Barking Christmas lights switch on

Countryside is Barking Mad about Christmas!

Countryside kicked off the festive season by helping to switch on the Christmas lights in Barking on Saturday 1st December, as part of the ‘Barking Mad about Christmas’ festival, of which it was the headline sponsor.

Countryside mascot, Bill Ding, switched on the lights alongside popular children’s TV characters Paw Patrol in front of the impressive Christmas tree at the centre of Barking Town Square, in a spectacular culmination to the Christmas festival. Attended by both the Mayor of Barking & Dagenham, Cllr Sanchia Alasia, and Council Leader Darren Rodwell, the Christmas event offered plenty of festive fun for all the family, with a Santa’s grotto, Christmas carols, real reindeer and meet and greets with Paw Patrol, Bing, Mr Incredible, and Baby Jack Jack.

The afternoon saw Mahbub Khandoker, Development Director at Countryside, take part in an on-stage discussion with Council Leader Darren Rodwell, which outlined Countryside’s three local developments– Beam Park, Fresh Wharf and Trinity Place, all of which are delivering high-quality new homes in the borough. Celebrating their 60th anniversary this year, Countryside has an extensive track record in placemaking and regeneration. When complete, the developments will offer a host of benefits for residents and the wider community to enjoy for years to come.

The Countryside stall was a hotbed of activity throughout the day, as local residents and festival attendees were treated to complimentary treats, art workshops, face painting and competitions, including a ‘Guess how many Lego bricks are in the jar’, with the lucky winners walking away with a Lego advent calendar.

Robert Wilkinson, Managing Director, Partnerships South, (East), Countryside, said: “Christmas is a time for celebration and bringing the community together, and the success of the ‘Barking Mad About Christmas’ festival was testament to Barking’s strong community spirit. At Countryside, we’re passionate about creating places where people love to live, and as the headline sponsor, we were honoured to play a role in such a celebrated event in the borough.  

“Ahead of the launch of the new homes at Beam Park and Fresh Wharf next year, it was great to get out in the community and spread the word. Barking & Dagenham is a fantastic place to live and work, and we couldn’t be prouder to operate in such a thriving community.”

One, two and three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom houses are currently available at Trinity Place. Prices start from £249,995 and Help to Buy is available. Beam Park opens in early 2019 with one to three-bedroom apartments and three & four-bedroom houses available, starting from £225,000, before Fresh Wharf opens in the Spring, with one to three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom houses available from £325,000.