Hambleden Horse Trials 20th Anniversary
The Hambleden Horse Trials are celebrating their 20th anniversary this weekend, 21 – 23 April. During that time it has grown quite a bit and gained International status in 2010, the first year of Symm sponsorship. It is still a very manageable, family-sized event where spectators can carefully walk the cross country courses (listen for whistles!) and really get an up-close feel of the power and skill involved. Despite its size it attracts top riders from all over the world including this year, amongst others, Bill Levett, Jonty Evans, Tim Rusbridge and Zara Tindall.
Rather than being a 3-day event, Hambleden is three, 1-day events so that whichever day you choose to go you will be able to see show jumping, dressage and cross country competitions.
If you are not a particular fan of horsey events, it’s worth going along just to see what must be some of the most stunning bluebell woodland in the area.
Symm Party at Philip Mould Gallery, Pall Mall
We were pleased to see lots of friends and clients at our party at Philip Mould’s art gallery on Pall Mall on 29 November. Our guests, together with a good turnout from Symm and the support of Roley’s Wine and Chilli Bees catering all came together to make for a great evening of networking and bonhomie.
The arrival of Raymond Blanc generated some excitement amongst the catering team, but they didn’t miss a beat! Philip Mould said a few words and, as always, was most helpful in answering questions during the evening on works in the current collections.
The timing of this year’s party was a perfect start to Christmas celebrations and we would like to thank everyone for coming and wish them all the best for the upcoming festive season.
HRH The Duke of York visits Symm
Wednesday, 8 July, saw the first Royal visit to Symm in our history, when HRH The Duke of York KG visited the Oxford offices and toured our Axtell Perry Symm stoneyard, discussing a number of stone projects in progress.
One of The Duke of York’s interests is the training of apprentices and young people and, with 31 young people at Symm currently in training, we had a good selection lined up waiting to meet him. He spent much of his time with them talking about their individual chosen trades of stonemasonry, carpentry, joinery, decorating and plumbing and the importance of retaining and developing craft skills today
Ending the tour in the banker shop, where the masons work and finish the stone pieces by hand, a plaque to mark the occasion was unveiled.
200 year celebration shared with Eve of Battle of Waterloo
On Wednesday, 17 June, we celebrated 200 years in building with a lunch at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire. Our guests were a great mix of past and present clients, architects and designers.
The venue was a fitting one – it was Symm who converted the original manor house to Raymond’s ‘restaurant with rooms’ in 1984 and we have returned for a further 5 major phases of work since then. M Blanc put in an appearance along with Serge the accordionist in his best ‘Frenchman’ outfit, as our lunch fell on the eve of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Superb French cuisine was balanced by English wines, maintaining ‘entente cordiale’.
The cake was cut but Malcolm Axtell, past Chairman of the Symm Group, whose family has had a continuous involvement in the company since 1848.
Symm sponsors Real Estate and Construction Ball
Symm was pleased to be able to sponsor once again, the Oxford Brookes Real Estate and Construction Ball, which was held on Saturday, 25 April at Kassam Stadium. The original venue, the Randolph Hotel, was unfortunately forced to cancel all events following a fire – apparently caused by over-zealous flambé action in the kitchens – a week earlier. The alternative venue was confirmed, to everyone’s relief, just a couple of days before the Ball.
The company was represented at the event by four Brookes students currently on placement at Symm and two previous student placements who have since joined the company. They are Jack Barton, Gus Cairns, James Hannington, Jenna Turner, Lawrence Gikubu and Ben Lines.
Symm International Horse Trials at Hambleden
To everyone’s joy and amazement, rain was not a feature of the Symm International Horse Trials at Hambleden last weekend. Contrary to the dismal weather forecast all three days were dry and Saturday provided some welcome sunshine too. The traditional bluebells, for which the course is known, completed the picture.
The cross country course was challenging – Hambleden is apparently known for its cross country challenge – especially the Sunday class, which included the new Symm 200th anniversary waterfall jump. All this made for a great spectator experience, with lots of oohs and aahs from the safe side of the rope.
To see photographs taken over the weekend visit the photographer’s website (link below).
Symm at Philip Mould’s Mayfair Gallery
Tuesday, 8 October saw an impressive turnout for the Symm drinks party at Philip Mould’s Dover Street art gallery. Guests represented a broad range of interest in high end residential building projects and property; clients, architects, interior designers, surveyors, project managers, artisans, property search, finance – to name but a few. Drinks and canapés supplied by Roley’s Wine and Chili Bees respectively ensured the evening got off to a good start and a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours in excellent company was had by all.
Decorex is changing its venue this year to Perks Field and The Orangery at Kensington Palace and will run from 14 – 22 September. The event promises to be as inspiring as ever, with an impressive seminar programme.
The programme this year includes, amongst others, Angus Gibson, Symm Director, talking to reknowned international interior designer, Rabih Hage, about the relationship between architect and building contractor. Registration for the exhibition is best done in advance, but the seminars are on a first come, first served basis, so make sure you get there early to guarantee your place!
House and Garden’s Day of Luxury Interiors
House and Garden magazine will be holding a special Reader Event at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, on Tuesday, 25 June. The day will focus on beautiful hotels and other luxury interiors and inspirational talks will include a design forum chaired by House and Garden travel editor, Pamela Goodman. There is a very impressive list of speakers lined up for the day including home technology expert Angus Gibson, director at Symm.
For further details see House and Garden May issue or follow the link below.
BIID Project Management CPD
Symm Contracts Director, Dominic Benoist, will take British Institute of Interior Design members through the key tools needed to run a successful project at a CPD event being held on 4 October at Charles Darwin House, London.
Topics covered will include:
Quality of product
Health & Safety (CDM)
Relationships and causes of conflict
Duties of contract administrator
Follow the link for further details.