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Local housebuilder encourages residents to remember our Tommies

Developers donate £100,000 to great Royal British Legion cause

Local housebuilder Barratt David Wilson Homes has partnered with the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) to encourage residents at three of its Kent developments to remember fallen soldiers from World War I. The housebuilder has installed one of the RBLI’s iconic Tommy Club figures in its showhome garden at Dickens Gate, Staplehurst, built under the David Wilson banner (pictured here); at Chilmington Green, Ashford (Barratt Homes); and at Perry Court, Faversham (where both Barratt and David Wilson are building).

The RBLI has a strong Kent connection through its operation at Aylesford near Maidstone.

The iconic full-size silhouettes of ‘Tommy’, the term used for a common soldier in the British Army, complete with a helmet and bayonet, were installed ahead of Victory in Europe (VE) Day celebrations on the May 8. The figures will commemorate the lives of soldiers who fought in WWI, and thank the veterans of today.

Barratt David Wilson Homes is the Tommy Club’s first corporate patron, supporting the charity with a donation of £100,000, and agreeing to buy the figures for its developments across the county. The funds will be used to provide jobs, homes, and mental health support for veterans across the UK.

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing director for Barratt David Wilson Homes in Kent, says: “We are proud to give our very own ‘Tommy’ a home at the three developments, and are pleased to do our part to show our gratitude to Armed Forces veterans, many of whom live local to our three projects. We are always working to support active and former Service personnel, and hope that Tommy will help our residents and the local community to take a moment to commemorate those who served in the World Wars.”

In Staplehurst, the builders have a longstanding relationship with the armed forces community, having previously employed veterans from the RBLI to produce a range of signs for Dickens Gate. The housebuilder has also honoured local heroes by naming every third road at the development after various members of the Staplehurst community in tribute. At Dickens Gate a collection of three- and four-bedroom homes is available. Prices start from £359,995 for a three-bedroom semi-detached home, with Help to Buy and Part Exchange options available. For further details about David Wilson Kent or the new homes at Dickens Gate, visit or call 0333 3558 503.

In Ashford, all homes in the latest phase have now been sold. For further details about Barratt Kent or the next release of new homes at Chilmington Green, visit or call 0333 355 8498.

In Faversham, Barratt Kent is building new homes at Perry Court, where a selection of three- and four-bedroom homes are available. Prices start from £415,995 for a three-bedroom semi-detached home. David Wilson Kent is also building a selection of three- and four-bedroom homes there, where prices start from £415,995 for a three-bedroom home available with Help to Buy. For further details about Barratt Kent see Ashford paragraph. To find out more about David Wilson Kent see details for Staplehurst.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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