There’s no escaping it now!
Excitement and apprehension are building in equal measure, depending on your individual perspective of this time of the year. Travel chaos or nesting at home, family fun or nightmares – there are so many ways to look at it.
For us it’s a time to recharge, reflect and be content in a slightly quieter bubble. Less structure to the diary and time to choose how and when we do things.
For some Christmas is a tough time. Let’s remember that many around us might need support. We have seen these numbers shared all week and we thought we would share them here too.
You are not alone
For anyone who is struggling at this time of year please call:
Childline: 0800 11 11
The Samaritans: 116 123
The Calm Zone: 0800 585 858
Womens Aid: 0808 200 0247
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Age UK: 0300 169 6565
Whatever you do, wherever you are and whoever you share your time with this Christmas – from our Hundred Acre world to yours, we...
A note from Bridget Gilmour, our Founder and Director, reflecting on her recent retreat and making the most of living in the moment in her Hundred Acre world.
“As I write this, I am sat on a BA flight heading home from the most incredible retreat that comes at the end of an amazing few weeks. 2018 has bought several milestone moments in my Hundred Acre world. As the highs get higher and the odd side swiping low that has come along has bumped me back to somewhere else. It’s a strange thing when it happens, and the reality is that it does and it can at times not feel very nice.
The last few weeks my world has taken a turn as I have shifted my focus. A month ago, I went on a retreat taking time out to work on me. Walks, meditation, visions boards and a whole host of work on my ‘gremlins’. Spending time with likeminded women, enjoying fabulous home cooked food and lots of laughter. After that my world and emotions were a huge amount lighter.
Since then the love...
Whether you are a little bah humbug or bouncing around like Tigger. With Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas tree farms well and truly arrived there’s no escaping it – It’s almost Christmas.
Every year we get more amazed by how quickly the months pass and every year it’s time to remember those few things to stay safe through the festive season. It’s sobering to remember it’s not the most wonderful time of the year for many and as accident numbers rise throughout December it can be a difficult time for many reasons. Just like each time the clocks change, here in our Hundred Acre world we want to do all we can to keep everyone safe at work and at home.
Decorations made of paper and light materials can burn easily. Don’t attach them to lights or place them near candles or other heat sources. And keep them out of reach of little ones as they can be pulled over and cause all sorts of damage and problems.
This year as we mark Armistice Day and remember; we would like to join the Royal British Legion as they lead the country in saying thank you. Thank you to all who have served, sacrificed and changed our world.
This year 2018 marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at a clearing near Compiègne ending World War 1.
A few years ago Hundred Acre’s Founder and Director, Bridget Gilmour visited some of the areas of France that will forever be remembered in the history of World War 1. We would like to reflect on Thiepval, a memorial that commemorates more the 72,000 men with no known grave.
Also Vimy Memorial, commemorating over 11,000 Canadian men killed during World War 1, who also have no known grave.
There are many stories and places to reflect and remember the Great War. The war that many thought would end all wars. There have been many and continue to be more wars in the 100 years that have passed since 1918. This year we would...
This last couple of weeks, often set against picture-perfect blue skies, the autumn days look beautiful as leaves turn to stunning shades of reds and oranges, though autumn brings with it cold nights and lengthier spells of darkness. Weather conditions worsen, and combined with a lack of light and frosty starts, it’s no surprise that there can be an increase in accidents.
Hundred Acre’s Founder and Director, Bridget Gilmour, explains: “I’ve worked with clients who’ve had an increase in accidents during the week after the clocks change. Because of the limited light at both ends of the day, it’s not uncommon for staff to fall over outside or for accidents to happen. As the clocks go back, it’s an ideal time to spend a little extra time doing a few other checks too. A few simple measures really can prevent accidents from happening and potentially be life-saving.”
Of course, accidents don’t just happen at work. Our homes are...
Our Founder and Director, Bridget Gilmour, shares her thoughts from the recent Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC)….
I’m home from Niagara, PDC done, memories made, and as my favourite bear says,
‘How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.’
Even before I’d packed my bags and left home I knew I was heading to the best place for me. Since 2008 the CSSE conference has been part of my calendar. This year after a few long months heading to Niagara felt like I was going home. The messages that flew around from friends asking when I arrived, what I was doing. They had no doubt over whether I would be there, and I couldn’t wait to be.
Close to 750 people came together in Niagara Falls. Many friends and this year a record number of new people to meet. There were an amazing 237 first timers this year’s event. I also found out I was one of the 9% of attendees that...
The world turns fast and if you are someone who pushes boundaries, puts your head above the parapet and stretching the comfort zone has become the norm; something constant and safe can be very comforting.
Next week sees this year’s Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC). While this isn’t the only conference taking place next week it’s the one we are attending, and we will be heading to Niagara Falls.
The CSSE PDC has been part of our calendar since 2008. An amazing opportunity to learn and after so many years, a chance to catch up with great friends from around the world too. Take a look at last year’s PDC highlights.
“I love this conference”, says Hundred Acre’s Founder and Director Bridget Gilmour. “It holds a very special place in my heart as it was after my first visit to Quebec City, that my Hundred Acre adventure began full time. Returning to Canada and Niagara Falls feels like...
Earlier this month Hundred Acre Ltd celebrated its tenth Birthday. Whilst many things have changed over the past decade, one thing has always remained the same: our mission to help everyone get home healthy and safe at the end of every working day.
Our Founder and Director, Bridget Gilmour, shares her thoughts and plans for the future…
Today is the last day of our financial year so marks the end of the tenth year of our Hundred Acre world. Throughout August we have looked back over what has been an amazing year and decade and reflected on there being so much to our Hundred Acre world.
Tomorrow sees a new day, a new month, a new decade and as our safe place keeps evolving we are very excited for a new chapter for our Hundred Acre adventures.
In 2018 Hundred Acre is a long way from where it was when it was first incorporated in 2008. The company name was changed as there is so much more than just safety and then Everyone’s Safe...
This Saturday, August 18th, Hundred Acre celebrates its 10th birthday. Our Founder and Director, Bridget Gilmour, shares her thoughts to mark this special occasion.
Whilst many things have changed over the past decade, one thing has always remained the same: our mission to help everyone get home healthy and safe at the end of every working day.
A Message from Bridget…
This Saturday, August 18th, my Hundred Acre world turns ten. Many businesses don’t make their first year, or third or fifth – ten is something to celebrate. Upon reflection, I’m not sure where those years have gone. Though wow, how proud am I!
So much has happened. There have been sticky moments, heartbreak and individuals who have challenged. Though as I write this I’m smiling to think of the nearly 100 businesses I’ve supported, the friends I’ve made and that even though at times it was uncomfortably tight every bill has been paid. I can reflect on how many...
Next week, on the 18th August, Hundred Acre turns 10, so we thought now was a good time to reflect upon our history. The past ten years have been amazing, and the business keeps evolving, yet one thing has always remained the same: our mission to help everyone get home healthy and safe at the end of every working day.
Health and safety is the only world Bridget has worked in. 2008 proved to be a long year for Bridget and she was desperate to find another job. She loved her work though didn’t enjoy her job. For all the applications and interviews sadly no new role became hers.
Founding Hundred Acre
This time ten years ago, a nervous Bridget began a journey she’d pondered for a while. On August 18th 2008, Hundred Acre was incorporated. And so began work on a consultancy of her own.
“I didn’t quite know what I was going to do.” Explains Bridget. “I had no clients and no savings to live off, but I had a passion for the job I did, and I needed to make...