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Brewing up some excellent insurance advice!

Brewing up some excellent insurance advice!PBIS’s Paul Baker was delighted to join residents at Hutton Park, in Weston-super-Mare, at their weekly coffee morning to talk about the new business, park home insurance and other topical issues of interest to park home residents including the recent legislation, pitch fees and football!

A number of residents have already insured their homes with Paul Baker Insurance Services attracted by the 15% Resident’s Association discount and the choice of policies designed to suit their requirements and pockets. Indeed one resident discovered his previous insurance had lapsed in 2013 - needless to say that was quickly resolved !

Following Paul’s presentation there was a lively question and answer session covering pitch fee reviews, licensing fees - which should not be included with the pitch fee and index linked, what happens in the event of a total loss, Paul explained the intention of the policy is to replace the home as new to include the costs of site clearance, re-siting and delivery fees as well as skirtings, steps and outbuildings but that the replacement had to be arranged via the park owner.


New venture more than just pie in the sky for Alfie

New venture more than just pie in the sky for AlfieThe successful entrepreneur Alfie Best has just invested into Eat Square, a local pie company based in Wiltshire. The owner of Wyldecrest Parks, one of the largest park home operators in the UK, valued at around £200 million, has acquired 40 per cent of this food business founded by Alex Joll in October 2014.

 Alfie Best explained: ‘I’ve invested once again into a business close to my heart. Nowadays, Wyldecrest Parks is about to become the biggest park home operator in the UK and we’re already planning an overseas expansion. That’s why I’ve invested into Eat Square.

‘I believe that when you love what you do and when you know what you’re doing, you have some of the most important keys to succeed in your hands – and Alex does know exactly what he’s doing and he loves it!’
 What about the pies? ‘The pies are really, really amazing,’ Alfie continued. ‘They have that nostalgic feeling of childhood in each single bite, that rustic and traditional taste.’


Cornish charities celebrate

Cornish charities celebrateTwo Cornish charities each received a boost to their fundraising efforts in February, thanks to an enterprising Padstow holiday park’s visitor giving scheme. Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Wadebridge Foodbank have both been handed cheques for £1,700 from Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park at Trevose Head.

The much-needed sums were raised by guests who donated £1 on top of their holiday costs when booking a stay at the park. The total amount was then doubled by Mother Ivey’s Bay owner Patrick Langmaid, to create the £3,400 windfall which was shared by the charities.

On top of another £800 donation made to each cause last March from the scheme, it means that the park has raised £5,000 for the two organisations over the past 12 months.

Hexham’s holiday heaven

Hexham’s holiday heaven‘It’s a holiday heaven for wildlife,’ said David Bellamy, speaking about Causey Hill Holiday Park in Hexham, Northumberland. The world-famous botanist has just presented this park with his prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

The family-owned park, enjoying picturesque views over the historic market town, has created a wildlife haven for guests to enjoy, said Professor Bellamy. Covering just under 20 acres, Causey Hill has been owned for the past ten years by the Daly family, and provides pitches for touring caravans plus luxury caravan holiday homes to own.

David Bellamy said that the park could congratulate itself on having created an environment which provided a VIP welcome for both wildlife and holiday guests. He praised the park’s planting of hundreds of native trees and shrubs which, along with its private woodland, provide habitats and food resources for many animal and bird species.

Park manager Linda Grant said that everyone was thrilled to have had the park’s conservation efforts given the thumbs-up from David Bellamy.

Park home living in a marine environment

march news1Port Werburgh Park is a stunning new residential development of luxury park homes with spectacular views over the River Medway, in Kent. This unique park, designed especially for the over 50s, offers something more than a little bit special, and with show homes available to view this month, there’s no better time than the present to see what it has to offer!

Situated on the Hoo Peninsular, in Kent, Port Werburgh is located on the northern side of the River Medway, with the Thames Estuary and the North Sea close by. What could be more perfect if you’re drawn to the waterside lifestyle?

For land lovers, Port Werburgh also has a lot to offer with picturesque beaches, pretty woodlands and quaint villages close by providing routes for walking. Rich in history, the local area has many attractions including Upnor with it’s castle and charming cobbled streets, St Mary’s Island, and the 13th century Cooling Church and Cooling Castle.

The park itself is positioned next to Port Werburgh Marina, an established and bustling residential and leisure marina. Where better to live if you’re looking to hone your sailing skills in retirement (leisure moorings are available)?


Rising from the ashes

march news2Following a major fire just over a year ago, South View Leisure Park in Skegness has now risen from the ashes. The park has been completely renovated, with the main building being rebuilt as part of a four-month project after it was destroyed in the blaze. A&M Architectural Partnership led the £3 million development, with Wasp Construction overseeing the installation of the cladding.

Marley Eternit’s Cedral external cladding material was specified to reconstruct the original 550m2  building, due to its fast and simple installation properties. Wasp Construction’s three installers had just over two months to clad the entrance building, including all verticals, corner details and gable peaks, and all the windows and porches.


Dynamic duo

march news4From Shropshire-based caravan dealership Salop Leisure, a dynamic duo, consisting of after-sales director Tony Cooke and assistant marketing manager Ed Glover, have signed up for The 2016 Macmillan 4x4 Challenge this March.

The 15th annual event aims to test the navigational skills, observation, on- and off-road driving ability, plus the endurance by day and night, of each two-man team. It is intended to be a long weekend of fun, covering between 400 and 1,000 miles, with various tests along the way.

Teams, who must raise a minimum of £600 sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support to take part, will only find out the starting point the week before the event. They are then given a map, a compass and directions to follow over the next three days. Night stops mean sleeping rough in the vehicle or a tent.


Park’s perfect pond

march news3World-famous botanist David Bellamy has congratulated the family owners of a North Devon holiday park after they scooped his most prestigious environmental accolade. Noteworthy Caravan and Campsite, in Holsworthy, is among just 14 of Britain’s 3,000-plus parks to achieve a special distinction on top of its David Bellamy Conservation Award.

Julieann and Mark Snook-Bevis, whose park is based on their Angora goat farm, gained the extra accolade for the creation this year of a thriving wildlife pond. They were also presented with the highest possible award, a gold, in Professor Bellamy’s annual honours for parks making exceptional efforts to protect the natural environment.

They acquired the smallholding 12 years ago, with the aim of breeding Angora goats and selling their mohair, alongside running courses in spinning and other crafts. The 70-strong rare-breed herd now regularly wins prizes at shows around the UK, and customers for the high quality wool include spinners in South Africa.



CCM Show Logo 2016If you love the great outdoors the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2016 offers all the inspiration you need for your next holiday. Whatever you love about open-air adventures; camping, glamping, caravanning or motorhomes, the show is simply a must.

Browse over 350 exhibitor stands at the Birmingham NEC from the 23 to the 28 February and explore the great outdoors indoors. Enjoy talks from popular celebrities Chris Packham, Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury at the Discovery Theatre and learn about their passion for nature. TV Chefs Aldo Zilli and Glynn Purnell will be cooking up some culinary delights as well as TV stars Ashleigh and Pudsey showing off their latest twists and twirls at the Dog Agility Arena. With interactive games and activities in the Woodland Trust area the show is sure to be enjoyed all day by the whole family. The Guinness World Record life-sized LEGO® brick caravan, that is built from 215,150 LEGO® bricks, is a spectacle not to be missed.


The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show is offering you a chance to win one of ten pairs of tickets to the show. Simply answer the below question and email your answer, along with your name, address and daytime telephone number to by 16 February 2016. Winners will be selected at random from all correctly answered entries after that date. A pair of tickets will then be posted to all winners prior to the start of the event:


Q: How many bricks were used to create the LEGO® brick caravan?

A: 100,458

B: 215,150

C: 736,400

‘We cleared our mortgage and moved to our dream park home!’

‘We cleared our mortgage and moved to our dream park home!’When Mr and Mrs Holder decided they wanted to clear their mortgage and move to a park home, they were delighted to find out about Quick Move Properties’ Assisted Move service which, they discovered, could make their move easy and hassle-free.

Mrs Holder explained: ‘We saw the luxury lodges at Finchale Abbey, in Durham, and decided it would be a great place to live. The Abbey grounds are just beautiful.

‘We were searching on the internet for information about buying a park home and we came across Quick Move Properties and its Assisted Move service. We liked the idea of an easy, hassle-free move, so we got in contact with the company.

‘The team at Quick Move Properties were really helpful – they explained that they could help us to secure our park home and sell our existing property.  The funds from our property sale were used to pay for the park home and clear our mortgage, which was exactly what we wanted, and the sale of our property was timed to coincide with when our park home was ready, so the whole process went very smoothly. I’d definitely recommend the service to others. Quick Move Properties just dealt with everything. It was so easy and hassle-free.’

Assisted Move, which is available to anyone interested in buying a park or leisure home, allows movers to use the capital from their existing home to secure their move without requiring any cash up-front; facilitating a quick, smooth and hassle-free move.

Members of the public can simply tell Quick Move Properties where they’d like to live and the team will set about finding the residential park or leisure park to suit them. Quick Move Properties will then work with them to choose the park or leisure home that best suits their requirements, budget and timescales. Because the company has longstanding relationships with home manufacturers it can often reduce the timescale and speed up your move. Finally, the company will also work alongside an independent estate agent to sell the client’s existing bricks-and-mortar property.  The funds from the sale will then be used to cover their onward purchase and hopefully leave them with a little leftover to enjoy life in their new home.

Patrick Chambers, sales director at Quick Move Properties, explained: ‘The aim of Assisted Move is to take the hassle and the up-front costs out of moving to a residential park or leisure park. Because we pay all of the up-front costs, there are no estate agent’s fees or solicitor’s fees, and no deposit to pay on your new park or leisure home. You simply select the location and the property, with our expert team on hand to offer advice and guidance every step of the way.’

For more information on Quick Move Properties’ Assisted Move scheme you can call the team on 01793 840917 or visit the website at