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Nissa Local Convenience Shop is now open under Westminster House on the development.
Our donation helps hospice charity for children
Demelza Hospice Care for Children has received a donation from us to help provide vital care for seriously ill babies and children.
We have donated £500 to the charity to help fund expert nurses and care assistants who support children with life‑limiting or life‑threatening conditions.
Claire Ellis-Waghorn, Acting Director of Voluntary Income at Demelza, says: “As a charity, and not part of the NHS, we must raise over £10.5 million each year to continue providing care to families living in East Sussex, Kent and South East London.
“Taylor Wimpey’s kind gesture will ensure that Demelza can be there from the start, during day‑to‑day family life, times of crisis, and bereavement – not just for children and their parents, but for the wider family too. Every year we deliver this specialist care to hundreds of babies, children and young people.”
The charity has two hospices – Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne and Demelza SEL in Eltham – where children up to the age of 19 receive expert, one-to-one care. This includes respite and symptom management, as well as life-enhancing therapies and facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool and a soft play room.
In East Sussex, the charity offers a hospice at home service, providing care and support in the comfort of a child’s own home.
Claire adds: “Taylor Wimpey has previously donated some of their showhome furniture to one of our charity shops and approached us to offer further support. We’re extremely grateful as it helps validate the work the hospice does in caring for special children.”
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, says: “We’re honoured to be able to help Demelza Hospice Care for Children and support this wonderful charity and the fantastic work it does.
“It’s very important to us that we support the communities where we build our new homes, and helping the hospice to continue providing its services can make a difference to so many local children and their families.”
We snap to it and support campaign to get kids walking
We are encouraging families in Dartford to pull on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn and winter.
To help keep youngsters safe on their walk to school, especially in the darker autumn and winter months, we have supplied 270 high-visibility snap bands to Dartford Bridge Community Primary School for its pupils to wear. The donation is part of a campaign that will see more than 13,000 snap bands provided to children across the country.
According to UK charity Living Streets, only 21% of boys and 16% of girls meet the current recommended daily level of exercise (60 minutes of physical activity).
A generation ago, 70% of youngsters walked to school, but now it’s less than half – and during morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.*
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Dartford Bridge Community Primary School to help encourage families to leave the car at home and set off for school on foot instead.
“Walking is a great habit for youngsters to get into early in life, so we hope our snap bands will add some fun to the journey to school, as well as keeping them safe on the way.”
Sarah Randall, Headteacher at Dartford Bridge Community Primary School says: “Children really do benefit from walking to school – not only is the exercise healthy for them, but it also helps reduce the amount of traffic outside school, which is safer for them too.
“We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of walking to school among pupils and parents alike.”
* Source: www.livingstreets.org.uk
Our site manager wins prestigious house-building award!
Gary Williams, our Site Manager at The Bridge, is celebrating after winning a top national house-building award – for the third time.
Gary Williams (far left), pictured here with colleagues Lisa, Kelly and Phil at The Bridge
Gary saw off strong competition from around 16,000 other Site Managers to be honoured with an NHBC (National House-Building Council) Pride in the Job Quality Award.
Pride in the Job Quality Awards are presented following a stringent judging process by NHBC inspectors who perform spot checks and continuous assessment of developments throughout the year.
The award recognises Gary’s consistent dedication to building high-quality homes for new homebuyers and provides purchasers with the assurance that The Bridge provides top-quality properties and excellent customer service. Gary previously won a Pride in the Job Quality Award for his work at the development in both 2008 and 2013.
Justin Hesketh, Production Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “I’d like to congratulate Gary and his team at The Bridge for winning another Quality Award – his success is thoroughly deserved and we’ll all be supporting him as he progresses through to the regional heats and hopefully to the grand final in London.
“Here at Taylor Wimpey South East, we are committed to maintaining the highest levels of quality and customer service, and we’re delighted that Gary’s dedication to the job has been recognised in this way.”
Pride in the Job is the only UK-wide awards scheme that recognises the significant contribution of Site Managers who achieve the highest standards in new home construction.
The scheme has been instrumental in raising the build quality of new homes in the UK for over three decades.
Jon and Aimee buy their dream home at The Bridge
When Jon Stokes and Aimee Farnworth were looking to buy their first home together, they found everything they were searching for at The Bridge.
Aimee and Jon found just what they were looking for at The Bridge.
The couple decided their new home needed to have more space as well as be located near to Jon’s family – and discovered our development offered them everything they were after.
Jon, an actor and musician who works in London, says: “Having rented together beforehand we developed a good idea of what we were looking for, which is why we chose a three-bedroom property as we wanted somewhere with more space.
“After viewing a few other properties in the area which didn’t fit the bill we actually stumbled across an advert for The Bridge, so we went to visit the showhome and we fell in love with it!”
“What we like about The Bridge is that the intention is to build a community and not just houses,” says Jon. “We both work in London regularly and it can be quite solitary, so to be part of a community is a really nice thing.
The excellent customer service provided by Taylor Wimpey staff has helped ensure that Jon and Aimee’s home buying experience is hassle-free.
Jon continues: “The Sales Executives, Lisa and Suzanne, have been brilliant – they are really friendly and always pleased to see us.
“Even when we went to choose our Options and Aimee was a bit indecisive they were always happy to give us their time and offer us cups of tea. They made it a very easy and personal experience and I’ll probably still pop in to say hello after we’ve moved in!
“They were also great because they gave us space to look around – when I took my mum along to see the showhome I was able to walk round and talk about it like it was our home.
“Steve the Site Manager was also fantastic – he’s shown us all of the plans for our house and told us everything from where the extractor fans are located through to the pipe work. They’re always keeping us up to date which is really reassuring, and we’re really excited now as we feel attached to the house already.”
Jon and Aimee found our development offered the perfect location to purchase their new property.
“When we were looking around the showhomes we noticed how peaceful and quiet the area is – the development is surrounded by a lot of land yet we’re spoilt for travel links,” continues Jon.
“Being in Dartford is ideal for Aimee as she travels around for work and we have great links to the M25 and Dartford Crossing on the doorstep, while I can use the high speed train to travel to London.
“Dartford town centre is also on the up as there’s a lot of investment going into it. There’s also a large retail park nearby and Crayford town centre is only down the road, plus we’re only minutes from Bluewater Shopping Centre.”
Jon adds: “Our first experience of buying couldn’t have been better – everyone at Taylor Wimpey has been so helpful and if I was going to move house again I’d want them to build it. It’s been a really positive experience and in no way stressful, so it’s been an absolute pleasure.”
Residents at The Bridge enjoy a bouncy Big Lunch
A Big Lunch event organised by residents at The Bridge got a bit of extra bounce when we sponsored the hire of a bouncy castle and a bouncy assault course for the event, on Sunday 7th June.
The Big Lunch is part of a national event to get neighbourhoods to eat and chat together on the first Sunday in June.
The Bridge’s main Big Lunch organiser, Bart Woodhouse of The Beacon church and our Sales Executive Lisa Veness enjoyed the Big Lunch with the many young visitors.
The Bridge’s main Big Lunch organiser, Bart Woodhouse of The Beacon church, says: “It’s all about helping to create a sense of community and neighbourliness.”
Mr Woodhouse said this year’s event was really more like a fete, with stalls, attractions, a cake competition and a raffle for the local Ellenor Lions hospice in memory of a well-known local community figure who has recently died.
Nigel Russ, development manager at The Bridge for FirstPort Management Company, working on behalf of Taylor Wimpey, adds: “If you live on the development, this is a good family event, a good social networking event and great fun.”
The Big Lunch started in 2009 as a series of simple community get-togethers. In 2014, 4.83 million people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the sixth annual Big Lunch.
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “As a housebuilder, we are always delighted to support the community in which we are building."
“The Big Lunch is particularly close to our heart as a builder, because we’re not just striving to build great houses for individuals, but a great community that everyone can be part of.”