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shoeboxes-thumbFor over a decade we, at TuckerGardner in Histon, have had first-hand experience of the generosity of several hundred people filling and dropping off shoe-boxes to our office for collection and subsequent delivery.

The boxes themselves present a very colourful picture here in our office, brightening up the darker Autumn days and we know, for certain, they will brighten up the lives of many children when they eventually reach their final destination.

To all those, over the years, who have taken the time, trouble and effort to fill a shoe-box we, at TuckerGardner, would like to thank you for making sure there are smiles on the faces of so many children this Christmas.

Should you still have a shoe-box, which needs to be presented to a Drop-Off Point, please contact us on

T: 01223 470099 or E: histon@tuckergardner.com

The final day for delivery is officially today, however, we are still willing to take them in for a short time to come.

season-for-giving-thumbAs we approach Christmas, it is more important than ever to remember the people who are going hungry on our doorstep.  Trussell Trust Foodbanks gave out 1.1 million emergency food supplies last year, and each of those foodbank visits tells a story of a person or family in crisis.

This is why, for the fourth year, we are running our Foodbank Christmas Appeal in Ely.  We are asking for donations of festive, long-life treats like Christmas puds, packets of stuffing mix, tins, jams, chutneys and much more, to be dropped into our Market Place branch.

All donations will be collected from our office on Tuesday 13 December and will contribute to providing festive hampers to Ely Foodbank customers over the Christmas period, in addition to the emergency food supply available from the Chapel Street centre throughout the year.

Additionally, we are supporting a second charity close to our hearts, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. We would like to deliver presents to children on the wards this Christmas.  Please help us make this happen by donating new or pre-loved toys suitable for children from just a few day’s old to 16 years. These can be dropped into our office until Wednesday 21 December.

Pop in during our usual working hours, or on the evening of the Ely Christmas lights switch on, 25 November, where we will be accepting donations for both causes and handing out balloons!

Operation Christmas ChildIt’s that time of year again and it’s hard to believe the festive season is just around the corner. We are offering our offices as drop off points for ‘shoeboxes’ – boxes filled with gifts for underprivileged children around the world – in support of Operation Christmas Child.

The deadline for the drop off is Friday 18 November. If you are interested in getting involved visit the Operation Christmas Child website or pop into the office, pick up an instruction leaflet or speak to a member of staff for some handy tips.

Help spread a little Christmas cheer this year!

summer fairs THUMBThis Summer is looking busy for TuckerGardner! We are pleased to be sponsoring and supporting a number of local events throughout Cambridgeshire, to include:

Histon and Impington Feast (2nd – 10th July) – We are proud supporters of the Histon and Impington Feast which is now underway. There is a long list of events taking place with an almost as long list of local, great, causes benefiting from the proceeds. For a full list of events, information and supported causes, visit hisimp.com/feast/.

The Shelford Feast (10th – 17th July) – With more tickets sold than ever before, The Shelford Feast are hoping to break the £250,000 mark, having already donated over £246,000 to local good causes since 1994. It is a festival of live music, comedy, community events and good food.  From a children’s disco to the annual Beer Festival, there is something for everyone! For more information on events and to buy tickets click here.

Histon and Impington Rec Summer Festival (13th – 17th July) – With the Olympics in Rio this Summer, a series of events have been planned, including a Summer Ball, The Indie Killers in concert, plus lots more, concluding with ‘Festival Sunday’, a day of workshops, stalls, dance displays and food and drink. Click here for more information.

Over Carnival (16th July) – Rio is coming to Over! This is set to be a fun packed day for all the family with a parade, family fun fair, food and drink, evening concert plus our sponsored climbing wall. For more information visit the Carnival website.

Duxford Village Show (16th July) – This year’s show theme is ‘The swinging ‘60s’ with a Fancy Dress Parade, Flower Competitions, Classic Truck & Car Display, Mallyon’s Funfair and much more plus an evening of groovy live 1960’s music! For further information visit www.duxfordvillageshow.org.

Look out for our flags, stalls and team members throughout these events; we look forward to seeing you there!

Aquafest blog thumbJoin us on Sunday 3rd July for the 38th Annual Ely Aquafest. The Aquafest covers three sites along the riverside of the Great Ouse, at Lavender Green, Jubilee Gardens and the Maltings Green. A must for families of all ages and interests, whether you are 9 or 90, Aquafest has something for you!

The main event is the Annual Raft Race with 20-30 handmade and decorated rafts, from buses to tanks and simple rafts to luxury liners, everyone enters into the spirit of the day and fun is had by all, even those on the rafts which don’t stay afloat!

Meanwhile, along the riverside, you will find two arenas providing music, dancing and demonstrations showcasing the local talent, funfair, beer tent, food bars, crafts and stalls.

TuckerGardner are one of the main sponsors so look out for our banners and balloons, we will be running two competitions with a chance to win some great prizes.

It’s set to be a great day, we are hoping the rain stays away this year and are looking forward to seeing you there!

Front CoverTake a look at our latest HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine and as a hard copy in each of our offices.

There are some particularly special properties featured this month, including our beautiful cover property which is located in Great Shelford – full details on page 24 – and an exquisite, detached, Grade II Listed character property, overlooking Widdington Green, on page 30.

The Cambridge Cookery School is focusing on all things local this month with the School & Café existing on the frontier of a new community currently being created off Hills Road, see page 28 for the recipe of the month, Lentil, Courgette and Fennel Salad, the perfect accompaniment to any early summer get together.

Don’t forget, Rio is coming to Over this month with the annual Carnival taking place on the Village Green on Saturday 16th July, between 12 noon and 10pm.

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.

Imp-5k and running festivalThere are some great running events happening throughout Histon and Impington next week, which we are proud to be sponsoring.

The Impington 5k & Running Festival takes place on Monday 2nd May and has something for all runners, including a 3k all age run, a 1k mini fun run for under 8’s and a new 200m toddle for under 4’s. All runners aged 11 and under will receive a medal. All runs are off road and start at the Histon and Impington Recreation Ground. Registrations from 9:30am with races starting from 10:00am.

Looking for something more challenging? How about taking part in a half marathon? On Wednesday 4th May at 7pm there will be a Flaming June Half Marathon training evening at the Histon and Impington Recreation Ground. There will be a training run followed by talks on nutrition, training and preparation, injury prevention, sports apparel and a question and answer session. The Flaming June Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 12th June 2016.

HH Thumb1Take a look at our latest HouseHunter magazine, available as a flip magazine and as a hard copy in each of our offices.

March was a positive month for all at TuckerGardner – it saw the opening of our long awaited Saffron Walden branch and also the start of Spring, bringing a flurry of homes to the market, both for sale and let. You will find a selection of them in this month’s edition, along with several brand new developments marketed by our New Homes department.  You can find all available properties on our website.

In other news, we will be exhibiting at the Spring Property Exhibition, at the Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, on the 12th May – a one stop event for property buyers looking to move out of the capital.  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.   Contact your local TuckerGardner branch to find out more about how your property can feature.

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 Spring, this exhibition will widen the marketing of your property to London buyers.

The exhibition is being held at The Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, in the heart of prime 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.

 

Keith Whitton - thumbWe would like to introduce Keith Whitton who has joined TG as a Mortgage Advisor. Keith has over 25 years’ experience within the financial services and banking industries, providing mortgage advice to clients since 2002 and recently gaining the higher level 4 mortgage qualification – way ahead of industry requirements.

Keith said he is “excited to be joining the reputable TuckerGardner family and looks forward to building new client relationships and nurturing existing ones, by providing ongoing mortgage advice and solutions now and in the future”.

Keith lives in Cambridge with his family and has done since childhood, so has an solid understanding of the area and crucially an excellent knowledge of the local housing market. He is also a keen sports fan, cyclist and swimmer.

We are sure lots of you will know Keith and he would been keen to hear from you, if you are looking for a mortgage, a re-mortgage or just to catch up. Please do not hesitate to contact him at kwhitton@tuckergardner.com.