A Coventry-based construction company has struck a chord with a local charity after raising thousands of pounds to support children and families affected by terminal illness.
The Deeley Group Band Night raised more than £7,500 for Molly Olly’s Wishes, with performances from local acts and donations from a host of subcontractors and suppliers helping to smash their initial fundraising goal.
The event, which took place at the Standard Triumph Club, was the first to be hosted by the Deeley Group Charity, with the trust hoping to enhance local connections and raise funds for charities across the region through a series of events over the coming years.
Molly Olly’s Wishes is a charity that supports children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses and their families.
It was set up in 2011 by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw, the parents of Molly Ollerenshaw, who died in 2011 following a 5-year fight with cancer.
Chris Newman, a trustee of the Deeley Group Charity, kicked off the night’s events with a collection of solo acoustic guitar songs, before Coventry band Goozebumps took to the stage with a range of modern pop covers.
Rugby-based quintet Sound Effect rounded off the night with a combination of ska, mod and britpop classics.
Molly Olly’s trustee Rachel Ollerenshaw, said: “What a great night the Deeley’s Team organised on Saturday. Everyone involved was so friendly and willing to help and all the guests that attended were incredibly supportive.
“Deeley’s have been a pleasure to work with and all their hard work has ensured that Molly Olly’s can help more children and families going through extremely challenging circumstances. Thank you to everyone involved and of course to the bands who definitely got the party started!”
A raffle and auction were also held, featuring a range of prizes donated by local companies, with a signed Deeley Group polo shirt raking in an impressive £420.
The Trustees of the Deeley Group Charity who organised the event are Chris Newman, Matt Lynch, Carol Maughan and Ian Clorley, supported by Peter Deeley and Peter Hartill.
Ian Clorley, Deeley Group Financial Controller, said: “It was a great night for all involved and that’s thanks to a fantastic team effort from the Deeley Group Charity and Molly Olly’s Wishes, as well as everyone who came along to show their support.
“We are extremely proud to have gone beyond our fundraising target and could not be happier to have started our series of charity events in this fashion.
“Our connection to the Coventry and Warwickshire community is something that has always been at the heart of the Deeley Group, and our improved outreach with local charities following the launch of the Deeley Group Charity will only enhance that.
“Our fundraising goal could not have been reached without the support of our guests, our suppliers, subcontractors and colleagues, who were all very keen to show their support for the Molly Olly’s Wishes.”
For more information about Molly Olly’s Wishes visit mollyollyshop.wpengine.com
Caption (left to right): Peter Deeley, Carol Maughan, Rachel Ollerenshaw (Molly Olly’s Wishes), Matt Lynch, Ian Clorley, Chris Newman, Peter Hartill
A new £6.8 million development that will house older people in the centre of Coventry has hit new heights.
The project, which will be known as Bond’s Lodge, is the final piece of the jigsaw at Belgrade Plaza and is the creation of a three-storey building, featuring 45 self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments for the elderly.
Deeley Construction is working on behalf of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities to carry out the project, which has been designed by Nicol Thomas Architects, and is expected to be complete in spring 2020.
It is being funded from the Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities’ own resources, fundraising, a grant from Homes England and a loan from the Charity Bank. The development has been awarded to Deeley Construction under the Homes England DPP3 framework.
Many of the partners involved in Bond’s Lodge – as well as John Crabtree OBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands – met for a traditional topping out ceremony which marks the moment that a building reaches its highest point.
And with just a matter of months before it is complete, there are already residents lined up to occupy several of the new homes.
Victor Keene MBE, Chairman of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, said: “We are very grateful to our Lord-Lieutenant for taking the time out to come and see how the project here is taking shape.
“There is a great deal of anticipation about Bond’s Lodge and it wouldn’t have been possible without the Deeley Group, who have been great partners on this project, which has been talked about for many years and also the support from Homes England.
“It is great to see the dream of adding this to our other Almhouses here in the city centre which provide homes for elderly people in Coventry.”
The Almshouses, now run by Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, were founded in the early 1500s and today are sheltered housing schemes for elderly citizens in the city.
Since the Second World War, the charity has engaged in two major projects in Hill Street, the building of Bond’s Court in 1985 and the extension of Bond’s Hospital in 2004.
With the completion of Bond’s Lodge, the number of residents will have risen from 11 in 1506 to more than 150 in 2020.
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “It is great to see the progress that the team is making on what will be a very welcome addition to Belgrade Plaza, providing much-needed homes for older people in the community.
“It is the final part of what is a genuinely mixed-use scheme for Coventry and it’s fantastic to see it reach its highest point.”
John Crabtree OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, added: “I really enjoyed the visit and it is wonderful to see a development of this quality that will be providing much-needed homes for older members of the community.
“It’s a great example of how working in partnership between the public, private and charitable sector can deliver great results.”
Pictured (left to right): Victor Keene MBE (Chairman of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities), Eleanor Deeley (Deeley Group), Nikki Finnegan (Homes England), John Crabtree OBE (Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands)
The Deeley Group will be helping fellow Coventry and Warwickshire businesses cast an eye into the future of the region across a number of in-depth seminars.
The company will welcome business leaders and associates from across the region to two engaging discussions at their Herald Avenue headquarters, and will be supporting another event held in Leamington as part of this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival.
The first of two seminars hosted by Deeley Group asks the question ‘How do we enhance Coventry & Warwickshire?’ and will take place on Wednesday, November 13.
Speakers including Bill Blincoe, Planning and Development Adviser at Coventry & Warwickshire LEP as well as Rob Bennett, Associate at SQW Limited and David Harley, Head of Regeneration at independent regeneration company Be First will go into detail on the need for a strong planning policy as well as public and private sector collaboration in order to support regional growth.
Guests and speakers will also be looking at ways to aid development in a planning and biodiversity seminar on Wednesday, November 20.
The session will feature expert advice from two leading organisations, Barton Willmore and Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants, on recent changes to the planning system and how to deliver biodiversity requirements. It will also feature insight from Deeley Group Development Director Anthony Holt.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “Playing such an active role in this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival gives us the chance to share our knowledge and research with our peers throughout the region and look to the future as a collective.
“We will be welcoming a range of high-profile speakers as part of our panels, with our Development Director Anthony Holt taking the floor to discuss a developer’s view on planning and biodiversity.
“The festival is set to be bigger than ever before and we are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible across the three sessions.”
The Deeley Group will support a third event hosted by Leamington-based law firm Wright Hassall discussing Innovation in Construction on Tuesday, November 19.
It will be ran in association with Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.
The event will feature experts showcasing the latest technology advancements that can help the construction industry streamline their operations and encourage innovation.
For more information on the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival or to sign up to any of the events visit www.cwbusinessfestival.com
The popular Starley Sportive charity cycle ride is set to return to the Coventry and Warwickshire roads in 2020.
It will give riders a chance to get their fitness wheels turning in the region’s first mass-participation cycling event of the year.
More than £13,000 was raised by participants in the last event and organisers are hoping to take the total funds raised in the event’s history beyond £40,000 next year, by attracting an even bigger turnout.
Around 750 riders are expected to take part next year on Sunday, February 16, again raising money for a range of local and national charities.
The event organised by Coventry Road Club, the Deeley Group, and Coventry City Council aims to promote wellbeing and healthier lifestyles. Whilst enhancing the city’s sporting profile, continuing the legacy of the city’s year as European City of Sport.
Riders will set off from the Deeley Group head office on Herald Avenue and have the choice of tackling three distances this year – a 28.6 mile route, a 63.2 mile long-distance ride, or the epic 86.5 mile challenge – that proved so popular in the last event.
For the next Starley Sportive, Coventry’s Zoe’s Place Children Hospice & Warwickshire’s Young People First are the two main charities being supported by funds raised, with both supporting the event with volunteers.
Participants are also being encouraged to raise money for any causes close to their heart, while Zoe’s Place, Young People First, Myton Hospice and University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire Charity have been offered a number of free entries to anyone who registers via them for the event.
The sportive celebrates the contributions of inventors James and John Kemp Starley to the world of bicycles.
James Starley is known as the father of the bicycle industry, while his nephew John Kemp Starley is widely regarded as the inventor of the modern bicycle – both worked and lived in Coventry.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “We are hoping that the incredible effort that we saw last time around can spur more people on to come along, test themselves, and ultimately raise money for some important causes.
“The support we had for the last event helped us to break the event’s fundraising record and I’m sure we can achieve that once again given the level of positive feedback we received.
“It’s important for us at Deeley to use our place in the Coventry and Warwickshire community to encourage healthier lifestyles, and carry on the legacy of the European City of Sport status.”
Ian Court, Racing Secretary at Coventry Road Club, was named Volunteer of the Year at the Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards for his role in the organisation of the Starley Sportive.
Ian added: “We can’t wait to see all the smiles again, it’s brilliant to see people joining in and having fun on their bikes.
“The event is about inclusion and getting people together for a great time. We want people to feel like they can join in and have fun cycling whatever their cycling goals are”
Places for the three distances can be booked online at www.starleysportive.co.uk
Deeley Homes has completed a deal to purchase a residential development site with planning permission for the construction of 55 new properties in Leicestershire.
The 6.15 acre site, three miles west of Asfordby near Melton Mowbray, was acquired through land experts Mather Jamie and construction is due to start in Spring 2020.
The development will include 20 market sale homes, 25 shared ownership homes and 10 rented homes. The first homes are expected to be available by the end of next year.
Asfordby is well-connected with transport links to Melton Mowbray, Loughborough and Nottingham.
The village benefits from pubs, takeaway restaurants, a garage post office and convenience store, which are in close proximity to the development site.
There are primary and secondary school options in the vicinity, all of which are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, and private education options are also available at nearby Oakham and Loughborough.
Anthony Holt, Group Development Director at Deeley Homes, said: “This is an exciting project that we expect to bring many advantages and a wealth of property options to the local area.
“We’re building a mixed scheme that will encompass both affordable housing and market sale properties, and we’ll be working with East Midlands Housing to ensure that several of the new homes provide a viable housing option for those in need.
“We’ve been very pleased with Mather Jamie, who have been straightforward, open and honest throughout the purchasing process. The team’s experience in land transactions and excellent knowledge of the area have both proved invaluable and made the route to sale completion as easy as possible.”
Mather Jamie Chartered Surveyors were established in 1991 and are based in the East Midlands. The firm is an independent mixed commercial and agricultural practice with a long-established and unrivalled reputation for delivering reliable advice and expertise on residential and commercial developments.
Gary Kirk, Associate Director at Mather Jamie, added: “The Deeley Group secured the acquisition of the site following a competitive marketing process handled by Mather Jamie.
“We are delighted to have secured the sale of the site, which is fantastic news for the East Midlands, with a range of homes to suit families, first-time buyers and working couples becoming available in the next year and a half. We are very much looking forward to seeing Deeley Homes’ plans come to fruition.”
For more information about Deeley Homes and its developments visit http://www.deeley.co.uk/homes/.
A Warwickshire village is celebrating after winning a planning battle that has led to a new development and which will “bring more vitality to local life”.
The Meadows is a new 10-home development delivered by Deeley Homes in Pillerton Priors near Stratford.
Three of the properties have already been sold, and Pillerton Priors Parish Council chairman Ian Greenall was invited to perform an open ceremony after the council ensured the development went ahead.
He said: “We are delighted to see The Meadows opening and people moving in. Originally planners were against the development but we could see that it would be good for the village to have new homes of different sizes and types to attract people here, so we fought that decision.
“We worked closely with Deeley Homes and they were more than happy to supply the variety of housing we felt would be of most benefit, so we are very pleased that the development is not only open but is proving successful. It will bring more vitality to local life.”
The Meadows features two, three and four bedroomed houses and bungalows and looks over open countryside. The site used to belong to the family of local vicar the Rev J Findon, and its road is named Findon Fields in their honour.
Anthony Holt, a director of Deeley Homes, said The Meadows was an example of a village determining how new homes would be of benefit.
“The Parish Council felt quite strongly that not only was this site suitable for new homes but also that any development had to feature a variety of sizes and types of property,” he said.
“We worked closely with them to ensure that we delivered what they wanted and the village needed and we are very proud of the results.
“The fact that we have sold 30 per cent of the homes before we have opened a show home underlines that they were correct and that we have provided homes of real quality.”
Oliver Knight New Homes are marketing The Meadows. For more details please see www.deeley.co.uk
CAPTION: Anthony Holt (Deeley Homes), Ian Greenall (Pillerton Priors Parish Council), Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Oliver Knight (Oliver Knight New Homes)