Monthly Archives: July 2016

Flying the Flag for Black Country Day 2016

The sun is shining on us this Black Country Day, as it always does of course. 🌞 There is alot going on around the region as we all take a day to appreciate some Black Country culture and take pride in our part of the world.

We’re flying the flag above the shop, so let us know when you see it. A honk will do, or better yet, come in and say hello! Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for up to the minute news and offers.

Chapmans started as ‪‎electrical ‪‎contractors way back in 1925. We’re still in the same place today, a bit of a local landmark on Reddal Hill Road, and flying the Black Country flag. Here’s how the business looked in both 1927 and again later on in the war years, around 1940.

 

Chapmans early years, from 1927     Chapmans in the war years, around 1940

It’s grown a bit since then ay it! We’re pleased to be able to say that Chapmans is still an independent family business to this day. We now have an army of engineers and large fleet of vans and serve the whole West Midlands. Our heritage gives us a focus on quality and providing good customer service for customers of all sizes.

Chapmans store front, taken 2015

We’re proud of the Black Country, our place within it, and our local community.

We’ve always been an active participant in the community, supporting charities wherever we are able, sponsoring sports teams and generally putting people first in everything we do. We are active in local professional bodies too. The Electrical Contractors Association to name but one, representing the best in electrical engineering and building services.

Fly the flag with us today and be proud of the Black Country and all who call it home!

Coast to Coast Endurance Cycling Challenge for Mary Stevens Hospice

If you remember, back in April, super-fit Chapmans engineer Scott Moore and close friend Rikki Theodosi tackled the National Three Peaks Challenge in a heroic effort to raise money and awareness for Mary Stevens Hospice, based locally in Oldswinford, Stourbridge. Hiking and clambering their way to the peaks of Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and the awe inspiring Ben Nevis in memory of Scott’s late step father, Doug Jones. They raised a fantastic total for the charity, which relies on donations like these for over 80% of it’s funding.

Barely three months after their mountaineering challenge the intrepid duo are again testing the boundaries of stamina, only this time there are three of them..

Scott Moore with Rikki Theodosi and Andrew Baxter

From right to left: Scott Moore and Rikki Theodosi who you’ve seen before and the very brave Andrew Baxter

A handsome bunch, as we’re sure you’ll agree. The third of the trio who will join them for this challenge is another close friend, the very brave Andrew Baxter. If you’ve followed along with their adventures you’ll understand why we say brave. Their final ascent, of Ben Nevis, took an unexpected and really quite dangerous turn when they suddenly found themselves in snowy white out conditions, crawling up the mountain on hands and knees. Determined to reach the summit to achieve their funding goal they battled on and, purely by chance, met with a guided group of climbers who led them the rest of the way.

This time though, perhaps wisely, they will be leaving their crampons in the cupboard and taking to the streets with a mammoth Coast to Coast Bike Ride – topping an incredible 140 miles in just 3 Days!

Again they are asking for your donations, with all the money raised going to Mary Stevens Hospice so do please be generous. It is a very deserving charity and one we are very glad to lend our support to at Chapmans. In their own words..

Mary Stevens Hospice provides specialist holistic care free of charge for adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families in the Dudley Borough. More than 80% of the £2.5m annual costs are paid for by donations and funds raised by supporters from a compassionate, local community.

Initially announced just a few short weeks after the completion of their previous challenge and now fully planned, they are ready to go. We’re assured they are prepared for all weathers this time around.

On Sunday the 24th of July Scott, Rikki and Andrew will be departing from Whitehaven on the West coast. Over the next 3 days they hope to cover an astounding 140 miles to reach the East coast at Tynemouth, arriving on Tuesday the 26th.

Endurance coast to coast cycling challenge map

We will, of course, keep you updated of their progress once they’re underway so please dig deep for this great cause and epic challenge. You can make a donation online via the group’s JustGiving page. If you’d like to leave a donation for them while at Chapmans, just let somebody know.

We hope you will join us in supporting Scott, Rikki and Andrew in this extraordinary challenge which although coast to coast encompasses plenty of up and down along the way too!

Thankyou.

Great Value LG American Style Frost Free Fridge Freezer with Euronics Hot Summer Deals at Chapmans

Save on LG American Style Fridge Freezers with Euronics Hot Summer Deals at Chapmans

What better way for Chapmans to mark the American holiday Independence Day on 4th of July than to tell you all about this fantastic LG American Style Frost Free Fridge Freezer. Top value with Euronics Hot Summer Deals at just £899.99

You may feel it’s difficult to get very excited about a fridge freezer but this American Style side-by-side model from LG, in platinum steel finish, may just change your mind..

Being American Style it has both the fridge and the freezer next to each other with full height opening doors. They’re great for ease of access, keeping everything convenient and well organised.

LG include some really useful features in the catchily named GSL545PVYV. Not least of which is it’s size!

With some 540 litres total capacity it has plenty of storage for modern families. American style, as with most fridge freezers, typically have a larger fridge than freezer and the GSL545PVYV is no exception. The cavernous fridge tips the scales at a cool 362 litres and the freezer at 162 litres, so there should be ample storage space for the weekly shop.

Inside the LG GSL545PVYV American Style Fridge Freezer

Size is just the beginning. Being full height lends itself to having deep drawers and plenty of space on the shelves, as you can see, with the added bonus of full height door storage too.

LG include a clever Ice Maker into the freezer door which can produce either crushed ice or ice cubes at the touch of a button. The GSL545PVYV also has a built-in water chiller, so you have fresh cool water on tap. Unlike some models which need to be plumbed in to your mains pipework at home, this one comes conveniently with a 3.5 litre reservoir which you simply fill up from the tap.

If you’ve not had one before, it’s surprising how quickly you grow accustomed to having the water chiller and ice cubes at your fingertips. You’ll soon find you wonder how you ever lived without one!

Built-In Ice Maker and Water Chiller on LG GSL545PVYV American Style Fridge FreezerLarge LED Lighting in the LG GSL545PVYV American Style Fridge Freezer

The GSL545PVYV comes with large LED internal lighting which provides ample illumination, and being LED of course are much more reliable and energy efficient than old fashioned bulbs.

Inside the fridge, which is on the right, are four height adjustable glass shelves, a wire bottle rack and five door compartments. There are two drawers at the bottom of the fridge too. The top one is a moist balance crisper with a humid environment, that helps to keep your fruit and veg fresh. Below it is the Zero Zone bin which is actually kept at 0°C, great for storing any fresh fish or meat. This model also benefits from having a linear compressor, which is able to react quickly to changes in temperature and humidity, to keep your food fresh.

Moist Balance Crisper and Zero Zone on LG GSL545PVYV American Style Fridge FreezerThere are storage options in the freezer, with both drawers and shelves. It has five glass shelves and two drawers. This is another one of those things you will wonder how you ever lived without. Shelves are ideal for storing everyday items, while the drawers allow you to separate certain foods from the other items. A good place for the Stilton we think.

Being Frost Free you won’t have to worry about ice build up which can otherwise occur, and the chore of manually defrosting or having to finding somewhere else to store your food while the ice melts.

Combining fridge and freezer into one appliance is not just convenient and stylish. It usually helps to keep the running costs low too. This LG American style combo unit is no different and it comes with a well deserved A+ energy efficiency rating.