We’re proud to leave a lasting legacy in Folkestone
We recently visited St Martin's Church of England Primary School in Folkestone to give its pupils an interactive presentation about how to stay safe around a construction site. Pupils had a chance to meet our mascots, Handy Andy and Milly Mortar, and received goody bags which included a copy of out children's book 'How we build your home with Milly Mortar and Handy Andy.
As part of our national Proud campaign and commitment to leaving a lasting legacy in the communities in which we build, we also donated 200 daffodil bulbs to the school and invited pupils to plant these after our presentation. The bulbs are set to grow into a bright, floral display at the school in the spring.
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, said: “Children are naturally interested in finding out how we build our new homes but it is important that they are aware of the dangers around construction sites. It was or pleasure to talk to the pupils at St Martin's Church of England Primary School and hope that our talk gave them a valuable lesson in staying safe. We were also thrilled to see the pupils planting the daffodil bulbs and we are looking forward to seeing the display flower in the spring."
We show our support towards the Folkestone and Ashford Military show for a second time
We donated £500 to the Folkestone and Ashford Military show which took place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June at Sellindge Showground. This is the second year in a row that we have supported this event and our funding went towards sponsorship of the Military Wives Choir who performed. Last year we supported the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) Band.
The Folkestone and Ashford Military show is an annual event which invites the public to celebrate local youth and cadet organisations. Initially set up in 1971 by Les Birch who served in the Royal Artillery, the show is now organised by the Kent (Marine) Cadet Force.
Commenting on the donation received from Taylor Wimpey, Andrew Dorrell, Commanding Officer at the Kent (Marine) Cadet Force, said: “We used the funding from Taylor Wimpey to support The Military Wives Choir. They do such great work in helping the families of service personnel who often move frequently and can be left feeling isolated as a result. Everyone really enjoyed their performances during the show and on behalf of all of us at Folkestone and Ashford Military show, I’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey for their backing.”
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey South East said: “We were delighted to support the Folkestone and Ashford Military show for the second year running. The work we do is so much more than just building high-quality homes and it means a great deal to us to give something back to the local community.”
The Rai family’s dream home is ready and waiting at Shorncliffe Heights
With his Army contract coming to an end, along with life in military quarters in Folkestone, Pawan Rai decided the time had come to put down permanent roots in the town which had been his home for more than 15 years.
When he discovered the three-bedroom detached ‘Sandgate’ at our Shorncliffe Heights development, he realised it was the perfect property for him, wife Mina and grown-up children Shandesh and Sony.
Pawan completed on the purchase in June 2017 but the family have put their dream of moving into their own place on hold for a little longer while their Army accommodation remains available.
“I had originally planned to move straight in,” Pawan explains, “but the MoD extended my contract so I still have quarters to live in. I’m renting my new house out for a year or two and then we’ll move in. It’s my dream home – I can’t wait!”
As a Folkestone resident for well over a decade, Pawan knows all about the benefits of life in this charming coastal town.
“I know the area well,” he says, “and I think Shorncliffe Heights is a lovely location. It’s very nice and quiet, on high ground above the sea, and it’s not too far from town. The M20 motorway and the Tesco superstore are also close by.
“Folkestone is a really nice town, with sandy beaches and the sea, and set within Kent which is a lovely county – the Garden of England.”
Pawan was particularly impressed by the excellent customer service he received from the Taylor Wimpey team at Shorncliffe Heights, explaining: “I don’t have the words to describe how helpful the Sales Executives have been.”
Although they have to wait a little longer to move in, the family are already appreciating the benefits of buying a brand new house.
“I particularly like the garden and the fact it’s detached – it’s very private,” says Pawan. “It’s a lovely layout and everything is brand new, so I don’t have to worry about anything. It’s real peace of mind. I feel very lucky.”