We boost Freesteppin’ Dance Studio’s fundraising events
We have donated four tickets to Woburn Safari Park as raffle prizes for two fundraising events hosted by FreeSteppin’ Dance Studio in Milton Keynes.
Cheryl Glennon, fundraising co-ordinator for FreeSteppin’ Dance Studio, says: “Our first fundraiser took place on 26th September at The Countryman pub next to our dance studio, where two of the tickets were won along with many other wonderful prizes.
Dancers from the FreeSteppin’ Dance Studio visited our development to thank us for our donation
“The remaining two tickets were up for grabs in another raffle event, which took place on Sunday 25th October.”
The school, which teaches free style dance to boys and girls of all ages, hosted the events to raise money to purchase new uniforms and some essential equipment for its members.
“Freesteppin Dance studio has been running for eight years now and we currently have about 60 children with us who are aged from three to 18,” says Cheryl. “It can be very expensive for parents, so we are hoping to raise about £500 to help cover some of the costs.”
The studio has three divisions – Diddy Steppers for three to five-year-olds, Beginner FreeStyle for children aged six and above and Competition Squad for advanced dancers.
“We have taken part in other fundraising events, such as bag packing in the local supermarket and performing showcase dances at fun days, festivals and summer fetes, but I was on a mission with these fundraisers and everyone has been shocked with the response we’ve received,” adds Cheryl.
“It’s fantastic to have the support of a company as big as Taylor Wimpey. This donation is something entirely different. It’s extremely kind and we’d like to say a massive thank you.”
Christine Scarborough, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We were delighted to offer this donation to FreeSteppin’ Dance Studio and help to support their fundraising efforts.
“We wish them the best of luck and hope the lucky winners enjoy their trip to Woburn Safari Park!"
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
Ella Scores Football Tour To France Thanks To Our Sponsorship
Nine-year-old Ella Hayes was able to join her Milton Keynes Dons team-mates on a football tour to France after we stepped forward to sponsor her to the tune of £360 which went towards her transport, accommodation and food costs for the trip.
Ella and her Milton Keynes Dons team-mates with our Sales Executive Jason Turner
Ella plays for the Under-11 side at the MK Dons FC Girls Centre of Excellence, one of only 32 FA-licensed Centres of Excellence throughout the UK. It develops opportunities for gifted female footballers within Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.
Natalie Hayes, Ella’s mum, says: “This trip was an experience of a lifetime for Ella and she’s really, really pleased. Going to a different country to play football will help develop her game so much.
“We live in Stevenage and driving Ella for an hour to training every Monday and Wednesday evening, as well as to matches on Saturdays, is a big financial commitment for us – so to receive this funding from Taylor Wimpey was fantastic.”
The trip to Liévin in northern France involved the Milton Keynes girls’ teams from the Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 age groups taking on local French sides.
“Because the MK Dons teams are divided into two-year age groups, Ella is the second youngest in her Under-11 team, so every chance she gets to play and improve her game is crucial" Natalie adds.
“Ella dreams of playing for England one day and representing Great Britain at the Olympics, so an early experience of international football like this will do her the world of good.”
Ella, who plays mainly as a striker, attends a school in the village of Benington, just outside Stevenage, and works hard to combine her football commitments with her education.
Christine Scarborough, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build, so we were more than happy to sponsor Ella to help her go on the tour. We wish her and the team every success.”
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!”
Newton Leys has a temporary community centre where they hold by monthly community meetings and arrange activities for various ages
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 cheque is presented to Kerry Briars, of Macmillan Cancer Support
A host of fundraising activities organised by staff from leading housebuilder Taylor Wimpey North Thames has raised over £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
A charity go-karting day, a summer barbecue, a chilli challenge and a Christmas raffle were among the various events held by the community-spirited developer to help reach the fantastic fundraising total.
The events were organised by the Taylor Wimpey North Thames social committee, which comprises Nilam Hirani, Harish Vekaria, Lisa Hall, Andreas Christou, Ami Baker, Amie Neighbour and Jack Costello.
A cheque was presented to Kerry Briars, Hertfordshire Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, at the Taylor Wimpey North Thames regional head office on Friday, 22nd February.