“Exceptional” Emma praised by MP at award presentation

Richard Drax MP (left) with awarded manager Emma Blackwood and Berkeleyparks MD David Curson

CONGRATULATIONS from her local MP were in order this week for a Swanage woman who manages a popular retirement park near the town.

Emma Blackwood was presented with an Exceptional Service Award by Richard Drax MP during a special visit he paid to Cauldron Barn Farm Park.

The award is the highest honour given by British Holiday & Home Parks Association to park staff who have made “significant and substantial” contributions to their businesses.

Cauldron Barn Farm Park provides a peaceful rural setting for those in or near retirement

Emma is responsible for the day-to-day running of the recently developed 14-acre residential park with its outstanding views of the Dorset countryside

The businesses is part of the family-run Berkeleyparks group of residential parks

Emma joined the company ten years ago just after it had acquired Cauldron Barn Farm Park, then a holiday park where Emma managed the park shop and administered holiday bookings.

After the existing park managers retired, Emma took over the top role and helped with its smooth transition from a holiday business to a park where people could live permanently.

At the award presentation ceremony, Emma was congratulated both by Richard Drax and by David Curson who is managing director of Berkeleyparks:

“We rely heavily on our managers to help our residents enjoy their lifestyles, and to sustain the mutually supportive atmosphere which our parks provide,” said David.

“Emma is always prepared to go the extra mile to give whatever assistance is needed, and to make sure that the park offers a first-class living environment.

“We’re very grateful that Mr Drax was able to take time out to congratulate Emma and give his good wishes to a highly valued member of our team,” he added.

Cauldron Barn Farm Park has consent for 100 privately-owned park homes in its landscaped grounds where people in or near retirement can enjoy peaceful and well-managed surroundings.

There is more information about the group and its parks at www.berkeleyparks.co.uk

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