The 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.Read more...
Enjoying 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.Read more...
Paul 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.Read more...
One 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.
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.
Visit the website for full details: www.argyllholidays.com.
Triple Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft has thanked specialist park home and holiday home insurer Caravan Guard for sponsoring her from the very start of her medal-winning career. Just a week after returning from the 2016 Rio Paralympics, ‘Hurricane Hannah’ invited her local company to a celebration lunch. The 24-year-old wheelchair racer shared her Paralympic stories and her delight at bringing home three gold medals, as well as breaking a world record in the T34 400m race. Hannah also gave her heartfelt thanks to all her sponsors for their support – singling out Caravan Guard for being behind her from the start.
The Halifax-based caravan and motorhome insurance specialist has sponsored Hannah for the past seven years, helping her to pay for her racing wheelchair, as well as replacement wheels, tyres, gloves, speedometers, physio and travel expenses to competitions.
One of the UK’s best-known park home and leisure lodge manufacturers opened its doors to the public in October.
Tingdene Homes’ ever-popular open day event took place at its Visitor Centre in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on 8 October.
Scores of visitors viewed a wealth of Tingdene homes, which are on permanent display at the state-of-the-art complex. They also got to talk to the friendly Tingdene team and have their questions answered.
But there was much more in store for attendees. There was a free treasure hunt, with a top prize of an overnight hotel stay and a dinner-for-two. There were guided factory tours, offering a valuable insight into the build process, and a chance to understand the technical aspects of construction.
Park site operators were also on hand throughout the day to discuss what their developments have to offer. Tingdene’s Locate-a-park team also helped customers with their park-related queries.
Refreshments were available with a light buffet lunch also provided. For more information about Tingdene Homes, please visit www.tingdene.co.uk.
The residents’ association at a Cornish park raised more than £2,500 to buy a defibrillator in just six weeks with the help of big-hearted insurance company, Towergate.
The committee at Honicombe Park, in Callington, purchased the life-saving defibrillator and a cabinet to house it in, exceeding their £2,400 target and raising an impressive £2,691.66 in total.
Park residents participated by filling hexagon-shaped Smartie tubes with 20p coins; each tube, if filled to the top, contained £12. This idea, the brainchild of the residents’ association treasurer Terry Smith, helped garner £518 of the total.Read more...
Specialist Kintech recently won a contract with Bourne Leisure for its recently-launched SafeStor all-steel storage unit to be made available for sale to owners of all holiday homes and static caravans at the majority of Bourne’s 37 Haven parks throughout the UK.
The Haven sites accommodate approximately 26,000 holiday homes and caravans, and, within the first 12 weeks of the arrangement being finalised, Kintech had sold over 750 SafeStor units.
Kintech Sales Director Shaun Caddick said: ‘Bourne Leisure has specified SafeStor because its galvanised steel construction means that it is non-combustible, strong and weatherproof, and its multi point locking system with anti-drill and pick properties offers high levels of security.’
Europe’s oldest park and leisure home manufacturer has announced the appointment of a key new member of its sales team.
Stately-Albion, which is based in Abercarn, near Newport, recruited Ray Currie from Pathfinder Homes on 12 September 2016.
Mr Currie will become the manufacturer’s first key accounts executive for Scotland and northern England.
Stately-Albion already has a strong business presence in the north of the country, particularly in Scotland, but this has grown to such an extent that a dedicated person for the area is now required.
Mr Currie’s principal duties will be to service existing, loyal residential park customers that the company has in the north.Read more...