Inspiring Business by Sharing Success

Barratt and David Wilson Homes' novel idea for World Book Day

Stories were brought to life in front of the eyes of pupils from Thrapston Primary School during a series of storytelling events hosted by Barratt and David Wilson Homes in a show home in Thrapston.

A total of 69 Year 3 children from the school, located nearby Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ developments Charter’s Gate and The Nurseries, were invited to a day of magical storytelling which was hosted in one of the newly opened show homes to celebrate World Book Day.

The leading housebuilder invited professional storyteller Richard York, a member of the Society for Storytelling, to spend the day telling stories to the three groups of pupils and engaging them in literature and live music. 

Liam Crook, Teacher and Joint Leader of Reading at Thrapston Primary School, said:

“This was a fantastic opportunity for all of our Year 3 children to enjoy some exciting stories in a unique setting. The children all loved their time in the show home and have since enjoyed sharing the stories they were told with their friends.”

World Book Day was celebrated on March 7th and aimed to engage both children and adults in the long-established pastime of storytelling.

The children discovered how oral storytelling has allowed stories to survive and adapt over thousands of years, across multiple continents.

Mandy Soames, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Cambridgeshire, said:

“It was lovely to have the pupils from Thrapston Primary School visit us for the storytelling sessions and Richard’s tales really captivated the children which was excellent.”

Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said:

“Events such as these allow us the opportunity to involve the local communities whilst also supporting World Book Day, which promotes skills such as reading, writing, listening and creativity.”

Richard York said afterwards that it was a pleasure to work in the show home with the pupils and teachers of Thrapston Primary School.

He said:

“World Book Day is widely celebrated as more people realise the importance of live oral storytelling, for its ability to build communities and provide a safe place to explore experiences.

“It’s great to see both children and adults getting so involved in listening to both stories and live music and I’m most grateful to Barratt and David Wilson Homes for providing this opportunity.”

To find out more about World Book Day, visit

Details about Richard York’s work can be found at:

For further information about any developments near you, please call the Barratt Homes sales team on 033 3355 8484 or the David Wilson Homes sales team on 033 3355 8486. Alternatively you can visit or


< Back