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Brian and Mai Sirrell are great advocates of park home living – they share how making the right choices pays dividends!

Brian and Mai Sirrell have lived on Middletown Residential Park in Welshpool, Powys since 2000 when it was mainly a caravan site with just four mobile homes. Now it’s developed to thirty four park homes with design input from Brian.

Brian first heard about Middletown Residential Park from Tony Bywaters, the MD of Salop Leisure who owned the site. Tony and Brian had known each other when they were both football referees and Tony was aware of Brian’s engineering background and capabilities. Brian consequently was contributory to planning the layout of plots, driveways, infrastructure for utilities, and parking areas, all to meet with council legislation.

Brian grew up in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He was a sporty child representing his county at youth level in both football and athletics. He played football right up to his 40’s! After which he became a referee, spending his last nine seasons at Lilleshall, Newport where the National Sports England youth team played. Not one to name drop (but I am!) he worked alongside up and coming players such as Sol Campbell, Nick Barmby, Michael Owen and also with Sir Bobby Robson.

The property ladder

Mai and Brian met in 1955 when he was on home leave from the army (Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineering) and Mai was working at Shewsbury hospital as a nurse. Married in July 1958, they enjoyed only three days of honeymoon in Llandudno before Brian was beckoned back to Reme and Para Regiment to be stationed in Cyprus, and didn’t see each other again until March 1959!

Brian and Mai got an early start on the housing ladder if not in a slightly unorthodox way! They had found a wonderful four bedroomed Welsh stone cottage located where Mai was born. There was no mains water, a pump and well set within ¼ acre of gardens and the price negotiated at £750! The mortgage was only forthcoming however on the proviso that after completing his time playing football for Machno United, Brian would play for Bettws-y-Coed which was the Bank Manager’s team!

Later Brian and Mai moved back to Shrewsbury and they started to downsize once the three children, Karen, Jeanette and Kelvin, had left home.

But it was in 2000 that Brian was experiencing difficulty to walk. Up until then, aged sixty four, Brian was running eight miles a day for pleasure. A change in pace was a bitter pill to swallow.

It was at Tony Bywater’s suggestion about park home living that Brian and Mai could identify with the benefits of a one level, low maintenance home set in an admirable sized plot and idyllic surroundings. They purchased their first park home, a single unit, designed to their specification.

Accommodating change

Two years later however, Brian was given the shattering diagnosis of Guillan Barré Syndrome (CIDP), a rare and serious autoimmune disorder. As it became more apparent that Brian was to be wheel chair bound, they sold their park home and bought a larger one to go on site. Brian and Mai designed this also to facilitate his changing needs such as wider access areas and wet room.

An inspiration to all, Brian has remained upbeat. As part of his involvement in planning the site, Brian helped sell the park homes and therefore got to know residents in the first instance. Over the years Brian and Mai have made many friends and have enjoyed many social events within the village and park site community.

Grouping together for peace of mind…

As an engineer, Brian is only too aware of the importance of the chassis of a park home and its supporting function. As their park home approached eleven years, Brian was sensitive to the fact that the chassis and supports can weaken with rust corrosion over time, and the supports may be insufficient for changes in weight made to the home. He therefore wanted to ensure that the condition under the home was satisfactory and that long term stability and security was not compromised.

Brian asked Park Home Chassis Services (PHCS) to carry out an underfloor survey of his home. He also collaborated with other park residents who wanted their homes surveyed which enabled PHCS to offer a discounted survey fee to everyone.

(The underfloor survey fee with full report is £190 inclusive VAT, and £120 inclusive VAT for three or more participating residents)

Speaking on behalf of the group, Brian says they were impressed by the exemplary service and professionalism of PHCS. “Everybody we spoke to at PHCS was well mannered, courteous and informative. The surveyor was exceptional – it provides one with great confidence when questions are met with straight and knowledgeable answers and no hiding anything!”

The survey is followed up with a detailed written report which provides additional information about the underside of the home, complemented by photos. “The whole report was really helpful and it’s a great selling tool if ever the home were to be sold”.

Fortunately the undersides of the homes surveyed were all in good condition! Money well spent for peace of mind and knowing all is well.

Let’s get Snug because it’s worth it!

Brian, and his neighbours, contemplated PHCS SnuggerFLOOR underfloor insulation as they would like to generally improve the warmth within the home.

PHCS SnuggerFLOOR is a sealed and bonded system that prevents cold air from penetrating the floor boards thus eliminating cold floors and draughts. The system still allows for free movement of air under the home, is Class 1 fire retardant and importantly allows for access to pipes and wiring under the home.

“PHCS SnuggerFLOOR has made such a difference! We noticed the improvement immediately!”

Brian happily reports that the home retains the heat right up until bedtime and with no heating on wake up to temperatures around 21 degrees, with warm floors. In fact the first utility bill showed a substantial saving in costs too!

Positively inspirational!

A cosy home is always welcomed, particularly for less mobile people. However, Brian still remains active and positive. Brian and Mai used to enjoy holidays abroad and have visited some fabulous places such as Mauritius, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hawaii (and more!). They no longer go abroad but they have a wonderful holiday caravan in Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast which they visit often.

At eighty one years of age Brian gardens with Mai and enjoys writing. He also drives a car with hand controls. Quite remarkably, Brian is also instrumental in helping other less fortunate people coming out of the spinal unit at Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital where he is the oldest wheelchair skills trainer. Bravo!

2018 is the year of Brain and Mai’s 60th wedding anniversary. They have shared so much and Brian says he couldn’t have coped without Mai. They are a fabulous team together, very much nestled in their home in the knowledge that all is sound and in good condition, and fully endorse park home living. Now awaits the anniversary celebrations and letter from the Queen…many congratulations from us all!