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Evesham Regatta 2019

Sheldon Bosley Knight were delighted to sponsor the 2019 Evesham Regatta which took place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May. The annual event organised by Evesham Rowing Club has been held every year since 1864 and attracts competitors from clubs as far away as Poole, Northampton, Cardiff  and Huntingdon. This year over 400 crews took part, ranging in age from young teenagers to adults in their 70s.

The regatta was a great success and despite the chilly wind, the weather remained dry and provided great entertainment for both competitors and spectators alike, with the occasional mishap and capsize into the water to add to the drama and excitement.

Tony Rowland accepting his prizeSheldon Bosley Knight sponsored 4 races during the course of the weekend. Tony Rowland from our Evesham office who is a keen rower himself, and a member of the rowing club committee, won a coveted ‘Evesham Pot’ in one of the races, which he promptly filled with beer to celebrate!

The Regatta is supported by many local businesses and volunteers and all funds raised are ploughed back into the Club, some of which is used to fund their ‘Learn to Row’ programmes for juniors and adults to learn the basic skills of rowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Pitfalls of a Beautiful Modern Bathroom

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modern bathroomMost of you reading this article will be here because you are flicking through the property pages or related web sites.  Your interest might be casual, an idle curiosity, or you might be seriously looking with a view to either moving up or down the housing ladder.  All sales particulars will describe the ablutions rooms, whether they are the family bathroom, the cloakroom, or the en-suite.  They all have something in common; they have the same sanitary ware. There are variations on a theme, there may be a bidet, a shower, or even a shower mounted over the bath, with the usually ineffectual shower curtain that is cold and slimy to touch, while helping to spread the water round the bathroom. But in essence the equipment is the same, a toilet, bath and hand wash basin.

Designs of bathrooms are becoming more adventurous as time marches on, there might be a wet room, where the shower and bath are mounted in the middle of the room.  The floor and walls are tiled, and the assumption is that water will go everywhere, water draining from the room via a centrally constructed drain.   Space is important for the room to be really useful.  If the bath is central to the room, parents can wash children from both sides.  If the shower is mounted on a separate pipe, there can be an adequate gap between the walls and the shower curtain, preventing that intimate contact with the wet clammy shower curtain.

shower headBathrooms are fast becoming the province of the interior designer; a well-designed and finished bathroom can add value to the house as a whole.  In the past the surfaces were finished with ceramic tiles, now you might see limestone used instead, as a chic wall tile.  There is a problem however, with doing this, because limestone is a porous material. Modern showers, with pressurised systems use a lot of water.  During use water will splash over the walls, and run down the walls as it wends it’s way to the drain outlet.

I draw your attention to this because chic may not always be functional.  Whether you are designing your own shower room, or are paying a designer to do it, be aware of the pitfalls for using a modern stone tile. In the past, wall tiles were mostly glazed ceramic tiles, and the grout was a specialist water resistant type, capable of shedding the water rather than soaking it up.  Under British Standards the ceramic wall tiles were tested for their porosity, usually being under 0.05% porous as a material.

These days the swish tiles on display at the DIY shops or even at the tile merchants, don’t always indicate what the porosity of the individual tiles might be. Many of the limestone tiles have porosity levels of between 5-6%, which is at least 30 times the level of a glazed ceramic tile. Almost like blotting paper in comparison.  Choice of grout is also essential.  Ensure that waterproof gout is used, with a fungicidal additive added.  This will prevent the dreaded black mould from growing, whilst making routine cleaning easier.  The waterproof grout will also prevent water from soaking into the walls of the house, sealing the tile joints effectively, and preventing a damp problem from occurring at a future date.

grey bathroomLocation of the bathroom is also important.  By being en-suite, it is highly likely that the bathroom will be situated on the first floor adjacent to the bedroom.  In most instances, the bathroom will be constructed on a wooden joisted floor.  By it’s very design, and the choice of material, the floor will flex and move as it experiences temperature and moisture fluctuations. Putting a tiled surface directly onto a wooden surface is asking for trouble.  As the floor moves, the tiles will move, and it is highly likely that hairline cracks will develop. A lot of water can pass through a hairline crack, and if it lands on a wooden joist, the ideal recipe for soft wood rots, or even worse the dreaded dry rot to grow.

Unfortunately quite often this type of problem is not recognised for months, the first sign of a problem will be the brown stains on the ceiling below.  It is far better to use a man made material in this location, which is flexible and durable.  There are many examples of modern laminate materials easily available for use in a domestic home.  Investigate companies such as Karndean on Vale Park, Evesham, and see what is available.

If you are thinking of creating a new bathroom/ wet room, think about the possibility of incorporating a heated floor. This can either be by hot water, or by an electric system. Electric systems are far easier to install in existing properties, but hot water pipes also have many merits. Again, seek advice from a plumber before finalising the design.  One of the main advantages of a heated floor is that excess moisture is evaporated from the room quickly, keeping the atmosphere dry.  Ventilation is also critical for removal of moisture from the room, hopefully to the exterior of the building. This can be natural ventilation, i.e. opening a window, or by use of an extractor fan. These are usually noisy when operating, and of course consume energy while operating.

Care should be taken when designing a bathroom. To me, they are probably the most important rooms in the house.  A good spacious bathroom / wet room can make a good house into a superb house.  Copious amounts of hot water, in a warm surrounding can make bath time a pleasurable experience.  A well thought out design will maximise the use of space, in a room which often becomes the focal point for family life.  Proper design, choice of finishing materials, and layout will enhance the use of the room, and increase the value of the property. So if you are contemplating changing a bathroom, take care to get the design and construction right first time.

Tony Rowland SBK TLG

 

 

Tony Rowland BSc(Hons) MSc MRICS

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Town Centre premises for local Hospice Shop

The Commercial team of Sheldon Bosley Knight has completed a letting of a retail premises on Wood Street in Stratford-upon-Avon. Myton Hospice have taken a double unit on the busy and popular Wood Street to open a new 961 sq ft retail offering.  Having targeted Stratford Town Centre as a location for their 27th site for some time, they were waiting for the right property in the right location and this fits the bill perfectly.

Myton Hospice Wood St

 

Opening today, it is a great opportunity for this wonderful local charity to raise the awareness of The Myton Hospices in Stratford.    Myton’s work centres on enhancing their patient’s lives and involving them in decisions about their care.  They aim to give patients more quality time with their families and loved ones.

 

 

 

Mark Treadwell of Sheldon Bosley Knight negotiated the terms of the new twelve-year lease.  “Myton are an excellent local organisation who will be a superb occupier and this will hopefully be the beginning of a long relationship between them and the owner”.

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Diversification via Development Seminar

Diversification via Development Seminar - Sheldon Bosley Knight

Diversification via Development Seminar - Sheldon Bosley Knight Sheldon Bosley Knight were delighted to sponsor the recent Diversification via Development Seminar hosted by Warwickshire Rural Hub on Tuesday 30th April.

The  Seminar provided an opportunity for farmers and landowners to learn more about the options available to them for converting farm buildings to residential use. Daniel Jackson, Director of Sheldon Bosley Knight and an Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, was joined by two other local experts who between them covered the planning, finance and tax implications of rural diversification.

Daniel explained the Class Q Permitted Development rights that were introduced in 2014 and which apply to buildings that were in agricultural use on 20th March 2013.

Diversification via Development Seminar - Sheldon Bosley Knight He gave some examples of Class Q applications and discussed the common pitfalls to be aware of including the maximum floor space that can be developed, the number of dwellings allowed and the deadline for completion of the building.

Daniel and his planning team have worked on a number of successful Class Q applications and he emphasised the importance of seeking professional advice for anybody considering Class Q development given the strict criteria that applies.

The audience also heard from Daniel O’Donnell from Rosconn Strategic Land who discussed the role of Promotion Agreements and their value to the landowner, and Mark Dickin of Ellacotts explained the all important tax implications.

The seminar was very well attended with over 85 guests who enjoyed networking over hot bacon baps and the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.

For further information and to discuss your own rural diversification plans, please get in touch with Daniel on djackson@sheldonbosleyknight.co.uk.

 

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Time for a Change? The RTPI “Chief Planner of Tomorrow” Initiative

Natasha Blackmore Da Silva - Planning Associate, Sheldon Bosley Knight
Natasha Blackmore Da Silva - Assistant Planner, Sheldon Bosley Knight
Natasha Blackmore Da Silva – Assistant Planner, Sheldon Bosley Knight

Natasha Blackmore Da Silva, Assistant Planner at Sheldon Bosley Knight, recently spent a day at Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) as part of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)’s ‘Chief Planners of Tomorrow’ Initiative that provides young planners with the opportunity to experience public sector planning from a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective. In this blog, Natasha shares some thoughts and experiences about her brief time in the public sector…..


The main purpose of my day was to engage with public sector planners and gain insight into the decisions and challenges the senior management team face trying to balance public services, fiscal constraints, the expectations of stakeholders and the effects of politics.

I had the opportunity to engage not only with the planning team but also the senior management team and the directors.

Culture Change

“If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organisation.” Mary Douglas.

The way we use the planning authority is changing – more applications than ever are being submitted online, correspondence is via email, and the telephone has become the primary means of communication. It only follows that these changes should prompt planning authorities to change the way they are run.  The senior management team at B&NES call this a “Culture Change” and it is more difficult than you think to provide planning advice for a modern and ever changing world.

Maintaining its efficiency and capacity in the face of the modern world means changing the way the department is run day-to-day. The Council is increasingly encouraging employees to work from home when possible to avoid unnecessary commutes into the city and the consequential vehicular pollution.

My first meeting of the day involved reviewing the Department’s ‘Home Working’ Protocols to ensure that both employees and customers were getting the most from the exercise. This included automated responses on emails indicating alternative numbers to call, accessing emails online from home, and performance reviews. The Managers note that it has taken a while for local authorities to realise that planning agents and applicants don’t care if you’re not in the office as long as they can get hold of you.

It’s more than just determining planning applications

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Like many private sector planners I was under the misapprehension that planners spend their whole day at their desks deciding the fate of our applications. However, I have learnt that this is far from true and there is much more to being a public sector planner than just determining applications.

Over the course of one day I was presented with only a fraction of the challenges and issues that the senior management team faces. Some are planning related, for example, new policies and information that need to be taken into consideration when determining applications; others are more administrative challenges such as confidentiality issues and website navigation problems.

It was also interesting to see how B&NES tries to engage with service users on other platforms, for instance, the Agents Forum which allows agents to provide feedback on how the planning service could be improved. .

Case Busting

The second part of my day involved a case busting session in which the whole planning team discussed recent case law and policy amendments that could affect how they interpret the wording of policy when making decisions.

We also reviewed a few recent appeal decisions that the senior managers felt were important for all team members not only to be aware of but also to understand the decision fully and use to support their future decisions.

A word with the Director

My meeting with Lisa Bartlett, Director of Development & Public Protection, offered me some final nuggets of wisdom. The main thing she wanted me to take away from the day was that ‘Communication is Key’. This is not as simple as it seems, but it is important that public sector planners try their best to communicate sufficiently due to the large number of people planning decisions can impact directly and indirectly.

Bath Spa is a truly fascinating place with a mix of listed buildings, heritage assets, and modern structures. It is only logical that the planning department would walk the fine line of protecting the past whilst also preparing Bath for a modern and more forward thinking world.

I am grateful to the RTPI for arranging this opportunity and to Lisa Bartlett and the senior managers at B&NES for sharing their time and wisdom.  It was a privilege to participate in such an incredible educational opportunity and I hope that this initiative continues to expand so that more young planners can benefit.

Natasha Blackmore Da Silva Assoc RTPI

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Tomato Growing: Possibly the Greenest Production System Ever!

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fresh tomato cropBeing a typical adult male, I spend my life watching my weight, hoping that the scales don’t say ouch. Salads are a way of life whilst calorie counting. Part of the salad is of course, a red tomato. The significance of the one I was eating was that it was actually produced here in the Vale of Evesham. Bearing in mind that we are in early April, the fact that we are producing tomatoes in the Vale of Evesham is quite a feat, worthy of some further investigation.

There are a few specialist growers in the Vale who produce long season tomatoes using Hydroponics, sometimes called Nutrient Film Technique. Briefly to explain how the system works, there are long channels in a greenhouse which have water continually pumped into them. The channels are sloped gently so that the water flows down, from where it drains back into an underground tank. Tomato plants grow in rock wool blocks, which sit in this channel of water so that they can take up both water and nutrients as required, creating an almost perfect environment for the roots to grow in. Surplus water is then passed back into the underground tank, where it is boosted with more fertiliser and acid so that its Ph is maintained at a level of approximately 6.7, to allow trace elements to be made available for uptake from solution by the plant.

commercial tomato growingModern greenhouses tend to be very large, the latest ones have a height of approximately seven metres. The newest one in the Vale of Evesham is located at Offenham, and others are planned for the Vale. This nursery extends to an area of approximately 4 acres, of which 2 acres is new. The greenhouse height is needed to allow the crop to grow in an environment which has enough air movement around the crop to keep it healthy. The nutrient channels are suspended from the greenhouse structure in metal channels, some three to four feet above the ground. This creates a more pleasant working environment for the crop workers, as they are picking fruit at waist height, rather than from the ground level, which can be back breaking.

The crop then grows to a height of approximately three metres, supported by string, wound onto a wire bobbin. As the plant grows up, the string is wound off the bobbin, twisted around the plant’s stem, while the side shoots are taken out, leaving just the main stem to create the plant. This process happens every week, allowing each tomato plant to grow to a length of approximately 25 metres over the season. As the stems become longer, they are supported by brackets which prevent them from being damaged by passing trollies.  Plant health is also maintained by having plenty of air circulating around the bundle of stems, using large circulating fans with ducts so that all parts of the greenhouse are of a uniform temperature.

Growing operations carry on year round. Lighting is provided by LED lighting within the crop canopy, and high pressure sodium bulbs at high level, to provide enough light to maintain active growth all year round. The LED’s are specifically designed to maximise light absorption in the photosynthetically active region of the light spectrum.

Pollination is undertaken by bumble bees, and insect control is by a range of biological predators such as Encarsia Formosa, Phytoselius Persimilis and Macrolophus. It has reached the point where virtually no insecticides are used in the growing area.

Product handling within the greenhouse is also well thought out. Crop workers use hydraulically operated working platforms to reach the top of the plants. Picking trollies are used to remove fruit from the rows, all are supported on the heating pipes, which also serves to form a railway down each row. All feed back onto a central concrete path, allowing efficient removal of fruit from the greenhouse, using pallets and the ever efficient fork lift.

Encarsia FormosaI am sure you can imagine, to support a glasshouse of this size, you need a significantly large plant room to house all the equipment needed, and it is here where the green part of the production really takes place. There are two sources of heat. One is a combined heat and power plant, where electricity is generated using a large gas powered engine to run a generator. Electricity is then used to run the supplementary lights. The other back up heat source is an extremely large gas operated boiler, with flue gas condenser mounted on the chimney. This is also capable of generating copious amounts of hot water. The flue gas condenser captures as much heat as possible from the flue gases, to ensure maximum operating efficiency.

Either the generator or the boiler is run during the day, so that the greenhouse can utilise the flue and exhaust gases as a fertiliser. Once scrubbed in a urea formaldehyde solution, a mixture of almost neat carbon dioxide and air is then pumped into the greenhouse, where it is absorbed by the plants to create tomatoes. Surplus heat generated during the day is stored in vast hot water cylinders, affectionately known as dump tanks. When the environmental computer calls for heat during the night, to keep the growing areas up to temperature, hot water is pumped from the dump tanks, rather than run the boiler again. By using the exhaust fumes from the generator and the flue gas condenser on the boiler, dump tanks, and Carbon Dioxide, very high energy efficiencies are achieved, running into 90% efficiency.

green generatorThe drive for greater economies on these glass house nurseries is relentless. At the moment, one owner of a local nursery, has constructed a series of anaerobic digesters, so that all the green waste can be converted into methane. Enormous fermenting tanks have been constructed to house the green waste. Ideal conditions are created to allow bacteria to break the organic matter down. The gas given off is collected, cleaned, and then used to run a boiler or generator, thus completing the cycle.

It is quite foreseeable that these horticultural nurseries will be carbon neutral once they have a digester operating next to a modern glasshouse complex. Not only that, but if they are located close to a household refuse site, there is no reason why further green waste from households could not also be treated in the same way, so that maximum gas is produced, perhaps even surplus to the site’s needs. When this happens, then gas is actually exported into the local grid, thereby helping other energy users in the immediate vicinity.

These horticultural nurseries are amazing facilities to look at and local growers occasionally open their nurseries at various times to show people what they do. If ever you get a chance to take a look, it is very much a worthwhile visit, particularly to see how modern horticulture can operate in harmony with their environment, whilst still producing large quantities of fruit which feed us. Surely this must be a win win position for us as a country, both in the short term and the long term.

Tony Rowland SBK TLG

 

 

Tony Rowland BSc(Hons) MSc MRICS

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Architectural Assistant Required

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Architects and Developers on Building SiteDue to the continuing growth of our architectural business we are currently expanding our team and are keen to recruit an experienced Architectural Assistant with proven ArchiCAD experience.

Our architectural and planning team have built a strong reputation within the industry for over 20 years and specialise in a wide range of development. Our portfolio includes many types of projects; contemporary, traditional, residential, agricultural and commercial.

As our ideal candidate you will be confident in delivering detailed working drawings using ArchiCAD, based on your own extensive knowledge of current Building Regulations. You will ideally have a good understanding of construction techniques and materials. As well as producing working drawings you will be involved with planning applications, tender packages and completing site and building surveys.

In return you will be part of a well-respected architectural firm working closely with the senior leadership team on a variety of exciting projects. We will offer a competitive package based on your experience, along with extensive development programs, encouraging you to enhance your knowledge, develop your skills and progress your career with us.

In the first instance please email your CV, an appropriate selective work sample along with a covering letter to pleamy@sheldonbosleyknight.co.ukSet featured image

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Head of the River Race 2019

Veterans' Head of the River 2019
Tony Rowland Rowing the Vesta Head

Many of my friends will know that I have a passion in life, wait for it…. no, not that, it’s rowing.  For many months, I have been training hard, running, rowing on the indoor rowing machine and cross training with games such as squash.  Why do I put myself through this self-inflicted torture? Well, I love sitting in a boat and paddling down a stretch of water early in the morning, come rain or shine, looking at the wildlife, or being at a regatta, when there’s a race on.  The feeling during a race is exhilarating!

For many of the public, the rowing calendar highlight is the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, which will take place this weekend.  On the 7th April 2019, at approximately 2.16pm. Oxford and Cambridge will partake in the 165th “Varsity Boat Race”. As a precursor there will be the Goldie Vs Isis Race beforehand, to give the first inkling of how both University crews are performing, but as ever the main event will be the main race which follows.  Many of you will no doubt be glued to the television, to watch the boat race as it unfolds. Perhaps more so this year than ever before, because of the continuing success Great Britain is currently enjoying at the various international regattas they go to.

You may well ask, well what has this got to do with property? Confession, not a lot, but last weekend I was in London rowing the Vesta Head and I could not help but notice the wide diversity of property that sits alongside the River Thames.  I thought I would take a brief look at some of them, so that when you watch the “Boat Race” on telly, you will be able to recognise the various landmarks. Whilst there visiting the city it was also fascinating to see the amount of construction work that is still taking place in the Capital City.

The boat race starts at Putney Bridge, the crews boating outside London Rowing Club. This is a substantial brick constructed clubhouse built in 1856 and still forms a centre of excellence for rowing, the original purpose of the club being to win events at Henley Royal Regatta. The next landmark on the Middlesex side of the river is Craven Cottage, home to Fulham Football Club.  Its large white coloured stadium dominates the skyline for almost the first mile of the course. You cannot miss it visually.

Just past the milepost, on the Surrey side lies “The Harrods Depository”. Built in 1894, the building still retains its striking orange and red colouration and its distinctive terracotta tiles advertising its name. As a nation we seem to have become besotted with apartments. They are everywhere and even this building has been converted into a mixture of apartments and commercial premises following its sale for £52.5 million back in 2001 by Mohamed Al Fayed.

Not so noticeable, just before Hammersmith Bridge, sits the Riverside Film Studios. The Triumph Film Company, which subsequently sold it to the BBC in 1954, purchased this former engineering factory in 1933.  The studios are famous for producing classics such as Dr Who, Dixon of Dock Green, and Z Cars. I am showing my age, because I can remember most of these being shown in black and white on a television powered by valves.

The first bridge the crews pass under is Hammersmith Bridge, an ornate suspension bridge spanning 422 feet, built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette in 1887. The bridge is quite weak, and has been a focal point for a number of terrorist attacks, surviving the last one in 1996, when 32lb of Semtex explosive failed to detonate.

By now, both crews will be into their stride, looking for the next feature, this being Chiswick Eyot. The island is much eroded and only becomes an island at high tide. Originally the island was used for the growing of grass and osiers (basket willows used to make baskets furniture and carts).  Now a nature reserve, the most notable feature is a green pole erected at one end of the island.

Barnes Bridge is the next major feature for the crews to pass under. Constructed of cast iron, the three arch bridge was built by Joseph Locke and Thomas Brassey to carry the Windsor, Staines and South-Western Railway’s line from Barnes to Feltham. Sadly the bridge is closed to pedestrian traffic on the day of the boat race, but the crews will be glad to see it, because they know they are in the closing stages of the race.

Just before the finish on the Surrey side lies the Stag Brewery, which produces Budweiser, Bud Ice and Michelob beers. This is an enormous building, showing the volume of beer produced.

The finish post for the race is located just before Chiswick Bridge, outside Tideway Scullers Club. The crews will pass under Chiswick Bridge, before turning and returning to Anglian and Mortlake Rowing Club. The course distance is 4 miles 374 yards, or 6,779 metres and I can confirm that having completed the same race last weekend in the Vesta Head of the River on several occasions by the time you have finished the race, you will certainly know you have taken some exercise. And unlike us, they don’t have to paddle back to their home boathouse.

I hope you found the brief look at the Thames interesting? At least you will recognise a few of the landmark features if you watch the race on television on Sunday and I promise I will return to property matters in the next few weeks. For myself, I just look forward to a quiet paddle on the River Avon, practicing for the Spring Regatta.

Tony Rowland SBK TLG

 

Tony Rowland BSc(Hons) MSc MRICS

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Vacancy: Commercial Negotiator

Sheldon Bosley Knight Commercial Property

Sheldon Bosley Knight Commercial PropertyWe have a fantastic opportunity for an energetic and enthusiastic individual with a strong interest in the property market to join our team in Evesham as Commercial Negotiator.

Specialising in the sale of commercial properties, the role appraises, markets and sells properties, with the aim of negotiating the best price for the client for a financially viable fee. The role will involve frequent liaison with owners, banks, brokers, surveyors, solicitors and possibly other estate agencies during transactions and therefore demand excellent inter-personal skills.

  • Experience in Commercial Agency preferred, with good negotiation skills and client focused
  • Training to be provided on all aspects of Commercial Agency and professional and ethical standards necessary for a RICS Accredited firm
  • Based in our Evesham office but with travel  across our coverage area so full driving licence and access to own vehicle will be required

SBK’s Commercial department currently consists of seven individuals, has a property management portfolio of 200 properties, a strong professional arm and on average arranges the sales or lettings of 50 commercial properties per year.

If you would like to apply for the position or more information please email kcleary@sheldonbosleyknight.co.uk

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Is Your Letting Agent Regulated?

Lettings Sheldon Bosley Knight

Lettings Sheldon Bosley KnightWith effect from 1st April 2019 all letting agents must be in a regulated Client Money Protection (CMP) scheme.

We at Sheldon Bosley Knight have been regulated and in a CMP for many years via the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who require us to hold out the highest standards when it comes to handling your money. In fact, we are delighted to say that one of our companies was awarded a rating of “Outstanding” in 2017.

From 1st April 2019 all agents must:

  • Belong to a Government approved CMP scheme
  • Display a certificate confirming this
  • Provide clients with the name and address of the scheme of which they are a member

This is not new to us so we do not need to make any changes, although there are many in our industry who will have to catch up. However, if you have any questions please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

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Swalcliffe Park British Eventing Horse Trials 2019

Laura Gaydon of SBK with Swalcliffe HT winner Christina Wiederkehr

Laura Gaydon of SBK with Swalcliffe HT winner Christina Wiederkehr During the weekend of 16th and 17th March 2019, Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsored a BE100 section of the British Eventing Horse Trials at Swalcliffe Park, near Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Nearly 500 competitors competed over the weekend with classes ranging from BE80(T) (training), BE90 and BE100.

For a one day event competition, competitors perform a dressage test in front of a judge, jump a course of show jumps and then follow a cross country course of rustic fences including banks and a water jump, over a specific distance and within an optimum time.

In the Sheldon Bosley Knight BE100 section, 40 riders took part and the competition was won by Christina Wiederkehr riding her own Lilas Girl, an 8 year old 16.2 hh grey mare.  Christina won the section with a 27 dressage score and double clear in the show jumping and cross country phases with no time penalty, giving her a total score for the three combined phases of 27.

Winners Goodies - Sheldon Bosley Knight - Swalcliffe Park Horse TrialsLaura Gaydon, Director of Sheldon Bosley Knight, said “There were a number of local and professional riders competing at Swalcliffe Park Horse Trials last weekend, with many riders praising the organising team for the great “going” on the cross country and show jumping.  We are delighted to support a local affiliated Eventing competition and enjoy seeing the riders compete. 

The skill of Event riding is precision and obedience in the dressage phase, agility and obedience in the show jumping phase and accuracy and bravery over the cross country fences.

It is the start of the 2019 eventing season, however Swalcliffe provides a very educational and encouraging cross country course at the lower levels of British Eventing – giving horses and riders the confidence to build on their run for the rest of the eventing season”.

Sheldon Bosley Knight Rural and Equestrian Departments provide professional property advice for all rural and equestrian properties, from farms and bare land through to pony paddocks and commercial equestrian and competition centres. 

Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsored jump at Swalcliffe Horse Trials 2019If you would like any advice on a specialist property query, please do not hesitate to contact the Rural Team at Shipston-on-Stour on 01608 661666.

Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsored jump at Swalcliffe Horse Trials 2019

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Nikki’s London Marathon Fundraiser

Nikki Evis Sheldon Bosley Knight

Nikki Evis Sheldon Bosley KnightNikki Evis, Property Manager at our Stratford office, is busy training for the London Marathon in April to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester in memory of her Grandfather.

Having only taken up running seriously four years ago, Nikki has been lucky enough to secure a Gold Band place in the Marathon and has been running throughout the winter months in preparation for the big day on Sunday 28th April.  She has also been very busy raising funds to reach her target of £2,500.

Nikki launched her fundraising in December with a Christmas Hamper Raffle that was generously supported by her colleagues at Sheldon Bosley Knight as well as a separate draw for a home-made Christmas cake and champagne.

Nikki Evis Sheldon Bosley KnightShe has reached 50% of her target and is now organising a ceilidh at The Bengeworth Club in Evesham on 30th March. Tickets are £15 and will include live music from the award winning “The Burdock Band” and a caller to help with the dances and food.

A licensed bar will be available, along with a raffle which includes lots of locally sourced prizes. The event is open to everyone and promises to be a great evening full of foot-stomping music, fun and laughter and is guaranteed to have you up and dancing, even if you have two left feet!

For information and tickets, please contact nevisvlm19@gmail.com.

Donations can also be made directly to Nikki via her Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nicola-evis3