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Proud to Sponsor Welwyn Rugby Football Club

We have now sponsored Welwyn Rugby Football club for the last two years and that is on the back of having played for Welwyn RFC since 1986, one year after leaving university. I just came across this excellent article on the club web site and I think it sums up why Welwyn is so special. Enjoy!

http://www.welwynrugby.co.uk/WRFCLogo

Welwyn RFC was originally born as Welwyn (East), and formed in 1931.

The first rugby club in Welwyn Garden City (WGC) was Mid Herts., formed in the mid 1920’s and comprised mainly of players from the more affluent West side of town. They had a pitch at Handside Lane but no clubhouse, only a small changing hut with a crude bath.

During the depression years in the 30’s, numbers of Welsh from the valleys and Scots from the border woolen mills arrived in town to work in…

Another Record Year – Another Record Donation to The Isabel Hospice

IMG_5965 cropped Isabel Hospice 2015 Cheque

At BigBlackHen.com we have been enthusiastic supporters of Welwyn Garden City’s favourite charity – The Isabel Hospice – since we opened our virtual doors in Hertfordshire over four years ago. We believe that as a local business it important to put something back into the community, which is why we get involved in fundraising, and also why we donate £25 for every house that we sell. It doesn’t sound like much but it soon adds up – here is me presenting a cheque for £1,150 for the 46 houses we sold in 2014, up from the £1,050 we donated in 2013. Add in the over £4,000 raised by trekking in Peru and we added over £5,000 to the Isabel Hospice coffers last year. And that money will be put to great use helping those with…

Schools in Welwyn Garden City are a big reason why people buy houses here

Although we sell property all over Hertfordshire, with our head office in Welwyn Garden City we know all to well what attracts buyers to the town – and the schools are a big part of its appeal.

We are seeing large numbers of buyers moving from North London up the railway lines to Hertfordshire and one of the big reasons why they choose Welwyn Garden City above other local towns is the very fast train service to London Kings Cross in 22 minutes and the excellent schools.

So whether you have decided to move into Welwyn Garden City for the first time from the big smoke or your reasons are to move to a different area within the city, here is some helpful information and links to our pick of the best local schools:

 

If it is a private school you are looking for then the web sites for the following will…

Special New Year Offer

The beginning of the year is time for New Year resolutions – and ours is to give you two freebies, each of which will help you sell your home for the best possible price if you decide to in 2015. Firstly we’ll give you a free valuation with a local House Doctor (worth £120) which will ensure that you know how to present your home at its very best to potential buyers. The second is a Premium Listing on Rightmove (worth £125) which will make your home stand out from the competition on the UK’s biggest web site. All you have to do is instruct BigBlackHen.com before March 1st – so please call to book a free valuation and find out more about our fresh approach to selling homes.

New Year Predictions – What will the property market do in 2015?

2014 has been an extraordinary year for the property market with prices jumping 10% for properties up to around the £700,000 mark and only slightly less for the higher end houses over £1million.

All the pundits have now made their predictions for 2015 and it seems that there are some consistent themes developing:

LONDON IS SLOWING
After a very strong 12 months where London prices are thought to have risen around 18% all the major estate agencies and mortgage companies see a slowing in demand and prices in 2015. The price increases predicted by most range from 1.5% to around 3% which is less than inflation. The reason is two fold. Less foreign buyers are expected to be buying next year due to global economic issues and the dreaded Mansion Tax which Labour say they will bring in if elected. Which brings me to the second reason: THE ELECTION. The housing market…