Briar Bank Park is part of Wilstead village located just off Luton Road, which in turn is just off the A6 to the south of Bedford. The Park is owned by The Berkeley Leisure Group and there are at present 218 homes occupied by semi-retired and retired residents.
There is an active Residents Association and each household is entitled to join and take up membership. The membership fee is agreed annually at their AGM. Each member gets automatic membership of NAPHR (National Association of Park Home Residents), which provides access to Government and legal advice when required. In conjunction with NAPHR, we assist with problems and make representations to Berkeley Parks on behalf of residents with matters of concern or dispute. Members are kept informed about on-going matters through a notice board on the outside wall of the Site office and through a quarterly park Newsletter, produced by the Association.
The Chairperson of the Residents Association is Paul Hooper – telephone 01234 962552 and the Secretary is Jenny Pruden - telephone number 01234 742211. The Association is responsible for the upkeep of the A6 Village sign at the southern end of the village and keep it looking well with bulbs and flowers and neatly mown grass around it.
Briar Bank has a Social Club on site which is independently run and is a popular part of park life for many residents. Club membership is also payable annually direct to the club. They have various items of interest, such as Dominos, Pool and Darts teams in local leagues and have had a reasonable amount of success. Bingo sessions are held weekly on Wednesday evenings and a quiz approximately every two months. Also they hold 'Race Nights' on a fairly regular basis and a singer or entertainment or similar once a month.
Annual events are held and organised by the Social Club ie - car treasure hunt, theme nights or short break holidays etc. Details are available at the club.
New to the park is a 'Boules Court' set up by Berkeley Parks during summer 2019 and residents started trialling it out during the summer one evening a week with a BBQ.
The Residents Association Community Group make use of the club on a Thursday for a coffee morning from 10 – 12 noon to which everyone is made very welcome and has proved popular. Other hot drinks of choice are available, with home-made cakes by a lovely member of the Association – all for a minimum donation of £1.00 – which can't be bad! A good time is had by all.