Big art marks the Olympics
Local children have joined forces with Sentinel, London and Quadrant and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council staff to create an original work of art. The community project involves and Olympics themed collage designed by local children and will be displayed at Oakridge Hall for All.
There will be a chance for you to appreciate the finished product at a free community fun day from 11am-3pm on Saturday 15 September at Oakridge Hall for All. This community event, hosted by Norden Community Association, will include:
- bouncy castle;
- face painting;
- a petting farm; and
- much more.
For more information call Terry or Lucy on 01256 475844.
New Horizons play time
We would like to know what play equipment children and young people would like for the new open space on Taverner Fields in Oakridge. Your views are important and we would like to include the play equipment that you like best in our design.
As part of our New Horizons consultation we are asking local school children what they think. If you or your children would like to have your say please complete this short online survey...
Final plans unveiled
Final plans for the New Horizons regeneration project in Freemantle, Taverner and Westray Close in Oakridge are on display from 30 June.
Have your say at the consultations on 30 June and 2 July at Oakridge Methodist Church. If you are unable to make it along to the consultations plans will be available online and on our facebook page from 30 June and we would love to hear your comments.
Find out all the details on our New Horizons webpages.
Brian and Helen, members of Basingstoke Neighbourhood Panel, have been back to see how money from Sentinel's Community Chest has helped community project, Growing Links.
Growng Links Community Horticulture Project, based in Oakridge, invites those who are experiencing depression and anxiety to come along and make friends, learn new skills, grow fruit and vegetables and care for the environment.
The project, which is run by The Shaw Trust, applied for Community Chest funding to help buy some raised planting beds for growing vegetables. The new beds are accessible for people in wheelchairs and are more appropriate for those with back problems that would usually restrict them from doing gardening.
The participants learn how to become self-sufficient and are able to take home their own produce which in turn helps to promote healthy eating.
Even though we visited on a chilly November day the allotment and raised beds were blooming with seasonal vegetables such as curly cale, spinach, chard and parsnips.
If you have an idea for your neighbourhood and need funding, we could help. Find out more about our Community Chest.
What would you opt for?
We had great feedback from the Community Consultation events in September and based on what you said we are pleased to present some options for the neighbourhood. We really want to know what you think so to have your say on these options you can:
- Attend a community consultation event (14-19 November)
- View the options online and complete a questionnaire
- Share your comments and vote for your favourite layout on our facebook page
- Contact us and let us know your thoughts
Exploring New Horizons with residents
A community consultation has been launched giving you the chance to help shape the future of your neighbourhood. The consultation focuses on the out-dated blocks of flats and maisonettes in Freemantle, Taverner and Westray Close, Oakridge. The public consultation will give us a chance to get together with local residents and the wider community to explore options - including a complete regeneration of the area - to provide more family houses.
Chief Executive Martin Nurse said: “We’ll be talking to local residents to find out what they like and what they want from their homes and neighbourhood. We shall work closely with them, the councillors and the council to improve the area within Freemantle, Taverner and Westray, providing an enhanced quality of life for the local community. Our past experience shows that involving local people before any decisions are made helps to deliver great homes and a neighbourhood we can all be proud of.”
At the heart of this consultation are the three residential blocks of maisonettes and flats in Freemantle, Taverner and Westray Close. The age and condition of the blocks has deteriorated over the years and although the homes are structurally sound, they do not meet current standards in terms of heat loss, electrical and mechanical services.
The age and design of the neighbourhood also creates under-used open spaces and residents report higher incidences of anti-social behaviour compared to other Sentinel neighbourhoods.
“We are using an approach called “planning for real”, adds Mr Nurse, “This means that local people are involved at every stage and can tell us what they would like to see in their neighbourhood, we can then work together to design plans for local improvements which could include new homes, play areas and open spaces.”
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Culture Cllr Cathy Osselton said: “We welcome Sentinel’s initiative in an area that the council has already identified as a priority for regeneration. I look forward to hearing the community’s views and then considering the best way that the council can help in the transformation of this part of the town.”
For more information about the consultation visit our dedicated webpages www.sentinelha.org.uk/newhorizons
What's going down in Rooksdown?
Residents on the Limes Park development at Rooksdown had some Summer fun on Sunday 24 July. Organised by the Rooksdown Community Group the event ran from 2-4pm on the green by the new Community Centre. We supplied a bouncy castle and our staff joined in the fun and chatted to local residents about what they like and don’t like about their homes, community and neighbourhood.
It’s been around three years since the first Sentinel residents moved into the development and we’ve joined six other local landlords; the police; Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and the local pastor to form the Rooksdown Action Group. We’ll use the feedback from local residents to help identify the top three issues that the group will tackle over the coming months. To find out more about the Rooksdown Community Group visit www.rooksdown.org.uk/community
Royalty spotted in Oakridge
Royal wedding celebrations have started early in Oakridge!
Sentinel Housing Association, the Oakridge hall for all youth club, Community Centre and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Community Development Officer arranged a Royal wedding tea party during the Easter holidays for local 7-12 year olds.
All the guests dressed up in fancy dress with a theme of the Royal wedding. They had a massive tea followed by party games.
You can see more photos from this event over on our facebook page.
Resident inspection team hit streets
Newly trained Resident Inspectors are hitting the streets in a bid to help make our neighbourhoods great places to live.
The volunteer inspectors will be checking the standard of grounds maintenance, the cleanliness of communal areas and noting anything that needs repairing or upgrading. “We want all our estates to be clean and well looked after,” explains Chantal Mitchell, Neighbourhood Manager for Sentinel, “and who better to point out what needs improving than the people who live there. The inspectors are all fully trained, so they know what to look out for and will keep an eye on the work our contractors do to make sure we get good value for money too.”
If you’d like to find out more about this or any other Sentinel involvement activities contact Richard Pilbeam on 0800 195 5515 from a landline or 0300 666 5515 from a mobile or email Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org.
All clear in Oakridge
Our staff teamed up with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to hit the streets last October to give parts of Oakridge a facelift. The hitsquad met at 9.30am every day at the Hall for All to run through their task list. Residents could drop in and get involved or point out work they’d like added to the list, using the suggestion box in the hall. As well as the general clean up, we hired two skips to clear the streets of flytipping.
The team gave themselves 11 days to bring the area up to scratch. Once the work was complete, they got together again to decide how they could roll the work out across other areas in Basingstoke. It’s still early days and we’ll keep you posted.
Yule Tide Teen Treat
Young people in Oakridge are in store for some festive fun thanks to Sentinel and the Basingstoke and Deane Community Development Team. The Christmas themed event will give local youngsters a chance shape the future of youth activities in the area. Young people aged between 11 and 16 can pop along to the Oakridge West Community Centre on Thursday 16 December at 2.30 pm.
For more information contact Julie Williams at Sentinel Housing Association on 01256 338800 or Sherrie Morgan, Community Development Officer at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
Green fingered hat trick
Residents in Oakridge and South View put their green fingers to work and won first prize in three out the five categories for this years gardening competition. Mrs Scammell from Oakridge scooped first prize for her vegetable garden, Mrs Gibbs of South View wowed the judges with her planted containers and the residents of Oakridge Towers sheltered scheme beat off fierce competition to win first prize for the best kept communal garden.
Younger residents Chelsea and Oceiah also did well, managing to grow sunflowers measuring 308cm and 303cm winning them second and third prize in the tallest sunflower category. First prize went to Keira Simpson from Hartley Wintney who’s sunflower measured a whopping 311cm.
Young people in Oakridge went sunflower crazy in a bid to win our tallest sunflower competition. Lotus Landscapes kindly donated 100 packets of sunflower seeds and we’ve been overwhelmed with entries. The winners will be unveiled in the next Community Spirit magazine.
Juliet from Oakridge Village told us “The children in Oakridge Village were delighted to be growing sunflowers for Sentinel’s sunflower competition, thank you for re-introducing it. Because they all want to win, they’ve suggested that maybe next year there could be two prizes one for the tallest sunflower and one for the widest sunflower head.”
You may have heard about crack house closures in the news and noticed that some flats in Pear Tree Way have been shuttered up. This is the result of months of work by the police to gather evidence of anti-social behaviour and disorder in Pear Tree Way, including undercover officers buying drugs. We worked closely with them on this case and once they’d arrested the dealers, we started our legal process to evict them and regain possession of the homes. The court issued a Closure Order which lasts for three months, so we shuttered the houses to stop anyone returning to them while the eviction goes through the courts. If you suspect any drug-dealing in your neighbourhood, you can report this in confidence to us or the police.
New eco project
The international programme helps schools assess their eco friendliness against nine topics, water, biodiversity, energy, global perspectives, healthy living, litter, school grounds, transport and waste. They can then submit their assessment for a bronze or silver award. The nine Eco Rangers from South View School carried out their assessment in January and used the results to develop an eco-code for the school. We're hoping to roll this project out to other schools in the area, and we'll lkeep you posted on our progress.
A big welcome to the families and couples who have moved into our latest new homes at Limes Park – formerly Park Prewett. Eleven families moved into Harness Court on the site of former NHS offices, in April, and a further 13 in July.
This development has already been in the spotlight, after young mum Jenny Lewis took part in BBC programme Property Watch. The programme, aired in May, showed how cramped Jenny’s life was living in a one-bedroom private rented flat. Jenny is now in one of the three-bedroom houses, which we bought from a big-name developer last year.
To mark the formal completion of this phase of the development, we organised a Halloween themed communty event with prizes for the best childrens fancy dress costume. See more photos.
Back of the net
Residents in Taverner Close, Oakridge went football mad in August, when Sentinel and the Community Wardens organised a friendly football match. We had so many players all the rules of football were broken as a huge 19 a-side football match was played. Congratulations to the Yellow Team who won 7-3. A very welcome barbeque of burgers and sausages – expertly cooked by the Community Wardens – went down a treat.
Weed did it
At a recent Sentinel on the Road, Old Basing residents said that nearby garage areas were overgrown with weeds. We checked it out, and decided to tackle the job ourselves. So, six of us set out armed with garden tools and binbags. After a hard days’ work, and numerous trips to the dump, the areas were cleared. Thank you to the lovely lady who told us the car park area in Loyalty Lane had never looked better and she’s lived there for 16 years. In future these areas will be maintained by our grounds maintenance contractor.
Garages to let
We often have waiting lists for our garages but at the moment we do have some available to rent in Gregory and Coleman Close, Oakridge. Prices start from £7.78 per week if you rent your home from us and £8.94 per week if you don’t or if you already rent another garage from us. Give us a call on 0800 195 5515 to check availability.