Date: Tuesday 21 July 2015
Residents in the new community of Cranbrook in Exeter, Devon, recently joined forces to celebrate Cranbrook Day, a fun-filled event marking the creation of this new town.
CHIC (Community Helpers in Cranbrook), a group of volunteers living in the community, organised the day with the support of other groups in the town. The event took place on Sunday 28th June to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the ceremonious cutting of the first turf for the founding of the town.
Cranbrook Day featured an array of attractions which drew in members of the local community for the celebrations, including live music, open mic sessions, and a wide range of stalls, food and games.
Our team in Exeter made a cash donation of £150 to the newly established Cranbrook Beaver and Cub Scout Club to help support a fundraising stall they hosted at the event.
Our donation purchased outdoor games and cakes for the club's barbecue and cake sale.
Sally Jarmain, cub scout leader for Cranbrook Cub Scout Group, says: "Taylor Wimpey's donation helped us to organise our fundraising event at Cranbrook Day, covering the cost of outdoor games including giant Jenga, bean bags, balls and hula hoops, which we now get to keep for the groups to use!
"The event had a great turn-out, and thanks to the sponsorship we've received, we've managed to raise over £700 from the event – which we will use to purchase our own equipment such as tents and camping equipment so that we can take the children away on trips."
The town is now home to over 2,300 people and boasts over 1,000 residential properties, plus a range of community facilities such as a school and medical services, with a railway station and shops due to open later this year.
Sally adds: "Because we're a brand new group which has only been running a few months, we do require a lot of new equipment, which up until now we've had to borrow from neighbouring groups. Currently the children's admission fees mainly just cover the cost of the hall hire for the sessions to take place, so anything additional we need we rely on fundraising and sponsorships to pay for.
"Taylor Wimpey's donation has made a massive difference to us, as we will now be able to be more sustainable and not rely on borrowing equipment from other groups, so we'd all like to say a big thank you."
Clare Brimble, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Exeter, says: "We are delighted to have sponsored Cranbrook Beaver and Cub Scouts and help support such a great event which really brings together the whole community in this growing town.
"The club is doing a fantastic job providing a great service to children in the local area, so we really hope they benefitted from our donation, and we're thrilled that everyone really enjoyed the celebrations at Cranbrook Day."
There's a stunning selection of homes currently available at Cranbrook, including three, four and five-bedroom properties.