We welcomed a special guest to Knights Walk!
Our team at Knights Walk were delighted to host an exciting event at the development, as the Bishop of Hertford – the Right Reverend Dr Michael Beasley – went to take a look around the place!
As part of a visit to the Deanery of Buntingford, the Bishop was welcomed at the development on Thursday 3rd November to view the ‘Glendale’ and ‘Langdale’ showhomes and learn about how things are progressing on the wider site.
Sales Executive Sandra Carnaghan and Site Manager Marcus Martin were there on the day to host the visit along with Reverend Ian Hill, vicar at St Peter’s Church in Buntingford, and Reverend Dr Norman Jones – a resident at the development – who is acquainted with the Bishop and helped to arrange the meeting.
The Bishop, who was consecrated in May 2015 at Westminster Abbey, says: “Churches in Buntingford look forward to offering a warm welcome to people who come to live in the new Knights Walk development being built by Taylor Wimpey. All of us want to build a community where neighbours are cared for, people of all ages flourish and relationships are good. It was great to be here and to learn more about the construction process behind the overall site.
“Everyone was very welcoming and it was a lovely visit. Thank you to the staff at Taylor Wimpey and also Ian and Norman for inviting me.”
Buntingford offers a warm welcome for new residents at Knights Walk!
We have donated £500 to help fund an exciting new initiative organised by Buntingford Chamber of Commerce.
This new scheme will see a welcome pack given to incoming residents at our development, introducing them to the Hertfordshire town’s thriving community.
The packs include an address from Buntingford’s mayor, information about organisations such as Buntingford Town Council, the Civic Society and the Heritage Society, as well as transport links, plus a business directory detailing the town’s varied selection of independent traders.
Buntingford Chamber of Commerce was granted funding from the town council for the scheme, as well as receiving sponsorship from us.
Toby Archer, Chairman of Buntingford Chamber of Commerce, says: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their generous support for our welcome pack initiative, which we hope will be very useful for new residents moving into our wonderful town, as well as making them feel welcome here.”
Jack Costello, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “We are delighted to support this fantastic initiative to provide a wealth of useful information for people moving into a new home at Knights Walk.
“Buntingford is a fantastic place to live and the welcome pack shows just how much it has to offer residents old and new!”
Slap band donation reflects our support for Walk to School Campaign
We are helping to shine a light on the importance of leaving the car at home and walking to school this autumn by supporting Walk to School Month which encourages parents to walk their children to school instead of travelling by car.
Pupils at Hormead C of E School, pictured with teacher Stephanie Barrett, will be safer on their walk to school wearing the slap bands we have donated.
We are working in partnership with schools to support the initiative by supplying pupils with high-visibility slap bands to wear during the darker autumn and winter months.
The aim of the campaign is to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.
We have provided 30 slap bands to encourage pupils at Hormead C of E First School in Great Hormead, Buntingford, to walk to school – and help keep them safe on the journey. It is part of a campaign that will see more than 12,000 slap bands provided to children across the country.
Jack Costello, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames says: “We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our high-quality new homes, which is why we are working in partnership with Hormead C of E First School as part of the Walk to School initiative.
“We understand that family life can be busy, but walking to school is one of the easiest ways for children to increase their level of physical activity and get fit. We hope our contribution will help inspire families to swap the car for a safe walk to school instead.”
Philip Asher, headteacher at Hormead C of E First School, says: “We encourage the children to walk to school to promote a healthier lifestyle and to reduce traffic outside the school. We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of the Walk to School initiative among pupils and parents alike.”
We put our best feet forward for Hertfordshire Society for the Blind
A number of us here at Taylor Wimpey North Thames recently set out from our office in Borehamwood for a 5km walk in aid of the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind.
We recently completed a sponsored walk to raise money for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind.
The walk took place on Friday 30th October and involved six members of our staff who raised an incredible £1,300 for the charity.
They included our Sales and Marketing Director Christine Scarborough, who walked the route dressed as our Taylor Tiger mascot!
Christine says: “I’d like to congratulate all the Taylor Wimpey North Thames staff who took part in our 5km sponsored walk. Yet again, they’re raised an amazing amount of money for this fantastic non-profit organisation, which improves the lives of so many people.
“The walk was great fun and we’re looking forward to our next fundraising event for such a worthwhile charity.”
This is the latest in a series of successful fundraising events we have organised for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind. Throughout the year we have hosted various activities to raise much-needed funds, including an auction, a football tournament and a golf day, and have recently handed over £32,000 to the charity.
Our fundraising generates thousands for Hertfordshire Society for the Blind
The Hertfordshire Society for the Blind has received a cash donation worth thousands of pounds, following a series of successful fundraising events we have organised this year including an auction, a football tournament and a golf day.
We recently handed over a cheque for £32,000 to the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind.
On Friday 9th October, representatives from the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind visited our head office in Borehamwood to receive the donation, which has reached a grand total of £32,000 so far this year.
Ron Pickford, Chief Executive of the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind, says: “I’m speechless – what a staggering amount of money! A massive thank you to the team at Taylor Wimpey North Thames and their contractors and suppliers for the outstanding support and generosity in this, the Society’s centenary year.
“This will make a huge difference to the work of the Society, in particular it has allowed us to recruit an additional Outreach Support Worker to meet the growing demand for our services in supporting people in need in our community and a whole lot more – we need to take our time to work out how best to deploy these funds”.
Peter Gurr, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “I’m extremely proud that together we have raised a phenomenal amount of money for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind.
“We never expected that we would be donating as much as £32,000, so to reach such a high figure is absolutely fantastic. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who has helped in supporting our efforts.”
Christine Scarborough, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, adds: “This fantastic non-profit organisation improves the lives of so many people that we feel it’s extremely important for us to offer them help, and I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in our fundraising.
“We’re thrilled with the amount of money we’ve raised for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind so far this year, and we intend to continue our hard work!”
Stunning new showhomes are now open!
Two beautiful new showhomes have now been unveiled at our sought-after development.
These beautifully decorated four-bedroom ‘Glendale’ and ‘Langdale’ housetypes, were unveiled during a special event on Saturday 27th June and feature exquisite fittings and furnishings and the very latest interior trends to reflect the carefully-planned layout and spacious design of typical properties at the development.
Christine Scarborough, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “These stunning new showhomes provide potential buyers with an insight into the life they could be enjoying in a new home at Knights Walk.
“Homebuyers can really be inspired by the fabulous furnishings, layout and interior design of the ‘Glendale’ and ‘Langdale’ showhomes, so I’d encourage anyone who is interested to visit the development and see these outstanding properties for themselves.”
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 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."
Pupils enjoy a history lesson following Iron Age roundhouse discovery at Knights Walk
Pupils from a school in Buntingford received a history lesson from a top archaeology practice after remains of an Iron Age roundhouse were discovered at our Knights Walk development.
Pupils from Edwinstree Middle School learn about the remains found at Knights Walk
Children from Edwinstree Middle School, which is just a short walk away from our development, enjoyed a factual presentation from outreach officer David Crawford-White and his colleague Graeme Clarke of Oxford Archaeology.
The talk included information, photographs and a show and tell of some of the Iron Age finds that were discovered beneath the old allotment site of Hare Street.
David says: “A middle Iron Age (c.300-100 BC) roundhouse and farmstead was found and near to the Iron Age house was a large ditched enclosure, where cattle would have been kept and we found a number of 'four post' structures for the storage and dispensing of fodder for the animals.
“The settlement continued to be lived in for several hundred years and into the later Iron Age when the inhabitants built a second large ditched enclosure in the north of the site, across what would once have been a small stream. This occupation lasted until the 1st century AD and the Roman invasion of Britain after which time the farmstead was abandoned.
“The Roman period saw the expansion of town life and the people living here may well have been incorporated into new towns and villages along the Roman road of Ermine Street. In this way the archaeological remains revealed at Hare Street Road has shed an interesting light onto the origins of Buntingford.”
We enjoy close links with Edwinstree Middle School after one of their pupils won a competition to name Knights Walk.
Headteacher Julie Michael says: “It was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to have such an interesting presentation and it really brought history alive.
“We’re very pleased that David and Graeme took the time to show the children these exciting findings, and are delighted that Taylor Wimpey chose an entry by a pupil at our school to name this development.”
Christine Scarborough, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, says: “The findings at our Knights Walk development were really very exciting, and we’re glad the children could use this opportunity to learn something about the area they live in.
“We’re delighted that the team at Oxford Archaeology wanted to get involved in sharing the finds with Edwinstree Middle School, and are glad that Knights Walk is home to such a fantastic piece of history!”