Duck!-Housebuilder and charity staff have quacking time at Chalgrove photo-bombing

26 April 2019

Workers at a Stadhampton housebuilder thought they were ‘quacking up’ when handing over leaflets to support a local family service – as a limelight-hogging duck photo-bombed them at a Chalgrove event!

Bovis Homes First Steps Chalgrove and Watlington Family Hub duck
Duck photo-bombs Bovis Homes' Colin Dean, centre, as colleagues hand over flyers to First Steps Chalgrove and Watlington Family Hub 
Bovis Homes colleagues were giving 5,000 A5 flyers to First Steps Chalgrove and Watlington Family Hubs but were startled when an incoming duck nearly knocked a poster of the leaflet out of their hands.

Recovering from the near-miss, the staff, who work on Bovis Homes’ new Stadhampton location, Hampton Meadow, were delighted to pose again for photos and pledge their support to parents and young children using the hubs.

Colin Dean, area sales director at Bovis Homes, said: “We were passing over our giant poster of the leaflets we had designed and printed when all of a sudden a duck came out of nowhere, nearly hitting us.

“We were completely shocked – it was like something out of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’, but we kept our composure and continued to smile!

“We’re proud to be involved with this vital service for local families, and we’re happy to help in any way we can – although dealing with barmy birds might be a step too far!”

Alex Perkins, Bovis Homes’ photographer, said the duck’s near-miss took everyone by surprise.

“I could see the duck out of the corner of my eye,” he said. “But I had no idea it was going to swoop in like that! Fortunately, no-one was hurt, and we were able to get some great photos of the poster, which marks such an important initiative for the area.”

The First Steps Chalgrove and Watlington Family Hubs, located at both Chalgrove Community Primary School and Watlington Primary School, provide support and activities for local children, their families and carers.

Bovis Homes stepped in to create and print the leaflets as financial support for the hubs from Oxfordshire County Council is due to end next year.

Trustee Heather Topping, who is also a committee member for First Steps Chalgrove and Watlington Family Hubs, said: "We are so grateful for these leaflets from Bovis Homes, they will definitely help get the message out there to new people moving into the area.

"We are keen to attract new parents and children and will do all we can to provide this vital service for families living in a rural location for the long-term.

"We had a lovely time with Bovis Homes colleagues who visited to hand us the leaflets and definitely did not expect to almost get hit by a low-flying duck!"

The Hubs run a range of sessions, including 'tuneful tots' and 'playdays', aimed at children aged between 0 and 5. All are free unless otherwise stated and donations are welcome.

There is an Open Morning at the Chalgrove Hub, on the High Street, for local parents and children on Friday 24th May, from 10am-12pm.