Pupils hop along to Barratt Homes for a storytelling session

J One Seven

Stories were brought to life in front of the eyes of pupils at St John’s Church of England Primary School thanks to a storytelling event at Barratt Homes’ J One Seven development in Sandbach.

Professional storyteller Richard York, a member of the Society for Storytelling, spent the morning at the development on Old Mill Road, engaging the pupils in his stories and playing a variety of instruments to illustrate them.

The leading homebuilder welcomed the pupils in to the show home where they were read The Tale of Peter Rabbit.J One Seven

Milton Keynes students get an insight into construction at Barratt homes development Brooklands

Barratt Homes’ Milton Keynes development

Keen students at Walton High were given an insight into construction at Barratt Homes’ Milton Keynes development Brooklands during a site visit recently.

Fifteen students were invited along to the new homes site on Fen Street where they met with industry professionals to learn more about housebuilding and how they could pursue a career in the sector.

The aim of the visit, arranged by Barratt Homes and the school, was to demonstrate what goes on at a building site and all of the different trades that work at the development to craft new homes.  

Help to Buy enables local family to buy their first home at Westvale Park

Crest Nicholson’s Westvale Park development

Eve and Neil Joyce, and their two children, aged six and nine, have recently moved to Crest Nicholson’s Westvale Park development in Horley. Having previously rented in the nearby town of Reigate, the family decided that now was the time to take their first step onto the property ladder to provide more space for the children.

Eve, a childminder, and Neil, a banker, purchased a two-bedroom property at Westvale Park, commenting that:

“We both wanted to own our own property, and were instantly attracted to Westvale Park. It’s really quiet here and is surrounded by open space for the children to play. We have a dog called Frankie too, which we take for walks around the local fields.”

Get Yourself 'Mortgage Fit' With David Wilson Homes

Get Yourself 'Mortgage Fit' With David Wilson Homes

Warwickshire housebuilder David Wilson Homes is offering advice on how house hunters can get themselves ‘mortgage fit’ in preparation for purchasing a new home.

The five star housebuilder currently has a selection of properties ideal for first time buyers at its Heathcote development Poets Meadow and Nuneaton development The Long Shoot, and is reminding those looking to get onto the property ladder what’s involved in getting a mortgage.

Bev Hall, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “We know that taking that first step onto the property ladder can seem daunting and you may not know where to start. 

Rise in apartment living in Bedfordshire at great Denham park

Great Denham Park development

Apartment living is becoming a popular choice for a range of different property seekers in Bedfordshire, from first time buyers taking the first step onto the property ladder to those looking to downsize to a more manageable home.

Barratt Homes Northampton has recognised the growing need for apartments at its Great Denham Park development. It is currently expertly crafting a range of two bedroom apartments at the Greenkeepers Road development that are expected to be in demand with a range of buyers.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said:

Dremel’s how to guide for making a spice rack

Dremel’s how to guide for making a spice rack

Herbs and spices are perfect for adding flavour to your dishes, and with summer in full swing, investing in your own spice rack will come in handy when you’re looking to impress friends with your barbeque specialities. However, you don’t have to splash the cash to have the luxury of owning your own spice rack – why not upcycle that long-forgotten wooden shelf left abandoned in your shed by giving it some TLC and transforming it into something both stylish and practical?

Create your one-of-a-kind, space-saving piece to see you through the summer season and beyond with these simple steps from Dremel – you’ll be sprinkling spices galore, just in time for National Herbs and Spices Day.

Housebuilders show support for local community with Yate Relay for Life sponsorship

Andrea Pilgrim developer at Ladden Garden Village

Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are gearing up for their new Ladden Garden Village developments in Yate, by backing an important community fundraising event.

The five star housebuilders are sponsoring the forthcoming Yate Relay for Life, which takes place on 7 and 8 July - and the £1,000 donation will support this local fundraising event for Cancer Research UK.

“We know how important Yate Relay for Life is, in terms of raising money for this vital charity, and we want to show our support for those taking part,” said Barratt Homes sales director, Andrea Pilgrim.

VIVID’s celebrating Rural Housing Week

VIVID is celebrating rural Housing Week

It’s Rural Housing Week and VIVID is celebrating by getting ready to welcome the first customers into their brand new rural housing scheme in Wokingham.

The housing association’s adding the finishing touches to 14 affordable homes near Spencers Wood, with 34 more coming, ready for next summer

Rural Housing Week is a campaign from the National Housing Federation which shines a spotlight on the housing that offers a lifeline to people living in our small towns and villages. And the VIVID newest rural homes do just that, by offering much needed affordable housing options in the area.

Make your Cornell house a home with leading developer David Wilson Homes

David Wilson Homes makes houses homes

Making your house a home is truly one of the most exciting things about moving to a new build property and it’s important to put your stamp on your home even if this can often be hard to get right at first.

Leading housebuilder David Wilson Homes South Midlands is helping new homeowners in Northamptonshire settle into their new homes with a guide on how to make it their own.

So whether it’s a minimalistic and modern look you’re hoping to achieve, or you’re thinking of covering your walls with pictures of your smiling children, this guide has everything you need to know.

Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said:

Couple prepare for new home in the country

Couple prepare for new home in the country

As the UK celebrates Rural Housing Week, a Staffordshire couple are preparing to move into their first home together with the help of the area's leading provider of affordable homes for rent and shared ownership.

Thanks to a partnership between Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and a leading house builder, Stacey Robinson and fiancé William O'Hara now have the keys to a brand new, one-bedroomed apartment in the village of Eccleshall.

Stacey, 24, has lived most of her life in the area but she says she was facing a move away from family and friends due to the increasing cost of housing in and around the village.

Help is at hand with LG Harris

DIYers laughing and joking after painting

Before DIYers get started this summer, Harris, the UK’s leading decorating brand, has launched an online help guide so even the most inexperienced DIYer can gather top tips on tools and techniques to give them the confidence to create the perfect finish.

The decorating experts looked at different personality types among DIYers, from the ‘Obsessive’ to the ‘Overwhelmed, to create a comprehensive guide to achieving the perfect finish and that all important sense of pride from a job well done.

Harris Brushes spokesperson, Sonia Sanghera, explains: “Those who regularly carry out DIY jobs at home usually have the tools and know-how to successfully complete home improvements and bask in the praise of those who visit to admire their handiwork.

DI-Do or DI-Don’t? The professionals weigh in on the cost of a dodgy DIY job

DI-Do or DI-Don’t? The professionals weigh in on the cost of a dodgy DIY job

Putting up shelves, mirrors or pictures

·         Potential damage costs: £200

Whether you’re looking increase storage space or add some character to a room, putting up shelving or artwork can seem like a quick and easy solution. However, care needs to be taken when it comes to the location of pipes and cables that you can’t see.

Andy Porter, Multi-Trade Engineer said “I saw someone recently who put a nail straight through a cold feed when fitting a bathroom mirror and flooded three floors of flats!

Marston Fields Show Homes Designed With Bedfordshire Homebuyers In Mind

Marston Fields Show Homes Designed With Bedfordshire Homebuyers In Mind

David Wilson Homes South Midlands is leading the way with its latest interior design trends at its newest Bedfordshire show homes. Following the opening of the three properties at Marston Fields earlier this year, the developer is sharing its interior design tips and tricks with homebuyers in the area.

The show homes, which are located on Beancroft Road, provide house hunters with a first look at the quality and style of a David Wilson home at the development and offers inspiration around how to make the most of an imaginative design.

SARH shares workplace best practice

SARH shares workplace best practice

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) the award-winning provider of affordable homes that's also one of the country's top employers has been sharing its experience of successfully creating great places to live, work and grow.

At a recent event at the headquarters of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), representatives from leading businesses, including other housing associations from across the country, heard how the organisation had climbed to second place overall in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Companies to Work For list.

Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, explained:

Hightown Homes - Open day – Bierton Gardens Aylesbury

Hightown Homes open day

Hightown Homes have an open day coming up at one of their developments in Aylesbury called Bierton Gardens.  It is going to take place on Saturday 21st July between 10am and 2pm and they will have a brand new show home open for viewing.

Anyone interested in coming along to have a look around the 2 and 3 bedroom houses available for shared ownership will need to call their friendly sales team on 01442 292381 to book an appointment.

Viewings are strictly by appointment only.

The local area

Clearview Homes unveils highly anticipated show apartment at Oak Point, Hillingdon

Oak Point devlopment

Clearview Homes has unveiled its highly anticipated show apartment at Oak Point in Hillingdon. So far 15 of the 26 apartments have been reserved with many purchasers opting to use the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.

Oak Point features 26 high specification one and two bedroom apartments in a stylish contemporary building, which has been architecturally designed to maximise the corner setting on Sutton Court Road. All of the properties benefit from outside space in the form of a private terrace, balcony or private garden.

Shelley West, Sales and Marketing Director for Clearview Homes comments:

Devon housebuilder supports forces personnel with homes and job opportunities

Armed Forces Day

Serving military personnel in Devon are being given extra help to get on – or move up – the housing ladder to prepare to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

Barratt Homes is pledging its support to local armed forces by giving them access to a dedicated buying scheme.

It comes as the five-star housebuilder – and people across the country in preperation for Armed Forces Day (June 30).

Barratt Homes is running an Armed Forces deposit contribution scheme which offers anyone who serves in the Army, Navy or RAF thousands of pounds off the cost of a property. The five-star housebuilder gives them a £500 discount for every £25,000 or part thereof on the cost of the property up to a maximum contribution of £5,000.

Barratt Homes Northampton raises more than £40,000 for cause close to home

Teenage Cancer Trust

Kind-hearted staff at Barratt Homes Northampton have raised more than £40,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, following two years of continued fundraising efforts.

The well deserving charity was selected in 2016, after one of the division’s Bricklaying Apprentices was treated for Leukaemia on the Teenage Cancer Trust ward in Leicester.

Staff and subcontractors for the division have managed to raise a grand total of £41,471.55, with £8,000 being donated by parent company Barratt Developments PLC.

The fundraising efforts have included a charity gala event as well as dress down days in the office.

The money raised will go towards providing expert treatment and support to young people who are diagnosed with cancer.  

Make no Mi-steak when hosting the perfect summer barbecue with Barratt and David Wilson Homes

Barratt Homes cook up some creative ideas on how Warwickshire homebuyers can host the best barbecue party

With the summer sunshine on the horizon, Barratt Homes North Midlands and David Wilson Homes East Midlands have cooked up some creative ideas on how Warwickshire homebuyers can host the best barbecue party in their brand new property.

The hottest part of the year is fast approaching which is ideal for homebuyers wanting to welcome their friends and family to their new home, and there’s no better way to get together than with some ice cold drinks and freshly grilled food in the garden.

Jan Ruston, Sales Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said:

Tips on co-housing


Ishaan Malhi, CEO of online mortgage broker Trussle, commented on co-housing:

“Co-housing together with a friend or two to buy a house and then live in it comes with several benefits. If you’re not already on the property ladder, it can be a faster route to getting on it, and living costs will be much lower than if you were having to rent. There’s also the added security and social benefits that come with living with friends, both of which contribute to a better sense of wellbeing.

For any group of friends choosing this option, there are some important things to bear in mind:

Get legal documents written up Co-housing

Ten out of ten for health and safety sees SARH set for prestigious President's Award


The area's leading provider of affordable homes is to be handed the prestigious RoSPA President's Award after winning the organisation's Gold Medal for the TENTH year in a row.

The internationally renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards are the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

It receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

SARH will be presented with the accolade during a ceremony at ExCeL, London, today (Tuesday 19th June). 

Live the high life in the Moorecroft with David Wilson homes’ top floor top tips

Moorecroft style homes

Leading homebuilder David Wilson Homes South Midlands is offering Northamptonshire homeowners some fresh inspiration on how to utilise the extra space in their three storey Moorecroft style homes.

With the five bedroom properties currently available at the exclusive development The Wickets in Earls Barton, now is a fantastic time to ‘live the high life’ in a stunning townhouse.

Jackie Day, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said:

Are current gas safety checks in the UK good enough?

Landlord Licence Scheme

The UK has around five million privately rented properties under the Landlord Licence Scheme. Unfortunately, according to some people, this has led to gas safety becoming a ‘postcode lottery’, despite the government having set requirements.

It’s not just property owners who are in the firing line, either. More than 20% of small business energy users aren’t aware that failing to have a yearly gas safety check can invalidate their insurance.

Gas safety monitoring requires expertise. Fuel leaks, fires and even explosions, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning can occur because of poorly fitted and maintained gas appliances. As a result, landlords who fail to comply with gas safety regulations can face tens of thousands of pounds in fines.

Prince Evans Solicitors - Home Ownership Lawyers

Prince Evans Solicitors - Home Ownership Lawyers

Prince Evans Solicitors dedicated New Build Homes Team has a long history and excellent track record in affordable home ownership and new build homes.  We act for a number of Housing Associations, Developers and private individuals in shared ownership sales and purchases,  new build sales and purchases, staircasing (the purchase of additional shares of a shared ownership property), shared equity schemes (such as help to buy), right to buy,  remortgages, lease extensions and all other aspects of conveyancing.

Our specialist and expert team is managed by Partner, Adam Crawford, who recently joined Prince Evans Solicitors from city firm, Winckworth Sherwood, where he built his reputation over 10 years working with some of the UK’s  largest Housing Associations.

Ravenheat shares advice on how to talk to customers about keeping their boilers healthy


Domestic boilers are a fundamental part of homes across the UK, providing households with heating and hot water. As a manufacturer of domestic gas boilers, Ravenheat are keen to encourage customers to take care of their boilers by ensuring they have an annual service to extend the operational life, therefore saving homeowners money. But the topic of servicing and boiler health can be difficult to explain, so here’s a few suggestions.


Explain the benefits of servicing