PUPILS from Hackbridge Primary School were treated to professional storytelling by Barratt London ahead of National Storytelling Week recently. Thanks to the school’s proximity to the housebuilder’s New Mill Quarter development on Hackbridge Road, the pupils enjoyed an afternoon of stories by professional storyteller Andy Copps.
Set up in 2000 by The Society for Storytelling, National Storytelling Week has been used to increase public awareness of the art, practice and value of storytelling. The Society sees a story as the traditional medium of communication from generation to generation, a tool for education and therapy. As a Group, Barratt Developments has supported the initiative at its developments for more than five years.
Pam Reardon, Sales Director at Barratt East London, commented: “We were happy to support National Storytelling Week this year. As part of our ongoing Education Programme with schools near our developments, we actively promote learning experiences such as these and were delighted to arrange Andy’s visit to the school. Family is at the heart of our new development at New Mill Quarter, so we hope the campaign will help pupils to foster a love for storytelling, reading and creative thinking.”
Professional storyteller, Andy Copps added: “There is nothing better than falling into a great story and allowing a person’s imagination to go on a journey with the Storyteller. Storytelling not only results in the enjoyment of reading, but it strengthens the skills of listening, speaking, writing, observing and visually creating. Storytelling, story-making and reading starts at home and needs to be encouraged in schools and throughout life. It is fantastic to see companies like Barratt London getting involved in the promotion of storytelling while encouraging more children to benefit from such valuable experiences.”
Barratt London is currently transforming the former Felnex trading estate off Hackbridge Road in Wallington into a development of over 725 new homes with David Wilson Homes, as well as a selection of shops, a GP surgery, supermarket and assisted living homes.
Barratt London is currently offering a range of one and two- bedroom apartments at New Mill Quarter, with prices starting from £299,995. To find out more please visit www.barrattlondon.com or call 03300578961.