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Here’s a novel one for you. Mole hears that Countrywide surveyors Jake McGrory and Will Gough decided to do a survey with a difference to raise money for the National Deaf Children’s Society. The pair chose to survey the highest structure in the UK, which happens to be the emergency shelter on the summit of Ben Nevis.

ben-nevisMole awards the intrepid duo top marks for carrying a copy of Mortgage Strategy to the summit. Essential reading in any location.

Their fundraising page is:

Hair-raising rumour

Those of you who had your formative years in the 1980s were no doubt glad to see the news that pop act Bros is reforming.

But one man alleged to be more delighted than most is Precise Mortgages head of sales Jamie Pritchard. Or that’s the story according to Precise’s James Briggs, who last week tweeted Mortgage Strategy a photo of Jamie in the 1980s sporting an uncannily Bros-like barnet.

pritchardRumours that Pritchard has been spotted shopping for blond hair dye and industrial-strength hair gel were unconfirmed at the time of publication.

Stars of the small screen

Brightstar Financial’s Rob and Clare Jupp are well-known faces in the mortgage industry but Mole hears they’re set to become well known outside it too.

The Jupp family will make their reality TV debut later in the year after their ‘Bright-star quality’ caught the attention of a TV producer while they were on holiday.

Clear your schedule and stay glued to your screens this autumn; you don’t want to miss this. Stay tuned also to Mole for more details…

Let them eat cake

Congratulations to the venerable Newbury Building Society, which has nearly reached its 160th birthday. Mole hears the lender will be holding a bash on 1 November to celebrate the milestone.

In the genteel fashion befitting a firm founded in 1856, each branch will hold a tea-and-cake party, with one specially commissioned cake being cut by chief executive Roland Gardner.

Mole understands that the lender has advised invited guests to get there early as it expects a serious run on the free cakes.



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