Monday, 21st September 2015

Swaziland fundraising bbq

Walter Lilly sponsors team to Swaziland for the second year running

Who could refuse the last BBQ of the summer with food, drinks and live music? Not many and, in true Walter Lilly fashion, people came out in force to support the team going out to Swaziland for the second year running to help build a Neighbourhood Care Point in October. The NCP will be used to support the local children as a classroom, a place to serve them food and somewhere for them to meet friends. More information about the organisation can be found at

With enough food to feed the 5,000, expertly cooked by Matt Pyle and Jordan Spencer, burgers, hot dogs and chicken were being turned out all evening leaving no one going home hungry. All members of the Swaziland team did their part in organising the event, be it prepping the food, serving drinks or doing a fantastic job at entertaining the guests. The night would not have been the same without Duncan Beach and his band Strange Formation performing at the BBQ, belting out some classic songs creating a great atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed it, even the neighbours.

The generosity of everyone who attended the BBQ and donations prior to the event was astounding, with a profit of £400 being made, surpassing our target. Every penny will be going towards the project to fund gifts and goodies for the local children who All Out Africa work with, as well as materials for the project.

A special mention to everyone at St. Mary’s Church, The Boltons Chelsea, for providing such a beautiful venue and for waiving the hire cost for our good cause. To Wyndham’s butcher for marinating all the chicken and of course thanks to Strange Formations for their fab performance.

The last thing to say is a MASSIVE thank you again to everyone who donated and made the night a success. If anyone is interested to know how the project goes, updates on the team’s progress will be published on their return from Swaziland at the end of October.

Monday, 14th September 2015

Walter Lilly takes on the Cyclothon challenge for the 5th consecutive year

Walter Lilly was represented by two teams at this year's Cyclothon

Congratulations to the two Walter Lilly teams that took part in the 5th Annual Cyclothon 12 hour endurance event on Thursday 10th September.

An early morning start was required to get to the Brands Hatch circuit for 6.30am! The 12 hour race started in foggy conditions at 7.30am but soon the sun broke through for another fantastic day of sunny riding conditions around the hilly 2.3 mile racing circuit.

Walter Lilly team one finished in a very commendable fifth place overall out of the 34 competing teams. The team of Ian Edwards, Mark Cope, Tom Battley, Roger Prior, Nick Rees and Carl Carrington completed 99 laps, around 240 lung busting miles in the 12 hours. Special mention should go to Roger Prior who had the fastest lap of the day (5.51.9 minutes) out of all the 192 nr competitors for the second year running! Roger was also second placed in the ‘king of the hill’ competition, getting up Hailwoods Hill to Druids Corner in a swift 12.3 seconds.

Walter Lilly team two finished a respectable 23rd place, with Dean Hollingsworth and Russell Tinniswood completing the fastest two laps for the team, with only 0.3 of a second between their 7.42 minute lap times. Well done Dean! The rest of the team put in stellar performances in the sunny but windy conditions. Congratulations to team two members of Dean and Russell, Mike Howell, Chris Rowe, Paul Fitzpatrick, Liam Brown, with a few guest appearance laps from team ‘Manager’ Shaun Frampton. Team two completed 82 laps and covered 199.5 miles. Special mention should go to Liam Brown who completing the last two gruelling laps for team two but had the glory of the checkered flag for his efforts.

It was great to see our friends from Taylor Made Joinery returning for their second year at the event. Their teams finished in a very competitive seventh and eighth place respectively. Well done TMJ. See you next year!

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