UKGSA – MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT FUNDRAISING IN 2016
As all members should be aware from our events and articles in Cutting Edge, the UKGSA has selected Macmillan Cancer Support as our nominated charity. I was delighted with the success of our first fundraising efforts at the AGM, Golf Day and Dinner at Shrigley Hall in October 2015. The £2,200 raised could pay for 10 Macmillan palliative care nurses for a day to assist terminally ill people and their families or carers to help cope with the diagnosis and support them so they can continue with their normal activities.
The Management Committee would like the UKGSA as a body and its member companies to build on this excellent start throughout 2016 and believe our association with Macmillan Cancer Support provides a common objective to further bind the members together.
The UKGSA Golf Day and Dinner at the Macdonald Portal Hotel in Cheshire on 28th July will feature a fundraising aspect for Macmillan and give those attending the opportunity to participate.
I suggested in the Winter Edition of Cutting Edge that each member company should put together a fundraising plan for 2016. This creates the opportunity for people who have not previously been involved with (or even aware of) the UKGSA to play an important role in assisting with our project and perhaps to develop leadership and other skills within your organisations.
Fundraising events are many and varied and, of course, often provide a focus for getting fit and having great fun with colleagues. For example, a team of four from William Johnston & Company has already entered the Ben Nevis Challenge in June 2016 which combines a hill-walk up and down the U.K.'s highest peak with a 25 mile cycle and a kayak race! Please visit the events page at www.macmillan.org.uk for ideas.
As we approach the middle of 2016, the purpose of this message is to find out how members are getting on with their fundraising and to encourage you to plan events so that we can all make a difference in 2016.
Each edition of Cutting Edge will contain a MACMILLAN FUNDRAISING PAGE so please let us know about your plans as soon as possible so that we can feature them - and most importantly - also provide a report on your events (plenty of pictures of these please) and how much you have raised. The company which has raised the most over 2016 will receive a case of fine wines, including champagne to help team members celebrate their success, in time for Christmas so, if you have not already done so please GET STARTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!
A "Just Giving" page has been set up to enable funds raised by members to be donated directly to Macmillan Cancer Support. To obtain a link for this please email Sandy McEwen at William Johnston & Company on
Best of luck with all your fundraising events but, most of all, have FUN..!
Simon WinfieldMacLellan Rubber Limited UKGSA Chairman
Gasket Cutters' Association has become UK Gasket and Sealing Association!
At the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 15th October 2015 at the Shrigley Hall Hotel, Golf and Country Club, Simon Winfield, Chairman, addressed the meeting with his Annual Report stating that he and the Executive Committee felt that the GCA would benefit from a change in name to include the word "sealing".
The Executive Committee believe that adding Sealing into the name will broaden the appeal to other companies in the industry which would not only increase the profile of the Association but open up the membership to a wider range of companies and provide greater opportunities to the members of the Gasket Cutters’ Association as a whole. They feel that the name of the Association should reflect the manufacturing focus of the members and its origins. Members were asked to submit their suggestions from which a suitable name would be chosen for adoption.
He requested, and it was agreed, that the Meeting approve this approach and empower the Executive Committee to find an appropriate name and proceed with making a recommendation to the members for the change.
Taking into account the above, the chosen new name, which is felt to represent the new focus and direction of the Gasket Cutters’ Association is "UK Gasket and Sealing Association".
New Executive Committee Members
The Executive Committee of the UK Gasket & Sealing Association are delighted to welcome Simon Winfield and Gavin Smith of Phoenix Sealing onto the Committee following 2015's Annual General Meeting.
Simon and Gavin have joined the Committee to add their many years of experience both technically and commercially to the new look format. They also wanted to create a balance between manufacturers and cutters and help the committee to generate some value to its members.
ARE YOU SPEC SAVVY
BS EN IECC61111 2009 ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE MATTINGS
No doubt you are now aware that the new specification replaces BS921 15KV, 6mm 11KV matting, which have now been withdrawn by BSI, these specifications are now obsolete (effective Jan 2013).
BUT – DID YOU ALSO KNOW ANY SUPPLIER MUST PROVIDE TO HIS CUSTOMER (on each DELIVERY):-
1. Instruction for use (P11 – 4 – 8)
To be supplied with each packaging
2. Ensure the underside of the mats are correctly marked in the correct colour per grade
3. Test Certification
It is strongly advised that prospective purchasers, obtain a current in date test certificate of EU origin showing proof test voltage, withstand test voltage, oil resistance - which is required under the new grading
NB: IT IS VERY EASY TO SUBSTITUTE PRODUCT FROM ASIA (sometimes correctly marked), which may be dangerously inferior to the safe working of the product.
4. Both the Health & Safety Exectuvie and local Trading Standard Agencies are aware of these requirements which are far more demanding in performance than the specification they replace.