Walton Homes recently welcomed MP for Lichfield Michael Fabricant to one of its Staffordshire-based developments.
The high profile MP took time out of his busy schedule to visit the brand-new Ivy Manor development in Abbots Bromley, meet the team on site and discover more about the collection of homes being built and conversions undergoing re-development.
Speaking of his visit, Mr. Fabricant said: “This is a really sensitive site that perfectly reflects the character of Abbots Bromley village.
“During my visit I was pleased to have taken time out to look at the frontage of the conversion, from existing farm house to new home, and the way in which Walton Homes has retained the building’s original façade down to the use of the roof tiles and similar window frames.
“The development will, no doubt, provide additional useful accommodation in the village especially as there is a useful mixture of starter homes to those wanting larger more established properties.”
Helen Rollason, sales manager for Walton Homes, comments: “We were really grateful that Mr. Fabricant could come and see us at Ivy Manor and cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of our sales office.
“The development is already proving to be popular with one off-plan sale already, which is testament to our mixture of properties and the development’s idyllic rural location that offers all the benefits of village life.”
Ivy Manor comprises a mixture of elegant three-bedroom terraced properties as well as stunning four and five-bedroom detached homes, all of which are individually designed and have a distinct country-style appearance.
Prices currently start from £284,950 with the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme also available.
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and during the time when love is in the air for couples, one Staffordshire-based developer has explored whether we share the love with our homes too.
Lichfield-based Walton Homes, recently questioned 200 people from Staffordshire and the West Midlands, to discover how they rated their home on their love list this year, and how their perfect day would shape up – and the results make for interesting reading.
The loved-up home results
When it comes to falling in love with a new home, first impressions count, it seems, with over half of respondents (57%) agreeing that it takes just two minutes to know if their new home is ‘the one’, with the lounge and kitchen being the most important rooms to impress.
Despite it being ‘closed’ for half a year, it appears that we’re a region of garden lovers with just over half of respondents (52%) saying that as part of their ideal home, out of everything, they would love a beautiful low-maintenance garden to enjoy. A high-spec kitchen came a close second with a clutter-free garage also scoring high on the love wish-list.
Behind the closed doors of home-owners’ existing properties, however, it isn’t exactly a rosy picture. A third of those questioned (35%) said that if they had the cash to splash, they would love an impressive kitchen make-over, with 27% wanting their homes to be professionally styled with mind blowing décor – especially in the master bedroom!
The Valentine’s Day results
On the day itself, a candlelit dinner for two has been replaced for something that’s a bit more active! Just under half (46%) of respondents would like to be romanced by a long walk in the countryside, followed by some hearty pub grub, with just under a third (32%) looking forward to a cosy night in front of the box with a good film. On the flip side, 15% of women and 22% of men from the survey said that they would rather forget Valentine’s Day this year!
Music, movies and food are all important within the home and for those who are choosing to stay in this weekend, 60% are opting for chilled-out tunes, with a quarter (25%) of romantics sticking to tradition with Barry White and Micheal Buble.
Dirty Dancing and When Harry Met Sally are neck and neck this year when it comes to romantic movies, with an equal 25% of respondents agreeing that they are the most romantic films to snuggle down to watch. Ghost and Titanic came in as second and third choices.
The Burntwood Business Community group (BBC) are launching a new grant scheme to help Burntwood businesses improve the look of the town. The community group, backed by Lichfield District Council and Burntwood Town Council, are holding an open event at Burntwood Memorial Institute, Rugeley Road on 4th March at 6.30pm, and all business owners are invited to come along and find out more about the group and its plans.
The new grant scheme, using money from the High Street Innovation Fund is aimed at helping shop owners improve their frontage by funding up to 50% of the costs, up to £1000. Improvements could be new signs or window graphics or hanging baskets and planters. Shop owners can come to the event on 4th March and find out how they can apply. The BBC group meets regularly at Munchies Café at Sankeys Corner on the first Wednesday of each month at 6.15pm and new members are welcome. For more information contact Burntwood Town Council on 01543 677166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show is a five star homage to the greatest movie soundtrack of all time, Dirty Dancing.
It includes classic songs Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, Hungry Eyes and the Oscar-winning (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.
There will be sensational choreography and all those best loved tunes. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready to have the time of your life!
Please note this production is not affiliated with Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage on tour in the UK and worldwide.
An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show will play at the Lichfield Garrick on Friday 6 March 2015 at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £19.50 and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling Lichfield Garrick’s Box Office on 01543 412121.
Plans for Lichfield’s Friarsgate shopping and leisure complex have moved forward again with an announcement via MP Michael Fabricant that the scheme has been earmarked for a £2.66m Regional Growth Fund government grant which would go towards the creation of a vital element of the scheme – a new bus station. The Friarsgate scheme, which is projected to cost £100m may add £211m to Lichfield’s economy over the next ten years, and create 750 jobs.
The Friarsgate scheme will include a cinema and retail outlets, but is smaller than the project initially put forward. Revised plans will be considered by the council in the next few weeks, followed by the submission of an initial planning application. There will be a public exhibition later in the year where locals and business owners will be able to voice their views.
If you still suffering from from those post Christmasmas Blues then get along to the Lichfield Winter Beer Festival on Friday/Saturday 23rd/24th January .The beer and ciders have all been ordered so you can look forward to enjoying fine ales and traditional ciders at the wonderful Lichfield Guildhall.
The festival will feature no less than 30 + Real Ales most sourced from local and regional breweries plus a range of traditional ciders/perry and specialist bottled beers. Amongst some interesting names are Salopian Divine Comedy, Elland Catch the Rainbow besides regular favourites Dark Raven, The Hoard, Palmers Poison and Staffie
In additional there will be a choice of wines , fine quality food plus the infamous but now “Famous Pork Pies “ not forgetting ‘Jummy Cakes’ and a wide range of soft drinks for the drivers
For those who enjoy music with their beer then the they can listen to ‘ Radio Mary’ on Friday evening, this is the band that went down a storm at last years Fuse. On Saturday the very popular aptly named local band ‘Last Orders’ will play their very entertaining mix of covers.
The festival is open each day from noon-11.00pm entrance is just £2 before 6.00pm and £3 after 6.0pm if you are thinking of bringing a party you are advised to book your tickets .
Lichfield Arts President Brian Pretty said “ He was delighted that the festival is being held at the wonderful Lichfield Guildhall . These festivals are great community events , enjoyed by all, attracting many much needed visitors to the city , which boosts the local economy .”
Further information and tickets are obtainable on www.ichfieldarts.org.uk or 01543-262223
Friday 23rd Saturday 24th January -Lichfield Guildhall
Beer Festival January 2015
Photo : Robert Yardley
POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER IN LICHFIELD
Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, will return to Lichfield on Tuesday 6 January to hear about the issues that matter to local people.
He will hold supermarket surgeries in Tesco, Church Street, WS13 6DZ, at 2pm, and Morrisons in Beacon Street, WS13 8BG, at 3pm.
The ‘Let’s Talk’ events are the latest opportunity for people to tell Mr Ellis first-hand about crime and local policing and their experience of the criminal justice system. People are invited to come along to discuss any concerns they have about crime, policing and community safety – no appointment is needed.
Mr Ellis said: “This is a great opportunity to find out what people in Lichfield and the surrounding areas have to say. I want to hear what people’s experiences are of policing and the criminal justice system.
“How could things be done better to make sure the system fits the needs of people rather than people having to fit the system?
“These events give local people a chance to shape the future of policing and the criminal justice services for us all.”
For more details on ‘Let’s Talk’ visit http://www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/lets-talk/
Hunt for 11 Christmas trees and figures on display in shop windows across Lichfield City centre to claim a sweet treat!
Lichfield District Council launched its Twinkly Trail at Lichfield Christmas Festival on Saturday 6 December 2014.
The trail is aimed at children, and asks them to hunt high and low for 11 specially decorated trees and figures using clues in the colourful leaflet.
The Christmas trees and figures on the Twinkly Trail were decorated by school children across the district.
Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “The Twinkly Trail is a fun way to entertain little ones while doing your Christmas shopping in the city.
“We’re always looking for ways to support our traders, and this trail will hopefully encourage people to visit more streets and shops across the city centre.
“Thank you to all the schools involved and to the shops for taking part in the trail.”
Everyone who completes the trail will get a sweet treat and can also enter into a prize draw to win a family ticket for a Gruesome and Ghostly tour of the city.
The trails are available from Tourist Information at St Mary’s in the Market Square. The deadline to enter the prize draw is 2.30pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014.
More than 300 retail businesses across the district are eligible to retail relief.
The retail relief packages were announced in 2013’s and 2014’s autumn statements, and mean that occupied retail properties with a rateable value of up to £50,000 could be eligible for £1,000 retail relief this financial year (2014/15), and up to £1,500 in the next financial year (2015/16).
Lichfield District Council is writing to more than 300 local businesses that are eligible to receive the relief on their non-domestic rates.
Eligible establishments include shops that sell goods and services and food and drink establishments.
Councillor Chris Spruce, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Democratic & Legal Services, said: “We want to make sure all eligible businesses are aware of the relief in their rates and so we’re writing to more than 300 local businesses to tell them about it and to ask them to fill in and return a form that confirms they are eligible to receive it.”
Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “We work hard to support businesses across the district and it’s wonderful that we can write to many retailers before Christmas with this good news.”
To find out more visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/retailrelief or call Lichfield District Council on 01543 308900.