We sponsored a hole for Nailsea Rotary Club’s Golf Day, who were raising funds for Children’s Hospice South West and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s, Bristol; and a small sum will go to local Rotary charities.

The event, which took place in fine weather, is estimated to have raised well over £4,500.

“We thank you very much for your sponsorship of the golf last Friday,” said Mr Graham Hunt, one of the organisers.

The attached picture shows a group of the golfers at the tee of the whole we sponsored.


We had a super afternoon yesterday at our annual staff family barbecue, kindly hosted by Debbie and Mark...  fortunately the rain held off, so the kids and dogs were all able to run around to their hearts’ content, whilst the adults enjoyed the lovely food, wine and a bit of croquet on the lawn!

Dogs chasing each other on the lawn



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We were delighted to donate £475 to the Congresbury Village Fete this year, which was attended by 1,600 adults and children, according to Richard Jones, who has been organising the event for the past four years. “It was definitely the best one yet,” he commented when he collected Debbie Fortune Estate Agents’ cheque from director Jo Woolley. “The total amount raised will be over £2,000 and the money will enable a play mat to be purchased for Rascals Baby & Toddler Group which meets in the Old School Rooms and provides meetings for parents, carers, babies and toddlers with activities and singing; and also, the purchase of ‘Messy Tables’ for Congresbury Community Pre-school’s use!”

STOP PRESS! Debbie Fortune’s real-life office mascot Reggie won a prize in the fun dog show on the day and since then has been filmed in a scene for Doc Martin, so watch out for him in the next series!


Ring up Debbie Fortune Estate Agents and ask to speak to Jo and you'll get... Jo, Jo, Jo, or Joe.

“You couldn't make it up if you tried!” says Debbie Fortune, Managing Director of Debbie Fortune Estate Agents. “It all started with Jo Pallant in 2009, who was our very first employee and joined us when we opened our doors in January of that year. Jo was swiftly followed a couple of months later by Jo Woolley and that made life a little more difficult. Then, in 2014, Jo Tiley joined the team and we all realised that we would have to be so careful not to get completely confused!

“And if that wasn't hard enough”, Debbie continued, “we made things even more tricky when earlier this year, Joe Down joined us, bringing our complement of Jo’s to four!”

This award-winning estate agent has shown phenomenal growth since it was started by local entrepreneur, Debbie, in 2009 in the depths of the financial recession, when the property market was on its knees. This success was recognised when its first office in Wrington was awarded best new estate agency in the United Kingdom in 2011.

The company has since won numerous awards, and Debbie has been personally recognised, not only for her work with the National Apprenticeship Service, but also when she was awarded Businesswoman of the Year in the Business Leaders Awards in 2015.

The company’s expansion has continued apace: In 2014, Debbie opened her second office in Chew Magna; and this year she has opened her third office, this time in Backwell. She remains fiercely independent and advocates a sustainable policy at all of her offices, employing local staff, shopping locally and supporting her local communities.

“Luckily my four Jo’s don't always work together,” says Debbie: “We've got the three offices now and there's space for all of them… but I am so very lucky to have all four of them as part of my team... but I do have to think twice before I pick up the phone!”



On a damp Saturday afternoon, we attended the East Harptree Fete, together with Wallace, our vintage Austin 7, which we once again filled with balloons for a Guess the Balloons competition to help raise funds in aid of East Harptree School and St Laurence’s Church.
The fete was held at Harptree Court by kind permission of Charles and Linda Hill, and we sponsored the children’s “Olympics”, handing out medals to all the successful competitors. There were also numerous stalls and other competitions to enjoy.
We raised a total of £80 which will be handed over to the recipients of the funds, and the winner of our Amazon Fire Tablet for successfully guessing the correct number of balloons in Wallace was Ewan, who attends East Harptree School, and he was presented his prize by our own Joanna Tiley.


Joanna Tiley presents Ewan, who goes to East Harptree School, with his Amazon Fire Tablet after he correctly guessed the amount of balloons contact inside of Wallace, our vintage Austin 7 car at East Harptree Fete last Saturday.


“I'm a country boy at heart,” says Joseph Down, the latest recruit to join the rapidly expanding and award-winning firm, Debbie Fortune Estate Agents. 

“I am so very happy to have joined the company,” says Joseph. “I have worked as an estate agent in North Somerset for many years, and I know the area inside out.

“After a spell working in Bristol, I realised how much I missed the countryside and the people, and I feel privileged to have been given the chance to join Debbie and her team, and come back to my roots at the same time. The future looks very bright indeed!”

Business owner, Debbie Fortune said: “We all feel very fortunate that an experienced, established, well known and regarded agent like Joseph has joined us as our manager of the Backwell office.  His skills are key to our continued expansion, and as our team grows, these skills are exactly what we need to drive the business forward.”


We were delighted to sponsor the Congresbury Garden Trail which took place on Sunday 25th June and we received a ‘Thank You’ letter from one of the organisers, Liz.

She wrote: “Thank you Debbie Fortune Estate Agents for sponsoring our Garden Trail.

“The weather was kind to us and we had over 270 people, many from outside the village of Congresbury, enjoying the gardens and teas. We made £2,100 towards the new village hall. Thank you so much for your support.”


We will be attending the East Harptree Village and School Fete, which takes place at East Harptree Court on Saturday 15th July, 2 pm-5 pm.

We will be there with our vintage Austin 7 car, Wallace, for our Guess the Balloons competition with the chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet, so come on over and so hello!