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WELCOME | SPIRIT
F E AT U R E D A
Moat House residents’ summer trips – p4/5 Moat House Community Trust groups - p6/7 Your residents’ associations – p8 Not on our manor - p9 Celebrating 60 years – p10 Cook and eat well – p11
As you can see, the redevelopment project is progressing well. All our new build homes are sold and affordable homes occupied. This, together with the major improvement programme underway in Wood End and Henley Green, shows the continuing and positive change within our neighbourhoods and the improvements don’t stop there. In the autumn a £10m programme of investment will start in Manor Farm.
REDEVELOPMENT Raising the roof on Wood End – p12 Henley Green and Deedmore – p13 Manor Farm refurbishment – p14
Moat House Children’s Centre – p15 Free nursery or childcare place – p15 Sky Ride Coventry – p16 Free cycle training – p16 Free play scheme – p17 Summer holiday camps – p17 Recipe – p18 Spot the difference – p19
Work continues with the developers on the legal agreements for Phase 4 of the redevelopment programme with a special edition of Spirit Quarters coming in the autumn to detail the plans.
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GEORGE BECOMES COUNCIL’S NEW LEADER P9
YOUR COUNCILLORS FOR HENLEY WARD
New Leader of Coventry City Council, George Duggins, is well known to the people of Coventry. As well as serving the Longford ward for 23 years, he has served as Cabinet Member for Education, Deputy Leader and Chair of Scrutiny.
As well as the Spirit Quarters website, there’s a Facebook page where you can find all the latest stories, information and events from across the area. It’s also an opportunity to have your say and comment on stories posted onto the SQ Timeline - we are really keen to hear from you! www.facebook.com/spiritquarterscoventry
A WARM WELCOME TO THE SUMMER EDITION OF SPIRIT QUARTERS A very warm welcome to the summer edition of Spirit Quarters magazine. Inside you will find information on the many activities and trips that are being organised for families throughout the summer months, not least the Summer Celebration on 2nd August being organised by Moat House Community Trust (page 4).
Cllr Kevin Maton 07852450953 firstname.lastname@example.org Cllr Patricia Seaman 07813 528963 or (024) 7683 1039 email@example.com Cllr Ed Ruane 07817 218137 firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY | SPIRIT
MOAT HOUSE RESIDENTS’ SUMMER TRIPS & EVENTS 2016 You are advised to book early to secure places on a first come first serve basis. For more information and bookings call 078 3515 3719 Bookings require non-refundable deposit through Moat House Community Trust or Tea & Talk at Henley Green Fridays at 13.30pm.
Tuesday 16th August Bosworth Water Park
Coach and entrance £4.00
Wednesday 24th August Hunstanton Seaside Trip
Priority given to residents and prices will vary for nonresidents.
Coach and entrance £4.0
Wednesday 27nd July Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Coach and entrance fee £13.00
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Pilates to Music. Watch out for the new programme of courses. Youth Services; Slimming World also operate from HGCC – see below. We accept private bookings at a reasonable cost. Please contact us for details. Booking forms available at HGCC and MHLNC. Operating from two sites, we have continued to increase the range of community activities and services we offer.
We are always looking to expand our community activities. Please tell us what YOU want to see in YOUR community centre.
Henley Green Community Centre (HGCC) HGCC goes from strength to strength as new faces join in our weekly activities and everyone is welcome. Tic Toc nursery has expanded to offer more free places for two and three-year-olds. The Adult Education Service deliver a range of courses from
Based in Moat House Leisure & Neighbourhood Centre (MHL&NC) Crafty Kids; Tots & Toast; Tea & Talk; Armchair Exercise; Healthy Walk; Cook & Eat Well; see below for more information or drop into Moat House Café where you will always get a warm welcome.
CRAFTY KIDS Where: MHLNC When: Monday 15:30 - 17.30 Who for: Parents/grandparents/ carers of school age children What goes on: Crafts; games activities and fun Cost: £1 per child including tea
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TEA & TALK Where: MHLNC When: Tuesday 14:00 - 15:15 Who for: Everyone welcome What goes on: Social chat and information Cost: Free includes drink, biscuits and /or cakes
ARMCHAIR EXCERCISE Where: HGCC When: Wednesday 13:30 – 14:30 Who for: Everyone; but also suitable for less able What goes on: Gentle work out from sitting position, qualified staff Cost: Free
GROUP H T U O Y
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STAY & PLAY NG SLIMMI WORLD HGCC Where: ay ednesd When: W 20:30 19:00 – o reach anting t w e n o y : An Who for ealthy weight ss with h ming cla m li S : n oes o What g friends Cost: £5
TEA & TALK Where: HGCC When: Friday 13:30 – 15:00 Who for: Everyone welcome What goes on: Social chat and information Cost: Free includes drink, biscuits and/or cakes
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Where: HGCC When: Friday 9:30 – 11:30 Who for: Parents/grandparents/ carers of pre-school children What goes on: Crafts; games activities and fun Cost: £1 including drink & toast for all
BINGO Where: HGCC When: Friday 18:00 Eyes down 18:30 Who for: Ever yone welcome What goes on: Bingo, raffle
MOVING SUPPORT GROUP Where: MHLNC When: Wednesday fortnightly, next one 3rd August 12.00-14.00 Who for: Everyone welcome What goes on: Coffee and chat
COMMUNITY | SPIRIT
RESIDENTS ACTION TEAM Meetings alternate between Henley Green Community Centre and the Moat House Leisure & Neighbourhood Centre. Meetings start at 6pm. Next meetings: 6th October at Moat House Leisure & Neighbourhood Centre.
We are a group of residents who meet every month with the aim of bringing our diverse community together and improve our area. Janet Barrett is our new Chair supported by Kevin Crayton as Vice Chair. You can get in touch through our Facebook page Wood End Residents and Friends (WERAF). We meet on the third Monday of the month at 6pm at St. Chads Church on Hillmorton Road and our next meeting is on 15th August.
Alan Tyrrell stands down as Chair after many years of unstinting service to the community. Both Alan and Rose his wife will continue to serve the area as passionately as ever; championing the needs of local residents, particularly the elderly, lonely and vulnerable whilst maintaining their vigilance around the issues of crime and antisocial behaviour.
DEEDMORE Chaired by Vicky Scott with Vice Chair Suzanne McBride.
All Henley Green residents will receive a flyer confirming the date of an Annual General Meeting in September.
MANOR FARM The Manor Farm Residents’ Association meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm at Henley Green Community Centre. The aim of the Association is to represent the Manor Farm community in making the area a better place to live.
You can also get in touch via the group’s Facebook page- Deedmore Residents and Tenants Association.
Louise Francis, Chairperson of the Manor Farm Residents Association, says: “We welcome all residents to come and join us. We meet once a month at the community centre. It’s a great way to meet your neighbours and see what is happening now and in the future in your area. We value our residents’ views and contributions. I hope we can all work positively together to influence some great changes in our area and bring back some community spirit.”
DEEDMORE Meets 3rd Thursday of the month at Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre. Meetings start at 6pm. Next meetings: 18th August, 22nd September, 20th October, 17th November, 22nd December.
MANOR FARM Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Henley Green Community Centre. Meetings start at 7.30pm. Next meetings: 16th August, 20th September, 18th October, 15th November, 20th December.
The association works with the community to deliver a place they are proud to live in and shout about. For more information, please contact Vicky on 07886 189752 or email email@example.com
NOT ON OUR MANOR
CHECK OUT THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS
WOOD END Meets 3rd Monday of the month, 6pm at St Chad’s Church, Hillmorton Road. Next meetings: 15 August then 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 19 December.
RESIDENTS WERE OUT IN FORCE ON 1ST JUNE TO TAKE PART IN A COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP AT MANOR FARM BUT, DESPITE THEIR EFFORTS, PEOPLE ARE STILL FLY-TIPPING. THE MESSAGE FROM RESIDENTS IS CLEAR: NOT ON OUR MANOR!
COMMUNITY | SPIRIT
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS! YES, IT’S 60 YEARS SINCE BUILDING BEGAN IN WOOD END AND ST CHAD’S. St Chad’s will be celebrating the Consecration of the church building at 10.30am Sunday 26th February 2017 with a special service led by the Bishop of Coventry. All are welcome. There will be a display charting the history of the building and the Wood End estate, which was all built at the same time. St Chad’s was designed by the architect of Coventry Cathedral, Sir Basil Spence.
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What’s on at St Chad’s From Coventry & District Credit Union, to Cherub’s free play and stay for under 4s there’s lots on at St Chads.
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Parishoners have been on a pilgrimage to Walsingham in Norfolk. Community Centre Chaplains Moat House Community Trust and St Chad’s, Hillmorton Road will be providing chaplains to help support visitors and staff in Henley Green Community Centre and Moat House Leisure & Neighbourhood Centre. Rev Andrew Fisher ministered for five years as a hospital chaplain before coming to St Chad’s, and he has built up the Team of Community Centre Chaplains with the help of Dianne Williams of the Moat House Community Trust, Work Care Coventry, and clergy and congregation members from St Chads with St Aidan’s Missional Community and Risen Christ, Wyken. Rev Andrew explains, “The Chaplains are here for anyone and everyone; you don’t have to be religious to ask for our help. We offer acceptance, a listening ear; confidentiality, emotional and spiritual support; a shoulder to cry on, and somebody to laugh with.” Come and meet a chaplain at Tea & Talk, Tots & Toast, Cook & Eat, and Stay & Play. www.achurchnearyou.co.uk/wood-end-st-chad
COOK AND EAT WELL OVER 30 RESIDENTS HAVE TAKEN PART IN OUR HEALTHY COOKING PROGRAMMES. What’s involved? During the first half an hour residents learnt about food labelling and about the hidden ingredients in some foods, like fats and sugars and what alternative we can use instead. The rest of the two hour session was spent cooking from scratch following simple recipes resulting in delicious food. Everyone sat down together to taste the meals cooked and share their ideas. The groups formed friendships and grew in confidence in their ability to cook from scratch, and asked to continue meeting up and cooking after the nine week Cook and Eat Well sessions had finished. Some residents from the cooking groups have now been employed by Moat House Primary School as Dining Room Assistants.
Growing for Gold! St Chad’s Church members and residents from Loxley Court sheltered housing complex show off the fruit of their labours working their very own vegetable plot at St Chad’s. To find out more, visit their website or talk to Rev Andrew (pictured) on 024 76 612909.
REDEVELOPMENT | SPIRIT
RAISING THE ROOF ON IMPROVING WOOD END WOOD END BEFORE
Residents in Wood end are seeing a new side to their homes following a major programme of investment being delivered by Lovell on behalf of Whitefriars Housing. The homes, which were originally identified for redevelopment in the Spirit Quarters Masterplan are being given a new lease of life through a package of improvements that includes external wall insulation to make them warmer new windows, doors and new roofs.
HENLEY GREEN Flats in Widdecombe Close and Ellacombe Close have been given a facelift after receiving over £2m of investment in external improvements. The flats, which are part of the long-term redevelopment plans for Spirit Quarters have benefited from significant concrete repairs, installation of new fascias, guttering and rainwater goods and new colour schemes to both inside and outside the blocks. Plans to make our homes warmer and more energy efficient for our customers continues in Winston Avenue with external wall insulation and render being fitted to three blocks along with a new flat roof system. New security doors have also been installed and communal lighting has been improved.
New metal fences and gates are also being installed to the front gardens, completing the new look. One happy resident said “I am delighted with the end result. It has made a massive difference”.
DEEDMORE New bollards have been placed on a footpath between Eccles Close and Dering Close after residents raised concerns to Whitefriars about cars using the footpath as a shortcut through the area. Vicky Scott, Chair of the Deedmore Residents’ Association, said: “It’s good to see that the safety concerns raised by the community have been positively acted upon by Whitefriars. Drivers can now see that this is an area for pedestrians and not a cut through for cars.”
Play area update Work is going to be carried out to improve the ground conditions at the play area in Crayfish Close. The play area is well used and popular with local families but sometimes play can be limited because of how wet the ground has become. The planned work includes lifting and replacing the existing safety surface and creating a suitable drainage solution to make sure that the play area does not get water-logged in the future.
ACTIVITIES | SPIRIT
MOAT HOUSE CHILDREN’S CENTRE
MAJOR REFURBISHMENT OF MANOR FARM SET TO START THIS AUTUMN
Have you ever wondered what goes on at Moat House Children’s Centre?
Long awaited plans for Manor Farm are one step closer to becoming a reality with the process to appoint a contractor to deliver £10m of improvements to around 300 homes and the surrounding neighbourhood getting underway. Representatives from the Manor Farm Residents’ Association interviewed shortlisted contractors and asked key questions about how contractors will work with the community and what added value they will bring to the scheme.
MANOR FARM BEFO
This extensive programme of work includes: • external wall insulation • new windows • new doors • new flat roofs • new boundary fencing • environmental works that complement the works that are carried out to the homes.
We provide free opportunities and activities for all local families. We are here for everyone, this is not a “special service” for families having difficulties. Moat House is a place to get your baby weighed, let your children explore, have fun with other children of the same age, meet other parents. We can help parents with information/help finding courses and jobs to suit you. Moat House Children’s Centre nursery offers free places for all 3-4 year old children. Some two year olds can also get free nursery places. Places are limited at Moat House Nursery, if we do not have a suitable place we can a help you to find other childcare in the local area.
A FREE NURSERY OR CHILDCARE PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD
Once a contractor is appointed we will be able to talk in more detail to residents about the timescales for delivering the programme and start to answer questions about how the contractors will work on site.
Free places are available for 2, 3 and 4 year old children. This could be at a nursery, a nursery class in school, a preschool playgroup or with a childminder. Attending nursery will help your child to settle and be ready to learn when they start school. Your choice of nursery will not affect where your child goes to school. For example a child could spend two years in one school nursery and then go to a different school for reception class if that was the school parents preferred their child to attend.
MANOR FARM AFTER
To find out about free nursery places contact Family Information Service on 024 7683 4373 or look on Coventry City Council website at coventry. gov.uk. Staff at your local Children’s Centre (Moat House 024 7678 5621 may be able to help you if you have difficulty finding a suitable place).
ACTIVITIES | SPIRIT
SKY RIDE COVENTRY
FREE PLAY SCHEME AT MOAT HOUSE CHILDREN’S CENTRE
Enjoy a fantastic free day out riding on traffic-free streets at Sky Ride Coventry on Sunday 7 August between 11am and 3pm. There’s lots of entertainment on the four mile route which goes through Fargo village, including the Extreme Mountain Bike Show, British Cycling’s Go Ride children’s obstacle course, quiz show games and face painting. Cycle hire is available on the day.
Moat House Community Trust, St Chad’s church & Moat House Children’s Centre are combining their skills and resources to run a short holiday scheme ………open to families of Wood End, Henley Green, Manor Farm and Deedmore; with children aged up to 13 years.
- SUNDAY 7TH AUGUST 11AM – 3PM
Sign up for Sky Ride and get a free bike check. www.goskyride.com/coventry
JOIN FREE ORGANISED RIDES Every Sunday there are free rides aimed at all abilities of riders – whether you’re building your confidence or looking for something more challenging.
When does the play scheme run?? 10.30 – 14.00 on the following dates: Wednesday 3rd August Thursday 4th August Wednesday 10th August Thursday 11th August How do I book a place? Strictly on an advanced booking basis as places are limited. Please call Moat House Community Trust on 024 7662 2964; for further detail and to check availability or look on Road2Rio2016.eventbrite.co.uk Where are we? Moat House Children’s Centre is in the same building as Moat House School, Deedmore Road, Coventry CV2 1EQ
• Bramcote Ride – Sunday 24 July 10am • Ride to Bramcote on a steady 18 mile ride from Longford Park • Sowe Valley Cycle Ride – Sunday 14 August 2pm • Enjoy an easy 5 mile family ride along the Sowe Valley from Moat House • AT7 to Caludon Castle - Sunday 21 August 10am • Enjoy a steady 8 mile ride along the Canal and Sowe Valley from AT7 • Longford Loop – Sunday 28 August 2pm • Enjoy an easy 3 mile ride around Longford Park Find out more and to register for all rides at
www.goskyride.com/coventry FREE CYCLE TRAINING AT MOAT HOUSE LEISURE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE If you’d like to brush up your skills or learn for the first time, you can sign up for free cycle training and even borrow a bike and helmet. Adult cycle training is for all levels from traffic free courses for beginners to on-road training for improvers and advanced. Sign up online for a Saturday course at www.coventry.gov.uk/cycling
AT MOATHOUSE LEISURE CENTRE, WINSTON AVENUE, COVENTRY, CV2 1EA
12PM-2PM AUGUST: MONDAY 1ST, 8TH, 15TH, 22ND THURSDAY 4TH, 11TH, 18TH, 25TH SEPTEMBER: THURSDAY 1ST AGES 8-18
BOOKING NOT NECESSARY - FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT CRAIG.WHITE@CCFC.CO.UK OR 024 768 6313
ACTIVITIES | SPIRIT
TODAYâ€™S RECIPE: SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN Ingredients 1 onion 2 peppers 4 chicken breasts 1 can pineapple chunks 1 tablespoon cornflour 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup 2 tablespoons light soy sauce 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 150 millilitres cold water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
For a chance to win a family ticket to one of our trips this summer, see if you can circle five differences between the top and bottom pictures of our Manor Farm clean-up.
Simple Steps 1. Peel and finely chop the onion. 2. Cut the red pepper into thin strips. 3. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. 4. Open the can of pineapple chunks and drain into a jug. 5. In a bowl, mix the cornflour with a little pineapple juice to make a paste. 6. Stir in the rest of the juice and add the tomato ketchup, soy sauce, white wine vinegar and water. 7. Heat a wok or pan on a medium heat and add the oil. Cook for 4 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, stirring all the time. 8. Add the onion and peppers and cook for a further 3 minutes. 9. Stir in the pineapple. 10. Add the sauce and stir until the mixture thickens. Simmer for 5 minutes. 11. Serve with rice.
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CLOSING DATE 1 SEPTEMBER 2016 You can drop off your cut out entry form to the following locations: 1) Moat House Cafe 2) Henley Green Community Centre
Phone number: S erves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minu tes Cooking time : 15 minutes
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