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Hollywood Comes to Essex as Historical Essex Venue is Transformed for Christmas Event
AVL Powertrain Ltd. Is the world’s largest independent developer of powertrain systems and Sourcerer was thrilled to be engaged to organise their annual Christmas party at Spains Hall in Finchingfield, Essex.
By: Sourcerer Events
Shelley Morris, founder of Essex events management company Sourcerer Events, was behind the choice of venue, which was to cater for 120 employees from AVL’s offices in Essex and Coventry. She said, “Most venues can cater for this number of guests, but usually courtesy of a marquee. As AVL’s last two Christmas parties had been hosted in marquees, which can get a bit chilly in the winter, it was time for something different. Spains Hall fit the bill perfectly.”
According to Shelley Morris, the most memorable events are built around creative themes. Various concepts were presented and ‘Hollywood movies’ was decided upon for the company’s annual staff Christmas party, held on 29th November.
“Three Months in the Planning”
Over three months of meticulous planning, Sourcerer Events worked closely with the staff at Spains Hall, ensuring the venue was styled to perfection and that every aspect of the brief was adhered to. “We even went to great lengths to make sure the caterers followed the theme to the letter, all working together to achieve something that we were certain would really wow the guests.”
The venue’s transformation was something to behold and there was an incredible buzz during set-up as the general manager, staff and owners of the Spains Hall estate were all gathering to take a sneaky peak as the creation came to life.
“A Night at the Oscars”
Sourcerer Events took care of every aspect, from working with the DJ so guests were met with movie-themed music on arrival to arranging 7-foot Oscar statues, filmstrip props and a giant Hollywood sign. There were even usherettes dispensing popcorn in AVL’s corporate colour blue, a red carpet entrance and guests were made to feel like real A-list film stars with a paparazzi welcome. The occasion was also turned into a fundraiser, with generous donations made to Cancer Research UK.
According to AVL, the party was a roaring success. Christopher Tytler is responsible for HR and finance at AVL Powertrain UK Ltd. He said: “Everyone loved it! All the finer details made it just perfect. Shelley worked tirelessly throughout and her ideas and input were fantastic – especially the blue popcorn. The venue was beautiful and their staff were a joy to work with too.”
Jo Spiro, events co-ordinator for Spains Hall, confirmed that “Sourcerer Events is now firmly on our list of recommended suppliers.”
Information for Editors
About AVL Powertrain UK Ltd.: AVL is the world’s largest independent developer of powertrain systems. The company has offices worldwide with three in the UK including one in Essex. Info: https://www.avl.com
About Spains Hall: Traditionally a renowned Essex wedding venue, this English Heritage estate in Finchingfield has recently moved into catering for corporate and fundraising events. Info: http://www.spainshall.co.uk/
About Sourcerer Events: Essex based events managers taking care of all types of corporate events and private occasions including wedding planning. Info: http://www.sourcerer-
Contact for this release: Shelley Morris, Sourcerer Events 01371 811108 shelley@sourcerer-