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JUNE 2021

HERE COMES THE SUMMER IS IT THE SEASON FOR HOT OR COLD? JUNE GARDENING GET YOUR GARDENING BLOOMING THIS SUMMER

HOT HITS THE HOTTEST SUMMER TRACKS FOR THE SUNSHINE

KEEPING COOL KEEP YOURSELF COMFORTABLE AT HOME

FATHER’S DAY A GIFT GUIDE FOR THE PERFECT GIFT FOR DAD’S


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Here comes the Sun Favourite season of extremes, hold or cold?

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Cooling your house Top tips to keep comfortable at home during the hotter months About us Get to know us a little better and see why we are your agent of choice Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market

FOOD

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BBQ rubs and sauces Elevate your ribs, steaks and burgers on the BBQ this summer

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Gifts for Father’s Day We have hand picked the perfect gifts for Father’s Day

June gardening It’s officially Summer, which means our gardens are in full bloom, but there are still jobs to do…

Summer’s tracks Get summer ready with the hottest tracks to enjoy in the sun

Upcoming films Cinemas reopen: A preview of the delayed films finally being released

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Will England be Euro stars? EURO 2020 finally arrives and we have all the fixtures all in one place.

WELCOME TO THE JUNE ISSUE! It’s an exciting month. On the 21st, if things continue to plan, all social distancing measures will be lifted. And what better month for the UK to get back to normal than the official start of the summer? With this in mind, this month we are going all out for the good times with a feature showcasing some of the best summer facts around. Can’t stand the heat? On pages 8 & 9 we give you some great ideas how to keep your home cool during the warmer months. Father’s Day is on the 20th June and we have put together a guide of some of the hottest present ideas this year alongside two BBQ features; one keeping you up to date of the best kit available and another with some fantastic recipes to try.

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The delayed EURO 2020 football competition kicks off this month too, which is why we have created a handy guide of every single fixture so you don’t miss a kick, alongside a preview of the top teams vying to bring the trophy home. And if that wasn’t enough, we explore the delayed films that are finally being released at the cinema; the top summer tracks you’ll all be singing along to this year as well as our usual monthly gardening guide. So, what are you waiting for? Light the BBQ, grab a beer or a vino, get settled in and enjoy… Jonathan Wheatley Editor

It’s the start of our favourite season of extremes “I love to see the summer beaming forth, and white wool sack clouds sailing to the north…” are the opening lines to a sonnet by John Clare, the so-called Northamptonshire Peasant Poet whose romantic visions of the English countryside made him a hot topic with Victorian chattering society. And what we could do with is a “beaming” summer to banish the gloom cast by a world-enveloping pandemic. June traditionally marks the start of the brightest, warmest and most longed-for season of the year. So here are a few facts to amuse, amaze and kill the conversation at your socially-distanced barbecue…


HERE COMES THE SUMMER! BARMY THAN BALMY

THE HEAT IS ON

It has snowed in June. At least a centimetre fell in parts of the country on June 2nd, 1975, forcing the abandonment of several county championship cricket matches. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, the bedding plants took a proper battering on June 19th, 1955 and June 1st and 3rd 1962 in Santon Downham, Norfolk, when temperatures dipped to a bulb-numbing -5.6°C – that’s 21.92°F, chillier than most winter nights.

Although meteorologists say summer officially starts on June 1st, the astronomical summer doesn’t begin until the 21st, when there is a 23.5° tilt of the Earth’s axis in its orbit around the Sun. The summer of 2006 is considered the warmest on record with daytime temperatures averaging 15.8° Centigrade (around 60° Fahrenheit). However, the hottest day was recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden on July 25th, 2019 when plants wilted in the sweltering 38.7°C heat (101.66°F).

Figures show that the summer of 2012 was the wettest on record. From June until the end of August, 366.8mm of rain fell across the UK, compared with 384.4mm in 1912.

The Eiffel Tower grows in the summer. Paris’ iron landmark can expand by up to 17cm on a hot day. Theoretically, it is possible to fry an egg on a car bonnet. TV chef James Martin did it in June 2018 in 26°C heat, although experts say you really need a dry heat of 70°C (158°F) to get it done properly. Which means you need to be in Death Valley, California, or the Australian outback to have a decent fry-up on your Merc, although it will make a mess of your paintwork. Droughts are not uncommon in the UK. One of the worst started in the autumn of 1975 when below-average winter rainfall preceded a blistering summer. From June 23rd, the temperatures did not dip below 32°C (90°F) for two weeks, peaking at 35.6°C (96.1°F) with the first significant rain falling on August 27th. You can work out the evening temperature by listening to a cricket. Count the number of chirps over 25 seconds, divide by 3 and add 4 to the Celsius figure. Yes, really. More

THAT’S N-ICE

More than 405million kilogrammes of ice cream were sold in Britain last year. Hardly surprisingly, ice cream manufacturers say the most popular flavour is vanilla, followed by mint choc chip and raspberry ripple.

Folklore says if it rains on St Swithin’s Day, it will rain for 40 days thereafter. Remember the date – July 15th. More thunderstorms occur during the summer than at any time of the year, most occurring over the south-east of England.

There are currently 195 Blue Flag beaches in the British Isles. While most accept it is a recognition of water quality, the flag is also awarded for environmental management, safety and services, plus education and information. So, it is aimed at resort beaches with plenty of facilities as much as smaller, picturesque coves. Even though it does not have a sandy beach, the little village of St Mawes in Cornwall was last year named Britain’s ideal seaside resort in a Which? study. Skegness, Great Yarmouth, Bognor Regis, Blackpool, Morecambe and Cleethorpes didn’t fare as well. Chesil Beach in Dorset is the longest in the UK, at 18 miles long. But it is a shingle spit, so the sandy beaches at Bournemouth and Pendine Beach in Wales, which are more than seven miles long, are officially the longest. In comparison, the largest in the world is at Praia do Cassino in Brazil – a piffling 150 miles long.

WALL OF FLAME

One of the world’s largest fixed barbecues has been made in Gloucestershire. The £10,000 monster, commissioned by a wedding venue, can cook seven whole lambs, three pigs or two cows at the same time, as well as

1,000 sausages or 500 burgers, is heatproof to 600°C, weighs two tonnes, measures 5m across, needs 14 bags of coal to ignite and can be worked by three chefs. It is made by the Bespoke BBQ Company and is dubbed… God-grilla.

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e’ve all missed spending precious time with our parents, so this year make it extra special with our unique gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for your dear dad this Father’s Day.

GLAMPING TRIP A glamping break might be the perfect way you and your dad, or your dad and his partner, can escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The beauty of a glamping pod is that you get the advantages of camping, but without the hassle that traditional camping can sometimes bring.

DRINKS CADDY This gift would be perfect for a picnic, and/or for carrying beers in. Even if it’s not a picnic, this would be extremely useful for just about any kind of travelling event. These caddies can sometimes come equipped with various accessories, so make sure you find the right one for your dad.

AFTERNOON TEA There is nothing quite like an afternoon tea, and everyone loves them! You can’t really go wrong with tea, sandwiches, cakes and scones, so why not treat your dad this year and satisfy his sweet tooth?

FIRE PIT The last year or so has understandably seen outdoor spaces being used much more than usual, so your dad might love to light up his very own fire pit once the sun goes down, to extend those evenings outside a little longer than the sun alone permits.

IDEAS FOR SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY GIFTS Celebrate Father’s Day with our hot picks for gifts this year

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DRINKS JAR WITH TAP If you dad likes to drink, a large glass jar with a tap would be just perfect for him. This would be ideal to keep a unique mixer for spirits, for example, since it can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated in the jar for weeks, even months.

SPA DAY Spa days might often get primarily associated with women, but this is an unfair generalization because couples very often attend spa days together, and indeed men can attend them alone if they wish – nothing wrong with that. A luxury spa day might be the very thing your dad needs at the moment. From full body massages to jacuzzis and steam rooms, your dad might just love to receive a voucher for something like this for Father’s Day.


You can make it as unique as you like, and it will last him forever.

PERSONALISED ENGRAVED KEYCHAIN If you want to get really sentimental this Father’s Day, an engraved keychain would be ideal to say something special to your dad. You can make it as unique as you like, and it will last him forever.

FRAMED PORTRAIT OF THE COUPLE Never has it been so important to celebrate togetherness, and especially longevity of relationships. This Father’s Day, your dad might well love a framed portrait of him pictured with his beloved, or his family. Social media can surely provide you with varying options to frame, and you can also have it redesigned slightly if you wish, to make it even more bespoke.

PERSONALISED PEN Pens are typically inexpensive. But to have one personalized can add priceless value. And let’s face it, even in this digital age, we still often use them, especially our sometimes old-fashioned fathers!

PERSONALISED MUG The thing about a personalized item is that you have almost complete freedom to say whatever you like to your beloved dad, and what better way to do that than to simultaneously encourage him to relax with a hot beverage of his choosing? A personalized mug is the perfect way to tell your dad how much he means to you, which he can be reminded

of daily whenever he drinks from it. But if you think a picture says a thousand words instead, an imprinted photo on the mug is a fantastic alternative.

PERSONALISED CHARGING DOCKING STATION A charging docking station is an ideal gift for your father. It can hold the likes of his phone, his glasses, his wallet, his keys, and more. In terms of practicality, it’s perfect, for it organizes all of your items into one small unit, making things altogether so much tidier.

MENS BODY SPRAY There’s a big difference between smelling bad, and smelling really quite nice. And usually, especially when you’re out and about, there’s no in between, so it’s important what we men spray ourselves with. You’d be well advised to get your dad an especially nice smelly this Father’s Day. A mild one which will last all day long would generally be the preferred option.

HOT STONE THERAPY PACK Since we all love a good massage, it seems like an ingenious idea to bring that pleasure into your very own home, and without even needing a professional masseuse. These packs can come with everything you need to enjoy a good massage, without having to travel to a massage parlour.

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BBQ BEST KIT Get kitted out ready for BBQ season with our guide to the best tools for the job

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BQ season is upon us. The smell of smoke alongside a glass of wine or a beer is what summer is all about. However, for those of us who see BBQ as more than just burnt sausages and burgers, there is a real science to creating the perfect smoked food. So, we have put together this guide to the best kit you need to get the most from your grill…

MEAT THERMOMETER Maybe not the snazziest or most exciting piece of kit, but an internal meat thermometer is probably the most important tool for all smoking and grilling enthusiasts. You see, when you cook burgers or sausages on a BBQ over direct coals you are actually grilling not barbecuing. A real BBQ is cooked using indirect heat with lots of smoke to get that real BBQ flavour. Barbecuing is tougher than grilling, which is why it is so important to have a meat thermometer to know what is happening inside your meat and when it is safe to eat. We highly recommend this meat thermometer from Weber. £19.74 | bbqworld.co.uk

SMOKING WOODCHIPS Even if you are simply grilling, you’ll still want that smoky flavour to your food. We don’t all have access to chopped oak, applewood or hickory, which is why companies supply flavoured woodchips. These little pieces of roughly 1cm woodchip are usually soaked in beer or wine before being added directly to your charcoal or in a smoker box. When they burn they release thick flavourful smoke, which gives all your food, whether smoked or grilled, that rich BBQ flavour. We love these Whisky Barrel Oak chips that add great flavour to red meat. £5.50 | hotsmoked.co.uk

BEER CAN CHICKEN HOLDER Have you ever fancied cooking a whole chicken on a BBQ but was worried about how much time and effort it would take if you don’t have an electric spit to cook it through on all sides? Beer can chicken originated in the U.S State of Louisiana and is a great way to indirectly cook a whole chicken whilst imbuing it with plenty of taste and moisture. It’s simple, by placing a half-filled beer can inside the chicken’s cavity, when the liquid gets hot enough it steams the chicken from the inside out. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem so hygienic to put an actual beer can inside the chicken, which is why you can buy a handy beer can chicken holder that can be used again and again. We love this simple device from Landmann. £15.99 | landmann.com

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BBQ RUBS AND SAUCES

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BQ season. The smell of smoke in the air. Drinks with friends. Sunshine. What more could you ask for? How about the best rubs and sauces to create the most flavourful meat possible in your own back garden.

Elevate your ribs, steaks and burgers on the BBQ this summer

DRY RUB

A dry rub is perfect for ribs, steaks and for adding to your burgers before and during cooking to give a rich smoky and sweet flavour.

MAPLE GLAZE FOR RIBS AND CHICKEN

MEMPHIS RUB

A sweet and smoky marinade that is perfect for pork ribs and chicken.

In Memphis, USA, the rub is considered as important as the meat and smoke. Ingredients: 1/2 cup paprika 1/4 cup garlic powder 1/4 cup mild chilli powder 3 tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons black pepper 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 tablespoons celery seeds 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon dried thyme 1 tablespoon cumin 2 teaspoons dry mustard 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground allspice Method: Simply add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined. Store in an airtight container for up to six-months. When ready to use, rub the spice mix all over the meat at least an hour before cooking and leave to marinade. Cook the meat over open coals or smoke depending on your preference.

Ingredients: 1 cup apple juice, to be divided about 1/4 teaspoon morton’s kosher salt per pound of ribs another 2 pinches salt for the glaze 2 teaspoons hot sauce 1/4 cup real maple syrup 4 tablespoons of the Memphis rub Method: Sprinkle the salt onto your ribs or chicken and then rub in the Memphis rub. Smoke or roast for an hour or so. Place the chicken or ribs onto aluminium foil and create a boat. Drizzle ½ cup of the apple juice over the meat and then re-wrap tightly before placing back on the grill. After another hour or so (longer for the ribs) remove the meat and drain the apple and meat juice into a saucepan. Add the remaining apple juice and the maple syrup and bring it to a simmer. When the sauce has a shiny glaze, add the salt and hot sauce and stir. Coat the meat in the marinade and put back onto the grill for five-minutes.

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As the hottest months of the year approach, we can look ahead to lots of upcoming warmth.

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ut that’s not to say that the heat doesn’t present some challenges. When it comes to winding down in the evenings, it can be difficult to relax when the temperature doesn’t feel like it’s dropping. So here are some of our best ways to cool your home this Summer.

REPURPOSE APPLIANCES

When it comes to appliances designed for cooling someone down, a fan can prove to be man’s best friend. But often, when the weather becomes too hot, fans can be counter-productive, and end up recycling hot air. To avoid this, try strategically pointing your fan towards open windows, so that hot air can be pushed out of a room. And if you have a ceiling fan, setting it to anti-clockwise can also help to remove the hot air. Another idea is to place a dish with ice in front of a fan. This DIY air-conditioning trick will create a cool mist as the ice evaporates, resulting in lower temperatures, and is ideal for any time of the day. Another inventive DIY trick is to repurpose a hot water bottle. It is widely known that hot water bottles are the perfect way to warm your bed up on a cold winter’s night. So surely the same method can be applied to summer, when the process is reversed? So fill your bottle with cold water, and place it in the freezer before you go to bed. Or if you haven’t got a hot water bottle, you can grab any bottle that can hold a liquid and give this a go. This will give you a homemade ice-pack, which will keep you cool all night long.

ADJUST YOUR BEDDING

If you fancy getting some new bed sheets in the coming months, then summer is the perfect excuse to replace your heavier, winter sheets, with lightweight cotton ones. And opting for cotton sheets which are also of a light colour, results in a more breathable fabric, and will help to give you a better night’s sleep. And if this still isn’t working for you, then try to bring the temperature of the sheets down.

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THE COOL-PROOF GUIDE TO BRINGING THE TEMPERATURE DOWN IN YOUR HOME THIS SUMMER


Another inventive DIY trick is to repurpose a hot water bottle. So fill your bottle with cold water, and place it in the freezer before you go to bed.

Many people will recommend lying on a damp towel, or sprinkling water over your sheets, in order to cool your bed down. This may work, but will also result in a long-lasting wetness, which no one wants. Instead, pop your sheets in the freezer for a few minutes before bedtime. As well as giving them an icy freshness before you sleep, it won’t make your bedding as wet as applying water would. Just make sure to put your sheets in a bag first, so that they don’t come out smelling of frozen food!

AVOID STEAM

One thing that few people think about is focussing on avoiding activities which increase the heat around a home. In particular, there are two key areas which you can address in order to reduce heat. Firstly, think about your cooking. One of the biggest sources of heat in any home is from preparing food in a kitchen. So why not try your hand at some dishes that don’t require the oven and hobs to be turned on, like salads. And if you do want to cook, consider utilising barbecues outside, to avoid excess steam hanging around. Secondly, reduce the temperature of your shower. By using warm, rather than hot water, this will not only reduce the amount of steam which is able to travel around your house, but will also leave you feeling much cooler, and therefore more relaxed in the hot weather.

GRAB A GADGET (AIR CON/COLD BLANKET)

If none of these DIY tricks are working for you, then there is always the option of buying some tech, which is guaranteed to keep you cool. If you’re on the hunt for a new air conditioner, then take a look at an air purifier. For example, the Dyson Pure Cool Tower Advanced Technology Air Purifier Fan will help to keep you cool day and night. The great thing about this fan is its quietness, even when on a powerful setting, so this is ideal for anyone who struggles to sleep during hot nights. Or, if you fancy a cheaper option, then get yourself a cooling blanket. These blankets absorb sweat from your body, to keep you cool all night long. They’re also machine washable, meaning that you can use it throughout the summer, and it won’t lose its freshness.

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JUNE

It’s officially Summer, which means our gardens are in full bloom, but there are still jobs to do…

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June is the first month where the weather can virtually be guaranteed. No more frosts, warmer evenings and, hopefully, hotter days. The Spring flowers have mostly gone and the summer ones are coming through providing an abundance of colour. However, as nice as it is to sit in your garden and enjoy it, there are still plenty of jobs to do…

WEEDING Weeds. The arch-nemesis of our beautiful gardens. However, with some hard work, these can be removed. All weeds can be controlled without weedkillers, and for our environment, it is best to get your hand’s dirty before resorting to chemicals. One of the best manual ways to control weeds is by hoeing. Simply run a hoe over a bed or between rows to kill most weed seedlings. Ideally, choose a dry day with light wind so that the seedlings will dry out on the surface. Pull up annual weeds by hand before they set seed. Perennial weeds should be dug out with as much root or bulb as possible using a hand or border fork. Hand weeding is easiest on lighter soils and should only be attempted when it won’t disturb the roots of garden plants.

HANGING BASKETS Hanging baskets provide valuable colour at eye level in your garden. Choose vibrant bedding plants for a short-term show, or herbs, shrubs and evergreens for a longer-lasting display. The great thing about hanging baskets is that you can plant them in situ straight away. The basic principles for creating a hanging basket are very simple. First of all, if you are using a standard wire basket, it will need to be lined. You can buy readymade cardboard liners and fibrous materials sold for the purpose.

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Then add a good quality, peat-free multipurpose compost and give it a good water before starting to add your bedding plants or herbs, shrubs and

You should prune deciduous shrubs (losing their leaves in winter) after they have flowered.

evergreens. Once the basket has been planted, check every day in summer, watering always unless the compost is wet.

PRUNE EARLY-FLOWERING SHRUBS Deciduous shrubs that flower in late winter, spring and early summer need annual pruning to encourage strong, healthy shoots and improve flowering. Annual pruning also prolongs the life of these early-flowering shrubs. You should prune deciduous shrubs (losing their leaves in winter) after they have flowered. As they usually flower on the previous year’s growth, pruning immediately after flowering allows maximum time for the development of young growth. To prune, you will need a good pair

of secateurs and start by cutting out any damaged or dead shoots back to their point of origin. Where there are many stems, remove some to ground level to keep the bush open and avoid congestion.

PLANT SUMMER BEDS Bedding plants provide a temporary decorative seasonal display for planters, borders, containers and hanging baskets. And now is the perfect time to create them. Bedding plants can be grown from seed, bought as plug plants (young seedlings) or purchased as pot-grown specimens.

sunshine you will have more luck with Mediterranean plants, flowers and herbs than if you tried to plant something more suitable for shady conditions. Once you know your borders and beds, you can go online to find the most suitable plants or ask at your local garden centre.

WATERING Watering is key to growing healthy, beautiful plants, however, water is a precious resource and supplies in the UK are under pressure, so you want to be water-smart to help the environment and preserve water.

The best time to water plants is in the Many public gardens change the morning, as this is when the sun comes bedding up and plants start to use displays the water. The foliage and twice a year, soil surface is also likely To prune, you will replanting in to stay drier for longer need a good pair of late spring and than evening watering, secateurs and start early autumn. discouraging slugs and by cutting out any This is called snails from ruining damaged or dead successional your plants. shoots back to their planting. point of origin. However, In regards to how much before you water, there is no simple rule even think of thumb. Each plant has about planting summer beds, you will different watering needs, however, want to know what type of soil you have. you can look for the signs that a plant needs more or less water such as a lack For example, if you have a dry border of growth, dull leaves, wilting and a with free-draining soil and lots of change in position of leaves.

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Perfect to kick-off the summer with, this hot tune by Selena Gomez

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Get summer ready with the hottest tracks to enjoy in the sun

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his summer will be one of freedom and new beginnings for many, and music is one of the best ways to channel that inner sensitivity and soulfulness into something to be shared with others. These inspirational-entitled tracks for this summer will surely do just that. So, let’s crack ourselves wide open this summer and enjoy the tunes! “Rare” by Selena Gomez Perfect to kick-off the summer with, this hot tune by Selena Gomez blends themes of breakup and self-affirmation, and features a killer baseline accompanied with Selena’s typically delicate vocals. “On My Own” by Shamir More of a declaration of independence rather than a moan of loneliness, this sizzling beat from Shamir rather sounds like a homage to the 90’s with its old-schools sounds. It’s crunchy guitar and textured percussion providing the song with a somewhat lo-fi charm, Shamir has described the song as “an accidental quarantine anthem.” “Hard To Forget” by Sam Hunt Typically creating earnest, bittersweet estrangement anthems, Sam Hunt makes no

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exception with this country pop hit which invites us to reflect on how hard it can be to let certain things or people go. “Do It” by Chloe x Halle Typically known for their icy cool R&B sounds, “Do It” features a more angelic intertwining of both their vocals. This track was produced by Scott Storch, who was perhaps the biggest producer in pop and hip-hop during the 2000s, and he shows he still has the touch with an airy beat that bring out the best of Chloe and Halle’s harmonies. “Play Play” by J Hus ft. Burna Boy A refreshing blast of tropical breeze, “Play Play” rises and falls like a cresting wave with the vocals contrasting from one another masterfully. This is British rapper J Hus’ and Nigerian Afro-pop superstar Burna Boy’s third collaboration, the track altogether boasting their smooth baritone harmonies. “Physical” by Dua Lipa Dua Lipa was a big hit last year, and with her new song, “Physical”, she is sure dominate this year too. It has a neo-80’s feel to it, and offers chuggingsounding synthesisers with high powered vocals.


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s cinemas reopened May 17th, we can look forward to indulging in all the latest releases. And after repeated setbacks, we take a look at some of the films that have been put on hold, but are now ready to explode onto UK screens.

BLACK WIDOW

The much anticipated Marvel superhero movie will hit screens in early July, having been pushed back on three separate occasions due to the forced closure of cinemas. The film is a sequel to the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), and will focus on the lead character Natasha Romanoff, as she deals with issues in her past, long before she became an Avenger. As well as Scarlett Johansson, who will reprise her role as Romanoff, Black Widow will feature a star-studded cast which includes Florence Pugh, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz. The film will also be made available on Disney+.

PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY

This 3D live action/computer-animated comedy is a sequel to Peter Rabbit, and will include many of the bignames who starred in the first film. In particular, James Corden will voice the title character once more, and Rose Byrne and Dominic Gleeson will also return. This instalment will see Peter with his makeshift family, but forced to confront his mischievous behaviour. After being originally postponed, the release of this family favourite will be of interest to all ages, come May 21st.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK

The long-awaited sequel to the 80s classic Top Gun, will be on our screens towards the end of the year. Filming was completed by Summer 2019, but due to post-production details, eand ensuing lockdowns, this action movie will finally hit cinemas. The film sees Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprise their 80s roles, in a cast which will also boast Jon Hamm. Tom Cruise’s other new release, Mission Impossible 7, has been moved to 2022, in order to make way for Top Gun: Maverick.

And after repeated setbacks, we take a look at some of the films that have been put on hold

SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW

This new horror film, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson was scheduled to be released in May last year. But it is now confirmed that this spine-chilling new movie will be available from May 21st. Centred around a brash detective and his rookie partner, the pair investigate a set of gruesome murders. And for all the horror fans who can’t get enough, the latest instalment of The Conjuring series, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, will be released just one week later.

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WILL ENGLAND BE EURO STARS? Southgate’s men looking to end 55 years of hurt

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the World Cup. All their Group D games are in London and they would only be required to travel for a quarter-final tie.

t’s coming home … in a manner of speaking. The 16th edition of football’s European Championships, postponed from last year, kicks off on June 11th and, for the first time, games are spread across the continent rather than one host nation, although the business end will be held at Wembley Stadium. Which will be handy for England should they again get to the semi-finals of a competition which is notoriously more difficult to win than its big brother,

It is, without doubt, one of the reasons why Gareth Southgate’s squad will be regarded among the favourites for only the third major tournament held in the birthplace of the game – the others being the World Cup in 1966, which they won, and Euro 96, where they lost on penalties in the semi-finals. But with England, getting out of the group is always something of an achievement, let alone one that is strewn with banana skins.

GROUP A

Friday June 11th Turkey Saturday June 12th Wales Wednesday June 16th Turkey

Italy Baku, 2pm Switzerland Baku, 5pm Wales

Saturday June 12th Denmark Saturday June 12th Belgium

Certainly, the fact they will not have to stray too far from home is a massive plus, but England were extremely underwhelming in their recent World Cup qualifiers. And the fear is the deeper they progress into the tournament, the more leg-weary they will become as the intensity of a punishing domestic season takes its toll. So, it may be worth siding with a squad which does not rely on England-based players. North Macedonia it is then!

Turkey Rome, 5pm Wales

Copenhagen, 5pm Finland St Petersburg, 8pm Russia

Sunday June 13th

Bucharest, 5pm

Austria

North Macedonia

Sunday June 13th Netherlands

Amsterdam, 8pm Ukraine

Finland

Ukraine

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Denmark

Baku, 5pm

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So, will suburban England once again be awash in a sea of St George’s flags and will we all be wearing Gareth Southgate waistcoats come July 11th?

Thursday June 17th

Italy

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As for Wales, their Group A campaign is marginally less daunting, although the games against Italy, Turkey and Switzerland are divided between Baku and Rome.

It may be worth siding with a squad which does not rely on Englandbased players.

Wednesday June 16th St Petersburg, 2pm

Thursday June 17th

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Rome, 8pm

Rome, 8pm

Switzerland

If they win the group, England face the runners-up from Group F – that’s either Germany, France, defending champions Portugal or Hungary. Finish runners-up and its either Spain, Poland, Sweden or Slovakia. Who said there were easy games in international knockout football?

Top the group, though, and the last-16 tie is at Wembley, while it’s a short hop to Amsterdam if they are second.

GROUP B

Wednesday June 16th

Sunday June 20th

They open their campaign on June 13th against Croatia, their conquerors in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, before the showdown with Auld Enemy Scotland on June 18th and the conclusion against the Czech Republic four days later. Southgate will not need reminding you cannot underestimate the Croatians or the Czechs; as for the Scots, what they may lack in technical ability they will make up in heart and workrate, and the England manager will be grateful for a repeat of the win against the Tartan Terrors in the group stages of Euro 96.

Monday June 21st Russia Monday June 21st Finland

Russia Copenhagen, 5pm Belgium Copenhagen, 8pm Denmark St Petersburg, 8pm Belgium

Thursday June 17th Netherlands Monday June 21st North Macedonia Monday June 21st Ukraine

Amsterdam, 8pm Austria Amsterdam, 5pm Netherlands Bucharest, 5pm Austria


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Wembley, 2pm

Sunday June 13th England

Monday June 14th

Croatia

Scotland

Slovakia

Spain

Glasgow, 5pm

Sweden

Friday June 18th

Croatia

Czech Republic

Sweden

Friday June 18th

Wembley 8pm

Saturday June 19th

England

Scotland

Tuesday June 22nd

Scotland Wembley, 8pm

Tuesday June 22nd Czech Republic

St Petersburg, 2pm Slovakia Seville, 8pm

Spain

Glasgow, 9pm

Croatia

Seville, 8pm

Monday June 14th

Czech Republic

Friday June 18th

St Petersburg, 5pm

Poland

Glasgow, 2pm

Monday June 14th

GROUP F

Poland

Hungary Tuesday June 15th France Saturday June 19th Hungary Saturday June 19th Portugal

Spain

Saturday June 26th

M 40

Sunday June 27th

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Monday June 28th

M 43

Tuesday June 29th

Runner up

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Budapest, 5pm

Group C

Runner up

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Saturday June 26th

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Sunday June 27th

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Monday June 28th

M 44

Tuesday June 29th

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Wednesday June 23rd Germany

Winner

Winner

Winner

Group A

Group B

Group F

Group D

Friday July 2nd

M 47

Saturday July 3rd

Winner

Winner

St Petersburg, 5pm

Match 41

Winner

Match 42

Baku, 5pm

Match 40

Winner

Match 38

M 46

Friday July 2nd

M 48

Saturday July 3rd

Winner

Winner

Match 39

Match 43

Wembley, 8pm Runner up

Group C

Seville, 8pm Third

Group A/D/E/F

Bucharest, 8pm Third

Group A/B/C

Wembley, 5pm Runner up

Group F

Munich, 8pm Winner

Match 37

Rome, 8pm Winner

Match 44

SEMI-FINALS M 49

Wembley, 8pm

Tuesday July 6th Winner

Match 46

Winner

Match 45

M 50

Wednesday July 7th Winner

Match 48

FINAL M 51

Sunday July 11th Winner

Match 49

Wembley, 8pm Winner

Match 50

Munich, 8pm Hungary

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Budapest, 8pm France

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Portugal

Slovakia

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Budapest, 5pm Portugal

Wednesday June 23rd St Petersburg, 5pm

Wednesday June 23rd

England

Tuesday June 15th

Wembley, 8pm Winner

Match 47


First impressions count Maximise your home’s potential and create spacious and inviting rooms that will photograph well and allow your property to shine

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hen buyers are looking at properties online or in estate agent’s particulars, they make their minds up in seconds.

launch our very own VIEW360. Which is a 360 Virtual Tour of your home and floorplan, all completed in one visit and is sure to wow your potential buyers.

That is why it is so important to have the best photographs of your home, getting the photos right and it could mean higher offers and a quicker sale. Now more than ever we are finding that buyers are also looking for virtual tours of a property to how they feel on a virtual walk around before they visit in person.

The VIEW360 means buyers can walk around the entire property before even setting foot through the door. The feedback from sellers and buyers has been tremendous and the quality of physical viewing conversion from viewing to offer has increased.

We are proud to be one of the first independent agents to

The end goal is to help potential buyers envision your house as theirs. So remember decluttering will make your home more spacious and entice potential buyers!

To make sure we capture your property in its best light we will require your assistance in helping to prepare for the photography being done.


Prepare your home for our photographer • • • • • • • • • •

Move any vehicles from the outside of the property Remove any clutter from outside the property such as bins and hoses Mow the lawn and tidy round the garden including weeding and removing leaves Clean the windows Open all doors, curtains and blinds Turn on all the lights Excuse any potentially photo-bombing pets Turn off TVs Moving furniture around may help to make a room look more spacious Fresh flowers help bring pop of colour and bring your photos to life.

RECEPTION ROOMS • Arrange cushions to look smart and tidy • Set dining room tables. • Removing rugs, especially where you have wooden or tiled floors • Any children’s toys, DVDs, magazines to be cleared away • Open all curtains and blinds BEDROOMS • Make the bed and choose neutral bedding • Anything stored under the bed or on top of wardrobes should be completely out of sight • All drawers and wardrobe doors should be shut KITCHEN • Clear all work tops and make sure there are no tea towels or chopping boards on show • Move bins out of sight • Clear away appliances • Close all cupboards • Hide all fridge magnets • Clear the sink (no dirty dishes!) • If you have pets, hide their food bowls and beds • A full, fresh fruit bowl can add a flash of colour BATHROOM • Remove all clutter, ensure personal items/ toiletries are out of sight • Close the shower curtain • Keep the toilet lid down • Remove toilet paper from its holder • Any towels should be neatly arranged and folded, and chosen to compliment the room www.paulmeakin.co.uk


Your step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process

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nce a sale has been agreed and is in the hands of your solicitor, it will go through the following stages. Sometimes additional work will be needed – for example, if the property is leasehold or is yet to be registered with the Land Registry. It is also important for buyers to discuss the availability of their deposit with their solicitor early in the transaction, and we strongly recommend that you contact your solicitor regularly so that they can keep you fully up-to-date with the progress and the latest timescales.

Seller’s solicitor’s steps • Obtain a copy of the Title Deeds (or office copies if the title is registered) • Obtain a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) (if applicable) • The seller(s) will return a completed Property Information Form and a Fixtures, Fittings and Contents Form to the solicitors • Copies of the above documents, plus a draft contract – this is known as an ‘Information Pack’ – will be sent to the buyer’s solicitor • Answer the buyer’s solicitor’s additional enquiries (for example, specific questions about fixtures and fittings) and obtain copies of any planning consent documents • Agree the contract and arrange for the sellers to sign it in readiness of the exchange (below) • All parties agree completion dates and the contracts are exchanged

Between exchange and completion • Obtain redemption figures from the mortgage lender and reply to requisitions on title • Approve the transfer and arrange for the seller(s) and buyer(s) to sign • Receive the agent’s fee account and seek the seller’s consent to settle this out of completion funds

Completion date This is the date the ownership of the property passes from the seller to the buyer, and it follows the successful transfer of funds. It’s the date that the whole process works towards.

Upon completion • Receive completion funds and (only when this has been completed) instruct Paul Meakin to release the keys to buyers. Redeem mortgage and forward the financial statement. Forward any surplus funds (unless these are being used to fund an onward purchase). Ensure all outstanding bills are paid • Forward transfer documents and deeds to the buyer’s solicitors • Forward evidence of ‘discharge of mortgage’ to the buyer’s solicitors


Buyer’s solicitor’s steps • Obtain the Information Pack, including a copy of the EPC (if applicable) from the sellers’ solicitor and raise any additional queries • Initiate any specialist searches (for example: a coal search). Submit local, environmental and water searches and a chancel check. This takes about 10 working days in total, and enquiries are then usually raised from the results • Approve the contract when all enquiries are satisfactory and complete. (At this stage, a mortgage transfer deed will need to be signed and witnessed) • Receive a mortgage offer and instructions from the lender and deal with any conditions set out by them. Make sure that life cover and buildings insurance is being arranged • Request the deposit, report back to the buyer, and arrange for the contract to be signed. Place buildings insurance and life cover in force • All parties agree completion dates and the contracts are exchanged

Between exchange and completion • Raise ‘requisitions on title’ and prepare the draft transfer deed • Report on title to mortgage lender and obtain funds for completion, including Stamp Duty (if appropriate) • Prepare accounts, obtain signature to mortgage deed and undertake final Land Registry and Land Charges searches

Completion date This is the date the ownership of the property passes from the seller to the buyer, and it follows the successful transfer of funds. It’s the date that the whole process works towards.

Upon Completion • Forward to the seller’s solicitors the balance of funds − it is only then that they can authorise the release of the keys. Receive from the seller’s solicitors, the transfer document deeds • Stamp the Transfer Deed, register the buyer’s ownership with the Land Registry and forward the deeds to the lender or client (where appropriate)

Contract - The agreement that sets out the main terms that have been agreed − for example: price, address, names, etc. Two copies are drawn up, and each party signs one in readiness for the exchange of contracts. Deposit - The part of the purchase price (usually 10%) which the buyer pays on exchange of contracts. Exchange of contracts - The swapping of signed contracts by the solicitors (together with the buyer’s deposit). After this, the contract is binding. Energy Performance Certificate - This contains information on energy use, energy performance, carbon dioxide emissions, and fuel bills. Land Registry - The Government department that records who owns what land, and under what conditions. Local Authority Search - A list of questions that are specific to the property and intended, for example, to discover if there have been any planning applications on the property, if the road to the house is maintained by the council, etc. Mortgage Redemption Figure - The amount required to repay the outstanding capital/ interest of a mortgage. Property information form/fixtures, fittings and contents form - Standard forms about the property that the seller answers for their solicitor (for example: what will be left behind, details of guarantees, etc.) Title Deeds - Legal documents that prove ownership of land/ buildings, and the terms on which they are owned. Transfer of Title - The document that passes the ownership from the seller to the buyer. Stamp Duty for buy to let investors and second home owners - An additional tax, paid by the buyer purchasing an additional property that is not their main residence. It includes buy to let landlords and those buying second homes and holiday homes. The higher rates will be 3 percentage points above the current rates of duty shown below. Requisition on title - An enquiry relating to the completion arrangements. Seller’s Pack - This comprises a Property Information Form, a Fixtures, Fittings and Contents Form, a copy of the title deeds and the draft contract. Stamp Duty - A tax paid by the buyer purchasing their main residence. The current Stamp Duty Holiday runs until the 30th June and as such you won’t pay stamp duty on purchases up to £500,000. After this date the nil-rate band will be set at £250k until the end of September.


Moving house? From meter readings to removal companies, there’s so much to remember when moving house. Here’s our checklist of what to do and when

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irst of all, congratulations on your new home! The excitement has probably now kicked in but moving home can also be one of the most stressful and emotionally draining things you can do. However, careful organisation and planning can help decrease the stress and anxiety of moving. This comprehensive and essential checklist will help you do just that.

Eight weeks – Research

Ideally, you want to start packing away any non-essential items as early as possible. This includes any items stored away in the loft, garage and shed. If you are not using it, pack it. Looking into your new area is also important, try to do this around eight weeks before you move. You might need to think about transferring your children to different schools and ordering new uniforms too. At this point, ensure you are also documenting all your important information away: that includes contact details, dates, contracts and information regarding your solicitor.

Six weeks – Removal companies or do it yourself?

Now would be the perfect time to decide on a local removal company. Or if you don’t have too much to move, you may want to do it yourself. You could even look into different van hire companies. At this point you’ve probably started packing away some bits, but if there is anything you decide not to take, then look into selling these items or donating them to charity. This will also give you an idea on the volume of items you have to move.

Four weeks – Notify utility companies

This would be a good time for you to notify utility companies and inform them about your move to switch over. This includes gas and electricity, council tax, internet, phone rental and TV. You should also consider changing any car insurance, tax, memberships, phone contracts and inform your bank about the move. Now’s the time to also arrange a date to have your new house cleaned before you move in, and start ordering any new furnishings for your new property. Start

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Checklist Eight weeks Pack non-essential items Research your new area (transfer schools and order new uniform) Keep all important documents

Six weeks Decide on a local removal company Clear out any unwanted items Keep packing

Four weeks

It will be worth packing a night bag each to help everyone settle in, which means you won’t have to rummage through everything to find your toothbrush! packing away more items, that being, out of season clothes, books, dvd’s and even bulky items, like TV’s that aren’t used often.

help you keep track of what you have and to help you ensure it doesn’t go missing.

Two weeks – Confirm all details

Today is the day! You need to be ready for when your removal company comes. Ensure that you let them know if there are any fragile boxes that need extra care when handling. If you’re moving yourself, then pack up your car or van and work out how many trips it may take. Before you leave, also take note of your final meter readings and send these off to your provider. Don’t forget to leave your keys for the new owners!

Confirm your move with your removal company or van hire, estate agents and schools. If possible, try to organise someone to look after your pets and children for the day of your move, as this can also be a stressful time for them too. If your removal company doesn’t disassemble any furniture or sort out the un-plumbing for the washing machine, then now would be the ideal time to organise these. Remember to also cancel any local services you receive: this could be window cleaners, gardeners and newspaper deliveries. You should now also think about re-registering to vote and getting your post re-directed after your moving date. Continue packing away more furnishings, kitchen appliances and crockery that you won’t be using for the next couple of weeks.

24 hours – Final check and walk round

You now have only 24 hours before you move, so double check that everything is packed away and ready for transit. It will be worth packing a night bag each to help everyone settle in, which means you won’t have to rummage through everything to find your toothbrush! You may want to create an inventory of your boxes and furniture to

Moving day

You have arrived at your new home!

Give your removal company instructions of which boxes go in which rooms and make sure you are happy with everything that has arrived. Ensure you check for any damage before the movers leave. Read your new utility meters and send your readings of to your supplier. Taking photos of them will also ensure you have the correct reading if you need them again in the future. Unpack your essentials such as bed linen and clean towels. Don’t worry about the rest, it isn’t going anywhere! Order a takeaway, have a cup of tea and enjoy your first night with your family. Right, so now you’re all moved in, it’s time to settle down, unpack and enjoy your new place. Remember, planning is essential to ensure your move runs stress free.

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Notify utility companies Start preparation for your new house Keep packing

Two weeks Finalise all details Organise pet and child care Cancel local services Keep packing

24 hours Check every room and ensure everything is packed Pack a night bag so everything is to hand Collect your new keys Make sure your phone is fully charged so you can get in touch with the estate agents or removal company

Moving in Prepare for the arrival of the removal company and give them directions/your contact details Ensure everything is ready to move Record meter readings

On arrival Give removal company instructions of what goes where Check for any damage before they leave Read your new utility meters and send them off to your supplier Check if the previous owners have left anything behind Unpack essentials Order a takeaway and sit back and relax!


NEW OFFICE NOW OPEN! 13 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead Village

Having recognised a fantastic opportunity, we are proud to have opened our brand new branch in the heart of Sanderstead Village.

helping us to deliver a service that is personal and professional whether you are buying, selling or letting.

We have opened a new office in the heart of Sanderstead Village to help us guide you through your property journey.

When you visit our branches, browse our website or scroll through our social media output, you will see how passionate we are about property.

You can find us at 13 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, CR2 9LA, where our dedicated and knowledgeable staff offer the unparalleled level of customer service, seven days a week, which sets us apart from the competition.

After all, we’ve been in the business for 50 years, building our reputation on transparency, support and extensive market knowledge.

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Whether you’re looking to sell or put your property up for rental, when you choose to market your property with Paul Meakin, you can be confident that we’ll ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Selling your property A leading independent agent covering the local area the name Paul Meakin is synonymous with trust, excellence and integrity. With decades of experience, specialising in all aspects of residential property, our friendly, enthusiastic and professional service ensures that our clients continually return to sell and buy through us. We also recognise the importance of marketing, so your property will be advertised on the major online property portals, our website and social media sites, as well as traditional placement in our window display. Exclusively to us in our area, your property will receive its very own FREE microsite showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and a property brochure. Sharing your personalised website across the social networks widens the audience for

your property, to find the right buyer and increasing the chances of a quicker sale. Our qualified database of home buyers will be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. Quite simply we endeavour to sell your home for the best price, in the shortest possible time, providing you an outstanding service, with a personal and friendly approach.

Letting your property When it comes to letting, as Paul Meakin are members of certified accreditations, you can have peace of mind that your property is in safe hands as we ensure you are fully compliant with your landlord duties. We offer a comprehensive range of services for you to choose from including areas such as Tenant Introduction, Rent Collection, Gas Safety Checks, in-depth Inventory reports, Deposit registration, insurance-based Rent Guarantee and Legal cover policies. As with selling, when you choose to let through us, your property will be advertised on the major online property portals, our

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The power of social media Your property will also receive its very own FREE property website showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and property brochures; something that we are proud to say is exclusive to Paul Meakin in our area. In addition, our qualified database of tenants will also be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. All our tenants are fully referenced and vetted, making sure the highest of standards are met to find the right tenant for you. By sharing your personalised websites with family and friends across the social networks you will be widening the audience to find the right buyer or tenant for your property, increasing the chances of a quicker sale or rental.

When you choose to market your property with Paul Meakin, you can be confident that we’ll ensure that everything goes smoothly

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LETTING AGENT IN SOUTH CROYDON


Here at Paul Meakin, our Lettings department not only has over forty five years experience in the rental market we understand the importance of ensuring your property is in the right hands. Our service to Landlords is second to none, ranging from just finding and introducing tenants to a fully managed letting and rent collection service. We have a network of offices with a dedicated team servicing a portfolio of properties ranging from studio apartments to five bedroom houses. We pride ourselves on good quality marketing, which is essential in an increasingly competitive rental market, we also have a high demand from good quality tenants looking to rent both short and long term.

Your Full Management Lettings Team

Helen Marvell Helen.marvell@pm-team.co.uk

Lucy Fidler Lucy.fidler@pm-team.co.uk

Irina Iatco Irina.iatco@paulmeakin-pm.co.uk

Property Mainenance Manager For all day to day maintenance questions and enquiries

New Lets Liaises with landlords and tenants prior to move in

Accounts Administrator Day to day accounts, finance and rent queries

Lilly Webb Lily.webb@pm-team.co.uk

Allison Banks Allison@paulmeakin.co.uk

Head of Client Portfolio To be approached for any maintenance escalations

Lettings Manager Oversees your property take on and finds your perfect tenants

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Emma Meakin

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Allison Banks

Director

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Lettings Manager

My parents opened Paul Meakin in 1973 and throughout my childhood I witnessed their passion for estate agency and their dedication to the Croydon area. My first working day within the Company was in 1996 and after working in every corner of the business I became a Director in 2005. I pride myself on delivering a professional and honest service, available 24/7 for my buyers, sellers and landlords as well as building relationships they can trust and a service they will return to. Out of the office I spend as much time as I can with my husband.

Croydon has been my home since 1955 (aged 4) and I was educated at two local schools, Gilbert Scott and Shirley Hill. I have been an Estate Agent within the area for 50 years; a milestone I’m still coming to terms with. I have worked with many young and enthusiastic Estate Agents, just as I was aged 18. Starting work in Selsdon I often asked what makes a good Estate Agent? For me it’s simple, be prepared to go the extra mile and be willing to show your clients you care. I hope we are able to help you with your property needs and I remain available at our Sanderstead office to receive your feedback.

I have been working for Paul Meakin for 21 years, I started as a Sunday lady and progressed to Lettings Manager, acquiring experience and knowledge with all aspects of sales and lettings. The testament for my long service is working for a family run business and their understanding and care of their staff and clientele. I still get a buzz out of helping landlords find good quality tenants.To relax I enjoy keeping fit at the gym and socialising with family and friends.

Sam Weller

Amy Reynolds

Adelle Gibson

Branch Manager

Assistant Branch Manager

PA to Director & Marketing Coordinator

Starting as a Trainee Negotiator, I have worked for Paul Meakin for 15 years, and I’m now managing the Selsdon office. I love working for the Company as you are so much more than just a member of staff, you are a valid part of the family run business. I’ve lived locally my whole life and there is nothing more satisfying than helping someone find their dream home. In my spare time I like to socialise with friends and family.

I chose to join the team in 2016, after having already acquired 5 years’ experience in the industry. I chose to join the firm because they are a successful family run business and I saw the opportunity to progress in my career. This has proved to be the best step I could have made. I enjoy meeting new clients, assisting them with their moving plans from the moment they instruct me right through to their moving day.

I joined the Paul Meakin team to assist Emma as the business expands. Working for a successful family run business is fantastic, every member of the team is extremely dedicated and passionate about what they do and always put the client first. I bought my first property in the area a couple of years ago and have been interested in the industry ever since. My background is in marketing, design and branding and I am very much looking forward to working on lots of exciting new plans for the business.

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Natalie Chapman

Elle Spurring

Gill Arkwright

Adam Watkins

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I have a strong background in estate agency having worked in the corporate sector for 18 years. After having my son, I joined Paul Meakin in 2011 because they are a well-known family run business who have a reputation for providing top quality customer care to their clients. I enjoy providing support in all aspects of the business. My spare time is taken up with my family, in particular watching my son play football and cricket.

I joined the team here at Paul Meakin in 2021 looking for an opportunity to develop my skills and progress in my estate agency career, after having already built up 4 years in the industry from a corporate background. I now love being part of a family run business who demonstrate a wealth of knowledge and experience. Helping clients find their dream home and move on to the next chapter of their lives is an extremely rewarding experience, and something I feel passionate about delivering within my work.

I’ve worked for Paul Meakin as part of the team for over 10 years. My career began as a part time member of staff when my children were small, gaining knowledge in all aspects of estate agency along the way. Although I enjoy the variety of day to day tasks, my passion is for sales progression where satisfaction comes with effective problem solving for clients. My spare time is taken up with yoga, Pilates and country walks as well as spending time with family and friends.

I joined Paul Meakin in 2021 and have been in the industry since 2009 across Surrey & London with experience of residential sales and land acquisitions. Providing great customer service is paramount to me while guiding clients through the process of moving home. Being part of a independent estate agent allows me to offer a flexible bespoke service while giving local market advice. When away from the office I enjoy spending quality time with the family and having previously been a chef I still like to experiment in the kitchen.

Heather Beaumont

Amelia Clark

Ally Ward

Michelle Perkins

Sales Negotiator

Sales Negotiator

Sales Coordinator

Sales Progressor

Having started at Paul Meakin as a sales negotiator and I’m loving every second of my time here. I enjoy speaking and meeting new clients and helping them find their perfect home. The team is great at Paul Meakin and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my time growing my estate agency career with them. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and socialising with friends and family.

After joining the team in 2019 and beginning my career in the industry, I have developed my knowledge of the property market. I thoroughly enjoyed taking clients around properties and love being a member of our professional and hardworking team. I get great satisfaction helping someone find their dream home. In my spare time, I like to see my friends and family and enjoy running.

Being family run, the organisation has strong values and always strive to do their best for their clients, providing an efficient tailored service, this appealed when I was seeking to move into working in the property field. My background is in charity and I have a strong work ethic. Away from work I am kept very busy by my two young children and attempting to transform my own property, having moved to the area in 2019.

I first worked in Agency around 20 years ago and always enjoyed progressing the sales from offer, right through to completion. Working for Paul Meakin appealed because it is a family run business with a strong ethos on customer care; something I hope to bring to the role.

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Church Way, Sanderstead £600,000

We are delighted to market this stunning three bedroom semi detached chalet bungalow, situated within a favourable residential road close to Sanderstead village, good transport links and a selections of well regarded primary and secondary schools. Set proud on an elevated plot and enjoying far reaching views across the London skyline this property is a must view. Internally offering a spacious entrance hall, an impressive refitted kitchen breakfast room with ‘Sun Pipe’, a useful utility room, a large reception room with log burner, separate dinning room leading to a sun lounge with direct access to the garden with home office.

Buttermere Gardens, Purley Guide Price £560,000

Paul Meakin is excited to bring to market this three bedroom semi detached family home located in a popular tree lined residential road within walking distance to Riddlesdown Collegiate and Riddlesdown train station. The property offers flexible accommodation throughout with two reception rooms, large breakfast room/conservatory area opening to the refitted kitchen overlooking the level rear garden. The first floor consists of two large double bedrooms with bay windows, further good size single bedroom, modern re-fitted family bathroom with additional separate WC.

sanderstead@paulmeakin.co.uk | selsdon@paulmeakin.co.uk | lettings@paulmeakin.co.uk


Riddlesdown | Sanderstead 020

8657 5000 Selsdon 020 8651 1234 Lettings 020 8657 8000

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Sanderstead Road, South Croydon £1,700,000

An impressive and beautifully presented Edwardian detached residence. A Stunning wealth of character paired with modern day attributes that captures you as soon as you enter via the reception hall and is an absolute credit to the current owner. The property features six bedrooms, six bathrooms and four receptions. The heart of the home is certainly the open plan bespoke kitchen diner where there really has been no expense spared to meet all demands of modern family living. The Master bedroom suite offers a stylish dressing room and large bathroom designed to impress.

Brancaster Lane, Purley

£825,000

Paul Meakin are delighted to market this handsome double fronted four bedroom detached family home set proud on an elevated plot and located in a tree lined residential road. This family home boasts offers just under 1.800 sq ft of accommodation which includes two separate reception rooms, a refitted kitchen breakfast room, en-suite to master bedroom, refitted family bathroom, useful downstairs cloakroom, landscaped front and rear gardens plus a garage and off street parking.

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Farm Fields, South Croydon £600,000

We are delighted to market this three bedroom semi detached family home situated in a highly sought after residential road with scope to extend STPP. This property boasts two separate reception rooms, a cloakroom, a fitted kitchen enjoying direct access to a landscaped secluded garden. This bright and spacious property is the perfect purchase for buyers looking to downsize and is also an opportunity for families looking for a property to extend. Located close to transport links, a selection of good schools and many local amenities. Your earliest viewing is advised to appreciate location, presentation and size.

Langton Way, Croydon Guide Price £600,000

Paul Meakin are delighted to market this stunning four bedroom Town House which was specifically designed to be spacious and airy boasting just over 1,900 sq ft. The split-level accommodation comprises entrance hall with laundry/utility room, study and main bedroom with en-suite bathroom enjoying and direct access to a balcony. Including three further bedrooms, family bathroom, open plan kitchen diner and separate large reception room. The property also benefits from long two car driveway with garage (accessible from utility) and feature 19’ x 10’ roof garden enjoying panoramic views the perfect space for alfresco dining and entertaining friends.

sanderstead@paulmeakin.co.uk | selsdon@paulmeakin.co.uk | lettings@paulmeakin.co.uk


Riddlesdown | Sanderstead 020

8657 5000 Selsdon 020 8651 1234 Lettings 020 8657 8000

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Church Way, Sanderstead £700,000

Paul Meakin are pleased to market this stunning four bedroom semi detached home situated in a favourable tree lined residential road within 1/2 a mile of Sanderstead Village and all its amenities. Internally offering 1600 sq ft of flexible accommodation this home is perfect for a growing family. To the ground floor you have a main reception room which is bright and spacious with under floor heating and opens up to a conservatory with lovely views across the rear garden, a downstairs cloakroom, a study or optional 5th bedroom and the impressive kitchen breakfast room.

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Kendall Avenue South, Sanderstead

Paul Meakin Estate Agents are privileged to market and invite you to view this four bedroom detached family home situated on a large plot with exciting potential to extend for a buyer to create their dream home. This is a rare opportunity to accquire a detached property within a favoured residential road on the Purley/Sanderstead borders giving commuters the perfect location with a selection of mainline stations. Internally offering four bedrooms, a separate dining room, a bright and spacious living space enjoying direct access to the level rear garden, fitted kitchen and a refitted family bathroom.

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Glossop Road, South Croydon £350,000

Paul Meakin are delighted to market this stunning two double bedroom split level maisonette with an abundance of charm and character. Internally just shy of 1,000 sq ft the spacious accommodation is bright and flexible which will appeal to many buyers. The dual aspect living, dining space is modern and stylish with a couple of steps leading to the fully fitted kitchen where the chef of the house can take centre stage with an open plan archway, perfect for when you are entertaining friends and family. The current owners use the second bedroom as their lounge with high ceiling, decorative coving, it is a wonderful space to enjoy, the master bedroom is large with natural light flooding through the Velux windows to the front and the window to the back overlooking the rear garden.

The Quest , Sanderstead Road £485,000

Paul Meakin are delighted to market this gorgeous Edwardian ground floor garden maisonette, offering many character features with high ceilings, picture rails, open fire place and beautiful French doors to the garden. This large two bedroom apartment is one of a kind and the current owners have taken time, care and investment to renovate this property including a re-designed and refitted luxury bathroom. An impressive kitchen breakfast room with a feature bay window enjoying stunning views over Purley Beeches woods. This is perfect for buyers looking to downsize or young couples looking for something different to instantly move in to and enjoy. STPP there is also scope to extend to the loft space, to first floor bedrooms or master bedroom en-suite.

sanderstead@paulmeakin.co.uk | selsdon@paulmeakin.co.uk | lettings@paulmeakin.co.uk


Riddlesdown | Sanderstead 020

8657 5000 Selsdon 020 8651 1234 Lettings 020 8657 8000

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Addington Village Road, Croydon £465,000

Welcomed to the market is this three bedroom semi detached cottage style property which needs to be viewed to appreciate its character and features. Nestled away within beautiful surrounding grounds this property benefits from a fitted kitchen, refitted shower room, reception room, double glazed windows throughout, gas central heating via radiators and gated drive way. This property is situated within a secluded cul de sac location and is also walking distance to The Interchange with its bus services to surrounding areas (Bromley & Croydon) as well as the Tramstop giving you direct links to London Victoria and London Bridge from East Croydon.

Kersey Drive, South Croydon OIEO £750,000

This extremely well presented four/five bedroom detached family home is welcomed to the market and benefiting from two/three separate reception room, useful cloakroom, refitted kitchen/breakfast room, refitted family bathroom, ensuite to master bedroom, private rear garden, gas central heating via radiators, double garage and off street parking. This property is situated on a sought after road and is conveniently located for surrounding woodland, bus services and local amenities. Call now to appreciated size, standard and location.

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Upper Selsdon Road, South Croydon £750,000

This exceptionally well presented and extended four bedroom semi detached property is welcomed to the market with a variety of accommodation which consist of an impressive open plan kitchen/diner which is great for modern day living, separate living room, study area with downstairs cloakroom, refitted ensuite to bedroom three, refitted and redesigned family bathroom, shutter blinds, stunning landscaped rear garden, integral garage and off street parking for multiple cars. This property is situated on a highly desirable residential road with access to Sanderstead mainline train station, frequent bus services, local amenities, Ridgeway Primary School and Croham Hurst woods/ golf course. Your earliest viewing is warranted to appreciate size, presentation and location.

Albatross Gardens, South Croydon £575,000

We are delighted to welcome to the market this exceptionally well presented four/five bedroom detached family home which is situated within a cul de sac location and is conveniently located for Greenvale Primary school, the 433 bus route, The Bird sanctuary and local amenities. Internally the property benefits from a refitted kitchen, useful downstairs shower room, study/ bedroom five, refitted bathroom, landscaped rear garden with stunning viewing balcony direct from bedroom two, double glazed windows throughout and gas central heating via radiators and off street parking via private driveway. Call now to appreciate size, standard and location.

sanderstead@paulmeakin.co.uk | selsdon@paulmeakin.co.uk | lettings@paulmeakin.co.uk


Riddlesdown | Sanderstead 020

8657 5000 Selsdon 020 8651 1234 Lettings 020 8657 8000

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Quail Gardens, South Croydon OIEO £425,000

Offered to the market is this exceptionally well presented three bedroom semi detached family home situated in a cul de sac location on the popular Selsdon Vale development and being conveniently located for frequent bus service, The Bird Sanctuary and its woodland walks. Internally the property benefits from a refitted open plan kitchen/diner leading on to reception room, refitted family bathroom, double glazed windows throughout, gas central heating via radiators, landscaped AstroTurf rear garden, garage and off street parking. This property needs to be viewed to appreciated the size, standard and location.

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Croham Valley Road, South Croydon

This property needs to be viewed to appreciate all the benefits it has to offer, which include three separate reception rooms and large conservatory over looking the well maintained and landscaped rear garden which in turn has direct access out onto Croham Hurst Golf Course. Other benefits include an impressive kitchen with island, useful downstairs cloakroom, ensuite to master bedroom, refitted four piece family bathroom, integral garage and in and out driveway. This property is ideal for bus services to both South and East Croydon Train stations and its direct links to London Victoria and London Bridge, a variety of private and state schools, local amenities and green space.

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