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Chestnut Homes donates 100 Easter eggs to foodbank

Children from families in Boston and Lincoln who are being supported by their local foodbank are being given Easter eggs thanks to our donation. Chestnut Homes has given 100 Easter eggs to Boston and Lincoln Foodbanks, to be added to their nutritionally balanced food parcels.


The two food banks are part of a nationwide network supported by The Trussell Trust, a charity that works to end hunger and poverty in the UK. They provide three-day emergency food parcels to those in need, as well as providing users with toiletries and other additional items, such as pet food. 


Boston Foodbank is based at Blenkin Memorial Hall in Wormgate, while Lincoln Foodbank has four distribution centres across the city.


Jayne Maddy, the National Lottery Heritage Fund Administrator at Boston Foodbank, said: “It has been wonderful to receive this donation and it really helps us to provide something extra for our clients this Easter that we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do. “Our clients will receive an Easter egg as an additional extra within their food parcel and I am sure many of the clients and their children will appreciate this as a very nice surprise.”


Cat Middleton, project worker at Lincoln Foodbank, said: “This past year we have received so many donations from local people and businesses within Lincoln, and everyone’s generosity has been so positively overwhelming. “This donation from Chestnut Homes is really just the ‘chocolate on the top’ and we greatly appreciate such a kind contribution.”


Helene Key, Sales Manager at Chestnut Homes, said: “At Chestnut Homes we have a firm belief in supporting the areas we build in and strengthening our relationship with local communities. “Both Boston and Lincoln Foodbanks play a vital role in helping the most vulnerable people in Lincolnshire and we hope to be able to continue supporting the work that they do.”

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We extend sponsorship of community radio

Lincolnshire housebuilder Chestnut Homes has continued its sponsorship of local community radio station 107 Endeavour FM. 


The company has been sponsoring the afternoon show, which is broadcast from 1pm to 4pm, since the station’s full-time launch in 2016. 107 Endeavour FM is a volunteer-run station which provides the residents of Boston with positive community news stories throughout the day.


Dylan Taylor, Station Director at 107 Endeavour FM, said: “Our station champions all of the great things about Boston - everything from bands and sports clubs to all of the arts and culture in the town. “We want to celebrate Boston and show people just how great it is. We speak with local charities and organisations about the work they do and try to spread that good news throughout the community.


“I would like to say a huge thank you to Chestnut Homes for continuing to support the station. We are absolutely over the moon that such a strong Lincolnshire name is continuing to show its support. “As a community station we rely entirely on advertising and sponsorship, and it’s great to have a local name such as Chestnut Homes as one of our continued key supporters.”


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “107 Endeavour FM is a key part of the Boston community. “The station not only provides great entertainment to the people of Boston but is a great way for up-and-coming presenters and those interested in radio to try something new and give back to the community. “We are pleased to continue our support of the station and look forward to another year of being part of the 107 Endeavour FM family.”


107 Endeavour FM is always looking for new volunteers and advertisers. For more information about how you can get involved with the station, visit

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Festive cheer to Wyberton school

Children at Wyberton Primary Academy have been enjoying a magical winter wonderland at school this Christmas, thanks to a donation from us of £262 towards Christmas decorations to light up the school grounds this December.


Chestnut Homes had originally planned to give the school a Christmas tree before Johnsons Garden Centre in Boston offered to donate one free of charge. The housebuilder instead funded 1,000 LED lights and a big star for the tree, along with some LED reindeers and a sleigh to create a small Wyberton winter wonderland.


Helene Key, Sales Manager for Chestnut Homes, said: “We are very pleased to see that our donation has provided a magical Christmas scene for the children at Wyberton school. “We always like to give back to the communities in which we build, and it is more important than ever this year to bring some festive spirit into the local community. The lights will be on all through the Christmas holidays for families to see as they pass by the school.”


Sarah Paul, Headteacher at Wyberton Primary Academy, said: “We are very grateful for the contribution from Chestnut Homes to our school family and Wyberton community. It has certainly helped to provide the children with a magical experience. “We would like to continue to build our relationships with local businesses such as Chestnut Homes and Johnsons Garden Centre and look forward to working together again in the future. We thank them both for their generosity and kindness.”

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We donate the grand prize for Christmas decoration

A luxury chocolate hamper donated by Chestnut Homes will be awarded to the winner of Dunholme’s inaugural Christmas lights competition.


The contest has been organised by Dunholme Parish Council to help bring some festive cheer to the village after its plans to host a Christmas market were stopped by the coronavirus pandemic.


Throughout December, parish councillors will be touring the village in search of the most impressive and eye-catching festive decorations displayed on residents’ homes.


Prizes will be awarded to several households, with one overall winner receiving the grand prize of the Hotel Chocolat hamper.


Laura Richardson, Clerk of Dunholme Parish Council, said: “This is the first year that we are hosting a Christmas lights competition in the village. “The original plan was to host our own Christmas market in the village but because of Covid-19, that couldn’t happen. We still wanted to do something with the community, and we thought that a lights competition would be a safe way of keeping the community spirit high throughout the festive period. “We are extremely grateful to Chestnut Homes for donating the top prize for the competition. We wanted a prize that would be suitable for people of all ages, so a chocolate hamper is perfect.”


Helene Key, Sales Manager at Chestnut Homes, said: “It is wonderful to see Dunholme Parish Council finding new, safe ways to encourage the residents of the village to take part in Christmas activities. “As we are building at The Meadows development in Dunholme, we feel very much a part of the village community and thought it was only fitting that we show our support for the Christmas lights competition. We hope it encourages people to get into the festive spirit and we can’t wait to see the entire village lit up.”

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Care staff receive Christmas treats

Staff at St Barnabas Hospice have received gift bags full of Christmas treats from Lincolnshire housebuilder Chestnut Homes in recognition of their hard work over the past year.


The developer donated 20 gift bags full of alcohol-free fizz, chocolates, sweets, and mince pies to thank the nurses and staff at the Hospice who will be working in the Inpatient Unit over the festive period.


Earlier this year, Chestnut Homes provided staff at the Hospice with vital PPE to ensure they could continue to care for patients safely during the pandemic.


Based in Lincolnshire, St Barnabas Hospice is an independent end-of-life care charity which supports more than 10,500 people every year from across the county who are living with a terminal or life-limiting illness.


Helene Key, Sales Manager at Chestnut Homes, said: “After what has been an extremely difficult year, we were keen to show the staff at St Barnabas Hospice that we are all so grateful for their hard work, especially in these unprecedented times. “While many of us will be relaxing over the Christmas period, the staff at the Hospice will be working throughout the festive season to ensure their patients receive the very best care possible. “We want them to know their hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed, so this is our little way of saying thank you for everything they’ve done in this most challenging of years.”


Caroline Swindin, Fundraising Development Manager at St Barnabas Hospice, said: “Our Clinical teams have gone above and beyond this year as they have adapted to the changing guidance surrounding the coronavirus. I know they will be so appreciative of this kind gesture and they really do deserve it. Chestnut Homes have been fantastic supporters of the Hospice for some time now and I would like to say thank you on behalf of everyone at St Barnabas for everything they do. It is a pleasure to work with them and I look forward to this partnership continuing.”

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Charity raffle raises £6,740 for the British Heart

Chestnut Homes has donated £6,740 to the British Heart Foundation following the success of its recent charity raffle.


The raffle, which took place during a fundraising event at Lincoln Drill Hall, saw Chestnut Homes staff and suppliers raise £3,370 for the charity – a figure which Managing Director David Newton doubled to a whopping £6,740.


Mr Newton said: “The British Heart Foundation is a wonderful organisation and we are proud to show our support for the charity by providing this donation following the success of our recent fundraising event. I would like to thank all those who donated prizes for the raffle and everyone who bought a ticket on the night for their contribution to the fundraising effort.


”Gary Burr, Fundraising Manager for Lincolnshire and Rutland at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Chestnut Homes chose to raise funds for the BHF and want to say a big thank you to their staff, suppliers and managing director for the incredible amount of money they raised. This kind donation will help the BHF fund life-saving research into all heart and circulatory diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and vascular dementia, and the risk factors that cause them, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Without the support of companies like Chestnut Homes, the BHF wouldn’t be able to fund this vital research in our aim to beat heartbreak forever.”


In Lincolnshire alone, there are around 150,000 people living with the daily burden of these conditions. Heart and circulatory diseases also claim the lives of around 3,100 people in the county each year.


To find out more about fundraising with the British Heart Foundation, call Gary Burr on 07764 290380 or email

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Housebuilder calls on businesses to donate PPE

Chestnut Homes has donated a range of personal protective equipment (PPE) to front-line care and NHS staff in Lincoln, encouraging other businesses across the county to do the same.


We have made two donations of PPE to help protect key workers during the current corona virus pandemic: the first to St Barnabas Hospice, an independent hospice delivering compassionate end-of-life care and support, and the second to Lincoln County Hospital. 


A total of 14 brow guards, 14 visors, 5,000 aprons and 20,000 pairs of gloves were delivered to the Lincoln County Hospital and previously Managing Director David Newton had delivered surplus stock of face masks and gloves to St Barnabas Hospice. 


Mr Newton said: “It is vitally important that every one of us does what we can to support our NHS during the current coronavirus pandemic. “At Chestnut Homes we have already donated all of the masks and gloves that we had in stock to local hospitals and are doing our best to source more. “We are hugely grateful to all of the NHS staff at St Barnabas Hospice and Lincoln County Hospital for all of their hard work at this extremely difficult time. “We would like to encourage anyone who has any of these vital PPE items available to donate them to their local NHS trust to help keep these wonderful front line staff safe.”


Staff and students at Lincoln University are producing safety equipment and safety visors for the immediate need of NHS staff at Lincoln County Hospital. They have started a donation page to help fund costs of materials and have already raised over £54,000 of an £100,000 target. To donate and support:

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Local war heroes from Dunholme remembered

15th March 2019

We are proud to have remembered local war heroes in the village of Dunholme by naming five new roads after them.


The new roads, as part of The Meadows development, situated between Honeyholes Lane and Lincoln Road, were named after parish members who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and who are named on the memorial in the village. The new road names will include Portus Lane, Creasy Drive, Andrew Court, Dixon Place and Braithwaite Mews, named after Fred and Harrold Portus, George Creasy, Jack Andrews, John Dixon and Dennis Braithwaite.


Anjum Sawhney, Chairman of the Parish Council, says: “We were very happy when Chestnut Homes suggested the selection of new road names and were more than happy to approve them. The names are a very fitting tribute to the courageous servicemen from our parish and therefore very poignant to the people that live here.”


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, says: “When we came to think of the new road names as part of this development, we really wanted them to have meaning to the local area. These roads will be part of the village for years to come now and it seems very fitting that they act as a reminder of the legacy of members of the parish who bravely served this country and sadly lost their lives.”

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Bardney Cemetery Improvement Fund

19th February 2019

A community-led project which works to maintain Bardney Cemetery has received a donation from Chestnut Homes for the third year in a row.

We have given £1,000 to Bardney Cemetery Improvement Fund as part of our commitment to support the community initiative every year while it is building in the village.

The money donated will go towards improving the cemetery – which is located off Horncastle Road and just opposite our development, Manor Farm – and includes restoring gravestones when there are no family members left able to do so.

Margaret Sankey, who set up the fund in 2014, said: “We want to thank Chestnut Homes for their generous donation.

“Their support has already made such a great difference to the cemetery, and we are delighted that this donation will help us to continue our work.”

David Newton, Managing Director for Chestnut Homes, said: “We are so pleased to be able to continue to support Bardney Cemetery Improvement Fund.

“The cemetery is clearly an important place in the community and we are proud to be able to play a part in its maintenance.”

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10th July 2018

The Bardney Charity Dog Show is returning to the village for its second running this year, with organisers hoping to replicate the same success as the first show.


The first event in May raised more than £700 for three regional charities but Diane Jackson, joint-organiser of the show, has introduced four new categories, including best puppy and waggiest tail, for the July event.


The second show will take place on Bardney Playing Fields off Horncastle Road on Sunday 22nd July. Entry to the event’s 21 categories is open to all dog owners from £1.00 and judging starts at 11am.


Proceeds from this month’s show will go towards the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, Pre-loved Border Collies and Metheringham Animal Welfare Supporters (MAWS).




Diane Jackson said: “Our show in May was our most successful to date in Bardney, raising £727 for our charities and attracting more than 150 people.


Myself and Julie Hill have put a lot of work in to make this month’s show even bigger than before. We have an agility course, tombola, raffles and a range of stalls along with the introduction of the new judging categories.


“It’s a wonderful family day out and as with the first show, guests can enter their dogs in any of our novelty or pedigree categories. There will again be trophies for each category winner and the money from the entry fees will be donated to our chosen charities.”


In May, Chestnut Homes, which is building at the Manor Farm development off St Lawrence Drive, donated £250 to cover the costs of running both shows.


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “The last Bardney Dog Show proved to be a great day, raising hundreds of pounds for deserving charities in Lincolnshire.


“We’re proud to be supporting Diane and the organisers of the show and we hope this month’s event proves to be just as successful.”


For more information about the event call Diane on 07425 568969 or visit the Bardney Charity Dog Show Facebook page.

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21st June 2018

Chestnut Homes has thrown its support behind a new trail which celebrates the centenary of the Royal Air Force.


Last month (May) Lincoln BIG and Visit Lincoln launched eight new trails depicting Lincolnshire’s strong historical connections with the RAF.


Entitled 100 Voices, the project includes 100 decorated information panels, known as Wings, which tell the stories of people who have served in the RAF since its formation in 1918.


Chestnut Homes, which is based in Langworth near Lincoln, has sponsored one of the wings located on Lincoln High Street.


The housebuilder’s wing was decorated by artist Rosie Ablewhite and tells the story of the Battle of the Hats, an unusual episode between RAF Waddington and RAF Digby where the two squadrons flew over each other’s bases, dropping toilet roll and hats from a great height. 


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “As a proud Lincolnshire business, we’re always keen to support any initiative which promotes the RAF and celebrates its rich history within the county.


“When we heard about 100 Voices, we were more than happy to support the project, and having worked with both Lincoln Big and Visit Lincoln on the Baron and Knight trails, we’re confident that 100 Voices will be similarly well received.


“Rosie’s eye-catching design is a fantastic tribute to the RAF and we’re delighted to be sponsoring her wing. I’m sure that all eight trails will prove to be a positive addition to the city and will generate much interest among residents and visitors alike.”


The eight trails have all been named after a type of aircraft and have been placed across Lincoln and the surrounding countryside to appeal to both walkers and cyclists.  


Chestnut Homes’ wing is the sixth sculpture in the Hawk Trail - the shortest of the eight routes available and based entirely in the city centre.


The wings will be in place from May 5th until the end of September.


Chestnut Homes is building Kings Manor at the nearby RAF Coningsby base and is set to build a third phase of homes at its LN6 development in Lincoln, off Westbrooke Road.


For more information about 100 Voices, please see Visit Lincoln.

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6th June 2018

A black-tie charity ball held by Lincolnshire housebuilder Chestnut Homes has raised more than £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.


The developer, which is based in Langworth, near Lincoln, hosted the event in the grounds of Jocastas, off Moor Lane in Thorpe-on-the-Hill on May 19th


Guests enjoyed a royal wedding-inspired evening, complete with three-course meal, live music, charity auction and raffle, all in aid of the national charity.


The money raised by Chestnut Homes could pay for more than 100 hours of Macmillan nursing across Lincolnshire, providing care for patients and families affected by cancer.


Jamie Davenport, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in North and Coastal Lincolnshire, said: “I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Chestnut Homes for hosting a fantastic evening in aid of our work.


“As a charity, we rely heavily on the generosity of the public and 98 per cent of our available funds are generated from events and fundraising.


“Without events like Chestnut Homes’ spring ball, we couldn’t provide the cancer care or support for hundreds of people throughout Lincolnshire.


“Once again a big thank you to Chestnut Homes and the generous support from the people who could attend.”


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “We’re delighted that our second charity ball proved to be as successful as last year, raising thousands of pounds for a very deserving charity.


“Macmillan provides vital support to the families and patients affected by cancer and, as a Lincolnshire business, we feel it’s important that their hard work for the county is well supported.


“It was a pleasure to be joined by Ruth Willis, Macmillan’s Partnership Manager for Lincolnshire, and we sincerely hoped she enjoyed the evening.


“It was lovely to see so many people at our ball and I’d like to thank our guests for their generous support.”


Chestnut Homes is building homes across Lincolnshire, including the 500-home development The Quadrant in Wyberton, Boston.


  • Pictured: Chestnut Homes’ Marketing Managers Chrissy Dodman (left) and Steph Tilley (right) with Ruth Willis (centre), Partnership Manager for Lincolnshire Macmillan Cancer Support


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10th April 2018

Staff from Chestnut Homes will be entering the C2C2C challenge raising funds for three Lincolnshire-based causes - St Barnabas Hospice, the International Bomber Command Memorial Centre and Cycling Without Age.


With developments in Lincoln, Coningsby, Bardney, Alford and Boston, Chestnut Homes will be taking part in the challenge on June 28.


The route runs from Lincoln Rugby Club, in Nettleham, to Chapel St Leonards, and then back. This year’s route is set to include some of Lincolnshire’s bomber command centres to mark 100 years of the Royal Air Force.


Among the cyclists pushing the pedal to the max will be managing director at Chestnut Homes, David Newton.

David said: “As a company of keen cyclists, we’ve always enjoyed taking part in the C2C2C.

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“It’s a fantastic way of keeping fit and enjoying the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside while doing our bit for three great charities in the county.

“After last year we are really keeping our fingers crossed for better weather and we are all training hard ahead of the big day in June.


“Last year the event raised £24,000 and we were extremely proud to be part of that effort, but this year we’re going to do everything we can to help beat that total.”


The Lincolnshire C2C2C was first held in 2011 and has since grown significantly in popularity. Last year 622 riders took part and the event has raised a total of £92,650 to date.

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16th October 2017

Chestnut Homes has raised more than £175 for Macmillan Cancer Support by hosting a series of Coffee Mornings across its developments.


Builders, electricians and site managers at several developments, including Kings Manor, offOld Boston Road in Coningsby, enjoyed a natter over some tasty treats whilst raising money for the cancer charity.


Chestnut Homes’ Marketing Managers Chrissy Dodman and Steph Tilley travelled to various sites throughout the week to ensure that staff who aren’t based in the company’s head office in Langworth near Lincoln didn’t miss out.  


In total the Lincolnshire housebuilder raised over £175 for the charity.


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “Our Coffee Morning tour was a wonderful way to unite our workforce while doing our bit to fight cancer.


“It was great to see so many of our staff across our developments getting involved and supporting such a worthwhile cause. I would like to thank Chrissy and Steph for their hard work delivering the cakes for those out working on site.”


The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s largest fundraising event and last year raised in more than £29.5million. 

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28th September 2017

Chestnut Homes has been reunited with its Lincoln Knight after the sculpture went under the hammer in a charity auction.


All 36 Knights from the Lincoln Knights’ Trail were reunited for one final time before being auctioned off at Lincoln Cathedral on Saturday 30thSeptember.


Chestnut Homes, one of the companies which sponsored a Knight in the trail, bought its statue at the auction and is now preparing to tour it around the county.


Chestnut Homes secured its Knight with a bid of £5,000 and purchased two other Knights, the Knight Time and Knight Music statues, with bids of £4,200 and £2,800 respectively.


The evening saw a staggering £178,000 raised for local homeless charity The Nomad Trust and a new Art and Innovation Fund set up for the city of Lincoln.


The Construction Knight, which stood proudly on Speaker’s Corner in Lincoln’s High Street on the trail, will be kicking off his new tour at an art exhibition in the city this month (October).


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “The Knights’ Trail has been a great success, helping to boost tourism in Lincoln and raising vital funds for very deserving causes.


“We bought our Construction Baron at the end of the 2015 trail and he became a popular figure both in the office and on outings to local businesses and schools.


“We’re very proud of our Construction Knight and we’re keen to take him out into the community so people can still enjoy him well after the trail has finished. 


“Peter Segasby  worked incredibly hard on our Knight, so we thought his exhibition would be a fitting place for the tour to start.”


He will be one of two Knights to feature in an exhibition of ceramics and paintings hosted by long-term friends and artists Pete Moss and Peter Segasby.


Mr Segasby is the artist who painted the Construction Knight, as well as the Construction Baron – the Chestnut Homes-sponsored statue from the 2015 Lincoln Barons’ Charter Trail.


The Knight will be on display at the Sam Scorer Gallery, off Drury Lane, from Monday 9th to Friday 22nd October.


You can watch the auction on The Lincolnite's Facebook page.

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