World Book Day
Staff from Taylor Wimpey North Midlands gave pupils at Lawley Village Academy a taste of how new homes are built through a specially-written story. During a special assembly on Tuesday 12th March Sandy Edwards a Sales Executive from the nearby Sylvan Edge development, read out ‘How we build your home with Millie Mortar and Handy Andy’, which was produced by Taylor Wimpeyto celebrate World Book Day. The pupils also received a copy of the book each.
Laura Hopley, Headteacher at Lawley Village Academy, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey on behalf of everyone at our school. Books are a great way to fire up a child’s imagination and to teach them about the world around them. It’s brilliant that the children have been encouraged to read more through the Millie Mortar and Handy Andy book.”
Carl Cooke, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Midlands, said: “World Book Day is a great opportunity to celebrate books and reading and, as part of our commitment to giving back to the communities in which we build, it was our pleasure for our staff to visit Lawley Village Academy and read to the pupils. We recognise how valuable it is for young children to enjoy reading and hope that the new books will inspire the children and fuel their imaginations.”
World Book Day, held this year on Thursday 1st March, aims to encourage more children to love reading. Taylor Wimpey’s new children’s book was written especially for the event, and is designed to educate children about the house building process. ‘How we build your home with Millie Mortar and Handy Andy’ is an informative story with important advice about staying safe around construction sites and housing developments.
Carl Cooke added: “We hope that the ‘How we build your home with Millie Mortar and Handy Andy’ will become a firm favourite with the children of Lawley Village Academy. As well as explaining to them how the new homes in their area are built, the book presents some important health and safety messages about how to stay safe around building sites.”
Lawley Village residents snap up fantastic prizes in annual photo competition.
The ‘Loving Life in Lawley’ photo competition is now in its fourth year, and with some great entries this year, the judges faced a difficult task choosing the winners.
The competition was first launched in 2013 by housebuilding consortium the Lawley Village Developer Group (LVDG) – which comprises Barratt Homes, Charles Church, David Wilson Homes, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey – and asks residents to submit an image to reflect the community spirit of the village, the beautiful surrounding landscapes or stylish local architecture.
This year’s first place in the 11 years and under category was Harry Guy, who won a £100 gift voucher for his photo showcasing the wonderful landscape around the area as he climbs in one of the nearby trees. Following closely in second place was last year’s winner Dylan Guy, who bagged himself a £50 voucher for capturing some fun and frolics in front of the clock tower monument.
In the 12-18 years category, Katie Kinnon kept her winner’s title for the third year running with a £100 voucher for her picture reflecting the friendships made in the community. Second place went to Joshua Guy for his family portrait.
The stakes were high in the adult category, with Lawley’s amateur photographers all competing for a £500 cash prize. Andrea Hemmings managed to pip the competition to first place with her beautiful photograph of two children at the playground on the crescent by Woodland View. Titled ‘The Perfect Balance’, Andrea describes the picture as reflecting the great mix of residential and recreational spaces in Lawley.
In joint second place and winning a prize of £50 each were Chris Lewis and Tim Growcott. Chris managed to capture a stunning sunset over the development, while Tim used some camera trickery to snap moving shoppers and create a ghostly effect.
Stephen Cleveley, for LVDG, says: “We received some great entries this year and picking a winner was extremely difficult. This is the fourth year we’ve ran the competition and the calibre of entries gets better every time.
“All photographs really showed appreciation for the development, and it’s fantastic to see the residents creating a community and making the most of the surrounding area.”
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