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Nine members of the same family will be cycling from Worcester to Lyme Regis in memory of former Worcester Grammar School pupil James Milbourne (Milb). James passed away in July 2015 of a cardiac arrest as a result of undiagnosed sarcoidosis at the age of twenty-nine.

Just before he died James sold his business, Buddy’s Baguettes in Worcester, to fulfil one of his dreams, a coast to coast cycle of America with his school friends from Worcester Grammar. Tragically James passed away just a few weeks before the planned cycle.

James’ cousin Rob Matthews said “As James didn’t make his cycle event we decided to organise our own, ‘Tour de Lyme Regis’ in his memory, to raise awareness and funds for SarcoidosisUk. We will be cycling 144 miles from Worcester to Lyme Regis, where we all spent many happy holidays.”

“Only one of us has cycled any long distance before and many of us haven’t been on a bike since our childhood, so it will be a challenging couple of days, especially for Alan who’s 67. Mind you, he might show a few of us younger ones how to do it. Our aim is to cover the 144 miles in two days and we have spent the last six weeks training hard resulting in many aching muscles and sore … areas.”


As James didn’t make his cycle event, we – as a family – decided to organise one in his memory to raise funds for SarcoidosisUK.

‘Tour De Lyme Regis’

On 21st and 22nd September 2017 nine members of our family will be riding 144 miles from Worcester, James’ home town, to Lyme Regis where we all spent many happy holidays.

Please help us to reach our target of £5000 and support SarcoidosisUK by sponsoring our team at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tourdelymeregis

This will make a difference to people’s lives

It could mean another family doesn’t suffer like ours.

Best Small New Housing Development


Symphony Grove, Lower Broadheath, Worcester

Steve Pearce (Chair of the West of England Region), Andy McMinn, Chris Matthews,

Richard Scott (LABC President)

“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Highly Commended for Best Small New Housing Development at the recent LABC West of England Building Excellence Awards 2017.” said MSquared Director Chris Matthews, “This award reflects the tremendous effort and dedication of our team.   The development sits beautifully in a rural setting and benefits from modern, energy efficient living. We are proud to be associated with Symphony Grove.”

MSquared Homes is the product of a partnership between two of the region’s premier house developers, Matthews Construction & McMinn Developments.

Matthews Construction is a family owned and run multi-award-winning company that was established in 2004 with a reputation for innovative design, quality construction and attention to detail in the homes they build. McMinn Developments is renowned for creating some of the most prominent pieces of architecture in the county. This partnership combines the skill set and knowledge of both companies to create new homes of the highest quality.



What are the LABC Awards for?

The LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards are the largest business to business awards in the UK.

Our network covers all local authorities in England and Wales and is split into 12 regions, each of which holds their own regional awards.

The LABC Awards highlight some of the high quality work building and design teams are producing, in spite of difficult technical or construction issues and constraints they’ve encountered along the way. They shine a spotlight on some of the unique and creative solutions these teams have developed, and acknowledge the professionalism they’ve shown towards the Building Regulations that help produce safe, energy efficient and excellent construction projects.

The LABC awards also highlight the great results that can be gained from great partnerships and team-working. Paul Everall, Chief Executive of LABC, said: “Our Building Excellence Awards are an opportunity for the industry to celebrate good practice.

Over 400 professionals from the world of construction and building control attended the LABC West of England Building Excellence Awards 2017, this year held at the Bristol City Centre Marriott.

Hosted by LABC’s Business Development Director for Local Marketing, Anna Thompson, housing developers, property managers, designers, architects, planners and local builders joined local authority building control teams from around the area.

We were recently approached by Worcester Snoezelen Centre to build them an extension to their existing centre. The extension was to offer more space to the centre users for their workshops, along with a new reception area and kitchen.

Worcester Snoezelen offers multi sensory leisure therapy opportunities to people of all ages who have disabilities and additional needs. As a company, Matthews Construction needed no persuasion to use their expertise and list of local contacts for this worthy cause.

Work commenced early 2017 and progressed quickly and smoothly, and with hard work and determination from all trades the project was soon well underway. It was during the first few weeks of the project that we as a company wanted to try and raise some awareness of the centre, which as a charity relies on donations and grants to help them run on a day to day basis. Matthews Construction sponsor players from Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, and thought this a perfect opportunity to get some local celebrities on board and help make the centre known. We spoke to a few contacts at Worcester Warriors, and soon a date was arranged for Francois Hougaard and Wynand Olivier to pay the centre a visit and come and see the work that was being carried out and to meet a few of the centre users at the same time.

On what was quite a dreary day, spirits were not dampened as the players arrived. All hands were already on deck with lots of trades already on site, and the guys quickly donned their hard hats and hi-viz vests to fit in and take a look around. They were shown around the extension site by centre manager Chris Upton, along with directors Chris and Rob Matthews. They also spent some time with some of the centre users in the sensory rooms, chilling out and having some fun and signing some autographs along the way. Worcester News joined them towards the end of the tour, and gathered everyone together for some publicity shots.

Worcester Snoezelen has since held a grand opening evening to celebrate the new versatile activity space. They are now offering dance sessions music and movement workshops and pamper afternoons. These are new services which could not previously be offered due to lack of space. Having the extra space gives them the room, to hold their Silent Arts Auction and Exhibition within the new reception area.

We must also thank many of the local trades that donated materials and their time to this project which include Jewson, Bradford Building Supplies, Worcester University, Blackpole Recycling, DSM Electrical and DVS Heating & Plumbing amongst many others.

To see more of what Worcester Snoezelen do or how you can donate, please visit their website https://snoezelen123.wixsite.com/worcestersnoezelen

I recently had a meeting with Jenny, Rob, and Sue at Matthews Construction. Last year they won Worcestershire’s Small Employer of the Year. Through this blog you will definitely be able to see why this was the case, and the ambition that this family run company has for the future development of young people in this industry. Prior to this I knew little of the construction industry and the types of apprenticeship available to young people seeking this pathway as a career choice. I have to say though, I feel that after just having spoken for an hour with Jenny, Sue, and Rob, my eyes have been well and truly opened! (more…)

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Mount Flirt, Broadwas on Teme, Worcs. WR6 5NS
info@matthewsconstruction.co.uk Telephone: 01905 333573
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