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When faced with a challenging refurb charity finds a way

When a local charity for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues was faced with a challenging move, it turned to some nearby businesses for help.


Frances Hill, CEO of The Ways and Means Trust, explained: “Until recently, we operated on two sites: one in Caversham and the other in Rotherfield Peppard.  We rented both premises but the one at the Caversham site, which we had occupied for 44 years, was sold and we were given notice to leave by the end of May 2014. 


“We looked for premises in Caversham but found nothing suitable.  However, we found an alternative building on the Rotherfield Peppard site, which required quite extensive modifications.”


Having found the right site, The Ways & Means Trust turned to Peppard Building Supplies, among others, to help realise its vision.


True to their name the charity found a way and raised £25,000 to pay for the necessary work.


As it provides training and work experience for its clients in commercial packaging, catering and horticulture, much of the money was spent fitting out the new site with a warehouse, food preparation and other facilities.


The team at Peppard was only too happy to help out, which made the feedback from The Ways & Means Trust truly appreciated.


Frances said: “Peppard Building Supplies are a friendly, helpful, dedicated group of people, who have helped us enormously with every stage of our relocation. No question is too trivial, from what size of plumbing joints to buy, to much needed advice and guidance on purchasing an oil tank. 


“Their commitment to support a small community charity like ourselves is exemplary and without it, our move would not have gone so smoothly.”  


After a lot of hard work the charity is settling into its new site, but is always looking for support to carry out its valuable work. For more information on The Ways & Means Trust go to: .


Posted on December 4, 2014 by Claire Savage

Ways and means trust

Finishing touch for memorial hall makeover

The refurbishment of a busy community hall has been given some all-important finishing touches after a donation by Peppard Building Supplies.


When the committee of Peppard War Memorial Hall decided it needed a makeover, they contacted local businesses to see if they could offer some help.


Chairman Clive Mills explained: “The work marks the centenary of the First World War and while we had some money and a grant from South Oxfordshire District Council, we approached Peppard Building Supplies to see if they could help in any way, and were delighted when they said yes.”


Peppard Building Supplies donated the sanitary-ware including mirrors, toilet roll holders and towel rails to complete an overhaul of the cloakroom facilities.


The hall and builder’s merchant share more than a postcode and name. Peppard War Memorial Hall was built in 1921 by the great grandfather of Ru and Nic Butler.


Nic Butler explained: “As a local business and having been raised in the area, we know that the hall is a real asset to the community of Peppard Common, and we were only too pleased to help out.


“My great grandfather Arthur built it, but I also know that my grandfather played bowls there and my own dad – who may not thank me for mentioning this – went to ballet classes there as a young child.”


Peppard War Memorial Hall was built in 1921 in memory of the men from the parish who gave their lives in the First World War. At the time, public subscriptions of about £2,000 were made to fund the building work.


Posted on October 6, 2014 by Claire Savage

Peppard Memorial Hall

Peppard sponsorship helps community bus hit the road

A unique service run solely by volunteers has upgraded its ‘wheels’ thanks to sponsorship from Peppard Building Supplies and other local businesses.

The community bus, which works around the Sonning Common area near Henley, takes the elderly and infirm to doctor and hospital appointments, on weekly trips to the supermarket and monthly ‘surprise’ outings.

The service, which is run by the Fish Volunteer Centre, is now the proud new owner of a specially designed, built to order, £46,500 mini bus.

“It really is a super looking bus,” said Fred Nickson, one of 80 helpers at the Fish Volunteer Centre.

“It is a 16-seater and has a built in hydraulic ramp at the back of the bus which enables wheelchair access.

“We are very grateful to Peppard Building Supplies and all our sponsors who have enabled us to purchase this bus.

“We offer more than 1,000 trips per year, so it is a much used and needed resource. A weekly visit to the supermarket is the only day out some of these elderly people get, and they enjoy it very much.”

Peppard Building Supplies sales and marketing director Ru Butler said: “The bus provides a much needed service in our community, and we take our hats off to the volunteers, who do such an excellent job.

“It’s an honour to be able to sponsor such a worthy project and I am very much looking forward to seeing it on the road!”

For further information about the bus and its services call 0118 972 3986. 


Posted on April 1, 2014 by Claire Savage

Builder's merchant fires up charity fundraiser

An annual Henley bonfire event could have ‘gone up in smoke’ if it wasn’t for one local business.


Peppard Building Supplies saved the day by donating wooden pallets for the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge’s bonfire display.


The organisers were let down ‘last minute’ by its previous suppliers, so had nothing to use on the bonfire. 


The 21st annual bonfire, which was held at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed on Saturday, October 26, drew crowds of more than 3,000 people.


“We very much appreciated Peppard supporting us with the actual material for the bonfire it was huge and everyone loved it,” said Moira Logie, Sue Ryder’s regional fundraiser.


“The guys who build the bonfire like to use pallets as they provide a really wide solid base to build a tall bonfire and have good aeration.


“The support was very much appreciated as we had been let down by our existing supplier who only told us a few weeks before. If Peppard had not helped out we would have been chopping up old furniture from the sales!”


Ru Butler, from Peppard Building Supplies said: “We are very happy to have contributed to such an important local event, we have already agreed to donate next year too.”


The annual event raised an impressive £16,000 and featured a children’s fancy dress parade with around 100 youngsters in Halloween costumes.


Posted on November 5, 2013 by Elena

Peppard Building Supplies saved the day by donating wooden pallets for the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge’s bonfire display

Peppards builds on pupil success

A Reading builder’s merchant is heading back to school to support an innovative student reward scheme.


Peppard Building Supplies is backing a move at Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common, to reward pupils’ achievements with specially created hoodies.


The rewards scheme, open to all pupils, is based on achieving points for participation in school activities, showing initiative, both in and out of school, and working hard.


Every six to eight weeks one child is nominated per house to receive a school hoodie, which will be paid for by Peppard Building Supplies.


Only a few of these garments are presented each year, so they are highly prized within the school.  Owen Joyce of Chiltern Edge School who is running the scheme, said nominations were based on a wide variety of reasons.


“High points achievement, consistent effort in lessons, one-off impressive achievement, service to the house, improvement in attitude.



“These nominations can be made by any member of staff, usually form tutors and heads of house, with final decision on the winner made by the head of house. “



Neil Bryant, Associate Director of Peppard Building Supplies said the company was approached by the school governors to help with funding for this scheme.


“I was keen that any reward scheme should be open to all, that rewards should not be based solely on academic achievement and that our involvement should not be a one off event,” said Neil.


“Peppard is a family run, local business, and we are very keen to lend a hand in the community, so much so that we can have given our commitment to this scheme for the next three years.”


Posted on May 16, 2013 by Elena

Peppard Building Supplies, Chiltern Edge School, Reading, Henley Sonning

Peppard Building Supplies smartens up the Mod squad

Caversham-based football team Mod FC is hoping to build on its last two seasons successes with the backing of a local building supplies company.

When the division 1 team, which plays in the Reading and District Sunday League, needed a smart new kit it turned to Peppard Building Supplies for help.

Founder of the team Billy Carlisle explained: “I started working for Peppard Building Supplies in January and approached the sales and marketing director Ru Butler to find out whether he would be willing to sponsor us. Thankfully he said yes!”

Mod FC has had a number of recent successes on the field. They had their most successful season was two years ago when they won the league and cup double. Last season they narrowly missed out on promotion by just one point.

Peppard Building Supplies sales and marketing director Ru Butler said:
“As a local company serving Reading and Henley, we try to support the community where we can. We hope that Mod FC can build on the successes of the last two years and are looking forward to the season ahead."

Anyone interested in the team’s progress will be able to get regular updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages: and


Posted on October 4, 2012 by Tony Crutcher

Caversham-based football team Mod FC