The Manchester office made a dash for the 13:41 train out of the city then joined the queue of holiday makers waiting to get on the M6 after the bid was submitted, the picnic was constructed and the TomTom was located. Meanwhile some of the Bristol office were cycling towards the Mendip Hills, the London team were travelling North, and the Brussels office boarded the Eurostar…
For Manchester, it was six hours and four rounds of sandwiches later before they rolled onto Fern Hill Farm and straight into the biggest staff social of the year. Eunomian’s from Bristol. Brussels, London and Manchester all made their way to the campsite in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Mendip Hills for the annual weekend away. Greeted by the smell of homemade pizza and pints of local cider – what more could you want?
Friday was a wind down evening for most, once the tents were up, the food prep underway and the bar stocked, all that was left to do was light the campfire and kick back into an evening of relaxed chit chat accompanied by Amy’s Ukelele (and its amazing case) while the children enjoyed the bouncy castle.
As Saturday dawned, the majority of people emerged from their tents with a couple of final party goers seen sneaking in the other direction. A breakfast feast of eggs and mushrooms were served before the morning activities, while the children resumed their bouncing.
Activities on Saturday morning included climbing, canoeing, caving, archery and walking and by lunch time everyone was safely in the pub comparing their grazes and adventures whilst refueling for the afternoon.
Next up was the Eunomia Olympics, opened by the sound of the cycle pump powered air horn and the firing foam rockets (again, sustainably powered by air) into the crowd of competitors.
Teams with waste related names competed against each other for glory alone. Steve’s speed in the sack race combined with the Darren’s amazing co-ordination in the four-legged race saw team Waste Crime take the lead as the infamous waste sorting relay got underway. The Olympics then moved indoors for a hungry hippo style, skateboard powered, recycling game. Team Waste Crime looked like they were going to take home first place again, until they were pipped to the post by Team Landfill.
As the sun set and the children returned to their bouncy castle, the cocktail bar opened and an impressive curry selection, with ingredients supplied by surplus food redistribution charity FoodCycle, was served.
George and his crew provided endless supplies of the house cocktail ‘Marine Debris’ which came complete with floating micro plastic. Eunomia’s house band, Dirty Murph and the Kerbside Sorters put on an excellent rendition of their well-known hits and Steve, having recovered from his sack race exertion, made his solo debut with ‘The Nurdle and the Damage Done’.
Drinking, dancing and toasting marshmallows went on long into the night and the grownups even got a turn on the bouncy castle before bed.
Sunday morning started with omelettes before the big clean-up began. After sorting the waste, those with a long way to go said their goodbyes until next year’s weekend away!
Thank you to the Directors, Amy, Maxine, Camilla and everyone else who helped organise this fun weekend.