Community News

Our company gets involved in supporting a number of initiatives in both the local and wider community on both a corporate and individual basis.  There are a few charities which our people support annually and in various ways, there are also community initiatives supported directly by LB Bentley.  Here are our most recent involvements:

£404 for ‘Pudsey Bear’

On Wednesday evening many of L.B. Bentley employees were slaving over a hot stove knocking up their contribution towards the cake sale organised for Thursday 17th November which was held to raise money in support of the very worthwhile charity ‘Children in Need’.

There were a phenomenal number of wonderful cakes donated from chocolate cupcakes to delicious fruit cakes, a big thank you to all of those who donated. There was also a fabulous ‘Pudsey Bear’ cake donated by Katie Glassonbury, made by her husband Ole who is a cake making connoisseur, this was raffled off as a whole with the funds adding to the total figure raised.

On Thursday morning at 10am the masses descended in to the canteen in search of something tasty to accompany their morning tea break, they were confronted by such an array of cakes to choose from, in fact more choice than the local bakery. The cake sale was supported extremely well with the last of the cakes being bought on Friday morning, thank you to everyone who supported the sale helping towards a grand total of £404 being raised.

‘Children in Need’ raised a record £26,332,334 on the night, they will still have donations to be added to this amount by events like our own over the next few weeks. This figure outstrips last years’ total. I am sure you will all agree it was a very well organised, worthwhile and pleasurable way to raise money for such a good cause.

Stroud Half Marathon run to support local charity

The 30th Stroud Half Marathon took place on Sunday 23rd October 2011 with more than 1,700 athletes, fun runners and charity fund raisers running just over 13 miles on a route starting at Marling School in Cainscross Road.

Crowds cheered on the competitors who fought against the weather after months of training and spirits were raised when runners were greeted by the Stroud Samba Band at Oldends Lane.

The Stroud Half Marathon that originally started in 1982 by Stroud Athletic Club who has organised it every year, it has gone from strength to strength each year with its popularity growing and is a very good platform for both serious and novice runners to support their local community.

L.B. Bentley Ltd had a number of employees running, one running for charity, Jason Parker, and others running as individuals and in support of the Stroud Athletics Club.

Jason ran to raise money for ‘The Door Youth Project’ in Stroud which is a Christian-based youth project, established in 1991 for the benefit of all young people aged 11 to 25. They provide mentoring and personal support, offer a safe place to hang out off the streets and offer education – practical vocational training, the aim of the project is to provide an environment that develops troubled young people in order that they can go on to lead positive and fulfilled futures.

Through the Stroud Half Marathon, approximately £1,000 was raised for this very worthwhile local charity. For more information about the charity please visit

The Old Sodbury Bike Challenge

For the past 5 years Andrew Kethro, our Operations Manager, has been taking part in the ‘Old Sodbury Bike Ride’ – an annual event set up over fourteen years ago by the village to raise money for the upkeep of the village hall as well as supporting a chosen charity.

This year’s route was planned with the starting point of Aberystwyth and the charity named as ‘Help for Heroes’ and so on Friday 8th July 19 cyclists and 1 support truck set off.

They were immediately faced with the challenge of cycling in heavy rain and strong winds and at one point had to carry their bikes for 1.5miles up a very steep hill through woodland. The journey on the first day took them through the Elan Valley – a beautiful part of Wales made up of vast open landscape with lots of sheep, dams, and reservoirs and of course some more very steep hills to tackle! The route took them on to town of ‘Rhayader’ where they settled down for the night.

Saturday brought with it some sunshine and the 2nd leg of the journey took the group up through The Black Mountains. This was a very hard stretch of the journey as the name implies however the team battled on and reached what was to be their home for the evening – a ‘Bunk House’ just outside of Abergavenny. This was on a farm which had renovated some out buildings and equipped then with bunk beds, mattresses and pillows.

As you can imagine 19 men in a bunk house brought its own challenges though – mainly trying to get to sleep whilst listening to a chorus of snores! In the end Andy made a very early morning escape (2.30am) from his top bunk (not an easy thing to do due to the height!) and relocated to a camp bed in another room. After a somewhat restless night the team set off on the last stretch of their journey towards home, arriving in Old Sodbury tired but proud of what they’d achieved – 140 miles covered and Andy alone raised more than £150 for Help for Heroes.

Andy would like to take this opportunity to express his thanks to all those who sponsored him, it was very much appreciated!

September 2010: LB Bentley supports Stroud College's engineering initiative

Stroud College has just launched an engineering initiative aimed at 14 – 18 year olds. LB Bentley Ltd has been pleased to support this initiative by sponsoring one corner of the new engineering workshop alongside fellow local companies including Delphi and Renishaw.

Commenting on the success of the launch of this new initiative, Dr. Beri Hare Principal of Stroud College said; “The Engineering sector is crucial to the economic prosperity and growth in our region. Successfully recruiting our first students is a great milestone to pass and one that would not have been possible without the generous support we have received from local employers. This support has included employer sponsorship of sections of our new state-of-the-art engineering workshop, equipment donations, expertise as well as direct financial contributions. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors for their support. These new courses represent only the first phase of our vision to provide a World Class Engineering and Sustainability Centre here in Stroud. We will continue to work with our partners to turn this vision into reality.”

Engineering courses will be delivered in the brand new state-of-the-art facilities featuring Computer Aided Design (CAD), with Computed Numerically Controlled (CNC) links, robotics equipment and rapid prototyper, which was able to get off the ground thanks to grants from the Learning and Skills Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Having successfully recruited the first group of engineering students in September 2010, the courses will enable students to achieve level one and two qualifications in computer-aided design and manufacturing skills, which are designed to provide a solid foundation in Engineering enabling specialisation and progression into any engineering field.