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New offices take Parksure to a new level

ParksureSpecialist mobile and leisure home insurance broker Parksure and its parent company, Cass-Stephens, recently celebrated a successful office move.

Parksure and Cass-Stephens, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, have been looking to move for some time after outgrowing their old offices due to the growth of the business following several acquisitions in the past few years and the taking on of more staff to deal with the extra business that ensued.

Parksure’s Matthew Cass said: ‘While the Regency buiulding was a lovely old building, it did actually work against us somewhat.

‘The new offices now allow us to be on one level in an open plan office, so we can now all see each other and talk to each other openly, allowing us to offer a much better and more efficient service to our clients.’


Estate agent heavily fined for misleading ads


resi3estate-agent-storyA Yorkshire estate agent who marketed homes on a park with a holiday licence as being fully residential receives a £7,500 fine

An estate agent has been ordered to pay more than £7,500 after admitting advertising holiday homes as permanent residential properties.

The action was taken by a local council trading standards department, which says the agent ignored a number of warnings and advice given to him.

Magistrates heard that Paul Staniford, who runs Staniford’s estate agency in Beverley, Yorkshire, was one of many local agents who had received advisory notes in 2012 and 2013 from officers of East Riding council's trading standards department warning against the advertising of holiday homes, as permanent residential properties.


Tim smashes China challenge for charity bid

febnews3Tim Lovatt of Park Cliffe, who is aged 56, joined a five-day trek organised by Pancreatic Cancer UK along a switchback stretch of the Great Wall of China.

Friends, family and local sponsors all pledged contributions for Tim’s bid which he funded himself.

And thanks to Tim, park director Susan Dickson hopes that the business will now be able to make a sizeable contribution to Pancreatic Cancer UK by the end of the year.

The charity was adopted by Park Cliffe as its fundraising cause for 2016 in memory of Susan’s father Frank Holgate who died from the disease in January last year.

Frank was a pioneer of holiday parks in the Lake District, and his original business – Silverdale Park – is marked its 60th anniversary last year.

Tim and his wife Arlene have worked as managers at Park Cliffe for 13 years, and both are popular figures with holiday guests, many of whom are regular visitors.

They also help organise many of the other fundraising initiatives which take place on the park each year, including celebration nights, wine tastings, a duck race, and other special events.

Tim said the trek was tough in parts, but that there was a great spirit of camaraderie among the 20-strong group which encouraged everyone to press on.

He was congratulated by Susan and her husband Derek on his return, and Tim has hopes that the £2,000 already raised will be added to by other donations.


Perfect park

febnews2Award-winning Poston Mill Holiday Park, in Peterchurch, Herefordshire, recently took centre stage, when members of the Best of British Parks Group left their conference hotel in Ross-on-Wye to enjoy a study tour of the park.

At Poston Mill, some 40-plus park owners from across the UK were able to see how one of their most highly-acclaimed colleagues maintains its celebrated reputation, including a top award in the VisitEngland for Excellence Awards. 2016 saw Poston Mill scoop the Visit Herefordshire Award for Excellence 2016, in the park category, and a silver award from VisitEngland for its dog-friendly facilities.

Poston Mill has come a long way since being taken over as a basic farm-based site just over 20 years ago by husband-and-wife team Wayne and Sarah Jones.
The couple have invested much time and energy into creating a high quality environment that now draws thousands of guests each year from the UK and overseas.

Winning the pools…

febnews4It’s an amount of money that would have made a pools winner very happy back in the day, but Clacton Holiday Park, Seawick, in St Osyth, decided to splash £1m on a prestigious new swimming pool complex for its guests. Owner of the park, Park Holidays UK, says the development will help further reinforce Clacton’s reputation as a family-friendly, four-season holiday destination. It’s envisaged that the new pool complex, complete with flumes and new changing areas, will be ready for the park’s re-opening in March, after its one month winter closure. Park Holidays UK says the pool will benefit not just the local economy but also the environment - for its heating will be provided by a super-efficient biomass boiler.

According to Park Holidays UK director Tony Clish, the decision to invest substantially in Seawick is a reflection of the confidence the company has in the park’s future.

Wyldecrest looking blooming marvellous!

Shirkoak Park’s Mr and Mrs Ware presented with their awardThe 2016 cross-park gardening competition held by Wyldecrest Parks, and sponsored by Towergate Insurance, has just come to an end and the winners were recently announced.

Mr and Mrs Ware and their stunning garden plot at Shirkoak Park, in Woodchurch, near Ashford, Kent, were awarded first prize for the group’s residential parks.

On the holiday side, Mr Cronshaw, a home owner at Bradgate Park, near Margate, Kent, received first place among the welter of entries for the operator’s holiday parks’ competition.


Park’s award hat-trick

jannews124Enjoying an island setting in the centre of the River Derwent, York’s Weir Holiday Park is currently celebrating, after receiving a hat-trick of awards. The park’s accolades trumpet its high quality standards and successful efforts to protect the natural world.

Underlining the business’s green credentials is the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award 2016, presented to the park by the world-famous television botanist.

Professor Bellamy congratulated David and Christine Hind, owners of the park for over 25 years, on achieving the award at its highest gold level.


Select Parks discount announced

jannews110Paul Baker Insurance Services (PBIS) has announced a new park home insurance discount for residents living on selected parks. The initiative applies to parks that are particularly well managed, well maintained and where residents enjoy an excellent relationship with the park owner or manager.

There are lots of parks that meet these criteria and the scheme will be extended, but initially parks run by the Turners Parks Group and by Michael Ward have met the criteria. Residents on those parks now qualify for a 15 per cent discount on their park home insurance premiums with PBIS.

The discount cannot be claimed retrospectively so existing policyholders of PBIS will have to wait until the next renewal date to qualify.

The discount is not available in addition to the 15 per cent discount PBIS offers to members of park home residents’ associations.

Commenting on the new scheme, Paul Baker, said: ‘We are committed to promoting and rewarding excellence within the park home sector.


PARK-help-LINE goes from strength to strength

jannews112One year since the inauguration of PARK-help-LINE was welcomed by peers and MPs at the Palace of Westminster, the organisation is going from strength to strength.

PARK-help-LINE, which is sponsored by Paul Baker Insurance Services (PBIS), is a free, friendly and confidential service that gets park home residents talking to those who can give them trusted advice on the park home problems they face.

During the past year, PARK-help-LINE’s volunteer operators have been exceedingly busy on a daily basis, dealing quietly and efficiently with calls from the length and breadth of our country - including Scotland and Wales.

PARK-help-LINE has done all it can to assist residents and get them the help they need. However, founder Sonia McColl has urged local authorities and the police to get more actively involved in park home matters so they acquire the necessary knowledge.

Happily, following given assistance, PARK-help-LINE operators have often reported that telephone calls have been received from grateful residents who have said how nice it is to have an organisation that does not ask for any of their personal details.  This allows them to remain completely anonymous – but listens, acts and offers a kind sympathetic ear to those in need.

Sonia also wanted to say a huge thank you to Paul Baker of PBIS for his sponsorship, and the seven anonymous volunteer telephone operators who do a fantastic job.
PARK-help-LINE is open from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday. For more information, please call 020 3846 6601.

Tree-mendous holiday!

Tree-mendous holiday!

Do you know your oaks from your maples? Well, an autumn holiday in Scotland might increase your knowledge. With its vast areas of woodland, the Argyll Forest is already ablaze with gold, red and orange as the changing season gets into full flow.

With eight holiday parks across Argyll, including Hunters Quay Holiday Village in Dunoon and Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village in Lochgoilhead, Argyll Holidays knows only too well the appeal of Autumn. That’s why it has encouraged people to come Leaf Peeping at its Holiday Parks. A popular pastime in the USA and Japan, Leaf Peeping is just as its name suggests – peeping at the beautiful array of multi-coloured leaves the season brings.

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