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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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10th April 2018

A Lincolnshire housebuilder has brought joy to disabled children in the county with a special delivery of Easter eggs.


Chestnut Homes gifted more than 50 chocolate eggs to Disability Lincolnshire, based at Queens Park Community Hub, South Park Lincoln, which delivers a range of support for young people with additional needs and their families.


Part of the national charity Action for Children, Disability Lincolnshire runs activities for 5 to 18-year-olds to enable them to have fun, learn and gain independence while giving their families a break from their full time caring role.


The eggs donated by Chestnut Homes were given to children attending holiday clubs run by the charity in Lincoln over the Easter break.


Jane Tarrant, Children's Services Team Leader at Disability Lincolnshire, said: “We’re very grateful to Chestnut Homes for this lovely donation of Easter eggs which have gone down a treat with the children.


“Our school holiday clubs are all about giving children with disabilities the most enjoyable experience possible and this generous gift from Chestnut Homes certainly helped put a smile on their faces.”


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said the company was proud to be donating to such a worthy cause.


He said: “Disability Lincolnshire does amazing work to support disabled children and their families across the county, and its holiday clubs are one example of this.


“We wanted to make this Easter extra special for the children taking part in the various activities and it’s pleasing to know that our donation of eggs was so gratefully received.”


To find out more about the Disability Lincolnshire, visit


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We are delighted to announce that for the second year running we will be the title sponsor for the Lincoln Grand Prix and Women's Lincoln Grand Prix – and so the races will be known as the "Chestnut Homes Lincoln Grand Prix".


The race - now in its 63rd year, is well known for bringing out local people who line the streets to cheer on some of the UK’s top riders.


The cyclists have to endure the steep cobbled street of Michaelgate in the Cathedral Quarter before entering Castle Square and riding by the stunning Cathedral and Castle.


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “We are delighted to be the title sponsor again for this year’s Lincoln Grand Prix.


“The Lincoln Festival Of Cycling has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the county’s calendar, and we are looking forward to seeing the cyclists take on the steep inclines of the City’s famous cobbled streets in the races including the Lincoln Grand Prix, the country’s oldest classic one-day cycle race.


“I’m sure that the people of Lincolnshire will share our excitement and will be out in force to enjoy the festival from May 9th to 13th.”




Some of the UK's top riders will take part in the races which start and finish on the historic Castle Hill: the women's 63 mile race beginning at 9.00am to finish around 12.00pm and the men's 103 mile race beginning at 1.00pm and ending around 4:30pm.


Here are some of the best places to watch the Lincoln Grand Prix and Sportive races:




The square between Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral is the unique finish line of the Lincoln Grand Prix Course following the gruelling Michaelgate climb.




The descent into the village of Burton, north of the city, is a hair raiser as the racers fly down trying not to let anyone break away. Take a walk to the village to see the riders at flat out speed. 




Saxilby Road, west of the city, is the place to see the 'Tour de France' look as the big peleton race by. This is the perfect place for getting some classic cycle race photos. 




Get close and personal with the action on the tough one-in-six Michaelgate climb. The racers often use the smoother guttering on the side of the road so don't get too close... 




This road in the west of the city is the point of no return when lone breakaways must try to keep clear of the chasing pack up the hill.




Bailgate is full of delightful pubs, restaurants, and cafes perfect to keep you refreshed on race day. And there are so many spots in the area to get a great view of the racers cycling through the historic quarter.


Visit the Lincoln Cycle Grand Prix website


Credit: Visit Lincoln

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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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14th September 2017

A fundraising black-tie ball helped to raise more than £4,000 to support restoration work at Boultham Park in Lincoln.


County housebuilder Chestnut Homes hosted the summer ball in the grounds of Jocastas, off Moor Lane in Thorpe-on-the-Hill, on Friday 23rd June.


Around 200 guests at the event enjoyed a three-course meal and helped to raise funds for the park project's Capital Appeal through a charity auction and raffle.


Guests included Valerie Waby, Chief Executive for the Linkage Trust, who spoke to guests about the charity and improvements to the 50-acre park, which includes a new café, education centre and horticultural glasshouse, where training, work experience and employment opportunities will be provided for young people with learning disabilities through the trust.


David Newton, Managing Director for Chestnut Homes, said: “It was great to see so many people at our inaugural summer ball. It was an enjoyable evening, and our guests were all very generous in their support for this very worthy cause. “Boultham Park is a lovely space and a real asset for the community, and as soon as we heard about the plans, we were very keen to support the project in any way we could. “More than £4,000 was raised from ticket sales, the charity auction and the fundraising raffle, which is a fantastic figure to achieve. We’d like to thank everyone who donated a prize and all of our guests for their generosity and support. We now hope to make this an annual event in the calendar.”


Linkage is working in partnership with the City of Lincoln Council on the multi-million pound Boultham Park Restoration Project. Works started in September 2016 and are anticipated to take approximately a year to complete.In addition to the new Linkage facilities, the works include the restoration of the fountain garden, bandstand and sundial, as well as new seating, lighting and CCTV.  The project will cost £4 million to complete and grant aid received from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People initiative amounts to £2.7 million.


The remainder is being raised through investment by both the City of Lincoln Council and Linkage, plus funds raised by the Boultham Park Capital Appeal.  The project has already achieved over half of its match fund target of £250,000.


To find out more about the plans for the park’s restoration, visit

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3rd July 2017

Last Thursday a team of 14 very amateur cyclists from Chestnut Homes took part in the local C2C2C challenge.

C2c2cThe ride started at 7am at Nettleham Rugby Club and saw riders take on the steep hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds to make it to Chapel St Leonards... and then back again! This year riders were lucky enough to cycle in constant drizzle and the odd downpour which led to many punctures and problems as debris was washed into the roads. Our very lucky lad Jack managed to collect 2 punctures along the route!


Marketing Manager Chrissy Dodman who took part in the ride said: "I have only been cycling since I acquired a road bike in March this year. I've been cycling a couple of times a week around the villages near our head office in Langworth. The longest ride I had cycled in training was 33.3 miles. I didn't think I'd be able to complete the whole ride but I didn't find it too bad. The cooler weather definitely helped."


We were very pleased that all our our riders made it back by 6pm in time for a beer and burger! We would like to thank everyone who supported us along the route and those who volunteered and helped out at the feed stations to ensure we had enough jelly beans to keep going.


The C2C2C is organised by local businesses and raised £24,000 for charities Lives, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Men's Sheds.

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15th May 2017

Yesterday saw a fantastic turnout on Lincoln City's streets for the 62nd Lincoln Cycle Grand Prix - sponsored by Chestnut Homes. The historic race sees cyclists climb the cobbles of Michaelgate before entering Castle Square.


Thousands of supporters lined the route which took riders out to Burton Village. The sun shone down as the women riders completed 63 miles, followed by the men who took on 103.


Alice Barnes won the women's event cycling for team Drops, whilst Ian Bibby took home the trophy for JLT Condor in the men's race.


This is the first time Chestnut Homes sponsored the event with Managing Director David Newton presenting the winners with their prizes on the podium.


David said: "We are really pleased to be involved with the event this year. It is fantastic for the city to host such a big event and it really draws in the crowds. The day was organised brilliantly."


For full results visit the British Cycling websiteWomen's Results & Men's Results.

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5th June 2017


A black-tie ball will be held this month to raise funds for the multi-million-pound restoration of a park in Lincoln.


Boultham Logo FullColour UpdateRGBsml e1471526670481The ball will be held on Friday 23rd June to support the Boultham Park Restoration Project.


The project includes plans for various improvements to the 50-acre park, including restoration of the bandstand.  A big part of the project is to deliver a café, shop, glasshouse and plant nursery that will provide training, work experience and employment opportunities for local young people with learning disabilities through local charity Linkage.


Chestnut Homes is supporting the project and is organising the black-tie ball, which will take place in the lakeside grounds of Jocastas, off Moor Lane in Thorpe-on-the-Hill, Lincoln.


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “When we heard about the restoration project, we thought it was a wonderful idea and we were keen to support it in any way we could. “We hope to see as many people as possible at our black-tie ball so that we can raise vital funds to help preserve and improve Boultham Park. “The park is a beautiful space which holds a special place in the hearts of many people in Lincoln, and its restoration will benefit the whole community.  “We’re looking forward to a wonderful evening, and I hope as many people as possible will join us to support this very deserving local cause.”


Guests at the ball will enjoy a glass of Pimms on arrival, followed by a three-course meal with entertainment. The evening will also include a charity raffle and auction.


The Boultham Park Restoration Project received a £2.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People’ initiative last year.


Tickets for the summer ball are £55 per person and the evening begins at 7pm. To book tickets and for more information, call 01522 596719 or email

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28th July 2017

A mini knight statue decorated by children at a village primary school has been put on display to the public.

Sir ARMOUR mini Knight Pupils at Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School teamed up with local artist Mel Langton to create an eye-catching design for the statue, which has gone on display at the Waterside Shopping Centre in Lincoln.


The design features a series of images contained within leaves, which have been included to represent the Charter of the Forest, which was signed in 1217 following the Battle of Lincoln.


The statue, named Sir Armour, also celebrates the role of lady constable Nicola De La Hay in defending Lincoln Castle from French and rebel English forces during the battle.


The children from Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School were asked to come up with a design for one of the leaves which reflected something which inspired them, their ambition, talent or what they enjoy doing. The youngsters’ designs included a tennis racket, musical notes and dinosaurs.


The school’s mini knight, which has been sponsored by Lincolnshire housebuilder Chestnut Homes and Lincoln-based Core Architects, is one of 44 mini knights which will be on display at the shopping centre throughout the summer.


The statues have been decorated by local schools for the EBP Education Trail, a programme being held to tie in with the Lincoln Knights’ Trail, which celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln.


Patricia Ruff, Headteacher at Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School, said: “This project has provided the opportunity for the children to share their aspirations, ambitions and talents. We want every child to celebrate what they can do and be confident and ambitious.


“We have been so lucky to have the support of Chestnut Homes and Core Architects. Without them we would not have realised our dream - to work as a school on the Lincoln Knights' Trail Project.”


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “We’re very proud to be involved in EBP Education Trail, which has captured the imagination of local schoolchildren.


“It looks like the children have had a great time engaging with the trail, and it’s very exciting to see the colourful Dunholme St Chad’s statue standing proudly in the Waterside Shopping Centre. 


“We hope that people will appreciate the hard work both Mel and the children have put in to their statue.”


Chestnut Homes is one of the companies sponsoring a full-size knight on the Lincoln Knights’ Trail, a Wild in Art event which has been organised by Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG). 


For more information about the trail, visit

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