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11:15pm Monday 21st October 2013
4:31pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
It seems a long while since our last meeting, which sadly had to be cancelled because Ken Finn, of the Salvation Army had some complications following heart surgery. Thankfully Ken is now recovering and our best wishes are with him. Meanwhile, we need a new date, and possibly location, for our next meeting which should also be our AGM. We did OK in the Estate Development Bids (EDB), you never come away with all the funding for all the projects on the ‘wish list’ and we were not after as much funding as in previous years. We can only bid for suggested projects and not many people came through, before the deadline, with bids for fencing. If you require fencing, or can think of any other projects where EDB funding might help, then let us know by the end of the year so that they can be put forward in our 2014 bid. I’ve attended a few other meetings recently. The City Assembly was held at Hove Town Hall in May. This is a twice yearly event and open for anyone to attend. One of the major topics was benefit changes and the ‘bedroom tax’. We would be interested to hear if anyone on the estate has been affected as we might be able to point you towards help & advice. I also attended the Lewes Road Consortium, which is a forum for tenants groups from Bevendean, Moulsecoomb, Coldean, & Bates Estate. We were advised that, by the end of 2013, all Council Homes (in Bevendean) should have been surveyed in regards to new door requirements. I imagine most of the estate have already had this done but, also starting in 2013, is a 3 year plan to survey all properties and install WHERE REQUIRED, replacement windows. Community funding (EDB) has been granted for a Boxing Gym near the 67 Centre in Moulsecoomb and this project will also be open to youngsters from Bevendean. The Council’s Illegal Money Lending Team has had rumours of money lenders/loan sharks in the area. If you are, or know of a victim, of loan sharks then please report this to the Hotline number of 0300 555 2222, or report it to your local housing Office or your PCSO. Credit Unions are available, to lend at very low rates, and offer a much safer option. Finally, please come along to our AGM and we also have the Brighton & Hove Standard survey form available for completion.
4:28pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
IMPORTANT NEWS I would like to stress that I have been made aware through word of mouth of further Vehicle Crime incidents that have occurred this month but have not been reported as nothing was taken. This however is still a crime and MUST be reported to the Police officially. If incidents such as these are not reported to us, then we are not receiving an accurate figure of how many occurrences there have been and also, if we don’t know about it - there is nothing we can do!
4:23pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
The steering group has been working hard to make the possibility of a Community Centre for Bevendean a reality – and we may be closer than we realised! Unfortunately, it has taken a long time for the transfer of the original lease from the “Holy Nativity Church” to the “Holy Nativity Community Centre Management Committee, (HNCCMC)”. (I bet you didn’t even know there was one!) The lease has to be re-written and agreed between the Church Solicitor and the “Community” Solicitor (TDC). Until this is completed we are unable to fundraise for major projects.
4:15pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
"Bevendean Women's Institute“ meets on the 4th Monday of every month in the Hall of the Holy Nativity Community Centre at 7pm. We are a group of women of all ages and interests who get together to socialise, learn, be creative, try out new skills and activities, explore new ideas and issues - and have fun! We are always looking for new members and offer a warm welcome to all women who wish to attend. Why not check out our notice board for forthcoming events; come along for a free taster session (first 3 meetings are free);
4:08pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
A number of constituents have raised with me concerns about cold callers persistently bothering them at home. Further to this I made some enquiries and learnt that Sussex Police recently designated the town of Seaford as a “No Cold Calling Zone”. This designation means that if someone calls without an appointment to offer items for sale, offering to carry out work or any other service, they are potentially committing an offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.I understand that since the scheme has been introduced residents of Seaford have experienced a reduction in the number of cold callers. I would be keen to hear if this is something residents of Bevendean would like me to pursue for the area. If you would like to email me with your views on this, or any other issue, then please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also follow me on twitter @simonkirbymp. I hold regular constituency advice surgeries, including one at St Andrews Church in Moulsecoomb and I am always keen to meet with local residents. Best wishes, Simon Kirby, Member of Parliament for Bevendean.
3:57pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
3:50pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
Update Adam Muirhead – The Trust for Developing Communities Hi Everyone, It’s been a busy few months here. The Young Women’s Group entered their life-sized Barbie into B.Fest (formerly the Youth Arts Festival) and the BevenTEEN Bulletin group went up to London to get trained at the Guardian newspaper HQ. The Bevendean Activities Group (BAG) have been really busy planning the summer programme as well as working with Sir Rod Aldridge and BACA to develop a new project which should help bring in more funding over the coming years – so watch this space! Also, the BAG have got a sponsorship deal going, where if people can raise enough money through charitable activities, then they can get a FREE GOLDEN TICKET to one of a range of activities this summer, including Thorpe Park and paintballing! Deadline for this is the 10th July – check out the ‘Bevendean Activities Group’ Facebook Page for more info. This summer is shaping up to be another good one and thanks to the tireless work from the BAG – check out their summer programme in this edition of the Bevendean Bulletin. I have also started working in Moulsecoomb so you may start to hear about more things from over that way – in particular about things like Wild Park Youth Festival, which I have taken a lead on organising. To keep regularly up to date on all the things I’m supporting you can become my ‘friend’ on Facebook. Just search for ‘Adam Muirhead-Youthworker’ Adam Muirhead - (01273) 603698 or email@example.com
3:44pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
Dear Bevendean Residents Unfortunately there exists in society criminals that repeatedly target elderly and vulnerable people through the means of rogue trading and burglary. As you can understand, the impact on such victims can be hugely significant; as a result Sussex Police are working with our partner agencies to take a robust approach towards offenders. These Rogue traders often cold call on victims. Their methods include charging for unnecessary work, damaging property deliberately in order to create work, leaving work unfinished and using intimidating behaviour to extort money. Rogue traders will take steps to purport as legitimate traders. Methods will include the use of credible literature, wearing high visibility jackets, hard hats and the like. For example, a traders van was found to have high quality magnetic signs attached to the sides advertising a non-existent company. These gave the appearance of an established and reputable company, but in fact were quite the opposite and the trader had an extensive history of dishonest practices. If you do only one thing please remember that the very best way to protect yourself is to refuse the services of any person cold calling at your address offering services such as building or gardening work. Please take care of family, friends or neighbours whom you believe may be vulnerable. Make sure that they know not to deal with door step callers. If you have any information regarding rogue trading or other unlawful activity, I would urge you to report your concerns to Sussex Police, Brighton and Hove Trading Standards or via Crimestoppers. To report Non Emergency Crime dial 101 To speak with Trading Standards dial 01273-292523 To report information via Crimestoppers dial 0800 555111.
3:41pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
3:34pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
I have never spent so much time talking about a pub rather than being in one and here we go again. My name is Warren Carter and I’m chair of the Bevendean community pub. A few of us had this crazy idea a while back that people round here deserve somewhere decent to eat, drink and meet. We planned, plotted and argued over where the toilets would go. Then last December we launched our share issue to raise funds. Firstly, congratulations to everyone – we have the most members of any co-op pub in the country! An incredible 545 people are now members, lots of them live locally and in the city but some are from Europe, Australia and America! This is a movement that is going to spread. There are 18 co-op pubs now and over 300 community shops around the country. But what we are doing in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean is unique – the first on a housing estate. Of course this has meant it has been a lot harder to raise funds. But we managed an incredible 44 thousand from shares with an extra 20k pledged for the rebuild so we currently have 65k in the pot. So when are we going to open the bloody thing? We held our 1st AGM on the 23rd of June and voted in 9 management committee members. We also asked our members to vote on whether or not we should employ a part time project manager for three months. We need someone to pull together all the threads, draw up timeline of work needed, all the offers of help from builders and companies, look at sourcing materials and see where we can save costs from our business plan. The project manager’s wages won’t come out of share money. We can’t spend the share money until we have enough to start the rebuild. Instead it is coming out of our fundraising fund we have, money raised from pop up Bevy bars and selling cakes to local offices and even the police. It’s hard to put a figure on it but if we can raise another 65k we could be sipping our first beer or coffee. How are we going to do this? We are talking to banks, the council; we are looking at crowdfunding, more pop up Bevy bars and writing to wealthy individuals. We need your ideas and enthusiasm and probably some more of your money to make this happen. If you are a plumber, plasterer, fancy a bit of gardening, can work behind our fundraising bars please let us know. What we are doing is something very special, a flagship project where people from other towns and cities will come and visit to see how it is done. Just like the Albion stadium we want people to have a Wow factor. The people round here deserve that. Let’s work together for the people of Moulsecoomb, Bevendean and Bates estates to have a place they can be proud of. Cheers…
3:31pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
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3:09pm Tuesday 20th August 2013
Fast and Furious 6 is by far the best film in the franchise! I found the 1st three films quite boring but things started to pick up by film number 4 and 5! This was the first that I actually went to see at the cinema and I’m so glad I did!
9:34am Monday 6th May 2013
5:36pm Tuesday 19th March 2013
Fun Event for Everyone in Bevendean. Wed 10th April, 11am – 3pm At the Holy Nativity Community Centre and Church Hall, Norwich Drive, Bevendean Bike for Life –bring your bike for free maintenance, Café & Salad Bar, Kids Cricket, Gym, Exercise/Botcher Taster Sessions, Mind, Information, Active for Life, Personalised Travel, Food waste, Carers Info, History Project, Spiral Sussex, Stalls, Fruit Smoothies & much more. FREE Stall for any local residents or community groups providing activities. For more info and to book a stall contact Helen on 603698 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Entrance is Free!
5:30pm Tuesday 19th March 2013
When I saw the advertisement for The Impossible, I didn’t think it would be any good, but I think it’s one of the best films ever made. It’s a true story about a family that go to Thailand on holiday together. On the morning of December 26th they're laying by the pool when they are struck by a tsunami.
5:26pm Tuesday 19th March 2013
5:22pm Tuesday 19th March 2013
According to the research I have done, there are more than 3.2 million students across the world, who are victims of bullying each year. Less than half of these incidents are reported and even less are sorted out. 70 percent of young people see bullying happening online and report it, but is it enough? 1 out of 4 kids get bullied more than once.
5:14pm Tuesday 19th March 2013
While actual force to have sex is rare, many teenage girls (especially those under the age of 16) feel pressured to have sex. And, of course, the more intercourse a teenager has, the more likely it is that a teen pregnancy will eventually result. Some of the reasons that birth control is not used include the following: uneducated about birth control, uncomfortable using birth control methods. not feeling comfortable obtaining birth control, caught up in the moment and unable to access
5:07pm Tuesday 19th March 2013
We are heading to The Guardian Education Centre on Tuesday 9th April (during the Easter holidays), to learn how to write a range of articles from the day’s news, creating headlines, to then making a newspaper front page with help from professional journalists! If you’ve ever wanted to see what it’s like working at a newspaper or you just want to add something interesting to your CV, then please join us by calling Adam to book your place, on (01273) 603698 or email email@example.com.
12:29pm Tuesday 19th March 2013
Firstly we have some important news! We have extended our share issue until 30th April. We have over 370 members and raised £35,320 in cash since our launch. A fantastic achievement - BUT not nearly enough to start building yet. We deliberately kept shares cheap to be inclusive but if you can afford more please do. Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme Because we are eligible for this amazing tax incentive anyone who is a tax payer spending a £100 or more on shares can apply for HALF of their investment back through the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme. Contact us for more details. Share Certificates Some people have asked why they have bought shares but received nothing in the post. We will not issue certificates until we have enough money in the bank to start our project. This money is kept in a separate bank account and if the pub does not open people will receive a full refund (you can read about our rules and regulations in our prospectus). Investors We have been targeting larger investors and supportive businesses to get them on board. If you know anyone who might be interested get in touch with us! Door Knocking Fancy being part of our street team, talking to the residents of Moulsecoomb, Bevendean and Bates to tell them what they would be missing if we don’t make The Bevy a reality! Events The Bevy are running one off events, check out our facebook The Bevendean Coopertive Pub or our web page www.thebevy.co.uk for updates. And finally ‘The Bevy’ is really so much more than a pub – it’s a sustainable building and a self- financing project, offering jobs, training and volunteer opportunities to all local people. A community ‘hub’ where people can meet, eat, drink and relax and buck the trend of 18 pubs a week closing. If we pull this off, it will be a beacon of what can be achieved by people doing it for themselves and turning passion into action. So tell all your family, friends and colleagues to buy some shares and invest in something unique –together we can make The Bevendean Community Pub a reality. KEMPTOWN MP SHOWS SUPPORT FOR MOULSECOOMB COMMUNITY PUB Simon Kirby, Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven, has shown his support for “The Bevy” Community Pub in Moulsecoomb by buying shares in the pub to help campaigners reach their fundraising total. Simon said: “I know what a valuable role pubs can play as a hub for the local community and that is why I am keen to support this campaign. I am aware of the issues surrounding the old pub and that is why it is so important that this initiative remains community focused, which from discussions I have had with those involved, I am pleased to see it is doing.” Local residents are trying to create a place to eat, meet, drink, study and relax in the heart of the community. Plans include a pub / cafe, community kitchen, play areas and vegetable gardens. Simon, who before becoming an MP owned a number of pubs in the City added: “As someone with experience in this industry I have been happy to assist the campaign group as they try and make their plans a reality.” Simon concluded: “I would encourage anyone who wishes to support this worthwhile endeavour to donate. Shares in the pub can be purchased here http://www.thebevy.co.uk/shares.
12:26pm Tuesday 19th March 2013
12:00pm Tuesday 19th March 2013
Part of the ‘History of Lower Bevendean Farm’ (All Our Stories) The training will prepare people in interview techniques and use of a ‘Zoomcorder’ to interview local residents and use the recordings as part of our digital record of the history project. Training will be held in the Holy Nativity Hall from 10am – 4pm on: Friday Apri19th – Day One Introduce Life History Research and Oral History techniques. Look at ethics and consent, design interview guides, phrasing questions and put together a draft interview by the end of the day Friday April 26th – Day Two A ‘hands on’ session to practice interview techniques and use of the recording equipment. By the end they will be able to record an oral history interview and identify and set up an interview time. Three week break to allow time to collect/record all interviews. Friday May 17th – Day Three Participants will share interview contents and play extracts for discussion. Learn how to summarise and transcribe interviews. Identify and select best extracts for future use and break for three weeks to allow time to summarise and transcribe interviews. Friday June 14th – Day Four The group will work together to look at the common themes and how to present a narrative for an exhibition of the work. To book a place, please contact Helen Jones by Wed 10th April. Phone; 603698 or e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or come to the community office at Bevendean school.
11:57am Tuesday 19th March 2013
YOUR WILL is the most important document you will ever possess What have you done about your own Will? Without a Will, the law, not you, decides who gets your money and possessions Without a Will it is Social Services that decide who will look after your children! You may lose your family home if you have to go into care! You may be subject to an Inheritance Tax liability! If you have a Will, when was the last time you reviewed it? If you are concerned about any of these issues: We can help by providing a PROFESSIONAL Will Writing and Estate Planning Service Contact your local Estate Planning Consultant A Qualified Associate of the Institute of Professional Will Writers: Jacqueline Fuller AIPW email@example.com 01273 500324 or 07787 842480 www.aps-legal-wills.co.uk Call to arrange a FREE no obligation consultation in your own home at a convenient time for you, including evenings.
11:54am Tuesday 19th March 2013
Summer Term April - July 2013 Varndean College’s community education programme starts again after Easter with another set of 10 week classes. On offer this term we have our 2 popular exercise classes; both are subsidised and take place in the heart of the neighbourhood at Bevendean Primary School on Wednesday evenings, starting 24th April. · Yoga 6.30pm – 8pm. Moving, stretching, breathing and relaxation. Suitable for all abilities and body types. · Pilates 7pm – 8.30pm. Exercise to improve posture, flexibility, strength and co-ordination. Concessionary rates are £15 (for people over 65 and those on means tested benefits) or full cost £45. We also offer classes in Woodingdean and Coldean; these include Singing, Tai Chi, Up-cycling Textiles, Ceramics, Cooking, Drawing & Painting, De-Cluttering and Researching your Family History. As well as this you have a choice of 2 accredited courses to help with skills for employment; In Coldean we will be running Working with Children (Level 1) and in Woodingdean we are running Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (Level 1). These courses are free to people not in paid work. Please get in touch via the details below for brochures and / or enrolment info. If you would like to enrol in person, please come to the Lecca Café on Tuesday 16th April between 10.30am and 12pm. We are always keen to hear about what courses you would like to see in your area so if you have any suggestions - give us a call. For further info or to be added to the mailing list call Debbie on 07747 442057 / 01273 546602 / firstname.lastname@example.org ￼We look forward to hearing from you.
11:37am Tuesday 19th March 2013
2013 WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET INVOLVED THIS YEAR? September 7th 2013 TBC MUSICIANS/BANDS please contact DONNA : 07877 188705 NO LATER THAN 1ST JULY 2013 you can send us a demo or we can come and see you perform. VOLUNTEERS this is where the fun starts. Can you help us organise it or get involved on the day itself? Want to be part of something special? Contact email@example.com or Kathy on 07738 733771. Or send us a message on our Facebook page BevFest WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE AT BEVFEST 2013? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas COMING SOON — BEVENDEAN’S GOT TALENT…….. BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ORGANISERS OF BEVFEST
11:11am Tuesday 19th March 2013
At the time of writing the staff are just completing their review of the first 6 months of our new curriculum. This aimed to ensure that the topics we provide for our children are motivating, exciting and provide a fantastic vehicle from which children can learn. Our evaluation is that the new developments are an overwhelming success. As one child said, ‘This is the best way to start a topic. It beats just being told what to do.’ Another was equally as eager when she said, ‘Before we did history in history lessons, now it’s everywhere.’ In a recent survey the percentage of children who said they enjoy learning at school had risen from 90% to 96% (which is higher than the Brighton & Hove average of 91%. We believe this is a result of the fantastic work our staff have done in implementing the new curriculum. Please have a look at our website and you will be able to see photos of much of the learning in which the children have been involved. SNOW I just wanted to say what fantastic service we had from the Bevendean Cityclean worker, Michael. He spent well over an hour with us, helping clear the access routes into school ensuring we could open safely and all done with great humour and tremendous efficiency. THANK YOU.
10:39am Tuesday 19th March 2013
14 March Forest Management with Rangers 21 and 24 March Big Dig Week Broad Bean sowing and vegetarian food 14 April Forest School Start (please book) 18 April Forest School After school club start (please book) 28 April Build a Clay Oven Course (£80 for three Sundays, please book) For more info or interest in volunteering or joining the community compost scheme contact: email@example.com or call 07842144675
10:28am Tuesday 19th March 2013
The Institute of Archaeology at UCL is developing an exciting new landscape project centred on Brighton and Hove. In partnership with Brighton & Hove Museums, Red Earth Arts Group, Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society & the South Downs National Park we are applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a 4 year heritage project entitled: ‘Beacons of the Downs: People and Landscapes in Brighton's Downland' Our aim is to put working with diverse community groups across the City at the centre of the project. In order to begin to establish links with your group and to develop ideas for the project which meet your needs, we are writing to invite you to attend a ‘Beacons Workshop’ on Tues 19th March 5-8pm and Weds March 27th 2-5pm The Beacon's Landscape Area comprises the c.200km2 area of Brighton & Hove and the surrounding Download. It includes a large section of the South Downs National Park. Our project is being developed to widen access to, awareness of and give people a stake in the Downland landscape of both the city and the surrounding hills. The City and its countryside are the setting for "The ‘Beacons" - archaeological sites, landmarks, monuments, buildings - located in prominent areas in the city and these surrounding hills, many of them are inter-visible and provide a dramatic setting to the city. Through the project we will develop a wide range of public archaeology, art, performances, guided walks, all aimed at creating a new identity for the city across diverse communities, one that is grounded in its urban and Downland landscape. The ‘Beacons Workshops’ will last for 3 hours and be held in a relaxed setting at Brighton & Hove Royal Pavilion Museum. During the meeting we want to give your group and the communities you represent a chance to help shape the application. We will encourage creative thinking and open, democratic participation in a context where people do not know each other. Coffee/tea and sandwiches will be provided. We have only 35 spaces, so get in touch with CAA, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP confirming which date you prefer.
10:25am Tuesday 19th March 2013
Find things to do near you! It’s Local Actually team has been gathering information on activities in your neighbourhood and so far has recorded more than 500 of them across Brighton & Hove. Visit www.thefedonline.org.uk/local on your computer, tablet or smart phone Enter your post code or location Find out what is going on your doorstep Run a local group? You can register your activity on the site FREE! Brought to you by The Fed Online
10:08am Tuesday 19th March 2013
Important News: ASB. During the month of January, Police received two reports of Anti Social Behaviour in the area of Bevendean. The first incident was a report of thirty youths stood outside the NISA store acting rowdy and loud, Police responded quickly and found there to be a smaller number present and the behaviour was not as dramatic as reported. The youths were cooperative with Police and were advised accordingly. The second call was in regards to a group of 14 year old males walking up Heath Hill Avenue. One outside Partridge house care home, the group was seen to pick up a loose road sign and place it in the road. No accidents occurring from this incident and the council have been advised to remove the sign as soon as possible, to ensure no further issue occur. Communication. This year I am hoping to promote more communication between the public and the Police. We are constantly trying new ways of interacting with the public whilst keeping up with the digital age. Some of you may know that Sussex Police has a Twitter and Facebook account to engage with those who are fans of the social network sites.
10:02am Tuesday 19th March 2013
‘We’re NOT all Jam & Jerusalem’! Bevendean Women’s Institute invites you to a curry night on Tuesday 28th May at 7pm @ The Holy Nativity Community Project, Norwich Drive. Main course - Veg curry or chilli con carne served with jacket potatoes, Dahl & chutney Dessert - Eton Mess Tickets £6.00 available from Emma please telephone 07888685209 Or email: email@example.com All proceeds will go towards the running of the Bevendean WI. Look forward to meeting you….
9:46am Tuesday 19th March 2013
Bevendean Tenants Association updates This is an important time of year and our bids for funding for the Estates Development Budget have been prepared, ready to be voted on at the April meeting of the Area Panel. Fewer people came forward with suggestions although never a year goes by without somebody discovering an urgent need for fencing! We were very pleased with how far our fencing budget was able to stretch this year and it’s nice to know that there are some very happy people out there who will be able to enjoy some security, privacy & safety in their gardens. All we need now is a nice summer. In regards to fencing, we only act in forwarding interested names to the Council and assist when the visits are made. It is the council who decides what works are undertaken and we are not privy to the reasons behind any decision not to proceed. Sometimes, where a council property borders onto a private property, it may fall to the private occupier to fence that border. We also need suggestions for work for the Payback Team. There are limitations but the painting of yellow edging to steps has proved very popular, and extremely useful, and so we are trying to get more done and I know steps near Fitch Drive need urgent attention. Discussions about the ventilation and fire regulations in blocks of flats is till ongoing but the council seem determined for this policy to continue. We would like to hear comments from those affected and also, please, if you have been surveyed or promised a kitchen/bathroom but nothing has happened. A couple of tenants have chased Mears up only to be told that they are at the back of a newly drawn up list. This is something we urgently need to look into. In April there will be major, and well publicised, changes to the benefit system. We hope to have more advice, in the form of leaflets and possibly a guest speaker, at our next meeting so, if you have concerns please come along to the Salvation Army Hall Leybourne Road Wednesday 20th March 7pm.
9:43am Tuesday 19th March 2013
Updates This is an important time of year and our bids for funding for the Estates Development Budget have been prepared, ready to be voted on at the April meeting of the Area Panel. Fewer people came forward with suggestions although never a year goes by without somebody discovering an urgent need for fencing! We were very pleased with how far our fencing budget was able to stretch this year and it’s nice to know that there are some very happy people out there who will be able to enjoy some security, privacy & safety in their gardens. All we need now is a nice summer. In regards to fencing, we only act in forwarding interested names to the Council and assist when the visits are made. It is the council who decides what works are undertaken and we are not privy to the reasons behind any decision not to proceed. Sometimes, where a council property borders onto a private property, it may fall to the private occupier to fence that border. We also need suggestions for work for the Payback Team. There are limitations but the painting of yellow edging to steps has proved very popular, and extremely useful, and so we are trying to get more done and I know steps near Fitch Drive need urgent attention. Discussions about the ventilation and fire regulations in blocks of flats is till ongoing but the council seem determined for this policy to continue. We would like to hear comments from those affected and also, please, if you have been surveyed or promised a kitchen/bathroom but nothing has happened. A couple of tenants have chased Mears up only to be told that they are at the back of a newly drawn up list. This is something we urgently need to look into. In April there will be major, and well publicised, changes to the benefit system. We hope to have more advice, in the form of leaflets and possibly a guest speaker, at our next meeting so, if you have concerns please come along to the Salvation Army Hall Leybourne Road. DATE TO BE CONFIRMED. If you have any questions please email Bevendeanta@hotmail.co.uk
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9:14am Sunday 20th January 2013
Local resident John Horsfield has always wanted to bring the history of Bevendean alive for local people and school children in particular. Bevendean Primary school and BeCCA are on the site of the original Bevendean farm and his dream is to make that connection real. John approached TDC Community worker, Helen Jones and together with the help of ABC and interested local people they put in their successful bid for the Heritage Lottery fund. They now have £10,000 to bring the history of the local area alive for local people. This will include working with ‘ESAMP’-‘East Sussex Archaeological and Museums Project’ to map the site of Bevendean Farm and involve school children in a mini excavation and give them hands on experience of an ‘archaeological dig’. They will also take part in some of the local crafts that would have been practiced locally over time. The project intends to create an archive of the area, bringing together photos, documents and memories of Bevendean. This will involve interviewing the older generations who lived in the area when the Farm was still lived and worked in. There is money in the budget to train local residents to carry out the interviews. If you are interested in gaining such skills or would just like to get involved and help deliver this project or have any photos you would be happy for us to use please contact Helen Jones, the Community Worker on 603698 or call into the Community Office.
9:09am Sunday 20th January 2013
A group of local residents have come together to reopen the old Bevendean Pub. But it will be so much more than just a pub. A community hub with a café, serving good, freshly cooked food to serve alongside the real ales at prices people can afford. A dedicated meeting room for local societies, a community kitchen and an edible pub garden. A ‘village hall’ with a difference in an area that is in desperate need of somewhere for people to meet!
9:01am Sunday 20th January 2013
Hopefully, by now, we have some idea of who will be receiving fencing under the current Estate Development Budget (EDB) process. It’s very difficult to be precise as it’s a pot of money and some gardens may prove to be more expensive to complete than 1st thought and this could be due to extra clearance work having to be done. Of course, a fair amount of this is included in the estimates so there’s also a chance that certain jobs may prove not to be as difficult, and costly, as planned, perhaps enabling us to do another garden ‘on the list’. In our January meeting we will be taking ideas for the next round of EDB funding and, if you would like fencing or have any other ideas that would benefit Council Tenants (and possibly also the wider community) then please bring these ideas forward for consideration. If you have requested something before, that has not been done yet, then please come and ask again. The access to the EDB funding is one of the main benefits of having a Tenants Action Group, as well as giving us a voice in other City forums and trying to make sure that Lower Bevendean gets its fair share of council funding & services. Recently we have also taken up concerns on new fire regulations in flats where vents have been introduced to disperse smoke, in the event of a fire, yet there are concerns that these vents are larger than required, leading to wind & rain entering buildings whilst heat is lost. With the darker nights, some steps have now been ‘edged’ in fluorescent paint and this has made quite a difference. Although no substitute for proper lighting, it does make a big difference and is also a job that can be done by the Community Payback team, so relatively cheap and we will be pushing for more steps to be painted. The Council will be undertaking Estate Inspections, in this area, during November and one of the main areas of concern is obstruction to pavements and this could be from overhanging foliage, bins, bags or re-cycling boxes left out on non-collection days, badly maintained walls or fences and vehicles parked on the pavement. Council tenants are expected to keep their gardens to a ‘certain standard’ and there is help available for those needing to dispose of bulky waste. Next meeting 9th January 2013 this is one week before the EDB dead line. Www.Fixmystreet.com If you have any questions please email Bevendeanta@hotmail.co.uk Our resident involment officer is Hanna Barker @brighton-hove.gov.uk 296639. Help with… Gardening for older people and people with disabilities. What is the Gardening Scheme? This scheme is to help older tenants and tenants with disabilities who are having difficulty looking after their gardens. What does the scheme cover? The scheme covers lawn cutting four times a year and hedge trimming twice a year. Who can apply for the scheme? To be eligible you must: Be a tenant of Brighton & Hove City Council Be of state pension age or in receipt of Disability Living Allowance Have no-one living with you or no-one among your family or friends who can help with the gardening. Please note - the amount of money the council is able to set aside for the scheme is limited. Tenants who are behind with their rent or have legal notices against them, will not normally be considered for the scheme. How quickly will my garden be done? The scheme opens in January for new applications. The first cut will be lawn only and will start in April. The scheme runs throughout the summer and autumn and is usually completed by November. Due to the large number of applications, your gardening will not be done immediately - please be patient. How do I apply for the scheme? Simply fill out the form and return it to your local housing office. We will then let you know within four weeks whether your application has been accepted. What happens then? If you are successful, your application will be passed on to the Mears Project Team who will include it in their programme of work. How can I find out more? For further information, please contact your local housing office or call the Mears Project Team on 01273 574403, for a Gardening Scheme Application Form then return complete form to your local housing office. —————————————————————————— Please contact the BTA if you are unhappy with the new vents, and if its now too dark in your hall ways or rain is getting in, together we can make positive changes. Get in touch today!
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