New Asda store opens at Newton Leys
Good news for shoppers – a new Asda store is now open just a short walk from Oakbrook!
Asda Newton Leys, located at Islay Court off Jersey Drive, opened its doors for the first time on Monday 23rd October. The supermarket includes an in-store bakery and Express Pizza Counter and offers a Click and Collect service. There’s also a cash machine on site.
The new supermarket forms part of the new local shopping centre off Jersey Drive, where a range of other shops will be opening in the near future.
Newport Pagnell football team secures new kit
Newport Pagnell Town FC’s U9s team is sporting fresh new kit this season after receiving a donation from estate agent Countrywide, which is working in partnership with us to sell the new homes at Oakbrook.
The Countrywide donation follows our sponsorship of the team last year, which funded new hoodies.
A spokesperson for the Under 9s Lions at Newport Pagnell Town FC, says: “On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Countrywide for donating new footballs and kits to our U9 players.
“The new strip looks fantastic and we’re very grateful for the support from Countrywide and Taylor Wimpey who are local to the community and we’re proud to represent the area by having the Oakbrook logo next to our team name.”
Karen Pitcher, Sales Manager at Countrywide, says: “We’re delighted to make this donation to Newport Pagnell Town FC. We wish the U9s team the very best for this football season and we hope they enjoy wearing their new kit!
“We feel it’s important to be involved in the local community and providing this donation is very rewarding.”
Jack Costello, Regional Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey, says: “Football clubs play such an important role within their local communities so we are delighted to have Newport Pagnell Town FC’s U9s team representing our Oakbrook community – we wish them all the best both on and off the pitch!”
Newton Leys Football Club is up and running thanks to a helping hand from us
A new football club established in a growing community near Milton Keynes is enjoying its first season after securing a kit sponsorship deal with us.
We donated £700 to Newton Leys Football Club which was set up thanks to the efforts of key members of the community and Newton Leys Residents Association.
After completing their official registration process with the Football Association last summer, the team are now playing in the Milton Keynes Sunday League Division One.
Ethan Kelly-Wilson, Chairman of Newton Leys Residents Association and also a town councillor for Newton Leys at Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council, says: “We’ve worked with the community to set up Newton Leys Football Club and now it’s fantastic to see the team playing competitive games.
“What with Newton Leys being a new community since Taylor Wimpey started construction here in 2007, there wasn’t anything like this before so we thought it was time to set up a football club.
“We’re trying to bring the community together – as well as help keep people fit! Now we have an adult side, we’re hoping to establish girls and boys teams at the club in the near future.
“It’s all been quite timely as well because new pitches, a community centre and clubhouse are due to be delivered on the Newton Leys development later this year as part of the Section 106 planning agreement.”
Until those new facilities are ready the club are playing their games half a mile away at the Sir Herbert Leon Academy in Bletchley.
“We have a brilliant relationship with Taylor Wimpey, who have been very good to our community,” adds Ethan. “They kindly previously sponsored our summer fayre and we’re very grateful to receive this football sponsorship.
“This has been a big help because, as well as a new home kit, the money given to us by Taylor Wimpey has also gone towards paying for an away kit and 12 league-accredited footballs. That cost would have otherwise been passed over to the club’s members, so it’s helped keep the group sustainable which is crucial in these early stages of the club’s formation.
“The players are very proud to wear a kit sponsored by a prestigious company like Taylor Wimpey.”
Jack Costello, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We think it’s fantastic that the residents of Newton Leys have come together to establish a football club that can represent this growing and thriving community.”
Gareth Jacob, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, adds: “We were only too happy to sponsor Newton Leys Football Club as they embark on an exciting journey. We wish the team every success for the future!”
London family find their dream home for an affordable price at Oakbrook
For many Londoners, high property prices across the city make it difficult to take that first step on the housing ladder.
But Nyaradzo Maambira and her husband Williard have found the perfect solution at our Oakbrook development.
The Maambira family at Oakbrook
The couple, along with their two children, have relocated from their rented property in London and were keen to stay within easy reach of the capital, without having to pay a premium price for their new home.
They discovered just what they were looking for at Oakbrook – and they can even get to the heart of the city from their new home even quicker than they could before!
Nyarazo says: “When we decided to buy a home we were looking around and when we visited Oakbrook we really liked the development and the surrounding area– it’s a good location and offers easy access to London, which is great as we travel there quite frequently.
“The journey now takes in total around 45 minutes, which includes travelling to the train station from our house. Bletchley train station provides regular services to London Euston, and it’s actually quicker to get to central London from our new house than it was when we lived in the area!”
The family have been living happily in their new four-bedroom ‘Moreton’ home since June 2015.
Nyaradzo says: “The house is such great value and it’s really big! It’s perfect for our family as there’s a lot of space and all of the bedrooms are big enough to fit a double bed, plus we have a really large garden too, which is great for the children.
“From the outside the property looks really nice as well and the roads and surrounding grounds and environment are well maintained. I look at our home now and I think we made the right choice to move to Taylor Wimpey’s Oakbrook development.
“What I also like about Oakbrook is that I can go and have a crazy working day in London and when I come back I can relax and enjoy the privacy and tranquillity that Oakbrook provides. We love the house and the open space that the development offers.”
The couple used the Government’s Help to Buy initiative to purchase their home.
Nyaradzo adds: “Using Help to Buy was a really easy process. We submitted our application on the Friday and by the Monday we had received a response to say we were accepted.
“Taylor Wimpey were really helpful and their properties seemed really good compared to the other developers which we looked at to begin with.
“We’re really enjoying it here – the overall development is really good and also features a lot of nice walk paths, which is great for me as I have kids that are always on the go and enjoy scenic walks.”
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.
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.”
Liz and Roxy set up home at Oakbrook
A brand new house at our Oakbrook development is proving the perfect choice for home-hunter Liz Oliver and her pet dog Roxy!
Liz (56), who works as a data manager at a secondary school in Wing, recently bought a stunning three-bedroom ‘Dunton’ at the development and couldn’t be happier with her purchase.
Liz Oliver at our Oakbrook development
She says: “I absolutely love my new house and I love Oakbrook too. Everyone is really friendly and quite a few of us moved in on the same day so we always say hello to each other!”
Liz fell in love with the ‘Dunton’ at Oakbrook thanks to its flexible living space and well-thought-out layout. She recently converted one of the bedrooms into a second lounge and is thoroughly enjoying her en-suite master bedroom that occupies the entire top floor.
She explains: “The house is so spacious and I love the fact that I can completely close off the top floor bedroom. It’s so bright and airy up there with light coming in from both sides and high ceilings – it has a lovely feel to it.”
Another key attraction for Liz was the convenient location of Oakbrook with its easily accessible road links that are perfect for her commute to work and also for visiting her daughters Lisa, 24, and Philippa, 21, who live in Gloucester and Edinburgh.
Liz says: “It’s so quiet on the development and has a village-like feel to it, but everything is within easy reach at the same time. It’s great because it’s close to major roads but not on top of them and there’s still a lot of green space which is nice for walking Roxy.”
Having previously lived in older properties, this is Liz’s first experience of buying brand new. She says: “I decided I wanted a new property because you can still make it your own but without having to do any major work – it’s like a blank canvas!”
Because she reserved off-plan, Liz also got the chance to put her own stamp on the house before she’d even moved in, thanks to our extensive interior Options range.
She says: “I upgraded the kitchen to a high gloss cream style with black worktops that came fully fitted with a stainless steel cooker and integrated appliances. I added a shower and shower screen in the bathroom and an outside tap too.”
Liz was also impressed with our customer service, adding: “I found the process very good – whenever I had a question, the staff were always very quick to respond.”
Families go wild for tiger hunt at Oakbrook!
Visitors enjoyed our Find the Tiger event
A family-friendly Find The Tiger event held at our development was a roaring success.
Children hunted out soft toy tigers hidden around the showhome in the hope of winning a day out at Woburn Safari Park and got to meet Taylor Wimpey’s mascot, Taylor Tiger, during the event.
The Find the Tiger event was being held to celebrate a pioneering sponsorship agreement between Woburn Safari Park and Taylor Wimpey North Thames, which helped to fund a new tiger enclosure and shelter for Woburn’s two Amur tigers, Elton and Minerva.
Christine Scarborough, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “Our Find the Tiger event was fantastic fun and it was wonderful to see so many youngsters coming along with their families and really getting their teeth into the challenge.
“We gave away plenty of cuddly tiger toys over the weekend and the lucky winners are now looking forward to enjoying a fabulous day out at Woburn Safari Park – where they will get to see Elton and Minerva for themselves!”