A MILLionaire Christmas Tree

For the past few years, Warwick Mill Business Village has been a supporter of Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club and currently sponsors one of Carlisle Boccia league teams.

We were delighted when Carlisle legal firm Cartmell Shepherd, another Boccia sponsor, launched a Christmas Tree Competition in aid of the club. The challenge was set for other business to design and build a tree out of materials that related to their own business.

After a number of high level planning meetings with the entire Warwick Mill team, a design was finalised and plans were handed to our maintenance team to build. This was not always an easy job as it involved lifting and moving a cast iron wheel that had been part of the mill machinery from Warwick Mill’s days as a textile mill.

Elsewhere cupboards were raided and various objects d’art were gathered to make the layers that we think best represent what we do.

And so, here we have it. At its foot, creating a solid base is our old mill wheel, followed by a layer of golden files representing the tenants we have in our offices and workshops. Above this is our layer of telephones providing communication and again used by our tenants across the site. Above it is our row of Warwick Mill mugs that you’ll see in our meeting rooms, and usually every kitchen across the business centre.

Finally at the top we have our Warwick Mill pencils, free to anyone who visits the mill to take away with them.

Decorating the tree are our meeting rooms water glasses and jugs, as well as coloured cables from our comms room providing a very modern tinsel. At the foot of the tree we have bags stuffed with shredded paper from our shredding service and of course Post Bags from the service we run that tops and tails our day. Some of these were made by our newest team member, Anita who used a rug donated by Warwick Mill tenant We Buy any Car to create these colourful sacks. Lastly, we have ivy, taken from the banks of the mill beck that borders our site and reflecting the semi-rural site we occupy.

We love that everyone in our team has had input somewhere, be it building, decorating, giving ideas, gathering ivy, which only seems fitting to support the teams of Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club.

To find out more about the club go to www.cumbria-wheelchair-sports.co.uk


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