Mortgage Mole: Capital opportunity

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These days young folks need all the help they can get when it comes to housing.

So Mole was particularly interested to hear of a new idea from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks: to give away a year’s rent in Kensington, one of the most expensive places to live in the country.

The only slight snag is that the lucky recipient must demonstrate their cooking, gardening and DIY skills in a competition hosted by TV property personality Amanda Lamb and broadcaster Rick Edwards at the banks’ Kensington High Street office.

But given the cost of renting in London, Mole is sure the younger generation will be queuing out of the door.

Flower power

 Mole-Earl Shilton

Word has reached Mole that the lender is sponsoring the Flowers in the Rain community project in Burbage, which involves planting flowers inside wellington boots (see left), as part of a scheme to mark the 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’ of 1967.

Each activity is named after a well-known song, and the programme also includes a fancy-dress Strawberry Fields hippy picnic, a Penny Lane themed treasure hunt and a Diamonds in the Sky kite display.

Mole congratulates his patchouli-scented pals at the Earl Shilton for sponsoring such a Groovin’ event.

Starring roles

Your subterranean correspondent has always been a Star Wars fan but not, apparently, at the same level as Jeff Knight from Foundation Home Loans. The firm’s marketing guru recently created a Star Wars-based film for internal use to bring to life the firm’s priorities.

Mole’s spies tell him FHL boss Hans Geberbauer starred as all-action hero Han Solo, while Jeff was transformed into hirsute Wookiee warrior Chewbacca.

The film was screened in a cinema especially for the occasion.

FHL – may the false be with you!

Separated at birth

Left: Actor Nick Frost

Bottom: Paul Wareham from Countrywide