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AND FINALLY


The BMF’s MasterMerchant is Back Building Supplies “Merchants of Menace”.


Chandlers: winners of the past three events


The Builders Merchants Federation has confirmed that the 2021 BMF MasterMerchant competition will take place with the support of a new headline sponsor, Natural Cement.


After a year off due to Covid-19, this year’s competition will be held in Ambleside in the Lake District from 9-11 July. Open to all BMF Members – merchants, suppliers, distributors and service members – MasterMerchant is a fun but demanding team competition involving a series of mental and physical problem-solving challenges designed to test each team’s creativity, communication and leadership skills. 17 teams have already signed up to take part and pit their wits and stamina against defending champions, Chandlers


Could you just….?


New research from Travis Perkins- owned Toolstation amongst its customers has found that 37% of tradespeople have found themselves in an unexpected, or funny work- related situations.


Requests for ‘extras’ included a variety of unexpected tasks such as: being asked to move furniture; accepting deliveries; moving items to the attic; sweeping and hoovering and making a cup of tea or coffee. Some 15% had even been asked to feed a family pet, 14% to pick up a parcel and 12% to take the bins out. Among the anecdotes were: “I was called out to gain entry to a home as the lady was locked out. I climbed through a window to be met by a huge snake asleep in the passage by the front door.”


“I arrived at a large house after a callout, no answer at the door, heard voices to the rear, so walked around the back to find the lady of the house and friend stark naked, on sun loungers. I walked back to the gate


and shouted, “Anyone there”, 30 seconds later the lady appeared with a kaftan on.”


“Arrived at the customer’s house, and the customer had started to rip out the kitchen which was strange as I was there to fit his bathroom. He’d thought I was the kitchen fitter who was not due for 3 weeks. His wife was furious!”


“An elderly customer was panicking about her noisy boiler she thought was going to explode. Arrived on site to find a faulty electric tin opener rattling the cutlery drawer beneath the boiler. Removed the batteries and threw it away. Customer happy!” “I once sat with the customer for 15 minutes with a nice cup of tea. Lovely conversation, then he asked me what I wanted and what I was doing there, boss had sent me to the wrong address.”


The event organisers can accommodate a maximum of 20 teams (each comprising 4 people), so there is still time to enter. Jack Edwards, sales manager of headline sponsor, Natural Cement said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this year’s BMF MasterMerchant event. The sponsorship is a great opportunity for Natural Cement to raise our profile and show support to our industry and fellow members. Our team are also looking forward to the challenge of competing!” John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “This fantastic teambuilding event has been taking place since the 1980s. Its longevity is testament to the great way it can help people to get to know each other better and work together as a team. I’m delighted that it is returning again this year, and would like to thank our new sponsor, Natural Cement as well as Stephen Lee Associates, the management development company who devise the challenges and run the weekend’s events on our behalf.” For more information, and to book your team’s place, visit the events section at www.bmf.org.uk


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28 Trembling poplar (5) 29 Mouth organ (9) 30 Science of numbers (10) 31 Undiluted (4)


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Down 1 Belonging to a country (8) 2 Enticement (9) 4 Papal (9) 5 Leg joints (5) 6 Mexican liquor (7) 7 Proficient (5) 8 Beam over a door (6) 9 Started (5) 16 Medley (3-6) 17 Frighten, usually by violence (9)


18 Take away (8) 20 Squeeze together (7) 22 Las Vegas setting (6) 23 Racecourse (5) 25 Island in the Bay of Naples (5) 26 Resort lake in both California and 22 down (5)


The names of everyone who sends in a correctly completed entry will go into a draw to win a bottle of something deliciously sparkly from BMJ’s local award-winning English winemaker, Chapel Down.


TO ENTER: email a scan of your completed crossword entry to: bmjdotnet@gmail.com, making sure you put BMJ CROSSWORD in the subject line. Alternatively, you can post Entries must be received by April 30th


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