Lauren and Daryl get Help to Buy their first home together
“The Help to Buy scheme meant we only had to save a 5% deposit, so we were able to move in quite quickly rather than having to save the extra money.
“It really helped us get on the ladder and enabled us to afford a two-bedroom, rather than a one-bedroom, house. It’s really nice to have our own space together – and all our belongings in one place!
“We love our apartment – it’s nice and spacious and it’s lovely to have an en-suite shower room and a separate bathroom.
“Our favourite room is the open-plan living room which incorporates the kitchen and dining area, which means when you’re cooking you can still have a conversation. It has windows on two sides and the light coming in makes the room seem even bigger.
“Woodall Grange is a great location as it’s out of the way, so it’s nice and quiet, yet it’s close to everything in the town centre. We really like the area.”
Lauren Hill and Daryl Parkes, residents at Woodall Grange
Black Country Rugby Club scores sponsorship deal
Youngsters at Black Country Rugby Club in Dudley will be kicking off their new season in style, after we offered to sponsor them to the tune of £500!
We offered to support the team after Ollie Taylor, lead coach for the under-14s team, appealed to us for help. Our donation will be used to fund new kits and polo shirts for the club’s under-14s team.
The under-14s will compete against other district teams when this year’s league starts in October, with all 30 members of the squad sporting new black kits adorned with their initials and the Taylor Wimpey logo.
Ollie Taylor says: “Taylor Wimpey’s donation means this is the first year that we’ve been able to provide training kits for the under-14s team, which is great as it gives the players some ownership and sense of pride in being part of the squad.
“I know that Taylor Wimpey provides sponsorship to one of the local club sides, so I decided to get in touch to see if they would also be interested in funding the Black Country team and they kindly said yes!”
The club currently has four different teams ranging from under-13s to under-16s, with the under-14s moving up to compete as the under-15s squad this year.
Ollie adds: “We’d all like to say thank you very much to Taylor Wimpey. Their support means a lot to everyone at the club and this donation will make the team members and everyone involved feel a sense of worth.”
Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “We are really pleased to be able to make this donation to Black Country Rugby Club to support the under-14s team and help the players feel proud.
“We hope the team really enjoy their new kit and wish them the best of luck in their upcoming season.”
Dudley College students enjoy an 'eye-opening' visit to a first-fix home at Woodall Grange
Students from Dudley College with Senior Site Manager
Gareth Woodhouse (centre) and Gary Box (left), Lecturer
in Wood Occupations at Dudley College
Students from a Black Country college experienced a behind-the-scenes look at how a 21st century home is constructed during a special guided tour hosted by Taylor Wimpey Midlands. The 16 and 17-year-olds, who are all working towards carpentry and joinery diplomas at Dudley College, were invited to Taylor Wimpey’s Woodall Grange development near the town centre to gain a special insight into the industry.
Senior Site Manager Gareth Woodhouse showed the students around the site’s recently opened ‘first-fix’ demonstration home – a partially constructed property which has not yet been completed internally, enabling its framework and structure to be clearly viewed from the inside.
As well as talking the group through the process of building a new home from start to finish, Gareth gave them a rundown of how a typical housing development operates and provided some valuable advice about pursuing careers in construction.
“This visit has been a completely new experience for these lads, and hopefully I’ve been able to talk them through the process and give them a better idea of what to expect in a couple of years’ time when they make that first jump on to the career ladder. It’s vital for Taylor Wimpey that we do everything we can to encourage the next generation to join the trade because we need as many youngsters as we can as we look to the future. It’s been a pleasure to show them around the site and I hope they’ve enjoyed their visit.”
Gary Box, Lecturer in Wood Occupations at Dudley College, says: “I was really keen to bring the students out to Woodall Grange because I think it’s important that they get out of the classroom and experience what a working construction site looks like – and it’s been a real eye-opener for them. This is the first time they’ve been out to a building site and they have really enjoyed their experience. It’s also given them a real insight into the industry and will no doubt help them in their future careers.”
Student Scott Baker (16) believes his visit to Woodall Grange will stand him in good stead as he works towards his carpentry and joinery diploma.
“This is the first time I’ve visited a building site and it’s been a really good experience,” he says.
“It’s been good to find out more about what makes up a new home and now I have a much better idea about what to expect if I do go on to work on a building site.”
Fellow student Josh Evans (17) adds: “It’s been really good to visit Woodall Grange and get an idea of the work that goes into building a new home. I think the experience will come in handy as it’s helped me to understand how things work on a building site.”