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We find out how Julie Ling, is managing her move

Regular PH&HC readers will remember that we featured a lovely photo of the brand new Tingdene Kensington Hoo Marina resident Julie Ling hopes to be moving into shortly (PH&HC July issue, page eight).

Since then, Julie has taken more pics including some of the materials arriving for the brick skirt at her Kent park, the ground being prepared for the concrete steps and concrete being laid in preparation for the steps.  As we went to press, the brick skirt was being built. Julie has promised more pics are her journey progresses!

Julie, husband Tony and daughter Alexandra have had more good news too – they have found a buyer for their existing park home on the site!

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august news2We profile a specialist park home refurbishment company that can help give your home a complete makeover

Eco Systems Park Homes is a company that prides itself on carrying out quality and professional workmanship, as our pictures show. The park home featured in our images has just benefitted from a complete exterior wall refurbishment with a stipple finish and corner stones; just one of the wealth of specialist, professional services the Hertfordshire-based firm offers.

During this installation Eco Systems Park Homes fitted Celotex insulation between stud frame 9mm WBP plyboard and fitted drip rails too.  All joins were sealed and the plyboard was coated with acrylic primer paint. Corner stones were fitted and finished off with stipple coating.  The company, which covers all parts of the UK and EU, boasts ten years’ worth of industry experience, free quotations and professional workmanship. All work is also fully guaranteed and insured and Eco Systems Park Homes will do its best to beat any genuine like for like quote by ten per cent.

Eco Systems Park Homes is at: Tednambury Farm Tednambury Sawbrigeworth Hertfordshire CM23 4BD.

To find out how Eco Systems Park Homes can transform your home, please call 01279 271 184, email info@ecosystemsparkhomes.co.uk or visit the company’s website at www.ecosystemsparkhomes.co.uk.

Toasting the Queen with a cuppa!

august news1Park home residents are a patriotic lot. We find out more about a Dorset park who hosted a special coffee morning to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Following our recent report on the festivities to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday at Oaktree Park, in Hampshire, (PH&HC June, pages 22, 23, 24, 26), we’ve learned of more parks who held similar events.
Shirley Bayliss, of Beaulieu Gardens Park Homes, in Christchurch, Dorset, sent us some great photos of the site’s residents celebrating the Queens 90th, as well as two park residents’ 70th birthdays. Shirley explained: ‘We live on a small community of 15 residential park homes and 20 holiday homes on the edge of the River Stour – it’s a really beautiful place!

‘At our usual Wednesday coffee morning, we decided to mark our monarch’s special birthday. We had bubbly and lots of party food and cake. A fabulous time was had by all!’

Lovely day!

Jill-withers-Interior designer, Jill Withers, Wessex’s original and much respected designer, has returned to the company to lead the interior design team. reporting to
Jill – who will report to group sales and design director, Peter Berwick – began at Wessex as a sales coordinator. But it wasn’t long before her design flair was recognised, and in 2002 she became Wessex’s concept designer, a position she held until 2010.  

Jill’s talent won her a loyal fan base and industry acclaim, in particular for models like the Hideaway, Deckhouse and Sanctuary.  

In 2010, Jill joined Pathfinder as interior designer, where her designs continued to impress.  Back at Wessex in 2016, Jill is already working on a new interior for the Cranborne park home and a new version of the Sanctuary  lodge, both of which will be launched later this year.

Jill said, ‘To come back to Wessex is very exciting. I have always loved Wessex, it was my first and true love so when the opportunity arose to come back into the fold, I jumped at it.’

For more information on Wessex, call 0845 257 0400, email sales@wessexparkhomes.co.uk or visit wessexparkhomes.co.uk.

£2m worth of summer fun!

summer-fun-story-03-Cult children’s TV legend Timmy Mallett is announced among the galaxy of TV and stage stars providing free entertainment this summer at the holiday resorts of Park Holidays UK. The 25-strong parks group says it is making its biggest ever commitment this year, to providing guests with top-notch performers, activities, games, and live shows.

A right ol’ fishy story

fishy-story-john-MetcPlans by the owners of a mid-Wales holiday park to extend their coarse fishing lake were going swimmingly until a master ‘poacher’ struck under the cover of darkness.
John and Jane Metcalf, of Maes yr Afon Holiday Home Park, located alongside the River Rhiew near Berriew, invested £4,000 on stocking the lake with fish, only to find that all of them had then been killed.

Park manager John Metcalf eventually came face to face with the culprit, a large dog otter, whilst fishing in the adjacent river. Sadly, the otter was not content with capturing enough fish to feed his family; he killed the lot and left them scattered around the pool.

Now, to protect the fish in the restocked lake, John has erected a high, otter-proof fence at a cost of £20,000.

A Royal celebration

royal-celebration-stoSoap star Emma Atkins, who plays Charity Dingle in Emmerdale, was the first to pull a pint at recently re-opened pub The Royal, in the Cumbrian village of Silverdale. However, this time, the storyline centres on Silverdale Holiday Park in Cumbria, and not Emmerdale Farm. When guests at the park ask where to find a good local pub, staff no longer need to scratch their heads, since the park has bought them one of their own!

At a cost of £300,000, the family business rescued The Royal in Silverdale, and brought the pub back to life after it had stood empty for six years. The move has won acclaim not just from park customers, but also from the local community whose members include Emma Atkins herself.

Owner Michael Holgate said that, although Silverdale Holiday Park provides its own acclaimed restaurant, cafe and bar, guests occasionally fancy a change of scenery.

Until recently, local options were rather limited – but now, he says, they can enjoy the park’s high standards of food and hospitality just a few minutes’ walk away.

Promoting high standards

Promoting high standards Staff at Chichester Lakeside Holiday Park have teamed up with guests and members of the local community to create a four-figure windfall for the local St Wilfrid’s Hospice. A total of just over £4,500 was handed to the hospice appeal this week, and was the result of a fundraising effort involving many of the park’s 60-plus employees.

For the past 12 months, the park has persuaded guests to put their hands in their pockets for a good cause by arranging a raft of different fun events.

Summer fares, Christmas parties and Easter Egg competitions all played a part in the fundraising, together with car boot sales, competitions, and a range of activities for youngsters.

The aim was to beat the £3,500 total raised by the park last year for the Arundel children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House and, when the money was counted up, staff were delighted to find the target topped by over £1,000.

Park supports charity

Park supports charityStaff at Chichester Lakeside Holiday Park have teamed up with guests and members of the local community to create a four-figure windfall for the local St Wilfrid’s Hospice. A total of just over £4,500 was handed to the hospice appeal this week, and was the result of a fundraising effort involving many of the park’s 60-plus employees.

For the past 12 months, the park has persuaded guests to put their hands in their pockets for a good cause by arranging a raft of different fun events.

Summer fares, Christmas parties and Easter Egg competitions all played a part in the fundraising, together with car boot sales, competitions, and a range of activities for youngsters.

The aim was to beat the £3,500 total raised by the park last year for the Arundel children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House and, when the money was counted up, staff were delighted to find the target topped by over £1,000.

£1m leisure investment

£1m leisure investmentHolgates’ flagship holiday park, Silverdale, located on the Lancashire/Cumbria border, is gearing up to welcome a brand new addition to its leisure facilities.

The ambitious £1 million development, which is now nearing completion, will see the creation of an additional three full time jobs and a further three part-time jobs, bringing the total number of staff employed across Holgates six parks to 120.

Included in the new facilities is a cutting edge Highway 66 mini six lane, 15m long bowling alley, created by world leading manufacturer QubicaAMF.

This mini bowling theme is apparently the first of its kind in the UK to incorporate BES X scoring technology, the world’s only Bowler Entertainment System, providing users with the latest innovations in interactivity and scoring.