A Big Thank you from the New Blendworth Centre

Our chosen charity for 2015 was the New Blendworth Centre in Horndean. Over the course of the year we raised the sum of £7706.10 on their behalf and have now received a thank you letter and card thanking us for our efforts.

The New Blendworth Centre is a day provision for post 19 year old people with varying degrees of learning difficulties. The Centre offers its Service Users a work orientated placement in a semi-sheltered environment situated in the village of Horndean Hampshire. The centre aims to develop and support individual goals, encourage friendships, raise self-esteem and promote confidence and independence.

Banker Steve unveiled as new chairman of Portsmouth Property Association

Steve Cripps has been unveiled as this year’s chairman of the Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) – the first banker to hold the role in its near 100-year history.

The 58-year-old is a very experienced SME (small and medium enterprises) Relationship Manager for the NatWest in Fareham and takes over the association’s reins from Danny Smith of independent financial advisers ADN
Financial Solutions
in Southsea.

He follows other well-known industry professionals in the role of chairman in the PPA’s 95-year history.

Steve, who is single with an aspiring musician son aged 24, is Fareham born and bred and has worked for Nat West for more than 40 years.

The newly-appointed chairman is keen to drive the Association forward as its centenary year approaches.

He said: “As we move towards our centenary year in 2020 my aim is to ensure the PPA continues to grow – from the present number of 145 members.

“I am acutely aware of the prestige and responsibility this role entails and I am determined that the highest level of integrity is maintained.”

Steve is keen to promote the ethos of the Association which brings together local estate agents, letting agents, property valuers, solicitors and bankers into one recognised professional body.

“As the property market continues to flourish the PPA can play an invaluable role because it brings together so many industry professionals under one roof.

“Our ongoing aim is to assist clients, both personal and commercial, in all aspects of their journey into property ownership and to make this as smooth as possible.

Portsmouth and the surrounding post code area continues to flourish and, with the upcoming America’s Cup yacht races, this can only be tremendous news for this great city.”

“The recent changes in stamp duty have helped reflate the market and it remains buoyant. I am optimistic about the future, but we must continue to do everything we can to keep it that way.”

The PPA has raised upwards of £75,000 for local charities over the years.

Steve’s nominated charity for this year is the New Blendworth Centre, a day centre for young adults with learning disabilities based in Horndean.

“They do so much good for young people in our community that I decided they deserved to benefit from my year in office.

“I have known this centre for eight years and their work with young adults goes largely unrewarded so to be able to give something back to them is very satisfying.”

“Our NatWest management team even spent a day there last year doing some painting and gardening. We had a whale of a time and were really welcomed.

“I was also looking for a charity just slightly ‘off the island’ to show that the association does have a wide reach,” he added.

Steve Cripps : PPA
Branches in: Fareham
Members: Ian Tudor, Mike Townsend, Steve Cripps

Business shares fortunes with Portsmouth FC

Loyal businesses in and around Portsmouth have showed their support for Pompey by buying shares in the community soccer club.

Members of Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) kicked off their financial investment in the League Two side by acquiring two shares worth £1,000 each.

In a historic first for the PPA, the 94-year-old association formed two 10-people syndicates, with members contributing £100.

PPA secretary Neil Hawkins said: “A number of us here at the PPA are steadfast season ticket holders and, as part of the community, we’ve stood with Pompey in good times and bad.

“It seems only right that we show our unwavering support for the largest fan-owned football club in England by investing in its future with money and helping with sustainable growth.”

Neil, a chartered surveyor at Chandler Hawkins in Portsmouth, added: “It’s a welcome relief to see Portsmouth FC, which won the FA Cup in 2008 and 1939 and the English league in 1949 and 1950, back on an even keel following three relegations, two administrations and five different owners.

“The best return we can get on our outlay is for Pompey to return to top-flight form, underpinned by exemplary financial management. Our shareholding is very much a vote of confidence in the club’s future.”

Shares in the community club, of which the Pompey Supporters Trust (PST) is the principal shareholder, entitles the PPA to attend shareholder meetings and exercise voting rights.

The soccer club’s roots date back to 1898. In September 2014 the club announced that all legacy debts, taken on as part of its exit from administration in April, were fully settled, two years ahead of schedule.

Pompey’s chief executive, Mark Catlin, said: “Our focus is very much on looking forward and we can do that with the incredible backing of the supporters, including members of the PPA.

“The backing of fans, such as the PPA, is like having a 12th man on the field at Fratton Park as we rebuild this wonderful club.”

As of November 10th, Pompey is laying ninth in Sky Bet League Two, with Wycombe heading up the table and Hartlepool propping up the bottom.

PPA members who contributed: Chandler Hawkins; commercial property consultancy Hughes Ellard in Fareham; estate agency Pearsons in Fareham and Southsea; estate agent Fairhalls in Gosport; Lloyds Bank in Portsmouth; estate agency Chinneck Shaw; estate agency Brewers in Cosham; legal firm Coffin Mew in Portsmouth; Handelsbanken bank; commercial law firm Graeme Quar & Co in Fareham; property management firm Dack; Carnelian Property Services in Portsmouth; NatWest bank in Fareham and solicitors Churchers Bolitho Way in Portsmouth.

Members of the PPA include estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, accountants, solicitors and bankers.

The organisation was established in 1920, when King George V reigned, Lloyd George was Prime Minister and the body of The Unknown Warrior from the First World War arrived from France for symbolic burial in Westminster Abbey.

ON THE BALL: Portsmouth Property Association (PPA), with 140-plus members, has bought £2,000 worth of community shares in the trust which runs Portsmouth FC. Pictured at the club’s
home ground of Fratton Park, to mark the transaction, are members of the PPA with Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin, front left. With him, from the far left, are Martin Grouse of Dack Property
Management, Peter Chandler of chartered surveyors Chandler Hawkins, Ian Sedgley of surveyor Langham Knight, Steve Sprake of estate agency Pearsons (behind Mark’s right shoulder), Steve Cripps of NatWest, Neil Hawkins of Chandler Hawkins and PPA secretary (wearing a Portsmouth FC jacket), Neil Shaw of estate agency Chinneck Shaw, Greg Jerram of Handelsbanken and Ruth Wallis of legal firm Coffin Mew.

Portsmouth FC : PPA at Fratton Park
Members: Neil Hawkins, Peter Chandler

Catches of the day

A Hampshire centre for adults with learning difficulties will receive a financial boost thanks to the support of property professionals in and around Portsmouth.

Around £5,000 was set to be raised by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA), which has a record 150 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, developers, accountants, solicitors and bankers.

The fundraising highlight was the annual charity dinner held by the PPA at the city’s The Royal Maritime Club, with 230 guests attending.

Monies from a grand auction and raffle will go to New Blendworth Centre in Horndean – the charity is the one chosen by PPA Steve Cripps and provides work placements in horticulture.

Afterwards, Steve said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity and backing of PPA members – our annual charity dinner continues to be one of the highlights of the business community’s calendar.”

He added: “It would also be important to say that all of us have a part to play in the regeneration of the city.”

Steve, who works for NatWest in Fareham as the SME relationship manager, is the first high street banker to hold the position of PPA chairman since the organisation was formed 96 years ago. He is to be chairman for a second consecutive year.

The event was sponsored by Portsmouth legal firm Verisona Law and The News in Portsmouth, with the city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas, a top-table guest. PPA made a £250 donation to his charity fund.

Also backing the evening were Chandler Hawkins, NatWest, Clive Emson Auctioneers, Biscoes and Nesbits.

Guest speaker Geoff Miller OBE, who played 34 test matches and 25 one-day internationals for England before becoming National Selector for the England team from 2008 to 2013, brought the house down with humorous stories about his professional career.

In one anecdote, he recalled how his own father, fearing for Geoff’s safety, admitted shutting his eyes in terror as he watched his son at home on TV face a near-100mph ball in the then-youngster’s Test batting debut for England against the West Indies in August 1976.

“It must be hereditary,” joked Geoff, to gales of laughter.

The grand auction, carried out by auctioneer and keen PPA supporter Clive Emson, the founder and chairman of regional land and property auctioneers Clive Emson, raised £2,140.

One of the nine lots, donated by the PPA, for a petrol-head ride in a super-car, attracted the highest bid of the night at £340.

Other lots, from signed soccer memorabilia to a tour and Champagne lunch at the Royal Albert Hall in London, were donated by the PPA, Ralph Evans of Hayling Island, Tigertiger, Property Search Group, Rob Paul Studios and The News.

Further money was raised with the raffle following prize donations by QualitySolicitors Large & Gibson, Glanvilles, Clive Emson, Cheese & Cheers, Tigertiger, Roko health clubs, Oonasdivers (specialist diving holidays), Lloyds Bank, Pearsons, Belcher Frost, Chandler Hawkins and Fairhalls.

The annual charity dinner took place on Friday evening.

PPA : Catches of the day : Portsmouth Property Association

Members: Neil Hawkins, Peter Chandler

Commercial EPCs – What Are They?

At first glance a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate looks very similar to a domestic EPC, but they are quite different creatures. The commercial assessor does a detailed analysis of the building ‘envelope’ – all its many walls, doors, windows, ceilings roofs, floors etc. as well as its heating, lighting, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. Each area of the building is mapped as an ‘activity zone’ describing what takes place there and the air-flow calculated.

Commercial buildings fall into 3 categories (3, 4 & 5) depending on their characteristics and only an assessor qualified to the appropriate level can produce the certificate. Typically, simple buildings can be Level 3, air-conditioned buildings Level 4 and a few buildings with special ventilation strategies Level  5. The EPC rates the building against similar buildings and new ones.

Each EPC comes with a ‘Recommendations Report’ which says what can be done to improve the energy rating. Some assessors are able to produce the EPC quickly from 3D modelling software such as ‘Carbon Checker’ and can easily do ‘what if’ analyses to tell you the savings from proposed improvements,

All commercial premises require an EPC whenever the ownership, lease or the mortgage changes and your solicitor can’t complete the legalities until he has the certificate, which has a nasty habit of making things grind to a halt while an urgent call goes out for an energy assessor. The legal requirement is for an EPC to be prepared before the premises are advertised, so the top tip is to book the EPC up-front and take a few minutes to read it when it arrives – a few proposed improvements can often save the new occupant a lot in fuel bills!

Simon Burton is a Level 4 Commercial Energy Assessor with Property Metrics.

Branches in: Southsea

Dynamite teamwork

A recruitment specialist in Hampshire has taken the honours in the PPA-sponsored Team of the Year category at The News’ annual Business Excellence Awards.

Havant-based Dynamite, set up just 30 months ago, lived up to its name by winning the hotly-contested award – and secured a hat-trick with Overall Business of the Year and Small/Medium Business of the Year.

It is the second year in a row that the PPA has sponsored the teamwork category, with DCS Group runner-up and Verisona Law highly commended this time around.

The black-tie event for 200 people was held at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday, 31st January, with the PPA hosting a table for 10 businessmen and women.

PPA secretary Neil Hawkins, who attended, said: “It was another entertaining ceremony, showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit which flows strongly through the commercial veins of the Portsmouth region.

“Dynamite, led by managing director Matt Fox, is a shining example of a firm pulling together to overcome challenges, making the company the success it is through passion and performance.”

Mark Waldron, Editor, The News, said: “The News would like to extend its thanks and gratitude to the PPA for once again sponsoring the Team of the Year award.”

Meanwhile more than 200 people are due to attend the PPA’s black-tie annual dinner on Friday, 28th
February, at Fratton Park stadium, Portsmouth.

The PPA now has 150 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial
property agents, chartered surveyors, accountants, solicitors and bankers.

It is chaired by Louisa Fairhall, who runs Gosport-based estate agency and lettings company Fairhalls.

PPA was established in 1920, when King George V reigned, Lloyd George was Prime Minister and the body of The Unknown Warrior from the First World War arrived from France for symbolic burial in Westminster Abbey.

Branches in: Southsea
Members: Daniel Smith, Nigel Strutt


The recently released 2011 National Auction statistics, published by the Essential Information Group, reveal yet another substantial increase (9.6%) in the number of Lot’s sold by auction against the 2010 figures. 

Almost £3.5 billion pounds worth of property was sold by auction last year, a quite staggering figure, which was also up 2.2% on 2010 in a year when the value of many types of property, such as vacant commercial, fell in real terms. 

On reflection these figures are perhaps not so surprising when one considers the advantages of selling by auction and the increasing awareness of many property professionals and indeed the wider public, that auction should not just be considered as the method of last resort. Indeed for the right type of property, selling by auction could and should always be the first option; ensuring best price is achieved, within a speedy and defined timescale. 

A well run regional auction sale has the ability to reach a wide audience, with the further advantages of competitive bidding and a contract on the fall of the gavel. 

If you have a property that you think has auction potential, be sure to consult a local or regional auctioneer before marketing and not as an afterthought if you cannot sell. 

The initial advice is almost always free to access and you may just be very pleasantly surprised by the result you achieve. 

Robert Marchant MNAVA, Clive Emson Auctioneers and PPA Committee Member

Robert Marchant : Clive Emson
Members: Michael Marchant, Robert Marchant

Fundraising on cue with Portsmouth Property Association

ON CUE: From left, PPA chairman Danny Smith, former world snooker champion Dennis Taylor and Lorraine Blackburn from the Ickle Pickles charity. More than £6,000 has been raised for charity as the voice of property in the Portsmouth region marked its 90th anniversary in style.

Money raised from Portsmouth Property Association’s (PPA) annual charity dinner at Fratton Park, which attracted 240 members and guests, goes to Ickle Pickles.

The charity helps fund specialised equipment, such as incubators and ventilators, for premature babies in intensive care neonatal units.

PPA chairman Danny Smith, who hands over the ceremonial chain to vice-chairman Steve Cripps later this month, nominated Ickle Pickles as the chosen charity for his year-long tenure.

Money raised on the night included £600 paid in auction for an original match-day programme and rosette from the World Cup Final between England West Germany in 1966.

Hilarious storytelling by guest speaker Dennis Taylor, a BBC snooker commentator and former world champion, was the main highlight.

He famously beat Steve Davis from behind in 1985 on the last black after a 17:17-frame nail-biter, with 18.5 million people glued to their TVs into the early hours to watch the 86-minute decider at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Rob Marchant, event organiser and a former PPA chairman, said: “We all had a great night – Dennis was simply an outstanding speaker who brought the house down with his anecdotes. People had tears of laughter rolling down their cheeks.

“Money being raised from our event, including the auction and raffle, for Ickle Pickles is still coming in – it is currently at £6,000.”

Neonatal staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth – the PPA invited ten of them along as VIP guests – were also treated to a huge round of applause.

Poignantly, the event last Friday evening (February 27th) was graced by Waterlooville mother Lorraine Blackburn, who has raised more than £200,000 to date in the South for Ickle Pickles.

Lorraine’s son Owen lost his fight for life after three months in September 2009, having been born at 26 weeks and weighing just 1Ib 10oz – equivalent to a bag of sugar.

She said: “The generosity and kindness shown by PPA members, and from Dennis, will always be appreciated by us here at Ickle Pickles. They are helping little babies who are very poorly and need all the medical help they can to live.”

Toasts were given by Lord Mayor Councillor Steven Wylie, Danny and Steve, with renowned charity auctioneer Clive Emson, of Clive Emson Auctioneers, doing the honours for the event auction.

PPA has more than 140 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, developers, accountants, solicitors and bankers.

The PPA was established in 1920, when King George V reigned, Lloyd George was Prime Minister and the body of The Unknown Warrior from the First World War arrived from France for symbolic burial in Westminster Abbey.

Danny is the co-founder of Southsea-based ADN Financial Solutions, Rob is the local auctioneer for Clive Emson, the regional land and property auctioneers, and Steve works for NatWest Bank.

Members: Neil Hawkins, Peter Chandler

Howzat for a prestigious charity dinner

A Hampshire centre for people with learning difficulties is set to benefit by thousands of pounds from the Annual Charity Dinner being held by the Portsmouth Property Association (PPA).

Former England cricketer and in-demand after dinner speaker Geoff Miller will be the star turn at the PPA’s prestigious black tie event at the Trafalgar Ballroom in the Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth, on Friday. (Feb 26)

Around 235 members and guests are expected at the venue – the former Royal Navy Sailors Association Club in Queen Street – to boost funds for the New Blendworth Centre in Horndean through a grand auction and raffle.

The PPA has raised more than £75,000 for charity over the last 10 years.

The event, sponsored by Portsmouth legal firm Verisona Law and the Portsmouth News, will be attended by the city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas. The PPA will make a £250 donation to his charity fund.

Also backing the event are Chandler Hawkins, NatWest, Clive Emson Auctioneers, Biscoes and Nesbits.

PPA chairman Steve Cripps, who is set to stay at the helm of the organisation for a second year, nominated the New Blendworth Centre as the chosen charity for his year-long tenure.

Fareham born and bred Steve, SME Relationship Manager at the town’s NatWest Bank and the first high street banker to chair the PPA in its near 100-year history, said: “The centre has created an environment for adults with learning disabilities by providing work placements in a horticultural environment.

“I have known them for nine years and I know much of their sterling work goes unrewarded so I felt they deserved to benefit from my year in office and it is satisfying to watch them grow.”

Steve added: “We have all gone through some very challenging times in recent years there now seems to be an air of confidence around us all.

Citing examples such as the success of the Americas Cup last year, development of the base for new aircraft carriers and the Northern Quarter project being back on the agenda, he said: “An economic upturn is certainly here. The future seems buoyant for our area, but we must remember we all have a part to play in the regeneration of the city.

Guest speaker Geoff Miller OBE played 34 test matches and 25 one day internationals for England before becoming National Selector for the England team in 2008.

The Chesterfield born off spin bowler and lower middle order batsman made his debut in 1973 and captained Derbyshire before moving to Essex, scoring an impressive 14,000 runs and taking more than 1,000 first class wickets..

He took 60 Test Match wickets and hit 1,200 runs, failing agonisingly close to a century with two knocks of 98. His tenure as England selector saw an incredible run of three successive Ashes victories

Respected raconteur, the knowledgeable and self-deprecating Geoff is also said by cricket pundit Simon Hughes to be the ‘last man to field at slip with a whoopee cushion up his jumper’.

The auction will be carried out by keen PPA supporter Clive Emson, of Clive Emson Auctioneers, who will be travelling from his home in Kent to bring the gavel down on a series of exciting lots, including signed 1968 Manchester United v Benfica European Cup Final memorabilia, signed and framed 1980 West Ham Utd FA Cup Final memorabilia, a motor racing experience and a pamper day.

An original match-day programme and rosette from the 1966 World Cup Final went for £600 at last year’s event, featuring hilarious tales from the green baize by former snooker world champion Dennis Taylor.

That night raised more than £8,000 for Ickle Pickles, the charity that helps fund specialised equipment, such as incubators and ventilators, for premature babies in intensive care neonatal units.

The charity was the choice of 2014/15 PPA chairman Danny Smith, founder of Southsea-based ADN Financial Solutions.

Event organiser Rob Marchant, local auctioneer for Clive Emson and a former PPA chairman, said: “We had a fantastic evening last year and I am hoping for more of the same as generous PPA members and guests dip into their pockets for our deserving charity.”

PPA now has a record 150 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, developers, accountants, solicitors and bankers.

The organisation was established in 1920, when King George V reigned, Lloyd George was Prime Minister and the body of The Unknown Warrior from the First World War arrived from France for symbolic burial in Westminster Abbey.

PPA : Howzat for a prestigious charity dinner : Portsmouth Property Association


Barry King, Chartered Legal Executive at Glanvilles has become the first non Surveyor or Estate Agent to become the Chairman of the Portsmouth Property Association.

Formerly known as the Portsmouth & District Estate Agents Association it was formed in the 1930’s by the then principals for the major estate agents and surveyors throughout the city as a way of networking and promoting local knowledge and assistance amongst like minded people. In 2005 the committee decide to allow other professionals in to the association, including lawyers, mortgage advisors, bankers, and insurance brokers

Barry says of his achievement “In all the years that I attended PPA events as a guest of various estate agents and surveyors did I ever think that one day I would become Chairman.  However, and after some persuasion from friends and colleagues, I decided to offer myself for the post of Vice-Chairman in 2011 and automatically became Chairman this year as the Committee were kind enough to endorse me.

I feel it is a great privilege to be leading the area’s local and premier Property Association which has such a history and tradition. I see this year as building on those foundations but also trying to increase, not only our membership, but also our profile amongst the general public so that they can be assured that using a PPA member of each profession is the best way forward to enable them to move house as efficiently as possible.

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Barry can be contacted at Glanvilles Fareham office at Cams Hall, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 8AB by telephone ON 01329 282841 or by email Visit Glanvilles online at

Glanvilles are Lexcel and Conveyancing Quality accredited by the Law Society.

Branches in: Fareham, Havant
Members: Gareth Maddern, Lorna Newnham, Mark Watson, Samantha Marsh