Proud of the community vote
As part of our national Proud campaign, we’re inviting residents from the London Borough of Barnet to have their say on which local cause is deserving of a helping hand. We’ll be listening to the feedback from the local communities in which we build our homes and will be offering our support to a local group or charitable organisation.
Local residents are invited to vote for one of two organisations to receive a £1,000 donation. The nominated groups are Homeless Action in Barnet and the Finchley Youth Theatre. Homeless Action in Barnet, based on Woodhouse Road, has been providing help for homeless people in Barnet for over 20 years and its core aim is to create a positive change in the lives of people who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. The Finchley Youth Theatre, on High Road in East Finchley, runs courses and activities for young people who are interested in drama and dance and provides opportunities for its members to perform or work behind the scenes.
Members of the local community can place their vote for the cause they would most like to see receive a donation by emailing their preference to firstname.lastname@example.org. Votes will need to be received by midnight on Sunday 23rd February and only one vote per person will be counted. The winner will be announced on Monday 5th March and will be awarded a £1,000 donation from Taylor Wimpey.
We’re proud to leave a lasting legacy at Oakleigh Grove
We are committed to leaving a lasting legacy in the communities in which we build and recently invited residents of our Oakleigh Grove development to plant over 300 daffodil bulbs at the entrance to the site.
Twenty five green fingered residents, along with our Sales Executives Liliana and Terri and our landscape gardener Dave Crowley, helped with the planting on Sunday 21st October and the bulbs are set to grow into a bright, floral focal area for the local community to enjoy.
Jack Costello, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, said: “We are proud to be creating a new community at Oakleigh Grove and we want to leave a place that both our customers and other local residents will enjoy long after we have finished building. We were thrilled to welcome residents to help with the planting and we hope that the bulbs will grow into a lovely display that they will admire in years to come.”
We support Saam Theatre Company’s Persian-English with donation for theatre celebrations
Taylor Wimpey North Thames has recently teamed up with Saam Theatre Company and donated £2,700 to cover the costs of hiring a venue for this year’s Persian-English Independent Theatre Festival. The festival, organised by the theatre company, was introduced in 2013 and is a celebration of Iranian theatre within Persian-English culture. This year’s festival took place between the 10th and 13th May and welcomed over 800 guests from the UK and beyond.
Saam Theatre Company, which is based in Colchester with group activities taking place in London, was initially set up 18 years ago by volunteers to create an environment for Persian and English cultures to come together and share their passion for Iranian theatre. Since then, the organisation has provided members between the ages of 12-70 with a place to feel well-connected within the community and has played a role in helping people to overcome loneliness.
Commenting on the support received from Taylor Wimpey, Soussan Farrokhnia, Director of Saam Theatre Company, said: “Our festival this year brought people from countries such as America, Germany and Poland together to celebrate the English-Persian culture. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the four days of theatre, food and discussion and we are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their donation to the event. We are all volunteers so support from companies like Taylor Wimpey allows us to continue the work we do in bringing the community together - we’re already planning another festival next year!”
Jack Costello, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey North Thames, said: “It means a great deal to us to be able to support local community groups, like the Saam Theatre Company, who do a fantastic job of bringing people together. The work we do is about much more than building new homes and we hope that next year’s festival will be an even bigger success.”
To find out more about the Saam Theatre Company visit www.saamtheatregroup.com.
Contributing to the local community
As a local housebuilder, we feel it is incredibly important to engage with and contribute to the communities in which we build our new homes.
Whetstone has wonderful, thriving community and we hope that the new residents at Oakleigh Grove will help to strengthen that. We are pleased to announce that the following financial contributions will be made in accordance with our planning agreement.
- A new community centre
- Over £2.5m in community Infrastructure Levy payments
Additionally, we will be making highway improvements at the junction of Friern Barnet Lane and High Road.
Miriam and family find their dream home at Oakleigh Grove
After six years of living in rented accommodation and saving to make their dream of home ownership a reality, Miriam Divwalla and her family found their dream home at our Oakleigh Grove development. The family moved into their three bedroom Peisley home in March 2018 and are now happily settled into their new surroundings in Whetstone.
Miriam, a stay at home mum, began looking for a new build home for her and her three children Luka, 8, Hayden, 7 and Gabriel, 3, when she became fed up with the ongoing maintenance of the property they were renting in East Finchley. She says: “Just before we moved, everything seemed to break so we were ready to move into a home that would require much less upkeep and where everything was brand new. We visited Oakleigh Grove and I fell in love with the development straight away.”
Having previously lived on a busy main road, it was important for the family to find a home that was more peaceful. The cul-de-sac location of their new house was a key selling point for Miriam who wanted a place where her sons could play safely outdoors. She adds: “The boys can finally play outside where I can see them without me having to worry about cars driving by all the time. They haven’t had the chance to learn to ride a bike before now so I’m excited that they’ll soon be able to do that.”
The family’s new home is also ideally located to cater for their day to day needs as Whetstone town centre, which offers a choice of shops, restaurants and other everyday amenities, is just a short walk away. There is also a good range of schools nearby and the boys are still in the catchment area of the school they were attending before their move.
The layout of their Peisley home suits the needs of a family with three young children thanks to a spacious layout with plenty of storage and a large garden. Miriam was pleased with the customer service she received from our team. “Our Sales Executive Liliana was really friendly and provided regular updates throughout the whole buying process,” she says. “Even though I have three young children who are very playful, Liliana made us feel extremely welcome and took the time to help us to find the home that was perfectly suited to our needs. We all love it here and couldn’t be happier in our new house.”
Josh and Katie complete on their new home at Oakleigh Grove just two days before their wedding
Josh and Katie Miller completed on their new four bedroom Maudsley home at our Oakleigh Grove development just two days before their wedding. The couple admits it was the craziest week of their lives so far but are grateful for the support they received from us to help secure their dream home before they said “I do.”
Josh (31) and Katie (32), who previously lived in a two bedroom flat in Temple Fortune, decided they wanted a new home to move into after their wedding and were in agreement that a new build was the right option for them.
“We both liked the idea of a new build because you don’t need to do anything before moving in,” Josh confirms. “All the decorating is done and you have a fresh, modern home ready and waiting. Plus, as you’re the first owner you don’t have to worry about cleaning it either!”
The couple used our Part Exchange scheme as Josh explains: “Part Exchange worked really well for us and the Sales Executives could not have been more helpful in talking us through the process. It removed all the stress and hassle of trying to sell our old home and I’d definitely recommend the scheme to other existing homeowners.”
After moving into their new home in April 2017 Katie, who works as a teacher in Highgate, and Josh, who works in events at Elstree, are enjoying a relaxed start to 2018. Both have an easy commute to work thanks to Oakleigh Grove’s well connected location near to both the A1 and A406. Their new home is also ideally placed to suit their needs as they look ahead to the future. With one school at the end of the road and others nearby, they are already thinking about options for any future children.
“We really feel like we get the best of both worlds. There are many so amenities nearby but when you’re in the middle of the development, it’s like you’re in the middle of nowhere it’s so quiet and peaceful and we love the relaxing surroundings of our new home,” Josh adds.