for everyone to enjoy! Of course, it wouldn’t be a real bake off without some friendly competition, so Henrietta and Mary from CHSW had the tricky task of crowning the winner of the bake off.
After much anticipation and plenty of cake consumed, Jen was crowned winner with her pumpkin patch chocolate orange cake! She was closely followed by Debbi in 2nd place with her spider web mint chocolate tart and Ava in 3rd place with her spooky Oreo cupcakes!
Day 2 – Lunchtime Quiz
After 5 tense rounds of questions involving music, general knowledge and even a special round on CHSW, it was time to add up the scores… Leading to our quote of the day from Sue in accounts: ‘Do I have to add this all up?’ Thank you, Sue, for making us all chuckle!
Congratulations to the Litigation department who claimed victory after scores were carefully added up – we hope you enjoy your well-earned sweet treats!
Day 3 – Guess the baby competition
This was a favourite amongst the team here at GS!
17 baby photos were submitted, and everyone was given the task of guessing who was who! This certainly started some giggles around the office, especially with most of the office mistaking Ellen for Dan!
Well done to our winner, Louise, who got 11 out of 17 baby photos correct!
Day 4 – Games day
Over the course of the day, we had a series of games and competitions for everyone to get involved in, starting off tame and getting more competitive as the day went on!
In the morning, we had 2 kitchen competitions: Guess the number of sweets in the jar and name the elephant. Well done to Nigel for naming the elephant ‘Paul’ and well done to Simon C for guessing the number of sweets in the jar! Both winners had the opportunity to take home their prizes, the elephant, and the sweet jar. However, both have started a bidding war, where all proceeds will go to CHSW.
Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for… ‘The Great Gilbert Stephens Arm Wrestle’! Sarah Heath started strong, beating Mandy, Maddy AND Antonia. However, when Sarah took on Paul Kibbler, she was unfortunately defeated and lost her place as champion. Paul took on both Simon C and Mark Perry but lost to Mark at the last minute. Lunchtime was coming to an end, meaning it was time to find someone to take on Mark. Antonia hunted high and low around the office for someone and found IT Simon! After an epic battle between the two, with Paul adjudicating, Simon claimed victory and was the winner of ‘The Great Gilbert Stephens Arm Wrestle’.
Day 5 – dress down Friday (green theme)
To finish off our week, it was dress down Friday, with a green twist for Childrens Hospice. There was also a prize for the best dressed, which went to Robin Hood (aka Jen!).
Overall, it has been such a positive week and thank you again to Antonia and Laura for organising it – you both did a splendid job! We would also like to give a big thank you to everyone for taking part and donating throughout the week.
We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who attended our joint seminar with Simpkins Edwards yesterday afternoon at Okehampton Business Centre. The event was a great success with a brilliant turnout!
Conall Ryan gave an insightful talk on Wills and LPA’s, followed by Paul Williamson who spoke on Inheritence Tax and Estates, which certainly kept everyone fully engaged! Following the talks, there were plenty of questions from the floor, which sparked discussions and debate amongst the room and were all answered in great detail by both Conall and Paul.
We even had a delicious buffet lunch with many more discussions. It was also a good opportunity for people to talk to our speakers on a 1:1 basis if they had any further questions.
If you have any queries, or would like to book an appointment, please call us on 01837 512100 or email
Or if you would like us to arrange a bespoke seminar for you and your colleagues please do get in contact.