From furlough to fantastic – apprentice caretaker Cheyenne is climbing new career heights with Preim at Badersfield in Norfolk

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Apprentice Caretaker, Cheyenne Turbett

As part of Preim’s business strategy to recruit more ‘home gown’ talent, Preim is delighted to welcome Cheyenne Turbett to the Badersfield ‘family’ as she takes up her new post as assistant caretaker.

Under the guidance of senior caretaker James Plant and caretaker John Jackson, 19-year-old Cheyenne is living the dream, with a job that allows her to embrace her love of the great outdoors with a passion for learning and a thirst for knowledge.

We catch up with the camping and mountain climbing fan.

Welcome to the team Cheyenne – tell us a little about yourself.
I was brought up in the small village of Felmingham with my parents and older brother. Sadly at the age of six my grandparents died and we moved to their home in Lamas, this is when I really became an outdoors person. I moved to Badersfield to take up my new post after being furloughed as a result of the pandemic.

Tell us a little about your interest and your love of the outdoors:
I enjoy climbing mountains and when restrictions are lifted, I would love to climb Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. I have climbed Mount Snowdon and it was breath-taking. I can’t wait to have that feeling of satisfaction again.

Music is another one of my interests, I like a wide variety. Unfortunately, I’m unable to sing and have zero musical talent. However, I have been told I can throw some shapes!

Last but not least, camping. I couldn’t think of anything more rewarding than getting the tent up and it not collapsing immediately. It’s great to be among nature and hearing your surroundings so vividly!

How are you finding the new role?
Due to the pandemic I was being furloughed at my previous job, and luckily this amazing job opportunity arose. I very much enjoy working with James and John they are both humorous characters and extremely easy to get along with.

They have both taught me many things about the estate and how to use equipment the correct way. I’ve also learned more mechanical things about the equipment and how to know when there are problems and how to solve them.

What I particularly enjoy is the bonus of working within the community I live – getting to know my neighbours has been wonderful.

From a young age I have worked outside and would always prefer to be outdoors than in!

I would help my parents with the animals, wood cutting and general up-keep of the land. Having a skill ‘under my belt’ will give me more opportunities in life and ensure that there will always be work that I can do.

What do you aspire to be doing in 5 years?
I hope to further expand my knowledge on the use of equipment and how it works. I hope to be stronger and more confident when using equipment and working on the estate. I also aim to have a full understanding of my role and what duties come with it. Furthermore, I’m looking forward to getting to know more of the happy faces around Badersfield.

Badersfield, formerly known as RAF Coltishall, was an Annington Homes mixed-tenure project, previously MoD Married Quarters homes, sold to new owners in 2007. Set just 12 miles from Norwich city centre and 14 miles from the Norfolk coast, the estate also boasts 50 acres of green space, woodland and other infrastructure – all of which needs to be maintained and managed on behalf of all residents.