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Little Princess TrustSome time ago my amazing niece Sophie saw a person on TV who had lost their hair due to chemotherapy. At just 8 years old she made the kind decision that she would donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust, so another child could have pretty hair whilst they were bravely battling cancer.

So, we have grown Sophie’s hair for a long time and are now at the stage where Sophie can have lots of her hair cut off to donate. We would like to raise at least £300 to donate to the Little Princess Trust so we can cover the cost of having the wig made if possible.

If you would like to donate, it would be very much appreciated. It’s an illness that affects so many people and it’s especially heartbreaking with children. Something as simple as a wig can boost their self confidence and bring a little bit of happiness to them at such an awful time.

To donate visit Sophie’s fundraising page.

July HH cover - thumb for blogTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices. Want it sent direct to your inbox in future? If so, click here to subscribe.

There is a fantastic selection of properties in this month’s edition, including a five double bedroom semi-detached home for sale on Neville Road, Cambridge (page 12) and a six bedroom detached farmhouse to let on page 29. For all our available properties click here.

We are pleased to introduce our new regular feature, Market View. Each month there will be facts and figures on the local and national property market. Turn to page 16 to see this month’s offering and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for sneak peeks of some of next month’s data.

How many courses do you know of that have a 100% job offer success rate for graduates? Cambridge Cookery School’s Chalet Chef courses do – for more information on these and for this month’s recipe turn to page 10.

We still have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our HouseHunter magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com.

ely aquafestThis Sunday the Great Ouse River in Ely will play host to the Annual Raft Race as part of the Ely Aquafest. The race is a major crowd pleaser with numerous decorated rafts attempting to complete the course in the shortest time – and of course, stay afloat!

In its 36th year, the Aquafest has a lot more to offer than just the Raft Race.  There will be a fun fair, beer tent, burger bar and stalls. There will also be two arenas providing entertainment through the day.

With the weather forecast looking fairly promising it should be a great day out for all the family.

Ely riversideI read an interesting article in The Sunday Times this weekend, aimed at Londoners looking to escape the City and find themselves a country home in a characterful town without breaking the bank.

It was no surprise to see Ely topping their list of so called ‘Economic Backwaters’. The historic City has diverse architecture, including the beautiful Norman cathedral, along with an array of independent shops, eateries, tea rooms and the traditional market every Thursday and Saturday. With the added charm of the waterfront, you can see why Ely definitely ticks the ‘characterful’ box.

In addition, with its main line railway station providing a direct link into King’s Cross (in around 75 minutes), it is also a great option for those looking to commute into London, or nearby Cambridge which is a mere 15 minutes away.

With all that Ely has to offer, it’s a wonder the average house price is still under the national average – although if the current market prevails it may not be for long.

big bike rideThis year’s Big Bike Ride takes place on Sunday 29th June. A sponsored cycle ride raising valuable funds to support the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and the Press Relief Charity, the 12 mile route starts at Histon, then on to Jesus Green and Coton.

With activities organised by the council at the three locations, including StreetVelodrome at Histon which we are proud to be supporting, it is sure to be a fantastic family day out.

For more details on the planned events, or to register for the sponsored ride, click here.

Durham in a DayOn Saturday 14th June my husband, Shannon Logan, brother Neil Foreman and friend Chris Wright will be cycling over 200 miles from Cambridge to Durham in one day – a hefty challenge despite them all being keen cyclists. Many people say it can’t be done and they are aiming to prove them wrong. They will, however, be starting at first light so I’m not sure I’ll be waving them off!

The route links their two chosen charities, which focus on fighting childhood cancers – a cause all three are keen to support. The Cambridge charity is Tom’s Trust, who fund Clinical Psychologists to support children with brain tumours. At the finish in Durham, it is the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund (NECCR), in memory of Emma Bell, a beloved and sadly missed family member of Neil’s wife Marie. The NECCR fund medical research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer.

If you would like to support the boys, donations can be made to Tom’s Trust and the NECCR via their JustGiving pages below:

Tom’s Trust – http://www.justgiving.com/cycledurham

NECCR – http://www.justgiving.com/durhamcycle

June HH Cover - blog and mailchimpTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices. There are some beautiful properties in this month’s edition, including a recently renovated Edwardian property on page 12 and an award winning Stephen Mattick barn conversion on page 6.

Following the success of their first culinary trip to Italy last year, Cambridge Cookery School are returning in September, hosting a 6 day hands-on cookery workshop. For more information, including dates and prices, visit their website. This month’s recipe is Cambridge Cookery School’s version of Tiramisu, a classic Italian dessert.

Our feature this month is Something Special dress shop based in Ely. With their extensive collection of unique ball gowns, prom dresses, cruise wear and cocktail dresses, along with matching accessories such as shoes and handbags, you are bound to find the perfect outfit for your special occasion.

We still have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our HouseHunter magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com.

keeping paceIn the last month we have expanded our team again. We always recruit talented individuals and our recent placements are no exception. They include Junior Negotiators/Listers, experienced Sales Negotiators and Office Management. Our top priority is to ensure we maintain our high level of customer care in this busy and competitive market.

It is not a coincidence that we sell more properties than any other Cambridge agent, and our client care, feedback, and recommendations are second to none, this is because we understand the importance of having the right people. We have three offices covering the Cambridge area, with 24 property professionals working on the sales side of the business. Many of our competitors only have one “Cambridge” office covering the same area, each with around 5 to 8 members of staff. Does your agent have enough people?

My point? We have enough people and time to look after our clients, carry out viewings, negotiate offers and progress sales.  More is better.

we-re hiringAn experienced Lettings Manager is required for our busy Ely office. This is a varied role which covers all aspects of lettings, including market appraisals, viewings, property visits, general administration, diary management, organising maintenance work, and dealing with customers, clients and contractors.

You should have experience of managing a team and be articulate, self motivated and enthusiastic with a genuine interest in property. Reporting to the Lettings Director, you would be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the office, which includes motivating the team to meet their goals by implementing marketing campaigns and raising the profile of the branch.

If you are interested in being considered for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to alogan@tuckergardner.com.

HH cover - blog and mailchimpTake a look at this month’s HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine on our website and as a hard copy in each of our offices.  There are some stunning new properties in this month’s edition, including a lovely three bedroom Victorian house for sale on page 9 – a rare opportunity to buy so close to the River – and a large Victorian country house with up to 17.8 acres and excellent equestrian facilities on page 6.

With the British asparagus season officially being from the 23rd April to the 21st June, there is no better time to get your hands on some fresh British asparagus.  Take advantage of this and try the simple asparagus and mint frittata from Cambridge Cookery School on page 11.

Our feature this month is from Design Corps, a Cambridgeshire based CGI and Graphic Design agency.  They offer a range of services to help clients visualise their planned development or extension.  See page 16 for more details.

We still have feature slots available in some of our upcoming editions, so if you would like to see your local business featured in our HouseHunter magazine, email kmccloskey@tuckergardner.com.