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Second reading

editors blogThe Mobile Homes Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords earlier this month. The lively debate prompted much discussion but the encouraging upshot is the mooted new legislation has now been approved by both houses, which means big changes for thousands of park home residents up and down the country cannot be too far away. Make no mistake, we haven’t seen as seismic an overhaul of the legislation for more than 30 years so don’t miss our expert analysis of proceedings on page 68. As well as these fascinating developments, we can also bring you park reports on a quartet of excellent Norfolk parks as part of our special focus on the county. On top of this, we have also listed 14 more alternative options in the east of England park home stronghold. There was also plenty to report from the recent Spring Caravan and Camping Show at Birmingham’s NEC. I was extremely pleased to see such a breadth of park and home manufacturer representation at this hotly-anticipated event. I am also delighted to be able to report that the event was so well attended. Visitors flocked to the National Exhibition Centre in their droves to see a stunning array of park home and holiday caravan and lodge options. It’s really exciting to see a British manufacturing industry in such rude health, despite the constant doom-mongering about our economic plight in the national press. This month, we also help a Bedfordshire couple progress their park search in an entertaining installment of our ‘Help Us Find a Park Home’ feature. Enjoy!


april coverAlexAlex Melvin




 Alex Melvin, Editor

April 2013 - buy it here


Cambridge in focus

editors blogThere’s no doubt that Cambridge is one of the UK’s most interesting and exciting cities. World famous for its university, the city draws tourists from around the globe. However, there’s much more to the county than a collection of centuries-old colleges. The flatlands of the Fens, found around the coast of the Wash, boast some superb park home sites as our focus on the county proves.

We’ve visited a trio of lovely sites - each with its own individual charm. Cottenham Park, for example, is a prior winner of our annual Park of the Year competition. It is situated at the edge of a typically quaint English village and is run by a fantastic family, the Millers. Dont miss our review on page eight! The other parks, Mandalay Park, in Whittlesey, and Whiteleys Park, just outside of Peterborough, hold equal allure, for different reasons. You’ll have to read our park profiles on pages 14 and 18 respectively to find out! On top of this, we’ve compiled a list of scores of other great Cambridgeshire options too (page 25).

But it isn’t just Cambridgeshire park home hunters who are in for a treat. We’ve also got reviews of sites in Somerset, Berkshire, Essex, Norfolk and even Spain in this issue.

If you’re looking for something worthwhile and rewarding (both personally and financially) in retirement, don’t miss our special feature on The Amazings (page 60), an online platform for the over-50s that allows you to pass on your skills to a younger genration while earning yourself a few bob too!

Enjoy the issue.


march coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

March 2013 - buy it here


Quite a trip!

editors blogEver wondered how a park home is transported from factory to park site? With 21st century park homes boasting plush interiors, state-of-the-art technologies and capacious rooms, it is sometimes easy to forget that they are actually mobile!

However, the fact remains that these modern-day monsters - some of which are 60ft long and 22ft wide - are most definitely mobile and getting them from Point A to Point B is a big undertaking. In February’s issue, we profile a transportation company which does exactly that. After reading our special feature, I’m sure that, like me, you will have learned more about park homes and have a new-found respect for these specialist operators.

Speaking of specialists, we’ve also got an intriguing report on a chassis refurbishment job carried out by Park Home Chassis Services (PHCS). Looking after your home’s chassis can be crucial to extending its lifespan. A number of residents at Willowbrook Park, in West Sussex, realised this and engaged the company to check the underside of their homes. Word of mouth quickly spread about PHCS, as our feature shows.

There are so many different suppliers and services in the park home industry; all working diligently behind the scenes to ensure your home is in tip-top condition! The best ones are worth celebrating, in my view!

As well as all this, don’t miss our Hampshire parks special. We bring you a trio of exceptional parks in one of England’s premier Home Counties.


february coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

February 2013 - buy it here


The specialists...

editors blogChoosing the right contractor for a home refurbishment project can seem daunting. How do you know who to pick? Or who’s trustworthy? Not to mention whether or not they have specialist mobile home knowledge!

Fear not though - our comprehensive 33-page Suppliers and Services directory has got everything covered.

Our guide is packed full of scores of reliable and established park and holiday home operators, many of whom have been given the industry’s seal of approval from the well-regarded Guild of Park and Holiday Home Services. Whether you are looking for general repairs and improvements, roofing specialists, windows and doors, a new deck, steps or fence panels, our easy-to-use compendium will have the answers.

Then there are other specialist companies like insurance and finance firms, park home estate agents, surveyors and solicitors, transportation companies and residents’ associations.

These knowledgable companies are the ones we turn to on a day-to-day basis to keep things ticking over in our homes and best practice really should be celebrated.

But as well as that, we have got all the usual park profiles and home reviews, including a special focus on East Sussex.

Our trio of south coast selections will have you yearning for the seaside and a fish and chip supper! It might be January but it’s always nice to let your mind wander towards the sunny days of summer.


January coverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

January 2013 - buy it here


A winter warmer!

editors blogThere have been plenty of important park home-related matters to digest over the past month. First of all, there was the second reading of the long-awaited Mobile Homes Bill in Parliament on October 19. The Bill promises to shake up our community and improve things for both residents and the industry alike. Don’t miss our in-depth analysis of the key issues in this issue.

While this crucial parliamentary debate was in full swing, the annual Motorhome and Caravan Show took place at Birmingham’s NEC. From the perspective of the park home and holiday caravan industry, the event was an unmitigated success. Showgoers thronged to England’s second city in their thousands and their reaction to the wealth of new mobile homes on display was really positive.

If the new legislation makes the difference to the industry we are all expecting, our industry will have even more to shout about in forthcoming shows and events.

But it’s not all about the new park homes and lodges on the market. I was fascinated to learn of the story of Colin Jarvis, a second-hand park home owner from Hampshire. Through his own hard work, and the help of Park Home Chassis Services’ chassis repair endeavours, Colin has transformed his 30-year-old park home into a thing of beauty. Well done Colin! If other readers have enjoyed similar experiences, I’d love to hear about them so drop me a line on the below email! Finally, we’ve got a super Lincolnshire parks special in this issue.

Enjoy the magazine!


DecCoverLgAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

December 2012 - buy it here


A busy autumn...

NovBlogIt’s a busy period for those connected to the park home world. We have seen the recent Government consultation of both park residents and industry figures over the proposed changes to the Mobile Homes Act. Then there’s the imminent second reading of the Bill relating to this legislation in Parliament. We will, of course, bring you updates on these crucial issues as they happen via our website, www.parkhomemagazine. com, and through the pages of the magazine. Look out for a special report in December’s edition.

On top of this, there were big turn outs at both the recent Exeter and Needham Market park home roadshow events, where issues such as the possible introduction of a ‘fit and proper’ person test for park site owners and the contemptible practice of sale blocking were discussed. While these very real and serious concerns need the Government’s urgent attention, it has also been heartening to see the success of this season’s summer and autumn shows. The HERCMA events at Hull and Beaulieu were fantastically well attended while other shows at Brockenhurst and the golf club in Cottingham were also a success. It reflects well on the industry and those involved in organising these events that the comments from the show going public were almost uniformally positive. Don’t miss our reviews of the best homes and parks at these events on page 64.

Something else you shouldn’t miss is our round-up of the best parks in and around the county of Essex on page 8. We profile four stunners and we’d love to know your views!


NovCoverAlexAlex Melvin




Alex Melvin, Editor

November 2012 - buy it here