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Havering pupils give inspiration for new development name

10 May 2012

Pupils from a Havering primary school have been rewarded after helping to provide the name of a new housing development.

Maple Class from Broadford Primary School, aged from nine to ten, were tasked by one of the country’s leading prestige house builders, Persimmon Homes Essex to suggest names for the new site in Noakhill.

The naming competition took place in many of the classes and the winner was rewarded with a WHSmith voucher while the whole class received £200 of voucher.

Mia Rose Stevens, aged 10, suggested Neave Gardens, which helped Persimmon Homes Essex to decide on the name Neave Place.

Malcolm Drakes, headteacher of Broadford Primary School said: “It has been fantastic to get the children involved in a fun, but stimulating competition.

“It’s been enjoyable to work on the creation of a new development name and the pupils have had an opportunity to learn more about the housing industry.

“We are sincerely grateful for our vouchers that will go towards providing the pupils with a variety of reading and writing material.

Norman Sharpe, sales director of Persimmon Homes Essex, was delighted with the feedback and the way the pupils set about the task.

He said: “The pupils have obviously worked very hard at this competition and the name suggestions were brilliant.

“We tested the pupils to bring local heritage and history into their name suggestion and they have risen to the challenge and done an excellent job.

“Many of the ideas produced by the children gave us the creative inspiration for Neave Place. This new development will contain two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom apartments.

“While we didn’t use any of the names suggested Persimmon Homes is very proud of the way the competition helped to decide the name, as it’s important we link with local schools and colleges.”

Malcolm added: “I can’t thank Norman and everyone at Persimmon Homes enough for involving us in this project and I hope the link between us continues to grow.”

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