Bubbles and nibbles were flowing as around 30 local business people and residents gathered at The Artisan in Eccleshall to celebrate the inaugural event for The Eccleshall Network.
Held in November, TEN’s first evening gathering was a huge success, bringing together a wide range of local companies to meet and mingle, as well as support The Eccleshall Community First Responders. TEN’s emphasis is on supporting and connecting the local community, informing people about a key topic and all the while encouraging a charitable donation to one of the town’s great causes. And, of course, a stint on the TEN soapbox comes as standard!
First up was Robert Fearnley from local solicitors Bowcock and Pursaill explaining about the importance of Lasting Powers and Attorney. Dudley Freshwater took to the soapbox next with some fascinating facts about The Eccleshall Community First Responders including the amount of money it takes to keep this invaluable service operating and why the local community’s financial support is so important. Finally, Jay Eames gave people an opportunity to ask questions about the realities of being a Responder, giving a unique insight into life in uniform and incidents he’s attended.
Organised by Tim Hulse of Eccleshall-based Accountancy and Business Advisory firm Piper Hulse, Tim took the opportunity to bring the event full circle by presenting the First Responders with a cheque for £180: this was generated by sales of tickets to the gathering. TEN’s ongoing philosophy will be to use an hour per month to unite local people and profits from the £10 entry fee will support yet more local good causes.
Tim commented: “I’m really pleased to see such a fantastic turnout from our local community and want to build on the success of the first TEN event by encouraging yet more Ecclians to come along to our monthly get-togethers. I believe it’s important to support home-grown organisations, to develop that sense of belonging and to nurture the great things that come from a better-connected society. Presenting the First Responders with £180 is the icing on the cake.”
“TEN’s next event promises to be a lot of fun as we’re organising a Quiz Night at The Little George. Tickets will again be £10 and profits will go to Bishop Lonsdale PTA, a great local cause.”
Everyone is welcome: if you’d like to get involved, The Eccleshall Network is next gathering on Monday 8th January 2018 at The Little George in Eccleshall. Tickets are available now via Eventbrite – see www.theeccleshallnetwork.co.uk for more information.