Windles and Woodies raise £1,600 for charity with printers’ revived summer celebration
Marking the end of summer and the official opening of Woodmansterne’s new warehouse building in Milton Keynes, this year’s Wayzgoose event has also raised over £1,600 for charity.
After a Covid-enforced hiatus, the annual printers’ celebration around St Bartholomew’s Day, which traditionally marks the seasonal change to working by candlelight, was back with a bang as Woodmansterne Magna hosted sister team Woodmansterne Croxley and industry pals and friendly rivals Windles.
And the event also saw Milton Keynes mayor Andrea Marlow officially declare Woodmansterne’s mighty impressive new building in the city’s Magna Park area open along with company md Seth Woodmansterne – who then dashed off to get into his togs for the oncoming battle!
Adam Osborne, Woodmansterne’s director of operations and IT, told PG Buzz: “It was delightful to welcome our colleagues from Watford and our dear friends from Windles to Magna Park. It was fantastic to also finally officially open the site, with the mayor snipping the red ribbon.
“It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. The break hadn’t done anything to dampen the competitive spirit – I have a few bruises to show for my poor efforts in goal on the human inflatable table football and the inflatable assault course!”
Before enjoying the pop-up bar and street food, the three teams competed at basketball, volleyball, human table football and a 75ft obstacle course, with the Magna team coming out tops overall, and the generosity of publisher friends and fellow businesses provided a fabulous raffle which saw more than £1,600 raised for Woodmansterne’s newest charity partner Greenfingers, which is dedicated to creating magical and inspiring gardens for life-limited children and their families who spend time in hospices.
Adam added: “A few beers, great burgers cooked fresh, and delicious pizza from the LandRover pizza oven were shared while everyone caught up and chatted on the day. Our independent sales manager Mark Timlett hosting the raffle was a hilarious highlight, and it was great to raise so much for the Greenfingers charity.
“For many, this was their first Wayzgoose. For me, it went by in a blur of activity, including hosting a tour of our new warehouse for those who hadn’t seen it yet. The sun gods shone down on us, it felt fabulous to let our hair down, and even better to keep the trophy in Milton Keynes – the closest result yet!”
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