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Beverley Satchell says:
Nissan LEAF coming to the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show, August 15th 2012

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The Nissan LEAF will be attending the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show with our team from FJ Chalke. You won’t miss us, our pitch will include the other franchises from FJ Chalke.

We would like to invite you to come and take a look at the Nissan LEAF, and if you like what you see, why not book a free no-obligation test drive. I will be there to answer all of your Nissan LEAF questions and show you around the car. I look forward to seeing you there!

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show
Wednesday 15th August 2012
8.30am – 6.30pm

Turnpike Showground
North Dorset

For more information on the event visit their website:


Beverley Satchell says:
Vince’s Nissan LEAF Gets Dorset Energized with FJ Chalke!

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Dorset Energized’s very own Vince Adams came over to F J Chalke Wincanton today for his annual service… and to have the graphics done on his Nissan LEAF! Not only does it advertise the Dorset Energized website, but also gives people the opportunity to get directed via our smart phone QR reader, to our FJ Chalke – Nissan LEAF webpage for more information.

This is a brilliant idea, as we work closely with Dorset Energized, and this really seals the relationship! I think Vince is going to get a lot more interest in his Nissan LEAF then he does already (which I hear is a fair bit!), and with the car parked up, people can access the information whilst they are curious about the car.

If you see him driving around Dorset be sure to send us your comments, or maybe tweet us your photos @WincantonLeaf


Beverley Satchell says:
Win a Nissan LEAF + Help Dorset/Somerset to Win Rapid Electric Car Charging Stations

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Have you visited the The Big Turn On yet? Nissan LEAF aims to get one million people to Turn On to 100% electric driving on their fantastic The Big Turn On website at: Once ‘Turned On’ you will be entered onto a leader board where you could WIN a Nissan LEAF or an iPad2 as their weekly prize. You can then gain additional points by taking part in various activities and encouraging other people to ‘Turn On’ too.

Nissan will also donate rapid charging stations to the city with the most ‘Turn Ons’. Please help F J Chalke make Wincanton (in Somerset near Dorset) part of a low-carbon lifestyle for a more sustainable future, by turning on Wincanton!

Check out the Winning Cities board here: and click the ‘TURN ON’ button for Wincanton or your nearest city. Southampton and Bournemouth are currently in the top 30!

Remember you can book your FREE Nissan LEAF test drive with us at F J Chalke to see how easy it is to make the change to 100% electric driving.
To book your 24-hour test drive at FJ Chalke Wincaton visit


Beverley Satchell says:
Nissan LEAF coming to Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground 17th June

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FJ Chalke have had a great couple of trips over the last couple of weeks showcasing the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Shane and I had a very successful trip to Jersey and are planning another trip there at the end of the month because we have had so much interest in the Nissal LEAF and test drives booked. We have been working closely with Jersey Electricity, and we shared our pitch with them as they themselves have a Nissan LEAF that we supplied to them! They have had so much response since we left the island it has been unbelievable.

We also had a great time at the Bath & West Show and met up with Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis who signed another 6 month lease with us on his Nissan LEAF!

Don’t miss us at our next event right here in Dorset…

Sunday 17th June 2012 (12pm – 9pm)
Rotary Club of Gillingham, Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground
The 1st Annual Showground Shindig Father’s Day Music & Ale Festival

Main Stage Programme:

12.00 Bell Street Jazz
1.05 Dave Harrington’s Bullet Band
2.10 Mustang Sally
3.10 Tom Clements
4.15 The Vibe
5.20 StopGoSixty
6.40 Average Wage Band
8.00 Moveable Feast

Pre Show Tickets are available up to 15th June at cheaper prices than on the day!
Adults: £12
6-17 years old: £6

On the day/gate the price will be
Adults: £14
6-17 years old: £7

Children under 6 years old will be free.

Its going to be a great day and we’d love to see you at our stand to answer all your questions about the Nissan LEAF.

For more information visit

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  • Beverley Satchell comments:
    "The ‘Fathers day Shindig’ at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury showground was a great success. We provided demos in the Nissan LEAF so people got to experience first hand how fun it is to drive. It gave people that shock factor and that was what the demos were all about! People were left amazed. Even if these people were not serious Nissan LEAF buyers, their experience has left them with stories they can pass on to friends and family, and we hope this will stir interest in future test drivers. "
    June 27, 2012 a 9:29 am


Beverley Satchell says:
Look out for the 100% electric Nissan LEAF visiting a town near you!

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Friday 25th May – Sunday 27th May 2012
Jersey international Motoring Festival

Join FJ Chalke and the new Nissan LEAF at the RUBiS Jersey International Motoring Festival, the largest annual motoring event in the Channel Islands, comprising of competitive sprint and hill climbs for classic and vintage cars and motorcycles.

The full programme of events includes touring cars and motorcycles, ancillary trade stands and exhibits from all Jersey motoring clubs.

Enjoy a friendly and relaxed atmosphere on the beautiful Island plus there’s opportunities for car and motorcycle enthusiasts to display their “pride and joy” whether this is a veteran, vintage or classic, touring or competition car or motorcycle.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Look out for FJ Chalke Eco Team at these other Dorset events too:

Wednesday 30th May – Saturday 2nd June (9am – 6pm)
The Royal Bath & West Show

Have fun with the FJ Chalke Eco Team and the Nissan LEAF at the country’s biggest rural festival where there is something for everyone, from food lovers to families and farmers to fashionistas! There’s so much for you to see and do!

Sunday 17th June (12pm – 9pm)
Rotary Club of Gillingham, Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground

Enjoy a Fathers Day festival of music and real ale with FJ Chalke and the Nissan LEAF at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury showground.

Live music, father’s day activities, refreshments, classic car display plus other vehicles.

Its going to be a great day, don’t miss out!

For more information visit

Don’t forget to take part in THE BIG TURN ON too! See my previous blog post all about the fantastic Nissan LEAF challenge:


Beverley Satchell says:
Fuel Crisis… So What?

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With the talks of ‘fuel strikes’ to take place all over the country, we found this the perfect opportunity to promote the Nissan LEAF. With the Nissan LEAF being 100% electric, fuel buyer’s curiosity was going to be aroused. The realisation also became clear that we do rely too much on fossil fuels, and it’s not going to be in constant supply forever.

While people were wasting their time, queuing up at petrol stations, I was happily driving around in my Nissan LEAF that I had charged up at work. There was something quite satisfying about driving past those packed petrol stations, knowing the only reason I would have to go anywhere near a petrol station, was just to use the shop!

We did get more customers come in to our show room as a result, phoning up and asking for more information or to test drive the Nissan LEAF. The ‘fuel crisis… what?’ ad in the newspaper definitely stirred up a lot of interest. It was nice to see all the electric car doubters finally show a bit of interest.

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Beverley Satchell says:
The Big Turn On is Coming to FJ Chalke Wincanton – WIN a Nissan LEAF, iPad2 + win charging stations for Dorset!

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Dorset Energized partners FJ Chalke Nissan in Wincanton are encouraging drivers in the area to ‘Turn On’ to a low-carbon lifestyle for a more sustainable future.

The Big Turn On is an online led campaign with the aim of getting one million people to Turn On to 100% electric driving and create their own profile page on The Big Turn On website.

Once ‘Turned On’ you will be entered onto a leader board where you could WIN a Nissan LEAF and also an iPad2. You can then gain additional points by taking part in various activities and encouraging other people to ‘Turn On’ too.

Nissan will also donate rapid charging stations to the city with the most ‘Turn Ons’. Local councils and businesses will then find the best locations to install the stations – please recommend Wincanton!

The website at will house content and allow customers to:

  • ‘Turn On’ to electric driving’ by simply clicking the ‘Turn On’ button, these will add up to reaching the one million ‘Turn Ons’.
  • Contribute to their citie’s chance of winning 30 charging points.
  • Book a 24-hour test drive so customers can enjoy the benefits of 100% electric motoring.
  • Create a participant page and earn credits in The Big Turn On competition for their chances to win a LEAF.
  • View video content on different people’s experiences of driving a LEAF.

Join the excitement and book your 24-hour Nissan LEAF test drive. See how easy it is to make the change to 100% electric driving.

To book your 24-hour test drive at FJ Chalke Wincaton visit


Beverley Satchell says:
Nissan LEAF Test Drive Week for Climate Week

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I’m Beverley, the Electric Vehicle Sales Manager for the Nissan LEAF at FJ Chalke, Wincanton. We are very proud to be in partnership with Dorset Energized.

This revolutionary new car is the world’s first affordable 100% electric car with zero emissions and has impressed the media and potential customers alike, as well as picking up two of the motor industry’s biggest accolades by becoming both the European and World Car of the Year 2011 which, seeing as it is the first electric car to ever achieve this, shows just how good it really is.

I haven’t been in car sales for long at all, and the Nissan LEAF is the first and only car I have ever specialised in. Customers sometimes are too afraid to walk into a dealership in case they are thrown into a massive sales pitch, when all the really want to do is take a look at a car, and possibly test drive it.  So to celebrate Climate Week, FJ Chalke will hold a test drive open week for the Nissan LEAF 12th to 17th March. No strings attached, just come in, take a look at the LEAF and getting a feel for the car by taking it for a test drive and experience the real deal for yourself. All we would ask for is feedback.



Beverley Satchell says:
FJ Chalke Supply Glastonbury Festival Founder Michael Eavis with 100% Electric Nissan LEAF

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Founder and organiser of the world famous Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis, is one of the countries biggest pioneers for all things environmentally friendly and advances in eco-technology. He has had 1200 solar panels fitted to the roof of one of his farm buildings and, along with his staff, is always looking at other ways of reducing CO2 emissions and running costs of the farm, right up to the point where plans are being drawn up to have a third reservoir made to utilise hydro-electricity.

So when FJ Chalke Wincanton introduced the Nissan LEAF to him, he jumped at the chance to give it a go. Currently driving a car on loan from us he has already expressed the desire to buy the vehicle. With the car charging from electricity generated by his solar panels Mr Eavis is enjoying totally free motoring. He is very impressed with how the car performs and what it is like to drive. Enjoying it so much his wife started a daily blog detailing how the car is used and how it is versatile and practical enough to handle a multitude of day to day activities. Whisper quiet to drive it does not disturb the peaceful surroundings of their farm and local village.

Like Nissan and the team at FJ Chalke he firmly believes that electric cars are the future, Nissan has proven the technology is here and that it works, and works well. He has even thought of installing a charge point near the entrance to Worthy Farm so local people who invest in an electric car, so therefore a greener future, can come and charge up.

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  • Dorset Energized comments:
    "Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has just signed another 6 month lease with Dorset Energized partners FJ Chalke on his Nissan LEAF! "
    June 12, 2012 a 11:14 am


Beverley Satchell says:
DEStination Travel Wincanton Taxis Upgrade to Nissan LEAF

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Des Chant from DEStination Travel collecting his new Nissan LEAF from FJ Chalke Wincanton

DEStination Travel are a local taxi company based in Wincanton. They specialise in airport and seaport travel but they also have contracts for local schools. With a fleet consisting of buses, minibuses and mostly cars, it was important to them to find a way of reducing running costs and their carbon footprint. A company clearly conscious of the environment and their affect on it lead them to have solar panels fitted to the roof of their building. The next step was to look at the running of the fleet.

They bought a Nissan LEAF from FJ Chalke Wincanton because it was perfect for the local school journeys and town to town runs. Not using one of the petrol cars for this work has meant fuel is being saved. They are really happy with the LEAF and still very impressed with how much cheaper it is to run and maintain compared to their other cars. No engine, no oil, no gearbox and no exhaust mean servicing is drastically reduced in cost. It comes with the added advantage for business users; LEAF is 100% tax deductable in the first year.

LEAF is able to carry 5 adults comfortably and has a generous boot space, making it more than suitable for use as a taxi. Its smooth, quiet ride makes it a relaxing journey for passengers. It is also among the safest cars on the road, being awarded 5 STARS in the Euro NCAP Crash Safety rating.



Beverley Satchell says:
Crestmoor Construction Save over £11K on fuel costs with the Nissan LEAF

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Local building contractors Crestmoor Construction, who work closely with Somerset and Dorset County Councils with highways maintenance, were originally contacted by Shane Rendall at FJ Chalke Wincanton regarding Nissan’s commercial vehicles. After a conversation with the Director of Crestmoor Construction, Kenny Higgins, it became apparent that they were more interested in reducing the company’s carbon footprint. This is important to them because they work so closely with the county councils who are required to greatly reduce their own carbon footprint by 2015. For them this means using contractors who make efforts to boost their green credentials.

The Nissan LEAF achieves this perfectly, NO exhaust means ZERO emissions. Mr Higgins was also very interested in taking advantage of the LEAFs other big benefit, being 100% tax deductable in the first year. The car is used to travel between sites and for surveying, the have made a huge saving on fuel costs, this is due to a comparison made on their previous vehicle. It is worked out over 3 years and compares the LEAF with their Nissan Pathfinder automatic and covers their average mileage of 500 miles a month. The results of which are astounding.

Nissan Pathfinder 2.5DCi Auto Fuel per month – £320
Fuel for the Year – £3840
Over 3 Years – £11,520
3 Years worth of Road Tax – £1,500
Running cost £13,020
This figure does not include hefty servicing and insurance costs.

Nissan LEAF
1 full charge – £1.47 (off peak)
2 charges a week – £2.94
Monthly charging cost – £11.76
Yearly charging cost – £141.12
Total for 3 years in electric – £423.36 (off peak) or £820.80 (on peak)
This figure does not include insurance. The car is tax exempt and servicing will be considerably cheaper.

So using a LEAF saves them £11,096 on fuel alone which proves that LEAF was the answer to drastically bring down running costs and improve their carbon footprint, and now they have achieved this even more than they thought was possible. To promote their green credentials whilst out and about on the road, they had the car decaled with their logo.

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