Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Awdry Bailey & Douglas takes part in a Macmillan Coffee Morning!

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity registered organisation, who has helped to improve the lives of people affected by cancer in assisting with emotional, financial and practical support.  Macmillan Cancer Support raise money through coffee mornings, sponsored events, marathons, and much more…

Did you have your cake and eat it?

Awdry Bailey and Douglas Devizes employees took part in supporting this event last Friday by making cakes and then eating them – for a donation of course!! As well as making cakes a raffle also took place – the prize was a tin of Celebration Chocolates. It’s the taking part that counts and for a great cause too. Macmillan has raised so far over £867,563.33 as a result of donations and coffee mornings held all over the UK.

Did you know?

In 1911, a young man called Douglas Macmillan saw his father die of cancer.  His father’s pain and suffering upset Douglas so much that he founded the ‘Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer’.

He did this because he wanted advice and information to be provided to all people who suffered with cancer, he wanted homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes.

Today, much of his legacy lives on. Macmillan is still a source of support for people living with cancer today and is a force for improving cancer care. 

Did you know?

The first National World’s Biggest Coffee Morning took place in 1991 when approx 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then coffee mornings have raised over £138 million for Macmillan.

For more information, or if you would like to make a donation – 


Monday, 14 September 2015

Long Term Care Seminar - Royal Wootton Bassett

Does the new Care Act 2014 mean you need to know more about this country’s elderly care system and the funding options available?  

Are you thinking of selling your house or other assets to pay for long term care?

abdcare (a specialist managed and branded division of Awdry Bailey & 
Douglas Solicitors with particular expertise in elderly care) invite you 
to attend a seminar which addresses the new revolutionary issues  
surrounding this country’s Care System and how you or your 
loved ones may be affected should long term care be needed.

~ Please arrive 20 minutes beforehand ~ Light refreshments will be available ~
It is advisable to book early. Spaces may be limited!

Monday 12 October 2015 ~ 10.00am – 1.00pm
The Wiltshire Hotel, Golf and Leisure Resort,
Vastern, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 7PB
Understanding the system and who should be paying for
 my long term care needs?

What strategies should be deployed to minimise 
the impact of care fees?

If I do have to pay the costs myself, what financial
options are available to me?

If you would like to attend and reserve free seating please click here or telephone 01380 722311

Friday, 11 September 2015

Devizes Carnival Parade 2015

The festival fortnight 2015 ended with grand finale Devizes Carnival Parade taking place on Saturday 5 September 2015.

After judging took place and the overall winner was announced the carnival procession set off winding its way around the streets of Devizes Market Place with thousands of happy onlookers waving and cheering.

Despite the disappointing dull and wet weather, the festival fortnight once again proved to be a huge success providing fun and family entertainment for free with great community spirit.

A hard act to follow!

One of the performances of particular interest during the festival fortnight was the glamorous “Bullzini Family” who were back to showcase their world premier performance Equilibrius! An enthralling and captivating story of love played out on a high-wire.

Equilibrius World Premiere performance boasts the breathtaking skills and thrills of ancient art high wire walking with a daredevil contemporary feel.

The world of fantasy is met through theatre and circus. The whole show is played out between, upon, under and on top of 2 cleverly engineered pylons facing one another with the sky as the backdrop. 

The amazingly breath taking performances took place over the bank holiday weekend.

PR, Events and Marketing Manager Keshani Douglas from Awdry Bailey & Douglas talks to hire wire walkers Chris and Phoebe Bull known as “the Bullzini Family”
Judges Choice

Everyone’s a winner! But, the judges had to choose an overall winner of the Devizes Carnival 2015. The winning float was “Cinderella and all those ugly sisters” put together by the Devizes and District Contact a Family. This registered charity provides respite and companionship to families that have members with special needs.

Judges with the winning float
Cinderella and all those ugly sisters!
For more information, please go to;

Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts 
The Bullzini Family 
Contact a Family Devizes 

View more photographs from the carnival on our Pinterest account.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Chippenham Half Marathon 2015

Awdry Bailey & Douglas was proud to be one of the official Sponsors for the Chippenham Half Marathon which took place on Sunday 6 September 2015.

The Chippenham Half Marathon was first run in 2008 and due to its popularity has continued. It was voted 4th in the Runners World Top 10 Half Marathons of 2014 and winner of the WAA Race of the Year Award for 2014. There were some 1782 entries this year!   

An early start and luckily for the runners taking part in this event given the dull and rainy weather recently experienced, the weather was warm and sunny. 

A sea of runners took off from the start line

As the gun fired a sea of runners took off from the start line situated next to Chippenham Sports Club and made their way around the predominantly flat course which was run in the town and surrounding rural roads.

More people started to gather at the finish line and the first runners returned...

Whilst families, friends and supporters waited for the runners return, refreshments were made available.

Record Winner!

Jonah Chesum
Winner of the men’s was Kenyan Paralympian called Jonah Chesum who broke the course record with a time of 1:03:50
Wendy Nicholls
Winner of the race for ladies was Wendy Nicholls who came in at 1:22:52

Speeches and Prize Presentation

ABD Commercial Solicitor Tom Paget who is based at the firms Chippenham office was on hand to assist with prize giving and  speeches alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Chippenham; David and Gill Powell. 
Mayor of Chippenham David Powell presents first prize to Kenyan Paralympian, Jonah Chesum who broke the course record with a time of 1:03:50
ABD Solicitor Tom Paget –speech and prize presentations
ABD Solicitor Tom Paget –speech and prize presentations
Well done to Awdry Bailey & Douglas employees – it’s the taking part that counts

Also taking part in the race this year were ABD employees:

Catherine Cole who is a Legal Assistant in the Private Client Dept and is based at the firm’s Devizes office. 

Nikki Capp who is a residential conveyancer and is based at the firm’s Chippenham office.

ABD partner Rachel Fereday who based at the firms Devizes office and specialises in employment law and dispute resolution.

Monies raised will go to charities

Monies raised from this event will go to Dorothy House Hospice Care, The Royal British Legion, Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, The Forever Friends Appeal and Focus Counselling to name but a few.

For more information on timings and about this event please go to www.chippenhamhalfmarathon.co.uk