Close to the homebuilder’s Booth Hall development on Charlestown Road, the volunteer-led Chatterbox Project is a hub of community activity for all cultures, abilities and ages.
The charity’s Green Fingers programme is an initiative to help people who struggle with addictions and mental health issues. Service users take part by planting flowers and growing vegetables, helping to make their neighbourhood a more vibrant place to live.
Kathy Morrison, community worker for the Chatterbox Project, comments: “We’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey for thinking of the Blackley community. Green Fingers will be a place where users, including ex-service men and women, can come and create hanging baskets and hand-crafted ornaments.
“We want to put the ‘unity’ back in ‘community’, as the Chatterbox Project supports more than 300 people every week through our activities. This contribution will have a huge impact on those who rely on us.
“With Taylor Wimpey’s donation, Green Fingers will be able to offer more activities and make a real difference to those who need our help.”
The Chatterbox Project also provides adult educational classes, activities for the elderly and an after-school club, toddler group as well as a preschool.
Chloe Dunn, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, adds: “We’re proud to be supporting this worthy organisation. The Chatterbox Project resonates with what Taylor Wimpey endeavours, building strong and supportive communities.
“With our Booth Hall development nearby, it is important to continue building foundations within the Blackley community and helping local causes, such as the Chatterbox Project.”
Taylor Wimpey supports site manager on Sahara challenge
Taylor Wimpey Manchester, is proud to be getting behind one of its site managers as he prepares to take on Marathon des Sables, in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.
Booth Hall Site Manager, Chris Drogan & Assistant Site Manger Darren
Site manager, Christian Drogan, who is from Norden, in Rochdale, and has worked for Taylor Wimpey for over six years, will take on the challenge this April and has received £750 from the developer towards his target.
Marathon des Sables, which has been dubbed the toughest footrace on earth, is a total of 156 miles through the Sahara Desert, and is made up of six marathons over the course of six days.
Christian, who currently works as a site manager at Taylor Wimpey’s Booth Hall development, in Blackley, comments: “My great uncle recently got diagnosed with Alzheimers and he’s done charity work his whole life, so I wanted to do something to help. I have completed a number of marathons in the past, and thought what better way to challenge myself and to raise money for a great cause, than to complete one of the most gruelling ultramarathons in the world.”
Marathon des Sables kick starts on the 10th April 2016, in Southern Morocco, and temperatures are expected to reach 50ºC. The rules require participants to be self-sufficient and carry everything with them that they need to survive, barring water.
Chloe Dunn, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, explains: “Marathon des Sables is an incredibly difficult challenge, and Alzheimers Society is a fantastic charity, so we wanted to support Christian as much as possible. He is almost half way towards his £6,000 fundraising target so we’re encouraging the Manchester community to get behind Christian to support this great cause.”
Christian concludes: “I would like to thank my colleagues at Taylor Wimpey for the support, it really is much appreciated.” If you would like to make a donation to Christian, please visit www.justgiving.com/drogan/
Christmas lands at Booth Hall
Leading homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey Manchester, is preparing for the festive season at its popular Booth Hall development, in Blackley, and is inviting buyers in the region to a Christmas event on the 10th December.
In-line with the event, the developer has had a helping hand from the pupils of Pike Fold Primary School, who have decked out the development by crafting their own individual baubles which have been hung on the developer’s 10ft Christmas tree. On the day, mulled wine and mince pies will be served for attendees to enjoy, while live music will be provided by Blackley Brass Band.
Rachel Farnell-Hill, acting head teacher at Pike Fold Primary School, comments: “The children are bursting with excitement as we get closer to Christmas, and participating in this festive activity has had them bubbling over with festive cheer. We are proud that our children’s work is being displayed in our community”
Since launching Booth Hall, Taylor Wimpey has partnered with a number of local community organisations including Brighter Beginnings Nursery, Each Step Care Home, and Blackley Forest.
Chloe Dunn, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, says: “For a number of our residents at Booth Hall this is the first Christmas in their new home, and we wanted to help them celebrate by spreading the festive feel. We also felt it was the perfect opportunity to showcase this wonderful close-knit community to prospective buyers in the area, which is why we asked Pike Fold to get involved with the festivities and transform our development into a Christmas haven.”
Chloe concludes: “We’re expecting this event to be incredibly popular with both existing and prospective customers, so if you’re living at Booth Hall or are considering moving to the area, come along to find out more. We would also like to say a big thanks to the pupils of Pike Fold who really have brought Christmas to life at the development.”
The event will take place at the development on Charlestown Road, on 10th December between 6pm and 8pm.
Great success for shoe box appeal
Taylor Wimpey Manchester, is reporting that its Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, in conjunction with Teams4U, was an outstanding success. The homebuilder, which hosted drop off points for the appeal between the 16th and 30th November at a number of its developments across the region, collected an incredible 89 boxes over the period.
Ziz York, project co-ordinator at Teams4U, comments: “The response we have had from the Taylor Wimpey partnership has been amazing and we’re extremely grateful that the team opened their developments as drop off points for us. The initiative is in aid of helping those less fortunate over the festive period, and to provide various types of boxes for every member of the family, which include necessities such as toothbrushes, soap, hats and scarves, as well as a few nice-to-haves, such as toys and sweets.”
Teams4U collecting the shoe boxes from Winnington Village
This year is the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal’s 25th anniversary, so Teams4U is set to provide 25,000 boxes to vulnerable families across Eastern Europe.
Chloe Dunn, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, explains: “This is the first year that we have been a part of the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal and the response has been fantastic, so we’re already considering it again for next year. As soon as we announced that we were participating in the initiative this year, many of our customers as well as members of the Taylor Wimpey team quickly jumped at the chance to put forward boxes.”
Taylor Wimpey’s participating developments included, Booth Hall in Blackley, Kings Grange in Audenshaw, Pennine Gate in Rochdale, Spinning Green in Bolton, The Heath at Hampton Wood in Hazel Grove, Winnington Village in Northwich, Bramley Wood in Sandbach, Ribble Meadows in Clitheroe, Dale Moor View in Rossendale, Oakwood Meadows in Shevington, and Pennington Wharf in Leigh.
Ziz concludes: “I would like to thank Taylor Wimpey once again for this support, the boxes have been instrumental in helping us to achieve our target of 25,000 boxes.”
Blackley Forest receives cash boost from homebuilder
Leading property developer, Taylor Wimpey Manchester, has donated £500 to Blackley Forest in order to replace a damaged bench that the children of Bowker Vale had provided as a memorial to remember the local service men and women who had lost their lives serving our country.
The local nature reserve is located just a short distance from the homebuilder’s Booth Hall development, and the group Friends of Blackley Forest had been hoping to replace the bench for some time after an arson attack earlier in the year made it unusable.
Dot Keller, Chairman of Friends of Blackley Forest, comments: “Our group helps with the upkeep of Blackley forest, as it is a wonderful nature reserve and one that is enjoyed widely by the local community.”
“We were extremely upset when we saw the damage to the previous bench, so it is fantastic that Taylor Wimpey has provided a brand new one that will allow more people to sit and enjoy the forest area.”
Blackley Forest is situated in the Crumpsall and Higher Blackley areas of Manchester. The nature reserve covers 20.5 hectares and is an important part of Blackley’s entry into the annual Britain in Bloom competition.
Chloe Dunn, associate sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, explains: “Booth Hall is a popular development with both growing families and first-time buyers alike and the proximity of the site to the forest is a real plus for many homeowners.
“We were really keen to help Dot and the team with the upkeep of the area, and when we found out about the damage to their bench, we thought it was the perfect way to lend a hand.”
Rachel Jacques, Headteacher of Bowker Vale Primary School concludes: “We are very grateful for the help in replacing this special bench. The children were devastated at the vandalism and are so happy now that the bench has been replaced. It is a lasting memorial that the local community and children from our school will continue to enjoy.”
Homebuilder sends Santa overseas
Taylor Wimpey Manchester is thrilled to announce that it will be supporting Teams4U’s Christmas Shoe Box Appeal for 2015, by encouraging families in Greater Manchester to donate necessities to families in Eastern Europe this festive season.
The Booth Hall development, will act as shoe box drop-off point between the 16th and 20th November this year - to enable families in the region to give something back to those less fortunate in time for Christmas.
Ziz York, project co-ordinator at Teams4U, comments: “It’s amazing to have the support from a company as renowned as Taylor Wimpey, so we cannot thank the team enough.
“We’re asking people to donate necessities such as toothbrushes, soap, hats and scarves, as well as a few nice-to-haves that many of us take for granted such as sweets, games, and toys. In addition to the children’s boxes, we have our ‘Mama Boxes’ – for these we’re asking for home essentials such as small saucepans, plastic utensils, cups and bowls.”
This year is the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal’s 25th anniversary, so Teams4U is set to provide 25,000 boxes to vulnerable families across Eastern Europe. The charity is also asking people to make a small donation of £2 per box they submit, which will cover the cost of transportation.
Chloe Dunn, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, explains: “The Christmas Shoe Box Appeal is an incredible initiative and one we’re only too happy to be supporting.
“Our Greater Manchester-based developments will be open for drop-offs for the last two weeks of November, and we’re anticipating lots of locals to offer their support for this amazing and worthwhile cause.”
The Booth Hall development is open Thursday to Monday, between 11am and 5pm.
Ziz concludes: “We would like to thank the team at Taylor Wimpey for this support, it truly is much appreciated. We’re confident that with this help, we will achieve our ambitious target to supply 25,000 boxes this year.”
Beekeeper creates a buzz at Booth Hall
The children of Brighter Beginnings Nursery attended an educational talk on protecting the environment for bees at Taylor Wimpey’s Booth Hall development, in Blackley, on Thursday 24th September.
Brighter Beginnings Nursery Bee Event
Delivered by local beekeeper, Susan Webster, the activity was in aid of raising awareness of the reasons why bees have become endangered and the various ways in which people can help protect the environment for bees.
Jayde Hamilton, nursery manager at Brighter Beginnings Nursery, comments: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the beekeeper activity at Booth Hall, and definitely took a lot of invaluable knowledge away on the importance of protecting bees. Both the experience and the beekeeper were great. The props - in particular the observation hive and the veil, were a lot of fun, and everybody had a fantastic time.”
Brighter Beginnings first launched in New Moston in 1991, and has since opened a number of other nurseries across Greater Manchester.
Chloe Dunn, associate sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, explains: “Protecting the environment is at the forefront of our ethos, which is why we have made the majority of our show home gardens bee-friendly. We’re thrilled that the nursery enjoyed the experience and hope to work with them in the not-too-distant future.”
Brighter Beginnings Nursery is based just a short distance from Taylor Wimpey’s Booth Hall. Jayde concluded: “I would like to thank Taylor Wimpey for inviting us to the development and for the whole experience.”
Homebuilder helps community’s care home
Taylor Wimpey Manchester has further immersed itself into the Blackley community by contributing £250 towards specialist dementia care home, EachStep’s resident’s race night.
The event, which was held at the nearby Irish Heritage Centre, provided entertainment for its residents and encouraged them to use different parts of the brain while enjoying themselves.
Michelle Phillips, service manager at EachStep comments: “Entertaining our residents was the prime focus for this event, but we also desperately wanted to raise some much-needed funds towards future activity; which is vital in dementia care. Taylor Wimpey’s generous donation helped contribute towards our programme of races, hot food for all attendees and bubbly, so it was very much appreciated.”
EachStep Blackley is based on Charlestown Road and neighbours Taylor Wimpey’s new Booth Hall development.
Chloe Dunn, head of sales at Taylor Wimpey Manchester explains: “EachStep’s race night was a fantastic event and we were honoured to have had some part in it. Dementia truly is a heart-breaking condition; and with one in three people over the age of 65 set to develop the illness at some point, we couldn’t think of a better cause to get involved with.”
Michelle concludes: “It’s fantastic to have the backing of a national company, like Taylor Wimpey, who can help us raise awareness of Dementia; and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
Taylor Wimpey Manchester partners with North Manchester School on Walk to School Month.
Taylor Wimpey Manchester is urging North Manchester’s parents to leave the car at home and walk their children to school in a bid to get fit this autumn. Keeping fit is an extremely important part of growing up and walking to school is one of the easiest ways for families to increase their levels of physical activity. As part of Walk to School Month, which runs throughout October, Taylor Wimpey has provided 100 high-visibility wrist bands to Irk Valley Community Primary School in order to encourage pupils to walk to school – and help keep them safe on the journey.
Teacher & Children from Irk Valley C.P School & Sales Exec Yvonne
Chloe Dunn, regional head of sales for Taylor Wimpey comments: “Learning how to take care of your health from a young age is imperative and just a small amount of physical activity, like walking to school, can make such a huge difference. We are committed to supporting the communities where we build our new homes, which is why we have donated 100 wrist bands to Irk Valley Community Primary School.”
Walk to School Month is an annual nationwide campaign to promote the benefits of walking to school, therefore resulting in healthier young people and less traffic on the roads.
Simon Bramwell, head teacher at Irk Valley Community School explains: “We encourage the children to walk to school to promote a healthier lifestyle; in addition to reducing traffic outside the school. We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of Walk to School Month amongst pupils and parents alike.”
Irk Valley Community School is based on Waterloo Road – just a short distance from Taylor Wimpey’s brand-new Booth Hall development.
Chloe concludes: “We understand that family life can be busy, but we hope our contribution will help inspire families in North Manchester to swap the car for a safe, fun stroll to school instead.”
The History of Booth Hall
Booth Hall Hospital was opened in 1908 by Humphrey Booth, a Salford man noted for his philanthropy. Booth bought the piece of land in Blackley before 1907, the original building was demolished to make way for the new hospital. The Infirmary was built from the remains of Booth's house at a cost of £70,000, occupied 34 acres and was built in a two-storied pavilion style, it opened in 1908.
Booth Hall Infirmary Gates
By February 1909 patients had been moved from the Work House to the Infirmary, and by March in the same year there were more than 30 staff. Booth Hall cared for the poor but sick, until 1914 where it then cared for admitted wounded soldiers from World War 1.
In 1915, with the amalgamation of the Poor Law Unions, the Manchester Board of Guardians designated Booth Hall a children's hospital. On the day after WW2 broke out all patients were removed from Booth Hall. Patients who were well enough were sent home, the rest were sent to convalescence homes throughout the North West. Within six months the hospital reverted back to caring for sick children as the anticipated casualties from expected air raids did not materialise.
Booth Hall Infirmary
Booth Hall was incorporated into the NHS in 1948 and continued to develop, dedicated to the caring of children. In 1951 the Burns and Plastic Unit was established.
The hospital continued treating patients until the summer of 2009, all staff and services then moved into the new Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.