LARKFLEET GROUP HELPS LOCAL CHARITY PROVIDE KENYAN SCHOOL WITH ELECTRICITY
Two Larkfleet Group (www.larkfleetgroup.co.uk) companies, housebuilder Larkfleet Homes (www.larkfleethomes.co.uk) and builders merchant Deepings Building and Plumbing Supplies (www.deepingsbuilding.co.uk), have joined forces to provide a primary school in Africa with electricity.
The two companies worked with Friends of Nyansakia (www.nyansakia.org), a Bourne-based charity that regularly raises funds to help an impoverished community in Nyansakia, Kenya.
One of the charity’s most recent fundraising objectives was to provide St Thomas’ Primary School within the Nyansakian community – which schools approximately 1,000 pupils – with electricity in its classrooms.
Larkfleet Homes and Deepings Building and Plumbing Supplies were happy to provide the £470 required as a joint donation.
Friends of Nyansakia visited the African community to present the donation and a local Kenyan company will soon carry out the necessary electrical work, on instruction from the school.
The electricity that will be provided in the classrooms will allow pupils to work there before and after daylight hours, something they currently struggle to do as many of their own homes do not have electricity.
Larkfleet Homes’ marketing director Helen Jones presented representatives from Friends of Nyansakia with the donation outside Larkfleet Group’s head offices in Bourne.
Larkfleet has previously worked closely with Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary Academy on a variety of projects to help raise money for the Friends of Nyansakia.
In December last year, Larkfleet hosted a pupil’s art exhibition at its Abbeyfields showhome on Spalding Road in Bourne, following the Bourne school’s fundraising ‘Nyansakia Day’.
All proceeds from ‘Nyansakia Day’ at the local school were added to Larkfleet’s contribution of £100 following the art exhibition. In total the school and Larkfleet raised £840.
Abbeyfields, located on the old Co-op site on Manning Road in Bourne, comprises two and three bedroom properties which are perfect not only for first-time buyers but also for buyers who are looking to downsize and young families looking for a high quality new home.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels can be fitted to properties at Abbeyfields as ‘an extra’ so homebuyers can benefit from reduced energy bills.
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Larkfleet Group is a privately-owned award-winning housebuilding and development company based in Bourne, Lincolnshire. It is a major developer of sustainable energy projects and a provider of energy-efficiency improvements for new and existing buildings.
GET A FRESH LOOK FOR SUMMER WITH CLOTHING EVENT AT THE CROFT
With summer approaching, the question on many ladies lips is, ‘what to wear to the season’s social events and holidays’? With this in mind, The Croft (www.thecroftbourne.co.uk) development on North Road in Bourne is opening up its stylish facilities to host a luxury clothes sale for both its residents and the wider community.
The Croft has teamed up with clothing supplier Just My Look to host the high quality ladies fashion event on Thursday 24 April from 14:00 until 17:00.
During the event, Just My Look will showcase some of the key seasonal trends and advise visitors on the best shapes, styles and colours to suit them.
The clothing event will take place in a renovated manor house at the centre of The Croft development, which provides a stylish facility for residents to relax and take part in the wide variety of events and activities that are regularly held there. Visitors to the manor house on 24 April can browse and try on clothes, as well as enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the luxurious surroundings of the building.
Maureen Dickens, senior sales executive at The Croft, said: “At The Croft, we understand that feeling outwardly confident can make a difference to a person’s general well-being. We have seen first-hand how the physical and mental well-being of residents has improved since moving here as they have the time to spend doing things they enjoy, rather than worrying about the day-to-day upkeep of their properties. The Croft also provides a great atmosphere to socialise with friends and neighbours.
“This clothes sale will be a fun event for residents and visitors alike and will give wardrobes a boost in time for summer.”
The Croft provides a range of benefits including easy access and adaptable properties, minimal maintenance, communal facilities and an estate manager on site, while still encouraging residents to live completely independent and active lives.
The development comprises 75 one, two and three bedroom homes, including bungalows, set around attractively landscaped gardens and offers high quality living for the over 55s, perfect for those who want independent, stylish yet secure living.
Maureen added: “When Just My Look contacted The Croft’s estate manager about holding a fashion event at The Croft, it was felt it would be a great addition to our diary of events.
“The added bonus for the local community is that the clothing sale, like many of the other events held at The Croft, is open to them as well, providing non-residents with a chance to enjoy the development and the restored manor house.”
During the event, visitors can also take a tour of the stylishly decorated showhomes on site and see for themselves what The Croft has to offer.
The Croft is a joint venture between Bourne-based housebuilder Larkfleet Homes (www.larkfleethomes.co.uk) and Keystone Developments (www.keystonedevelopments.co.uk), part of the Longhurst Group.
For further information on the fashion event or the development, call 01778 426995, pop in to the sales office located on North Road in Bourne or visit www.thecroftbourne.co.uk.
LITRE METER LAUNCHES OIL AND GAS SAFETY SURVEY
UK flowmeter specialist Litre Meter (www.litremeter.com) has launched the first in a series of oil and gas industry safety surveys that will be introduced throughout 2014. The survey (http://tiny.cc/SILsurvey) is designed to enable manufacturers and resellers to test assertions about functionality and construction and quality of manufacture.
The first survey concentrates on safety integrity levels (SIL) and one lucky respondent will win a Kindle for taking part.
SIL is the degree of likelihood that a safety instrumented function will operate effectively when it is required to. Four SILs are defined within the European Functional Safety standards based on the IEC 61508 standard, SIL 4 being the most dependable and SIL 1 being the least, taking into account such things as the development process and safety life cycle management. The Litre Meter survey aims to find out to what extent engineers use SIL in specifying equipment and what reliance they place upon it.
Litre Meter CEO Charles Wemyss said: “There has been increased focus on safety issues in the UK offshore sector over recent years. We want to make sure that our manufacturing focus is on safety in relation to both the environment and industry trends.”
According to the most recent raw data available from the Health and Safety Executive (http://www.oilandgasuk.co.uk/Hydrocarbonreleases.cfm) in Q3 of 2013 there had been 27 offshore hyrdrocarbon releases in the UK. This represented a significant reduction in HCR releases in response to the HCR reduction plan initiated by Step Change in Safety (http://www.stepchangeinsafety.net/) in 2010.
Charles Wemyss added: “Issues surrounding the environment and hydrocarbon releases, asset aging and life extension drive the focus on safety. We want to be able to help in the process of recognising hazards and reducing risk as well as help engineers take ownership of risk and asset integrity through proving assertions about the functionality and construction of instruments.
“The HSE has defined asset integrity as the ability of an asset to perform its required function effectively and efficiently while protecting health, safety and the environment. Asset integrity management was defined as the means for ensuring that the people, systems, processes and resources that deliver integrity are in place, in use and will perform on demand over the asset’s lifecycle.
“Being able to prove assertions about the manufacture and functionality of equipment are vital in this process.”
To take the SIL survey visit http://tiny.cc/SILsurvey and spend just a few minutes answering the questions.