Congratulations to our 15 World Cup Winners! - Coomers

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September 2014

Congratulations to our 15 World Cup Winners! England may not have fared too well in the World Cup but we had 15 very happy winners during the World Cup, all of whom walked away with £100 cash between 13 June - 11 July. Thanks to all who called in at our branches to enter the competition, and also to our sponsors (below). We had an excellent response, with almost 1,150 entries being made across all three branches during the five weeks the competition was running. see inside for details

Staff Announcements

Welcome Kevin Lillywhite HGV Delivery Driver Haslemere Kevin joined our delivery team in July and we welcome him to our Haslemere branch. For the past 20 years Kevin was employed by Cranleigh Freight Services and spent the last 5 years travelling Europe with the Caterham F1 team. Kevin - brother of Martin Lillywhite (one of our HGV drivers at Oakhanger) - lives in Haslemere with his wife and 2 children. In his spare time, Kevin is the Assistant Manager for Haslemere Youth FC under 15 boys. He plays for Grayshott Darts Team and also enjoys fishing when he gets the chance!

Congratulations in New Role Ciaran McCarthy Transport Coordinator/ HGV Driver Haslemere Ciaran’s change of role from HGV Delivery Driver to this new position created the vacancy now filled by Kevin (above). In his new role which he is thrilled about - Ciaran’s objective will be to further increase the delivery capacity of the branch. His duties will include organising transport, covering holidays and delivering on other trucks as required. We wish him well in his new role!

Below: Seven of our fifteen lucky winners.

Week 1: Sponsored by EverBuild Bordon:

Marc Jones


Ryan Morgan


Justin Treagust

Week 2: Sponsored by Rugby Cement Bordon:

Phil Renwick


Bryan Cooper


Andy Trask

Week 3: Sponsored by Bradstone & Geocel Bordon:

Antony Crossman


Ryan Kinch


Pete Honeywill

Week 4: Sponsored by Pavestone & Hunter Bordon:

Liam Commander


Steve Coombes


Wayne Restall

Week 5: Sponsored by J B Kind Bordon:

Gary Eastman


John McLauchlan


Kevin Snuggs

Staff Prepare for Great South Run in aid of local charity “Chainreaction”. Can you help? We are pleased to announce that four members of our staff will be participating in the Great South Run for our 2014 adopted charity. Chainreaction is based at the Kingsley Centre and provides personal development and support to disabled people. This year, Stuart Knight & Steve Armstrong from our Bordon branch, and Tim Knight & Colin Seager from Oakhanger will be participating in the event which takes place on 26 October at Southsea. Stuart & Steve are also planning to do the Great North Run on 7 September. Stuart, Steve and Tim are all keen runners and have participated in many events including previous Great South Runs, whilst this will be Colin’s first Great South Run. Huge thanks to all of them for their support and we wish them well.

Last year our staff raised £2,017.82 in sponsorships for the Great South Run for our 2013 charity, whilst in 2012 they again raised a similar amount for our adopted charities that year.

Find out more about Chainreaction and many of our charitable activities by clicking on this link on our website:

Please support our staff raising funds for Chainreaction at the Great South Run! Please enquire at our Bordon or Oakhanger branches

We love your feedback! Thanks to all our customers who continue to give us feedback. We love to receive your comments as they are important to us. Here are extracts from some of our most recent letters and e-mails. Further testimonials can be found on our website.

What our Customers Say: "I don't usually leave feedback but I felt compelled to thank you and praise your staff. I am disabled and unable to shop instore. Having explained this over the phone when enquiring about some wood I needed to purchase, you couldn't have been more helpful! You explained the different sizes and we completed the purchase and delivery details over the phone. So thank you for being a breath of fresh air and for looking after your customers needs."

“Thank you so much for taking the time to pull this estimate together so quickly, and being willing to do so on the information provided. You have been friendly and professional and have offered outstanding customer service so rare and such a pleasure!”

Get in touch with our Head Office by letter, e-mail, or leave feedback on our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter & Google+. Addresses and links can be found on our website.

“We would like to express our thanks and appreciation with regard to our kitchen. Everything went without a hitch. All deliveries came on time so we didn’t have to wait for any parts. We will sing your praises any chance we get. Thank you once again for ‘being there’ with all your team.”

During September & October we’ll enter all new feedback received into a draw to WIN a mystery prize!

New Displays & Ranges We’ve been busy over the last few months updating various displays and introducing new ranges to our branches. Here’s a summary of some of our recent activities.





We have introduced a new range of Regatta Workwear & Graft Gear boots at all branches.

We’ve updated our door displays at all branches.

A few of our award-winning landscaping displays at Oakhanger have been refreshed to showcase new paving products.

Our Wood Flooring Centre at Haslemere has been refurbished following flood damage last winter.

Here is our display at Bordon showcasing our new range of boots, trainers, jackets, trousers, hi-vis, and more.

Our main suppliers:

Below you can see some of the doors on display at Bordon. We supply internal and external doors from JB Kind, XL Joinery, Premdor & Jeld-Wen.

Below is one of our new displays. Why not visit us for landscaping inspiration?

We have a vast array of flooring samples on display and have recently added a new Quick-Step wall gallery.

Up to

50% OFF Selected Bathroom Brands

Transform your bathroom for less! Visit our Bordon Showroom for details.

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Simply “Like” our Facebook PAGE and the Dulux competition POST to enter!

Sign-up to receive Special Offers and Newsletters via e-mail to be automatically entered into a draw to win £100 cash!

We have one very large dog & two smaller dogs to find good homes for! Visit Competition ends 12 October 2014. Prizes to be collected from our Bordon branch.

Visit and follow this link to sign-up. Competition ends 12 October 2014. Prize to be collected from our Bordon branch.

Sponsorships & Donations As usual we continue to sponsor many causes in the local community. Here’s some more recent sponsorship news.

Helen Murphy

8th Alton Scouts Memorial Garden Key Accounts Manager at Haslemere Helen joined us as a Sales Advisor in 2012 and was promoted in April this year to Key Accounts Manager. Helen previously had a landscape gardening business in Cheltenham, and prior to that had worked on a 20 acre country estate in Worcester as one of the gardeners whilst studying at Pershore College for her RHS qualifications and a City & Guilds in Horticulture & Hard Landscaping. Helen has also worked as a Quality Control Manager on several fruit farms, at a medical factory, and has also done landscaping at Birdworld. She has an honours degree in Sport & Exercise Science from The University of Birmingham. Before suffering back problems, Helen was a keen sportswoman, playing netball for Hampshire, and in her younger days captaining Haslemere Gregarians U19’s hockey team. She also played tennis for Liphook, football with Liphook Rock and rugby for Petersfield ladies. In her spare time she enjoys body boarding, going to the theatre to watch burlesque and chilling out by the sea … oh, and enjoying a few drinks with friends!

We were pleased to donate some landscaping materials to the 8th Alton Scouts to make a WW1 memorial garden. The memorial was created under two large lime trees in the grounds of the Cabin on Anstey Park. The photos here show the memorial garden "before" and "after". The garden was designed entirely by the scouts, who attend on Tuedays and Fridays, with the theme "lest we forget" to commemorate the First World War. The scout movement had been doing a lot of work around this theme leading up to forthcoming commemorations. The scouts used ex display granite and three bags of cobbles, all donated by Coomers. Other contributors to the garden were Garthowen nursery and a retired services member and ex scout.

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In memory of John Carver

It was with much sadness that we learnt of the recent passing of John Carver, aged 68. John had been a loyal customer for many years and will be very sadly missed by all at Coomers. As a child, John lived in Longmoor Road and later followed his father into the building trade and eventually ran his own business, Carver & Co. John had many interests including football, cricket, badminton and golf. He was also a Liphook Carnival stalwart and helped build prize-winning floats every year for the Deer’s Hut. Some of our Oakhanger staff fondly remember John greeting them with “Alright Pal” when he called in at the branch. John’s funeral service took place on 13 August.

Our sincere condolences go to his partner Katie and all the family.

St Mary Magdalene Church Roof, Oakhanger As we go to press, work is due to start on reroofing St Mary Magdalene Church at Oakhanger. The total cost of the project will be £19,020. In 2012 we were pleased to give the church a donation towards major restoration work, at which time it was decided that repairs to sections of the roof would be sufficient. However, after two very wet winters, causing more damage, it was found that further repairs would be required and the most economical option would be to replace the whole roof. The alternative would have been to carry out ‘patchy’ repairs but it would be likely that problems would continue in the coming years, and so by repairing the whole roof the overall costs will be cut and the work already completed will be protected. We were recently approached by the church again and were pleased to be able to donate a further sum towards the cost of the tiles, and we wish the church well with this latest project. The church would be delighted to receive any small donations you can spare towards a few tiles, and in return your family name will be added to a certificate to be displayed in the church porch to maintain a record for the future. If you can help, please contact Carol McMeekan for more information: [email protected] Left: Moisture and damp problems in the vestry ceiling of St Mary Magdalene.