Wooden Spoon Wales once again partnered with their major fundraiser, The Concrete Society (Wales Region), to hold their annual Autumn lunch in November, at the iconic Cardiff Arms Park, home of our hosts, Cardiff Rugby. 

Over 450 guests were entertained by former Australian & New Zealand legends Michael Lynagh (72 caps) & Andrew Mehrtens (70 caps), with the whole event being superbly compered, with his own brand of warmth and humour, by Sean Holley from the BBC’s Scrum V rugby show. 

Sean, once again, managed to tease valuable funds from what was a willing audience, with the raffle, “heads ‘n’ tails” and an auction which featured notable items such as an All Blacks shirt signed by Sean Fitzpatrick, Zinzan Brooke and Andrew Mehrtens, a signed caricature of todays speakers by prominent local artist Richard Bradbeer, and our now legendary sporting and golf bundles. 

We were once again supported by our great friends The Events Room, who not only donated funds from the silent auction, but also donated tickets for their upcoming Six Nations lunch for the auction. 

Leading specialists in Concrete Repair, Structural Waterproofing and Ground Gas Protection, Beton Bauen were the main event sponsors and caused much hilarity with their “beanie challenge” (£1 donated to Spoon for every beanie worn) and the comedy gold of managing director Steve Davies and his wife Belinda bidding against each other for a single auction lot. 

Wooden Spoon Wales committee member Ant Evans reminded our guests of why our fundraising was so important with an impassioned, emotional speech that touched the hearts of everyone present. 

Former Welsh internationals Bob Norster, & Richard Parks were also in attendance. Former British and Irish Lion Bob is the Wales regions honorary president, and Richard has recently opened the latest Spoon project at Mountstuart Primary School in Cardiff Bay. 

Now recognised as the premier event in the Welsh construction industry calendar, the event raised over £33,500 for Spoon Wales. 

This means that our collaboration with The Concrete Society (Wales Region) has now raised in excess of £200,000 for Spoon Wales!!! Accordingly, we really must thank the local committee of The Concrete Society for their generosity, great company, and fun over the years (that which we can remember!!).