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					        Portsmouth Fixtures Careers Fair!                                                      Christmas Menu!
         Newcastle v Portsmouth, 13:30        On the 16th October
         Wednesday, 29 November 2006
         Barclays Premiership                 2006, Jenny and Claire                        Previously we stated that
         Liverpool v Portsmouth, 19:45        Popplewell attended a                     there would be no bookings or
Saturday, 02 December 2006
Barclays Premiership
Portsmouth v Aston Villa, 15:00
                                              careers day at the South-
                                              ampton Rosebowl, advertising Colas.
                                                                                        reservations for the Christmas
                                                                                        meal in the canteen. However
                                                                                                                                                                         Portsmouth Network Team News
Saturday, 09 December 2006                    30 Schools from Portsmouth, South-        it has since been decided that                                                 November 2006 Volume 2         Issue 9
Barclays Premiership                          ampton & Winchester attended the          there should be some sort of
Portsmouth v Everton, 15:00
Saturday, 16 December 2006
Barclays Premiership
                                              fair with pupils being able to review     measure to ensure everyone gets
                                                                                        a meal this year. So if you
                                                                                                                                                                  A Farewell Message from across the Channel.
                                              their career choices.
Arsenal v Portsmouth, 15:00
Saturday, 23 December 2006
Barclays Premiership
Portsmouth v Sheff Utd, 15:00
                                               Jenny had an interview which was         would like to enjoy a Christmas
                                              broadcast over Express Fm creating an feast at the canteen this year
                                                                                        you will need to book in ad-
                                                                                                                                  A      s you perhaps know I am retiring
                                                                                                                                         at the end of this year. It has been
                                                                                                                                  a real pleasure for me to work with all
                                                                                                                                                                                 have done very well to the full satisfac-
                                                                                                                                                                                 tion of the Client – Portsmouth City
                                                                                                                                                                                 Council and also the residents of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wish you good luck
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for the future and I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wish you every success.
                                              awareness of Colas. The fair lasted
Tuesday, 26 December 2006                     the whole day from 9 am—5pm and           vance. You will then receive a            the Colas Teams and in particular with         City. I must remind you though that              I would also like to
Barclays Premiership                                                                                                              the Portsmouth Team.                           there are still 23 more years to go.             take this opportunity
West Ham v Portsmouth, 13:00                  during that time there was loads of       token which needs to be pre-
Saturday, 30 December 2006                    interest expressed in all aspects of the  sented on the day in order to             It was a great opportunity for us to win       Although I will no longer be a part of           to wish everyone a
Barclays Premiership                          company—including engineering and         get your Christmas meal. There            the very important PFI contract and you        this interesting challenge, I am sure that       Merry Christmas and a
Bolton v Portsmouth, 15:00                                                                                                        have worked very hard to be successful.        you will continue to improve its effi-           Happy Prosperous New Year.
Monday, 01 January 2007                       civil works.                              will be two sittings on each day
Barclays Premiership                          Colas was 1 of the 25 companies pre-      from 11:45 to 12:15 and 13:15             It has been nearly 2 years now and you         ciency.                                          From Bernard Gaillard.
Portsmouth v Tottenham, 15:00                 sent at the fair and amongst the big      to 13:45. For each session,
Saturday, 13 January 2007
Barclays Premiership                          players in the game such as the Navy,     there will be 30 seats available.
Sheff Utd v Portsmouth, 15:00                 the Air Force, IBM and British Gas.       The Christmas meals                                 Christmas Messages to You… 2006
Saturday, 20 January 2007                                                A successful   will be served from
Barclays Premiership                                                                                                              Message From Peter Hines, Chief Exec.          &we look forward to seeing you all in            gone unnoticed through all the chal-
Portsmouth v Charlton, 15:00                                             days outing    Wed 20—Fri 22.
                                                                                                                                  The year seems to have passed very             2007.                                            lenges & I thank you all for your tre-
Tuesday, 30 January 2007                                                 ensuring
Barclays Premiership                                                                                                              quickly and I think this is because we         Message From Lee Rushbrooke, Operations Direc-   mendous efforts. I would like to take
Portsmouth v Middlesbrough, 19:45                                        Colas was on "Surely joy is the condition of life." --
                                                                                          Henry David Thoreau –                   have undertaken a lot of work and made         tor (South)                                      this opportunity to wish you & your
                                                                         the map for                                                                                             As we approach the end of another year,
                                                                                       “Sûrement la joie est l'état de            significant progress in many areas includ-                                                      families a wonderful Christmas, travel
                                                                         careers.                                                                                                I would like to take this opportunity to
                                                                                                  la vie"                         ing our 'Make It Happen' programme.                                                             safely & we look forward to your return
                                                                                                                                  The Portsmouth contract has performed          thank you for all your continued efforts         after a hopefully relaxing break.
         CANTEEN NEWS                                        The dates are: Wednesday 20th December; Thursday the                 very well and this is a testament to the       throughout the past year &we look for-           Message From Paul Ferroni, Network Services
                                                             21st December and Friday the 22nd December. Also just                contribution made by everyone. Thank           ward to another successful year ahead of
          The Christmas menu this year will be: Turkey                                                                                                                                                                            Manager
                                                             so that you know only the Christmas Menu and                         you.                                           us. We wish you &your families a            To all Network Services staff, as we
          and Gammon, roast potatoes, 3 vegetables of the
                                                             Christmas Cake will be served all day on these                       As you know our Chairman is retiring           Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.           come to the end of our second year on
day, pig in blankets, stuffing balls, Yorkshire pudding and
                                                             dates. You also need to see Sandra for Tokens to                     and I have passed on everyone’s best           Message From Keith Jerams , Network Mainte- the PFI project, I would like to take this
gravy—topped off with a slice of Christmas cake or a Christ-
                                                             book your meal. So book early and see you there!                     wishes. Our new Chairman Alain Ben-            nance Manager                               opportunity to thank you all for your
mas mince pie and a cold drink—all for £3.50.
                                                                                                                                  quet starts with us in the New Year albeit     With Christmas approaching may I take       efforts over the past year, which has
                                                                                  We hope that                                    he will be visiting Portsmouth on the          this opportunity to thank all the staff &
        Staff News, Views & Reviews                                                                                                                                                                                          resulted in our division performing to a
                                                                                  you have en-                                    18th December to learn more about us           Operatives for their continued efforts & very high standard. With the recent
          We would like to welcome on     Party this year, making it the suc-     joyed the News-                                 and the work we do.                            hard work during this past year, your       confirmation of my move to Southamp-
          board all the newcomers and     cess it was. We hope you all en-        letter over the                                 Finally, my best wishes to you and your        commitment is reflected in the ongoing      ton as Contracts Manager, although I
we hope that they enjoy their stay with   joyed yourselves and congrats to        past year. This                                 families for a Happy Christmas and New         success of the PFI. I would like to wish    will still have limited involvement with
us.                                       those who won prizes. Also thank        is the last for                                 Year.                                          you all a very Merry Christmas & a Pros- the PFI, I want to thank each &every
We look forward to a bright future        you to Anna, Terry and Bashir for       2006 and we will see you again in 2007.         Message From Brian Hicks, Didier Soulard       perous New Year.                            one of you for the unerring support that
together with our company and in our      all the photographs.                                                                    &Eric Brangier of the Ensign Team.             Message From Biff Harrison, CIP Manager     I have always received. Whatever success
Team.                                     As we head into the festive season,          Thought for the Month:                     Happy Christmas & a Prosperous New             I would like to thank my team & all the     that Network Services has achieved has
A sad farewell to Zoe Philpott, who is    we wish you all well. We hope you                                                       Year to you all. We are now 22 months          staff, for their continued hard work, pa-   only been possible because of you all!
                                                                                   Being on the same team doesn't mean                                                           tience & tireless effort on an extremely
leaving us the beginning of December.     enjoy the festivities and Christmas                                                     into our Core Investment Programme,                                                        To all staff—Have a great Christmas &a
                                                                                   having to agree on every detail. As the                                                       complex contract to keep on top of.
We would like to thank Zoe for all her    break, being mindful of yourselves                                                      the project is on track &a success, not                                                    happy &prosperous New Year…
                                                                                   poet Kahlil Gibran wrote, "Let there be                                                       Merry Christmas to you all & a Prosper-
hard work and we hope she stays in        and travel safely.                                                                      just in the eyes of PCC, Ensign &Colas                                                     Message from Graham Mook, Business Mgr
                                                                                        spaces in your togetherness."                                                            ous New Year, I hope you have a well
touch.                                    Remember personal health and                                                            but the Highways Maintenance Industry                                                      Well Done on a great year of service
We would like to thank everyone for       safety and better judgement is al-       Être sur la même équipe ne signifie pas        as a whole. This is a credit to you all.       deserved & enjoyable break over the         delivery. The Portsmouth Team grows
all their contributions during the CAT    ways good—its striking a good bal-         devoir convenir sur chaque détail.           An opinion poll conducted recently by          Christmas period & return ready to          in strength and I look forward to the
3 Assessment. The results should be       ance and still having fun that           Comme le poèt Kahlil Gibran a                  Mori indicated that the residents of           tackle yet another challenging year ahead. next year where I’m sure we will con-
available shortly. The results will be    counts.                                  écrit, « Laissez là être les espaces           Portsmouth believe that the Mainte-            Message From Ray Muscat, Electrical Manager tinue to improve on our already excel-
published in the next Newsletter.         So Merry Christmas & Happy New                    dans votre unité."                    nance &Street cleansing has improved           My Team has worked hard this year &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             lent service.
                                          Year to you all, travel safe and we                                                               by 22% &19% respectively.            proved themselves well, just as most of
                                                                                   The Portsmouth Team News team is                                                                                                          Merry Christmas and a Happy
Also a huge thank you to the Social       look forward to your safe                                                                         Well done. We wish you all an        the teams have done here in Portsmouth.
                                                                                   based at Walton Road, Portsmouth.                                                                                                         New Year to you all and your
         Committee and everyone else      return in the New Year.                  Please send any articles or suggestions to:              enjoyable break, drive safely        All their hard work & dedication has not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             families.
         involved in arranging and                     *****                       Gail.Gibbons@Colas.co.uk on ext 270
         organising the Christmas                 Merry Christmas!                                                                  Our Mission: We will provide sustainable solutions for our customers by: Understanding their needs; working safely; developing our peo-
                                                                                   Compiled & Produced by Gail Gibbons
                                                                                                                                                 ple and adding value. Vision: To be the service provider of choice in the highways and airfield sectors.
          Spotlight-On Interview...Sam Thirlway                                                                                                                               National Tree Day - Sponsored and organized by Colas!
1. What did you do before coming to Colas?
I was Regional Estimator with a Lighting
Company called David Webster Lim-
                                                     by 10am on a Friday!!
                                                     5. Who has been the most interesting
                                                     person you have met during your career?
                                                                                                          His un-timely death, losing
                                                                                                          him in such an horrific
                                                                                                          fashion, strangely, has
                                                                                                                                                          O      n the 28th
                                                                                                                                                                 November
                                                                                                                                                          we celebrated Na-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               interviewed Keith
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jerams after his
                                                                                                                                                                                                               speech addressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             by all the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             planting
ited, I resigned & was contacted at                                                                       influenced me more.              Design Brief                                                                                                      the trees -
                                                     I have had the good fortune to meet                                                   Technician
                                                                                                                                                          tional Tree week by                                  the gathering. The
home one evening by the Public Light-                many characters during my career. A                  7. Which person would you                       planting 25 flower-                                  interview                                     that will blossom with the City
ing Engineer at Portsmouth City Coun-                large number of whom have become                     like to meet & why? Colin Firth because         ing Cherry Trees                                     was broadcast over                            for years to come. The children
cil. He asked me to join them on a 3                 friends I am delighted to say.                       he’s sexy. If he felt so inclined he could      along Copnor                                         Express FM at the ceremony and      all received balloons celebrating National
month contract (Poacher turned Game-                 6. Who has inspired you in your life &               talk me through his acting career but           Road. PCC Councillors and children            an article has been published in The       Tree week and afterwards Colas hosted a
keeper). I was with Portsmouth Council               career? I take photographs of foot-                  equally, I’d be happy to sit quietly &          from 3 local schools that were invited        News. So be on the look out for Colas      buffet lunch.
until transferring to Colas 2 years                  paths & roads for a living – I think it              admire him. I was hoping for something          attended the grand ceremony planting                in the News again. Colas
ago. 14 years in total although I think I            would be fair to say a career passed me              more philosophical here but my imagi-           the Blossoming Cherry                               is proud to be involved
was only paid for the 3 months.                      by. I submitted some of my better                    nation was on the same bus as my career         Trees.                                              with the Portsmouth com-
2.How would you describe your job?                   efforts to the National Geographic for               8. What would be your ideal weekend get-        News Teams and Jour-                                munity. The event can be
A necessity…….                                       publication but they haven’t got back                away? Ooohh – tough one this. There                     nalists attended                            categorised as successful
 3.What do you like/dislike about your job?          to me yet.                                           are so many things. I suppose essentially               the event and                               and loads of fun was had
I enjoy working for the big fella &, al-             A very dear friend of mine, Tom, was                 anything with a good crowd of friends.
though Marijke scares me a little bit, I             killed in the Bali bombings in October               I have lots of interests & lots of good                  An Overview from Lee Rushbrooke, Operations Director, South
think CIW work well as a team. It is                 2002. He was with my brother John                    mates, most of whom are completely off
also nice not to be confined to the office
for 11 hours a day (yeah –right). I dis-
like being asked to talk about myself!.
                                                     on a rugby tour at the time.
                                                     Although he lived in Hong Kong we
                                                                                                          the wall, so the options are plentiful.
                                                                                                          Skiing, sailing, powerboats, bellowing at
                                                                                                          the rugby on a Saturday afternoon in
                                                                                                                                                          A      s we approach the end of an-
                                                                                                                                                                 other year it is timely to give you
                                                                                                                                                          all a brief overview on how we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Company with four being in the Opera-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tions (South) Division. More disap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Portsmouth. At
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the end of October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   we had 22 inci-
                                                     were very close friends & traveled the                                                                                                             pointing was that on the 19th May we
4. What message would you like to send to            world extensively together making new                the local, painting, squash, bellowing at       performed against some of our key             had our first serious incident in Ports-   dents compared
    the Portsmouth Team? Keep buying the             friends on the way; his zest for life &              the rugby on a Saturday afternoon in            targets.                                      mouth when one of our sub-                 with a total of 40
lottery tickets! £1.50 to Martin or Kay              kindness influenced my life.                         my local………!                                    Firstly, following the recent employee        contractors, Gary Clements, suffered       in 2005. We must continue the down-
                                                                                                                                                          survey it transpires there is still confu-    severe injuries when he was reversed       ward trend to get the Portsmouth results
                                                                                                                                           The Impact
             Do you really want to take that Chance?                                                                                                      sion on what Division the Portsmouth
                                                                                                                                                          operation forms part of. You all con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        over by a sweeper on site. Thankfully
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gary survived what could have easily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   more in line with the Company overall.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   On the financial side the Company has

I     had the pleasure of speak-
     ing to Steve Glover today.
So? You might well say—well
                                                                    came crashing down.
                                                                    Steve at the base of the
                                                                    column was unaware of
                                                                                                          ing he has ever
                                                                                                          experienced,
                                                                                                          also the fact
                                                                                                                                                          tribute to the Portsmouth Business
                                                                                                                                                          Unit which in turn feeds into the Op-
                                                                                                                                                          erations (South) Division.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        been a fatal incident. I am pleased to
                                                                                                                                                                                                        say that Gary is making good progress
                                                                                                                                                                                                        with his recovery and we wish him well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   done well and barring any major problems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in the run up to Christmas should exceed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the budgeted expectation. This is also the
it’s something most of us take                                      what was about to hap-                that he had                                     You will all soon receive a new and           Your safety and that of all those around   case for the Portsmouth results. However,
for granted. You see a few                                          pen and was bending                   absolutely no control of his body. Luck-        improved employee handbook with               you are paramount and must be at the       as a Division we will struggle to achieve
days ago Steve nearly died. He                                      over to steady the col-               ily Mark Cox who was also on site was           more detail on the Company structure          forefront of your mind at all times. You   budget due to difficulties we are experi-
was going about his work in Devonshire               umn. The chunk of metal hit his hard                 there to give first aid assistance and call     together with other important infor-          must understand the risk assessment for    encing with our Southampton Contract.
Avenue, Southsea, just as usual, nothing             hat. The impact was so great that it                 the paramedics. Mark stayed calm                mation. I would like to take this op-         the tasks you undertake and if you are     We continue to receive good press in
out of the ordinary. Steve and Mark                  dented the hard hat and spun off in                  through the shocking experience reas-           portunity to thank all those who par-         in any doubt please discuss with your      Portsmouth and you should all be proud
Cox were busy extracting an old 8 meter              another direction. Unfortunately with                suring Steve and settling him down.             ticipated in forums and provided con-         supervisor or line manager. Remember       of what has been achieved in a relatively
street column from the ground with a                 the impact Steve also got a massive cut              Medical staff from QA Hospital say that         structive comments on its content and         NO RISK ASSESSMENT – NO                    short time.
Hiab crane. The pole was an additional               at the base of his skull. His body was               he is lucky to have survived the impact         format.                                       WORK!                                      I would like to thank you all for your val-
2 meters out of the ground so all in all it          raked with pins and                                       and a much worse prognosis includ-         On to the detail and our first priority,      Linked with safety is our SAID (Safer      ued contribution and wish you and your
was 10 meters above the ground when                  needles and he shook                                      ing being paralysed. Steve would           SAFETY. We have not had a good                Attitudes In Driving) program and I am     families a Merry Christmas & Happy New
suddenly a huge chunk of metal came                  uncontrollably in                                         like to send a message to all staff:                   year so far with five lost time   pleased to report a significant improve-   Year. Lee Rushbrooke, Operations Direc-
apart from the top of the lantern and                shock. Steve says that                                    “For the sake of two minutes put                       incidents overall for the         ment with the results in                                 tor (South)
                                                     this was the worst feel-                                  the hard hat on—it saved my life!”
 "No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect." -- George Bernard Shaw – “ Aucun
             homme qui est occupé en faisant une chose très difficile, et le faisant très bien, perd jamais son amour-propre.”


     “Employee of the Month”

W       e would like to congratulate
        Mark Cox this month for win-
ning the Employee of the Month Award.
                                                     down by
                                                     reassuring
                                                     him that he
                                                                                                          Steve, twice in a matter of weeks. Mark,
                                                                                                          we would like to thank you for standing
                                                                                                          by Steve and seeing him through such a
Mark was nominated for saving Steve                  was going to                                         trying moment, for remaining calm and
Glover twice now. Previously Mark had                be ok, at-                                           taking charge of the situation, and for
rushed Steve off to hospital when he                 tending to                                           taking heed of all the health & safety &
was clipped by a steel spoon behind the              site matters, calling the paramedics all             induction training—also for applying it
ear. On the most recent occasion,                    whilst applying pressure to the open                 in such a remarkable fashion.
Mark remained calm, calmed Steve                     wound. Mark was a life saver again for               Well Done Mark!

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