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BOILERS, MINOR HEATING, PLUMBING OR ELECTRICAL Didsbury Plumbing and Heating 0161 434 9455 8am–5pm, emergency only 07912 206490

BOOKKEEPER

Tony Pace Flat G04 07983 272 513 maintenance@homesforchange.co.uk

MEMBERSHIP

Phil Boast

Katherine Bird membership@homesforchange.co.uk

COMMITTEE

NETWORKING

Jamie Redhead Lee Fullwood Dave Redhead Lianne Heys Mark Hodgkinson Rob Harrison Saffron Gardenchild Shelagh Murphy committeemembers@homesforchange.co.uk

LIFT BREAKDOWN 0800 181 363

EMERGENCY

Lee, flat 103, 07990 956629 Nicola, flat G03, 07445 291 627

FINANCE Rob Harrison

GARDENING John Pugh

GM CHAIRPERSON Keith Underhill

IMPROVEMENTS Shelagh, Flat 222 shelatequila@aol.com

KEYS AND FOBS

Nicola, flat G03, 07445 291 627

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MAINTENANCE

Chris Middleton networking@homesforchange.co.uk

PUBLICITY & INFORMATION

Saffron Gardenchild publicityinformation@homesforchange.co.uk

RENTS

Sue Corcoran at Mosscare 0161 226 4211

REPAIRS OFFICERS Simon Birch 213 Fiona Forster 302 Hannah Berry 309 Tony Pace G04

SECRETARY Lianne Heys

SECURITY HEALTH & SAFETY

Lee, Flat 103; 07990 956629; maintenance@homesforchange.co.uk

TREASURER & DEPUTY GM CHAIRPERSON: Jamie Redhead 07717 305 846 red_jamie@hotmail.com


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Ossie Morse Last month’s Big Yeller included an interview with Ossie Morse. Unfortunately the printed interview was incomplete. Below are the final three questions that Ossie answered. Ossie has lived in Homes for Change for 2 years and likes the village atmosphere of the Homes for Change community. Which person do you most admire and why? Margaret Thatcher. You know I think is the boldest female MP this country have ever had. Whether she do wrong or right that’s none of my business, she’s a politician, I’m a poor man but she’s gone out there as a prime minister and did her work as a prime minister and changes took place and a lot of things did happen in her power that didn’t happen with many a male prime minister ... as long as David Cameron is there he’s not done, none of them has done, what Mrs Thatcher (did), y’know this is like after Harold Wilson, Macmillan, Callaghan, then comes Thatcher, after Thatcher it’s like a seesaw. I will not take it away from her as a woman. It’s very bold that she did her job as she did and spoke boldly. (pause) Oh don’t put that in they might knock me flat and hang me! Say all these good things about (laughs) ... but as a person, just like an actor, you might be watching a film, he’s a very good actor but all his films are rubbish ... you see him in one good film and then after that really it’s like they’re all downhill. What makes you angry? An untidy person. Well it’s not a matter of being clean but neat. Things move, put back where they came from. Things, don’t move and leave where they’re not supposed to be left. Untidiness.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Know your friends. And be nice and kind to every living human that you come face to face with no matter where you are. Y’know be polite. The life, you go through life and you have problems, things that sometime would get you angry, some of them, throw them in the bin and move on because there’s no profit at the end of that one. Some will let you let a little steam off, you’re entitled every now and then because we’re all entitled ... You will find great wrath between you and any one individual that prolong, every time you see them you’re looking at each other .. your heart won’t be too comfortable resting because one day they might pass and say something to you really harsh and you can’t sleep that night. So you must leave certain things alone, you get on in life with people. Let them believe that they have the upper hand because they swear at you but that’s only words, you can prove it hasn’t got any power. Move on.

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I thought it would be appropriate to write a few words about Geoff my husband and homes for change resident who passed away recently. Geoff was originally from the Wirral but had lived in the Hulme crescents very briefly in the 1980s during his new age traveller wanderings. He moved to Manchester in 2006 after his mother died, picking a rented flat in West Didsbury opposite his best friends Barney and Paula. He started self employed work with Manchester Light and Sound as a stage builder around this time. We started dating in 2009 and he came to know about Homes for Change when I moved in to my first flat here in 2010. He was in the P&I working group, particularly enjoying meetings where Gary the dog was presenthe loved dogs and had a soft spot for Gary. In his spare time Geoff was involved in Live Action Role Play or LARP and enjoyed planning events. He was particularly good at making props for this and it was always 4 the big yeller

lovely to see him getting excited about a new project. One of the characters he played was a pirate and he often had birthday parties with a ‘dress like a pirate, drink like a pirate’ theme. He was also extremely well read and devoured books at astonishing speed- I bought him a kindle early on in his illness as I just couldn’t provide the amount of books he needed to keep him occupied! He loved a wide range of music but was probably most comfortable in Rock pubs drinking his beloved Guinness extra cold. He had been diagnosed with Kidney cancer which had spread to the lungs in September 2012. We were only made aware that the cancer was not curable in June 2013 about a week after he signed his HfC tenancy. He’d been looking forward to having a flat here for a number of years and so was very pleased to be moving in at a time when it was clear he had limited time left. On the day we found out he wasn’t getting better I told him he had to have the pet rats he’d been planning on to the point of obsession and he had to marry me. He agreed that both would have to be done. We married in

July with only close family and Barney and Paula present. We had a big party in a scout camp in September – it was a fabulous day and so great that Geoff’s friends from across the country could come together. We were told in October that the immunosuppressant drugs he was taking (this is what made his ginger hair turn snowy white) had stopped working. At this point we knew he had months to live. Unfortunately, the breathing problems he was having caused a lot of problems and so he deteriorated a lot quicker than this. His death was very peaceful, with me at his side. He wanted a woodland burial and so this is being planned. We will be in full pirate regalia as this seems the only fitting way to do it. His three favoured charities were Cancer Research, Macmillan and The Christie. I’ve been asked to set up donation sites in his memory and will let you know if we manage to do this. His pet rats or ratty girls as he called them will still be in the coop as they will move over to my flat shortly. Siân Evans.


Geoff Evans 13/6/1969- 30/10/2013

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WHAT’S ON IN HULME THIS MONTH:

HULME LIBRARY Hulme Library, Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5FQ. Telephone: 0161 227 3739. Email: hulme@libraries.manchester.gov.uk. The library contains computing facilities, internet access, fax, printing and photocopying, books for loan in a range of languages, African-Caribbean collection, language courses for loan, talking books for loan, CDs for loan, children’s DVDs, a health information point, local studies collection, newspapers and magazines, and a meeting room.

Please note that there may be a charge for some services. Please contact the venue for further information about any of the services..

Regular activities Tiny Tots & Toddler Time, Thursday, 10.15-10.45am (term time only), under 5s, free. Stories, rhymes and fun for babies, toddlers and preschool children (with their parent/carer). Knitting Group, Friday, 10am-12.30pm. Get those needles clicking and wool flying through your fingers! Turn up and join in. Warm welcome to all. From beginners to experienced! All knitting materials provided.

(IN_THE_NEIGHBORHOOD_)

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(COMMUNITY_LISTINGS) A list of community venues in Hulme/Moss Side and their contact details can be found below. Please contact venues for details of classes, workshops and events. CLAREMONT SURE START CHILDREN’S CENTRE: Claremont Road, Moss Side, Manchester, M14 7NA. Telephone 0161 227 3463. This venue offers a variety of play sessions for parents/carers and young children and also ESOL/functional English courses. HULME COMMUNITY GARDEN CENTRE: 28 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5RG. Telephone: 0161 227 8198. Information about current and forthcoming events, workshops and classes are available on their website: www.hulmegardencentre.org.uk. HULME LIBRARY: Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5FQ. Telephone: 0161 227 3739. Email: hulme@libraries. manchester.gov.uk. The library contains an IT suite, internet access and photocopying facilities. Please contact the venue for further information. KATH LOCKE CENTRE: 123 Moss Lane East, Hulme, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 5DD. Telephone: 0161 455 0211. A variety of classes and therapies are available. Further information is also available on their website: http://www.thebiglifegroup.com/big-life-centres/

MOSS SIDE LEISURE CENTRE: Moss Lane East, Manchester M15 5NN. Telephone: 0161 226 5015 MOSS SIDE POWERHOUSE LIBRARY: 140 Raby Street, Moss Side, Manchester M15 4SL. Telephone: 0161 227 3758. MOSS SIDE SURE START CHILDREN’S CENTRE: Selworthy Road, Manchester, M16 7UH. Telephone: 0161 226 0162. THE WORKS: 130 Alexander Road, Moss Side, Manchester M16 7WD. Telephone: 0161 359 3388. Email: info@theworksmanchester.co.uk YARD THEATRE: 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5RF. Telephone: 0161 226 7696.   Z-ARTS: 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA. Telephone: 0161 226 1912. The website http://www.z-arts. org/ has more information about all classes, workshops and events.   ZION COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE: 339 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 4ZY. Telephone 0161 226 5412. A variety of classes, groups and therapies are available. Information is also available on their website: http://www. zioncentre.co.uk   the big yeller 7


BULKY WASTE New Bulky Waste/Old Furniture announcement! Environment On Call, the council’s ‘bulky waste’ collectors, has a new policy for collecting from the building: Each flat can have ONE free collection a year (April to March).

householder to remove the items themselves. If you do not have transport to do this you can call Environment On Call on: 0161 954 9000 Remember you only get to do this free ONCE a year! Please do not leave anything outside unless you have arranged pick up with the council yourself.

Please leave your a note with your flat number on They will take up to three items in one collection. any goods you leave. After that you must pay £27 for each collection. Please only put it out the night before the collection date. If you have any furniture etc please do not leave the items outside the building near the back gate or dump it within the compound for others to deal with. It is now the responsibility of the

PEST CONTROL GreenCare 0161 627 4044

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If you need help with carrying the waste etc downstairs please contact Jo in flat 301. Thanks!

LIFT BREAKDOWN Please contact Nicola (07445 291 627 ) in the first instance. If you are unable to get hold of Nicola the phone number is 0800 181 363; Lift reference number = 150191. Please arrange for “Motor Room” door to be left open for access by lift engineer with either Nicola or John.


HFC TENANT REPAIR REQUEST DO NOT RELY ON TELEPHONE CALLS, CONVERSATIONS OR EMAILS TO REPORT REPAIRS. OUR BRAINS ARE ADDLED AND WE HAVE POOR MEMORIES. YOU MUST ALWAYS COMPLETE THIS FORM AND HAND IT TO A REPAIRS OFFICER A.S.A.P. NAME of person reporting repair:............................................................................................................

...... FLAT No .....

NAME/S OF TENANT if different:: ...........................................................................................................

ACCESS DETAILS:

(Please give morning or afternoon dates when we can gain access)

DATE(S):......................................................................................................................................................................................................... (AM 8-12 or PM 1-5) CONTACT NAME (for keys):............................................................... flat No if different: ................................................................... HOME TEL:.............................................................................................. MOBILE:........................................................................................

REPAIR OR PROBLEM DETAILS:

(please be as specific as possible )

Who did you report repair to NAME:............................................... DATE:......................................................................................... ARE YOU REPORTING AN EMERGENCY REPAIR?

YES

NO

AN EMERGENCY REPAIR IS ANYTHING THAT IS LIKELY TO CAUSE INJURY, AFFECT YOUR HEALTH OR DAMAGE PROPERTY. ALWAYS WARN NEIGHBOURS. GAS LEAKS turn off supply - ring Transco 0800 111 999 ventilate property & do not smoke!

Bulky rubbish e.g. furniture, electrical items call 0161 954 9000 to arrange for it to be collected.

WATER PIPE BURSTS turn off at stop cock.

REPAIRS OFFICERS Simon Birch Fiona Forster Hannah Berry Tony Pace

ELECTRICAL WIRING etc – switch off at mains fuse box do not touch electrical switches. Contact ANY repairs officer immediately - Stay in or near property if safe to do so to ensure access. For all BOILERS, basic plumbing, minor electrical you can call Didsbury Plumbing and Heating 0161 434 9455 Emergency only 07912 206490

Emergency 07990 956629 (Lee) 07445 291 627 (Nicola)

FLAT NO. 213 302 309 G04

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POST INSPECTION

  Repair inspected by …………………………………….......................................……………..Date ………..........................................……………… Approved YES NO   Comments …………………………………………………………………………………………….....................................................................................   .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................   .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................        

TENANT SATISFACTION

Tenant ……………………………………………………….......................................……………..Date ………..........................................………………   Satisfied YES NO   Comments ............................................................................................................................................................................................................   .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................   ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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No.26 in the series of pics from Hulme Community Garden Centre this is the stage called the pupa

Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis Colin

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Warm Home Discount Scheme Do you qualify? For winter 2013 to 2014, you could get a £135 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme, even if you don’t receive Cold Weather Payments or the Winter Fuel Payment. You are eligible if you are either 75 or over and getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit too) or under 75 and getting only the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. If you don’t qualify automatically you can still apply if you fall into the ‘broader group’, which is different for each supplier but includes people on certain benefits and/or /with certain health conditions. If you qualify under your supplier’s rules you will receive £135 credit on your account or prepay meter. Not all energy providers are part of the scheme and if yours is, you must have been with them since 20 July 2013. The deadline to make a claim is 14 March 2014. The following companies are part of the scheme: Atlantic, British Gas/Scottish Gas, EDF, Eon, Equipower/Equigas (Ebico), First Utility, Manweb, M&S Energy, npower, Sainsbury’s Energy, Scottish Hydro, ScottishPower, Southern Electric, SSE, SWALEC, Utility Warehouse. More information at https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme SG

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COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 5th NOVEMBER 2013

minutes by Keith

Committee members present: Katherine Bird, Lee Fullwood (part of meeting), Saffron Gardenchild, Rob Harrison (chair), Shelagh Murphy. Others present: Surrinder Swali (Mosscare), Keith Underhill (GM chairperson).

3.      Fire Exit NW corner 3:1 Rob to send round risk assessment for the boiler.   4.      Membership Items       4:1 Flat Exchange          Under the new policy it was reported that  Membership had approved 1.      Mosscare Report the flat swap between 403 Leonie Hig1:1 The total arrears figures are increas- gins + Ben Mellor and 220 Janice Bell ing £21331.99 to £23559.25 since last       4:2  Leave of absence  month.         It was AGREED to grant Siân 1:2 Membership asked for Mosscare to Whitton a further 6 months leave of provide details of who is affected by absence bedroom tax.   1:3 Last month Mosscare send 2 initial 5.      CO-OP Bank letters, 2 arrangement letters, 2 broken       5:1 Finance group are to look at our agreement letters and had 1 telephone investments conversation.     6.      October committee minutes 2.      101 arrears of previous tenant 6:1  Rob to circulate expected behav2:1 It was AGREED. iour list (6.4)(sept 6.1) That for the old tenant of flat 101 for 6:2 No budget set as yet. Finance rent and notice purposes that the group to use operating budget from notice to quit be backdated to 28th last financial year as a guide. Budget to August 2013. be formerly set by November meeting  

(5.1) 6:3 Items on finance meeting agenda: budget, rent increases, business plan, water rates, invoicing W4C re Greencare and bin store rental (5.2)     7.      MMU 7:1 Katherine Bird has resigned as MMU representative. The committee gave a vote of thanks to Katherine and requested anyone to put themselves forward as a replacement.   8.      GM AGENDA 7:1 The committee agreed to recommend that people vote in favour of the amendment to the tenancy agreement 7:2 Allocation of 309    

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GENERAL MEETING MINUTES 15TH JUNE 2013

Yard Theatre 18:32 by Katherine Bird / Keith Underhill

1) Members present: (16 Committee members present 4/9) Bindi Foster-Brown, Christine Donovan, Chris Middleton, Janice Bell, John Pugh, Jonny Tasker, Katherine Bird, Keith Underhill, Lee Fullwood, Mark Hodgkinson, Nickie Witham, Peter Menken, Rob O’Connor, Shelagh Murphy, Susan Gallagher, Zia James, Non Members present: (10) Andrea Bushell, Anthony Carter, Gayle Horrocks, Jason Morris, John Phillips, Rob O’Neill-Jones, Shoshanah Cohen, Stuart Whitehead, Susanne Hofmann, Tommy Ollerenshaw, 2) New people. Tommy Ollerenshaw and Anthony Carter introduced Themselves Minutes Of Last GM: 3.1) Any corrections? - none 3.2) Matters arising? - none Minutes were PASSED as a true and correct record with 2 abstentions   4) Committee report. 14 the big yeller

Questions: none 5) Committee report Ratification The committee report was approved with 1 against and 3 abstentions.   6.)   Amendment to Tenancy Agreement (First Reading) In section 3.1 In the sentence: “The rent shall be paid by the tenant on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis (as arranged with the rents group) and shall be paid two weeks in advance and two weeks in arrears, the first payment to be made on or before the Commencement Date” Delete the words “ (as arranged with the rents group) and shall be paid two weeks in advance and two weeks in arrears” and replace with the words “and shall be paid in advance” This amendment not to be effective until October 2014 Proposed by: John Pugh Seconded by: Shelagh Murphy   This was Passed 10 for 2 against and 3 Abstentions

This will go to the next general meeting where a two thirds majority will be required 7. Proposal to amend the allocations policy: Proposed by: Katherine Bird Seconded by: Mark Hodgkinson   An amendment to add the words “and activity of the tenant not affected by the bedroom tax” after the word “control,” was proposed by John Pugh and seconded by Katherine Bird. The amendment was accepted by the proposer of the main motion.   Lee  Fullwood proposed that the amendment be deleted this was seconded by John Pugh   He said that activity was crucial and more important than arrears.   Shoshanah Cohen in opposition said that voting for this amendment was preventing people suffering under the bedroom tax from moving due to the laziness of others.  


The proposal to delete the amendment was defeated 5 in favour 6 against and 2 abstentions (after being counted thrice) The proposal as amended In situations where a mutual internal exchange is requested due to the effects of bedroom tax, arrears, providing they are under control, and activity of the tenant not affected by the bedroom tax will no longer act as a barrier. This was approved 10 in favor 2 against and 1 abstention   8) Next GM: Tuesday 19th November, 2013 @ HFC Yard Theatre 18:30 GMT Next committee Meeting: Tuesday 5th November 2013 @ Meeting Room 18:30 GMT Dead line for GM agenda: Tuesday 5th November 2013 17:00 GMT     9) AOB None   Closed Session 10. New member: The membership of  Shoshanah Cohen was approved with 1 abstention 11. Flat allocation: Sarah Gilston was allocated flat 101   The meeting finished at 19:10 BST

GENERAL MEETING AGENDA 19TH NOVEMBER 2013 YT 18:30

Prospective Member’s Surgery is from 6.00pm to 6.30pm and is for prospective members to get any support and advice about becoming a member of the co-op. 1.      Members and non-members present 2.      Introduction of new people 3.      Minutes of Last GM 3.1.  Any corrections 3.2.  Matters arising 4.      Committee report

basis (as arranged with the rents group) and shall be paid two weeks in advance and two weeks in arrears, the first payment to be made on or before the Commencement Date” Delete the words “ (as arranged with the rents group) and shall be paid two weeks in advance and two weeks in arrears” and replace with the words “and shall be paid in advance” This amendment not to be effective until October 2014 This is the second reading, It must get a two thirds majority and amendments are not allowed. 7.   Date, time and venue of next meeting

5.      Ratification of committee report 6.   Amendment to Tenancy Agreement  (the Committee recommends that you vote on favour of this motion) In the sentence: “The rent shall be paid by the tenant on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly

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02: contacts 03: in focus 04: Geoff Evans 06: in the neighborhood 07: community listings 08: bulky waste 08:: pest control 08:: lift breakdown 09: tenant repair form 12: Warm Home Discount 13: committee minutes 14: gm minutes 15: gm agenda 16: important dates

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