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Nature group work sessions

Our next sessions will be on Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January, from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm, meeting outside the energy centre. This time we’ll be helping the gardening team with planting potted bamboo plants to help screen the blue compound fence around what will be the central square area. You’re invited to join in for as long or as little as you want, and everyone is very welcome. If you come along later and in the unlikely event you can’t find us, please phone the number on the poster that will be in the window of the energy centre. Bring a spade if you have one – if you don’t have, can’t borrow one, but want to help, let me know and we’ll sort something out. Please wear appropriate footwear, maybe wellies if you have them.

For more information about this, or the nature group in general, please contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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Nature group work sessions

Our next sessions will be on Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November, from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm. On Wednesday and Thursday we’ll be helping to replant the sensory garden on the oak tree LAP. On Friday we’ll be sowing wildflower seeds around the estate. Staff from St Nicks will be coming along to help us, Adam and the JRHT gardening team. We meet at the energy centre at 10.00 am, or pop along later if you can’t make that time. Everyone is welcome to come along for as little, as long, as often as you want ~ every little helps! Hand trowels and forks, and small forks and spade will be useful if you have them, and please wear gloves.

For more information about this, or about the nature group in general, please contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorp.co.uk


 

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Nature group work sessions

We’ll be out and about again with the JRHT gardening team on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th October, from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm, meeting at the energy centre. This time we’ll be helping with some more nature-based tasks. On Wednesday, we’ll be mulching some of our lovely trees on Stephenson and Lotherington. We’ll be helping with and learning about hedge management for wildlife along the hedge on St Aelreds Mews on Seebohm on Thursday. And on Friday, we’ll be helping with the management of the buddleia around Lotherington pond, which is important for butterflies and moths. If you have secateurs, loppers, and hand trowels and forks, then bring them along, though the gardening team will have some spares. Wear gloves, and a kneeler might be useful.

Everyone is welcome! Drop in for as long, as little, as often as you want. You’ll find a phone number in the window of the energy centre ~ if you come along later and can’t find us, just phone. Or for any more information about this or the nature group in general, please contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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Aglow 2021

Derwenthorpe Aglow lights up the windows on the estate with illuminated seasonal pictures. Here are some samples from last year:

Everyone is welcome to participate; just follow these simple instructions

  1. Register your interest: please email your name and address to John Pugh on johnpughjp@gmail.com or phone 07462 592833. We need your address so we can make a trail map that people can follow to see your artwork.
  2. Learn how: if this is your first Aglow click this link derwenthorpe.co.uk/2020/10/15/aglow-videos for a couple of short “How To” videos.
  3. Collect a pack: we have free starter packs (card and tissue paper) available from 1st November courtesy of the DRA. Contact John to arrange a time and collect your starter pack from John’s at 25 St Aelreds Mews.
  4. Get creative: create a card and tissue paper artwork and display it in your front window during December (from 1st to 30th)
  5. Pick up a map: join us if you can on Friday 3rd December between 4:30 and 5:30 pm at the SSC for a launch event, with refreshments, and to collect your own copy of the trail map. If you miss this event trail maps will be available online on the DRA website and on the chair outside John’s and also outside Ley Eiloart’s at 61 Lotherington Mews.
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All Residents Meeting

A reminder that the next All Residents Meeting is on Wednesday 13 October 2021 at 7:30pm. It will be on Zoom, because the capacity of the Energy Centre meeting room is currently limited for COVID safety reasons. Check back on the day, at derwenthorpe.co.uk/arms for a Zoom link.

Agenda:

  1. Welcome and apologies for absence.
  2. Minutes of last meeting (the ARM), accuracy and matters arising.
  3. Anti-social behaviour.
  4. Reports from DGG, ABC:D, Nature Group, CAN, core team, liaison group (including JRHT’s schedule of works on site), and HEAT group.
  5. Any other business (please advise the chair before the start of the meeting).
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Nature group news – newt sighting

Thanks to one of our residents, Radu Chirvasuta, who has spotted and photographed a very handsome newt on Holly Close. We’ve checked with Froglife, who have identified it as a Smooth Newt and have also recorded the sighting. Please let us know at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk if you spot any others on Derwenthorpe, and send a photo if you can to help with identification. Or anything else you think might be interesting! For more information about newts, visit the Froglife or RSPB websites.

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Nature group work sessions

We’ll be out again with the JRHT gardening team on Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th September, if you’d like to come and join us. Everyone is welcome! Meet at the energy centre at 9.00 am if you can, but join later if you can’t – my phone number will be displayed in the window so phone to find out where we are. The sessions finish at noon, but you can join in for as little, as long, or as often as you want. Please bring an assortment of ordinary gardening tools, though the gardening team will have some spares. For more information, contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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Landscape walkarounds

During September and October, Dan Booth (Parks and Landscapes Manager, JRHT) and his team will be holding a series of walkarounds around the community.   

The purpose of these walkarounds is to provide residents with the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns about landscaping directly with Dan and his team. As well as the opportunity for residents to share ideas about the future of landscaping within Derwenthorpe.  

Each week, the walkaround will focus on a particular area within the community, all starting at 1.00 pm from the energy centre, except Rowntree starting the substation on Meadlands Mews. It is anticipated the walkabouts will take no longer than one hour.

16 September ~ Lotherington, including Lotherington Avenue, Lotherington Mews and Temple Avenue

30th September ~ Seebohm, including St Aelreds Mews, Seebohm Mews, Derwent Way and Derwent Place

7th October ~ Rowntree, including Holly Close, Meadlands Mews and Pearson Place

14th October ~ Stephenson, including Derwent Mews and Derwent Way

Residents are encouraged to come along.   If you have any questions about the walkabouts, please contact Dan Booth at dan.booth@jrht.org.uk 

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JRHT annual meeting TODAY

My apologies for an error in yesterday’s post. The JRHT annual meeting is TODAY (Thu 9, 4:30 pm). On Zoom.

Resister here for a Zoom link.

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Central Square update

You’ll know that the biggest issue at Derwenthorpe right now is the state of Central Square. JRHT are doing another consultation – this time on the short term future of Central Square.

To recap, we’ve already had some big wins on Central Square. Your resident representatives on DRA and DGG have had many meetings with JRHT, with the following great results:

  1. It was going to be used for construction of phase 5 (about two years). That’s no longer the case: phase 5 works are going to be contained within the phase 5 site (apart from delivery traffic, of course).
  2. It was going to be used for road works on phase 1 (about nine months). The preferred option now is to restrict works on phase 1 to phase 1 itself.
  3. JRHT have agreed to minimise the use of storage depots: preferring to deliver materials directly to their point of use. That’s a bit more work for contractors, but a lot less disruption for residents.

Now, there are still some works required on the roads alongside Central Square (raising road levels, and finishing the roads in front of the flats). It makes sense to use the Central Square compound for those works, but only about one third of the space is required.

So, JRHT are asking how people would like that to work. Tomorrow (Tuesday 7 November), they’ll be presenting some options at the Energy Centre, at 2pm and 6pm. Please be there to have your say on how this work can be done with minimal disruption.