Posted by Eccleston George Team on March 1, 2014 at 8:20 AM
Ten years ago a new boy joined our Eccleston George team,
his name was, and still is, Spike Oatley . The truth is that until Spike came along
Eccleston George wasn't so much a team as it was a duo consisting of Nigel
George and Chris Eccleston. Spike's arrival brought the dawn of a new era for us
as the duo became a 'team' for the first time....... Eccleston George, it turned
out, would never be the same again. This shift from being just two blokes
working together to becoming an adaptive collective has stayed with us until
this day. Many more members have joined our band of merry creative practitioners
and the group dynamic and the projects we deliver have continued to grow and
morph as a result.
This week will see yet another example of us embracing
change as after ten years of service to the Eccleston George collective we say
cheerio to member number three, Spike Oatley. Spike and his beautiful family are
about to set sail from our Island shores and head out westward on a brand new
Us lot wish Spike, Catherine, Ernie and Ellie the very
best for their new life ahead.
Nige has this message for Spike.
"Over the last ten years, hour for hour, I
think I've spent more time with you than anyone else I know (including my own
family). Despite being in some very tight work situations, countless tiny
enclosures meant for very small animals, up ladders, on scaffold, dangling from
ropes, in boiling hot places, in freezing cold places and in more school classrooms than most will see in their lifetime....plus.... in spite of being squeezed into an array of site caravans, chalets,
hotel rooms and other miscellaneous digs on location, I know that
we've never had a cross word in all that time....I reckon that's an amazing rare thing and rather splendid too.
Seeing you transform over the years has been incredibly
inspiring, a brilliant lesson in how to find, and live in, your element. Standing back and
watching your musical talent emerge over those ten years has been
utterly mesmerising and has been a great reminder of how important it is to keep
the fire in one's soul ignited.
So now as you head off to Ireland I console myself that this isn't the end of
our friendship but a whole new chapter in a continuing story of what's possible
for all of us. Our loss is Ireland's gain, no doubt about it....and anyway I've a
sneaky feeling that it's only a matter of time before us Eccleston Georgers pick
up our first ever project in an Irish school or something. In the meantime good luck with finding those new pastures of emerald green mate and thanks,
it been a blast."