Autumn in well underway, and in households up and down the country the conversation will soon turn to (if it hasn’t already) ‘is it cold enough yet to turn the heating on?’

Across England and Wales, 17% of homes sold over the past year have achieved the top Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A or B. This compares to 40% of properties that have sold with an energy performance rating of D.

With energy efficiency a requirement in the building of new build homes, nine in every ten new build properties hit the grade, while the figure is just one in 14 for resale properties.

In the resale market, properties that are energy rates A or B have achieved a 10% price premium over those rates D, equivalent to almost £28,000. Replacing boilers, adding insulation, double glazing and reducing thermostat temperatures and replacing light bulbs with LED’s, are all ways households can seek to improve energy efficiency.

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Halloween Trail in The Heatons

The Four Heatons Traders Association are organising a Halloween Trail around the Heatons shops. This family free activity is sure to attract plenty of foot fall which is great for the local community.

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Saturday Coffee Morning at St John Church

It’s all happening in Heaton Mersey on Saturday, the market is setting up on the cobbles in front of St John’s Church on Didsbury Road, there is a Scarecrow Competition – entries on show between the Lychgate and the church entrance. Would you like to enter? It’s not too late. Contact us at and join in the fun! The scarecrows will be judged on September 21st 2019 between 11am & the Rector of St John’s church. Prizes will be awarded for 1st & 2nd in each category

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Cracks, marks and stains leave the biggest negative impression on prospective buyers during a viewing, with a 76% turn-off rate. This is according to Sell House Fast who surveyed 1,266 people who have been to several viewings over the last year.

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A basic guide to decorating

Flick through the pages of any magazine these days or scroll through the popular Pinterest app and you’re likely to see endless images of chic properties with timeless décor. For those of us that are blessed to be able to colour-match and accessorise effortlessly, this is an entirely attainable vision; however, for the rest of us who are a little more challenged in the decorating department, it can be tough to know where to start. Read through our basic guide to decorating and we will provide you with some guidelines which are sure to help you turn your home in to a real page-turner.

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As the new term begins, vast numbers of students up and down the country will be starting to move into their new homes.

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£3,485 is the estimated average cost of school uniforms for a child over the course or their school life (Reception to Year 11).

The cost is equivalent to 4.31 months’ of a mortgage repayment or 3.31 months’ of average rent, although there are substantial regional variations.

Across the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, the total cost of kitting out a child is more than eight times an average monthly mortgage repayment, while across London the cost of two months’ rent is on par with school uniform costs.

Across the country, 8.4 million children are predicted to return to primary or secondary school this week, a total uniform bill in the region of £2.4 billion.

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Charity Golf Day at Heaton Moor Golf Club

Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society will again be hosting their annual fundraising event at Heaton Moor Golf Course on Friday 13th September 2019.

This will be the 26th year this brilliant event will take place and I’m proud to announce it’s Julian Waddens 7th year in sponsoring the event. This fun packed day of golf, food & drink will be full of laughs and fantastic prizes. If you are interested in making a team there are still a couple of spots available so, please get in touch.

Last year the day raised an incredible £12,000, so let’s hope this year’s event at this excellent golf club can raise even more.  

** In the UK, Cerebral Palsy affects about one in every 400 people. It can affect people from all social backgrounds and ethnic groups. It is a condition that affects muscle control and movement and is usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth.

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heart of the heatons

Are you the next Steven Spielberg OR David Bailey? then put your creative juices to good use and become apart of ‘Heart of the Heatons’ – The Heatons Arts and Cultural Festival which is coming this October. If poetry, music OR flash fiction is your thing, them make contact as well There are acategories for children, teens and adults with some great prizes to be won.

Find out more at OR for the film competition – Deadlines 13th September.

Heart of the Heatons Music, Art & Culture Festival coming soon – Friday 4th till Sunday 13th October 2019

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