22nd June 2018
Friday 15th June was a beautiful sunny evening for almost 100 property professionals of Southampton & Bournemouth to network and enjoy a masquerade ball at Beaulieu Motor Museum.
The evening sponsored by Hampshire & Dorset solicitors Dutton Gregory started with a drinks reception of Gin Mojitos and Bellini’s in the museum where guests could roam around and check out the vintage cars.
Before dinner Denise Bull Chair of the SPA and Partner at Dutton Gregory said a few words thanking people for attending and introducing Trevor Pickup who works at the Society of St James the chosen charity for the evening. Trevor explained that they are a Hampshire-based homelessness charity, providing accommodation and support to over 2500 people each year, Trevor continues:
"We believe that everyone has a right to a home. We believe that people should be given the opportunity to develop the skills they need to lead a fulfilling life. We believe that everyone deserves not just a second chance, or a third chance, but as many chances as they need to change their lives for the better.
The people that we work with often have diverse and complex issues surrounding homelessness, including substance/alcohol addiction and mental health problems. Our range of services includes supported housing for homeless people, drug services throughout Hampshire, Jamie’s Computers and Café in the Park (both social enterprises), and a specialist residential care home.
We are delighted that Southampton Property Association have chosen the Society of St James as their charity of the year”.
The evening continued in the Brabazon restaurant where guests found amusement in the masquerade masks on the dinner tables and the first game of the evening, heads and tails! The lucky winner won £50 cash and the game itself raised £335 for the charity.
Dinner was served at around 8:30pm where guests enjoyed wine sponsored by roof contracting company Volsen based in Christchurch.
After dinner, the brilliant Swing Unlimited Big Band back for a second year running took to the stage and started playing classics and getting all the guests on the dance floor to dance the night away.
At the interval the winners of the raffle were announced where prizes, such as; tickets to see the cricket at Ageasbowl and a refurbished laptop were won. We would like to thank all that donated to the raffle; Paris Smith for the Mayflower tickets to see Wicked; Jamie’s Computers for the refurbished laptop; Ageasbowl for cricket tickets; Beaulieu for two entry tickets; Seadogz for the Rib-ride; Hermitage Hotel Bournemouth for the afternoon tea; Hampshire Disco Dome Hire for the £100 voucher and Rebecca Milles for a photography session. In total the raffle raised £320 for the charity.
The evening continued with the second half of Swing Unlimited Big Band where guests enjoyed dancing the rest of the night away. The evening then closed at midnight.
SPA and BPA would like to thank the sponsors Dutton Gregory and Volsen for supporting the event and to everyone for attending.
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Photos: 1) Vicky Mant Vice & Denise Bull Chair of the SPA 2) Alex Eaton Chair & Emily Coomber Vice of the BPA 3) Chair's & Vice's of the associations 4) Trevor Pickup of Society of St James (in the best Masquerade mask of the evening) 5) Denise Bull - thanking guests and sponsors 6) Guests in the museum listening to the speeches 7) Guests playing heads & tails 8) Guests enjoying the evening 9) Swing Unlimited Big Band in full swing!