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A welcome to all our readers. Autumn is
its usual dreary self, but before we know it
Christmas will be here. Spirit has a timely
warning about over spending on the
festivities using catalogues. There’s also some advice about insuring
On a more cheery note, once again some Sentinel staff have
been taking on some hefty challenges for charity. Spirit editor,
Chula Bishop, travelled at 100mph – head first! Might we next
hear she’s racing against Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton?
If that’s not enough, other intrepid staff have been doing some tricky
abseiling. Well done all of you!
You can read about Sentinel working with Hampshire Police,
by helping in a crackdown on Class A drugs. And you can find out
about Sentinel’s continuing Apprenticeship programme, which gives
young people a start on the career ladder.
On the home front there’s news about new homes being built and
the regeneration of some older homes. Yateley is highlighted in this
edition with a happy story about a family finding a shared ownership
home to suit their needs and Hedge Croft sheltered scheme
celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Abbey Court’s chef was a finalist in a cookery competition by making
scrummy entries with mouth-watering names – eat your heart out
For youngsters there are ideas for outdoor games and there’s a recipe
for making yummy pumpkin cupcakes.
Finally, we wish you all a very happy Christmas and all the best
in the New Year!
Spirit editorial panel member
on page 18
The Sentinel magazine with the community at heart
p22 Best in show – garden competition 2014 winners
Meet Abbey Court’s master chef
New homes on the horizon
Families start moving in
Your money..................... 4
Home front...................... 6
Making a difference......... 8
Shared ownership............ 10
New developments.......... 12
Teen Spirit........................ 15
Let’s get quizzical............. 18
Gardening competition.... 22
Summer quiz answers...... 24
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We want to know what matters most to you and how we can
improve what we do. So we’ve asked The Leadership Factor, a
specialist satisfaction and loyalty research company, to take over
our telephone surveys. Their expertise will provide us with clear
recommendations for how we can get better.
If they call you – don’t worry! Their questionnaire is short and it’s
been approved by our customer email focus group.
If you’d like to find out more about The Leadership Factor have
a look at their website at www.tlfresearch.co.uk.
Your views count
Get on board
goes on a shared
ownership missionWe’re pleased to let you know that we’ll shortly
be recruiting for a resident board member.
There are exciting times ahead for us, so we need
committed, enthusiastic residents to apply to
become a resident board member and be part of
our top level decisions.
If you’re interested, or if you want to know more,
keep an eye out for an application pack on our
website at www.sentinelha.org.uk. Or you
can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Patricia Morton, Company Secretary
on 0800 195 5515 (from a landline) or
0300 666 5515 (from mobile). We welcome
applicants from all sections of the community.
On 24 September Channel 4 presenter,
Phil Spencer, visited our offices to make
a film all about shared ownership.
You can see it on our website at
4. 4 Spirit: The Sentinel magazine with the community at heart
According to Citizens Advice 62,000 people asked
for help about catalogue and mail order debt last
year, compared with 61,000 with debts
from payday lenders.
Many catalogues offer you flexible payments –
allowing you to spread the cost of your purchases
over many weeks and sometimes years. But while
this may seem a great option, especially when
money’s tight, the end result can mean you pay
back much more than the original cost.
Here’s how the costs can mount up:
A catalogue advertises a TV for £1049.
Buy it outright and there’s no extra cost. But if you
haven’t got enough money saved to pay all in one
go, you might choose to make more affordable
weekly payments of £10.51 (36.9% APR) over
156 weeks (three years).
Sounds great, but you’ll actually end up paying
back over £1639!
Another mistake catalogue shoppers can make
is that the debts they run up aren’t important.
WRONG. The penalties for missing payments can
be just as heavy as the ones for getting behind on
other types of credit or not paying your rent.
So the message is – think before you buy.
Don’t be sucked in by the offer of cheap sounding
weekly or monthly payments. Work out what the
true cost of what you want to buy will be and
always read the small print.
My Home Finance may be able to help you if
you’re having money worries. Find out more
about loans, bank accounts and budgeting at
www.sentinelha.org.uk/mhf or call
0121 212 9568.
Other organisations who can help include:
National Debt Line - 0808 808 4000
Don’t be caught out
by catalogue debt
With Christmas coming, many of us will be using catalogues at home to shop
You can manage your rent account 24/7
by getting online. Go to www.sentinelha.
org.uk and register by clicking on the blue
Statements Online button. You’ll always be
up-to-date and it’ll save time and paper!
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Julie STEPs into a new role
Julie will be a familiar face to some of you, as she
was previously our Customer Services Team Leader.
Julie said, “I’m so excited to be in my new role.
It was nerve wracking to start with, as I’d been
in my previous role for seven years. But I’m really
pleased to have the opportunity of learning
It’s very different from my old job. And so far
I’ve been meeting lots of different partner
organisations like the local authorities, Jobcentre
Plus and local training providers to spread the
word about STEP.
What makes STEP different, from other job clubs,
is that it’s a one-to-one programme. Clients build
their confidence along with their CVs, over the
weeks, with a combination of personal tuition,
work experience and volunteer placements.
Many people, who’ve taken part, have changed
their lives because of what they’ve achieved
through STEP. And I’m looking forward to being
a part of lots more success stories.”
If you’d like to take our seven STEPs back
to work call Julie on 0800 195 5515,
or 0300 666 5515 from a mobile.
Or go to www.sentinelha.org.uk/step.
We’re really pleased to welcome Julie Grove to our Support Towards Employment
Programme (STEP) as our new employability and engagement co-ordinator.
If you’re a Southern Water customer and haven’t
already got a water meter installed, you probably
will have by 2015. Your water meter will be fitted
for free and it will put you in control of your bill,
as you’ll only pay for what you use.
If you’re worried about what having a water meter
will mean for you, call Southern Water’s metering
contact centre on 0333 2003 015 or visit their
website at www.yourwatermeter.co.uk.
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Adapting to the future
In 1996 England reached the semi-finals of the UEFA European
Football Championship, The Spice Girls were at the top of the
charts with Wannabe and Steph Roseblade moved into her new
bungalow in Fleet. Steph tells us all about it…
As the bungalow was being built I got involved
with the positioning of the internal fittings, such
as the light switches, power points and window
I have EDS (a collection of inherited conditions
that affect the connective tissues that provide
support in the skin, tendons, ligaments and
bones) which limits my mobility. So being
consulted on these things has really helped me
and my family in our everyday lives.
Over the years Sentinel have made further
adaptions to my home, which have really helped
to make a difference. My kitchen has been
refitted – the base units have been removed as
they were blocking my access to the worktops
and sink. The bathroom has been changed into a
wet room and it’s been doubled in size. And the
front door has also been replaced with an electric
one, so I can get in and out easier.
My son is also registered disabled, so we had to
have some quite big work done to create extra
space for his wheelchair in his bedroom.
We also had a ceiling hoist installed.
I don’t let my disability hold me back. I’ve
competed nationally and internationally in
field athletics, shooting, table tennis, curling,
swimming and archery. I’m taking a break from
competing at the moment, due to my joint
problems. But I’ll be back! Unlike in other sports,
female wheelchair athletes can have a long career
and can actually peak in their 50s. So I’ve got a
long way to go yet!
As our lives have changed and moved on our
home has evolved with us. We really like it here
and we’ll definitely be staying.”
For information, advice and support on EDS go to
www.ehlers-danlos.org or call 0800 907 8518.
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Protect your possessions
What would you do if all your stuff was ruined by theft, fire, vandalism or burst pipes? Could you
afford to replace all your furniture, clothing, carpets, electrical items and other household goods?
My Home Contents Insurance offers all our customers, including leaseholders and shared owners,
the chance to insure your possessions in an easy and affordable way.
There’s no excess – you don’t have to pay the first
part of the claim. And cover is provided on a new
for old basis (except for linen and clothing).
The insurance also covers replacing external locks,
if your keys are lost or stolen, as well as the contents
of your freezer. You can also pay extra to cover
things like wheelchairs, mobility scooters, hearing
aids and greenhouses.
You can make regular, flexible payments by cash
at any post office or pay zone outlet, monthly by
Direct Debit or yearly by cheque, postal order, debit
or credit card.
To protect your belongings, if the unexpected happens,
simply call 0845 337 2463 or go to www.thistlemyhome.co.uk today.
The most common cause of mould and damp in
your home is condensation. This happens when
warm moist air meets a cold surface, like a window
or an outside wall. And it mainly occurs at this time
Everyday things you do in your home, like cooking
and washing clothes, add to the moisture in the
air. But there are things you can do to help such as
keeping the bathroom door shut when you have a
shower or bath, keeping the lids on saucepans
when you’re cooking and opening your windows.
For more advice check out our Preventing damp
and mould leaflet at www.sentinelha.org.uk/
If you want to get rid of your unwanted
furniture or if you’d like to fill your house
for free, there’s lots of places where you can
reuse and recycle locally.
Find out more at www.sentinelha.org.uk/
Don’t let damp and
mould take hold
Reuse and recycle
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for Naomi House
We’ve been doing a frantic final few months of fundraising for Naomi House and Jacksplace.
Three of our team, Helen Eatwell, Lianne Burton
and Pete Davis, along with Pete’s daughter Anthea,
abseiled down Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower in
their onesies on 30 August.
Helen said, “It was an amazing experience! I felt
sick, excited, nervous and scared, as at one point
I lost my grip of the rope. I couldn’t get it back
and I went sliding down the tower and hit my
knees on the tower. But the staff were amazing
and stopped the rope so I managed to get control
again. When I got to the bottom I was shaking.
I couldn’t feel my legs or my hands. But my bruised
and swollen knees were worth it, as it was for an
In September Spirit editor, Chula Bishop, whizzed
down Europe’s longest and fastest zip line in aid
of the charity’s Caterpillar Appeal. The zip line is
suspended 500ft above a Penrhyn Quarry in
Snowdonia. But Chula didn’t have time to
appreciate the view as she was travelling
at speeds of up to 100mph head first!
Making a difference
We’ve had a great year supporting
Naomi House and Jacksplace and we’re
really pleased and proud to announce that
we raised the magnificent total of £20,052!
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Flying to the rescue
In the summer we all cast our votes to decide
which charity we’ll be supporting for 2014/15.
And we’re pleased to announce that we’re now
raising funds for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight
The Air Ambulance is based at Thruxton Airfield
near Andover. It flies at 140mph and can reach
most locations in Hampshire in fifteen minutes.
It costs over £125,000 per month to maintain
the Air Ambulance service – which is about
£4166 a day.
If you’d like to join us in raising money for this
fantastic charity go to www.hiow-airambulance.
org.uk or call 02380 333 377.
Nobody wants to live next door to anti-social
neighbours, especially when they’re involved in
the supply of Class A drugs. This is why we work
closely with Hampshire Constabulary to help
crackdown on the problem.
Earlier in the year, Hampshire police carried out
early-morning raids on several of our properties in
Popley and made a number of arrests on suspicion
of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. The raids
were part of Operation Fortress, a national
campaign to reduce drug dealing and drug-
related violence which started in Southampton
two years ago.
We’ve now taken appropriate action against those
who were involved.
If you’ve got any concerns about the use and
supply of Class A drugs in your area contact your
local police station on 101.
on drug crime Hampshire and Thames Valley Dogs Section put
our Chapel Hill site to good use, this summer,
when they used it for a training session.
You can find out more about the dogs and their
handlers by following them on Twitter at
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Three is the magic
number for Michelle
Michelle Davenport moved into her new Sentinel home in Swan
Lake View, Yateley, along with her family, in May this year. It’s the
third shared ownership home Michelle’s bought with us in nine
years. Michelle tells us about her home ownership journey…
Back in 2005 I was living at home with my
parents. I wanted a place of my own, but as
a keyworker, I just didn’t earn enough to buy
anything on the open market. I’d heard about
shared ownership, so I looked online and found
my flat in Farnborough. And as a first time buyer
the whole process was really straight forward.
Not long after I’d moved in my boyfriend, who’s
now my husband, moved in with me. His two
children came to stay with us on weekends
and it was quite a squash getting all of us in a
1 bedroom flat! We desperately needed more
space, so we started looking for something bigger.
We moved into the last available 2 bedroom house
in Melrose Close, Farnborough in 2006. We were
there for eight years. During that time we had our
two children, so again space began to be an issue.
My stepchildren were growing up and needed
their own space. It wasn’t fair for them to share
with the little ones, so me and my husband would
sleep on the sofa so they could have our room.
We needed another bedroom, so we started
I heard about the development being built at
Swan Lake View. The open market prices were too
expensive. But then I found out that a proportion
of every new development has to be affordable
housing. When I learned these homes were being
developed by Sentinel I got really excited!
The process of buying and selling was really
stressful, but everyone at Sentinel was amazing!
Now we’re here and we’re all settled in. It’s so
convenient for the children’s schools and where
we work. And we’re close to family. We just can’t
believe how lucky we are! We have no intention
of moving again as we have all the space we need.
We hope to staircase so we can own more of our
home and secure our future.
To find out more about home ownership with us
got to www.sentinelha.org.uk/buy_a_home or
call 0800 195 5515, or 0300 666 5515
from a mobile.
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In September we were really pleased to welcome
five new apprentices to our team. Kane Allaway,
Shaun Roberts, Louie Venables and Jordan
Butcher have joined us as housing apprentices
and will be based in our Basingstoke offices.
While Sam Basley has joined HomeTeam as an
Each of our four housing apprentices will be
working in a different department during their
year with us. Kane will be working with our
development team, Shaun will be working
in neighbourhoods, Louie has joined our
communications team and Jordan is working
in property services.
Sam’s plumbing apprenticeship will take two
years and he’ll be studying at Basingstoke
College of Technology, for a day a week,
during this time.
Our class of 2014 fought off some stiff
competition to land their new roles and we’re
very happy to see them settling in so well.
Find out more about our famous five at
Congratulations to Craig Oliver, Ryan Charles,
Adrian Dunwell and Sam Taylor. They all
completed their Apprenticeships this summer
and have now started full time jobs with us.
2014 has been a particularly good year for Craig.
As well as joining our HomeTeam as a plumber
in August, he also won Basingstoke College of
Technology’s Apprentice of the Year award.
You can read more about Craig’s story on our
website. Go to www.sentinelha.org.uk/
L-R Jordan, Shaun, Kane,
Louie and Sam
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We’re celebrating the first stage of planning
approval for our Chapel Hill development
When we bought the site in 2012, it was
really in need of redevelopment. And we were
confident that we could transform this derelict
and rundown area of the town for everyone’s
benefit. There’s a huge demand for affordable
housing in the local area and we’re determined
to do all we can to help.
After carrying out a number of public
consultation meetings we finalised our master
plan earlier this year. The outline permission for
578 homes includes the conversion of the white
building into 56 apartments, 247 new houses,
275 new apartments and a large amount of
We’re delighted that outline planning approval
was granted and we’re now starting on the
gets the go ahead
Home is where the Hart is
Good progress has been made with our regeneration of three
older persons schemes in Hart. All three projects have been
designed with active older people in mind and will maintain
the independence of our more mature customers.
The demolition of the old bedsit accommodation at Wickham
Court started at the end of 2013. And the construction of
41 new apartments is due to be finished by March 2015.
The conversion of bedsit accommodation at Albany Court
has also started and will complete by early 2015.
Gregory House is our last scheme to be regenerated and
a planning application has been approved to convert the
existing bedsits into 28 self contained apartments.
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homes take shape
The windmills of your mind
A field in Kingsclere, which was formerly used as a paddock,
has just been transformed into new homes for eight local families.
We bought the privately owned land in October 2013. And our
partner, PMC Construction, started work on the development of
the two bedroom bungalow, 2 x two bedroom houses and 5 x three
bedroom houses at the end of November 2013. The eight new homes,
which are all available for affordable rent, have just been finished.
Councillor Alan Denness, Chairman of Kingsclere Parish Council, said,
“There’s a real shortage of homes in the village, meaning many young
families are having to move out of the area to find somewhere to live.
Tackling this problem, by providing more affordable housing is a really
important part of Kingsclere’s Neighbourhood Plan. So these new
homes are vital in helping us to achieve our future goals.”
Residents from across our redevelopment at New
Horizons joined us on Thursday 14 August to have
their say on the new, specially designed sculpture
which will be at the heart of the site.
Helena Roden, the artist who’s designing the
sculpture, told the group all about her ideas for
the sculpture which are based on the windmill
which stood near Norn Hill from 1822 to 1849.
Everyone was really positive about the windmill
idea and liked the fact that it had a historical link
to the area. They also liked the idea of using a toy
windmill as the style of the sculpture and thought
this would suit the open space, as it’ll be a place
for residents of all ages to play in.
Before going home, everyone had the chance to
make their own toy windmill which was great fun,
but a lot trickier than it looked!
Julie Porter and Mark Perry
with Cllr Alan Denness
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We’re also celebrating the official completion
of the first new homes on our New Horizons
development in Oakridge. The £20m regeneration
project, to replace 90 outdated maisonettes with
190 new homes, began last July. It’ll transform
this tired corner of Basingstoke into a vibrant new
community, with improved open space, play areas
We handed over the keys to the first new shared
ownership homes in July, and Sabrina Cooke and
her daughter were among the first to move into
the new development.
“It’s wonderful to be here! The house is fabulous
and it’s changed our lives”, said Sabrina. “After
splitting with my partner, we had to move back
in with my parents while I saved up for a place of
our own. Then in February I saw this house. The
shared ownership process was really quick and
easy and I got the keys on 9 July. I’ve already met
some of my new neighbours, who are really nice.
And we’re so excited about creating our new
community. I can’t wait to see the development
finished – especially the children’s play areas.”
The first phase is due to be finished by March
next year and the second in the spring of 2016.
In total there’ll be 67 x 2-3 bedroom homes for
low cost ownership, 69 x 2-3 bedroom homes
for social rent and 54 x 2-4 bedroom homes for
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve exchanged
contracts on our first ever development with
The 17 new homes will be part of the Knights
Mount development in North Baddesley, which
is in Hampshire’s stunning Test Valley. There’ll be
12 homes for affordable rent - seven 2 bedroom
houses and five 3 bedroom houses and five 2
bedroom homes for shared ownership. These will
be ready for handover between February and
Coming in at a cost of just over £2.3m, the
17 new homes will help ease the shortage of
affordable housing for local people. A problem
they share with many thousands of others across
the South East.
Our Development Director, Mike Shepherd, said,
“These 17 new homes will be ideal for families
wanting to live and work within easy access of
Winchester, Salisbury or Southampton. According
to the Office for National Statistics, the average
price of a house in the South East is £326,023 -
over £61,000 higher than the average UK house
price*. This is simply out of reach for many
growing families, so we’re determined to do all
we can to help.”
*Source: ONS House Price Index for June 2014
New homes on the horizon
14 Spirit: The Sentinel magazine with the community at heart
We lead the charge for affordable homes
at Knights Mount
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Get out in the great outdoors
Just because the summer’s over you don’t have to
stay inside. There’s still lots of fun you can have
outside at this time of year. Why don’t you try:
• Catching a falling leaf
• Running around in the rain
• Going star gazing
• Making a trail with sticks
• Playing in the snow
• Climbing a tree
• Tracking wild animals
• Playing conkers
• Going bird watching
• Finding a geocache
What’s a geocache?
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game
using your GPS-enabled mobile phone.
Geocaches are hidden all over the country.
Inside the geocache you’ll always find a logbook or
logsheet for you to record your find. Larger caches
might also contain other items. You never know
what the cache owner or visitors to the cache
may have left for you to enjoy. But if you take
something from a cache you must always leave
something of equal, or greater, value in return.
To find out more about geocaching go to
For more ideas of things to do in the great
outdoors have a look at www.50things.org.uk.
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Let’s make spiced pumpkin cupcakes
Don’t know what to do with your Halloween
pumpkin? Don’t throw it away – make these tasty
Time to prepare: 15 mins
Time to cook: 25 mins
• 175ml sunflower oil
• 175g light muscovado sugar
• 3 large eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 200g coarsely grated pumpkin
or butternut squash flesh
• 100g sultanas
• grated zest 1 orange
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 200g self-raising flour
• 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
• 12 paper cases
• 12-hole muffin tray
• a skewer or cocktail stick
• 200g tub full-fat cream cheese
• 85g icing sugar
• toasted chopped pecans to decorate (optional)
If the flesh of your pumpkin is quite wet when
grated, give it a good squeeze before using it.
How to make
1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a
12-hole muffin tray with paper cases. Pour the
oil into a large bowl and add the sugar, eggs
and vanilla. Beat together, then add the grated
pumpkin, sultanas and orange zest.
2. Stir in the cinnamon, flour and bicarbonate of
soda, the mixture will be quite wet. Spoon into
the cases. Bake for 25 mins until they feel firm
and springy. Stick the skewer/cocktail stick into
the centre of a cupcake – if it comes out clean
you know they’re done. Cool completely on a
wire rack. Now you can freeze the cakes for
3. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese
and sugar together until smooth then spread
on top of the cupcakes. Leave plain or decorate
with toasted pecans. Store the cakes in the
fridge, but get them back to room temperature
before you serve so they taste yummy!
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It’s pantomime time again.
Oh no it isn’t.
Oh yes it is!
Can you find the 15 panto themed words
we’ve hidden in the grid? They could be hidden
forwards, backwards, diagonally, horizontally or
vertically. Find all 15 words and you could win
£25 of vouchers.
Circle the fifteen words and send this whole
page to: Chula Bishop, Sentinel Housing
Association, 56 Kingsclere Road,
Basingstoke RG21 6XG.
Or you can take a photo of this
whole page, or scan it and email it to
The closing date is Friday 19 December.
The winning entry will be picked at random
by the Spirit editorial panel.
Age (you must be 16 or under):
Daytime contact number:
ALADDIN BEANSTALK CINDERELLA DAME
FAIRY GODMOTHER GIANT ICE CREAM
MOTHER GOOSE OH YES IT IS PETER PAN PRINCE
PUSS IN BOOTS SNOW WHITE THEATRE TICKETS
F W R B G V X S T E Z
A L L E R E D N I C S
I F K A M C N O C N T
R H B N A Y I W K I O
Y W Q S E D D W E R O
G M Z T R B D H T P B
O K J A C X A I S H N
D G P L E K L T J D I
M C F K C W A E A P S
O T N A I G D M F G S
T H E A T R E Z V D U
H L T N A P R E T E P
E S O O G R E H T O M
R K O H Y E S I T I S
Congratulations to Rebecca Burrell from
Church Crookham who won £25 of vouchers,
for correctly spotting all 15 words in our
spring word search competition.
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For your chance to win £50 of vouchers, test your
knowledge of this edition of Spirit by answering
these five questions. You’ll find all the answers
in this magazine. There are two ways to enter –
fill out the form and post it back to us. Or save
the cost of a stamp by entering online at
Get all five answers right and you’ll go into
a draw to win £50 of vouchers.* The closing
date, for both postal and online entries,
is Friday 19 December. Good luck!
Tick the box next to the answer you think is right.
Craig Revel Horwood
Let’s get quizzical
Well done to everyone that entered
our summer quiz. You’ll find out what
the answers were and who won the
prize on the back page.
Send this whole page to:
Sentinel Housing Association
56 Kingsclere Road,
(Employees of Sentinel and customers with rent
arrears may enter but are not eligible to win).
Daytime contact number:
*There’ll be one prize of £50 of vouchers and the overall winner will be drawn
at random from all postal and online entries received by the closing date.
Which of our former apprentices was
BCoT’s Apprentice of the Year for 2014?
What structure is the artist, Helena Roden,
basing her New Horizons sculpture on?
Outline planning was granted for how many
homes on our Chapel Hill development?
Where does Pride Chef of the Year
finalist, Jan Bolsover, work?
Which ‘superhero’ didn’t abseil down the
Spinnaker Tower in aid of Naomi House?
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Meet our master chef
The chef at our extra care scheme for older
people in Popley, Abbey Court, was recently
a finalist in Pride Catering’s Chef of the Year
Pride chef, Jan Bolsover, joined Abbey Court in
December 2013. Jan said, “When I entered the
competition I had to submit my two course menu.
The theme was war time food with a modern
twist. So the two dishes I came up with were
‘Whole Somme Fish Pie’ for main course and ‘Roll
Out the Barrel’ for dessert. Eight of us reached the
final and we had 1 ½ hours to create both our
dishes on the day. We each had our own separate
kitchen – just like in MasterChef! Although I didn’t
win the competition I got a commendation, which
I was really pleased with as this was the first year
Jan received a specially branded chef’s jacket,
certificate, medal and goody bag as a reward for
Toni Snarey, Abbey Court’s Scheme Co-ordinator,
said, “Since Jan’s been with us she’s made such
a difference. At the beginning of the year our
kitchen was awarded a grade of five (meaning
very good) from Basingstoke and Deane Borough
Council and the Food Standards Agency for its
hygiene standards. This is up from a three at our
Congratulations to all the members of the
Gardening Club at Abbey Court, who won third
prize in Basingstoke in Bloom’s Best Community
Garden category. The group were presented
with their prize, by His Worship the Mayor of
Basingstoke and Deane, at a special ceremony
at the council offices on 30 October.
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Thanks to the generous donation of plants from
Lotus Landscapes, the gardening club at Campbell
Place have been able to create some beautiful
hanging baskets and colourful containers to
brighten up the scheme this summer.
Win Barnes, who’s lived at Bishopswood Court for
the last 20 years, celebrated her 100th birthday
on Thursday 21 August.
Win showed off her card
from HM The Queen to
her friends at the
scheme at a special
coffee morning held
the day after.
wishes Win all the best
in her centenary year.
Anyone for table tennis?
The Ping Pong Care Campaign is a national health
and wellbeing campaign that encourages and
promotes active ageing. It’s all about helping older
people to keep their bodies healthy and their
minds happy while having fun.
At the heart of the campaign is the documentary,
Ping Pong, which follows eight octogenarians as
they prepare for and compete in the Over 80s
World Table Tennis Championships. The film
challenges what it means to grow old and aims to
motivate older people to become more active by
taking up the game.
Over the summer we showed the film at each of
our older person’s schemes and then gave the
residents a chance to have a go at playing table
tennis for themselves. We’ve provided all the
schemes with their own table tennis kit to keep.
We’ve had great feedback from our residents and
have found some secret pros living in our schemes!
It’s brilliant to see just how competitive our
residents are against each other!
is blooming lovely
100 happy returns
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Around the world
in 85 days
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On 1 October (UN International Day of Older
Persons) the residents, carers and staff at Abbey
Court, our extra care scheme in Popley, started
walking around the world!
The idea is to get all the participants more active,
no matter what their ability level might be.
The walkers are aiming to take about 10,000 steps
a day to reach their goal by Christmas Eve. And to help them achieve their target they’re being joined by
family and friends, the children and staff at Little Miss Muffet Nursery, the team at Southern Health NHS
Foundation Trust and our partners Pride Catering and ServiceMaster Clean.
All the walkers have been given their own pedometer to track their progress and a record sheet to log
the number of step they’ve taken. By the end of the 85 days the walkers are hoping to have taken a
total of 85million steps!
On 24 December there’ll be a well deserved celebratory tea for everyone who’s taken part.
In early September the residents at Hedge Croft in
Yateley held a weekend of events to celebrate its
On Saturday 6, the residents arranged a hog roast
which brought everyone together as a community.
It was greatly enjoyed by all including their guest
visitor, Gerald Crisp, The Town Mayor. And on
the following day there was afternoon tea with
It was a lovely way to celebrate this special
occasion. And a big thank you goes to the
residents social committee and everyone that
helped on the day.
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Susan, Stanley and Terri work tirelessly in the
garden, making the courtyard a place of calm
and tranquillity for everyone. They’ve also added
a bird nesting box, a box which attracts bees
and a hedgehog house to encourage wildlife
into the area.
All the winners received £50 of vouchers as a reward for their glorious gardens.
Best in show
We had a great response to our annual gardening competition. This year we gave you the
opportunity to choose the winners, by voting on our Facebook page. And you did in your
hundreds! So thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.
We’re really pleased to announce that the winners are:
and Terri Paine from
Mrs Gibbs from Oakridge
Best planted containerCommunal garden
Gardening competition 2014
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Well done to all our winners!
If you think you could do better, watch out for
details of 2015’s competition in the spring edition
And the winner of our children’s
sunflower art competition, who won
£25 of vouchers, is:
Mrs Hayward from Bramley
Donald Cameron from Oakridge
Donald Cameron from Oakridge
Jasmine Long, age 4, from Fleet
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