Family firework displays

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We love the excitement of a good fireworks display, and we thought you might too, so we put together some ideas for you throughout Surrey, Sussex and Kent:

Paul Brice, Crawley

Godstone Farm have a display which is great for younger ones, as not only does it start early at 5:45 which is perfect for under 5’s, but the fireworks are all classified as low bangs, so a lovely way to introduce your small people to bonfire night!

 

The Star in Lingfield also have a great one planned with hog roast, beer tent and fancy dress competition complete with goodie bag prizes for children taking part.

Mathew Gurr, Haywards Heath

I feel torn between both Lindfield’s and Buckfield’s displays as they are equally brilliant. Lindfield’s is a brilliant torch light procession through the village and finishes up with the bonfire and firework display on the common.

The Cuckfield display is held at Cuckfield Park where they choreograph fireworks to music and is a great spectacle. It feels as though the whole village are out for it, a brilliant community event.

Paul Mulligan, Croydon & Brighton:

With fond memories of Sandersted Rec fireworks and enjoying a toffee apple in the freezing cold as a boy, I’d recommend The “Friends of Selsdon Primary School” display, following their inaugural event in 2016. The display is at 7pm, and tickets can be bought in advance online.

I am also working within our Brighton area at the moment and the family fireworks at Neville Road, Hove sound great! I haven’t been to these ones yet but have heard good things about them as they’re set to music and it’s quite a spectacle!

Zac Ship,Tunbridge Wells

I love the display in Edenbridge which has a huge turnout every year with the floats parading through town then the amazing firework display on the playing fields after where a famous effigy is burnt every year. Last year’s was Trump, and I can’t wait to see who it’ll be this year.

Louise Simpson, Reigate

There are great fireworks opposite Queens Park, Caterham. Run by the District Round Table, they’re a great evening out for all the family.

Sam Webb, Land and New Homes

The fireworks in Carshalton are my annual trip out for bonfire night; they’re always fantastic and the bonfire is enormous!

 

So these are the ones we love, where are you going this year? One thing is guaranteed, the gun powder smell will be in the air, and you’ll have spent all your cash on glow sticks and sweets for the children! The sign of a great bonfire night!

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If you’re thinking of moving, give the team a call on 0330 223 1000, they’ll love to help.

Source of this post from Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/family-firework-displays/

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A chat with Seonaid Bentley – all things ‘LPSA’ and her amazing cakes!

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As many of you know, we support local schools with fundraising, and we love this work as we get to know some incredible volunteers who work tirelessly to raise money for their children’s schools. We caught up with Seonaid Bentley recently as she has been one of the brilliant people we’ve worked with. She’s been involved with Lingfield Primary School PTA since her children started school in 2012, and she found herself as chairperson for the last couple of years, she is stepping down to welcome a new team and we wanted to celebrate her achievements and all those of the LPSA.

What events have you run? 

We have lots of sub groups within the LPSA who run events throughout the year. These include: quiz nights, fashion shows, story telling afternoons, ice lolly Fridays, coin trails, bake sales as well as Festive Fridays and the Summer Fête which I coordinate. Festive Fridays are when we sell crafts, cakes and other lovely Christmas things which parents from the school have made.

Which one did you love the most!

My favourite event though is the summer fair. It is the biggest event of the year and every class runs a stall, the teachers and staff come along and help and (hopefully!) the sun shines. There’s always a really lovely atmosphere. This year as well as all the traditional stalls we had a dog agility display by Clever Paws, pottery painting with Kate Creative, dancing shows by Evolution Dance and the ever popular reptiles and mammals on display from Animazing. The local community also help by generously donating raffle and silent auction prizes and of course Move Revolution sponsor our fair and provide fantastic marketing materials and this year Paul and Tom also hosted the bar at the fair and learnt how to mix their first Pimms, which were very yummy!

What Competitions have you run?

Design a cake competition, Design an Easter egg, coin trail, fancy dress, Great British Bake Offs

What was your favourite and why?

I really enjoyed our coin trail comp. The children had to work together and collect coins as a whole class, they then got to spend part of an afternoon outdoors on the playground laying their coins down to see which class had the longest line.

It was great seeing the children all work together and they really seemed to enjoy getting some extra outdoors time. The school came together as a whole which was lovely: The LPSA set the competition, the pupils collected and laid down their coins, the teachers organised the afternoon itself and one of our office staff will count the coins. It was a real joint effort. The very lucky class 2b, who had the longest trail, won ice lollies for the whole class.

What has made you laugh the most… the Fun in funraising! 

Quiz night is always a really fun night! The parents get to relax and have fun, we provide nibbles, there’s a bar and a raffle. We have a fantastic compère who hosts the night, Richard Leader, who is a Meridian FM DJ and also a parent at school. He really sets the scene and it makes for a very entertaining evening. Building towers from spaghetti and marshmallows and a some Mums forming a human pyramid were highlights this year!!!

How much money have you raised – what has it been spent on at the school?

Last year we raised over £15,000.This money was used to purchase many things for the school, items which they otherwise would be unable to get due to the huge budget cuts schools are facing. The LPSA aims to raise funds for “added extras” which really enhance the children’s time at school. We have purchased: Interactive whiteboards, tablets, picnic tables, eco planter tables, resources for reception year group, storage play equipment, play bark, sand, outdoor gym equipment as well as contributions to school trips, leavers presents and commemorative coins for ever child.

This year, the money we raise is being used to improve many outdoor learning areas including a fantastic outdoor, forest school class room.

What has been great about working with the Move Revolution team?

We love working with the Move Revolution team. They are so positive and enthusiastic and have fab fundraising ideas. It is really great to sit down with them at the beginning of the year and plan events and competitions. The marketing materials they design for us are fantastic. The competitions they sponsor, such as this years design an easter egg competition are great. They allow the children to enter something just for fun and we always get a fantastic number of entries. This year Move Revolution awarded 3 pupils a lovely arts and crafts set for their brilliant efforts. Move Revolution have also set up an initiative whereby if any parent or carer of a Lingfield Primary School pupil sells their house with Move Revolution then they will donate £250 to the school. This will really help to boost our fundraising targets. Thank you Move Revolution, we really appreciate everything you do for our school!

What are you going to do next?

I got involved in The LPSA when my children started at the school in 2012. In the beginning I got involved helping at events and became a class rep. After a couple of years, I found myself in the vice-chair role along with a friend and then when the Chair person left our school I took on the role. I have been Chair of The LPSA for the last two years. It’s been really lovely to be part of a team who have raised so much money for all our children to benefit from and I’m really proud of what we have achieved. However, I have some projects of my own going on and it is therefore time to hand over the reins to a new team of parents.

I will be focusing on finishing a huge renovation project that we have had going on at home for the last 6 months and then I hope to start a cake business supplying celebration cakes and cupcakes and maybe even teaching the odd class. Exciting times, watch this space for Mrs B’s Bakes…!

We’ve tasted and seen your cakes Seonaid, and we know they are utterly delicious so your business will be a great success! Good luck! (if you would like to chat with her about making you a cake email seonaid.bentley@sky.com

We really love giving back to our local communities, and in order to do more of this, we’d love you to give us a call if you’re thinking of selling or letting your home. We’re on 0330 223 1000.

 

 

 

Source of this post from Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/chat-seonaid-bentley-things-lpsa-amazing-cakes/

Who’s behind the camera?

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It has to be said we have a couple of creative geniuses in our midst in the form of our two photographers, Ush and Jack. We wanted to know more about that makes them tick so this is the first of a two part creative journey, beginning with the musings of Ush:

How long have you been a photographer?

4 years in Property photography, 5 years freelance event photography, 5 years event production and photography

How long have you been at Move Revolution? How many photographs have you taken?

A year and 10 months. My shutter count lies at around 40,000 for that duration.

What photographer/s do you admire most and why?

Ansel Adams for changing the way landscapes were photographed on a technical level. Also for creating his own methods for developing and printing to accommodate for the massive scale of his prints. It was groundbreaking at the time and his prints are still incredible in person. If you ever get the chance to visit an exhibition of his prints which tour the world. Don’t hesitate.

At the other end of the spectrum, Ryan Brenizer for embracing new technology and pioneering some methods for compositing that go relatively unnoticed to the casual viewer other than to create a visually appealing effect. One which is out of the realms of capability for the equipment used.

Don McCullin. Again, out of my realm and I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed most about his work. It’s so beyond comprehension. Don was an utterly fearless documentary photographer from London. He was born in the midst of World War II and quite literally lived with war his whole life. Be it the conflicts close to home in Northern Ireland, to far afield in Vietnam. One story he’ll always have under his belt is that his Nikon stopped a bullet which was sent his way. His work has been some of the most moving photography you could ever lay your eyes on. One of the first, along with Eddie Adams, to really go out of his way to communicate what war-time suffering is like. So much so that he was banned from shipping out to the Falklands conflict for fear of his photography scaring the Brits at home. Government level censorship at it’s best.

What is your favourite all time photograph, that you have taken & why 

I change my mind far too much to nail this down to one photograph. I often like to revisit old photos to re-edit them. One image I’m I’ve really loved recently was this photo from Scotland when I visited with my Girlfriend and some friends. I love that the trees fill the frame and continue off the top, while my friends stand at the bottom of the frame, tiny in comparison. If I ever get a long tall wall. I’d love to get this printed out.

Here are some other more recent shots from a trip to Canada.

 

 

 

 

What is your favourite photograph (that you didn’t take!)

Again I could easily change my mind, especially with Ansel’s work. It’s easy to get caught up with some of the amazing images that are taken every day around the world and shared on social media. Standing back to appreciate the effort involved in a capture is worth a moment if your time. In this case. Ansel Adams has an image called Winter Sunrise, taken in Sierra Nevada. At first it’s a simple landscape shot, but it’s so striking with the intensely detailed snow caps on the mountains to the still-in-morning-shadow foreground peaks cutting straight through them. With the cloud cover, dark sky and grazing cattle on the bottom of the frame there is multiple horizontal layers of this image. Look at the way there’s a stream of light hitting the area where that cow is grazing! Ansel had a habit of getting up in the middle of the night to reach these places and staying there all morning or evening to wait for the right shot. If he didn’t get it one day, he’d check the weather and return the next. Now imagine this image printed by hand in a dark room on paper 4 metres wide. The monumental effort at the time is verging on overwhelming to somebody such as myself who’s more akin to shooting hundreds of images a day and sitting infront of a computer to edit them for an afternoon.

It’s this kind of image that drives me out to shoot for myself, and take the time. Photography can be therapeutic and relaxing if you know how to slow your pace down.

What is a normal ‘day’ like being a photographer at Move Revolution?

Every day and every house will throw a new challenge at you. It’s always nice to see photos taken by a previous agent and even other professional photographers and then visiting a property knowing you have to produce better work. Getting feedback from customers and on social media is addictive and motivating.

 

Thanks Ush, we love the fastidiousness you bring to the photography team and know you go the extra mile to bring out the best in every property you photograph.

Next time we’ll be with Jack, the other half of the creative team. Stay tuned for more insights!

If you’re thinking of moving and would love to have incredible photos of your home taken by our expert team, please call 0330 223 1000.

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Source of this post from Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/whos-behind-the-camera/

Introducing one half of our photography team

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It has to be said we have a couple of creative geniuses in our midst in the form of our two photographers, Ush and Jack. We wanted to know more about that makes them tick so this is the first of a two part creative journey, beginning with the musings of Ush:

How long have you been a photographer?

4 years in Property photography, 5 years freelance event photography, 5 years event production and photography

How long have you been at Move Revolution? How many photographs have you taken?

A year and 10 months. My shutter count lies at around 40,000 for that duration.

What photographer/s do you admire most and why?

Ansel Adams for changing the way landscapes were photographed on a technical level. Also for creating his own methods for developing and printing to accommodate for the massive scale of his prints. It was groundbreaking at the time and his prints are still incredible in person. If you ever get the chance to visit an exhibition of his prints which tour the world. Don’t hesitate.

At the other end of the spectrum, Ryan Brenizer for embracing new technology and pioneering some methods for compositing that go relatively unnoticed to the casual viewer other than to create a visually appealing effect. One which is out of the realms of capability for the equipment used.

Don McCullin. Again, out of my realm and I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed most about his work. It’s so beyond comprehension. Don was an utterly fearless documentary photographer from London. He was born in the midst of World War II and quite literally lived with war his whole life. Be it the conflicts close to home in Northern Ireland, to far afield in Vietnam. One story he’ll always have under his belt is that his Nikon stopped a bullet which was sent his way. His work has been some of the most moving photography you could ever lay your eyes on. One of the first, along with Eddie Adams, to really go out of his way to communicate what war-time suffering is like. So much so that he was banned from shipping out to the Falklands conflict for fear of his photography scaring the Brits at home. Government level censorship at it’s best.

What is your favourite all time photograph, that you have taken & why 

I change my mind far too much to nail this down to one photograph. I often like to revisit old photos to re-edit them. One image I’m I’ve really loved recently was this photo from Scotland when I visited with my Girlfriend and some friends. I love that the trees fill the frame and continue off the top, while my friends stand at the bottom of the frame, tiny in comparison. If I ever get a long tall wall. I’d love to get this printed out.

Here are some other more recent shots from a trip to Canada.

 

 

 

 

What is your favourite photograph (that you didn’t take!)

Again I could easily change my mind, especially with Ansel’s work. It’s easy to get caught up with some of the amazing images that are taken every day around the world and shared on social media. Standing back to appreciate the effort involved in a capture is worth a moment if your time. In this case. Ansel Adams has an image called Winter Sunrise, taken in Sierra Nevada. At first it’s a simple landscape shot, but it’s so striking with the intensely detailed snow caps on the mountains to the still-in-morning-shadow foreground peaks cutting straight through them. With the cloud cover, dark sky and grazing cattle on the bottom of the frame there is multiple horizontal layers of this image. Look at the way there’s a stream of light hitting the area where that cow is grazing! Ansel had a habit of getting up in the middle of the night to reach these places and staying there all morning or evening to wait for the right shot. If he didn’t get it one day, he’d check the weather and return the next. Now imagine this image printed by hand in a dark room on paper 4 metres wide. The monumental effort at the time is verging on overwhelming to somebody such as myself who’s more akin to shooting hundreds of images a day and sitting infront of a computer to edit them for an afternoon.

It’s this kind of image that drives me out to shoot for myself, and take the time. Photography can be therapeutic and relaxing if you know how to slow your pace down.

What is a normal ‘day’ like being a photographer at Move Revolution?

Every day and every house will throw a new challenge at you. It’s always nice to see photos taken by a previous agent and even other professional photographers and then visiting a property knowing you have to produce better work. Getting feedback from customers and on social media is addictive and motivating.

 

Thanks Ush, we love the fastidiousness you bring to the photography team and know you go the extra mile to bring out the best in every property you photograph.

Next time we’ll be with Jack, the other half of the creative team. Stay tuned for more insights!

If you’re thinking of moving and would love to have incredible photos of your home taken by our expert team, please call 0330 223 1000.

 

 

Source of this post from Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/introducing-one-half-photography-team/

October half term places to go

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Is half term really nearly upon us?! We’re wondering where the last few weeks have gone since the children went back to school, are you?

Read below for a handful of suggestions from some of our Area Sales Managers for places to go with your family during half term, to keep everyone occupied:

Louise Simpson, Reigate and Redhill

Louise suggests Denbies near Dorking and this half term they have some great sounding activities, from spooky crafts, spooky storytelling, “The Spookiest Fairy Tale Ever Told”,  and birds of prey. Many of the activities can be booked in advance here. We think the kids will love it!

Priory Farm in Nutfield has the great Spooky Trail, and fun is guaranteed as you wind your way up the hill and down again with lots of ghostly surprises in store. There is also the Witches Cavern across the road where you can go and choose your pumpkin to take home and carve.

Zac Ship, Tonbridge

Zac is planning to take his daughter to “Wear ‘m out” in Tonbridge, as a brilliantly handy place to go on a rainy day, he regards it as “always a winner”! There is a café there with healthy treats, so it’s easy to spend a few hours there while the childen have fun.

Paul Mulligan, Croydon

Paul recommends Kidsspace as somewhere to go on a wet weather day, it’s a fantastic soft play where the children have a great time running around the play frame.

He also enjoys the World of Golf, with the Dragon Quest course for children, which looks like great fun for a dry day!

Mathew Gurr, Haywards Heath

Mathew is planning to visit Washbrook Farm at Hurstpierpoint, where you can have a go at the “Guess the weight of the pumpkin” competition and the “cuckoo in the nest” quiz. There are even Halloween specials in the tearoom. Yummy!

Nicola Jordan, Marketing Director

Nicola has recently been to the Sealife Centre in Brighton with her daughter, and recommends following it with a walk through the tunnel to the seafront and having fish & chips on the pier.

She also wholeheartedly recommends Drusillas in Alfriston, especially as they have a special offer this half term for a child to go for £5 with a full price paying adult.

Sam Webb, Land and New Homes Manager

Sam loves taking her daughter to Hobbledown where they have pumpkin bowling, creepy crawlies and ‘The Spider’s Lair’ a puppet show which will take place in Topperpot’s Tepee Theatre. Sounds like great fun!

Mark Waldron, Sevenoaks

Mark has spotted the excellent sounding events at The Hop Farm, and let us know about it. With Pumpkin carving, face painting and a Zombie Shoot Out and Monster Mash Disco among other themed events, it sounds like a great day out.

 

He also spotted that Igtham Mote have a spooky spider web trail and a spider craft (craft on Thurs 26th Oct only) – dare you enter?!

If you’re looking for pumpkins, have a look at Crockford Bridge Farm just round the M25 near Weybridge. They have a fun play area, facepainting and an outdoor theatre performance (pre-booked tickets only). A great place to go for Halloween related fun.

One final place to mention is the delightfully named Pumpkin Moon, where you can grab yourself a colourful wheelbarrow, choose from 50 different types of pumpkins and squashes to take home and decorate for Halloween. It sounds wonderful!

 

We hope these ideas are helpful and you have a brilliant half term with your little monsters!

If you’re thinking of selling or letting your home, please give the team a call on 0330 223 1000.

Source of this post from Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/october-half-term/

Family Fireworks in Reigate

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Are you looking for a fabulous family friendly fireworks display (that isn’t easy to say is it!) … then look no further than Reigate Parish Church Primary School! We love sponsoring and getting involved in events at the  Reigate Parish school – and this event is a real treat,  perfect for all ages.

Gates open at 5pm, as you go into the playground there is lots of fun going on.. dancing, glow toys on sale and a yummy cake stall.  You will be able to pre-order your ‘Robert & Edwards’ banger in an ‘Oven Fresh’ bun as well as a vegetarian banger.  Prosecco, mulled wine, beer, fine ales and soft drinks will all be available to purchase on the evening. For little ones (and big ones) that prefer things to be a little less noisy there is a quiet room with activities!

The spectacular fireworks display start promptly at 6.30pm – if you haven’t been before you will love this highlight of the evening.

We hope to see you on the evening, please remember that tickets can ONLY BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE.

Please download the order ticket order form HERE.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Thinking of selling or letting your home? Our team would love to help; call Louise on 01737 888220.

Source of this post from Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/family-fireworks-reigate/

Horley: Invest in our award winning lettings team!

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We are very proud to share some fabulous apartments with you in Horley. Built to an exacting standard, they are the perfect option for a shrewd investment.

From one and two bedroom apartments on Lumley Road, and Victoria Road to some yet to come two bedroom apartments in Albert Road, we have plenty to offer, all of which will present an excellent return on investment at around 5.5%.

Horley Properties

Expected rental values are as follows:

1 bedrooms around £925.00

2 bedrooms around £1100.00

3 bedrooms around £1300.00

 

In 2016 our Lettings Manager, Hannah Gunn, came 3rd out of 60,000 agents for customer service in the Rater Agent awards. We were presented with our award and it now sits alongside our office awards. This year we’re hoping for gold!

 

Our award winning lettings team continue to impress the landlords they’re working with, as you can see from these reviews:

“Hannah was great from the start and dealt with the rental of our property quickly and efficiently. She was always available and was giving frequent updates. We alway knew what was going on and had complete confidence in her and she did exceptionally well on the speed of rental and the rent achieved. I will definitely use her again.”

“Hannah assisted me in renting a property whilst I am still living overseas.. A situation that could have been incredibly complex and fraught with problems was managed with extreme professionalism and the whole process became worry free and really quite easy.”


“I’ve rented many properties throughout my life, in various countries, the service provided by Hannah was without doubt one of the best I have experienced. Excellent communication, the paperwork and processing were handled promptly and without fuss.”

“Hannah has been a great agent to work with. Our situation was slightly different to the usual service needed but Hannah was able to adapt and provide exactly the right information and the procedure was extremely efficient. I am most grateful and i would recommend her to anyone considering letting their property.”

“We are extremely pleased with our service from Move Revolution, especially with Hannah Gunn. She is extremely professional and guided us through every step of the process whilst renting out our property. She found us Tenants within a week of appointing the rental, which was fantastic and a huge weight off our minds. The communication was excellent between Hannah and ourselves and we are very satisfied with the overall experience. After using an unprofessional company previously we have gained much more confidence in using Move Revolution for our rental management company. We will definitely continue to use Move Revolution in the future and especially Hannah who we have total confidence in dealing with our rental. Carry on the good work Hannah you’re a star!”

Our rental services

At Move Revolution we offer an unbeatable tenant finding service with transparent fees. We also offer an optional fully managed service, giving you the confidence that your property is being cared for, alongside out tenant find service and rent collection.

Our Exceptional in house lettings team are on hand to assist and guide you regardless of what service you use. Alongside our in house property management team we ensure that your property is properly cared for, inspected and find you the right tenants for your property.

As a standard across all of services we provide:

-We will visit your property and provide a free of charge valuation with no obligation. 

-We will provide photographs of the property by our in-house professional photographer for the marketing of the property.

-We will provide advice on the legislation surrounding the letting of your property. 

-We will market your properties to our extensive applicant list, via our website, on all the main property portals including Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location.

-We always carry out accompanied viewings at times that are suitable for prospective tenants and yourself, including weekends and evenings. 

-We use BLINC tenant referencing, a market leader in tenant background checks to make sure we have secured the right tenant for your property. 

-We will produce an assured short-hold tenancy agreement and include any special terms that you wish to add. 

-We will collect a deposit and the initial rent and forward the funds to you immediately. We can transfer the deposit to our holding company or transfer to yourself if you have your own. 

-We can also assist with the setup of rent payments for the duration of the tenancy. 

-Finally we will check-in the tenant and handover the keys, making the process as hassle free for you as possible.

Should you be a first time landlord or just don’t want the responsibility for the property we can also handle the rent collection and management of the property. we will carry out regular inspections, collect rents and chase any that are overdue, arrange contractors for any property management issues that arise and ensure that your tenants are looking after the property as you would expect.

As an additional service we offer a rent guarantee service so should you wish to have the extra protection.

With the location of Horley and the amenities available, alongside being close to Gatwick, motorways, London and the trainline into London it makes a great location for investors with plenty of applicants currently searching!

We’d urge you to get in touch soon, the interest in these apartments is high! Call Hannah on 01737 888220, she’d love to help.

 

Source of this post from Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/horley-invest-award-winning-lettings-team/

In praise of Horley!

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We are very proud to share some fabulous apartments with you in Horley. Built to an exacting standard, they are the perfect option for a first time purchase or a shrewd investment.

We’ve just launched some exceptional new one and two bedroom apartments in the heart of Horley town centre. Dartel House is on Lumley Road and the apartments have sleek modern kitchens, high spec bathrooms, video phone entry systems and an option to acquire off-street parking.

We also have a selection of affordable one and two bedroom apartments on Victoria Road.  All apartments come fitted with video phone entry systems, have use of the lift and have the additional option of acquiring off-street parking space.

Finally, we have Beulah Court on Albert Road. With phase one complete and sold, there are six spacious 2 double bedroom apartments coming soon.

Horley provides brilliant shopping for local residents and offers a range of shops to cater for everyday needs alongside an eclectic mix of specialist shops and boutiques offering individual service. Two supermarkets, Waitrose and Lidl, are in the town too, both with free parking. The locally renowned department store Collingwood Batchellor and the popular Original Factory Shop are both perfect for home furnishings.

There’s a great variety of town centre cafes and restaurants that are great for a bite to eat. 51 degrees north and Il Sorriso are two of our favourites. We also love afternoon tea at Langshott Manor, and the food at the Six Bells is delicious too.

 

There are a number of local beauty salons (a favourite of ours is Beauté), and in 2011 the council invested £9,000,000 in a new leisure centre providing residents with a modern sports complex, 25-metre indoor pool, gym and sports hall. The Archway Theatre located, as its name suggests, under the railway arches, is a local theatre company who put on a range of productions throughout the year from plays to pantomime and names local actress Judi Dench as a patron. We always enjoy our visits to Bluebell Studio, a great place to relax and enjoy your creative side. Brilliant for childen’s parties too!

We love unleashing our inner racing driver at “Let’s Race” or perfecting our golf swing at the virtual golf simulator and with the soon to open soft play “Let’s Explore” on the same site, there is about to be a very strong offering for all members of the family.

As you can tell we have a soft spot for Horley; the market is buoyant and always great value, hopefully we’ve persuaded you to take a look! If you’re interested to find out more, please give Louise and Damian a call on 01737 888220.

Source of this post from Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/in-praise-of-horley/

Autumn Colour this year and next . . . . .

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The season has suddenly changed and everything is feeling beautifully autumnal isn’t it. This is the latest in our series of Guest Blogs, with another great one from Renée Canter, also known as The Girl Who Gardens:

When we think of colour in landscape our thoughts turn immediately to Autumn first.  The leaves turning all shades from red through orange to yellow on the trees and then carpeting the ground.   

Autumn is nearly here and is actually the best time of year for planting as the soil is warm from the Summer but damper from the cooler Autumn temperatures.  So now is a great time to be thinking about what plants or shrubs you could add to your garden to bring you some of that Autumn colour this year and next. Here are 10 of my favourites:  

Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstonne’) 

These bright yellow daisy-like flowers can reach up to 2m high so are best planted at the back of a bed enmasse to get the full effect.  They prefer full sun, flower into September (maybe even October) and might need some support to keep them upright. 

 

Ice Maiden (Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’) 

This looks like a succulent with its grey-green leaves.  Its flat heads of pink flowers is loved by bees and butterflies and they flower from August to November and look great left as seedheads over the Winter, with them only needed to be cut down in March time.  This is such an under-rated plant but brings great structure to the garden from May right through to March so works really hard!  It’s almost indestructible too and doesn’t mind a bit of shade. 

 

Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia) 

These are a 70s classic and I’m on a 1 woman mission to bring them back to our gardens as they are beautiful.  There is a huge variety of colours; their tall spikes come in red, orange or yellow and sit high above evergreen strap-like leaves.  Plant them in groups of 3s in your borders to give height, impact and a wow factor!  They don’t mind a bit of shade and can grow up to 1.3m tall.  Just cut back the flower spikes when they get too tatty over Winter. 

 

Sneezeweed (Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’) 

These dark copper red daisy-like flowers are beautiful when planted in groups.  They reach 1.25m high; prefer full sun and baby plants might need some protection from slugs and snails!  Any daisy-like flowers will keep on flowering if you deadhead them. 

 

Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) 

Grasses have become very fashionable over the last few years and I love the evergreen ones that give interest all year round.  This one creates a compact low mound with long-lasting brush like flowers from July onwards.  It prefers full sun but all you have to do is remove any dead foliage in the Spring. 

 

Golden Oats (Stipa gigantena) 

This evergreen grass can reach 2.5m tall.  It grows into clumps of green-grey leaves with arching stems of oat-like flowers from July.  This one moves in the wind really gracefully and is stunning in the evening sun.  Again it prefers full sun and you just comb through it in the Spring to take out any dead foliage. 

 

Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis) 

This shrub has aromatic grey-green leaves and beautiful lilac-blue flowers from August onwards.  It sits beautifully in a mixed border and the bees and butterflies love it.  Prune back the growth in the Spring for new growth and flowers that year. 

 

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) 

Although these small trees lose their leaves in the Winter they do give an amazing Autumn show, they come in a huge range of colours; my favourites are the mahogany reds and the acid greens.  New growth in the Spring is beautifully coloured but it is the Autumn when the leaf colours change that is incredible.  They don’t mind sun or shade but you need to protect them from the wind.  You can also keep them in a container; I’ve got one I’ve had for 14 years (in gradually bigger pots) on my patio that is still making me smile. 

    

Smoke Bush (Cotinus ‘Grace’) 

This is a large purple leaved shrub that produces plumes of fluffy purple/pink flowers in the Summer.  The leaves turn a brilliant red in the Autumn before they fall.  Shrubs are out of fashion, but they are easy to look after and there is such a huge variety that they give us interest all year round. 

 

Crabapple (Malus) 

There is a huge variety of these small trees that are great for any size garden.  They work so hard for us giving us Spring Blossom and then fruit in the Autumn, some of the fruit are just ornamental but there are some that be used for making jelly!  They can reach up to 7m high and when you plant them incorporate lots of organic compost and stake them well. 

 

TOP TIP: You may have a hunch that you’re not happy with how your garden is looking but can’t put a finger on it. Take photos every month and they will show you where there are gaps in colour or interest and that should help you decide what you need to change and where. 

 Renée is also known as The Girl who Gardens.  She provides planting and garden design advice and aims to make dream gardens a reality for families in Surrey and the surrounding areas. 

 

Web: www.thegirlwhogardens.co.uk 

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Source of this post from Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/autumn-colour-year-next/

What a fantastic day – Move Revolution Kids Active Village 2017

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We had the most incredible day at Run Reigate 2017 with our Kids Active Village; one of our favourite events of the year! We were so impressed with all of the runners and the atmosphere on the day was wonderful. Special mention to all the children who ran with such determination and grit – we are really proud of you. Well done! Another special mention to our own Jack Beard who ran the Half Marathon in a sub 2 hour time which is something to be proud of too! Well done Jack!

We are very grateful to all of the sports clubs, organisations and businesses who bring such great activities to our village, year after year. This year we think the standard was higher than ever before, and we saw so many huge smiles and tonnes of enjoyment which is what it’s all about for us. Children having fun and getting active! The dancing with Boogie Monsters was brilliant fun, and we loved the “Move Revolution Rap”!

We took lots of photos on the day, and we couldn’t wait to wrestle them from our in house photographer! Here they are…can you spot yourself?

  

If you see your friends in any of these photos, make sure you share this blog with them! Watch this space for exciting news coming soon – #movekids!

If you’re thinking of moving, the team would love to hear from you. Give them a call on 0330 223 1o00.

Source of this post from Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/fantastic-day-move-revolution-kids-active-village-2017/