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Abbey Court get in the Team spirit


The residents of our extra care scheme in Popley , Abbey Court, enjoyed a fun filled day of activities when the members of The Prince’s Trust’s Team programme came to visit on Thursday 10 April.

The nine members of the Team programme, which is based in Basingstoke’s Fire Station, spent a day at Abbey Court as part of their 12 week course, which aims to help young unemployed people find work or go on to further education or training.

Team is a challenging personal development programme for 16-25 year olds. It includes outdoor pursuits, community projects, work experience  and the opportunity to gain new qualifications.

Toni Snarey, Abbey Court’s Scheme Co-ordinator, said, “The residents had a great day spending time with the young people from our local Prince’s Trust Team programme. There were card games, origami lessons and lots of laughter! Fun was had by all and we wish all the team members well for the future, when they finish their course.”

Hayley Drinkwater, Prince’s Trust Team leader, added, “Basingstoke’s Prince’s Trust Team had a fantastic time visiting the residents at Abbey Court. We have gained many new skills whilst visiting them, and had a great time interacting with them.”

The next Team programme in Basingstoke starts on Tuesday 6 May and there’s a taster day on Wednesday 30 April. If you’d like to find out more call Hayley Drinkwater, before 30 April, on 07918 887 993 or email

Find out more about The Prince’s Trust .

Leave a Comment April 11, 2014

Popley residents spring into action


On the sunny spring morning of Wednesday 9 April, residents from Popley Islands got together to clean up the streets in their neighbourhood.

Armed with litter pickers and black sacks, the community team collected rubbish from around the areas of Mauritius, The Reef,  The Cape,  Shetland, Tortuga,  The Cove,  Samoa, Faroe, Sark Way,  The Inlet,  Fair Isle,  Archipelago and Aspire Place.

Residents were joined on their spring cleaning mission by Councillor David Potter, CSPOs Paula James-Bailey and Martin Lee and Stephen Bate, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Community Development Officer for the area.

After the event the many children that took part were rewarded for their hard work with an Easter egg.

Dawn Stanley, our Neighbourhood Co-ordinator who organised and lead the community event, said, “It was great to see so many of our young residents joining in on the day. Their efforts made a real difference to the local area. And between us all we managed to clear around 10 bags of rubbish. A big thank you goes to everyone who helped out on the day and worked so hard to make it such a success.”

If you’d like to take part in an event like this in your area, please let us know by calling 0800 195 5515, or 0300 666 5515 from a mobile. Or email us.

Leave a Comment April 9, 2014

Sentinel regeneration in top five large affordable housing developments

Sentinel Popley Islands complete

Our £34.15m regeneration of an outdated corner of  Basingstoke has been given formal recognition by industry experts. Inside Housing announced the top 50 affordable housing developments on Friday 4 April. The national contest saw us fight off fierce competition for a place in the top five large developments. Judges picked out projects that “best embodied what makes fantastic regeneration, specialist, small, large and sustainable developments.”  Homes and Communities Agency chief executive Andy Rose said: “It’s quite transformational as a regeneration project.”

Originally built for the London overspill in the 1960s – the Popley Islands estate had out-dated maisonettes and poorly designed open space. It’s now transformed into a vibrant 242-home estate with new shops, leisure and recreational facilities. The mixed tenure  scheme has 156 social rented apartments and houses, 43 intermediate market rent apartments and 43 shared ownership apartments.

Our development and regeneration director, Mike Shepherd said: “We’re delighted that this development has been recognised as a top five scheme. We think we’ve got a winning formula when it comes to breathing new life into tired communities. And we worked really hard with the local community to make this a place we can all be proud of. Getting national recognition for it is the icing on the cake. “

We’re currently onsite with three regeneration projects – New Horizons in Oakridge, Basingstoke, Wickham Court in Church Crookham, Fleet and Lismoyne House also in Fleet. They’ve also just submitted plans for a 578 home regeneration of Chapel Hill in Basingstoke and a proposal to provide 17 homes for over 55’s at Albany Court in Fleet.

Leave a Comment April 4, 2014

Springing into action


On Monday 20 January a team of our staff joined workers from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) to start a two week spring clean the Poets area of Popley. Wearing their high visibility jackets the group litter picked streets, gardens, car parks and pathways. Many black bags of rubbish were taken away, along with a sofa and other items of household waste.

The project also included road sweeping, cutting back shrubbery and minor repairs. We hope that this investment in the local community will make a real difference by making the area look its best.

Over recent months we’ve also helped out with other large clean up operations in Oakridge and Winklebury.

Leave a Comment January 21, 2014

Gardeners celebrate the sweet smell of success


We celebrated the success of our green-fingered customers at an Awards Lunch on Friday 30 August at Popley Fields Community Centre.

We had a fantastic response to our annual gardening competition, which is now in its ninth year. The standard was exceptionally high and the judges had a tough job choosing the winners from all the gorgeous gardens, consummate containers, accomplished allotments and superlative sunflowers.

Congratulations went to; Mr D Cameron of Jefferson Road, Oakridge, who won 1st prize for both the Best Kept Small Garden and Best Vegetable Plot / Allotment categories, Mrs G McLellan of Wilmott Way, Winklebury, who retained her title for the Best Kept Medium / Large Garden, Mrs E Hayward of Moat Close, Bramley who scooped the 2nd prize in three categories (Best Kept Small Garden, Best Kept Medium / Large Garden and Best Planted Container) and the residents of Jean Orr Court, in Church Crookham, who claimed the Best Communal Garden crown for the second year running.

An extra special mention went to sisters Lilly and Mollie Beeson who claimed the 1st and joint 2nd  prizes respectively in the Tallest Sunflower competition with heights of 257cm and 247cm. Florence Scammell shared 2nd place and Oceiah Annesley-Gamester came 3rd with a sunflower measuring 200cm.

Richard Pilbeam, Customer & Community Involvement Co-ordinator,  who presented the awards said, “Well done to everyone who entered our gardening competition and especially to all those who won prizes. Keep up the good work and we hope you’ll all take part again next year. A special thank you goes to our partners, Lotus Landscapes, for their continued support in sponsoring the competition and for being part of the judging panel.”

And the winners are…

Best Kept Small Garden

1st                          Mr D Cameron                   Jefferson Road, Oakridge           

2nd                        Mrs E Hayward                  Moat Close, Bramley     

Joint 3rd             Mrs A Badham                   Chaucer Road, Popley

                                Mr and Mrs Bullard         King John’s Road, North Warnborough 

Best Kept Medium / Large Garden         

1st          Mrs G McLellan                                 Wilmott Way, Winklebury          

2nd        Mrs E Hayward                                  Moat Close, Bramley     

3rd         Mrs S Criddle                                     Copnor, Woolton Hill    

Best Planted Container

1st          Mr D Wylie                                         St Mary’s Road, Hartley Wintney             

2nd        Mrs E Hayward                                  Moat Close, Bramley     

3rd         Mr and Mrs Bullard                         King John’s Road, North Warnborough 

Best Communal Garden              

1st          Jean Orr Court                                   Church Crookham           

2nd        Abbey Court                                      Popley 

Best Vegetable Plot / Allotment             

1st          Mr D Cameron                                   Jefferson Road, Oakridge           

2nd        Mr H Hursey                                       Abbey Road, Popley      

3rd         Mr R Andrews                                   Silvester Close Allotment, Oakridge      

Tallest Sunflower           

1st                          257cm   Lilly Beeson                                                     

Joint 2nd             247cm   Mollie Beeson                                

                                247cm   Florence Scammell                        

3rd                         200cm   Oceiah Annesley-Gamester

Leave a Comment September 6, 2013

Volunteers needed for summer youth activities


Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community? Do you enjoy working with young people? Would you like to gain work experience which could lead to paid employment?

Sentinel, in partnership with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, are looking for young people, aged 18-24, who are interested in gaining experience and training in youth work to volunteer on various Summer Streetz activity schemes for young people across the Basingstoke area.

Help out at five or more sessions and you could join a youth work training course which includes; an introduction to youth work, child protection, positively challenging negative behaviour and first aid. From this course we’ll be offering two participants, who are Sentinel residents, a paid role within one of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s community youth projects, working one night a week.

To find out more visit one of our Summer Streetz Roadshows on Monday 12 August at:

Tadley Community Centre – 1.30-2.30pm

Newchurch Road, RG26 4HN

Rooksdown Community Centre – 3-4pm

Park Prewett Road, RG24 9XA

Popley Fields Community Centre – 4.30-5.30pm

Carpenters Down, RG24 9AE

Oakridge Hall for All – 6-7pm

Forsythia Walk, RG21 5RG

If you’re interested, but can’t make it to one of our Roadshows, please call Sarah Smith, at Sentinel, on 0800 195 5515, from a landline, or 0300 666 5515, from a mobile, or Sarah Elkins or Mike Nicholls, at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, on 01256 844844.

Leave a Comment August 6, 2013

Stalled site gets go ahead

Our stalled Merton Rise development can now get under way.

One of our homes built by Persimmon in Bagshot

One of our homes built by Persimmon in Bagshot

We’ve been given the go ahead to build 784 new homes a new local centre and 10 hectares of open space.The development will offer a choice of homes to suit all pockets, with Sentinel funding the 313 affordable homes and Persimmon Homes delivering 471 homes for private sale, including a range of houses and apartments, in association with Charles Church.

Sentinel Chief Executive Mark Perry said: “This is great news for us and for Basingstoke. Since the site was mothballed it’s been a daily reminder of the tough times we’ve all been experiencing over the last few years.

Our £35m investment will not only help over 300 families into an affordable home at a time when housing is in really short supply, it will also help to boost the local economy and create employment opportunities within the town. “

Karl Endersby, Persimmon Homes Technical Director added: “We’re delighted to have secured detailed planning permission and to get this important development underway. This is a great opportunity to increase the delivery of much needed new housing in Basingstoke and provide long-term job prospects for local people.”

We’ve successfully partnered up with Persimmon in the past – providing new homes in Bagshot and Farnborough and are currently onsite with them in Wrecclesham Road Farnham.

Leave a Comment July 11, 2013


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