Emma and Alex welcome their new daughter into the world at Saxon Fields!
With a growing family, Emma Hunter and Alex Maxwell decided to purchase a bigger home and discovered that our Saxon Fields development offered everything they needed – even the perfect place to welcome their new daughter Ruby into the world earlier this year!
Alex, Emma, Madeline and baby Ruby are settling into their new home at Saxon Fields and are pictured with our Sales Executices Cheryl (left) and Michele.
The couple, along with their three‑year‑old daughter Madeline, moved into their four‑bedroom detached ‘Kentdale’ housetype after relocating from a two‑bedroom apartment in Welwyn Garden City, approximately 24 miles away.
Once the family had settled into their home, Emma and Alex then unexpectedly gave birth to their second daughter Ruby in February 2016 – in the bathroom of their new house!
“We decided to move house because, at the time we had Madeline, we wanted more room and a garden for her to play in,” says Emma (26). “There weren’t many properties in Welwyn Garden that suited our needs, so we decided to move a bit further afield to find the right property, and it’s a good job we did!
“It wasn’t our plan for Ruby to be born at home, but she arrived so quickly she was delivered in the bath. It helps give more meaning to the house – we’ll definitely never forget it!”
The pair chose the ‘Kentdale’ as it offered the whole family everything they needed.
“We decided to go for this housetype as it’s double fronted and all of the bedrooms are a really good size – normally there’s a ‘box’ room but we don’t have that in this house.
“It’s ideal as we’ve got Madeline and now Ruby, plus Alex also has two other children who live in Stevenage, so while they don’t live with us they do come to visit regularly so we have enough space for everyone.
“The house also has a really big kitchen/dining room which we never had in our previous property. For the price we paid we’d never have got anything like this where we were living before.”
The location of Saxon Fields offered the family the perfect place to start their new lives.
“We got a good feel for the area as soon as we visited, as we hadn’t been here before we started house‑hunting,” explains Emma. “We took a gamble as we liked the house and we love it here.
“The whole area is perfect for families – there are schools nearby and the town is continually growing, with new shops and parks being built, which is ideal for Madeline and Ruby.
“There’s also a huge retail park nearby that has everything we need, so the location of our new home is very handy as we don’t have to travel too far for amenities.
“It’s also really easy and convenient for Alex to travel to work as well, as he’s self‑employed and runs his own cleaning company, so it was important we didn’t move too far away but he can just travel on the A1.
“The team at Taylor Wimpey couldn’t do enough for us, they were brilliant,” adds Emma. “Cheryl and Michele the Sales Executives have been so friendly and I still pop in to see them now and again with the children, as they’ve been there to see the girls growing up.
“While we were home‑hunting we went to look around other showhomes as well but didn’t get a good feeling from them, whereas we feel very settled here now and I don’t think we’ll be moving for a long time.”
Expedition to help build school for children in Kenya is given a boost
We at Taylor Wimpey North Thames, along with our colleagues at Taylor Wimpey South Midlands have teamed up to sponsor a volunteer taking part in an expedition next year to continue building a new school for children in Kenya.
Our Sales Executives Cherly (left) and Jeanette pictured with Luke Newman ahed of his expedition to Kenya.
We have donated £500 to Luke Newman (35) who is travelling with his father Steve and son Reece in May 2017 to volunteer with African Adventures, the UK’s leading volunteer travel organisation, and Derby County Community Trust.
“This is the fourth time I will volunteer in Kenya with African Adventures, and I’ll be travelling with my dad and son along with around 50 other volunteers,” explains Luke.
“I decided to start doing this after seeing footage on TV from Children in Need and Comic Relief showing the deprived areas and poor conditions people live in, so I really wanted to help out.”
Luke, Steve and Reece will travel from their hometown of Biggleswade to spend two weeks in Kenya.
“We’re going there to help continue building work at St. Trizah School in Nakuru, which has been under development for the past three years,” says Luke. “The school now has eight classrooms, a kitchen and an office, so as part of next year’s trip we’ll be helping to build more classrooms and hopefully a dormitory.
“This will be extremely important, as approximately a fifth of the 450 pupils have to live at the school for various reasons, in some cases because they’ve lost their family, so this is a massive development.”
Our donation has been very welcomed by Luke, as it helps cover some of the costs of the trip.
“It costs £2,500 per person to travel, so this £500 donation will go a long way towards helping us reach our target as already it’s a fifth of the amount needed for one of us, which takes a lot of the burden off our shoulders,” Luke continues.
“With Taylor Wimpey being a housebuilder in the UK it’s great for them to support us so we can help build schools and communities over 4,000 miles away in Africa.”
The family will be hosting various fundraising events over the coming months to help generate the remainder of the money needed.
The trips to Kenya have had a big impact on Luke and his family.
He concludes: “This expedition is an amazing thing to do – it’s the sixth time my dad has been to Kenya and for Reece, who’s 17 years old, it’ll be his first experience.
“We’re over the moon that Taylor Wimpey have kindly offered to help – I will be wearing a t-shirt in Kenya with their logo on to show that I’m proudly sponsored by Taylor Wimpey. The donation will make a huge difference to me and my family and we’re very grateful.”
Gareth Jacob, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, says: “As a responsible housebuilder, it’s important to us that we can help not only the communities where we build our new homes, but also help local people with charitable activities both at home and abroad – and the Newmans’ expedition is an extremely worthy cause.”
Christine Scarborough, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, adds: “It’s wonderful that Luke, Steve and Reece are volunteering to help make a difference in developing countries and we’re delighted to lend our support – we’d like to wish them the best of luck with the expedition!”
Youngsters design a grrrreat tiger-themed bedroom for our new showhome!
Two Biggleswade eight-year-olds have created some terrrrific designs for our brand new showhome.
Daisy Jai Kelly and Elliot Axell took inspiration from the Amur tigers at Woburn Safari Park – which are sponsored by us – to come up with their ideas for the new tiger-themed bedroom.
Daisy Jai Kelly and Elliot Axell with our sales executives Cheryl (left), Rachel (right) and Taylor Tiger.
Daisy Jai designed a leafy jungle habitat complete with stripy rug and animal print bedding, while Elliot created a fabulous tiger bed as the centrepiece for his room.
Their designs have been combined by expert interior designer Amie Reeves from Show Business Interiors to create a fun and functional children’s bedroom in the new ‘Langdale’ showhome at our development.
Daisy Jai and Elliot were treated to a tour of the showhome at a special visit to the development on Saturday 17th October, when they were also presented with their winning prizes – four tickets to Woburn Safari Park each – as well as meeting the Taylor Tiger mascot.
Daisy Jai says: “It was really good fun creating the design. When I heard that I’d won it felt amazing – me and my sister are so excited!”
“It was really nice to see my drawing made real,” adds Elliot. “I liked the different tigers.”
Christine Scarborough, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We were delighted with the entries we received for our tiger-themed design competition. It was incredibly hard to judge, but both Daisy Jai and Elliot’s designs were particularly impressive.
“The new tiger-themed bedroom makes a fabulous focal point for our new ‘Langdale’ showhome, which is set to be a big hit with our younger visitors!”
Taylor Tiger helps Woburn Safari Park raise funds for conservation projects in the wild
Our tiger mascot Taylor Tiger joined forces with his mascot colleagues, Tala from Woburn Safari Park and Welford from Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, at a charity weekend to help raise funds for endangered tigers in the wild.
Taylor Tiger joined forces with his mascot colleague Tala from Woburn Safari Park to help raise funds for endangered tigers in the wild.
The three mascots attended a special charity event at Woburn Safari Park to support the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance’s Amur Tiger Conservation Project.
Taylor Wimpey North Thames’ support for the event is part of an ongoing partnership with Woburn which earlier this year saw the leading local housebuilder renew its sponsorship of the safari park’s Amur tiger house for the next three years.
Peter Gurr, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We were delighted to support the Amur Tiger Charity Weekend at Woburn.
“The event raised vital funds for the Amur Tiger Conservation Project as well as awareness of this beautiful species – and it was great fun for all the visitors to the park!”
Drew Mullin, General Manager of Woburn Safari Park says: “Everyone involved in the fundraising had a fantastic time. Tala and her new friends; Welford and Taylor, all helped put the fun into fundraising! The initial count of monies shows we’ll have raised significant funds for the ALTA charity."
We support local initiative to reduce graffiti in Biggleswade
We have made a donation to Biggleswade Town Council to support an initiative to reduce the amount of graffiti in Biggleswade.
Our North Thames and South Midlands regional businesses – which are both building new homes in Biggleswade – joined forces to donate six marine ply graffiti boards that have been installed at the Lakes Recreation Ground as a designated area for people to do graffiti art.
Representatives from Biggleswade Town Council with our Sales Executives Claire (left) and Cheryl.
The boards were put up as part of a community engagement day run by the Town Council and Central Bedfordshire Council, which took place in June to tackle issues affecting the town.
We, Taylor Wimpey North Thames, are building new homes at Saxon Fields and our colleagues at Taylor Wimpey South Midlands are building at Bramble Walk, both on the eastern outskirts of Biggleswade.
Rob McGregor, Town Clerk for Biggleswade Town Council, says: “On behalf of the council I’d like to say how grateful we are for Taylor Wimpey’s support in our initiative to improve the town of Biggleswade.
“It’s fantastic to see local businesses working alongside members of the community to really make the town a better place to live, and to provide local people with a different outlet that allows them to use their artistic skills for a better purpose.”
The graffiti boards have been reinstated after a similar scheme installed some years ago resulted in a reduced amount of graffiti across the town.
Christine Scarborough, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We are delighted to make this donation to Biggleswade Town Council and Central Bedfordshire Council to support their community engagement day, which is an extremely worthwhile project for the town.”
Gareth Jacob, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, adds: “We feel it’s very important to invest in the communities in which we build our homes, and helping to reduce graffiti is something that will really benefit all residents in Biggleswade.”
Partnership with Woburn Safari Park is a roaring success
We’ve teamed up with Woburn Safari Park for the second year in a row to sponsor its grrreat Amur tiger house!
Last year, we launched a pioneering partnership project with Woburn Safari Park to sponsor its (then) new tiger house, which is now home to four Amur tigers from the European Endangered Species Program (EEP).
Peter Gurr, (far left) with Debra Knox of Woburn Safari Park (far right) at the Tiger enclosure at Woburn Safari Park
Following the roaring success of that partnership, we have offered our support again by renewing our sponsorship of the tiger enclosure for the next three years.
Peter Gurr, Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “Our sponsorship of the Amur tiger house at Woburn Safari Park was the first corporate deal of its kind. It proved to be a huge success in helping to raise awareness about these beautiful animals, which is why we are delighted to be renewing our partnership with the park for the next three years.
“We hope our investment will continue to aid conservation of the species and that the tigers will breed successfully and nurture future generations.”
There are only an estimated 400 to 500 Amur tigers living in the wild, in the birch forests of Eastern Russia. They face a number of threats, mainly poaching and loss of habitat, and the EEP is playing an important role in trying to preserve the species and prevent its extinction.
Woburn Safari Park Commercial Manager, Claire Rhodes, says: “The team at Woburn Safari Park is thrilled to extend the unique corporate partnership with Taylor Wimpey for three more years. Not only do the tigers who reside at the park benefit, but the endangered Amur tigers in the wild will also benefit from the message of their plight being shared with new generations of supporters.
“Taylor Wimpey has been actively spreading the word about this beautiful, threatened animal and helping Woburn Safari Park to fulfil its aims of educating new audiences about the importance of fundraising and conservation.”
Lindsay and Ashley buy dream home using Help to Buy
Lindsay Dow and her partner Ashley were finding it difficult to get their feet on the property ladder – until they learnt about the Help to Buy scheme.
Lindsay Dow used the Help to Buy scheme to purchase a home at our Oakbrook development in Newton Leys.
The couple discovered how Help to Buy meant they could secure a Government loan for up to 20% of the full price of their new home – so they would only need a 75% loan-to-value mortgage and a deposit as low as 5%.
“We were each living with our parents and were really struggling to afford to get on to the property ladder together,” explains Lindsay (25). “But Ashley’s uncle suggested we looked into new builds because there were some great incentives to be had.
“So we did some research and ended up using Help to Buy which was a great option – the 5% deposit really opened up the market to us, otherwise the door would have remained closed.”
The couple purchased a two-bedroom first-floor flat at our Oakbrook development in Newton Leys, near Milton Keynes, reserving it off-plan in April 2014 before moving in that December.
Speaking about the homebuying process Lindsay adds: “Being self-employed there was a bit of a delay in getting my paperwork details from HMRC – but Taylor Wimpey were really good and understanding throughout the process and kept us informed about the building of the property along the way.”
Tiger tales storytime event celebrates new enclosure at Woburn Safari Park!
Taylor Wimpey North Thames hosted a special tiger-themed storytelling event at its Saxon Fields development in Biggleswade for local schoolchildren to celebrate its new sponsorship agreement with Woburn Safari Park.
The leading housebuilder has funded Woburn’s new tiger house, which is now home to two Amur tigers from the European Endangered Species Program (EEP), Elton and Minerva.
St Andrews Lower School pupils meet Taylor Tiger at Saxon Fields
To celebrate the sponsorship, Taylor Wimpey Sales Executive Tamara Sim read the classic children’s book The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Saxon Fields to 12 lucky children from St Andrews Lower School in Biggleswade.
Each of the pupils also received a commemorative tiger bookmark and there was a visit from the Taylor Tiger mascot at the event.
Christine Scarborough, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We’re so excited to have unveiled the new tiger house at Woburn Safari Park, which Elton and Minerva are happily settling in to, and we couldn’t think of a better way to share our excitement with local children than to hold this special storytime event.
“We hope the pupils from St Andrews Lower School School enjoyed meeting our mascot Taylor Tiger and that our storytelling session has inspired a new generation to support the conservation efforts of organisations like Woburn.”
Taylor Wimpey invests in a grrreat new home – for Woburn’s new tigers!
Leading local housebuilder Taylor Wimpey North Thames has provided support for a brand new home for two very special new arrivals at Woburn.
In the first corporate sponsorship of its kind, Taylor Wimpey has sponsored the new tiger house, which is now home to two Amur tigers from the European Endangered Species Program (EEP), Elton and Minerva.
As well as supporting an environment which will allow Woburn’s visitors to enjoy the amazing spectacle of these beautiful animals, Taylor Wimpey’s investment is also aiding the conservation of the species, as the safari park is hoping the tigers will breed successfully and nurture future generations.
Peter Gurr, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We are very proud and excited to be involved in this unique partnership with Woburn Safari Park.
“We have extensive experience in creating perfect properties for people, but I can safely say this is the first time we have helped provide the investment for a new home for tigers!”
Christine Scarborough, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, adds: “As a housebuilder we are committed to investing in the communities in which we build our new homes, and our sponsorship of the tigers at Woburn is a fantastic way to fund a unique conservation project as well as providing a wonderful experience for all the safari park’s visitors.”
Woburn Safari Park Commercial Manager, Claire Rhodes, says: “We are delighted to welcome Taylor Wimpey as our first corporate partner and the sole sponsor of the new Amur tiger house in the Kingdom of the Carnivores. At the same time, this investment is a valuable contribution to our fundraising, conservation and breeding plans for these endangered animals.
The town of Biggleswade, a rural setting located 40 miles north of Central London, is the setting of Saxon Fields. Biggleswade has a good range of facilities, including supermarkets, shops and an array of independent retailers. The market square is a focal point of Biggleswade with a good choice of schools for all ages such as Southlands Lower School, Stratton Upper School and Community College.