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Building connections at Saxon Reach

Saxon Reach community event

Last month, the community at our Saxon Reach development came together for a day of fun in the sun, which included the chance to score against the local football team.

We started building Saxon Reach, a new neighbourhood on the outskirts of Milton Keynes in 2019, with the first residents moving in from June 2020.

We were delighted to see so many friends and families gathered in the park, enjoying the free refreshments on offer. With so many new residents, the event was focused on bringing the community together and building connections.

Attendees played lawn games and the MK Parks Trust, which manages the local green spaces, were on hand to talk about health and wellbeing benefits of being outdoors.

The Milton Keynes Council Community Safety Team attended along with the local PCSO which gave attendees a chance to talk about their neighbourhood. Saxon Reach received a Gold Award from Secured by Design in 2021, which works to improve the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings.

Our own Aftercare and Housing Management teams were there as well, joining residents for a litter pick and estate walkabout, and talking about our services.

There was even a chance to take on the local football club, MK Dons. Donny the mascot went in goal as other team members coached kids and adults to take their best shots.

Community Development Lead Sharon Boot, who organised the event, said: “It was wonderful to see so many new faces at this event, and we enjoyed hearing what residents had to say. I’m looking forward to autumn, when the new Glebe Farm School opens on the estate, which will offer a more community focused space for engagement.

“I’d also like to say a big thanks to the sales team at Saxon Reach who kindly agreed the use of the sales suite for the day!”

An MK Dons spokesperson, said: “MK Dons Sport and Education Trust were pleased to support the Saxon Reach Community Event and meet new residents.

“There were some excellent penalties taken by the children and adults. Donnie the mascot managed to save a few and gave out medals to all those who scored, including the Community Support Officer!”