We are pleased to announce that TNG is taking part in the Seaside in the Square Giant Deckchair Trail event in Southampton.

Giant Deckchair Trail

The seaside themed event takes place from 20th July – 22nd August 2018 and comprises a 480m2 beach in Guildhall Square. During July and August there will be free activities ranging from beach yoga and fitness to live music, cinema, sand art and a Giant Deckchair Trail.

TNG has sponsored a Giant Deckchair which will be sited at a mystery location somewhere in Southampton! The Giant Deckchair Trail event will take place throughout the duration of the event and a photo competition is being run alongside the Trail – see the Trail Sheet.

Get Snapping

This is a lovely event to do with your families; we hope you support the Seaside in the Square events, including the Deck Chair hunt. If you do participate, please send us a photo of you and your family sat in the TNG deckchair.

You can send them via E-mail to headoffice@tngce.co.uk or Instagram and tag your photo #TNGdeckchair. We would like to make a collage of photos for our website. Everyone that submits photos will be entered into a prize draw. The closing date for photo submissions is Friday 31st August 2018.

Happy hunting and deckchair snapping!

Following last year when, Intermediate Mechanical Engineer, Alex Jackson, completed the Southampton 10K run with his sisters, the siblings are now planning another extreme activity to support Keisha’s Blessing charity.

Jurassic Coast Trek

This years’ charity challenge will involve a 58K walk from Studland Bay in Dorset, to Weymouth. Alex, Natasha, Laura and Beth will set off on their Jurassic Coast trek on Saturday 7th of April, in memory of their cousin Keisha.

They anticipate the walk will take 12 hours to complete and they will be faced with some serious hills along the way.

Ker Keisha

Keisha’s Blessing charity is one of TNG’s ‘Employee Nominated’ charities. TNG shall continue to support Alex and his family throughout 2018 by helping them raise awareness.

The charity was set up to offer a free break to parents and families that have suffered a loss. Ker Keisha (meaning ‘Place of Keisha’ in Breton) is a peaceful retreat in Brittany, France. It provides space and time for families to gather the strength to move forward together.

Your Support

The Jackson family will be delighted to receive financial donations for this special charity; no matter how small. Your support would mean a lot to Alex and his sisters and will help spur them on to complete the challenge.

If you would like to make a donation, please follow the link below.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/keishasblessing

They would also be pleased if you would share some information about the charity with your families and friends. Please visit the website to find out more.

https://keishasblessing.org/

We will be pleased to post an update of their journey after the event.

Twelve employees from TNG travelled 5 hours to North Wales to take part in the most daring team building event to date. A zip wire that is the longest in Europe and the fastest in the world!

Zip World’s Velocity has a pair of parallel zip lines suspended high above a quarry.  The mile long zip lines provide a birds-eye view of the historic slate quarry and the spectacular North Wales coastline. Soaring 500ft above ground, this is the closest thing to flying!

Only the bravest

On the 17th June, the skies were clear and the sun was shining bright, so no excuses of poor weather conditions could be prepared by the apprehensive participants. The team took it in turns to pair up; bravest stepping up first. The 12 courageous, but understandably nervous, flyers leaped over the edge successfully, all completing the fastest zip wire in the world with huge grins.

While initially it felt like queuing for a white-knuckle ride, fear was quickly replaced with exhilaration. Everyone agreed that the experience was amazing and all asked “can I have another go?”

ADDED VALUE

This trip was not all play though. This year, TNG took advantage of the location and added in an educational activity.

Unknown to us when we planned the trip, the mountain range also hides an Engineering marvel. Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park, is home to Electric Mountain, otherwise known as Dinorwig Hydro-Electric Power Station.

Deep in Elidir Mountain is one of Europe’s largest man made caverns. It is home to a pumped storage generator which converts the power of water into electricity. Electric Mountain provides educational tours of the power station to the general public.

OUR SECOND DESCENT

As a group, we descended into the underground tunnels and caverns on a tour bus while we were provided with an interesting account of the workings behind the hydro system. The station has six powerful generating units, which we were able to see up-close. Adjacent to these lies a main inlet valve chamber housing the plant that regulates the flow of water through the turbines. We were lucky enough to see one of the huge valves release the stored water into the system of high-pressure shafts, linked to the turbines.

Dinorwig’s reversible pump/turbines are capable of reaching maximum generation in less than 16 seconds and it was amazing to see this in action.

Team Building

This tour was the icing on the cake for our exciting team building trip to Wales. Having participated in many team building activities in the past, we thoroughly recommend a visit to both of these attractions.

After such a busy day, the mini-buses were silent on the way back home. We were exhausted and most of us snoozed all the way back!