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…

Barratt Manchester raises money in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support

Staff at Barratt Manchester HQ enjoyed their biggest ever ‘Bake Off’ bonaza – donning their aprons to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Friday 30th September saw Macmillan host its ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning,’ and the team rose to the challenge, baking up a storm in preparation for the big bake sale, and raising £511.09 for the cancer charity. The house-builder’s moonlighting as amateur bakers and cake connoisseurs, tucked into everything from cupcakes and muffins to cheesecake and brownies, all in aid of raising both funds and awareness for Macmillan. Barratt Manchester Sales Director Michaela Lancaster said “I’m extremely proud…

Barratt Manchester helps local school children stay safe this winter

Children in Reception and Year One at Willow Lane County Primary School in Lancaster, have been presented with high-visibility vests by the local Barratt Homes team at Riverside View. The vests were donated to the primary school as part of an initiative set up by Barratt Manchester to help keep local children safe when walking to and from school and on school trips, timed ahead of clocks going back on 30th October. Alan Watt, sales manager at Riverside View, said: “With the clocks going back at the end of the month, it is almost dark when children come out of school,…

Barratt Manchester are driving force behind fitness in Clitheroe schools

One hundred Clitheroe pupils from Saint Augustine’s and Ribblesdale high schools are now able to access Roefield Community Leisure Centre’s sporting workshops, thanks to much needed funds donated to pay for transport. A dedicated coach service has been funded by Barratt Manchester, via our community initiative, the Legacy Programme. Neil Ashworth, Roefield’s Sports Promotion and Development Officer, successfully applied to Barratt for funding of the service, which will allow students access to a range of sporting workshops that are not available within their schools. Roefield leisure centre is a charitable, not for profit organisation that has been working with schools in…

It’s “Lights, camera and action” for Kepple Lane Park

Pupils from St Thomas Primary School, Garstang, joined patrons of the award winning Kepple Lane Park Trust, to celebrate the acquisition of a new power cable to provide lights and sound for its outdoor stage area. The new cable has been funded by Barratt Manchester, via our Legacy Programme. Park trustees successfully applied to us for funding of the £1000 equipment, which it says all future performances will benefit from top quality audio visual effects. Formerly a Garstang waste disposal site, Kepple Lane Park has been transformed into a multi award-winning recreational facility for the whole community to enjoy, including a toddler playground,…

Barratt Manchester celebrates a unique proposal

Barratt Manchester found itself unexpectedly at the centre of a marriage proposal at our  St James’ Place development in Littleborough near Rochdale. To help welcome them to their new home, sales adviser, Janet Loughnane, was poised with house keys, champagne and flowers for first-time buyers, Liam Fairclough and Heather Leonard. Little did she know that the occasion would set the scene for a tender marriage proposal. Just minutes after being presented with the keys to their first new home, Liam got down on one knee to propose to Heather – who luckily said yes! Commenting on the romantic moment she unexpectedly witnessed,…

Roads named in honour of Lancaster WW1 heroes

Three of Lancaster’s most highly decorated World War I (WWI) heroes have been honoured at Quernmore Park, Lancaster in memory of their lives and military bravery. Barratt Manchester officially unveiled the road names to coincide with Armed Forces Day, inviting members of the Lancaster Royal British Legion and Air Cadets to join them in celebrating the lives of 2nd Lieutenant Ronald Macdonald MC, Private Reginald Sydney Dennison MM and Captain Albert Ellwood, MC. The three distinguished service men belonged to Lancaster’s Battalion of the King’s Own Royal Regiment, which fought throughout the First World War in France and Flanders, the Balkans, and…

Barratt Manchester staff raise money for The Christie

During April, staff from Barratt Manchester held some office based activities to raise money for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. This was in memory of Christopher Curwen who sadly passed away in 2010 at the young age of just 23 with Lymphoma. Chris was the close friend of Assistant Quantity Surveyor Craig Wood and they both attended UClan, where Chris was a Sports Coaching student. Each year since 2010 the former UClan students hold a charity football match (The Chris Curwen Memorial Cup) against the current students at Myerscough College Bilsborrow campus, raising funds for The Young Oncology Unit at The Christie. With…