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As another year draws to a close….

Sheldon Bosley Knight Shipston on Stour

Sheldon Bosley Knight Shipston on Stour Welcome to the first of our regular updates, this one focusing on our Shipston branch, designed to give you an insight into the daily life of SBK, local events, property market updates and all things which may be of interest to anyone buying or selling, whether you are a landlord, tenant, or just interested in property full stop!

As we come to the end of a very successful year at SBK we have been reflecting on the market which has kept us all very busy.  We have dealt with many different types of property including land, country properties, houses, apartments and town houses.  In fact we can deal with virtually any type of property.

With our local knowledge we are well placed to help those new to the town with all the information they require about Shipston and feel proud to be part of such a vibrant community.

Feel free to call in and discuss any of your property issues with our friendly team.

SBK Supporting the Community

SBK Coconut Shy Shipston Victorian EveningDid you know, SBK support many community activities in the town including the recent Victorian Christmas Market held on Friday 1st December.  Once again we ran a Coconut Shy which proved a huge success last year and this year didn’t disappoint either. People of all ages were game for a go and we raised over £100 for the Rotary charity.

We also sponsored the Shipston Town Band Christmas Concert, another annual event that helps to get us all into the spirit of Christmas with some wonderful Yuletide music, carols and readings. The band are a real asset to Shipston.

Our Annual Charity Quiz was another roaring success and this year we supported the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The quiz theme was ‘Back to School’ and we raised a fantastic £2,244! We would like to thank all the local businesses who joined in and supported the event.

Goodies on Completion

We are very fortunate in Shipston to have many wonderful individual privately owned shops who support each other. Richard Harvey and Taste of the Country generously donate gifts to buyers on completion of sales and are wonderful shops to visit.

Thinking of moving?

Cottage For Sale We would be delighted to visit your property to advise on value.  If you are considering selling early in the New Year now is a good time to find out what your property is worth and what we can do to help you move on.

Did you know we also have a very busy lettings department who can help with all aspects of renting out your property.

You may not know that we can offer the following services too:

  • Surveying
  • Commercial
  • Rural and Equine
  • Architectural and Planning Advice

In fact we can deal with all sorts of property-related matters under one roof!!

From all the staff at SBK we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.


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The Annual SBK Charity Quiz

SBK Annual Quiz 2017

SBK Annual Quiz 2017A rather unusual school event took place in the town last week, when Sheldon Bosley Knight hosted their ninth annual Quiz with a ‘Back to the Schoolroom’ theme. Desks were snapped up eagerly by local companies vying to win the coveted trophy, in support of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. This very worthwhile cause attracted the generous response we have come to expect from our friends and supporters, and the total sum raised by the event was a superb £2,244.

‘Headmistress’ and SBK Director Suzanne James had prepared a rigorous school timetable, following a syllabus which challenged the usual areas of general knowledge but also provided for those whose prowess lay on the sporting field (netball, with three attempts per team to score baskets). A ‘SATS’ paper completed under near-exam conditions was sufficient to strike fear into the hearts of even the hardiest Quizzers, several of whom bemoaned the fact that their children were not there to help them.

SBK Annual Quiz 2017‘Headmaster’ James Walton succeeded (against the odds, some might say) in maintaining a satisfactory level of discipline, although one or two unruly students had to be threatened with detention, and pupils were treated to a fine performance by peripatetic music teacher Dwyer Scullion, better known for his role in successful local band The Mojitos.

It was the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust team who finally carried off the trophy, also winning the Headmaster’s cautious approval for this improvement in their academic performance over the preceding year. They were ably assisted by ‘Senior Prefect’ Jackie Fletcher from SBK’s Lettings Department. Runners-up were the team from Kendall and Davies, supported by notorious teachers’ pet Frances Peach – the SBK Quiz ‘hostess with the mostest’ who has led her teams to victory in the previous two years.

SBK Annual Quiz 2017Third place went to H L Barnes, Accountants, under the very competent supervision of ‘Form Monitor’ Jo Righton from SBK’s Rural department at Shipston. Last year’s victors, the team representing Stratford’s Literary Festival, managed a commendable 4th place with encouragement from ‘Head Girl’ Sarah Graham from our Stratford office.

Despite their varying performances in the academic table, every team must be awarded an ‘A’ for effort; the enthusiasm and good humour with which all the participants entered into the fray made this a truly enjoyable evening. Our warmest thanks go to all those who contributed their time and money to ensure the success of our fundraising. Just as importantly, thank you all for supporting an event which demonstrates so clearly the positive community spirit we enjoy not just at Christmas, but all year round.

For lots more photos of the event please visit our SBK Facebook Page.

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Sibford Farming Club Charity Dinner Dance

Thames Valley Air Ambulance with Laura Gaydon SBK

In November 2016 members and guests of the Sibford Farming Club in Oxfordshire held their annual charity Dinner dance at the Cotswolds Hotel & Spa, Chipping Norton and raised £1000 for the local Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Laura Gaydon, Director of SBK and organiser of the event, commented, “We were thrilled with the support for last year’s Dinner Dance – the event is the highlight of the Club’s social calendar and we were delighted to raise so much money for this really worthwhile cause, which can affect so many of us in the rural community.  The Thames Valley Air Ambulance costs £2,500 per mission, providing life-saving medical care to the counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire 365 days per year and many lives are at risk without this fantastic service”.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance with Laura Gaydon SBK

The £1,000 cheque was presented to Sarah Sharkey of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance by Steve Cocks (Club Chairman) and Laura Gaydon, all pictured above.

The club will be holding their annual dinner dance later this year and for details please contact Laura by email at

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Christmas Colouring Competition

Laura Gaydon with Isla Hill, Daniel Careless, Eleanor Hazelton

This year we decided to hold a Christmas Colouring Competition and invited pupils from Shipston Primary School to take part.

Laura Gaydon with Isla Hill, Daniel Careless, Eleanor Hazelton

L-R: Laura Gaydon, Isla Hill, Daniel Careless, Eleanor Hazelton

Each pupil was asked to design their own Gingerbread House and we were overwhelmed at the response and the high standard of entries received.

The designs were all fabulous and the children showed  immense creativity so it was a very difficult task choosing the winners.

Winning Entry by Daniel Careless

The Winning Entry by Daniel Careless

Judge Laura Gaydon was really torn as to who to pick however it was finally agreed that Daniel Careless (aged 10) was over the overall winner with Isla Hill (aged 5) and Eleanor Hazelton (aged 7) as runners up.

Runner Up - Isla Hill

Runner Up – Isla Hill

The winners were announced in this morning’s assembly at the School and the prize winners were each presented with a book token and a DIY gingerbread house kit by Laura Gaydon and Amy Reed from our Shipston office, Rural Land Agency team.

Runner Up - Eleanor Hazelton

Runner Up – Eleanor Hazelton

Laura said “It was a very tough choice because all the entries were excellent.  Congratulations to Daniel, Isla and Eleanor and well done and thank you to everyone else who took part”.

More entries can be viewed on our Facebook page.

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Shipston Victorian Evening 2016

Peter Leamy, Sheldon Bosley Knight, Shipston Victorian Evening

Our Shipston office once again took part in the annual Shipston Victorian Evening and this year we held a coconut shy.

Liz Smith, Peter Leamy, Kate Billing, Sheldon Bosley Knight, Shipston Victorian Evening Liz Smith, Peter Leamy and Kate Billing running the stall dressed in full Victorian costume.

In charge of the stall were Peter Leamy from our Planning & Architectural team dressed as Scrooge along with Liz Smith and Kate Billing both from our Shipston Residential Sales Team.

The stall was very popular and all the coconuts had been won by the end of the evening!  We would like to say a big Thank You to all those who took part.

Peter Leamy, Sheldon Bosley Knight, Shipston Victorian Evening

Peter Leamy tallying up the funds taken on the stall.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Shipston-on-Stour and in its 16th year, the Victorian Evening is always well attended and raises much needed funds for a variety of causes supported by Rotary.

We are also very pleased that Shipston Primary School will be borrowing the coconut shy equipment for their Summer Fete next year and delighted that it will have a second airing.  Mark it in your diary now to pop along and have a go!

Coconut Shy, Sheldon Bosley Knight, Shipston Victorian Evening