Newsletter April 2019


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April 2019

Welcome to a very early April edition of the Blagdon Bull newsletter.  Spring has sprung and we have lots of events on the estate to look forward to in the coming months.


The Red Cross Open garden event is our first charity open day on Sunday 14th of April. As well as having access to the open gardens and refreshments we have stalls, health trainers, the army climbing wall, a falconry display and the usual tractor and trailer rides for visitors to enjoy.

Donations of raffle/tombola prizes are gratefully received and should be dropped off at the estate office. Cakes and buns can be left at the clockroom from 0930hrs on the day.


Blagdon residents and tenants social committee update:

On a cold, dark, March evening a dozen or so people kindly turned out for the launch meeting of the new Blagdon Social Committee "The BSC".  I am now delighted to say we have formed the new group and they plan to organise social events for everyone to enjoy on the estate.

Jessica Williamson is our Chairperson and if anyone else would like to be a part of the BSC or to give a hand at the events please email me;

The BSC's first ever event will be Easter Trails, on Friday 19th April,   2pm - 4.30pm. Tickets are on sale until the 3rd of April from the Estate Office and are priced at £1.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult (free) at the event and refreshments are on sale in the clockroom until 4.30pm.

As well as the trail there will be competititions for the "Best dressed egg" and activities for children. The Easter event is open to the Blagdon staff, residents, tenants, their families and close friends.  Tickets are on sale on a first come first served basis.  Tickets cannot be purchased on the day (or after the 3rd of April) as the new committee would like to have the numbers in advance.

Here's hoping the weather is kind and the children (and adults) have an eggciting Easter time!


Happy 80th Birthday Tommy.

During a recent conversation with Tommy Pringle, the former Head Woodsman at Blagdon (between 1970 & 2004), Tommy made mention that he would be 80 in April this year. I hope Tommy doesnt mind getting a mention in this edition of the newsletter and to wish him a very Happy Birthday.


Office opening hours/Emergency contacts:

The Blagdon estate office is open Monday-Friday, 9am until 5pm and the out of hours contact details remain the same as those shown below:-

Out of hours emergency contacts:

Gas Emergencies

If you smell gas telephone: 0800 111 999. Turn off the gas immediately at the meter, contact emergency gas service to ask them to attend.


If you suffer a power cut telephone: 105 (free).  This is the national emergency number and they will put you through to your local electricity network operator.

Matthew Williamson, Agent for Blagdon is available on his mobile (tel: 07824 437940) to deal with any other estate type emergencies. Matthew will assess whether to call contractors out on a case by case basis.


Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK) - sponsored walk, reminder:-

A reminder that on Saturday the 25th of May 2019 Blagdon is hosting a sponsored walk for the Scoliosis Association.  The walk is being organised by Jill Tindale at the estate office.  The walk will be 2.5 miles route around the the estate and is suitable for adults and children.  Entry is £5.00 and you can obtain sponsor forms from Jill.

The event starts at 11am and finishes at 2pm.  Jill and her daughter Alice are very much looking forward to taking part in the walk.


Dates for the 2019 events at Blagdon:-

Blind Veterans Walking Group - Tuesday 2nd April. (private walk)

Red Cross Open Day - 14th of April (donations for tombola & cake stall most welcome)

Easter Trails - Friday 19th April at 2pm. Tickets £1.50 per child, in advance and they are on sale until the 3rd of April.

Wooden Spoon walk - Sunday 12th May

National Gardens Scheme - Sunday 19th May

Scoliosis Association (UK) Sponsored Walk - Saturday 25th May

Hospice Care - Sunday 2nd June

Abba tribute Concert (Walled Garden) - Saturday 15th June

Plant Heritage (plant fair) - Sunday 7th July

Macmillan/Marie Curie - Sunday 1st September

Stannington Horse Ride - Sunday 6th October

Halloween Event - Saturday 26th October

For event timings and further details keep an eye on the estate  website.


Country Trust visits:-

The school visits are scheduled to take place at Blagdon on the following dates:-

25th April, 23rd May and the 13th of June 2019.

For further information regarding the Country Trust please click on the following link to their website:



The White Bridge remains closed.  Plans are being put in place to devise a schedule for the repair works.


Permit to Work Forms:-

Some tenants may be thinking about carrying out work to their properties.  If you do have plans we ask that you obtain a permit to work form from us.  This is to ask for permission, prior to carrying out work to your house.  This form is required to be completed  when the project includes any structural work, plumbing and electrical work and should be signed by a qualified tradesperson, with their own insurance in place.


Security & Signage:-

You might have noticed the new Blagdon signage. This is to inform visitors/public that the estate is private, access is "by appointment only" and that we have CCTV operating.

Blagdon Estate's security cameras have also been updated. The new cameras have Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) which is good news.  If you would like to have your car registration details added to our new system please inform Jill in reception.

Blagdon Estate is not generally open to the public.


North Lodge Gates:-

The North Lodge gates have been repaired and are now closing automatically between 8pm & 6am weekdays and are closed at weekends.  Access is still available through the Home Farm Entrance.  North Lodge will be opened when certain events are taking place throughout the year and when there are Blagdon cricket club events.


Local bobby's at Blagdon:-

PC 613 Lee Davison recently came to Blagdon to introduce himself.  He will be working with PC 8603 Andrea Teasdale as our neighbourhood officers.  They can be contacted on tel; 101 or by email; if you have any non urgent issues or concerns to discuss with them.



The Old Blagdonians Coffee Morning update;

The coffee mornings are proving to be a real success on the estate.  Donations are accepted towards charities and its an excellent opportunity to socialise. The next coffee morning is on Wednesday 20th March.

Visitors to the Clockroom are kindly asked to park in the wooded area car park, behind the office. Parking in the Courtyard is for disabled visitors access only.


Residential & Commercial lettings:-

We welcome the new residential and commercial tenants at Blagdon. We wish them all the very best in their new properties.

New applicants for properties can apply through the estate website "lettings" section to be added to the waiting list. Blagdon currently has some large, detached properties for let and some commercial spaces.  Contact the office on tel: 01670 789621 for further details.





Dog Walkers:-

Residents and staff are welcome to walk their dogs on the estate, but please walk on the designated paths, keep dogs on a lead and under control.

The walled garden is very popular with dog walkers and unfortunately there has been an increase in dog mess within the garden. Signage has been put in place and we request that you please clean up after your dog particularly as the grass cutting season is upon us.



Tree felling and timber operations are ongoing on the this estate.  Please take care whilst you are out and about and observe the signs.

Danger Signs


Please check the information page tab of this website for tenants information, we try to provide useful information regarding repairs and problems to explain our repair policy.  The information page covers a wide range of topics including electrical faults, drains and dampness.

Please email me, if you have any comments to make about the newsletter, website or any other aspect of the Blagdon Estate.

The next edition of the newsletter will be in June 2019.

Hope you have a Happy Easter.



Claire Scott

Estate Administrator