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ABOVE: A twin home and garden on The Elms Retirement Park in Lincolnshire.

ABOVE: A twin home and garden on The Elms Retirement Park in Lincolnshire.

An array of activities and an outstanding community spirit, The Elms Retirement Park in Lincolnshire is a perfect advertisement for park home living. Residents enjoy a quality of life that many other park operators could sit up and take note of. Those wanting to travel further afi eld can use the resident-run minibus service; the timetable is published in the Park’s newsletter, the Elms Advertiser. They benefit from visiting butchers, bakers and fishmongers, as well as a mobile library and numerous clubs and associations run by the residents themselves. The village of Torksey, not much larger than the Park itself, is a short walk away and features a Medical Centre built by the Park operators themselves, The John Kinch Group. ACTIVE ROLE The Kinch family take an active role in ensuring the highest quality at the park from continual reinvestment and practical improvements to organising events for residents such as nature walks, craft workshops and concerts. “Not only do we take pride in creating an unrivaled community at The Elms, we also work to support local communities as well,” says Tracey.

ABOVE: Pictured right are Managing Director Stuart and Director Tracey with Edward Leigh MP on his visit to the Park.

ABOVE: Pictured right are Managing Director Stuart and Director Tracey with Edward Leigh MP on his visit to the Park.

“This year we raised a huge £1128 for the great MacMillan cause by opening up our offices for a coffee morning and we also support local schools with donations.” The family also take an interest in promoting the concept of residential park living further afield. The Elms website and social media pages overflow with video content, blogs about home refurbishment and more, as well as new, resident profiles. “We have recently launched resident profiles on our Facebook page,” explains Tracey. “It occurred to us that people may wonder ‘Who lives in a house like this?’ so we are talking to residents about their lives and what led them to move to The Elms.

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Warfield Go Green

Warfield Go Green

ABOVE: Warfi eld Park has been named the National Social Responsibility Company of the Year.

ABOVE: Warfield Park has been named the National Social Responsibility Company of the Year.

A residential park in Berkshire has hit the mark at the National Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards 2017. Warfield Park in Bracknell claimed the title of National Social Responsibility Company of the Year. The award recognises the ambitious upgrade programme to improve energy efficiency and performance of park homes at Warfield which recently marked its 70th anniversary. Energy efficiency measures have been installed in 29 rental park homes under a government initiative, and the park has assisted 49 private residents to do the same during 2016. Apart from improving living conditions for residents, projected energy savings are anticipated to be in the region of £500 per year per home. The works on the 90-acre park were carried out by two companies: Omar Skinner and Sons and Insulated Homes Limited, the latter nominating Warfield Park for the award.

 

Couple Scoop Park Leisure Holiday Home

Couple Scoop Park Leisure Holiday Home

ABOVE: Family win park leisure holiday home

ABOVE: Family win park leisure holiday home

Lucky couple Pamela and Wesley Borgesson are celebrating after winning a holiday home at fi ve-star Park Leisure’s luxury Amble Links park. The pair, from County Durham, took part in the leading holiday home provider’s nationwide competition to ‘Win A Luxury Holiday Home’ at this year’s Sunderland Air Show. Podiatrist Pamela, 39, her civil servant husband Wesley, 38, and their four-year-old daughter, were presented with their prize which comprises of two bedrooms, large open plan livingAmble area, modern kitchen and beautifully decorated master bedroom, en-suite toilet and integrated appliances. Park Leisure invited the winners to choose from one of its 12 fi rst-class holiday parks in Northumberland, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Herefordshire, North Wales or Cornwall and the County Durham couple opted for Amble Links due to its close vicinity, stunning beach side location and family-friendly atmosphere. Park Leisure Amble Links is a popular, owners-only holiday park offering five-star service and immaculately landscaped surroundings, located just a stone’s throw from the spectacular Northumberland coastline.

Generation Game

Generation Game Generation Game

In a sector still dominated by family-run businesses, the Barton Homes Group is the very definition of a close-knit family concern. Managed by a father and son team, the group has 40 years’ experience of managing high quality residential parks across the UK.

Their parks in Devon, Somerset and Lancashire are well run havens of peace, convenience and security for a retired and semiretired clientele. Barton Homes Group also has significant plans for expansion, recently adding the prestigious Seascapes Park, at Clevedon, to their portfolio. Barton Park Homes was established in 1978 when the Barton family opened their first residential park in Morecambe, Lancashire. At that time, there were just 20 traditional static caravans on the site.

The family completely redeveloped the site, replacing the caravans with stylish residential park homes. Since 1978, Barton Park Homes has gone from strength to strength, acquiring and developing residential parks all over the country. The current portfolio of parks consists of four parks (one currently undeveloped), each in a carefully chosen location in Devon, Somerset, Lancashire and North Yorkshire. The company head office is located in Lancashire, reflecting their roots in the North West.

Generation Game 2The Barton family enjoys building personal relationships with all their clients. Father and son owners of the Barton Homes Group, Charlie Senior and Charlie Junior, personally visit each park on a regular basis to ensure that everything is up to standard and, most importantly, that their residents are happy. “I have been visiting the parks with my father since I was a boy. Now I am proud to have taken over the reins and work alongside Charlie Senior keeping up the family traditions,” says Charlie Barton Junior.

Willowgrove Leisure Park and Fishery in Lancashire is Barton Park Homes’ northern flagship park, situated in the attractive Wyre Valley on the Fylde Coast. Voted one of the top ten places to live in the North West, this area is close to the shops and facilities of picturesque Preesall and Knott End-On-Sea, and only ten minutes drive from the attractions of Blackpool. The scenery of the beautiful Lake District is just an hour away.

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Defibrillator Coverage

Defibrillator Coverage

DefibrillatorTingdene Parks have installed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at their 80-home Bedwell Park residential site in Witchford, near Ely, Cambridgeshire. Defibrillators are simple to use and can restart someone’s heart if it stops. They will not work if there is a pulse.

Bedwell Park is one of the first residential parks within Tingdene’s 20 sites and 1500 homes, to see the installations of defibrillators. The unit is due to be officially unveiled by local MP Lucy Frazer in the near future, however, the potentially life-saving kit, easily accessible at the park office, is already available for use.

Founded in 1969 the Tingdene Group of companies first established itself as the leading Park Home manufacturer in the country and since then has expanded its range of operations into becoming one of the UK’s largest operators and owners of residential Park Homes Estates, Inland Marinas, Caravan Parks, Lodge Parks and Chalet Parks.

Really Wild Show For Elms Residents

Really Wild Show For Elms Residents

Really Wild ShowElms Retirement Park enjoyed a safe and informative fundraising experience. With the Lincolnshire park finding a touching way to aid animal welfare, the addition of exotic guests helped raise vital funds at the packed wildlife discovery day. Residents at the Torksey Park were joined by friends and family, with meerkats, pythons and skunks among the centrepiece critters on show. Visitors enjoyed a hands-on experience, petting and holding the animal in return for a small donation for pictures.

Tracey Coulson, a director of The Elms and a member of the park-owning family, said the day had proved a fantastic success for all ages: “It was a great experience for everyone,” said Tracey, “And the animal experts present did a superb job in telling us about the different species, and how they were working to protect them,” she added. “We have around 300 homes on the park, and many of the residents came along and also invited other members of their families, including lots of children. “Residents and guests were also very generous with their donations, and the park has received a big thank-you from the organisers for supporting their work,” added Tracey. The animals were brought along by Meercats And More which visits schools and other institutions to provide education about wildlife and some of the threats it faces.

Sibling Support

Sibling Support

LamalechResidents at Lamalech Park Estate have helped raise over £800 for Macmillan Cancer Support. They backed the owners of the park, Ruth Ross and Paul Lancaster, as they decided to tackle a gruelling 26-mile charity trek through the Lake District.

The journey took the brother and sister duo 11 hours, all of which off-road, but upon reaching their destination in Ambleside, they knew they had reached their goal with the help of donations from the residents’ social club and from individual owners of the 120 homes on the estate. Fundraising activities for good causes are an important part of social life at Lamaleach explains Ruth. “Having received such amazing support from so many kind-hearted people, we knew there was no way we could go back having thrown in the towel,” she added.

Lamalech Park Estate have also won a Gold Award from North West in Bloom, and Ruth says that residents also play a big part in helping to create a real community atmosphere on the park. Ruth and Paul’s Lake District trek was organised by Macmillan Cancer Support, one of Britain’s largest charities which is dedicated to assisting people affected by the disease.

MP Speaks Out On Commission Fees

MP Speaks Out On Commission Fees

MPPark home operators across the Vale of Glamorgan are being urged to participate in a consultation on the commission rate paid on the sale of homes. The Welsh Government is consulting on whether there should be moves to halt the ten per cent commission rate paid. Speaking on a visit to Ham Manor Park in Llantwit Major, Andrew RT Davies AM and leader of the Welsh Conservatives, explained it was vital everyone had the opportunity to have their say and urged park residents and park owners to get involved.

“It was great to visit Ham Manor Park and have the opportunity to speak with residents of the site,” said Mr Davies. “It was really beneficial to meet some people who love their community and enjoy park living,” he added. “Among those is the Welsh Government’s latest consultation on the park homes commission rate and I’d urge all park home residents and park owners to participate and make their views known.”

Funds For Aprons

FundsFunds For Aprons

A 60-acre park that boasts 300 retirement home has helped raise £800 for an ‘outstanding’ local school. Tracey Coulson, a director of family-run Elms retirement park in Lincolnshire, was inspired to help out the ‘outstanding’ rated school after her 12-year-old son Freddie enrolled at the Queen Elizabeth’s High School in Gainsborough She then learned from Freddie that pupils were being advised to bring their own aprons into art classes as the school’s old and patched-up aprons were no longer up to the job. “That’s when I decided that this is a problem we could do something about,” said Tracey.

“I told the rest of my family who run our business about the dilemma, and they were unanimous in agreeing that we should help the school have one less headache.” The funds raised have been invested in 90 new aprons. Tracey said the donation was simply continuing a long history of supporting good causes which was started by her father, John Kinch, when he established The Elms 35 years ago.

Making A Difference

Home Operator 1Making A Difference

Countrywide Park Homes Owner and Chairman, Anthony Barney set up the James Barney Foundation following a tragic accident that resulted in the loss of his 16-year-old son. Anthony vowed to donate a percentage of the business profits towards children’s charities.

Business is booming for Countrywide Park Home and impressive recent growth means donations towards the charity keep on rising. In fact, with over 25 years of experience Countrywide Park Homes have been able to expand from their origins in Melton Mowbray to cover residential sites nationwide. Since establishing itself as one of the providers of prestige living, Nottingham-based Countrywide has built an extensive and exclusive portfolio covering nine counties, with park homes for sale under hassle-free easy purchase schemes, including part exchanHome Operator 2ge deals.

The company boasts a portfolio of over 1,000 occupied lodges across their 13 residential and luxury lodge parks.  Head of Sales at Countrywide Park Homes, Patrick Chambers comments: “Our main aim is to provide park living in beautiful surroundings so that homeowners are able to live with likeminded people among safe and secure ‘gated’ communities, ensuring stress-free living.

“Our main focus is in offering residential, low cost, low maintenance homes. As well as this, we do also rent leisure lodges to visitors and holidaymakers at some of our sites.” Having grown from the company’s original Midlands roots, Countryside now reaches across Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.