Youngsters’ welcome signs are a hit for new play spaces at Repton Park
Youngsters living in Ashford, Kent, have been putting their design skills to the test with a competition we organised in partnership with Persimmon Homes South East and Ashford Borough Council.
The contest invited children to create ‘welcome’ signs for three new play areas which are now open at Repton Park.
The winning entries have been selected and the creative artwork of Serena Swepston (aged 9) and Daisy Eland (aged 3) went on display in October. Serena’s entry was selected to create signs for both Birches Play Space and Oaks Play Space, while Daisy’s entry was installed at the Limes Row Play Space.
As well as having their artwork placed for all to see, the competition winners received a framed photograph of their design along with a £30 gift voucher.
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “We think that the new signs designed by Serena and Daisy are very eye-catching and add a lovely, welcoming touch to these busy play areas.”
Tom Wright, Managing Director for Persimmon Homes South East congratulates the girls on the new signs, stating that: “They are a unique and delightful addition that will brighten up the play spaces, helping to strengthen the strong community feel at Repton Park.”
Cllr Peter Feacey, member for Godinton Ward, said: “Thank you to all the local young people who sent in their artistic and imaginative pieces of work. They were of a very high standard which made the competition difficult to judge.
“Well done to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winners. The colourful and creative winning designs will look excellent displayed across Repton Park’s new play areas.”
Help to Buy is just the ticket for Hayley and Sean at Repton Park
Hayley O’Connor and Sean Earle were delighted to take advantage of the Help to Buy scheme, which helped them get on the property ladder at our popular Repton Park development.
The couple, along with their four-month-old son Bobby, moved into their brand new two-bedroom ‘Dunnock’ property in March 2016 – and were grateful for the sought-after initiative that made it all possible.
Sean, Hayley and their son Bobby are enjoying their new home and are pictured with our Sales Executive Ella
Under Help to Buy, eligible first-time buyers and those with a property to sell can access a Government loan for up to 20% of the price of their chosen property, meaning they require only a 75% loan-to-value mortgage and a 5% deposit. It is available with new-build homes priced up to £600,000 and there is no salary cap for those taking advantage of the scheme.
Hayley (28) says: “With Sean being self-employed we wouldn’t have had enough between us to get a regular mortgage, so Help to Buy was the financial boost we needed – without it we wouldn’t have been able to afford what we bought.The scheme was really easy as well, the Taylor Wimpey staff talked us through it all and everything went very smoothly. I was living in Croydon before and Sean was in Tenterden, so this was our first home together and we were so pleased that it all worked out.”
The couple are delighted with their new home, and were looking for a new-build property at this point in their lives. “Having just had a baby we wanted a nice two-bed that was within our budget, and it’s nice with a new build because you’re the first person to live there so everything’s your own – there’s no need for any DIY as everything’s all done!” adds Hayley.
“We also love having three bathrooms with the downstairs guest cloakroom as well as the en-suite and family bathroom – when you’ve got a little one that makes a big difference.
“We wanted to move to Repton Park because it’s a spacious development – the houses are nicely spread apart and there’s plenty of parking for us and visitors, so it doesn’t seem as cramped as other new-build estates.
“It also has a nice quiet feel to it – we’re not overlooked by other homes, we can just see trees, so it’s in a beautiful setting and the neighbours are really friendly. There’s also a nursery and school on site which will be handy for Bobby, as well as two parks.
“The good thing about Ashford is everything’s on your doorstep, such as a shopping centre, train station and supermarkets. It’s brilliant to have everything close by while I’m off on maternity leave, and we’re only five minutes from the M20 which is really handy as I have family in Surrey so it’s nice that they can just whizz up the motorway to visit us.”
Before they moved in the couple also took the opportunity to personalise their new home with additional high-specification items from our interior Options range.
“We got to pick our choice of tiling for the kitchen and bathrooms, which was great,” says Hayley. “We also went for a really nice cream carpet in many of the rooms while in the kitchen we decided to upgrade the units and go for a double oven.
“The Taylor Wimpey staff were fantastic throughout the whole process, constantly updating and advising us, and always there to pick up the phone, so we were delighted with how it all turned out.”
Repton Beavers and Cubs are raring to go camping thanks to a cash boost from us
Beavers and Cubs at the 1st Repton Scout Group in Ashford are looking forward to enjoying more camping trips this summer thanks to a cash boost from us.
We have lent our support to the group by donating £500 to help fund brand new camping equipment and resources.
Beavers and Cubs at 1st Repton Scout Group are looking forward to more camping trips
Kate Fyfe, Group Scout Leader, says: “We are a relatively new group with no funding and very little equipment – so it’s brilliant to have the support of a big company like Taylor Wimpey.”
The 1st Repton Scout Group – based at Repton Primary School – was established in November 2014 and so far has 24 Beavers and 15 Cubs. It is hoped that by the end of the year the group will have enough leaders to also be able to accept Scouts.
“We want our Cubs to stay with our group in Ashford rather than having to move into a new Scouts group elsewhere as they get older,” explains Kate. “Taylor Wimpey’s donation is absolutely fantastic and the money will certainly help us to grow.”
The £500 we donated will be used to purchase essential camping items including tables and chairs, cooking equipment and a cooking tent. Any money left over will be used to purchase crafts and other items for everyday use at the group.
“This donation will help cement everything that we do within the community,” continues Kate. “Now that we’re able to buy these new resources we can look at organising more camping trips for our Beavers and Cubs!
“Our aim is to keep children off the streets and give them an opportunity to learn new skills and become more independent in a fun and safe environment.
“We’d like to say big thank you to Taylor Wimpey – we really do appreciate their support. This donation will really benefit the local community and the new equipment we purchase will hopefully benefit lots more children for many years to come.”
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “As a local housebuilder we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes which is why we were more than happy to offer a helping hand to the 1st Repton Scouts Group!
“We hope the Beavers and Cubs will now be able to enjoy lots of fun-filled camping trips this summer and beyond!”
The Coopers find the perfect place for a growing family thanks to Help to Buy at Repton Park
When they started thinking about having a family, Jo and Adam Cooper decided the time was right to try to step on the property ladder.
Thanks to the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme, the couple – who at the time were renting a two-bedroom flat in Ashford – realised that they could afford a brand new three-bedroom house at our development.
Jo and Adam Cooper together with baby Reuben
Without the 20% equity loan that the scheme enabled them to access, Adam says they would still be stuck renting, but instead, they were able to secure a new-build home with just a 75% loan-to-value mortgage and a 5% deposit.
Adam, a specialist podiatrist at Maidstone Hospital, says: “We were looking to buy somewhere to provide space for a family and Help to Buy meant we could get on the property ladder. We wouldn’t have been able to buy without it – we would still be saving.”
The couple decided to buy at Repton Park having spoken to friends already living in the area who recommended its great location. There’s easy access to shops and the motorway, while Repton Manor Primary School, which is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, is within walking distance.
Adam and Jo moved into their new home – a three-bedroom, three-storey ‘Lapwing’ semi-detached house – in August 2015, with plenty of time to get settled in before the arrival of baby Reuben in December.
“We really liked the layouts of the properties at Repton Park, and especially liked the top-floor master bedroom in the ‘Lapwing’ which is just a lovely room,” says Jo.
Adam adds: “We thought it was quite spacious for a three-bedroom house with a lot more room than other houses we looked out. We knew a few people in this area who said it was a good place to live and as we were thinking about having a family it’s good to know there’s a good school about five minutes’ walk away.”
The move itself went smoothly and the couple were very happy with the excellent customer service they received during the process.
Adam recalls: “It was all incredibly straightforward – a lot easier than we’d thought it would be. We haven’t had any problems with the house. Overall we’ve been really impressed with Taylor Wimpey. The staff are all really friendly.”
The couple are now enjoying life in their brand new home and settling into the new community at Repton Park.
Jo, who is currently on maternity leave from her job as a physiotherapist, says: “Nearly everywhere round us in this part of the development is finished and we’re meeting neighbours, which is lovely. There’s a really nice community feel.”
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. This takes place every October and encourages parents to walk their children to school instead of travelling by car.
Pupils at Repton Manor Primary School with their high visibility slap bands
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 – especially in the light of growing concern about levels of childhood obesity and fitness – and reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.
We have provided 330 slap bands to encourage pupils at Repton Manor Primary School in Ashford 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.
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East 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 Repton Manor Primary School as part of Walk to School Month.
“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.”
Matt Rawling, headteacher at Repton Manor Primary 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 Walk to School Month among pupils and parents alike.”
Walk to School Month is an annual nationwide campaign that promotes the benefits of walking to school, which results in healthier young people and less traffic on the roads.
YOUNGSTERS PUT NEW PLAYGROUND TO THE TEST AT REPTON PARK
Repton Park site manager Michael Foster and sales executive Emma Jennings with children from Repton Manor Primary School
Children from Repton Manor Primary School were given the role of ‘official playground testers’ for the day as they officially opened a brand new play area at Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes’ Repton Park development in Ashford.
The pupils were invited by the leading housebuilders to try out the newly installed climbing frame, slide, and swings which are now in place and open to the public off Laurens Van Der Post Way.
The new Neighbourhood Equipped Area for Play (NEAP) is part of the 31-acre Linear Park at Repton Park, which also features a ‘Multi Goal’ sports area for football and basketball, seating and picnic areas, as well as green open space for informal recreation.
This is the last of three large areas of play designed and constructed for the residents at Repton Park to be opened. The first is located off Sir John Fogge Avenue in the northern area of the 120-acre development, while the second is also located off Laurens Van Der Post Way in the northern area of Repton Park.
These areas of play are in the process of being handed over by Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes to be managed and maintained by Ashford Borough Council.
Matt Rawling, Headteacher at Repton Manor Primary School, said the youngsters were delighted to be given the chance to put the new play area to the test.
He said: “The children had a fantastic time exploring the new playground at Repton Park and really revelled in their roles as official playground testers!
“I’d like to thank both Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon for giving us the opportunity to officially open this play area and I’m sure local youngsters will make the most of these great new facilities for many years to come.”
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “There is no-one better suited to the very important job of opening a brand new playground than the children who will be making use of the facilities, and we were delighted to welcome the pupils of Repton Manor Primary School as our guests of honour for the official launch of the new play area.
“On behalf of both Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes, I would also like to thank the design and construction teams whose hard work and dedication have enabled us to provide these fantastic facilities.”
NURSERY’S GARDEN IS BIGGER AND BETTER THANKS TO DONATION FROM HOUSEBUILDERS
A Kent nursery has a new-look garden thanks to a donation from leading housebuilders Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon.
The Repton Park Consortium - made up of Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes – donated a piece of land near to the Repton Park development in Ashford to neighbouring Godinton Playschool, which is based at Godinton Village Hall on weekday mornings during school term times.
The land forms part of the Playschool’s garden, which has had extensive work carried out on it, including the installation of new drainage, a new fence, artificial turf and new garden sheds. This work was supported by the consortium team and its sub-contractors.
Chair of Godinton Playschool, Kendall Gardner, says: “The garden looks absolutely fantastic and everyone is very excited about it.
“As we are a charity, all of the donations we get are gratefully received, and we’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon for gifting the land to us and to all of the companies which supported the work we have had done on the garden.”
Godinton Playschool has been running for 21 years and currently has around 40 children aged from two to four-and-a-half years old on roll.
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build, so we were pleased to donate this land and support the work to spruce up the garden at Godinton Playschool.
Jo Richards, Head of Sales and Marketing for Persimmon Homes South East adds: “This brand new play area will not only benefit the existing children, but will leave a lasting legacy for future children from the Repton Park Development and the surrounding areas.
“This has been a true team effort by Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Homes, O'Halloran & O'Brien, ACE Sheds and EC Harris to deliver a facility that will be enjoyed by many from the local area long after the consortium has completed its works.”
Youngsters enjoy the new garden at Godinton Playschool with (l-r) Persimmon Homes sales adviser Jo Imeson, playschool manager Clare Stone, Taylor Wimpey Repton Park site manager Carl Bune and Alan Church from ACE Sheds.