1 river, 2 towns, 500 rafters – Rock the Boat and save the music

Team Oakley celebrate 25 years of achievement

THE TEAM at Oakley Property have plenty to celebrate this year. Not only are they the main sponsors for Ouseday, but they have turned their attention to another great Sussex town with a river running through it, Shoreham, to complement their Brighton & Hove and Lewes offices. Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year has been achieved at the same time as launching a multitude of mixed use developments, with new homes projects launched across Sussex.TV appearances have been made, and a fantastic fund-raising achievement was reached with the Brighton 2 Brussels bike ride, where they helped the Brighton & Hove Property Consortium raise over £50,000. But most exciting of all for the whole team, was the company’s 25th Anniversary, which was recently celebrated with a big party. More than 200 guests attended the Oakley anniversary party at Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham, including key players from the Sussex property industry that Oakley have formed positive working relationships with over the years. Guests also included longterm clients, former employees and Oakley suppliers and contractors. The room was decorated in the bright yellows and purples of the Oakley brand and there was a large screen featuring many of Oakley’s key projects, including Central Park in Brighton, the city’s largest build-to-let project, and The British Engineerium. The evening began with a relaxed champagne reception and an opportunity for all to catch up socially, followed by food and a welcome speech from Chris Oakley, who founded the company. Chris spoke about how he began his career in surveying and saw the potential in Sussex for growing a reputable property business that put people before profit. He announced that Oakley, in association with Hyde New Homes, had become sponsors of the Ropetackle Arts centre to help this key attraction for Shoreham thrive alongside the exciting new The Waterfront development that Oakley are launching this autumn from their new Shoreham office. Chris paid special attention to thanking his team, particularly fellow surveyor and Managing Director Tim Crossfield (pictured with Chris above), who has been with Chris now for more than 20 years and his other fellow directors and wife Helen. The entire team were invited to the stage for an appreciative round of applause from the audience. Chris also went on to thank his long-term clients whom have entrusted their property portfolios with the company for many years. Speeches were followed by fantastic live music from funk and soul band South Coast Soul Revue who kept every dancing throughout the night.

Regatta relies on the goodwill of dozens of supporters,from the Riffrafters team of organisers to the army of volunteers who guide the crowds or patrol the river in safety boats to rescue sinking raft crews. All give their time or services freely or at greatly reduced rates – but there are some essential costs that cannot be avoided, such as insurance, communications, safety equipment and training. Even toilets have to be paid for.
Ouseday chairman Gavin Keegan says: “Without these key financial sponsors, there would be no regatta, or there would be entrance fees and there would be no money for the charities. So thank you Oakley and thank you to all this year’s other  supporters, including solicitors Lawson Lewis Blakers.”



Full information about Oakley involvement with Ouseday and other charity events – along with details about the company services and news – can be found on their website: www.oakleyproperty.com Or you can phone the Lewes office on 01273 487444