Posts Tagged ‘Staple Hill’

Housing providers partner up to help tenants find their perfect match

Posted on Tuesday 21st May 2013 at 11:56 am by SH (Editor)

Merlin Housing Society.

Social housing providers in South Gloucestershire have partnered up for a series of ‘speed-dating for houses’ events, to help their tenants move.

Merlin Housing Society, Knightstone Housing Association, Sovereign Housing Association and Solon South West Housing, are holding the events to help people affected by Welfare Reform. The three events will bring people who want or need to move home together to see if they can swap homes.

Merlin’s Head of Neighbourhood Services, Barbara Reid said:

“Welfare Reform is bringing huge changes for social housing tenants. More than 1,000 people living in South Gloucestershire areas have been affected by the introduction of the bedroom tax.”

“It’s not just demand for smaller properties though, we have families in need of bigger homes because they’ve outgrown their current one, and older people who are struggling to manage larger properties.”

“For some the only option is to move, but up until now that hasn’t been easy. The speed-dating concept has developed as a result of one we held earlier this year, which really bought home the demand for house swaps.”

Solon’s Head of Housing, Darryl Harkin said:

“Solon is happy to be involved in this initiative with Merlin, having attended the first event in February which was a great success.”

“We are hopeful that a number of our residents can secure a move as a result of the events so that the worry of finding the extra money to meet Housing costs is removed.”

More: Events scheduled for Filton, Chipping Sodbury and Staple Hill »

Source: Merlin Housing Society

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Seasonal celebration back on the hill

Posted on Friday 28th October 2011 at 9:45 am by SH (Editor)

Staple Hill’s ‘Christmas on the Hill’ Festival will be taking place this year on Saturday 10th December. The annual festival has become a firm fixture in Staple Hill and always promises to be a fun day for all the family.

Free entertainment takes place throughout the afternoon at venues around Staple Hill, however the highlight of the day is undoubtedly the parade of local groups and brass bands through the town centre at 1pm.

Labour councillor Shirley Potts has been organising the event since it started and has seen it go from strength to strength. Cllr Potts (Labour, Staple Hill) said:

“Christmas on the Hill is always a wonderful opportunity for the whole community to get together to kick off our Christmas festivities.  It is fantastic to see our local residents and visitors making the most of everything that Staple Hill has to offer.”

Chair of the Staple Hill Regeneration Partnership, Cllr Ian Boulton (Labour, Staple Hill), said:

“Christmas on the Hill plays an important part of our work to continue to develop Staple Hill’s reputation as a great place to live and work.  We’re looking forward to a festival that promises to be better than ever”

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Armed Forces Day celebrations in South Glos

Posted on Friday 24th June 2011 at 8:27 am by SH (Editor)

Armed Forces Day

South Gloucestershire Council will be showing its support for Britain’s servicemen and women by hosting a special event in Staple Hill to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25th June.

The event will include a parade of veterans, military vehicles and marching bands starting at 11:30am. There will also be events in Page Park from 10:30am to 4pm with activities for all the family to enjoy.

As part of the formal proceedings, General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff and professional head of the Army will take the salute as the parade marches past, and the drumhead ceremony – a long standing tradition for military days – will be led by Reverend Roy Harrison. Also in attendance will be Air Vice Marshal Simon Bollom.

Also as part of the Armed Forces Day celebrations, Staple Hill Library will be holding an evening with an ex-Royal Marine who will be giving a first hand account of life in the Marines.

He will be talking about why he enlisted, the training and what life in the forces is like including being under fire in various scenarios around the world. This is a unique opportunity to listen to find out more about our armed forces; the friendships that are built and the stresses of for both the service personnel and their families. The event will be on Wednesday 29th June 2011 at 7:30 in Staple Hill Library.

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Council employees recognised for their hard work

Posted on Tuesday 5th April 2011 at 8:30 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Hook, South Gloucestershire Council award winner

Bradley Hook has been crowned 2011 employee of the year by South Gloucestershire Council.

An awards ceremony was held last week to pay tribute to staff including Bradley (pictured) who is employed to keep the high street and surrounding streets in Staple Hill clean and tidy. He was among a number of staff to be recognised for their contribution to making the area a great place to live and work.

Chief executive Amanda Deeks congratulated staff on their achievements before presenting Bradley with his award.

She said: “Our employee of the year, Bradley Hook, is a real asset to the council, maintaining and improving our local environment. He is someone who really lives the values of the council through their work. Bradley has made a real difference to one of our area’s busiest shopping centres by ensuring it is a clean and pleasant place for residents and visitors to shop in and in the last year he has made a vast improvement to that area.”

“As well as doing a great job he’s a real ambassador for the council. Traders and residents have nothing but praise for the cleanliness of their shopping centre and his courteous and professional attitude. He’s made a real contribution to Staple Hill’s regeneration. His motivation and efforts have been recognised by residents’ and shop keepers alike. So much so that the Staple Hill Chamber of Trade have nominated him for one of their own awards in recognition for his work.”

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Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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