Monday, 26 September 2016

September's Newsletter

Hello everyone!

September has been a busy month for us folks at CFH Docmail.  We’ve celebrated Cycle to Work Day, racking up 280 miles and making £556 for Cyclists Against Cancer in the process, we’ve met the delightful Treesa Green in all her finery at the Bath Film Festival and we’ve followed with excitement (and no envy!) the journey of James Dowding as he cycled the length of Britain.  Finally, we are finishing this week on quite the high note with a Macmillan Coffee Morning.   I think we all need a cake and cuppa to see out September!

However, my personal favourite story of the month has been the tale of Louise and Steve from the contracts team becoming velopost cyclists for the day!  Here is a little about Louise’s experience: 

As part of cross product training, we were asked if we would like to attend ‘a day in the life of a Velopost cyclist’, which I happily accepted. As the day approached the excitement was replaced by fear (Bath is very hilly)! I met Phil at the Bath Velopost site and he showed me around, we sorted some letters and arranged our route for the day! Then we set off... up a massive hill (I thought I would have to get off and push) but I struggled up slowly under the close supervision of Phil. Throughout the day we successfully delivered 147 letters and I didn’t get chased by any dogs! The day showed me the difficulties that the Velopost riders face, such as houses having names rather than numbers making them harder to find, access to flats, road traffic and obviously the physical side of it. Having spent the day as a Velopost rider it has completely changed the way I think and has turned a negative into a positive. I would recommend anyone to spend a day as a Velopost rider so they can see a different side to it. Thank you to Phil Smisson and Phil Thompson!"

And in the outside world, we’ve reading:

The loneliness of the middle-distance runner

This year we have rallied a team of 22 people to run the Bath Half next March, in support of the RUH ‘Forever Friends Appeal’.

Here we have Jeremy Field (Business Development Manager from our Radstock Site) with a few words on the subject.

I’m quite fit and I should be a natural runner because I have long legs, but I’ve never really understood it as a sport. I like cycling because you get to explore and see interesting things. Running is slow by comparison... looking at the same road signs for minutes on end... it’s quite boring!

But there are some things that I do like about running. I like not having to prepare any equipment or plan routes, being able to put on shorts and t-shirt and go. I like being able to wear headphones, not having to worry about the traffic as I do when cycling. I like being able to get a good workout in only 30 minutes.

So I’ve signed up for the Bath Half 2017. This will actually be my second attempt. I ran it in 2014 with the CFH team but I didn’t do any training and I was quite slow and just happy to finish it in one piece! This time I have got six months to train so I will set a time goal. I can’t say what that goal is yet because I haven’t done any training - who knows how fast I will be?

Finally, a nice note to finish on.  Here is a cracking shot of the Board of Directors against the ever popular living wall.

Wishing you all a lovely start to October.  

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Introducing Treesa Green.

Anyone who attended Bath Film Festival’s pedal power movie last week will have met a slightly unusual, green hued and foliage covered ‘tree’, handing out saplings.  Treesa Green, CFH’s new environmental mascot, is fast becoming a small town hero.  Her creator, the imaginative Denise, has been kind enough to share a few words on the creation and mission of Treesa Green.

The idea for Treesa sprang from ‘The National Tree week’ event and our partnership with the Woodland Trust. I wanted to do something to celebrate trees because I think they are awesome!  We always give away trees at our exhibitions & conferences and are often complimented on how unique this is and I hope that Treesa will take our uniqueness to the next level.

The initial idea was for Treesa to visit local and inner city primary schools to plant trees as part of National Tree Week (Nov 26th – Dec 3rd).  However the idea continued to grow; we wanted the pupils to experience more than just a bunch of adults visiting and planting trees, we wanted to bring some magic with it.

When my children were Primary School age (they are now 20 & 18), I would dress up every year as the Christmas Fairy.  The delight and magic this small gesture bought was simply amazing, even now I am approached by ex-pupils and told how much they loved the Christmas fairy!  This magic is contagious, to bring it to something as important as planting trees would be wonderful.

We have a lot of talent within in the company.  Our Business Analyst, Abi, has written a brilliant short story about how Treesa Green runs away from the wood to go on an adventure.  She winds up at the school (each story will be personalised to the school we are visiting) and is upset by the lack of trees, so promises to come back and plant trees for the students.  We plan to leave a copy of the story behind with each school that gets involved.

We hope that having a walking and talking tree come visit your school, read you a story and help you plant trees, should be a fun and memorable experience for all involved.

Treesa Green also hopes to raise our company’s local profile, and more importantly, an awareness of the environment.  CFH Docmail Ltd is one of the most environmentally friendly companies in the UK, as we want to sing this message from the tree tops and encourage others to follow our footsteps.  We want to drive the National Tree Week campaign with both feet on the throttle (electric car throttle…of course!) and to use Treesa to celebrate and further our partnership with the Woodland Trust.

If you want to find out how CFH Docmail could help your business, please contact Emma, Rayne or Alicia from our customer service team:

or telephone: number- 01761 409701

who will be happy to talk to you

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Lands End to John O'Groats.

We have here a brief account of the amazing journey of James Dowding, our Bristol Velopost manager, as he cycled from one end of Britain to the other for charity.


So I've just got back from my charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groats.

It was predictably a very difficult start to the ride, Devon and Cornwall is as hilly as everyone says and covering over 100 miles for the first two days was a real challenge.  I was effectively cycling a county a day which was awesome but knackering.   With a 10 hour day on day 1 and 9 hours of riding on day 2, I made it back to Bristol in 2 days (that was great as it meant a free night in my own bed)!  
The weather for the first two days was glorious sunshine but incredibly windy, it broke 30 degrees at one point and pedaling into a head wind as well was no fun.  I was feeling really sick from putting in so much effort. 
Day 3 was a much easier ride as I had a relatively flat day on some easy roads with no wind and the weather held out as well.  Day 4 was the worst of the trip; the midlands are awful and it poured with rain solidly for the whole 8 hours of riding to get to my overnight stay at Preston.  The roads were awful and super dangerous and in the heavy rain I took a wrong turning off my pre planned route and ended up 10 miles off course, not a good day at all! Day 5 was equally as wet but thankfully I had a great tail wind pushing me along! I made it to my destination in good time if completely soaked, plus this was half way and I had made it to Scotland!

From here on out it was almost like being on holiday, I had done over 500 miles in 5 days and had purposely stepped down the millage once I got into Scotland to allow myself some time to take it a bit steadier and enjoy being in one of my favourite parts of the UK.  The roads in Scotland are so much quieter and nicer to be on as a cyclist. 
On day 7 I began having a bike issue - there was a really loud squeaking and grinding coming from the drive train.  I spent all of day 7 trying to work out the problem while riding, by which point I think the damage had been done as it got worse and worse.  I finally figured out what it was and attempted to limp the bike the remaining 250 miles to John O'Groats.  I think the heavy rain had removed all the grease out of the free hub in the rear wheel and was now running dry/  I dumped a load of chain lubricant into it to try and eak the remaining miles out and thankfully it just gave up the ghost as I was rolling into John O'Groats on the last day!

Day 10 then and with my last day excitement came the wind!  The strongest headwind I have every cycled into and it didn't lighten up for the whole 95miles.  I have never been stood up cycling flat out and getting nowhere for so long as I was that day!  At one point I was cycling as hard as I could and only achieving 12mph (my average speed needed to be 15mph every day to make good time) so this was not looking good.  But I dug deep and arrived just after 4:30pm on Friday 26th August. I was shattered but so pleased with what I had achieved on the ride.  I had just enough energy to stand for a picture and grab a coffee before finding our hotel and having the earliest night I've ever had! 

The trip was so memorable and I met some lovely people on the way, but more importantly we managed to raise £600 on Just giving and over £300 through outside donations for the St Peters Hospice.  I'm so proud to have cycled all that way and raised so much money for a great cause.

If anyone is still interested in donating the address is: