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Jason thumbWe are pleased to welcome Jason Harvey as Manager of our Great Shelford Sales Office.

He has over a decade of experience within one of the largest national estate agency groups, opening and building a successful office in Great Shelford and culminating in managing and developing their central Cambridge office. Jason’s excellent knowledge of the south Cambridgeshire villages, in particular Great Shelford, will prove invaluable to TuckerGardner.

Jason said: “I take huge personal fulfilment from working within the diverse and ever-changing Cambridge property market and recognise that a motivated and enthusiastic team provides the high quality service our clients deserve and I’m excited by the opportunity here in Great Shelford.”

Jason is a keen runner and cyclist and takes part in various charity events. He considers himself to be an approachable, honest and highly driven individual who always seeks to deliver exceptional customer service.

If you are considering selling your home he would be delighted to discuss your property with you and offer expert advice. Please do not hesitate to contact our Great Shelford team on 01223 845240 or shelford@tuckergardner.com.

trash treasure thumbAs you may have heard, our Cambridge team recently moved in to a new, greener, office.

We are all guilty of throwing away unwanted items from time-to-time which could potentially be reused. So, instead of ‘skipping’ our old office furniture, we decided to donate it to the British Heart Foundation who welcomed us with open arms.

The quote ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ has never been so true, as we have just been told our ‘trash’ raised over £2,200!

So think before you throw away – give your pre-loved stuff a second chance by donating it.

sw imageSo after a few weeks away at our flagship head office in Cambridge city centre learning the TG ropes, I am pleased to say I am finally now in more familiar surroundings. I grew up in Saffron Walden and still live here so it’s great to be back, plus my commute is back down to a sensible 3 minute walk!

They say good things come to those who wait, and I really think they do because after 13 years in the Saffron Walden property market I have been given the opportunity I desperately wanted – my own office – and I’m really lucky to be joined by some great people: Jon Daniels our Negotiator, Carol Willis our Administrator and Harvey Steere our Lettings Manager, all who live locally.

Our new office is a lovely Grade II Listed property right on the High Street with a fantastic window right by the traffic lights. Part of our commitment to Saffron Walden is a thorough refurbishment and investment programme to restore the lovely old shop in the right way. This is taking a while and rather than delay opening, we decided to ‘go into rented accommodation’, so we are currently in temporary space just around the corner. The Estate Agent in me would describe our temporary office as cosy, deceptively spacious or well-planned rather than small! The most important thing is that it allows us to do our job, we have our phones, an extensive database, local knowledge and a bucket full of determination to get the best results for our clients, plus we are lucky to have our network of local offices looking out for us.

We have got off to a great start, with a number of exciting instructions including some fantastic new developments launching early ’16.

If you are in town and want to say hello we are just opposite the Mocha and any local will tell you it has legendary status – particularly their milkshakes. So do pop in and we can have a coffee (or milkshake) and we will be happy to chat through any property related matters you have.

ElyfoodbankWith the festive season fast approaching, we have decided to run our Ely Foodbank Christmas Appeal for a third year.

We are asking for donations of traditional, no perishable, festive treats to be dropped into our Ely Market Square Branch, so the foodbank can provide festive hampers to foodbank customers over the Christmas period, in addition to the emergency food supply available from the Chapel Street Centre throughout the year.

For further information please visit the Ely foodbank website.

­­­Operation Christmas ChildThis year all our offices are drop off points in support of Operation Christmas Child, helping bring a little Christmas cheer to needy children around the world.

The last date to drop off your shoeboxes is Wednesday 18 November and boxes can be dropped at any one of our local branches.

If you are interested in getting involved visit the Operation Christmas Child website or pop in and see us and we can give you an idea of how to pack your box and what gifts to include.

We look forward to seeing you!

Fireworks feature image - squareThis year we have gone fireworks crazy!  We are proud to be sponsoring not one, not two, but three fantastic displays, all taking place on Saturday 7 November.

The Histon and Impington Firework Extravaganza will be held at Impington Village College with gates opening at 6pm and the fireworks starting at 7pm. Advance tickets are available now from our Histon office and money raised will go towards the three village schools. There will be a BBQ and hog roast with a range of cakes and hot drinks, plus a small fairground.

The Saffron Walden Round Table Free Fireworks Display will be held on Saffron Walden Common from 6pm. There will be a variety of food and drink available and fairground rides to enjoy.

Sawston Bonfire Night will be held at Huckeridge Hill with gates opening at 6pm, prize giving at 6:45pm followed immediately by the fireworks display. There will be refreshments, colouring competitions and a best dressed guy contest.

All three are set to be spectacular, fun filled, events so don’t miss out!

coverTake 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 register.

It has been a long time coming, but our Cambridge teams have finally moved into their brand new home. You can find them just across the road from the old office, at 51 Hills Road. Not ones to rest on our laurels, we are excited to announce the opening of a brand new office in Saffron Walden. We will be opening our doors in a few weeks’ time, but if you need any property related advice in the meantime you can reach Remi, the new Branch Manager, on 01799 634422 or rgannon@tuckergardner.com.

We are not the only ones to have moved recently. Cambridge Cookery School have been busy moving to a brand new kitchen, but like us have not travelled far – just next door! They will also be starting a new venture, opening a bakery and café in a few weeks’ time. This month’s recipe, Wai fritters, is sure to be a firm favourite on the menu.

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

HH June 2015 1Take 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 register.

There are some beautiful properties featured this month, including a charming detached cottage in Fulbourn on page 12 and a detached Grade II Listed thatched property in Great Shelford on page 16. If you are looking to rent, turn to page 34 for a selection of our rental properties – for all available properties, for sale and to let, click here.

Did you know that house prices in Cambridge have risen faster than central London for the first time in a decade? Rental prices are also growing at a faster rate – find out more on page 14.

We are always keen to get involved in the local community we serve and therefore try to support as many local events as possible. There are some great feasts and fairs on over the next few months that we are proud to be supporting – see page 20 for more details.

See page 26 for the recipe of the month, Italian chicken liver mousse, along with details of Cambridge Cookery School’s latest culinary trips to Stockholm.

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

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If you are looking to sell your home this Summer, this exhibition will widen the marketing of your property to London buyers.

The exhibition is being held at the Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square in central London. In association with John D Wood & Co. we are joining together with estate agents from across the South of England to promote our properties at this exclusive event.

Please contact us to find out more about how your property can feature and how our extensive marketing is designed to achieve the highest sale price.

HH thumbTake 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 register.

There are some beautiful properties featured this month, including a characterful Grade II Listed cottage on page 16 and a sympathetically restored and very well presented property in Barrington on page 21. If you are looking to rent, turn to page 36 for a selection of our rental properties – for all available properties, for sale and to let, click here.

Did you know that 2014 saw the highest level of first time buyers since 2007? More than 311,500 people bought their first home last year, with over 50,000 of them using the Help to Buy scheme. See page 14 for more details.

Following the success of their 7 day ‘Cooking in Italy’ trips to Villa il Boschetto, Cambridge Cookery School have added three, 3-day, culinary trips to their offering this year. Find details of these and the recipe of the month on page 26.

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