The approval of our planning application will provide contributions towards the local community through a Community Infrastructure Levy payment to Shropshire Council.
Shropshire Council will receive payments under the New Homes Bonus which can be spent within the local community. Details of our contributions are still to be agreed.
We’re helping to support local history in Broseley!
We made a cash donation to the Broseley Heritage Centre Project Group to help fund the development of the Broseley Heritage Centre at All Saints Church.
From left to right: Gaenor Rowney (Taylor Wimpey Sales Executive at Haycop Rise) with Andrew Meredith, Gillian Pope, Sarah Butler and Paul Taylor of the Broseley Heritage Centre Project Group.Our boost of £1,000 to the Heritage Centre Project will help fund their first-stage application for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Paul Taylor, Chair of Broseley Heritage Centre Project Group, says: “The money we have already raised will be funding the first stage of our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which we hope will provide a grant to help us actually go ahead with constructing the heritage centre.
“We have currently raised more than £15,000 but we need to raise a total of £19,000 before we can submit an application for the first-stage award, which will fund the costs of the architects and designers to develop a plan and work out the final price of the completed project.
“The money we have already raised has come from personal donations and community organisations such as Taylor Wimpey. The response we have received from the local community has been fantastic!”
The Heritage Centre will focus on the history of Broseley town, illustrated through information and artefacts provided by the Broseley Local History Society, covering the pre-industrial revolution period, the industrial revolution, coal and clay mining, iron and ceramic works, leading to the present-day Broseley town.
Paul says: “If our plans are approved then there will be a great deal involved in the project, including the installation of a mezzanine floor and toilet facilities, the development of a shop and refreshments area, plus the relocation and restoration of the church organ, as this currently blocks the view of the church’s stained glass window which we also plan to exhibit.”
The Heritage Centre Project plans to base itself at the Broseley church due to the space that is available, as it can seat approximately 700 people and is referred to locally as the ‘Cathedral of Shropshire’.
The church also features a stunning stained glass window which was designed by Charles Kempe, and is believed to be his last design due to the two different makers’ marks on it.
Paul adds: “We also want to include the stained glass window in the Heritage Centre, as it features two different makers’ marks, one which was Kempe’s and another from the company which was set up following his death. This means that this design could have been the last he was involved in as no others in the world have both of these markings.”
Currently the project is relying on donations to raise the money required for the first-stage application.
“Any fundraising events will take place following the approval of our plans, when we know a more final cost for the overall project,” explains Paul.
“We hope to create a good quality visitor attraction with the possibility of also creating an economic part of the community. We would like to say thank you very much to Taylor Wimpey, as they are helping to put the church on the map at the heart of the local community.”
Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “We are very pleased to offer this donation to the Broseley Heritage Centre Project and to be able to help them progress their plans to the next step.
“We feel it’s really important for people to learn about the town’s history and it’s a really great thing that the group is helping to conserve local heritage. We wish them the best of luck with their project."
Sponsorship funds new training for pre-school staff
Our team made a donation to the children’s nursery Puddleduck Pre-School to help pay for a member of staff to attend a training course with a difference.
Taylor Wimpey Sales Executive Gaenor Rowney joins Steph (centre) and the children of Puddleduck Pre-School, who are all kitted out in their Forest School waterproofs and raring to go!
We donated £500 to help the pre-school in Broseley to fund a chosen member of staff to attend the Forest School Training course.
The course provides the qualifications required to lead the forest school sessions that are co-ordinated by the nursery, by contributing towards first aid training, environmental awareness and essential knowledge that can educate the nursery children on the forest and outdoor environment.
Prior to this course, the pre-school had only one qualified member of staff who could take the children outside on the forest sessions, and the training of a second person was needed to help them meet increasing demand for the popular activity.
Clare Phillips, Chair at Puddleduck Pre-School, says: “Taylor Wimpey funding this Forest School Training course is really essential for us if we want to be able to offer a forest school to the children.
“At the moment we run two sessions per week on Tuesday and Wednesday, but we are hoping to do more in the future as we can only take out a maximum of 15 children per session due to
certain restrictions. We want to expand and be able to adapt to the increasing demand in the area, so with another qualified person in the team we will cope much better.
The Broseley-based pre-school, which currently looks after children from 35 families in the local area, is a non-profit service which is currently run by six part-time members of staff.
Clare says: “Such a substantial donation will make a real difference as we will hopefully be able to offer more courses throughout the week which will be a real boost to us and help us to expand.
“It’s fantastic that Taylor Wimpey has done this for us as it will benefit so many children. As a non-profit organisation that is maintained by fundraising and grants such as this one it’s really good to see they’re helping to develop grassroots groups.
Steph Bowen, Play Assistant at Puddleduck Pre-School, attended the Forest School Training which involved a two week intensive course, including two days of first aid training, and provided her with the qualifications required to take the children outside of the school to the nearby forest for the sessions.
Clare adds: “We were one of the first pre-schools in Shropshire to offer the forest school sessions, so it’s really important for us to continue offering this service as the children absolutely love it – the forest is a different learning environment where they can run around and explore and learn about everything from poisonous berries to how a leaf decays.
“It’s also really important to encourage the children to spend more time outdoors, which everyone will benefit from – as even the parents come back beaming!”
Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “We are very pleased to be able to offer this donation to Puddleduck Pre-School, as it’s extremely important to teach children more awareness and encourage them to be involved in the outdoors.
“We really hope the pre-school benefits from the Forest School Training and we wish them the best of luck with their new endeavours.”
Donation funds new facility for primary school pupils
Broseley C of E Primary School in Broseley, Shropshire, has received a cash boost from us to help fund the renovation of a brand new learning facility.
We have donated £500 to the school to help furnish a new classroom that is being installed ready for the next academic year in 2016/17.
Sarah Passey, headteacher at Broseley C of E Primary School, says: “We are refurbishing an area of the main building which is currently being used by staff, in order to construct a brand new classroom so we are able to better accommodate the growing level of pupils at our school.
“The new facility, which will be big enough for a class of 30 children, is being renovated with new carpets and lights and an internal wall is to be taken down so that pupils will have easier access the toilets, so it’s quite a big project.”
Our donation is going towards purchasing some of the equipment that will be used in the new classroom.
“This donation will be used to fund new resources that will help our pupils with their learning,” says Sarah. “This includes things such as reading books and games for subjects like mathematics.
“Having this new facility will be particularly helpful for the pre-school children who attend the nursery that’s located on the school grounds, as the Reception class will be moving to the classroom next door to them.
“This means that children will be able to make a smoother transition when they move up to primary school level, as they will already be familiar with the surroundings and know some of the staff.
“We’d like to say thank you to Taylor Wimpey for their donation, as it will be really beneficial to our pupils and we’re extremely grateful.”
Work on the classroom is expected to be completed after Easter, ready for the new term which starts in September 2016.
Sarah adds: “Years ago, before it was a staff room, this part of the school was used as a classroom, so we’re now going to be using this area for its original purpose again.”
Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “We feel it’s extremely important to invest in the communities where we build our homes, so we’re delighted to offer this sponsorship to Broseley C of E Primary School and help them to further improve the education of their pupils.
“We really hope the school benefits from our donation and we wish them the best of luck with the project.”