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What garden birds are most common in and around your park home plot?

It has to be the good old sparrow - they’re so friendly! - 60%
We love blackbirds and they are frequent visitors to our park home garden - 20%
It’s a close call but we love blue tits and really enjoy spotting them in our plots! - 20%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 15 Mar 2017 - 10:38

Insuring against fire damage

april news88After a serious fire at a Gloucestershire park that saw the loss of two park homes and damage to others, we asked Paul Baker, of Paul Baker Insurance Services (PBIS), to explain what home owners should expect in such circumstances.Fires of this kind are rare and there were no fatalities, but it did cause extensive damage.

Paul explained: ‘All park home insurance policies should include loss or damage caused by fire, and any subsequent damage caused by smoke, as well as providing cover on a replacement-as-new basis.

‘Total loss situations like this can test the adequacy of the sums insured. Our ‘Select’ and ‘Economy’ policies insure structures up to £600,000 and £300,000 respectively.

‘While the fire may have spread from another home, the damage to your home will be covered by your own park home insurance, in the first instance.


Keep on pedalling!

april news88bIt could be said that PHCS’s Cathi Foale was a little ‘cycling lazy’ in 2016. However, that doesn’t mean she’s been redundant! She has been pedalling on a more low-key level, choosing to do longer weekend tours in the UK.

Cathi’s largest tour was in Dijon, France. Dijon, capital of the historic Burgundy region, is also one of the country’s principal wine-producing areas. We’ll say no more, Cathi!

However, Cathi and her partner Paul are back with a vengeance for 2017 and have already made plans for their chosen charity: the MS Society. They have previously raised money for Age Concern, Bowel Cancer Research and the Royal Berks ‘da Vinci Robot’ for revolutionary cancer treatment, undertaking lengthy and testing cycle tours.Cathi and Paul have now confirmed dates for their cycle challenge to help raise money for the MS Society. They will be cycling 500 plus miles in eight days, traversing the Apennine Mountain range from Bologna to Rome, Italy.


Cumbrian celebrations


Silverdale Holiday Park, on the borders of south Cumbria, saw a 60-year record for the number of people choosing to spend the New Year break away from home. More than 1000 guests were partying and popping the corks on their bubbly on January 31, nearly doubling the village's population of some 1500 people, most of them staying in luxury holiday homes.

Also pitching up were scores of campers and owners of touring caravans, plus people with motorhomes and others booking one of the park's glamping pods.

Many of the visitors claimed that they have a much more relaxing break when everyone is on neutral territory and away from their usual family surroundings.

Get cosy in Shillingford’s new Cardigan!


resi3View-Saudersfoot-beachFancy a state-of-the-art home on a plush Pembrokeshire park with coastal views? Look no further than the brand new Stately-Albion Cardigan Cottage, available for just £165,000 at Shillingford Park, in Kilgetty

A brand new, customer adapted Stately-Albion home is available for just £165,000 at a top Pembrokeshire park.

The 41ft x 20 Stately-Albion Cardigan Cottage is up for sale at Kilgetty village park, Shillingford.

Shillingford Graham Evans said, ‘We have just taken delivery of a fantastic new Stately home, which arrived on site in the second week of January. Our bricklayer is currently undertaking the construction of the faced brickwork skirt prior to step construction.’


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.


Jurassic park!


We find out more about an open weekend event at a residential park in Dorset offering affordable luxury for the over 50s along the Jurassic Coast

A stunning new park home development in Dorset is opening its doors to prospective home buyers at an open weekend event from 18 to 19 February.

Montevideo Park, in Weymouth , isn’t just your standard park home development. This completely new residential site, for just 22 homes, features a choice of the industry’s latest and most cutting-edge park homes.


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.