#Moneypenny15: 13 of 15
January 02, 2015
Following the unanticipated bungees in December, representing events 7 through to 12, came (you’ve guessed it) event 13. Each event has been so different from the one before it – and this event was no exception.
To commence event 13 of 15, staff were given a personalised invitation from our MD, Glenn, who visited each team to invite employees in person.
Based on the fun and games of the previous company meeting in May, staff knew they would be in for a treat with Moneypenny’s Merry Meeting – not least because it was a ‘15’ event.
Staff donned their cheeriest (and cheesiest) Christmas jumpers in aid of Save the Children, and come 5pm, staff started to gather in the reception, excited about what was behind the doors to the playroom (which had been blocked off for the past two days while a team of Moneypenny elves worked their magic).
Luckily for these eager crowds, there was a fantastic photo booth (courtesy of Flashback Entertainment) for them to use while they waited. Funny props and background options delighted staff, and they all got a festive team photograph or selfie to take home with them.
Once the doors were opened, the Christmas tunes were practically drowned out by gasps and squeals at the complete transformation of the playroom. What had been a modern and bright canteen was now a ski resort covered in snow! Snowflakes fluttered from the ceiling; there was snow to kick about underfoot; and there were scenes of skiers and slopes in the distance. Baskets of snowballs waited to be delved into, snow-capped fir trees lined the walkways, and drifts of snow clustered in the corners. It was a winter wonderland!
There was a chalet snug – complete with fireplace and stockings, stag heads and faux fur throws – from which you could see the long bench seating of the beer lodge, with its flickering lanterns. Past this was a twinkly-lit igloo, which was the entrance to the marquee and dance floor.
Once everyone had settled into the Moneypenny Mountain Lodge and had a mulled wine and mince pie in hand, the festivities began. First, a Skype call to our colleagues in New Zealand and America, and a roundup of all the amazing things that we, as a company, have achieved this year – and where we want to go next.
Next, the DJ got everyone up and dancing in the starlit marquee, the smell of the hog roast tempted everyone into the gazebo, and the photo booth queue grew. Fed and watered, the music dimmed, marking the start of the Moneypenny Choir’s debut performance: yet another surprise of the evening. This was followed by a classic Christmas singalong with a pianist, everyone clutching songbooks in pairs. Classics like The Pogues and Mariah Carey were sung and everyone joined in merriment: a fun and festive night had by all.