Tuesday, 18 December 2018

New Year, new home?

Christmas greetings
The Christmas and New Year holidays are traditionally a time to start thinking of plans for the year ahead.

They can range from fairly straight-forward (but not necessarily easy) New Year resolutions - such as losing weight and being nice to your mother-in-law – through to more life-changing plans. Such as moving house, maybe?

If you are thinking of a new home, it’s not too late to squeeze in some house-hunting before the end of the year.

The last opening day before Christmas for most Larkfleet Homes and Allison Homes show homes will be Friday 21 December. But they will be open again on 27, 28, 29 and 30 December before taking a two-day break on 31 December and 1 January.

And don’t forget, until the end of December, you can reserve your new home for just £99. If you do, you might also win a Christmas gift to help your New Year move. Offers include:

  • Fitted carpets in your new house
  • Your rear garden turfed
  • £1,000 towards your legal fees
  • A 42-inch HD television
  • An Apple iPad

The deals are being offered on selected plots at:


  • The Croft at Baston, Baston
  • Boston Gate, Boston
  • Collingham Brook, Collingham 
  • Oakley Rise, Corby
  • Gretton Valley, Corby
  • Nettleham Chase, Nettleham
  • Pinchbeck Fields, Pinchbeck
  • Whittlesey Green, Whittlesey

As well as your ‘present’ you will, of course, get a superb energy-efficient new home with a ten-year insurance-backed warranty. What a great start to the New Year!

Our head office at Larkfleet House will close on the afternoon of Friday 21 December 2018 and reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Monday, 17 December 2018

A Dickensian Christmas

Charles Dickens' Christmas stories
Charles Dickens has probably had more influence on the way that we celebrate Christmas today than just about anyone else.

At the beginning of the Victorian period, the celebration of Christmas was in decline. The move of a large part of the population from rural villages to big cities as a result of the industrial revolution meant that traditional celebrations, which were a feature of village life, were abandoned. Dickens helped to reverse this and to create new ‘traditions’ to replace the old.

He was not alone, of course. Possibly equally influential was Prince Albert who brought the German custom of decorating the Christmas tree to England.

The singing of Christmas carols (which had all but disappeared at the turn of the century) began to thrive again, and the first Christmas card appeared in the 1840s.

However, it was the Christmas stories of Dickens that really revived the idea of Christmas as a time for celebration.

In October 1843, he began writing A Christmas Carol and it was finished by the end of November. The book captures in many of its chapters what Dickens observed taking place around him in London – and then built upon this.

The Spirit of Christmas Present takes Scrooge into the city streets, with their mud and sooty snow, to witness how the poor celebrated the festival.

However, the theme of A Christmas Carol is not Christmas feasting. It is a story of conversion, of release from the imprisoning chains of grasping covetousness worn by Marley's Ghost into the freedom of compassion and generosity. Dickens made his story a vehicle for delivery of the real message of Christmas.

The Spirit of Christmas Present therefore shows Scrooge not just the family celebrations so familiar to us now, but also the crowds hurrying to church and chapel 'with their gayest faces' – something rather less familiar to most of us today.

Whatever you will be doing this Christmas, it may well be as a result of traditions which Charles Dickens and Prince Albert revived and created nearly two centuries ago.

And whatever you are doing, we hope you have fun.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

More hot air from Larkfleet!

Pat Smith (left) and Nikki Gunn from Edenham Village Hall with one of the new hand dryers that has been installed at the hall.
We couldn't resist the pun in the headline - but this is a 'good news' story for a local community and for the environment.

The village hall in Edenham - not far from our head office in Bourne, Lincolnshire - is reducing its carbon footprint and improving hygiene thanks to a donation from the Larkfleet Homes Community Fund.

The fund has given £250 to Edenham Village Hall to help pay for hot air hand dryers in the toilets, allowing the hall to end the use of paper towels.

Now, you may think that electric hand dryers would be something of an environmental disaster, but it turns out that actually they are far 'greener' than paper towels.

They use fewer resources than towels because towels constantly need to be produced and transported to users, and eventually they take up space in landfill. Even when compared with recycled paper towels that are composted (which are better than those made from virgin materials and sent to landfill), air dryers are more eco-friendly. If you are interested, check out the report here for details of research studies.

For the village hall, there are other benefits as well. Pat Smith of the village hall committee said: “This is a much more hygienic system for all our groups using the hall – everyone from the toddler group through to dog training handlers, Edenham school children and the senior citizen Christmas Party.

“And the dryers are always available, unlike paper towels where the dispenser requires refilling on a regular basis. It also saves us a bit of work as we no longer have to deal with ordering the towels and accepting delivery.”

Karl Hick, CEO of The Larkfleet Group of Companies, said: “We were particularly pleased to support this project because of the positive impact on the environment.”

The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund supports groups that enhance or develop local communities. It makes grants to charities or voluntary organisations within ten miles of any housing development by Larkfleet Homes or Allison Homes.

If you want to know more about the Larkfleet Homes Community Fund and how an organisation that you are involved with could get a grant, visit www.tiny.cc/larkfleet-fund.

Our photo shows Pat Smith (left) and Nikki Gunn from Edenham Village Hall with one of the new hand dryers that has been installed at the hall.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

More than just houses


Front cover of Larkfleet Review
At Larkfleet Homes we're proud to be part of The Larkfleet Group of Companies which also includes Allison Homes.

But there is more to the group than house building. The winter 2018 edition of our magazine The Larkfleet Review, which includes news from across the group, has just been published.

The eight-page publication looks at new sites that The Larkfleet Group of Companies has opened across the country, reports on some of the group's R&D activities and highlights some of the grants made by the Larkfleet Homes Community Fund.

It also reports on the group's recent award wins, training activities and market research. There's a feature on housing for the over-55s and a story about how our colleagues are delivering solar power in India, Mexico and Kenya - all rather warmer and sunnier than the wintry UK!

If you would like to know a bit more about Larkfleet, you might find The Larkfleet Review to be interesting. You can download a copy from here.

And if you want to know even more, check out the group website at www.larkfleetgroup.co.uk.

Monday, 10 December 2018

It’s panto season – oh yes it is!

Beauty and the Beast poster
Pantomime is a much a part of the British Christmas tradition as turkey and mince pies. So here’s a handy list of the seasonal theatrical offers in some of the towns and cities where we are developing new homes.

  • In Boston – where we are developing at Boston GateAladdin is being staged at the Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre until 2 January.
  • On 3, 4 and 5 January Peter Pan is visiting Oakham, close to our development at Farriers Reach. In nearby Stamford Sleeping Beauty will be waking up daily from 27 December to 1 January. 
  • There’s a choice of two pantos in Peterborough as well – Peter Pan at the Key Theatre until 6 January and Robin Hood at The Cresset until 30 December. So you could easily catch both if you live at Whittlesey Green.
  • Entirely appropriate, we think, to the agricultural area around Spalding you can see Jack and Beanstalk at the town’s South Holland Centre until 31 December. It’s only a short distance from the new homes at Pinchbeck Fields (oh yes it is!).

Wherever you go, we hope you have a truly magical theatre experience.

Above: Beauty and the Beast is at The Cube, Corby. 




Friday, 7 December 2018

Another win for Larkfleet

Larkfleet Homes CEO Karl Hick (left) being handed the Peterborough Business Awards trophy by Shailesh Vara MP.
Larkfleet Homes walked off with another trophy at the recent Peterborough Business Awards. We picked up the title for ‘corporate social responsibility’ – mostly in recognition of the contribution we are making to local ‘good causes’ through the Larkfleet Homes Community Fund.

We set up the fund because we believe it’s important that when we build new homes for people, we help to develop robust, living communities as well.

The fund supports charitable projects that enhance or develop local communities. Any charitable cause or community project operating within ten miles of any Larkfleet Homes' or Allison Homes' development can apply for these grants.

We work in partnership with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation which manages the fund independently of Larkfleet. Grants of between £250 and £5,000 (more in exceptional circumstances) are awarded on a quarterly basis – details are at www.tiny.cc/larkfleet-fund.

Small grants of less than £250 are administered directly by Larkfleet Homes because we recognise that many small groups, seeking small donations, may not be able to meet all the requirements of the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation’s application process. Applicants who want to apply for funding of less than £250 can fill in the form on our website at www.larkfleethomes.co.uk/community-fund.

The fund has welcomed applications from groups that promote the environment, support residents or bring communities together.

So, if there is a group that you are involved with, and it operates within ten miles of one of our sites, why not get in touch and see if we can give you some cash?

Our photo shows our CEO Karl Hick (left) being handed the Peterborough Business Awards trophy by Shailesh Vara MP.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Merry Christmas offers from Larkfleet


Santa's sack with presents
We’re getting into the Christmas spirit at Larkfleet Homes with an offer to open Santa’s sack for house buyers who reserve a property before the end of the year - and with a reservation fee of just £99.

Selected plots at all of the following developments are included in the offer:

  • The Croft at Baston, Baston
  • Boston Gate, Boston
  • Collingham Brook, Collingham 
  • Oakley Rise, Corby
  • Gretton Valley, Corby
  • Nettleham Chase, Nettleham
  • Pinchbeck Fields, Pinchbeck
  • Whittlesey Green, Whittlesey

Buy one of the chosen homes at these developments and you could get any one of the following:

  • Fitted carpets in your new house
  • Your rear garden turfed
  • £1,000 towards your legal fees
  • A 42-inch HD television
  • An Apple iPad

Come along and try a lucky dip in Santa’s sack!

As well as your ‘present’ you will, of course, get a superb energy-efficient new home with a ten-year insurance-backed warranty. What a great start to the New Year!

All our normal assistance with a purchase is available as well – things like part exchange if you need to sell an existing property and (also on selected plots) the government’s Help to Buy scheme.

Help to Buy means you can get 100 per cent of a new Larkfleet home with just a 75 per cent mortgage and a 5 per cent deposit. The remaining 20 per cent of the purchase price is paid for through an equity loan from the government (subject to approval). It’s almost like an extra Christmas present!