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Blog - Community

Community Champion is Blooming Brilliant!

Time to honour another local hero! This month’s Community Champion is Menston in Bloom’s Gemma Kelmanson who's been out braving the elements with her team to make sure our village looks fabulous come spring.Menston In Bloom is a community organisation run by volunteers with the aim of helping to make Menston a lovely place to live through a wide range of horticultural activities. Come rain or shine, Gemma and the Bloomers are out and about in the community doing some amazing work brightening up the neighbourhood, and we feel really lucky to have them as a part of the village community.From organising and producing the beautiful Tour De Yorkshire showstopper earlier this year, running the annual plant sale and cream tea afternoon at Heather Bank in May and co-ordinating the ‘Great Menston Bulb Plant’ every autumn, the team works tirelessly to ensure Menston is always blooming (whatever the British weather throws at us!)Last year they planted two and a half thousand  bulbs on a cold November morning - helping to prepare Menston for wowing in the spring - this year they have planted closer to 3000!We were delighted to support the team in donating some additional bulbs to their project in addition to treating them to a voucher for Tres Bon Raymond, for some warming cups of coffee and much deserved cake when they were all done!Gemma said: "Thank you for coming down to see us this morning and bringing the bulbs and vouchers - both greatly appreciated! We planted the bulbs along the wall in Butterfield Park, which should make a lovely display in the spring. When they are flowering I'll make sure I get a photograph and send it to you! I'll keep you up to date with our projects, in particular the Peace Beds, which we will be planning and planting over the winter and spring.Thanks again for your support".Menston In Bloom are always on the look out for volunteers - Currently Bloomers meet every Thursday morning at 9.30am, for 2 hours. For further information, please email Gemma at menstoninbloom@gmail.com or visit their Facebook PageSo, a big shout out to Gemma - we do appreciate everything you do

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Blog - Buying - Selling

Making a difference – through decluttering!

We really enjoyed working with Kate from A Tidy Mind, offering our clients the option of a professional decluttering service, and are delighted to have one of our success stories in the local press.This has enabled us to share the impact Kate's expertise has had on a local lady who really benefited from our collaboration.Not only does Kate's decluttering service help them break free from some of the 'stuff' they don't need to transport to their new home, it also helps the home they are selling become more of a blank canvas in the eyes of buyers, making it much easier for them to see past the existing owner's life there and start to imagine theirs.You can read more about it here - http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/15609028.__39_Declutter__39__expert_helps_Menston_resident_move_home/We are continuing to offer 2 hours of Kate's time for FREE for new clients who entrust us to sell their home

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Awards - Blog - Community

Community Champion Bowls us Over!

This month for our ‘Community Champion Award' we reward Dave Holder who was nominated for his work inspiring youngsters - particularly girls - at Menston cricket club, to take up the game.His work led to the cricket club being able to field a full girls team for the first ever time at the end of the 2016 season!Of his work Dave said: “The junior section at the cricket club has gone from strength to strength, we have over 50 u9 kids being coached plus around 20 u11’s. The girls now number around 15, this success is recognised by Yorkshire County Cricket Club who are bringing a Yorkshire Diamonds, The Yorkshire women’s team, roadshow to the ground on Wednesday 5th July”.Dave’s work in the community also includes organising the biennial FoMPS Golf Day and he was in charge of the annual Yomp for 3 years for the FoMPS committee.  Just as comfortable on the football, as well as the cricket, pitch - Dave regularly helps out with refereeing duties and until earlier this month Dave was also a Director of The Menstone during its period of massive change.Moving into the Village in 1975, spending a few years away here and there but always being drawn back, Dave said: “ I love the friendliness of the village, there is still that sense of community. Over the last 40 years I have seen massive changes in the village but in so many ways it also remains unchanged, the change is very much the infrastructure, housing etc, whilst unrecognisable from 1975 in its size it is still very much a village community, I feel the school is very much the centre of the community but at the Cricket Club we are trying to put the club back at the forefront of people’s minds".On his nomination for the award Dave said “ I am honoured, reward is something I don’t seek but it is nice to get recognition for the hard but fun work. I’ll get some stick from mates I’m sure but it will only be jealousy!”Well done Dave - our community relies on the hard work and dedication of people like you. We rewarded Dave with some much deserved Beer Vouchers for The Menstone so he can take a bit of time out to relax!Find out more about the Yorkshire Diamonds Summer Roadshow hereDo you know a local hero who has given their time to support the neighbourhood - then let us know by emailing lisa@ribstonpippin.co.uk

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Awards

Industry Award Winners at The ESTAS!

We were absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted in this year's ESTAS Awards - the most prestigious awards in the property industry rewarding excellent standards of customer service in the residential property sector.  Each spring an audience of some 1,000 guests gathers at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London for the  annual ESTAS Awards Ceremony hosted by the UK’s favourite TV property presenter Phil Spencer.As a small family-run independent agency being up against some of the biggest players in the field can be a little daunting but we were delighted to scoop 3rd prize for our region!!  - It was  a great day and an opportunity to meet some brilliant property companies doing some brilliant things. The ESTAS are voted for by feedback given by YOU our lovely clients so this makes it even more meaningful - thank you for all your support

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Blog - Buying - Property market

Bank of Mum & Dad..Lisa comments on BBC Radio Leeds

With the news being released that the 'Bank Of Mum & Dad' is now the 9th biggest mortgage lender in the UK,  Lisa was called upon by BBC Radio Leeds to chat about this emerging trend amongst house buyers, as it was announced that  £6.5 billion is being lent by parents to their children this yearLisa wasn't surprised:She said: "I am not surprised - we regularly see substantial sums being offered by parents. They see it as an investment of their savings by helping their children. It is not just first time buyers - 2nd or 3rd time buyers with expanding families have parents who will put their hands in their pocket to help their children"Lisa also talked about the excitement people feel when they pick up the keys to their new home adding that they always give a gift of a bottle of fizz for them to toast their new home. Ribston Pippin really get to know local buyers and sellers so really feel a part of the process and being a part of the local community we get to keep in touch as families settle into the village too - we do love our job!Have a listen to the short interview on BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast

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Community Champion Brightens up the Neighbourhood

We were totally delighted by the response we had from the launch of our Community Champion Scheme, set to recognise those in our neighbourhoods who go the extra mile, and it's fantastic that this month's is a nomination from a community member.Guiseley resident of 38 years, Chris Parapia, has been nominated by Nicola Denson.After Chris' retirement in 2010 after over 37 years as a social worker, sitting back and relaxing was not an option! It was after taking up regular local walks that she was shocked to witness the state of Parkinson's Park, a place of relaxation and beauty on the Chevin, which was full of rubbish with grass near to waist height. Not one to hang around, she hit the shops later that day and they had a sign saying they had an environmental grant available. The availability of the grant ended that day and, amazingly, having filled in the forms, she received £50! Spurred on by this she got together a group of 19 people and began clearing the park.Fast forward and now Chris is the Chairlady of 'The Friends of Parkinson's Park' which has recently become the first local Community Interest Company. Since she has been involved, the group has planted a community orchard, wildflower areas, erected benches, organised a children’s gala and really want the wider community-schools and local groups to use the park.Sadly, there has recently been a spate of anti-social behaviour at the park so a 'ParkWatch' initiative has been launched to encourage local residents to keep an eye out for any acts of vandalism and improper use of the park and report them and also to encourage more people to get involved in projects to improve the space.A definite outdoorsy person, Chris is happiest when she is out in the fresh air gardening and is a huge fan of the local area and loves it for the brilliant amenities- rail, schools, shops, surrounding countryside and the lovely people she has met.Chris has always been a busy lady and is also the proud Chair of the 'Aireborough Supported Activities Scheme' which organises short breaks for children with disabilities with their parents.On being told the news of her nomination Chris said "Helping people has always been the biggest part of my career and now it is my passion".Lisa was absolutely thrilled to honour her - "Chris is certainly a lady of action - she has been fundamental in ensuring the local beauty spot of Parkinson's Park is restored for all the community to enjoy for a long time to come- Well done Chris, this award is richly deserved!"Know a local hero? Get in touch with us to nominate them for our next community champion - we love hearing your stories.If you want to help protect Parkinson's Park or would like any further information then visit parkinsonspark.co.uk, visit their facebook page or email parkinsonspark@gmail.com 

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Awards - Blog

We’re National Industry Awards Hopefuls!

We are beyond delighted to be nominated in the ESTAS (the biggest award scheme in the Industry!) for our commitment to offering unrivalled customer service to our clients. We're crossing fingers and toes that we can show the big boys how it's done....This year saw record entries making the competition the toughest yet and one of the biggest surveys in the UK property industry with 34,000 customers completing one of the online ESTAS surveys.Simon Brown, founder of The ESTAS says “Our job is to highlight agents who are providing exceptional levels of customer care through the moving process. At The ESTAS we believe the only way to judge the performance of an agent is to ask the clients who have experienced thewhole service through to completion”Being up against the big guys isn't always easy which is why this nomination means so much. Customer service is our life blood. We’re absolutely delighted to have made it on to this year’s shortlist and are really proud to be flying the flag for small independents. We have great relationships with our clients and this proves our service levels really are appreciated. Roll on 12th May when we will head to the Award ceremony in London and find out if we were successful at clinching the title.Here's a bit about us in the press - https://bdaily.co.uk/entrepreneurship/07-03-2017/local-family-business-shortlisted-in-national-industry-awards

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Valentines Competition – Sharing the love

It was fabulous hearing about your reasons for loving your home in our recent Valentines Competition You certainly tugged on our heartstrings with some of your comments, here's a pick of the many we received on our Facebook page & Twitter."I bought my Home through Ribston Pippin. I love my home because I could not ask for a better community, where villages and businesses come together, there is everything you need, doctors, school, train station, library, chemist, post office, local store, park, pubs and Deli. No need to leave. I was able to put my stamp on my home but retain its old charm. It's the home my children will remember growing up in"Jilly Geering"Simple! - I love my home because it's in Menston! Have lived in the village for 15 years now and just cannot imagine living anywhere else. The people and having views like this on my doorstep make it special for me. I still have to pinch myself at how beautiful an area we live in every time I walk down Bleach Mill. It's all about Location, Location, Location!"Janice Chruscht"You found us the perfect downsizer, snug, cosy, modern, great patio garden, easy & cheap to run, smashing neighbours and a huge garden for the dog just across the road (High Royds !). Perfect !"Philip BlandThank you for all your entries, it was tough to pick a winner but it had to be Sarah Lawson who chose the name of her home as the BEST thing about it - as it was the same name as her grandparents' house - a true family forever home!Sarah won a relaxing Full Body Massage from Aspire To Be

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Community Champions Honoured

Unbelievably a whole 4 years have whizzed past since we joined the Menston community and to mark the occasion we wanted to support the lovely folks who have supported us on our journey so far - enter our Community Champion initiative.Our 'Community Champion' initiative will be honouring a local hero every month throughout 2017 to thank those who go the extra mile in our local neighbourhood. This month we are honouring Beth Street, a Menston resident for the past 12 years, who has become a truly valued member of the village.Beth integrated herself into the Yorkshire community as soon as she moved here and she is still making a huge impact today, recently leading the  fundraising activity to open a new defibrillator at Menston Station, through completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks and a 10K run.Her work in Menston started when her children went to Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows where she helped every week for few years. It was through this work that enabled her to organise the Eggs2ipads project in the village - an initiative in which older members of the Menston community get together with a team of teenagers to learn about accessing internet and other apps on tablets like the iPad and Kindle Fire. Beth also volunteered in Abbeyfield Residential Home for four years.Beth said of living in the village: “Thank goodness we found it. Menston is a beautiful village and I find people very warm, friendly, helpful and generous.  Of course, there's also the beautiful scenery around the village and we love our walk around the farm and through Ilkley Moor or the Chevin Forest.  And, it is this environment that started me walking then running. Being a part of all this also led to me wanting to fundraise through various charities or projects in the community.”She added: “I like to help others however small I can and I was shocked to be heralded a community champion as I don’t really think anything of it, but very much appreciate the gesture! I do hope that more projects will be happening in the village especially for our youths in the near future and hopefully able to help Steve Ellams and Menston Community Association in some way. It’s a fantastic place to live and I’m honoured to be a part of it”.On top of all the local work she’s involved in, Beth also has her own charity, www.AngelsForChildren.org.uk for underprivileged children in the Philippines where her fundraising has seen the development of 3 classrooms for the victims of typhoon Haiyan children and supported orphans & disabled children there.Lisa Greer from Ribston Pippin said: “So now, you see why we thought the lovely Beth was worth a shout out! We just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU Beth from all of us in your local community, for everything you do. Achieving the defibrillator unit was such a boost and great success for all of us, as

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