Congratulations to Takeley Park on winning 2017 Park of The Year!
We are pleased to share this year’s winner of the annual Park of the Year competition 2017 – Turners Parks Group: Takeley Park, nr Bishops Stortford. Sponsored by Towergate Insurance, in association with Kelsey Publishing’s Park Home and Holiday Caravan it will be featured in this September’s edition of the magazine.
Not only is the title Park of the Year, something to celebrate, but Takeley Park also scoop a huge £1000 prize, which will be split between the winning entry and the park, who have donated their prize to the Residents Association.
There was stiff competition, and Takeley Park itself had a number of entries, but after careful consideration the judging panel were won over with the glowing recommendation and winning entry by Mr & Mrs Esdale.
The community spirit was clear to see, for the presentation day, on Tuesday 18th July, seeing the official ‘crowning’ of Takeley Park: Park of the Year 2017. The Resident’s Association had arranged a special event for the presentation. Held in their community room, donated for their use by Turners Parks Group, several members had organised a rather impressive spread, complete with park home decorated cake. With over 60 residents in attendance, there was an excited buzz, as they enjoyed the buffet and some fizz.
Alex Melvin, editor of Park Home & Holiday Caravan magazine commented:
"Takeley Park is a very worthy winner of our 2017 Park of the Year title. It's always a pleasure to visit the UK's best run and most community spirited parks and Takeley has set the standard for others to attempt to follow next year.
Well done to Turners Parks Group, for the management at Takeley, and the park's residents, you deserve this accolade.
I'd also like to wholeheartedly thank our sponsor, Towergate Insurance. Without your help and support this prestigious competition would not be what it is today."
We also heard from Towergate’s Jessica Allnutt, commenting:
“We are privileged to have been sponsoring Park Home & Holiday Caravan’s annual Park of the Year competition for the past 18 years.
It’s a great opportunity to support the park home communities and champion the great work of the residents’ associations and park management companies, who are working together to improve the lives of the residents.”
The glowing recommendation, courtesy of the The Esdale’s read:
“We love this Park for a variety of reasons. It is quiet and relatively secluded; just what most people (including us) want in their ‘twilight’ years. The overwhelming majority of the residents are a really sociable and friendly bunch who look out for each other. Although close to Stanstead Airport, you wouldn’t know except for the appearance of the occasional aircraft; it is surprising quiet.
With the inception of a truly amazing Resident’s Association just under three years ago, the social life has blossomed and barely a week goes by without an event in the social area taking place. The park owners, Turners Parks Group, have given the Resident’s Association a part of their building to use (free of charge) for these social events and they proved so popular that this area has been extended! There is a regular three-afternoons-a-week gathering for light refreshments in this area that has sometimes been packed! Regular excursions to places of interest in the UK have recently been introduced and have quickly become over-subscribed. We have a Park Manager, Teena Ettridge, who is always approachable and nothing is too much trouble for her.
The location of the park is very convenient for access to London and, at just a ten-minute taxi journey to Stanstead Airport, access to the rest of the world. It is close to the town of Bishop’s Stortford with its shopping and other facilities, but not so close that the pace of life is too fast!
As a result of co-operation between the Resident’s Association and the owners, several hundred bulbs, shrubs and assorted greenery have been planted; a woodland area has been established and the park has taken on a really good appearance that justifies is description as a ‘park’. A handful of the residents maintain these plants and there are plans to expand the planting in the future.
This is truly wonderful place to live. We have been here for almost five years and visited over a dozen other parks before deciding to take root here; not the cheapest given its location; but the best of the bunch by far. We purchased our new Prestige in 2012, a few years before Ray’s retirement, and have absolutely no regrets about moving here – it is truly fantastic!!!”
Congratulations to Takeley Park and Turners Parks Group on becoming ‘Park of The Year 2017’, from all at the Park Home Owners Club.