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The Park History
|The Orchards Park was started by Jane Wells' mother, Nora Beckett, as she was later to become. She answered
an advert in the Sleaford Standard placed by a Mr Elliott, who was stationed at
RAF Cranwell. When RAF personnel were stationed at different bases, they moved
their caravans. The first planning permission and site licence was for “20
The first article about The Orchards was in “Mobile Home” (later to become the Park Home and Holiday Caravan magazine) in July – August 1972. At that time the park had a club with bar and a meeting room. (where plots 38, 38A and 39 now stand.)
Nora and Sam Beckett
Nora Beckett (Centre) and residents July 1972
|The park before plots 57 to 65 were developed.
(1970 to 1972), and no bungalow. There is a caravan sited on where today
there is the water feature and butterfly bar. The long wooden building
was garages which were removed in September 1993, and is now car
The Orchards Park in 1972
|It was “Goodbye” to the overhead cables when the
electricity infrastructure was renewed in 1999, with new transformer, street
lights and a 63 amp supply to each home. Natural gas, new water and BT ducting
was laid in 2003/2004.These services have been adopted, so everyone is an
individual customer of the supplier.
Nora always believed that larger plots led to better neighbours. We continue with this ethos even though the size of homes has increased there is garage and/or parking on plots. Some of the plots are the largest in the country.
We have a varied range of Park Homes, different models, designs and ages, but most importantly, The Orchards is where people live and they really can call The Orchards home.
The residents of The Orchards Park have raised £13,000 for LIVES First Responders since Spring 2000.
David Bellamy Conservation Awards
We first entered the awards in 2000, and were delighted to receive a Gold. In 2014, we were awarded a 15 year Gold certificate for our Enduring Commitment to Conservation. None of this would have been possible without the continued commitment from all who have lived and worked on the park. We are proud to have been awarded the Gold Award for the last 18 years.
Jane and Alec Wells with Sir David Bellamy