Newsletter February 2021

 

Newsletter - February 2021

Welcome to the February newsletter, our first newsletter of 2021.

I hope you all had a reasonable Christmas time and we wish you a happy and prosperous new year.

On the lead up to Christmas we had some Monopoly on Blagdon and the moves were fairly close to the Christmas break, adding to the already hectic time of year!  I hope our new tenants are now feeling a bit more settled, have unpacked a few more of their boxes and are enjoying their new homes.

It has been lovely to see some Blagdon folk, from safe distance walking on the estate and in the village at Stannington.  Some fairly cold days so far and icy conditions under foot, but it feels great to get outside for the daily dose of exercise!

 

Items for the Newsletter:

In December, we asked if anyone had anything to include within the Blagdon newsletter. To date there have been no contributions so if there is anything you would like to see here, email me.  It would be nice to spread some good news.

 

Charity Open Garden Events update:

Whilst spring is just around the corner, there is still not much to add to our diaries until we can make plans.  We will add any dates to the website should charity days go ahead this year.

 

RAF Stannington:

On Saturday 17th July 2021 Stannington are hosting a nostalgic RAF event.  There are lots of things to look forward to on the day, including a replica spitfire, WW2 re-enactment displays, music and the GIN BAR featuring Stannington Battle of Britain Gin.  A local event, hopefully for everyone to look forward to in the summer time.

 

Estate Office - Reception:

The office is still open Monday - Friday, 9am and 2pm. We offer an appointment only service outside of these hours and enquiries/reports of repairs can be made by telephoning: 01670 789621.  Thank you to everyone for adhering to the appointment only system, the wearing of masks and for social distancing to try and keep us all safe.

 

Maintenance & Woods:

Many of the Blagdon team continue to work from home, but we do still have Maintenace and Woods working on the estate.  Essential maintenance work is being undertaken for now and until such times as it is safe to return to normal.

 

Advice - looking after your property during winter:

Another cold winter and temperatures having dropped as low as minus six.  Houses can feel cold and damp inside with a need for you, as our tenants to keep things well ventilated.   The combination of hot and cold inside any house can create a perfect storm for condensation.  This is certainly something to be aware of, especially in traditional, older type properties.

Please keep the fresh air circulating around your house and prevent conditions such as condensation and damp forming.

Tenants should try to open windows daily, especially whilst cooking and after bathing to let the steam out.  Avoid drying clothes inside and on the radiators as this can add moisture, leading to problems in future.

Blocked gutters can also cause damp when water runs over the top and gets into the walls.  Tenants are usually responsible for clearing their own gutters and it is quite surprising how full then can get with leaves, pine needles, etc. You should arrange to do a check of your gutters and have them cleaned out a few times a year to keep them in good order.

 

Horse Riding - 2021

Horse Riding permits are now sold out.  We have reached our maximum number and we wont be offering any more permits for sale this year.  Please be reminded that Blagdon is private and no one should be riding on the estate without a valid permit and without wearing the allocated jacket and permit which has been issued.

 

Sad news:

We are sorry to hear that Audrey Nesbitt has died. Audrey used to tell us great stories about her time at Blagdon and when she had worked at Shotton Grange. Her family go back many years at Blagdon and our condolences go to them at this sad time.

 

Post Office @Stannington:

St Mary's Church, Stannington operate a post office on Monday's between 12 noon - 1.15pm & Fridays from 9.15 - 10.45am. Under usual circumstances, the Church run a coffee shop during the Post Office opening times, providing an opportunity for people to catch up and have a chat.  Whilst the coffee shop is not operating at this time, it is hoped it can resume again soon and once the lockdown restrictions are eased.

 

Electrical Condition Reports:

Due to the new legislation for the private rented sector, electrical safety checks will be being carried out in some of our rented properties.   Rush Electrical, Bay Electrical and Shepherd's are our appointed contractors for this project and will be contacting some tenants to arrange access.  If you have any concerns about this, please contact the estate office to let us know and we can re-arrange the visits.

 

Chimney Sweeping:

Whist the estate appreciate that some tenants are shielding, we must remind you of the need to have your chimney swept at least once a year.

The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps is a professional organization and members have a strict criteria for sweeping. It is worth considering whether the sweep you appoint is a member of this organization as they should follow the highest standards in the industry. Chimney sweeping certificates should be sent to the estate office for our property records to be updated.

 

What's New:

Please continue to check the 'What's New' section of the website for news and for properties to let.  Blagdon has a waiting list for rental properties and contact the estate office if you would like to be added to the list.

 

Footpaths and dogs:

The Home Farm along with the estates farm tenants, shooting syndicates and forestry team all work together to conserve and enhance wildlife habitats found on the estate - as a result we have seeen numbers of threatened farmland birds such as Grey Partridge, Yellowhammer and Lapwing stabilise or in some cases increase.  However, in the coming months all of these birds will be starting to nest and therefore it is important to emphasize that footpaths are kept to and dogs are in close control or kept on leads.

If you have queries on the location of footpaths or any other access query, please contact the estate office.

 

With warm wishes,

Claire

Estate Administrator