We Will Remember Them

The Duchy of Lancaster was proud to support the City of Lancaster’s commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice on 11th November 2018.

The day began at 6.00 am with a lone piper playing ‘The Battle’s O’er’ outside the John O’Gaunt gate. This was witnessed by the Vicar of Lancaster the Reverend Chris Newlands, County President of the Royal British Legion Lieutenant Colonel Richard Beatson DL, the Chief Executive of Lancaster City Council Mrs Susan Parsonage, the Mayor of Lancaster Councillor Andrew Kay and the Dean of Lancaster Cathedral as well as the Reverend Andreas Jensen from the Priory’s sister church in Goslar, Germany. Around 50 local residents and members of the local community also turned up to watch and to mark the start of the city’s remembrance services.

Later that evening a special Remembrance Service was held at the Priory Church in the presence of faith and secular leaders of the community and led by the Reverend Chris Newlands. The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth and his wife and former High Sheriff Lady Ann Shuttleworth were in attendance together with the Roman Catholic and Anglican Bishops of Lancaster.

At the conclusion of the service, the Last Post was played. Lord Shuttleworth then read the ‘Tribute to the Millions’ before the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet Oliver Pallister lit the beacon of remembrance at the Priory, relaying the flame to a second beacon on the top of the Castle’s mediaeval keep.

Constable of the Castle Mrs Pam Barker laid a wreath at the ‘There But Not There’ Tommie silhouette which carried a memorial stone specially carved by stone carver Alan Ward at his Lancaster Castle workshop.

The commemorative Tommie figure, wreath and memorial stone will remain on display at Lancaster Castle for the remainder of the year.

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New 5-Year Lease For After Adoption

A leading independent adoption agency has signed a new five-year lease on 3,440 square ft of space at the Duchy of Lancaster’s New Oxford House in Birmingham.

After Adoption originally took up office space on the first floor of New Oxford House in 2013, expanding into additional space on the fifth floor a year later. The new lease allows the organisation to combine its office and meeting rooms on the same floor, improving efficiency and providing sufficient room for further growth.

Commenting on the move, Duchy Head of Urban Mike Andrews said: “We are delighted to have been able to accommodate After Adoption in a bigger single space. By taking on the whole of the first floor, the organisation will now have access to multi-functional rooms, providing much greater flexibility and efficiency.

“New Oxford House is an attractive Art Deco building in a prime location right in the heart of Birmingham’s business district. We are currently refurbishing it floor by floor to provide prestige office suites for growing businesses and with its exceptional communication and transport links to the rest of the country we expect these to prove very popular.”

After Adoption works throughout England and Wales to help all those affected by adoption, from placing children with adoptive parents to supporting birth families and reuniting families. Over the past twenty years, it has pioneered work with birth mothers in prison, search and reunion services and new initiatives for adopted young people.

For information on office space available in this iconic building post-refurbishment, please contact KWB Property Management on 0121 233 2330.

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Duchy Brings Estate Management In-House

The Duchy of Lancaster has brought the management of all Rural Surveys in house with effect from 1st October 2018.

As part of this change, the Duchy has restructured its rural estate management teams. Two Regional Surveyors of Lands will lead on the Rural Surveys working out of the Duchy’s London HQ and recently established Lancaster Castle office. Each Regional Surveyor is supported by at least one Estates Surveyor charged with ensuring direct and regular contact with tenants. The team is led by Christopher Sparrow, as the Duchy’s Head of Rural.

Commenting on the move Duchy CEO Nathan Thompson said: “We have brought greater focus to the management of our rural portfolio with the introduction of new in-house teams across all Surveys. This is a tremendously exciting time for the Duchy and we are extremely positive about the future. The move will improve levels of communication and help in our ongoing drive to ensure first-class presentation of our assets.”

In the new structure Andrew Johnson is Regional Surveyor of Lands in the North and Jon Sellick Regional Surveyor of Lands in the South. The day-to-day management of the estates on each Survey will be undertaken by Naomi Browne in Staffordshire, Laura Airton in Lancashire and Rebecca Oddy in Yorkshire. Naomi Browne and Laura Airton will also look after farms and residential properties in Cheshire whilst the Southern Survey will continue to be managed by Jon Sellick.
Each of the teams is supported by the Duchy’s senior team, rural accountants and financial analysts, project managers and administrative staff.

Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow added: “We are increasingly looking at Duchy-wide initiatives on bio-diversity, environmental management and standards of presentation on our farms and rural residential properties. Bringing the estate management function back in hand allows us to deliver more consistent standards across our portfolio. I look forward to working with the new teams in the months ahead as we continue to improve the levels of service we offer to our tenants whilst building closer relationships with other key stakeholders across our estates.”

There are five Rural Surveys within the Duchy: Cheshire, Lancashire, Southern, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. The Cheshire and Staffordshire Surveys are centred around the core Crewe and Needwood Estates, whereas Lancashire and Yorkshire each includes four separate Estates and Southern combines land holdings and property assets in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and South Wales.

For further information on the various estates which make up the Rural Surveys please visit our website: www.duchyoflancaster.co.uk.

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New Special School To Be Built At Higham Ferrers

The Duchy of Lancaster has agreed to release 2.2 hectares of land for the building of a new free school at Rushden on its historic Higham Ferrers estate.

Built by the Department for Education and to be run by Friars Academy Trust, this specially designed secondary school will offer places to 145 students with special education needs. Places will be offered to 11 to 19 year olds with moderate to severe learning difficulties, including students with autism and those with an education health and care plan naming the school. Admissions will be coordinated via Northampton County Council’s Education, Health and Care team. 

Due for completion in 2020, the project includes the construction of a new single-storey school building on a greenfield site to the east of the A6 previously used for grazing. The site also borders the eastern boundary of Moulton College and the project plans include the redevelopment of the surrounding area, including an increased provision of sports facilities for community use.

Suzzanne Ijewsky, Executive Headteacher of Friars Academy commented: “I am delighted that a site has now been secured for this much-needed school which will help meet the rising demand for additional special school places in Northamptonshire.  Friars East Free School will mirror the outstanding curriculum, pastoral support and extra-curricular opportunities offered at Friars Academy, enabling our children and young people to maximise their potential.”

Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow added: “We already have strong links with neighbouring Moulton College and are very pleased to be able to facilitate this important new facility for the area. The school environment has a really important role to play in education and it is critical that the buildings and grounds are designed to cater for the specific needs of these students. We look forward to watching the new building take shape in the months ahead.”

Construction is expected to start on site in late summer 2019.

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Ripley’s Farm Let To Young Yorkshire Farming Family

Following a rigorous selection process, the Duchy of Lancaster has awarded the tenancy of Ripley’s Farm on the Cloughton Estate in Yorkshire to Adam and Claire Turnbull, formerly of Grange Farm in Sinnington. The Turnbull family will take over from Ian and Suzanne Burnett, Duchy tenants at Ripley’s Farm for three generations and whose care and stewardship of the holding has been exemplary over that period.

Part of the Duchy’s Cloughton Estate, Ripley’s Farm covers 255 hectares of mixed arable and grazing land in a commanding position overlooking Scarborough Castle and the Yorkshire Coast. The steading includes a substantial 6-bedroomed farmhouse and a number of good quality farm buildings, with plenty of space for Adam and Claire to grow their young family and expand their farming business.

The steading is situated approximately two miles to the north west of Burniston village and five miles from Scarborough benefitting from excellent transport and communication links.

Commenting on the letting, the Duchy’s Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “It is unusual for us to be able to offer such a large, well equipped farm to the open market and the response has been extremely positive. We received applications from a number of excellent candidates and congratulate Adam and Claire on securing the tenancy. We wish them both every happiness in their new home and hope that they too will be part of the Duchy family of tenants for generations to come.”

Adam previously worked on the family dairy farm for 12 years and has been a partner in the business since 2013. His wife Claire is a qualified dental nurse and has recently opened a new milliner’s shop in Malton in partnership with Adam’s mother. The couple also have a young son Oliver who is almost 2 years old.

“We were looking for a family home with plenty of space and scope for growth,” says Adam “and Ripley’s Farm is perfect. We already have lots of ideas for building up the business and are really excited about the potential for the future. We love the house and the location and we are looking forward to writing our own family history here as part of the local community in the months and years ahead.”

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