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Published: 05/11/2018   Last Updated: 05/11/2018 15:19:59   Tags: Alfies View

Armistice Day – Remembrance Sunday – Sunday 11th November – 100 years on.



The Armistice of 11th November 1918 was the Armistice that ended the fighting on land, sea and air in World War 1 between the Allies and their opponent, Germany.
Also known as Armistice of Compiegne from the area it was signed, it came into force at eleven o’clock in the morning – the “eleventh hour or the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

Two minute silence. At 11am on each Remembrance Sunday a two minute silence is observed at war memorials and other public spaces across the UK. It came to symbolise the end of the war and provide an opportunity to remember those who had died.

Poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle, these are the flowers that grew on the battlefields after World War One ended.
Every year, volunteers make poppies available throughout the country, collecting donations from people to wear them. The money raised from the donations is used to help servicemen and women whose lives have been changed by wars they have fought in.
There is no correct side to wear your poppy but to wear it with pride.



The Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae, who had to stand in to conduct a burial as the Chaplin was called away later wrote the iconic poem “In Flanders Fields”.





In Flanders Fields


by John McCrae, May 1915




In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Alfies view

Published: 12/01/2018   Last Updated: 12/01/2018 14:49:02   Tags: Alfies View

The word January is conventionally thought of as being named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology.  It is a month of new hopes and optimism for the year ahead and that is the tone that we at Malverns have adopted with gusto and enthusiasm.

We are pleased to say that others evidently feel the same way and we have already had some very positive viewings of properties that we have on our website with an increase in enquiries for both sales and rentals and the outlook is good.  The market is still slow but our clients are taking our advice that prices need to be realistic and properties presented in excellent order to attract the discerning applicant.

It is also the time of year to head to the slopes and there we can help you too – we have some very lovely ski chalets in Switzerland to rent and to buy – so get your skis on!

Alfies View  - Diary of an Office Dog


Published: 08/08/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:36:09   Tags: Alfies View

How fantastic to have the Olympics back on our telly!  Can you believe it's now 4 years since the sensational London 2012?  Team GB have got off to a flyer with a World Record and Gold Medal in the pool, courtesy of Adam Peaty.  The two gymnastic teams are competing tonight with a view to both getting on the medal rostrum as are the ladies rugby team, the country's favourite diver, Tom Daley and a whole host of other athletes and competitors.  How refreshing to see so many British medal prospects in the games.  Good luck from all at Malverns to all our competitors representing Team GB!  As an OLYMPIC GAMES SPECIAL OFFER, we will give anyone who instructs Malverns to sell their property, throughout the period of the games, a 20% discount in our sole agency terms!  Talk to Nigel for more details.

Alfie's View - Diary of an Office Dog


Published: 29/07/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:27:10   Tags: Alfies View

One of my favourite times of the day is when I get to 'share' everyone's breakfast in the office! It's such a social event every day, with market conditions being discussed and the plan for the day being mapped out, not to mention the cinnamon toast, latte and fruit that are on offer.  Long may the morning meeting continue!

Alfie's View - Diary of an Office Dog


Published: 25/06/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:27:56   Tags: Alfies View

We were delighted to sponsor a fence last week, at the Dauntsey Park, Horse Trials.  'Malverns Mound' as the fence became known, was a true challenge to all the eventers, and was bedecked in the Malverns 'To-Let and For Sale boards.  The annual event sees some of the country's finest jumpers, including William Fox-Pitt, having a quick spin before heading off to Rio.

Alfie's View - Diary of an Estate Agent

Published: 24/06/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:27:26   Tags: Alfies View

Well BREXIT has happened!  I have to admit to being a little surprised and having stayed up to watch the results coming in, it was only this morning that I began to appreciate the enormity of the situation.  David Cameron has informed the nation of his intention to resign in 3 months time and now the implications of the deal have to be discussed with whoever takes control to map the way forward for our great nation.  We will shortly be preparing a breakdown of how the changes will affect the housing market but to be honest it is pretty difficult to say without all the facts in front of us.  However, we are situated in one of the worlds most sought after locations and will always enjoy the benefits of our position here.  I am sure that once the ship is steadied and a new leader is in place, the market will return to normal and we will find a way to move forward together as a united nation.

Alfie's View - The Diary of an Office Dog


Published: 23/06/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:27:23   Tags: Alfies View

I'm sure by the time you read this, the election will be over and the repercussions of being IN or OUT will be taking effect.  Nigel and Ria had much more fun than discussing elections when they went along to the Annual Lonres Summer Party.  Held for the second successive year in Belgrave Square, the heads of sales and lettings enjoyed some wonderful canapés and a few glasses of wine, whilst catching up with friends and contacts from the property world.  The rain held off and it was a lovely warm evening.

Alfie's View - Diary of an Office Dog


Published: 22/06/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:27:17   Tags: Alfies View

Well with Alfie away on holiday, it falls on me to write the latest edition of Alfies View. It would seem ridiculous not to mention the impending referendum.  Whatever your leaning, it has had an affect on the market, as any uncertainty does.  By the time Alfie returns from his holiday, we will know the result and life could have possibly changed dramatically for us all.  Only time will tell if we will have made the right choice but I am sure that the market will eventually settle down and buyers will continue to invest in what is the most desirable location in London and probably Europe.  The most important thing is that we all use our vote.  I hope the result goes the best way for the UK and I look forward to speaking to you on the other side!!

Alfie's View - We're Fit for a Dame


Published: 19/05/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:19:48   Tags: Alfies View,

What an absolute pleasure it has been over the past few months, to be the selling and buying agent for none other than Dame Diana Rigg.  The former 'Avenger' and 'Bond Girl' is still working hard and can be seen in the current series of Game of Thrones as well as many other TV dramas.  Her legendary status originates from the role of Emma Peel, working alongside Patrick Macnee.  Nigel and Alfie were suitably star struck when Diana walked into the office and they have since formed a wonderful friendship.  Diana's beautiful 4 storey house in Ifield Road was snapped up by a cash buyer and then Nigel accompanied her around a series of apartments before eventually settling on a delightful top floor mansion apartment. The whole experience has been a joy for Nigel and the team at South Kensington, who have taken every opportunity to listen to Diana's fabulous stories of the showbiz world.

Alfie's View - A Glorious Weekend


Published: 09/05/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:23:11   Tags: Alfies View

Well Spring certainly arrived with a bang!  What a fantastic weekend.  I was fortunate enough to be taken to Marlow in Bucks, for a walk through the bluebells and with temperatures hitting 27 degrees, it really was glorious!  Hopefully the good weather will have the usual effect on the property market and the team will notice a surge of buyers and tenants!  Ria, Niki and Nigel would love to see you for a coffee in the office and to discuss any property queries you may have.


Alfie's View - Happy Birthday Your Majesty!


Published: 21/04/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:59:40   Tags: Alfies View

What a lovely sunny day for a 90th Birthday!  We would like to join the rest of the nation and the commonwealth, in wishing Her Majesty the Queen a very happy 90th Birthday.  What an inspiration she is.  Fittingly, her birthday is just a couple of days before St Georges Day and we want to wish all our English friends and clients a wonderful double celebration!

Alfie's View - Wedding Bells


Published: 14/04/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:59:48   Tags: Alfies View

Great excitement in the office, as Nigel's daughter Amy, is set to marry her childhood sweetheart, Andre, this coming Saturday.  I'm so excited I thought I'd share a photo of a family wedding I attended some time ago!  Good luck to the happy couple!  On a serious note, we are getting over the rush that occurred when the stamp duty law changed last week.  Solicitors were working until the early hours to push deals through and I'm glad to say they didn't disappoint, with all our expected deals exchanging contracts on schedule.  Life goes on post deadline day and Nigel has just been instructed on a lovely detached house in Barnes for just £2.3m.  With sales happening in Bournemouth, Gleneagles Scotland, and Barnes, Malverns are turning into a UK wide company!  Don't worry though, we still specialise in what we know best, the sales and rental markets of Chelsea, Kensington and the surrounds.  Pop in and see the staff here for an update on what your property might be worth to let or sell.

Alfie's View - Diary of an Office Dog


Published: 07/04/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:35:49   Tags: Alfies View

It's been a while since I've posted a dog picture just for the heck of it!  So here it is... Just when you think your life is difficult and you've got a lot on your plate... spare a thought for this tired looking Dalmatian! I should probably launch a quiz to see exactly how many there are in the bed!!  Count the spots!!

Alfie's View - Running for Charity


Published: 04/04/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:35:43   Tags: Alfies View

What a lovely Easter weekend!  Loads of chocolate, a little bit of sunshine and a lot of relaxing!   Not for Nigel's daughter Jess though, who is busy training for this years London Marathon.  She is aiming to raise £3,000 for the Katie Piper Foundation and Malvern's are delighted to have supplied some of her training and running gear!  To donate please go to Jess's Just Giving page at:  Thank You.

Alfie's View - Sponsors Needed


Published: 15/03/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:24:25   Tags: Alfies View

We are delighted to be sponsoring Nigel's daughter Jess, in her first ever London Marathon on April 24th.  She will be wearing the Malverns colours as well as those of the Katie Piper Foundation, the Charity Jess is raising money for.  We are hoping to help her raise her target of £3000, with a little bit of help from our loyal friends and customers.  She is already half way towards her target and we believe that with a little push and some small donations from malverns clients, we can push her over the target.  Katie Piper is a Charity that raises awareness and money for burns victims as well as acid attack victims.  Please give generously if at all possible.


Alfies View - Diary of an Office Dog


Published: 22/02/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:36:16   Tags: Alfies View

There Ain't Nothing Like a Dame!  And we certainly found that out over the past few months!  Nigel has been dealing with one of the country's best loved actresses, who happens to also be a Dame, with the sale of her house and onward purchase of her new home!  An absolute joy to deal with, this lady has regaled us with some wonderful stories of her life in films TV and on the stage.  Having found a buyer for her beautiful town house, we then set about the search for a stylish apartment and both sale and purchase are due to go through imminently. 

Alfies View - Happy New Year


Published: 05/01/2016   Last Updated: 01/09/2016 14:33:30   Tags: Alfies View

Can you believe that quick as a flash, it's all over?  Where did the last few weeks go?  All the team are back in the office and trying to catch up with a stack of emails from prospective buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants.  Sales and lettings lines are busy and everybody is optimistic that the signs are good for 2016.  Please feel free to pop in with a treat for me and a chat with either Ria in lettings, Nigel in sales or Niki, who would be happy to discuss either!  From all at Malverns, including Claire from Property Management, we would like to wish all our clients and friends a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
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