Light Up Crook For Christmas 2017 – 3rd Place

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We won 3rd place in the Rotary Club – Light Up Crook for Christmas.

Well done to the Weardale Veterinary Clinic 1st place & Blue Stone Tea Shop 2nd place.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Crook for holding a very festive and fun competition.

Thank you to all the wonderful Christmas card entries from our colouring competition we will keep them displayed over the festive period.

Merry Christmas from all the staff at Addisons.

Woodland Creation Grant

On 2nd January 2018 to 16th February 2018 the application window is open for the Woodland Creation Grant. The Woodland Creation Grant is a capital grant where applicants can claim for a one off payment for the trees which are to be planted and also any associated protection items. From 2018 applicants can receive support towards the infrastructure to help establish the new woodland using capital item FY2: Woodland Infrastructure.

If successful, applicants have 2 years to purchase and plant/ install these capital items, with a further 3 months to submit their claim. Once the woodland is planted and the final capital claim is paid, eligible applicants can apply for multi- year support to maintain the newly created woodland for 10 years.

Therefore the Woodland Creation Support in Countryside Stewardship is made up of:

  1. Woodland Creation Grant for the Capital Items associated with the planting and protection of trees.
  2. Woodland Creation Maintenance Grant for the ongoing maintenance of trees after they have been planted.

When developing an application for the Woodland Creation Grant applicants can chose from a range of items, with each item having a different payment rate which is the value of a one-off payment that will be paid towards the cost of that item or activity. It must be noted that TE4 (Tree Planting) is mandatory and must be included in all applications.

Agreement Holders must maintain their newly planted woodland for an additional 5 years following the completion of the capital works this is regardless of whether or not they apply for WD1. To support successful establishment and on-going maintenance of new- woodland, the CS Higher –Tier Option Woodland Creation Maintenance Payments offers a multi- annual payment of £200 per hectare for a period of 10 years.

Woodland Grant

Addisons Easter Egg Competition Winners

Thank you for all your wonderful entries  it has been very difficult to judge. We are pleased to announce the winners are:

1st Prize – Evie Short – Esh Winning, Primary School.

2nd Prize – Ellie King – St Stephens, C of E Primary School.

3rd Prize – Logan – St Stephens, C of E Primary School.

Again we thank all the children for all of their lovely drawings and have a Wonderful Easter.

Prizes can be collected from the Crook Office, Addisons, 5 South Street, Crook, DL15 8NE

Please note the office will be closed Good Friday 14th April and Bank Holiday Monday 17th April. We are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm Saturday.

Keep posted for our next competition.


(only 1 entry per child)

Click HERE to download your entry form.

Entries can be scanned or photographed and emailed to:

[email protected]

or posted to:

Addisons, Easter Egg Competition, 5 South Street, Crook, DL15 8NE.

All entries must be received no later than

Monday 10th April 2017

Parents contact number and email address must also be supplied.


Winners will be announced on the Addisons website by Wednesday 12th April and prized can be collected from the Crook Office.

Free Wheelers

Addisons Chartered Surveyors hosted a race night at The Saddle Room near Leyburn last year to raise money to purchase a specially adapted bike for the pupils at Mowbray School.  The race night was a huge success and exceeded all expectations raising £2,252; enough for four new bikes!  Members of staff from Addisons were invited to the school on Friday to see the new bikes in action.


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Mowbray School near Bedale caters for children aged 3 to 16, who have a range of special educational needs.  The adapted bikes, which many of the children require to be able to cycle, are very expensive to purchase.  Last year Betty’s Tearooms kindly donated a bike to the school and when Addisons heard about it they were keen to help buy a second.  Richard Duffus, head of property and partner at Addisons said, “one bike is wonderful but we couldn’t help thinking how much more fun the children could have with two!”

Richard’s daughter had attended the school before going on to study at sixth form college, he said, “I have seen first-hand how Mowbray’s excellent staff and facilities help their pupils to flourish, I knew Addisons could help give something back and this is how the idea of a race night fundraiser came about.”

Staff from Addisons’ Barnard Castle and Richmond offices arranged the equestrian themed event which saw over 60 guests enjoy the thrill of a race evening as well as a three course meal in the renowned Saddle Room restaurant.  Richard said, “It was a fantastic evening, we were overwhelmed by people’s generosity and we are thrilled to have raised sufficient funds for these four bikes.”

The new bikes have a range of adaptations meaning that more of the children can take part in cycling.  With its own 5.5 acre farm on school grounds and a purpose built sports hall there is plenty of room for the pupils to enjoy them.  Now with a total of 5 disability bikes the school has been able to launch a bike club which not only provides a fun after-school activity but also educates pupils on road safety.  Headteacher, Jonnathan Tearle said, “We have been delighted with the donation from Addisons and that we have been able to buy four specialist bikes, it has been very uplifting to see such a number of pupils to cycle together with their friends and see such enjoyment. I would like to thank Richard Duffus and Addisons for all their efforts and for raising such a large sum of money, which has meant that all our pupils have access to bicycles.”

Even though it was raining on Friday, it didn’t dampen the pupils’ enthusiasm as they used the school hall to demonstrate the new bikes.  Richard said, “It has been great to see how our fund raising efforts have paid off and to see the children enjoying themselves on the bikes is just brilliant.”

Continued Commitment and Innovative Approach

Addisons’ continued commitment and innovative approach was recognised at the Teesdale Business Awards this month, which saw us win an award in the Most Innovative Business category.

Nick Jarvis from BIB Insurance presenting the award to Simon Nixon.

Nick Jarvis from BIB Insurance presenting the award to Simon Nixon.

Having served the Teesdale community for several generations Addisons made significant investments in staff and infrastructure in 2014 to ensure we continue to provide a forward thinking approach to our services and clients.

The investments included the purchase of market leading estate agency software, the launch of our estate agency’s very own client login called “Open Door,” as well as a new website incorporating a dedicated community element.  Addisons in house magazine Number 13, which not only promotes our properties and services but also the area and other local businesses, was cited as a reason why we were shortlisted for the award.  (Why not take a look at the latest copy of Number 13 on the community pages of our website?)

Teesdale Business Awards is a community initiative run by local businesses for local businesses.  Radio Teesdale and Enterprise House ran this year’s awards with the ceremony being held at The Witham Hall in Barnard Castle.  BIB Insurance sponsored this year’s Most Innovative Business Award and were tasked with selecting and announcing the winners.  Nick Jarvis from BIB Insurance presented the award to Addisons’ principal partner Simon Nixon at the evening’s ceremony.

Richard Duffus, company partner and head of agency says, “Our innovative approach to marketing, investment in software and commitment to promoting the area and other local businesses reflects our progressive approach and it is wonderful to have this recognised by the business community.”

For more information on the services we provide feel free to contact your local branch.  For a list of all the categories, finalists and winners at this year’s Teesdale Business Awards head to

Racing to Success!

Addisons Chartered Surveyors hosted a Race Night at The Saddle Room near Leyburn to raise funds for Richmond School Equestrian Team.  Over £1,800 was raised which will be used to purchase matching kit for the team who are due to compete at the National Championships in April.  The new branded kit will include jackets, hoodies, base layers, saddle cloths and hat silks for all 16 team members.

Race Night Fundraiser

Race Night Fundraiser

The team qualified to represent North Yorkshire at the championships which will be held in Buckingham and will see team members Cassie Ramsay, Andie Jones, Imogen Thornton and Rosa Johnson representing their team and county in the show jumping category.

The equestrian team are one of only a few state funded school teams to reach the National Championships and the new kit will be embroidered with Richmond School’s crest.  When Addisons heard about their achievement and that they were without a matching kit they were keen to help the team with both sponsorship and fundraising.  Richard Duffus, partner and head of property said, “to get into the finals is a great achievement and we wanted to do more to help, that’s how the idea of a race night fundraiser came about.”

Staff from Addisons’ Richmond office arranged the equestrian themed event which saw over 70 guests enjoy the thrill of a race evening as well as a two course meal in the renowned Saddle Room restaurant.  It was all hands on deck as members of the Equestrian Team helped to run the event. Richard Duffus said, “The Saddle Room was the obvious venue, they were really accommodating and trained the team members to serve canapes and wait on the tables so they could get involved – and the team did a fantastic job.”

Kirstie Thornton from Richmond School worked with Addisons to plan the event, she said, “I personally would like to say a huge thank everyone who donated to the Race night and to the team and the parents who helped to make the night so successful.”

Richmond School Head Teacher, Ian Robertson commented, “Such wonderful support from the wider community is really appreciated.”

Since the race evening Richmond School Equestrian Team have already been back in action, winning a team event that qualifies them for further National Championships in October.  Students, Meg Sutton-Walker, Amy Bushell and Mabel Crampton will be representing their school team in October.

Richard Duffus from Addisons added, “this is just the start of our support for this inspiring team, as new members join Addisons will help to purchase the additional kit required.  We wish the team the best of luck for the championships and look forward to finding out how they get on.”


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