It was ‘lights, camera and action’ on the village green when one of Lancashire’s most picturesque places played a starring role in a film to promote a ‘better way’ of life.
And residents and business owners from Wrea Green, near Lytham, were more than happy to take up roles in the production for developer Redrow, in a bid to extol the village’s many virtues.
Among them was mum-of-two Debbie Powell, 56, who recently moved to Redrow’s Ricksby Grange development.
Debbie, who’s married to GP Mike, smiled: “I’m not quite sure about my part in the film, but I am certain that life since we have moved to the village is just perfect.
“We moved because we wanted to be part of a community and it’s lovely here. You only need to step out of the door and everyone says ‘hello’ and ‘good morning’, and you feel part of a wonderful way of life.”
She went on: “Mike and I lived in a new housing estate in Little Thornton in Poulton-le-Fylde for 23 years before we moved here and that was really nice, if quiet. But I can honestly say that we have made more friends since we moved here seven months ago than we did in more than 20 years previously.”
Debbie and Mike, both 56, are not the only ones to feature in the film.
Alison Gledhill, from the village’s BarkingMad.com dog sitting service, talks about how ‘up and coming’ the ‘bustling’ village is, while bar tender Wendy Unsworth from The Grapes pub praises its friendliness – and she should know, she has been living there for 44 years.
Dizzy Ducks Tea Rooms’ owner Sharon Dooley hails the ‘beautiful’ village green, one of the biggest in the country, as being one of Wrea Green’s best assets and, pointing out its typical Englishness, asks: “What’s not to love?”
Debbie and Mike moved from a four-bedroom detached home into a three-bedroom dormer style bungalow, The Bournemouth, which the couple adore.
“Our two daughters are now grown up so we decided to downsize and go in search of village life,” added Debbie. “But the Bournemouth still has plenty of room with three double bedrooms, which is great because the girls like to come and visit; and I love the fact that it’s so spacious and all open-plan.
“We use the master bedroom with en-suite on the upper floor but, should it ever be necessary – and I hope it won’t for a long time yet – there are two other bedrooms on the ground floor.
“I am hoping to join the WI in the village and the choir, as well as the Wednesday Afternoon Club, which helps to look after some of the older people in the village. It’s giving something back. Mike also plays golf at the Royal Lytham, so it is perfectly placed for him!”
Ricksby Grange has a collection of three and four-bedroom homes from Redrow’s award-winning Heritage Collection, currently available from £289,995, which marry traditional Arts & Crafts inspired exteriors with spacious and modern interiors.
And while it boasts the best of village life and a host of amenities, it has excellent transport links with a choice of two railway stations within two miles and the M55 just minutes away connecting to the extensive North West motorway network, and the larger towns of Preston and Blackpool, as well as the city of Lancaster.
For more information about Ricksby Grange and Wrea Green, call 01772 307810, visit the show homes and marketing suite off Ribby Road between Thursday and Monday, from 10am to 5.30pm or visit www.redrow.co.uk/ricksbygrange
Or watch the film here: https://www.redrow.co.uk/tv/videos/developments/hear-what-the-residents-have-to-say-about-living-in-wrea-green
Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building around 5,000 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2016, the Group reported record revenues of £1.38 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk
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