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November 2016












Winter Edition Your local Spirit Quarters magazine MANOR FARM UPDATE












REDEVELOPMENT Manor Farm update - p3 Spirit Quarters frequently asked questions - p4

COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL Rubbish - p5 Recycling rewards - p5 Get online - p6

COMMUNITY Hair and beauty offers - p6 Have you had your flu jab? - p6 Sky Blues in the community - p7 St Chad’s Anglican Church - p7 Community pictures - p8/9

ACTIVITIES Healthy walk - p10 Armchair exercise programme - p10 Slimming World success - p10


P4 Your Spirit Quarters questions answered

Spot the difference - p11 Winter recipe - p11

COMMUNITY EVENTS Dates for your diary - p12 Santa on tour - p12





SPIRIT QUARTERS 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!



A WARM WELCOME TO THE WINTER EDITION OF SPIRIT QUARTERS Welcome to the Winter edition of the Spirit Quarters magazine. The transformation of the area continues at pace as new homes continue to rise out of the ground and existing homes throughout the area benefit from improvement works such as external wall insulation, new roofs and double glazed windows and doors. This will continue throughout 2017 with the long awaited improvement works to Manor Farm starting in the new year and Phase 4 of the redevelopment also programmed to start in January, subject to planning permission being granted in December. As well as being proud of the physical transformation taking place in the area, I continue to be amazed and inspired by the strength of community spirit and sense of togetherness. This is clearly demonstrated by well attended community events, organised by Moat House Community Trust and resident associations, such as the Summer Party, Fireworks Display and the Manor Farm Fun Day. In addition to the events there were several, over subscribed, trips to places like Drayton Manor, Bosworth Water Park and Moreton-in-Marsh Market. There are more events planned to take place over the Christmas period such as Santa on Tour and Santa’s Grotto – please see page 11 for more details. I hope you enjoy reading the magazine and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

MANOR FARM UPDATE The transformation of Manor Farm is underway Work has started on a £10 million regeneration programme to breathe new life into Manor Farm estate. Local residents have worked closely with Whitefriars on details of the regeneration plans and the choice of contractor. Representatives from Manor Farm Residents’ Association helped interview shortlisted contractors, asking how they would work with the community and what ‘added value’ they could bring to the scheme. Lovells were selected unanimously to carry out the work. Louise Francis, Chair of Manor Farm Residents’ Association, said: “Residents living on the Manor Farm estate are pleased and excited that the regeneration work is about to begin. “We are looking forward to warmer, more energy efficient homes and more attractive surroundings – and we are committed to working together with Whitefriars and Lovell on future projects to enhance the local community.” Regeneration work will involve fitting external wall insulation and new windows, doors, flat roofs and boundary fencing, plus environmental works to enhance the surrounding area. Intensive resident consultation and planning is now taking place, with the 12-month programme of work set to start in January 2017.





FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS answered by Kevin Roach, Project Director Persimmon are building on a site close to Spirit Quarters; Does this mean that our development is going to stop? I am aware that Persimmon will be building homes on land at Shilton Lane and the simple answer to the question is no our development will not stop. I am currently finalising the legal agreements with Keepmoat for Phase 4 which will see around 372 new homes built over a five year period. Why is the redevelopment taking so long? I can understand why it may be felt that the redevelopment is taking a long time, particularly when you can see other local developments being built. However the fact of the matter is that over 550 new homes have been built over the past six years which is remarkable considering that the number of homes per year a developer builds is influenced by the number of homes they can sell, and on average a developer will look to sell 50 to 60 homes a year on any one site – the rate of sales being achieved at Spirit Quarters is 66 per year! Are you building houses on Chippy Fields? No we are not building houses on Chippy Fields. We will be building a new play area for children under the age of 10 which will consist of a junior football pitch, natural play equipment and a junior cycle track. However, in the meantime we will need to close off an area of Chippy Fields to locate temporary site cabins and welfare facilities to construct the new homes adjacent to Chippy Fields.

There are several new developments being built near to Spirit Quarters. Will this have a negative impact on the sale of homes in this area? Competition from any nearby development can have a potential impact on sales rates, however, I am confident there will not be any significant or no impact on the sales of homes within the Spirit Quarters scheme for the following reasons: - Keepmoat have been selling homes over the past six years and this has been their best selling site within the Midlands over the past few years and a number of sales come from recommendations from existing and new residents - compared to other developments the area offers local amenities they don’t have such as a leisure centre, new schools, park and play areas. Who is responsible for maintaining the areas of land and emptying of bins along the Sowe Valley footpath where the new homes have been built? Keepmoat Homes are responsible for maintaining the land around the SWALES and balancing pond until such time they are adopted by the City Council. Their landscape contractors are currently programmed to attend site every two weeks, however, it should be noted that this will reduce probably to once a month as the growing period stops. The emptying of the bins and litter is currently undertaken by Keepmoat site operatives and has been carried out on a monthly basis, however, due to the current condition of the area this will be increased to be carried out every two weeks. There will be always occasions when the bins are full or the litter is particularly bad in advance of the date they are due to attend, if this is the case please call Keepmoat Customer Care Line on 0808 145 1720 and they will pass onto the site team.



“YOUR RUBBISH” is a new FREE APP for your smartphone; specially designed to help Coventry residents recycle and dispose of their waste. Do you ever forget to put your bins out? •• Set “YOUR RUBBISH” app with weekly collection reminders: when to put bins out.…..and when to take them in. Not sure when to put out the blue-lidded recycling bin or brown-lidded garden waste bin? ••The “YOUR RUBBISH” app can be set up to notify you every week. Unsure whether and what items you can recycle? ••“YOUR RUBBISH” has an alphabetical list of household items and how to dispose of them. ••“YOUR RUBBISH” shows which items you can put in each bin. What about cancelled collections? ••“YOUR RUBBISH” will show if for any reason bin collections are cancelled such as heavy snow; “YOUR RUBBISH” will then inform you when your next collection is. What about Christmas and New Year? ••“YOUR RUBBISH” will let you know what your Christmas and New Year arrangements are. So download the free “YOUR RUBBISH” app today form iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPad; or Google Play Store for Android.

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Would you like to learn more about using computers,

or brush up on your online skills? Help is available to get online Coventry libraries hold a number of events to help people to get online, including Gen2Gen sessions with volunteers from Coventry University, who share their skills and knowledge. Libraries also offer a number of basic computer courses, and Code Clubs for children aged 9-11 who are interested in ICT. Go to www.coventry. to find course details and locations, or drop in to your local library.

Did you know that you can also complete a number of top council tasks online, including paying for and updating your details for Council Tax and Housing Benefits, applying for school places and reporting issues? Dealing with the Council online is secure and convenient – you can do what you need to at any time of the day or night and beat the queues.

Just visit to find out more and save time by doing it online.

Henley College Coventry Hair and Beauty Offers

Have you had your flu jab? Flu jabs are offered every year from September/October onwards.

Treatyourself yourself to Treat to aa makeoverthis thisAutumn winter makeover Beauty Dermalogica Facials £10 Indian Head Massage £8 Non Surgical Face Lift £12

Hairdressing Colours available from £17 Cut and Blow Dry from £4 Sienna X Spray Tan £12

We recommend this for all patients with chronic illnesses such as Asthma, Diabetes, Heart disease, kidney disease, COPD. All carers and patients over 65 should also have this every year.

To find out more, contact your local GP

Gift vouchers available for Christmas To book call 024 7662 6332 or visit:

Cheril Sowell, Nurse


St Chad’s in Wood End, Coventry, has had its hall kitchen refurbished through the generosity of the area’s housing regeneration partners, Lovell’s and Whitefriars, St Chad’s children’s groups and members of the congregation. New kitchen units and basins have been installed, plus a new floor, and the walls and wood work given a coat of fresh paint.

Sun 4th Dec 10.30am

Christingle Messy Church

Sun 18th Dec 10.30am

The kitchen has been refurbished as part of the church’s 60th Anniversary celebrations next year, commemorating the building of the 1960’s church building which was designed by Sir Basil Spence. The Kitchen is used extensively by the church’s Boys’ Brigade & Girls’ Association, Breakfast Church (Junior Church), Kidzklub, Free Friday Breakfast Club, Stay & Play Group and Messy Church - and also for the church’s regular socials and community events.

Mon 19th Dec 5.00pm OAPs Christmas Dinner in the Church Hall

Carol Service and Nativity Play



Mon 12th Dec 3.30pm

Santa’s Grotto for children in the Church Hall, with a free present from Santa!

OAPs Christmas dinner only £3 per person. Call 024 76 612909 to book.




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“I am really looking forward to the training, so I can improve my fitness.” Tony (Centre)

HEALTHY WALK Our healthy walk group enjoys steady walks around the green spaces in the area, one member in particular who enjoys the walk that much has enrolled to do the training to be a healthy walk leader, so he can lead those who feel more energetic and want to go further.

Join us every Tuesday at the Moat House Leisure & Neighbourhood Centre, 1:15pm until 2:00pm Join us afterwards for Tea & Talk




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SLIMMING SUCCESS Every Wednesday evening, an enthusiastic group of slimmers get together for a good laugh; advice on weight loss; sharing recipes; and encouraging changes for happier, healthier lives. Members have recently nominated individuals from the group who have inspired them –either through their weight loss, the way they have taken on the challenge of changing their lifestyle or who have made a great start in their journey to lose weight. You can be assured of a warm welcome on your own journey. Pop along and find out more, at the Henley Green Community Centre, 6.00pm – 9.00pm.


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CLOSING DATE 31ST DECEMBER 2016 You can drop off your cut out entry form to the following locations: • Moat House Cafe • Henley Green Community Centre • St Chad’s Church

Name: Address: Phone number: Email address: Age (please circle): 0  -16 16-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 Over 55

For a chance to win a voucher* for Henley College’s restaurant enter our spot the difference competition. See if you can circle 5 differences between the top and bottom pictures of a yummy winter warming casserole.




Residents meetings Deedmore 3rd Thursday of every month, 6pm at Moat House Neighbourhood and Leisure Centre. Wood End Residents and Friends (WERAF) 3rd Monday of every month, 6.00pm at St. Chad’s Church Hall. Manor Farm 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7.30pm at Henley Green Community Centre, Wyken Croft.


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Residents meetings 15th - Deedmore 20th - Wood End Residents and Friends (WERAF) 21st - Manor Farm


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Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto Saturday 3rd December, 4pm - 7.30pm Children £3 (includes santa and present) Adults £2 (includes mince pie and tea)

St Chad’s Anglican Church Santa’s Grotto Monday 12th December, 3.30pm Children meet Santa free

Moat House Community Trust Santa on Tour Monday 19th December, 3.30pm - 5.30pm Children £1 includes visit to Santa and gift.

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