Barratt Manchester holds Story Telling events at schools in the North West

Stories were brought to life in front of the eyes of pupils, thanks to storytelling events at Barratt Homes’ developments Quernmore Park, Lancaster and J One Seven, Sandbach. School children were invited to the developments for a day of magical storytelling which was hosted in one of the show homes, to mark National Storytelling Week.   We invited professional storyteller's, both members of the Society for Storytelling, to spend the day at the developments, telling stories to the pupils and engaging them in the literature. The awareness week ran from 27th January to 3rd February and aims to unite both children and adults in…

Barratt Manchester swings into action for Francis House

On Tuesday 15th August this year we hosted our charity Golf Day and Sportsman’s Dinner in aid of Francis House, our chosen charity of the year. 96 golfers swung into action on the 18 hole golf course at Mere Golf and Country Club, with a total of 150 guests attending the evening dinner. The dinner was hosted by Karl Kirkpatrick the former Super League Referee, from Stockton on Heath. Karl was joined by Britain’s Got Talent comedian and impersonator, Les Gibson from Liverpool. Sub-contractors, business partners and work colleagues contributed towards an impressive total of £26,419.40 which was presented by Finance Director Mike Cleary…

Prime Minister visits Scholars Green, Walkden

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, visited our Scholars Green development in Walkden on Monday 2nd October following the announcement that the Government will invest a further £10 billion to support the Help to Buy scheme. Mrs May was in Manchester for the Conservative Party Conference, and was joined at the development by the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid. They met with Chief Executive David Thomas and were given a tour of the site by our Regional Managing Director, Bernard Rooney and Managing Director, Neil Goodwin. They also met Rebecca Coulton and Christopher Leyland who used…

Hawley Gardens encourages safe driving through kids posters

School children have designed a collection of road safety signs that will be displayed around the Barratt Manchester development, Hawley Gardens in Thornton-Cleveleys. The children, aged between five and 13, entered their drawings in to our competition and the winning five designs, have now been printed and are proudly displayed in open spaces at our Hawley Gardens development. The initiative comes after recent research commissioned by road safety charity Brake and insurance firm Churchill, showed that half of all drivers in the UK admit to breaking 20mph speed limits. A poll of 2,000 motorists found that 52% have driven faster than 24mph in restricted areas…

Barratt Manchester builds a ‘Lean to’ for Cottam Primary school

Builders working on our Cottam Meadow development on Canberra Lane put together the out structure to provide a protected area for children to use as an extension to the class room as well as a space to play. The ‘lean to’ means that during break times, children have an extra place to grab some shade in the warmer months and shelter in the winter and enables groups to enjoy outside learning as part of the curriculum. Michaela Lancaster, Sales Director at Barratt Manchester said: “It has been great to work with Cottam Primary School and build this ‘lean to’ for the…

Mayfield Mustangs dressed for success thanks to kit sponsorship

Rochdale-based rugby league team, the Mayfield Mustangs, are ready to kick the season off in style thanks to a donation of a brand new team kit. The team of 13-14 year olds were left without a kit for the coming season thanks to teenage growth spurts so we stepped in to lend a helping hand. The brand new kit was funded through The Barratt Legacy Programme, after Gavin Reynolds the Mayfield Mustang’s coach, successfully applied for funding, allowing the team to play in a kit that fits them perfectly. The Mayfield Mustangs is a voluntary organisation providing opportunities for local…

Cottam Meadow hosts school site safety visit with year 1 pupils

We invited Year 1’s from the local school - Cottam Primary - for a site safety visit at our popular Cottam Meadow development in Preston. The 28 school children donned hard hats and hi-viz and set off to Cottam Meadow to learn the importance of site safety. The experienced construction team at the development informed the children about the dangers presented by building sites ahead of the May half term holiday. Thomas Hudson, Trainee Site Manager at Barratt Manchester said, “Children might see a building site as a fun and exciting playground, but that is certainly not the case. These visits…

Raising the bar for our Charity of the Year- Francis House

We've raised a glass for our Charity of the Year, Francis House, by collecting £2,150 of donations in a bottle raffle – just one of many fundraising tactics for 2017. In addition to the bottle raffle, other fundraising activities scheduled throughout the year include ‘Bake-Off’ inspired cake sales, casual comfy clothing days and weather permitting, a summer golf day which proved to be a success last year. Didsbury-based Charity of the Year, Francis House, provides care for children and young people with life limiting conditions, as well as short term respite provision for family members and carers. In addition to its…

Barratt Manchester raises more funds for chosen ‘Charity of the Year’ 2016

Barratt Manchester staff took to the driving range in support of our chosen charity of the year, Francis House – raising £17,594 at the charity golf day and Sportsmen’s Dinner on 18th August 2016. 120 game golfers swung into action on the 18 hole course at Mere Golf and Country Club, with a total of 187 guests attending the evening event, hosted by former Super League Referee, Karl Kirkpatrick. Karl was joined by Britain’s Got Talent comedian and impersonator, Les Gibson. An auction was also held in the evening with various items of sports memorabilia on display, including an FC Barcelona shirt…

Bryning with Warton primary school pupils go back to the future

Pupils from Bryning with Warton, St Paul’s Primary School have gone ‘back to the future’ by burying a time capsule in the grounds of the Barratt development they helped to name. The time capsule is designed to be unearthed in one hundred years from now, offering a snapshot to future generations of what life was really like in 2016. Barratt Manchester development- Highgate Park, Warton, was officially launched in January 2015 by the then Deputy Mayor of Fylde, Cllr Karen Henshaw, Barratt Manchester MD- Neil Goodwin and Olivia Riley, the year six pupil who came up with the development name selected. Nearly…