Kidderminster Property of the month
Gorst Hall, Barnetts Lane, Kidderminster- £700,000
Offering the most glorious views over the gardens and the private Golf Course, Gorst Hall is an oasis within an exceptionally convenient location, with a large detached garage and two stables, occupying approx. 1 acre.
Built in the 17th Century, circa 1660, Gorst Hall is full of original features including exposed beams and solid oak doors and floorboards.
The front door opens into the hallway with original tiled flooring providing access to most of the ground floor rooms, including access to the cellar.
The breakfast kitchen, with utility, comprises a matching range of wall and base units with ceramic hob and eye level double oven. A side door leads to the front courtyard area.
The lounge, with a brick feature fireplace housing a Clearview stove, provides an ideal space to relax and unwind, whilst enjoying views over the Golf Course.
The formal dining room is the perfect space to entertain and provides access to the useful study.
Via a further hallway, which provides access to the garden through French Doors, is the second lounge, and beyond that is the garden room.
To the first floor are four double bedrooms, some with original fireplaces adding to the gorgeous character of this home.
The master bedroom enjoys an en-suite shower room with white suite, and a dressing room, which could also be utilised as a nursery if need be.
The stunning house bathroom comprises a white suite including a high cistern WC, pedestal wash hand basin, enclosed shower and freestanding roll top bath.
The property occupies approximately 1 acre boasting private gardens mainly laid to lawn, which overlooks sections of the land currently utilised as a paddock for two donkeys.
To the front of the property is a courtyard area, ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining.
Outbuildings include two stables adjoined to the property with a yard area to the front, and a brick built shed.
The 4-car garage provides ample off road parking and storage, however, is currently used as a substantial gym area.
Barnetts Lane is one of the most prestigious areas within the town of Kidderminster and provides access to The Kidderminster Golf Course which surrounds the property.
The town offers a number of shopping centres with both independent and well-known stores in the Swan Centre, Weaver's Wharf and the Rowland Hill Centre.
There are a range of leisure activities on offer in the region from the West Midland Safari Park, to the Wyre Forest Leisure Centre and additional cricket & tennis clubs. There are further activities available from walking, exploring the area and visiting towns and cities further afield with more extensive amenities and historical artefacts.
There are excellent transport links easily accessible from the home including regular trains to Birmingham, Worcester and London with the nearby M5 leading to the national motorway network. Birmingham International Airport is just over 30 miles away offering local and international flights.
There are a range of educational establishments within walking distance of the home such as Comberton Primary School and King Charles I School and, both rated 'Good' by Ofsted.
Please contact our Kidderminster office on: 01562 745 082 for more information and to arange your viewing.
The children are back to school, the sky is that little bit more miserable, the ‘C’ word is creeping closer and closer, soon the supermarkets will be filled with pumpkins, costumes and dare I say Christmas decorations. Its officially the end of Summer.
We have complied a few ways to prepare your home for Autumn and Winter, whether your property is for sale and you want to refresh your marketing with more seasonal images, or you have just purchased your dream home and looking forward to spending your first colder season in it.
Whilst most things come naturally: the paddling pool is emptied, the BBQ is cleaned, and that lovely garden furniture you bought gets put away, some of these you may not have thought about going into Autumn and Winter and can really enhance the interior, and exterior of your home, whilst adding value and appealing to potential buyers.
The definition of Autumn and Winter. As significant as the John Lewis Christmas advert, a fire being lit in your home invites all feeling of cosy autumn aesthetics. When it comes to selling your home, having candles and a fire lit will do wonders for photography. This allows potential buyers to imagine their spending their first winter in their new home. Whether you are selling or not, it is important to check your fireplace for any damage that may be heightening when you strike it up in the coming months. It is also important to check your chimney for bird’s nests or debris that could increase the likelihood of a smoke-filled room, or potentially a chimney fire. With this, it would be an ideal time to check that all smoke alarms in your home are in fully functioning condition.
On the exterior side of your home, now is the perfect opportunity to start preparing your garden for the colder months. Ensuring any outside pots that may be prone to break in the frost are bought inside and bulbs are planted ready for the return of spring. Bikes, toys and lawn mowers that also may be damaged due to frost or freezing conditions, could be stored in outbuildings or sheds to help reduce the risk of damage. Take this opportunity to also ensure any outside taps are well insulated to ensure they will not freeze and damage the pipes over the winter. At Nock Deighton we use Twilight Photography when marketing a home, which enables the exterior to look more inviting and cosier, especially during the Autumn and Winter. We want to show your home in its best light, by tidying up the garden and ensuring the grass is neat and dead flowers are removed, it enhances potential buyer’s first expectations of your property.
Time to swap in those sheets for full duck-down. You may have seasonal bedding, you may not, but it is important to refresh your sheets for the next season. Whilst this will look aesthetically pleasing in photographs, it will also serve you well in the colder months. Introducing lighting, candles and soft furnishes to a room can transform the interior and become a much more homely space. With this being the most intimate room of your home, you want it to be inviting to potential purchasers and feel lived in, so they can too. There a lots of beautiful homewear shops throughout Shropshire, just to name a few: Tea and Roses in Bridgnorth do an exceptional job at transitioning from one season to the next. Whilst being a delightful café, they also provide furniture, paint, accessories, clothes, gifts and cards. Online retailer, Nice Cream London, provide beautiful silk pillowcases and eye masks for that added bit of luxury in your new home. Larger retailers such as Dunelm Mill in Telford and Ikea are also ideal places to gain inspiration and shop for furnishings to freshen up your home.
The list can be as long or as short as you like. If you have recently just moved into your dream home, you may have already planned your complete redecoration task. Adding small finishing touches to a room can add value and character to your home for potential buyers.
If you would like to get a FREE Online Valuation of your home, prior to putting it on the market, we can help. Get yours HERE
Investment Opportunities in Telford
Following the introduction of a heap of new legislation, changes to mortgage tax relief and the ongoing Brexit saga, demand for rental property in Telford is at an all-time high, Property Investments in Telford are generating in excess of 5% yields and it’s business as usual.
The housing market in Telford remains active - over the last 12 full months there have been 2,693 sales in Telford, with an average sale price of £166,261.
Our Investment Property of the Week is a spacious 3 bedroom semi-detached house in Donnington, benefitting from 2 reception rooms, driveway parking and an enclosed rear garden – on the market for £145,000 which will achieve a rental income of £675 per calendar month – generating a 5.6% yield
Take a look at these other properties currently available on Rightmove –
- A 2 bedroom flat in Queens Court, Madeley (leasehold) - https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-60258345.html should achieve a rent of at least £450pcm = 8.7% yield
- A 1 bedroom house in Fosters Foel, Aqueduct (freehold) - https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-64348995.html Should achieve a rent of £475pcm = 6.2% yield
- A 2 bedroom terraced house in Arleston, Telford (freehold) - https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-64635738.html with tenant in-situ. Could achieve a rent of around £600pcm = 6% yield
- A freehold 3 bedroom mid-terraced house in Fireclay Drive, St Georges - https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-73700692.html should achieve a rent of £650 pcm = 6.8% yield
The Tenant Fee Ban was introduced on 1st June 2019, which means that Tenants can no longer pay for referencing or costs towards tenancy agreements, inventories or legal costs. The Act specifies “Permitted Payments” which in summary amount to
- A breakages/damages deposit (capped at 5 weeks’ rent)
- A holding deposit (capped at 1 week’s rent)
- Payment in the event of a default (i.e. a lost key or late payment of rent)
- Payment on variation, assignment or novation of a tenancy
- Payment on termination of a tenancy
- Council Tax, utilities, TV licence, telecommunications
All other payments are prohibited. Landlords are advised to research the full extent of the legislation, or obtain professional advice from a regulated Agent.
How is the ‘Fee Ban’ affecting the Lettings Market in Telford?
As we expected, rents are increasing – see the graph below which demonstrates the growth in average rents in Telford over the last 12 months, compared to the rest of the West Midlands.
For more information about property investments in Telford, please contact Dawn Clarke, Lettings Director
41 James Nelson Crescent, Trench, Telford TF2 7JQ
Presented by Dawn Clarke, our Lettings Director, in unfortunately the typical British ‘Summer’ weather, 41 James Nelson Crescent is our Investment Opportunity of the Week.
This spacious family home is available to both buy at £145,000 or let £650pcm. Ideal for families, 41 James Nelson Crescent is set in a quiet cul-de-sac location with local shops and schools in proximity.
We believe this is an ideal investment opportunity for those that already have properties under their belts or are looking for a new project, with a yield of 5.5% this would be a good place to start.
For more information and to book a viewing of this property please feel free to contact Dawn email@example.com
Alternatively, you can speak to our specialised lettings department in Telford who are happy to talk through this property and offer their advice 01952 290 163
If you read one of our previous posts, you will know that Ed Sheeran is slowly becoming the property tycoon of Suffolk, owning four multi multimillion-pound properties, with plans to create his own estate. Ed submitted several planning applications for all kinds of developments, one of which to use a natural pond as a private pool.
Ed claimed his application was to “support nature conservations, providing a natural habitat for breeding of insects and provide a waterhole for mammals and birds”, his neighbours however disagree.
The pop star has cleverly placed hay bales around the pond, restricting his neighbours from overlooking his…"wildlife" pool. A fence has also been erected around one side of the pool.
Following the permissions of East Suffolk council, a jetty and steps have also been inserted to “enable access to the pond in the event of an emergency”.
Neighbours argue that the wildlife pond now resembles a swimming pool and is being used as a leisure facility for Ed and his celebrity friends.
You would have thought that his indoor swimming pool would have been enough, perhaps he is thinking of the animal’s leisure too?
Either way having this beautiful natural pond in your back garden definitely adds value to your home, with the right planning permissions.
Maybe you haven't gone against the local council and installed a jetty for your celebrity friends to jump off, but perhaps updated your kitchen? Fitted a new bathroom? Had an extension?
This could have added value to your home.
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We can start marketing your site before everything has been cleared. This allows us to build momentum as early as possible.
Just because the Great British weather isn’t always on our side doesn’t mean we can’t create quality photographs and marketing materials for your site.
Furnishing a show home can be very expensive whilst also potentially causing headaches if a buyer specifically want to show home early on in the sites marketing. Maybe virtual furnishing could offer an effective solution. There are many furniture styles available.
For very little money, we can enhance external images to produce an eye-catching effect that isn’t usually seen in property marketing. This helps draw as many eyes to our listings as possible.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to consider using our Image dressing and Enhancing services.
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Born in Horsehay, Shropshire, Ian Cope our viewing assistant not only assists with viewings for both the Newport and Telford office, but also writes captivating children books. Living in the picturesque Shropshire countryside provides Ian with inspiration for his creative stories. From mystery detective tales such as Slime Sloane Snail Detective, to delightful, playful stories such as Chunky’s Surpirse. Ian combines his creativity with his passion for writing resulting in beautifully written books which entertain and teach small children.
Some of Ian’s stories have been wonderfully illustrated by Steve Jukes. Steve and Ian grew up together and after 30 years rekindled their friendship to bring Ian’s books to life. Sadly, the gifted artist lost his life in January 2014 at 60 years of age, below is Ian’s favourite illustration from friend Steve.
Katherine Soutar-Caddick also assisted Ian in creating beautiful illustrations for his stories such as The Tree and the Sea. Katherine and Ian worked closely together, combing both of their talents, enabling Ian to publish his Trilogy of Trees books.
‘Emily’s Halfway House’ a popular book written by Ian is his tribute to illustrator Ian Lovell, who unfortunately died in an Australian plane crash. Below is the wonderful work of Ian Lovell.
You can purchase all of Ian's work over on his website.
Ian shares his time between creative writing and working for us at Nock Deighton. As an assistant viewer at two of our offices, having Ian’s help means that each viewing is done to a high standard, with sufficient time to show potential buyers around, and means we can have multiple viewings in one day.
Ian is looking to work alongside a new illustrator to bring his stories to life.
If you would like to assist Ian in creating beautiful illustrators to tell his stories to young children please do not hesitate to get in touch with Sue or Wendy at our Newport office.
Please call our Office on 01952 570 222
Or contact us on our Newport Property Page on Facebook.
Whether it is having a look at beautiful local houses on Rightmove, or being inspired by those on programs such as Grand Designs, we all love a good nose into someone else's home, the best being those owned by Multi-Millionaire Celebrities.
David and Victoria Beckham's Holland Park Mansion is worth approximately £31.5million. Features of the impressive home, which has recently gone under a £8million renovation, include a £2,500 coffee machine. The Average house price in Holland Park is around £3,450,000 accoring to Foxtons. The Beckham's also own a £27million Abbotswood Estate near Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds. The estate consists of 774 acres of land, the same size as approximately 380 football pitches!
Holland Park Mansion
Holland Park, commonly known as Millionaires Row, is also the location of one of Simon Cowells properties. Priced at approximately £10million, this is the cheapest house he owns, followed by his £11million Beverly Hills Mansion, and the £18million Malibu residence.
Simon's Beverly Hills Home
Inside the Beverly Mansion
Millionaires Row Manison
Neighbour of the Beckham’s and Simon, is good friend and fellow Millionaires Row resident, Robbie Williams. Living between his £17.5million Mansion and £26million Beverly Hills Home, Robbie and Wife Ayda have also recently bought Woodland House, previously owned by film director Michael Winner.
Inside Robbie's Mansion
Situated in the historic county of Suffolk lives Ed Sheeran, in one of his £2.8million properties. Ed in fact owns four homes all next to each other, with the intention of creating his own estate. The price of each property is estimated to be around £2.8million, however due to extreme renovations, these properties will have definitely increased in value.
Earlier this year Davina McCall put her East Sussex Mansion up for sale. The Grade II Listed 17th Century stone property features six bedrooms, a swimming pool, a tennis court and 38 acres of private parkland. Alex Wenman, our Land and New Homes Consultant previously worked for Davina and helped in the upkeep of this magnificent mansion. Alongside the breath-taking country views, the property also has its very own footpath to the local train station, where you can travel to London in just under an hour. The property sold for £6.25million, almost double what she paid for it, looks like the renovations literally paid off.
Davina's East Sussex Mansion
The Outdoor Pond
Speaking of renovations, Adele certainly spared no cost on her previously owned Brighton Beach House, just one of the many properties she had in her portfolio. The beach house boasted incredible views of the sea, with glass panelling allowing light to sweep through the whole house. The property sits on its own private stretch of beach, in an extremely tranquil setting. Adele later sold the property for an exceptional £350,000 profit. Adele clearly has an eye for property and development, after selling the beach house, she then moved on to buying two London properties next door to each other, with the intention of combining them both.
Adele's Brighton Bathroom
The Beach House Views
Perhaps you are not planning a multimillion pound renovation of your two Kensington mansions, or installing a solid marble Beckham style bathroom, but renovations to your home BIG or SMALL will add value. From the littlest of things to filling in cracks and installing a new unit, to much larger renovations such as adding a conservatory, your property could be worth more than you think.
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Bridgnorth is bursting with a variety of different sporting facilities, suitable for all ages, genders and abilities. Whether you prefer a competitive game of rugby or a social round of golf, Bridgnorth is sure to cater for your sporting needs.
Halo Leisure Centre
At the heart of Bridgnorth sits the Halo Leisure Centre, the hub for a number of different activities. The main feature of the centre is the Halo Gym which houses a variety of different machines and weights. The gym also provides personal training facilities and an activity plan to help maintain a safe and active fitness regime. The Leisure centre is also home to the town’s recently refurbished swimming pool, which offers both recreational swimming and lessons for all ages. There are also 4 squash courts next to the gym, perfect for those who enjoy a fast paced activity. Badminton and basketball can also be played in the sports halls at the centre, which can also be booked for parties and events. Situated a short walk outside of the leisure centre is the floodlit, all weather Astro Turf, used by the hockey club, football club and rugby club for training purposes. The leisure centre is also used by The Endowed School, enabling the pupils to have full reign of their sporting facilities.
You can view the timetable for all of the activities on their website, as well as applying for membership to the Halo Gym.
Children and adults of all abilities can learn to play cricket at Bridgnorth’s own Cricket Club. The club has a senior team in both the Birmingham and Shropshire league who continuously play an excellent game. The clubhouse which is located just a short walk away from the high street, has its own licensed bar and is perfect for hosting events such as birthdays or christenings. Learn more about Cricket and how the teams are doing here.
With both men’s and ladies junior and senior teams, the hockey club is the perfect place to introduce your children to a summer sport, or even take it up yourself! The club is a family friendly area and also holds yearly social events, as well as excellent hockey. Take a look at the fixture on their website.
Bridgnorth football club is located in the centre of the town, a short walk away from the high street. This family orientated club allows children to enjoy the sport, with yearly awards nights celebrating their successes. The clubhouse has a fully licensed bar, TV’s, pool tables and dart boards and is often used as a venue for parties and celebrations. The town’s park is adjacent to the club which means young children can safely play on the park whilst still being in reach of the football pitch and clubhouse.
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Starting from junior tag rugby teams to numerous junior and senior teams, along with a newly introduce women’s team, Bridgnorth’s rugby club is welcomed by all. Whether you prefer to play or watch, the inviting clubhouse provides drinks and refreshments during every game. The club also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including a summer festival and firework night. Situated in the low town of Bridgnorth, the club sits next to the banks of the River Severn with ample parking and facilities. You can find the latest fixtures and meet the team here, or find them on their Facebook Page.
Bridgnorth’s Tennis Club is a family friendly club with floodlit courts and a variety of teams. Prices depend on your age, with discounted rates for seniors and students. The club currently has over 180 senior and junior members who enjoy competing competitively and using the clubs facilities socially. Find out more about membership on their Website.
Bridgnorth Cycling club
The Cycling club in Bridgnorth holds regular, weekly group rides for members of every cycling ability, from beginners to experienced cyclists. The club is the perfect opportunity to discover the town whilst keeping active and engaging in a sporting activity. If you decide to become a member you will experience free coaching from a fully qualified British cycling coach and discounts from selected restaurants, cafes and shops in Bridgnorth, visit their website to find out more.
Led by Bridgnorth based Lisa Beards, Zumba has grown as a club massively over the past few years. Described as being a total workout combining elements of fitness, cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, Zumba is deeming extremely popular with the ladies of Bridgnorth. Lisa is a ZIN Member and has been since 2017, meaning she is the perfect woman to teach you the ways of Zumba. Whether you are a fitness fanatic or fancy delving into something different, Zumba is the perfect class to experiment with. There are a number of different classes that take place in Bridgnorth, find out more information here.
Bridgnorth Excalibur Martial Arts
This martial arts club is suitable for all ages and abilities in Bridgnorth. Young children from the ages of 4 upwards can join the junior dragons club which coaches them safely in martial arts, allowing children to discover a new skill and way of keeping active. The club focuses on the safe delivery of technique and skills ensuring that everyone learns to a high standard. Excalibur preach courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. The club also provides family classes, ideal for keeping everyone active. Visit their website to learn more and apply for your free trial.
Pole and Fitness
Pole and Fitness is a brand new activity in Bridgnorth. The pole classes enable women to strengthen muscle, practice balance and coordination, and unite in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Classes take place 6 days a week on Faraday Drive, you can learn more about this new club over on their Facebook Page.
Alongside the gym facilities inside the Halo Leisure Centre, there are another three gyms located in Bridgnorth. The first being The Gym Club, located in the middle of town, next to the Severn Valley Railway. This new club has a range of machinery from running machines to cross trainers, there is a dedicated training room full of weights and machinery to help improve muscular strength and also a back room with protective mats, exercise balls and ropes. The club has immaculate changing facilities fully equip with showers, lockers and hairdryers. You can find out more about joining The Gym Club on their Website. Another Gym in Bridgnorth is the Health and Fitness club, whilst also providing a variety of different machines and weights, this club also has a sauna for a relaxing break after your session. Visit their website to find out more. Finally, there is Faraday Fitness Club, popular with those who have a passion about fitness and regularly used by Bridgnorth Rugby Players. This gym is highly equip with heavy duty machinery and a large variety of weights and tyres. You can view pictures and discuss membership of this club over on their Facebook page. Each gym in Bridgnorth is suitable for all kinds of abilities, whether you are extremely active or enjoy light exercise. Having four gyms in Bridgnorth means no matter which area of the town you live or work, you always are in reach of a gym.
The Rowing Club
With the iconic River Severn flowing through the centre of the town, you can understand why Bridgnorth’s rowing club is popular. From family fun, hiring of canoes or kayaks, to their annual competitive regatta, the club provides facilities and a fun day out for everyone. This is the perfect, all over workout for those looking to take up a new sport, and is the ideal way to discover the beautiful landscapes of the town. You can find out more about joining the club or hiring the equipment on their website.
Bridgnorth Canoe Club
As well as the River Severn playing host to the rowing club, Bridgnorth also has a canoe club. The club welcomes complete beginners right through to those experienced on the water. This is the perfect club to introduce young children to and an activity families can enjoy all together this summer. Visit their website to find out more about joining the club and when their next meeting in Bridgnorth is.
The Golf Club
The beautiful Bridgnorth golf course is the perfect environment for a game of golf, whether played competitively or socially. The course is located on the banks of the River Severn and boasts views of the town and Shropshire countryside. You can apply for group membership of the club over on their website. The welcoming clubhouse provides the perfect break after your round of golf, serving drinks and refreshments. Men, women and children are all welcome to learn to play the sport, making it the ideal family activity.
With the River Severn right on your doorstep fishing in Bridgnorth is a peaceful activity that everyone can take advantage of- all you need is a licence and a fishing rod! There are numerous beautiful, quiet spots to sit and fish on the banks of the river, perfect for a late evening or early morning fish.
Founded In 1596, this is the oldest bowling club in the UK with players currently in the Mid Shropshire and Highley League. The club holds frequent events throughout the year, find out more about how you join the club on their Website.
Ed’s spin is a spinning class in Bridgnorth that provides an energetic activity that will definitely increase your heartrate. Whilst most Gym’s in Bridgnorth also offer classes in spin, if you are not a member then Ed’s Spin is perfect. He hosts classes at different times throughout the week to fit around your working and family life. Find out more about Ed and his classes over on his Facebook Page or Website, where you can contact Ed and discuss times and prices.
The running club in Bridgnorth meet regularly during the week with routes all over the town. This gives you the perfect opportunity to discover new running tracks and meet fellow members who also enjoy the activity. The club provides training for those who want to achieve all manner of fitness goals. There is both half and full marathon training, 10k training and couch to 5k training. You can find out more information about the club on their website, where you can contact the team and learn about different activities the club is taking part in.
Bridgnorth Lion’s Walk and Marathon
The Bridgnorth walk was establish in 1967 as a way of raising money for charity, both locally and nationally. 2019 saw the introduction of the marathon in conjunction with the annual walk. The event takes place every year on the late spring Bank holiday. There is both a senior and junior walk both different in distance. The senior walk is 21.5 miles long, with the over 40’s having an option to walk a route two miles shorter. The junior walk is 7 miles and is aimed at children ages 9 to 14. Each year the walk raises over £100k for charity, a magnificent way to raise money and be active in Bridgnorth. Find out more about signing up for next year’s walk on their website.
Bridgnorth Walking Group
Perhaps you would like to participate in this years walk, however you don't have anyone to train with. Bridgnorth walking club is your answer. The purpose of the club is to encourage more people to walk and enjoy the Shropshire setting. Many walks take place around the Shropshire Hills enabling you to enjoy the countryside and keep active. This is the perfect club to join if you want to take full advantage of the outdoors this summer, walking at your own pace and meeting new people. If you could like to find out more information about meetings and joining the club please visit their website.
Bridgnorth Women's Rounders Club
Many may not be aware that Bridgnorth has a women's rounders club- we weren't! The club combines fun and fitness and invites women of all ages to enjoy the much loved game of rounders, regardless if you have never played before or you're an experienced player. You can find out more about the club and how to join via their Facebook Page.
As you can see Bridgnorth is not short of sporting facilities, no matter your ability, age or gender.
Decide which sport(s) you would like to participate in, today.
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Described as being “Shropshire’s best one-day show”, Newport is holding its 110th show on July 13th.
A fantastic agricultural day for all of the family, including live music, food and fashion stalls, sporting displays and educational hubs. Children from local schools in Newport are invited to demonstrate their farming and animal skills to the visitors of the show, with the intention to encourage more children to discover the agricultural world.
Any schools that wish to participate in this year’s show can do so by Contacting the show’s office. This year the show is being joined by celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala, alongside local tradesmen and business owners. Cyrus Todiwala opened Café Spice Namaste in 2005, the Indian British chef also regularly features on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen. Cyrus will be showcasing his cuisine at the show, helping to promote his style of cooking to a new generation.
The show provides a small insight into the farming world with the opportunity to learn about animals such as sheep, horses and cattle.
The show have announced that this year the UK’s number one Motorcycle display team, Bolddog Lings FMX will be performing, alongside the return by popular demand, The Sheep Show. With Live music performances between 5pm and 7:30pm, the show is also offering late entry from 4pm at the pedestrian gate. Take a look at the Show’s website to find more about What’s On and Purchase Tickets.
Nock Deighton have been proud sponsors of the show for many years, this year being no different. Join us as we embrace the farming community and celebrate the hard work of local farmers and producers.
See you on July 13th
We asked Jessica Harvey, parent and manager at Little Green House Childcare, to provide us with information about childcare and thought it would be handy to have all the information you need about saving money in one place. Hopefully you will find this helpful and ultimately save some money on your childcare bill.
Jessica knows how expensive childcare is, however she believes it doesn’t have to be, there are schemes out there that can be used to save some money on your childcare bill.
Here is what Jessica has to say about childcare funding and schemes that will assist in paying your bills….
Nursery Education Funding
Funding is available for all children to claim the term after their third birthday. There is however funding available for some 2-year olds, if you fit into a certain criteria. The best place to find out if your child is eligible for 2-year funding is by visiting the Childcare Choices website.
The term after your child’s 3rd birthday they will be granted 15 funded hours of childcare. At Little Green House Childcare, we offer a wide range of different funded sessions, as we understand that parents have different needs. Session times do differ per nursery with some nurseries only offering mornings or afternoon sessions, so this may be something to take into consideration.
For working parents, you can now apply for an additional 15 hours funded childcare. Making it a total of 30 hours, which I personally think is amazing. Again, there is a criteria you have to meet in order to gain the extra funded hours.
Tax Free Childcare
I’m a big fan of saving money and the Tax-Free childcare scheme is a great way to save some money on your childcare bill. For every £8.00 you pay towards your childcare bill, the government will pay £2.00, up to £2000 per year per child or £4000 for disabled children. It’s a really easy way to save some money. All you need to do is head over to the Childcare Choices’ website, sign up for an account and pay your nursery bill using your Tax-Free childcare account. The clever System does the rest so you can sit back and save some money!
Working Tax Credits
If you work 16 hours per week and fit the criteria required, you may benefit from Working Tax Credits. Although if you pay for your childcare using childcare vouchers then it may impact your Tax Credits.
Now you have decided how you’re going to pay for your childcare. You need to think about where you are going to take your child. Taking your child to nursery is such a big step. You have to put so much of your trust into the nursery. This is why at Little Green House Childcare we offer both show around and settling in sessions, to suit you and your children. Settling in sessions are not just important for the children they are important for the parents. It gives you both the opportunity to gain confidence and trust in us. Plus, you get to see what we are all about and the different activities your child can take part in. One piece of advice I would give you, from one parent to another is, if you have questions, ask them, no question is a silly question and any nursery will be happy to answer your questions. There is nothing worse than worrying about something which could have been answered so easily if only you had spoken to your nursery team.
A little bit about Little Green House Childcare
Little Green House Childcare is based across three nurseries in Shropshire and Staffordshire. Our nursery in Bridgnorth provides care for children from the age of 4 months. Our other two nurseries in Claverley and Bobbington take children from the age of two. They are both on school sites making a smooth transition to school for our nursery children. We go above and beyond to ensure that our children are engaged and learning. Giving them the opportunities to explore their natural environment in our forest school sessions.
I hope you found this information useful,
If you would like any further information about the Little Green House nurseries or would like to arrange a visit, please use the details below.
Hannah Edwards, nursery manager at Claverley 01746710203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Abby Wilson, nursery manager at Bridgnorth 01746765766 or email@example.com
Jessica Harvey, nursery manager at Bobbington on 01384221702 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the Little Green House Facebook Page.
We hope this information and advice from Jessica helps to assist those who have young children, or if you have relocated and are a looking to find a new nursery for your child.
Photography is a vital factor in the marketing of your property.
It is essential to have the very best photography showcasing your home to enable potential buyers to establish a positive first impression, something they do within seconds of viewing your property.
If the first impression of your property is positive this will lead to a quicker sale of your property, potentially with a higher offer than your original asking price.
Alongside our ability to capture high quality photographs of your home, we also have a well establish, strong relationship with our industry photo editors. Resulting in the creation of high resolution, perfectly edited photographs, featuring elements of the home which possibly could not have been achieved when taking the original photographs. For example, if your garden is currently under construction, hindered by the great British weather, we can capture photographs that can later be edited to showcase what you intend for it to look like, minus the mess and mud left by the builders.
Here is just one example of photographs that have been edited to show the property in not only its best light, but also fully furnished, equipped with a landscaped garden and beautiful views.
Living Space Before:
Living Space After:
Sitting Room Before:
Sitting Room After:
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Staging your home is an important process when preparing to sell. Potential buyers of your property statistically will form an opinion of your home within the first 20 seconds of being shown around, therefore, making an exceptional first impression is vital for a positive result.
What is home staging?
Home staging is not just the process of tidying, but using interiors and lighting to elevate your home and make it more aesthetically pleasing and ‘homely’ to potential buyers. A staged home provides a much more relaxed environment when showing prospective purchasers around your property, if your home is cluttered and crowded, buyers will not be able to visualise the potential of your property or see where they can put their own creative stamp on the place. For example, warm lighting and candles, particularly in the winter, will encourage buyers to visualise what it would be like to have cosy evenings in the property they are being shown, helping to persuade them to buy.
We have asked our property experts in each of our offices to provide you with their top tip when getting your home ready to sell.
Decluttering doesn’t have to be a lengthy process, it just takes planning. If you plan room to room what area, drawer or cabinet needs decluttering it will make the process a lot easier. Starting with the kitchen for example, have you got cookbooks stacked high on worktops? Organise one’s that you use most often, take ones that you no longer use to a charity shop, or throw those that are messy and ruined from previous attempts at baking. Making small changes around the house can have a huge impact. Placing children’s toys in boxes on shelves or under the bed will maximise floor space and make the room look bigger, appealing to potential buyers. Charity shops and online market places such as Ebay or Bridgnorth’s Sales and Swaps Facebook Page are perfect for those things you no longer want or need.
Contact Erica on 01562 745082
Make “repairs” to your home that you have not got round to, but need doing, such as blown panes of glass or peeling paint, potential buyers will spot them and use them as a starting point for price negotiation, if you remove any need for repairs you will strengthen your own negotiating power. Buyers do not mind paying for improvements but repairs are looked upon unfavourably. These jobs don’t have to be expensive or time consuming, completing small tasks may make a huge difference to the way a room looks. For instance, using a neutral colour such as white or cream to touch up any chipped window ledges or banisters, will allow buyers to see you have taken care and consideration into the up keep of your house, which will mean less maintenance for them if they purchase your property. Using a neutral colour pallet also allows rooms to look brighter and fresh, and enables potential buyers to visualise what their furniture could look like in the space.
Contact Lucy on 01952 570 222
Does your property have a beautiful garden or bright conservatory? These assets will be a pinnacle selling point of your home, and will really entice buyers if they are presented well. Showcasing the potential of your property is vital when photos are being taken as well. The simplest of things such as not having bins on display and not having cars on the drive, will make your home looks it's best and influence the buyer’s perception of the property. Avoid changing too much of the interior of your home as this could be both time consuming and expensive, especially when your buyers will most likely have different tastes to you and could potentially change everything you installed once they move in. Keep it simple and make small changes that have a big impact.
Contact Chris on 01584 875 555
At this time of year, a major consideration for buyers is the garden. Ensuring the garden is at it's best both front and rear by cutting grass, planting borders and erecting hanging baskets can hugely improve curb appeal and make an excellent first impression.
With the summer just approaching now is the perfect opportunity to spend time making sure your garden looks it's best. This doesn’t have to be an expensive landscaping project, a few brightly coloured flowers and well maintained lawn will make the garden seem more attractive to buyers and help with the sale of your house. By introducing flowers not only are you encouraging birds and butterflies into your garden, but it adds character and life, particularly if you are only working with a small space.
Contact Andrew on 01746 767767
Does your home have a beautiful bathroom or spectacular kitchen? Saving these ‘Wow Factor’ rooms until last will leave a lasting impression on your potential buyers. It is very likely that the people looking around your home have viewed several different properties before, so you want to give them something to remember and keep them interested throughout. By showing your homes best features until last may change the buyer’s initial opinion and could result in a sale. If your home hasn’t got a huge grand entrance hall Buckingham Palace would be proud of, which most will not, but does have an incredible garden or unique kitchen, spend time showcasing this by leaving them until last.
Contact Dawn on 01952 290163
A recent survey has concluded that the Top 5 Smells for selling your home are:
1. Bread (35%)
2. Coffee (32%)
3. Clean laundry (29%)
4. Fresh flowers (24%)
5. Open fire (19%)
Making sure that your home is clean is an obvious suggestion, but also making sure it smells delightful and inviting often goes forgotten. Potential buyers will be much more relaxed and at ease if they enter your home and it smells nice. We’re not suggesting you spend all morning baking bread or washing all of your bed sheets to achieve that fresh, clean laundry smell, simply having candles and reed diffusers are a much easier and less time consuming way to achieve an amazing smelling home. Carefully place scented candles in the entrance of your home, so as soon as viewers walk in they are greeted by a delightful scent, avoid overpowering or sweet smells such as cinnamon. You can place reed diffusers in bathrooms which both looks nice on open shelves and provides a fresh scent. You want to leave a lasting impression on your potential buyers, and having a delicious smelling home will be something they remember.
Contact Glyn on 01952 432533
We hope you have gained an insight into things that assist in the sale of your home, perhaps things you had previously not thought of.
Our property experts are always on hand to provide advice and assist you, whatever your enquiry. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Our Ironbridge office is set just a short walk up the high street from the famous bridge itself. This historic town is set beautifully on the banks of the River Severn and has a huge range of facilities on offer. We have created a list of our Ten Reasons to Visit Ironbridge, featuring in no particular order.
1. The Ironbridge
Obviously the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Ironbridge is the bridge itself. Erected over the River Severn in 1799, this bridge was the first of its kind. After its construction, iron became widely used in the building of bridges, aqueducts and buildings. Through 2017 and into early 2018, English Heritage undertook a £3.6 million conversation project to help safeguard the future and structure of the famous ironwork. Today the pedestrian bridge is the heart of the town and is recognised worldwide. Visit the English Heritage Website to learn more about the famous bridge that gave Ironbridge its name.
Enginuity is a child friendly educational centre that teaches young children about electricity in a fun and exciting way. Children can take part in building an earthquake-proof tower or challenge parents to build the strongest bridge. It is the ideal family day out for children of all ages and abilities. Enginuity provides workshops throughout school holidays to both keep children entertained and educated. There is also a soft play area for smaller children, making it suitable for everyone. Visit their Website to find out more about their opening times and discover what Enginuity could teach you and your children.
3. Cleo's of Ironbridge
This restaurant and cocktail bar is set on the main high street of Ironbridge. With an extensive menu of both classic and contemporary cocktails, alongside wine, beer and delicious food makes it the perfect spot for lunch or an evening drink. Every Thursday Cocktails are on offer for £5 all day, and every other day Happy Hour starts at 5pm and finishes at 7pm, ideal for an after work drink. Cleo’s has a selection of light nibbles to Steak and vegetarian options, alongside a wonderful dessert menu. Visit their Facebook Page to view some of their amazing cocktails.
4. Blists Hill Victorian Town
Visit life from more than 100 years ago at Blists Hill Victorian Town where cars, TV’s and phones are nowhere to be found. Here you will experience what life was like back in the Victorian era. You will be greeted by staff dressed in traditional costume who will show you what life was really like back then. You will discover weird and wonderful Victorian remedies and can even ride a classic horse and cart. This is the perfect fun filled family day out which can be enjoyed by children all ages and abilities. You can find Ticket Prices and Opening Times over on their Website.
5. Eley's Pork Pies
Eley’s of Ironbridge is home to their world famous Pork Pies. The handmade pies are made following a traditional recipe that is over 50 years old. The small shop sells all manner of pastries, both hot and cold, drinks and snacks. Visit their Website where you can purchase Personalised Pies as gifts for loved ones.
6. Restaurant Severn
This One AA Rosette Restaurant in the heart of the historic town provides customers with delicious produce, sourced locally wherever possible using modern techniques. The restaurant combines modern English classics with exciting new European dishes. Restaurant Severn provides both lunchtime and evening meals alongside a separate Sunday menu. Menus can be viewed on their Website, where you can also Book A Table.
7. Gorge Museum
The Museum of the Gorge in Ironbridge is filled with plenty of exciting and educational things to do. You can view the scale model of Ironbridge in all of its detail, featuring the iconic Iron Bridge. The magnificent historic exterior of the building makes it a scenic place to visit, surrounded by the Shropshire countryside and River Severn. The museum will teach both adults and children about the history of Ironbridge and how the industrial town came to be. Visit the Gorge Museum Website to discover more attractions and things to do, as well as Opening Times and Prices.
8. The White Hart
The White Hart of Ironbridge is a café, bar and restaurant as well as providing rooms. The welcoming bar offers a wide range of real ales, wines and cocktails to enjoy at your pleasure. The restaurant features afternoon tea, bar food, pub lunches and fine dining, making it the perfect place to eat no matter what the occasion. You can book your table online at The White Hart through their Website.
9. Shropshire Raft Tours
As a part of Shropshire Rafting, you can enjoy a canoe along the River Severn into Ironbridge. They offer canoe and kayak hire from an hours hire, up to a full day travelling from Atcham to Ironbridge. This scenic route will allow you to take in the beautiful setting of Ironbridge whilst doing something a little different and keeping active. This is the perfect group activity to take part in during the summer months, finishing the day with a well-earned cocktail at Cleo’s. Take a look at the Shropshire Raft Tours Website to view the different water based activities on offer.
10. The Woodbridge Inn
Part of the Brunning and Price family, The Woodbridge is sat directly on the banks of the River Severn boasting views along the river and the surrounding countryside. The pub has a large indoor dining area and also seats outside, perfect to sit along the river in the summer months. With an extensive list of real ales, wines, gin and soft drinks, this is a family friendly pub and restaurant. There are many rooms which you can book for private dining and cosy family meals. Visit The Woodbridge online to view their Menu.
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